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Winter Whale Watch Week begins Monday


Read more...Bring your binoculars, rain gear and a pair of sunglasses to the beach next week to see gray whales migrating to Mexico. 

It’s Winter Whale Watch Week along the Wild Rivers Coast.

“Most of the migration is within five miles of shore, so you can pretty much see them all the time from shore,” Oregon State Park Ranger Linda Taylor said. 



Azalea princesses for 2012: Five to prepare for scholarship pageant


The Pilot/Submitted photo.

The Azalea Pageant board has selected five girls to serve as Azalea Princesses for 2012 – Jaime Alto, Roxanne Gothard, Louie Deraita, Emerald Rose Dodson and Breanna Moen.

During the next four months, the princesses will be preparing for the Azalea Scholarship Pageant, scheduled in early May. There, one will be crowned queen and reign over the annual Azalea Festival scheduled for Memorial Day weekend.



Santas spread holiday cheer: Residents don holiday costumes, visit nursing homes


Moira Fossum, right, helps a Chetco Inn resident blow bubbles. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting

Brookings residents put on Santa Claus suits, dressed as his elves and donned angel costumes to spread cheer to nursing homes Saturday.

The annual event, hosted by Brookings-Harbor Lions Club and Chetco Federal Credit Union, attracted about a dozen people who traveled aboard the Dollar Dog bus to sing Christmas carols.



Trains in Toyland Christmas display running on track


Mattie Keffer looks at model building of Mattie’s Pancake House, which she founded and sold to the current owners Dale and Jackie Rettke, one of the newest sponsors of the display. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting

This year’s Trains in Toyland is bigger than any previous railroad display put together by the Stout Mountain Railway.

The model railroad display with a Christmas theme is inside the vacant storefront between Pharmacy Express and Shop Smart in the Brookings-Harbor Shopping Center in Harbor. There are more than a dozen trains on the tracks, with about eight running at any one time. 

“I had them all running at once, but they became too hard to keep track of,” said Tony Parrish, lead organizer of the display. “We had a few crashes.”



Tickets on sale for Rock the Redwood New Year's Concert

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The epicenter for New Year’s Eve fun in Brookings on Saturday, Dec. 31, will be at the Redwood Theater, where a major rock show for all ages will feature two bands, special effects and some high-priced raffle prizes.

The event, billed as “Rock the Redwood New Year’s Eve Concert,” is schedule from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. and will feature the Eugene-based Eastman Band, winner of this year’s Last Band Standing competition. The opening act is South Coast’s up-and-coming rock band Tsunamic.

Tickets are $5 for young people; $8 for those 18 and older. The event is presented by the nonprofit Stagelights Musical Arts Community.



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