Wednesday, Nov. 21

SKAMOKAWA — Friends of Skamokawa’s annual Christmas and Holiday Open House “Deck the Hall” will run now through Dec. 17 this year with a big opening weekend beginning Friday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday Nov. 25 from noon to 4 p.m. The event will continue for the following three weeks, Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 4 p.m., with the final day being Sunday, Dec. 17. This is a lovely gift shopping event with a wide range of unique items for all tastes. Friends of Skamokawa is currently accepting holiday crafters for this event. To sign up or for more information call the office at 360-795-3007 or email fos1894@gmail.com. RiverLife Interpretive Center-Central School-Redmen Hall is located at 1394 W. State Route 4, Skamokawa.

Thursday, Nov. 22

LONG BEACH — The Long Beach Elks is hosting a free full Thanksgiving dinner, open to the public, on Thursday, Nov. 22 from noon to 3 p.m. The menu includes turkey, dressing, gravy, rolls, pumpkin pie. Homebound individuals needing delivery should call the Elks Lodge at 360-642-2651.

Friday, Nov. 23

PENINSULA — On Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24, there will be 20 artists in 15 venues opening their home studios and galleries, and about half will participate on Sunday, Nov. 25. Whether you’re shopping small, hoping to meet interesting people or just want to explore the Long Beach Peninsula and enjoy its natural beauty and the art and craft it inspires, the 11th Annual Peninsula Arts Association Studio Tour has so many delightful offerings. There are maps available online at www.beachartist.org and at every studio during the tour. There will PAA Art Event signs to guide you along the way. Enjoy a photo preview of the show on the PAA Facebook page.

ILWACO — St. Vincent de Paul Ilwaco Food Bank will be open revised days for the holidays. They will be open the second and third Fridays in November (Nov. 16) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and in December they will be open Dec. 14 and Dec. 21. If you any questions, call Rachel at 360-642-8723.

Saturday, Nov. 24

ILWACO — Join the merchants at the Port of Ilwaco for Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come visit the galleries, shops and dine at the Port. Tea and cookies will be available. For information call 360-642-3143.

Sunday, Nov. 25

OCEAN PARK — A Course in Miracles study group meets on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ocean Park Library community room. All meetings are open to the public and free of charge. A Course in Miracles is a universal spiritual practice, Christian in thought, and dealing with universal themes and experience. It is not a religion nor affiliated with any church/temple/denomination. The Course will address existential questions as well as the practice of undoing fear and guilt, attainment of inner peace, healing of sickness and of relationships, forgiveness and compassion, prayer/meditation and enlightenment. A Course in Miracles books will be available for use and for purchase at the meetings. For more information, please contact Kenny Tam at 206-979-7714 cell.

Monday, Nov. 26

SEAVIEW — The Ocean Beach Presbyterian Church is looking for someone to play their Bond Organ for Sunday services. This is a paid position and duties are subject to negotiation. Contact 360-244-5178 for information.

Tuesday, Nov. 27

SEAVIEW — This month’s community awareness dinner hosted by Peace of Mind Pacific County on Nov. 27 will present Elizabeth Limbocker , chief clinical officer for Willapa Behavioral Health. She entered the Willapa staff in June 2017 after serving 20 years as a marriage and family therapist and supervisor. Elizabeth and her husband have three daughters, all currently students at Hilltop Middle School. In the Tuesday gathering she will be talking about Mobile Crisis Teams, two-person teams based in the Long Beach WBH office and trained to respond to crises anywhere in Pacific County. Also to be discussed are co-occurring disorders, in which individuals have issues with both substance use and mental health problems. A high percentage of people who come for services are dealing both kinds of brain-related issues. The Nov. 27 dinner, free and open to anyone, starts at 6 p.m. and is a potluck plus, with comfort foods like chili and cornbread being provided. The education program begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m., with time for questions and answers. Copies of the “Understanding Autism” Bluray/DVD will be available for donation that night. POMPC monthly events happen in the Memorial Room of the Peninsula Church Center, 5000 N Place/Washington Avenue, one block east of Pacific Highway in Seaview. For information or to arrange for transportation, email info@pompc.org, phone 360-244-3555, or go to Facebook/peaceofmindpacificcounty.

Wednesday, Nov. 28

CHINOOK — The Chinook Lutheran Church is looking for a pianist or organist for Sunday worship services. This is a paid position. Please call Pastor Haugen at 360-777-8416 for details.

ILWACO – On Wednesday, Nov. 28 beginning at 1:30 p.m., in the education room of Ocean Beach Hospital come to the nutrition discussion on healthy holiday eating. This workshop is free and open to the public. Snacks will be served. For information call 360-642-6308.

Future Events

LONG BEACH — There will be a free showing of “Holiday Inn” starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire at the Neptune Theatre, 809 Ocean Beach Blvd., Long Beach at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29.

ILWACO — The Don R. Grable American Legion Auxiliary Unit #48 Christmas Bazaar is on Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco. Local artisans and crafters will feature handmade gifts and goods. Enjoy a wide variety of items for gift giving. Also, there will be baked goods for sale, so you can stock up for your holiday guests. Plus American Legion Post #48 will fix a delicious lunch on both days and use the proceeds for its programs. If you have questions call 360-931-3995 or 360-484-3662.

OCEAN PARK — The Ocean Park Area Chamber of Commerce is holding their Community Christmas Tree Lighting in Sheldon Park, across form Ocean Park Elementary School on Friday Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. The event will be followed by Santa’s Workshop at the fire hall at 26110 Ridge Avenue beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will be crafts for kids, hot cider, hot chocolate, cookies and Christmas carols. Get your picture taken with Santa too! Call 360-665-4448 for information.

LONG BEACH — From now to Christmas eve, the Shoeboxes of Joy donation station at 102 3rd Street NW in Long Beach will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. accepting donations. The goal is to provide a shoebox to the elderly and/or disabled who may not have family or friends close by. This is a wonderful opportunity for our community to work together and provide a special gift to those in need. Volunteers are always welcome. Email shoeboxesofjoy@gmail.com or call 360-642-1105 for information.

OCEAN PARK — The Women of the Moose Christmas Bazaar is set for Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the lodge on “U” Street in Ocean Park. The cost is $20 per table/space. Previous vendors should call to confirm reservations for this year. Contact Betty Davis at 360-665-3217 or Jackie Holland at 360-931-5713.

LONG BEACH — The South Pacific County Humane Society is sponsoring their annual Santa Paws Photo Opportunity on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., get your pet’s photo taken with Santa at the Dennis Company, located at 201 Pacific Ave. in downtown Long Beach. Suggested donation is $10. For information please call 503-298-3180 or email bevarnoldy@gmail.com.

ILWACO — Enjoy a coastal Christmas celebration along the Port of Ilwaco at the annual Crab Pot Christmas Tree event. Lighting the one-of-a-kind Crab Pot Christmas Tree starts at 5 p.m. on Dec. 1. The public is invited to join the fun.

PENINSULA — Bayside Singers upcoming holiday concerts will be held Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Ocean Park Lutheran Church at 2 p.m., located at 240 and U Streets in Ocean Park and again on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m., at the Chinook Event Center behind the Chinook School. They are blessed to have the able accompaniment of pianist Barbara Bate. With a group of over 30 members, they will present arrangements with as many as six-part harmonies which can be both challenging and fun for the members to perform. A special treat is a lovely rendition of “It’s a Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Additionally, the choir members break away from the group for selections that feature the special talents of many of the members, including a duet-featuring soprano Teresa Goodwin and baritone John Fugitt, a trio and perhaps even a quartet. Bayside Singers is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to bringing quality choral music to the peninsula and all members reside on the peninsula. A suggested donation of $10 each helps to support the group’s purchase of quality choral music and other expenses for the enjoyment of our community. There will be an intermission with light refreshments available. Also, choir members have decided to make Christmas cookies and sweets available for sale at intermission to help defray expenses.

ILWACO — Water Music Society on the Long Beach Peninsula celebrates the beauty and spirit of the Holiday Season with an afternoon of extraordinary Christmas and holiday music, performed by the delightful and extremely talented quintessential jazz vocalist, Rebecca Kilgore, and her instrumental quartet comprised of piano, string bass, clarinet, saxophone, and trombone. Kilgore is simply one of the best interpreters of The Great American Songbook. She has a gorgeous voice and a deep connection with every song she touches. The annual Christmas concert is Sunday, Dec. 2, at the festively decorated Inn at Harbour Village in Ilwaco. It’s a wonderful way to commence the holiday season!! Festivities begin at 2 p.m. with sweet and savory treats, beverages, and a no-host champagne and wine bar. Then enjoy a musical feast starting at 3 p.m. Tickets are available for $10 in advance online at watermusicfestival.com. The event will most likely sell out before the day of the concert so get your tickets now while some still remain. If you have questions call 503-298-3777.

NASELLE & DEEP RIVER — On Sunday, Dec. 2 at 1:30 p.m., a Christmas concert will take place in the Finnish Pioneer Church in Deep River; the home tour will feature three local area homes; the soup supper will take place in the Naselle Lutheran Church. The Christmas Concert features songs by well-known singer and songwriter Carl Wirkkala who is recognized for his songs of the Northwest and as the lead singer in a Western band. Also featured will be the much-loved Naselle Children’s Choir performing under the direction of Becky Underhill, who brings out their very best in song and motion. To reach the Church, travel State Route 4 and turn off on either of the East or West dike roads that parallel Deep River. A journey of a little over a mile will attain the site of what was once the town of Deep River. At that point, continue about a mile up the valley on Deep River Valley Road to find the Church on the right-hand side of the road. Parking is available along the roadside or along the entry road to the Deep River Cemetery.

Tickets and maps for the Home Tour are available in Naselle at Mike Swanson Realty as well as The Hair Villa and can also be purchased at Finn Ware in Astoria. They will also be available at the Church as well as each of the homes included in the tour. Tickets are $5 and the money received will be used to support the Finnish-American Folk Festival, a biennial festival held in Naselle on even numbered years. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. a variety of tasty hot soups will be available at the Lutheran Church in Naselle located at 308 Old Knappton Road. The ladies are absolute artists in the making of their soups. The soup supper is on a donation basis with all donations going to support the Finnish-American Folk Festival.

NASELLE — Naselle Timberland Library presents Movie Night, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Dec. 4 for adults and teens. Enjoy some popcorn while you watch popular releases! Movies may be PG-13 rated – suitable for teen or adult audiences. Check with the library for this week’s title. Popcorn will be provided. For more information call 360-484-3877.

OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park Timberland Library presents a book discussion from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Dec. 4 for adults. Join in a discussion of “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance For more information call 360-665-4184.

NASELLE - On Dec. 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Naselle Timberland Library presents Winter Holiday Centerpieces, for adults. Join florist Christina Miller and learn the secrets of creating floral holiday arrangements. Bring a shallow dish (approximately 6-8” in diameter) and any special ornaments. All other materials provided. Stop by or call to register today! For more information call 360-484-3877.

ILWACO – Looking for some adventure in your life? The men and women of U.S.C.G. Auxiliary Flotilla 06-02 are the uniformed civilian volunteer branch of the U.S Coast Guard. Events include providing boating education courses and vessel inspections. Get involved and have fun learning new skills and qualifications. The Auxiliary offers a unique opportunity to make a real difference in your local community and across the country. No former military or boating experience needed. The flotilla meets 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at the U.S. Coast Guard Cape Disappointment Station mess deck. The next meeting is Dec. 5. For more information, contact Della at 360-244-7062 or via email at wilsontekart@gmail.com.

ILWACO — The Ocean Beach Hospital Foundation Board invites the public to the lighting of the Giving Tree honoring loved ones, caregivers and family at 9:15 a.m. on Dec. 7 in the lobby at OBH. The Ilwaco High School choir will provide music and warm beverages and special treats will be available. Ornaments are available in the gift shop with donations of any amount welcome but not required. For information call Tammie at 360-642-6301.

OCEAN PARK — Every second Saturday of the month Families helping Families will distribute gently used clothing for the entire family, personal hygiene items, and laundry and cleaning supplies from noon to 2 p.m. at the Family Worship Center, one block north of the Ocean Park fire department at 26310 Ridge Avenue. The next date is Dec. 8. Volunteers are welcome as are donations. Call 360-777-3717 for information.

BAY CENTER — The Chinook Indian Nation will be holding its monthly Council Meeting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Chinook Nation Tribal Office at 3 E. Park Street, in Bay Center. Please arrive on time. The meeting is open to all tribal members, and attendees are reminded to bring a potluck item. Please contact the Tribal Office at 360-875-6670 if you have any questions.

OCEAN PARK — Ocean Park Elementary School will be hosting a community Book Fair Dec. 11 through Dec. 19. The book fair will help raise funds for purchasing new books for our Ocean Park Elementary School Library. The Fair will feature specially priced books and educational products, including newly released works, award winning titles, children’s classics, and current bestsellers from more than 150 publishers. Parents, children, teachers, and the community are invited to Ocean Park Elementary Scholastic Book Fair, held at the Ocean Park Elementary Library. Tuesday Dec. 11 is viewing day, purchasing days are Wednesday Dec. 12 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday Dec. 13 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday Dec. 14, Monday Dec. 17 and Tuesday Dec. 18 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, or to volunteer, please call Karen Beckerle in the Ocean Park Elementary Library at 360-665-4815, ext. 619.

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