What is “His Supper Table,” anyway?

The Oregon Tuna Classic provides fresh fish for His Supper Table.

Twice a week on our Twitter and Facebook pages, we remind everyone of free meals at His Supper Table. It has come to our attention that some don’t understand what His Supper Table is. In short, it’s an organization, supported by local churches, that provides nutritious hot meals on Mondays and Thursdays on the Long Beach Peninsula. The meals are free, but a donation jar is available for those who can contribute. The Long Beach Nazarene Church graciously allows the use of its kitchen.

With the economic downturn, many people who had never envisioned needing such a service are now being blessed with the free meals. His Supper Table welcomes anyone who is having trouble making ends meet. Meals are largely dependent on what is provided locally by the community. Fishermen, in particular, have been very generous during the past year, resulting in some outstanding nutritious meals. Grocers also supply extra produce when they can.

For any who are wondering how they can help,  His Supper Table’s thrift store needs you! That’s how the money is raised to buy the food supplies that aren’t donated. The store needs more volunteers and quality donations.

His Supper Table is a 501c3 charity, and all contributions are tax deductible. They can be brought to the store at 911 Pacific Way North in Long Beach, or mailed to His Supper Table, P.O. Box 1487, Ocean Park, WA 98640.

His Supper Table is 100% volunteer-operated, and all funds go directly into the ministry. For more information, visit His Supper Table’s website.

Clamshell Railroad Days–all about trains!

The Railroad that Ran by the Tide - Klipsan Beach Life Saving Station

The train often stopped at Klipsan Beach Life Saving Station, where passengers could watch surf rescue drills or even view shipwrecks.

This is a great weekend to focus one of the Long Beach Peninsula’s unique aspects of history–the railroad that is no longer here! The quirky rail service was called everything from “The Railroad that Ran by the Tide,” to “The Rambling Never Get There Railroad.” It had scheduled stops and non-scheduled ones, such as stopping at the Klipsan Beach Life Saving Station so visitors and locals could watch the surfmen practicing surf rescue drills, or even view actual shipwrecks.

This weekend, July 14-15, Ilwaco’s Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum will sponsor “Clamshell Railroad Days,” featuring lectures, bus tours, a kids craft caboose, a tour of a Pullman passenger car, and more. Model railroad displays will include Portland Cascade Z-scale with their fantastic diorama and the Mt. Rainer N-scale club’s 34-foot-long exhibit which wowed visitors last year.

Want to add some railroad fun to the weekend? For restaurants, we recommend The Depot Restaurant, an upscale restaurant located in the old Seaview depot; Bailey’s Cafe, located in the old Nahcotta depot, or The Loose Caboose, an economical choice in Seaview, where trains run overhead as you eat!

For lodging, we recommend the vacation rentals at #309 Historic Coast Guard Station, located on the grounds of the Klipsan Beach Life Saving Station. This was one of the “unscheduled” stops the train made for shipwrecks and life-saving drills. Here, you can read up on “The Railroad that Ran by the Tide!” Also, if you have any “Thomas the Tank Engine” fans in your family, they’ll receive some Thomas books and gifts.

For more information about Clamshell Railroad Days activities, visit the website of the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.

How big will the upcoming economic ripple effect be for our restaurants?

Long Beach Peninsula hospital layoffs - Restaurants

Can our restaurants handle this many layoffs?

We can’t help but wonder what the ripple effect of last week’s massive manager layoffs at Ocean Beach Hospital will be for our beloved restaurants–and in turn, the tourism industry our local economy depends on. After losing several budget-friendly restaurants during the winter (The Rocket Diner, Kelly’s Diner & Las Maracas), we now wonder what’s in store for the higher-end Long Beach Peninsula restaurants we’re so proud of.

Will these seven managers and their families pack up and leave the Peninsula? Some will have no choice. What about the rest? Will they still be able to afford to dine at The Depot, The Shelburne, or Tuscany Cafe? And what about the people who kept their jobs? Will they be content to pick up the slack and stay under these circumstances?

We’re saddened that these hospital layoffs seemed to be the only way to handle the hospital’s debt, as it comes at such a great economic cost to our community as a whole. We trust there aren’t more coming.

Our hope is that tourists will be able to fill in the gap at least during the summer, so we’re set to do all we can to publicize every restaurant. Perhaps another solution will present itself before winter arrives.

Razor clam dig on the Long Beach Peninsula this weekend!

March, April 2012 razor clam digging dates - Long Beach PeninsulaClamming is scheduled for morning low tides April 21-23. There will be no digging allowed after noon. For best results, clam diggers should begin digging about two hours before the morning low tide.

Most razor clam diggers use clam guns, which can be purchased locally or online. Willapa Marine Products, a local marine supply company, sells clam guns and other accessories here on Amazon.com, some with free shipping.

Beaches open for razor-clam digging extend from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point, including the Klipsan Beach and Ocean Park approaches. The exceptions are areas closed to protect nesting western snowy plovers,  clearly marked with signs.

Anyone 15 years or older is required to purchase a 2011-2012 license. Various licenses, ranging from a three-day razor-clam license to a multi-species combination license, are avaiIable online (https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/), by phone (1-866-246-9453) and from numerous stores on the Peninsula. Under state rules, harvesters may take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 taken, regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s limit must be kept in a separate container.

Morning low tides for razor clam digging dates during April 2012 are:

April 21, Saturday (7:28 a.m., -0.3 feet): Long Beach
April 22, Sunday (8:01 a.m., -0.4 feet): Long Beach
April 23, Monday (8:35 a.m., -0.4 feet): Long Beach

Long Beach Peninsula Easter Events

Long Beach Peninsula Easter activities April 2012This weekend is a great time to visit the Long Beach Peninsula, with possible sunshine in the forecast, a clam dig, and lots of Easter activities planned from Ocean Park to Ilwaco. Special Easter meals, Easter Egg Hunts, and Easter church services are lined up for the weekend. We’ll provide a list of those here. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page, Peninsula Review, for updated information throughout the weekend. If you’re still looking for a place to stay, contact the Long Beach Peninsula Visitor’s Bureau for lodging vacancies at 1-800-451-2542.

Easter Services
All are Sunday, Apr. 8 unless otherwise specified. For church location and contact information, visit our Churches page.

Ocean Park Community Church
Sunrise Service at 6:30am, overlooking Willapa Bay. Held at 293rd & Joy Lane off Sandridge Road. Easter brunch follows at Ocean Park Community Church.

Peninsula Baptist Church
First Service at 8:45am, Brunch at 10am, second service at 10:50am.

Ocean Beach Christian Fellowship
Service and luncheon at 10am.

Ocean Beach Presbyterian Church
Easter Sunday worship at 11am.

Ocean Park Lutheran Church
Maundy Thursday, April 5 at 6:30pm; Good Friday, April 6 at 6:30pm; Easter Vigil, April 7 at 6:30pm; Easter Sunrise, April 8 at 7am (held at OPUMC, 1202 262nd Place in Ocean Park); Easter Sunday Service, April 8 at 10am, followed by Easter brunch.

St. Peter Episcopal Church
All-night prayer vigil starting on Maundy Thursday from 6pm to 6am, ending on Good Friday; Good Friday Service at 1pm; Resurrection Sunday Service, April 8 at 9:15am.

Ocean Park United Methodist
Easter Sunrise Service at 7am; Easter Service at 11am.

St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church
April 5 Holy Thursday Mass at 7pm, April 6 Good Friday Mass at 7pm, April 7 Easter Vigil Mass at 8:30pm, Easter Sunday Mass at 10am.

Easter Meals
Check our Facebook page at Peninsula Review for future restaurant announcements.

Easter Brunch at Hungry Harbor Grille for $9.99. 9am-noon April 8.

Easter Brunch and Dinner at The Shelburne Restaurant & Pub. Brunch will be served 11am-3pm; Dinner will be served 5-8pm.

Polish Easter Sunday Specials (Kapusta, Kluski & Poppyseed Cheesecake with Fig Compote) at The Depot.

Easter Egg Hunts
Kids older than 13 will need to head to Astoria for a flashlight hunt at dusk.

Golden Sands Assisted Living. Friday, April 6 at 3pm at Golden Sands, 21608 “O” Lane, Ocean Park. Easter Egg hunt only, divided by age, geared to ages 0-10. Canned food donation requested.

Beach Barons Car Club
Saturday, April 7 at 1pm at 25815 Sandridge Road, Ocean Park. Beach Barons Field. Egg Hunt Groups: ages 0-4, 5-8, 9-10. Refreshments included.

Ocean Park Moose Lodge – Sunday, April 8 at 1pm – no cost, but voluntary canned food & donations accepted. 25915 U Street, Ocean Park. Egg Hunt groups divided by age, geared to ages 1-10. After egg hunt there will be hot dogs, prizes and goodies for kids. Easter Bunny will be there.

Long Beach Elks Lodge
Sunday, April 8 at 1pm. 110 N Pacific Highway, Long Beach – in ballroom of Lodge, enter by back door. Geared to ages 0-13. Easter Bunny will be there, free.

Esa Alpha Theta in Naselle
Saturday, April 7 at 11am. Toddlers through Grade 3. Treats and prizes, bring your own basket. Held at the Naselle School Football Field.

Astoria Department of Parks and Recreation
Saturday, April 7, from 11-noon. Tapiola Park, 900 W Marine Drive, Astoria. Free, face painting and balloons at 11am; egg hunt starting at noon. Divided by age, geared to ages 0-10.

Astoria Department of Parks and Recreation – for older kids
Saturday, April 7 at dusk (approx. 7:30pm) – Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt. Geared to children ages 10 and up. $4 charge.

New articles help with planning budget-friendly vacations

Long Beach Peninsula Kids' activity book

The Booklet of Discovery can be downloaded for free, or picked up at the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Center.

We’ve added some new articles to the site, with a primary focus on how to plan a budget-friendly Long Beach Peninsula vacation. You’ll find an article about how to select the best lodging options for your family, one with helpful ideas on how to enjoy the Long Beach Peninsula’s exquisite cuisine while keeping costs under control, and one on how to best plan a Long Beach Peninsula vacation when children are involved. These articles, along with a variety of resources such as the free Booklet of Discovery for kids, can be found under the “Articles” tab.

Also don’t forget to check out the new page with menus for 34 of the Peninsula’s restaurants.

Quicklinks to menus of 34 Long Beach Peninsula restaurants

Long Beach Peninsula Restaurants - Local MenusFor the convenience of visitors and locals alike, we’ve just added a page of “quicklinks” to the menus of 34 Long Beach Peninsula restaurants. You can find them on the “Menus” page, under the “Restaurants” tab. When possible, we’ve placed links that take you directly to menus on the restaurants websites. For restaurants without websites, or for those who haven’t posted a menu, we’ve scanned previous paper copies of their menus. While these will give you a good idea of what’s offered at a particular restaurant, keep in mind some of the prices, and perhaps some of the offering, may have changed.

We’ve attempted to include every restaurant in Nahcotta, Ocean Park, Long Beach, Seaview, Ilwaco and Chinook. If you’re a restaurant owner, and see that your menu isn’t posted or needs updating, please email us. We’ll update the listing as soon as possible.

To go directly to the Restaurant Menu page, click here.

Where to get pizza on the Long Beach Peninsula?

Best pizza on the Long Beach Peninsula - Ilwaco, Seaview, Ocean ParkNothing can top a great cup of clam chowder or fresh seafood when it comes to dining out on the Long Beach Peninsula, but for many families, we’re guessing pizza is on the menu for at least one meal. Other than Chico’s Pizza, the highly visible pizza parlor in Long Beach, it can be difficult to discover some of the other pizza options north and south of Long Beach. We’ve compiled and posted a list of all the places we know about, where pizza is sold. We’ve included deli and frozen pizzas, in the hopes of finding a pizza to fit every family’s budget. You can find the Peninsula Pizza Places list here.

Links to Long Beach Peninsula grocery store ads added today

Weekly ads - grocery stores in Ocean Park and SeaviewThere are some things we use our own site for on a regular basis, and one of those has been the links to local grocery store ads. Today, we’ve made it easier for you (and us) to find those by creating a page just for that purpose. Under our “restaurants” tab, you’ll now see a page for “Grocery Stores with Deli’s.” Two of the three major grocery stores, Jack’s Country Store and Okie’s Thriftway have websites that list current specials. At the end of each listing, you can click a link and be taken directly to the ads. We hope this new page will benefit locals, as well as visitors. Our original intention was to provide a way for vacationing families to know which items they should bring with them, and which ones they could buy at a good prices when they arrived here on the Long Beach Peninsula.

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A new format for the new year

Long Beach Peninsula events for 2012We’ve spent the day reformatting and redesigning Peninsula Review to make it more user-friendly. Each restaurant on the Long Beach Peninsula now has its own page, complete with website information, facebook page links, twitter account info and more. Most also have links to third party review sites, and some have local reviews. You can find these pages by clicking on the restaurant’s name from one of two lists. One list is alphabetical, the other is by location.

Check back often, as we’ll be adding new pages, new reviews and new categories in the coming weeks.

Remember to support our local restaurants during the coming months! We’re hoping they will all make it through the slow season.