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SIUSLAW NEWS ❚ WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2017
Student
geography
bee finalists
named
Finalists in the National
G e o g r a p h i c S o c i e t y ’s
Geography Bee at Siuslaw
Elementary School and
Siuslaw Middle School have
been announced.
Elementary school final-
ists are: Dylan Jensen, Joel
Sissel, Ronald Johnston,
Kaden Wood, Malacai Lade,
Maya Wells, Jack Clinton,
Rhianna Lane and Daniel
Gorbett.
Middle school finalists
are: Andrew Jensen-Norman,
Samuel Castle, Jasmine
Vazquez, Harrison Hubner,
Camp Lacouture, Izayah
Degitz, Chad Hughes, Owen
Harklerode and Jeffrey
Edman.
All of these students
scored highly in the prelimi-
nary qualifying round: 25
moderately hard multiple-
choice questions offered to
all fourth- through eighth-
grade students.
The top scoring students
from the elementary and mid-
dle schools were declared
finalists.
The finals and champi-
onship rounds will be held
Thursday, Jan. 18.
The elementary finals will
be in the afternoon starting at
1 p.m. in the elementary
school library, while the mid-
dle school finals will start at
9 a.m. at the middle school
library.
This event is not open to
the general public. However,
parents, siblings, guardians
and relatives are encouraged
to attend. Sign in at the main
office in the building of the
event. The winners and run-
ners-up will be announced
immediately at the end of
each bee.
F LORENCE
LANDMARKS
MAKE BEST OF STATE LIST
In a state that measures
nearly 100,000 square miles,
two of the top-20 landmarks
to visit are within about 10
miles of each other in
Florence. Oregonian/Oregon
Live.com recently published
its list of the 20 most iconic
landmarks in Oregon.
Author Jamie Hale defined
“landmark” as any natural or
manmade feature that helps
define a place in Oregon,
explaining that. “If it’s worthy
of a postcard, it’s a land-
mark.”
Hale ranked Sea Lion
Caves at number 16 writing,
“It’s been built up and turned
into a tourist attraction for the
last 75 years, but there’s no
denying the grandeur of the
Sea Lion Caves.”
The towering sea cave just
north of Florence is home to a
Stellar sea lion rookery, which
generally stays inside the cave
in the fall and winter, heading
out to the rocky shores come
spring and summer.
At number nine on his list
are the Oregon Dunes. Hale
writes, “Popular among OHV
enthusiasts and hikers alike
—and the inspiration for
Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi
novel “Dune” — the Oregon
Dunes are a massive, unmis-
takable landmark on the coast,
running from Florence down
to Coos Bay.”
The dunes outranked the
iconic Vista House in the
Columbia Gorge, Portland's
Washington Park with its zoo
and gardens, and Southern
Oregon’s Oregon Caves
National Monument. Topping
the list is Mt. Hood.
Earlier this year, Florence
made Flights.com’s list of the
“Eight Coolest Cities You
Must
Experience
for
Yourself” primarily for sand-
boarding, but also touted Sea
Lion Caves and the dunes as
top reasons to visit.
In addition, Florence has
recently been named the sec-
ond-best small town in the
northwest by USA Today,
America’s most beautiful
town by Expedia.com, and as
the best coastal getaway by
readers of The Oregonian/
OregonLive.com.
Presbyterian Church to hold
Longest Night service on Thursday
On the Winter Solstice tomorrow, Dec. 21, the
Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw will hold a
Longest Night service at 7 p.m. in the church
sanctuary. In the long, dark winter nights, mem-
ories of past experiences and the pain of present
circumstances can become overwhelming.
For some, the Christmas season is a difficult
time. Some may be grieving the loss of a loved
one, struggling with illness or dealing with other
losses. This will be a service of wholeness and
healing. Those looking for comfort, hope,
wholeness and renewal are welcomed and invit-
ed, as well as anyone wishing to share in an inti-
mate, contemplative service using scriptures,
readings, meditations, hymns and Taizé music.
There will be a small worship center sur-
rounded by chairs, with pillows for people to sit
on the floor if they wish. There will be candles
to be lit for prayers.
The Rev. Greg Wood will lead the service.
The church is located at 3996 Highway 101.
Call 541-997-7136 for more information.
FRAA ART CENTER
120 Maple Street
Phone: 541-997-4435
Hours Open: Wed-Fri noon-5pm,
Sat 10am-5pm, Sun. noon-5pm
Classes, Workshops & Events
Winter Artisan Fair
Held at the FEC, Friday, January 12th 1-7
pm & Saturday, January 13th 11 am - 5 pm
Join us, watch artisans at work and
support and visit with your local artist
friends.
Next Art Change-Out Day
Monday, January 9th, 9-11 am
Please pick up your artwork and bring
something new to help keep the art at
FRAA fresh to our visitors.
Open Studio @ FRAA, Thursdays 

Writers on the River - Creative
Writing Workshop with Catherine
Rourke
2018 Annual Writers Boot Camp
Jump start your writing for the new year!
Sat., January 20, 2018 10 am - 12 noon
All writing levels and genres, $20/
members, $25/non-members. Contact:
CJReditor@gmail.com , 541-708-2120
Big Wave Poetry 1st Tuesday
Open Mic
January 2nd at 6:30 pm. Admission is free
and refreshments will be available.
No registration required. Drop-in, bring
your materials, and create. All artistic
mediums welcome.
Every Thursday, 1-4 pm
Painting with John Leasure 

Whimsical Hand Building
Ceramics w/ Alissa Clark
Oil Painting with Michael Wood
Saturdays 9 am - 12 pm
Dec 23 & 30, January 6, 12, 20 & 27
Contact: jnleasure@hotmail.com or
541-991-2754 for details and fees.
Wednesdays, 3-5 pm & Thursdays, 6-8 pm
Open Lab Ceramics on Saturdays
Drop in, work at own pace. Sat 12-5 pm
All ceramics classes held at Alissa’s
Studio. 180 Laurel Street. Call Alissa with
questions: 503-857-5222
Wednesdays 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Contact: fmwood@msn.com for fees and
more information.
FRAA Holiday Closures
We will be closed on Christmas, New
Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. We will
shorten our open hours on Christmas Eve.
For more information about classes, visit fraaoregon.org. To register for
these classes, please call or visit FRAA at our art center on Maple Street.
Enjoy great food and good times.
MEATLESS MONDAY
Healthy vegan and Vegetarian expertly prepared meals!
Homestyle Comfort Food
WINE WEDNESDAY
Enjoy a palate-pleasing variety of half price wines by the bottle!
ALL YOU CAN EAT COD THURSDAYS 5-8PM
Enjoy all the hand-battered, golden fried cod and chips you can eat!
CULINARY CELEBRATION WEEKENDS
Ask about our featured specials!
New Fall Menu
Including:
Shephard’s Pie &
Meatloaf & Mashed Potatoes
Wine | Beer | Martinis | Small Plates | Seafood | Dessert
1297 Bay Street Florence • 541-997-1133
www.bridgewaterfi shhouse.com
ALL NEW DINNER SPECIAL!
2 Entrees FOR $20.00
The Grill Restaurant & Lounge
Open Daily for
Breakfast 10am-1pm
Lunch 10am-5pm
Daily Happy hour 2-5pm,
Beer, Wine, Cocktails
Where good friends &
great food come together!
Breakfast and Lunch Menus
Monday - Friday
Surfside Restaurant
Call: 541-997-8263
at Sandpines
1201 35th Street at Kingwood, Florence
Highway 101 & 35 St.
541-997-4623 ext. 5
Mo’s Mo’s
Hi, Welcome Restaurant
to
®
~ FEATURED LOW-CARB SELECTIONS ~
Sunday - Thursday 4pm-6pm
AND Don’t forget our
2 FOR $16.00
Fall/Winter
Hours:
10am-5pm
Daily
Wednesday dinner special:
10 oz. Prime Rib and Salad,
with your choice of
Pasta or Potatoes!
Great Food
Happy Hour • Monday-Friday 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Enjoy discount food and drink specials at the bar!
1285 Bay Street in Old Town Florence • (541) 902-8338
GRILLED
OR Poached,
BLACKENED
or Blackened
SALMON: Grilled,
Boneless,
Skinless
Breast of Chicken
CHICKEN
BREAST:
COD FISH SANDWICH
SHRIMP SKEWERS: 2 Grilled Shrimp Skewers
All of FOR
the above $9.25
are served with
Green Beans or Mixed Steamed Veggies and a Shrimp Dinner Salad
and for NEW
dessert... ITEMS
MARIONBERRY OR PEACH COBBLER
BBQ PORK RIBS: Baby Back Pork Ribs with the
FOR $4.95, ALA MODE FOR $1.00 MORE .
James Gang BBQ Sauce
BLACKENED SALMON CEASAR SALAD
Mo’s Old
Town, Florence • Daily 11 am - 8 pm
®
Mo’s
Town,
Florence
• Daily
11 am - 8 pm
Serving Old
Bowls
of comfort
for Over
50 Years
Serving Bowls of comfort for Over 50 Years • 541-997-2185