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SIUSLAW NEWS ❚ WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2018
Q UATTROSOUND
On Wednesday, Jan. 17, Act 2
of the SEA Coastal Concert
Series kicks off with the return
of Quattrosound, the fusion jazz
ensemble that won over
Florence audiences a few years
ago and has been brought back
by popular demand. There will
be a 6:15 p.m. pre-concert talk
in advance of the 7 p.m. concert.
Quattrosound is defined by
its blend of classical, latin pop
and jazz, creating a sound all its
very own. Its four musicians
combine violin, cello, guitars
and percussion with lead vocals
and four-part harmonies filling
the stage with vibrant sound.
“Quattrosound was such a hit
when they were last here,” said
Karen Smales, vice president of
SEAcoast and producer of the
January concert. “So many peo-
ple asked us to bring them back,
so we went to work to make that
happen for 2018.
“They radiate such high ener-
gy, good humor and fun from
the stage with their playful
arrangements that our audience
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CONCERTS
Guatemala and the United
States, their music selections are
as diverse as their nationalities.
Individually, these four
accomplished Los Angeles
based musicians have per-
formed with Natalie Cole,
Madonna, Yo Yo, Elvis
Costello, Charlie Daniels,
Kristin Chenoweth, Miley
Cyrus, Kenny Loggins, Ma
Baby Face and David Foster.
Together,
Quattrosound
delivers clever compositions
and arrangements that “pay
homage to the classics” while
forging a new contemporary
sound.
Tickets are on sale now at the
Florence Events Center Box
COURTESY PHOTO Office, 715 Quince St., or
The fusion jazz ensemble Quattrosound comes to the SEAcoast Entertainment
Florence again for Act 2 of the SEA Coastal Concert series. website www.seacoastea.org.
Tickets are $32 for adults or
really related.”
Members are as equally adept $10 for students under 18.
Best described as an innovative at playing a composition by
SEAcoast
Entertainment
acoustic ensemble that blurs and Bach as they are at rocking out Association is an all-volunteer
blends the boundaries of multiple to Led Zepplin or covering 501(c)(3) nonprofit which has
musical genres, Quattrosound “Spain” by Chick Corea. been bringing entertainment to
defies categorization.
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Development
from 6A
From April to September, the
Housing
and
Economic
Opportunities Project (HEOP)
and Planning Director Wendy
FarleyCampbell sought to pro-
vide “hope for housing” with a
survey and several community
meetings. HEOP’s survey is the
first survey on housing that
Florence has undertaken since
2002.
“Rent is too high, and home
payments are too high,” she said.
“When people cannot afford to
live where they work, the entire
community suffers.”
Local governments, including
Lane County and Florence, are
taking steps to address the rural
housing crisis, as are community
organizations.
“The city did this study to
hopefully effect some code
changes and policy implementa-
tion to make housing affordable
to build, rent and develop,”
FarleyCampbell said. “It’s going
to help business owners bring
and retain employees because
they would have a place to rent
that is safe, clean and healthy,
and have more options to buy.”
In October, Florence City
Council heard updates from
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happened with ongoing projects.
In looking over the past three
years, Reynolds said, “We as a
city are certainly not a ‘be all,
end all.’ While we may be seen
as an obstacle or a resource to
people, we can’t solve all prob-
lems. We certainly can’t do it on
our own. We may have been able
to get out of the way and help
some of our businesses, but they
still run into other challenges.
Working alongside them and
finding out what those chal-
lenges are, we can connect them
to Lane Workforce Partnership,
LCC or whatever that next
resource is.”
She said that Henry and
Florence City Council led
Florence’s charge in going out
and getting stuff done, both in
regard to partnerships and eco-
nomic development.
“Every member of our team,
all the way from the bottom of
the administration to the top, is
out there planting seeds,” she
said. “Maintaining, watering,
fertilizing, trimming, picking,
weeding, all those things. We’re
also checking if we’re doing too
much or need to pare back. We
evaluate all those things. By
becoming ‘A City in Motion,’
we’re trying to fulfill our own
prophecy. We want to be show-
ing action and planning.”
Henry said that the past years
have led to “awesome relation-
ships” with state, county and
other partners, as well as more
public notice of Florence as a
city.
One group leading that is the
chamber’s
Downtown
Revitalization Team, which drew
national attention by applying
for the third season of Deluxe
Corporation’s “Small Business
Revolution — Main Street” TV
series. Florence is now in the top
10 potential cities.
Reynolds said, “It’s all about
community members buying in
and believing in this community,
and championing that effort. For
us to come alongside and support
that means we might get
$500,000, which will be money
invested into this community, to
local contractors, businesses and
banks.”
Henry said, “It’s been my
experience that when you’re not
doing very much, not very much
happens. When you begin to do a
lot of things, then a lot of other
things increase exponentially.
“You’ll be very pleased with
some of the things you’ll see in
the next 90 days.”
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opment successes. At that time,
Reynolds detailed progress in the
Pacific View Business Park and
more connections with partner
agencies.
“Economic development is
multi-faceted. It takes many part-
ners,” she said. “I’m happy to
say you end up creating good,
lifelong connections with people
that will bear fruit down the line.
It’s really exciting to be a part of
it.”
Also in 2017, Central Lincoln
PUD completed its $6 million
Florence-area Electric System
Upgrade; LCC Florence Center
selected Russ Pierson as dean;
FURA passed its own biannual
budget; Florence Area Chamber
of Commerce got a new presi-
dent in Bobby Jensen; Siuslaw
Broadband, doing business as
Hyak, began installing a fiber
optic network in and around the
Pacific View Business Park;
Florence Public Art Committee
began installing public art in
Gallagher’s Park; Friends of the
Florence Events Center received
a
Cultural
Development
Capacity Grant totaling $30,800
for theater lighting and sound
equipment upgrades; Florence
Public Works moved into its new
location and more development
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