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for students Castle Rock resident Bill Ammons collects new coats for elementary school students who need them. He also collects socks and underwear.

Those wishing to donate are encouraged to call Ammons at 360-274-7811 to make arrangements to drop off or collect the items.

Free webinar for caregivers

The free Thriving in the Sandwich Generation webinar, sponsored by Prestige Senior Living Monticello Park of Longview, takes place at 11 a.m. on December 15 with Christy Yates.

The licensed school psychologist, school psychologist and mental health professional with over 40 years of experience will discuss how caregivers can balance their caregiving role with the diverse needs of their families.

To register for the free webinar, visit

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Bereavement support course during the holidays

A Surviving the Holidays mourning seminar takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on December 16 at Valley Christian Fellowship, 2911 Pacific Way, Longview.

The holiday season can be painful when we mourn the death of a loved one. Seminar participants will learn how to deal with emotions that arise during the holidays and what can be done about traditions and other changes. Advice will be offered on how to handle social events and find hope for the future.

The seminar is sponsored by and is affiliated with the local group GriefShare.

For more details or to RSVP, call Jim at 253-905-5336.

The Solstice Lantern March is December 18

Members of the Friends of Galileo Astronomy Club are holding their third Solar System Walk with Solstice Lanterns at Lake Sacajawea from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 18.

The self-guided walk begins at the southern end of the lake and is organized to celebrate the return of longer days after December 21 is the longest night of the year.

Participants are kindly requested to bring lanterns, flashlights and headlamps; dress for the weather; and look for Santa Claus.

The Town of Longview will be opening two washrooms for the event, one near the Lions Hut (south end, Nichols Boulevard side of the lake) and the other on the Kessler Boulevard side of the lake to Hemlock Street (north of the playground).

Participants will visit monuments planted in the ground that represent the sun and nine planets spaced at relative distances from the sun. Each monument (planet) will be inhabited by a sponsor. Participants can have their Solar System passports stamped when they reach each planet, vote for the best planet, and submit photos from the event.

If the trip is too much of a walk for people, the Friends of Galilee have “space shuttles” and pilots courtesy of the Afifi Shriners to drive between the Sun and Pluto.

As of December 6, sponsors include the Friends of Galileo Astronomy Club (the sun), Santa Claus (Mercury), Girl Scouts of Western Washington (Venus), Three Rivers Christian School (Earth), Shinju Dojo Aikido ( Mars), the aunt. and Uncle’s Louisiana’s style barbecue food truck on Nichols Boulevard and 17th Avenue (Planet BBQ), Freemasons Lodge No. 263 now with Kelso Freemasons Lodge No. 94 (Jupiter), Kelso-Longview Elks Lodge No. 1482 (Saturn), Taco and Truck Tortas Restaurant on Nichols Boulevard and 25th Avenue (Planet Taco), Boy Scouts of America Cascade Pacific Council (Uranus), Amtgard, Mithril Hills County (Sacajawea), Mount St. Helens Hiking Club (Neptune), Columbia River Reader (Comet Swift-Tuttle) and Rose City (Pluto) astronomers.

For more details, visit

Have breakfast with Santa Claus

Tickets are available for the Annual Longview Parks and Recreation Breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on December 18, presented by Grant’s at the Monticello Hotel, 1405 17th Ave., Longview .

Tickets are $ 9 per person and include breakfast, home crafting and bringing in, a scavenger hunt, and entertainment from family artist Red Yarn and his puppets. Yarn weaves folk songs and puppets into his show designed for all ages.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Register online at or call 360-442-5400.

The event is presented by Mike Wallin, Keller Williams Realty.

It’s time to donate to the cover campaign

The collection of Kiwanis Kwilts for Kids 2022 blankets and quilts is underway. All blankets and quilts collected are returned to the community house and the emergency support shelter.

For details on filing articles, call Carol at 360-636-1600.

Fleece for attached blankets can also be dropped off at Three Rivers Christian School, 2610 Ocean Beach Highway, Longview. Key Club members will attach the fleece to the blankets.

Distribution is scheduled for February 14.

Create art from books

A set of Modified Book Workshops with Laurel Michaels of the Broadway Gallery takes place in the Working Room of the Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.

People of all ages are invited to make modified books for a fundraiser in April.

During the workshops, participants will learn to create works of art from used books. Some materials will be provided, including books to edit. The workshops take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on January 20 and February 17. People can register for the workshops at the main library cashier starting January 3.

Seniors center needs six board members

The Longview Senior Center has vacant board positions that need to be filled, including the president, vice president, secretary and three board members.

Board members must be members of the Senior Center and be at least 55 years old.

The group meets once every two months at 11 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month. Meetings typically last between 30 and 60 minutes.

Board members are required to assist with fundraising. For the moment, this only includes the clearance sale which is held approximately every two months depending on the number of donations received.

Board members are also subject to background checks.

Those interested in the positions can apply and submit letters of intent. Requests can be picked up at the senior center during opening hours.

Current board members are asking that people “be a part of our center and help us provide a place for the elderly to come socialize, exercise, dance and enjoy a home cooked meal every day.” Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon ”.

The vote takes place at the meeting on January 14, 2022.

For details, call the center at 360-636-0210.

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