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Gnomes and fairies surround you in Seabrook

By Seabrook Events
Published: 08/15/19 Topics: Comments: -

Put on your pointed hats and fairy wings and head out to the coast for a day of enchantment with the Seabrook Gnome & Fairy Festival Saturday, August 17.

This magical day is all about the “wee folk” and getting up close with the natural world and encouraging active, outdoor play.

Children can forage in our enchanted forest for fairies, help build a fairy village using all natural materials, show off costumes in our gnome & fairy parade and have fun dancing to live music with the Not-Its.

Be sure to bring the whole family to stroll Gnome Trial and catch a glimpse of the fairies and gnomes wandering Seabrook’s enchanted forest.

Dress in costume and flaunt your wings in our parade; frolic in the enchanted forest for a fairy surprise; build a gnome village; enjoy games and crafts inspired by the natural world.

There’s a fairy good chance kids will love the festive activities set for Seabrook’s Gnome & Fairy Festival.

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Author: Seabrook Events
Blog #: 0680 – 08/15/19

4K for Cancer Team Seattle bicycles into Moclips

By Jenifer Antonelli
Published: 08/02/19 Topics: Comments: -

Ulman Foundation’s cross-country charity bike ride, the 4K for Cancer, has sent two teams of young adults on a 70-day journey cycling across the continental United States. These bicyclists raise money and awareness for young adults impact by cancer.

For the fifth consecutive year, Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) will host the 28 bicyclists of Team Seattle."We look forward to welcoming this year's group to the North Beach and Chapel by the Sea," Lee Marriott, church elder said.

Team Seattle began their trip Sunday, June 2, 2019 in Baltimore, MD. As they make their way across the country, the Seattle team will each cycle over 4,000+ miles to finish their journey in Seattle, WA Saturday, August 10, 2019.

They experience the diverse landscape as they cross from Maryland to Washington. Team and individual blogs have brought us a rider's view of the journey. According to Jacob King of Team Seattle "North Dakota is a monotonous beauty, punctuated by rolling hills and royal blue lakes, sights not to be missed despite being off the beaten path."

The bicyclists reach Grays Harbor and the North Beach Wednesday, August 7, departing Forks in the morning. Each year, more individuals and businesses have grown in support. "We're reaching out to other Presbyterian (PCUSA) and other churches, area businesses, media and people to host, support and do what we may to keep the group safe as they travel through our area," Cynthia Stearns, church elder said.

Along the way, the riders stay with host communities that provide a floor to sleep on and, on many days, a warm dinner. Hosts are often churches, firehouses, schools or recreation centers. On running days, participants bike between 50 and 120 miles each. On rest days they volunteer in local hospitals, hospitality houses, and other local non-profits. Each team will also give two scholarships to young adults affected by cancer. Team Seattle awarded one in Spokane, WA.

Departing from Maryland, Team Seattle bicycled into Pennsylvania. Second Presbyterian Church in Perrysburgh, OH made an impact on one of the riders.

"Pastor Margret from the Presbyterian church was super nice (as all of the hosts have been). Learned that she did a cross country bike trip herself for Habitat for Humanity which is part of the reason she loves to host us each year. However, the most memorable person that I met was Bob. He is a member of the congregation but also an avid cyclist with his wife as well. He told me stories of his cross country bike trips as well as his bike trips in Europe (added something to my bucket list there). It was nice hearing about people’s generosity though his experiences and I can say the same through my experience so far," Brandon Hayes of Team Seattle said.

Ulman Foundation enables these groups of college students to undertake cross-country cycling and running journeys through the United States with the goal of offering hope, inspiration and support to more than 200 communities along the way. There are two cycling teams and two running teams. In 2018, the 4K teams raised over $900,000 In 2019, Team Seattle has a team goal of $160,000.

Since its inception in 1997, Ulman has worked tirelessly at both the community level and with national partners to raise awareness of the young adult cancer issue and to ensure all young adults and families impacted by cancer have a voice and the resources necessary to thrive.

"We headed to our service event at the Gilda’s Club in downtown Chicago. They are a national organization that creates a community of free emotional support, cancer education, and hope for children and adults with any cancer diagnosis and those who care for them. We toured their 4-story location that was sold/donated to them for just $1 back in 1999, help hand out promotional flyers, and ate lunch with them and some of their community members," Team Seattle 2019 member Caroline Jaeger said.

Ulman is able to provide multiple support services and resources for the young adult cancer community, including:

Cancer to 5K - a free, progressive, 12-week run/walk program designed to reintroduce cancer survivors to physical activity.

Patient Navigation - a free program (onsite at hospitals and remote) that ensures no young adult ever faces cancer alone. We provide one-on-one personal support and resources to young adult cancer patients and their families.

Scholarships - a financial assistance program to help young adults continues their education after being affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a loved one.

Ulman House - a “home away from home” to provide free housing for young adult cancer patients, and their caregivers, in East Baltimore.

Chapel by the Sea looks forward to welcoming Team Seattle Wednesday, August 7. This #tinybutmighty church and the North Beach has become a stop Team Seattle looks forward to as they end their journey.

"The team absolutely loves staying with your community, and we very much appreciate your generosity. I was on Team Seattle in 2017 and I remember staying at your church and the delicious pizza truck! It was surely a highlight of the trip," Parker Gray 4K for Cancer Program coordinator said.

Everyone is welcome to join Team Seattle for dinner and conversation at a Meet & Greet 5-9 pm, Wednesday, August 7 at Chapel by the Sea. Thursday, August 8, the team forms a dedication circle before heading out to the next part of the journey and overnight in Shelton.

The final night is on Bainbridge Island and Team Seattle 2019 is scheduled to arrive via ferry into Seattle Saturday, August 10 to complete this year's 4,000+ mile odyssey.

Chapel by the Sea is at 4612 SR 109, border of Moclips and Pacific Beach. For more information, please call 360.276.8143 and the church's pastor-in-residence, the Reverend Dr. Linda Flatley.

Please visit https://ulmanfoundation.org/ and www.4kforcancer.org to learn more about the 4K For Cancer and other programs offered by Ulman Foundation.

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Author: Jenifer Antonelli
Blog #: 0678 – 08/02/19

Hog Wild roars into Ocean Shores

By Diane Solem
Published: 07/23/19 Topics: Comments: -

Motorcyles are set to return to Ocean Shores Thursday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28. Hog Wild has become a city-wide event, transforming and uniting with the Quinault Beach Resort & Casino annual cycle event.

After the event producer who had handled this annual event for the past few years announced there would be no event, the city of Ocean Shores and area businesses stepped up to be the host.

The Tenino Drill Team will be one of this year's highlights.In 1984, Chad Bowman began the Tenino Motorcycle Drill Team with six friends who wanted to do something special for the community parade in Tenino.

They decided they would try replicating maneuvers they saw from horse drill teams on their motorcycles and see how it went.

“We had no idea what we were doing,” Bowman said. “We just started out and it just got bigger and bigger.”

Now, more than 30 years later, the team performs at 20-25 events each year with its 10-12 member team. More than 50 riders have joined them over the years with Bowman, the captain, being the only original

member left.

The all-volunteer group starts rehearsing twice weekly in April for their 20-25 performances each year that begin in May

and go through the Christmas season. According to the non-profit’s bylaws, all riders must ride a 1200 cc or larger Harley-Davidson

or American-made motorcycle. While each find their own motivation for riding, most say it is giving back to the community that they really enjoy about being part of the team. Riders must spend at least a year practicing with the team before they earn their “patch”

that entitles them to perform with the group in a parade or at an event. Learning all of the different moves is the hardest part for new

members.

Wherever the Seattle Cossacks ride, people watch and wonder in fascination, waiting for the next man to climb higher. No ropes, no

props, no skyhooks, no gimmicks-they just climb. How can they do that on motorcycles?

It began in the 30’s with a group of racers and hill climbers who developed stunts to entertain themselves between events; entertaining fans came later. The first organizational meeting took place in January 1938 with a group of Seattle racers, riders,

delivery personnel, business men, and other interested folks. By April they had a formal organization and a set of by-laws that included “to entertain and promote the positive image of motorcycling” (the emphasis on promoting rider safety came later) but what to call themselves? Russia’s cavalry members, the Cossacks, were known the

world over for their masterful horsemanship, and bikes were often called “Iron Horses” in those days. Thus, the name “Seattle Cossacks” was coined.

They still ride vintage Harleys of the 30’s and 40’s. The oldest is a 1930 VL and the newest a 1949 45 CI. There are 74” and

80” VL’s, UL’s, and 45’s, and 61” and 74” Knuckleheads. All bikes are stock except for the handlebars, which are late-50’s Flanders,

these great old bikes are sturdy and stable enough to bear the weight of multiple riders.

For more information regarding this year’s event, visit the Hog Wild Coastal Rally Facebook page.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

9 am - 4 pm MC Johnny Manson

11 am - 1 pm DJ Abel

1 pm - 4 pm Stefan Roland & Working Class Heroes - Free to Public

4 pm Blessing of the Event

4 pm - 8 pm Land & Sea Buffet - $29.95

11 am - 6 pm Drive Through Bike Blessings All Day Everyday

4 pm - 7 pm The Road to Hog Wild Last Stretch Hot Seat Drawings - 21+

8 pm The Lalas Burlesque - $25 - 21+

9 pm Motown Cowboys - Free to Public - 21+

10 am - 6 pm Vendor Village

10 am - 6 pm Drive Through Bike Blessings All Day Everyday

9 am - 4pm MC Johnny Manson

9 am Bikers Parade starts in Hoquiam

10:30 am Parade arrives in Ocean Shores

10:45 am Parade arrives at Convention Center

11 am Cossacks - Motorcycle Stunt Team

11 am - 1 pm DJ Abel – free to the public

12 pm 1 Wheel Revolution - Motorcycle Stunt Team

12 pm - 3 pm Bike Show – Registration at info booth at Convention Center

1 pm Cossacks - Motorcycle Stunt Team

1 pm - 3 pm Bikini Bike Wash Charity Fund Raiser

1 pm - 4 pm Dusty Mojo – free to the public

2 pm Tattoo Contests

3 pm Biker Games

3 pm Tenino Drill Team - Motorcycle Stunt Team

4 pm Award Ceremony

4 pm 1 Wheel Revolution - Motorcycle Stunt Team

9 am - 1 pm Breakfast buffet - $12.95

12 pm - 6 pm Poker Run

(Awards Sunday or Monday depending on participation.

Winners do not have to be present to win.)

4 pm - 7 pm The Road to Hog Wild Last Stretch Hot Seat Drawings - 21+

4 pm - 8 pm Hog Wild Buffet - $29.95

7 pm Petty Fever (Tom Petty Tribute) - free to public - 21+

9 pm Zepparella (Led Zeppelin Tribute) - free to public - 21+

9 pm Motown Cowboys - free to public - 21+

9 am - 2pm Vendor Village

10 am Church Service

9 am - 2pm Drive Through Bike Blessings All Day Everyday

9 am - 1 pm Breakfast buffet - $12.95

11 am - 3 pm The Road to Hog Wild Last Stretch Hot Seat Drawings - 21+

3 pm Indian Charity Bike Raffle Giveaway. No need to be present to win.

4 pm The Road to Hog Wild Grand Finale Drawing of the 2019 Harley

Davidson - MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN

POKER RUN

12 PM TO 6 PM

SATURDAY JULY 27TH

PICK UP YOUR CARD AT ANY LOCATION AND VISIT THEM

IN ANY ORDER

Turn in your completed card at the Registration Booth at either

Quinault Beach Resort or Ocean Shores Convention Center by

6 pm Saturday. You do not need to be present to win.

1. Bennett’s Fish Shack Ocean Shores 105 W Chance a La Mer NW,

Ocean Shores 98569

2. Bennett’s Fish Shack Westport 2581 Westhaven Dr., Westport 98595

3. Pine Tree Tavern 101 West Ocean Ave, Westport 98595

4. Mill 109 Restaurant & Pub 5 W Myrtle St. Pacific Beach 98571

5. Copalis Beach Grocery 3090 WA-109, Copalis Beach

6. Elk Head Tap Room 739 point brown ave NW Ocean Shores WA 98569

WILD CARD – buy a beverage get a different card and better your hand . . .

POKER RUN IS FREE TO ENTER!

Ask about special offers to “Poker Runners” at each stop.

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Author: Diane Solem
Blog #: 0675 – 07/23/19

Lavender in bloom for this Grays Harbor Lavender Festival

By Dale Dineen
Published: 07/18/19 Topics: Comments: -

Dale's Lavender Farm hosts the fourth annual Lavender Festival. This two-day festival is Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, 2019 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 will dot the farm, with a view of the lavender fields. Both days bring locals and visitors to this rural Hoquiam location on the way to the North Beach (Mile Post 8 on Ocean Beach Road.

Music and food, along with the vendors, green pasture, and Lots of lavender will greet. "We have hay bales to sit on or bring a blanket to sit on and enjoy the day along side the Lavender Field," Dale said.

People are able to visit vendors with lavender products and more. Gnomes, plants, teas and a variety of items are 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

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Author: Dale Dineen
Blog #: 0673 – 07/18/19

Super Hero surround the Shores

By June Bongirno
Published: 07/17/19 Topics: Comments: -

For the first time, Super Heros will be surrounding and abounding in Ocean Shores. And there's music, vendors, food trucks and more for you Friday-Sunday, July 19-21.

Created by June Bongirno, owner of Double Barrel BBQ, she looked for a way to bring something new to Ocean Shores. "This is a way for non-profits to benefit through an event," she said.

As tickets are purchased, non-profits will benefit from the proceeds. Outdoors stage is free. OUtdoor music includes Bill Seaman and Eddie Valentine. The indoors stage which is the ticketed side, you'll find "Humptulips" and "Blues Remedy" which are two Grays Harbor favorites.

"Heart by Heart" is the featured band. Featuring original members of "Heart" you'll hear favorites from the group. They take the stage at 8 pm, Saturday.

Outdoors you'll experience dozens of vendors and food truck options. Wind your way through all the goodies.

And just announced! It's a beyond anything Grays Harbor has seen. A bouncy obstacle course. For $5, you'll get your fill of bouncing and bounding through this outdoor fun. This will be Saturday only.

For tickets, check at Double Barrel BBQ or go to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SuperheroMusicFest/.

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Author: June Bongirno
Blog #: 0674 – 07/17/19

Associated Arts juried show unites with Sand and Sawdust

By Jacqueline Horton
Published: 06/26/19 Topics: Comments: -

This year marks a union between two major events into one during a special weekend. The 2019 AAOS Juried Fine Arts, 3D & Photography Show shares the venue with Five Stars Dealership Sand and Sawdust Festival.

Inside the Ocean Shores Convention Center, find a juried art show. This is the first time, according to Ed Schroll, former president of the Associated Arts of Ocean Shores Fine Arts, the show is hanging totally juried art.

Thursday, June 27 will bring Marissa Laubscher, Project Manager

ArtsWA | Art in Public Places Program Washington State Arts Commission, to Ocean Shores. She will be judging the art entered in this 2019 version of a long-time favorite event.

"Photography was added to the fine arts show and in the most recent addition is 3D art," Schroll said. "This is the first time all the art shown is juried."

While chainsaw artists are designing outside, find this fine art, 3D and photography inside the convention center Friday-Sunday, June 28-30. Doors are open 11 am-6 pm, Friday and 10 am-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday.

Associated Arts of Ocean Shores has been a strong influence in Ocean Shores since 1974. The goal has always been to promote the arts and support the association's artists. In addition to the various sponsored annual events, AAOS supports local schools with yearly grants for art supplies and art scholarships for their students. Whether you are an artist, photographer, writer, musician, crafter, or an appreciator of the arts, you are invited to join AAOS. See the website for more information: www.associatedarts.org.

Artists from all around the United States have been entered up to five pieces of original work. They compete for cash awards totaling more than $6,000 including a $750 Best of Show award. Artists may compete in any of three divisions, Fine Art which includes Oils, Acrylics, Pen, Pencil Watercolor, Pastel, and 2 Dimensional Mixed Media; Photography includes film, digital and electronic media; & 3 Dimensional which includes fiber art, wood carvings, leather work, metal, stained glass & sculptures.

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Author: Jacqueline Horton – President, AAOS
Blog #: 0672 – 06/26/19

This is the third stop in the Cascade Criterium Series.

Published: 06/10/19 Topics: Comments: -

The Race: Seabrook is one of Washington state’s best keep secret. This charming beach town is just 2.5 hours away from Seattle on the Washington Coast and nestled into the high bank bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Seabrook is excited to host the 3rd stop of the 2019 Cascade Criterium Series.

Course Description: The course is a 7 tenths of a mile loop in the city of Seabrook.

Cost:Online Registration is $40. $50 day of registration USA Cycling license required to race. One day license for category 5 men and 5 women is $10 and available at the race. All other categories must have an USA Cycling annual license which can be purchased atwww.usacycling.org (not for sale at the race).

Day of Registration: Day of registration opens at 7:30am and closes 20 minutes prior to your respective start time.

Race Numbers: WSBA numbers will be used and can be purchased atww.wsbaracing.combecause number won’t be for sale at the race. Rental numbers will be available at the race for a $10 rental fee (of which $5 is refundable). For out-of-state riders there is no fee to rent a number just a $5 deposit.

Contact: Erik Anderson for more information at erik.o.anderson@gmail.com

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Blog #: 0670 – 06/10/19

It's all about the dogs for Doggie Days

By Ann Kjelsberg
Published: 06/06/19 Topics: Events Comments: -

Seabrook is home to the 11th annual Doggie Days at Horshshoe Park in Seabrook's Farm District.It's an all-day event, Saturday, June 8. Registration begins at 10 am.

This yearly celebration sponsored by the Salty Dog, features fun games and contests for dogs of all sizes, including musical chairs, a relay race, and everyone's favorite--the peanut butter lick.

Our judges will be awarding the Best Barker, Best Kisser, and dogs with other unique talents. Registration is $15 per dog and the proceeds benefit Chase Away K9 Cancer. Meet representatives of Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle, the region's premier surgical specialty clinic.

Even if you don't have a dog, we encourage you to come and join in the festivities. Registration starts at 10 am. The event kicks off at 10:30. Bring your own lawn chair so you can spectate in comfort.

For more information, contact Ann Kjelsberg at 360-581-9300 or shopsaltydog@gmail.com

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Author: Ann Kjelsberg
Blog #: 0669 – 06/06/19

Old fashioned fun surrounds the Flag Day Parade

By Ernie Nelson
Published: 06/06/19 Topics: Comments: -

Saturday June 8 at 11 am, downtown Ocean Shores will fill the streets with the annual Flag Day Parade. This year features two Miss Washington and Miss Washington U.S.A. as the grand marshals.

With over 70 entries include floats, marching bands, drill teams, local businesses and more. VFW Post #8956 has secured a U.S. Marine Corps color guard.

Emcees Ernie Nelson and Johnny Manson will once again be on hand at the viewing stands in front of the Convention Center on Chance a la Mer Blvd.

Ernie Nelson has directed the parade for years and indicates this is been in action for 20 year. This is the second year the Ocean Shores Elks Lodge is producing the event. There will also be a flag retirement ceremony at the lodge after the parade.

For more information, please call the Lodge at 360-289-2581 or Parade Chairperson Marsh Sharp at 503-807-1243.

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Author: Ernie Nelson
Blog #: 0668 – 06/06/19

Grays Harbor Festival of Colors fills the skies

By Rich Beverage
Published: 06/05/19 Topics: Comments: -

Looks to the skies during the Grays Harbor Festival of Colors. Friday-Sunday, June 7-9 the skies over Ocean Shores will be graced by the color of kites of all shapes and sizes.

As the premier, family-friendly kite festival on the west coast, this event is made for kite fliers of all skill levels, plus special events for kids.

Rich Beverage, event organizer notes the Ocean Shores' beach is known for the consistency of the winds and mild temperatures. Temperatures generally range from low to mid sixties at the time of the festival.

Just off the Damon Road beach approach, north of the horse rental area and the Ocean Shores city limits, you'll find free family fun all weekend. The event kicks off with a lighted kite night fly at dusk on Friday on the beach in front of the Best Western Lighthouse Hotel.

All day Saturday and Sunday two-line and quad-line fliers will be performing in demonstrations and competing in an American Kitefliers Association sanctioned event, administered by the Northwest Sport Kite League. At 11 am and 1 pm Saturday there are “Mass Ascension” events where all participants fly the same style of kites at the same time.

Two free kids events are also set for Saturday. At noon is the “Running of the Bols,” a fun foot race where the kids are dragging a parachute style kite behind them. From 12:30-3 pm, the first 200 kids make and keep a sled style kite for free.

A Festival Event Tent will be set up in front of North Beach High School Friday 5-8 pm, Saturday 7 am-3 pm and Sunday 8 am-4 pm. You'll find information, schedules, festival T-shirts and collectible enamel pins at this tent.

All weekend long there will be an array of display kites flying up and down the beach for miles! Open to fliers of all skill levels and all who simply want to watch in wonder.

For more details, please check the Grays Harbor Festival of Colors Facebook page.

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Author: Rich Beverage
Blog #: 0666 – 06/05/19

Memorial Day Weekend Sales

Published: 05/29/19 Topics: Comments: -

Memorial Day Weekend is full of sales to benefit various non-profits in the North Beach. From north to south, get ready to find those special treasures.

Moclips is your first stop. Museum of the North Beachâ??, 4658 SR 109. This popular event offers tables out front under the awning and more for you to peruse. Kelly Calhoun, museum director indicates there are enough books for sale, they could start a library.

At the other end of the North Beach, Coastal Interpretive/VFW Yard Sale is one of the larger among dozens of yard sales throughout the area this holiday weekend. North Beach VFW Post #8956 hosts 8 am-5 pm, Friday-Sunday, to 5 p.m., May 24-26. The hall is at 953 Trent Court SE in Ocean Shores.

The Ocean Shores Elks Lodge hosts one-day-only yard sale from 8 am-3 pm, Saturday, May 25. The lodge is at 199 Ocean Lake Way. Members and non-members will have tables with lots to sell.

Ocean Shores Woof-a-Thon has a yard sale 9 am-3 pm, Saturday-Monday, May 24-26. Venue for this sale is at the Dreamscape Condos, 401 Westport View Court, at the southeastern end of the Ocean Shores peninsula.

Make your way through the North Beach for this annual sale weekend.

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Blog #: 0665 – 05/29/19

Five Star Dealerships Sand & Sawdust Festival An Ocean Shores/North Beach Chamber of Commerce Event

By Scott Nagel
Published: 05/22/19 Topics: Comments: -

Ocean Shores celebrates the start of summer at the beach with one of the larger celebrations in Ocean Shores - the Five Star Dealership Sand and Sawdust Festival, Friday-Sunday, June 28-30, 2019, The free annual festival presented by the Ocean Shores/North Beach Chamber of Commerce celebrates the forests and the beaches of the Washington State coast and the Olympic Peninsula in Grays Harbor. The festival takes place at the Ocean Shores Convention Center and on the beach. There is no admission charge to the Festival.

At the Convention Center, the festival features the Chainsaw Art Show and Auction with 30 carvers creating pieces for the daily auction, more than 60 vendor booths, food booths, beer garden and bar, music, a mechanical shark ride, a rock climbing wall, face painting and more for the entire family. New this year, Associated Arts of Ocean Shores has moved their annual national Juried Fine Arts, 3D & Photography Show to the Festival.

On the beach is the Amateur Sand Castle Building Contest on Saturday. Families, friends and businesses may join in the beach fun. Form Finders of Olympia will be building one of their signature sculptures Friday, conducting a sand sculpture workshop on Saturday morning before the fun begins. They will be there to advise and encourage the teams. Teams of any size or composition can sign up on our website, at the Festival, or Saturday morning on the beach.

New this year on the beach is the Sand Drawing Celebration by Justin the Circler, Friday and Saturday. Watch as the artists make amazing large geometric drawings in the sand, to be washed away by the next tide. Justin will offer a free class on Friday and Saturday morning, so everyone can make their own sand drawings – on 6 miles of beach!

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The Chainsaw Art Show and Auction is one of the larger in the Northwest featuring 30 amazing carvers. In three days, there will be 100 or more chainsaw sculptures created, with an auction each day. Watch the artists at work, then purchase your favorite creations. We have international, pro, and semi-pro artists coming from all over the world - Argentina, Australia, California, Oregon, and the Northwest -- all to celebrate this amazing art form. Friday and Saturday the program includes the audience favorite "quick carve" at 11 am. The live auctions are Friday and Saturday, beginning at 5 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. The auctions typically last three-four hours.

The Festival begins on Friday, 11 am-6 pm, Saturday, 10 am- 6 pm and runs through Sunday, 10 am- pm. Activities take place at the 30,000 sq. ft Ocean Shores Convention Center, surrounding parking lots, and on the beach. Rain or shine there is space for everyone. The Convention Center is located at 120 W Chance a La Mer NW, just two blocks from the beach.

Ocean Shores is approximately 2 1/2 hours from Seattle and 3 hours from Portland in Southwest Washington's Grays Harbor area traveling through Aberdeen and Hoquiam. Ocean Shores is a 6-mile long peninsula bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Grays Harbor and is one of the top Northwest destinations. Millions have come throughout the years for the beach and the festivals -- one of Washington’s favorite getaway spots!

The Festival is sponsored by Five Star Dealerships, Quinault Beach Resort Casino, Oyhut Bay, Bennett's Fish Shack, The Grey Gull, The Canterbury Inn, Shilo Inn, Makita Tools, The Daily World, and many community businesses and organizations.

The Ocean Shores/North Beach Chamber of Commerce is committed to quality events and programs for the local community and visitors to enrich coastal lives and experiences. For more information go to www.sandandsawdust.org, e-mail info@sandandsawdust.org, or call (360) 289-2451.

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Author: Scott Nagel
Blog #: 0663 – 05/22/19

Wearable Art Show returns with 'Hidden Meaning'

Published: 05/14/19 Topics: Comments: -

Now in its eighth year, the Wearable Art Show comes to life Saturday, June 1 at the Ocean Shores Convention Center. "Hidden Meaning" is this year's theme.

Show production has transferred to Stage West Community Theatre. Past producers Eric Bjella and Tricia Funk are still involved as the artistic directors and artists of all media create functional or not functional pieces of Wearable Art. All of this is brought to you as a high-energy runway show.

Wearable Art is hand-crafted and one-of-a-kind artwork designed to be word on the human body. These are not ready-made costumes.

Last year’s show highlighted 24 artists and 28 pieces. Groups have traveled from as far away as Vancouver to be part in the show. These groups have served as the opening act, from mermaids to jousting members of medieval times.

This is a runway extravaganza with something to pique your creative interests. The show is rated PG-13 and well-behaved children accompanied by an adult are welcome. There will be a no-host bar available. Doors open at 6:30 pm and show starts at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are now on sale and will be available online at the Stage West Community Theatre website or at The Dusty Trunk store in Ocean Shores.

More information about the Ocean Shores Wearable Art Show can be found at www.oswearableart.com. Or, contact the OS Wearable Art Show through its Facebook page: or through Stage West Community Theatre at StageWestCommunityTheatre.org

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Blog #: 0662 – 05/14/19

Urban Unglued Dark Markets returns to Ocean Shores

Published: 05/08/19 Topics: Comments: -

Urban Unglued Dark Markets is coming back to Ocean Shores for Mother's Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12 in the Ocean Shores Convention Center. More Gore at the Shore will have local and visiting artists and crafters for your pleasure. It's 10 am-5 pm both days.

Gore Games are an addition for this May event. This is a new gaming room for all of gamer friends. "The games aren't gory, we promise," Sherrie Vineyard event planner says.

Get that unique, edgy and unusual item for which you've been looking! Meet the vendors by going to the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/636315286747381/ Please say your coming on the invite, and invite your friends!

Urban Unglued shows are always free admission, so stop by and say hi! This show will again collect food for the Ocean Shores food bank, so please drop off a donation for a human or for a pet in need.

After the market, if you're 21 enough, stop by our sponsor, Ocean Pours Taproom. Some drinks will also offer a donation to the local food bank!

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Blog #: 0661 – 05/08/19

Spring Fair springs into the North Beach

Published: 04/30/19 Topics: Comments: -

Spring Fair is springing into the North Beach. You'll find vendors, food truck and even chainsaw carving on the chapel campus of St. John's Chapel by the Sea.

After the Market for Mission in December another first-ever event was put on the calendar with the chapel. The December event had a focus on global mission and fair trade products. Mayan Hands and Haiti Creations of Hope were two of those included. In addition, a bake sale brought local talents to the table.

"We decided to have an event with local vendors and business owners given an opportunity to share their crafts and business lines. The focus if for those who use this as a source or maybe their main source of income," Lee Marriott, chapel member said.

Native Beach Accessories with Tony Robinson will be chainsaw carving his art in the front parking area. You'll see him as you enter the chapel campus at 4612 SR 109 at the border of Pacific Beach and Moclips.

Vendors include Touchstone Crystal Jewelry with Elaine Thompson. Other crafters and vendors will be on the campus as well. Park and it's an walk to all that's happening.

Plan a meal while you're here! Double Barrel BBQ brings the NEW Double Barrel Grub Truck to the chapel campus. Blue Boar Burgers are on the menu. (You may remember these from Aberdeen and here they are for you!)

You'll also be able to tour the chapel. Ask the Rev. Dr. Linda Flatley or a chapel member for a personal view of the sanctuary and facility.

This event benefits the Barbara Topete Memorial Benevolence Fund. All proceeds in this fund go to those in emergency need in the North Beach.

For more information, please call 360.276.8143 or email: chapelbytheseapresbyterian@gmail.com.

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Blog #: 0660 – 04/30/19

Hot rods roll into the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino

By Tony Halekakis
Published: 04/18/19 Topics: Comments: -

Hot rods will be rolling in for the High Rollin' Hot Rods Car Show at the Quinault Resort and Casino (QBRC). Join in the fun Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27. Owners and enthusiasts will take in the cars, games and prizes at QBRC. For this 10th annual show, it all goes on rain or shine.

Event goers will also have an opportunity to meet Lance Lambert from the Vintage Vehicle Show. Lambert has seen it all as the host on the show, taking viewers to see everything from the biggest and best car shows in the United States, to museums and private collections owned by celebrities.

The Push Rods of Hoquiam Car Club was originally founded in 1953, by an area group of friends. The group raises money to provide two college scholarships for Grays Harbor College, assisting motivated students studying the auto and business industries. The also donate to the Aberdeen High School Auto Shop, The Meals On Wheels Program and the Center for Domestic Violence.

There will be cash and prizes galore throughout the event with $3,000 being given away. Enter the Poker Run 1-4 pm, Friday.

Bring Your ‘Rod! Pre-register a car for the show for $15 or $20 on arrival for the show. Registrants will receive a goodie bag, dash plaque and entry in door prizes drawn every 15 minutes. Check-in for the show begins around 8 am with the shows concluding between 2-3 pm.

For more information on the High Rollin’ Hot Rods event or to register, visit the Pushrods of Hoquiam official website, the Pushrods of Hoquiam Facebook page, or contact Denny of the Pushrods at 360-581-9911.

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Author: Tony Halekakis
Blog #: 0657 – 04/18/19

Alice in Wonderland takes to the stage

By Pamela Nygaard
Published: 04/16/19 Topics: Comments: -

Stage West Community Theatre is proud to present "Alice in Wonderland." This is based on one of the more widely beloved British children’s books, "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll.

Follow Alice as she has many wondrous, often bizarre adventures with thoroughly illogical and very strange creatures. She encounters the hookah-smoking Caterpillar, the Duchess (with a baby that is a pig), and the Cheshire Cat. Alice attends a strange endless tea party with the Mad Hatter and the March Hare. She plays a game of croquet with the Queen who calls for the execution of almost everyone present.

With its fantastical tales and riddles, this is a fast paced, colorful, witty, and a delightful visit in Wonderland. The script is full of humor, fun and action. The whimsy, energy and creativity of the show will take you on a journey of childhood discovery.

Stage West has been providing quality live theater to the North Beach community for over seven years and continues to be the only community organization dedicated solely to keeping local theater alive. We have volunteer opportunities for actors, musicians, directors, set creators, stage managers, web and social media promotion and performance help for all ages and experience.

Tickets are $10, $5 for students. Performances are 7 pm, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 pm, Sundays, May 3,4,5 and 10,11,12. Performances are at the Lions' Club in Ocean Shores. Purchase online:Stagewestcommunitytheatre.org.

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Author: Pamela Nygaard
Blog #: 0656 – 04/16/19

Ocean Shores Wearable Art Show Is Looking for Artists!

By Eric Bjella
Published: 04/07/19 Topics: Events, Ocean Shores WA Comments: -

The Ocean Shores Wearable Art Show is gearing up for their eighth crazy runway show! Artists are busy working on their creations and set designs are being planned. While I’m a bit biased, I think this show has become a local favorite among the many great events happening in Ocean Shores.

Show producers, Eric Bjella and Tricia Funk, have always intended that the show, once it proved its value, be used as a fundraiser to benefit a local non-profit willing to take on the production responsibilities. Stage West Community Theatre (SWCT) has been a non-profit community theatre producing plays in Ocean Shores for nearly 10 years.

The theme for the 2019 Show is: “Hidden Meaning” and artists are encouraged but not required to create pieces along this theme. Artists of all media are invited to create ensembles of functional and not so functional pieces of “clothing” and accessories to be presented in a one-of-a-kind runway fashion show held at the Ocean Shores Convention Center on June 1.

This is a runway extravaganza with something to pique your creative interests. The show is rated PG-13 and well-behaved children accompanied by an adult are welcome. There will be a no-host bar available. Doors open at 6:30pm and show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets will go on sale May 1 and will be available online at the Stage West Community Theatre website or at The Dusty Trunk store in Ocean Shores.

More information about the Ocean Shores Wearable Art Show can be found at www.oswearableart.com. Or, contact the OS Wearable Art Show through its Facebook page.

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Author: Eric Bjella
Blog #: 0653 – 04/07/19

'Rockin' the Shores' is shakin' it up for the Ocean Shores Food Bank

By Kathy Harris
Published: 03/29/19 Topics: Comments: -

Raucous

"Rockin' the Shores" takes center stage as the fourth annual benefit for Ocean Shores Food Bank. Back by popular demand is “RAUCOUS”.

(Pronounced “Rock US”)

This band presents an energy-packed, audience-friendly performance playing a variety of classic rock and dance music. "RAUCOUS" has performed at clubs, casinos, dances, festivals, fairs and various events throughout the Pacific Northwest. "RAUCOUS" has been selected to perform multiple times at the Bite of Seattle and the Taste of Tacoma.

The evening begins with a silent auction 4:30-6 pm with along with music by Charlie Baer. Dinner by George Lee is at 6 pm, then it’s time to rock out with "RAUCOUS" starting at 7 pm. Live Auction takes place at 7:30 pm, then more music closing out the event at 8:30 pm.

Tickets are $35 per person, Reserved table for 8/ $300. Tickets are available at the Visitor’s Information Center (across from Ocean Shores IGA) and at the Convention Center Mon-Fri 10 am-2 pm. You may also purchase online. This is the Food Bank’s only fund raising event during the year. Tickets are limited to 400 and have sold out each year before the event.

Here are a few facts about the Ocean Shores Food Bank from 2018. They served 5,094 households, 13,520 individuals and distributed 114 tons of food. Volunteers clocked in 10,852 hours of their time. One of those volunteers, Kathy Harris, a volunteer commented during the first quarter of this year, Ocean Shores Food Bank has seen a 23% increase in the number of guests coming to the food bank compared to last year's numbers.

"There is hope and that hope is YOU", according to Sandy Harley, executive director of Ocean Shores Food Bank. "Your support will help provide individuals and families with warm, nutritious food - meals that also offer happiness and hope for a better tomorrow. Everyone can make a difference in the lives of others."

Hunger is a year round problem. It’s as much a problem for the working class as it is for those struggling with poverty Life may change for anyone at any time, making the everyday task of providing for one’s family very difficult. The need is present in individuals, families, senior citizens on fixed incomes, the underemployed and the unemployed, those who struggle to make ends meet.

For more information, please go to the Ocean Shores Food Bank website:https://oceanshoresfoodbank.org/.

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Author: Kathy Harris
Blog #: 0652 – 03/29/19

UFO Summit lands at Quinault Resort and Casino

By Johnny Manson
Published: 02/28/19 Topics: Comments: -

The UFO/Paranormal Summit is an annual research conference in Grays Harbor Washington. It is at the Quinault Beach Resort & Casino in Ocean Shores. We feature the world's most renowned researchers in the UFO and Paranormal worlds as well as new researchers as they present their evidence, theories and information.

Event Schedule

Please note: Sunday workshops are a pre-register event and are limited to 45 guests in total. If you are interested in attending the workshops on Sunday, please let us know.

Schedule and speaker lineup subject to change without notice.

Friday, March 1, 2019, 6-10 pm

Event Vendors

6-10 pm

UFO/Paranormal Vendors

Throughout the resort grounds, you will find various UFO & paranormal related vendors selling books, t-shirt, trinkets and keepsakes.

Meet-N-Greet

Friday, 6-10 pm

Meet-N-Greet

Get close and personal with the events speakers. Ask the questions you want to ask, get autographs, take pictures and mingle with the leaders in this type of research.

Come ask one-on-one questions

UFO iTeam

Friday 7-7:50 pm

UFO iTeam

The UFOiTEAM is a highly educated group of experienced Paranormal Field-Investigators, who travel by train, bus and local ride-sharing services, to investigate UFO, Bigfoot, Ghost and other Paranormal sighting reports around the world.

Sarah Nash

Friday 8-8:50 pm

Sarah Nash

Rev. Nash's Mission Statement reveals her vision “To assist all of mankind in the evolution of authentic consciousness and the quest for enlightenment. To eradicate fear, suffering and spiritual illness at the cosmic centers of our being. To illuminate The Path with humor accompanied by a gentle sense of irreverent reverence. To have a really really really good time doing all of that.

White Light Express

Witness Testimony

Friday 9-10 pm:

Witness Testimony

Come share your experience! Witnesses are given the opportunity to tell us what they saw, what happened and the circumstances surrounding their sighting or abduction in an accepting environment, free of judgement.

Hosted by The Alien Hunter

Day 2

Saturday, March 2, 2019, 9 am-7 pm

Event Vendors

9am-7 pm

UFO/Paranormal Vendors

Throughout the resort grounds, you will find various UFO & paranormal related vendors selling books, t-shirt, trinkets and keepsakes.

Aleta Debee

Saturday 9-9:50 am

Aleta Debee

Aleta DeBee is Assistant Director of MUFON for in Washington State, and an experienced Field Investigator. After retirement from the Washington Department of Ecology, she has stepped up her work with UFO research. She has studied the abduction/contact phenomenon to help Experiencers better understand their encounters. She is also a member of the MUFON Experiencer Research Team (http://www.mufon.com/experiencer.html).

MUFON Experiencer Research Team

UFO iTeam

Saturday 10-10:50 am

UFO iTeam

The UFOiTEAM is a highly educated group of experienced Paranormal Field-Investigators, who travel by train, bus and local ride-sharing services, to investigate UFO, Bigfoot, Ghost and other Paranormal sighting reports around the world.

UFO iTeam

Maurene Morgan

Saturday 11-11:50 am

Maurene Morgan

Maurene Morgan is a Washington State Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) State Section Director and Certified Field Investigator. She has investigated dozens of reports of UFOs, entities and mental and physical procedures.

UFO Disclosure: More Smoke and Mirrors

Lunch Break

Saturday Noon-1 pm

Lunch Break

We will have great lunch specials available at the Summit. The Quinault Beach Resort & Casino provides fun wraps, sandwiches and snacks at the event or feel free to wander over to the Bistro for more options.

The Maury Island Incident

Saturday 1-1:50 pm

The Maury Island Incident

Based on declassified FBI documents, "The Maury Island Incident" tells the incredible, tragic, and forgotten story of Harold Dahl, who on June 21, 1947, alleged a UFO sighting over Puget Sound, WA, sparking 'the summer of the saucers,' the modern era of UFO obsession, the first appearance of 'Men in Black' and a governmental battle over UFO sighting jurisdiction reaching directly to FBI Executive Director J. Edgar Hoover.

Paranormal Ranger

Saturday 2-2:50 pm

Paranormal Ranger

Jonathan Dover spent 31 years as a law enforcement officer. He worked in the Arizona Police Department, The National Park Service, Navajo Historic Preservation Department, and the Navajo Nation Rangers.

John Dover

Derrel Sims

Saturday 3-3:50 pm

Derrel Sims

Derrel Sims, The Alien Hunter. The world’s leading expert on alien abductions. His 38+ years of field research has focused on physical evidence, and led to his groundbreaking discoveries of alien implants and alien fluorescence. As a former military police officer and CIA operative, Sims has a unique insight to the alien organization which he believes functions similarly to an intelligence agency.

The Alien Hunter

Peter Davenport

Saturday 4-5 pm

Peter Davenport

Peter Davenport has been director of the National UFO Reporting Center since 1994. Peter reports UFO sighting cases regularly on the Jeff Rense Radio Show and presents lectures on specific UFO cases, most notably the Phoenix Lights sighting.

Day 3

Sunday, March 3, 2019, 9 am-noon

Please note: In order to attend Sunday workshops, you need to pre-register via online.

Tickets are only $100 and INCLUDE entry for Friday & Saturday.

Maurene Morgan Workshop

Sunday 9 am-noon

Maurene Morgan Workshop

Maurene Morgan is a Washington State Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) State Section Director and Certified Field Investigator. She has investigated dozens of reports of UFOs, entities and mental and physical procedures.

WA MUFON State Director

Derrel Sims Workshop

Sunday 9 am-noon

Derrel Sims Workshop

Derrel Sims The Alien Hunter is the world's leading expert on alien abductions. His 38+ years of field research has focused on physical evidence, and led to his groundbreaking discoveries of alien implants and alien fluorescence. As a former military police officer and CIA operative, Sims has a unique insight to the alien organization which he believes functions similarly to an intelligence agency. Sims is also a compassionate and skilled therapist who has helped hundreds of alien experiencers all over the world come to terms with what they've witnessed. He currently works as a licensed private investigator in Houston, Texas.

The Alien Hunter

National UFO Reporting Center

UFO iTeam Workshop

Sunday 9 am-noon

UFO ITeam Workshop

The UFOiTEAM is a highly educated group of experienced Paranormal Field-Investigators, who travel by train, bus and local ride-sharing services, to investigate UFO, Bigfoot, Ghost and other Paranormal sighting reports around the world. Using their extensive expertise and a wide range of experience to uncover ‘Whatever Truth there is Out There,” the UFOiTeam is on a quest to ‘Red-Pill’ the public on the topic of “UFO/Paranormal Disclosure” and the new “Paradigm Shift in Consciousness” that is currently sweeping the planet. The UFOiTEAM’s founding director is Michael W. Hall, J.D., an attorney and former Superior Court Judge Pro Tem with a lifelong interest in UFOs, Bigfoot and the Paranormal. An ‘Experiencer’ himself, Hall has served as a field investigator for the “Aerial Phenomena Research Organization” (APRO), during the 1970s, the legal advisor for the “National UFO Reporting Center” (NUFORC), 1995 to present, legal counsel and research associate for the “National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena” (NARCAP), since 1999, and a consultant/investigator for the “Mutual UFO Network” (MUFON), since 1995. Michael has also served as the attorney of record for such World-renowned ufologists as Peter Davenport, Dr. Richard Haines and Dr. James Harder.

UFO iTeam

For more information on the conference, please call 888 461-2214.

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Author: Johnny Manson
Blog #: 0646 – 02/28/19
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