Standing by the Schoolhouse Harold Bennett May 2022 and with Russell Parker 1940s

Barbara Bennett Community Center

Information and to Reserve the Community Center Email:

You can see Community Center schedule and availability by checking the Calendar of Events

  • Crafting – 1st Monday of each month 10 am – 2pm. Bring your crafting project and enjoy the company of fellow crafters/artists.  Host: Jenny Francis
  • Yoga every Tuesday, 9 – 10 am. Bring a mat and blanket, $5 -$10 suggested donation. Contact Stacy at
  • Tai Ji every Tuesday, 10:30-11:30 am. Contact Peggy Lindquist at
  • Cape Meares Coffeehouse – February 25, 9 – 11 am. Hosts:  Steve and Ann Quinn
Holiday Events & Potlucks

Potluck gatherings are held the Last Saturday of January, March, April, October, and November. Please bring food to share. Soda and water will be provided. The potluck meals typically start at 6:00PM. Please check bulletin case at the Community Center for details. Email: if you would like to volunteer.

Our 2024 Potluck Hosts

January 27 – Pam Robenolt & Sean Kohles

March 23 – Deborah Neal & Guy Kyle

April 27 – Wendy Kunkel & Dave Audet

  • Memorial Day BBQ
  • July 4th Celebration
  • Labor Day BBQ Potluck
  • Halloween Potluck (last Saturday October)
  • Christmas Caroling

Springtime Community Center Landscaping and Clean-up – Join your neighbors for the annual re-fresh of the landscape around our community center.

October Annual ShakeOut Emergency Preparedness Event

Community Meetings

The annual Community Meeting is held on the 3rd Saturday in May. Three additional Community Meetings are held during the year on a schedule determined by the CMCA Board.

The CMCA Board meets at 10AM on the 2nd Monday of the month (September-June).

 Community Center Use and Private Rental

A rental fee will be collected for activities not strictly for community attendance (i.e., private parties and events). The goal of this fee is to assist in covering operating expenses and building maintenance. The daily rate is $100.00 and half-day fee is $50.00. All CMCA community sponsored functions (for residents and property owners) are at no charge unless otherwise approved at a General Meeting. Donations are encouraged.

Bottle Drop Program – CMCA receives bottles and cans refunds through Pick up a blue bag and sticker at the Community Center, fill the bag and drop it off yourself at Fred Meyer or leave it on the porch and Sean will pick it up. We have a nifty box located next to the front door where you can pick up blue bags and stickers at your convenience.

(Photos: Standing by the Schoolhouse Harold Bennett, May 2022, and with Russell Parker 1940s)

Historical Timeline – Bayocean Schoolhouse/ Barbara Bennett Community Center
  • 1949 the Bayocean schoolhouseHicks’s house, and Pagoda house(s) were moved off of Bayocean spit to the mainland. Originally the schoolhouse was in the meadow on 4th street on the spit. A summary tax report shows this as lot #1200 owned by Tillamook County School District #9. GPS coordinates at the center of the school lot #1200 are 45.505148 N, 123.958730 W. The school may not have been at the center of the lot, but since the tax lot is only 100′ x100′ (.23 acres) it couldn’t have been far from it. 
  • 1953, December 23, the property at 5690 4th St NW in Cape Meares is leased from Tillamook County for the Bayocean Schoolhouse.
  • 2001 – 2003 South wing/kitchen addition to the Schoolhouse was completed with $60,000 of funds raised by the community and volunteer neighbor-labor.
  • 2014 Shake-shingle siding was installed.
  • 2020, February 29, The Bayocean Schoolhouse was re-named the Barbara Bennett Community Center in tribute to the late Barbara Jo Ann Bennett (Feb. 16, 1932–April 7, 2019).