Wednesday, Sept. 20

OCEAN PARK — The Not a Ban a Better Plan partners are holding a Town Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Ocean Park Fire Hall. Representatives from the partner agencies will give a brief recap of the 2017 Fourth of July on the Peninsula. The results of the latest survey seeking input on neighborhood issues and potential changes to legal fireworks discharge days will be discussed. Please R.S.V.P. to Vicki Vanneman at vav917@icloud.com and let her know who will be there representing which agency so the agenda can be set. Almost 600 responses were received and are being tabulated. Come join in with other interested citizens to hear from the partners and the survey results. After the meeting, the results will also be posted on our Facebook page, Not a Ban a Better Plan, and in the Chinook Observer. If you have questions call Magen at 425-442-7009.

LONG BEACH — Reachout Thrift Store in Long Beach needs you. Reachout Ministries has been serving the youth of the peninsula for 38 years and are seeking volunteer help at their thrift store in Long Beach. They are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Coordinators will work with your schedule and would welcome your help one day a week or one day a month. Stop by and see Sherry Unruh or call her at the store. Help us help kids. Call 360-642-2466 and become part of this ministry.

LONG BEACH — 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. Playing on Sept. 20 is “Stagecoach” starring John Wayne, Claire Trevor. 1939, 96 min.

Thursday, Sept. 21

OYSTERVILLE — On Sept. 21 at 10 a.m., USCG Chief Brandon LaVelle, senior instructor at the National Motor Lifeboat School at Cape Disappointment, will speak at the Oysterville Schoolhouse. His will be the second talk in the current “Celebrating the River” series, scheduled for every other Thursday.Chief LaVelle will speak about the history of the Motor Lifeboat School — the first and, for a long time, the only one of its kind in the nation. Co-located with Station Cape Disappointment at the mouth of the Columbia River, instructors at the school provide training on the Coast Guard’s motor lifeboats. Chief LaVelle’s talk will explain why it is considered an ideal training ground for maritime personnel from all coastal conditions. He will also discuss the history of rescue efforts along the southwest Washington coast and give an overview of the advances in lifesaving techniques and equipment since early settlement in the area. A question and answer period will follow the talk.

SEASIDE — Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Seaside is in need of fabric to assist in their quilting project. A small, dedicated group meets weekly on Thursdays to complete quilts to send within the U.S. and around the world. These quilts provide warmth and often shelter to those in need. If you have poly/cotton fabric, 1/2 yard or larger you would like to donate, call Claudia at 503-738-5895.

Friday, Sept. 22

LONG BEACH — Every Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. enjoy the Columbia-Pacific Farmers Market in downtown Long Beach at Veterans Field. Check out all the great local products! Come see what’s new and exciting at this week’s market! Find local spring produce and a variety of other local products ready to tantalize your taste buds! If it’s fresh, they have it! Lots of organic options! The market is fun for all ages, and has something new every week. For more information, call 360-642-4421 or e-mail: khaskin@longbeachwa.gov.

Saturday, Sept. 23

LONG BEACH — If you are interested in joining the OWL volunteer team, please join others on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m. for NEW volunteers and at 11 a.m. for Returning volunteers at Peninsula Church of the Nazarene (N 13 & Pacific, LB). Procedures, boundaries and scheduling and, with the returning volunteers, talk about any changes will be reviewed. Additional training will be offered on Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Seaview and on Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at New Life Church in Ilwaco. If you have questions, please call 360-642-4520 or email peninsula.nazarene@gmail.com. Other training dates are set for Sept. 28 and Oct 21. Please plan to come for one training. If you have questions call 360-642-4520.

LONG BEACH — On Saturday, Sept. 23, come participate in the Relay for Life Bark at the Beach and 5K Fun Run with Dogs and Doggie Olympics. No matter who you are, there’s a place for you at Bark For Life. Each dollar you raise will help save lives. Your reasons for walking in the Bark For Life are as unique and special as the story that motivates you. This is your opportunity to not only honor cancer survivors and remember people we have lost, but also to raise funds and awareness to help save lives. Because of your support, we are creating a world where cancer can’t claim another year of anyone’s life. Pre-registration is $15 or $20 at event. Go to www.relayforlife.org/barklongbeachor. For more information email: nancy.hillis@cancer.org Also come participate in the Annual Joyce Otterson Memorial Golf Tournament in Memory of Willie Marsh. Sunday, Sept. 10. Please contact Linda High at 360-783-.2671 or Gale Ahrens at 360-642-4691 or 360-430-6034.

OYSTERVILLE — The 9th Annual Surfside Homeowners Association Chili Cook-Off, Bake and Crafts Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. at the Oysterville Schoolhouse. This is sure to be a fun day of live music, prizes, goodies, plus a surprise raffle, All proceeds, excluding vendor sales, will go to the Ocean Park Elementary Food4Kids Backpack program. Chili entries will be accepted from 11 a.m. to noon (no entry fee). Tasting and judging is scheduled from 12:15 p.m. (a $1 donation is requested!) until 1:30 p.m. Tasters’ Choice prizes for first, second and third place will be presented. These awards are courtesy of Sue Raymond at the Ocean Park Bay Avenue Gallery. The Bake and Crafts tables open at 11 a.m. Craft tables are by reservation only: $5 each. Contact the Surfside office to register at 360-665-4171, as space is limited. An assortment of unique bowls from the Bay Avenue Gallery will be available for donations of $10 to $15 each.

LONG BEACH — Long Beach Grange at 5715 Sandridge Road in Long Beach is hosting an antiques and collectibles auction on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Don’t miss this fun event, with food available for purchase also. Call 360-642-4953 for information.

OCEAN PARK — On September 23, Bay Avenue Gallery is hosting an artist’s reception for Wood Sculptor Jim Unwin. Please come meet Jim and see his new work from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bay Avenue Gallery, 1406 Bay Avenue, Ocean Park, 98640. Call 360-665-5200 for more information. Public is welcome.

ILWACO — The Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco is open every Saturday through the end of September from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shop for fresh farm produce, regionally created arts and crafts, potted plants and cut flowers or enjoy chowder, juicy hamburgers and more while you munch on hot donuts, handmade sausage and yummy baked goods. And you will find fine art photography, metal art, fashionable shopping bags, kitchen linens, children’s toys, a dazzling array of jewelry, embroidered shirts and much more. Enjoy music by Double J and the Boys as you stroll along the harbor front and watch the people, dogs and boats go by.

Sunday, Sept. 24

OCEAN PARK — Each week a GriefShare Support Group will be held at Peninsula Baptist Church at 23802 Pacific Highway in Ocean Park. This 13-week class provides tools to help and encourage healing after the death of a loved one. Each week there is a 40-minute video, discussion and the opportunity to share. The classes will be held Sunday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The class is free; the workbook is $15. For information call Sandy Stewart at 360-665-0039.

Monday, Sept. 25

OCEAN PARK — The Family Grace Group Workbook, Resilience & Renewal is the 16-week curriculum for an educational and support group for the families and spouses of those loved ones who are living with a mental health difficulty or disorder. The Family Grace Group curriculum provides psycho-education, practical tools and Christ-centered encouragement within a supportive community. Led by Pastor Mary E Long, these classes are held on Mondays from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Room of Ocean Park United Methodist Church located at 262nd and Park Avenue and are free and open to all.

Tuesday, Sept. 26

SEAVIEW — Ocean Park Presbyterian Church invites friends and family throughout the community to join them for evening of soup, fun and fellowship beginning Tuesday, Sept. 26 at the Peninsula Church Center at 5000 “N” Place in Seaview. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. the event is open to all, including families with children of all ages. There is no charge. This will be a bi-monthly series held the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Each gathering will feature a fun, family-oriented activity, beginning with a professional puppet show by puppeteer and storyteller Jeanne Rich from Warrenton. Included in the Tuesday evening after-soup activities are the Peninsula Youth Group for middle and high school students, supervised activities for younger children and an adult Bible Study. The next gathering will be Oct. 10. For information call Martha at 206-979-0782 or email martha.w.wharton@gmail.com.

SEAVIEW — Amanda Terry of Seattle comes to Long Beach Peninsula on Tuesday, Sept. 26, to talk about an important new Washington law that went into effect in late July. She drafted the legislation, now known as SHB 1477, which allows for the sharing of mental health information in circumstances in which there is a serious and imminent threat, such as a potential suicide. This new law brings Washington in line with federal HIPAA regulations. Background of the law and comparisons between Washington and Oregon laws will be included in the discussion.This community education event, hosted by Peace of Mind Pacific County, is free and intended for local mental health professionals and other leaders, as well as citizens at large. The event will be held at the sanctuary of the Peninsula Church Center, 5000 N Place, Seaview. Note that the room is changed from the usual location. Food will be provided in the Fireside Room at 6 p.m., with the presentation in the sanctuary following at 6:30 p.m. For more information consult the Peace of Mind Pacific County website, www.pompc.org.

Wednesday, Sept. 27

ILWACO — There will be an Indivisible North Coast Oregon - Washington Group meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Ilwaco Community Building. The group will celebrate their summer work and plan fall and winter events. Contact Gwen at 360-665-2784 for information.

LONG BEACH — 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. Playing on Sept. 27 is “Holiday” starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn. 1938, 96 min.

Future Events

OCEAN PARK — The annual Spaghetti Dinner Benefit Fundraiser for Community Table will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center, 21603 “O” Lane, 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 $8 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 attend and help feed your neighbors!

LONG BEACH — The Joint Pacific County Housing Authority will hold a special board meeting at Long Beach City Hall on Bolstad Avenue at 10 a.m., Sept. 28. This is the group that administers affordable housing in Pacific County. Anyone from the public is welcome to attend. If you have questions please call 360-423-0140 ext. 15.

ILWACO — Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum to Present a Special Lecture: The Razor’s Edge: The Washington Razor Clam Phenomenon sponsored by Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau. The buried treasure known as the Pacific razor clam brings thousands of men, women, and children to Washington’s sandy coastal beaches every year, braving weather and surf. Challenging to dig, delicious to eat, and providing a sometimes heady experience of abundance, razor clams are entwined with the state’s commerce, identity, and history. Join author and clam digger David Berger to explore the twists and turns of a quintessential Northwest activity from its pre-settlement days to the present. Answering the many questions generated about razor clam lore, history and biology led to writing a book, “Razor Clams: Buried Treasure of the Pacific Northwest,” published this fall. This lecture will be held Saturday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. The lecture’s doors open at 1:30 p.m. and is free. The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is located at 115 SE Lake Street in Ilwaco. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free on Thursdays thanks to the Port of Ilwaco. For more information please call 360-642-3446 or visit columbiapacificheriatgemuseum.org.

LONG BEACH — On Saturday, Sept. 30 starting at 1 p.m., the public is invited to the annual Blessing of the Animals at the South Pacific County Humane Society. Bring your socialized pets to the parking lot area to participate in the blessing, and join others inside for light refreshments and an open house, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., where you can meet the volunteers and animals! SPCHS is located at 330 Second Street in Long Beach. For more information, go to beachpets.com.

OLYMPIA — On “Bike Your Park Day,” Sept. 30, Washington State Parks invites the public to explore state parks on two wheels. Events will be happening across Washington state. Cape Disappointment State Park at 244 Robert Gray Drive in Ilwaco. Meet Ranger Nick Schwalb at 10 a.m. at the Beards Hollow parking area for the Beards Hollow Bike Day— a 14-mile self-guided ride on the Discovery Trail, with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Following the ride, Ranger Schwalb invites participants to celebrate their riding accomplishment at Beard’s Hollow. This ride is suitable for beginners, with little elevation change.

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. On Oct. 4, parents of children ages 0 to 2 years old should attend; Oct. 11, parents of children 2- to 4-years old should attend and on Oct. 18, parents of children 4- and 5-years old should attend. Childcare will be available. Call 360-642-8586 to reserve your free spot, or email Ramona.ulbricht@oceanbeachschools.org.

OCEAN PARK — Do you have what it takes to survive a month in poverty? It’s not a game. On Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. at Peninsula Baptist Church, 23802 Pacific Way, come check it out. Poverty Simulation is an evening of experiencing poverty in a safe, active, and educational atmosphere. Find out what it is like to live in poverty for one month. It’s great eye-opening experience for adults and youth (13+). No childcare is available. Everyone must pre-register as spaces are limited and a minimum number is required. Join us for this amazing opportunity! Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

Sponsored by: Peninsula Poverty Response, Nazarene Compassionate Alliance-NW, Peninsula Baptist Church, and Peninsula Church of the Nazarene. If you have questions, call 360-642-4520.

LONG BEACH — The Peninsula Arts Association’s 47th Annual Fall Art Show is Oct. 6 through Oct. 8 at the Long Beach Depot located at 102 3rd Street NW & Pacific Highway in Long Beach. Admission is free. The public is invited to vote for the show’s top ribbon, the People’s Choice. There will be raffle prizes and more. Proceeds from the raffle held fund PAA Scholarship and the Art Enrichment program. For details visit www.beachartist.org.

CHINOOK — The Dukes of Swing present a salute to veterans a concert featuring the official stage band of Elks Lodge No. 593 of Aberdeen, Wash., at Fort Columbia Theater in Chinook from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7. Dancing is optional. A $10 donation is suggested at the door. Hors d’oeuvres provided by local restaurants.

The concert is staged by the Peninsula Association of Performing Artists and benefits the American Legion Post 48 of Ilwaco. No Discover Pass is needed for park entry.

GRAYS RIVER — The 10th annual Grays River Covered Bridge Dinner will be held on Oct. 7. Wahkiakum 4-H volunteers come together to transform this historic bridge for an evening of dining and fun. Local flavor has always and continues to be included in the menu. Jeffery Reynolds returns to play his violin for your listening pleasure. An auction along with a poetry reading round out this fundraising event benefitting the Wahkiakum 4-H program.

Tickets may be purchased at the Bank of the Pacific in Cathlamet and Naselle along with the Wahkiakum WSU Office located in Cathlamet. Cost of tickets are $35 each or $25 for Veterans and those 72 and older. For further information contact 360-795-3278.

SEAVIEW — The Peninsula Poverty Response executive team meetings are the first Thursday of every month at 2 p.m., and the Peninsula Poverty Response general community meetings are the second Thursday of every month at 2 p.m. Both meetings are always held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Seaview. The general community meeting will be held on Thursday, October 12 at 2 p.m. as well as the Peninsula Poverty Response five-year anniversary celebration. There will be cake, punch and coffee, and everyone is welcome to come to the celebration. For information call Elly Rosaire, vice chair of the PPR board at 360-214-0000.

LONG BEACH — A celebration of local harvest including all things cranberry kicks off the Fall season on the Long Beach Peninsula, on Oct. 14 and Oct. 15, 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 10:30am to 3pm on Saturday and 11am to 1pm on Sunday (space is limited and seating is on a first come first serve basis). 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.

PENINSULA — Water Music Festival, in its 33rd year of offering jazz and classical music to the peninsula, will be presenting “The Classics” on Oct. 13, Oct. 14 and Oct. 15. The Inn at Harbour Village in Ilwaco will host the Oct. 13 performance featuring “Swing Fever’s” 1930s and ‘40s big-band jazz sound and fabulous vocals of Denise Perrier. And then, along with the Oct. 14 Saturday night performance at Leadbetter Farms in Ocean Park, WMF has included an additional performance on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 15 to accommodate many more folks. The same artists, Music at the Mission Chamber Players, will perform the same repertoire at each concert. Choose Saturday evening and, along with the legendary music, enjoy a few light-bite appetizers, beverages and a no-host wine bar; or choose the same ambiance on Sunday with the added enjoyment of an ocean view and potential for soaring eagles. Get your ticket today at watermusicfestival.com. A portion of all Water Music Society proceeds goes to our local school music programs.

SKAMOKAWA — Friends of Skamokawa presents Robert Michael Pyle, “Where Bigfoot Walks; Crossing the Dark Divide” author reading and book signing on Saturday Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Skamokawa Resort Conference Center located behind the Skamokawa General Store. 1391 WA SR4. This handsome new edition is updated with fresh experiences, research, and findings. Robert Michael Pyle is the author of 18 books, including Wintergreen, Rambles in a Ravaged Land, Chasing Monarchs, The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland, Sky Time in Gray’s River: Living for Keeps in a Forgotten Place, and the recent poetry collection Evolution of the Genus Iris. A Yale-trained ecologist and a Guggenheim fellow, he is a full-time writer living in southwestern Washington. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the author, get your books signed and support the Friends of Skamokawa Foundation. Call 360-795-3007 or email fos1894@gmail.com for more information.

LONG BEACH — The public is invited to attend a free, family-friendly celebration of Hispanic culture on Friday, October 20, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Chautauqua Lodge, 304 14th St. NW, Long Beach. The DoGoodnics-produced program will feature guest speakers, displays, music and spirited conversation. Participants are invited to contribute funds to assist peninsula Hispanic residents who have been detained or displaced by federal agents. For more information, contact Robert or Gwen at 360-665-2784 or via oobear@centurytel.net.

BAY CENTER — Call for vendors for the annual Bay Center Holiday Bazaar to be held Nov. 11, at a new location at 18 Moore Road, Bay Center. The bazaar will begin at 10 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. The proceeds go to fund projects to help the Bay Center community. The bazaar will feature handmade crafts, food, and music. The club will have spaghetti, nachos, soup, coffee and water for a suggested donation. Directions to our new location: Take Hwy 101 and turn at mile marker 42.4 at the Bay Center sign/Bay Dike road. Go 1.9 miles just past Seasonal Seafood Retail Shop to turn left onto Moore Road. Go up the hill – the bazaar will be at the first house on the right (18 Moore Road). There will be signs directing where to turn and park. Interested vendors should call Rheta Edwards at 360-875-0150 for more information.

PACIFIC COUNTY — Anyone with an interest is encouraged to become a Master Gardener. The coursework includes Plant Identification, Soils, Botany and Plant Morphology, Integrated Pest Management, Edible Gardening, Pruning. Once the coursework is complete, the real learning begins with teaching in workshops on Pruning and Native Plants; library presentations on Pollinators; plant clinics to help solve gardening problems — all while working with a group of wonderful, interested, gregarious fellow Master Gardeners. Classes start in January 2018 with Saturday hands-on workshops and online training from WSU. For more information or for an application, contact the Pacific WSU Extension Office (360-875-9331) or send email to 2018mgtrainees@gmail.com. Applications are also available online at www.pnwmg.org.

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