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Oktoberfest Oktoberfest - Florence, October 4, 2014

Authentic German food, beer and entertainment are staples of this year’s Oktoberfest set for Saturday October 4th at the Florence Events Center on Quince Street. Three German bands, Scandinavian dancers and Polka playing accordions make up a full day of entertainment for the entire family.

The fun starts at 8:00 a.m. with a pancake breakfast hosted by the Florence Kiwanis Club. This is in conjunction with a region-wide record setting largest pancake feed record setting event for Kiwanis! Help the Kiwanians set a record while enjoying authentic German music by Meg Graf and John Klobas, popular and well known musicians in the region. The breakfast ends at 11:00 but the fun continues as participants slide right into the festive mood of the Oktoberfest celebration and continue with the oompah band sound of The Happy Five. Throughout the day and into the evening attendees will enjoy the talents of the Skandia Leikarringen dance group out of Junction City, as well as Sam’s Polka Gems and Die Oberkrainer. And the Leinenkugel Girls will provide games and prizes from 2–5 p.m.

There are fun activities for the little ones as well – balloon tying and face painting throughout the day. And if that’s not enough excitement, early in the afternoon place your bet on the 2nd annual Weiner Dog Races!

During the entire festival participants can enjoy German bier, brats, plus local wines, and other delicious authentic German food, served up by local non-profits.

Admission is $5 starting at 11 a.m. and kids 12 and under are free. Enjoy breakfast from 8-11 a.m. along with an all day festival pass for just $10. It’s a new venue but the fourth year for this growing event now hosted by the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are available at the door, at the at the Florence Chamber Visitors Center, and through Kiwanis members. More information including a full entertainment line-up can be found at Florencechamber.com.


LC Chowder Cookoff


The 10th Annual Chowder Cook-Off returns to Tanger Outlets in Lincoln City on November 8. Watch as professional chefs from around the Pacific Northwest battle for the best chowder. This event also features live music, local beer and win, kids activities, and a Native American Heritage celebration.

On Saturday, November 8 from 11am to 4pm, restaurants from all over the region will compete for the title of best chowder and the People's Choice Award. Attendees can vote for their favorite chowder, and winners will be announced by 4pm. Back by popular demand, enjoy live music provided by the Ivie-Meziere Trio and Mark Alan. Local beer and wine will be available Saturday from Rusty Truck Brewing and The Wine Cellar at the Eventuary.

Sunday, November 9, from 11am to 3pm bring the kids and celebrate Native American Heritage Month courtesy of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and Chinook Winds Casino Resort. Activities include tribal dancers and drummers, hands-on Native American crafting, and a tribal storyteller. And don’t worry, there will still be plenty of chowder to sample!

Admission to the cook-off is $5 for a one-day pass, which includes a tasting size portion of each chowder and unlimited access to daily entertainment and activities. Tanger Club members receive 20% off admission if they show their card and kids 12 and under get in free. On both days, desserts and sweets are available for purchase from My Petite Sweets and Captain Dan's Pirate Pastry Shop. Local clamming expert Bill Lackner will be on-site to teach you how to catch your dinner. Door prizes will be given away and attendees can enter to win a grand prize package from Tanger Outlets.

For more information and the Chowder Cook-Off contact the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau at 800-452-2151 or visit www.oregoncoast.org

FlagsCelebrate Honor with Red, White and Blue Treasures

Lincoln City, OR – Honor active duty personnel, military veterans, and their families at the Annual Celebration of Honor, September 25-28, 2014, presented by Chinook Winds Casino Resort.

During the Celebration of Honor, take a stroll along the beach and participate in a patriotic treasure hunt. Find red, white, and blue glass floats along the 7.5 miles of sandy shores in Lincoln City hidden by aptly named "Float Fairies." By keeping an eagle eye out, you too could be a proud owner of one! This treasure hunting promotion is part of the "Finders Keepers" program, which officially kicks off October 18th, 2014 and runs through to Memorial Day, 2015.

The Celebration of Honor begins with the Field of Flags, which is available for viewing on September 25th at the southeast parking area at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort through Sunday the 28th. Opening Ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. on Friday the 26th at the Field of Flags. New to this year's event is the Oregon Traveling Memorial Wall, which was made to honor Oregon Vietnam and Gulf War veterans, and is also available to view at the Field of Flags all weekend. The Oregon Veterans Medal Ceremony on the Field of Flags begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, signifying Oregon's appreciation for the service and sacrifice of Veterans. To qualify for this medal, an application form must be completed in advance with proof of military service attached. On Sunday, September 28th, the Closing Ceremony takes place in front of the Casino at the permanently installed Dessert Storm Memorial at 2 p.m.

Veterans and active-duty personnel eat FREE during open hours at the Chinook Winds' Siletz Bay Buffet on Thursday, September 25. Stop by the Winners Circle to register, show proof of military service (DD-214 or other Military ID), and receive this benefit.

On Thursday at 11AM, the historic Bijou Theatre, located at 1624 NE Highway 101, will host a FREE showing of "Windtalkers", for Military personnel and their families. Directed by John Woo and starring Nicholas Cage, this action packed historical drama tells of two U.S. Marines in WWII who are assigned to protect Navajo Marines that use their native language as an unbreakable radio cypher. This stellar movie event is only $5 for non-military guests.

For more information about the Celebration of Honor contact Heather at Chinook Winds Casino Resort at 541-996-5766 or visit www.chinookwindscasino.com.

Yaquina Bay BridgeCoastal Discovery for Kids

OMSI, the Portland-based Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, is spreading its kid-friendly approaches to teaching science on the Oregon Coast. They are currently in the planning process for building a new facility in Newport called the Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray.

For many years, OMSI has operated outdoor camps at the coast, but never in their own building. With the help of a generous donor, OMSI was able to purchase a 20-acre parcel of land in Newport near South Beach State Park. OMSI’s vision is to create a hub for scientific learning and discovery that will support coastal communities while offering access to children and families across the state.

OMSI will create a science camp and living laboratory with indoor teaching spaces, a dining hall/convening space, and lodging for up to 150 children and families. Programming will include outdoor science school, science classes, summer residential camps, and family camps taught and facilitated by professional educators in the rich learning environment of Oregon’s central coast. Staff will cover subject matter ranging from dune ecology and ocean observation to wave energy generation technologies and the sustainable fishing industry. The Center is slated to open in 2016.
The Center will also host internship programs and will complement ocean education provided by other local organizations such as the Oregon Coast Aquarium and the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center.

With Newport already the hub of cutting edge marine science and the home of the NOAA Pacific Coast fleet and other federal and state agencies, it is fast becoming the center of marine research and education on the West Coast. The new OMSI Center will bolster those efforts by helping kids discover the exciting world of marine science and technology with fun and innovative programs. 800-955-6674; www.omsi.edu

Oregon Blue BookBlue Book Cover Sought

Secretary of State Kate Brown has announced the opening of a contest to select the cover photo for the 2015-2016 Oregon Blue Book.

Amateur photographers who are Oregon residents, and who would like submit a color photo representing some aspect of Oregon, can find the contest guidelines and entry forms on the Oregon Blue Book website: www.bluebook.state.or.us/misc/cover/front.htm. Photos must be taken in Oregon, have a vertical (portrait) orientation, and must be postmarked by October 6, 2014. 

The Oregon Blue Book is the official state almanac. It has been published biennially since 1911, but 18 of Oregon’s 36 counties have never been represented on the front cover.

Secretary Brown said she is committed to address this oversight.
Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Crook, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jackson, Josephine, Lake, Morrow, Polk, Sherman, Union, Wasco, Wheeler and Yamhill. 

To enter, send hard copy color 5 x 7s to: Blue Book Photo Editor, Secretary of State, Archives Division, 800 Summer Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97310. Questions can be directed to the Blue Book Editor. 503-378-5199; bluebook.changes@state.or.us

Sand Lake EstuaryCoastal wetland preserved at Sand Lake - Tillamook County

A total of 167 acres of coastal estuary and adjacent freshwater wetlands at the edge of Sand Lake has been preserved in perpetuity by North Coast Land Conservancy, a nonprofit land trust headquartered in Seaside.

“It's a rare place where forest and sea not only meet but blend," says NCLC Executive Director Katie Voelke.

Sand Lake, located 10 miles south of Tillamook, is an unusually pristine estuary. Defined by the sandbar at its mouth, Sand Lake has minimal agricultural or commercial development around it. As a result, out of 36 estuaries on the Oregon Coast, only Sand Lake still hosts a diverse mix of native plants, including Sitka spruce, creek dogwood, and Hooker willow, with remnants of what was once a large western redcedar swamp.
“It is well on its way to becoming one of the largest cedar swamps in coastal Oregon,” says OPRD Stewardship Manager Jim Morgan.
The 167-acre site on the northeastern edge of the estuary includes intertidal salt marsh, tidal channels, and forested wetlands that connect to a number of stream systems. The acquisition, completed in mid-May, protects a total of 4.7 miles of salmon-bearing streams. At least 42 species of birds, ranging from rufous hummingbirds to bald eagles, have been seen on the Sand Lake property. 503-738-9126; www.NCLCtrust.org.       


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