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Local Weekend Happenings

Posted on 29th April 2016 at 09:44

Stageworks Northwest is making some adjustments in honor of Dr. Marion Clark at Sunday’s final performance of the classic Gilbert and Sullivan operetta “H.M.S. Pinafore,” wrapping up this weekend at the Longview Theatre on Commerce Avenue. The 2 pm Sunday matinee will now be presented at 7:30 pm, so cast and orchestra members can attend the memorial service for Clark, who was a supporter of Stageworks, and was a colleague of many of the performers. Showtimes are at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday nights, and now on Sunday, as well. Tickets are available at the door, or by going to

The Grandmothers Bowling League is holding its annual banquet on Friday, starting at 11 am at the Sizzler restaurant on Ocean Beach Highway. Call 751-4174 for registration information.

“Seattle Shakespeare” returns to Cathlamet this weekend presenting “The Tempest” this Friday afternoon at Wahkiakum High School. WHS students will be viewing the play as part of their schooling, but the production is also open to the community. Curtain is set for 1 pm on Friday on the Wahkiakum High School stage. Admission is free, but they will be accepting donations that will help support the troupe and possible return engagements.

The Friends of the Kelso Library are holding a Used Book Sale this weekend, Friday, Saturday and MONDAY at the Library in the Three Rivers Mall. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm each day, with a “Clearance Day” on Monday. will help support children’s programs and other services.

You’re invited to a retirement party for outgoing Cowlitz County Health and Human Services Director Carlos Carreon, which will run from 2 to 4 pm this Friday in the third floor General Meeting Room at the Cowlitz County Administration Building in Kelso. Friday is his last day or work.

This Friday and Saturday, there’s a fundraising Garage Sale at 58890 Morten Lane in St. Helens, being held in support of Sandy Byers as she tries to raise money to pay for her heart transplant. The sale is located about a mile off of Highway 30 in St. Helens, on the way to the Columbia County Fairgrounds.

The annual Kids’ Fish-In at Lake Sacajawea is set for Saturday, starting at 8 am and going until 3. Kids taking part will each receive a rod and reel, gear and help with getting started. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited to the first 400 kids. Go to for more information, and to get signed up.

A lot of local kids are getting their feet wet as business people on Saturday, as Longview Parks and Rec hosts a Kids Garage Sale, running from 9 am until 1 pm at the McClelland Arts Center. Kids are renting their own booths and are selling their own wares; head on over and see what they have.

The annual March of Dimes March for Babies is set for Saturday morning at Lake Sacajawea. Registration will start at 8 am on Saturday, and the March itself will start at 9. You’ll be able to walk in support of the March of Dimes and that group’s battle against birth defects, and will also be able to walk with others who have dealt with premature birth, birth defects or the loss of an infant.

The 2016 Lower Columbia Contractors Association Home Garden and Leisure Show is happening this weekend, Saturday and Sunday at the Cowlitz County Expo Center. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. Along with vendor displays, they’ll have a number of seminars and demonstrations, along with hands-on activities for the kids. This year also features the first-ever LEGO building competition for kids between the ages of 5 and 12. Admission is $2 or two cans of food.

The Rainier Garden Club is putting on its annual Plant Sale on Saturday, running from 9 am to 3 pm in the J&R Sales parking lot. They’ll have trees, flowers, native plants, vegetables, Mother’s Day gifts and a lot more. Proceeds will go into the Rainier Garden Club’s community projects.

The Castle Rock High School FFA is holding its annual Plant Sale this Saturday, starting at 8 am and going until 2 pm. They’ll have hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables for sale, raising money for the FFA and its student activities. The sale will take place in the greenhouse at the high school.

The Comcast Cares event is taking place this Saturday in Castle Rock, with volunteers coming in to work on the South Huntington Avenue water feature and entry into the city. This is located right across from Lions Pride Park; you should bring gloves, hand tools and other implements. Lunch will be provided to the volunteers. Go to to get signed up.

There’s a “Mom’s Day Out Bazaar” set for this Saturday in the Northlake Baptist Church Gym, running from 10 am to 4 pm. This is on the corner of Ocean Beach Highway and Pacific Way, and will be a benefit for the Caring Pregnancy Center of Cowlitz County. Each vendor at the event will be giving away a prize; get details on the CPC of Cowlitz County Facebook page.

From 10 am until 2 pm on Saturday, its “Safe Kids/Healthy Kids Day” at the Southwest Washington YMCA. There will be all manner of activities, games, demonstrations and prizes; they’ll also have life-jacket-fittings and water safety information. Contact the YMCA on 15th Avenue in Longview for information on getting your children involved.

The 48th annual Coin Show of the Cowlitz Coin Club of Longview-Kelso is set for this weekend at the AWPPW Hall in Longview. You’ll be able to view, buy, sell and trade coins, and there will also be raffles of gold and silver American Eagle coins. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday; admission is free.

Violin virtuoso Jaime Jorge performs Saturday evening at the Journey Adventist Church in Kelso. Jorge has played in more than 60 countries, performing in venues from high schools to Carnegie Hall. This performance is set for 6 pm this Saturday at the church on Solomon Way, just off of West Side Highway near Lexington.

The Kelso Bridge Market opens this weekend, moving to a new venue. From 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday, the Bridge Market will be open at the Three Rivers Mall, and they will be giving free pansy plants to the first 100 mothers that visit.

The Mainstage Theatre Children’s Class will present “The King’s Meal” on Sunday, a production that’s billed as a “family-friendly musical.” Curtain on the Dana Brown Mainstage at R. A. Long High School is at 2 pm on Sunday; donations are requested.

At 3 pm on Sunday, the Columbia River Handbells will present a concert at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Longview. The bell team will be joined by Jared Devine, who will play the cello on two special pieces. Admission is free, but they will be accepting donations in support of the Columbia River Handbells.