Longview City Info Weekly

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.


Determination of severe weather event concluded

City Manager Dave Campbell has determined that the severe weather event designated on December 30 has concluded. The weather forecast now indicates that low temperatures in Longview will be consistently above freezing (32 degrees) for the next several days. 

One emergency shelter had obtained a temporary use permit to operate during this event – for the Love Overwhelming building at 618 14th Avenue – and pursuant to LMC 7.30, they may continue to provide emergency shelter services for up to but not beyond two more days.

For more information on permitted severe weather shelters, please contact the Community Development Department at 360.442.5087.


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. 


Fred Meyer donation to benefit 24 kids dreaming of bikes for Christmas

A local business, government, and a non-profit agency partnered to make Christmas brighter for 24 children in need.

A Fred Meyer manager recently contacted Longview Police Department about donating two dozen bikes to the department. Chief Jim Duscha quickly accepted the offer. The police department then decided to turn over the small brand new bicycles to the Salvation Army, which accepts donations for its Christmas store to benefit financially struggling families during the holiday season.

"This was a very generous donation," Chief Duscha said. "We are happy to partner with Fred Meyer and Salvation Army."

Chief Duscha, Captain Deborah Pineda, and two department civilian employees gathered at Fred Meyer Monday morning along with Salvation Army Captain Sierra Dwelle to pick up the bikes.

Captain Dwelle was thrilled with the donated bikes, which filled up a U-Haul trailer.

"This is huge! Our donations have been down this year," Captain Dwelle said.

Captain Dwelle said the Salvation Army has been announcing its needs on the radio, in the local newspaper and other methods in hopes of receiving more donations for its Christmas store. She said the agency is serving more than 3,500 children this year.

"We've been receiving lots of requests for different things, Captain Dwelle said. "This is definitely a blessing for us!"

LPD community service officer Cindy Lopez Werth is hoping Fred Meyer’s donation will inspire other businesses and individuals to donate to the Salvation Army so that children in cash-strapped families will receive at least one gift for Christmas. “It’s amazing how good people feel when they give to others less fortunate – especially if you’re doing it for kids who don’t have much,” Werth said.


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:

  • Heart & Sole 5K/10K Run/Walk – February 10, 8:45 a.m., Lake Sacajawea
  • Father Daughter Ball “Boots & Bling” – February 23, 7:00 p.m., February 24, 4:00 & 7:00 p.m., and February 25, 5:00 p.m.
  • Electrifying Shamrock 5K Run/Walk – March 16, 6:45 p.m., Lake Sacajawea
  • Running of the Fools 10K Run/Walk – March 31, 9:00 a.m., Willow Grove Park
  • Kids Fish-In – April 28, 6 sessions 8:00 a.m.-2:45 p.m., Lake Sacajawea
  • Swim Dash Splash Triathlon – July 21, 9:00 a.m., YMCA & Lake Sacajawea


RiverCities Transit update
We’ve been working hard recruiting and training drivers, and it’s paying off. RCT is happy to say that we’re able to put another Route 32 bus back in service. Starting December 18th, Route 32 will again run every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. We’re recruiting more drivers and will keep you up to date as we are able to add more service.


ASK Longview

Reporting a problem is simple with the City of Longview’s new and improved ASK Longview’s mobile app!

Enter a service request any time day or night from your mobile phone or visit www.mylongivew.com  and click on the ASK Longview button.

Requests are automatically routed for quick resolution and you can follow the progress with your tracking number.

Got a question? Just ASK Longview


Longview receives Achievement of Excellence

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded

to the City of Longview by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to the individual(s) or department designated by the government as primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association servicing the needs of nearly 19,000 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. It provides top quality publications, training programs, services, and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management. The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in Washington, D.C.


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.


On the Move

A fun, lower intensity exercise class, the goal of this class is to keep you moving!  Especially designed to include the active older adult, someone who hasn't been exercising in a long time, or individuals who may be limited physically.  Instructor has over 40 years of teaching various fitness classes. Participants should be Ages: 18 & Over.  The course will run 11/28 - 02/08, on Tue,Thu, from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM at Youth & Family Link 907 Douglas St.  The cost is $53.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The course is taught by Peggy Swanson.

To register or for more information please call Longview Recreation at 360.442.5400 or online at https://register.communitypass.net/reg/


Golden Apple Intergenerational Preschool

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. The program meets on Tue,Wed,Thu, from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Delaware Retirement Community, 926 Delaware Street.  Participants should be Ages: 3 – 5 and potty trained. Space is limited for 12/05 - 12/21, and the cost is $90.00 with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents. 


SUPER STARS – Out of School Program

Safe, supervised, quality-activities conducted by experienced recreation leaders include organized games, sports, crafts reading, homework time, guest speakers and special events. The school district provides a federally subsidized snack at most sites. A 2017-2018 registration form must be completed. Participants should be aged 5 - 12. This program is held on weekdays when school is in session, Monday through Friday.  This program will be held in the afternoons at CVG, Kessler, Northlake, Mint Valley and Robert Gray (AM & PM). Coupon Daily Book, Annual, and monthly options available. Financial assistance for scholarships and reduced payment may be available for qualifying families.  Visit us at www.mylongview.com/recreation or call 360.442.5400.


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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