After last weekend's 70-degree weather, boaters are ready to hit the water. But, will they all have the required Oregon Boater Education Card? Anyone older than 12 operating watercraft of 10 horsepower or greater without a card in their possession earns a $110 fine. So, how to get it? April 8-9, a boater education course will be offered at the Eugene Fire and EMS Headquarters building at Second Avenue and Chambers Street. Each night the class runs from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Call 541-485-1776 to register.
The 49th annual Sandcastle Festival is now scheduled for June 14-16 in Cannon Beach. You can see the incredible creations artists come up with after the official kick-off of 8 a.m. Saturday. Come early, though: The tide arrives around 2:30 p.m. There's also a dinner Friday and a 5K run and walk at 9 a.m. Sunday. Info: cannonbeach.org.
Approximately 4,500 trout will be added to two local water bodies this week. Cottage Grove Lake will get 3,000 legal-sized trout and Creswell Pond will receive 1,500 similar-sized fish in ODFW stockings. You're not out of luck near the coast: Loon Lake will get 1,500 trout, too.