Wednesday, Sept. 12
SEAVIEW — The Pacific County Opioid Summit will be held on Sept. 12 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Peninsula Church Center at 5000 N Place in Seaview. The public is welcome to come hear about the effects of the opioid epidemic in Pacific County from experts as well as community members, friends and neighbors. Guest speakers include Dr. MAryAnne Murray; Dr. David Cundiff; Tom Sutherland, Pacific County Health Department staff and incredible personal stories of recovery. For information call 360-642-3787.
Mothers of Preschoolers
RAYMOND — MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) will start its second year on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Raymond First Baptist Church, 913 Duryea Street. All moms with children from 0 to 5 years old are welcome to attend. This year’s theme is “Find Your Fire.” While moms attend their meeting, all MOPS kids are supervised by the MOPS grandmas and grandpas at the church. MOPS meets twice a month every second and fourth Wednesday. All moms of preschoolers and kids are encouraged to attend. For information call 206-208-3313.
Thursday, Sept 13
OCEAN PARK — A public meeting on “Improving the quality of life in our villages” will begin at 6 p.m., Sept. 13, at Ocean Park Fire Hall, 26110 Ridge Avenue. Residents, property owners and business owners of the north end of the peninsula: Ocean Park, Klipsan Beach, Nahcotta, Surfside, Oysterville and areas between are invited to attend. Topics on the agenda include: plans for the Oct. 22 Village Club roadside trash pick up; revamped goals discussion; Ocean Park Elementary updates; code enforcement actions and update; planning code update; WSDOT update and Sept 20 meeting information and more. For information visit the Facebook page OP Village Club, email email@example.com or call 360-270-0298 and leave a message.
GHC Community Education classes
ILWACO — Grays Harbor Community Education for fall is open. The college has several personal enrichment courses being offered in a variety of subjects including: Art, Writing, Language, Computers, Photography, Gardening, Yoga, and more. All courses are offered locally at the Columbia Education Center in Ilwaco. Come explore the arts, history, languages, dance and several other topics. It’s a great way to meet new people and energize your mind. Best of all, there are no tests – only the pleasure of learning and exploring. Register for classes today at ghc.edu/ce or call 360-538-4088.
Free Blood Pressure Clinic
ILWACO — The Ocean Beach Hospital Auxiliary is offering free Blood Pressure checks every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the hospital lobby. If you have questions, call 360-642-6301.
SOUTH BEND — The Pacific County Opioid Summit will be held on Sept. 13 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Willapa Harbor Community Center, 916 W First Street in South Bend. The public is welcome to come hear about the effects of the opioid epidemic in Pacific County from experts as well as community members, friends and neighbors. Guest speakers include Dr. MAryAnne Murray; Dr. David Cundiff; Tom Sutherland, Pacific County Health Department staff and incredible personal stories of recovery. For information call 360-642-3787.
Friday, Sept. 14
NAHCOTTA — The 2018 Peninsula R&B Festival is set for Sept. 14 and Sept. 15 at the Port of Peninsula in Nahcotta. Performers include the Rose City Kings, Norman Sylvester Band, The Strange Tones, Billy D and the Hoodoos, Bottleneck Blues Band, North Coast Blues, the Ilwaco High School Jazz Band and the Joanne Broh Band. Food, art and Farmers Market vendors will be onsite as well as Pours For Paws, the local humane society’s beer and wine booth. For ticket and general information go to peninsulabluesfest.com or Peninsula R&B Festival on Facebook for details. Tickets for Friday are $20; tickets for Saturday are $25; or Combo Ticket is $40. Tickets are available through Tickettomato.com.
LONG BEACH — The Columbia-Pacific Farmers Market run from noon to 5 p.m., Sept. 14 at Veterans Field in Long Beach. Help Grassroots Garbage Gang clean our beaches. Bring one small bag of beach trash for free disposal. (No household garbage please). Come see what’s new and exciting at this week’s market! Stock up on all your fresh local grilling ingredients! Find local spring produce and a variety of other local products ready to tantalize your taste buds. Lots of organic options. Something new every week. For more information call 360-244-3921 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Sept. 15
LONG BEACH — Great NorthWest Federal Credit Union is hosting a Community Shred Day on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Long Beach Branch located at 705 S Pacific Hwy. If you have questions call Laura at 800-533-8396.
OCEAN PARK — This month’s AAUW meeting will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ocean Park Library. Guests will include the 2018 Tech Trek participants and Judy Prince, president of AAUW/Washington State. For more information, call 360-642-3076.
Boating Safely class
ILWACO — On Saturday, Sept. 15, there is an opportunity to learn critical information about boating safety for Oregon and Washington recreational boaters. The class will be held at the Ilwaco Timberland Library, at 151 1st Ave N, next to the hospital, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Arrive at 8:15 a.m. to sign in. Learn the keys to staying safe while enjoying boating. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 62, offers this in-depth boating safety class. The class meets the requirements for the mandatory Oregon and Washington Boater Education Card upon successful completion. Cost is $10 and includes class manual and handouts. Topics include safe boating laws, personal watercraft requirements, navigation rules and navigating rivers, avoiding collisions and accidents, and other boating emergencies and boating tips. Information on coldwater survival is included. The class format includes videos, discussion, and free resources on boating safety. Qualified instructors teach the class in a positive, relaxed and informative classroom environment. You can also make arrangements with Auxiliarists to conduct courtesy vessel examinations. For more information, contact Elena Righettini at 360-642-0039 or email@example.com.
Voter Registration Drive
ILWACO — Each Saturday through September a Community Voter Registration Drive is ongoing at the Saturday Market in Ilwaco from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the waterfront in front of the Marie Powell Gallery. If you have questions call Gwen Brake at 360-665-2784.
LONG BEACH — Jeep rally in Long Beach from Sept. 14 through Sept. 16. Beginning on Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Bolstad entrance in Long Beach, Jeep owners are invited around sunset on Friday evening for a sunset drive on the beach and a beach bonfire to meet and greet and get to know your extended Jeep family. Saturday morning at 8 a.m. there is Operation Shore Patrol litter clean up hosted by the Longview Trail Breakers and PNW4WDA. Afterward, gather at the Seaview entrance for a beach drive down to Beards Hollow for pictures and to explore the breakers and the cove. Saturday night there will be another bonfire to share stories and relax. Sunday there will be a World record attempt (possibly officiated by Guinness book) for the most Jeeps driven on a continuous beach for the longest distance. Sunday the city of Long Beach will film via drone of all our rigs spelling out JEEP LONG BEACH with Jeeps as letters. If you have questions contact the city of Long Beach at 360-642-4421.
Shore Patrol Beach Cleanup
PENINSULA — On Saturday, Sept. 15, the 47th annual Operation Shore Patrol beach cleanup will take place. Sign up is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Bolstad beach approach. The cleanup runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information contact Tony Jessen at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Pacific NorthWest 4-Wheel Drive Association sponsors this event, assisted by the Washington Department of Ecology and Ocean Conservancy.
Sunday, Sept. 16
Museum Open House
KNAPPTON — Knappton Cove Heritage Center, 521 Washington SR 401, is holding a museum open house at the old Columbia River Quarantine Station on Sunday, Sept. 16 from noon to 4 p.m. The event is celebrating consitution and citizenship day. At 2 p.m. Karin Temple will be discussing “Reflections from a German Immigrant.” Also, enjoy Vintage Treasures from Germany on special display. For information call 503-738-5206 or email email@example.com.
A Course in Miracles
OCEAN PARK — A Course in Miracles study group meets on Sundays from 3 p.m. to 5pm at the Ocean Park Library community room. All meetings are open to the public and free of charge. A Course in Miracles is a universal spiritual practice, Christian in thought, and dealing with universal themes and experience. It is not a religion nor affiliated with any church/temple/denomination. The Course will address existential questions such as what am I?, where did I come from?, why am I here?, what is my purpose here?, as well as the practice of undoing fear and guilt, attainment of inner peace, healing of sickness and of relationships, forgiveness and compassion, prayer/meditation and enlightenment. A Course in Miracles books will be available for use and for purchase at the meetings. For more information, please contact Kenny Tam at 206-979-7714 cell.
Monday, Sept. 17
Caregiver Support Group
OCEAN PARK — Caring for someone with memory loss? Do you need information and support? Alzheimer’s Association family caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with memory loss. Starting in September, meetings will be held the third Monday of the month, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Ocean Park Timberland Library, 1308 256th Place. The next meeting is Sept. 17. For information call Dawn Morgan at 360-261-4612.
ILWACO — Grays Harbor College in Ilwaco (Columbia Education Center) is now enrolling students for classes to earn a GED. Fall term starts Sept. 17, so make an appointment now to enroll. Call the Center at 360-624-9433 or drop by campus at 208 Advent Ave. in Ilwaco, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Nikki Fortuna can be contacted at 360-538-2536 for an appointment in the evening. Totally online classes called FastTrack for the GED are available. In addition, the College offers face to face GED preparation classes and a class to learn English on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. Classes are $25 per quarter and waivers are available for those who qualify.
Tuesday, Sept. 18
Bayside Singers holding Rehearsals
OCEAN PARK — Bayside Singers is holding fall rehearsals at Ocean Park Lutheran Church at 241 and U streets. They meet each Tuesday until their winter concerts, scheduled to be on Dec. 1 and Dec. 8. Bayside is always looking for a “few good men” (and women) and welcome singers in all ranges to become a part of our organization. Ability to read and sing music is helpful. If you have an interest in performance and enjoy singing in a thirty-plus choir, this is a great opportunity to meet new people and learn challenging and beautiful music. For information, call Celsa Johnson at 360-665-6530.
OP Food Bank Needs Volunteers
OCEAN PARK — The Ocean Park Food Bank is seeking volunteers. They need people to work in the food bank distributing food to clients. Some lifting is required. Initially this may only be as backup once or twice a month. They also need someone with a pickup truck to go to Warrenton once a month to pick up produce. Please call 360-244-3969 for details.
ASTORIA — How does El Nina, El Nino and the blob affect us on the Pacific Northwest coast? Nick Bond, Washington State Climatologist, talks about the weather at Columbia Forum on Tuesday, Sept. 18, in a program titled “Looking for a Hot Time in the Pacific Northwest?” A principal research scientist with the Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean and the University of Washington, Bond’s research is on a broad range of topics, with a focus on the weather and climate of the Pacific Northwest and the linkages between the climate and marine ecosystems of the North Pacific. Bond’s talk will address the recent warm oceanic and atmospheric conditions in long-term contest of past and future climate of the region. Some effects will also be discussed, with examples ranging from the marine ecosystem to human health, including efforts to improve predictions of climate variations and their impacts. Columbia Forum features speakers of interest to residents of the Columbia Pacific region served with dinner of local fare from Baked Alaska. Memberships are available for the entire series, and the public is always welcome. Dinner and speaker are $35, admission to the program without dinner is $15. The Sept. 18 program begins with dinner at 6 p.m. and program at 7 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, contact Holly Larkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-325-3211 ext. 227. Columbia Forum is co-sponsored by the Daily Astorian, KMUN community radio, Craft 3, Cannery Pier Hotel and Spa and OSU Seafood Laboratory.
Tuesday, Sept. 18
RAYMOND — Raymond Timberland Library presents English & Hareza, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sept. 18 for adults. English & Hareza are a World Soul Americana duo from Seattle and Park City, Utah, featuring vocal harmonies, piano, guitar, kalimba and electronic tabla. They will share original songs inspired by traditions & stories from a variety of cultures, as well as traditional songs from around the world. For more information call 360-942-2408.
Wednesday, Sept. 19
Website for Veterans
PACIFIC COUNTY — Pacific County has established a webpage intended to assist local veterans. This site is to help provide information that benefits veterans and family members facing financial hardship. For more information please see the Pacific County homepage at https://www.co.pacific.wa.us/veterans/index.html
Joint Pacific County Housing Authority meeting
SOUTH BEND — The Housing Opportunities of Southwest Washington meets from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 20 at Pacific County Annex Building in South Bend. This is the group that administers affordable housing in Pacific County. Anyone from the public is welcome to attend. If you have questions please call 360-423-0140 ext. 20.
David Campiche’s Artist Talk
ILWACO — Come to a special Afternoon with the Artist Gallery Talk on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. Well-known and respected ceramic artist, David Campiche will guide you through four decades of his remarkable ceramics on exhibition in Form and Fluidity: Eric Wiegardt and David Campiche. The exhibition is a retrospective of over 40 years of work by Campiche and Wiegardt and will be on view through Oct. 6. An Afternoon with the Artist is free and open to the public thanks to support from the Port of Ilwaco. Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is located at 115 SE Lake Street in Ilwaco. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 4pm. Admission is free on Thursdays thanks to the Port of Ilwaco. For more information please call 360-642-3446 or visit columbiapacificheriatgemuseum.org.
Storm dumps concrete
CAPE D – On Monday, August 20 at 2 p.m., come take a historical tour of the North Head area to learn how a 1921 storm and the U.S. Navy created some of the concrete ruins we see today. Meet at the Bell’s View Interpretive Trail at North Head for an easy, one-hour hike. For information call 360-642-3078.
OCEAN PARK — On Sept. 20 at 6 p.m., the Village Club is holding a special meeting at the Ocean Park Fire Hall at 26110 Ridge Avenue. Discussion includes adding two additional STOP signs to the Joe Johns and Sandridge intersection and other similar topics of concern. Sheriff Johnson has coordinated a meeting between Village Club members (and interested public) and the WSDOT to discuss the need for traffic improvement at this dangerous intersection. The meeting may proceed to the actual intersection. For more information, email email@example.com or call 360-270-0298 and leave a message.
WARRENTON — Lewis and Clark National Historical Park hosts the 9th annual free South Clatsop Slough Scramble on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 22 at 9 a.m. This year’s theme is resilience and restoration. The start/finish line will be at the park’s Netul Landing, approximately 1½ miles south of Fort Clatsop. Free registration is from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. at Netul Landing. Participants younger than 18, must have a parent or guardian sign their registration. Come for either an approximately 5k walk/run or a roughly 10k run along the park’s trails. Both loops will take participants along the ups and downs of the South Slough Trail, into the coastal hills, and along the Lewis and Clark River. The routes cross a number of scenic boardwalks and bridges and are not accessible for most wheelchairs or strollers. Please, no pets on the course during this event. The first runners to complete each course will be awarded a prize. National Public Lands Day is an annual event to encourage everyone to visit outdoor sites such as national parks. Admission to all National Park Service sites is free Sept. 22. This Lewis & Clark Trail Run is sponsored by the Lewis & Clark National Park Association. For more information, call the park at 503-861-2471 or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/lewi or find the park on Facebook at LewisandClarkNationalHistoricalPark.
Understanding Autism Panel of Experts
SEAVIEW — On Tuesday evening, Sept. 25, a special panel brings together four women with knowledge of autism from varied perspectives. Autism and autism spectrum disorders are increasingly diagnosed in children and subject to questions in the larger community. The four panelists provide a wide range of experience and opportunities for dialogue about these complex issues. The community awareness dinner is free and starts at 6 p.m. The panel will begin at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the Peninsula Church Center, 5000 N Place in Seaview. Teresa Fleck is a speech-language pathologist in the Ocean Beach School District who works with children of all ages. Greta Smith is a case manager for the Developmental Disabilities Administration. Pastor Anna Haugen is a Lutheran minister serving in Chinook and Naselle, who was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder as an adult. Princess Klus is the outreach coordinator for Basics NW and the parent of two adult children with autism spectrum disorders. The dinner and panel, sponsored by Peace of Mind Pacific County, are free and open to any interested person. For more information contact Barbara Bate at 360-244-5566 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wings Over Willapa Festival
PENINSULA — The Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a birding, art and nature festival on the Long Beach Peninsula on Sept. 28 through Sept. 30. Details will be forthcoming. Please check out the website: wingsoverwillapa.org and the Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Facebook page for news on festival events, preregistration, sponsorship, volunteer opportunities and more. Questions? Interested in getting involved? Contact us at email@example.com.
CHINOOK — Friends of Chinook School is preparing for its 14th annual Oktoberfest fundraiser set for Sept. 29 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event has been moved to Sept. 29, a date that mimics Germany’s Oktoberfest. They are still celebrating “Chinook Style,” but want to take advantage of better weather for our participants, safer driving, easier parking and a most pleasant evening. Oktoberfest has become a reunion party for all faithful members and supporters who come to enjoy fall decor, an excellent meal, good music and the chance to win auction items donated by our generous community. All are invited to join in celebrating these beautiful buildings and contribute to the community. The Beach Buddies will entertain with your favorite swing music and, this year, our young table servers are planning a big surprise. Don’t miss a minute of fun! Mark your calendar. Call 360-777-8367 for information.
Neighbors in Need
SEAVIEW — Neighbors in Need, set for Sunday, Sept. 30 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 4700 Pacific Way in Seaview, is a program from focused on reducing consequences related to poverty on the Long Beach Peninsula through advocacy, awareness and action. Hosted by Peninsula Poverty Response, the program will be facilitated by the Dispute Resolution Center of Grays Harbor and Pacific counties. They are inviting to the community to join others for an afternoon of discussion, to talk about the concerns our neighbors experiencing poverty face, and what we can do to better serve our community. For information call 360-665-6344.
Books at the Beach
LONG BEACH — Calling all authors and book lovers. Join “Books at Long Beach,” Pacific Northwest Author Showcase and Book Fair set for Saturday, Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 110 Pacific Avenue N, Long Beach. There are more than 50 authors signed up so this is a change to meet and talk with a favorite author. Pacific Northwest authors can highlight their books and mingle with book lovers from around the Peninsula. If you are an author and want a space, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a registration form and more information. Setup and doors open at 10 a.m.
Fundraiser for Community Table Free Lunch Program
OCEAN PARK — The annual Spaghetti Dinner Benefit Fundraiser for Community Table will be held on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center, 21603 “O” Lane in Ocean Park. A wonderful dinner with all the trimmings and desserts too numerous to mention will be served. Tickets are available at Ocean Park Lutheran Church or the Peninsula Senior Center at $10 per ticket. Tickets will also be available at the door. This important fundraiser makes it possible to provide a warm, nutritious meal to anyone who may be hungry every Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Ocean Park Lutheran Church, 24002 “U” Street, Ocean Park. All funds received go directly for purchasing food and never to administration as volunteers generously give of their time to shop, prepare and deliver meals. Please come enjoy a wonderful dinner and in doing so help feed your neighbors. Call 360-665-6344 for information.
Cranberrian Fair Harvest Festival
LONG BEACH — A celebration of local harvest including all things cranberry kicks off the Fall season on the Long Beach Peninsula, Oct. 13 and Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Foods, crafters, local artists, and more will showcase the area’s rich heritage during this popular fair. Collectible Cranberrian Fair buttons are $5 each and cover admission to all events at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. The Cranberry Museum is free. As part of Cranberrian Fair activities, the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco will host a variety of local artists offering handmade items such as pottery, jewelry, paintings, cranberry vine baskets, baked goods, and more. Demonstrations include, the Peninsula Rug Hookers, the Peninsula Quilt Guild, Blacksmith Gary Lewis and other artists will take place throughout the day both Saturday and Sunday throughout the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. The Cranberry Trolley will run between the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum and the Pacific Coast Cranberry Research Foundation from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday (space is limited and seating is on a first come first serve basis). A cranberry centered lunch menu will be available at the Cranberry Museum and self-guided tours of cranberry harvesting will be underway at the Pacific Coast Cranberry Research Foundation. For further information on the Long Beach Peninsula visit funbeach.com.
SOUTH BEND – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) is offering a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course in South Bend. Training is scheduled as follows: from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 13, Oct. 14, and Oct. 20 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21. The course will be held in the South Bend High School Library located at 400 First Street E in South Bend. Pre-registration is required and is limited to 24 participants. The CERT program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors, and your neighborhood in an emergency situation. CERT members receive 29 hours of initial training provided free of charge. The course is taught with classroom instruction for the first three days and practical exercises during the last day. Participants under the age of 18 must have parent/guardian permission to attend. To register or for more information, contact Scott McDougall at 360-875-9338 or 360-642-9338 or email email@example.com, or Key McMurry at 360-942-3184.