The Curry Coastal Pilot

Fourth of July activities are scheduled in Brookings and at the Port of Brookings Harbor today (July 2) througb July 4.

At the Kite Field

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Brookings chapter will host activities at the Kite Field at the port today (July 2) through July 4. Activities will conclude with a fireworks show scheduled for approximately 10 p.m. July 4.

Activities include vendors selling products, a Show and Shine car show, arts and crafts and food. Live music on stage is planned on July 4, and events will conclude with a fireworks show launched from the Chetco River South Jetty.

Party at the Port

American Style

The Party at the Port American Style on the boardwalk at the Port of Brookings Harbor will feature three days of live music, a beer and wine garden, helicopter rides, a children's bounce house, and a farmers market.

A music festival, sponsored by the nonprofit Stagelights Musical Arts Community, will feature the region's best local bands. It is scheduled for 11 a.m. until dark today (July 2) and Sunday, and will include alternative and classic rock, pop, country, blues and folk. See box at right for list of musicians. Music at the port continues Monday with local guitarist Luke Mathison playing acoustic rock at 5 p.m., followed by the rock group Slow Children at 6 p.m. Seating in front of the stage is limited and organizers recommend people bring their own chairs.

Chili cookoff

The 14th annual Community Chili Cookoff at the Port of Brookings Harbor boardwalk will be from 1 to 3 p.m. July 4.

A $4 donation will buy a judging ticket and a taste cup. The public will have an opportunity to vote for the People's Choice Award. Judges Leanne Hinkle, Kevin Bane and Mac Mazzettia will issue awards for first, second and third place. The event benefits the Oasis House women's shelter in Gold Beach.

It is not too late to enter the cookoff. Entries may be submitted by 5 p.m. Sunday, July 3.

Entertainment will be provided by line dancers before the cookoff and the Book Dock Band during the cookoff, which is sponsored by Slugs 'N Stones 'N Ice Cream Cones. For information, call the business at 541-469-SLUG (7584) or Pat Silveria at 541-661-3486.

Children's Parade

The fourth-annual Fourth of July Children's Parade, sponsored by Chetco Community Public Library, will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the library, 405 Alder St., Brookings.

The parade is open to all children ages 12 and younger. Parents are required to accompany children ages 5 years and younger. Judges will be looking for the best decorated wagons, bikes, trikes, strollers, big wheels, scooters and skateboards and, of course, children. (Helmets will be required for participation.)

The Fourth of July Children's Parade is free to the community and each child entering will receive a medal for participating. The Boondock Band will play patriotic music. The parade takes place rain or shine.

The required entry forms and list of rules are available at the front desk of the library. For more information, call Dori Blodgett at the library at 541-469-7738.

Barbecue/field day fundraiser

Friends of the Brookings-Harbor Aquatic Center will host a fundraising barbecue and numerous field games at Azalea Park from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 4 (see story, Page 3B).

The nonprofit group is raising money to build a community indoor aquatic center. The fundraiser will feature a pie baking contest and sale, silent auction, barbecue lunch, and activities such as a tug o' war, sack race, three-legged race, egg and spoon race. Ribbons will be awarded.

Advance tickets are available at Wild Bird and Backyard General Store in Brookings and the Chetco Outdoor Store in Harbor. For more information or to buy tickets online, visit the group's website at, or send an email to

The spirit of '76

Stout Mountain Railway will present "The Spirit of '76" model railroad display from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at Stout Park on Oak Street, Brookings.

The working display will feature several trains and a new cable railway that goes to the top of the mountain, said Tony Parrish, model railroad enthusiast.

"It's fun for all ages," Parrish said of the free event.