They’re going to be marking National Adoption Day today at the Cowlitz County Administration Building, with adoptions taking place at 9:30 am, and a celebration to follow. Superior Court Judge Marilyn Haan will speak at today’s event; she also served as the Presiding Judge for Juvenile Court. Debbie Marker is the Adoption Program Manager for the local region, and she is also scheduled to speak. Court Administrator Chad Connors says that National Adoption Day is a nationwide effort to increase awareness of the more than 110,000 kids across the country that are in foster care, and are in need of a loving “forever family.” As of last month, more than 9,400 Washington children were in foster care. 1,715 of those children are legally free to be adopted; 628 of those kids are located in this region. All are invited to join today’s celebration.
The Kelso Garden Club meets at 11 am on Friday, with plans to make favors that will then be sent to Community Home Health and Hospice. This will happen at Central Christian Church in Kelso, located 401 Crawford St. You’re welcome to come by and help out, and you can also learn about becoming a member of the Kelso Garden Club.
The Kelso Thespians present “The Show Must Go On!” this Friday and Saturday night at Kelso High School. You can come by and see what the students have been working on in both the beginning and advanced drama classes. Showtimes are at 7 pm each night.
You can get a great spaghetti dinner while also helping to raise money for the Safe and Sober Graduation Party for the Mark Morris and R. A. Long High School Class of 2018. This will run from 6 to 9 pm on Friday at the Longview Eagles, located at 1526 12th Avenue. This is a 21 and over event.
The Dana Brown Mainstage Theatre group presents “Seussical”, the musical that’s based on the writings and drawings of the legendary Dr. Seuss. Shows are planned this Friday and Saturday night, on the Dana Brown Mainstage at R. A. Long High School, with curtain set for 7:30 pm each night; there’s also a matiness at 3 pm on Sunday. Pay an extra $5 for a “VIP Ticket” and get reserved seats, along with snacks with the cast at intermission.
Get your Shakespeare fix in a fast and furious manner, as Stageworks Northwest opens up a production of “The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged.” Three actors will present all 37 plays from The Bard in just 97 minutes. Showtimes at the Stageworks Northwest Theatre on Commerce Avenue are at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday nights, along with a 2 pm Sunday matinee. The show runs each weekend through December 3rd.
Bust a gut at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts this Friday night, as the 38th annual Seattle International Comedy Competition rolls through town. America’s biggest touring comedy festival will bring 32 comics from the United States, Canada, the UK and Japan to the historic venue this Friday night, starting at 8:30 pm. This is an 18 and over show, due to adult content. Get ticket information at columbiatheatre.com.
“Move It Saturday” happens this weekend up in Castle Rock, an event being put on by Cowlitz on the Move and the Cowlitz Valley Runners. Walkers, runners, bikers, joggers, skaters or whatever people-powered mode of transportation is invited to participate, starting at 8 am on Saturday in front of the Castle Rock Bakery. After a hour of running, walking and biking on trails around trails in and around Castle Rock, participants will return to the Bakery for some social time. This is free and open to all.
The Kelso High School Band is putting on its first-ever Mattress Fundraiser, going from 10 am until 5 pm this Saturday in the Kelso High School Cafeteria. They say that you can save up to 50% off of retail. Get more information by going to bit.ly/beds4kelsoband.
You’re invited to a Holiday Open House this happening this Saturday at the Broadway Gallery in downtown Longview. Refreshments will be served, and John Crocker will play acoustic guitar and will sing. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, at the gallery located at 1418 Commerce Avenue.
Safe Kids Lower Columbia are putting on another Car Seat Clinic on Saturday, going from 10 am until 1 pm in the truck bays at the Main Station for Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue, at 701 Vine St. in Kelso. Thanks to a grant from Graco, there will be a limited number of new seats available for a $10 donation. Get more information on the Cowlitz 2 Facebook page, or call 360-575-6280.
Workshops that are intended to help small businesspeople continue this Saturday at the Longview Public Library. The next seminar is “Selling Techniques for Small Businesses,” and will run from 10 am until 1 pm. Mentors from SCORE will be providing tips and information on how to polish your sales skills and improve the bottom line for your business. It’s free to anyone interested.
There’s a lot of Turkey Bingo going on this weekend; the annual Castle Rock Senior Center Turkey Bingo happens this Saturday from 1 to 3 pm, with two turkey breasts being awarded as Bingo prizes, along with a gift basket as a door prize, compliments of Monticello Park Senior Living. This will also be the last Bingo event at the Senior Center until after December 1st. The Senior Center is located at 222 Second Ave. in Castle Rock.
They’re also doing Turkey Bingo in Kalama, going from 1 to 3 pm at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. The doors open at noon, and then the Bingo balls start flying at 1. There will also be a silent auction, and they will have desserts and beverages for purchase.
Across the river in Rainier, the Fern Hill Bluegrass Band will perform in the Briarcliff Auditorium at Rainier Junior-Senior High School, starting at 3 pm. Proceeds from the show will help the Band and Choir at the school, along with the North Columbia Academy. Get tickets at the door.
The Kelso First Baptist Church is hosting a special Thanksgiving “Soup’s On” event this Saturday, going from 3 to 5 pm in the church at the corner of S. 4th and Vine. Everyone is invited to “Come and Share With Us,” and enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner. There is no cost. Call 360-423-2513 to learn more.
The 2nd annual YMCA Grandparents/Grandchildren Ball happens this Saturday night, happening in the grandeur of the freshly-restored Monticello Hotel Ballroom. Ray Barley will DJ the music for dancing, there will be punch, refreshments and raffle prizes, including weekends at the coast and a cruise on the Portland Spirit. Proceeds from the event will help support the Goodtymes program at the YMCA. Call 423-4770 to get signed up.