Wednesday, Nov. 24Thanksgiving worship
ILWACO - There will be a special Thanksgiving worship service beginning at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 24, at the New Life Assembly of God Church in Ilwaco. The event is sponsored by the Peninsula Christian Council. Bring food items to be donated to local food banks, and come celebrate and give thanks for what God has done in your life.
Food banks closed
OCEAN PARK - The ReachOut Food Bank in Ocean Park will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 24, through Friday, Nov. 26, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday Nov. 30, at 10 a.m. For emergency food, please call the food bank at 665-6567 and leave a message, or call Vicki at 665-5843 or Carol at 665-6627.
ILWACO - Ilwaco's St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 25 and Friday, Nov. 26.
OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park Timberland Library presents Preschool Story Time from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Nov. 24, for children ages 3- to 6-years old. Join in a program of colorful books, rhymes, music and activities.
SEAVIEW - A mental health support group will meet from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 24, in the Peninsula Church Center, 5000 "N" Place, Seaview. Supported by NAMI, the group offers informal, confidential sharing and encouragement. For more information, contact Barbara at 665-4421, firstname.lastname@example.org, Pat at 642-2296, or Kevin at 642-3787, email@example.com.
ASTORIA - On Wednesday, Nov. 24, the Astoria Aquatic Center will be open for lap swim from noon to 1 p.m. and recreation swim from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (360) 325-7027.
SEAVIEW - Alateen meetings are held every Wednesday beginning at 6:30 p.m., at 4603 Pacific Hwy., in Seaview. Alateen is a confidential group for young people who have family members or friends whose lives have been affected by alcohol, drugs, or both.
OCEAN PARK - On Thursday, Nov. 25, at 2 p.m. or 3 p.m., you are invited to be the guest of the Peninsula Assembly of God Church at 26310 Ridge Ave., in Ocean Park for their annual free Thanksgiving dinner. For more information and tickets call 665-6340. Tickets are free, but are required for each seating. Peninsula Assembly of God Church is located three blocks north of the fire hall.
GRAYS RIVER - On Nov. 25, the Grays River United Methodist Church, located at SR-4 West in Grays River, will have its second annual community Thanksgiving dinner, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The church will furnish turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, dressing and gravy. Bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share. Everyone is welcome. Donations will be accepted for the food bank. Remaining food is distributed to those in need this holiday season. Although RSVPs are not necessary, if you plan to attend and are bringing a dish, it is helpful to have that information. Call the church and leave a message at (360) 465-2391.
PACIFIC COUNTY - All banks, credit unions, and post offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Peninsula Learns program will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25, for the Thanksgiving holiday. All city, county and state offices, schools, and the Timberland Regional libraries will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 25, and Friday, Nov. 26.
FridayFeed the hungry
LONG BEACH - The 4th Annual Help Feed the Hungry Holiday Bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 26 and Nov. 27, in the Edgewater Inn meeting room on Sid Snyder Drive S.W. Donations may be sent to Peninsula F.I.S.H., P.O. Box 484, Ilwaco, WA, 98624, or call 642-4987.
Flea market bazaar
ILWACO - There will be a Christmas flea market and bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 26 through Nov. 28, at the Oddfellows Hall next to the Oddfellows Bingo Hall in Ilwaco. There will be a little bit of everything for everyone. For information on table rentals call Fred Molsby at 642-4510 after 2 p.m.
CHINOOK - The second annual Pictures with Santa event will be held at All Season's Kidstuff in Chinook from noon to 4 p.m., Nov. 26 and Nov. 27. Small, well-mannered pets can visit Santa on Saturday only.
OCEAN PARK - The Washington Peninsula Lung Club, an educational support group for people with lung disease, meets the last Friday of each month from 11 a.m. to noon at Golden Sands, 21608 "O" Lane, Ocean Park. The next meeting is Nov. 26. There will be cookies and coffee and a drawing for a door prize. If you need additional information, call Lynn Perkins at (800) 337-6733.
Free trolley ride
ASTORIA - The Astoria Riverfront Trolley is celebrating the holiday season by offering free rides to passengers with a can of food or toy from Friday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Nov. 28, and again Friday, Dec. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 5. Special hours those weekends are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting. Holiday caroling and other fun is on tap for these trips. In addition, Santa Claus will ride aboard the trolley to hear Christmas wishes, Dec. 11 and Dec. 12. For more information, visit www.old300.org.
ASTORIA - The Astoria Aquatic Center is offering a three hour "School's out Swim" for kids and families from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 26. For more information, call (360) 325-7027.
SaturdaySanta comes to town
LONG BEACH - Santa will be arriving at 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 27 at the Train Depot (north of the Dennis Company) and will be waiting to have his picture taken with you. Mrs. Claus may surprise everyone and show up too. The community tree lighting will happen at 6 p.m., that same day in the park north of the Long Beach Tavern, across from the gazebo. After the tree lighting, stay and participate in some caroling.
Rivers that Were ...
ASTORIA - The Columbia Maritime Museum is sponsoring a free Oregon Chautauqua program by Barbara Bernstein entitled, "Rivers that Were," on Saturday, Nov. 27, beginning at 2 p.m., at the museum. The program will explore the long-term consequences of over a century of redesigning rivers in the west. Through lecture, discussion, audio clips and a slide show, she recreates the landscapes, wildlife and cultures that once flourished throughout the Columbia River basin. Located at 1792 Marine Dr. in Astoria, the museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (503) 325-2323 for more information.
ASTORIA - The Lower Columbia Preservation Society is holding an historic church tour on Saturday, Nov. 27, from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call (503) 338-5686. Take a rare, behind the scenes look at five area churches as you learn fascinating historical facts and admire beautiful architectural features. The tour and orientation begins at noon at the Grace Episcopal Church, 1545 Franklin St., in Astoria. For more information, call (503) 338-5686.
Museum model day
SOUTH BEND - History in miniature will be on display at the Pacific County Historical Society Museum in South Bend from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 27. Model makers are invited to bring their ships, trains, airplanes, and vehicles for an afternoon of fellowship and inspiration. Featured models this year include Steve Hubbard's model of the steam schooner Willapa, and railroad models from the collection of museum director Bruce Weilepp. The public is invited to attend. For more information call (360) 875-5224, or visit www.pacificcohistory.org.
SundaySing the Messiah
PUGET ISLAND - Hour-long performances of nine choruses from Handel's Messiah will be presented on two Sunday afternoons at southwest Washington churches. On Sunday, Nov. 28 at 3 p.m., Our Saviour's Lutheran Church on Puget Island hosts a community choir led by Cliff Weimer, with piano accompaniment by Barbara Bate. The next Sunday, Dec. 5, the Assembly of God Church on Knappton Road in Naselle will host the same group at 3 p.m. There is no admission charge for these performances. Anyone attending is welcome to sing along, particularly during the "Hallelujah Chorus." For further information, call Cliff Weimer at 484-3989.
Trees for sale
SOUTH BEND - The Pacific Conservation District is holding their spring tree sale program. All of the trees are bare root seedlings and will be ready to plant. There are a variety of trees available from conifers such as Douglas fir, western red cedar, Port Orford cedar, ponderosa pine and more to deciduous trees and shrubs such as vine maple, red osier dogwood, big leaf maple, Pacific crab apple, Oregon grape, red elderberry, Nootka rose, and mock orange. For more information, call (360) 875-9424 or 642-9424.
OCEAN PARK and ILWACO - Nita Stone, program assistant for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) will be at the Ocean Park library every Monday morning from 10 a.m. to noon and at the Ilwaco Timberland Library every Monday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to assist you in the opportunity to volunteer in our community. Stop by and visit, ask questions and volunteer! Call 665-6037 with questions.
SEAVIEW - The YoungLife Club, a club for all high school youth, meets every Monday at 7 p.m. at the home of Grant and Jeni Chinn, at 38th and Pacific Highway in Seaview. For directions or information, call 244-0583.
ILWACO - River City School of Arts and Crafts, located at 122 S.E. Lake St., in Ilwaco, offers an aerobic dance class from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Call 642-8707 for more information.
ILWACO - The 2005 Ilwaco Senior Class Party Committee is offering $5 value cards for sale as a fund-raiser. The cards offer 18 different "buy one, get one free" type offers from various local businesses. The cards have a value of over $150, if all offers are used. From movie-goers to the espresso nut, this card is a must! Cards are available at Box K in Seaview, at Midway Printery, and Racing Box in Long Beach, and at most local school sports events. All proceeds go toward a chemical-free party for all 2006 IHS graduates.
ILWACO - The Peninsula Learns after-school program provides academic assistance, enrichment education, physical activities and positive role models for students in grades four through eight every Tuesday and Thursday, from 2:45 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Hilltop School. For more information or to volunteer, call Larry Cook at 642-1215.
Wednesday, Dec. 1Crazy crafts
NASELLE - Naselle Timberland Library presents "Crazy Crafts! Calling All Cookie Monsters," from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 1, for school-age children. Decorate cookies for the family to share. Create a cookie so beautiful that you won't want to eat it. All materials will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Naselle Timberland Library.
OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park Timberland Library presents Lewis and Clark Crafts from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Dec. 1, for school-age children. Join Susan Carney to create something that Lewis and Clark might have brought with them, seen, or used on their journey with the Corps of Discovery. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ilwaco and Ocean Park Libraries.
Art Around Town
PACIFIC COUNTY - The new art show for November at The Ark Restaurant is presented by Nancy Lloyd. Group shows include: at Ilwaco Timberland Library - Marlene Kent and Deanna Bernash; while at the Ocean Beach Hospital - Diane Curry, Lance Iiams and Betty Crosta's work will grace the corridor. The group show at Oceans of Art store and Ocean Beach Chiropractors in Ilwaco remain the same. Cecile Logan work continues on display at the Chinook Observer, and Marva Hall continues at Knutsen Insurance. Drop by one of these businesses and enjoy this month's art.
LB city council
LONG BEACH - The Long Beach city council meets at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, call 642-4421.
Future EventsBusiness after hours
ILWACO - The Ilwaco merchants are hosting a "Business After Hours" event from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2, at the BellTower Inn of Ilwaco. All area businesses are invited. The program will feature information on the 2005 Lewis and Clark signature event. There will also be a canned food collection for the local food banks. RSVP to ShoreBank Pacific at 642-1166.
OCEAN PARK - A grief/loss support group is now forming. Come to the pre-holiday chat at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 2, at Ocean Park Lutheran Church, 24002 "U" St., Ocean Park. This free group will meet monthly.
ILWACO - The American Red Cross, located at 301 Spruce Street in Ilwaco, is offering both a CPR and a first-aid class on Dec. 2, starting at 9 a.m., with Rudy DeSwart, instructor. This class will meet requirements for WISHA and OSHA for workplaces. Class size is limited to 12 participants. The cost is $20 for one class or $30 for both. Pre-register by calling 642-5766 or mailing the registration fee to P.O. Box 186, Ilwaco WA 98624.
ILWACO - Ilwaco Timberland Library presents, "Crazy Crafts! Calling All Cookie Monsters," from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 2, for school age children. Decorate cookies for the family to share. Create a cookie so beautiful that you won't want to eat it. All materials will be provided.
OCEAN PARK - Dr. Jennifer Gaddy, naturopathic physician, is offering two free question-and-answer forums on natural options for menopause. The discussions will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Dec. 3 and Dec. 17, at the Ocean Park Timberland Library. Dr. Gaddy will introduce natural options for dealing with the host of menopausal challenges and changes, physical, mental and emotional. Dr. Gaddy promises that women attending "will leave with a clearer sense of the safest and most effective natural supplements for menopause." Call the North Beach Clinic in Klipsan Beach at 665-3000 for more information.
Starving Artist Faire
ASTORIA - The 9th Annual Starving Artists Faire will be held Dec. 3, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eagles Hall, 894 Commercial St., in downtown Astoria. Sponsored by Astor Street Opry Company, this holiday faire offers craft items hand-made by the vendor. There is room for approximately 50 vendors. If you are interested in participating as a vendor, contact Cindy at (503) 458-6250. Otherwise, mark your calendar to attend this great event.
ROSBURG - The Rosburg Community Club is hosting a holiday bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Rosburg hall. There will be a variety of vendors with great bargains available, plus a bake sale and lunch will be available for purchase. Come support this great community event.
Bake sale plus
OCEAN PARK - On Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Ocean Park United Methodist Church is having a bake and craft sale at 1202 262nd Pl., in Ocean Park. Lunch will be available also.
NASELLE - Naselle Timberland Library presents PageTurners Book Discussion from 10 a.m. to noon, Dec. 4 for adults. Join in a discussion of "The Da Vinci Code," a novel by Dan Brown. Stop by the library's circulation desk to pick up a copy.
LONG BEACH - Ocean View Convalescent Center, located at 211 Pioneer Road in Long Beach, is holding their annual Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4. Proceeds from this event go for the residents' Christmas fund. There will be coffee and cookies, and a raffle, plus a whole lot of fun!
Christmas trees for sale
LONG BEACH - The Long Beach-Ilwaco Kiwanis is selling Christmas trees from Dec. 4 to Dec. 12, at the southeast corner of Sid Snyder Dr. and Pacific Hwy. in Long Beach, across from The Bank of the Pacific. There will be Douglas Fir, Grand Fir and Grand Noble trees available, priced between $20 to $40, except for those trees over 8-feet-tall. Selling Christmas trees is the main fund-raising event for the Kiwanis and besides sharing proceeds with the scouts, all funds are donated back to local organizations that benefit our Peninsula's children.
RAYMOND - The Raymond office of the American Red Cross, located at 2870 Ocean Avenue, is offering a CPR and first-aid class on Dec. 4, starting at 9 a.m., with Dewey Orcutt, instructor. This class will meet requirements for WISHA and OSHA for workplaces. Class size is limited to 10 participants. The cost is $20 for one class or $30 for both. For information call Dewey at 875-6012.
Kids car seat checks
CHINOOK - On Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., All Season's Kidstuff in Chinook is hosting a free car seat safety check. This is a great opportunity to stop by and make sure your child is traveling safe.
OCEAN PARK - The Cranberry Queens will meet at 1 p.m., Dec. 4 at the Ocean Park fire hall. Attendees should bring Christmas goodies and a gift for under $5.
ASTORIA - Tickets to Little Ballet Theatre's full production of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker are on sale at Old Town Framing Co., 1287 Commercial St., Astoria. Ballet performances are Saturday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. in the Astoria High School Auditorium. Tickets will also be available at the door. Prices are: general admission, $10; child (12 and under) and senior (65 and over), $5; family (two adults and up to three children), $25; patron, $20; Friend, $25; and sponsor, $50. There will be a reception for the entire audience in the high school commons following the Saturday evening performance, and all children in the audience are invited to a candy cane reception following both matinee performances. For more information call (503) 861-1971. Little Ballet Theatre is a non-profit organization with all proceeds devoted to dance scholarships.
NASELLE - The next meeting of the Friends of the Naselle Timberland Library will be at 6 p.m., Dec. 7 at the library community room. Anyone with an interest is encouraged to attend this meeting.
ILWACO - The Ilwaco Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m., Dec. 7 in the Ilwaco council chambers on Spruce St. The meeting is open to the public.
NPIA annual meeting
OCEAN PARK - The North Peninsula Improvement Association (NPIA) annual meeting for members will be held at the Ocean Park fire hall at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 7. All members are encouraged to attend. The public is welcome. The NPIA is a non-profit corporation organized for the benefit and welfare of the community.
NASELLE - Naselle Timberland Library presents "Tuesdays with Friends: Winter Holidays Centerpiece Workshop" with Shirley Herrold from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 7 for adults. Learn the secrets of creating fabulous holiday arrangements. Bring your favorite bowl or shallow dish to use as a base, as well as any special ornaments. All other materials will be provided. Class size is limited. Please call the library at (360) 484-3877 to register. Tuesdays with Friends is a free monthly series of workshops and demonstrations by your local friends and neighbors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Naselle Timberland Library.
The Piano Tuner
OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park Timberland Library presents PageTurners Book Discussion from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 7 for adults. Read this month's selection, "The Piano Tuner," by Daniel Mason, and share your impressions in a lively discussion. This program is held on the first Tuesday of each month. For more information call 665-4184.
Raymond library mtg
RAYMOND - Join the Friends of the Raymond Timberland Library from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 7 in the library meeting room for their quarterly meeting.
PENINSULA - The Chinook Spinners will meet Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. in the home of Sharon Van Heuit in Ocean Park. Bring your spinning or just your interest and a sack lunch. The Clatsop Weavers Guild will meet on December 14 at the home of Cheri Diehl in Ilwaco. The short business meeting will be followed by a potluck lunch. Guest are welcome! For more info call Cheri at 360 642-0889.
OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park Timberland Library presents Toddler Story Time from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Dec. 8 for children aged 2 accompanied by an adult. Join in a program of colorful books, rhymes, music and activities. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ilwaco and Ocean Park Libraries.
OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park Timberland Library presents cookie decorating from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Dec. 9 for families. Decorate cookies for the family to share. Create a cookie so beautiful that you won't want to eat it. All materials will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ilwaco and Ocean Park Timberland Libraries.
Ilwaco food bank
ILWACO - The Ilwaco St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank will be open Friday, Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Wednesday, Dec. 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please be sure to bring your own containers.
Poetry & song
FORT COLUMBIA - "An Evening of Fisher Poetry and Song" takes place at the recently remodeled theater at Fort Columbia State Park beginning at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 11. Performers include Hobe Kytr, Geno Leech, Jon Broderick, Dave Densmore and Jay Speakman. Admission is $3. Parking fees will be waived for the event. For more information call (360)902-8526.
OCEAN PARK - The Peninsula Moose Lodge in Ocean Park is hosting their annual Christmas party for children from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 11. The host is Dolan Gardner, with Mr. and Mrs. Claus there to greet the kids with stockings and lots of other goodies. Plus Dolan will lead a sing-a-long at the end of the festivities. Come join in on the fun.
B&B open house
PENINSULA - The annual Bed and Breakfast Holiday Open House is Dec. 11 and Dec. 12. The event starts with a poetry reading at the Lion's Paw B&B on Dec. 11 and music at the Whalebone B&B. Open house hours are noon to 4 p.m. both days. A donation of canned goods to benefit the local food banks is required for entry.
In Their Footsteps
FORT CLATSOP - Beginning at 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 12, enjoy the lecture series, "The Plants of Fort Clatsop - An Ethnobotanical Tour of the Journals." Led by educator and park ranger, Judith Lampi, the lecture will present the plants recorded by the Corps of Discovery and share a PowerPoint ethobotanical tour of the Lewis and Clark journals.
OCEAN PARK - On Dec. 12, the Cranberry Queens will meet at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Ocean Park for a tour of the bed and breakfast inns on the Peninsula. Be sure to bring canned food or money for the food drive.
North Beach PDA
OCEAN PARK - The North Beach Public Development Authority will meet at 6 p.m., Dec. 13 in the Pacific County Fire District No. 1 community room. These meetings are open to the public. Call 642-5720 for more information.
LONG BEACH - The next Long Beach Planning Commission meeting is at 7 p.m., Dec. 13 at city hall. The meeting is open to the public.
LONG BEACH - An American Red Cross bloodmobile, sponsored by our local communities, will be at the Super 8 Motel, 500 Ocean Beach Blvd., on Thursday, Dec. 16 from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Donors must be at least 16-years-old, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be in good general health. Donors may set up an appointment time by calling 642-5766 or come down to the Super 8 and donate.
LONG BEACH - St. Mary's Catholic Church and St. Peter's Episcopal Church are sponsoring the Fifth Annual Las Posadas, starting with a bilingual mass at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 18 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. At 6:30 p.m., the pilgrimage of Mary and Joseph will begin, with "The Ninth Inn," St. Peters giving them shelter. There will be games and fun for the entire family. For more information call 642-2002.
FORT CLATSOP - On Saturday, Dec. 18, Fort Clatsop National Memorial comes alive with the sights and smells of the holidays. The day begins at the fort with a "volley of gunfire" at 10:30 a.m. to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, followed by another at 2:30 p.m. "Christmas 1805," a ranger talk about Christmas for the explorers at the fort, will be offered at noon. Daily skills demonstrations occur throughout the day; such as fire starting at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and rendering and making candles happening continuously from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. "The Star Spangled Banner" retiring of the flag is at 3:30 p.m. and the day concludes with a special candlelight "Christmas 1805" at 4 p.m. After visiting the fort, warm-up in the visitor center with some hot cider and participate in hand-on children's activities. Admission is free that day.
SEAVIEW - The Astoria Tuba Quartet, featuring Dennis Hale, Lee Stromquist, Bob Joiner and Brian Bergman, will play remarkable renditions of all our favorite holiday tunes on horns big and small beginning at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 19 at the Peninsula Church Center, 5000 "N" Pl., Seaview. This free Tuba Christmas concert is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit.
OCEAN PARK - The Peninsula Stamp Club meets the third Tuesday of each month. The next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 21 beginning at noon at the Ocean Park library. Beginners to advanced are welcome. Call Chuck at 665-5978 for more information.