Community News Briefs

On Saturday December 26th from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the entire collection of current gently-used magazines will be on sale at North Tillamook Library in Manzanita. In preparation for the Library closure and renovation, magazines will be sold at 1/2 price (4 for $1). We’ll have one more Close-Out Sale on Saturday, January 9th, but for the best selection do your magazine shopping the day after Christmas.  In addition, a selection of the most current magazines is available for sale every day during regular Library hours. From December 26 through January 9 they’ll be sold at 1/2 price (4 for $1).
Magazine sales are fundraisers for the North Tillamook Library Friends who own and maintain our community library’s building and grounds. Be part of your sharing recycling community; support your library. For more information contact Gail Young at 503-368-5248 or [email protected].    Visit the Library’s new website

“Whale Watching Week” returns to the Oregon Coast Sunday, December 27
Visitors to the Oregon coast are invited to watch for migrating whales with trained volunteers during the annual winter Whale Watching Week from Dec. 27-31 hosted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). Volunteers with the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed at 24 sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on those days to help people spot gray whales that are heading south to Mexico. Visitors will also learn about whale migration and feeding habits. The winter migration typically lasts until mid-January. A map of the watch sites is available online at
Camping, including yurts and cabins, is available at state parks along the coast. Go to to check availability and make a reservation. OPRD reminds visitors to check and for weather-related alerts and closures before heading to the coast. Be aware of winter storms and high waves–respect closures, stay off the sand and watch storms from an elevated location.or details and staffed viewing locations, visit

New Year’s Eve at the Dune
San Dune Pub will have a New Year’s Eve Party with “Karaoke From Hell!” on Thursday, December 31 beginning at 9 pm.

New Year’s Day Activities
Annual New Years’ Day “Polar Plunge” is Friday, January 1 at 11 a.m., north beach at Neahkahnie.
Nehalem Bay State Park holds annual “First Day Hike” Friday, January 1 from 10 am to 2 pm.
Hoffman Center Happenings
Hoffman Center For The Arts will hold an artists’ reception for painter Karen Gale on Friday, January 1 from 3 pm to 5 pm.
Hoffman Center For The Arts hosts an Oil Painting Class on Thursday, January 7 from 10 am to 4 pm. For registration details, visit
Hoffman Center For The Arts is preparing for its annual Community Showcase & Talent Show, Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31. For registration details, visit

Year of Wellness Kickoff Jan. 2
North Tillamook Library presents a “Year Of Wellness” kickoff event on Saturday, January 2 at 1 pm.

North Tillamook Library Silent Auction for Furniture
As a result of the renovation project at the Library, furniture is being offered for sale.  This includes:  tables, lounge chairs, folding chairs, wood frame and fabric chairs, sofa, and end tables.  All proceeds will go towards purchasing new furniture for the renovated Library. Submit your bid January 8 and 9, 2016 from 11 AM to 3 PM at North Tillamook Library, 571 Laneda, Manzanita.    Pick up and pay for your items on January 13 from 9 AM to 3 PM. Call (503) 368-6665 for details.

The Lower Nehalem Watershed Council (LNWC) is hosting their 2016 Annual Meeting and Speaker Series event on Thursday, January 14th at the Pine Grove Community House in Manzanita. Join LNWC at 6:30 pm for refreshments and mingling. At 7 p.m. the Council will commence their annual meeting, during which time the Council Coordinator, Alix Lee, will present to the membership the nominees for the 2016 Board of Directors. The LNWC will vote to elect new members serve on the Board of Directors and to guide the Council’s activities over the next year.
Make sure to stick around! Following the annual meeting, LNWC will welcome Chad Durand of Clearway Environmental, LLC, for a special presentation on the Council’s Lower Nehalem Watershed Culvert Assessment project. Clearway’s team of engineers and fish biologists spent the last several months traversing the watershed in order to assess and rank around 550 road-stream crossings that were identified remotely using GIS mapping. The goal of the project is to produce a prioritized ranking of culverts for replacement or removal based on their status as a fish passage barrier, surrounding habitat quality and quantity, and structural integrity.
Failing or inadequate road-stream crossings can impede fish passage, contribute to poor habitat conditions, and adversely affect infrastructure. Within the Lower Nehalem Watershed, a large network of roads create numerous road-stream crossings, and until this year the status and general condition of many of those was unknown or limited. Upgrading failing or undersized culverts, the most common type of road-stream crossings, is one of the most common types of projects completed to improve in-stream habitat and fish passage in the Lower Nehalem Watershed.
In 2015, the Lower Nehalem Watershed Council, Tillamook County Public Works, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Tillamook Estuaries Partnership partnered to complete a watershed-wide assessment to identify and inventory all of the road-stream crossings in the Lower Nehalem Watershed. The final result of the project will be a prioritized ranking of culverts for repair or replacement in the future. Clearway Environmental LLC, was hired by LNWC as a consultant on the project to complete the field data collection, analysis and prioritization report.
The Lower Nehalem Watershed Culvert Assessment is the first step in replacing or upgrading culverts to benefit fish and people. Chad Durand’s presentation will give attendees an overview of the field data collection and prioritization, focusing on the results of the inventory as well as some of the more interesting field experiences Clearway’s team encountered.
Event Information: Refreshments and snacks will be served. This event is FREE and open to the public. Find more information on our speaker series on our Facebook page (

Public meetings are scheduled in January to discuss the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) planning process for the Beltz Property Comprehensive Plan. Meetings for the new park, named “Sitka Sedge State Natural Area” in November 2015, will be at the following times and locations:
* Thursday, Jan. 14, 1-4 p.m. Advisory Committee, followed by a public meeting from 6-8 p.m., both located at Kiawanda Community Center, 34600 Cape Kiwanda Drive, Pacific City.
* Tuesday, Jan. 26, 6-8 p.m., public meeting, Wilsonville Library, 8200 SW Wilsonville Road, Wilsonville.
OPRD will take public comment at the two public meetings. The public may attend the Jan. 14 Advisory Committee meeting; however, only comments from committee members will be taken at this meeting.
OPRD acquired the 357-acre coastal property in Tillamook County in 2014. The Beltz Property Comprehensive Plan is a first step in developing the site, and it will look in-depth at natural, scenic and cultural resource conditions of the site; park management needs; outdoor recreation trends in the region; and community partnerships. Stay updated on the process at
Written comments may be submitted to Ben Hedstrom, OPRD, 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem, OR 97301, or [email protected].  The services, programs and activities of OPRD are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For accommodations, please call 503-986-0745 at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting.

Learn how to Preserve @ Home, an On-line Hybrid Food Preservation Class
Here’s a Holiday gift idea for the “foodie” on your gift list! Or, maybe you’re the one that wants to learn more about food safety and preservation. Participants learn how to safely can, dry or freeze the garden bounty. Oregon State University Extension Service invites you to enroll in Preserve @ Home, an on-line food preservation class to teach individuals how to safely preserve a variety of food products.  Participants learn how to produce high-quality, preserved foods and the science behind food preservation and food safety.
The registration deadline is Friday, January 8, 2016. The first class of the 6-week course opens on-line on Thursday, January 14, 2016. Each lesson includes online text (that can be downloaded and printed), on-line bulletin board to facilitate participant discussion, and a real-time weekly chat to interact with classmates and instructors. The weekly on-line chat session for the first lesson will be on Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 1:00 to 1:45 pm. Topics to be covered include: Foodborne Illness – causes and prevention, Spoilage and Canning Basics, Canning High Acid foods, Canning Specialty High Acid Foods – pickles, salsa, jams, jellies, etc., Canning Low Acid Foods, and Freezing and Drying. Supplemental materials this year will include materials on planting varieties for food preservation and one on cold storage and root cellaring.
Nancy Kershaw, Preserve @ Home instructor will provide a hands-on lab experience for Western Oregon participants at the OSU Extension office in Tillamook. Students will practice pressure canning and water-bath canning. The optional hands-on lab will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2016, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Cost of the course is $50. Many of the supplemental materials are available free, on-line. Class size is limited. This course offered cooperatively with the University of Idaho Extension Service and eXtension.  Call 503-842-3433 to reserve your space.
For more information and registration materials visit this web site: or contact Nancy Kershaw, OSU Extension FCH agent, [email protected], 503-842-3433.

North Tillamook Library in Manzanita Closed Jan. 13 to early March
North Tillamook Library (Manzanita) will be CLOSED beginning Wednesday, January 13 for extensive renovations. For details on the project and on how/where to pick up library materials during closure, visit

Volunteers Wanted to Help Survivors of Abuse
Volunteering is good for your health! Sign up today to participate in our winter volunteer training to start the 2016 Year of Wellness of right. Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center is looking for individuals interested in making a difference in the lives of neighbors, friends, and family by supporting our mission to eliminate domestic and sexual violence in Tillamook County.  TCWRC is offering a free training starting January 14, 2015 for those interested in volunteering and for community partners who wish to increase their understanding and improve their crisis intervention skills.  The thirty hour training will help prepare volunteers for various positions: working the helpline, direct services, clerical duties, fundraising, publicity, maintenance and odd jobs, Board of Directors, Speakers Bureau and many other opportunities.  There are volunteer positions for everyone, for every skill set and interest. Best of all, community engagement can improve your mental and emotional health.
Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center has been a helping hand since 1982. Our staff and volunteers provide services for survivors, and family and friends, affected by domestic and sexual violence.  Some of our services include safety planning, emergency shelter, advocacy, support groups, community presentations, and referral information. We welcome bicultural and bilingual English/Spanish volunteers to help meet our growing community needs.
If you would like more information on the upcoming Volunteer Training or would like to get started on your volunteer application, call TCWRC’s Volunteer Coordinator, Emily Fanjoy at 503-842-8294 x211, or email [email protected]

Strong Women & Strong People Programs to Be Offered
The OSU Extension Service in Tillamook will offer the “Strong Women & Strong People Programs”, strength training program for middle-aged and older adults, beginning January 22nd through the week of April 8th.  Programs held at the OSU Extension Office in Tillamook are for women and the program in Netarts is open to women and men.
The 8 am and noon programs are held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the OSU Extension Office in Tillamook.  The 1:30 pm class is held Mondays and Fridays at the OSU Extension Office.  The Netarts class is held Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 9-10 am.  Weights are provided.  Participants should wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes.
Registration is required one week prior to the program.  Classes are limited to 15 participants per session, first-come, first-serve basis.  To register, new participants must complete the required screening and enrollment forms and pay the $30 registration fee.  All new participants attending sessions at the OSU Extension Office must attend the mandatory orientation on Wednesday January 20, 2016, 10:30-11:30 am.  Those over age 70 or those with other chronic health conditions must obtain a release from their medical provider before beginning.  Registration packets are available at the OSU Extension Service, 2204 Fourth Street, Tillamook, 503-842-3433 or on our website
The Strong Women & People Programs were developed at Tufts University, based upon research on how strength training improves the health of older adults.  Research shows strength training improves bone density, reduces falls, improves arthritis symptoms, and increases flexibility and strength.

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

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