June is Pride Month!

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” ~Harvey Fierstein

Pride Month is held in June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in New York City, which marked the beginning of the LGBTQ rights movement in the U.S. Harassed by local police simply for congregating, LGBTQ patrons refused to resign themselves to the shadows of American society, deciding to take a stand and fight back against the brutal intimidation they regularly faced. The events of those nights inspired a social awakening for many in the LGBTQ community and had a profound effect on the nation’s perception of persons who identify as L, G, B, T or Q as a community in and of itself.

This June, Amazon’s employee LGBTQ affinity group, Glamazon, celebrates LGBTQ Pride Month by releasing a Pride Facts skill for Amazon Alexa — now, owners of an Alexa will be able to say, “Alexa, tell me a Pride fact,” and the Pride Facts will respond with a fun fact about LGBTQ Pride, LGBTQ history, important LGBTQ leaders and figures and other topics. This is an exciting opportunity to celebrate Pride, honor our LGBTQ history and remember that despite all the recent gains we’ve made, there is still a ways to go on the road to full equality for LGBTQ people. This project also helps those who may not be able to attend a Pride celebration in person by bringing Pride to them!

Pride events are held nationwide in cities large and small, and for some Americans, it is the only occasion where they can be out and proud in their community. Click the links below to see the celebrations happening around Oregon:

Astoria Pride Celebration, Astoria, June 7-9
Portland Pride Waterfront Festival and Parade, Portland, June 15-16
Basic Rights Oregon’s Bites for Rights, statewide, June 20
Albany Pride, Albany, June 22
Central Oregon Pride, Bend, June 22
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New Single Drop! Pianist Phenom Chloe Flower Releases Her First Original Single”Get What U Get”

After sending shockwaves through the socialsphere following her electrifying performance alongside Cardi B at the 2019 Grammy Awards, high-energy performance pianist Chloe Flower releases her first-ever original single on Sony Music Masterworks. Rooted in classical instrumentation, the song has all of the style and flare of a pop record. Flower recently debuted the song on the Today Show in her first ever solo TV performance (check it out below!). “Get What U Get” is available everywhere now.
“My mission has always been to bring classical music to the forefront of our communities and schools,” says Flower. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to package my music like a pop artist, showing the world that classical music can be sexy and cool. ‘Get What U Get’ is a female empowerment song about celebrating all of the different facets of a woman. I hope this track serves as a reminder that you don’t have to fit into any mold that society has created. Instead, embrace and cherish your unique qualities because you are who you are and they will get what they get! Take it or leave it!”

Check out the single below and then head to Chloe’s site HERE to find out more and get your copy!

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Coastal Memory Walk and BBQ to Remember fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Association, Friday, June 21!

Pacific View invites you to the Coastal Walk and BBQ to Remember Fundraiser for the Longest Day Alzheimer’s Association, Friday June 21 – Meet at the South Jetty Parking lot at 9:00 am, warm up at 9:30 and walk begins at 10:00 am. Register online at alz.org/thelongestday under Coastal Memory Walk – $30.00 for the walk. Optional Walks include a 5K (includes stairs at Coquille Point, beach walk), a 2 Mile Walk (without stairs) and a Jetty Stroll (flat surface).

BBQ to Remember from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Pacific View (suggested donation of $5.00). Listen to live music while enjoying burgers and hot dogs with all the fixin’s! For more information, call Kim Hicks, Pacific View 541-347-7502  or Mary Evans 541-347-9382

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Alive After Five Wine Walk, Friday, June 21!

Alive After Five returns to Bandon Friday, June 21st by celebrating National Selfie Day, the first of many obscure holidays featured this year.  From 5pm to 7pm, Old Town Bandon gives good face with a wine walk, food samples, and bargains at many of its shops.

Collector glasses for the wine walk are available for $10 at the Boardwalk picnic shelter from 5 – 6:30pm.  Walking maps will also be available, listing participating shops, wine and food locations, and special merchant offers.

Alive After Five is organized by the Greater Bandon Association, with proceeds going towards community events such as the Volunteer of the Month program, Night of 10,000 Lights holiday celebration, the Gorse Blossom Festival, and to support GBA’s economic development initiatives.  Monthly holiday themes and additional information can be found on Facebook (BandonAliveAfterFive).  For additional questions, contact Neal Davis, GBA, at (541) 551-1663.

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Estuary Soup! Saturday, June 22, Bandon Library

Hands on family fun with estuary critters and plants for a close up experience with nature. After interacting with the estuary exhibits there will be playful craft projects for the kids. The South Slough Estuary Reserve comes to the Bandon Library for a fun, exciting and educational afternoon. Join us! It will be fun, 2-3:30pm.

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Purple Martin Workshop, Saturday, June 29

Come join local naturalist Joe Metzler for an informative talk about this amazing bird and the important roll it plays in the environment. During the second part of the program we will walk to the slough and observe nest boxes Joe has monitored for the past decade and hopefully have the opportunity to band a few chicks. This will be a fun filled day you won’t want to miss! South Slough, 10am-1pm, free. More information & registration info Here.

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Circles in the Sand – Labyrinths on the Beach – several dates in June!

Labyrinth – Walking Meditation – A unique morning walk on the beach. Labyrinth master artist Denny Dyke, creates “walkable art” which is a sandy path through an entire pattern with no wrong turns or dead ends. The path is further enhanced with detailed designs and is open for all to enjoy. Subject to cancellation due to inclement weather, rain, and / or high winds. For complete schedule, check the calendar Here.