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Jane KirkpatrickBooks! Books! Books! - September 25–26, Florence

Books of all sizes. Books for children. Books for history buffs and mystery lovers.

Books for romantics and fans of sci-fi. There’s something for everyone at the 5th-annual Florence Festival of Books, taking place at the Florence Events Center.

The fair starts on September 25 with a Publisher’s Panel, open to the public and free of charge, from 3–4:30 p.m. Topics to be covered include traditional publishing, self-publishing, print-on-demand books, and e-books. Then at 7 p.m., Jane Kirkpatrick, popular Northwest author of historical fiction, will be the keynote speaker. This event has a fee of $8 in advance, or $10 at the door. Buy your tickets early as Kirkpatrick has many devoted readers, and this event may sell out.

The Festival of Books, on September 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., has become one of the most popular book fairs in Oregon, both for participants and attendees. The event attracts participants from all over Oregon and beyond. Of the 70-plus authors attending, more than a dozen will read from their books as part of the Featured Readers events scheduled throughout the day. Attendees can purchase books and have them signed and personalized by the authors. If you’re a wannabe author, bring your manuscript or idea. You might be able to pitch it to one of the attending publishers. There is no admission charge to attend the book fair.

For more information, check the FFOB website at www.florencefestivalofbooks.org or contact the Florence Events Center. (541-997-1994; www.eventcenter.org)

Renee Rosnes by Clay Patrick McBrideJazz Party - October 2–4, Newport

Jazz sounds from renowned musicians will eminate from Newport at the annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party, October 2–4 at the Newport Performing Arts Center and Shilo Inn Suites Hotel.

This year, the first session of the party will feature master jazz students from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble. First-time festival musicians include New York City artists Larry Fuller on piano and Gary Smulyan on baritone sax, along with the legendary Bill Charlap–Renée Rosnes Piano Duo, guitarist Frank Potenza, vocalist Mary Stallings, and bassist/vocalist Katie Thiroux. Oregon-based musicians in attendance include Mike Horsfall on piano, drummers Carlton Jackson and Alan Jones, vocalist Marilyn Keller, guitarist Ryan Meagher, Bobby Torres on congas and percussion, and bassist Tom Wakeling.

Festival returnees are favorites John Clayton on bass, Alvester Garnett on drums, pianist Mike Wofford, pianist Bill Mays with his Inventions Trio, Gilbert Castellanos on trumpet, and Rickey Woodard on tenor sax.

Along with plenty of jazz sessions, the festival includes a brewmaster dinner held at the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club, a jazz-themed breakfast at the Shilo Inn, and jazz clinics taught by John Clayton and Frank Potenza. (541-265-ARTS; www.oregoncoastjazzparty.org)

Oktoberfest Florence, OR KiwanisOktoberfest - Florence, October 3

Oktoberfest returns this year from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Oct. 3, to the Florence Event Center in Florence. Enjoy “bier,” German-style food, live polka music, German dancers, raffles, games, and everyone’s favorite: the Wiener dog races.

The 2015 Oktoberfest will again feature the fundraising Big Pancake breakfast on Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., a partnership with the Florence Kiwanis Club. The fundraiser supports ELIMINATE, the Kiwanis program that aims to eradicate maternal-neonatal tetanus.

Throughout the afternoon and evening, enjoy brats, German potato salad, and sauerkraut provided by the Friends of the Florence Event Center in partnership with Florence Regional Arts Alliance; potato soup provided by Siuslaw volleyball; and a variety of other themed foods such as strudel and German chocolate cake provided by other local nonprofits. All food proceeds go to the local nonprofits.

In addition, ‘kinder korner’ activities have been added this year to entertain the youngsters in the family. “What a day we have planned for you!” said Chamber of Commerce director Cal Applebee. (541-997-3128 ; www.florencechamber.com)

Kilchis Point Reserve_AndreasenState of the Bays - October 9–10, Tillamook

Want to learn all about the Tillamook estuaries? The best place to do that is at State of the Bays: 2015, presented by the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership. The two-day event highlights the five bays of Tillamook County, including the estuaries and watersheds.

At 5 p.m. Friday, October 9, TEP staff, partners, and guest speakers will speak about the area and restoration projects at a reception at the Officers’ Mess Hall at the Port of Tillamook. The reception includes a hosted cocktail hour, with light refreshments provided by Pacific Restaurant.

On Saturday, participants can get outside and tour some of the completed estuary projects as part of several expert-led field trips. The event is a great opportunity to learn about the complicated and beautiful watershed systems of the Tillamook area. (503-322-2222; www.tbnep.org)

Paul Galbraith courtesy Peter MackayWater Music - October 9–10, Long Beach, Washington

For more than 30 years, the annual Water Music Festival has featured top-notch performers at iconic locations on the Long Beach Peninsula. The festival is known for its intimate and unique venues, classical and jazzy music, and decadent food and wine. This year, the festival takes place October 9–10, in Ilwaco and Oysterville.

The historic Inn at Harbour Village in Ilwaco hosts the first concert at 7 p.m. October 9 with On the Rocks, the premier all-male a cappella group from the University of Oregon. The evening includes a social half-hour with wine at a no-host bar and a complimentary cheese and fruit buffet.

At noon Saturday, October 10, the Oysterville Church is the place to listen to world-renown classical guitarist Paul Galbraith. Galbraith demonstrates his musical personality in his critically acclaimed renditions. His selections mix classical works by Bach, Haydn, and Brahms with his own arrangements of folk tunes. Galbraith performs his music on an eight-string Brahms guitar, an instrument he helped invent. He said he considers the Brahms guitar an ideal choice with which to interpret the challenging classical music in his highly personal repertoire.

Tickets for the concerts are available on the Water Music Festival website through Brown Paper Tickets. (www.watermusicfestival.com)

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 exhibits are free and open to the public. Activities take place at the Yachats Commons, at Cape Perpetua, at at other locations. An updated schedule is available online. (800-929-0477; www.yachats.org)

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