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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 www.brownpapertickets.com. (541-574-8898; www.samfamshelter.org)

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. (www.facebook.com/sectornorthbend)

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! (www.siletzbaymusic.org)

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; www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org)

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; www.yachats.org)

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. (www.newportsymphony.org)

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; www.coastarts.org)

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; www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org)

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. (sitkacenter.org; 541-994-5485)

courtesy SSG Jesus CruzRiverfront Rhythms - July 7, 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; www.umpquadiscoverycenter.com)

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; www.pcnvchamber.org)

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