Join Us in Celebrating the Fourth of July in Manzanita

Photo by Rocky Intertidal CoCreative
Photo by Rocky Intertidal CoCreative

Tomorrow Manzanita will bustle with visitors and locals alike as the town celebrates the 2013 Fourth of July in its characteristic American beach town fashion.

Start your morning with a pancake breakfast from 8  to 11 a.m. at the Manzanita Fire Hall, located on 5th Street, next to the basketball court. Proceeds will benefit Neahkahnie High School’s athletic programs.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay will host a barbecue fundraiser, serving hamburgers and hotdogs in the Kamali Sotheby’s parking lot at 5th and Laneda.

The annual Manzanita Fourth of July Parade will kick off at 1 p.m. and wind along Laneda Avenue toward the beach. Look for floats, marching bands and other entrants in this colorful procession. This year’s theme is “Peace on Earth.” If you would like to enter this year’s parade, fill out an application and register at the parade staging area at Underhill Plaza, across from Manzanita Fresh Foods IGA.

At dusk, usually around 10 p.m., people will flock to the beach for the annual Manzanita Fireworks event. Licensed pyrotechnicians from Western Display Fireworks in Canby will launch the show in what is always an entertaining way to cap off the holiday.


Big Wave Cafe to host benefit dinners

MANZANITA — Following the success of last year’s dinner that raised several thousand dollars for a local handicapped access ramp, Brian and Carol Williams plan to use their Big Wave Café, 822 Laneda Ave. in Manzanita, to drum up more support for the Pine Grove Community House, the Rinehart Clinic and the Manzanita Business Alliance.

The first fundraiser, scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, is an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner that will benefit the Pine Grove Community House. The cost is $10 per plate. Those who attend are invited to bring a dessert to share.

Last year, the Williams hosted a benefit for the local nonprofit organization, raising $2,400 toward the $15,000 needed to build a new handicapped access ramp at the downtown Manzanita venue.

At 6 p.m. Feb. 4, the Big Wave Café will host a low-cholesterol, low-sodium, low-fat meal in conjunction with American Heart Month, with proceeds benefitting the Rinehart Clinic in Wheeler. Tickets will cost $20 each, and will be good for a complete heart-healthy, multi-course served dinner with pre-dinner heart-healthy appetizers and post-dinner heart-healthy desserts.

Tickets will be available at Manzanita Lumber and the Rinehart Clinic. There will be 70 tickets available for one seating.

“Brian and his family at the Big Wave exemplify the community spirit which makes the area so special in supporting the time-honored medical care provided to North County for the past 100 years,” said clinic CEO Ellen Boggs.

The Williams will round out their series of fundraising events with the Manzanita Business Alliance March Open House, at a future date.

The Williams moved to North Tillamook County from Chicago to purchase the Big Wave Café in September 2011. Brian Williams left his job as senior vice president at Career Education Corp. for Le Cordon Bleu to return to Oregon, where the couple grew up. Carol Williams, who makes desserts, is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Portland and studied with French chef Pascal Tisseur at Petite Provence, a bakery in Portland.