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Book sale starts Friday

The Friends of the Library book sale takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in the back room of the Castle Rock Public Library, 137 Cowlitz St. W., Castle Rock.

All books are $2 per bag.

For details, call the library at 360-274-6961.

Pomona meeting location changed

The next regular meeting of the Cowlitz County Pomona Grange has been moved. The meeting takes place Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Sunnyside Gragne No. 129 lodge, 214 Cowlitz Ave., Castle Rock.

A potluck begins at 6:30 p.m. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

The monthly Grange project is pet supplies.

Fill up with crab, oysters

Seatings for the 34th Annual Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce Crab and Oyster Feed are set for 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Norse Hall on Puget Island, 144 State Highway 409, Cathlamet.

All seating times are for people 21 years old and older because beer and wine will be served. All seating is reserved. Organizers suggest people buy their tickets early.

The cost is $35 per person. Tickets are available at the Bank of the Pacific, 56 Main St., Cathlamet. Raffle tickets for prizes provided by local businesses will be sold. Winners do not have to be present to win.

Attendees are asked to bring their own crab-cracking tools and condiments. Alcohol cannot be brought onto the premises. River Mile 38 brews will be on tap.

Money raised will benefit the Bald Eagle Days event sponsored by the Chamber, and the fireworks show.

Free Soup’s On lunch in Kelso

A Soup's On event takes place Saturday, Feb. 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.

Public invited to quilters meeting

Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild members will meet Monday, Feb. 18, in the basement of the Educational Building at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2218 E. Kessler Blvd, Longview.

A social time starts at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m.

Portland resident Cath Hall will discuss her quilting journey from beginning quilter to modern quilt designer. For details on her, visit her website at

In addition, the 2019 challenge quilt instructions will be available for a $5 fee. Door prizes will be awarded and a show-and-tell time will be featured.

Guests are welcome. Non-guild members are asked to pay a $5 admission fee.

For details, call Suzanne Cosmo at 360-261-9172.

Stella Historical Society meets

Husband and wife Dan and Nona Preble are the featured guests at the 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, Stella Historical Society potluck dinner meeting at the Stella Lutheran Chapel, 124 Sherman Road (about two miles north of Ocean Beach Highway along Germany Creek Road), Longview.

The event was moved from Monday, Feb. 11, because of snow on the road.

After the potluck, the Prebles will tell the story of how they met, fell in love and still are together after more than 50 years.

The public is invited to attend. For details, call 360-423-3860 or 360-423-8663.

Retired public employees meet

Members of the Retired Public Employees Council of Washington will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Longview Country Club, 41 Country Club Drive, Longview.

Interim executive director of the RPEC, James Cockburn will provide updates on bills impacting retirees, discuss the recent Legislative Day and answer questions.

All retired and soon-to-be retired state public employees are invited to the meeting and to the no-host lunch at noon.

For details, call Judy DeVoe at 360-261-2780.

FOLK presents monthly movie

The Friends of the Library at Kalama (FOLK) will show its monthly movie at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the City Council chambers in the Kalama Public Library, 312 N. First St., Kalama.

Themovie will be "Sabrina," starring Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn and William Holden.

The movie is free and open to the public.

Donations to FOLK to benefit the library gratefully will be accepted, notes a press release.

For details, call the library at 360-673-4568.

Adult winter reading program begins

A winter adult reading program, Warm Up With Books, from Tuesday, Feb. 19, through Saturday, March 23.

The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Castle Rock Library, Vault Brooks & Brew, Timberland Espresso and the Castle Rock Bakery.

Adults can win prizes for reading books and magazines.

Entry forms are available at the Castle Rock Library, 137 Cowlitz St. W, Castle Rock.

For details, call 360-274-6961.

School retirees meet Feb. 19

"Link Youth Services" is the program at the Tuesday, Feb. 19, meeting of the Lower Columbia School Retirees Association in the cafeteria of the Somerset Retirement Home and Assisted Living, 2025 Tibbetts Drive, Longview.

For details, call Noel McRae at 360-425-5037.

Dance to the King Brothers

The public is invited to the music of the King Brothers from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Moose Lodge, 921 Washington Way, Longview. Doors open at 6 p.m.

People do not have to be a Moose member to attend.

The cost is $10 per person in advance with tickets available at the Longview Senior Center, 1111 Commerce Ave., Longview. Tickets are $15 per person at the door.

Money raised goes to the senior center.

For details, call Jana at the senior center at 360-636-0210.

Brown Bag Lunch Day is Feb. 20

The annual Brown Bag Lunch Day hosted by Castle Rock residents Bill and Patty Ammons takes place Wednesday, Feb. 20.

During the annual event, members of the community band together to donate, make and deliver lunches to more than 1,500 people in need in the local area.

Groups or people wishing to donate sack lunches or sandwiches, snacks and bottled water are asked to deliver them to the Love Overwhelming host site at 618 14th Ave., Longview, starting at 9 a.m. Feb. 20. Volunteers will distribute the lunches to agencies and sites throughout the county.

People interested in donating lunches or lunch items, who would like to receive lunches for a group or agency, or who would like to volunteer with the event are asked to call Bill Ammons at 360-274-7811; or text or leave a message for Shawn Nyman at 360-270-5096.

Public invited to annual banquet

The public is invited to the annual banquet of the Friends of Fox Creek starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the El Tapatio Restaurant, 117 A Street, Rainier.

Food can be ordered from the menu.

Reservations for the dinner must be made by Wednesday, Feb. 20. To reserve a spot, send an email to

The annual meeting of Friends of Fox Creek, the volunteer stream restoration group in Rainier, will be held during and after the meal. The meeting will include electing two members to the board of directors, a brief financial report and reports from officers.

The speaker for the evening is Jaime Pinkham, executive director of the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission. He talk starting at 8 p.m. will focus on the Columbia River.

Learn to prevent home invasions

Cowlitz County Chief Criminal Deputy Charlie Rosenzweig will discuss ways people can protect their homes from being robbed from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Cowlitz County Historical Museum, 405 Allen St., Kelso.

Also at the free program sponsored by the Washington State University Extension, Rosenzweig will discuss what robbers look for when they plan a home invasion.

Registration is not required.

For details, call Gary Fredricks at 360-577-3014, ext. 3.

Attend dad, daughter ball

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

Four sessions are scheduled, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. or 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, and from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at the McClelland Center, 951 Delaware St., Longview.

The Winter Wonderland themed dance will feature interactive music, refreshments, crafts and a keepsake. 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, stop by the Parks and Rec office at 2920 Douglas St., Longview; or visit­line.

For details, call 360-442-5400.

Fundraiser for softball group

An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast to benefit the Timberwolves 12U softball team takes place from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Faith Family Christian Center, 2203 38th Ave., Longview.

The girls from the team will serve attendees. A 50/50 raffle will be held.

The cost is $10 per person.

Register for free dental screening

A free dental clinic screening for low-income veterans and their dependent children on medical coupons takes place from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Longview Kaiser Permanente building, 1230 Seventh Ave., Longview.

To be eligible, veterans must live in Cowlitz or Wahkiakum counties and have an income based on the National Poverty Guidelines.

The event is being sponsored by Community Health Partners of Longview.

Dental care will be provided by the University of Washington Community Dental Clinic at the Kaiser Permanente building.

For details, eligibility requirements and to schedule an appointment, call 360-274-0178.

Swim lessons at MM pool

Two 45-minute sessions of swim lessons take place Saturdays, Feb. 23 to March 20, at the Dick Mealy Memorial Pool behind Mark Morris High School, 1602 Mark Morris Court, Longview.

Hours are from 10:15 to 11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to noon.

The cost per student is $40 for six lessons. Children must be at least 4 years old to participate.

Open Swims take place from noon to 2 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 the Open Swims.

Registration forms are available at the pool, in the front office of the high school or on the Longview School District web page at Once there, click on Community, then Dick Mealy Memorial Pool @ Mark Morris.

For details, call 360-575-7709.

Attend free estate planning seminar

The public is invited to a free estate planning seminar at noon Monday, Feb. 25, at the Three Rivers Law Center, 841 A 12th Ave., Longview.

Light refreshments will be provided.

To register, call 360-442-4101.

Volunteer at the women’s shelter

The Emergency Support Shelter has volunteer openings and will offering a series of free training sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 25-March 1 and March 4, at 600 Broadway, Building B., Longview.

The training is for people interested in supporting victims of domestic violence, crime victims and in the shelter's sexual assault advocacy programs.

For details, call Caleb Luther at 360-703-7582, extension 16, or send an email to

Learn how to prune fruit trees

A fruit tree pruning workshop starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the Fair Exposition Building on the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds, 1900 Seventh Ave., Longview.

Jim Chennault will discuss how and when to prune fruit trees to promote tree health and maximum fruit production.

The seminar is free.

For details, call Gary Fredricks at 360-577-3014, ext. 3.

Book discussion group gathers

The American Association of University Women book discussion group will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Porcelain Rose, 5612 Ocean Beach Highway, Longview.

Attendees will discuss "Meet Me in Atlantis: Across Three Continents in Search of the Legendary Sunken City," by Mark Adams.

Readers are taken to fascinating locations to meet irresistible characters; and a deep, often humorous look at the human longing to rediscover a lost world, according to a press release submitted to The Daily News.

For details, call 360-636-2433.

Anyone interested in the book or in AAUW is welcome.

AAUW is a nationwide organization that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research, according to a press release. A college degree is not a requirement to join the Cowlitz County branch.

Open house for Wetle retirement

An open house for Marc Wetle who is retiring this month after 33 years of service with the Kelso Public Works department takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the City Council Chambers, 203 S. Pacific Ave., Kelso.

Learn about bonsai basics

Longview Garden Club member Heather Gawlick will discuss bonsai basics at the 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, meeting of the club at Grace Lutheran Church, 2725 Dover St., Longview.

According to information submitted to The Daily News, Gawlick has been a bonsai enthusiast for about 25 years, practicing her art in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; and in Longview. Along with a demonstration, she will explain the different styles and shapes of bonsai, the type of plant stock beginners should try and how to start a bonsai at home.

The public is invited.

Enter student video contest

Cowlitz Clean Waters is sponsoring its second annual student video contest, “Solutions to Stormwater Pollution,” open to students in ninth through 12th grades within Cowlitz County, including public, private and home-schooled students.

CCW is a public education campaign targeting stormwater pollution.

Students are invited to showcase their creativity, talent and environmental awareness by producing 30- to 60-second video public service announcements illustrating and conveying the ways people can stop stormwater pollution and keep local streams, rives and lakes clean and healthy.

The winning videos will be featured on the Cowlitz Clean Waters website and as public service announcements on local cable access television as well as other venues.

The grand prize is a $500 Amazon gift card. The second- and third-place winners receive a $250 and $150 Amazon gift card.

The contest is free to enter. Rules and an entry form can be found online at

The deadline for submitting entries is 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28.

For details, call Van McKay at the City of Kelso at 360-577-3323.

Cowlitz Clean Waters is a collaborative initiative of the cities of Kelso and Longview, Cowlitz County, Consolidated Drainage Improvement District No. 1, the Kelso and Longview school districts, the Washington State University Cowlitz County Extension service and Lower Columbia College.

The partnership was developed in order to create a public information and education campaign intended to help inform residents of the Lower Columbia region about the impacts of stormwater runoff on local waterways and to affect behavior changes and water quality improvements in the communities, according to a press release.

Apply for off-campus class

Current Cowlitz County high school sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply for Kelso School District Off-Campus programs — fire science/first responder, health science and police science — for their 2019-2020 school year.

Applications are available in the Career Center at Kelso High School, 1904 Allen St., Kelso; and in all area high school counseling offices.

Students from Mark Morris, R.A. Long, Castle Rock, Kalama, Toutle Lake and Woodland high schools who are contemplating entering one of the career fields are encouraged to apply.

For details, contact Denise Prescott in the Career Center at Kelso High School at 360-501-1838 or denise.prescott@kels­

FOWCL plan a book sale

Friends of Woodland Community Library will hold a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 1, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 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 are 50 cents each. Hard cover and trade paperback books are $1 each, and DVDs and CDs are two for $1.

Attendees can fill one of the FOWCL bags with romance or mystery books for $5 per bag both days. From noon to 5 p.m. all books will be $5 per bag.

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

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

Public invited to grand opening

The public is invited to celebrate at the grand opening of the Woodland Music Academy from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, at the academy, 1900 Belmont Loop, Woodland.

The activities

• 1 p.m.: Woodland Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony.

• Free 15 minute mini-lessons throughout the day; call 360-768-0613 to schedule an appointment.

• Try out an instrument in the instrument "petting zoo."

• Prize drawings every 30 minutes, including the chance to win a free month of private lessons.

• Entertainment by the academy's teachers and students.

In addition, the El Paisano taco truck will be on site for buying food. Other goodies will be donated from the Sadie and Josie Bakery of La Center (Wash.) and Killa Bites of Ridgefield (Wash.).

Private lessons, adult and children choirs, early childhood music classes and more are offered at the academy five days a week with no long-term contract requirements.

Mark calendar for wedding event

The Big Day Wedding and Event Expo presented by Specialty Rents takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in the McClelland Center, 951 Delaware St., Longview.

Brides, their families, friends and wedding planners can connect with local vendors who provide wedding services and products.

Attendees can shop, receive some complimentary samples, see a fashion show and participate in drawings for prizes.

Admission is $5 per person. Parking at the site is free.

For details, call Longview Recreation at 360-442-5400.

Poker run benefits Kayla Chapman family

A Memorial Poker run in memory of Kayla Chapman takes place Sunday, March 3, in Kalama.

Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Columbia Inn, 698 N. Frontage Road, Kalama. The run begins at 10 a.m.

The cost is $15 per person or $25 for two people on a motorbike.

All money raised goes to Chapman's family.

Western Federation of Retirees meet

Emily Siters of Youth & Family Link is the guest speaker at the 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, meeting of the Western Federation of Retirees Local 3 in the AWPPW Local 153 Hall, 724 15th Ave., Longview. Attendees are asked to use the rear entrance of the building from 14th Avenue.

Siters will discuss senior exercise program.s

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

Science fair on March 10 at mall

Cowlitz County AmeriCorps and the Children's Discovery Museum are partnering to provide a free Science Sunday Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the Three Rivers Mall, 350 Three Rivers Mall Drive, Kelso.

The event will feature the Reptile Roadshow with demonstrations by the "reptile man" starting at 2 p.m.

For details, call Travis at 360-261-4287 or send an email to

Free in-person tax preparation

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 13 at the Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.

Help is on a first-come, first-served basis. Appointments are not necessary.

Hours are from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Fridays and 10 am. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Clients should arrive early and bring the following items, according to the AARP Tax Aide website:

• Social Security cards and/or ITIN notices/cards or other official documentation that shows the taxpayer identification numbers for every individual on the return.

• Government-issued photo ID for each taxpayer.

• Checking or savings account information if you want to direct deposit any refund(s) or direct debit any amounts due.

• Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) (for each individual if applicable).

• W-2 for all employers.

• 1099-G form for unemployment compensation or state/local income tax refunds.

• SSA-1099 form showing the total Social

• Security benefits paid to you for the year, or RRB-1099, Tier 1 Railroad Retirement benefits form.

• 1099 forms (or other statements) reporting interest (1099-INT), dividends (1099-DIV) and/or proceeds from sales (1099-B), plus documentation showing the original purchase prices if you sold stocks or other assets.

• 1099-R form if received a pension, annuity, or IRA distribution.

• 1099-MISC, 1099-K, or other 1099 forms. If you have a business, bring a summary list of all your income (cash and non-cash) and all business-related expenses.

• Information about any other income of any form including cash or other than cash.

• Records of any federal and/or state and/or local income tax paid (including quarterly estimated tax payments) if not shown on income documents.

Apply for grants totaling $175,000

Grants totaling $175,000 from the Honorable Frank L. and Arlene G. Price Foundation will be awarded to charitable organizations meeting the foundation criteria in Clark and Cowlitz counties.

Applications are being accepted through April 15 and will be reviewed June 15 to be awarded July 1.

Frank price was a retired Superior Court judge in Cowlitz County. Arlene Price taught art at Huntington Junior High School in Kelso. Their private foundation was founded on the principles of health, education and historical preservation.

In 2018, Clark and Cowlitz counties received $184,907 from the foundation. In 2017, the counties received $175,000.

Details about the Foundation, previous grants, grant criteria, dates and application forms are available at

For details, call Kay Dalke-Sheadel at 360-448-9358 or send an email to

Nominations are needed

Nominations are being accepted 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.

Applications can be picked up at City Hall, 195 N. First Ave., Kalama; at Double D's Feed Farm & Garden, 326 N. First Ave., Kalama; and at the Kalama Public Library, 312 N. First St., Kalama.

The Chamber of Commerce dinner will be held Saturday, April 23, in the Kalama Community Building, 216 Elm St., Kalama.

Resource for veterans open at LCC

The Lower Columbia College resource for veterans is open in a new, more centrally located space that provides a central point of access for vets on the campus at 1600 Maple St., Longview.

The resource center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in Room 115 of the Student Center.

Among the services provided are advice, peer to peer counseling, individual tutoring, biweekly study groups, and referrals to college and community resources.

Also provided at the center is a quiet, controlled and confidential environment where vets can connect with each other.

Apply to join AmeriCorps

Self-motivated team players are being sought by Cowlitz AmeriCorps Network to fill the organizations new 900-hour positions.

Terms of service begin in mid-January 2019 and run through July 2019.

Members receive a living allowance, medical and child care benefits, if they qualify, along with an education award.

People interested in the positions should call 360-577-5859 to see if they qualify or stop by the AmeriCorps office in the Life Works building at 906 New York St., Longview, to pick up an application.

Book a librarian

A new service is being offered through the Longview Public Library.

People can schedule a personalized 30- or 60-minute face-to-face session with a library professional help with starting an email account, browsing the library's catalog, downloading e-books and audiobooks with Overdrive and Hoopla, searching the internet, using electronic databases through the library and more. Patrons also can ask for help with other topics such as personalized assistance with a research project or getting help discovering new books and authors that match individual tastes.

For details or to schedule an appointment, visit the library's "book-a-Librarian" page at or call 360-442-5300.

Join the Kelso Senior Center

A membership drive for people interested in joining the Kelso Senior Center Association is taking place with payment being accepted for the 2019 dues.

The cost for a membership is $12 per person.

Stop by the center's front desk at 106 N.W. Eighth Ave., Kelso, to pay by cash, check or debit/credit card and pick up a new card.

The card can be punched once a month for $1 off the cost of a lunch.

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 a press release from the city.

The city asks that the following guidelines be observed when placing leaves in city streets, which are considered public rights of way:

• Place only leaves from city-maintained trees in rows about one foot from the curb to allow for drainage.

• 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.

"It is important that we remove fallen leaves from these areas so that vehicles and pedestrian traffic can move safely throughout the city, and to minimize flooding due to clogged catch basins," Stormwater Supervisor Mike Ward is quoted in the release.

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

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. March 8, March 29, April 12 and May 3; and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 9, March 30, April 13 and May 4.

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

Library, WordFest offer writing series

The Longview Public Library is partnering with WordFest to offer an eight-week series of writing workshops open to the public.

Led by Alan Rose, the workshops take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays beginning March 5 in the library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.

Rose coordinates the monthly WordFest gatherings, writes book reviews for the Columbia River Reader and hosts the KLTV "Book Chat" program.

People who attend the workshops will be able to share and discuss their writing in terms of basic elements of good story telling, including how to open a story, how to introduce and develop characters, how to plot a story, how to create dramatic dialogue and more.

Depending on interest, workshop participation may be limited. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Although the workshops are free, registration is required. To register, call or email Elizabeth Partridge at the library at 360-442-5321 or

For other activities held at the Longview Public Library, visit

For details on WordFest, visit

Attend a quilt show in Ilwaco

Members of the Peninsula Quilt Guild will present their 24th Annual Peninsula Quilt Guild Exhibition from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, March 15-17, at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, 115 Lake St., Ilwaco.

The theme is "Quilting at the Beach."

More than 100 quilts by guild members will be on display in three galleries in the museum.

Various quilting demonstrations by guild members take place throughout each day of the three-day event.

Attendees will have the opportunity to win a "Beach Garden" prize quilt. Raffle tickets, at $1 each, will be sold during the show. The drawing takes place the afternoon of Sunday, March 17.

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.

Host families being sought

Host families for high school students visiting the area from Wako, Japan, from March 15 to 29 are being sought by the Longview Sister City Commission.

According to a press release from the city of Longview, responsibilities of host families include providing students with a safe, supportive and loving home; accept students as members of the family and encourage them to participate in all aspects of family life; provide students with their own bed and a quiet place to study; provide students three quality meals a day; provide transportation to and from school (can be by bus); and encourage students to exchange ideas and provide them with exposure to the cultural and social environments of the homes they stay in and the neighborhoods.

People interested in becoming host families are asked to email the Sister City Commission at

To discuss details regarding hosting experiences, call Steve Moon at 360-560-0059 or email Dr. Erin Harnish at

The Sister City Commission encourages, conducts, sponsors (or co-sponsors) for the benefit of the citizens of Longview, public programs to further the development and public awareness of the relationship with Longview's Sister City in Wako, Japan, and strengthening intercultural understanding in the community, notes the press release.

Volunteers needed for landscape work

Cowlitz AmeriCorps Network volunteers invite the public to participate in their volunteer service project to enhance the landscape around the boat docks at the Al Helenberg Memorial Boat Launch.

The work party begins with a registration at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided at 1 p.m. by the cooks from Castle Rock's First Baptist Church. Work continues after lunch until 4:40 p.m.

Snacks, coffee and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Volunteers don't have to work the entire day, but can devote as much time as they want.

The work party will be held rain or shine. Participants are asked to dress for the weather, wear gloves, and bring a wheelbarrow and shovel if they want to use their own tools.

The project is coordinated by the City of Castle Rock Public Works Department, Mayor Paul Helenberg, the Castle Rock Community Development Alliance and the Castle Rock Bloom Team.

For details or to ask questions, send Nancy Chennault an email at, send a message to her through the Castle Rock Blooms Facebook page:; or call Public Works director Dave Vorse at 360-274-7478.

Free hands-on science night

The Annual Link Science Night takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in the gym 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 including tinkering tables, rock science, robots and more. Also featured is the Reptile Roadshow, an exhibit that includes snakes, turtles, frogs, leopard geckos, spiders and more.

Kalama Fair Board sponsors Wheel, Deal Sale

Several vendors will offer "treasures" for everyone at the Kalama Fair Board Wheel and Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 22, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in the Kalama Community Building, Second and Elm streets.

Included this year is the board's Signature Bake Sale with homemade breads, giant cinnamon rolls, gooey caramel corn, homemade pies and special surprises.

A raffle will be held and tickets will be sold for the Amalak handmade quilt. The drawing for the quilt takes place March 23.

A Swedish pancake and sausage breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. Lunch both days includes homemade chicken noodle soup.

Family bingo takes place after the sale. Seating begins at 5 p.m. In addition, homemade pizza will be offered during bingo.

AAUW scholarship applications available

Scholarship applications are available for the 2019-20 school year from the Cowlitz County branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a Cowlitz County woman who has completed two years of college and who will be a full-time junior or senior student at an accredited college in fall 2019.

The selection will be based on scholarship, leadership and community involvement/life experience. Applications must be postmarked by March 30.

For details or a copy of the application, contact Sharon Watt at 360-225-2294 or­.

Altrusa 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 2019-2020 school year. The $1,000 scholarship is for a student in a two-year technical program in the trades, manufacturing or industrial fields.

The $1,000 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 2019-2020 school year.

The $1,400 Altrusa International Scholarship is for a student attending LCC during the 2019-2020 school year and is renewable for up to three additional consecutive years provided the student shows proof of satisfactory academic progress.

Application forms are on the Altrusa International of Longview-Kelso Facebook page and are available from high school counselors.

Complete criteria is included on the applications which must be sent to Altrusa International of Longview-Kelso and postmarked by Friday, March 22.

Recipients will be notified by mail.

For details, call Mary at 360-425-0426 or send an email to

Super sale in Rosburg

Vendors and individuals are invited to participate in the Sixth Annual Community Super Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in the Grays River Valley Center at Johnson Park, 30 Rosburg School Road, Rosburg, Wash.

More than 50 tables 6-foot by 10-foot table spaces are available to rent. There also is room outdoors for spots. The cost for the first table space is $10. Each addition space costs $5. 

Vendors will be able to set up from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 22, or at 7 a.m. Saturday, March 23.

The fundraiser is for Grays River Valley Center at Johnson Park (the old Rosburg school building).

New and used items, crafts, antiques, tools, re-purposed items, vintage items and much more will be sold.

Food, beverages and bake sale items provided by the members of the Friendship Circle of the Grays River United Methodist Church will be available to buy during the sale.

For details or to reserve a space, call Carrie at 360-465-2318.

Save date for Lincoln Day Dinner

Dinesh D'Souza is the keynote speaker at the Cowlitz County Republican Part's Lincoln Day Dinner being held from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Cowlitz County Event (Expo) Center, 1900 Seventh Ave., Longview.

D'Souza is a conservative political commentator, writer and award-winning film maker. He was born in India and came to the United States when he was 18 years old as an exchange student. He graduated with honors from Dartmouth College.

According to a press release, he is one of the "top young public policy makers in the country. He has written several books that have been on the New York Times bestseller list. He has appeared on nationally syndicated and television shows, has written articles for major magazines and newspapers and speaks at major events, notes the release. In addition, he is known for producing several top-ranked political documentaries.

ASSE needs representatives

People are needed to serve as area representatives in the local community with the ASSE International Student Exchange Program.

ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world. Students are 15 to 18 years old and have passed a series of academic and character requirements.

Area representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their community. Area representatives are compensated based on the number of students they supervise. A bonus opportunity also is available.

For details about ASSE or becoming an area representative, call the Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or send an email to

Lay counseling sessions offered

New clients are being accepted 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 be assigned a lay counselor, call and leave a message for Elizabeth Jacobsen at 360-423-6380. She will return calls as soon as possible.

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

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 buy magazines, visit

For details, contact Andrew Demko, History Club adviser, at or 503-556-4215.

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

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.

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. Tutors specifically are needed who can help between 5 and 8 p.m. for learners who work during the day.

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, call Elizabeth Partridge at 360-442-5321.

Road to Recovery program needs drivers

Drivers are needed in Cowlitz County for the Road to Recovery program to drive cancer patients to appointments.

Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their car so patients can receive treatment. Drivers also provide encouragement and support.

Volunteers must be 18 years old or older, have a valid driver's licenses, proof of automobile insurance, a safe and reliable vehicle, access to a computer and the internet, and pass a criminal background check and a driving record check.

Drivers can arrange their own schedules and can commit as many or as few hours as their schedules allow. Free training is provided.

Volunteer coordinators also are needed to schedule the requested rides and can work from any location convenient for them.

For details, call 1-800-227-2345.

Kelso Senior Center needs volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help staff the front desk; to work in the kitchen; and to organize and/or help with activities such as bingo at the Kelso Senior Center, 106 N.W. Eighth Ave., Kelso.

Anyone interested in volunteering should drop by the senior center or call 360-232-8522.

LCFRB accepting project applications

Applications for habitat and monitoring projects for submission to the Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board are being accepted by the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board of Longview.

According to a press release, the LCFRB solicits, evaluates and ranks project proposals to ensure salmon recovery projects address key priorities of the Recovery Plan and Regional Habitat Strategy, provide significant benefits for targeted fish populations, are likely to achieve identified outcomes, are cost effective and are technically sound and well-supported.

Grant materials are available on the LCFRB website at

Initial grant round events include an introductory applicant webinar on Jan. 15 and pre-proposal meetings in February. Pre-proposal meeting reservations can be made via the poll at

Draft applications are due at noon March 14.

— The Daily News

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