Month: May 2019

Experience the Unexpected

Lincoln City’s Skate Park located in Kirtsis Park was originally constructed in 1999 by Dreamland Skateparks. The Lincoln City Urban Renewal Agency was involved in the creation and helped fund this innovative skatepark. Thrasher Magazine gave it a rating of “9 out of 10” and at the time was named the “gnarliest” skate park in America.  There is a huge scene and support for the sport here in Lincoln City and what a better place to hold the Rip Ride Rally.  The Invitational Skateboard Contest is this weekend, May 31st- June 2nd.  It commemorates 20 years of the Lincoln City Skatepark and the lives of the late Preston Maigetter, Mark Hubbard and Jake Phelps.  If you’re looking for an exciting way to spend a gorgeous day on the coast, check out the sessions from some of the best in the sport.

Read more on the history and creation of Kirtsis Skatepark: UR_27Years_Achievements_SkatePark

14th Annual Coastal Encounters Series at Driftwood Closes 5/28 with “Why DIY?”

Driftwood Public Library will be hosting an Oregon Humanities conversation project on self-sufficiency and DIY culture on Tuesday, May 28th at 6:30 p.m.

Are we as self-sufficient as we can be? As we should be? What are the pleasures and pitfalls of doing it yourself? Join a free community conversation that investigates why we strive to be makers and doers in a world that provides more conveniences than ever before. This is the focus of “Why DIY? Self-Sufficiency and American Life,” a free conversation with Jennifer Burns Bright on Tuesday, May 28th at 6:30 p.m. This program is hosted by Driftwood Public Library as the closing program in its 2019 Coastal Encounters series, and sponsored by Oregon Humanities and D’Sands Condominium Motel.

Jennifer Burns Bright is a food educator and travel writer based in Astoria. She moved to the coast after many years teaching literature at the University of Oregon, where she researched modernism and desire, led a faculty research group in the emerging discipline of food studies, and won a national pedagogy award for a team-taught, interdisciplinary class on bread. She holds a PhD from the University of California at Irvine and a Master Food Preserver certification from OSU Extension. When she’s not out gathering seaweed or fermenting fruit, she might be found interviewing young farmers, old pirates, and mad scientists.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Ken Hobson at 541-996-1242 or .

Oregon Humanities (921 SW Washington, Suite 150; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think &Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Bridging Oregon, Public Program Grants, Responsive Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Driftwood Public Library is located on the second floor of the Lincoln City City Hall building at 801 SW Highway 101 in Lincoln City (on the west side of the highway, adjacent to McKay’s Market, and across the street from Burger King). Any questions regarding the series can be directed to the Circulation Supervisor, Ken Hobson, at 541-996-1242 or via e-mail at