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Kelso Garden Club members meet

Members of the Kelso Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at Central Christian Church, 401 Crawford St., Kelso.

They will discuss their plans for the flower show held during the Highlander Festival and their plans to take a field trip to the Kelso Fire Department to learn how to use a fire extinguisher.

For details, call Sara at 360-636-5981.

Bereavement camp Aug. 17-19

Camp Cedars, a three-day residential camp for children who have experienced the death of a family member or close friend, is set to take place Friday through Sunday, Aug. 17-19.

The Community Home Health & Hospice sponsored camp is the end of the year finale for children who attended grief support groups since September 2017.

Camp Cedars is designed to help children continue their grief work in a supportive, outdoor environment, according to a press release from CHHH. Led by trained staff, activities include talking circles, art, games, storytelling, wave jumping, archery and riding donkeys.

This year's theme is "The Journey of Grief."

To attend the camp, children must have attended grief support groups.

High Step Dance Academy, the Kelso Rotary Club and the Longview Junior Service League made significant contributions to they Camp Cedars bereavement program.

For details or to register for grief support groups, call 360-703-0300 or send an email to

MM class of ’68 plans reunion

Members of the Mark Morris High School class of 1968 will hold their 50-year class reunion Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17 and 18.

On Friday, Aug. 17, classmates will have a casual gathering in the Sports Bar at the Red Lion Hotel, 510 Kelso Drive, Kelso.

At 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, the reunion takes place in the ballroom of the Red Lion.

Organizers are looking for missing addresses for several classmates. Anyone with information on these people is asked to call Pam Logsdon (Wicht) at 206-915-8342 or Bobbi Tressler (Klingberg) at 360-751-4600.

Citywide garage sale in Kalama

The Kalama All-City Garage Sale will be held Friday through Sunday, Aug. 17 through 19.

Sellers can register for the event. There is a $10 registration fee to help pay for advertising and for placement on the sale map. All money collected goes to support local community projects.

Registration forms are available at Double D's Feed, 362 N. First St.; or at Kalama Koffee, 724 N.E. Frontage Road. 

For details, call 360-673-4071.

Swap meet and garage sale in Rainier

A swap meet and garage sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today (Saturday, Aug. 18) in the parking lot of the Fern Hill Grange, 7612 Fern Hill Road, four miles south of Rainier.

Shoppers can purchase a deluxe, barbecued hot dog and a cold drink and have their vehicles washed by members of the Rainier school cheerleaders.

Money raised goes to the cheerleaders.

For details, call Sherri at 503-556-2181.

Free Soup’s On lunch in Kelso

A Soup's On event takes place Saturday, Aug. 18, 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.

Church hosts singing group

Evergreen 3, an inspirational singing group, performs at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Vader Assembly of God Church, 302 Sixth St., Vader.

The public is invited to the free event.

For details, call 360-295-3756.

School supplies for kids in need

Youth and Family Link and Red Canoe Credit Union are partnering to sponsor the annual Fill the Canoe School Supply Drive from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Aug. 23, at Victoria Freeman Park, across from the Youth and Family Link building at 907 Douglas St., Longview.

Backpacks and school supplies will be given to children in need who are in kindergarten through 12th grade. Children must be present to receive a backpack. In addition, several agencies will offer back-to-school resources and carnival games will be offered.

Senior center plans activities

Anyone 50 years old or older is invited to join the Castle Rock Senior Center.

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

Several activities are planned for August.

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

• Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 8:15-9:15 a.m., yoga class; 9:30-10:30 a.m., exercise 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: 10 a.m.-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.

• Thursday, Aug. 16: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., commodities distributed; must have valid punch card.

Note: Write Your Life Story classes will resume in September and bingo games will return in October.

LSD sponsors summer meals

The Longview School District is sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program for children. Free meals will be available to children attending Longview schools who are 18 years old and younger.

Supervised activities will be offered at Kessler and Northlake elementary schools. For details on the activities, call Longview Parks and Rec at 360-442-5400.

For details on the food program or to volunteer to help, call the Longview School District Nutrition Office at 360-575-7172.

The Summer Food Service Food Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Meal sites

• Archie Anderson Park (Alabama Street between 21st and 22nd avenues): noon-12:15 p.m. lunch and 2-2:15 p.m. snack; Monday-Fridays through Aug. 17.

• Kessler Elementary School (1902 Kessler Blvd.): 8:30-8:45 a.m. breakfast and noon-12:15 p.m. lunch Mondays-Fridays, through Aug. 17.

• Longview Teen Center (2121 Kessler Blvd.): 3-3:15 p.m. snack; Mondays-Fridays, through Aug. 17.

• Northlake Elementary School (2210 Olympic Way): 8:30-8:45 a.m. breakfast and noon-12:15 p.m. lunch; Mondays-Fridays through Aug. 17.

• Olympic Elementary School (1334 30th Ave.): 8:30-8:45 a.m. breakfast and noon-12:15 p.m. lunch  Tuesdays-Thursdays, Aug. 7-16.

Donate blood to Red Cross

Several American Red Cross Blood Drives take place locally.

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

• Longview: 1-6:30 p.m. Aug. 14, Washington National Guard Armory, 819 Vandercook Way; 1-6:30 p.m. Aug. 15, Church of the Nazarene, 814 15th Ave.; 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 14, Fibre Federal Credit Union, 796 Commerce Ave.; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 14, Pacific Surgical Institute, 625 Ninth Ave; and 12:30-5:30 p.m. Aug. 14, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Longview Stake, 900 11th Ave.

Family story time at library

A special family story time with local Drag Queen Goddess starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.

All ages are welcome.

The show will include stories, outfits and guest appearaces by Majestic Karley and Lil' Perry Rain for a "fun celebration of what makes us special and unique," according to a press release. 

Attendees will make a crown and can have their photos taken with Goddess  — in a spectacular dress-up outfit!, notes the press release states.

 For details, call the library at 360-442-5300 or visit

SON members plan activities

The following Sons of Norway events take place at the lodge, 224 Catlin St., Kelso.

The public is welcome to attend and learn about the lodge and its activities.

• Thursday, Aug. 23: 1:30 p.m. board meeting; all members welcome to help plan fall and winter events; bring school supplies to donate to Wallace Elementary School; supply list available at WalMart and office supply stores; coffee provided; snacks welcome.

• Friday, Sept. 7: 5 p.m. welcome back potluck, 6 p.m. general meeting; members invited to bring a guest to learn about the lodge, cultural events and class offerings.

• Saturday, Sept. 8: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Norwegian waffle and pancake breakfast; menu includes Norse waffles and Swedish pancakes with lingonberries and assorted syrups, ham, scrambled eggs, coffee and juice; $7 per person. The gift Butikk will be open with Scandinavian items, children's books, lefse-making supplies, lingonberries and more for sale.

Fundraiser benefits Friends of St. John

Scrubs and other work apparel and accessories are being sold as a fundraiser to benefit the Friends of St. John.

The sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, in the cafeteria at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center, 1615 Delaware St., Lognview.

Dickies, Cherokee and Infinity brands of tops and pants for men and women will be sold along with Seattle Seahawk and Seattle Mariner scrub hats, light compression knee high socks, clogs and much more in sizes from XS to 3X.

Prize drawings will be held for a scrub outfit, a $25 gift certificate and VIM&VIGR socks. Everyone is eligible to enter. The drawings take place early the afternoon of Thursday, Aug. 23.

Payroll deduction, credit and debit cards, checks and cash will be accepted.

For details, call Kathy Davis at 360-751-1048.

Support local school gardens

From 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 22 and 29, fresh harvested goods from all 18 school gardens in the Longview and Kelso areas will be sold at Northlake Elementary School, 2210 Olympia Way, Longview.

The public can purchase fresh-picked fruits, vegetables and flowers. They also can meet the garden rabbits and "see why kids are crazy about growing their own food."

Money raised supports the local school gardens program.

For details, send an email to info@lcschoolgardens­.org or call 360-431-6725.

Fundraiser for Special Olympics

A dinner/dance fundraiser takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at the McClelland Arts Center, 951 Delaware St., Longview.

A DJ will provide the music and prizes will be raffled.

The cost is $10 per person.

Money raised will go for equipment, uniforms and transportation to sporting events for members of the local Special Olympics team.

For details, call Becky Bernhardt at 360-749-4174 or send her an email to

School clothes giveaway in CR

The annual Castle Rock Kids' Clothes Closet school clothes giveaway for families on free or reduced lunch programs in the Castle Rock or Toutle school districts takes place from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 24, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 312 First Ave., Castle Rock.

Attendees must show a utility bill as a proof of residence.

Students enrolled in preschool through 12th grade will receive a package of socks, underwear, a gift card for shoes and will be able to choose gently used clothing.

For details, call the church at 360-274-6604.

KHS class of ’58 reunites

All classmates of the Kelso High School class of 1958 are invited to the group's 60-year class reunion Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24 and 25, at the Kelso-Longview Elks, 900 Ash St., Kelso.

Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, classmates will gather for a casual event in the ballroom. The cost is $15, if attending only the gathering.

The reunion events begin with a social hour starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, in the Elks ballroom. Class pictures will be taken promptly at 6:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 7 p.m.

The cost is $40 per person or $75 per couple and includes the cost for the Aug. 24 social gathering.

Classmates are asked to make checks out to Kelso High School Class of 1958 and send them to Ardella Faul Stefanik, 2471 Nichols Blvd., Longview, by Aug. 10.

For details, call Judi Fouch Peters at 360-577-4584.

Back-to-School Fair is Aug. 25

A Back-to-School Fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Vader Assembly of God Church, 302 Sixth St., Vader.

Free school supplies will be given to school-age children of south Lewis County.

Food, games and a bounce house also are featured.

For details, call 360-295-3756.

Old-timers plan reunion

This year's Ryderwood Long-Bell Old-Timers' Reunion is set for Sunday, Aug. 26.

The event is intended for anyone remotely associated with the earlier Long-Bell logging town years from 1923 to 1953. Ryderwood residents and guests also are welcome.

Coffee and sweets will be available at the Café and Park Pavilion from 10 a.m. until noon when a “Bring Your Own Picnic” takes place at the Pavilion.

Cafe hosts will show people around the Community Hall, library and post office. Attendees also are invited to attend the 11 a.m. service at the historic Community Church.

Narrated wagon rides around town will be offered during the day. The majority of homes and buildings in Ryderwood were constructed in 1923-1924 and qualify as historic, notes a press release.

Pioneer Hall at 201 Morse St., Ryderwood’s first structure to be placed on the Cowlitz County Historic Register, will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with Women’s Club members extending their garage sale another day. Additionally, the Ryderwood History Project display in Doc Sulis’ old office will be open. The building, where some of the old-timers were born, served as the logging town’s first aid station.

Members of the newly incorporated Ryderwood History Project will hold their annual meeting at 1 p.m. at the park. Anyone interested in the project is invited to attend and become a member. The goal is to collect, preserve and share Ryderwood’s hitsory. Anyone born in Pioneer Hall qualifies for honorary membership.

For details about the event, Long-Bell old-timers can call Sally-Gene DeBriae at 360-295-3217 or Bill Greear at 360-880-3555.

Ryderwood, known as the "Village in the Woods," is located nine miles west of Interstate 5, at the end of State Route 506. More information is available at where the Ryderwood History Project page provides ways to share historical information.

Fire Pit Fun at local church

Fire Pit Fun, an event featuring s'mores, a singalong and games such as ladder golf and corn-in-the-hole along with other outdoor activities begins at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Longview Methodist Church on the corner of Pacific Way and 30th Avenue in Longview.

The fire pit is behind the church and adjacent to the dike trail.

The public is welcome and can also meet the pastor.

In other news, morning services include adult/young adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sundays.

For details, call the church office at 360-425-4927 or visit

Join grandma bowling league

Members of the Grandmothers Bowling League will meet at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at the Triangle Bowl, 700 Triangle Center, Longview.

The group welcomes new members.

Rules will be discussed along with other information from Triangle Bowl.

Regular bowling will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7.

For details, call Judy Colt at 360-577-0547 or 360-751-4174.

Get a burger, watch a game

Hamburger feeds sponsored by Knights of Columbus members take place before the Kelso Hilander home football games from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Fridays, Aug. 31, Sept. 14, Sept. 28, and Oct. 19, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 2200 Allen St., Kelso.

The menu at each gathering includes hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken patties or hot dogs with baked beans, potato salad, chips, a brownie and a choice of soda, coffee or tea.

The cost is by donation. Proceeds will benefit youth activities and charities.

Money raised from the events benefits youth charities and activities.

Free parking will be offered at the church so people can eat and walk to the game.

Serve with AmeriCorps

Applications are being accepted for the 2018-19 Cowlitz AmeriCorps Network team.

Members serve full time for 11 months beginning Sept. 4 in nonprofits, public agencies and faith-based groups throughout Cowlitz County. Members receive a modest monthly living allowance and an education award to attend college after completing the program or pay for existing college loans. People 55 years old or older may be able to transfer the education award to a child or grandchild.

To begin the application process, visit the CAN office at Life Works, 906 New York St., Lognview, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and pick up the pre-application questionnaire packet. All completed pre-applications must be turned back in to the office.

For details, call Cowlitz AmeriCorps at 360-577-5898.

New classes at Monticello Park

The days of the week for the free Tai Chi classes held at Monticello Park Senior Living have changed and a couple of other free classes have been added.

Although the classes are free, people should call 360-575-1778 to register.

Beginner Tai Chi takes place at 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Fall Prevention Exercise classes take place at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Prospective attendees are asked to call the number above and set up a preliminary appointment with the certified wellness coach.

Mind Matters classes take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Prospective attendees are asked to call the number above and set up a preliminary appointment with the certified wellness coach.

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 503-556-4215.

CR class of ’78 makes challenge

Members of the Castle Rock High School class of 1978 are challenging all Castle Rock graduating classes ending with an 8 to join them in a fundraiser to raise money for the Castle Rock School District lunch program.

In addition, they challenge all 1978 Cowlitz County graduating classes to raise money for the lunch programs in their school districts.

Each school year, many students have the bare minimum to eat for lunch because their families can't afford food for a variety of reasons, notes a press release from the CRHS class of 1978. The school districts free and reduced lunch program provides some relief, but many students don't qualify for the lunches or have money to pay the reduced prices and are allowed to charge a certain amount of fees for a certain amount of time.

The challenge is to raise a minimum of $8 per classmate who attends reunions and to donate the funds to their school districts' lunch programs. As an example, 50 classmates (not their spouses or partners) times $8 equals $400 for a lunch program.

Classes are asked to respond to Dave Vorse at 360-274-7083 or with how much each class donates.

In the Castle Rock School District, reunion committee members will determine which class is the most giving of the 8s. That class will hold the title until the next reunion.

Join KHS class of ’68 in Highlander parade

Kelso High School class of 1968 members are holding their 50-year class reunion in September. Reunion planning committee members invite all other Kelso classes to join them in the Highlander Festival Parade.

An all-school entry in the parade has been coordinated by the KHS class of 1968 members and the classmates are excited to open this up all students who attended Kelso High School, whether or not they graduated, notes a press release. The invitation also extends to teachers, administration, staff and anyone who worked at the school.

Becky Molt is offering costumes to any adult who wants to wear one in the parade. To schedule a fitting time, call her at 360-575-3977.

For details, or to register a class/group with the 1968 class, call Harold Chamberlain at 360-425-0289 or Maureen Clark at 360-423-6952.

Apply to join AmeriCorps

Applications are being accepted for positions with Cowlitz AmeriCorps, a national service organization. The applications will be accepted through the summer or until all positions are filled.

Members serve 11 months from Sept. 4 this year through July 31, 2019. They also receive a monthly living allowance of $1,250, and a $5,920 education award after completing the program. They also may qualify for health coverage and child care.

The education award may be used to pay off existing, qualified education loans; for college tuition, books and supplies; or for a variety of training programs.

Applications are available at Life Works, 906 New York St., Longview.

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.

A percentage of orders placed by Aug. 28 will be contributed to the students' fundraising goal.

To help the students, place a Schwan's order at­Kki; or call 1-855-870-7208 and provide campaign ID 37943.

For details, Cowlitz AmeriCorps at 360-577-5859.

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

Sign up for Twitter class

A free class on what Twitter is and how it works takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, in the Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.

Attendees also will learn how to sign up for an account, watch Twitter "in action" and be able to answer questions.

Registration is required because a limited number of spots are available.

For details or to sign up, call the library at 360-442-5300.

ESS seeks volunteers

Volunteers are needed at the Emergency Support Shelter to offer support and resources.

The current needs are for volunteers in the shelter's domestic violence, crime victim and sexual assault advocacy programs.

In order to fulfill the Washington state requirements, volunteers will take six days of training from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 5-7 and Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 10-12. The training is held at 600 Broadway, Building B, Longview.

For details or to sign up, call Felina at 360-425-1176 or send an email to

Book sale at Longview Public Library

The Friends of the Longview Library book sale takes place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 6-8, in the auditorium on the lower floor of the library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.

Thousands of books are available along with more items.

The Friends of the Longview Library is a nonprofit organization that offers volunteer and financial help to the library, notes a press release from the City of Longview. Money raised from the book sale will be used to provide the library with resources to enhance services and programs.

Anyone interested in joining the group can pick up an application at the library.

For details, call Karl Marcuson at 360-442-5315.

Volunteer at school gardens

A free training is being offered to people interested in volunteering with the Lower Columbia School Gardens.

Volunteers will learn simple, effective techniques and strategies for helping children (and plants) thrive.

Training dates are from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 7, or Saturday, Sept. 8, in Garden Lab Room 26 (the second portable) at Northlake Elementary School, 2210 Olympia Way, Longview.

Trainees will work in the classroom and out in the garden with plenty of hands-on learning. They also can meet the garden rabbits, Sam, Sorrel and Satou. Snacks will be provided.

Topics include: Why School Gardens? Garden Activities and Lessons, Starting Seeds Indoors and Outdoors, Composting With Kids, Cooking With Kids, Garden Safety, Group Management, Inquiry Based Learning, School Garden Resources and more.

To register, email ian@lcshoolgardens.o­rg or call 360-431-6725 and specify a date to volunteer.

KHS class of ’68 reunion in September

The 50-year reunion for members of the Kelso High School class of 1968 takes place the second weekend in September in conjunction with the Highlander Festival.

A no-host pre-function takes place Friday, Sept. 7, from 5 p.m. to closing at Tim's Timber Tavern, 213 Allen St., Kelso.

A breakfast takes place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Sons of Norway, 224 Catlin St., Kelso. The cost is $7 per person, payable at the door.

KHS classmates have an entry in the Highlander Festival Parade and invite anyone who attended Kelso High School, teachers, administration, staff and anyone else who worked at the school to join them. Meet at the staging area at Ash Street and North Pacific Avenue at 9 a.m. The parade starts at 10 a.m. Parade participants are asked to bring a sign representing their groups. To register a class/group, call Harold Chamberlain at 360-425-0289.

The reunion takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Pie@Trio's, 614 Commerce Ave., Longview.

If classmates RSVP before Saturday, Sept. 1, the cost is $20 per person. After that date, the cost is $25 per person. RSVP to Paula at or mailing reservations (along with $20 per person) to KHS 50th Class Reunion, P.O. Box 92, Carrolls, WA 98609.

In addition, several classmates are missing. Anyone with information on the following people should email Paula at the address above.

Larry Anderson, Mike Bale, Dennis Baranick, Mike Bell, Sue Brown, Jay Brudvik, Becky Carrico, Darlene Chapman, Mark Christian, Jackie Davis, Doug Doane, Tom Ekman, Linda Haigh, Ed Haines, Dick Hamm, Tony Harmon, Thea Hartsoch, Roger Hunder, Roald Lien, Carol Mackey, Wayne Miller, John Musso, Gene Naden, Lanny Nelson, Dorothy Newton, Sharon O’Day, David Pate, Frank Primozich, Pam Rankin, Dennis Rarey, Gary Rutherford, Manit SaeJeer, Bob Serafine, Kristi Sievers, Maxine Smith, Lynn St. Peter, Mary Lou Starcher, Tom Stroud, Brenda Tilgner, Joyce Twitchell, Phil White, Steve Wonser and Gary Zandi.

Rose Valley Day set for Sept. 8

A family fun event to benefit the Rose Valley Community Nature Trail takes place from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Rose Valley Elementary School playground and gym (1502 Rose Valley Road, Kelso), and at the Rose Valley Friends Church (1437 Rose Valley Road, Kelso).

The event includes a car and motorcycle show, the "world's fastest truck," a family fun run at 3 p.m., local vendors, hot dogs, shaved ice, cotton candy, a bake sale, live music from the band Narrow Road at 5 p.m., Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue trucks for the kids, a bounce house and a dunk tank.

Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs.

Money raised from the event will go toward establishing the Rose Valley Community Nature Trail west of the school playground.

To enter a car or motorcycle in the show, call Robert at 559-908-4954. To reserve a vendor's booth, call Brooke at 360-607-8212.

MM class of 1983 reunion date set

The 35-year reunion for members of the Mark Morris High School class of 1983 takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the McMenamins Kalama Harbor Lodge, 211 Hendrickson Drive, Kalama.

The cost is $90 per person. The fee does not include lodging.

Checks or money orders should be made payable to Maura Orth and sent to Maura Orth, 275 Cross Creek Road, Kelso, WA 98626. Please include an email address, phone number and attendee(s) name(s); and indicate if want to reserve a room at the Kalama Harbor Lodge.

Classmates are encouraged to register as soon as possible. A block of rooms have been reserved at the Kalama Harbor Lodge and are available on a first paid, first serve basis. A reservation code will be provided once the reunion fee is paid in full for people interested in staying at the lodge.

Alzheimer’s support group forms

The Washington State Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association provides monthly support groups throughout the state for people caring for someone with memory loss.

Beginning in September, meetings will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon the second Tuesday of each month at the YMCA of Southwest Washington, 766 15th Ave., Longview.

For details, call Beth Bonnett at 360-423-1334 or the 24/7 help line at 1-800-272-3900.

Free estate planning event

An information session on the ins and outs of estate planning led by attorney Brian Bault, LL.M (Taxation) takes place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at the James Avery Center for Grief Support, 1000 12th Ave., Longview.

Snacks and beverages will be provided.

The free presentation open to the public is for informational purposes.

It is requested attendees RSVP by sending an email to or call 360-414-5405.

Grief support classes begin

The next set of 14 GriefShare classes takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 13 to Dec. 20, at Valley Christian Fellowship, 2844 30th Ave., Longview.

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

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

This will be the fifth time the Grays have led a GriefShare group. Each of them lost their first spouse to a rare form of cancer. GriefShare is a network of 12,000 churches worldwide equipped to offer grief support groups.

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

For details on the program, visit

53rd rock, gem show in Castle Rock

The Southern Washington Mineralogical Society's 53rd Annual Rock and Gem Show takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Castle Rock Fairgrounds, 120 Firlane Road, Castle Rock.

Admission to the free event includes dealers, black light, display cases, food, gold panning, door prizes, a gem dig, demonstrators, a spin table, a silent auction and a voice auction at 3 p.m. Sept. 15.

For details, call Nicole Doiron at 360-520-7891 or email

Help plan local Alzheimer's walk

Volunteers are needed to help plan the Southwest Washington Walk to End Alzheimer's event set for Sept. 22 at the park at Lake Sacajawea in Longview.

Planning committee members will recruit teams, market the event, and help with event production and logistics.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the third largest event of its kind in the country, according to a press release.

Last year, more than 375 people participated in the Southwest Washington Walk, raising more than $30,000. Money raised for the event are used for Alzheimer’s research and to provide care and support for local families impacted by the the disease.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the Southwest Washington Walk to End Alzheimer’s, is asked to contact event coordinator Stephanie Budrus at 206-529-3861 or

Seniors Citizens Prom in September

The Fifth Annual Senior Citizens Prom takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Kelso High School, 1904 Allen St., Kelso.

The event features live "Big Band" era music, elegant appetizers and desserts, a photo booth, a silent auction and more.

Ticket prices are $10 per person and can be purchased at the door or in advance at CAP, 1526 Commerce Ave., Longview.

The event is sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities of Southwest Washington and Lower Columbia CAP.

Dress a doll for charity event

Dolls of all types, from Barbies to babies are available for volunteers to dress for the Epsilon Sigma Alpha-sponsored 2018 Annual Salvation Army Benefit Doll Tea set for Thursday, Nov. 1.

The theme is “A Royale Affaire.” Dolls may be dressed according to the theme or however volunteers decide to dress them. Attire can be handmade or purchased. Ribbons will be awarded in various categories, including best theme, best Barbie, best rag doll, best workmanship, most beautiful and most original.

The dressed dolls will be displayed at the tea, then donated to the Salvation Army Christmas Center where they are given to disadvantaged children at Christmas, according to a press release.

The public also is invited to donate a doll of their own to dress, but it must be in excellent condition.

Money raised from the event also benefits the Christmas Center.

To obtain a doll to dress, call Beverly Gilmore at 360-577-6060 or Diane Searing at 360-423-8022; or send an email to

Tickets for the tea will be available in a few months.

App building contest for high schoolers

Southwest Washington high school students are invited to participate in the annual Congressional App Challenge hosted by U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground.

The competition is designed to challenge students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Students are invited to create software applications, or "apps," for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on the platform of their choice — such as iPhones, iPads or Android devices.

High schoolers can work individually or in groups up to four. Winners will be chosen from a group of judges consisting of STEM educators and technology professionals from Southwest Washington. The winning app will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives' website, House.Gov. The winning participants will receive a cash prize.

The competition originally was created to foster interest in high-paying computer-based skills, according to Herrera Beutler's office, noting some estimates predict the U.S. may be short by as many as one million programmers by 2020.

To register and read the competition rules, visit Submissions are due by Oct. 15.

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 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.

— The Daily News



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