Wednesday, Jan. 20Kindergarten ready!

SEAVIEW - Parents of children up to age five are invited to three free seminars from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Peninsula Church Center in Seaview to learn more about their child's development. The seminars provide parents with information about how their child learns, as well as materials and activities for use at home to make learning easy and fun. Parents and children ages 0 to two should come to the seminar on Wednesday, Jan. 20; parents and children ages two to four years old should attend the seminar on Jan. 27 and parents and children four and five years old should attend the Feb. 3 seminar. Dinner will be provided and childcare is available on site. Call Jona at 642-1319 to reserve the free spot for you and your child.

DAR meets

ASTORIA - Astoria Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will meet Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. at the Astoria Golf and Country Club. Stephanie Miller will present a program about CERT, the Community Emergency Response Team. Women interested in membership may call Regent Evelyn Laughman 503-315-4683 or Registrar Sue Glen 503-861-0574.

Grad night committee

LONG BEACH - The Class of 2010 graduation night party committee meets Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m., at the PUD building on Sandridge Road in Long Beach. For information call Sue at 665-5255.

Grange meeting/potluck

LONG BEACH - Long Beach Grange No. 667 is holding a meeting and potluck meal beginning at 6:30 p.m., on Jan. 20 at the grange at 5715 Sandridge Road. The meeting is open to everyone. Call 642-4953 for information.

Chinook Food Bank

CHINOOK - Volunteers at the Chinook Food Bank at 70 Houchen Street in Chinook, are handing out food on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For questions or in an emergency, call 875-6670.

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.

Classic Movies at Neptune

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 Jan. 20 is "Rocky," starring Sylvester Stallone. 1976. 119 min.

Structured writing workshop

ILWACO - The Ilwaco Timberland Library in the Ilwaco Community Building is hosting a 10-week writing workshop every Wednesday through March 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Each session is independent of the others, so you can attend one or all 10 of the workshops. Adults are invited to revel in the company of writers who are serious about writing, with published writer Becky Hart, who will lead these workshops. She will guide participants in developing a writing practice and nurturing a writing project. All with an interest are welcome. For more information call 642-3908.

Thursday, Jan. 21Gardening with Miller

ILWACO - Ease gently into the gardening season and learn from a pro as master gardener and certified arborist Earl Miller presents a six-week course on gardening at the Ilwaco Timberland Library at 158 First Avenue North in Ilwaco. The class is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., on Thursdays from Jan. 21 through Feb. 25. Topics to be covered include characteristics and management of gardening soil, selection and care of ornamental plants, lawn choices and maintenance, selecting and planting fruit trees, pruning trees and shrubs, and diagnosis and treatment of plant problems. Everyone is welcome. Call 642-3908 if you have questions.

Diabetes support

ILWACO - Let 2010 be your best year ever by making good health a priority. You can do it with resolutions and solutions from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., on Jan. 21 in the Ocean Beach Hospital meeting room. The motivator is Deanna Duret. Meetings are free to the public. Call 642-6314 is you have questions.

Mac computer group

LONG BEACH - BeachMUG, the local Macintosh Users Group, meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the PUD building at 9610 Sandridge Road in Long Beach. The next meeting is Jan. 21. The club is open to any and all levels of experience with Macintosh computers. Come learn and share with others. For more information call 642-4932.

Love & Logic

OCEAN PARK - Do you want to raise responsible kids and put an end to power struggles? Come to the love and logic parenting opportunity on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., through Feb. 25. The cost is $10 due the first session for the handbook. Each session is independent of the other, and attending even one session is beneficial. Jodie Baxter from Early Steps to School Success and Jean Fisher, a family resource advocate from the Readiness to Learn program, will facilitate these sessions. Snacks and child care are provided. Sign up today by calling 360-783-2356.

Line dancing

LONG BEACH - Line dancing continues at the Long Beach Elks. Beginner and intermediate classes are offered at 1 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m., each Thursday. Advanced classes are available from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 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.

Friday, Jan. 22Influenza Vaccinations

SOUTH BEND - The Pacific County Health Department in South Bend is holding H1N1 walk-in clinics each Friday during the month of January from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There is no cost for the vaccination and no appointment is necessary. The health department is located at 1216 W. Robert Bush Drive in South Bend (directly across from the Coast Seafood Company). For residents in South County please call the Long Beach Health Department for appointments and times of the H1N1 clinic. If you have any further question please call 875-9343 or 642-9349.

Parkinson support

OCEAN PARK - A Parkinson's disease support group meets from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 22 at Golden Sands Assisted Living in Klipsan. Everyone with an interest is welcome. For information, call Patti at 665-3284.

ENCORE meeting

WARRENTON - Exploring New Concepts of Retirement Education (ENCORE) meets from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 22 at the Warrenton Community Center at 170 SW 3rd Street. Cake, cookies, coffee/tea and soft drinks will be served. Light entertainment is planned, including games and prizes. To obtain more information call Madeline Gobel at 503-325-3330 or Paula Duncan at 866-252-8767.

Adult reading

PACIFIC COUNTY - Warm up to good books and join in Timberland Regional Library's 13th annual Adult Winter Reading program, running through Monday, March 15. For each five books or audio books you finish during the program period, complete a form and turn it in at a Timberland library by Monday, March 15. Participants must be 18 or older and have a current Timberland library card. Prizes, including overnight resort getaways and book-and-beverage baskets, will be drawn on March 22. Local Timberland libraries will award additional prizes that have been donated by businesses and Friends of the Library groups.

AA meeting

OCEAN PARK - AA meets each Monday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean Park United Methodist Church located at 1202 262nd Place in Ocean Park. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 642-8449.

Foot care

NASELLE - From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., on Jan. 22, Harbors Home Health and Hospice is hosting a well foot clinic by appointment. The clinic is at the Congregational United Church of Christ at 14 Parpala Road in Naselle. There is a $25 fee. Medicare and most insurances do not cover nail care. For an appointment call 642-3623 or 800-772-1319.

Saturday, Jan. 23Winter ball

ILWACO - Students at Ilwaco Middle/High School will hold a winter ball from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., on Jan. 23 at the high school in Ilwaco.

Beach cleanup

PENINSULA - Join the Grassroots Garbage Gang at 9:30 a.m., on Jan. 23 at any major beach approach at Seaview, Long Beach, Cranberry, Klipsan, Ocean Park or Surfside for a major cleanup of our beach. Sign in and get a bag or two. Everyone is encouraged to come and participate. It's fun, whether there is rain, snow, sleet, wind or sunshine. Your help is needed. For more information contact Shelly Pollock at 665-5388, 866-665-5388 or via e-mail at shelly@ourbeach.org. Groups are badly needed to adopt small sections of the beach.

Free Acting Class

ILWACO - Mike Bradberry will be giving acting lessons on Saturdays through March 13 starting at 6 p.m. at the 2nd Story Playhouse, 108 Spruce St. in Ilwaco. The class is free, but donations are always gratefully accepted and appreciated!

Sunday, Jan. 24Art Around Town

ILWACO - Artwork at the Ocean Beach Hospital is from the first and second place winners of the fall Peninsula Art Association art show held in September 2009. A variety of works, such as watercolor, oil, pastel, photographs, charcoal and collage will be on display. This is a fine example of artwork available from our area. This exhibit is free and can be viewed most any day of the week. Enjoy!

Overeaters Anonymous

SEAVIEW - Overeaters Anonymous meets at 4612 Pacific Highway (Bill's place) in Seaview at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Call 642-4932 or 642-8439 for more information. Additional meetings are on Mondays and Thursdays at noon at Golden Sands in Klipsan. Call 665-2535 or 665-2348 for information on these meetings.

Monday, Jan. 25Water System Flushing

LONG BEACH - The city of Long Beach rescheduled their flushing and flow testing of hydrants in the Long Beach and Seaview area to Monday, Jan. 25 through Friday, Feb. 5 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. This action may cause temporary discoloration of the water due to iron sediment and a reduction in pressure. There are no health risks associated with the discoloration. If you have any questions or concerns call 642-2203.

Naselle Water meeting

NASELLE - The annual membership meeting of the Naselle Water Company is Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Naselle Timberland Library. Ed Engelson's term expired and that position is now open. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Anyone interested in running for this open position should contact Naselle Water Company at 484-3815.

Ilwaco council

ILWACO - The Ilwaco City Council meets at 6 p.m. on Jan. 25 at the Ilwaco Community Building next to the hospital. The council meets the second and fourth Monday of each month. These meetings are open to the public. Call 642-3145 for more information.

Tuesday, Jan. 26SOOP for Breakfast

SEAVIEW - The Peninsula Rotary meets at 7:30 a.m., on Jan. 26 at 42nd Street Café in Seaview. Ocean Beach School Superintendent Boyd Keiser will be the guest speaker and will talk about Stewards Of Our Peninsula (SOOP), a special project he brings to our students. SOOP focuses on natural resources and engages students as well as the community in learning and working side by side in cranberry bogs, wetlands, fishing and other industries relying on the region's bounty. The public is invited; there is no fee to attend. Breakfast is available for $10 and beverage-only service is $5.

Better Health Group

LONG BEACH - A new group is forming on the Peninsula called the Better Health Group. Robert Matthews is starting the group to gather people together to "discuss issues concerning better health through natural means, with a focus on nutrition." With the goal in mind of doing good things for our bodies, the group plans to meet beginning at 7 p.m., the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Long Beach Train Depot (next to Dennis Company) on 3rd Street. The meetings are free and everyone is welcome. If you have questions, call Robert at 665-5889.

Spaghetti feed

LONG BEACH - A benefit spaghetti feed is planned Tuesday, Jan. 26, starting at 3 p.m. at Chautauqua Lodge, 304 N 14th St., Long Beach on behalf of Mary Vales, who suffered a massive heart attack on Jan. 1. (This event was originally scheduled Jan. 19.)

She has been in Emanuel Hospital in Portland in MCICU since her heart attack. The money raised will help her son Tom to cover bills for the next few months. Tom is a senior at Ilwaco High School and had to make some life-changing decisions about his mom.

Benefit organizers ask "Please support in prayer, and if you can donate please do."

Spaghetti will be dished until all is gone (or 7 p.m.) for a donation of $5 a plate please. If you would like to volunteer and help out, contact LeAnne at 503-298-7938 or e-mail jleager@gmail.com.

At a future date to be announced, supporters will be having a garage sale with all money going to help the family.

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.

Do Nothing Club

OCEAN PARK - Ready to start on your New Year's resolution to do nothing this year? Well then come to the Do Nothing Club on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at 24002 "U" Street in Ocean Park. This is a chance for men to gather together to play cribbage, shoot pool, play cards, kibitz or sit around and just grouse if you want. For more information, call Jack McBride at 665-2721 or Jim Wirth at 665-2420 or just show up on Tuesdays at 10 a.m.

Taekwondo

LONG BEACH - The Long Beach Elks, located at 110 N. Pacific Highway, is now offering Taekwondo on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., to anyone interested in learning the Korean art of self-defense. Taught by master instructors, these classes are open to both beginning and advanced students and will build increased strength and flexibility, as well as confidence in body and mind. The cost is just $5 per session. Additional classes will be offered on Thursdays. For children's classes or other questions call 244-4332.

Wednesday, Jan. 27Blood drive

ILWACO - From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Jan. 27, there will be a blood drive at the high school in Ilwaco. If you are 17 years old or older, weigh more than 110 pounds, are in good health and without risk factors for hepatitis or HIV, you are probably eligible to donate blood.

Author Readings

ILWACO - Olde Towne Trading Post, the coffee shop across from the heritage museum in Ilwaco, will be the site of a monthly Authors' Showcase the last Wednesday evening of the month, beginning Jan. 27. 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., and writers will sign up for reading slots beginning at 7 p.m. For more information call 642-4932.

Yoga

KLIPSAN - Gentle stretch beginning yoga classes are underway at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center beginning at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesdays. These classes are open to all ages. Call Barbara at 665-5780 if you have questions.

Classic Movies at Neptune

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 Jan. 27 is "The Horse Soldiers," starring John Wayne and William Holden. 1959. 120 min.

Clamming

PENINSULA - A five-day razor clam dig is scheduled on the Long Beach Peninsula from the Columbia River north jetty to Leadbetter Point for Wednesday, Jan. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 31, 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: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 5:35 p.m. -0.6; Thursday, Jan. 28, 6:24 p.m. -1.0; Friday, Jan. 29, 7:09 p.m. -1.3.; Saturday, Jan. 30, 7:52 p.m. -1.2; Sunday, Jan. 31, 8:33 p.m. -1.0. 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.

Weather radio program

PENINSULA - Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is participating in a NOAA weather radio program designed to educate the public on the warnings and alerts that may be issued from the National Weather Service. To obtain an application in advance call 360-875-9340 or e-mail b.walker@emd.wa.gov. See details in box above.

Future EventsVeterans meeting

LONG BEACH - Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3721 in Long Beach holds their monthly membership and business meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Elks Lodge, 110 Pacific Avenue in Long Beach. For information, call 642-1228.

Service groups open house

KLIPSAN - Saturday, Jan. 30, the Peninsula Senior Activity Center will be hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., welcoming the representatives from various service organizations serving the Peninsula. This will be a wonderful opportunity to familiarize yourself with the different agencies that provide services to our Peninsula. You will be able to look at programs available for you to get involved or to seek help. If you would like to participate, please contact Ernie Henson at 642-3376 or the Senior Center at 665-3999.

Teen dance

LONG BEACH - From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Jan. 30, youth ages 16 to 19 years old are invited to an evening of great music, food and fun at the Long Beach Grange at 5715 Sandridge Road in Long Beach. Admission is $5. Concessions include teen favorites, plus there will be a dance contest from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This is a zero tolerance dance, and is an opportunity for teens to have fun in a safe environment. Call 642-4953 if you have questions.

Orpheus Youth Ensemble

ILWACO - As part of the Poulshock concert series sponsored by Water Music Festival, a varied choral program will be presented on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 3 p.m. at the Inn at Harbour Village, and on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. at the Peninsula Baptist Church. The first half will be comprised of madrigals staged in traditional Renaissance costume. The second half will feature solo and choral compositions and arrangements by Director Barbara Poulshock. Admission is free, but donations are happily accepted to defray the cost of the venues.

Toastmasters

ASTORIA - Coastal Communicators Toastmasters Club meets the first, third and if appropriate, fifth Monday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Hotel Elliot conference room in Astoria. This club serves our entire region in Washington and Oregon. The club provides members with dynamic opportunities to improve their communication and leadership skills. Guests are always welcome. For more information, call 503-791-2806, or visit their Web site at www.toastmasters.org.

RFL Willapa Bay

RAYMOND - Relay For Life of Willapa Bay meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Raymond High School Home and Family Room. The next meeting is Feb. 2. Dinner is available for meeting attendees from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for a $5 donation. A portion of the meeting is dedicated to cancer education, focusing on a different type each month. Also learn about Relay For Life and how you can get involved. All are welcome to attend!

Women's Heart to Heart

ILWACO - Sleep specialist Dr. Amy Aronsky will be one of four speakers at the annual Women's Heart to Heart lunch, Feb. 5 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Long Beach Elks Lodge. 'Heroes for the Heart' is the theme of this year's forum, which focuses on the unique health issues women face.  The event is co-sponsored by Ocean Beach Hospital Auxiliary and Gift Shop, and Ocean Beach Hospital and Medical Clinics. Tickets are available at Peninsula Pharmacies and Ocean Beach Hospital Gift Shop. The cost is $6. For more information, call Denise Ross, Ocean Beach Hospital's diabetes educator, at 642-6308.

Relay for Life dinner

LONG BEACH - Please join the Long Beach Elks and The Bank of the Pacific for dinner on Friday, Feb. 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. On the menu is homemade beef stew, salad, warm dinner roll and homemade apple crisp all for $6. All proceeds will go the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Presale tickets are available at any branch of The Bank of Pacific and will also be available at the door. Come have dinner, check out the raffle items available and help those with this dreaded disease celebrate more birthdays. For more information call Judy or Susan at 642-2336.

Jam Session

ILWACO - Let's make music! Bring your voice, your instruments, and your musical energy to a community Jam Session at the 2nd Story Playhouse, 108 Spruce St. in Ilwaco from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., on Sunday, Feb. 7. The event is free, but donations (and cookies) are appreciated!

Free tax help

OCEAN PARK - Seniors and low-income taxpayers can get free help with their 2009 Federal income taxes at the Ocean Park Timberland Library starting Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through April 15. 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 2009), plus a copy of all 2008 tax records/return. If you need more information, call Yvonne Howell at 665-5845.

Sharing the love

ASTORIA - A Valentine's dance party for all ages is set for Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Astoria Events Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. for no-host food and beverage service followed by music at 8 p.m., by The Bond Street Blues Band. Purchase tickets in advance at Time Enough Books in Ilwaco or call KMUN at 503-325-0010 during normal business hours.

Remaining tickets will be available at the door the night of the event.

Attendees are asked to bring a donation of non-perishable goods for the food bank. Tickets are $10 and will benefit KMUN/Coast Community Radio.

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