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Record returns: Annual Winchuck chicken barbecue, auction raises $7,500

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Ed Gross looks at a meat thermometer to check the temperature of the chicken while Rory Smith looks on and other volunteers help maintain the alder wood fire.

It was a record amount of funds received from the annual Winchuck Volunteers’ Chicken Barbecue and Auction — $7,500.

“The work of the (Winchuck) Volunteers, the beautiful weather and the generosity of our donors made this a very successful day,” said Winchuck Fire Department Chief Bill Hauer.

“We served all 500 pieces of chicken, many more than last year,” Hauer said. 

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Harbor theater raising funds to match foundation grant

Brookings Harbor Community Theater is seeking the public’s help in raising enough money to take advantage of a matching grant being offered by another nonprofit organization.

The Brookings Harbor Education Foundation (BHEF) will give the theater $1,000 if the theater raises the same amount itself by Sept. 30.

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Traveling the state: The Watercolor Society of Oregon’s (WSO) 51st Aqueous Media Show will be hosted

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“Translucent Light” by Angela Grainger of Portland.

The Watercolor Society of Oregon’s (WSO) 51st Aqueous Media Show will be hosted by the Pelican Bay Arts Association (PBAA) and on exhibit at the Manley Art Center in Brookings.

A reception will be during today’s (Sept. 12) Second Saturday Art Walk from 3 to 6 p.m. 

The exhibition, which opened Aug. 31, continues through Sept. 28. The gallery is at 433 Oak St., and paintings are on display from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

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Tsunami Swing performs Sunday at Azalea amphitheater

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The 16-piece Tsunami Swing Band will perform music from the big band era, 1960s jazz and contemporary pop stating at 1 p.m. Sunday as part of the free Summer Concerts in the Park series at Azalea Park in Brookings.

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. 

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MDA Car Show raises $4,400

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A 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air, owned by Bill and Sue Craft, won a first place best in class award as well as an award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

SMITH RIVER — More than 100 cars were on display — a few designed to exceed 200 mph, and many more intended to be driven closer to the speed limit — during the MDA Car Show.

The event gives car buffs a chance to show off their prizes and raises funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). A total of $4,400 was raised for the association. According to Tom Lee, show coordinator for the Curry County Cruisers, registration fees raised $2,300, T-shirt sales totaled $1,010, raffle tickets garnered $800 and a 50/50 drawing brought in $290.

“There are always more donations that come in over the next week or so and more shirts will be sold, also,” Lee said.

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