Wednesday, April 26Book Breakfast

SEAVIEW - On Wednesday, April 26 beginning at 8:30 a.m., enjoy a great no-host breakfast, while discussing and debating books and writing, or find out the must-reads and the must-not-reads from your neighbors, while you get the early scoop on book and writing events. The format is an open forum around the breakfast table at 42nd Street Cafe. For information contact Independent Books at 642-8438.

Poem/poster contest

PENINSULA - April 26 is the deadline for the Green Angel Gardening poem/poster contest in honor of Earth Day celebrations. Posters should be 8.5x11 inch and can be in color or black and white. Poems can be one page in length. Submissions should be developed on the theme of what a person can do daily to make the earth a better place. Poems/posters must be turned in to the school office. Call 642-4018 for more information.

Renewable energy

LONG BEACH - At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26 there will be a free seminar on renewable energy at the Super 8 Motel in Long Beach. Call (866) 826-2905 to reserve your space.

Willapa NWR

LONG BEACH - The Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Board of Directors are having their monthly board meeting Wednesday, April 26 starting at 4 p.m. at the P.U.D. conference room at 9610 Sandridge Road, Long Beach. All Friends members and the public are welcome to attend. Contact Shawn Stern at 665-5819 or if you are planning to attend.

Story Time

RAYMOND - Raymond Timberland Library presents Preschool Story Time from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., April 26 for children ages 3- to 6-years-old. Join a program of colorful books, rhymes, music and activities.

Jam session

OCEAN PARK - Starting at 8 p.m. each Wednesday evening, musicians and singers are invited to come participate in a jam session at Bernie's Place in Ocean Park. If you don't want to participate come down and listen to the performers. It's sure to be fun!

ThursdayVeterans meeting

LONG BEACH - Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3721 in Long Beach holds their monthly membership and business meeting at 7 p.m. April 27 at the Peninsula Senior Center in Klipsan. For information, call 642-1228.

Republican meeting

SEAVIEW -The Pacific County South County Republicans meet Thursday, April 27, at 6 p.m. at 3715 "L" Place in Seaview. Bring a friend, pizza will be served. For more information, call 642-2444.

CRO Art mtg

ILWACO - The Columbia River Organization for Artists (CROA) meets at the Ilwaco Community Center in the PACE activity room on Thursday, April 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Anyone with an interest in art is invited to attend. For more information, call Barbara at 642-5532.

FridayEat out for parenting

LONG BEACH - Support Long Beach Elementary School's parent group, Parents Inclusive, by eating out at Kelly's Deli and Chowder House, located at 411 Pacific Avenue South in Long Beach. Each Friday during the month of April, the Kelly family will donate a percentage of each meal purchased to benefit Parents Inclusive. Support schools and get a great meal as well.

Finn-Am Jam

NASELLE -The Saari Family Finn-Am Jam is Friday, April 28 at the Naselle School Commons beginning at 7 p.m. Master Kantele player Wilho Saari will perform as will the Naselle Kantele Trio who include May Saari Adair and Karen Saari Nelson. In addition, the "Kantele Kids" will perform at the concert. Kaisa Kankkunen Saari will tell the children the story of the kantele. Again, members of the audience will have a chance to perform as well in the open mic spot.

Parkinson support

OCEAN PARK - The Parkinson's disease support group meets from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 28 at the First Lutheran Church, 24002 "U" Street in Ocean Park. For information, call Patti at 665-3284 or Jerry at 642-2273.


PENINSULA - A razor clam dig is scheduled on the Long Beach Peninsula from the Columbia River north jetty to Leadbetter Point April 28 through April 30, pending marine toxin tests, with digging allowed morning hours before noon. The best time to start is an hour or two before low tide. Low tides adjusted for Pacific beaches those days are as follows: Friday, April 28, 8:48 a.m. (-1.2) Saturday, April 29, 9:31 a.m. (-1.2); and Sunday, April 30, 10:17 a.m. (-1.10). 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. A 2006-07 license is required. Licenses are available at numerous local businesses.

Class garage sale

LONG BEACH - The Class of 2007 is having a garage sale and will accept donations at 625 State Route 101 in Chinook through Friday evening, April 28. No junk please.

SaturdayCar wash fundraiser

LONG BEACH - On April 29 beginning at 9 a.m., there will be a car wash to raise funds to go to critical Cystic Fibrosis research. Conner Jones, son of Brad and Sarah Jones, was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when he was 1 year old. They encourage everyone to come get your car washed and support this worthy cause.

Swing for the cure

LONG BEACH - On Saturday, April 29 the Peninsula Golf Course will host a Cystic Fibrosis Swing for the Cure event. Call Peninsula Golf at 642-2828 to sign up for a tee time to participate in this event and half of your green fee will be donated to Cystic Fibrosis research. You can also sign up with Brad at Oman and Son in Long Beach. All donations are tax deductible.

"Cosmic" Bowling

ILWACO - The Bank of the Pacific is sponsoring a 9-Pin "Cosmic" bowling tournament as a Relay for Life fundraiser at Hilltop Bowl on April 29. Participants must sign up before Saturday. Sign-up forms are available at any branch of The Bank of the Pacific. Bowling will begin at either 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. The $15 donation includes three games and shoe rental. The event is open to anyone 16-years-old and older. No average is needed. Knocking down nine pins counts as strike. There will be bowling and raffle prizes. Checks should be made payable to Relay for Life, and can be mailed or delivered to: Bank of the Pacific, P.O. Box 550, Ilwaco, WA 98624 ATTN: Deanna. Call 642-2336 for more information.

Republican women

RAYMOND - The Pacific County Republican Women meet at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 29 for coffee and dessert honoring Commissioner Pat Hamilton. Carpools are forming. Call Nan for more information at 642-2444.

C/W dance

ILWACO - On Saturday, April 29 from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. there is a country western dance for all ages at the Elks ballroom in Astoria. Admission is $4. The dance is non-smoking with a no-host bar. There will be a mix of line and partner dances. The organizers are hoping to repeat the success of the last two dances, which had about 60 people attending. If you have questions call 642-8707.

Democrats to meet

OCEAN PARK - The public is invited to an informational meeting for North Peninsula residents, sponsored by the Pacific County Democrats beginning at 1 p.m., April 29 at the Ocean Park Timberland Library. The purpose of the meeting is to talk about the Democratic Party's values and how they will be translated into action in the coming election. Residents of Naselle and the South Peninsula should be on the lookout for Democrats who will be knocking on doors that evening.

Pigout & poker run

LONG BEACH - The 15th Annual Benefit Poker Run and Pigout is Saturday, April 29. Motorcyclists can sign up at Nick's West in Long Beach between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.; however, pre-registration by phone is recommended. Call Jamye at 665-6513 or Lenny at 484-7226. The run will cover about 135 miles along the Columbia River. After the run, there is a year bar and barbecue at Nick's. The cost is $10 per person. Proceeds from this year's event will benefit Camp Victory and Pacific County Search and Rescue.

Pancake breakfast

OCEAN PARK - From 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, a pancake breakfast will be served at Ocean Park United Methodist Church, 1202 262nd Place. Breakfast is just $4 for adults and $2.50 for children under 10 years old, and includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon and a beverage.

Black Lake derby

ILWACO - The Annual Children's Fishing Derby is from 7 a.m. to noon April 29 at Black Lake in Ilwaco. The event is open to youth up to 14 years old. There is no cost to participate and no license is required.

SundayProperty taxes

PENINSULA - April 30 is the deadline for receipt of your 2006 property taxes by the Pacific County Treasurer's Office in South Bend. Call (360) 875-9421 or 642-9421 if you need assistance.

Jazz club

SEAVIEW - On Sunday, April 30, the Sunday Jazz Supper Club at The Depot Restaurant located at 1208 38th Place in Seaview hosts recording artist Jon Belcher of SoundScapes, who will jam with Portland jazz guitarist John Stohl. Music starts at 5:30 p.m. and continues to 9 p.m. Call 642-7880 for reservations. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Water Music Festival.

MondayPort of Peninsula

NAHCOTTA - The Port of Peninsula meets in their office meeting room at 6 p.m. the first and second Mondays of each month. May's meetings are May 1 and May 8. These meetings are open to the public. Call 665-4547 for additional information.

Model RR mtg

OCEAN PARK - The Peninsula Model Railroad Club meets May 1 at 7 p.m. at the Ocean Park Library. This meeting features a video showing how to operate a steam locomotive. While rarely seen today, the numerous levers and gages demonstrate the real art involved and considerable experience needed to run these complex and powerful machines. Coffee and refreshments will be served. As always, anyone interested in model (regardless of scale) or real-life railroading is invited to attend. Call Dick at 665-6911 or Dean at 665-5589 for more information.

Reactor Ministry

ILWACO - Reactor Youth Ministry is held every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at New Life Church in Ilwaco. This ministry is geared for students in the seventh to 12th grades only, and the evening includes food, music and fun! For more information call 642-3400.

VFW auxiliary

LONG BEACH - The VFW Auxiliary meets at 11 a.m. April 24 at the train depot across from Dennis Company in Long Beach. Call 665-4560 for additional information.

TuesdayIlwaco planning

ILWACO - The Ilwaco Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. May 2 at council chambers, 301 Spruce Street in Ilwaco. The meeting is open to the public. Call 642-3145 for more information.

Do Nothing Club

OCEAN PARK - The men's "Do Nothing Club" or "Wife's Relief" invites local men to join them in doing nothing (well practically). The group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at 24002 "U" Street. Come play pool, cribbage, chess, checkers, or just sit around and talk. Meet and make some new friends. For more information, call Jack McBride at 665-2721 or Jim Wirth at 665-2420.

NPIA meeting

OCEAN PARK - The North Peninsula Improvement Association meets at 6 p.m., May 2 at the Ocean Park fire station, 26110 Ridge Avenue, Ocean Park. The public is encouraged to attend. For information call Tom at 665-5858.

The Kite Runner

OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park Timberland Library presents PageTurners book discussion from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., May 2 for adults. Read this month's selection, "The Kite Runner," by Khaled Hosseini, and share your impressions in a lively discussion. For more information call 665-4184.

Wednesday, May 3Adult dance

ILWACO - Pam Mountain will be offering a variety of adult dance classes, including tap, ballet and interpretive dancing at River City School of Arts and Crafts in Ilwaco. Call 642-8618 for class days and times.

Future EventsHikes & more

CAPE D - The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center (LCIC) at Cape Disappointment State Park is featuring a new temporary exhibit on local shipwrecks titled: "Graveyard of the Pacific," which includes a fascinating collection of shipwreck artifacts, photos, and more. Additionally LCIC is offering guided hikes in conjunction with Native Plant Appreciation Week. They are as follows: on May 4 at 9 a.m. at Leadbetter Point State Park; May 5 at 9 a.m. at Fort Columbia State Park; May 6 at 9 a.m. at Cape Disappointment State Park Call 642-3029 for more information on any of these events.

Disabled Veterans

OCEAN PARK - A department service officer will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5 at the Ocean Park library to assist disabled veterans with a variety of issues. If you would like to join Chapter 44 of the Disabled American Veterans, come by the library. For more information, call Commander Brad Bauman at 665-4542 or Senior Vice Commander Jack Chopard at 665-4894.

Sports swap sale

SOUTH BEND - The South Bend Kiwanis Club is hosting the Willapa Harbor Sports Swap Sale from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 6 from noon to 4 p.m. The Club charges a 20 percent tax-deductible fee for selling items, which include exercise equipment, fishing gear, bikes, golf clubs, boats, kayaks, baseball/softball equipment, camping gear and much more. To donate equipment call Steve at (360) 875-0553.

Rummage sale

OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park United Methodist Church at 1202 262nd Place in Ocean Park is holding a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 6. Great finds at great prices. Lunch will be available.

Star of Sea auction

ASTORIA - Star of the Sea School holds their annual premier dinner auction on Saturday, May 6. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for perusing the silent auction items. The prime rib and salmon buffet begins at 6:30 p.m. At 7:15 p.m. the live auction takes off. Seating is limited. Call Star of the Sea School at (503) 325-3771 for additional details and ticket information.

Marine Corps League

ASTORIA - Marines, former marines and corpsmen who served with the marines are invited to attend a luncheon meeting at the Baked Alaska Restaurant in Astoria at noon on May 6. For more information, contact Dan Crockett at (503) 325-8855 or John Hoechlin at 665-5555.

Loyalty Days activities

ILWACO - On Saturday, May 6 Loyalty Days weekend begins. There will be the Willapa Seafood Festival at the Nahcotta Mooring Basin from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the Ilwaco Boat Basin the 52-foot Coast Guard lifeboat will be on display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Then at noon the Kids' Parade will be held in downtown Ilwaco, followed by the Blessing of the Fleet at 1 p.m. at the Ilwaco Boat Basin. Additionally the traditional Chinook Fair and salmon dinner will be at the Ilwaco Heritage Museum from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. In Long Beach, there will be an oyster feed at the Elks Lodge from noon to 6 p.m., then the Elks Lodge will host the Honors Banquet at 7 p.m. Call 642-4441 for more information on the banquet.

Author to talk

NASELLE - Naselle Timberland Library presents PageTurners Talk to the Author from 10 a.m. to noon, May 6 for adults. Join the library's monthly PageTurners book discussion for a conference call with Yiyun Li, the author of "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers: Stories." Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing, China. She came to the United States in 1996 and started to publish in English in 2002. Her stories have won multiple awards.

Music & comedy

SKAMOKAWA - The Friends of Skamokawa present their 18th Annual Music and Comedy Review, "Viva Wahkiakum" at 8 p.m. May 5 and May 6 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 7. The program will be held at the Wahkiakum High School in Cathlamet. This fun performance brings the players into contact with the audience through a series of musical numbers. Admission is $8.50 per person. Tickets are available at the door or by calling (360) 795-3007. Proceeds will be used for the continued maintenance of Redmen Hall.

Loyalty Day

LONG BEACH - Starting the day, Sunday, May 7 is the traditional cowboy breakfast served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Peninsula Saddle Grounds, followed by the Loyalty Days program starting at noon in downtown Long Beach. The program includes the "Star Spangled Banner" performed by the Jelly Bean Choir, guest speaker Ben Garber (Theodore Roosevelt impersonator); reviewing officer Lt. Jamie Fredricks of the U.S. Coast Guard; the Coast Guard flyover; and then the parade starts at 1 p.m.

Intimate Reflections

RAYMOND - Raymond Timberland Library is hosting a reception for local writer Anne Louise Grimm from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., May 7 for adults. Grimm will discuss her new book, "Intimate Reflections: Two years at the Panama Canal," with the reception immediately following.

Relay fundraiser

NASELLE - The Naselle Relay for Life team is holding a fundraiser from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 8 at the Naselle School Commons. The event will include The Pampered Chef, Tupperware products, along with Papa Murphy's discount pizza cards. A portion of the sales will be donated to the Relay for Life event. For more information call Tara at 484-3945, Chris at 465-2854, Dorina at 465-2661, or Kristi at 484-3284.

North Beach mtg

OCEAN PARK - The North Beach Public Development Authority meets at 6 p.m., Monday, May 8 at the Ocean Park fire station, 26110 Ridge Ave., Ocean Park. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 665-5371.

Saddle Club

LONG BEACH - The Peninsula Saddle Club meets at 7 p.m., May 9, at their clubhouse on Sandridge Rd. If you are interested in learning more about the club, please call Dianne at 642-2680 evenings.

3 Leg Torso

RAYMOND - Beginning at 2 p.m. May 14, Sunday Afternoon Live hosts 3 Leg Torso at the Raymond Theatre. This group will perform a variety of music, from folk to jazz, with a bit of humor thrown in to make a fun event. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Call (360) 875-5831 or for additional information.

Golf scramble

LONG BEACH - The Raymond Federal Bank Relay for Life team is holding a fundraiser night glow golf scramble on Saturday, May 13 at the Peninsula Golf Course. There will be no handicaps. Check-in is at 7:30 p.m. Then at 8:30 p.m. the scramble begins. Cost is $35 per person, with four people per team. The fee includes the nine holes of golf, two glow golf balls, and the barbecue dinner. Call Camille at 642-4464 or Sondra at 642-2828 for more information.

Vendors wanted

LONG BEACH - The first Annual Peninsula Women's Fair will be held Saturday, Sept. 23 in Long Beach. Vendors and sponsors are needed. For more information please contact LeAnne Eager at 777-8459 or e-mail: womensfair@

AARP Driving class

KLIPSAN BEACH - There will be a driver-safety class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13, at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center. Call Gloria Farley at 665-6419 to register.The cost is $10 for the two-day class.

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