Join nonprofit, get free trees

Everyone who joins the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation by the end of September will receive 10 free Arizona cypress, 10 live oak or 10 mixed trees (eastern redbud, white pine, sugar maple, white flowering dogwood, pink oak, red maple, river birch, silver maple, northern red oak and Colorado blue spruce), depending on their location as part of the foundation's Trees for America campaign. The 6- to 12-inch trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10. They are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge, states a press release from the foundation. Easy-to-follow planting instructions are enclosed with each shipment.

New members of the Arbor Day Foundation also receive "The Tree Book," which includes information about tree planting and care; and "Arbor Day," the Foundation's bimonthly publication.

To receive the 10 free trees, send a $10 contribution to Arbor Day Foundation, Ten Trees, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Sept. 30 or visit arborday.org/september.

Kelso library offers guest story times

In celebration of National Library Card Sign-up Month and Banned Books Week, special guest story times will be presented by local police officers and firemen from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Kelso Public Library in the Three Rivers Mall, 351 Three Rivers Drive, Suite 1263, Kelso.

The public is invited to the celebration that also includes photo opportunities and to see firetrucks.

Pomona Grangers meet in Kelso

The next meeting of the Cowlitz Pomona Grange is Saturday, Sept. 21, at Pleasant Hill Grange, 4741 Pleasant Hill Road, Kelso.

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

The Pomona Grangers project for September is to donate canned foods.

Benefit for Alzheimer’s

The public is invited to help raise awareness and money for the Southwest Washington Alzheimer's Association by participating in the Forget Me Not Walk and Silent Auction starting at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Monticello Park Senior Living, 605 Broadway, Longview.

After the walk, participants are invited to attend a reception featuring appetizers, music provided by Marianne Fleming and a silent auction.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required by calling 360-575-1778.

Walk medals and water bottle gifts are available while supplies last to the first people who register.

Kelso Garden Club meets

Members of the Kelso Garden Club will meet starting with a 9:30 a.m. business metting Friday, Sept. 20, in the daylight basement of Central Christian Church, 401 Crawford St., Kelso.

At 11 a.m., Pat Huson and Ginny Koken will discuss "Putting Your Garden to Bed." The two women are longtime, experienced gardeners.

Snacks with coffee and tea will be served at about 10:30 a.m.

Guests are welcome.

POW and MIA honored

Toutle Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post and Auxiliary members are holding a ceremony to honor Prisoners of War (POW) and people missing in action (MIA) at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at the VFW hall, 101 Hansen Road, Toutle.

The public is invited.

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 , 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.

Attend trunk sale in Cathlamet

A trunk sale takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at the Elochoman Marina, 500 S. Second St., Cathlamet.

The public is welcome to shop; and purchase food from Maria's Taco Stand, snacks from KCC Treats and beer from River Mile 38 Brewing Co. People also can shop at the Farmers Market.

The cost for people who want to "sell out of their trunk" is $10 per car. Trailers are welcome.

For details or to book a spot, call Mackenzie at 360-849-9401 or send an email to Port1j@cni.net.

CR SDA Church hosts program

The Good Life featuring Karen Hamilton takes place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22, at the Castle Rock Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7531 Old Pacific Highway N., Castle Rock.

The event starts at 11 a.m. with The Ultimate Shortcut to Health. Afterward, a potluck takes place along with a morning message. The 2 p.m. program is The Power of the Mind.

On Sept. 22, several topics will be covered from 10 a.m to 2 p.m., including Natural Remedies, Fitness, Hydration, Nutrition, Hydrotherapy, Oxygen, Sleep and Massage.

A light lunch will be provided.

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

Kelso class of ’64 holds reunion

Members of the Kelso High School class of 1964 are holding their 55-year class reunion

Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Kelso -Longview Elks, 900 Ash St. Kelso.

All classmates are invited.

A no-host social hour starts at 5 p.m. The buffet dinner starts at 6 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m. After the program, music will be provided by the King Brothers.

For details, call Frances Stewart Paul at 360-423-4946.

Touch extreme machines, more

The fourth annual family-centered Extreme Machines event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, in the parking field on Seventh Avenue across from the Cowlitz County Expo Center, 1900 Seventh Ave., Longview.

Attendees will have the opportunity to see construction, emergency, logging, service and other machines such as fire trucks, buses, tractors, race cars, log loaders, a street sweeper, a SWAT vehicle and military vehicles.

Special attractions are the Oscar Mayer weiner mobile and helicopters.

People can pick up and drop a log with and excavator and can also drive a dozer.

The event is free, but donations will be accepted with money raised used to support the Longview Parks and Recreation out-of-school program scholarship fund.

Sponsors for the event include Five Rivers Construction and P.R. Worth Inc., with support from Lakeside Industries, Peterson Cat, the Port of Longview, Lower Columbia Contractors Association, the Cowlitz County Public Utilities Council, the Cowlitz PUD and United Site Services.

For details, call Longview Recreation at 360-442-5400.

Help Nelson celebrate 90th

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Castle Rock resident Myron Nelson's 90th birthday from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Castle Rock Senior Center, 222 Second Ave., Castle Rock.

Food, cake and coffee will be served. It is asked that people do not bring gifts.

Nelson was born to Nels and Hazel Nelson in Superior, Wisc., on Sept. 24, 1929.

He graduated from high school in Superior. He received a bachelor of science degree from Superior State University and a master of arts in school administration from California State University-Los Angeles.

He worked for the Rosemead School District in Rosemead, Calif., for 31 years as a teacher, principal, director of federal funds and assistant superintendent.

He also worked part time for the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation department from 1955 to 1964; was a part-time instructor at Pepperdine University from 1967 to 1974; and from 1987 to 1999, he was a substitute teacher for the Longview School District.

He served in the Army from 1952 to 1954, five months at Fort Ord, Calif., and 18 months in Mainz, Germany.

He married Mary Sterling on Aug. 21, 1954. The couple have three children, David Nelson, Becky Hurtley and Pamela Sterling. The Nelsons also have four grandchildren.

Nelson has traveled extensively taking cruises to Alaska, visiting the Panama Canal, Hawaii, Germany, Scandinavian countries (including Sweden), Switzerland, France, Canada and 48 of the United States.

He volunteered with AARP for 19 years, teaching the 55 Alive classes, and at  the Castle Rock Senior Center, where he has been president for 14 years. This month marks the 15th year of the senior center's Bridging the Generations program where high school students serve hot lunches at the senior center. He also has served on various City of Castle Rock committees and has volunteered at several retirement homes.

Nelson also has received numerous awards and honors including lifetime membership in the California Parent Teacher Association, Producer of the Year at the Longview cable access channel KLTV, was twice named Citizen of the Year, was Grand Marshal at the Castle Rock Parade, received the Community Leadership Award from the Washington Association of School Administrators and from the California School Administrators, received the First Rock Award from the City of Castle Rock, was Citizen of the Day in Rosemead, and was named Washington State Volunteer of the Year.

’23 Club annual dinner is Oct. 7

The ’23 Club's annual dinner meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 7, in the St. Rose Parish Center, 2571 Nichols Blvd., Lognview.

Fellowship begins at 5 p.m. with a viewing of artifacts from the R.A. Long history room as presented by Helene Watson. Hors d'oeuvres will be served by chef Hayden Evans with dinner served promptly at 6:30 p.m.

The program, "On the Docks," presented by Jeff Wilson, is bout the early history of the Port of Longview.

The cost is $16 per person and reservations must be received before Monday, Sept. 23.

For details, visit the group's Facebook page, website (longview23club.org), send an email to Wilsonjjttmsn.com or call Cal at 360-423-9652.

Alzheimer’s support group meets

The Washington State Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association provides monthly support groups throughout the state for people caring for someone with memory loss.

The group is a place for people to learn, share and gain support from other people who also are on the journey of providing care for a person with memory loss.

Meetings are held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month in Conference Room 6A at the Kaiser Permanente Longview/Kelso Medial Office, 1230 Seventh Ave., Longview.

For details, call Dawn Morgan at 360-261-2612 or the 24/7 help line at 1-800-272-3900.

Book discussion group gathers

The American Association of University Women book discussion group will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Porcelain Rose, 5612 Ocean Beach Highway, Longview.

Attendees will discuss "The Friend," by Sigrid Nunez, "a moving story of love, friendship, grief, healing and the magical bond between a woman and her dog," according to a press release submitted to The Daily News.

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

Anyone interested in the books or in AAUW is welcome.

For details, call 360-636-2433.

Swim at Kelso’s Gaither Pool

The fall 2019 schedule has been announced for swim lessons at Gaither Pool at Kelso High School, 1904 Allen St., Kelso.

The pool is open through Saturday, Nov. 23.

• Exercise Class/Lap Swim: 5:30-7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. (No classes Nov. 7 and 11.).

• Recreational/Open Swim: noon-2 p.m. Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5, 19 and 26, and Nov. 2, 16 and 23.

• Rentals:2-8 p.m. Saturdays; $50 per hour for up to 30 swimmers. Call the pool office at 360-501-1855 to schedule a rental.

• Admission prices: Regular, $3.50; Kelso School District staff and students, $2; senior citizens (55 years old and older) and military, $2.50; adult fall/winter fall season pass, $100; child, senior citizen, military fall/winter season pass, $85; and Kelso employees fall/winter pass, $75.

Weyerhaeuser Pulp Retirees hold luncheon

Weyerhaeuser Pulp Retirees members are holding their annual luncheon at 1 p.m. Thursday,

CCDW meet on Sept. 25

The Cowlitz County Democratic Women will meet Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Kelso Senior Center, 106 N.W. Eighth Ave, Kelso.

A buffet lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m. with the meeting starting at noon. Attendees can meet local candidates and learn about them.

Everyone is welcome to the meeting.

, at Sizzler restaurant, 936 Ocean Beach Highway, Longview.

People who plan to attend are asked to RSVP to Ken and Linda Scott at 360-425-9779 or Elvina Baldwin at 360-577-8537.

Get a burger, watch a game

Hamburger feeds sponsored by Knights of Columbus members take place before the Kelso Hilander home football games from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Fridays, Sept. 27, Oct. 11 and Nov. 1 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 2200 Allen St., Kelso.

The menu at each gathering includes hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken patties or hot dogs with baked beans, potato salad, chips, a brownie; and a choice of soda, coffee or tea.

The cost is by donation. Proceeds will benefit youth activities and charities.

Free parking will be offered at the church so people can eat and walk to the game.

Donate blankets, stuffed animals

The OPR Coastal Primate Sanctuary of Longview is holding a blanket and stuffed animal drive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Walmart at 3715 Ocean Beach Highway, Longview.

People area asked to donate new and used blanket along with stuffed animals to help the group's monkeys.

For details, call Hillina at 562-673-8484.

Dinner and silent auction benefits CCSR

A dinner and silent auction to raise money to finish furnishing Cowlitz County Search & Rescue's new command trailer takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Cowlitz County Event Center, 1900 Seventh Ave., Longview.

Tickets are $50 per person, or a $80 per couple.

To buy tickets, visit www.cowlitzsar.org.

Cat Fanciers hold show

The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) is sponsoring the Seattle Cat Club/Grandview Cat Fanciers 6-ring cat show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Cowlitz County Exposition Center, 1900 Seventh Ave., Longview.

There will be more than 100 cats from 25 different breeds judged against each other for the best of show. In addition, there will be a feline agility competition.

Admission prices are $5 general admission, $3 for students and senior citizens, $10 families and free for children younger than 5 years old. Parking is free. Vendors will be on hand with a range of items for humans and felines. Products made in the Pacific Northwest will be available. Food also will be available to purchase.

Child screenings for youngsters

Free developmental screening services for 3- to 5-year-olds take place for residents in the Kelso School District on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Catlin Elementary School, 404 Long Ave., Kelso.

Children will be screened in hearing, vision, speech/language, social/emotional, life skills, concepts and motor skills. Results are confidential. Appointments are required.

Birth to 3-year-old screenings also are available. If interested, call to set up a screening.

For details or to make an appointment, call 360-501-1593.

Service for grievers

PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center chaplains will conduct a "Service of Remembrance" at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Longview Memorial Park, 5050 Mount Solo Road, Longview.

The service is for all families grieving the loss of a child.

The annual service is provided by PeaceHealth St. John Spiritual Care Services, PeaceHealth St. John's Birth Center, and Longview Memorial Park.

For details, call PeaceHealth Spiritual Care at 360-414-7575.

WFR Local 3 meets Oct. 3

Cowlitz County District 2 commissioner Denis Weber is the guest speaker at the 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, meeting of the Western Federation of Retirees Local 3 (Fibre/KapStone/Westrock) in the AWPPW Local 153 Hall, 724 15th Ave., Longview. Attendees are asked to use the rear entrance of the building from 14th Avenue.

Hourly and salaried attendees are welcome.

Coffee and doughnuts will be provided by Fibre Federal Credit Union.

FOWCL plan a book sale

Friends of Woodland Community Library will hold a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Woodland Community Center, 782 Park St., Woodland (across from Woodland Middle School and next to the Woodland Community Library).

Children's book prices range from 25 cents to $1 each.

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Mass market books are 50 cents each. Hard cover and trade paperback books are $1 each, and media items are two for $1.

According to organizers, a large number of children's books and materials for home schoolers are available.

Money raised will go toward library activities and support of a future library.

For details, call the library at 360-225-2294.

Relay team raising funds

Members of the Crusaders Relay for Life team are hosting a smoked prime rib dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Longview Eagles, 1526 12th Ave., Longview.

A cancer survivor will speak. Raffle prizes will be awarded and a 50/50 drawing will be held.

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

For tickets, call Darlene at 360-660-5901 or the Eagles at 360-425-1444. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Money raised benefits the American Cancer Society.

Sew fabric pumpkins

Two free workshops on sewing fabric holiday pumpkins take place at 2 and at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at the Kelso Public Library in the Three Rivers Mall, 351 Three Rivers Drive, Suite 1263, Kelso.

A supply list is available on the library website at www.kelso.gov/library or people can pick up a list at the library.

Space is limited. To register, call the library at 360-423-8110.

Free estate planning session

A free Estate Planning Question and Answer Session takes place t 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at the Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.

Brian Bault, an estate planning attorney with Walstead Mertsching will lead the informational session open to the public.

For details, call the library at 360-442-5300 or visit www.longviewlibrary.com.

Register for free family programs

Free eight-session Strengthening Families programs for parents/caregivers and their children 10 to 14 years old will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays (Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19 and 26) at Monticello Middle School, 1225 28th Ave., Longview.

The classes are limited to five to 12 families. Dinners each night will be provided along with supervised 4-H activities for children 3 to 9 years old.

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 program is sponsored by the Washington State University Cowlitz County Extension Service.

The registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 4. For details or to register, contact coordinator Ramona Leber at 360-261-3971 or sfpwsucowlitz@hotmail.com.

Learn how to keep bees

A four-week workshop on beekeeping sponsored by the Washington State University Extension office will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 7-28, at the Cowlitz County Training Center, 1942 First Ave., Longview.

The workshop is designed to introduce beekeeping to novice beekeepers and provide a comprehensive refresher course for experienced beekeepers.

Topics include bee biology, equipment, seasonal management requirements, identification and management of pests, and honey removal and processing.

The cost is $40 per person and includes one additional family member for free.

Class size is limited to 30 people.

For details or to register, contact Lisa Huckleberry at 360-577-3014, extension 0, or huckleberryl@co.cowlitz.wa.us.

Church hosts security event

Church safety and security is the focus of a day of training Thursday, Oct. 10, at Calvary Community Church, 2655 38th Ave., Longview.

The Shepherd's watch Safe and Secure Church Training, developed by current and former law enforcement members. The training is intended for church security teams and church leaders who want to develop and improve their safety and security plans.

Topics covered include how to determine the church's biggest potential liabilities and risks, hands-on learning through live scenarios and role-playing exercises, performing a risk assessment and identifying ways to mitigate, and best practices for ongoing training opportunities for security team members.

Churches interested in participating in the training are asked to visit group.com/securitytraining.

For details, call Craig Cable at 970-292-4697 or send him an email to ccable@group.com.

Tables for rent at garage sale

Members of the Mary-Martha Circle at Faith Family Christian Center are sponsoring a garage sale Saturday, Oct. 12, in the gym of the church, 2203 38th Ave., Longview. A bake sale also takes place.

Tables 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 food boxes for needy families. The group is planning on giving out 30 boxes that contain a turkey, cans of vegetables (corn and green beans), cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, gravy mix, canned yams, rolls, margarine, a pumpkin pie, Cool Whip, peanut butter and milk.

The group also accepts donated food items.

Boxes are delivered the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

To rent a table or to make a donation, call Dodie at 360-751-1653.

Living History programs set

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

According to the Lelooska Foundation website, the Living History performances are set in the fire-lit replica of a Kwa'kwaka'wakw ceremonial house and consist of dramatic narrative and dance presentations of traditional Northwest Coast ceremonial masks.

Chie Tsungani and the Lelooska Family dancers bring each mask to life with song and dance.

The performances also are open to school groups, but because of the length of the performances, they are not recommended for students younger than in second grade.

The grounds open at 5:30 p.m. along with the Lelooska Museum. The performances start at 7 p.m. Oct. 12, Nov. 2 and 30. Other performances are at 7 p.m. May 9 and June 30 in 2020. Dates are subject to change.

Reservations are necessary.

The cost is $14 per person for adults and $8 per person for children 12 years old and younger.

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

Evaluate mason bee cocoons

Washington State University Extension Master Gardener Billie Bevers will discuss how to evaluate mason bee cocoons for disease at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in the Cowlitz County Training Center, 1942 First Ave., Longview.

During the spring and summer other bees, diseases and parasites can invade mason bee nests. The hands-on active class will show people how to identify what is in mason bee tubes and blocks. Cocoons will be available at the class to evaluate.

In addition, information on overwintering the bees and creating containers for their long sleep will be presented.

Attendees should bring questions and a paper bag to carry home cocoons.

The class, sponsored by the Washington State University Extension, costs $10 per person with the money collected at the class that is limited to 30 people.

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

VFW breakfast fundraiser set

The public is invited to a fundraiser breakfast sponsored by the Cowlitz Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary No. 1045 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the VFW Hall, 4311 Ocean Beach Highway, Longview.

The menu includes eggs cooked to order, sausage links, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, French toast, toast, coffee, orange juice and water.

The cost is $6 per person. Money raised will be used to support the various VFW programs that help veterans and their families.

Arts, crafts fair in Ryderwood

The 15th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18 and 19, in Ryderwood.

The two large rooms of the Community Hall at 305 Morse St., will be filled with vendors offering a variety of hand-crafted products.

"Grandma's Kitchen" bake sale takes place in the building's kitchen.

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

Vendors interested in participating can get a registration from online at ryderwood.org and then click on "What's Happening?" or call Sharon at 360-749-3702.

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

Time to submit Halloween info

A roundup of Halloween events will be published in The Daily News Oct. 24.

Groups should submit information to Halloween Roundup, The Daily News, P.O. Box 189, Longview, WA 98632; email information to frontdoor@tdn.com or fax it to 360-577-2538. No information will be taken by phone.

The deadline is 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21.

Include the name of the event; the time, date and place; who is sponsoring the event; the cost, if applicable; and any other details.

Help support cancer center

Toutle Lake High School volleyball team members will host their annual Pink Out night Thursday, Oct. 24, when they host the Winlock Cardinals.

People who attend the game are encouraged to wear pink and donate money.

The money raised will benefit the Lower Columbia Regional Cancer Center.

Family Fun Night set for Oct. 24

A Family Fun Night sponsored by Youth and Family Link takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Youth and Family Link, 907 Douglas St., Longview.

The free event, for all ages, features a visit from OMSI. Candy and prizes will be available. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.

For details, call 360-423-6741.

Sign up to be a Master Gardener

Master Gardener volunteer training takes place once a week on Fridays from Jan. 24 through June 12.

Anyone who enjoys gardening can receive 60 hours of classroom and hands-on activities.

No prior gardening experience is needed. As a Master Gardener Volunteer Community Educator, people will share reliable gardening information and environmentally sustainable gardening techniques with adults and children in the community, according to a press release from the Washington State University Cowlitz County Extension service.

The training is designed to help students become acquainted with horticultural topics and learning to use resources to find answers to gardening questions asked by our community. The training is open book. Nothing will need to be memorized.

The fee for the training is $150 per person, plus a volunteer commitment of 90 hours of on-the-job internship over two years while working with other volunteers on Master Gardener projects and workshops.

For people who don't want the volunteer commitment, the fee is $250.

For details, call 360-577-3014, extension 8.

Rent senior center hall

The main hall at the Kelso Senior Center, 106 N.W. Eighth Ave., Kelso, is available for rent by the public.

The cost is $35 per hour.

For details or to rent the hall, call 360-232-8522.

Rainier teens hold fundraiser

An online fundraiser is being held to benefit the Rainier Junior Senior High School History Club.

People can purchase magazines such as People, All You, TIME, Sports Illustrated and more at up to 85 percent off. Or, get exclusive offers on Restaurant.com eCertificates.

Every purchase made earns the club up to 40 percent of the sale.

To participate, visit https://bit.ly/2YLuA7I.

For details, call Andrew Demko, History Club adviser, at 503-556-4215.

Host families being sought

Local host families are being sought by ASSE International Student Exchange Programs for male and female students 15 to 18 years old from a variety of countries, including Spain, Germany, Thailand, Denmark, Portugal, South Korea, France and Norway, to name a few.

Couples, single parents and families with and without children living in the home are encouraged to be hosts and can choose to host students for a semester or for the entire school year.

Each ASSE student has pocket money for personal expenses and expects to contribute to his/her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles, according to a press release from ASSE.

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

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 Colleen Cramer, volunteer coordinator, for Make-A-Wish Alaska and Longview at 206-623-5300 or email her at ccramer@akwa.wish.org.

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.

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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