Written and directed by our own Leslie Slape, a historical drama called “The Harder Courage” opens this weekend at the Longview Theatre on Commerce Avenue. The staged reading deals with the 1892 execution of Robert L. Day, the first man ever to be hanged in Cowlitz County. Curtain is set for 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday night, along with a 2 pm Sunday matinee.
It’s a full day of nuttiness at the Longview Civic Circle on Saturday, as the 3rd annual Longview Squirrel Fest gets under way. There’s all kind of fun to be had, including chain saw carvings, a parade, a model railroad display, and the “Spin Doctors” headlining the day’s events, just prior to the fireworks from the roof of the Monticello Hotel. Admission is free.
Free shuttles will be running between Squirrel Fest and the 5th annual “Art in the Park” event at Lake Sacajawea. This runs from 10 am to 5 pm at the Hemlock Plaza on Saturday, with more than 50 artists showing their talents in a variety of media. Along with the juried art show, there will be demonstrations, food and crafts for the kids.
Five bands are scheduled to perform at the re-created Kalama Blues Festival, running from 1 pm to 10 pm at the Waterfront Marina Park in Kalama. Admission is $8 and two cans of food; the festival is a benefit for the Kalama Helping Hands organization.
You can find some good bargains at the Lower Columbia College Surplus Property Sale, running from 8 to 10 am on Saturday at the Campus Services Building. There’s no preview prior to the sale.
The big hitters are gathering at the Longview Country Club on Saturday, as the first-ever LCC Red Devils Golf Classic is held. All proceeds will go to the LCC Athletics Excellence Fund; the shotgun goes off at noon.
The Timber Barons U-13 team is holding a fundraising garage sale and car wash on Saturday, running from 9 am to 1 pm in the parking lot on the corning of 15th and Fir Street. Proceeds will help the team get to tournaments around the area.
There’s a Back-to-School Fashion Show planned for Saturday at the Three Rivers Mall, starting at 2 pm. All of the models in the show were recently selected at a model search that was recently held at the Mall.
If you need a car fix, a couple of events are going on out in West Longview. The 3rd annual “Run for the Gold” Car Show will be held out at Roy Morse Park, which is a benefit for Longview Special Olympics. Registration starts at 8 am on Saturday.
The 13th annual Solid Rock Cruisers Car Classic is also planned for Saturday at Calvary Community Church on 38th Avenue. Along with all of the great wheels, they’ll have music, games, food and a silent auction.
The Hilanders of 1963 will be gathering for their 50th reunion, which will be held Saturday at the Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center. Social hour is 4 to 6 pm, dinner will be served at 6:30, and the class picture of the Kelso High School graduates is set for 8:30 pm. Call 578-9336 for additional information.
You can help the families of Amy Fewkes and Darlene Jeffers-Creed by going to the Axis Sports Bar on Saturday night, where “The Sound of Madness” will be putting on a benefit comedy show. Donations will be collected at the door, and all proceeds will be presented to the families.
The Cowlitz Community Farmers Market is open on Saturday from 9 am until 2 pm in the parking lot on 7th Avenue across from the Fairgrounds. The market runs through October. We’re really starting to get into the Northwest harvest season, so all kinds of fresh fruits and veggies will be available.
On Sunday, the 17th annual Untouchables Car Show is planned in downtown Kalama. Registration opens at 8 am, and they’ll have raffles through the day, including five “major prizes.” The Parade of Winners is set for 3 pm; admission is free.
Catch the Downtown Farmers Market on Sunday, set up in 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 3pm on Sunday.