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Alchemy Tap Project: 7:30am-9:30pm Sept. 17, Columbia Theater Association for the Performing Arts, 1231 Vandercook Way, Longview. A Seattle-based performance company for serious dancers ages 16 and up. The company was founded in 2012 on the principles of experimentation, fun and excellence, according to the theater’s website. The band has become a regular on stages around the Pacific Northwest. Tickets: $40 and $45 per person for adults, $40 per person for seniors 62 and older and military, and $20 per person for children 17 and under. Tickets are available at the box office (11:30am-5:30pm Monday-Friday), by calling 360-575-8499 or visiting

Cowlitz County Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 29 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 13, across from the Cowlitz County Event Center (Expo), 1900 Seventh Ave., Longview. Participants are asked to park in the designated area and keep pets on a leash. 360-957-7023.

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Kalama Farmers Market: 11am-3pm on Thursdays and 4-7pm on the second Thursday of the month through September 8 in the parking lot outside the Kalama Public Library, 312 N. First St., Kalama. Info: search for the Kalama Chamber of Commerce on Facebook.


Antidote knock house: 6-9 pm music by Claire Beck Radio. 1335 14th Ave., Longview. 360-232-8283.

Cowlitz Valley Old Time Music Association: 6-8pm Sept. 2, country and bluegrass music, open mic program and dancing. Catlin Grange, 205 Shawnee, N. Kelso. 360-423-3138.

Flowers ‘N Fluff: 18-20 August 27, music by Acoustic Flash Mob; $8 cover charge. 45 E. Columbia River Highway, Clatskanie. 503-748-4222.

Kalama Harbor Lodge (Harbor Lounge): music by Cal Judah, 7-10pm September 1. Judah is a Pacific Northwest singer/songwriter with a background in classical music who focuses heavily on raw emotional expression through melodic ramblings and catchy hooks, according to McMenamins’ online events page. . Music by Mick Overman, 7-10pm September 7. Overman’s music is described as folk and blues roll with a jazzy attitude. For details on Overman, visit Free, all ages welcome. 215 N. Hendrickson Drive, Kalama. 360-673-9209.

Oak Tree Restaurant: 6-8pm September 8, music by Claire Beck Radio. 1020 Atlantic Ave., Woodland. 360-841-5292.

Oregon Way Tavern: open jam hosted by Steelhead, 7pm Wednesdays; 9 p.m. karaoke, Thursdays-Saturdays, 446 Oregon Way, Longview. 360-577-5773.

Scooter Bar and Grill: Sundays 18-21, music. 1107 N. Pacific Ave., Kelso. 425-2223. Search for Scooter’s Bar and Grill on Facebook.


“Harmony Falls”: 7:30am-9:30pm Oct. 29, Columbia Theater Association for the Performing Arts, 1231 Vandercook Way, Longview. Former Longview resident David Reuben Aslin produced the film about the small town of Harmony Falls, nestled in the foothills of the Mount St. Helens wilderness, being terrorized by a killer. Climbers, loggers and residents are dying in mysterious ways. Local law enforcement considers that they may be malicious acts of something beyond anyone’s deepest and darkest fears. Special investigator Ian McDermott uncovers the truth behind it all. The film was filmed around the local area and stars many local people. After the film, there will be a question-and-answer session with the cast and crew. For more information, search for David Reuben Aslin on Facebook. Tickets: $15 per person. Tickets are available at the box office (11:30am-5:30pm Monday-Friday), by calling 360-575-8499 or visiting


The latest family-friendly movie, “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” begins at dusk Aug. 26 at Martin’s Dock on Lake Sacajawea with pre-event activities set to begin at 7:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Popcorn, pizza and soft drinks available for purchase.


Bret Michaels: 8 p.m. Nov. 11, Cowlitz Ballroom, ilani, 1 Cowlitz Way, Ridgefield. Tickets: $29 and $49. Tickets are available at and

Mexican syrup: 7 p.m. Oct. 7, Liberty Theatre, 1203 Commercial St., Astoria. The band performs a mix of genres including Mexican folk, rock and roll, Norteño/Tex Mex, Latin rock, Trio Romantica and Cumbia. They use traditional Mariachi stringed instruments and Norteño-inspired drums and sing in English, Spanish and Spanish. The group is working on their third album. Their EP “Semillas” as well as their self-titled album “Jarabe Mexicano” can be found on all digital streaming platforms, according to a press release from Liberty Theatre. Tickets: $15-$35, reserved seating. Tickets are available at or at the Liberty box office. Info: 503-325-5922, extension 55 (box office) or Jennifer Crocket: [email protected].

Little River Band: 9 p.m. Sept. 2, Muze Lounge, ilani, 1 Cowlitz Way, Ridgefield. Free.

Kansas: 7:00 p.m. September 4, ilani, 1 Cowlitz Way, Ridgefield, Washington. Tickets: $39 and $49 available at or


“Scene Data”: Comedy whodunit. Sept. 9-Oct. 2; 7.30pm Friday-Saturday, 2pm Sundays. Stageworks Northwest Theatre, 1433 Commerce Ave., Longview. General Admission: $18 per person, Seniors/Students/Veterans: $14 per person, Children: $8 per child. Group discounts, passes available. Tickets at, or in person at the box office from 3 to 6 pm Wednesday-Friday and one hour before showtime. 360-636-4488.


Appelo Archives Center: Naselle-Grays River Area Historical Exhibit. Hours 10:00am to 4:00pm Tuesday-Friday, 10:00am-2:00pm Saturdays or by appointment. 1056 State Route 4, Naselle. 360-484-7103;

Broadway Gallery: September featured artist is Brent Weylan Johnson, home views. Join the artist for First Thursdays from 5:30pm to 7:00pm to listen to music and enjoy refreshments. The artists’ works are on display throughout the month along with 40 local cooperative gallery members. The Community Art Show themed “Metamorphosis” runs until August 31st. Handcrafted postcards, masks, jewelry, books by local authors, ceramics, sculpture, glass, metal, photography, wearable art and more are available. Shop on the local fourth Saturday of every month to get a free gift. Regular hours: 11:00-16:00 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 11:00-18:00 on Thursday. 1418 Commerce Ave., Longview. 577-0544.,

The great hotels of the North Beach peninsula have reopened at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco. See details in the Events column on this page.

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, contributed

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum: “Grand Hotels of the North Beach Peninsula” runs until October 9. The exhibit has reopened with a new carriage, the Tandem Sporting Gig (circa 1890s) thanks to a loan from the Northwest Carriage Museum in Raymond Washington. The exhibit highlights the premier hotels built on the Long Beach Peninsula to offer extravagant entertainment, grand accommodations and exceptional service and food, according to a press release from the museum. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the resort industry began on the North Beach Peninsula with large resorts such as The Sea View House, Hackney Cottage, Portland, Breakers, Driftwood and Long Beach; and smaller hotels such as the Harvest Home, the Gables, and Shagren’s Hotel. Hotels will advertise in the Oregonian or Oregon Journal to entice visitors. During this time, some families would stay for up to three months during the summer, sometimes bringing the family cow or a horse and buggy with them. Transportation from Portland was by steamboat such as the TJ Potter, which would dock at Ilwaco, where it would be met by the train or local wagons, wagons, or buggies. Exhibits are supported in part by the Pacific County Lodging Tax Fund and the City of Long Beach Lodging Tax Fund. Permanent exhibits on Lewis and Clark and the Columbia River, an 1890 railroad car, and a model of the vintage train that traversed the Long Beach Peninsula. Hours: 10:00-16:00 Wednesday-Saturday. Free entry. 115 SE Lake, Ilwaco. 360-642-3446;

Cowlitz County Historical Museum: Hours: 10:00-16:00 Tuesday-Saturday. Donations accepted. 405 Allen St., Kelso. 577-3119.

Koth Memorial Gallery: paintings by Shirley Bailey through August. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, closed Sundays. Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview. Daniel: 360-442-5307.

Lelooska Foundation and Cultural Center: On Thursdays from 11:00 to 15:00, the museum and meeting room are open. To register for an in-person visit, go online to For the health and safety of the community, masks are required, according to the foundation’s website. Those interested in accessing the virtual school field trips can register at

Lower Columbia College’s Forsberg Art Gallery: Hours: 10:00-16:00 Monday-Thursday. At the Rose Center for the Arts art gallery at the college, 1528 Maple St., Longview. 360-442-2510;

Rainier Oregon Historical Museum: Hours: noon-4pm Saturdays (except holidays), third floor of City Hall, 106 W. B St., Rainier. Old photos or items that people would like to share or donate to the museum are welcome. Old photos can be scanned and the originals can be returned to the owners. 503-556-4089, 360-751-7039, [email protected].

River Life Interpretive Center at Redmen Hall/Central School: The Great Flag Patriotic Exhibition will last until August 28. The exhibition will reflect the history of flags and their meanings. It will also include service memorabilia, uniforms, etc. Hours: noon-4:00 p.m. Friday-Sunday. 1394 State Route 4 (Ocean Beach Highway). 360-795-3007, leave a message; or [email protected].

Stella Historical Museum: Hours: 11:00-16:00 Saturdays and Sundays during the summer and by appointment. Historical logging, fishing and farming exhibits and more. In addition to the old post office building, the museum complex consists of the recently renovated forge, equipment shed and new forge building. The blacksmith shop is on the National Register of Historic Places. Admission: Free, but donations are appreciated. 360-423-3860 or 360-423-8663.

Tsuga Gallery: It features the work of more than 30 local artists, including paintings, photography, sculpture and jewelry. 70 Main St., Cathlamet. Hours: 11:00-17:00 Thursday to Saturday.

Wahkiakum County Historical Society Museum: Extensive logging, fishing and cultural exhibitions. 1923 locomotives out. Hours: 1-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through September, or by appointment. 65 River Street, Cathlamet. 360-849-4353.

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