Take off to Tillamook Tickets are now on sale for Celebrate the Bounty of our Bays, the annual gala fund-raiser from Tillamook Estuaries Partnership (TEP), scheduled to take place on Saturday, Feb. 29, in Tillamook. Held at Paciﬁ c Restaurant, the event will see TEP share its 2019 Year in Review as well as hosting a happy hour, surf and turf dinner, and an extensive silent auction full of exclusive, outdoor activities like guided ﬁ shing trips, scenic hikes and vacations to coastal resorts. Executive Director Kristi Foster said the evening serves as TEP’s primary fundraiser, and the money raised helps the organization oﬀ er their educational programs to local students. “We are a non-proﬁ t environmental organization so we rely largely on grants that we get from diﬀ erent agencies at both the state and federal level, but we are also looking for support from the community through donations and fundraising,” she said. “Th is community support helps us run some our other programs, speciﬁ cally our Children’s Clean Water Festival and Down by the Creekside ﬁ eld trips.” TEP, which became its own nonproﬁ t in 2002, has existed in diﬀ erent forms throughout the past 26 years and has always worked with diﬀ erent student groups to involve them in restoration projects around the county. “We’ve had student groups help us with everything from putting wood chips down to planting trees along rivers and streams, and other stewardship activities that have impacted Hoquarton Slough, Alder Creek Farm, Kilchis Point and many other places that so many of us enjoy,” Foster said. “Education is a big piece of 4 • oregoncoastTODAY.com • facebook.com/oregoncoasttoday • February 21, 2020 what we do every single day.” Th is is the second year for Celebrate the Bounty of the Bays, which was ﬁ rst held to honor the 25th anniversary of Tillamook Bay’s designation as a Bay of National Signiﬁ cance. Th e inaugural event was a great success, raising more than $29,000 to support clean water, healthy habitats and vibrant communities. Th is year’s event will begin at 4 pm with the 2019 Year in Review at 4 pm, oﬀ ering a chance to meet the staﬀ and ask questions. Th e ticketed event begins at 5 pm, featuring a happy hour, silent auction and seafood dinner. Th e evening will continue with a cash bar after party from 8 to 9 pm. Tickets are $60 per person and include surf and turf dinner with two beer or wine tickets. Other drinks will be available for purchase at the bar. To buy tickets, go to www.tbnep.org. potpourri Please clap A Lincoln City handbell expert is oﬀ ering people the chance to leap into a new hobby this Leap Day, with an introduction to the art of handbell music on Saturday, Feb. 29. Georgia Roelof, a handbell ringer and director with 35 years of experience as both a volunteer and a paid professional, will share her passion for this little- known instrument in a hands-on presentation at the Congregational Church of Lincoln City. Roelof will demonstrate how to learn to ring a bell by hand, on a padded table, in the air or with mallets. Th e bells come in many diﬀ erent sizes and weights, from half a pound to four and a half pounds. “Th ey’re quite easy to ring,” Roelof said, “and you don’t need the ability to read music or even have any musical experience to make it happen.” Participants can also try using hand chimes that are very diﬀ erent from the handbells and look very similar to a large tuning fork. “Leap Day only comes once every four years,” Roelof said, “so why not do something totally diﬀ erent to celebrate this Leap Year and pick up a handbell? You‘ll be glad you did.” Saturday’s session will run from 9:30 to 11 am at the Congregational Church of Lincoln City, 2435 NW Oar Place, behind Kenny’s IGA north. For more information, call Roelof at 914-330-6251.