Oregon Coast Aquarium Kicks Off New Exhibit with Spookiness
(Newport, Oregon) – The big Halloween celebration at Oregon Coast Aquarium is the kickoff to the facility’s newest exhibit of Turkey Vultures. It’s a week of celebrations, October 25 to 31, also with the goal of collecting food donations for Food Share of Lincoln County.
Two new turkey vultures have arrived at the Aquarium and will go on exhibit in their permanent aviary October 30. The turkey vultures, male and female siblings, are rescued birds from the Raptor Education group in Antigo, Wisconsin. The public is being asked to submit names for the birds in a turkey vulture naming contest.
“The main goal for the event is to collect food for Food Share of Lincoln County,” said Cindy Hanson, Aquarium Public Relations Manager. “This year we are hoping to meet an increased demand for food during these challenging economic times.” Donations of non perishable food items will be accepted at the Aquarium.
Nancy Smith, Director of Food Share of Lincoln County, also encourages cash donations.
“I don’t know if many people realize how far a dollar goes. A $10 donation will buy 50 pounds of food!” Smith said she hopes the event will help to bring awareness about its mission; to alleviate hunger in Lincoln County. “This event will go a long way toward getting the community involved in the effort in a fun and meaningful way.”
Food Share of Lincoln County is a community based nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting hunger. It was founded in 1981 and serves six independent food pantries, four meal sites and six supplemental nutrition programs throughout Lincoln County. The people who use food pantries include children, working families, the elderly, retired, disabled and the homeless members of our community.
Halloween Harvest Festival activities range from story telling to pumpkin carving and costume contests to a turkey vulture naming contest. The Oregon Coast Aquarium is building a turkey vulture aviary slated to open with live turkey vultures in the month of October. The Aquarium’s aviculturists will choose the winning names for the turkey vultures.
The Halloween Harvest Festival is sponsored by the Newport News-Times, Yaquina Bay Communications and Dennis McManus, Jr., C.P.A.
Halloween Harvest Festival Schedule:
All Week, October 25 – 31: Turkey Vulture Naming Contest: (box in lobby to submit name entries). Food Drive: Receptacles in lobby and front of Aquarium. The entire Aquarium will be decked out in a colorful autumn theme. Count the candy corn contest with prize for winning entry. Aquarium scavenger hunt with prizes.
Thursday, October 29 through Friday, October 30: Pumpkin carving contest – public is invited to drop off entries (Winners will be selected Saturday, Oct. 31).
Thursday, October 29: Bake Sale with proceeds benefitting Lincoln County Animal Shelter.
Friday, October 30: The New Turkey Vulture Exhibit Opens
Saturday, October 31:
Admission is two items of food or pet food or $5 donation (Saturday, Oct. 31 only). Face painting. 12:30 pm - Aquarium staff and volunteer costume contest. 1:30 p.m. - Public costume contest.
Oregon Coast Aquarium. 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd. Newport, Oregon. 541.867.3474. www.aquarium.org
More Upcoming Newport Events
November 7. Oyster Cloyster Festival. Benefit for the Oregon Coast Community College Foundation. An elegant evening of fine food, wine, and live music. 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Admission: $65.00 per ticket. $125.00 per couple. The Oregon Coast Aquarium. Newport, Oregon. 541-574-7141. www.occc.cc.us/oystercloyster
November 21. Nye Beach Writers Series: ''Scribble.'' An interactive literary and dining event. Details pending. 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Newport, Oregon. www.writersontheedge.org
November 27 – 29. Porthole Players, Ltd presents: ''A Christmas Story.'' Friday & Saturday 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. Newport Performing Arts Center. 777 West Olive Street. Newport, Oregon. 541-265-ARTS. www.portholeplayers.org
December 4 – 5. Oregon Coast Aquarium Presents ''Sea of Lights.'' Ring in the holidays as the Aquarium becomes a winter wonderland surrounded by thousands of twinkling lights. Festive caroling, a Christmas village and a visit with Saint Nick. Photos by the big Christmas tree in the lobby. Hot chocolate and holiday treats. Many gift ideas in the Aquarium gift shop. 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. The Oregon Coast Aquarium. Newport, Oregon. www.aquarium.org