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Support group for survivors of suicide loss

A free eight-week grief support group for survivors of suicide loss takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, April 17 to June 12, in the James Avery Center for Grief Support, 1000 12th Ave., Longview.

Sponsored by Community Home Health & Hospice, the group is led by Mary Fleming, MSW, and Rick Sievers, an assistant bereavement coordinator.

The group focus is on the profound grieving process of suicide bereavement, notes a press release from CHHH.

It is asked that only one member of a family participate in each eight-week session so that person can focus on his or her grief.

Registration is required by calling 360-703-0300 or sending an email to griefsupport@chhh.or­g.

Dance to the King Brothers

The public is invited to dance to the music of the King Brothers from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the Moose Lodge, 921 Washington Way, Longview. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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

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

Money raised goes to the senior center.

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

Church holds Easter event

The public is invited to a free Easter Carnival from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the Kelso United Methodist Presbyterian Church, 206 Cowlitz Way, Kelso.

An Easter egg hunt, games and crafts take place and attendees can get their photos taken with the Easter bunny.

Group offers grant and a scholarship

Members of the Chi Chapter of Delta Knappa Gamma Society International, an organization of women educators, are offering a scholarship/grant-in-aid to a female high school senior along with a professional development mini-grant for a woman educator.

The $500 Pat Sawyer Memorial Scholarship/Grant-In-Aid is available to a female high school senior in Cowlitz County who is going into the education field. Applications are available from high school counselors and on the Chi Chapter's website at www.dkgchiwa.weebly.com.

The $200 Professional Development mini-grant is available to a female educator in Cowlitz or Wahkiakum counties. Applications are available from district human resources departments or on the Chi Chapter's website at www.dkgchiwa.weebly.com.

Complete criteria and mailing information is included on the applications, which must be returned by April 19.

For details, call Anne at 360-425-6400 or check the chapter's website.

Attend community Good Friday service

The public is invited to an ecumenical worship service at noon, Friday, April 19, at the House of Prayer for All Nations, 870 Ninth Ave., Longview.

The service is sponsored by the Kelso-Longview Ministerial Association.

For details, call Pastor Megan Filer at 360-577-8240.

Buy books at CR library sale

The Friends of the Castle Rock Library will hold a book sale from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 19, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in the back room of the library at 137 Cowlitz St., W., Castle Rock.

Hardbound books are 50 cents each, paperback books are 25 cents each, children's books are 25 cents and 10 cents each, VHS videos are 25 cents each and DVDs are 50 cents each.

For details, call 360-274-6961.

Clean up Fox Creek April 20

Members of the Friends of Fox Creek in Rainier are conducting their annual Fox Creek Cleanup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in partnership with SOLVE, the city of Rainier and Riverside Community Church.

Volunteers will remove invasive English ivy and Himalayan blackberries from sides of the trail and spread bark chips. Leather gloves, and owner-marked hand tools will be needed.

A barbecue for volunteers takes place after the cleanup.

Volunteers may register at SOLVE's web site, www.solv.org, before the event or at the registration tent the day of the event.

For details, visit www.solv.org.

Pomona Grangers meet in Kelso

The next meeting of the Cowlitz Pomona Grange is Saturday, April 20, at the Catlin Grange Hall, 205 Shawnee St., Kelso.

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

The Pomona Grangers project for April is Hugs in a Mug for the Vancouver Veterans Association. Pencils, cards, small games and puzzle books are needed.

In addition, the Grange contest takes place at Catlin Grange on Friday, April 19. Entries will be accepted between 9 and 10 a.m.

Sponsors, exhibitors needed for Earth Day

Companies and organizations are being sought to participate in the 23rd annual Earth Day Celebration taking place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Cowlitz Count Event (Expo) Center, 1900 Seventh Ave., Longview.

According to a press release, Earth Day is Cowlitz County's first major celebration of the year. Free family entertainment is offered at the award-winning local event that highlights positive environmental practices.

Attendance averages between 4,500 and 5,000 visitors annually.

Companies and organizations that would like to demonstrate their environmental improvements and/or environmental activity by becoming a sponsor or exhibitor; or people who would like to volunteer to help with the event are asked to call 360-442-5209 and an Earth Day information packet will be sent.

Free Soup’s On lunch in Kelso

A Soup's On event takes place Saturday, April 20, 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.

Attend a free Easter cantata

The public is invited to the free community Easter cantata, "He Is Risen," performed by members of the Longview Washington Stake Choir of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at the Latter-day Saints church at 900 11th Ave., Longview.

WHAS sponsors wildlife field trip

Members of the Willapa Hills Audubon Society are sponsoring a field trip to the Julia Butler Hansen National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, April 21.

Attendees can see raptors, songbirds, waterfowl and perhaps a Columbia White-Tailed Deer.

People interested in the field trip are invited to meet trip leaders Kyleen Austin and Andrew Emlen at the entrance to the headquarters between 8 and 8:15 a.m. for a three- to four-hour tour by car and on foot on level roads.

Participants should dress for the weather and bring their own snacks and water.

The size of the group is limited. Carpooling is encouraged. To register, call Charlotte Persons at 360-431-1174 or send her an email to cpeople2u@gmail.com.

Items sought for charity sale

Middle school students at St. Rose School in Longview are seeking items for a rummage sale with all proceeds to benefit local charities that serve the homeless.

The sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, in the school gym, 720 26th Ave., Longview.

Students will set up for the sale between 3:15 and 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 2 and 3. Donors may drop off items during those hours also.

Items most in demand include housewares, garden items, games, holiday items, small furnishings, decorative items, sporting goods, books, etc.

No clothes or shoes, please.

A limited pick-up service may be provided if parent volunteers are available.

For details, call the school at 360-577-6760.

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.

Book discussion group gathers

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

Attendees will discuss "Born a Crime," by Trevor Noah.

The book is a compelling, inspiring and comically sublime coming of age story set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed, according to a press release submitted to The Daily News.

For details, call 360-636-2433.

Anyone interested in the book or in AAUW is welcome.

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

Free phone help at Longview library

Phone experts from Cricket Wireless will teach a class on the basics of using Android and Apple phones from noon to 2 p.m. Thursdays, April 25 and May 2, at the Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.

Operating and navigating the devices, common setting functions, how to make calls, how to organize contacts, how to set up and check voicemail will be discussed as well as texting, e-mailing and using social media on the phones.

The free class is open to the public. Registration is not required.

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

Container gardens topic of meeting

Clark County Master Gardener Judy Hargreaves will discuss container gardening at the 11 a.m. Thursday, April 25, meeting of the Longview Garden Club at Grace Lutheran Church, 2725 Dover St., Longview. The public is welcome.

Nicknamed the "dahlia queen," Hargreaves was past president of the Clark County Master Gardener Foundation and has served on county and Washington state boards.

Her slide show will cover design, possible containers, baskets, soil, fertilizers and disease control.

For details, email info@longviewgardenc­­lub.or or visit longviewgardenclub.o­­rg.

Learn about straw bale gardening

Washington State University Extension Master Gardener Vicki Williams will discuss straw bale gardening at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in the Fair Exposition building on the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds, 1900 Seventh Ave., Longview.

At the free workshop sponsored by the WSU Extension Master Gardeners, Williams will offer details on what people need to straw bale garden, answer questions and discuss where potential straw bale gardeners can find information. Handouts will be available along with WSU backed references.

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

Relay team raising money

Members of the Crusaders Relay for Life team are hosting a smoked prime rib dinner starting at 6 p.m. April 27, at the Longview Eagles, 1526 12th Ave., Longview.

Scott Reetz is cooking the prime rib.

A 50/50 raffle will be held.

Tickets are $20 per person or two for $35.

All money raised goes to support the American Cancer Society.

To order tickets, call Darlene Grasser at 360-560-5902 or the Eagles Lodge at 360-425-1444. Tickets will be available at the door, but organizers suggest buying them early or RSVP'ing attendance.

Help clean up Castle Rock

The 16th Annual Clean Up Day sponsored by the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce begins at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 27, at the Castle Rock Senior Center, 222 Second Ave. S.W., where doughnuts, warm drinks, water and jobs will be assigned. A free lunch will be provided.

Organizers note if businesses would like to donate snacks for the event, they would be appreciated.

People and/or teams who cannot participate April 27 can arrange to help out another day.

For details call, text or email Carolyn Kennington at 360-751-5172 or carolyn@cowlitzriverdental.com.

Silent auction benefits Longview library

Art Speaks Volumes, a silent auction to benefit the Longview Public Library, takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the Rose Center for the Performing Arts on the Lower Columbia College campus, 1600 Maple St., Longview.

Original works of art made by local artists from altered books will be auctioned. All money raised will benefit programs at the Longview library.

Tickets are $10 per person for adults and $5 per person for students. Tickets can be purchased at the Broadway Gallery, 1418 Commerce Ave., Longview; at Paperbacks Galore, 1044 14th Ave., Longview; or at the door the night of the auction.

Ticket holders 21 years old and older can enjoy two glasses of wine from Roland Winery or beer from Ashtown Brewery. Sparkling cider and appetizers will be provided by Grounds for Opportunity. In addition, The Dreamers will provide music.

The Longview Library Foundation and the Friends of the Longview Public Library are sponsoring the event.

For details, send an email to artspeaksvolumesLPL@gmail.com, call 360-442-5300 or visit longviewlibrary.org online.

Sign up now for Fish-In

The annual Longview Early Edition Rotary Kids Fish-In event takes place Saturday, April 27, at Martin Dock at Lake Sacajawea. Sessions are held every hour starting at 8 a.m. wit the last session starting at 2 p.m.

The statewide program was created to provide more fishing opportunities for youngsters in Washington state, according to a press release from the City of Longview Parks and Recreation department.

Children from 5 to 14 years old can participate.

The fishing area will be netted with 2,500 trout. Each child who participates will receive a rod and reel to keep, a hot dog and a goodie bag.

The cost is $10 per child for a 45-minute session. Sessions are held every hour beginning at 8 a.m. The last session begins at 2 p.m.

The event is conducted by Longview Parks and Recreation, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Cowlitz County Game and Anglers club, the Mount St. Helens Bassmasters group, the Lower Columbia Fly Fishers Association and the Coastal Conservation Association. Along with experienced fishermen, people from these groups will instruct and help the participants.

Space is limited to the first 420 children who sign up.

Registration forms are available at the Parks and Recreation office, 2920 Douglas St. or online at www.mylongview.com/r­ecreation. Registration will not be accepted at the event.

For details, or to register by phone, call 360-442-5400.

Save date for Lincoln Day Dinner

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

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

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

Attend the Senior Expo

The 2019 Senior Expo connecting senior citizens, caregivers and their families to community resources, takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at the Cowlitz County Event (Expo) Center, 1900 Seventh Ave., Longview.

The expo is designed to connect senior citizens, caregivers and their families to community resources for better living.

Featured at the event will be a presentation on the importance of having a durable power of attorney and a will established.

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

For details, call Kelli Sweet at 360-501-8365.

Fundraiser to benefit FOSJ

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 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, May 7 and 8, and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 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 Mariners 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.

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

Money raised goes toward medical scholarships, projects at the hospital and employee education.

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

PEO holds garden, home, craft sale

The members of Chapter CO of the PEO Sisterhood's annual Mother's Day Garden Sale takes place in the Floral Building at the Cowlitz Event (Expo) Center, 1900 Seventh Ave., Longview.

Hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9; from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 10; and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11.

Buyers can choose a variety of items including large hanging baskets, unique and unusual planters, birdhouses, vegetable and herb garden planters, shabby chic, painted furniture and more.

Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. There are no early sales.

PEO Chapter CO members created the fundraiser to raise money to support scholarships for young women to further their education.

Cowlitz Chaplaincy holds annual benefit

The annual Cowlitz Chaplaincy Benefit Dinner and Auction takes place Saturday, May 11, at the Cowlitz County Event (Expo) Center, 1900 Seventh Ave., Longview.

The dinner and auction is held in honor of Sheriff Les Nelson whose desire was to support Cowlitz County deputies after the May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens, according the chaplaincy website at www.cowlitzchaplaincy.org.

Since then, the Cowlitz Chaplaincy has expanded to be a "support and encouragement to all first responders and their families in Cowlitz County, notes the website.

The social hour starts at 5:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.

Walk-ins are welcome, especially if people interested in attending email or call ahead of time to let organizers know how many people will attend. The email address is cowlitzchaplaincy@hotmail.com. The phone number is 360-425-7222.

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.

Coin Club holds 51st coin show

The Cowlitz Coin Club of Longview-Kelso is celebrating its 51st annual coin show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the AWPPW Hall, 724 15th Ave., Longview.

Admission, parking and dealer appraisals are all free.

At the show, the public can buy, sell and trade coins, currency, tokens and medals from numerous Pacific Northwest dealers.

Hourly drawings take place, along with raffles for a half-ounce American Gold Eagle coin and five one-ounce American Silver Eagle coins. Winners need not be present to win the raffle coins.

The Cowlitz Coin Club, a member of the American Numismatic Association, is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting, extending and protecting the interests of numismatics and its activities throughout the Pacific Northwest, states a press release from the club. Its goal is to foster and encourage the study of numismatics in all its forms and branches, notes the release.

The Cowlitz Coin Club meets at 7 p.m. the third Saturday of each month at the Kelso Senior Center, 106 N.W. Eighth Ave., Kelso (adjacent to the Kelso Spray Park).

For details about club meetings, email cowlitzcoinclublongv­iew@gmail.com.

Support Kiwanis and attend talent show

The Ninth Annual Got Talent? contest hosted by members of the Kiwanis Club of Kelso begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, in the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1231 Vandercook Way, Longview.

The event features 17 local amateur acts including singing, music and more.

Cash prizes will be awarded in several categories, including small groups, people 12 years old and younger and people 13 years old and older.

Admission to the amateur talent show featuring local people is $12 per person for adults, $10 per person for students or senior citizens and free for children 3 years old and younger.

Tickets are available from Kiwanis members, Key Club members from five local high schools and at the door.

All money raised from the event benefits the local community.

For details, visit kelsolongviewkiwanis@yahoo.com.

Fundraiser, silent auction April 28

A Royal Tea party fundraiser and silent auction to benefit Royal Family KIDS takes place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Youth & Family Link, 907 Douglas St., Longview.

Princesses and superheroes will make a special appearance. Tables will have themes from stories and movies. Guests 13 years old and younger are invited to dress as their favorite characters. Tea and treats will be available. Members of the Luminary Dance Academy will perform. Other activities include face painting, crafts and a fashion show. Photo opportunities will be available along with autographs.

Tickets are $20 per seat or $18 per seat if three or more are bought. No tickets will be available at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Longview Sewing and Kitchen, 1113 Vandercook Way, Longview, from Friday, March 1, through Saturday, April 20, or until they are sold out.

Money raised will benefit the Royal Family KIDS summer camp and mentor club for abused and neglected children in the local foster care system.

For details or ticket information, visit www.CowlitzCounty.RoyalFamilyKIDS.org or call 917-225-7352.

KGC plans guest day, plant sale, lunch

Members of the Kelso Garden Club invite the public to the group's Annual Guest Day and Plant Sale Luncheon starting at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 3, in Central Christian Church, 401 Crawford St., Kelso.

Guest speaker Michele Waite will discuss "The Plants and Flowers of Australia."

Attendees are asked to RSVP by Monday, April 29, by calling Helen Kobelia at 360-423-1350 or sending an email to hck0543@msn.com.

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.

Display your art at CAA show

Local artists are invited to participate in the Columbian Artists Association's 43rd annual juried Spring Art Show, which will be held Friday, May 10, through Thursday, May 23, in the Rose Center for the Performing Arts on the Lower Columbia College campus, 1600 Maple St., Longview.

The show is open to artists 18 years old and older from Cowlitz, Clark, Wahkiakum, Lewis and Pacific counties in Washington; and Clatsop and Columbia counties in Oregon.

Entries must be original two-dimensional and three-dimensional art completed in the last two years and not previously entered in the group's spring show.

Entries will be accepted at the Rose Center from 10 am. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 7.

Work will be judged and awards given.

All work must be picked up between 1 and 3 p.m. Thursday, May 23. The gallery closes at 4 p.m.

Artists can download a prospectus with details regarding rules, categories, sizes, fees, etc., online at columbianartists.org­.

For details, call Janis Newton at 360-423-1073.

Plants for sale at Northlake

A School Garden Plant sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Northlake Elementary School, 2210 Olympia Way, Longview.

Vegetables, flowers, herbs and perennials will be available. Attendees can take tours of the garden and the orchard; and meet the garden rabbits, Sam, Satou and Sorrel.

Watershed Garden Works also will be at the sale offering a variety of native, edible and ornamental plants.

Money raised will support the garden programs at 19 Longview and Kelso schools.

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

Mother’s Day tea at KSC

A Mother's Day Tea takes place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at the Kelso Senior Center, 106 N.W. Eighth Ave., Kelso.

Tea and pastries will be served. Raeann Phillips will perform.

Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the front desk at the senior center.

Organizers recommend people purchase the tickets in advance, but it is not required.

Care for a loved one at home

"Caring for Your Loved One at Home" is the topic of two free seminars sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities of Southwest Washington.

The seminars, open to spouses, partners, adult children and friends caring for loved ones at home, takes place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, May 18 and June 1, at Lower Columbia College. 1600 Maple St., Longview.

"Lifting and Moving Your Loved One" and "Home Safety" will be featured on May 18, and "Challenging Behaviors" and "Legal and Financial Issues" will be featured on June 1.

Space is limited. People interested in attending are asked to register early by calling Information and Assistance at 360-501-8399.

Respite care may be available to people who register by Tuesday, April 30.

Living History programs set

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

The presentations start at 7 p.m. May 18 and June 8 The programs last approximately two hours and consist of dramatic narration and dance presentations of traditional Northwest coast ceremonial masks, according to the foundation's website. Chief Tsungani and the Lelooska family dancers bring each mask to life with its song, dance and story, notes the website.

The cost is $14 per adult and $8 per child 12 years old and younger. Reservations are required.

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

RGC scholarship deadline is May 31

A $500 scholarship is available from the Rainier Garden Club to a Rainier Junior/Senior High School or Rainier home-schooled graduate.

Students must be enrolled in a two- or four-year college, trade school or professional school of their choice; and be pursing a career in the agriculture, forestry, ornithology, protection and conservation of the environment or horticulture related studies.

Students interested in applying for the scholarship are encouraged to pick up an application in the in the counseling office at RJSHS, 28170 Old Rainier Road, Rainier.

For details or to answer questions, search for Rainier Garden Club on Facebook and contact the group through the page.

The application deadline is May 31.

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 or $45 if registered by May 1. The fee for a team of three is $110 or $90 if registered by May 1. The registration fee includes a shirt, lunch, finisher medal and a swag bag.

The first 20 registrants for the race get a gate pass (a $25 value) to the Crafted Beer and Food Festival taking place the same day.

To register, visit www.swimdashsplash.com.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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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