NEHALEM — Celebrate sunny Mexico with us at the Fire Mountain School Cinco de Mayo party on Saturday, May 4 at the Nehalem City Hall, 35900 8th St.

This year the school’s annual raffle party features Spanish Folklore Dancers, salsa dancing, a taco bar with vegetarian options from The Stand Restaurant in Seaside, and Sarah’s tamales. Beer from Seaside Brewing Company and wine and margaritas will also be available. Fire Mountain is partnering with CART’m Recycling to create a “no waste” event.

In addition, live music will be provided by local greats Maggie Kitson and the Thomasian Trio, comprised of Maggie Kitson on vocals and percussion; Richard Thomasian on vocals and guitar; Ray Coffey on sax, flute and jambai; and Don Burghett on vocals and bass. You’ll feel inspired and refreshed by real and soulful live music.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and at 10 p.m. the winning tickets for the big raffle prizes will be drawn. The grand prize is a vacation to Mexico or the destination of your choice worth $4,000. Second prize is a $250 gift certificate to Breitenbush Hot Springs and the third prize is $100 gift certificate to Rainbow Lotus Healing Center in Nehalem. To celebrate the school’s 30th year of educating local children, for the first time there is a fourth prize: three people will get $30 in cash. The entry fee for the party is $15 per person, unless party goers have purchased a raffle ticket in advance.

Raffle tickets are $40 each or three for $100, and only 500 tickets are available for sale, so chances to win are high. To purchase tickets call the school at 503-436-2610.

All proceeds benefit the Fire Mountain School, a small, independent elementary school serving children from Clatsop and Tillamook Counties since 1983. Though the school is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the cost of raffle ticket is not considered a charitable donation.

For more information, call 503-436-2610 or email


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