Longview City Info Weekly

Applications being accepted for board vacancies

Due to recent resignations, the City of Longview is accepting applications for the following boards:

  • Accessibility Advisory Committee (two positions)
  • Member representing RiverCities Transit service
  • Member, disability at large
  • Appeal Board of Adjustment
  • Golf Course Advisory Committee (two positions)
  • General committee member
  • Women’s Club rep
  • Project Longview (two positions)
  • Citizen/resident rep
  • Major employer rep
  • Visual Arts Commission

To read more about these boards or to apply, please visit http://www.mylongview.com/index.aspx?page=780. First review of applications will take place the week of February 26, but applications are always accepted and kept on file for three years.

 

Volunteers needed for Special Olympics Swimming

The Longview Tiger Sharks are looking for in-water volunteers.  Our team is comprised of athletes of all ages, working towards skill-based competitions.  As our team grows, we need passionate and compassionate volunteers to help us provide safe and fun practices for our Special Olympics Athletes.

Volunteers help support swimmers in several ways.

  • Teammates – Volunteers are an important part of our team.  Together we make up the Longview Tiger sharks.  Often volunteers and athletes become lifelong friends.  We show up to every practice and competition ready to have fun together!
  • Skills Support – Volunteers learn how to employ adaptive teaching techniques so that we can work with athletes of all skill levels.  It is helpful for volunteers to have swimming and or swim lesson-teaching experience.
  • Lane Leaders – Volunteers are assigned swimming lane and assist athletes with executing the day’s work out. Not only do volunteers get a good workout but they also help each athlete achieve their best workout.  It is helpful for volunteers to have competitive swimming experience and endurance.

There will be a volunteer training at Kelso High School February 17, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

For more information about this great program, or to sign up, email Coach Kiffani at kiffani.iverson@hotmail.com

 

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.

 

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

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist: $26.09 – 33.47 per hour, plus excellent benefits. Open until filled with first review of applications on 2/16/2018.
  • 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.

 

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/Spring Recreation Guide Available

The winter/spring 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.

Last Chance, Don’t Miss Out!!

 

Love Potion #9 - Homemade Herbal Gifts

Hands on class will explore quick and easy gift ideas.  Make something to enjoy yourself or share with a friend.  Make wormwood and lavender filled dream pillows, rose or kava glyceride, a linen spray scented with essential oils, and herb filled bonbons dipped in chocolate.   $10 supply fee due to instructor at time of class.  Participants should be Ages: 18 & Over.  The course will run February 8th, on Thursday, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 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.

 

Cooking - Valentine's Class for Kids

Join teacher Shelly for a Valentine theme hands-on cooking class for kids to explore the world of baking, chocolate, kitchen safety and enhance culinary skills. Price includes supply fee. Participants should be Ages: 7 - 12.  The course will run on Saturday, 02/10, from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Monticello Middle School, 1225 28th Ave.  The cost is $30.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructor for this course is Shelly Aldrich.

 

Valentine's Day Couples Yoga Class

A 90 minute class that will explore yoga stretching poses that you can do with your significant other. This class is open to all levels and is a great way to have some fun while bonding with your partner. There will be light refreshments after class. Please bring a slip yoga mat.  Participants should be Ages: 18 & Over.  The course will run February 14th, on Wednesday, from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM at the McClelland Center, 951 Delaware Street.  The cost is $25.00 per couple, for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructor for this course is Kristina Arquette.

Coming Soon!

 

Digital Photo Collection

Learn to use a few open source (free) programs to organize or edit your digital photo collection. Learn to crop, resize, correct for red-eye, and sort the hundreds of photos you have. And finally we'll show you how to take those photos and add text and some effects to create your own custom flyers and cards. Participants should be Ages: 18 & Over.  The course will run on Monday, 02/19, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the Elks Memorial Building, 2121 Kessler Blvd.  The cost is $47.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructor for this course is Aaron Dobbins.

 

On the Move

A fun lower intensity exercise class! Especially designed to include active older adults, a person who hasn't been exercising in a long time, or individuals who may be limited physically. The goal of this class is to keep you moving! Participants should be Ages: 18 & Over.  The course will run February 13 – April 26, on Tuesdays & Thursdays, from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM at Youth & Family Link, 907 Douglas St.  The cost is $40.00 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructor for this course is Peggy Swanson.

 

Ceramics - Enchanting Hand Building

In this introductory level class, students will learn to create imaginative forms through hands-on instruction and demonstrations.  Forms will include functional & decorative pieces such as small plates, bowls, tiles and wall boxes. This class will help develop basic hand building skills, glazing, and decorating techniques in a fun community atmosphere. Independent study students welcomed.  Participants should be Ages: 18 & Over.  The course will run 02/27 - 04/24, on Tuesdays, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Mark Morris High School, 1602 MM Court.  The cost is $60.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructor for this course is Debra Robasky, Mark Morris Ceramics.

 

Spanish
Have fun while learning basic Spanish vocabulary, grammar and phrases for use while traveling or in the workplace. Instructor has experience teaching at the college level and for the Ethnic Support Council.  Participants should be Ages: 18 & Over.  The course will run February 15 – April 5, on Thursdays, from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Recreation Building, 2920 Douglas Street.  The cost is $42.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructor for this course is Jovita Potter.

 

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 May 4th!

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 May 4th!

Team of 3 - $110, $90 if registered by May 4th!

(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.

Youth

Bouldering & Rock Climbing - Parent & Tot

Kids are natural climbers whether they are in the backyard, at the playground, or on your living room furniture. Let our skilled coaches build your child's confidence while introducing them to a sport they can enjoy for a lifetime. The new rock wall at Lower Columbia College will be the setting for this fun and exciting activity. First class is for parent only to learn safety procedures before bringing your little one. The rest of the classes we will help you and your little one get comfortable in a gym setting, calming any nerves through climbing games and lots of encouragement. Participants should be Ages: 3 - 5.  The course will run 02/24 - 03/17, on Saturdays, from 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM at Lower Columbia College, 1600 Maple Street.  The cost is $50.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructor for this course is LCC Fitness Center Staff.

 

Bouldering & Rock Climbing - Youth
Kids are natural climbers, whether they're in the backyard, at the playground, or on your living room furniture. Let our skilled coaches build your child's confidence while introducing them to a sport they can enjoy for a lifetime! The state of the art rock wall at Lower Columbia College will be the setting for this fun and exciting activity. We'll help your little one get comfortable in a gym setting, calming any nerves through climbing games and lots of encouragement. Parents are welcome to stay with their children, or simply drop them off to burn up some of their endless energy. Kids will only use the bouldering section of the wall (not using the ropes component).  Participants should be Ages: 5 - 11.  The course will run 02/24 - 03/17, on Saturdays, from 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM at Lower Columbia College, 1600 Maple Street.  The cost is $50.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructor for this course is LCC Fitness Center Staff.

 

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 families.  Visit us at www.mylongview.com/recreation or call 360.442.5400.

 

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