Use food in lieu of overdue fines

Continuing through Saturday, Dec. 16, the Longview Public Library will accept a can, box or bag of nonperishable food for fines of 50 cents or less. The food will be given to the HELP Warehouse. Food may not be used to pay for lost or damaged items.

Public invited to holiday fun

The public is invited to holiday entertainment taking place the rest of this month at the Canterbury Inn, 1324 Third Ave.; the Canterbury Park, 1324 Third Ave.; and at the Delaware Plaza, 926 Delaware St., all in Longview. Refreshments are served at all Delaware Plaza events and attendees are asked to RSVP to 360-423-3333.

Canterbury Inn

• Saturday, Dec. 16: 2 p.m., Girl Scouts carolers; 6:15 p.m, Faith Lutheran Church concert choir.

• Monday, Dec. 18: 2:10 p.m., Monte Waters, pianist and entertainer performs pop, country, swing, gospel and blues music; sing-a-long welcome.

• Tuesday, Dec. 19: 7 p.m., Christmas program by piano and violin students of Lauren Cash.

• Thursday, Dec. 21: 10:30 p.m., piano music by Greg Moore and a sing-a-long.

• Thursday, Dec. 28: 10:30 a.m., piano music by Greg Moore celebrating the new year.

Delaware Plaza

• Monday, Dec. 18: gospel music by Mae Marley on the piano.

• Tuesday, Dec. 19: 2 p.m., country, 1950s and beyond music by Bill Price on the guitar.

• Wednesday, Dec. 20: 7 p.m., old-time music by a five-piece band; and 6 p.m., a Christmas choir performance.

The public is invited to holiday entertainment taking place this month at the Canterbury Park, 1335 Third Ave. Longview.

Canterbury Park

• Wednesday, Dec. 13: 10:30 a.m., pre-school children from Polly's Daycare present a holiday program.

• Monday, Dec. 18: 11:15 a.m., local tap dancers from the Tappette's group perform; 1 p.m., the Down Home Singers perform traditional music with an audience sing-along.

• Tuesday, Dec. 19: 1 p.m., St. Rose Catholic School's children's bell choir performs.

• Wednesday, Dec. 20: 6 p.m., the Stella Lutheran Chapel Handbell Choir performs.

Learn how to make a gingerbread house

Children are invited to make a gingerbread house from 3:30 to 5 pm. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Woodland Community Center, 782 Park St. (next to the library), Woodland.

All materials will be provided.

No fibromyalgia group meeting in December

Members of the local Fibromyalgia Support Group will not meet Wednesday, Dec. 13, but will resume their meetings at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Stuffy's II, 804 Ocean Beach Highway, Longview.

For details, call Kim at 360-910-2316 or Carol at 360-423-7453.

Genealogy group meets

"Habitat for Humanity" is Sandy Anderso's topic at the 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, meeting of the Lower Columbia Genealogical Society in the dining room of the Somerset Retirement Apartments, 2025 Tibbetts Drive, Longview.

Visitors are welcome.

In other news, a volunteer is available to help with research from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays in the genealogy section at the Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.

‘Nutcracker Ballet' at Columbia Theatre

The Kelso/Longview Community Dancers will present "The Nutcracker Ballet" at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16 at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1231 Vandercook Way, Longview.

The cost is $18.50 per person for people 13 to 62 years old, and $14.50 per person for children 3 to 12 years old and people 63 years old and older.

For details, call the Evergreen Dance Studio at 360-423-7410.

Catch CoolWater at Kelso church

CoolWater will perform a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at the East Hills Alliance Church, 1405 Burcham St., Kelso.

The group is made up of Rod Ericksen, Randy Lemiere and John Peters.

Students present a holiday recital

The piano students of Sharon Moe will perform in a recital of Christmas music at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, in the sanctuary of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1428 22nd Ave., Longview.

The program will feature solos and duets with a holiday flair.

Students who will perform include Isabelle Allen, Sam Allen, Leo Askeland, Luke Askeland, Meredith Chelsey, Chloe Foreman, Sophia Foreman, Ainsley Hayes, Ella Jenkins, Adam Klander, Seth Klander, Khoi Le, Laura Le, Mackenzie Lee, Madison Lee, McKenzie Milligan, Adryan Pilger, Gracie Pilger, Angela Ponkratov, Mason Renslow, Scotty Renslow, Trent Renslow, Annabelle Schellenberg, Sarah Tran and Henry Upshaw.

Family and friends are invited to the program and the reception afterward.

Friends of Library hold book sale

The Friends of the Library are holding a $2 per grocery bag book sale from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Castle Rock Public Library, 137 Cowlitz St. W.

For details, call 360-274-6961.

Help honor the military 

The public is invited to join Veterans of Foreign Wars and Auxiliary members of District 16 honor the nation's fallen, prisoners of war and missing in action military service people at a Wreaths Across America ceremony starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Silver Lake Cemetery.

To get to the cemetery, take Exit 49 of I-5, go east on Spirit Lake Memorial Highway (State Route 4) about eight miles just past George Taylor Road. The cemetery is on the left.

Attendees are asked to arrive 15 minutes before the ceremony starts.

The event is being held across the country at more than 1,000 memorial sites at the same time across the United States, according to a press release.

Free Soup’s On lunch in Kelso

A Soup's On event takes place Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Kelso First Baptist Church, 214 S. Fourth St. (the corner of South Fourth Avenue and Vine Street), Kelso.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. The free lunch is served between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

In addition, people in need can pick out clothing from a "clothes closet." Everything is free.

For details, call the church at 360-423-2513.

Christmas Center opens downtown

The Salvation Army Christmas Center is open to accept applications from families who need help with food and presents this holiday season.

Applications will be accepted from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 23 in the old Korten's building, 1400 Commerce Ave., Longview. The space is being donated by David Look for the third year.

Volunteers are needed to help parents shop for presents for their children in the Christmas Center's Toy and Joy Shop. The gifts come from local donations and from community members who choose angel tags from Giving Trees around the area, notes a press release. Once purchased, the gifts may be dropped off at the business where the tag was picked up. Other new toys or clothes donations can be dropped off at the Christmas Center. Volunteers also are collecting coats for the Warm Coats Warm Hearts coat drive.

Anyone who wants to offer Christmas help, such as gifts, food or clothes are asked to call Beverly Gilmore at 360-636-9995. 

LCRSEA meets at Somerset

Members of the Lower Columbia Retired School Employees Association will meet Tuesday, Dec. 19, in the social room of the Somerset Retirement Apartments, 2025 Tibbetts Drive, Longview.

A continental breakfast is available at 9:30 a.m., with the meeting taking place from 10 to 11 a.m. The program includes a speaker from the Salvation Army and a performance by members of the Carrolls Elementary School choir.

For details, call 360-425-6495.

Donate blood to American Red Cross

Several American Red Cross Blood Drives take place locally in December.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Anyone who is at least 17 years old, weighs at least 110 pounds and is in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

• Longview: 1:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 19, and 26, and 1-6 p.m. Dec. 27, YMCA of Southwest Washington, 766 15th Ave.; 1-6 p.m. Dec. 20, Church of the Nazarene, 814 15th Ave.; and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 27, Pacific Surgical Institute, 625 Ninth Ave.

• Woodland: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Woodland Library, 770 Park St.

Next CCDW meeting gets a holiday theme

Members of the Cowlitz County Democratice Women's group will beet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, at the Kelso Senior Center, 106 N.W. Eighth Ave., Kelso.

A holiday themed lunch will be served. The cost for the lunch is $8 per person.

A gift exchange also will be held. Attendees are asked to bring a new, wrapped gift worth $10 to $15.

In addition, the group will elect members of the board.

100 Women Who Care donate $19,800

At the fourth quarterly meeting of the 100 Women Who Care Lower Columbia Chapter, three groups were nominated to receive money raised from the group: The Progress Center, Laundry Love and Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Legal Aid.

The meeting was held in the Monticello Hotel ballroom with appetizers served by the Belly Brigade and Feed the Need.

The nonprofit Laundry Love organization was chosen the recipient. The group received a donation of $19,800 on Wednesday, Nov. 22.

The organization provides free laundry services to homeless people and economically challenged students and their families. The Laundry Love group gathers the third Thursday of each month at the 20th Avenue Laundromat, 417 20th Ave., Longview.

For details about the local group, visit www.laundrylovelongv­ The national website is

Since the inaugural meeting of 100 Women Who Care in January, the chapter has raised and donated more than $72,500 to four nonprofits, the Janus Youth Program/Cowlitz Street Youth Outreach, Harlie's Angels, the Dino Doozer Foundation and Longview Laundry Love.

100 Women Who Care meets once a quarter. Each member donates $100. Members nominate local nonprofits to be considered given a donation.

For details, visit or search for 100 Women Who Care on Facebook.

Grief support classes begin in January

The next set of GriefShare classes take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 18 through April 26, in the classrooms at Valley Christian Fellowship, 2844 30th Ave., Longview.

GriefShare is a support group for people grieving the loss of a loved one and is lead by Kathy and Jim Gray, members of Valley Christian Fellowship.

The classes are for anyone who has experienced a close loss, whether the loss happened years ago or recently.

This will be the fifth time the Grays have led a GriefShare group. Each of them lost their first spouse to a rare form of cancer.

GriefShare is a network of 12,000 churches worldwide equipped to offer grief support groups.

For details or to sign up for the group, contact Jim Gray at 253-905-5336.

For details on the program, visit

Register for free family program

A free 14-week Strengthening Families program for parents/caregivers and their children 3 to 11 years old will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting Jan. 23 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 312 First Ave., S.W., Castle Rock.

Each night includes a dinner at 5:30 p.m. for participating families, weekly drawings and family crafts.

Families will solve problems together and build family strengths. Some of the topics covered include dealing with every day stressors, family communication, setting limits, problem solving and more.

The free program is sponsored by the Castle Rock CARE Coalition and funded through the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

The Castle Rock School District does not sponsor the event and the district assumes no responsibility for it, states a press release.

For details or to register for the program, contact Dianne Swason at 360-636-0530 or­m.

City leaf pickup through January

Leaves from city of Longview maintained trees may be placed in the streets through January for pick up by the city’s Stormwater Division, according to info from the city.

Stormwater supervisor Mike Ward asks that the following guidelines be followed when placing leaves in city streets, which are considered public rights of way:

• Place only leaves from city-maintained trees. Yard debris is the property owner’s responsibility. Leaves from non-city owned trees can be taken to the Waste Control Transfer Station for a free through April 15.

• Place leaves in rows about one foot from the curb to allow for drainage. This also makes it easier for the street sweeper to pick them up. If the sweeper can't pick up the leaves, a street crew will remove them with a front-end loader.

• Do not put branches or sticks in leaf piles because they may damage the sweeper.

• Be patient. Leaf pick up is on a structured schedule and will be picked up as soon as possible.

• Residents can help prevent flooding on their streets by clearing leaves from catch basin grates until city crews are able to get the leaves.

For details or questions, call Ward at 360-442-5621.

Buy a calendar, support Friends of Skamokawa

The Friends of Skamokawa are selling 2018 calendars to raise money to help support the operation of the River Life Interpretive Center at Redmen Hall in Skamokawa.

Titled "River Reflections," the calendar consists of photos by local photographers Genei Cary, Mike Rees, Laurie Michaels, Jenny Kizziar, Dan Tchozewski, Judy VanderMaten, Megan blackburn, Pearl Blackburn and Susan Bate.\According to a press release from the Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce, the photos "reflect a stunning variety of river life scenes" of the area.

The cost is $12 per calendar. Calendars can be purchased at Daisy Chain Floral, 65 Main St., Cathlamet; the Skamokawa Store; and at Redmen Hall, 1394 State Route 4 (Ocean Beach Highway), Skamokawa. Calendars also can be purchased online at and mailed to buyers.

For details, call 360-795-3007.

Non-profit needs 8-10 volunteers

Laundry Love Longview needs volunteers.

The non-profit has established a program with the Longview School District to provide up to six families of students with free laundry services each month.

Families are referred by school district community liaisons.

A volunteer will meet a family member at a local laundromat and provide the money and detergent for them to wash and dry their clothes.

Eight to 10 volunteers are needed and are asked to serve once or twice a month for approximately two hours each day. Volunteers choose the day and hours they would like to serve, whether they are daytime or evening hours.

To volunteer or for details, contact coordinator Steve Hughes at 209-777-9019 or

Castle Rock Senior center plans activities

Anyone age 55 or older is invited to join the Castle Rock Senior Center.

A lifetime membership is $5. Activities, newsletters, friendship and more are offered. The center is at 222 Second Ave. S.W., Castle Rock.

Several activities are planned for November.

• Every Monday: 10 a.m.-noon, cinnamon rolls and coffee served to the public; suggested donation: $1.50.

• Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 8 a.m. yoga class designed for senior citizens; 9:30-10:30 a.m., exercise class.

• Every first and third Tuesday: 1-3 p.m., Write Your Life Story class.

• Every Wednesday: noon, senior nutrition meal offered by CAP, suggested donation is $3, call 360-636-2118 by Monday each week for reservations; 1-3 p.m., paper tole classes.

• Every Thursday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., quilting projects; 7 p.m., pinochle.

• Every Friday: noon lunch by reservation only; call 360-636-2118 by Monday for reservation.

• Every Saturday (except Nov. 4): 1-3 p.m., bingo.

Retirees plan a Christmas party

Members of the Western Federation of Retirees Local 3 (Fibre/KapStone hourly and salaried retirees) are holding a Christmas potluck starting at noon Thursday, Dec. 7, at the AWPPW Hall, 724 15th Ave., Longview.

Ham and refreshments will be provided. Attendees are asked to bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share.

For details, call Patti at 360-261-3086.

Nominate someone for Red Cross award

Nominations are open for the Oregon and Southwest Washington American Red Cross Hero Awards.

The public is invited to recognize people who have exemplified courage, kindness, selflessness and bravery between Dec. 1, 2016 and Dec. 1, 2017, according to a press release from the Red Cross.

For more than 20 years, the American Red Cross Hero Award has been in place. To nominate someone, complete the online form at redcross.og/Heroes2018 or fill out the online form, print it and mail it to American Red Cross, 3131 N. Vancouver Ave., Portland, OR 97227.

All forms must be received by Friday, Dec. 22.

The winners will be honored at a breakfast March 9.

Nomination categories include the following, according the AMC:

• Community Hero: an individual who displayed leadership and commitment to his or her community by making a positive and significant impact.

• Good Samaritan Hero: an individual who displayed courage and compassion upon encountering unusual, significant or unexpected circumstances.

• First Responder Hero: an individual or a public service group (EMS, firefighters, law enforcement, etc.) who went above and beyond the call of duty to save a life.

• Give Life Hero: an individual whose commitment to blood and platelet donation played a significant role in ensuring the health of patients in the local community and throughout the country.

• Military Hero: a active, reserve or retired member of the Armed Forces or ROTC or a civilian who has made a significant impact on the military community.

• Youth Good Samaritan Hero: an outstanding person younger than 21 years old who displayed courage and compassion upon encountering an unusual, significant or unexpected incident.

• Voluntary Service Hero: an individual who has displayed an exemplary commitment to voluntary service resulting in a significant and positive impact in his or her community.

Leadership classes start soon

Ten Leadership Academy classes, sponsored by the Washington State University Extension, will be held from 6 to 8:15 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month starting Jan. 24 at the Cowlitz County Training Center, 1942 First Ave., Longview.

Topics include influencing public policy, media relations, economic development, fundraising, meeting facilitation, conflict management and team building.

The class is limited to 20 people. Registration is due Jan. 10.

For details, including cost, or to register, contact Gary Fredricks at 360-577-3014, ext. 3 or

Master Gardener training begins in January

Master Gardener volunteer training will begin Jan. 19 in the Longview/Kelso area.

Anyone who enjoys gardening can receive more than 90 hours of training covering in-depth community gardening topics from edible and ornamental plants to composting and environmental issues, from plant health care to problem identification and management, states a press release from the Washington State University Cowlitz County Extension.

The sessions will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the first and third Fridays January through June.

In return for the training, WSU Master Gardener volunteers provide educational public service to the community. The WSU Master Gardener program offers ongoing educational opportunities, time for fun and time to share gardening information along with providing horticulture information to the community, states the press release.

Orientation sessions about the program will be held in December.

For details on the program or to receive an application, call Gary Fredricks at 360-577-3014, extension 3 or send an e-mail to

Apply for free raised garden bed

Community members interested in possibly receiving a free raised garden bed at their home can submit an application for the opportunity to get one.

The Home VEG (Vegetable Educational Garden) program began in 2012 to promote vegetable gardening in Cowlitz County.

Ten people will be selected to have a 4- by 8-foot raised bed built for them that includes soil and seeds.

Applications can be downloaded at or by contacting Gary Fredricks at 360-577-3014, ext. 3, or email Applications are due March 1 for the program sponsored by the Washington State University Master Gardeners of Cowlitz County.

The raised beds will be placed at the homes in May.

Altrusa group offers three scholarships

Altrusa International of Longview-Kelso has three scholarships available to college students.

• The Altrusa International Scholarship for Technical Education Students is available to students attending Lower Columbia College during the 2018-19 school year. The $1,000 scholarship is for a student in a two-year technical program in the trades, manufacturing or industrial fields.

• The $1,400 Altrusa International Scholarship is for a student attending LCC during the 2018-19 school year and is renewable for up to three additional consecutive years provided the student shows proof of satisfactory academic progress.

• The $1,000 Jane Kalahan Smith Scholarship is for a student who has an interest in the sciences, who has completed studies at LCC and who will attend a college or university for the 2018-19 school year.

Application forms are available from high school counselors, in the LCC admission center/financial aid lobby or on the Altrusa International of Longview-Kelso website at

Complete criteria is included on the applications which must be sent to Altrusa International of Longview-Kelso and postmarked by Friday, March 23.

Recipients will be notified by mail.

For details, call Mary at 360-425-0426.

Group seeks food donations

Members of the Rainier Junior/Senior High School chapter of the the RHO Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society are collecting donations for the HOPE food bank in Rainier.

Anyone who would like to help is asked to contact club adviser Andrew Demko at 503-556-4215.

Emergency Support Shelter offers support group

A free 12-week support group for survivors of sexual abuse or assault is being offered.

The Emergency Support Shelter's Hope Project sexual assault victim advocacy program provides a safe space for survivors to learn about healthy coping skills, receive support during their healing process and to connect with others.

To sign up or for details, call Stacey at 360-3703-3762, extension 4 or email­m.

Salvation Army needs food items

The Salvation Army needs donations of canned food items, boxed dinners and canned meat for the upcoming holiday season.

Donations can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays at The Salvation Army, 1639 10th Ave., Longview.

All donations stay in the Longview-Kelso area.

For details, call social service director, Kayla Jacobson at 360-423-3990, extension 209.

Job resources available at Longview library

The Longview Public Library and WorkSource are partnering to bring employment resources to the public and are holding monthly classes for help seeking jobs and creating resumes at the library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.

Space is limited to 10 students per class. Registration is required.

 First Friday of each month: Job Seeker Help, 2-4 p.m.; create a WorkSource Washington username and password; learn how to navigate the WorkSource web pages and use the resources; get hands-on practice searching for jobs and filling out applications online.

• Third Friday of each month: Write Your Resume, 2-4 p.m.; learn how to write a resume; create a resume online to access when needed; update current resume and learn how to tailor it to specific job needs.

To register, call the library at 360-442-5300.

For details call the library, visit or call WorkSource at 360-577-2250.

Check out book discussion kits

More than 45 book discussion kits for people who want to start or who belong to a book club or book discussion group can be checked out with a valid library card from the Kelso Public Library, 351 Three Rivers Drive, Suite 1263, Kelso.

Each kit contains 10 to 15 copies of a single title — nonfiction, mysteries, classics and general fiction.

For details, call the library at 360-423-8110.

FISH needs volunteers

FISH of Cowlitz County needs telephone volunteers for three-hour shifts once or twice a month.

Volunteers can work from home to help people who need food, medications, dental care and other necessities.

For details, call Bob Theriault at 360-431-2937.

Volunteers needed at the train depot 

Members of the Kelso-Longview Train Depot Board invite people age 21 and older to become depot volunteers.

Depot volunteers announce arriving and departing trains, greet the public and answer questions for a range of travelers from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. seven days a week (including holidays) at the depot at 501 S. First Ave., Kelso.

Three four-hour shifts are available each day with up to two volunteers at  time. Volunteers can choose the shift that best fits their schedules and decide how often to volunteer. New volunteers are trained by veteran volunteers. Three training sessions must be successfully completed.

Applications, which include a city of Kelso background check application, are available at the depot. All completed applications should be returned to the depot.

For details, call 360-423-6015. If no one answers, leave a name, phone number and reason for the call.

TDN wants kids’ weather pics

The Daily News is looking for weather drawings for the newspaper’s Weather Page. Drawings are welcome from school classes or individuals.

To submit a drawing, stop by the office at 770 11th Ave., Longview, and pick up a form; send a self-addressed and stamped envelope to Kids’ Weather, P.O. Box 189, Longview, WA 98632; or download a form from at

Free program for youths

Free life skills and drug and alcohol prevention workshops are being offered through Cowlitz Tribal Health & Human Services for native and non-native young people ages 9 to 17 years. The program is called "Healing of the Canoe."

According to a press release, the program is a "great opportunity for youth to gain life skills and prevention methods infused with culturally relevant activities while engaging with age-appropriate peers."

At intake, participants must provide proof of age.

For details or to register, call Vashti Langford at 360-575-3316 or email

LCC seeks host families

Host families for international students attending Lower Columbia College are needed.

Students range in age from 16 to 20 years old. They come from a variety of countries. 

Short-term to year-long hosting opportunities are available. A $650 monthly stipend will be provided to all families hosting a student for a quarter or longer.

Host families must be able to provide a private, furnished bedroom; daily meals; and transportation help to and from campus.

For details, contact the Lower Columbia College International Programs at or 360-442-2310.

Lay counseling sessions offered

New clients are being accepted during December at the Lay Counseling Clinic.

Ten free one-hour sessions with a trained and experienced male or female counselor will be provided. Appointments are available for individuals and couples.

To begin sessions, call Elizabeth at 360-423-6380 or 360-577-1059.

The counseling center is in the basement of Longview Community Church, 2323 Washington Way.

Project Read volunteer tutors needed

Volunteer tutors are being sought for the adult literacy program, Project READ.

Program coordinators are seeking people who can commit to one hour twice a week during regular Longview Public Library hours — 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays — to help other adults improve their literacy skills.

Anyone who is 18 years old or older, has graduated from high school or received a GED is qualified to help.

Coordinators can work around each volunteer's schedule. Volunteers are asked to make a six-month commitment, but are welcome to make a longer commitment.

Volunteer tutors are matched with adult learners to work one-on-one in the library.

Teaching materials, resources, direction, tutor training and ongoing support are provided by the library.

Training is on the computer and is self-paced at home or in the library.

For details or to sign up, call Elizabeth Partridge at 360-442-5321.

Help nonprofit paint building

A Go Fund Me Account has been established by the Friends of Skamokawa for paint for the River Life Interpretive Center (Central School/Redmen Hall) building n Skamokawa.

The two-story building first was established as a schoolhouse from 1894 to 1927.Then it was a lodge for the Order of the Redmen until the 1950s. In 1985, the building was refurbished by civic-minded residents who formed the nonprofit Friends of Skamokawa.

Since 1986, the building has been the home to the River Life Interpretive Center where historical archives are housed. Historical panel displays and exhibits reflect river life and culture.

The building is 30 feet by 50 feet. The paint, provided by Roxi's Painting of Longview, costs $16,000.

To donate, go to the following links: or

For details, email the Friends of Skamokawa at or call 360-795-3007.

Help students raise money

Rainier Junior/Senior High School Chapter of Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society students are raising money for their group.

To help the students, place a Schwan's order at­/c/28078.

Salvation Army needs meat donations for meals

The Longview Salvation Army needs beef and pork donations for its daily lunch program. In addition, turkeys and hams are needed for upcoming holiday meals.

For details, contact social services director Kayla Jacobson at 360-423-3990, ext. 209 or at

Help Warehouse needs toiletries

Toiletry items are needed at the Help Warehouse to give to community members in need of hygiene products.

Items needed are bar soap (the biggest need), shampoo, feminine pads, disposable razors, laundry detergent (pods preferred) and deodorant.

Items can be dropped off from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the warehouse located in the CAP building, 1526 Commerce Ave., Longview.

Register for basketball training classes

A high level training for basketball players of all ages is offered daily at the nonprofit Roots Sports Academy, 1011 Third Ave., Longview.

Sixty- and 90-minute classes are taught by professional coaches in small groups or individual training sessions.

Players will learn the proper techniques and drills to take their games to the next level, notes a press release from the academy.

To learn more about the classes, email Scott Pisapia at

To sign up for lessons, visit

Students can study abroad 

Qualified high school students can spend an academic year, semester or summer holiday in Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Australia or South Africa as part of the ASSE International Student Exchange Program.

Students, 15 to 18 years old, can qualify on the basis of academic performance, character references and a desire to experience life abroad with a volunteer host family.

The families abroad are screened to provide a caring environment in which students can learn the language and culture of their host country, states an ASSE press release. ASSE students attend regular high school classes.

The exchange program also provides opportunities for families to host students from Spain, Mexico, Germany, Great Britain, France, Brazil, Thailand, Japan and other areas. The 15 to 18-year-old students are screened. They will attend local American high schools for an academic year.

Students or families interested in learning more about becoming an ASSE exchange student or a host family are asked to call 1-800-733-2733, visit or or email

— The Daily News