Summer fun at the Kelso library
Children of all ages are invited to track the books they read this summer for fun and prizes. To participate, sign up for the Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program by visiting the Kelso Public Library in the Three Rivers Mall, 351 Three Rivers Drive, Suite 1263, Kelso.
Children of all ages also are invited to participate in free activities around the Libraries Rock! theme.
• Family Events: 10 a.m. Tuesdays through the end of July.
• Story Time and Arts and Crafts: 10 a.m. Thursdays through the end of July.
For details, call the library at 360-423-8110.
Support local school gardens
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, June 20-Aug. 15, fresh harvested goods from all 18 school gardens in the Longview and Kelso areas will be sold at Northlake Elementary School, 2210 Olympia Way, Longview.
Produce also will be sold from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 22 and 29.
The public can purchase fresh-picked fruits, vegetables and flowers. They also can meet the garden rabbits and "see why kids are crazy about growing their own food." People who purchase produce on Wednesday, June 20, will receive a free tomato or pepper plant.
Money raised supports the local school gardens program.
For details, send an email to email@example.com or call 360-431-6725.
Kickoff set for Alzheimer’s walk
Teams of walkers are invited to register in advance and attend the kick-off for the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer's at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at the Canterbury Inn, 1324 Third Ave., Longview.
After registering, walkers are welcome to stay for the 6:30 p.m. presentation, "Living Well With Dementia."
The walk takes place Saturday, Sept. 22, at Lake Sacajawea. Registration for folks who did not register in advance begins at 9 a.m. The walk starts at 10:30 a.m.
In addition, resources will be available for families, caregivers and professionals touched by dementia.
According to a press release, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event that raises awareness and money for Alzheimer's care, support and research.
For details, call 360-423-2200.
Lots to do at CR Senior Center
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 June.
• 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.
• Thursday, June 21: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., commodities distributed; must have valid punch card.
Eagles honor dads with a meal
Fathers will be honored at a dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, June 22, at the Longview Eagles, 1526 12th Ave., Longview.
Aerie fathers can eat free. The cost for all other dads is $6 per person. Karaoke will begin at 8 p.m.
For details, call the Eagles at 360-425-1444.
Pajama Bowl benefits Special Olympics
The third annual Pajama Bowl takes place from 5 to 8 p.m Friday, June 22, at the Triangle Bowl, 700 Triangle Center, Longview.
The cost is $20 per bowler. Door prizes and raffles will be held throughout the evening. Money raised benefits the Longview, Kelso Special Olympics.
Longview School District sponsors summer meals
The Longview School District is sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program for children. Free meals will be available to children attending Longview schools who are 18 years old and younger.
Supervised activities will be offered at Kessler and Northlake elementary schools. For details on the activities, call Longview Parks and Rec at 360-442-5400.
For details on the food program or to volunteer to help, call the Longview School District Nutrition Office at 360-575-7172.
The Summer Food Service Food Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
• Archie Anderson Park (Alabama Street between 21st and 22nd avenues): noon-12:15 p.m. lunch and 2-2:15 p.m. snack; Monday-Fridays through June 29 (closed July 2-6) and July 9-Aug. 17.
• Columbia Valley Gardens Elementary School (2644 30th Ave.): 8:30-8:45 a.m. breakfast and noon-12:15 p.m. lunch Mondays-Fridays, July 9-27.
• Kessler Elementary School (1902 Kessler Blvd.): 8:30-8:45 a.m. breakfast and noon-12:15 p.m. lunch Mondays-Fridays, through Aug. 17 (closed July 4).
• Longview Teen Center (2121 Kessler Blvd.): 3-3:15 p.m. snack; Mondays-Fridays, through Aug. 17.
• Monticello Middle School (1225 28th Ave.): noon-12:15 p.m. lunch, Mondays-Fridays, July 9-27.
• Northlake Elementary School (2210 Olympic Way): 8:30-8:45 a.m. breakfast and noon-12:15 p.m. lunch; Mondays-Fridays, through June 29 (closed July 2-6) and July 9-Aug. 17.
• Olympic Elementary School (1334 30th Ave.): 8:30-8:45 a.m. breakfast and noon-12:15 p.m. lunch Mondays-Fridays, July 9-27, and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Aug. 7-16.
• St. Helens Elementary School (431 27th Ave.): noon-12:15 p.m. lunch, Mondays-Fridays, July 9-27.
Free canning classes at Bob's
Free canning classes take place in June and July in the HomeWorld Department at Bob's Sporting Goods, 1111 Hudson St., Longview.
Terri Emrich and Helen Redmond will lead the classes from 5 to 7 p.m. the following Tuesdays.
• June 26: Tomatoes and Salsa
• July 10: Preserving Meat, Poultry and Seafood
• July 17: Preserving Veggies, Beans and Soups
• July 24: Drying and Dehydrating Fruits and Vegetables
For details, call 360-425-3870 or visit www.bobsmerch.com (and then click on events).
Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s set
Several family-oriented activities take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 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.
• 9 a.m.-noon: bridge; senior citizen photos with Tristan Walczak Photography.
• Noon-1 p.m.: performance by the Happy Ukulele Group.
• 1-3 p.m.: bingo and scrapbooking with Becky Voth (bring one to three pictures to make a scrapbook page).
Coffee, doughnuts and baked goods will be available for purchase throughout the day.
The events are free, but the standard senior center bingo card costs apply to play bingo.
For details, call the senior center at 360-232-8522 and ask for Cam Sutton.
Register for fall outdoor soccer
Online registration for boys and girls 5 years old to 14 years old is being accepted through Monday, July 16, for Longview Soccer Club's fall outdoor recreational soccer.
The cost is $70 per player. Registration forms are available at www.cowlitzyouthsoccer.com/home.php.
Walk-in registration will also be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays, June 23 and July 7, and from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at the Seventh Avenue Park Clubhouse. For players or coach registration questions, call 360-425-6381.
Dance to the
The public is invited to dance to the music of the King Brothers from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at the Moose Lodge, 921 Washington Way, Longview. People do not have to be Moose members 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.
KSD sponsors food program
The Kelso School District is sponsoring a Summer Meals Program for children. Free meals will be available to all children who are 18 years old and younger. Meals for adults cost $3.50 each or $3.85 each with milk. Milk alone costs 35 cents.
For details on the food program, call the food service office at 360-501-1807.
The sites for the meals are as follows:
• Barnes Elementary School (401 Barnes Drive, Kelso): 8-9:15 a.m., breakfast; 11:45 a.m.-a.m.-12:30 p.m. lunch Mondays-Fridays June 25-July 27 (no program July 2-6).
• Kelso High School (1902 Allen St., Kelso): 7:15-8:30 a.m., breakfast; 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. lunch Mondays-Fridays June 25-July 27 (no program July 2-6).
• Wallace Elementary School (410 Elm St., Kelso): 8:15-9 a.m., breakfast; 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. lunch Mondays-Fridays June 25-July 27 (no program July 2-6).
Infectious diseases discussed June 26
Rob Norris will talk about infectious diseases at a Disaster Preparedness class starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, in the Abundant Living Center at the Castle Rock Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7531 Old Pacific Highway N., Castle Rock.
Attendees will learn how to stay safe from the infectious diseases coming into the country as well as the diseases already in the country.
For details, call 360-967-2165.
Learn how to grow dahlias
Teresa Bergman, owner of Cowlitz Dahlias in Castle Rock, will share her tips on how to grow prize-winning dahlias at the Thursday, June 28, meeting of the Longview Garden Club in Grace Lutheran Church, 2725 Dover St., Longview.
The meeting begins at 10 a.m. for club members only. Bergman's talk begins at 11 a.m. and is open to the public.
For details, call Laronna Tucker at 360-425-4391, visit the Longview Garden Club on Facebook or send an email to LVGardenClub2016@gmail.com.
Hiring event at the Longview library
The Longview Public Library and WorkSource are partnering to bring a hiring event from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 28, to the library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.
People are invited to bring a resume and speak to employers that are hiring. Folks who don't have a resume are invited to the library's one-on-one resume building workshop or the WorkSource resume writing classes. WorkSource provides the resume-writing classes at the library the first and third Fridays of each month. For details, call WorkSource at 360-577-2250.
To reserve an individual resume appointment, call the library at 360-442-5300.
To learn what is happening at the library, visit longviewlibrary.org.
Take control of your business
A free presentation about taking a business from ordinary to extraordinary sponsored by the Longview Public Library and the Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce takes place fro 10 to 11:30 am. Thursday, June 28, in the Cowlitz Regional Conference (Expo) Center, 1900 Seventh Ave., Longview.
Chuck Nau will lead an interactive presentation to help business owners grow their businesses with proven strategies, how to start a small business and boost growth and profitability.
Although the event is free, attendees must register in advance by visiting www.kelsolongviewchamber.org.
Money for the program is provided by the Washington State Department of Commerce.
For details, call the Chamber at 360-423-8400, the library at 360-442-5300 or visit longviewlibrary.org.
Fundraiser for girl with cancer
A garden party and dessert extravaganza fundraiser to benefit the Kari Jo Pearson cancer fund takes place fro 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at 145 Apache Place, Kelso. (Two miles up Mount Pleasant Road, follow the signs to the home of Joe and Vickie Jordan.)
The event is free to the public, but donations will be accepted to help with medical bills for the youngster. Items will be raffled.
For details, call Vickie Jordan at 360-423-9636.
Activities set for freedom week
The Kelso Senior Center Association and the Cowlitz Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1045 invite the public to Operation: Freedom Week, a military appreciation event set to take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, June 30-July 2.
Attendance is limited and attendance for military families is free. RSVPs are encouraged and military families who RSVP get a "special package."
• June 30: USO Dance; admission is $5 per person or $7.50 per couple.
• July 1: Movie Night; admission is free; concessions available to buy.
• July 2: Patriotic Bingo; admission is free; bingo cards are four for $3.
For details or to RSVP, contact KSCA program manager Katie Sutton-Smith by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 503-395-5427.
New pastor at local church
The Rev. Jeremiah Peck is the new pastor at the Lexington Bible Fellowship, 99 Garden St., Kelso.
He has served churches in Oregon and Washington since 2005.
An official installation service takes place at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 1, at the church with a reception for him and his family held afterward.
The public is invited.
Care for loved one at home
"Caring for Your Loved One at Home" is the topic of a free class sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities of Southwest Washington.
The class, open to spouses, partners, adult children and friends caring for loved ones at home, takes place from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, July 3, 10, 24, 31 and Aug. 2, at the Canterbury Inn, 1324 Third Ave., Longview.
Skills reviewed include lifting and moving a loved one, home safety, managing medications, nutrition, challenging behaviors, legal and financial issues, community resources and the importance of self-care.
To register, call 360-501-8399.
Sign up for free workshop
A Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop takes place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July 18-Aug. 22, at the Cowlitz Tribal Health Clinic, 1044 11th Ave., Longview.
The workshop is designed for people with ongoing health conditions. Each class in the series builds o the previous class to help attendees set goals, make plans and improve their lives.
Participants will learn how to deal with pain and fatigue, work better with their doctors, decrease their frustrations, improve communication, relax their minds and bodies, eat healthfully and regain control of their lives.
The program is free. Space is limited.
To register, call 360-577-4929.
Kelso class of ’53 plans its reunion
Members of the Kelso High School class of 1953 are holding the group's 65-year class reunion Wednesday, July 25, at Jocile's Place, 808 Mount Pleasant Road, Carrolls.
A social time with snacks starts at noon. Attendees are asked to bring their own beverages. A sit-down lunch will be served later in the afternoon. There is no charge for the lunch, but donations will be accepted.
Handicap parking is available. Valet parking also is available for folks who drive to the garage entry on Primrose (grassy parking space, second driveway in the field for cars and RVs).
People who don't drive can have a grandchild, son, daughter or friend drive them, who are welcome to attend the event. If local transportation is needed, call Jocile at 360-423-1982.
In addition, folks who plan to attend also are asked to call Jocile.
RAL class of ’78 sets reunion date
Memberso f the R.A. Long High School class of 1978 will hold their 40-year class reunion at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Monticello Hotel, 1405 17th Ave., Longview.
The cost is $50 per person.
For details, call Angela (Erstad) Perry at 360-982-9347 or Ann Little at 360-355-2811.
MM class of ’68 plans reunion
Members of the Mark Morris High School class of 1968 will hold their 50-year class reunion the weekend of Aug. 17 and 18.
On Friday, Aug. 17, classmates will have a casual gathering in the Sports Bar at the Red Lion Hotel, 510 Kelso Drive, Kelso.
At 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, the reunion takes place in the ballroom of the Red Lion.
Organizers are looking for missing addresses for several classmates. Anyone with information on these people is asked to call Pam Logsdon (Wicht) at 206-915-8342 or Bobbi Tressler (Klingberg) at 360-751-4600.
Missing classmates are James Armstrong, Brian Bell, Gregory Brooks, Patrick Butler, Rick Chapman, Sharon Clements, Cheryl Cram, Maren Davidson, Richard Groom, Ron Hawthorne, Lynette Hays, Dale Hibl, Robin Huntala, Robert F. Hunt, Patsy Hutchins, Mary Ingram, Carol Jones, Gregg Jones, Leta Leggett, Vicky McBeain, Mary Montoya, Susan Quackenbush, Jeanne Reynolds, Clinton Rippee, Natalie Shaver, Patricia Smith, Rose Smith, Rebecca Spillers, Joe Timmreck, Jean Van Haverbeke, Betty Waddell, Sandra Wesley, Rachel Williams and Warren Williams.
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.
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.
Relay team needs bean bag chairs
The Cancer Crushers/Key for the Cure Relay for Life team needs bean bag chairs.
One of the team's responsibilities at the August Relay for Life is the Teen Tent where any teens participating in the walk can hang out, eat and watch movies.
Anyone who has a bean bag chair they would like to donate for the event can drop it off between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at Three Rivers Christian School, 2441 42nd Ave., Longview.
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.
Take yoga at senior center
Yoga classes taught by PJ Enbusk take place from 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Fridays at the Kelso Senior Center, 106 N.W. Eighth Ave., Kelso.
Attendees should wear comfortable clothing and bring a bottle of water.
The classes are free to Kelso Senior Center members and cost $1 per class for non-members.
For details, call the center at 360-232-8522.
Book helps ID tree species
"What Tree Is That?" is a book offered through the Arbor Day Foundation to help people identify trees through a simple step by step process.
What to look for in tree shapes; arrangement of the leaves; differences in the leaf stalks and specific characteristics of fruit, flowers, bud and bark are explored in the book.
To obtain a full color book, send name, address and $5 for each book to What Tree Is that?, Arbor day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska city, NE 68410. An online interactive version also is available at arborday.org.
— The Daily News