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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.

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.

• Cathlamet: 1-6 p.m. Oct. 25, Hotel Cathlamet, 69 Main St.

• Longview: 1-6:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Washington National Guard Armory, 819 Vandercook Way; 1-6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 and 30, Church of the Nazarene, 814 15th Ave.; 1-6 p.m. Oct. 15, YMCA of Southwest Washington, 766 15th Ave.; 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 16, Fibre Federal Credit Union, 796 Commerce Ave.

Public invited to quilters meeting

Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild members will meet Monday, Oct. 15, in the basement of the Educational Building at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2218 E. Kessler Blvd, Longview.

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

Cathy Moore, owner of Cathy's Classy Quilts in Rochester, Wash., will lecture on "How I Became a Quilt Shop Owner and Handi Quilter Representative."

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

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

Relay team raising funds 

Members of the Crusaders Relay for Life team are hosting bingo at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Longview Eagles, 1526 12th Ave., Longview.

The cost is $14 for one of each card. Prize giveaways and a 50/50 drawing will be held.

Adult and children 8 years old and older are invited to play.

The kitchen and bar will be open.

Money raised benefits the American Cancer Society.

Educators meet at Somerset

Retired educators are invited to meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the social room of the Somerset Retirement Apartments, 2025 Tibbetts Drive, Longview.

Senior issues for the Tuesday, Nov. 6, election will be discussed.

A continental breakfast will be available.

Retired public employees meet

Members of the Retired Public Employees Council of Washington will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Longview Country Club, 41 Country Club Drive (off Pacific Way), Longview.

Ned Piper, a candidate for Cowlitz PUD commissioner, is the guest speaker.

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.

Visit DSHS office on wheels

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Mobile Community Service Office (CSO) will be in Woodland from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Woodland Action, 736 Davidson Ave., Woodland.

People can apply for cash assistance, basic food assistance, medical assistance and the Medicare savings program. They also can drop off paperwork, complete an eligibility review or mid-certification review, or make changes to an existing case.

Register for free family program

A free eight-session Strengthening Families program for parents/caregivers and their children 10 to 14 years old will be held from 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays (Oct. 17, 24, 31; Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28; and Dec. 5) at Longview Community Church, 2323 Washington Way, Longview. A second set of eight free sessions takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays (Oct. 18, 25; Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29; and Dec. 6 and 13) at Monticello Middle School, 1225 28th Ave., Longview.

Dinners and supervised activities for children 3 to 9 years old are provided.

The program is designed to help families deal with the stress involved with raising youngsters and in dealing with everyday life. Families will solve problems together and build family strengths through games and fun. Parents will build an understanding of teens/pre-teens through a dozen parenting tools. Youngsters will develop skills for peer pressure, stress management and positive relationships; and will engage in fun, hands-on activities.

The free program is sponsored by the Washington State University Cowlitz County Extension Service and funded through a grant from Cowlitz County.

For details or to register, contact coordinator Ramona Leber at 360-261-3971 or sfpwsucowlitz@hotmai­ Registration forms can be picked up between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. weekdays at the WSU Extension office, 1946 Third Ave., Longview.

Dance to the King Brothers

The public is invited to a Harvest Moon Dance with music by the King Brothers from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 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 Danni or Jana at the senior center at 360-636-0210.

KHS class of 1955 has lunch change

Members of the Kelso High School class of 1955 will not meet for lunch Tuesday, Oct. 16. Instead, they will meet at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the Kelso-Longview Elks, 900 Ash St., Kelso.

Spouses and friends are welcome. Organizers are hoping for a good turnout. A football game takes place at Schroeder Field between KHS and Mountain View High School that night. Tickets will be available at the stadium.

The group will return to their regular third Tuesday of the month luncheons in November.

Learn about winter plants

Lisa Bradford of Tsugawa Nursery in Woodland will discuss "Plants of Winter Interest" at the 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, meeting of the Kelso Garden Club in the daylight basement of Central Christian Church, 401 Crawford St., Kelso.

Bradford, a landscape designer and plant specialist, has worked at Tsugawa for more than 20 years. Part of her presentation includes examples of plants that grow in winter that also will be for sale after the program. Cash and checks only will be accepted.

Bradford also will answer general questions about plants and gardening.

The public is invited.

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

Book sale starts Oct. 19

The Friends of the Library $2 per grocery bag book sale takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the back room of the Castle Rock Public Library, 137 Cowlitz St. W., Castle Rock.

Haunted houses at Kelso mall

The Cinema of Horrors, a Halloween event featuring multiple haunted houses, takes place this month at the old Three Rivers Mall theater, 1301 Grade St., Kelso.

Hours are from 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays, Oct. 19-21 and 26-31.

The cost is $5 for a Slash Pass, $15 for children, $18 for adults and $25 for a VIP pass.

Along with the haunted houses are fair food vendors, nightly performances by sword swallowers and other sideshow performers plus haunted scare zones.

The family friendly event is for all ages, but organizers recommend it for people 13 years old and older. Younger attendees can participate in non-scary trick-or-treat nights.

The event is presented by the Portland-based Treadway Events production company; the Three Rivers Mall; and KUKN, KLOG and The Wave radio stations.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit local high school performing arts programs such as the Mark Morris High School choir program.

For details, visit www.CinemaOfHorrors.­com.

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 October.

• 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 first and third Tuesday: 12:30-3 p.m., Write Your Life Story 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.

• Every Saturday: 1-3 p.m., bingo.

• Wednesday, Oct. 17, and Tuesday, Oct. 23: 1 p.m. BBB (Bean Bag Baseball) game.

• Thursday, Oct. 18: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., commodities distributed; must have valid punch card.

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.

• Saturday, Oct. 20: 1 p.m. membership dinner; members invited to bring a potential member to a dinner of meatballs and rich gravy over egg noodles, fresh salad, green beans with bacon and onions, rolls, butter, coffee and punch; program starts with information about the Sons of Norway lodge cultural programs, activities and events for families along with financial opportunities offered through the lodge and concludes with a presentatin on the three language camps for children 9 to 14 years old; learn about the Trollhaugen Lodge, a rustic lodge with a hot tub, family-sized sleeping quarters, a full kitchen, opportunities for summer hiking and biking on mountain trails and winter sports such as skiing, snowshoeing and sledding.

Canterbury Inn needs vendors

The deadline is Saturday, Oct. 20, for vendor packets for a bazaar at the Canterbury Inn being held Saturday, Nov. 9.

Vendors who create new from old, similar to the television show "Flea Market Flips" are being sought. Re-purposed furniture, decor or vintage items would be a fun addition, note organizers.

For details, call Tony at 360-425-7947.

Sewing day for children, parents

Friday, Oct. 19, is the deadline to sign up for a Sewing Day for Parents and Children.

The class, sponsored by the Washington State University Extension 4-H Sewing and Textile Advisers, takes place from 9 am. to noon, Saturday, Nov 3, at the Cowlitz Training Center, 1942 First Ave., Longview (the building south of the Hall of Justice).

Children must be in third grade or older. The fee, payable by Oct. 19, is $10 per person. Class size is limited. Attendees are asked to bring a working sewing machine with its instruction book. A supply list will be available upon registration.

For a registration form, call 4-H and Sewing Textile Adviser Sharan at 360-636-0338.

Annual Arts and Crafts Fair in Ryderwood

The 14th Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20, in Ryderwood.

The two large rooms of the Community Hall at 305 Morse St., will be filled with creative artisans and their finely crafted wares.

"Grandma's Kitchen" benefit bake sale takes place in the building's kitchen. Money raised benefits the Ryderwood Women's Club for maintenance of the historic Pioneer Hall.

A lunch of hot dogs, chili and baked potatoes will be served at the Cafe across the street.

Money raised from the craft fair and the lunch support the Ryderwood Women's Club's efforts to maintain and restore the historic Pioneer Hall.

Ryderwood is located at the end of State Route 506 at I-5 Exit 59.

For details, visit

Cat show, competition in St. Helens

A Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) All Breed Cat Show and Household Pet Competition takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 and 21, in the Main Pavilion at the Columbia County Fairgrounds, 58892 Saulser Road, St. Helens, Ore.

Attendees can watch more than 150 felines from around the community and the country compete for the Top Cat status. They also can shop for a cat-loving friend or family member and win prizes at the "Cat Walk" game.

Lunch and snacks will be available to buy.

Admission is by donation.

In addition, donations will be accepted for the Columbia Humane Society.

Bazaar, garage sale benefits church

Members of the Mary-Martha Circle at Faith Family Christian Center are sponsoring a garage sale and bazaar from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the gym of the church, 2203 38th Ave., Longview.

Tables also are available for rent to the public. An 8-foot table costs $15 for one or $25 for two. 

Money raised will go toward Thanksgiving baskets for needy families. In 2017, the group gave out 20 boxes. This year, the goal is 24 boxes.

The group also accepts donated food items.

Items put in the boxes include a 10- to 12-pound turkey, two packages of stuffing mix, a can or two of cranberry sauce, 1 package of gravy mix, one package of rolls, one pound of margarine, two to four cans of vegetables (depending on the size of the family), five pounds of potatoes, one can of yams, one pumpkin pie and one tub of whipped topping. Boxes are delivered the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

To rent a table or to make a donation, call 360-849-4234 or 360-751-1653.

Learn about mason bees

Washington State University Extension Master Gardener Billie Bevers will discuss how evaluate mason bee cocoons for disease at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Cowlitz County Training Center, 1942 First Ave., Longview.

During spring and summer, other bees, diseases and parasites can invade mason bee nests, according to a press release. Attendees at the two-hour hands on class will learn how to identify what is in a mason bee tube or block. Cocoons will be available to evaluate if people don't have their own.

In addition, information on overwintering bees and creating containers for their "long sleep" will be discussed. Participants are encouraged to bring questions, a paper bag to take home their cocoons.

The $10 per person fee will be collected at the class which is limited to 30 people.

For details or to register, contact Carlee Dowell at 360-577-3014, ext. 0 or

J&H conference registration open

Registrations are being accepted for the annual Justice & Hope Conference set for 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Longview.

The annual training is geared for community professionals who work with people who may be impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault or abuse.

Th early-bird registration cost is $100 and includes lunch.

For details, contact Sherrie Tinoco at or 360-353-5777, extension 17.

Book discussion group gathers

The American Association of University Women book discussion group will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Porcelain Rose, 5612 Ocean Beach Highway, Longview.

Attendees will discuss "Homegoing," by Yaa Gyasi.

In 18th century Ghana, a half-sister will marry and Englishman and the other half-sister will be sold into slavery in America. The novel follows the parallel paths of the sisters and their descendants through eight generations, according to a press release from the group.

For details, call 360-636-2433.

Anyone interested in the book or in AAUW is welcome.

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

Free event for kids and families

The Link Fall Family Night takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Youth and Family Link, 907 Douglas St., Longview.

The free event is for children and their families who can interact with exhibits from the OMSI Traveling Museum.

Link programs including Afterschool, Outreach and Engagement, Social Norms, Teen Mentoring, Beyond the Alphabet and Open Gym will be featured with an interactive activity, prizes and resource information.

For details, call Emiley at 360-423-6741.

Fundraiser for Special Olympics

The Special Olympics Run For The Gold group is holding a Halloween dance for people with - or without - special needs from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the McClelland Art Center, 951 Delaware St., Longview.

A DJ will provide the music. Snacks and goody backs will be available.

The cost to attend is $5 per person.

For details, contact Becky Bernhardt at 360-749-4174.

Fundraiser for school groups

Members of the Rainier Junior/Senior High School History Bowl and Theater Club present A Night of family Fun starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in the Rainier High School Commons, 28170 Old Rainier Road, Rainier.

The evening's events include dinner from 5 to 7 p.m., a play at 7 p.m. and a silent auction.

The cost for the dinner and show is $10 per person. The cost to attend the play only is $5 per person.

Money raised will go to Theater Club productions and History Bowl competition expenses.

Attend a free physical art workshop

The public is invited to attend a Master Class with PUSH Physical Theatre from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, on the Main Stage of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1231 Vandercook Way, Longview.

The cast of that night's production of "Dracula" will lead the free class presented by PUSH and KapStone Paper and Packaging Inc.

PUSH, from New York, began with a belief that each performer should bring his or her unique life experiences to the stage, according to a flyer about the event.

People who attend the class can purchase tickets for the evening performance of Dracula for $20 each (regularly $40 each).

To learn more, visit

Harvest Fest is Oct. 27

The Stella Lutheran Chapel annual Harvest Fest takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the chapel, 124 Sherman Road, Longview.

The public is invited.

The festivities include a dinner, silent auction and a raffle. The menu includes bratwurst and sauerkraut, potatoes au gratin, green beans, bread, dessert, coffee and cider for a $12 suggested donation. Tickets are available now or at the door.

The event is made possible in part by a grant from Thrivent Financial for a Thrivent Action Team Project.

For details, call 360-636-2032 or visit https://www.faceboo­­.

Sign up for the Pumpkin Pi run

Start the Halloween celebration with the Pumpkin Pi 3.14 mile run/walk at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

The all-age event begins in the covered shelter area at Willow Grove Park, 7235 Willow Grove Road, Longview.

Pumpkin pie will be served after the race.

The cost is $25 per adult with a T-shirt or $15 per adult without a T-shirt. The cost for children is $10 and does not include a shirt.

For details or to register, call or stop by Longview Parks and Recreation, 360-442-5400, 2920 Douglas St., Longview; or register online at­ation.

Little Monster Mash is back

The free family friendly Little Monster Mash takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.

A dance party upstairs in the Main Reading Room; trick-or-treating at the check-out desk; and making take-home crafts, playing games and eating cookies and drinking cider downstairs are among the evening's activities. Refreshments are provided by the Friends of the Library.

Doughnut races for older children and teens and sensory play for babies and toddlers offer something for all ages.

The annual costume contest takes place upstairs and prizes will be awarded in categories from birth to 18 years old along with group costumes.

For details, call 360-442-5300.

Three-day $6 sale

The Friends of St. John are holding a huge $6 sale with something from everyone takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 30 and 31, and from 7 am. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the cafeteria at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center, 1615 Delaware St., Longview.

Name-brand, top quality products will be sold with some "show stoppers" available for up to $15.

All money raised will go to the Friends of St. John scholarship program.

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

Plant-based cooking class

Deana Snyder will lead a plant-based cooking class titled Holiday Feast at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Abundant Living Center at the Castle Rock Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7531 Old Pacific Highway N., Castle Rock.

Food samples also will be available.

For details, call Wanda at 360-967-2165.

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

Book a librarian

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

Beginning Thursday, Nov. 1, 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 beginning Nov. 1, visit the library's "book-a-Librarian" page at or call 360-442-5300.

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.

View or buy vintage or new fishing tackle

The fall meeting for the Northwest Region of the National Fishing Lure Collectors Club will be held from 9 a.m. until closing (usually about noon), Saturday, Nov. 3, in the ballroom of the Red Lion Hotel, 510 S. Kelso Drive, Kelso.

Vintage fishing tackle will be on display and for sale. Club members offer free appraisals and/or auction of collectible items.

The public is welcome. Admission is $5.

For details, call show host Monte Martinsen at 360-274-8045.

Enter student calendar contest

A local public education campaign targeting storm water pollution, Cowlitz Clean Waters, is sponsoring its second annual student calendar contest.

Middle school students are encouraged to create art work and write haikus depicting ways to prevent storm water pollution and to keep local streams, rivers and lakes clean and healthy.

The 12 winning pieces of art and 12 haikus will be featured in the Cowlitz Clean Waters 2019 Solutions to Stormwater Pollution calendar.

The grand prize for the winning artwork is a $35 Amazon gift card, with $50 gift cards to the artwork runners-up and $25 each for the haikus selected for the calendar.

The contest entry form and rules can be found online at http­s://cowlitzcleanwater­

The deadline for submission is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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

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

The partnership is committed to a public information and education campaign to help inform the Lower Columbia region about the impact of stormwater runoff on local waterways and how to affect behavior changes and water quality improvements in the communities states a press release from the city of Kelso.

For details, call Van McKay at the city of Kelso at 360-423-6590.

Light up the night with luminaries

The public is invited to a Light Up Your Night ceremony from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the E. Kenneth Henderson Memorial Garden, 1000 12th Ave., Longview.

The free event is sponsored by Community Home Health & Hospice.

Participants can visit the center and the garden, light a memorial luminary and enjoy refreshments. In honor of Veterans Day, special luminary bags will be available for people who have served.

Members of the community also may call 360-846-2439 or email to request Hospice staff to light a luminary for their loved ones at the event.

Fill a bowl, fulfill a need

Members of the Woodland High School Art Club have partnered with the Woodland Action Center for the Empty Bowls Project fundraiser from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the high school commons, 736 Davidson Ave., Woodland.

Check-in is at 6:30 p.m. The event begins at 7 p.m.

Attendees will receive bread, soup and beverages provided by local restaurants. The soup will be ladled in a bowl handmade by a local Clark College art student. The meal will be served by the high school's SkillsUSA culinary students.

Tickets are $20 each and the number of tickets are limited.

To buy a ticket, visit

The Empty Bowls Project is an international grassroots effort to raise awareness and money in the fight to end hunger. Money raise will go toward providing holiday meals for Woodland Action clients.

LCSG Fall Gathering is Nov. 10

The Lower Columbia School Gardens Fall Gathering takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Floral Building at the Cowlitz County Event Center, 1900 Seventh Ave., Longview.

Local and regional beverages, fresh apple cider and seasonal food featuring school gardens grown produce will be provided. Live music will be performed.

Tickets are $50 per person and benefit the LCSG. To buy tickets, visit

Learn how to make swags

A Fall Swags Workshop for children 6 to 12 years old begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Cowlitz Training Center, 1942 First Ave., Longview (on the dike next to the Hall of Justice).

Cowlitz County Master Gardener Jo Becket will lead the hands-on workshop using forage plants from gardens and fields and items "found" around the home to create autumn swags to hang on the wall.

The class is sponsored by the Washington State University Extension Master Gardeners.

Participants must register and pay by Friday, Nov. 2.

The cost is $5 per student.

For details or to register, contact Carlee Dowell at 360-577-3014, extension 0, or

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.

Donate Capri Sun pouches

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

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

Project Read tutors needed

Volunteer tutors are being sought for the adult literacy program, Project READ.

Program coordinators are seeking people who can commit to one hour twice a week during regular Longview Public Library hours — 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays — to help other adults improve their literacy skills.

Anyone who is 18 years old or older, has graduated from high school or received a GED is qualified to help.

Coordinators can work around each volunteer's schedule. Volunteers are asked to make a six-month commitment, but are welcome to make a longer commitment. Tutors specifically are needed who can help between 5 and 8 p.m. for learners who work during the day.

Volunteer tutors are matched with adult learners to work one-on-one in the library.

Teaching materials, resources, direction, tutor training and ongoing support are provided by the library.

Training is on the computer and is self-paced at home or in the library.

For details, call Elizabeth Partridge at 360-442-5321.

Road to Recovery program needs drivers

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

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

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