The Curry Coastal Pilot

Damp, chilly weather is forecast for the beginning days of the 74nd Azalea Festival, which starts Thursday and continues through Memorial Day in Brookings and Harbor. However, clearing skies are expected for the weekend, just in time for Saturday's 10 a.m. parade, street fair, Party at the Port and many other community events.

The official schedule of events is online here.

Pre-weekend events

Rain or shine, the popular Friends of the Library Book Sale begins Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chetco Community Library, 405 Alder Street. The sale will continue through the weekend. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. an Friday and Saturday,and a bag sale, at $2 per bag, is noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The sale features thousands of books, including hundreds of children's books, a collection of boat books, an entire major authors' section and plenty of large-print books.

Some of the larger book collections will be replenished each day with more selections.

Veterans' Memorials

The Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Roll Call is at 6 p.m. Friday at Brookings City Hall.

Veterans will hold a roll call of the 672 Oregonians killed during the Vietnam War, 1959-1973.

A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 11:45 a.m. Monday at the Port of Brookings Harbor Boardwalk. The public is encouraged to bring a chair, blanket and umbrella.

An all-you-can-eat $7 pancake breakfast will be offered from 8 to 11 a.m. Monday at the Masonic Lodge, 416 Azalea Park Drive. Kids five and younger eat free.

Car Shows

Two car shows will keep gearheads busy all weekend.

The Curry County Cruisers Show and Shine Car Show will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Port of Brookings Harbor. Cars will be on display through 4 p.m.

The Curry County Cruisers Azalea Festival Car Show will be on display from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the port.

The Arts

The Azalea Festival Art Show will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Azalea Middle School gym.

The show includes a display of adult and children's work, demonstrations and door prizes. Vote for the People's Choice Award.

The Azalea Quilters Guild will host a quilt show from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Kalmiopsis Elementary School.

The Brookings Harbor Community Theater presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the Harbor Performing Arts Center, 97900 Shopping Center Ave. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday.

The ORCA singers will perform a concert at 3 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 1200 Easy St.

Gardeners' Delight

The Brookings-Harbor Garden Club Flower Show and Plant Sale will be held at the Chetco Grange on Shopping Center Avenue in Harbor.

The show will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, and will include rare plants and arranged and live flower displays. The sale will feature plants grown by garden club members, including vegetable starts and cuttings from rare plants.

Azalea Park events

Park events will include Saturday's presentation ofparade awards, as well as introductions of the Azalea queen and her court, the grand marshal, pioneer citizens and honored guests at 1 p.m. at the bandshell.

The same individuals will be honored during a 4 p.m. reception at the Chetco Valley Museum, 15461 Museum Road, Harbor.

At the Port

The "Party at the Port," featuring live music, a beer garden, vendors, food and activities, will begin at 4 p.m. Friday. It is held at the boardwalk each day.

The party is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The 16th Annual Slug Races registrations will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at Slugs 'N' Stones 'N' Ice Cream Cones at the boardwalk. Home grown and rental slugs are welcome. Proceeds go to the South Coast Humane Society.

For Children

The Kids' Fishing Pond, hosted by the Oregon South Coast Fisherman's Association, will be open from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the Ray's Food Place parking lot. Fishing is free for children age 12 and younger.

The Kids Carnival at Chetco Avenue and Fifth Street will have pony rides and inflatable bounce rooms for young visitors Saturday, Sunday and Monday. A street fair at the same location and days will feature dozens of vendors.


For more details, check the schedule of events insert in today's Curry Coastal Pilot.