Wednesday, Oct. 11

OCEAN PARK — The Oct. 11 meeting of the Shoalwater Birders has been cancelled. Watch for announcements for future meetings. If you have questions call Susan at 360-665-2753.

Thursday, Oct. 12

SOUTH BEND — Pacific Transit System will hold its regular fourth quarterly board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 12 at the Pacific County Commissioners Meeting Room at 1216 W. Robert Bush Drive in South Bend, at 10:30 a.m. There will be a public hearing to hear comment on Pacific Transit’s proposed 2018 Operating and Capital Budget. The public is invited. Call 360-642-9418 for information.

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.

OCEAN PARK and LONG BEACH — Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step program for people with problems related to food including, compulsive overeaters, those with binge eating disorders, bulimics and anorexics. Local meetings are held each Saturday at 10 a.m. at First Place Mall, Suite 3, in Long Beach and at the Ocean Park Library on Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. Please call ahead for information on Thursday meetings. There is no charge to attend and everyone is welcome. Call Vivian at 360-244-1819 or Diane at 503-318-6608 for more information.

SURFSIDE — Jam sessions are set for Oct. 12 and Oct. 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Surfside Homeowners building at 31402 “H” Street in Ocean Park. All those who love music are welcome including musicians, vocalists, and those who just want to listen! Please call Louise or John at 352-586-0082 for more information.

Friday, Oct. 13

ILWACO — On Friday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m., with cocktail hour at 6 p.m. at the Inn at Harbour Village come hear the band “Swing Fever,” who perform big band, classic jazz at its best with vocalist Denise Perrier. Tickets are $40 per person. Then on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m., cocktail hour at 6 p.m., or Sunday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m., 1 p.m. cocktail hour, Music at the Mission Chamber Players, a not to be missed classical group will perform at Leadbetter Farms. Tickets are $50 per person. These concerts are Water Music Festival events with tickets available at watermusicfestival.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.

OCEAN PARK – On Oct. 13 from 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., all ages are invited to the Ocean Park Timberland Library for family movies. Bring pillows and blankets and watch a family friendly movie. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ilwaco and Ocean Park Timberland Libraries. Call 360-665-4184 for more information.

Saturday, Oct. 14

FORT CLATSOP — The Chinook Indian Nation will hold its monthly Council Meeting at 11 a.m. on October 14, at the Netul room at Fort Clatsop at the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, 92343 Fort Clatsop Road in Astoria. The meeting is open to all Tribal members, and attendees are reminded to bring a potluck item. There is no refrigeration or cooking facilities. If you have questions you may call the tribal office in advance of the event at 360-875-6670.

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.

LONG BEACH – On Saturday, Oct. 14 the Long Beach Elks Lodge #1937 will hold an Octoberfest at the lodge at 110 Pacific Avenue from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The menu includes brats, sauerkraut, pretzels, bratkartaffein and drinks. Plus music will be provided by Steve Denzel. Must be 21 years old or older to attend. The cost is $12 per person plus drinks for this open house membership drive. Call 360-642-2651 with questions.

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.

Sunday, Oct. 15

OCEAN PARK — Bay Avenue Gallery will host a good-bye reception for artist Carol Thompson and her husband, Ed on Oct. 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the gallery. This award-winning artist and her husband will be saying farewell to the Peninsula very soon. Please join the artists and friends as we celebrate their move. Everyone is welcome to 1406 Bay Ave., Ocean Park. Call 360-665-5200 for more information.

LONG BEACH — Join the Jam on the first and third Sunday each month from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Long Beach Grange located at 5715 Sandridge Road in Long Beach. Bring your instruments and music. Come play, listen, or sing-a-long to traditional, bluegrass, folk, blues, country and pop. All levels welcome. The next gathering is Oct. 15. Call 360-642-2239 for more information.

Monday, Oct. 16

SURFSIDE — On Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Surfside Homeowners Association office at 31402 H Street, come to a presentation on mapping your neighborhood. Be prepared not scared in the event of an emergency situation on the Peninsula and help your neighbors at the same time. If you have questions call Louise at 352-586-0082.

PACIFIC COUNTY — The Veterans of Foreign Wars is announcing the annual Essay Scholarship program for students in the sixth through 12th grades. This includes students enrolled in public, private or parochial schools as well as home-schooled students. Your local VFW Post, Post 3721, is sponsoring the program for the Peninsula to include Naselle. Students in the sixth through eighth grades may enter the Patriots Pen’ contest. The student entry will be an essay of not less than 300 words to not more than 400 words with the theme “The America I Believe In.” Entries must be turned in to the local Post contact by Nov. 1. Local winners will be forwarded for judging in the Regional contest and then on to State competition. Cash prizes are awarded to the winners at all levels, with the National Winner receiving a trip to Washington D.C. and $5,000. High school students (grades 9 thru 12) may enter the Voice of Democracy contest. The student will record a self-authored essay of 3- to 5-minutes in length to be recorded on a CD or flash drive and submitted to the local Post representative. Deadline for entries is Nov. 1. Entries will initially be judged at the local level. The local winner(s) entries will be forwarded to regional and State level competitions. The national winner will be awarded a scholarship worth $30,000 for use at a college, university or vocational school of choice. Additional entry information is included on the entry forms that will be available at the Hilltop Middle and High Schools and the Naselle School. If you have further questions, please call Mark Smith at 360-665-2513.

Tuesday, Oct. 17

KLIPSAN — Al-Anon meetings are held on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. at Golden Sand Assisted Living Center in Klipsan/Ocean Park. These gatherings are free and open to anyone. If you have questions call 503-318-6608 and leave a message.

Wednesday, Oct. 18

ILWACO — Come join the knitting group at 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.

Future Events

OYSTERVILLE — “Rails in the Surf: Reshaping the Mouth of the Columbia River” is the topic to be presented by Community Historian Gary Kobes at the Oysterville Schoolhouse on Thursday, Oct. 19. It is the story of the construction of the jetties – a story of pile drivers and railroad cars, of tugs and barges and of locomotives and shipwrecks. Kobes, a Chinook resident and self-described history addict is on the board of the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco and the Maritime Museum in Astoria. He is a founding member of the NAHCOTTA preservation committee and has a deep affinity for the history of railroads and engineering. Kobes’ 45-minute talk begins at 10 a.m. and is open to the public.

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.

CHINOOK — Friends of the Chinook School are hosting their 13th annual Oktoberfest fundraising dinner and auction on Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Chinook School Event Center. The buffet dinner is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; a silent auction runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the live auction is at 7:30 p.m. Admission for dinner and auction is $25 per person or for admission for the auction only is $5. Tickets are available at the door. Both the event center and the community building will be used for this celebration fundraiser. This event includes the silent auction and a bar in the community building while Don Nesbitt, well-known local artist, will take your order to draw caricatures. Purchase tickets and sign up for a paddle number in the event center. Joanne Leech and her crew are planning a great buffet. There will also be a bar serving beer, wine and soft drinks. The Beach Buddies will be entertaining during the evening and there will be room to dance. A raffle for a stand-up paddleboard will be held along with a wine raffle. To participate, you must bring a bottle of wine. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at $10 per ticket or three tickets for $25. You will use your auction paddle again for the live auction called by Cliff Fox. The live auction will take place at 7:30 p.m. while the band takes their dinner break. Contributions to either the live or silent auction would be appreciated. Please contact Loma or John Billups at 360-777-8367 or 360-244-0572. Early contact will be appreciated. They cannot accept items after Friday, Oct. 13.

LONG BEACH — If you are interested in joining the OWL volunteer team, please join others on Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at New Life Church in Ilwaco. Procedures, boundaries and scheduling and, with the returning volunteers, talk about any changes will be reviewed. If you have questions, please call 360-642-4520 or email peninsula.nazarene@gmail.com. Please plan to come for one training. If you have questions call 360-642-4520.

ILWACO — On Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., WellSpring Community Network, Long Beach Police Department, Ocean Beach Hospital and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to Ocean Beach Hospital at 1st Ave N in Ilwaco. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

ILWACO — On Saturday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grays Harbor campus at the Port of Ilwaco, come learn about how Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media can be cost effective marketing tools for a business. Sponsored by the Pacific County Economic Development Council, the cost is $25 person for this class taught by Misty Lambrecht of Webfoot Marketing and Design. Call 360-875-9330 or 360-642-9330 to reserve your seat now.

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.

OCEAN PARK — The regular meeting of the Willapacific Branch of the American Association of American University Women will take place Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. at the Ocean Park Library. The guest speaker will be Ocean Beach Superintendent Jenny Risner who will provide an update on what is happening in the schools and will be introducing Karla Powell, Principal of Ocean Park. The AAUW’s mission is to further education and opportunity for women and this meeting will provide an opportunity to see where and how we can be effective locally. For questions, call 360-642-3636.

SEAVIEW — Ocean Park Presbyterian Church invites friends and family throughout the community to join them for evening of soup, fun and fellowship beginning Tuesday, Oct. 24 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. 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. For information call Martha at 206-979-0782 or email martha.w.wharton@gmail.com.

OCEAN PARK – On Wednesday, Oct. 25 and Nov. 29 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. children are invited to the Ocean Park Timberland Library for a lego build. Build amazing creations that will be on display for a week after the program. Call 360-665-4184 for more information.

OCEAN PARK — Peninsula Baptist Church at 23802 Pacific Highway in Ocean Park is hosting a safe, fun trunk or treat event from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31. For more information call 360-665-5060 or go to info@peninsulabaptist.church.

OCEAN PARK – Ocean Park Community Church at 26709 Vernon Avenue in Ocean Park is opening their doors for a wonderful program by a choir from Uganda Africa. The “Great I Am Tour” event is set for Oct. 29 beginning at 10 a.m. For information go to www.iamfamily.org or call 360-665-4548.

ILWACO — On Sunday, November 5 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Robert Michael Pyle, local author and conservationist, will be signing copies of and reading from the re-release of his book “Where Bigfoot Walks” at Time Enough Books at the Port of Ilwaco. Call 360-642-7667. Light refreshments will be served.

CHINOOK — On Nov. 11 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. come to the Chinook gym for a fundraising event for the family of Juan Albelo, who passed away at sea on Sept. 3. This event is to honor him and help raise funds for his family’s future needs. All proceeds will go to the family.

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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