Yippee! JULY 4th will be next week. I love that day. No matter where I am, it is a huge celebration for our family. This week I will try to let you know everything that will be happening that week. You may want to cut out this column so you have a mini calendar of events. I sure hope I don’t miss anything.
1. Our 4th of July parade…. The theme is ‘Sand, Sea & Liberty.’ The floats will be judged on: representation of theme, patriotism, design and craftsmanship, and of course, the entertainment factor. You can find the entry forms at the city hall or city’s website.
2. The International Police Museum’s Auction is at the city pocket park (Center Park) at 101 N. Hwy 101, between the Little Crow and Offshore Grilling. Before the auction begins, watch for them in the parade and be sure to give them a hip hip hooray! The silent auction will begin at 10am and the actual auction, with local guest auctioneer, Lloyd Komlofske, begins right after the parade. Okay, last week I promised you a sneak peek of some of the items. Here they are. A.) Birdhouse, bat house, artwork and more. B.) A week in the Rockaway Beach Resort (valued at $1,000.00). C.) Over 60 vendors and contributors have donated various items. D.) And more!
3. The Lions ‘Fun Day on the Beach’ at the Rockaway Beach Wayside. What can I say about this! They are planning a fun filled day that will complete your holiday celebration. First, you really must plan on stopping by the Lions Club at 9am and you will be able to enjoy baked goods at their bake sale. They will be available until gone! Then, shortly after the parade, the Lions Fun Day at the Beach will begin. There, you will enjoy games, races, treasure hunts and more. Over our years here, this is a super fun event to join or attend. Just be sure to bring your camera.
And last but not least. Be sure to plan on buying a hot dog, or twenty, at the Lions hot dog trailers at the wayside. All I can say is, ”YUMMY!”
4. The 13th Annual Firecracker Weiner Nationals at the Phyllis Baker Park at 1pm. This is a charity Weiner dog race that is on my must do list for the Fourth of July. This event has helped to raise thousands of dollars for the Tillamook Animal Shelter. It is, of course, a riot to watch. The Nationals also feature inclusive events open to all breeds of dogs. Examples of these events include a trick contest, a costume competition and races for both big and little all breed dogs. Have I caught your interest yet?
5. At dusk, Fireworks Rockaway Style. On the beach off the wayside. Need I say more?
Rockaway Beach has a celebrity for Grand Marshall again this year! Wesleigh Ogle will truly find out what small town, America is like on July 4th. She is the Human Interest reporter for Channel 2 news and also reports the Saturday morning news. Wow, is she ever in for a treat!
Okay, that is just the beginning. On July 5th, the Parks and Recreation Program begins with a beach cleanup and if permitted, a fire on the beach in the evening. Stop by the City Hall to register your kids. It is an awesome summer program.
The Salty Strings Ukulele Group meet each Wednesday evening, at the Rockaway Beach City Hall from 6-7:30. Now, I can honestly say, this is such a fun group to join, whether you play ukulele or not. You can come sing, play any other instrument or just watch as we perform the music of your life. And, if you want to borrow an ukulele, we have ukes to lend out!
You can begin Saturday, July 6th taking your family and friends to the Meals for Seniors French Toast Breakfast fundraiser from 8am to noon at St. Mary’s by the Sea Catholic Church hall. The cost is by donation and all ages are welcome. Let me tickle your taste buds with the menu. They will be serving French Toast, served with berry compote, link sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. There is something special happening at this fundraiser. They are “Featuring a Sale of Framed Photographs” by local photographer and historian, Don Best. Proceeds go to Meals for Seniors. If you have never met Don, you are missing out. He has so much knowledge of our grand little town.
Also on Saturday, July 6th the Rockaway Beach Friends of the Library is having a twenty-year ‘serving the community’ celebration. They will be having their birthday bash from 12-2pm at the library at 120 N. Coral. You will enjoy live music by Steve Bauer, cake, punch and entertainment. Stop by to celebrate. They are anxious to thank all of you for these fabulous 20 years.
If you stop by early, at the library, on July 6th, you will get a chance to enjoy their annual book sale fundraiser. All books are a bargain at $1 hardbacks and 50 cents for paperbacks. Then, you can get a real deal by using one of the provided bags and fill it up with books. This sale is from 10am- 2pm. You can fill up your summer reading library at your house. See you there!
Opening on Saturday, July 6th is the Riverbend Players, War of the Worlds based on the 1938 novel by Orson Wells. This should be a real treat. Advance tickets are available at www.tickettomato.com or purchase at the door. The performances are at NCRD Performing Arts Center at 36155 9th St in Nehalem. Several Rockaway Beach locals are involved too! Evening performances and matinees are scheduled. The dates are July 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th. Check out the schedules online!
“One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one nation for ever more.” What a great town and country we live in. That’s Rockaway Beach, “Sugar Coated!”