Wednesday, Dec. 27

OCEAN PARK — Ocean Park Lutheran Church has a new ministry to provide an opportunity for neighbors to help neighbors with food and household goods. 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. Unlike other little free pantries around the country, this pantry is in a bear-safe container, due to the frequent incidents with bears being attracted to food in our area. The pantry will be monitored daily to ensure a clean, tidy box and appropriate items. The church has provided the box and placed the first one in Long Beach, with one to follow in Ocean Park as funds are raised to cover the costs. Volunteers from the church will monitor the boxes on an ongoing basis. 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.

Thursday, Dec. 28

RAYMOND — Raymond Timberland Library presents Thursday Night Movies, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., December 28 for adults and teens. Grab your dinner and watch a movie at the library! Popcorn will be available. For more information call 360-942-2408.

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, Dec. 29

SOUTH BEND — South Bend Timberland Library is hosting the Heartwood Storytellers, Shadow Puppets from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., December 29 for children. The Heartwood Storytellers present the shadow puppet story of “The Magic Tree.” Afterwards the audience will have the opportunity to make their own shadow puppets and put on a puppet show of their own. For more information call 360-875-5532.

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, Dec. 30

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, Dec. 31

OLYMPIA — State shellfish managers have proposed the first round of razor clam digs in 2018. No digging will be allowed at any beach before noon. Digging is set for Dec. 31. All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2017-18 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state. Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

LONG BEACH — Enjoy five minutes of fireworks over the Pacific Ocean in front of the boardwalk at midnight on Dec. 31 in Long Beach. This is a professionally produced show.

Monday, Jan. 1

PENINSULA – The cities of Ilwaco and Long Beach, county offices, Timberland libraries and the Chinook Observer will be closed on Monday, Jan. 1, and will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

FORT CLATSOP — Lewis and Clark National Historical Park will offer special programs about the Corps of Discovery’s winter at Fort Clatsop. Each day through Jan. 1, Fort Clatsop will feature scheduled living history programs by park rangers from 9:30 a.m. until 4:40 p.m. Costumed rangers will present flintlock muzzle-loading programs at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Hands-on programs about various aspects of the explorers’ winter at Fort Clatsop will be available at the fort 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Ranger-guided walks on the Netul River Trail will be offered at 1:45 p.m., most of these days. Lewis and Clark National Historical Park will offer special programs about the Corps of Discovery’s winter at Fort Clatsop on the days following Christmas. There are also movies in the visitor center. “A Clatsop Winter Story,” a 22-minute movie about the 1805-06 winter from a Clatsop Indian perspective, and “Lewis and Clark: Confluence of Time and Courage,” a 34-minute movie about the entire voyage, will be offered each hour. Admission to the Fort Clatsop unit of the park is $5 per adult and includes Netul Landing and the Fort to Sea Trail. Dogs that are leashed to their humans are welcome on the walks and at the outdoor programs. There is no admission fee for the Salt Works or Middle Village/Station Camp. Passes to National Park Service sites are accepted for free admission. For further information, call the park at 503-861-4414 or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/lewi.

Tuesday, Jan. 2

PENINSULA — Several top Long Beach eateries will offer three-for-$30 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. For destination information and trip planning, please call the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at 360-642-2400 or access www.visitlongbeachpeninsula.com.

PENINSULA — The South Pacific County Professional Firefighters/I.A.F.F. Local No. 3999 have partnered with Operation Warm to ensure that local kids are ready for the winter weather. Beyond warmth, a new coat positively impacts a child’s school attendance, self-esteem, and overall health and well-being. To donate to the cause, stop by Sid’s IGA in Seaview, Okie’s Thriftway in Ocean Park, or go to: tinyurl.com/ycjzqewe. One hundred percent of each donation is used locally.

Wednesday, Jan. 3

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. 3, parents of children ages 0 to 2 years old should attend; 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.ulbricht@oceanbeachschools.org.

Future Events

OLYMPIA — State shellfish managers have proposed the first round of razor clam digs in 2018. No digging will be allowed at any beach before noon. Digging is set for Jan. 31, and Feb. 1 through Feb. 3. All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2017-18 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state. Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

OCEAN PARK — Attend a free lecture/discussion about Greek tragedy and the lessons we can learn from Sophocles about PTSD and other problems facing returning wounded warriors on Saturday, Jan. 6, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Ocean Park Timberland Library. Dr. Robert Brake invites veterans, family members, health care professionals, and concerned citizens to participate. Call 360-665-2784 or visit oobear@centurytel.net.

RAYMOND — Nashville recording artist Tim Hadler brings “Hank Williams Revisited” to Raymond on Jan. 7, with the timeless music of the country music legend. The show, normally seen at Branson, Missouri, comes to Pacific County courtesy of Sunday Afternoon Live. The Jan. 7 concert begins at 2 p.m. at the historic Raymond Theatre, 323 Third St., 98577. Tickets are $25 for everyone, and are available by writing to SAL, P.O. Box 1401, South Bend, WA 98586; by calling 360-875-5157; by sending an email to salspecialconcert2@gmail.com; or through PayPal at www.sundayafternoonlive.org. Hadler sings Hank’s biggest hits, in this incredible Branson show. Tim shares stories of Hank’s life, including stories about the music as well as the man, and how he continues to influence so many of today’s country artists. And he doesn’t just give you the best of Hank; he’ll bring you other favorites like George Jones, Ernest Tubb, and George Strait. Hadler, a native of Washington State, grew up on a farm with a love for music. He jokes that his first audience was the cows he milked. His musical resume includes the Grand Ole Opry, the Crook and Chase Show, and RFD TV’s Midwest Country. For more about Tim Hadler, visit his website www.timhadler.com/. Sunday Afternoon Live’s 15th season continues Jan. 21 with the all-male a cappella group, “On The Rocks,” from the University of Oregon.

KLIPSAN — On Monday Jan. 8, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center, come to the plant based cooking demonstration and talk given by local Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Pam Fox. Learn how she and thousands of others around the world are overcoming chronic illness including GERD, chronic fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis, life-long allergies, asthma and more, simply with food. Pam will talk about the true power of food and how many of us have more control over our illness or wellness than we have been led to believe; while doctors save lives every day, they will be the first to admit that treating illness simply with nutrition is not usually their first method of therapy. Busting the presumption that this style of eating is extreme, lacks nutrients and difficult to maintain long-term, Pam will show that it is in fact the best way to eat for optimal health, highly enjoyable, delicious, satisfying, and does not restrict calories when done right! Please come if you are ready to improve your health naturally and seamlessly! This is a free presentation with food samples provided and is open to everyone. Call 360-244-5704 for more information.

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.

ASTORIA — Local food producers and area chefs will come together on Tuesday, Jan. 9, for the annual Farmer-Chef Connection sponsored by North Coast Food Web (NCFW). Farmers, ranchers, fishermen, cheese makers, all kinds of food producers can make connections with chefs, bakers or other food company buyers. Then 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

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. “In 1976, when I was 24, I ran off to sea” Krause said, “that began a 20 year career 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.

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 gregnmitzipoth50@gmail.com, or by phone at 360-574-3769, or for providers Sheena Humphreys at sehumphreys@co.pacific.wa.us by Jan. 10.

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.

LONG BEACH — The annual crab feed, set for Jan. 13, 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 — 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 go to: 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.

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.

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 2018mgtrainees@gmail.com. Applications are also available online at www.pnwmg.org.

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