Free & Family Friendly

Plaza Palooza to celebrate new installations

Meet "Gary" and learn about "Nearshore"

Lincoln City, OR – The Lincoln City Cultural Center is thrilled to announce the Plaza Palooza, a family-friendly event celebrating the newest installations on the Plaza, set for Saturday, May 25th from 1-3 PM. 

The community is invited to bring their families and enjoy a delightful afternoon filled with fun activities. Children will be captivated by stories read with Kiwanis Club of Lincoln City on Gary the Octopus’ bench and can get creative with a Plaza-themed coloring book and sidewalk chalk. 

A highlight of the event will be the dedication of the Kiwanis Outdoor Art Classroom, featuring the Gary the Octopus bench by Dreamland Skateparks, LLC and “Nearshore,” a series of tidepool-inspired porcelain tile mosaics by local artist Joanne Daschel. Daschel will give an insightful artist talk, sharing the inspirations behind her mosaics that entwine with Gary’s tentacles. 

The celebration will begin with a dedication ceremony to honor the community members who generously sponsored benches and trees on the Plaza, as well as crucial project funders: the Roundhouse Foundation, the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund, and the Pacific Northwest Kiwanis Foundation. Guests are encouraged to discover and read the plaques marking these contributions, expressing our gratitude for their support. 

Join us for an afternoon of art, community, and celebration. Cake and lemonade will be served. This outdoor event is free and open to all. 

Event schedule:

1PM – Bench and tree sponsor plate reveals 

1:30PM – Kiwanis Outdoor Art Classroom dedication ceremony 

2:00PM — Storytime with Kiwanis Club on Gary the Octopus 

2:30 – Joanne Daschel “Nearshore” artist talk