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Dugan's Run fun for all ages

By Eric Noble
Published: 02/07/19 Topics: Comments:

For over 30 years, Dugan's Run has been promoting youth sports, family participation and community involvement. This year's annual event is Sunday, March 24.

The run features part of its course on the beach for the 5K and 10K routes!

In addition to a great time for family and friends, excess proceeds also go to support a local nonprofit each year.

  • The Kids Dash age groups are for ages 3 & under, ages 4 & 5, ages 6 & 7, and ages 8 & 9, beginning at 10 am.
  • The One Miler is 12 & under and begins at the conclusion of the Kids Dash.
  • The 5K & 10K follow at the conclusion of the One Miler.
  • The awards ceremony will start at noon. Place winners are awarded for each age group (male and female) for the Kids Dash, One Miler, 5K, and 10K.

    Everyone entered in an event is eligible for one of dozens of prizes to be given away at the awards ceremony.

    Excess proceeds will be donated to Grays Harbor Volunteer Search and Rescue http://ghvsar.org/

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    Author: Eric Noble, Dugan's Pizza
    Blog #: 0638 – 02/07/19

    Chocolate Sundaes on Sunday is open to you

    By Lee Marriott
    Published: 02/04/19 Topics: Comments:

    Chocolate on the Beach Festival offers 13 miles of chocolate! Find vendors Saturday and Sunday at Pacific Beach Elementary School. Up and down SR-109, you'll find all kinds of chocolate delight.

    Returning to the schedule is an annual Sunday favorite. Chocolate Sundaes on Sunday is a sweet treat hosted by St. John's Chapel by the Sea. Create your own sundae with ice cream and toppings provided for you.

    This FREE event follows 10:30 am worship and is open to everyone. You'll find all kinds of toppings and ice cream. Pile it up in your bowl and choose how much chocolate to add and enhance.

    For the first time, this event will benefit the Barbara Topete Memorial Benevolence Fund. As a charter mamber, Barbara Topete (matriarch of Ocean Crest Resort) saw the need in the community through this fund which is designed to help those in emergency need in the North Beach. Whether it's a fire, accident, medical emergency, this fund gives back to those who have emergency circumstance thrust upon them.

    This is a FREE event. Any financial donations benefit this fund.

    St. John's Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) is at 4612 SR 109, border of Moclips and Pacific Beach.

    For more information, please call 360.276.4183.

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    Author: Lee Marriott, St. John's Chapel by the Sea PCUSA
    Blog #: 0637 – 02/04/19

    Chocolate on the Beach Festival Celebrates its 12th Year

    By Stephanie Allestad
    Published: 01/25/19 Topics: Comments:

    Our small coastal community of Pacific Beach has been the home of the Chocolate on the Beach Festival for over eleven years now. In 2008, it started out as a small fundraiser for The Museum of the North Beach. In 2012 we became our own entity that has now grown into a HUGE event for the sister communities of Moclips, Aloha, Copalis Crossing, Seabrook, Copalis Beach and Ocean City and is now a four day event and over 13 miles long!

    The Chocolate on the Beach Festival supports organizations and groups in the North Beach area with grants and donations for historical, educational and community projects. This year, $6,000.00 in grant funds and auction baskets were given, making a grand total of over $41,000 donated back to our community since we became our own entity seven years ago!

    This is a fun, family festival offering something for every chocolate lover! There are chocolate vendors, artists, and crafters. You can attend a cooking class or enter your favorite recipe in the recipe contest. How about entering a chocolate eating contest? You can do all this and so much more. Attendees will find chocolate that is gluten free, dairy free, vegan, organic, fair trade, and even chocolate-themed crafts!

    Become a fan on Facebook by navigating to: https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateontheBeachFestival. There you’ll be able to chat with The Chocolate Lady, get recipes, and keep up to date on all things Chocolate Festival.

    Adult Admission Only $5

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    Author: Stephanie Allestad, Chocolate on the Beach Festival
    Blog #: 0636 – 01/25/19

    Get Rockin' at the ABC3 Festival 2019

    By Galway Bay
    Published: 01/17/19 Topics: Comments:

    The first weekend in February, 2019, Galway Bay Irish Pub, Restaurant, & Gifts takes its celebration of Irish Music in a new direction to explore the Irish influence in Appalachian, Bluegrass, Cowboy, Country, and Cavalry music.

    Galway Bay Irish Pub, Restaurant, & Gifts is proud to present its Appalachian, Bluegrass, Cowboy, Country, and Cavalry Music Festival (known as ABC3). The festival is Friday-Sunday, February 1-3.

    This festival will highlight a diverse mix of Appalachian, Bluegrass, Cowboy, Country, and Cavalry artists during this 3-day event, taking place exclusively at Galway Bay Irish Pub, Restaurant, & Gifts and 8th Street Ale House.

    The artist lineup headliners include Sea Star, the Olson Brothers Band, Caleb & Walter, and Carter Junction. Come on down and join us for a great time and great music! This festival is for anyone 21 or older. We hope to see you there!

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    Author: Galway Bay
    Blog #: 0635 – 01/17/19

    Gore at the Shore Returns To Ocean Shores

    By Sherrie Vineyard
    Published: 01/14/19 Topics: Comments:

    Join Urban Unglued at Ocean Shores. The 2nd Annual Urban Unglued: Gore at the Shore Dark Market will be happening Saturday and Sunday, January 19 and 20 at the Ocean Shores Convention Center! It's 10 am-5 pm both days with free admission.

    The festival will bring gothic, dark, monster themed items, costumes, horror and more to the beach. You're encouraged to spend a day or make it a weekend at the ocean.

    Urban Unglued Dark Markets is a collective of Dark Artists, Crafters, Writers and Designers specializing in the dark and creepy, the macabre and spooky and the mystical and magical. These markets feature all that is handmade and a bit different from your grandmother's craft fairs.

    A non-perishable food drive will benefit the Ocean Shores Food Bank. Gore at the Shore sponsor, Ocean Pours Taproom has beers on tap in support. Check out the special charity taps at 759 Ocean Shores Blvd NW. The taproom is open noon-11 pm, Saturday and 1-9 pm, Sunday.

    Also, plan for more More Urban Unglued exotic gear vendor show at the Convention Center Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12.

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    Author: Sherrie Vineyard, Urban Unglued Dark Markets
    Blog #: 0633 – 01/14/19

    It's on! Ocean Shores Library December calendar

    By Keitha Owen
    Published: 11/30/18 Topics: Comments:

    December 2018 at the Ocean Shores Library

    12/1
    Saturday: Kids Story Time
    Books, rhymes, interactive stories, songs and FUN for ages Birth - 5. Presented by Niko.
    10:30 - 11:00 AM @ the Library

    Special Holiday Teen Zone!
    Teens grade 7-12 are invited to come, hang out, watch holiday films, and enjoy festive snacks and drinks in a safe, comfortable environment.
    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ the Library

    12/4
    Tuesday: Ocean Shores Beading Class
    Bring your beads and your creativity and join us as we learn new techniques and create beautiful beaded jewelry.
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ the Library

    12/8
    Saturday: Friends of the Library Used Book Sae
    Books Galore: paperbacks, hardbacks, fiction, cookbooks, children's books, DVDs. Most 2/$1. Proceeds support library programs for all ages.
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ the Library Meeting Room

    Kids Story Time
    Books, rhymes, interactive stories, songs and FUN for ages birth through five. Presented by Niko.
    10:30 - 11:00 AM @ the Library

    12/12
    Wednesday: Library Board of Trustees Monthly Meeting
    Second Wednesday of each month. Everyone is invited to attend.
    1:00 PM @ the Library

    12/13
    Thursday: Brick Builders A program intended to encourage kids imaginations. Have fun building all sorts of things with those colorful plastic bricks that everyone loves.
    3:45 - 4:45 PM @ the Library

    12/14
    Friday: Classic Movie Matinee
    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) - Comedy starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, and Juliette Lewis
    Gathering Time 2:00 PM, Show Time 2:30 PM @ the Library

    12/15
    Saturday: Kids Story Time
    Books, rhymes, interactive stories, songs and FUN for ages Birth - 5. Presented by Niko.
    10:30 - 11:00 AM @ the Library

    Holiday Book Giveaway Party
    All local North Beach children are invited to come and make fun holiday crafts, write letters to Santa, and get their free wrapped book from the Elves.
    11:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ the Library

    Art Walk Ocean Shores
    The library participates with local galleries in the Ocean Shores Art Walk, held the third Saturday of each month.
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ the Library

    12/21
    Friday: Classic Movie Matinee
    Miracle on 34th Street (1947) - Drama/Comedy/Family starring Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara and John Payne
    Gathering Time 2:00 PM, Show Time 2:30 PM @ the Library

    12/28
    Friday: Classic Movie Matinee
    Miracle on 34th Street (1994)- Drama/Comedy/Family starring Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins and Juliette Lewis
    Gathering Time 2:00 PM, Show Time 2:30 PM @ the Library

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    Author: Keitha Owen – Library Director
    Blog #: 0619 – 11/30/18

    Southern-Fried Yuletide in a Doublewide with Stage West

    By Pamela Nygaard
    Published: 11/23/18 Topics: Comments:

    In this hilarious, fast-paced comedy, "Double Wide Texas Christmas," inhabitants of one of the smaller trailer parks in Texas - four doublewides and a shed - are thrown for a loop after realizing the nearby town of Tugaloo is determined to annex their park. And they're already dealing with plenty.

    Joveeta Crumpler has had it up to here, having been passed over again for a promotion at work. On top of this, she has an ongoing battle keeping her feisty mother, Caprice, out of the local bar. She also worries her good-ol'-boy brother, Baby Crumpler, is taking his participation in a womanless beauty pageant way too seriously. Her big-hearted best friend, Georgia Dean Rudd, is struggling to keep her diner and finances afloat and just can't curb her impulse to take in every stray cat, possum and armadillo that wanders by.

    Then there's Big Ethel Satterwhite, who's nobody's fool. But tough as she is, she's continually frustrated by her clients at Stairway To Heaven Retirement Village as well as her mule-headed husband, O.C., who shows far more affection for his Barcalounger than he does for Big Ethel. And all the residents are plagued by Haywood Sloggett, the curmudgeon from across the road, who loathes their 'trailer-trash' ways, especially their keeping a life-size illuminated nativity scene up year 'round.

    But these friends, enemies and neighbors realize they'll have to work together to defeat the encroaching annexation if they - and their way of life - have a snowball's chance to survive being swallowed up by 'the big guys.' The rollicking mayhem of this flat-out funny Jones Hope Wooten comedy escalates as the residents attempt to secede from Texas, discover a traitor in their midst and turn the tables in a surprising and side-splitting finale. So grab your Stetson and come on over to Doublewide, Texas, where life is double the fun, double the joy, and where audiences double over with laughter!

    It's the latest production of Stage West. Show times are 7 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, November 30, December 1, 7 and 8. Sunday matinees are 2 pm December 2 and December 9. The productions are at Ocean Shores Lions Club. Tickets are $10, available at Ocean Shores Convention Center, Dolores' and Fay's, and Mocha Madness.

    website: stagewestcommunitytheatre.org

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    Author: Pamela Nygaard
    Blog #: 0620 – 11/23/18

    Ocean Shores Lions Club hosts Free Thanksgiving Dinner

    By Ernie Nelson
    Published: 11/18/18 Topics: Comments:

    Ocean Shores Lions Club again hosts the Free Thanksgiving Dinner. It's the sixth year for this tradition served 1-4 pm, Thursday, November 22.

    Volunteers serve over 300 with a dinner including turkey, ham, mashed potatoes with gravy, yams, green beans and rolls. Save room for dessert.

    Donations come from Ocean Shores IGA, North Beach Senior Center, Ocean Shores VFW Post 8956, Quinault Beach Resort & Casino, Church of Latter-Day Saints ane more. Lions Club hosts the event at 832 Ocean Shores Blvd.

    This gives everyone more than a meal. It's a get-together where you may chat with the attendees and volunteers. You may even get a box of leftovers to go home with you.

    There is free delivery for those requesting. Please call Ernie and Leona Nelson at 360.289.2314 so it may be arranged.

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    Author: Ernie Nelson
    Blog #: 0614 – 11/18/18

    PAWS hosts annual silent auction and dinner

    By Lorna Valdez
    Published: 10/28/18 Topics: Comments:

    Please join us for the Annual Silent Auction and Dinner to benefit North Beach PAWS! It's a celebration of the 16 years of being a no-kill shelter.

    This fundraiser helps homeless and abandoned animals in the North Beach area and supports the operation of the North Beach PAWS shelter. You'll be able to enjoy the dinner while browsing the items in the silent auction. New this year is a "Buy it Now" Table for cash or check.

    Entertainment includes the Ocean Shores Pirates. The auctioneer is Eric Bjella.

    Please contact the outlets for tickets only. Individual people will not have tickets for sale. Come and join us!

    Tickets are $35 and available at: Kool Katz & Dawgs; Valdez & Sage; My Favorite Shop Dolores’ & Fay’s; North Beach Printing; and the Ocean Shores Convention Center. . Please call Lorna @ 360-581-1383 with general questions and vegetarian food orders. For table reservations please call Sharon @ 360-589-2570.

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    Author: Lorna Valdez
    Blog #: 0622 – 10/28/18

    North Beach home to Washington State Chili Cookoff 2018

    By Cindy Stearns
    Published: 10/21/18 Topics: Cooking, Events, Ocean Shores WA, Restaurants, Things To Do Comments:

    Washington State Chili Cookoff 2018 qualified four competitors to the World Food Championships from the October 7 event hosted by St. John’s Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Moclips, Washington. Categories were for Texas Chili Red recipes and for Open Chili. “Spicy Spirit” Leonard Kellogg Memorial trophy was also presented. There were 14 competitors at the cookoff from Elma to Everett.

    Awards for the Texas Chili Red category were: 1st Place - Ross Lunbeck of Lacey, 2nd Place - Pat Maddock of University Place, 3rd Place - Dave Bock of Auburn, 4th Place - Steve Hart of Everett and 5th Place - Cindy Bock of Auburn. Awards for the Open Chili category (all other types of chili): 1st Place - Dave Bock of Auburn, 2nd Place - Pat Maddock of University Place and 3rd Place - Cindy Bock of Auburn.

    The "Spicy Spirit" Leonard Kellogg Memorial Award went to Josh Ericksen of Tacoma. This was the first year this award was presented in honor of Leonard Kellogg of Lynnwood who died September 4, 2018. He had competed in the chili cookoff for years and represented the Washington State Chili Cookoff in 2017, taking 11th place finish at the World Food Championships.

    Also competing were Rhonda Lunbeck of Lacey, Brena McDermott of Lake Stevens, Hillary Patton of Yelm, Emily and Tasha Simpson of Lacey, Keifer Schrimsher of Seattle, Jim Volz of Elma and Frank Volz of Grayland.

    Races were tight, with ties broken for category winners and others with only one or two separating places. Judges from St. John’s Chapel by the Sea and the community judged each chili on its merits. Rules were followed as a Tolbert Chili Cookoff. This is the society founded by Frank X. Tolbert from the roots of the original first chili cookoffs in Terlingua, Texas.

    Golden Tickets to compete in the World Food Championships have been presented to four competitors. Those representing will be Josh Ericksen, Brena McDermott, Keifer Scrimsher and Frank Volz. Volz is headed to the WFC for the third year, last year finishing 12th. The other three will participate for the first time at this level. They also were all new to the state cookoff.

    “We were so pleased to have veterans and new cooks join us for this year’s Washington State Chili Cookoff,” Cindy Stearns event producer said. “It’s wonderful having new people join us to carry on the chili tradition in Washington state. And this is the third year we’ve sent competitors to WFC.”

    The World Food Championships is the largest competition in Food Sport, where grand champions of previous events convene for a chance at winning the ultimate food crown and a share of hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money. WFC is also the springboard for many up and coming culinary stars and home cooks as they seek TV fame through many well-known food shows and acting opportunities.

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    Author: Cindy Stearns
    Blog #: 0615 – 10/21/18

    Tune into the Sound of the Shores

    By Cindy Stearns
    Published: 10/18/18 Topics: Ocean Shores WA, Radio Comments:

    Ocean Shores has something unique to a city in the state of Washington. It's the only city-owned radio station for this state. And it's run by volunteers.

    Operating 24-hours a day, tune in to hear local news, sports, music and more. You'll find it at 91.3 FM on your radio dial or online at KOSWradio.com.

    Find out if the waves are breaking over the jetty, if something's going on in the Ocean Shores Convention Center or if the Hyaks are playing. You'll get local knowledge and learn what's happening in the Shores.

    Radio personalities select their music playlist and style. Their music library consists of over 80,000+ songs.

    Tommy T is the radio board chairperson. He's on the air with Tumultuous Tuesday 10 am-2 pm. He's joined by Bill G, Brother Darrell & Dr. Dave when they talk sports on "Sportszilla" Monday 10 am-noon. And on Saturday, Tom and Brook get your morning started with Saturday Morning Brunch 9 am-noon.

    Station Program Manager Papa "B" has music experience from the 1960s as a drummer. Starting an entertainment company in 1980, he performed as a mobile DJ to TV commercials. He has two Classic Rock shows on KOSW "Rockin’ the Shores" Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-10 pm along with "Hot Country" show on Saturdays 6-10 pm.

    Tune in to hear more of the DJs giving you a local flavor of Ocean Shores. The Sound of the Shores is your community radio station.

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    Author: Cindy Stearns – Publisher, Ocean shores Publishing
    Blog #: 0616 – 10/18/18

    First ever Halloween Gala in Ocean Shores

    By Piper Leslie
    Published: 10/11/18 Topics: Comments:

    Join us for our Spooktacular 1st Annual Halloween Gala! There will be live and silent auction items, many hors d'ouevres, cash bars, live music courtesy of the band Raucous, and a costume contest with $1000 in prize money.

    Tickets are $35 a person, which may be purchased at the Chamber office located at 114 E Chance a la Mer, Unit 100, over the phone by calling 360-289-2451, online by clicking the link below, or at the door (limited tickets will be available). You don't want to miss out!

    The gala is 6-10 pm, Friday, October 26 at the Ocean Shores Convention Center.

    *All proceeds go to the Ocean Shores/North Beach Chamber of Commerce*

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    Author: Piper Leslie – Chamber Director
    Blog #: 0611 – 10/11/18

    Washington State Chili Cookoff sends winner to World Food Championships

    By Cindy Stearns
    Published: 09/27/18 Topics: Comments:

    Washington State Chili Cookoff heats up the North Beach Sunday, October 7. The winner of the event receives a Golden Ticket. That’s the entry into the World Food Championships (WFC) in November in Orange Beach, Alabama.

    This event features a wide array of competitors, from veterans to newer chefs who will be testing their chili skills for the first time. The host venue for this chili cookoff is St. John’s Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church in Moclips.

    “Our focus this year is to send our winner from the Washington State Chili Cookoff to WFC ,” said Cynthia Stearns, event organizer. “We have sent several competitors [to the WFC] over the years. When they make the top 10 at WFC, prize monies are awarded. The winner in Chili at that competition is awarded $10,000.”

    WFC is the largest competition in Food Sport. According to WFC, the 2017 event was the largest Food Sport tournament in history with well over 1500 contestants on 449 official teams. This included people from 42 states and 13 countries while 30,000 foodies watched the battles in 10 official categories.

    Since its debut in 2012, WFC has brought food stars to TV, awarded more than $1.5 million in prize money and created “Food Sport” to the culinary world. The winner of the chili category will then compete against the other categories (including burger, steak and seafood). The overall winner is awarded $100,000.

    Texas Chili Red is the major competition at the Washington state cookoff. It’s the traditional chili (meat and sauce). Washington State Chili Cookoff follows Tolbert rules. The Original Terlingua International Frank X. Tolbert - Wick Fowler Memorial Championship Chili Cookoff (OTICCC) was founded in 1967. It’s known as the “granddaddy of all chili cookoffs” in the United States and worldwide.

    In addition, the competitors will prepare an open category chili. This may be anything from a chili verde to a vegetarian.

    “We are combining the traditional, purist side of the chili world with Tolbert with the WFC excitement and prize monies for people to advance and compete. There have been three of our competitors make the Top 10 and are looking for Washington to bring home the top prize this year,” Stearns said.

    To compete or judge, please email: washingtonstatechilicookoff@gmail.com For more information, please contact: Cynthia Stearns, 360.589.7751. St. John’s Chapel by the Sea is at 4612 SR 109, at the border of Moclips and Pacific Beach.

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    Author: Cindy Stearns
    Blog #: 0609 – 09/27/18

    Remember When at the Heritage Fair 2018

    By Lee Marriott
    Published: 09/22/18 Topics: Comments:

    The fourth annual Heritage Fair for the Museum of the North Beach Saturday, October 13 features a live and silent auction, with many artistic, decorative and collectible items up for bid. These auctions are a fundraiser specifically for the New Museum Building Project. The museum is working to bring back a wonderful piece of history in the form of the landmark Moclips Northern Pacific Railway Depot. This replica will be the new home for the museum of the North Beach.

    Enjoy a buffet dinner of baked Quinault salmon, baked herb chicken, top sirloin, vegetable casserole, assorted salads, desserts and no host bar.

    We are having an exciting program with the focus on Remember When, in a lively and entertaining panel discussion and video presentation featuring some of the most well-known names in the North Beach area. The panelists are Rob Curtright of Moclips, Jim Donahoe of Ocean Shores, Patrick Hogan of Hogan's Corner, Phillip Martin Jr. of Taholah, Tom Quigg from Aberdeen and Thorn Ward of Ocean Shores.

    Tickets are $40.00 per person. Deadline for your RSVP and ordering tickets is October 5, 2018. Please make your check out to MBTS. Mail to: Museum of the North Beach, PO Box 231, Moclips, WA 98562. Tickets will be mailed to you promptly.

    TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE IN OCEAN SHORES at:

    WINDERMERE: 360-289-3373

    DOLORES' & FAY'S: 360-289-4543

    For more information call the museum at 360-276-4441 or email lee@moclips.org.

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    Author: Lee Marriott – President
    Blog #: 0606 – 09/22/18

    Green Lantern Lunch Program feeds Kids in the North Beach

    By Phyllis Shaughnessy
    Published: 09/01/18 Topics: Comments:

    She saw the need and she's filling it for kids in the North Beach. Founder of Green Lantern Lunch Program Phyllis Shaughnessy developed a program delivering lunches to kids in the North Beach.

    Volunteers pack lunches and go out to kids at their homes. Green Lantern Pub stepped up as a venue to assemble the lunches. St. John's Chapel by the Sea (PCUSA) has supported the effort in many ways including half of the congregation volunteering with GLLP.

    Listen to the interview with Phyllis by DeAnna Lee of Seattle Wolf radio.

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    Author: Phyllis Shaughnessy – Founder
    Blog #: 0603 – 09/01/18

    4K for Cancer Team Seattle bicycles into Moclips

    By Cindy Stearns
    Published: 08/01/18 Topics: Comments:

    4K for Cancer Team Seattle returns to the North Beach in August. This is the fourth year St. John's Chapel by the Sea PCUSA of Moclips has hosted this group. There are 27 bicyclists in the 2018 version. They have cycled over 4,000 miles to fundraise for young adults with cancer.

    Everyone is invited to meet and greet with them 6-8 pm, Wednesday, August 8. There will be pizza and more to enjoy while you converse with members.

    "These are an inspiring group of people. Each year, we hear their stories, learn about the trip and are amazed at the calibre of person you find with 4K for cancer," St. John's Chapel by the Sea PCUSA church member said.

    Thursday morning, there is a Dedication Circle. The group gets ready for the day's ride. On their legs, names are written of those whom they are dedicating their journey to, that day. It may be a person dealing with, survivor of, or who has died from cancer.

    "We would like to thank Ocean Shores IGA, Frontager's Pizza, Seagate Restaurant and Lounge and Moclips Country Store and Deli for donating food for the riders." A local to Ocean Shores said.

    Also, as they head through Grays Harbor, Thursday, August 9. Team Seattle members will be interviewed on SUNNY 102.1 radio by Rhys Davis. Jodesha Broadcasting will also include interviews on The Jet with Johnny Madson and on Coffee Talk KBKW with Doug McDowell.

    Locals thank ShuJack's Bar and Grill for providing Philly sandwhiches for lunch. They praise all of the people and businesses that are involved in the 4K benefit for cancer and make it a goal for anyone traveling through Grays Harbor to get involved in such a great cause.

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    Author: Cindy Stearns – Member, St. John's Chapel by the Sea PCUSA
    Blog #: 0599 – 08/01/18

    Lavender Festival finds a home in Grays Harbor

    By Cindy Stearns
    Published: 07/15/18 Topics: Comments:

    Dale's Lavender Farm hosts the third annual Lavender Festival. This two-day festival was July 21-22, 2018 on Ocean Beach Road. This is the creation of Tom and Dale Dineen, the owners of the property and home, on-site for this annual event.

    Vendors dotted the farm, with a view of the lavender fields. Both days were sunny and inviting, bringing out locals and visitors to this rural Hoquiam location on the way to the North Beach.

    Musicians played on stage and strolled the grounds, setting a relaxed and enjoyable vibe for visitors and guests of the event.

    People were able to visit vendors with lavender products and more. Gnomes, plants, teas and a variety of items were available for your shopping pleasure. Many were local vendors and new businesses to Grays Harbor.

    Dale's Lavender Farm is located at:

    48 Robertson school Road

    HOQUIAM, WA 98550

    Mile Post 8 on Ocean Beach Rd

    On way to Seabrook

    Phone: 360-589-8101

    Plan now to attend the 2019 festival!

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    Author: Cindy Stearns, Ocean Shores
    Blog #: 0604 – 07/15/18

    AtTheBlue.com at Blue Heron Resort

    By Libby Rogers
    Published: 04/22/18 Topics: Hood Canal, Timeshares, Vacation, Vacation Rentals Comments:

    YourShare.biz, which offers resort and owner direct vacation rental bookings for timeshare properties announced today that it has opened a new website AtTheBlue.com for the Blue Heron Condos on Washington State's pristine Hood Canal.

    Participating homes are advertised on the custom built full ecommerce website at BlueHeronHolidays.com and on hundreds of prominent websites worldwide such as VRBO, Booking.com, AirBnB, Expedia and more.

    For a century the Southwest corner of Washington State, the Southeast corner of Hood Canal has been the private get away for the rich and famous of Seattle's and Western Washington State including such luminaries as Bill Gates and the Nordstrom retail family.

    Four decades ago, a stunningly beautiful condo resort complex was built and named Blue Heron after the magnificent birds so abundant in the area. The Blue Heron Resort features 26 one, two and three bedroom townhomes surrounding a large lawn common area, complete with towering evergreen trees.

    At its center is a large year-round pool, hot tub, community center, lounge, sports facilities, gym and sauna. But folks flock to Blue Heron for its own private beach just across the State Route 106. There owners and guests can launch a boat, pick oysters, go water skiing and swim in the crystal clear salt water.

    Owners at this resort get an impressive eight weeks use per year and get full weeks every sixth week of the year. With so many weeks to choose, owners can put their unused dates into the Yourshare program and get great income for dates that previously went unused.

    Yourshare's innovative program offers greater marketing than most timeshare resorts can accomplish and they do it for a lower commission fee. Owners only pay a fee when their dates are booked. There is no enrollment fee, a long term contract is not required and Yourshare handles all details such as advertising, reservations phones, guest and owner services.

    AtTheBlue.com allows guests to discover one of the Northwest's most stunning locations for family getaways and romantic rendezvous. Now they can book instantly online at great rates and friendly service.

    For the resort itself, every guest becomes a possible new owner in a majestic Northwest resort which most did not know existed. Now, they can try it by renting before buying into the membership.

    To book online go to AtTheBlue.com or call 360-614-3191 open every day of the year.

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    Author: Libby Rogers – Author, MayPartners Public Relations
    Blog #: 0587 – 04/22/18
    Sponsor: YourShare.biz – Yourshare.biz makes it easy for guests to find quality timeshare vacation rentals, for owners to rent out unused weeks, and for resorts to generate income and attract buyers for their available weeks. Everyone wins with these well maintained properties in attractive locations. – http://YourShare.biz

    Seaway Dance Hall at Copalis Beach Rocked Out

    By Wm. May
    Published: 03/01/17 Topics: Comments:

    Seaway Dance Hall at Copalis Beach Washington State

    Just West of the Green Lantern Tavern in Copalis Beach Washington State is a very strange looking building where Rock and Roll reigned supreme in the 1960's.

    Hundreds of thousands of Quonset huts were produced by the U.S. Military in World War Two,These prefabricated structures of galvanized steel were semicircular cross-selection looked like half of barrel looking upside down on the ground.

    After the war, Quonset huts were sold as surplus to the public and a very large version ended up along side the road by the Pacific ocean where enterprising music lovers decided it would be a perfect venue for the hoards of teenagers who came to the beach each weekend.

    Dubbed the Seaway Dance Hall, many young rock bands got their first serious gigs there and my group "The District Five" was one of them.

    At the age of 15, we were made to feel like stars as the walls of the hut seemed to pulse and swell by guitar amps played far too loud and dancers who jumped, and yelled and screamed. We played a little better, played a little longer and glowed with the acceptance the crowds gave us as we were starting our musical careers.

    Bigger name bands from Washington State and the Northwest also appeared including names that may be unfamiliar except by those who haunted the Seaway all summer long.

    Bands like - The Beachcombers, Little Bill & The Bluenotes, The Candidos, The Chaotics (Sumner), The Chessmen, Dennis Wayne and the Cole Jets, The Epics, The Frantics, The Galaxies, The Intricates, Noblemen, Cymantha McGugin & The Cherry Frost , The Titans.

    The Seaway also showed movies during the slow season, but the wise owner had put the chairs onto risers which could be rolled out of the building to clear the floor for dances which were only held in the months of June, July and August.

    Today the building sits dark and quiet just waiting for a new generate of music lovers to rediscover what great music, salt air and a bunch of fun loving people can do to transform a humble quonset hut into a musical manson, at least for a while.

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    Author: Wm. May – Beach Lover, Plumbob Publishing
    Blog #: 0517 – 03/01/17
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    24 Miles of Canals at Ocean Shores

    By William May
    Published: 01/22/16 Topics: Ocean Shores WA Comments:

    I know you’ve heard places referred to as the Venice of the north or the Venice of where ever but in the case of Ocean Shores, the comparison is apt. Here me out before you accuse me of hyperbole: when they were building a town out of this sand bar, they built in 24 miles of of canals!

    That’s 24 miles of canals in a town with a population of less than 6,000. There might be more miles of canals than roads downtown. So it’s not trite to call Ocean Shores the Venice of the West Coast.

    Unlike Venice though, these canals aren’t crowded with oil slicks and boats! They’re slow moving pristine fresh water, despite the whole town being a peninsula between the ocean and a saltwater bay. That means you can tucker yourself on the ocean beach, either riding horses in the salty spray, or flying kites in the sand, and then the next day relax in a canoe for a mellow day on the canals.

    Where did this canals come from? Well up until the 60’s there wasn’t much going on in Ocean Shores. Some farms and ranches here and there, mostly people that thought their ocean beach was the best kept secret in the world.

    Soon or later, word got out about the seemingly endless dunes and beaches on the Washington coast, and the tourists came. Somebody had the bright idea of building world class nightclubs, and all of a sudden, the Hollywood jet set was partying it up in Ocean Shores!

    But none of this has anything to do with the canals right? Well when you’re catering to celebrities that have been to all the fanciest places in the world, you’ve got to class the joint up a bit! Canals it was then, surely using Venice as the inspiration. But unlike Venice, Ocean Shores has roads too, so you don’t have to abide a nasally Italian tenor.

    The canal system is centered around Duke Lake, which is a big long green body of water running north to south the whole length of the town. The Grand Canal runs parallel to Duke Lake, and many tributary canals flood out in all directions from the Grand Canal, with each smaller canal being the focal point of a residential cul-de-sac.

    Don’t forget then, that even though the town is appropriately named Ocean Shores, and there is tons to do on the ocean beach, there is plenty to do on the bucolic Ocean Shores canals.

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    Author: William May, Oyhut Bay Vacation Rentals
    Blog #: 0487 – 01/22/16
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