Barrel to Keg Race

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Sign up soon for the Barrel To Keg relay race on Saturday, July 18th, 2015. This “Race Against Poverty” starts at the Harris Bridge Vineyard west of Philomath and finishes at Rogue Ales Brewery in Newport. The route runs through 69 miles of some of the most beautiful back roads of the Oregon coast range. Anyone can run or walk this relay! Teams of two to seven people will run 69 miles or walk 35 miles. The entry fee is $55 per person. Don’t worry if you don’t have a team, we’ll get you matched up! Solo ultra runners are welcome, too. Proceeds from the race benefit Community Services Consortium, a public nonprofit organization that has been helping the people of Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties overcome poverty for over 30 years. Visit CSC at: Community Services Consortium.

Our Favorites: Oregon Coast’s Largest Firework Show

The sea lions weren’t the only things making noise in Yaquina Bay last week!

One of our favorite things about living in Newport, Oregon is the annual 4th of July firework show — one of the Central Oregon Coast’s largest. This year we’re extra excited because a video is currently being produced that sends a drone into the heart of the production — both behind the scenes and into the actual exploding fireworks.

We recently discovered this project, produced by a video production group called “Uncage the Soul.” You might recognize them as the group behind the popular Portland video titled “Yesterday’s Tomorrow – A Portland Journey,” contrasting the city’s past and present.

The new completed video appears to showcase some of our favorite landmarks in Newport and around South Beach (like the Yaquina Bay Bridge, Rogue Brewing) as the backdrop to the firework show. The completed video will be available to view online beginning July 14th at the Discover Newport website. Until then, enjoy this promo video that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the technology and experts involved in creating one of the largest fireworks shows on the Central Oregon Coast:

Discover Newport – A July 4th Experience from Uncage the Soul Productions on Vimeo.

CHA’s 5th Annual Newport Celtic Festival & Highland Games

From Discover Newport:

Organized by the Celtic Heritage Alliance, the Newport Celtic Festival & Highland Games is one of many year-round events which support its ongoing mission to promote and preserve Celtic culture on the Oregon coast.

Each summer, visitors from all over the Pacific Northwest flock to Newport, Oregon to join in this celebration of Celtic culture which spans the seven Celtic nations of Brittany, Cornwall, Galicia, Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland & Wales.

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Flippers, Feathers & Fins 5K (& Kids’ Dash)

From Discover Newport:

5k Start: 8:00 AM
Kids Dash Start: Approx. 8:40 AM
@ the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Come for a race, stay for an aquarium adventure! Every participant in the 3rd Annual Flippers, Feathers and Fins 5k and Kids Dash will not only take part in a fun race, they will receive free entry to the Oregon Coast Aquarium for the rest of the day and a race medal to show off their accomplishment!

This 5K (3.1 mile) route will start and end at the Oregon Coast Aquarium and includes running through the Aquarium to the finish line. This event is perfect for the speedy, the slow and everyone in between. The Flippers, Feathers and Fins 5k seeks to promote healthy lifestyles on the coast and proceeds will benefit animal care programs at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

The Kids Dash is a fun way to get kids ages 2-9 involved in their first race too, teaching them about fitness and giving them a chance to cross a real finish line. This closed course is perfect for your little athlete.

Winners Announced: 9:15 AM

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9th Annual Brewer’s Memorial Ale Festival

Brewers Memorial Ale Festival is an annual event created in memory of Rogue Brewmaster John Maier’s faithful companion Brewer, who passed away on May 20, 2006.

Dates & Times:
Friday, May 15 4pm-10pm
Saturday, May 16 12pm-10pm

Brewer grew up in the brewery and eventually rose to the rank of CEO of Rogue Ales.

This dog-friendly brew festival is held inside the Rogue Ales Brewer’s on the Bay in Newport, Oregon and includes:
50+ Microbrews
Live Music
Doggy Musical Chairs
Dog Wash
Dog Dancing
Celebrity dog look-alikes (Rin-Tin-Tin, Lassie, Benji and of course, Brewer)

To learn more or volunteer, call (503) 241-3800.

More info available on Rogue’s Facebook page Brewer’s Memorial Ale Fest.

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Wilder Buzz: Construction Begins on Solar-Powered Coffee Shop Building

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A new mixed-use building is coming to Wilder, anchored by a coffee shop, and featuring an upper floor designed to accommodate two small businesses.

With its gable, shed roofs and garage door windows, the coffeehouse will have a “new urbanism” feel with a blend of residential and neo traditional forms in keeping with the rest of the Wilder neighborhood in South Beach. Designed to create a place where friends and neighbors come together, the building is the first to be built within the Wilder Village Center.

The perfect coffee shop tenant will have the opportunity to serve residents of South Beach, students and faculty from nearby Oregon Coast Community College and Hatfield Marine Science Center, and others who come to South Beach for the marine-related institutions on the Peninsula or to enjoy Wilder’s public trails, dog park and disc golf course. The coffee shop space is designed to be expandable for a full-service restaurant. Initially about one third of the ground floor space could be available for other tenants.

Solar power on the Oregon Coast?
The sustainable design, including day lighting, high-efficiency heating and cooling, and high performance building skin will result in a dramatic reduction in energy use. In fact, the combination of high-efficiency building methods, solar panels on the roof and battery storage will require hardly any use from public utilities for heating and cooling most of the year, and will even provide temporary power should the grid go down.

For More Information.To inquire about the leasing the coffee shop or any of the other spaces, please contact Bonnie Serkin:; 503.221.0167.

Building Details:

  • 2,600 sq. ft. on lower level, with covered area for outside seating;
  • 1,360 sq. ft. upper floor with vaulted spaces that incorporate skylights and transoms to allow natural light into the offices;
  • Located on Harborton St. and College Way as part of the Wilder Village Center;
  • Construction expected to be completed just after New Year’s, 2016.

(Lower Level – Click the Image for an Expanded View)

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(Upper Level – Click the Image for an Expanded View)

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Williams Lecture Series at OCCC: Wilder Resident Virginia Gibbs on Immigration and American Values

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Wilder resident, author, and professor, Virginia Gibbs, will be speaking as part of the Williams Lecture Series at Oregon Coast Community College, which is directly adjacent to the Wilder neighborhood.

Here is the full description of the event from

williams lecture series: IMMIGRATION

Virginia Gibbs, author of Shattered Dreams, to speak

On Friday, April 24, Virginia Gibbs will present a compelling discussion about immigration at Oregon Coast Community College’s Central County Campus in Newport.

The talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at 400 SE College Way in Newport, and is part of the Oregon Coast Community College Foundation’s ongoing Williams Lecture Series.

Gibbs, an author and professor emerita of Spanish now living in Newport, will present a brief overview of current US immigration as part of a worldwide phenomenon, along with an overview of immigration history in U.S. with particular reference to Hispanic and Latino immigration and the Western U.S.

The talk will also include a review of current immigration laws, different kinds of visas, Dreamers, executive orders and more, and how they apply here in Lincoln County.

Gibbs said the talk will also address “how these conform to our values as a country of laws,” as well as “how families and children are affected by immigration and current immigration policy. Is what we do in line with family values as we honor them in our country?”

“What are our values,” Gibbs said her talk will ask, “and how do they conflict with our policies? Can we find a way to create an immigration system that respects our values and those of immigrant families?”

Gibbs is the author of “Shattered Dreams: The Story of a Historic I.C.E. Raid in the Words of the Detainees.” The book chronicles the infamous raid on an agricultural processing facility in Postville, Iowa.

Copies of the book will be available at the presentation.

Gibbs moved to the Oregon Coast two years ago and has been a volunteer with Centro de Ayuda and The Immigration Information Response Team.

The OCCC Central Campus is located at 400 SE College Way in Newport. For more information, visit or call 541-867-8501.


Wendy Williams created the Williams Lecture Series in 1993 in honor of her husband, William Appleman Williams, a noted historian. Williams was known as the “Father of Revisionist History.” He taught American diplomatic history and foreign policy for over 30 years as OSU. His last teaching assignment was at OCCC, where he taught maritime history. Ms. Williams made a donation to the OCCC Foundation to create a fund for the lectures.