Wednesday, Jan. 10
LONG BEACH — Parents of children under 5-years of age are encouraged to attend a seminar sponsored by the Ocean Beach School District to learn about your child’s development. This event will provide information about how your child learns and be given materials and activities to use at home. On Jan. 10, parents of children 2- to 4-years old should attend and on Jan. 17, parents of children 4- and 5-years old should attend. Childcare will be available. Call 360-642-8586 to reserve your free spot, or email Ramona.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Jan. 11
LONG BEACH — Pacific Transit System will hold its regular first 2018 quarterly board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Pacific County office building’s meeting room at 7013 Sandridge Road in Long Beach at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend and participate. Call 360-875-9418 for information.
BAY CENTER — The Chinook Indian Nation will hold its monthly Council Meeting at 11 a.m. on Jan. 13, at the Tribal Office located at 3 East Park St., in Bay Center. The meeting is open to all tribal members, and attendees are reminded to bring a potluck item. Contact the Tribal Office at 360-875-6670 if you have any questions.
SEAVIEW — The Peninsula Poverty Response general community meetings are the second Thursday of every month at 2 p.m. and are held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Seaview. The next meeting is Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. For information call Elly Rosaire, vice chair of the PPR board at 360-214-0000.
SURFSIDE — Grab your favorite instrument and some to the jam sessions set for Jan. 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Surfside Homeowners building at 31402 “H” Street in Ocean Park. All those who love music are welcome including musicians, vocalists, and those who just want to listen! Please call Louise or John at 352-586-0082 for more information.
OCEAN PARK — The Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) group meets at Ocean Park Community Church at 268th and Vernon in Ocean Park every Thursday morning. Weigh-in begins at 7 a.m. until 8:20 a.m. Meetings are from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. every week. All are welcome. For further information, please call Dee at 665-6507 or Donna at 665-2336.
Friday, Jan. 12
KLIPSAN — The New Day Al-Anon Family Group meets each Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. and each Friday at 1:30 p.m. to support individuals affected by alcoholism in a family member or friend. Meetings are free, confidential, and focused on building personal strength and hope rather than on judgment of others. The groups gather in the Golden Sands conference room off the exercise room, 216th and Pacific Highway in Klipsan Beach. For information call 360-244-5566 or 360-239-1835.
Saturday, Jan. 13
OCEAN PARK and LONG BEACH — Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step program for people with problems related to food including, compulsive overeaters, those with binge eating disorders, bulimics and anorexics. Local meetings are held each Saturday at 10 a.m. at First Place Mall, Suite 3, in Long Beach and at the Ocean Park Library on Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. Please call ahead for information on Thursday meetings. There is no charge to attend and everyone is welcome. Call Vivian at 360-244-1819 or Diane at 503-318-6608 for more information.
Sunday, Jan. 14
LONG BEACH — On Sunday, Jan. 14 and Jan. 21, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., come to the Long Beach Grange at 5715 Sandridge Road (lower level, back door) for kitchen music! Bring your guitars, fiddles, mandolins, banjos or other favorite instrument and come play, listen or join in singing traditional, folk, bluegrass, blues and pop music. Join the circle! Everyone is welcome regardless of level of musical expertise. For more information call Chuck at 642-2239 or Bill or Janet at 360-600-8754.
Monday, Jan. 15
ASTORIA — Monday, Jan. 15, is open admission to all Washington state parks, with no Discover Pass required.
All banks and credit unions, the school district and city and county offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15 for the Martin Luther King Jr. The Chinook Observer will be open regular hours with no changes in deadline.
Tuesday, Jan. 16
ASTORIA — On Saturday, Jan. 13 local farmers and area families will come together for the annual Meet Your Farmer event. Both events will take place at North Coast Food Web’s Kitchen, 577 18th Street, Astoria from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Meet Your Farmer’s aim is to connect local farmers with individuals and families on the North Coast that are interested in joining annual Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs or learning about other food offerings from local purveyors. Farms on the North Coast have a variety of CSA styles and payment options. This event is free and open to the public. North Coast Food Web asks that farmers email to reserve a table. Light snacks will be provided. Contact Jessika Tantisook, executive director, North Coast Food Web at 503-468-0921 or go to their website at www.northcoastfoodweb.org
OCEAN PARK —The Do Nothing Club is looking for a few good men. The group meets on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at 24002 “U” Street in Ocean Park. You can play cribbage, shoot pool or sit around and just grouse if you want. We are great grousers. Meet and make some new friends. For more information, call Jack McBride at 665-2721 or Jim Wirth at 665-2420.
Wednesday, Jan. 17
OCEAN PARK — A Little Free Pantry has been placed on the corner of E. 2nd and N Oregon in Long Beach for neighbors to share what they can and take what they need. The pantry is open 24/7 for people to both leave items and take items. This pantry is in a bear-safe container. The pantry will be monitored daily to ensure a clean, tidy box and appropriate items. Donations toward the cost of placing the second box are currently being accepted. Members of the community may place appropriate items in the box at their convenience. Call 360-665-6344 with questions.
PENINSULA — Several top Long Beach eateries will offer three-for-$33 dinners from Sunday through Thursdays throughout all of January. The promotion, Dining to Make a Difference, will benefit the local Boys and Girls Club. When diners on weeknights in January mention the promo code DMD2018 at The Depot Restaurant, 42nd Street Café & Bistro, The Cove, Pickled Fish, Salt Pub, and Galletti’s, 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of the Long Beach Peninsula. And when the promo code DMD2018 is mentioned while making a room reservation at Adrift Hotel, Inn at Discovery Coast, Salt Hotel, Enchanted Cottages and Campbell House a 10 percent donation will also be gifted. The Boys & Girls Club of the Long Beach Peninsula provides a safe place for children to have fun, get a hot meal, be creative, be part of a team, get help with homework, and gather with friends. For Dining to Make a Difference details including participants and special offers, please visit www.lbpfood.com.
ILWACO — Mariner and shipboard naturalist, Bette Lu Krause to present a Salty Talks presentation about her adventures on the high seas Thursday, Jan. 18 at the Salt Hotel and Pub. Krause spent 20 years as a Merchant Marine. During her long career, Krause has traveled the world as an able-bodied seaman, received her big ship license, sailed as a tugboat captain, and worked for Linblad Expeditions. Salty Talk presentations are located upstairs in the Salt Hotel and Pub, located 147 Howerton Ave on the Ilwaco waterfront. The event is free to the public and starts at 6:30 p.m. Come early or stay late for those wanting to grab dinner or beverage. Seating is limited. No reservations are required. Salty Talks are in partnership with the SALT Pub & Hotel, Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, and Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, with support from Friends of Columbia River Gateway.
TOKELAND — The public is invited to any of six meeting locations to voice their priorities for future directions in economic and tourism development in Pacific County. Community feedback will be incorporated into two plans to spur growth initiatives in Pacific County: an Overall Economic Development Plan to direct economic growth and a Recreational Development Plan to identify potential tourism and hospitality-related business opportunities and constraints. These comprehensive development plans will serve as road maps for future action by policy makers, grant funders, legislative priorities, education initiatives, investment targets, and business champions. Specific outcomes for these plans will include actions to better support growth and expansion of existing businesses, how to develop more industrial property, and how to encourage value-added processing and manufacturing. The public is invited to attend any and all forums on these dates and venues: Jan. 18 in Tokeland (5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Shoalwater Bay Tribal Community Center); Feb. 8 in Ilwaco (5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Ilwaco Community Room, Ilwaco Library); February 28 in Ilwaco (5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Ilwaco Community Room, Ilwaco Library); March 15 in Naselle (5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Naselle Middle School Commons Room), with additional meetings in April, May and June.
OCEAN PARK — The regular meeting of the Willapa Bay Chapter of the AAUW will meet Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. at the Ocean Park Library. The guest speaker will be from the Astoria branch. At our last planning session we discussed what the two groups are doing and if there is an opportunity to learn and share ideas from each other. It promises to be a great meeting and we hope to see you all there. If you have questions call 360-642-3636.
FORT CLATSOP — Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop is pleased to announce the next In Their Footsteps free speaker series event. “Altho’ no regular botanist” - Jefferson by Carol Lucas will be on Sunday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m. One of the many purposes of the trip was to assess what resources, including plants, were in the lands to the west. Jefferson knew Meriwether Lewis and that, “Altho’ no regular botanist,” Lewis had the ability to catalog plant discoveries, due mostly to his herbal knowledge. Lucas is an herbalist in Gearhart. She is a member of the Gearhart CERT team (Community Emergency Response Team), where she teaches people how to use what grows around them at times when a doctor can’t be reached, or may be out of medicines. In Their Footsteps is a monthly Sunday forum sponsored by the Lewis & Clark National Park Association and the park. These programs are held in the Netul River Room of Fort Clatsop’s visitor center and are free of charge. For more information, call the park at (503) 861-2471, or check out www.nps.gov/lewi.
LONG BEACH — Jan. 20 and Jan. 21 the longest running indoor kite festival in North America returns to the Long Beach Elementary gymnasium for its 17th year. The event includes performances, competitions, workshops and open flying for kite enthusiasts of every age and ability. Perfect for families, the Windless Kite Festival features a $5 kite-making workshop and opportunities for children, families and friends to learn the art of indoor kiting, where kites are powered by the motion of the flyer’s body. Call 360-642-4020 for information or see kitefestival.com/events/windless-kite-festival.
PENINSULA — The Grass Roots Garbage Gang is holding a Beach Clean Up Days on Jan. 20. Head to a beach approach at 9:30 a.m. on clean up day to get supplies and help with this effort to clean our 28 miles of beach. All are invited to participate. Go to ourbeach.org for more information.
PACIFIC COUNTY — Project Homeless Connect is an event that has the potential to not only change people’s, lives but to change the lives of the people involved in making the event possible by bringing awareness, connections with compassionate people in the community, and services to those in need. It is a one-day, one place event for people in need to get access to services under one roof. Project Homeless Connect in South Pacific County is taking place on Thursday, Jan. 25 at the Elks Lodge located at 110 Pacific Avenue in Long Beach. The event will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. If you would like to volunteer please get in contact with Mitzi Potheir at email@example.com, or by phone at 360-574-3769, or for providers Sheena Humphreys at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEEP RIVER — The Deep River American Legion Post is hosting their annual Crab and Oyster Feed set for on Saturday, Jan 27, at the Rosburg Hall. The evening of activities includes happy hour, a meal of crab, all-you-can-eat oysters, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw and garlic bread; a raffle; and a dance. The cost for the event is $28 a person. The cost for those wanting to attend just the dance is $5. Happy hour is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. with the meal beginning at 7 p.m. The raffle begins at 8:30 p.m., followed by the dance at 9 a.m., with music provided by King Brothers Band from Longview. Seating is on a first come basis. Ticket sales are limited to 200 to make sure there is comfortable seating room for everyone. There are still a limited number of tickets available for those who haven’t yet obtained theirs and can be purchased through Mike Mouliot (360-795-3333), Ken Elliott (360-465-2274), Dale Rose (360-465-2234) or Nick Nikkila (360-465-2595). For those who are unable to be present but want to participate in the raffle, tickets can be purchased from those same above named individuals. Winners don’t have to be present as long as their tickets are filled out and legible.
LONG BEACH — The Long Beach Fire Department and Medix will be putting on a First Aid/CPR/AED certification class on Jan. 31 at the Train Depot in Long Beach. The class will start at 6 p.m. Class size is limited to 20 people so sign up early at Long Beach City Hall. The cost is $18 per person. If you have questions, call 360-642-4421.
LONG BEACH — The annual crab feed is tentatively set for Feb. 3, is an opportunity to pull up a chair and support the Long Beach Peninsula. Held at the Long Beach Elks at 110 Pacific Highway North in downtown Long Beach, the crab dinner includes coleslaw and garlic bread, and proceeds benefit local Ilwaco High School athletics. Hot dogs are available for children. Ticket prices are based on crab’s seasonal cost. The crab feed typically kicks off at noon. Watch for more information.
LONG BEACH — The Friends of the Willapa National Wildlife Center is offering a workshop on management options for invasive weeks on public and private lands on Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. The speakers will be Kim Patten from Washington State University and Jeff Nesbitt from Pacific County. The workshop will be held at the Cranberry Museum in Long Beach.
PACIFIC COUNTY — Anyone with an interest is encouraged to become a Master Gardener. The coursework includes Plant Identification, Soils, Botany and Plant Morphology, Integrated Pest Management, Edible Gardening, Pruning. Once the coursework is complete, the real learning begins with teaching in workshops on Pruning and Native Plants; library presentations on Pollinators; plant clinics to help solve gardening problems — all while working with a group of wonderful, interested, gregarious fellow Master Gardeners. Classes start in January 2018 with Saturday hands-on workshops and online training from WSU. For more information or for an application, contact the Pacific WSU Extension Office (360-875-9331) or send email to email@example.com. Applications are also available online at www.pnwmg.org.