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!
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NEWPORT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WITH PIANIST ALEXANDER SCHIMPF
Newport Peforming Arts Center
Saturday & Sunday, Mar. 25th-26th
Beautiful journeys through dreams and nightmares bookend this concert. Teenaged Felix Mendelssohn conjures a spellbinding magical music from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Opium-fueled Berlioz, on the other hand, invites us into a harrowing journey of the mind. All of it is magnificent music, and an exciting way to send off the season.
Saturday only! Pre-concert talk with Maestro Adam Flatt at 6:45 pm.
Starts:Saturday, March 25, 2017 7:30 PMEnds:Sunday, March 26, 2017 4:00 PM
Cost: $25 and $39 plus ticket fees, Students $10
LINCOLN COUNTY VOLUNTEER FAIR
Shilo Inn (Newport)
Saturday, Mar. 25th
MOUSE FACTORY PRESCHOOL FUNDRAISING GARAGE SALE
Friday & Saturday, Apr. 7th-8th
Mouse Factory Preschool is having their annual fundraising garage sale on Friday, April 7th from 8am-6:30pm, and Saturday April 8th from 8am-4pm. The sale will held at 41 SE 62nd street in South Beach. There will two designated “drop off” time slots on the Wednesday the 5th and Thurday the 6th from 4:30-6:30pm at the sale location. If anyone would like to donate but cannot get the items to our location, They’ll be happy to do a pick up. Please call 541-264-5498 to make arrangements. All gently used donations are tax deductible.
There will also be an having open house on April 12th from 9am – Noon, for anyone interested in enrolling their child for the 2017-2018 school year. Parents and children are welcome to come to the school and take part in our day. Our address is 227 NE 12th street in Newport.
Anyone with questions can call 541-264-5498 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BIRDING AND BLUES FESTIVAL
Friday, Apr. 21st
“The Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival will be held the weekend of Friday April 21st through Sunday April 23rd. Bring your family to enjoy birding field trips, nature presentations, boat tours, paddle trips, art activities, and live birds of prey presentations. On Saturday night, show your friends how you boogie at the blues concert with the Joanne Broh Band. Register
110TH RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL
May 19th, 20th, 21st
The 110th Rhododendron Festival is fast approaching, and preliminary events are already underway. The annual event takes place May 19-21, in Florence.
The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce, the event’s host, is now accepting applications for street vendors in Historic Old Town, and entries for the grand floral parade on May 21. Applications are available at the Chamber’s Visitor Center at 290 Highway 101 and can be downloaded at FlorenceChamber.com/rhody-festival/.
Davis Shows Northwest returns to bring big time thrills with their amazing carnival rides, food booths, and games for the entire family. Presale of discounted carnival tickets begins April 3. Advance purchases save buyers $6 on Wednesday and Thursday admission, and $7 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday admission. Presales continue through noon on Wednesday, May 17, when the carnival opens; however, the supply of advance tickets is limited and can run out early. New this year is the availability to purchase tickets online at FlorenceChamber.com. Each day’s tickets are redeemed at the carnival for an admission bracelet for that day.
Applications for youth (ages 9-17) who wish to volunteer as banner carriers in the Grand Floral Parade are also available at the Florence Visitors Center, 290 Highway 101. Youth volunteers receive a day pass for the carnival.
Festival pins are currently on sale. Funds raised from the $3 purchase go to scholarships for the boys and girls selected for the Rhododendron Court. The crowning of Queen Rhododendra and the King of the Coast takes place on Thursday, May 18, at 6:00 p.m. at the Florence Events Center.
For more information, contact the Florence Chamber office at 541-997-3128 or events@FlorenceChamber.com.
TAFT HIGH STUDENT ART SHOW
Lincoln City Cultural Center (Chessman Gallery)
Now thru April 10th
The artistic skills of students at Lincoln City Taft High School will be on display this Friday, March 10th from 5 to 7pm in the Chessman gallery for the Grand Opening of The Taft High Student Art Show. This show will be on display until April 10th.
This show is a collection of recent work by Taft High students led by art teacher, Noah Lambie. This body of work includes guided assignments as well as independent projects from students in grades 9 -12. A variety of mediums have been used to create this exhibit, including pen, pencil, paint, and printmaking. This show also features a collaborative class collage on old vinyl records, with each student contributing one painted record.
Taft High School Principal, Majalise Tolan, says that, “Noah’s ability to develop an art program that teaches skills and techniques as well as embraces student creativity is apparent in the work that students will have on display at this show.”
“ This has been a long time coming. Taft students are highly creative and their work deserves an audience and feedback.” Says Noah Lambie.
‘I find inspiration in beauty and in the passion of performance’, says student, Tora Vinter When asked about what she chooses to draw. She is contributing an amazing sketch of Barbara Streisand.
Gallery director Krista Eddy said “the works on display showcase the raw enthusiasm and intuitive elegance with which young artist approach their artwork.”” Some of the most inspiring pieces I have seemed have been created by students taking their first steps into the art world.” Eddy said ” it is a real joy to be able to share this youthful Talent with our Gallery audience” and that “it is nice to see the new generation of artists in our richly artistic community showing their skills, intelligence and artistic Flair for all to see.”
The work in the show has been matted and framed thanks to it a generous Grant from the siletz tribal charitable contribution fund which allowed teacher Noah Lambie to purchase a mat cutter and teach his students how to professionally mount and frame their work to achieve a gallery ready quality for the artwork.
At the Chessman Gallery, a nonprofit art space inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center.
For more information about this show or any of the many events going on at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, call 541-994-9994, head to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or become a friend on Facebook.
CAPITOL HISTORY GATEWAY SPEAKER SERIES
Oregon State Capitol
Now thru April
Programming for the Oregon State Capitol History Gateway Speaker Series has been set for February, March and April. Most programs will be at noon in Hearing Room C. See individual listings for specific details. If you are unable to make it to the event, speakers will be streamed live on the internet and can be viewed at www.oregonlegislature.gov.
Oregon history is the focus in February, which coincides with the state’s birthday.
Renown author Jane Kirkpatrick will speak at noon, Thursday, February 16 in Hearing Room C. Kirkpatrick will be discussing her latest novel, “The Road We Traveled,” which focuses on the “Mother of Oregon” Tabitha Moffatt Brown and her journey on the Oregon Trail. After the talk Kirkpatrick will be signing her books, which will be for sale in the Capitol Store.
On Friday, February 17 at noon in Hearing Room C, author RC Marlen will retell stories of historic Oregon and reading from her novel, “Grist.” Marlen will also be signing her books after her talk, and the books will be for sale in the Capitol Store.
Women’s History Month is the focus for March. Senator Mae Yih will be speaking at noon on Thursday, March 9 in Hearing Room C. Yih made history in 1976 when she became the first Chinese-American woman elected to a state legislature in the United States. She will be signing her book, “East Meets West,” in front of the Capitol Store after her talk.
Governor Barbara Roberts will be speaking at noon on Thursday, March 23 in Hearing Room C. Roberts served as the 34th Governor of Oregon from 1991 to 1995 and was the first woman elected to that position. She will be reading from her book, “Up the Capitol Steps,” which is for sale in the Capitol Store and can be signed after the talk.
In April the focus is Earth Awareness. Unfortunately, this discussion is not programmed during the lunch hour. Dr. Sheila Sund will be presenting information on the Cascadia Subduction Zone from
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 14 in Hearing Room 50.
For more information about the Speaker Series, please call Visitor Services at 503-986-1388 or go to the events page at www.oregoncapitol.com.
‘LOW TIDE LANDSCAPES’ PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT
Maritime Center Gallery – Lincoln County Historical Society
Now thru Sunday, Apr. 2nd
The Pacific Maritime Heritage Center will host a new exhibit, “Low Tide Landscapes.” This group exhibit by the Willamette Valley PhotoArts Guild explores the hidden landscape between land and sea exposed during minus tides, and will be on view at the Heritage Center from September 22, 2016, to April 2, 2017.
The exhibit features the work of nine members of the Willamette Valley PhotoArts Guild who make regular visits to the beaches of the Central Oregon Coast during low tides, especially the minus tides that occur in the spring and early summer. The photographers work in a variety of photographic media, including pinhole, iPhone, infrared and platinum, as well as straight and manipulated digital photography.
“Like most photographers, we're always looking for new things to see in the world around us and new ways to see them,” said Corvallis photographer Rich Bergeman. “One place that never disappoints is the coast at very low tides. It’s a combination of seascape and landscape, and a photographer’s dreamland.”
Joining Bergeman in the exhibit are Corvallis photographers Bill Laing, Jack Larson, John Ritchie, Dave McIntire, Craig Hanson and Kat Sloma, along with Kurt Norlin of Albany and Phil Coleman of Philomath.
The opening artists’ reception will take place Friday, September 23, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Maritime Center. Meet the artists, view their work, and enjoy light refreshments. Admission to the opening reception is free for Historical Society members, and $5 for non-members.
For more information about the exhibit or reception, call the Lincoln County Historical Society at (541) 265-7509, or visit www.oregoncoasthistory.org.
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.
FINDERS KEEPERS – GLASS FLOATS ON THE BEACH
Now thru Wednesday, May 31st
The coast is about to get colorful as Finders Keepers, glass floats on the beach in Lincoln City, begins in October. This is the 18th year of the signature promotion, which runs October 15th, 2016 through Memorial Day 2017.
Glass studios from around the Pacific Northwest are handcrafting the colorful glass art for the new Finders Keepers season. One of the glass artists, William Murphy from Oregon Coast Glassworks is thrilled to be participating in the season.
“Lincoln City does such a great job with this program,” says Murphy. “It brings so many people to the coast just to find a glass float. I am honored to be a part of it.”
Murphy, who has over 20 years of glass blowing experience, says that Oregon Coast Glassworks uses only the finest materials for their floats. “Other studios like to cut corners when it comes to color mixes, using only about one or two,” says Murphy. “For us, we use five to six color mixes, which result in a premium quality glass float. And, each float is given a personal touch. We put a lot of love and care into making them.”
Some of Oregon Coast Glassworks floats that can be seen out on the beach include their green watermelon floats and red fireballs. “They are big sellers at the studio,” says Murphy. “We hope the visitors have just as much fun looking for them as we did making them.”
2,017 officially numbered glass floats will be carefully hidden along the 7-½ miles of pristine beach in Lincoln City, from Roads End on the north side of town to Siletz Bay on the south end. Floats can be found above the high tide line and below the beach embankment, and are always hidden during daylight hours. If you find a glass float, you get to keep it!
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 count for this season to over 3,000. These special drops will include a combination of unnumbered glass floats, antique Japanese glass floats, sand dollars, crabs, starfish, and holiday-themed floats. For a schedule of upcoming drops visitwww.oregoncoast.org/finders-keepers.
On opening weekend, October 15th and 16th, an extra 100 glass floats will be carefully placed on the beach to kick off the season. In addition, a jumbo float will be hidden with a prize package attached. Find the jumbo float, and take home a weekend getaway courtesy of Lincoln City. The weekend getaway includes lodging, restaurant certificates, and a certificate to blow your own glass float.
Share your glass treasure discoveries on Lincoln City’s social media channels. Post a photo on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LincolnCityOregon, on Instagram or Twitter @LincolnCityOR.
The official handcrafted Finders Keepers glass floats will be signed and numbered, and when they are found, they become collector’s items. Register your glass treasure and you will receive a certificate of authenticity and a biography of the artist who created the float. To register your float, call 800-452-2151, visit www.oregoncoast.org, or text FLOATS to 24587. You can also bring your discovered treasure to the Visitor Information Center at 540 NE Hwy 101 in Lincoln City. 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.
The Lincoln City Cultural Center Upcoming Events
Lincoln 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 www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.com. 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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