Upcoming Events


 At The Toledo Public Library

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The Toledo Public Library is pleased to announce the opening of Creativity Camp, an unusual learning opportunity that is a collaboration with SolaLuna Studios. This unique program, designed for 10 – 17 year olds, provides students the opportunity to discover, develop, and explore their personal creativity. The class will meet each Wednesday afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00 pm from March the 11th through May 27th. Enrollment is limited to 10 students per session. Cost is $8 per session and some scholarships are available. Participants are asked to complete an application form and an informal interview. The two hour workshops will engage kids in a wide variety of creative learning experiences and build opportunities for adults in our community to share their creative passions with our children. During the three months the themes we will utilize to set our imaginations free are “Down the Rabbit Hole,” “Ocean Commotion,” and “Pie in the Sky.” Activities include, but are not limited to, creative writing, pet craft projects, nature art, home design, watercolors, seaweed cards, sailor’s valentines, movement, drama, drawing, cooking and dream catcher design. We will be learning from a wide variety of creatives in our community, including Heather Fortner, Guy DiTorrice, Mary Eastman, Steve Travis, Jeff Ingram, Robert Trusty, and Wayne Plourde. The Artistic Director for the camp is Sarah Gayle Plourde. Applications are available on the Library Page of the City of Toledo Website, at the Toledo Public Library at 173 NW 7th Street, and at SolaLuna Studios at 179 N Main Street both in Toledo. Funding for Creativity Camp comes from the Lincoln County Cultural Coalition.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Deborah Trusty, Director Toledo Public Library at 541-336-3132 or librarydirector@cityoftoledo.org.




Newport Public Library
The Newport Public Library will offer the following free classes during the month of March.

On Friday, March 6, Introduction to Computers will be taught. This class covers the basic concepts of using a PC, such as learning to use a mouse, opening programs, and scrolling.  At 10:00 a.m., Beginning Internet will be offered.  This class teaches how to use a web browser and search the

Beginning Word (2013) will be taught on Friday, March 13 at 9:00 a.m.  This class introduces people to the basic commands to create a word processing document.  Intermediate Word will be taught at 10:00 a.m.  This class builds on the previous one, and teaches how to insert photographs, create lists using  bullets and numbers, and set margins, tabs, and line spacing. A new class will be offered on Friday, March 20 at 9:00 a.m., Introduction to Microsoft Access. This class will go over the basics of Setting up a  database in Access. At 10:00 a.m., an Overview of Library Databases will be offered, highlighting library subscriptions that can be used from home by Newport Library card holders.

On Friday, March 27, Beginning Excel will be taught at 9:00 a.m. This class teaches the basics of creating a spreadsheet and adding rows and columns. Intermediate Excel will be offered at 10:00 a.m.  This class
teaches how to balance a checkbook, use multiple worksheets, and create charts. All classes are free and last one hour.  Registration is required.  For more information, please call (541) 265-2153 or check the library website, www.newportlibrary.org.

Devils Lake

Family Fishing Frenzy!


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March 28, 2015

9 am – 2 pm

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and the Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID) are bringing back to Devils Lake another opportunity to introduce youth to the fun of fishing through one of their Family Fishing Days.


Family Fishing Events offer a host of fishing opportunities at stocked ponds throughout the state. On-site ODFW staff and volunteers provide equipment, teach youth how to bait and cast, and help kids “reel in” their catch. Adults can get tips on basic rigging, fish identification and casting. The program provides a unique opportunity for families to learn how to fish together and discover just how much fun it can be! Licenses are required for anyone 14 years and older, and are not available at the events. If you need a fishing license you may purchase one online or at any ODFW license outlet, such as the Lincoln City BiMart.


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The beach is magical any time of the year. But Lincoln City, on the central Oregon Coast, is a magic place to spend spring break, thanks to the fourth annual Festival of Illusions at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. The FOI is a week full of evening magic shows, fun day camps, and open art workshops for youth, all held at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101, in Lincoln City.
This year’s festival will take place from March 23 to March 27. Advance evening show tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth ages 5-18, and free for kids 4 and younger. Tickets are on sale now through the center’s website, http://www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org (click “Buy Tickets”) or by calling the center, 541-994-9994.
The evening performance series will open on Monday, March 23, with the impressive Joe Black. Joe Black, a magician and mentalist from Seattle, was awarded the “Rising Star Award” two years in a row, and was a televised finalist on “America’s Got Talent!” His “Black Magic” show is a real crowd pleaser, and is appropriate for older children and adults.
Up next will be Henrik Bothe, performing on Tuesday, March 24. A native of Denmark, Bothe grew up idolizing the magicians he saw on the Ed Sullivan Show. He’s now one of the best plate spinners in the world, as well as one of the funniest physical comedians on the circuit today. Bothe has appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, and on “A Prairie Home Companion,” where Garrison Keillor said, “Henrik is one of the few jugglers that have succeeded in performing on the radio.”
On Wednesday, March 25, the Festival of Illusions will present comedy magic with Steve Hamilton – aka “Steve the Pretty Good.” He’s been performing around the world – from Shanghai to Indiana — for the past 20 years. Known for his spontaneous humor and original routines, Hamilton offers the classics of magic with his own funny twist, and transforms his audience into his magical assistants. Does someone get sawn in half? You bet. Can he make someone float? Absolutely.
Jeff Evans the Entertainer will be back this year, as well, with an all-ages show set for Thursday, March 26. Evans’ friendly style of magic receives top reviews for family entertainment. A full-time pro since 1998, Evans’ amazing magic and clean comedy is honed to its best in over 250 shows each year. Fan favorites include “Sparky the Trained Chicken” and his “ridiculously dangerous” escape stunt from ropes, chains, and padlocks. No wonder he was named the 2013 Seattle’s Funniest Magician and ParentMap Magazine’s 2013 “Golden Teddy Award” for Best Live Entertainment. To learn more, be a fan at http://www.facebook.com/jeffevansmagic or subscribe at http://www.youtube.com/amazementproductions.
The Festival will close with a rousing performance of Louie Foxx’s One Man Side Show, on Friday, March 27. As a kid, Foxx realized that he excelled at all of the things that adults told him were a waste of time. He started performing street corner magic while he was still in high school, and has been improving his act ever since. The Society of American Magicians voted Louie The Best Stage Magician and Best Close-Up Magician in Minnesota in 1996. He has also been featured twice in Linking Ring magazine, which is a magazine for the 13,000 members of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He is also a two-time Guinness World Record Holder and has been on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” as well as many other syndicated television shows, from “New Day Northwest” to “Otra Movida” in Spain. He’s known for his artistry with the bullwhip and the lasso, as well as his ability to shrink his own head.
All evening shows begin at 7 pm, with doors open at 6:30 pm. There are two sets, with one intermission, and sweet treats, sodas, nuts, beer and wine are sold inside.
The LCCC is also offering daily Magic Camps, held from 9 to 11 a.m. daily from Monday, March 23, through Friday, March 27. Guest artist Regina Wollrabe, aka Cha Cha the Clown, will help young performers improve their skills in juggling, circus-style tricks, makeup, costumes, props, and more. The camps are open to youth ages 8 to 18, and their parents, grandparents and guardians.
The price is $18 per person, per day, and includes all props and instructions. Youth may also sign up for the entire week, 9 to 11 am Monday-Friday, for the discounted price of $80. Class size is limited, so pre-registration is recommended although drop-ins will be accepted if space is available. To register or learn more, call the LCCC at 541-994-9994.
Cha Cha and her assistant, Laura Green the Juggling Queen, are planning a DIY Magic Show after the last camp, at 11 am on Friday, March 27. Participation is free to any magic camp student, and admission is free as well.

New to the festival this year is the Abra Cadabra Open Art Space, led by arts educator Krista Eddy and a slew of LCCC volunteers. The workshop will take over the LCCC Conference Room, and will be open for drop-in fun from 1 to 4 pm daily.
Some projects will be guided – like magical wands, magician’s hats and floating butterflies – and other tables will be “free art” zones, with paper, markers, paints, fabric, notions, and the like. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult, but all others can attend on their own. Entrance fee is just $5. For details, contact Sam Randall or Krista Eddy at 541-994-9994.

Newport Reads! promotes its tenth annual reading program with a triple header at the Newport Performing Arts Center.


Oregon authors Jane Kirkpatrick, Phillip Margolin and Gregory Nokes will discuss the role of black people in settling Oregon. The books to read are Nokes’ Breaking Chains, a nonfiction account of the ground-breaking court case, Holmes versus Ford; Margolin’s Worthy Brown’s Daughter, a work of fiction inspired by the same case; and Kirkpatrick’s A Light in the Wilderness, the story of a woman of color that also features a significant court case. Mark your calendars for April 9, 7:00 p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Sponsored by the Newport Public Library Foundation, the program is free to all readers.




Almost 20 photographers will be featured at the Visual Art Center in Newport Oregon for the month of March. 

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The show opens on March 3 and runs through March 29th at the Runyan Gallery located in Nye Beach.  Each artist was invited to submit up to 5 pieces to be shown.  Artwork will be available to view or purchase off the wall from 11 am to 5 pm daily except Mondays.  The public is invited to participate in the people’s choice award as well.  There will be an opening reception on March 6, 2015 from 5-7pm in the Runyan Gallery.

The photographers are members of the Yaquina Art Association Photography group that meets first and third Mondays in the upstairs classroom at the VAC in Newport at 7 pm.  The group emphasizes programs and improving our photography skills through programs, critique and competition.  The group enters digital and print competitions monthly to the Columbia Council of Camera Clubs where over 27 camera clubs enter photographs for awards.  The 4C’s has groups from Idaho, California, Washington and Oregon.

Programs presented have included noted photographers sharing presentations on water photography, night photography, cell phone photography, light painting, tips on post processing, framing and matting, field trips, etc.  The group invites members of the community that are interested in joining the group to join in any of the meetings.




2015 Entertainment
February 27 & 28: Masters of Illusion, All Ages Show, (on sale now), $28-$43, 8pm
March 13 & 14: Foreigner, (SOLD OUT), $40-$55, 8pm
March 21: King of the Cage, MMA, (On sale now), $40- $100, doors open at 5pm
First bout 6pm
March 27 & 28: Comedy on the Coast, 8pm, $15
April 3 & 4: Comedy on the Coast, 8pm, $15
April 17 & 18: Travis Tritt, (On Sale Jan. 17, 2015), $23.50-$38.50, 8pm
May 8–10: Tattoo Festival, $10 per day or $25 for weekend pass (On sale TBD)
May 29 & 30: Collective Soul, (On Sale February 28, 2015), 8pm, $30-$45
Tickets go on sale 90 days in advance. For more information, or to obtain tickets, call 1-888-MAIN-ACT (624-6228) or 541-996-5825. Website: chinookwindscasino.com

Friday and Saturday Ultrasonic DJ, cover, 10:30pm to 1:30am

Wednesdays Kit Taylor, Pianist, no cover 5pm – 9pm
Feb. 27-28: Michelle Drey Branded Band, Country, 9pm-1am
March 13-14: Mike Branch Band, Country, 9pm-1am
April 17-18: Much More Country, Country Southern Rock, 9pm-1am
May 29-30: Responsible Party, Alternative/Rock, 9pm-1am

February 21-March 1: Pacwest Poker Classic
March 6: Lincoln City Chamber Super Auction, Live Auction, Aces Sports Bar & Grill, 5:30pm
March 28: Arm Wrestling Competition, Chinook Winds Casino Resort Convention Center
June 20: Chinook Winds Anniversary Fireworks
September 5: Surf City Classic Car Show
September 24-27: Celebration of Honor, featuring Field of Honor
August 7-9: Nesikee Illahee Pow Wow, Siletz, Oregon
November 14: Siletz Tribe Restoration Pow Wow

Fundraiser at the Visual Art Center to raise funds for YAA

February 27-March 1


There will be a fundraiser Arts and Crafts Sale beginning Feb. 27th through Sunday March 1, 2015 from 10 am. to 5 pm at the Visual Art Center.  There will be demonstrations by member artists, food and lots of framed and unframed arts and crafts sold. Proceeds are donated to the YAA scholarship fund  to further the arts by providing scholarships to kids art programs as well as a college artist and to members in Lincoln County.  There will be a melted crayon make and take project for the young (and young at heart). Food that will be available for purchase in the upstairs classroom will include hotdogs, chili, chips, potato salad, homemade pies, cookies, brownies and coffee.YAA offers free classes to anyone wishing to learn or improve their artistic talent.

March 1 from 10 am to 4 pm there will be a “leftover” art sale of art collected over the last 10 plus years.  This sale will be in the 3rd floor classroom and proceeds will help the Visual Art Center.  It is also a chance to pick up a piece of VAC  history.




Newport Public LibraryThe Newport Library Reading Circle meets on Tuesday, March 10 at 12:00 p.m. to discuss The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland.  Set in the early 1900’s The Forest Lover is based on the life of artist Emily Carr.  She was a major force in modern art by capturing an untamed British Columbia and its indigenous peoples just before industrialization changed them forever. 

The Reading Circle is free and open to the public.  For more information, please call (541)265-2153 or check the library website, www.newportlibrary.org.  






What is a kirtan? A Hindu devotional song, in which lines are sung by a leader, and repeated by a larger group. In a larger sense, however, the kirtan is not just a call-and-response song but an event, an experience – like the kirtan happening Monday, March 2, at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. The event will begin at 7 pm at the center, 540 NE Hwy. 101.
The visiting kirtankara will be the chant leader and multi-instrumentalist Girish, who is touring throughout the west this spring. Girish is an accomplished musician of many genres, a former monk infused in spiritual practice who sings traditional Sanskrit mantras with a modern, funky, yet deeply devotional twist. Accompanied by his amazing band, Girish invites his audience to sing along, with call and response chanting and dancing.
He’s an eclectic artist with roots in jazz, world and sacred music, and brings texture to his performances with tablas, guitar, harmonium, voice and a variety of percussion instruments from around the world. Girish spent five years living in an ashram in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, before finding a path that combined his love of performance with his spiritual practice. In addition to making his own albums, he is a popular session musician featured on some of the most popular recordings in world/chant music today.
Girish has been recommended and featured in magazines such as “O, The Oprah Magazine,” “Yoga Journal,” “Spirituality and Health” “LA Yoga,” “Common Ground” and “Yogi Times.” His original music catalog of five albums is popular in yoga studios, and his “Mantras and Music” book will be published by Simon & Schuster in January 2016.
Tickets for the kirtan, including light refreshments and beverages, are $18 in advance. They can be purchased online through the LCCC website, http://www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org (click the “Buy Tickets” button on the left side). If available, tickets can also be purchased at the door for $20 each. Two for 1 coupons and complimentary member tickets will be honored; call 541-994-9994 to learn more.
This Kirtan with Girish is part of an ongoing series led by LCCC volunteer Darlene Muller. In addition to producing LCCC kirtans, Muller also presents the center’s quarterly labyrinth walks, held in the auditorium using a Chartres-style labyrinth painted on canvas – the next walk is set for Monday, March 30. In addition, she teaches yoga at 10:15 on Mondays and Wednesdays in the dance studio. Admission is by donation.

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The Yaquina Art Association will feature pastel paintings

Saturday, Feb. 21 through March 6.

Yaquina Art Gallery

The gallery is open from 11 – 4 pm daily at 789 NW Beach Drive in the Nye Beach turnaround in Newport Oregon.  Pastel class teacher Charlotte Carter is a member of the Yaquina Art Association and an active local artist.  The students have different art backgrounds and their own unique styles.  Each student is invited to hang some of their art during the spotlight show.  Charlotte often brings ideas for the class to use in their artwork so they class can work independently or with the teacher.

The Pastel Class meets from 10 am to noon every Thursday in the second floor classroom at the Newport Visual Art Center.  Classes are ongoing, informal and free.  Drop-ins are welcome.  There are no limits for age or experience.  Students are asked to bring their own art supplies but if they want to try the class first there are some supplies available to use.

The Yaquina Art Association volunteer their time to provide this and other art classes all year long.  Their combined goal is to promote and encourage the arts within Lincoln County.


Take a Hike…with Your Camera in Lincoln City

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Capturing those great hiking moments will be a snap after attending a Photo Hike Workshop in Lincoln City. Try something new with professional photographers Bob Gibson and Jeri Knudsen as they lead a series of outdoor photography hikes starting this spring.

The first workshop will take place on March 7, from 9 to 11am at Regatta Grounds Park. Overlooking the beautiful Devils Lake, Regatta Grounds Park features great simple hiking trails just waiting to be explored. Learn basic outdoor photography techniques from two professionals while your eyes bask in the majestic waters of Devils Lake.

Bob Gibson and Jeri Knudsen are seasoned veterans of portraiture and field photography, especially on the Oregon Coast, and are just two of a very few Certified Professional Photographers in the state of Oregon. Their work is on display at Blue Water Photography, a full-service photography studio located in the Historic Taft District. Both bring their expertise to the fold with these outdoor workshops that highlight the many picture-perfect moments within Lincoln City.

“Many of our visitors don’t realize how many great locations we have for photography”, says Gibson. “My hope with the workshops is to raise awareness of this and also help photography enthusiasts improve their skills.”

Regatta Grounds Park is one of seven locations for the Photo Hike Workshops taking place between the spring and summer. Other locations include Drift Creek Falls, Connie Hansen Garden, and the iconic Cascade Head. Each workshop will include two hours of field photography and up to one hour of studio time after the hike for sharing, socializing, and Q & A. Photographers of all skill levels are welcome on the hikes.

Photo-Hike-Bob-2(v2)Registration is $20 per person. Space is limited to 12 photographers per hike ages 14 and up, and pre-registration is required. For the complete schedule of workshops and to register contact Blue Water Photography at 541-994-3405 or visit http://www.oregoncoast.org/photo-hikes.

Lincoln City- A Great Place to Try New Things!



1489030_479667935472579_601299186_n The Stomptowners are a dynamic group blending Irish instrumentation, voice and foot percussion. Delivering choreographed sean-nós dance and traditional song — all on one stage. On March 7, that stage will be in Lincoln City, as the Weekender Concert Series presents an evening with The Stomptowners. Showtime is 7 pm for this Saturday night Celtic event, and tickets are on sale now, lincolncity-culturalcenter.org.
Expect to hear an exciting blend of foot stomping jigs, reels and hornpipes interlaced with melodic, soulful Celtic songs, feisty sea shanties and a few good pub songs. Having percussive dance adds a key visual component which sets the act apart from other traditional bands.
But The Stomptowners audience does not just sit there passively. Lead vocalist and local Liverpudlian, Andrea Wild, is only too pleased to lead a rabble rousing chorus and foot percussionist extraordinaire and Irish dance choreographer, Maldon Meehan, will have you up on the floor in no time.
Tickets for the March 7 Weekender concert are $18 in advance and $20 at the door, on sale at the LCCC box office, 541-994-9994 or lincolncity-culturalcenter.org. The center accepts VISA, Mastercard and American Express, as well as checks and cash. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. A selection of Northwest beers and wines, My Petite Sweet cookies and bars, and Mountain Man savory snacks will be sold before the show, and during intermission.
The Weekender Concert Series concerts are easy on the ears, and can be paired with lodging rates that are easy on the wallet. The series continues through the spring: on April 11, it’s classical guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto, and on May 30, the all-female bluegrass band The Misty Mamas. This series is made possible by a grant from the City of Lincoln City, and through support from Seahorse Oceanfront Lodging and the Ocean Terrace Condominiums.






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BY THE RIVER” A group art show by the Toledo Arts Guild
In the Chessman Gallery FEBRUARY 13th – MARCH 9th

Opening Feb. 13 at the Chessman Gallery in the Lincoln City Cultural Center, “By the River” will be a showcase of work by members of the Toledo Arts Guild.
Participating artists include: Mary Madewell (painting), Sarah Gayle (painting and mixed media), Eileen Hearne (painting and ceramics), Larry Somer (glass), Steve Alicea (fiber), Chasse Davidson (pottery), Alice Martin (photography), Cynthia Jacobi (mixed media), Cheri Aldrich (mixed media jewelry and paper), Sylvia A. Hosie (photography), Angie Lehrbass (photography and wood burning), Rodney Lehrbass (wood), Janet Runger (3-d found object), Keith LaMarr (3-d mixed found object and jewelry), Phil Sconce (metal), Sam Briseño (metal), and Heather Fortner (printmaking).


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Heather Fortner

The variety of medium and the special quality of work from these Guild members is sure to inspire. Many of these artists will be at the opening reception, from 5 to 7 pm on Friday, Feb. 13, at the gallery, 540 NE Hwy. 101. The public is invited to enjoy refreshments and wine, and learn more about this creative group from Toledo. The show will remain up until Monday, March 9.

For more information on this or other shows, call 541-994-9994, head to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or become a friend on Facebook.



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Photo by: Lauren Woolley

Visitors are invited to meet the local artists at the Runyan Gallery in the Visual Art Center located at 777 NW Beach Drive in the Nye Beach Turnaround in Newport Oregon. They will  have a chance to  purchase artwork or help vote on the People’s Choice award.  The show will be from Tuesday, February 3rd to Thursday, February 26th in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Art Center.   Gallery hours are from 11 am to 5 pm with the gallery closed on Mondays.

With over a hundred and twenty members in the Yaquina Art Association and every person invited to bring in one piece of artwork to display during the month of February, this should be an impressive collection of local art to view.  Art will range from watercolors, photography, pastels, oils, acrylics, colored pencils, clay, jewelry, woodwork, and more.

Kirkpatrick, Margolin, Nokes in town for Newport Reads!

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Newport Reads! promotes its tenth annual reading program with a triple header on April 9, 2015 at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Oregon authors Jane Kirkpatrick, Phillip Margolin and Gregory Nokes will discuss the role of black people in settling Oregon and their recent books on the subject. Doors open at 6:30 for book signing and the program begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Alice Silverman Theater. Sponsored by the Newport Public Library Foundation, the program is free to all readers.
Nokes and Margolin wrote books relating to the ground-breaking court case, Holmes versus Ford. Nokes wrote Breaking Chains, a nonfiction account and Margolin gave us Worthy Brown’s Daughter, a work of fiction inspired by the same case. Kirkpatrick’s latest book, A Light in the Wilderness, is the story of a woman of color and also features a significant court case. “These books were among my first glimpses into black history in Oregon, which is only recently being talked about and widely published.” said Wyma Rogers from the Newport Reads Committee.
Gregory Nokes is a former reporter and editor for the Associated Press and the Oregonian. A Portland native who attended Willamette and Harvard Universities, Nokes is known for his work in uncovering details of the 1887 massacre of 34 Chinese gold miners in Hells Canyon.
Phillip Margolin grew up in New York City and graduated from the American University in Washington, D.C. He came to Oregon to practice criminal law prior to writing mystery and detective novels. His success as a writer has resulted in numerous awards and slots on the NYT best seller list.
Jane Kirkpatrick is a popular Oregon writer, speaker and teacher. Her books have won several awards including the Oregon Book Award. Kirkpatrick began as a social worker graduate of the University of Wisconsin. In her retirement she homesteaded land on the John Day River in a remote part of Oregon known as Starvation Point.
Check your local bookstores for copies of the books. There will also be books to purchase at the program. The Newport Public Library has multiple copies of each book for lending. Mark your calendars now for April 9, 7:00 at the PAC. For more information, see the library web site http://www.newportpubliclibrary.com.


Newport Drum Circle Upcoming Events

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in the gazebo at Don Davis Park, foot of Olive Street, in Newport

(Winter schedule – every second Saturday, 2:00 to 4:00 pm – through April 2015.)

 “I just wanted to say thank you for your great charitable community service. I have just ordered a darbouka drum and am about to take some youtube lessons! Your group lending me a drum let me remember how therapeutic and mega-fun hand drumming was. – Caelah Faerold, 12/16/14

NEWPORT COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLE, February 14 (second Saturdays), 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The drum circle is on its regular monthly winter schedule through April in the glass-enclosed gazebo at Don Davis Park at the west end of Olive Street, across from the Performing Arts Center.  It’s our usual free and family friendly facilitated rhythm circle. All ages and skill levels welcome. Drug and alcohol free.  Bring a drum or borrow one of ours. Contact chandler@chandlerdavis.com

 CORVALLIS COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLE, February 7 (first Saturdays), 7:00 to 8:00 pm, 101 NW 23rd Street (cross street is Monroe, park and enter from the rear). Our Corvallis counterpart, beginning its fourth year, has back in its indoor winter location. The format is very similar to ours: All ages and levels of playing ability, loaners available or take your own drum, “lightly facilitated,” dancers also welcome, free. Contact Michelle Lovrich, drumcircleconnection@gmail.com   

 NUTS: Newport Ukulele Tune Strummers, February 11 (second Wednesdays), 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Red Lotus Music, 425 SW Coast Hwy. Ukulele clubs, like drum circles, can encourage community and provide access to participation for people without extensive musical training. Evans Longshore facilitates. Free (donations accepted). Loaners available. 541-574-0406 or evans@redlotusmusic.net

 MARY-BETH NICKEL, is the other half of the Thunder & Lightness Duo. She appeared with me again last year at the Second Saturday Summer Celebration & Drum Jam @ Cafe Mundo and she has been bringing sweetness and lightness to year round drum circle events for nearly five years. Mary-Beth also performs regularly in concert mode on Native American flutes, Celtic harp, and hammered dulcimer at local church and community events. (Watch your local listings.) For more information on the Thunder & Lightness Duo contact chandler@chandlerdavis.com or 541-272-4615.

 GUS WILLEMIN, frequent sideman and conga master at Newport Drum Circle and Thunder & Lightness performance events during the past five years, has written a novel called, appropriately, SIDEMAN, published recently by Dancing Moon Press. The book is available at local bookstores and online.



 Yaquina Art Association / Visual Arts Center

Watercolor Classes

Watercolor by John BradleyThe Watercolor class meets on Monday mornings from 9-11:30 am in the upstairs classroom of the Visual Art Center off the Nye Beach turnaround.  They encourage new members or visitors.  There are usually 18-21 artists there to watch and learn from.  The artists volunteer to take turns teaching the class.  At the end of each class, those wishing for instructional critiques can receive helpful tips to improve their skills.  There are 13 regular members that take turns teaching.  Drop ins are welcome and the class has a few supplies available to loan. They also have watercolor paper for purchase at a very reasonable price.  YAA is dedicated to furthering the arts and provides free classes to members of YAA.

The class times are as follows:

Monday: Watercolor 9-11 a.m.
Tuesday: Oil and acrylic 9-11 p.m.  China painting 2:00-3:30 p.m.  Clay 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Color pencil/drawing 9-11 a.m.
Thursday: Pastel 10 a.m.-noon
Photography Club: First and third Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m.



Help Food Share Sparkle! March 28th!

Volunteers review jewelry donations for "Be Jeweled"

Volunteers review jewelry donations for “Be Jeweled”

BeJeweled, Food Share of Lincoln County’s recycled jewelry sale is March 28th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Shilo Inn, Newport.  We need your donations!  Can you help?  Any kind of jewelry in any condition can help make a difference to a family in need and your donation is tax deductible.  Drop locations include the Newport Chamber, Diamonds by the Sea and Nye Cottage Beads.  Contact Food Share at 541-265-8578 for more information.

Celtic Festival

The 5th Anniversary Celebration of the Newport Celtic Festival & Highland Games is coming up on June 12th -14th, 2015 and the Celtic Heritage Alliance is seeking volunteers to join their clan!

CHA’s Volunteer Team Leader, Allison Keith, will be hosting a free volunteer seminar at the historic Seal Rock Garden Club located at 10377 NW Rand Street in Seal Rock on Tuesday, February 18th, 2015 at noon to provide an overview of “CHA” and their activties and will answer questions for potential volunteers.  You are not required to have Celtic heritage to volunteer!  Make the most of your time and talents through non-profit volunteer work that is both fun and rewarding.

Visit www.newportcelticfestival.com and click on our “Volunteer” link for a short video, find our volunteer information, or connect by e-mail at volunteer@newportcelticfestival.com.


Treasure Hunters Get Ready for Finders Keepers


This marks the 16th year of the promotion, which runs from October 18, 2014 through Memorial Day 2015.  2,015 official numbered glass floats will be carefully hidden daily along the 7-½ miles of beach in Lincoln City , from Roads End on the north side of town to Cutler City on the south end.  Floats can be found above the tide line and below the beach embankment, and will always be hidden during daylight hours.  If you find a float, you get to keep it!

Among the floats being dropped on opening weekend, beginning October 18th is an extra large one with a prize attached. This jumbo sized float will have a note with instructions on how to redeem your prize. One lucky treasure hunter will win a weekend getaway to Lincoln City complete with hotel accommodations, restaurant gift certificates, and the opportunity to blow your own custom float at the Jennifer Sears Glass Art Studio.

As if daily float drops weren’t enough, keep an eye out for special glass art drops throughout the next several months, which will boost the total glass float count for this year to over 3,000.  These special drops will include a combination of antique Japanese glass floats, sand dollars, crabs and starfish.  For a schedule of upcoming drops visithttp://www.oregoncoast.org/finders-keepers/special-glass-art-drops.

“Visitors are very excited about Finders Keepers this fall and so are we,” says Scott Humpert, Public Relations Coordinator for the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau. “Our social media channels have been buzzing with activity. People can’t wait to start hunting for the glass floats. The best part of this promotion, thanks to social media avenues like Facebook and Twitter, is our visitors are sharing their found treasures online. It’s a special moment for them and they want to share that with others. We are proud to be a part of creating those memories.”

If you happen to find one of these glass treasures on the beach, make sure to share your photos of them via Facebook atwww.facebook.com/LincolnCityOregon or on Twitter using the tag @lcvcb and #FindersKeepers.  The official handcrafted Finders Keepers glass floats will be signed and numbered, and when they are found, they become collector’s items.  Bring your discovered treasure to the Visitors’ Center at 540 NE Hwy 101 in Lincoln City to receive your certificate of authenticity and a biographical sketch of the artist who created the float.  If you have limited mobility or are unable to walk on the beach due to disability, stop by and fill out an entry form a chance to win a glass float.

Finders Keepers is an annual promotion, which began in 1999, when a local artist first thought of glass floats as an intriguing way to launch the new millennium. Lincoln City sponsored the project, hosting the inaugural season in 1999-2000. Tourists continue to come from around the country to search for their own brightly colored, signed and numbered glass float.  In days gone by, visitors searching Oregon ‘s beaches often found treasures from the far-east: blown glass floats in intriguing shades of green and blue. Used by Japanese fishermen to float their nets, these spheres were as small as two inches or as large as two feet. They were collected, polished, and admired; the ultimate find for any dedicated beachcomber. Today fishing vessels around the world use buoyant plastic, making glass floats a rare find – except in Lincoln City where these treasures can be found every October through May during the Finders Keepers season.

For more information contact the Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau at 800-452-2151 or visitwww.oregoncoast.org


 Lincoln City Cultural Center & Visitor Info Center                                                                                            

Breath, Mantra & Meditation with Darlene, 9:45 am Mondays, Dance Studio Yoga Movement with Darlene, 10:30 am Mondays, Dance Studio Darlene Muller is a former bodybuilder and dancer who has studied yoga around the country and the world. She’s the founder and former owner of the Bikram Yoga College of India, in Eugene, where she taught hundreds of students in yoga practice as well as competition. Now, after working through physical issues of her own, Darlene is offering two courses in gentle, healing movement, every Monday morning in the LCCC Dance Studio. She’s donating all proceeds to the operating fund of the center.

NEW! Belly Dance, 10 am Tuesdays in the Dance Studio Our newest instructor is Dawn KC, who will teach isolations, veils, sword, zills, drum, cane, candle, tray and goblet dancing, while exploring Turkish, Egyptian and other belly dance styles. Dancers should wear a skirt and a top that shows movement in the chest. Rates still TBA, for details write to Dawn at dawnsturgeon@hotmail.com.

NEW! Weight Loss Challenge, 5 pm Tuesdays in the Downstairs Classroom Loene Loan is leading this weight challenge program, with low impact exercise and diet support. For details or to sign up in advance, call Loene at 541-614-0683. NEW!

Intro to Sculpting, 10 am to noon every Saturday (through Dec. 21) Come have fun in our 2-hour, hands-on introductory class, held inside the sculptor’s studio at the LCCC. Your guides will be artists Jill Perry Townsend and Marlene Parkes. $20 per session, with clay and tools included.

LCCC Textile Center Operated by volunteers Lyle and Arlene Gowing, and featuring a wide variety of looms, yarns and books. Any day is subject to being open, by mutual agreement. To learn more, call the Gowings at 541-992-5150. Or drop by in one of the following days: Sunday During the Sunday Farmers & Crafters Market Monday By Appointment Tuesday By Appointment Wednesday 6 pm to ??? Fiber Arts Radical Teachers & Students get-together Thursday 10 am to 4 pm Friday 10 am to 4 pm Saturday By Appointment

BALLET & DANCE OF LINCOLN CITY Dance promotes confidence, respect and healthy body alignment – and it’s a whole lot of fun. Instructor Nicole O’Brien has studied all over the country, and toured internationally with the Helander Dance Company before moving to Lincoln City five years ago. As a teacher, she believes in a positive and encouraging class that develops through hard work and dedication. Classes range from $48 to $74 per three-month quarter.  For enrollment and registration information, call her at 541-921-5918. Tuesdays 3 pm Itty Bitty Ballet (age 3) 4 pm Pre-ballet (ages 4-5) 5 pm Ballet 1 (ages 6-8) 6 pm Jazz 1 (6 & up) 7 pm Contemporary (teen/adult) Thursdays 3:30 pm Pre-ballet (ages 4-5) 4:30 pm Ballet 1 (ages 6-8) 5:30 pm Jazz 2 (ages 9 and up) 6:30 pm Ballet 2 (9 & up)

ZUMBA WITH TINA To learn more, contact Tina Marshall, 541-921-8353, Mondays and Wednesdays — 6:15-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays (NEW!), Fridays and Saturdays – 8:45-9:45 a.m. $7/class drop in, or $50 for a 10-punch card

LCCC Ceramics Studio The Oregon Coast Community College has announced that Ben Brooks’ introductory and advanced ceramics classes will be in the spring term, Mondays and Wednesdays at the LCCC. Ben is also offering quarterly non-credit classes starting in January. To learn more or register, call 575-621-4199 or write to mail@brookspottery.com.

Encouraging Healthy Weighs Every Monday at the LCCC — Lose weight and be healthy in a fun and caring way Weigh in at 5 pm, Class from 5:30 to 6:15 pm, $20/month (drop-ins welcome, $5/class) For more info or to pre-register, call Janet at 541-764-8917. 

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  1. I’m putting on this race in Lincoln City to benefit North Lincoln Fire and Rescue.


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