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Local Thanksgiving Meals

32nd Annual Thanksgiving Meal Free to the Community - Sponsored by the Coos Food Cupboard, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, along with area Churches, Businesses and Organizations.

The dinner will be held on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017 between 12:00pm and 3:00pm at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1290 Thompson Road, Coos Bay. The dinner is free and everyone in the community is invited to a meal of thanksgiving and fellowship. For info, call Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 541-267-2347

 South Coast Gospel Mission, 1999 N. 7th Street, Thanksgiving dinner from 5-6pm on Thursday, November 23. Everybody welcome. Open to the public.

Salvation Army Thanksgiving Meal, Thursday, November 23 from 12pm-2pm, 1155 Flanagan Avenue. Call 541-888-5202 for more information.

“The Nutcracker” At The Hales Center

Ballet Pacific is the Southern Oregon Coast’s premier youth ballet company.  Since 1993, the partnership between Dance Umbrella for South Coast Oregon and Pacific School of Dance has provided a strong foundation for pre-professional training and performing experience.  The opportunity to train and perform with other youth companies has proven to be a strong force in the development of a young dancer.  Artistic Directors, Connie Hogge and Christine Rader, along with Dance Umbrella’s board of directors are committed to raise the bar for dancers and audiences on Oregon’s south coast. For more information please visit

We will be sponsoring Eugene Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” Saturday November 18th at the Hales Center of the Preforming Art on the SWOCC Campus at 3pm and 6:30pm. Purchase tickets online at

South Coast Running Club Turkey Trot

Looking for a fun family way to build up an appetite for an afternoon of feasting and watching football?

Bring the kids and baby strollers, bring your relatives and friends, maybe even your dog (on a leash) wear a costume or just your running clothes.

Run or walk the 5k at beautiful Empire Lakes John Topits Park. Experience a paved trail with gentle rolling hills, scenic views of the lake through a forested canopy hosting a variety of birds.

Join the South Coast Running club Saturday, November 23 (Thanksgiving Day) at 9:00 am In the John Topits Parking Lot (off Newmark) Bring 2+cans of food for an entry fee No numbers, no timing, no advance registration - just run for fun!

Introduction To Pixlr

Coos Bay Public Library will be offering an Introduction to Pixlr class. Pixlr is a free online photo editing platform. This class will be held on Friday, November 17th, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the library’s Internet computers (entrance at 9:15am).

Class is designed for users who want to edit or manipulate their electronic photos. Attendees will learn basic functions of the Pixlr platform including how to open a new photo, get rid of red eye, make a picture black & white, and add text to photos. Class will also cover the basics of how to use layers to manipulate photos. Users will become familiar with many of the Pixlr tools and editing options. Attendees should be comfortable using a computer mouse and the Internet. It is strongly encouraged that people bring their own electronic photo, but it is not required.  

There is no admission charged. Seating is limited, so pre-registration is required. To sign up, visit the Reference Desk in the library, call 269-1101 x2, or register online at

panglish! Conversational Program

Coos Bay Public Library will be offering its monthly program, SPANGLISH!, for anyone who wishes to sharpen their Spanish conversational skills.  This event will be held on Saturday, November 18th from 10:30am to 12:00pmin the library’s Myrtlewood Room. 

This program is for those who wish to practice their Spanish conversational skills and help other learners in a friendly setting. Attendees will have the opportunity to converse in Spanish as a group for 90 minutes in a casual, informal environment. This is NOT a class but we will provide ideas for conversational topics. Beginners are welcome. Let’s talk!

This program is FREE and open to everyone. No registration required. Please call 269-1101 for further information on this program.

Southwestern Oregon Preppers (SWOP) Meeting

Southwestern Oregon Preppers (SWOP) will be holding a meeting at 10 AM on Saturday, November, 18, 2017 at Coos Bay Public Library, 525 Anderson Ave, Coos Bay, OR 97420. Please note the early start time.

The main topic is “Practical Preparedness and Survival”. This will be a discussion about separating the wheat from the chaff when it comes to preparing for and surviving disasters.

 SWOP meetings always start with a question and answer period before the main topic so all in attendance get a chance to participate.

This is a free public meeting to get to know fellow local preppers in southwestern Oregon counties and to exchange information and ideas. It is important for individuals to understand that they will be “on their own” in the event of a disaster and not to depend on receiving outside help. Join Southwestern Oregon Preppers on Facebook and/or

Learn about Gold Prospecting at the Coos Bay Public Library

Join members of the North Bend Prospectors for an introduction to this fun and lucrative hobby!

Join members of the North Bend Prospectors at the Coos Bay Public Library on Saturday, November 18th at 1:00 p.m. to learn how to get started in the gold prospecting hobby. The event will include a discussion of methods, equipment, and the best spots to find gold legally in the area, as well as an equipment demonstration and an opportunity to ask questions of the prospectors.

Can’t get the necessary equipment? No problem! Attendees will also be introduced to the library’s new gold panning kit, soon to be available to check out through the Library of Things! This kit includes just about everything you’ll need to get started and find out if gold panning is right for you—just grab your library card and a spare bucket.

Volunteer to Help Families!

South Coast Family Harbor needs your help! We are in need of volunteers for our program. If you like to work with children we have a place for you.  We can also use help with answering phones, fund raising, washing donations and sorting them. We also need Board Members. If you can’t volunteer maybe you can help with a donation to the baby closet.  We are in need of diapers and pull ups size 4-6  and wipes.  We take gently used items so if you are looking for a place to donate your items we would love to have them. We take just about anything that a baby or child under 5 might use.

Call 541-982-3090 or visit the website at

Nurturing Hope for Children with Special Needs and Health Concerns

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Family Center invites all adults caring for a child with special needs or health concerns to our Nurturing Hope for Children with Special Needs and Health Concerns workshop series. The series is free and will be held every Tuesday evening starting September 19, 2017 until November 28, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

This Nurturing Hope workshop has been designed so that participants can connect with other parents and caregivers, learn to advocate for their child, acquire new techniques for calming and soothing, and just plain have fun and connect with their child.

A family dinner and childcare will be provided at each of the weekly workshops. The Family Center is located on Southwestern’s Coos Campus at 2140 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.

For more information and to register please call 541-888-1588.

Holiday Closures At the South Slough Reserve

The South Slough Reserve Interpretive center will be closed Thursday, November 23-Saturday, November 25 for the Thanksgiving weekend holidays.  rails and waterways remain open for public use from dawn to dusk. The Interpretive Center will re-open Tuesday, November 28 at 10:00 am. Thank you for your patience!. 

Local Habitat for Humanity is now accepting Qualifying Applications

Coos Bay Area Habitat for Humanity is now accepting Qualifying Applications for their Brush with Kindness/Critical Home Repair Program. This Qualifying Application cycle will be open November 6, 2017-December 1, 2017.

Critical home repairs are defined as being detrimental to the health and/or safety of the homeowner.  Categories of repairs include, but are not limited to: roof, windows, siding, entryways/porches, and ramps. Coos Bay Area Habitat staff and volunteers complete the repair work.

Minimum program qualifications:

- Applicants must own the home.

- The home must be the primary residence of the homeowner for 2 or more years prior to application date.

- Applicants must be current on mortgage payments and property taxes.

- Household income must be 60% or less of Coos County Area Median Income (AMI). Gross income for all adults(18+) residing in the home will be considered.

Program participants are expected to repay a portion of the material costs of the repair project through an affordable, no-interest loan. Participants will also be required to partner with Coos Bay Area Habitat by contributing “sweat equity.” Some examples of sweat equity include construction, painting, office work, special events, and providing refreshments for volunteers.

Critical Home Repair Qualifying Applications are available at: Coos Bay Area Habitat’s ReStore, 776 S. 2nd St., Coos Bay; on our website,; or by mail, call 541-756-9080. Qualifying Applications will be processed as they are received. This application cycle closes at 5pm on December 1, 2017. 

Zonta Club Celebrity of the Year

Nominations are open for the 2018 Zonta Celebrity to be honored at the upcoming 20th Annual Zonta Celebrity Dinner & Auction on February 24, 2018. The Celebrity Dinner is hosted by the Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area. The Zonta Celebrity can be either female or male, is a resident of Coos County and is selected for their contributions to Coos County and beyond. Additional criteria includes:

Made significant and enduring contributions to their field, whether professional or volunteer;

Made improvements to the cultural, economic, political or social status of  the Coos County community or the state of Oregon;

Elevated  and improved the status of women and/or girls;

Helped open doors for women, girls and the general society;

Are inspirational role models.

Nomination form and list of previous Zonta Celebrities is available on the club website Submission deadline is December 20, 2017. The 2018 winner will be elected by club vote and presented with their award at the Zonta Celebrity Dinner and Auction, February 24, 2018.

The Zonta Celebrity Dinner and Auction is the club’s largest fundraiser complete with dinner, live and silent auction followed by dancing with DJ Daryl Elkin’s. This fundraiser supports local and international scholarships for women, grants to local non-profits, the Little Red School House School supply program as well as Zonta International service projects.

The Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area is encouraging people to nominate a colleague, neighbor, friend or family member, or someone well known in one of the following categories: Community, Business, Health, Education, Arts, or Sports. For more information contact Genelle Hanken 541-297-4042.

Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. The Coos Bay Area Club was formed in 1953.

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