Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Then jump in and join the Polar Plunge in Rockaway Beach!
The Polar Plunge will take place Sunday, January 28th at 9am. Registration will open at 8am at Silver Sands Motel. Rockaway Beach Police Department will be assisting with the event.
This annual fundraiser for Oregon Special Olympics will also see support from the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, which will be running a train from Garibaldi. The train will leave Garibaldi at 8am, arriving in Rockaway at 830am. Return trip leaves at 1030am.
HEBO, OREGON - Local vocalist Alena Sheldon will be heading to Phoenix, Arizona next month in hopes of making it to the televised auditions for The Voice.
Sheldon, a resident of Hebo, has been singing most of her life. Signing mostly Country music, she has been performing on stage since the age of 7. In 2007 and again 2010, she signed with record label companies, releasing 3 singles in 2007. Sheldon has also been branching out, providing lead vocals for Out Patientz, performing classic rock music.
Sheldon's road to auditioning on The Voice hasn't been the easiest. In 2013, she suffered a traumatic brain injury from a fall. The fall bruised both the front and back of her brain, but it also turned it 1.5". She must have had a guardian angel, as the doctors explained most people don't survive more than 1/4" movement of their brain. Nearly 5 years later, after many hard months of recovery, Sheldon is singing again.
Before she can land a spot on the televised auditions, Sheldon must pass through 2 rounds in front of producers. The first round, she will be performing a cappella (vocals, with no music). If she is given a red card, she is clear to go to the second round. Here, she would perform again, this time allowing for musical backtrack to go along with vocals. Success in the second round would mean an invite to Los Angeles.
The initial travel costs to Arizona for auditions is put on the person auditioning. Sheldon has held fundraisers, most recently at the Moose Lodge. She also has a go fund me page set up to help off set the travel costs. Click here to support Alena's travels!
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Courtesy OSU Extension Master Gardener Program Pamphlet
What is the OSU Master Gardener program?
The OSU Master Gardener Program was developed to create a cadre of trained volunteers to help with the OSU Extension Service mission of sharing research-based information throughout the state, and to help individuals to continue to learn. The OSU Master Gardener volunteers help answer horticulture/gardening questions, and teach and demonstrate gardening techniques within their communities.
The program consists of two parts:
• Training classes - which are offered once a year
• Practical application of the training - class members volunteer in the community
and share what they have learned with the public.
When does the class meet?
Orientation for all new Master Gardeners (required): Thursday - January 11, from 9 a.m. to noon. This will be held at the OSU Extension Service Meeting Room, 4506 Third Street in Tillamook. People are welcome to attend to learn more about the program before making a commitment.
Classes on Thursdays: From January 18 – April 5. Classes will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a one-hour break for lunch. You may leave for lunch or you may bring a lunch and stay to talk with others.
What does the training cost?
The Tillamook County OSU Extension Service provides the OSU Master Gardener certification classes for a fee of $120. This fee includes handouts, instructor mileage, and the comprehensive 526-page gardening handbook for the Pacific Northwest, Sustainable Gardening: The Oregon-Washington Master Gardener Handbook.
In exchange for receiving 66 hours of training, at a substantially reduced price, you are expected to complete 60 hours of service for your community. The service time gives you an opportunity to continue your training utilizing the resources in the Extension office and with the assistance of other Certified Master Gardeners.
Master Gardeners provide a valuable service. Each Master Gardener completes the following service: