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WORKSHOPS/CLASSES
Beginning Birding Class. Thursday, April 26. Discovery Coast Audubon Education Coordinator Mary Atherton will teach a one-hour Beginning Birding class emphasizing herons. Free, 2pm in the conference room at Lighthouse oceanfront Resort in Long Beach, WA.
Keeping Family Forests & Farms in the Family. part 2. Saturday, April 16, from 9am -2pm at the OSU Extension Center in Astoria. FMI 503-325-8573.
Storytelling Workshop. From Fact to Fiction with author Jane Kirkpatrick. Saturday, April 16. She will talk about facts and fiction and the writer’s craft of weaving them together to tell a good story. Registration forms at http://hoffmanblog.org/manzanita-writers-series/. Workshops-2011-2 $25, 2-4pm at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita.
Photoshop for Photographers. LightBox Photographic will offer an 8 week course starting Tuesday, May 10 and continuing until June 28, 2011. 90 minute sessions begin at 6:30pm with time for review. Classes are limited to 15 students. Cost is $299.00 LightBox will offer a four week class in PowerPoint starting in June. The workshop is designed for the serious beginning and intermediate and will cover practical skills needed to use the application. instructor Tom Dickerson, photographer, graphic design- er and image maker will help you to fully understand the use of Photoshop application. Call LightBox to reserve: 503.468.0328, info@lightbox-photgraphic.com.
FREE WORKSHOP DEMOS MICROSOFT OFFICE 2010. With the latest software release of Microsoft’s office 2010, the Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Clatsop Economic Development Resources and Microsoft to bring a free workshop to businesses and individuals interested in learning about the changes and new features before purchasing. Attendees will learn about the newest release and how it differs from 2007 and 2003 versions, how it may maximize production
and whether it is a wise technology investment. The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, October 12th, 8am to 10am at the Holiday Inn Express in Astoria. Business owner Jane Francis of Personal Computer Training will facilitate the workshop. Microsoft has provided door prizes, and refreshments will be served. The event is open to the public and reservations are required due to space limitations by calling Rose Alsbury at the Astoria Warrenton Chamber, 503.325.6311 or by email to rose@oldoregon.com.
DOES FOOD RUN YOUR LIFE? Come to Overeaters Anonymous every Wednesday from 7-8pm in the Seaside public library, Board Room B. No dues, fees or weigh-ins. Everyone welcome! (if you have questions call 503-505- 1721).
FREE COMPUTER CLASSES AT TILLAMOOK COUNTY LIBRARIES. Tillamook County libraries will be offering free basic computer classes this fall. Sign up for a free one-on-one session where you can ask questions and learn at your own pace. Classes will be held on Saturdays at the Tillamook County Library, September 11th, 18th and 25th and October 2nd and 9th. Additional sessions will be held at library branches in October and November. Registration is limited, so contact your local library soon and reserve your space.
SPIRITUAL WRITING FOR MEN AND WOMEN. Instructor Gail Balden is a writer, educator and workshop presenter with over 30 years of teaching experience. Her work has been published in anthologies, literary journals and national magazines. She teaches one-day writing workshops and writes a monthly column on the joys of small town life for the north Coast Citizen. Visit her web site at www.creativejourneys.net.
LIFE DRAWING. Every Wednesday, 3-5pm, The Alabaster Jar, 1184 Commercial St, Astoria 503-325-8632.
French Conversation Group Re-Start. The group is devoted to speaking French only. it is not a class, so please do not show up expecting to learn French from scratch. Once you step through the door of the Riverbend Room, it is French only. It will be on Saturdays, from 1-3pm at NCRD in the Riverbend Room. There is a nominal charge of $1/person/time. For more information email Jane or call her 503-368-3901 or, call Paul Miller at 503-368-5715.
Library2Go Basics. Second Saturday of each month 9:00am-10:00am. Over 5000 audio books and videos can be downloaded to computers and digital devices through the Library2Go database accessible through the Astoria Public Library web site. All downloads are free to access with your library card. Learn the how to make the most of this extraordinary resource. Free, at the Astoria public library.
Computer Basics. Third Saturday of each month 9:00am- 10:00am. If you’re new to PC computers or just needing to update basic skills, this class is for you. Each class is tailored to meet the needs of participants. Free, at the Astoria Public Library.
The Lower Columbia Classics Car Club. Invitation to all who are interested in Collector Cars to attend one of our monthly meetings. The meetings are held at Steve Jordan’s Shop Building, located at 35232 Helligso lane in rural Astoria – meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month. If you are interested and need the directions to get there, you may call Steve Jordan at 503-325-1807.
Library2Go. Classes will be held on the 2nd Saturday of each month, in the Flag Room of the Astoria Public Library, 450 10th Street, Astoria. This class is free of charge and open to everyone. Please contact the library for details and registration at 503-325-7323 or comments@astorialibrary.org.
Open Art Night. 5:30 to 7 PM –1st & 3rd Weds. Bay City Arts Center, Bay City.
Life Drawing. 6 to 9 PM. every 2nd & 4th Weds. Bay City Arts Center, Bay City.
Toddler Arts Group. Every Monday, 10:30 to 11:30 – Get your toddler started in the arts! Activities are geared towards ages 1–3, but age birth–5 are welcome. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Bay City Arts Center, Bay City.
Clay Open-Studio. At the Hoffman Center Annex, 594 Laneda, Manzanita, Tuesdays 10-7pm for those 12 & over. Children’s clay open studio is on Thursdays from 3-5. open to all clay artists, or those who wish to learn with a supportive group. Center equipment available includes a slab roller, two potter’s wheels, a variety of tools and kiln time. $2 p/hour or $10 p/day per person. FMI: contact Glenna Gray 368-3739 or glenna@nehalemtel.net.
CELEBRATE RECOVERY. Nazarene Church, 2611 3rd St, Tillamook. Adult & teen 12 step program. Child care provided. Call 503-812-3522 for more information. Tuesdays, 7-9, dinner at 6 by donation.
OPEN ART NIGHT WITH PHAEDRA. Bay City Arts Center, 5680 A St, 5-7pm on Wednesdays.


BODY WORK•YOGA•FITNESS
YOGA NAMASTE. The Spring 2011 Yoga schedule starts March 28 and ends June 4, 2011. During the 10 week term you can enjoy GENTLE YOGA–LEVEL 1 at 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. LEVEL 1-2 (Beginner and intermediate) Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays at 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. level 2-3 (intermediate and advanced) Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays at 6:15 to 8:45 a.m. LEVEL 1-2 Yoga flow at 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays. For more information: www.yoganam.com or call: 503 440 9761.
YOGA RESTORATIVE. Private individual Therapeutic and Restorative Yoga instruction with certified, Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher SarahFawn Wilson, MA, RYT-500. Private group classes also available. For more information and for public class schedule, please call 503-440-6738 or email serraphon@msn.com.
ECSTATIC DANCE. Ecstatic, trance, yogic, spirit filled, playful, improvisational, freestyle – We’re dancing! Wed. at 6:30 at Pine Grove Community house, 225 Laneda Ave. in Manzanita. no experience necessary. You are welcome to bring instruments of any sort to play along with what we’ve got going. Cost is a sliding scale from $5 – $7, or free if you really need to just be there.
Tsunami Dance. SUNDAY SANCTUARY – A class to celebrate and explore body, mind, and spirit within our dance, 6 to 8 pm. Free-form dance. Arrive at 6pm for a half hour of meditation before moving into an hour of dance. drop-in as you wish at $12 per class. FMI: Contact: Lisa (lisa@theplayfulspirit.com, 503-860-7711). At Lotus Yoga Studio, 1230 Marine Dr. in Astoria. Begins August 15.
LOTUS YOGA. 1230 Marine drive, downtown Astoria. ongoing classes on a month to month basis. evening Classes Monday thru Thursday 6:00 PM: Monday Level 1 Yoga for Relaxation. Tuesday Level 2 Strengthening. Wednesday Level 1 Beginning Flow. Thursday Llevel 2 Advanced Flow. Morning class Friday 9:00AM All level THERAPEUTIC Yoga. Dedicated to making Yoga an accessible part of everyday living. Call (503)298-3874, email lotusyoga@live.com, website www.lotusyogaonline.com for more information.
YOGA NAMASTÉ. The Spring 2011 Yoga schedule at Yoga namasté starts March 28 and ends June 4. During the 11 week term you can enjoy GENTLE YOGA-Level 1 at 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Level 1-2 (Beginner and Intermediate) Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays at 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Level 2-3 (Intermediate and Advanced) Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays at 6:15 to 8:45 a.m. Level 1-2 Yoga flow at 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays. For more information: www.yoganam.com or call: 503 440 9761.
YOGA SMA EXPLORATION. Yoga instructor Linda Sanderlin LMT, introduces SMA yoga, a practice evolved from Feldenkrais and Alexander technique, found to be very effective for people with a limited range of motion. Tues. and Sat. classes at Parinamah in Manzanita. $5 p/class. FMI: Call Linda (503)867-3943; or via e-mail: 4lsanderlin@gmail.com.
YOGA NCRD. Monday, Yoga of The Heart, 8:15 am – 9:45 am instructor: Lorraine Ortiz (no drop ins). Monday, Level II, 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm instructor: Nicole Hamic. Wednesday, Yoga Stretch, 8:15 am – 9:45 am instructor: Lucy Brook. Thursday, level I, 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm instructor: Charlene Gernert. Friday, Very Gentle Yoga, 8:15 am – 9:45 am instructor: Lucy Brook. Saturday, Mixed levels, 8:00 am – 9:30 am instructor: Lorraine Ortiz.
YOGA • Manzanita. The Center for the Contemplative Arts, Manzanita: Tuesday evenings 5 – 5:45pm. $35 for 5 classes. Call 368-6227 for more info.
YOGA IN GEARHART. Gearhart Workout. For more information log on to www.gearhartworkout.com 3470 Hwy. 101 N. Suite 104 in Gearhart.
YOGA • Nehalem. Ongoing Yoga classes at NCRD are as follows: Monday, level II, 5:15-6:45 pm, Nicole Hamic; Wednesday, Morning Yoga Stretch, 8-9:30 am, Lucy Brook; Thursday, Yoga for Parents & Kids, 3:45-4:45 pm, Charlene Gernert; Thursday, level I, 5:45 – 7:15 pm, Charlene Gernet; Friday, Very Gentle Yoga, 8-9:30 am, Lucy Brook.
T’AI CHI. The Center for the Contemplative Arts, Manzanita: Wednesday Mornings 10-11:30. $30/month. Call 368-6227 for more info.
TAEKWON-DO. Confidence, discipline, self-esteem and respect are only a few of the traits you will develop in this class while improving overall fitness. Ages: 8 -Adult fami- lies welcome! Mondays / Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:00pm, through June 17th. Session Fee: $24 Resident’s Card / $36 non-resident. location: Bob Chisholm Community Center – 1225 Ave. A, Seaside. For registration call the pool: 503-738-3311 Center – 1225 Ave. A, Seaside.
LEARN SELF DEFENSE IN ILWACO. Kenpo Karate for Adults. River City School, 127 Se lake St, Tuesdays @ 7:00pm – 8:45pm, $45/mo inquire/sign up: jbgroove1@juno.com, phone: 360-665-0860. 7:00pm – 8:45pm, KenpoKarate for Kids -River City School, 127 Lake Street SE, Ilwaco, every Thursday @ 4:00pm – 5:00pm, $45/mo.


SPIRITUALITY
Art as Soul Encounter. Saturday, April 23. Taught by Amy Livingstone. Workshop participants will: reclaim art as your sacred inheritance; cultivate mystical awareness by taking time to slow down and reconnect with the wonder and awe of creation; practice simple ways to break open your hearts through deep listening and expressing through art process; allow for the expression of both light and dark; look at ways your creativity can be of service to the world. 10am – 4:30pm at Ruby Too Art Studio in nehalem. For more information or to sign up contact Glenna Gray, 503-368-3739 or glenna@nehalemtel.net.
TIBETAN BUDDHIST DHARMA GROUP. Dharma River, meets Mondays 7:30 – 9 pm, 1230 Marine Dr., Suite 304 in Lotus Yoga’s studio. Meditation, sadhana practice, teachings & discussion. Dharma River is a satellite of the Portland Sakya Center. Contact Dharma teacher, Rosetta Hurley, 338-9704 for more info.
Center For Spiritual Living of the North Coast. CSLNC is for those who want to grow spiritually, all faiths and paths welcome. Sunday Celebration and Children’s Church 10:30 a.m, 66 4th St., Warrenton. www.centerforspiritualliving.org and 503-791-2192.
A SILENT MEDITATION • with Lola Sacks. St. Catherine’s Center for the Contemplative Arts, Manzanita: Monday nights 5 – 5:45 Call 368-6227 for more info.
LECTIO DIVINA • Meditation with Holy Scripture. The Center for the Contemplative Arts, Manzanita: Tuesday Mornings 10-11:30. Call 368-6227 for more info.
LABYRINTH WALK. Grace Episcopal Church, 1545 Franklin St, Astoria, 3-6. every 1st Sunday.


VOLUNTEER
Weekly Alder Creek Farm Community Garden. Work parties – Tuesdays, 10 am – noon.    help out the Coastal Food Ecology Center, community garden, permaculture garden and harvesting for the Wheeler Food Bank. Tasks may include: greenhouse and garden weeding, planting, and watering.


MEETINGS
ENCORE Retirement Learning Community is an association of retirement-age people who share a love of learning. Established in 2001 by a Steering Committee of retired adults, ENCORE is sponsored by Clatsop Community College. We meet for lunch the first Tuesday of every month. We try to alternate between north and South County, so look for these Community notes in your local newspaper to see the place of choice. our lunch Bunch get-togethers are a wonderful venue for meeting classmates over lunch, as well as new friends. Remember all guests that might be interested in ENCORE, or just want to know what we’re all about, are welcome. please call Madeline Gobel, 503 325-3330.
BREASTFEEDING INFORMATION & SUPPORT. La Leche League’s monthly support group meetings provide an opportunity for both new and experienced mothers to share their questions or concerns, and to talk with each other about the special joys and challenges of parenting. We especially encourage expectant and new mothers to join us. Healthy babies and toddlers are always welcome at La Leche League meetings. We look forward to seeing you soon. Second Monday of the month at 10am- Astoria.


GET ‘ER DONE!
ASTORIA DOWNTOWN CLEAN-UP DAY APRIL 17. ADHDA Downtown Clean-Up Day is Sunday, April 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and is looking for volunteers, in preparation for the Astoria Sunday Market, tourist season and the Astoria Bicentennial Celebration opening events. All necessary cleaning supplies and lunch will be provided to volunteers. If you are interested in participating in this community event please contact Blaire Buergler at 503.791.7940 or blaire@astoriadowntown.com.
FREE DUMP DAY. in conjunction with the Downtown Clean-Up Day, the 2011 Spring Community Clean-Up Event is also scheduled for Sunday, April 17 at the Astoria Transfer Station. This is the day residential trash is accepted at no charge (certain restrictions apply). The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the transfer station on Williamsport Road. The event is open only to residents within Astoria city limits who are Western Oregon Waste customers. Everyone is encouraged to help to make our City more attractive. Clean your yards, sidewalks, and pick up trash – anything to help clean up our City.
SHRED IT. In addition to Sunday’s events, Clatsop Coin, Clatsop Community Bank, Knutsen insurance, and TC Home Furnishings are sponsoring a community “Shred-It” event on Saturday, April 16. There will be a SHRED-IT truck outside of the Astoria Branch of Clatsop Community Bank in downtown Astoria between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. This is an opportunity to properly dispose of any documents that contain personal information. There is a suggested $5 donation per “banker box” or large trash bag. Volunteers are needed to help with this event as well.
Rummage Sale Astoria Middle School. There will be a rummage sale at Astoria Middle School on Saturday and Sunday April 16-17, to benefit – and held by – the students going on the New York/Washington DC trip this June. Saturday’s hours will be between 9am and 5pm; Sunday’s, between 10am and 3pm. If you’ve done your spring cleaning and need to get rid of some items we would be happy to take your donations for the sale. items in bags and boxes will be taken the week of April 11-15; large items can be taken after 5pm on Friday, April 15. Come and support these students in their efforts to defray the cost of the trip, drop some stuff, and rummage through looking for treasures! For more information, call Matthew Hensley at Astoria Middle school:  503-325-4331.