ENCORE is a member run organization for individuals who are 50+ years in age. We work closely with Clatsop Community College to offer short-term courses and activities, which are usually led by members. Membership is inexpensive and most activities are offered at no charge


The website team has one new member

We are very happy to welcome our newest member, Tod Lundy, on board. Tod will be doing the day-to-day updates with Astoria's Best Computers being responsible for the basic site structure.

If you have information you would like to have posted, please email Tod, or whomever he designates as the contact person.

March 30, 2015: Our Spring 2015 classes start

Take a look at our latest class offerings. Click here for the latest schedule.

The semester will wrap up on May 29, 2015.


Check Out Some of the Fun Learning Experiences We Have Had:

ENCORE Seniors Make Beautiful Music

The 12th Street Band on St Patrick’s DayOn selected dates, The 12th Street Band has been playing around the area presenting traditional American tunes. Five of the band members also are members of ENCORE: Drew Herzig, Kay Limbird, Art Limbird, Rollie Lindstrom, and Charles Schweigert.

We will try to keep you updated on the band’s next gig.

ENCORE Seniors Traveled to Oregon Garden

The Oregon GardenOur Trip Committee planned a visit to The Oregon Garden in Silverton, OR, a beautiful place “with more than 20 specialty gardens and features.

You'll discover waterfalls, quiet ponds, fountains, a unique display of conifers, the 400-year old Signature Oak, a Northwest Garden, a pet garden, beautiful vistas and art.”

We Went to Portland to See Verdi’s Aida

AidaThis was our second trip to see these wonderful broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera's live performances. The first was in April of 2012 and we saw Verdi's La Traviata. For most of our members, this was a new experience and all enjoyed it.

We traveled to Portland again; this time to see Verdi’s Aida. Both opera productions are part of the annual series televised live by select movie houses across the country.

In addition to outstanding picture and sound quality, the productions feature English subtitles, interviews with selected performers, discussion of stage construction and other aspects of the production.

We Experienced Ancient Egypt on a Trip to the King Tut Exhibition

King TutA group of us seniors learned about the boy king when we visited “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs”, a unique exhibition in Seattle’s Pacific Science Center.

This unique learning experience featured more than 100 objects from King Tut's tomb and ancient sites representing some of the most important rulers throughout 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history. With more than twice the number of artifacts than the original Tut exhibit that toured in the 1970s, many of these objects have never been seen in the United States before this exhibit.

The trip included the motor coach, admission, an audio guide narrated by Harrison Ford, a no host lunch, and tip.

We Kicked Back at Our Annual Picnic

Picnic 2010Our annual potluck picnic this year was held August 22.

The place is Cullaby Lake and the time was 1 PM.

Check out all the details here.

Tour of the Wildlife Center
of the North Coast

Rescuing eagleThe Center provides professional medical care for all injured native wild birds and animals and assists over 2,000 wildlife patients each year. It is the only full-care rehabilitation facility that provides support to orphaned and injured wildlife on the Central and North Oregon Coast and Southwest Washington.

Sharnelle Fee, the Founder and Director of the Center, showed us the huge variety of wild animals they care for; how they are repaired, rehabbed, and as often as possible, released. Most of the patients, when we visited, were wild birds and it was an awesome experience to be so close to them, including a bald eagle.

Donations are always welcomed, so we brought lots of towels and, of course, money. The Center can use both, since it does not receive funding from any government agencies and relies totally on public donations.

Their website is at http://www.coastwildlife.org

Tour and Hike at Fort Clatsop’s Otter Point

Otter PointSusan Rhoads - daughter of ENCORE member Marlene Colendich - led our tour of the Fort's conservation and restoration project at Otter Point.

We learned about local flora, fauna, and watershed functions. And some of us had brought lunch and picnicked following the tour. Others hit the park's gift shop.

Astoria River Walk Hike

Astoria RiverwalkWe walked as far as we were comfortable, then we walked back. We actually had thoughts on taking the trolley!

Steven Blakesley, who works for the Public Health Department as their Health Promotion Specialist, acquainted us with the Arthritis Foundation's WALK WITH EASE Program...a scheduled exercise with a trained leader. Easy & fun!

Warrenton Trails/Tansy Point Hike

Crane on Warrenton hikeWe hiked on Warrenton's best waterfront trail, which is all paved and with level terrain.

We soaked up some history, ogled the scenery, and, guided by Jim Scheller, looked for - and found - wildlife, like this crane.

Place: Warrenton; go 1.5 miles toward Hammond from Warrenton's 4-way stop; turn right onto 13th; go to turnaround near chip mill.

Website: WarrentonTrails.org

We Learned to Build a Nest Box for Tree Swallows

Tree Swallow

Chuck Day talked about tree swallows, including what threatens them, and how to help them survive. Then we built houses for them.

ENCORE Members Learned Fly Fishing

ENCORE members learn to flyfish

Dave Humphreys taught an "Introduction to Fly Fishing" class in Chinook County Park at the east end of Chinook, WA.

Dave used hand-outs to teach us about the habits of the fish, the life cycles of the bugs and when and how a fly fisher can take advantage of all that. Then we all tried a few typical knots (with varied success) and Dave explained when to use them. He covered the fly fishing equipment and it was time for us to try casting (also with varying degrees of success) but everybody seemed to have fun.

The Chinook County Park has picnic tables and after a couple of interesting hours, we settled down to eat and enjoy the sunshine.

Contact information:
Clatsop Community College
1651 Lexington Avenue
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 338-2566