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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 volunteer@aquarium.org. (541-867-3474; www.aquarium.org)

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; www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org)

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. (www.gorseblossomfest.com)

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; www.seafoodandwine.com)

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. (www.socc.edu) 

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; www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org)

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; www.internationalpolicemuseum.org)

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. (www.brookingsharborfriendsofmusic.org)

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; www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org)

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; www.yachatsagatefestival.com)

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; www.wintermusicfestival.org)

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; www.NCLCtrust.org)

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. (sjelineo@nehalemtel.net or www.hoffmanblog.org)

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; www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org)

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; www.chinookwindscasino.com)

 

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; www.newportsymphony.org)

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