Wednesday

LARA meeting

LONG BEACH - The next meeting of the Long Beach Peninsula Lodging and Restaurant Association (L.A.R.A.) will be held on Wednesday, March 5, at 3 p.m., in the meeting room at The Breakers in Long Beach.

Economic forum

WAHKIAKUM - The next economic strategy workshop for the Wahkiakum County Comprehen-sive Plan will be held on Wednesday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the commissioners meeting room of the Wahkiakum County Courthouse. The public is welcome.

Beach Barons on TV

OCEAN PARK - The "My Classic Car" television show taped the 2002 Rod Run to the End of the World. A schedule has now been released for air-times of this show. It will air on cable-television channel 75, the Speed Channel, (or check the satellite schedule) March 5, June 4, Sept. 3, and Dec. 3 at 9:30 a.m., March 8, June 7, Sept. 6, and Dec. 6 at 1:30 p.m., June 1, Aug. 31 and Nov. 30 at 7:30 a.m.

Free tax help

OCEAN PARK - Seniors and low-income taxpayers can get free help with their 2002 federal income tax returns at the Ocean Park library on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through April 9. No appointment is needed. Please bring all current tax records, plus a copy of your 2001 tax return and records. For more information, call Yvonne Howell at 665-5845.

Children's museum

ASTORIA - The Astoria Children's Museum, now located in the Clatsop County Uppertown Firefighters Museum, will open permanently on March 5. Located at 2968 E. Marine Dr., the dual children's and firefighter's museum offers visitors a unique experience. Younger visitors can hop aboard a 1946 Mack Model fire engine, create a puppet show at the puppet theatre and be a bank teller at the museum's mini Bank of Astoria. For regular museum goers, this is a great opportunity to visit one of the most comprehensive collections of fire fighting equipment on the West Coast. Operating hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $3 for everyone over 1. The Astoria Children's Museum offers yearly family memberships at $50. Come check it out! For more information call the museum at (503) 325-8669.

Thursday

Toddler Thursdays

OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park Timberland Library presents Toddler Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., March 6 for children ages 18 months to 3 years and their caregivers. Join staff for stories, songs, surprises, and simple literary and language development activities.

Raymond library

RAYMOND - The Friends of the Raymond Timberland Library will meet at 5 p.m., March 6 in the library meeting room. The organization meets on the first Thursday of the month from September through May.

LB planning

LONG BEACH - The Long Beach planning commission will meet on Thursday, March 6 at 7 p.m. at city hall.

AWANA Games

OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park Community Church at 268th and Vernon Avenue in Ocean Park, offers the AWANA program, which is geared for third- through sixth-graders, on Thursday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. The program, "Truth and Training," welcomes new attendees every week. During the week of March 10, the games will be moved from Thursday evening to Wednesday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m. Regular scheduling will resume the following week. Call 665-4548 for more information.

Agency on aging

PACIFIC COUNTY - The Olympic Area Agency on Aging Council of Governments meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 6 via a conference call. This meeting is open to the public. If you would like to participate, please call Carol Ann Laase at 379-5064 or (800) 801-0050 for participation information.

Friday

Wool Gatherers

OCEAN PARK - Come join the Willapa Bay Wool Gatherers Rug Hookers on March 7 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ocean Park Methodist Church. The group meets the first and third Friday of each month. For more information, call Joanne at 665-5572 or Linda 665-3025.

Willapa players

RAYMOND - The winter production of "The Curious Savage" by John Patrick will be performed at the Willapa Playhouse at 518 Eighth Avenue in Raymond on March 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, March 9 at 2 p.m. The characters are delightful, the situations are humorous and the wording is superb. You won't want to miss it. Tickets are $7 each are available at the door. Call 942-5477 for more information.

Saturday

DAR tea

ASTORIA - Astoria Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a tea as their March 8 meeting at 1 p.m. at the Rosebriar Hotel in Astoria. State Regent Yvonne Earnest will be the special guest. Members and women interested in joining are invited to attend. Please call Regent, Sue Glen 861-0574 or Secretary, Evelyn Laughman 325-4683 by March 5 for reservations.

Babe Ruth baseball

LONG BEACH - All interested players who signed up for Babe Ruth baseball should plan to attend a mandatory meeting on Saturday, March 8, at 11 a.m. at the Long Beach Elementary School gym. Team space is limited. Call Butch Smith at 642-3333 or Mike DeSimone at 642-4584 for additional information.

Tribal Council

BAY CENTER - The Chinook Tribal Council will meet on Saturday, March 8, at the Bay Center Methodist Church. The meeting will start at 11 a.m., and will be potluck as usual. With the new enrollment changes, approximately 41 new members will be enrolled and all members are encouraged to attend and participate.

Sunday

Jazz time

LONG BEACH - The Moby Dick Hotel will feature an evening of intimate jazz on March 9 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Featured will be John Stowell on guitar and Kelly Shannon on vocals. For information, call 665-4543.

Monday

Ilwaco city council

ILWACO - The Ilwaco city council will hold their next meeting on Monday, March 10 at 6 p.m. at 301 Spruce Street.

Quilt meeting

SEAVIEW - Peninsula Quilt Guild will meet March 10 at 1 p.m. at the Peninsula Church Center at 5000 "N" Place in Seaview. Plans for the guild quilt show March 14 through March 16 at the Ilwaco Heritage Museum will be finalized and elections of officers will be held. Members and interested quilters are invited to attend.

GFWC meeting

LONG BEACH - The next meeting is a luncheon potluck on March 10 at 12:30 p.m. Items on the agenda include our involvement with the Pacific County Safety Task Force and the W.H.A.L.E. program. For meeting location information, call Cheryl Holman at 642-4875.

Tuesday

Find your 'roots'

OCEAN PARK - Find your "roots" and have fun doing it. The Pacific County Genealogy Society invites any and all who are interested in a beginners' genealogy workshop. We'll help you with ways to find information about your family - who they are, where they came from, how they lived. Come join us at the Ocean Park Timberland Library on Tuesday, March 11 at 1:30 p.m. Coffee and cookies will be served.

VFW membership

ILWACO - The Veterans of Foreign Wars meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 11 a.m., at the Legion Hall in Ilwaco. New members are needed; the VFW will pay your first year's dues if you had duty overseas in wartime. For more information contact Bill Marczewski at 665-2835 or Bill Shaw 665-6205.

Clothesline Stories

NASELLE - Naselle Timber-land Library presents Clothesline Stories from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., March 11 for preschool children. Join Mrs. Zilli for songs and crafts, and you can pick the stories.

Course in Miracles

OCEAN PARK - A new group, Course in Miracles, is forming in Ocean Park. The purposes of the group will be to expand awareness of the love of God within and to embrace harmony, peace, abundance and love. For more information call 665-3400.

Wednesday

Gateway meeting

FT. CANBY - The Friends of the Columbia River Gateway will hold its monthly meeting on March 12 at 3:30 p.m. The public is welcome and invited. Meetings are currently held in the administration building at Fort Canby State Park.

Shoalwater birders

OCEAN PARK - At the March 12 Shoalwater Birders meeting, a landscape professional from Green Angel Gardening will discuss designing gardens to attract birds. They meet the second Wednesday of every month at the Ocean Park library at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in birds will want to attend this interesting presentation.

Preschool stories

OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park Timberland Library presents Old Macdonald Preschool Story Time from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., March 12 for children ages 3 to 6 years old and their caregivers. Just what do all Old Macdonald's animals do on the farm? Join Susan Carney, library associate, to find out through stories, songs, finger plays, felt boards, and crafts. All materials provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ilwaco and Ocean Park Timberland Libraries.

Leprechaun story

RAYMOND - Raymond Timberland Library presents "The Very Hungry Leprechaun" from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., March 12 for ages 6 to 12. Join Librarian Bob Stalder for tall tales about little people and a chance to make some music, green pudding and a leprechaun mask. The program is co-sponsored by Willapa Children's Services and the Friends of the Raymond Timberland Library.

Future Events

Ilwaco After Hours

ILWACO - The next Ilwaco business merchants, "After Hours" event will be held on Thursday, March 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Eagles Nest Resort. There will be a presentation by the Friends of Lewis and Clark. The public is invited to come on by.

Free books

SEAVIEW - Free used books and puzzles for kids from birth to 12 years old will be given away at the Peninsula Church Center, 5000 "N" Place, Seaview on March 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or while supplies last. Donations of appropriate books and puzzles will be accepted during that time also.

Hungry Leprechaun

OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park Timberland Library presents The Very Hungry Leprechaun from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., March 13 for ages 6 to 12. Join Librarian Bob Stalder for tall tales about little people and a chance to make some music, green pudding and a leprechaun mask. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ocean Park and Ilwaco Timberland Libraries.

Toddler Thursday

OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park Timberland Library presents Toddler Thursday from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., March 13 for children ages 18 months to 3 years old and their caregivers. Join staff for stories, songs, surprises, and simple literary and language development activities.

Shanghaied in Astoria

ASTORIA - The Astor Street Opry presents, the Fourth Annual "Shanghaied in Astoria" on March 13 through March 15. This fun annual production is in honor of the Finnish patron saint of grasshoppers, St. Urho and his Irish counterpart the patron saint of crickets, St. Patrick. Come laugh, cry, cheer and throw popcorn at some of your favorite local character as they once again, come together to perform this playful, fun, and original locally produced musical melodrama. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., for the best corn beef and cabbage in town by Mary Todd , proprietor of the Worker's Bar and Grill. Wonderful pot of gold raffle prizes will be given featuring local " Get Away Packages" from bed and breakfasts, hotels plus dinner for two from local restaurants.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Dinner is just $8 and the show is $15. Beer, wine and popcorn will also be available. Performances will be held at The Finnish Meat Market 279 W, Marine Dr. Uniontown in Astoria. Come see this great show - guaranteed to be fun! For more information please call 325-6104.

St. Patrick's luncheon

SEAVIEW - The Presbyterian Women's Association will sponsor a St. Patrick's Day luncheon on Friday, March 14, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Peninsula Church Center, 5000 "N" Place, Seaview. Lunch includes creamed chicken over biscuits (creamed tuna if desired), salads and homemade pies for $6. There will also be a pot o'gold treasure room with unique items to please you.

Quilt show

ILWACO - Coming March 14-16 is the eighth annual quilt show sponsored by the Peninsula Quilt Guild. The show will be held at the Ilwaco Heritage Museum, located at 115 SE Lake in Ilwaco. Friday and Saturday, the show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. The winner of the prize quilt "Fence Around My Garden" will be chosen Sunday at show closing. There is no charge for attending this event.

Indoor kite festival

LONG BEACH - The first annual Windless Kites Indoor Kite Festival kick off on Friday, March 14, at 5 p.m. and will continue on Saturday, March 15, with events starting at 9 a.m., and Sunday, March 16 at 9 a.m. Events such as fighter kite demonstrations, free-flying time, indoor competition, indoor stunt kite demonstrations and more will take place at the Long Beach Elementary School, 400 Washington Avenue North in Long Beach. Don't miss this fun event.

Folk music

ASTORIA - The Karelian Folk Music Ensemble will appear in concert at Suomi Hall, 244 West Marine Drive in Astoria on March 14 at 7 p.m. For more information call 325-5720, or (800) 851-3466. Sponsored by the Finnish Brotherhood.

Audubon field trip

WILLAPA - An Audubon-sponsored field trip on Saturday, March 15, will be led by Gerald Henry and David Miller. Henry and Miller are veteran birders who have led many field trips for the Willapa Hills Audubon Society in recent years.

The group will meet in Longview at 7:30 a.m. behind the Longview Public Library in the 1600 block of Maple Street. Participants will spend the day visiting popular birding areas along the lower Columbia in Oregon from Jones Beach to the Brownsmead area.

Participants are asked to bring binoculars, scopes, bird books, lunch, clothing for variable weather, rain gear, and boots for short walks in muddy or wet conditions. You need not be a member of Audubon to participate. You may contact Susan Meyer at 423.9679, or Linda Nelson at (503)556-9379 for additional information.

Democrat's crab feed

SOUTH BEND - The 78th Annual Democratic Crab Feed will be held on Saturday, March 15, starting at 5 p.m. at the Willapa Harbor Chamber of Commerce (formerly known as the South Bend Chamber of Commerce) community building at First and Alder in South Bend. Admission is a $25 donation. Tickets can be purchased from Pat Gardner, Virginia Leach, Bud Cuffel, or Tracy Shawa.

St. Pat's celebration

ASTORIA - The Star of the Sea School at 14th and Grand in Astoria will have a St. Patrick's celebration on Saturday, March 15. Dinner, consisting of corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, Irish soda bread, will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Entertainment runs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; with Bingo from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be booths, desserts, beer and wine available, plus popcorn and soda, and a gift shop. A good will offering of $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 10 and seniors is invited.

Swim for toys

ASTORIA - Join the Astoria Children's Museum for a pool party on Sunday, March 16 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds from this event will be used to refurbish and create exhibits for the new museum at the Uppertown Firefighters Museum. Raffle prizes will be available. Admission is $2 for everyone over 1. Admission includes popcorn and goodie bags for kids. For more information call the museum at (503) 325-8669.

Clothesline stories

NASELLE - Naselle Timber-land Library presents Clothesline Stories from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., March 18 for preschool children. Join Mrs. Zilli for songs and crafts, and you can pick the stories.

Family reading night

LONG BEACH - Long Beach Elementary School and ECEAP families will hold a Family Reading Night on March 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the school. Call Suzie Lewis at 642-1220 for details.

Sportsmen Legislative Day

OLYMPIA - The grassroots effort known as the Unified Sportsmen of Washington is inviting all sportsmen/women of Washington to attend the first annual Sportsmen Legislative Day on March 20 in Olympia. This event will be an opportunity to allow both the public and the legislators see and hear the true opinion of the Washington sportsman. There will be a focus on how important we are to tourism and conservation. Attendees are encouraged to set up private appointments with their legislators and discuss their outdoor concerns as well as attend a rally from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tivoli Fountain on State Capital Campus. For more information online visit www.sharkland.net/usow.

Special health screenings

OCEAN PARK - Family Health Center and the University of Washington are providing dental screenings for Pacific County special needs Medicaid-eligible children up to years old on March 21 and again on June 20. The Special Needs Children Project services children who have serious physical, behavioral or emotional conditions that require health and related services beyond those required by children generally. For more information or an appointment call 665-3000.

NPIA meeting

OCEAN PARK - The next meeting of the North Peninsula Improvement Association (NPIA) will be on March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Ocean Park fire hall.

Art show

LONGVIEW - The Columbian Artists Association welcomes artists to participate in the 27th annual juried show which will be held March 24 through April 5 at Lower Columbia College, located at 1600 Maple Street in Longview. The event is open to artists 18 years and older from Pacific, Cowlitz, Lewis, Clark and Wakiakum counties. Entries must be original two-dimensional work only, done in the last two years and not previously entered in the Columbia Artists Spring Show and no class work. Entries may be oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, pen/pencil, hand-pulled prints, collages, and/or mixed media. Entries will be received Monday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call Irene Bacon 425-0196, Carol King 577-8052 or Gini Smith at (503) 556-1671.

Spring break schedule 2003

PACIFIC COUNTY - Spring break will be April 7 through April 11 for schools in Naselle and the Ocean Beach School District. Raymond and South Bend schools will break April 14 through April 18.

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