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Astoria’s 2nd Saturday: Filled to the Brim

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For a “sleepy” little village on the edge of the Continent, Astoria is coming to life this weekend. There’s not much sleepy about Astoria except some of our residents after action-filled weekends like the one coming up. The 2nd Saturday of September is full of opportunities for you and yours to get out and enjoy what Astoria and the North Coast communities have to offer.

The Flavel House’s Old-Fashioned Fun and Games. Take a step back in time this weekend on the Flavel House lawn where you are invited to join in on the free fun and games. Sponsored by the Clatsop County Historical Society, lawn games (badminton, croquet) and games using simple objects like cups, hoops, sticks, and balls plus imagination. The weekend activities include storytelling, contests, prizes, horse and wagon rides, music, and hands-on demonstrations and activities for children and parents alike. Refreshments include corn dogs (also Victorian) and lemonade, yes, just like in the old days. Share the experience of learning how we entertained ourselves before the advent of televisions, computers, and other modern devices and toys. It’s sure to be a fun-filled day for all.

For antique car aficionados, you won't want to miss the Wheel/Wave Antique Car Show runs through Thursday, September 6-Sunday September 9 in downtown Seaside (300 Broadway St., Seaside, Oregon

Commercial Fisherman’s Festival, is being held over the weekend, September 8-9 at the
Hammond Marina, near Astoria The Festival includes: a free dockside inspection drill conductor course and dockside inspection both days. For more information, Drill Conductor Course & Dockside Inspection. The Drill Conductor course on Marine Safety and Survival Training (as required by 46 CFR 28.270) requires that you reserve space as there is limited availability. Call 503-240-9337 or 9373 to register. Activities for children include a Pirates’ School, the guest appearance of Todd Stanley, Emmy award winning producer of both The Deadliest Catch and Bering Sea Gold and great food (fresh seafood of course) and Cooking Demonstrations by Amy Roloff of Little People Big World. Take a tour aboard the Lady Dee for Crabbing and Sight Seeing Tours. Sounds like a great weekend for all.

RiversZen Yoga Studio. Besides their regular schedule of yoga classes, RiversZen Yoga Studio has their Pay It Forward Yoga class this and every Saturday at 5:00. RiversZen instructors lead a gentle, basic yoga class each Saturday, and request only that you do something nice for someone else as your way of passing along the favor. On Saturday Evening, RiversZen is hosting a Sing-a-Long and Potluck from 6-8:00. Leading the singing will be Roger Mackay and Tammy von Payens on ukelele. Bring an instrument, something to share, and enjoy good food, good music, and good company.

All these activities are going on as well as the regular Second Saturday Art Walk. Stop into RiverSea Gallery where monthly exhibits feature individual artists and themes. See the works of local artists including: Lisa Ackerman, Roger MacKay, Noel Thomas, and many others. Be sure to visit the Lightbox Photographic Gallery & Fine Printing, located at 1045 Marine Drive in Astoria. Lightbox is featuring this month, and through October 6, the photographic exhibit, Heavy Metal. Lightbox Photographic Gallery not only features the finest collection of photographic art in the region, but also offers many opportunities for local photographers to meet, develop their skills through ongoing workshops and gatherings, and participate in contests and exhibits aimed at expanding and stretching their photographic imagination.

This is just some of what is going on around Astoria over the Second Saturday in September, 2012. Get out and have a great time before we all get back into the beginning of the school year routines. Enjoy picnics in the parks or along the River Walk, or a barbeque or potluck in your backyard. However you spend your weekend, enjoy living in such an active and beautiful community.

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