Check out Parks and Rec's online registration system

Longview Parks and Recreation has a new and improved online registration system. People who create an account online at www.mylongview.com/recreation before Friday, Dec. 9, can get a sneak peek at the Winter/Spring 2017 program listings and be entered to win prizes.

Among the numerous upcoming events are the Father and Daughter Ball, Kids Fishin’ and the Shamrock Run.

Registration opens Dec. 9 for city of Longview residents and Monday, Dec. 12, for nonresidents.

For details, visit the website or call 360-442-5400.

Tour decorated homes in Kalama

People who go on this year's Kalama Christmas Tour of Homes sponsored by the Amalak women's club will get a glimpse of the new museum highlighting daily life in the city along with three large elegant homes.

The tour runs from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 8 and 9. It starts at the ReMax building on Main Street across from the Post Office where coffee and cookies will be served and a small Christmas Bazaar and cookie sale will be available for shoppers.

Because it can be challenging to navigate Kalama's steep, winding streets — and because parking near the homes is limited — drivers will take visitors from home to home.

Free trees for churches, vets

A local man is offering free Christmas trees for local military veterans and churches.

Ron Halbleib said he is not a tree farmer, but planted Christmas fir trees a few years ago and ended up with a glut of them on his property. For details, call Halbleib at 360-636-2597.

Attend winter wonderland fest

The public is invited to the first Winter Wonderland Festival hosted by Holland America Flower Gardens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the gardens, 1066 S. Pekin Road, Woodland. The free event features handmade crafts, holiday workshops (for a small fee), holiday treats and pictures with Santa.

For details, search for “Winter Wonderland Festival, Woodland, WA” or “Holland America Flower Gardens” on Facebook or call 360-225-4512.

RAL class of ’57 meets for lunch

Members of the R.A. Long High School class of 1957 will gather for their monthly no-host lunch at 11:30 am. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Topper’s, 848 15th Ave., Longview.

Classmates, spouses and friends are welcome.

In other news, the group’s 60th class reunion is set to take place Sept. 23. Classmates with a change of postal address or mail address are asked to call Linda Lacy at 360-703-6625 to ensure receiving information about the reunion. Organizers also ask that anyone in touch with a classmate who has moved, but who hasn’t updated their information, to call Lacy.

Eagles celebrate 115th anniversary

The Castle Rock Eagles will celebrate their 115th anniversary Saturday, Dec. 10, at the lodge, 224 Huntington Ave., S., Castle Rock.

The festivities begin with a French dip dinner with cake for dessert. The dinner is free, but donations will be accepted. Service pins will be handed out. For details, call 360-274-9723.

Learn about tablets, more

Aaron Dobbins will instruct a free class on how to buy a tablet or computer from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in the auditorium in the Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.

Dobbins will discuss what to look for in new tablets and computers and walk attendees through the confusing language and specs, according to a press release.

The class is open to the public. Registration is not required.

For details, call the library at 360-442-5300.

Have breakfast with Santa

Tickets are available for a breakfast with Santa at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in the McClelland Center, 951 Delaware St., Longview.

Tickets are $9 each and include breakfast and crafts; along with visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and Penny’s Puppets from Portland leading a sing-along and puppet show.

Each child goes home with a gift.

No tickets will be sold at the door.

Register online at mylongview.com/reconline for session 152858 (8:30 a.m.) or session 152859 (10:45 a.m.) or call 360-442-5400.

The event is presented by Longview Recreation with support from Comcast.

Elks Christmas tree lot open

The annual Christmas tree lot at the Kelso-Longview Elks, 900 Ash St., Kelso, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A large selection of trees and wreaths are available. All of the money collected is donated to the Children's Hospital in Seattle and to the Washington State Elks Association (WSEA) Therapy Program.

Code class in Winlock

All ages of children, teens and adults are invited to drop in for an hour between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, for an Hour of Code class at the Winlock Timberland Library 322 N.E. First St., Winlock.

According to a press release, the program is based on the belief every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science and the associated sills of problem-solving, logic and creativity.

Laptops will be provided or attendees can bring their own Wi-Fi enabled laptops or tablets.

For details, call the library at 360-786-3461 or visit www.TRL.org.

Grange celebrates 125th anniversary

Members of Pleasant Hill Grange No. 101 invite community members to a celebration of the group’s 125th anniversary at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Grange, 4741 Pleasant Hill Road, Kelso.

The Grange was founded on May 22, 1891, and was the first Grange in Cowlitz County. Grangers are combining this historic event with the annual Christmas party. Participants are asked to bring a potluck salad or dessert to share. The main dish will be provided by the Grange. Historical displays, a visit from Santa Claus, music, a silent auction and a quilt raffle will be featured. For details, call 360-425-6101.

Activities at senior center

The Friends of the Longview Senior Center are holding three activities at the senior center, 1111 Commerce Ave., Longview.

The first is a Christmas Decorations/Estate Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9.

Donations for the sale are being accepted along with donations of toys for infants through teenagers for a holiday giveaway sponsored by Canz 4 Toys set for Sunday, Dec. 18.

Items can be dropped off at the center between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. weekdays.

In addition, a bus will take people from the senior center to the Red Wind Casino on Thursday, Dec. 8.

The event is open to people 50 years old and older. Senior center membership is not required to ride the bus. The cost is $5 per person. To sign up for the casino trip or for details on any of the activities, call the center at 360-636-0210.

Holiday bazaars winding down

Fifth Annual Holiday Bazaar: 9 am.-5 p.m. Dec. 8-10, Dec. 15-17, Sunny Meadows Community Center, 4400 Ocean Beach Highway, Longview; sponsored by RIB crafts; to benefit military care packages.

Christmas Bazaar: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 10, Columbia Heights Assembly of God, 3609 Columbia Heights Road, Longview; sponsored by the church; to benefit Celebrate Recovery.

THCF accepting grant apps

The Health Care Foundation of Longview is accepting applications for the 2017 Health Care Grant program.

Now in its 35th year, the THCF has awarded more than $11 million in grants to 501©3 organizations that support the THCF’s mission to promote the physical and mental health and healthcare of people living within the service area of the acute care hospital in Longview, according to a press release.

Grant recipients will be evaluated and selected by the board through a Request for Proposals process established by the THCF. Applications must be submitted by Jan. 31.

To learn about The Health Care Foundation and to review the grant application and guidelines (which include criteria and suggestions), visit www.thehealthcarefoundation.org.

Grant awards will be announced April 1.

For details, call THCF executive director Mary Jane Melink at 360-423-3591; email her at thehealthcarefoundation@gmail.com; or send a letter to Mary Jane Melink, Executive Director, The Health Care Foundation, P.O. Box 308, Longview, WA 98632.

Donate toys to foster children

Sleep Train's annual Toy Drive for Foster Kids takes place through Sunday, Dec. 18.

The public is asked to donate new, unwrapped gifts at any Sleep Train. The local store is at 720 B Ocean Beach Highway in the Twin City Shopping Center, Longview.

Gifts are needed for all ages from toddler to teens. The most requested items include sporting equipment, arts and crafts supplies, baby dolls, superhero figures, electronics and gift cards.

In addition, Sleep Train is hosting its annual #SleepTrainSecretSanta photo contest. One random winner will receive a holiday sleep essentials package, including an iPad mini. To enter, snap a photo while donating a gift for a foster child and share it on Instagram with #SleepTrainSecretSanta or upload it on Facebook at http://bit.ly/2ffDlxw.

Project Read 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.

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.

The literacy coordinator provides resources, direction, tutor training and ongoing support.

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.

Attend Snow Ball at library

Families are invited to the Longview Public Library Snow Ball from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.

Attendees can sit by the fire, sip hot chocolate and listen to fairy tales, fashion a wand and crown, test their skills in a snowball toss, personalize a holiday ornament using the EggBot printer and more.

Attendees also are encouraged to dress up as their favorite folk or fairy tale character.

The event is free thanks to support of the Longview Library Foundation, the Friends of the Longview Library and volunteers.

For details, visit longviewlibrary.org or call 360-442-5300.

Have fun at CR Senior Center

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.

Several activities are planned for December.

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., play games and cards, visit with other people; everyone welcome.

Every Wednesday: noon, senior nutrition meals 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: noon-3 p.m., quilting; 7 p.m., pinochle.

Every Friday: noon lunch by reservation only; call 360-274-7502.

Every Saturday: 1-3 p.m., bingo games.

Dec. 13: 11 a.m., Castle Rock High School choir will present a program of musical tunes; noon, potluck lunch.

Dec. 15: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., commodities distributed; recipients must have a valid punch card.

Other: The center will be closed Dec. 24-26 for the Christmas holiday.

Grief support groups for all

Because the holidays can magnify the loss of a loved one, grief support is offered through Community Home Health & Hospice.

Support groups are free. For tips on coping during the holidays or to attend any of the free grief support groups listed below, contact bereavement coordinator Annanissa Patterson at 360-703-0300 or at griefsupport@chhh.org.

Avery Center, 1000 12th Ave., Longview

• Children (ages 5-10) and pre-early teens (ages 11-13): 6-7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month.

• Teen (ages 14-17): 6-7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

• Adults (age 18 and older): 1-2:30 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month and 6-8 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month.

SON plan Christmas party

The Sons of Norway Christmas party will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at the lodge, 224 Catlin St., Kelso. 

Longview residents Trudy and Eddie Vrana will show slides of Iceland. Afterward, a turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, coffee and punch will be provided. 

Members and guests are asked to bring a side dish, such as a fruit plate; salads and dressings; vegetables; pickle, olive and vegetable trays; and rolls and butter.

Santa will visit and Christmas carols will be sung. 

 Christmas tree lot moves

The Woodland Moose Lodge No. 2394 Christmas tree lot has moved.

Continuing through Dec. 19, locally grown trees will be sold in the fenced-in garden center at Hi School Pharmacy, 1365 Lewis River Road, Woodland.

The lot is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (or later, if needed) on the weekends.

Money raised benefits the nonprofit Moose Lodge.

Help needed with vets' memorial

Members of the Longview Veterans Memorial Committee are raising money for two granite memorials honoring local veterans that will be placed in R.A. Long Park in Longview.

Donations may be submitted to Maria at the nonprofit Cowlitz Veterans Service Center at 1005 Fir St., Longview.

Gary Plumb of Lower Columbia Monument will engrave the vets' names on the monuments.

The committee's goal is to have the monuments in place for a Memorial Day 2017 dedication.

For details, call Bill Kasch at 360-423-6704.

Apply for Altrusa scholarships 

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

The Altrusa International Scholarship for Technical Education Students is available to students attending Lower Columbia College during the 2017-18 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 2017-18 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 2017-18 school year.

Application forms are available from high school counselors or in the LCC admission center/financial aid lobby.

Complete criteria is included on the applications which must be sent to Altrusa and postmarked by March 31.

Recipients will be notified by mail.

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

Nominations open for housing hero award

Nominations are beings sought by Housing Opportunities of Southwest Washington for the 2016 Patricia Price Housing Hero Award.

The award was established in 2008 in Price's name to "provide a living acknowledgement of the leadership and outstanding contributions" she made in creating and supporting affordable housing, along with her commitment to strengthening the community and quality of life for people in need of affordable housing, and her years of service as a member board of the HOSWWA, according to a press release.

The award's purpose is to honor a Cowlitz County citizen who has made outstanding contributions to the quality of life through service in the field of housing or community development, states the release.

Nominees must have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the county’s effort to provide a decent, affordable home and a suitable living environment for every family.

The honoree will be selected for his or her leadership and exceptional contributions to:

• Creating or supporting affordable housing.

• Implementing housing related programs.

• Creating innovative financing mechanisms for housing.

• Supporting home buyer education or technical training efforts within the housing community.

• Helping people to solve housing problems.

Nomination forms may be requested by calling the HOSWWA at 360-423-0140, ext. 15, or sending an email to chris.pegg@hoswwa.org

Nominations are due by 4 p.m. Dec. 30. They can be dropped off or mailed to Housing Opportunities of Southwest Washington, 820 11th Ave., Longview, WA 98632. They also can be emailed to chris.pegg@hoswwa.org.

Awards will be announced in January 2017 at the annual HOSWWA meeting.

Deadline extended for tourism grants

The deadline for the 2017 Cowlitz County Tourism grant program has been extended to Jan. 13.

The program is designed to help events that are held that attempt to attract more visitors to the county and to increase overnight stays.

After receiving the first round of applicants, it was determined funds still are available in the program.

Applications are available at www.vistmtsthelens.com; at 1900 Seventh Ave., Longview; or by calling 360-577-3137.

According to a press release, higher priority will be placed on new events or events whose business model has changed to attract more overnight stays.

For details, call the above phone number or email smithd@co.cowlitz.wa.us.

TDN wants kids’ weather drawings

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.

Nonprofit changes business hours

Winter hours are in effect at the nonprofit Rescued Paws Pet Thrift Shoppe at 1240 Commerce Ave., Longview.

Hours are 11:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Pet related and other small items are sold. Cats are available for adoption Tuesdays-Fridays and dogs are available for adoption Saturdays.

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 schwans-cares.com/c/28079.

For details, call Andrew Demko at 503-556-4215.

Help Emergency Support Shelter

October is Domestic Violence Action month and the local Emergency Support Shelter is offering ways the public can help the nonprofit shelter.

First is the Stand Up Campaign where the public can “stand up in honor of someone you love” by visiting http://www.esshelter.com/stand-up-campaign.html and making a donation.

The shelter also sells purple cancer awareness products, T-shirts and bracelets at http://www.esshelter.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html.

Reps needed in exchange program

Area representatives are being sought through the ASSE International Student Exchange Programs to recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise exchange students in their communities.

The representatives are compensated based on the number of students they supervise.

High school students from around the world can participate in academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States. Before the students can travel to the U.S., they pass a series of academic and character requirements.

For details about the ASSE program or on how to become an area representative, call the western regional office at 1-800-733-2773 or email asseusawest@asse.com.

Buy magazines, help Rainier teens

An online magazine fundraiser is being held to benefit the Rainier Junior Senior High School History Bowl Team and the History Club.

To support the History Club, visit http://www.efundraising.com/RainierHistoryClub1111#.V_0BmvkrK1s.

To support the History Bowl Team, visit http://www.efundraising.com/RainierHistoryBowlTeam#.V_2XXOArKM8.

For details, contact RJSHS History Club club adviser Andrew Demko at 503-556-4215 or at andrew_demko@rsd.k12.or.us.

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.

Donate Capri Sun pouches

Rainier Junior/Senior History Club members are collecting Capri Sun juice pouches to recycle in an effort to support the club's activities and events.

For details, contact History Club adviser Andrew Demko at 503-556-4215 or andrew_demko@rsd.k12.or.us.

Lay counseling sessions available

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

Ten free one-hour sessions with a trained counselor under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist will be provided. Appointments are available for individuals and couples.

To set up an appointment, call Elizabeth at 360-577-1059 or 360-423-6380.

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

Group seeks food bank 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.

Project Read 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.

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.

The literacy coordinator provides resources, direction, tutor training and ongoing support. 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.

Buy items, help Rainier teens

An online fundraiser is being held to benefit the Rainier Junior Senior High School History Bowl Team.

More than 1,500 items are available with 40 percent of every purchase going to the History Bowl Team.

To participate, visit http://www.efundraising.com/RainierHistoryBowlTeam#.WBj5i_krK1s.

For details, email RJSHS History Bowl Team adviser Andrew Demko at andrew_demko@rsd.k12.or.us.

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CCC hosts New Year's Eve Ball

The second annual New Year's Eve Ball, a fundraiser for the Clatskanie Cultural Center, is set for Dec. 31.

The evening’s activities start at 6 p.m. in the Cultural Center ballroom, the restored IOOF hall, 95 S. Nehalem St., Clatskanie.

Anyone 21 years old and older is invited to the event taking place on the 90th anniversary of the original grand opening of the historic building.

The evening will include a full-course dinner with a choice of entree — prime rib, stuffed pork chop or vegetarian fettuccine.

Dancing to live music provided by the Bob Nelson Band will be provided from 7 to 10 p.m. The New York City New Year’s Eve celebration will be streamed live on the ballroom's large screen, and as the ball drops in Times Square, a complimentary champagne toast will be served at 9 p.m. local time.

Attendance is limited to 100 people. The cost is $50 per person. Reservations are required and may be made by calling Elsa at 503-728-3403.

The Clatskanie River Inn is offering a special rate for overnight accommodations for people attending the New Year's Eve Ball. To make reservations, call 503-728-9000.

Apply for free meals

Free and reduced-price meals are available to students in need at all local public schools through several national programs administered by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

The application process for participation in school meal programs is simple and confidential, according to a press release. Application packets are sent home with students at the beginning of the school year. Households with income levels below certain thresholds are encouraged to apply for any, or all, of the programs. The application packet provides instructions and directions on where the application should be sent.

Applications will be reviewed and a determination made within 10 operating days of receipt of the application, notes the press release. Households denied eligibility can appeal the decision by contacting their school.

Applications can be submitted any time during the school year. Households that experience a change in income due to job loss or other circumstances are encouraged to apply.

Students receiving help through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or the Basic Food Program — as well as all other students in the same household — automatically qualify for free meals, states the release.

The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) provides OSPI with a list of children who receive these services to facilitate automatic eligibility. Households notified of their children’s eligibility must contact the school if choosing to decline the free meal benefits.

Foster children also are eligible for free meal benefits. Children placed in foster care by DSHS are included in the list provided to OSPI. In households where foster children reside, all other students in the household may be eligible for free or reduced price meals based on household size and income, according to the press release. In these situations, households may submit an application.

Homeless and migrant students, households taking part in Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations and students in Head Start and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program are eligible for free meals. For details, contact the child’s school.

Eligibility lasts from the date of approval up to the first 30 operating days of the next school year or until a family contacts the school or district.

Households needing help with application materials in languages other than English should contact their school.

There will be no discrimination against limited English speaking households in the school meal programs, states the press release.

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 Christina Hilts at 360-575-3316 or email her at chilts.health@cowlitz.org.

Volunteers sought in Columbia County

Community Home Health & Hospice seeks volunteers in Columbia County.

On-line training is offered that is augmented with hands-on training and skills review, according to a press release from the organization.

In addition, every three months in-services are offered in areas that may be of interest or benefit to volunteers.

A good hospice volunteer possesses a calm and comforting demeanor, is attentive, has active listening skills, is warm and friendly, is empathetic and understands the need to maintain boundaries.

Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to contact volunteer coordinator Sheryl Reeder at sheryl.reeder@chhh.org or 360-414-5433 or 800-378-8510.

TDN wants kids’ weather drawings

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.

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 $500 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 360-414-2310.

Get help with OHP insurance

People in Columbia County applying for health insurance through the Oregon Health Plan can get help from the Public Health Foundation of Columbia County.

Individuals are available to help weekly in Rainier, St. Helens, Scappoose and Vernonia. To schedule an appointment, call 503-397-4651, ext. 2005 or 971-203-3995.

Once an appointment is scheduled, people should bring the following information: the Social Security number and date of birth of everyone in the household who will be on the application; employer and income information for everyone in the household (even if they are not applying for coverage); verification of income, including pay stubs, tax statements, profit and loss statements if self-employed, or a letter showing proof of no income; if people on the application have health insurance, the plan name and policy numbers are needed.

For details, call Patricia Ortiz at the above phone numbers or email portiz@tphfcc.org.

Apply for AmeriCorps

Applications are being accepted for positions with Cowlitz AmeriCorps, a national service organization.

Members serve 11 months, receive a monthly living allowance, a $5,775 education award, health coverage and could qualify for child care.

The program addresses critical needs in Cowlitz County helping adults find a second chance at a drug-free life, supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities reach their goals, mentor children of all ages with academic needs and help families that have experienced physical abuse, states a press release.

For details and an application, visit http://lifeworks-wa.careerplug.com/jobs/120351/apps/new

Reserve seats now for tribal mask performances

Reservations are being accepted for Living History performances at the Lelooska Foundation and Cultural Center, 165 Merwin Village Road, Ariel.

The presentations start at 7 p.m. Nov. 26, and May 6 and 22, and last approximately two hours. They consist of dramatic narration and dance presentations of traditional Northwest coast ceremonial masks, according to a press release.

Chief Tsungani and the Lelooska family dancers bring each mask to life with its song, dance and story, notes the press release.

The grounds open at 5:30 p.m, including the Lelooska Museum.

The cost is $12 per adult and $8 per child age 12 and younger. Reservations are required.

To reserve tickets, call 360-225-9522, email info@lelooska.org or send checks and a self-addressed and stamped envelope to Lelooska Foundation and Cultural Center, P.O., Box 526, Ariel, WA 98603. Payments also can be made online at www.lelooska.org.

After-school fun at Longview library

MakerPlace returns this month with free after-school events for elementary students from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at the Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.

The schedule continues through Nov. 23.

Rotating activities include Construction Zone, the first Wednesday of the month starting in October. Children will build with blocks, bricks and more. Art Lab takes place the second Wednesday of the month. Children will make creative projects to take home. The third Wednesday of the month is Tech Time where students tinker with science and tech activities. the fourth Wednesday is the Book Club. Children will discuss a book and make a project.

A library card is not necessary to participate. Registration is recommended only for the Book Club, recommended for children in third through fifth grade. Children should sign up at the lower floor checkout desk where they also will pick up their book. September's book is "Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer," by Kelly Jones.

For details, call Becky at 360-442-5323.

Help sponsor Rainier Revisited

Sponsors are needed for the Eighth Annual Rainier Revisited Living History Re-Enactment set for Saturday, April 8 in Rainier.

A $20 donation will get a person, organization or business name listed as a sponsor for the event. Club members also are looking for a sponsor for history club T-shirts. Anyone who would like to help the club is asked to contact History Club adviser Andrew Demko at andrew_demko@rsd.k12.or.us.

Arc offers free support, services

Free support and services are available through the Arc of Cowlitz County/Life Works.

For details on any of the services listed, call Lacey Cairns at 360-425-5494 or email laceycairns@lifeworkswa.org.

Consultations and case management with families and individuals who need support and services; Parent to Parent Program; respite services for families who qualify after completing a respite consultation and screening, IEP and 504 School Support and Advocacy Services; help with DDA (Developmental Disabilities Administration, Social Security Administration and navigating other related community and state services; guidance with guardianship; Monday Wake-Up for families with children from birth to age 5; life skills classes at Lower Columbia College on Thursdays; People First; and lending library and resources.

KHS pool open for laps, exercise

Gaither Pool at Kelso High School (1904 Allen St., Kelso) is open through Nov. 17 for a water exercise class, lap swimming and family recreation swims.

Exercise Class: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (no class Oct. 11 and Oct. 18).

Lap Swim: 5:30-7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (no class today, Oct. 11 and Oct. 18).

Family/Recreation Swim: 5:3-7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (no swimming Oct. 11 and Oct. 18).

The cost is $3.50 per person, $2.50 per person for senior citizens 55 years old and older and military personnel; $2 per person for Kelso School District residents; $12 for a family up to six members; and $15.50 for a large family. Children age 6 and younger are free, but must have a parent in the water with them.

An individual fall season pass is $63.

The pool is available to rent from 6 to 8 pm. Fridays and from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturdays for $50 per hour for up to 30 swimmers.

To book a rental, call 360-501-1855.

Reps needed in exchange program

Area representatives are being sought through the ASSE International Student Exchange Programs to recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise exchange students in their communities.

The representatives are compensated based on the number of students they supervise.

High school students from around the world can participate in academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States. Before the students can travel to the U.S., they pass a series of academic and character requirements.

For details about the ASSE program or on how to become an area representative, call the western regional office at 1-800-733-2773 or email asseusawest@asse.com.

‘Rainier Revisited’ planned for April

The eighth annual "Rainier Revisited: A Living History," takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Beaver Homes Grange, 31105 Beaver Homes Road.

Members of the Rainier Junior/Senior High School History Club — a chapter of the National History Club — will host the event, a living history re-enactment of Rainier and local history.

Admission is a donation or a can of food for HOPE.

Sponsors include Tobie Finzel (Vernonia Pioneer Museum), Education Maps and Globes (Kirk Fullmer), Lee and Bill McDonald, RSD Custodial staff, the DuPont History Museum and the Demko family.

For details, contact Andrew Demko, club adviser, at 503-556-4215 or andrew_demok@rsd.k12.or.us.

Save the date

for quilt show

Clatskanie Quilt Show committee members have set the date for the group's annual quilt show. The show takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24, in the ballroom of the Clatskanie Cultural Center (the restored IOOF building), 75 S. Nehalem St., Suite B, Clatskanie.

Quilters are invited to enter their quilts. A country store, raffle and demonstrations will be featured. A portion of the money raised will go to the Clatskanie Senior Center.

In the meantime, the Quilt Show committee recently presented a check for $1,000 to the Clatskanie Senior Center as a "way of giving back to our community," states a press release.

For details or to sign up to enter a quilt, send an email to clatskaniequiltshow@wildblue.net.

Volunteer timers, readers needed

Members of the History Bowl Team at Rainier Junior/Senior High School are looking for adult readers and timers for the Oregon History Bowl competition set to be held in Rainier in January.

Anyone who would like to help is asked to contact club adviser Andrew Demko at 503-556-4215 or andrew_demko@rsd.k12.or.us.

— The Daily News

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