Conserving our Land, Beach and Sea

At the north end of beach in Manzanita, Peregrine Point’s lush green forest rises from the sand. Lower Nehalem Community Trust manages this parcel which extends the protected lands of Oswald West State Park, the gateway to the newly established Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, creating a conservation corridor across land and sea.

Join the Lower Nehalem Community Trust (LNCT) and Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve for an easy 1 mile beach walk and explore the intersection of these protected areas. A nice morning low tide will allow the group to explore tidepools at the north end of the beach. Bright purple seastars, yellow sea slugs, crabs, and an array of algae thrive at the intersection of the new ocean reserve site and Peregrine Point.  

Come discover how Oregon’s coastline weaves with the land around it. Our coastal zone welcomes the return of ocean dwelling salmon to local rivers, seasonal migrating whales, and countless birds living within our watershed. Join us as we explore this piece of the coastline and share about our efforts to conserve the coastal margin!

Hosted by Friends of Cape Falcon MR and Lower Nehalem Community Trust, this event is part of the Explore Nature series of hikes, walks, paddles and outdoor adventures. Explore Nature events are hosted by a consortium of volunteer community and non-profit organizations, and are meaningful nature-based experiences highlight the unique beauty of Tillamook County and the work being done to preserve and conserve the area’s natural resources and natural resource-based economy. Learn more at

Questions? Contact or call 541-231-8041.  

Cost: FREE! Tax-deductible donations to Lower Nehalem Community Trust and the Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve are encouraged but not required.


We are swiftly approaching January 1st, which means we are approaching the day of the PLUNGE!
Time to prepare.....
New Years Day
11am Plunge Time
North end of Manzanita Beach (give yourself extra time to walk up there if you cannot park close).
Things to remember:
1. It is a Fun Raiser (only)
2. If you never have you should, these things are fun and fun is good! 
3. Those that PLUNGE together stay YOUNG together!

Anyone can join in with us, it is an unorganized/organized event with no affiliation to anything except fun!


Curious to know more about the fungus kingdom and the role of both edible and inedible mushrooms in our lives?

Join us October 28th and 29th for our second-annual mushrooming event.

This year our summer intern and resident mycologist Ida Gianopulos will be sharing her knowledge and excitement about fungi of all varieties in this two-part event.

Friday night October 28th at 7:00 she will be giving a talk about the ecology and importance of mushrooms at the Nehalem Event Center (above Art Happens in downtown Nehalem). Saturday

morning the 29th from 10:00-12:00 she will lead a walk at Oswald West State Park identifying edible and inedible mushrooms alike and their role in the local ecology. In the evening the group will gather again at 5:30 p.m. at the Nehalem Event Center to sample a range of edible local mushrooms. The talk alone will be $5 for non-members and free for members, while the costs for both days activities will be $30 for non-members and $25 for members.

For more information about these or other events call 503-368-3203 or go to

Enjoy this wonderful fall event and book your spa manzanita treatments for Saturday afternoon or Sunday and receive a 5% discount. And 5% will go to the Lower Nehalem Community Trust

spa manzanita

503 368-4777

(please mention this ad at time of booking)

Manzanita Open 2011

Manzanita Open 2011Golfer’s Discount Weekend Present your Bag Tag or Cap for discounts at these great local shops Discounts valid May 20, 21, and 22, 2011 only unless otherwise stated Sponsored by the Manzanita Business Alliance

4th Street Studio & Gallery
25% off selected artwork. Open extended hours (368-6449)
Beach Break Vacation Rentals
25% off your stay this weekend (368-3865)
Four Paws on the Beach
10% off purchases of $50+. Pet food not included (368-3436)
Hal’s Emporium (Nehalem)
15% off all items in the store (368-5885)
Ocean Inn
25% off your stay May 20, 21, 22. No min stay (368-7701)
Salt & Paper
10% off a purchase of $50+ (368-7887)
San Dune Inn
10% off May 20, 21, 22 (two night min.) (368-5163)
Spa Manzanita
10% off all spa services (368-4777)
Spindrift Inn
25% off any room in May, Oct or Nov 2011 (368-1001)
10% off a purchase of $75+ (368-7573)
Terra Cotta Café
10% off. Reservations suggested (368-3700)
10% off a purchase of $50+ (368-7768)
15% off a bottle of wine (368-8466)


You have been invited by Janice B Gaines and Joy Adventure Club to Buff Up for Bucks in Manzanita Oct 16.

JOIN US Buff-up at this fun on-the-beach workout in Oregon's majestic Manzanita! Learn muscle-making moves to get your pulse pumping and calories a-melting. Movement and instruction led by fitness trainer Janice Gaines of                                      Spa Manzanita and Fit Manzanita

Location: Spa Manzanita 144 Laneda Manzanita, OR 97103 US
When: Saturday, October 16, 1:00PM to 4:00PM


MEET @Spa Manzanita, near the beach in Manzanita, Oregon

WEAR Be prepared for any weather: sun, wind, rain and/or clouds. Bring hats, tank tops, T-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, rain gear and pants.

BRING -$25 suggested donation to North County Food Bank

-Food or drink to share.


Wendy Mitchell, Judy Zehr, Tiffany Chantel Wheeler, Lisa Isabell, and Margaret FiveCrows are five women spanning three generations putting fun to work for good causes.

Harvest Local Hatchery Fish for our Local North County Food Bank

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,
It's that time of year again. The Coho Salmon are nearly ready for their charge up river to spawn. We are preparing to harvest local hatchery fish for our local North County Food Bank. We'll be looking for volunteers to help with some basic fish hauling and soliciting some $ for the cause.
This effort is in cooperation with the good folks at ODFW. Last year we were able to capture 41% of the Waterhouse Falls fish trap run on the North Fork of the Nehalem River, for a total of 157 fish. Of these, 146 were filleted, processed and canned at The Tillamook Boat House in Garibaldi. This yielded 1,129  7.5 oz. cans for our local food bank! 11 fish were delivered directly to The Nehalem Bay House which provided 338 meals for the residents.
Darus Peake and the Tillamook Bay Boat House are graciously doing the filleting, processing and canning again this year at cost only. Last year the cost was $1,693.50. We received contributions from ODFW Hunters Fund and the North County Food Bank. This year our goal is to raise $2,000 and not use food bank funds. All contributions will of course be tax deductable. If you or someone you know, organization, business would like to contribute to a great cause, please let us know. We will also be looking for volunteers to help move the fish from capture site to process plant. This will entail a bit of cardio energy and not a bad little workout if you are up for it. Let's just call it "the salmon stair master". We'll have morning and afternoon shifts that will probably not last more than a couple of hours including drive time, depending on the heaviness of the run on a given day. The time frame on this capture is roughly Oct. 1st to 21st when the fish are running.  Bill Campbell will be coordinating volunteer availability as well as donations. All donations will go through our local North County Food Bank.
This year we also plan to deliver fresh fish to the Kilchis House in addition to afore mentioned Nehalem Bay House.
This is a great win win situation. Local salmon, staying local and providing a fabulous source of protein and omega 3s to our local community. Come out and join us and see this operation for yourself. It's pretty cool.
Hope you are all having a fabulous Fall season. Oh, and please feel free to pass this along!
All the best,
Mike Ehlen
cell 503-307-0322
Bill Campbell


Once again its time to shed your inhibitions, fear, commons sense and clothes (bathing suits are pretty much required it's a family event)! Photo by Dave Dillon

When: New Years Day of course!

Where: Neahkahnie Beach, the parking lot just north of the stop sign on Beulah Reed Road. It's the last big parking area on the north end of the beach. (one mile north of Laneda Ave downtown).

Time: 10:00 am that's the time we meet and take pictures and have our friends (the ones not doing it) laugh at us. Then we "just do it". Please try to be on time so we don't have to freeze our tuckus off while you are running up yelling "wait for me"!

Rules: Very Important - We have to gather on the beach together and form a group so we can take a group photo, in our bathing suits, then there is a countdown and we all run in the ocean together!

Post: We hope to have a big fire on the beach to cozy up to after the plunge. Then you are invited to come by spa manzanita for hot cider, tea, treats and war stories!

Any questions: If you want to know if it's crazy to jump in the ocean in January the answer is yes, so come join us!!! Any other questions just call or email Janice Gaines at the spa. 503 368.4777

Chanukah Celebration






The Chanukah lights provide us with warmth, joy, strength and inspiration. Such is the purpose of this celebration.

 The evening will include the lighting of the menorah, music, wine and Chanukah treats like jelly doughnuts and latkes. 

This is the first time a Hanukah Celebration has been offered in our community and it should be very exciting and wonderful!

In its Chanukah outreach campaign, Chabad of Oregon will be joining thousands of Chabad centers across the globe that are staging similar events. From Australia to Africa, Columbia to Hong Kong, New York City’s Fifth Avenue to the White House lawn, hundreds of thousands will experience the joy of Chanukah with Chabad. Locally, Chabad will hosting and co hosting over 20 events throughout the state.


  Starting at 4pm.

  Pine Grove Community Center

  225 Laneda Avenue in downtown Manzanita.


For more information, contact:

Janice B Gaines at or 503 368-4777

Rabbi Mishulovin at or 503.246.5437


Salmon Harvest Volunteer Call

Subject:  North county Food Bank Volunteer Call - 2009 Salmon Harvest  Please note this worthy cause below as per Bill Campbell, Food Bank, ODFW, and Darus Peake of Tillamook Bay Boat House.

This will be a huge benefit for our local food bank. It will supply a top source of protein and omega 3s to local folks and families in need, with minimal shipping(carbon footprint), and donated, recyclable packaging by our own local packer.

I hope to see you when the first big rains hit up above the Hatchery. Call or email Bill Campbell or Mike Ehlen with your contact info and to reserve your spot in the line up. Also note: We’ll probably do a little socializing when the gig is Mike Ehlen Cell- 503-307-0322

                                                                                                           2009 Salmon Harvest

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife contacted Ms. Imie Camelli October 5, 2009, the head mistress of the North County food Bank and asked if she would like some captured salmon to augment their food supplies for the North County area.  The answer was in the affirmative, I volunteered to assist Imie in coordinating the endeavor and here is where we are:


  • ODFW captures and kills the fish, peak periods may reach 100-150 fish per hour –
  • ODFW operates two sites on the North Fork of the Nehalem River – one at the hatchery and another upstream at the falls – they cannot clean or open the fish -
  • They have agreed to a cleaning station above the falls to be operated by volunteers (our biggest need at present) –
  • The Tillamook Bay Boathouse, Darus Peake, has agreed to process the fish and to provide totes and a trailer to ice and transport the fish to the cannery in Garibaldi on a daily basis.  The salmon will be processed and canned at cost – funds are being provided by ODFW, the Food Bank and donations are also accepted –
  • We are coordinating the process and setup with the County Health Department to ensure that it meets all processed food requirements, Ms Morgan Poloni is the Health Officer on the case –
  • We envision the need for teams of volunteers to bring the fish from the capture point to the cleaning station, some 400 meters upstream, and a four person team to feed, clean and ice-pack the cleaned fish.
  • Cleaning involves cutting out the gills, guts and bloodline under the spine.  Cleaning extends the process time by 2-3 days; whereas, not cleaning the fish requires cleaning within 10-12 hours maximum –
  • The fish will come with the heaver rain and rise in the river level, there are some fish in the river at present, but the peak is anticipated in a week or two, we are hopeful of having several (8) teams of 6 persons each or more –

 If interested in volunteering please contact us at, or 503-368-3134 – we need your name, phone number and email address to record your contribution and to put you on a North County Food Bank volunteer team –  

Thank you, 

Bill Campbell

PS- If you ain’t got the time, how ‘bout a dime?

7th Annual Harvest Festival at Alder Creek Farm

Events 7th Annual Harvest Festival, Saturday, October 3 – 12:00-4:00 pm We look forward to seeing many of you at the Trust’s 7th annual Harvest Festival.  With plenty of good food, freshly pressed apple cider, live music and activities for kids against the beautiful backdrop of Alder Creek Farm, this year’s festival again promises to be fun for the whole family. Get the last fresh local produce and handmade products at the season’s final Farmer’s Market.  The Rotarians will again be hosting a hamburger stand, this year with meat from Lance’s Farm Vittles.  There will be gunny sack races and other games for the young and young of heart and tours of the Trust’s Community Garden, Permaculture Garden and orchard.  If the weather is less than perfect, there is plenty of warm dry space in our greenhouse.  Join us for this celebration of community and the abundance of the land.  For more information contact Erich Miller at 503-368-3203 or  Alder Creek Farm is located at the end of Underhill Lane off of US 101 at the west edge of Nehalem.


Cannon Beach: Monday  6 – 8 p.m.                                Sept. 28 – Nov. 30

                               Tolovana Hall


Zen Lifestyles is an interactive experience that involves learning and practicing the basic principles of relaxed thinking, mindful attention, emotional vibrancy, behavioral flexibility, soulful creativity, and spiritual harmony and peace.  This class involves lectures and discussions, meditation, experiential exercises, and relationship-building among participants.  Although the “theory” evolved from Japanese Buddhism, Chinese Taoism, Existentialism, and Christian Mysticism….this class is non-religious in nature; and focuses on fundamental dynamics of compassion, freedom, creativity, happiness, community-building, and love. 


Note:  If you have taken one of Dr. Eldridge’s classes during the past 2 years (which focused on Personal Enlightenment )… will notice that this current offering, stresses the extension of Zen Lifestyle Principles

….into various aspects of Community Living.  The topics include:  * social violence  *healthcare  *distribution of wealth  *economic and political competition  *education of children  *environmental balance  *global culture  *post-modern civilization  *work-based societies  *poverty. 

If you have not previously studied with Dr. Eldridge, or do not have a “Zen Philosophy” Background…..please contact him for a private Introductory Orientation…..prior to the first week of class.

William Eldridge, Ph.D.

Bill is an Existential Philosopher and Spiritual Psychotherapist, from Ohio State University; with nearly 40 years of experience in teaching, consulting, writing about, and researching….. the peaceful and compassionate dynamics of human growth and development, self-actualized living, psycho-emotional harmony and balance, inspirational being, and healthy communities.  He was the Founder of The Center For Peace Studies and Community Development in Columbus, Ohio….and has currently organized a Task Force….to create The Oregon Institute for Peace, Spiritual Development, and Community Transformation, along the Coast.  He has lived in Cannon Beach for 3 years.

For further information:  Visit his Website at:


                                               Contact him personally:

                                                                                                (503) 436-0766

Nehalem Estuary Cleanup




Nehalem Estuary Cleanup,


March 28th


Join hardy volunteers of all ages for the 2009 Nehalem Estuary cleanup on Saturday, March 28th.  Orientation will begin at 7:45 am, upstairs at the Sea Shack, in downtown Wheeler.  Team leaders will describe different cleanup sites, gather volunteers, and head out to pick up trash, returning to the Sea Shack around noon.   Retrieving collected trash by boat and sorting for disposal will go on until around 3 pm.  Dress for the weather. Rubber boots, a hat, and snug fitting gloves are useful as well as a daypack for carrying extra clean-up bags, lunch, and water. 

Volunteers are invited to return to the Sea Shack at 6:30 pm. for a thank you dinner, featuring chili from Wanda's Cafe in Nehalem and corn bread from Bread and Ocean in Manzanita.  And, if you aren't too tired to cut a rug, local musicians will give you something to dance to!

In 2007, volunteers removed 15 yards of styrofoam, 66 tires, 15 barrels and drums, 2 refrigerators, 65 board feet of treated lumber, 2 cubic yards of plastic, 2 cubic yards of scrap metal, 4 barrels of glass, 1 barrel of aluminum cans, and an miscellaneous assortment of coffee makers, sports balls, shotgun shells, plastic toys and duck decoys. 

This 6th biennial Nehalem Estuary cleanup is organized by the Lower Nehalem Watershed Council and the Lower Nehalem Community Trust.  Sponsors include Oregon State Parks, Cart'm, SOLV, ODF&W, and many local businesses.  Your RSVP is a  help in our planning, but not imperative.  Contact the Trust at 503-368-3203 or 

Don't miss this opportunity to contribute to the health of our watershed!


Yoga Workshop

Tolovana Arts Colony

Yogic Breathing Class

Saturday, April 18, 2009

2:00 - 4:30pm

Cost: $20

Introduction to Yogic Breathing, Focus and Meditation

This workshop approaches yoga through breathwork, focused contemplation and meditation. The power of these practices will be experienced through a variety of techniques, cultivating calmness of mind, a sense of well-being and serenity. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary.

Yogic Breathing and Meditation Series

Date: 4-week series begins Thursday, April 23

Time: 10:30am - 11:30am


Drop-in: $10

In this series of classes, we will explore the roots of yoga through breathwork, mantra, focused contemplation and various forms of meditation. Deepen your knowledge of yoga and how it can become a part of your daily life on and off the mat. The results? Calmness of mind, a sense of well-being, and deeper mental clarity. All are welcome.

Instructors: Daryl and Lucy Eigen

Instructor contact #: 503-791-2499

Daryl Karunakar Eigen, Ph.D., RYT-500 and Lucy Jeevani Eigen, MA, RYT-500 bring a combined 25 years of training, study and teaching to their enthusiastic classes and workshops. They have studied Classical Yoga extensively in the U.S., Asia and India with master yogis and senior teachers. In addition Lucy is an advanced certified craniosacral therapist and Daryl is a volunteer teacher for Living Yoga in Portland, OR.

Manzanita Pace Setters

Manzanita Pace Setters Jan 17th 2009

January 10th 2009

Manzanita Pace Setter Charter Group Photo


I am so excited the Manzanita Pace Setters are off to a super start.

We had 15 people, including an 8 year old girl Katie that ran the whole 3 miles with her mom.

And two dogs!

Some folks ran, some jogged and plenty of walkers, its all good.

We collected a full box of food for the North County Food Bank and that is the topping on the cake.

The plan is to meet every Saturday morning rain or shine and head out a new course each week that will be approximately 3 miles with optional add-on milage. You can walk, jog, trot, canter, lope or sprint its up to you! Do you own thing!

Yes you can bring:

Dogs (bring a leash in case we do a road thats a bit busier)


Roller Skates

There  are no rules but you did need to show up and if you can bring a can of food for the donation.

Come join us anytime!

Manzanita Pace Setters



A walk-jog-run club that meets every Saturday morning at 7:30am in the parking lot behind spa manzanita

Fight the winter blues, winter weight gain and enjoy the camaraderie of other fitness enthusiasts of all levels on a weekly commitment to better health, weight loss, outdoor exposure and fun!

We will go rain, wind or shine, its all good!

No charge and all active club members get 10% off on massages at spa manzanita.

Janice B. Gaines BS LMT(owner of spa manzanita and fitness/wellness expert), will lead, teach, encourage and share with you her experience and knowledge.

We will do a self-paced (approximately) one hour course that starts and ends at the parking lot with a new course each week.

A couple requirements:
You need to show up!
Bring a can of food; spa manzanita will collect the food and take to North County Food Bank.

So this is a double "mitzvah" (charitable act), good for you and good for someone needy.

First day is Saturday January 10th 2009

Any questions feel free to call

Janice B Gaines

503 368-4777

Or email