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Network Community Listings – August 2011

Kayaking at Lewis and Clark National Park
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park Offers Free Paddle Tours

Take some time this summer to explore your National Park from the water. Glide through history on the Lewis and Clark River. Watch bald eagles soar overhead. Listen to ducks discuss the daily events.

Free ranger-led paddle tours will occur THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY starting July 1 and will run through Labor Day. Launch times will vary each day depending on the tides. To find out what time the tours begin, call the reservation line at 503-861-4425 or go online at http://www.nps.gov/lewi and click onto “kayak or canoe tour.”

The park provides canoes and kayaks, paddles, and Personal Floatation Devices. Tours are approximately two hours in length. Paddlers will meet at the Netul Landing (south entrance) at the canoe launch area for orientation and tour.The themes of the paddle will vary and include both natural and historical topics. Paddlers should dress for the weather, wear protective clothing for being on the water, and bring water and snacks. Activities can be canceled because of inclement weather.

WORKSHOPS/CLASSES

COURAGE TO HEAL. There is a free workshop coming up in Tillamook County called, “Courage to Heal.”  It is a free workshop for women survivors of child sexual abuse.  This workshop runs annually during the summer months, and generally lasts about ten weeks.  The group meets once a week.One in three girls will be sexually abused by the age of 16, yet many survivors feel alone and ashamed.  This workshop is healing, empowering, and supportive. The local facilitator of this group is Rhonda Bolow, and she can be reached at 503-801-5064.  Once Rhonda has spoken with participants, days/times of meetings will be set, based on what is most convenient for the group.  You can also contact the Women’s Resource Center at 503-842-9486 for more info.  Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested.

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.

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.

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.

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 Summer 2011 Yoga schedule at Yoga Namasté starts June 20 and ends August 31, 2011. During the 10 week term you can enjoyGENTLE 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.

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 Level 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 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.
Chinese Kung Fu.  Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00 at the Astoria Arts and Movement Center (11th and Harrison). The focus is on two styles; Ving Tsun Kyun and Tai Xu Quan. While both are suitable for self defense Ving Tsun is direct and linear in it’s approach and Tai Xu is circlular. Both are of ancient orgin (Buddhist and Taoist respectivly) and have been developed by nuns and monks, and by lay deciples as well. Matthew Crim vingtsunmc@hotmail.com.

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.

HIKING ADVENTURES. Astoria Parks and Rec. Join us as we explore several popular hiking destinations this summer!  Hikes will be led by an experienced guide and will include several popular destinations such as Saddle Mountain.  Meeting location and time will be provided at registration.  For ages 14 and up!  To register call 325-7275. Dates: Saturday July 9, July 23 & Aug. 6.


SPIRITUALITY

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

SHARE YOUR MUSICAL TALENT. If you have musical or performance talents to share, we need you at Nehalem Valley Care Center in Wheeler, Oregon. We are a skilled care center and our residents enjoy, and benefit from, music therapies and entertainment. Professionals and amateurs welcome – all ages!! CONTACT:Katherine Mace, Activity Director, Nehalem Valley Care Center, kmace@nehalemtel.net, 503-368-5171.

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. Aletha Westerbeerg, 503-325-4325.

Encore Happy Hour. Bridgewater Bistro  in Astoria will be the location for the August ENCORE Happy Hour (Exploring New Concepts Of Retirement Eduction) is sponsored by Clatsop Community College.  All retired or semi-retired adults are welcome, but must be 50 years old or older, and enjoy intellectual stimulation and an opportunity to meet new friends. ENCORE was started in 2001 for folks who share a love of learning. Some retirement-age people enjoy Crossword puzzles, Sudoku and/or Cryptograms, but this events entertainment is 20 Questions.  The happy hour will be from 4 to 6 PM. on Sunday, August 21 (third Sunday of the month) at Bridgewater Bistro in the Red Building overlooking the Columbia River, 20 Basin Street, Astoria, 503 325-6777. There is an extensive happy hour menu and $1.00 off on drinks.  It is not necessary to have alcohol as a beverage. “Twenty Questions” will be held at 5 PM. and an Astoria Bicentennial prize will be given to the winner.  If you have any questions, please contact Marjie Spence at 503 325-4233 or  for more information about ENCORE please check out www.encorelearn.org.

ELDER ABUSE FORUM. July 26, 4-6pm at the Tillamook County Library.  Elder abuse takes many forms and it is all around us. It may be physical, sexual, emotional or financial. It may involve spouses, families or caregivers. The often unspoken truth is that elder abuse is prevalent in Tillamook County. What are its signs, how can you recognize it and how can we, as individuals and as a community, empower and protect our elders? These will be the topics discussed by Kimberly Theobold of NorthWest Senior & Disability Services during the July forum sponsored by Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center. Theobold’s job is to investigate local cases of elder abuse. What she has to say may surprise or even shock you, but it is a program not to be missed.

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. FOR FURTHER INFO, PLEASE CONTACT JANET WEIDMAN @ 503-325-1306 OR LIZ PIETILA @ 503-861-2050.

TOLOVANA ARTS COLONY SUMMER TERM. Classes started this week and continue through September 3.  Many of the classes are offered for drop in students without pre-registration including. For fullschedule go to: tolovanaartscolony.org.

DANCE AND FITNESS.  for Children, Teens and Adults with Nadine Nordquist; including Adult. Jazz/Tap Workout, Pilates Based Stretch and Tone, and Creative Movement for 4-6 yr. olds.

WRITING. The Tongue Detangled:  Crafting Great Writing with Erin J. Bernard.

DANCE AND FITNESS.  For Teen and Adults with Jocelyn Edelstein; including Strength thru Stretching for Teens, Hip Hop Dance for Teens, Hip Hop Flow for Teens and Adults, and Creative Fusion for Adults.

PRACTICING YOGA AND WRITING WITH INTENTION. Margi Shindler, instuct.  NOTE:  This class is offered Sundays, 7/10, 17 & 31.  Margi is offering a 2 for 1 or $18/class discounted tuition for registration before 7/8.

WORKSHOPS COMING UP:

THAI YOGA. 2 Hour Introductory Workshop on the Ancient Art of Thai Yoga Massage – Melissa Haeckel  7/9 or 8/13

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY IN TOUGH CONDITIONS. Don Frank 7/24 or 8/21

FIBER ARTS. Beginning Wool Spinning/Natural Dyes – TJ Harrison 8/6 & 8/7

All classes and workshops are held at Tolovana Hall, 3779 S. Hemlock, Cannon Beach, OR.  Become a TAC member and receive a 10% tuition discount.  Tolovana Arts Colony is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Our goal is to offer a rigorous, intimate and informal setting for students of all ages to pursue their talents, focus their energies and hone their craft.

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