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South Coast Celtic Fest

 Here’s your chance to experience Celtic music, dance, and culture!

Saturday afternoon and evening, April 22, the seventh South Coast Celtic Fest will fill the Hales Center at Southwestern Oregon Community College with culture and fun from the Celtic nations (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, Isle of Man).

Headliner for the 7pm evening concert this year will be Kevin Carr and the Family Carr. Known for their “contemporary/traditional music with drive,” the Carrs leverage a wealth of experience in a variety of music for a delightful performance. The evening concert will also feature a grand entry by the Oregon Coast Pipes and Drums, followed by the energetic Dance Ceili.

Saturday afternoon will be packed with performances, demonstrations, and workshops on various aspects of Celtic music, dance, and culture.

Starting at noon, there’ll be 14 hands-on workshops in music, crafts, and history. Try Scottish or Irish dancing, learn about bagpipes or sea songs, discover how to explore your Celtic genealogy, try your hand at Celtic lettering, and much more. Kids can try a craft or game, learn a dance, make a drum, and more.

There’ll also be free Celtic music all day, plus a musical Celtic jam session for all comers starting at 4 p.m. A variety of vendors and demonstrations will round out the experience.

All-workshop passes are $15 for adults and $5 for children; tickets to the evening concert are $20. The Celtic Fest is a benefit for the South Coast Folk Society, which is dedicated to preserving and teaching folk traditions on Oregon’s South Coast by providing year-round opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. For complete workshop descriptions and ticket info, visit, find South Coast Celtic Fest on Facebook, or call 541-808-1773. Southwestern Oregon Community College is at 1988 Newmark Ave. in Coos Bay.

3rd Annual Girls Rock Stem Event

The 3rd annual GIRLS ROCK event will take place on Saturday, April 22, Earth Day from 1:00 to 4:00, at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of SW Oregon, 3333 Walnut Ave. Coos Bay. GIRLS ROCK is a STEM Fair to help girls learn about and get interested in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) professions.

This free event is open to all girls’ grades 3-8 in Coos County. Girls attending the event will meet women and men from our area who have careers in medicine, engineering, science, and math. Girls will have a chance to play math and science games, and participate in experiments and win prizes.

This event is presented by Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area with support from the Boys and Girls Club, Soroptimist International of the Coos Bay Area, Bay Area Hospital, Umpqua Bank, Fred Meyer, and Coos Bay School District.

Parents are welcome but not required to attend. For questions contact

The mission of Zonta International is to improve the legal, economic, health, educational, and professional status of women world-wide through service and advocacy..

64th Annual Barbershop Show

The Gold Cast Chorus announces its 64th Annual Barbershop Extravaganza, with a show Saturday, April 22nd, 2 p.m., at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, a change in venue from the last several years.

In addition to singing from The Gold Coast Chorus, which features members from Coos Bay, North Bend, Bandon, Coquille and Florence, the show will feature a cappella performances from two local quartets, the Southwestern Community College Jazz Ensemble, and North Bend High School’s “J.Z.  Jazz Ensemble.”

The Gold Coast Chorus, under the direction of David Aaakre, will sing a wide array of barbershop tunes, from “Over the Rainbow” to an arrangement of Leonard Cohen’s “Halleleujah,” with more that are sure to please.

Local quartets will include “The Breakers,” masters of doo-wop harmony.  Members are Jim Cowin, lead, Chuck Axelton, baritone, Dave Oldfield, bass, and John Adams, tenor.  Also performing will be “The Accidentals,” a relatively new quartet with high aspirations.  Members are Chris Beebe, lead, Chuck Axelton, bass, David Aaakre, baritone, and Darren Dirk, tenor.

Just back from a successful performance at the Apollo Theatre in New York City as part of the New York Jazz Festival, is the SWOCC Jazz Ensemble, directed by Ida Jo Gates.  The ensemble specializes in a cappella wizardry, so prepare to be amazed.

And the audience should enjoy the North Bend High School “J.Z. Jazz Ensemble,” under the direction of Ken Graber.  The ensemble’s heartfelt enthusiasm and talent will be self-evident.

Tickets are $12, available in advance from members of the chorus, at Farr’s True Value Hardware in Coos Bay and Coquille, and at Bandon True Value Hardware.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

The Gold Coast Chorus is a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, an international group of men dedicated to the preservation and encouragement of barbershop quartet singing through education and fellowship.

Men who enjoy singing are invited to Tuesday night rehearsals, 7:15 p.m. in the Marshfield High School Music Room.  For more information, please call Tom Jacobson, at 541-267-7892.

Southwestern’s Music Department Presents Free Thank You! Concert

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Music Department wishes to thank the community for their support in sending students to the New York City Jazz Festival to perform at the Apollo Theater! The students returned full of inspiration which they will share with the audience at a free concert on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 7 pm at the Hales Center for the Performing Arts, Coos Campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.

Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Music Department received an invitation this summer from Manhattan Concert Productions in New York City for the Southwestern Vocal and Instrumental Jazz Ensembles to participate in the New York City Jazz Festival from April 7 – 10, 2017. The College is extremely proud of our music students and hope you’ll join us for the performance to witness first hand these talented young people.

For more information about our music programs, or to make a donation to help students with the cost of the trip, please contact Professor Mike Turner, Director of Music at Southwestern;; 541-888-7242.

Title Wave:  Acclaimed Mystery Writer Craig Johnson Gives Talks At Coos Public Libraries And Sprague Theater

Catch the Title Wave by reading Craig Johnson’s mystery, An Obvious Fact, featuring Sheriff Walt Longmire and meet the author at free talks and book signings on April 24 and 25.

Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Longmire mystery books, the basis for the hit drama series “Longmire” on Netflix.  Johnson has written 14 novels in his popular Walt Longmire series. Johnson has won many awards, including the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award, the Wyoming State Historical Association’s Book of the Year, France’s Le Prix 813, and the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Book of the Year.  Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population 25.

Johnson talks about his novel and life as a writer at the following venues:

Monday April 24

2:00pm Sprague Theater Bandon

7:00pm Coos Bay Public Library

Tuesday April 25

2:00pm North Bend Public Library

7:00pm Coquille Public Library

An Obvious Fact is available for checkout at Coos public libraries (  It can be purchased at a discount at Books by the Bay and WinterRiver Books. For more information about Craig Johnson, please visit

Johnson’s visit is made possible by the Friends of the Library and Library Foundation groups of Coos County, the Coos County Library Service District, The Mill Casino, Books by the Bay, and WinterRiver Books. Title Wave is the “everybody reads the same book” program of the Coos County Library Service District, bringing readers together with a great writer each year.

Science On Screen Features Free Movie Patch Adams And Local History Talk

Coos Bay, OR – The Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation and the historic Egyptian Theatre present a free showing of Patch Adams, starring Robin Williams at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 23, at the theater in downtown Coos Bay. The film features the true story of Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams, a man who enters the medical profession in midlife with a personal mission to treat patients with humor and compassion.

Prior to the movie, local historian Steve Greif will present a mini-lecture on “Horsfall: Pioneer Doctor.” Dr. Horsfall served as a doctor making house calls around Coos County for more than six decades, starting in the late 1890s and practicing into the 1900s.

Grant funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Science on Screen series are intended to bring science into our community, pairing great films with short lectures by and/or about noted experts in science, technology and medicine.

The series is a collaboration between the Egyptian Theatre, Southwestern, the North Bend and Marshfield High School Science departments, South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the Charleston Marine Life Center.

Donations at the event will support Southwestern’s Health & Science Technology Building project.

For additional information, please contact Elise Hamner at 541-888-7211.

Explosions, Inc.

The Coos Bay Public Library is hosting Explosions, Inc., the most exciting-and dangerous! Science demonstration you will ever see! All Coos Bay Area children and their families are invited to this event on Friday, April 21st at 3:30 pm. Explosions, Inc, is dedicated to bringing science the public in an exciting and dynamic way. Combustion, destruction, mayhem? Yes, please! Call 541-269-1101 for more information.

Sponsored by the Friends of Coos Bay Public Library

10th Annual Coos Bay & North Bend City Clean Up Day

Saturday April 22nd, 10 am -3 pm. Donate at least four Items of Food or $4 for the South Coast Food Share. Drop off up to four Cans of Garbage at these four locations: • S.4th Street Parking Lot, between Anderson & Curtis, Coos Bay • Eastside Fire Station- 365 D Street, Coos Bay. • Empire Fire Station - 189 S WAll Street, Coos Bay • Pony village Mall, by Mini Pet Mart.

Recyclables Welcome! No tires, appliances, furniture, metal, or hazardous materials will be accepted. Limited to residents of Coos Bay & North Bend.

In partnership with: South Coast Food Share • Le's Sanitary Service • United Way Day of Caring • Salvation Army • North Bend Prebyterian Church • Coos Bay Sanitary Service • North Bend Sanitation • City of Coos Bay • City of North Bend.

Call 541-269-1181 EXT 2267 with questions or to volunteer. 

United Way Seeks Day Of Caring Volunteers

For further information contact:  Marcia Hart 541-267-5202

United Way of Southwestern Oregon is seeking local service clubs and individuals interested in volunteering to help Bay Area seniors and the disabled during this year’s 9th Annual Day of Caring.  Last year 165 volunteers worked at 60 homes in Coos Bay and North Bend areas.

This year’s Day of Caring is planned for Saturday, April 22rd, and will involve local volunteers visiting the homes of seniors and people with disabilities. Volunteers will help stack wood, mow lawns, clean gutters, haul trash and do other manual labor jobs seniors and the disabled can’t do for themselves.

In addition, United Way is partnering with the Cascade Region American Red Cross and assisting with their Home Prevention Campaign. Volunteers trained by the Red Cross will install home smoke alarms during our Annual Day of Caring visits. We will offer this service to seniors and disabled individuals when they call to sign up for yard work and coordinate appointments with the Red Cross. Volunteers who want to be trained with the Red Cross can indicate this preference when signing up.

Northwest Natural will host the event starting with morning refreshments before the volunteer send off and a volunteer appreciation “taco bar” lunch afterwards. Volunteers can begin check in starting at 8:30 am with team instructions and send off at 9:00 am. Jobs are finished by early to mid-afternoon.    Projects are matched with volunteer group capabilities.

Our Annual Day of Caring not only helps the elderly and disabled in our community; It also helps beautify the community.  Les’ Sanitary Service and Coos Bay Sanitary are providing free trash disposal. Anyone interested in helping can contact United Way of Southwestern contact United Way of Southwestern Oregon at 541-267-5202 or

Get Ready to Set Sail!

The Coos Bay Downtown Association will be hosting a FREE meeting on April 20th for the downtown business community, and the public, to provide information on what we could expect downtown during this year’s Festival of Sail, which will be held on June 1-4. The meeting will be held on April 20 from 5:30-7:00 at the Coos Bay Fire Department Conference Room, 450 Elrod Ave, Coos Bay, OR 97420.

The Festival of Sail is the first of its kind for our area and we are expecting to see thousands of tourists from afar. This event could be a big boost for our businesses and we want to be prepared for the best-case scenario. So, come meet us and let’s brainstorm ideas to show our tourists how great Coos Bay is!

There will be a follow up meeting on May 18 from 5:30-7:00 at the Coos Bay Fire Department Conference Room.

For more information call us at 541-266-9706 or visit our website at

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.

Vendor Applications Available for 2017 Coos Bay Farmers Market

Calling all vendors! The Coos Bay Farmers Market is now accepting vendor applications for the 2017 market season. The Coos Bay Downtown Association is organizing the Coos Bay Farmers Market to be located on Central Avenue and will be held every Wednesday, May through October from 9am to 2pm.

The Coos Bay Farmers Market features over 60 vendors and provides the community with fresh locally grown produce, eggs, honey, meat, baked goods, roasted coffee, flowers, body care products, handmade craft items, ready-to-eat food and much more. The weekly popular event strives to bring high quality, Oregon-produced items in the historic downtown atmosphere neighboring Highway 101.

Those interested in becoming a vendor please visit the Coos Bay Downtown Association’s website at to find application information. Please contact the Coos Bay Farmers Market management through emailing at or calling at 541-266-9711. Further updates on the 2017 season can be found at

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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