Wednesday, Dec. 5

Donations needed for Toys for Peninsula Kids

PENINSULA — The Pacific County Fire District No. 1, Long Beach Elks Lodge and American Legion Post 48 have joined together to create a new program that is strictly local — Toys for Peninsula Kids. The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15. This program will allow parents who are in need of financial assistance to choose toys that they find most fitting for each of their children for Christmas. The parents will be able to then wrap the toys and decide if they will be from Santa or themselves. This concept allows the parents to not only participate in the gift-giving process but to take ownership of their children’s Christmas experience. Toys for Peninsula Kids is in need of either new toys for ages newborn to 15, or monetary donations. All money donated will be used to purchase toys for our local kids.

Drop boxes are available at Pacific County Fire District No. 1 on Ridge Avenue in Ocean Park; at the Chinook Observer on Bolstad Avenue in Long Beach, and at Dennis Company in Long Beach, of call 360-665-4451 to schedule a pickup of donated items.

Additionally, volunteers are needed to help in various aspects of the program, including helping on the day of the event.

Winter Holiday Centerpieces

NASELLE — On Dec. 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Naselle Timberland Library presents Winter Holiday Centerpieces, for adults. Join florist Christina Miller and learn the secrets of creating floral holiday arrangements. Bring a shallow dish (approximately 6 to 8 inches in diameter) and any special ornaments. All other materials provided. Stop by or call to register today! For more information call 360-484-3877.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

ILWACO — Looking for some adventure in your life? The men and women of U.S.C.G. Auxiliary Flotilla 06-02 are the uniformed civilian volunteer branch of the U.S Coast Guard. Events include providing boating education courses and vessel inspections. Get involved and have fun learning new skills and qualifications. The Auxiliary offers a unique opportunity to make a real difference in your local community and across the country. No former military or boating experience needed. The flotilla meets 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at the U.S. Coast Guard Cape Disappointment Station mess deck. The next meeting is Dec. 5. For more information, contact Della at 360-244-7062 or via email at

Thursday, Dec. 6

Graveyard of the Pacific exhibit

ILWACO — The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum presents a special exhibition Graveyard of the Pacific: Dangerous Currents-Shifting Sands. The show coincides with the shipwreck season. Winter weather brings winter storms and the winter storms of the past brought many ships to ground along the coast of the Long Beach Peninsula. Historic artifacts, photographs, and first-person accounts from wrecks such as the Admiral Benson, the Alice, the Potrimpos, the Glenmorag, and over 20 more ships will be featured in the exhibition. In addition, The U.S. Life Saving Service, U.S. Coast Guard and volunteer rescue units who have risked and sometimes given their lives to saving victims of maritime accidents will be highlighted. A portion of the show will be devoted to noted shipwreck historian James A. Gibbs, whose groundbreaking book Pacific Graveyard is still considered a primary source for shipwreck information. Ocean Park photographer Charles Fitzpatrick who worked from the late 1920s through the 1960s will be highlighted for his part in keeping the mystery and attraction to shipwrecks alive. Come immerse yourself in our local shipwreck history. Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is located at 115 SE Lake Street in Ilwaco, WA. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free on Thursdays thanks to the Port of Ilwaco. For more information please call 360-642-3446 or visit


RAYMOND — On Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Raymond Timberland Library is hosting family story time, for children. Encourage literacy skills through art, music, and play for children birth to age 6. For more information call 360-942-2408.

TOPS meeting

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 665-6507 or Donna at 665-2336.

Deck the Hall

SKAMOKAWA — Friends of Skamokawa’s annual Christmas and Holiday Open House “Deck the Hall” will run now through Dec. 17 running Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 4 p.m., with the final day being Sunday, Dec. 17. This is a lovely gift-shopping event with a wide range of unique items for all tastes. Friends of Skamokawa is currently accepting holiday crafters for this event. To sign up or for more information call the office at 360-795-3007 or email RiverLife Interpretive Center-Central School-Redmen Hall is located at 1394 W. State Route 4, Skamokawa.

Friday, Dec. 7

Tree of Light

ILWACO — The Ocean Beach Hospital Foundation Board invites the public to the lighting of the Giving Tree honoring loved ones, caregivers and family at 9:15 a.m. on Dec. 7 in the lobby at OBH. The Ilwaco High School choir will provide music and warm beverages and special treats will be available. Ornaments are available in the gift shop with donations of any amount welcome but not required. For information call Tammie at 360-642-6301.

Saturday, Dec. 8

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 Dec. 8. Volunteers are welcome as are donations. Call 360-777-3717 for information.

Tuba Christmas

ILWACO — The public is invited to enjoy some rich sounds of the season at the annual Tuba Christmas concert, Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m., at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. This free concert will feature the Astoria Tuba Quartet, who will perform a variety of seasonal selections, jazz arrangements and a polka or two at this family-friendly event. This concert is sponsored by the Ilwaco Merchants Association and is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information please contact the museum at 360-642-3446.

Chinook Indian Nation

BAY CENTER — The Chinook Indian Nation will hold its monthly Council Meeting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Chinook Nation Tribal Office at 3 E. Park Street, in Bay Center. Please arrive on time. The meeting is open to all tribal members, and attendees are reminded to bring a potluck item. Please contact the Tribal Office at 360-875-6670 if you have any questions.

Bayside Singers concert “Choose Something Like A Star”

PENINSULA — Bayside Singers holiday concert will be Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m., at the Chinook Event Center behind the Chinook School. They are blessed to have the able accompaniment of pianist Barbara Bate. With a group of over 30 members, they will present arrangements with as many as six-part harmonies which can be both challenging and fun for the members to perform. A special treat is a lovely rendition of “It’s a Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Bayside Singers is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to bringing quality choral music to the peninsula and all members reside on the peninsula. A suggested donation of $10 each helps to support the group’s purchase of quality choral music and other expenses for the enjoyment of our community. There will be an intermission with light refreshments available. Also, choir members have decided to make Christmas cookies and sweets available for sale at intermission to help defray expenses.

Sunday, Dec. 9

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, Dec. 10

Organist needed

SEAVIEW — The Ocean Beach Presbyterian Church is looking for someone to play their Bond Organ for Sunday services. This is a paid position and duties are subject to negotiation. Contact 360-244-5178 for information.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

School Book Fairs

LONG BEACH & OCEAN PARK — Both Long Beach and Ocean Park Elementary schools will be hosting community Book Fairs from Dec. 11 through Dec. 18. The book fair will help raise funds for purchasing new books for school libraries. The fairs will feature specially priced books and educational products, including newly released works, award winning titles, children’s classics, and current bestsellers from more than 150 publishers. Parents, children, teachers, and the community are invited to the Scholastic Book Fair. Tuesday, Dec. 11, is viewing day, purchasing days are Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursda,y Dec. 13, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, Dec. 14, Monday, Dec. 17, and Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, or to volunteer, please call Karen Beckerle at 360-665-4815, ext. 619 or Judy D’Haene at 360-642-3242, ext. 521.

Movie Night

NASELLE — Naselle Timberland Library is hosting a movie night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 11 for adults and teens. Enjoy some popcorn while you watch popular releases. Movies may be PG-13 rated, suitable for teen or adult audiences. Check with the library for this week’s title. Popcorn will be provided. For more information call 360-484-3877.

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 at 24002 U Street Ocean Park. The club is not affiliated with the church, but pays rent for its use. This is a non-denominational group that gathers to enjoy cribbage, pool or just solving the world’s problems. Attendees take turns making a light lunch each week, and through a small monetary donation weekly provide care for those in need during the holidays. For information contact Russ Jones 360-665-3939 or Bjorno Guglielmetti at 360-665-4614.

Wednesday, Dec. 12

Free Movie Showing

LONG BEACH — There will be a free showing of “Goldfinger” starring Sean Connery and Honor Blackman at the Neptune Movie House, 809 Ocean Beach Blvd., Long Beach at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Future Events

Alzheimer’s 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 providing care to a person with memory loss. Meetings are held the third Monday of the month, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Ocean Park Timberland Library, 1308 256th Place, Ocean Park. For information call Dawn Morgan at 360-261-4612.

Ilwaco Food Bank hours

ILWACO — St. Vincent de Paul Ilwaco Food Bank will be open revised days for the holidays. They will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and in December they will be open Dec. 14 and Dec. 21. If you any questions, call Rachel at 360-642-8723.

Stamp Club

LONG BEACH — Peninsula Stamp Club meetings are the third Saturday of each month at noon at the Ocean Park Timberland Library at 1308 256th Place. The next meeting is Dec. 15. Beginners to advanced collectors are welcome. Call John at 642-8732 for more information.

Military Officers Gather

WARRENTON — The Military Officers Association of America, Lower Columbia River Chapter, will hold a Christmas dinner on Sunday, Dec 16 at 5 p.m. at Astoria Golf and Country Club in Warrenton. All U.S. Military officers and former officers; active duty, reserve, retired, or warrant officers are invited as well as USPHS and NOAA officers. For further information please contact Captain R. Stevens, U.S. Coast Guard (ret) at 503-861-9832.

Shoeboxes of Joy

LONG BEACH — From now to Christmas eve, the Shoeboxes of Joy donation station at 102 3rd Street NW in Long Beach will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. accepting donations. The goal is to provide a shoebox to the elderly and/or disabled who may not have family or friends close by. This is a wonderful opportunity for our community to work together and provide a special gift to those in need. Volunteers are always welcome. Email or call 360-642-1105 for information.

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