Attend dad, daughter ball

The 24th annual Father and Daughter Ball sponsored by Longview Parks and Recreation takes place in February.

Four sessions are scheduled, from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and from 7 to p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, and from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at the McClelland Center, 951 Delaware St., Longview.

The Boots and Bling themed dance will feature music, refreshments, special surprises and a gift. Music will be provided by Twin City DJ.

The cost is $15 per person. No tickets will be sold at the door. Advance registration is required. No refunds or transfers. Attendees are asked to bring their receipts for admittance.

A professional photographer will start taking photos for an additional fee a half-hour before each session begins.

To register, call 360-442-5400 or visit mylongview.com/reconline.

FOWCL plan a book sale

Friends of Woodland Community Library will hold a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Woodland Community Center, 782 Park St., Woodland (across from Woodland Middle School and next to the Woodland Community Library).

Children's book prices range from 25 cents to $1 each. Mass market books will be 50 cents each. Hard cover and trade paperback books will cost $1 each, and DVDs and CDs will be two for $1.

A big bag sale takes place all day Saturday. Buyers can fill one of the group's grocery bags for $5.

Money raised will go toward library activities and support of a future library.

For details, call the library at 360-225-2294.

Walk the red carpet at Oscar Party

People 21 years old and older are invited to attend an Oscar Party from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in the ballroom of the newly renovated Monticello Hotel, 1405 17th Ave., Longview.

People are invited to stroll the red carpet dressed as their favorite Hollywood star or movie character.

Prizes will be awarded for best costumes.

The event is a fundraiser to support Big Leaf Montessori school programs and its scholarship fund.

The cost is $75 per person and includes dinner and music by Raeann, auction items and dancing.

For details, contact Big Leaf Montessori at 360-200-8976 or bigleafmontessori@gmail.com.

Fundraiser for local comedian

A fundraiser to benefit local comedian Mark Kikel takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Poker Pete's Pizza, 168 N. First St., Kalama.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. with comedians Dylan Jenkins, Art Krug and Susan Rice performing. If desired, people can call ahead and order pizza to be ready when they arrive.

The cost is $20 per person with tickets available at the door.

Since 1999, Kikel has helped raised thousands of dollars for the kids of Cowlitz County as well as for Relay for Life and senior nights. He has booked talent monthly at Poker Pete's Pizza for every kind of event as well as hosted the shows.

Known as the "Mustard Man" in the comedy community, Kikel is a 32-year comedy veteran. He got his nickname by accepting a challenge to drink mustard on the radio show Mark and Brian which got him a spot on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno and Steve Harvey's "Big Time Challenge."

On Dec. 11, 2017, Kikel suffered a severe stroke that affected his right side. He is recovering, but needs help with day-to-day expenses until he can work again.

As a diabetic, Kikel has tried to balance his life, day job, fatherhood and his comedy and never has asked for help, notes a press release.

Relay team raising money

Members of the Crusaders Relay for Life team are sponsoring a prime rib dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Longview Eagles, 1526 12th Ave., Longview.

The prime rib will be smoked by Eagles member Scott Reetz, "who does an awesome job," according to a press release from dinner organizers.

Tickets are $15 per person or two tickets for $25.

Money raised will go to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

For details, call Darlene at 360-425-7583 or the Longview Eagles Lodge at 360-425-1444.

Donate blood to Red Cross

Several American Red Cross Blood Drives take place locally in February and March.

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.

• Clatskanie: 1-6 p.m. March 5, Clatskanie People's Utility District, 495 E. Columbia River Highway.

• Longview: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 26, Pacific Surgical Institute, 625 Ninth Ave.; 1-6:30 pm. Feb. 27, March 6 and 13, YMCA of Southwest Washington, 766 15th Ave.; and 1-6 p.m. Feb. 28, March 7 and 14, Church of the Nazarene, 814 15th Ave.

Learn how to use Microsoft products

Twenty spots are available in the Introduction to Microsoft Word and Excel classes held in the auditorium of the Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.

Anyone with some computer experience who wants to learn more about Word and other Office software are encouraged to sign up.

Introduction to Microsoft Word takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28; and the Introduction to Microsoft Excel takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7. Aaron Dobbins is the instructor Aaron Dobbins.

Registration is required.

To sign up for the free class, call 360-442-5300. For other library programs, visit www.longviewlibrary.org.

Public invited to FODP meeting

The public is invited to attend the annual meeting of the Friends of Dibblee Point at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, at El Tapatio, 117 W. A St., Rainier.

Anyone with an interest in Dibblee Point Beach is invited and encouraged to attend.

The agenda includes the election of officers and a discussion about Columbia County's progress on the site being developed as a county park.

For details regarding the meeting or on how to become a member of the Friends of Dibblee Point, e-mail Sandy Tetz at fdp077318@gmail.com.

Kalama Chamber seeks nominations 

March 1 is the deadline to submit nominations for the Kalama Chamber of Commerce's Citizen of the Year and annual Totem award.

The Citizen of the Year award honors a person who contributes to the community, while the Totem Award recognizes an outstanding business or volunteer organization.

To make a nomination, call the Chamber at 360-673-6299 or Shirley Lowman at 360-673-4071.

Applications can be picked up at City Hall, 320 N. First Ave., Kalama; and at Double D's Feed Farm & Garden, 326 N. First Ave., Kalama.

The Chamber of Commerce dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 17 in the Kalama Community Building, 216 Elm St., Kalama.

Fibre/KapStone retirees meet

Fibre retiree and North American Eagle project member Lars Pedersen is the guest speaker at the 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, meeting of the Western Federation of Retirees Local 3 (Longview Fibre/KapStone) in the AWPPW Local 153 Hall, 724 15th Ave, Longview.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness representative will discuss the organization.

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

Free hands-on science night

The Link Hands-On Science Night takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Youth and Family Link, 907 Douglas St., Longview.

The free event is for children and their families and includes a variety of hands-on science-geared activities with prizes. Attendees can get their photos taken in a photo booth with reptile props. The photo prints are free.

Children can test their rock climbing skills on a rock wall while also learning about different types of rocks.

Each person who attends also will have a chance to win a raffle basket.

Food for Life cooking class

The next in a monthly series of Food for Life cooking classes is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the Abundant Life Center at the Castle Rock Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7531 Old Pacific Highway N., Castle Rock.

The topic is Desserts.

Deana Snyder, leads the classes that feature demonstrations, samples, and time for questions and answers.

Wheel and Deal at flea market

More than 20 vendors will offer "treasures" for everyone at the Kalama Fair sponsored Wheel and Deal at the Flea Market event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 2, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in the Kalama Community Building, Second and Elm streets.

A Fair Princess Bake Sale and blue ribbon homemade pies will be available.

An all-you-can-eat Swedish pancake breakfast costs $5 per person and a homemade chicken noodle soup lunch costs $5 per person.

Family bingo takes place after the market. Seating starts at 5 p.m., with the games starting at 6 p.m.

In addition, a handmade pizza dinner begins at 5 p.m. The cost is $5 per person.

Attend free Plant and Insect Clinic

The public is invited to the free Washington State University Extension Master Gardeners Plant and Insect Clinic held throughout the year.

The Master Gardeners offer a range of research-based gardening advice including identifying plants and insects; and identifying problems in the home, garden and landscape. They also offer advice on maintaining healthy gardens and landscape plants; and information on pruning, irrigation and soil.

Winter hours are from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 1 to March 31; and summer hours are from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, April 1 through Oct. 31.

The clinics are held at the WSU Extension office, 1946 Third Ave., Longview (at the east end of the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds and a block west of the Hall of Justice).

Learn to swim at Dick Mealy Pool

Two 45-minute swim lesson sessions will be offered in the Dick Mealy Memorial Pool located behind Mark Morris High School, 1602 Mark Morris Court, Longview.

Children must be at least 4 years old. The cost is $56 per student for eight lessons.

The sessions are from 10:10-10:55 a.m. or from 11:05 to 11:50 a.m. Saturdays through Saturday, March 17.

Registration forms are available on the Longview School District website at https://longviewschools.com/ under "Community," then under "Dick Mealy Memorial Pool @ Mark Morris." Forms also are available at the pool or in the front office of the high school.

In addition, open swim times take place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The cost is $3 per person. Children younger than 7 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Family swim passes also are available for open swim.

For details, call 360-575-7709.

Help clean up the Cowlitz River

A Cowlitz River Cleanup hosted by the nonprofit Riverjunky group begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 3 at the Blue Creek Trout Hatchery off Tucker Road in Toledo.

Volunteers are needed to help clean from the barrier dam down to Castle Rock.

Lunch will be provided and $2,500 worth of giveaways will be awarded.

Juried art show needs participants

Local artists are invited to participate in the Columbian Artists Association’s 42nd annual juried Spring Art Show, which will be held March 5-25, in Space D-1168 at the Three Rivers Mall, 351 Three Rivers Drive, Kelso.

The show is open to artists 18 years old and older from Cowlitz, Clark, Wahkiakum, Lewis, and Pacific counties in Washington; and Clatsop and Columbia counties in Oregon.

Entries of original two-dimensional and three-dimensional art completed in the last two years will be received at the Three Rivers Mall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 5.

Work will be judged and cash awards given in each category. Additional awards include a memorial award, sponsor awards and a people’s choice award.

Artists can pick up a prospectus with details regarding rules, categories, sizes, fees, etc., at The Broadway Gallery, 1418 Commerce Ave., Longview; the Tsuga Gallery, 70 Main St., Cathlamet; or online at columbianartists.org.

For details, call Carol at 360-425-0142 or send an email to csbartist@yahoo.com.

Learn about bullet journals

Two free classes on a "Beginner's Guide to Bullet Journals" take place at 2 and at 6 p.m. Monday, March 5, at the Kelso Public Library in the Three Rivers Mall, 351 Three Rivers Drive, Suite 1263, Kelso.

The supply list is available at the library or on the library's website, www.kelso.gov/librar­y.

To register, call 360-423-8110.

Attend meeting, learn about Castle Rock

The 2018 Annual Castle Rock Community Development Alliance meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 5, in the Castle Rock Women's Club, 200 Cowlitz St. W., Castle Rock.

The doors open at 6 p.m.

The public is invited to learn how the group started, what members have done in the past six years and find out plans for the future.

Attendees can meet and greet new business owners and get updates on expansions of existing businesses.

The non-profit CRCDA sponsors Castle Rock Blooms, the Castle Rock Festival of Lights, the Halloween Jamboree, the Street Art/Banner project and more.

The group created fundraisers for the new Southern Entrance Water Feature, the Exit 48 CR, the proposed electronic reader boards at City Hal, the historical timber display at the Visitor Center and the proposed pollinator display garden at the Visitor Center.

Members also give presentations throughout the community, Cowlitz County and the Pacific Northwest on establishing "quality of place" and community volunteerism as the foundation for economic stability, according to information submitted to the Daily News.

Refreshments will be served.

Learn how to grow berries

Washington State University Master Gardeners are offering classes on how to successfully grow strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.

All classes will be held at 6 p.m. at the Cowlitz Training Center, 1942 First Ave., Longview.

The raspberry class takes place Tuesday, March 6; the strawberry class takes place Wednesday, March 7; and the blueberry class takes place Thursday, March 8.

Participants will learn what varieties do best in the local area, how to plant them and how to take care of them so they produce a successful crop.

The cost is $5 per family per class. The fee will be collected at the door.

For details, contact Gary Fredricks at 360-577-3014, ext. 3, or garyf@wsu.edu.

Prepare for a disaster

A disaster preparedness class, "Canning and Food Preservation," will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in the Abundant Life Center at the Castle Rock Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7531 Old Pacific Highway N., Castle Rock.

At the free class, the focus will be on the basics of food preservation, canning, drying and other methods of extending the shelf life of foods.

For details or questions, call Wanda at 360-967-2165.

Men Who Care donate to FISH

Members of the 100+ Men Who Care chapter recently donated $8,500 to FISH of Cowlitz County during a presentation in the second floor conference room of Lower Columbia CAP on Commerce Avenue in Longview.

The group chose FISH at their third quarterly meeting held earlier in December at the Monticello Hotel.

The men are planning their next fundraising event for Wednesday, March 7.

The local group started this year in the footsteps of 100+ Women Who Care. The idea is to gather 100 or more men four times a year to raise money for local charities. Each member commits to donating $100 to four charities throughout the year. Charities are nominated by the members, who then vote which charities to support at each quarterly meeting. The goal is to raise $10,000 or more per quarter.

Lonnie Knowles, Russ Meder, Jason Meunier, Mike Wallin and Jeff Wilson worked together to start the local chapter. The group raised $13,000 for Community House on Broadway at its first event in March of this year, raised more than $9,500 for the Emergency Support Shelter in June and now $8,500 for FISH.

Men interested in joining are asked to visit the group's website at www.100mwcLowerColum­bia.com and register. They also have a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/100­menwhocarelowercolumb­ia.

Nominations are open for eligible local charities at the group's website. Only members of the group can vote.

Genealogy group meets at LV library

"I've Had My DNA Tested, Now What?" is Lisa McCollough's topic at the 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, 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.

Toastmasters group holds open house

Encouraging Words Toastmasters invites the public to an open house from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the second floor conference room at Canterbury Park, 1335 Third Ave., Longview.

Attendees will meet members, experience Table Topics (impromptu speeches) and list to a speech.

Parking on the street is available.

Encouraging Words provides "a great opportunity for personal growth in communication, public speaking and leadership," club president Jim Jesska is quoted in a press release.

The group meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays in the second floor conference room at Canterbury Park.

For details about the club, visit www.4777.toastmastersclub.org.

Free prom, ball dresses

Angel Closet, a ministry of Valley Christian Fellowship, provides free formal dresses and accessories for winter balls and proms to high school girls in Longview, Kelso and surrounding communities.

The dress shop, at 1811 Washington Way, Longview, has changing rooms and dresses in all sizes and styles.

Upcoming giveaways are from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 9, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10.

For details, call Angel Closet at 360-747-7178 or search for Angel Closet on Facebook.

Register for annual spelling bee

Adults and high school students are invited and encouraged to participate in the 10th annual Spell-ebration spelling bee sponsored by the Altursa of Cowlitz County "The Breakfast Bunch" and Windermere Real Estate.

The event is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Friday, March 9, at the Kelso Theater Pub, 214 S. Pacific Ave., Kelso. Spellers should arrive at 6 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Each member of the winning high school team will receive a $500 scholarship and will advance to the final round to compete with the adult teams.

In addition, the Altrusa group will donate i$500, $250 and $150 in the name of the top three teams to a local non-profit of each team's choice.

Spelling rounds will include five of the nine past champions, five "true blue" stalwart teams and a round for all newcomers.

The cost for teams of 2 to 3 members is $125. The fee includes a slice of pizza or salad for each team member.

Guests, cheering squads and friends are welcome. The entrance fee is $12 per person or $15 per person if reserved seats are desired. All tickets include a slice of pizza or a salad.

All money raised from the spelling bee goes toward scholarships for local students and to local charities and the community at large.

Team registration forms and rules are available at www.spell-ebration.com.

For details contact Diane at 360-425-6177 (office), 360-520-9673 (cell) or dperron@cowlitzhabit­at.org; or Joyce Leitner at 360-673-1983 or jleitner@kalama.com.

Golfers register for 2018 Icebreaker Open

All golfers with an established handicap are invited to participate in the one-day 2018 Icebreaker Open tournament set for Saturday, March 10, at the Mint Valley Golf Course, 4002 Pennsylvania St., Longview.

The cost is $30 for players who are Mint Valley season, senior or winter pass holders; $50 for Mint Valley Men's Club members without a pass; and $55 for non-Mint Valley members. A $5 early registration discount is available if golfers sign up by Monday, March 5. The entry deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday, March 8.

The registration form is available online at http://bit.ly/2EwB5kY.

To register send a check and registration form to Mint Valley Golf Course, 4002 Pennsylvania St., Longview, WA 98632.

Video launches depression series

A free introduction video for the “Depression: The Way Out” series by founder Neil Nedley, M.D., will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the Abundant Life Center at the Castle Rock Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7531 Old Pacific Highway N., Castle Rock.

Dr. Nedley is an internal medicine physician who specializes in mental health. The public is invited to check out the free intro to find out if they would like to register for the additional eight 6:30 p.m. Tuesday sessions starting March 27. A fee will be charged for the full eight-week class.

For details, call Wanda at 360-967-2165.

Free class for caregivers

A set of six-week free Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes take place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 14-April 18, at the Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities, 1338 Commerce Ave., Suite 309, Longview.

The classes are open to people caring for a loved one at home. Participants will learn how to reduce personal stress and relax, effectively communicate with others; reduce feelings of guilt, anger or depression; make tough decisions; and problem solve.

Space is limited. Registration is required.

To register or for details, call 360-577-4929.

Attend quilt show in Ilwaco

Members of the Peninsula Quilt Guild will present their 23rd Annual Peninsula Quilt Guild Exhibition from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, March 16-18, at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, 115 Lake St., Ilwaco.

The theme is "Quilting at the Beach."

More than 100 quilts by local fabric artists will be on display in three galleries, showcasing a variety of quilting styles.

Various quilting demonstrations, such as paper piecing, hand quilting, appliqued and more, take place throughout the three-day event.

Attendees will have the opportunity to win a prize quilt. Raffle tickets, at $1 each, will be sold during the show. The drawing takes place Sunday afternoon and the winner does not need to be present to win.

Money from the ticket sales will go to various charitable organizations on the peninsula and in Pacific County.

Admission to the quilt show is free.

Sign up for the electrifying run

The Electrifying Shamrock 5K run/walk starts at 7 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the Lions Shelter at Lake Sacajawea.

Runners/walkers are invited to wear their favorite St. Patrick's Day or neon outfit and loop around the path at the lake.

Prizes will be awarded for best costume and the fastest times.

The cost is $25 per person for people 13 years old and older for the run and a shirt or $15 for adults without a shirt and $10 for youngsters without a shirt.

People should register by Saturday, March 3, to be guaranteed a shirt.

After the race, a party takes place for people 21 years old and older at the Shamrock Tavern, 1131 Washington Way, Longview.

To register, visit Longview Parks and Recreation at 2920 Douglas St., Longview; or call 360-442-5400.

Learn about firearms safety at free class

The third annual free Citizen Firearms Safety Class hosted by the Lewis County Sheriff's Office takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17 at the Law and Justice Center, 345 W. Main St. (fourth floor), Chehalis.

The class will cover basic firearms safety, marksmanship and laws regarding the use and transport of firearms. The training session will end with a firearms simulator for attendees to experience realistic split-second decision making in the use of deadly force.

Participants must be at least 18 years old, residents of Lewis County, and be able to pass a criminal history background check.

The class size is limited, and, depending on interest, a list will be established for future classes.

People interested in attending should contact Special Services Deputy Justin Kangas at 360-740-1369 or sheriffsevents@lewiscountywa.gov.

Attend a free Hawaiian luau

The second annual Hawaiian luau takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at Highlander Place, 114 Corduroy Road, Kelso.

Attendees are invited to wear their favorite Hawaiian attire and be prepared "to have some fun," according to information submitted to The Daily News.

Besides the traditional luau buffet food, entertainment includes hula dancers and live music.

People who plan to attend area asked to RSVP by emailing bwolken@enlivant.com or call Bekah at 360-431-3053.

Open mic night in CR

People of all ages are invited to attend an open mic night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Vault Books & Brew, 20 Cowlitz St. W., Castle Rock.

Justice Harney will host the events and activities.

The public is invited to dance, play music, rap, read poetry or read a short piece from a favorite author.

Performances should be family friendly and kept to under four minutes.

Suffragette tea set for March 24

The 17th Annual Suffragette Tea and Fashion Show takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Monticello Hotel, 1405 17th Ave., Longview.

The theme is "Suffragettes Marching Through History."

The event, hosted by the Cowlitz County Democratic Women, commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote and includes food by Chef Leon from 13 Coins in Seattle, a silent auction, a fashion show and a 12-minute suffragette video. 

Tickets are $20 per person.

To purchase a ticket or for details, contact Paul McLain at 360-425-7840.

Vendors sought for an exhibit

Vendors are being sought for a Creative Wood Designs Exhibit set for noon to 4 p.m. April 13-27 at the River Life Interpretive Center at Redmen Hall/Central School, 1394 West State Route 4 (Ocean Beach Highway), Skamokawa.

The fee is $25 for a large space or $15 for a small space.

The event is a benefit for the Friends of Skamokawa.org.

For details, call 360-795-3007 or 360-218-6504 by Thursday, March 29.

Library calls for two-dimensional art work

Original two-dimensional art work is needed for the Longview Public Library's 2018 Juried Show.

Washington and Oregon residents 18 years old and older can submit art work for a chance to be in the May exhibition and win a prize.

The theme is "Bridges." The deadline to submit art work is April 6. One submission per artist will be accepted and there is no entry fee.

The grand prize is a $500 to purchase the winning art work which will become part of the Longview Public Library's permanent collection.

For complete entry rules and show details, visit http://www.longviewlibrary.org/cfe.php.

For information about the show, call Daniel at 360-442-5307.

Free in-person tax preparation

Lower Columbia Community Action Program (CAP) and trained AARP tax aide volunteers will provide free tax assistance to filers of all ages (especially people 50 years old or older or people who cannot afford paid tax preparation) through April 17 at two sites in Longview.

• Lower Columbia CAP, 1526 Commerce Ave.: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 17.

• Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana St.: 12:30-4:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through April 14.

People who want to self-file, can do so at www.myfreetaxes.com.

For people who need some assistance, the CAP computer lab is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 weekdays in the CAP building.

Oregon returns will be prepared starting March 1.

Workshops for employers 

Workshops to help employers meet the challenges of finding and keeping employees are being launched by Workforce Southwest Washington and are being held every other month in Cowlitz and Clark counties.

Employers will get ideas from businesses that have successfully found and hired good employees and hear from experts in employee recruitment and retention.

Cowlitz County dates and topics are:

• April 17: Managing the Generation Gap in the Workplace (location: Ilani Casino Resort)

• June 20: Finding employees in a tight labor market.

• Aug. 22: Tips and tricks for finding and keeping great workers.

• Oct. 24: When your best workers retire … what do you do now?

The workshops are free, but space is limited and registration is required at http://bit.ly/2n7TZDV (for the Cowlitz County event) or go to www.evenbrite.com and search for “Workforce Southwest” and choose the event in Cowlitz County.

For assistance or for details about workforce programs for businesses, contact Cass Parker at cparker@workforcesw.org or 360-567-1076.

Festival committee seeks members

The public is invited to help plan the Ethnic Support Council's 28th annual International Festival set for Saturday, June 2, at Lower Columbia College, 1600 Maple St., Longview.

The free family event co-sponsored by the college's Multicultural Club, is held to celebrate diversity through ethnic dance and music performances, "world market" vendors, food booths and children's activities provided by local social service agencies and community organization.

Planning committee members meet the the LCC Diversity and Equity Center on the second floor of the student center at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of February, March, April and May.

The meetings generally last under one hour.

CR senior center plans activities

Anyone age 50 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.

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

• Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9:30-10:30 a.m., exercise class.

• Every Tuesday: noon-3 p.m., games, card and visiting; everyone welcome.

• 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.

• Every Thursday: noon-3 p.m., quilting projects; 7 p.m., pinochle, everyone welcome.

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

• Every Saturday: 1-3 p.m., bingo.

• Tuesday, March 13: 11 a.m., PowerPoint presentation by Nancy Chennault, who will update the America in Bloom project; noon, potluck lunch.

• Thursday, March 15: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., commodities distributed; must have valid punch card.

Support groups need volunteers

Volunteers are needed by the Alzheimer's Association to lead family caregiver support groups in Cathlamet.

Volunteers will receive training, ongoing support resources and continuing education opportunities. Volunteers provide a place where caregivers can learn, share and gain emotional support from other people who also provide care to people with memory loss.

Folks who often are best qualified to lead the groups include working or retired social workers, nurses and other healthcare professionals, educators, clergy, counselors and former family caregivers.

Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one year.

People interested in volunteering or learning more about the opportunity, should contact Linda Whiteside, director of community support at the Alzheimer's Association, at 206-529-3875 or lwhitesi@alzwa.org.

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 email staceys@esshelter.co­m.

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 www.longviewlibrary.com 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 TDN.com at http://tinyurl.com/a6ame9w.

Group looking for new voices

Members of the River City Singers are starting a new season with Randall Thompson's work, "The Peaceable Kingdom," and are looking for new people to join the group.

Rehearsals take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday nights at the First United Methodist Church, 560 Columbia Boulevard, St. Helens, Oregon.

According to a press release, there is no need to audition for the high-caliber volunteer choir, whose members have performed in Carnegie Hall on two occasions. Concerts also are performed locally and in Portland throughout the season.

Show up at a rehearsal or contact the group via its Facebook page River City Singers — Columbia Chorale of Oregon.

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 vlangford.health@cowlitz.org.

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 international@lowercolumbia.edu or 360-442-2310.

Lay counseling sessions offered

New clients are being accepted during February 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.

Ryderwood history calendars for sale

The 2018 Ryderwood history calendars are available.

Each calendar contains a collection of early photographs and articles documenting the complex planning the preceded the delivery of Ryderwood's first logs to Longview's mills, according to a press release.

The suggested donation is $10 per calendar. All money received from the sale of the calendars will go toward developing a Ryderwood Museum in Pioneer Hall.

Calendars can be ordered online at ryderwood.org under the Ryderwood History Project "tab" or by calling Ella at 360-903-8881.

Meals On Wheels needs volunteers

Regular and substitute volunteer drivers are need to deliver meals via the Rainier Senior Center's Meals On Wheels program.

According to the center's newsletter, it takes about an hour or so a week to deliver meals.

To apply to help, visit the center's front desk between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

A background check is required and volunteers also will be finger printed. Both are done free of charge.

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 www.friendsofskamokawa.org 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 laundrylovelongview@gmail.com.

Public invited to VFW meetings

The public is invited to attend Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10435 meetings the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the antique shop at 303 First St., Kalama.

The entrance is behind the building via the alley on the left side of First Street.

Group members serve the public by providing a uniformed detail for the gun salute and the presentation of the United States folded flag to survivors of deceased spouses.

The VFW also is a source of information on veterans benefits. The organization also includes the women's auxiliary whose members meet the same day, time and place as the VFW men.

For details on the Post, call Master Chief Pete Slempa, USN retired, at 360-673-0732. For details on the Auxiliary, call Ramona Willoughby at 360-673-4666.

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 link: https://www.gofundme.com/3wcxmgo.

Salvation Army needs meat donations for meals

The Longview Salvation Army needs beef and pork donations for its daily lunch program. 

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

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 scott@rootsbasketball.com.

To sign up for lessons, visit www.lvrootsacademy.org/book-online.

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 asse.com or host.asse.com or email asseusawest@asse.com.

— The Daily News

 

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