Celebrate Earth Day with drumming

Celebrate Earth Day with drumming and other outdoor fun on Saturday, April 20, at Newport’s Big Creek Park, 2510 NE Big Creek Road. (Courtesy photo)

The Newport Community Drum Circle is joining with the Oregon Coast Community Forest Association on Saturday, April 20, to celebrate Earth Day, forests and drums at Newport’s Big Creek Park.

The family oriented rhythmical celebration takes place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, in the covered Big Creek Park picnic pavilion. It will feature the Thunder & Lightness Ensemble and a special, all-ages Earth Day Drum Circle.

The event is free, and light refreshments will be available (or bring your own picnic). All are invited join in — no musical experience is required. Bring your own drum (and a folding chair if you have one) or borrow one of theirs.

The Oregon Coast Community Forest Association acquired and is restoring Forest Hill, Lincoln County’s community forest located between Newport and Toledo. The nonprofit group worked with the City of Newport to rezone and rededicate the more than 80 acres of spruce forest that was renamed in 2012 as Forest Park. The new park is adjacent to Big Creek Park and extends to the old swimming pool site near Sam Case Elementary School. OCCFA is continuing to work with the city and the school district to preserve the forest and utilize it for environmentally focused educational and recreational programs.

Big Creek Park, located at 2510 NE Big Creek Road, is fully accessible and has open grassy areas, parking, playground equipment, picnic tables, two barbecue grills and extensive hiking trails in the adjacent forest. For more information, contact Chandler Davis at [email protected] or 541-272-4615, or Don Andre at [email protected] or 541-961-1607.

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