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Coffee and community

Modified: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
YACHATS -- Growing up close to Boston, Deborah Gisetto always loved coffee houses and their importance to community and culture.
"The Green Dragon was a historic inn/coffee house in Boston -- it was there that they planned the famous Boston Tea Party," said Gisetto.
It was a turning point in American history and for coffee drinkers around the world.
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BOBBIE'S BEAT: Boo boos, bunnies and blondes

Modified: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
My inbox is choking. Why? Because of last week's column, Lap Sitter has been hearing from other cats -- New York cats, Branson, Mo. cats, local cats. Oh yes, even a nice note, including photo, on Facebook from a cat named Purrfect. Unfortunately, I won't be able to print all these letters, with the exception of the cats who started
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Fish & chips float flower’s fleet

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
Platters of fresh fish and chips carried by volunteers Sue Forrest and Lisa Olsen flew out of the kitchen of Gracie's Sea Hag Wednesday, April 15, during a fundraiser for the Depoe Bay Fleet of Flowers. The $13-per-plate benefit, revived after new hands took the wheel of the annual Memorial Day event, raised enough money to bedeck dozens of boats
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Earth Day celebrations

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
Carol Schriner, above, a retired pediatrician turned master gardener, assists Emilie Wiese and Nic Kaufman, two students from Kim Haddon's 2nd grade classroom at Sam Case Elementary, as they plant turnips Wednesday afternoon on Earth Day. The class planted a variety of edibles that will be used for community gardens and local food pantries as part of the Yaquina Bay
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Battle of the Books challenges reading skills

Modified: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
Could you read 16 books, then answer a series of questions about each book in a timed competition against other readers? Dozens of local elementary students accepted this challenge by participating in the annual Battle of the Books.
Hosted at Taft Elementary School last month, seven teams of third through fifth graders from Taft, Oceanlake and Toledo elementary schools battled
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Pinewood Derby held in Newport

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
Cub Scouts from throughout the Yaquina District (Lincoln County) joined together for the District Pinewood Derby on Saturday, April 11, in Newport.
This annual event allows boys whose cars have done well in their local Cub Scout Pack competition to try racing against other cars from throughout the county.
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Fishing derby, Earth Day activities planned at Olalla Reservoir

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Georgia-Pacific, in cooperation with the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers, are sponsoring a day of fishing at Olalla Reservoir near Toledo this Saturday.
The Olalla Reservoir Fishing Derby and Earth Day Event will go from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include a stocked fish enclosure for youth fishing,
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Carnival coming for Loyalty Day celebration

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
The Davis Shows Carnival will be a part of Newport's Loyalty Day & Sea Fair Festival, Thursday, April 30, through Sunday, May 3.
The carnival will be at the South Beach Marina.
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Crowds claw for crab

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- The annual crab feed and wooden boat show bolstered the finances of the local chamber of commerce last weekend as more than 1,800 Dungeness crab went to the boiler.
Wooden mallets, wielded by hundreds of grey-haired visitors offloaded in a convoy of senior-center buses from the valley, hammered away at platefuls of crustaceans and cole slaw.
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Loyalty Day & Sea Fair Festival begins April 30

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- Newport's annual Loyalty Day & Sea Fair Festival begins Thursday, April 30, and runs through Sunday, May 3.
The U.S. Army National Guard Armory is holding an open house, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, featuring a rock climbing wall, soldiers, construction equipment and heavy weapons display.
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BEACH SLAPPED: The arrival of birthday season

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
People must be having serious sex in the autumn.
Maybe it's the turning of the leaves -- no, not here -- whose fiery reds and oranges ignite the fires of the heart.
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Beach Bark hits the sand on Saturday

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
On Saturday, a local charity is hoping to collar a few supporters and give local pets in need a new leash on life.
The Beach Bark Fund provides direct cash support for any pets in need.
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Aquarium goes green for Earth Day

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
Oregon's window to the underwater world will go green on Saturday, April 25, when the Oregon Coast Aquarium celebrates Earth Day.
"We host this annual celebration to encourage the public to engage in positive behavior changes for the benefit of a healthier environment and lifestyle," said Beth Hawkyard, the aquarium's volunteer services manager who organizes the event.
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Toledo native plans book signing

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
A book signing with author Eric Chambers will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Toledo History Center, 208 S Main St.
Chambers, who was raised in Toledo, writes about his experiences fishing local rivers with his father and grandfather, as well as other memories.
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Minus tide marvels

Posted: Sunday, Apr 19th, 2015
Sam Lam, of Seattle, tosses some keeper mussels into his bucket Saturday morning near Seal Rocks RV Cove. Lam was taking advantage of the minus tides occurring now through Thursday. The peak low will occur Monday morning affording local shellfish gatherers an ideal opportunity to get dinner. The exceptionally low tides are also a great time for agate hunters to
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Hall pens ‘McCallandia’ novel about 30th governor

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Lincoln County commissioner has written an historical novel, "McCallandia," about a former Oregon governor.
The two men share a background in journalism, as well as politics.
Bill Hall of Newport has had a lifetime interest in politics and has served the county as an elected commissioner since 2004.
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BOBBIE'S BEAT: Any lap will do

Modified: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
Dear Mimi and Teddy: This is my first letter dictated to my human who is frowning because apparently it's not easy to take dictation with me on her lap. You are hearing from me because your human, Sharon Beardsley, recently told my human in the lobby of the Newport Performing Arts Center that you are interested in knowing about my
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Grown-ups to learn through play at workshop

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
Learning starts long before a child ever wanders into an elementary school classroom. Their experiences at home, day care and elsewhere make impressions on their development that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium will team up with Western Oregon University on April 25 to teach parents and educators how play during
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‘Postcards from the Coast’ celebrates 25th anniversary

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
A king-size raffle quilt, "Postcards from the Coast," has been designed and made by members of the Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild (OCQG) to celebrate the guild's 25th anniversary. Raffle tickets may be purchased from members and via a link on the guild's website, www.oregoncoastalquilters.org Raffle tickets are $1 each, or six for $5.
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Marine mammal learning experience is April 23

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
The CoastWatch program invites the public to a free marine mammal learning experience at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, at the Oregon Coast Community College North County Campus, 3788 SE High School Drive, Lincoln City.
What should someone do when coming across a seal or sea lion on the beach?
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Poet to visit Driftwood Library

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
In honor of National Poetry Month, poet Wendy Chin-Tanner will visit Driftwood Public Library on Saturday, April 25.
Chin-Tanner's most recent collection of poetry, "Turn," is a finalist for the 2015 Oregon Book Award for Poetry.
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Weekly ‘Walk with a Ranger’ program starts April 20

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
Explore the trails within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area during weekly "Walk with a Ranger" guided hikes. Retired chief park ranger and interpretive naturalist Michael Noack will lead a leisurely 30- to 60-minute hike along easy-to-moderate trails at noon every Monday, starting April 20.
"This is a great opportunity for people to connect with nature, while sharing the experience with
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First Presbyterian plans annual rummage sale

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
The Newport Presbyterian Women's annual rummage sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, April 23 and 24, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 25, at First Presbyterian Church, 227 NE 12th St. in Newport.
Bargains will be available in numerous departments, including men, women and children's clothing, household goods and
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Congregational Church offers presentations

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
The Congregational Church in Lincoln City, located at 1760 NW 25th St., will offer two presentations on Saturday, April 25.
From 10:30 a.m. to noon, the topic is "What the Dying Have Taught Me about Living."
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Students to visit Bartow Exhibit at U of O

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
Many local third, fourth and fifth grade students will have the opportunity to view a broad selection of work created by influential Native American artist Rick Bartow.
Students participating in Lincoln County School District's Indian Education program have been invited to visit the art exhibit, "Things You Know But Cannot Explain," at the University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of
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Trip planned to Evergreen Museum

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
The Newport 60+ Activity Center is planning a trip to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum on Thursday, April 23. Participants will leave the center at 8:30 a.m. and return about 5 p.m.
Located in McMinnville, the museum hosts a wide variety of flying machines, with displays ranging from the elegant aeronautic designs of two unknown bike mechanics --
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Opening the doors to marine science

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Hatfield Marine Science Center held an open house Saturday, providing a unique, behind-the-scenes experience into the daily laboratory research, education and outreach at the campus.
This free event was open to everybody from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and featured dozens of interactive, educational exhibits.
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Kin of one of Newport’s pioneer developers will gather

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Three cousins, Marilyn VanDeHey, a resident of Wilsonville, Vicky McGee of Eagle Point and Barby Jackson, a resident of Liberty Lake, Wash., are planning a family reunion for June in Newport.
"The last one was 14 years ago," said VanDeHey. "About 50 to 60 people attended."
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Thoughts on doing something else

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
Deciding to toss your current life on the bonfire of certainty brings some eventual problems. The first being it gives S'Mores a funny taste.
After that, however, is the realization that you need to go do something else. "Else:" such a teeny word for such a humongous thing.
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Whole grains, fiber and colon cancer

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
The vast majority of the grain products eaten in the U.S. are refined. When whole grains are refined, for example into white flour or white rice, they are stripped of fiber and micronutrients, leaving behind a calorie-rich, nutrient-poor food.
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Landscaping plants for the coast

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
Patrick Osborn, plant professional from Thompson's Nursery in Waldport, will vary this next Master Gardener Round Table with an informative PowerPoint presentation entitled "Landscaping Plants for the Coast."
This popular gardening round table series, normally held in the morning at Oregon Coast Community College, changes not only its format, but also the time and location.
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Read-a-thon at Newport Library

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
The Newport Public Library will host a read-a-thon on Thursday, April 23, from 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for youth ages 12-18.
April is National Poetry Month, School Library Month and the month of National Library Week.
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Ducky Derby is April 23 in Lincoln City

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
A special family night is planned for Thursday, April 23, at the Lincoln City Community Center.
The evening begins with the annual Community Days Ducky Derby at 6:30 p.m., when a plethora of little plastic ducks will make their way down the 24-foot water slide.
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Touring film festival coming to Newport

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
Lunafest, the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities, will be hosted by My Sisters' Place at the Newport Elks Lodge on Saturday, April 18.
This unique film festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through nine short films by women filmmakers.
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Volk’s Yoga-Pilates studio begins new term

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
The next term of yoga classes begins April 27 at Jean Volk's studio in Newport.
Classes include Beginning/Gentle Yoga at 11 a.m. on Monday; Hatha Yoga and Basic Movement at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday; Chair and Restorative Yoga at 11 a.m. on Wednesday; Hatha Yoga (all levels) at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, at noon and 6 p.m. on Tuesday and
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AFS fundraiser is April 22

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
A fundraising dinner to help local students go abroad and also support international students at local high schools will be held Wednesday, April 22.
The AFS annual Rogue dinner will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Rogue Ales Public House, 748 SW Bay Blvd. in Newport.
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Crab feed, wooden boat show this weekend

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
The annual Depoe Bay Crab Feed and Classic Wooden Boat Show will be held at the harbor on Saturday and Sunday.
Locally caught Dungeness crab will be cooked by volunteers at the crab feed, hosted by the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce.
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