Article Courtesy of Oregon Coast Dance Center
Photos by Jenny Bocko
Capture the magic of the holiday season with Oregon Coast Dance Center’s 11th annual, “The Nutcracker”. Performances will be held Friday December 15th at 7:00 pm and Saturday December 16th at 2:00 pm, in the Tillamook High School Don Whitney Auditorium.
Dancers from ages 3 – 65 years of age will be performing this holiday classic. Lisa Greiner, owner of Oregon Coast Dance Center said “It’s been really fun to work on this show throughout the years. The community gets to see these kids grow up and work their way into larger roles. For example, Rivers our Nutcracker Prince, and Bethany our Adult Clara, have been dancing together since they were 3 years old. This year they have two of the lead roles and perform a pas de deux at the end of the show. They’ve been a great inspiration for the younger dancers.”
A wonderful Christmas tradition, “The Nutcracker” is a magical story where a young girl falls asleep after a Christmas Eve party at her house. As she sleeps, she dreams herself into a fantastical world where her beloved Nutcracker comes to life and defends her from the Mouse King. The Nutcracker Prince takes her to the Kingdom of Sweets where she is greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy, and characters from different countries dance and present her with gifts. At the end of the night, she wakes up back at her house and wonders if it was real…or just a dream?
These performances serve as a fundraiser for Oregon Coast Dance Center’s not-for-profit Performance Group. Admission is $5/person at the door, doors open at 6:30 pm on Friday and 1:30 pm on Saturday.
Oregon Coast Dance Center has been offering dance and the performing arts in Tillamook county since 1975, with locations in Tillamook and Nehalem. For more info visit www.oregoncoastdancecenter.com or call 503-842-7447.
Tillamook School of Dance will be presenting the 4th "A Merry Christmas Spectacular", a holiday revue and toy drive this Sunday, December 10th at 2pm. Admission is one (1) new and unwrapped toy per family or $5 per person. The school has teamed up with DHS, Healthy Families, and Sacred Heart Church to help provide kids in the community a memorable holiday season. In 3 years, TSD has donated over 1,500 toys.
Although the Holiday Revue is only in its 4th year, Tillamook School of Dance has been around since 1962. It was founded by Jan Lommen Colleknon. As a kid, she travelled the northwest and the country performing at both the amateur and professional level, as well as making television appearances showcasing her tap dance skills. After graduating Neah Kah Nie High School, she began her career teaching dance, which spanned 35 years.
Dance seems to be a family affair as her daughters, Tracy and Pink, followed in their mother's footsteps as dancers. After Jan retired, the dance school was passed from mother to daughter.
Today, the school offers a variety of programs for kids,
Tillamook School of Dance
2102 7th St.
Tillamook, OR 97141
Phone: (503) 842-2084
Last week I met up with Erin Skaar with CARE, Inc (Community Action Resource Enterprise) to help get a better understanding of what services CARE provides to the community, as well as what the community can provide CARE.
Located on 1st Street in Tillamook, CARE began operation in 1991. Their goal is preventing and ending homelessness.
They provide a variety of services to the community including, but not limited to:
Two of the biggest requests, Skaar stated, are for Utilities and Rent assistance. This can be in the form of helping with deposits or just making ends meet for a month. They also receive requests for shower vouchers as well as senior bus passes.
The community is also served by two assisted living facilities that CARE operates; Nehalem Bay House and Kilchis House. These facilities, with 30-34 rooms each, provide assisted living care for seniors and disabled. CARE is able to operate these facilities at half the cost of for profit facilities.
Housing assistance is one of the most requested services from clients. For some, there is just a need in help getting a deposit put down for housing. For others, longer term assistance is needed. CARE is able to help find placement as well as financial assistance.
In cases where a person is homeless, some services include providing tarps, tents, and sleeping bags that can help provide some comfort.
CARE does operate a warning shelter in the winter season. The goal is to not have anyone die due to exposure. Although it is temporary in nature, it allows CARE staff to reach out to current and new clients to provide assistance. Although CARE does not operate the shelter near the blimp hangar, they do maintain a good working partnership with them.
There is a homeless shelter out near the blimp base that is not operated by CARE, but they do have a partnership with them.
CARE also provides services for veterans. They have staff that are specific for the support of our veterans.
Healthy Families is for those expecting or who have an infant. They are there to support and focus on helping navigate parenthood. They come to the home once a week for 3 to 6 months.
What you can do
There is so much you can do! First of all: If you know of anyone in need, please refer them to CARE.
CARE has a bowl-a-thon every year that raises $23,000 to $25,000 a year. But they are always in need of more help! There are times when they run out of funds before the month is up! What can you do?
Dance Zone will be presenting their interpretation of the nutcracker this weekend, with performances today at 2pm and tomorrow, Sunday, at 2pm as well.
The crew has taken a traditional ballet and added their own twist by adding other forms of dance to the second half of the show. Along with ballet, audiences can expect to see tap, jazz, and hip hop.
The shows this weekend are free, but donations will be accepted to help Habitat for Humanity and Northwest Senior Services.