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Public invited to meet the quilters

Members of the Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild will meet Sept. 19 in the basement of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Education Building, 2218 E. Kessler Blvd., Longview.

Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. Meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Joanne Adams Roth, member of the Clark County Quilters, is the guest speaker. She has been a quilter/fiber artist for over 50 years and has made over 300 quilts. They include hand quilted designs, Native American designs, modern styles, hand painted art quilts and mixed media art quilts. Most of her quilts are original creations. She will share photos and stories about her quilts, inspirations and adventures.

Ladies of the Lake members are encouraged to bring their challenge quilts to show and tell. Registrations will be accepted for the February 2023 retreat.

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Guests are welcome. Non-guild members are asked to pay a $5 admission fee.

For details, call Sharry Hilton at 360-846-7021.

Bird, the nature festival is from September 22 to 25

The Wings Over Willapa Family Bird and Nature Festival takes place September 22-25 at the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge and other sites on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula.

The featured speaker is Noah Strycker, who in 2015 became the first human to see more than half of the planet’s bird species in a single year, according to a press release from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

He was flogged by bloodsucking leeches, suffered from fevers and “Delhi Belly”, bypassed war zones and had the time of his life, the statement noted.

He’s birdwatched on seven continents with just a small backpack and garnered support from fellow birders to tick off over 6,000 species of birds, including chinstrap penguins in Antarctica, harpy eagle in Brazil and a long-lost owl in New Guinea.

Other events ornithological walks led by experts and ornithological workshops ranging from an introduction to ornithology to landscaping. Also on the program, guided tours; a practical introduction to wildlife monitoring; and artistic experiments such as pottery, ceramics and needle felting.

The festival’s online auction runs September 18-24, and among many items is a signed copy of Strycker’s book “Birding Without Borders.”

To register for the festival, view the full schedule of events, and get the link to the online auction, visit

MM Class of 1972 Holds Reunion

Members of the Class of 1972 at Mark Morris High School are hosting their 50th anniversary class reunion September 23-24.

The September 23 event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Pie@Trios, 614 Commerce Ave., Longview.

On September 24, classmates are invited to meet at 11 a.m. in the courtyard of Mark Morris High School to take a tour of the school located at 1602 Mark Morris Court, Longview.

The evening of September 24 has been moved from Moose Lodge to Longview Country Club, 41 Country Club Drive.

Check-in and unhosted cocktails begin at 5 p.m. A welcome and a group photo take place at 6 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Music will be provided.

For details, call Donnette (Zinser) Ward at 360-423-9477 or Dyann (Nelson) Crayne at 360-431-9589 or email

Some classmates are still missing. Anyone with the contact details of the following people should contact the people listed above.

Rosemary Arbuckle, Susan Bacon, David Batson, Robert Bordeaux, Brian Boyle, Marion Cherry, Janet Collins, Connie Copeland, Kathie Cummings, Patsy Denny, Debra Gregory, Stephanie Hearrell, William Heroux, Robbie Hunter, Liz Jakubik, Billie Johnson, Teri Kerr , Diane Knudsen, Sharon Knudsen, Diane Leatherwood, Joseph Letlow, Ray McCoy, Thomas Mitchell, Ron Moser, Craig Nelson, Sarah Normoyle, Richard Peterson, Mary Rose, James Schaefer, Bonnie Shaw, Frank Sheppard, Robin Sheppard, Jimmy Smith, Robin White and James Williams.

18th Annual Health Walk

The 18th annual free Cowlitz Tribal Health Walk for people of all ages takes place September 24 at Sacajawea Lake.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Hemlock Plaza. Provider kiosks are also opening at the same time where providers will share health and program information.

All participants will receive a free t-shirt and a raffle ticket. Healthy snacks and water will be provided. The event takes place rain or shine.

At 10 a.m., a blessing takes place with a welcome and performance by the Cowlitz Drum Group.

The walk starts at 10:15 a.m.

People are invited to walk, jog or run around the lake at their own pace in the annual celebration of culture, wellness and community.

Library seeks mural artist

An artist is wanted to paint a mural in the children’s area inside the Kalama Public Library. The library received a donation from Kalama residents George and Janet Harris for an original hand-painted mural depicting children, objects specific to the Kalama community, and a reference to children’s author Lois Lenski, author and Picture Book Illustrator and Newbery Medal Illustrator. children’s literature. George Harris knew Lenski and admired his work. Several Lenski picture books are available at the library. The mural should also be colorful and inspiring for children.

The budget for the mural is $5,000. The area to be covered is approximately 612 square feet.

Details and full application instructions are available at

The artist will be selected on September 26. The project will begin on October 3 and must be completed by October 28.

Anyone with questions is encouraged to call the library at 360-673-4568 or email

Sign up for free family programs

A free eight-session family strengthening program for Kelso parents/guardians and their children ages 10-14 will take place from 5:30-8:15 p.m. on Tuesdays (October 4, 11, 18, 25 and October 1, 8 november). , 15 and 22) at Barnes Elementary School, 401 Barnes St., Kelso.

Each evening, dinners will be offered as well as door prizes and supervised activities for children from 3 to 10 years old.

Course registrations are limited.

The program is designed to help families deal with the stress of raising young people and managing day-to-day life. Families will solve problems together. Parents will learn new parenting skills and young people will learn how to manage peer pressure and relationships.

The program is sponsored by Washington State University, Cowlitz County Extension Service and Hilander HOPE. It is not sponsored or endorsed by the Kelso School District.

The deadline for registration is September 30. For more details or to register, contact WSU/SFP Coordinator Ramona Leber at 360-261-3971 or; or Betsy Berndt, Hilander HOPE Coordinator at 360-952-3537 or

Save the Date for the Harvest Festival

The first Downtown Longview Harvest Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on October 22 in downtown Longview.

The family event is a fundraiser for the Longview Downtowners. The group serves as the Downtown Longview Business Association to “invest in staffing, decorating, business recruitment, assistance and more,” according to the website.

Activities will include a free concert, street dance, red-necked truck show, beer garden, costume contest, vendors, chili cooking, pie-eating contest, carving contest pumpkin patch, face painting, petting zoo, magic show, bubble man, balloon animals, photo ops and more.

The event is sponsored by the Longview Downtowners, Cowlitz Economic Development Council, KUKN/KLOG/The Blitz, Fiber Federal Credit Union, Katie Dilinger Life Mortgage, Antidote Tap House, Copies Today/Speedy Litho, Nippon Dynawave and more.

Event information will be updated regularly on

Volunteer at the train depot

Volunteers are needed for two or more shifts per month at Kelso Train Depot, 501 S. First Ave., Kelso.

Shifts are 4.5 hours. During this time, volunteers will answer travel-related questions and post the status of the train. Volunteers also offer information on local services and points of interest.

Applications are available at the depot. All completed applications must be returned to the depot.

For details, call Dan Myers at 360-957-5511.

Drivers needed to deliver meals

The Rainier Senior Center needs people to deliver Meals on Wheels. Those interested in volunteering are asked to call the center at 503-556-3889 or email

Contact Nancy Edwards at 360-577-2544 or


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