Wednesday, Jan. 2
PACIFIC COUNTY — Schools are closed for Winter break. Ocean Beach School District students return to class on Jan. 3. Naselle Grays River School resume on Jan. 7.
Winter Break Fun
RAYMOND — Raymond Timberland Library is hosting winter break crafts, games and movies, daily until Jan. 4 for children and teens. School is out for the break so come to the library for some fun! Enjoy a different activity every day. For more information call 360-942-2408.
Dining to Make a Difference
PENINSULA — Several top Long Beach eateries will offer three-for-$33 dinners from Sunday through Thursdays throughout all of January. The promotion, Dining to Make a Difference, will benefit the local Boys and Girls Club. When diners on weeknights in January mention the promo code DMD2019 at 2nd Street Café & Bistro, Galletti’s Spaghetti House, Lost Roo, Pickled Fish, the Pub at Shelburne Hotel, Salt Pub & Grub, and The Depot Restaurant, 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of the Long Beach Peninsula. And when the promo code DMD2019 is mentioned while making a room reservation at participating lodging including Adrift Hotel, Enchanted Cottages, Inn at Discovery Coast, Salt Hotel, and Shelburne Hotel, a 10 percent donation will also be gifted. The Boys & Girls Club of the Long Beach Peninsula provides a safe place for children to have fun, get a hot meal, be creative, be part of a team, get help with homework, and gather with friends. For Dining to Make a Difference details including participants and special offers, please visit www.lbpfood.com. For destination information and trip planning, please call the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at 360-642-2400 or access www.visitlongbeachpeninsula.com.
Free Showing ‘San Francisco’
LONG BEACH — There will be a free showing of the classic movie “San Francisco” starring Clark Gable and Jeanette MacDonald at the Neptune Movie House, 809 Ocean Beach Blvd., Long Beach at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2.
Thursday, Jan. 3
ILWACO — There’s a knitting group that meets at Olde Towne Coffee Café, located at 108 1st Avenue in Ilwaco from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. All skill levels are welcome including those wanting to learn to knit. There will be experienced knitters there to help teach and to help problem solve if you are having challenges. This is a good time to engage in a fun hobby and a place to make new friends. If you have questions call Olde Towne at 360-777-3085 or Donna Magnuson at 360-642-7116.
OCEAN PARK — The Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) group meets at Ocean Park Community Church at 268th and Vernon in Ocean Park every Thursday morning. Weigh-in begins at 7 a.m. until 8:20 a.m. Meetings are from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. every week. All are welcome. For further information, please call Dee at 360-665-6507 or Donna at 360-665-2336.
Friday, Jan. 4
Al-Anon Family Group
KLIPSAN — The New Day Al-Anon Family Group meets each Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. and each Friday at 1:30 p.m. to support individuals affected by alcoholism in a family member or friend. Meetings are free, confidential, and focused on building personal strength and hope rather than on judgment of others. The groups gather in the Golden Sands conference room off the exercise room, 216th and Pacific Highway in Klipsan Beach. For information call 360-244-5566 or 360-239-1835.
Saturday, Jan. 5
OCEAN PARK and LONG BEACH — Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step program for people with problems related to food including, compulsive overeaters, those with binge eating disorders, bulimics and anorexics. Local meetings are held each Saturday at 10 a.m. at First Place Mall, Suite 3, in Long Beach and at the Ocean Park Library on Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. Please call ahead for information on Thursday meetings. There is no charge to attend and everyone is welcome. Call Vivian at 360-244-1819 or Diane at 503-318-6608 for more information.
Sunday, Jan. 6
A Course in Miracles
OCEAN PARK — A Course in Miracles study group meets on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ocean Park Library community room. All meetings are open to the public and free of charge. A Course in Miracles is a universal spiritual practice, Christian in thought, and dealing with universal themes and experience. It is not a religion nor affiliated with any church/temple/denomination. The Course will address existential questions as well as the practice of undoing fear and guilt, attainment of inner peace, healing of sickness and of relationships, forgiveness and compassion, prayer/meditation and enlightenment. A Course in Miracles books will be available for use and for purchase at the meetings. For more information, please contact Kenny Tam at 206-979-7714 cell.
Monday, Jan. 7
LONG BEACH — Long Beach City Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month at city hall located at 115 Bolstad Avenue West. The agenda is available at www.longbeachwa.gov/ or at city hall prior to the meeting. These meetings are open to the public. Call 360-642-4421 for additional information.
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, Wednesdays. The phone number is 360-642-1228 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, Jan. 8
ILWACO — Peninsula Players is hosting auditions for “HMS Pinafore” at 6 p.m. Jan. 8 and 9 at the River City Playhouse, 127 Lake St., Ilwaco. Director Rita Smith is looking for 12 actors of all ages including children and “mature adults.” The musical comedy, subtitled “The Lass That Loved a Sailor,” is an adaptation of the Gilbert and Sullivan work. For details, phone Smith at 360-665-0028 or email email@example.com.
Friends of Naselle Library
NASELLE — The Friends of the Naselle Timberland Library will meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on this second Tuesday, Jan. 8 (rescheduled due to the New Year’s Day Holiday). Join others and help plan library events and activities! For more information call 360-484-3877.
American Legion/Auxiliary meetings
ILWACO — Don R. Grable American Legion Post #48 and Auxiliary Unit #48 will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 6 p.m. at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco. A potluck will precede the first meetings of the New Year. All are welcome to attend and share food and time with veterans and their families. For further information, please call Post Commander Ron Robbins at 360-931-3995 or Unit President Georgia Bell at 360-484-3662.
Do Nothing Club
OCEAN PARK — All men are welcome to join us every Tuesday morning 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Ocean Park Lutheran Church, 24002 U Street Ocean Park. This is a non-denominational group that gathers to enjoy cribbage, pool or just solving the world’s problems. They take turns making a light lunch for the group each week, and through a small monetary donation weekly provide care to those in need during the holidays. For information contact Jack McBride at 360-665-3939 or Russ Jones at 360-665-3939.
Wednesday, Jan. 9
Shoalwater Birders to meet
OCEAN PARK — The next meeting of the Shoalwater Birders is Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the Ocean Park Library. The business meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.; the program starts at 7 p.m. Barbara Linnett, from Astoria, will tell attendees about the Five Birds of Astoria: How to identify, their behaviors, migration patterns, breeding and nesting behavior plus their feeding needs and how and where to enjoy them. All are welcome to the program. Refreshments will be served. If you have questions, call Susan Clark 360-665-2753.
Free Movie ‘Murphy’s Romance’
LONG BEACH — There will be a free showing of the classic movie “Murphy’s Romance” starring Sally Field and James Garner at the Neptune Movie House, 809 Ocean Beach Blvd., Long Beach at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9.
RAYMOND — Raymond Timberland Library presents “Take It Off Auto” from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Jan. 10 for adults and teens. Did you know there is so much more that you can do with your camera than point and shoot? Photographer Brian Evans will give you ideas to take pictures worth printing! For more information call 360-942-2408.
Pacific Transit Quarterly Board Meeting
LONG BEACH — Pacific Transit System will hold its first 2019 regular quarterly board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Pacific County office building at 7013 Sandridge Road in Long Beach. The meeting will start at 10:30 a.m. There will be a public hearing to hear comments on the 2019 Salary & Wage Schedule for the non-labor employees. The public to invited to attend and participate. For information call 360-875-9418.
Chinook Indian Nation meeting
SOUTH BEND — The Chinook Indian Nation will be holding its monthly Council Meeting at 11 a.m. on Saturday Jan. 12, at the Chinook Nation Tribal Office at 3 E. Park Street, in Bay Center. The meeting is open to all tribal members, and attendees are reminded to bring a potluck item. Please arrive on time. Contact the Tribal Office at 360-875-6670 if you have any questions.
Families helping Families
OCEAN PARK — Every second Saturday of the month Families helping Families will distribute gently used clothing for the entire family, personal hygiene items, and laundry and cleaning supplies from noon to 2 p.m. at the Family Worship Center, one block north of the Ocean Park fire department at 26310 Ridge Avenue. The next date is Jan. 12. Volunteers are welcome as are donations. Call 360-777-3717 for information.
TAC Meeting Reminder
RAYMOND — The next roundtable meeting of the Teen Advocacy Coalition is set for Monday, Jan. 14 at 3:15 p.m. at the Raymond High School The tentative agenda includes information on the new fiscal agent; board nominations; staff hiring; goals for the new year and event programming including Guns and Hoses (March), Drug Takeback (April) and After Prom Party (May). If you would like to look at previous meeting minutes and agendas before the meeting you can do so on their website at pacificcountytac.org. All people, of all ages, are welcome to attend regardless of membership status. For information contact Zoe Sowa, vice president or Tania Remmers at 360-942-2303.
ILWACO — On Thursday, Jan. 17 at Ilwaco’s Salt Hotel & Pub, Butch Smith, will talk about salmon enhancement on the Lower Columbia River. Smith is a third generation salmon and sturgeon fishing guide whose family owns and operates Coho Charters in Ilwaco. Butch is a longtime advocate for salmon and salmon enhancement on the Columbia River. His illustrated talk will cover what salmon enhancement programs are, what they do, and their role in the past and going into the future. Salty Talk presentations are located upstairs in the Salt Hotel and Pub, located at 147 Howerton Ave on the Ilwaco waterfront. The event is free to the public and starts at 6:30 p.m. Come early or stay late for those wanting to grab dinner or beverage. Seating is limited. No reservations.
Historic Winter Transportation
FORT CLATSOP — Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop offers their next event in their free speaker series entitled Historic Winter Transportation with Richard Brenne on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m. People of northern climes have long used various methods of transportation specific to winter weather such as skis, sleds, and snowshoes. Did the Lewis and Clark Expedition use any of these or note seeing Indians use these tools? Join Richard Brenne for a discussion of the history of these transportation techniques. Brenne is a skier, mountain climber, world traveler, tour guide, freelance writer and award-winning screenwriter whose works have been produced by the Discovery Channel, HBO, and Warner Brothers. In Their Footsteps is a monthly Sunday forum sponsored by the Lewis & Clark National Park Association and the park. These programs are held in the Netul River Room of Fort Clatsop’s visitor center and are free of charge. For more information, call the park at 503-861-2471, or check out www.nps.gov/lewi.
Caregiver Support Group
OCEAN PARK — Caring for someone with memory loss? Do you need information and support? Alzheimer’s Association family caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with memory loss. Starting in September, meetings will be held the third Monday of the month, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Ocean Park Timberland Library, 1308 256th Place. The next meeting is Jan. 21. For information call Dawn Morgan at 360-261-4612.
Windless Kite Festival
LONG BEACH — Jan. 26 and Jan. 27 the longest running indoor kite festival in North America returns to the Long Beach Elementary gymnasium for its 17th year. The event includes performances, competitions, workshops and open flying for kite enthusiasts of every age and ability. Perfect for families, the Windless Kite Festival features a $5 kite-making workshop and opportunities for children, families and friends to learn the art of indoor kiting, where kites are powered by the motion of the flyer’s body. Call 360-642-4020 for information or go to: http://kitefestival.com/events/windless-kite-festival.
Beach Clean Up Day
PENINSULA — The Grass Roots Garbage Gang is holding a Beach Clean Up Days on Jan. 26. Head to a beach approach at 9:30 a.m. on clean up day to get supplies and help with this effort to clean our 28 miles of beach. All are invited to participate. Go to ourbeach.org for more information.