Longview City Info Weekly

City of Longview’s websites down for maintenance

From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, the City of Longview’s websites will be unavailable due to network maintenance.  Online services such as recreation registration, filing a police report, applying for a permit or inspection and making a utility bill payment may not be accessible during this time.

We apologize for any inconvenience this disruption may cause.

 

Spring fun for kids at the Longview Library

The Longview Public Library offers free stories, classes and more for kids and families March 28 through May 11. Pre-registration only required for the monthly MakerPlace Book Club. Siblings are always welcome to attend story times. No library card needed. For more information, call 360.442.5300, or visit longviewlibrary.org.

  • Mother Goose Time, for infants, 0 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.
  • MakerPlace, for elementary grades, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Wednesdays. Drop-in activities (art projects, 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.  Book Club runs March 21 – May 16.
  • Messy Art Day, messy creative open play for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Saturday, April 21.

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.

 

Determination of severe weather event concluded

City Manager Kurt Sacha has determined that effective Wednesday, March 7 the severe weather event designated on February 18 will conclude. The weather forecast now indicates that low temperatures in Longview will be consistently above freezing (32 degrees). 

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.

 

Longview Public Library presents the Small Business Hub

Longview Public Library is pleased to announce the opening of the new Small Business Hub on the Main floor of the Library. The Small Business Hub is a partnership of small business building organizations in and around Longview to provide all the information and tools you need to start your own small business. The City of Longview, Kelso/Longview Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Development Center, SCORE Vancouver, Lower Columbia College, Cowlitz Economic Development Council, Cowlitz Asset Building Coalition, WorkSource, and Red Canoe have partnered with the Longview Library to provide a starting point for entrepreneurs to find the information, resources, and contacts they need to successfully start or grow a business.

The Small Business Hub print collection emphasizes Start Ups, Finances, and Management and Growth while the dedicated Small Business Research databases help identify competitors, sources of supply, sales prospects, demographics, and industry trends. Our new Small Business Builder database will even help you create printable business and financial plans for your new venture.

The Longview Public Library offers small businesses and entrepreneurs many more resources including seminars from SCORE, WorkSource, and Red Canoe, public internet access computers with Microsoft Office Software, document scanning and copying capability, meeting rooms, projectors and screens for check-out, free wi-fi, and current business journals and periodicals.

Also, did you know that Longview business owners can get a library card for their business? You do not need to live in Longview. You just bring in your Longview Business License and a picture ID. With a Longview Library card, you can access our small business databases outside the library at longviewlibrary.org/databases-business.php.

If you have any questions or would like to get a tour of the space and resources, call Elizabeth Partridge at 360.442.5321.

Or, call the Library for more information, 360.442-5300. Also, you can visit our web page to see all the programs happening at the library, www.longviewlibrary.org.

 

Urban Forest Tree Inventory

The City of Longview will begin the process of inventorying all of the trees that make up the city’s urban forest.  The Urban Forestry Division has two certified arborists on staff that maintain all of the trees located within the park system, city right of ways, city properties, and street trees located between the street curb and sidewalks. There are over 14,000+ trees that make up our forest with an additional 3,000+ vacant spots available for eventual planting. The last full tree inventory that gave a snapshot into the overall health of the forest took place in 1990. 

The City has entered into an agreement with Plan It Geo, a company that specializes in urban tree canopy assessments, tree inventories, and forest management plans.  Plan It Geo will conduct a comprehensive tree inventory and provide data that will enable the City to continue to effectively and efficiently manage the health and safety of one of it’s largest assets, the urban forest.  Beginning in April, the company will have multiple crews out working along the streets and within the forest collecting data.  Crews will be gathering information on species, location by longitude and latitude for trees and vacant locations, height, crown spread, age, diameter, health condition rating, and hazard risk assessment. 

Any questions regarding the tree inventory should be directed to City staff at the Parks Department.  The findings and data from the inventory will be published once it is provided as well as incorporated into the City of Longview Urban Forest Master Plan.  Citizen outreach has strongly indicated that trees in Longview parks and streets are of high importance. This valuation is reflected in feedback from park users who desire a high level of care and maintenance dedicated to the city’s trees. Our Urban Forestry Maintenance plan must take into account the current trees in a given park or streetscape and their future growth potential to make timely and future management decisions. Due to the amount of trees, wide variety of species and locations throughout the city, the most efficient method of obtaining a complete tree inventory is to contract a reputable arboriculture company that is experienced in producing such reports. The data provided will integrate into the City’s new Lucity program and allow future internal adjustments to the inventory by City Arborists after contract completion.

For more information, please call Longview Parks and Recreation at 360.442.5400 or online at www.mylongview.com

 

Join the REAL Dumbledore’s Army

Do you ever wish Harry Potter was real? Do you want to connect with other Harry Potter fans AND make the world a better place? Here is your chance to join the REAL Dumbledore’s Army at the Longview Public Library.

Longview Public Library is starting our own chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance for youth in middle and high school. The Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) is an international organization that uses the magic of fandom to promote literacy, equality, and human rights. Since our chapter of the HPA is just beginning, members will get the opportunity to decide what kinds of activities and events they would like to do, all in the spirit of making our library and our community a better place. Join us at our next meetings, Saturdays March 10 and March 24 at 1:30 p.m. at the Longview Public Library!

 

March Koth Gallery Show at Longview Public Library

The Koth Memorial Gallery at Longview Public Library presents “A Weaver and His Loom” with George Long, a local artist who loves the form, function, and process of weaving (George donates all his completed pieces to charity). A variety of hand-woven pieces by George Long will be on display through March 31st in the Koth Gallery. On March 17th from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., George will also be giving a live weaving demonstration. 

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

                                      

Free Tickets to Local Plays and Performances Ready for Check Out

Use your Longview Public Library card to check out tickets to Stageworks NW, Columbia Theatre, and Longview-Kelso Community Concert Association for FREE! The Culture Card program has tickets available for checkout starting February 20 for these upcoming shows:

Stageworks Northwest, Longview Theater:

Return to the Forbidden Planet – April 27 – May 20, 2018

What do you get when Shakespeare’s The Tempest meets the 1956 cult classic Forbidden Planet? A trippy, space-age rock & roll masterpiece! Journey aboard Captain Tempest’s humble spaceship to the mysterious planet of D'Illyria, where a mad scientist and an evil space monster await. This electric, high-energy musical wins the hearts of sci-fi and theater fans alike.

 

The Columbia Theatre:

Highland Way – March 23, 2018

Celtic music with a Scottish flair! Rousing calls to action, wistful ballads, and sly humor-all in the Scottish songs of Highland Way. Favorites from Scottish tradition mixed with modern ballads, instrumentals, familiar Irish melodies, sea chanteys, and a few surprises along the way! Under the direction of the charismatic Brian Caldwell from Glasgow, the Highland Way musicians sing of work and play, conflict, love, and the gathering of friends. High energy, spirited music, friendly banter, and great fun!

 

ARTRAGEOUS! – April 13, 2018

How much excitement is there in watching portraits being painted? Plenty!-if it's accompanied by high energy dancing, singing, and lots of audience involvement! Proof is in watching a performance of ARTRAGEOUS, then actively participating in all the elements of the show. ARTRAGEOUS is an interactive art and music extravaganza unlike anything you have ever experienced. Rarely do you get the chance to experience some of the best things in life, together in one place. Live music, live art, and over-the-top family fun!

 

Longview-Kelso Community Concert Association:

Two On Tap– March 24, 2018

Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano take you to the days when Fred & Ginger and Mickey & Judy filled the screen with undeniable chemistry, effortless harmony and precision tap dancing. Gorgeous vocals, exciting choreography and unique musical arrangements. This duo breathes new life into classic song-and-dance.

Duo Baldo– April 27, 2018

Violinist Brad Repp and pianist/actor Aldo Gentileschi combine virtuosic performances, theatrical humor and pop culture in critically-acclaimed performances. Brad performs on a 1736 Testore violin and Aldo performs on whatever piano he can find. High energy classical music with comedy and a touch of slapstick.

Tickets will be available to check out beginning February 20 and are limited and first come first served. Patrons over 18 can checkout one pair of tickets for free per calendar year. Come to the information desk or call 442-5300 with your library card number ready to check out your tickets today. See the complete rules and restrictions at http://www.longviewlibrary.org/tickets.php.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Youth

Horsemanship

Enjoy games and exercise while learning English riding skills that build confidence. Expert instruction provided on basic horsemanship including; safety, rules, grooming, and tacking. Participants must wear riding shoes or shoes with heels. Bring your own helmet or use one provided. Class will be held in an arena either indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather. Participants should be Ages: 6 - 16.  The course will run March 14 - 28, on Wednesdays, from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Longacre Stables, 2290 Dike Rd.  The cost is $48.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructor for this course is Donna Longacre.

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

 

Hula - (Beginning) Youth

Learn the various types of Hawaiian dance: Hula Kahiko and Hula Auana. Learn the basic foot and hand motions, and complete choreographies.  Participants should be Ages: 5 - 12.  The course will run March 13 – April 24, on Tuesdays, from 5:00 PM - 5:55 PM at the Woman's Club, 835 21st Avenue.  The cost is $37.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructor for this course is Kate Denman.

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

 

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.

 

Adult Classes

Belly Dancing
Discover dancing with world beats and traditional belly dance music while engaging core muscles for balance and strength. Limber up with yoga stretches, then get into dance steps and shimmies to be fused into a fun choreographed dance that you can do alone or with dance friends! No experience necessary but intermediate students welcomed. Participants should be Ages: 16 & Over.  The course will run March 14 - 25, on Wednesdays, from 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM at the Woman's Club, 835 21st Avenue.  The cost is $42.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructor for this course is Terrie Phillips.

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

First Aid

Receive First Aid and CPR certification based on the standards of American Heart Association. Develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to respond in a medical emergency. Use of the AED will also be taught. Child & Infant certification included.  Training based on AHA and AHSI standards. Participants should be Ages: 18 & Over.  The course will run on Saturday, March 24, from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Recreation Building, 2920 Douglas Street.  The cost is $46.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructor for this course is Steve Pitts.

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

 

Runs

                                                

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

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.

 

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