Wednesday, Dec. 1Remember the Magic

OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park Signs proudly presents the fourth edition of the Christmas lights and music program "Remember the Magic" at 29011 "H" Street in Ocean Park. (North of Joe Johns, and south of 295th on the ocean side.) The hour-long program plays three times every night through Dec. 26 starting at 5:30 p.m., and repeating until 8:30 p.m. Christmas Eve will run an additional show and stay on until 9:30 p.m. New for this year are more lights and some new music. Listen from your car on our neighborhood broadcast station playing on 89.5 FM. The show is free to all. Donations for the South Pacific County Humane Society are greatly appreciated. Parking is limited, so share the ride with your neighbors, please be courteous with your headlights, and be aware of traffic. Come and watch the lights dance. Call 665-0174 if you need any additional information.

Weekend navigator

CAPE D - Learn how to use your electronic and paper charts, GPS, plotters, radar and depth sounder with a class that runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., starting Jan. 6, 2011, at Cape Disappointment U.S. Coast Guard Station mess hall. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is sponsoring this class. The fee is $20. Contact Don at 642-8559 or contact via e-mail at bergerdon@centurytel.net.

Neptune Classic Movies

LONG BEACH - There will be no classic movie shown this week or on Dec. 8. Watch for the next show of "Ice Castles" on Dec. 15.

Thursday, Dec. 2Nature play

RAYMOND - Raymond Timberland Library presents nature play cycles from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and again from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 2 for children three to nine years old. Families play and learn together! Join in a nature play program where families read stories and experiment with hands-on activities. For more information call 942-2408.

Veterans meeting

LONG BEACH - Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3721 in Long Beach will hold their combined November and December membership and business meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Elks Lodge located at 110 Pacific Avenue in Long Beach. For information, call 642-1228.

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 6:30 p.m., each Thursday. 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 - During December the Peninsula Art Association presents the fall art show winners on display in the Ocean Beach Hospital plus Jean Nitzel and Sharon Strong have hung their paintings and collages in the Ilwaco library. Artist Joan Taplin is presenting her watercolor paintings at the Pacific County building also during December. We hope you have time to admire these creative pieces of art.

Friday, Dec. 3Messiah sing-a-long

SEAVIEW - The North Coast Chorale is holding a benefit concert this Friday, Dec. 3 evening at 7 p.m., at the Peninsula Church Center in Seaview. It is a Messiah Sing-a-Long and the chorale will be singing and there will be extra copies of the Messiah available for those who do not have their own. If they only want to come to listen, that's great too. The purpose of the concert is to raise money for the food pantry at the church.  Every dollar that is donated is equal to $5 in the hands of the food banks, because they have more buying power. If you have questions call Terri at 642-7278.

LB Merchants

LONG BEACH - The Long Beach Merchants Association meets Friday, Dec. 3 at 8 a.m., at Bensons Restaurant, 504 S Pacific Ave., in Long Beach. For more information call this year's president, Steven Linhart at 642-5625.

Celebration of Lights auction

ILWACO - Ocean Beach Hospital Foundation's Celebration of Lights, the annual live and silent auction that benefits patients and programs at Ocean Beach Hospital, will be Friday, Dec. 3 at the Long Beach Elks Lodge. The silent auction begins at 6 p.m., the live auction starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but the foundation requests that guests bring a canned food item that will be donated to area food banks. Spiced cider, wine, hors d'oeuvres and festive live music from local musician Greg Parke will be part of this year's holiday event. Auction items include original works and limited editions from local artists, a variety of gift certificates from merchants and restaurants, jewelry, custom quilts, home and garden items, gift baskets and decorated Christmas trees and wreaths. For more information, contact Julie Oakes at 642-6350, or Alan Craft, foundation director, at 642-6461.

Saturday, Dec. 4Moose Lodge Bazaar

OCEAN PARK - The Women of the Moose, Lodge No. 2362, at 25915 "U" Street in Ocean Park, are hosting their annual bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4. Everyone is welcome. Call Alice at 665-3037 for information.

Crab Pot tree

ILWACO - At 5 p.m., on Dec. 4 at the Port of Ilwaco, the world's tallest crab pot Christmas tree will be lit. In addition there will be Christmas carols led by Cryslin Buttars. Then at 6 p.m., the annual lighted boat parade will take place, with Mr. and Mrs. Claus in attendance, and Astoria Opry Company's Scrooge and Elf Choir caroling. Then at 7 p.m., the Peninsula Players present "Blitzen," a Christmas story for everyone. Call 783-1143 if you have questions.

Christmas bazaar

RAYMOND - From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, the Willapa Relay for Life is holding their 2nd Annual Christmas Bazaar at Raymond High School commons. Spaces are available for vendors for $25 and one raffle item. To register or for more information contact Kelsey Martin at KelseyM@raymond.k12.wa.us or call 942-2474.

Bake Sale & Bazaar

OCEAN PARK - The Ocean Park United Methodist Church is holding a Christmas bake sale and bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 at the church at 262nd and Park Avenue in Ocean Park. There will be lots of great items to buy along with a raffle drawing for prizes from local artists.

Community museum day

ASTORIA - Bring a can of food or make a cash donation for free admission to the Columbia River Maritime Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 as part of community day at the museum. The day includes a variety of engaging activities for the whole family. Crafts will focus on a few of the diverse cultures that depended or worked on the Columbia River. Included will be a sea monster puppet show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the opportunity to design a Chinese dragon puppet, create a button blanket, craft Scandinavian ornaments, make rope, watch a net mending demonstration, talk with Sunset Amateur Radio operators and much more. Plus historic films will be shown throughout the day in the Kern Room. For a complete schedule of events call 503-325-2323 or go to www.crmm.org.

Pet Photos With Santa

LONG BEACH - The South Pacific County Humane Society's pet pictures with Santa is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dennis Company in Long Beach. There is a $5 donation for the photo, plus there will be refreshments! In addition if you wish you can schedule a personal 15-minute portrait sitting with you and your pet. Photographic services are being donated by Ed Streit Images. Space for this event is limited, so pre-registration is required. Go to www.beachpets.com or visit Beachdog for the registration form and payment information.

Clamming

PENINSULA - A razor clam dig is scheduled on the Long Beach Peninsula from the Columbia River north jetty to Leadbetter Point on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5, 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: Saturday, Dec. 4, 6:36 p.m. -1.2; and Sunday, Dec. 5, 7:22 p.m. -1.2. 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.

Indoor Market @ Port

ILWACO - Come to the Port of Ilwaco where your favorite Saturday Market vendors will offer an indoor market at the Port each Saturday through Dec. 18. For information you can visit www.portofilwaco.com or call 783-1143.

Aglow fellowship

CHINOOK - All are invited to an Aglow fellowship meeting from 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 4 at 2 Lingenfelter Road in Chinook. The gathering includes intercessory prayer, praise and worship. Aglow is an interdenominational organization for men and women. Meetings will be held the first Saturday of each month. For more information contact Kathy at 777-8090.

Cribbage

LONG BEACH - The Longest Beach Cribbage Club meets every Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Pioneer Tavern at the corner of Pioneer Road and Pacific Highway. Play is according to ACC rules. The cost is $5, with double elimination and 100 percent payback. Anyone with an interest is invited. For more information call 642-3994.

Sunday, Dec. 5Gift of memories

ILWACO and OYSTERVILLE - The Bayside Singers will present a holiday concert, "A Gift of Memories," on Sunday Dec. 5 at two different venues. One performance will be at 2 p.m. at the Inn at Harbour Village in Ilwaco and the second will be 5 p.m. at the Oysterville Church. Director Sandy Nielson solicited recollections of past Christmases and Hanukkahs from Peninsula residents and paired them with seasonal music. Featured soloist will be soprano Brier Gregory and Barbara Poulshock will be at the piano. There is no admission charge but donations for the food bank are encouraged.

Christmas musical

ILWACO - Shiloh Faith Fellowship, Pacific Bible Church and Peninsula Church of the Nazarene would like to invite everyone to their joint Christmas children's musical and play, on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. The play will be performed at Pacific Bible Church in Ilwaco and refreshments will be served afterwards. This is great entertainment for all ages. Please call 642-4844 for more information.

Chorale Christmas concert

RAYMOND - Thirty-five singers will join their voices for a wide variety of Christmas music at the Willapa Harbor Chorale Christmas concert set for 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5 at the historic Raymond Theater. Soloists include Virginia Basil, Alan Bevington, Kathy Holland, Gerald Martin and Linda Snodgrass. Rick Gauger directs the chorale; Beth Ginther and Kathy Holland accompany the singers with additional support from flutists Connie Bevington and Ginther. There is no charge for the concert although donations are accepted. A reception follows. Call 942-2661 if you have questions.

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, Dec. 6Model Railroad meeting

OCEAN PARK - The Peninsula Model Railroad Club will meet Monday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., in the Ocean Park Timberland Library community room. As always, complimentary coffee and refreshments will be served. Anyone interested in model or real-life railroading is cordially invited. If you need further information, call Paul Wilson at 665-2545.

AARP meeting

KLIPSAN - The next monthly meeting of AARP is on Dec. 6, at noon at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center in Klipsan. This is a potluck meeting. Students from Ocean Park Elementary will perform Christmas songs. Call Doris at 642-2205 for more information.

Christmas home tour

PENINSULA - Tickets to the fifth annual Christmas home tour benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of the Long Beach Peninsula, set for Sunday, Dec. 12, are on sale now. Tickets purchased in advance are only $20 at the following tour sponsor locations: Adelaide's Books and Coffee, Bailey's Bakery & Café, Boys & Girls Club Admin Office, Deux Chapeaux Apparel and Gifts, Long Beach Coffee Roasters, Oman and Son Builders Supply, Sweet Williams, and Time Enough Books. Tickets are also available at the homes for $25 the day of the event. For information call 642-8668 or e-mail boysgirls@centurytel.net.

AA meetings

OCEAN PARK and SEAVIEW - Alcoholics Anonymous 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, Dec. 7Friends of Library

NASELLE - The Friends of the Naselle Timberland Library will meet at 6 p.m., Dec. 7, at the library. Meetings are open to the public and new members are welcome. For more information call 484-3877.

Book Discussion

OCEAN PARK - Adults are invited to join in a discussion of the book, "The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story" by Diane Ackerman at Ocean Park Timberland Library from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 7. For more information call 665-4184.

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.

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, Dec. 8Americans for prosperity

LONG BEACH - Pacific County Chapter of Americans for Prosperity meet on the second Wednesday of each month at the Seaview Transit Center at 2750 Highway 101. The next meeting is Dec. 8 beginning at 6 p.m. All with an interest are welcome. For information call 642-2107 or e-mail quandary@hotmail.com.

Holiday centerpieces

NASELLE - Bring your favorite waterproof bowl or shallow dish, as well as any special ornaments, to Naselle Timberland Library for a class on winter holiday centerpieces from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Dec. 8 for adults. Join Bobbi Caton and learn the secrets of creating holiday arrangements. All other materials will be provided. Registration is required; please call 360-484-3877.

Crafts for kids

RAYMOND - Raymond Timberland Library presents "Crafternoon" at the Library, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Dec. 8 for children. Stop by the library and make a fun craft. For more information call 942-2408.

Writers' Circle

OCEAN PARK - Writers' Circle meets on a special date and at a special time this month - Dec. 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Ocean Park Library for their Christmas potluck and reading. For information call 665-6424 or 665-3835.

Big Book meeting

OCEAN PARK - The Ocean Park Big Book meeting is at 6 p.m. each Wednesday at Ocean Park Methodist Church at 1202 262nd Place. All are welcome. For information call Jeannie at 665-3831.

Yoga

KLIPSAN - Gentle stretch yoga is offered each Wednesday in November from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center. Classes are open to everyone. Call Barbara at 665-5780.

Grief support

SEAVIEW - A Grief Support Group meets every Wednesday at 11 a.m., in the fireside room at Peninsula Church Center at 5000 "N" Place in Seaview. Call 800-772-1319 if you have questions, or just come to this support group.

Neptune Classic Movies

LONG BEACH - There will be no classic movie shown this week. Watch for the next show of "Ice Castles" on Dec. 15.

Future EventsMysterious discussion

RAYMOND Raymond Timberland Library is hosting PageTurners Book Discussion from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Dec. 9 for adults. Join in a lively discussion of mysteries by various authors. Books are available for check out at the circulation desk. For more information call 942-2408.

Food bank hours

ILWACO - The Ilwaco St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dec. 10 and Dec. 17 on Lake Street, across from the museum. Everyone who needs food is welcome, no identification is required. Please bring a box to carry items home.

Blitzen!

ILWACO - The Peninsula Players invites everyone to performances of the play "Blitzen!" by Julian Wiles at the 2nd Story Playhouse in Ilwaco. The 7 p.m. performances are on Dec. 10, Dec. 11, Dec. 17 and Dec. 18; performances at 2 p.m., will be on Dec. 12 and Dec. 19. This is a great time to come support local thespians and watch a great play. Tickets are available at the door or by e-mail at publicity@peninsula-players.com.

Book discussion

NASELLE - Adults and teens are invited to Naselle Timberland Library from 10 a.m. to noon, Dec. 11 for a discussion of "The Faith Instinct: How Religion Evolved and Why it Endures" by Nicholas Wade. For more information call 484-3877.

Democrats reorganize

NASELLE - The biennial reorganization meeting for Pacific County Democrats and the 19th district will be held starting at noon on Saturday, Dec. 11 at Hunters Inn, 1060 State Route 4 in Naselle. For information e-mail Marshall Tate at pcd@pondhouse.com or call 665-0023.

North Coast Chorale

ASTORIA - North Coast Chorale celebrates its 20th anniversary with an annual winter concert titled, "Ghosts of Christmas Past." Performances are at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 at the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased from chorale members or at the Astoria/Warrenton Chamber of Commerce for $10; children 12 and under are free with an adult. A small group of singers will also perform during Coast Community Radio's Choral Gems, on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 8 a.m. under the direction of Dr. Matthew Harden. Solo voices will be those of Phil Keim, Lisa Nelson and "Elijah" Deac Guidi.

B&B open house

PENINSULA - The annual holiday bed and breakfast open house event is set for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 11 and Dec. 12, with Boreas Bed and Breakfast, China Beach Retreat, A Rendezvous Place and the Shelburne Inn. Come tour these local bed and breakfast facilities and sample their warm hospitality. Enjoy sweet treats, sparkling drinks and take advantage of this opportunity to have a grand tour of these inns decked out in all their holiday finery. Charitable donations of one canned food item per party will be accepted and distributed to a local food bank. Call 642-8069 if you have questions.

Christmas trees for sale

ILWACO - Ilwaco Music Boosters are selling beautiful noble fir Christmas trees from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 11 and Dec. 12 at Ilwaco City Hall. Come get these amazing trees while they last plus enjoy the sidewalk Christmas jam-fest and free hot chocolate. Call 665-2517 if you have questions.

Ham Radio

NASELLE - The Pacific County Amateur Radio Club meets the second Saturday of each month at 9 a.m., at Hunter's Inn in Naselle. The next meeting is Dec. 11. Anyone interested in ham radio is encouraged to attend. For more information contact Dick Lemke at 665-2438 or Bob Cline at 665-4496.

Chinook Tribe meeting

BAY CENTER - The Chinook Tribal Council meets at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Dec. 11 in the Faith Center Church located at 404 Bay Center Road in Bay Center. Tribal members are encouraged to attend and bring something to share at the potluck lunch. If you have questions call 875-6670.

Kids Christmas party

OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park Eagles is hosting a Christmas party for community children of all ages from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 12 at the lodge located at Bay and Vernon Avenue. An adult must accompany all children. There will be a variety of activities to enjoy including pictures with Santa, crafts, cookie decorating, hot dogs and more. You need not be a member of the Eagles to attend this free event. If you have questions please call Verla Barker at 360-261-1744.

L&C Event

FORT CLATSOP - On Dec. 12 at 1 p.m., the public is invited to a holiday open house and a presentation by Paul Lanquist entitled, "Artist's Premiere: Cultural Encounters" in the Netul River Room at 92343 Fort Clatsop Road in Astoria. For information call 503-861-2471.

Tuba Christmas

ILWACO - The public is invited to a free Tuba Christmas concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 12 at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum at 115 S.E. Lake Street in Ilwaco. The Astoria Tuba Quartet will perform traditional Christmas songs, jazz selections, pop tunes, polkas and more, something for everyone. Seating is limited and donations are accepted to support the Water Music Festival. Call 665-4466 or visit www.watermusicfestival.com.

Band/choir concerts

ILWACO - The Ilwaco Middle/High School band and choir concert is Monday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. If you have questions call 642-1292. Come watch our talented youth perform.

LB council

LONG BEACH - The Long Beach City Council meets at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6 and Dec. 20 at city hall located at 115 Bolstad Avenue West. The agenda is available at www.longbeachwa.gov or at city hall prior to the meeting. These meetings are open to the public. Call 642-4421 for additional information.

Ilwaco council

ILWACO - The Ilwaco City Council meets at 6 p.m. on Dec. 13 and Dec. 27 at the Ilwaco Community Building at 158 1st Ave N. in Ilwaco. The meeting is open to the public. Call 642-3145 for more information.

PC Democrats

SOUTH BEND - The Pacific County Democrats meet 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 13 at the Pacific County courthouse annex at 1216 W. Robert Bush Drive in South Bend. For information e-mail Marshall Tate at pcd@pondhouse.com for call 665-0023.

School book fair

OCEAN PARK - Parents, children, teachers and the community are invited to the Scholastic Book Fair at Ocean Park Elementary Dec. 13 through Dec. 17, to raise funds to purchase books for the school library. The fair will feature specially priced books and educational products, including newly released works, award-winning titles, children's classics, interactive software and current bestsellers. The book fair viewing day will be Monday, Dec. 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Purchasing days are Dec. 14 through Dec. 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Dec. 17 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 665-4815, extension 619 if you have questions.

Toastmasters

ILWACO - The Ilwaco Toastmasters Lunch Club meets the second and fourth Monday of each month from noon to 1 p.m., in the Ilwaco Community Building. This month's meetings are Dec. 13 and Dec. 27. In addition a night group meeting is held the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., also in the Ilwaco Community Building. Attendees will learn public speaking, leadership and listening skills in a safe environment. Guests are welcome. Call 642-2152 for more information or go to www.toastmasters.org.

LB Lions

LONG BEACH - The Long Beach Lions Club meets at noon Dec. 14 and Dec. 28 at Benson's Restaurant in downtown Long Beach. Call 642-5625 for more information.

Farmers Market volunteers

LONG BEACH - The Columbia-Pacific Farmers' Market will get off the ground in May 2011. 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.

Leadbetter Bird Count

PACIFIC COUNTY - The Leadbetter Christmas Bird Count is scheduled for Dec. 18 from dawn to dusk. Sponsored by the Willapa Hills and Discovery Coast Audubon chapters this is a great opportunity for participants to point out where you see birds and document them with experts. When the counting is through all counters are invited to the special no-host dinner at Hunters Inn on Highway 4 in Naselle that evening at 5 p.m. To be placed in a group for the day or to volunteer to count at your feeder call Alan Richards at 484-7119 or e-mail to birdcounts@willapahillsaudubon.org.

Winter break

PACIFIC COUNTY - Schools will be closed from Monday, Dec. 20 through Friday, Dec. 31 for the winter break. School resumes on Monday, Jan. 3.

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