Wednesday, June 28Boys/Girls Club

SEAVIEW - The public is invited to a grand kick-off meeting of the Boys and Girls Club of the Long Beach Peninsula set for 6:30 p.m. on June 28 at the Peninsula Church Center, 5000 "N" Place in Seaview. This local chapter of the Boys and Girls Club is dedicated to inspiring and enabling local youth to reach their full potential in a safe and caring atmosphere supported by trained professionals in a fun-loving environment. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend this meeting to celebrate and help with the leadership, planning and monetary support necessary to build this club. If you have questions call 642-0522.

Fireworks O.K.

PENINSULA - So you will know ... fireworks may only be discharged during the following days and times: June 28 from noon to 11 p.m.; June 29 through July 3 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; July 4 from 9 a.m. to midnight; July 5 from

9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Be considerate of your neighbors and be safe.

Wildlife Friends

PENINSULA - The Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge board of directors are having their monthly board meeting Wednesday, June 28 starting at 4 p.m. at the home of Bev Arnoldy. All members and the public are welcome to attend. Contact Bev Arnoldy at 665-0115 or beva@pacifier.com if you are planning to attend.

Pet Show

NASELLE - Naselle Timberland Library presents a stuffed animal pet show and donkey petting zoo from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., June 28 for children of all ages. Bring your favorite stuffed animal and enter the stuffed animal pet show. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest, spottiest, most similar to owner, and more. Afterwards, visit Thistledown the Donkey. Sponsored by the Friends of the Naselle Timberland Library.

Book Breakfast

SEAVIEW - On Wednesday, June 28 beginning at 8:30 a.m., at 42nd Street Cafe 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. For information contact Independent Books at 642-8438.

Goats Galore

OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park Timberland Library presents Goats Galore from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., June 28 for all ages. Do goats really eat garbage? Do they have paws or hooves? Join the Jump family from Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy and library staff to answer these questions, hear a goat story or two and make a goat windsock. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ilwaco and Ocean Park Timberland Libraries.

ThursdayScrabble players

LONG BEACH - Scrabble players unite! Enjoy a Scrabble playing afternoon every Thursday starting at 2 p.m. at Long Beach Coffee Roasters, 811 South Pacific in Long Beach. You need only to bring your own Scrabble game, or just stop by and join others for a fun afternoon. For information call Fay at 642-8462.

Masonic Lodge

ILWACO - The Occident Masonic Lodge No. 99 will be conferring the "Entered Apprentice" degree on Earl Soule at 7 p.m. June 29 at the Masonic Lodge, 205 E. Spruce in Ilwaco. All Master Masons are invited to attend.

FridayEarly deadline

LONG BEACH - Because of the Fourth of July holiday, the deadline for classified ads in the Chinook Observer has been changed to 10 a.m. Friday, June 30. Call Marlene at 642-8181 or 800-643-3703 to place your ad for the holiday edition.

SaturdayWWII pilots honored

SEATTLE - World War II pilots and crewmembers with Pacific County ties will be honored at the Museum of Flight in Seattle at

2 p.m. July 1. The veterans will share their stories of growing up in the rural area, serving their country and then returning home to continue a life of service and honor. Former USAF Capt. Jim Garner of Randle, Capt. Don Gillies of Rhodendron, Ore., Lt. Bob Hilliard of Packwood, Lt. Al Haar of Long Beach and Lt. Tony Van Risswick of Ocean Park will be among those honored. For information call 206-768-7105.

Marine Corps League

ASTORIA - Marines, former marines and corpsmen who served with the marines are invited to attend a lunch meeting at the Baked Alaska Restaurant in Astoria at noon on July 1. For information contact Dan Crockett at 503-325-8855 or John Hoechlin at 665-5555.

Art show

LONG BEACH - The Columbia River Organization of Artists will have an art show and sale at the World Kite Museum, 303 Sid Snyder Dr. W., on Saturday, July 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Paintings, jewelry, pottery, prints, photos and sculpture will be available to the public toward the benefit of the C.R.O.A. art group. No admission will be charged. This is a good time to get to know local artists.

Rummage sale

ILWACO - River City School of Arts and Crafts will have a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 1. Proceeds will support the programs and classes at the River City School. The sale will be held in the annex building at 122 S.E. Lake in Ilwaco. Call 642-8707 for more information.

IHM exhibit

ILWACO - The Ilwaco Heritage Museum will host a new temporary exhibit entitled, "Uusi Suomalainen Maa - New Finn Land" starting July 1. 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.

First Aid/CPR

RAYMOND - The American Red Cross Southwest Washington Chapter is offering a combined CPR and first-aid class on July 1 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 2870 Ocean Avenue (Bldg. 3) in Raymond. Pre-registration and prepayment are required. Register by phone at 360-423-7880, ext. 102, or stop by the office in Raymond. The cost is $35.

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.

Book release

LONG BEACH - On Saturday, July 1 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Independent Books in downtown long Beach there will be a book release party for Trece Green's new book, "Portrait of Peninsula Woman" with free food, drink, face-painting and books. This fun-filled celebration is free to the public and reservations are not required. Just stop by the store at your convenience and enjoy. For more information contact Independent Books at 642-8438.

Book discussion

NASELLE - Naselle Timberland Library presents PageTurners Book Discussion from 10 a.m. to noon, July 1 for adults. Join in a discussion of "Popular Music from Vittula" by Mikael Niemi. Stop by the library to pick up a copy.

Summerfest

LONG BEACH - As part of the weekend Summerfest activities, there will be free wagon rides starting at Third Street and Pacific from noon to 5 p.m. both days plus there is face painting in Fish Alley from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and kids games offered from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Third and Pacific in the gazebo park.

Ocean Park Activities

OCEAN PARK - The Old Fashioned Fourth of July weekend begins on Saturday, July 1 at Sheldon Park. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Greg Parke from Skamokawa will perform a variety of enjoyable music. Children's games run from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Fireworks

ILWACO - The skies will be full after dark on Saturday, July 1 as the city of Ilwaco hosts a phenomenal display of fireworks at the Port of Ilwaco. This beautiful spectacle is a fun, safe, family event. Spend the day in Ilwaco and enjoy Saturday Market, the various Ilwaco stores, galleries, boutiques and restaurants, plus at 7 p.m. the band, "Electric Shades of Blue" will perform. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, sit back and enjoy the day.

SundayPet Parade

OCEAN PARK - The Ocean Park Area Chamber of Commerce and the South Pacific County Humane Society are hosting their annual pet parade from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 2 in Sheldon Park. This is a family fun event, plus you and your pet can join the parade for free. There will be prizes in a variety of categories, including best costume, obedience, and owner/pet look-alike, plus many others. Live music by the Salty Dogs Band will be offered from

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., then Fred Weber and the Luminos perform from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., in addition to food and craft booths. For additional information call 642-1180 or 665-2476.

Vespers services

OYSTERVILLE - On July 2 Pastor DeWayne LaPointe of the Peninsula Assembly of God church in Ocean Park will lead the Vespers Service beginning at 3 p.m. in the historic Oysterville Church. A vocal concert will be provided by Suzanne Leonard, Andrea Weilgart Patten and Pat McKibbin, with Bonnie Masson as the organist. This is a wonderful, casual, uplifting event, one worth making time in your schedule to attend.

Hike the Fort

FORT COLUMBIA - Come and spend time at Fort Columbia State Park. Hike the trails, take a walking tour of the Fort's grounds or Battery 246, and visit the guardhouse for a photographic view of the fort throughout its history. Guided walking tours are available July 1 through July 4 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; battery 246 tours from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; and the guard house exhibit will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

MondayRummage sale

BAY CENTER - On Monday, July 3 beginning at 9:30 a.m. there will be a community rummage sale in the Bay Center Methodist Church yard. Items for sale include a sofa, sports equipment, toys, clothes, glassware, baked foods and much, much more. Proceeds benefit the Bay Center Fire Hall and the Bay Center Women's Club.

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.

Horses 101

ILWACO - Ilwaco Timberland Library presents Horses 101 from

1 p.m., July 3 for all ages. Do you love horses but your yard isn't big enough for one? This program is for you. Learn to speak horse, play horseless horse games and learn how to watch a riding event. Presented by The Patriots 4-H club members and leaders. Sponsored by The Friends of the Ilwaco/Ocean Park Libraries.

TuesdayFree Patriotic Concert

ASTORIA - Celebrate an Old-Time American Fourth of July with the North Coast Symphonic Band at 7 p.m. Monday, July 3, in the historic Liberty Theater in downtown Astoria. A color guard from the U.S. Coast Guard Group/Air Station Astoria will present the colors and Yeoman 3rd Class Audra Bennett will sing the Star Spangled Banner. The North Coast Symphonic Band will play marches, music from the big band era, Broadway show tunes, and a medley of military anthems. Conductor Richard Boberg will dedicate Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus to those who have fallen in service of our country. The Astoria concert is presented free to the citizens of the North Coast area because of generous donations by patrons of the band. Donations for the 2006-07 season will be accepted at the door. The Liberty Theater is located at 12th and Commercial in Astoria; auditorium doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the evening of the concert. The North Coast Clarinet Ensemble will present pre-concert entertainment at 6:30 p.m. followed immediately by the Astoria Tuba Quartet. For more information call 503-338-2473 or the band at 503-325-2431.

Fourth of July Parade

OCEAN PARK - The 25th Annual Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade begins at noon at "U" Street, then goes west on Bay Avenue, south on Highway 103 to 256th, then east for two more blocks. The parade will include everything from floats, to kids, to animals, to marching bands. There will be a full day of good eats, good treats and food and craft booths and children's games will be offered from 11 a.m. until noon at Sheldon Park.

Fieworks

LONG BEACH - Famous fireworks sponsored by the city of Long Beach and local merchants will light up the sky over the boardwalk starting at dusk on July 4. Stake out a place early to get the best view. Exercise caution and keep children safe in the midst of private fireworks displays on the beach before and after the official event.

Holiday closures

PENINSULA - City, county, state and federal offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 for the holiday. The Chinook Observer office will be closed as well.

WednesdayBeach cleanup

PENINSULA - The Grass Roots Garbage Gang is hosting a major beach cleanup on July 5 at all major beach approaches. Formal cleanup start time is 9:30 a.m. but the dumpster/trucks will be parked ready for the collection bags earlier that morning. Just hike to the nearest major beach approach (Seaview, Sid Snyder, Bolstad, Cranberry Road, Klipsan, Bay Ave., and Oysterville Rd.) to meet coordinators who will provide bags. Or, just hike out to the beach. After the cleanup, be sure you indulge in a great soup feed at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center. Soup is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 665-5388 or 888-665-5388 for more information.

PUD meeting

RAYMOND - The regular meeting of the P.U.D. No. 2 board of commissioners scheduled for July 4 has been rescheduled to Wednesday, July 5 at 1 p.m. at the Raymond P.U.D. auditorium. The meeting is open to the public. Call 360-942-2411 for additional information.

Hen party

OCEAN PARK and NASELLE - The Ocean Park and Naselle Timberland libraries present, "Hen Party at the Library" on July 5 from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in Ocean Park and from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Naselle for children of all ages. Did you know chickens have scales? If you are thinking about a backyard flock or just eat eggs, this program will have something for you. Meet the poultry project members of the Born Free 4-H club and some of their favorite hens. They will show the advantages of various breeds and share insight into fitting and showing a chicken.

Future EventsAARP Driving class

KLIPSAN BEACH - There will be a driver-safety class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 7, and Saturday, July 8, 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.

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 and 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.

Bare Bones Show

LONG BEACH - On Saturday, July 8 the Eerie 8 Car Club is hosting their 2nd Annual Bare Bones Car Show. From trailer queens to rusty heaps, all pre-1975 cars are welcome. There is no entry fee. Live music will feature The Flap Jacks and Shannon and the Cannons on the main stage in downtown Long Beach. Pre-register by calling the Shimmering Siren at 642-5541 or Del at 642-2215.

All-Comer's Track

ILWACO - On Saturday, July 8 at the Ilwaco High School track there will be an all-comer's track meet. Field events start at 10 a.m. and running events at 11 a.m. There is a $1 entry fee. This track meet has a variety of events for all ages. For more information call Sarah Taylor at 665-5732.

Saddle Club

LONG BEACH - The Peninsula Saddle Club meets at 7 p.m., July 11, at their clubhouse on Sandridge Rd. If you are interested in learning more about the club, please call Dianne at 642-2680 evenings.

Writers' 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.

Rummage sale

ASTORIA - There will be a rummage sale July 7 through July 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except Sunday, and evenings from

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to support the St. Mary's Star of the Sea school at 14th and Grand in Astoria. Call 503-325-3671 for more information.

Art walk

ILWACO - July 13 kicks off the art walk season in Ilwaco Harbour Village. The Wade Gallery will host artist Paul Brent from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. They will display his beautiful original oil paintings and watercolors of the coastal area. 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.

Railroad 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 arts, hobby sales, booths and much more. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5.

Vacation 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.

Solid 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.

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 we go back in time to visit the Jerusalem Marketplace, where Jesus walked to the cross. Learn more while having fun walking through shops, crafts, see animals, and of course there is dinner. Everyone is welcome - kids, teens and adults and there is no admission. Call Kathleen Davis at 665-6762 for more information.

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 bet ready to belt out those famous lyrics to the Oscar Meyer jingle. Eager songsters are asked to sign 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 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.

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.

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. These sessions offer informal, confidential conversation and encouragement to others in mental health recovery, their family and friends. To reach NAMI Pacific County members between meetings, contact Barbara Bate, 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; or membership chair Mary Frances Bowers, 665-3070, mfb@centurytel.net.

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