If you have a local event coming up, email the details to You can also fax it to 360-423-1554 or mail/bring it to 1130 14th Avenue, Longview WA 98632. Contact information is required. Emailed text is our preferred format. At least two weeks notice is highly recommended. We reserve the right to include events as space and time allow.

Kelso School District Summer Meals Program: Click Here for details

Until Further Notice:R Square D Square Dance Club meets monthly at Kelso Senior Center, 106 NW 8th Avenue in Kelso. For more information, including dance days and times, go to

Until Further Notice:Help Warehouse, a program of Lower Columbia CAP, is asking for donations of paper bags. CAP uses 600 bags each month for its USDA Commodities program, a federally funded food supplement program for low-income families and seniors. The commodities are bagged and delivered to 14 distribution sites in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties on the third Tuesday of each month. Paper bags can be dropped off at the CAP building, 1526 Commerce Avenue in Longview, Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. For more information, call CAP at 360-425-3430 extension 252 or visit

Until Further Notice:Additional event information from the City of Longview can be found at

Use your Longview Library card to check out tickets to see local theater productions for free. Tickets will be available for upcoming programs by Stageworks Northwest and the Columbia Theatre. Tickets are first come first served!!

The Volunteer Group at the Kelso Train Depot is welcoming aboard new volunteers willing to help staff the depot during business hours.

There are three four-hour shifts at the train depot every day of the week.

Anyone 21 years of age and older are welcome to volunteer.

Applications for depot volunteering are available for pick-up at the train depot.

If you have any questions, please contact Ron Baker,Train Depot Volunteer Training Coordinator at 423-6015.

The Longview Recreation Robotics Club is now registering 9 to 14 year olds for their First LEGO League teams. The 2019 season, City Shaper, starts August 1st. Contact the Recreation department for registration. The cost is $40 for the season, August to December. Contact the Longview Recreation department at 442-5400 or you can register online.The challenge this year is “City Shaper”. FIRST quotes the theme
During the season, teams will build a LEGO EV3 robot and program it to perform specific mission on the City Shaper field. They will also create and present a solution for a future city problem. The teams will meet weekly to be prepared for their competition in December. They will follow a set of FIRST Core Values that includes Discovery, Innovation, Impact, Inclusion, Teamwork and Fun. If you have other questions you can contact Bob at

Longview Church of Christ will also be hosting a ‘Jamaica Me Crazy Bazaar’ on Saturday December 7th from 9a-3p.

Bake sale items will be avaialable to purchase.

The tables are $20 per table and the proceeds from the table rentaland bake sale support the church’s 2020 Mission Trip to Jamaica.

Please contact Jonni Stone @ 360-967-2290 for more information and for table reservation.

The Artisan Guild of Mt. St. Helens presents its Annual Holiday Faire

Come join the fun ‘ Thursday & Friday December 5th & 6th. @ Cassava Cafe,on the corner of 14th & Broadway in Longview.

Hours on Thursday will be from 9a-5p and for Friday 9a-4p

There will be local artists, Glass Work,Jewelry,Silversmithing,Fabric Art,Wood Working,Photography, Up-cycled Art.

A perfect event to take part of this holiday season.

All proceeds from the event will help benefit the Humane Society of Cowlitz County.

The Longview Gingerbread Haus Contest is back for the 8th year, and organizers are hoping for a surge of entries to re-energize the Dec.7th event. Held downtown every year on the first Saturday of December–the same day as the Longview Christmas Parade.

Sponsored by the Longview Downtowners and hosted by Teague’s Interiors, the contest is free to enter and open to all ages and skill levels in a variety of categories.

Gingerbread Artist Gail Wells will return to judge the contest.

Public viewing is @ Teague’s Interiors on that Saturday December 7th, 1267 Commerce Avenue from Noon to 7p. Judging is @ 2p. with Awards @ 3p.

The Longview Christmas Parade starts @ 5p

All entrants must submit a registration form by Nov. 30th.

Registration forms and contest rules are available for download on Facebook at “Longview Gingerbread Haus Contest” and on the Longview Downtowners web page,

Registration forms and contest rules may be picked up at Teague’s Interiors or the Columbia River Reader, 1333 14th Avenue in Longview.

Entries must be dropped off @ Teague’s Interiors between 10a-Noon on Dec. 7th.

Entries must be picked up on Monday Dec. 9th between 10a-4p unless other arrangements are made.

For more information contact Jamie Bayer

Home Phone 360-423-5783

Cell Phone 817-320-6203

or e-mail to jamie

PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center will host a community Christmas tree lighting celebration on Wednesday Dec. 11, 2019 starting at 5 p.m. The special celebration will feature musical performances, Christmas readings and carols, a blessing from Sr. Anne Hayes, plus cookies and hot cocoa, and is open to the public. The event will be hosted by PeaceHealth St. John Chief Administrative Officer Cherelle Montanye.

Schedule of events:
5-6:30 pm: Cookies, hot cocoa, coffee and music in the PeaceHealth St. John main lobby
5:30 pm: Performance by Calvary Community Church Choir, directed by Kristin McCormick
6 pm: Welcome by Cherelle Montanye – PeaceHealth St. John Chief Administrative Officer
Reading of “The Christmas Story” from the book of Luke
6:15 pm: Guests will move outside to the PeaceHealth St. John Delaware St. courtyard to enjoy the lighting of the tree
6:30 pm: Blessing offered by Sr. Anne Hayes of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, followed by caroling. This community event is open to all who wish to attend!

When: Wednesday Dec. 11th 2019 beginning at 5 p.m.
Where: PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center; 1615 Delaware St. in Longview, WA
About PeaceHealth St. John: Longview-based PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center and Medical Group provides comprehensive specialty care for more than 190,000 patients per year in Cowlitz County, WA. As one of community’s largest employers with more than 1,500 caregivers and 260 active medical staff members, PeaceHealth St. John offers dozens of medical specialty services and programs including emergency, trauma, heart, behavioral health, bone and joint, cancer, birthing and women’s services.
Contact Info:
Randy Querin – PeaceHealth Communications

Journey Seventh Day Adventist Church invites you to come and enjoy their FREE Annual Community Holiday Dinner Feast! ‘In The Spirit of Christmas!’

Friday December 13th from 5:30-7:30p @ 1185 Westside Hwy in Kelso.

Bring your families & friends! Everyone is welcome!

Food,Desserts,Beverage, Kids Activity, and..a special Christmas story to get you in the right mood for this holiday season!


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‘Breakfast with Santa’ an annual winter time treat for the whole family! Saturday December 14th 8:30-10a or 10:45a-12:15p presented by Grant’s in the Monticello Hotel Ballroom.

Enjoy a pancake breakfast , make and take crafts, scavenger hunt, face painting, and Oregon-based family performer Red Yarn and his Critter puppets who weaves folksongs and puppetry into a high energy show for all ages!

All this fun included in the ticket price of $9 per person and tickets must be purchased in advance.

Each family receives one complimentary picture with Santa.

To register or for more information please call Longview Recreation @ 360-442-5400 or go online @

This event is sponsored by Comcast and Interfor Lumber.

‘Moose Dance’ Longview Senior Recreation Center presents ‘Renee & Friends’ Wednesday, December 18th from 6-10p @ Longview Moose, 921 Washington Way in Longview.

Tickets are $10 in advance, or at door.

All proceeds go to the Senior Center

For more information call Lois or Jana @ 360-636-0210T

Al-Anon Public Service Announcement

If you are concerned about someone else’s drinking, Al-Anon Family Groups can help you do something about it.

Give yourself the gift of Al-Anon, it is free and confidential.

Today, many Al-Anon members, regardless of age or relationship to the alcoholic, are finding serenity despite a friend or family member with an active drinking problem.

For information about Al-Anon meetings in this area call:

1-888-425-2666 or go to

– Community Home Health & Hospice is offering a free, eight-week survivors of suicide loss group in Longview. Class starts Wednesday, January 22, 2020, from 3pm-5pm, at The James Avery Center, 1000 – 12th Ave., Longview, and continues weekly through March 11, 2020.

Community Home Health & Hospice offers small group support sessions focused on the profound grieving process of suicide bereavement. The group is led by experienced, licensed medical social workers. Once started, sessions are closed to allow for a safe emotional setting. Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register contact: 360.703.0300 or

Community Home Health & Hospice is offering a free, six-week grief recovery group in Longview titled Walk through Grief. Class starts Tuesday, March 31, 2020, from 1pm-3pm, at the James Avery Grief Center, 1000 12th Ave., Longview, and continues weekly through May 5, 2020.

This grief support group provides the opportunity to process grief caused by loss. This program creates a safe environment in which to look at old beliefs about grief and receive new tools to complete unresolved emotions that may still be causing pain. This group will be facilitated by a trained Grief Recovery Specialist. Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register contact: 360.703.0300 or

It’s ‘Squatch Fest 2020’ coming up Friday & Saturday January 24th-25th of the new year @ the Cowlitz County Convention Center in Longview.

Hours Friday are from 4p-9p and on Saturday 10a-8pm

Schedule of Events: Mountain Monsters Huckleberry,Jeff & Wild Bill on stage,Axe Throwing, Cornhole Tournament, Craft & Food Vendors, A Beer Garden sponsored by Antidote Tap House & Avid Cider.

Plus a Brew Mountain Beer Festival!

Explore the kids cave including Emmie Blue & The Squatcheee…and since it is ‘SQUATCH FEST’ a chance to tell all your squatch stories @ Squatch Talk!

This event brought to you by the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce you can call them @ 360-423-8400

or you can go to to find out more!