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Regal Cinemas 12 – RPX
341 Three Rivers Drive
Kelso, WA 98626
844.462.7342
Power of the Purse

Women’s event highlighting the power of local female philanthropy and it’s positive community impacts.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s!

Join us for the 3rd Annual women’s event that benefits United Way partner agencies! Event features a purse raffle, high energy fashion show featuring local business women and retailers, special women’s vendor services to make you feel like a princess, wine pull, Woman of Excellence Award, hors d’ oeuvres and more! There will also be an opportunity to win a Tiffany bracelet. Don’t miss this fun and philanthropic women’s night out!
When:  October 19th, 2017 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Location:  Cowlitz County Event Center,
1900 7th Avenue
Longview, WA 98632
Hosted by:  United Way of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties

360.425.5320
Climb Mt St Helens

Climbing information – Permits

Everyone must have a climbing permit to be above 4,800 feet elevation on Mount St. Helens.
The permit system helps to protect the volcano’s physical and biological features and processes, reduces crowding, and provides climbers with information on climbing conditions, Leave No Trace principles, and safety. The permit system has been in effect since 1987.

1.  Mount St. Helens climbing permits are administered by Mount St. Helens Institute (MSHI) through an online vendor.
The MSHI online vendor is a secure website that accepts all major credit and debit cards. Climbers will be emailed a permit purchase confirmation receipt at the time of purchase.
2.  The total permit fee of $22 includes a service charge which goes towards MSHI’s Mountain Stewards Volunteer Program to help maintain and protect the climbing routes. Climbing permits are not refundable. If climbing is suspended by the Forest Service, permit sales will also be suspended.
3.  From April 1 to October 31 climbing permits are available online by advance purchase only.
Do not wait until the day of your climb to purchase your permit.
Unsold permits may be purchased online until 24-hours before the date of the climb.
4.  Once you complete your permit purchase through the online vendor, all sales are final.
Refunds are not possible. You cannot change climbing dates once your purchase is complete. Please plan accordingly before completing your purchase.

360.449.7883
Mt St Helens Cellars

Mt St Helens Cellars Winery is nestled in the hills of Silverlake, Washington. The view of Mount St. Helens provides a picturesque backdrop for the winery. We offer an array of red and white wines made from grapes grown in Washington State, each of which is sure to please the palette as well as the senses. Even though we are a new winery, making wine is not new to us.

Our winemaker, Gary has been making wine for over 20 years, the first eight years in the Santa Clara Valley of California. About ten years ago Gary and his wife June moved back to southwest Washington where they grew up. Gary continued making wine here in Washington, travelling each year to eastern Washington to purchase grapes for his hobby. As time passed and the hobby grew into a passion Mount St. Helens Cellars erupted onto the landscape in the shadows of the mountain.

Wine Tasting Room is located at 1254 Mt St Helens Way at Exit 49 and I-5 – Castle Rock, WA 98611
Wine Tasting Room Hours:
Friday 12 to 6
Saturday 12 to 5
Sunday 1 to 4

360-967-2257 – Wine Tasting Room
360-274-7078 –
Forest Learning Center
17000 Spirit Lake Hwy
Toutle, WA 98649

Our Forest Learning Center is located just inside the blast zone on the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway in Washington State. It tells the story of Mount St. Helens
and the remarkable recovery of forests, fish and wildlife following the eruption. The center is a partnership of Weyerhaeuser, Washington State Department of Transportation and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Built by Weyerhaeuser Company, the Forest Learning Center tells the story of the rebirth of the forest. Walk through the forest, hearing the sounds of the birds and animals on the mountain prior to May 18, 1980. Enter the “eruption chamber” to view a video of what the forest looked like immediately after the eruption. Hear a first-hand report from a local newscaster who barely escaped.

The second half of the center depicts the regeneration of the forests surrounding Mount St. Helens. Breathtaking photographs and life-size models of loggers working in the blast zone bring the experience to life. The Forest Learning Center tells the story from nature’s perspective and gives a hands-on approach to learning in the Kids Room where families can touch lava rocks, learn about the animals of the Pacific Northwest, and discover how trees grow.

Location: 33.5 miles from I-5

Directions:
From Interstate 5 in Western Washington, take Exit 49 and continue east on Highway 504 to Milepost 33. The forest learning center is located at 17000 Spirit Lake Highway, Toutle, WA. Large groups are asked to make reservations at least two weeks in advance. All visitors: please watch for wildlife on roadways.

Exhibits: Open 7 days a week, 10 am to 4 pm – May 18th to September 9th
Gift Shop: Open 7 days a week 11 am to 4 pm – Starting March 24

360.414.3439 – Exhibits
360.274.7750 – Gift Shop/Restrooms/Outdoor Facilities
Ashtown Brewing Company
1175 Hudson Street
Longview, WA 98632

Welcome to Longview’s own craft brewery located in a historic building within the heart of downtown Longview. All of their beer is brewed onsite just next to the tasting room. They cater to everyone from the malt lovers to the hop heads. The tasting room is open 6 days a week where you can sample all of our beers or have a pint of your favorite. They also have growlers for you to fill and take home to share our beer with your friends and family!
They are open Tuesday 3-9, Wednesday 12-9, Thursday/Friday/Saturday 12-11, Sun 1-8. They are family friendly until 8pm and now have Eaterations Food Cart on site Wed-Sat 12-7 serving burgers, sandwiches, wraps and amazing daily specials!

360.353.5286
Unique Tin Car Show

The Unique Tin car show and Cruise has become one of the premier car shows in the northwest. We are the second or third largest event in Cowlitz County and bring 500 or more classic and performance cars to the area every August. We provide a fun and profitable show for the local economy, give support to local charities and businesses, and manage to enjoy doing it. We hope to continue for years to come.

When:  Last Saturday in August
Location:  Cowlitz County Event Center
1900 7th Avenue
Longview, WA 98632
Contact:  Everett – 360.636.1969

http://uniquetin.com
360.636.1969
360.577.0111
Biking

Mountain Biking
Don’t pass up the chance to turn a crank on the shoulder of an active volcano! The Ape Canyon ride, which begins on the south side of Mount St. Helens, is one of the Northwest’s premier mountain biking treks, with varied landscapes and incredible vistas. World-class single-track also awaits at Siouxon Creek, Lewis River, South Coldwater, and Old Man Pass/Falls Creek.

Tour de Blast – Road Biking
Tour de Blast is the essential event for road bikers, attracting crowds in excess of 1,000 each year. The 82-mile route from Toutle to Johnston Ridge takes riders into the very heart of the blast zone. If you can’t make the annual June event, you can still enjoy the experience and the views by following the ride route from Toutle Lake School to Johnston Ridge Observatory. Total elevation gain is 6,240′

STP Bicycle Classic
This 200-mile bicycle ride is the largest multi-day bicycle event in the Northwest, with up to 10,000 participants riding from Seattle to Portland in one or two days. The route takes you through the scenic valleys, forests, and farmlands of western Washington and Oregon.

Castle Rock Bike Skills Park
This is an awesome dirt track located in Castle Rock, WA. Jump lines, drops, skinnies, log-overs, and the Pacific Northwest’s largest pump track.
 

 

Cowlitz Public Shooting Range
1000 Toutle Park Road
Castle Rock, WA 98611

Cowlitz Public Shooting Range is open to all members of the public,  providing shooters with a safe place to shoot rifles, pistols, shotguns and archery since it opened on May 1, 2013. From the beginning, the range has staffed its operations with volunteers, a practice that continues to this day.

NRA certified Range Safety Officers (RSOs) are on duty at all times the range is open to insure the safety and fun of our shooters, friends and their families. The volunteer work of the RSOs allows the Cowlitz Game & Anglers to provide an excellent outdoor shooting range experience to its users at a very affordable price.

The Range is offers free firearm training classes open to any and all interested persons. These are classroom sessions only, not range shooting, but the range will be open as usual for shooting after the classes. All classes will be held at the Cowlitz Public Shooting Range Education Building, 1000 Toutle Park Road, Castle Rock, WA 98611. Take Exit 52 from I-5 and follow the signs to the end of Toutle Park Road.

Directions:
Take exit 52  toward Barnes Dr/Toutle Park Rd

Turn or Continue East onto Old Pacific Hwy
Turn left onto Burma Rd
Turn right onto Toutle Park Rd
Continue 0.9 mi. to the end of Toutle Park Rd

 

360.430.6949
Roland Wines
1106 Florida Street
Longview, WA 98632

Roland Wines was established in 2008 with the purpose of making world-class wine from historic Longview, WA.

We are a local winery who values friends, family, and community life. Marc and Nancy Roland are teachers who love to share their love for wine and life with everyone. We make wine by hand with minimal intervention in a traditional French style. We only use grapes from the best vineyards in Washington state and we are constantly learning how to get the most out of our unique wine region.

http://rolandwines.com/
360.846.7304
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