15 Mar

QR Codes: Getting Started

To scan QR codes, your smart phone must be able to take a photo and to connect to the internet (iPhone, Blackberry, most newer cell phones).  You’ll need QR code-reading software; you can download a program that will work on your particular phone at http://m.funbeach.com/reader.  Click on the link for your phone manufacturer and then pick your phone model out of the list. You will be given a list of compatible readers for your mobile device.

Download the software and follow the installation instructions, which are very simple.  Once you’ve chosen a reader and installed it try scanning a QR code. You will need to have the whole code visible on your screen. It will work best if you hold the phone’s camera 6″ to 1′ away from the code.

It might take a couple of tries at first to get the hang of it but soon you will be on your way.  Here’s a code to get you started:

Scan this QR code!

24 Jul

Washington state’s annual travel planner/guide

This is the time of year when the state Tourism office is gearing up to do its annual directory. A reminder: There are two distinct directories being put out. The one published by Washington State Tourism, which is called ‘The Washington State Travel Planner,’ is the one which is sent to people who inquire about our state through the Tourism’s 800 phone number or website. It is also used by state Tourism as they travel throughout the states, Europe and Japan marketing the region.

The other book, called the Washington State Visitors Guide, is put out by the Washington State Hotel & Lodging Association and is available through that association’s website.  Both books are distributed to visitors bureaus throughout the state.

Because we believe that the state’s own book is the best value for our dollars, the VIsitors Bureau places its ads in the Travel Planner and not the Visitors Guide. While each of you needs to make your own decision and some of you have the funding to advertise in both directories, please remember that your placement in the Travel Planner guarantees that your business will be accessible to all the potential visitors reached by Washington State Tourism. That site, www.experiencewa.com, sees over 3 million discreet visitors annually. It’s a bargain in advertising!

22 May

WSP to increase patrols during Memorial Day weekend

Washington State patrol to increase patrols during Memorial Day weekend

LONG BEACH, Wash. – Washington State Patrol troopers will be out in force during Memorial Day weekend searching for drivers who are putting other motorists at risk.

From Friday through Monday approximately 75 extra troopers will patrol the roadways looking for drivers who are speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and those who fail to buckle up. Troopers will also be on the lookout out for vehicles carrying unsecured loads.

Members of the public are encouraged to call 9-1-1 if they spot aggressive or impaired drivers. The license plate number and a description of the vehicle will be helpful in assisting troopers in locating the offenders.

The WSP will also be using aircraft to crack down on aggressive and impaired drivers. Pacific and Wahkiakum counties will have three additional troopers to focus on DUI and seat belt violations on May 22, one additional trooper to focus on speeding violations Saturday and one additional trooper to focus on speeding violations Sunday.

22 May



Beautiful Laura Hunt has been murdered and police detective, Mark McPherson, is becoming obsessed with her portrait and finds himself falling in love with the dead woman. In the course of his investigation, he meets Shelby Carpenter, the fiancé; Waldo Lydecker, the benefactor; and Danny Dorgan the boy downstairs who all loved Laura too. This mystery has many plot twists and turns and will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Performances are Fridays May 29, June 5 and 12; Saturdays May 30, June 6 and 13 (all at 7 p.m.) and Sundays May 31, June 7 and 14 (at 2 p.m.). Tickets are available at the Imperial Schooner Restaurant (Port of Ilwaco), JT’s Cafe (Ilwaco), Stormin Norman’s (Long Beach), and Okie’s Thriftway (Ocean Park).

The 2nd Story Playhouse is located at 108 Spruce Avenue in downtown Ilwaco, just above JT’s Cafe. The Playhouse is handicap accessible. More info: Director Laurie Carter 360-642-8667.

07 Apr

Beach Cleanup

Here is a flyer on the upcoming beach cleanup. I know that several of you have mentioned that you have customers who come to the peninsula just to participate in this event. You may want to email them this latest date. And, in case you haven’t yet heard, our local Grassroots Garbage Gang – the folks responsible for this clean-up work – will be featured on NPR’s ‘eTown’ program on April 24th. The time is 2PM and the call letters are: 91.9 FM. Una


19 Mar

Give My Regards to Broadway

The Peninsula Players are at it again.  Opening tonight at the 2nd Story Theatre is Give My Regards to Broadway.  Performances are:

Fri 3/20 at 7 pm
Sat 3/21 at 7 pm
Sun 3/22 at 2 pm
Fri 3/27 at 7 pm
Sat 3/28 at 7 pm
Sun 3/29 at 2 pm
Fri 4/3 at 7 pm
Sat 4/4 at 7 pm
Sun 4/5 at 2 pm

Musicals are always  well attended.  Get your tickets at the usual outlets.

Ilwaco:  The Imperial Schooner or Just Treasures
Long Beach: Stormin’ Norman’s
Ocean Park:  Okie’s Thriftway

See your friends and family sing and dance in this patriotic story.