Wednesday, May 11

Crafts

RAYMOND — Raymond Timberland Library presents Crafternoon at the Library from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., May 11 for children. Stop by the library after school to make a craft. For more information call 942-2408.

Bees

LONG BEACH — From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., May 11, the public is invited to a class on mason bees and their role in the garden. Attendees will learn how to get the most pollination, the idea of a honeybee co-op and more. There is a suggested donation of $10 for non-members, but Grange members attend free. For information call Ray Millner at 642-3682.

Alpha Theta

NASELLE — ESA Alpha Theta will hold their installation of 2011-12 officers at Creative Flair in Naselle beginning at 6 p.m., May 11. Then their monthly business meeting is set for 6 p.m., May 17 at the Naselle Library. Call 484-3844 for information.

Ilwaco Merchants

ILWACO — Ilwaco Merchants Association holds their monthly general membership meeting May 11 at 8 a.m. at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.  For more information, please call Clint Carter at 642-8667.

Kindergarten orientation

LONG BEACH —On May 11 at 5:30 p.m., parents and their children, who will be enrolled in kindergarten at Long Beach School next year, are encouraged to come for an orientation. This is a chance to gather information, meet teachers, tour the school, explore the classroom, and much more.

Big Book meeting 

OCEAN PARK — The Ocean Park Big Book meeting is at 6 p.m. each Wednesday at Ocean Park Methodist Church at 1202 262nd Place. All are welcome. For information call Jeannie at 665-3831.

Veterans’ services

LONG BEACH — The local Veterans office is located at 318 NE 2nd St., in the old county building. This is a full service office with a trained service officer available to assist veterans and their families from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The phone number is 642-1228 or e-mail vfw3721@reachone.com.

Grief support 

SEAVIEW — A Grief Support Group meets every Wednesday at 11 a.m., in the fireside room at Peninsula Church Center at 5000 “N” Place in Seaview. Call 800-772-1319 if you have questions, or just come to this support group.

Neptune Classic Movies 

LONG BEACH — The Neptune Twin Cinemas offers family and classic movies with no charge for admission, subject to capacity. All family and classic shows begin at 1 p.m. The movie on May 11 is “Barefoot in the Park” starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford. 1967.  106 min.

Thursday, May 12

Book Discussion

RAYMOND — Raymond Timberland Library is hosting a discussion of the book of “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier” by Ishmael Beah from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., May 12 for adults. Join in what is sure to be a lively discussion. The library will be open only for the program. For more information call 942-2408.

Genealogy meeting

ASTORIA — The Clatsop County Genealogy Society meets at 10 a.m., May 12 with Jeff Smith, curator at the Columbia River Maritime Museum archives at 1792 Marine Drive in Astoria. Seating is limited so please R.S.V.P. to Carol at 503-325-1100.

Art Around Town

PENINSULA — Spring has once again brought out several artists competing at the Peninsula Arts Association spring art show in April. The first and second place winning painters’ art pieces are being shown at the Ocean Beach hospital in Ilwaco during the months of May and June. Come and see!

Friday, May 13

SandSations fundraiser

OCEAN PARK — The Women of the Moose Lodge are holding a fundraising dinner to benefit SandSations from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 13 at the lodge, located on “U” Street. The menu includes a stroganoff bake with wild mushrooms, green beans, salad and a dessert, all for just $8. Tickets go on sale at 4:30 p.m. Come support this great event.

Pinochle 

LONG BEACH — Everyone is invited to come to the Elks Lodge in Long Beach for pinochle every Friday at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $1.50 to play. Call 642-2749 for more information.

Al-Anon 

KLIPSAN — An Al-Anon daytime group meets on a new day of the week — Fridays from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the meeting room (which is handicapped accessible) at Golden Sands Assisted Living. Find help and hope and how to deal in a healthy way, in a safe environment. Call 665-5300 for more information. 

Saturday, May 14

Mental Health Walk

LONG BEACH — The NAMI Mental Health Walk starts at 9 a.m. this Saturday, May 14 at the Bolstad approach in Long Beach and moves north on the Discovery Trail. Bright T-shirts designed and printed by Ilwaco students can be purchased at Willapa Behavioral Health prior to the walk or obtained at the walk tent on Saturday. Joining with members of NAMI will be walkers building mental health awareness youth through the new movement entitled “To Write Love on Her Arms.” For more information phone Rosi Sartwell at 665-5372, Kat Erskine at 665-6305, or Ezzy Pacheco at 244-1845.

Spring concert

ASTORIA — The North Coast Chorale presents their spring concert on May 14 at       7 p.m. and May 15 at 2 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, 16th and Franklin in Astoria. “Our Past, Our Present, and Our Future” is the theme of the concert. The first half will contain music that commemorates the influence of various cultural groups in the area, including the music of local Finnish composer Wilho Saari, who sings with the North Coast Chorale. Plus music acknowledging the work and play of early Astorians, including “Irish Blessing” and “Dallabu Johnson” will be performed. The second half of the concert will feature a piece by Barbara Poulshock, which was commissioned by the North Coast Chorale, and is entitled, “The Voyage.” It explores a theme of hope, untold want, lively stories of sailing, voyaging and contains metaphors that describe our journey through life.  Tickets are available from Chorale members, at the Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce or at the door.

Archery meeting

LONG BEACH — The Bear River Archery Club meets at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 14 at the clubhouse and range, east on 85th Street off Sandridge Road, next to Lone Fir Cemetery. Anyone interested in archery is welcome to attend. There will be a 3-D shoot May 21 and May 22. For information call John at 244-3472.

Grange spring contest

SKAMOKAWA — Saturday, May 14 is the date of the annual grange spring contests, which include Wahkiakum Pomona, Grays River, Skamokawa and Long Beach granges. The building opens at 9:30 a.m., and all entries should be in place before noon. The event includes a variety of events, including canning, cooked candy, baking, sewing, needlework and quilting competitions. The lecturer’s department includes photography as well as arts and crafts. It also includes painting, drawing, wood crafts, stained glass, lapidary, leather and more. Check out the website www.wa-grange.org for contest rules, age categories and more.

SHOA Planter event

SURFSIDE — Surfside Homeowners Association invites the public to a Spring Planter planting workshop on Saturday, May 14 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Master Gardener and sustainable gardening instructor at Grays Harbor Community College Rachel Gana will demonstrate planting of two planters that will be as deer resistant as possible and each will have different moisture requirements. A raffle for one of the planters will be held and door prizes will be available. This is an excellent opportunity to explore new ideas about creating great planters on the peninsula. The event will be held rain or shine at 31402 H Street in Surfside. For additional information contact Ann Thoreson at 360-783-2829.

Surf Perch Derby

LONG BEACH — The 11th Annual Surf Perch Derby is Saturday, May 14 at the Bolstad beach approach. The registration booth is open from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration is $25 per person ($30 the day of the tournament) and includes an all you can eat pancake breakfast. Prizes are offered for the total weight of fish caught for individuals and three-person teams. Call 244-0183 if you have questions.

Sunday, May 15

Spring Tea & Lunch

GRAYS RIVER — Grays River Valley pioneer history will come to life for this year’s Friendship Circle 9th Annual Spring Tea and Luncheon to be held on Sunday, May 15 at the Rosburg Community Hall off Highway 4 in Rosburg. Doors at the hall will be opened at noon and the luncheon served at 12:30 p.m., with the program to follow. Several local history photo albums will be on hand and there will be some surprises too as parts of them will be brought to life. Women of the Grays River United Methodist Church sponsor this annual event where people come from far and near to sample special tea delicacies, visit with old and new friends, enjoy the program and examine raffle prizes to be chosen later by the winners. Raffle tickets are $1 each. Proceeds from the event go for Friendship Circle special projects. Suggested donation is $8 per person at the door. Wear that special dress or hat that just never gets worn, or come in whatever makes you comfortable. For information call 465-2740 or 484-7749.

“Our Kind of Traitor”

NASELLE — From 10 a.m. to noon, May 15, adults and teens are invited to Naselle Timberland Library for a discussion of “Our Kind of Traitor” by John Le Carré. The library is normally closed at this time and is only open for the program. New participants are always welcome. For more information call 484-3877.

Meditation session

OCEAN PARK — Loving kindness meditation is available every Sunday from         3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Golden Sands and is open to all. The format is Buddhist teaching via CD or reading. There will be a 30-minute silent meditation followed by a group discussion. For information call Jim at 665-3070.

Orchid meeting

ASTORIA — The Sunset Empire Orchid Society will meet Sunday, May 15, at 2 p.m., at the First Lutheran Church at 725 33rd Street in Astoria. The guest speaker is long term orchid grower Greg Nielsen, who is both a member of the society and also current president of the Oregon Orchid Society. Nielsen will address new ways to pot orchids, including mounting on tree fern, cork, wood, and in baskets.  He will also discuss fertilizers and different potting materials. For more information contact Georgia at 665-5565.

Emergency Notification System

PACIFIC COUNTY — If you live within a tsunami inundation zone, you may call 642-9338 or 875-9338 and provide your name, address, phone number, and telephone provider. VOIP and cell phone users may register their phone numbers by visiting the following link, www.co.pacific.wa.us/pcema/EmergNotifcation.htm.

Overeaters Anonymous

PENINSULA — There are meetings four times a week on the Peninsula in both Seaview and Ocean Park, on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays for those interested in the support group Overeaters Anonymous. If you have questions call 665-2535 or Kathleen at 642-8439.

Monday, May 16

DSHS community meeting

SOUTH BEND — On Monday, May 16 at 6 p.m., the public is invited to a community meeting at the courthouse annex at 1216 W. Robert Bush Drive, regarding the proposed closure of the DSHS Community Services office in South Bend. There will be a time for questions as well as a presentation of information.

Audubon meeting

RAYMOND — Discovery Coast Audubon Society is meeting at 7 p.m., May 16, at the PUD Willapa Operations Center at 405 Duryea St. in Raymond. Education chair Mary Atherton will teach a beginning birding class with an emphasis on vultures, hawks, falcons and eagles. The event is free. For information call 665-5975 or go to www.meetup.com/Discovery-Coast.

Lupus & Fibromyalgia 

SEASIDE — The Northcoast Lupus and Fibromyalgia  Support Group meets on May 16 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the education center at the Seaside Hospital. Mary Trudell, director of Mission and Spiritual Care from Providence Seaside Hospital, will be the speaker. She will be talking about the grieving process for people who have lost independence, jobs, families, etc., because of chronic diseases and chronic pain, etc. If you have any questions, please call Sheila at 665-4870 or Carol at 503-325-1100. 

Volunteer firefighters

PENINSULA — Volunteers are needed with the local fire departments. For more information call Pacific County Fire District No. 1 at 665-4451, Pacific County Fire District No. 2 at 777-8209, Long Beach Volunteer Fire Department at 642-4421 or Ilwaco Volunteer Fire Department at 642-3188.

AA meetings

OCEAN PARK and SEAVIEW — Alcoholics Anonymous has two group meetings on the Peninsula. The Ocean Park group meets at 7:30 p.m., at the Ocean Park Methodist Church at 1202 262nd Place on Mondays and Fridays. The second group meets seven days a week at 6:30 a.m., noon and 8 p.m., at 4603 Pacific Highway in Seaview. For more information you can call 642-2902 or go to http://area72aa.org.

Tuesday, May 17

Town Hall meeting

ILWACO — WellSpring Community Network is holding a town hall community meeting with the theme, “Creating Community Change,” on Tuesday, May 17. Dinner is at     5:30 p.m., and the meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. It is all free, including childcare needed. Leader and innovator Nigel Wrangham, a nationally known speaker on substance abuse prevention, will lead the kickoff. If you have questions call 783-1090.

Peninsula Arts Association

     Long Beach — Peninsula Arts Association meets at 6 p.m., May 17 at the Pacific County P.U.D conference room located at 9610 Sandridge Road. The business meeting to be followed by an art related presentation. For more information call 665-2661.

Fruits of the spirit

SEAVIEW — A study of the fruits of the spirit with nationally recognized Biblical scholar Rev. Tom Schaffer runs each Tuesday through June 28 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Seaview. All are welcome. Call 642-3115 with questions.

Rotary

SEAVIEW — The Southwest Pacific County Peninsula Rotary Club meets Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m., at the 42nd Street Café in Seaview. For more information contact Lynn Raymer at 665-2685 or go to www.beachrotary.org.

Do Nothing Club

OCEAN PARK —There is no better time than now to check out the Do Nothing Club. The club is always looking for a few good men to meet on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at 24002 “U” Street in Ocean Park. You can play cribbage, shoot pool or sit around solve the world’s problems. Meet and make some new friends. For more information, call Jack McBride at 665-2721 or Jim Wirth at 665-2420.

Wednesday, May 18

Women in Business

KLIPSAN — The next meeting of the Peninsula Women in Business is at 5:15 p.m., May 18 at Nanci and Jimella’s Seafood Market. Urban bites and wine will be available for $5. Join fellow businesswomen for an evening of fun, while learning how to protect and organize your vital documents. Please R.S.V.P. to Heidi at junglenurse@comcast.net.

Neptune Classic Movies 

LONG BEACH — The Neptune Twin Cinemas offers family and classic movies with no charge for admission, subject to capacity. All family and classic shows begin at 1 p.m. The movie on May 18 is “A Guy Named Joe” starring Spencer Tracy, Irene Dunne and Van Johnson. 1944.  121 min.

Future Events

Gardening Chat

OCEAN PARK — Come join an informal gardening chat at the Ocean Park Library community room the third Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. May 19 will be a discussion of ways to make caring for our gardening easier and less work.  If you have questions call Lisa at 665-3061.

“The Sound of Music”

CHINOOK — After successful auditions, rehearsals are in full swing for the Peninsula Association of Performing Artists’ production of “The Sound of Music.”  Be sure to mark your calendars for this exciting event. With a cast of 25 outstanding performers from Rosburg to Astoria to Ocean Park, “The Sound of Music” is guaranteed to be a memorable experience for all. Opening night is Friday, May 20, at 7 p.m. at the Fort Columbia Theater. Closing night is Sunday, June 12, at 3 p.m. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 11 at Okie’s Thriftway and Stormin’ Norman’s, or call 665-6530. 

DAR meeting

ASTORIA — Astoria Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will meet May 20 at 11 a.m., at the Astoria Golf and Country Club. Plans for the Memorial Day observance at Oceanview Cemetery and the flag retirement at Fort Stevens on June 14 will be discussed. Members and women interested in membership are invited to attend. For information and reservations call Regent Evelyn Laughman 503-325-4683 or Registrar Sue Glen 503-861-0574.

Vintage Fashion show

ILWACO — “From Past to Present,” a vintage fashion show and lunch to benefit patient care at Ocean Beach Hospital, will be May 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco. In what amounts to a time traveler’s tour of the fashion world, the event will feature clothing from the roaring ‘20s to the psychedelic ‘60s, and all points in between and beyond. Sponsored by Ocean Beach Hospital Foundation, the lunch is a fundraiser to support treatment programs including women’s health and cancer screenings. In addition to the fashion show, the event will include raffle prizes and auction items. Tickets are available at Ocean Beach Hospital Gift Shop, the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum and the Long Beach Peninsula Trading Post.  The cost is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Price includes the fashion show and lunch. For more information, call Beatrice Fabiano at 360-244-3312 or Gloria VanDeHey at 503-325-1202.

Grange Big Plant Sale

RAYMOND — Saturday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Willapa Valley Grange at 290 Camp One Rd in Raymond, is hosting a plant sale event and more. Presentations include topics like “Building Hoop Houses” at 11:15 a.m., a forge welding demonstration at 12:20 p.m., and “Gardening and Pets” at 1:15 p.m. Local nursery vendors, soil amendment producers, farmers, veggie, herb flower seed suppliers will be on hand for all gardening needs. This event promises to be fun for the whole family! Worn Out Shoes will provide music. This is a potluck event with a suggested sliding donation of $1 to $5. Proceeds from vendor sales and donations go to help renovate the Willapa Valley Grange No. 527. For more information contact: Jeff Gee at 360-589-3444.

Stamp Club

LONG BEACH — Peninsula Stamp Club meets May 23 at 11 a.m. at the Long Beach Grange at 5715 Sandridge Road. Beginners to advanced collectors are welcome. Call John at 642-8732 for more information.

Great White Tail Run

SKAMOKAWA — The 27th annual Great White Tail Run will be held on May 21 beginning at 10 a.m., on the Julia Butler Hansen National Wildlife Refuge located in Skamokawa. Participants will run or walk an out and back course for the 10k, 5k or two miles.  There will be recognition awards given to the top overall female and male in each event along with ribbons for the top three finishers in age division. Registration and packet pickup will begin at 8:30 a.m. the day of the event at Vista Park where parking will be available. Day of run registration cost is $12 without a shirt and $25 with a shirt. A limited supply of shirts will be available.  For more information or request of a registration form, please call 360-465-2275 or 360-795-3278 or email to carol.ervest@gmail.com. This event is fundraiser for the Wahkiakum County based 4-H program and all proceeds will be used to benefit the county program.

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