Cold Weather Shelter Remains Open; Rhododendron Theme Contest; Festival of Trees

Cold Weather Shelter Remains Open

For the third night in a row inclement weather and cold temperatures have forced the opening of the Cold Weather Shelter at the Presbyterian church of the Siuslaw on Highway 101.  Transportation will be provided from the Siuslaw public library, Safeway, and Fred Meyer.  Registration will begin at 5 pm and an evening meal is provided.  Transportation in the morning from the shelter will begin after breakfast is served.  According to Greg Wood there is also a good possibility that the shelter will open again tomorrow evening.  If you have the opportunity to serve in a volunteer capacity please contact Greg Wood 541 991-8208.

Rhododendron Theme Contest

The theme for the 113th annual Florence Rhododendron Festival has yet to be decided and it will take the public’s input to make that happen.  The Florence Area Chamber of commerce are looking for ideas and asking the community to submit their ideas for a fun, creative theme that represents the festival.  There is also a $50 prize for the winning submission.  In association with the festival the Chamber is also accepting applications for the Rhododendron Court scholarship pageant.  For more information you can contact the chamber or email

Festival of Trees

This Saturday and Sunday is the Florence Festival of Trees to benefit the Oregon Coast Military Museum.  Sundays gala event is sold out, but Saturday the community can browse the many hand decorated trees and find lots of decorations and ideas for gifts.  Saturday’s event will run from 10am until 4 pm. You can have your photo taken with Santa, there will be face painting, a community Chorus and children’s holiday crafts in addition the CROW Flight Dance Team will perform as well as some CROW singers.  The event is free on Saturday at the Florence Event Center.