Wednesday, Oct. 1

PENINSULA — In support of breast cancer awareness, Ocean Beach Hospital will be Painting the Peninsula Pink, providing pink ribbons for businesses and individuals to display outside their business, or home. Ribbons are to go up the first week of October and stay up through October. Call Deanna at 642-6314 or via email at deaduret.msn.com to get your ribbon today!

PENINSULA — The annual Wild Mushroom Celebration is set for Oct. 1 through Nov. 15 with various businesses offering a variety of mushroom dinners and delights. Go to http//www.wildmushroomcelbration.com for information and when and where these special events will be offered.

LONG BEACH — Long Beach Elementary is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair Oct. 1 through Oct. 3. This event helps raise funds for purchasing books for the school library. Featured will be easy readers, picture books, best sellers and more specially priced books and educational products. Hours are as follows: Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parents, children, teachers and the community are invited to support this great book fair.

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 Oct. 1 is “Lost Horizon,” starring Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt. 1937. 132 min.

Thursday, Oct. 2

PENINSULA — The Long Beach Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3721 is holding their essay and scholarship programs. The program consists of two competitions, “Voice of Democracy” for students in ninth through 12th grades, and the “Patriot’s Pen” competition for students in sixth through eighth grades. The competitions are open to all students enrolled in public, private or home schooling. Entrants in the Voice of Democracy competition are required to prepare and record a three- to five-minute essay using the theme, “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans.” Patriot’s Pen” entrants are required to write a 300- to 400-word essay on “Why Veterans are Important to our Nation’s History and Future.” All entries for both competitions must be submitted by Nov. 1. Entry forms and other related materials have been distributed to the schoolteachers and counselors. For further information please contact Mark Smith at 665-2513.

Friday, Oct. 3

GRAYS RIVER — Friends of Extension and Wahkiakum 4-H present the seventh annual Columbia River Country Days on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4. Featured this year are events at the Puget Island Farmers Market on Friday beginning at 3 p.m. Activities planned at the Market include a pie social to benefit 4-H, live music, vendors and plenty of fresh local grown produce for participants to purchase. Saturday includes a 4-H open house at the Wahkiakum Fairgrounds located in Skamokawa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Lamplit Dinner in the Grays River Covered Bridge. Lamplit dinner tickets are available at Bank of Pacific branches in Cathlamet and Naselle, and the WSU Wahkiakum County Extension office at 25 River Street in Cathlamet for $35 or $25 for our grand Americans (those 72 and older) and veterans. Proceeds from the event benefit the Wahkiakum 4-H program. For further information, call 360-795-3278.

Saturday, Oct. 4

ILWACO — On Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ocean Beach Hospital and the Peninsula Bunco Club are hosting an educational breast cancer luncheon at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, 115 Lake Street in Ilwaco. Experts will be on hand covering topics on breast cancer risk reduction, treatment options and quality of life issues. Brenda Kay, hair specialist will discuss “How to keep dancing when your hair falls out;” Diane O’Connor and Diane Elizondo, from the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and Southwest Washington will discuss “What everyone should know about ovarian cancer;” Patty Marmann, RN/Pure Romance and an adult sexual health educator will discuss “rediscovering your sensual sexual self;” Dr. Robert Wayne will discuss “A medical man’s perspective of breast cancer;” and finally Dr. Ivan Law, oncologist at OBH, will discuss “How lifestyle changes effect breast cancer thrivers.” The lunch is $5. For more information call Deanna at 642-6314.

KLIPSAN — The Peninsula Bunco Club is hosting two sessions of bunco at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center located at 21603 “O” Lane in Ocean Park, on Saturday, Oct. 4, with proceeds to benefit those in our local area who need breast cancer screenings. Admission is $11 per person. The afternoon session opens at 2:30 p.m., with games starting at 3 p.m. The evening session starts at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. There will be food available for purchase plus raffles, prizes and much more. All over 18 years old are welcome. For information call 642-0071 or 665-6927.

SEASIDE — The Sunset Empire Orchid Society presents its 18th annual show and sale on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5 at the Bob Chisholm Community Center, 1225 Ave “A” in Seaside. Hours on Saturday are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $3, or $2 for seniors. In addition for a small fee, plants can be repotted. For more information, call Georgia at 665-5565.

PENINSULA — There will be two opportunities for blessing of the animals on Oct. 4. All are invited to the Human Society (324 2nd St. NE, Long Beach) on St. Francis Day, at 11 a.m. for a blessing of your animal by Pastor Adrienne Strehlow from Ocean Park Lutheran Church in the shelter parking lot followed by a blessing of the animals in the shelter. Then at 2 p.m. at the parson of Ocean Park United Methodist Church at 25462 U Street, Ocean Park, there will be a second blessing of the animals. Participants are asked to bring a donation for the South Pacific County Animal Shelter. They need canned cat and dog food, dry kitten and cat food, dry dog food, clay kitty litter, paper towels, 13-gallon trash bags and much more. Check out their web site www.beachpets.com for more information. Monetary donations are always welcome and please feel free to join with a membership to help our loyal friends.

Sunday, Oct. 5

LONG BEACH — On Sundays, Oct. 5 and Oct. 19 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., come to the Long Beach Grange at 5715 Sandridge Road (lower level, back door) for kitchen music! Bring your guitars, fiddles, mandolins, banjos or other favorite instrument and come play, listen or join in singing traditional, folk, bluegrass, blues and pop music. Join the circle! Everyone is welcome regardless of level of musical expertise. For more information call Chuck at 642-2239 or Bill or Janet at 360-600-8754.

SKAMOKAWA — Redmen Hall in Skamokawa has a new exhibit featuring three major local artists: Judy VanderMaten, Mitzi Christensen and Nell Coulson. The exhibit, entitled “All Over the Place,” will emphasize the varied ideas of these three highly talented women. VanderMaten is a photographer who says that watching water has been an everyday part of her life and a main subject of her work, feeling she is recording Mother Nature’s art. Christensen also has spent much of her life on the sea, living on sailboats. Her work is mainly in acrylics, loving the dramatic colors and the ability to experiment until you are happy with the results. Coulson has painted since youth and took up active work when she retired. She uses oils and acrylics, with a beautiful sense of color and natural drama. The exhibit runs until Oct. 19. Redmen Hall is at 1394 SR-4, and is open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The phone is 795-8675.

Monday, Oct. 6

KLIPSAN — The next monthly meeting of American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is at noon on Oct. 6 at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center in Klipsan. The guest speaker is Sheila Peterson who will be discussing the Peninsula Poverty Response program. This is a potluck meeting. Call Doris Shoemaker at 642-2205 for more information.

OCEAN PARK — The Beach Barons meet the first Monday of each month in the clubhouse just south of Bay Avenue in Ocean Park. The next meeting is set for Oct. 6. Anyone with an interest is welcome. For information call 642-3998 or 665-5743.

KLIPSAN — Options and decisions for seniors and other community members is offered on Mondays from 3 p.m. to about 4:30 p.m. at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center in Klipsan. These are free workshops, open to all. The Oct. 6 session is regarding giving a power of attorney for healthcare, wills, gifts and endowments and will be presented by Guy Glenn.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

PACIFIC COUNTY — Public Utility District No. 2 of Pacific County will hold public hearings to consider proposed changes to District Policy. The next hearing is set for Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Willapa Operations Auditorium in Raymond, beginning at 1 p.m. or shortly thereafter.

MONTESANO — Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has restricted access to portions of the Chinook Unit of the Johns River Wildlife Area during work on a salmon recovery project. Signs will be posted on the northern end of the unit to mark the construction area, which will be closed to hunting through October. During that time, work crews will fill drainage ditches, remove culverts and excavate historic channels in approximately 20 key locations. If you have questions call 360-906-6738.

PENINSULA — A razor clam dig is scheduled on the Long Beach Peninsula from the Columbia River north jetty to Leadbetter Point on Oct. 7 through Oct. 12, pending marine toxin tests, with digging allowed between noon and midnight. The best time to start is an hour or two before low tide and it is recommended you take a lantern for evening digs. Harvesters are allowed to take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 they dig, regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. Licenses are available at numerous local businesses.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

OCEAN PARK — The Shoalwater Birders meet Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Ocean Park Resort RV Park in the community room at 25904 R Street in Ocean Park, behind Okie’s Thriftway. Bring your ideas and share your thoughts in an open forum discussion on how the group can become the birding club that will enhance your birding experiences in the future. Everyone is welcome. For more information contact Suzy Whittey at 642-2239 or email duskygoose@live.com.

ILWACO — On Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 8 a.m. at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum as part of the Ilwaco Merchants Association meeting there will be a presentation being put on by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the significant work they will be performing on our local jetties over the next several years. This presentation promises to be informative and relevant to our local businesses and operations. For information go to www.pnwa.net/new/Articles/CSRSFactSheet.pdf.

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 Oct. 8 is “Night and Day,” starring Cary Grant and Alexis Smith. 1946. 127 min.

Future Events

RAYMOND — Willapa Valley Grange No. 527 is hosting a candidate forum on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Grange Hall, located at 290 Camp One Road, in Raymond. The moderator for the evening will be Steve Holland, Raymond School District Superintendent. Please come and be part of the interviews of the election candidates for PUD commissioner (Mike Swanson and Joe Basil), Pacific County Prosecutor (David Burke and Mark McClain), and County Commissioner (Lisa Ayers and Michael Hess). This event is free to the public. Parking is available in the lot in front of the Grange Hall, and adjacent to the hall in the field. Questions can be directed to Heidi Bale, Grange master, at 942-8663, or Howard Auble, treasurer, at 942-0232.

PENINSULA — Families Helping Families is having a costume drive. Costumes are needed by Oct. 10. Drop off the costumes at Pacific Bible Church on Tuesdays, Thursday and Friday mornings or call before dropping off. New and gently used are very welcome. You can also drop off costumes at Dennis Company, Ocean Park and Long Beach Elementary Schools and All Seasons Kid’s Stuff in Chinook.

OYSTERVILLE — The Oysterville Community Club is hosting its annual ‘Town Hall and Lecture Series” at the historic Oysterville Schoolhouse at 10 a.m. as follows. On Oct. 9 the speaker will be Nina Macheel, executive director of Willapa Bay Artist Residencies, an International Tradition at Home in Oysterville;” on Oct. 23, Eric Weigardt, watercolorist will discuss “Fine Art and the Collector.” Additional speakers will be present on Nov. 6, Nov. 4 and Dec. 4. All are welcome to these gatherings. There is a suggested $3 donation. If you have questions call Diane at 665-0001.

LONG BEACH — The public is invited to attend the WellSpring Coalition meeting at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9 in the main conference room the county building at 7013 Sandridge Road in Long Beach. Please join attendees and help work toward a safer and healthier environment for our community. For additional information call Lindsey at 783-1090 or admin@wellspringpacific.com.

OCEAN PARK — The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive will be at Ocean Park Lutheran Church (24002 U St., Ocean Park) on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please visit www.redcrossblood.org.

LONG BEACH — The 44th annual Peninsula Arts Association Fall Art Show is set for Oct. 10 through Oct. 13 at the Long Beach Depot on 3rd Street in Long Beach. The public is invited to vote for the show’s top ribbon, People’s Choice. Raffle sales fund PAA’s Scholarship and Art Enrichment programs. For information visit www.beachartist.org.

ASTORIA — Chinook Tribal Council will be meeting on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 11a.m. in the Netul Room at Fort Clatsop in Astoria. Tribal members are encouraged to attend. There will be a potluck luncheon as usual. If you have questions call 875-6670.

ILWACO — The annual Cranberrian Fair is set for Oct. 11 and Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum at 115 SE Lake Street in Ilwaco. Come enjoy this celebration of local harvest including all things cranberry. Foods, crafters, bog tours and more will showcase the area’s rich heritage. There will be handmade items and homemade baked goods, including peach/cranberry pies. Craft demonstrations will include rug hookers and a blacksmith. Cranberrian Fair buttons are $5 and cover admission to all events at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. The Cranberry Trolley will run from the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco to the Pacific Coast Cranberry Research Foundation and Museum. Call 642-3446 for further information 642-3446.

ILWACO — On Oct.11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Families Helping Families will take place at the Pacific Bible Church at 501 N. Hwy 101 in Ilwaco. Free to members of the Peninsula community, this program offers gently used clothing for adults and children, plus personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies. Donations and cash are gladly accepted if you would like to help support this ministry. Call 642-4844 for more information.

ILWACO — The American Association of University Women is hosting a forum to meet the candidates at 7 p.m. on Oct. 16 at Hilltop Auditorium, 422 Brumbach Street in Ilwaco. Candidates for county commissioner position three, Lisa Ayers and Michael Hess; prosecuting attorney, David Burke and Mark McClain; district court judge south district, Douglas Goelz and Nancy McAllister; PUD commissioner, Joe Basil and Mike Swanson; and U.S. Representative Bob Dingethal will be on hand. Also I-591, I-594 and I1351 will be discussed. This forum is open to the public.

OCEAN PARK — Ocean Beach Hospital, in collaboration with Olympic Area Agency on Aging, has scheduled a free Workshop open to the public entitled Chronic Pain Self-Management. It will be held one afternoon each week on Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for six consecutive weeks beginning Oct. 16 and continuing until Nov. 20, in Ocean Park at the Family Worship Center meeting room at 26310 Ridge Ave. This program was developed by Stanford University for people who have primary or secondary diagnoses of chronic pain and is designed to give participants the skills and confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active fulfilling lives. The workshop may benefit those who have conditions such as persistent headache, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetic neuropathy, or those who experience severe muscular pain due to conditions such as multiple sclerosis. Those caring for a loved one with chronic pain may benefit from this workshop also. Two specifically trained leaders will facilitate the workshop. Space for the workshop is limited so please register early. The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities can be arranged with advance seven-day notice. Please call Iris 665-4760 or Karna at 866-582-1487 to register and for more information.

PENINSULA — Water Music Festival is set for Oct. 17 and Oct. 18. With a theme of “Pearls from our Past” this will be the 30th year of bringing fabulous music to the Long Beach Peninsula. On Friday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Inn at Harbour Village in Ilwaco, there will be hot and fun jazz. Tickets are $35. The Augustana Jazz Quartet from Portland is comprised of four of the Northwest’s best jazz musicians. Then on Saturday, Oct. 18 at noon at the Oysterville Church, for just $25, attendees can enjoy Grammy Award winners Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel who have performed, recorded and toured together for over 24 years with 19 albums to their credit.

LONG BEACH — Long Beach Grange No. 667 is hosting a “Home at the Grange” appreciation dinner for the community family, vendors and members of the Grange on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. R.S.V.P. is required. Call Gwen at 665-5935 or Gale at 642-4691 for more information.

CHINOOK — The Friends of Chinook School are holding their annual Oktoberfest Benefit Auction on Saturday, Oct. 25, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Chinook School Event Center. The “Beer Garden” in a tent returns, this year offering local beers from North Jetty Brewery. Double J and the Boys will be playing fiddles in the tent and the Beach Buddies Band will be performing on the main gym stage. Joanne Leech will be creating another delicious dinner and there will be fantastic auction items to bid on. Again this year, admission to the event will cost $20 if you intend to enjoy the dinner, just $5 if you wish to come to participate in the auction, visit the “beer garden,” enjoy the music and greet friends and neighbors but forgo the special meal. And be sure to buy your raffle tickets for a chance to win a Microsoft Surface 2 Tablet. Questions call 206-930-1641.

ILWACO — Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge 2014 Photo Contest is underway. On your mark, get ready, shoot, photos that is. The contest is on and photos must be submitted online by Nov. 1. There will be cash prizes and a chance to get outdoors and take photos – what could be better! Go to friendsofwillaparefuge.org for entry and submission rules. If you have questions, contact Nancy at beliveau47@peoplepc.com.

BAY CENTER — The Bay Center Women’s Club annual holiday bazaar is set for Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the old Bay Center Store/Community Center. Attendees will find unique crafts, food and music to get everyone in the holiday mood. Come and do all your holiday shopping in one place. Vendors may call 875-0150 for information on tables/spaces. All profits go towards community projects funded by Bay Center Women’s Club.

OCEAN PARK — DoGoodnics, a Peninsula 501(c)3 organization, is producing a unique Celebration of Community event on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center. The event honors outstanding volunteers from numerous Peninsula nonprofit organizations. Social hour is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., entertainment/awards from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and dancing is from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available (starting Nov. 5) at Okie’s Market, Olde Towne Trading Post, Stormin’ Norman’s, or via Dogoodnics, 1605 229th Place, Ocean Park, WA 98640. There will be limited seating. In addition there will be a cash bar, homemade pretzels and chocolate truffles. Invited guest speakers/musicians include Larkin Stentz, Pete Hanner, Barbara Poulshock, Barbara Bate, David Immel, Cate Gable, Bette Snyder and County Commissioner Steve Rogers. KMUN programmer Wayne Downing will serve as DJ. Call 665-2784 for more information.

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