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We spent a delightful afternoon attending the reception for the annual community art show at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. Cape Meares artists Jenny Stanley Francis, Bev Stein and Kathy Burke had submitted fabulous entries for the “Scarlet” exhibit. We saw neighbors Wendy Kunkel, Dave Audet, Pam Robenolt, and Regina Sackrider there, along with two of our artists and their husbands. I won’t spoil the fun by telling you just what the Cape Meares artwork is like; the exhibit runs through Jan. 28, so wander up the road yourself to take it in. The center is open 1-4 p.m., Fri.-Sun., or check online at hoffmanarts.org for more details.

The Cape Meares Emergency Preparedness Task Force met to discuss “lessons learned” from the end-of-December winter weather that took out power here for about 35 hours. Neighborhood captains Paul and Donna Lehto (East Slope), Pam Robenolt (Lakeview), Kathy and Kevin Burke (North Beach), Mary Gordon (East Lake), Dave Audet (Spruce Hollow), Charles Ansorge (Mid-Cape), and Pete Steen (Seaview) were in attendance, as was Seaview resident Chris Spence (Mike and Patti Smith for South Beach were unable to attend). They shared their individual experiences during the last outage. Kathy advises against scented candles; the scent is overwhelming over the long term! On the more serious side, the group concluded that:

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