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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

Beachcombers Fun Fair finds its way to Ocean Shores

By Dianne Hansen
Published: 02/25/19 Topics: Comments: -

The 32nd annual Beachcombers Fun Fair brings together all kinds of information, experts and enthusiasts for a weekend for anyone who enjoys the beach.

Hours are 10-5 pm, Saturday, March 2 and 10 am-4 pm, Sunday, March 3 at the Ocean Shores Convention Center. Admission, covering both days, is $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 5 to 12, and free for under 5.

In addition to speakers, displays, hands-on educational activities and beach-related vendors, you are offered an opportunity to display some of your beach finds and creative talents. Kids games and beach walks are part of the weekend.

Several hundred entries in more than 40 categories will be on display. These may include single objects, collections and photography, along with various creative and artistic efforts, such as collages, carvings, mobiles, mosaics, flower arrangements, home décor and furnishings.

Entries are to be received at the venue 2-7 pm, Friday, March 1. Entry forms may be picked up and completed on-site.

All entries must be retrieved just after the event closes, 4-5 pm, Sunday. There is no charge to enter any display categories. Entrants are competing for ribbons and Best of Show and People’s Choice awards.

In addition to an array of informational and educational booths, displays and kids’ activities both days, four beachcombing experts are on hand for Saturday afternoon seminars. Sunday morning, Alan Rammer will conduct his annual educational beach walk. Space is limited and people with sign up Saturday. Meet at 9am on Sunday for the walk.

At the same time, folks can pick up free trash bags for the other Sunday morning activity, “Dash for Trash and Treasure.” From 9-11 am, people may bring their freshly found items from the beach to tables set up just outside the Convention Center to learn more about their origins.

More information is available on the festival’s Facebook event page.

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Author: Dianne Hansen – Event Planner
Blog #: 0645 – 02/25/19

March into Ocean Shores for the 13th annual Razor Clam Festival

By Piper Leslie
Published: 02/21/19 Topics: Comments: -

The Ocean Shores Razor Clam and Seafood Festival is the celebration of local beach life, culture and the great bounty of the sea featuring our famous razor clam “digs.” The Festival offers activities for the entire family whether you come to go clamming, to enjoy the 6 miles of beach or the amazing array of fun and activities put on by the beach town businesses and Festival.

The Festival is growing and expanding this year – check our website, grab a program or just start looking around as you come into town! There will be live music, clamming tutorials, cooking demonstrations, vendors, razor clam art, beer and wine tasting, and a 5K run. For the kids, there'll be face painting and ride the shark.

SATURDAY EVENT SCHEDULE:
Inside Convention Center
11–11:30am – Opening Ceremony @ The Pacific Hall Stage
10am – 6pm – Professional Clam Chowder Contest (requires a tasting passport) @ The Pacific Hall/Outside
10am – 2pm – “Clamming 101” – Learn how to clam! @ The Tide Room
10am – 6pm – Workshops – Fishing, outdoor topics, and more @ Jetty Room
10am – 6pm – Vendor Booths @ The Pacific Hall & Lobby
10am – 6pm – Cooking Demonstrations and music @ The Pacific Hall Stage
10am – 6pm – Ride the mechanical shark! @ The Pacific Hall Stage
10am – 8pm – Beverage Station – beer wine, spirits @ The Pacific Hall (Sponsored by The Weed Shack)
10am – 6pm – Info booth and chowder tasting tickets @ The Lobby
10am – 6pm – Merchandise booth & chowder tasting tickets @ The Pacific Hall
5:30pm – Award Ceremony – Clam Chowder Contest, Clam Contest @ The Pacific Hall Stage
6-8pm – Clamtastic Party with 80 Proof Ale (80proofale.com) @ The Pacific Hall (Sponsored by Bennett’s Seafood Shack)
7pm – Shuttles to Casino begin @ The West Entrance
9pm – More Live Music at the Quinault Beach Resort & Casino!

Outside
10am – Running with the Clams 5k
10am – 7pm – Food booths – (seating in convention center)
2:30-6pm – Clam Cleaning Station – –
2:30-5pm Clam Contest registration – largest and smallest
10am – 6pm – Giant slide ride

SUNDAY EVENT SCHEDULE:
Inside Convention Center
10am – 2pm – “Clamming 101” – Learn how to clam! @ TheTide Room
10am – 3pm – Workshops – Fishing, outdoor topics, and more @ The Jetty Room
10am – 3pm Professional Clam Chowder tasting @ The Pacific Hall/Outside
10am – 3pm – Vendor Booths @ The Pacific Hall & Lobby
10am – 3pm – Cooking Demonstrations and music @ The Pacific Hall Stage
10am – 3pm – Ride the mechanical shark! @ The Pacific Hall
10am – 3pm – Beverage Station – beer wine, spirits @ The Pacific Hall (Sponsored by The Weed Shack)
10am – 3pm – Info booth and chowder tasting tickets @ The Lobby
10am – 3pm – Merchandise booth & chowder tasting tickets @ The Pacific Hall
2:30pm – Award Ceremony – Amateur Clam Chowder Contest @ The Pacific Hall Stage

Outside
10am – 3pm – Food Booths – (seating in convention center)
10am – 3pm – Giant slide ride!

FREE Admission for this 13th annual event! Ocean Shores North Beach Chamber of Commerce presents this festival.

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Author: Piper Leslie
Blog #: 0644 – 02/21/19

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
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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.