Wednesday, Aug. 14

Clay art show

    ILWACO — The Peninsula Clay Artists’ show at The Artisan in Ilwaco continues with hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. There are numerous workshops still available. Check out their Pleasures and Pastimes listing or their Facebook page for detailed information. For more information about the classes contact Lestia Price at 665-2661 or Jan Richardson at 665-2603.

National Health Center Week

    KLIPSAN — Family Health Center is marking National Health Center Week with a back-to-school supply drive for area students through Aug. 17. By recognizing National Health Center Week, the Family Health Center aims to raise awareness about the important role community health centers play in providing a cost effective, patient centered medical home for low-income and other vulnerable populations. Community health centers have been in existence for more than 45 years and helped transform health care in their local communities. School supplies can be dropped off at 21610 Pacific Highway in Ocean Park. For more information about the drive, contact Amber Rosewood at 360-636-3892 ext 2067.

Neptune Classic Movies

    LONG BEACH — The Neptune Twin Cinemas offers family and classic movies with no charge for admission, subject to capacity. All family and classic shows begin at 1 p.m. The movie on Aug. 14 is “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” starring Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd. 1988. 104 min.

Thursday, Aug. 15

Book discussion

    ILWACO — Ilwaco Timberland Library is hosting a discussion of the book, “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union” by Michael Chabon from          6 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Aug. 15 for adults. For more information call 642-3908.

Blood drive

    OCEAN PARK— On Thursday, Aug. 15 from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., the American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at Peninsula Baptist Church at 23802 Pacific Highway 103 in Ocean Park. To schedule your appointment or for more information, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call the church office at 665-5060.

Art night

    ILWACO — Come stroll along the Ilwaco waterfront marina at the Port of Ilwaco from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Aug. 15 and enjoy some amazing works by talented artisans, plus you will find good things to eat too.

Gardening chat

    OCEAN PARK — All are welcome to join the informal gardening chat at the Ocean Park Library community room the third Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. Aug.15 will include a brief review of the Edible Garden tour, and a discussion of water management. If you have questions call Lisa at 665-3061.

County Housing Authority

    LONG BEACH — The Joint Pacific County Housing Authority meets at Long Beach City Hall on Bolstad Avenue at 10 a.m., Aug. 15. 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. 15.

Bunco for Food4Kids

    LONG BEACH — Bunco is held at Long Beach Elks on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m., at 110 N. Pacific Highway. The next game is Aug. 15. These are potluck gatherings so bring something to share. The cost is $5, which goes to support the Food4Kids backpack program. Prizes will be awarded to winners. This program provides a backpack with food for needy kids to take home on Fridays so they have something to eat on the weekend. If you have questions call 642-8244.

School supply donations needed

    PACIFIC COUNTY — Project “Pack2School” is seeking community participation and donations to raise funds in order to purchase school supplies for low-income children in the Ocean Beach School District 101. This project is an opportunity for the community to give every child the best chance to start the school year off with confidence and dignity. Please send monetary donations to Peninsula Baptist Church, P.O. Box 509, Ocean Park, WA 98640. Indicate on your check that the monies are for “Project Pack2School.” If you would rather donate backpacks and school supplies, please refer to the specific School Supply List provided by the Ocean Beach School District for each class available at www.ocean.k12.wa.us. Drop off points for supplies and donations can be found at Peninsula Baptist Church, 23802 Pacific Highway 103, Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; at Pacific County Fire District No. 1 at 26100 Ridge Ave. from Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and at the Chinook Observer, 205 Bolstad Ave. Ste 2, Long Beach.

Friday, Aug. 16

Blues & Seafood

    ILWACO — Get your tickets now for the Blues and Seafood Festival set for Aug. 16 and Aug. 17 at the Port of Ilwaco. With an all-star jam on Friday night and music all day Saturday, this is an event you don’t want to miss. At the Friday Night All Star Jam thedoors open at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. the Robin Gibson Band performs; then at 8:30 p.m., North Coast Blues & Special All Star Jam guests, The Heartbreakers, featuring a terrific line up of the Northwest’s greatest female blues singers including Lucy Hammond, Rae Gordon, Lady A, Lady Kat True Blue, Maggie Kitson and Mary McPage. Come and get your heart broken. On Saturday night, doors open at 3:30 p.m. At 4 p.m., enjoy Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes; at 5:30 p.m., Strange Tones & the Volcano Vixens; at 7 p.m., Norman Sylvester Band and then at 8:45 p.m., you don’t want to miss Coco Montoya. For more information go to http://bluesand seafood.com.

Reunion gathering

    SEAVIEW — On Friday, Aug. 16 the class of 1973 is holding a no-host get together at the Shelburne Pub in Seaview. Alumni and friends from all other classes are welcome to join them.

Garden Club

    OCEAN PARK — The Green Fingers Garden Club will meet on Friday, Aug. 16 at 11:30 a.m.  Please call 665-0174 for more information and join in learning how to garden on the peninsula.

125 Years of Rail

    ILWACO — The exhibit “From the Water to the Woods: 125 Years of Rail” is on view at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum at 115 SE Lake Street in Ilwaco through Sept. 1. It will explore the many ways railroads helped to develop this region. Call 642-3446 for more information. Everyone is welcome.

Saturday, Aug. 17

Alumni picnic & reunion

    ILWACO — On Saturday, Aug. 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Ilwaco High School Alumni Association will host the 21st annual all-school get together for all alumni their spouses, families and friends at the Ilwaco High School football field. All are welcome to come early and stay late. The Sports Boosters food trailer will have hamburgers, hot dogs, clam chowder, soft drinks and coffee available for a fee. If you have questions call David Aase at 642-3638.

Blues & Seafood continues

    ILWACO — Blues and Seafood Festival continues on Aug. 17 at the Port of Ilwaco. On Saturday night, doors open at 3:30 p.m. At 4 p.m., enjoy Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes; at 5:30 p.m., Strange Tones & the Volcano Vixens; at 7 p.m., Norman Sylvester Band and then at 8:45 p.m., you don’t want to miss Coco Montoya. For more information go to http://bluesand seafood.com.

Class of ‘63 reunion

    ILWACO — The Ilwaco High School graduating class of 1963 is holding their 50th reunion beginning at 6 p.m. on Aug. 17 at the Cove Restaurant at Peninsula Golf Course. They are looking for other classmates, so tell all you know. Plus they are extending a special invitation to members of the classes of 1962 and 1964. If you have questions contact Ed Heckard at 206-498-4352.

Class of ‘68 reunion

    ILWACO — Ilwaco High School graduating class of 1968 is holding their 45th reunion beginning at       5 p.m. on Aug. 17 at the Cranberry Museum. There will be a meet and greet from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. They are looking for the following classmates: Darlene Buck, Robert Elliot, Charle (Willie) Perkins, Sarah Otto-LaBrassere, Allan Shadle, Arvi Simita, Karen Smercheck, Shirley Twombly, Shirley McCaw-Baley, Margaret Robinson-Pace, Darlene Smith-Malediara. Please call Jackie (Reed) Vingerud at 503-397-1838 or Verla (Gisler) Rayburn at 642-4901.

Class of ‘73 reunion

    ILWACO — Ilwaco High School graduating class of 1973 is holding their 40th reunion beginning at 4 p.m. on Aug. 17 at the Chinook Gym. Everyone is welcome. Call Karen Gray at 642-2408 for more information.

Master Gardener clinic

    ILWACO — Master Gardeners of Pacific County will lead a water-wise landscaping and gardening with native plants workshop at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. The workshop and hands-on practice are on Saturday, Aug. 17. The workshop is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Hands-on practice on weed control methods is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Bring your own pair of durable garden gloves. Dress for the weather and bring your own nibbles. If you have plant questions or problems, come ask a master gardener. The group will also be sponsoring a plant clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the museum. If possible, please bring samples of your plant problem. For more information, contact Bev Arnoldy at bevarnoldy@gmail.com, or call 503-298-3180.

Clatsop Weavers & Spinners

    SKAMOKAWA — The Clatsop Weavers and Spinners Guild’s exhibit continues at Redmen Hall at 1394 W SR-4 in Skamokawa through Sept. 1. The theme of the exhibit is “It’s so nice to have a loom around the house” will feature the practical side of weaving and spinning, showing hand spun and woven articles of use around the house. Rugs, towels, clothing, blankets, shawls, placemats and more will be displayed and most will be for sale. There will be weavers and spinners practicing their crafts during the weekends the exhibit is open and members of the Guild will be available for questions. Redmen Hall is open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Call 795-3007 for information.

Saturday Market

    ILWACO — Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco is open every Saturday, rain or shine, all summer long from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come on down and shop for farm fresh produce, handmade arts and crafts, plants, flowers and all manner of seafood, or just enjoy a stroll along the waterfront in Ilwaco.

Sunday, Aug. 18

Jazz & oysters

    OCEAN PARK — On Sunday, Aug. 18 from noon to 5 p.m. is a time for incredible music and food with the Jazz and Oysters event at Wilson Field in Ocean Park. Sponsored by the Water Music Festival, this fun event will feature Patrick Lamb, Acustica and more. Tickets are $20 for adults or $10 for ages 6 to 18. Tickets are available online at www.watermusicfestival.com.

Submitting Sewing Items

    PACIFIC COUNTY — The day to submit sewing entries for the 2013 Pacific County Fair somehow didn’t make it into the fair booklet. Entries will be accepted Sunday, Aug. 18, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., according to Sewing Building Superintendent Becky Coburn. Sewing items will be judged Monday, Aug. 19, allowing volunteers and student helpers to arrange the displays on Tuesday, just a day before the fair opens. For more information about the fair, check the website, www.co.pacific.wa.us/pcfair/index.htm.

Breakfast at the Elks

    LONG BEACH — Every Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., the public is encouraged to come to the Long Beach Elks Lodge at 110 Pacific Avenue North for an outstanding breakfast at a great price.

Vespers services

    OYSTERVILLE — The Vespers program continues at the Oysterville Church on Aug. 18 at 3 p.m. Reverend D.J. Maddux, associate priest from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Olympia will lead services. The Bayside Singers under the direction of Barbara Poulshock will provide the music. Sandra Nielson will play the pump organ. The Oysterville moment will be provided by Susan Holway. All are welcome to this casual event.

Monday, Aug. 19

33rd Annual Kite Festival

    LONG BEACH — The Washington State International Kite Festival (WSIKF) is a week-long kite celebration and competition set for Aug. 19 through Aug. 25. Starting on Monday and ending on Sunday this event boasts skies ablaze with color, high-flying action and choreographed movement. Washington’s Kite Festival draws famous kite fliers from all around the world, and thousands of awed spectators, many of whom participate in the fun with their own kite flying adventures. Themed days include “Terrific Tuesday,” “Red White & Blue Day,” Handcrafted Kite day; Mass ascensions, lighted flights and more.

Burn Ban

    PACIFIC COUNTY — A burn ban is now in effect for Pacific County and will remain in place through Sept. 30. The burn ban applies to all outdoor burning except recreational cooking fires in approved fire pits that are limited to 3-feet in diameter and 2-feet in height. Fires for debris disposal are not considered recreational and are not allowed under any circumstances. Please contact your local fire district for further information. You can also contact the Department of Community Development in Long Beach at 642-9382; or South Bend at 875-9356.

Tuesday, Aug. 20

Summer lunch program

    PENINSULA — The Ocean Beach School District continues their summer feeding program in several locations Monday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Distribution is at the following locations: Ocean Park Elementary, Culbertson Park in Long Beach and at the Ilwaco City Park.  The program is open to any child, regardless of income status, up to the age of 18. Remember, due to regulations, the lunch must be eaten by the kids at the site (lunches cannot be taken with them nor can they be given to adult family members).

Wednesday, Aug. 21

Pacific County Fair

    MENLO — The Pacific County Fair is coming Aug. 21 through Aug. 24 at the fairgrounds in Menlo. The theme of this year’s event is “Quilts & Roses, Tails & Noses.” Come to the fair and you will find delicious food, live music, great exhibits, fun carnival rides and lots more including 4-H and FFA events daily. For details go to their website at www.co.pacific.wa.us/pcfair.

Diabetes support

    OCEAN PARK — From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21, those with an interested are invited to the Ocean Park fire hall meeting room at 26109 Ridge Avenue in Ocean Park for a meeting regarding emergency preparedness. Information will be provided by Pacific Fire District No. 1 personnel and Denise Ross RN, CDE. For questions call 642-6314 or 642-6308.

Neptune Classic Movies

    LONG BEACH — The Neptune Twin Cinemas offers family and classic movies with no charge for admission, subject to capacity. All family and classic shows begin at 1 p.m. The movie on Aug. 21 is “Mexican Hayride,” starring Bud Abbot and Lou Costello. 1948. 78 min. Please note there will not be a classic movie shown on Aug. 28.

Future Events

Jam sessions

    SURFSIDE — On Aug. 22 (the second and fourth Thursdays of the month) all who love music are invited to a jam sessions from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Surfside Homeowners building at 31402 H Street in Ocean Park. Musicians and vocalists of all skills levels and an audience are needed! Please call Louise or John at 665-0146 or 352-586-0082 for more information, or just show up.

Chili cook-off

    SURFSIDE — Surfside Homeowners Association is holding their annual free chili cook off on Aug. 24 at Twin Lakes Park in Surfside. Bring a crockpot of your favorite chili and join the tasting contest. There will be prizes for the best chili, and music by the Inversion Band. Everyone is welcome. Call 665-4171 for information.

Kite museum auction

    LONG BEACH — Every year the World Kite Museum hosts an auction during the week of the Washington State International Kite Festival. This year’s is on Aug. 24 at the Long Beach Elks Lodge. Social hour is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., dinner is at 8 p.m., and the live auction starts at 9 p.m. This is the primary fundraiser for the museum for the year and all proceeds go to grow and improve the nation’s only kite museum, with one of the world’s largest collections of kites and kite related ephemera. The theme for this year’s auction is Red, Kite, and Blue so dress in your patriotic best or dress as your favorite kite!  Prizes will be given for the best costume! Tickets are $25 each.

Waikiki Beach Concert

    CAPE D — The next Waikiki beach concert is at 7 p.m., Aug. 24 at Cape Disappointment State Park. This concert will feature the talents of The Ben Rice Band. Ben Rice brings real vintage blues into the modern era by twisting soul, roots blues and west coast blues with rockabilly, funk and rock. Rice is a virtuosic guitar player whose soulful voice and inventive twists on blues are creating a buzz in the industry. Rice’s last all original CD “Pour Me Some Whiskey” is being praised as being among the best CD releases from the NorthwestPlaying along with some of the top musicians in the National Blues Scene. First picking up the guitar at five, he now has eighteen years of playing, numerous awards, nominations, and a music degree from the University of Oregon. Bring a lawn chair and other personal comforts and sit back and enjoy some great music at this free outdoor concert. A Discover Pass is required. For more information call 642-3029.

Distribution of school supplies

    PACIFIC COUNTY — SNAP is a program established by Coastal Community Action Program to help low income children in Pacific County with back-to-school supplies. This year SNAP will send more than 600 children (K-12) to school with new paper, pencils, pens, crayons, glue, pencil boxes, markers, folders, etc. Distribution will be Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CCAP, 324 Jackson St., Raymond; Aug 26 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at CCAP, 152 First Ave. in Ilwaco; and on Aug. 27 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Peninsula Baptist Church 23802 Pacific Hwy., Ocean Park. If you would like to donate to this program, please send donations to: CCAP/SNAP, 117 E 3rd St., Aberdeen, WA 98520.

Bluegrass concert

    RAYMOND — Bluegrass band Jeff Scroggins & Colorado will perform at the Raymond Theatre on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. If you like the combination of banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin and bass along with good bluegrass music – chances are you’ll like this five-member band featuring Jeff and his son, Tristan, who have won numerous contests and awards, including Jeff taking the top prize at the National Banjo Championship. Tickets are available at pre-sale rates of $10 each or may be purchased at the door for $12. Pre-sale tickets are available at Sagen’s in Raymond and South Bend Pharmacy. Tickets also are available by calling 360-875-5123 or by email to: willapabluegrass@gmail.com.

Library book sale

    ILWACO — The Friends of The Ilwaco-Ocean Park Libraries used book sale will be held Aug. 30, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the atrium in the old Ilwaco High School next to the football field. Some books are marked all others are $1 per hardbound and trade paper and 50 cents for regular size paper. Fill your shopping bag with books on Sept. 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. for just $3. All proceeds are for the benefit of the Ilwaco and Ocean Park Libraries.

Swap meet

    NASELLE — Appelo Archives Center’s annual swap meet is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 30 and Saturday, Aug. 31 at the center at 1056 SR-4 in Naselle (next to Hunter’s Inn). Booths are available for rent. The cost is just $20 for a table provided, or $15 and you bring your own table. Call 484-7103 or email info@appeloarchives.org for information.

Parkinson support group

    ILWACO — This month the Parkinson Support Group will hold their annual picnic on Aug. 30. Please call Patt for information at 665-3284.

Jessi Harman benefit

    LONG BEACH — A variety of activities are set for Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 to benefit the Harman family. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 31, come to the barrel races at the Peninsula Saddle Club, 6407 Sandridge Road in Long Beach. It is great entertainment for a bargain price. Then that evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., don’t miss the surf and turf barbecue dinner and silent auction at the Long Beach Elks Lodge at 110 N Pacific Highway. Dinner has a suggested donation of $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Finally on Sunday, Sept. 1, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., there is a cowgirl breakfast at the rodeo grounds followed by more barrel races from noon to 3 p.m. This is a chance for the community to support one of our own. Jessi is a special little girl who is working hard to get back to her spirited self again. Let’s show her how proud we are of her hard work by making this a successful weekend.

Tattoo & Piercing Convention

    LONG BEACH — A not-to-be-missed event is coming to the Long Beach Peninsula on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at the Chautauqua Lodge in Long Beach. On Aug. 31, the show opens at noon with live bands playing all day, live tattoo booths, vendors, a beer garden, face painting and more. From 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., there will be the “Tattoo Contest and Miss One Nation Pinup Girl” contest. At 10 p.m., the tattoo of the day will be announced. On Sept. 1 the show again opens at noon. There will be live bands, vendors, beer garden, etc. from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., is the tattoo contest\; at 3 p.m., a bike show and finally at 10 p.m., the tattoo of the day will be announced. Admission is $25 for a weekend pass, $15 for a daily pass or $10 daily pass for military and students. If you have questions call Kevin at Reddog Tattoo at 642-7373. Come check out this fun, new event.

Buzzard’s Breath chili

    CATHLEMET — The 10th annual Labor Day Buzzard’s Breath Chili Cook-off is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31 at the Elochoman Slough Marina in Cathlamet. This is a great event and one for competitors and the public alike. In addition to the cook-off contest there will be a flat-bread throwing contest, yellow ducky race, beer garden, raffles, live music and more. The cost is $7 for public tasting. If you want to compete it is $15 for the Tolbert sanctioned championship competition “Texas Red Chili.” There is no fee for entering home-style chili, but call to confirm requirements. If you have questions contact the Wahkiakum County Chamber at 795-9996.

Slow drag time

    ILWACO — It’s almost time again for the Slow Drag at the Port of Ilwaco, set for Friday, Sept. 6 from 4 p.m. to dark. Come test your skills and luck at this fun event, or just come watch the fierce, fun competition.

Rod Run

    OCEAN PARK— The 30th Annual Rod Run to the End of the World is scheduled for Sept. 7 and Sept. 8 at Wilson Field at 25515 Sandridge Rd., in Ocean Park. The spectator gate opens at 8 a.m., with a variety of fun events scheduled throughout both days, including music, the show and shine, poker run and more. Candy Clark, who played Debbie Dunham in the 1973 film “American Graffiti” and “More American Graffiti in 1979. “ She was also in The Informant, Zodiac, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and At Close Range plus many more. Some of the cars from the movie will join the hundreds of others appearing at Beach Barons Field, according to club president Dan Gove.  There will be a cruise after the show and shine, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 7. In addition, look for the barrels around the field for non-perishable canned food donations. There will be cake to celebrate the 30th Anniversary. The Boy Scouts will be at the show with the Pinewood Derby track and their cars. Plus there will be plenty of vendors on the field Saturday and Sunday for your shopping and eating pleasure. Check out their website at www.beachbarons.com for more information or call 665-3565. In addition the city of Long Beach is providing free trolley rides from 3rd and Oregon streets in Long Beach departing at 9:30 a.m., and every 30 to 45 minutes both days, with the last trip to the field at 3 p.m., and the last trip from Ocean Park at 4:30 p.m.

Seafood Preservation Workshops

    ASTORIA — Oregon State University Clatsop County Extension is hosting two workshops on food preservation. On Saturday, Sept. 14, a home seafood canning workshop will be held at the OSU Extension Office in Astoria from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $30 and each participant will take home their canned goods.  Register by Aug. 30 as attendance is limited to the first 20 registrants. On Saturday, Oct. 12, OSU Extension will host a workshop on seafood smoking, pickling and brining. The cost is again $30 per participant, and limited to the first 20 registrants. Call the extension office at 503-325-8573 to register.

The 1930s

    NASELLE — The Appelo Archive Center in Naselle is presenting the film from the PBS series, “The 1930s.” On Sept. 14 they will show, “Surviving the Dust Bowl,” and on Sept. 28, “The Civilian Conservation Corps.” In conjunction with the Naselle Timberland Library the archive center is exhibiting “Hope in Hard Times: Washington During the Great Depressions” now through Oct. 5. This is a wonderful opportunity to look at how these tough times affected Washingtonians. Call 484-3877 for information.

Elks “Sprints” for K-9 Unit

    LONG BEACH — The president and members of the Long Beach Elks Lodge #1937 are participating in the Cape Disappointment Sprint Triathlon on Sept. 21. They are using this opportunity to fundraise for the Pacific County K-9 Unit. For more information, visit the official fundraiser site at: www.youcaring.com/k9. Donations can be made by credit card through the website. Donations by cash or check (payable to Long Beach Elks) can be mailed to Long Beach Elks #1937, P.O. Box 370, Long Beach, WA 98631 or dropped off at the Long Beach Elks at 110 N. Pacific Highway in Long Beach. For more information, please contact Maiko Minami at 642-2651 or bpoe1937@gmail.com.

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