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Earth Day on Oregon Coast Features Festivals,
Global Warming Talks
|Newport's beaches are perfect for exploring nature on Earth Day
(Oregon Coast) – The Earth has its day in a big way
on the Oregon coast, a place where the worship of nature and all things
wild just comes with the territory.
Earth Day happens on Sunday, April 22, and it gets three
days worth of fun and frivolity in the region. There’s a three-day
festival in Cannon Beach and a Saturday full of lectures about climate
change at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.
“Earth Day at the Hatfield Marine Science Center”
starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, with a talk by Dr. Karen Shell from
the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences. Her lecture is entitled
“Uncertainty and Climate Change.”
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At 12:30 p.m., Dr. Mark Hixon, from OSU’s Department
of Zoology, will talk about “Ocean Warming: Threats to the Pacific
1:30 p.m., Dr. Peter U. Clark, from the Hatfield’s Department of
Geosciences, will talk about "Ice and sea level changes: Where are
The day rounds out with Dr. Jeffrey Shaman from the College
of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences talking about “Change, Human
Health and Local Ecology.” That begins at 3 p.m.
All the presentations are in the visitor center’s
Hennings Auditorium. Admission is free to all events. Hatfield Marine
Science Center, 2030 Marine Science Dr. Newport, Oregon. 541-867-0167.
|Haystack Rock's marine gardens
On the north coast, Cannon Beach pulls out all the stops
with the 2007 Earth, Wind & Sea Celebration, happening Friday through
Sunday, a series of events that also features the Puffin Kite Festival.
Events happen at various spots around town, but one of the centerpieces
on each of the days is low tide at Haystack Rock, where the marine gardens
sprout up when the tide is out.
Cape Property Services.
Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
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Cape. Oceanfront and ocean view , or just a short walk from the
All homes are immaculate and smoke free; some pet friendly (with
a fee). Some with broadband, indoor or outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces,
decks, and fire pits or barbecues. Call about tempting winter specials
that go until March (not valid holidays, however). www.archcaperentals.com
It all starts on Friday, just before low tide (which is
at 9:38 a.m. and is a minus one), with the Gaylord Nelson Award Reception
from 7 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Haystack Gardens. It’s an informal
reception to honor this year's recipient of the Gaylord Nelson Award,
where poster design winners and kite exhibits and kick off the celebration.
Light refreshments available. Keynote Speaker: Rep. Deborah Boone &
Diane Enright, Oregon Dept of Energy.
Saturday, low tide is a minus 0.6 at 10:30 a.m.
Three Birding Walks are scheduled to showcase the sites
within Cannon Beach that are on the Oregon
Coast Birding Trail.
The first starts at 8:30 a.m. with Ecola State Park Bird
Hike. Meet at the parking lot kiosk. A shuttle will be available from
From 9 a.m. to noon, the Haystack Rock Awareness Program
will present various programs at Haystack Rock. There’s the Haystack
Rock Intertidal Beach Program at 9 a.m. and bird talk at 10:30 a.m.
|Interesting objects found at low tide in
At 11 a.m., there’s the Earth Day Parade through
downtown Cannon beach. Join Taffy the Puffin in her electric car. The
parade forms at the intersection of Spruce & Third Streets. Everyone
is welcome on foot, bicycle or in energy efficient vehicles. Parade wanders
down Hemlock and ends at Coaster Theater.
at Cannon Beach. Beautifully wooded natural setting at quiet
south end of Cannon Beach. Great during winter storms with a new
book by the fireplace – or when the sun is out for family
fun and beach strolling. Handsome beach cottage-style architecture.
Lush flowering gardens and naturalized courtyard pond. Warm, inviting
guest rooms. Continental buffet breakfast. Warm Cookies. Family
and Pet Friendly. Welcome gifts. Smoke-free. Complimentary Wireless
Connectivity. Wine and book signing events. 800-321-6304 or 503-436-9085.
Hemlock At Surfcrest, Cannon Beach, Oregon. www.atcannonbeach.com.
At 1 p.m., the Coaster Theater hosts the Green Building
Panel & Home Tour. Bill Boone, Doug Ray and Tim Lindsey will discuss
the latest technology in green building and energy efficiency. A tour
of an affordably designed solar efficient home will follow.
A street fair gets under way at 3 p.m. at the US Bank parking
lot. Join various vendors for demonstrations, games and information that
will help you have a more earth friendly lifestyle.
On hand will be Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife,
Star of the Sea (Worm Farming Program), Environmental Toxicology Program,
Oregon Dept. of Energy, Seaside Aquarium, Western Oregon Waste, Wildlife
Rehab Center, Haystack Rock Awareness Program, Coastal Nature History
Center, King Fisher Farms, Tillamook Bay Estuary Partnership, NW Natural
Gas, North Coast Land Conservancy and the North Coast Watershed Association.
At 5:30 p.m. there’s the Downtown Lagoon Tour and
Trail Dedication, held at the Cannon Beach Chamber. Gather there for a
guided tour of the lagoon area and the dedication of the Oregon Birding
Trail. After a potluck dinner, Dawn Grafe from US Fish & Wildlife
Service, will give a talk on coastal birding.
Meanwhile, while all this is going on, the Puffin Kite
Festival is happening at the Surfsand Resort from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Start off your day by hanging out in the Surfsand’s lobby at 10
a.m. to have your face painted. Duck out to see Taffy the Puffin ride
her electric car in the Earth Day Parade, then come back at Noon and join
in on the Kids Craft Hour and create a kite made out of recycled material.
After that, it’s off to the beach to watch them fly away along with
others who will be flying that day.
all the fun, you and your kids will be ready for the Wiener Roast at 2
p.m., which is finished off with a scoop of Tillamook Ice Cream. From
3 to 4 p.m., watch the camp scholarships being handed out.
On Sunday, low tide happens at 11:27 a.m. at minus 0.1.
At noon, it’s the Ecola Creek Forest Reserve
Walk. Join Ecola Creek Watershed Council and the 2006 Gaylord Nelson Award
Recipient, Jerome Arnold, for the hike in Ecola Creek Forest. This marks
the 3rd anniversary of the Ecola Creek Forest Reserve. 503-436-2623 ext.
Beach Rentals, Lincoln City. Perfect for large family
vacations all the way down to a getaway lodging for two - with
over 25 vacation rental homes to choose from. A breathtaking collection
of craftsman or traditional beachfront homes, or oceanview houses
– from one to seven bedrooms. In various areas of Lincoln
City and overlooking the beach, with some in Depoe Bay. All kinds
of amenities are available, like hot tubs, decks, BBQ, rock fireplaces,
beamed ceilings and more. Some are new, some are historic charmers.
Lincoln City, Oregon. 1-(503)-232-5984. www.a1beachrentals.com.
Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Free, fresh baked
cookie upon check-in is just the start. All rooms beachfront and
up against Lincoln City's most famous stretch of beach: the D River.
Each room comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and
balcony or patio. Some w/ gas fireplaces, while all have a DVD Players;
movies to rent come with free popcorn. Heated indoor pool, a spa,
and this fabulous beach is lit at night. Rooms sleep from two, four
to six - including a deluxe fireplace suite. Gift certificates orspecial
occasion packages. www.dsandsmotel.com.
171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
Paradise Suites & Vacation Rentals - Seaside
Unique Luxury Accommodations in Seaside. 1BR Suites,
1BR & 2BR Duplex Units and 3BR Houses, units for 2-8 people.
Rent entire property for 20-26. Close to beach, river and Broadway
Suites are designed for two adults; vacation rental units for families.
All units have kitchen and many have fireplace, deck and jetted
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City Vacation Homes
There’s something for everyone
among this selection of wondrous homes: smaller homes with a view
to a large house that sleeps 15. All the homes are either oceanfront
or just a few steps away from the sand – all with a low
bank access and fantastic views. Most are in the Nelscott area;
one is close to the casino. You’ll find a variety of goodies,
depending on the home: fireplaces, multiple bedrooms, dishwashers,
Jacuzzis, washer/dryers, hot tubs, cable TV, VCR, barbecues; there’s
a loft in one, and another sprawling home has two apartments.
Pets are allowed in some homes – ask ahead. Each comes with
complete kitchens so you’ll have a home away from home.
Most have the seventh night free. Prices range from winter $85
to summer $230 per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com.
Rockaway Beach. All rooms are immaculate and have TV’s, VCR’s
and in-room phones with data ports. Oceanfronts all have a queen
bed, a double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace and a
private deck. Both types sleep up to four people. Others are appointed
for a two-person romantic getaway, yet still perfect for those on
a budget. Elaborate oceanfront Jacuzzi suite has two bedrooms, kitchen,
double hide-a-bed, fireplace and private deck, sleeping as many
as six. For family reunions or large gatherings such as weddings,
some rooms can connect to create two-room and three-room suites.
Some rooms are pet friendly.523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway Beach.
(503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938. www.tradewinds-motel.com
At Spanish Head, Lincoln City. Lincoln City’s only resort
hotel built right on the beach with all oceanfront rooms - nestled
against a rugged cliffside overlooking a soft, sandy beach. Dine
in penthouse restaurant and bar, for casual meal or candlelight
dinner. An array of seafood specialties, juicy steaks and other
Northwest favorites, including decadent Sunday buffet. Rooms range
from bedrooms to studios to 1-bedroom suites with microwaves and
refrigerators to full kitchens. Also, wi-fi, spa, saunas, exercise
room and year-round heated swimming pool. Kids will love the game
room and easy beach access. Full-service conference/meeting rooms
for that inspirational retreat; extensive wedding possibilities.
4009 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City. 1-800-452-8127 or 541-996-2161.
Ocean Lodge. There will not be another property built
like this in Cannon Beach in our lifetimes. Rare, premiere ocean
front location; handsome, dramatic architecture and tasteful, fun
(nostalgic) beach interiors. Overlooks Haystack Rock. 100 percent
smoke free. Imaginative special occasion packages. Massive wood
burning lobby fireplace. Library w/ fireplace, stocked with impressive
book collection. Pet and family friendly. Lavish continental buffet
breakfast. In-room fireplaces, mini-kitchens. Jacuzzi tubs in select
rooms. DVD players, complimentary movies. Morning paper. Warm cookies.
888-777-4047. 503-436-2241. 2864 Pacific Street. Cannon Beach, Oregon.
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