Thousands of runners, walkers and support vehicles will be on the roads of Columbia and Clatsop counties over the weekend, as the 33rd annual Hood-to-Coast Relay goes from Timberline Lodge to Seaside. More than 1,000 teams will leave in waves from Timberline, starting at 6:30 Friday morning. The route comes up Highway 30 to St. Helens, and then uses several back roads to make its way to Highway 202 near Mist. Be aware of the participants and their support vehicles if you’re in those areas.
Pre-registration for the 40th annual Unique Tin Car Show and Cruise starts at noon on Friday at the Cowlitz County Expo Center, and will go until 6 pm. Registered guests can take part in Friday night’s pizza party and concert by the King Brothers. The show-and-shine, swap meet, and other displays open at 8 am on Saturday, the “blow up car” is at noon, the beer garden opens at 11 am, the pinup contest starts at 3, and the award presentations are at 4. From 6 to 9 pm on Saturday, the controlled cruise will take place on 15th Avenue. Only registered cars with permits will be allowed to participate.
The Mark Morris High School Class of 1984 is holding its 30-year Reunion this weekend, meeting at 7 pm Friday night at the Shamrock Tavern on 15th Avenue in Longview. The classes of ’83 and ’85 are also invited to take part.
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.
The Castle Rock High School Class of 1994 plans to hold a 20-year Reunion on Saturday at the Toutle River RV Park, at exit 52, just north of Castle Rock. There’s a free family picnic during the day, followed by an adults-only event at night. Go to the CRHS Class of 1994 Facebook page if you need more information.
The 50th anniversary of the Cowlitz Prairie Grange Threshing Bee is planned for Saturday and Sunday at the Robert Herren Farm, 3 1/2-miles north of Toledo on the Jackson Highway. They’ll have hourly threshing demonstrations, 150 tractors signed up for the tractor pull, a flea market, an “old iron” display and more than 100 antique and craft vendors.
The weather should be pretty decent for the “Ride and Rock” Charity Event that’s going to benefit Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. Riders in the poker run will start at the Fibre Federal branch in Woodland at 11 am on Saturday, will head up to the Johnston Ridge Volcano Observatory, and then will finish at the Bethany Vineyards in Ridgefield. After the ride, there will be a BBQ dinner, and a concert from Raeann Phillips. Go to curideandrock.org for full details.
At the Scappoose Airpark, “Wings and Wheels” returns for its fourth annual event. They’ll have free airplane rides for kids between the ages of 8 and 17, along with displays of classic and custom vehicles, a model train exhibit, arts and crafts, food and other fun. The gates open at 10 am on Saturday.
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 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.