On the Beach: Fall changes in the air

  • Thu Sep 15th, 2016 10:10am
  • Life

Daniela Werner, On the Beach columnist

September on the beach feels different than the summer in more ways than just the cooler temperatures and leaves changing hues. The tourists are still visiting on the weekends, but for the most part, Ocean Shores settles back into small-town life. The kids are getting into the back-to-school routine, which, of course, includes homework. Fall sports have started and thoughts turn to family gatherings and fall traditions.

At North Beach High School, football, volleyball and cross country seasons have begun. For the Hyaks football home opener, the sky was blue, the sun was shining and the air was as crisp as the cheerleader’s new uniforms. North Beach managed to come away with a win in the “never count them out” fashion we have come to expect from our team. After a long stretch on the road, the next home game won’t be until Friday Oct. 7 against rival Ocosta.

Grab that fall sweater and stadium blanket and join in the Friday night small town tradition of cheering on the high school team. For some fast-paced indoor high school sport action, stop by North Beach High school on Saturday Sept. 17 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to catch a few matches at the volleyball tournament. For a complete listing of high school sports check out the North Beach District web page.

Fall bowling leagues have started on Thursday evenings. Stop by Shores Bowl and catch a game or find out how you can join in the fun. Makes for great rainy day entertainment. You can also come in on Friday or Saturday Night for “Glow Bowl,” a high energy session with bright lights and great music.

The Ocean Shores Library will feature a “Miniature Madness Exhibition” on Thursday Sept. 15 from 1-2:30 p.m.; also “Bead Weaving Basics” is on the Tuesdays of Sept. 20, 27, 10-11:30 a.m. Learn how to make your own cuff bracelet. Beginners are welcome. Class size is limited, so stop by to sign up.

Want to get into the holiday spirit? The North Beach Singers are practicing Mondays 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. for their Christmas Concerts, “That’s Christmas to Me.” Practices are held at Galilean Lutheran Church. New members are always welcome For more information call (360) 289-4499.

Coming up this weekend is the International Coastal Clean-Up Day. You can register online and spend the morning keeping the beautiful beaches we call home clean and litter free. Also on the beach in Ocean Shores on Saturday the 17th is the sixth annual Fat Bike Meet-Up and ride. Bike enthusiasts will gather and enjoy a leisurely beach ride. Just up the coast a bit in Pacific Beach is the Sand Castles and S’mores event. Visit the vendors, crafters and businesses during this fun-filled weekend. Area businesses in the North Beach will also be offering specials through the weekend. This is partnered with Friends who Love the Museum of the North Beach. Beginning Friday at the Ocean Shores Convention Center the Sea Pal Quilters present, “ A Whale of a Quilt Show.” Doors open Sept. 16 at 10 a.m., and the show wraps up Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day on Sunday Sept. 18. Look for specials around town at your favorite local restaurants or create your own masterpiece at home with a cheeseburger bar with the family.

Get ready for fall in Ocean Shores and enjoy the changing of the seasons ”On the Beach”

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