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A bit of post-holiday whale watching

Saturday, Dec. 27, through Wednesday, Dec. 31, marks the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s whale-watching week, which designates 24 whale watching sites along Oregon’s coast.

Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed at the sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help visitors spot gray whales heading south. Visitors will also learn about whale migration and feeding habits. A map of the watch sites is available online at whalespoken.org. Visitors should take caution during winter storms that bring high waves, and should respect any closures, stay off the sand and watch storms from an elevated location.

Library hours shift for holidays

The Forest Grove City Library will close at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, and it’ll be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The Banks Public Library will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 and Jan. 1. The North Plains Public Library will close at 3 p.m. Christmas Eve and be closed all day Dec. 25.

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