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Red ElderberryCape Perpetua Walk - April 19, Yachats

Join Siuslaw National Forest botanist, Marty Stein, on a one-and-a-half hour guided plant walk at Cape Perpetua on Saturday, April 19. The walk starts at 1:30 p.m. and will cover the wonders of skunk cabbage, quirks of pollination, and other stories about native plants on the Oregon Coast. 

“Marty is passionate about protecting native plants, controlling noxious weeds, and the Siuslaw National Forest’s mission to restore natural habitats,” notes Lori Robertson, Cape Perpetua Visitor Center Director. “He wants to promote better understanding of the role of native plants in the environment and is happy to answer visitor questions,” she adds.  

Stein has been a botanist with the Siuslaw National Forest for nine years. Prior to that, he worked at various National Forests throughout Oregon and Washington.

To secure a place on this hike please call 541-547-3289. The hike will be limited to the first 15 people to sign-up.
A $5 day-use pass is required at the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area or possession of appropriate annual pass; both are available at the Visitor Center. There is no cost for the walk and discussion. If unpredictable weather prohibits an outside excursion, Stein will discuss plants on display inside the Visitor Center. www.fs.usda.gov/siuslaw

Easter EggsBarnyard Easter Egg Hunt - April 19, Tillamook

The Blue Heron French Cheese Company in Tillamook will be awash in spring colors at the fourth annual Barnyard Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 when nearly 5,000 brightly colored plastic eggs filled with candy and prizes will be placed in the outdoor picnic area and adjacent field. The Easter Egg hunt begins at 11 a.m. sharp. Don’t forget to get your photo with the Easter Bunny, who will be mingling with the kids.

Before and after the hunt, families can feed the animals in the petting farm and view visiting baby chicks. Live music will be performed by local favorites Ted Arthur and Wayne Tucker. (503-842-8281; www.blueheronoregon.com)

Bandon Wine & CheeseWine & Cheese Extravaganza - April 19, Bandon

It’s an elegant evening filled with wine, cheese, and good times at the annual Bandon Rotary Wine & Cheese Extravaganza on April 19. Those who attend will find a wide selection of domestic and imported wines and cheeses, appetizers, and desserts for sampling. There will also be live and silent auctions and live music, all taking place at
The Barn Community and Conference Center between 6–10 p.m.

The popular Rotary event is a major fundraiser that helps pay for student scholarships, donations to local food banks, reading programs, as well as other local and international causes. Bring your appetite, enjoy the entertainment, and contribute to a good cause at this South Coast soirée. (541-290-9989; www.bandonrotary.org)

Backstreet Gallery - April 30, Florence

Visit the Backstreet Gallery on Wednesday April 30th for they’re after hours reception. The music will rock, swing, and cruise you to the moon! Michael Anderson, a Florence favorite, on guitar with great vocals will be on hand to entertain you.

Backstreet’s Featured Artists of the Month of April are the winners of December’s Little Dickens Miniatures competition; Bonnie Kramer and Tamara Phillips. They, among many other artists, will most likely be there.
There will be food, and beverage, art and artists, along with the great music.

All are welcome to attend and enjoy. There is no cover charge, however, donations for the music are appreciated. This all happens at the Backsttreet Gallery, 1421 Bay Street, from 5-7PM. (backstreetgallery.org; 541-997-8980)


River HouseStaying Late - April 1–May 14, Florence

If you’ve ever stayed in a hotel, you’ve probably wondered, “Why can’t I have my room for a full day? Why do I have to wait until late afternoon to check in, and then have to be out right after I wake up?”

Some in the hotel industry are wondering the same thing, including those at The Old Town Inn and The River House Inn in Florence. Traditionally, hotels with high occupancy rates need a few hours for housekeeping and maintenance staffs to get into rooms and do their jobs; but what about during the off season when occupancy isn’t as high? Some hotels are becoming more flexible and allowing guests up to a full day’s access to the room from the time they check in.

“We’re going to try our own version of this during our off season,” says Craig Sanders, chief operating officer for Hoagland Properties, owners of The Old Town Inn and The River House Inn in Florence. “We want to see if this helps improve our guests’ experience. We’re calling it our ‘flexible check-out.’”
For example, a guest who books a two-night stay and checks in late on a Friday could have the flexibility to check out late on Sunday, giving them more time to relax and enjoy their stay in Florence. The River House Inn and The Old Town Inn will experiment with their flexible check-out, based on advanced requests and availability, from April 1 to May 14, then look at the benefits for the inns and their guests.

“Guests from the Willamette Valley and beyond sometimes arrive in Florence late on a Friday evening, and after a Saturday or Sunday of beachcombing, riding the sand dunes, or enjoying other outdoor pursuits, would like to have a place to come back to, get cleaned-up, and go enjoy a nice dinner without having to rush to get out of their room by 11 a.m.,” he adds.
Earlier this year Hoagland Properties completed nearly three-quarters of a million dollars in upgrades to its two local properties, including new in-room furnishings.

To learn more about the flexible check-out, contact The River House Inn (541-997-3933; www.RiverHouseInn.com) or The Old Town Inn (541-997-7131; www.Old-Town-Inn.com).


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