Check out some of the prettiest and most exotic gardens in the area as part of the 4th annual Castle Rock Bloomin’ Tour, which is taking place at several homes on Friday and Saturday. Seven locations are involved in this year’s tour, along with the award-winning revisions of downtown. The Castle Rock Bloomin’ Tour runs from 10 am until 5 pm on Friday and Saturday; get maps and directions in several locations around Castle Rock.
Friday and Saturday down in Clatskanie, they’re holding the annual Clatskanie Quilt Show, running from 9 am to 4 pm each day at the Quilted Dandelion on Nehalem Street, and at the Masonic Lodge on 2nd Street. This year’s theme is “Back to School—Stuff the Bus with School Supplies.” Donations of school items and cash will be accepted; there will also be a “Quilter’s Delight Raffle.” Admission is $1.
Another event happening this weekend in Clatskanie is the 20th annual Clatskanie Bluegrass Festival. The picking gets started on Friday and runs through Sunday at the Clatskanie City Park. At least five bands are scheduled to perform, along with all of the smaller group and jam sessions that will go on through the weekend. Shows are scheduled for 5 to 8 pm on Friday, followed by two sessions on Saturday, from noon to 3 and from 5 to 8 pm. Sunday’s events get started at 9:30 am, opening with a gospel session and an open mic.
The Clatskanie Library is holding its biggest fundraiser of the year of the year this weekend, at the “Buck-a-Book Sale” running on Friday and Saturday. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm on Friday, and from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday. Saturday will also feature “closeout pricing,” going from “buck-a-book” to “buck-a-bag-or-box.” Proceeds will support children’s programs at the Clatskanie Library.
Kalama Parks and Rec is hosting an “Evening of Painting” on Friday night, where you’ll gather with others for a group session, where you’ll be guided through the creation of your own artistic expression. Preregistration is required. Contact the City of Kalama for more information.
The 8th annual Hot Summer Nights Concert series is under way in Woodland, with concerts planned for each Friday evening through August 14. Mark Stevenz will present an Elvis Tribute at 7 pm on the Hoffman Plaza in Woodland. Admission is free, and this is a non-alcohol family event. Go to revitalizewoodland.org for more information.
It’s time for the 35th annual Terry/Taylor/Northlake Neighborhood Garage Sale, starting at 8 am on Saturday, just off of Pacific Way near John Null Park. Nearly 150 homes have signed up for this year’s event, with many of those people raising money for local causes. The Cookies for CAP booth will be set up, along with other fundraisers. Be ready for heavy traffic, a lot of pedestrians and extremely heavy traffic in that part of town on Saturday.
The area’s first-ever “Color Dash” is planned for this Saturday, a 5K fun run and walk that will also include explosions of color at the end of each stage in the run. You can get registration information by going to thecolordash5k.com. Pre-packet pickups will be allowed from noon to 7 pm on Friday at the Three Rivers Mall; day-of packet pickups start at 7 am on Saturday. Get more information by getting in touch with the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce, or by going to the Color Dash web page.
From 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, local Special Olympians and their supporters will be holding a Car Wash a Faith Family Temple at 38th and Ocean Beach Highway in Longview. Proceeds from the car wash will help to buy uniforms and other athletic supplies for the local Special Olympics program.
The annual Outdoor Family Adventure is set for Saturday at Lake Sacajawea, put on by the Longview Parks and Recreation Department, with the backing of many sponsors around the community. This will get started at 11 am on Saturday, with fishing, archery, a rock wall, an obstacle course, a catapult and a lot more. Save some money on registration by getting signed up in advance. Call Longview Parks and rec at 442-5400 for more information.
What used to be the Kalama Blues Festival is now the Kalama Music Festival, and will run from noon to 9 pm at Marine Park on the Columbia River. No fewer than seven bands are scheduled to perform, featuring a wide spectrum of musical tastes and talents. They’ll also be raffling off a custom-made Cigar Box Guitar, made by one of the performers, J. P. Soars. Proceeds from the raffle will go to Kalama Helping Hand. Food donations will also be collected with your gate admission. Get details on the City of Kalama web page.
There’s an All-Veteran Stand Down planned for Saturday down in St. Helens. This will run from 10 am until 2 pm at the Oregon National Guard Armory on South 7th Street. Local veterans are invited to come down and have a good meal, a shower and other amenities; they’ll also be able to meet with service providers and assistance organizations, providing information on things like compensation, education, homelessness and mental health. Call 503-366-7163 if you would like to help out, if you have donations, or if you know someone who might want to attend the event.
On Saturday down in St. Helens, they’re celebrating Swiss Independence Day, with Swiss food, music, kids games and the ever-popular “Swiss Wrestling” at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 9 am, and activities are planned all day long. Admission will be taken at the gate.
Along with the Clatskanie Bluegrass Festival and the Quilt Show, there’s also a Craft Fair planned for Saturday at the American Legion Hall. They’ll have all kinds of craft items for sale, including potholders, metal and glass art, custom jewelry and a lot more. The Clatskanie American Legion Hall is located on NE 5th in Clatskanie.
Just back from performing at the World Special Olympics in L. A., the “Living the Dream Band” has a performance scheduled for this Sunday afternoon in Longview. This band travels the world, “promoting Disability Awareness and Inclusion for All, bringing positive awareness to the greatness and possibilities for the lives of people with disabilities.” Special guests include the Happy Hips Adapted Movement and Dance group out of Portland. The show starts at 3 pm in the Youth and Family Link gym on Douglas Street in Longview.
Sunday is Literacy Night during the Cowlitz Black Bears game at Story Field, rewarding the kids who have met their goals in the Cowlitz County Summer Reading Program. You can still help support the program and help these kids have a great time by donating to the program’s GoFundMe page. Find out more through your local public library.
The Cowlitz Community Farmers Market will be open on Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm, set up in the 7th Avenue parking lot across from the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds. They’ll have plants and plant starts for sale, along with fresh produce, hand-crafted gifts and garden items, honey, baked goods and more. Admission is free.
The Clatskanie Farmer’s Market is open from 10 am until 2 pm on Saturdays on the lawn at Cope’s Park. Vendors of fresh fruits and veggies, plant starts, hand-crafted gifts and other merchandise will be joined by special events, cooking and tasting demonstrations, carnival games and chances to win prizes. Find out more on their web page, or on their Facebook page.
The Puget Island Farmer’s Market is open each weekend through October 16th at Stockhouse’s Farm on Birnie Slough Road near Cathlamet. Along with the fresh produce, local beef, fruits, baked goods and other items. Hours are 3 to 6 pm on Saturday.
The Kelso Bridge Market is open on Sunday in its new venue at the Three Rivers Mall. This year, the Bridge Market is operating in the space across from the new Three Rivers Cinema, open from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday near the Southwest door of the mall. They’ll have fresh Rainier Cherries, blueberries and Marionberries for sale this weekend, along with fresh produce and plant starts, hand-made craft items and other special trinkets.