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Interpretive programs create fun at Harris Beach

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Michael Penny tells stories of Native American life and gets children playing drums and the audience singing songs during Thursday night’s program at Harris Beach State Park.

Interpretive programs are keeping people busy who visit Harris Beach State Park during the summer months.

Programs have ranged from presentations about tidepools to the St. George Reef Lighthouse and musical entertainment.

Most programs and walks meet at program area by camp space C-22. Interpretive programs let people explore the park’s natural and recreational opportunities firsthand. Summer interpretive programs, led by Ranger Angela Stewart, are offered by interpretive staff and run from Memorial Day weekend through September on Tuesdays through Saturdays.

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Dune wildflowers

A week after inviting Del Norters to pull up European beach grass, the Redwood Parks Association and Tolowa Dunes Stewards will host an activity that focuses on the dune’s wildflowers.

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Swarm rescue

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Jim Sorber uses a bee brush to persuade bees to fly from off a cabinet where they had taken up residence.

A swarm of honeybees was rescued and relocated after an exterminator called members of the Oregon South Coast Beekeepers Association (OSCBA) for assistance.

While attending the Azalea Festival late Saturday afternoon, a call came from Bug-e-Boyz saying that a swarm of bees had moved into a cabinet on the outside of a home up Hunter Creek. The owners were allergic to bee stings and wanted the bees removed as soon as possible. They were identified as honeybees, not wasps or yellow jackets. A swarm rescue was in order.

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Local plays open

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Silveria: A passion for ice cream, mentoring

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Harbor resident Pat Silveria mentored many teens who worked at her ice cream shop.

Pat Silveria decided to retire from a life of accounting — for one of ice cream.

She and her sister, Willa, wanted to own their own business. It had to be something the area didn’t already have, in a place that was up-and-coming and one through which they could give back to the community.

The answer was ice cream, and the name would be Slugs n’ Stones n’ Ice Cream Cones, a name that piqued the curiosity of their 76-year-old aunt from a list of names Silveria had crafted in her dreams one night.

And the perfect location was — or would become — the Port of Brookings Harbor. 

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