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Nuestro MundoNuestro Mundo Music - April 28, 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; www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org)

Loyalty DaysLoyalty Days - April 28–May 1, Newport

Join the celebration! The 60th annual Newport Loyalty Days & Sea Fair Festival takes place from April 28 to May 1. This year’s theme is the “Value of Liberty,” and the jam-packed schedule offers something for everyone.

Originally started in the late 1930s, the festival has evolved to include a traditional hometown parade, the popular Davis Northwest Family Carnival, and numerous Veterans’ and active duty tributes/celebrations—including the annual “Reading of the Names” and the traveling Oregon Memorial Wall. (541-265-8801; www.facebook.com/NewportLoyaltyDays)

Rainspout YachatsRainspout Weekend - April 29–May 1, Yachats

Merriment and music reign over the village of Yachats April 29–May 1 at the Rainspout Music Festival. World-class performers delight concert-goers with an eclectic mix of Celtic, bluegrass, folk, country, gypsy violin, and blues just to name a few. Performing at the festival are Three Twins and a Fish, The Bad Weeds String Band, The Blackberry Bushes Stringband, Rhythm Village, Rio Con Brio, Franz Paul and Sons of the Beaches, Stumptown Swing, Etouffee, and more.

The music and dance festival features artist-hosted jam sessions and a May Day community family dance that includes an actual Maypole. Food and spirits are served at the main venue, the Yachats Commons, during festival hours. (541-961-2915; www.rainspout.org)

OystercatcherOystercatcher Surveys - April 30, May 6 & 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. (www.audubonportland.org/issues/citizen-science)

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. (www.vetmed.oregonstate.edu/pet-day)

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; www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org (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.

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