You can help make “stakes” of native trees and shrubs that will be planted at the Julia Butler Hansen Wildlife Refuge, at work party planned for Friday morning at the Refuge office, west of Cathlamet. Meet at the Refuge office at 8:30 Friday morning, and staff will get you going. All supplies will be provided, but you’re advised to dress for the weather and the conditions.
Find out about the locally-based Oregon Primate Rescue Coastal Primate Sanctuary at an event planned for Friday afternoon at the Kelso Senior Center. Sanctuary President Polly Schultz will be on hand to talk about the center, how it started and the purpose for its existence. She’ll also have a video and a book available. This event will run from 1 until 2:30 pm on Friday at the Senior Center; it’s free and open to all.
Friday is the deadline to get your suggestions in for the theme of this year’s Cowlitz County Fair. Fair officials say that the theme should include a slogan that will be used as the cornerstone for themed decorations, exhibits and attractions. Ideas can focus on any aspect of the fair; they need to be eight words or less, and they don’t need to rhyme. The winning submission will receive a grandstand event package for the whole fair, including tickets to this year’s country music show, and all three Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo sessions. The official form is available on the County Fair web page, and the deadline to get those entries in is 5 pm today. Call 577-3121 for more information.
Friday and Saturday night at Kelso High School, it’s “Play On!,” a “play-in-a-play” comedy by Rick Abbot. This show is about a theatre group that’s putting on a play, with additional comedy ensuing. “Play On!” will be presented in the KHS Auditorium at 7 pm Friday and Saturday, along with a 2 pm matinee on Saturday. This production also continues next weekend, as well.
Check out the special presentations of “The Dark Side of Oz” this Friday and Saturday night at the Kelso Theatre Pub. This is a special show, with the “The Wizard of Oz” synched to the classic Pink Floyd album “Dark Side of the Moon.” Showings are planned for 9 pm this Friday and Saturday night, with a special admission price of $5 per person.
This Saturday, the annual Beacon Hill Extreme Team Garage Sale will be held at Beacon Hill Elementary School. Donations for the event will be accepted at the school from 4 to 7 pm, or they can also arrange pickups for larger donations. From 8 am until 2 pm on Saturday, the sale will be held in the Beacon Hill Elementary School gym. Proceeds help to support the performance team at the school.
Washington AAA is offering a Driver Improvement Program on Saturday, running from 9 am until 4 pm at the Kelso Senior Center. This is a day-long class that is intended to provide guidance for accident prevention, enhanced driver safety and confidence. Those 55 years and older may qualify for an auto insurance discount by taking a class like this. Pre-registration is required; call 1-800-462-3728 to get signed up.
If you’re up in the area of Toledo High School this Saturday morning, you might want to stop by and partake of the ASB Breakfast that’s being offered. This will run from 8 to 10 am in the High School Commons, serving omelets and all-you-can-eat pancakes. This event is being hosted by the sophomore class at Toledo High.
The 2016 Oregon History Bee and Bowl is set for Saturday up at Rainier Junior-Senior High School, a day-long competition that will involve teams from all over the state. Three teams from Rainier will compete, along with teams from Medford, Portland, Beaverton and Hillsboro. The doors open at 8:45, the Opening Meeting is set for 9:20, and the History Bowl competitions are scheduled to begin at 9:50 am. The History Bee competitions are set to start just before noon. During the lunch break, students will also have the chance to taken the National Qualifying Exams for the U. S. Geography Olympiad and the U. S. History Bee. Winners at this weekend’s competition will also qualify for the National History Bowl and History Bee. This event is open to everyone; in fact, there’s still a need for adult volunteers to act as readers and scorekeepers. Call Andrew Demko at 503-556-4215 if you would like to help out.
From noon until 2 pm on Saturday, there’s a Plant-based Cooking Class being offered at the Country Village Nutrition Shoppe, located at 711 Vandercook Way in Longview. Seating begins at 11:45 am, as you come in and learn how you can add more plant-based options to your diet. Call Deb Kay at 431-4182 for information on the class; there is a fee to attend.
Folks with handicaps and their loved ones are invited to Lynn’s Ice Cream, Yogurt and More on Commerce Avenue on Saturday, as the Handicap Hangout will be held from 3 to 5 pm. This group was formed in the fall of last year, as a support group for handicapped people in the local area. Lynn’s Ice Cream, Yogurt and More is located at 1232 Commerce in downtown Longview.
It’s time to start thinking about tax preparation, and the first in a series of free tax preparation sessions are set for this weekend at the Longview Public Library. Trained volunteers will be set up at the Library from 12:30 to 4:30 pm on Saturday. Other sessions are being set up at Lower Columbia CAP and the Castle Rock Senior Center. Call Lower Columbia CAP at 425-3430 if you need more help
Ten local restaurants will be vying to see who makes the best soup at Saturday night’s “Soup-Off” at the Kelso-Longview Elks Lodge. This is a friendly competition that’s also intended to help raise money to support youth programs at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. The Soup-Off will run from 6 to 9 pm on Saturday at Elks Lodge in Kelso, just off of Grade Street. Call 575-8499 or go to the CTPA web page for ticket information.
Join in the celebration as the 2016 Lower Columbia College Athletic Hall of Fame class is inducted this Saturday night. Six former athletes, coaches and boosters are being inducted, honoring their excellence in competition and their dedication to the college. The 2016 LCC Athletics Hall of Fame Awards Banquet is being held at Myklebust Gym; the social hour and silent auction begins at 6 Saturday evening, followed by the banquet and awards ceremony at 7. Tickets are available in the LCC Bookstore, or by caling 442-2112. Proceeds from the event will support the LCC Foundation Athletic Excellence Fund.
The daughter of legendary puppeteer Shari Lewis will be in Longview on Sunday, reprising the childhood of many local adults when Mallory Lewis presents “A Lamb Chop Celebration” at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. This show is part of the Rainy Months Series at the CTPA, and will be presented at 2 pm on Sunday, at a cost of just $5 per person. Get tickets through columbiatheatre.com, or call 575-TIXX
They’re celebrating Kalama’s perseverance, strength and community spirit at Sunday’s “Come Rain and Kalama Will Shine” Community Dinner this Sunday afternoon. This is being co-sponsored by AMALAK, the Kalama Chamber of Commerce and the City of Kalama, celebrating the local response after last month’s storms and flooding. This is free and open to all; there will also be a silent auction, raffles and live entertainment. Donations to support the event are also being accepted. Call 673-4071 for more information.
There’s still another week to go in the HOPE “Souper Bowl” food drive in Columbia County. Through Sunday, February 7th, businesses around Columbia County are collecting food donations that will go to the HOPE Food Bank. The business that collects the most food will receive a special gift basket from the HOPE Board of Directors. Donations can be dropped off at the Clatskanie People’s Utility District, at the Rainier branch of the St. Helens Credit Union, and at the United Way of Columbia County. Call 503-728-4228 for more information.