Wednesday, May 1

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 1 at 6 p.m., at Naselle Timberland Library; May 11 at 11 a.m., at Ilwaco Timberland Library; May 11 at 2 p.m., at Ocean Park Timberland Library; May 14 at 5 p.m., at South Bend Timberland Library; May 23 at 3:30 p.m., at Shoalwater Bay Library and on May 28 at 6 p.m., at Raymond Timberland Library. Mark your calendars now!

One Act plays

    PENINSULA — It is time to submit original one-act plays to the Peninsula Players for their annual One-Act Play Festival in August. Authors need to submit their plays in triplicate by no later than May 1 to the Peninsula Players at P.O. Box 383, Ilwaco, WA 98624. They also may submit them to Joyce Jones, who is the producer for the event. The festival gives a chance to novice writers, actors and directors to test their talent in front of an audience. Many of those who have participated in the past have moved on to greater participation with the Peninsula Players. Those submitting should limit their plays to 25 minutes or less. Once the plays are accepted, directors are assigned to their plays and auditions are scheduled. A special committee will choose the plays for this year’s festival. The criteria that is used in the selection is varied. Family appropriate, literary value, audience appeal are just some of the factors that the committee looks for. Also the committee will try to select plays that will give the audience a varied experience on the night of the performances. Announcements of the plays chosen will be in June with rehearsals and preparation beginning after July 4. The festival is scheduled for the last two weekends in August. For additional information call producer Joyce Jones at 665-3939.

C.G. Auxiliary

    CAPE D — The Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 62 meets the first Wednesday of each month. This month’s meeting is May 1 at 7 p.m. at Cape Disappointment. For information call Lee at 665-6882.

Weather spotter training

    ASTORIA — The National Weather Service welcomes volunteers with an interest in participating in their volunteer weather spotter program to attend one of a spring training sessions. On Wednesday evening, May 1, there will be a weather spotter training class in Astoria from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  The training is free and will be held at the Guy Boyington Building, located at 857 Commercial Avenue in Astoria. Anyone who wants to become a volunteer weather spotter or those who are already weather spotters and want refresher training are welcome to attend.  For information call the weather service at 503-326-2340 or visit the website

Chinook Food Bank

    CHINOOK — The Friends of Chinook School is sponsoring the Chinook Food Bank in the Chinook School building at 810 State Route 101 in Chinook. The food bank will be open on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call Loma at 777-8367 with questions.

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 1 is “Hondo,” starring John Wayne, Geraldine Page. 1953. 84 min.

Thursday, May 2

National Day of Prayer

    PENINSULA — All are encouraged to honor the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer on May 2. This year’s theme, “Pray for America,” is based on Matthew 12:21, which reminds us that, “In His name the nations will put their hope.” National Day of Prayer (NDP) Task Force Chairman Shirley Dobson, wife of Family Talk founder Dr. James Dobson, has said that, “The American people continue to be plagued with challenges that defy simple answers, and our hope lies in humbly seeking the Almighty’s guidance, protection, and blessing – not only on the National Day of Prayer, but throughout the year.” To learn more visit

Masonic dinner

    ILWACO — Occident Lodge No. 99 will hold a dinner at 6:30 p.m., with a meeting following at 7 p.m., on Thursday, May 2. All Masons are welcome. Call 665-4618 for more information.

Mendhi Henna tattoos

    ILWACO — Ilwaco Timberland Library is hosting Mendhi henna tattoos from May 1 to 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” from May 1 to 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 from May 1 to 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 665-4184.

Friday, May 3

LB Merchants

    LONG BEACH — The Long Beach Merchants Association meets Friday, May 3 at 8 a.m., at the Lightship Restaurant, near the Chautauqua Lodge in Long Beach. For more information call Craig Smith at 642-5678.

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 4

Loyalty Days events

    PENINSULA — The 63rd annual Loyalty Days festivities are set for Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5. The theme of this year’s event is “Liberty for All” with special guest Patrick Henry, portrayed by Richard Schumann. On Saturday is the kid’s parade in Ilwaco. The parade starts at noon down Howerton Way at the Port of Ilwaco. The blessing of the fleet is at 1 p.m., followed by a oyster feed from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Long Beach Elks Lodge. That evening is the honor’s banquet at the Elks Lodge.

Bayside Singers concerts

    ILWACO & OCEAN PARK — The Bayside Singers will perform their spring concert at two locations this year — at 2:30 p.m., at the River City Playhouse, 127 Lake Street SE in Ilwaco on Saturday, May 4 and again at 2:30 p.m. at Ocean Park Lutheran Church, 240th and “U” Street on May 5. Admission is by donation. The singers will be directed by Barbara Poulshock, with Barbara Bate as accompanist.

Plant & Garden Sale

    RAYMOND — On Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the public is invited to come to the Willapa Valley Grange at 290 Camp One Road in Raymond for a plant and garden sale. Local nursery vendors and soil amendment producers will be in attendance. Presentations include ‘GMOs and Your Health’ at 11 a.m., and ‘Hoophouse Gardening in Pacific County’ at 12:30 p.m. Also there will be kits available to create your own hoop house, handmade cedar planters and more. Plus there will be many yummy baked items for sale. Everyone is welcome! If you have questions you can call Linda at 942-8386.

Author talk

    RAYMOND — Raymond Timberland Library presents Author Talk: Jeff Burlingame, from 11 a.m. to noon, May 4 for adults. Author Jeff Burlingame will speak about his recent biography of the popular former Washington legislator, Sid Snyder, “Across the Aisles: Sid Snyder’s Remarkable Life in Groceries & Government.” The book is the latest in the Washington State Heritage Center’s Legacy Project series. The author will sign books following the talk. Books will be available for purchase. The Friends of the Raymond Timberland Library will provide refreshments. For more information call 942-2408.

Watch the book

    RAYMOND — From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on May 4, all ages are invited to Raymond Timberland Library for “Read the Movie — Watch the Book.” Every Saturday you can watch a great book come to life on the library’s big screen TV. The library will provide popcorn, you may bring a drink. For more information call 942-2408.

Sunday, May 5

Loyalty Days events

    LONG BEACH — On Sunday, as part of the Loyalty Days celebration, there is a cowboy breakfast set from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Peninsula Saddle Club grounds; fire truck rides for kids at the fire hall in Ilwaco; and the grand parade starts at 1 p.m., through downtown Long Beach. Special guest is Richard Schumann portraying Patrick Henry. Come join the fun!

Spring Tea and luncheon

    ROSBURG — On Sunday, May 5, the Grays River Friendship Circle will hold its 11th Annual Spring Tea and Luncheon at the Rosburg Community Hall in Rosburg. This year’s theme is “School Days.” The entertainment will be furnished by the Grays River Players. Ladies of the Grays River United Methodist Church sponsor this event as a fundraiser for the Friendship Circle’s special projects. The suggested donation is $8 each at the door. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., to gather and greet; lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m., with entertainment to follow. The luncheon will include tea savories, delicacies and desserts. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 each. Winners choose from a table of prizes. For more information, call 465-2740 or 484-7749.

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.

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 1700s, watercolors from the middle 1800s, 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.

Monday, May 6

AARP meeting

    KLIPSAN — The next monthly meeting of AARP is at May 6, at noon at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center in Klipsan. This is a potluck meeting. Call Doris Shoemaker at 642-2205 for more information.

Hazard sirens testing

    SOUTH BEND — The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) will conduct testing of the All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) sirens on Monday, May 6, at noon. The AHAB sirens will sound the Westminster chimes for 10 seconds followed by a 15-second verbal message. The PCEMA has requested assistance from Pacific County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services volunteers in tracking the success of the test. Residents with questions or concerns may contact the PCEMA office at 360-875-9340 or 642-9340.

Tuesday, May 7

Library friends meet

    NASELLE — The Friends of the Naselle Timberland Library will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7. Meetings are open to the public and new members are always welcome. For more information call 484-3877.

Book discussion

    OCEAN PARK — From 6 p.m. to 7:20 p.m., May 7, adults are invited to Ocean Park Timberland Library for a discussion of the book, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams. For more information call 665-4184.

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 8

C.G. Auxiliary

    CAPE D — The Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 62 meets the first Wednesday of each month. This month’s meeting is May 1 at 7 p.m. at Cape Disappointment. For information call Lee at 665-6882.

Kindergarten orientation

    LONG BEACH — At 5:30 p.m., on May 8, Long Beach Elementary is hosting an event for children who will be enrolled in kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year. Please call 642-3242 for further information and an enrollment package.

Ilwaco Merchants

    ILWACO — The Ilwaco Merchants Association meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum on Lake Street. The next meeting is at 8 a.m., May 8. For more information call President Dustin Mead at 642-2336.

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 8 is “I Remember Mama,” starring Irene Dunne, Philip Dorn. 1948. 134 min.

Future Events

“The Big Burn…”

    RAYMOND — Raymond Timberland Library is hosting a discussion of the book “The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America” by Timothy Egan, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., May 9 for adults. Discussions are held after library hours in the library meeting room on the second Thursday of the month. For more information call 942-2408.

Local DAR meeting

    OCEAN PARK — Ocian in View Chapter of DAR meets at 1 p.m., May 10 in the Ocean Park library. Contact Mary Ellen Langridge at 665-5615 for more information.

Book signing

    OCEAN PARK — Sydney Stevens will be signing her new book, “Legendary Locals of the Long Beach Peninsula” at Adelaide’s Coffee and Books in Ocean Park on Saturday, May 11 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A short book talk will begin at 1 p.m. On May 15, she will hold a book signing from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at The Picture Attic in Long Beach. For information call 665-4716.

“The Reluctant Dragon”

    OCEAN PARK — Enjoy fun for all ages on Mother’s Day, May 12, when Seat of Your Pants Productions presents a musical entertainment, “The Reluctant Dragon.” Ocean Park Methodist Church is hosting the event, which begins at 3 p.m., and will be followed by refreshments. There will be special performances by young musicians as well. Admission for those 12 years and up is $5. This event will benefit the Ocean Park Backpack for Kids Program. Children under 12 should bring non-perishable items for the food bank for admission. If you have questions call Sandy at 665-2540 or via email at

The Chopin Project

    ASTORIA — The Astoria Music Festival is hosting “The Chopin Project” beginning at 3 p.m. on May 12, featuring the Agnieszka Laska dancers with pianist Ruta Kuzmickas at the Performing Arts Center is Astoria. This special show will include half-price admission for moms plus a rose, and authentic Polish desserts. Tickets are available by calling 503-325-9896. They are $20 or adults; $10 for students; $10 for teachers; and $5 for music and dance students.

Archery meeting

    LONG BEACH — Bear River Archers meet at 9 a.m., May 13 for a range maintenance work party at the Bear River Archery range located at 85th and Sandridge, next to Lone Fir Cemetery. They will hold a club shoot at noon on Saturday, May 20. Anyone interested in archery and/or bowhunting is welcome to attend. For more information call 783-2453 or 783-1059.

PC Democrats

    LONG BEACH — The Pacific County Democrats meet 7 p.m. on Monday, May 13 at the county building at 7013 Sandridge Road in Long Beach. For information e-mail Marshall Tate at

WellSpring meeting

    LONG BEACH — The public is invited to attend the WellSpring Community Network meeting at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14 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 360-783-1090.

Commissioners’ forum

    OCEAN PARK — The Pacific County Commissioners are holding a community forum from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., on May 14 at the Ocean Park fire hall at 26110 Ridge Avenue. This is the first of 11 forums to be held throughout the county. Bring your questions and come get caught up on issues affecting our county. If you have questions call 642-9337.

Saddle Club mtg

    LONG BEACH — The Peninsula Saddle Club meets at 7 p.m., May 14, at their clubhouse on Sandridge Rd. If you are interested in learning more about the club or being involved with this year’s rodeo, please call Dianne at 642-2680 evenings.

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.

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.

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 2-mile 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.

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

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

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

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