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Music festival last held in 2003 revived
August 29, 2014 10:03 pm

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More than 10 years ago, families jammed to live tunes in the shade of the trees at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

This year, the Del Norte Child Care Council will resurrect its music festival on Saturday, Sept. 6, but instead of “Jammin’ at Jed,” folks will be “Rockin’ at Rowdy” to local bands, eating local food and browsing through the booths of local vendors.

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A Community Welcome: New teachers, staff introduced at annual breakfast
August 26, 2014 09:42 pm

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Arlis Steele, Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce executive director, lower right, stands with new teachers and staff at Brookings-Harbor School District.

New teachers and staff were welcomed by more than 500 people who attended the 31st annual Back-To-School Community Breakfast Monday morning at Brookings-Harbor High School.

The school’s cafeteria staff set out berries, yogurt, granola, waffles, sausages, and biscuits and gravy for the public to have a feast.

After everyone served themselves, Jerry Law of the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce introduced the new staff — first Kalmiopsis Elementary School, then Azalea Middle School and finally BHHS. A total of 31 new staff members have joined Brookings-Harbor School District.

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‘The Secret Garden’: A production for the entire family
August 26, 2014 09:39 pm

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Colin (Alex Adams) is challenged by Mary Lennox (Katie Schaller), right, to take a chance to live a little while his nurse (Lillie Thomas) looks on.

GOLD BEACH — “The Secret Garden” — a delightful, imaginative novel written by Frances Hodgson Burnett and adapted for the stage by Tim Kelly — is being staged by the Ellensburg Theater Company (ETC) at the Rogue Playhouse in Gold Beach. 

The show is directed by Valerie MacGillivary, produced by Geri Kendall, with musical direction courtesy of Anna Weidemiller.

The result? This well-done play is a perfect outing for the entire family just as children are scheduled to go back to school.

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Music for everyone
August 22, 2014 09:55 pm

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John Webster conducts Curry-Del Norte Orchestra during Azalea Park concert earlier this summer.

Longtime music teacher John Webster knows that one is never too old to learn to play a band instrument.

That’s why Webster, with the help of Southwestern Oregon Community College, has launched the New Horizons Band project. It will offer adults a chance to play concert band instruments such as clarinet, saxophone, oboe and flute. The band will not include string instruments.

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Canadian group performs Sunday in Azalea Park
August 22, 2014 09:53 pm

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The acoustic quartet West My Friend will perform in Azalea Park band shell Sunday.

The Canadian four-piece acoustic band West My Friend will play everything from indie-roots to chamber-folk, with a healthy dose of four-part harmonies during an American Music Festival concert at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Azalea Park amphitheater.

West My Friend songs feature “well-crafted and clever lyrics, acrobatic mandolin riffs, flawless bass lines, and richly textured accordion,” according to the band’s website.

The band members, each of whom have a wealth of experience and classical training, are Eden Oliver, vocals, guitar and flute; Alex Rempel, mandolin and vocals; Jeff Poynter, accordion and vocals, and Adam Bailey, stand-up bass and vocals.

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