Buy produce from local school gardens
The Lower Columbia School Gardens are gearing up for a busy and bountiful summer.
Organic produce harvested from several Kelso and Longview school gardens is sold from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, through July 31, and Aug. 21 and 28, at Northlake Elementary School, 2210 Olympia Way, Longview. A night market also takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 and 14.
The sale is open to the public and money raised supports local school garden programs.
The public also is invited to visit and participate in weekly “open gardens” at area schools. Activities vary by school, but generally include helping with planting, weeding, watering and other garden chores, weekend work parties, Friday in the Fields, construction projects and more.
A complete schedule is online at www.LCschoolgardens.org.
In addition, volunteers, children and families can adopt a garden for a week, volunteer to make pizzas at the Concerts at the Lake on July 18, 25 and Aug. 1; can help at the Most Excellent and Special Evening Produce and Pizza Sale at Northlake Elementary School on Aug. 7; and can help with the school gardens booth at Squirrel Fest on Aug. 18.
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, July 19, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 20, in the back room of the library at 137 Cowlitz St. W., Castle Rock.
The cost is $4 per grocery bag.
For details, call 360-274-6961.
Help build a library
On Saturday, July 20, a percentage of all sales at the Woodland Burgerville, 1120 Lewis River Road, Woodland, will go the the Friends of Woodland Commnity Library Building Campaign.
The Woodland Burgerville has been a generous partner of the Friends of the Woodland Library, according to a press release.
A new library would provide needed amenities including more space, materials and resources; ADA accessibility; improved technology; and more for the community, notes the release.
The Friends of the Woodland Community Library are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization operating under the umbrella of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation.
Solid Rock Cruisers car show set for July 20
The annual Solid Rock Cruisers car show starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at Calvary Community Church, 2655 38th Ave., Longview (north of the Walmart store on Ocean Beach Highway).
Car participants should line up at 7:30 a.m. to register. The fee is $20 per car. Registration for teen participants is free. Public admission also is free.
Participant bags and dash plaques will be given to the first 150 entrants. More than 60 trophies will be awarded.
Activities for the event include raffles, games and music.
Members of the Rotary Club of Kelso throughout the day will sell hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks.
Money raised from the show will benefit local nonprofit organizations and will be used for scholarships. Last year, the club awarded money to FISH of Cowlitz County, Community House on Broadway, Luggage of Love, Fostering Together, the Janus "Teen Homeless" Project, the Caring Pregnancy Center, the Cowlitz Chaplaincy and Faithful Servants.
Money also went toward scholarships for local high school graduates who planned to attend Lower Columbia College.
The car club is a non-profit 501(c)7 organization.
For details, call Tom Gunn at 360-577-1807 or 360-423-1237.
Dinner, raffle, silent auction
A dinner, raffle and silent auction to benefit Averie Dunn takes place starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Moose Lodge, 921 Washington Way, Longview.
Averie was diagnosed with leukemia April 11 of this year and has begun intensive chemotherapy treatments at Randall's Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland.
Money raised will go toward helping Averie's parents, Geoff and Jayne Dunn, pay medical bills.
For people who can't attend the fundraiser, but who would like to donate, a bank account has been opened for the Dunn family at Red Canoe Credit Union. The account is under Jaynie Dunn, listed under Averie's Donation Account.
Free Soup’s On lunch in Kelso
A Soup's On event takes place Saturday, July 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 free plant-based cooking class
Carolyn Winchell will present a free plant-based cooking class from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 22, in the Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.
Winchell will focus on why and how people might want to implement plant-based cooking into their diets for potential health and environmental benefits.
She will demonstrate plant-based cooking techniques and attendees can sample some of the recipes that they can use at home.
Registration is required because the class size is limited.
To register or for details, call the library at 360-442-5300.
Book discussion group gathers
The American Association of University Women book discussion group will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at Porcelain Rose, 5612 Ocean Beach Highway, Longview. Attendees will discuss "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency," by Alexander McCall Smith.
The book follows Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective who navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom and good humor — not to mention the occasional cup of tea, 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 a 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.
School supplies needed
For years, Kelso barber and Castle Rock resident Bill Ammons has been collecting and donating school supplies to school students in Cowlitz County.
School supplies can be dropped off between 1 and 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays through August at Ammons' Pacific Barber Shop, 308 S. Pacific Ave., Kelso.
To find out what is needed, call Ammons at 360-274-7811.
Books sold on Tuesdays through July 23
During the free Summer Reading Events at the Kelso Public Library (in the Three Rivers Mall, 351 Three Rivers Drive, Suite 1263, Kelso), quality new and gently used children's books will be sold at 3 p.m. Tuesdays through July 23.
All money raised will be used for the library's children's programs.
VFW holds garage sale
Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 1045 are holding a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2 and 3, at the VFW, 4311 Ocean Beach Highway, Longview.
Donations of cash and canned food items are welcome.
In addition, the public is invited to rent a tables. The cost is $10. To rent a table call Marilyn at 503-559-4455 and leave a message.
Class on disaster preparedness
Cowlitz County Deputy Sheriff Nate Hockett will talk about "Family Preparedness and Planning" at a free Disaster Preparedness class at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the Castle Rock Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7531 Old Pacific Highway N., Castle Rock.
For details, call 360-967-2165.
Learn about bonsai basics
Heather Gawlick will discuss bonsai basics from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, in the auditorium of the Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.
The event is free and registration is not required.
According to information from the City of Longview, Gawlick has been a bonsai enthusiast for about 25 years, practicing her art in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; and in Longview.
Along with a demonstration, she will explain the different styles and shapes of bonsai, the type of plant stock beginners should try and how to start a bonsai at home.
For details, call the library at 360-442-5300.
Pop-up museum under Kelso bridge
The Children's Discovery Museum is being taken outside for a water-based Science Sunday "pop-up" Museum from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, under the Allen Street Bridge at 203 S. Pacific Ave., Kelso.
Water-based games and mobile exhibits will be featured along with opportunities to learn about water and a visit form Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue.
The event is presented by the Children's Discovery Museum in partnership with the City of Kelso and the Kelso Downtown Revitalization Association (KDRA).
For details, contact Dawn Morgan, executive director of the Children's Discovery Museum by calling 360-261-4612 or sending an email to email@example.com.
Kalama High School 50-year reunion set
Members of the Kalama High School class of 1969 are holding a 50-year class reunion on Aug. 17.
For details on the reunion, call or text classmates Dan at 360-870-5397, Kris at 503-318-2686 or Patti at 541-399-6699.
Back to School Bash is Aug. 17
The Woodland School District's annual Back to School Bash takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Woodland High School, 1500 Dike Access Road, Woodland.
The event is coordinated with the sponsorship from local churches.
Students will receive a free backpack filled with school supplies. In addition, students and families from the Woodland, Kalama and La Center (Wash.) school districts can enjoy games and activities, receive prizes and eat a free dinner.
Approximately 2,000 students, parents, guardians and community members attended the 2018 Back to School Bash, according to a press release from the Woodland School District. More than 700 backpacks were handed out at the event and another 66 were handed out the week after the bash from the Woodland Public Schools Family Community Resource Center (FCRC).
Around 175 community members volunteered to help manage the activities and events.
Lay counseling sessions offered
New clients are being accepted this month and in August at the Lay Counseling Clinic.gf
Ten free one-hour sessions are offered with a trained counselor. The counselors are supervised by a professional psychologist.
Appointments are available for individuals and couples. To schedule an appointment, call Elizabeth Jacobsen at 360-423-6380 or at 360-577-1059.
The Lay Counseling Clinic is in the basement of Longview Community Church, 2323 Washington Way in Longview.
Garage, yard sale guidelines
The city of Longview is reminding residents garage sales are regulated activities even though they don't require a permit. Garage sales, estate sales, yard sales and/or moving sales are allowed within city limits without a permit if they abide by the following requirements:
• Each sales event is limited to four consecutive days, and goods must be removed from public view between sales. Residents may host sales at their homes for up to 20 days total per year.
• Sales may operate only between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.
• No merchandise or goods may be offered that aren't owned or used by the people hosting the sale.
• No more than four residences may combine merchandise.
• Garage sale signs may not be placed more than six blocks or 2,400 feet from the sale site, within the right-of-way without the adjoining property owners' permission, within the right-of-way along a state route (such as Ocean Beach Highway, aka, State Route 4; First and Third avenues; Industrial Way; Tennant Way; etc.). Signs are not allowed on utility poles, trees, medians or other devices in the public right-of-way.
• Sale signs may be put up two days before the event and must be removed within 24 hours after the event ends. Failure to do so can result in a civil fine.
For details, call the city Code Compliance Division at 360-442-5093 between 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
Free meals for children
The Woodland School District is sponsoring a free summer meals program for local children 18 years old and younger.
Meals will be served at the following location:
• Woodland Middle School cafeteria (755 Park St.): 8:30-9 a.m. breakfast, 11:30 am.-12:30 p.m. lunch Mondays-Fridays, through Aug. 16
For details, call Stacy Brown at 360-841-2715.
LSD sponsors summer meals
The Longview School District is sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program for children. Free meals will be available to children 18 years old and younger who attend Longview schools.
Supervised activities will be offered at Kessler and Northlake elementary schools, Monticello Middle School, the Teen Center and Archie Anderson Park.
For details on the activities, call Longview Parks and Rec at 360-442-5400.
For details on the food program or to volunteer to help, call the Longview School District Nutrition Office at 360-575-7172.
The Summer Food Service Food Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
• Archie Anderson Park (Alabama Street between 21st and 22nd avenues): noon-12:15 p.m. lunch and 3:30-3:45 p.m. snack; Mondays-Thursdays through Aug. 6; Rick Traynor, 360-575-7175.
• Kessler Elementary School (1902 Kessler Blvd.): 8:30-8:45 a.m. breakfast and noon-12:15 p.m. lunch Mondays-Fridays through Aug. 16; Rick Traynor, 360-575-7175.
• Longview Teen Center (2121 Kessler Blvd.): 3:30-3:45 p.m. snack, Mondays-Fridays through Aug. 16; Rick Traynor, 360-575-7175.
• Monticello Middle School (1225 28th Ave.): 8:30-8:45 a.m. breakfast and noon-12:15 p.m. lunch Mondays-Fridays, through July 26; Rick Traynor, 360-575-7175.
• Northlake Elementary School (2210 Olympic Way): 8:30-8:45 a.m. breakfast and noon-12:15 p.m. lunch Mondays-Fridays, through Aug. 16; Rick Traynor: 360-575-7175.
Back to School Fair is Aug. 22
Youth & Family Link and Red Canoe Credit Union are partnering to sponsor a Back to School Fair from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Aug. 22, at Victoria Freeman Park, across from the Youth & Family Link building at 907 Douglas St., Longview.
Backpacks and school supplies will be given to children in need who are in kindergarten through 12th grade. Children must be present to receive a backpack.
In addition, several agencies will offer back-to-school resources and employment resources. Carnival games and prizes also will be offered.
R.A. Long class of ’74 plans reunion
Members of the R.A. Long High School class of 1974 are holding a 45-year reunion Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Cowlitz Moose Lodge, 921 Washington Way, Longview.
The festivities begin with golfing for people interested at 10 a.m. For details, call Paul Taylor at 360-562-6069.
The reunion party begins at 5 p.m. with a check in and a no-host bar. A light buffet dinner will be available at 6 p.m. and members of the band Steelhead will provide the music from 7 to 11 p.m.
The cost is $30 per person. Classmates are asked to RSVP by Aug. 16 by calling Lucy (Moilanen) Meath at 360-274-7935 or Malea (Shuss) Black at 360-636-0556.
Checks should be made payable to Malea Black and mailed to her at 119 Ann Ave., Longview, WA 98632.
Kelso class of ’69 reunion set
Members of the Kelso High School class of 1969 are holding their 50-year class reunion Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20 and 21.
The event includes a no-host gathering at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Tim's Bar & Grill, 213 Allen St., Kelso. On Sept. 21, the gathering begins at 6 p.m. at the Longview Country Club, 410 Country Club Drive, Longview. Dinner will be served at 7:15 p.m. A group photo will be taken during the event at the country club.
For details, call Sandy (Wolf) Skare at 360-703-3804, Debbie (Reber) Rasmussen at 360-430-4089 or Andi (McCall) Heuer at 360-751-5506.
Anyone with contact information for the following classmates are asked to call Sandy, Debbie or Andi with details. MaryLou Brown LaBerge, David Wilson, Wendy Bonner Hutton, Jim Smallwood, Darrell Chamberlain, Jackie McNeil Massey, Donald Smith, Beverly Sundberg, William Hageman, Lee Richardson, Don Johnson, Diana Smith Messinger, Carol Smith, Richard Chavez, Robert Chaney, Diane Cornwell, Jackie Davis, Herb Davis, Larry Kramer, Larry Lavey, Karen Longbrake, Patty Losey, Michael Smith, Alfred Thomas, Marilyn Wallace Oliver, Rosemary Waltz, Cheryl Wicklund, Gary Quackenbush, Mary Ragan, Vicki Rice Howard, Randy Russell, Bob Rutherford, Terry Dickinson, Kerrin Everson, Elaine Forman, Billie Graham Braaten, Theresa Haddenham Bell, Susan Haas Rowton, Terry Malone, Patty McCarty, Debbie McNeill, Melody Parker, Karen Shumake Mittner, Martha Elliott Roy, Rose Marie Stephens Gresham, Susan Leach O'Connell and Larry Lessard.
Register for July triathlon
Longview Parks and Recreation and the YMCA of Southwest Washington are hosting the fourth annual Swim, Dash, Splash Triathlon that takes place at the YMCA pool and Lake Sacajawea park Saturday, July 20.
The event is for anyone 12 years old or older. The heats begin at 8:30 a.m.
People can participate as individuals or as part of a team.
The race begins with a 500 meter swim at the Y, then a 5K course throughout the park at the lake and ends with a two-mile kayak course around the lake.
Afterward, food and refreshments will be available. Games will be played and giveaways will be held.
The cost is $50 per person. The fee for a team of three is $110. The registration fee includes a shirt, lunch, finisher medal and a swag bag.
To register, visit www.swimdashsplash.com.
Reading program offered for adults
Longview Public Library is inviting Adults, 18 years old and older are invited to participate in the Longview Public Library's "Fire It Up" program and read for prizes through Friday, July 26.
Prizes will be given away weekly, with a grand prize of a 10-inch Kindle Fire tablet.
The public libraries in Kelso, Kalama, Castle Rock and Woodland also are participating in the program. Each library has different weekly prizes. A library card is not needed to participate or win.
Additionally, Longview Public Library patrons can use their completed entry forms to pay off overdue / restocking library fines by up to $5 per book read.
The program has been made possible by donations from the Longview Library Foundation.
For details, call your local library: Longview, 360-442-5300; Kelso, 360-423-8110; Kalama, 360-673-4568; Castle Rock, 360-274-6961; and Woodland, 360-225-2115.
FOLK holds a book sale
Members of the Friends of the Library at Kalama (FOLK) are holding a books sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, in the City Council Chamber at the Kalama Public Library, 312 N. First St., Kalama.
For details, call the library at 360-673-4568.
Register for free dental screening
A free dental clinic screening for low-income veterans and their dependent children on medical coupons takes place from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Longview Kaiser Permanente Dental Clinic, 1230 Seventh Ave., Longview.
To be eligible, veterans must live in Cowlitz or Wahkiakum counties and have an income based on the National Poverty Guidelines.
The event is being sponsored by Community Health Partners of Longview. Dental care will be provided by the University of Washington Community Dental Clinic.
Referrals for restorative dental care by the University of Washington Dental School at Kaiser Permanente will be determined at the scheduled exam and could be set up for a later date depending on what is available the day of the clinic.
For details, eligibility requirements and to schedule an appointment, call 360-274-9178.
Borrow a life jacket
The Longview Fire Department reminds the public about the Life Jacket Loaner Board program and that life jackets are available at popular swimming and recreation areas around the county.
Sizes are available from infant to adult.
Once done with the life jackets, users are asked to return them to the boards.
The "loaner boards" have life jackets in sizes for infants to adults at the following locations:
• Willow Grove at the boat launch and by the swimming area
• County Line Park
• Castle Rock boat launch
• Horseshoe Lake
• Merwin Dam
If anyone notices no life jackets on a Life Jacket Loaner Board, they should call 360-442-5501 so the life jackets can be replaced as soon as possible.
People who would like their own life jackets can check with the Longview Fire Department, 360-442-5503; Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue, 360-578-5218; or the Kalama Fire Department, 360-673-2222 for a coupon for 25 percent off a life jacket at Big 5.
People interested in volunteering with the Life Jacket Program are asked to call Sarah Hoskins at 360-442-5501.
Cowlitz AmeriCorps seeks members
Cowlitz AmeriCorps Network is looking for new members to serve full time for an 11-month term in nonprofit organizations, public agencies and faith-based groups throughout the county.
The 2019-20 team will start serving the community Monday, Aug. 5.
Opportunities are available for adults of all ages and backgrounds who will earn an education award which can be used to attend college.
People 55 and older can transfer their education award to a child or grandchild to attend college. The award also can be used to pay for existing college loans.
During their term of service, members receive a modest living allowance.
Pre-application packets are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at Life Works, 906 New York St., Longview. They also can be downloaded from www.lifeworkswa.org.
Completed applications also should be returned to Life Works.
For details, call the Life Works office at 360-577-5859.
Buy products and help Rainier teens
An online fundraiser is being held to benefit the Rainier Junior Senior High School History Club.
Magazines, gift cards, cookie dough and more can be purchases online at https://bit.ly/30qOTE3.
Every purchase made earns the club a 40 percent profit.
For details, contact Andrew Demko, History Club adviser, at Andrew_demko@rsd.k12.or.us or 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsors wanted for Rainier Revisited
Individuals or organizations interested in being sponsors for the 10th annual Rainier Revisited in April 2020 are encouraged to contact Rainier Junior/Senior High School History Club adviser Andrew Demko at 503-556-4215.
Sponsors names will be included on flyers and other publicity material.
Make-A-Wish seeks volunteers
Make-A-Wish of Alaska and Washington needs volunteers in Longview.
The local organization "creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses," according to a press release.
Volunteers help children identify their wishes and help bring them to fruition.
People interested in volunteering should call Katey Reiff, communications and marketing intern for Make-A-Wish Alaska and Longview at 206-623-5300 or email her at email@example.com.
Buy a hat, support KHS class of 2019
Members of the Kelso High School class of 2019 Booster Club are selling hats to raise money for the free drug- and alcohol-free senior class graduation party.
The female version of the hat has sparkles and the masculine version does not have sparkles. It takes about three weeks to get a hat once it is ordered.
The hats cost $25 each and can be ordered by sending a text to Michelle at 360-751-5693.
History club needs building materials
Members of the Rainier Junior Senior High School history Club need building materials, including lumber, for future living history programs.
Anyone who would like to donate materials should call club adviser Andrew Demko at the school at 503-556-4215.
Resource for veterans open at LCC
The Lower Columbia College resource for veterans is open in a new, more centrally located space that provides a central point of access for vets on the campus at 1600 Maple St., Longview.
The resource center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in Room 115 of the Student Center.
Among the services provided are advice, peer to peer counseling, individual tutoring, biweekly study groups, and referrals to college and community resources.
Also provided at the center is a quiet, controlled and confidential environment where vets can connect with each other.
Host families being sought
Families are being sought by ASSE International Student Exchange Programs to host high school students from Spain.
According to a press release, the exceptional students have received scholarships through a partnership with the Amancio Ortega Foundation in Spain. The goal of the foundation is to bring Spanish scholarship students to the United States. The foundation carefully screens and selects 100 students who have passed the high academic qualifications as well as who have a financial need to be provided a full scholarship for them to study in the U.S. for one academic year.
After the school year, the students return to their hometowns in Spain and apply what they have learned to their hometown, community and country.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buy magazines, help Rainier teens
An online magazine fundraiser is being held to benefit the Rainier Junior Senior High School History Bowl Team and the History Club.
Besides magazine, tumblers, jewelry, decor, gifts, wraps and discounted items are being offered.
Every purchase made earns the club a 40 percent profit.
To make a purchase, visit https://bit.ly/2CjiXKn.
For details, contact Andrew Demko, History Club adviser, at Andrew_demko@rsd.k12.or.us or 503-556-4215.
Donate Capri Sun pouches
Rainier Junior/Senior History Club members are collecting Capri Sun juice pouches to recycle in an effort to support the club's activities and events.
For details, contact History Club adviser Andrew Demko at 503-556-4215 or email@example.com.
Project Read tutors needed
Volunteer tutors are being sought for the adult literacy program, Project READ.
Program coordinators are seeking people who can commit to one hour twice a week during regular Longview Public Library hours — 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays — to help other adults improve their literacy skills.
Anyone who is 18 years old or older, has graduated from high school or received a GED is qualified to help.
Coordinators can work around each volunteer's schedule. Volunteers are asked to make a six-month commitment, but are welcome to make a longer commitment. Tutors specifically are needed who can help between 5 and 8 p.m. for learners who work during the day.
Volunteer tutors are matched with adult learners to work one-on-one in the library.
Teaching materials, resources, direction, tutor training and ongoing support are provided by the library.
Training is on the computer and is self-paced at home or in the library.
For details, call Elizabeth Partridge at 360-442-5321.
Host a student from Germany
American families are being sought by the ASSE Student Exchange Programs to host high school students from Germany.
All of the students have received a scholarship through The Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX), a United States Department of State Program. The scholarship provides the opportunity for 250 young Americans to spend a year in Germany and at the same time provides the opportunity for 300 young Germans to spend a year in the U.S.
The students live with host families. They participate in a variety of program activities and learn about life in a different country.
According to a press release from the ASSE, the historic program "seeks to foster democracy and values inherent in a free market economy." And, families' support of the students and programs "reinforces the U.S.' commitment to education and opportunity throughout the world."
People interested in opening their homes and sharing their family life with young students from abroad are asked to call 800-733-2773, visit www.ASSEhosts.com or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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