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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.

Girls organize Mad Hatter tea party at assisted living center

Three Willapa Valley FCCLA members last week hosted a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party for the residents of Alder House, an assisted living facility in South Bend. The girls and their adviser are, from left, Cami Swartz, Chloe Konigsberger, adviser Laura Rohr and Ellie Sliva. Ellie Sliva was the mad hatter, Chloe Konigsberger was Alice, and Cami Swartz was the white rabbit. The three planned and hosted the tea party for 28 people. They came up with the idea after doing a social studies project.