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Nature's Coastal Holiday light show opens Saturday

The Pilot/Bill Schlichting

Brookings’ Nature’s Coastal Holiday, one of the largest light shows on the Oregon Coast, will begin its three-week show tonight (Dec. 3).

The 450,000 lights, set up by volunteers, have transformed Azalea Park in Brookings into a holiday wonderland of toy soldiers, candy canes, ice skaters, elk, sea creatures, flowers and more.

The show will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. daily through Dec. 24. The cost is $1 for general admission and free for children younger than 12. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 22, 23 and 24, Santa will make an appearance at the park.

Nature’s Coastal Holiday began in 1997 with 50,000 lights; then quickly grew to nearly a quarter of a million. It is now approaching half a million lights, making it one of the biggest light shows on the Oregon Coast.


Retired teacher brings music into Kalmiopsis classroom


The music notes B, A and G were repeated over and over in the classroom Tuesday morning as students at Kalmiopsis Elementary School recited, sang and played the first three notes of “Hot Cross Buns.”

The students were participating in “classroom music” with John Webster, a retired music teacher.

Webster volunteers in the fourth-grade classrooms from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday. And, thanks to the Stagelights Musical Arts Community nonprofit organization, he is teaching the students how to play the recorder.



Cape Ferrelo Fire Department Fish Fry

Brandy Chapin serves cod while Marlene King serves salad at annual Cape Ferrelo Fish Fry and Raffle. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
More than 700 people enjoyed a fish dinner and many took home prizes at the Cape Ferrelo Fish Fry and Raffle last Saturday.

After all expenses were paid, the fire department added $6,200 to its general fund, said Rich Miller, Cape Ferrelo fire chief. 


I’m thankful for …


The Pilot/Lorna Rodriguez
On Monday and Tuesday, the Curry Coastal Pilot traveled to Kalmiopsis Elementary School, Brookings Harbor Christian School, Azalea Middle School and Brookings-Harbor High School and asked students “What are you thankful for?”



Alzheimer's Disease: Friends, family hold annual vigil


Ocean Park resident John Hurt is embraced by his sister, Peggy Goergen, during candlelight vigil. Three years ago Hurt had a stroke that triggered his Alzheimer’s disease, Goergen said. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting

Victims of Alzheimer’s disease, which affects more than 5 million Americans and millions more who have been diagnosed with other forms of dementia, were remembered Sunday night during a candlelight vigil at Ocean Park, a residential care facility in Brookings.

The event was in conjunction with the National Commemorative Candle Lighting, an annual event sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. 

The candle lighting is held every November in recognition of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Local organizations, such as Ocean Park, hold ceremonies in their communities on the same day, uniting individuals from coast to coast, said Dana Maciel, a registered nurse and wellness director at Ocean Park, a residential care facility in Brookings for persons with Alzheimer’s and other dementia.



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