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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

    DETAILS: We work to keep this information up to date, but details do change from time to time based on circumstances, often on short notice, and sometimes beyond our control. To verify any answer or other information you may need, please call or email us anytime. Allow a reasonable amount of time for response. Only legitimate inquiries will be answered.