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CANCELLED - Cross the Columbia - October 16, Astoria

It is with a great sense of sadness that we are CANCELING Sunday's Great Columbia Crossing 10k.

We made this decision in coordination with the Oregon Department of Transportation and local law enforcement. With the impending storm on Saturday, we anticipate that our first responders and medical personnel will be attending to area emergencies on Saturday night and Sunday morning and will not be able to assist with our event. Several of these support agencies have already informed us that they will be unable to provide their services on race day, and it would be unwise and unsafe for us to continue without adequate staffing for traffic control, security, medical response, etc.

Additionally, we are aware that many of our participants are traveling considerable distances to participate in our event, even while possibly facing dangerous road and weather conditions. We do not want anyone to risk their safety for the sake of our event - it's simply not worth it. For those of you who have already made the trip, we hope you'll enjoy all the other great things the Astoria-Warrenton area has to offer. Packet Pick Up will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at our offices (111 W. Marine Drive, Astoria, OR 97103) for those who still want their shirts and packets. Please let us know if you would like yours mailed instead.

At this time, we are going to make every effort to reschedule the 2016 Great Columbia Crossing for later this year. We will be in contact again when we know more.

Thank you for your understanding during this incredibly busy and difficult time for our staff and volunteers. While the event has been canceled, there is still plenty of work to be done on our end. We appreciate your patience as we evaluate our options going forward.

We have successfully completed 34 years of the Great Columbia Crossing, and while it was not our first choice to cancel this year's event, we feel it is the best choice. We apologize for any inconvenience or hardship this has caused. We hope you will be able to join us on the bridge again in the future, under better circumstances. (www.greatcolumbiacrossing.com)

Will Anderson TreoFall into the Groove - October 16, Lincoln City

From soulful singing to jazzy tempos, the Lincoln City Cultural Center (LCCC) brings in a top-notch lineup for the fall concert season. On October 16, the fresh jazz sounds of the Peter and Will Anderson Trio will be a treat for audiences. Brothers Peter and Will Anderson have been called “virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone” by the New York Times.

All shows start at 7 p.m. Tickets are available from the LCCC or can be purchased online. (541-994-9994; www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org)

Fab at Mill-Fab FourFab at the Mill - October 15, North Bend

If you want to experience the Beatles all over again, you won’t want to miss The Fab Four—The Ultimate Tribute, at the Mill Casino on October 15. The Emmy award winning tribute band, The Fab Four, is known for their precise attention to detail. The group delivers uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ classics such as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Yesterday,” “A Day In The Life,” “Twist And Shout,” “Here Comes The Sun,” “Hey Jude,” and more. Their stage performances include three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles ever-changing career.

Concert-goers (age 21 and over only) may choose from two show, at 6 and 8 p.m. Contact Ko-Kwel Gifts at the Mill Casino for tickets. (800-953-4800 ext 9; www.themillcasino.com)

Rivers of OregonRivers of Oregon - October 22, near Yachats

Visitors are invited to join award-winning author and photographer Tim Palmer at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center on October 22 at 2 p.m., as he presents a slide show based on his new book, Rivers of Oregon. With spectacular photographs from across the state, Tim will take his audience on a river tour that will change the way they think about how water flows across the land.

In addition to his work as a photographer, Tim is the author of 24 books featuring the American landscape, including Trees and Forests of America. His honors include the National Outdoor Book Award, Independent Publishers Award, and Conservation Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation. See his work at www.timpalmer.org. For more information, contact the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center. (541-547-3289)    

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