Wednesday, March 6

Join the Census Team

PACIFIC COUNTY — Part-time and full-time supervisory and non-supervisory positions are available in Pacific County to help conduct the decennial census. This is the largest mobilization and operation conducted in the United States and requires years of research, planning, and development of methods and infrastructure to ensure an accurate and complete count. Wages range from 15 to $16.50 per hour. There is paid training, flexible scheduling and weekly pay. To apply online go to 2020census.gov/jobs. If you have questions you can contact the local WorkSource office or 855-562-2020.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

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. Their next meeting is March 6. The organization has four cornerstones — recreational boating safety, operations and marine safety, member services and fellowship. Events include providing boating education courses and vessel inspections. You can 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. For more information, contact Della at 360-244-7062 or via email at wilsontekart@gmail.com.

March is kindergarten pre-registration month

PENINSULA — Kindergarten pre-registration is being held for all Peninsula children who will be five years old on or before Aug. 31. All kindergarten students will attend Long Beach Elementary, however you can pre-register your student at either Long Beach or Ocean Park Elementary Schools. Please bring your child’s birth certificate and immunization records (copies or originals). Your child does not need to be present when you come to pre-register. And mark your calendars for our Kindergarten Round-Up on May 16 at 5:30 p.m. It is a great time to meet the wonderful kindergarten teachers, visit the classrooms, and see the big school. If you have any questions, please call the office at 360-642-3242.

Ready! For kindergarten

LONG BEACH — Parents of children under 5-years of age (as of Sept. 1) are encouraged to attend a seminar sponsored by the Ocean Beach School District to learn about your child’s development starting at 6 p.m. at Long Beach Elementary. This event will provide information about how your child learns and be given materials and activities to use at home. On March 6, parents of children ages 1 to 3 years old should attend; March 13, parents of children 3- to 5-years old should attend and on March 20, parents of children 0-1 (babies can come to the class with parents) old should attend. Childcare will be available in the Early Childhood Center. These sessions will be offered at the OBSD building and Long Beach Elementary school library. If you are new to the area or have not yet attended any Ready classes, please contact Ramona at 360-642-8586 to schedule a time to catch up on the fall/winter classes for your child’s age group. Call 360-642-8586 to reserve your free spot, or email ramona.ulbricht@oceanbeachschools.org.

Thursday, March 7

Free Play Smart — Youth Heart Screenings

ILWACO — On March 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Ilwaco High School, Play Smart — Youth Heart Screenings will be offered. This is a very unique opportunity to get free healthcare services for youth aged 12-18; the free heart screening includes a height/weight check, blood pressure check and 12-lead EKG. This is a free healthcare service: Youth typically do not get an EKG in a routine well-child check with their doctor or in a sports physical so this screening is a unique healthcare opportunity to get a free baseline EKG (electrocardiogram). An electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG) usually is necessary to uncover signs of heart irregularities, something normally not done in “well-child” checks or even some sports physicals. In an effort to protect the hearts of area middle and high school students, Play Smart offers free painless, noninvasive heart-health checks to youth aged 12-18. Play Smart is partnering with Ocean Beach School District to offer all students 12-18 years old free heart screening. Screening forms are available at the school or on the Play Smart website and must be completed and returned prior to the event. If you have questions go to www.playsmartgetscreened.org or call OBSD at 360-642-3739.

Musicians wanted

KLIPSAN BEACH — Wanted, seniors wanting to join a eclectic jam band. No experience necessary but fun guaranteed. Day and time to be set. Contact the Long Beach Peninsula Drum Circle on Facebook or email newsops125@yahoo.com.

Friday, March 8

GHC spring term starting soon

ILWACO — Grays Harbor College in Ilwaco (Columbia Education Center) is now enrolling students for classes to earn a GED. Spring term starts April 8, so make an appointment now to enroll. Call the Center at 360-624-9433 or drop by campus at 208 Advent Ave. in Ilwaco, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Nikki Fortuna can be contacted at 360-538-2536 for an appointment in the evening. Totally online classes called FastTrack for GED are available. In addition, the College offers face-to-face GED preparation classes and a class to learn English on Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. Classes are $25 per quarter and waivers are available for those who qualify.

Saturday, March 9

AAUW “Breaking the Mold”

LONG BEACH — The American Association of University Women is hosting a historical afternoon tea theatre celebrating National Women’s History Month with this year’s theme “Breaking the Mold.” The event (including a silent auction) will be held at the Long Beach Elks Lodge on Saturday, March 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person, children 12 years and younger, $10 and are available at Okie’s Thriftway in Ocean Park, and Time Enough Books in Ilwaco, or send a check to: AAUW, P.O. Box 1534, Ocean Park WA 98640 to be received no later than Feb. 23. Event proceeds go to sponsorships for young women at Ilwaco High School. The American Association of University Women is dedicated to the advancement of equity for women and girls through education, advocacy, philanthropy and research. Our local Willapacific Branch sponsors three kinds of scholarships, STEM Tech-Trek and financial awards for education beyond high school. For more information contact call 360-642-3076 or 360-642-3636.

Spring gardening

PACIFIC COUNTY — Plan your spring garden with the Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor and Pacific counties. Learn about garden planning, plant suggestions for the Pacific Northwest coastal climate, managing available garden space using rows, raised beds, and containers, as well as information on seeds, transplants, bulbs and grasses. The classes are provided in cooperation with Timberland Regional Libraries. Upcoming classes are as follows: Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at South Bend Timberland Library and from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Naselle Timberland Library; Thursday, March 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Raymond Timberland Library; Friday, March 15 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Ocean Park Timberland Library and on Saturday, March 16 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Ilwaco Timberland Library. Call the library for more information.

Chinook Indian Nation meeting

CHINOOK — Chinook Indian Nation will hold its monthly council meeting at 11 a.m. on Saturday March 9, at Scarborough House at Point Chinook-Fort Columbia Historical State Park, US-101 in Chinook. Attendees should plan to arrive on time. The abbreviated meeting is open to all tribal members, and will be followed by a potluck lunch and storytelling. Please bring a prepared item for the potluck. Contact the Tribal Office at 360-875-6670 if you have questions.

Fun, friendship & fitness!

OCEAN PARK — On Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m., tap dance at the Eagles in Ocean Park, and on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., dance at the Moose in Ocean Park. No membership is required. Participants tap for about 45 minutes and have coffee after. Beginners are welcome. If you come and are interested, instruction would be offered at 9 a.m. If you let them know, members may have a pair of tap shoes to loan. Exercise your body, mind and spirit! If you have questions contact Mary Evelyn Long at maryevlo@yahoo.com or 360-500-6072.

Sunday, March 10

Daylight saving time starts

Daylight saving time begins on Sunday, March 10. At 2 a.m., you should set your clocks forward. Most American states spring forward, although Hawaii, Arizona, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands, Americana Samoa and the Northern Marianas Islands don't do it. The reason they don't do daylight saving time is because the federal government doesn't actually mandate states observe it. Daylight saving time is also practiced in most European countries. It is also a great time to change the batteries on your smoke alarms.

“6 Guitars”

RAYMOND — Master storyteller and musical artist Chase Padgett will be performing his one-man show, “6 Guitars” for Sunday Afternoon Live on March 10 at 2 p.m. at the historic Raymond Theatre. 6 Guitars is a perfect pitch blend of music, comedy and characters. In 6 Guitars, Padgett portrays six unique guitar players, each representing their own style of music: blues, jazz, rock, classical, folk and country. As each character shares anecdotes and songs, the audience is treated to breathtaking musicianship, beautiful storytelling and top-notch comedy. Its unique but universal message connects to any musician or music lover regardless of one's age, background or favorite genre. With superb acting, stories that are smart and funny, and spectacular music, 6 Guitars is a musical and storytelling masterpiece. Tickets are $15 at the door, or can be purchased in advance for $12 at the Raymond Theatre, located at 323 3rd St., the Raymond Pharmacy and South Bend Pharmacy. Tickets are also available on Pay Pal at www.sundayafternoonlive.org, or by calling 360-836-4419. Show sponsored by Bank of the Pacific, Dr. Steven Hill and Don and Lou Anne Fore.

A Course in Miracles

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, March 11

Ilwaco City Council

ILWACO — Ilwaco City Council meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Ilwaco Community Building at 158 1st Ave N, Ilwaco. The meeting is open to the public. Call 360-642-3145 for more information.

Long Beach City Council

LONG BEACH — Long Beach City Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month 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 360-642-4421 for additional information.

Tuesday, March 12

American Legion & Auxiliary meetings

ILWACO — The Don R. Grable American Legion Post and Unit #48 will meet on Tuesday, March 12, at 6 p.m. in the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. A potluck of good food will precede the meetings of both groups who will be planning future activities. All are welcome to attend and share some time with veterans and their families. If you have questions, please call Post Commander Ron Robbins at 360-931-3995 or Unit President Georgia Bell at 360-484-3662.

Wednesday, March 13

Free tax help

OCEAN PARK — Everyone is welcome to avail themselves of the free help with their 2018 Federal income taxes at the Ocean Park Timberland Library on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through April 10. AARP Foundation offers this free program to anyone of any age, but especially if you are 50 or older and cannot afford paid tax preparation. 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 2018), plus a copy of all 2017 tax records/return. Also if you have an interest in volunteering, they need your help. If you need more information, call Judy Coleman at 360-655-5883.

“It Happened One Night”

LONG BEACH — There will be a free showing of the classic movie “It Happened One Night” starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert at the Neptune Movie House, 809 Ocean Beach Blvd., Long Beach at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13. Make plans to attend.

Future Events

Diving beneath Oregon’s marine reserves

ASTORIA — Go on a virtual underwater tour of Oregon’s five marine sites to explore the work being done by Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) and its many collaborators at the Nature Matters talk Thursday, March 14. The free 7 p.m. presentation takes place at the Fort George Brewery Lovell Showroom, 1483 Duane Street, Astoria. This event is open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m. to purchase dinner or beverages at the Fort George Brewery before the event. For more information, call the park at 503-861-2471 or check out www.nps.gov/lewi.

Quilt Show coming soon

ILWACO — The Peninsula Quilt Guild 24th Annual Quilt Show, hosted at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is March 15, 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., each day. More than 100 quilts will be on display by guild members, in three galleries at the museum. Quilting demonstration by guild members are scheduled throughout the day, each day. Tickets will be available for this year’s prize quilt, “Beach Garden” for $1 each with the drawing on Sunday, March 17 at 3:35 p.m. Sales from the tickets go to support a number of local charities. Admission to the show is free. So, mark your calendars and join us, talk to quilters and vote for your favorites and enjoy the day with us.

Corps Regulatory Program meeting

LONG BEACH — On March 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Long Beach Train Depot, 102 3rd Street NW in Long Beach, the Army Corps' Seattle District Regulatory Branch will hold a free public information session intended to foster and facilitate efficient and effective working relationships with the public, applicants, consultants, local municipalities and agencies. This event will provide a thorough understanding/refresher of the Corps Regulatory Program processes and application requirements. A Corps project manager will be available for follow-up questions and discussion as time allows. Topics include: Permitting Authorities and Jurisdiction, Permits and Authorizations, Application Submittal and Completeness (Nationwide Permits and Individual Permits), Review Process, Project Drawings, Common Application Mistakes. Due to limited space, registration is required. Call 206-764-3750 for more information.

HAVA Greens Eggs & Ham Bingo

RAYMOND — On March 16 at the Raymond Eagles, located at 215 Third Street in Raymond, come play green eggs and ham bingo for Harbor Association of Volunteers for Animals (HAVA). There will be food for purchase. Play 20 games for $1 per game with each winning game receiving a spiral cut ham. A big basket of goodies will be added to game 10 and a basket of ham dinner fixings (including a 15 pound spiral ham) will be added to the blackout game. For information call 360-942-4716 or visit www.hava-heart.org.

End of the Stone Age

FORT CLATSOP — Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop announced the next In Their Footsteps free speaker series event — “End of the Stone Age: George Ramsay” by Aaron Webster, ranger at Cape Disappointment will be offered on Sunday, March 17, at 1 p.m. Webster has worked at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center for the past 16 years. He has a passion for using storytelling to illuminate the lesser-known history of our region. His presentation tells the story of George Ramsay, a Native American who lived near the mouth of the Columbia River during the time of Lewis and Clark. Ramsay may have been the son of a European sailor in the late 1700s, and by some accounts lived long enough to meet the Wilkes expedition in 1841. His story illustrates the triumph and tragedy of the fur trade era. In Their Footsteps is a monthly Sunday forum sponsored by the Lewis & Clark National Park Association and the park. These programs are held in the Netul River Room of Fort Clatsop’s visitor center and are free of charge. For more information, call the park at (503) 861-2471 or check out www.nps.gov/lewi.

Peace Of Mind spaghetti dinner

SEAVIEW — This year’s Peace of Mind Pacific County spaghetti dinner will be held Monday, March 18, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Peninsula Baptist Church, 23802 Pacific Highway in Ocean Park. Proceeds from the dinner help fund mental health and wellness projects for youth, adults, and children. The event is made possible by POM members, Peninsula Baptist Church, Ocean Park Lutheran Church, WellSpring, and many local volunteers. The dinner includes a choice of salads, meat or meatless spaghetti sauce, traditional or gluten-free pastas, and special Italian-style desserts. Dinners cost $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Tickets can be purchased through the Peace of Mind Pacific County Facebook page, from POMPC board members, or at the night of the dinner. Home delivery of dinners may also be arranged. For information or to volunteer, contact coordinator Kat Erskine at 360-665-6305. The mission of Peace of Mind Pacific County is to help all residents of Pacific County understand and advocate for brain and behavioral health, through education, events, and community partnerships.

Caregiver Support Group

OCEAN PARK — Caring for someone with memory loss? Do you need information and support? Alzheimer’s Association family caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with memory loss. Meetings will be held the third Monday of the month, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Ocean Park Timberland Library, 1308 256th Place. The next meeting is March 18. For information call Dawn Morgan at 360-261-4612.

Lone Fire Cemetery meeting

SEAVIEW — The annual meeting of Lone Fir Cemetery Association, Inc. will be March 18 at the Peninsula Church Center, 5000 N Place in Seaview, starting at 1:30 p.m. Election of Trustees and Officers will be held. Plans for 2019-20 will be discussed and the past year’s business will be reviewed. The meeting is open to all people interested in the cemetery. For more information call 360-643-2891. Lone Fir Cemetery is a non-profit corporation holding a 501(c)13 federal tax designation.

PUD meetings

PACIFIC COUNTY — Pacific Utility District No. 2 holds meetings twice a month. The first Tuesday of each month the meeting starts at 1 p.m. at the Raymond office, located at 405 Duryea Street; the third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m., commissioners meet at the PUD in Long Beach, located at 9610 Sandridge Road. If you have questions call your commissioner: Mike Swanson at 360-484-3602; Dick Anderson at 360-942-5877 or Debbie Oakes at 360-777-3873. The public is always welcome to attend these meetings.

Next State Parks free day

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering free park days, in which day-use visitors won’t need a Discover Pass to visit state parks by vehicle. The next date is March 19, which is State Parks’ 106th birthday. For more information about the Discover Pass, visit: www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

Joint Pacific County Housing Authority

SOUTH BEND — The next meeting of the Joint Pacific County Housing Authority will held at 10 a.m., March 21 Long Beach City Hall, located at 333 W. Ocean Boulevard. This is the group that administers affordable housing in Pacific County. Anyone from the public is welcome to attend. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Dana Wise at 360-423-0140, ext. 20.

Coastal Celtic Music Festival

PENINSULA — The first ever Coastal Celtic Festival is set for March 22, March 23 and March 24, with performers scheduled throughout all three days at venues that include Crown Alley Irish Pub at 21712 Pacific Way in Ocean Park; Chautauqua Lodge at 304 14th Street NW in Long Beach; Peninsula Arts Center at 504 Pacific Avenue in Long Beach and at the Shelburne Hotel at 4415 Pacific Way in Seaview. There will more than 10 bands performing and bands will rotate between venues. A shuttle will be provided between the venues. There will be vendors, food, and beer/wine/spirits available. Music starts at 5 p.m. on Friday and will end at 9 p.m. on Sunday. You can buy a weekend pass. Tickets and a complete schedule are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3920768. If you have questions call 360-777-3716.

Oysters & Art

ILWACO — Peninsula Rotary is hosting their annual “Oysters, Arts, and Adventures” on March 23 at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco. Doors open and the silent auction starts at 5:30 p.m., the live auction starts at 7 p.m. The theme is, “A Night in New Orleans” and includes prizes, wine grab, nibbles and libations, with great music and more. This event raises money for various youth programs. Last year’s event helped support the 4th grade Environmental Education Program, Camp Victory, Toys for Peninsula Kids, life jackets for kids for Pacific County Sheriff’s Office, Food 4 Kids Backpack Food Program, Pack 2 School Backpack School Supplies Program, movies in the park in Ilwaco, STEM scholarships, etc. Tickets are $50 (includes entry, a welcome bag, game and door prize entries, champagne, a no-host wine and micro-brew bar and so much more) and are available at beachrotoary.org/oaa/tickets or by mail at P.O. Box 606, Seaview, WA 98644. Mardi Gras attire optional.

Lewis & Clark Trail Run

FORT CLATSOP — Lewis and Clark National Historical Park hosts its first trail run of the year on Saturday, March 23, to bid adieu to winter at Fort Clatsop and greet the arrival of spring. The Lewis & Clark Trail Series includes exhilarating events along beautiful trails through forest landscapes, complete with a welcoming and friendly race atmosphere. These events are open to walkers and runners of all ages and provide the opportunity to experience the northwest coast the way people have for thousands of years – on footpaths. Come for either an approximately 5k or a 10k course that features the Kwis Kwis Trail. The 10k run will include some long steep sections. The start/finish line will be at the Fort to Sea Trail trailhead off of Fort Clatsop Road. Allow time to park at one of the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center parking lots, register at the visitor center, and then enjoy a 1/2-mile warm-up hike on the Fort to Sea Trail to the start line prior to the 10 a.m. start. Please, no pets on the course during the event (pets leashed to people are welcome on the park trails at other times). Register that morning from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., at the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center. The cost to participate is the purchase of a $30 Annual Park Pass that grants entry into all of the 2019 Lewis & Clark Trail Series Events and admission to the park for a year. Registration is free with any pass that covers entry into all of our nation’s National Parks. Participants younger than 18 also need their parent or guardian to sign the registration form. A prize drawing will be held afterwards. For more information, call the park at 503-861-2471 or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/lewi.

Science Conference

The Pacific County Marine Resources Committee (PCMRC) will host its annual Science Conference on April 27 in Long Beach at the Cranberry Museum. The event will start at 9 a.m. and end around 4:30 p.m., with a delicious local seafood dinner. This event is 100 percent free and all meals will be available. If you’re interested please contact Courtney Hagain at chagain@willapabay.org to register!” If you have questions, please call 360-875-6735.

Spring break

PENINSULA — Ocean Beach School District and the Naselle Grays River Valley School District’s students will be on spring break April 1 thorough April 5.

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