SEASIDE - Saturday is the first day of spring - coincidentally the same date that Oregon students and their families embark on spring break - and Seaside is ready for them.
From a three-day rock concert extravaganza called "Summer Thunder," to a weeklong calendar of activities including disc golf and a skater "lock-in," there will be plenty to do for everyone.
Seaside police officers will be ready, too, said Chief Bob Gross. They will work overtime to make sure residents - and the 10,000 to 12,000 anticipated visitors - have a good time and behave themselves.
While the Oregon State Police and Clatsop County Sheriff's deputies patrol U.S. Highways 101 and 26, Seaside officers will ride bikes and walk throughout the downtown area so they can respond quickly to any incident.
"We will also have undercover officers on the beach looking for people consuming alcohol," Gross said. A city ordinance prohibits the consumption of alcohol by minors and adults on the beach during spring break and carries a $700 fine.
Minors in possession of alcohol anywhere also will be cited, said Gross, who added that the department maintains "zero tolerance" for underage drinking. Bail is $300. Last year, the police issued 28 citations.
Curfew laws also will be enforced. Minors who are not with their parents or guardians and are found on any street, highway, park, alley or other place between midnight and 4 a.m. will be held until an adult can pick them up.
Officers also will keep an eye on the Seaside Civic and Convention Center, where the Spokane-based "Summer Thunder Events" is planning a three-day party.
From Friday through Sunday, the "Spring Break 2010" event will include rock bands, a beer garden, motorcycle displays, tradeshow exhibits and a mechanical bull.
Because this is the first year that the spring break event has been in Seaside, Gross said he checked with other cities, including Spokane and Yakima, Wash., where it has been before, to determine whether there was any trouble. None was reported, he said.
Guards from Crowd Management Services in Portland have also been hired to beef up security while the event is in town, Gross said. Crowd Management has been used to help out at Seaside's annual Beach Volleyball event and at other events, he said.
Other activities will be available, too, noted Mary Blake, director of the Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District. And that's not by accident.
"There was a great deal of effort done by the community in the 1980s and '90s to find things for kids to do," Blake said. "They recognized that if there were opportunities to fill the day, the kids are happier, and their parents know where they are."
Those activities will include:
? Rock 'n Swim: 8 to 10 p.m. Fridays, March 19 and 26, and Saturdays, March 20 and 27: district pool, 1140 Broadway.
? Open swims: noon to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. lap swims; 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. open swims, Monday through Friday, March 22 to 26.
? Spring break camp: ages 5 through 12, 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 22 to 26. This year's camp will feature a "Star Wars" theme and will include "pod" races, origami Yodas and lightsaver training. Kids can attend all week or on a daily basis. Cost: full week, $95 for residents, $142.50 for nonresidents; daily, $25 residents, $37.50 nonresidents.
? Open gym: Contact the park district, (503) 738-3311, ext. 0, for dates, times and cost.
? "Welcome Visitors Lasagna Dinner": 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 20, Bob Chisholm Community Center, 1225 Avenue A. Adults $9, seniors $5, kids (4-14) $4, ages 3 and under are free. Family of four, $24. Proceeds go to the South County Food Bank.
? Wii Sports Tournament, 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, for ages 10 to 17, Bob Chisholm Community Center. Free.
? Disc golf: 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, Broadway Park. Free.
? Canned Castle Contest, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 26, Seaside Civic and Convention Center. A silent auction, live music and games. Admission: $1.
? Skater Lock-In, 8 p.m. Friday, March 26, to 8 a.m. Saturday, March 27, Camp Rilea Armory. Lots of skating, food and fun. Cost: $20 in-district and $30 out-of-district.
For information about activities, times and cost, call the recreation district at (503) 738-3311, ext. 0 or check out the Web site, www.sunsetempire.com