Wednesday, Feb. 27Refuge meeting

ILWACO - The Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Board of Directors are having their monthly board meeting Wednesday, Feb. 27 starting at 4 p.m., at the refuge headquarters located at 3888 State Route 101, in Ilwaco. All Friends members and the public are welcome. Contact Katherine Driscoll at 360-783-2699 or e-mail her at kmack@lighthouseproperty.com if you are planning to attend.

LB Lions

LONG BEACH - The Long Beach Lions Club meets at noon the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at Castaways Grille in downtown Long Beach. The next meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 27. Call 642-8322 for more information.

Free tax help

OCEAN PARK - Seniors and low-income taxpayers can get free help with their 2007 Federal income taxes at the Ocean Park Timberland Library on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., through April 9. No appointment is needed - this is a "sign in and wait your turn" service. Please bring all current tax records (including all amounts of rebates/credits received in 2007), plus a copy of all 2006 tax records/return. If you need more information, call Yvonne Howell at 665-5845.

Thursday Veterans meeting

LONG BEACH - Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3721 in Long Beach holds their monthly membership and business meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Peninsula Senior Center in Klipsan. For information, call 642-1228.

Art around town

PENINSULA - Two members of the Peninsula Arts Association are displaying their work at the Ocean Beach Hospital. Watercolors by Joan Taplin and those by Carol Couch may be enjoyed by stopping by the hospital and seeing some of the outstanding work by these two local artists.

FridayHeart-to-heart luncheon

ILWACO - The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum on Lake Street in Ilwaco is the site of this year's women's heart to heart luncheon, set for noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 29. Attendees are in for an entertaining and educational event featuring four dynamic presenters, music and a delicious, healthy lunch. Tickets are just $5 and are available at the museum Cal 642-3446 to order by phone. Topics of the sessions include, "Your Heart and Diabetes," "Follow the Flavor - Cooking with Herbs," "The Dark Side of the Sun," and "Women Beat to a Different Drummer." Attendees are invited to wear red in support of women and heart disease awareness. For information on this event, call Denise at 642-6494.

'Fiddler on the Roof'

FORT COLUMBIA - The Peninsula Players will present the musical, "Fiddler on the Roof" for its winter production, with performances at 7 p.m. on Feb. 29 and March 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15 and at 2 p.m., on March 2, 9 and 16, at the Fort Columbia Theatre. Tickets are $15 and tickets for children 14 and under are $10. They are available at Okie's Sentry Market in Ocean Park, Stormin' Norman's in Long Beach, Imperial Schooner Restaurant at the Port of Ilwaco and at Paint 'n the Town Red in Astoria. For further information call Rita Smith at 665-0028 or Laurie Carter at 642-8667.

Self-Help Housing

OCEAN PARK - Would you like to build your own home? Self-Help Housing Program, sponsored by Lower Columbia CAP in Longview, is looking for families interested in building in Ocean Park. You must have a monthly income of $1,600 or more. There is no down payment - the house payment and interest rate are based on income and credit guidelines apply. If interested call Juanita at 800-893-8311 ext. 222 for an application or stop by 1526 Commerce Ave., in Longview. Self-Help Housing is an Equal Housing Agency.

Clam chowder

LONG BEACH - Bob Simcoe is serving his famous clam chowder on Friday, Feb. 29 at the Long Beach Elks from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The cost is just $5 and includes chowder in a bread bowl, salad and coffee or tea. Come on down, you won't be disappointed.

Al-Anon/Alateen

SEAVIEW - Al-Anon family groups meet on Wednesdays and Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 4603 Pacific Highway on the northwest corner of Pacific Highway and 45th Street in Seaview. These non-smoking meetings are open to all. Call 642-4062 for more information.

AA meeting

OCEAN PARK - AA meetings are held at 7:30 p.m., every Monday and Friday at the Ocean Park United Methodist Church, located at 1202 262nd Place. For more information call 642-8449.

SaturdayKite poster competition

PENINSULA - Entries are being accepted for the 2008 Kite Festival Poster competition with entries to be delivered to Campiche Studios, located at the corner of Pacific Way and Bolstad Ave. in Long Beach, between March 1 and March 10, during regular business hours (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). The full name of the artist, including address and phone number must be attached to the back of the artwork. The artist will receive a royalty of $2,000, payable within 30 days of completion of all signing and numbering of posters. Artwork must be no larger than 32 inches wide by 17 inches high for horizontal entries; 17 inches wide by 32 inches high for vertical entries.

Creation Seminar

OCEAN PARK - Bible and science slide programs and displays by Dr. Thomas P. Hoyle will be featured at Peninsula Baptist Church, 23802 Pacific Hwy on March 1 at 7 p.m., and March 2, at 10 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. Child care is provided. Subjects include: the miracle of life, design in nature, missing links, cavemen, dinosaurs, the Ark, Biblical accuracy, famous creation scientists, etc. For more information call 665-5060.

First Aid/CPR

SEAVIEW - Pacific County Fire District No. 1 is offering a first aid and CPR class from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 1 at their station at 3707 "N" Place in Seaview. The class fee is $25 and must be prepaid. Call 665-4451 to pre-register. Classes may be rescheduled if there are less than five students scheduled.

Irish Tenor Concert

RAYMOND - Anthony Kearns of the internationally acclaimed trio, The Irish Tenors, will appear in solo concert on the stage of the Raymond Theatre on Nov. 2. Starting March 1, tickets may be purchased for $20 by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to SAL, Box 41, South Bend, WA 98586. Kearns is known as the best living tenor in Ireland, and has the largest repertoire of traditional Irish music of any person performing today. While Nov. 2 is nearly nine months away there is no doubt this will be a standing room only event and tickets will sell out early. No e-mail or phone orders will be processed for this concert.

Texas Hold 'em

LONG BEACH - Texas Hold 'em has arrived at the Long Beach Elks. The tournament starts at 6 p.m. There is a $20 buy-in with the top four places getting paid. Call the lodge at 642-2651 to sign up. Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and includes two tacos and refried beans for only $5. So come on down for dinner and poker. Everyone is welcome! If you are not an Elks member, let the cashier know so you can sign our guest book.

Book discussion

NASELLE - Naselle Timberland Library presents PageTurners Book Discussion from 10 a.m. to noon, on March 1 for adults. Join in a discussion of "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz. For more information call 484-3877.

Red Hat Event

OCEAN PARK - Peninsula Cranberry Queens will meet at the Ocean Park Timberland Library at 1 p.m., on Saturday, March 1. The event includes a fingerfood potluck. Guests are welcome. NOTE: This is a temporary change of meeting location. For information, call Queen Mum Donna at 665-2336.

SundayGuessing jar

OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park Timberland Library presents the Dr. Seuss Guessing Jar, March 2 through March 31. One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish - how many are in the jar? One guess per day, the closest one wins. Find out more by calling 665-4184 or stop in at the library at 1308 256th Place and join the fun.

Sunday breakfast

LONG BEACH - The Long Beach Elks serves breakfast every Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. The price is just $4 and includes coffee, tea and tax. Parking is in the back of the building next to the post office.

MondayKindergarten pre-reg

PENINSULA - Kindergarten pre-registration is being held for all Peninsula children who will be five years old on or before Aug. 31. You may pre-register your child at Ocean Park Elementary School or at Long Beach Elementary anytime Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. during the month of March. Cranberry Road is the dividing line; children living north of Cranberry will attend Ocean Park School, and those south of Cranberry will attend Long Beach Elementary. Please bring your child's birth certificate and immunization record (copies or originals). Your child does not need to be at pre-registration. If you have any questions, please call the office: 665-4815 for Ocean Park, and 642-3242 for Long Beach.

Dr. Seuss Day

PENINSULA - Peninsula schools will be celebrating Dr. Seuss Day. Read Across America Day is almost here, and millions of kids, teens and adults are busy making plans to join the nation's largest reading celebration on March 3. Peninsula schools will be participating with a variety of fun events to encourage kids to read.

Cemetery meeting

SEAVIEW - Lone Fir Cemetery Association is holding their annual meeting beginning at 1 p.m., on Monday, March 3 at the Peninsula Church Center, 5000 "N" Place in Seaview. Much general cleanup is needed after the December storm. Family and friends are invited to come to the meeting and learn about caring for the cemetery. For additional information call Melinda Crowley at 642-2891 or Edie Shire at 642-2831.

ESL classes

OCEAN PARK - English as a second language classes are offered by Grays Harbor College each Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ocean Park Methodist Church. Classes are also on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the GHC Columbia Education Center at 208 Advent Avenue SE, Ilwaco. Flexible times may also be available so please contact Teri Dodson at 642-9433 or Marya Butler at 642-3475 for more information.

AARP meeting

KLIPSAN - The next monthly meeting of AARP is at March 3, at noon at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center in Klipsan. This is a potluck meeting. Call Dale Shoemaker at 642-2205 for more information.

Bingo

LONG BEACH - Everyone is welcome at the Long Beach Elks Lodge No. 1937 for bingo which is held every Monday effective March 3 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The door opens at 1 p.m. Players pick the games. Only 50 cents a card with a 75 percent pay back. Park in back of the building next to the post office.

Model RR mtg

OCEAN PARK - Peninsula Model Railroad Club meets in the Ocean Park Library community room beginning at 7 p.m., on March 3. Coffee and refreshments will be served. As always, anyone interested in model or real-life railroading is invited to attend. Call President Dean Mead at 665-5589 for more information.

Popcorn & Movie

RAYMOND - The Raymond Timberland Library is hosting popcorn and a movie from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., March 3 for all ages. Relax and enjoy popcorn and watch a movie with friends. This month's theme is tough guy movies. Call the library at 942-2408 to learn what's playing.

TuesdayWeight Watchers

LONG BEACH - Weight Watchers meet on Tuesdays at 10 a.m., at the Long Beach Grange at 5715 Sandridge Road. Weigh-in starts at 9:30 a.m., and the meeting starts at 10 a.m. For further information call 800-651-6000 or visit www.weightwatchers.com.

Family stories

NASELLE - From noon to 1:30 p.m., on March 4, children of all ages are invited to the Naselle Timberland Library for family story time. Stories, rhymes, songs and movement games will focus on children ages 6 and younger but children of all ages are welcome. For more information call 484-3877.

Veterans' services

LONG BEACH - The local Veterans office is located at 318 NE 2nd St., upstairs above the sheriff's office, in the Pacific County building. This is a full service office with a trained service officer available to assist veterans and their families from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The phone number is 642-1228 or e-mail vfw3721@reachone.com.

Story times

NASELLE - From 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on March 4, children ages three to six years old are invited to the kindergarten classroom at the Naselle-Grays River School for story time with staff from Naselle Timberland Library. Join in a program of stories, rhymes, songs and movement games. All visiting parents and children, please sign in at the office.

"Anthem"

OCEAN PARK- From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., on March 4, adults are invited to Ocean Park Timberland Library for a discussion of this month's selection, "Anthem" by Ayn Rand. Come join other readers in a lively discussion. For more information call 665-4184.

Wednesday, March 5Community Action

ILWACO - Anyone wishing to participate in a Middle/High School Community Action Group is invited to join Principal Marc Simmons at 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, March 5 for an informal gathering designed to encourage participation and enhance communication between students, teachers, administration, parents and community members. The meeting will be held at Ilwaco Middle/High School Library. Ideas and suggestions intended to increase community presence and enrich the experience of Ilwaco students are welcome, along with questions regarding school atmosphere, environment, discipline and academics.

Ballroom dance

ILWACO - Ballroom dance classes for adults start March 5 at the River City Dance and Legion Hall on Lake Street in Ilwaco, and continue for a total of four weeks. The cost is just $20 per person for the full four-week session. Call River City School at 642-8707 for more information. Please call in advance to register.

Relay Youth Teams

PENINSULA - The local Relay for Life organizers are looking for youth teams to participate in this year's American Cancer Society Relay for Life, set for June 27 and 28 at the Ilwaco High School. For information on putting a team together or participating on a team, call Steven at 777-0035 or e-mail to ps46steve@yahoo.com.

War of the Worlds

ILWACO - The Ilwaco Drama Club will present "War of the Worlds" in the Ilwaco High School choir room at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, March 5, Thursday, March 6 and Friday, March 7. The performance will also be aired on KMUN (91.9 FM) on Sunday, March 30 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and available at the door. Don't miss this eerie production of a strange extraterrestrial event, especially in light of the lunar eclipse, recent meteor showers and other interesting astronomical recent events.

Writers' Circle

OCEAN PARK - A new writers' group meets the first and third Wednesday of each month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Ocean Park library. The purpose is to critique each other's work in friendly and helpful ways. All would-be and established writers are welcome. For more information call 665-6424 or 665-3835.

Future EventsCrab dinner

NASELLE - The Comet Booster Club is hosting a crab dinner on March 7 at 6 p.m., in the Naselle High School commons. It's just $10 for a whole crab dinner or $5 or a half crab dinner and includes baked beans, potato salad and green salad. Come support the Comet Booster Club.

Razor clam dig

PENINSULA - A razor-clam dig has been tentatively scheduled March 8 through 9 on the Long Beach Peninsula according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife once marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat. On Saturday, March 8 the low tide is +0.5 at 6:58 p.m., and then due to daylight saving time on Sunday, March 9 switch to a morning tide at +0.3 at 8:28 a.m.

Chinook Tribe mtg

ILWACO - The Chinook Tribal Council meets at 11 a.m., on Saturday, March 8 at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum on Lake Street in Ilwaco. All tribal members are encouraged to attend. A canoe family meeting follows. Please bring something to share for the potluck luncheon. For more information call 777-8303.

Variety & talent show

NASELLE - The Naselle High School Drama club is sponsoring a community variety and talent show plus dessert on Saturday, March 8 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Naselle High School. All are welcome! The cover charge is $3 for adults and students and includes dessert. Acts include: Ed Downs on trumpet, the Naselle Marimba Band, Phil Morrill and Tom Trudell on piano, high school student vocalists, high school and middle school cheerleader performances and other community members performing. Don't miss an exciting and fun-filled evening!

Daylight saving time

PENINSULA - "Spring forward!" Daylight saving time begins on March 9; all clocks should be turned forward an hour. Fire departments encourage you to change the batteries in smoke detectors when moving your clocks.

NAMI meeting

SEAVIEW - NAMI Pacific County meets from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Tuesday, March 11, at the Peninsula Church Center's social room, 5000 "N" Place in Seaview. Anyone interested in mental health information and support is welcome to this monthly meeting of friends, family members and individuals in recovery. For information or to reach NAMI Pacific County members between meetings, contact Barbara Bate at 665-4421 or at bgofish@willapabay.org; Rosi Sartwell at rsartwell@yahoo.com; or Mary Frances Bowers at 665-3070 or mfb@centurytel.net.

Relay For Life

PENINSULA - Information regarding how to form a team or become involved in Relay For Life is available from Mavis Shucka at 642-1054 or Christa Orozco at 665-2701. For more information on cancer, call 800-ACS-2345 or visit the Web site www.cancer.org.

AARP Driving class

KLIPSAN BEACH - There will be a driver-safety class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15, at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center. The mature-driver driving-improvement class is an eight-hour class to sharpen driving skills and is a classroom-only refresher course. At the end of the two-day class, you earn a certificate to present to your insurance company for a discount. Call 665-6419 to register. All applicants must pre-register and class size is limited. The cost is $10 for the two-day class.

Peninsula Quilt Show

ILWACO - The theme for this year's Peninsula Quilt Guild Show scheduled for March 14, 15 and 16 is "Waves, Sails and Whale Tales." Show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Friday and Saturday and noon until 4 p.m., on Sunday at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.

Dinner auction

LONG BEACH - The South Pacific County Humane Society is hosting their annual St. Patrick's dinner auction extravaganza beginning at 5 p.m., on March 15 at the Chautauqua Lodge in Long Beach. The event will be catered by the Shoalwater Restaurant and includes a silent, live, Dutch and Chinese auction plus an Irish supper. All proceeds support the humane society. Auction items are needed. Please call Marie Maulden at 665-5821 or e-mail her at marieemily@beachpets.com. Tickets are available at beachdog.com or at the shelter at 330 Second Street NE in Long Beach. Call 642-1180 for more information.

Fishing Derby logo

ILWACO - The city of Ilwaco is looking for help to design a new logo for the 2008 Black Lake Fishing Derby T-shirt. The contest is open to all students from kindergarten to 12th grade in the Ocean Beach School District. Designs are due by March 21 and must fit on an 8.5-inch by 11-inch paper. It is preferred that the design be one color. Entries should include your name, grade, parents' names and phone number. For more information call Brandy Ferguson at 642-3145.

First Aid/CPR

SEAVIEW - Pacific County Fire District No. 1 is offering a first aid and CPR class from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 22 at their station at 3707 "N" Place in Seaview. The class fee is $25 and must be prepaid. Call 665-4451 to pre-register. Classes may be rescheduled if there are less than five students scheduled.

Afternoon Tea Theater

KLIPSAN - The Willapacific chapter of the American Association of University Women, a non-profit organization, invites you to their "Treasures of Time - An Historical Afternoon Tea Theater." You will be able to meet and have tea with Amelia Earhart, Grace Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe and Annie Oakley. This fundraising event for the AAUW's Young Ladies' Scholarship Fund for Ilwaco High School will take place on Saturday, March 29. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. with tea and historical theater entertainment starting at noon at the Peninsula Senior Center. Menu will include delightful sandwiches, fresh fruit, scones with lemon curd and cream, assorted desserts and your choice of Earl Grey tea, decaffeinated English breakfast or lemonade. Advanced purchase is required. Tickets are $20 per adult and $10 for children 12 years and under, and are available at Okie's Sentry Market in Ocean Park, Deux Chapeaux in Long Beach or send a check to AAUW, P.O. Box 385, Long Beach, WA 98631 by March 21. Call Linda for more information call 665-2426.

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