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Oregon Coast Music Festival Celebrates 40 years!

Concert week is July 21 – 28

The 2018 festival includes six performances held at local venues starting on Saturday, July 21, and ending Saturday, July 28.  The Festival is widely recognized for its quality, unique venues and legacy of bringing 80 plus top quality classical musicians from across North America to spend a week on the Oregon Coast and play beautiful music for our community.

The festival opening concert on Saturday July 21 is a partnership with the Bay Area Concert Band at Mingus Park. The Concert Band begins its concert  at Noon. The Bay Area Concert Band, Stephen Simpkins, conductor, has been a regular opener for the Festival. Bring the family, a picnic, and join the free concert. Enjoy an afternoon of splendid music performed by distinguished local musicians.

On Sunday, the festival hosts a Jazz concert in the Boat House of Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, in Charleston. This intimate venue alongside the bay begins at 2 pm for a performance of the Darrell Grant Jazz Trio and Vocalist Danielle Barker. Darrell Grant has an international reputation as a pianist, composer, and educator, and has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe in venues ranging from clubs and concert stages to major jazz festivals.

Three orchestra performances of the festival are under the Musical Direction of Maestro James Paul who will celebrate his 27th year with the festival. Maestro Paul conducts two classical concerts and Associate Conductor Adam Stern conducts the POPs concert. In addition to the orchestra performance events, the festival provides three free admission interactive seminars at the Coos Bay Public Library on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon. The seminars, led by Associate Conductor Stern, provide insight and background about the music and performance scheduled for the following day.

Orchestra Concert I begins at 7:30 Tuesday, July 24 at Marshfield High School Auditorium with a theme “Once upon a time” to feature several favorite stories told with music.

On Thursday, Associate Conductor Adam Stern conducts the orchestra for a themed Pops concert in Marshfield Auditorium, “There’ll always be an England.” The event includes medleys from Oliver, the Beatles and others and begins at 7:30 pm in the Marshfield Auditorium. The Festival Concludes with “Concert Favorites” on Saturday night, with James Paul leading the 80 plus orchestra to wrap up the week. 

A casual pub venue for 21 and over is provided on Wednesday July 25  at the Liberty Pub in North Bend featuring Speaker Wave, begins at 7 pm.  The Speaker Wave band provides a suite of sounds, characterized as west-coast vibe with coastal inspired lyrics

For more details, visit the OCMA web Tickets are available on the web, at the front desk of the Coos Art Museum, and at Off the Record in North Bend. Tickets will also be available at the door of each performances, but please come early to purchase.

Tall Ships Return To Coos Bay

Historic vessels to offer tours and sails at Coos Bay City Dock, July 13-22

History will come alive in Coos Bay this July as the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain make their return trip to Coos Bay City Dock. The tall ships, part of the Aberdeen-based nonprofit Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, sail the waters of the Pacific each year offering educational programs, free deck tours, and sailing excursions.

From July 13th-22nd, (CLOSED on Monday, July 16) Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will be docked at South Bayshore Drive and Anderson Ave. On weekdays, schools can reserve a trip aboard the tall ships for the Historical Seaport’s one-of-a-kind maritime heritage field trip Voyage of Explorers. On weekends the tall ships are open to the general public for ticketed Adventure Sail, Battle Sail, and Evening Sail events. For the seasickness-prone but curious, stationary dockside Vessel Tours are available Tuesday - Sunday for a $5 suggested donation. The boats can also be Chartered for private events including weddings and workplace team builders.

Launched in 1989 in Aberdeen, WA, Lady Washington is the official ambassador of the state of Washington and a replica of the original vessel of the same name, which was the first American ship to make landfall on the West Coast. The steel hulled Hawaiian Chieftain was launched in 1988 in Lahaina, Hawaii. Together they are among the most active tall ships in America, visiting approximately 40 ports each year. The tall ships offer a glimpse into our historic past, introducing people of all ages to the sights and sounds of 18th and 19th century maritime life.

Tickets available for purchase here:

The vessel will be docked at Coos Bay City Dock, located at South Bayshore & Anderson Ave. For directions and schedule information, please call (800) 200-5239.

U.S. Coast Guard: Through the Eye of the Artist

U.S. Coast Guard: Through the Eye of the Artist, featuring fifteen works of art by 11 United States Coast Guard artists – more than half of whom are from the West – will be on view at the Coos History Museum from July 19 through September 16, 2018.

The exhibit will open with a free, family friendly ceremony on Thursday – July 19, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  The public is welcome to attend and tour the museum exhibit, free of charge.  The United States Coast Guard will have a HH-65 Helicopter Fly Over, a Search and Rescue Demonstration, along with tours of the 26’ TANB (Trailerable Aids to Navigation Boat) tour at the museum during the opening ceremony.  The U.S.C.G. Chief Petty Officer’s Association will host a BBQ Fundraiser - $5/per person, includes hamburger or hot dog, chips and beverage.  Proceeds from the BBQ fundraiser to benefit the CPOA’s Projects.  The opening ceremony is in partnership with the USCG Sector North Bend Officer’s Wardroom and the USCG Chief Petty Officer’s Association North Bend Chapter, with assistance from the USCG Aids to Navigation Team Coos Bay.

U.S. Coast Guard:  Through the Eye of the Artist showcases 15 works depict the missions of the U.S. Coast Guard, including search and rescue cases, buoy tending operations and surf boat patrols.  Many of the works depict events occurring in the West and Northwestern parts of this country.

To learn more about COGAP and the Coos History Museum, please visit the websites:  and

Coos Bay Shakespeare In The Park Returns With Twelfth Night

Now in their third year, Coos Bay Shakespeare in the Park presents William Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT in Mingus Park in Coos Bay. The production is free to the public and takes place for four performances in July.

Two twins shipwreck on a lost island. From his tower, a love-struck duke woos an icy countess lost to mourning. Below, the fools dance and deceive for a chance at destiny. Hearts beat like tempests, and the whirligig of time will have his revenges.

TWELFTH NIGHT is directed by John Beane and features Amanda McNulty, Scott Peters, Sabrina Gonzalez, Taylor Marchant, Curtis Buell, Kristin Hovenkotter-Greco, Joe Allen, Maxwell Freeman, Hassan Qadir, Jane Stebbins, Alex Dresser, Dylon Bessey, Rebecca Schwartz and David Jordan. It is assistant directed by Brenda Sund with dramaturgy by Nicole Freim and assistance from Daneal Doerr, stage management from Kathy Low, and costumes by Penny Peters.

TWELFTH NIGHT is presented with generous support from the Coquille Tribal Community Fund, Faith Lutheran Church, Farr’s True Value, and local businesses and donors.

Before each show at 3:15 we feature THE GREEN SHOW with the Side of the Tide Morris dancers, the Sapphire Sirens belly dancers, and seafaring shanty singers Finivarra and the Nor’Westers.

This year Coos Bay Shakespeare in the Park and the Coos Bay Public Library offers WORDS, WORDS, WORDS: Speaking Shakespeare’s Speech - a director’s symposium on the effect and communication of Shakespeare’s language, as well as a special look behind the scenes at TWELFTH NIGHT.

TWELFTH NIGHT performs Saturdays and Sundays, July 14, 15, 21, and 22, at 4pm in Mingus Park in Coos Bay. Blankets and picnics welcome. THE GREEN SHOW begins at 3:15PM. WORDS, WORDS, WORDS symposium is on Saturday June 30 from 11AM to 1PM at the Coos Bay Public Library, and after the final TWELFTH NIGHT PERFORMANCE at Mingus Park on July 22.

For more information at or contact John Beane, 541-290-9726,

Listen, Lunch & Learn

The Coos Bay Public Library Foundation invites the public to “Listen, Lunch & Learn!”, a series of sessions hosted by the Oregon Coast Music Festival’s Associate/Pops conductor Adam Stern on Monday, July 23rd, Wednesday, July 25th and Friday, July 27th at noon in the library’s Myrtlewood room.

Stern offers a fresh, entertaining and insightful approach to the discussion of the music and composers featured in the concert programs to be performed the following days - July 24th, July 26th & July 28th.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch and curiosity to the noontime lecture series.

Adam Stern has been leading the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra since 2003. His unique programming combines beloved masterworks with must-hear rarities; his programs are not merely concerts, but true musical events. He is Music Director of the Sammamish Symphony Associate Conductor and permanent “Pops” conductor of the Oregon Coast Music Festival.

For more information call 541.269.1101 or visit  The library is located at 525 Anderson Avenue.

Music on the Corner

The Coos Bay Downtown Association and The World will present the fourth annual Music on the Corner, every Friday at noon, starting July 13. This series of free one hour concerts will be held in the vacant lot at Fourth and Anderson downtown Coos Bay every Friday through Aug. 31. As always your invited to bring a chair, bring a lunch and bring a friend; but more importantly enjoy these free concerts featuring some of the area’s most talented musicians. 

Inner Sanctum Studios, a member of Coos Bay Downtown Association, is a sponsor for the 2018 Music on the Corner music series event.

July 13, Happy Five; July 20, The Strange Brew Band; July 27, Che’s Lounge; Aug. 3, Oldtime Fiddlers; Aug. 10., Caught Red Handed; Aug. 17., Al Giardinelli; Aug. 24, Dale Inskeep; Aug. 31, Coos Rhythm & Blues Q.

The full lineup will be listed at

Searching The Web With Google

Coos Bay Public Library will be offering a SEARCHING THE WEB WITH GOOGLE class for novice Internet users.  The class will be held on Friday, July 27 from 9:30am-11:00am at the Coos Bay Public Library (entrance at 9:15am).  Seating is limited, so pre-registration is required.

This session is designed for users who wish to learn how to better use the Google Internet Search Engine to find information.  The basic tools and methods for searching the web will be covered. 

This is a FREE class. To sign up or get more information, visit the Reference Desk, call 269-1101, or register online @

Oregon State Park Backpack Kits Now Available

Enjoy some outside time with family and friends while exploring our fantastic Oregon State Parks.  Each backpack contains the tools you need to assist in your adventure including: binoculars, maps, field guides, park pass and more!

Kits check out for one week. Topics include: whales, birds, trees, tide pools, rockhounding, marine mammals, hiking, and wildlife.

In partnership, Coos County and Curry County Libraries received a grant from The Oregon Parks Foundation Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation to create sixteen backpacks to encourage people to explore their own state parks.

For more information contact any of the Coos County or Curry County Public Libraries.

Coos Bay Public Library’s Thing Fling

Come explore the Library of Things with this hands-on experience on July 24, 2018 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  Shred some paper, eat a waffle from the waffle maker, see the portable screen in action, learn about the EZ tracer and much more. Staff and volunteers will be on hand demonstrating many of our incredible items from the Library of Things.

The Library of Things is designed to support lifelong learning and creativity by providing the physical tools necessary to explore new areas of interest and learn new skills.

For more information, contact Coos Bay Public Library 541-269-1101 or

Women Veterans Group Forming

Local women veterans and supporters are welcomed to the inaugural Women Veterans Group meeting for veterans from Coos County and surrounding areas. Our goal with this new group will be to connect local women veterans to community resources available while providing a positive social environment for veteran support and discussion of veteran issues. Our group is partnered with the South Coast Veterans Assistance Network

Our meeting will take place July 23, 20118 at 3pm at the Coos Bay Elks Lodge, 265 Central Ave, Coos Bay OR 97420. Interested parties should contact Krystal Heskett by phone at (541) 294-5185 or via email at

The Moon, the Marsh & More! With the South Slough Reserve

Meet us in the parking lot directly behind Millicoma Middle School on 4th Ave. Saturday, July 21 at 10:00 am to view many marvelous marsh birds along the Millicoma Marsh trail. Interpreter, binoculars and spotting scopes provided. Dress for weather. To sign up go to: www.south sloughestuary.orgQuestions? Call Eric at: 541.888.5558 ext. 126

Come experience the South Slough as the sun slips behind the horizon and the moon climbs into the evening sky. During the five-mile paddle, experienced guides will show you areas of the Reserve rarely seen by visitors. Bring your own kayak or canoe, paddles, PFD’s, headlamp or waterproof flashlight, as well as water and evening meal. Feet and legs may get wet and muddy at launch points. $15/boat. To sign up go to: www.south Questions? Call Eric 541.888.5558 ext. 126

Kaleidoscope Play and Learn Playgroups

Coos Bay, OR – Pathways to Positive Parenting at Southwestern Oregon Community College is happy to bring Kaleidoscope Play and Learn Playgroups to the community this summer.

Kaleidoscope Play and Learn groups are weekly facilitated playgroups for young children, ages 0-5. Parents, family members, friends, or neighbor caregivers attend playgroups and help guide social interactions between the children.

These playgroups will be held every Wednesday beginning July 11, 2018 and continuing through August 29, 2018 at Madison Elementary School, 400 Madison St., Coos Bay. Each playgroup will start at 10:00 a.m. and last until 11:30 a.m. Participants are then welcome to stay for the free summer lunch program held at Madison Elementary.

Workshops are provided free of charge. For more information please contact the Family Center at 541-888-1588.

Child Head Start Applications Now Open

South Coast Head Start is accepting applications for our FREE preschool and Early Head Start program for qualifying families for the 2018/19 program year! We offer a fun, researched-based curriculum; free and healthy meals; and child development, nutrition, and health screenings with follow-up support for all enrolled children. No potty-training required! Our services are for pregnant mothers to children age 5. Call us today at 541-888-3717 and ask for enrollment. Or visit us at our Facebook page South Coast Head Start.

Summer Lunch Program Locations and Times

It is that time of year again for summer lunch!! Here are the times and locations for each city participating. Monday thru Friday. No Lunches on July 4th. For kids ages 1-18.

For more information visit or text 'food' to 877-877 or call 2-1-1

COOS BAY - NORTH BEND: June 25th-August 24rd.

Blossom Gulch, 11:15-12:00

Millicoma School, 10:50-11:05

Madison School, 11:40-11:55

Woodland Apartments, 11:20-11:35

Taylor/Wasson Park, 12:05-12:15

Bayway Trailer Park, 12:30-12:40

Outdoor Art for All Ages

Coos Bay Museum, with the help of Coos Bay Toyota, is excited to bring to you: Art Cart in the Park.

Three days each week, at separate locations, the Art Cart will be in parks as the Free lunch program is winding down.

We will offer a FREE art project for kids of all ages. Join us and keep your kid's minds and hands active this summer!

Monday at Madison 12pm; Wednesday at Ferry Rd Park 11:30am; Friday at Airport heights Park 12pm

    July 23 - Q-tip pointilism

    July 30 - CD scratch art

    August 6 - Painted garden ornament

    August 13 Citrus stamping

For more info visit (projects are subject to change)

LEGO Club 2.0: Robotics at Coos Bay Public Library

Looking for something fun to do during summer break? Interested in robots, computer programming, or LEGO? Check out LEGO Club 2.0: Robotics at Coos Bay Public Library. The library will be hosting weekly robotics demonstrations Mondays from June 25-August 13 at 2:00pm. Check it out and maybe even try some programming yourself! See our full schedule of events at For more information, call 541-269-1101.

LEGO Club 2.0: Robotics is sponsored by the Coos Bay School District.

Boost Your Curb Appeal And Enter To Win A Prize!

Help us make Coos County clean and green!  For the month of July, any Coos County resident can enter to win a fantastic raffle prize by following these simple steps.

1. Take a ‘BEFORE’ picture of your property. 

2. Boost your curb appeal – touch up paint, plant some flowers, get rid of all garbage, etc.

3. Take an ‘AFTER’ picture

4. Select a raffle prize from  New prizes will be posted through June 29.

5. Submit your ‘BEFORE’ and ‘AFTER’ photos along with which raffle you would like to enter.  Send it all to

6. Prize winners will be drawn during National Neighborhood Day, August 7, 2018 between 5:00 and 7:00pm.  Winners will be announced on KDOCK radio.

All submissions must be received by 5:00pm on July 31, 2018.

For questions, more information or help with taking a photo, contact Char at 541.297.9256.  

Child Head Start Applications Now Open

South Coast Head Start is accepting applications for our FREE preschool and Early Head Start program for qualifying families for the 2018/19 program year! We offer a fun, researched-based curriculum; free and healthy meals; and child development, nutrition, and health screenings with follow-up support for all enrolled children. No potty-training required! Our services are for pregnant mothers to children age 5. Call us today at 541-888-3717 and ask for enrollment. Or visit us at our Facebook page South Coast Head Start.

Drop-In Computer Labs

Coos Bay Public Library will be offering FREE Drop-in Computer Labs for users with general questions about computers and devices. The June lab will be on Wednesday June 27 from 10:00am to 12:00pm in the Coos Bay Library’s Cedar Room.

Labs are for computer owners who have general computing questions. These labs are open to questions regarding apple devices, windows devices, mobile devices, and eBook questions. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptops or mobile devices, but a couple additional laptops will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be no formal lecture, but we will be here to answer your questions!

Please call 269-1101 for further information on this program. These labs are free of charge and registration is not required.

Summer Adventures at the Coos Bay Public Library

Save room in your summer calendar for Summer Adventures at CBPL. Every week through the end of summer, we have exciting events and activities for kids and families. We will kick off with International Reptile Rescue on June 21st and wrap it up with Border Collies on August 18th.

Saturday, July 21 at 3:00pm - Micah & Me Rocks

Thursday, July 26 at 11:00am - Oregon Rocks: Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Tuesday, July 31 (times vary) - Harry Potter Escape Room (registration required)

Thursday, August 2 at 1:00pm and 2:30pm - South Slough Birdhouse Workshop (registration required)

Thursday, August 9 at 2:00pm (kids) and 6:00pm (adults) - Cookies & Canvas: Painting with Miss Julie (registration required)

Saturday, August 18 at 12:00pm - Border Collie International

For a full calendar of events, stop by the library or visit us online at And don’t forget to pick up your reading and activity booklet to earn prizes all summer! Booklets available after June 13th. For more information, call 541-269-1101.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Coos Bay Public Library

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