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Tenor Guitar GatheringGuitar Goodness -
May 25–29, Astoria

Tenor guitar enthusiasts from far and wide are coming to Astoria for the 7th-annual Tenor Guitar Gathering, May 25–29, featuring artists, workshops, and performances of this unique four-stringed instrument. Most of the events are on Pier 39.

Despite the sad passing of the event’s founder, Mark Josephs, volunteers from the Tenor Guitar Foundation are continuing the gathering to educate future tenor guitarists. Two concerts in Josephs’ honor are Saturday and Sunday of the gathering. In addition to the tenor guitar, the gathering also includes other four-string instruments such as the mandolin and ukulele at its workshops, concerts, and jams.

Workshop tickets are for sale on the website, but you don’t have to play to enjoy this event. Concerts, food, jam sessions, and singing are also part of the fun at the various Astoria locations. Register in advance for workshops and concerts at the Gathering website. (503-449-5965; www.tenorguitarfoundation.org/gathering)

Blessing of the Fleet - May 30, Charleston

In honor of the fishing community in and around Charleston, the annual Blessing of the Fleet and Memorial Service will be held at the Charleston Fisherman’s Memorial Garden, near the launch ramp at the Charleston Marina at 10 a.m. on May 30. The service honors local men and women involved in commercial fishing and the fishing industry who have died since 1941. This year, the Charleston community will add several names to memorial plaques.

The Oregon Coast Pipes and Drums perform on the bagpipes to open and close the ceremony and a Coast Guard Lifeboat will take floral arrangements and lay them on the water, weather permitting. Following the service, there will be a reception at Porter Hall Activity Center on Boat Basin Road. All are welcome to attend. (541-888-9021; fish@bettykaycharters.com)

Luca CiarlaIl Violino at the LCCC - June 7, Lincoln City

Italian violinist Luca Ciarla will perform his innovative one-man show, “Il Violino,” at the Lincoln City Cultural Center on Tuesday, June 7.
The show is described as “music without limits,” with original arrangements of Italian folk tunes and music from the Mediterranean played on the violin, and on small toy instrument, with the use of a loop pedal. The show plays like a solo string band, with Ciarla playing all the parts, such as singing, whistling, and performance on the fiddle as a drum, guitar, or cello. Clearly, Ciarla’s “Il Violino” is a genre-bending show that must be heard to be understood.

Doors to the LCCC auditorium open at 6:30 pm, with the two-set show to begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door and available for purchase at LCCC. (541-994- 9994; www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org)

Townsend's WarblerFor the Birds - Summer–Fall, Gold Beach & Brookings

The Kalmiopsis Audubon Society invites bird experts and novices alike to bird-watching outings held once a month throughout the South Coast area. The group will go to the Rogue River Walk for a morning bird trip along the Orchard Bar Loop on June 4. Other trips include those to Crissey Field on July 9, the Rogue River estuary on August 13, Lake Earl in California on September 10, and Pistol River on October 1.
The outings offer opportunities to learn bird species, add to “Life Lists,” and experience bird interactions. No birding experience is required. Binoculars are recommended, but there are a few that first-timers may borrow. Trips are weather-dependent and carpooling is available. (www.kalmiopsisaudubon.org/letsgobirding)

Seal Pup at SalishanSeals on the beach - Spring, Oregon Coast

It’s that time of year again: Seal pups are appearing on beaches along the Oregon coast and beachgoers are asked to give them some space.
Every spring, harbor seals give birth to pups on secluded beaches or reefs up and down the Pacific coast. The pups are born ready to swim but cannot tread water for long; they need ample time on shore to rest and stay warm, and can remain there for days while the mothers are feeding offshore. Concerned observers often report “abandoned” seal pups on the beach, not realizing that the mother might be foraging nearby, or swimming just offshore to maintain distance from curious humans and their dogs.

Besides being illegal, people who approach or otherwise try to “help” unattended pups may inadvertently cause them harm by deterring mother seals from coming ashore to nurse.

To keep these creatures safe, watch with binoculars or take pictures from afar—let the seals take care of themselves. Those who have questions or concerns can call the Marine Mammal Stranding Network. (541-270-6830; www.mmi.oregonstate.edu/ommsn)

Celtic Heritage AllianceCeltic Fest Cancelled - June, Toledo

Sadly, the Celtic Heritage Alliance has recently announced the cancellation of the 2016 Newport Celtic Festival & Highland Games, which was to be held in June in Toledo, Oregon. The festival was featured in the May/June 2016 issue of Oregon Coast magazine. The festival’s executive director, Belinda Goody, says “It takes a year’s worth of organizing, coordination and effort to pull off an event as large as this one. Each year we face challenges, but this year we realized that we do not have in place what we need to deliver the quality event our patrons have become accustomed to. This has not been an easy decision and we, too, feel disappointed in having to make this announcement.” Since its inception in 2011, the festival has been run solely by unpaid volunteers.

Larry MuranteRiverfolk Benefit - Astoria, June 10

Come one, come all, to the Riverfolk Benefit Concert, held at the CCC Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on June 10. The concert is a fundraiser for the fledgling Riverfolk Homeless Coalition, which provides resources and bridges gaps between existing organizations in Astoria to address the growing issue of homelessness in the area.

The event features music from around the Pacific Northwest, with Larry Murante, Jill Trenholm with Virgil Venditto, Richard Colombo with Laurie Linn, Jean Mann, Terry Holder with Jerry Holder, and headlined by an all-star band, led by Scott Docherty and former touring members of The Nazz, Lifehouse, 10,000 Maniacs, Rita Coolidge, and more.
There will also be a raffle of a solid mahogany Kala Ukulele and a collectible set of Japanese import Beatles CDs and memorabilia. Tickets to the event are $15, available online. (www.riverfolk.brownpapertickets.com)

Florence Events  CenterDon’t Leave Me - June 10, Florence

“Don’t Leave Me,” a dance performance unlike anything else, will take place at the Florence Events Center on June 10 at 7 p.m. The show weaves dance, music, and architecture and features professional dancers with and without disabilities.

“Don’t Leave Me” is presented by the DanceAbility International dance company in collaboration with the University of Oregon School of Architecture. The show explores how we are all dependent on each other and how space determines action and vice versa. The dancers use the ever-changing set design as apparel, as furniture, and as architecture.
This performance shows the unlimited potential of people when disabilities are not viewed as inferior. The performance is sure to surprise and delight, dissolving labels and barriers. Tickets are available at the Florence Events Center. (541-997-1994; www.eventcenter.org)

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