Capes News – August 2020

Bark Dust

The townhomes and common areas will be getting a bark dust refresh sometime in September. We’re waiting for the painters to finish up the Phase III townhome trim painting first, so that no one winds up with bark-speckled trim when the product is blown in. That there are a few townhome owners out there who have elected to use their own bark, so if you do not want the landscapers to add any to your lot (we’re using a dark fir this year), please let the office know by August 31, 2020 so that we can add you to the opt-out list.

Tales from the Bridge House – Chapter 3: The Moth Night!

For those of you who are following our Tales from the Bridge House series, Chapter 3 is coming up on Thursday, August 20, 2020. The August event will be a little different from the first two. On β€œThe Moth Night,” four storytellers (we hope) from The Capes will compete in front of the audience and a panel of judges to see who can tell the best 8-minute story. (For more information on Moth events, visit The Moth Wikipedia page:

We are still looking for two more storytellers, so if you’ve got a good one that’s (more or less) true that you’d like to share, contact the Manager ASAP. The story can be on any subject that you like – the only restrictions are that it should be a true story (though some artistic license is allowed) and no longer than 8 minutes.Β  We will follow the same format as last month’s event in that this will take place entirely on Zoom (thanks, Covid…), so if you’re worried about stage fright, you can look away from your monitor and pretend that you’re telling the story to your dog…in his underwear…or whatever works for you! A link to the Zoom event will be sent to all Capers a few days before the event, so watch your inboxes.

Our July event, “Aging and Chronic Conditions – and everything else you need to know about falling apart” presented by Dr. Andreas Reiff was fun and informative. If you missed it, you can catch it here, and see for yourself:

SOLVE Beach Clean-Up Results

Our first official SOLVE Adopt-a-Beach Clean-Up took place on Saturday, July 11, 2020, and despite having a pretty clean beach already, our awesome volunteers managed to find and remove the equivalent of 5 large trash bags of garbage from our beach! A lot of it was tiny bits of microplastic less than 2 inches across, so they deserve a round of applause for all of that bending and sifting. Thank you so much to all of you who took the time to come and help. Carter and Jamie from the Netarts-Oceanside Fire District also deserve a very special “Thank You!” for their help in schlepping all of our clean-up supplies to and from the beach, and then sticking around for the entire event in case anyone needed medical assistance. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Our next clean-up will be sometime in September, so expect more information in the September newsletter.

Bonus Photo This Month!

If you read the local newspaper, “The Headlight Herald,” you may have already seen this photo, as it recently made front page news. Taken by our very own Caper, Tony Merritt, it’s a spectacular shot of the Neowise Comet over Oceanside, and it’s too awesome to wait until the September newsletter to share: