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Mushroolm Cook-offPelican Pub and Brewery Defends Title at Wild Mushroom Cook-Off - October 11, Lincoln City, OR

Professional chefs from around the region will craft marvelous mushroom dishes at the 6th Annual Wild Mushroom Cook-Off. On Saturday, October 11th the Culinary Center in Lincoln City, located on the fourth floor of the City Hall building (801 SW Highway 101), will host this cooking competition from 11am to 2pm. Only one chef will earn top honors from a panel of expert judges, and you too can vote for your favorite dish with the People's Choice Award.

Pelican Pub and Brewery in Pacific City will be defending their title as the top finisher for four consecutive cook-offs! This marks the first time in the Culinary Center's history that such a clean sweep has occurred. Will Pelican win again this year? Or will a new competitor take the top spot? Find out for yourself by attending this fun and educational culinary event.

Admission to the competition is free and tasting samples are available for $0.75 each and portion sizes available for $3. There will be live music by the Ivie-Meziere Trio as well as beer, wine, and assorted treats. It is an event that is sure to delight your taste buds.

In addition to the competition, the Lincoln County Mycological Society will have a wild mushroom identification booth. Bring your found mushrooms to the booth and learn foraging tips and suggestions on how to cook these fall culinary treasures. Peak Forest Fruit will also have fresh mushrooms for sale. Experience a live mushroom cooking demonstration, complete with a recipe and samples. The cooking demo will feature two time American Culinary Federation award winner Michael Valoppi, of Choice Point Hospitality Group in Sisters, Oregon. With the philosophy that food is the only art form where all five human senses are brought into play, Michael enjoys preparing simple dishes that truly speak for themselves with a splash of wow in the mix.

The Lincoln City Culinary Center hosts four annual cook-offs: Jambalaya, Fish Taco, Wild Mushroom and Chowder, each featuring some of the best chefs in the Pacific Northwest. For more information about the Wild Mushroom Cook-Off contact the Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau at 800-452-2151 or visit www.oregoncoast.org.

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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