Uganda choir concert is Nov. 14

The Watoto Children’s Choir, made up of 18 orphans from Uganda, is touring the U.S. for six months with a stop at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Castle Rock United Methodist Church, 241 First Ave. S.W.

The group’s concert, Signs and Wonders, will feature worship songs that share the stories of the children and the joy they have because of God’s love, according to a press release.

The performance is free and open to the public.

Watoto Children’s Choirs have traveled the world since 1994 sharing the plight of Africa’s orphaned children. Each child in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both of their parents, but they have been rescued and live in a Watoto village, states the press release. Watoto is a holistic child-care solution initiated to serve the dire needs of the people of Africa.

Exploring wild mushrooms

Washington state park ranger Dane Osis will discuss “Wild Forest Mushrooms” at a free event open to the public starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Salt Hotel and Pub, 147 Howerton Ave., Ilwaco.

He will offer an illustrated talk exploring the variety of mushrooms that thrive along the Pacific Northwest coast.

After getting a background in mushroom identification through several college courses, Osis picked mushrooms commercially in the Siskiyou and Deschutes National Forests.

Mug: Dane Osis


Osis is a park ranger at Fort Stevens State Park, where he has been teaching mushroom identification for the past 14 years He also trains people on mushroom IDing at several Oregon State parks and the Tillamook Forestry Center.

Salty Talk presentations are in partnership with the Salt Pub and Hotel, Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission with support from Friends of Columbia River Gateway.

Seating is limited. No reservations, first come, first served.

For details, call the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum at 360-642-3446 or send an email to

Community arts sale for students

The public is invited to a benefit art sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays through Nov. 19 in the parish hall at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1428 22nd Ave., Longview.

Organized by Yvette O’Neill Raynham and the staff at the Community Arts Workshop at Lower Columbia CAP, the sale includes art works by workshop artists and students at village schools in Kenya along with crafts made in Kenya.

Money raised from the sale will be used to support a computer lab at the School for the Deaf in Kambui, Kenya, by the nonprofit Global Village Resources; and to buy art supplies for the local Community Arts Workshop.

— The Daily News


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