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For more than six decades, the picturesque harbor town of Depoe Bay has staked out its reputation as the place to go for succulent, fire-roasted salmon, served up with a smile during the community’s annual Salmon Bake. Read more

The Oregon Chapter of the American Cetacean Society will welcome Colleen Weiler of Whale & Dolphin Conservation as its guest speaker this Saturday, Sept. 21. Read more

The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology is seeking volunteers to lend a hand at the Fall Spruce Up Day, which will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Read more

Newport’s Pacific Maritime Heritage Center will welcome artist Janet Essley to the coast this Sunday, Sept. 22, for a presentation on one of the furthest migrating species in the world, the red knot sandpiper. Read more

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You’re watching a TV show and see a couple of surfers come out of the water, run up the beach then plunge their boards into the sand before sinking down onto a towel next to a beautiful woman. If you are watching the show with a surfer, odds are they will at least cringe, if not yell at the … Read more

Registration is now open for the Keiki Kowabunga Challenge, a new, all-levels surf contest from Neighbors For Kids, set to take place on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Otter Rock State Park. Read more

Lincoln County community members, treatment professionals and prevention organizations will join together in Waldport this Saturday, Sept. 21, for the Hands Across the Bridge celebration. Read more

Runners in Newport will be painting the town red — as well as yellow, blue, pink and more — when the Color the Coast 3k run gets underway this Saturday, Sept. 14. Read more

Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve and Audubon Society of Portland are looking for citizen scientists to help out with a pelican survey this Saturday, Sept. 14. Read more

Newport’s Pacific Maritime Heritage Center will welcome artist Janet Essley to the coast this Sunday, Sept. 22, for a presentation on one of the furthest migrating species in the world, the red knot sandpiper. Read more

Lincoln County community members, treatment professionals and prevention organizations will join together in Waldport this Saturday, Sept. 21, for the Hands Across the Bridge celebration. Read more

Runners in Newport will be painting the town red — as well as yellow, blue, pink and more — when the Color the Coast 3k run gets underway this Saturday, Sept. 14. Read more

Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve and Audubon Society of Portland are looking for citizen scientists to help out with a pelican survey this Saturday, Sept. 14. Read more

The Audubon Society of Lincoln City will take a trip to Oregon’s newest state park this Saturday, Sept. 14, as it heads north to the Sitka Sedge State Natural Area near Pacific City. Read more

Registration is now open for the 35th annual SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup, which will see Oregonians clean up hundreds of miles of beaches, rivers and city streets on Saturday, Sept. 21, before the fall rains wash litter and debris down waterways and out to sea. Read more

Preparations are underway for Newport’s Agate Beach Surf Classic, which will draw hopeful surfers from all over the West Coast for a weekend of big wave action from Sept. 6 through 8. Read more

Registration is now open for the annual Buccaneer Rampage Mud Obstacle Race, set for Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Newport Municipal Airport. Read more

Volunteers will descend on the oceanfront 804 Trail in Yachats this Saturday, Aug. 24, to help out at the 11th annual ivy pull, aimed at keeping the historic route clear of invasive species. Read more

Tidepools are fascinating to many, but beach ecosystems can be just as interesting to explore. Coastal ecologist Stewart Schultz will describe the life found on the shore and within the sands during his talk, “The Natural History of Northwest Beaches” at the North County Recreation District … Read more

From sea star wasting disease to ocean acidification, our coastal ecosystems are changing in ways that might test their resilience. Read more

Join MidCoast Watersheds Council for a restoration work party on Friday, Sept. 13, to help remove invasive, non-native nightshades from the riparian zone of Little Lobster Creek in the Alsea River Basin. Read more

This is the festival that commemorates all things water. Held in the picturesque town of Toledo, seven miles east of Newport, the annual Wooden Boat Festival features small-town goodness, family fun and a celebration of the craftsman heritage afloat the Yaquina River. Read more

The hidden history of Tillamook’s serene waterfront park will be the subject of a Saturday, Aug. 17, guided walking tour led by local conservationists and historians. Read more

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The Newport 60+ Adventure Van will tackle the winding road to the top of Mary’s Peak on Saturday, Aug. 24, offering the chance to enjoy spectacular views without breaking too much of a sweat. Read more

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‘There is something special about the sound of bells and shells ringing rhythmically with the soft landing of the feet of people dancing in beautifully decorated tribal wear.” Read more

One of the central coast’s most scenic drives, Yachats River Road, will be particularly scenic on Saturday, Aug. 10, when seven farms located from milepost 1 to milepost 11 open their gates to visitors. Read more

The shores of Siletz Bay will come alive with marine life, castles and characters of all kinds this Saturday, Aug. 10, as the Bay Area Merchants Association presents the Lincoln City Sandcastle Contest. Read more

Summer is in full gear and that means an explosion of educational outdoor adventures in and around Tillamook are headed your way from the Explore Nature Series. Read more

Rising abruptly from the Pacific, Cape Perpetua’s emerald forest intercepts the ocean’s life-sustaining summer fog. In the shadow of the cape where cool, clear waters pool over gravel, ideal salmon spawning grounds are formed. Off the coast, where the warm California current and the cold Ala… Read more

Looking for a healthy social activity? Join the Yachats Coastal Gems on Tuesday, Aug. 6, for a three loop walk around Depoe Bay, the charming seaside town noted for whale watching and the world’s smallest harbor. The jount will take in the harbor and two seaside residential areas with views … Read more

Habitat restoration in the Siletz River Basin will be the subject of a presentation by MidCoast Watersheds Council Coordinator Evan Hayduk on Thursday, Aug. 1. Read more

The Oregon Chapter of the American Cetacean Society is hosting its eighth annual Summer Whale Watch Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28, at Boiler Bay State Park in Depoe Bay. Read more

Lincoln City’s Connie Hansen Garden will hold its Summer Plant Sale this Saturday, July 20, offering a choice selection of perennials at affordable prices, especially suited to the coastal climate. Read more

If you’ve ever dreamed of covering the entire Oregon Coast on foot, or simply like a good coastal day hike, Trail Keepers of Oregon is helping improve the experience on the Oregon Coast Trail. Currently, 164 miles of the 425-mile trek follow roadways, mostly along the shoulder of Highway 101. Read more

Lincoln City will be sizzling this Saturday, July 13, as the Beach, Bacon and Brewfest returns for a fifth year of decadent delights at Chinook Winds Casino Resort. Read more

The 10th Annual Pacific City Beach Challenge is set for Sunday, Aug. 4, at Cape Kiwanda State Park, with proceeds benefiting the Nestucca Valley Early Learning Center. Read more

The Audubon Society of Lincoln City will be heading south this Saturday, July 13, to tackle the Alder Island Loop Trail in the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Read more

The Audubon Society of Lincoln City is inviting ambitious walkers to join in its most difficult, and often most rewarding, bird walk of the year this Saturday, Aug. 10 — tackling The Knoll at the north end of Lincoln City. Read more

Registration is open for the 10th Annual Kids Zone Classic Charity Golf Tournament, set to take place at Chinook Winds Golf Resort in Lincoln City on Saturday, July 20. Read more

Lincoln City’s long-departed Pixie Kitchen and Pixieland amusement park stick in the memory for many reasons, but none more so that founder Jerry Parks’ abiding love of children. Read more

The Gleneden Beach 4th of July Parade started in 1994, making this the 25th anniversary. But the beauty of the event, which draws thousands every year, is that it harkens to an even earlier time. Read more

The skies above Lincoln City will explode with color on Wednesday, July 3, as the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association gets a head start on Independence Day celebrations with its sixth annual fireworks display. Read more

The Nature Conservancy is looking for volunteers to lend a hand removing Canada thistle from Cascade Head Preserve just north of Lincoln City on Saturday, July 20. Read more

Kite fliers will have the D River Wayside well and truly covered this weekend, as the Lincoln City Summer Kite Festival gets underway. Read more

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Big things are happening at Chinook Winds Casino Resort in June, with 24th anniversary celebrations and a weekend conference of experts telling tales of the mystery in the forest. The subject of campfire stories for decades, Bigfoot, aka: Sasquatch, or Yeti if you’re feeling abominable, will… Read more

You are invited to jump into your little red Corvette, don your raspberry beret and party like it’s 1999 when veteran Prince tribute artist Julian Stephoni and more than a dozen other musical acts hit the stage on Friday and Saturday, June 28 and 29 for the Otis Music Festival. To add to the… Read more

If binge-watching Marie Kondo has left your garage bereft of both joy and stuff, the town of Toledo has the solution, with its popular swap meet returning this Sunday, June 23. Read more

It was going to be a banner year for the Waldport Beachcomber Days festival. With a revitalized executive board and planning committee, this much-loved weekend event promised the fun, food, music and entertainment that has brought fans to this South Lincoln County location since 1957. Read more

A town perched on the western edge of the continent, with a tavern operating since the time of the second world war and a fire truck more than half a century old and haunted by a restless spirit, is ripe for spine tingling stories. But the organizers of the “Haunted Taft: Ghost and Legends o… Read more

As the warmer weather moves in and the days get longer and brighter, the Explore Nature Series is hosting a fun line-up of events to get folks outside and enjoying the Tillamook Coast throughout June. Read more

A pair of conservation groups will join forces to remove invasive species from the site of the former Pixieland amusement park just north of Lincoln City on Friday, June 21. Read more

Low tides this Saturday, June 8, will present the perfect conditions for the first installment of Tidepool Discovery Days from Friends of Netarts Bay. Read more

Guided paddling tours of two coastal National Wildlife Refuges will be on offer free of charge throughout June and August courtesy of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Read more