On Tuesday, August 7th over 500 Lincoln City community residents and visitors gathered at Kirtsis Park for an evening of family fun and community interaction. This was Lincoln City’s first annual National Night Out, hosted by Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Department. The Lincoln City Police Department and other organizations came together for this community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood fellowship. This fun friendly event included live music, food, games, bounce houses, dunk tank and much more. A big thank you to everyone that came out to show the strength and unity of our community.
Many people came out to enjoy an evening of song, dance, and jokes at A Fool’s Day Cabaret, a benefit for the Lincoln City Warming Shelter on Saturday, March 31st at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. Lincoln City Warming Shelter President, Patrick Alexander, Cabaret Director, Phyllis Thompson along with a variety of amazing talent filled the evening with light hearted antics in aid of a serious cause. Guests were invited to share the spotlight by telling a joke for a chance to win prizes. The fun and humorous evening drew attention to homelessness and the vital role of the Warming Shelter in the community. The Lincoln City Warming Shelter offers emergency weather shelter and year-round resources to the homeless. The fundraiser was a fun and entertaining night with a serious message and mission.
Driftwood Public Library is hosting its annual Winter Solstice event on Thursday, December 21st at 6:30pm in the Distad Reading Room. It is an evening of tranquil reflection spotlighting musicians and poets throughout Lincoln County. We invite the community to share in the holiday festivity while welcoming the rebirth of the sun.
Don’t miss out on any Library events. Check out their web page at http://www.driftwoodlib.org/.
On Thursday, December 14th, thirty-five excited movie goers showed up at the Lincoln City Community Center for a Dive-In Movie. Adults and children with pool rafts in hand relaxed in the pool while “Frozen” entertained on the big screen. If you missed out on this exciting aquatic event don’t worry. More Dive-In Movies are coming in 2018. Stay up-to-date with the Community Center’s events at http://www.lincolncity.org/index.asp?SEC=40D9D503-B446-4BF7-B5F6-7406D6579587&Type=B_BASIC.
On December 14th, City Manager, Ron Chandler and Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau Director, Ed Dreistadt served up more than just great food at the Family Promise Celebrity Servers Fundraiser.
It was an evening filled with improv entertainment and communal generosity. Mr. Dreistadt shared his banjo skills while Mr. Chandler serenaded guests in hopes of bringing in big tips. This was all part of a friendly competition that pitted The City of Lincoln City against Chinook Winds Casino to raise money for Family Promise a nonprofit organization seeking to provide shelter and comprehensive assistance to homeless families.
The evening was a huge success acquiring over $5000 for a great cause. Thanks to the exceptional staff at Ace’s Bar and Grill, Chinook Winds Casino, and everyone that came out to support this fundraiser.
On December 7th, Councilor Diana Hinton of Ward 1, City Manager, Ron Chandler, along with the Planning and Community Development Director, Richard Townsend held a meeting at the Driftwood Public Library to update the community on The Villages Preliminary Master Plan and to discuss potential concerns. Also present at the meeting representing Palisades Condo HOA, were members, Nancy Cable and Cindy V.
Concerned Community members listened to Planning Director, Richard Townsend explain how the original proposed master plan for the Villages at Cascade Head needs to be revamped. The original plan developed in 1998 is now outdated. Some of the land is no longer under the City’s jurisdiction and it also does not thoroughly address the property constraints pertaining to existing wetlands, streams, and steep hillsides. The planning of the new master plan is still in the very beginning phases. At this point the City is gathering feedback from the community as to where to go from here.
Some of the concerns raised by residents in the area are trees and trails protection, excess storm water drainage, wildlife area, property value, planning for roads and increased traffic, and the expected length of the process. Mr. Townsend assured the residents that there will be conditions placed on the development addressing the concerns regarding the preservation and fluidity of the architecture. There are also engineering and economic constraints that need to be addressed. The City’s effort is to provide more housing opportunities within the community while maintaining the open green spaces. The project is still in the very early stages and will require compromise and organized planning. Mr. Chandler and the City Council welcome the voice of the community throughout this process to aid in establishing a collective vision.
For further information contact the Planning Department at 541-996-2152.
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The City of Lincoln City received a Bronze Safety Award at the League of Oregon Cities annual conference last week.
CIS (CityCounty Insurance Services) presented the award to City Councilor Susan Wahlke.
CIS safety awards are based on a Total Time-Loss-Index rating known as DART (Days Away, Restrictions and Transfers). DART was created by OR-OSHA and is based on trends of more that 200,000 employee hours – and if those injuries and illnesses were severe enough to warrant Days Away, Restrictions and Transfers.
The benchmark for a city to qualify for a Bronze award is to amass at least 55,000 total work hours before a loss time injury occurs to an employee.
The Lincoln City Community Center’s annual Dog Swim was held on Sunday, September 17th.
Admission was free with a donation of nonperishable pet food. The donated food was given to the Lincoln County Humane Society.
Dogs of Lincoln City came to play in the City’s indoor pools before the plug was pulled for seasonal maintenance. Pools will be closed through the end of September.
Hundreds of people who celebrated the Fourth of July at the beach were thrilled with the addition of live music.
Three summers ago, as I watched people on the beach celebrating the Fourth of July, a lone trumpeter played America the Beautiful and the crowd went crazy – clapping and cheering. That’s when I knew, we have to add music to our celebration of this great Country.
In addition to a beautiful day on the beach, residents and guests enjoyed the light, sun and surf friendly sound of Valley Soul followed by the reggae-influenced and Lincoln City-inspired songs of ZuhG. ZuhG was followed by Lincoln City guitarist, Richard Paris,and the rock & blues band, Unlikely Saints.
Bryan Nichols, a local entrepreneur who owns the Zuhg Life Surf Shop in Nelscott, is the lead singer for the band ZuhG. Bryan, who helped book the opening act, Valley Soul, is one of the driving forces behind the Lincoln City music scene and provides a tremendous amount of help identifying and booking talent.
The bands provided the soundtrack for a great day at the beach. Guests came to the stage and thanked us for the music. People clustered around the live music stage until Fourth of July classics took over for the fireworks show.
We are so excited by the success of these bands and are already looking forward to next year’s Fourth of July celebration.
It’s a beautiful summer. Find a little time to play. It‘ll put a smile on your face.