Longview City Info Weekly

NW Voices Presents Author Jon Gosch

Come join us for the next NW Voices events on Tuesday, May 22 featuring author Jon Gosch. The author of Deep Fire Rise will present a workshop from 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at LCC in Main 147 and a reading at the Longview Public Library beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Magazine Reading Room.

Jon Gosch was raised in Longview and studied creative writing and journalism at the University of Washington. His second novel, Deep Fire Rise, concerns the Mount St. Helens eruption and has been praised by some of the Northwest’s most revered authors, including Washington State Book Award winner Robert Michael Pyle and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist William Dietrich. Jon has also been active as a book editor, investigative journalist, travel writer and radio guest.

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. 


Hillcrest reservoir and pump station improvements utility work

Tapani, Inc. from Battle Ground, Washington, in conjunction with Michels Corporation from Salem, Oregon, will rehabilitate stormwater lines using Cured-In-Place-Pipe (CIPP) method starting at the Hillcrest Reservoir to West Hill Drive. The construction is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 14 and will be completed by Thursday, May 17.

During this work, the following roads will have traffic impacts:

  • Cedar Place: one lane closure with flagging control on May 15
  • Cascade Way at West Hill Drive intersection: one lane closure with flagger control on May 16
  • West Hill Drive: one lane closure with flagger control on May 17

In order to avoid delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.


Tutors needed at the Longview Public Library

We need your help! Project READ, the adult literacy tutoring program at the Longview Public Library, has an immediate need for volunteer tutors. Training is provided. Tutors typically work two hours per week to help other adults in our community improve literacy skills.

You don’t need any special skills or to speak another language. If you are 18 or older, have graduated from high school or earned a GED, and can read this, you are QUALIFIED! We are looking for creative, caring, and patient volunteers willing to give two hours a week to help an adult improve literacy skills and reach life goals. 

Project READ matches volunteer tutors with adult learners to work one-on-one in the Longview Library. Sessions are typically twice a week for one hour during regular library hours. The library is open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. If you want to help, we can work with your schedule. Volunteers are asked to make a six-month initial commitment but are welcome to stay longer. We really need tutors who can help between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. for those learners who are working during the day. 

The library provides teaching material and resources, direction, tutor training and ongoing support. Training is on the computer and self-paced. You can do it at home or in the Longview Public Library. Please call Elizabeth Partridge at 360-442-5321 for more information.


2018 Longview Public Library 2-D Artwork Juried Show

The submissions accepted into this year’s Juried Art Show will be on display in the Koth Memorial Gallery at Longview Public Library from May 1 until May 31. Come see the original pieces created by artists in Washington and Oregon for this year’s theme “Bridges,” including the grand prize winning artwork that will become part of the library’s permanent collection.

On May 26, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Longview Public Library will also host a reception (open to the public) for this year’s Juried Show. You can mingle with the artists and enjoy light refreshments.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2018 Juried Art Show, and we look forward to this becoming an annual event. In January of 2019 we will announce the new theme on our website and begin accepting submissions.

Contact Daniel at Longview Public Library at 360.442.5307 for more information about the 2018 Juried Show at Longview Public Library or the Koth Memorial Gallery.


Applications being accepted for Parks & Recreation Board

The City of Longview is accepting applications for a vacancy on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board performs studies and makes recommendations regarding Longview’s parks and recreation facilities to best meet public needs. Members act as liaisons between the public and the Parks and Recreation department to provide feedback in regard to department needs. 

All applicants must be Longview residents. Applications are completed online at http://longview-wa.granicus.com/boards/w/e60fb6d06afff466 and must be submitted by May 21, 2018.

For more information please contact the Executive Office at 442-5004.


Longview Room Open House

In celebration of Historic Preservation Month, the Longview Public Library Longview Room will be open Saturday, May 12 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  The Longview Room houses the local history collection of the Longview Public Library. Come join us on the mezzanine of the library to discover the historical resources available and meet Longview Room library staff.

For more information or to learn about all the programs and events at the Longview Public Library, call 360.442.5300 or visit our web page at www.longviewlibrary.org. All events are free and open to the public. 



EDGU-Exercise for a Healthy Spine

An excellent class for those suffering from back pain. Learn a series of movements that increases flexibility in the spine which reduces pain and inflammation. The practice is very calming and grounding, helpful in today’s fast paced world.  Class ID# 779364 Participants should be Ages: 18 & Over.  The course will run 05/08 - 06/29, on Tue,Fri, from 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM at Woman's Club, 835 21st Avenue.  The cost is $50.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  Drop in rate at $5.00 per class. The instructor for this course is Dr. Dee Richardson.

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


Spanish - Adult

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.  Class ID# 769535 Participants should be Ages: 18 & Over.  The course will run 05/10 - 06/28, on Thursdays, from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM at 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.

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


Learn Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel

You now have two opportunities to learn to use Word and Excel. There are 18 spots available in the Introduction to Microsoft Word and Excel classes at the Longview Public Library May 12 or sign up to take it at the Highland’s Neighborhood Center May 26. Both classes will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. You can sign up for one or both.

Space is limited to 18 students for each location and registration is required. Call the Longview Library at 360.442.5300 to sign up or for more information. See our other programs at www.longviewlibrary.org.


Golden Apple Intergenerational Preschool

This unique program offers your child daily planned, intentional activities where children and seniors come together to grow, learn about themselves and others and form relationships that can be life changing.  Class ID# 769376/771751 Participants should be Ages: 3 - 5.  The course will run 05/01 - 05/29, on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 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 Michelle Hayden - Recreation Staff.

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


Water Main Replacement Work Nichols Boulevard between 21st & 24th Avenue

The City of Longview’s Contractor, Catworks Construction, has begun construction on a waterline replacement project and is working along Nichols Boulevard between 21st and 24th Avenues. 

Starting Thursday, April 26, 2018, 21st Avenue south of Nichols Boulevard will be closed at Nichols Boulevard to stage material and start construction along the south side of Nichols Boulevard. Traffic will be detoured around the closure.

The parking lane & sidewalk along Nichols Blvd will be closed for the duration of the project as work progresses west to 24th Avenue. Pedestrians will be detoured to Cypress Street.

At times, 22nd, 23rd, and the alleys between 21st and 24th Avenues will be closed at Nichols Blvd. Local access to these streets will be maintained from Cypress Street northeast to the closure at Nichols Boulevard.

Construction activities in the area are scheduled to be complete by June 20, 2018. All sidewalks, parking lanes, and roadway closures shall be open by this time.


Mint Valley Junior Golf Program

Summer Junior Golf Program for ages 6-12 is every Thursday starting June 28, 2018 and runs through August 16, 2018.  This fun-filled program has great instructors, lots of golf, a tournament and more.  The cost is just $145 to join and includes lunch. The tournament requires an entry fee of $40.

Space is limited to 40 kids, so sign up early.

For a registration form, please go to http://www.mint-valley.com/ or call 360-442-5442.


Longview Police Open House
The Longview Police Department will give the public a behind the scenes look during an open house from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at its main station located downtown at 1351 Hudson Street.

Community members are invited to tour the police department to see the newly renovated second floor which houses the Criminal Investigations Unit and Street Crimes Unit.

Besides building tours, the open house will feature photos with McGruff the Crime Dog, demonstrations and information booths that include staff from other agencies that offer services in our community.

Attendees will be able to speak with staff and volunteers to get information about child identification kits, confiscated weapons, crime prevention, drug recognition, K9, neighborhood crime statistics, on-line police reports, police and SWAT vehicles, taser demonstrations, Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, Washington Department of Corrections, Cowlitz County Department of Emergency Management/911, Emergency Support Shelter, Safe Kids and more.

Visitors are asked to enter the station on the 14th Avenue side of the building instead of the main entrance located on Hudson Street.


Adulting 101 – Find your Financial Footing

Longview Public Library is partnering with Fibre Federal Credit Union to present Adulting 101 May 15, and 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There are classes covering different topics and there will also be a raffle for a gift card at the end of each class!


May 15 - Credit and Loans: Is this free money?

What is credit?

Why is it important?

Types of loans

Applying for loans



May 22 – Budgeting: Where does it all go?    

How can budgeting help me?

Creating a plan

Financial goals



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


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

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.


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 paddle boarding). 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)


Mark your calendar for future Fun Runs

  • Tam’O Shanter Park - $5 dollar 5K
  • Saturday - May 12, 2018
  • Roy Morse Park - $5 dollar 5K
  • Saturday - June 9, 2018
  • Firecracker - Lake Sacajawea
  • Tuesday – July 3, 2018
  • Swim, Dash, Splash Triathlon
  • Saturday – July 21, 2018
  • Seahawks Poker Walk – Lake Sacajawea
  • Sunday – September 9, 2018
  • Moonlight Run – Mint Valley Golf Course
  • Friday – September 21, 2018
  • Pumpkin Pi – Willow Grove
  • Saturday – October 27, 2018
  • Turkey Trot – Lake Sacajawea
  • Thursday – November 22, 2018


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