The Siuslaw news. (Florence, Lane County, Or.) 1960-current, November 17, 2018, SATURDAY EDITION, Page 10A, Image 9

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SEAcoast presents Ken Lavigne’s Christmas Roadshow Bell ringers kick off annual
EAcoast Entertainment launches the
Red Kettle Drive today
S holiday season with Ken Lavigne on
Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Flor-
ence Events Center. This concert will be
the icing on the cake — or the star on the
top of the tree — following the Mayor’s
Tree Lighting Ceremony in Historic Old
Town Florence at 5:30 p.m.
The Ken Lavigne Christmas Musi-
cal Roadshow is an enchanting holiday
musical tour through the golden age of
“I want this Christmas to feel like we’re
shaking up the champagne bottle and
popping the cork,” enthuses Lavigne.
The desire to turn a concert into a
celebration has evolved from the earli-
est days of his Christmas performances,
when he had to do much of the produc-
tion and promotion on his own.
“I had to do a mental trick and say to
myself, this is a party you’re throwing
and you’re just inviting people to come
and be part of the fun.”
Lavigne started his shining solo career
in 2008. As an all-around entertainer he
invites the audience into his life with his
luscious, silken voice.
He has performed at Carnegie Hall in
New York, toured across North Amer-
ica, released three CDs and worked
with such musical luminaries as David
He loves sharing his stories in the
Christmas spirit, which is all about joy.
Tickets are on sale now at the Flor-
ence Events Center Box Office or at Sea- Tickets are $35 for adults
and $10 for students under the age of 18.
Lavigne will give a preconcert talk at
6:15 p.m., following a special perfor-
mance of holiday favorites during the
Florence Holiday Festival and the light-
ing of the Christmas Tree in Historic
Old Town Florence at 5:30 p.m.
This tree lighting event is sponsored
by the City of Florence and Florence
Area Chamber of Commerce and is free
to the community.
Seacoast Entertainment Association
is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit,
which has been bringing entertainment
to the Oregon Coast since 1980.
FRAA artist Don Mathis
exhibits at OPB in November
at Backstreet Gallery on Bay
Street, as well as FRAA Art
Center and Gallery on Ma-
ple Street, and his artwork
can be viewed regularly at
both locations.
His work has also been on
display at Florence Cham-
ber of Commerce, Siuslaw
Public Library, Florence
Events Center and Peace-
Health Peace Harbor Med-
ical Center.
His work covers a broad
spectrum and may be ab-
stract, linear, realistic or ex-
“My art is inspired by a
lifetime of unique experi-
ences,” he said.
Florence Regional Arts
Alliance (FRAA) has an-
nounced that the artwork
of local artist Don Mathis is
being exhibited at Oregon
Pacific Bank in Florence
during the month of No-
Originally from the San
Francisco Bay Area, Mathis
has lived in Florence for
nearly 40 years.
He describes himself as
“a self-taught mixed me-
dia artist who has dabbled
in everything from colored
pencil, oils and acrylics to
and wire-wrapped jewelry.”
Mathis is a member artist
Help contribute to Florence by serving on a city committee
Would you like to see more
public involvement in the
City of Florence to make sure
your voice is heard? Would
you like to make a difference
and help contribute to the
goals and objectives of the
City as a whole?
At the Nov. 5 Florence City
Council meeting, the council
elected to amend its com-
mittee structures to allow for
more opportunities for citi-
zens to get engaged in proj-
ects that interest them.
“City committees work
tirelessly to provide much
needed volunteer time to
keep many of the City’s pro-
grams functioning at a lev-
el that would be impossible
without their services,” states
City Recorder/Economic De-
velopment Coordinator Kelli
City Committees general-
ly meet once per month as a
People interested in po-
sitions should expect to at-
tend recurring meetings and
devote time for study of is-
sues and performance above
and beyond meeting atten-
Volunteer time is vital in
working towards solutions to
local government issues.
If you are interested in
serving your city and getting
involved, consider applying
for one of the open positions
on one of the City’s commit-
The following boards and
committees are currently
filling vacancies for varying
term lengths, with positions
set to begin on February 1,
• Planning Commission
• Budget Committee
• Community & Economic
Development Committee
• Environmental Manage-
ment Advisory Committee
• Public Arts Committee
• Transportation Commit-
• Audit Ad-Hoc Commit-
The deadline for applica-
tions is Dec. 31.
Applying for a position
is easy. Applications can be
downloaded from the City’s
website at and are available at the
Florence Public Works Facil-
ity (2675 Kingwood Street)
during regular business
For details regarding the
duties and responsibilities
of these bodies, residency
requirements of applicants,
term lengths, or any other
questions, contact Weese at
541-997-3437 or via email at
The call has gone out to
Salvation Army veteran bell
ringers and new volunteer
bell ringers to grab their
Santa hats and bells and get
ready to get those bells ring-
Those interested are wel-
come to meet Saturday, Nov.
17, at Florence Municipal
Airport Hanger 20E, where
Sam Spayd and Salvation
Army volunteers will be kick-
ing off this year’s Kettle fund
drive with spiced beverages,
Christmas cheer and a rous-
ing toast for a banner year.
Last year, the Salvation
Army kettles in Florence
raised over $27,000 under
Spayd’s supervision of 104
local bell ringers.
According to Spayd, 90
percent of all money collect-
ed stays in the community
and supports those in need
through a voucher system.
In the last few years, local
community members were
often surprised to find a
friend or neighbor perched
by a kettle in front of Safe-
way, Bi-Mart, Fred Meyer or
Grocery Outlet.
“It made the experience
great fun to see the surprise
in a friend’s face when they
recognized me,” one volun-
teer said.
This year’s kickoff event is
from 4 to 6 p.m. Volunteers
will be available to directly
“Come and find out what
we can accomplish together,”
Spayd said. “I’m looking for-
ward to see who signs up to
ring the bell this year.”
Victorian Belle’s
Christmas Bazaar
November 16, 17 & 18
SUNDAY, 9am-3pm
~ Three Rivers Casino ~
Be sure to get your RAFFLE TICKETS on site for a chance to win a
basket filled with handmade, one-of-a-kind items from each artist!
100% of raffle proceeds go to
the Florence Homeless Teen Program.
Serving Dinner from 1pm to 7pm
g Day y Menu
Starters ~ Soup or Salad
Choose either our Fresh Green Salad
Cup of Roasted Pumpkin Soup
The Main Course
Brown Sugar Glazed Smoked Ham
Oven Roasted Turkey with Giblet Gravy
Buttermilk Herb Mashed Potatoes
Marshmallow Pineapple Candied Yams
Currant Orange Cranberry Chutney
Creamed Carrots
Fried Sage Stuffing
Five Grain Dinner Roll
Vegetarian Option
(Gluten Free)
Cranberry, Almond &Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash
Finished with an Apple Cider Reduction
and Fresh Sage Beurre Blanc
All dinners include: Coffee or Tea
Pumpkin Pie or Bourbon Caramel Pecan Pie
Adults  Children ⁽ & under ⁾ 
15% gratuity is added to all parties of 8 or more.
Call For Reservations: 541-547-5820
Until December 5th
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