Past events

Ft StevensCivil 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;

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;

The 5 Animal Movements- Qi Gong Demonstration & Movement - July 27, Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, Yachats

Come to Cape Perpetua and get in touch with your wild side! Nancy Herzog will lead ancient animal movement forms, which pre-date yoga and Tai Chi.

This offering happens on the west deck of the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center on Sunday, July 27 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Also happening Sunday is an EcoTrek at 11:00 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. Mallory Burris will lead a hike to discuss the “Changing Role of Trees on the Siuslaw National Forest”

KB Gallery's Film HouseGrand 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,

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;

Pacific City DoryBoatload of Tradition, July 18–20, Pacific City

There are some things that are just quintessential Oregon Coast, and one of those things is the dory fishery in Pacific City. Once a year, the intrepid dorymen of the North Coast invite visitors to learn about their boating traditions and have some fun. This year, Pacific City celebrates the 55th annual Dory Days Festival on July 18–20. The Pacific City Dorymen’s Association will have a large booth and a display of dory boats, from old-style double-enders to current square-stern boats on display at the Cape Kiwanda parking lot.

The Marine Fair, at Cape Kiwanda on both Saturday and Sunday, will have booths from groups including the U.S. Coast Guard, the Dorymen’s Association, along with marine and boating related items for sale.
The traditional parade of floats, dories, antique cars, and more starts at Bob Straub State Park at 11 a.m. on Saturday. There’s more family fun at the children’s games, with fun activities like sack races, beach ball races, limbo and hula contests, and making sandcastles at Cape Kiwanda on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

And for those who want to feel the beat, there will be live music at Cape Kiwanda, starting with the Reluctant Brothers on Saturday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and Brett Lucich from 2–5 p.m. On Sunday Richwood plays for audiences from 1–4 p.m.

Other events include the Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast on Saturday morning and Family Bingo night, both at the Kiawanda Community Center.Don’t miss this weekend where you can talk to fishermen one-on-one and find out how dory boats are launched and retrieved, right off the beach. 503-965-7779;

Yachatst Midsummer MasqueradeMidsummer Masquerade - June 21, Yachats

Where pixie dust and fallen leaves mix together…a masquerade begins. The Midsummer Masquerade, held at the Yachats Commons on June 21 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., is a family-friendly community event to celebrate the summer solstice. Live entertainment will include Jimmy be Free, Past Forward, Alexa Wildish, Barefoot Leroy, DJ Talisman & Luminara, and Kindled Spirit Fire Theater.

There will also be an art auction, fun activities for the kids, and food and beverages available from the Yachats Farm Store and Bread & Roses Bakery. The event is a fundraiser for View the Future, an organization dedicated to protecting the local coastal forest. Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6–16, free for children under 6 years with an adult.

Lactarius Deliciosus courtesy Matt TrappeFungus Fun - October 16–18, Yachats

Mushrooms, a much-sought after delicacy on the Oregon Coast, take center stage at the 16th-annual Yachats Village Mushroom Fest, October 16–18.

The festival is a tasty and fun experience spotlighting wild forest mushroom cuisine, culinary markets, cooking demonstrations, wine and beer tasting, and live music.

Attendees can also learn about mushrooms, the role of fungi in forest ecology, and how to grow your own culinary mushrooms.

Mushroom experts and educators join this festival annually to give talks, lead mushroom walks, and provide exhibits and workshops. Advance registration for a few of the Saturday and Sunday workshops will be available online. Guided mushroom walks and fungi eule is available online. (800-929-0xhibits are free and open to the public. Activities take place at the Yachats Commons, at Cape Perpetua, at at other locations. An updated sched477;

Hanna SmoldtStudent create new signs for the Dunes, Mapleton

Hannah Smoldt knows first-hand that signs can be overlooked when visitors are recreating within the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.Poster Hannah Smolt

"When people see my sign, I hope theyíll stay out of areas where they're not supposed to go because I like the animals and want them to be alive," she said.

Smoldt was one of three award-winners in a contest for kids to create signs encouraging visitors to protect natural resources on the dunes through responsible recreation.

Other award-winners included Kristen Lynn Wall from Siuslaw Elementary School in Florence and Peyton Mesa of Highland Elementary School in Reedsport.

About 50 fourth-graders participated in the contest. The three winnersí signs will be reproduced and stationed throughout the Dunes in conjunction with snowy plover nesting areas and new riding route designations.

Visitors should be seeing the studentsí artwork in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area by summer 2016.

Wild EdgeWild Edge: An Evening of Inspiration and Beauty - October 23, Astoria

Join the North Coast Land Conservancy (NCLC) on a photographic journey celebrating coastal conservation from Baja to the Arctic on Friday, October 23 at The Loft at the Red Building in Astoria, from 5 to 7 p.m. NCLT will be marking the release of the landmark book, The Wild Edge: Freedom to Roam the Pacific Coast (Braided River), a dazzling photographic journey from the deep ocean to the summit of coastal-fronting mountains.

Lead essayist Bruce Barcott will read and share images by photographer Florian Schultz following an introduction by NCLC’s Katie Voelke, one of the heroes of coastal conservation profiled in The Wild Edge. Enjoy food and drink and buy copies of the book signed by Barcott and contributing author Bonnie Henderson. This gala event will leave attendees feeling profoundly connected to North America’s wild Pacific coast and aware of how they, too, can be a hero of the coast. Proceeds benefit NCLC’s conservation work on the Oregon Coast.

Advance ticket purchase is recommended ($10), available at the NCLC office in Seaside (2609 N Roosevelt Drive; 503-738-9126) or online at Also available are 25 VIP tickets, which include a pre-event reception with Bruce Barcott from 4 to 5 p.m. ($100, $150, and $250); call Lynette at 503-738-9126 for details.

Creatures of the NightHere’s Johnny! Horror Movies Haunt Aquarium - October 24, Newport

Nightmares will spring from the silver screen into reality at the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Creatures of the Night event on October 24 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Those that dare to enter will meet a barrage of horror movie characters from The Shining, Cabin in the Woods, The Ring and other terrifying cult classics.

The annual Halloween-themed haunt raises food donations for Food Share of Lincoln County and pet food for the Lincoln County Animal Shelter.

Aquarium staff devise a new theme each year, and transform four sprawling acres of exhibits into an unrecognizable house of horrors. “We have a lot of challenges changing an Aquarium into a haunted house because we have wide open spaces and the animals’ needs to consider,” said Lissy Moore, Senior Aviculturist who heads the event. “I think the fact that people normally come here to have light-hearted fun adds to the creepy character of the transformation. It is really fun to embrace the spirit of Halloween and see how people react when we give them a good scare.”

Due to the frightening nature of this event, parents are strongly discouraged from bringing children under the age of eight, or with sensitive natures. Strollers, flashlights and flash photography are prohibited.

The brave of heart may gain entry with $2 and two cans of non-perishable people or pet food. Admission is $5 without donated food items. The Aquarium will close at 4 p.m. on October 24 in preparation for the event and will resume its normal winter hours, opening at 10 a.m. and closing at 5 p.m., the next day. (541-867-FISH; www.

Creatures of the Night is possible thanks to the event’s presenting sponsor, BigFoot Beverages.

Walace NicholsState of the Coast - October 24, Coos Bay

The annual State of the Coast conference, sponsored by Oregon Sea Grant, will be held on Saturday, October 24, at Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Hales Center. This event is designed to bring coastal and noncoastal Oregonians—including scientists, business and community leaders, fishermen, resource managers, teachers, students, recreationists and conservationists—together to learn, network, and talk about Oregon’s marine environment.

Oregon Sea Grant is a coastal science, outreach and education program based at Oregon State University. The conference will explore several marine-related issues, including changing ocean conditions such as “The Blob”—a huge patch of unusually warm water in the Pacific Ocean; innovations in fishing, new approaches to ocean conservation, marine debris, water quality, a potential Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and others. The conference will include talks, displays, and hands-on activities.

Keynote speaker Wallace J. Nichols, author of the book, Blue Mind: the Surprising Science that Shows How Being Near, In, On or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected and Better at What You Do, will discuss some of the themes in his book. His talk will weave in neuroscience, psychology, biology and ecosystem analysis, as well as personal stories.

Registration in advance is recommended as space is limited. Registration, which is $35 for the general public and $25 for students, includes lunch, a reception, and refreshments. Doors open at 8 a.m.; the conference begins at 9 a.m. (

Oyster CloisterOyster Cloyster - November 7, Newport

Indulgence is rarely a guilt-free experience but the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Oregon Coast Community College Foundation are serving up that special combination on November 7 at Oyster Cloyster. The 15th annual Oyster Cloyster features innovative preparations of the sustainable, nutritious bivalve for which it is named. Proceeds help advance the missions of both nonprofits and support local Oregon businesses.

Chefs representing eight restaurants will serve up their take on this local fixture of the Oregon Coast seafood scene for Oyster Cloyster attendees and judges to enjoy and rate.

Oyster Cloyster will also feature fine Oregon wines and craft ales, live music, and no-stakes gaming set among the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s immersive exhibits.

Tickets to the event are $75 for general admission, $65 for Aquarium members, or $175 for the pearl level, which includes two drink tickets and a special gift. Proceeds from the event benefit both the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Oregon Coast Community College. (541-867-3474;

Bill PetersonOregon Shores- November 7, Lincoln City

The state of Oregon’s ocean and beach will be the theme as the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition holds its annual membership meeting on November 7, 1:30–5 p.m. at The Eventuary (560 SW Fleet St.) in Lincoln City. A reception immediately follows, catered by culinary students from Taft High School. The event is free and open to all.

Oceanographer Bill Peterson will survey the State of Oregon’s Ocean, while marine ecologist Cynthia Trowbridge will give a talk on the State of the Beach. Cynthia Trowbridge will present a tour of typical findings in the driftline (sometimes called the wrack line) along Oregon’s shores, with special emphasis on many of the unusual phenomena observed this year on Oregon beache. Dr. Trowbridge, whose PhD is from Oregon State University, is an expert in many aspects of intertidal ecology, including invasive species.

For more information about the meeting, contact Phillip Johnson, Oregon Shores’ executive director. (503-754-9303,

Rainspout FestivalRainy Music Debut - November 13–15, Yachats

Music will reign over the bucolic Oregon coast village of Yachats at the inaugural Rainspout Music Festival, November 13–15. World-class performers will delight concert goers with an eclectic mix of Irish, bluegrass, New Orleans brass, folk, county, and blues. There will be intimate shows all around town for every musical taste.

Performers include Irish tunes with Winifred Horan, Johnny Connolly, and Cary Novotny; the bayou-inspired marching band Transcendental Brass Band; folk singer-songwriters Kate Power and Steve Einhorn; unique roots music with Polecat; Green Mountain Bluegrass Band; and Del Rey, called “one of the best reso-phonic guitar and ukulele players in the world.”

Besides a variety of great music, there will be several free events, including Meet the Artists discussions, concerts, and Irish dance lessons (Céilí/Céilidh). (541-961-2915;

Ocian in ViewOcian in View! - November 6–7, Ilwaco

When Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery reached the Pacific in 1805, the occasion was marked in Clark’s journal with the words, “Ocian in View!” The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum celebrates their amazing journey each year with a cultural weekend, called ‘Ocian in View,’ held this year on November 6–7. The weekend includes speakers that present on historical topics, tours, a tribal seafood dinner, and special events at local businesses.

The event kicks off with a lecture at the museum by Lewis and Clark expert Roger Wendlick entitled, “Lost in the Fog on November 7.” Wendlick’s talk will correct errors about the expedition’s history commonly taught in schools and published in books. The lecture is free to the public.

On Saturday, the OIV Bus Tour, led by Jim Sayce and Roger Wendlick, presents an informative and entertaining tour along the landscape of the Columbia River as it might have been more than 200 years ago. Advanced reservations are required; tickets are $20. (360-642-3446)

On Saturday evening, The Chinook community hosts the annual Chinook Indian Nation Dinner at the museum. On the menu will be chowder, elk stew, fry bread, dessert, and refreshments. The evening also features a program of songs, drumming, and dancing. Prices are $15 per person, $13 for seniors (55 and over), and $5 for children under 12.

For a detailed schedule of events, contact the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. The museum is located on 115 SE Lake Street in Ilwaco, Washington. (360-642-3446;

Happy Thanksgiving

Many towns along the coast are having community Thanksgiving Dinners.We have compiled a list for you. So if you find yourself on the coast and your favorite restuarant is closed or full, come join us coasties for companionship and a hot meal.

This list is for the traditional Thanksgiving dinner unless otherwise marked. Most are free although many accept donations. This list may not be complete. We apologize if we left anyone out.

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LCCC_ReindeerTree Lighting Party & Santa Sale - Nov. 27 & 28, Lincoln City

Kick off your holiday season at the Lincoln City Cultural Center! See live reindeer, shop vendors with handmade goods, hear festive holiday music, and lots more. Admission (and most events) are free, thanks to support from the Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau, Kenny's IGA, North Lincoln Fire & Rescue and other supporting organizations. Here’s the schedule:
Friday, Nov. 27
10 am Gift Shop & Info Center open
Noon-7 pm Timberview Farms Live Reindeer Display, West Lawn
Santa Sale Vendors Open, Auditorium
2-5 pm Free Make-and-Take Ornament Workshop, Margaret’s Meeting Room
5 pm Sweet Adelines perform, West Lawn (MMR if raining)
5:30 pm Tree lighting countdown & illumination (MMR if raining)
5:30 pm Santa arrives via the NLFRD Ladder Truck
5:45-7 pm Santa hears wishes, Auditorium
6-7 pm Free Cake Walk, Dance Studio

Saturday, Nov. 28
10am-4 pm Timberview Farms Live Reindeer Display, West Lawn
Santa Sale Vendors Open, Auditorium

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;

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;

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;

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;

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;

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;

Tillamook FloodCoast Hit Hard by Storms

Fierce storms with large amounts of rainfall have caused delays on several roads leading to or along the Oregon Coast, including the closure of Highway 101 in two locations near Wheeler at milepost 47 and 48. Travelers should also be aware of potential mudslides. A few have occurred near Gold Beach in the last few days, although none are currently blocking roads there. Before traveling to the Coast, be sure to consult TripCheck, Oregon’s road conditions website, updated by the Oregon Department of Transportation (800-977-6368; More storms and accompanying rainfall are predicted through this weekend.

South Jetty Road FlorenceSouth Jetty Road Washes Out - Florence

A day after being reduced to a single lane, South Jetty Road south of Florence has been closed because of storm-related erosion. The closure begins at parking lot No. 5, about 5 miles west of the Highway 101 intersection.

The location of the wash out prevents access to the crab dock and the South Jetty.

Siuslaw National Forest engineers will be assessing the situation and determining when access can be reopened. As more information becomes available, it will be posted on the organization’s website at and its Facebook ( and Twitter ( accounts.

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. (

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;

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. (

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

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. (

Western BluebirdBirds at the Slough - February 13 & 27, Charleston

Spring is just around the corner and it is the perfect time to learn about wildlife and birds, or even build them a home! On February 13, naturalists Dale and Elva Paulson present a digital program titled “Rare Encounters” from 1–3 p.m. at the Interpretive Center. It’s about mammal, bird, and insect behaviors not often seen but common occurrences in nature.

On Saturday, February 27, you can build your very own western bluebird house. Two sessions are available; one from 10 a.m.–noon and the other from 2–4 p.m. The program begins with a short presentation about bluebird ecology and how to attract them to your yard. Cost is $10 per birdhouse, which includes all supplies (but bring a hammer if you have one).

All programs begin at the South Slough Reserve Interpretive Center located four miles south of Charleston at 61907 Seven Devils Road. Reservations required; contact South Slouth Reserve. (541-888-5558 ext 12;

Tom HorningListening to the Land - February 17, Seaside

Water’s fingerprints are all over this landscape. Join Seaside geologist Tom Horning for a Listening to the Land presentation, the theme of which this year is water. “The Geology of Water” begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17, at the Seaside Public Library.

Join Tom on an imaginary tour of the shoreline through time, as seawater squished sediments into rock that now forms our horizon, and as rain carved its canyons. Tom will walk attendees through the cycle of rainfall and evaporation and precipitation—adding twists, including recent discoveries about how rain, sea, and ice have radically altered this coast in just the past 10,000 years and how it continues to shape it. Admission is free and refreshments are served.(

The Dragon & The Night QueenSEA Entertains
February 20, Florence

The Seacoast Entertainment Association brings top-notch acts to the Florence Events Center this winter. First up on January 29 is Jesse Cook, whose nuevo flamenco style of music is inspired by the cafes of Seville and dance clubs in Havana. Cook’s widely-touted music has been featured on episodes of Sex and The City, the Chris Isaak Show, and was featured at several Olympic games.

Ballet Fantastique returns to the Events Center on February 20. Back by popular demand, the ballet company will present Dragon & the Night Queen: Celtic Stories. The company describes the production as “a vivid dance theater exploration of new borders, filled with mesmerizing spirit and a hunter’s defiance.” Dragon & The Night Queen explores ancient Irish legends with new choreography and live music by Gerry Rempel Ensemble and internationally-renowned musician Eliot Grasso. Choreographer and directors Donna Marisa Bontrager and Hannah Bontrager said that this is a long-awaited project.

Shows start at 7 p.m. at the Florence Events Center. Pre-concert talks are at 6:15 p.m. Call 541-997-1994 for ticket information or purchase online through SEA. (

Ivory & GoldJazz it Up - February 25–28, Seaside

For the 33rd year, jazz lovers will be treated to a long weekend of some of the top performers in the genre at the Seaside Jazz Festival. Festival events are at five Seaside venues, all connected by shuttle. Most are also within walking distance of the others.

As in past years, ragtime, Dixieland, traditional jazz, and swing music is part of the lineup. This year, national and regional entertainers include Bob Draga and Friends, The High Sierra Jazz Band, The Blue Street Jazz Band, Tom Rigney and Flambeau, The Young Bucs, Cornet Chop Suey, Stephenie Trick and Paolo Alderighi, Mardi Gras All Stars, Grand Dominion Jazz Band, Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band, Rudy’s Revelers, and Ivory and Gold. (866-345-6257;

Molly MaloneSt. Patty’s at LCCC - March 17, Lincoln City

The bagpipes, flutes, and bodhrán are calling, inviting all to an evening of song and dance to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Lincoln City Cultural Center on March 17.

The evening features traditional Irish music with the quartet, Pipedance, who play a variety of instruments, including Irish uilleann bagpipes, flutes, whistles, guitar, bodhrán, mandolin, banjo, and Irish bouzouki, with some sean-nós dance thrown in as well.

The celebration also features a contingent from the Molly Malone Irish Dancers, of the Yeates Academy, performing to live music by Pipedance. The Yeates Academy is Oregon’s longest running Irish dance school and has produced many champion dancers during its 35-year history. Attendees can expect to see intricate, rhythmic footwork and colorful costumes.

Tickets can be purchased online at the LCCC website (click “buy tickets”) and will be sold at the door if not sold out. (541-994-9994;

Bonnie HendersonHistory and Prehistory of the Oregon Coast Trail - March 17, Cannon Beach

Oregon author Bonnie Henderson presents her latest book at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum on March 17 at 7 p.m. Henderson is the author of four books, including the newly released second edition of Day Hiking: Oregon Coast, which includes a comprehensive guide to the Oregon Coast Trail. The OCT is unique in the nation: a border-to-border shoreline trail incorporating more than 200 miles of sandy beach linked by footpaths over headlands and boat shuttles across bay mouths.

It was first conceived in the late 1950s and was declared “hikeable” in 1988. But that’s just the history; what about the prehistory? Henderson will share some recent ground-breaking research in archaeology and paleogeology that will shed light on how long people have been walking along the coast and where the coastline was at long ago. (503-436-9301;

Snowy Plover Nesting GroundsPlover Nesting Time - Through September 15, Oregon Coast

The Western snowy plover nesting season begins in the spring, and in order to enhance nesting success, beachgoers will notice fences and enclosures at designated nesting sites on the Central and South Coast.

The Western snowy plover is a federally protected shorebird. Seasonal restrictions from March 15 through September 15 reduce disturbances while the birds are nesting. Campfires, pets, bicycles, off-highway vehicles and kites are prohibited within the closure areas because they can frighten nesting adults, causing them to abandon their eggs.

Nesting areas include: Baker/Sutton beaches, Siltcoos estuary north to within a half-mile of Sparrow Park Road, Oregon Dunes Day Use beach, Tahkenitch Creek estuary, and Ten Mile Creek estuary south to the Coast Guard South OHV Trail. Detailed information about nesting  restrictions can be found on the Siuslaw National Forest website. (

Doug SmityDoug Smith in Concert - March 19, Gold Beach

Guitar devotees are invited to a musical evening with acoustic guitarist Doug Smith on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rogue Playhouse in Gold Beach.

Smith won a Grammy Award in 2005 and he won the prestigious Winfield International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition in 2006. His work can be heard in the 2007 film, August Rush. Smith has been called “a cross between Chet Atkins, Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges,” with folk, classical, and jazz elements infused in his music. He is often joined by his wife, flutist/vocalist Judy Koch Smith.

Tickets to the concert are available at the Coffee Dock, Gold Beach Books, and at the door for $15, which includes savory hors d’oeuvres. For reservations, call (541-247-4382;

Kizzie JonesDiscover Cape Perpetua - March 20, 21 & 26, Yachats

The Cape Perpetua Winter Discovery Series wraps up in March with topics ranging from gray whales to children’s stories and tidepool walks to the dunes. On March 20 at 2 p.m., children’s author Kizzie Jones will read from one of her latest books, and then lead families to the tidepools for a guided tour. Jones blends her love of dachshunds and the ocean to create whimsical tall tales.

Secrets of the Oregon DunesOn March 21 from 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., volunteer interpreter and naturalist Michael Noack will give a talk entitled, “Experiencing Gray Whales.” Noack has studied gray whales for many years, assisting with whale research and training Whale Watch volunteers.

Learn about the origins, shapes, and future of the longest stretch of coastal dunes in the United States with Dina Pavlis, author of Secrets of the Oregon Dunes, on March 26, with the talk starting at 2 p.m.

All presentations and guided walks are free, but a pass or $5 day-use fee is required to park within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. (541-547-3289;

Whale Watch Spoken HereThar She Blows - March 19–26, Oregon Coast

Don’t miss the gray whales as they blow, breach, and fluke their ways south to California during spring. Armed with binoculars, a warm coat, and a little bit of patience, you can watch the whales from any high point with a clear view of the Pacific. But if you’d like to learn a little about the animals whose 12,000-mile roundtrip migration from the Arctic to Mexico and back passes through Oregon waters, check in at the Oregon Whale Watching Spoken Here sites. During Whale Watch Week, March 19–26, volunteers are stationed at two dozen viewpoints along the Oregon Coast from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. daily. These expert whale watchers can help visitors spot whales and other wildlife from the viewpoints.

For a map of viewpoints or more information, visit the Oregon State Parks website and click on the “Things to Do” tab, or call the Whale Watch information line. (541-765-3304;

David LichtensteinMagical Spring Break - March 20–25, Lincoln City

The Oregon Coast is magical any time of year, but families get an extra dose of magic during the Festival of Illusions, March 20–25, at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. The festival includes evening
magic shows, daytime camps, and art workshops.

All magic shows begin at 7 p.m., starting with escape artist and comedian Jeff Evans on March 20; stunts with Matt Baker on March 21; the “Amazing Bubble Man” Louis Pearl on March 22; hypnotist and mentalist Joe Black on March 23; western comedian and vaudevillian “Leapin’ Louie” David Lichtenstein on March 24; concluding with Tim Alexander’s Parlor of Wonders classic magic on March 25.

Also March 21–25, are kids’ magic day camps from 9–11 a.m. daily, and Abra Cadabra Open Art Space art workshops for families, from 1–4 p.m. daily, taking place at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. Advance tickets for evening shows are online or at the door. Workshops are on a drop-in basis at the center. (541-994-9994,

SolveoBeach Cleanup - March 26, Oregon Coast

Like your beaches clean and your fish free of plastic? Of course you do. To help the effort to reduce debris on the Oregon Coast, join nearly 5,000 volunteers expected to turn out from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. March 26 at 40 or more beach sites at SOLVE’s Great Oregon Beach Cleanup.

For the 32nd year, the nonprofit SOLVE is staging its spring cleanup. Scientists have recently warned that there are 165 million tons of plastics now in the world’s oceans, and if they are not cleaned up, they will outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050. Plastic bits are sometimes consumed by fish, and then by people. Last year, volunteers picked up more than 68,000 pounds of debris, including plastics, after they had washed onto Oregon shores. (503-844-9571; www.solveoregon)

Oregon Coast AquariumTeens Invited to Aquarium - Summer, Newport

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is offering teens a chance to tread in the footsteps of famous wildlife ambassadors this summer. Just like Jack Hanna, Jeff Corwin or the late, great Steve Irwin, these teenagers will embark on a journey of discovery, for themselves and some of the 400,000 people that visit the Aquarium each year.

The Aquarium is currently recruiting youth volunteers for a six-weekend crash course on coastal and marine sciences of Oregon, including chances to go on whale watching expeditions and practice skills like putting on survival suits. Volunteers will then share what they learned with Aquarium visitors.

Many youth volunteers continue their service throughout the school year. They team up with Aquarium staff to develop their own ocean advocacy projects to teach peers and Aquarium visitors about marine conservation. Contact the aquarium to get an application to join the volunteer team. ( or

Douglas ForceStories from the Mountain Man - April 10, Lincoln City

Kids and adults, historians and storytellers of all ages! All are invited to the free Sunday Stories program featuring Douglas Force on April 10 at 2 p.m. at the Lincoln City Cultural Center.

Force will be telling stories from the Oregon frontier of the early 1800s. In “How I Killed My First Bear Bare-Footed,” Force embodies the voice of rookie trapper Will Ketchem, who takes on North America’s most dangerous game, and bags it, using himself as bait. Don’t miss “The Skunk That Saved My Life,” which tells how Ketchem was saved from certain doom by one of nature’s most hated creatures.

Douglas Force, also known as the “The Mountain Man,” is known for stories full of spirit, humor, and good, plain fun. (541-994-9994;

Tillamook ForestThe Art of Photography - April, Tillamook

Throughout April, the Forest Center features the work of photographer and poet Russell J. Young in an exhibit entitled, “Seeking Silence.” Young’s photographs have been displayed at the Portland Art Museum, Maryhill Museum of Art, and in exhibits throughout Europe. He will teach a macro photography workshop at the Forest Center on April 10.

The Tillamook Forest Center is located on Hwy 6 about 22 miles east of the junction with Hwy 101. In the spring, the center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday though Sunday. Look for 10-year anniversary celebration events this year. (503-815-6800;

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress - April 8–24, Brookings

Chetco Pelican Players are proud to present Alan Ball’s irreverent comedy, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, at the Chetco Playhouse on April 8–10, 15–17, and 22–24. The play highlights the
comedy and tragedy of relationships among dissimilar bridesmaids, and the power of an identical dress to pull them together. 

Set during an ostentatious wedding reception in 1960s Knoxville, Tennessee, the five reluctant bridesmaids find refuge in an upstairs bedroom. The women come to realize that despite their differences, they have more in common with one another than with the bride. Shows take place on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students 18 and younger. (541-469-1877;

Murrini Bowl Art Unveiling - May 6–8, Cannon Beach

Every year, Cannon Beach’s numerous galleries open their doors for the Spring Art Unveiling. This year, the Unveiling takes place May 6–8, with new art on display,demonstrations,andreceptions with live music taking place all weekend. Attendees can view artwork of a variety of media at more than a dozen galleries.

Those who attend won’t want to miss the Chef’s Table portion of the event. This artistic foodie experience features local chefs, candy makers, and coffee houses who present their own edible art-inspired cuisine. Try A&J’s “Maui Waui” ice cream, inspired by a painting by Steve Neill depicting a hula girl from Wailuku, Maui (can be viewed at Primary Elements Gallery). Or go to The Driftwood for some Willapa Bay Oyster Stew served in a bread bowl, which was inspired by Jeffrey Hull’s Road to Oysterville. The weekend really is a feast for the senses! For a schedule of events, contact the Cannon Beach Gallery Group. (503-436-2623;

Courtesy OSU Pet DayOSU Pet Day - May 7, Corvallis 

Oregon State University will hold its 29th annual Pet Day on May 7, when the College of Veterinary Medicine opens its doors for tours, demonstrations, displays, a petting zoo, and other family-friendly events.
Among the activities will be dog agility demonstrations, live reptiles, a petting zoo, tours of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, a dog wash and nail trim booth, a pet costume contest, and more. Koenig’s Llamas, Cascade Pack Goats, and the Oregon Herpetological Society provide opportunities to meet animals that are not typical pets.

Pet Day runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Magruder Hall, located on 30th Street in Corvallis. Admittance is free, but there is a small charge for a few of the activities. (

OystercatcherOystercatcher Surveys - May 11, Oregon Coast

Wanted:Volunteers to monitor black oystercatchers! The Audubon Society of Portland, several federal agencies, and local birding groups are working together to run a black oystercatcher citizen scientist project to better understand the bird’s use of rocky intertidal habitats in and near Oregon’s marine reserves and protected areas.

Volunteers are asked to commit to at least two surveys during the monitoring period between May 12–29. Those who choose to participate in nest checks are asked to perform at least two checks per month through the end of the season.

Trainings take place at the Yachats Commons at 9 a.m. on April 30, at Cannon Beach City Hall (163 E Gower) on May 6 at 6:30 p.m., and at the OSU Field Station (444 Jackson St.) in Port Orford at 6:30 p.m. on May 11. (

Claude BourbonMedieval & Spanish Blues Guitarist, Claude Bourbon – May 11, Lincoln City

Ready for a distinctive, talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern and Russian stylings into uncharted territories. Fortunately, one of his charted territories is Oregon.

Bourbon plays more than 100 shows a year, all over the world. From the Glastonbury Festival to the Isle of Wight Festival, and from the Rock O’Z Arene in Switzerland, to gigs all over the Western United States. His influences include Deep Purple’s Richi Blackmore, Joaquin Rodrigo, JJ Cale, Monty Python, J.S. Bach and Stevie Nicks. “Claude’s roots are in blues? That is like saying Leonardo da Vinci was a painter,” said one reviewer.

Showtime is Wednesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $14 for adults (free for youth 18 and under) and are on sale online or at LCCC. (541-994-9994; (click “buy tickets”)).

The Lincoln City Cultural Center is a non-profit center for community and creativity, inside the historic Delake School building, at the corner of NE Sixth St. and Hwy. 101.

David DensmoreFisher Poet - May 12, Cannon Beach

Famed poet and fisherman, David Densmore will be reading poems and stories at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum on May 12 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Dave Densmore has appeared in stories in the New York Times and Smithsonian Magazine and has published several books of his writings. He is well known as an artist and fisherman on the coast of Oregon and in Alaska. He can often be found at schools speaking to children. (503-436-9301;

The Portland BalletPortland Ballet—at the Coast - May 21, Lincoln City

On Saturday, May 21, the Lincoln City Cultural Center (LCCC) presents an afternoon with The Portland Ballet, featuring a demonstration, lecture, and performance event that is open to all ages. The event begins at 2 p.m. in the LCCC auditorium.

The Portland Ballet’s most advanced, pre-professional students will perform a 45-minute program that explores classical ballet training and performance. It will begin with a choreographed demonstration of a dancer’s daily class exercises (with an element of audience participation), and culminate with performances from across the TPB repertoire. Selections will include excerpts from classical ballets like The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, as well as new story ballets like The Firebird.
Tickets, available online or at the Center, are $7 for adults, $5 for youth ages 6-18, and free for age 5 and younger. (541-994-9994;

Lost youth of Juvie - May 13–29, Gold Beach

This May, the Ellensburg Theater in Gold Beach presents a provocative play, Juvie, written by Jerome McDonough. Performance dates are May 13–15, 20–22, and 27–29. Michael Hall directs the drama, which focuses on the lives of 10 children being held in juvenile detention. Each “Juvie” tells their story in a series of short, poignant monologues and flashback scenes. The play provides an intimate view into the minds of youth who face the worst in social decay, including physical abuse, drug addiction, and alcohol abuse. Some are in foster care, some are simply abandoned by the very people they need the most—their parents.

Juvie is meant to open the hearts and minds of the audience and provide a bridge to constructive dialogue on issues facing children in Curry County and beyond. (541-247-4382)

Nuestro MundoNuestro Mundo Music - May 19 & 26, Lincoln City

This spring, the Lincoln City Cultural Center hosts the Nuestro Mundo (Our World) Music Series, featuring bands playing everything from Cuban salsa to Afro-Peruvian, and from Mexican mariachi to folk songs from Ecuador.

The series begins on April 28 with Dina y los Rumberos, playing styles of Cuban music such as Cha Cha Cha, Guaracha, Rumba, Guaguanco, Timba and Salsa, along with a Caribbean repertoire like Cumbia, Merengue, and Bachata. On May 19, the LCCC welcomes the return of Alex Llumiquinga and Inka Jam. Inka Jam’s music includes original songs and traditional covers in a variety of styles with an Andean flare. The final concert of the series is on May 26 with Edna Vázquez, the young mariachi singer and songwriter who has been breaking new ground in folklorico music on both sides of the border.

Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for youth, and are on sale online or at LCCC. (541-994-9994;

Charleston Marine Life CenterMarine Center Opening -
May 21, Charleston

The highly anticipated opening of the Charleston Marine Life Center is here! After eight years of planning, fund raising, and construction, the marine life center will have its Grand Opening on May 21 at 1 p.m. The ceremony will begin with a few short opening remarks, followed by a ribbon cutting (which will actually be a “kelp cutting.”) After that, the doors to the center will be open to the public and admission is free for all attendees on that day.

After the opening, the center will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and free for children and students. ( or

Confessions of a Latter-day VirginConfessions at the Hoffman Center - May 21, Manzanita

Nicole Hardy will read from her memoir, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin, on May 21 at 7 p.m. at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita, with a writing workshop during the day.

Hardy’s memoir was a finalist for the 2014 Washington State Book Award. She also has two published poetry collections and has written for literary journals and newspapers including The New York Times. Her essay “Single, Female, Mormon, Alone” was noted in 2012’s Best American Essays.

Following Hardy’s reading, the Open Mic event features local or visiting writers who will read their original work. The suggested theme for the Open Mic is “Confessions.” Admission for the evening reading is $7.
During the day, from 1 to 4 p.m., Hardy will lead a workshop on “Writing Our Personal Stories.” Registration fee for the workshop is $30. Register online. (

Tenor Guitar GatheringGuitar Goodness -
May 25–29, Astoria

Tenor guitar enthusiasts from far and wide are coming to Astoria for the 7th-annual Tenor Guitar Gathering, May 25–29, featuring artists, workshops, and performances of this unique four-stringed instrument. Most of the events are on Pier 39.

Despite the sad passing of the event’s founder, Mark Josephs, volunteers from the Tenor Guitar Foundation are continuing the gathering to educate future tenor guitarists. Two concerts in Josephs’ honor are Saturday and Sunday of the gathering. In addition to the tenor guitar, the gathering also includes other four-string instruments such as the mandolin and ukulele at its workshops, concerts, and jams.

Workshop tickets are for sale on the website, but you don’t have to play to enjoy this event. Concerts, food, jam sessions, and singing are also part of the fun at the various Astoria locations. Register in advance for workshops and concerts at the Gathering website. (503-449-5965;

Blessing of the Fleet - May 30, Charleston

In honor of the fishing community in and around Charleston, the annual Blessing of the Fleet and Memorial Service will be held at the Charleston Fisherman’s Memorial Garden, near the launch ramp at the Charleston Marina at 10 a.m. on May 30. The service honors local men and women involved in commercial fishing and the fishing industry who have died since 1941. This year, the Charleston community will add several names to memorial plaques.

The Oregon Coast Pipes and Drums perform on the bagpipes to open and close the ceremony and a Coast Guard Lifeboat will take floral arrangements and lay them on the water, weather permitting. Following the service, there will be a reception at Porter Hall Activity Center on Boat Basin Road. All are welcome to attend. (541-888-9021;

Luca CiarlaIl Violino at the LCCC - June 7, Lincoln City

Italian violinist Luca Ciarla will perform his innovative one-man show, “Il Violino,” at the Lincoln City Cultural Center on Tuesday, June 7.
The show is described as “music without limits,” with original arrangements of Italian folk tunes and music from the Mediterranean played on the violin, and on small toy instrument, with the use of a loop pedal. The show plays like a solo string band, with Ciarla playing all the parts, such as singing, whistling, and performance on the fiddle as a drum, guitar, or cello. Clearly, Ciarla’s “Il Violino” is a genre-bending show that must be heard to be understood.

Doors to the LCCC auditorium open at 6:30 pm, with the two-set show to begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door and available for purchase at LCCC. (541-994- 9994;

Townsend's WarblerFor the Birds - Summer–Fall, Gold Beach & Brookings

The Kalmiopsis Audubon Society invites bird experts and novices alike to bird-watching outings held once a month throughout the South Coast area. The group will go to the Rogue River Walk for a morning bird trip along the Orchard Bar Loop on June 4. Other trips include those to Crissey Field on July 9, the Rogue River estuary on August 13, Lake Earl in California on September 10, and Pistol River on October 1.
The outings offer opportunities to learn bird species, add to “Life Lists,” and experience bird interactions. No birding experience is required. Binoculars are recommended, but there are a few that first-timers may borrow. Trips are weather-dependent and carpooling is available. (

Seal Pup at SalishanSeals on the beach - Spring, Oregon Coast

It’s that time of year again: Seal pups are appearing on beaches along the Oregon coast and beachgoers are asked to give them some space.
Every spring, harbor seals give birth to pups on secluded beaches or reefs up and down the Pacific coast. The pups are born ready to swim but cannot tread water for long; they need ample time on shore to rest and stay warm, and can remain there for days while the mothers are feeding offshore. Concerned observers often report “abandoned” seal pups on the beach, not realizing that the mother might be foraging nearby, or swimming just offshore to maintain distance from curious humans and their dogs.

Besides being illegal, people who approach or otherwise try to “help” unattended pups may inadvertently cause them harm by deterring mother seals from coming ashore to nurse.

To keep these creatures safe, watch with binoculars or take pictures from afar—let the seals take care of themselves. Those who have questions or concerns can call the Marine Mammal Stranding Network. (541-270-6830;

Celtic Heritage AllianceCeltic Fest Cancelled - June, Toledo

Sadly, the Celtic Heritage Alliance has recently announced the cancellation of the 2016 Newport Celtic Festival & Highland Games, which was to be held in June in Toledo, Oregon. The festival was featured in the May/June 2016 issue of Oregon Coast magazine. The festival’s executive director, Belinda Goody, says “It takes a year’s worth of organizing, coordination and effort to pull off an event as large as this one. Each year we face challenges, but this year we realized that we do not have in place what we need to deliver the quality event our patrons have become accustomed to. This has not been an easy decision and we, too, feel disappointed in having to make this announcement.” Since its inception in 2011, the festival has been run solely by unpaid volunteers.

Larry MuranteRiverfolk Benefit - Astoria, June 10

Come one, come all, to the Riverfolk Benefit Concert, held at the CCC Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on June 10. The concert is a fundraiser for the fledgling Riverfolk Homeless Coalition, which provides resources and bridges gaps between existing organizations in Astoria to address the growing issue of homelessness in the area.

The event features music from around the Pacific Northwest, with Larry Murante, Jill Trenholm with Virgil Venditto, Richard Colombo with Laurie Linn, Jean Mann, Terry Holder with Jerry Holder, and headlined by an all-star band, led by Scott Docherty and former touring members of The Nazz, Lifehouse, 10,000 Maniacs, Rita Coolidge, and more.
There will also be a raffle of a solid mahogany Kala Ukulele and a collectible set of Japanese import Beatles CDs and memorabilia. Tickets to the event are $15, available online. (

Florence Events  CenterDon’t Leave Me - June 10, Florence

“Don’t Leave Me,” a dance performance unlike anything else, will take place at the Florence Events Center on June 10 at 7 p.m. The show weaves dance, music, and architecture and features professional dancers with and without disabilities.

“Don’t Leave Me” is presented by the DanceAbility International dance company in collaboration with the University of Oregon School of Architecture. The show explores how we are all dependent on each other and how space determines action and vice versa. The dancers use the ever-changing set design as apparel, as furniture, and as architecture.
This performance shows the unlimited potential of people when disabilities are not viewed as inferior. The performance is sure to surprise and delight, dissolving labels and barriers. Tickets are available at the Florence Events Center. (541-997-1994;

Otter Rock Garden TourGarden Tour - June 26, Otter Rock

Ever wondered about the unique coastal community of Otter Rock, just north of Newport? A perfect opportunity to explore it is at the 13th annual Samaritan House Secret Garden Tour on Sunday, June 26, from 12–5 p.m. Twelve eclectic gardens are featured on the tour, with highlights such as vegetable gardens, rock walls and pathways, ocean views, natural grasses, fruit trees, garden art, and a Zen garden.

There will be music at the gardens, with light snacks and wine at designated ones. For people who enjoy walking, it is possible to park and walk to all of the gardens. Tickets are $25, and are available at The Samaritan House or online at (541-574-8898;

orcasHow to Hunt–Orca-style - Mid-June, Central Coast

On June 18, the North Bend sector of the Coast Guard got quite a peek into orca lifestyle and habits. As they were making a routine helicopter trip from North Bend to Newport, they spotted a pod of orcas southwest of Heceta Head that appeared to be hunting a sea lion. On the Coast Guard’s facebook page, they stated that with “a dramatic display of coordination and strength, the pod wrangled this sea lion to the surface, using their massive tails to slap and stun their prey. It was apparent the two adults used restraint as the smaller, and probably younger, Orcas practiced their hunting techniques.” They were able to capture the encounter in several photos, which can be seen on the North Bend Coast Guard facebook page. (

Siletz Bay Music FestivalThrough July 4, Lincoln City area

Where can you find world-class chamber, jazz, and orchestral music, played in beautiful settings on the Central Coast? The answer is at the fifth annual Siletz Bay Music Festival, playing now through July 4 at several venues in Lincoln City and Gleneden Beach. Performers include musicians such as Aaron Meyer, pianist Mei-Ting Sun, the Swing Shift Big Band, and much more in a schedule that offers free community concerts, children’s programs, reader’s theater, and a grand finale on Independence Day. Don’t miss it! (

AladdinAladdin - July 2, Lincoln City

The Lincoln City Cultural Center (LCCC) presents its 11th summer of Missoula Children’s Theatre workshops for kids in grades 1 through 12. The first production is Aladdin, with a public performance on July 2. The week will begin with auditions on Monday, June 27, at 10 a.m. and will continue with rehearsals at the LCCC through the week. On Saturday, July 2, the play will be performed twice, at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets for the show are $10 reserved, $5 general. The theater will return on August 13 for a performance of Rumpelstiltskin. (541-994-9994;

La de Da Parade

la de Da - July 4, Yachats

Photo courtesy courtesy Ken Gagne

A proper 4th of July celebration wouldn’t be complete without a hometown parade. The Yachats annual la de Da parade has marching bands, floats, and all things you would expect from a parade, but Yachats’ version is just a tad more wacky and whimsical. At this parade, for example, marching band members are not allowed to wear uniforms, floats must be unmotorized, and tacky float designs, bad musicians, and unskilled baton twirlers are encouraged to enter. Noon is the official start of the parade. Live music, food, games, and the Ducky Derby make for a celebratory atmosphere both before and after the parade. Later in the evening (around 10 p.m.), visitors can watch the fireworks show over Yachats bay. (800-929-0477;

Judy CollinsSounds of Symphony - July 4, 8–9, Newport

The Newport Symphony is busy this summer, with concerts that feature great music paired with top-notch performers. The symphony presents its free 4th of July concert at 4 p.m., July 4, at Newport Middle School. The concert features Oregon native Katie Harman, who was crowned Miss America in 2002. Patriotic music and the Grand Old 4th of July BBQ precede the concert from 2:30 to 4 p.m. (

The grand finale of the summer are two concerts performed with singer and songwriter Judy Collins, July 8 and 9. Tickets are available at the Newport Performing Arts Center box office or online. (541-265-ARTS;

Ben CosgroveBen Cosgrove Concert - July 7, Lincoln City

Ben Cosgrove is a composer, pianist, and multi-instrumentalist based in New England. He performs regularly all over the country, writes scores for films, plays, radio, and television, and has produced several well-received albums of original instrumental music. His “electric and exhilarating” live performances on solo piano are at once dazzling and intimate, the music both delicate and commanding.

The concert will begin at 7 pm on Thursday, July 7, at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101. Tickets are $14 in advance, $16 at the door, with a $2 discount for current LCCC members. (541-994-9994;

The workshop, “Reflecting Place in Music,” will begin at 10 am on Saturday, July 9, at the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology in nearby Otis. Cosgrove will lead students in an exploration of place and landscape in the compositions of others, as well as the development of students’ individual songs based on place. The fee for the workshop is $120, and pre-registration is required. (; 541-994-5485)

Randy McAllisterBlues Benefit & BBQ - July 16, Lincoln City

This weekend, blues and barbecue go hand-in-hand at the Lincoln City Cultural Center (LCCC). On Saturday, July 16, LCCC hosts a Blues Benefit & BBQ with the Randy McAllister Band.

Heartbreak, humor, high hair, and tall Texas tales best describe the songwriting of Randy McAllister, a singer/drummer/harmonica man from Novice, Texas. McAllister brings his Grammy-nominated sound (along with bass, drums, guitar, and fiddle), in a concert to benefit arts and culture programs at the LCCC.

Hear this hard-driving Texas soul music while enjoying a plate of beef brisket, beans, potato salad, and peach cobbler, made fresh onsite by Chef Judy. Dinner (and a raffle) are included in the ticket price. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m., the show is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $27 at the door for adults, $10 for youth and $5 for kids. (541-994-9994;

Pacific City DoryDory Days - July 15–17, Pacific City

Pacific City’s dory men and women will delight and enlighten visitors this year, as they have for the past 56 years, at the annual Dory Days Festival. There will be displays of dory boats in the Cape Kiwanda parking lot, which will be part of the Marine Fair on both Saturday and Sunday. Other excitement includes a parade of boats and other floats from Bob Straub State Park at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Family fun includes sack races, beach ball races, limbo and hula contests, and making sandcastles on the beach at Cape Kiwanda on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. A fireman’s pancake breakfast, a fish fry, bingo, and other events are Saturday at the Kiawanda Community Center. (888-KIWANDA;

Fort Stevens ReenactmentReenactment at Fort Stevens State Park - July 16–17, September 3–5, Warrenton

What better place to see history relived than at Oregon’s Fort Stevens State Park near Warrenton. The park hosts two annual reenactment celebrations this summer over two weekends, the first focusing on World War II, July 16–17, and the second on the Civil War, September 3–5.
The WWII reenactment features camp life demonstrations by various U.S., German, Russian, British, and French living history groups. Displays include military vehicles, field medical unit, infantry, and coast artillery. Handle and fire blanks from period weapons. Tour the historic area in the back of a 2.5-ton, 1952, Army transport truck.

The popular Civil War Reenactment is the Northwest’s largest, full-scale event of its kind, and includes both Confederate and Union cavalry, infantry, and artillery camps along with period civilian and provision camps. Food vendors, period photographers, and period “sutlers” will be selling everything from clothing to dry goods to toys. (503-861-1470;

Fort Stevens ReenactmentReenactment at Fort Stevens State Park - July 16–17, September 3–5, Warrenton

What better place to see history relived than at Oregon’s Fort Stevens State Park near Warrenton. The park hosts two annual reenactment celebrations this summer over two weekends, the first focusing on World War II, July 16–17, and the second on the Civil War, September 3–5.
The WWII reenactment features camp life demonstrations by various U.S., German, Russian, British, and French living history groups. Displays include military vehicles, field medical unit, infantry, and coast artillery. Handle and fire blanks from period weapons. Tour the historic area in the back of a 2.5-ton, 1952, Army transport truck.

The popular Civil War Reenactment is the Northwest’s largest, full-scale event of its kind, and includes both Confederate and Union cavalry, infantry, and artillery camps along with period civilian and provision camps. Food vendors, period photographers, and period “sutlers” will be selling everything from clothing to dry goods to toys. (503-861-1470;

Exploring ArcheologyExploring Archeology - July 20, Cannon Beach

The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum welcomes guest speaker, Dr. Douglas Wilson, on July 20 at 7 p.m. Wilson’s presentation will focus on his most recent archaeological work at the Middle Village.

The Middle Village is a contact-period Chinook Indian village in the estuarine zone near the mouth of the Columbia River. The site contains abundant fur-trade era goods and well-preserved architectural features associated with at least three plank structures. Early fur traders and explorers described the village and it was later used as Lewis and Clark’s Station Camp. The archaeological excavations of the site suggest the intensity and context of interaction between the Chinook and the Euro-American fur traders. This program is a free event and is open to the public. (503-436-9301;

Coos Music FestivalCoos Music - July 21–30, Coos Bay Area

This summer, the Coos Bay area becomes a mecca for music at the Oregon Coast Music Festival, July 21–30. The festival presents 10 days of concerts at formal and informal venues throughout the bay area, including the Hales Center for the Performing Arts, the Egyptian Theatre, Mingus Park, Shore Acres State Park, the OIMB Boathouse in Charleston, Bandon’s Sprague Theater, and more.

This year’s musicians include the Lil’ Smokies, Left Coast Jazz, The Klezmonauts, Sugar Beets, The Evening Shades, the 234th Army Band Chamber Group, Asculta, and the festival’s own 80­piece professional orchestra. Some concerts are free, some require a paid ticket. See the festival website for a concert schedule and to purchase tickets. (541­267­0938;

Dune FestDuneFest - July 27–31, Winchester Bay

The Oregon dunes are a huge attraction for those with ATVs, but in July they are an outright mecca for those seeking motorized fun. DuneFest, held July 27–31 in Winchester Bay, attracts sand buggies, All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), motorcycles, and dirt bikes. It’s a full five-day extravaganza that includes tons of contests, events, music, and a variety of vendors.

The jam-packed agenda of DuneFest includes drag races, quad events, sand camping, youth safety classes, relay races, poker run, barrel racing, show & shine, freestyle show, lighted night ride, and a whole lot more. Register online. (541-297-6073;

Dmitri MathenyLincoln City Cultural Center Concerts - July 28, August 4, Lincoln City

The Lincoln City Cultural Center has a wide variety of concerts planned this summer, two of which include the Celtic duo, Men of Worth, and The Dmitri Matheny Group, an all-star jazz band. The center is at 540 N.E. Hwy 101.

Donnie Macdonald from the isle of Lewis, and James Keigher from County Mayo bring Scottish and Irish folk songs and humor to the center at 7 p.m. July 28. Singing original and traditional folk music, the two between them play eight Celtic instruments, from the mandolin to the bodhran. Their music and stories will leave you smiling! Tickets are $16 in advance on the website or $18 at the door. Children 12 and under are free.

The Dmitri Matheny Group is performing selections from its new album, Jazz Noir, at 7 p.m. August 4 at the center. writes the Oakland Tribune. This all-star jazz band that plays more that 100 concerts on tour each year garners kudos from far and wide for its soulful expressions and caressing phrases. Crowd and critic-pleasing selections include fresh, original works mixed with familiar jazz classics, hard bop, West Coast cool. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door, $2 discount for LCCC members.For the entire summer and fall calendar of concerts, visit the webpage. (541-994-9994;

Psychic FairPsychic Fair - August 6–7, Yachats

In the mood for some alternative perspectives? The annual Holistic Health, Psychic & Crafts Fair in Yachats is a good place to go to experience things in a whole new way. The two-day fair at the Yachats Commons on Hwy 101 at W. 5th features more than 60 booths offering an array of holistic health practitioners, psychic readers, health and wellness products, and visionary arts and crafts. Visitors can also attend seminars with topics ranging from health to well-being to spiritual development.

The Fair’s Cafe offers wholesome and nutritious foods, good for mind and body. The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. There is a $3 weekend pass donation suggested, which includes seminars.

Tanya TuckerTanya Tucker at Chinook Winds - August 12−13, Lincoln City

On August 12 and 13, country music legend Tanya Tucker performs for audiences at the Chinook Winds Casino. Tucker’s voice has been a defining force in country music ever since she recorded her debut single “Delta Dawn,” at age 13. Tucker’s unforgettable sass and soul of her voice has defined her wide repertoire of songs and inspired many female artists who top the charts today. Fans can expect the same classic, edgy, and unpredictable Tucker music that has made her a mega-star.

Reserved seating tickets are $20–$35; attendees must be 16 or older. Contact the Chinook Winds box office to reserve tickets. (888-624-6228;

Creative FestCreative Fest - August 13–14, Florence

Immerse yourself in a land of imagination and inspiration at the Second Star Festival, a celebration of creativity in all forms at The Florence Event Center. The two-day event features artisans, authors, illustrators, and performers of music, storytelling, and puppetry.
There are tons of activities for kids and the young-at-heart from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Musicians, storytellers and other performers will inspire from the Flight Deck’s stage. Artisan booths offer unique ink stamps for attendees to collect in their passports as they wind their way through the indoor Goblin Market. There, meet artists including local Eugene interactive steampunk artists Steve LaRiccia and Joe Mross, who will be displaying unique creations.

Take a trip through the gates of The Tesla Field in the outdoor area, where you will find mermaids, pirates, face painting, demonstrations, workshops, gaming area, a vardo acoustic music stage, Nymbol’s Secret Garden, Fooble the Dragon, and a beer gardeen.

The Saturday evening headliner concert features the Nathaniel Johnstone Band. Eugene Taiko drumming is the opening act.

Daytime admission for adults (ages 13 and over) is $10 a day, or $15 for both days; children 12 and under are free. Saturday evening concert tickets are $25. A weekend package includes both days and the concert for $35 per person. Tickets are available by calling the Florence Event Center. (541-997-1994;

Fair Fun - August 10−13, Tillamook

Fairs are a fun, long-celebrated tradition of summer. But the Tillamook County Fair offers a bit more than the average fair. This fair has been going strong for well over a century, and so this year the theme is “Century of Silver—Celebrating 125 Years: 1891−2016.”

The Tillamook Fair has been recognized as being one of the top ten Blue Ribbon fairs in the nation. That distinction becomes apparent when fair-goers see the huge variety of unique activities and events available to them. Besides top-notch musical entertainment, open class and 4-H/FFA exhibits, and the Fair Acres Learning Center (with free activities such as farmer for a day, how to milk a cow, and pedal tractor courses), the fair also has live pari-mutuel horse racing, a demolition derby, a gospel sing, and the world’s only Pig-N-Ford races. What are Pig-N-Ford races? Come to the Tillamook Fair to find out!

The Tillamook County Fair is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Tickets are $10 per day for adults and $6 for children. Parking is $5 per day. The fairgrounds are located at 4603 Third Street in Tillamook. (503-842-2272;

courtesy SSG Jesus CruzRiverfront Rhythms - July 26 & August 11, Reedsport

Riverfront Rhythms, the free, outdoor concert series, is back this summer with some great musicians. The series continues at the Umpqua Discovery Center in Reedsport with the band Hot Wax on July 7. On July 26, the 234 Army Brass Ops band performs. The series closes with local band Strange Brew on August 11, who perform a wide repertiore of blues, rock, R&B, swing, and jazz.

Concert-goers are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to sit on. Food vendors will be available for those who wish to purchase items, but attendees are welcome to bring a picnic if they choose. Pets, smoking, and alcohol, however, are not allowed. All concerts start at 6 p.m. (541-271-4816;

Laura DreyerBrazilian Jazz at the Coast - August, 18, Lincoln City

On Thursday, August 18, audiences will get the rare opportunity to feel the heat and rhythm of Brazilian style jazz, played by Batida Diferente. The quintet is led by New York-based composer and saxophonist Laura Dreyer and Portland jazz pianist Kerry Politzer, and they’ll hit the Lincoln City Cultural Center stage at 7 p.m.

The band takes its name from “Batida Diferente,” a classic song of crossover bossa nova by Durval Ferreira which translates as “A Different Beat.” It was made famous by the Sergio Mendes Trio’s 1964 recording The Swinger From Rio, but it has been recorded by many other jazz greats.

Politzer and Dreyer work on different coasts, but are assembling their quintet to play at the Montavilla Jazz Festival in Portland—with a preview concert in Lincoln City. Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door, on sale at the center box office and online. (541-994-9994;

The Blind SpotsMusic on the Bay - August 23–September 27, Coos Bay

Another great lineup of musicians is on tap for this year’s Music on the Bay concert series, taking place from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at the amphitheater in Mingus Park. The park offers a lovely setting to hear local and not-so-local musicians.

This year, the season starts off August 23 with the The Blind Spots, a female-fronted, five-piece “moxy” rock band hailing from Ithaca, New York. On August 30, Jones & Fischer bring their trademark independent country music to Coos Bay. The concert September 6 features The Junebugs, who describe their music as “high-energy pop with Pacific Northwest folksy goodness.” September 13 features The Social Animals, an indie rock/Americana band known for its sarcastic lyrics, smooth sounds, and dry commentary. Two local standout bands, Che’s Lounge and The Clamdiggers, perform on September 20. The series wraps up September 27 with the Portland-based soulful seven, Dirty Revival.
All concerts are free to the public. In the event of rain, check the series’ Facebook page for an alternate concert location. ( or

Freed Gallery - August 6–September 7, Lincoln City

Perhaps it’s in their blood or maybe they work really hard at it, but from wherever their talent derives, the Jacques brothers have it in spades. This summer the Freed Gallery in Lincoln City hosts Jacques and Jacques, an exhibit featuring the work of the two talented brothers, Russell and Michael Jacques. The show will feature paintings and polished metal sculptures.

Russell Jacques is a world-renown sculptor and painter, whose work is in many private and public collections, galleries, and institutions. Russell’s theories on artistry and being an artist run deep. For most of his life, he has worked with bronze and stainless steel, partially because much of his work is destined for the outdoors.

Michael Jacques’ artwork ranges from illustrations, etchings and serigraphs, to paintings. The subjects of his paintings frequently focus on his great loves—dogs and old vehicles. Somewhere, in most of his paintings, there is a dog.

The Jacques brothers will be at the Freed Gallery on August 6–7, where they will be painting in a friendly “dual.” Those who attend can watch and chat with the brothers as they create art. (541-994-5600;

Na RosaiNa Rósaí - September 10, Lincoln City

The Lincoln City Cultural Center (LCCC) presents an evening of traditional Irish, Appalachian, Scottish, and Breton music, performed by four up-and-coming musicians in the Celtic scene. The Portland based group, Na Rósaí, is composed of Erik Killops, who studied Irish Fiddle at the University of Limerick in Ireland; bouzouki player Richie Rosencrans; piper Preston Howard; and flute player Conor Ó Bryan.

With fiddle, flute, uilleann pipes, bouzouki, whistles—and sweet, mellow vocals—Na Rósaí explores the links between the musical traditions of the Celtic regions and North America. Na Rósaí (pronounced “n’rosie”) is Irish Gaelic for “The Roses” in honor of Portland, the City of Roses.
Showtime for the concert is 7 p.m. at the LCCC. Tickets are $20 in advance or $22 at the door. Youth ages 18 and under admitted free. To reserve, click the “Buy Tickets Now” button on the LCCC website or call the center. (541-994-9994;

Boardwalk Art ShowExhibit—Outside - Through–September 13, Bandon

A stroll along Bandon’s boardwalk offers views of the waterfront, the lighthouse, and all summer, a view of artwork. Through to September 17, artwork of various styles and subjects will be on display for a Slice of Life: 2016 Port of Bandon Boardwalk Art Show. The show is an open-air, public display of work by both amateur and professional artists from throughout southwestern Oregon. Paintings are the most common medium at the show, but photography, collage, and three-dimensional works may also be on display. The show this year is curated by Ava Richey and Shawn Tempesta.

Those who find a favorite art piece can vote in the People’s Choice award. Ballots are available at Bandon Bait and Tackle, 110 First Street S.E. Voting ends September 7. Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice winners will be announced at the Bandon Cranberry Festival September 10. (541-347-3206;

The Blind SpotsMusic on the Bay - September 6, 13, & 27, Coos Bay

Another great lineup of musicians is on tap for this year’s Music on the Bay concert series, taking place from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at the amphitheater in Mingus Park. The park offers a lovely setting to hear local and not-so-local musicians.

The concert September 6 features The Junebugs, who describe their music as “high-energy pop with Pacific Northwest folksy goodness.” September 13 features The Social Animals, an indie rock/Americana band known for its sarcastic lyrics, smooth sounds, and dry commentary. Two local standout bands, Che’s Lounge and The Clamdiggers, perform on September 20. The series wraps up September 27 with the Portland-based soulful seven, Dirty Revival.
All concerts are free to the public. In the event of rain, check the series’ Facebook page for an alternate concert location. ( or

Celebration of HonorHonor Our Heroes - September 14−18, Lincoln City

A thousand flags will preside over the annual Celebration of Honor September 14−18, paying tribute to active-duty personnel, military veterans, and their families. The flag-filled Field of Honor will be set up in the Chinook Wind’s southeast parking lot in Lincoln City. At noon September 14, Oregon Coast Veterans Association will lead the Ride of Honor down 51st Street to the Field of Honor. Oregon’s Traveling Tribute Wall will be open to the public at 5 p.m. in front of the casino.
Vendor tents are open for visitors September 15−18 at the Field of Honor. Those with military identification can join in a free buffet at the casino September 15. Officials will present the Oregon Veterans Medal at 2 p.m. Friday and official opening ceremonies for the celebration are at 6 p.m. at the Field of Honor. Another medal presentation is at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Closing ceremonies are at 2 p.m. Sunday in front of the casino. (800-452-2151;

Prefontaine Race Coos BayFun Festival - September 17−18, Coos Bay

Some call the the Bay Area Fun Festival the greatest last party of the summer, so you won’t want to miss it September 17−18. Highlights of the festival include the famous Cruz the Coos, featuring nearly 500 vintage automobiles, the finals of Bay Area Teen Idol, a parade, and more. Visitors will also enjoy a variety of vendors, arts and crafts, and loads of food options along with a beer and wine garden. The live music lineup this year includes Done Deal, Bach Rock/Metrognomes, Toyz, and Whiskey Run. (

The popular festival includes the Prefontaine Memorial Run, a challenging 10K which attracts premier runners of all ages from across the Northwest. The runners race along the late track star Steve Prefontaine’s old training course. (

Philip MargolinMeet the Authors - September 23−24, Florence

Approximately 70 authors from the Northwest and beyond will be participating in the 6th annual Festival of Books at the Florence Events Center between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on September 24. Chat with authors of various genres as well as peruse and buy their books, then have them signed and personalized. There will also be about 10 publishers participating. Admission to the book fair is free.

The fair also offers the opportunity to meet the New York Times bestselling author Phillip Margolin on Friday, September 23. Margolin, a former Portland criminal defense attorney and author of many award-winning bestsellers, is the keynote speaker at the Florence Events Center. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Also on Friday is a panel discussion, free to the public, featuring various prominent Northwest authors. (

Pacific Brew CupCups Overflowing - September 23−25, Astoria

Drink in the three days of craft beer and music on Astoria’s waterfront at the Pacific Northwest Brew Cup next to the Columbia River Maritime Museum, in the Barbey Center.

The event is free and family-friendly. Tasting mugs are $9 and tokens are $1 for each 4-ounce sample of beer or cider. Bring your growlers and fill them on Sunday.

This beer and music festival features a sampling of craft beers and ciders from all over the Northwest and is accompanied by a music lineup of more than a dozen Northwest bands, as eclectic and diverse as the beer. With food vendors and more than 40 craft brewers, PNW Brew Cup helps visitors close out the summer with a splash. (503-791-7940;

Gifford Pinchot and the First ForestersLearn About First Foresters - September 24, Cape Perpetua Visitors Center, Yachats

As part of the celebration of National Public Lands Day, visitors are invited to a presentation at Cape Perpetua Visitor Center to learn about first chief of the US Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot, and the 226 men and women who initially served the agency around the country.

Author Bibi Gaston will be sharing what she learned in researching her new book, “Gifford Pinchot and the First Foresters,” which includes anecdotes and writings from the original rangers and foresters on their work, their lives, the young Forest Service, and the early conservation movement.

The talk will be held at 2:00 p.m at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center. National Public Lands Day is a fee-free day for all federal public lands.
( 541-547-3289)

Rhythm Future QuartetGypsy Jazz at the LCCC - September 28, Lincoln City

Gypsy jazz, a special style of jazz made famous by “Django” Reinhardt in the 1930s, will be front and center at the Lincoln City Cultural Center (LCCC) on September 28 with a special concert by the acoustic jazz band, Rhythm Future Quartet.

The band, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, offers up a newly-minted sound that is influenced by the classic Hot Club of France, yet wholly contemporary. Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, the quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both gypsy jazz standards and original compositions. With Max O’Rourke on second guitar and Greg Loughman on bass, Rhythm Future is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of a vital genre.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $22 at the door. Youth ages 18 and under will be admitted free. To reserve, click the “Buy Tickets Now” button at the LCCC website, or call. (541-994-9994;

Speaker WaveVideo Release & Concert Supports Young Musicians- September 29, Florence

On September 29 from 7:30−10 p.m., Florence-based band Speaker Wave (Kevin Wolpoff, Jeremy Scott Anderson, and Vince Hendricks-Davis) will screen their first original music video on City Lights Cinemas’ Chaplin Stage. The all-ages event includes live music performances by Speaker Wave and new Florence-based band Good Problems.
The video release profiles Speaker Wave’s original song “Leavin’ Town,” an acoustic fusion of folk and rock featured on their debut album Tsunami Evacuation Route. The song brought the band local fame as a semi-finalist pick in the Eugene Weekly Next Big Thing song competition. The video of “Leavin’ Town”—a somber tale about a guy who believes his circumstances will improve by “leaving town”—was directed and edited by Dan Haberly.

Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Siuslaw High School Music Programs. “The Siuslaw Music Program is one of the few things that actually kept me in school,” says drummer Vince Hendricks-Davis. “...the music program is a great positive release that instills a lot of discipline.”

Tickets can be purchased for $4 through City Lights Cinemas website, Speaker Wave will also perform a benefit concert for KXCR’s Youth Radio Club at Florence’s Old Town Barbershop on September 16. (

Newport Jazz PartyJazzin’ it Up - September 30−October 1, Newport,

The Oregon Coast Jazz Party celebrates the best in live jazz with a whole weekend of music in Newport, September 30−October 2 at the Newport Performing Arts Center and the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel.

Expect multiple sets from renowned jazz stars, nightcap performances, and educational events. The eclectic and diverse lineup coordinated by music director Holly Hofmann includes pianist/composer Bruce Barth, organist Akiko Tsuruga, guitarist Graham Dechter, saxophonist and singer Grace Kelly, drummers Dave Tull and Lewis Nash, Jazz Party favorites Jeff Hamilton Trio and Ken Peplowski, and more.

Jazz Party-sponsored clinics and panel discussions offer jazz lovers and students an opportunity to learn and ask questions from attending musicians. (541-265-ARTS;

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 tXhe 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. (

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;

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;

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 For more information, contact the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center. (541-547-3289)    

Ladies of the ElkElks Bazaar - November 11−13, Florence

The Florence Ladies of Elks help shoppers get a jump on holiday shopping with the annual Holiday Bazaar, November 11−13. Early holiday shoppers will find handcrafted gifts, gourmet desserts, decorations, baked goods, jams and jellies, candies, and jewelry. The Ladies of Elks also offer lunch on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with a smorgasbord of homemade soups and chili with cornbread. Or try the waffle breakfast on Sunday morning, from 8 to 10:30 a.m.

The bazaar will be held at the Elks Lodge at 1686 12th Street, in Florence. Open hours are Friday from 1 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. (

Moody Little SisterMoody Little Sister, November 19, Lincoln City

On Saturday, November 19, Lincoln City Cultural Center is proud to welcome Naomi Hooley and Rob Stroup, on stage. Rob and Naomi perform as Moody Little Sister and specialize in songwriting that is emotionally moving and structured beautifully, with solid instrumentation and a sense of community. Three years ago, after a violent crowd in a small town bar, Naomi and Rob found a different path: house concerts, back yards and “camping concerts” where fans enjoy nature, hang with the band and become part of the tribe. These newlyweds, who got married after a concert on Aug. 27, are just back from their “Southwest Honeymoon Tour.” where they’ll play two sets of original folk piano, guitar, percussion and vocals,.

Doors to the LCCC auditorium, 540 NE Hwy. 101, Lincoln City, will open at 6:30 pm. for the show starting at 7 p.m. First-come, first-serve seating will be at small tables and in theatre-style rows. Refreshments are available for purchase. Advance tickets for the Nov. 19 show are $20. (; 541-994-9994).

Wayne BradyMusic & Laughs - Through November 26, Lincoln City

Throughout November, the Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City hosts free concerts every weekend, along with a big name comedy act that will put the jump-start into the holiday season. Free concerts feature Bret Lucich on November 11 and 12, Thunder Road on November 18 and 19, and Triple Edge on November 25 and 26. Concerts take place at Chinook Winds’ Seafood Grill starting at 9 p.m.

If you’re looking for some laughs and a good time, actor/singer/comedian Wayne Brady will perform live at Chinook Winds Casino on November 11 and 12 and the comedic duo of Williams and Ree will have audiences laughing on November 18. Tickets to the Brady show are $35 to $50. Tickets to Willaims and Ree are free, but must be reserved. (888-MAIN ACT;

Rain activated artRain-activated Art - Through November 27, Tillamook

The Tillamook Forest Center invites visitors to bring raingear through November 27 to witness a unique outdoor art exhibit that can only be seen when things get wet. Using an invisible paint that is reveals the stenciled images after it rains, Rainforest Revelations: Rain-activated Outdoor Art showcases creatures native to temperate rainforests.

After soaking in the outdoor art, visitors can come inside to see Ciel Downing’s forest photography. “Fortune has permitted me to live in a place that commands one to feel alive and document the grandeur: the Great Pacific Northwest,” said Ciel. “I make every effort to honor it with my lens and leave both the world and its creatures as I found them.”
Celebrate the final month of the Center’s milestone 10th anniversary with these art installations. The Center is closed December through February. (503-815-6803;

LCCC Giving TuesdayGiving Tuesday - November 29, Lincoln City

We’ve got Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now there’s Giving Tuesday on November 29, a day dedicated to charity in the holiday season. Residents and visitors are invited to celebrate “offline” and in person, at the Generosity Bazaar at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy 101. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., you can “shop” for donation opportunities among local nonprofits. Bring donations of food and new, unwrapped toys, and your donations (cash, check, card or pledge), and browse the tables to purchase gifts like fresh wreaths, pet calendars, fancy nuts, entertainment vouchers, t-shirts, jewelry, and more. Enjoy complimentary donuts and coffee in the morning, and sweets in the evening, or bring $5 for a baked potato lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. (541-994-9994;

Courtesy the Barn Community PlayhousePlay on, Dear Santa - December 2−17, Tillamook

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and after watching Dear Santa at The Barn Community Playhouse, you’ll understand better how this holiday icon transcends race, gender, and religion. The play, written by Rob Frankel and directed by Ann Harper, will be staged December 2−4, 9−11, and 16−17.

Dear Santa is composed of a number of short scenes that range from the hilarious to the touching. Santa and his helpers shed light on many of the mysteries surrounding the icon, including why you don’t always get the gift you ask for, how Santa delivers all those gifts in one night, and how he finds children who are spending Christmas away from home. Cost is $15 for admission, or $10 for children 12 and under and $40 for a family of four. Tickets are sold at the door, 1204 Ivy Avenue, or at Diamond Art Jewelers in Tillamook. (503-842-6305;


Courtesy Oregon Coast AquariumSea of Lights Brighten Aquarium - Fridays & Saturdays in December, Newport

SCUBA Santa, sparkling lights, and an ocean of holiday cheer greet visitors every weekend this December at the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Sea of Lights celebration. Over half a million colorful lights and holiday decorations surround visitors with the spirit of the season as they explore the Aquarium after hours. Santa will be present every night of Sea of Lights until Christmas to pose for photos.

This family-friendly event kicks off with a special celebration on December 2 and 3 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission to the first weekend of Sea of Lights is $2 with two cans of nonperishable people or pet food for the local food bank. Entry is $10 per person without donation.
Sea of Lights will continue every following Friday and Saturday, December 9−10, 16−17, 23, and 30−31 from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is $10, or free with same day paid admission. (541-867-3474;

Courtesy Central Coast ChoraleSeason of Sounds - December 3−4, Newport

Good things come in threes—that adage is true when the Newport Symphony, Central Coast Chorale, and Willamette Master Chorus team up to present Handel’s Messiah, a well-loved holiday oratorio. The collaborative concert conducted by Paul Klemme includes 80 voices performing 10 of the oratorio’s choruses at 7:30 p.m. December 3 and 4 p.m. December 4 at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Soloists from the Master Chorus will also perform selected arias. To purchase tickets to the performance, contact the Newport Performing Arts Center. (541-265-2787;


Courtesy Chinook WindsKellie Pickler at Chinook Winds- December 9−10, Lincoln City

Get your country music fix when Kellie Pickler performs live at Chinook Winds Casino on December 9 and 10, with both concerts starting at 8 p.m. Pickler grew up in a small town in North Carolina and was immersed in the country music sounds of Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton. Pickler’s music break came when she was chosen as a contestant on the fifth season of “American Idol.” In 2006, she released her debut album, Small Town Girl, which has sold more than 900,000 copies worldwide. Her critically acclaimed third album, 100 Proof, was named the No. 1 Country Album of The Year by Rolling Stone.

Tickets to Kellie Pickler’s concerts are $23–$38; please call or reserve online. Must be age 16 or older to attend. (888-624-6228;


Courtesy Central Coast ChoraleChorale at the Coast - December 10−11, Yachats & Newport

Join the Central Coast Chorale for their annual holiday concert, Wishes and Candles, this year presented at two venues. The first concert takes place at 7 p.m. on December 10 at the Yachats Commons; the next concert is at 2 p.m. on December 11 at the Newport Performing Arts Center. This year’s concert will include Vivaldi’s famous Gloria and a selection of holiday favorites. The Chorale’s small group, Women of Note, will also perform. Admission is free, but a $10 donation is appreciated. (541-563-6830;


Courtesy Anita AdamsMarLo’s Nutcracker - December 10−11 & 17−18, Bandon

Bandon’s MarLo Dance Studio presents the classic holiday ballet, The Nutcracker, December 10−11 and 17−18 at the Sprague Community Theater in Bandon. Almost 50 of MarLo’s ballet students perform, along with a dozen guest artists from Willamette Apprentice Ballet, Vassar University, and Ballet Excelsior of Houston, Texas.

“MarLo’s Nutcracker is as professionally staged as any large city production,” says producer/director Maria Marriam. “The family show is lavish and detailed in its scenery, costuming, lighting, and guest artistry.” The Nutcracker includes dancing toys, mischievous mice, waltzing flowers, and sparkling snowflakes dancing to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score.

The ballet takes place on Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for children ages 10 and younger. (


courtesy Nature's Coastal Holiday Light ShowAzalea Light - Through December 25, Brookings

For 20 years, Nature’s Coastal Holiday light show has delighted young and old alike with its spectacular holiday lights and displays. From the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas, more than 500,000 lights and almost 100 two- and three-dimentional sculptures light up Azalea Park in Brookings. Lighted sculptures take the forms of an elk, eagle, octopus, seahorse, fox, wolf, mermaid, dolphins, bear, shark, and more.
Attendees can warm up with hot cider and cookies while walking through the light displays. Santa makes an appearance a few days before Christmas, check the Light Show Facebook page for updates.
The lights are on and open for public viewing from 5 to 9 p.m. nightly, at Azalea Park on Old County Road in Brookings. Suggested donations are $1 per person. Admission is free for children age 12 and under. ( or


Courtesy Oregon Coast AquariumSea of Lights Brighten Aquarium - Fridays & Saturdays in December, Newport

SCUBA Santa, sparkling lights, and an ocean of holiday cheer greet visitors every weekend this December at the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Sea of Lights celebration. Over half a million colorful lights and holiday decorations surround visitors with the spirit of the season as they explore the Aquarium after hours. Santa will be present every night of Sea of Lights until Christmas to pose for photos.

This family-friendly event kicks off with a special celebration on December 2 and 3 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission to the first weekend of Sea of Lights is $2 with two cans of nonperishable people or pet food for the local food bank. Entry is $10 per person without donation.
Sea of Lights will continue every following Friday and Saturday, December 9−10, 16−17, 23, and 30−31 from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is $10, or free with same day paid admission. (541-867-3474;

Dungeness Crab & ShrimpGet Crabby & Celebrate Local Fishery - December 28, Newport

The Oregon Coast Aquarium offers visitors a chance to claw into the science of Dungeness crabs, without getting pinched, during Crab Fishery Day on December 28.

Dungeness crab (Metacarcinus magister) are sought after by humans and non-humans alike for their delicious and abundant meat. The planktonic larvae of these crabs cloud intertidal waters in fall, providing sustenance to everything from juvenile rockfish and salmon to migrating gray whales.
Animal keepers will host dissections and serve up a special meal for the Aquarium’s crabs so visitors can observe how they eat. Visitors can expect crab-centric demonstrations, with all aspects of Dungeness crab covered, from their anatomy and behavior, to their role as one of Oregon’s most important commercial fisheries, to the marine and estuarine environments that nurture them. Crab Fishery Day activities are free with Aquarium admission. (541-867-3474;

courtesy Shore AcresShore Lights - Through December 31, Charleston

Over the decades, the walk-through display at the Holiday Lights at Shore Acres State Park has grown to its current 325,000 LEDs and more than 50 separate lighted “sculptures” in fanciful settings. Christmas and decorative lights are festooned on bushes, lawns, and trees, and lighted sculptures depict marine animals, garden bugs, flowers, birds, fish, and more. Many nights feature live music in the Performance Pavilion, and the Garden House is decorated and open for self-guided tours.

Complimentary hot cider, punch, coffee, and cookies are available inside the Garden House as well.

Admission to the lights is free, but parking is $5, or possession of a current OPRD parking pass. The lights are open from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every evening, including Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve through December 31. (541-888-3732;

BeachcombTreasures from the Sand and Sea - Lincoln City

Learn how to find and collect your own beach treasures at Lincoln City’s Beachcombing Clinics, starting this January. Local expert Laura Joki, affectionately known as “Head Dirt Nerd,” will show you how to hunt for fossils, minerals, and other coastal collectibles on the beach.
“I’ve been collecting and studying beach fossils and minerals for years, and can’t wait to share my knowledge with visitors,” says Joki. “The geology of the Oregon Coast is simply fascinating! Each natural treasure you can find on our beach has a story behind it, dating back millions of years.”Each clinic begins on the beach at the SW 33rd Street beach access in the Nelscott District of Lincoln City. These free, two-hour clinics begin with a brief orientation by Joki. Then, she will take participants on a guided beach tour. The first Beachcombing Clinic is on January 2, starting at 9 a.m. Dressing in layers is encouraged. (800-452-2151;

Volunteer at the Aquarium-February 4, Newport

Calling all volunteers! The Oregon Coast Aquarium is hosting a Volunteer Recruiting Day on February 4, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Concierge volunteers, seasonal guides, and interpretive volunteers collectively connect with more than 400,000 visitors each year, ensuring that they leave the Aquarium with a better understanding of and appreciation for coastal and marine environments.

Aquarium volunteers will be on hand to share their experience and answer questions. “One of my favorite aspects of being a volunteer is the opportunity to meet guests and get them excited about the Aquarium’s exhibits,” said Linda Reid, a volunteer shift captain. “People from all around the world come to the Aquarium, and as a volunteer, you’re able to share that experience with them.”

Perks of volunteering include complimentary membership, admission passes to share with friends and family, and special tours or animal “encounters.” For those interested in attending, please RSVP to (541-867-3474;

An afternoon of Ballet-Lincoln CityAn Afternoon of Ballet -February 18, Lincoln City

On February 18, the Lincoln City Cultural Center (LCCC) will be raising the barre for dance lovers of all ages when they present a special afternoon with The Portland Ballet. The ballet demonstration, lecture, and performance begins at 2 p.m. in the LCCC auditorium.

The Portland Ballet’s most advanced, pre-professional students will present a 45-minute program that explores classical ballet training and performance. It will begin with a choreographed demonstration of a dancer’s daily class exercises (with an element of audience participation), and culminate with excerpted performances of classical ballets and contemporary works.

Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for youth ages 6 to 18, and free for age 5 and younger. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. (541-994-9994;

Gorse Blossom FestivalWine and. . . Gorse!-February 17−19, Bandon

For the first time ever, Bandon hosts the Gorse Blossom Festival—a celebration of coastal cuisine, wine and brews, and fine films at venues throughout town.

On Friday and Saturday, attendees can see films from the Oregon Coast Film Festival, and then enjoy a winemaker’s or brewer’s dinner. On Saturday, the gate opens at the festival grounds, where 50 wine, brew, and artisan vendors offer the best in Northwest fare and artistry. On Sunday, Bandon hosts the Bloody Mary Hangover Stroll, where every step brings you closer to that hair-of-the dog. Midday, attend the crab and seafood feed, the perfect ending to an exciting weekend.

What about the gorse? Gorse is the highly-flammable and prickly invasive plant that has taken over large swaths of land in the region. Stop by interactive booths and displays to learn about gorse, and how Bandon (and surrounds) have battled to eradicate it. (

Newport Wine and Seafood festivalFestival of Wine-February 23−26, Newport

February is a fine time to feast on the Oregon Coast’s best seafood and Oregon-made wines. The annual Newport Seafood & Wine Festival, held in the big white tent next to Yaquina Bay in South Beach, is the perfect one-stop festival where attendees can sample from among hundreds of Northwest wines, culinary creations, and artisan crafts. The festival features a commercial and amateur wine competition that showcases the finest wines in the region.

Admittance on Thursday and Saturday is by E-ticket only, available on the festival website. You must be 21 years or older to attend and have valid identification. (800-262-7844;

earthquake lectureUnderstanding Earthquakes - January 27, Coos Bay

Southwestern Oregon Community College’s geology lecture series continues on January 27 with Dr. John Vidale, professor at the University of Washington and director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. Dr. Vidale will present his talk, A Tale of Three Pacific Northwest Temblors: One Big, One Deep and One Direct Hit, on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Hales Center for the Performing Arts in Coos Bay. 

The Pacific Northwest is vulnerable to several varieties of shakes: giant coastal quakes, isolated, miles-deep pops, and rips that could tear downtown Seattle apart. Vidale will share the latest research and offer insights on implementing early warning technologies in the Pacific Northwest, so we can gain a few seconds or even minutes before suffering the strongest shaking. The lecture will also be livestreamed and archived, with access from the college’s website. ( 

LCCCTrombone + Folk - January 29 & February 4, Lincoln City

Four slides, four bells, four spit-valves—everything will be quadrupled on January 29 when the Lincoln City Cultural Center (LCCC) presents the Pacific Trombone Quartet’s varied program of contemporary, classical, and musical theater music, all arranged for the unusual format of four trombones. Tickets are $17 in advance, $19 at the door, and free for children under 12.

On February 4, Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer perform at the LCCC. Known as a standout electric guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, Mandy Fer is unafraid to dominate the stage while Dave McGraw’s emotional songwriting riffs on natural elements of the world around him. The duo’s 2014 release, Maritime, was number one on the EuroAmericana Chart for two consecutive months. Their newest album, Off-Grid Lo-Fi was recorded entirely with solar and wind power. Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door. (541-994-9994;

Thunder the olive ridley turtle being loaded in transport crate. —courtesy Oregon Coast Aquarium

’Tis the Season for Sea Turtle Stranding - Winter, Oregon Coast

If you’re out on the beach this winter, keep an eye open for sea turtles. Winter storms can push sea turtles northward into colder waters, where they weaken and end up stranded on beaches. Pacific green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) and olive ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) are the two most common species that strand in Oregon, and both are classified as endangered.

“Sea turtles do not reach Oregon beaches unless injured or sick, and once stranded, they require immediate specialized care to survive,” said Jim Burke, Director of Animal Husbandry at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The Aquarium is the only rehabilitation facility in Oregon authorized to provide the specialized care sea turtles require.

Anyone who finds a sea turtle is asked to immediately note its location, remain nearby to observe it if possible, and contact the Oregon State Police Tipline at 800-452-7888 or the Marine Mammal Stranding Network (MMSN) at 866-767-6114.

International Police MuseumPolice Museum - Weekdays, Rockaway Beach

If you’ve been fascinated with cops and robbers since childhood, you’ll love the International Police Museum in Rockaway Beach. All ages will enjoy the law enforcement displays, much of which comes from the personal collection of Ed Wortman, the former police chief of Rockaway Beach and a museum board member.

Displays include historic and modern items from around the world including uniforms, restraints, badges, weapons, and other tools. Visitors can try on garb including police hats and bulletproof vests. A special rotating display exhibits women in law enforcement. Admission to the museum is free, although donations are welcome. The museum is open weekdays, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Entry to the museum is through the police lobby at 216 N Hwy 101. (503-457-6056;

Trio 180Classic in Brookings - January 8, Brookings

For more than three decades each year, the Brookings Harbor Friends of Music has invited regionally and internationally-acclaimed musicians to the South Coast for a series of concerts. The first of the series this year begins with the popular Trio 180 on January 8.

Trio 180, the faculty piano trio-in-residence at the University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music, describes themselves as part performers, part proponents of new music, and educators. The ensemble includes concert violinist Ann Miller, Grammy-nominated cellist Nina Flyer, and award-winning pianist Sonia Leong. 

Concerts take place at 3 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 102 Park Avenue in Brookings. Tickets are sold at the door and are $15 per person; admission is free for those under age 18. (

Painting by Victoria OmieThe Art of Color - Through January 9

Celebrate color with at the Chessman Gallery, inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center, with an exhibit of Chagall-like paintings by Victoria McOmie and exquisite felt vessels by Laura Berman. The show, entitled Three Rocks, Birding, Fishing and Art Making, is on display through January 9.

Victoria McOmie’s nature-inspired acrylic paintings are based on experiences had at Cascade Head and on the Salmon River. The artwork resounds with color and mystical qualities from both McOmie’s paintings and Laura Berman’s felt work.

For more information about the show, contact the Lincoln City Cultural Center. (541-994-9994;

Yachats Agate FestivalDiggin’ the Agates - January 14−15, Yachats

The annual Agate Festival arrives back at the Yachats Commons from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both January 14−15. This year’s festival will feature spectacular displays and plenty of learning opportunities. Guest speakers include Marla Miller, a geological sciences faculty member at the University of Oregon and author of the new second edition of Roadside Geology of Oregon; Chris Landau, a geologist trained in South Africa, who has linked dowsing to geology; and Guy DiTorrice, known locally as “The Oregon Fossil Guy.”

Bring in your unidentifiable rocks, because the “Rock Doc” will be on hand to answer questions. Kids can dig around in the “sandbox” to collect and keep their treasures. It’s a good time for all ages! (800-929-0477;

Haley JohnsenFantastic Folk - January 14−15, Florence

Folk, more folk, and maybe a little sprinkling of bluegrass and Americana music is on the agenda for the Winter Folk Festival January 14−15 at the Florence Events Center. The music smorgasbord starts on Saturday with performances from RJ Ballard, Cabin Fever Northwest, Ian McFeron, halie and the moon, Pretty Gritty, Haley Johnsen, and Danny O’Keefe. Sunday’s lineup kicks off with the Midnight Darlins, Castle Town Dance Band, The Colin Trio, and Haley Johnsen.

While at the festival, be sure to take a break with a slice of pie, offered for sale by the Friends of the Florence Events Center. Artisan vendors will also be on hand to sell one-of-a-kind items. (541-997-1994;

Florence SullivanListening to the Land: gray whales - January 18, Seaside

On Wednesday, January 18 at the Seaside Public Library, the 2017 season of the Listening to the Land speaker series kicks off with the topic “Inside Gray Whales,” beginning at 6 p.m. The talk is presented by Oregon State University graduate student Florence Sullivan. Gray whales are our close neighbors, but their habitat—the Pacific Ocean—is inhospitable to humans, leaving us with little firsthand knowledge about their day-to-day lives. Sullivan will speak about techniques that are being used by herself and other researchers to expand what we know about these marine mammals: what they eat and how they forage, for example, as well as how ocean noise—natural and human-caused—affects their behavior and overall health.

Listening to the Land is a monthly winter speaker series offered through May and presented by North Coast Land Conservancy and the Necanicum Watershed Council. Admission is free. (503-738-9126;

Hoffman Center SunsetWrite Your Own Play- January 14, Manzanita

Submit your one-act play! The Hoffman Center for the Arts (HCA) is hosting a new one-act play competition. Submissions are due January 14, 2017. Each entry will be randomly assigned to one of three judges and all entries will be blind submissions for judging. The top three submissions will be performed in a Reader’s Theater event at the HCA on March 11, 2017.

Judges include Anne Osborne Coopersmith, an accomplished local actor with the Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts and the The Coaster and Riverbend Players; George Dzundza, well known as a character actor in The Deer Hunter and Basic Instinct, and Law & Order and Grey’s Anatomy; and Carole Zucker, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Film Studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

Detailed submission guidelines are available at the Hoffman Center for Arts website or by emailing from Suzanne Jelineo. ( or

SeffarineWorld Music & Trombone - January 19 & 29, Lincoln City

In January, the Lincoln City Cultural Center has a great line-up of mood-enhancing concerts. On January 19, Seffarine, composed of Moroccan singer Lamiae Naki and oud player/flamenco guitarist Nat Hulskamp, will be joined on stage by flamenco dancer Laura Onizuka. Seffarine’s repertoire varies from classical Arabic and Andalusian music to original compositions influenced by the music of widely varying cultures, such as Spanish flamenco, classical Persian music, and American jazz. Tickets to the Seffarine concert are $20 advance or $22 at the door. January 29, enjoy the Pacific Trombone Quartet, featuring classical and modern works arranged for four trombones. Tickets are $17 in advance, $19 at the door. (541-994-9994;

Bill EngvallBlue Collar Comedy - January 20−21, Lincoln City

Don’t miss a chance to see the award-winning comedian and actor, Bill Engvall, appearing live for two nights at Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City. For more than 25 years, this Grammy-nominated showman has made people laugh at his stand-up routines, his television sketches and shows, and his movies. Among his noteworthy performances: Engvall was Jeff Foxworthy’s best friend in the Jeff Foxworthy Show; he appeared on Last Man Standing starring Tim Allen, and he starred in his own sitcom, The Bill Engvall Show. Shows are at 8 p.m. January 20 and 21, at the casino. (888-624-6228;


Adam Flatt Mozart + Ives + Tchaikovsky - January 28−29, Newport

The Newport Symphony Orchestra explores contrasts in classical music at a concert January 28−29 at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Adam Flatt conducts the concert featuring Mozart’s Symphony No. 34 in C Major, Ives’ Decoration Day, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.
Mozart’s and Ives’ works sit at two ends of the classical spectrum—Mozart’s is formally constructed with sunny and outgoing tones; Ives’ is inward and stream-of-consciousness. Tchaikovsky’s symphony occupies the middle, described as “… a tightly organized epic work bursting with expression.”

At 6:45 p.m. Saturday only, Maestro Flatt will perform a pre-concert talk. Concerts take place on January 28 at 7:30 p.m., and on January 29 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $39 for adults, and $10 for students, plus ticket fees. (541-265-2787;

hallie Loren florenceWine, Art & Jazz
March 31−April 1, Florence

Seven jazz acts, including rapidly-rising international star Halie Loren, a dozen wineries of regional and global renown, and a juried art show will lure aficionados of discerning tastes to FlorenceFest ’17 at the Florence Events Center, March 31−April 1. The festival showcases talented jazz musicians, including The Michael Anderson Jazz Trio, Michelle and Dave Van Handel, Toni Glausi and his 9-piece Funk Band, headliner Halie Loren, Paul Biondi & Gus Russell Quartet, The Miles To Go Quartet, and Don Latarski & D’Trio. While enjoying the good vibes, attendees can peruse the juried artwork, selected by preeminent artist and former gallery owner, Robert Canaga.

Pre-event tickets are $20 (available for purchase on the website) or $25 at the door. Admission restricted to adults 21 and over. (541-997-3128;

fest illusionsMagical Spring Break
March 26–April 7, Lincoln City

Get your magic on at the Lincoln City Cultural Center’s Festival of Illusions—12 days of indoor magic, comedy, lariats, animals, juggling, and art that will make spring break absolutely weather . . . poof!

Featured headliners include the whip-cracking Leapin’ Louie Lichtenstein, champion magician Jason Andrews, Rob Lok & Miss Jane, vaudeville-style Western comedy with Karen Quest, the Amazing Bubble Man, Coup De Foudre, comedian Al Simmons, magician Jeff Evans, mentalist Joe Black, and the Oregon Bird Man and his flock of parrots. April 1 brings the Fools Day Cabaret, a benefit for the Lincoln City Warming Shelter.

Families are encouraged to take part in the Abra Cadabra Open Art Space at the Lincoln City Cultural Center; open for drop-in fun from 1–4 p.m. daily, March 26–April 4. Entrance fee is $5. (541-994-9994;

March 25, April 1 & 8

Classic opera arrives in style when OperaBend performs Puccini’s La Bohème at three locations along the coast this spring. The opera follows the passionate and timeless story of love among young artists in Paris—with stunning melodies sung in Italian with English subtitles.

OperaBend kicks off its coast tour of La Bohème on March 25 at the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center in Astoria. Tickets to that show are $5 and $25. Other performances take place at the Hales Center for the Performing Arts in Coos Bay on April 1 and at the Florence Events Center on April 8. (800-838-3006;

St. Patty’s Celebration, March 16 &17, Lincoln City

The fifth annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Lincoln City Cultural Center (LCCC) features a world of fun with a traditional Irish dinner along with music and dance performances on two days: March 16 and 17 at the LCCC. The dinner includes homemade corned beef and cabbage, carrots and potatoes, Irish soda bread, and dessert.

Entertainment will be led by Pipedance—with Gary Burman playing the Irish uilleann bagpipes, flutes, whistles, and guitar—and Nora Sherwood playing the bodhrán and whistles along with performances of sean-nós dance. Pipedance will be joined by Irish bouzouki player Jason Courtney and Bobbie Lou Stirling on bodhrán, along with performers from the Claddagh Dancers of Salem.

Advance tickets are $30 for the dinner and show. Show-only seating is $16 for adults, $5 for youth. (541-994-9994;

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;

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;

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;

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. (

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; or

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;

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