Lincoln County’s public libraries’ Dream Big, READ! summer reading programs feature Harmonica Pocket’s musical show for their first week of summer fun on Wednesday and Thursday, June 20 and 21. All children and families are invited to attend one of these free programs.
Wednesday, June 20, Harmonica Pocket will be at Waldport Public Library (10 a.m.), Newport Public Library (1 p.m.), and Driftwood Public Library in Lincoln City (6:30 p.m.). On Thursday, June 21, they will be at Toledo Public Library (11 a.m.) and Siletz Public Library (2:30 p.m.).
Keeth Apgar is the heart and soul of Harmonica Pocket. He uses an untraditional style of weaving acoustic wah-wah guitar, lush jazz chords, and image-evoking lyrics into intelligent, refreshing pop. He composes music for dance companies and writes musicals, among them a rock opera called The Jigsaw Dog.
Keeth loves to write and perform children’s music. He teaches and performs at schools, festivals, and libraries up and down the west coast. His “Harmonica Pocket Children’s Show” is a mix of original tunes and twists on classic American folk songs, which entertains kids and delights parents by blending music with movement. To listen to some of his songs, visit his website, click here.
Harmonica Pocket’s Lincoln County lodging is provided by La Quinta Inn and Suites in Newport and the D Sands Condominium Hotel in Lincoln City.
Newport Police say nobody was hurt when a fully (dirt) loaded dump truck rammed a small car at the intersection of Highway 101 and 25th Friday, around noon. The back of the car was moderately pushed in. Those inside were wearing seat belts and police say there were no apparent injuries. Driver of the truck was not injured and his truck was not damaged other than a few blue smudges on his wide steel bumper.
Police say the trucker told them that it appeared to him that the driver of the blue car had been sitting in the left turn lane when she decided not to turn left and then suddenly merged into the left regular travel lane. The truck driver said he didn’t have enough time to stop to avoid hitting her.
Police say no citations were issued at the scene and that their investigation is continuing.
Completing the hugely revamped $25 million International Terminal and the runway rehabilitation project at the Newport Airport appear to be winners of the latest round of state grant funding from the state lottery dedicated to statewide economic development.
The list of the top 38 projects recommended for funding to the State Transportation Board include project #15, the repair and partial rebuild of the Newport Airport’s main runway. It’s got a big dip in it just past the midway point for planes taking off. The federal government is paying 90% of the $9 million project with the city picking up 5% of the total and now it appears the state will be picking up the other 5%, or roughly $448,000. Construction on the project won’t begin for at least a year.
The Port of Newport is also in line to win their award of $483,000 to help the port finish their $25 million International Terminal project. When complete, it will serve international and national shipping, and the commercial fishing industry. The port continues to negotiate a plan with a large log shipping company based out of Warrenton/Astoria that appears quite willing to do substantial equipment investing in the terminal should it get the contract from the port.
Oregon voters will be giving thumbs “up or down” on issues this November that should be quite familiar to us. Casino backers are trying to legalize gambling beyond Native American reservations or owned land, marijuana advocates are still trying to take marijuana off the criminal rolls, and eliminating the corporate kicker that often forces the state to give back tax revenues when total tax receipts exceed a certain level. The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.
First-grader Callista King is examined by dental hygienist Kathy Bergevin, RDH, at Toledo Elementary School, as part of the district-wide School Dental Sealant Program.
First-grade and second-grade students in Lincoln County recently participated in a state funded program that may spare them the experience of having cavities drilled and filled in a dentist’s office, and could help to ensure better dental health into their adult years.
The School Dental Sealant Program is presented by the Oregon Department of Human Services to eligible schools, including those in Lincoln County School District.
During its recent visit to Lincoln County, the Dental Sealant Program screened 256 first-graders and second-graders at Oceanlake and Taft elementary schools in Lincoln City, Crestview Heights School in Waldport, Sam Case Primary School in Newport, and Toledo Elementary School. Of these students, 185 received dental sealant on their molars. The total value of sealants provided was $26,418.
Dental sealant is a thin liquid-plastic applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth by a registered dental hygienist. The thin coating flows into the natural deep pits and grooves of the molars, which are difficult to reach with a toothbrush, and seals out decay-causing bacteria. The procedure is painless and requires no anesthetic. Each child’s “appointment” takes 15 to 30 minutes.
According to state health officials, 85 percent of tooth decay in permanent teeth occurs on the chewing surfaces of molars. These teeth usually come in during a child’s first- or second-grade years. Even though it is recommended that children begin regular dental visits at the age of 1, many children are unable to visit a dental office.
Approximately one-third of Oregon children have untreated decay, and some 16,000 school hours are lost each year due to dental pain and the associated dental visits. State officials say preventive dental measures done at the right time can improve oral health throughout a child’s lifetime.
CROSS-CONTINENT JAZZ WITH TUNNEL SIX, JUNE 22 AT THE LINCOLN CITY CULTURAL CENTER
LINCOLN CITY – Tunnel Six, a modern jazz band with members from throughout North America, is making an 11-city tour through the Northwest U.S. and Western Canada this month. One of the cities is Lincoln City, where Tunnel Six will be performing on Friday, June 22.
Comprised of several young modern jazz artists, each notable band leaders in their own right, Tunnel Six has grown from a collective group of friends at the Banff Centre into a deeply intertwined musical unit capable of connecting with a wide array of audiences on a deep and emotional level.
This year, the group will capture the spirit of their live performances with a follow-up recording to their internationally-released first album, “Lake Superior.” “Every time we get together, it’s an incredible experience and one I always look forward to,” guitarist Brian Seligman writes. “Each year, with six guys this gifted, and moving in so many directions… there never fails to be some deep musical moments that can only happen when everyone’s on the same page, with the same goals.”
“Lake Superior,” released last March on Seattle-based OA2 Records, was listed on eMusic’s top 100 releases of 2011, “right above the new Britney Spears album,” which the band’s pianist Andrew Oliver is quick to point out. His pride is instantly understandable. One of his compositions (the title track) garnered him an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Award. Dave Sumner of “All About Jazz” wrote that the album was a “transcendant moment, almost spiritual.” Ken Dryden of the “All Music Guide” was similarly effusive, giving the album four stars, and noting that the “interaction between them sounds as if they’ve been playing together for far longer.”
Seligman is from Toronto, and Oliver is from Portland. The rest of the band is Ben Dietchi (Toronto, saxophone); Chad McCullough (Seattle, trumpet); Ron J (Halifax, bass) bass; and Tyson Stubelek (New York City, drums).
Tunnel Six will play at 7 pm at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. To purchase, call 541-994-9994.
The Lincoln City Cultural Center offers performances, fine arts, art classes and visitor information inside the historic Delake School building. June’s event calendar includes “The Art of the Kite” in conjunction with the Lincoln City Summer Kite Festival and the annual visitation by the Missoula Children’s Theatre, June 25-30.