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Book sale at Longview library 

The Friends of the Longview Public Library are holding a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 23-25, in the lower floor auditorium of the library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.

According to a City of Longview press release, thousands of books are available at "great prices." Saturday, Jan. 25, is a $2 a bag sale.

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.

To learn more about the group and how to join the group, visit longviewlibrary.org/friends.php.

Night of info for students, families

An Apprenticeship and Trades Family Night Info event takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in the auditorium at Kelso High School, 1904 Allen St., Kelso.

The event is for all Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties students in 10th through 12th grades who are interested in learning about apprenticeship training and trades career opportunities after high school.

Dinner will be provided. Students can meet face to face with local union representatives, discover the apprenticeship advantage (Earn While You Learn), listen to a panel of skilled apprentices and find out how to prepare for a trades career for after high school.

Students are asked to register by going to www.khscareercenter.com and click on "Register Now" under "Upcoming Events" on the page.

KHS pep students raising money

Kelso High School Pep Club students are raising money to honor KHS graduate Julia Hiatt, who lost her battle with cancer in 2019.

The students will hold the first of an annual Teal Out for Team Jules event during the 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, girls basketball game against the Hudson's Bay Eagles. Because it is a "Teal Out" game, attendees are asked to wear as much teal as possible.

The money will be contributed to the Julia Hiatt Memorial Scholarship through the Kelso Public Schools Foundation.

According to press release from the school district, "Julia had an enormous impact on the school and its culture."

The scholarship will be awarded to a KHS student who makes the school a better place for his or her peers, believes in doing good for other people and who inspires others.

A pass the pot will be featured during halftime, cups of blue lemonade will be available for $1 per cup and Hiatt's gratitude merchandise will be sold, such as hoodies and T-shirts.

In addition, pass the pot collections will take place Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the Kelso home wrestling meet and at the Friday, Jan. 31, boys basketball game against Evergreen.

Anyone who is unable to attend the games, but who would like to donate, can make donations to the scholarship fund through the high school Associated Student Body office through Friday, Jan. 31, and anytime directly through the Keslo Public Schools Foundation.

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, Jan. 24 and 25, in the City Council Chamber at the Kalama Public Library, 312 N. First St., Kalama.

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

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.

Learn how to care for fruit trees

A workshop on caring for fruit trees in Southwest Washington that is sponsored by the Washington State University Extension Master Gardeners, takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, in the Cowlitz Training Center, 1942 First Ave., Longview.

Washington State University Extension Master Gardeners Alice Slusher, Anne Wolff, Gary Hinderman and Art Fuller will lead the class.

Attendees can bring their pruning shears, if desired, and will learn how to sharpen them. Participants will learn how to prepare their fruit trees for a healthy growing season in spring and summer; learn how to manage codling moth, apple maggots, peach leaf curl, pear scab and other problems. Organic options also will be discussed and students will receive a management calendar.

Attendees also will have a chance for some hands-on pruning, so should dress in warm clothes and bring garden gloves and pruners to the class.

The cost is $10 per person. Prospective attendees also are asked to register and pay the fee before the class date. Payments can be made from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday--Friday at the Extension office, 1946 Third Ave., Longview.

Book discussion group gathers

The American Association of University Women book discussion group will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Cassava, 1333 Broadway, Longview.

Attendees will discuss "There, There," by Tommy Orange.

The book "is a relentlessly paced multigenerational story about violence and recovery, memory and identity, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people," according to information 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.

Watch a free movie

The public is invited to Tuesday Movie Night starting Jan. 28 in the auditorium of the Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.

The movies will be shown the fourth Tuesday of the month through May.

People will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult and must be attended to at all times. Popcorn will be available.

The free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Longview Library.

"We can't tell you the name, but if you like Bruce Springsteen and movies bout the 1980s you will enjoy this one," states a press release from the City of Longview. To find out the name of the film, stop by or call the library.

Doors open at 5:45 p.m. The film begins at 6 p.m.

For details, call Elizabeth Partridge at 360-442-5321 or Daniel Tate at 360-442-5307 or visit longviewlibrary.org.

Donate socks for kids

Castle Rock resident Bill Ammons is collecting socks for all ages of school children.

The goal is to collect 10,000 pairs by the end of January.

People who would like to donate are asked to call him at 360-274-7811 to find out where to drop the items off.

Learn to grow microgreens

Washington State University Extension Master Gardener Trisha Bonapace will demonstrate how to safely and easily grow microgreens indoors at home at a workshop taking place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the Cowlitz County Training Center, 1942 First Ave., Longview.

Attendees will learn how to add color, texture and falvoris to meals using microgreens and will take home a planter of microgreen seeds of their choice.

The cost of the workshop sponsored by the Cowlitz County Master Gardeners is $5 per person.

For details, call Gary Fredricks at 360-577-3014, extension 3, or send an email to garyf@wsu.edu.

Fundraiser benefits RJSHS history club

A fundraiser to benefit the Rainier Junior/Senior High School History Club takes place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at Panda Express, 500 Triangle Shopping Center, Longview.

A portion of the food sales for the evening will go to the club.

For details or a flyer, contact history club adviser Andrew Demko at andrew_demko@rsd.k12.or.us.

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.

Join gospel jamboree

A country gospel jamboree hosted by Lois O'Conner and Bob and Nola Wills takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at New Horizons Church, 405 N. 19th Ave., Kelso.

Local singers and musicians will play and sing gospel country music.

The public is invited.

History Bee and Bowl in Rainier

The 2020 Greater Portland History Bee and Bowl will take place Saturday, Feb. 1, at Rainier High School, 28170 Old Rainier Road, Rainier.

The tournament will run on Rainier's "B set of questions" and like all National History Bee and Bowl varsity and junior varsity events, will be open to all students regardless of what state they are from as long as they have not yet played the set of questions in the 2019-2020 academic year, notes a press release.

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

Learn to make a potato bag

A free workshop on making a potato bag for the microwave take place at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 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, so people are encouraged to register by calling the library at 360-423-8110.

Smart Driver refresher course

An AARP Senior Smart Driver refresher course takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 3 and 4, at the Longview Senior Center, 1111 Commerce Ave., Longview.

Steve Allen will instruct.

Besides a refresher course on their driving skills, attendees will learn about traffic law changes and more. The course is a classroom course. There will be no driving.

A certificate will be issued at the end of the course to all participants who complete it. According to information submitted to The Daily News, the AARP Smart Driver certificate qualifies drivers 55 years old and older for a state-mandated discount on their automobile insurance.

The cost of the course is $20 per person. AARP members pay $15 per person with their AARP card. The fee is collected the first night of the class which is limited to 20 participants.

For details or to register, call the senior center at 360-636-0210.

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 March 24 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 students do not have to sign up for the events.

For details, call 360-442-5300.

The remaining schedule

• Feb. 4: Karaoke Night

• Feb. 11: Valentine's party

• Feb. 25: Movie Night, open to all ages

• March 3: Bad Art Night

• March 10: Game Night

• March 24: Movie Night, open to all ages

Valentine dance at the local Elks

The King Brothers will perform at a Valentine Dance from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Kelso-Longview Elks Lodge No. 1482, 900 Ash St., Kelso.

The cost is $8 per person or $15 per couple.

Past and bread sticks will be served early in the lounge from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. The dance starts at 7 p.m.

Create art from books for auction

Another set of Art Speaks Volumes, Altered Book Workshops with Susan Supola take place in the auditorium of the Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.

Art Speaks Volumes is a program where people of all ages are invited to make altered books for a silent auction to be held May 2. All money raised form the auction will provide funding for the library's special nedds including the Koth Art Gallery, Northwest Voices and the youth summer reading program. 

At the workshops, attendees will learn how to create works of art out of used books for an auction set for May 1 to benefit programs at the library.

Dates and workshops

• Wednesday, Feb. 5: 6-8 p.m., Introduction; limited to 30 people.

• Wednesdays, March 4 and March 11: 6-8 p.m., Hands On; limited to 15 people.

• Wednesday, April 15: 6-8 p.m., Problem Solving and Hands On; limited to 15 people.

Basic materials will be provided. Registration is required. Sign up sheets are available at the main desk in the library.

During the Friends of the Library books sale from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 23 to 25, people can get free books for artistic creations to alter for Art Speaks Volume.

The workshops are sponsored by the Longview Library Foundation and The Friends of the Library.

Grief support classes begin

The next set of GriefShare classes takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for 15 weeks starting Thursday, Feb. 6, in the new classrooms at Valley Christian Fellowship, 2911 Pacific Way, Longview (on the corner of Pacific Way and 30th Avenue.)

GriefShare is a support group for people grieving the loss of a loved one and is led by Kathy and Jim Gray, members of Valley Christian Fellowship.

The classes are for anyone who has experienced a close loss, whether the loss happened years ago or recently.

The couple each lost their first spouse to a rare form of cancer.

GriefShare is a network of 12,000 churches worldwide equipped to offer grief support groups.

The cost is $15 and includes a workbook for the regular series of classes.

For details or to sign up for the group, contact Jim Gray at 253-905-5336.

For details on the program, visit GriefShare.org.

Volunteer at school gardens

A free training is being offered to people interested in volunteering with the Lower Columbia School Gardens.

Volunteers will learn simple, effective techniques and strategies for helping children (and plants) thrive. Students will work in the classroom and out in the garden.

Training dates are from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, or Saturday, Feb. 8, in Garden Lab Room 26 (the second portable) at Northlake Elementary School, 2210 Olympia Way, Longview.

Topics include: Why School Gardens? Garden Activities and Lessons, Starting Seeds Indoors and Outdoors, Composting With Kids, Cooking With Kids, Garden Safety, Group Management, Inquiry Based Learning, School Garden Resources and more.

In addition, a Gardening 101 class takes place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7; and a Pruning 101 class takes place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.

Register online at www.LCschoolgardens.org and specify the dates of attendance.

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

Join the Kelso-Longview Elks

The Kelso-Longview Elks' annual membership drive takes place from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the lodge, 900 Ash St., Kelso.

The theme is "Wild West Casino Night," and the event is open to the public.

Cocktails will be available starting at 6 p.m., dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the casino opens at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $30 per person and includes a barbecued pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, potato salad and chips along with $200 worth of script to play casino games and earn points for non-cash prizes such as televisions, barbecues, sports gear and more.

People who sign up as a new Elks member for a $1 application fee also will receive a free drink ticket the night of the event and be entered into a raffle for a chance to win up to $25 in gift cards to local businesses.

Members are invited to bring in prospective new members. For each new candidate sponsored at the event, members will receive a ticket for a special raffle. The member who brings in the most new members also will win the "Lotto Board" full of scratch off lottery tickets. Members who sign up three new members before April 1 will get their next year's dues paid for by the lodge.

The Elks is a fraternal, charitable and patriotic organization that has been serving the local community since 1924, according to information submitted to The Daily News. The lodge has contributed more than $4.3 million dollars to the community.

Time to donate to annual blanket drive

The 2020 Kiwanis Kwilts for Kids blanket drive is underway. Kiwanis members are seeking warm blankets to be given to children living at the Emergency Support Shelter and Community House on Broadway.

Blanket donations can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Kelso Senior Center, 106 N.W. Eighth Ave., Kelso.

The deadline for donations is Wednesday, Feb. 12.

For details, email Kathleen Johnson at kathleenjohnson451@gmail.com.

Attend red dress Valentine dance

A Red Dress Valentine's Day Ball takes place from 5:30 p.m. to midnight, Friday, Feb. 14, at the Kelso-Longview Elks, 900 Ash St., Kelso.

Disc jockey Terry West will play dance songs. A social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. A dance lesson takes place at 6 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and dancing starts at 7:30 p.m.

Dinner includes a choice of Parmesan encrusted halibut, lobster or prime rib. Choices must be made in advance with payment. Also included with the dinner is broccoli and cauliflower au gratin, garlic mashed potatoes, strawberry spinach salad, a roll, dessert and champagne.

Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Fill up with crab, oysters

Seatings for the 35th Annual Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce Crab and Oyster Feed are set for 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Columbia River Ranch and Cattle Co., 381 W. Birnie Slough Road, Cathlamet.

All seating times are for people 21 years old and older because beer and wine will be sold at the event. No outside alcohol is allowed on the site. All seating is reserved. Organizers suggest people buy their tickets early.

The cost is $35 per person. Tickets are available at the Bank of the Pacific, 56 Main St., Cathlamet.

Raffle tickets for prizes provided by local businesses will be sold for $1 each.

Money raised will benefit the Bald Eagle Days event and the fireworks show.

Anyone who would like to donate to the raffle is asked to email the Chamber at smoonen@wahkiakum.us or call 360-795-9996.

LCC seeks host families

Families are being sought by Lower Columbia College to host Japanese students from Atomi University.

Students range in age from 18 to 22 years old and will be in the area from Feb. 27 to March 9.

Host families must be able to provide a private, furnished room; daily meals; and transportation help to and from campus. Families must commit to a two- to three-week period and will receive support from the LCC International Program staff.

For details, call 360-442-2310 or send an email to international@lowercolumbia.edu.

Libraries launch reading program

The 2020 Fire It Up! adult winter reading program where adults can win prizes for reading takes place through Friday, Feb. 28, at the Longview, Kelso, Kalama, Castle Rock and Woodland public libraries.

Anyone 18 years old and older is eligible to participate.

Weekly drawings will be held from each week's entries for prizes donated by local businesses.

In addition, readers are eligible to win a grand prize of a Kindle Fire HD. Completed entry forms also can be used to pay off overdue fines at the Longview Public Library.

For each book read, up to $5 can be taken off the overdue fines. In order for the fines to be removed, completed entry forms must be presented to library staff at the main desk.

The public can participate at one or all of the libraries. A library card is not need to participate or win.

The program is made possible by the Longview Library Foundation.

For details, call each local library — 360-442-5300, Longview; 360-423-8110, Kelso; 360-673-4568, Kalama; 360-274-6961, Castle Rock; and 360-225-2115, Woodland.

Free prom, ball dresses

Angel Closet, a ministry of Valley Christian Fellowship, provides free formal dresses and accessories for winter balls and proms to high school girls in Longview, Kelso and surrounding communities.

The dress shop, at 1811 Washington Way, Longview, has changing rooms and dresses in all sizes and styles.

Upcoming giveaways are from 3 to 6 p.m. March 6, March 27, April 17, May 1 and May 29; and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 7, March 28, April 18, May 2 and May 30.

For details, call Angel Closet at 360-747-7178 or search for Angel Closet on Facebook.

Buy antique, vintage items

The Friends of Skamokawa’s Antique and Vintage Fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 6-8, at the River Life Interpretive Center/Central School/Redmen Hall, 1394 W. State Route 4 (Ocean Beach Highway), Skamokawa.

Money raised benefits the River Life Interpretive Center/Central School/Redmen Hall.

For details, call 360-795-3007 or send an email to fos1894@gmail.com or visit friendsofskamokawa.org.

Altrusa offers three scholarships

Altrusa International of Longview-Kelso has three scholarships available to college students.

The Altrusa International Scholarship for Technical Education Students is available to students attending Lower Columbia College during the 2020-2021 school year. The $1,000 scholarship is for a student in a two-year technical program in the trades, manufacturing or industrial fields.

The $1,000 Jane Kalahan Smith Scholarship is for a student who has an interest in the sciences, who has completed studies at LCC and who will attend a college or university for the 2020-2021 school year.

The $1,400 Altrusa International Scholarship is for a student attending LCC during the 2020-2021 school year and is renewable for up to three additional consecutive years provided the student shows proof of satisfactory academic progress.

Application forms are on the Altrusa International of Longview-Kelso Facebook page and are available from high school counselors.

Complete criteria is included on the applications which must be sent to Altrusa International of Longview-Kelso and postmarked by Friday, March 20.

Recipients will be notified by mail.

Soup Off set for March 27

The 2020 Soup Off fundraiser to raise money for the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts' Eloise Pepper Arts Education Fund takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Cowlitz County Event Center, 1900 Seventh Ave., Longview.

At the event, restaurants compete with their best, most delicious soup, according to the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts website. The theater is the event host.

Bruce Farquhar will provide the entertainment.

The cost is $65 per person and includes entertainment, appetizers, beverages and a sampling of the soups.

A silent auction also will be held along with a dessert dash and a Raise the Paddle event.

To purchase tickets, visit www.columbiatheatre.com.

Free grief support group begins

Walk Through Grief, a free six-week grief recovery class takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays beginning March 31 in the James Avery Grief Center 1000 12th Ave., Longview. A trained grief recovery specialist will lead the group where people will have the opportunity to process grief caused by a loss of a loved one.

According to a press release from Community Home Health & Hospice, the program creates a safe environment in which old beliefs about grief are examined and attendees will receive new tools to complete unresolved emotions that may still be causing them pain.

Advance registration is required.

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

Community Foundation offers scholarships

Applications are being accepted for the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington's 2020 scholarship program.

The foundation manages 68 scholarships established by donors, organizations and businesses. The scholarships support students at various levels of their education and within specific fields of study, such as the arts or engineering, according to a press release submitted to The Daily News.

Deadlines for applications vary by scholarship, with a majority closing on March 31. Students interested in learning more and applying can visit www.cfsww.org/how-we-grant/scholarships.

In 2019, $749,644 in scholarship money was awarded to students. The average scholarship was for $2,630.

The awards were distributed to 247 students, which included high school seniors, undergraduates, graduates and other students, such as students attending technical and K-12 private schools.

Nearly 70 of the students are attending college at southwest Washington institutions such as Clark College, Lower Columbia College and Washington State University-Vancouver.

To learn more about the foundation, visit www.cfsww.org.

Rainier Revisited coming in April

The annual Rainier Revisited: A Living History, takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Beaver Homes Grange, 31105 Beaver Homes Road, Rainier.

Members of the Rainier Junior/Senior High School History Club will host the event, a living history re-enactment of Rainier and local history set in 1853.

Admission is one can of food or a donation for HOPE.

Donations needed for yearly program

Each year the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office and other local law enforcement agencies and volunteers from other job fields put together the Every 15 Minutes program to take a proactive step in educating Cowlitz County teens of the dangers of drinking and driving, states a press release from the sheriff's office.

The two-day program combines classroom education with real-life stories and the people who experienced them, including officers, teachers, parents and more.

The program will be presented during the 2020 prom season at Kalama, Woodland and R.A. Long high schools.

Anyone who can donate time, food items or money for the program is asked to call the program coordinator at 360-577-3092.

Details about the program can be found at www.co.cowlitz.wa.us/sheriff.

For details, call Mary at 360-425-0426.

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.

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.

Host families, representatives sought

Local host families are being sought by ASSE International Student Exchange Programs for male and female students 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 is fully insured, 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.

Local area representative also are needed to recruit and screen potential host familis and potential United States students interested in studying abroad. Representatives supervise the exchange students living in their community, organize activities with the students throughout the year and provide support to host families, students and schools. Area representatives receive a stipend for each student placed and supervised.

People interested in obtaining details about becoming a host family or an area representative 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 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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