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KB Gallery's Film House Grand Opening Fine Art Dinner/Moving Theater - Florence, Saturday, July 26

Kenneth B Gallery & Print Lab Project (KB Gallery), Florence, Oregon's premiere multifaceted contemporary art gallery, is pleased to announce the grand opening of their Film House on Saturday, July 26th from 2:00 – 8:30 PM. This event features a live jazz performance with the fabulously talented Paul Biondi on saxophone from 2:00 – 5:00 PM, Mediterranean food by Homegrown Pub from 5:30 – 6:30 PM, and movie, “Casablanca” from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. $45 tickets include the jazz concert, dinner and a movie and, $5 tickets are available for live jazz only. Seating for dinner + movie are limited to 30 and nearly sold out, but there is still plenty of room available for the live jazz performance ($5 ticket) from 2:00 – 5:00 PM

KB Gallery’s Film House offers dinner and a movie in an intimate fine art gallery setting. The gallery seeks to promote local film artists, and will feature guest speakers from the film industry, documentaries, classic, independent, and art house movies three times a week on Friday, Saturday, and Wednesday. There will be an additional show Sunday, July 27th for “Casablanca” due to popular demand.

Tickets for “Dinner + Movie” must be purchased online, by phone, or at the gallery at least 48 hours in advance. Food is delivered directly to the table and is provided by several prominent downtown restaurants. The theater is equipped with a powerful surround sound audio system and a 125 inch viewing screen. There are approximately 30 dining seats available, with tables for two to four people, and several single seats. 541-999-8827, kennethbgallery.com

Additionally, the Film House is available to rent for private events and individual film clubs are encouraged to use this space in order to support arts education for film studies.


Lincoln City, OR – Every plant needs a good home. And now is your chance! The Connie Hansen Garden will be holding its “Orphan” plant sale on Saturday, July 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the best opportunity to find a large selection of reasonably priced local plants. For the best selection, plan to get there early as numbers of some plant varieties are limited.

The Orphan sale began as an outlet for the garden's extra plant materials and those that had not grown as fast as expected, were not accurately labeled, had been produced faster than sold, or needed new homes in general. The garden also offers prime specimens of favorite varieties, especially those that bloom in the summer and fall.

Sale days are a great time to visit the garden while volunteers are present. Take this opportunity to chat with like-minded gardeners and ask advice regarding planting challenges. The garden is located at 1931 NW 33rd St., open daily, and hosted on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, March through November. Admission to the Garden is free. Donations are greatly appreciated.

University of California botanist Connie Hansen created the Garden during the last two decades of her life. Before her death in 1993, visitors from around the world came to enjoy her collection of unusual plants and to study the intricacies of her garden design. Since her death, a cadre of garden angels rescued the garden from sure destruction and have continued voluntarily to develop it further and keep it open free of charge to the public, adding a garden house with open viewing to the garden for meetings, weddings, and other special occasions.

For more information, contact the Connie Hansen Garden at 541-994-6338; www.conniehansengarden.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 Book Blue 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

Ft Stevens Civil War Reenactment, August 30 - September 1, Hammond

Photo courtesy Friends of Fort Stevens

One of the best places to see history in action is at Fort Stevens State Park near Hammond. The park, located about 10 miles northwest of Astoria, hosts a series of special events and reenactments throughout the summer.
July 19–20, the park hosts the annual WWII event with camp life and demonstrations by various U.S., German, Russian, British, and French representative living history groups.

The popular Civil War Reenactment takes place August 30–September 1. The Northwest’s largest, full-scale Civil War reenactment includes both Confederate and Union cavalry, infantry, and artillery along with period civilian and provisioner camps. There will be food vendors, period photographers, and period “sutlers” selling everything from clothing to dry goods to toys. It’s a great historic event! 503-861-1470; www.visitftstevens.com

Brookings ConcersConcerts in the Park - June 29–September 7, Brookings

Every summer, the Brookings Area Council for the Arts (BACA) hosts the American Music Festival—free concerts at the amphitheater in Brookings' Azalea Park. The concerts are held on select Sundays from June through September, beginning at 1 p.m. Each concert features a different musical group and presents a wide variety of musical genres over the summer. Concerts take place on June 29, July 13 and 27, August 10 and 24, and September 7. Performers this year include Golden Bough, Blues Box Bayou

Band, The Koles, Moon Mountain Ramblers, West My Friend, and more.
Attendees are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets. Food and beverages are also available through the Interact Club Snack Shack of the Rotary Club of Brookings-Harbor. In case of rain, concerts will be held at the Chetco Grange Hall in Harbor. 541-469-3181; www.brookings.or.us/DocumentCenter/View/503

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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