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Seuss Night At The Coos Bay Public Library

Save the date for the Coos Bay Public Library’s annual Seuss Night! This event for kids and families is absolutely free. The fun includes favorite Seuss stories, cupcakes, and a free book for each child who attends. Seuss Night is Thursday, March 1st at 6:00pm. For more information, call the library at 541-269-1101 or go to coosbaylibrary.org. 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” --Dr. Seuss

Sponsored by the Friends of the Coos Bay Public Library.

Farr’s Junior University - Chalkboard Workshop

Join the KDOCK Broadcast Crew as we broadcast live from Farr’s True Value in Coos Bay. Bring your kids to the Farr’s Junior University Chalkboard Workshop on February 24th from 11 to 2. Enjoy the FREE workshop open to any child accompanied by an adult. This workshop is recommended for Children ages 3+ as we will be using a drill to screw the chalkboard frame together.

Farr’s Junior University will be held at Farr’s True Value in Coos Bay and workshop packets will be in available Coquille on February 24th from 11 to 2. Call 541-267-2137 for more info.


Mushroom Log Cultivation

Join us Saturday, February 24th from 1-3 pm for a hands-on shiitake mushroom log cultivation workshop using local hardwood. The workshop will cover the tools needed and instructions for how to successfully grow gourmet food and medicine. Fungi have an important role in our forest as decomposers, and we can mimic that role in our backyards and gardens. We will discuss this simple method and the various mushrooms you can grow and you will make your very own log to take home. For more information or to register, please visit southsloughestuary.org. Class fee is $20/person/log

Unless otherwise noted, all programs begin at the South Slough Reserve Interpretive Center, located 4 miles south of Charleston on Seven Devils Road. Reservations are required for all programs. Programs may be cancelled due to low enrollment or hazardous weather. Activity fees and donations cover materials and are used by the Friends of South Slough Reserve, Inc. in support of the Reserve. The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4:30 pm. All cancellations must be received 48 hrs. prior to the start of a program to receive a refund. Questions or concerns? Please contact Eric Dean, Education Specialist at (541) 888 - 5558 Ext. 126 eric.s.dean@dsl.state.or.us

The Coos Bay Power Squadron Will Be Putting On  Seamanship Class

The Coos Bay Power Squadron will be putting on The Seamanship class starting March 7, 2018 at the Power Squadron Building. The class will start at 6:30 to 8:30pm each Wednesday for 8 to 10 weeks. The Power Squadron Building is at 90346 Guano Rock Lane in The Charleston Boat Basin. The cost for the class will be $55.00 for Power Squadron Members and $100.00 for non Members. Please call 541-888-6178 or 541-756-4408 if interested.

The Seamanship 2016 course is the next step after completing America’s Boating Course, 3rd Edition (ABC3), taking the knowledge and skills learned there and expanding and extending them with this newly updated edition. Or make Seamanship the first step into building boating confidence and competence for safe and fun on-the-water adventures. Seamanship 2016 presents material applicable to both power and sail, covering such topics as the construction and functioning of a boat, the skipper’s responsibilities, preparing the boat for use, handling and maneuvering a vessel under various conditions in close quarters and on the open water, rules of the road, anchoring, emergencies, and marlinespike/basic knots. The Appendices cover boating into the waters of Canada and Mexico, the effects of weather on the boater’s health, and general information on obtaining a US Coast Guard captain’s license. It is suggested that Seamanship be scheduled over nine two-hour class sessions, one session for each chapter and one session for the proctored test.


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

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018

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.

Dodgeball Tournament to Benefit TRIO Program at Southwestern

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s TRIO Student Support Services Club will be hosting a Dodgeball Tournament on Southwestern’s Coos Campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. The tournament will be held in the Student Recreation Center, February 24, 2018. Teams of five will kick off at 10 am. Uniforms or costumes are required to participate. Prizes will be awarded to best uniform or costume. Trophies will be awarded to first and second place. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Pre-registration is open now until February 19, 2018. The cost is $20 per team. Late registration will be open until February 23, 2018. Cost for late registration is $30 per team. To register email chloe.eberlein@socc.edu or call 541-888-7494. All proceeds go to benefit the TRIO Student Support Services Club for cultural enrichment activities.

TRIO is a federally funded program that promotes and assists students transferring to a four-year university. TRIO students are low income, first generation college students, and/or have a documented disability.

Drop-in Computer Lab

Coos Bay Public Library will be offering FREE Drop-in Computer Labs for users with general questions about computers and devices. Thenext lab will be held Wednesday, February 28 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.


Teddy Bear Toss

Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm at the Sotuthwestern Oregon Community College Prosper Hall Gym, during the Southwestern Lakers vs. Chemeketa Storm game.

Bring a new bear or stuffed animal to toss onto the court at half time and admission is free! Stuffed animals will be donated to Bay Area Hospital’s pediatric patients and the Kids’ HOPE Center, the Child Abuse Intervention Center for Coos County.

Watch Classic Cult Comedies at the Coos Bay Library

Coos Bay Public Library fends off the mid-winter blahs with a weekly series of Classic Cult Comedies on Tuesdays through March 6 at 7pm, in the library’s Myrtlewood Room.

Each week, a modern cult film will be screened. Cult films are usually strange, quirky, offbeat, eccentric, oddball, or surreal, with outrageous, weird, and unique characters or plots. Often having a limited appeal, the films draw a dedicated fanbase and subculture who engage in repeated viewings, quoting dialogue, and audience participation. They are often considered controversial because they step outside standard narrative and technical conventions. The films in this series are aimed at a mature audience and may contain language or situations offensive to some. Viewer discretion is advised.

 The lineup includes:  WITHNAIL AND I (1987) on February 27th; and THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998) on March 6th.

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 www.coosbaylibrary.org. The library is located at 525 Anderson Avenue.


Zonta Club Of The Coos Bay Area Is Offering 9 Scholarships

The Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area is offering: 9 scholarships and one Young Women in Public Affairs cash award totaling $14,500 in 2018. Application, scholarship descriptions and criteria is available on the club’s website www.zontacoosbay.org. Application deadlines are March 1, 2018 for the YWPA cash award and April 1, 2018 for all other 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, certificate programs or trade school within the United States.

For more information about the scholarships or Zonta membership contact Sharon Lovie, Zonta representative at 541-290-1375 Zonta International is a global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.


Volunteers Sought for Railroad Group

The Oregon Coast Historical Railway is looking for volunteers to help out at their popular museum and display area in Coos Bay. No prior railroad experience is needed, just a desire to greet the many enthusiastic visitors who visit this year round attraction. The group also has a number of restoration projects under way, with a particular need for volunteers with carpentry or woodworking skills.

Hours are flexible but one thing is constant – just about everyone loves a train, so this is a fun place to visit and spend some time. If you can help, call Dick Jamsgard at (541)297-6130.


GMO’s Revealed: Community Film Series Begins February 8th

Coos Head Food Co-op and Shark Bites Theater presents GMO’s Revealed: Community Film Series to begin on Thursday, February 8th with doors opening at 5:30 pm and viewing beginning at 6pm.

This 9-Part film series is a comprehensive take on the world of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) by involving global leaders in the fields of medicine, law, agriculture, and politics to share their unique expertise as they describe the complex relationship between bacteria, soil, and your body in this documentary series.

Coos Head Food Co-op Member Christy Vollstedt is excited to lead this documentary series that is open to the community as an opportunity for education in topics related to health and environment. Attendance is not required for all parts and each episode has its own industry themes listed by the professionals below.

Viewings will take place on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Thursdays of the months of February, March, and April.  There is no cost to attend viewings and the Shark Bites Cafe menu will be available to order from. Meet us at Shark Bites Theater at 240 S. Broadway in downtown Coos Bay.

2/22: Episode #3 with  Jeffery Smith, David Wolfe, Naveen Jain

3/8: Episode #4 with Dr. Toni Bark, Mark Kastel, David Wolfe Farm Tour

3/15: Episode #5 with Sayer Ji and Mike Adams

3/22: Episode #6 with Dr. Ed Group, Dr. Jayson and Mira Calton, Tami Canal

4/12: Episode #7 with Robert Salk and Greg Horn

4/19: Episode #8 with Gerry Curatola and Stephanie Seneff

4/26: Episode #9 with Zen Honeycutt, Pedram Shojal, Zach Bush


Volunteers Wanted for Spring Field Trips

Help students get acquainted with the South Slough Estuary!

Spring Field Trip season:  March 20 through June 15th

• Most school groups are 3rd–5th grade but a couple middle school groups

• Typical schedule is 8:45 am until noon or 1 pm; help 1-2 days a week-Tuesday through Friday

• Roughly 80% of the spring bookings are for the Tide Flats Program at the Charleston Marina/Portside Restaurant area.  And roughly 20% are Watershed Hikes at the Interpretive Center.

Volunteer training this spring will focus on the Tide Flats Program with the option to pick from the following areas:

A) Wrack Line Inhabitants – learn about all the amazing assortment of creatures that call the intertidal zone home.  Special emphasis is placed on adaptations and challenges

B) Eel Grass and Dock Study – learn about the colorful fouling community organisms that live on the docks in the Charleston Marina, as well as, eel grass and the huge variety of organisms it supports.

C) Mudflats Study – take a closer look at the organisms that call the mud flats home and their special adaptations to live and avoid predators in this mucky home.

Please go to our website to apply: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/SS/Pages/VolunteerApp.aspx

For more information about this event, please call Deborah Rudd at 541-888-5558 x158 or deborah.rudd@state.or.us


Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces

Traveling Exhibition features the contributions of Native Americans

Native Americans have served in every major U.S. military encounter from the Revolutionary Was to today’s conflicts in the Middle East in higher numbers per capita than any other ethnic group. Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces reveals the remarkable history of Native American veterans through art, photography, and essay.  The 16-panel exhibition documents 250 years of Native peoples’ contributions in U.S. military history and remains on view from March 2, 2018 through April 29, 2018, at the Coos History Museum, 1210 North Front Street, in Coos Bay.

Patriot Nations:  Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces at the Coos History Museum was produced by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.  The exhibit will begin with an opening ceremony on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at 4:00pm.  The opening ceremony is open to the public and will include an invocation and the Presentation of Colors by the Coquille Indian Tribe and The Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians.  Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit will run March 2, 2018 through April 29, 2018, at the Coos History Museum.

“Tens of thousands of Native Americans joined the U.S. armed forces during World Wars I and II,” said Herman J. Viola, curator emeritus of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and curator of “Patriot Nations.” “Forty-four thousand Native Americans served in World War II; the entire population of Native Americans was less than 350,000 at the time. They are Purple Heart recipients and Bronze Star medal honorees. Many have been recognized with the Congressional Medal of Honor, the United States’ highest military award.”

Patriot Nations also calls attention to the creation of the National Native American

Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the museum on the National Mall. Congress has charged the museum with building the memorial to give “all Americans the opportunity to learn of the proud and courageous tradition of service of Native Americans in the Armed Forces of the United States.” Working together with the National Congress of American Indian, Native American veterans, tribal leaders,

historians and cultural experts, the museum will complete the memorial by Veteran’s Day 2020. For more information about the memorial, visit the website at: AmericanIndian.si.edu/NNAVM.

Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces was produced by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

About the National Museum of the American Indian:

The National Museum of the American Indian is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere — past, present and future — through partnership with Native people and others. Follow the museum via social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To learn more about the museum’s mission, visit AmericanIndian.si.edu.


2018 Biennial Student Art Exhibit and Vision 2018 High School Art Competition

Opening Reception -Friday March 2, 2018 from 3 -5pm

Exhibition March 2 through April 14, 2018

Coos Art Museum invites you to attend the opening reception for its 2018 Biennial Student Art Exhibit and Vision 2018 High School Art Competition, Friday March 2 from 3 to 5 pm. After 5, Museum doors will remain open until 7:30 pm to accommodate the March Wine Walk and all visitors are welcome to view the galleries. The exhibition will run from March 2 through April 14.

This every other year Student Art Exhibit features artworks created by students, preschool through 12, from Coos, Curry, and Western Douglas counties. The exhibition is being held in the Maggie Karl and Perkins Galleries on the first floor of the Museum. Like the reception, the exhibition, is open to the public and is free of charge.

The last Biennial Student Art Exhibit was an extraordinary experience with 1,082 works on display representing 21 regional schools. Both the numbers and the quality of works were impressive. This exhibition is sponsored in part by grants from Trust Management Services and The Herbert A. Templeton Foundation. Come and be prepared to be amazed by the works produced by our young local artists.

Also from March 2 through April 14 the Museum will be exhibiting VISION 2018, its annual high school art competition underwritten by Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation. Coastal high schools as well as high schools in Douglas, Josephine and Jackson counties have submitted entries. Best of Show, 1st and 2nd place winners will receive both cash purchase awards and a two year tuition waiver to attend Southwestern Oregon Community College. First through forth places, for each grade level will receive cash awards. The exhibition on the upper floor of the Museum, is open to the public and is free of charge. For more information on VISION 2018 or on Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation, log onto www.socc.edu/foundation, email: foudation@socc.edu.

Coos Art Museum has been a cultural focal point of Oregon’s scenic Southern Coast since 1966. It occupies an historic 1936 Art Deco US Federal Building in downtown Coos Bay. The Museum offers a wide range of arts activities including exhibitions, art classes and lectures. Hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesday through Friday and 1:00 to 4:00pm on Saturday.  Museum admission: $5 general, $2 students, veterans and seniors, free to Museum members.


The Local Chapter Of The Catholic Daughters Of The Americas Will Be Offering One Scholarship This Year

The local chapter of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Our Lady of the Sea, Court #2405. will be offering one (1) $1500.00 scholarship this year.  This scholarship is for a woman that is 25 years of age or older, who wishes to start or continue their education.  Applicants must be a resident of the Oregon South Coast, from Florence to Brookings, and must use their scholarship at a college, tech or vocational school. There is NO restrictions of race or religion.  Applications MUST be postmarked by April 16, 2018 and will be voted on by our scholarship committee and the winner will be notified and presented their award at the Annual Tea on May 12, 2018.  Applications are available at the Coos Bay and North Bend Libraries, Southwestern Community College Library, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church and St. Monica’s Catholic Church. 

Return applications to: 

CDA Scholarship Committee, 68248 North Bay Rd, North Bend OR 97459.

For any additional questions, contact Susan Kulick at 541-297-0552.


SNAP Recipients Eligible For Free Career Services Through Southwestern

Coos Bay, OR – SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Recipients are eligible for free Career Coaching services from Southwestern Oregon Community College through a new program called STEP (SNAP Training & Education Program).

 Individuals and families receiving SNAP Benefits can contact Genavieve Sharkey at 541-888-1647 or Genavieve.sharkey@socc.edu with questions and to determine eligibility.

 Services include:  Employer Connections, Resume and Cover Letter Assistance, Interview and Job Search Skills, College Readiness and Education Planning, Financial Aid and Scholarship Navigation, Community Resources and Referrals, and more!


Having Difficulty Affording Prescription Eye Glasses?  New Eyes for the Needy

New Eyes purchases new prescription eyeglasses for low-income individuals in the U.S. through a voucher program. To be eligible for our program, applicants must:

Meet household requirements for low-income.

Have had a recent eye exam with a pupillary distance measurement. New Eyes does not pay for eye exams. Contact Us if you need assistance in locating a source of free or low-cost eye exams.

Have no other resources available to them to pay for glasses, including federal or state programs or assistance from local charitable organizations.

A New Eyes voucher provides a basic pair of single or lined bifocal eyeglasses.

Individuals cannot apply for themselves. The online application is only accessible to social service agencies who apply on their clients behalf.

OHP/WOAH clients: Contact Lovena Flaherty at 541-269-7400

 North Bend Medical Center clients: Contact your provider.


Trauma Recovery Support Group (TREM)

 Hosted By the SAFE Project

TREM stands for Trauma Recovery & Empowerment Model and is a trauma-education support group focused on overcoming the effects of physical, emotional, and/or sexual trauma that clients have experienced in their lives. Classes include questions and exercises designed to help clients build skills for healthy relationships in all aspects of their lives. All course content, records of those attending, etc. is 100% confidential.

TREM is a 24 week support group. Clients can join the current group schedule up to week 4, if they are joining after week 4 they will need to wait for the next available group.

TREM currently offers the following Weekly times Available Until May 16, 2018:

Tuesday Morning: 10:00-11:00am

Wednesday Afternoon: 1:-00-2:00pm

Thursday Evening: 5:30-6:30pm

TREM is offered to all clients free of charge. If you have questions about the curriculum or any other concerns please contact one of the support group facilitators listed below:

Amber Van Meel—Court Advocate
541-888-1048 ext. 105;  amber@stopabusecoos.org

Rachael Espy—Executive Director
541-888-1048 ext. 104; respy@stopabusecoos.org

Stephanie Reyes—Sexual Assault Advocate
541-888-1048 ext. 102; stephanie@stopabusecoos.org

For more detailed information on support group schedule, times, etc. Please contact our agency at 541-756-7000.


Darkness To Light’s:  Stewards Of Children

4th Tuesday of every month, 5:30–8pm and 3rd Saturday of every month, 10am– 1pm, at the Kids’ HOPE Center, 1925 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay

Space limited to 25, Registration required, Call 541-269-4196

Overview of how to identify, minimize opportunity, recognize the signs, and react responsibly to suspicions of child sexual abuse. Training is recommended for anyone who has, works with, or knows children. Training not recommended for anyone under 16 years of age.

Nurses, Social Workers, Teachers and Daycare Workers receive 2 hrs. of Continuing Education Credits (CEU’s) for completion of training.


Safe Disposal Of Sharps Container

Please do not put sharps into your regular garbage or attempt to empty the needles out, as this is very unsafe. Also, there may be a fine for any sharps found in regular household trash.

You can purchase a biohazard sharps container at the locations listed and other pharmacies in the community. When the container is full, dispose of the sharps container at the designated disposal sites listed on this page.

BAY AREA HOSPITAL DOES NOT COLLECT OR DISPOSE SHARPS FROM THE PUBLIC.

BIOHAZARD SHARPS DISPOSAL

Official biohazard containers only. Availability & prices are subject to change.

Disposal Site • Address • Disposal Fee

Bay Area Hospital • Coos Bay • No program

Coos Bay Sanitary Services 541-267-6675 • 60648 Hwy 101 Coos Bay • No Program

Coquille Valley Hospital 541-396-3101 • 940 E 5th Coquille • $5.00 disposal fee and receive a new container

Curry General Hospital 541-247-6621 • 94220 4th St. Gold Beach • Free disposal in the lab

Curry Transfer & Recycling 541-469-2425 • 17498 Carpenterville Rd. Brookings • $25.95 for disposal and new container

Fred Meyer 541-269-4033 • 1020 S. 1st Coos Bay • $3.00 to $5.00 for disposal fee and $5.00 to $10.00 for new container

Lower Umpqua Hospital • 541-271-2171 • 600 Ranch Rd. Reedsport • No program

North Bend Sanitation  (Les’ Sanitary Service) 541-756-5211 • 3432 Cedar St. North Bend • $10.00 for disposal and $15.00 for a 2 gallon new container

Semperts Rexall Drug Store 541-572-5010 • 735 Spruce St. Myrtle Point • Free disposal, may buy a container

Southern Coos Hospital 541-347-2426 • 900 11th St. SE Bandon •$5.00 disposal fee and receive a new container

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 www.southcoastfamilyharbor.org.


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