From 4-7 pm today, you can drop off donations for the annual Beacon Hill Extreme Team Garage Sale, which is planned for this Saturday. Donations should be clean, and in good working order. If you can’t drop the donations off, call 360-749-7245 to arrange a pickup. The sale itself will run from 8 am until 2 pm at Beacon Hill Elementary School, raising money for the student group that performs at a variety of events through the year.
They’re celebrating the end of the Youth basketball season Friday evening with a Brownie Bash and Dessert Auction at the George Bales Community Center up on Rose Valley Road. Brownies will be served, there will be a short ceremony to honor volunteers who helped to make the season happen, and there will also be a Dessert Auction, to help raise money in support of the Community Center. Things get started at 6 pm, and the auction winners will be announced at 7. Call 751-3412 for more information.
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.
Saturday is a “No-Joiner Fee Day” at the Southwest Washington YMCA, going from 8 am until 4:30 pm. New members can join the Y by just paying the first month’s dues, with no additional joining fee. Membership will grant access to all of the Y’s facilities, and will also make you eligible for reduced rates on special programs offered by the Y, along with free drop-in day care and an afterschool program for kids age 10 to 17. Call the Y at 423-4770, or go to their website at longviewymca.org for more information.
Longview Parks and Recreation is putting together an impromptu “Seahawk Run and Walk,” starting at 10 am Saturday morning, doing a lap of Lake Sacajawea. Parks and Rec says that this is a low-key, fun event, with no timing, no awards and no cost. Strut your Seahawk bling and celebrate Seahawk pride, while also burning off a few calories prior to Sunday’s big party. The Seahawk Fun Run and Walk will start at 10 am at the Lions Shelter, located at 17th and Nichols Boulevard.
Altrusa’s “Bertie Bear” is coming out of hibernation for a special event planned for Saturday at the Longview and Kelso Libraries. From 11 am until 1 pm at the Kelso Library and from 2 to 4pm at the Longview Library, Bertie Bear will be giving out free books and hugs to pre-school through elementary school kids. The Altrusa Breakfast Bunch is putting this event together; if you have donations of children’s books, the Breakfast Bunch will also make sure those books get to local charities that serve local kids.
There’s a special dinner event going on Saturday afternoon and evening in Rainier, a benefit for HOPE, Rainier’s local food bank. The “Souper Bowl” dinner and auction fundraiser will run from 4:30-7 pm at the Rainier United Methodist Church; dinner will include a variety of soups, salad, bread, beverages and dessert. Auction items will include a soup-themed gift basket, gift certificates and locally-made ceramics. Tickets are available at HOPE, or at Glaze Gifts and Giggles in Rainier. Call 503-728-4228 for more information.
It should be an awesome night of blues music on Saturday at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, as “The Boogie Cat” from Portland, Norman Sylvester and his daughter, LaRhonda Steele come in for a show. Sylvester has been inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, while Steele has performed at the Lincoln Center and the Waterfront Blues Festival. Curtain is set for 7:30 pm Saturday night; call 575-TIXX for ticket information, or go to the CTPA web page.
Out in Naselle, the Appelo Archives Center is holding its 5th annual Old Time Loggers Reunion, going from 10 am until 2 pm. Harvey Johnson, Jr. and Merlin Durrah will be the guests of honor at this year’s celebration. Everyone is invited to come by and celebrate, and their café will be open for lunch.