There’s a lot going on this weekend down in Clatskanie, starting with the Bluegrass Festival that opens on Friday and runs through Sunday at the Clatskanie City Park. The music starts at 2 pm on Friday, and then continues from 10 am to 9 pm on Saturday, and from 10 am until noon on Sunday.
The Clatskanie Quilt Show runs Friday and Saturday in the American Legion Hall on Northeast 5th Street. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm each day; donations for the Turning Point Community Services Center Food Bank will be collected at the door.
There’s a “Buck-a-Book” sale going on through Saturday at the Clatskanie Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Clatskanie Library. The sale at the Library on Lincoln Street runs from 10 am to 5 pm on Friday, and from 10 to 3 on Saturday. Prices will be dropped to “a buck-a-box-or-bag” on Saturday.
Down in Vernonia, the annual Friendship Jamboree and Logging Show is planned for this weekend, starting Friday and running through Sunday. They’ll have a parade at 11 am on Saturday, along with other events, food and activities scattered through the entire town. The jamboree started back in 1957, intended to help show that there was still life in the town after the closing of the Oregon American lumber mill.
Youth and Family Link continues with its Family Open Gym Nights on Friday, running from 6:30 to 8 pm. You’re invited to bring the whole family down for movies, crafts, bingo and other fun. Youth and Family Link is located at 907 Douglas Street in Longview.
Phoenix House in Kelso is joining with Applebee’s for a pancake breakfast fundraiser on Saturday morning, starting at 8 am. Phoenix House helps to provide transitional housing for women and their children in West Kelso.
Kaiser Permanente will help you with a major deal connected to getting the kids ready for the upcoming school year, by offering free vaccinations tomorrow at the clinic on 7th Avenue in Longview. Free walk-in vaccinations will be offered to all Kaiser members, along with the uninsured or underinsured, open on Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm. Contact Kaiser Permanente for more information.
The 12th annual Family Outdoor Adventure runs from 11 am until 2:30 pm on Saturday at Lake Sacajawea, sponsored by Longview Parks and Recreation. All kinds of family-friendly outdoor activities will be set up; save yourself some money by registering early for the event. Get in touch with Longview Parks and Rec for registration information.
The annual Terry-Taylor Garage Sale opens at 8 Saturday morning, meaning that there’s going to be extremely heavy car and pedestrian traffic on Pacific Way and the streets that go through the Terry-Taylor-Northlake neighborhood. Temporary traffic flow and parking restrictions may be in place, so exercise care when going through that area.
There’s also a community-wide garage sale planned for Saturday down in Woodland. The Woodland City-Wide Garage Sale is scheduled to start at 8 am on Saturday; maps of registered participants are available at the Woodland Visitors Center and at the Woodland City Hall.
The first-ever “Summer Fest” barbecue and music festival is planned for Saturday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Allen Street in Kelso. Organizers say that this will be a “new tradition” for the local area, with a beer garden, live and silent auctions, a cake raffle, a la carte and “drive-thru” food, kids games and lots of other fun. Admission is free.
Come to the Cowlitz Community Farmer’s Market and find produce, plants, crafts, baked goods, eggs, entertainment, and fun! Come on down and join the fun there’s something good for everyone! Hours are 9 am until 2 pm on Saturday in the parking lot on 7th Avenue, across from the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds.
The 4th annual Jumbo’s Benefit Run is planned for Sunday, starting at 9 am at the Original Sub Shop on 15th Avenue in Longview. This is a fundraising motorcycle poker run, in support of the Jumbo’s Toy Run, which collects and distributes Christmas toys for kids throughout the region. All riders are welcome to take part. Call 749-3495 or 578-2002 for more information.
The Cowlitz Indians are gathering on Sunday at Willow Grove Park for a vigil on behalf of the health of the Columbia River. Spiritual Leader and Honorary Chief Roy Wilson will lead the proceedings, offering a blessing for the river, along with a canoe ceremony, dancing and drumming. There will be kids activities, along with a potluck salmon dinner. Things get started at 5:30 Sunday afternoon, and all are invited.
The Downtown Longview Farmers and Artisans Market is open from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday at 15th and Broadway in downtown Longview. Along with the locally grown produce, they’ll have all kinds of hand-made crafts, specialty foods, flower baskets and other items for sale. Find out more by calling 957-2515.