City of Longview Info Weekly

Police auction of unclaimed property

The Longview Police Department will soon be auctioning unclaimed property through CTM Unlimited Auctions, LLC during a live auction in Oakville, Washington on January 21, 2018.

A complete list of Longview’s auction items is now available at the Longview Police Department main station at 1351 Hudson St. or viewable online on the City’s website at http://www.mylongview.com/index.aspx?page=402

People who believe listed items belong to them must file a claim in writing to the Longview Police Department no later than 4:00 p.m. January 12, 2018.

Interested persons may view the auction items and submit their bids by visiting the CTM facility in Oakville on or about January 21. Oakville is about 61 miles from Longview. The company’s website is http://www.ctmunlimitedauction.com/.

All sales are final. The Longview Police Department makes no guarantee or warranty, expressed or implied, of any nature as to the condition of the goods offered for auction.

 

City offices closed on Monday

City of Longview offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2018 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

 

January Koth Gallery Show at Longview Public Library

The Koth Memorial Gallery at Longview Public Library will be displaying a variety of artwork created by Lower Columbia College art students from January 4th through January 31st. LCC students and staff will also host a reception for this show on January 25th, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Koth Gallery.

Contact Daniel at Longview Public Library at 360.442.5307 for more information about the Koth Memorial Gallery at Longview Public Library.

 

SCORE Small Business Seminars Free at your Library

Beginning January 27, 2018, SCORE will be presenting a series of small business seminars to the public for free at the Longview Public Library. If you have been thinking about starting a business or have been working on continuing and growing your small business, SCORE has useful information you can use and offers free mentoring help to get you the information you need to succeed.

Surviving the Gig Economy

January 27, 2018

10am to 1pm

Library MJO Room

You see them everywhere these days – Gig Workers.  Some estimates show them as 34% of the work force. They are involved in many types of independent work including; drivers for Uber & Lyft, homeowners offering rentals through Airbnb, independents working on specific software development projects, musicians performing ‘gigs’, and healthcare. Through this workshop, you'll gain realistic insights as you participate in, or consider joining the Gig Economy, learn about the issues of adaptability, time & money management, get the “rules of the road” that apply to independent workers and the running of a successful business and learn about license & tax issues.

You can attend all the workshops, or pick those that will suit your needs the best. Visit the Longview Public Library web page for a list of the seminars scheduled for 2018. You can visit scorevancouver.org to register for seminars being offered. All of the Longview Library seminars are being offered free to the community through a generous donation from the Friends of the Longview Public Library. For more information, or to sign up, please call 360.442.5300 or log on to www.longviewlibrary.org.

 

Fire it Up 2018 for Adults

Longview Public Library invites adults 18 and older to read for prizes January 20 through February 28, 2018. Not only could you win great prizes from local businesses and organizations every week but you can even win a great grand prize- a Kindle Fire HD. But wait, there’s more! You can also use your completed entry forms to pay off overdue fines at the Longview Public Library! That’s right! Longview Library patrons can read or listen to a book, fill out an entry form for Fire it Up, bring it to the MAIN DESK at the Longview Library, and reduce your overdue fine by up to $5.00 per book.

Longview, Kelso, Kalama, Castle Rock, and Woodland public libraries will feature the adult winter reading program Fire it Up! from January 20 to February 28, 2018. Each library has different weekly prizes. You are welcome to participate at one or all of these libraries! You do not need a library card to participate or win.

This program has been made possible by generous donations from the Longview Library Foundation. Thank you for your continued support.

For more information, contact your local library – Longview, 360-442-5300; Kelso, 360-423-8110; Kalama, 360-673-4568; Castle Rock, 360-274-6961, Woodland 360-225-2115.

 

The Children of Willesden Lane “One Book – Community Reads” Title Available at Local Libraries

Free copies of the “One Book – Community Reads!” book The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen (in both an adult and young reader’s edition) will be available at the Longview and Kelso Public Libraries on Wednesday, January 3 beginning at 10:00 am, until the initial number of copies run out.  There will be a later distribution when the remaining copies arrive.

The “One Book – Community Reads!” title is part of the Columbia Theatre’s series of events related to The Children of Willesden Lane taking place the week of January 22nd.  These events include seven performances for over 3,500 Cowlitz and Columbia County students, one evening public performance on Thursday, January 25th, and a “Meet & Greet” with Ms. Golabek at the Columbia Theatre at 7:00 pm on January 24th.  Funds for the books were received from the Longview Rotary Club and the Friends of the Kelso Public Library. 

The book and the author’s performances unite the entire community using the true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist who was rescued as part of the Kindertransport during the Nazi regime.  Her daughter, Mona Golabek, a gifted pianist and author, has written this hauntingly beautiful book and created this internationally acclaimed visual and musical performance to share with the world.

Pick up your copy of The Children of Willesden Lane and join in the discussion.  Don’t forget, when you’re done reading it, pass it on to someone else for them to enjoy and join in.

 

Android Tablet Class at Longview Public Library

The Longview Public Library is offering an Introduction to Android tablets class with instructor Aaron Dobbins on January 13 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. You will be able to see many of the features of Android on a tablet and get some hands-on practice with tablets provided by the library for class.

This class is open to anyone and registration is required. Space and tablets are limited. Call the Longview Library at 360.442.5300 for more information.

 

Longview Public Library Call for 2-D Artwork

Longview Public Library is putting out a call for original 2-D artwork for our 2018 Juried Show. Residents of Washington and Oregon, who are at least 18 years old, can submit artwork created after January 1st, 2018 for a chance to be in the May 2018 Juried Show exhibition and win a prize! The theme this year is “Bridges” and the deadline to submit artwork is April 6, 2018. There’s no entry fee, and we will accept one submission per artist.

The grand prize is a purchase award of $500 (and your work will become part of the Longview Public Library permanent collection). Visit http://www.longviewlibrary.org/cfe.php for the complete entry rules and show details.

Contact Daniel at Longview Public Library at 360.442.5307 for more information about the 2018 Juried Show at Longview Public Library.

 

Youth Gaming Group at the Longview Library

Middle and high school youth are invited to come learn and play Tales from the Loop, the new sci-fi role-playing game that takes place in an alternate 1980’s reality. In the game, players create teenaged characters who solve Mysteries connected to the Loop, a facility containing the world's largest particle accelerator. In the Mysteries, characters escape their everyday problems (homework, nagging parents, bullies) to be part of something exciting, magical, and dangerous as they encounter the strange machines and bizarre creatures brought into being by the Loop.

Our first meeting—Session 0—will be held Saturday, January 6, at 2:00 p.m. in the MJO Activity Room. We'll start with a short crash course on tabletop role-playing games, go over the Tales from the Loop setting and rules, and start creating characters. From there, we may have time to jump into the game itself, or wait until the next session on January 20. This game is intended to be ongoing and will meet every other Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. No experience is necessary, and all materials will be provided. For more information, contact Jakob at 360.442.5308 or jakob.collins@ci.longview.wa.us.

 

Friends of the Longview Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Longview Library will be having a book sale January 18, 19, and 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Library Auditorium. You can browse thousands of books, something for every reader. All of the books, DVDs, CDs, and more are for sale at unbelievably low prices – and there are a lot! We are overflowing with books and need your help. Join us and clear the inventory!

The Friends of the Longview Library is a non-profit organization that gives volunteer and financial help to the Library. The proceeds from the book sale will be used to provide the Library with resources to enhance services and programs. 

If you are interested in joining the Friends, applications are available at the Longview Public Library. Please call Karl Marcuson at 442-5315 for more information. 

 

Help us reach $1,000,000 for Parks

Since 1997, the City of Longview has annually approved $25,000 for the Neighborhood Park Grant Program.  2018 marks $500,000 in matching funds given to groups, organizations, and schools to improve our park system.  The City of Longview is excited to announce that the Parks and Recreation Department is requesting applications for the 21st Annual Neighborhood Park Grant Program.  This program provides matching funds for park capital improvement projects.  The deadline for submitting an application is Thursday, February 18, 2018.

The City is committed to promoting and sustaining an environment that is responsive to resident involvement.  The intent of the grant program is to encourage teamwork and involvement working together towards improving parks and play spaces.  Service groups, neighborhood groups, athletic organizations, and businesses can apply for all or a portion of the available $25,000 to match with their own funds and/or in-kind services and materials.  The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will review the applications received and make recommendations to the City Council about which project(s) should be funded.

Examples of qualifying projects include:  land acquisition; purchase of playground equipment, picnic shelters, benches, signs, and landscape components; construction of sports courts such as tennis and basketball; development of hiking and biking paths; and athletic field development.

Applications for funds are handled through the Parks and Recreation Department.  Interested parties may obtain application forms from the Recreation Office at 2920 Douglas St., or online at www.mylongview.com/recreation.  For additional information, please contact Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Wills at 442.5400. 

 

Are you looking for help to start or expand a business?
The City of Longview’s Revolving Loan Fund has funds available for loans! The Revolving Loan Fund is to create new jobs, strengthen the City’s and region’s economy, encourage revitalization of downtown Longview, and encourage development of the City’s Mint Farm Industrial Park and other industrial areas. You can find more information at http://www.mylongview.com/index.aspx?page=84. Or contact Bill Fashing at the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments at 577-3041.

 

What is happening at Parks and Recreation

 

Winter Recreation Guide Available

The winter recreation guide is now available online. Don’t miss the many programs, activities, events and enrichment classes offered by Longview Recreation! Learn a new skill, improve your health, experience enrichment learning or find an activity. There is something for family members and individuals of all ages. This guide features memorable events, which includes the popular Father & Daughter Dance. Please view the guide at www.mylongview.com/recreation or call Longview Recreation at 442-5400 for more information.

Save the dates for these great events:

 

Runs

Heart & Sole 5K/10K Run/Walk

Saturday, February 10, 2018  8:45 a.m.

Elks Memorial Building, Lake Sacajawea

Bring the family to our first run of the season, the Heart and Sole Walk/Run!  Feel your heart grow as you enjoy our community coming together to promote happy, healthy families.  Don’t forget to celebrate with us afterwards for refreshments and fun! To guarantee a t-shirt, register by Feb 2, 2018.  Proceeds benefit the City of Longview Teen Program.

10K Registration–Adult/Youth with shirt - $25/$15 or without shirt $15/$5

  5K Registration – Adult/Youth with shirt - $20/$15 or without shirt $10/$5

                   

Electrifying Shamrock 5K Run/Walk

Friday, Mar 16, 2018 7:00 p.m.

Lion’s Shelter, Lake Sacajawea

Come be a part of Longview's most thrilling, wild, riveting, ELECTRIFYING run!  This run will start at 7:00 pm and loop around the path at Lake Sacajawea. Wear your favorite St. Patty's day or neon outfit.  Prizes for best costume, fastest male, female, adult, youth, and teen will be awarded and don’t miss out on the after party at the Shamrock Tavern (21+).  Register by March 3rd to guarantee shirt order.

5K Registration with shirt (13 & up) - $25 or without shirt Adult/Youth - $15/$10

       

Running of the Fools 10K Run/Walk

Saturday, Mar 31, 2018  9:00 a.m.

Willow Grove Park, 7235 Willow Grove Rd

Don't be fooled out of this run! Come out to Willow Grove Park to beat the joker in this 10K run or walk. Beat the joker or guess your time to win a prize.  Register by March 23rd to guarantee shirt order.

10K Registration with shirt - $30 or without shirt - $15

       

Special Events

Father & Daughter Dance Boots & Bling

Make special memories at our 23rd annual signature event the Father Daughter dance. This years theme is Boots & Bling and will include special surprises, yummy refreshments, lively dance music from Twin City DJ and a treasured take home gift. A professional photographer will start taking pictures 30 minutes prior to each session start time (not included in event fee). Pre-registration is required. No tickets sold at the door. Please bring your receipt to the event to be admitted. No refunds or transfers for this event.  Cost is $15.00 per person.

This event will take place Feb 23 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, Feb 24 from 4:00 to 5:30 PM, or 7:00 to 8:00 PM; or Feb 25 from 5:00 to 6:30 PM.  This event will be held at McClelland Center, 951 Delaware St, in Longview. 

To register or find more information please call Longview Recreation at 442.5400 or online at www.mylongview.com/reconline. 

 

Kid’s Fish In – Sponsored by Longview Early Edition Rotary

Saturday, Apr 28, 2018  8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Martin’s Dock, Lake Sacajawea

Ages 5-14

This statewide program was created to provide more fishing opportunities for youth in the state of Washington. The fishing area will be netted with trout. Each participant will receive a rod and reel to keep. Kid's Fish-In is conducted by Longview Parks and Recreation, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Cowlitz Fly Anglers, Mt. St. Helen's Bassmasters and Lower Columbia Fly Fishers.  Multiple sessions to choose from, but must pre-register for this event!

$10/person

 

Earth Day 2018

Saturday, Apr 28, 2018  10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Free event!

A fun filled day awaits as we prepare to enjoy the 23rd annual Earth Day Celebration. Lots of hands on fun as creativity meets education with a variety of environmental exhibitors, activities, performers and entertainment.

 

Swim, Dash, Splash Triathlon

Saturday, July 21, 2018  Heats begin at 9 a.m.

YMCA and Lake Sacajawea

Ages 12 & up

Earlybird registration now open!  Save $5 of the individual price, or $20 off a team registration if you sign up by April 1st!

Join Longview Parks and Recreation, the YMCA, and PeaceHealth Wellness for the 3rd Annual Swim, Dash, Splash Triathlon held at the YMCA pool and Lake Sacajawea Park. Come as an individual or put together a team to compete in this trifecta event - swimming, running, and self-propelled water sports (kayaking or paddleboarding). The race starts with a 500m swim at the YMCA, followed by a 5k course throughout the Lake Sacajawea Park, and ends with a 2 mile kayak course around the lake! Stick around after the event for food, music, games, refreshments, and giveaways!

Individual - $50, $45 if registered by April 1!

Team of 3 - $110, $90 if registered by April 1!

(Registration includes shirt, lunch, finisher medal, and swag bag)

Adult

Ballroom Dance Workshop

This is the perfect two hour introductory workshop targeted specifically to the beginner interested in learning social dancing. The instructor will introduce participants to the basics of the five most popular dances: Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing, Cha Cha and Rumba. Come with your friends and experience how easy it is to learn the fundamentals of these great dances. Afterward, you will be in great shape to take the 6 week courses offered throughout the rest of the year. Class ID# 693753 Participants should be Ages: 16 & Over.  The course will run 01/09 – 2/13, on Tuesdays, from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at McClelland Center,

951 Delaware Street.  The cost is $20.00 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructor for this course is Joseph & Julieann Platt.

To register or for more information please call Longview Recreation at 442.5400 or online at https://register.communitypass.net/reg/

 

EDGU-Exercise for a Healthy Spine

An excellent class for those suffering from back pain. Learn a series of movements that increases flexibility in the spine which reduces pain and inflammation. The practice is very calming and grounding, helpful in today’s fast paced world.  Participants should be Ages: 18 & Over.  The course will run 01/09 - 03/02, on Tuesday & Fridays, from 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM at the Woman's Club, 835 21st Avenue.  The cost is $50.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructor for this course is Dr. Dee Richardson.

To register or for more information please call Longview Recreation at 442.5400 or online at https://register.communitypass.net/reg/

 

Cooking - Soups On

Attention soup lovers. Winter is here and it’s time to “up” your soup game. An unforgettable evening where you’ll satisfy your comfort food cravings by making soul-warming soups and delicious quick breads to match. Participants should be Ages: 18 & Over.  The course will run on Wednesday, 01/10, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Monticello Middle School, 1225 28th Ave.  The cost is $31.00 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructor for this course is Cathie Groesbeck, The Gifted Kitchen.

To register or for more information please call Longview Recreation at 442.5400 or online at https://register.communitypass.net/reg/

 

Hustle (Intermediate)

A continuation of the Hustle series. Rooted in swing, hustle is a smooth and lively dance characterized by fast-moving rotational patterns with multiple turns. Primarily associated with disco music, hustle can also be danced to contemporary music and is very popular in country and conventional night clubs. Participants should be Ages: 18 & Over.  The course will run 01/16 - 02/20, on Tuesdays, from 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the McClelland Center, 951 Delaware Street.  The cost is $50.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructors for this course are Joseph & Julieann Platt.

To register or for more information please call Longview Recreation at 442.5400 or online at https://register.communitypass.net/reg/

 

Foxtrot (Beginning)
Singles and couples are welcome. Learn the basics so the next time you're at a party and your favorite song comes on, you don't just sway to it in your seat! The trick to ballroom dance is it has to be danced with two people, which ultimately enlivens your relationship with your partner and always helps develop your social skills. Participants should be Ages: 18 & Over.  The course will run 01/16 - 02/20, on Tuesdays, from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00p.m. at the McClelland Center,

951 Delaware Street.  The cost is $50.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructor for this course is Joseph & Julieann Platt.

To register or for more information please call Longview Recreation at 442.5400 or online at https://register.communitypass.net/reg/

 

Line Dance (Beginning)

A very slow paced class for the ultra beginner. Learn the very basic steps. A lot of repetition, great exercise physically and mentally. Dance to all styles of music. Instructor has 30 years of teaching experience. No partner needed. Participants should be Ages: 18 & Over.  The course will run 01/18 - 02/22, on Thursdays, from 5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the McClelland Center,

951 Delaware Street.  The cost is $25.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructor for this course is Rhonda Goldsmith.

To register or for more information please call Longview Recreation at 442.5400 or online at https://register.communitypass.net/reg/

 

Line Dance (Beyond Beginning)

Excellent exercise for both body and mind. Line dance done to all styles of music. Instructor has 30 years of teaching experience. Practice CD is included in class fee. No partner needed. Participants should be Ages: 18 & Over.  The course will run 01/18 - 02/22, on Thursdays, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the McClelland Center, 951 Delaware Street.  The cost is $33.00 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructor for this course is Rhonda Goldsmith.

To register or for more information please call Longview Recreation at 442.5400 or online at https://register.communitypass.net/reg/

 

Herbal Support & Diet Tips for Your Liver

Learn fundamental diet and lifestyle changes you can make to strengthen your body’s major organ of detoxification. Love your Liver! Learn what you can do now to support optimal liver health, eliminate toxins, promote bile flow and get rid of extra cholesterol.  Participants should be Ages: 18 & Over.  The course will run on Thursday, 01/18, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Woman's Club, 835 21st Avenue.  The cost is $22.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructor for this course is Dr. Dee Richardson.

To register or for more information please call Longview Recreation at 442.5400 or online at https://register.communitypass.net/reg/

 

Guitar - Beginning

No experience necessary! This fun and popular class is the place to get started. You will learn easy chords, strumming, and songs.  Please provide your own guitar.  Participants should be Ages: 8 & Over.  The course will run 01/11 - 02/15, on Thursdays, from 6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. at the McClelland Center, 951 Delaware Street.  The cost is $69.00 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructor for this course is Bill Price.

To register or for more information please call Longview Recreation at 442.5400 or online at https://register.communitypass.net/reg/

Youth

Eco Kids Club

Does your child enjoy hands on activities? Do they enjoy building things, art, active play or experiments? Then do we have a club for them! Eco kids club will be themed weekly science STEM activities that will excite kids about how cool science can be. Themes will include water, wildlife, earth science, engineering, outdoor survival skills and more that will include experiments, nature art, and hands on activities. The Eco kids program will keep kids engaged and excited while using critical thinking and problem solving skills. Through active play and experiential learning kids will be learning how awesome science is. Eco kids will be able to explore our local nature, discover more about science and gain confidence in themself.  Participants should be Ages: 7 - 12.  The course will run 01/13 - 02/24, on Saturdays, from 10:30 AM - 12:00 p.m. at the  Elks Memorial Building, 2121 Kessler Blvd.  The cost is $30.00 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructor for this course is Katie Akers.

To register or for more information please call Longview Recreation at 442.5400 or online at https://register.communitypass.net/reg/

 

Golden Apple Preschool (Intergenerational)

Ages: 3-5 Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m. @ Delaware Retirement Community This unique program offers your child daily planned, intentional activities where children and seniors come together to grow, learn about themselves and others and form relationships that can be life changing.  Participants should be Ages: 3 - 5.  The course will run 01/09 - 01/31, on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursdays, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Delaware Retirement Community, 926 Delaware Street.  The cost is $90.00 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructor for this course is Recreation Staff.

To register or for more information please call Longview Recreation at 442.5400 or online at https://register.communitypass.net/reg/

 

Schools Out Play Days

Parents, looking for some fun activities to keep your child engaged on no school days? Bring them to our Parks & Recreation Day Camp! Our day camp provides a safe, supervised program with quality activities conducted by our experienced recreation leaders.  Each day will feature a special theme. Participants will need to bring their own lunch and snack. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  Participants should be Grades: K - 5.  The course will run on Monday, 01/15, from 9:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Kessler School, 1902 Kessler Blvd.  The cost is $26.00 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructor for this course is Recreation Staff.

To register or for more information please call Longview Recreation at 442.5400 or online at https://register.communitypass.net/reg/

 

Child Passenger Safety Certification Technician Training

SAFE KIDS Lower Columbia will be bringing a Child Passenger Safety Certification Technician Training Course to our local area. Lunch, snacks, beverages and a curriculum block will be provided for every participant and are included in the cost of the class.

Class is March 14 – 17

$85 registration fee (pay online to Safe Kids Worldwide for a 2 year certification)

This class will be limited to 12-15 students and will fill up quickly. In January, an announcement will come out with instructions on how to sign up.

If you are interested in seeing what this is all about, attend one of the monthly car seat clinics. Please contact Brandi Ballinger for more information at 360.575.6280 or brandi.ballinger@c2fr.org.

 

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