If you're on the North Coast this weekend, you may find yourself bouncing between all the events celebrating art and food. Snag a sneak peek into some of these events happening in the days ahead:
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. 25 and 26
Spend your Saturday and Sunday watching the art of maneuvering colorful kites using only motion and no wind or fans. It's the longest-running indoor kite-flying event in North America, called the Windless Kite Festival, and it features competitions, performances and workshops at the World Kite Museum in Long Beach. You can come to learn how to do it yourself during lessons and free-fly opportunities throughout the day, or watch from the stadium as performers swoop their kites through the windless air. For more information, visit the event website.
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Jan. 25
Take the kids to the Warrenton Community Library's Story and Art program to hear a ranger from Fort Clatsop read the children's book The Salamander Room, by Anne Mazer. The book is about a boy who meets a salamander in the woods and thinks about what he could do to turn his own room into a habitat for the salamander. The ranger will lead participants through the art of creating their own salamander dioramas.
1 to 3 p.m., Jan. 25
Visit many downtown businesses to see local artists' works during the Tillamook Art Walk this Saturday. The Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce puts on this every 4th Saturday of the month. This week you can expect to find art at Art Accelerated Gallery, Lucky Bear Soap Co., SaraSota's, Tangled Yarns, Madeline's Vintage Marketplace, Salty Raven, Re:Current, Tillamook County Pioneer Museum and Sunflower Flats. For more information about this month's art walk, visit the Art Accelerated website.
2:30 to 5 p.m., Jan. 25
You have a chance to bid for your choice of two dozen pies from local chefs, bakers and restaurants during the North County Pie Day at White Clover Grange in Nehalem. The proceeds from the auction go toward Food Roots, a community food system in Tillamook, as well as the grange. Auctioneer Susan Tone will lead the fast-paced auction, and Liz Cole will perform her traditional "Ode to Pie." After the auction, you'll get to eat all the pie and ice cream you'd like, from fruit and custard pies to savory pies, vegan pies, gluten-free pies and more. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. 26
Sunday will give you another chance to eat while raising money for a good cause. The Blue Scorcher Bakery & Cafe is putting on Sweets for Relief, a fundraiser to support relief for Australia, which has been devastatingly affected by brush fires covering more than half of the continent. Another portion of the funds raised will go toward a local chapter of the Surfrider organization, which is dedicated to cleaning up the ocean and preserving the coast. Many businesses and bakers have teamed up to offer the baked goods that will be available during the event. For more information, call (503) 338-7473.