Oregon NW Community Connection Magazine

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Lincoln City - Beaches, Food, Kite Flying, Glass Blowers and More Until May 30 Finder Keeper Beach Floats Nov 1 plus Nov 2 plus Nov 7 Nov 20-21 Nov 27 Dec 4 Dec 5 Dec 11-12 Dec 11-13 Dec 15 Dec 19 Dec 26-30 Dec 28 Dec 31 Feb 5-15

FromRoadsEndto SiletzBay

New drops weekly Weekly Farmer’s Market 10-3 541-921-5745 Library Book Sale Multiple dates 541-557-9400

Photo Hiking With Pros Tenor Ken Lavigne - Cultural Ctr. Tree Lighting with Santa - Cult. Ctr. Singer Halie Loren - Cult. Ctr.

541-994-3405 541-994-9994 541-994-9994 541-994-9994 541-994-6338 Holiday Craft Sale 10-4 1-888-624-6228 Oakridge Boys Christmas Kids Sing Out - Holiday Show 541-994-9994 Sound of Nature, Sound of Art 541-994-9994 Jingle Bell Jog 5k - Comm. Ctr. 541-994-2131 Grey Whales Whale Watching Week 10am-2pm Library Book Sale Music & Dance at Cultural Ctr. 541-994-9994 800-452-2151 Antique Week

Pop. (2010) 7,930; Elev. 4’; Incorp. 1965

• North Lincoln County Historical Museum 541-996-6614 or 541-996-6698 • Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce 541-994-3070 • Lincoln City Visitors Bureau 801 SW Hwy 101, 541-996-1274 • Be sure to call the Culinary Center in Lincoln City for a list of Classed & Events 541-557-1125

Depoe Bay - The World’s Smallest Harbor • Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce 877-485-8348

Pop. (2010) 1,398; Elev. 7’; Incorp. 1973

Dec 27-31

Whale Watching Week

Whale Watching

Depoe Bay

Spoken Here

By Colette Kimball

Whale watching is a

year round activity on the Oregon coast. Each winter gray whales migrate south to warm-water lagoons in Mexico where expectant mothers give birth and raise their young calves. Then from March to June, the whales travel north again, back to their feeding grounds in Alaska. In all, it is a round trip of approximately 10,000 to 14,000 miles, much of it happening just off our coastline. (Gray whale in picture). “Whale watching takes a lot of patience,” says David Newton, Park Ranger with the Whale Watching Center in Depot Bay. Having a trained volunteer nearby can improve the chances of spotting one. Two weeks a year, once during winter migration and again in the spring, Oregon State Parks

and Recreation sets up 24 “Whale Watching Spoken Here” sites. This program places trained volunteers at good whale watching locations up and down the coast. Ranger Newton says the volunteers help visitors spot the whales and are also available to share information about whales and their migration patterns. He also notes that while whales can be spotted any time of the day, it is easier to see them if the ocean is calm, as the whales can get hidden behind www.OregonCommunityConnection.com

ocean swells and white caps can make spouts hard to see. At the Whale Watching Center in Depot Bay, on the west side of Highway 101, visitors will find informational displays and great views out to the ocean. The center also has a live camera and shows passing whales on a television screen which is good for those people having a hard time finding the whales on their own. December 27-31, 2015, is the next whale watching week. Volunteers will be at the Whale Watching Center in Depot Bay from 10am to 4pm each day, and the 24 Whale Watching Spoken Here sites located along the Oregon Coast from 10am to 1pm. Look for signs or visit www.whalespoken.org to find a specific location. Spring whale watching week happens from March 19-26, 2016.