Longview City Info Weekly

LongCon III: Who Knew Dressing Up Was This Much FUN?

It is that time of year, again! LongCon at the Longview Public Library is February 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to celebrate pop culture and hang out at our all-age, family-friendly mini fan convention. There will be crafts, discussions, and an amazing costume contest for ages 0 to 100+.

The costume contest starts at 1:00 p.m. and you must register by 12:45 p.m. to participate. There are three age divisions: children 0 to 12, teens 13-17, and adults 18+. Costumes can be of any comics, anime, gaming, fantasy, sci-fi, or other fantastic fandom. Everyone is encouraged to wear a costume! And, if you’re going to wear a costume, you might as well be in the Costume Contest! Participating in the Costume Contest could even win you a cool prize! You can download the entry form and see all the rules on www.longviewlibrary.org/longcon.php.

Call the Library for more information, 442-5300. Also, you can visit our web page to see all the programs happening at the library, www.longviewlibrary.org.

 

Fandoms Unite at Longview Library Mini-Con

The Longview Public Library invites pop culture fans of all ages to the Third Annual LongCon on Saturday, February 17, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. LongCon is the mini fan convention that celebrates all fandoms. Whether you love comics, gaming, or anime, TV, books, or movies, you are welcome here! Bring your enthusiasm, your fan gear, and your friends and family; we will provide the snacks, a gaming room, kid-friendly crafts, vendor gallery, and opportunities to connect with other fans.

This year our discussion panel’s focus is Anime 101. Come learn about anime, get recommendations for this animated art form, and share your favorites along with our local panelist of anime fans, starting at 11:30 a.m. The cosplay contest also returns at 1:00 p.m. with prizes for best kid, teen, and adult costumes. Contestants must register for the contest this year—download a registration form on our website or register by 12:45 p.m. on the day of the Con.

LongCon is free and open to the public, thanks to generous support from the Friends of the Longview Public Library and our super volunteers. Are you interested in volunteering or vending at LongCon? Get in touch! Visit our website at longviewlibrary.org or call 360.442.5300 for more information.

 

January 25 City Council meeting in brief

  • Directed staff to prepare an ordinance for comprehensive plan map and zoning map amendments to change from residential to commercial designations for property at 4138 Ocean Beach Highway near 42nd Avenue.
  • Approved Ordinance No. 3371 regarding dog and cat licensing and impound fees.
  • Directed staff to prepare an ordinance requiring dogs to be on a leash while in City parks.
  • Authorized the city manager to terminate the Homeland Security Region IV Mutual Aid Agreement because those provisions have been incorporated into state law and the agreement is no longer necessary.
  • Accepted as complete the Mint Valley Racquet Complex Siding Project.
  • Accepted as complete the 15th Avenue Overlay Project.
  • Directed staff to prepare a resolution supporting designation of an economic development district covering Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties.
  • Directed staff to prepare a petition to form a local improvement district to construct Beech Street between Oregon Way and California Way, and to apply for a federal Economic Development Administration grant to assist funding the project.
  • Authorized the city manager to execute a contract amendment with the Humane Society of Cowlitz County regarding animal control services, with a provision to have a third party evaluate Humane Society operations.

 

February Koth Gallery Show at Longview Public Library

The Koth Memorial Gallery at Longview Public Library presents: “POP-A-GANDA” the art and craft of Michael J. King. This art show will include hand drawn work, digital prints, screen-prints, 3-D creations, SteamPunkins, and a customized model kit- among other pieces- all by local artist Michael J. King. The show will run from February 1 through February 28 and Michael will also host a reception, open to the public, on February 3 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.

 

Current recruitments at the City of Longview

  • Public Works Maintenance Technician III (Entry Level): $20.94 - 26.86 per hour, plus excellent benefits. Closes 2/22/18 at 8am.
  • Transit Operators (Casual/on-call) - RiverCities Transit: Salary range: $21.14 per hour (Casual Operator), $18.65 per hour (Casual Operator Trainee Pay)
  • Entry Level Police Officers: One regular full-time position available, $32.12-$41.56 per hour, plus excellent benefits. Continuous recruitment.
  • Lateral Police Officers: One regular full-time position available, $5,860 - $7,203 per month, plus excellent benefits. Continuous recruitment.
  • Fire Intern Opportunity: Firefighter internship training program. Acquire hands on experience and learn the required skills and techniques to become a career firefighter. $300/month stipend. Continuous recruitment.

 

Free fun for kids at the Longview Public Library

The Longview Public Library offers free stories, classes and more to keep kids busy through the winter months. You don’t need a library card, and registration is only required for the monthly MakerPlace Book Club. Siblings are always welcome to attend story times. For more information, call 360.442.5300, or visit longviewlibrary.org. Weekly programs run through March 9.

  • Mother Goose Time, for babies up to 24 months. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
  • Toddler Time Stories and Crafts, for 2 - 3-year-olds. Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
  • Preschool Stories and Crafts, for 3 years and up. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
  • Fun Hours, open playtime for 0 to 5 years. Mondays, Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. to Noon.
  • MakerPlace, for elementary grades, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Wednesdays. Drop-in activities (games, construction toys, STEM projects), except third Wednesdays, which is Book Club, recommended for readers in grades 3 -5. Sign up at the lower floor to get your copy of the book.
  • LongCon, pop culture fan mini-convention, all ages, Saturday, February 17, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Longview Public Library also has clubs and events for middle and high school youth. Visit our teen page at http://longviewlibrary.org/teens.php or call Becky at 360.442.5323.

 

Citizens’ Police Academy 2018

The Kelso and Longview Police Departments and Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office are currently accepting applications for the annual Citizens’ Police Academy. The goal of the Academy is to provide useful information to citizens about law enforcement within our community and establish better communications with the citizens we serve. Instruction will be on Patrol, SWAT, Drugs, Use of Force, Street Crimes, K-9 and much more. The Academy will offer tours of the Cowlitz County Jail and 911-dispatch center. Students participate in a 3-hour police ride-a-long as well as a live-fire range training.

Classes are held every Wednesday evening for 10 weeks (6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) plus one Saturday in April. Classes start February 21 and will convene with graduation on April 25. Anyone who lives or works in Cowlitz County may apply and must pass a background check. There is no cost to attendees.

Applications are available at the Kelso and Longview Police Departments and the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office. Applications are also available on each agency’s website

Class space is limited to the first 30 eligible participants. Applications must be submitted no later than February 5, 2018.

 

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, 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.

 

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.

 

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 p.m. 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 3, 2018 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

 

Swim, Dash, Splash Triathlon

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

YMCA and Lake Sacajawea

Ages 12 & up

Early bird 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)

       

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 p.m., Feb 24 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., or 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.; or Feb 25 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m...  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 from 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.

 

Figure Drawing

Learn to draw the human form from a live model in different media. The class will touch on different techniques and approaches, human proportions, and how to capture different lighting effects. Have fun drawing figures in a collegiate atmosphere. Supply list upon registration.  Participants should be Ages: 18 & Over.  The course will run 01/31 - 03/07, on Wednesdays, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.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 Vivian Pointer.

To register or for more information about any of these classes, please call Longview Recreation at 442.5400 or online at https://register.communitypass.net/reg/

 

Youth

Ukulele (Beginning)

A unique and inexpensive way to have musical fun with fa.m.ily and friends. A 'take anywhere' instrument anyone can play with easy and simple instruction. Students must bring their own ukulele. Children under the age of 12 must attend with an adult.  This class is taught by Ja.m.es Lee and Mike Davenport. For more information call 360-425-3786.  Participants should be Ages: 12 & Over.  The course will run 01/23 - 02/20, on Tuesdays, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the McClelland Center, 951 Delaware Street.  The cost is $38.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructors for this course are Ja.m.es Lee and Mike Davenport.

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

 

Acrobatics - Youth (Beginning)

Learn jumps, beginning dance, basic acrobatics, balance, safety technique, coordination, and rhythm. This class will help grow your child's self-confidence, build their tea.m.work skills, and discipline their minds. Children will have fun learning handstands, forward and backward rolls, cartwheels, dance terminology, and building their muscular strength.  Participants should be Ages: 6 - 12.  The course will run 02/01 - 02/22, on Thursdays, from 3:45 p.m.. - 4:45 p.m. at the Woman's Club, 835 21st Avenue.  The cost is $35.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructor for this course is Natasha Kreitzer.

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

 

Ballet

A creative movement class for beginners which will teach children the basic steps of ballet. Fun ga.m.es to learn gross motor skills. Wear comfortable clothing. Participants should be Ages: 5 - 7.  The course will run 02/06 - 02/27, on Tuesdays, from 5:00 p.m.. - 6:00 p.m. at the McClelland Center, 951 Delaware Street.  The cost is $35.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.

To register or for more information about any of these classes, please call Longview Recreation at 442.5400 or online at https://register.communitypass.net/reg/

 

Creative Dance

Introduce your child to the exciting world of dance. They will learn beginning ballet and jazz steps. This class will help enhance your child's balance, coordination and social skills and there will be a presentation for fa.m.ily and friends the last day of class. Wear comfortable clothes.   Participants should be Ages: 3 - 4.  The course will run 02/06 - 02/27, on Tuesdays, from 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. at the McClelland Center, 951 Delaware Street.  The cost is $35.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.

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

 

Music & Movement - Parent & Tot

Explore the joy and diversity of music. Group music-making releases energy which can be channeled in creative, productive directions. Children learn about themselves and others by  playing music together and by  listening to each other. Participants should be ages 6 months to 3 years.  The course will run Tuesdays, 2/6-2/27, from 9:30 a.m..-10:15 a.m.. at McClelland Center, 951 Delware ST.  The cost is $32.50 with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The course is taught by Molly Johnson.

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

 

Hip Hop - Tots

Hip Hop is great exercise and encourages coordination and creativity. Preschoolers will learn routines to perform for their fa.m.ily and friends at the last class. Wear comfortable clothing, no jeans please.  Participants should be Ages: 4 - 6.  The course will run 02/07 - 02/28, on Wednesdays, from 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.. at High Step Dance Academy, 3303 Washington Way.  The cost is $35.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructor for this course is High Step Academy Staff.

 

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 (a.m.& p.m.). Coupon Daily Book, Annual, and monthly options available. Financial assistance for scholarships and reduced payment may be available for qualifying fa.m.ilies.  Visit us at www.mylongview.com/recreation or call 360.442.5400.

 

Golden Apple Preschool (Intergenerational)

Ages: 3-5 TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m. @ DELAWARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY This unique progra.m. 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 02/01 - 02/28, on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursdays, from 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. at Delaware Retirement Community, 926 Delaware Street.  The cost is $110.00 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/

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