Cleaning meadow

If the thought of entering a crowded store this Black Friday brings you out in a cold sweat, there are plenty of good excuses to spend the day outside instead — with free fishing throughout the state on Friday and Saturday; and a Green Friday cleanup in Lincoln City.

Oregon Fish and Wildlife hosts annual Free Fishing Days the two days after Thanksgiving. That means on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29 and 30, no fishing licenses or tags are required to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon.

Although no licenses or tags are required, all other fishing regulations apply including closures, bag limits and size restrictions. See the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations to find out more.

And on Friday, Nov. 29, Lincoln City Parks & Rec will be hosting a Green Friday event, cleaning up the stretch of NW 40th Street from Highway 101 to Chinook Winds Casino Resort. The group will have bags, gloves and trash pickers available.

If time allows, members will head to the NW 40th beach access for some beach litter pick up, too.

The event will run from noon to 2 pm, with volunteers meeting at NW 40th Street, just west of Hwy 101. Parking is available at the casino in the Marketing lot, or below the RV parking area.

Raffles prizes will be awarded to volunteers and, after the work is done, Black Squid Beerhouse will give $1-per-pint discounts on beer for everyone who lent a hand.

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