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Attend free business seminar

The Longview Public Library, SCORE and the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments are partnering to bring a small business seminar to the local area.

"So, Are You Ready to Start a Business?" takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 24, in the auditorium of the Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.

Attendees will be introduced to what it takes to start a business, learn how to decide if having a business is the right fit and will be presented resources to further explore their interests.

Course leaders are Elizabeth Partridge, adult services librarian at the library, and Marcel Goulet, a certified SCORE mentor for Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties.

The seminar is free thanks to a donation from the friends of the Longview Public Library.

To register, visit https://vancouver.score.org and select the "Take a Workshop" link.

To learn about upcoming seminars and other library programs, visit www.longviewlibrary.org.

Learn about fair entries

Floral judges Pat Huson and Jean Davolt will pass on "secret tips" on how to enter flower and floral arrangements in the Cowlitz County Fair starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, in the Fair Exposition building on the fairgrounds at 1900 Seventh Ave., Longview.

Davolt will demonstrate how to create winning arrangements with a line design and a vertical design. Huson will explain the basics for entering flowers and arrangements in the fair for judging.

The free demonstration is sponsored by the Washington State University Cowlitz County Master Gardeners.

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

Get pressure gauges tested

Canner pressure gauge testing is being offered from 10 a.m. to noon June 27, at the Washington State University Extension office, 1946 Third Ave., Longview.

Gauges that read high cause under-processing and may result in unsafe food and the risk of botulism, according to information from the Cowlitz County WSU Extension office. Low readings can cause over-processing.

Pressure adjustments can be made if the gauge reads up to two pounds (high or low), but gauges that differ by more than two pounds need to be replaced, notes the press release.

The fee is $5 per gauge.

For details, call Carlee Dowell at 360-577-3014, extension 0, or send an email to DowellC@co.cowlitz.wa.us.

Time to register for Give More 24!

Nonprofit organizations are invited to register for the sixth-annual Community Foundation of Southwest Washington's Give More 24! fundraising campaign.

The online event is designed to create awareness and raise money for nonprofit organizations serving Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania counties, according to a press release from the foundation.

More than $4.5 million has been raised from online donations. This year, the 24 hour fundraiser starts at midnight Sept. 19.

In 2018, more than 155 organizations participated, notes the press release and more than $1.3 million was collected from 3,697 donors.

Nonprofits can get details about how to participate in the upcoming event and sign up to participate by visiting GiveMore24.org before the June 28 registration deadline.

Buy produce from local school gardens

The Lower Columbia School Gardens are gearing up for a busy and bountiful summer.

Organic produce harvested from several Kelso and Longview school gardens is sold from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, through July 31, and Aug. 21 and 28, at Northlake Elementary School, 2210 Olympia Way, Longview. A night market also takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 and 14.

The sale is open to the public and money raised supports local school garden programs.

The public also is invited to visit and participate in weekly “open gardens” at area schools. Activities vary by school, but generally include helping with planting, weeding, watering and other garden chores, weekend work parties, Friday in the Fields, construction projects and more.

A complete schedule is online at www.LCschoolgardens.org.

In addition, volunteers, children and families can adopt a garden for a week, volunteer to make pizzas at the Concerts at the Lake on July 11, 18,25 and Aug. 1; can help at the Most Excellent and Special Evening Produce and Pizza Sale at Northlake Elementary School on Aug. 7; and can help with the school gardens booth at Squirrel Fest on Aug. 18.

For details, call 360-431-6725, email info@LCschoolgardens.org, visit www.LCschoolgardens.org or look for Lower Columbia School Gardens on Facebook.

Free NASA science camp

A free environmental science summer camp with robots, sponsored by NASA, takes place from 8 am. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, July 8-12, at R.A. Long High School, 2903 Nichols Blvd., Longview.

The camp is open to all high school students, including freshmen and recently graduated seniors in the school districts within Cowlitz County.

Applicants who have never had an opportunity like this, including students from low-income families, and students who will be the first in their families to attend college are encouraged to apply, according to a flyer about the camp.

Campers will work with electronics, robots, rockets, weather balloons and more.

Registration forms can be downloaded from https://bit.ly/2XYHQkV. Then they should be filled out, scanned and copies emailed to hburleson@longview.k12.wa.us. Or, take pictures of each page and send a message to 360-431-5487.

The deadline to apply is Monday, July 8, or when the class is filled.

The camp is made possible thanks to support form NASA Science Mission directorate, Northwest Earth and Space Pipeline (NESSP) and the Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium.

For details, email Hanna Burleson at hburleson@longview.k12.wa.us or Gali Gonzalez at ggonzalez@longview.k12.wa.us.

Learn about Alzheimer’s, dementia

An education program presented by the Alzheimer's Association and led by Kimberly Bingham of the primary care social work department at the Longview Kaiser Permanente office takes place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, in conference room 6B at the local office, 1230 Seventh Ave.

The program is for people who would like to learn more about dementia and its impact on the brain.

Attendees will learn the impact of Alzheimer's, the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia, the stages and risk factors of Alzheimer's, research and treatments available to address some symptoms and Alzheimer's Association resources.

To register, call 360-442-7303 or visit alz.org/CRF to register and explore additional education program information.

Learn about forest health

Forest health is the topic of a free seminar sponsored by the Washington State University Extension office from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at the Cowlitz County Training Center, 1942 First Ave., Longview (next to the Hall of Justice on the dike).

At the seminar, attendees will learn when to be concerned about dead or dying trees, what to look for and what people may be able to do about them on their properties.

In addition, information on resources in the area will be available.

Although the seminar is free, the public is asked to register. For details, contact Patrick Shults at 360-740-1213, send an email to patrick.shults@wsu.edu or visit http://forestry.wsu.edu/sw/events/forhealth/.

Tables for rent for two-day sale

Tables are available for rent for the Sons of Norway Flea Market and Collectibles Sale set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13.

A light lunch will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days.

The cost is $25 for a six-foot table or $30 for an eight-foot table both days.

People interested in renting a table or who would like more information should call Nancy at 360-423-2769 before 7 p.m. weekdays.

Free meals for children

The Woodland School District is sponsoring a free summer meals program for local children 18 years old and younger.

Meals will be served at the following location:

 Woodland Middle School cafeteria (755 Park St.): 8:30-9 a.m. breakfast, 11:30 am.-12:30 p.m. lunch Mondays-Fridays,  through Aug. 16 (no meals July 4 and 5).

For details, call Stacy Brown at 360-841-2715.

LSD sponsors summer meals

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

Supervised activities will be offered at Kessler and Northlake elementary schools, Monticello Middle School, the Teen Center and Archie Anderson Park.

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 3:30-3:45 p.m. snack; Mondayd-Thursdays, July 8-Aug. 6; Rick Traynor, 360-575-7175.

• Kessler Elementary School (1902 Kessler Blvd.): 8:30-9 a.m. breakfast and noon-12:15 p.m. lunch Mondays-Fridays, through July 3; and 8:30-8:45 a.m. breakfast and noon-12:15 p.m. lunch Mondays-Fridays, July 8-Aug. 16; Rick Traynor, 360-575-7175.

• Longview Teen Center (2121 Kessler Blvd.): 3:30-3:45 p.m. snack, Mondays-Fridays, through Aug. 16 (no snack July 4 and 5); Rick Traynor, 360-575-7175.

• Monticello Middle School (1225 28th Ave.): 8:30-8:45 a.m. breakfast and noon-12:15 p.m. lunch Mondays-Fridays, July 8-26; Rick Traynor, 360-575-7175.

• Northlake Elementary School (2210 Olympic Way): 8:30-8:45 a.m. breakfast and noon-12:15 p.m. lunch Mondays-Fridays, through Aug. 16 (no meals July 1-5); Rick Traynor: 360-575-7175.

• Olympic Elementary School (1334 30th Ave.): 8:30-8:45 a.m. breakfast and noon-12:15 p.m. lunch Mondays-Fridays, through June 28; Rick Traynor, 360-575-7125.

KHS class of ’79 plans reunion

Members of the Kelso High School class of 1979 are holding their 40-year class reunion Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20, at the Kelso-Longview Elks, 900 Ash St., Kelso.

A no-host bar and appetizers will be featured from 6 to 10 p.m. July 19.

The July 20 festivities begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails and pictures, then a 6:45 p.m. buffet followed by music starting at 8:15 p.m.

The cost is $40 per person which covers the dinner, the room rental fee, supplies, decorations and more.

Organizers would appreciate payment by Saturday, July 6, in order to get an accurate count for dinner.

For people who only want to attend the Friday events, the cost is $10 per person.

Classmates who plan to attend either or both days can pay through the Kelso High School Class of 1979 Facebook page. They also can pay by debit card by calling 360-957-6846; or mail a check payable to Class of 1979, 1617 Mount Brynion Road, Kelso, WA 98632.

For details, send messages via Facebook to Laurie (Partch) Metzger or Rob Dahl; email cwmldm@msn.com or call Metzger at 360-957-6846

In addition, organizers are looking for "missing" classmates. Anyone with info on the classmates, should email or call Metzger.

Chuck Bell, Theresa Bond, Julie (Bradford) Cervantes, Dean Bryant, Greg Counts, Dave Davis, Bev Elliott, Mike Fisher, John Forrester, Pam (Frenter) Kaut, Denney Garbe, Teresa Girard-Hamer, Debbie (Godel) Peterson, Cynthia Gowan, Steve Grasser, Shelley (Gregory) Rowe, Lori Hambly, Dave Kaut, Tom Kelly, Laura Koelker, Diane Lacy, Doug Lane, Mike Larson, Kalina Lewis, Coral (London) McCracken, Dave Marsyla, Stan Mason, Bill Maxwell, Marc Miller, Thelma Moon, Becky Morgan, Ruth Morrison, Dave Nein, Spencer Olsen, Cathy (Opp) Aslin, Kerry Parcel, Kathy (Patch) Barber, Scott Powell, Craig Randall, Lorena Renaud, Chris Ridling, Kevin Rinkle, Ellen (Robbins) Montgomery, Lisa Roberts, Kevin Rogers, Phil Roulette, Sharon Shauble, Tammy Sherrill, Myrna Snyder, Mike Spaulding, Rob Stebbins, Kristi (Steinmetz) Williams, Terry Strain, Steve Stroud, Timberly Swenski, Cecil Taylor, Tracy Travis, Marsh (Traw) Knox, Valeria (Vieira) Sisti, Sheryl Vitale, Barry Weber, Teresa Webster, Dan Whaley, Valerie Kennedy, Jeff Wolters, Kelly (Woods) Lavagne, Becky Wren and John Yaden.

RAL class of ’89 reunion July 20

Thursday, June 20, is the deadline for members of the R.A. Long High School class of 1989 to buy tickets for the group's 30 year class reunion that takes place Saturday, July 20.

Spouses and former teachers are welcome. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ralong30threunion.myevent.com.

The day begins with a tour of the school at 10 a.m. Golf and pickleball can be played at noon at the Mint Valley Valley Golf Course. Then, food, music and dancing take place from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Longview Country Club.

Details on the event are available by calling Deanna Dahlen at 360-904-7379.

Books sold on Tuesdays through July 23

During the free Summer Reading Events at the Kelso Public Library (in the Three Rivers Mall, 351 Three Rivers Drive, Suite 1263, Kelso), quality new and gently used children's books will be sold at 3 p.m. Tuesdays through July 23.

All money raised will be used for the library's children's programs.

R.A. Long class of ’74 plans reunion

Members of the R.A. Long High School class of 1974 are holding a 45-year reunion Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Cowlitz Moose Lodge, 921 Washington Way, Longview.

The festivities begin with golfing for people interested at 10 a.m. For details, call Paul Taylor at 360-562-6069.

The reunion party begins at 5 p.m. with a check in and a no-host bar. A light buffet dinner will be available at 6 p.m. and members of the band Steelhead will provide the music from 7 to 11 p.m.

The cost is $30 per person. Classmates are asked to RSVP by Aug. 16 by calling Lucy (Moilanen) Meath at 360-274-7935 or Malea (Shuss) Black at 360-636-0556.

Checks should be made payable to Malea Black and mailed to her at 119 Ann Ave., Longview, WA 98632.

Kelso class of ’69 reunion set

Members of the Kelso High School class of 1969 are holding their 50-year class reunion Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20 and 21.

The event includes a no-host gathering at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Tim's Bar & Grill, 213 Allen St., Kelso. On Sept. 21, the gathering begins at 6 p.m. at the Longview Country Club, 410 Country Club Drive, Longview. Dinner will be served at 7:15 p.m. A group photo will be taken during the event at the country club. 

For details, call Sandy (Wolf) Skare at 360-703-3804, Debbie (Reber) Rasmussen at 360-430-4089 or Andi (McCall) Heuer at 360-751-5506.

Anyone with contact information for the following classmates are asked to call Sandy, Debbie or Andi with details. MaryLou Brown LaBerge, David Wilson, Wendy Bonner Hutton, Jim Smallwood, Darrell Chamberlain, Jackie McNeil Massey, Donald Smith, Beverly Sundberg, William Hageman, Lee Richardson, Don Johnson, Diana Smith Messinger, Carol Smith, Richard Chavez, Robert Chaney, Diane Cornwell, Jackie Davis, Herb Davis, Larry Kramer, Larry Lavey, Karen Longbrake, Patty Losey, Michael Smith, Alfred Thomas, Marilyn Wallace Oliver, Rosemary Waltz, Cheryl Wicklund, Gary Quackenbush, Mary Ragan, Vicki Rice Howard, Randy Russell, Bob Rutherford, Terry Dickinson, Kerrin Everson, Elaine Forman, Billie Graham Braaten, Theresa Haddenham Bell, Susan Haas Rowton, Terry Malone, Patty McCarty, Debbie McNeill, Melody Parker, Karen Shumake Mittner, Martha Elliott Roy, Rose Marie Stephens Gresham, Susan Leach O'Connell and Larry Lessard.

Register for July triathlon

Longview Parks and Recreation and the YMCA of Southwest Washington are hosting the fourth annual Swim, Dash, Splash Triathlon that takes place at the YMCA pool and Lake Sacajawea park Saturday, July 20.

The event is for anyone 12 years old or older. The heats begin at 8:30 a.m.

People can participate as individuals or as part of a team.

The race begins with a 500 meter swim at the Y, then a 5K course throughout the park at the lake and ends with a two-mile kayak course around the lake.

Afterward, food and refreshments will be available. Games will be played and giveaways will be held.

The cost is $50 per person. The fee for a team of three is $110. The registration fee includes a shirt, lunch, finisher medal and a swag bag.

To register, visit www.swimdashsplash.com.

Reading program offered for adults

Longview Public Library is inviting Adults, 18 years old and older are invited to participate in the Longview Public Library's "Fire It Up" program and read for prizes through Friday, July 26.

Prizes will be given away weekly, with a grand prize of a 10-inch Kindle Fire tablet.

The public libraries in Kelso, Kalama, Castle Rock and Woodland also are participating in the program. Each library has different weekly prizes. A library card is not needed to participate or win.

Additionally, Longview Public Library patrons can use their completed entry forms to pay off overdue / restocking library fines  by up to $5 per book read.

The program has been made possible by donations from the Longview Library Foundation.

For details, call your local library: Longview, 360-442-5300; Kelso, 360-423-8110; Kalama, 360-673-4568; Castle Rock, 360-274-6961; and Woodland, 360-225-2115.

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, July 27, at the Longview Kaiser Permanente Dental Clinic, 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.

Referrals for restorative dental care by the University of Washington Dental School at Kaiser Permanente will be determined at the scheduled exam and could be set up for a later date depending on what is available the day of the clinic.

For details, eligibility requirements and to schedule an appointment, call 360-274-9178.

Borrow a life jacket

The Longview Fire Department reminds the public about the Life Jacket Loaner Board program and that life jackets are available at popular swimming and recreation areas around the county.

Sizes are available from infant to adult.

Once done with the life jackets, users are asked to return them to the boards.

The "loaner boards" have life jackets in sizes for infants to adults at the following locations:

• Willow Grove at the boat launch and by the swimming area

• County Line Park

• Castle Rock boat launch

• Horseshoe Lake

• Merwin Dam

If anyone notices no life jackets on a Life Jacket Loaner Board, they should call 360-442-5501 so the life jackets can be replaced as soon as possible.

People who would like their own life jackets can check with the Longview Fire Department, 360-442-5503; Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue, 360-578-5218; or the Kalama Fire Department, 360-673-2222 for a coupon for 25 percent off a life jacket at Big 5.

People interested in volunteering with the Life Jacket Program are asked to call Sarah Hoskins at 360-442-5501.

Cowlitz AmeriCorps seeks members

Cowlitz AmeriCorps Network is looking for new members to serve full time for an 11-month term in nonprofit organizations, public agencies and faith-based groups throughout the county.

The 2019-20 team will start serving the community Monday, Aug. 5.

Opportunities are available for adults of all ages and backgrounds who will earn an education award which can be used to attend college.

People 55 and older can transfer their education award to a child or grandchild to attend college. The award also can be used to pay for existing college loans.

During their term of service, members receive a modest living allowance.

Pre-application packets are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at Life Works, 906 New York St., Longview. They also can be downloaded from www.lifeworkswa.org.

Completed applications also should be returned to Life Works.

For details, call the Life Works office at 360-577-5859.

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@kels­osd.org.

Sponsors wanted for Rainier Revisited

Individuals or organizations interested in being sponsors for the 10th annual Rainier Revisited in April 2020 are encouraged to contact Rainier Junior/Senior High School History Club adviser Andrew Demko at 503-556-4215.

Sponsors names will be included on flyers and other publicity material.

Make-A-Wish seeks volunteers

Make-A-Wish of Alaska and Washington needs volunteers in Longview.

The local organization "creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses," according to a press release.

Volunteers help children identify their wishes and help bring them to fruition.

People interested in volunteering should call Katey Reiff, communications and marketing intern for Make-A-Wish Alaska and Longview at 206-623-5300 or email her at kathryn@akwa.wish.org.

Buy a hat, support KHS class of 2019

Members of the Kelso High School class of 2019 Booster Club are selling hats to raise money for the free drug- and alcohol-free senior class graduation party.

The female version of the hat has sparkles and the masculine version does not have sparkles. It takes about three weeks to get a hat once it is ordered.

The hats cost $25 each and can be ordered by sending a text to Michelle at 360-751-5693.

History club needs building materials

Members of the Rainier Junior Senior High School history Club need building materials, including lumber, for future living history programs.

Anyone who would like to donate materials should call club adviser Andrew Demko at the school at 503-556-4215.

Piano students present recital

Students from the Sharon Moe Piano Studio will present a recital of pop, jazz, movie and game music at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, in the sanctuary of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1428 22nd Ave., Longview.

Performing in the program are Isabelle Allen, Raeanne Allen, Sam Allen, Leo Askeland, Luke Askeland, Maya Bahu, Georgie Bahu, Meredith Chesley, RJ Cruz, Sabine Cruz, Alyson Daniels, Chloe Foreman, Sophia Foreman, Tommy Foreman, Ainsley Hayes, Adam Klander, Seth Klander, Jasmine Le, Jocelyn Le, Khang Le, Khoi Le, Laura Le, Madison Lee, Angela Ponkratov, Levi Renslow, Mason Renslow, Trent Renslow and Henry Upshaw.

The highlight of the evening will feature students dressed in costumes fitting the theme of their solos or duets. The program also will feature Leo Askeland playing and singing John Lennon’s "Imagine," as well as Seth Klander’s arrangement of the Beatles’ "Eleanor Rigby."

Family and friends are invited to attend the program. Refreshments will be available afterward.

Free summer meals for kids

The Kelso School District is sponsoring a free summer meals program for local children 18 years old and younger. For adults older than 18 years old, the cost is $3.50 per meal, $3.85 per meal with milk. Milk costs 35 cents.

The sites for the meals are as follows:

• Barnes Elementary (401 Barnes Drive): 8:15-9 a.m., breakfast, and 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., lunch, Mondays-Fridays, June 17-July 26 (no breakfast or lunch program July 1-5).

• Wallace Elementary (410 Elm St.): 8:15-9 a.m. breakfast, and 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. lunch, Mondays-Fridays June 24-July 26 (no breakfast or lunch program July 1-5).

• Kelso High School (1904 Allen St.): 7:15-8 :30 a.m., breakfast, and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., lunch, Mondays-Fridays, June 25-July 26 (no breakfast or lunch program July 1-5).

For details, call 360-501-1807.

Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s set

Several family-oriented activities take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Kelso Senior Center, 106 N.W. Eighth Ave., Kelso.

The effort is part of "The Longest Day," an event held nationally by the Alzheimer's Association. The day honors caregivers, patients and their families by doing things they love and raising money, according to a flyer about the event.

The silent auction features gift baskets donated by area organizations. In addition, a resource table with Alzheimer's and other dementia information will be hosted by Koelsch Communities.

Donations and other money raised goes to the Alzheimer's Association.

Summer Living History programs set

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

A Summer Matinee Living History program takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 20. The cost is $8 per person. Group discounts are available for groups with more than 20 attendees. The museum will open at 10 a.m.

A Summer Evening program begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 25. The cost is $8 per person. The grounds open at 5:30 p.m. The performance lasts about an hour and 15 minutes.

To reserve tickets, call 360-225-9522 or email info@lelooska.org. Payments also can be made online at www.lelooska.org.

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 http://longviewlibrary.org/book-librarian.php or call 360-442-5300.

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.

Host families being sought

Families are being sought by ASSE International Student Exchange Programs to host high school students from Spain.

According to a press release, the exceptional students have received scholarships through a partnership with the Amancio Ortega Foundation in Spain. The goal of the foundation is to bring Spanish scholarship students to the United States. The foundation carefully screens and selects 100 students who have passed the high academic qualifications as well as who have a financial need to be provided a full scholarship for them to study in the U.S. for one academic year.

After the school year, the students return to their hometowns in Spain and apply what they have learned to their hometown, community and country.

People interested in obtaining details about becoming a host family should call 800-733-2773, visit www.host.asse.com or email asseusawest@asse.com.

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.

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.

Besides magazine, tumblers, jewelry, decor, gifts, wraps and discounted items are being offered.

Every purchase made earns the club a 40 percent profit.

To make a purchase, visit https://bit.ly/2CjiXKn.

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.

Host a student from Germany

American families are being sought by the ASSE Student Exchange Programs to host high school students from Germany.

All of the students have received a scholarship through The Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX), a United States Department of State Program. The scholarship provides the opportunity for 250 young Americans to spend a year in Germany and at the same time provides the opportunity for 300 young Germans to spend a year in the U.S.

The students live with host families. They participate in a variety of program activities and learn about life in a different country.

According to a press release from the ASSE, the historic program "seeks to foster democracy and values inherent in a free market economy." And, families' support of the students and programs "reinforces the U.S.' commitment to education and opportunity throughout the world."

People interested in opening their homes and sharing their family life with young students from abroad are asked to call 800-733-2773, visit www.ASSEhosts.com or send an email to asseusawest@asse.com.

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.

— The Daily News

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