Wednesday, Feb. 13Valentine Fundraiser

ILWACO - New Life Church Ilwaco has Valentine gifts for sale to help with expenses for an upcoming missions trip to Mexico. For $15 you can have a cute ladybug bear in a red tin pail with candy and a Mylar balloon delivered to your sweetheart. To place your order call 783-2694.

Be My Valentine

NASELLE - From 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., on Feb. 13, Naselle Timberland Library is hosting "Be My Valentine," for all ages. Create beautiful valentine cards for family and friends, share stories and songs and have a sweet treat. All materials will be provided. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Naselle Timberland Library. For more information call 484-3877.

Preschool stories

OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park Timberland Library will host preschool stories from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Feb. 13 for children 3 to 6 years old. Enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and movement games. Parents or caregivers are welcome to attend with their children. More information is available by calling 665-4184.

Swim lessons

OCEAN PARK - Advanced swim training for swimmers 12 years old and up who want to refine stroke technique while building strength and endurance will be offered from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Feb. 13 at the Dunes Pool. Call 665-5542 to register. The cost is $15 for four weeks.

Baby Shower

SEAVIEW - The annual baby shower benefiting the Door of Hope will follow the regular Altar Society meeting on Feb. 13 at St. Mary's Church in Seaview. The meeting begins at 10 a.m., with the shower, a potluck lunch and bingo following at noon. Please bring unwrapped baby gifts, a wrapped White Elephant gift for the bingo game and a dish to share for lunch. This is always a fun and worthwhile event. For information e-mail svdprv@yahoo.com.

PACE In-Home Care

ILWACO - PACE in-home care offices have moved to 112 First Avenue South in downtown Ilwaco. Their temporary location is next door to the Ilwaco Timberland Library. Call 642-4300 for more information about services. The food program is located at 122 SE Lake Street in Ilwaco. Call 642-3378 for information.

Ilwaco Library open

ILWACO - The Ilwaco Timberland Library is open at 10 a.m., at their new temporary location at 110 First Ave S., in downtown Ilwaco. For more information call 642-3908.

Bingo

LONG BEACH - Everyone is welcome at the Long Beach Elks Lodge No. 1937 for bingo every Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Players pick the games. Only 50 cents a card with a 75 percent pay back. Parking is in the back of the building next to the Post Office. The door is open at 1 p.m.

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.

ThursdayEmergency Mgmt

SOUTH BEND - The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency meets at 9 a.m., on Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Pacific County Emergency Operations Center, located at the Pacific County Courthouse, 300 Memorial Drive in South Bend. Meetings are held monthly on the second Thursday of each month, alternating between the Pacific Transit Center in Seaview and the Emergency Management office in South Bend. The public is encouraged to attend. Call 875-9340 for more information.

Toddler stories

OCEAN PARK - From 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., on Feb. 14, children age two and an adult are invited to Ocean Park Timberland Library for toddler story time. Join in a program of simple stories, rhymes, songs and movement games that children and adults enjoy together. Adults must accompany toddlers. For more information call 665-4184.

Life Savers

NASELLE - Each Thursday beginning at 7 p.m., Naselle Life Savers, an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, is held at the Naselle Fire Station at the junction of Hwy. 4 and Hwy. 401. Call 253-682-7152 for more information.

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.

Open Mic

FORT COLUMBIA - On Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. there will be an open mic gathering at the Fort Columbia State Park Theater. This program is free and open to the public. John Kulm, who will be joined by poet, David Campiche and musician, Brian O'Conner, will host the evening. Washington State Parks and the Friends of the Columbia River Gateway are offering this event. For more information call 642-3029.

Bible study

ILWACO - A bible study group meets each Thursday at 6:30 p.m., at New Life Church near Black Lake in Ilwaco. For more information call 642-3400 or 244-5753.

FridayWinter bird count

PACIFIC COUNTY - The 11th Annual Backyard Bird Count is Feb. 15 through Feb. 18. Discovery Coast Audubon Society of Pacific County is asking all to count for the fun of it and for the future. Count birds you see in your yard, the city park, nature center, schoolyard, even outside your window at work. Help science and conservation spotlight changes in bird populations and distribution. Go to www.birdcount.org for more information or call Patricia at 642-1310. Participation is free and no registration is required.

Dinner is served

LONG BEACH - The Long Beach Elks Lodge is serving dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 15. The special this week is steak or shrimp fettuccini and all the trimmings, for only $8 per person. Everyone is welcome. You do not have to be an Elks member.

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.

SaturdayArt auction

SOUTH BEND - Willapa Heritage Foundation is hosting the "Hearts for the Arts" art auction beginning at 6:30 p.m., on Feb. 16 at the South Bend Community Center, located at the corner of First and Alder Streets. Tickets are $15 per person and are on sale at Sandra's Art and Frame and at Raymond Drug. The event includes catered hors d'oeuvres and a no host bar.

Dinner & Poker

LONG BEACH - The Long Beach Elks is hosting a pork roast dinner at 5 p.m., for just $6 per person. Then if you choose, stay for the Texas Hold 'em tournament that starts at 6 p.m. The tournament has a $20 buy-in with the top four places getting paid. Call the lodge at 642-2651 to sign up. Everyone is welcome!

Girl Scout Troop

LONG BEACH - A Girl Scout troop is now forming for the Long Beach Peninsula area. The group is for girls in kindergarten through 12th grade. To find out what Girl Scouts is all about or have questions answered please call 360-423-3800 for details.

SundayCrab Feed

LONG BEACH - The Ilwaco Sports Boosters is holding their annual Crab Feed from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Long Beach Elks. All the profits go towards supporting the Ilwaco Junior/Senior High School sports programs. If you would like to help with the crab feed please call Mary Goelz at 642-4504 (home) or 642-9349 (work).

Mixed Media Sculpture

OYSTERVILLE - Visiting artist Marita Dingus will be at the Oysterville Schoolhouse from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17. An artist of noble intent and resourceful means, Dingus creates stories and sculptures from discarded materials. She will present a tour of her work sharing new messages of survival and personal growth. Dingus in on the Peninsula as part of a Washington State Arts Commission Grant bringing artists and writers to the students of Ocean Beach School District.

Open house

ROSBURG - The old Rosburg School at Johnson Park is the location of an open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., on Sunday, Feb. 17 to show-off the facility and activities offered there. The school is being used as a community center, with activities such as an art group, yoga classes, computer center, gymnasium, exercise/weight room, preschool and more. The open house is an opportunity for public input and ideas about how the facility can service the local community. For further information, call Penny at 465-2775.

MondayHoliday Closures

PACIFIC COUNTY - All banks, credit unions, schools, city and county offices, post office branches, as well as all Timberland Regional Libraries will be closed Monday, Feb. 18 for Presidents Day. The Chinook Observer will be open regular hours with no deadline changes.

Come to Tea

KLIPSAN - The Willapacific Branch of the A.A.U.W. meets on Monday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m., at the senior center in Klipsan. The main speaker will be Shirley George, co-founder of the Windsor House of Tea located in Astoria. She will share some interesting history of afternoon and high teas as well as serving etiquette. Please bring your own teacup. There will be tastings and samples. This promises to be a wonderful evening and as always guests are welcome.

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 ps46steve@yahoo.com.

Lupus/Fibromyalgia

SEASIDE - The Northcoast Lupus and Fibromyalgia Support Group meets on Monday, Feb. 18 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the Education Center at the Seaside hospital. If you have questions, please call Sheila at 665-4870 or Carol at 503-325-1100.

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.

Friends of Chinook

CHINOOK - The Friends of Chinook School meet at 7 p.m. April 17 at the Chinook fire hall. The meetings are open to anyone with an interest in the school. For information call 777-8211.

TuesdayAlpha Theta

NASELLE - The ESA Alpha Theta holds their monthly meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at the Naselle Library. All members are encouraged to attend.

Stamp/Coin Club

OCEAN PARK - The Stamp, Coin and Currency Club of Ocean Park meets at noon on Feb. 19 at the Ocean Park Library. Beginners to advanced collectors are welcome. Call John at 642-8732 for more information.

Story times

NASELLE - From 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 19, children ages 3 to 6 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.

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.

Wednesday, Feb. 20Internet searching

RAYMOND - On Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon, adults are invited to Raymond Timberland Library for a class called "Introduction to Internet Searching." Beginners will learn basic computer terms as well as how to use a mouse to move around the screen. Register at the library's upstairs desk or call 942-2408. Practice time will be provided.

Celebrate recovery

OCEAN PARK - Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered 12-step program for addictions, abuses and many other hurts or hang-ups, meets every Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m., at the Ocean Park Community Church. All are welcome. If you are just curious, stop in for some coffee. For more information call 665-4548 or 665-3710.

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.

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.

Future EventsFinn-Am Jam

NASELLE - The next Finn-Am Jam at 7 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Naselle School Commons will feature Arja Kastinen, a kantele player from Finland. Kastinen plays the smaller kanteles. She improvises and lets the kantele speak freely. Kastinen, holding the first PhD given in kantele studies, mixes old and new playing techniques presenting the versatile timbres and acoustic properties of the kantele. Her concerts are experimental journeys to the dim and distant past of Finland seeking to uphold tradition while creating new things.

Community Dinner

KLIPSAN - The Peninsula Senior Activity Center is holding a fundraising dinner open to the community on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The main entrée is chicken marabella. The cost is just $7 for adults and $4 for children. The public is encouraged to come support the Senior Center.

T-ball/Cap Ripken

LONG BEACH - On Saturday, Feb. 23, starting at 9 a.m., at the Long Beach fire hall field you can sign up your child for youth baseball. T-ball is for youth 6 to 8 years old; minors is for 8 to 10-year-olds; AAA is for 9 to 11-year-olds and youth 11 and 12 years old play majors. The cost is $30 per child. Try-outs are mandatory for all youth playing on either AAA or major teams and will be held rain or shine. AAA tryouts start at 9:15 a.m., and majors at 10:15 a.m. A completed registration form and check can be mailed to Peninsula Youth Baseball, P.O. Box 268, Ilwaco, WA 98624. If you have questions about the program or you want to coach or help with a team, call Dave Bright at 642-2880.

First Aid/CPR

SEAVIEW - Pacific County Fire District No. 1 is offering a first aid and adult CPR class from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 3707 "N" Place in Seaview. The class fee is $25 and must be prepaid. Call 665-4451 to pre-register.

C/W Dance

ASTORIA - The next country western dance is set for Saturday, Feb. 23 from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., at the Elks ballroom in Astoria. Dancers are asked to pay $5. A dance lesson will be offered from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There is also a no host bar. For information, call Jim at 642-8403.

Heart-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 Peninsula Pharmacies, Ocean Beach Hospital gift shop or at the museum. 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.

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.

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. The first team meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. at Chautauqua Lodge.

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." The show will be held at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and noon until 4 p.m., on Sunday.

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. 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.

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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