Wednesday, Feb. 20Preschool stories

OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park Timberland Library is hosting preschool story time for children 3 to 6 years old from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Feb. 20. Enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and movement games. Parents or caregivers are welcome to attend with their children. For more information call 665-4184.

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.

Internet 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.

ThursdayFinn-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.

Fly Casters

ASTORIA - The Rainland Fly Casters meet the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m., in the basement of the Astoria American Legion on Exchange Street. The focus is fly-fishing, fly-tying and conservation of native fish and their habitats. The Feb. 21 program features noted fly-tyer and rod builder, Lora Martinez. She will demonstrate tying techniques. Guests are most welcome. Contact Tom Scoggins at 503-325-6358 or Walt Weber at 777-8295 for information.

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.

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.

Remembering Aloud

OCEAN PARK - From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., on Feb. 21 adults are invited to Ocean Park Timberland Library for a session about remembering school days. Remembering aloud gatherings encourage people to exchange their life stories from each highlighted era or topic, with memory starters of music, photos, video, objects or writing prompts. For more information call 665-4184.

FridayWriters' weekend

OCEAN PARK - 17th Annual Writers' Weekend at the Beach from Friday, Feb. 22 through Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Ocean Park Retreat Center. The keynote speaker will be Tom Fuller, an award winning journalist and communications manager for the Oregon Employment Department. Other topics include fiction, nonfiction basics, poetry, memoirs, building a Web site, your writing personality, plus a limerick contest, which has become an annual event. For more information, call Birdie at 665-6576, or e-mail etchison@reachone.com.

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.

SaturdayT-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.

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.

Mystery night

RAYMOND - From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Feb. 23, adults are invited to Raymond Timberland Library for mystery night. Help solve a mystery. Director Eddie Cheek is looking for backers for his new movie, Final Cut, so he's throwing this gala shindig for interested parties. But it's a killer proposition! A donation of $10 includes the mystery performance, desserts and prizes. This fundraising event by the Friends of the Raymond Timberland Library will benefit the building fund to paint the library. For more information call 942-2408.

SundaySunday breakfast

LONG BEACH - The Long Beach Elks serves breakfast every Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. On the menu is eggs, hash browns, bacon or sausage, toast or biscuit. The price is just $4 and includes coffee, tea and tax. Parking is in the back of the building next to the post office.

Willapa Players tryouts

RAYMOND - Director Liz McCollum of the Willapa Players has announced that tryouts for the spring production, "A Month of Sundays" by Bob Larbey, will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24, and Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m. at the Hannan Playhouse on Eighth Street in Raymond. This play revolves around two residents in a rest and retirement home in Westchester County, N.Y. - Cooper, who has voluntarily left his family to avoid the indignity of depending on them, and his friend Aylott, both on the verge of drastic decline. The cast consists of three men and three women. Scripts can be checked out at the Raymond Timberland Library.

MondayRelay 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.

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.

TuesdayFamily stories

NASELLE - Naselle Timberland Library is hosting family story time from noon to 12:30 p.m., Feb. 26 for children and their families. Stories, rhymes, songs and movement games will focus on children ages 6 and younger but children of all ages are welcome. For more information call 484-3877.

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. 27Refuge meeting

ILWACO - The Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Board of Directors are having their monthly board meeting Wednesday, Feb. 27 starting at 4 p.m., at the refuge headquarters located at 3888 State Route 101, in Ilwaco. All Friends members and the public are welcome. Contact Katherine Driscoll at 360-783-2699 or e-mail her at kmack@lighthouseproperty.com if you are planning to attend.

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 EventsParkinson support

OCEAN PARK - The Parkinson's disease support group meets from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Ocean Park Lutheran Church, 24002 "U" Street in Ocean Park. For information, call Patti at 665-3284 or Jerry at 642-2273.

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.

Kindergarten pre-reg

PENINSULA - Kindergarten pre-registration is being held for all Peninsula children who will be five years old on or before Aug. 31. 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. during the month of March. 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 the office: 665-4815 for Ocean Park, and 642-3242 for Long Beach.

Kite poster competition

PENINSULA - Entries are being accepted for the 2008 Kite Festival Poster competition with entries to be delivered to Campiche Studios, Long Beach, (located at the corner of Pacific Way and Bolstad Ave.), between the dates of March 1 and March 10, during regular business hours (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). The full name of the artist, including address and phone number must be attached to the back of the artwork. The artist will receive a royalty of $2,000, payable within 30 days of completion of all signing and numbering of posters. Artwork must be no larger than: 32 inches wide by 17 inches high for horizontal entries; 17 inches wide by 32 inches high for vertical entries.

'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.

Creation Seminar

OCEAN PARK-Bible and Science slide programs and displays by Dr. Thomas P. Hoyle will be featured at Peninsula Baptist Church, 23802 Pacific Hwy during three sessions: March 1 at 7 p.m., and March 2, at 10 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. Child care is provided. Subjects include: the miracle of life, design in nature, missing links, cavemen, dinosaurs, the Ark, Biblical accuracy, famous Creation scientist, etc. For more information call 665-5060.

Dr. Seuss Day

PENINSULA - Peninsula schools will be celebrating Dr. Seuss Day. Read Across America Day is almost here, and millions of kids, teens, and adults are busy making plans to join the nation's largest reading celebration on March 3. Peninsula schools will be participating with a variety of fun events to encourage kids to read.

Cemetery meeting

SEAVIEW - Lone Fir Cemetery Association is holding their annual meeting beginning at 1 p.m., on Monday, March 3 at the Peninsula Church Center, 5000 "N" Place in Seaview. Much general cleanup is needed after the December storm. Family and friends are invited to come to the meeting and learn about the cemetery care. For additional information call Melinda Crowley at 642-2891 or Edie Shire at 642-2831.

Community Action

ILWACO - Anyone wishing to participate in a Middle/High School Community Action Group is invited to join Principal Marc Simmons at 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, March 5 for an informal gathering designed to encourage participation and enhance communication between students, teachers, administration, parents and community members. The meeting will be held at Ilwaco Middle/High School Library. Ideas and suggestions intended to increase community presence and enrich the experience of Ilwaco Middle/High School students are welcome, along with questions regarding school atmosphere, environment, discipline and academics.

Ballroom dance

ILWACO - Ballroom dance classes for adults start March 5, at the River City Dance and Legion Hall on Lake Street in Ilwaco, and continue for a total of four weeks. The cost is just $20 per person for the full four-week session. Call River City School at 642-8707 for more information. Please call in advance to register.

Razor clam dig

PENINSULA - A razor-clam dig has been tentatively scheduled March 8 through 9 on the Long Beach Peninsula according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife once marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat. On Saturday, March 8 the low tide is +0.5 at 6:58 p.m., and then due to Daylight saving time on Sunday, March 9 switch to a morning tide at +0.3 at 8:28 a.m.

Variety & talent show

NASELLE - The Naselle High School Drama club is sponsoring a community variety and talent show plus dessert on Saturday, March 8 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Naselle High School. All are welcome! The cover charge is $3 for adults and students and includes dessert! Acts include: Ed Downs on trumpet, the Naselle Marimba Band, Phil Morrill and Tom Trudell on piano, high school student vocalists, high school and middle school cheerleader performances and other community members performing. Don't miss an exciting and fun-filled evening!

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." Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Friday and noon until 4 p.m., on Sunday at the World Kite Museum.

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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