The second Root Ball set to unveil new structure to be used for education at the center.

COURTESY PHOTO: TILLAMOOK FOREST CENTER - The new education pavilion for the Tillamook Forest Center will provide space for educational groups to beat the rain. Visitors to the Tillamook Forest will get their first look at the new Tillamook Forest Center education pavilion this weekend at the center's second Root Ball.

The first Root Ball was held last year to raise money for the project, and is being held again this year as a way to introduce the space to the community for the first time.

On Saturday, Sept. 22, harmony folk band Five Letter Word will perform at the ball, with beer and wine served by Pelican Brewery. A dinner catered by The Nightwood Society will be held along the bridge overlooking the Wilson River. A live and silent auction will accompany the dinner.

Proceeds from the ball go toward funding furniture and equipment for the pavilion, as well as the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust, which supports the center and the Oregon Department of Forestry.

"We are really excited for this event. The last Root Ball was a magical evening," said Fran McReynolds director of the Forest Center. "This year seems like it will bring that same magic."

Not sure what to wear? Attendees are encouraged to wear their "picnic-best," but McReynolds said many plan to wear historical, turn-of-the-century garb.

COURTESY PHOTO: TILLAMOOK FOREST CENTER - The Tillamook Forest Center's Root Ball will host a dinner, as well as auctions and live music on Saturday, Sept. 22. The center, 30 miles from Forest Grove on Wilson River Highway in the Tillamook Forest, has long been a stop of school groups and those interested in learning more about the natural world.

The education pavilion will provide space for educational groups to visit the center while avoiding the tumultuous rainfall the forest faces every year, McReynolds said.

The center has been under construction since January, McReynolds said. The space features glass walls and is made from materials from Oregon-grown trees.

Tickets cost $75, and the night begins at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, visit the center's website.

By Janae Easlon
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