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Whale Watching Week at Cape Arago 

Saturday, Mar 25th, 2017 - Saturday, Apr 1st, 2017

Visit trained “Whale Watching Spoken Here” volunteers at Shore Acres State Park from 10am to 1pm to learn more about migrating Gray whales. Binoculars available.

Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (Female Version)

The Logos Players are proud to present their next dinner theater production: Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (Female Version). Friday and Saturday dinner theaters will be held March 17, 18, 24 and 25 with dinner at 6:00 pm followed by the show at 7:00 pm. Dinner shows are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Sunday matinees (no meal) will be held March 19 and 26 at 2:00 pm. Matinee or show only tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. All shows are held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 1290 Thompson Rd in Coos Bay.

The show features Doris Smith as Florence Unger, a fastidiously tidy woman, and Kristin Hovenkotter-Greco as Olive Madison, a slob. The relationship between these long-time, close friends is tested when Florence’s husband asks for a divorce, and Olive invites Florence to move in. The pair quickly finds that oil and water really do not mix. In an attempt to get Florence to stop her compulsive worrying and cleaning, Olive invites a pair of fun-loving brothers over for dinner. The dinner does not go well, while the evening becomes memorably hysterical for the audience! The play is directed by Curtis Buell.

Dinner theaters feature a dessert auction at intermission. All of the proceeds from the dessert auction and half of the proceeds from ticket sales go to benefit Coos Food Cupboard.

Buy your tickets now to reserve a good seat! Tickets are available online at or call the church office at 541.267.2347 between 9:00 am and 2: 00 pm Mon - Fri.

US Coast Guard Auxiliary offers a Boating Class

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct an 8 hour boating safety education course on Saturday,  March 25, 2017 in Charleston. The course covers the basics of boating safety, rules of the road and Oregon boating laws. A test at the end of the course will qualify boaters for their Boater Education Card, under the Oregon Mandatory Boater Education Program. The Boater Education Card is required for all motorboat operators of all ages for boats over ten horsepower. Additional provisions apply to youths. The cost of the course and materials is $15.

Pre-registration is required. To register for the class, please call (541) 267-6152.

MARCH Toward Earth Day

Coos Bay Public Library hosts “MARCH Toward Earth Day”, a series of documentaries on issues facing our planet on Wednesday evenings in March at 7 p.m. starting March 8th.

Wednesday, March 22nd - ROOT CAUSE - Can humans change the way we interact with the environment and change our future to avert disaster, or are we bound by our innate nature to continue as a destructive geological force?

Wednesday, March 29th - MORE THAN HONEY - Tackles the vexing issue of why bees are facing extinction. Exquisite macro-photography of bees in flight and in hives reveals a fascinating world in crisis. This free program, sponsored by the Friends of Coos Bay Public Library is open to the public.

Celebrate Cesar Chavez at the Coos Bay Library

Let’s celebrate the spirit of Cesar Chavez of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW) Saturday, March 25th at Coos Bay Library, Myrtle Room from 1-4pm, sponsored by Human Rights Advocates of Coos County (HRACC). Refreshments will be available in honor of the work Chavez did to help all people to have access to healthy food.

Sharon Bigelow Ramirez, who once lived with the Chavez family, will be a speaker and a short film of Chavez’ work will be shown. Sharon is former editor for The World Newspaper and currently active in the local Democratic Party.

Chavez is known for his work with pesticides and workers rights during the 60s-90s. The purpose of this event is to educate a new generation of Americans about the importance of the labor and civil rights movements in improving the lives of the nation’s most dispossessed and exploited people.

"Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures."

This quote  brought enormous pride and solidarity among Latinos across the nation. When people doubted his work would be successful, his response was “Yes, we can.” It is important to honor that legacy in today’s world.

FREE Caregiver Classes: Powerful Tools for Caregivers

This program will help unpaid caregivers of older adults reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources. The ‘tools’ are offered through interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming.

Classes are FREE, thanks to support from The Area Agency on Aging, a Service of South Coast Business Employment Corporation. The Caregiver Helpbook, developed specifically for the class is also free.

Classes meet six consecutive Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, & April 6, 2017. Choose afternoon or evening class -- 3:00 – 4:30 OR 6:00 – 7:30.

Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.  Contact Char Luther, 541.297.9256 or email with “Caregiver” in subject line.

History of the American Civil War

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s popular History of the American Civil War Community Education class returns spring term at the Coos Bay campus (1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay) with an eleven-week lecture series. Instructor for the class, now in its ninth year, is John Hartman. Topics will include slavery in Oregon, the daily life of the common soldier, Civil War medicine, the many roles of women in the war, The Jackass Raid and Nathan Bedford Forrest, and Coos Bay’s own Morton Tower in the Great Libby Prison Break. Each week’s class will incorporate period music, letters from soldiers, newspapers, and Civil War relics to enhance  the evening’s topics. There are no required books, papers, or exams. Classes will meet on Monday evenings, beginning March 27, 2017, 7:00 - 8:20 pm in Eden Hall, Room 1. Cost is $45 per student. 

For more information contact Brenda Rogers in  Community Education 541-888-7328. Register online

South Slough Reserve Workshops

Mason Bee Workshop at the South Slough Reserve April 1st or 8th from 1 pm  to 3 pm

Want to attract more native pollinators to your property or start your own pollinator garden?  Come learn all about mason bees! They are not aggressive and are very beneficial for pollination. During the workshop, you will build your own mason bee house to provide shelter for these gentle, solitary insects and to help assure a successful season, each kit includes 10 native blue mason bee cocoons. (Cost$25 per bee house)  Call the South Slough Reserve to register since space is limited:  541-888-5558  Ext. 121

Understanding the Use of Herbs for Home, Health and Well Being April 15th from 1 pm  to  3 pm

This class will help you to understand herbs and the role they can play in your life from natural cleaning products to your mental and physical well-being.  We will discuss the different ways to use, grow, and harvest. There will be handouts and each participant will receive an herbal plant at the class to get you started on cleaning the chemicals out of your lives.  This course will set the groundwork for the additional herbal classes to follow.  Meet at South Slough’s Interpretative Center. [Max – 30] ($15/person)

Zonta Scholarships Available

The Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area is offering, 8 scholarships and one Young Women in Public Affairs cash award totaling $14,500 in 2017. Application, scholarship descriptions and criteria is available on the club’s website Application deadlines are March 1 for the YWPA and April 1, 2017 for all scholarships.

Scholarships are eligible to cover tuition, and new this year scholarship funds are also eligible to cover fees, books, supplies, and if applicable dormitory housing charged to a recipient’s account at any accredited college, university or trade school within the United States.

For more information about the scholarships or Zonta membership contact Genelle Hanken, Scholarship Chair 541-396-3329.

Zonta International is a global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Free Early Childhood Education and Family Support Services

South Coast Family Harbor Relief Nursery may be able to Help your Family with the following:

• Therapeutic classroom experiences (early education in a preschool setting) twice weekly 9AM -12:30PM

• Nutritious USDA approved breakfast and lunch 

• Home visits for parents and their children

• Information about how to keep your family healthy and safe

• Knowledge for parents about child development and strengthening their families

• Information about community resources and social connections

• Weekly Living Skills classes

• Transportation assistance to and from the center

Open Enrollment for families with children between the ages of 1 ½ and 4 years of age. Call or stop by and ask for April @ South Coast Family Harbor Today!!!!  250 Hull St. Coos Bay or call 541-982-3090

A Baby/Toddler Closet free to the Bay area community! Closet is open Tuesday-Friday from 9:30-Noon (clothing, diapers and more….)

Want to Volunteer? South Coast Family Harbor has many opportunities to volunteer! Call for more details 541-982-3090

Middle School Family Night Out

Hosted At Millicoma Middle School Thursday Evenings 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Feb 9, 2017 to March 16, 2017

Will you have a child in Middle School next fall? Teens ages 9 to 12 and their families are invited for family fun and communication activities including family meetings, building bridges, dealing with peer pressure. Parents and teens begin in individual workshops and then join together for the Family Session. Please join us for this free dinner and Family Night experience!

5:30 to 6:00: Free dinner for the whole family.

6:00 to 7:00: Teens ages 9 to 12 attend a “teens only” session while parents attend their own Parent Workshop.

7:00 to 8:00: Snack break...and then teens and parents join together for the 45 minute family session!

Space is limited! Call 541-888-1588 for more information to register.

FREE limited childcare for younger siblings Call 541-888-1588 to register for childcare.

Obtain A Free Vessel Safety Check

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 51 Coos Bay members offer to the boating public a free boat safety inspection. The USCG trained examiners will certify the boat if it meets Oregon and Federal US Coast Guard boating laws for equipment and will issue a decal certifying compliance. The examiners will also make recommendations for your boat for operation in local waters. The Vessel Safety Check is available by appointment at the owner’s location in the Coos Bay, North Bend, Lakeside, Winchester Bay, Reedsport, and Bandon areas.

For additional information and to make arrangements for a vessel safety check inspection please call for:  Winchester Bay – Lakeside  530-713-1811; Bandon 541-329-0396; North Bend – Coos Bay – Charleston 541-404-2592(text) or 541-267-6152.

TaiChi for Better Balance

A 12-week class available in Coos Bay, North Bend, Lakeside, Coquille, Bandon, Myrtle Point, Powers & Gold Beach. For more information & registration call Melissa,1-850-207-1469.

Tuition waivers available. Come learn gentle motion that can improve your strength & balance.

The Winter Farmers Market

Every Wednesday at the Coos History Museum, fresh produce, meats, locally baked breads and treats, local coffee roasters and much more.

From 10:00 until 2:00 every Wednesday now through April 26th at the Coos History Museum 1210 North Front Street, Coos Bay Oregon.

Free Tour at Oregon Coast Historical Railway

766 S. First St  (Across from McDonald’s on HWY 101 N)

Open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9am-3pm. Admission is free. Display includes steam and diesel engines, two vintage cabooses and other equipment that can be boarded. Ring the bells! The museum features photos, equipment and artifacts of railroading and logging industries, as well as a toy train layout for youngsters.

Stallknecht Rock And Gem Museum

Do you love Rocks and Gems? We have all kinds of rocks, gems, minerals, fossils, and historical items. We teach classes on how to make those special things for your loved ones or just to sell.

Come check out the Stallknecht Rock and Gem Museum 295 s. 10th st Coos Bay, Oregon 97420. We are open Wednesdays through Mondays 9am-6pm Closed Tuesdays by appointment anytime (208)740-0937.

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