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Paint, sip, shop at the Elks lodge

Residents can paint, sip and shop from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Kelso Longview Elks, 900 Ash St., Kelso.

Some vendors, such as Paparazzi Jewelry, Scentsy, Avon, Mary Kay, Skinny Coffee, and more will be set up in the ballroom.

All patrons 21 years old and older will be greeted with a glass of champagne to sip on while shopping. People are not required to paint in order to shop.

The paint and sip begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at https://bit.ly/2E1vH7D or in the lounge and comes with a beverage of choice.

The lounge will be open for people who want to purchase other beverages.

Free Yule Ball at Longview library

The Longview Public Library and its chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance invite the public to a Yule Ball from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.

The free event is open to all ages thanks to the support of the Friends of the Longview Library.

Attendees can dance in the Great Hall, get sorted into a Hogwarts House, compete in the House Cup, make harry Potter-themed ornaments to take home and more. Photos also can be taken with Dumbledore. Dress robes are encouraged.

Dobby will collect socks for a sock drive to benefit people in need in the community. Attendees are asked to bring a pair of new socks to donate, if they can.

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

Retired public employees meet

Members of the Retired Public Employees Council of Washington will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Longview Country Club, 41 Country Club Drive, Longview.

All retired and soon-to-be retired state public employees are invited to the meeting and for lunch at noon.

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

Fundraiser helps the Cooley family

A spaghetti dinner fundaiser for the Cooley family takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 1318 Commerce Ave., Longview.

Amanda Cooley recently was diagnosed with a brain tumor and is scheduled to have surgery Thursday, Dec. 13.

Money raised from the dinner and auction will help cover the cost of lost wages, Christmas for her two children and other expenses.

The cost of the dinner is $10 per person and includes a variety of pastas, salad, bread sticks, a variety of desserts, water, coffee and tea. Soft drinks are available for $1 each. Children 10 years old and younger can eat for free.

In addition, a silent auction will take place.

Donate blood to Red Cross

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.

• Kalama: 12:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 10, City Hall, 320 N. First St.

• Longview: 1-6:30 p.m. Dec. 12, Church of the Nazarene, 814 15th Ave.; 1 p.m. Dec. 11, Fibre Federal Credit Union, 796 Commerce Ave.; 1-6:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Washington National Guard Armory.

Donations needed for Rainier teens

Wednesday, Dec. 12, is the deadline to drop of donations for the RSVP sponsored Teen Support Program, a program that helps teens who live in Rainier, are attending school and who have the greatest needs for personal care items, clothing (such as hoodies), socks, snack foods (such as beef jerky and nuts) and laundry pods.

A bin is set up at the Rainier Senior Center, 48 W. Seventh St., Rainier. A list also is at the center.

For details or to ask questions, stop by the center or call the center at 503-556-3889.

KSCA holds membership meeting

The Kelso Senior Center Association is holding a general membership meeting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the senior center, 106 N.W. Eighth Ave., Kelso.

The main item on the agenda is to elect board members who begin serving in 2019. All of the incumbents have been nominated to be re-elected to two year terms. Anyone interested in an open position can be nominated the night of the meeting.

Officers up for re-election include vice president Vic Roberts; treasurer Dick Sims and at-large members Randy Forrest, Melody Kessler, Alice McKnight, Gloria Nichols, Sandy Sims and Cam Sutton.

Other officers, whose terms end Dec. 31, 2019, are president Christie Maher; secretary Rich Carle; and at-large members Kay Koski, Warren Townsen, Marie Muller, John Poole and Guy Tow.

Learn to treat pain

Dr. David Torkko, DC, will lead a free presentation on how to treat pain from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the James Avery Center for Grief Support, 1000 12th Ave., Longview.

The public is invited. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Attendees will learn why drugs, standard treatment protocols and surgery may fail. They will learn what works and why it works.

People interested in attending the free event are asked to RSVP to event@chhh.org or call 360-414-5405.

For details on upcoming Community Home Health & Hospice events, visit http://www.chhh.org/events.

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.

Genealogy group meets

Charles Gourde will present a program on the Children's Justice and Advocacy Center of Cowlitz County at the 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, meeting of the Lower Columbia Genealogical Society in the dining room of the Somerset Retirement Apartments, 2025 Tibbetts Drive, Longview.

Visitors are welcome.

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

Relay team raising funds

Members of the Crusaders Relay for Life team are hosting a pancake breakfast Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Longview Eagles, 1526 12th Ave., Longview.

The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children and includes pancakes, sausage, eggs and milk or juice.

In addition, children can have their pictures taken with Santa for a $3 charge.

Money raised benefits the American Cancer Society.

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.

Lighted Christmas parade Dec. 15

The Wahkiakum Lighted Christmas Parade begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Elochoman Marina, 500 Second St., Cathlamet.

Cocoa and popcorn will be available at the marina and hot dogs will be available at River Mile 38, 285 Third St., Cathlamet.

For details, call or email Page at 360-269-6737 or paigelake101@gmail.com.

Public invited to Christmas dinner

The public is invited to a prime rib Christmas dinner fundraiser from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Rainier Senior Center, 48 W. Seventh St., Rainier.

The cost is $15 and diners can have their pictures taken with Santa on a first-come, first-served basis.

Money raised will go to support the senior center's nutrition program.

Car seat clinic set for Dec. 15

Safe Kids Lower Columbia is partnering with Cowltiz 2 Fire & Rescue and the Child & Adolescent Clinic for a car seat clinic from 10 a.m. to noon . Saturday, Dec. 15, at Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue, 701 Vine St., Kelso.

Attendees can get their car seats checked for free by a certified car seat technician. Parents and guardians should bring a car seat they are using, their child or children, photo ID and proof of low-income status (if a new car seat is needed or desired) and cash to pay for a new seat ($15 donation). New car seats are for residents of Cowlitz or Wahkiakum counties only.

For details, contact Brandi Ballinger at 360-575-6280 or brandi.ballinger@c2f­r.org.

Free Soup’s On lunch in Kelso

A Soup's On event takes place Saturday, Dec. 15, 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.

Play cribbage and win prizes

A cribbage tournament for people 21 years old and older takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Kelso Longview Elks, 900 Ash St., Kelso.

The cost to play in the double elimination tournament is $20 per person.

First-, second- and third-place winners will receive payouts based on the number of entries.

For details, call the Elks at 360-425-1482.

Create gifts at Santa’s Workshop

Children 8 to 12 years old are invited to attend Santa's Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15, at Monticello Middle School, 1225 28th Ave., Longview.

Children will create homemade gifts to take home for parents, teachers, grandparents or friends.

The cost is $35.50 per child for Longview city residents and $40.50 per child for out-of-city residents.

Registration is accepted weekdays at the Parks and Rec office, 2920 Douglas St., Longview; or call 360-442-5400.

Toutle VFW hosts wreaths program

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10882 Auxiliary members in Toutle will host the Wreaths Across America program for the second year.

The event begins promptly at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Silver Lake Cemetery on Spirit Lake Memorial Highway. The public is invited.

Throughout the year wreaths were purchased. They will be placed on all veterans' graves and graves of other family members.

According to information submitted to The Daily News, the program is held at the same time across the United State to honor people who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

For details, call 360-270-4445.

Classical pianist performs at church

Classical pianist John Nilsen will perform at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, service at Longview United Methodist Church on the corner of 30th Avenue and Pacific Way in Longview.

The public is welcome.

Learn to prevent youth substance abuse

The public is invited to a town hall meeting and dinner to learn about a youth substance abuse prevention program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, in the cafeteria at Monticello Middle School, 1225 28th Ave., Longview.

The Longview School District has received a grant from the Washington State Health Care Authority to prevent youth substance abuse and support prevention in Longview, according to a flyer from the school district.

Attendees will learn about the Longview Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, a partnership of parents, youngsters, educators, health care professionals, law enforcement, faith leaders and people in local government in the community.

There is no cost or registration to attend the interactive conversation and planning session.

For details, call Ramona at 360-636-1335.

Non-perishables being collected

People planning to attend the Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 19 and 20, boys and girls basketball games in the gym at Toutle Lake High School are asked to bring non-perishable food items.

The games start at 5:45 p.m. The school is located at 5050 Spirit Lake Memorial Highway, Toutle.

The items will be given to local families in need.

Dance to the King Brothers 

The public is invited to a Jingle and Mingle dance with music by the King Brothers from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the Moose Lodge, 921 Washington Way, Longview. 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.

Celebrate, participate in the Christmas story

The public is invited to celebrate the Christmas story at the Build a Pageant event starting at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at the Longview United Methodist Church, 2851 30th Ave., on the corner of 30th Avenue and Pacific Way, Longview.

Attendees can bring a costume or one can be provided and then participate in the story and sing Christmas carols. Cider and cookies will be provided after the pageant.

The public also is invited to a candlelight service at 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24.

Go out to eat and make a difference

Some restaurants in Long Beach, Ilwaco and Seaview will again participate in Dining to Make a Difference during January (Restaurant Month 2019).

The restaurants taking part in the promotion to benefit the local Boys and Girls Club will offer three for $33 dinners Sundays through Thursdays during January 2019.

"Diners who mention the promotion will enjoy a three-course meal at a great value while supporting local youth programs and can up their contribution by staying at participating lodging partners," Andi Day, executive director of the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau, is quoted in a press release.

The menu at The Depot Restaurant in Seaview featuring Chef Michael Lalewicz starts with Artichoke Frito as an appetizer. Diners have a choice of Cinghiale Brasato, Clam Bucatini, or Gnocchi Pomodoro for an entrée. And, for dessert it is House-made Sorbet Duo or Salted Caramel Brownie à la Mode.

Besides The Depot, other restaurants participating are the 42nd Street Café & Bistro, Galletti’s Spaghetti House, the Lost Roo, Pickled Fish, the Pub at Shelburne Hotel and the Salt Pub & Grub.

Participating lodging includes the Adrift Hotel, the Enchanted Cottages, the Inn at Discovery Coast, the Salt Hotel and the Shelburne Hotel.

The restaurants and hotels have pledged 10 of their proceeds to the Boys and Girls Clubs when participants mention the promotonal code DMD2019 when dining or making a lodging reservation.

The Long Beach Peninsula Boys and Girls Club offers a safe place for children to have fun, get a hot meal, be creative, be part of a team, get help with homework, and gather with friends. It also is an important support organization for many of the area’s visitor industry workers.

For details about Dining to Make a Difference, visit https://www.lbpfood.com.

For destination information and trip planning, call the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at 360-642-2400 or go online to www.visitlongbeachpeninsula.com.

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.

CHHH needs volunteers

Compassionate volunteers are needed to help with Community Home Health & Hospice programs in Lognview.

A free, five-hour training class takes place in two parts from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, and at the same times on Monday, Jan. 7, at the James Avery Center, 1000 12th Ave., Longview.

After completing the class, coupled with some online training, volunteers will be able to help with bereavement programs (children through adult) or volunteer in other capacities throughout the agency, according to a press release from CHHH.

Registration is required for the training by calling 360-747-1043 or send an email to volunteer@chhh.org.

Free prom, ball dresses

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

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

Upcoming giveaways are from 3 to 6 p.m. Jan. 4, March 8, March 29, April 12 and May 3; and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 5, 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.

Perspectives course offered

Perspectives, a discipleship program, takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 8 through April 30, at East Hills Alliance Church, 1405 Burcham St., Kelso.

The course brings added perspective on scripture, history, culture and strategy to highlight the work of God in the world, notes a press release, and features 16 guest instructors - college professors, pastors and missionaries.

The cost of the course, provided in collaboration with other churches in the community, is $250 per person. The fee includes textbooks. The first three sessions can be attended free of charge.

Discounts are available. College credit also is available for an additional cost.

Prospective attendees can visit the website Perspectives.org/KelsoS19.

For details, call Jack Sande at 360-673-2051 or send an email to sande@kalama.com.

Grief group starts Jan. 8

A free, six-week grief education group sponsored by Community Home Health & Hospice takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 8, to Feb. 12, at The James Avery Center, 100 12th Ave., Longview.

The class will be led by support services coordinator Erin Orren, MSW< LCSW.

The class is a good first step for people three to six months after losing a loved one, notes a press release from CHHH. Advance registration is required.

For details or to register, call 360-703-0300 or send an email to griefsupport@chhh.org.

Grief support classes begin

The next set of GriefShare classes takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 17 through May 9, 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 seventh 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.

The cost is $15 and includes a workbook for the regular series of classes.

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

For details on the program, visit GriefShare.org.

Squatch Fest set for Jan. 29

The annual Squatch Fest event sponsored by the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce, is set to take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Cowlitz County Event (Expo) Center, 1900 Seventh Ave., Longview.

The event features "fun for the entire family," including activities for children in the Kids Cave; speakers, including author Cliff Barackman, Dr. Jeff Meldrum and a researcher from the Olympic Project; craft vendors; food vendors; and the Brew Mountain Beer Festival.

For ticket info, visit https://tinyurl.com/ydz6awhr.

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, 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.

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, search the internet, using electronic databases through the library, searching the internet and more. Patrons also can ask for assistance 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 http://longviewlibrary.org/book-librarian.php or call 360-442-5300.

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 asseusawest@asse.com.

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 https://bit.ly/2zUigpN.

For details, contact Andrew Demko, History Club adviser, at Andrew_demko@rsd.k12.or.us 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.or.us.

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.

History Bee and Bowl takes place in Rainier

The 2019 Greater Portland History Bee and Bowl will take place Saturday, Jan. 19, at Rainier High School in Rainier.

The tournament will run on Rainier's "B set of questions" and like all National History Bee and Bowl varsity and junior varsity events, will be open to all students regardless of what state they are from as long as they have not yet played the set of questions in the 2018-19 academic year, notes a press release.

For details, contact Andrew Demko at andrew_demko@rsd.k12­.or.us or History Bowl team parent Ms. Brackin at 503-556-4215.

— The Daily News

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