Wednesday, Sept. 20Healthy gourmet

ILWACO - Registered Dietitian Deanna Duret is offering a "Healthy Gourmet to Go" class directed to individuals with diabetes. Are you fixing box lunches and dinners in a hurry? Everyday meals can be tasty and healthy and deserve to be special. Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Ocean Beach Hospital. The class is free to the public and is sponsored by Ocean Beach Hospital. No registration is required. For additional information please call 642-6308.

Line dancing

ILWACO - Line dance classes are in full swing at the American Legion building in Ilwaco. The beginners' class is from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; intermediate from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and advanced from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The price per class is $3. Call 642-8707 for more information.

Volunteers needed

PENINSULA - Volunteers are needed to serve as a voice for older adults. If you have a few hours to spare, a genuine care and concern for older adults, and dependable transportation, the long-term care ombudsman program has a volunteer opportunity for you. Volunteers receive free training. To learn more about this exciting and life-enriching opportunity, call Glory Haga at 800-828-4883, ext. 120.

Bell choir

SEAVIEW - Ocean Beach Presbyterian Church (OBPC) bell choir is holding weekly rehearsals on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. The choir has open positions and is looking for new members. Music reading ability is required. This practice will be a "ring-a-long" - if you're are interested and want to give bell ringing a try this is for you! OBPC bell choir is a fun group, open to anyone - players include people from all areas of the community. Call 642-3115 if you have questions or be there at 5:30 p.m. and give English handbell ringing a try!

Preschool stories

OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park Timberland Library presents Preschool Story Time, from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Sept. 20 for children ages 3- to 6-years-old. Help your child build vocabulary by attending story time. Then check some books out and read at home.

Church quilters

OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park Lutheran Church quilters meet every Wednesday at 240th and "U" Street from 9 a.m. to noon to make quilts. The quilts are made and given to people in need. All women are invited to join in - no special talent is required. For information, call 665-6344.

ThursdayMeditation

OCEAN PARK - On Thursdays, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the Buddhist Community, Sangha by the Sea, sponsors a meditation only session for those who wish to just meditate. All are welcome. For location and other information call Michael at 665-6124.

Razor clam season

OLYMPIA - Shellfish managers will solicit ideas about the fall razor clam season during a series of public meetings. The local public meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Super 8 Motel, 500 Ocean Beach Blvd. People who are unable to attend the public meetings can submit written comments to WDFW through Sept. 25. Comments should be mailed to Dan Ayres, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091 or sent via e-mail (fishpgm@dfw.wa.gov) to the attention of Dan Ayres.

Homeschoolers info

OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park Timberland Library presents Homeschool Open House from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sept. 21 for families. The library wants to be the best possible resource for homeschoolers' informational and recreational library needs. Stop by the library for a tour, instruction on the library's catalog and databases and other information.

Women of the Word

SURFSIDE - The two Christian women's groups meeting in Surfside have grown to 26 women, so the meeting day has been changed to Thursdays. At 9:30 a.m., "Women of the Word" meets at Bonnie Masson's on "J" Place. Call 665-6504 for directions. "Friends of Faith" meet at Mindy Burns' on "I" Street. Call her at 665-0880 for directions. This summer the groups are focusing on learning about living above worry and stress. The groups emphasize spiritual renewal, caring support, and new friends. For information, call Coral at 665-3206.

School open house

LONG BEACH - On Thursday, Sept. 21 beginning at 5 p.m., Long Beach Elementary School will hold an open house. The evening will start in the gym with Superintendent Rainer Houser as guest speaker. After the brief meeting, parents and guardians can move to their child's classroom and meet the teacher.

Parents' Inclusive

LONG BEACH - Parents' Inclusive, a group of parents interested in supporting Long Beach Elementary School with fundraising, volunteering and enrichment opportunities will meet after the school open house, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21. For information, call Karen Brownlee at 642-4780.

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 Sept. 21 at Chen's Restaurant in Long Beach. Visitors are welcome. If you have questions, call Bob at 642-4978.

FridayLiteracy fundraiser

LONG BEACH - On Sept. 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., well-known author Susan Wiggs and Independent Books are hosting a benefit in support of Long Beach Peninsula child literacy, including food, fun, and an early Christmas shopping opportunity at the Eagle's Nest Resort. There will be a wine (cash bar) plus "heavy" hors d'oeuvres catered by the Shoalwater Restaurant, plus a silent auction of artwork and gift items from fine Peninsula stores and vendors. Writers and aspiring writers are invited to attend a free mini-workshop from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. that same evening. Proceeds will go to support pre-school education. The cost is $25 per person (in advance, please). You can R.S.V.P. by calling or e-mailing Independent Books at 642-8438 or info@independent-books.com.

AARP Driving class

KLIPSAN BEACH - There will be a driver-safety class from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, and Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center. The mature-driver driving-improvement class, which will be taught by Walter Meek, is an eight-hour class. Call 665-3999 to register. All applicants must pre-register and class size is limited. The cost is $10 for the two-day class.

ESL class

CHINOOK - Anchor Baptist Mission (SBC) is offering free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes starting Sept. 15. Call 665-3130 for more information. Engles Lengua Segundarla (Gratis). Mission Ancla Bautista, ESL empieza Sept. 15. Llame 665-3130 para mas information.

Parkinson support

OCEAN PARK - The Parkinson's disease support group meets from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 22 at the First Lutheran Church, 24002 "U" Street in Ocean Park. For information, call Patti at 665-3284 or Jerry at 642-2273.

SaturdayKayak/Canoe race

ILWACO - The third annual Baker Bay Kayak and Canoe Race will take place on Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Port of Ilwaco. The race is a 10K flat-water course starting at noon with registration at 11 a.m. The entry fee is $35, which must be prepaid before Sept. 16. After that date, the registration fee is $40. The registration fee includes a T-shirt, bib, and a salmon/tuna barbecue, plus a raffle ticket for prizes. You can register online at www.bakerbayrace.com or at www.active.com or call 642-2291.

Corn feed

BROWNSMEAD - The Brownmead Corn Feed is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 23. The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 12-years-old and under. A complete ham dinner is provided with mashed potatoes, applesauce, bread and butter, milk, ice cream bars and all the wonderful corn you can eat. Opportunities for earning a free dinner include shucking 2,000 ears of corn, working the serving line or other such jobs. For information, call 360-458-6492.

Woodcarvers

LONGVIEW - The Lower Columbia Woodcarvers are hosting their 22nd Annual Show and Sale at the Cowlitz County Exposition Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24. See woodcarvers from the Peninsula and others at work. The event is open to the public. Admission and parking are free. Come see carved whimsical caricatures, hand carved Christmas ornaments, realistic wildlife artistry and lots more. For information, call 360-274-3175 or 360-577-1102.

SundayChowder run

LONG BEACH - The 29th Annual Beach to Chowder 5K/10K walk/run is on Sunday, Sept. 24. The race starts at 10 a.m. with registration either Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Super 8 or on the day of race from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The entry fee is $22 and includes a T-shirt. Register at www.funbeach.com or call Chris at 642-8843 for more information.

Buddhist meeting

OCEAN PARK - The Buddhist Community, Sangha by the Sea, holds meditation and Dharma discussion services on Sundays beginning at 10 a.m. at Golden Sands Retirement Community at Klipsan Beach. All are welcome. For information call Michael at 665-6124.

Catholic info meeting

SEAVIEW - The Rite for Christian initiation for adults (Catholic inquiry) begins in September. All who are interested in learning about the Catholic faith are welcome. Call the Parish office at 642-2002 for more information.

Veterans meeting

LONG BEACH - Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3721 in Long Beach holds their monthly membership and business meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Peninsula Senior Center in Klipsan. For information, call 642-1228.

MondayLaunch closed

CAPE D - The boat launch at Cape Disappointment State Park will be closed for repairs beginning Monday, Sept. 25. For information, call 642-3078.

Community Table

OCEAN PARK - From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays only, the Ocean Park Lutheran Church will serve a free take-out meal. The church is located on "U" Street between Bay Avenue and 227th in Ocean Park. Call 665-6344 for more information.

VFW auxiliary

LONG BEACH - The VFW Auxiliary meets at 11 a.m. Sept. 25 at the train depot across from Dennis Company in Long Beach. Call 665-4560 for additional information.

TuesdayNatl Heritage Area

SKAMOKAWA - The Friends of Skamokawa in the Skamokawa National Historic District are hosting a presentation about the proposed Lower Columbia River National Heritage Area (NHA), at Redmen Hall, Tuesday Sept. 26 beginning 7 p.m. Cyndi Mudge, executive director of Destination: the Pacific will describe the process regions must follow to receive federal Congressional designation to be a National Heritage Area. Wahkiakum County has been proposed to be included in an NHA, along with Clatsop and Pacific counties. The program does not involve private property acquisition or any federal land authority. All interested in learning more are encouraged to attend. For further information contact Carol Carver at 795-8612.

Do Nothing Club

OCEAN PARK -Wives and lady friends, don't kill him ... send him to the Do Nothing Club. And you guys, summer is about over and it's time to not only give the wife a break, but yourselves too - come and join with other men in our community and do nothing (snicker) with a lot of other guys at the Do Nothing Club in Ocean Park. You can play cribbage, shoot pool or sit around and just grouse if you want. We are great grousers. Meet and make some new friends. For more information, call Jack McBride at 665-2721 or Jim Wirth at 665-2420.

Writers' Critique

LONG BEACH - Coastal Writers' Critique meets Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. at the Long Beach Coffee Roasters in the First Place Mall, 811 Pacific Avenue South. For more information call 642-4932.

Wednesday, Sept. 27School open house

ILWACO - Teachers and administrators at Ilwaco Middle and High School invite the parents and students of the community to join them for an open house on Wednesday, Sept. 27 beginning at 6 p.m. Superintendent Rainer Houser will make some opening remarks regarding the reconfiguration options of the middle and high school. Parents will also have the opportunity to meet the staff and rotate through their child's classes. Please mark your calendars to attend.

Friends of Willapa NWR

KLIPSAN - The Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Board of Directors are having their monthly board meeting Wednesday, Sept. 27, starting at 4 p.m. at the Senior Activity Center, 21603 "O" Lane in Klipsan Beach. All Friends members and the public are welcome to attend. Contact Bev Arnoldy at 665-0115 or beva@pacifier.com if you are planning on attending.

Story Time

OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park Timberland Library presents Preschool Story Time, from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Sept. 27 for children ages 3- to 6-years-old. Help your child build vocabulary by attending story time. Then check some books out and read at home.

Art around town

PENINSULA - Members of the Peninsula Arts Association are showing their work around town. At the Ark Restaurant you'll find by Marie Dimond; the Ilwaco Library has paintings by Edith Turner and LaVeda Dedericks; Maxine Brown has watercolors at the Chinook Observer; featured artists at Ocean Beach Hospital include Vivian Easter and Sharon Bernesek and Wes Moehnke's watercolors are at Tips and Toes. The public is encouraged to stop by and check out these great displays.

Book Breakfast

SEAVIEW - On Wednesday, Sept. 27 beginning at 8:30 a.m., enjoy a great no-host breakfast, while discussing and debating books and writing with 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.

Comp Planning

LONG BEACH - The second in the series of meetings the city of Long Beach is holding regarding a review of their comprehensive planning process will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 in the Super 8 meeting room. These meetings are open to the public. Call Robert Strope for more information at 642-4421.

Future EventsTall ship returns

ILWACO - Set sail with the Privateer Lynx, a beautiful tall ship returning to Ilwaco's port for one weekend of adventure. The ship will arrive at around 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29. Free public dockside tours are available from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. that day. On Saturday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to noon dockside tours are available for the price of $5 for adults and children free. Then at 1 p.m. there will be an adventure sail. The price is $50 for adults and children 5- to 12-years-old $25. Reservations are required. To reserve your Ilwaco adventure sail, call toll free: 866-446-5969.

Walking group

LONG BEACH - We are looking for a few good women to round out our "First Thursday" walking/hiking group. You must be eager to enjoy long walks/short hikes on the Peninsula and north Oregon coast. To find out more, meet at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 29 at the Long Beach Coffee Roasters, in the First Place Mall. Our goal is to provide safe, outdoor exercise for women. For information, call 642-3222.

Writing workshop

OCEAN PARK - Author and writing coach Barbara Haines Howett's "Writing Together Workshop" begins Sept. 30 for eight weeks. The workshop will be held Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Along with the teacher, students will generate new work or take work in progress in new directions. For details call 665-6862.

Health Fair

ILWACO - Ocean Beach Hospital and Medical Clinics invite the public to a health fair from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 30. There will be a physician "meet and greet," blood pressure checks, cholesterol screen, diabetes screening, basic dental screening and more. Participants will include: Grays Harbor Community College, Fire District No. 1, LifeFlight, Lincare, MRI Mobile Unit, Ocean Beach Physical Therapy, Osteoporosis Mobile Unit, PACE Nutrition, American Red Cross, Pacific Coast Medical Supply, Golden Sands Senior Community, Coastal Eye Care and more.

Fiddler performs

FORT COLUMBIA - From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, world-renowned Irish fiddler Kevin Burke, of Portland, will be presenting his incomparable Irish fiddling in the theater at Fort Columbia State Park, just east of Chinook. Guitarist Cal Scott, also of Portland, will accompany him. Admission is $15. To order advance tickets, contact Northwest Heritage Resources at jilinzee@comcast.net or 206-306-1181.

Fiddle/Guitar workshop

FORT COLUMBIA - From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., on Sept. 30, Kevin Burke and Cal Scott of Portland will host a master class in Irish fiddling and guitar-accompaniment techniques at the theater at Fort Columbia. This class is intended for musicians at all levels of accompaniment interested in improving their technique in the Irish folk-musical style. The instructional fee is $25. For information or to pre-register, call 206-306-1181.

Orchid Show

SEASIDE, ORE. - The Sunset Empire Orchid Society's 10th Annual Orchid Show and Sale will be at Broadway Middle School at 1120 Broadway in Seaside on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $2, seniors $1. There will be a raffle each day. Refreshments will be available. For more information call 503-791-4611.

Fundraising workshop

ILWACO - On Sept. 30 at the Grays Harbor College Education Center in Ilwaco, Pacific County Economic Development Council is hosting a training for nonprofit organizations on fundraising and board roles and responsibilities. From 9 a.m. to noon the session will be entitled advanced fundraising and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. the session will be on board roles and responsibilities. Karen Bertroch will be the presenter for this workshop, which costs only $15 per person and includes lunch. Space is limited. Please R.S.V.P. by Sept. 22 to Karen at 642-9330 or email edcpcog@pacificedc.org.

Baby Shower

OCEAN PARK - The Helping Hands Society of the Ocean Park Community Church is having a baby shower for the Pregnancy Resource Center, Door of Hope from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4 in fellowship hall. Diane Fell, executive director will give a short talk and will be glad to answer any questions. Cake, coffee and punch will be served.

Brick Wall Club

LONG BEACH - The Brick Wall Club will resume meetings on Tuesday, Oct. 4 beginning at 1 p.m. at the Family History Room, 13th and North Washington in Long Beach. These meetings are open to anyone interested in genealogy research. For information call Ruth at 665-3841 or Sharon at 642-7515.

Foundation fundraiser

OCEAN PARK - The Ocean Beach Education Foundation's 14th Annual Dinner Auction will take place on Oct. 7 at the Long Beach Elks Lodge. The theme for this year's event is, "Our Kids are Out of this World." The silent auction begins at 4:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and the live auction at 7:30 p.m. Among the items up for bid is an eight-night trip to Wintergreen, Va., three-nights at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco; one-week at Cabo San Lucas or Mazatlan, Mexico, plus many more wonderful, quality items. Come support our schools. For information, call 642-0878.

Cider Fest

OCEAN PARK-The annual Cider Fest on Sunday, Oct. 8, beginning at 2 p.m., (turn East on 197th & Loomis Lake) will feature live music with recording artist, Steve Archer. There will be fun activities and volunteers from Peninsula Baptist Church will be pressing fresh apples for apple cider. Bring your family to this extraordinary event and receive a free 1/2-gallon of fresh apple cider. This free community event is sponsored by Peninsula Baptist Church. For information, call 665-5060.

Disability Board

SOUTH BEND - The Pacific County Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters Disability Board has changed its regularly scheduled meeting to Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. for the month of October. The meeting will be held in the EOC Room in the Public Safety Building on 300 Memorial Drive, South Bend.

Camp Victory

ILWACO - The newly renovated Inn at Harbour Village, located at 120 Williams Avenue, N.E. in Ilwaco, is hosting an evening of fun and fundraising for its first annual dinner, silent and live auction supporting Camp Victory to be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21. Tickets are $45 per person. If you would like to attend and or donate items for the live and silent auction contact Russell Maize or Trudi Forti at 642-0087.

Camp Victory sign-up

OCEAN PARK - Now is the time for girls from Pacific and Grays Harbor counties to sign up for Camp Victory. Applications are being accepted for the four-day recreational camp held in October. The camp is for girls who have been sexually abused and is free of charge thanks to outstanding support provided by our community. Girls are matched one-on-one with carefully screened, trained adult women. Camp takes place in a secluded, safe environment on the Peninsula. For information on the camp or how to attend, call the Camp Victory at 665-2888 and leave a message with name and phone number or call Joan at 665-6033.

Daylight saving ends

PENINSULA - Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29 and we return to standard time. This means you should turn your clocks back one hour. As a safety reminder, fire departments encourage people to change the battery in their smoke detector(s) when you change your clocks.

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