Wednesday, Oct. 10

OCEAN PARK — The Shoalwater Birders will meet Oct. 10 at the Ocean Park library at 6:30 p.m. for members. The public may attend the program at 7 p.m. Michael Passmore from Cathlamet will talk on Band-tailed pigeons. He has degrees in wildlife ecology, band-tailed pigeons, common ground doves, mourning and white-winged doves. After spending 30 years as a Wildlife Biologist with the Corps of Engineers he retired to Cathlamet in 2010, where he has started a program called ‘Wahkiakum Outdoors showing the opportunities to enjoy outdoor resources such as bee-keeping, razor clams, pelicans, and birding, which attracts the largest audience. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Susan Clark at 360-665-2753.

ILWACO — There’s a knitting group that meets at Luanne Hanes’ Olde Towne Coffee Café, located at 108 1st Avenue in Ilwaco that meets from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. All skill levels are welcome including those wanting to learn to knit. There will be experienced knitters there to help teach and to help problem solve if you are having challenges. This is a good time to engage in a fun hobby and a place to make new friends. If you have questions call Olde Towne at 360-777-3085 or Donna Magnuson at 360-642-7116.

Thursday, Oct. 11

ILWACO — The Willapacific Branch of the American Association of University Women will hold a forum for candidates running for office in the general election. On Oct. 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Hilltop Auditorium, 14 Brumbach Street in Ilwaco. Candidates will be there to answer questions from the audience and to present their views and qualifications for the offices. Due to time restraints, the Initiative Measures cannot be addressed individually, but can be directed to individual candidates for information on their support if pertinent.

Ballots will go out in the mail Oct. 19 and this will be an opportunity to meet the people who will represent our county. For questions or additional information call 360-642-3636.

Fundraiser for Community Table 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.

SOUTH BEND — Pacific Transit System will hold its fourth regular quarterly board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Pacific County Commissioners meeting room at 1216 W. Robert Bush Drive, South Bend. The meeting will start at 10:30 a.m. There will be a public hearing to hear comment on Pacific Transit’s 2019 Operating and Capital Budget proposal. The public is welcome. For information call 360-875-9418.

OCEAN PARK — The next Village Club meeting is Thursday Oct. 11, beginning at 6 p.m. October’s meeting will be one of planning and learning. Planning items include: Oct. 22, Fall roadside trash pick-up; Oct. 17 and Oct. 18, the Beach to Bay Path Daffodil Planting. The public is invited to help. On Oct. 17 and 18, members will be planting 12,000 early blooming daffodil bulbs along the Beach to Bay Path. If you would like to help with either project please email: opvillageclub@gmail.com. On the learning end, Iver Matheson, manager of the Ocean Park Library will speak about the recent news regarding the Timberland Regional Library’s Capital Facilities Proposal, the meeting tree and a really spooky “treat” for kids at the library on Halloween. Robyn Handley will let us know about opportunities for Bigs and Littles via the Big Brothers Big Sisters program at Ocean Park Elementary. Christina Thompson, Community Court Coordinator and Rosanne McPhail, Pacific County Stepping Up Initiative Coordinator will introduce a new community program offering multi-agency help to the public twice a month at the South Pacific County Building. Described as one-stop shopping for community services, agencies have information and help on the following: basic needs and housing, alcohol and drug treatment, mental health treatment, crisis services, education and employment. For more information, visit our Facebook page, OP Village Club or call Bonnie 360-270-0298.

OCEAN PARK — The Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) group meets at Ocean Park Community Church at 268th and Vernon in Ocean Park every Thursday morning. Weigh-in begins at 7 a.m. until 8:20 a.m. Meetings are from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. every week. All are welcome. For further information, please call Dee at 360-665-6507 or Donna at 360-665-2336.

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.

Friday, Oct. 12

PENINSULA — Water Music Festival is scheduled for Oct. 12 through Oct. 14. The theme, “Spanning The Globe,” will provide concertgoers with music from all over the world in three separate and diverse concerts. On Friday, Oct. 12, at the Inn at Harbour Village in Ilwaco, you will hear Fandango! Festival patrons may have heard the fabulous Grammy nominees, Cavatina Duo, two years ago at Oysterville Church. That flute and guitar duo is joined by two additional exceptional musicians on cello and violin to form Fandango! The quartet plays a toe-tapping mix of Latin, Spanish, Balkan and classical works. They have received rave reviews with their exciting arrangements and brilliant execution. Come at 6:30 p.m. for the social hour, followed by a 7:30 p.m. concert. Then, on Saturday, the setting will be the intimate, historic Oysterville Church, as the Festival welcomes classical guitarist Marc Teicholz whom critics have hailed as “one of the best they have ever heard.” Listen to Marc’s superb artistry, incredible dexterity and rhythmic assurance in an afternoon concert at 3 p.m. And finally, Sunday, Oct. 14 don’t miss returning artist, classical pianist Alpin Hong. Alpin’s stunning technique, emotional range, and rare humor bring audiences young and old to their feet. Enjoy this not-to-be-missed afternoon concert for all ages at the Eagles Nest in Ilwaco at 3 p.m.; preceded by a social hour at 2 p.m. Tickets to all this year’s concerts can be purchased online at watermusicfestival.com. Get tickets now as available tickets are going rapidly. A portion of all Water Music Society’s proceeds go to assist local school music programs.

CHINOOK — The Peninsula Association of Performing Artists production of “Enchanted April” continues Friday, Oct. 12 at the Fort Columbia Theater, located just east of Chinook. . “Enchanted April” runs Oct. 12, 13, and 14. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Matthew Barber’s “Enchanted April” is a play for anyone who ever considered making a break for it and leaving everything behind. In the winter of 1922, Lotty and Rose, two very frustrated housewives find themselves trapped in the gloom of bleak marriages and perpetual London rain. All seems hopeless until they decide to use their dress money and little savings to rent a villa in Italy for the month of April. To ease the financial burden they are joined there by Caroline Bramble, a beautiful and exhausted socialite, and Mrs. Graves, an overbearing widow. As the month passes, verdant sun-drenched San Salvatore works its magic on each sad and hardened heart, healing grief and bringing hope. And with the arrival of two chastened husbands and one attractive young artist, this mess of new friends blossoms in mysterious, hilarious and unexpected ways. This play promises to delight and inspire all who dream of wisteria blossoms, sunshine and new beginnings. Tickets are available online at: http://www.papatheater.com/ooam-tickets/. Parking at Fort Columbia for the performances is free and does not require a Discover Pass.

Saturday, Oct. 13

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.

SURFSIDE — The 10th Annual Surfside Chili Cook Off, Bake and Crafts Fair is scheduled, rain or shine, for Saturday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oysterville Schoolhouse. Crafts: $5/table by reservation only. Call the Surfside office at 360-665-4171 to reserve a table, as space is limited. There are no entry fees for chili pots, but entries must be received between 11 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. A minimum donation of $2 is requested for the chili tasting. Tasting is scheduled from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. with awards at 2 p.m. All proceeds (excluding craft sales and gratuities) will go to the Ocean Park Food4Kids Backpack Program. For information call 360-665-4171.

SKAMOKAWA — Friends of Skamokawa is proud to present an upcoming art exhibit featuring artist Beth Bailey, a talented artist from Longview whose primary mediums of choice are pen and ink, watercolor, acrylics, and printmaking. River Wanderings opening reception will occur at 1 p.m., on Oct. 13 and the exhibit will run through Nov. 11. Beth’s illustrations include many variations of scenic northwest Washington and Oregon including coastal scenes, historic buildings, and a beautiful interpretation of the Astoria Column. The presentation will include 20 unique pieces celebrating river and waterways of the northwest, including the Columbia River, (Cathlamet, Longview, Skamokawa) the San Juan Islands, and more. RiverLife Interpretive Center-Central School-Redmen Hall is located at 1394 W. State Route 4, Skamokawa. Call 360-795-3007 or email fos1894@gmail.com for more information.

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 smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us, or Key McMurry at 360-942-3184.

RAYMOND — Learn how to grow red alder from the experts at a WSU Extension workshop. On Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Custer Creek Tree Farm, 2943 State Route 6 in Raymond. No longer considered a “weed-tree,” red alder is now very marketable wood and log prices are competing even with Douglas fir. However, red alder management can be tricky and comes with equal parts challenge and opportunity. This workshop will cover all things alder as they relate to small forest owners. Forestry experts will help equip you with the knowledge and resources to grow alder with research-backed management practices. Red alder ecology, silviculture, markets, products, milling options, log grading and options for existing unmanaged stands will be covered with presentations, field tours, and demonstrations. The cost is $30 per person, $40 per couple. Call Patrick Shults at 360-740-1213 or email at patrick.shults@wsu.edu for registration information.

Sunday, Oct. 14

PACIFIC COUNTY — The Astoria-Megler Bridge will be completely closed during the Great Columbia Crossing Walk/Run on Sunday, Oct. 14. The Astoria‐Megler Bridge will be closed at 8:30 a.m. Participants begin the event at Dismal Nitch Rest Area and follow Hwy 401 for 1 mile. This section of Hwy 401 will be closed to traffic briefly while participants are on this portion of the course, approximately 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Participants still on the Astoria‐Megler Bridge at 10:50 a.m. will be picked up by shuttle bus to clear the bridge so that it can reopen at 11 a.m. to vehicles. The event route loops through the Port of Astoria district and participants may continue in that section after 11 a.m. Oregon Department of Transportation will not allow vehicles to line up to wait to cross the bridge on neither the Oregon nor Washington side. Travelers will be dispersed and directed away from the bridge during the event. If you need to cross the river that day, consider changing your trip schedule to cross the bridge prior to the closure or after the closure.

For questions call 503-325‐6311 or David@OldOregon.com.

OCEAN PARK — The Course in Miracles study group meets on Sundays at a new time, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 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.

OCEAN PARK — GriefShare classes are held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Peninsula Baptist Church 2302 Pacific Hwy. 103, Ocean Park. The program is nondenominational and features biblical concept for healing from your grief. You’ll find it to be a warm, caring environment and will come to see your group as an “oasis” on your long journey through grief. You are welcome to begin attending our GriefShare group at any point. Each session is “self-contained,” so you do not have to attend in sequence. You will be able to pick up any sessions you missed in our next 13-week cycle. For information call 360-665-5060.

LONG BEACH — On Oct. 14 beginning at 2 p.m., the public is invited to attend and town hall gathering with Pam Nogueira Maneman, candidate for prosecuting attorney and Robin Souvenir, candidate for Pacific County Sheriff. The gathering is at Adrift conference room, 409 Sid Snyder Drive in Long Beach. You can listen to their philosophies, and bring issues you may have to hear their responses. If you have questions call Deborah Wells at 360-665-0137.

WARRENTON — The Military Officers Association of America, Lower Columbia River Chapter will hold a quarterly meeting and dinner Sunday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. at Dooger’s Restaurant in Warrenton. Bruce Jones, Astoria Councilman, will discuss local elections. All US Military officers and former officers; active duty, reserve, retired, or Warrant Officers are invited as well as USPHS and NOAA officers. For further information please contact Captain R. Stevens, U.S. Coast Guard (ret) at 503-861-9832.

Monday, Oct. 15

PACIFIC COUNTY — The Pacific Conservation District will hold two community meetings to discuss the development of a 5-year Long Range Plan. The first meeting will be held on Oct. 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Long Beach at the South County Administration Building, 7013 Sandridge Rd, Long Beach. The second meeting will be held on Oct. 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in South Bend at the Pacific County Courthouse Annex, 1216 W Robert Bush Drive. For more information check out the district website at https://pacificcd.wordpress.com/ or call 360-875-6735.

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. 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 Oct. 15. For information call Dawn Morgan at 360-261-4612.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

OCEAN PARK — A conversational Spanish class will be offered beginning at 3 p.m. on Oct. 16 at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center at 21603 O Lane. Donations will be accepted for the class. The class is open in public. Call 360-665-3999 for more information and to register.

Wednesday, Oct. 17

LONG BEACH — His Supper Table is looking for volunteers Wednesday through Saturday between the hours of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help process and sort donations, tag and shelve merchandise, straighten up the store, cashier and to provide a welcoming service to our community. Do you like to cook, prepare or help serve meals? Kitchen volunteers are needed on Mondays and Thursdays. HST provides clothes and goods that would otherwise not be affordable as well as a place for the community to donate, buy and reuse goods. A portion of the money raised supports the twice a week hot meal program on Monday and Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., served in the facilities at the Peninsula Church of the Nazarene. Come fill out an application at the Thrift Store check out counter located at 911 Pacific Way N, in Long Beach. More information is at our website hissuppertable.org/volunteer or call us at 360-642-4105.

Future Events

LONG BEACH — On Thursday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Long Beach is hosting a free Festival and Event Workshop at Lighthouse Oceanfront Resort. This event is designed for festival and event organizers, who want to know more about how to host local events and festivals, and those who want to put on a festival or event but don’t know how. Open to all Pacific County event organizers, including the just getting started and the long-running events that need something fresh. The workshop is free. If you want lunch please RSVP before Oct. 15 and get a $10 Beach Bucket Lunch at the workshop. To RSVP, contact Ragan Myers, Tourism and Events Coordinator at Long Beach Package Travel, rmyers@longbeachwa.gov, or 360-642-1227.

OCEAN PARK — The American Association of University Women meet on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ocean Park Timberland Library. The guest will be Larry Cohen, CEO of Ocean Beach Hospital. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call 360-642-3076.

LONG BEACH — Parents of children under 5-years of age are encouraged to attend a seminar sponsored by the Ocean Beach School District to learn about your child’s development. This event will provide information about how your child learns and be given materials and activities to use at home. Sessions will be held at the Ocean Beach School District building and Long Beach Elementary School library from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Oct. 23, parents of children 1 to 3 years old should attend; Wednesday, Oct. 24, parents with babies up to 1-year-old should come to class with parents and on Nov. 7, parents of children ages 3 to 5 years old should attend. Childcare will be available. Call 360-642-8586 to reserve your free spot, or email Ramona.ulbricht@oceanbeachschools.org.

LONG BEACH — The Long Beach Elks Lodge No. 1937, 110 Pacific Ave N, is hosting a community event on Oct. 25, beginning at 6 p.m. Presenters will be Captain Lani Karvia of Fire District 1, Tim Martindale, Jr., director of Pacific County Communications Center (PACCOM), and Howard Chang, program coordinator of Pacific County Sheriff’s office Long Beach Peninsula Community Watch/Neighborhood Watch (CW/NW). Topics will include services offered by Fire District 1, overview of PACCOM’s (dispatch) operations, when to call 911 versus non-emergency (and more), and a program overview of the sheriff’s CW/NW Program. For more information, contact Howard Chang at 425-559-3175.

CHINOOK — Peninsula Association of Performing Artists will present a patriotic concert designed to honor the nation’s men and women in uniform featuring the big-band sounds of the Dukes of Swing from Aberdeen, Wash. The event will be at the Fort Columbia Theater in Chinook from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27. No Discover Pass is needed for entry. Hors d’oeuvres and desserts provided by local business will be available. Admission is by a suggested donation of $10. The proceeds benefit Don R. Grable Post No. 48, American Legion in Ilwaco.

SOUTH BEND — Have unused or unwanted medications? Dispose of them. Proper disposal prevents opioid addiction, unintentional poisonings, water contamination and more. On Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. drop your unwanted medications at Ocean Beach Hospital in Ilwaco or at Pioneer Grocery, 116 Willapa Avenue, South Bend, South Bend. For more information on safe disposal call 360-875 –9343.

PACIFIC COUNTY — The Long Beach Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3721 is proud to announce this years essay and scholarship programs. The program consists of two competitions, “Voice of Democracy” for students in the grades 9 thru 12, and “Patriots Pen” competition for students in grades 6 thru 8. 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 following theme, “Why My Vote Matters.” “Patriots Pen” entrants are required to write a 300- to 400-word essay on the topic “Why I Honor the American Flag.” All entries for both competitions must be submitted to the Post by Oct. 31. Entry forms and other related materials will be distributed to the school teachers and counselors. For further information or an entry form, please contact Mark Smith at 360-665-2513.

BAY CENTER — The Bay Center Women’s Club 8th annual Holiday Bazaar will be held Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held at a new location at the Bay Center Art Center at 6781 Highway 101 at milepost 41 near Bay Center. There will be signs showing where to turn to reach the Art Center. Shop for that unique holiday gift while also enjoying holiday music and food. Proceeds go towards community projects funded by the Bay Center Women’s Club. We supply free school supplies to Bay Center students, help families in crisis, support the Bay Center Food Bank, the Bay Center Volunteer Fire Department, and help out wherever and whenever we can. So come and experience a great bazaar and meet some really great people. For more information contact Rheta Edwards at 360-875-0150.

CATHLAMET — Vendors are needed for the Country Christmas Bazaar set for Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 1134 Columbia Street in Cathlamet. Table rentals are $25 to $35. Please contact Christie at 360-849-4489 for more information. There will be food available for purchase including potato soup, hot dogs, chili, chili dogs, nachos, desserts, hot cider, coffee and water. All proceeds benefit St. James Family Center’s programs for children and families.

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