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The British are coming Short of the staďŹ&#x20AC; room at Hogwarts, there are few places where you can expect to see stars like Maggie Smith, Derek Jacobi, Judi Dench and Michael Gambon all in the same place. But, on Friday, Dec. 27, the Newport Performing Arts Center will be one such place, when the National Theatre Live in HDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebratory review, â&#x20AC;&#x153;50 Years on Stage,â&#x20AC;? graces to the big screen. From its early golden period under the leadership of Laurence Olivier at the Old Vic theatre to its now iconic building in the heart of London, the National Theatre has been home to Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ nest theatrical talent, premiering works by renowned writers such as Harold Pinter, Peter ShaďŹ&#x20AC;er, Tom Stoppard, Alan Bennett and David Hare. From â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Deadâ&#x20AC;? to â&#x20AC;&#x153;The History Boys,â&#x20AC;? from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Antony and Cleopatraâ&#x20AC;? to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Angels in America,â&#x20AC;? from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guys and Dollsâ&#x20AC;? to â&#x20AC;&#x153;War Horse,â&#x20AC;? Nicholas Hytner directs a thrilling evening of live theater, with

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rare glimpses from the archive, featuring many of the original actors who have performed on the Nationalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stages over the past ďŹ ve decades. National Theatre Live is an initiative by the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Theatre to broadcast live performances onto cinema screens around the world. Since its ďŹ rst season, which began in June 2009, more than 750,000 people have experienced the Nationalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work on movie screens worldwide. The Newport screening is presented by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, with support from the Jeannette Hofer Fund at the Oregon Community Foundation and the City of Newport, as well as event hosts Dan Gleason and Wendy Ware. The show will start at 7 pm on the Alice Silverman Theater of the center at 777 W. Olive Street. Tickets are $15.50 for adults, $12.50 for seniors and $10.50 for students and are available by calling the PAC box oďŹ&#x192;ce at 541-265-ARTS (2787) or online at

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Momma told me thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be plays like this Theatre West will raise the curtain on its newest oďŹ&#x20AC;ering on Friday, Dec. 27. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things My Mother Taught Meâ&#x20AC;? is the brand new romantic comedy by Katherine DiSavino, author of the smash comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Naughty Knickers.â&#x20AC;? The play tells the story of Olivia and Gabe, a young couple moving into their ďŹ rst apartment together, halfway across the country from their parents. So imagine their surprise when everyone shows up to help them. Funny and touching, this one will make you laugh out loud and fall in love all over again.

The play is directed by Theatre West veteran Rich Emery, who tangled with DiSavinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Knickersâ&#x20AC;? on stage last season and is fresh from directing this summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fox on the Fairway.â&#x20AC;? Emeryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cast includes Tami Keller as Olivia, Don Bambrough as Max, Shelby Barton as Gabe, Bryan Kirsch as Wyatt, Patti Siberz and Julie Fiedler as Lydia, Sherri Danielson as Karen and Tom Carlson as Carter. Bruce Mace is the assistant director, with Steve GriďŹ&#x192;ths serving as stage manager. Set design is by Bruce Jackson and construction by

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Dennis Gibson. The play will be performed every day from Friday, Dec. 27, through to the New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve Gala on Dec. 31. Doors for the gala open at 7:30 pm and tickets, which include champagne, food and pre-show entertainment, are $50 in advance. After New Year, performances will revert to the normal Thursday through Saturday evenings beginning on Thursday, Jan. 2, and continuing until Saturday, Jan. 18. The Sunday, Dec. 29, presentation will be a 2 pm matinĂŠe instead of an evening performance

Looking for a New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution that will really get the blood ďŹ&#x201A;owing? The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts has just the thing. The group is looking for six actors to perform in â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Little Murder Never Hurt Anyone,â&#x20AC;? a comedy murder romp written by Ron Bernas. The play has two roles for women and four for men, with all roles suitable for people anywhere from their mid-20s to their mid50s. No acting experience is required and backstage positions are also available. Auditions will be held from 2 to 4 pm on Saturday, Jan. 4, and Sunday, Jan 5, at TAPAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Barn Community Playhouse at 12th & Ivy in Tillamook. The play will run from March 28 to April 13, with evening performances each Friday and Saturday and matinĂŠes on Sunday, April 6 and 13. To receive an audition packet, email info@ or contact director Joni Sauer-Folger at 503-812-6113. Those unable to attend auditions can contact Folger to make alternative arrangements.

in an eďŹ&#x20AC;ort to make the play accessible to folks who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make an evening show. On regular performance days, the box oďŹ&#x192;ce is open at 2 pm, the doors open at 7:30 pm and the curtain goes up promptly at 8 pm. To book tickets for all performances, including the New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve Gala, call 541-994-5663, leave a message and someone will call you back. Theatre West is located at 3536 SE Hwy. 101 in Lincoln City. Tickets for the show are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors aged 62 and over and students aged 12 and over; and $8 for children 12 and under. A special group discount is available at $9 per ticket for groups of 10 or more with a prepaid reservation.

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for potty-trained children aged 3 to 11, while the arcade is perfect for those aged 12 and older. Both are open from 6 pm to 2 am, with admission $30 in advance and $35 on the day. Hourly rates are also available. The bingo hall will again be oďŹ&#x20AC;ering its ever-popular New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve feast and celebration from 4:15 pm to midnight. For $100 in advance or $125 at the door, guests can dine, get hats and favors, play the night away and partake of the extra-special drawing. Total payouts for the session will be more than $25,000 and ďŹ ve party people will win up to $2,014 in cash. Dinner starts when the doors open and runs through 6:30 pm. The games begin at 7:30 pm. On New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day at 12:14 am, the casino will kick oďŹ&#x20AC; 2014 by giving away a 2014 BMW 428I; $2,014 in cash; and $1,013 in cash. Winners Circle Members can collect entries for this giveaway now. For more information, call 1-888-CHINOOK (1888-244-6665) or go to

Help dial up some support The transmitter and antenna are up and Lincoln Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new communityoperated radio station, KYAQ, should be on the air early in the New Year. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still time to help set up the studio â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and earn a deduction on your 2013 taxes. The full-power station, based in Toledo, aims to start broadcasting on Jan. 4, at 91.7 FM.

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When Chef Joe Reid took over as head chef at the Dining Room in the Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, he and Sous Chef Doug Williams weren’t happy just keeping with the status quo. “A lot of things have changed since I started working here,” Williams said. “When I first started, the restaurant was more of a steakhouse. We’ve moved away from that towards a more Pacific Northwest seafood style; what people expect when they come to the coast. We have some things that have a Japanese influence, some that have a contemporary French influence. We’ve kept some things on the menu, though, like the Oysters Rockefeller; you have to keep the classics.” And this year, new Food and Beverage Director Lannon Cling joins Reid and Williams to take things to the next level, which he describes as “Northwest Fine

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Dining.” “When I came on there were no tablecloths and we were setting the food far more casually,” Cling said. “Part of the benefit of the tablecloths other than a more classic look is it reduces the clanking on the table from glasses, plates and silverware, so it improves the dining atmosphere. My background is in fine dining; when I came here I definitely wanted to make sure we had the elements in the Dining Room that you need in order to call yourself a fine dining restaurant.” Cling discovered his passion for fine dining while working in an upscale restaurant in Eugene, which inspired him to obtain his bachelor’s degree at the Culinary Institute of America in upstate New York, and then an MBA from Fordham University in New York City. Although a different job brought him back to Oregon, the position at

the Salishan Lodge is what brought him to the coast. “Food and beverage director is what I to do,” he said, “and now I’m doing it at this resort that I’m absolutely crazy about.” One of the things Cling loves about the resort is the openness to new ideas he found in the kitchen. “I love working with Chef Reid and Sous Chef Williams,” he said. “I enjoy that they are using molecular gastronomy and other new experimental cooking techniques, but only to a point; we don’t want to go beyond serving quality food just to be new and experimental. But we do like to always have a surprise, or ‘wow’ factor on each plate, something you wouldn’t expect.” The menu mixes classics, like crab cakes, with new influences. “Crab cakes will likely never come off the menu,” Cling said. “But the presentation will change. For example, this season we’re serving it

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with a red pepper sauce, rather than just butter and lemon juice. That’s also what we will be doing with our other seafood items; we’ll always have salmon, halibut and scallops, but continue to change how they are served; our goal is for guests to be able to depend on getting the quality seafood they want, but be surprised by the presentation and the pairing.” At the same time as fresh ideas and menu items are being introduced in the Dining Room, the team is changing things up in the Attic Lounge. “We’re trying to bring a new level to our cocktails,” Cling said. “We are one of the few finer setting lounges on the coast, so we want our cocktail menu to reflect that.” The menu will also reflect the

season and during the winter will pair well with the fireplace in the lounge. “Right now we’re leaning toward the hot drinks like toddies and creamier Kahlua based drinks,” Cling said. “We’re also incorporating Christmas-esque flavors like cinnamon and nutmeg.” But changing with the seasons isn’t always fast enough for the energetic trio at the Dining Room. “We had been changing the menu with the four seasons,” Cling said. “We will be changing it as frequently as six times a year now. At the end of each month, we will take stock of what customers really responded to and what wasn’t as successful, then keep the ones that were well received and try something new to replace what wasn’t. In that way, we will keep getting better.” Salishan Spa & Golf Resort is five miles south of Lincoln City, in Gleneden Beach. To learn more, or to make hotel or restaurant reservations, head to, or call 541-9212306.

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From north to south, the Central Coast observation stations: Neahkahnie Mountain Historic Marker Turnout on Highway 101 Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint Cape Lookout State Park 2.5-mile hike to site at tip of Cape Cape Kiwanda Inn at Spanish Head Lobby on 10th floor Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint The Whale Watching Center/ Depoe Bay Sea Wall

We pick out the prime spots for Winter Whale Watch Week

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s post-Christmas traditions go on the Oregon Coast, it’s the biggest of them all. Winter Whale Watch Week sees visitors flock to the headlands see gray whales make their annual migration from the Arctic Ocean to the birthing lagoons off the coast of Mexico. Each year, Oregon State Parks sets up 24 observation stations from Cape Disappointment to Crescent City, all staffed with volunteers to help people spot the leviathans as they embark on their 12,000-mile journey. With more than half of those stations within the TODAY’s coverage area, we present the following suggestions for the discerning whale watcher.

Cape Foulweather Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area Don Davis City Park, Newport Cape Perpetua Interpretive Center

Best chance of spotting

Most informative While all the sites are staffed with volunteers, Depoe Bay’s Whale Watching Center boasts a wealth of interpretive displays about whales and other marine life. Spotters reported 33 whales at this location during last year’s event.

Cape Lookout, near Tilamook, proved to be the best site on the Central Coast during last year’s Winter Whale Watch Week, with 86 reported whale sightings. Of those, 44 came on a single day when the weather was sunny and clear.

Most comfortable If you spot better with a martini in your hand, nowhere quite compares to Fathoms Restaurant & Bar on the 10th floor of the Inn at Spanish Head in Lincoln City. Have a drink in the bar or settle down for lunch and help beat last year’s total of 32 whale sightings.

Most nostalgic Generations of visitors to the coast have enjoyed a stop at the Lookout Gift Shop perched atop Cape Foulweather. The sad news of the store’s closure is tempered by the fact that its new owner — Oregon State Parks — plans to preserve the unique building as an interpretive center. Last winter’s whale watch resulted in 16 sightings from this spot.

Each site is clearly identified by a placard reading “Whale Watching Spoken Here” and trained volunteers are on hand from 10 am-1 pm every day. For more details, including a map showing all 24 sites, go to

S’pout time we saw one Interpretive Ranger Ian Fawley says that aside from patience and preparation (ie: dressing for the weather), education is the key to a successful whale-watching trip. With gray whales tending to swim between three and five miles from shore, he says, most sightings are of whale spouts, the exhalation of roughly 400 liters of air that blasts water up to 12 feet from the ocean surface when the whales come up to breathe. Grays tend to surface every 45 seconds to breath when they are migrating, helping watchers on shore predict when and where the next spout will appear.

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Saturday, December 28

Friday, December 27

C ast Calendar

Sunday, December 29

“Things My Mother Taught Me”

Indoor farmers

Sea of Lights

Theatre West • Lincoln City This brand new comedy from Katherine DiSavino tells the story of a young couple who are moving into their first apartment together, halfway across the country from their parents and get a huge surprise when the whole family shows up to help them. 7:30 pm, 3536 SE Hwy. 101. $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and students; and $8 for children 12 and under. To book tickets, call 541-994-5663, leave a message and someone will call you back.

Lincoln County Fairgrounds • Newport Don’t let the chill air stop you from buying local. Join the farmers and crafters at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds Farmers Market, inside the fairgrounds’ main exhibition hall. 10 am-2 pm, 622 NE 3rd Street. FMI, go to

Oregon Coast Aquarium • Newport After hours at the aquarium, guests can enjoy a sparkling array of holiday lights and an opportunity to see Santa take the plunge and try out his SCUBA skills. $8. 5 to 8 pm, 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Road. FMI, go to or call 541-867-3474.

“50 Years on Stage” Newport Performing Arts Center See the finest British theatrical talent from the past half-century in this retrospective focusing on London’s National Theatre. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, the show includes performances from Maggie Smith, Derek Jacobi, Judi Dench and Michael Gambon. 7 pm, 777 W. Olive Street. Tickets, $15.50 for adults, $12.50 for seniors and $10.50 for students, available by calling 541-265-ARTS (2787) or online at

Christmas skate Tillamook County Fairgrounds • Tillamook Take a turn around the skating rink, open from 1 to 4 pm each day from Dec. 26 to Dec. 31. 4603 3rd Street. FMI, contact the fair office at 503-842-2272.

Lincoln City Farmers Market

“Things My Mother Taught Me” Theatre West • Lincoln City This brand new comedy from Katherine DiSavino tells the story of a young couple who are moving into their first apartment together, halfway across the country from their parents and get a huge surprise when the whole family shows up to help them. 7:30 pm, 3536 SE Hwy. 101. $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and students; and $8 for children 12 and under. To book tickets, call 541-994-5663, leave a message and someone will call you back.

Finders Keepers Lincoln City Beaches Maximize your chances of finding a float or other glass treasure by hitting the beach today, when float fairies will be working overtime, hiding extra glass art on the beach. FMI, contact the Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau at 800-452-2151 or go to

Lincoln City Cultural Center Prefer crisp apples to crisp mornings? The cozy confines of the cultural center auditorium are the perfect place to shop for homegrown, home-baked and handcrafted treats. 9 am-3 pm, 540 NE Hwy. 101. FMI, call 541-994-9994. FMI, go to www.

Experiencing Gray Whales Finders Keepers Lincoln City Beaches Maximize your chances of finding a float or other glass treasure by hitting the beach today, when float fairies will be working overtime, hiding extra glass art on the beach. FMI, contact the Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau at 800-452-2151 or go to

“Things My Mother Taught Me” Sea of Lights

Oregon Coast Aquarium • Newport After hours at the aq uariu a sparkling array of ho m, guests can enjoy lid opportunity to see San ay lights and an ta take the plunge an d try out his SCUBA ski lls. $8. 5 to 8 pm, 282 0 S.E Ferry Slip Road. FMI, go to or . call 541-867-3474.

Monday, December 30

Theatre West • Lincoln City A special matinée performance of the brand new comedy from Katherine DiSavino. The play tells the story of a young couple who are moving into their first apartment together, halfway across the country from their parents and get a huge surprise when the whole family shows up to help them. 2 pm, 3536 SE Hwy. 101. $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and students; and $8 for children 12 and under. To book tickets, call 541-994-5663, leave a message and someone will call you back.

Cape Perpetua Visitor Center • Yachats Make the most of Winter Whale Watch Week with these presentations by interpretive naturalist Michael Noack, who has trained whale watch volunteers and been involved with whale research. 11:30 am and 1:30 pm, three miles south of Yachats on Highway 101. FMI, call 541-547-3289.

Crab Fishery Day Oregon Coast Aquarium • Newport Scuttle down to the aquarium to learn all about Oregon’s most crucial crustacean, with a dissection demonstration, tales of the fishing industry, recipes and activities for kids, including a crab-sorting race. Free with price of admission. 10 am-5 pm, 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Road. FMI, go to or call 541-867-3474.

“Things My Mother Taught Me” Theatre West • Lincoln City This brand new comedy from Katherine DiSavino tells the story of a young couple who are moving into their first apartment together, halfway across the country from their parents and get a huge surprise when the whole family shows up to help them. 7:30 pm, 3536 SE Hwy. 101. $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and students; and $8 for children 12 and under. To book tickets, call 541-994-5663, leave a message and someone will call you back.

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Wednesday, January 1

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Thursday, January 2

Friday, January 3

Saturday, January 4

New Year’s Eve Dinner

Midnight Masquerade

Devils Lake Dunk

New Year’s guided hike

“Things My Mother Taught Me”

Resolution Run & Polar Bear Plunge

“Things My Mother Taught Me”

Pelican Pub & Brewery • Pacific City Celebrate the beginning of 2014 with a special three-course dinner, live music and a Pelican beer toast at midnight. $50 per person. Reservations required. FMI, or to book tickets, go to and follow the links for ‘store’ and ‘event tickets.’ 5:30 pm–midnight, 33180 Cape Kiwanda Drive.

Toledo Elks Club Take a peek inside the Elks hall at this prospective members’ night, with live music from Argosy beginning at 8 pm. No Cover. A dinner of seafood platter or chicken marsala is available from 6-8 pm for $18, reservations required. Doors open at 5:30 pm, 123 SE Alder street. FMI, call 541-336-2276.

Regatta Park • Lincoln City First comes the dunk, then come the donuts, with sweet treats on offer for all who brave the just-above-freezing waters of the lake. Dunk happens at 11 am, sharp. Don’t be late or you must dunk alone. Regatta Park is located just off NE West Devils Lake Road.

South Beach State Park • Newport Explore the foredunes and wetlands of the park with this walk along the historic South Jetty, giving the chance to view an abundant gathering of wintering waterfowl and shore birds that find their way into the Yaquina Bay. 10 am, meet at the Jetty trailhead in the day use area. FMI, contact Ranger Brian Fowler at brian.fowler@state. or call 541-272-0728.

Theatre West • Lincoln City This brand new comedy from Katherine DiSavino tells the story of a young couple who are moving into their first apartment together, halfway across the country from their parents and get a huge surprise when the whole family shows up to help them. 7:30 pm, 3536 SE Hwy. 101. $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and students; and $8 for children 12 and under. To book tickets, call 541-994-5663, leave a message and someone will call you back.

Rogue Brewery • Newport What better way to cap off a 5-kilometer route through Newport than by diving into Yaquina Bay? Rogue is offering hot chili and chowder for all runners and a free beer for all adult plungers. Adult registration is $25 in advance and $35 on the day. Kids’ registration is free in advance and $10 on the day.11 am, 2320 SE Marine Science Drive. FMI, go to www. or email info@

Theatre West • Lincoln City This brand new comedy from Katherine DiSavino tells the story of a young couple who are moving into their first apartment together, halfway across the country from their parents and get a huge surprise when the whole family shows up to help them. 7:30 pm, 3536 SE Hwy. 101. $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and students; and $8 for children 12 and under. To book tickets, call 541-994-5663, leave a message and someone will call you back.

Dinner and a show

Resident Show & Tell

Bay City Arts Center A pay-what-you-will donation dinner at 5:30 pm will be followed by a jazz guitar performance from renowned guitarist John Stowell at 7 pm. Concert admission $8. 5680 A Street. FMI, call 503-377-9620, or go to

Sitka Center for Art & Ecology • Otis Take a stroll around the grounds and studios while artists-in-residence show their work and share their creativity with the community. Light refreshments provided. Free. 1 pm, 56605 Sitka Drive. FMI 541994-5485

Let there be dancing

A full house

Lincoln City Cultural Center Swing into the New Year with this fund-raising bash hosted by Let There Be Arts and featuring the Lincoln Pops Big Band. Tickets, $50 in advance and $60 on the door, include hors d’oeuvres, two drink tickets and a midnight toast. 8:30 pm-12:30 am, 540 NE Hwy. 101. For details, call 541-994-9994 or go to www. or www.

Chinook Winds Casino Resort • Lincoln City Countdown to 2014 with free party hats, favors and noisemakers on the casino floor — or settle in for the New Year’s Eve bingo feast, offering $25,000 in payouts for a $100 entry fee ($125 on the door). Bingo meal runs from 4:15-6:30 pm, games start at 7:30 pm, 1777 NW 44th Street. FMI, call 1-888-CHINOOK.

First Day Hike Neahkahnie Mountain • Manzanita Marvel at Sitka spruce, western red cedar and western hemlock as you ascend the mountain’s south face, guided by the Nehalem Bay Management Unit rangers. 10 am, at the south trail head. Look for hiker signs on Hwy. 101, between mileposts 41 and 42 just north of Manzanita

Looking for New Year’s music? The Lincoln Pops

New Year’s Eve Gala Theatre West • Lincoln City Enjoy a performance of Katherine DiSavino’s comedy, “Things My Mother Taught Me” complete with champagne, food and pre-show entertainment. 7:30 pm, 3536 SE Hwy. 101.Tickets, $50 apiece, available by calling 541-994-5663. Leave a message and someone will call you back.

Check out our soundwaves listings on page 17 for parties all along the Oregon Coast, including four at Chinook Winds Casino Resort.

New Year’s Eve bingo Rockaway Lions Club • Rockaway Beach A chance to dab your way into the New Year. FMI, contact the City of Rockaway Beach at 503-355-2291.

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New Year Hike Beverly Beach State Park This 2-mile trek along the Spencer Creek Nature Trail will give walkers a close look at the park’s conifer trees, native plants and wildlife. 10 am, leaving from the day use area, rain or shine. FMI, contact Ranger Renee Fowler at 541-270-9127 or or.

Manzanita Polar Plunge

Neahkahnie Beach • Manzanita Don’t even think about wearing a wetsuit for this mad dash into the frigid waters of the Pacific Ocean — a tutu on the other hand… Be at the beach at 10:30 am to prepare for an 11 am start. Turn right at the west end of Laneda Avenue. Bring warm clothes for the post-plunge bonfire. FMI, call Spa Manzanita, at 503-368-4777.

Mosaic workshop Floweree Community Center • Toledo Lend a hand in this effort to create a 40-by-11 foot ceramic, glass and pebble mosaic mural at the entrance to the old Mary Harrison Elementary School building. 5 to 8 pm in Suite 3 of the center, located in the old school at 321 SE 3rd Street.

New Year’s Day Peace Hike Yachats Commons The fourth year running for this 6-mile round–trip hike from the Commons to the Amanda statue. There will be a wreath ceremony and flute music at the statue and a reception upon return to the Commons. 10 am, 441 Hwy. 101 N. FMI, contact Lauralee at or 541-547-3640.

“Things My Mother Taught Me” Theatre West • Lincoln City 7:30 pm, 3536 SE Hwy. 101. $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and students; and $8 for children 12 and under. To book tickets, call 541994-5663, leave a message and someone will call you back. See Dec. 27 for full listing.

Open Mic Variety Ona Lounge • Yachats Musicians, singers, poets, performing artists and viewers all welcome every first and third Thursday from 6-8 pm. Happy hour menu available all evening. 131 Hwy 101 N.

Kill ‘em dead Barn Community Playhouse • Tillamook Try out for a role in Ron Bernas’ macabre comedy romp, “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anyone.” Director Joni Sauer-Folger is looking for two women and four men, aged anywhere from mid-20s to mid-50s. No acting experience required. Backstage positions also available. 2-4 pm, 12th & Ivy. Continues Jan. 5.

Guitar workshop

Bay City Arts Center Join renowned guitarist John Stow ell for a two-hour workshop focusing on jazz guitar phrasing and melodies. $20, open to all ages. 1 pm, 5680 A Stree t. FMI, call 503-377-9620, or go to www .

Indoor farmers Lincoln County Fairgrounds • Newport Don’t let the chill air stop you from buying local. Join the farmers and crafters at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds Farmers Market, inside the fairgrounds’ main exhibition hall. 10 am-2 pm, 622 NE 3rd Street. FMI, go to

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An Oregon Coast

Christmas Carol PART 2


fter taking a cursory look at his dead uncle’s beachfront property via Google Earth, Scrooge was positively giddy at the prospect of developing it. The only problem was that Scrooge had to travel to Oregon — in winter (he’d have to buy an umbrella) — to deal with Marley’s home, a ramshackle structure that offended Scrooge’s cookiecutter architectural mentality. Scrooge asked his girlfriend if she wanted to accompany him and she responded with an epithet followed by the word “no!” Her tan, you know? Scrooge flew first class into Portland on a rainy afternoon and was bewildered by the color: a congealed green and gray. How did these people live here? What motivated them? He rented a Humvee and sped west to the coast. He never stopped talked on his phone the entire two-hour drive and was impervious to noticing anything like a rushing river or a bear eating blackberries on the side of the highway. Besides, he had “Iron Man 3” playing the whole time. It took Scrooge mere seconds after seeing

Marley’s home to decide a course of action: he hired an excavator to raze the place the next day, on Christmas Eve, and haul everything away to the dump. The demolition would cost Scrooge triple because of the holiday but so what? He could afford it and wanted the chore over immediately so he could fly home and visit a strip club on Christmas Eve. Scrooge briefly considered venturing inside the strange house to investigate, but he was a totally incurious man outside of a curiosity about how to accumulate more money. He checked himself into a motel. He’d meet the excavator in the morning, film the destruction for his blog, and then hustle home to implement his gilded dream for the property: Mediterranean-themed condos with a razor-wire fence to repel the freeloaders. At 2 am, a loud knocking on the door roused Scrooge. He was afraid and called out but no one answered. The knocking accelerated. Scrooge frantically searched for his phone but couldn’t find it. A minute passed and finally Scrooge arose and opened the door. He beheld three elderly barefooted men with flowing white hair, dressed in dark suits. They each held staffs hewn from driftwood and wore necklaces of hairy tritons, the state shell.

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“Who are you?” said Scrooge. “What is the meaning of this?” “We are the ghosts of Oregon beaches past, present and future,” said the tallest one. “I’m Governor Tom McCall, this is Governor Oswald West and Governor Bob Straub. And you sir, are an interloper, a grasping wastrel of the land, a hungry hussy for profit.” “Let us depart, we haven’t much time,” said West. “By the way Mr. Scrooge, no selfish interest, through politics or otherwise, shall be permitted to impair or destroy our great birthright.” “What great birthright?” “Oregon’s publicly owned beaches!” the ghosts thundered in unison. They held their staffs aloft, sparks exploded, and away everyone flew. Their first stop was 1912 and they watched West ride his horse over Neahkahnie Mountain, a feat that inspired him to draft a 66-word bill that later became law. It declared the wet sand portions of the ocean beaches a public highway and thus in the public trust forever. “This started it all,” said West. “The people’s coast began here.” Cannon Beach circa 1966 was their next destination. They watched a beachfront motel owner assert a private property claim into the dry sands area, a heretofore unthinkable act that ignited an epic legislative battle that culminated with the passage of the Beach Bill in 1967. By signing it into law, McCall had protected the Oregon public’s right to the “free and uninterrupted” use of their ocean beaches…forever. “It’s on to Nestucca Spit now!” boomed Straub, and soon they observed how in 1968, as State Treasurer, he singlehandedly slew the Department of Transportation’s insane plan to relocate Highway 101 down a pristine stretch of beach in Pacific City. “This was the greatest achievement of my political life,” Straub told Scrooge. “I simply refused to give up when everyone was in favor of the highway. They called it ‘progress.’ I did it for my grandchildren, the future of Oregon.” After Nestucca Spit, they flew to Malibu, Long Island, South Carolina, Martha’s Vineyard and Florida. They saw beaches with fences, gates, barricades, retaining walls, boardwalks, video cameras, “no trespassing” and “private property” signs, security guards, hot dog stands and no dogs allowed. Continued on Page 15

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McCall was apoplectic. “Look at that dandified disgrace! Citizens denied the blessed mirth of beaches because they can’t afford to check into a motel. Or because there is no public beach at all! This is your legacy Scrooge. Naked, unbridled, garish greed.” “There is such thing as a grand public good Scrooge,” said West, “something monumentally larger and richer than anything you could ever imagine. It’s called community. In Oregon, our free beaches create a recreational and spiritual community found nowhere else in the world. You apparently could use some of that yourself.” Scrooge didn’t know how to respond. He’d never heard such stirring words. What was this ridiculous place called Oregon? He marveled how they’d done it differently here. “We have one last place to visit Scrooge and then you are free to go,” said McCall. Moments later they were standing behind a group of surfers sitting around a small beach bonfire. They were talking about Scrooge and how they turned up to protest the razing of Marley’s house. “Can you believe he died on top of the bulldozer like that, a heart attack like his uncle? Instant karma always gonna get ya!” said a woman. A few surfers laughed. “I felt sorry for him,” said a man. “Sorry?” said the woman. “He looked like the most vacant soulless man I’ve ever seen and that was from a hundred feet away.” “No! No!” Scrooge screamed. He went to his knees and wept. “Spirits, I don’t want to die! I have good in me yet! Please! I can show you!” “Show your community,” said Straub. “That’s all that matters in the world.” The spirits then vanished and Scrooge heard nothing but the old sound of the ocean. He heard it for the first time in his life. The tide came in and swept over his loafers. He took them off and flung them into the sea. All his clothes followed. Scrooge woke up at the crack of dawn and quickly packed his things. He jumped in the Humvee and raced to his uncle’s house where a crew had gathered. Several bulldozers were idling and someone had decorated dumpsters with garland. Scrooge found the boss and called the whole thing off. He paid them for their time and they left. Next, Scrooge drove to the surf shop. It was open. He walked up to long-haired proprietor and said, “I’m Ebenezer Scrooge and I need a surf board, a wetsuit and a big favor from you.” That afternoon, approximately 300 surfers and two dozen dogs gathered at Marley’s home for the inaugural Old Marley Christmas Float. Scrooge had a bonfire raging when they arrived and everyone brought loaves, fishes and beer. The kids pitched in to decorate a shaggy shore pine with strands of kelp. Scrooge delivered a brief speech vowing to uphold the spirit of his uncle and said all he wanted for Christmas was to hear stories about him. Then Scrooge called his girlfriend. Naturally he got her voicemail. “I’m not coming back. You can have everything, the condo, the cars, the rugs. Sell it. Keep it. Give it away. I don’t care.” He shut off the phone and cast it wordlessly into the fire. The crowd went wild. Scrooge faced them and said to no one in particular, “Hey, is someone going to teach me how to surf? And where can I get a dog? I’m going to name it Tiny Tim.”


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With learning opportunities coming from all sides, visitors to the Oregon Coast Aquarium will ďŹ nd themselves in something of a pincer movement when Crab Fishery Day gets underway on Monday, Dec. 30. With the Dungeness crab season now open, aquarium staďŹ&#x20AC; will be scuttling around, hosting interactive crabthemed activities to help visitors learn a little more about the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most crucial crustacean. A crab-style lunch will give guests the opportunity to see a live Dungeness crab eat, while a dissection will allow people to learn about the animalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique adaptations as well as how to clean crabs for consumption. In The Sea & Me exhibit

gallery, kids can test their crabsorting skills in a race to beat professional ďŹ shermenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s times. The aquariumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theatre will host a story time and kids will also get the chance to hold live hermit crabs and don kid-sized ocean survival suits. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will be on hand to provide information about recreational clamming and crabbing, complete with live crabs and clams to help visitors learn how to identify their potential catch. The Newport Fishermenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wives will share seafood recipes and stories of the local ďŹ shing industry, while the Lincoln County Historical Society will tell tales of the history of ďŹ shing oďŹ&#x20AC; Newportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shores. Crab Fishery Day is one of several ďŹ sheries days the

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The Bay City Arts Center will host renowned guitarist John Stowell for an afternoon of jazz guitar instruction and an evening of musical performance on Saturday, Jan. 4. Stowell has taught internationally for 30 years and brings a wide range of jazz theory and collaboration to bear on his style and unique jazz sound. He has performed all over the country with artists including Lalo Schifren, Paul Horn and Larry Coryell. In his informal hands-on workshops, Stowell aims to help musicians from beginner to advanced cultivate new jazz techniques and skills to pursue their musical passion. Stowell will instruct students in the art of jazz guitar phrasing and melodies in a two-hour workshop starting at 1 pm. The registration fee is $20 and all ages are welcome to participate. At 5:30 pm the center will throw open its doors for a pay-what-you-will donation dinner, followed by a jazz guitar performance by Stowell at 7 pm. Admission to the concert is $8 at the door. Folks signing up for the workshop and the concert receive a discount and pay only $25 for both. For more information or to book a spot, call 503-377-9620, or go to

s o u n d wa v e s Friday, Dec. 27 THE BRET LUCICH SHOW — Come listen to the Bret Lucich Music

Experience – singer-songwriter, entertainer and musician, impersonations and comedy. 8-11 pm, Surftides Resort Mist Lounge, 2945 NW Jetty Avenue, Lincoln City, 1-800-452-2159. MICHAEL DANE — The famous Michael on piano and guitar, playing modern classics with Hawaiian style. 6-10 pm. Gracie’s Sea Hag, 58 SE Hwy. 101, Depoe Bay, 541-765-2734. UNDRTOW — Celebrate Chief Ibin’s birthday with island beats from Lincoln County’s homegrown reggae band. 7-9 pm, Cecil’s Dirty Apron, 912 N Coast Hwy, Newport, 541-264-8360. JIM VAN HOEK AND THE BLACK SHEEP — Van Hoek leads the band with an unusual guitar style and passionate vocals . 6-8 pm, Club 1216, Canyon Way Bookstore and Restaurant, 1216 SW Canyon Way, Newport, 541-265-8319. ELIZABETH CABLE — Original folk and blues. 6-8 pm, Savory Cafe & Pizzeria, 562 NW Coast Street, Newport. LUCKY GAP — The five piece acoustical group plays elements of bluegrass, Celtic and swing. With the familiar bluegrass lineup of Chaz Malarkey on guitar, Bob Llewellyn on banjo, Jerry Robbins on fiddle, Linda Sickler on dobro and Mike Harrington on bass. 7 pm, Café Mundo, 209 NW Coast Street, Newport, 541-574-8134. BAD WEEDS — 6:30-9 pm, The Drift Inn, 124 Hwy. 101 N., Yachats, 541-547-4477.

Saturday, Dec. 28

THE BRET LUCICH SHOW — Come listen to the Bret Lucich Music Experience – singer-songwriter, entertainer and musician, impersonations and comedy. 8-11 pm, Surftides Resort Mist Lounge, 2945 NW Jetty Avenue, Lincoln City, 1-800452-2159. TED VAUGHN BLUES BAND — 9 pm, Snug Harbor Bar & Grill, 5001 SW Hwy. 101, Lincoln City, 541-996-4976. THE TOMMY HOGAN BAND — A high-energy and soulful performance that includes award-winning music, blazing guitar, booming, soulful smooth vocals, wailing harmonica and rhythm section with bass and drums. 9 pm, Roadhouse 101, 4649 SW Hwy 101, Lincoln City, 541-994-7729. MICHAEL DANE — The famous Michael on piano and guitar, playing

modern classics with Hawaiian style. 6-10 pm, Gracie’s Sea Hag, 58 SE Hwy. 101, Depoe Bay, 541-765-2734. LARRY BLAKE JAZZ BAND — 7-9 pm, Cecil’s Dirty Apron, 912 N Coast Hwy, Newport, 541-264-8360. HIGH FIDELITY — Rockin’ blues, some rock, and just some good foot-tapping music. 8:30-11:30 pm, Nana’s Irish Pub, 613 NW 3rd Street, Newport, 541-574-8787. ORIGINAL FACE TRIO — More salt water fusion. 7 pm, Café Mundo, 209 NW Coast Street, Newport, 541-574-8134. CLEAN SLATE DUO — Ever heard of “Electracoustic Bluesic?” It translates as indie rock/americana in a bluesy-ish yet up tempo feel and a jazzy tilt. The Clean Slate duo coined the term. Now come and hear them play some. 6 pm, Green Gables Italian Café and Restaurant, 156 SW Coast Street, Newport, 541-574-0986. PAST FORWARD — Nostalgic tunes from the 1920s to the 1960s, like popular standards, show tunes and bossa nova. 6:30-9 pm, The Drift Inn, 124 Hwy. 101 N., Yachats, 541-547-4477.

Sunday, Dec. 29 OREGON COAST JAM SOCIETY — More jams than James Bond

could get into given a briefcase of Russian microfilm, an Aston Martin and an exploding pen. 4 pm, Old Oregon Tavern, 1604 Hwy. 101, Lincoln City, 541-994-8515. HANNAH & FREDDIE — 8:30 pm, Snug Harbor Bar & Grill, 5001 SW Hwy. 101, Lincoln City, 541-996-4976. MICHAEL DANE — The famous Michael on piano and guitar, playing modern classics with Hawaiian style. 6-10 pm, Gracie’s Sea Hag, 58 SE Hwy. 101, Depoe Bay, 541-765-2734. LOZELLE JENNINGS — presents The Pentacoastal Blues Jam. 4-7 pm, Cecil’s Dirty Apron 912 N. Coast Hwy., Newport, 541-264-8360. BEVERLY RITZ — This master of solo piano jazz performs jazz classics and elegant original jazz and blues over Sunday brunch. Noon-2 pm, Café Mundo, 209 NW Coast St., Newport, 541-574-8134. Listings are free. Venues and music makers RICHWOOD — Acoustic duo. 6:30-9 in Lincoln or Tillamook counties are invited pm, The Drift Inn, 124 Hwy. 101 N., Yachats, 541-547-4477. to submit concerts, photos and corrections in writing. Email them to Listings are organized from Monday, Dec. 30 north to south, and the descriptions are RIK JAMES — Classic guitar. 7-9 pm, Cegenerally provided by the venue. Entrance cil’s Dirty Apron, 912 N Coast Hwy, Newport, is free unless otherwise indicated. 541-264-8360.

RICHARD SHARPLESS — Folk, guitar and vocals. Originals and covers. 6:30-9 pm, The Drift Inn, 124 Hwy. 101 N., Yachats, 541-547-4477.

Tuesday, Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve RAMBLE ON — Go in through the out door of 2014 with this Led Zeppelin tribute band. 9 pm, San Dune Pub, 127 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, 503-368-5080. THE ROCKHOUNDS — are providing the music for this New Year’s Eve Party. Champagne toast and party favors at midnight. 9 pm-1:30 am, 34975 Brooten Road, Pacific City, 503-965-9991. JETSET — Step into the New Year in style with this dance band. 9 pm, Aces Sports Bar and Grill, 3245 NE Clubhouse Drive at the end of NE West Devils Lake Blvd., Lincoln City, 541-994-8232. DJ METAL — A dance party to spin you into the New Year. $20. 10 pm-2am, Rogue River Steakhouse Lounge, 1777 NW. 44th Street, 1-888-244-6665. BIG NIGHT OUT — Show 2013 the door with the help of this high-energy, 12-piece rock, pop, funk and show band. 9 pm, Chinook Winds Convention Center, 1777 NW. 44th Street, 1-888-244-6665. TY CURTIS BAND — Welcome 2014 with everything from soulful ballads to roadhouse rockers to reggae and blues. 9 pm, Chinook’s Seafood Grill, 1501 NW 40th Place, Lincoln City, 1-888-244-6665. THE BRET LUCICH SHOW — Come bring in the New Year’s Eve with this local favorite. Come early to enjoy some dinner before an unforgettable performance with lots of dance music. You’re guaranteed to have the time of your life. 9 pm-1 am, Surftides Resort Mist Lounge, 2945 NW Jetty Avenue, Lincoln City, 1-800-452-2159. UNDRTOW — Lincoln County’s homegrown reggae band brings the island beat north to ring in the New Year. 9 pm, Roadhouse 101, 4649 SW Hwy 101, Lincoln City, 541-994-7729. NEW YEARS EVE PARTY — Live Music by The Bucket List. Steak and lobster dinner special. 9 pm, Snug Harbor Bar & Grill, 5001 SW Hwy. 101, Lincoln City, 541-996-4976. BETH WILLIS — Rock in the New Year at The Attic Lounge! The night features a champagne toast, a balloon drop, and a band ready to play your favorites. Come out and party! 9 pm-1 am, Attic Lounge, Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, Gleneden Beach, 541-764-2371. SAUNDRA SHREVE AND ELIZABETH CABLE — Rawk into the New Year with two local singers who will get into your sou with electric guitars, original songs and a killer drummer/singer named Donnie MacFarlane. 9 pm until folks are done, Moby Dick’s Seafood & Spirits, 448 SW Coast Hwy., Newport, 541-265-7847 TONY KALTENBURG — From the wild and misty Oregon coast speaks a powerful voice for the mystical guitar tradition, with roots extending back through the innovative works of Fahey, Kottke and Hedges. 6:30-9 pm, The Drift Inn, 124 Hwy. 101 N., Yachats, 541-547-4477.


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And to everyone brave enough to take on one of these icy New Year dips Patrick Alexander Oregon Coast TODAY


ne of the most wonderful things about the dawning of a brand new year is the sheer wealth of possibilities it offers. And for people looking to welcome 2014 with an icy dip on the Oregon Coast, there is an option to suit everyone’s pain tolerance — a lake, a bay and the Pacific Ocean itself. While many New Year dunks require just a moment or two of courage to jump into the water, the Manzanita Polar Plunge calls for a little more dedication. Taking place on the broad sands of Neahkahnie Beach, the challenge gives participants quite a while to reflect on their fate as they race toward the distant ocean. “What’s really kind of trippy is when it’s low tide and it takes forever to get to the water,” organizer Janice Gaines said. “You start out running like a bat out of hell and by the time you are halfway there, you are out of breath.” After diving into the water, which should be about 50 degrees, plungers get to savor the brisk effect of chill coastal air on wet skin as they sprint back to the dry sand where Gaines’ husband, Mike, tends the post-dunk bonfire.

The event is growing fast, with well over a hundred people taking the plunge last year. While wet suits are frowned upon, dressing up is encouraged, with last year’s outfits including reindeer antlers, a kilt and a tutu. The plunge happens at 11 am sharp on Wednesday, Jan. 1, with all participants asked to be at the beach by 10:30 am. To get there, turn right at the end of Laneda Avenue. For more information, call Gaines at Spa Manzanita, 503-368-4777.

anyone taking part in this year’s dunk can expect it to be the coldest ever, with water temperatures hovering around the mid 30s. The Wednesday, Jan. 1, dunk begins at 11 am sharp and is normally over by about 11:01 am, by which time dunkers are warming up with towels, hot coffee and donuts. Regatta Park is located off NE West Devils Lake Road in Lincoln City. When you see a giant dragon sculpture looming above the lake, you’re there.

Dunk, then donuts

Grin and bear it

If a measly 48 degrees isn’t enough to get your blood flowing, maybe you need to head to south Lincoln City, where the Devils Lake Dunk will be returning for its fifth eyeopening year. Unlike the plungers up north, the dunkers forego the cardio of a long beach sprint in favor of a quick dash into the lake at Regatta Park, with some choosing to jump in from the dock. And yes, that is the same lake that was iced up around the edges during the recent cold snap. Lake Manager Paul Robertson said

Farther south still, the Polar Bear Plunge offers another brisk start to 2014 with a dip in the waters of Yaquina Bay. The Saturday, Jan. 4, event, serves as the grand finale to the Resolution Run, organized by Coast Hills Events. The run takes participants on a 5-kilometer route through Newport before circling back to the bay. As soon as they are cheered across the finish line, runners have the option of sending the crowd into rapturous applause by flinging themselves into the water. Event sponsor Rogue Ales is providing hot

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chili and chowder to all the runners and — as an added incentive to take the plunge — a free beer to all adults who brave the frigid bay. Adult registration is $25 in advance and $35 on the day. Kids’ registration is free in advance and $10 on the day. The run begins at 11 am at the Rogue Brewery, 2320 SE Marine Science Drive. For more information or to sign up, go to or email For more ways to welcome the New Year while keeping your feet on dry land, turn the page.

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Step it up for 2014 Welcome the New Year with one of these guided hikes

Walkers looking to get a little perspective in the first day of the New Year are in luck, a First Day Hike up Neahkahnie Mountain near Manzanita will offer the chance to see the coast from a whole new angle. The Wednesday, Jan. 1, hike, organized by the Nehalem Bay Management Unit of Oregon State Parks, will take participants up the south face of Neahkahnie, passing through giant Sitka spruce, western red cedar and western hemlock rainforest and providing breathtaking views of the ocean. The hike is moderately difficult, with steep and uneven terrain and mud in places along the trail. Walkers should wear appropriate shoes, dress for inclement weather and bring water and a snack.

The event starts at 10 am at the south trail head. To get there, look for hiker signs on Hwy. 101, between mileposts 41 and 42 just north of Manzanita. Signs point to a gravel road on east side of the highway. Follow the road about a quarter mile to the trailhead parking area.

Yachats Peace Hike Fresh air, camaraderie, music and reflection are the hallmarks of the Annual New Year’s Day Peace Hike, which returns to Yachats for its fourth year on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Organized by the Yachats Trails Committee, the hike takes walkers on a 6-mile round trip from the Yachats Commons along the south 804 Trail, across the bridge and along Yachats Ocean Road to the Amanda Trail.

The original artwork for the pin, created by renowned wildlife artist and lower Umpqua Tribal member Pam Stoehsler, will be on display and copies of Slyter’s flute CD, “Amanda,” will also be available. Participants should meet 10 am on Wednesday, Jan. 1, at the Yachats Commons, 441 Hwy. 101 N. The hike is on both paved road and narrow dirt trail surfaces with some stairs and moderate inclines. Participants should dress for changeable weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring walking sticks if they have them. In the event of heavy rain or wind, the hike will be shortened and follow an alternate route. For more information, contact Lauralee at or 541547-3640.

The final destination is the Amanda Statue, erected honor of a blind woman of the Coos Tribe whose suffering has come South Beach to epitomize the injustices of the coast’s reservation State Park years. At the statue, the Rangers at South Beach group will be invited to State Park are inviting participate in a wreath people to join them for ceremony and offer a New Year’s guided blessings for peace in hike through the park’s the New Year. Native timeless foredunes on American flute playing will Wednesday, Jan. 1. be provided by Doc Slyter The Amanda statue at The hike, organized Cape Perpetua and Mary-Beth Nickel. by Oregon State Parks Hikers will then be in conjunction with invited to walk or shuttle back to the America State Parks, will also pass Commons for more camaraderie, through the wetlands that are home refreshments and to collect their to a diverse community of plants and commemorative Peace Hike pin. animals.


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Rangers will lead walkers along the historic South Jetty, giving the chance to view an abundant gathering of wintering waterfowl and shore birds that find their way into Yaquina Bay. The 2-mile hike will start at 10 am at the Jetty trailhead located in the day use area and will take about an hour and a half on paved trails and dirt paths. Participants should dress for the weather as the hike will go ahead rain or shine. Hot coffee and tea will be available for participants to fight off the winter cold. For more information, contact Ranger Brian Fowler at brian. or call 541-2720728.

Beverly Beach State Park Meanwhile, rangers at Beverly Beach State Park will be leading a guided hike on the Spencer Creek Nature Trail. Covering two miles of trails around the campground, the walk will give participants a closer look at the variety of conifer trees, native plants and wildlife in the park. The hike will leave from the Beverly Beach day use parking lot at 10 am on Wednesday, Jan. 1, rain or shine and will last about an hour. Hot coffee and tea will be available to help keep the cold at bay. For more information, contact Ranger Renee Fowler at 541 2709127 or or.

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New (Year), pussycat Anyone who lives with a cat knows that the meow is a mercurial, everchanging sound â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at times a gentle mew and at others a cantankerous wail. But regardless of its volume or tone, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impossible to ignore. So, when organizers of the Let There Be Arts New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve gala promise that their event will be the catâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meow, people should prick up their ears and take notice.

The Tuesday, Dec. 31, bash will see the 20-piece Lincoln Pops Big Band play guests into 2014 with swing and big band-era classics from 8:30 pm to 12:30 am at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. Tickets for the semi-formal aďŹ&#x20AC;air are $50 in advance or $60 on the door and include hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres, two drink tickets and a midnight toast. Funds raised will help the nonproďŹ t group continue working

on art projects with Lincoln County schoolchildren, such as the recently completed mosaic mural on the Jennifer Sears Glass Studio, depicting a huge salmon. Tickets for the New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bash are on sale at the cultural center, 540 NE Hwy. 101. For details, call 541-994-9994 or go to or

This weekend will oďŹ&#x20AC;er guests at the Oregon Coast Aquarium a last chance to enjoy the Sea of Lights celebration â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a painstakingly crafted display of thousands of twinkling lights and holiday decorations. Previously a one-time event, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show is open every Saturday and Sunday in December from 5 to 8 pm. Admission is $8 per person. As well as admiring the lights and the aquarium displays, guests get the chance to see Santa show oďŹ&#x20AC; his SCUBA skills as he dives into the Coastal Waters tank at 6 and 7 pm each evening. The aquarium is also accepting donations of non-perishable food for Food Share of Lincoln County; pet food for the Lincoln County Animal Shelter and new, unwrapped childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toys for the Newport Fire Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Holiday Toy Drive. Aquarium members can get in to Sea of Lights free of charge but organizers said they hope members will still choose to donate to one of the good causes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sea of Lights lets the Aquarium give back to the community, but we also organize it for the sheer fun of it,â&#x20AC;? said event organizer Michele Steen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no other place to go see a big light display on the central Oregon Coast.â&#x20AC;? The Oregon Coast Aquarium, located at 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Road, is open every day, except Dec. 25, this winter from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information, go to or call 541867-3474.



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