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April Oregon Coast Highlights: Science, Music Fests, Star Trek/Seinfeld Actress

Published 03/30/2017 at 5:43 AM PDT - Updated 03/30/2017 at 5:33 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

April's Oregon Coast Highlights Include Outdoors, Science, Music Fests, TV Star

(Oregon Coast) – When it comes to event highlights, April is one big shimmering calendar along the Oregon coast. There's a bundle of outdoorsy special events, a couple of major music festivals (one which involves lots of birds - hint, hint), an appearance by one of Oregon's most esteemed band directors, and a couple of towns will drop some amazing science on you. There's even an appearance by a famed actress who worked on Seinfeld and two Star Trek series.

April 9 the North Coast Symphonic Band performs in Astoria with the program Muy Caliente. Local players will heat things up with an afternoon of spicy Latin-influenced music. The show is directed by Dr. Dave Becker. He retired from his director position at Lewis & Clark College a few years back, and then moved to Oregon coast part time. He continues to adjudicate or guest conduct music festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada and serves on the Executive Board of the Oregon Music Education Association. In 2017, Becker and his wife Kathy will lead their twelfth Oregon Ambassadors of Music European Concert Tour with over 300 band and choir students and staff from more than 100 Oregon high schools. Call or visit website for ticket info. 2 p.m. Liberty Theater, 1203 Commercial St. Astoria, Oregon. 503-325-5922.

On April 8 it's Marine Science Day. The Hatfield Marine Science Center will open its doors for a behind-the-scenes peek at the cutting-edge research, education and outreach in marine sciences that makes this marine laboratory unique. Meet researchers from Oregon State University and five government agency partners. Explore with interactive science displays presented by marine scientists and special family-friendly activities by Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Hatfield Marine Science Center. 2030 SE Marine Science Drive. Newport, Oregon. 541-867-0100.

April 22 – 23 brings the Crab Feed & Wooden Boat Show to Depoe Bay. Feast on fresh Dungeness and get a gander at an array of handcrafted vessels. Raffles, boat building, and a Ducky Derby will be part of the festivities. Depoe Bay Community Hall. 220 SE Bay St. Depoe Bay, Oregon. 541-270-3944.

April 12 brings another The World of Haystack Rock lecture. This time, it's Tom Horning of Horning Geosciences, who will speak on the subject of Haystack Rock’s curious geology. There are some stunning surprises regarding what this rock formation really is. Free. 7 p.m. Cannon Beach Library. 131 N. Hemlock St, Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Above: Liz Cole on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the '90s.

On April 5, fans of Seinfeld and Star Trek will be in for a treat with Storytime for Grownups with Liz Cole. In “You’ll Understand When You’re Older,” Famed actress Liz Cole shares stories from our childhood that continue to resonate well into adulthood. Cole played a few roles on Star Trek: the Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. In the latter, she made a strong appearance as a Romulan military commander. Also in the '90s, she was a periodic guest on Seinfeld, best known for being Elaine's judgemental coworker in the “Suzy” arcs. Hoffman Center. 594 Laneda Ave. Manzanita, Oregon. 503-368-3846.

On April 1, 2, 29 and 20, get ready to be amazed about Oregon coast tide pools. That's when a pair of local beach experts will be leading Lincoln City's Tide Pool Clinics, a guided search for fascinating finds in the rocky areas close to the tideline. When the tide gradually recedes along the beach, exposed rocks reveal small pools of water where colorful, exotic creatures reside. Sea stars live side by side with sea anemones, sea urchins and a wide array of creatures stuffed into a small space, creating a cornucopia of colors that surrounds the rocky shores. April 1 at 10:30 a.m., April 2 at 11:30 a.m., April 29 at 9 a.m. and April 30 at 10 a.m. Clinics are held at the NW 15th Street beach access in Lincoln City, one of the most accessible locations for tide pooling on the Oregon coast. For more information on the Tide Pool Clinics, call 800-452-2151 or visit

April 6 is Surfrider Foundation’s Surf ’n’ Stewardship Film Series. The Oregon coast has now reached the 50-year anniversary of Oregon’s Beach Bill and to mark the occasion the Surfrider Foundation presents A Plastic Ocean, a movie about scientific efforts to rid the oceans of plastic. 6:30 p.m. Rogue Brewers on the Bay. 2320 SE Marine Science Drive. Newport, Oregon.

April 22 to 23 brings the 13th Annual Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival. Spend the weekend or just a day at the 13th Annual Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival. Attend nature presentations, guided birding field trips, a live blues concert, and more. On Friday, free events that include a children's art activity, live birds of prey presentation, and albatross presentation. Keynote speaker is Paul Bannick who will speak about his new book Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls on Saturday. Later in the evening the Eugene-based Joanne Broh Band will bring out your inner funk during their live concert. Pacific City, Oregon.

April 28 – 30. Rainspout: Yachats Music Festival. For three days this cozy coastal town will play host to an assortment of musical ensembles, ranging from jazz to hootenanny. Friday features The Barbara Dzuro Quartet and the Biondi-Russel Band (featuring a tribute to Etta James.) Saturday hots a jam at 11 a.m., The New Folksters, a one-man band, and Mike and Carleen McCornack. On Sunday you'll find a performance by Fiddling Big Sue. Call or visit website for ticket info. Yachats Commons, at 441 N. Coast Hwy 101 (between 4th and 5th on Hwy 101) Yachats, Oregon. 541-265-2514.

On April 22, the Surf & Earth Party in Lincoln City asks: “Can we welcome back the good weather yet?” Plan to attend this first-ever citywide celebration marking the kickoff of ocean-sports season. Food, live music, a surf movie, and vendors will be on hand to keep spirits high. Free. 6 p.m. Lincoln City Cultural Center. Highway 101. Lincoln City, Oregon. 541-994-9994.

On April 28 to 30, it's the Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood, & Wine Festival. For three whole days anyone with a taste for coastal cuisine and valley vino is welcome to sample some premium delicacies. Throw in music and cunning craftwork and you’ve got a full afternoon of fun. Friday 4-9 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 92937 Walluski Loop. Astoria, Oregon. Oregon Coast Hotels for these events - Where to eat - Maps - Virtual Tours

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