The 90th Birthday Celebration at the historic Monticello Hotel is planned for Friday, starting with a members-only reception and tour that’s being put on by the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce, starting at 5pm Friday afternoon. At 7 pm, a public party gets under way, with birthday cake, live music from the King Brothers and a special anniversary martini available for the adults.
Rainier Days in the Park continues on Friday and runs through Sunday, with Tommy Tutone headlining Friday night’s entertainment. The midway is open each day, along with all kinds of other fun going all weekend long.
Toledo Cheese Days continues through Sunday, with the golf and tennis tournaments, a parade, a frog-jumping contest and of course, free cheese sandwiches at noon on Saturday. Events are centered around downtown Toledo.
The Scappoose Pow Wow officially opens on Friday and runs through Sunday, will all kinds of happening around town. Sunday will also feature special Native American ceremonies and demonstrations being put on by the Chinook Canoe Family.
Stageworks Northwest opens a melodrama called “Dirty Deeds at the Depot,” with shows planned for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Longview Theatre on Commerce Avenue in downtown Longview. Curtain is set for 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, with 2 pm Sunday matinees. Bring the kids, come on down, cheer the hero and boo the villain. Tickets are available at the door.
There’s a car wash to support Special Olympics running from 9 am to 3 pm both Saturday and Sunday at the Faith Family Christian Center, located at 38th and Ocean Beach Highway in Longview. Proceeds will help to buy equipment and uniforms for local Special Olympians.
The Cowlitz Heat fastpitch softball team is holding car washes on Saturday and Sunday, working to raise money to get the team to the Western Nationals Fastpitch tournament in Peoria, Arizona. The car wash will run from 10 am until 2 pm Saturday and Sunday at Castle Rock Brake and Alignment, located on A Street in downtown Castle Rock.
Stephanie Elbert will have a program on the rights of crime victims at this month’s meeting of the Lower Columbia AARP, starting at 12:30 Saturday afternoon at the Kelso Senior Center, located at 106 Northwest 8th in Kelso, the old Catlin Hall. Everyone is invited to attend.
Billed as “A new tradition for Cowlitz County,” the first-ever “Castle Rock Lavender Faire” runs Saturday and Sunday at the Davis Lavender Farm, located on PH 10 Road. They’ll have live music, elephant ears, u-cut lavender, a gift shop, and workshops for wands and wreathes. Hours are 10 am until 7 pm, and this will continue each weekend through August.
The Cowlitz Community Farmers Market continues on Saturday, open from 9 am until 2 pm in the parking lot on 7th Avenue across from the Fairgrounds. The market runs through October. Berry season is kicking into high gear, fresh peaches should be showing up, and there’s also all of the other produce that’s now coming in from Yakima and other northwest locations.
Catch the Downtown Farmers Market at its new location on Sunday, heading to the parking lot at 15th and Broadway, across from the Longview City Hall. Along with the fresh flowers, hanging baskets, plant starts and handmade crafts, local berries and other fresh produce is expected to be in this weekend. Hours are 10 am to 4pm on Sunday.