Community News Briefs: 12-10-15

Harp guitarist John Doan will perform
“Christmas Unplugged” at North Tillamook Library (Manzanita) Thursday, December 10 at 6:30 pm.

Upcoming classes at North Fork 53:
“Mushroom Foray/Dinner” on Saturday, December 12 from 10 am to 7 pm; “Organic Salve Making” on Tuesday, December 15 from 5 pm to 8 pm. For details, call Ginger at (503) 368-5382.

Author Lauren Kessler returns to Hoffman Center For The Arts to launch her new book
“Raising The Barre” from 7 pm to 9 pm on Saturday, December 12.
Hoffman Center’s Manzanita Film Series will screen “Birds Of Neptune” on Friday, December 18 at 7:30 pm.
Hoffman Center For The Arts presents a Christmas Jazz Concert featuring “Jazzatti-tude” on Wednesday, December 23 at 7 pm.
Hoffman Center For The Arts weekly programs: Writing Lounge open Tuesdays 10:30 am to 1 pm; Open Clay Studio Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 am to 4 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 2 pm.

Whale Watching Week returns to the Oregon Coast beginning Sunday, December 27.
For details and staffed viewing locations, visit

Annual New Years’ Day “Polar Plunge” is Friday, January 1, Manzanita Beach.

Nehalem Bay State Park presents annual “First Day Hike” Friday, January 1 from 10 am to 2 pm.

The “Stocking Stuffer Shop Hop Passport” is now available through December 15. Visit participating shops in Manzanita, Nehalem & Wheeler to pick up your passport. Collect stamps and enter to win prizes. Visit for details.

Tillamook County Secret Angels will hold two gift-wrapping parties on Thursday, December 10 and Thursday, December 17 from 12 pm to 3 pm at Pine Grove Community House.

Registration is now open for the 2016 Manzanita Beach Walk/Run. Visit for details.

Beach wheelchairs are available to lend out at Manzanita City Hall. Chairs are available during City Hall business hours and can be returned to Visitors Center on weekends. For details, call (503) 368-5343.

Manzanita Visitors Center news:  A special ‘thank you’ to everyone who has volunteered at the Visitors Center in 2015. We have an amazing team! If you would like to join us, call Dan Haag at (503) 812-5510.  If you have an upcoming local event you’d like to share, please bring posters or fliers to Visitors Center.  December Visitors Centers hours: 11 am to 3 pm, seven days a week with longer hours on holidays and long weekends.

Oregon Care Partners Presents Workshop for Caregivers
On Thursday, December 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oregon Care Partners will offer a free instructor-led class called “Challenging Behaviors: Effective Approaches to Common Behaviors in the Non-dementia Adult Population.” The class will be held at Holiday Inn Express, 204 West Marine Drive, in Astoria.
Caregiver issues are receiving increased attention nationwide and here at home. Recent stories in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal describe the challenges faced by aging individuals and those who care for them, especially as many Americans strive to age in place. The WSJ highlights Census Bureau data showing households led by those 65 and older are growing faster than the U.S. average, while the NYT references research from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine indicating 90 percent of long term care for the old or disabled is provided by unpaid caregivers. Here in Oregon, according to the AARP, there’s an estimated 463,000 at-home caregivers at any given time. Without formal training, many rely on instinct and trial and error to provide the best possible care for their loved ones. A more recent study by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP describes the changing demographics of caregivers and points to the need for caregiver solutions.
These stories and data provide insight into the Oregon legislature’s decision to re-fund the Oregon Care Partners caregiver training program through 2017. The program, with partners like the Alzheimer’s Association, Oregon Health Care Association and Acumentra Health, offers free classes that help caregivers all around the state cope with the challenges they face when providing care for an older adult, such as anger or forgetfulness, complex medication regimens, legal and financial planning, and other important topics.
The re-funding comes on the heels of Oregon Care Partner’s successful first phase, in which more than 9,000 trainings were completed in every corner of the state and online. Participants included caregivers from all walks of life – from professional caregivers, to first responders, to individuals who care for family members at home. Just this month, Oregon Care Partners launched a new schedule of free in-person classes around the state, including the upcoming class in Astoria. Free online classes remain available on the program’s website

Christmas Day Camps to Be Offerered
The OSU Extension Service in Tillamook will offer several day camps over the Winter School Break this December at the OSU Extension Office in Tillamook. There will be a Cloverbud Holiday Camp for 1st – 3rd graders. A Holiday Fun Camp for youth in 4th grade and up. The Holiday Camps will be December 21 & 22. A Cake Decorating Camp for youth 4th grade and up, this camp will be December 29 & 30. Last there will be a one day Advanced Cake Decorating Class using fondant for youth 6th grade and up on December 31. Cost is $15 for each camp, for current 4-H members. Others may participate with 4-H enrollment.
Registration forms are available at the OSU Extension Office in Tillamook.  A completed registration form and the day camp fee are required to register a participant.  Pre-registration is encouraged since the number of day camp participants is limited. Contact the OSU Extension Service, 2204 Fourth Street, Tillamook, 97141, or call 503-842-3433 for more information or to register your child. Or visit our website at

Christmas Trees for Coho
Once again, CARTM is happily accepting Christmas trees, free of decoration, unflocked, and FREE of charge from December 26 through Friday,  January 15, 2016. These trees will help restore the watershed for salmon!

CARTM is open Thursday through Sunday from 10 to 4. After January 15, the normal fee ($12/cu yd) will apply for tree disposal.
Thanks to Tillamook County Solid Waste for encouraging CARTM customers to participate in this FREE conservation project!

Donate Electronics For SAFE
CARTM and Tillamook County Solid Waste are raising funds for the Neah- Kah-Nie High School’s SAFE Committee. The SAFE Committee plans an alcohol and drug-free graduation party each year. CARTM is happy to support this effort, and you can safely dispose of equipment replaced by Santa!
Bring used electronic devices, working or not, to the Neah-Kah-Nie High School parking lot on January 9 between 10 am and 2 pm. Devices accepted include: TVs, DVD & VCR players, computers, monitors, printers, keyboards, mice, computer peripherals, copiers, fax machines, telephones, remotes, and so on.
Every pound of E-Waste collected that day helps fund the SAFE party!

Customer Assistance Program Helps Neighbors
Tillamook PUD’s Customer Assistance Program (CAP) is an emergency assistance program to help spread warmth through our community.  Funded through customer contributions which are matched by the District, the funds help pay the electric bills of our neighbors in need.
Thanks to the caring spirit of several hundred Tillamook PUD customers and friends, contributions are made to the program throughout the year.  “The long-standing CAP program is designed to assist limited-income families in crisis situations,” said Ray Sieler, PUD General Manager.    “The PUD matches the amount of every donation and it is placed into a fund where it provides twice the assistance,” added Sieler.
Over the past five years alone, CAP has provided nearly $135,000 to hundreds of Tillamook County families in emergency situations.  For local families in crisis, CAP has been a lifeline.
Contact Tillamook PUD at 503-842-2535 to learn more about CAP.  If you’d like to help your neighbors in need through CAP, you can make a one-time gift, sign up for monthly recurring donations, or add extra to your monthly electric bill.

Entrepreneurship series returns to TBCC
Returning this January to Tillamook Bay Community College is a five-week entrepreneurship series designed to help potential and existing business owners learn how to plan a business model and develop the skills and resources needed to be successful.
The series titled ‘Building your Business’ is a collaboration with TBCC, the Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce, Oregon State University/Open Campus, Tillamook High School, Small Business Development Center and Worksource Oregon – Tillamook.
“It’s an effort to help entrepreneurs get started,” said Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Justin Aufdermauer. “We bring in local experts and teleconference with professionals from OSU to provide a network of resources that can help people who are looking to get started, or who want to see their current business grow.”
The course will cover different aspects of business including an introduction to entrepreneurship, sales, funding, marketing, business models and legal issues.
Aufdermauer encouraged anyone who is even interested in starting a business to register for the series. “Even if all you have is an idea, this course can help you think about things maybe you haven’t considered yet,” he said. “You can learn what mistakes to avoid before you actually make them.”
And for those who already have a business and are interesting in growing or expanding, “Building your Business” can play a key role on how to move forward, he said.
Classes begin Jan. 14 until Feb. 18 (there is no class Feb. 11) and run every Thursday from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at TBCC’s main campus. There is a $25 registration fee to attend all five classes. Reserve your spot now by emailing [email protected].

NCRD Program Scholarships
Making the recreations district’s programs available and affordable for all residents is an important goal. Since 2008, Friends of NCRD have contributed $6800 raised for scholarships in an effort to ensure no one is denied the benefits of recreation activities due to the inability to pay. Programs carry registration fees to help offset the funding to provide the service. Recreation promotes physical, mental and social well-being, but some residents do not have the resources to access these activities.
Friends of NCRD ask you to consider a donation this season to the Healthy Moves scholarship fund. A donation of $25 can provide a school week of afternoon activities for a child in a safe environment, or a student pass for a youth to use the fitness center. $40 helps sponsor a month’s pass for use in the pool or fitness center.  A $60 donation  could aid an older adult in use of the pool and the fitness center for a month.  Or $65 covers the fee of a 12 week arthritis exercise class. NCRD currently is providing 10 scholarships for their aqua therapy sessions and arthritis classes serving folks with chronic diseases including diabetes, Parkinson’s, obesity, and social anxiety. “ These scholarships have changed lives,” says Barbara McCann, pool instructor. They have benefited by gaining increased mobility, and strength, have better control of their weight, and have greater opportunities for socialization. It’s also important to note that those registered for classes at the recreation center are eligible for bus passes at no cost. This greatly helps those who are without their own transportation, giving them a greater sense of independence.
Recreation programs serve as settings in which friendships bloom,families thrive, and wholesome connections and community pride are forged.
Please consider making a tax deductible donation and 100% of your contribution will go directly to support scholarships.
You can see more information on the FRIENDS link on the NCRD website:  or mail your check to Friends of NCRD  P O Box 511 Nehalem, OR 97131 with a memo “scholarships”.

2016 Master Gardener Classes Start in January
The Oregon State University Extension Service’s annual Master Gardener training will be held at the Tillamook Bay Community College on Thursdays, from 9 am to 4:30 pm, starting in January. To obtain a schedule, more information, or a registration form, please contact the OSU Extension Service, 2204 Fourth Street, Tillamook; phone 503-842-3433; or go to our website:
Master Gardeners, trained by the OSU Extension Service, work together to answer home and community horticulture questions at OSU Extension offices, farmers markets and community events. They help create and manage demonstration, school and community gardens. They may also host garden tours, workshops and classes.
You do not have to be an “expert” gardener to participate. Anyone with a sincere interest in gardening and desire to help our community is welcome. The Tillamook Master Gardener program is a great place to meet new people with a common interest and to learn about gardening on the Oregon Coast.
There is a $120 fee for the training and materials which includes the “Sustainable Gardening,” Handbook, written specifically for gardeners in the Pacific Northwest. If you are not able to do the volunteer time, you can still take the Master Gardener Training for an additional fee.

Hoffman Center Offers Sketching Class
The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will offer a three-session “Living the Sketchy Life” workshop in January for adults – beginners to experienced.
Led by Manzanita artist Renee L. Delight, classes will meet on Wednesdays, Jan. 13, 20, and 27, from 10 a.m. to noon. Tuition will be $60 for all three sessions.
The class will cover drawing fundamentals, materials and supplies, experimenting with different drawing mediums, developing a sketchbook habit, and creative problem solving. All sketching and drawing will be done from life.
Students can bring their own equipment or the instructor will provide a sketchbook and drawing tools for a one-time $12 materials fee.
Delight is a plein air painter and avid sketchbook user. She received training in classical realism at the Ashland Academy of Art, and can often be found painting year-round on north Oregon coast beaches.
Interested persons can register for “Living the Sketchy Life” on-line at The deadline for registration will be Sunday, Jan. 10.
Questions about the class can be referred to Delight at [email protected]. Her website is

Local Disaster Survey Period Extended
The local on-line survey of emergency preparedness, launched in north Tillamook County in September, has been extended until the end of the year.
The survey was prepared by the Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay (EVC) to help determine readiness at the individual and family level.
“Due to the tremendous community response, we wanted to provide more people an opportunity to participate,” said EVC president Linda Kozlowski.
According to Kozlowski, taking the survey not only provided data on current readiness, but also prompted families to stock up on supplies and talk over “what if” situations with each other.
“All residents who haven’t yet completed a household survey are encouraged to go to the online link and participate,” said Kozlowski.
To date, over 430 households in Manzanita, Nehalem, Wheeler and surrounding areas have completed surveys online or in person.
“The survey is designed to help residents determine how prepared they are for the range of emergencies – from winter power outages and floods, up through wildfires, earthquakes and tsunamis — that could occur in north Tillamook County,” said EVC Public Information Officer David Dillon. “No matter what happens, individuals, families, neighborhoods, and businesses need to be self-sufficient and resilient.”
More information about local preparedness is available at the EVC website –, and on Facebook at evcnb.