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Posted on 26th April 2013 at 16:19

Friday:
The Friends of the Longview Public Library are holding their Spring Book Sale this weekend, running on Friday and Saturday. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm on Friday, noon to 4 on Saturday.

Stageworks Northwest continues a production of “The Secret Garden” at the Longview Theatre on Commerce Avenue, running each weekend through May 12th. Curtain is 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, with a 2 pm Sunday matinee.

There’s dinner theatre available at the Rutherglen Mansion, featuring the latest work by local author Caroline Wood. Performances of “Is It Destiny or Is It Just Me?” are planned for Friday and Saturday night; call 425-5816 to make your required reservations.

Rising Star Productions has a production of the Broadway musical “Camelot” this weekend in their space at the Three Rivers Mall in Kelso. Curtain is 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday night. Tickets will be available at the door.

The Northwest Blacksmith Association is holding its spring conference this weekend at the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds. This will be going on in the FFA Building at the County Fairgrounds, featuring Rainier-based blacksmith Berkley Tack. He’ll be putting on demonstrations both Friday and Saturday. Other demonstrations are also planned. Admission is free.

Saturday:
Hundreds are expected Saturday morning at the PeaceHealth Women’s Pavilion, next to St. John Medical Center, continuing the annual tradition of raising money for the March of Dimes in the annual March for Babies event, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the March of Dimes. Registration begins at 8 am, then the March for Babies starts at 9.

In connection with National Drug Takeback Day, there’s a Prescription Drug Collection event planned for Saturday at the Youth and Family Link building, located on Douglas Street in Longview. Unused or expired prescriptions will be accepted and disposed of properly, going from 10 am until 2 pm.

There’s a bilingual family program planned for Saturday at the Longview Public Library, calld “Dia Fiesta.” The event celebrates Mexican Children’s Day, and will feature author Pat Mora, crafts, snacks and other fun. This starts at 2 pm on Saturday.

Olympic Elementary School on 30th Avenue in Longview is holding its Spring Bazaar, going from 9 am to 4 pm with vendor booths, baked goods and a raffle.

The Beaver Homes Grange holds its annual Building Fund Dinner on Saturday, running from 4 to 7 pm. Along with the dinner of chicken-fried steak and mashed potatoes, they’ll have a silent auction and other fun events. They’re located on Beaver Homes Road, off of Highway 30 in Goble.

The Collision softball team from Castle Rock is holding a fundraising event on Saturday, looking to get some money to pay for new jerseys, gear and registration fees. They’re having a spaghetti feed, Bunco party and silent auction, starting at 4 pm at the Castle Rock Eagles hall.

You’re invited to come by and celebrate the 90th birthday of the Monticello Hotel, in a party that’s planned for tomorrow night at the historic building on Longview’s Civic Circle. You’ll be able to check out the “1923 Dinner” at Ginger’s Restaurant, a four-course meal for $19.23. Saturday night, there’s a “Night of Jazz” in the hotel ballroom, a benefit dance party that will include Raeann Phillips singing for a band that includes Ron Steen on drums, Ramsay Embeck on piano and the Michael Paul Sextet. Tickets are available at the hotel, and proceeds will benefit the Mark Bridge Children’s Hospital.

Out in St. Helens, it’s the 14th annual Lite Up the Night Auction and Dance, a fundraiser for the St. Helens Sports Boosters. This runs from 5 to 11 pm on Saturday at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. Tickets will be available at the door.

The historic Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens are now open for their annual show, running each day through May 12th. The gardens on South Pekin Road near Woodland open each day at 10 am.

For the 36th year in a row, you’ll be able to get your fresh veggies, plant starts, honey, handcrafted items and other great stuff at the Cowlitz Community Farmers Market. The market will be open from 9 am until 2 pm on Saturdays and Tuesdays in the parking lot on 7th Avenue across from the Fridays, starting this weekend and running through October.

Sunday:
The Kelso Kiwanis Club is putting on their 3rd annual “Got Talent” show contest, starting at 3 pm on Sunday at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. Local talent will be competing for cash prizes, with a top prize of $500.

The 45th annual Cowlitz Coin Club Coin Show is set for Sunday at the AWPPW Hall in Longview, running from 10 am to 4 pm. They’ll be raffling off a rare ½-ounce American Gold Eagle coin, along with the other coins, currency and tokens that will be available to buy, sell or trade. Admission is free.

Stageworks Northwest is holding auditions for an upcoming production of “Dirty Deeds at the Depot,” This is being set up as a summer melodrama; would-be actors should have a short monologue, and should also be prepared to sing. The auditions start at 6:30 pm at the Longview Theatre on Commerce Avenue.