Wednesday, Feb. 17Grad night committee

LONG BEACH - The Class of 2010 graduation night party committee meets the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at the PUD building on Sandridge Road in Long Beach. For information call Sue at 665-5255.

Classic Movies at Neptune

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 Feb. 17 is "Air Force," starring John Garfield and Gig Young. 1943. 124 min.

Chinook Food Bank

CHINOOK - Volunteers for the Chinook Food Bank, located at 70 Houchen Street in Chinook, are handing out food on the first and third Wednesdays of each month only. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For questions or in an emergency, call 875-6670.

Free tax help

OCEAN PARK - Seniors and low-income taxpayers can get free help with their 2009 Federal income taxes at the Ocean Park Timberland Library from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through April 15. 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 2009), plus a copy of all 2008 tax records/return. If you need more information, call Yvonne Howell at 665-5845.

Thursday, Feb. 18Hatchery & Harvest Reform

NASELLE - Beginning at 7:30 p.m., on Feb. 18, at the Hunters Inn in Naselle, the Willapa Anglers will host Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission Chair Miranda Wecker, who will discuss the commission's new hatchery and harvest reform policy and the upcoming Columbia River spring Chinook season. No host dinner and beverages are available before the meeting, from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For information call Ron at 484-3409.

Gardening chats

OCEAN PARK - Anyone with an interest is invited to an informal gardening chat at the Ocean Park Library community room the third Thursday of the month, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The topic for Feb. 18 is coldframes, cloches and other small season-extending structures. This event is sponsored by Tilth on the Willapa. For information call 665-3061.

Diabetes support

ILWACO - Seven habits of effective people with diabetes will be the theme for the support group gathering from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., on Feb. 18 in the Ocean Beach Hospital meeting rooms. This group is free to the public and all are welcome. Call Denise at 642-6308.

Gardening with Miller

ILWACO - Ease gently into the gardening season and learn from a pro as master gardener and certified arborist Earl Miller presents a six-week course on gardening at the Ilwaco Timberland Library at 158 First Avenue North in Ilwaco. The class is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., on Thursdays through Feb. 25. Topics to be covered include characteristics and management of gardening soil, selection and care of ornamental plants, lawn choices and maintenance, selecting and planting fruit trees, pruning trees and shrubs, and diagnosis and treatment of plant problems. Everyone is welcome. Call 642-3908 if you have questions.

Line dancing

LONG BEACH - Line dancing is happening at the Long Beach Elks. Beginner and intermediate classes are offered at 1 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m., each Thursday. Advanced classes are available from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each Thursday. Everyone is welcome. The cost is just $3 per person per class. Come check out this fun activity, you don't need a partner. Call Linda at 783-2389 for more information.

Quilt display

SKAMOKAWA - Redmen Hall in Skamokawa, announces their opening exhibit for 2010. The exhibit, "Tom and Cora Irving - Master Quilters," honors two quilters who have been quilting for many decades, who have won many awards, and who have displayed their work over much of the Pacific Northwest. Redmen Hall is located in beautiful downtown Skamokawa, overlooking the harbor, on S.R. 4. It is open from noon to 4 p.m. from Thursday through Sunday. This exhibit will run until March 28. For more information call 795-3007.

Friday, Feb. 19Flea market

LONG BEACH - The first and third Friday and Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be an indoor flea market at the grange hall located at 5715 Sandridge Road in Long Beach. This month the markets are on Feb. 19 and Feb. 20. Tables are available for rent. Call 665-2461 for information.

Grant writing class

ILWACO - Karen Bertroch, non-profit trainer, will be teaching a grant writing class at Grays Harbor College in Ilwaco on Thursday, Feb. 18 and Friday Feb. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This two-day course will cover grant writing from research to contracting and reporting. This workshop is appropriate for both government and private foundation grants. The cost for the course is $60. For more information, contact Karen at 465-2414 or to register via e-mail contact Teri Dodson at the college at

Labor laws

SOUTH BEND - On Feb. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to noon, at the Willapa Harbor Community Center, 916 West 1st Street in South Bend, David Johnson from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries will provide information on the Family Medical Leave Act, the Family Care Act, the Domestic Violence Leave law, the Family Military Leave Act and the Leave for Volunteer Firefighters. The event is sponsored by Crisis Support Network. Registration can be faxed to 360-875-6701 or e-mailed to

Chronic condition classes

ILWACO - Ocean Beach Hospital in Ilwaco is hosting a series of free workshops on 'Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.' These classes will be held on Friday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., running through March 19. They are designed to teach individuals to take charge and manage their chronic illnesses in partnership with their physicians. Space is limited. For more information or to register contact Denise Ross, RN at 642-6308.

AA meeting

OCEAN PARK - AA meets each Monday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean Park United Methodist Church located at 1202 262nd Place in Ocean Park. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 642-8449.

Census workers wanted

PACIFIC COUNTY - The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring temporary workers to ensure the 2010 Census is a success. To qualify you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be able to pass a background check and take a 30-minute, multiple-choice basic employment test that measures knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform a variety of census jobs. Workers will also be required to possess a valid driver's license and have use of a vehicle. U.S. citizenship is required to apply for census jobs, however, non-citizens will only be hired for these positions if there are no qualified U.S. citizens available. All temporary census employees must be able to commit to training, for which they will be compensated at their regular hourly rate. For information call 866-861-2010 (toll free). You will need to bring two pieces of identification with you to the training.

Saturday, Feb. 20Auditions for "Hello, Dolly!"

OCEAN PARK - The Peninsula Association of Performing Artists (PAPA) is pleased to announce that auditions for "Hello, Dolly!" have been set for Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Ocean Park United Methodist Church at 262nd and Park from noon to 3 p.m., and on Sunday, Feb. 21 at the Moose Lodge at 25915 "U" Place in Ocean Park from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. These auditions are fun and low-key. The play will run in May. There are lots of opportunities for different levels of participation. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your potential involvement, please call 665-3637.

WW Treatment Plant

SOUTH BEND - The cities of South Bend and Raymond, along with the Washington State Department of Ecology, invites the public to a workshop on the proposed regional wastewater treatment plant from noon to 3 p.m., on Feb. 20 at the South Bend community center. The focus of the workshop is to provide information on the need for this project. Follow-up meetings will be set to answer questions on sewer rates. Call 875-5571 for additional information.

T-ball/Cal Ripken

LONG BEACH - Peninsula Youth Baseball is now recruiting youth for T-ball and Cal Ripken baseball. Players 10 years old and younger try out starting at 9:15 a.m., on Feb. 20 and Feb. 21 the Long Beach fire hall field. Players who are 11 and 12 years old try out starting at 10:15 a.m., those same days, also at the Long Beach field. Final team placement depends on a player's ability. The registration fee is $30. For more information call Dave Bright at 503-468-8658.

Tracking Club

LEADBETTER - Leadbetter Wildlife Tracking Club meets the third Saturday of every month. The next gathering is at 10 a.m., on Feb. 20, at the north parking lot of Leadbetter State Park. All experience levels are welcome. Please call Julie Tennis at 777-8221 for more information.

Stamp Club

LONG BEACH - The Peninsula Stamp Club meets third Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Long Beach Grange at 5715 Sandridge Road. The next meeting is Feb. 20. Beginners to advanced collectors are welcome. Call John at 642-8732 for more information.

Gardening Discussion/Potluck

ARTIC - On Feb. 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., come to the Artic Community Center at 15 Artic Road (out of Raymond off Hwy 101) and learn how to get the most out of your garden. Learn how soil health is the key to good nutrition; learn some easy to grow garden vegetables that are packed full of nutrients and can provide what is needed to stay healthy and strong and learn about techniques and varieties suited to our local climate. Bring a pint or quart glass jar and about 1 cup of your garden soil and have a simple soil texture test performed so you'll know where to start. Call Brent at 942-3409 for questions and carpooling or visit

Asian New Year

LONG BEACH - On Feb. 20 and Feb. 21 the World Kite Museum at 303 Sid Snyder Drive in Long Beach will be displaying the shining, musical kites of Malaysia and Singapore. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about these exciting kites. Come enjoy story presentations at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m., each day. Included in the admission price is making a Malaysian-style kite. For more information call 642-4020.


LONG BEACH - The Longest Beach Cribbage Club meets every Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Pioneer Tavern at the corner of Pacific Highway and Pioneer Road. The play will be according to ACC rules. The cost is $5, with double elimination and 100 percent payback. Anyone with an interest is invited. For more information call 642-3994.

Moose benefit lunch

OCEAN PARK - On Feb. 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. the Women of the Moose will hold a potluck lunch in memory of Jennie Meachum, who passed away Dec. 31, 2009. Donations for the Jeannie Meachum Scholarship Fund are welcomed. All Moose Lodge members are invited. For more information, contact Alice Rodlun at 665-3037

Sunday, Feb. 21Overeaters Anonymous

SEAVIEW - Overeaters Anonymous meets at 4612 Pacific Highway (Bill's place) in Seaview at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Call 642-4932 or 642-8439 for more information. Additional meetings are on Mondays and Thursdays at noon at Golden Sands in Klipsan. Call 665-2535 or 665-2348 for information on these meetings.

Monday, Feb. 22Ilwaco council

ILWACO - The Ilwaco City Council meets at 6 p.m. on Feb. 22 at the Ilwaco Community Building. The meeting is open to the public. Meetings are the second and fourth Monday of each month. Call 642-3145 for more information.

Posters available

LONG BEACH - Crisis Support Network has developed a poster that reads, "Domestic or Sexual Violence: This business is a safe haven to place a call for help if you are a victim of domestic or sexual violence." If you would like a poster come by the Chinook Observer during regular business hours to pick one up.

Tuesday, Feb. 23Bible study

SEAVIEW - The public is invited to an ecumenical Bible study each Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Peninsula Church Center at 5000 "N" Place in Seaview. The study will cover the book of Revelation. For information call 642-2189.

Better Health Group

LONG BEACH - A new group is forming on the Peninsula called the Better Health Group. Robert Matthews is starting the group to gather people together to "discuss issues concerning better health through natural means, with a focus on nutrition." With the goal in mind of doing good things for our bodies, the group plans to meet beginning at 7 p.m., the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Long Beach Train Depot (next to Dennis Company) on 3rd Street. The meetings are free and everyone is welcome. If you have questions, call Robert at 665-5889.

Masonic meeting

ILWACO - Occident Lodge No. 99 meets at noon every Tuesday for a no host luncheon at the Imperial Schooner Restaurant at the Port of Ilwaco. Sojourners are welcome. For information call Jim at 665-6577 or Norm at 642-2258.

Do Nothing Club

OCEAN PARK - Give your sweetheart a break and come to the Do Nothing Club on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at 24002 "U" Street in Ocean Park. This is a chance for men to gather together to play cribbage, shoot pool, play cards, kibitz or sit around and just grouse if you want. For more information, call Jack McBride at 665-2721 or Jim Wirth at 665-2420.

Wednesday, Feb. 24Classic Movies at Neptune

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 Feb. 24 is "Places in the Heart," starring Sally Field, who won a Best Actress Academy Award in 1984. 1984. 112 min.


LONG BEACH - The Ilwaco-Long Beach Kiwanis meets at noon the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the El Compadre Restaurant at 1900 Pacific Avenue in Long Beach. Call 665-2598 for further information.


KLIPSAN - Gentle stretch beginning yoga classes are underway at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center beginning at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesdays. These classes are open to all ages. Call Barbara at 665-5780 if you have questions.

Big Book meeting

OCEAN PARK - The Ocean Park Big Book meeting is at 6 p.m. each Wednesday at Ocean Park Methodist Church at 1202 262nd Place. All are welcome. For information call Jeannie at 665-3831.

Author Readings

ILWACO - Olde Towne Trading Post, the coffee shop across from the heritage museum in Ilwaco, will be the site of a monthly Authors' Showcase the fourth Wednesday evening of the month. The next gathering is Feb. 24. Writers are encouraged to come share works in progress or published writings, and everyone is welcome to come hear these original stories. Coffee and goodies available at 6 p.m., and writers will sign-up for reading slots beginning at 7 p.m. For more information call 642-4932.

Columbia's Ellis Island

ASTORIA - The meeting of the Friends of the Columbia River Maritime Museum will be on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 11:30 a.m. in the Kern Room of the museum. The public is invited. The speaker will be Nancy Bell Anderson. The topic of her program is "The Columbia River's Ellis Island," the old quarantine station at Knappton.

Future EventsGardening in Hard Times

RAYMOND - Twin Harbors Coalition is hosting a workshop titled, 'Gardening in Hard Times' from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., on Feb. 27. You will learn how to use low tech, low-cost, methods and tools to produce lots of nourishing, tasty, affordable food. This class will give you the ability to increase food security for the folks who need it most. For location details call Brent at 942-3409 or go to

Lunch bunch

ASTORIA - The Bridgewater Bistro at 20 Basin Street (under the bridge, in the Red Building on the riverfront) in Astoria is hosting the Exploring New Concepts of Retirement Education (ENCORE) Lunch Bunch at 12:30 p.m., on Tuesday, March 2. Members are encouraged to wear their nametags and to bring guests. St. Patrick's Day will be the theme with color, costume, and blarney being the basis for the usual small prize. For further information, call Madeline Gobel, coordinator at 503-325-3330, or Paula Duncan at Clatsop College education office at 866-252-8767, ext. 2408.

Clatsop spinners

PENINSULA - The Clatsop Spinners meet the first Tuesday of each month. The next meeting is March 2. Please call Sharon Van Heuit at 665-5266 for directions and location.

Marine Predators

LONG BEACH - On March 8 at 7 p.m., at the PUD auditorium on Sandridge Road in Long Beach, Discovery Coast Audubon Society will host Jen Zamon, a local fisheries biologist from NOAA of Pt. Adams Research Station in Hammond. The topic is "Seabirds, Seals and Salmon: Marine Predators as Fisheries Oceanographers." Like all fishermen, animals that make a living from the sea must be successful at predicting when and where fish become available. Jen will discuss how the feeding behavior of marine predators provides insight about habitats and processes important to fish and humans. Her presentation will include linkages among tides, topography, and fish distribution, as well as tips for observing the behavior of easily seen local predators like birds and mammals. Everyone is welcome.

Democrat crab feed

SOUTH BEND - The 85th Annual Pacific County Democratic Crab Feed is Saturday, March 13 at the Willapa Harbor Community Center at 916 W. 1st Street in South Bend. The social hour is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and dinner starts at 6 p.m. A silent auction will be held throughout the evening. Tickets are available by e-mailing

Oysters and art

LONG BEACH - It's almost time for Rotary Club of Southwest Pacific County's 5th Annual Oysters and Art, a benefit for children's program, which will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., March 20 at the Chautauqua Lodge, 304 NW 14th Street in Long Beach. The evening includes silent and live auctions, nibbles, sips and spirits, music and laughter. Tickets are $25 and available now from Dick at 642-3045, Judi at 642-0837, Lesley at 665-5505, Shirley at 642-2789, or at Farmers Insurance in Ocean Park or in Long Beach.

AAUW Annual Tea

LONG BEACH - The Willapa Bay Chapter of the AAUW will present "Women of the Sea," a historical representation of women who have made maritime history at the annual Afternoon Tea Theatre March 20 at the Long Beach Elks. The American Association of University Women is an organization dedicated to the education of women and the proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund for Ilwaco High School. Tickets will be on sale at Okie's and Sweet Williams in Ocean Park and at Stormin Normans in Long Beach, or you may call 665-6074. The tea will begin at 11:30 a.m, with the program starting at noon through 2 p.m. Adults $20 and $10 for children twelve and under.

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