Wednesday, May 15

NW Garlic Festival Poster Contest

OCEAN PARK — The May 15 deadline to enter Peninsula Arts Association’s NW Garlic Festival poster contest is fast approaching. The winning artwork will best illustrate the spirit and essence of this 32 year-old festival, with garlic being the centerpiece. A bold, clear design with excellent use of color is what works best. Submissions may be dropped off at the Ocean Park Area Chamber of Commerce at 1715 Bay Ave, Ocean Park, during business hours, Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry form and full contest information are available on PAA’s website, at the Ocean Park Area Chamber office or by calling 665-6041. A cash prize of $150 and two of the 100 limited edition posters goes to the winner. A public invited unveiling reception will be held June 7 at 6 p.m. at the Lighthouse Realty office in Ocean Park. All winning image reproduction rights and original artwork become property of Peninsula Arts Association. For information on this year’s NW Garlic Festival, visit

Travel & Diabetes

LONG BEACH — Denise Ross, RN, CDE, will be the presenter at the next Diabetes Support Group set for Wednesday, May 15 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Peninsula Church of the Nazarene meeting room at 13th Street North and Pacific Hwy., in Long Beach. The topic will be travel and diabetes. The group is open to all and free to attend. For questions or additional information 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 May 15 is “Robin and the 7 Hoods,” starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby. 1964. 123 min.

Thursday, May 16

Gardening chat

OCEAN PARK — All are welcome to come to an informal gardening chat at the Ocean Park Library community room the third Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. The topic for May 16 is beginning to plan the Edible Gardens tour. If you have questions call Lisa at 665-3061.

Housing authority

SOUTH BEND — The Joint Pacific County Housing Authority meets at 10 a.m., on May 16 at the Pacific County Annex in South Bend. This group administers affordable housing in Pacific County. For information call Chris at 423-0140, ext. 15.

Rainland Fly Casters meeting

ASTORIA — The regular monthly meeting of the Rainland Fly Casters will be May 16 at 7 p.m., at the Astoria American Legion at 1132 Exchange Street. Guests are always welcome. The club has some tying equipment to loan and there will be assistance available from other club members. If you have questions call Walt Weber at 777-8295.

Mendhi Henna tattoos

ILWACO — Ilwaco Timberland Library is hosting Mendhi henna tattoos through May 31 for teens. Learn to use all-natural henna paste to make temporary tattoos. All material will be provided. This project will be available at the library during open hours all month long. For more information call 642-3908.

Make a button

NASELLE — Naselle Timberland Library is hosting “Make a Button” through May 31 for teens. Show who you are with your own custom button. Bring your own art, or use the library’s recycled comics and magazines to represent the things you love. All material will be provided. This project will be available at the library during open hours all month long. For more information call 484-3877.

Needle felting

OCEAN PARK — Ocean Park Timberland Library is hosting needle felting through May 31 for teens. Using just a small needle and some wool, design your own fabric, flower, or creature. All material will be provided. This project will be available at the library during open hours all month long. For more information call (360) 665-4184.

Friday, May 17

Rummage sale

SEAVIEW — St. Mary’s Altar Society is holding a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 17 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 18 at the parish social hall at 4700 Pacific Way in Seaview. Lunch will be served both days plus there will be raffle tickets for sale for great prizes.

Garden club meets

PENINSULA — The Green Fingers Garden Club will meet on Friday, May 17. Since the locations change each month depending on the program, call 665-0174 for more information.  Please join others and learn how to garden on the peninsula.

Visit parks for free!

WASHINGTON — Washington State Parks is honoring the 100th birthday of the park system by allowing free days with no Discover Pass required. They include June 1 (National Trails Day); June 8 and June 9 (National Get Outdoors Day); Aug. 4; Sept. 28 and Nov 9 through Nov. 11.

Saturday, May 18

Surf Perch derby

LONG BEACH — The 13th annual Surf Perch Derby is set for May 18. Pre-registration is $30 per person (or $35 on the day of the tournament), and includes a Kiwanis breakfast with all you can eat pancakes from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. The registration booth is open on the day of the event from 5:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Prizes will be offered for the total weight of fish caught for individual and three-person teams. Those taking part in the derby must have the required fishing permits/licenses from the state of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Don’t miss out on this sure to be fun event, register today. Call Michael Greer at 642-7458 if you have questions.

Stamp collecting kits

LONG BEACH — The Peninsula Stamp Club is hosting a special event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 18 at the Long Beach Grange on Sandridge Road. They will give away starter stamp collecting kits to local young people ages eight years old and up, while the supply lasts. For all ages they will help with information about starting a stamp collection, the use of books and publications devoted to stamp collecting and where to find or purchase stamps. Plus there will be demonstrations on the use of tools and procedures used to collect and display stamp collections. Additionally there will be information for Boy Scouts interested in earning a stamp collecting merit badge. For information call 642-8732 or just come down to the grange for a good day of fun and information.

Great White Tail run

SKAMOKAWA — Wahkiakum 4-H is preparing for the 29th annual Great White Tail Run, which will be held Saturday, May 18 at Skamokawa. The event, which includes a 10k, 5k and 2mile course on the Julia Butler Hansen National Wildlife Refuge, will start at 10 a.m. with day of registration and packet pickup beginning at 8:30 a.m., at the Skamokawa Vista Park. For more information or request of a registration form, please call 465-2275 or email

Wellness Walk

LONG BEACH — The fourth annual Walk for Mental Health and Wellness, sponsored by NAMI Pacific County, WellSpring, and Willapa Behavioral Health, starts at 9 a.m., Saturday May 18 at the Bolstad beach approach in Long Beach. Join friends and neighbors for this great cause. Buy a locally-made event T-shirt or raffle items that day, or learn how to make online donations to support the walk in your own family or group. Contact Carole Wiegardt at 665-3712 or for more information.

Seal River Cemetery Clean-Up

SEAL RIVER — A clean-up afternoon is planned for Saturday, May 18 at 1 p.m. at the Seal River Cemetery. Bring tools and equipment for doing clean-up, a soft bristled brush with a bucket of water for cleaning headstones, rain gear or sunscreen depending on weather. The cemetery is now officially listed with the state of Washington, and the by-laws are extensive about membership. Learn more by calling Kari Kandoll at 849-4353 or Gail Heppner at 465-2204.

NRA banquet

CHINOOK — The Peninsula Friends of the NRA are holding a banquet on May 18 at the Chinook gym. Doors open at 5 p.m. The evening includes a great meal and more. The cost is $40 per person or $75 couples. This event is open to everyone. Call 665-5956 for more information.

Archery club shoot

LONG BEACH — Bear River Archers are holding a 3-D shoot beginning at 8 a.m. on May 18 and May 19 at the Bear River Archery range located at 85th and Sandridge, next to Lone Fir Cemetery. The sport of 3D Archery is a form of target archery. The goal is having the ability to guess how far away the target is and know where to shoot to achieve the highest possible score. Anyone interested in archery and/or bowhunting is welcome to attend. For more information call 783-2453 or 783-1059.

Camp Victory concert

ILWACO — On Saturday, 18 at 3 p.m., at Hilltop Auditorium, high school student Anja Patten will perform a concert of classical as well as Broadway selections as part of her senior project. A donation of $8 is welcome. Intermission refreshments will be provided by Wholesome Hearth Bakery. If you have questions call 642-2916.

Science conference

LONG BEACH — The public is invited to attend the Pacific County Marine Resources Committee Science Conference on Saturday, May 18 from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Hosted by the WSU extension and Cranberry Museum on Pioneer Road in Long Beach, the event will include several informative speakers who will discuss a variety of topics, such as Dungeness crab, razor clams, migratory birds, snowy plovers and the Japanese tsunami. To RSVP, email Key McMurry at

Beach Barons car run

LONG BEACH — On Saturday, May 18 the Beach Barons will leave Pioneer Market in Long Beach at 11 a.m. to head to Gearhart to McMenamins Sand Trap for lunch. Please R.S.V.P. Dennis at or 665-6650 so he can let the restaurant know how many to expect.

Plant, book, bake sale &?more

ROSBURG — The second annual plant, book, bake sale and soup luncheon is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 18 at the Grays River Valley Center at Johnson Park, 30 Rosburg School Road in Rosburg. Also at the event, two local artists (a 16-year-old and an 81-year old) will be exhibiting their artwork. All are welcome. If you have questions call Penny at 465-2775.

Open house/blood drive

ILWACO — The Coast Guard invites the public to attend an open house and blood drive at Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco on Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Station Cape Disappointment, the National Motor Lifeboat School, as well as the motor lifeboats and 25-foot response boat will be open for tours. The Coast Guard Auxiliary will be on scene to take vessel safety check appointments. Columbia River Bar Pilots and local search-and-rescue agencies including fish and wildlife, fire and police will attend as well. The Columbia River Chiefs’ Mess will have barbecue for sale. American Red Cross will be on site to accept blood donations. For more information, please contact Station Cape Disappointment at 642-2382.

Sunday, May 19

Nutritional cooking

ASTORIA — On May 19 at 4 p.m., at the Stout Community Center at the Adventist Church at 270 Pacific Avenue in Long Beach a nutritional class will be offered. As part of the “Forks Over Knives Healthy Supper Club,” bring a basic vegetarian dish to share; tableware and juice will be provided. There will be more health and nutrition ideas shared. Call Steve at 410-236-1353 for more information.

Orchid Society meeting

ASTORIA — The monthly meeting of the Sunset Empire Orchid Society will be held on Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 725 33rd Ave., in Astoria. The speaker will be Michael Jenne whose program is titled “Under the Lights.” The public is welcome, as are long time and first time growers as well as curious gardeners. Come, learn and enjoy the wonderful treats. For more information call Claudia Kulland at 503-738-5895.

Open gym

CHINOOK — Every Sunday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., there will be open gym time at the Chinook gymnasium. The public is welcome. Call 244-1359 if you have questions.

Monday, May 20

Benefit auction

SKAMOKAWA — Redmen Hall is holding a sale of art from the estate of Janet Cimino, a well-known local collector. The sale is being held as a benefit for Tsuga Gallery, a gallery located in Cathlamet founded by Cimino for artists in Southwest Washington. The sale will run until June 1, or until all the works are sold. Cimino’s collection is primarily from the Pacific Northwest, but also includes many pieces from England and Japan. There is framed calligraphy by the English artist M. Adams; the Japanese collection includes antique silk embroidery, sumiyuri prints from the early 1700’s, watercolors from the middle 1800’s, and other beautiful pieces. There are also certified Duck Stamp paintings and other wildlife prints, and many works by nationally recognized regional artists, and much more. Redmen Hall is located at 1394 SR-4, Skamokawa. All items are priced to sell and include a wide variety of items for every taste. Redmen Hall is open Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. There is no admission charge but donations are greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, May 21

ESA meeting

NASELLE — ESA Alpha Theta will hold their monthly business meeting beginning at 6 p.m., May 21 at the Naselle Library. For more information call 484-3844.

PAA meeting

LONG BEACH — Peninsula Arts Association holds its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 21 at 6 pm., at the PAA office located at 3rd Street North and Pacific (the green building). The business meeting will feature discussions of the recent Spring Art show and the changes in store for the Fall Art Show, the upcoming Garlic Festival Poster Reveal Reception, Fourth of July Parade chalk give-away and Starving Artists Sale. Refreshments and art-talk follow. The gathering is open to the public. For more info visit

Metaphysical fellowship forming

OCEAN PARK — Anyone interested in joining a metaphysical fellowship group in Ocean Park to study E. Holmes’ “Science of the Mind” or the group’s choice. Call 665-3400.

Wednesday, May 22

Relay for Life start up

PENINSULA — Peninsula Relay for Life is Sept. 21 and Sept. 22 at the Ilwaco High School track. Anyone interested in joining a committee is welcome to attend the meeting May 22 at 6 p.m. at the Ocean Park office of Lighthouse Realty at 25810 Vernon Avenue.The kickoff for the Peninsula Relay for Life is at 9 a.m. on June 1 at the Peninsula Church Center at 5000 “N” Place. Please come for a free breakfast, register yourself and your teams, meet some incredible cancer survivors, be a part of the online video and learn more about this year’s event, “Carnival for the Cure.” For more details call Event Chair Brenda Bliss 360-783-2285.

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 May 22 is “The Virgin Queen,” starring Bette Davis, Richard Todd. 1955. 92 min.

Future Events

Container gardening

PACIFIC COUNTY — Spring is just around the corner so it’s time to plan what you are going to plant, get ready for any large gardening projects you’d like to do this year, or just visit with other gardeners. Washington State University’s Pacific County Master Gardeners have scheduled the following events for avid gardeners or for those who are just beginning. A session entitled, “Growing Vegetables in Containers” will be offered at the following times and locations: May 23 at 3:30 p.m., at Shoalwater Bay Library and on May 28 at 6 p.m., at Raymond Timberland Library.

Longest garage sale

PACIFIC COUNTY — The world’s longest garage sale will be held over Memorial Day weekend, from May 24 through May 27. Advertise your garage sale in the Chinook Observer for just $10 for up to 20 words, which includes publication in the online classifieds. The deadline is before 8 a.m. on Monday, May 20. Plus the same ad can be in the Daily Astorian’s Friday, May 24 edition for an addition $2.50. Call Marlene today at 642-8181 or 800-643-3703 or you can place it online at

Blood Drive

ILWACO — There will be a blood drive from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 at the Ocean Beach Hospital in Ilwaco. The goal is 30 donors. Help this good cause and sign up to donate blood. Please call Marci for information or to register at 642-6382.

Play auditions

ILWACO — The Peninsula Players will be holding auditions for their upcoming play, “All I Really Needed To Know I Learned In Kindergarten,” on Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m., at The River City Playhouse located at 127 Lake in Ilwaco. Both female and male cast members are needed. Performance dates will be July 12 through July 21. Please contact Ed Ahlers for more information at 642-7203.

Summer expo

RAYMOND — The Grays Harbor College Riverview Education Center, at 600 Washington Avenue in Raymond, will host its second annual Summer Expo on Thursday, May 30, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be a plant sale, food, live music, arts and crafts, demonstrations and various informational booths. The plant show will feature one-gallon pots of tomatoes and strawberries, in addition to a vast variety of bedding plants. Other activities will include a bicycle rodeo for children, a free child safety seat inspection conducted by the Target Zero Task Force, and more. Admission is free and parking is plentiful. For more information or to participate, call 875-9466.

Circus in town

LONG BEACH — The circus is coming to town. There will be two performances on Sunday, June 2, one at 2 p.m. and one a 4 p.m. Watch for more details about getting your ticket early. This event is sponsored by the Long Beach Lions Club.

Golf tournament

SURFSIDE — Surfside will be hosting a ‘Bucket’ Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 8, at the Surfside Golf Course at 31508 J Place in Ocean Park. The entry fee is $50 per player, and includes an 18-hole green fee, lunch, prizes and a hat for each entrant. Players can sign up as a team or as an individual and be placed with a group. Four Person Scramble with registration at 9 a.m., Shot Gun start at 10 a.m. Rental carts are available but you need to call 665-4148 to reserve yours. Net proceeds will go to the 2013 Surfside Scholarship Fund to benefit a graduating Ilwaco High School senior. For information about donations, sponsorship options, or questions, contact Kirby Smith or Ann Thoreson through the Surfside business office at 665-4171 or email Kirby at

Hawaiian Luau Buffet

KLIPSAN — On June 14, at 5 p.m., there will be a Hawaiian luau buffet meal served at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center. It will include Kahlua pork, teriyaki chicken, assorted salads and desserts. Tickets are just $15 and are now available at the center for purchase. Call 665-3999 if you have questions.

Free Golf Clinic

LONG BEACH — The Long Beach Elks and Peninsula Golf Course are holding a free Golf Clinic for junior high school students on June 19 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Peninsula Golf Course. Golf clubs will be provided and 20 spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. Reservations can be made at the Long Beach Elks by calling 642-2651.

Free workshop

KLIPSAN — On Tuesday, June 18 at 4:30 p.m., there will be a free educational workshop called, “Transfer of Wealth Planning” at the Peninsula Senior Center in Klipsan. Please R.S.V.P. to Michelle at 800-533-8396, ext. 128.

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