Wednesday, Feb. 16

DAR meeting

ASTORIA - Astoria Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will meet Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. at the Astoria Golf and Country Club. The guest speaker will be Carol Carruthers Lambert, author of Letters to Louise, A Love Story. The author is the granddaughter of Maria Louise Tallant Carruthers, a charter member of the Astoria Chapter. Members and women interested in membership may call Regent Evelyn Laughman 503-325-4683 for reservations and information.

Diabetes Support Group

LONG BEACH - Ocean Beach Hospital Diabetes Support Group meets at a new location, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Feb. 16 at Peninsula Church of the Nazarene at 13th Street N and Pacific Highway in Long Beach. The topic of this meeting is sick day management presented by Denise Ross RN, CDE. These meetings are free to the public. Call 642-6308 or 642-6314 with questions.

Free tax help

OCEAN PARK - Because of a government delay, tax help will not start until Feb. 16. At that time 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.

Women's group

OCEAN PARK - A women's 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.

Grange potluck

LONG BEACH - The Long Beach Grange, located at 5715 Sandridge Road, will hold a potluck meeting on Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome! Support your local grange. Call 642-4953 if you have questions.

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 Feb. 16 is "Never Too Late" starring Paul Ford, Maureen O'Sullivan and Connie Stevens. 1965. 104 min.

Thursday, Feb. 17

Book discussion

ILWACO - From 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 17 adults are invited to Ilwaco Timberland Library for a discussion of "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini. For more information call 642-3908.

Gardening chats

OCEAN PARK - Anyone with an interest is invited to an informal gardening chat at the Ocean Park Library community room on Feb. 17, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The topic for the next meeting covers various aspects of spring planting. This event is sponsored by Tilth on the Willapa. For information call 665-3061.

Classic car meeting

ASTORIA - The Lower Columbia Classic Car Club extends an invitation to all who are interested in collector cars to attend a monthly meeting on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m., at Steve Jordan's shop building, located at 35232 Helligso Lane in rural Astoria. If you are interested and need the directions, call Steve or Judy Jordan at 503-325-1807.

Toastmasters

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.

Line dancing

LONG BEACH - Line dancing on the Peninsula is offered at Long Beach Grange at 5715 Sandridge Road. Dancing for beginners starts at 5:30 p.m., intermediate and advanced dancers hit the floor at 1 p.m. and again 6:30 p.m., each Thursday, except the fourth Thursday of the month. Everyone is welcome - the cost is just $3 per person per class. Come check out this fun activity, you don't need a partner. Call Linda at 783-2389 for more information.

Art Around Town

PENINSULA - The Peninsula Arts Association presents a change of artwork around the peninsula. At the Pacific County building are photographs by Bonnie Cozby and mixed media artwork created by Sharon Strong. Photographs by Nancy Meyrick are being shown at the Ocean Beach Hospital and Arlene Jayne presents her paintings at the Ilwaco library.

Friday, Feb. 18

Clamming

PENINSULA - A razor clam dig is scheduled on the Long Beach Peninsula from the Columbia River north jetty to Leadbetter Point on Feb. 18 and Feb. 19, 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: Friday, Feb. 18, 7:41 p.m. -0.6 and Saturday, Feb. 19, 8:21 p.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 digger's clams must be kept in a separate container. Licenses are available at numerous local businesses.

Al-Anon

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.

Saturday, Feb. 19

Beach Pets Breakfast

LONG BEACH - On Saturday, Feb. 19 from 8 a.m. to noon, there will be a breakfast at the Long Beach Elks Lodge to benefit the South Pacific County Humane Society. You have your choice of pancakes, eggs and ham or biscuits and gravy. The cost is $5 per person with kids under five years old admitted free. Tickets are available at the door at 110 Pacific Avenue North in Long Beach; at the shelter at 330 Second Street NE in Long Beach; or at beachdog.com at 1517 Pacific Avenue North in Long Beach.

"Dangerous Laughter"

NASELLE - Naselle Timberland Library presents PageTurners Book Discussion, from 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 19 for adults and teens. Join in a discussion of "Dangerous Laughter" by Steven Millhauser. For more information call 484-3877.

Library family day

ILWACO - Ilwaco Timberland Library presents family day with superheroes, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 19 for children. Superheroes want kids to hear super stories, play super games and have super fun. For more information call 642-3908.

‘Sound Of Music' auditions

CHINOOK - Peninsula Association of Performing Artists (PAPA) will be performing ‘The Sound Of Music' and is holding auditions for all the roles from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Feb. 19 and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Feb. 20 at Fort Columbia. With as many as 26 roles to fill (from Maria to the strong willed Captain Von Trapp and his many friends in the community and his wealthy fiancée, the Baroness Elsa Schrader), there are many needs and opportunities for those who love theatre to become involved. Performances will be on the weekends of May 20 through June 12 at Fort Columbia Theater in Chinook. If you have any questions or need to arrange another time for an audition, please call Producer/Choreographer Cindy Flood at 665-3637.

Stamp Club

LONG BEACH - Peninsula Stamp Club meetings are the third Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Long Beach Grange at 5715 Sandridge Road. The next meeting is Feb. 19. Beginners to advanced collectors are welcome. Call John at 642-8732 for more information.

Seed sale and more

RAYMOND - The Willapa Valley Grange is hosting a seed sale and gardening event at 290 Camp One Rd in Raymond on Saturday, Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Three lectures from local gardeners and soil amendment producers will include: Using Trace Mineral Amendment Sea-Crop at 11:15 a.m.; Compost Tea Making at 1:15 p.m., Successful Fruit Tree Grafting ay 2:15 p.m.; Organic and conventional vegetable, herb and flower seeds selected for this climate are offered for $2 per packet. Local nursery vendors and Master Gardeners will be on hand to sell plants and talk gardening. Music provided by the band Worn Out Shoes. This is a potluck event with a suggested sliding donation of $1 to $5. Proceeds from vendor sales and donations go to help renovate the Willapa Valley Grange No. 527. For more information, contact Jeff Gee at 360-589-3444.

Northwest Passage

ASTORIA - At 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, Capt. Russ Roberts presents "The Inner Reaches of the Northwest Passage," at the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria. Roberts talks about the 42-foot Westsail Fiona, its navigation and icy travails, arctic weather, the lives of its people and animals and the condition of the arctic ice amid all the news about climate change. This presentation is free with paid admission to the museum. Call 503-325-2323.

Sunday, Feb. 20

In Their Footsteps

FORT CLATSOP - Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop is pleased to announce the next In Their Footsteps free speaker series event. This program features the Wildlife Center of the North Coast and is presented by Sharnelle Fee and some of their volunteer staff on Sunday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m. This is part of a weekend of activities held nationwide in conjunction with the Great Backyard Bird Count led by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This program is set for Netul River Room of Fort Clatsop and is free of charge. For more information, call the park at 503-861-2471.

Military Officers meeting

ASTORIA - The Lower Columbia Chapter of the Military Officers Association will meet on Feb. 20 at 1 p.m., at Fulio's Pastaria, 1149 Commercial Street in Astoria. Active duty, retired and reserve commissioned and warrant officers of the seven uniformed services are eligible to belong and are invited to attend. Questions may be referred to Norm Davis at 503-338-6174.

Peninsula meditation group

KLIPSAN - A meditation group meets on Sundays at 3:30 p.m., in the Golden Sands conference room, off the west entrance. Contact Kim at 642-2916, Jim at 665-3151 or Barb at 665-4421 if you need more information.

Overeaters Anonymous

PENINSULA - There are meetings four times a week on the Peninsula in both Seaview and Ocean Park, on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays for those interested in the support group Overeaters Anonymous. If you have questions call 665-2535 or Kathleen at 642-8439.

Monday, Feb. 21

Holiday closures

PACIFIC COUNTY - Monday, Feb. 21 is a federal holiday - Presidents' Day - and most city, county, state and federal offices will be closed, including schools, and the post office. The Chinook Observer will be open regular hours, with no change in deadlines.

Kneedle Knight

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.

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.

AA meetings

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, Feb. 22

Bunco Club

SEAVIEW - The Peninsula Bunco Club invites all interested persons to come to an organizational meeting at 6 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at Chico's in Seaview. The club will play bunco and plan ways help others in our community. For information call 665-5760.

Beginning birding

LONG BEACH - Discovery Coast Audubon Society's education coordinator Mary Atherton is teaching a one-hour beginning birding class once a month at Lighthouse Oceanfront Resort in Long Beach. The first class starts at 2 p.m., on Feb. 22 and will focus on loons and grebes. These are free classes, open to everyone. R.S.V.P. to 665-5975 or www.meetup.com/Discovery-Coast/.

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. The next meeting is Feb. 22. Contact Lisa at 503-791-2315 for directors or call 665-0049 if you have questions.

Grow & Live Spiritually

SEAVIEW - Anyone with an interest is invited to the Peninsula Church Center at 5000 "N" Place in Seaview to find out about spiritual tools and to use them during a gathering each Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., led by Rev. Mary Evelyn Long. Coffee and tea will be available. Call 655-5300 for information.

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.

Weight Watchers

LONG BEACH - Join Weight Watchers' new Points Plus program on Tuesday mornings at the Edgewater Inn in Long Beach. Weigh-in is at 9:30 a.m., and the meeting starts at 10 a.m. For further information call 360-909-3671, 800-651-6000 or visit www.weightwatchers.com.

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. Call 665-2598 for further information.

Do Nothing Club

OCEAN PARK -The Do Nothing Club meets on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at 24002 "U" Street in Ocean Park. You can play cribbage, shoot pool or sit around and do absolutely nothing. Meet and make some new friends. For more information, call Jack McBride at 665-2721 or Jim Wirth at 665-2420.

Rotary

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, Feb. 23

Author Readings

ILWACO - Don't miss this opportunity to share and to hear some great writing by local authors at Olde Towne Trading Post, the coffee shop on Lake Street in Ilwaco. The next monthly Authors' Showcase is Feb. 23. Writers are encouraged to come share works in progress or published writings, and everyone is welcome to come hear these original stories. Coffee and goodies available at 6 p.m., readings begin at 7 p.m. For more information call 642-4932.

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. Call 665-2598 for further information.

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 Feb. 23 is "Airport 77" starring Jack Lemmon and James Stewart. 1965. 104 min.

Future Events

Housing Authority

LONG BEACH - On Feb. 24 at 10 a.m., the next meeting of the Joint Pacific County Housing Authority will be held at Long Beach City Hall.

Adult Family Home mtg

HOQUIAM - On Thursday, Feb. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Grays Harbor YMCA will host a meeting for the public to learn what it takes to open an adult family home for seniors and people with disabilities in our region. Stop by the facility's Community Room to hear an adult family home operator share "what it takes to be successful;" learn about Medicaid programs that need new adult family homes in Aberdeen; and get answers from a DSHS representative. Grays Harbor YMCA is located at 2500 Simpson Avenue in Hoquiam. Space is limited; please R.S.V.P. to Samantha Asbjornsen at 360-725-2320 or asbjosj@dshs.wa.gov.

Machine knitting

OCEAN PARK - On Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., everyone with an interest is invited to a machine knitting group at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center at 21603 Pacific Hwy., in Klipsan. Bring your machine and some share your knowledge, learn from others and have some fun too! Call Michele at 642-4278 with questions.

Parkinson support

OCEAN PARK - The Parkinson's disease support group meets from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 25 at the Ocean Park Lutheran Church, 24002 "U" Street in Ocean Park. For information, call Patti at 665-3284.

OBH support group

ILWACO - Ocean Beach Hospital and Medical Clinics' Cancer Support Group will meet Friday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. in the Ilwaco Community Building meeting room. The support group is part of the hospital's oncology outreach and education program. Cyndy Soule and Jami Greenfield, members of the hospital's 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.

Chorale to perform

ASTORIA - On Feb. 26 the North Coast Chorale is inviting the community to an evening of music, comedy, a silent auction and refreshments at the Performing Arts Center at 16th and Franklin streets. The doors will open at 6 p.m. for early viewing of auction items. The music begins at 7 p.m. Members of the chorale will sing, dance and have a good time entertaining all. The purpose of the event is to raise funds to finish payment on the wonderful new risers locally crafted by Todd Reed of All Metal Fabrications. No tickets will be sold. Donations will be appreciated.

Writing workshop

SEAVIEW - On Saturday, Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the public is invited to a writing workshop at the Sou'wester Lodge in Seaview. The theme is Rocking with the Muse and will be led by writer and teacher Keith Eisner, who has more than 40 years of experience in writing poems, essays and short stories. Pre-register by calling 642-2542. The workshop is free to guests of the Sou'Wester, otherwise the cost is $35 with proceeds going to charity. Bring a pen, notebook and brown bag lunch and enjoy a great day.

Crab/oyster feed

ROSBURG - Get your ticket now for crab and oyster feed plus dance set for 6 p.m. to midnight on March 5 at the Rosburg Community hall. The cost is just $25 per person for the full evening, or if you just want to attend the dance the cost is $5. Get your tickets by calling 360-465-2234 or 360-465-2615.

More free tax help

ILWACO - Beginning March 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., each Saturday through April 16 at the Ilwaco Community Building in the CCAP dining room, seniors and low-income taxpayers can get free help with their 2010 Federal income taxes. 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.

Peninsula Pun-Off

ILWACO - Attend and/or participate in the first Peninsula Pun-Off, to be held on Sunday, March 6, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. Laugh as punsligners play with words, enjoy the silent auction, refreshments, door prizes and more - all to benefit the Water Music Festival. The silent auction and social hour is from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., followed by the contest from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This event is designed to draw punsters from far and wide. Admission is just $10 at the door. Contestants should e-mail oobear@ centurytel.net, call 665-2784, or go to watermusicfestival.com for more information.

RFL Rally & Pancake Feed

LONG BEACH - The Long Beach Relay for Life will be hosting a free pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chautauqua Lodge meeting room, 304 14th Street NW in Long Beach. Stop in to enjoy a free breakfast and to meet your 2011 Long Beach Relay for Life team. This event will highlight the local relay in June and will share some of the exciting activities that are planned. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet some local cancer survivors. Donations will gladly accepted at the breakfast, but are most definitely not required.

AAUW tea

LONG BEACH - The Willapa Chapter of the AAUW will present the annual Treasures of Time Tea Saturday, March 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Long Beach. This year celebrates National Women's History month with a presentation representing Mary Ann Dickenson Adair, Marilla Washburn Bailley, and Bethenia Owens-Adair, three pioneer women of the Northwest, their stories and experiences in a conversation onstage while high tea is enjoyed by the audience. AAUW scholarship awards to local high school women will be presented, as well as a musical performance by Pat Donnelly, a former recipient of an AAUW scholarship. Tickets are $20 per person or $10 for children 12 and under, and are available at Okie's Thriftway, Sweet Williams, Long Beach Pharmacy, or at AAUW, P.O. Box 385, Long Beach, WA 98631. All proceeds go to AAUW Young Women's Scholarship Fund for Ilwaco High School.

Free CPR

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 someone's 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.

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 planner@longbeachwa.gov 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 pcd@pondhouse.com.

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