Wednesday, March 8Caregivers' supportSEAVIEW - Caregivers Support Group meets March 8 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Peninsula Church Center, 5000 "N" Place in Seaview. For more information call Bill Grimberg at 642-9426.

Elks meetingLONG BEACH - There will be an election of officers at the Long Beach Elks at 7 p.m. on March 8. Come vote for new officers, and be part of selecting people who will help the lodge grow and thrive.

Kiwanis meetingLONG BEACH - The Ilwaco/Long Beach Kiwanis Club meets every Wednesday at noon, at El Compadre in Long Beach. The public is always welcome. The Circle K program is available starting at the junior high level. Call Ed Norris at 642-3181 for more information. For more information about the meetings, call Skip at 642-8945.

After school craftsOCEAN PARK - Ocean Park Timberland Library presents After School Crafts from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., March 8 for school-age children. Join Ms. Carney each month for seasonal poems, stories and crafts for kids. All materials provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ilwaco and Ocean Park Timberland Libraries.

Life's relationshipsLONG BEACH - The free relationship seminar series continues on Wednesday, March 8 at the Peninsula Church of the Nazarene, 13th St. N, and Pacific Hwy., in Long Beach. This week's topic is "Learning the Language of Love: The Art of Fighting." The seminar is broadcast via live direct satellite by Dr. John Townsend and is offered from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. each Wednesday. No reservations are needed, there is no charge for the event, and it is open to the public.

CW line dancingILWACO - Enjoy country western line dancing at the American Legion building on Lake Street in Ilwaco every Wednesday. A new beginners' class runs from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; continuing beginners' class is from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and the inter-mediate/advanced class is from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $2 per person per class. If you have questions call 642-8707.

Pacific County gardensSOUTH BEND - WSU master gardeners in Pacific County are inviting the public to attend their next educational program beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 in the Courthouse Annex. Rachel Gana, a WSU master gardener from Pacific County, will discuss "Plant Picks for 2006." This program will focus on the 84 plants chosen for this year, which include both perennials and ornamental trees and shrubs. The workshop is free of charge and refreshments will be served.

ThursdayCROA meetingILWACO - The Columbia River Organization for Artists (CROA) meets at the Ilwaco Community Center at the PACE activity room on Thursday, March 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Everyone is invited to come discuss issues, plan fundraisers, and to participate in upcoming art shows. For more information, call Barbara at 244-2919.

Beach MUGILWACO - The Beach Macintosh Users Group (MUG) now meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Ilwaco High School library. The next meeting is March 9. Meetings are open to all levels of users. For more information, call John at 665-5357.

Parents InclusiveLONG BEACH - Parents Inclusive meets from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, March 9 at Long Beach Elementary School. On the agenda is discussion of a grant for playground equipment and the spring carnival. Call Karen Brownlee for additional information at 642-4780.

Chess clubILWACO - The Peninsula Chess Club meets on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. through the Peninsula Learns program at Long Beach Elementary; and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 127 SE Lake Street in Ilwaco. If you have questions, call Steve at 642-8956, or just show up and join the fun.

FridayAARP Driving classKLIPSAN BEACH - There will be a driver-safety class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 10, and Saturday, March 11, at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center. The mature-driver driving-improvement class is an eight-hour class to sharpen driving skills and is a classroom-only refresher course. At the end of the two-day class, you earn a certificate to present to your insurance company for a discount. Call Gloria Farley at 665-6419 to register. All applicants must pre-register and class size is limited. The cost is $10 for the two-day class.

Kite Museum OpenLONG BEACH - The Kite Museum is open in its new home at 303 Sid Snyder Drive West. The Museum is open Friday through Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come check out this beautiful facility and have some fun!

SaturdayCrab feedPUGET ISLAND - The Wahkiakum Chamber crab feed is March 11 at Norse Hall on Puget Island. There are three seatings: at 3:45 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. No children's tickets will be sold as there will be alcohol available at all three seatings. Tickets are $25 at the Cathlamet Pharmacy, the Cathlamet branch of The Bank of the Pacific and at Bank of America. Call (360) 795-9996 for more information.

Tribal CouncilCHINOOK - The Chinook Tribal Council will meet on Saturday, March 11, at 11 a.m. at the Ilwaco Heritage Museum in Ilwaco. There will be a potluck luncheon as usual. Tribal members are encouraged to attend. For more information call 777-8303.

Disaster SurvivalASTORIA - On March 11, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Columbia River Maritime Museum, Clatsop College is bringing together a number of experts to help individuals and families prepare for and survive a natural disaster. The cost of the workshop is $20, which includes lunch. Pre-registration is recommended. For more information or to register, contact Alice Wood at (503) 338-2409 or awood@clatsopcc.edu.

Boater Education classAstoria - A two-session Public Boat Safety Class leading to a Boater Education card will be conducted March 11 and March 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clatsop Community College Seaside Branch on Highway 101. The cost for the two-session class is $25, which includes a book and CD. The class will cover fundamentals of safe boating, including boating types, navigation rules, legal requirements and boating emergencies. Oregon law mandates that Oregon boaters under the age of 50 have a card to operate or supervise a youth operating a boat greater than 10 horsepower. Youth ages 12- to 15-years-old need a card to operate any boat up to 10 hp. The state of Washington will issue a card to those who pass the course even though implementation of their law does not begin until 2008. The two-session class will be taught by experienced boaters or qualified instructors from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 64 and the Lower Columbia Power Squadron. Participants completing the class will be qualified to apply for the Oregon and Washington Boater Education Card. For more information about the class contact Ron Collman (503) 861-1368.

SundaySpring revivalOCEAN PARK - Evangelist Alvie Perkins from Sofer, Okla., will lead a revival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, March 12 and beginning at 6:45 p.m., March 13 through March 15 at New Hope Fellowship. All are invited. There will be a free meal served Monday through Wednesday at 6 p.m. George Robertson will provide the music. For more information, contact Pastor Paul Paquin at 665-2513.

Buddhist SanghaKLIPSAN - Each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Buddhist Sangha meets in the community room at Golden Sands Senior Community, 21608 "O" Lane. The meetings consist of Dharma study, discussion and meditation, and all are welcome. Questions? Call 665-6124.

MondayBook FairLONG BEACH - Long Beach Elementary is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, March 13 through Friday, March 17, with extended hours on Wednesday, March 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fair raises funds for purchasing books for the school library. Featured will be specially-priced books and educational products, including newly released works award-winning titles, children's classics, interactive software and current bestsellers from more than 150 publishers. Parents, children, teachers and the community are invited to participate.

North Beach meetingOCEAN PARK - The North Beach Public Development Authority (NBPDA) meets at 6 p.m., Monday, March 13 at the Ocean Park fire station, 26110 Ridge Ave., Ocean Park. Meetings will include discussion on the NBPDA water project. For additional information, call 665-5371.

Flushing noticeILWACO - The city of Ilwaco will be flushing hydrants from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday, March 13 through Thursday, March 16. Reminder: Flushing hydrants can cause low pressure and temporarily cloudy water. It these conditions persist, contact the Ilwaco City Shop at 642-3357.

NOAA rep to speakLONG BEACH - At 7 p.m., March 13, at the PUD building on Sandridge, the Discovery Coast Audubon Society, Pacific County, will host a representative from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In the Northwest NOAA staff study seabirds off the coasts of Oregon and Washington and document what they eat, where they go and how many there are. We will also learn of their research cruises. For additional information, call Patricia Cruse at 642-1310.

Ilwaco councilILWACO - The Ilwaco city council will meet at 6 p.m. on Jan. 12 at council chambers, 301 Spruce Street. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 642-3145.

TuesdayKindergarten sign-upPENINSULA - Kindergarten pre-registration is being held for all Peninsula children who will be 5-years-old on or before Aug. 31. You may pre-register your child at Ocean Park Elementary School or at Long Beach Elementary anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. during the month of March. Cranberry Road is the dividing line; children living north of Cranberry will attend Ocean Park School, and those south of Cranberry will attend Long Beach Elementary. Please bring your child's birth certificate and immunization record (copies or originals). Your child does not need to be at pre-registration. If you have any questions, please call: 665-4815 for Ocean Park, and 642-3242 for Long Beach.

American LegionILWACO - The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary will hold their regular meetings at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, March 14 at the American Legion Post at 177 Lake Street in Ilwaco. For more information about the meetings or membership, call 665-5580.

Poetry readingSEAVIEW - The Shelburne Inn and Edge poetry magazine sponsor an open poetry reading at the Shelburne beginning at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 14. Bring works to share, or just come to listen. Everyone is welcome.

LB planningLONG BEACH - The Long Beach Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. on March 14 at city hall. The meeting is open to the public. Call 642-4421 for agenda.

Saddle ClubLONG BEACH - The Peninsula Saddle Club meets at 7 p.m. March 14 at their clubhouse, 6407 Sandridge Rd. If you want more information or are interested in joining, call Dianne evenings at 642-2680. The club meets the second Tuesday of each month.

Children's advocatesSEAVIEW - A non-profit organization is forming to seek grant money to bring dynamic motivational speakers to our school-age youth. The first meeting is at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 14 at the Peninsula Church Center, 5000 "N" Place in Seaview. Call 665-5001 for additional information.

Family historyLONG BEACH - The Brick Wall Genealogy Club is holding a meeting on March 14 at 1 p.m. at the Family History Library located at 13th and North Washington Street in Long Beach. The meetings provide good learning and sharing opportunities for anyone researching their family history. There are no dues and everyone is invited to attend. For further information call Ruth Adams at 665-3841 or Sharon Ballman at 642-7515.

Wednesday, March 15Helping Hands BazaarOCEAN PARK - March 15 is the deadline to reserve a table for the Spring Bazaar hosted by the Helping Hands Society. The bazaar will be held April 7 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and April 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Edith Olsen Hall located directly behind the Ocean Park Community Church at 26709 Vernon Avenue. Please call Eunice Hamlin at 665-5950 for further information and to reserve a table.

Preschool storiesOCEAN PARK - Ocean Park Timberland Library presents Preschool Story Time from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., March 15 for children ages 3- to 6-years-old. Help your child get ready for reading by attending story hours, checking out books and reading aloud at home.

Future EventsWeed board meetingSOUTH BEND - The Pacific County Weed Board will hold its annual Weed Hearing and quarterly public meeting on March 16 at 7 p.m. in the Commissioners' meeting room at the Pacific County Courthouse Annex, 1216 W. Robert Bush Drive, South Bend. For information, call (360) 875-9425.

Teaching the youngILWACO - Authors Kate Bannister and Katy Preston will present their newest curriculum, "Happily Every After" a storybook-based curriculum, to early childhood teachers, daycare providers and parents at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 16 at the Ilwaco High School library. Come experience some exciting activities based on favorite children's books. Contact Jona Korzinski at 642-1319 for additional information.

Finn-Jam concertNASELLE - As a fun way to celebrate the "fakelore" day of St. Urho, the day when St. Urho drove the grasshoppers out of the vineyards of Finland, the Finnish-American Festival is hosting a celebration and dance on Thursday, March 16 at the Naselle School Commons from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The band, Folk Voice Duo (Birgit and Philip Ages) and the Vern and Jeannie Lindquist Band from Seattle will be playing. Dance instruction begins at 6:30 p.m., dancing begins at 7:15 p.m.

N.A.R.F.E.LONG BEACH - The next meeting of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees is at 11:30 a.m. on March 16 at Chen's Restaurant in Long Beach. Visitors are welcome.

Swing danceILWACO - The Ilwaco High School Music Boosters will be hosting their annual Swing Dance on Friday, March 17 at the Long Beach Elks. The Ilwaco High School Jazz Band will provide music. Lessons provided by Eli Patten and friends, start at 6 p.m. Dancing starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is a $5 donation per person. All proceeds will go to the Ilwaco High School Band Programs.

St. Patrick's luncheonSEAVIEW - The annual St. Patrick's Day luncheon and treasure room will be held on Friday, March 17 at the Peninsula Church Center, 5000 "N" Place in Seaview. Lunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The treasure room will be open from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The lunch will include: creamed chicken on biscuits, assorted salads and assorted pies such as lemon meringue, luscious chocolate, blueberry, apple, banana cream or marionberry. The Presbyterian Women's Association sponsors this day's events. All are welcome. Lunch is $6. For additional information, call 642-3115.

Good news musicSEAVIEW - The second annual Good News Music concert is March 17 starting at 4 p.m. at the Peninsula Church Center, 5000 "N" Place, in Seaview. Remember St. Patrick's Day with something better than green beer. Free admission. Donations of canned food and money to benefit area food banks are appreciated. Call 642-3115 for information.

Progressive CaucusOCEAN PARK - Outraged by mainstream politics? Want to make a change starting on the personal level? Join other women who are willing to take small steps to change the world. A group is forming to turn outrage fatigue into positive actions, brainstorm new solutions to issues that affect us locally as well as nationally, and to help each other and our community. The first meeting is March 16. Call Gwen Brake at 665-2784 or Mary Bowers at 665-3070 to discuss your interests.

Quilt showILWACO - The Peninsula Quilt Guild quilt show is March 17 and March 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and March 19 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Ilwaco Heritage Museum. The theme for this year's show is "Ocian Still in View" with a raffle drawing for the prize quilt at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Proceeds from raffle ticket sales will be donated to local charities. In addition as part of the event you can enjoy the Tea Room, a place where you can relax and enjoy a cup of tea and a scone while deciding on your favorite quilts.

Pool league partyILWACO - The Sunday night pool league party begins at 5 p.m., March 18 at the American Legion Hall in Ilwaco. There will be free food and free drinks for league members. Guests are $10 each. The evening has a western theme, so put on your best cowboy/cowgirl outfit (don't forget the spurs) and come to this party.

AAUW meetingSEAVIEW - The American Association of University Women holds its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 18 at the Peninsula Church Center, 5000 "N" Place in Seaview.

Longview art showLONGVIEW - Local artists are invited to participate in the annual juried show of the Columbian artists. Entries must be received by March 20. The show will be at the LCC Art Gallery from March 21 to April 2. It is open to artists 18-years-old and older. For more information call (360) 425-6719 or (503) 556-1671.

Critter TalkKLIPSAN - Enhance your knowledge of local natural history on Monday, March 20, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Senior Activity Center, 2103 "O" Lane at a program hosted by the Friends of Willapa NWR. Friends member Suzy Whittey, will lead this educational and entertaining evening of natural history trivia. The program is geared for all ages, and everyone is welcome for an informal evening of group interaction. Dessert, coffee, and tea will be provided. R.S.V.P. to Bev Arnoldy at 665-0115 or beva@pacifier.com by March 19.

Canoe dedicationLONG BEACH - When Lewis and Clark were here 200 years ago; they acquired a canoe from the Chinook Indians. Dick Brumley of the Discovery Expedition from St. Charles, Mo has built a replica of that canoe, which the Discovery Expedition will bring with them when they return on March 21. The city of Long Beach, in partnership with the Pacific County Friends of Lewis and Clark, is hosting a canoe dedication beginning at noon on March 21 on the boardwalk at the Bolstad beach approach. Ray Gardner, vice-chairman of the Chinook Tribe will be representing the Chinooks by performing the 'Smudging, Blessing and Naming Ceremony.'

Wahkiakum waterNASELLE - Wahkiakum PUD will hold a public meeting at the Naselle Junior High School commons beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 to discuss the Western Wahkiakum water expansion project. Anyone interested in this project is invited and encouraged to attend. Call (360) 795-3266 for more information.

Oklahoma!ILWACO - The Peninsula Players will be performing "Oklahoma" at the Bell Tower Inn March 24 through March 31 and April 1 and April 2. The play is directed by Bob Lindberg, with Bud Runyan as musical director. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and performances begin at 7 p.m. with matinee performances beginning at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $10 for all performances and are available at the Imperial Schooner in Ilwaco, Stormin' Norman's in Long Beach, Farmer's Insurance in Ocean Park or at the door. For more information about the Peninsula Players, call Mike at 244-1437.

Rise & Shine breakfastLONG BEACH - Rise and shine on Saturday, March 25 for a wonderful breakfast at the Elk Lodge to benefit the local American Red Cross chapter in Ilwaco. From 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. breakfast will be served by a group of volunteers dedicated to helping our community. You have your choice of pancakes with scrambled eggs and ham or biscuits and sausage gravy with scrambled eggs. The cost is just $5 per person, $3 for children 3- to 12-years-old, and those under 3-years-old eat free. Tickets are available at the door.

Yoga anyone?OYSTERVILLE - Curious about yoga but not sure you want to make a long-term commitment? Come to this free introduction to yoga to be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 25 at the Oysterville School. You don't have to be physically fit; you just need a desire to try something different. There is no registration required, just show up. Instructor Anne Fletcher will lead you through gentle stretching moves, in a non-stressful and fun environment. For more information, call 665-5780.

Writing workshopLONG BEACH - Barbara Haines Howett's, "Sell your Novel Workshop" will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, March 26 at A Rendezvous Place Bed and Breakfast, located at 1610 California Ave., in Long Beach. The cost is $30. Attendees will gain hands-on experience writing queries and synopsis; learn how to put a query package together; and in researching agents and publishers. Reservations are required. Call 665-6862.

Kite Poster CompetitionLONG BEACH - This year marks the 25th year for the Washington State International Kite Festival. An open call for has been issued for this year's poster. Entries are to be delivered to Campiche Studios, located at the corner of Pacific Way and Bolstad Avenue in Long Beach. They must be delivered between March 10 and April 1, during regular business hours (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), with the full name of the artist, including address and phone number, must be attached to the back of the artwork. Judging will be completed on April 10. Additional information on required sizes, payment, royalty paid, etc., is available by calling 642-2400.

Spring breakPENINSULA - Spring break for the Ocean Beach School District and the Naselle-Grays River School District is April 3 through April 7. The Astoria and Seaside School districts will have spring break March 27 through March 31. Clatsop Community College's spring break is March 24 through April 2.

Bluegrass festivalLONG BEACH - The 2nd Annual Bluegrass Festival is March 31 and April 1st and 2nd at the Chautauqua Lodge in Long Beach. Tickets are $15 for Friday and $20 for Saturday. The following bands will be performing: Christ Stuart and Backcountry, Zach Driscoll and Three Quarter Time, Prairie Flyer, Fern hill, Black River Bluegrass, Silver City Bluegrass, The Round Mountain Bluegrass, Lee Highway and the Wright Family. For additional information call Ruth Ann at 665-4141.

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