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When and Where?
Drum Circle Dates and Locations
Next Newport Drum Circle:
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 6:00 - 8:00 PM...
in the gazebo at Don Davis Park, foot of Olive Street, in Newport.

Spring & Summer Schedule (through September):
There are no further Saturday drum circles scheduled (due to heavy weekend competition in spring and summer), but feel free to bring your street performance to the ongoing Nye Beach Second Saturday Stroll!
West African Dance, starting September 7 & 14 (2-week series), (each Tuesday), 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Dance and All That Jazz, upstairs at 630 SW Hurbert, in Newport. Master Drummer Mamadou Thioub and Master Dancer Gabrielle Eggstein have been offering these popular classes for some time. They are described as "mixed level," and drops ins are welcome at $15 per session. To register for the series call 541-272-4049 or email

Bucket Drumming Class, September 9 (second Thursdays), 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Organized Sounds studio in Waldport. Basic rhythm, rhythm notation, and techniques that can be applied to bucket or kit drumming; buckets and sticks provided. North off Alsea Hwy at John Street (Alsea Bay Dental); studio is small yellow house at the end of the block, across from the Moose Lodge. Bucketsful of fun. $5. Call Vince at 563-5830 for more information (he has other classes too).

Nye Beach Second Saturday Stroll, September 11, Noon to 500 p.m., (and, uh, every second Saturday). You're invited to try your hand as a busker and it's perfectly legal under the Nye Beach Merchants Association's special permit. (Common courtesy applies: No blocking traffic or store entrances, interfering with pedestrians, etc.) Let me know if you want to meet and drum as a group.

Clean Slate, September 11, 18, 25: Drum circle members, our videographers, and true friends and supporters of the drum circle, Gary and Vallorie, et al will be busy this month. They will be returning to the Second Annual Lincoln County Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery/Wellbriety Month Recovery/Wellbriety Celebration (which will also feature Rick Bartow & Friends, a Native American youth drumming group, and free hot dogs and hamburgers) on Saturday September 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Yaquina View School. They will be at Nana' Irish Pub, in Nye Beach, Saturday, September 11, 8-11 p.m. and Saturday, September 25, 8-11 p.m.. Their recently redesigned website is up at with a special page that they have donated to the drum circle.

NEWPORT COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLE, SEPTEMBER 21, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. STILL FREE! See and share our video, recorded on site and professionally produced by Waldport's full-service Oregon Coast Recording: Go to and enter "Drum Circle Newport Oregon" for both high and low definition versions.

Yachats Drum Circle, every Tuesday, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Yachats Commons. Lincoln County's oldest drum circle is free and welcomes new drummers. Members of the group also perform occasionally as The Rhythm Weavers. Contact Will Williams,

Drum Some Drum Circle, every Friday, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., in Florence. Usually at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, in a small shopping center near the intersection of Hwy 101 and Heceta Beach Road (location changes posted at the hall). $1 donation. They move around a lot, so check first: Contact

Second Annual Lincoln County Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery/Wellbriety Month, Hands Across the Bridge &Recovery/Wellbriety Celebration, September 18, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. I'm doing the community outreach for the event again this year and I'm looking for drummers to help kick off the Hands Across the Bridge ceremony to honor Lincoln County resident s who are in recovery from substance use disorder and increase awareness of addiction and recovery. We will be gathering at Yaquina Bay State Park on Saturday morning, September 18, at 9:30 a.m. by the Fishermen's Memorial to attempt to span the 3,223 foot length of the Yaquina Bay Bridge. We will probably do a small drum circle as folks gather for the walk, then provide a good strong rhythm to carry them across the bridge. About 125 to 150 people, led by County Commissioner Bill Hall and District Attorney Rob Bovett, stretched halfway across span last year in the rain; we're hoping for an even bigger crowd this year. The bridge event will be followed immediately by the Recovery/Wellbriety Celebration featuring live music by Clean Slate and Rick Bartow & Friends, drumming and singing by a Native American youth drumming group from Siletz, free hot dogs and hamburgers, potluck desserts, door prizes and activities for children. Please RSVP.

Special Event: UKALALIENS SONGBOOK, September 26, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Aliens with ukuleles? Alert Glen Beck! Billed as "A Beginners Guide to Ukulele Fun," this workshop for beginning and intermediate players promises to have you playing the uke and singing songs " in minutes!" So, if you can't wait for the next NUTS meeting (see below), grab your axe ( hatchet?), order your ticket through Sitka Center for Art & Ecology at 541-994-5485 (or and head out to the Neskowin Valley School, 10005 Slab Creek Rd., in Neskowin. Cost is "$15-$35" per person.

New! Avamere Newport Rehab & Specialty Center, October 3 (now first Sundays), 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. The folks here aren't able to get out into the community for entertainment and may have very little social contact, but you might just find that it is as therapeutic for you as it is for them. The new schedule is designed to be more convenient for everyone. At 835 SW 11th St. (corner 11th and Bay St.).Turn east off 101at Money Saver Motel near Les Schwab. Contact me to RSVP.

New! NUTS: Newport Ukulele Tune Strummers, October 6 (first Wednesdays), 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Newport Visual Arts Center, on the Nye Beach Turnaround. Ukulele Circle? Jim D'Ville, a long time member of the Yachats Drum Circle and an inveterate Pied Piper of fun and mischief, is threatening a "'ukulele revolution." But, for now, the plan is to form a ukulele group to get together once a month in Newport to play and learn. Jim and fabric artist/uke player Tash Wesp host. The inaugural September session attracted nearly 20 players from rank beginners like me to professional musicians. Lots of fun and terrific instruction for $5. Info at 541-547-5391 or

Waldport Drum Circle,Thursday, October 7 (first Thursdays), 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Waldport Community Center (the red brick building just west of the fire station on Alsea Hwy). All ages, $1 donation,

RHYTHM CONNECTIONS, Therapeutic Drum Circles is a non-profit organization, inspired by the Newport and Waldport Drum Circles, that Waldport Drum Circle coordinator Janice Weathers and I are putting together to bring therapeutic drumming into residential care facilities, treatment and wellness centers, schools, offices, etc. We both have professional backgrounds in health care and we hope also to be able to offer individualized small-group therapeutic drumming to address common barriers to health, wellness, happiness, and fulfillment. We can also organize parties and drumming events of any size for business and community organizations for promotion, fundraising, team building, or just for the fun of it.
AND ESPECIALLY...Don't miss this Tuesday's NEWPORT DRUM CIRCLE, but if you have to miss it, you can catch us NEXT time!