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Festival of Lighted Boats – Kalama
Festival of Lighted Boats – Kalama

Get into the spirit of Christmas on the Columbia River! Join the Grinch and The Who’s for an evening parade of beautifully decorated boats from the Kalama waterfront! Lit boat parade, music & caroling, live entertainment, festive food & drink, Santa photos, family fun, McMenamins beer garden!

When:  TBD
Time:  5 pm to 8 pm
Location:  Marine Park – Kalama
Hosted By:  Kalama Chamber of Commerce and The Dolphin Yacht Club

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Five Dons Brewing Company
1158 11th Avenue
Longview WA 98632
Five Dons Brewing Company

Five Dons Brewing aims to bring local beer to the Lower Columbia with our downtown Longview WA microbrewery.
Our beers include Hard Way Pale Ale, Blonde Next Door Blonde Ale and Dark Divide Porter.

360.261.0956
Forest Learning Center
17000 Spirit Lake Hwy
Toutle, WA 98649
Mile Marker 33.5
Forest Learning Center

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 – Opening May 18th
Gift Shop: Open 7 days a week 10 am to 4 pm – Opening May 18th

360.414.3439 – Exhibits
360.274.7750 – Gift Shop/Restrooms/Outdoor Facilities
Holland America Bulb Farm
1066 South Pekin Road
Woodland, WA 98674
Holland America Bulb Farm

Holland America Bulb Farms, Inc., Woodland, WA The headquarters of operations for all related entities of Holland America Bulb Farms, Inc. is located in Woodland Washington. Dobbe Farms, LLC is importing the best quality bulbs, such as lilies, tulips and iris, from the most reliable suppliers in the Netherlands. Dobbe Farms is also growing premium cut flowers such as tulips, peonies and other seasonal crops as well as growing tulips and iris for the bulb production at the farm in Woodland Washington. These products are sold through Holland America Bulb Farms in Washington as well as coordinated sales through Holland America Flowers in California.

Home to:  Woodland Tulip Festival each April

360.225.4512
Hot Summer Nights
Downtown Woodland
Hot Summer Nights

This concert series features a different band and genre of music each week- so there’s a little something for everyone in downtown Woodland Washington!
The back drop to our stage is beautiful Horse Shoe Lake – making this a fun, memorable, photo-worthy way to spend your summer Friday nights!
We encourage dancing, and always have sidewalk chalk for the kiddos. Come once, come often, come every night- it’s a new experience each week,
and a great way to get out and enjoy our Northwest summer evenings in our big, little town!

A rockin’ good time for all ages! This family friendly festival is alcohal free and open to all ages. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy great music!
July & August each summer

Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens
115 South Pekin Road
Woodland, WA 98674
Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens

Each year, thousands of visitors step back in time to discover the 1880’s Victorian Farmhouse and country gardens that comprise the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens.

To showcase the site, the Gardens and historic buildings have been lovingly maintained by the Hulda Klager Lilac Society, a nonprofit volunteer organization. The Society fully funds the care and upkeep of the historical site from the proceeds of Lilac Days, dues and donations. With the help of our volunteers and members, the Society continues to carry on the work of growing and showing the beautiful lilacs including those hybridized by Hulda Klager many decades ago.

Lilac Days 2019
April 20th to May 12th

History of Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens
Woodland is perhaps best known as the home of Hulda Klager (1863–1960), who was a prolific breeder of lilacs. The “Lilac Lady” Hulda Klager née Thiel, was long the pride of Woodland. She immigrated from Germany to Wisconsin in 1865, when she was just two years old, and came West when her family bought a farm in Woodland. Later she married and settled down on the family farm. When a friend gave her a book about Luther Burbank, she began creating flowers, hybridizing new varieties of roses, dahlias, even apples, and lilacs in particular. By 1920 she had created such a magnificent array of new hand-pollinated lilacs that she opened her garden on Lilac Week every spring for visitors. The floodwaters of 1948 rolled over her garden, destroying every shrub and hand-pollinated lilac. The loss grieved those who visited her garden or who had purchased her lilacs. From all over the Northwest, people sent starts of her lilacs from their own gardens. By 1950, at the age of eighty-seven, Klager, who loved flowers and who had been honored by the state of Washington as well as such organizations as the nationally famous arboretum at Cambridge, Massachusetts, again opened her home for Lilac Week. After her death in 1960, the Woodland Federated Garden Club, shocked that the garden might be bulldozed for industry, succeeded in raising money to buy it and have it declared a state and national historic site.

Johnston Ridge Observatory
24000 Spirit lake Hwy
Toutle, WA 98649
Johnston Ridge Observatory

Located at the end of State Highway 504 (52 miles east of Castle Rock), in the heart of the blast zone, the observatory hosts interpretive displays that tell the biological, geological, and human story of Mount St. Helens. Visitors to Johnston Ridge Observatory can enjoy multiple award-winning films, listen to ranger talks, observe the landscape, purchase souvenirs, set off on a hike, or get a light lunch from the food cart.

Check out the annual summer Music on the Mountain series held throughout summer at the Johnston Ridge Observatory outdoor amphitheater (in partnership Mount St. Helens Institute).

Hours Open: Open 7 days a week, 10 am to 6 pm – May 15
Saturday, May 18th – Mt  St Helens Eruption Anniversary – 39 years – Free Admission at Johnston Ridge Observatory
Join the Mount St. Helens Institute at the Johnston Ridge Observatory to mark the 39th anniversary of the 1980 eruption with special hands-on activities and prizes in addition to the great movies, ranger talks, exhibits, and gift shop that the Johnston Ridge Observatory already has to offer. All admissions collected this day will support the Mount St. Helens Institute’s programs, including youth education. For More Information:  Mt St Helens Institute

 

 

360.274.2140
Kalama Horse Camp
NF-81,
Cougar, WA 98616
Kalama Horse Camp

Kalama Horse Camp, located on the southwest flank of Mt. St. Helens, is outside the blast zone of the 1980 eruption. The camp and its nearby trails are close enough to the mountain for you to observe how the most recent eruption changed the area. You’ll also plenty of evidence of previous volcanic activity. The campground loop trail allows easy access to the main trail head. The trail head parking area, found at the east end of the campground provides parking for day use. There are over 50 miles of trails and closed roads are available from the campground.

 

Kelso Highlander Festival
Kelso Highlander Festival

Kelso Highlander Festival
Saturday, September 8th & Sunday September 9th
Tam O’Shanter Park
Kelso, WA 98626
When:  September 2019

Experience a whole weekend of Scottish & Celtic culture, with the Avenue of Clans, Scottish craft & food vendors, Scottish music & dancing, as well as Highland Games.

At beautiful Tam O’Shanter Park on Saturday, September 8th, 2018 the festivities begin, starting at 7:00 am with a Fun Run/Walk 5K road race.  The Sons of Norway Hall in Kelso is holding a Norwegian Waffle and Pancake Breakfast on Saturday only.  Please join us there for breakfast before heading over to the park.  At 9:00 am the Highland Dance Competition, Silent Auction and Highland Games begin.  At 10:00 am please join us for the annual Highlander Festival Parade.  Also beginning at 10:00 am join us for the Kelso Garden Club Flower Show . At 12:30 the Opening Ceremonies & Parade of Clans begins on the field.  The Silent Auction ends at 4:00.  The entertainment continues all day Saturday with music by:  Men of Worth, Rogues End, and pipe bands from Ft. Vancouver and Clan Gordon.  This is located under the covered area.

There will not be a baking contest this year.  Thank you to all past judges and contestants for entering your baked goods and making it a success for so many years.

At 8:00 AM  please join us for the Kirkin’ of the Tartan Worship Service at Tam O’Shanter Park and again at 10:00 AM at the Kelso Methodist Presbyterian Church in Kelso at 206 Cowlitz Way.  There will be a special tea reception following the Kirkin’ at 11:00 in the Fellowship Hall. There will be bagpipers and a Highland Dancer performing.

The Highland Games will begin at the park at 9:00 AM with those hardy lads and lasses tossing the caber and throwing the stone. There will be entertainment in the afternoon at the park with the Wicked Tinkers, and Men of Worth.

The Kilted Classic Golf Tournament starts with registration at 8:00 AM at the Longview Country Club.  Contact Mike Fowler 360-749-4925

The Kelso Rotary will be holding their Annual Duck Race in the afternoon raising money for charities and scholarships.

Get your Highlander Festival Buttons, on sale July 5th, for only $1.00 each and you could win many prizes which have been donated from various merchants in Kelso.

Kelso Theater Pub
216 Pacific Avenue S
Kelso, WA 98626
Kelso Theater Pub

Kelso Theater Pub & Backstage Cafe… We are a unique single-screen movie theater, showing current mainstream films & Occasionally first-run blockbusters.
The movie theater is for all ages. Watch a movie and have a pizza. The theater has been set up for your enjoyment. Tables have been placed in front of each seat for your dining enjoyment while watching one of our movies.
Our adjoining Backstage Cafe is open Tuesday – Friday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm for lunch & Every evening for Dinner from 5 pm – 8 pm. Our full menu & specials
are always available in the cafe. Our menu is limited form but including all of our pizzas are always available in our Theater along with the standard movie fare. Beer & Wine is served in both Theater and Cafe & Chef Marc usually has a limited yet tantalizing selection of handcrafted desserts, including his signature Peanut Butter Pie as well as seasonal selections, all made from scratch.

http://ktpub.com/
360.414.9451
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Lelooska Foundation and Cultural Center
165 Merwin Village Road
Ariel, Washington 98603
Lelooska Foundation and Cultural Center

The museum at the Lelooska Cultural Center features Native American artifacts from many regions, along with the works of renowned wood sculptor Chief Lelooska. Experience magnificent Northwest Coast masks as they come to life in the glimmering firelight of Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) ceremonial house.

Photo Courtesy of:  The Lelooska Foundation

 

 

 

http://lelooska.org/
360.225.9522
Lewis & Clark Bowmen
9435 Barnes Road, Castle Rock, WA
Lewis & Clark Bowmen

Lewis & Clark Bowmen

Offering:

Archery Lessons – Youth and Adult, Individual/Group

Archery Shoots – Competitions

Archery Range Situated in the Woods – 3-D Range

(Range accessible to members only or during shoots)

Hunting Preparation Shoots – Fall/Winter Archery

Inexpensive Club Memberships

Lewis & Clark Bowmen
(360) 636-3027
Lewis River Golf Course
3209 Old Lewis River Road
Woodland, WA 98674
Lewis River Golf Course

Located 30 minutes north of Portland, Oregon, and just a few minutes (5 miles)east of I-5 at exit 21 (Woodland, WA.), the Lewis River Golf Course is tucked between the North Fork of the beautiful Lewis River and the evergreen foothills of the Cascade mountains. The golf course environment contains numerous species of shrubs and trees, framing the beautiful Pacific Northwest valley and the scenic Cascade foothills. The tree-lined fairways require accuracy to score well, and the greens, with challenging contours, are some of the finest you’ll putt on in the northwest. Also home to North Fork Bar & Grill.

360.225.8254
Longview Parks & Rec – Run/Walk 2018
Longview Parks & Rec – Run/Walk 2018

Longview Parks & Recreation puts on a amazing amount of events each year for the community…
They put on 8 scheduled running & walking events to get us excited to get out and go have some fun around the Longview area

February:  Heart & Sole 5k & 10k run/walk at Lake Sacajawea
March: Electrifying Shamrock Run at Lake Sacajawea
April:  Running of the Fools 10k walk/run at Willow Grove
June:  $5 – 5k series at Tam O’Shanter Park
July:  Firecracker Fun Run 5 k course at Lake Sacajawea
September:  Moonlight Run 5k course at Mint Valley Golf Course
October:  Pumpkin Pi Run 3.14 mile run/walk at Willow Grove
November:  Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morning at Lake Sacajawea

 

360.442.5400
Longview Squirrel Fest
Civic Circle
Longview Squirrel Fest

The Longview Squirrel Fest is the first of its kind on the West Coast and in the Mount St. Helens region! We’re nuts over this one-day festival in honor or our furry friends. Launching the first Longview Squirrel Fest was a dream of a local group, The idea came from the Sandbaggers who helped build and maintains the Nutty Narrows Bridge on the Civic Circle in Longview, they wanted a fun event that would be nutty enough for everyone from age 2 to 102.

The Civic Circle is transformed into an all day venue of fun, games, and music for the whole family to enjoy.

Kids 5 k Run
Go Nutty Squirrel Fest Parade
Craft Vendors
Food Vendors
Kids Games & Activities
Karaoke
Beer & Wine Garden
Main Stage – Musical Entertainment

Every August

http://lvsquirrelfest.com
360.430.0273
Lord & McCord’s Art Works
1204 Commerce Ave
Longview, WA 98632
Lord & McCord’s Art Works

Located in historic downtown Longview, Washington, represents representational and abstract styles of fine art. We seek to promote the rich variety of local talent found in Southwest Washington and Oregon. We also seek to promote the visual art in our community by contributing to local educational efforts through our First Thursday art demonstrations and art talks.

McThread’s Wearable Art Boutique (an extension of Lord & McCords Artworks) represents one of a kind designer style wearable art and jewelry. Our designers specialize in knitted, crocheted and felted items, beaded scarves and purses, wooden collage purses, hand painted and batik silk and fabric art. We offer services in combining wearable art accessories and jewelry to make a fashion statement. We seek to promote women’s fashion in our community, not only by offering designer fashions, but by having fashion shows and First Thursday demonstrations.

360.423.9100
Love Street Playhouse
126 Love Street
Woodland, WA 98674
Love Street Playhouse

Love Street Playhouse is a quaint venue located in the heart of Woodland at the base of the Lewis River Valley. Since 2007 it has earned the respect of local and surrounding communities for quality theatre. We have an intimate venue where everyone’s close to the stage, with a convenient location and affordable ticket prices. We look forward to seeing you at our productions in this coming year.

800.966.8865
McMenamins Kalama Harbor Lodge
215 Hendrickson Drive
Kalama, WA 98625
McMenamins Kalama Harbor Lodge

C’mon by to experience the tropical-inspired oasis along the Columbia River. 
Welcome to the latest McMenamins property, Kalama Harbor Lodge, nestled between Kalama’s landmark totem poles and the marina at the Port of Kalama. Inspired by the Hawaiian heritage of John Kalama, the property is reminiscent of the Pioneer Inn in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii. Whether in the Cloud Bar atop the building, with a birds-eye view and the signature Three Rocks Rum Daiquiri, or enjoying free live music in the Lounge before wandering out to a firepit alongside the river, you’re sure to feel the relaxation of an island vibe while taking in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Stay the night in one of the 40 guestrooms with private bathrooms and individual lanais, most of which have a river view and welcome pets. Take a moment to read the posted historical accounts of each room, such as the Doty Fish Co. story in Room 208, or The Cowlitz Tribe in Room 206.

The Pub and Harbor Lounge – which houses the glassed-in Holoholo Room — also allows for expansive fair-weather dining with a wrap-around outdoor patio. Enjoy free live music in the Harbor Lounge on select weeknights as you dine on Cedar Plank Salmon or the Expedition Elk Burger. Watch our brewers through the large front window as they craft the Pau Hana Gold Ale and more in the seven-barrel brewery, just inside the main door. Step inside Harbor Lodge Market to find McMenamins gear and handcrafted beverages, including growler fills, espresso, and bottles to-go.

Follow the path paralleling the river to discover Ahles Point Cabin, and warm up next to a fireplace inside or out, enjoying a handcrafted ale while watching boats come and go.

Historical significance and artifacts abound throughout, such as the serpent carving from a Chinook artist, and watch for masks peering at you, along with other artifacts from the Northwest and many tropical islands. Look even further for two secret rooms….
Consider Kalama for your next meeting and event, or upcoming wedding. Our Old 97 Private Events room(s) are for up to 120 people (standing). For more information and to inquire about booking private events, please visit our events website.

Similar architecture can be found today in Kalama in an 1870s structure that was the Northern Pacific Railway’s hospital. John Kalama — originally of Kula, Maui — lived in the area as an employee of the Hudson’s Bay Company. The Kalama River and the city both bear his name. Descendants of John Kalama are members of the Nisqually and Warm Springs Tribes.

360.673.6970
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