Longview City Info Weekly

Concerts at the Lake

City of Longview Parks & Recreation and Kirkpatrick Family Care presents Summer Concerts at the Lake.

Kicking off the series on Thursday, July 12th will be We Three band playing Top 40’s Pop from Ed Sheeran and Maroon 5, Timeless Tunes from Journey to Elvis and Favorite 80 Throwbacks. 

The band performs from 6:00-8:00pm in Lake Sacajawea Park at Martin’s Dock near Hemlock and Kessler. 

We Three Band is a sibling trio who recently auditioned and advanced with a unanimous “yes” from all 4 judges on America’s Got Talent.  www.wethreeband.com


Road Closure-Memorial Park Drive at 38th Avenue

The City of Longview has issued a permit to J.P. Huhta Underground, LLC, for public improvements to Memorial Park Drive, west of 38th Avenue.

On Thursday, July 5th and Friday, July 6th, Memorial Park Drive will be closed, approximately 200’ west of 38th Avenue, from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Detours will be in effect.


Police Officer Written / Physical Testing 

Are you interested in becoming a Police Officer? Here’s your chance to take the written and physical test close to home. Testing is being held through Public Safety Testing on Saturday, July 14 at 10:00 a.m. at Mark Morris High School. Everyone interested in testing MUST register in advance through their website for this test. Website address is www.publicsafetytesting.com


Current recruitments at the City of Longview

  • Transit Supervisor: one regular full-time position, $4,736 - $6,089 per month, plus excellent benefits. Open until filled with first review of applications the week of 7/23.
  • Parks Maintenance Technician III (Entry Level) Eligibility List: $20.94 - $26.86 per hour, plus excellent benefits. Closes 7/23/18 at 7:00am. 
  • Lead Fleet Maintenance Mechanic: one regular full-time position, $26.09 - $33.47 per hour, plus excellent benefits. Open until filled with first review of applications the week of 7/16.
  • Paramedic Firefighter Eligibility List: Entry Level & Lateral Eligibility List, $4,874.98 - $6,964.26 per month, plus excellent benefits. Closes 8/1/18 at 7:00am.
  • Firefighter EMT Eligibility List: Eligibility List, $4,526.77 - 6,615.05 per month, plus excellent benefits. Closes 8/1/18 at 7:00am. 
  • Engineering Specialist: one regular full-time position, $24.60 - $31.55 per hour, plus excellent benefits.  Open until filled.
  • Utility Systems Supervisor: $4,736 - $6,089 per month, plus excellent benefits. Open until filled.
  • Seasonal Employment: Various positions available seasonally. Preference given to applicants currently attending college. $11.50 - $14.14 per hour. Closes 8/15/18 at 5pm.
  • Transit Operators (Casual/on-call) - RiverCities Transit: Salary range: $21.14 per hour (Casual Operator), $18.65 per hour (Casual Operator Trainee Pay). Open until filled.
  • Entry Level Police Officers: $32.12-$41.56 per hour, plus excellent benefits. Continuous recruitment.
  • Lateral Police Officers: $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.

To view and apply for these postings, visit the website www.mylongview.com, and look under employment opportunities. 


Police remind drivers to watch for kids heading to or from classes and activities

School is out for summer break! Though school will be out, Longview Police Department wants to remind drivers to proceed with caution because children will be out and about on foot, bikes and skateboards.

“We’re asking drivers to be extra observant and cautious while traveling through areas where schools are,” said Cindy Lopez Werth, Longview PD community service officer. “If you see flashing lights in school speed zones or children, please slow down!”

Several elementary schools will hold summer school classes from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Monday-Friday, July 9-27. School speed zones will be enforced during those times. Lights will be flashing to alert drivers that the school speed zones are in effect.


Schools holding summer session are:

  • Northlake, 2210 Olympia Way
  • Kessler,1902 E. Kessler Blvd.
  • St Helens, 431 27th Ave
  • Olympic, 1324 30th Ave


Cascade Middle School at 2821 Parkview Drive will hold summer school classes 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 7-Aug 9.

Monticello Middle School at 1225 28th Ave will hold summer school classes 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 9-29.

Classes will not necessarily be held Monday-Friday because the schedules tend to be different.

In addition to summer school classes, there will be other activities held at various schools offered by Longview Parks & Recreation.

Monticello Middle School will have activities 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, July 9-27.
Activities will be offered from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 18-Aug. 17 at Kessler and Northlake elementary schools.
Free breakfast and lunch programs will be offered at Kessler and Northlake elementary schools weekdays through Aug. 17.


Car Seat Clinic

Safe Kids Lower Columbia is partnering with Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue for a Car Seat Clinic on Friday, July, 13 from 1 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 701 Vine Street in Kelso. Come get help with your car seat by a certified car seat technician! For questions or more information, please contact Brandi Ballinger with Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue at 360.575-6280 or brandi.ballinger @c2fr.org


Summer Discover Camps are filling up fast!

Ages 5-8 and 9-12

$50/weekly, half-day session ($55 out of city)

Starting July 9th


Choose from:

Animal Planet, Arrgh Matey! Pirates & Pixies, CSI Academy, Calling All Superheroes!, Chef Academy – American Road Trip, Farm to Table, International Cuisine, and Storybook Kitchen, Construction Kids, Creative Art & Dance, Game Show Extranvaganza!, Hogwarts Academy, How to Eat Gummy Worms, Jurassic World, Entrepreneur Camp, Lego City, Nature Explorers, Outdoor Adventure, Pioneer Adventures, Princess Camp, Secret Agent Academy, Space Academy, Sports of All Sorts, Superstar Express, This Camp’s Got Talent, Water Water Everwhere, Wonderful World of Magic Disney Adventures



Be a Reading Rock Star at the Longview Library

The Longview Public Library wants you to make reading a habit this summer with the Libraries Rock! Summer Reading program. Kids 3 years and up can track the days that they read (or are read to) to receive virtual badges and real prizes. Every 10 days of reading logged earns a reward. Log 30 days of reading to achieve Rock Star status and receive a special prize package including a lanyard, book bag, and Burgerville gift card. You can read whatever you like!

In addition to the reading challenges, you’re invited to fun, free activities around the Libraries Rock! theme, including a family sock hop, instrument petting zoo, and a grand finale picnic feature dad-band Micah & Me. Most events started on June 20th; visit our website, longviewlibrary.org, or call 360.442.5300 for more information

We have also have reading challenges and prizes for babies and toddlers, middle- and high-schoolers, and adults, so no one is left out! Everyone can sign up at the Longview Library starting June 14th or pre-register online by following the Beanstack link at longviewlibrary.org.


Event Schedule

  • Teen Events. Tuesdays, 6 p.m. Games, crafts and more for middle and high school youth.
  • Baby Beats. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Stories, songs, and rhymes for babies and toddlers.
  • Family Events. Wednesdays, 3 p.m. Special guests, activities, crafts and more for all ages.
  • Rock of Pages. Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Stories and crafts outside on the library lawn. All ages.


Life Jacket Loaner Board locations

The Longview Fire Department would like to remind everyone about the Life Jacket Loaner Board locations.

·         Willow Grove 1 at Boat Launch and 2 by the swimming area

·         County Line Park

·         Castle Rock Boat Launch

·         Horseshoe Lake

·         Merwin Dam


If you are swimming or boating in any of these areas and you or your family need a life jacket, just go to the board and borrow one. We have all sizes from infant to adult. When you are done using them for the day, just hang them back up on the board for the next person. It’s that easy!

If you notice there are no life jackets on a Life Jacket Loaner Board, please call 360.442.5501 to report it so we can quickly get them replaced.


Garage-Yard Sales Guidelines

The City of Longview would like to remind residents that while conducting a garage sale does not require a permit, garage sales are a regulated activity within city limits.  Sales of secondhand merchandise conducted from residences and designated as garage sales, estate sales, yard sales, and/or moving sales are allowed without a permit provided they are conducted under the following requirements:

Residents may conduct garage, estate, yard and/or moving sales from their residence for up to 20 days in a calendar year. Each sales event may not exceed four consecutive days, and goods must be removed from public view between sales.
No sale shall begin before 8 a.m. or continue beyond 9 p.m.
No goods or merchandise shall be offered for sale that are not owned and used by the persons conducting the sale.
No more than four residences may combine merchandise in the sale.
Garage sale signs shall not be placed more than six blocks or 2,400 feet from the location of the sale, within the right-of-way without the adjoining property owners permission, within the right-of-way along a state route (such as Ocean Beach Hwy., 1st and 3rd Avenues, Industrial Way, Tennant Way, etc..) and these signs shall not be placed on utility poles, trees, medians, or other devices located within the public right-of-way.
Signs may be put up as many as two days prior to the scheduled event, and must be removed within 24-hours after the event has concluded.  Failure to do so can result in a civil fine.

Questions about garage sales may be directed to the Code Compliance Division at 442-5093 Monday through Thursday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. 


Ride All Summer!

RiverCities Transit encourages students to take advantage of the summer rates with the Summer Fun Pass. Students can purchase three months for the price of two! 

Plan Your Trip - Visit rctransit.org to use our trip planner and see our buses in real-time with our "Where's my Bus" feature

Accessible Buses - All buses in the RCT fleet are wheelchair accessible with the ability to kneel or lower.  All buses have either ramps or lifts.
Bicycle Friendly - Each bus is equipped with a bike rack.

RiverCities Transit is your ticket to freedom in Longview and Kelso



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.


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.



Swim, Dash, Splash Triathlon

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

YMCA and Lake Sacajawea

Ages 12 & up

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!

Kayaks available to reserve for free, reserve yours today by calling 360-442-5400!

Make a day of it – all participants (21&over) get free gate entry to CRAFTED – Beer & Food Festival after the race!

Stay and play – get 10% off registration fee with proof of local hotel stay the weekend of the event!


Individual - $50

Team of 3 - $110

(Registration includes shirt, lunch, finisher medal, and swag bag)


Mark your calendar for future Fun Runs

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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