A comedy called “The Love of Three Oranges” opens this weekend, presented by the Mainstage Theatre group on the Dana Brown Stage at R. A. Long High School. Showtimes are set for 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday night. Tickets will be available at the door; there’s even “VIP seating” available, which will include reserved seats, light refreshments, and the opportunity to visit with the cast.
The Stageworks Northwest production of the classic musical comedy “9 to 5” continues this weekend at the Longview Theatre on Commerce Avenue. Performances are set for 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday nights, along with a 2 pm Sunday matinee, running through June 8th. Tickets are available through the Stageworks Northwest website, or at the door.
They’re holding a “Treasure Sale” on Friday and Saturday at the Kelso First Baptist Church, part of the “Raise Our Roof” repair project at the church on South 4th in Kelso. They’ll have all kinds of “treasures and jewelry” available for purchase; hours at 9 am to 3 pm both days.
The Artisan Guild of Mount St. Helens holds its 2nd annual “Spring Artisan Faire” on Friday, running from 10 am to 5 pm in Cassava’s Fusion Café at 14th and Broadway in Longview. This is perfect time to get that Mother’s Day gift, with artisan-quality stained glass, photography, jewelry, metal art and other special pieces available for purchase.
Youth and Family Link on Douglas Street in Longview is holding a free “Friday Family Night,” going from 6:30 to 8 pm. The whole family is invited to come down for open gym time, arts and crafts, movies, play time or other activities. It’s free to attend, but you do need to pre-register by calling 423-6741.
The final Lake Sacajawea Bird Walk of the summer is planned for Saturday, hosted by the Willapa Hills Audubon Society. This will get started at 8 am, rain or shine, meeting at Hemlock and Kessler Boulevard. You should dress for the weather, and bring binoculars if you have them. No reservations are required, and it’s free to take part.
Get a head start on the gardening season by heading over to the Lower Columbia School Gardens Plant Sale, running from 9 am until 1 pm on Saturday at Northlake Elementary School on Olympia Way in Longview. Along with veggies, flowers, herbs and perennials for sale, you’ll be able to tour the garden and orchard and you can meet “Steve the Rabbit.” Admission is free.
The WSU Master Gardeners are also holding a Plant Sale on Saturday, running from 9 am until 3 pm in the Floral Building at the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds. Along with the plants that will be for sale, they’ll have a craft table for the kids; proceeds will help to support the Master Gardeners and other activities of WSU Extension.
There’s a Model Train and Toy Show on Saturday at Kelso High School, a fundraiser for the KHS Class of 2014. This event is being hosted by the Olympia Capitol City Lions Club, and will run from 9 am to 4 pm at Kelso High. Admission is $6 per person, but you can get $1 off by bringing a can of food or a pair of used glasses.
Longview Historic Preservation Month continues, with a walking tour of the Old West Side planned to start at 10 am. Former Longview Mayor and retired history teacher Dennis Weber will be leading the tour, which will begin at Kessler and Louisiana, next to Lake Sacajawea. It’s free to take part.
Local high school kids will be showing off their rides at the 28th annual All-High-School Car Show, running from 9 am until 2 pm in the parking lot next to the Don Talley Building at LCC. The show is open to all high school students in the area, and there are no entry fees. Prizes will be awarded; all participants will get a dash plaque and there will be other fun stuff.
The Southwest Washington Family YMCA is putting on the “Go Girl Go” Fun Run on Saturday, starting at the facility on 15th Avenue in Longview. Registration starts at 8 pm, and then the run around Lake Sacajawea will start at 9. Contact the Y for registration information.
You can help observe May as Mental Health Awareness Month at Saturday’s “Fun Day in the Park,” going from noon until 4 pm at Tam O’Shanter Park in Kelso. You can exercise your body and mind at the event, but they’ll also have games, drawings, face-painting and prizes to give away.
It’s the final weekend for the annual Hulda Klager Lilac Days down in Woodland, where you’ll be able to wander the fragrant gardens, tour the farm house and purchase all manner of lilac-based products. Hours are 10 am until 4 pm through Mother’s Day.
The senior girls from Mark Morris and R. A. Long High Schools square off in the 1st-ever Powder Puff Football Game, kicking off at 7 pm Saturday night at Longview Memorial Stadium. Proceeds will help support the combined MM/RAL Senior Party.
Saturday evening, the YMCA is hosting “A Night with a Royal Prince,” a mother-son dance that will go from 6 to 8 pm in the Multi-Purpose Gym. Light refreshments will be served, Mr C’s Photography will be taking pictures, and Jackie Bodine will provide the music. Call 423-4770 for details.
The Cowlitz Community Farmers Market is open for its annual run at the County Expo Center. They will have plants, honey and other handcrafted items available for purchase. Hours in the 7th Avenue parking lot at 9 am until 2 pm on Saturdays and Tuesday through October.
It’s high-flying entertainment on Saturday night at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, as Pendulum Aerial Arts comes in for a special show of acrobatics, gymnastics and other physical feats. Showtime is at 7:30 pm; call 575-TIXX for ticket information.
The Downtown Longview Farmers and Artisans Market is the spot to get your last-minute Mother’s Day gifts, open on Sunday, open from 10 am to 3 pm at 15th and Broadway in downtown Longview. They’ll have all kinds of hand-made crafts, specialty foods, flower baskets and other items for sale. Hours are on Sunday. Find out more by calling 957-2515.