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Brownsmead Flats CD Release – Strings & Yarns: It’s Vintage Flats!

The Brownsmead Flats

The Flats at Big Red Studio in Portland.

The Brownsmead Flats’ latest CD, Strings & Yarns, just out, is vintage Flats. A mixture of originals with a sprinking of traditional songs arranged by the band, the subject matter is local – politics, history, water and family. The album is dedicated to bassist John Fenton’s wife Carol, who died recently in an accident in Mexico. She also wrote one of the songs on the CD, Porch Swing. The CD’s cover features a photo of a tapestry that was presented to the band by a fan – hence the CD’s title, a reference to the cover tapestry and the type of music they play and instruments they use.

Though the timing of the new release coincides with Astoria’s bicentennial, the only song written specifically for the big birthday is harmonica player Ned Heavenrich’s song, Shines and Glows, according to Ray Raihala, the band’s newest member, and the only Clatsop County native. Raihala wrote two of the album’s songs, Generic Historic Anniversary Song, where you can fill in any of the myriad anniversaries that we’ve celebrated recently or will in the near future, and Ballad of the Peter Iredale, celebrating one of those anniversaries, the 100th of the beaching of the Peter Iredale in 1906, on Clatsop Spit.

“The band has evolved to sing about historical happenings,” said Raihala, and the new CD contains many examples, including Heavenrich’s Recall, which tells about the recent recalls of several Clatsop County commissioners, and guitarist Robert Stevens’ The Vortex, which tells the story of a man who witnessed the selling of Fort Astor to the English during the War of 1812, went upriver to do some business, and came back to Astoria, only to find that the fort was now a brewery with the English moniker Fort George.

The band does an a cappella version of Long Beach, Washington resident Mary Garvey’s Astoria Bar on Strings & Yarns, highlighting the Flats’ tight harmonies, featured during their many local concerts. They use a single old-style microphone for voices on stage, which helps the band members to hear each other, and presents an interesting choreography for the audience, according to Raihala, as each soloist bends in for his part, while the others sink back.

The Flats’ fiddler, Dan Sutherland, who also plays mandolin and hammered dulcimer, wrote two songs on the new album, Sail Away Sister and Somebody’s Baby. The album is rounded out with a couple traditional songs, the ever popular Cotton Eyed Joe (with Over the Waterfall) and the sea shanty John Kanaka.

Strings & Yarns was recorded at Billy Oskay’s Big Red Studio in Portland, in four 12-hour sessions. Previous Flats’ albums were self-produced, so this one was quite a step up, according to Raihala. This is the Flats’ 5th album. Potluck was produced in 1996, followed by Rain in 1999. In 2006, they released two recordings. The first, Astoria, features numerous compositions that explore Astoria, its history and topics related to the Columbia-Pacific region. The second, Live at the Liberty, was recorded at the Liberty Theater in Astoria, as part of the Lewis and Clark bicentennial celebration.

The Brownsmead Flats started playing together when the band members all converged on Brownsmead in the 1970s as what Raihala called “young marrieds” who wanted to try out the rural Oregon experience. They came from Nebraska, Illinois, Michigan and California, built their own houses, and started families. The community had (and still has) frequent potlucks, and music was/is a big part of them. Though each of the band members had played in a band previously, none had really done what the Flats’ website calls “crabgrass”, a folk/bluegrass style centered on this area’s geography. The band’s first album, Potluck, took the name of the venue where it all began.

Strings and YarnsRaihala joined the band about 15 years ago. At the time the band formed initially, Raihala was on the road much of the year, eeking out a living playing in a cover band. When that band broke up, he started playing with the Flats more often, and still does.

All the band members have day jobs and practice typically one day a week. They’ve played at the Northwest Folklife Festival, the Tumbleweed Festival, the Pendleton Round-Up (right after 9/11), and opened for the Kingston Trio at the Liberty Theater a few years ago. In addition to the current members, pianist and guitarist Jennifer Goodenberger has played with the Flats in the past.

Raihala attributes the band’s longevity to the fact that they “enjoy the process, get along well, and love the creative expression in music.” He says, “We’re always on a point on the road; it’s a journey, not a destination.” Going on 25 years together, with no end in sight, the Brownsmead Flats should be around for a while.

Don’t miss the CD release party at (where else) Fort George Brewery on Saturday, June 4th at 8 pm. Other upcoming concerts include two Summerfest dates, June 18th and July 16th in Long Beach; the Astoria Sunday Market on July 3rd; the Ilwaco Timberland Library on July 28th; and one of the band’s favorite venues, McGandy Park in Lacey, WA on August 28th. Pick up the Flats’ new CD at Bach & Rock in Astoria, also:

Sauna – My roots, my therapy and my Saturday night


Diane Ring Johnson’s sauna. She heartily recommends you build your own - read on!

A FARM IN NASELLE was my childhood home. Our Finnish family rounded out each week with a communal Saturday night sauna, a ritual that found us perched like towel-draped chickens, sweating together in a cedar henhouse-like structure. A wood stove was banked with coals that, in turn, heated rocks that rested above the coals. By dashing the rocks with cold water, great spattering sounds and vast clouds of volcanic steam were emitted. Ahhhhhhhh. Those who sat on upper benches received the largest blasts of heat and sweated out more toxins than the bathers below. Cold showers flavored with pine tar soap completed the experience, closed our pores and revived us through next Saturday night.

In Naselle, sauna stories still abound. Take the story of the two new city teachers who had been imported into the valley. Accordingly, the young women were initiated in the art of sauna. Instructions: “If it gets too hot in there, just throw water on the rocks.” Which they did. According to lore, the miserably hot teachers continued dashing the rocks with water. When, at last they were overwhelmed by the heat and steam, they bolted in their natural states into an appreciative audience of local pranksters.

Moving back to the Astoria/Peninsula area was almost satisfaction enough for one who had been far afield for many years. Incorporating one of the most nostalgic elements of childhood has completed the return journey. Uppermost on the resettling Feel Good list was the sauna (said with a fond sigh). Building it myself doubled the giddiness factor.

Actual construction of my sauna was completed over the course of one winter. Preparation, however, took a years worth of gleaning. The outbuilding, an excellent 8’ x 10’ structure,  existed as a tool shed in the back yard. While the Finnish tend to use plentiful birch, we Northwestern colonists substitute birch for abundant cedar. Cedar boards used in the interior came from many sources, mostly discards from scrapheaps. Once used cedar shakes and shingles, used on interior and exterior walls, were found abandoned as well. Pieces of my oak dining table were recycled as curved guards to protect against bodily contact with the sauna stove. The outer door was a found, broken screen door; the interior door I built from used cedar boards. A small window was a cast off, added to cleanse the room of humidity and sweat after bathing. The window also adds a bit of light to the cedar box structure and staves off feelings of claustrobia. Two vents, necessary for proper air conduction, were ancient gifts of small wooden shutters from The Sea Chest art gallery. The total cost of the project was further kept to a minimum by purchasing a brightly enameled red scratch-and-dent Finnlandia sauna stove at half of the original price. New materials included exactly ten new cedar fence boards, three rolls of insulation material, countless sandpaper discs and gross quantities of nails.  It warms the heart, as well as heats the sauna, to realize the potential of using used, going green, and staying true to the frugal Finn within.

Building an old country sauna was, ironically, accomplished via the new age internet. My plans, researched online, stayed true to traditional layouts and features such as ventilation requirements that have been used throughout time in Finland. A dilemma common to sauna enthusiasts is often the heat source. Electric or wood? Wood or electric? This is a major core decision. Modern Finns have flocked to the conveniences afforded by the electric heater. In addition to shaving off labor intensive hours of stocking wood and burning it to the requisite temperature, neolithic sauna bathers preset their electronic controls to the precise hour when they roll in from their day’s work, ready for relaxation.

Contemporary touches also include the addition of aroma therapies derived from birchwood and pine. These scents, or others of the bather’s choice, infuse the water used in dousing the hot rocks.  ‘Going electric’ means missing out on the authentic essence of wood smoke. To compensate and borrow from the old ways of double-duty sauna usage (hanging meat to cure inside the hot space), I load my Little Chief smoker with brined fish, place it inside the sauna, and allow the smells of smoking fish to permeate the cedar walls. The result is heady, not fishy, smokey-wood-chip-aromatic, as well as practical, sauna scent.


Diane's sauna awaits.

It was wrenching to watch the recent closing and gutting of The Union Steam Baths.  Situated amidst the canneries and docks of Astoria’s Uniontown, the Baths had served laborers and lovers of sauna since 1928.  Throughout those years, the “Hottest Spot in Town” was a highlight of my trips back home. It is still wondrous to conjure up its aromas of fresh linens, cedar cooling-off rooms and the sweetness of Ivory soap. Pulling on a wooden peg emitted more steam from the diesel boilers into the vast tiled and tiered bathing areas. Buckets of cold water provided rinses and sealed pores between hot steams.  Before the demise of The Union Steam Baths, a porn shop opened and operated on the second floor, just above the Baths. The juxtaposition of the squeaky clean and the smutty was odd and reprehensible to many but failed to deter those who loved the experience of the baths.

If you love the idea of sharing the events of the week in an intimately communal manner, if you desire the benefits of weekly exfoliating and detoxing, or if you long for nostalgia and dreadfully miss The Union Steam Baths, consider building your own unique sauna. I will happily offer encouragement and building advice through e-mail……….just don’t expect to hear from me on Saturday nights; I am enjoying my sauna.
Diana Ring Johnson’s email:

Note: Naselle, Washington is a small community that lies 15 minutes NE of Astoria. It is the site of a large semi-annual Finnish Festival that celebrates the rich heritage of its founders.

Legislative Update

From the Trenches: play “Taps” in May for many a good bill

APRIL might be the cruelest month, but it’s got nothing on May in the Legislature. May was a month of deadlines, and, as a result, it’s the month in which bills died by the hundreds. Many of those bills never had a chance of passing in the first place, and by May 31st, their fate became official: toast. Policy committees ended all work on June 1st, so unless a bill had been passed out of committee or moved to one of the non-policy committees (Rules, Revenue or Ways and Means), the bill was dead for this session.

May’s work centered around holding any remaining public hearings and then scheduling work sessions so that committees could vote on the bill, as well as deal with amendments. By May 23rd, bills that had not been scheduled for a work session were done for 2011. Hence, throughout May, a common refrain heard in testimony before committees was “I urge you to schedule this bill for a work session”. The usual committee response was to smile, thank the witness for their testimony, and say nothing more.

In the first three months of the session, a rhythm had been established that carried everyone through the day: Committee hearings, floor sessions, more committee hearings, and, in between, people meeting in offices, hallways and even the basement cafeteria. In May, all that ended as bill sponsors and supporters (and, conversely, opponents) scrambled to get their bill to a committee vote so it might survive. The work in June is to complete work on bills and, more importantly, pass the remaining budgets.

The first of the major budgets, for education, happened in April; the others probably won’t be completed until the end of the session, possibly the last few days. Sen Betsy Johnson is a member of the budget-writing Ways and Means Committee; she works on social service issues rather than education, so her efforts are still undergoing. She did acknowledge that getting the education budget done early got one of the most contentious issues “off the table” far earlier than in any previous legislative session.

“As a budget writer,” she said in a phone interview, “this is the busiest phase for me.” Some of the budgets nearing completion include ODOT and public safety. Human services is facing some of the most severe cuts due to the projected revenue shortfall of $3.5 billion the state faces in 2011-13. Sen Johnson said that she and members of the Ways and Means Subcommittee On General Government, which she co-chairs, are hopeful they can “close some of the holes”.

When the State Economist delivered his forecast for the coming years on May 12th, it appeared the state would have $40-80 million more than previously anticipated. In addition, not all reserve funds have been allocated. A variety of options to use additional funds are being developed to curtail some of the more drastic cuts facing vulnerable populations throughout the state. It’s not likely that a clear picture will emerge on what programs will be preserved and which will be cut until late in June.

Redistricting finally took center stage in May with the release of the initial maps. Both parties released their proposals for state and Congressional districts; all versions ran into serious critiques. The Democrats have already dropped a version that would have moved CD 3, now represented by Earl Blumenauer, extend far up the Columbia River towards the coast. Rep Boone is attempting to keep Tillamook County in a single district, something the proposals would change. The Legislature is hoping to come up with a set of maps both parties can agree on. As with most redistricting efforts, that is unlikely, meaning the Secretary of State will end up drawing new state House and Senate lines and a judicial panel the Congressional lines.

(The various redistricting maps are available on the Legislature’s website:

One of the outcomes of passing the final deadlines to move bills forward is that planning begins immediately for the 2012 session. As one of Rep Boone’s legislative assistants noted, anyone who has an idea for a bill for next year should begin work now. The process is lengthy, and getting from idea to law is far more complicated than we learned from Schoolhouse Rock. Even good bills can take several sessions to pass; Rep Boone has been working on a bill to support 911 service, but was unable to get it passed. The idea is not dead — she will be part of a work group that will bring the bill back in 2012 — and this experience is not uncommon. All three legislators and their staff are glad to meet with citizens to talk about ideas for future legislation.

But wait until July. This Legislature has a few more weeks to go.

Modernizing the Bottle Bill: It’s a Pass.

REP. BEN CANNON (D-Portland) hailed the Senate passage of a major update to Oregon’s pioneering Bottle Bill.  HB 3145B, chief sponsored by Rep. Cannon and Rep. Vicki Berger (R-Salem), represents the most significant expansion of the Bottle Bill since Oregon adopted the redemption system in 1971.

“With today’s vote, the Bottle Bill is finally on its way to the 21st Century,” said Rep. Cannon.  “By expanding the redemption system to cover all beverage containers, we will save more than 72 million containers per year from landfills.  By encouraging the development of redemption centers, we are making the system more convenient for consumers.  And by increasing the deposit if redemption rates fall, we are ensuring that Oregon will restore its place as a national leader in container recycling.”

Recycle BottlesUnder HB 3145B, juices, teas, sports drinks, and other beverage containers will carry a deposit by no later than 2018.  “Oregon history is littered with unsuccessful attempts to modernize the Bottle Bill,” said Rep. Cannon.  “Our success today stands on the shoulders of many.  The 2007 expansion to water bottles, led by Rep. Vicki Berger and Sen. Jackie Dingfelder, helped create the conditions that made further expansion possible.  The Bottle Bill Task Force established the policy framework for this bill.  Senate leaders, including Sen. Peter Courtney and Sen. Mark Hass, played an important role in getting HB 3145B across the finish line.  And it has been particularly important that Oregon’s grocers, distributors, and recyclers are finally working hand-in-hand to improve the Bottle Bill for Oregonians.”

“For Oregon, the Bottle Bill is about more than recycling beverage containers,” said Rep. Cannon.  “For 40 years, it has stood as a potent symbol of what is possible when Republicans and Democrats work creatively together to solve a common problem.  It has stood as a symbol of what it means to be an Oregonian: wasting little, tending carefully to our resources — leaving the campsite better than we found it.  It is exciting that the Legislature has managed to rekindle that spirit this year.” 3145B now heads to the Governor for his signature.

Bill to Close Market for Shark Fins Clears Final Hurdle

THE HOUSE provided final passage to HB 2838, chief sponsored by Representative Brad Witt (D-Clatskanie), which outlaws the marketing of shark fins in Oregon.  Shark fins are an expensive, in-demand item used in shark fin soup.

“All too often shark fins are obtained by means of a barbaric practice commonly referred to as finning.  This involves the taking of sharks solely for the purpose of harvesting their fins, while the rest of the fish is usually wasted,” said Rep. Witt.  “Worse yet, sharks are often finned alive, only to die an agonizing death of starvation, drowning or bleeding.”

Some estimates show that internationally approximately 73 million sharks are finned and killed each year.  Oregon fisheries regulations conform to federal requirements prohibiting the removal of shark fins or tail at sea.  However, there is no Oregon law that bans the possession, sale, trade or distribution of shark fins in state.  HB 2838 changes that.

To provide final passage the House concurred with Senate amendments to the bill.  The Senate amendments add exemptions for a person who holds a license or permit under commercial or recreational fishing laws or a fish processor who holds a license.

In the wake of Oregon action on this issue, similar legislation is now being considered in California, Washington and Canada.

HB 2838 now moves to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

Rural Oregonians “Foreclose” on Congressman Walden in grassroots protest campaign

Forecloses on Walden

Kjerstin Gould (center) of Astoria represents Clatsop County.

ON SATURDAY, MAY 7TH, over 150 rural and small town Oregonians from 25 counties convened in Bend, Oregon to issue Rep. Greg Walden a “Notice of Foreclosure.”

Rep. Walden voted in favor of the “Ryan” budget in the House of Representatives, which allocates over $700 billion to the military while cutting billions in community service needs across the state. A protest organized by the Rural Organizing Project convened to declare that Rep. Walden’s support of the “Ryan” budget is a violation of his duty to serve the public good, and that he is therefore in default.  Modeled after the foreclosure notices that plague homeowners in crisis, the “Notice of Foreclosure” issued by the people claims:

  1. Repossession of the political trust that the people have vested in Rep. Walden.
  2. A deficiency judgment.
  3. Such other equitable relief as the people may deem necessary.

Attendees rallied in Bend’s downtown shopping district, at a park located in front of the Bend La Pine School District Building and the Public Library.  Cara Shufelt, of the Rural Organizing Project, declared “These are the kinds of services our communities need: good schools, libraries, vibrant local businesses.  When Rep. Walden supports over $700 billion for the military while cutting billions to our communities, he is no longer representing the common welfare of our communities.  We are here to repossess the public trust vested in him.”

Community members shared testimony on the impact of these misguided priorities.  Nancie Koerber of Central Point talked about losing her small business and her home going into foreclosure.  When she visited Washington DC and tried to meet with Rep. Walden, his office told her that “foreclosures were not a problem they were hearing about in his district.”  Deschutes County alone faced over 3700 foreclosures in 2010.

Betsy Lamb of Bend shared the story of a local immigrant family who faced deportation.  On average 2.5 people are deported from Deschutes County each week.  Kathy Paterno of Powell Butte shared the story of trying to discuss the war budget with Congressman Walden several years ago and continually being ignored by his office.  Paterno was one of seven people who decided to stage a “sit in” at Walden’s office as a last resort to get his attention.  They were eventually arrested and hauled off to the Deschutes County Jail.

Ralliers then marched through downtown Bend to Rep. Walden’s office chanting “Foreclose on Walden.”  Koerber, whose home is currently in the foreclosure process, posted the Notice of Foreclosure on the door of Rep. Walden’s office while the full notice was read aloud.

Foreclosure on WaldenTo ensure Rep. Walden will hear this message, the grassroots protest action will sent “Notice of Foreclosure” from all over the state during the month of May, with the concept that Walden will experience what homeowners in foreclosure face over and over in the foreclosure process: humiliating notice after notice and call after call.

Astoria resident and committee member of the Clatsop County Marriage Equality Project, Kjerstin Gould attended the protest, “The diverse groups that met in Bend have in common a primary goal – to speak out against unfair treatment, to speak up and educate our friends and neighbors, and to do our part to promote human dignity.  I was moved by personal stories, and inspired by the great achievements made by “regular folks” like us who carve time out of their busy lives to help make the world a more fair, humane place.”
The concept of the “People Foreclosing” on those elected representatives who violate the public trust is already gaining traction, according to Schufelt.

“People in the states of Washington and New York are already making plans to “Foreclose” on their Representatives who have made poor choices that harm the common welfare of our communities.”
For more info on the follow-up to “Foreclosure on Walden,”  and to be a part of the next steps – from sending in a local Letter to the Editor to distributing “Foreclose on Walden” stickers to mailing a Notice of Foreclosure to Walden’s office – contact Cara at the Rural Organizing Project:, 503-543-8417.

The Rural Organizing Project is a statewide organization of locally-based groups that work to create communities accountable to a standard of human dignity: the belief in the equal worth of all people, the need for equal access to justice, and the right to self-determination.

Today, ROP works with 65 member groups to organize on issues that impact human dignity and to advance inclusive democracy.

QFolk – June 2011

Edie and Thea MarriedFILM
Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement

In the closeted 1960s, two young women meet and fall in love – and so begins the extraordinary tale of Edie and Thea, whose engagement to each other would span more than forty years.

Ultimately, in their 70s, with Thea’s health in rapid decline, the two seize the opportunity to fulfill their dream of getting married. The film captures their inspiring journey to Toronto – and Thea’s last trip on a plane – where Edie and Theathe lovers are finally able to make their vows. Told with candor, wit, and great affection, Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement is an American love story for the ages.

Sunday, June 5, 3pm at the Columbian Theater, 11th and Marine. Presented by PFLAG Oregon North Coast and The Columbian Theater. FREE. Everyone Welcome.

Clatsop County Diversity Committee
At 1pm on Thursday, May 26th, at the Judge Boyington Building in Astoria, County Commissioner Scott Lee, the recently appointed head of the Diversity Committee, welcomed everyone to the committee’s second public meeting.

He then introduced Mayor Willis Van Dusen, who gave a brief history of the Diversity Committee, which was formed two years ago in response to complaints of racism being experienced by members of the Coast Guard stationed in Astoria.

After the formation of the committee, it was relatively inactive, until a recent report of racist taunts being directed at Job Corps students on a local bus made its way into The Daily Astorian. In response to this, the committee had a public forum, and Thursday’s meeting was the follow-up from first public session.

Norma Hernandez, of the Lower Columbia Hispanic Council, then introduced the guest speaker, Mr. Frank Garcia, Jr., the Office of the Governor’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Mr Garcia spoke of diversity as the awareness of cultural differences, and inclusion as the process of working through the differences to achieve a successful outcome. He said that diversity inclusion was the only way to stay competitive in today’s global economy. The message conveyed, that we can’t afford to waste any of Oregon’s human resources, and we can’t afford to waste money dealing with the problems that a lack of diversity awareness can cause.

After Mr. Garcia’s presentation, a discussion followed. Those present were enthusiastic about a pro-active Diversity Committee being an essential part of raising diversity and cultural awareness in the Lower Columbia area.

The next public meeting of the Diversity Committee will be Thursday, June 23rd, 6 pm. For further information, contact Scott Lee –

Q-Community Events

Q-JAZZ at the Bridgewater Bistro
The Bridgewater Bistro in Astoria begins a new offering this spring/summer season. Q-Jazz and Song Social invites the LGBTQ Community and friends the third Thursday of each month to enjoy the Basin St. Northwest Jazz Trio, complimentary apps, and piano bar hosted by friends and performance associates Dinah Urell and Walt Trumbull.

Arrive at 8pm for complimentary appetizers and catch a sampling of Basin St. NW piano trio led by Chuck Wilder, featuring guitarist Dave Drury,  and bassist Todd Pederson. Urell and Trumbull welcome guests in song and open the mic for folks who would like to sing, in the vein of American standards, jazz and blues. Expertise not required.

The event, underway last month proved to be a spacious and welcoming social gathering. Many expressed gratitude to Dana Gunderson for hosting the Qmixer for a number of years at the Cannery Cafe, destroyed in the Astoria, Dec 16 Riverfront fire. Owners of the Bridgewater, Ann and Tony Kitchner are happy to welcome the community.

Our monthly meeting will be Thursday, June 16th – 6:30 pm at the Arts & Cultural Exchange, 120 10th Street, Suite #2, Astoria, OR.

Our guest speaker will be Jeanne St.John of the Oregon Central Coast PFLAG – a very active chapter! Come learn the secrets of their success!

PFLAG – Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Everyone welcome.

Questions? Contact Drew –

Be in a Guinness World Record Swimming Event – Sunset Park & Rec Hosts!

SwimmerOn Tuesday, June 14th, 2011, thousands of kids and adults at aquatics facilities around the globe will unite to set a new global record for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL). Sunset Empire Park & Recreation District is an official Host Location for the 2011 WLSL record-setting event, taking place at 3pm GMT, 8 am Pacific.

The inaugural WLSL event established the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson ever conducted in 2010 when almost 4,000 participants across 34 states, five countries and 3 continents participated to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning.
Tragically, drowning is the second leading cause of unintended, injury related death of children ages 1-14 in the US. In fact, more than one in four fatal drowning victims are children 14 and younger.  And, research shows if a child doesn’t learn to swim before the 3rd grade, they likely never will. The threat of childhood drowning is even greater around the globe.

The WLSL program works to promote drowning prevention through education by focusing the energy of thousands of participants on a clear and specific message all at the same time. In 2010, aquatic facilities, from Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon near Orlando, Florida to swim schools in Orange Country, CA, to parks & recreation centers in the Bronx, to locations in Mexico, Dubai and the USAG Humphreys in South Korea, all taught the same swimming lesson at the same time with one goal in mind  – send the message that Swimming Lessons Save Lives™.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park near Orlando has been designated as the official headquarters location for the international event for the second year.

Gold Medalists’ Rowdy Gaines and Janet Evans are official spokespeople for the WLSL event for the second year to help convey that loss of life from drowning can be prevented through awareness and training.  As parents, both athletes feel a strong commitment to teaching children how to be safe in and around the water.  Gaines, 11-time world record holder and “voice of American swimming” for the Olympic Games, will be master of ceremonies for the WLSL event at Typhoon Lagoon.

For more information on this important and fun event, to find out how you can join the WLSL record breaking call 503-738-3311 or via e-mail Aquatic Manager Genesee Dennis: or visit

Garden Tour July 9 – Fundraiser for the Lower Columbia Preservation Society

The Lower Columbia Preservation Society’s 11th annual garden tour will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2011.  The self-guided tour is from 10am to 3pm. A reception will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. The tickets can be purchased on the day of the tour at 690 17th Street in Astoria, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Raffle tickets can also be purchased at this time: $1 each or 15 for $10.00.  Winners need not be present to win.  Admission is $15.00 for nonmembers and $10.00 for LCPS members. For information call 503-325-8024.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event to be held in June

Hazardous Waste Collection DayCLATSOP COUNTY, in conjunction with Western Oregon Waste (WOW), will be holding a household hazardous waste collection event at WOW headquarters on Airport Road near the Astoria Airport in Warrenton on Saturday, June 11, from 9 am – 3 pm. Wastes such as used or leftover pesticides, paints, poisons, fertilizers, solvents, batteries, automotive fluids, thermometers and light bulbs will be accepted for free from Clatsop County residents only. No medications, medical sharps, explosives, radioactive waste or waste from businesses will be accepted. For more information, contact the county at 503-325-8500.

Free workshop – Become a licensed child care provider

On Tuesday, June 7th, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, the Child Care Resource & Referral in Clatsop County will hold a class for individuals interested in becoming Registered Family Child Care providers. The informational session will cover the rules and regulations for state registration, the services of the Child Care Resource & Referral, the business aspects of child care, information on quality child care, and other agencies that work to support child care providers. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions you might have about providing child care.
vBeing a child care provider is a very important job. Clatsop County’s workforce includes increasing numbers of working parents who must have child care in order to go to work and keep their jobs. Providing quality child care is a vital service for parents and employers and an important part of improving the economic development of our county.

The class will be held at OSU Extension Service, 2001 Marine Drive in Astoria . To register for this class, or for more information, please call the Child Care Resource & Referral at 503-325-1220 or 877-333-4960.

LNG Fast Track Bill HB 2700 Passes

Pipeline graphicOn Tuesday, May 31, 2011 the state Senate passed HB 2700, the bill that allows a company to apply for and receive removal/fill permits on private property without landowner knowledge or consent. The current bill would allow out-of-state profit-making corporations to obtain dredge-and-fill permits on private land without the permission or even knowledge of the landowner. The passage of this bill infringes on private property rights by allowing companies building LNG-related pipelines to begin the state permitting process without landowners having a say about proposed activities on their property.

In the media over the last three years, this has been called the “LNG fast-track bill,” and NO LNG activists have been working hard to fight the passage of this bill. The bill’s backers in the legislature have refused requests to amend it to exclude LNG pipelines.  The bill already passed the House, it now sits on Governor Kitzhaber’s desk awaiting his signature.

The bill passed the Senate 20-9. No votes were: Senators Atkinson, Johnson, Bates, Bonamici, Dingfielder, Ferrioli, Girod, Prozanski, and Whitsett.

If you are a landowner along the pipeline route and you receive notice from LNG companies or the Department of State Lands that they issued a permit for your property, please let us know immediately. If you receive a notice of a pipeline permit on your property, please contact Monica Vaughan at (541) 521-1832;, or Dan Serres at (503) 890-2441;

The passage of HB 2700 does not mean that LNG projects will prevail, but it does make the job of stopping these projects more complicated and difficult. Yes votes on this bill do not represent a yes vote on LNG.

Many legislators believe that this bill is needed for municipalities and believe that it does not impact LNG, that LNG is no longer a threat to Oregon or that the LNG proposals are already dead.

According to River Keeper representative Monica Vaughan, “while it is unfortunate that some of the legislators are misinformed, that does not mean they support the LNG projects.”

North Coast Land Conservancy Meet & Greet – 25th Anniversary Celebration

THE NORTH COAST LAND CONSERVANCY is taking its Anniversary Celebration to the communities who have made their work possible. From 5:00 to 7:00 pm join the staff and board for light refreshments and birthday cake and celebrate 25 years of conservation connections on the Oregon Coast. Check out photos and presentations about the conservation work NCLC is doing in the area where you live.

Speak with NCLC staff and board members about the work they do. Join the celebration, and find out more about how you can get involved and make a difference on the North Oregon Coast! FMI: (503) 738-9126 or


Stanley Marsh Stewardship

Stanley Marsh Stewardship

NCLC 25th Anniversary Celebrations:
All Events 5pm – 7pm

June 15  • ASTORIA
Columbia Room, Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue

June 16 • Cannon Beach
Community Hall, 207 N. Spruce Street

June 21 •  Gearhart
Trails End Art Gallery, 656 A Street

June 22 • Warrenton
Community Center, 170 S.W 3rd Street

June 28 • Seaside
Old City Hall Building, Corner of Broadway and Highway 101

June 29 • Nehalem
North County Recreation District Building, 36155 9th Street

ALSO: Pick up a copy of the NCLC 25th ANNIVERSARY PUBLICATION featuring stories about lands they conserve, people who have been key supporters throughout the years, and of course many stunning photos of this beautiful North Coast landscape that NCLC works to conserve and protect.

Download a PDF version at  If you’d like to get a printed copy to read, stop by Seaside office or call to find out locations around the North Coast where you can pick one up.


Tillamook Estuaries Partnership Hosts: 8th Annual Bounty of the Bay Fundraiser and Fishing Tournament
Fishing enthusiasts gather JUNE 3-4,  for the Annual Tillamook Estuaries Partnership (TEP) Bounty on the Bay.  Now in its eighth year, Bounty on the Bay has become one of the most anticipated spring events for anglers on the North Coast.

This weekend event highlights the best Tillamook Bay has to offer: amazing scenery, humongous fish, great local food, and jovial company. Now an anticipated tradition, Bounty on the Bay features two days of revelry: kicking off on Friday night with a Dinner and Salmon Fishing Demonstration, featuring tips that are bound to come in handy during Saturday’s Premier Fishing Tournament, and the grande finale: a sumptuous Seafood Feast (with fish donated by long time supporter Pacific Seafood and Oyster), Awards Ceremony, and Silent Auction.

Both events take place at the historic Old Mill in Garibaldi. TEP is proud to present local pros John Kirby and Bob Rees who will lead the Salmon Fishing Demo on Friday night during the BBQ Pork Dinner, followed by our esteemed guest speaker, Jim Martin (former Chief of Fisheries, ODFW) on Saturday night. This year is not just for the fishermen- those interested in a different bay adventure can participate in a guided kayak tour of the Garibaldi harbor.  This action-packed weekend will raise vital funds to support TEP’s local grant program that encourages research, habitat restoration, and education projects throughout Tillamook County.

Registration is open and necessary for all facets of the event.

Please register by May 31st!  Registration forms are available online by going to or, to obtain more information regarding the event, contact Sierra Lauder by phone at (503) 322-2222 or by email at

This annual fundraiser supports TEP’s efforts to implement the Tillamook Bay Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP). ##

Garage Sale
The Cannon Beach Women’s Auxiliary, American Legion, will hold their annual Garage Sale on SATURDAY MAY 21ST, 2011, from 9am to 4pm. The Sale is held at the Legion Hall in Mid-town.  This sale features lamps, furniture, bedding, kitchen wares, holiday decorations, books and much more.  Sorry, no clothing, shoes or large appaliances.

Anyone wishing to donate to the sale can bring items to the Legion Hall on Thursday or Friday, May l9th and 20th, for sorting and pricing.

Funds from the sale help the Legion Auxiliary to contribute to local high school scholarships, veterans hospitals, Xmas baskets and other community activities.

Open Air Markets – Food, plus handicrafts, art and more

Cowlitz Community Farmers Market. Saturdays, through October, 9am – 2pm. At the Cowlitz Expo Center in Longview, WA.

Kelso Bridge Market. Sundays, May – September, 10am – 3pm. At Rotary Spray Park, on the lawn of Catlin Hall in Kelso, WA.

Two Islands Farm Market. Fridays, 3 – 6:30pm, May – October. 59 W. Birnie Slough Rd on Puget Island. Trolley shuttle available from the Elochoman Marina at 3, 4, & 5pm and stops at the Chamber of Commerce in Cathlamet, WA.

Weekend Market. Fridays and Saturdays on the first and third weekends of the month, 10am – 4pm. At the Long Beach Grange on Sandridge Road in Long Beach, WA.

Saturday Market at the Port. Saturdays, April – September, 10am – 4pm. Along the waterfront in Ilwaco, WA.

Astoria Sunday Market. Sundays, May 8 – October 9, 10am – 3pm. On 12th St in downtown Astoria.

Manzanita Farmer’s Market. Fridays, June 10 – September 23, 5 – 8pm (5 – 7pm after September 9). At the Windermere parking lot on Laneda in Manzanita.

Saturday Farmer’s Market. Saturdays, May 7 – October 29. 9am – 1pm at City Hall in Newport. EBT, WIC,  Senior Nutrition, credit and debit cards accepted.

Farmer’s Markets – Food, flowers and plants only

Cannon Beach Farmer's Market

Cannon Beach Farmer's Market. Every Tuesday, 2-5 pm, June 14-Sept 24.

Columbia-Pacific Farmer’s Market. Fridays, 3 – 7pm, May Through September. In downtown Long Beach, WA.

River People’s Farmer’s Market. Thursdays, 3 – 7pm, June 23 through September, possible into October. At the parking lot in front of Astoria Indoor Garden Supply on 13th St in Astoria.  The market accepts EBT, and WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Seaside Farmer’s Market. Saturdays, July 2 – September 24 (excluding August 27), 1 – 4pm at the TLC Credit Union Parking Lot.

Cannon Beach Farmer’s Market. Tuesdays, June 14 – September 27, 2 – 5pm. Located in the Midtown area of Cannon Beach. EBT, Visa, and Mastercard accepted.

Tillamook Farmer’s Market. Saturdays, June 11 – September 24, 9am – 2pm. At Laurel & 2nd St in Tillamook.

Workshops, Classes, How-Tos, Events . . . .

Hoop House How-to.
Slide Shows Online. Learn how to build your own hoop house by watching a series of slide shows put together by the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Prospective builders are taken step by step through the construction process. Cost estimates, a list of resources, and links to websites with more information are presented. To see the slideshows, visit:

Northwest Earth Institute Gathering in Sept.
Northwest Earth Institute will hold their Annual North American Gathering September 15 – 18 at Fort Worden State Park and Conference Center in Port Townsend, WA. This year’s gathering is entitled “If Not Me, Then Who? Building Healthy Communities and Local Food Systems One Day at a Time.” Events at the gathering include workshops on sustainable food, edible landscaping, dynamic community organizing, networking and community building. Will Allen, named one of Time’s top 100 most influential people in the world in 2010 because of his inspiring food justice work in low-income neighborhoods, is this year’s keynote speaker. Space at the gathering is limited, early registration is encouraged. For schedule, fees, and registration:

Collecting Rainwater for Future Use. $10 suggested donation. June 8 at 6pm at the Long Beach Grange on Sand Ridge Rd in Long Beach, WA
Build a Solar/Wood-Fired Bath House. A 7-day intensive workshop. June 13 – 19 from 8am – 5pm. The hand-on course will cover the process of building a passive solar bathhouse from siting through site preparation, design, utilization of available resources, building codes, tool use, construction techniques, and time permitting, basic electrical and plumbing. The workshop costs $700 and includes breakfast, lunch, and all materials needed. Class will be held at R-evolution Gardens east of Nehalem. FMI:

Local Charcuterie Workshop
September 26 from 8am – 4pm at the EVOO Cooking School in Cannon Beach.  OSU Extension Clatsop County and the Small Farm Program are offering a workshop for North Coast farmers and chefs on making delicious, legal, and safe charcuterie with locally raised meats. Talks in the morning will cover relevant regulations and best practices for controlling pathogens during meat curing. Speakers include Maureen Taylor of Clatsop County Environmental Health, Will Fargo of Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Division, and Dr. Karen Killinger of the Food Science department at Washington State University. In the afternoon, expert salumist Elias Cairo and Tyler Gaston from Portland’s Olympic Provisions will demonstrate techniques and best practices. Tuition is $25 (includes lunch). Space is limited. For reservations, please call Kristin Frost Albrecht @ (503)325-8573  or stop by OSU Extension Clatsop County, 2001 Marine Drive, Room 210, Astoria, Oregon  97103.

Food Love – Fish On!

Frowny CatSOMEWHERE in my mid-twenties a surfer boyfriend introduced me to he and his buddies’ Mexico surf trip staple, the fish taco, and this dee-lish meal-in-one permanently settled in my fave food archive. Fish tacos say travel and summer to me, and provide an instant holiday fiesta in my mouth whenever I eat them. Infinite in variety, the fish taco combines the best of fresh wherever you are—Hawaii, Mexico, the Pacific Northwest. I’m not talkin’ bout those insipid facsimiles you get at chain taco stands, with a floppy fish stick—please!—enclosed inside a soggy tortilla, garnished with unripe tomatoes and mayonnaise. I’m referring to the fresh corn tortilla bursting with seasoned fish, sautéed veggies or imaginative salad, and garnished with a chunky salsa.

Mexican inspired tacos might include snapper quick grilled in olive oil, with cumin, cayenne, and coriander and then flaked into luscious chunks. Julienned fresh red and green peppers, along with slivers of onion sautéed with a little salt and pepper can accompany the fish. Top with a just-made pico de gallo. Don’t stint on the extra cilantro and a dusting of cotija cheese.

Island style fish tacos explode with tropical fishes such as mahi-mahi, ono, or ahi. Grilling the fish is the way to go, after a good soak in a marinade of sesame oil, garlic, ginger, tamari, and lime. Asian inspired flavors beg a fresh Japanese cucumber and fruit salsa—imagine pineapple, mango, or papaya with minced onion and cilantro. Sprinkle with fresh ground pepper and red tinged Haleakala sea salt.

Bigstock fishComing home to the Northwest, a summer fish taco feast could include salmon, steelhead, or sturgeon. In line with seasonality, I like these firmer fish barbequed—not too well done!—with fresh herbs from the garden and a squeeze of lemon, and salt and pepper to taste. Sautee up a batch of kale, garlic, and capers and top with a chiffonade of basil and Italian parsley. Or try a raw chop of mizuna and garden-harvested salad greens and a chipotle kissed apple salsa. Top generously with cilantro or Italian parsley and skip the cheese—these flavoricious tacos don’t need it!

Rice and a slaw or simple salad are great accompaniments to fish tacos, and I always prefer to use corn tortillas. Get creative and use shrimp or crab instead of fish. Possibilities of veg combos are endless, and really any fish lends itself to the taco form. Summer anyone?

Fish Taco

Sensational Summer Salsas!

Fresh Apple Salsa
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon finely chopped canned chipotles
1 tablespoon adobo sauce from canned chipotles
1 teaspoon honey
Kosher salt, as needed
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
kosher salt, to taste

2 medium apples, one red and one green. Whisk together vinegar, lime juice, adobo sauce, and honey. Toss with chopped ingredients, adding the apples just before serving.

Island Style
1 small japanese cucumber, peeled and chopped
½ cup diced jicama (or more if you love it)
Chopped cilantro
1 med Maui onion, minced
1 or 2 large minced jalepenos
2 medium sized tomatoes, chopped
1 large mango, diced (pineapple works when mango isn’t in season, or papaya)
chunks of fresh, creamy Maui avocado
squeeze of fresh lime juice

Chop, mix, taste, serve.

Pico de Gallo
1/2 cantaloupe
1 cucumber
1 jicama
2 oranges
2 mangoes or papaya
4 cups watermelon
6 limes, juiced
pico de gallo powdered seasoning (or a mix of cayenne, chili powder, and salt—to taste)

Chop, mix, serve. This is great as a salad on it’s own too. For salsa make the chop a little finer.

Wine and Art in Astoria Saturday June 11

Wine and Art in AstoriaEnjoy a great pairing of wine and art at the annual Wine Walk in historic downtown Astoria in conjunction with the 2nd Saturday Art Walk on June 11. “We pair a selection of art venues with local restaurants providing wine and appetizers,” explained Art Walk Chair Deborah Starr. “There are also some great new gallery installations opening in June so this is the perfect opportunity to see some interesting and spectacular new works here in Astoria.” The Wine Walk takes place from 5 to 9 pm. Wine Walk glasses are available for $10 at Commercial Street Antiques (959 Commercial) and Nepal on Exchange (1421 Commercial).

Glasses become available for sale starting at 4:30pm on the day of the event and include up to six tastings per glass. For more information call 503-791-7940.

Sponsored by Wauna Federal Credit Union, proceeds from the Wine Walk benefit the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association. The real benefit, however, is enjoying this historic town while discovering great new works at local galleries and shops while sipping specially selected wines by local restaurants.

La Cabana Opens in South Astoria

La Cabana
Astoria’s former High Wheeler restaurant, which closed early this year, is under new ownership and has been repurposed into Restaurante “La Cabana”. La Cabana opened on May 28, serving a limited menu of authentic Mexican food. The eclectic seating fixtures and gorgeous views of Youngs Bay have been retained from the eatery’s previous incarnation.

The food at La Cabana is fast, inexpensive, and good. Tacos, gorditas, burritos and sopes are made fresh to order. Tortillas are homemade on site. Menudo is available on Saturdays and Sundays. Entrees are $5.99 (or $1.75 for a single taco).

Soft drinks are available and include Jarritos, Mexican Coca Cola, horchata (made fresh daily), as well as generous pours of Pepsi products, all ranging from  $1.75 – $2.

Note: Payment at La Cabana is currently cash only (as of May 30).  Checks and debit/credit cards are not accepted at this time, but the restaurant owners hope to change this policy in the near future. Look for expanded menu offerings soon.

Restaurante “La Cabana”
Open 9am – 8pm every day.
35431 Highway 101 Business, Astoria

Hanks’s Daily Farm Stand • A fix for your daily veg habit

Hank's Daily Farm StandFancy a stroll down the beach to pick up some tasty local food for supper? Nehalem farmer Hank Tallman of Lunasea Gardens continues his popular daily farm stand stocked with fresh and local food goodies from his own and neighboring farms and gardens.

“I want to get the word out to people who won’t go to a farmers market because they have the assumption that it’s not for them. Organic food is seen as a high class thing; which is great—that has incubated the market, but there needs to be more access for economically challenged people. Everybody deserves to have fresh and local food; my hope is to offer organic produce at a lower cost that conventional items at the grocery,” Tallman states.

The farm stand opened last summer, but a challenging growing season led to a slow start. Tallman is optimistic about this year, though of course farming is always a gamble. Jamie Ehrke, owner of Longevity, where the stand is located, says “The feedback last year was great. People were totally excited about it; I got tons of people asking if we were doing it again.”

Tallman encourages local gardeners and other producers (eggs, honey, flowers, value-added products like soap, salsas, jams) to contact him with items they would like to sell. Meadow Harvest grass-fed beef and lamb will be available, as well as Tallwoman Tonics and herbs.

The stand will be open daily from 10am to 7pm at Longevity, 123 Laneda Ave. in Manzanita. Contact Tallman Tel: 503-368-FARM or Email:

Network – Community Listings


Two Part Pottery Workshop for Children. On Saturday, June 8, kids will be making handmade pasta bowls. The second session on Saturday, June 25 will focus on colorful glazing techniques in the Italian tradition. Free, 1 – 3pm both days, at the Seaside Library.

Scene Writing in Seven Steps. Saturday, June 18. With Jennifer Lauck. Learn the key ingredients to formulating the single most important aspect of good writing–the scene–with Jennifer Lauck who has created a recipe all writers can follow in order to create a juicy, tactile, focused and depth filled scene.   All levels and genres welcome. $50, 10am – 3pm at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita. Download a registration form here:

Painting Coastal Color and Light. June 22, 23, 24. With Michael Orwick. Join this noted plein air artist in scenic Cannon Beach and learn how to put life and personality into your landscapes. The workshop is scheduled from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, but Michael is also inviting students to join him for informal sunrise and sunset paint outs at no additional charge. Open to painters of any level. For more information, contact DragonFire Gallery. 503-436-1533.

Attract Songbirds to Your Yard. A free talk entitled “How to Attract Songbirds to Your Backyard” will be given by Dawn Graf of US Fish and Wildlife on Friday June 10 at 7 PM at the Cannon Beach Chamber/Community Hall. Dawn will also lead a songbird hike on the Cannon Beach Trail the following morning, Saturday June 11 at 8 AM. Please meet at the birding platform near the Cannon Beach lagoons at the east end of 2nd Street. All are welcome! This event is sponsored by the Ecola Creek Awareness Project (ECAP). For questions call Jan at 503-436-0143.

Beginning Birding. June 28. Discovery Coast Coordinator Mary Atherton will teach a one hour beginning birding class on the 4th Tuesday of each month, emphasizing a different group of birds each month. Free, 2pm at the Lighthouse Oceanfront resort in Long Beach, WA Space is limited, please RSVP at

Tide Pool Edibles. June 19 or July 3. With Lee Gray, the Wild Gourmet. $30 for adults, children under 12 $15. ODFW license required. 9am for June 19, 8am for July 2, at NW 15th St beach access in Lincoln City. 541-992-3798

Hawaiian Small Plates Demo Class. $50, includes meal & wine. 11am – 2pm at the Culinary Center in Lincoln City.

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

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

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. t

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.


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: or call: 503 440 9761YOGA 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

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, website 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: 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:

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 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 families 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 For Registration call the POOl: 503:738-3311 POOl: 503:738-3311 Center – 1225 Ave. A, Seaside For Registration call the POOl: 503:738-3311

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: 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.


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. 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.


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,, 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.


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.


Slug Soup. Art for Young People with Unique Tastes – Children’s Art Day Camp. June 27 – July 1. 10am – 2pm at Nestucca Junior/Senior High School in Cloverdale. Contact: Kim Cavatorta 503-392-4581

Beach Art. June 27 – July 1. New projects each day. Stepping stones, garden flags & beads, Beach find art, paint brush handle art, notecards, memory book, and homemade ice cream. $12/day or $50 for the week. 10am – 1:30pm, lunch included. At the Bay City Arts Center. 503-377-9620

Spend the Week Outdoors at Nature Adventure Camp & Naturalist Survival Camp
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
July 11-15 & July 18-22

L&C CampCampers can choose from TWO exciting camps in Summer 2011 as educators from the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership and Lewis and Clark National Historical Park join together to explore the area’s trails, water and animals.

Nature Adventure Camp, held July 11-15, features a week’s worth of adventures at the park and nearby, as well as an overnight in Fort Clatsop! Nature Adventure Camp is open to students entering fourth grade through sixth grade. The cost is $125.

Naturalist Survival Camp, held July 18-22, takes campers on the water and to the woods, deep into the park and other sites, as they explore and practice skills to survive and thrive in nature, including an overnight camping trip at the beach. This camp is open to students entering seventh and eighth grades. The cost is $135.

Hours for both camps are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. For the Thursday overnights, drop off is at 9 a.m. Thursday and pickup is at 11 a.m. Friday. Enrollment for both camps is limited and scholarships are available.

The registration deadline for both camps is July 1. To register, visit For more information, please call Annie Kleffner at (503) 226-1565, Ext. 225. You can also find out more by calling (503) 861-4422.