Looking for things to do in the Lincoln County, Oregon area?  Want to keep on top of the big events happening in our community?  Sick of sitting at home staring at a screen? Our Upcoming Events page will keep you updated on fun activities, service opportunities and ways to get involved, things to see, and important dates to remember for Lincoln County and surrounding areas!  Have an event or activity that you would like posted?  Send it to us at with as much notice as possible.


Clean Water Newport – Town Hall Meeting – Apr. 19

Clean Water Newport is sponsoring a Town Hall meeting on the fluoridation ballot measure 21-164 on Tuesday, April 19th from 7pm to 8:30pm at the Central Lincoln P.U.D. Building at 2129 N. Coast Hwy. in Newport.  This event is free and open to the public. Clean Water Newport will make a brief presentation on fluoridation and then welcome questions from the audience. For more information regarding this event and Clean Water Newport, see

Siletz Valley Grange – Bingo Resumes – Apr. 19, 26


Bingo at the Siletz Valley Grange Hall will resume on Tuesday April 5th, 2016. We received our new gaming license and we are ready to go!  Tuesdays, doors open at 6 pm, games start at 6:30 at 215 Gaither St. “Minimum” buy in is $8.  There are always food and snack items available for purchase in the kitchen.  Questions can be directed to Michelle Schaffer at 541-444-1023.

Yachats Commons – Free Early Childhood Educator Workshop – Exploring Wetlands: Mud, Bugs and Other Ughs! – Apr. 20

Early Childhood Educator Workshop - Exploring Wetlands Mud Bugs and Other Ughs!FREE Early Childhood Educator Workshop. Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Yachats Commons. Exploring Wetlands: Mud, Bugs and other Ughs!

Audience: Pre-K-2nd Grade Educators

Curricula: Environmental Experiences, Growing Up WILD

Description: This full day early learner Project Learning Tree and Project WILD workshop will focus on the Pre-Kindergarten-2nd grade educator. Learn how to incorporate natural sciences and multi-sensory activities into your early learner curriculum and build a firm foundation for ongoing inquiry in science. We will focus on how to teach using multiple learning styles, enjoy classroom activities and field experiences alike.

Location: Yachats Commons, Yachats, OR 441 Highway 101 N. Yachats, OR 97498

Lunch and curriculum materials provided. Substitute reimbursement available.

Register Here:

Email with questions.

Newsies at Keller Auditorium in Portland – Apr. 19-24

NewsiesThey delivered the papers, until they made the headlines… Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Choreography, Newsies has audiences and critics alike calling it “A musical worth singing about!” (The New York Times) Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don’t want to miss.

Based on true events, Newsies tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It’s a rousing tale about fighting for what’s right…and staying true to who you are.  At Keller Auditorium from April 19th to the 24th. For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to

Newport 60+ Activity Center – Food Lifestyle by Design – Apr. 21, 28 & May 19, 26

“You can design your health.” Please join Colleen Setterberg, a Certified Health Coach, at the 60+ Activity Center for four 90 minute Prime Time Health classes. The classes will be held on Thursdays’ from 1:00-2:30 PM. Class dates are April 21, April 28, May 19, and May 26, 2016. The cost will be $15.00 per class and you may sign up for one or all four classes when you register. Each class includes a healthy snack, workbook, and an activity.

April 21 – Class 1 –Will talk about opening your body’s internal pharmacy.

April 28 –  Class 2 – Will help you learn how to make health your hobby.

May 19 – Class 3 – Will show you how waist size is a key indicator of overall health; plus give you strategies to reduce it.

May 26 – Class 4 – Will show you how to live without pain and inflammation.

My mission is to improve the quality of your life by using coaching to create a healthy lifestyle, organize your environment, set you and your family up for success, and to help you fulfill your dreams and visions to be able to live life with purpose.

For more information, or to reserve your spot, come by the 60+ Activity Center at 20 SE 2nd Street in Newport, or give us a call at 541-265-9617. Website:  Facebook:

Registration is limited so sign up soon!

Naturalist Presentation – Wayne Hoffman – Habitat Restoration for Coho Salmon in the Yaquina Basin: a paradigm shift? – Apr. 21

Coho Salmon

Coho Salmon

NATURALIST PRESENTATION, Thursday, April 21, 7:00 PM

Habitat Restoration for Coho Salmon in the Yaquina Basin: a paradigm shift?

Speaker:  Wayne Hoffman:  Policy Director, MidCoast Watersheds Council

Since the 1990s, most habitat restoration for Coho has been directed at their habitat in smaller (wadable) streams.  The Mid-coast Watershed Council (MCWC) now recognizes that habitat restoration also needs to address habitat needs for alternate life histories of Coho that rear in other habitats, including beaver ponds, larger mainstem rivers, freshwater marshes, and estuaries.  The presentation will describe life history diversity in Coho, illustrated by several restoration projects in the Yaquina Basin.  Wayne is a native Oregonian who graduated from Newport High School in 1969.  He has earned BS and MS degrees in Zoology from OSU, and a PhD in Biology from the University of South Florida.  Wayne worked as the coordinator of the MCWC 1999 as Coordinator of the organization, and currently as Policy Director.  The meeting will be held at the Public Meeting Room of Central Lincoln PUD, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport OR.

Newport Presbyterian Women’s Annual Rummage Sale – Apr. 21, 22 & 23

NEWPORT PRESBYTERIANThe 2016 Rummage Sale at the First Presbyterian Church, 227 NE 12th Street in Newport, will be held on April 21st and 22nd (Thursday and Friday) from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and on Saturday morning, April 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon (Saturday is “Bag Day”  —  which means that the customer may have everything he/she can fit in a bag, which is pre-purchased for $1.00 ).

a.. Bargains may be found in Adult and Children’s Clothing, Children’s Toys, Books, Household Goods, Crafts, Linens, Plants and Garden Items, Jewelry, and Boutique.
b.. A home-cooked lunch will be served on Thursday and Friday.
c.. Raffle items will be:  Two (2) Gift Cars – $100 each (one restaurant; one retail).  Drawings will be on Friday, April 22nd at 3:30 p.m., and winners need not be present.
This annual sale is held to meet the Newport Presbyterian Women’s mission goals (locally, nationally and world-wide), with the majority of the proceeds being distributed locally.  Local outreach agency recipients include:  Newport Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County, Inter-Christian Outreach, Lincoln County Children’s Advocacy Center, Lincoln County Foster Parents Association, My Sisters’ Place, Newport High School Health Program, Project Homeless Connect, Samaritan House, Senior Companion Program, Shangri-La Corporation, Stone Soup Suppers, and The Salvation Army.  A certain percentage is given to help maintain Newport’s First Presbyterian Church, which is used for many community events.

For more information, please contact Rummage Sale Chair, Beth (541-265-7484).

LCCC – Love Your Lincoln – Proclaim your passion for customer service – Apr. 22

Love Your Lincoln Proclaim your Passion for Customer Service Apr. 22.jpg

Oceanview Senior Living – Earth Day Celebration and Free Fir Tree Seedling Give-Away – Apr. 22

Earth Day at Oceanview Senior Living

150 tree seedlings are being given away from 2 to 4pm at Oceanview Senior Living on Friday, April 22nd during their outdoor Earth Day Celebration. Give-Away trees secured by Ferris Nursery (Sequoiadendron giganteum).

Waldport High School Oregon Logo ShamrockMuggly’s Bowling Alley – Bowling Tournament Fundraiser for Waldport Senior Class Sober Grad Night – Apr. 22

The Waldport Parents of the Senior Class are raising funds for Sober Grad Night by holding a bowling tournament at Muggly’s Bowling Alley on Friday, April 22nd. Cost is $25 per player and each team needs 5 players. They are also selling lane advertising for a $25 sponsorship fee. For more information, contact Phyllis at 541-961-5770.

2016 Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival – Apr. 22, 23 & 24

2016Logo Newport Paper Book Arts FestivalThe Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents the Newport Paper & Book Arts Festivals (NPBAF) on April 22, 23 and 24 at the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC). Now in its 21st year, NPBAF continues to grow as the largest event of its kind on the Pacific Coast, with all-day and multi-day workshops focused on paper making and manipulation, surface design, book arts, paper dyeing, collage and mixed media. Registration for the festival workshops is currently open and interested participants can receive a festival brochure by visiting, emailing or calling 541-265-6569.

“We changed the name of the festival to the ‘Newport Paper and Book Arts Festival’ to reflect an increased interest in classes about book structures,” says  Cheri Aldrich, the festival’s co-founder and current instructor and adviser. “We already have quite a few attendees from across the country, and we hope for more.”


2015 Photo by Oregon Coast Council for the Arts

In 2015, the festival’s 20th anniversary, 107 festival attendees participated in 18 workshop sessions, with 49 attendees from outside Lincoln County and 21 attendees from outside Oregon. The 2016 Newport Paper & Book Arts festival includes 16 workshops, and with the addition of two- and three-day offerings, the total number of workshop sessions has grown to 21.

Sixteen workshop instructors will bring their expertise to the Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival, coming from Lincoln County and beyond. Festival instructors include, among others, Aldrich of Newport, Heather Fortner of Toledo, Randi Parkhurst of Olympia, WA, and Margo Klass of Anchorage, AK. (A full listing of workshops and instructors is included with the festival brochure.

Mini Paper Book Mobile Newport Paper and Book Arts Festival

Mini Paper Book Mobile

“NPBAF 2016  is coming up and I’m looking forward to joining this vibrant community of creative people for the third time,” says Margo Klass, whose two-day class on pocket books was inspired by interactions with book artists from last year’s festival. “I took the artists’ feedback to heart and designed a workshop around the pocket-book structure, offering it first to my hometown community in Fairbanks, and now bringing it to NPBAF this spring.”

“Newport is the perfect setting for learning new skills and sharing our knowledge,” adds instructor Randi Parkhurst.

Indigo and Books Newport Paper and Book Arts Festival

Indigo & Books

Festival participants can register for up to three all-day workshops, and for multi-day workshops, receiving discounted workshop fees depending on how many workshops they attend. Sample workshops include Eco-Dyed Paper, led by Fortner; Indigo & Books, led by Judilee Fitzhugh and Marilyn Zornado of Molalla, OR; Mini-Paper Book Mobile, led by Kathy Karbo of Portland, OR; and Paper from Mushrooms, led by David Sumerlin of Rochester, WA. Workshops fill quickly and attendees are encouraged to register soon so as to enroll in their preferred classes.

Fishbone Fold Book Newport Paper Book Arts Festival

Fishbone Fold Book

“Eco-dying is a fairly new development in the paper/fiber realm, and when I was introduced to it five years ago, it struck me as yet another form of nature printing,” says Fortner. “The alchemy of boiling and steaming leaves and flowers in a rust solution results in ethereal and fluid plant prints. Everyone who has tried eco-dying has developed a different system, and I am thrilled to introduce my method of eco-dying on paper at the Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival in April.”

NPBAF workshops will be held at the VAC (777 NW Beach Drive, Newport) from 9:30am to 4:30pm with a one-hour lunch break. Related activities include the NPBAF “Instructors Show” a reception and art-making session at the Sarah Gayle Art Gallery in Toledo on April 23 and various artist presentations throughout the three-day festival.  See more.

Newport Visual Arts Center Banner with Ocean

Photo by Wilder Newport

Yaquina Birders & Naturalists – Guided Nature Walk – Apr. 23

Cape Perpetua Giant Spruce by

Cape Perpetua Giant Spruce by

Saturday, April 23rd
9:00 – 11:00 AM

A botanical walk along the Cape Perpetua’s Giant Spruce Trail will be led by Sally Lockyear and Betty Bahn on Saturday April 23rd from 9 – 11 AM.  Wildflowers will be in full bloom along the Giant Spruce Trail and birds will be singing from the trees as they prepare for the nesting season.  The trail to the Giant Spruce, an Oregon Heritage Tree, is about 2 miles roundtrip and is rated by the US Forest Service as being of “moderate” difficulty.  We’ll take our time along the trail as Betty and Sally identify and talk about the native flowers, shrubs and trees and listen out for songbirds. We recommend wearing clothes for variable weather.  Meet on the deck outside of the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center by 9 AM.  The guided walk is free and open to the public, however, a pass or $5 daily fee is required to park.  For more information call 541-961-1307.

Tillamook Forest Center – Coastal Woodcarver Demonstration – Apr. 23-24

Tillamook Forest Center Coastal Woodcarver Demonstration Apr. 23 and 24

Newport Performing Arts Center – Red Octopus Theatre Company’s “Lend Me a Tenor” – Apr. 1-24

Lend Me a Tenor Newport Performing Arts Center Red Octopus Theatre Company Apr. 2016

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Newport High 2016 Graduating Class – Raffle Tickets on Sale! – Drawing on May 6th

Newport High School 2016 Grad Night Raffle

60th Annual Newport Loyalty Days and Sea Festival – Apr. 28 – May 1

60th Annual Newport Loyalty Days & Sea Fair Festival Logo - Value of LibertyJoin the celebration! The 60th Annual Newport Loyalty Days & Sea Fair Festival takes place from Thursday, April 28 – Sunday, May 1, 2016. This year’s theme is the Value of Liberty and the jam-packed schedule (hopefully) offers something for everyone.

A highlight is always the Parade, which is Saturday, April 30 from Noon-2PM on our Main Street (which just happens to be Highway 101). Our Grand Marshal will be SGT Jay Louisiana – a hometown hero who graduated from Newport High School in 2000. And, if you’ve always wanted to BE in a parade, now’s your chance. Walk, ride, march. Play music, create a cool float, show off your classic car – or your adorable pet! We welcome all entrants. You can pick up an application at the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce or contact Debra Smith, Parade Coordinator, at 402-841-2077. They’re due Saturday, April 16, 2016.

You can find up-to-the minute information for all things Loyalty Days & Sea Fair Festival on our Facebook page (

Tillamook Forest Center – Russell J. Young Photography & Poetry Exhibit – Apr. 1-30

Tillamook Forest Center Seeking Silence Russell J Young Photography and Poetry Exhibit April 1-30 2016

Cascade Head – Volunteer Work Party – Apr. 30

The Nature Conservancy Logo

Volunteers Needed at Cascade Head Preserve

The Nature Conservancy invites anyone interested in preserving Cascade Head Preserve to participate in a volunteer work party taking place on Saturday, April 30th.  Located near Lincoln City, Cascade Head is a coastal promontory overlooking the Pacific Ocean that provides critical habitat for native prairie grasses, rare wildflowers, the threatened Oregon Silverspot butterfly and the Cascade Head catchfly.  Volunteers will be removing invasive blackberry during this event.  The work party includes a four to five-mile roundtrip hike with elevation gain and may require volunteers to hike off trail and stand on uneven ground while working.  Please bring hiking shoes, a daypack, lunch and snacks, a full water bottle, layers of clothing to be prepared for any weather–including raingear and a hat and sunscreen.  Also bring gloves, if you have them–if not, we have gloves for you to borrow.

Registration is required.  For more information or to register, please contact (503) 802-8100, or the alternate contact; Debbie Pickering at (541) 994-5564.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. In Oregon, the Conservancy owns or manages 47 nature preserves and has helped protect over 505,000 acres of important habitats, with support from 20,000 member households. Visit The Nature Conservancy online at

Visual Arts Center – Runyan Gallery – “Photography on the Oregon Coast” – Apr. 1-May 1

Graece Gabriel YAAP Dandelion Droplets

Graece Gabriel – Dandelion Droplets

Bill Posner YAAP light painting key 3

Bill Posner – light painting key 3

“Photography on the Oregon Coast” is the theme this year for the Yaquina Art Association Photographers featured in the Runyan Gallery in April.  Approximately 20 photographers will be featured at the Visual Art Centerin Newport Oregon showing framed photography as well as photography on canvas and aluminum.  The show opens on April 1st and runs through May 1st  at the Runyan Gallery located at 777 NW Beach Drive in NyeBeach.  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 presented at the end of the month.  There will be an opening

Fred Schneider YAAP Luminous Shell

Fred Schneider – Luminous Shell

reception with refreshments on April 1, 2015 from 5-6:30 pm in the Runyan Gallery with a chance to meet local photographers.

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

Sylvia A. Hosie YAAP The Wizard's Hat

Sylvia A. Hosie – The Wizard’s Hat

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 wild flowers, birds, beginning photography work flow,  light painting, and tips on post processing, framing and matting.  Each year the group participates in field trips around the area.  The group invites members of the community that are interested in joining the group to come to any of the meetings.

Pacific City – Birding & Blues Festival – Apr. 29-May 1

Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival LogoOrganizers are pleased to announce the Birding and Blues Festival will return to Pacific City the weekend of April 29-May 1. The 2016 festival will offer fan-favorite field trips and a couple of brand new excursions! The weekend will begin with classic Birding & Blues activities including a free community open house on Friday April 29th that features a live sea bird presentation and a children’s art activity. The festival is also bringing a new excursion to attendees on Friday: Historical Backroads. Historical Backroads will be a wild ride, accompanied by an expert, where you will be chauffeured to local back roads in Tillamook County that are rich with wildlife.

annas male by Peter Pearsall

Annas Male by Peter Pearsall

Top birding experts will lead field trips to popular locations including Neskowin Marsh and will teach birders who are just getting started at identification. The 2016 Festival will bring fresh topics such as Behind the Scenes Nature Walk, Seabird Watch, Feeders & Birding, and the incredibly exciting Evening Owl Search.

The festival is pleased to welcome Avian Researcher John Marzluff as the 2016 Key Note Speaker. Professor Marzluff will present his most recent book Welcome to Subirdia (2014 Yale) which discovers that suburban neighborhoods host a splendid array of biological

Wood Duck by Ram Papish

Wood Duck by Ram Papish

diversity and suggests ways in which we can steward these riches to benefit birds and ourselves.

The fun continues into the night when the town comes alive with the sound of Blues. There will be concerts on both Friday and Saturday evenings at the Kiawanda Community Center which offers an intimate setting for enjoying music “up close and personal” and dancing like a crazy bird.

Don’t miss this year’s Birding & Blues Festival, where there will be activities and adventures never seen before!

Tillamook Forest Center – Latimer Textile Center Bed Turning – May 1

Tillamook Forest Center Latimer Textile Center Bed Turning May 1 2016

Youth Art Classes at the Rec Center for the 2015-2016 School Year

The Newport Rec. Center is offering youth art classes Tuesday and Wednesday for the 2015-2016 school year.  Each class series is $40 per student.  Price adjustments will be made for partial months.  Please register your students at the Rec Center in advance.  Space is limited and first come first serve.

Tuesday’s class is a structured learning environment where students ages 7 and up will learn about famous artists, styles, and a variety of techniques in different mediums that change each month.  Tuesday’s class is from 3:45-4:45pm.

Wednesday’s class is Young Art Discovery!  Here students ages 5 and up will have a variety of mediums to explore such as clay, paint, pastels and more.  Wednesday’s class is from 2:30pm-3:30pm.

Art Classes at the Rec Center are brought to you by local artists Philip and Jenni Reed.  For more information, feel free to contact them at (541) 520-6224.

Tillamook Forest Center – Forest Homes Exhibit – May 4-31

Tillamook Forest Center - Forest Homes Exhibit Quilts, Bird Resorts and Feeders May 4-31

Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation (National Organization for Women) – Discounts for Early Registration for 2nd Annual Mother’s Day 5K Walk/Run

LCCC Chessman Gallery – Annual Chessman Bird Show – Apr. 8 – May 9

Chessman Gallery Bird Show 2016 April 2016 Flyer

The Opening reception for the Annual Chessman Bird Show 2016 is on Friday, April 8th, from 5 to 7 pm.  The show runs from April 8th through May 9th and includes metal sculpture by Steve Tyree, watercolor paintings by Toni Tyree and Basketry by Marie Cole. All of the artwork in this show is bird themed.

Oregon Zoo – Concert Tickets on Sale – Concert dates from Jun. 19 – Aug. 20


Second set of zoo concert dates for 2016 confirmed, with full lineup coming in April

The Piano Guys

The Piano Guys will perform at the Oregon Zoo July 29. Tickets for four more zoo concerts go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 1, with more dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

Tantrums, Idols, big-hearted punks and YouTube sensations highlight the second round of confirmed dates for the Oregon Zoo’s 2016 summer concert series, presented by the Oregon College Savings Plan and Banfield Pet Hospital.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 1 for shows featuring Fitz & The Tantrums, Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson, Flogging Molly with special guest Frank Turner, and ThePianoGuys.

Tickets can be purchased at Also, register for the Zoo Concerts newsletter at

Previously announced shows, already on sale, are Chicago (June 19), case/lang/veirs (July 2), UB40 and The Wailers (July 22), and Trampled by Turtles and Lord Huron (Aug. 20). The full 2016 zoo concert schedule will be released in mid-April.

The newest editions to the lineup:

  • Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson, July 16: Phillips won 11th season of American Idol and his 2012 first album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200. Nathanson, a folk rock veteran, released his tenth studio album in 2015.
  • An Evening With ThePianoGuys, July 29: ThePianoGuys only feature one piano player —  John Schmidt. Steven Sharp Nelson chips in on cello, and together with Paul Anderson and Al van der Beek, they’ve built a huge YouTube following on the strength of their creative videos and an entertaining blend of classical music and pop.
  • Flogging Molly with special guest Frank Turner, July 31: Flogging Molly melds punk and Celtic instrumentation, blues progressions, big guitars and traditional Irish music. Last year, British singer-songwriter Frank Turner released his sixth album, Positive Songs for Negative People.
  • Fitz & The Tantrums – Get Right Back Summer Tour, Aug. 19: Elektra Records will release the new studio album from Fitz and The Tantrums on June 10. The self-titled album is the follow-up to 2013’s More Than Just a Dream and features their new single HandClap. “HandClap is a primal tale of love and lust, a call to arms in the late hours of the night,” says lead vocalist Fitz.

In 1979, the Oregon Zoo became the first zoo in America to host a summer concert series. The series has become one of the top outdoor events in the Northwest, and is the region’s longest continuously running outdoor series.

The zoo is a service of Metro and is dedicated to its mission of inspiring the community to create a better future for wildlife. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors,Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, western pond turtles and Oregon spotted frogs. Other projects include studies on Asian elephants, polar bears, orangutans and giant pandas.

Support from the Oregon Zoo Foundation enhances and expands the zoo’s efforts in conservation, education and animal welfare. Members, donors and corporate and foundation partners help the zoo make a difference across the region and around the world.

The zoo opens at 9 a.m. daily and is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26. The zoo is also accessible by MAX light rail line. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. CallTriMet Customer Service, 503-238-RIDE (7433), or visit for fare and route information.

General zoo admission is $11.50 (ages 12-64), $10 for seniors (65 and up), $8.50 for children (ages 3-11) and free for those 2 and younger. Additional information is available at or by calling 503-226-1561.

Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau – Finders Keepers – Thru May 30


Lincoln City, OR – In keeping with tradition and after months of careful preparation, the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau (VCB) is proud to reveal the annual poster for the 2015-2016 season of Finders Keepers, glass floats on the beach. This defining event, which started in 1999, officially kicked off on October 17 and runs through May 30, 2016.

“We are excited to unveil the new Finders Keepers poster to the world,” says Scott Humpert, Marketing Manager for the VCB. “The poster has become quite the collector’s item for visitors and locals alike. We get many phone calls around this time of year from people wanting to get their hands on the new poster, and it is a fun way to celebrate one of our most popular events.”

The firm that collaborated with VCB staff to create the poster, Echo Design, Inc., has worked with the bureau for over 13 years, helping to create nearly every poster to date. The poster, which depicts a fairytale sandcastle with an assortment of glass floats, will be available at the VCB offices located on the fourth floor of City Hall, 801 SW Hwy 101, or at the Visitor Center located at 540 NE Hwy 101.

Treasure hunters in Lincoln City can search for hand-made glass floats that are hidden by volunteers called Float Fairies, who hide the floats during daylight hours between the high tide line and the embankment. Every day, the Float Fairies will drop glass floats along the 7.5 miles of pristine shoreline in Lincoln City. If you’re lucky enough to
find a float, you keep it!

Make sure to share photos of your finds via Facebook at or on Twitter using the tag @lcvcb and #FindersKeepers.

A total of 2,016 officially numbered glass floats will be carefully hidden on the beach in Lincoln City for the season, from Roads End in the north to Cutler City in the south. In addition to the numbered floats, there will be special glass drops throughout the season bringing the total glass float count to over 3,000. These special drops include a combination of antique Japanese glass floats, sand dollars, buttons, shells, starfish, and crabs. For a list of upcoming special drop dates, please visit

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 an autographed certificate of authenticity and a biography 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 for a chance to win a glass float.

Finders Keepers 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. Each year, 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 visit

Pacific Maritime Heritage Center – Joyce Gaffin Exhibit – Thru Sep. 4

Watercolor painting by Joyce Gaffin

Watercolor painting by Joyce Gaffin



Pacific Maritime Heritage Center LogoThe Lincoln County Historical Society is hosting a retrospective of Joyce Gaffin’s original maritime work at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center from March 3rd to September 4th, 2016. Many of the thirty works in this exhibit were lent to the Historical Society by private parties and collectors and have never been publicly exhibited.

An opening reception will be held at the Maritime Center on Newport’s historic bayfront, Friday, March 11th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Admission to this special event is free for Historical Society members and $5 for non-members. The artist will be present and light refreshments will be served.

Joyce Gaffin settled in Newport, Oregon in 1973, and began her career as a professional watercolorist on the docks where she painted commissioned works of commercial fishing boats at the Port of Newport and up and down the Pacific Coast. Gaffin continued to paint and exhibit her work throughout the Northwest during the 80s, 90s and 2000s up to the present. She taught watercolor workshops sponsored by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts in Newport until 1995 and private plein aire classesmfor the following 10 years. She has taught art classes for children and adults through the Hatfield Marine Science Center, and classes for educators through the Lincoln County School District. Before coming to Newport she studied watercolor at the Cleveland Institute of Art and graphic arts at the University of Cincinnati, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Visual Design from the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

For more information, call 541-265-7509 or visit

The Lincoln County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that preserves and shares Lincoln County’s history. Visit the Burrows House Museum, 545 SW Ninth Street in Newport, and the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, 333 SE Bay Blvd. in Newport.  Burrows House admission is by donation. Pacific Maritime Heritage Center is $5 for adults, children 12 and under admitted free. Both museums are open 11 am to 4 pm Thursday through Sunday.

Maritime Center

Pacific Maritime Historical Center

Women's Business ConferenceLincoln City Chamber of Commerce – Women’s Business Conference – May 13

LCCC – Chessman Gallery – “Low Tide Landscapes” Oregon Photography – May 13 – Jun. 6

Low Tide Landscapes May

Tillamook Forest Center – International Migratory Bird Day Celebration – May 14 & 15

Tillamook Forest Center International Migratory Bird Day Celebration May 14 and 15

Tillamook Forest Center – Winter Steelhead Release – Mid-May (Sat & Sun)

Tillamook Forest Center Winter Steelhead Release Mid May Saturday and Sunday Estimated Dates

Annie at Keller Auditorium in Portland – May 17-22

Annie One of the Best Family Musicals ever PennedLeapin’ Lizards! The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award® -winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

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Salishan Spa and Golf Resort – 4th Annual NVS Golf Tournament – Jun. 5

Neskowin Valley Golf Tournament Salishan Spa and Golf Resort Gleneden Beach June 5

LCCC – Chessman Gallery – “Our Oregon” featuring Justin “Scrappers” Morrison, Brett Superstar, Ben Soeby, Jesse Narens, and Tripper Dungan – Jun. 10 – Jul. 4

Our Oregon June 2016

Chinook Winds – Vince Gill – June 17 & 18

Vince Gill Chinook Winds June 2016

Vince Gill was born April 12, 1957 in Norman, Okla. His father encouraged him to learn to play guitar and banjo, which he did along with bass, mandolin, dobro and fiddle. While in high school, he performed in the bluegrass band Mountain Smoke, which built a strong local following and opened a concert for Pure Prairie League.

After graduating high school in 1975, Gill moved to Louisville, Ky. to be part of the band Bluegrass Alliance. After a brief time in Ricky Skaggs’s Boone Creek band, Gill moved to Los Angeles and joined Sundance, a bluegrass group fronted by fiddler Byron Berline. In 1979, he joined Pure Prairie League as lead singer and recorded three albums with the band, the first of which yielded the Top Ten pop hit “Let Me Love You Tonight” in 1980. Departing the group in 1981, Gill joined Rodney Crowell’s backing band the Cherry Bombs, where he met and worked with Tony Brown and Emory Gordy Jr., both of whom would later produce many of his future solo albums.

In 1983, Gill signed with RCA Records and moved with his wife Janis and daughter Jenny to Nashville to pursue his dream of being a Country Music artist. His debut mini-album Turn Me Loose (produced by Gordy) was released the following year, featuring his first charting solo single, “Victim of Life’s Circumstance.” The Things That Matter, his first full album was released later that year, featuring two Top 10 hits: a duet with Rosanne Cash on “If It Weren’t For Him” and a solo hit with “Oklahoma Borderline.” In 1987 he achieved his first Top 5 single, “Cinderella,” from his album The Way Back Home. In addition to performing as a solo artist, Gill also worked frequently as a studio musician, wrote songs for other artists and toured with Emmylou Harris.

Gill signed with MCA Records in 1989, reuniting with Brown as a producer, and released the album When I Call Your Name. While the debut single “Oklahoma Swing” (a duet with Reba McEntire) reached the Top 20, it was the title cut that firmly established the singer as a new force on the Country Music scene. The song peaked at No. 2 and earned Gill his first CMA Award (Single of the Year) and his first Grammy Award (Best Male Country Vocal Performance) in 1990. The next single, “Never Knew Lonely,” peaked at No. 3 and the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA for sales of more than one million copies.

Declining an offer from Mark Knopfler to join Dire Straits as a full-time member, Gill went on to record his next album Pocket Full of Gold, which also became a Platinum certified album after it was released in 1991. The album featured four Top 10 hits including the title cut, “Liza Jane,” “Look at Us” and “Take Your Memory With You.” That year he also earned his first CMA Vocal Event of the Year Award for his performance with Mark O’Connor and the New Nashville Cats (featuring Gill, Ricky Skaggs and Steve Wariner). In 1992 he released the quadruple-Platinum certified I Still Believe In You. The title cut became Gill’s first No. 1 single, followed quickly by “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away.” The album also featured the hits “One More Last Chance,” “Tryin’ to Get Over You” and “No Future in the Past.” Gill also topped the charts with “The Heart Won’t Lie,” his second duet with McEntire, which was featured on her album It’s Your Call.

Gill recorded his first Christmas album Let There Be Peace on Earth in 1993, before releasing When Love Finds You in 1994. This album also sold more than four million copies and featured six hits including the title cut, “What the Cowgirls Do,” “Whenever You Come Around,” “Which Bridge to Cross (Which Bridge to Burn),” “You Better Think Twice” and “Go Rest High On That Mountain.” Becoming an in-demand duet partner, Gill sang with Amy Grant on “House of Love,” the title cut of her 1994 album which became a hit on adult contemporary radio stations, and with Dolly Parton on a duet version of her signature “I Will Always Love You” from her Something Special album that earned the duo the CMA Vocal Event of the Year Award 1996.

His 1996 album High Lonesome Sound featured Gill’s eclectic musical stylings. Hits included the title cut, “My Pretty Little Adrianna,” “Worlds Apart,” “You and You Alone” and “A Little More Love.” The Key, released in 1998, was a return to hardcore Country while chronicling the turmoil in his life including the death of his father and the breakup of his first marriage. The album, which was one of his most critically acclaimed releases and his first to top the Billboard Country Albums Chart, featured the hits “If You Ever Have Forever In Mind” and his duet with Patty Loveless on “My Kind of Woman/My Kind of Man.” His status as an in-demand duet partner continued with his 1999 duet “If You Ever Leave Me” with Barbra Streisand on the latter’s album A Love Like Ours.

Gill married singer Amy Grant in 2000, and released Let’s Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye that same year. The album celebrated his new relationship and featured the hit “Feels Like Love.” The couple celebrated the birth of their daughter Corrina Grant Gill in 2001. Three years later, Gill released Next Big Thing, his first solo-produced album, featuring the title cut and “Young Man’s Town.” He reunited with Rodney Crowell, Tony Brown, Richard Bennett and Hank Devito (as well as new additions Eddie Bayers, John Hobbs and Michael Rhodes) as the Notorious Cherry Bombs, and the supergroup released an album in 2004 on Universal South Records featuring the single “It’s Hard to Kiss the Lips at Night that Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long.”

In 2006, Gill released These Days, a groundbreaking, four-CD set featuring 43 new recordings of diverse musical stylings. Each album in the set explored a different musical mood: traditional Country; ballads; contemporary, up-tempo; and acoustic/bluegrass music. The set features a variety of guest performers including John Anderson, Guy Clark, Sheryl Crow, Phil Everly, daughter Jenny Gill, wife Amy Grant, Emmylou Harris, Diana Krall, Michael McDonald, Bonnie Raitt, Leann Rimes, Gretchen Wilson, Lee Ann Womack, Trisha Yearwood and more.

In August of 2007, the Country Music Association inducted Gill into the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame.

Gill has sold more than 26 million albums. He has earned 18 CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year in 1993 and 1994. He is tied with George Strait for having won the most CMA Male Vocalist Awards (five), and is currently second only to Brooks and Dunn for accumulating the most CMA Awards in history. Gill is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and has received 20 Grammy Awards to date, the most of any male Country artist. An avid golfer, he helped create the annual Vince Gill Pro-Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament (“The Vinny”) in 1993 in order to help support junior golf programs throughout Tennessee. Besides being known for his talent as a performer, musician and songwriter, Gill is regarded as one of Country Music’s best known humanitarians, participating in hundreds of charitable events throughout his career.

In November, Gill announced his new album Down to My Last Bad Habit will be released on Feb. 12. The 12-song record was written/co-written and co-produced by Gill, who is also a featured musician on all 12 of the tracks. The album includes features from Little Big Town and Cam.

“Forty years into this, it’s still as much fun as it’s ever been to play music,” Gill says. “At the end of the day, what I get excited about is doing something I haven’t done before. When I record a song, I feel successful if I’ve accomplished something new.”

Don’t miss your chance to see this Country Music icon perform at Chinook Winds on June 17th and 18th, 2016 at 8pm! 

Tickets are on sale March 17, 2016 at 8am! Reserve your seats by phone at 1-888-MAIN ACT (1-888-624-6228), in person at the Chinook Winds Box Office, or online.

Reserved Seating Tickets: $70 – $85. Must be 16 or older to attend.

Motown the Musical at Keller Auditorium in Portland – Jun. 14-19

Motown The Musical

It began as one man’s story… became everyone’s music… and is now Broadway’s musical. Motown The Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Now, experience it live on stage in the record-breaking smash hit Motown The Musical!

Motown The Musical is an entertaining show for all ages. Theatergoers will love the show’s energetic dance numbers and nonstop music.  The show contains minimal adult language and references. At Keller Auditorium from June 14th through the 19th.

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LCCC – Chessman Gallery – “Aquatic” LCCC Summer Members’ Show – Jul. 8 – Aug. 8

LCCC Summer Members' Show July 2016

Chinook Winds – Tanya Tucker – Aug. 12 & 13

Tanya Tucker Chinook Winds August 2016

A defining voice of country music and a modern day legend, Tanya Tucker inspired many female artists who still top the charts today. From the signature classic songs to the unforgettable sass and soul of her voice, Tucker has paved a path in country music and beyond through an unprecedented level of success and continues her longevity today due to a natural, undeniable talent.

When producer Billy Sherrill received a demo tape of Tucker, he quickly signed her to a record deal at Columbia Records. Her style has proven to be timeless ever since she recorded her debut single “Delta Dawn,” at age 13. The single earned a Grammy nomination for “Best Female Country Vocal Performance” and launched Tucker into the national spotlight during the beginning of her teenage years.

In 1972, she earned the “Top New Female Vocalist” award by the Academy of Country Music. With a wildly growing career at such a young age, the Tucker craze continued with her first number one single, in 1973, “What’s Your Mama’s Name.”

Tucker achieved an unusual feat for a female country artist at the time with a 1974 Rolling Stone cover story with the headline, “Hi, I’m Tanya Tucker, I’m 15, You’re Gonna Hear From Me.” As additional hits continued, Tucker added an edgy rock image, which she still embraces, to her musical taste with the album T.N.T, which was released in 1978. The gold certified album peaked at number two on the album charts. Through a collaborative relationship with Glen Campbell, Tucker transitioned to a new label in the early 1980’s and was back in the Top 10 with “Can I See You Tonight,” co-written by hitmaker Deborah Allen (Patty Loveless). Just a few years later, Tucker experienced another hit with “One Love at a Time,” co-written by Paul Overstreet (Randy Travis, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton). With four additional number one charted hits between 1986-1988, Tucker’s career, nearly two decades already underway, was proving to be one for the record books.

The 1990’s gave rise to some of Tucker’s most recognizable and career defining songs, “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane” and “It’s a Little Too Late.” New albums, along with multiple versions of greatest hits and live compilation projects, propelled Tucker to become one of the best selling female artists in country music. With a 1994 Super Bowl XXVIII halftime appearance, Tucker was a household name to stay.

Tucker’s latest honor, a special exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, gives visitors the chance to step into Tucker’s rich personal life. “Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough to Bend” runs through May 2015 and features many of Tucker’s favorite items from various eras of her career. From her pink Harley Davidson to her own line of salsa, Tucker’s life is chronicled in a never-before-seen way for fans to get up close and personal with the legend.

As Tucker prepares new music and a new touring show, fans can expect the same classic, edgy, and unpredictable Tucker along with an indelible experience any country music fan is guaranteed to love.

Don’t miss your chance to see this country-music legend perform at Chinook Winds August 12 & 13, 2016 at 8pm!

Tickets are on sale May 12, 2016 at 8am! Reserve your seats by phone at 1-888-MAIN ACT (1-888-624-6228), in person at the Chinook Winds Box Office, or online.

Reserved Seating Tickets: $20 – $35. Must be 16 or older to attend.

The Lion King at Keller Auditorium in Portland – Aug. 10-Sep. 4
The Lion King

Experience the phenomenon. The most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto the stage. Visually stunning, technically astounding and with a musical score like none other you’ve ever heard.

Giraffes strut, birds swoop, gazelles leap. The entire savannah comes to life and as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist.

See the Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation that Newsweek calls “a landmark event in entertainment.”The New York Times says, “There is simply nothing else like it.”

Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by a cast of more than 40 actors. Wonder at the inspiration of award-winning director Julie Taymor, who created visual images for this show that you’ll remember forever.

Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Oscar-winning song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.”

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LCCC – Chessman Gallery – Ceramic Vessels by Jack Walsh – Aug. 12 – Sep. 5

Ceramic Vessels by Jack Walsh Chessman Gallery August

LCCC – Chessman Gallery – The Casbah – Sept. 9 – Oct. 10

The Casbah Sept 2016

LCCC – Chessman Gallery – “Extreme Studies” by The MIX Fabric Art Group – Oct. 14 – Nov. 7

Extreme Studies by The MIX Fabric Art Group October

Lincoln City Warming Shelter Needs Volunteers, Operations Mgr

The Lincoln City Warming Shelter is looking for lots of volunteers to serve at various times and on selected days the shelters are open during December – March. There is a one week notice of days/dates the shelters will be open and the Volunteer Coordinator will call regarding your availability. Seeking volunteers with a heart to help, a willingness to be flexible and serve, and wanting to make a difference in someone’s life. Training Included. Call Volunteer Administrator Richard Gartrell at 2016-714-7012 to sign up today.

Seeking a personS with a desire to make a difference to serve as either the Volunteer Coordinator or the Volunteer Operations Manager. Could be employed or a stay-at-home Mom/Dad, with some organizational or project management skills, enthusiasm, and with a heart for these critically important roles with our seasonal shelter project. Training included. If interested, please make contact by email, or forward a letter of interest or an application (see reverse side of this announcement) to: Lincoln City Warming Shelter, P.O. Box 198, Lincoln City, OR 97367, or contact the Volunteer Administrator Richard Gartrell at 206-714-7012.
NOTE: The warming shelters usually are open 6PM-8AM only on selected days/dates, determined a week in advance, during the period December to late March, when winter weather dips to freezing temperatures.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:   Richard Gartrell, Volunteer Administrator
Cell: 206-714-7012   Personal Email:

LCCC – Chessman Gallery – “Little Houses” by Kate Saunders – Nov. 11 – Dec. 5

Little Houses by Kate Saunders November 2016

LCCC – Chessman Gallery – “Three Rocks, Birding, Fishing & Art Making” by Victoria McOmie and Felt Sculpture by Laura Berman – Dec. 9 – Jan. 9

Three Rocks, Birding, Fishing and Art Making by Victoria McOmie and Felt Sculpture by Laura Berman

LCCC – Chessman Gallery – “Making Our Mark” High Fiber Diet – 30 fiber artists of Western Oregon & Southwest Washington – Jan. 13 – Feb. 6, 2017

Making Our Mark High Fiber Diet 30 fiber artists of Western Oregon and Southwest Washington Jan 2017

The Lincoln City Cultural Center Upcoming Events

Lincoln City Cultural Center PictureLincoln City Cultural Center & Visitor Info Center
The info center is open to the public and staffed by volunteers from 10am to 5pm every day except Tuesday. To talk to a volunteer at the info center, call 541-994-3302. For all ticket and event inquires, call 541-994-9994.

How to Purchase Tickets
Event information and tickets are available in our Visitor Information Center, or by calling 541-994-3302 during business hours, 10:00am to 5:00pm (closed Tuesdays). Tickets may also be purchased anytime on our website Click the large “Buy Tickets Online” button on the left side of the screen. Tickets may also be purchased through our Facebook page. Remember, LCCC Members always receive $2.00 off LCCC event ticket price with your member code. For membership information call 541 994-9994 or see our website.

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