Wednesday, March 23
ILWACO Olde Towne Trading Post, the coffee shop across from the heritage museum in Ilwaco, is the site of a monthly Authors Showcase the fourth Wednesday evening of the month. Writers are encouraged to come share work in progress or published writings, and everyone is welcome to come hear these original stories. Coffee and goodies available at 6 p.m., readings begin at 7 p.m. For more information call 642-4932.
OCEAN PARK A womens spiritual growth group is from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Wednesdays at the home of Mace Kahlsdorf in Ocean Park. Rev. Mary Evelyn Long will lead this group. Call 665-5300 or 665-6691 for more information.
LONG BEACH The Long Beach Lions Club meets at noon the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Bensons Restaurant in downtown Long Beach. Call 642-8322 for more information.
OCEAN PARK The Ocean Park Area Lions Club meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the Ocean Park Lutheran Church, 240th and U Street. Anyone with an interest in being involved is encouraged to stop in for the meeting.
Alanon family group
SEAVIEW Peninsula Alanon Family Group meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 4603 Pacific Highway. This is a confidential fellowship for persons with friends or family members affected by alcohol. Call 642-2611 if you have questions.
Neptune Classic Movies
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 23 is Overboard starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. 1987. 112 min.
Thursday, March 24
ILWACO On Thursday, March 24, parking at the Ilwaco Community Building will be limited as landscaping work will be performed outside the building that day. The library will remain open.
Tsunami Community Forums
PACIFIC COUNTY The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) is hosting a series of Lets Talk tsunami community forums throughout Pacific County. There will be a question and answer session about the recent tsunami advisory event as well as a chance to give community input regarding tsunami evacuation routes, assembly areas and signage. The forums are scheduled as follows: March 24, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Pacific County Fire District 1, 26110 Ridge Avenue in Ocean Park. Then from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. that same day a forum will be held at Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, 115 Lake Street SE in Ilwaco. Contact the PCEMA office at 875-9338 for more information.
LONG BEACH Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3721 in Long Beach holds their monthly membership and business meeting at 7 p.m., March 24 at the Elks Lodge located at 110 Pacific Avenue in Long Beach. For information, call 642-1228.
OCEAN PARK DivorceCare is a weekly seminar and support group for people who are separated or divorced. Its a place where you can be around people who understand what you are feeling and where you can hear valuable information about ways to heal from the hurt of divorce. DivorceCare groups meet every Thursday night from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., (open enrollment) for 13 weeks at Peninsula Baptist Church, 23802 Pacific Hwy, Ocean Park. Call 665-5100 for more information.
ILWACO Ilwaco Toastmasters Night Owls group meets from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., the first and third Thursdays of each month at the Ilwaco Community Building. The Lunch Bunch group meets from noon to 1 p.m., on the second and fourth Mondays in the community room at the Ilwaco Community Building.
Art Around Town
PENINSULA Peninsula Arts Association has something to brighten your day three local artists are showcasing some of their work during March and April. At Ilwaco Library are paintings from Joan Taplin, at Ocean Beach Hospital enjoy paintings by Judy Leonard and Aileen Roberts and at the county building on Sandridge Road are paintings from Jean Nitzel and Ruth Carpenter.
KLIPSAN All ages are encouraged to come and join the Zumba classes at the Peninsula Senior Center from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost is just $1. Call 665-3999 for information.
Friday, March 25
ILWACO Tickets are now on sale for Peninsula Players presentation of The Fantasticks, book and lyrics by Tom Jones, music by Harvey Schmidt. This show is set for 7 p.m., March 25 and March 26, April 1 and April 2 and April 8 and April 9; and at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 27, April 3 and April 10 in the River City Theater, 127 Lake St SE in Ilwaco. Rita Smith will direct this performance. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the Imperial Schooner in Ilwaco, Stormin Normans in Long Beach and at Okies Thriftway in Ocean Park. Call 642-8667 if you have questions.
Disaster Preparedness Kits
SOUTH BEND Jackie Sheldon, a volunteer tsunami trainer for the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency, will provide instructions on how to build a disaster preparedness kit suitable for any circumstances on Friday, March 25, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the South Pacific County Administration Building, 7013 Sandridge Rd in Long Beach. Jackie will be assisted by Robyn Baker West and both will demonstrate their personal preparedness kits providing options, suggestions, and advice for residents who wish to develop their own kits. Information specific to building preparedness kits will be distributed; residents may bring their own kits for evaluation, and should bring pen and paper in order to take notes specific to their own needs.
Agatha Christie mystery
RAYMOND The Willapa Players production of The Hollow by famed mystery author Agatha Christie continues with performances set for Friday, March 25; Saturday, March 26, and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m., on March 27. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. at the Hannan Playhouse on Eighth Street in Raymond. Willapa Players veteran actors Tena Boggs, Jenny Allan, Scott Cowell, Mike Williams, Dotsi Graves, Jim White, Gracie Manlow and Dani Massin are joined by a couple of outstanding newcomers Shawn Friese and Bob Parks. Completing the cast are two young adults Kelly Rockett and Rebecca Manlow. Tickets are $8 and are available at South Bend Pharmacy, Everybodys Video and More in Raymond, and at the door the evening of the performance.
PACIFIC COUNTY Military members, veterans and their families are encouraged to use the suicide hotline specifically for armed services personnel at 800-273-8255 (press one). In addition mental health appointments are available by calling 503-273-5058.
Redmen Hall exhibit
SKAMOKAWA Redmen Halls new exhibit is opening on March 25. It is an antique exhibit and sale run by archivist Keith Hoofnagle. This will be a collection of antiques not exhibited before with many of them for sale. This exhibit will run Thursdays through Sundays. Opening on April 9 and running through May 23 will be an exhibit by artist Patrick Carrico, who is working in Cathlamet schools as a therapist for children at risk. He describes his work as utilizing found art supplies, creating his pallet from building supplies, cast off house paint and traditional fine art media to create a sincere visualization of the world around him as it is from what it is. Redmen Hall is located in Skamokawa right off S.R.4. The telephone is 360-795-3007.
KLIPSAN An Al-Anon daytime group meets on a new day of the week Fridays from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the meeting room at Golden Sands Assisted Living. Find help and hope and how to deal in a healthy way, in a safe environment. Call 665-5300 for more information.
OBH support group
ILWACO Ocean Beach Hospital and Medical Clinics Cancer Support Group meets Friday, March 25, at 2 p.m. in the Ilwaco Community Building meeting room. The support group is part of the hospitals oncology outreach and education program. Cyndy Soule and Jami Greenfield, members of the hospitals chemotherapy team, will facilitate the meeting. Current and past cancer patients and their families are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Cyndy at 642-6327, or Jami at 642-6475.
Saturday, March 26
RAYMOND The WSU Master Gardeners in conjunction with Grays Harbor College are offering a free workshop on vegetable and flower seeds on Saturday, March 26, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Riverview Education Center, 600 Washington Ave., in Raymond. Topics will include information on buying and collecting seeds as well as starting seed indoors for subsequent outdoor planting or when to plant directly outdoors. The focus will be on varieties suitable for our short, and often, cool growing season. For more information, call 360-875-9466.
ILWACO As part of his senior project, Skyler Olson is organizing a free baseball camp for fourth through eighth graders at the old Ilwaco gym on Saturday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For registration forms, contact Olson at 244-3872 or coach Dave Tapio at 360-921-7982. Kids should bring their completed registration forms with them on March 26, as well as a baseball mitt, water and a sack lunch. Please wear athletic attire and tennis shoes no cleats.
AARP Driving Course
OCEAN PARK There will be an eight-hour AARP driver safety course at Peninsula Senior Activity Center on March 26 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Call the Peninsula Senior Activity Center at 665-3999 to register.
SOUTH BEND On March 26 beginning at 5 p.m., the Pacific County Republicans will hold their annual Lincoln Day Dinner and observe the 100th anniversary of President Reagans birth. The event is at the Willapa Harbor Community Center at First and Alder in South Bend. The social hour, with silent auction and raffle, begins at 5 p.m., the prime rib dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Newly-elected Congresswoman from the 3rd Congressional District, Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler will give an update on the latest news and efforts in the 112th Congress. Jaime will also speak about issues and federal projects related to the local area. The keynote address will be given by Bill Bryant, president of the Seattle Port commission, who will talk on the Four Lessons on Liberty. Both speakers will be available for meet and greet during the social time. For more information, contact Brett Malin at 642-2444 or www.pacificgop.com.
Veterans, Welcome home
WARRENTON From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 26, North Coast Marine Detachment No. 1228 and Lums Auto Center at 1605 SE Ensign Lane in Warrenton is hosting a welcome home event for our local military personnel. This is a chance to just say thanks. Come out and shake a hand, have a hot dog or hamburger, cake and enjoy music while interacting with our veterans. This is a non-political event. Also, adults and children will have an opportunity to create a card, write a letter, or send a picture or gift to troops currently deployed. Inquiries and donations may be directed to Jim Rankin at 503-861-0779.
Sunday, March 27
Winter heating help
PACIFIC COUNTY Coastal Community Action is making appointments for those who are income eligible for energy assistance. Call 533-5100 or 800-828-4883 to get more information.
PACIFIC COUNTY WellSpring Community Network is currently accepting applications for mini-grant activities from groups who serve children and/or families in the Long Beach Peninsula or Naselle communities. Past grants have been awarded for parenting enrichment classes, summer band camp, basketball camp, and youth adventure programs, among many others. Awards range between $50 and $500, on average. The application deadline is March 31, and all grant funding must be spent by June 30. To obtain an application, visit www.wellspringpacific.com or call 360-783-1090.
Monday, March 28
SEAVIEW The Lone Fir Cemetery annual meeting will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, March 28 in the memorial room at Peninsula Church Center at 5000 N Place in Seaview. All friends and families of the cemetery are encouraged to come and share your ideas for the care of the cemetery area. For additional information call 642-2891 or 642-2831.
ILWACO Knit? Crochet? Lap quilt? Other? Bring your portable project and a friend for an evening of fun now every Monday night from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ocean Beach Hospital Lobby. For more information, contact Joan at 642-6459.
OCEAN PARK and SEAVIEW Alcoholics Anonymous has two group meetings on the Peninsula. The Ocean Park group meets at 7:30 p.m., at the Ocean Park Methodist Church at 1202 262nd Place on Mondays and Fridays. The second group meets seven days a week at 6:30 a.m., noon and 8 p.m., at 4603 Pacific Highway in Seaview. For more information you can call 642-2902 or go to http://area72aa.org.
Tuesday, March 29
Summer lunch meeting
LONG BEACH The Pacific County Healthy Communities Program is looking for ideas, input, volunteers and possible host sites for a new summer lunch program on the Peninsula. Come to a discussion at 10 a.m., March 29 at the south Pacific County administration building at 7013 Sandridge Road. Call Mary Goelz at 642-9349 for more information.
Yes, free lunch!
SEAVIEW Yes, there is a free lunch every Tuesday through April 12, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at St. Peters Episcopal Church at the Peninsula Church Center, 5000 N Street in Seaview. There will be soup from some of our fine local restaurants served with delicious bread, coffee or tea. The public is warmly invited to come enjoy. Call 642-3115 if you have questions.
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.
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.
LONG BEACH From now through April 1, Amanda and Marlene are selling Sees candies at the Chinook Observer, with half of all sales proceeds going directly to the Chinook Observer Relay for Life team, and the American Cancer Society. There is a good variety to choose from including truffles, assorted chocolates, assorted gourmet lollypops, peanut butter eggs, Bordeaux eggs, fluffy chicks and more. If theres anything youd like to order, call 642-8181 or stop by 205 Bolstad Avenue East, Suite 2 in Long Beach. All orders will be delivered before Easter.
Lap Band support
ASTORIA Lap Band Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at the Owens-Adair Building at 1508 Exchange Street in Astoria. Contact Lisa at 503-791-2315 for directions or call 665-0049 if you have questions.
SEAVIEW The Southwest Pacific County Peninsula Rotary Club meets Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m., at the 42nd Street Café in Seaview. For more information contact Club President Lynn Raymer at 665-2685 or go to www.beachrotary.org.
Wednesday, March 30
Free tax help
OCEAN PARK Seniors and low-income taxpayers can get free help with their 2010 Federal income taxes at the Ocean Park Timberland Library on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., through April 13. 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 2010), plus a copy of all 2009 tax records/return. If you need more information, call Yvonne Howell at 665-5845. (Tax help at the Ilwaco Community Building will not be available, so plan to come to Ocean Park.)
OCEAN PARK The Ocean Park United Methodist Church and the Kiwanis Club of Ilwaco and Long Beach are seeking donations of money or various food items in individual serving sizes to put in backpacks to send home with needy children in our community who dont have food to eat on the weekends. Some of the items needed include: V-8 juice or 100 percent orange juice, hot chocolate, oatmeal, cold cereal, granola bars, breakfast bars, muffins, bagels, bread, crackers, peanut butter and jelly, fruit cups, canned fruit, fresh fruit, chili, tuna kits, macaroni and cheese singles, Top Ramen, ravioli, soups, raisins, pudding cups, applesauce, string cheese and similar. If you have questions call 665-4177 or mail your monetary donation to Food4Kids, c/o Ocean Park United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 326, Ocean Park, WA 98640.
Neptune Classic Movies
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 30 is After the Thin Man starring William Powell, Myrna Loy and James Stewart. 1936. 112 min.
OCEAN PARK Pacific County Fire District No. 1 and the Ocean Park Eagles Auxiliary are working together to provide CPR training to the community for free. A CPR class will teach you how to recognize a heart attack and what you can do to help save someones life. The event is funded by grant monies secured by the Eagles Auxiliary, and the fire district provides instructors certified by the American Heart Association. The class will be held on Thursday, March 31 at 10 a.m., at 1412 262nd Place in Ocean Park. Please call Suzy at 665-6688 to reserve a space in the class.
OCEAN PARK From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2, there will be a huge rummage sale at 23515 Pacific Way in Ocean Park to benefit Dunes Pool. Call the pool at 665-5542 for information or to donate items.
Art Show & Sale
LONG BEACH Peninsula Arts Association announces the 20th Annual Spring Art Show and Sale, April 1 to April 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the World Kite Museum located at 303 Sid Snyder Drive in Long Beach. Over 40 artists compete in 25 possible categories during this show. In addition, Inspired Creations shopping experience, featuring art and art inspired work for same-day purchase, allows even more art from the exhibiting artists to be on view. An art raffle of donated work benefits the PAA High School Graduate Scholarship Fund and the Art Enrichment Program. Best in Show Winner of the 40th Fall 2010 Art Show Andrea Traphagen is the featured artist of this event. Admission is free and parking is plentiful. For more information visit www.beachartist.org, call 665-6041 or www.facebook.com/paabeachartist. You dont have to be an artist to support the arts!
Oysters and Art
ILWACO Peninsula Rotary is presenting their 6th Annual Oysters & Art Fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., April 2, at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco. Oysters & Art is a benefit for youth programs, including the Boys and Girls Club of the Long Beach Peninsula, the Family Health Center at North Beach childrens dentistry program and the Peninsula Arts Associations Youth Scholarship Program, along with a small portion allocated to international projects. In addition to the silent and live auctions, there will be delicacies from our areas top restaurants, great entertainment, exciting balloon popping and just an all around good time for everyone. Tickets are just $30 and may be purchased from any local Rotarian. For information call Cheri Diehl at 244-2660 or Judi Stidham at 642-0837. The SW Pacific County Peninsula Rotary Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and artists may be entitled to a deduction as a charitable contribution.
Ducks Unlimited Banquet
ASTORIA The 34th annual banquet of the North Coast Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will be held on Saturday, April 2, at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. The event includes a fine dinner, live and silent auctions and assorted raffles and games of chance. Wildlife art, carved decoys, firearms and useful merchandise are featured. About 30 guns will be auctioned or given away. Regular ticket price is $45. Special ticket packages are available for youths, significant others and sponsors. All tickets include the dinner, DU membership and magazine and a chance at the door prize gun. Members of the Long Beach DU chapter are especially invited and will only need to pay the $25 dinner cost. Tickets and information are available from Jennifer Biamont at 503-738-5580. Advance purchase is highly recommended.
Neil Simon Comedy
ILWACO Auditions for Peninsula Players production of Neil Simons comedy Gods Favorite will be held on Tuesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 7 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the River City Theater, 127 SE Lake Street in Ilwaco. The comedy includes three women and five men. It is the story of Job from the Bible as if he were living in the present time. For more information, call director Robert Lindberg at 665-0590.
PENINSULA A razor clam dig is scheduled on the Long Beach Peninsula from the Columbia River north jetty to Leadbetter Point on April 7 through April 9, pending marine toxin tests, with digging allowed between noon and midnight. The best time to start is an hour or two before low tide and it is recommended you take a lantern for evening digs. Low tides adjusted for Pacific beaches those days are as follows: Thursday, April 7, 10:38 a.m. 0.2; Friday, April 8, 11:17 a.m. 0.3; Saturday, April 9, 11:58 a.m. 0.3. Harvesters are allowed to take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 they dig, regardless of size or condition. Each diggers clams must be kept in a separate container. Licenses are available at numerous local businesses.
RAYMOND Pacific Countys Know and Grow Early Learning Coalition presents Casper Babypants live in concert at the Raymond Theater on Saturday, April 9, at 11 a.m. Chris Ballew, best known as the frontrunner for rock band the Presidents of the United States of America (PUSA), is Casper Babypants and has created a huge following with the preschool set with his hooky, cool and authentic pop. Tickets are $1 each and are on sale at the Raymond Theater, Coastal Community Action office, and WSU Extension office. Tickets will also be available at the door. Call 875-8194 for information.
Red Hats meeting
OCEAN PARK The Cranberry Red Hats will meet at noon on April 9 at the Ocean Park fire hall to fill plastic eggs for Golden Sands residents Easter baskets. So bring eggs, baskets and small items to fit into the eggs such as jewelry, scarves, etc. Be sure to include something for the two men who reside there. The hostesses for this event are Ellen and Joann B. Call 642-5409 if you have questions.
Hometown tourism day
PACIFIC COUNTY April 9 has been designated Lower Columbia Hometown Tourism Day. Local residents and guests are invited to visit nearby attractions and rediscover our own wonderful history and recreational opportunities. On this day, Cape Disappointment State Park and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, Fort Columbia State Park and Knappton Cove Heritage Center are all offering free admission to all exhibits, their grounds and trails. Check out your own backyard.
LONG BEACH The Don R. Grable American Legion Post No. 48 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 48 will hold their regular meetings at the Elks Lodge in Long Beach on Tuesday, April 12. A potluck at 6 p.m. will precede the meetings. Come and spend the evening with veterans and their families. For information, call Post Commander Dick Wallace at 642-4188 or Unit President Janet Easley at 665-5580.
OCEAN PARK Peninsula Arts Association awards an annual High School Graduate Scholarship to a student from the Ocean Beach or Naselle/Grays River School districts. Graduating seniors, planning to pursue an education in the arts, are urged to contact their school scholarship director and ask about the possibilities of applying for this $1,000 award. To be eligible for the PAA Scholarship, students must have developed an interest in art, completed 11th grade and maintained a minimum of 2.5 GPA. Applicants must attend high school in the previously mentioned school districts, or live and be home schooled locally. Along with references, referrals and school transcripts, the applicants are asked to write an essay on their future art plans and present a portfolio of work during a follow-up interview. Any graduate interested in pursuing further art related education, through workshop classes, college courses, apprenticeships and such may apply. Application deadline is April 15. For more information call PAA President Sue Raymond at 665-1375, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.beachartist.org.
Farmers Market volunteers
LONG BEACH The Columbia-Pacific Farmers Market will get off the ground in May. An authentic farmers market, this event will be exclusively a food market dedicated to showcasing the spectacular eats of the Columbia-Pacific region and to supporting and celebrating the hardworking people who bring those foods to our community. The market will include 20 or so farmers, ranchers, fishers, growers, and package food producers, and will also feature entertainment and games. It will be a place to meet your neighbor every Friday afternoon/evening and have fun! Many volunteers will be needed each week from noon until 7:30 p.m., mid-May through September. Please contact Gayle Borchard at 642-4421 or email@example.com if you wish to volunteer.
PC Democrats Scholarships
PACIFIC COUNTY The Pacific County Democrats will award up to two $500 scholarships to Pacific County high school graduates. Home-schooled graduates are also encouraged to apply. Applicants will be evaluated on four weighted qualifications: Academic achievement (types of classes as well as overall grade point average); political, school and community activism (leadership and participation); financial need; and relationship to, or sponsorship by, a Pacific County Democrat club member. Scholarships will be paid at the completion of the first term of school, following reception of an official college transcript showing satisfactory completion, and must be used within one academic year unless an extension is requested and approved. Application packets are available through the scholarship advisor at all county high schools and can also be found on the PCD website www.pacificcountydemocrats.com. Application should be completed and returned to the PCD, P.O. Box 455, South Bend, WA 98586 and must be postmarked no later than May 1. For additional information contact Pacific County Democrats firstname.lastname@example.org.