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Bay Area Fun Festival Coming To Downtown Coos Bay

Contributed By: Courtney Flathers, MPP, Executive Director of the Coos Bay Downtown Association

 The Coos Bay Downtown Association is proud to present the 2017 Bay Area Fun Festival September 16-17, 2017. Come downtown for family fun, tasty food and live entertainment during this two-day community celebration!

Visitors can enjoy a large vendor market located on Central Avenue between Hwy 101 S and 4th Street. The Bay Area Fun Festival Parade will take place on Saturday, September 16th at 1:00pm. This year’s theme is “Oh, The Places You’ll Go Coos County!” Parade participants are encouraged to decorate their entries in keeping with this theme. Best decorated entries will be eligible for prizes. Staging begins at 10:00am at the corner of Golden Ave and 4th Street. Parade applications are available at All proceeds support the purchase of flower baskets in downtown Coos Bay.

 The Prefontaine Memorial Run is scheduled for 10:00am on Saturday, September 16th. More information is available at The Pre Run for Kids will take place on Sunday, September 17th at 1:30pm. Registration will be located on S. 2nd Street behind the Coos Bay Museum, 235 Anderson Ave.

 Cruz the Coos featuring nearly 500 vintage automobiles will take place at 6:00pm on Saturday, September 16th. This event is organized by the Coos Bay-North Bend Rotary Club. Registration and staging take place at Golden Ave & 2nd Street beginning at 5:00pm. More information is available at

 Other events taking place during the Bay Area Fun Festival include the Rock and Gem Show in the 4th Street parking lot near 7 Devils Brewing Co., a Beer Garden provided by Walt’s Pourhouse and the K-DOCK Music Festival featuring the finals of the Bay Area Teen Idol.

 For a full schedule of Bay Area Fun Festival events visit

 Come join us for the Bay Area Fun Festival on Oregon’s Adventure Coast. We can’t wait to see you downtown!

For additional information, please call 541-266-9706.

 To learn more about the Coos Bay Downtown Association

The mission of the Coos Bay Downtown Association (CBDA) is to foster the development of downtown Coos Bay by strengthening local business, encouraging new business, and connecting the community through partnerships. The Coos Bay Downtown Association is committed to promoting Coos Bay as an attractive place to live, work, and visit by continually enhancing the quality of life of the downtown area.

 Schedule of Events

2017 Fun Festival Activities – The Bay Area Fun Festival is the last great party of the summer! Come to downtown Coos Bay for family friendly fun, live music and tasty food!

Friday, Sept 15th

5pm - Rotary Cruz the Coos & Show ‘n Shine Early Registration, Mill Casino

Rock and Gem Show, Parking Lot 4th & Bennett (Across from Outdoor In)

7:30pm - Rotary Cruz Dance Party (Free, 21 and older) featuring Done Deal, Salmon Room Mill Casino Hotel, 3201 Tremont, North Bend.

Saturday, Sept 16th

8am - Cruz the Coos/Show ‘n Shine Registration, Mill Casino-Hotel, 3201 Tremont, North Bend. P

9am - Fun Festival Vendor Market, Central Avenue Coos Bay

Festival Food Courts, Parking Lot at 2nd & Central – Lockhart Lot at 3rd and Central.

10am - 23rd Annual Coos Sand n Sea Quilters Quilt Show, Boys and Girls Club, 3333 Walnut Ave, Coos Bay.

10am - Parade Participants Staging at 4th & Golden

Rock and Gem Show, Parking Lot 4th and Bennett, Coos Bay (Across from Outdoor In)

Prefontaine Memorial Run (Start) 4th and Anderson, Coos Bay. (Finish) Marshfield High School.

11am - Rotary Show ‘n Shine, Mill Casino, 3201 Tremont Ave. North Bend.

11 - am Done Deal, Rockfest Stage, 4th & Central

Beer Garden by Walt’s Pourhouse, Parking Lot behind Checkberry’s, 3rd & Commercial.

1pm - Parade Starts at 4th & Golden and winds through downtown.

1:30 - pm TOYZ, Rockfest Stage, 4th and Central – Bring your lawnchair!

4:00pm - Timberwolf, Rockfest Stage, 4th and Central – Bring your Lawnchair!

5pm - Cruz the Coos Participants staging & registration, 2nd & Elrod.

6pm - Cruz the Coos, 4th and Central and throughout downtown.

Sunday, Sept 17th

10am - Fun Festival Mall Market, Central Avenue.

SWOYA Boys & Girls Club Kids Fun Zone, behind Coos Art Museum

23rd Annual Coos Sand n Sea Quilters Quilt Show, Boys and Girls Club, 3333 Walnut Ave, Coos Bay.

Rock and Gem Show, Parking Lot 4th and Bennett, Coos Bay (Across from Outdoor In)

11am - Border Patrol, Rockfest Stage 4th and Central.

1:30pm - Bay Area Teen Idol Finals, Rockfest Stage 4th and Central.

1:30 pm - Pre Run For Kids (Free), on South 2nd behind Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson Ave.

38th Annual Prefontaine Run

Race Day Details

(The Pre Run Will Be Chip Timed)

 DATE/START TIME: Saturday, September 16th, 2017. The OSAA-sanctioned 5K High School Team Competition will start at 9:45 A.M. at the corner of 4th and Anderson in downtown Coos Bay. Wheelchair runners will start at 9:50 A.M. followed by the 10K run at 10:00 A.M.

FUN WALK: A fun walk will be held in conjunction with the 10K run. Walkers have their choice of walking the entire 10K route or the shorter 2-mile course. Walkers will start at the rear of the starting pack and follow the same course until reaching the corner of 10th and Central, where the 2-mile walkers take a left turn on 10th toward the stadium (see course map.) Chip times will be provided for the 2-mile fun walk. Race timing devices will be turned off at 11:45 A.M. so we can produce timely and accurate race results. Full course walkers finishing prior to 11:45 A.M. will receive official times.


For participants in the open 10K race and 2-mile fun walk ages 19 and older. Through September 12th ...$30.00 or September 13th to race day ...$40.00

For runners 18 and under competing in the 10K or 2-mile fun walk ...$15.00

For runners competing in the high school 5K competition, click on the link in the High School Team Competition section for team entry fees.

REGISTRATION: Applications may be submitted online or mailed to Pre Memorial Run, P.O. Box 1380, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420. On September 15th and September 16th registration will be held at the St. Monica Catholic Church Parish Hall, 357 S. 6th Street, Coos Bay. Hours at St. Monica are 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. on Friday and 8:00 to 9:30 A.M. on race day. No applications will be accepted after 9:30 A.M. on race day.

To get the application please visit

HIGH SCHOOL TEAM COMPETITION: For the 28th year, men’s and women’s team scores will be posted. The high school team competition will be run in compliance with Oregon School Athletic Association rules and will be a 5K race with a separate start time. The top three teams will receive trophies. Entering teams will be entitled to a discounted registration fee.

PACKETS: Packets and T-shirts will be available at the St. Monica Parish Hall on September 15th and September 16th at the hours listed above.

PARKING: Available adjacent to the track at the High School, which is about seven blocks from the starting line. Plenty of parking is also available downtown near the start of the race.

FINISH: Only registered runners and walkers who have completed the entire race should enter the finish chute. It is mandatory for runners entering the chute to remain there until their tag is pulled by a race official at the end of the chute. A large digital clock at the finish will provide runners with unofficial times. Eclectic Edge Racing will have complete results available on race day.

T-SHIRTS: An attractive Prefontaine Memorial Run T-shirt is included in the entry fee, and can be picked up with your race packet at the St. Monica Parish Hall on September 15th and September 16th during registration hours.

AWARDS: The awards ceremony for the high school team competition and for the overall men’s and women’s 10K winners will be held at 11:30 A.M. on the Prefontaine Track adjacent to the finish line. Divisional awards for the 10K race will be presented at noon. The top three individual placers in the 5K team competition for men and women will receive awards. For the 10K race, awards will be given in five-year age groups with the first three finishers in each division receiving awards.

COURSE CONTROL: The course will be closed to vehicular traffic during most of the race. Since the race course is a State Highway, the Coos Bay Police will use their discretion as to when the course is reopened to traffic. Participants still on the race course after it has been reopened should move to the sidewalks and beware of traffic on the course.

WEATHER: September is generally the most beautiful month of the year on the Coast. We have been blessed with superb conditions most years, with mostly sunny skies and temperatures near 65 degrees.

CBNB Community Relives Childhood At Boys & Girls Clubs Day For Kids

Special Event Encourages Adults to Spend Meaningful Time with Kids, Proving One Day Can Change a Child’s Future

(Coos Bay, OR), September 7, 2017 –The Boys & Girls Club of Southwestern Oregon is gearing up to celebrate its annual Day for Kids. Scheduled for Sunday, September 17th, this year’s event will be located in the parking lot behind the Coos Art Museum on 2nd and Anderson. Activities will begin at 11 a.m. and include face-painting, bubbles, ring toss, balloon animals, and crafts. Day for Kids is held in conjunction with the Pre Run for Kids 3-mile race. Registrations for the race will begin at 12:30 p.m., with the race starting at 1:30 p.m. Day for Kids will end at 2 p.m. in preparation for the Pre Run for Kids’ award ceremony. We are still accepting adult and teen volunteers to assist in the festivities and race.

The Boys & Girls Club of Southwestern Oregon’s Day for Kids is one of hundreds of Day for Kids events planned nationwide.  Intended to encourage adults to spend meaningful time with young people and engage in fun and active play, the ‘play’ incorporated in the Day for Kids event fosters creativity, imagination, exploration and helps kids develop and master various skills. As part of the Club’s initiative, Day for Kids is meant to help kids and teens become more actively engaged in their community, live a healthy lifestyle and achieve academic success.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America has created engaging educational resources to help communities encourage and develop positive relationships with kids. A year-round web site,, provides tools, resources and tips that support their interactions with young people.

For more information about our local Day for Kids event, contact Annabel Taylor at (541) 267-3635 or

23rd Annual Quilt Show

The 2017 Sea of Quilts show will be on Saturday, September 16, from 10am-5pm and Sunday, September 17, 10am-4pm at the Boys & Girls Club in Coos Bay. Admission is $5.00 and free to those 12 and under. Guild members chose Melinda Andrews of Myrtle Point as the 2017 Featured Quilter. Melinda, a long time member of the guild, enjoys many aspects of quilting such as appliqué, designing her own quilt patterns and machine quilting her own quilts. Come meet Melinda and see her quilting talent on display. The show will feature a large display and variety of quilts and/or quilted items, free hourly demonstrations, a vendor mall, and a member boutique. There will be prizes and a hospitality bar with coffee, tea and cookies. 

 Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month (September-June). In addition to a monthly program, there is a block of month, show & tell of member projects, raffle table & hospitality bar with refreshments. The Guild is open to anyone with an interest in quilting or any level of expertise. Dues are $20/yr. Come check out our meeting and see if you would like to join. For more information: e-mail or Coos Sand ‘n Sea Quilt Guild page on Facebook.

Nurses’ Book Drive Benefits Coos Bay Kids

Oregon Nurses Association members are collecting more than 1,000 books to distribute at Bay Area Fun Festival Parade

COOS BAY, Ore. – Just in time for the new school year, nurses at Bay Area Hospital have partnered with education resource group First Book and community members to donate more than 1,000 books to local children during this year’s Bay Area Fun Festival Parade. This is the second consecutive year local nurses, represented by the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA), have sponsored a book drive and distributed free books during the festival.

“This book drive makes a difference for the families in our community and helps get books into the hands of kids who need them,” said local registered nurse and chair of ONA’s bargaining unit at Bay Area Hospital Gary Salcedo. “Nurses received so much positive feedback after last year’s book drive that we pledged to double our donations this year. Thanks to our community’s help, we’re going to succeed.”

Nurses have already purchased more than 1,000 new books through First Book to distribute during this year’s Fun Festival Parade and will continue collecting donations of new and gently-used books from hospital staff and community members through Sept. 14. If you’d like to donate, you can drop off books in good condition at the book drive collection area outside Bay Area Hospital’s cafeteria. Donated books should be intended for children ages 2 to 13.

“Increasing childhood literacy is an important way to improve our children’s lives and their health,” said local registered nurse and ONA labor relations representative Lori Shott. “ONA nurses are proud to work together with our community to help cultivate a love of reading in Coos Bay and set our children up to lead happy, healthy lives.”

ONA nurses will distribute the free books to children during the Bay Area Fun Festival Parade Saturday, Sept. 16. The parade begins at 1 p.m. at the corner of 4th St. and Golden Avenue in downtown Coos Bay.

The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) represents more than 350 registered nurses (RNs) at Bay Area Hospital and more than 14,000 RNs statewide. It is a nonprofit association and a labor union representing Oregon nurses. ONA’s mission is to advocate for nursing, quality health care and healthy communities. Learn more at

First Book is the largest and fastest-growing network of educators in the United States exclusively serving kids in need. It works with educators and other service-oriented organizations to create equal access to quality education and help provide high-quality books, educational resources, equipment and more to children in need. Learn more at

Imagine…“Whirled Peace”

PINWHEELS FOR PEACE 2017 - Imagine…“Whirled Peace” on September 16th at Fun Fest Parade ,and September 21st, at local schools

 In today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word.  On September 21, 2017, Human Rights Advocates of Coos County (HRACC) will take part in an International art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace, by supporting local schools to “plant” pinwheels with messages of peace on September 21st. Locally, Bittin Duggan with other HRACC members are coordinating the Pinwheels for Peace project this year. We are inviting local Elementary Schools in Coos County to engage directly to make their own events on campus. The Lighthouse School has been participating in this event for 10 years. HRACC will walk with Pinwheels for Peace in this years Fun Festival on September 16th. ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US to walk in unity for Peace. Find our place in line by asking the coordinators at 2nd and Golden St between 12:30 - 12:50 pm.

 Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two Art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives.  In the first year, groups in over 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning pinwheels on September 21st - there were approximately 500,000 pinwheels spinning throughout the world. Last year (year 11), 2016, over 4.5 million pinwheels were spinning in over 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America.

 Students will create pinwheels, pinwheels of all shapes and sizes – as part of the creation process. They will write personal thoughts about “war and peace / tolerance/ living in harmony with others” on one side and on the other side, they will draw, paint, collage, etc. to visually express their feelings. The students will assemble these pinwheels and on International Day of Peace they will “plant” their pinwheels outside their schools as a public statement and art exhibit/installation.

 This project is non-political – peace doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war, it can be related to violence/intolerance in our daily lives, to peace of mind.  To each of us, peace can take on a different meaning, but, in the end, it all comes down to a simple definition: “a state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.”

 On September 21st keep a lookout for the pinwheels – the spinning of the pinwheels in the wind will spread thoughts and feelings about peace throughout the country and the world!

Free Admission at Coos Art Museum during the Steve Prefontaine Memorial Run

Coos Bay, Oregon – Through the generosity of the Prefontaine Memorial Run Committee admission will be free at Coos Art Museum during the Memorial Run events on Friday, September 15, Saturday, September 16 and Sunday September 17. Steve Prefontaine is remembered and honored in his home town of Coos Bay through a variety of ways including the Prefontaine Memorial Run. At Coos Art Museum, the Prefontaine Memorial Gallery houses a large collection of Steve Prefontaine’s awards and memorabilia, as well as numerous photographs highlighting his illustrious running career.

In order to make this gallery display available to all of the runners and Pre’s fans, the Prefontaine Memorial Run Committee has arranged to make Museum admission free prior to and during the race. To accommodate the public during the Bay Area Fun Festival, the Museum will have special extended hours on Saturday September 16, from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm and on Sunday September 17 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. In addition to the Prefontaine Gallery, Museum visitors can view: The 24th Annual Maritime Art Exhibition; Featured Maritime Artist – Steve Mayo, Z.Z. Wei: Pacific Northwest Backroads, Betty LaDuke: Bountiful Harvest, and Works from the Painted Paper Collage Workshop.

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. Regular hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesday through Friday and 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday. Museum admission: $5 general, $2 students, veterans and seniors, free to Museum members.

5th Annual Hollering Place Radio Show at Dolphin Playhouse

Stories from the history of Coos County will be brought to life at the Dolphin Playhouse, as the Dolphin Players present the Fifth Annual Hollering Place Radio Show.

Sponsored by the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, the radio-formatted show follows along the paths of the past with tales of  the origin of the name “The Hollering Place,” as well as tribal lore, tales of shipwrecks, castaways, the development of Coos Bay, and selections of wisdom and humor from the Coos Bay Times over a century ago.

Directed by Kevin Gowrylow and Zoe Shields, The Hollering Place Radio Show opens Friday, September 8th and runs the 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, and 17th. Performance times are 7:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:00pm Sundays. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors and students, and $5 for under 12  Saturday the 9th is Pay What You Can, when the ticket price is whatever fits your budget. The Dolphin Playhouse is at 580 Newmark in the Historic Empire District. Call (541) 808-2611 for reservations.

United Way Kicks Off The 2017 “Live United: Give Where You Live” Fund Raising Campaign

United Way of Southwestern Oregon will kick off its 2017 Annual Fund Raising Campaign Thursday, September 14, 2017 at its Annual Dinner and Fundraiser. The dinner will be held at the Coos History Museum from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. The event will be catered by Joe Benetti formerly of Benetti’s Restaurant. Key south coast United Way partner agencies and volunteers will be recognized for their service to south coast residents.

The local United Way is raising money in Coos and Curry Counties to support services provided by local non-profit programs. In 2016, United Way was able to raise $124,000 and has a goal of $150,000 for this year’s campaign according to United Way officials.  The campaign runs from September 1 through November 30th and led by Executive Director, Marcia Hart. This year’s theme is “LIVE UNITED: Give where you live” and celebrates United Way’s continued commitment to helping improve the lives of people in our communities. Since 1961, money raised in Coos and Curry Counties stays here helping local people through the more than 50 services the charity’s 24 agencies provide. Among the programs supported are the Women’s Safety & Resource Service, Salvation Army services, T.H.E. House providing food and shelter programs for the homeless and hungry, senior nutrition and health programs, Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts, The Kid’s HOPE Center, Alternative Youth Activities and programs for adults with mental and physical handicaps.

In addition, United Way of Southwestern Oregon is committed to finding new solutions to old problems and is currently the lead agency for the Coos Curry Housing Coalition, a local group of key community businesses, organizations and agencies focused on solving one of our most daunting social crisis-the shortage of housing for people who work in Coos & Curry counties. With a vision of creating a community where everyone has a home, United Way is championing the effort for a Comprehensive Housing Study for Coos County.

United Way of Southwestern Oregon is also known locally for their community service projects including the Day of Caring held each spring which helps seniors and persons with disabilities by performing yard and household chores individuals can’t do themselves. The organization also has a Kids’ Coats and Shoes program to help needy children and teens, grades K-12.

United Way is asking local businesses, employee groups, professionals and individuals to contribute to their effort.  The charity has a 10-minute informational presentation detailing their program and would like to talk to local service clubs, businesses, employee groups and others interested in helping or learning more about the non-profit community.  Officials note that not only does the money stay here helping local people, it gives you the opportunity to support many worthwhile local causes through one donation.

United Way of Southwestern Oregon is a volunteer based community charity that serves Coos and Curry Counties. Run by an 18-person Board of Directors, each year the agency reviews community needs, selects agencies that meet those needs and distributes money raised in the campaign to them. For more information or to donate or volunteer, contact United Way at:  United Way of Southwestern Oregon, 320 Central Avenue, #226, PO Box 1288, Coos Bay, OR  97420; (541) 267-5202.  You can visit their website at

Seminar Offered On The New Changes In Oregon Sick Time And New Employment Laws

What you don’t know CAN hurt you!

COOS BAY, OR | On Friday, September 29, 2017, the South Coast Oregon Employer Council will host “Oregon Sick Time Update & New Employment Laws”—a seminar presented by The Bureau of Labor and Industries Technical Assistance for Employers Unit. This seminar is targeted toward human resources personnel, business owners, managers, and front line supervisors who have employees working in Oregon.

Recent changes in employment laws impact all Oregon employers.  In this informative session, the Technical Assistance for Employers trainer will cover updates to the Oregon Sick Time law and new employment laws passed during the 2017 Legislative session. Topics will include Oregon Sick Time changes, Equal Pay, Fair Work Week (predictive scheduling), and changes to daily and weekly overtime for certain employees. This interactive and practical presentation will include tips and best practices for employers and allow time for group discussions and Q&A. Don’t fall behind and out of compliance by not keeping up with these changes!

The Bureau of Labor and Industries Technical Assistance for Employers Unit offers a variety of training seminars for Oregon employers, supervisors, managers, and human resource professionals. Technical Assistance trainers work closely with bureau enforcement divisions to provide you with educational seminars that cover the latest developments in employment law. BOLI seminars are acclaimed as an effective and proactive way to help keep your organization in compliance with labor laws -- and out of court!

How to Register: The seminar will be held on Friday, September 29, 2017 at the South Coast Education Service District (ESD) Large Conference Room, 1350 Teakwood, Coos Bay. Check-in starts at 7:45 a.m. and the seminar presentation runs from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Seminar registration is open to the public—seminar registration fee is $69 per person. The non-refundable fee includes a continental breakfast and seminar materials. Save money with our Seminar Package Deal! Get $5 off each seminar by buying a sheet of 6 tickets.  Use them in any combination you wish – 6 employees to one seminar, one employee to each upcoming seminar, split among two or three seminars, etc. To register by phone, call 1-800-342-4742 Ext 2124.

To register online, go to

September’s seminar sponsor is Cardinal Services, Inc.—an Oregon based family-run company specializing in designing workplace solutions for staffing and recruiting, customized payroll services and HR consulting. We take care of the administrative mayhem so you can get back to doing what you do best – running your business!

Seamanship Class

The COOS BAY POWER SQUADRON will be putting on The Seamanship Class starting Saturday September 16, 2017 and ending Saturday October 21, 2017.  Their will be about 6 - 3 hour sessions from 1:00pm until 4:00pm. The Class will be at The COOS BAY POWER SQUADRON Building - 90346 Guano Rock Lane in The Boat Basin, Charleston, Oregon.  The cost for Power Squadron Members will be $55.00 and $80.00 for Non Members. Please call 541-888-6178 or 541-756-4408 to register.


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.

Coos County Cultural Coalition Grant Information Sessions

Members of the Coos County Coalition will hold three informational sessions throughout the county in September. The sessions will provide grant seekers with information on how to apply, deadlines, and other requirements. The sessions will be September 19 at noon in the Cedar Room, Coos Bay Public Library; September 20 at 5:30pm, Coquille Community Center Small Meeting Room; September 21st at 5:30pm, Bandon Public Library Meeting Room.

The Coos County Cultural Coalition is organized for the purpose of preserving, protecting and developing the arts, heritage and humanities in Coos County through periodic distribution of grant monies to qualified applicants with funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust and other such funds that the Coalition may obtain. For more information

Southwestern Oregon Preppers Meeting

Southwestern Oregon Preppers (SWOP) will be holding a meeting at Noon on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Mingus Park in  Coos Bay.

The main topic is “Too Close For Comfort”. Some members of SWOP have been affected by the wildfires.  We will be discussing preparedness, survival and recovery. Be prepared to take notes.

SWOP meetings always start with a question and answer period before the main topic so all in attendance get a chance to participate.

This is a free public meeting to get to know fellow local preppers in southwestern Oregon counties and to exchange information and ideas. It is important for individuals to understand that they will be “on their own” in the event of a disaster and not to depend on receiving outside help. Join Southwestern Oregon Preppers on Facebook and/or

Celebrate National Estuaries Week with the South Slough Reserve

Estuaries represent unique and important natural systems that provide untold benefits to people and animals. Coos Bay is fortunate to have a place dedicated to estuary conservation, education, and research. For National Estuaries Week, which is September 16 to 23, the South Slough Reserve is providing special events dedicated to getting the public more involved with this amazing resource.

“Estuaries benefit our coastal communities in many ways, including providing food, boosting the economy, and reducing floods,” says Deborah Rudd. “But estuaries do even more than that. Our estuary is an “outdoor classroom,” providing opportunities to learn and have fun in a natural environment. That’s what we want to showcase during Estuaries Week.”

Events include Birds on the Estuary Saturday, September 16th From 10-11:30 am.  On Wednesday, September 20th stop by our “Salty & Fresh” booth at the downtown Coos Bay Farmer’s Market, 9am-2pm.  On Saturday, September 23rd meet us at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology for a Seaweed Art class from 9am-noon.  To culminate Estuaries Week, celebrate with South Slough and Surfrider on the Coos Bay Boardwalk for the annual Stand Up for the Bay Celebration.  South Slough will debut their new NOAA Marine Debris Exhibit, Surfrider will host a shoreline clean-up, a community paddle followed by music, food, beverages and a paddle jousting contest.   Sign up and learn more here: []

A national Estuaries Week photo contest, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is also taking place. Amateur photographers may submit photos in four categories: Work, Play, Learn, and View. Visit the photo contest webpage for the full contest details, including eligibility and instructions for entering. The deadline for entries is August 31.

Estuaries are defined as ecosystems along the oceans where freshwater and saltwater mix to create wetlands, bays, lagoons, sounds, or sloughs. These ecosystems are not only home to unique plant and animal habitats, but they provide communities with food, recreation, jobs, and coastal protection. Many fresh water estuaries along the Great Lakes also possess similar characteristics. Of the 32 largest cities in the world, 22 are located on estuaries.

The South Slough Reserve is part of a national system of reserves that protects more than 1.3 million acres of coastal land and water. Each of the 29 sites receives support from NOAA and local partners. The research and environmental monitoring performed at each reserve plays an important role in protecting environmental health, both locally and nationally.

Bay Area Seniors Computer Club

Regular Meetings are the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month and held at: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1290 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay. Refreshments Visiting & Help Stations 9:15-9:45A.M., Presentation 9:45-11A.M.

Friday Sept.15 - “Internet Security”. Precautions to take using Wi-Fi hot spots, online banking, email and more. This is one you want to attend. Phishing, scams, malware, identity theft is invading our privacy more every day. Are there steps than can be taken to keep us safe? What are they? Be informed! Don’t be a victim.

Come and be our guest. For more information email Check out our website Membership is 50 years and over.

Thousands Answer The Call, But Red Cross Blood Shortage Continues

Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, but there continues to be a critical summer blood shortage. Eligible donors of all types are urgently needed.

 After issuing the emergency call, the Red Cross has experienced a 30 percent increase in blood donation appointments through mid-July. About half of the appointments were scheduled by donors using the free Blood Donor App or at Despite this improvement, blood products are still being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations are coming in, so more donations are needed to meet patient needs and replenish the blood supply.

 “The blood supply is like a cell phone battery, it constantly needs recharging,” said Nick Gehrig, communications director, Red Cross Blood Services. “We sincerely appreciate those who have responded to the call to help save lives and encourage those who haven’t to consider rolling up a sleeve and give the gift of life. It only takes about an hour but can mean a lifetime for patients.”

 Nearly 61,000 fewer blood donations than needed were given through the Red Cross in May and June, prompting the emergency call for donations in early July. The shortfall was the equivalent of the Red Cross not receiving any blood donations for more than four days.

  How to help

To schedule an appointment to donate, use the Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.

UpComing September Red Cross Blood Drives

• First Call Resolution: 161 Anderson Ave, Coos Bay. Friday, September 15, 11am-4pm

• Avamere Rehabilitation of Coos Bay: 2625 Koos Bay Blvd, Coos Bay. Tuesday, September 19, 11am-4pm

• Bay Clinic: 1750 Thompson Road, Coos Bay. Wednesday, September 20, 11am-4pm

PBS Documentary Pre-broadcast Screening

Coos Bay Public Library offers a free pre-broadcast screening from the POV documentary series on Thursday, September 14th at 7:00 p.m.

Scottish filmmaker Mike Day turns his lens on the isolated North Atlantic archipelago of the Faroe Islands with The Islands and the Whales, winner of the DOC NYC Grand Jury Prize and the Hot Docs Emerging International Filmmaker Award in 2016. The longtime hunting practices of the Faroese are threatened by dangerously high mercury levels in whales, decimated seabird populations and anti-whaling activists. Day explores the undeniably timely tensions between the environment, health, tradition and culture.

In their remote home on the Faroe Islands, the islanders have always accepted what nature could provide and been proud to put local food on the table. Because their soil yields little bounty, the Faroese harvest their seas. As a result, the islanders are among the first to feel the impact of our ever more polluted oceans. Contaminated by the outside world, the whales they capture are toxic. What once ensured their survival now endangers their children, and the Faroese must make a choice between health and tradition.

“The Islands and the Whales shows the unique Faroese community wrangling with the environmental problems we face,” said Day. “I hope the film gives us a chance to take stock of how we interact with the natural world and encourages us not to ignore the clear signs of the damage we are causing. There is a chance to act now before it’s too late. If we don’t, like the Faroese, we all risk putting contaminated food on the table.”

This event is a collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. The PBS broadcast premiere of this film will be October 9th, 2017.  More information can be found at the POV website:

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