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Americana quintet to play at friendship hall

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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.

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A Love for Reptiles

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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.

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The Cheeseburgers cover Jimmy Buffett Sunday

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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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Walking program aims to become statewide model

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Roger Mitchell (left) and Chetco Activity Center administrative assistant Scott Clapson stroll through Azalea Park during Monday’s afternoon session of the Walk with Ease program. The group meets at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at Azalea Park.

Every Monday and Wednesday, a group of senior citizens get together for what appears to be a leisurely stroll through Azalea Park.

What might appear as a casual walk to the outsider is actually a program dedicated to increasing the health of Curry County senior citizens as well as becoming a model for similar programs statewide.

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Reasoning with Spencer Reynolds

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Spencer Reynolds shows and sells his work at festivals throughout the year. Submitted photo.

Spencer Reynolds won’t paint burgers. But maybe he should. They’re gorgeous things.

And he’s just ordered one, medium-well with extra avocado, from Raymond Ross, owner of the Vista Pub. 

On the black cinderblock wall by Reynolds’ table is his 4-by-4 painting of Natural Bridges, a picturesque spot 11 miles north of Brookings. But it’s not the view commonly photographed. 

“It’s a little more dangerous to see,” said Reynolds, 41. “You have to almost hang off the cliff to get that angle.”

The piece was commissioned by Ross, who has displayed Reynolds’ art since the pub’s birth in 2011.

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