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Celebrating the Fourth

A large firework set off at Wednesday night’s demonstration appears to be an erupting volcano.

Food and fireworks will highlight Fourth of July festivities at the Port of Brookings Harbor today.

A few festivities have already begun, including a fireworks show at the Living Waters Foursquare Church’s Crackle Jax fireworks stand at South Coast Center.

Harbor Fire Department volunteers set off fireworks, demonstrating what the products sold at the tent look like.


Ukulele raffle benefits music organizations

A handmade ukulele, the creation of Pistol River craftsman Les Stansell, is being raffled. The winner will be announced Aug. 16. Submitted photo.

Two Curry County-based music nonprofits are raffling a custom-made, $2,000 ukulele that will be awarded during the Wild Rivers Music Festival in Brookings this August.

“The fundraiser will benefit both organizations in their efforts to provide local music events and music education in the schools,” said ukulele builder Les Stansell, of the Pistol River Concert Association (PRCA).

The PRCA has joined with the Brookings-based Stagelights Musical Arts Community, which is hosting the Wild Rivers Music Festival on Aug. 15-16 at the Azalea Park ballfield.


Americana quintet to play at friendship hall

The Houston Jones Band will perform in Pistol River Saturday. Submitted photo.

The Pistol River Concert Association announces the appearance of The Houston Jones Band at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at the Pistol River Friendship Hall, 24252 Carpenterville Road.  

Houston Jones is a California-based Americana quintet.  Formed in 2001, the band performs original repertoire that ranges from bluegrass and folk to blues and gospel.


A Love for Reptiles

The largest turtle, which took two people to lift, was presented outside and was allowed to be touched by visitors to the program.

Chetco Community Public Library became a menagerie of people and critters Friday when Mary Esther Hart, founder of the International Reptile Rescue in Canby, showed a variety of animals.

There was standing-room only in the large meeting room as children sat on the floor at the front, their attention drawn to the many reptiles Hart showed — snakes, dragons, alligators, turtles.


The Cheeseburgers cover Jimmy Buffett Sunday

The Cheeseburgers will perform at the Azalea Park bandshell.

The Cheeseburgers, Oregon’s most popular Jimmy Buffett tribute band, will perform fan favorites, original tunes and danceable rock and roll at Brookings’ free Summer Concerts in the Park series at 1 p.m. Sunday at Azalea Park.

The concerts, presented by sponsor Rogue Credit Union, typically draw crowds of 300 to 500 people who bring blankets and lawn chairs to the park’s natural amphitheater. 

The Cheeseburgers are named for the iconic Jimmy Buffett tune “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” According to the band’s website, their songs tell stories of boats, bars, beaches, babes and questionable behavior. The band is comprised of six vocalists, keyboard, guitars, bass and drums.


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