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Marshfield 8th Annual Memorial Day Assembly - Marshfield High School would like to invite everyone to the Marshfield 8th Annual Memorial Day Assembly here in the Marshfield Auditorium Friday, May 26th, 2017. Community members will be seated by 9:00AM. Reception will follow in. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

Help beautify the Marshfield High School-Cemetery, by donating money towards fence posts, plants, and panels. If you are interested in helping fund improvements to this local pioneer cemetery please contact or call 541-435-1177. Visit their website at Partial funding provided by OPRD Historic Cemeteries & Coos Cultural Coalition grants.

Saturday, May 27, First Annual Celebration of Heros Festival. 5pm- Midnight at the Social. Come to celebrate with our local veterans and help raise awareness and money to assist our Returning Heroes.

Annual Cemetery Memorial Day Service Honoring Loved Ones Gone Before Us - The Annual cemetery Memorial Day services honoring loved ones gone before us will be held Monday, May 29, starting at 10:00 AM at Ocean View Memory Gardens 1525 Ocean Blvd. and 11:00 AM at Sunset Memorial Park 63060 Millington Frontage Rd. in Coos Bay with the American Legion Bay Area Post #34 and local veterans groups and organizations officiating.

Information and assistance locating grave spaces and flower placement will be provided throughout the weekend by the staff of Sunset Memorial Park, 267-7182 and Ocean View Memory Gardens, 888-4709.

Information and assistance locating grave spaces and flower placement will be provided throughout the weekend by the staff of Sunset Memorial Park, 267-7182 and Ocean View Memory Gardens, 888-4709.

Annual Charleston “Blessing of the Fleet” Scheduled for May 29th – Memorial Day - In honor of the fishing community in Charleston and the Charleston community, the annual Blessing of the Fleet and Memorial Service will be held at the Charleston Fisherman’s Memorial Garden, near the launch ramp at the Charleston Marina at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 29th.

The service will honor the local men and women involved in commercial fishing and the fishing industry who have died since 1941. This year the Charleston community will add nine names to the “In Memory of Charleston Fisherman” Plaque: ‘Dirty’ Dean Albright, Michael P. ‘Pat’ Green, Harry E. Moulten, Hugh Glenn McNeil, William A. Nicholas, Jim Shore, Lori ‘Lolo’ Gene Warren, David John Williams, Michael R Witbeck. One name will be added to the “In Memory of Charleston Fisherman’s Industry” plaque: Nick Wright.

For the first time, fishermen will be honored with the ringing of a 80 lb 1954 buoy bell donated by the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association (CPOA) of North Bend. The ringing of the bell is significant because fishermen rely on this sound for safe navigation. The Fishermen Memorial Association worked for two years to secure this bell which will now be a permanent fixture at the Charleston Fishermen’s Memorial Garden. Special thanks to Fisherman’s Grotto, JGS Precision Tool Manufacturing, Englund Marine, Tarheel Aluminum, the US Coast Guard, Port of Coos Bay staff, and the Fishermen Memorial Association for making this happen.

As part of the event, local marine services firm owner William Elderkind will comment about the fishing industry and the fisherman’s memorial, and give opening and closing remarks. Pastor Joel Sathe of the Charleston Community Baptist Church will deliver a memorial blessing. The Oregon Coast Pipes and Drums will perform on the bagpipes to open and close the event. The U.S. Coast Guard will provide a color guard and advance and retire the colors.

Following the blessing and memorial service, there will be a coffee and a special cake reception at Porter Hall behind the Charleston Baptist Community Church on Boat Basin Road. All are welcome to attend. In addition, a Coast Guard life boat will load floral arrangements to take to sea and lay on the water in a brief ceremony. The boat is scheduled to get under way immediately after the blessing and memorial service, weather permitting.

The community is encouraged to provide floral arrangements or memorial wreaths, but they must contain only biodegradable materials. Local floral businesses can readily accommodate requests for this type of arrangement. Wreaths will be accepted at the Fishermen’s Memorial and then delivered to the boat if wished.

History Museum to Host 2nd Annual Fermentation Day!

The Coos History Museum will host an event featuring 7 Devils Brewery, food writer Jennifer B. Bright, Blazing Bulldogs from N Bend High School, BDI catering, and Tara Whittsit of Fermentation on Wheels, on Saturday, May 27th.  This free, foodie event will be held from 1-4pm at the Museum on N Front Street.

The event will feature demos, talks, samples, and culture swaps! Wild Veggies, Sour Dough, Pizza, Beer, and fermented fruits are just some of the fun ways you can experience the wonder of fermentation! For a detailed schedule of speakers, go to or contact our Education Coordinator, Amy Pollicino, at 541-756-6320 ext. 216 or

This is a community event that aims to promote healthy eating and education around the benefits of fermentation. The museum’s exhibit hall will be open with free admission during the event’s time from 1-4pm. While speakers are presenting, other participating organizations will have info booths available with educational materials and samples. When she is not presenting, Tara Whittsit of Fermentations on Wheels will welcome folks on her bus for a starter culture swap in a truly unique, portable laboratory of fermentation wonders! 

The Coos History Museum creates a better understanding of life in Coos County and Oregon’s South Coast, past and present.  The Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and receives no direct government support. The museum survives on donations, memberships, grants, museum store sales, special event rentals and legacy/bequest gifts.  The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm, and on the first Tuesday evening of each month.  Admission is free for CHM members, active duty military, and NARM members.  More information is available at, or you can follow the Museum on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

State Park Day & Free Fishing Day

June 3rd and 4th Shore Acres State Park, hosted by Friends of Shore Acres, Garden House/Pavillion. FREE PARKING DAY! 10% discount in the Shore Acres Gift Shop and refreshments in the garden house. Local garden club experts will on hand to answer your gardening questions including:

American Rododendron Society, Bay Area Bonsai Society, Coos Bay Garden Club, Friends of Hinsdale Gardens, Pacific Orchid Society, Reedsport Garden Club, Southern Oregon Dahlia Society, Southwestern Oregon Rose Society.

FREE fishing weekend! Introduce a friend, child, co-worker or family member to fishing during Oregon’s Free Fishing Weekend. Always the first full weekend in June; ODFW offers Oregon residents and visitors a full weekend to fish, crab and clam without a license.

Southwestern Oregon Community Orchestra Free Concert

Southwestern Oregon has a community orchestra and it is growing, both in numbers and in talent.  Join us for our May concert and hear for yourself.  The performance is Tuesday, May 30 at 7:00 PM in the beautiful Hales Center for the Performing Arts on the SWOCC campus, and will feature several of our talented members in solo performance with orchestral accompaniment.  Also included on the program will be:

Johann Strauss’s famed Blue Danube Waltz (actually FIVE waltzes in one); Antonin Dvorak’s fast-paced Savonic Dance #9;

The Drunken Sailor, arranged by Grant Hull;

and a strings-only arrangement of Bedrich Smetana’s beloved The Moldau.

The concert is free of charge and parking is free in the adjacent west entrance to the college (across Newmark from Staples).

Kayaks, Oceans and Earthquakes At South Slough Reserve

Saturday, May 27 Kayak the Estuary 10 am to 3 pm

Explore five miles of beautiful South Slough on a trail that flows with the tide. Bring your own kayak or canoe, paddles, PFDs, water and lunch. Feet and legs may get wet and muddy at launch points.  Driver and shuttle will be provided.   Meet at the Distant Water Fleet Parking Lot in Charleston, OR [Min-3 boats/Max-10] ($15 / boat) Register for this event on our Facebook page: Questions? Call: 541-888-5558 ext. 121

Saturday, June 3 Tide of the Toddlers-Tides and Ocean communities 10 am to 11 am 

Discover the motion of the ocean with your little one, ages 1 to 5! Come enjoy a variety of interactive activities focused on the ocean tide animals including yoga movement, and crafting creations. Meet at South Slough’s Interpretive Center.  [Max – 15 children] ($1/toddler) Register for this event on our Facebook page: Questions? Call: 541-888-5558 ext. 121

Saturday, June 3   Nature film: PBS Special Documentary Unprepared    1 pm to 2 pm     

This must see film examines the ways Oregon is – and isn’t – prepared for what experts expect will be one of the greatest natural disasters ever to strike North America.  Come along as a team of Oregon geologists, engineers and state officials find surprising lessons from Japan’s 2011 Tohoku earthquake – lessons that Oregon can build on to become better prepared.  (FREE) Register for this event on our Facebook page: Call: 541-888-5558 ext. 121

Summer Afternoons at the Marshfield Sun Printing Museum

Why do we call capital letters “upper case” and the other letters “lower case”?  Where does “mind your p’s and q’s” come from?

Find the answer to these and much more any Tuesday through Saturday summer afternoon when you visit The Marshfield Sun Printing Museum on Coos Bay’s historic waterfront.

The Sun’s original—and now historic—printing presses and other fascinating equipment can be viewed up close as skilled volunteers interpret and demonstrate how they work.  Sun volunteers also answer questions about the Museum’s exhibits on printing and office technology.

Combine a visit to the Marshfield Sun with a visit to the nearby Coos History Museum for a jam-packed afternoon of interesting local history.

The Marshfield Sun Printing Museum is a unique printing museum located in that building at the north end of Front Street in Coos Bay.  The unusually shaped building was built as the home for the Marshfield Sun newspaper and print shop in 1911.  The Marshfield Sun was a working newspaper office and print shop from 1891 to 1944—and is today essentially as it was left in 1944, with additional exhibits upstairs and on the walls.

The Marshfield Sun Printing Museum’s regular summer hours begin the day after Memorial Day and go through Labor Day:  1pm – 4pm Tuesday through Saturday.  Admission is free.

Call 541-267-4027 for more information.

Coos Bay Public Library Kicks Off A New Monthly D-I-Y Domestic Arts Series

Coos Bay Public Library kicks off a new monthly D-I-Y domestic arts series on Saturday, April 8th at 1:00 p.m.  Attendees can indulge their inner domestic diva with these lively presentations by local professionals followed by a simple hands-on project.

Saturday, June 10th – CALLIGRAPHY presented by members of the Coast Calligraphy Guild

Saturday, July 8th - HERB GARDENING presented by Coos County Master Gardeners

This free program, sponsored by the Friends of Coos Bay Public Library is open to the public.  For more information call 541.269.1101 or visit  The library is located at 525 Anderson Avenue.

Bay Area Hospital Auxiliary Needs Volunteers!

If you are looking for a fun, rewarding volunteer opportunity, Bay Area Hospital Auxiliary is the place for you! Auxiliary members assist hospital personnel throughout the hospital by transporting patients in wheelchairs, delivering flowers, assisting in the gift shop and much, much more. By volunteering only for only one four-hour shift a week, you will be helping your community and the hospital doing a valuable service.

Applications are available at Bay Area Hospital Front Desk, ER volunteer desk and OPI desk or online at:

Volunteers Needed for the 1st Annual Festival of Sail in June

Contributed By: Joyce Jansen, Secretary - Coos Bay Boat Building Center Board of Directors

Ahoy Shipmates!

Your Boat Building Center Needs You!

The Festival of Sail 2017 will take place at The Mill Casino boardwalk June 1st – 4th and the Boat Building Center needs Volunteers to help this event run smoothly.

Volunteer Bonus – It will be fun! You get a free pass into the festival! You receive a volunteer t-shirt! and you will be part of the action!

There are two options for Volunteers:

1) Working during the Festival – apply online at Complete the application and indicate positions you are interested in working.

· Ship Queue – Work on or near the ships providing assistance and information to event attendees and the crew from the ships. Assist in maintaining orderly lines and answering questions.

· Ask Me! – Stationed through festival and event grounds assisting event attendees with information on performance times, tours and general event information. Solve problems and answer questions for event attendees. Coordinate lost children with Information Center and event staff. Provide information on first aid, day sails, attractions and event programming. Have a thorough knowledge of event operations.

· Transportation Captain – Coordinate transportation for ship crew on short ship errands. Requires valid driver’s license.

· Ship Liaison – Acts as a link to assist communication and cooperation between a specified ship(s) and the event planners.  Ship Liaisons will be assigned to a specific ship and maintain their schedule and keep Captain, Mates, and crew aware of responsibilities for each day. Assist in management or Ship Queue Volunteers. We ask Ship Liaisons to be available for more shifts than the other volunteer positions.

2)  Coos Bay Boat Building Center Booth – The Boat Building Center will have a booth at the festival to distribute information and brochures and sell fundraising items. We will need several volunteers to work the booth, with at least two people on duty during each shift.  A training session will be held a few days before the festival and to receive your t-shirt and hat.  Applications are available at the Boat Building Center or from Joyce Jansen (541) 267-4342 or email For questions about and to volunteer in the booth contact Ralph Mohr (541) 269-1565 or email

Traffic Control Flagger Training

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Community Education Department is offering a one day, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) approved, safety training course covering the requirements for flaggers and approved techniques for moving traffic cautiously and consistently through work zones. Students who successfully complete the course receive an ODOT credential for flaggers, valid for three years. You must be 18 years of age or older to receive certification. Class fees cover all materials. Please bring snacks to eat during breaks if needed, as there is no lunch break provided during this training. Pre-registration and payment is required.

Course Number: IND*4100

Location: Lakeview G, Southwestern Oregon Community College, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay

Date: Monday, June 5, 2017

Time: 8:30 am to 2:30 pm

Cost: $107 each class

For more information please contact Brenda Rogers in the Community Education and Workforce Development office at 541-888-7328.

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.

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