The Kelso High School Theatre Department presents a “Variety Show” this Friday and Saturday, featuring song and dance numbers, comedy skits, monologues and more. A one-act play called “You Better Sit Down: Stories from My Parents’ Divorce” will also be presented. Curtain times in the Kelso High School Auditorium are at 7 pm Friday and Saturday, along with a 2 pm matinee on Saturday. Donations will be accepted at the door.
The first production by Lower Columbia College Theater program Director Betsy Richard continues this weekend, with a production of a comedy called “Almost Maine.” This will be presented on the Center Stage in the Wollenberg Auditorium, with curtain set at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday night. Admission is free for LCC students, staff and faculty.
A Mainstage Theatre production of the classic musical comedy “Bye Bye Birdie” runs this weekend on the Dana Brown Mainstage at R. A. Long High School. This spoof of the early 60’s will be presented at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday night, along with a 3 pm Sunday matinee. Advance tickets can be purchased through the RAL ASB office.
Local playwright Caroline Wood presents her latest work, called “Uncommon Wings,” at the Longview Theatre on Commerce Avenue, with performances planned each weekend through the 29th. Directed by Scarlett Clark, Wood calls this play “A poignant journey of discovery and personal growth. Curtain is set for 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday night, along with a matinee at 2 pm on Sunday. Call 636-4488 for ticket information, or go to the Stageworks Northwest web page for more information.
There are a couple of books sales going on; the monthly Friends of the Kalama Library will run from 9 am to 4 pm on Friday at the Kalama City County Chambers, the Friends of the Castle Rock Library will have a book sale going on form 11 to 6 on Friday and from 10 to 3 on Saturday at the Castle Rock Library.
Down the way in Cathlamet, the annual St. James Gift Fair will be going on from 10 am to 4 on Friday. A number of vendors will be set up with an array of handcrafted items, art, wreathes, centerpieces, wooden trivets and other kitchen items. Books and collectibles will also be available. A Bake Sale will feature Scandinavian and English pastries, and the Kid’s Christmas Store will be open, with no item over a dollar. Proceeds will help support the St. James Family Center.
There’s an old-fashioned “Turkey Shoot” going on this Saturday at the Cowlitz County Public Shooting Range, going this Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm. There are two flights, a 100-yard contest for center-fire rifles, using an elbow rest only, with five rounds per shooter. There’s also a trap competition, with 25 clay targets. This is open to any novice shooter; state and nationally-ranked shooters are not eligible. There is an entry fee for each competition. The Shooting Range is located at 1000 Toutle Park Road, just north of Castle Rock.
From 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday, Safe Kids Lower Columbia will be conducting a Car Seat Clinic at the Cowlitz 2 Main Station in Kelso. You can get a free inspection, making sure that your car seat is being used correctly. They’ll also have car seats available, in the event that yours might be broken or obsolete. Call 575-6280 if you need more help.
The annual Thanksgiving “Soup’s On” Community Lunch is set for Saturday, with the doors at the Kelso First Baptist Church opening a little later than usual. The public is invited to come and join in Thanksgiving Dinner between 3 and 5 pm, free of charge. Call the Church at 423-2513 if you need more information, or if you would like to help out.
This Saturday, you can hook up with gamers at more than a thousand libraries around the world, as the Longview Public Library hosts the eighth annual International Games Day @ Your Library. Between 10 am and 5 pm on Saturday, the Longview Library will have special game programs and other events that are suitable for the whole family. They’ll have a variety of card games, board games and more. It’s free and open to all.
At 4 pm this Saturday at the Southwest Washington YMCA, there’s a special Silent Dessert Auction and Raffle, an event that’s intended to help raise awareness about epilepsy. Raffle tickets are $1 apiece, or 3 for $5. All proceeds will go to the Epilepsy Foundation of the Northwest.
Mark Morris High School graduate Rich Hinrichsen will be performing Saturday night at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, presenting a vocal concert of varied sounds, including Broadway show tunes, Tangos from South America, American Jazz and more, starting at 7:30 pm. Call 575-TIXX for ticket information, or you can go to the Columbia Theatre web page.
Friday, Nov. 20-
Grace Lutheran Fall Flea Market: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 20, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 21, Grace Lutheran Church, 2725 Dover St., Longview; sponsored by Grace Lutheran Ladies Guild; to benefit Cowlitz Free Clinic and the Good Shepherd Home of the West.
Joyful Season Craft Bazaar: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 20 and Nov. 21, 403 Balcer St., Castle Rock; sponsored by Connie Hall; to benefit the Emergency Support Shelter.
Mrs. Santa’s Gifts: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 20 and Nov. 21, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 22, 1070 Cowlitz View Court N.W., Castle Rock; sponsored by Diann Bonkowski; to benefit families in need at Christmas; silent auction, raffle for Seahawk items and candy bouquets.
Winter Wonderland Bazaar: 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. Nov. 20, Somerset Retirement and Assisted Living, 2025 Tibbetts Drive, Longview; sponsored by Somerset Retirement and Assisted Living; to benefit Longview Community Home Health & Hospice children’s summer camp.
Woodland Care Center Bazaar: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 20, Woodland Care Center, 310 Fourth St., Woodland; sponsored by and to benefit center’s Resident Council.
All I Want for Christmas Is a Kidney Bazaar: noon-6 p.m. Nov. 21, 902 Ash St. Kelso; sponsored by COTA for Team Ethan M; to benefit Children’s Organ Transplant Association.
CHE Turkeys and Trees Holiday Bazaar: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 21, Columbia Heights Elementary School, 2820 Parkview Drive, Longview; sponsored by and to benefit CHE Parent Teacher Organization.
Grace Lutheran Fall Flea Market: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 20, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 21, Grace Lutheran Church, 2725 Dover St., Longview; sponsored by Grace Lutheran Ladies Guild; to benefit Cowlitz Free Clinic and Good Shepherd Home of the West.
Experience the Season: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 21, Exodus Christian Fellowship/Smart Start Early Learning Center, 2746 Ocean Beach Highway, Longview; sponsored by and to benefit Smart Start Early Learning Center; coffee and cookie combination available, $5.
Holiday Artists’ Market: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 21 and Nov. 22, Morgan Arts Centre, 190 Plomondon Road, Toledo; sponsored by Morgan Arts Centre; to benefit art and theater camps for children; free snacks; some canned and baked goods available for purchase and Santa Lucia Coffee at $12 per pound.
Joyful Season Craft Bazaar: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 21, 403 Balcer St., Castle Rock; sponsored by Connie Hall; to benefit Emergency Support Shelter.
Mrs. Santa’s Gifts: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 21 and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 22, 1070 Cowlitz View Court N.W., Castle Rock; sponsored by Diann Bonkowski; to benefit families in need at Christmas; silent auction, raffle for Seahawks items and candy bouquets.
St. James Annual Gift Fair: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 21, St James Family Center, 1134 Columbia St., Cathlamet; sponsored by St. James Episcopal Church; to benefit St. James Family Center; chili, nachos, chili dogs, hot dogs, assorted cakes, homemade cider, corn bread, side salad, $1.50-$6.
St. Philip Holiday Boutique Craft Bazaar: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 21, St. Philip Parish Hall, 430 Bozarth St., Woodland; sponsored by St. Philip Altar Society; to benefit care packages for the Emergency Support Shelter; Tommy Tsunami’s White Chicken Chili, coffee, cider, cookies and snacks; $3 for a bowl of chili, other food by donation.
Sunday, Nov. 23-
Holiday Artists’ Market: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 22, Morgan Arts Centre, 190 Plomondon Road, Toledo; sponsored by Morgan Arts Centre; to benefit art and theater camps for children; free snacks; some canned and baked goods available for purchase and Santa Lucia Coffee at $12 per pound.
Mrs. Santa’s Gifts: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 22, 1070 Cowlitz View Court N.W. (off south end of Huntington Avenue), Castle Rock; sponsored by Diann Bonkowski; to benefit families in need at Christmas; silent auction, raffle for Seahawk items and candy bouquets.