Community News Briefs

RIVERBEND PLAYERS Readers Theater Auditions

Great opportunity for people who want to be involved in a Readers Theater Production which is scheduled for this November – December!  No need to memorize lines — just be interested in participating to create a memorable Riverbend Players production.

Place–RiverBend Room,  NCRD, 36155 9th St, Nehalem

Thursday, Oct. 1st –  6 pm or Friday, Oct. 2nd – 2  pm

There will be two one-act plays:
“The Dear Departed” – A satire written by Stanley Houghton with a cast of 6 women and 4 men.

“A Separate Peace”– A sly, gentle dig at society’s conventions written by Tom Stoppard. Cast is 4 women and 2 men.

Come and get involved with RiverBend Players

Re-opening of Oregon razor clamming on indefinite delay

ASTORIA, Ore. – Razor clamming at Oregon’s popular and productive Clatsop County beaches will not open Oct. 1 as scheduled.

Razor clamming along the entire Oregon coast has been closed since May 14 due to elevated levels of domoic acid in the clams. The most recent test results released Friday, show levels too high for the season to open next Thursday, said Matt Hunter, ODFW shellfish biologist.

Hunter said Oregon beaches will re-open to razor clamming only after two consecutive samples show domoic acid is below the alert level. Exactly when that might happen is impossible to predict because the clams are very slow to eliminate the toxin.

“The only way for razor clams to reduce the level of domoic acid is through spawning or growth,” Hunter said. “We saw a big reduction in domoic acid levels after spawning in June, but we haven’t seen much growth in adult clams since then that would bring the levels down even more.”

While razor clamming will remain closed for the entire Oregon Coast, the harvest of bay clams and mussels is now open on all Oregon beaches. The harvest of Dungeness crab also remains open in Oregon. Harvesters can visit the ODA shellfish closures webpage for the latest closure information.


Join Adelaido Bautista for opening celebration

Friday, Oct. 2, 5 – 7 p.m.

NCRD Gallery, 36155 9th Street, Nehalem

With a spirit of invitation, Adelaido’s work showcases Pacific Northwest landscapes from local beaches and Saddle Mountain at sunrise, to Neahkahnie Mountain and Cape Falcon.   The collection includes color and black and white images, as well as portraits. The show will be hung through October.

Adelaido first came to the community in 2009 to open his family business.  You might recognize him from El Trio Loco on Laneda Avenue in Manzanita.

A portion of all proceeds from the sale of Adelaido’s work benefits NCRD.

Visit Adelaido’s website

Seabirds, Marine Mammals and Marine Debris Presentation

Friday, Oct. 2, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

LOCATION: Cannon Beach City Hall – Council Chambers, 160 E Gower St., Cannon Beach, OR

COST: FREE!!! This is a free event sponsored by Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, Haystack Rock Awareness Program, CoastWatch, & the Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership.

Want to learn more about marine mammals and seabirds off Oregon’s coast? Join Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, CoastWatch, and Haystack Rock Awareness Program on Oct. 2 at 6:30 pm for a special presentation by Kim Raum-Suryan and Dr. Rob Suyran to learn about the impacts of marine debris on marine mammals and seabirds.

Kim Raum-Suryan, Marine Mammal Biologist/Owner of Sea Gypsy Research, has studied pinnipeds, focusing on stellar sea lions, for over 25 years. Kim will present on the life cycle of pinnipeds & impacts of marine debris that threaten these creatures in various ways.

Dr. Rob Suryan, Associate Professor at Oregon State University, has studied the effects of environmental change on the reproductive biology, foraging ecology, & population dynamics of marine birds for 20 years.  Rob’s presentation will cover the threats of marine debris on seabirds.

Both presenters will share how their research is linked to marine reserves.

Join our coastal partners for this educational evening!  The presentations will be held on Friday, October 2 from 6:30 – 8:30pm at Cannon Beach City Hall Council Chambers, 160 E Gower St, Cannon Beach.

BCAC Presents “Fun Orchestra” on Oct. 3 -4

The Bay City Arts Center presents the FUN ORCHESTRA, a group of 34 talented Tillamook and Lincoln County musicians led by Music Director Mack Pimentel. The group will present two community oriented performances open to all ages with a variety of music and 5 guest soloists. On Saturday, Oct 3rd the concert is at 7pm at the Tillamook United Methodist Church in Tillamook. Admission is by donation. On Sunday,

Oct 4th the performance is at the Lincoln City Cultural Center in Lincoln City at 6pm and admission is $10 for ages 16 and up.

The evening begins with the Marriage of Figaro Overture followed by Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto in E minor featuring bassoonist Zack Nelson of Vancouver, WA, a member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic. Justin Lasley of Eugene will conduct the Concerto.

Next, there will be a salute to Arthur Fiedler, playing four of his famous compositions from his time with the Boston Pops. Justin Lasley again takes center stage, this time on trumpet for the Trumpeter’s Lullaby.

As a special treat the group will perform The Typewriter by Leroy Anderson. This piece features a unique solo on antique typewriters. In Tillamook, Gary Albright from the Tillamook Co. Pioneer Museum will perform, and in Lincoln City, Mark J. Irmscher of Lincoln City, will solo.

Continuing are selections from the musical South Pacific, followed by Fred and Ginger, an original arrangement by trombonist Dave Robertson. Brenna Sage, lead player in the upcoming Tillamook Assoc. for the Performing Arts musical, Dames at Sea, will perform That Mister Man of Mine, accompanied by the orchestra. Closing the concert is the Stars and Stripes Forever.

The Bay City Arts Center is a non-profit organization made up of committed individuals from all walks of life, volunteering to support creativity throughout Tillamook County.  For more information regarding events and programs offered by the BCAC, please contact us at (503) 377-9620.

CCC Hosts Workshop to Educate Baby Boomers on Social Security

A new generation of retirees is preparing to collect benefits. CCC will host an educational workshop titled “Social Security for Boomers” on October 6, 2015 from 6:00 to 7:30pm at its South County Campus, 1455 N. Roosevelt, Seaside.

Social Security is far more complicated than most people realize. The decisions baby boomers make now can have a tremendous impact on the total amount of benefits they stand to receive over their lifetime.

Questions boomers are asking include:

•Will Social Security be there for me?

•How much can I expect to receive?

•When should I apply for Social Security?

•How can I maximize my benefits?

•Will Social Security be enough to live on in retirement?

To help baby boomers better understand the Social Security system, this workshop will cover

•5 factors to consider when deciding when to apply for benefits

•When it makes sense to delay benefits — and when it does not

•Why you should always check your earnings record for accuracy

•How to estimate your benefits

•How to coordinate benefits with your spouse

•How to minimize taxes on Social Security benefits

•How to coordinate Social Security with your other sources of retirement income

Registration Fee is $15. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Individuals may reserve space by going to and searching under Course Title or by calling 503-338-2402.

Please direct inquiries to:  Mary Kemhus, 503-338-2408; [email protected].


Community Tribute for Sharnelle Fee

As you might have heard, Sharnelle Fee, Wildlife Center of the North Coast founder, passed away September 14, while in Columbia Memorial Hospital, after a long illness. She was comfortable and with her family. She will be sorely missed by many people, both locally and around the country.

The volunteers and her family are planning a community tribute for her. You are cordially invited to attend Saturday October 10 at the Warrenton Community Center at 3-5PM. We expect quite a crowd, as Sharnelle’s life touched many local residents and visitors over the years. There will be an opportunity to speak if you like. The public is invited.

Sharnelle founded the Wildlife Center of the North Coast almost 20 years ago, in a small single wide trailer on the property. She began with only one or two volunteers and one or two birds. As we know, it grew to a facility that has become the prime example of excellent care for seabirds, one of only a few in the county. She could not have done it without wonderful citizens like you.

Please invite anyone who might like to join us, it is open to the public.


Oregon Department of Forestry – Hot Topics: Fire, Fish and Forests

The Lower Nehalem Watershed Council will welcome Tillamook District Forester Kate Skinner during our upcoming Speaker Series event on October 8th at 6:30 pm. Please join us for an exciting and educational presentation on Hot Topics facing Oregon’s forests. Skinner will discuss the status of updating Oregon Department of Forestry’s management plan, summer conditions in Coastal forests and other topics relating to forest management. The presentation will be held at the Pine Grove Community House, 225 Laneda Ave, Manzanita. Doors open at 6:30 pm for refreshments. The presentation will start at 7:20 pm following an update from the Lower Nehalem Watershed Council.

Tillamook PUD canned food drive Sept. 25 to Oct. 16

All food will be donated to the Tillamook County Food Bank. Please bring your donation and add it to the barrel in the front office of the PUD. Stop by the PUD office, 1115 Pacific Ave.,Tillamook, the week of October 5th and celebrate Public Power Week. We’ll have cookies and cider to share.

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