The U.S. Bancorp Foundation has given the Astor Street Opry Company a $1,000 grant to help support its 2005 season of the folk drama "Shanghaied in Astoria." "Their continued support keeps the magic of Astoria alive and for that we are truly grateful," said "Shanghaied" stalwart Judy Niland.

Pictured above are Julie Richert, bank manager, Kevin LaCoste, region president, Carletta Allen-Lewis, "Miss Virginia" and Nicole Sulley, "Rosie."

The 2005 opening night gala is sponsored by The Schooner 12th Street Bistro, and manager Jake Winter. The opening night ticket price of $20 will include the show and a selection of finger foods from the 12th Street Bistro's "Chief de Cuisine" JOSH TAYLOR. Tickets are limited and selling fast for this evening to kick off the 21st season.

In other sponsorship news, The Bank of the Pacific is helping "Shanghaied" by becoming the 2005 Souvenir Bimbo booth sponsor.

The 21st Season opens Thursday and runs through Sept. 10 Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings with Sunday matinees on July 24, Aug. 14 Aug. 28 and Sept. 4. Ticket Prices range from $8 to $17, with some group, senior and child rates. For more details, call 325-6104 or log on to the Web site at www.shanghaiedinastoria.com

The Seaside Chamber of Commerce held a fund-raising car wash held to benefit Clatsop CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). CASA advocates for at-risk children in the community. The car wash was organized by SARAH SALMONSEN, a member of JULIE BROWN's Technical Writing class that is researching CASA.

Brown was assisted by JAN NERENBERG, ROBERT ANDERSON and ZACK WIEGARDT, who are also researching CASA's local impact and helping to write grants. Seaside's Thugs Off Drugs helped by donating their Saturday afternoon to wash the cars. They raised $257 for Clatsop CASA.

MARY LOUISE FLAVEL and her brother, HARRY FLAVEL, descendants of Astoria's famous family, apparently don't believe in keeping up appearances. The yard surrounding their home (not to be confused with the museum that bears the family name) hadn't been mowed since the city did it last year. With recent rainy weather, it had become overgrown with berry bushes. Thorny branches extended across the cracked and broken sidewalks, making foot traffic impossible. And the tall grass growing along the street reached almost to the roof tops of small cars parked nearby. That all changed suddenly Tuesday afternoon when, in response to neighbors' complaints about the safety hazards, the city sent a side arm tractor mower to give the grounds a buzz cut. Cost of the operation was $74.18, billed to the Flavels.

Clatsop Community College biology and environmental science instructor Michael Bunch attended the annual conference of Northwest college biology teachers, hosted by Mount Hood Community College, earlier this year. The event covered such varied topics as bats, stem cells and Lewis and Clark. CCC will host the annual event in 2008.

Judy Eron wrote the book "What Goes Up" after her psychologist husband Jim stopped taking lithium, began a year-long manic episode, and ended his life in 1997. Eron is a clinical social worker, in practice since 1978, and also a singer-songwriter who has shared her songs in national professional settings.

She is staying on Long Beach Peninsula for a time this summer, and has agreed to talk about her experience of living with a loved one with bipolar disorder. The free program is at 7 p.m. July 13, at the Peninsula Church Center, 5000 N St. in Seaview, Wash., one block east of Pacific Avenue/Route 103. Prior to Eron's presentation, at 6:30 pm, the south Pacific mental health advocacy group will have a brief business meeting in preparation for developing a local NAMI affiliate.

For more information, contact Lorraine Brown, (360) 642-3892, ccdclb@hotmail.com, or Barbara Bate, bgofish@willapabay.org

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