Wednesday, March 3Free Admission

ILWACO - During the month of March, admission to the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum at 115 S.E. Lake Street in Ilwaco will be free courtesy of the Ilwaco Merchants Association. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Tuesdays through Saturdays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to tour our local museum.

C.G. Auxiliary

CAPE D - The Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 62 meets March 3 at 7 p.m. at Cape Disappointment. For information call Larry at 665-2811.

Get set for kindergarten PENINSULA - Kindergarten pre-registration is being held for all Peninsula children who will be five years old on or before Aug. 31. During the month of March you may pre-register your child at Ocean Park Elementary School or at Long Beach Elementary anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. 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 665-4815 for Ocean Park, and 642-3242 for Long Beach.

Rummage sale

OCEAN PARK - Peninsula Baptist Church is accepting donations at their fellowship hall from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., on March 3 and March 4 for their rummage sale that will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 5 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 6. Proceeds from this sale will support their 2010 mission trip. Call Kristine at 665-6049 for information.

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 March 3 is "Gilda," starring Rita Hayworth and Glen Ford. 1946. 110 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.

Advisory Board

LONG BEACH - The Pacific County Advisory Board meets at 4 p.m., on March 3 at Willapa Behavioral Health, 2204 Pacific Highway North. Call 642-3787 for more information.

Yoga

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.

Writers' Circle

OCEAN PARK - The Writers' Circle meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Ocean Park Library. The meetings are from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The purpose of the meetings is to critique each other's work in friendly, helpful ways. For more information call 642-6424 or 665-3835.

Gospel services

OCEAN PARK - Come hear the gospel message on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., through April 14 at the home of Deanna Brooks, 919 280th Street in Ocean Park. The purpose is to create faith in those who do not believe and to strengthen the faith in those who do. No collection will be taken. Call Barb at 541-974-6360 for more information.

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, March 4Quilt 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 SR-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.

Aging council meeting

PORT HADLOCK - The Olympic Area Agency on Aging council of governments meets at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 4 by conference call. The agenda includes contract recommendations and the Chronic Disease Self-Management Grant. For additional meeting information all 866-720-4863.

Friday, March 5Flea 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 March 5, March 6, March 19 and March 20. Tables are available for rent. Call 665-2461 for information.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

RAYMOND - From 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m., on March 5, all ages are invited to Raymond Timberland Library for Harmonica Pocket's "Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!" Sing the words to Dr. Seuss's "ABCs," "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish" and other selected books with the performance duo, Harmonica Pocket. Using theater, they tell the history behind some of Seuss's best-loved stories. All can sing "Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss" to celebrate what would have been his 105th birthday. For more information call 942-2408.

LB Merchants

LONG BEACH - The Long Beach Merchants Association meets Friday, March 5 at 8 a.m., at Bensons Restaurant, 504 S Pacific Ave., in Long Beach. For more information call President Steven Linhart at 642-5625.

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 are 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.

Saturday, March 6Crab & Oyster feed

ROSBURG - Call today to get your ticket to the annual crab and oyster feed at Rosburg Community Hall. There are a limited number of tickets left. Call 360-465-2234 to purchase your $25 ticket today and support this great cause.

Book discussion

NASELLE - On March 6 from 10 a.m. to noon, adults are invited to Naselle Timberland Library for a discussion of "Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard" by Kiran Desai. For more information call 484-3877.

Game day party

SOUTH BEND - South Bend Timberland Library presents "Saturday Game Day Party," for all ages from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., March 6. Help kick off the annual Family Read-Aloud program with fun and games, including a wide variety of board games. Cookies and punch will be served to celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday. For more information call 875-5532.

Aglow prayer

CHINOOK - All are invited to an Aglow prayer group from 10 a.m. to noon on March 6 at 2 Lingenfelter Road in Chinook. The gathering includes intercessory prayer, praise and worship. Aglow is an interdenominational organization for men and women. For more information contact Kathy at 777-8090.

Boater education class

ILWACO - From 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on the first Saturday of each month, March through June, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is holding a class to assist attendees in obtaining the required Washington state Boater Education card. These cards are required for anyone who is 30 years old or younger who plans to operate a boat. The cost is $25, and pre-registration is requested. The classes will be held in the upstairs classroom at the Port of Ilwaco office at 165 Howerton Way. For additional information or to sign up, call Dick at 642-7588.

Cribbage

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.

Sunday, March 7Overeaters 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, March 8Marine Predators

LONG BEACH - At 7 p.m., on March 8 in 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.

Quilt Guild

ILWACO - The Peninsula Quilt Guild meets the second Monday of the month at 1 p.m., at the Peninsula Church Center at 5000 "N" Place in Seaview. All with an interest are welcome. Call 642-2763 for more information.

Ilwaco council

ILWACO - The Ilwaco City Council meets at 6 p.m. on March 8 and March 22 at the Ilwaco Community Building. These meetings are open to the public. 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.

Port of Peninsula

NAHCOTTA - The Port of Peninsula meets the first and second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Port office meeting room. The next meeting is March 8. These meetings are open to the public. Call 665-4547 for additional information.

Tuesday, March 9OP Lions

OCEAN PARK - The Ocean Park Area Lions Club meets March 9 and March 23 beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the Ocean Park Lutheran Church, 224th and "U" Street. Anyone with an interest in being involved is encouraged to stop in for the meeting.

Ilwaco planning

ILWACO - The Ilwaco Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. March 9 and March 23 at the Ilwaco Community Building. The meeting is open to the public. Call 642-3145 for more information.

Legion meeting

ILWACO - The Don R. Grable American Legion Post and Unit No. 48 will gather for a potluck and meetings at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco on Tuesday, March 9 at 6 p.m. Those attending should bring a dish to share and enjoy some time with veterans and their families. For information, please call Post Commander Chuck Schussman at 665-6010 or Unit President Janet Easley at 665-5580.

LB planning

LONG BEACH - The Long Beach Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. on March 9 at city hall. The meeting is open to the public. Call 642-4421 for additional information.

Bible 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 at 5000 "N" Place in Seaview. The study will cover the book of Revelation. For information call 642-2189.

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.

Seuss birthday

RAYMOND - From 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., March 9, all ages are invited to Raymond Timberland Library for a Dr. Seuss birthday party. Play games, listen to stories and have a good time celebrating Dr. Seuss. Play guess-the-story and win prizes! For more information call 942-2408.

Saddle Club mtg

LONG BEACH - The Peninsula Saddle Club meets at 7 p.m., March 9, at their clubhouse on Sandridge Rd. If you are interested in learning more about the club, please call Dianne at 642-2680 evenings.

Wednesday, March 10

Building Good Garden Soil

LONG BEACH - Beginning at 6 p.m., on March 10 Ray Millner will teach a class on how to build good garden soil. This free class covers everything about soil, from texture to amenities, and even bio char. The class is offered at the Long Beach Grange at 5715 Sandridge Road. The public is invited to attend. Call 642-3682 for more information.

LB School Book Fair

LONG BEACH - It's time to get excited about Long Beach Elementary's upcoming book fair. From easy readers, to picture books, to best sellers and more, the Scholastic Book Fair connects kids with books they want to read. Family and friends are welcome - mark your calendar! Don't miss this opportunity to light up a child's face with the excitement of reading a good book! The book fair helps raise funds for Long Beach Elementary Library. Monday, March 8 and Tuesday, March 9 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. are viewing days; Wednesday, March 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. is a purchase day; and Thursday, March 11 and Friday, March 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. are purchase days.

Caregivers' support

KLIPSAN - Caregivers Support Group meets at the PUD auditorium at 9610 Sandridge Road in Long Beach on March 10 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.. For more information call Don Cantrell at 642-3787, ext. 226.

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 March 10 is "Top Gun," starring Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer. 1986. 109 min.

Kiwanis

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. This month's meetings are March 10 and March 24. Call 665-2598 for further information.

LB Lions

LONG BEACH - The Long Beach Lions Club meets at noon the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at Benson's Restaurant in downtown Long Beach. This month's meetings are March 10 and March 24. Call 642-8322 for more information.

Americans for prosperity

LONG BEACH - Pacific County Chapter of Americans for Prosperity meet on the second Wednesday of each month at the Seaview Transit Center at 2750 Highway 101. This month's meeting is March 10 beginning at 6 p.m. All with an interest in this national organization committed to advocating for public policies that champion the principles of entrepreneurship and fiscal and regulatory restraint are welcome. For information call Edie Faylor, chair at 777-0557 or contact her via e-mail at pacific.cty.afp@gmail.com.

Library catalog/databases

RAYMOND - Raymond Timberland Library is hosting an introduction to the library catalog and databases from 10 a.m. to noon, March 10 for adults. Learn how to search for library items, place holds and look at your patron record. A brief introduction to the Timberland Regional Library databases will be included. This program begins before normal library hours and will open early only for this event. Space is limited. Please sign up at the library's upstairs desk by calling 942-2408, or sign up online.

Future EventsShutterbugs

OCEAN PARK- The Peninsula Photo Club Shutterbugs meets on the second Thursday of each month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the Pacific County Fire District No. 1 community room at 26110 Ridge Avenue in Ocean Park. The next meeting is March 11. All skill levels are welcome. Monthly projects are displayed and discussed. Come have fun, discuss photography subjects and join the group. Call Lee at 665-6882 for more information.

Fact or fiction

ILWACO - On March 11, teens are invited Ilwaco Timberland Library from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., for fact and fiction. Showcase your ability to separate fact from fiction about such subjects as celebrities, health, and nature, by playing "Urban Myth," the tabletop game. Talk with other teens about books you like, enjoy munchies and plan future teen events, too. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ilwaco and Ocean Park Timberland Libraries. For more information call 642-3908.

"The Lovely Bones"

RAYMOND - Raymond Timberland Library welcomes adults to a discussion of the book "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., March 11. Books are available for check out at the circulation desk. This program is held outside of regular library open hours. The library will be open only for the program. For more information call 942-2408.

Genealogical Society

ASTORIA - Clatsop County Genealogical Society meets at 10 a.m., on March 11 on the fourth floor of the Astoria Gateway Apartments on Steam Whistle Way in Astoria. The speaker is Amber Glen, curator of the Clatsop County Historical Society, who will talk about preserving old family papers and photographs. Visitors are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Call Debbie at 503-455-2460 for information and parking instructions.

Sea, tide & river songs

ILWACO - Starting at 7 p.m., on March 12 at the beautiful Inn at Harbour Village located at 120 Williams Avenue in Ilwaco, Mary Garvey and Hobe Kytr, along with special guest Matthew Moeller will perform songs and stories of sea, tide and river. There is a suggested $5 donation. For information call 642-0087.

Youth fun night

ILWACO - If you enjoy pizza, games and movies Ilwaco students in grades ninth through 12th are invited to come to Youth Action Club (YAK) night from 7:30 p.m. to midnight on March 12 at Hilltop School. Approximately 20 adult chaperones are needed to help with an evening of fun, games and food in a substance-free, healthy environment. If you are only available for part of the evening, that can work. If you have any talents you would like to share (dance instructor, computer game genius, etc.) call Sarah Taylor at 642-1244 to volunteer or for more information.

USAF Band

ASTORIA - At 7 p.m. on March 12 the public is invited to a concert of the USAF Band of the Golden West at Liberty Theater. This is a free concert with open seating. Tickets may be picked up in advance at The Liberty Theater Box Office, Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce and any chamber member area restaurant. Ticketed persons may enter early from 6:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.; non-ticket persons may enter after 6:45 p.m. Call 503-325-8108, extension 33. Astoria-Warrenton Chamber and Liberty Theater sponsor this event.

Springers & Springboards

CATHLAMET - Willapa Hills, the popular folk band from Wahkiakum County, will present, "Springers and Springboards: music by and about the people of the Lower Columbia region." The band will play at the Friends of Skamokawa's Redmen Hall, Friday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m., and at St. James Church in Cathlamet Sunday, March 14, at 2:30 p.m. Redmen Hall at 1394 West State Route 4 in Skamokawa, on the north side of the Columbia River in Wahkiakum County. St. James Church is at 1134 Columbia St., Cathlamet. Admission prices are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 10 to 16 and free for those under 10 accompanied by an adult. The shows are benefits for Redmen Hall and St. James Family Center.

Empty Bowls Fundraiser

SEAVIEW - The second annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, March 13 at Peninsula Church Center in Seaview. This event benefits the PACE Nutrition program and FISH Emergency Fund. Pick a handcrafted bowl made by local artists and students from Ocean Beach School District, have some soup and bread and then take your bowl home. There is a suggested donation of $10 per bowl. If you have questions call Karen Brownlee at 642-4780.

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 pcd@pondhouse.com.

Classic car show

ASTORIA - The Lower Columbia Classic Car Club will be holding their annual car sale and auto parts swap meet at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds on Saturday March 13. Gates will open at 8 a.m. All who are interested in collector/classic, or custom/hot rod cars are encouraged to attend and all others are welcome. Please call Ron Larson at 503-325-0590 if you need more information.

Dinner & silent auction

LONG BEACH - The Long Beach Grange is holding a dinner and silent auction from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on March 13 at 5715 Sandridge Road. The entrée is tri-tip. This full meal deal is just $10 for adults, $5 for children and $8 for seniors. Call Rick at 642-7176 if you have questions.

"Roll on, Columbia"

ASTORIA - You won't want to miss the drama, excitement and romance of "Roll On, Columbia," a free public program of inspiring short documentaries starring the magnificent Columbia River, on Saturday, March 13 at the Columbian Theater at 1102 Marine Drive in Astoria. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., the movies start at 2 p.m. Three of the films were written and produced in Clatsop County and feature many familiar faces, including local fishermen, business people, students and others. The films are "Work Is Our Joy," "Crossroads on the Columbia ... Oregon Confronts America's Energy Future," "In Their Footsteps," and "Pipe Dream." If you have questions call Laurie at 503-338-6508.

Chinook Tribe meeting

ILWACO - The Chinook Tribal Council meets on Saturday, March 13 at 11 a.m., at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum on Lake Street in Ilwaco. Tribal members are encouraged to attend. There will be a potluck luncheon as usual. If you have questions, please call 875-6670.

Daylight saving

U.S.A. - Spring forward ... turn your clocks ahead for the start of Daylight Saving Time at 2 a.m., on Sunday, March 14. In addition, fire departments encourage you to change the batteries in your smoke detectors at the same time.

Friends of Chinook

CHINOOK - The Friends of Chinook School meet at 7 p.m. March 15 at the Chinook fire hall. The meetings are open to anyone with an interest in the school. Call 777-8211 for more information.

Cemetery Assn meeting

SEAVIEW - Lone Fir Cemetery Association holds their annual meeting beginning at 1 p.m., on Monday, March 15 in the fireside room at the Peninsula Church Center at 5000 "N" Place in Seaview. All friends and members are encouraged to attend. For additional information contact Melinda Crowley at 642-2891.

Weavers/Spinners

ILWACO - The Clatsop Weavers and Spinners Guild meet March 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. most often at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum on Lake Street in Ilwaco, but call Sharon at 665-5266 to confirm. Bring a sack lunch.

School testing

PENINSULA - The High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) will be administered to 10th grade students March 16 through March 18 for reading and writing and April 13 and April 15 for math and science. Students in the 11th and 12th grade wishing to retake the WASL for the purpose of improving prior scores, may do so by taking the HSPE on these dates. The Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) paper/pencil testing window will be administered to third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade students from May 12 to May 28. The Measurements of Student Progress, online testing window will be administered to seventh grade math and eighth grade reading from May 3 to June 4. The performance-based assessment includes reading, writing, mathematics and science and is based on Washington's Essential Academic Learning Requirements. Private school and/or home-based students wishing to participate in the HSPE and MSP should contact Dustin Salisbury, Ocean Park Elementary principal, at 665-4815; Todd Carper, Long Beach Elementary principal, at 642-3242; or Marc Simmons or David Tobin, Ilwaco Middle/High School principals, at 642-3731.

Better Health Group

LONG BEACH - All with an interest are encouraged to come to new group 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." Meetings are 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. The next meeting is March 16. If you have questions, call Robert at 665-5889.

Astoria DAR

ASTORIA - Astoria Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will meet March 17 at 11 a.m., at the Astoria Golf and Country Club. Election of new officers will be held. Sali Jordan Diamond will present the program on her trip to Haifa, Israel this past November. Seaside High School senior Gavin Brown is the chapter recipient of the Good Citizen award for 2010. Women interested in joining or attending the meeting are asked to contact Regent Evelyn Laughman at 503-325-4386.

Women in Business

ILWACO - On March 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., women are invited come to the Artisan at 114 Main Street SW in Ilwaco for the Peninsula Women in Business meeting. The speaker is Randy Dennis, of the Dennis Company, whose topic is "How to survive in a no-growth environment." Peninsula Women in Business is a group of local business women who gather to mentor, network and learn from one another. Meetings are the third Thursday of each month. For information call 642-4431.

Peninsula Quilt Show

ILWACO - The 15th Annual Peninsula Quilt Guild Show is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 19 through March 21 at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum at 115 SE Lake Street in Ilwaco. This year's theme is "Quilting at the Beach," with a special showing by Janet King, a quilt designer and teacher who uses non-traditional colors to give a modern twist to traditional patterns. During the show there will be ongoing demonstrations of the various aspects of quilt making. This year's prize quilt is called, "Cranberry Relish." Tickets are available for purchase, and you don't have to be present to win. Call 642-3446 for more information.

Oysters and art

LONG BEACH - The Rotary Club of Southwest Pacific County's 5th Annual Oysters and Art, a benefit for children's program, 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 beachdog.com in Long Beach. Contributing artists and their work will be featured every week at www.beachrotary.com.

Women of the Sea

LONG BEACH - On March 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at their annual Afternoon Tea Theatre at the Long Beach Elks, the Willapa Bay Chapter of the AAUW will present "Women of the Sea," a historical representation of women who have made maritime history. The American Association of University Women is an organization dedicated to the education of women and proceeds from this event will benefit the scholarship fund for Ilwaco High School. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. They are on sale at Okie's Thriftway and Sweet Williams in Ocean Park and at Stormin Normans in Long Beach, or you may call 665-6074.

Walk for Autism

LONG BEACH - Beginning at 11 a.m., on March 20 at the arch near the Bolstad beach approach, there will be a two-mile walk to benefit the local developmental preschool. Walkers will leave the arch and head north on the Discovery Trail to the bronze Lewis and Clark tree, take the loop around the tree and walk back along the trail. Call 244-5110 for information.

Bluegrass Festival

LONG BEACH - The Bluegrass Festival 2010 is coming to the Chautauqua Lodge in Long Beach starting Friday, March 26 through Sunday March 28. Enjoy the varied bands - Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Misty Mama, The McMahon's, Deadwood Revival and others. You can enjoy 20 sets of top-notch bluegrass music, each 45 minutes long, along with the band scramble, which places band members, and some of the musicians in the crowd, together for a raucously good time. Watch for more information about tickets.

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