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DECEMBER 13

Brown Bag Lunch and Book Club: 11 a.m.-noon, Cathlamet Community Center, 101 Main St., Cathlamet; Joyce Orr, 360-430-3968.

Celebrate Recovery: 6 p.m., dinner (donation); 6:40 p.m., worship service, music, testimony and teaching, small groups; Columbia Heights Assembly of God; Christ-based 12-step study group for men and women (child care available); 360-578-2424.

Get-a-Life Al-Anon 53083: 7 p.m., Longview Presbyterian Church (upstairs), 3808 Pennsylvania, Longview; children ages 12 and older allowed; last Friday is a speaker meeting, downstairs, no regular Al-Anon meeting that night; Debbie, 360-636-3819.

LINK Open Gym: 6:30-8 p.m., Youth & Family Link gymnasium, 907 Douglas St., Longview; for all ages; 360-423-6741; free.

Longview Community Yoga: 7 a.m., St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1428 22nd Ave., Longview (at the corner of 22nd Avenue and Louisiana Street); Ruth, lvcommyoga@gmail.com.

Master Gardener Plant Clinic: 9 a.m.-noon, Washington State University Extension office, 1946 Third Ave., Longview; WSU Master Gardeners offer free help for plant or insect problems; 360-577-3014, ext. 7; garyf@wsu.edu.

DECEMBER 14

Awakening Enlightenment Buddhist Monastery: 10 a.m.-noon, 123 Dainen Place, Longview; free meditation classes taught by Buddhist monk Yan Fo; Wendy Yan, 360-430-9287.

Children in Between: 9 a.m., Parents Place, 928 23rd Ave., Longview; 360-414-9212; for divorced, separated parents; $40 (no scholarships available). (CHECK WEBSITE)

Open Swim at Dick Mealy Memorial Pool: noon-2 p.m., Dick Mealy Memorial Pool, Mark Morris High School, 1602 Mark Morris Court, Longview; children younger than 7 years old must be accompanied by an adult; $3 per person (family swim passes are also available); 360-575-7709.

DECEMBER 15

Celebrate Recovery: 6-8 p.m., Woodland Church of the Nazarene, 2000 Lewis River Road, Woodland; Christ-based 12-step recovery program; 360-225-8662.

Godly Play: 10 a.m., St. Stephen's Church, 22nd Avenue and Louisiana Street, Longview; church secretary, 360-423-5600; for children whose parents want them to experience concepts that give young children a healthy spiritual start in life. 

Longview Deaf Church: 6-8 p.m., text Pastor Brad for directions or questions, 360-957-8149.

DECEMBER 16

Adult Evening Lap Swim: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Gaither Pool, 1904 Allen St., Kelso; drop-in fee $3.50, senior citizens $2.50; 360-501-1855.

Better Bones and Balance: 8-8:50 a.m., 9-9:50 a.m., Youth & Family Link, 907 Douglas St., Longview;$56 fee or $4.50 drop-in fee.

Bereavement Support Group (Cowlitz County): 1-2:30 p.m., James Avery Center for Grief Support, 1000 12th Ave., Longview; adults (ages 18 and older); registration required, 360-703-0300 or griefsupport@chhh.org.

Evening Water Exercise Class: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Gaither Pool, 1904 Allen St., Kelso; drop-in fee $3.50, senior citizens $2.50; 360-501-1855.

LINK Open Gym: 6:30-8 p.m., Youth & Family Link gymnasium, 907 Douglas St., Longview; for all ages; 360-423-6741; free.

Longview Community Yoga: 7 and 8:30 a.m., St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1428 22nd Ave., Longview (at the corner of 22nd Avenue and Louisiana Street); Ruth, lvcommyoga@gmail.com

Longview Public Library: noon, Spanish Conversation Hour in the library auditorium; 3-5 p.m., Rainbow Community Diversity Youth Group; 1600 Louisiana St., Longview; 360-442-5300. 

Master Gardener Plant Clinic: 9 a.m.-noon, Washington State University Extension office, 1946 Third Ave., Longview; WSU Master Gardeners offer free help for plant or insect problems; 360-577-3014, ext. 7; garyf@wsu.edu.

Parent Support Group: 5:30-7 p.m., Children's Justice & Advocacy Center, 214 N. Pacific Ave., Kelso; for guardians who have a child who has experienced trauma related to a crime; to register or for details: 360-353-3933.

Shinju Dojo Aikido Martial Arts School self-defense classes: 4-6 p.m. Youth and Family Link gym, 907 Douglas St., Longview; no previous experience necessary; instructor has been teaching classes for 20 years and is a master level; first class free; regular classes $75 per month; couples and family discounts available; 360-998-7049, sensei@shinjudojo.co­m.

Strengthening Families 10-14: 6-8:30 p.m., Journey Christian School, 95 Garden St., Lexington; dinner served each evening; childcare provided for children under the age of 10; Ramona Leber, WSU/SFP coordinator, sfpwsucowlitz@hotmail.com, 360-261-3971 or at WSU Extension Cowlitz County, 1946 Third Ave., Longview. THROUGH DEC 9

TOPS OR No. 0633: 8:30 a.m., weigh in; 9:30-10:30 a.m., meeting; Faith Lutheran Church, 1010 N.E. Fifth, Clatskanie; Gail, 503-728-3184. 

TOPS OR No. 1024: 6:30 p.m., Clatskanie Baptist Church, 415 S. Nehalem St., Clatskanie; Lloyd, 360-355-4244.

DECEMBER 17

Adult Evening Lap Swim: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Gaither Pool, 1904 Allen St., Kelso; drop-in fee $3.50, senior citizens $2.50; 360-501-1855.

Evening Water Exercise Class: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Gaither Pool, 1904 Allen St., Kelso; drop-in fee $3.50, senior citizens $2.50; 360-501-1855.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous: 6:30 p.m., Core Health, 748 14th Ave., Longview; 12-step program for anyone with food obsession, overeating, undereating or bulimia; Melissa H., 360-442-9061.

LINK Beyond the Alphabet Open Gym: 2-5 p.m.,  Youth & Family Link gymnasium, 907 Douglas St., Longview; ages 0-7; 360-423-6741; free.

Longview Public Library: 6 p.m., Teen Tuesday; 1600 Louisiana St., Longview; 360-442-5300. 

Meditation: noon-1 p.m., Lower Columbia College Room 210 (Fitness Center); led by Buddhist Monastic Kisei Amy Costenbader from Great Vow Monastery; 503-728-0654.

Meditation and Discussion: 7-8:30 p.m., St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1428 22nd Ave., Longview; led by Buddhist Monastic Kisei Amy Costenbader from Great Vow Monastery; 503-728-0654.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Southwest Washington (NAMI SW WA) "Family Support Group": 6-7:30 p.m., Canterbury Inn, 1324 Third Ave., Longview; a gathering of caregivers of individuals, living with a mental illness, to talk frankly about challenges and help one another through shared experiences; group led by trained NAMI members; participants encouraged to share in the work of the group; drop-ins encouraged; learn about the full range of free programs and services; 360-695-2823.

On the Move with Peggy: 9-10 a.m., Youth & Family Link gymnasium, 907 Douglas St., Longview; $59; instructor Peggy Swanson; register through Longview Parks & Recreation.

Pound Fitness: 8-8:45 a.m., Youth & Family Link gymnasium, 907 Douglas St., Longview; $59; instructor Peggy Swanson; register through Longview Parks & Recreation.

Read and Grow Playgroups: 10-11:30 a.m., Mint Valley Elementary School, 2745 38th Ave., Longview; for parents and their children ages 5 and under to attend together; groups do not meet when school is not in session.

Senior Fit Tuesdays: 10:10-11:05 a.m., Youth & Family Link gymnasium, 907 Douglas St., Longview; $28 fee, $4.50 drop-in; instructor Peggy Swanson.

Strengthening Families 10-14: 6-8:30 p.m., Monticello Middle School, 1225 28th Ave., Longview; dinner served each evening; supervision / activities are available for children 3-9; Ramona Leber, WSU/SFP coordinator, sfpwsucowlitz@hotmail.com, 360-261-3971 or at WSU Extension Cowlitz County, 1946 Third Ave., Longview. OCT. 8-NOV. 26

TOPS WA 0999: 8:45 a.m., Evangel Christian Fellowship, 1335 11th Ave., Longview; Richard, 360-232-8163.

TOPS WA No. 1129: 9 a.m. weigh-in; 9:34 a.m., meeting; Woodland Community Center, 782 Park St. (across from school), Woodland; first visit free; Delores, 360-606-6434.

TOPS WA No. 1140, Longview: 9 a.m. weigh-in, 10 a.m., meeting; Robert Gray Baptist Church, 2448 46th Ave., Longview; Verna Grimes, 360-431-8123.

TOPS WA 1489: 9:30 a.m., Kalama United Methodist Church, 111 N. Second St., Kalama; new members welcome; Debbie, 360-673-5183.

Totally Fit Chair Yoga11:15 a.m.-noon, Youth & Family Link, 907 Douglas St., Longview;$56 fee or $4.50 drop-in fee; instructor Kristina Arquette.

Totally Fit Gentle Flow Yoga9:30-10:45 a.m., Youth & Family Link, 907 Douglas St., Longview;$96 fee or $7.50 drop-in fee; instructor Kristina Arquette.

Weekly Family Story Time: 6 p.m., activities include stories, crafts and a small snack; sign up not required; Kelso Public Library, 351 Three Rivers Drive, Suite 1263, Kelso; 360-423-8110.

Wood Carving: 6-9 p.m., Cathlamet Community Center, 101 Main St., Cathlamet; Walt Geil, 360-795-0433.

WORKSOURCE

Workshops that occur at WorkSource, 305 S. Pacific Ave., Suite B, Kelso: Skills and Abilities, Applications, Effective Resumes and Cover Letters, Interviewing, Job Search Strategies and Veterans. Job clubs include Mock Interviews, 60 Second Commercials, Money Smart, Intro and Beginning Computers, Portfolio Reviews, overview of online resources through worksourcewa.com and more. To access the schedule, visit worksourcewa.com and click on “Workshops & Hiring Events” and select Kelso in the Southwest Washington section. Calendars also are available at the WorkSource office 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, and 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays. The office is closed most major holidays. All classes are free to the public and walk-ins are welcome.

RECOVERY

Numerous “Anonymous” groups meet throughout the region on a daily basis.

For meeting times and places, call the following phone numbers or write to: Alcoholics Anonymous, 360-423-2520, (District 27, P.O. Box 1422, Longview); Al-Anon, 360-423-2520; Clatskanie Al-Anon, 503-728-3351; Cowlitz County Gamblers Anonymous, 360-270-8692 or 360-751-0428 or 360-560-3133; Gamblers Anonymous of Woodland, 360-601-1599; Dual Recovery Anonymous, 360-601-5125; Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, 360-281-0712 or 360-442-9061; Narcotics Anonymous 24-hour helpline, 360-749-6965; Nar-Anon, 360-425-1622; Overeaters Anonymous, 503-487-7020 or 360-560-5038.

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