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Halie Loren at LCCCGrammy-nominated Halie Loren returns to LCCC - December 4, Lincoln City

Can’t go to Korea, Sicily, or Japan to see jazz vocalist Halie Loren perform live? No problem. Just make your way to the Lincoln City Cultural Center on Friday, December 4 at 7 p.m., and you can see this international touring artist and Grammy nominee in person.

It’s been two years since Loren sang in Lincoln City, but she’s been a busy musician. She’s performed in Europe and Asia, and just last month learned that her 2015 album release, Butterfly Blue, is on the 58th Grammy ballot in the category of Best Vocal Jazz Album. No doubt she’ll perform a few of those songs in her Lincoln City concert, but will also include enough seasonal music to fit the official program: Holidays with Halie. She’ll appear with her longtime collaborator, pianist Matt Treder, along with Sean Peterson on upright bass and Brian West on drums.

Tickets are $20 in advance, available on the LCCC’s website or in person at the LCCC Info Center, open 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesday–Monday inside the historic Delake School at 540 NE Hwy 101. Tickets sold at the door are $22. (541-994-9994; www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org)

Nancy Hoskins WeavingTut Inspired Textiles - Through December 5, Coos Bay

Reproductions of woven designs found in King Tut’s clothing are on display in the Oregon debut of the exhibit, Egyptian Memories—weavings by textile artist and art historian Nancy Arthur Hoskins. Previously exhibited at Vanderbilt University, Egyptian Memories is on display at the Coos Art Museum through December 5.
Hoskins, an internationally recognized author, teacher, and artist has studied ancient Egyptian fabrics in more than 50 museums around the world, including the original tunic of Tutankhamen in Egypt. She replicates pieces from these fabrics on her loom. During her studies she has discovered and reproduced ancient weaving techniques which have long since disappeared. An expert weaver with an academic background, she has challenged some of the “accepted facts” about how ancient Egyptian textiles were made. Nancy has exhibited and given talks on the topic at Vanderbilt and Yale Universities, and is currently lecturing and teaching in London and Devon, England.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 1–4 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $5 general, $2 for students, veterans and seniors, and free to museum members. (541-267-3901; www.coosart.org)

Bruce Peterson Craqb Pot Christmas TreeIlwaco - December 5, Crab Pot Christmas Tree

Decorating and lighting the one-of-a-kind Crab Pot Christmas Tree starts at 5 p.m. Public participation is welcome. Check out local businesses and shop the Saturday Christmas Market at the Port along the Port for your chance to meet Santa and have a merry good time. (800-451-2542; www.funbeach.com)

Tillamook Light ParadeFour Holiday Events on Tillamook Coast

While many think of the Tillamook Coast as a destination for scrumptious bounty such as cheese, Dungeness crab, salmon and oysters, it is also a destination for celebrating the holidays. Here are five family-friendly events that will keep Tillamook County visitors and residents entertained. (www.tillamookcoast.com)

1. Candy Cane Express—December 5–6 & 12–13. Take a ride with Santa on the historic Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad; enjoy hot cocoa and cookies on the train between Garibaldi and Rockaway. (503-842-7972; www.oregoncoastscenic.org/special-excursions)

2. Festival of Trees—December 11 at Tillamook County Pioneer Museum. Twinkling, decorated trees are on display, and a gala event and silent auction from 5:30–8:15 p.m. is a fundraiser for the museum. For tickets to the gala contact TCPM. (www.tcpm.org/festivaloftrees)

3. Tillamook Light Parade—December 5. The town of Tillamook is aglow with decorations, tree lighting, Santa Claus and a Light Parade. (www.tillamookholidaylightparade.com)

4. Ugly sweater contest for Inn at Cape Kiwanda guests—December 13–25. Do you own a jaw-dropping, cringe-worthy sweater? Stay at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda anytime during December 13–25, wear your sweater, and the Inn will take a picture. The one that receives the most “Likes” on Facebook will receive a $25 Pelican Pub gift card. (www.yourlittlebeachtown.com)

Depoe Bay - December 5, Whale of a Chrismas

Amidst festive decorations and carolers, the Christmas tree is lit at the Whale Watch Center. (541-765-2889; www.depoebaychamber.org)

Rov TeamRobot Returns after Trip Abroad - Through December, Newport

At first glance, a cube of PVC pipe trailed by a string of wires and cables is a puzzling presence for some Oregon Coast Aquarium visitors in the new exhibit, Secrets of Shipwrecks: Part History. Part Mystery. The contraption sports scratches and wear, and zip-ties hold repurposed plastic water bottles to its control tether. The underwater remotely operated vehicle, or ROV, is the creation of three Taft High School students under guidance of Science Department Chair Noah Lambie.

Team RUWE (Robotic Underwater Exploration) created the ROV for the Northwest Regional MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) Competition. Each student assumed a role, with Kyle Macrae as CFO, Hunter Bishop as CEO, and Eneki Trujillo as Head Engineer. RUWE took the title in the Ranger Class, qualifying them for the international competition at Newfoundland, Canada, last summer.

They found fierce competition; many of the rival ROVs cost more than ten times Taft High’s students’ budget, and were handled by college students. Their innovation and dedication earned them the “Bang for the Buck” award and 20th place out of 63 competitors.

“This was a huge opportunity for my students,” said Lambie. “They are very capable, natural and intuitive with robotics. Just give them a few projects, a little bit of guidance and let them go.”

The ROV will be on display at the Oregon Coast Aquarium through December of 2016. (541-867-3474; www.aquarium.org)

ODFW CougerCougar Story - December 5, three miles south of Yachats

Dave Thompson was a summer seasonal ranger in California’s Redwoods National Park, living an idyllic life in a trailer within the park. Most evenings he’d set out a chair to observe the bear, elk, and even mountain lions, which frequented the property. It was a peaceful co-existence until the night Thompson found himself in the middle of a hunt, standing between a mountain lion and its prey.

Hear the harrowing story audiences will not forget, while learning facts about the life and behavior of this secretive and often-maligned creature. Thompson, the Siuslaw National Forest’s interpretive specialist, shares his story at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 5, as part of the Cape Perpetua Winter Discovery Series at the Visitor Center.

The next activity, on December 19 at 2 p.m. is an Old-Growth Forest Hike. Participants can learn about the characteristics and ecology of coastal old-growth forests during the ranger-led hike.

The presentation and hike is free, but a Northwest Forest Pass, Oregon Coast Passport, or $5 day-use fee is required to park within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. (541-547-3289; www.fs.usda.gov/siuslaw)

Central Coast ChoraleChorale Holiday Concerts - December 6 & 12–13, Newport

Join the Central Coast Chorale as they welcome the holiday season with the concert, Wishes and Candles on December 6. The annual event offers music both sacred and secular, contemporary and classical to celebrate the winter holidays. The First Presbyterian Church of Newport, located at 227 NE 12th Street, hosts the concert at 2 p.m. Suggested admission donation is $10.

The Oregon Coast Community College Chorus, vocal octet Women of Note, pianist Milo Graamans will join the chorale for the performance. The concert features an African folk song, an Austrian carol, works by Arvo Pärt, composer Philip Stopford, and works by the 16th century master of polyphony, Palestrina. Women of Note will sing a contemporary arrangement of a Latin traditional song and a festive Christmas madrigal. A rousing closing number, “Now is the Time of Christemas!” closes the concert. For more information call Chorale Director MaryLee Scoville. (541-563-6830)

The Chorale will also be performing with the Newport Symphony Orchestra and the Corvallis Repertory Singers on December 12 and 13 at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Call the PAC office for tickets. (541-265-ARTS)

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