Film Chronicles Saving Oregon Coast Beaches for the Public
(Newport, Oregon) - A free showing of the documentary, "Politics of Sand: The Battle to Save Oregon’s Beaches for the Public," is scheduled for 2 p.m., Sunday, May 3 at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.
The film chronicles the 100-year battle to keep Oregon's beaches public. It covers three major legislative events: Gov. Oswald West’s 1913 bill to designate Oregon’s beaches as public highways; the 1967 Oregon Beach Bill supported by Gov. Tom McCall; and the 1968 campaign, known as Measure 6, which was proposed to secure the rights in Oregon's state Constitution.
The two-hour film was produced by Tom Olsen Jr., who began work on it in 2005. The film had its premiere at the NW Film & Video Festival in November 2008. Screenings on the Oregon coast in 2009 are part of the Oregon sesquicentennial celebration. Questions and discussion with the producer/director will follow the film.
Sponsors of the film include the Friends of Hatfield Marine Science Center, Lincoln County Historical Society, Coast Watch, and Surfrider Foundation. Sponsors will have table exhibits with information on their organizations.
Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center is located at 2030 SE Marine Science Dr. in Newport (south side of Yaquina Bay Bridge). For more information, call 541-265-7509 or 541-867-0226.
More Newport Events of Note
June 22 - June 25. HMSC Summer Day Camp: “Animal Adaptations”. Explore marine organisms from plankton to whales and discover the amazing adaptations they have for surviving in their environment. Ages 7 - 9. Hatfield Marine Science Center. 2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, Oregon 97365. 541-867-0159. http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu.
June 27. Hatfield Marine Science Center’s “SeaFest 2009”. Don't miss Newport's most interesting festival of the year! It's a fun-filled day of hands-on learning about the natural world. Perfect for the whole family and even better...it’s Free! http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu.
June 29 - July 2. HMSC Summer Day Camp: “Bayfront Quest Camp”. Investigate local fisheries, explore the bayfront, interview local fisheries experts, and even do some crabbing…then create a clever, clue-directed hunt called a "Quest" to share with the public. Also receive an Oregon Coast Quests Book! 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 541-867-0159. http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu.
Dining Possibilities in Newport
Village Market Bistro & Deli. In Newport’s Nye Beach district, lunch on gourmet cuisine to a beautiful view of the ocean. Specializing in cutting edge sandwiches, soups and specialty meat, cheese and veggie plates. Sandwiches (around $9) include wonders like the Tuscan Turkey (Hickory smoked turkey breast, sun dried tomatoes), Citrus grilled chicken breast or an ethereal pulled pork barbecue. You can also design your own sandwiches. Plates ($6 - $12) include artisan breads and cheeses, a luscious housemade pate, and imported meats. Try the Artichoke-Fennel-Parmesan Spread (Artichoke hearts sautéed in white wine with fennel seed and blended with fresh grated Grande Parma), for example. Fine wines from around the NW and world are sold. Generous deli assortment to take home. Specially made “beach baskets” can be ordered, with gourmet foods, cheeses, wine, etc. Open Wed – Sun, 11 a.m. to around 7 p.m. Village Market Bistro & Deli - 741 NW Third, Newport, Oregon - 541-574-9393. www.beachconnection.net/village_bistro_newport
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