Wednesday, July 12Writers' critique

LONG BEACH - The first organizational meeting of a local writers' critique group meets at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 12 at Long Beach Coffee Roasters at 811 Pacific Avenue North. Come help determine future days, time, place, format and guidelines for serious critique. For more information, call 642-4932.

Farmer Mac

OCEAN PARK and NASELLE - Ocean Park and Naselle Timberland Libraries present "Get Back, Farmer Mac" from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in Ocean Park and from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in Naselle on July 12 for children of all ages. Welcome to one wonderfully wacky farm! Cows climb trees, goats somersault, and chickens lay scrambled eggs. National award-winning singer, songwriter, and poet Eric Ode leads the fun. American Sign Language and other hand motions and movement, puppets and props, and a favorite children's book or two make this program a tail-wagging good time.

Outreach @ Beach

OCEAN PARK - "Outreach at the Beach 2006" begins Wednesday, July 12 and runs through Sunday, July 23 at Sheldon Park across from Ocean Park Elementary School. Services begin each night at 6:30 p.m. The speaker for July 12 is Pastor DeWayne from Peninsula Assembly of God. Everyone is invited to attend. Call 665-6340 for more information.

Shoalwater Birders

OCEAN PARK - The Shoalwater Birders welcome everyone to their quarterly get together which begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 12 in the Ocean Park Library meeting room. Carole Warneke, a local Audubon Society member and avid traveler, will show her pictures of animals and birds in Namibia and South America. Additionally Ron Craig from South Bend will be on hand to talk about the Cermack Trail that is being planned from the South Bend boat ramp into the marshlands of Willapa Bay.

Caregivers' support

SEAVIEW - Caregivers Support Group meets July 12 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.

Football practice

ILWACO - All Ilwaco High School football players need to practice on Wednesday, July 12 and Thursday, July 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Pederson Field. Players need to wear shoulder pads and helmet. Players will meet at 9 a.m. July 16 at the high school to leave for football camp. If you have questions, call Ned at 642-7759.

ThursdayArt walk

ILWACO - July 13 kicks off the art walk season in Ilwaco Harbour Village. All of the shops at the Port of Ilwaco invite you to come out and enjoy a summer evening's stroll on the waterfront. There will be art displays, contests, entertainment and lots more.

Emergency council

SEAVIEW - The quarterly meeting of the Pacific County Emergency Management Council will begin at 9 a.m., Thursday, July 13 at the Pacific Transit Center in Seaview. Meeting agendas are available by calling 360-875-9340 or 642-9340. The meetings are open to the public.

Bagpipe and Drums

OCEAN PARK - Bob Worrall of Burlington, Ontario and John Scullion of Carluke, Scotland, will headline the sixth annual concert of bagpipe and Scottish drumming musicians on Thursday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m., Ocean Park Retreat Center (Methodist camp) west side of Vernon Avenue, one mile north of Ocean Park traffic light. The concert is part of the weeklong Highland Musical Arts Summer School of Piping and Drumming, which draws students from throughout North America. The community is invited to attend the concert. Admission is $10 for adults, with seniors 65 and older and youth under age 18 admitted for $8. Tickets are available only at the door.

Transit Board Mtg

SEAVIEW - Pacific Transit System will hold their regular quarterly Board Meeting on Thursday July 13, at 10:30 a.m. at the Seaview Maintenance Facility's meeting room at 2750 Pacific Way.

Beach MUG

ILWACO - The Beach Macintosh Users Group (MUG) will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 13 at the Ilwaco High School library. The meetings are open to all levels of users. Call John at 665-5357 for more information.

Outreach @ the Beach

OCEAN PARK - "Outreach at the Beach 2006" continues at Sheldon Park across from Ocean Park Elementary School. See page B2 of this week's edition for nightly speakers. Everyone is welcome. Each night's event starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 665-6340 for more information.

CRO Art mtg

ILWACO - The Columbia River Organization for Artists (CROA) meets at the Ilwaco Community Center in the PACE activity room on Thursday, July 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The guest speaker for the meeting is Eric Wiegardt, author of "Watercolor Free & Easy." The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Barbara at 642-5532.

Genealogical event

ASTORIA - Clatsop County Genealogical Society will host "Out of the Mainstream: A Program of Little Known Genealogy Resources," starting at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, July 13 at the Clatsop County Heritage Museum. The speaker will be Barbara Clark, a certified genealogist from the Portland area. Clark has professional genealogist certification from Brigham Young University and having been an Air Force wife, she has lived throughout the United States and Europe, where she gleaned many "out of the mainstream" genealogy helps. Clark teaches genealogy at Portland Community College. The public is invited and there is no charge.

SPCHC mtg

LONG BEACH - On Thursday, July 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the World Kite Museum, 303 Sid Snyder Drive SW in Long Beach, the public is invited to a meeting of the South Pacific County Humane Society. If you need additional information call 642-1180.

FridayClothing give-away

SEAVIEW - From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15, the Peninsula Church Center is hosting a children and youth clothing give-away in the social hall located at 5000 "N" Street in Seaview. For additional information, call 642-3115.

Interpretive programs

CAPE D - Join interpretive staff at the Waikiki Beach amphitheater at Cape Disappointment State Park every evening in July and August for programs with topics ranging from natural to cultural history of the Columbia-Pacific Region. Call 642-3029 for titles and times.

SaturdayRailroad Days

ILWACO - The Ilwaco Heritage Museum at 115 Lake Street, in conjunction with the Peninsula Model Railroad Club is hosting Railroad Days on Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16. There will be large club layouts and individual displays, plus tours, prizes, railroad art, hobby sales, booths and much more. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5.

Summerfest fun

LONG BEACH - On July 15 there will be free wagon rides around town, plus Cwerks Interactive Theatre will present shows at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the gazebo.

Alpha Theta mtg

NASELLE - ESA Alpha Theta will hold their potluck-brainstorming meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 15 at the home of Club President Loretta Smalley. The purpose is to plan for the coming year.

Cemetery cleanup

LONG BEACH - Starting July 15, the trustees of Lone Fir Cemetery will remove all artificial and spent flowers along with other loose items from around the grave- sites. Please pick up any of these items you wish to keep for future use. The removal of these items will help facilitate the mowing and maintenance of the cemetery during the summer months.

IHM exhibit

ILWACO - The Ilwaco Heritage Museum is hosting a new temporary exhibit entitled, "Uusi Suomalainen Maa - New Finn Land." Also, if you have items you would like to share about local Finnish families and their contributions to the area, please call Barbara at 642-3446.

Children's choir

NASELLE - The Children's Choir for FinnFest USA '06 meets at 10:30 a.m. each Saturday from now until the festival in the music room of the Naselle School. All children are invited.

Bald Eagle Festival

CATHLAMET - Wahkiakum Chamber's 24th Annual Bald Eagle Festival will be held Friday, July 14 through Sunday, July 16 in Cathlamet. On Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. come to the Elochoman Marina and dance to live music by the New Miller 40's Band. The parade and street festival start at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Columbia and Main streets. You'll find food vendors, bands and entertainment, a kids activity area, children's art show, fire safety demo, youth swim and barbecue, arts and crafts and lots more. Then from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Elochoman Slough Marina there will be a concert by the Bro's Blues Band and the fireworks show starts at 10 p.m. The fun continues on Sunday with the boat and marina festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Elochoman Slough Marina. For more information, call 360-795-9996 or e-mail wchamber@cni.net.

SundayVespers services

OYSTERVILLE - On July 16, Pastor Barbara Bate of Grays River United Methodist Church will lead the Vespers Service beginning at 3 p.m. in the historic Oysterville Church. Lyrica, the ladies choral ensemble of Puget Sound, will perform and Bonnie Masson is the organist. This is a wonderful, casual, uplifting event, worth making time for in your schedule.

More Summerfest

LONG BEACH - On July 16 there will be free wagon rides around town, Summerfest storytelling at 1 p.m. in the gazebo plus face painting and children's crafts beginning at 2 p.m. Come downtown for some fun.

MondayVacation Bible School

OCEAN PARK - Vacation Bible School is coming to Ocean Park Community Church at 26709 Vernon Avenue from 9 a.m. to noon, July 17 through July 21. All children in preschool through sixth grade are welcome. Information: Pat at 665-6632.

Friends of Chinook

CHINOOK - The Friends of Chinook School meet at 7 p.m. July 17 at the Chinook fire hall. The meetings are open to anyone with an interest in the school.

Guessing jars

ILWACO - Ilwaco Timberland Library presents Guessing Jars for all ages. See what's in the guessing jar each week. Have the closest guess and win the prize.

D.O.G. meeting

OCEAN PARK - On Monday, July 17, the public is invited to a meeting of "Bark for the D.O.G." a fundraising doggie Olympics event. Volunteers are needed to help develop this new, fun event. If you have questions, call 642-1180.

Speak out!

NASELLE - Speak Out, a discussion group meets at the Naselle Timberland Library at 11 a.m. on July 11. All are welcome. This month's topic is immigration. For more information, call Karen Spackman at 360-484-3427.

TuesdaySolid waste

ILWACO - The Solid Waste Advisory Committee meets at 10 a.m., July 18 at the Peninsula Sanitation building, 116 Howerton Way in Ilwaco. These meetings are open to the public. Call 642-9356 with questions.

Women of Faith

OCEAN PARK - The Surfside Women of Faith group is growing with a second group now in place. If you need spiritual renewal, caring support and would like to make new friends, come join this group. Call Coral Hughes at 665-3206 for times, dates and locations.

Wednesday, July 19Diabetes Support

ILWACO - From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19, the Ocean Beach Hospital is sponsoring the Diabetes Support Group Annual Picnic at the Black Lake picnic area in Ilwaco. This event is free to the public. Bring a side dish - Ocean Beach Hospital is supplying the main course. For more information call 642-6308.

Jerusalem market

OCEAN PARK - Starting Wednesday, July 19 and continuing for the next five consecutive Wednesday evenings, come join the Ocean Park Lutheran Church when they go back in time to visit the Jerusalem Marketplace, where Jesus walked to the cross. Learn more while having fun walking through shops, seeing crafts, animals, and, of course, enjoying dinner. Everyone is welcome - kids, teens and adults and there is no admission. Call Kathleen Davis at 665-6762 for more information.

Future EventsOutreach @ the Beach

OCEAN PARK - "Outreach at the Beach 2006" continues at Sheldon Park across from Ocean Park Elementary School. Thursday, July 20 is a special "Kids Night" with music and ministry geared to kids; Friday, July 21 the youth rock group "Mantle" will perform; and on Saturday, July 22 there will be more music with "Crystal River Band" performing country-western gospel music. On Sunday morning, July 23 at 11 a.m. the speaker is Pastor Bill Bates from Destiny Christian Center in Centralia, and the speaker for the concluding evening session, which again starts at 6:30 p.m. is Pastor Don from Peninsula Church of the Nazarene. Call 665-6340 for more information.

SmileMobile

PENINSULA - The SmileMobile, a fully equipped mobile dental clinic is scheduled to be in Long Beach from Aug. 7 through Aug. 11 at Long Beach Head Start, 2611 Pacific Avenue North. The SmileMobile provides dental care to children ages 15 or younger with limited family income. They accept medical coupons and offer a sliding scale fee based on family income. Schedule appointments now or find out if your child qualifies for this program by calling Cindy Yasunaka, migrant education program a 642-4746.

N.A.R.F.E.

LONG BEACH - The National Association of Retired Federal Employees meets at 11:30 a.m. on July 20 at Chen's Restaurant in Long Beach. Visitors are welcome. If you have questions, call Bob at 642-4978.

Sing the Jingle

PENINSULA - As part of the upcoming SandSations Festival scheduled for July 21 and 22, the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile will be on hand auditioning young singers for their well-known jingles. Loosen up your vocal chords and get ready to belt out those famous lyrics to a Oscar Meyer jingle. Eager songsters are asked to sing their own version of the Oscar Mayer Wiener Jingle, the Bologna Song, or the Oscar Mayer Spanish Jingle to land a spot in the limelight. So get to practicing now - you could be a star!

SandSations

LONG BEACH - The 22nd Annual SandSations Festival is July 21 and July 22. On Friday, July 21 you can complete registrations from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and sand-sculpting lessons will be offered from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday, July 22 the sand sculpting contest begins. Check-in and plot assignments are from 11 a.m. to noon, construction begins at 12:15 p.m. and ends at 5:15 p.m. There are a variety of skill classifications and prizes will be awarded for the winners. Also there will be a sand flea pet parade at 12:30 p.m. All pets at this two-day event must be on a leash and must be kept out of the sculpting pens.

Free concert

CAPE D - From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 22 the Waikiki Beach concert series presents "The Floating Glass Balls," a bluegrass band from the Astoria area. Call 642-3029 for more information.

"Kailie's Song"

LONG BEACH - Long Beach Peninsula author Karen Olson will be at Independent Books from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 22 to promote her book, "Kailie's Song." She will read from her book, be available to discuss the book and will personally sign copies. "Kailie's Song" is an epic fantasy in the tradition of Tolkein, and Olson's style make this a great read for both adults and teens. For more information, call Gayle at 642-8438.

Pioneer Loggers

DEEP RIVER - On July 22 at 2 p.m. as part of the 37th Pioneer Loggers celebration, a potluck picnic will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Deep River. Lynn Laitala will conduct a memorial service for Otto Oja then as well. For information, call 484-7103 or 360-465-2211.

Beatles, Bible ...

RAYMOND - On Sunday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m. the public is invited to come to an event that will take you down a long and winding road through "The Beatles, The Bible and Beyond." This event includes live music, a film, a testimony and a forum featuring Ken Mansfield, former U.S. manager for the Beatles at Capitol and Apple Records. Admission is free. For more information, call 360-942-7304.

'Butterflies' Author

SKAMOKAWA - Butterfly expert and author Robert Michael Pyle and his wife, botanist and artist Thea Pyle are speaking on butterflies and their habitats at Redmen Hall located at 1394 State Route 4 in Skamokawa at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 26. The Pyles will present a slide show giving up-close and personal views of the butterflies that grace Southwest Washington, and will offer tips on attracting them into home gardens. Refreshments will also be served. There is no charge for this event sponsored by WSU Wahkiakum County Master Gardeners and the Friends of Skamokawa.

Peninsula Woman

KLIPSAN - On Friday, July 28 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Peninsula Senior Center, located at 21603 Pacific Highway, the public is invited to meet and honor the women of Trece Greene's third book, "Portrait of Peninsula Woman." There will be brief introductions of each of the women and then plenty of time to meet, greet, and talk with the women and for them to sign your copies of the book. These profiles were originally published in the Chinook Observer from 2001-05. Proceeds of this day's sales will go to Camp Victory. Coffee, tea, punch and cookies will be served. For more information, call 665-3999.

NPRA Rodeo

LONG BEACH - The Peninsula Saddle Club presents their 61st Annual Long Beach Rodeo at 6407 Sandridge Road on Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30.

Each day from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. a cowboy breakfast will be served. Then the Northwest Professional Rodeo starts each day at 1 p.m. and features top cowboys and cowgirls competing in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, breakaway roping, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing. Family night starts directly after the bull riding on Saturday and includes fun events for the kids including the popular greased pig race. Also a beef and pork barbecue will be available all day.

Entrance tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $5 for kids 6- to 12-years-old, and kids 5-years-old and younger get in free.

For more information call 642-2264 or 642-8903, or Carol and Newton at 503-458-6507.

Hunter education

LONG BEACH - The Long Beach Police Department is conducting a hunter safety education class daily from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 7 through Aug. 12 at the Long Beach Fire Hall located at 7th North and Washington. There is no charge for the class. You must pre-register at 642-2911. Class size is limited.

Mental Health Support

PENINSULA - NAMI Pacific County support groups continue through the summer on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 6 p.m., at the Peninsula Church Center, 5000 "N" Place in Seaview. To reach NAMI Pacific County members between meetings, contact Barbara 665-4421, bgofish@willapabay.org; Craig and Lorraine Brown, 642-3892, ccdclb@hotmail.com; Carol Wright, 665-6463, baywriter@hotmail.com; Lin Holland, 665-6348, lincat@centurytel.net.

Rescue ride

ELMA - On Aug. 26, you are invited to participate in the Second Annual Ride for Rescue to benefit the Second Chance Ranch of Elma. The event starts at the Evergreen Sportsmen Club in Capitol Forest, at 2736 Marksman Road, SW in Olympia. Second Chance Ranch is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of horses and dogs. For a $15 tax-deductible donation you get a wonderful trail ride in the beautiful Capitol Forest, a raffle ticket and lunch. The first 25 riders will receive a goody bag with some great treasures just for coming. Ride out time is 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Raffle prizes will be drawn while the riders are out. For more details contact Meranda Scott at 360-239-9915. Check out their Web site at www.secondchanceranch.org to learn more about them.

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