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2016 Shorebird Festival arrives

Starting tomorrow in Hoquiam, the shorebirds you have been seeing swirling around our skies will have a festival all their own. Here’s a little recap of the schedule of events for visitors to the festival near and far.

Cranberry Jam benefit concert

The musical community is coming together to help the owners and staff of Cranberry Road Winery and Bog Water Brewing Company. The dual company — housed in the same location — watched in shock as their facility burned beyond hope on Nov. 24.

Adoptable Pet: Tuxedo cat seeks permanent dance partner

This dog-of-the-week is really a cat. Mr. Whiskers would prefer that dogs didn’t exist in this world. In fact, don’t even mention to him that he’s being featured in a spot where dogs have been featured. Mr.Whiskers has suffered through heartbreak in his four short years. He has been adopted, then returned because he attacked the family dog.

Operation Shore Patrol coming soon

Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association is holding its annual beach clean up on Sept. 19 in Ocean Shores. Their cleanup is also on the same day as the International Coastal Cleanup taking place throughout Washington State.

Register now to clean up the ocean beach this month

Living beside the ocean means that locals have firsthand knowledge of the debris that washes ashore. Though we may cringe at the unsightliness of discarded camping garbage, imagine trying to live in it. For the mammals, birds, fish, crustaceans and molluscs who live in and rely on our shorelines, Washington CoastSavers offer a livable ecosystem.

Inspirations from Master Gardeners on tour

The Master Gardeners are back with a one-day-only tour of Central Park and Montesano gardens on Saturday. Now in its 18th year, the self-guided tour, presented by WSU Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor County, allows horticultural fans to view seven master gardens that each highlight sustainable gardening practices.