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Order fresh berries now

Kelso Lions Club members offer fresh local strawberries in 24 x 16-ounce (24-pound) containers or 12 x 24-ounce (18-pound) containers. Berries will be available for pickup between 9 a.m. and noon on June 4 at the Kelso-Longview Elks parking lot, 900 Ash St., Kelso.

Berries must be ordered and paid for in advance by May 28.

The cost is $80 for the 24 books and $60 for the 18 books.

For more details or to order, call 360-577-6718 or 360-673-2796.

The money raised goes towards projects that the Kelso Lions Club helps support, including scholarships, vision and hearing care, and many other community activities.

Museum curator invited to the free conference

Jerry Bowman, curator of the Northwest Carriage Museum in Raymond, Washington, will be the guest speaker at a free lecture at Ilwaco.

The event is held in conjunction with the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum’s special exhibit titled Great Hotels of the North Beach Peninsula, which runs through July 9 at the museum, 115 Lake St. SE, Ilwaco.

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Bowman, known for his restoration and conservation work, will speak at 1 p.m. June 4 at the museum. He is also known for his knowledge of the antique horse-drawn carriage trade, according to a press release from the museum. His subject is Hook Up the Horse and Buggy Pa… We’re going to town!

According to the release, Bowman is a “gifted and humorous speaker and has entertained many audiences across the country with his stories and tales of the forgotten horse-drawn era.”

The Northwest Carriage Museum houses one of America’s finest collections of 19th-century horse-drawn vehicles and artifacts, the statement said. Some of the cars in the museum are loaned to the Columbia Heritage Museum for the special exhibit.

The Pacific County Lodging Tax Fund and the Booth family support the CHM exhibit as well as other museum programs.

The LV Garden Club offers a grant

Members of the Longview Garden Club are offering small businesses, organizations and nonprofits in Cowlitz County a $100 grant to implement a selected garden/flower box project.

Funding is limited and applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applicants must submit a basic garden/flower box plan with an appropriate budget. Grant money cannot be used for contract work. It should be used to purchase plants, planting materials, hardware and other related materials.

Once the project is complete, members of the garden club will visit the site, take photos and place a small sponsorship sign approximately 3 inches by 5 inches on the flower box. Other photos of any aspect of the project would be appreciated by club members.

To apply, send the name, address and telephone number of the organization and respond if funding has been received from the government or other organizations for similar projects. In addition, an explanation of how the grant money will be used must be provided.

Send the information to [email protected] The deadline is June 30.

Contact Nancy Edwards at 360-577-2544 or [email protected]

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