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All about water! Port Orford festival comes to a close at Saturday film festival

By Bill Schlichting / The Curry Coastal Pilot

PORT ORFORD andndash; The main events of the fifth annual Port Orford Water Festival may have occurred earlier this month, but the final event is yet to happen.

Festival organizers are hosting the Surf Film Festival at the Savoy Theater, 811 Oregon St., from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 28. This is a benefit for the water festival.

Two short documentaries, "Pulp Poo and Perfection" and "Salva Tres Palmas" showcase activist surfers who fight to save the ocean, beaches and waves they love. Three well renowned surf films, "Sipping Jetstreams," "Out There" and "Thread" will also be shown.

The film festival is for people ages 21 and older. The event includes libations from Ninkasi and Barefoot Wine. Tickets are $7 at the door and drinks are $3 a glass.

Visit http://www.waterfestival.oceanresourceteam.org to get more details about these films or see the complete list of sponsors and participants of the Water Festival.

People who attended the Port Orford Water Festival were treated to displays, events and interactive activities about the ocean, rivers and ponds andndash; or anything they ever wanted to know about water.

Organizers estimate that more than 350 people attended the weekend festival earlier this month. Visitors came from North Bend to Brookings. Of those attending, about 135 were kindergarten through eighth-grade students.

The event was made possible by 40 volunteers, and 23 businesses, organizations and agencies that participated at the festival, which took place at the Port Orford Community Building, Driftwood Elementary School, Battle Rock Beach and Arizona Beach State Park.

Events kicked off with a keynote address by First Lady of Oregon Cylvia Hayes on Friday night. Most of the activities took place Saturday.

Festival-goers were able to see aquatic life close up, learn about the insides of a shark, learn about tsunami debris that is slowing beginning to arrive on the U.S. West Coast from the March 11, 2011, earthquake in Japan.

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