Thanks to Joani Moor for word that The Nesko Women’s Club will hold their annual book and bake sale on the 4th of July. The event is planned from 8 a.m. until noon on the lawn in front of Neskowin Trading Company. Besides many books and baked goods at bargain prices, there will be face painting, a children’s table and raffles of a beautiful quilt and a large glass float. This is the philanthropic organization’s only fundraiser; it benefits many good causes in South Tillamook County.

      Free events at South Tillamook County Library this week include a rock painting craft for children’s story time at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. A showing of Mary Poppins Returns is in store when the group meets at 3 p.m. on June 19. Remember the collage workshop at 2 p.m. on Thursday. Mother Goose on the Loose, story time for babies, happens at 9 a.m. on Saturdays. Teens will gather for Star Wars themed Clue starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18. South Tillamook County Library is located on Camp Street in Pacific City.

I’m sorry that there wasn’t room last week to write about another program that’s new to the library this summer. Fiber Fridays are scheduled weekly at 2 p.m. Any of us who work in fiber arts, from sewing and stitchery to knitting, crochet, needlepoint and beyond can gather with others to make progress on our projects. I hope to see you there.

 Speaking of fun gatherings at our library, Hebo Women’s Book Club met there in May to discuss My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. It may be telling that a google search of “novels set in Naples” has the series this novel kicks off as the very first result. We all really enjoyed the story and found the ending a cliffhanger that requires a read of the next volume. Thanks to Ginger Allen for a smorgasbord of nibbles and to Nancy Whitehead who always leads a thought provoking discussion.

Tillamook County’s emergency preparedness guru, Gordon McGraw, recently published some safety tips for beach bonfires:

• Check with the local fire district and/or campground to make sure your fire will be legal. Burn bans are common and can run well into autumn.

• Beach campfires should be started on open sand, away from driftwood or plants and never left unattended.

• Use water to thoroughly extinguish the fire before you leave. Smoldering embers can be blown into nearby dry vegetation, setting it ablaze, threatening nearby homes.

• Sand is not a fire extinguisher. Sand insulates the hot coals and can cause severe burns to unsuspecting individuals, including pets and barefoot children or beachcombers who walk across the area in coming hours or days.

 Recent earthquakes, as close as Otis, motivate me to continue steps towards disaster preparedness each week. I’m sharing my progress in this space; we can prepare together for the coming “big one.” This week I’m including the last of an article written by a hurricane survivor. He suggests that some items may actually serve as cash in the aftermath of a disaster. He recommends stocking up on plastic tarps.

Happy birthday this week to: Dustin Eichelberg, Ayla Flinter, Clyde Jones, Larry Love, Gina Maack, Aron Moore, Dan Pengelly, Shannon Pieren, Josh Sisco, Mary Ann Somdahl, David Twigg, Ryan Upright and Ardee Wheeler.

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