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Weekend Events–2/20-22

It should be a “colorful” Third Friday event at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, as Honey Bea Hart of Longview is accompanied by two other “Superstar Divas” in presenting the first-ever Drag Cabaret at the historic building. Showtime is 7 pm Friday night; call 575-TIXX for ticket information, or go to the CTPA web page for more information.

Stageworks Northwest presents “The Lion in Winter,” running each weekend through March 1st. The story of the dysfunctional family of King Henry II will be presented at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday night, along with a 2 pm Sunday matinee, with all performances being held at the Longview Theatre on Commerce Avenue in Longview. Go to the Stageworks Northwest web page for more information.

The Love Street Playhouse in Woodland continues a production of the hysterical musical “Nunsense.” This rollicking comedy will be presented Friday and Saturday night at the Love Street Playhouse, located at 126 Love Street in Woodland. Curtain is 7:30 pm each night.

Each weekend through the end of this month, Gallery 505 in Toledo is hosting a Metal and Glass Artwork Show, featuring works from a dozen different local artists. Hours at Gallery 505 run from 2 pm to 6 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays. They’re located at 205 Cowlitz Street in downtown Toledo.

Friday Night Open Gym continues at Youth and Family Link on Douglas Street in Longview, starting at 6:30 pm. There is a charge of $3 per adult to take part in the open basketball sessions. Call Youth and Family Link at 423-6741 for more information.

The Marine Division of the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is offering another day-long “Adventures in Boating” certification course on Saturday, going from 8 am to 3:30 pm. The free class is open to anyone who needs to obtain a Washington State Boaters Education Card, and this will also be the final class until after the boating season ends in September. The free class will be held at the Cowlitz County Search and Rescue building, located at 1800 Western Lane in Kelso. Call Deputy Jordan Spencer at 577-3092 for more information.

The 3rd annual Cowlitz County CASA Dodgeball Tourney gets under way around 9 am Saturday morning at the Mint Valley Racquet and Fitness Club. As many as 24 teams will vie for the title of best dodgeballers in Cowlitz County, with all proceeds helping to benefit Cowlitz County CASA.

Washington AAA is offering a refresher course on defensive driving skills, starting at 9 am on Saturday at Lower Columbia College. Participants will get practical training for traffic accident prevention, while also enhancing driver safety and confidence. Drivers 55 years and older who complete the course could qualify for an insurance discount. Call 1-800-462-3728 for more information.

Safe Kids Lower Columbia is holding a Car Seat Clinic from 10 am until 1 pm on Saturday at the Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue Main Station on Vine Street in Kelso. You can find out if you’re using your child car seat properly at this event, with a trained technician checking that installation for free. They’ll also have some new car seats available for low-income families that might have obsolete or recalled car seats.

Winter swim lessons start on Saturday at Dick Mealy Memorial Pool at Mark Morris High School. The lessons will be held each Saturday through March 28th, at a cost of $35 for 6 lessons. Sessions are offered at 10:10 am and 11:05 am. Download a registration form from the Longview Schools web page, or call 575-7709 for more information. Open Swim sessions are also offered from noon to 3 pm on Saturdays, at a cost of $3.50 per person.

The monthly “Soup’s On” community lunch is being offered this Saturday at the Kelso First Baptist Church. Doors open at 11:30 am, with lunch served until 1 pm. The Clothes Closet will also be open for those who have a need.

The “Blues are Back” Saturday night at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, a stellar show that will feature some of the hottest blues artists around. Singer and bass player Lisa Mann will be joined by Lloyd Jones and Karen Lovely for a show that will start at 7:30 pm Saturday night. Get tickets off of the Columbia Theatre web page, or call 575-TIXX for ticket information.

KLOG Thursday Sports

Rip City is mourning the loss of fan favorite Jerome Kersey who suddenly passed away at the age of 52 yesterday…..The Blazers made a trade today, sending Will Barton, Victor Claver and two draft picks to Denver for Aaron Afflalo…..Pierce defeated the LCC men 80-76 in overtime last night a damaging loss that puts the Devils in a tie for the last playoff spot with three games left. The LCC women beat Pierce 77-60 to go to 13-0 in league play…..In boys 1A District play, Kalama beat Elma 59-51 clinch a State Regional berth. Tonight Woodland takes on Aberdeen in a 2A District loser out game at 7 pm at Mark Morris…..In girls 2A District Black Hills eliminated Woodland 54-43. Tonight, Kalama faces White Salmon in a 12A loser out game at Chehalis, 6:30 pm.

Haven Energy Meeting

There’s a special meeting of the Port of Longview Commission planned for this evening at the Cowlitz County Expo Center, where you’ll have a chance to share your views about the proposed Haven Energy propane and butane export facility. Port CEO Geir Kalhagen says that they promised to have an open and transparent process as the negotiations for this proposal moved ahead, and he says that tonight’s meeting is part of that process. The Port and Haven are close to coming to an agreement on a lease for the facility, currently planning to take a vote on the lease at the Commission’s meeting on March 10th. Today’s special meeting will start at 5:30 pm, kicked off with a presentation by the project’s backers. There will be a break following the presentation and question and answer period, and then the floor will be opened for public comment. Additional information is available on the Port of Longview web page.

Scappoose School Threat

Columbia County law enforcement is now working to figure out the source of a threatening note that shut down Scappoose schools yesterday afternoon. E-mail notifications were sent to parents, saying a graffiti threat had been discovered in a restroom stall at Scappoose High School. Scappoose Police released a photo of the note, which had yesterday’s date, and said “I have a gun in my bag…I start shooting at 12:10 pm…NO JOKE!!!…I plan on taking 9.” District officials say that they’re taking the threat seriously, and closed schools as a precaution. Scappoose Police are working with the school district in trying to identify the writer, but no other information is being released at this time.

Mint Valley Golf Workshop

The Longview City Council will be hearing some proposals that are intended to boost play at the Mint Valley Golf Course, as the number of rounds and the revenue generated by the city-owned course continue to decline. A committee of course staff members, golf course advisory committee members and the golf operations manager have been working on additional marketing and advertising for the course, acting on a number of low-cost options. It’s also being proposed that the City Council roll back a recent rate increase in annual passes to try and spur more people to sign up and play. Also at this evening’s meeting will be a presentation on annexation methods, along with a discussion about the possibility of annexing about 240 acres of land along Ocean Beach Highway in West Longview. This evening’s Longview City Council workshop starts at 6 pm in the second floor training room at the Longview City Hall.


It’s being announced that two major non-profit care providers in Cowlitz County plan to merge. Today’s Daily News reports that the Family Health Center and the Drug Abuse Prevention Center will merge on April 1st, with a goal of increasing access to drug abuse, substance abuse and mental health services. Those involved say that they hope to streamline the process of getting local residents into mental health and drug treatment programs. It’s reported that the DAPC will come under the Family Health Center umbrella, with Dian Cooper continuing to work as the CEO, while current DAPC Director Gus Nolte will become “Deputy Director.” DAPC’s four locations will be added to the six clinics operated by the FHC, and it’s possible that more medical services could be offered at the DAPC locations. It’s also reported that no jobs will be lost, and wages will also remain unaffected.

Gift of Smiles

Today’s the day that you’ll need to call in and get registered for the “Gift of Smiles” event that’s planned for tomorrow at Smiles Dental in Longview. Tomorrow is “Free Dental Day” at Smiles Dental, offering free cleanings or restorative dental work, including fillings, extractions or any service that can be done in one hour, and doesn’t require additional lab work. Smiles Dental is located at 810 Ocean Beach Highway, suite 110. Call 577-0566 to make an appointment.

Community Conversation

Nursing instructors Annette Ward and Merry Bond will be the featured speakers at today’s Community Conversation lecture, continuing on the theme of “Turning Points in Science.” Ward and Bond will present “Infection Control through History” at noon today in the Wollenberg Auditorium at the Rose Center for the Arts. Admission is free.

Volcano Views and Brews

Tyler Hicks with the Mount St. Helens Institute will be talking about his “Cascadia Big Fishing Year” at this evening’s Volcano Views and Brews event, being held at Hop-N-Grape in Longview. Last year, Hicks set a goal of catching at least 50 different species of fish and shellfish in Washington and Oregon; after putting in more than ten thousand miles of travel and nearly 100 days on the water, Hicks far exceeded his goal. With every catch, a special narrative was also born. You can hear Hicks this evening at Hop-N-Grape; the get-together starts around 5 pm, and the program will start at 6:30. A $5 donation is suggested.

Friends of Fox Creek Dinner

The volunteer stream restoration group “Friends of Fox Creek” will hold their annual banquet tonight at the El Tapatio restaurant in downtown Rainier. Along with the annual business meeting and election of board members, Irene Martin of Skamakowa will talk about “Fishing and Fish-Canning on the Columbia River.” Tonight’s event is open to the public, with dinner available for purchase from the restaurant. This event gets under way at 6:30 pm.