Longview City Info Weekly

Olympia Way Sewer Pump Station Project Construction Notice

The City of Longview has contracted with Tapani Underground from Vancouver, Washington to replace an aging sewer main along 34th Avenue

and the existing sewer pump station located at Bailey Park.


Concrete street restoration has started along 34th Avenue between Nebraska Street and Olympia Way next to the CDID slough crossing.

Concrete pour is scheduled for this Friday, March 29, 2019 for this street restoration. Traffic delays will occur and 34th Avenue will be

closed between Nebraska Street and Olympia Way starting Friday morning, March 29, and re-opening by the morning of April 1.


Local street access will be maintained to private residents during street closure.

Please call the above phone numbers if you have any questions or special situations we should plan for.



April Koth Gallery Show at Longview Public Library

The Koth Memorial Gallery at Longview Public Library is hosting a collection of paint-by-numbers pieces,

curated by Karen Jones, from April 1 through April 27. The glass case in the Koth Gallery will have a display

from the Cowlitz Coin Club for the month of April as well.

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



Free Estate Planning Question and Answer Session

Join the Longview Public Library for an information session on the ins and outs of planning your estate.

You will learn about what you can do to protect your assets, designate beneficiaries, and pass your

belongings on to your family or others.


The Longview Public Library will be hosting the Estate Planning Question & Answer Session April 15 at 6:00 p.m.

with Brian Brault, Estate Planning Attorney at Walstead Mertsching. This is a free presentation for informational

purposes and is open to the public. 


Call the Longview Library at 360.442.5300 for more information or visit www.longviewlibrary.com.



Civic Engagement Corner at the Longview Public Library

To celebrate National Library Week: Libraries = Strong Communities, the Longview Public Library will be unveiling

the new Civic Engagement Corner April 8, 2019. Patrons will be able to browse titles in our collection relating to civics,

government, history, democracy, and getting involved in your own community.


The Civic Engagement Corner will be next to the New Nonfiction collection on the Main floor of the library.

The collection and activities will continue to grow and include community conversations and presentations.

As part of this new display, we will be preparing for a celebration in 2020 of the 100th anniversary of the 19th

Amendment and invite anyone who wants to be involved to join us.


The Civic Engagement Corner offers an opportunity to learn, grow, and contribute to our community.

Everyone is encouraged to participate and help develop the collection and community conversations.

If you have ideas for material that should be included, programs that would benefit our community, or meaningful

displays, please let us know. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Elizabeth Partridge

at 360.442.5321 or email elizabethp@mylongview.com.


National Library Week April 7 – 13 Libraries = Strong Communities

National Library Week is April 7 - 13, 2019. The theme this year is Libraries = Strong Communities. To start the week out right,

we are having Firefighter Story Time, Saturday, April 6 at 11:00 a.m. Our special guests from the Longview Fire Department

will be reading some of their favorite books and visiting with our littlest patrons. Everyone is welcome and it is free to attend.


To make things really fun, Longview Public Library would like to invite everyone to celebrate with a community Spirit Week! The themes are:


Monday, April 8: Royalty
Tuesday, April 9: Superheroes
Wednesday, April 10: Hats
Thursday, April 11: Color War (the colors are: Chris-Blue; Jennifer-Purple; Elizabeth-Green; Karen-Orange)
Friday, April 12: 1950s
Saturday, April 13: Sports


Join us to celebrate our fantastic community. We look forward to seeing you at the Longview Public Library. For more information,

call 360-442-5300 or visit www.longviewlibrary.org.  



Tree Planting at Lake Sacajawea Park to commemorate Arbor Day

The public is invited to help celebrate Arbor Day and Longview’s recognition as a Tree City USA for the 35th consecutive year.

 The State of Washington celebrates Arbor Day each year on the second Wednesday of April.


Longview’s Parks crew will be joined this year by Cowlitz PUD to plant trees at Lake Sacajawea Park near the playground at Martin

Dock & Kessler Blvd on April 10 at 10:00 a.m. in celebration of Arbor Day.  Two Bur oaks donated by Cowlitz PUD will be planted,

in hopes that these two trees will grow to provide shade to the play structures for many years to come.


Longview has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community. Tree City USA communities must have a tree board or department,

a tree-care ordinance, a community forestry program with annual expenditures of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.


Longview also recognizes that trees:

Promote healthier communities by filtering the air we breathe by removing dust and other particles
Moderate climate, conserve water and provide vital habitat for wildlife
Reduce the heat island effect in urban areas caused by pavement and buildings
Reduce energy use and increase property values


Water system flushing scheduled for area #1

On Friday, March 29, 2019, the City of Longview utility crews will be flushing water mains between Industrial Way and

Nichols Boulevard from Oregon Way to Washington Way. Work will begin at 6:30 a.m. and end by 4:30 p.m. Advisory signs will be posted in the area.


Flushing may stir up sediment that can enter residential plumbing. Residents should refrain from using water while flushing is occurring. After flushing,

it is recommended that residents run water through an outside hose bib or in a bathtub, for a short time prior to consuming water or washing clothes.


Water system flushing scheduled for area #4

On Friday, April 5, 2019, the City of Longview utility crews will be flushing water mains between 15th Avenue, Ocean Beach Highway

and Lake Sacajawea. Work will begin at 6:30 a.m. and end by 4:30 p.m. Advisory signs will be posted in the area.


Flushing may stir up sediment that can enter residential plumbing. Residents should refrain from using water while flushing is occurring.

After flushing, it is recommended that residents run water through an outside hose bib or in a bathtub, for a short time prior to consuming

water or washing clothes.



Tuesday Night is Teen Night at the Library

Teen Tuesdays are back at the Longview Library! Each Tuesday features a different DIY project, game, or movie. Teens are invited

to come to any or all of the events, no need to register in advance or have a library card. Our teen events are open to all middle and

high schoolers, are free, and usually have snacks!

Teen Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

April 2 – Super Smash Bros!
April 9 – Science Experiments -Extract strawberry DNA, make your own ice cream, and do other fun stuff – it’s science!
April 16 – Paint & Plant - Paint a terracotta pot and start a small garden.


April 23 – DIY Wind Chimes - Make a set of wind chimes out of reused and recycled materials.
April 30 – Melted Crayon Art - Create a work of art with crayons and a canvas!
May 7 – Terrariums - Make your own take-home terrarium.




Longview celebrates Historic Preservation Month with photo contest of historic places

The City of Longview’s Historic Preservation Commission celebrates Historic Preservation Month with a photo contest to

capture local historic buildings and places as they exist today.


Amateur photographers are invited to participate in a photo contest. Take your best photo of a 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 www.mylongview.com “Current News” for rules and entry instructions.

Submission deadline is April 21st.  Winners will be announced by April 29. Good luck!


Enter by emailing your photo to: hpclongview@gmail.com 

Include contact information:

Name of Photographer 
Telephone Number 
Which grade division are you entering? 
If submitted for a class, please list teacher's name and school
If photographer is under the age of 18, please list age and name of parent/guardian


The fine print: One entry per photographer. Amateur photographers only. 10MB maximum file size; .jpg or .png file types only.

Basic editing allowed, but heavy use of editing software is discouraged. Minors must have parent/guardian permission to enter.

Use best judgment on getting permission from private property owner before taking photographs. No identifiable people or pets.

HPC members may enter but not win.



Silent auction to benefit Longview Public Library programs

Please join the Longview Library Foundation and the Friends of the Longview Public Library for a silent auction of original

works of art made from altered books by local artists. All proceeds from the auction will go to benefit Longview Public Library programs.


The event will be held Saturday, April 27 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Rose Center for the Performing Arts on the LCC campus.


Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the Broadway Gallery

and Paperbacks Galore starting March 15, 2019 or at the door the night of the auction.


Sample appetizers by Grounds for Opportunity, and listen to live music by “The Dreamers”. Sparkling cider will be served and ticket

holders 21 and over can enjoy two glasses of wine from Roland Winery or beer from Ashtown Brewery.


Shay Sidewalk Improvements Project

The City of Longview has contracted out construction of sidewalks for the Shay Locomotive to Lee Contractors. Work on the sidewalks

will begin March 25, 2019, and project completion is scheduled for the week of April 22, 2019.


The project will construct a pedestrian walkway through the park, connecting the Shay Locomotive with the pedestrian ramp on Olympia

Way and the existing sidewalk at the corner of Maple Street and 18th Avenue.


Pedestrian detours around sidewalk construction will be provided. Please observe all closures and pedestrian detours.


Mint Valley Golf grand re-opening

Saturday, April 20 from 11:00 to 3:00 come, celebrate the grand reopening at Mint Valley Golf Course. We will have games, prizes,

raffles, specials, snacks, and fun activities as we show off some of the upgrades to the facility! We will also have vendors on hand to

help get you ready for the 2019 golf season! Please join us as we kick off a great season!



LEGO Spring Break Camp

Participants will take their projects from imagination to creation and explore engineering by working on their individual creation.

Participants should be Ages: 6 - 9.  The course will run April 1 - 5, Monday - Friday, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Elks Memorial

Builiding, 2121 Kessler Boulevard.


The cost is $51.00 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The instructor for this course is Recreation Staff.


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


Spring Break Day Camp

Engage in recreational activities, sports, crafts, game, interactive presentations, and science and nature activities.  Our camp reinforces

healthy lifestyles, leadership, acceptance, team buidling, good decision making and strong values.  Participants will need to bring their

own lunch and snack.  Pre-registration is required.


Grades K-5

M-F April 1 thru April 5 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Daily Rate $29 Weekly Rate:$99

Location: Kessler School, 1902 Kessler Bouldvard.


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




General Guidelines for Real Estate Signs

The Longview Sign Code provides specific regulations on the placement, allowable number, and size of real estate signs.

These regulations are intended to allow realtors to effectively market a property while preventing a proliferation of signs

in residential and commercial neighborhoods ensuring that signs are not placed in hazardous locations. Let’s all work together

to keep Longview safe and beautiful.


What you need to know

Below are answers to frequently asked questions regarding the City’s real estate sign standards: (LMC 16.13.030 Section 1406, 16.13 & 19.22)


Q. Where may I place real estate signage?

A. Real estate signs can only be placed on the lot/residence that is for sale. Directional signs are not allowed. Real estate signs

are not allowed on, or to encroach over public property or right-of-ways (planting strips, sidewalks, streets, vehicles and/or center medians).


Q. Are there restrictions on the size of real estate signs?

A. Real estate signs are limited to 24 square-feet and no more than 6 feet in height. (Exception: Engineered signs that have

been permitted and inspected may exceed the 6 foot limitation. Note: 24 square feet may be achieved using any length and width dimensions.


Q. What if my real estate signs do not comply with City standards?

A. Sign violations can be subject to monetary penalties. City staff may also remove and dispose of any signs that are placed on the

right-of-way or on public property or where a sign creates a hazard to vehicular or pedestrian traffic.


Contact us - For more information about the specific rules governing real estate signs, please call Code Compliance Division

at 360.442.5093. For more detailed information, visit the City of Longview website at www.mylongview.com or www.codepublishing.com/WA/Longview


NW Voices Presents Local Mystery Author PJ Peterson

Come join us for our next NW Voices event on Wednesday, April 24 featuring local mystery author PJ Peterson. The author

will present a writing 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.


PJ Peterson is a retired MD from Kalama. She attended LCC and transferred to the University of Washington to earn a B.S. in Pharmacy.

She then went on to medical school at the University of Utah. She trained in Internal Medicine at University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas,

Texas and was a practicing physician locally for 37 years.


“Blind Fish Don’t Talk” may be her first published novel, but PJ has been preparing for this second career as a writer since childhood.

She was a voracious reader as a child, reading the mystery series featuring Trixie Belden and her friend, Honey, and all the Nancy Drew books.

Sometimes she climbed up into the cherry tree to avoid chores, so she could finish her book! 

While practicing in her primary career as an Internal Medicine specialist, she penned winning entries for the medical journal “Medical Economics,”

including “Don’t dismiss patients’ near-death experiences,” and “The patient who gave me flowers—every day for years,” among others. Earlier

she had written two scientific medical journal articles that were published while she was in medical school and her residency. 


PJ is busy writing her second novel, with a working title of “Rembrandt Rides a Bike”. Dr. Julia Fairchild returns, with a few of her friends, in

a fun romp along the Rhine River. 

PJ also enjoys writing short stories, especially for her great-nieces and -nephews. 


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.                                                         



Earth Day 2019

Saturday, Apr 21, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Free event at the Cowlitz County Expo Center, presented by Cowlitz PUD and PNW Metal Recycling!


A fun filled day awaits as we prepare to enjoy the 24rd annual Earth Day Celebration. Lots of hands on fun as creativity meets

ducation with a variety of environmental exhibitors, activities, performers and entertainment.


*Bring a can or non-perishable food item for CAP Help Warehouse.



Kids Fish-In 

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 Game and Anglers, Mt. St. Helen's Bassmasters and Lower Columbia Fly Fishers. 

4/27/19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ages 5-14
Cost is $10
Rod and Reel included (to keep)   


There is something for everyone! For a complete list of programs visit us online, like us on Facebook to receive announcements about upcoming events!  


Please call Longview Recreation at 442-5400 for more information. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.



32nd Avenue Sewer Pump Station Project Construction Notice

The City of Longview has contracted with Nutter Corporation (Contractor) from Vancouver, Washington to replace aging sewer pump

station located within the 2700 block of 32nd Avenue.


Construction of the project is scheduled to start on Monday, March 4, 2019 with physical completion scheduled for the end of June 2019.


To install underground utilities and for street restoration, traffic delays will occur and through traffic will be closed on 32nd Avenue

between Pennsylvania Street and Pershing Way will start Monday, March 4th, 2019 and opened by April 26th, 2019.


Please call 360.425.0991 if you have any questions or special situations we need to take into account.



Free Tickets to Local Plays and Performances Ready for Check out                

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.


Stageworks Northwest, Longview Theater:

Barefoot in the Park – May 17 – June 2, 2019

Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s a free spirit always

looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find – too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job.

After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with

their neighbor-in-the-attic, Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does.


Center Stage LCC:

Proof – May 24, 25, 30, 31 and June 1, 2, 2019

Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play. Catherine has been taking care of her father Robert,

a gifted mathematician who is mentally unstable. Following Robert’s untimely death, Catherine has to deal with her own

grief, her estranged sister Clair, and one of her father’s former students who is going through Robert’s notes. A brilliant

math proof is discovered in one of Robert’s notebooks, but its creation is a mystery. Is the proof Robert’s or was it written by Catherine?



The Columbia Theatre:

One Man Stranger Things- A Parody – April 13, 2019

A brilliant parody on the smash Netflix series.Known for his legendary One Man Star Wars and Lord of the Rings

Charles Ross is a geek-boy turned actor turned geek actor man with a penchant for portraying epic stories. If you’re a fan

of “Stranger Things” the series and you know what a Demogorgon is, this show’s for you! Prepare to have your Upside Down

turned right side up. You’ll laugh until you bleed from your nose--just like Eleven.


Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles – April 26, 2019

With their extraordinary vocal and musical talent, Hotel California faithfully and accurately reproduce the sound of The Eagles

while recreating a classic sound which transcends the boundaries of Rock, R&B, and Country. Authorized by The Eagles, this

highly respected show delivers a modern, action packed, fully produced performance. Their great reputation and audience acclaim

stamp this as the ultimate salute. All live and using no backing tracks, their show of excellence has taken HOTEL CALIFORNIA

to a level of international recognition.


Longview-Kelso Community Concert Association:

Sergei Teleshev – April 12, 2019

Internationally-acclaimed Sergei Teleshev, performs works by Bach, Piazzolla, Tchaikovsky and more. He was

classically trained at the Academy of Music in Voronezh, Russia, and has won many regional and international accordion

competitions. An engaging entertainer, Sergei collaborates with world-renowned artists, ensembles and orchestras.

Master of the Accordion.


Maureen McGovern – May 4, 2019

Multi-Grammy nominee, Broadway and Recording artist, Maureen McGovern, continues to thrill audiences with a

voice that defies categorization. Known as “The Stradivarius Voice,”McGovern’s career includes more than 45 years

of recordings, songwriting, concerts, and theater, film, television, and radio appearances.


Tickets will be available to check out beginning March 13 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.

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.



RiverCities Transit moved to Temporary Site

RiverCities Transit moved to a temporary transit center facility located at 1050 11th Ave, which will be ‘home’ during

the year-long re-construction of their Downtown Transit Center. 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. There will not be

an indoor waiting area, so riders are encouraged to buy bus passes by mail to avoid having to wait in line outside. Look for our Bus

Pass Order Forms at Kelso and Longview City Hall and Libraries, or order online from our Fares and Passes page at

http://rctransit.org/riderinfo/fares-and-passes/ and mail in your request with your payment.


Please contact Ivona Kininmonth, Staff Engineer at 360-442-5208 for questions regarding construction.  Transit operations

related questions may be directed to Amy Asher, Transit Manager at 360-442-5661.




Running of the Fools 5K or 10K Run/Walk

Saturday, Mar 30, 2019  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 20, 2019 - Heats begin at 8:30 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 1, 2019!


Join Longview Parks and Recreation, the YMCA for the 4th 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 1st!

Team of 3 - $110, $90 if registered by May 1st!

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


Free in-person Tax Preparation Service

The knowledgeable volunteers of the AARP Tax Aide program will once again be offering free tax help at the library

starting on Saturday, February 2. Assistance is first come, first served--no appointment necessary--Fridays, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.,

and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through April 13. Note: No new returns will be started after 3 p.m.


AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax preparation to anyone of any age especially if you are 50 or older or can’t afford pad tax preparation.


Visit the Tax Aide website for a list of documents to bring with you: