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Joan JettJoan’s Blackhearts, March 3–4, Lincoln City

Don’t miss your chance to see the iconic rocker Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, March 3 and 4 at at Chinook Winds Casino Resort. Jett and her band have had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” and “Crimson and Clover.”

Reserved seating tickets are $35–$50 (must be 16 or older to attend). Tickets may be purchased at the Chinook Winds box office, online, or by phone. (888-624-6228; www.chinookwindscasino.com)

Sharing the Coast ConferenceCoast Conference - March 3−5, Waldport

This year’s Sharing the Coast Conference takes place in Waldport on March 3−5. The topics the conference covers, ranging from birds and marine mammals to creatures found on the shoreline, to rocky shores and estuaries, would be of interest to anyone who wants to learn more about the coastal environment.

On Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Waldport Community Center, marine mammalogist Leigh Torres will discuss the latest research on the lives of gray whales and other “marine megafauna” inhabiting Oregon’s coastal waters, and touch on ways in which citizens can help monitor whale populations. The event is free and open to the public.

On Saturday the conference moves to Waldport High School; registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Suggested cost is $25 for members of the public. Pre-register online or at the door. (541-270-0027; www.oregonshores.org)

Wild Hog in the WoodsOld Time with Wild Hog - March 4, Lincoln City

Wild Hog in the Woods, an Oregon string band that plays a mix of old-time, swing, sleaze-jazz, ragtime, blues, and tin-pan alley tunes will perform at the Lincoln City Cultural Center (LCCC) on Saturday, March 4 at 7 p.m. 

“The sheer fun that these guys have playing the tunes that they love is infectious. Their motto, ‘Nobody leaves without a grin,’ keeps people coming back for more. They play an armada of fine instruments with fresh abandonment true to their music,” said a press release from the group.
Tickets for the March 4 concert are $14 in advance and $16 at the door (youth ages 18 and under admitted free), on sale at the LCCC box office or online. (541-994-9994; www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org)

Ocean Artistry Art Quilt ShowCoast Quilt Show - March 10−12, Yachats

Quilters, quilt-aficionados, and those who enjoy the beauty of well-made art won’t want to miss the Ocean Artistry Art Quilt Show, held in Yachats March 10−12. The juried quilt show features more than 100 fabric art pieces made from artists living in five different countries. The theme of the inaugural show is “Gems of the Ocean,” so expect to see a lot of marine-themed works.
“One of the goals of the show is to introduce art quilting to both locals and visitors to the area,” says festival promoter Ruth Bass.“We thought the ocean theme would allow artists to explore the beauty of this area and make interpretations based on their own whimsy.”
The Quilt Show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the Yachats Commons on W 5th Street at Hwy 101. Admission is a $5 suggested donation. (www.oceanartistry.org)

MerlinBirding Ops - March 11−October, Gold Beach & Brookings

The Kalmiopsis Audubon Society offers a series of bird-watching outings held throughout the South Coast area. As part of the Let’s Go Birding schedule, the group will go owling along the Rogue River during the evening of March 11. The next outing, scheduled for April 22, will take place at the Mill Pond. Other trips include the Jim Hunt Loop along the Rogue River on May 6, the G.O. Road on June 10, the Orchard Bar Loop along the Rogue River on July 8, Crissey Field on August 19, Arizona Beach State Park on September 9, Pistol River on October 7, and a return to the Jim Hunt Loop on October 28.

No birding experience is required to attend and trips are weather-dependent. Contact Gary Maschmeyer for information (541-412-0806; gmasch@charter.net or www.kalmiopsisaudubon.org/letsgobirding)

Alexander SchimpfClassical in Newport - March 25−26, Newport

Pianist Alexander Schimpf, conductor Adam Flatt, and the Newport Symphony Orchestra (NSO) will perform a springtime concert on March 25−26 at the Newport Performing Arts Center. The concert features the works of Mendelssohn’s overture to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Schumann’s Introduction and Allegro appassionato, and Liszt’s Totentanz for piano and orchestra.

Concerts take place on March 25 at 7:30 p.m. and March 26 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $39 plus ticket fees, $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the NSO online or at the Newport Performing Arts Center box office. (541-265-2787; www.newportsymphony.org)

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