Wednesday, Feb. 16Food drive

LONG BEACH - Ocean View Convalescent Center is hosting an annual food drive for Pacific County Humane Society. Through the month of February, they are accepting donations of dry dog and cat food. Drop off your donations at OVCC, 211 Pioneer Rd. West, Long Beach. Please help supply our animal shelter.

Bureau fund-raiser

SEAVIEW - The Peninsula Visitors' Bureau will host a "Community Fund Night" at the 42nd Street Cafe, Wednesday evening Feb. 16. Representatives of the organization will be on hand to answer questions about their organization's efforts and assist in "passing the hat" on its behalf. The 42nd Street Cafe will also donate 20 percent of any purchase that evening. The guest just needs to toss their receipt into the Community Fund bowl to have their purchase counted toward the charity or organization's benefit. Call 642-2323 for more information.

LB council

LONG BEACH - The Long Beach city council will meet at 7 p.m. on Feb. 16 at city hall. The meeting is open to the public. The agenda will include a public hearing on the request to vacate a portion of 4th Street, and zoning code amendments; under the business section, the mentoring program, and Ordinance 793 revising the hearing examiner qualification will be reviewed/discussed. Call 642-4421 for more information.

Volunteer opportunity

ILWACO - Ocean Beach Hospital and Auxiliary needs volunteers. Come see the new Gift Shop, help raise funds for new equipment, blood pressure clinics are held every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and many more interesting opportunities are available. For more information contact: Linda Morse, Auxiliary president at 665-6011 or Susan Nicola at 642-6301.

DAR meeting

ASTORIA - Astoria Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will meet Feb. 16 at 11:30 a.m., at the Astoria Golf and Country Club. Sharon Hermanson will present a program on old photos. Trudi Doolittle and Deborah Luper will be welcomed as new members. Persons interested in membership are invited to attend or contact Registrar Helen Gaston (503) 738-8320 or Regent Sue Glen, (503) 861-0574.

Free tax help

OCEAN PARK - Seniors and low-income taxpayers can get free help with their 2004 Federal income taxes at the Ocean Park Timberland Library on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., through April 13. No appointment is needed - this is a "sign in and wait your turn" service. Please bring all current tax records (including all amounts of rebates/credits received in 2004), plus a copy of all 2003 tax records/return. If you need more information, call Yvonne Howell at 665-5845.

Beach MUG

ILWACO - The Beach Macintosh Users Group (MUG) will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at the Ilwaco High School library. The meetings are open to all levels of users.

Tai-Chi class

NASELLE - A Tai-Chi class is offered beginning at 11 a.m., every Wednesday at the Naselle United Church of Christ social hall, 14 Parpala Rd., Naselle. This is a gentle, healthy exercise that is good for circulation, balance, breathing, flexibility and more. For more information call (360) 244-1366. Drop by and check it out - no enrollment necessary.

ThursdayGrief/loss support

OCEAN PARK - The next meeting of the Grief and Loss Support Group is at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17 at the Ocean Park Lutheran Church, located at 240th and "U" St. Everyone is welcome.

N.A.R.F.E.

LONG BEACH - The next monthly meeting of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees is at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 17, at Chen's Restaurant in Long Beach. Visitors are welcome. Meetings are always the third Thursday of the month.

LB merchants meeting

LONG BEACH - The next meeting of the Long Beach Merchants Association is at 1 p.m., Feb. 17 at Debi's Restaurant.

Genealogy

RAYMOND - Raymond Timberland Library presents SeniorReach: Genealogy and the Internet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Feb. 17 for adults. Join librarian Emily Popovich to discover the resources on the Internet and library databases to aid you in your search for ancestors, family and lost friends. Space is limited. Please call the library at 942-2408 for reservations.

Art Around Town

PACIFIC COUNTY - The new art shows for February are as follows: On display at the Chinook Observer is the pen and ink work of Lance Iiams. Barbara Martin has completed a mural at the Wirkkala gas station in Ilwaco. It pertains to the family and antique cards. Showing at the Ark Restaurant is Cecile Logan. The Ilwaco library is presenting Wes Moehnke. The group show at Ocean Beach Hospital includes Mary Ann Hirst, Ken Thompson, Deana Bernash, Jan McGlane and Lance Iiams, and at Oceans of Art are artists Marilyn Casey and Judy Leonard. Drop by one of these businesses and enjoy this month's art.

Kids' time and more

ROSBURG - Come to the Rosburg School from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m., or to the Skamokawa church from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., on Thursdays and let your child interact with other kids while parents get a chance to make friends, visit and learn together as various topics are discussed. Call Becky Erickson at (360) 465-2555 or Ann Patching at St. James Family Center, (360) 795-8612 for more information.

FridayAl-Anon

SEAVIEW - Al-Anon meets twice a week, on Wednesdays and Fridays, at 6:30 p.m., at 4603 Pacific Highway in Seaview.

SaturdayGood news music

SEAVIEW - On Saturday, Feb. 19, beginning at 6:30 p.m., come enjoy a variety of Christian music by musicians from around the Southwest Washington area at the Peninsula Church Center, 5000 "N" Pl., Seaview. The event is a benefit for His Supper Table, with free-will donations at the door. For more information about the show, please call 642-8635 or 642-3115.

Pancake Breakfast

KLIPSAN BEACH - Enjoy a great breakfast at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center on Pacific Highway at Klipsan, on Saturday, Feb. 19, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Enjoy pancakes with scrambled eggs and ham or biscuits and sausage gravy with scrambled eggs, plus a beverage. The cost is adults $4, children $2. The breakfast is open to the public.

Crab feed

LONG BEACH - The Ilwaco Sports Booster's annual benefit Crab Feed is Feb. 19 from noon to 8 p.m., at the Long Beach Elks Lodge. Crab dinners include fresh garlic bread and homemade coleslaw. Hot dogs are available for those with an aversion to the mighty crustacean. Pepsi products, water, beer, wine and coffee are also available. The cost is: $12.50 for adults, $10.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children 6- to 12-years-old, and kids 5-years-old and under free. All proceeds benefit the Ilwaco Junior/Senior High School athletic programs.

Rummage sale

SKAMOKAWA - There will be a rummage sale at Redmen Hall, 1394 SR-4 in Skamokawa from Feb. 19 through Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Some items from the original building plus many donated community items will be available. Call (360) 795-3007.

Tsunami program

ASTORIA - At 2 p.m., Feb. 19, the Columbia River Maritime Museum is hosting a program entitled, "The National Weather Service Tsunami Warning Program and Pacific Northwest Weather Hazards." The presentation will be an overview of the tsunami warning program in the Pacific Basin, with Tyree Wilde, the warning coordination meteorologist from the National Weather Service in Portland as the speaker. Call (503) 325-2323 for more information.

Birding field trip

COWLITZ COUNTY - Local bird expert Russ Koppendrayer will lead Willapa Hills Audubon Society birders on an outing to the Woodland Bottoms and Ridgefield on Saturday, Feb. 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Likely sightings include a variety of waterfowl, raptors, and loons and kites. Contact Russ at (360) 636-3245 or Linda at (503) 556-9379 for more information and to register and arrange carpools. This trip is limited to 12 people. Bring lunch, birding gear if you have it - binoculars, scopes, and favorite field guides are useful. Dress for cold, wet, winter weather bird watching. Field trips are free, and open to anyone interested in birding, wildlife and conservation. Audubon membership is not required.

Warm up tourney

ILWACO - The Peninsula Chess Club is hosting a warm up tournament at 10 a.m., on Feb. 19 at the Pacific County transit meeting room, 2750 Pacific Way. There will be three sections of play: casual (with a $12 entry fee) for kids and adults not desiring rated games; unrated (with a $15 entry fee) for all unrated players desiring to acquire a rating; and open (with a $22 entry fee) for all USCF rated players. Call 642-8956 for more information.

SundayHorse clinic/sale

ASTORIA - There will be a horse rescue benefit clinic and tack sale on Feb. 20 at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds in Astoria. Clinics will include a session on national horsemanship by Samantha Moore and another will be on trail by Beth Weaver. For more information call or e-mail Bonnie Lane at (503) 325-1693 or bamanda_lane@hotmail.com.

Al-Anon in Rosburg

ROSBURG - An Al-Anon family group meets each Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Rosburg Fire Hall, 4631 State Route 4 at Raistakka Road. The group is open to anyone living in or visiting Wahkiakum and Pacific counties. There are no dues for membership. If you have questions, call Barbara at 665-4421, Carol at (360) 849-4334 or Clay at 484-7798.

Yoga classes

ILWACO - Yoga classes are held at River City School of Arts on Lake Street in Ilwaco each Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Mats are available. Wear comfortable clothing and get ready to feel good! Drop-ins are welcome. Call instructor Annie Fletcher at 642-8185.

MondayPresidents' Day closures

PACIFIC COUNTY - All city, county, state and federal offices, as well as local schools, will be closed on Monday, Feb. 21 for the Presidents' Day holiday. All Timberland Regional Libraries will be closed on Monday as well.

Friends of Chinook

CHINOOK - The Friends of the Chinook School will meet at 7 p.m., Feb. 21 at the Chinook fire hall. The meetings are open to anyone with an interest in the school.

YoungLife Club

SEAVIEW - The YoungLife Club, a club for all high school youth, meets every Monday at 7 p.m., at the home of Grant and Jeni Chinn, at 38th and Pacific Highway in Sea-view. For directions or information, call 244-0583.

TuesdayPreschool stories

NASELLE - Naselle Timberland Library presents Preschool Story Time from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Feb. 22 for children ages 3- to 6-years-old. Join Naselle library staff in the kindergarten classroom at the Naselle-Grays River School for colorful books, rhymes, music and activities. All visiting parents and children, please sign in at the office.

Gymnastics

ILWACO - Gymnastics is back at the River City School of Arts and Crafts on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:45 a.m., starting Feb. 22. Classes will be divided by age group. Call 642-8707 for more information.

Bridge lessons

KLIPSAN BEACH - Beginning and intermediate bridge lessons are offered every Tuesday at 7 p.m., at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center in Klipsan Beach. Call 665-3400 for more information.

Aerobic dance

ILWACO - River City School of Arts and Crafts, located at 122 S.E. Lake St., in Ilwaco, offers an aerobic dance class beginning at 7:45 a.m., each Tuesday and Thursday. Call 642-8707 for more information or stop by and participate.

Wednesday, Feb. 23Alternative rock concert

RAYMOND - Worship Generation is hosting a free alternative rock concert for all ages at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23 at the Raymond Theater, 323 Third St. Sponsored by Calvary Fellowship of Raymond, the concert will feature the bands Smithfield and Scott Cunningham. For more information, call 942-7304.

Kindermusik

ILWACO - River City School of Arts is now enrolling for the spring term Kindermusik class, an interactive musical learning environment with music, rhyme, story time and dance, for ages 1-1/2 to 3-1/2 and their parent/caregiver. Classes begin Wednesday, Feb. 23 and run from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., each Wednesday. The cost is $160 for the 15-week program, and includes themed books, a home activity book, CDs, carry bag and an instrument, with payment options available. Call 642-8707 for more information.

Peninsula learns

PENINSULA - Through the rest of the school year, Peninsula Learns Afterschool Program has added Wednesdays to their schedule. The program is now open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The Peninsula Learns Afterschool Program serves students from the 4th through 8th grades at Hilltop School. The program provides homework and academic assistance as well as enrichment education. If you have any questions or information on additional funding opportunities or would like to volunteer, contact Larry Cook, program coordinator, at 642-1215 or 244-1001.

Line dancing

ILWACO - Line dancing lessons are held every Wednesday evening at the Legion Hall in Ilwaco. The beginners' class is offered from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; with a continuing beginners' class offered from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Classes are just $2 per student per class. There is also a class in Astoria on Monday evenings. If you have questions, call the River City School at 642-8707.

T&T club

OCEAN PARK - The Truth & Training (T&T) Awana Club is Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., at the Ocean Park Community Church at 268th and Vernon Ave. Enjoy awesome activities involving Bible verses in a fun environment. For information and registration, call 665-4548.

MH support

SEAVIEW - The next meeting of the mental health support group is Wednesday, Feb. 23 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, bgofish@willapabay.org, Pat at 642-2296, or Kevin at 642-3787, wcc.kevinm@willapabay.org.

Future EventsVariety Show auditions

ILWACO - The newly formed Peninsula Theater Group plans to stage a Variety Show. Auditions for the Variety Show will be held Thursday, Feb. 24, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Friday, Feb. 25 from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., at Hilltop School Auditorium in Ilwaco. The Variety Show will be held March 5 at 7 p.m., also at Hilltop auditorium. For more information, please contact Lindberg at 665-0590 or Hoover at 642-0571.

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., Feb. 25 at the First Lutheran Church, 24002 "U" Street, Ocean Park. The meeting is free. For information, you can call Bill Barger at (360) 783-2809.

Lung club

OCEAN PARK - The Washington Peninsula Lung Club, an educational support group for people with lung disease, meets on Friday, Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to noon at Golden Sands, 21608 "O" Lane, Ocean Park. If you need additional information, call Lynn Perkins at (800) 337-6733.

First-Aid/CPR

OCEAN PARK - Pacific County Fire District No. 1 is offering a First-Aid/Adult CPR class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, at Station 21-1 in Ocean Park, 26109 Ridge Ave. Class fee is $25. Call 665-4451 to pre-register.

Tree sale pick-up

LONG BEACH - If you placed an order for trees with the Pacific Conservation District, they will be available for pick up from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Washington State University Cranberry Research Station, located at 2907 Pioneer Rd., Long Beach. Orders will be put together as you arrive to prevent over-drying of trees. Please bring your own plastic bags or box to put your trees in. If you have questions, call Desiree at 642-9424 or 875-9424.

Evangelists return

OCEAN PARK - On Sunday, Feb. 27 at 11 a.m., and at 6 p.m., the public is invited to come hear international evangelists Roy and Arlene Brewer as they present their ministry of music and evangelism at Peninsula Assembly of God Church in Ocean Park. The couple will remain at the church from Monday, Feb. 28 through Wednesday, March 2, with ministries at 7 p.m., each evening. If you would like more information, call 665-6340.

MH Advisory mtg

LONG BEACH - The next meeting of the Pacific County Mental Health Advisory Board is from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., March 2 at Willapa Counseling Center, 1107 Pacific Ave., N. Long Beach. This meeting is open to the public.

Positive parenting

LONG BEACH - Head Start has scheduled an eight-week parenting class which includes the 1-2-3 Magic and "How to talk so kids will listen" parenting class. Classes begin Thursday, March 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Sherry Berteaux, EOCF Head Start, 642-5471.

MS support group

OCEAN PARK - The next meeting of the M.S. Self-Help Support Group is March 3, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Peninsula Assembly of God Church, 26310 Ridge Ave., Ocean Park. If you have questions, please call Cheryl West at 642-5842.

Rummage sale

ILWACO - The American Legion Auxiliary is holding their annual rummage sale on Friday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Legion Post of Lake Street in Ilwaco. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tables will be filled with clothes, collectibles, books and much more. Proceeds go to support the American Legion scholarship program, to assist veterans and their families, and to children in the community. Donations will be accepted. Call Ingrid at 665-6445 for more information.

Saddle Club meeting

LONG BEACH - The Peninsula Saddle Club will meet at 7 p.m., March 8, at their clubhouse on Sandridge Rd. The Club is looking for volunteers to become involved in the 60th Rodeo, scheduled for July 30 and July 31. You do not need to be a member to volunteer. For more information, call Becky at 642-7301.

K-12 art challenge

ILWACO - The Washington State Parks and the Friends of the Columbia River Gateway are sponsoring a Lewis and Clark K-12 art challenge. Entry forms and rules are available at the Cape Disappointment State Park office or the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Call 642-3029. The deadline for entry is March 11. Prizes will be awarded to first and second place winners in each grade category: kindergarten- through second-grade; third- through fifth-grade; sixth- through eighth-grade; and ninth- through 12th grade.

AARP Driving class

KLIPSAN BEACH - There will be a driver-safety class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 11, and Saturday, March 12, 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 u 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.

Mexican Consulate visit

WARRENTON - The Mexican Consulate will be at the Warrenton Community Center, at 170 SW 3rd St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 12. Documents may be issued as follows: Matricula Consular; birth certificates for dual citizenship, passports, military cards, and other documents as appropriate. For more information contact Fernando Rodriguez at Lower Columbia Hispanic Council, 2021 Marine Drive, Astoria, or at ShoreBank Enterprise Pacific at 203 Howerton Way, S.E., Ilwaco; or call 642-4265, or (503) 325-4476.

Public input sought

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking public comments on a draft management framework to guide future acquisitions of land for fish and wildlife habitat and recreation needs. The 21-page draft, called "Lands 20/20: A Clear Vision for the Future," was developed with help from an external focus group comprised of WDFW's Land Management Advisory Council, the Washington Association of Counties, Farm Bureau, Nature Conservancy, Conservation Commission, Washington Wildlife Federation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and others. The draft management framework can be found at http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands2020/ on WDFW's Web site. Paper copies are available from WDFW Lands Division at 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091, or by calling (360) 902-2520. Written comments should be sent no later than March 11 to Margen Carlson at the above address or via email at carlsmlc@dfw.wa.gov. The draft management framework was developed to make sure future acquisitions are the result of careful and deliberate decisions that are consistent with WDFW's legislative mandate and the agency's strategic plan, and are supported by the public.

Chess tourney

ILWACO - The Peninsula Chess Club is hosting the River City Open on March 19 in the American Legion Hall, 127 SE Lake St., Ilwaco. There will be three sections of play: casual (with a $12 entry fee) for kids and adults not desiring rated games; unrated (with a $15 entry fee) for all unrated players desiring to acquire a rating; and open (with a $22 entry fee) for all USCF rated players. Call 642-8956 for more information.

Art show

LONGVIEW - Local artists are welcome to participate in the Columbian Artists Association's 29th annual juried show, which will be held March 26 to Apr. 3 at the Lower Columbia College Art Gallery. The show is open to artists age 18 and old from Cowlitz, Lewis, Clark, Pacific and Wahkiakum counties in Washington; and Clatsop and Columbia counties in Oregon. Prospectuses are available at the Broadway Gallery in Longview or by calling (360)425-6719 or (503)556-1671.

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