Longview City Info Weekly

SCORE Small Business Seminar at Longview Library

Are you ready to start a business? Join us April 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for a free seminar to get you started. This seminar will cover some of the topics you need to research and answer before you consider jumping into business ownership. You will start with the perfect “Elevator Pitch” exercise about your concept then move quickly to a discussion of entrepreneurial myths and realities. You will see statistics on why businesses fail and, more importantly, ways to avoid becoming one of those statistics. You will end the day with a look at “Nuts and Bolts” of getting started in your business and review some important basics on business planning.

Takeaways from this seminar include:

  • What’s a good business idea, what’s a bad one?
  • Consider the critical factors of business success.
  • Where do I find information on licenses, taxes, forms and types of entities?
  • Gain valuable business planning tools and learn where you can get help.

You can register for this seminar at www.vancouver.score.org. This seminar is offered free to the public through the generous support of the Friends of the Longview Library and the volunteers of the Vancouver Chapter of SCORE.

For more information, call the Longview Public Library at 360.442.5300. Also, you can visit our web page to see all the programs happening at the library, www.longviewlibrary.org.


Messy Art Day at the Library

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are invited to come with their grown-ups to the Longview Public Library for an active morning of messy art! Saturday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. we’ll be rolling out butcher paper and opening up paint tubes. We’ll be painting, printing, sculpting, and having fun in the library auditorium. Both kids and grown-ups should come prepared to get messy and make art with their bare hands and feet. Grown-ups may find it helpful to bring a change of clothes for the kids or to have their car ready to take home messy kids. Children from babies through age six are welcome. No registration is required. For more information, call 360.442.5300.


WorkSource and Longview Library Team Up for Jobs

WorkSource Cowlitz/Wahkiakum and the Longview Public Library are teaming up to bring a hiring event to the community at the library April 26 from noon to 3:00 pm. Bring your resume and speak to employers that are hiring! 

Don’t have a current resume? The library offers one-on-one resume building help by appointment and WorkSource resume writing classes. The next WorkSource Resume Workshop is April 20 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. You will need to register for the class.

To get an individual appointment or to register for the resume workshop call 360.442.5300. Also, you can visit our web page to see all the programs happening at the library, www.longviewlibrary.org.


Friends of the Longview Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Longview Library will be having a Book Sale May 3, 4, and 5 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, and more are for sale at unbelievably low prices.  All day Saturday is $2.00 a bag day.

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. 


Longview Celebrates Historic Preservation Month with Photo Contest

The City of Longview’s Historic Preservation Commission celebrates Historic Preservation Month with two events for 2018.

First, amateur photographers are invited to participate in a photo contest. Take your best photo of an historic place that is at least 50 years old and within the City of Longview, and you might be a winner!

Three divisions are available: Elementary school (K-5), middle/high school (6-12), and adult. There will be one winner and two honorable mentions for each category. Winners’ photos may be used on City website and Facebook page, and displayed in City buildings. Winners will receive their photos mounted on foam core, and a certificate of accomplishment.

Please visit mylongview.com Current News for rules and entry form (or use this link). Entries are accepted until April 22, 2018 and winners will be announced by May 7.

Second, the Longview Public Library Longview Room will be open on Saturday, May 12, from 2 to 4 pm in addition to its scheduled Wednesday hours. The Longview Room houses the local history collection of the Longview Public Library, and includes newspaper clippings, maps, pamphlets, books about Washington, clippings about the 1980 Mount St Helens volcanic eruption, local yearbooks, and a large collection of photographs of Longview’s founding. Please drop in to explore the resources available, and meet library staff and Historic Preservation Commission members.

For any questions, please contact the Longview Historic Preservation Commission at HPCLongview@gmail.com.


NW Voices Presents Poet and Storyteller Alex Vigue

Come join us for the next NW Voices events on Wednesday, April 25 featuring poet and storyteller Alex Vigue. The author of The Myth of Man will present a workshop from 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at LCC in Main 145 and a reading at the Longview Public Library beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Magazine Reading Room.

Alex Vigue is a poet and storyteller from Ridgefield, Washington. He has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Western Washington University. His work has been published in Vinyl, Maudlin House, Lockjaw Magazine, and Drunken Monkeys. He works with Clark County Poets in Schools to bring poetry into the classroom and make sure that students learn about poetry from poets. His debut chapbook, The Myth of Man, was a finalist for the Floating Bridge Press chapbook competition and was published in October 2017.

All events are free and open to the public. Northwest Voices is funded by the Longview Public Library and Lower Columbia College, Friends of the Longview Library, Longview Library Foundation, and the LCC Foundation. 


An Evening of Mystery & Magic

Northwest Voices presents An Evening of Mystery & Magic with authors Paula Stokes, Sheryl Scarborough, and Tina Connolly at 6 PM Tuesday, April 24. The three authors will be discussing their young adult novels featuring teen detectives and teen witches. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and get books signed. You may even win a prize! Books will be available for purchase from Vintage Books. This event is free and open to all ages; teen readers are especially encouraged to attend!

Paula Stokes is the author of Liar’s Inc, Girl Against the Universe, Vicarious, and several other books for young adults. Her writing crosses genres – from romantic comedy to mystery to science fiction thrillers – and has been translated into eleven foreign languages.

Sheryl Scarborough is the author of To Catch a Killer and its sequel To Right the Wrongs. Before writing teen forensic thrillers, Sheryl was a writer of children’s books, comics, and television. 

Tina Connolly is the author of the Seriously Wicked series for teens and the adult science fiction trilogy Ironskin. Her novels have been finalists for the Nebula and Norton awards and her short story collection On the Eyeball Floor was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award.


Nominate our city to receive a $20k grant during earth month

The city with the most nominations gets a grant for a local park through ‘Meet Me at the Park’ Earth Month campaign

For the fourth year in a row, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company to help fund local park improvement projects across the country through the national “Meet Me at the Park” Earth Month campaign. The city that receives the most nominations will receive a $20,000 grant to improve a local park.

Local parks make Longview a better place to live and shape so many of our lives. Parks are essential to our city’s health and wellbeing. They provide safe places to be active and enjoy nature—and they help preserve the environment and bring people together. That’s why from April 1 to April 30 Longview residents will have the opportunity to nominate our city to receive $20,000 in grant funding to make improvements at a local park.

By visiting NRPA.org/Disney, park supporters can nominate our city. At the end of April, the city with the most nominations will receive the grant funding. Everyone who nominates a city will be entered into a drawing for a GoPro Prize Pack.

“At NRPA we believe everyone deserves a great park. That’s why we’re proud to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company on this campaign,” said Lori Robertson, NRPA director of conservation. “Everyone is encouraged to join us in giving back to the places that shape so much of our lives by participating in this year’s campaign. A nomination for your favorite park is all it takes.”

During April, a public service announcement (PSA) supporting the Meet Me at the Park campaign will be shared with audiences across Disney, including ESPN, ABC Television Network, ABC-owned and affiliate stations, Freeform, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, the ABC app and other digital platforms. The PSA will also be available to view on the voting site at www.NRPA.org/DisneyMeetMeAtThePark. Additionally, Radio Disney will support the campaign with an on-air radio spot.

This Earth Month, Longview can show what parks mean to our community by nominating our great city. Encourage your friends to nominate our city by taking a selfie in your favorite park and using the hashtags #MeetMeAtThePark, #Parkies and #CelebrateEarth.

For more information and to nominate your city, visit www.NRPA.org/DisneyMeetMeAtThePark.

Please also visit us on Facebook; www.facebook.com/LongviewRecreation

to follow our campaign and learn more about how the $20k grant will be used should we win this competition!

Both promotions (defined below) begin at 12 a.m. ET on April 1, 2018 and conclude at 11:59 p.m. ET on April 30, 2018. No Purchase Necessary to participate. The NRPA Meet Me at the Park Promotion and Voter’s Sweepstakes (collectively, “promotions”) are open to legal residents of the 50 US & DC, who are 18 years of age or older. For complete details and Official Rules for both promotions, visit www.meetmeatthepark.org.


About The National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.NRPA.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.nrpa.org/parks.


Small Business Information Panel for the Public

Starting a small business takes time, energy, and the right information. Where do you start? What do you need? How do you do it? To provide a starting point for entrepreneurs to find the information, resources, and contacts they need to successfully start or grow a business, the

Longview Public Library is hosting a Small Business Information Panel, free and open to the public, April 23 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. You can get answers to your questions about starting and growing your small business including: planning, zoning, permitting, financing, training, marketing, and more.

Representatives from the City of Longview, SCORE Vancouver, Lower Columbia College, Kelso/Longview Chamber of Commerce, Red Canoe, Fibre Federal, The Daily News, and more will be able to answer your questions and give you the information you are looking for. Learn what each organization does and how you can get help and guidance through any phase of your business building activities.

Each panel member will describe what the department or organization he/she belongs to does, or can do, and then the audience will be given the opportunity to ask their questions. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the who, what, where, and how of starting or growing their own business.

Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners can then find more help in the Small Business Hub at the Longview Public Library. The 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. There is also information for local activities, classes, and contacts for starting your business right.

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 Longview 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.


PNW Metal Recycling & Cowlitz PUD present Earth Day 2018 Celebration 

This is a free public event for all ages rain or shine! This year’s highlights are Dr.Junkology and Recycalypso.  Event goers are encouraged to bring something recyclable from home to turn into a piece of art or musical instrument (no class or sharp objects).           

Saturday, April 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Cowlitz County Expo Center

Also at the event will be:

  • Tree Seedlings
  • Adventures in Puppetopia with Ruby’s Troup
  • Drumming Workshop
  • Rhys Thomas Gollyology
  • OMSI – Science Festival and Portable Planetarium Shows
  • Rock Wall
  • Circus Cascadia
  • Petting Farm
  • Pony Rides
  • Human Gyroscope
  • Eartha the Environmental Clown
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation Trailer
  • Reptile Road Show
  • Farmer’s Market
  • Smokey Bear
  • Plus.....a variety of exhibits and educational booths


On the stage:

10:30-11:15                 Recycalypso Steel Drum show
11:15                           Grocery Bag Art Contest Recognition
11:30-11:45                 Adventures in Puppetopia with Ruby’s Troupe
12:15-1:00                   Recycalypso Steel Drum show
1:15-1:30                     Adventures in Puppetopia with Ruby’s Troupe
1:45-2:15                     Drumming Workshop with Recyalypso
2:30-3:15                     Rhys Thomas – Gollyology


This event is presented by the Longview Solid Waste/Recycling Department, Stormwater Department, Recreation Department, City of Kelso, Cowlitz County Public Works, Lower Columbia CAP and Ecological Land Services.

Other Sponsors include: CCS-A Division of PNE, Emerald Kalama Chemical, Ecological Land Services & Green Tree Landscaping, Steelscape, Solvay Chemicals, and Waste Control Recycling

Please bring one donated non-perishable food item for the CAP Help Warehouse for this free event.


April Koth Gallery Show at Longview Public Library

The Koth Memorial Gallery at Longview Public Library will be showing work by artists Ron Walker and Linda Eddleston from April 2nd through April 27th. This show will include charcoal drawings of historical buildings, paintings of boats, and some prize-winning photos of beach scenes, flowers, and the fall season. Ron and Linda will also fill the Koth Gallery glass case with models of boats, architectural structures, vintage aircrafts, and unique teacups. On April 11th from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., Ron and Linda will host a reception in the Koth Gallery with a special video display of short films, refreshments, and art prints for sale. 

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


ASK Longview’s app has been updated!

If you have been using the ASK Longview mobile app, there has been a change that requires you to delete the old one and install the latest and greatest version.

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.mylongview.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


Free Tickets to Local Plays and Performances Ready for Check Out on April 3!

Use your Longview Public Library card to check out tickets to Stageworks NW, Columbia Theatre, and LCC Center Stage for FREE! The Culture Card program has tickets available for checkout starting April 3 for these upcoming shows:

Stageworks Northwest, Longview Theater:

Little Nell the Orphan Girl – June 29 – July 15, 2018

Laughs come fast and furious in this exciting take-off of all melodramas ever written. Thrill to the joy of applauding the down-trodden heroine and the manly hero, and hissing the black-hearted villain! Will the lovers be united? Will the villain be exposed for the criminal he is? Come enjoy a very satisfying, comical, melodramatic evening of non-stop delight!


The Columbia Theatre:

Harry James Orchestra – May 6, 2018

Make this a multi-generational outing the week before Mother’s Day in celebration of Mom! Complimentary flowers provided. Fred Radke, who played lead trumpet virtuoso with Harry James for many years, returns to the Columbia Theatre to swing it with the joyful sounds of the Big Band era. “All or Nothing at All,” “I’ll Get By,” “I Don’t Want to Walk Without you,” “I Cried for You,” “I Had the Craziest Dream,” and “I’ve Heard That Song Before” are just a few of Harry James’ many hits.


LCC Center Stage:

A Piece of My Heart – May 25 – June 2, 2018

Opening Memorial Day weekend, this is a powerful true drama of six women who went to Vietnam: five nurses and a country western singer booked by an unscrupulous agent to entertain the troops.  Adapted from the book by Keith Walker, the play shows each young woman before, during, and after her tour in the war-torn nation and ends as each leaves a personal token at the memorial wall in Washington.

Tickets will be available to check out beginning April 3 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 360-442-5300 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.


Cowlitz Clean Waters 2018 Student “Solutions to Stormwater Pollution” video contest

Cowlitz Clean Waters, the regional public education campaign targeting stormwater pollution, is sponsoring its first annual student video contest. The contest is open to all high school students (grades 9-12) within Cowlitz County, including public, private and homeschooled students.

Students are invited to showcase their creativity, talent and environmental awareness by producing 30-second video public service announcements to help promote behavior change to address stormwater pollution and clean up our waters here in Cowlitz County. 

The grand prize winning entry will receive a $500 Amazon gift card, with $250 and $150 gift cards for the second and third place winners, respectively. Entry in the contest is free. The video contest rules and entry forms can be found online at https://cowlitzcleanwaters.org/contest

The deadline for submitting entry forms is Friday, May 18, 2018. If you have questions, you may contact Van McKay at the City of Kelso at 360-577-3323.

Cowlitz Clean Waters is a collaborative initiative of the City of Kelso, City of Longview, Cowlitz County, Consolidated Drainage Improvement District #1 (CDID#1), Kelso School District, Longview School District, Washington State University (WSU) Cowlitz County Extension and the Lower Columbia College.

This partnership is committed to developing a public information and education campaign to help inform the Lower Columbia region about the impacts of stormwater runoff on our local waterways and to affect behavior changes and water quality improvements in our communities.


Applications being accepted for CDID Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Consolidated Diking Improvement District (CDID) #1 Advisory Committee is to advise the Board of Supervisors of items, issues, planning, and financing of the District as outlined and/or approved by the Board of Supervisors. The membership is comprised of nine committee positions that are held by local government officials, representatives from local businesses, and community members who have a vested interest in, or the potential to be affected by District operations. Three committee members are appointed by the City Manager of the City of Longview.

Due to a resignation, one position is vacant and applications are now being accepted. Interested applicants must be City of Longview residents (live within the city limits). Appointments are for indefinite successive terms of one year. Committee meetings, held once a month, provide a forum for discussions regarding the effectiveness of District Operations and Management and the impacts to the local community at large.

Those interested in serving on this committee, should go to the City of Longview Boards and Commissions webpage to apply at http://www.mylongview.com/index.aspx?page=780.

First review of applications will take place the week of April 23, 2018.


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.


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.


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


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.



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!



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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