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Museum of the North Beach hosts Beachcombing ID from A to Z

By Kelly Calhoun
Published: 02/16/19 Topics: Comments: -

The Museum of the North Beach will be hosting the next Beachcombing ID from A to Z event on Sunday, February 24 from 2-4pm.

Bring in your unique, mysterious or everyday beachcombed objects and local expert and professional beachcomber Alan Rammer will be on hand to identify and educate. Fun is a key element in the program developed by Rammer. He says that finding items on the beach can be enjoyable, and he tries to help participants try to figure out what the items are, where they originated and what the findings could mean. Alan was one of the original founders of the annual Beachcombers Fun Fair in Ocean Shores.

A prize will be awarded to the most unique beachcombed find. This is a free event.

The Museum of the North Beach is located at 4658 SR 109 in Moclips. We are open 11am to 4pm on weekends during the winter months.

For information call us at 360-276-4441 or email kelly@moclips.org.

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Author: Kelly Calhoun, Museum of the North Beach
Blog #: 0643 – 02/16/19

2019 Seabreeze Walking Festival at Ocean Shores

By Evergreen State Walking Club
Published: 02/15/19 Topics: Comments: -

2019 Seabreeze Walking Festival is coming to Ocean Shores, WA,

February 16-18!

Online registration is now available at: http://www.esva.online/seabreeze-walking-festival/

This event includes six walks and a bike, as well as two YREs, in and around Ocean Shores, WA. Also featured on Saturday, February 16, is a dinner and social time in the evening.

Event: 2019 Seabreeze Walking Festival at Ocean Shores, WA.

Walk Pre-registration: The walk pre-registration form is available here. Online walk pre-registration will be available via PayPal starting August 1, 2018, at which time the link will be provided here. http://www.esva.online/seabreeze-walking-festival/

Sponsors and Dates: The Capitol Volkssport Club invites walkers and cyclists to join them at Ocean Shores Saturday thru Monday of Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 16-18, 2019.

AVA Sanction#/Distances:

Ocean Shores Oyhut Bay Area Walk 111020 – 5K or 10K or 15K (all rated 1A).

Ocean Shores North Town Walk 111099 – 5K or 10K (both rated 1A).

Damon Point Walk 111023 – 5K or 7K or 12K (all rated 1C).

Moclips Walk 110986 – 5K or 10K (both rated 1C).

Griffiths-Priday State Park Walk 111024 – 5K or 7K or 10K or 30K (all rated 2C).

Seabrook Walk 111022 – 5K or 10K (both rated 2C).

Point Brown Bike 111021 – 25K or 30K (both rated 1A).

Two Ocean Shores YREs are also available 10K with 5K option (rated 1A or 1C).

Griffith Priday State Park

A walk on Damon Point

Driftwood explosion

Beach houses at Seabrook

Driving Directions: I-5 Northbound and Southbound: Take Exit 104 (US 101). Continue westbound as US 101 becomes SR 8 and then US 12 and finally US 101 again, passing through Aberdeen and Hoquiam. From Hoquiam continue on State Route 109 approximately 18 miles to the intersection with State Route 115, and turn left. Continue to Point Brown Ave (the entrance to Ocean Shores) and turn left. Turn right onto Chance-a-la-Mer at the traffic circle, then take the next right which is Ocean Shores Blvd. Drive .1 mile to the Ocean Shores Lions Club on the right.

Starting Point: Ocean Shores Lions Club, located at 832 Ocean Shores Blvd NW in Ocean Shores, WA.

Starting Point: Lions Club, 832 Ocean Shores Blvd NW, Ocean Shores

Start/Finish Times: Walkers may begin walking any time between 8 AM and 2 PM on Saturday or Sunday, and must be finished by 5 PM. Walkers may begin walking any time between 8 AM and noon on Monday, and must be finished by 3 PM on Monday.

Saturday Evening Social: This is an Italian dinner at 6 PM on Saturday night, featuring a new caterer. See registration form for menu. We’re also excited to welcome the six-piece Burren Band, who will play Irish music. Cost is $35 per person (US Funds only, please), which includes tax and gratuity. B.Y.O.B. Advance reservation is required, and seating is limited to the first 120 tickets sold. Dinner reservations may be made via mail using the form located here, and must be received by February 1, 2019. Online dinner reservations via PayPal will be available by August 1, 2018, at which time the URL will be provided here. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Further Saturday Night Social information: e-mail sheila.morrison@comcast.net.

A herd of birds

Window in the driftwood

Beach cabins at Moclips

The river mouth at Pacific Beach

Facilities/Pets: Restrooms and water will be available at the start and finish, also at restaurants or stores (where they exist) along the routes. Pets are permitted but NOT in buildings. Owners must observe leash and clean up laws.

Registration and Costs: These events count for American Volkssport Association (AVA) and IVV credit. Those walking or cycling for credit only will pay $3 per walk. Free participants are welcome. All walkers and cyclists must register, carry, and return a start card. Donations in support of the festival are always appreciated. Pre-registration for events is now open. Print and mail the form located here, or register online after August 1, 2018. On-site registration will also be available throughout the festival.

Lodging: Please note this event occurs on a holiday weekend, so it would be prudent to make hotel reservations early.

Other walks in the area: If you would like to come early, stay late, or walk on your way down and back, we have YREs for you. These can be found in Ocean Shores, Aberdeen, Centralia, Chehalis, Lacey, Olympia, Tenino, Tumwater, and Westport. Details of all of the YRE walks can be found here and details for YRE bikes here.

Please note: The sponsors are not liable for accidents, thefts, or material damage. Every effort will be made by the sponsors to make this a safe, enjoyable, and memorable event. Weather will be provided; hope to see you there!

Seabrook pines

Low tide

A Viking longship

The beach steps at Seabrook

Walk and bike details: All walks, and the bike route, are MAP ONLY routes; there will be no trail markings. Please also note that many of the walks are weather and tide dependent.

The following descriptions are subject to change, as the exact routes have not yet been finalized.

Ocean Shores Oyhut Bay Area Walk: 5K or 10K or 15K, all rated 1A. Walk the southern end of Ocean Shores through neighborhoods and city parks, and a new small development with café and Bistro, Market. Views of North Bay, Chehalis River and mountains.These walks are suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.

Ocean Shores North Town Walk: 5K or 10K, both rated 1A. Take a break from the beach! Enjoy the north end of Ocean Shores with this walk. Walk past homes with views of North Bay as well as a small lake. After walking through neighborhoods you will wind your way along both sides of Point Brown Avenue NE where you can stop and enjoy a variety of shops, art stores, and a wide variety of restaurants.

Damon Point Walk: 5K or 7K or 12K, all rated 1C. Walk around a former island in the Chehalis River, now connected to the mainland by a sand spit. On good days, there are views of the Pacific Ocean, Mount Rainier, the Olympics, and the distant cities of Aberdeen, Hoquiam, and Westport. Seals, eagles, sandpipers, sanderlings, surfers, fishermen, ships, driftwood, shells, and the occasional Snowy Owl are sometimes seen while walking in this area. On the ocean side of Damon Point, the beach can be quite steep; some walkers have found walking sticks helpful (one can easily be found among the driftwood, if you don’t normally carry one …). These walks are not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.

Snowy owl at Damon Point

What is it?

In the woods at Seabrook

Canal homes at Ocean Shores

Moclips Walk: 5K or 10K, both rated 1C. Walk from Moclips to Pacific Beach State Park along the rugged north beach. This walk has the option of returning to Moclips through Pacific Beach State Park and the quaint town of Pacific Beach or along the beach. These walks are not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.

Griffiths-Priday State Park Walk: 5K or 7K or 10K or 30K, all rated 2C. Walk through the dunes on a remote corner of the Washington coast, free from cars year-round, and along the beach. See nature in action as the land and paths erode in one area and build up in another. Due to this ongoing erosion, the path can be rougher than you might expect it to be walking on sand dunes or on the beach. Walking sticks are recommended for those who find them helpful. These walks are not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.

Seabrook Walk: 5K or 10K, both rated 2C. Walk through the new vacation community of Seabrook. This walk includes paved streets in the town portion, a trail through the woods surrounding the town, and the beach. Trails through the woods are fairly well maintained, but can be uneven. The 10K walk goes up and down the bluff via steps to the beach, and passes several huge tree stumps that were left by loggers in the past. These walks are not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.

Ocean Shores Bike: 25K or 30K, both rated 1A. The 25K and 30K routes circle the Ocean Shores peninsula on flat roads, through neighborhoods and undeveloped areas. Bikes are available for rent from local businesses.

The land between the creek and the sea

Sea lion pup

Come Walk With Us!

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Author: Evergreen State Walking Club
Blog #: 0642 – 02/15/19

Coastal Cleanup Seeking Volunteers

By Washington Coast Savers
Published: 02/15/19 Topics: Comments: -

The Washington Clean Coast Alliance

The Alliance formed in 2007 and launched the CoastSavers program to coordinate the efforts of volunteer groups and individuals that had been cleaning up Washington’s Pacific Coast since as far back as 1971.

The Washington Coast Cleanup

Our signature annual event is the Washington Coast Cleanup, which started as a series of separate beach cleanups held every April in celebration of Earth Day. The number of volunteers and the amount of debris collected keep growing. On average, over 1,300 volunteers participate in the cleanup and remove more than 34,000 pounds of debris each April. Awesome!

Three Branches of our History

Prior to 2007, our history has three branches: the Olympic Coast Cleanup founded by Jan Klippert; the three annual Long Beach cleanups organized by the Grass Roots Garbage Gang; and Operation Shore Patrol organized by the Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association.

Jan Klippert

In April 2000, Seattle environmentalist Jan Klippert founded the Olympic Coast Cleanup as an Earth Day activity to clean up our northern coast, especially the hard-to-reach wilderness beaches. With the help of Olympic National Park, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, Surfrider Foundation, and several tribal groups, Jan’s efforts have blossomed into the current Washington Coast Cleanup.

Grass Roots Garbage Gang

Also around 2000, a group of civic-minded folks down in Long Beach came together as the Grass Roots Garbage Gang to clean up their community beaches. With the help of Washington State Parks, the Gang holds three cleanups every year, including a January effort to gather winter storm debris, the April Washington Coast Cleanup, and a July 5 effort to clean up the “war zone” fallout of Independence Day fireworks.

Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association

Cleaning our coast since 1971, the Pacific Northwest Four Wheelers have been at it longer than anyone! With help from Washington State Parks, Washington Department of Ecology, and the Ocean Conservancy, their Operation Shore Patrol event has become an annual tradition on Washington’s southern beaches.

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Author: Washington Coast Savers
Blog #: 0639 – 02/15/19

Renewed antiques find a home at Ocean Shores Convention Center

By Dianne Hansen
Published: 02/14/19 Topics: Comments: -



Ocean Shores Renewed Antique Show returns Saturday and Sunday, February 16-17 to the Ocean Shores Convention Center. Kicking off the weekend is a “Peek and Purchase” premier social event Friday, Feb. 15.

Shop at the vendor booths inside the convention center. You'll be able to enjoy an adult beverage with nibbles. Live music with Sunni and KC of Unexpected Soul will be featured. Purchase a ticket allowing you to experience the weekend's show.

the annual event opens to the public 10 pm-6 pm, Saturday and 10 am-4 pm, Sunday. Highlights include a vintage accessories show at 1 p.m. Saturday on the main stage.

The antique show features over 50 vendors with a wide variety of antiques, collectibles, upcycled and repurposed items.

Admission to the show is $3 or $2 with a non-perishable food donation for the Ocean Shores Food Bank. Friday night is 6-8 pm and a pre-ticketed function for $25. Free pass provided for the weekend.

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Author: Dianne Hansen
Blog #: 0641 – 02/14/19

Barbershop quartets harmonize in Ocean Shores

By Charlie Boon
Published: 02/12/19 Topics: Comments: -

QCED (Quartet Champions of Evergreen District) is coming to Ocean Shores! After many years of traveling to Seaside Oregon, QCED will perform in Ocean Shores.

QCED is a fraternity of past quartet champions from the Evergreen District of the Barbershop Harmony Society. The Evergreen District encompasses Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington; as well as the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. Annually, the District holds a competition among its quartets and those who win the District Championship are inducted into QCED.

QCED also hosts two shows a year, one in January and one at the District Convention. The proceeds are used to support coaching opportunities for quartets in out-lying areas around the District and assist our quartets who will be singing at the BHS International competition.

How QCED came to be

Back in 1972--at the Islander Resort on Lopez Island, WA--several past District champions had been talking about getting a group together with the purpose of "upgrading the calibre of performance of Evergreen District Quartets." Their objectives were to:

  • provide fellowship with others who have won the District Championship,
  • promote and encourage quartet singing within the District,
  • support and promote efforts to advance the level of singing, coaching, and judging skills within the District, and
  • give financial assistance to quartets representing the District in International Competition.
  • For over ten years the group grew slowly. Finally it became apparent the Lopez Island location was too remote to guarantee attendace by many of the former champs, nor could sustain a good-sized audience at shows. In 1985, through the untiring efforts of the late Bob Swanson, the annual QCED meeting and show was moved to Seaside, OR as a joint venture with the Seaside Chamber of Commerce.

    With the great oceanside atmosphere, shops and restaurants, the new location was an instant success with QCEDers, their families, and fans alike. After 40 years of existence QCED has given tens of thousands of dollars to the promotion and betterment of our unique style of four-part harmony.

    The concert is 7:30 pm, Saturday, February 23 at Ocean Shores Convention Center. Tickets are $20, $10 for under 12 years old.

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    Author: Charlie Boon
    Blog #: 0640 – 02/12/19

    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
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