Florence Oregon News

Free Fishing / Community Chorus / Campfire Safety

Oregon State Parks are offering free fishing this weekend.  Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will be sponsoring fishing clinics including Saturday morning’s event at Cleawox Lake. The Clinic is free with gear and instruction provided to get young anglers started.  From 9 until 2pm  you can learn everything from baiting your hook to landing your catch.  Crabbing and clamming is also included, while license and tags aren’t required bag and size limits are in effect.   Beachcombers and Tidepoolers will enjoy extreme low tides this weekend. Saturday’s low tides are at 6:40 am and 6:23pm, on Sunday at 7:19am and 7:03pm.  The next extreme tides aren’t until July 3rd through 5th along the Oregon Coast.


Live, Laugh, and Sing is the focus of two free concerts this weekend by the Florence Community Chorus.  Under the direction of David Aakre, the Chorus will give a varied presentation with something for everyone to Trina Smith,

“We are ranging all the way from 1770’s Latin hymns, to a Beach Boy’s Medley, middle of the century funny songs, and we are going to have Maree Beers singing with the chorus for one number”

Smith also said that Aakre is bringing two of his prize winning vocalist from North Bend High School to perform during both performances.  Saturday’s concert is at 7o’clock, Sunday’s afternoon show is at 2 o’clock, both are being held at the Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw, free to the public with refreshments provided afterwards.


Summer camping trips means campfires, hot dogs and s’mores.  However, dry conditions are already present in many areas and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department campers to enjoy their campfires responsibly.  The OPRD offers up some safe tips for enjoying a safe campfire.

  • Know fire levels and restrictions where you plan to camp
  • You can prevent campfire ask and embers becoming airborne by keeping your flames at or below two feet in height.
  • Build your campfires in an established fire ring in your campsite, keeping vegetation clear in your buffer zone.
  • Always have water on hand to extinguish your campfire. Drown your flames, stir the embers and drown again. Make sure everything is wet.

Make sure campfire safety in your campsite is a priority from children to adults.  Never leave a fire unattended. Many accidental fires are started because campers left their fire unattended for “just a minute.”  May is Wildfire awareness month, but good campfire safety is a year round concern for keeping our forest and Oregon Green.