The YMCA of Southwest Washington is hosting a Harvest Festival on from 5 to 8 pm on Friday night, inviting the whole family to come by for treats, bingo, games, prizes for kids of all ages. Admission is free, and bingo cards will be available for a small fee. They’re also having a black-light Zumba party from 5 to 7 pm, with strobes, fog and lighted accessories. Costumes are optional.
Get your fishnets, rice and toast ready for this weekend’s screenings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” being presented Friday and Saturday night at the Kelso Theater Pub. The doors open at 8 pm each night, and the movie starts at 9. “Proper attire” is encouraged.
It’s billed as a “Bluegrass Explosion” on Friday night down in Clatskanie, as the 26th annual Clatskanie Arts Commission Performing Arts Series bring Jeff Scroggins and Colorado to town. They’ll be playing in the Donovan Wooley Performing Arts Center at 7:30 Friday night. Advance tickets are available at Hump’s Restaurant, or at the door.
The Three Rivers Mall continues its “Reel Pop-Up Movies” through the weekend, with a free “Harry Potter” marathon and matinee screenings of “Cars.” This will be near the SW corner of the mall, and you can get the current movie schedule on www.threeriversmall.com, or on the TRM Facebook page.
The Beaver Homes Grange continues its Haunted House this weekend, going from 6:30 to 9:30 pm Friday and Saturday night. Military personnel get a dollar off of admission, and you can also shave a dollar off the entry price by bringing a food donation for the H. O. P. E. Warehouse. The Beaver Homes Grange is located off of Highway 30 near Goble, just follow the signs.
Up by Silver Lake, the Nyghtmare Manor Haunted House celebrates its tenth year, opening Friday and Saturday night from dusk until 10 pm. Admission is free, but they will be accepting donations of food and cash that will to the Help Food Warehouse in Longview. The Nyghtmare Manor Haunted House is located at 142 Wilford Road in Silver Lake.
The “St. Helens Haunted Tours” are still being offered each weekend through November 1st. The tours of the “secret, creepy and spooky” history of St. Helens will start at Plaza Square at 7 pm, starting each half-hour until 9:30 pm. Get tickets at Bertucci’s Chocolates, or go to www.SSCPmusicals.com.
Youth and Family Link continues with its Family Open Gym Nights on Friday, running from 6:30 to 8 pm. You’re invited to bring the whole family down for movies, crafts, bingo and other fun. Youth and Family Link is located at 907 Douglas Street in Longview.
You can help to improve the habitat for the endangered Columbian White-Tailed Deer by heading down to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday. Volunteers are needed to help plant 7,600 native trees and shrubs to help provide cover and fed for the deer, starting this weekend and going into March of next year. Get more details on the Refuge website.
Saturday and Sunday, the Southwest Washington YMCA will be offering a kayak instruction class in the main pool. Paddle Flatts Kayaking will be helping with these sessions, with a kids session running from 4:30 to 6 pm on Saturday, and an adult session going from 5:30 to 7 pm on Sunday. Call Paddle Flatts Kayaking at 751-7966 to pre-register, or call 423-4770 for more information.
The Rainier Senior Center is holding a Harvest Festival on Saturday evening, an event that’s geared to the adults. Costumes are optional, but they will be having a contest for the best-carved Jack O”Lantern. They’re also planning to have a magic show, games and other prized. This will run from 6 to 9 pm on Saturday, with proceeds helping to support the center. Tickets are available in advance or at the door of the Rainier Senior Center.
On Saturday, there’s a Cider Pressing planned at the historic Cedar Creek Grist Mill near Amboy, with a goal of making cider out of about 8,000 pounds of apples. At least three dozen volunteers are needed for this event, starting at 9 am on Saturday. Get directions and more on the logistics of Saturday’s cider pressing by going to the Cedar Creek Grist Mill web page.
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lower Columbia Community Action Program at a Gala planned for Saturday night at the Kelso Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center. Tickets include dinner, entertaining, and a close-up look at the impact that CAP has had on the local community over the past half-century. Tickets are available on the CAP website, or at the CAP building on Commerce Avenue. Doors open at 6 pm on Saturday.
It’s sold-out, but it should be a great time at Saturday’s “Spooktacular” Halloween party that’s going on Saturday night at the Kelso-Longview Elks Lodge. This event is a fundraiser for the Lower Columbia Professionals Scholarship Program, and will run from 7 to 11 pm. Contact the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce at 423-8400 for more information.
There’s a Halloween Party planned for Saturday night at the First Lutheran Church in St. Helens, starting at 5:30 pm on Saturday. The party has a “Carnival” theme this year, being planned by the church youth groups “PULSE.” All of the kids who come in costume are promised a treat.
Come to the Cowlitz Community Farmer’s Market and find produce, plants, crafts, baked goods, eggs, entertainment, and fun! Come on down and join the fun, there’s something good for everyone! Hours are 9 am until 2 pm on Saturday in the parking lot on 7th Avenue, across from the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds.
The Downtown Longview Farmers and Artisans Market is open from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday at 15th and Broadway in downtown Longview. Along with the locally grown produce, they’ll have all kinds of hand-made crafts, specialty foods, flower baskets and other items for sale. Find out more by calling 957-2515.