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Attend Thanksgiving service, pie social

Members of the Lower Columbia Conference of ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) are hosting a joint Thanksgiving worship service and pie social from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 2900 Parkview Drive, Longview.

The public is invited to attend. Songs will be sung, prayers said, and a soup dinner and pie will be served.

The group is made up of five churches, Bethany, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Stella Lutheran Chapel and Trinity Lutheran Church.

For details, call Pastor Megan Filer at 360-431-1988.

Donate coats and hats for kids

Bill and Patti Ammons of Castle Rock are holding a coat and hat drive through the month of November.

The items will be delivered to schools in the local area for disbursement to students.

Because Bill Ammons isn't in the Pacific Barber Shop, people who would like to donate are asked to call him at 360-274-7811 to make arrangements to drop the items off.

Former Ranger speaks at Rotary

Steven Elliott, a former member of the elite 75th Ranger Regiment is the guest speaker at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Longview at the Cowlitz Regional Conference Center, 1900 Seventh Ave., Longview. The public is invited.

Elliott joined the military in 2003 and was deployed to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in 2004, according to information submitted to The Daily News.

In the midst of an enemy ambush, he was one of four Rangers who mistook Army Ranger Pat Tillman's position for that of the enemy and fired. Elliott is considered one of two Rangers likely responsible for firing the bullets that killed Tillman, notes the press release.

Elliott is the only shooter to speak publicly about the incident and its aftermath, according to the release. He served honorably and with distinction during the remaining years of his career.

He is the president of Capstone Trust in Olympia. He has been a volunteer veterans court mentor. He speaks about his experiences in an effort to "advocate change in how the unseen wounds of war suffered by people in uniform are recognized and treated, notes the release.

Donate blood to Red Cross

American Red Cross Blood Drives take place locally.

A blood donor or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Anyone who is at least 17 years old, weighs at least 110 pounds and is in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

• Longview: 1-6:30 p.m. Nov. 13, Church of the Nazarene, 814 15th Ave.

Career Expo is Nov. 14

The Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties Career Expo takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at the Cowlitz County Conference Center, 1900 Seventh Ave., Longview.

Local businesses will offer career information to eighth-, ninth- and 10th-graders from every school district in Cowlitz County.

Businesses will let the students know what careers are available in their organizations and what education is needed to be hired for the jobs.

Learn about Alzheimer’s

An educational program on "Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior" takes place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in conference room 6B at Kaiser Permanente, 1230 Seventh Ave., Longview.

Kimberly Bingham with the Longview-Kelso Kaiser medical office, will present the free program sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association.

Attendees will learn how to decode behavioral messages, identify common triggers and learn strategies to help manage some of the most common challenges of Alzheimer's disease, according to information submitted to The Daily News.

The class is limited to 15 attendees.

To register, call 360-442-7303.

Genealogical group meets

"Beyond Names and Dates: Filling In the Stories of Female Ancestors," is Pam Vestal's topic as the guest speaker at the 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, meeting of the Lower Columbia Genealogical Society in the dining room of the Somerset Retirement Apartments, 2025 Tibbetts Drive, Longview.

Visitors are welcome.

In other news, a volunteer is available to help with research from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays in the genealogy section at the Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.

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, Nov. 16, 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 will be made by the University of Washington Dental School at Kaiser Permanente. Follow-up work 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.

Pomona Grangers to meet in Kelso

The next meeting of the Cowlitz Wahkiakum County Pomona Grange No. 7 is Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Rose Valley Grange, 1520 Rose Valley Road, Kelso.

A planning meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. The potluck starts at 6:30 p.m. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

The Pomona Grangers project is to donate canned foods. Attendees are asked to bring canned foods to the meeting.

In other news, the Golden Sheaf/Silver Star Dinner takes place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at Catlin Grange, 205 Shawnee St., Kelso.

The event is potluck. Dessert will be provided by the Pomona Grange members.

Health Fair for kids and families

The public is invited to a community health fair event from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Journey Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1185 West Side Highway, Kelso.

A free lunch will be served. Massage treatments will be available as well as food, activities, arts and crafts, games and a photo booth. Items will be given away and raffled.

Public invited to quilters meeting

Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild members will meet Monday, Nov. 18, in the basement of the Educational Building at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2218 E. Kessler Blvd., Longview.

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

Guild member Patty Rinard will discuss five ways to improve quilt tops.

Door prizes will be awarded and a show-and-tell time will be featured.

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

For details, call Lenore Meyers at 360-431-4442.

Attend a podcast at Longview library

A live recording of the "Your Shelf or Mine" episode of the Longview Public Library's podcast takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, in the main reading room of the library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.

The episode features the librarians discussing some of their favorite books. A variety of book genres will be included for readers of all ages.

Light refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m.

Attendees may win a door prize.

"Your Shelf or Mine" is a twice monthly podcast featuring library news and book talk, according to a press release from the City of Longview. It can be listened to on the host site PodBean or on Stitcher, Spotify, Google Podcasts, iTunes or wherever listeners listen to their podcasts, according to the press release.

Free Teen Tuesdays

Free activities for middle and high school age students take place during Teen Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 26 at the Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.

Snacks and supplies are provided at the free events. A library card is not required and student do not have to sign up for the events.

For details, call 360-442-5300.

The remaining schedule

• Nov. 19: candy Sushi and Bubble tea; craft sushi lookalikes with Rice Krispies, Swedish fish and other candy.

• Nov. 26: Minute to Win It; challenge friends to fast Minute to Win It games.

Grief education group starts Nov. 19

A free, five-week grief education group sponsored by Community Home Health & Hospice takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov 19-Dec. 17, at The James Avery Center, 1000 12th Ave., Longview.

The class will be led by support services coordinator Erin Orren, MSW, LCSW.

The class is a good first step for people three to six months after losing a loved one, notes a press release from CHHH.

Advance registration is required.

For details or to register, call 360-703-0300 or send an email to griefsupport@chhh.org.

Book sale at Longview library

The Friends of the Longview Public Library are holding a book sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the lower floor auditorium of the library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.

Among the books available are books on crafting and entertaining.

The Friends of the Library is a non-profit organization that supports the library through volunteer hours and financial assistance. Money raised from the sale directly funds library events and programs.

Dance to the Senior Moments

The public is invited to dance to the music of the Senior Moments from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Moose Lodge, 921 Washington Way, Longview.

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

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

Money raised goes to the senior center.

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

Get help with financial aid

Financial aid application nights are being offered free to the community in the Learning Commons area of the library building at Lower Columbia College, 1600 Maple St., Longview.

The events are designed to provide support from trained LCC staff to anyone who is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well as other financial aid applications, notes a press release from the college.

The events take place from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20; and Thursday, Dec. 5.

Additional dates will be scheduled for January and February.

People who cannot attend any of the events are encouraged to stop by the college's One Stop Center in the Admissions Building.

FOLK holds a book sale

Members of the Friends of the Library at Kalama (FOLK) are holding a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22 and 23, in the City Council Chamber at the Kalama Public Library, 312 N. First St., Kalama.

For details, call the library at 360-673-4568.

Play bingo, win a turkey

The annual St. Joseph's Church Turkey Bingo fundraiser takes place Sunday, Nov. 24, in the parish hall at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 136 N. Fourth St., Kalama — on the corner of Fourth and Elm streets.

Doors open at noon with the games starting at 1 p.m.

Refreshments will be served and a silent auction and raffle will be held.

Book discussion group gathers

The American Association of University Women book discussion group will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Cassava, 1333 Broadway, Longview.

Attendees will discuss "A Gentleman in Moscow," by Amor Towles. "In 1922 Moscow, Count Alexander Rostov is declared a non-person and sentenced to live his remaining days in the Hotel Metropol," notes a press release submitted to The Daily News. "His adventures in confinement are comic, enchanting and heartwarming even as the ever-present threat of the Soviet state lingers over the inhabitants of the hotel," notes the release.

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.

Turkey Trot is Nov. 28

The Comcast Turkey Trot Fun Run and Walk for all ages consisting of one lap around Lake Sacajawea begins at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 28.

Participants should meet at the Hemlock Plaza. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. but participants are encouraged to register in advance at https://bit.ly/33BQeJX or by calling 360-552-5400 because of how busy it can be the morning of the event. The fee is $15 per person. Children 8 years old and younger are free with a paid registration.

Only people who register in advance will have their times recorded.

Advance registration packets can be picked up from noon to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at the Parks and Recreation office, 2920 Douglas St., Longview. People who do not pick up their packets at the office can pick them up at the pick up area before the run begins.

Crafters needed for open house

The Friends of Skamokawa are accepting holiday crafters for the annual "Deck the Hall" Christmas and Holiday Open House set for Nov. 29 through Dec. 15 at the RiverLife Interpretive Center/Central School/Redmen Hall, 1394 W. State Route 4, Skamokawa.

The event begins with a big opening weekend, according to organizers, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29 and 30, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1,

The event continues from noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays until Dec. 15.

To sign up as a vendor or for details, call 360-795-3007 or send an email to fos1894@gmail.com. The website is at friendsofskamokawa.org.

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.

Chief 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. Nov. 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.

Help stuff the bus Nov. 30

The 12th Annual Stuff the Bus event takes place all day Saturday, Nov. 30, at Target in the Three Rivers Mall, 205 Three Rivers Drive, Kelso.

Members of the public are asked to donate non-perishable food items for Lower Columbia CAP and new toys for the Jumbo's Toy Run, two organizations that support Cowlitz County families.

For details, call Lisa Whitman at 360-957-3026 or send an email to lisa.whitman69@gmail.com.

Discuss local history, more

People interested in history are invited to share their knowledge and memories of Longview at a Hands on History evening fro 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in the main floor of the Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.

Refreshments will be served by the fireplace. Attendees can discuss local history and help identify photos from the library's archives.

For details or to learn about all programs and events at the library, call 360-442-5300 or visit www.longviewlibrary.org.

All events are free and open to the public.

Buy raffle ticket, support students

Raffle tickets are for sale for a fundraiser to help eighth-grade students at Rainier Junior/Senior High School earn money for a social studies field trip program.

Tickets are $1 each and will be for sale through Friday, Dec. 6. The prize is an $80 family membership to the Oregon Historical Society.

In addition, sponsors are needed for the field trip program.

For details, email Andrew Demko at andrew_demko@rsd.k12.or.us.

Lay counseling sessions offered

New clients are being accepted during November and December at the Lay Counseling Clinic.

Ten free one-hour sessions are offered with a trained counselor. The male and female counselors are supervised by a professional psychologist.

Appointments are available for adult 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.

Christmas potluck for WFR Local 3

A Christmas potluck for the Western Federation of Retirees Local 3 (Fibre/KapStone/Westrock) begins at noon Thursday, Dec. 5, 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 along with Weyerhaeuser and Longshore retirees.

Baked ham, utensils and beverages will be provided. Attendees are asked to bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share.

For details, call Patti at 360-261-3086.

Christmas at Leavenworth

A one-day trip to the city of Leavenworth, Wash., is being co-sponsored by Exploration Tours and the Kelso Senior Center.

Leavenworth is a Bavarian-styled village. German beer and food is served in restaurants that line Front Street; and thousands of nutcrackers, some centuries old, are on display at the Nutcracker Museum, according to information submitted to The Daily News. The Waterfront Park on the Wenatchee River is a habitat for ospreys and eagles. 

Attendees will depart the senior center at 106 N.W. Eighth Ave., at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11,  and return at 9:30 p.m. the same day after viewing the Christmas lights in the city.

The bus is limited to 50 passengers.

The cost is $69 per person.

Reservations can be made at the Kelso Senior Center.

Free advance directive classes

Free interactive discussion classes to guide families through the process to create an advanced directive are being held at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center, 1615 Delaware St., Longview.

An advance directive is a legal form that describes the kinds of medical care a patient desires if something happens that prevents them from participating in their own medical care decision.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their health care agents.

"The Your Voice, Your Choice — Advance Care Planning" workshops take place at 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 11, Feb. 5 and April 8; and at 11 a.m. June 16 and Aug. 5.

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 two hours per 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.

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.

Be a youth ambassador in Germany

Applications are being accepted for the ASSE International Student Exchange Congress-Bundestag Scholarship Program to Germany for the 2020-2021 program year.

The U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag (parliament) have co-sponsored the program since 1983.

As youth ambassadors of the U.S., Congress-Bundestag students share their life and culture with their German hosts and build greater understanding of the U.S. and its diversity, according to a press release from the ASSE.

Applicants must be between 15 and 18 1/2 years old at the start of the program (Born between Feb. 1, 2001, and Aug. 1, 2005) and be a high school student with a 3.0 or higher grade-point average.

An online pre-application is available at www.USAGermanyScholarship.org. Oce the pre-application is completed, students will be emailed with further instructions regarding the final application.

For details, visit www.asse.com, call 800-733-2773 or send an email to asseusawest@asse.com.

City leaf pickup through January

Leaves from City of Longview maintained trees may be placed in the streets through January for pick up by the city's Stormwater Division, according to a press release from the city.

The city asks the following guidelines be observed when placing leaves in city streets, which are considered public rights of way:

• Place only leaves from city-maintained trees in rows about one foot from the curb to allow for drainage. Yard debris is the property owner's responsibility. Leaves from non-city owned trees can be taken to the Waste Control Transfer Station from Oct. 1 through April 15 for a fee.

• Do not put branches or sticks in leaf piles because they may damage the sweeper. If the sweeper is unable to pick up the leaves, a street crew will remove them with a front-end loader.

• Be patient. Leaf pick up is on a structured schedule and will be picked up as soon as possible.

Residents can help prevent flooding on their streets by clearing leaves from catch basin grates until city crews are able to get the leaves.

"It is important that we remove fallen leaves from these areas so that vehicles and pedestrian traffic can move safely throughout the city, and to minimize flooding due to clogged catch basins," Stormwater Supervisor Mike Ward is quoted in the press release.

For details or questions, call Ward at 360-442-5621.

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. Nov. 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.

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 help them learn how to use resources to find answers to gardening questions asked by community members. 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.

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.

ASSE seeks 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, supervise the exchange students in their community, organize activities with the students throughout the year and provide support to the host families, students and schools.

Area representatives are compensated for expenses incurred for each student placed and supervised.

For details, call 1-800-733-2773, visit www.asse.com or send an email to asseusawest@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 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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