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Come spring, excited gardeners drive to nurseries, load up their cars and go home to plant. That’s tradition. But fall planting also ranks high as a time to put plants in the ground.

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Mentors from the community are needed for Newport High School’s Access to Student Assistance Programs in Reach for Everyone program, ASPIRE. Mentors assist seniors in making plans for life after high school.

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Santa Claus is greeting visitors at the Newport Discovery Zoo (3101 SE Ferry Slip Road, South Beach) from noon to 6 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 24. Get a photo with Santa and one of the exotic residents of your choice for $15. It is recommended to call ahead for an ap…

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It is the holiday season, one of the busiest and, hopefully, one of the most enjoyable times of year. It is also a time to be especially careful with your money, as scam artists are also busy, and the ongoing pandemic may give them added opportunities to do their dirty work.

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Skateboarders took advantage of a bit of dry weather between rain showers on Tuesday afternoon to stretch their legs at the Newport Skatepark. Sun breaks are likely to be somewhat scarce over the next few days with forecasters predicting rain, or at least a chance of rain throughout the week…

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The 21st annual NewportNaz J.O.Y. Group Christmas Bazaar was held on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19 and 20, featuring a variety of arts, crafts and food items. All proceeds will benefit NewportNaz kids and teens. Pictured right are two of the vendors, Mark and Randi Stevens, of Tidewater. Mark…

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Here’s a free and fun way to entertain family and friends over Thanksgiving weekend — take them fishing. Everyone can fish, clam and crab for free in Oregon this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 26 and 27.

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Samaritan Health Services’ occupational medicine clinic and walk-in clinic in Newport will relocate to their newly remodeled building at 705 SW Coast Highway over the weekend of Dec. 3-5 and will reopen for business as usual the next week.

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Childish Tendencies, located at 412 SW Bay Blvd. on the Newport Bayfront, is holding its annual toy drive for Samaritan House. Beginning last Friday and continuing throughout this week, there is a display set up for people to purchase toys off the Samaritan House resident kids’ wish list. Th…

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Some people may complain about the rain, but without it, this view of the Pacific Ocean near Moolack Beach — while spectacular — would have looked much like it does on many other days of the year. But Tuesday morning, with raindrops falling and the sun peaking through the clouds, Mother Natu…

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Just in time for winter, real estate brokers throughout Oregon and southwest Washington are gearing up for Windermere Real Estate’s annual “Share the Warmth” campaign. From now through Friday, Dec. 17, Windermere brokers will be collecting winter necessities for community members in need. In…

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Olalla Center is hosting a donation drive for Care Closet items this Saturday, Nov. 20, from noon to 5 p.m., in the parking lot at the Newport Elks Lodge, 45 SE Moore Drive.

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The Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund has distributed $123,344.29 to 38 organizations as it continues its quarterly donations to nonprofit groups. Due to the current conditions of the coronavirus pandemic, the reception originally scheduled for Nov. 5 was canceled.

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SILETZ — Since 1985, Siletz Valley students have hosted area veterans for a school assembly where they honor them for their service.

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People are invited to enjoy a variety of free educational presentations hosted by the Cape Perpetua Collaborative. Guest speaker presentations will be held most Saturdays at 10 a.m. during November and December (excluding holidays).

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Oregon author T.M. Brenner will sign copies of his new book on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 21, from noon to 2 p.m. at Lincoln City Archery, located in the Lincoln City Outlets at 1500 SE East Devils Lake Road, suite 410.

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Conrad Willett shows his cork art to Linell Wood during the Autumn Fest Art Show, which was held on Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Newport Recreation Center. The show featured mostly local artists with handmade items, including photography, paintings, jewelry, ceramics, woodwork, quilts, floral a…

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As we recognize Veterans Day this week, the Oregon FBI issues a reminder to all Oregonians to help protect those who have spent a lifetime protecting all of us. The FBI issued tips for building a digital defense against scams targeting veterans.

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People are invited to take part in the ninth annual Cape Perpetua Land-Sea Symposium on Thursday, Nov. 18. This symposium is a community event aimed at promoting local stewardship efforts and raising awareness about current research being conducted within the Cape Perpetua nearshore and adja…

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The Newport Public Library has a variety of programs aimed at keeping library patrons engaged. Hours at the library, located at 35 NW Nye St., are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. Masks are currently required for anyone entering the building.

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An updated visitor policy for all Samaritan Health Services hospitals, outpatient departments and clinics went into effect on Monday, Nov. 8. The updated policy was developed in response to decreasing COVID-19 infections in the region.

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NEWPORT — Construction is in full swing on the ambitious new features at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, but it is business as usual for the staff and non-human residents.

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New research recently published in the journal Nature shows evidence that the world’s largest baleen whales eat more than previously thought. And that discovery may shed new light on the key role whales play in the ocean ecosystem.

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On Sept. 30, both chambers of Congress approved the continuing resolution that will extend the American Rescue Plan Act’s temporary WIC benefit increase. This increase of WIC’s Cash Value Benefit (CVB) for vegetable and fruit purchases was set to expire at the end of September but has been e…

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It’s that time of year again when the community of Florence and cult exploding-whale lovers across the globe memorialize the famous whale occurrence. It happened one fateful afternoon on the shores of the small coastal town 51 years ago, on Nov. 12,1970. If you haven’t heard about it, ask a …

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People are invited to enjoy a variety of free educational presentations hosted by the Cape Perpetua Collaborative. Guest speaker presentations will be held most Saturdays at 10 a.m. during November and December (excluding holidays).

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For the next few months, a group of artists and scientists will be residing among the trees and wildlife to deeply explore their work as artists and scientists-in-residence at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. People are invited to join in a virtual Resident Talk on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at …

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Celebrating another year of creating public artwork that hangs throughout Newport’s historic Nye Beach neighborhood district, the Nye Beach Banner Auction returns to the Newport Visual Arts Center this fall for its 13th season, raising important funds for youth-arts educational programming.

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The Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild is sponsoring an online workshop via Zoom on Friday, Nov. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pennsylvania-based quilter Brita Nelson will teach “The Magic of Disappearing Blocks.” The cost of the class is $35 plus the downloadable pattern.

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A Parkinson’s disease support group will meet in Newport on Tuesday, Nov. 9. The meeting is open to anyone who has Parkinson’s or who has a loved one with Parkinson’s.

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People are invited to enjoy a variety of free educational presentations hosted by the Cape Perpetua Collaborative. Guest speaker presentations will be held most Saturdays at 10 a.m. during November and December (excluding holidays). Fall presentations will include a special focus on king tid…

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Oregon State University Extension’s Christmas tree specialist will talk about what it takes to grow a quality Christmas tree at OSU’s Science Pub on Nov. 8.

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It’s that time of the year when mushrooms are proliferating the Pacific Northwest, so here is a reminder about the good and the bad.

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This November marks more than 400 years since the Mayflower’s passengers first sighted land off the coast of Massachusetts. Not only did they catch sight of present-day Cape Cod, but on that fateful day, they also caught a glimpse of what was to be their new beginnings and their new home.

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There may not have been the usual number of trick-or-treaters going door to door this year, but organized events proved to be popular, like this Trunk ‘R Treat at NewportNaz. Of course the warm, dry weather was likely a factor in more families being out and about. Above, church volunteers ha…

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The Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener Program will hold the final installment in its 2021 series of free virtual classes at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

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The Oregon chapter of the American Cetacean Society is holding its monthly speaker series meeting on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held via Zoom and is free to the public.