Wednesday, Sept. 21Older workers' week

RAYMOND - In honor of national "Hire an Older Worker" week, the public is invited to the Raymond PACE Nutrition Center from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., on Sept. 21 for a reception to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Senior Community Employment Program (SCSEP). Co-hosted by the Olympic Area Agency on Aging and PACE, this reception will include coffee, punch, healthy snacks and cake and will provide an opportunity to recognize older workers as vital employees. For more information about local SCSEP programs, call Belinda Price at (800) 801-0050.

Writer's circle

OCEAN PARK - The Willapa Writers Circle invites all writers to its annual fall potluck beginning at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21 at Ocean Park Timberland Library. Bring food to share and something short to read. For more information call Birdie at 665-6576.

Beach MUG

ILWACO - The Beach Macintosh Users Group (MUG) will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the Ilwaco High School library. The meetings are open to all levels of users.

HST thrift store

LONG BEACH - His Supper Table Thrift Store, a 501C3 agency, is open at their new location, 4601 Pacific Hwy., Seaview, Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations are welcomed. Proceeds from the store go to support the food program.

Food Bank hours

CHINOOK - Due to staff changes, the Chinook Food Bank will only be open on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The staff apologizes for any inconvenience. If you have questions call 777-8303.

Preschool stories

OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park Timberland Library presents Preschool Story Time from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Sept. 21 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.

Food drive

CHINOOK - From now through Halloween, drop off your non-perishable food items at All Season's Kidstuff in Chinook. All Season's Kidstuff is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 777-TOYS (8697) for details.

Friends of NWR

LONG BEACH - The Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Board of Directors are having their monthly board meeting Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. at the P.U.D. conference room at 9610 Sandridge Road. All Friends members and the public are welcome to attend. Contact Bev Arnoldy at 665-0115 or beva@pacifier.com if you are planning to attend.

AWANA program

OCEAN PARK - The AWANA program starts Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the Ocean Park Community Church at 268th and Vernon Ave., with the Truth and Training portion for third through sixth grades; and for junior/senior high school students there are the JV and 24/7 programs. These Wednesday programs runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Call 665-4548 for more information.

ThursdayHIV Parent meeting

ILWACO - HIV/KNOW parent meeting will be at Ilwaco High School Library for parents of students in grades fifth through 12 on Sept. 22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Parents must attend in order to excuse their student from the curriculum. Contact Dot Gramson, RN for information at 642-1249.

NPIA meeting

OCEAN PARK - The North Peninsula Improvement Association will meet at 7 p.m., Sept. 22 at the Ocean Park fire hall. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For information call Tom at 665-5858.

CRO-art meeting

ILWACO - The Columbia River Organization for Artists (CROA) will meet at the Ilwaco Community Center at the PACE activity room on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Meetings will be held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Everyone is invited. For more information, call Barbara at 642-5532.

Veterans meeting

LONG BEACH - Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3721 in Long Beach will hold their next monthly membership and business meeting at 7 p.m., Sept. 22 at the Peninsula Senior Center in Klipsan. Local veterans are encouraged to attend this meeting.

FridayAARP Driving class

KLIPSAN - There will be a driver-safety class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, and Saturday, Sept. 24, 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. There is no test and no driving on the highway, but the class is designed to help older drivers compensate for changes in physical conditions that accompany aging. The class will help you assess your individual problems to improve your driving skills. At the end of the two-day class, you earn a certificate to present to your insurance company for a discount. Call Gloria Farley after 6 p.m. at 665-6419 to register. All applicants must pre-register and class size is limited. The cost is $10 for the two-day class.

Parkinson support

OCEAN PARK - The next monthly meeting of the Parkinson's disease support group is from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 23 at the First Lutheran Church, 24002 "U" Street, Ocean Park. The meeting is free. For information, call Bill Barger at (360) 783-2809. Meetings are the 4th Friday of the month.

NA recovery mtg

SEAVIEW - Narcotics Anonymous group meetings are held each Friday at 8 p.m. at 4603 Pacific Way in Seaview. The group is open to anyone willing to work on their recovery. Call 665-0823 for additional information.

SaturdayBrownsmead cornfeed

BROWNSMEAD - It's that time of year again - time for the Brownsmead Cornfeed, which will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Brownsmead Grange. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. The meal includes ham, mashed potatoes, applesauce, bread, an ice cream bar, coffee, fruit drink and all the corn you can eat. Also, volunteers are needed to help with such activities as shucking 2,000 ears of corn, slicing hams, and setting the hall up for dinner, and for working two hour shifts filling pans or serving. Volunteers earn a free dinner and have fun in the process.

Wood carvers

KELSO - Many local artists are participating in the 21st Annual Lower Columbia Wood Carvers Show and Sale now held at the Cowlitz County Expo Center, located at 7th and Washington streets in Kelso. The show and sale is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 25. Admission is free. Come see whimsical caricatures, works of art, hand-carved Christmas ornaments, realistic wildlife artistry and lots more. Plus there will be free carving demonstrations. This is a quality event, worth the drive to Kelso.

Katrina response

PENINSULA - On Saturday, Sept. 24, many businesses on the Peninsula are responding to the Hurricane Katrina disaster by contributing 10 percent of their gross sales to the American Red Cross for disaster relief. For information on participating business, contact the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at 642-2400.

Book signing

PORT OF ILWACO - Nancy Hobbs and Donella Lucero will be signing copies of their new pictorial history book "The Long Beach Peninsula" Saturday, Sept. 24, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Time Enough Books at the Ilwaco Harbour Village at the Port of Ilwaco. The book is one of a series of books published by Arcadia Publishing Co. - "Images of America." Most of the pictures in the book have never been published. The event is open to the public at no charge. Refreshments by Chinook Coffee Co. will be served.

Cranberry Queens mtg

OCEAN PARK - The Cranberry Queens will have their auction with lots of red hot stuff beginning at noon, Sept. 24 at the Ocean Park fire hall. Bring your sale items, your own cup and finger foods.

Kayak/canoe race

PORT OF ILWACO - The second annual Kayak/Canoe Race begins at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24. This is a 10K, flat-water course that departs from the Ilwaco Harbor marina and meanders through the sheltered Northeast section of Baker Bay, finishing back at Ilwaco Harbor. The event is open to all ages and ability levels. For more information call 642-2291.

SundayChowder walk/run

PENINSULA - On Sunday Sept. 25 the Ilwaco and Long Beach Merchants' Associations are hosting the Beach to Chowder Challenge. This is a 10K run/5K run/walk that will begin at the Port of Ilwaco and finish under the "arch" in downtown Long Beach. This event is designed for the whole family with prizes, awards, gifts, T-shirts and a great chowder feed sponsored by some of the Peninsula's best restaurants. For more information or to register call (800) 451-2542 or go on line to www.funbeach.com. Make it a full, healthy and active sports weekend on the coast.

Buddhist Sangha

KLIPSAN - 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. If you have questions, please call 665-6124.

MondayAudubon meeting

RAYMOND - The Discovery Coast Audubon Society meets at 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26 at the P.U.D. building in Raymond. This month's guest speaker is Marty Brooks, a forester with Weyerhaeuser. He will share ways that Weyerhaeuser works to conserve habitat, discuss trees for habitat, share spotted owl stories and cover many other interesting items. Anyone with an interest is encouraged to attend. For more information call Patricia at 642-1310.

Ilwaco council

ILWACO - The Ilwaco city council will meet at 6 p.m. on Sept. 26 at council chambers, 301 Spruce Street (the old council offices on the back side of the American Red Cross building). The meeting is open to the public.

Cardio sculpt

ILWACO - The River City School of Arts and Crafts on Lake Street in Ilwaco hosts a cardio sculpt class. The classes are 60-minute circuit training style, which includes warm-up and aerobic drills with weight and medicine ball drills for muscle strength and endurance, plus floor exercises. Intensity varies and beginners are welcome. Classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m., Thursdays at 6:15 p.m., and Saturdays at 8 a.m. For more information, call Priscilla Moore at 642-5539.

Parents Inclusive

SEAVIEW - A Parents Inclusive meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 26 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Peninsula Church Center in Seaview. The group has official non-profit status, with $1 annual dues. Nursery will be provided. On the agenda for this meeting is fundraising.

TuesdayBeach Bytes club

SURFSIDE - The Beach Bytes Computer Club will meet at 7 p.m., Sept. 27 at the Surfside Homeowners Association office, 31402 "H" St., Surfside. The meeting includes discussion of current events in PC/Windows computing, as well as providing support by answering questions and solving problems. Occasional lectures are held with topics of wide interest for beginnings on up. Everyone is welcome. Call 665-5094 if you need additional information.

Birding classes

LONG BEACH - An educational birding series continues from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the P.U.D. building on Sandridge Rd. The topic of this week's meeting is "Safety Zones - Protective Cover Plants." The meetings are open to the public. For information contact Pamela Snively at 642-3839.

Art around town

PENINSULA - Peninsula Arts Association artists are displaying their work at the following locations: Judy Leonard's paintings are at The Ark Restaurant and Coast Grille and Lounge; Wes Moehnke's watercolors and classic car portraits are at the Chinook Observer, Tips and Toes, and at Oceans of Art; Marilyn Casey's watercolors and wood burnings are at the Ilwaco Library and Coast Grille and Lounge; at Ocean Beach Hospital enjoy paintings by Vicki Baker and Richard Schaubel; and Ann Thompson is also displaying at Oceans of Art. Visit and enjoy these displays by local artists.

Wednesday, Sept. 28Baby Shower

OCEAN PARK - The Helping Hands Society of the Ocean Park Community Church located at 26709 Vernon Avenue, is having a baby shower in Fellowship Hall from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 28 to benefit the Pregnancy Resource Center located in Astoria. Diane Fell, director of the Pregnancy Resource Center, will give a short talk that will be followed by refreshments, presentation of baby gifts and door prizes. All ladies are welcome. Please bring an unwrapped baby gift. Clothing can be new or gently used. For more information or to R.S.V.P., call Emily Wolfe at 665-0567.

Book Discussion

ILWACO - Ilwaco Timberland Library presents "The Secret Life of Bees," a PageTurners Book Discussion at Time Enough Books from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sept. 28 for adults and high school teens. Stop by Time Enough Books for a lively discussion of "The Secret Life of Bees," by Sue Monk Kidd. Time Enough Books is located at 157 Howerton Way S.E. at the Port of Ilwaco. This discussion is part of the Timberland Regional Library community program, Timberland Reads Together: "The Secret Life of Bees."

Read aloud stories

OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park Timberland Library presents Preschool Story Time from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Sept. 28 for children ages 3 to 6. Help your child get ready for reading by attending story hours, checking out books and reading aloud at home. Learning begins at birth, so it's never too early to start.

Al-Anon meetings

SEAVIEW - Al-Anon meetings are held every Wednesday and Friday beginning at 6:30 p.m., at 4603 Pacific Highway in Seaview. Al-Anon is a confidential group for people who have family members or friends whose lives have been affected by alcohol, drugs or both.

CW line dancing

ILWACO - Enjoy country western line dancing at the American Legion building on Lake Street in Ilwaco every Wednesday through December. A new beginners' class is 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 intermediate/advanced class are from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $2 per person per class. Join the fun. Take more than one class per night if you like. There will be dances in January and April to use what you have learned. If you have questions call River City School of Arts and Crafts at 642-8707.

MH support

SEAVIEW - The next meeting of the mental health support group is Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the Peninsula Church Center, 5000 "N" Place, Seaview. The group offers informal, confidential sharing and encouragement. For more information contact Barbara at 665-4421, Pat at 642-2296, or Kevin at 642-3787.

Future EventsRepublican mtg

LONG BEACH - The Pacific County Republicans meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29 at Chen's Restaurant in Long Beach. Come meet local candidates. Bring your questions and a friend. For more information, call 642-2444.

Youth Summit

CATHLAMET - Wahkiakum Community Network is hosting a free public educational summit on Sept. 29 at the River Street Meeting Room in Cathlamet. Julia Dilley, epidemiologist for Washington State Department of Health, will facilitate this event. The goal of this event is to introduce the use of risk factors, protective factors, and developmental assets, as well as compare trends of substance abuse by utilizing past and present healthy youth surveys, and discuss how Search Institute Survey of Developmental Assets compliments that data. The public is invited to participate in the afternoon portion of the event from noon to 4 p.m. to analyze the data trends, and discussion will focus around the feedback obtained from local youth, as well as a look at local prevention efforts aimed at reducing youth substance abuse. Lunch will be provided at no cost to all participants. The River Street Meeting Room is located at 25 River Street in Cathlamet (next to the PUD). For more information you can contact Wahkiakum Community Network by calling Lia Sealund at (360) 795-8040.

Lung club

OCEAN PARK - The Washington Peninsula Lung Club, an educational support group for people with lung disease, meets from 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 30 at Golden Sands, 21608 "O" Lane, Ocean Park. If you need additional information, call Lynn Perkins at (800) 337-6733.

Sunnycamp

WILLAPA BAY - For the fourth year, a small group of folk-music enthusiasts from Washington and Oregon, British Columbia and California will meet for a weekend of singing and playing instruments from 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30 through 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2 at Camp Morehead on Willapa Bay. There will be workshops, song circles, a concert, and lots of time and space just to make music. The Web site is www.angelfire.com/folk/sunnycamp/ or you can contact Mary at 642-8049 or mgarvey@wsu.com for more information. The main focus of the weekend will be traditional music. A building will be reserved for instrumentalists. It will be a small and friendly group. It has always been just a wonderful weekend and we hope more people from the local area will attend.

Book Discussion

NASELLE - Naselle Timberland Library presents "The Secret Life of Bees," a PageTurners Book Discussion from 10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 1 for adults. The community is invited to join in a discussion of "The Secret Life of Bees," by Sue Monk Kidd.

Christian songwriter

OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park United Methodist Church is hosting a free concert beginning at 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 featuring Jim Moore, Christian singer and songwriter. Come let your spirit be filled. Bring the kids as Moore has wonderful songs for children and for the entire family. For more information, call Susan Campbell at 642-5021.

Beekeeping

NASELLE - Naselle Timberland Library presents "Beekeeping for the Curious" from noon to 1 p.m., Oct. 1 for adults. Hobbyist beekeeper Thom Trusewicz will address the life cycle of honeybees and the history of beekeeping. He will discuss hive products, the agricultural impact of honeybees, and the challenges of beekeeping. The talk will be illustrated with slides.

Teen reference

NASELLE - Naselle Timberland Library presents "Teen Reference After Hours" from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 1 for middle and high school teens. School has started and reports and projects will be due soon. Learn how to find the information you need in the library's reference databases. The library is closed as usual at this time, but open to teens only for this special event.

OB Schools dedication

PENINSULA - Ocean Beach School District No. 101 is holding celebrations for the completion of Ocean Park Elementary School and substantial completion of Long Beach school with dedication ceremonies on Oct. 5. The dedication ceremony is from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., at Ocean Park Elementary (school open from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for viewing) and from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Long Beach Elementary (school open from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for viewing). The special guest speaker will be Dr. Terry Bergeson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Both schools will again be open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., for public viewing. The public is encouraged to come see what has been accomplished and share in these exciting times.

Cranberrian Fair

ILWACO - Additional vendors and musicians are wanted for the upcoming Cranberrian Fair scheduled for Oct. 7 to 9. For more information, call 642-3446.

Rummage sale

KLIPSAN - The Peninsula Senior Activity Center is holding a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8. They are also accepting good, clean, used items during the week of Oct. 3 through Oct. 7. For more information, call 665-3999.

Candidates' Forum

ILWACO - The Ilwaco Merchants Association is sponsoring a Candidates' Forum for Ilwaco voters, to be held at the Ilwaco Heritage Museum on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Refreshments are from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., with the forum to follow from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Each candidate will give a brief statement and will answer the same three-to-five prearranged questions that they will have access to before the event. They will then have an opportunity to answer some questions submitted by the audience.

Walk Across Washington

PENINSULA - On Saturday, Oct. 15, in partnership with 88 other locations throughout the state, Long Beach invites Washington residents support the Walk Across Washington mission of celebrating healthy lifestyles and healthy communities by participating in "A Walk Back In Time" event that will provide the unique experience of viewing natural beauty and historic landmarks in Long Beach. Walk participants will explore a three-mile segment of Discovery Trail as well as historical markers commemorating the arrival of Lewis and Clark at the Pacific. The Long Beach walk will commence near the Seaview beach approach at 11 a.m., and finish at Clark's Tree, a 20-foot bronze evergreen located one mile north of the downtown area. On-site registration will begin at 9 a.m. at the Seaview beach approach. A kick-off celebration is scheduled for 10 a.m. For additional information on the event or to register on-line, go to accesswww.walkwashington.org. Registration is free and, if completed by Oct. 1, includes a training tips brochure.

Camp Victory

OCEAN PARK - Camp Victory, a recreational camp for young girls in Pacific and Grays Harbor counties who are survivors of sexual abuse, is now accepting applications for their 2005 session. The four-day camp will take place in a safe and secluded retreat center on the Long Beach Peninsula and is open to girls between the ages of 5 and 18 years, free of charge. Girls needing additional information or a camp application can contact the Camp Victory office in Ocean Park at 665-2888 and leave a message with name and phone number. To speak to someone directly, you may contact Joan Huber at 665-6033. Applications or inquires can be mailed to: Camp Victory, P.O. Box 711, Ocean Park, WA 98640.

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