Jan 042013

Story from Nikki Price, LCCC

The next Lincoln City Cultural Center Coffee Concert, scheduled for 3 pm Sunday, Jan. 20, will present two talented young vocalists, Emily Roberts and Jaden Stanfill. These aspiring singers will be accompanied by Rita Warton, on the center’s Mason and Hamlin grand piano.

The doors to the auditorium, inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 540 NE Hwy. 101, will open at 2:30 pm. Admission, $10 per person at the door, includes dessert and coffee from Paul Mistretta of Strung Out on Beads and Coffee. All proceeds from ticket sales go toward the operations of the LCCC.

Jaden Stanfill, a senior at Taft High School 7-12, has been studying music for several years. He enjoys the songs of Frank Sinatra, among others, and will be performing several at this concert.

Emily Roberts is an eighth grader at the Lincoln City Seventh Day Adventist School. She has been singing since she was 3 years old, and has competed in many talent shows and competitions (including Lincoln County’s Got Talent, Oregon Fairs Talent Search, 4-H performing arts and last year’s Texaco Country Showdown). She is also the winner of the recent Toledo Idol competition. Emily said she does not know if she will head into a career in music, but will always live life with a sweet song in her heart. On Jan 20, at the LCCC, she’ll be performing some of her favorite Country Western songs. 

Rita Warton is a New Zealander who emigrated to the United States with her husband, Michael, in 1965. She raised four musical children and, after moving to Lincoln City in 1988, worked for Lincoln Shelter and Services. She then joined the OMTA and has been teaching piano and voice for the last 19 years. She has played locally for many churches, accompanied the Lincoln Community Chorus for many years, THS choir, talent shows, and much more.

These Coffee Concerts, organized by Warton, offer local musicians of all ages a chance to perform while raising money for the center’s operating fund. In 2012, Warton and her musical friends raised more than $2,000 for the LCCC. If you would like to be considered as a Coffee Concert performer, call Rita Warton at 541-994-8585.

The Lincoln City Cultural Center offers performances, fine arts, art classes and visitor information inside the former Delake School at 540 NE Hwy. 101. The upcoming schedule includes Dancing With the Local Stars, a dinner and dance showcase fundraiser, on Jan. 26, and the First Saturday Concert with Satori Bob, on Feb. 2. For details or tickets, call 541-994-9994.

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Dec 282012

CLPUD’s Bob Cusick
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Volunteers Shred Christmas Trees to Help the Needy

Central Lincoln PUD volunteers will be turning Christmas trees into mulch at Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport this Saturday (December 29) and next Saturday (January 5) for donations for Community Services Consortium’s heating assistance program for those in need. Christmas trees will be shredded in seconds in a high-speed tree chipper, much to the enjoyment of any children who come to watch. The mulch created is given to local gardeners.

Those who bring their trees to be chipped will also receive a package of free energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs. Anyone is welcome to contribute to the assistance effort with or without a Christmas tree.

Volunteers will be accepting trees and donation$$ from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, December 29 and next Saturday, January 5 at Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport, 2315 N. Highway 101, across from the Safeway shopping center. The Newport Les Schwab Tire Center is supporting the effort by picking up trees in the Newport area for a donation to the cause from those unable to bring their trees to the Atonement Lutheran Church site. To arrange for tree pick-up, Les Schwab volunteers can be reached at 541-270-1038.

Central Lincoln’s Fleet Specialist Bob Cusick is leading the volunteer effort, which he has done for five years. “I believe everyone here on the Central Coast knows someone or several people who struggle to pay for heat,” Cusick said. “I love that this event is a win-win-win: folks can get rid of their Christmas trees after the holiday, help people who need the help, and get energy-saving light bulbs in the process. Plus, the trees are recycled into mulch, which is good for the environment. Many of the kids who stop by love to see their unwanted Christmas trees shredded in less than seven seconds with that high-speed chipper.”

Contributions to the energy assistance program for those in need may also be mailed to Community Services Consortium at 120 Northeast Avery Street, Newport, OR 97365. Please mark checks “for energy assistance.”

The Central Lincoln People’s Utility District is Oregon’s fourth-largest electric utility, serving 700 square miles and 55,000 residents in portions of Coos, Douglas, Lane, and Lincoln counties. Central Lincoln is not-for-profit, and is publicly-owned, meaning it was created by the public to serve the public.

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Nov 292012

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Nov 052012

LINCOLN CITY – Full of audience participation and jaw-dropping illusions, the Believe It! Unbelievable Magic show is coming to the Lincoln City Cultural Center on Thursday, Nov. 15. Its star is Jason Andrews, a professional magician who holds the unbelievable – yet completely legit — title of “International Champion of Magic.”

The show will start at 7 pm at the center, 540 NE Hwy. 101 in Lincoln City. Doors to the auditorium will open at 6:30 pm.
Andrews, a veteran of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and a frequent performer at the Crazy Horse Paris at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, has promised a 90-minute performance with original illusions, comedy, live animals and sleight of hand. “You simply have to see it to Believe It!” said Andrews.

Andrews is a native of Las Vegas, and was first inspired to become a magician at the age of 12, when he saw Lance Burton perform. Andrews attended the Las Vegas Academy for the Performing Arts, and starred in two U.S. tours in 2007 and 2008. Upon his return to Las Vegas, he was named “Entertainer of the Year” by Boyd Gaming and “International Champion of Magic” by the International Brotherhood of Magicians. In total, he has won 25 magic awards around the world.

In 2011, Andrews took his magic to Japan, England, China, Mexico and Canada. In addition to “America’s Got Talent,” he has also appeared on “Stars Among the Angels,” a national variety show benefitting Child Haven. Whenever he’s in Los Angeles, you can see him at the Magic Castle, in Hollywood.

Also appearing in “Believe It!” will be Comedy “Quack” Magician Adam London. London is obsessed with rubber ducks, using them in his magic and comedy routine.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door, with children 12 and under admitted free with a paid adult. For tickets, call 541-994-9994.

For more information on Jason Andrews, head to www.JasonAndrewsMagic.com/BelieveIt.

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Nov 022012

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Nov 022012

In all seriousness, the Day of the Dead is celebrated by Latino and other cultures as a day of remembrance, honoring all those who have passed on, remembering what they bestowed upon us and wished for us in our own lives. It is both a celebration of life as well as a solemn acknowledgement of lessons learned, and then passing them on.

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Nov 012012

Goldilocks and the 3 Beers!

And a frightfully good time was had by all….

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Oct 282012

Provided by Melody Lavrakas

The Newport Symphony Orchestra is ringing in the holiday season with a Holiday Home Tour in Newport. This special fundraiser for the Symphony inspires and shares the beauty of the season. Visitors will be invited to tour four homes decorated for the holidays, hear music fitting the occasion, and indulge in flavors of the season at the Tour’s bake sale.

The event will be held Saturday, December 8th between 10 am and 4 pm and again on Sunday, December 9th between noon and 4 pm. Proceeds from the tour will help fund Newport Symphony Orchestra activities.

The tour will feature homes perched on the Beverly Beach Bluffs, overlooking the ocean from Agate Beach, as well as others with panoramas of Newport’s Yaquina Bay. The Beverly Beach Home will have a decorative theme combining traditional elegance with a touch of whimsy. A 12-foot flocked tree with large red and white floral and crystal accents will create a magical centerpiece. Decorated by Shannon Rackowski of ReDo Designs, this home will display an eclectic Santa theme fitting the cottage. Next door is the Ernest Bloch House — now named Sea Krest Lodge by its current owner, was once home to renowned Swiss-American composer Ernest Bloch. Large fir trees surround the residence with its stunning view of Agate Beach and the Pacific Ocean. Decorator Betty Stier will create a musical theme with red and gold accents as a tribute to the Newport Symphony. Special wreaths created by Charisma Gifts of Nye Beach will also adorn the home. The bay view residence with its panoramic view of Yaquina Bay will be decorated with a nautical theme of shimmering blues, greens, and silver befitting the holiday season.

Musical ambiance throughout the tours will be provided by vocal and instrumental musicians. As part of the fundraiser, visitors will be able to buy delicious holiday treats from a bake sale and the limited edition Conductor’s Reserve wine created by Flying Dutchman Winery for their holiday entertaining.

The Newport Symphony Orchestra brings the rich experience of symphonic music to our community. Its members and conductor, Adam Flat, work with students in our local schools to help them gain an understanding and appreciation for symphonic music. A portion of the funds will also be contributed to the Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $18 per person in advance and $20 the days of the tour. Tickets will go on sale November 1st at JC Markets in Newport and Toledo and at the Newport Performing Arts Center box office. Tickets will be available at the Ernest Bloch House located at the south end of the Roby’s parking area on US 101 the days of the Tour.

For more information, contact Melody Lavrakas, Holiday Home Tour coordinator at 541-574-0899, SeaLavrakas@Yahoo.com.

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Oct 262012

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Oct 262012

A panel of Halloween and Thanksgiving postcards and historic facts is on display now through November at the Burrows House Museum of the Lincoln County Historical Society.

Halloween probably originated with the Celts who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France. They celebrated their new year on Nov. 1. This marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter. On Oct. 31 they celebrated Samhain, believing that was the time the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. Halloween also coincides with the Christian celebration of Day of the Dead, which occurs Nov. 1.

Thanksgiving goes back to President George Washington who declared a public day of thanksgiving and prayer on Nov. 26. President Abraham Lincoln changed it to the fourth Tuesday of November, and President Franklin Roosevelt declared the fourth Thursday as Thanksgiving, which is when we now celebrate.

We think of the harvest feast the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians shared in 1621 as the first Thanksgiving. At that meal, there were no sweets and no milk since the Pilgrims had not brought sugar or cows with them. The foods they ate included: wild fowl such as turkey, goose, duck, crane, swan, partridge and eagles; meat and seafood such as venison, seal, cod, eel, clams and lobster; fruits, vegetables, and nuts such as pumpkin, peas, beans, onions, lettuce, radishes, carrots, plums, grapes, walnuts, chestnuts and acorns. Corn would have been out of season, and sweet potatoes were not common.

Settlers came to this area in the mid-1800s from other parts of North America or from their countries of origin. As they learned about local food products and dealt with availability of ingredients, they adapted and created new traditions. Mushrooms, hazelnuts, apples, oysters, seafood and fish are part of this region’s heritage.

The Lincoln County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history of Lincoln County. It operates the Burrows House and Log Cabin museums located at 545 SW Ninth Street in Newport. The museums are free and open to the public. The Burrows House Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the Log Cabin Museum is open Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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