Longview City Info Weekly

Free Community Talk - Let It Not Happen Again: Lessons of the Japanese American Exclusion

Longview Public Library, Cowlitz County Historical Museum, and Humanities Washington

invite the community to an engaging conversation with Clarence Moriwaki, a member of the

Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. Mr. Moriwaki shares the story of Bainbridge

Island—the origin point of the Japanese American exclusion—to provide a human, historical

account of this national tragedy, and to ask the question: Are there parallels to what’s

happening in America now? Moriwaki uses historical images, including historical and current

propaganda, to explore the fear, racism, and failure of political leadership that led to these

unconstitutional actions during World War II, and why we must not let it happen again.


The Cowlitz County Historical Museum will have local historical artifacts available to view

before and after the presentation. Featured is a donated 1942 inventory ledger of confiscated

property of Cowlitz County citizens of Japanese ancestry.


Join us February 8 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Longview Library Magazine Room to

hear Clarence Moriwaki, Let It Not Happen Again: Lessons of the Japanese American

Exclusion. This event is free, no registration required


On the Web: www.longviewlibrary.org or www.humanities.org/calendar-events

Questions? Elizabeth Partridge, 360.442.5321, or log on to www.longviewlibrary.org



RiverCities Transit Set to Break Ground on Transit Center Expansion

RiverCities Transit is set to break ground Monday on a long awaited expansion of their Downtown Transit Center located at 1135 12th Avenue.  RiverCities Transit is operated by the City of Longview, who has contracted with JH Kelly, LLC to construct the Center. The improvements include replacement of the transit center building to accommodate additional drivers and provide for administrative staff being relocated to the new transit center; reconfigure the bus drive aisles and berths for more efficient and safe bus circulation; provide new passenger shelters; provide more efficient site lighting; and add site fencing to provide better visibility and increase safety on site.


The project will begin with installation of a temporary transit center facility at 1050 11th Avenue to be used during the year-long construction project. The temporary site is expected to be completed by February 20. At that time, transit riders will be directed to the temporary site to purchase bus passes and catch RiverCities buses as well as connections to CAP, Wahkiakum on the Move, and CC Rider.


This project is largely funded by $ 4.1 million in grants provided by the Federal Transit Administration and the Federal Highway Administration, with local matching funds provided by the local transit sales tax.


Editor’s Note:  Please contact Ivona Kininmonth, Staff Engineer for questions regarding construction.  Transit operations related questions may be directed to Amy Asher, Transit Manager.



Live local Police auction of unclaimed property

For the first time in more than 18 years, Longview Police Department will be auctioning

unclaimed found and seized property in town rather than in another location. The live auction will be held 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, January 19 at the McClelland Arts Center, 751 Delaware Street.


Most recently, LPD auctions were held in Oakville, WA about 61 miles from Longview.


Boyd’s Auction & Estate Sales Company will open the doors at 8:00 a.m. for people who want to view items for one hour before the auction starts. Among other things, backpacks, clothing,

collectible coins, jewelry, knives, purses, stereo equipment and tools will be available for purchase


A complete list of Longview’s auction items is now available at the Longview Police Department main station at 1351 Hudson St. or viewable online on the City of Longview’s website at http://www.mylongview.com/index.aspx?page=402


People who believe listed items belong to them must file a claim in writing to the Longview Police Department, attention: Ron Cryderman, no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday, January 11.


To see pictures of the items that will be up for bid, people may visit Boyd’s Auction Estate Sales

Company online preview at



All sales are final. LPD makes no guarantee or warranty, expressed or implied, of any nature as to the condition of the goods offered for auction. 



January Koth Gallery Show at Longview Public Library

The Koth Memorial Gallery at Longview Public Library will be showing paintings by artist Judy MacLeod from January 5 through January 31. There will be a public reception for the show on January 12 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Koth Memorial Gallery. The glass case in the Koth Gallery will also feature a variety of work from artist Tammy Jorgenson from January 5 through January 31.


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


Altered Book Workshops

Longview Public Library invites you to sign up for a free Altered Book Informational

Workshop with local artist, Susan Supola. Susan will teach you the how-tos to take a book and

make it into something spectacular - no experience necessary! You can use any book (old, new,

recycled or multiple – but NOT a library book!) and cut, tear, glue, fold, draw, paint, or

otherwise create exciting additions and alterations to the pages in any way you can dream up!

This is a fun, pressure-free way to get creative and make a very unique piece of art.


Two informational workshops will take place on January 19. The first session will be from 1:00

p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the second session will be from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each workshop is

limited to 25 participants, and you only need to sign up for one of the sessions. Basic materials

will be provided and registration is required.


These workshops are highly recommended for anyone participating in Art Speaks Volumes - an

event brought to you by the Longview Library Foundation and The Friends of the Library. Art

Speaks Volumes invites creative people of all ages to make altered books for a silent auction on

April 27 (all proceeds from the auction will be used to benefit library programs).


Please call the Longview Library at 360.442.5300 for more information on Art Speaks

Volumes, or to sign up for the Altered Book Workshops.


Cowlitz Clean Waters 2019 Student “Solutions to Stormwater Pollution” video contest

Cowlitz Clean Waters, the regional public education campaign targeting stormwater pollution, is sponsoring its second 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 February 28, 2019. 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.


Free Tickets to Local Plays and Performances Ready for Check Out on January 9

Use your Longview Public Library card to check out tickets to Stageworks NW, LCC Center

Stage, and Columbia Theatre for FREE! The Culture Card program has tickets available for

checkout starting January 9 for these upcoming shows:


Stageworks Northwest, Longview Theater:

The Pirates of Penzance – March 15 – April 7, 2019

Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious, hopeful farce follows young Frederic, an orphan who has

mistakenly been apprenticed to an ineffectual but raucous band of pirates. He disavows the

pirates’ way of life and falls for the beautiful Mabel, the Major-General Stanley’s songbird

daughter. He wins her heart, but when the Pirate King discovers that General Stanley has lied

about being an orphan to keep the pirates from stealing all of his belongings and carrying off his

bevy of beautiful daughters, an “ingenious paradox” may prevent the budding romance and lead

to the death of “The very model of a modern Major-General.”


Center Stage LCC:

The Importance of Being Earnest – February 22, 23, 24, 28, and March 1, 2, 2019

Come see Oscar Wilde’s magnificent 19th Century comedy of manners and social status.

Gwendolyn and Cecily don’t care who they marry as long as his name is Ernest. Jack and

Algernon are utterly smitten and only too happy to change their given names to secure their way

into the ladies’ hearts. Imperious Lady Bracknell is aghast, but her efforts to impose propriety

prove useless against Cupid’s earnest truth. High jinx, bon mots and cucumber sandwiches are



The Columbia Theatre:

The Choir of Man – February 7, 2019

It's a pint-filled good time set in a working pub that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance and live Percussion with foot-stomping choreography. The multi-talented case of

nine handsome blokes sing everything - pub tunes, folk, Broadway, classic rock - all to roof raising heights. It's the best singing, dancing, stomping, pub crawl of a concert you'll ever

attend! CHEERS!


The Irish Comedy Tour – February 23, 2019

Detroit native Derek Richards; Boston-born Mike McCarthy; Nova Scotia's Damon Leibert; and

from Inchicore, a suburb of Dublin, Ireland Derrick Keane will have you howling with laughter

these hilarious Irish American comedians tear apart as well as validate all of the Irish myths and



Jesus Christ Superstar – March 8, 2019

What’s the buzz? The first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to be produced for

the professional stage, Jesus Christ Superstar has wowed audiences for over 40 years. A

timeless work, the rock opera is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universallyknown series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. The iconic 1970s rock score contains such well-known numbers as “Superstar,” “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Gethsemane.” In partnership with Portland’s Stumptown Stages.


Asleep at the Wheel – March 23, 2019

Ray Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel in Paw Paw, West Virginia 48 years ago. Now based

in Austin, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard

country charts. The Grammy Award-winning Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob

WILLS and His Texas Playboys is the band’s most recent release (2015) and marks their third

full-length Bob WILLS tribute album. You can bet you’ll be dancin’ down the aisles and

swingin’ all night long when the Wheel rolls into town!


Tickets will be available to check out beginning January 9 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



This program has been made possible through generous donations from the Longview Library

Foundation, and through collaborative partnerships with Stageworks Northwest Longview

Theatre,Columbia Theatre, LCC Center Stage Theatre, and the Longview-Kelso Community

Concert Association.



Curbside recycling change

Effective January 1, 2019, glass will no longer be accepted in the curbside recycling program.

It was discovered that during the collection and processing of the curbside recycling materials,

most of the glass would be crushed during the baling process. Broken glass is a huge

contamination concern and has a direct impact to Longview’s market prices. By removing glass

from the curbside program, it will reduce contamination and provide for a better marketable

material which will in turn, benefit the ratepayers of Longview.


Residents will be asked to either discard their glass bottles and jars into their green garbage

containers or to bring them directly to Waste Control for recycling.



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. The program meets on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Delaware Retirement Community, 926 Delaware Street.  Participants should be Ages: 3 – 5 and potty trained. Space is limited for 12/04 - 12/27, and the cost is $95.00 with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents. 


Before & After 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 2018-2019 registration form must be completed. Participants should be K-5th grade. 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 (AM & PM). Drop In Coupon Book, 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.