Watch the artist transform music to the canvass

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Sep 252017

Music driving art
LC Cultural Center

LINCOLN CITY – The Lincoln City Cultural Center invites you to experience beautiful chamber music and surprising visual art, simultaneously, at this year’s performance of Sound of Nature, Sound of Art. Tickets are on sale now for this multi-media art event, which will begin at 7 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the LCCC auditorium.

Art animated by music

Sound of Nature, Sound of Art is the brainchild of Jonathan Dubay, violinist and head of the Three Centuries Ensemble. Dubay has planned a program of favorites (Vivaldi’s “Summer,” Dvorak’s “Silent Woods” and Milhaud’s “Suite for Piano, Violin and Clarinet”) along with original works by two contemporary composers. The first half of the program will include “Swing Shift” by Kenji Bunch, and the second half will present “The Wave Sings Because it is Moving” by Bryan Johanson. Both are based in Portland. The works will be performed by the Three Centuries Ensemble, in quartet form: Jonathan Dubay (violin), Todd Kuhns (clarinet), Kenneth Finch (cello) and Susan Dewitt Smith (piano).

Must be the Ode to the Salmon River Symphony!

Two visual artists, Victoria McOmie and Siobhan Humston, will also be performing. McOmie and Humston will be responding to the music, on canvas, and will be creating their pieces while the audience observes. And, in a popular addition to this event that was added last year, arts educator Krista Eddy will be leading an “audience art” project that is also coordinated with the musical selections. If you’re sitting in the audience, you can respond in real time, as you watch and listen.

“It’s a sensory-laden experience that opens up new paths of understanding,” said Niki Price, executive director of the Lincoln City Cultural Center. “I have found that I think differently about both the music and the art, and that time slows down while the performance is taking place. How you experience Sound of Nature, Sound of Art is up to you – but to find out, you’ve got to be here.”

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SONSOA is sponsored by a generous grant from US Bank, lodging sponsorship by Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, and educational support from the Studio to School project of the Oregon Community Foundation. Community partners in the presentation of this concert are the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, the Westwind Stewardship Group, the Siletz Bay Music Festival and the Salmon-Drift Creek Watershed Council. Vital support has also been provided by the donating members of the LCCC.

“The first Sound of Nature, Sound of Art performance took place in 2014, as part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area. We continue to use Cascade Head as the ecological inspiration for Sound of Nature, Sound of Art,” Price said. “Jonathan Dubay has chosen evocative works that celebrate the ocean, the coastal headland and the estuary. The artists are asked to consider Cascade Head as an image, as well as the rhythms and lines of the music proposed.”
To reserve your seat for the public performance of Sound of Nature, Sound of Art, head to, and click the “buy tickets” button. Early bird tickets – all those sold up until Oct. 1 — are $15 each. Regular tickets are $20 per person in advance, and $22 at the door. LCCC Membership discount of $2 will apply.

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Hard of hearing while in the hospital can cause serious misundersandings!

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Sep 252017

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Healthy Hearing from:
Le’Anne McEachern, Au.D.
Doctor of Audiology

Age-Related Hearing Loss Causes Clinical Communication Breakdown

It was not uncommon for older adults to report mishearing a physician or nurse in a primary care or hospital setting, according to a study published by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

The prevalence of medical errors is higher among older patients. Failures in clinical communication are considered to be the leading cause of medical errors. A previous study reported that improved communication between the medical teams and families could have prevented 36 percent of medical errors. Colm M. P. O’Tuathaigh, B.A., Ph.D., of University College Cork, Cork, Ireland and colleagues conducted an analysis of interview data collected in 100 adults 60 years and older to examine communication breakdown in hospital and primary care settings among adults reporting hearing loss.

Of these adults, 57 reported some degree of hearing loss; 26 used a hearing aid device. Of the 100 adults, 43 reported having misheard a physician, nurse or both in a primary care or hospital setting. When asked to elaborate on the context of mishearing in a clinical setting, the scenarios included (in descending order of citation frequency): general mishearing, consultation content, physician-patient or nurse-patient communication breakdown, hospital setting and use of language.

“This qualitative analysis confirms that age-related hearing loss has a negative effect on clinical communication across both hospital and primary care clinical settings,” the authors write. “We recommend that content-related and setting-related factors identified as barriers to communication in adults with hearing impairment be incorporated within a patient-centered approach to clinical communication with this patient population.”

Le’Anne McEachern, Au.D.
Doctor of Audiology SeaTowne Shopping Center
1622 N. Coast Highway
Newport, OR 97365
541 272-5015 fax 541 272-5016

What day next year do YOU want the 2018 Lincoln County Fair to begin?

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Sep 252017

Lincoln County Fair

Fair Board Seeks Public Input Regarding Possible Date Changes for 2018 Lincoln County Fair

Fair Board Seeks Public Input Regarding Possible Date Changes for 2018 Fair Event
The Lincoln County Fair Board is encouraging public input on a possible change in dates for the 2018 fair event. Currently, the fair takes place the third weekend in August.

The Fair Board will accept public comment at its meeting beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 9, at the Lincoln County Courthouse in Newport.

People who wish to submit comments but are unable to attend can submit written comments (prior to the October 12th Fair Board meeting):
Todd Williver – 4-H Program Coordinator
Oregon State University – Lincoln County Extension Service

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No surprise here…Governor Brown announces she’s running for Governor

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Sep 252017

Governor Brown
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Governor Kate Brown, serving out the remainder of former Governor John Kitzhaber’s term from which he resigned, has announced she wants a full four year term this time. And today she has filed her candidacy papers.

Here’s the story in The Oregonian. Click here.

Umpqua River Bridge closing overnight for repairs October 4

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Sep 252017

Umpqua River Bridge at Reedsport. Closed overnight October 4th
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U.S. 101 closed at Umpqua River Bridge in Reedsport on night of Oct. 4

REEDSPORT — U.S. Highway 101 will be closed at the Umpqua River Bridge (milepost 211) in Reedsport for six hours starting at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, due to repair work.

There is no local detour during the nighttime closure.

Several of the bridge’s crossbeams were damaged in a hit-and-run crash in June. The closure will allow workers to repair the damage.

Law enforcement and ambulances will be given priority through the work zone.

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Weather or Not: The Back and Forth of Fall

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Sep 252017

Monday, Sep. 25th – Lincoln County

Summary: Cloudy early, sunny later yesterday; mixed skies overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 60F/51F/19mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 63F/47F/11mph/0.00”
Newport: 63F/46F/18mph/0.00”
Waldport: 62F/52F/16mph/0.00”
Yachats: 60F/51F/24mph/0.00”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 11,000’
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: calm/Altimeter: 30.15”

Forecast: We’ll be back and forth for the next few days. Look for mostly cloudy skies with a chance of rain today and tonight as a weak weather system slides by north of us. High 60F, low around 55F. Decreasing clouds tomorrow, high of 65F. Outlook is for a brief blast of Summer-like conditions on Wednesday when the mercury rises to 70F or better under sunny skies, then partly cloudy, cooler and a slight chance of rain again Thursday night and Friday, followed by lots of sunshine for the weekend, albeit temps will be seasonal as the thermometer hits 60F during the day and dips into the low-50s overnight.

wxon-twitterBe sure to follow Weather or Not’s Twitter feed to keep current on the latest conditions. You’ll get updated travel info and notification of any new advisories, watches or warnings. Follow @chrisburnswx.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are dry, temps near 50F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, thermometer readings 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 55-60F, and I-84 is now open to traffic with only a few ramp closures still in effect, including Multnomah Falls. For the Cascades, highways are mainly dry, 35-40F, the free air freezing level is 10,000 feet. * An interactive map of the latest Northwest/Central Oregon travel weather is available here. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.

Marine: Winds are light and variable this morning, with seas 3-4 feet at 10 seconds. Light winds are expected through today and for most of tomorrow before northerlies increase late on Tuesday as a thermal trough builds up the coast. Expect to see gusts over 20 knots starting Tuesday evening and continue through mid-day Wednesday before switching offshore and the gradient weakens. Beyond Wednesday, winds will stay light for the remainder of the week. Seas will remain 4-6 feet through the period. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.

On the Beach… Mainly overcast, light winds, surf 2-3 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
09/25 Mon 9:56 AM 2.89 L
09/25 Mon 4:03 PM 7.62 H
09/25 Mon 10:53 PM 1.02 L
09/26 Tue 5:31 AM 6.19 H

In Short: Mostly cloudy, slight chance of rain, then clearing and warmer.

Oregon Coast Jazz Party in Newport – October 6-8 at Newport PAC!

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Sep 252017

George Colligan Trio
Newport Jazz Party
October 6-8

Houston Person
Newport Jazz Party
October 6-8

Chuck Redd
Newport Jazz Party
October 6-8

Greta Matassa
Newport Jazz Party
October 6-8

(Newport, Oregon) – Celebrate America’s greatest art form with three days of live jazz and jazz education on the Oregon coast. The 14th annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party is set for October 6 – 8 at the Newport Performing Arts Center (PAC) and at the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel, both in Newport.

This year’s groovin’ festivities include a vast variety of jam sessions, concerts with themes and ensembles created out of mixing up band members. There is also a special brewmaster’s dinner held in conjunction with the festival.

From small, almost informal beginnings, the Oregon Coast Jazz Party has risen up to be a powerful draw to Newport every early October. The three-day weekend brings in hundreds of people each year, infusing over $150,000 into the local economy.

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The Lineup

The 2017 lineup, coordinated by OCJP Music Director Holly Hofmann (who will also perform this year), includes returning favorites John Clayton on bass, Gerald Clayton on piano, guitarist Ed Dunsavage, drummer Jeff Hamilton, bassist Mary Ann McSweeney, Houston Person on tenor sax, drummer Chuck Redd, and pianist Mike Wofford.

Appearing for the first time at this party are the incredible George Cables Trio, led by pianist George Cables with bassist Essiet Okon Essiet and drummer Victor Lewis. The innovative George Colligan Trio is led by pianist, composer and multi-instrumentalist George Colligan, featuring bassist Chris Higgins and drummer Chris Brown. There is the Bossanaire Septet, a bossa nova rhythm section featuring two female vocalists, reminiscent of the 1960s-era classic “Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66” album, and the music of Stan Getz and João Gilberto.

Special artists appearing solo or in other combos are guitarist Russell Malone, Thomas Marriott on trumpet, vocalist Greta Matassa, and drummer Ryan Shaw.

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Education at the Party

The party always includes free jazz education at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W. Olive in Newport.

At 3:45 p.m. Saturday, October 7, don’t miss “Jazz 101 – What to Listen For?,” a free jazz demo/lecture sponsored by Just Jazz features pianist Mike Wofford, bassist John Clayton, drummer Jeff Hamilton and flutist Holly Hofmann.

The panel discussion is a very popular interactive question-and-answer session about jazz and jazz artists at 10 a.m. Sunday, October 8. Hosted by OCJP Music Director and renowned jazz flutist Holly Hofmann, the panel features John Clayton, Mary Ann McSweeney and Chuck Redd – all of whom are also acclaimed arrangers and composers in their own right. Both events are free and open to the public.

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North Coast Brewing Brewmaster Dinner

Enjoy North Coast Brewing’s fine artisan beers paired with cuisine by Newport’s Clearwater Restaurant at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 at the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club. North Coast Brewing’s Old Rasputin Russian imperial stout and renowned Belgian style abbey ale, Brother Thelonious, will be served with cheeses at the pre-dinner reception.

Dinner begins with a port wine poached-pear salad with Humble Fog cheese, baby mâche, and a balsamic reduction, followed by a pan-seared scallop with vanilla-infused yams and brown butter orange sauce. The main course of braised boneless short ribs will be served with fresh corn polenta, heirloom carrots, and merlot demi-glace, and a brownie sundae dessert wraps up the dinner.

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Featured North Coast artisan brews include the Le Merle saison farmhouse ale, Red Seal ale, and the Cranberry Quince Berliner Weiss.

All dinner reservations must be made in advance by calling the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, the founding organization of the Jazz Party. Call 541-265-2787 for details. Limited seating is available for the Brewmaster Dinner; cost per person is $65; deadline for reservations is October 2.

Tickets, Seating, Discounts

All seating is reserved; ticket prices vary by session. Buy tickets online at or through the PAC box office, 777 W. Olive Street in Newport or at 541-265-2787. See more about the musicians, learn more about the event, and download the brochure on the Oregon Coast Jazz Party mini-site at

For local jazz fans who want to join the party, OCCA offers discounts on all sessions except Session 5; OCCA members get discounts on all sessions. Get your locals or OCCA member discounts or tickets at the Newport Performing Arts Center box office, 777 W. Olive Street.

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For a brochure, more information and tickets, visit or call (541) 265-ARTS (2787).

Oregon Coast Jazz Party 2017 is underwritten by Rev. Carol Stubbs Smith, with support from the North Coast Brewing Co. (official jazz party brew), Columbia Bank, Newport News-Times and Oregon Coast Piano Services, as well as Milt Bernhart Travel (official jazz party travel agency), Elizabeth Street Inn, Just Jazz, Yaquina Bay Communications, and 2017 Jazz Club members Henry & Liz Cardinale, Jim & Sue Douglas, Robert Emrich & Cindy Heisler, Frank & Michelle Geltner, Robert & Melissa Good, JJ Hendricks, Hogan Family Trust, Jocelyn Howells, Claire & Ray Little, Roger Leo, James & Jean Morrison, David & Anne Noall, John & Diana Pinto, Vern Schervem, and Barry & Phyllis Winters. A continuing facet of support this year has come from the event’s Jazz Hotels, which include the the Whaler Hotel and the Hallmark Inns & Resort. Each has donated room-nights for artist lodging. Check for special Oregon Coast Jazz Party rates at these locations. OCCA is also grateful for the support of the many jazz partners, musician and youth sponsors, patrons and friends who also contribute.

Last Toledo Street Market of 2017 coming up….

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Sep 252017

Toledo Street Market, Thursdays, 10-3, Main Street, Last Market of the year this Thursday!

Toledo Thursday Market
10-3 on Main Street

Toledo Street Market ends for the season this Thursday in Toledo.

TOLEDO STREET MARKET will be closing the season on Thursday September 28th.
We want to invite our loyal shoppers to come by and help us end this year on a high note and look for some fantastic bargains and friendly faces. 10 am until 3 pm. or email at