Coming up in Cannon Beach

Whale-watching is one of the region's most exciting winter activities.

Friday, Dec. 29

10 a.m., participating restaurants in Cannon Beach, 503-436-2623. Participating Cannon Beach restaurants offer unique food and beverages highlighting traditions from different countries and cultures during the Holiday Foods Around the World event.

10 a.m., Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach, 541-765-3304, www.whalespoken.wordpress.com. Oregon State Parks’ whale watching program will have interpreters stationed along the coast to help visitors spot gray whales on their winter migration.

6 p.m., Sweet Basil’s Café, 271 Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-1539, www.cafesweetbasils.com, no cover, 21+. Maggie & the Katz play New Orleans gumbo blues, soul and rhythm-n-blues.

6 p.m., Seasons Café, 255 Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-1159. Thistle and Rose play folk, blues and original tunes.

6 p.m., The Bistro, 263 Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-2661. Wes Wahrmund’s classical guitar skills amaze with light jazz and original tunes.

7 p.m., American Legion, 1216 Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-2973, 21+. Cannon Beach American Legion offers a Friday night Texas Hold’em poker tournament, doors open at 3 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 30

10 a.m., Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach, 541-765-3304.

6 p.m., Sweet Basil’s Café, 271 Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-1539, no cover, 21+.

6 p.m., Seasons Café, 255 Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-1159. Smoked Salmon features Bobcat Bob and Will Gunn playing blues and jazz music.

6 p.m., The Bistro, 263 Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-2661.

7:30 p.m., NCRD Theater, 36155 9th St., Nehalem, 503-368-7008, www.ncrd.org, $23. Magical Strings adds their own engaging compositions to Celtic roots music with classical and world influences on an array of instruments.

Sunday, Dec. 31

10 a.m., Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach, 541-765-3304.

7:30 p.m., White Clover Grange, 36585 Hwy. 53, Nehalem, 503-368-5674, no cover. Spend New Year’s Eve at the Grange with the Nehalem Valley All Stars playing a range of danceable rhythm music from ragtime to reggae.

9 p.m., American Legion, 1216 Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-2973.

Monday, Jan. 1

10 a.m., Oswald West State Park, Manzanita, 503-368-5943, www.oregonstateparks.org. This is an easy, one-mile guided hike passing by the Matt Kramer memorial toward Short Sand Beach, meet at the south end of the main parking lot; dress appropriately and register online.

10:30 a.m., Neahkahnie Beach, north of downtown Manzanita, 503-368-4777. Regardless of weather, brave participants will run into the frigid waves of the Pacific Ocean for the annual Manzanita Polar Plunge fun-raiser.

6:30 p.m., American Legion, 1216 Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-2973. The Legion offers burgers and music on Monday nights.

Tuesday, Jan. 2

7 p.m., City Hall, 163 Gower St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-1581, www.ci.cannon-beach.or.us. The Cannon Beach City Council meets the first Tuesday of the month, with a work session on the second Tuesday.

Wednesday, Jan. 3

5 p.m., The Bistro, 263 Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-2661.

6 p.m., American Legion, 1216 Hemlock St., Cannon Beach. The Cannon Beach Women’s Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 168 meet the first Wednesday of the month.

Thursday, Jan. 4

2 p.m., Bob Chisholm Community Center, 1225 Avenue A, Seaside, 503-338-6230, 18+. Lower Columbia Hospice provides group support through journaling and discussion.

7 p.m., Bill’s Tavern, 188 Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-2202, www.billstavernandbrewhouse.com, no cover. The Floating Glass Balls plays bluegrass, Caribbean, folk, swing, contemporary and country music.

Friday, Jan. 5

6 p.m., Sweet Basil’s Café, 271 Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-1539, no cover, 21+.

6 p.m., Seasons Café, 255 Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-1159.

6 p.m., The Bistro, 263 Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-2661.

7 p.m., WineKraft, 80 10th St., Astoria, 503-468-0206, www.winekraftpnw.com, no cover, 21+. Saxophonist RJ Marx leads the quartet in a repertoire of jazz music with John Orr (guitar), Joe Church (bass) and Dave Gager (drums).

7 p.m., American Legion, 1216 Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-2973, 21+.

Saturday, Jan. 6

9 a.m., Trail’s End, 656 A St., Gearhart, 503-717-9458, $180. Debbie Loyd will teach the basics of beginning watercolor painting every Saturday to Feb. 3; limited seating, registration required.

5 p.m., American Legion, 1216 Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-2973, $17. The American Legion offers an oyster feed and fish dinner on the first Saturday of the month, sides and salad bar available; doors open at 4 p.m.

6 p.m., The Bistro, 263 Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-2661.

Sunday, Jan. 7

11 a.m., Tolovana Hall, 3779 Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 720-301-3993, $5. Facilitated by Linda Lawson, the class includes relaxation exercises, guided meditation and silent practice.

6 p.m., Cannon Beach Community Church, 132 Washington St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-1222. Evensong features performers Jennifer Goodenberger and Wes Wahrmund, meditative songs and quiet reflection.

Monday, Jan. 8

6:30 p.m., American Legion, 1216 Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-2973.

6:30 p.m., Cannon Beach Community Church, 132 Washington St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-0378, www.cannonbeachchorus.org. The Cannon Beach chorus will begin rehearsals for its spring season “All-American” concert, featuring a repertoire of American composers.

Tuesday, Jan. 9

7:45 a.m., call for location, Cannon Beach, 503-436-2623, www.cannonbeach.org. The Cannon Beach Chamber shares chamber news, activities and features a local business owner, no host breakfast available.

8:30 a.m., CCC Seaside Campus, 1455 Roosevelt Drive, Seaside, 503-338-2402, $20. Clatsop Community College offers a Cyber Security class for small and mid-sized businesses, preregistration required.

5:30 p.m., Cannon Beach City Hall, 163 Gower St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-1581, www.ci.cannon-beach.or.us. This is a work session.

Wednesday, Jan. 10

5 p.m., The Bistro, 263 Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-2661.

6 p.m., Seaside Public Library, 1131 Broadway, Seaside, 503-738-6742, www.seasidelibrary.org. Trivia tournament nights are informal, fun competitions; prizes awarded.

7 p.m., Cannon Beach Library, 131 Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-1391, www.friendsofhaystackrock.org. Wolfe Wagman of the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife will give a talk on “The Marine Reserves Research Project” at the next Haystack Rock lecture series.

Thursday, Jan. 11

7 p.m., Bill’s Tavern, 188 Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-2202, no cover.

Friday, Jan. 12

6 p.m., Sweet Basil’s Café, 271 Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-1539, no cover, 21+.

6 p.m., Seasons Café, 255 Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-1159.

6 p.m., The Bistro, 263 Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-2661.

7 p.m., private home, Arch Cape, 503-717-2997 or 503-436-1718, $20. Cape House concert series features cowboy entertainer and songwriter Dave Stamey playing country, western and Americana music; location given at time of ticket purchase.

7 p.m., American Legion, 1216 Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 503-436-2973, 21+.

7:30 p.m., NCRD Theater, 36155 9th St., Nehalem, 503-368-7008, $23. The eclectic trio of Kate & the Crocodiles play original songs, obscure old jazz tunes and pop music from Judy Garland to Pat Benetar and Bob Dylan.

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