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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; www.mmi.oregonstate.edu/ommsn)

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.

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; www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org)

Lost youth of Juvie - May 1329, Gold Beach

This May, the Ellensburg Theater in Gold Beach presents a provocative play, Juvie, written by Jerome McDonough. Performance dates are May 1315, 2022, and 2729. 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; www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org)

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. (www.oimb.uoregon.edu/cmlc or www.facebook.com/UOCMLC)

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. (www.hoffmanblog.org)

Tenor Guitar GatheringGuitar Goodness -
May 2529, Astoria

Tenor guitar enthusiasts from far and wide are coming to Astoria for the 7th-annual Tenor Guitar Gathering, May 2529, 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; www.tenorguitarfoundation.org/gathering)

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