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Visitors to the port’s boardwalk area can look forward to a day of live music by local bands — T

Live music, vendors, crab races and a chowder cook-off are highlights the Port of Brookings Harbor’s Crab Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today (Jan. 24).

A Dungeness crab dinner will be served from 4 to 6 p.m.

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Crab festival Saturday at the Brookings port

Live music, vendors, crab races and a chowder cook-off are highlights the Port of Brookings Harbor’s Crab Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

A Dungeness crab dinner will be served from 4 to 6 p.m.

Visitors to the port’s boardwalk area can look forward to a day of live music by local bands — The Mudsharks and Second Bridge — as well as DJ services provided by Stagelights Musical Arts Community. 

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The Best on Stage

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Bj Farris and Lon Goddard are all smiles after receiving awards for Best Costumes.

The Chetco Pelican Players Saturday night presented Packy awards for the best performances of 2014.

Members and season-ticket holders voted on nominees to determine who would receive awards. Board members also chose recipients of special awards.

Receiving the most awards for the season — eight — was the musical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” “The Importance of Being Earnest,” directed by Karen de Lucca, received seven awards, but took the coveted Best Overall Production trophy.

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Re-enacting a truce

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Ryan Johnson, a former Curry-Del Norte Orchestra violinist, plays “Silent Night” during centennial re-enactment of World War I Christmas Eve truce. Associated Press photo

Walking through in the dusty landscape of their station in Kabul, Afghanistan, members of the Oregon National Guard might see a number of things: other soldiers in camouflage accompanying officers to meetings, a helicopter flying overhead, or colleagues relaxing during their down time.

If they’re lucky, though, they might be more focused on what they hear: they could run into Ryan Johnson playing his violin.

“I’ve played the violin since I was 8 years old,” said Johnson, 22. A longtime Brookings resident, Johnson has served in the National Guard since 2010. He has been in Kabul since August and will return to Oregon in May or June.

During his time in Afghanistan, Johnson has participated in a military tradition honoring the 100th anniversary of an event that took place during World War I.

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Junior production opens Thursday in Harbor

The Brookings-Harbor Community Theater presents the adventures of “Robin Hood Jr.” starting Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Harbor Community Arts Center, 97900 Shopping Center Ave.

Directed by Tiffany Van Maren, the comedy-based youth show features nearly 20 children, ages 6 through 12, playing classic roles such as Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, Little John, Lady Merle and the Sheriff.

Show dates are Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 22-24 and 29-31. Thursday and Friday shows start at 7 p.m. with Saturday matinees at 2.

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