For most people, dancing in front of a crowd is anything but plain sailing. But for Don and Linda Chapin, a journey of dancing discovery will also involve a little side excursion on the waters of Yaquina Bay.

The duo are one of seven couples taking part in this year’s Dancing with the Coastal Stars — a benefit performance that sees bighearted contestants take to the stage to raise funds for the Samaritan House family homeless shelter.

In order to raise additional funds for the cause, the Chapins are inviting people to Cruise with the Stars aboard the Marine Discovery Tours vessel on Saturday, Sept. 14. The evening will include a cruise of Yaquina Bay and the Yaquina River served up alongside appetizers and beverages.

“Fran Mathews has so kindly donated the Marine Discovery Tours boat for this event and cause, of which we are so grateful,” Linda said. “Every dollar goes directly to the Samaritan House to benefit their program, and is tax deductible for you.”

Tickets, $50 or $85 for couples, are available at

Cruisers should arrive at Marine Discovery Tours on Newport’s Historic Bayfront by 5:15 pm on Saturday, Sept. 14, to set sail in style.

The big event

Taking place on Friday, Sept. 27, Dancing with the Coastal Stars will see seven local couples summon their courage and take their newly learned dance moves to the stage at the Newport Performing Arts Center.

Each couple practices for months with volunteer dance instructors who help them create a uniquely choreographed routine to the dance style and music of their choosing. As they compete, judges weigh in on their performance, with the highest scoring couple going home with the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy.

“We are really excited about this year’s show,” said event co-chair Angela Nebel. “Our seven couples have committed countless hours to making this an entertaining program. They truly are taking volunteerism to an entirely new level.”

Dance teams include the following couples:

• Steve and Bunny Dooher: Steve is a retired pharmacist and Bunny recently retired from Roby Furniture.

• Kelly Gutierrez and Kyle Rickard: Kelly works at Local Ocean and Kyle works with the City of Newport Public Works.

• Minda Stiles and Itchung Cheung, of Hatfield Marine Science Center.

• Dustin and Amanda Capri, owners of Capri Architecture.

• Andy and Sarah Albright: Andy is the pastor at Newport Church of the Nazarene and Sarah is a counselor with the Lincoln County School District.

• Joe and Chasse Davidson: Joe is the Lincoln County Assessor and Chasse owns Toledo Clayworks.

• Don Chapin and Linda Yapp Chapin: Don owns and directs Crossroads and Linda owns the Nye Beach Montessori School.

Volunteering as instructors and choreographers are Bonnie Prater, Heidi Rivers, Gidget Manucci-Ashley, Kyra Blank, Helyn Layton, Sophia Solano and Art Moore.

The event starts with hors d’oeuvres and beverages at 6:30 pm, followed by the show at 7:30 pm.

Tickets, $50 plus ticketing fees, are available at

For more information about Samaritan House, go to

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