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Clamboree! & Glass Art Festival!

Saturday, June 9 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at the field behind the Empire Fire Station on S Wall St off of Newmark Ave.

When the tide is out, the table is set! Join the Empire celebration of the history, the clams, the culture, and the future of our area. Venues include the Fire Hall, the Hollering Place, Ed Lund Park, Classic Cars, the Tribal House of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw tribes, an Open House at the Boat Building Center, Tower House Open House, Dolphin Theatre Tours, vendors, and the downtown area along Newmark Avenue.

Enjoy glass blowing demonstrations, or a guided historic shuttle tour, and what would any Oregon festival be without a beer and wine garden - hosted by our own 7 Devils Brewery! Brush up on your loudest and longest hollering voice and take part in the Hollering Contest at 3pm. Prizes will be awarded for the best in each category.

Live music lineup, from 10am-6pm, featuring:

Metro Gnomes 10am

Sea Shanties 11am

Lynn Reynolds & Huapili Hawaiian dancers 12pm

Nathan Sloan 2pm

Hollering contest 3p

Crushing Crayons 4pm

Jeff Torrence 5pm

There’s something for everyone at this year’s Clamboree! and Glass Art Festival! For more details check out their Facebook Page: Clamboree & Glass Art Fest

Jennifer’s Catching Slough Classic And ½ Marathon

5K, 10K & Half Marathon on June 9, 2018, 10am.

A fast, flat, and scenic out-and-back course starting at the intersection of Catching Slough Road and Coos River Hwy.

Half Marathon Walk starts at 7am. Half Marathon Run starts at 8am. 5K and 10K start at 9am.

Half of all proceeds benefit a scholarship fund. Ribbons awarded for top finishers and age group winners.

Cost is $15 for members, $25 for non-members. Kid’s race is free!  Want to save money? Join South Coast Running Club now!

Register at the South Coast Running Club Website:

Questions? Kent Sharman: or visit

Southwestern Music Department Announces Spring Concerts

Coos Bay, OR – The Music Department of Southwestern Oregon Community College is proud to present a series of concerts during the week of June 3 through 10, 2018. Retiring Director, Ida Jo Gates, is proud to expand upon the usual end-of-term offerings and hopes that everyone can attend all of the concerts.

Sunday, June 3: The Community Choir, under the direction of David Aaker, will perform several classical choral works at 2:00 pm at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (1290 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay). There is no cost to attend the concert, and the choir cordially invites all of the community to come and enjoy their musical offering.

Monday, June 4: Individual students from the studios of Southwestern music instructors will be present a recital at Hales Center for the Performing Arts (1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay) at 7:00 pm. The teachers represented are Dana Childs, Ida Jo Gates, Sarah Kimball, Lynne Kuhn and Heather Williams. There is no cost to attend the concert.

Tuesday, June 5: “Ida Jo & Friends” – in a re-creation of a concert series that Ms. Gates has produced in California, Arizona and Coos Bay (Spring, 2010), selected students will join her on stage at Hales Center for the Performing Arts at 7:00 pm. There is no cost to attend the concert.

Wednesday, June 6: “Jazz Night” – the Southwestern Jazz Band, under the direction of Cameron Jerde, and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Ida Jo Gates will present a variety of jazz standards (and a few vocal surprises). The Jazz Band will be joined by three dancers from Ballet Pacific. The concert will be held at Hales Center for the Performing Arts at 7:00 pm. There is no cost to attend the concert.

Sunday, June 10: In collaboration with the Southwestern Music Club, the Oregon Coast Music Association will present Stephen Moeckel, violin and Paula Fan, piano in a fundraising benefit concert. Mr. Moeckel is the concertmaster of the summer festival orchestra. He and Ms. Fan are world-renowned performers, and together their collaboration is called Duo Amabile. The concert is being held at Hales Center for the Performing Arts at 3:00 pm with a pre-concert talk by Mr. Moeckel at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $40 each or $75 for a family, and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 541-267-0938 or on the web at

Ms. Gates cordially thanks Southwestern and the community for all the support she has received over the years at the college, both as a part time instructor and as head of the department this past year. “Our south coast community is full of talented student-musicians, and it has been an honor to help guide them in their musical endeavors and adventures!”

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 labs will be on Wednesday June 13 and 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.

Southwestern to Offer Study Abroad Program

COOS BAY, Ore. – Southwestern Oregon Community College students will have the opportunity to participate in a study abroad program within the criminal justice or history programs during spring term of 2018-2019. This is the first study abroad program for Southwestern’s criminal justice students. The College is partnering with Clackamas Community College for this exciting opportunity.

The course, titled “Criminal Justice in the United Kingdom”, will examine the English and Irish criminal justice systems from the 1100’s until today. Students will travel to Ireland on June 10, 2019. While in Ireland they will have lectures by Irish professors on the Irish legal system and the civil rights issues of Northern Ireland. They will tour the Dublin courts, Kilmainham jail, and see the bogs and bog bodies as part of the National Museum. The students will then travel to London where they will have lectures by English lawyers on the history and current court system of Great Britain. Students will also have an opportunity to observe court proceedings in the Westminster Magistrates Court, the Royal Court of Justice, the Old Bailey, the Court of Appeals, and the High Court of Justice of England and Wales. A lecture and tour on the social history and investigation of the “Jack the Ripper” case is planned, as well as tours of old English prison sites including the Tower of London, the Clink prison museum, and the currently operating Her Majesty’s Prison Wormwood Scrubs.

Students will need to cover travel expenses and obtain a passport prior to departure. Planning and fund raising for the trip will occur throughout the 2018-2019 school year. Any business, organization or person interested in attending the class or assisting financially to help students to attend are asked to contact Gary Will, Criminal Justice Instructor at Southwestern at 544-888-1571 or by email at

Relay For Life Coos County Events 

June 16th: Team for Family and Friends -  Christmas in June Bunco, 9th annual Relay for Life Bunco Fundraiser, proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society - Join us for a fun filled

For updates and more information on these and other events please like us on our Facebook page: Relay for Coos County. Feel free to contact via email or phone at 541-260-2273.

Relay For Life Coos County will be on Saturday, June 23rd from noon-6pm. This event will take place at the public parking lot at 4th & Bennett in Coos Bay, (located behind the Egyptian Theatre and in front of 7 Devil’s Brewing).

Activities, vendors, live music and entertainment, fundraising competitions, Superhero costume contest and more! A Survivor & Caregiver celebration will be taking place at the same location beginning at 10am, details to come. Survivor Spirit of Hope nominations or survivor questions to:

If you would like to sign up as a fundraising team, visit for more info. You do not need to be registered to attend.

Calling All South Coast Veterans & Active Military: WE WANT YOU!

***Entry Deadline Extended – June 10, 2018***

The Coos History Museum is seeking participants for their upcoming exhibit “Vet Ink:  Military Inspired Tattoos,” opening later this year and the deadline to enter has been extended until June 10, 2018. The museum will be featuring military inspired tattoos and the stories behind them (when, where, why) as the focus of this unique and personal military exhibit. 

Retired military and active duty service men and women from all five branches of the military are encouraged to participate. Individuals must currently reside on the South Coast of Oregon and selected candidates must be available to be photographed and interviewed mid-summer, 2018.  

Selected participants, their tattoos and their stories will be featured in the “Vet Ink: Military Inspired Tattoos” exhibit on the mezzanine gallery of the museum. Those entries not chosen for the exhibit will have the opportunity to be featured on the museum website.

To be considered, participants must submit a completed 2-page form, along with a photograph(s) of their tattoo. Submission deadline has been extended until June 10, 2018. Entry forms are available at the museum, located at 1210 North Front Street in Coos Bay, or on the museum website, at:

Friday Foreign Film

Coos Bay Public Library’s “Friday Foreign Film” series at continues at 7:00 p.m. June 8th with indie film favorite “Apocalypse Child” (Philipines, 2015).

On the idyllic beaches of Baler (the heart of the Philippines’ surf culture, where Apocalypse Now was shot), surf instructor Ford spends carefree days with his young girlfriend. Named after Francis Ford Coppola, he may or may not be the illegitimate son of the Hollywood director. As he fumbles for answers and reconnects with an old friend, an anxious love triangle forms and flounders, against a background of seas and skies so blue that they emblazon the screen. He continues to cover up his inner restlessness by getting wasted with weed and alcohol until the surfing season comes to its close and Ford is forced to confront his past actions, his inactions and the stories of his life.

The “Friday Foreign Film” series, sponsored by the Friends of Coos Bay Public Library, is normally held on the second Friday of the month and is free to the public. Many of these films are not rated and parental discretion is advised. For more information call 269-1101 or visit

Armchair Film Adventure

The “Armchair Film Adventure” series at Coos Bay Public Library continues on Tuesday, June 12th at 2:00 p.m. in the Myrtlewood Meeting Room. This month’s feature is the 2017 documentary “The Penguin Counters.”

Armed with low tech gear and high minded notions that penguin populations hold the key to human survival, Ron Naveen lays bare his 30-year love affair with the world’s most pristine scientific laboratory: Antarctica. Famed as a place that wants you dead, this film follows a rag tag team of field biologists to some of the harshest corners of the planet, where they track the impact of climate change and ocean health by counting penguin populations. From the tip of Argentina to the ominous Deception Island, ‘The Penguin Counters’ is a treacherous, heart-warming journey by a 21st century Dr. Doolittle who dreams of conserving this stunning but fragile region for future generations.

Everyone is welcome at this program sponsored by The Friends of Coos Bay Public Library. No admission is charged and refreshments will be provided. Please call 269-1101 for further information about this program.  The library is located at 525 Anderson Avenue in Coos Bay.

Gloria Dei Lutheran's 2018 Vacation Bible School

Rolling River Rampage: “Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God!” 9:00 am to 12:00 noon on Monday, June 18 to Friday, June 22, 2018.

Welcome children age 4 through 6th grade. Older youth and adults are welcome as helpers. The cost is $5/child, $10/family. Financial assistance available.

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1290 Thompson Road, Coos Bay, OR 97420. 541-267-2347

Transportation Help Available For Some Veterans - Bus Passes And Taxi Vouchers Available

NORTH BEND, OR, April 16, 2018 - Southwestern Oregon Veterans Outreach (SOVO) has free CCAT bus passes and taxi vouchers for qualified veterans who need help with essential transportation such as to doctor and medical appointments.

To qualify, the veteran much be 60 years of age or older. Those under 60 years of age must document a qualifying disability preventing driving or walking distances.

Veterans who are interested in transportation help should contact SOVO at 541-756-8718 or stop by the office, Suite 212, upstairs on the mezzanine at Pony Village Mall.

SOVO operates on volunteer power and community donations.  In 2017, the organization logged in 4,881 volunteer hours, served 3,091 veterans and resolved 2,570 issues brought to them by veterans. The same year, the organization obtained $1,946,000 in annual recurring payments to veterans from the Veterans Administration and $178,000 in retroactive payments to veterans, dependents, and survivors.

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