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Empire District Get Together

The Community Coalition of Empire is inviting all Empire area businesses to their 1st Annual Empire Business Get Together - together we will make it happen! Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 19 from 5-7pm at the Dolphin Players Theater, located at 580 Newmark Ave, in Empire/Coos Bay. Come meet your community, enjoy some appetizers and refreshments.

For more information or to RSVP, please call Joanne at 541-751-9673.

Soroptimists 14th Annual “Operation Backpacks for Kids” Launches Collection

(Coos Bay) – Coos Bay Area Soroptimists and the Department of Human Services will partner for the 14th annual Operation Backpacks for Kids to benefit children displaced from violence, neglect and drug-affected homes into emergency foster care. 

Many times, children taken from their homes and placed in foster care face a double trauma.  They suddenly lose their parents, clothing, toys, school supplies and even their toothbrush. Coos Bay Soroptimists along with their sponsors aim to help at the 14th annual Operation Backpacks.

Early donations of NEW backpacks, jeans, t-shirts, tennis shoes, and hygiene products (soaps, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste) can be donated at several locations.  Other donation items could be infant supplies, diapers, underwear, quilts, blankets, books or journals for all ages and snack supplies like granola bars, cheese & crackers, juice boxes, fruit snacks/roll-ups, peanut butter & crackers and jerky. 

Drop locations include the Coos Bay and North Bend Bi-Mart Stores, Coos Bay Visitors Center and K-DOCK Radio. The final push to collect all needed items will be Saturday, October 21st  at the Coos Bay and North Bend Bi-Mart Stores from 10am – 2pm.

For more information, contact Debbie Collins (541) 808-7497 or visit for donation ideas.

Introduction To The Internet Browser

Coos Bay Public Library will be offering an INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERNET BROWSER class for novice computer users.  The class will be held on Friday, October 20th, from 9:30am to 11:00am at the library’s Internet computers (entrance at 9:15am). 

This class is for computer novices who need help in learning how to use the Internet.  The class will cover the most important features of a browser, how to use an Internet address, and will also discuss first steps and tips for easier use.  Attendees should be comfortable using a computer mouse. 

Seating is limited so pre-registration is required.  The sign-up sheet is available at the Reference Desk in the Library.  There is no admission charged.  Please call 269-1101 for further information on this program.

Free Diabetes Talk

October 19, 2017, 2:00pm-3:00pm. For more info and location 541-756- 4387

A place to share your thoughts and feelings about diabetes and find support and understanding. Share concerns, frustrations, and information. Held on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month.

Spanglish! Conversational Program

Coos Bay Public Library will be offering its monthly program, SPANGLISH!, for anyone who wishes to sharpen their Spanish conversational skills.  This event will be held on Saturday, October 21st from 10:30am to 12:00pm in the library’s Myrtlewood Room. 

This program is for those who wish to practice their Spanish conversational skills and help other learners in a friendly setting. Attendees will have the opportunity to converse in Spanish as a group for 90 minutes in a casual, informal environment. This is NOT a class but we will provide ideas for conversational topics. Beginners are welcome. Let’s talk!

This program is FREE and open to everyone. No registration required. Please call 269-1101 for further information on this program.

Tween Book Club

The Coos Bay Public Library invites kids ages 10-13 to Tween Book Club. Tween Book Club meets once a month to play games, snack, and discuss books. Our next meeting is October 19th from 3:45 to 4:45. We will be discussing Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff. For a list of upcoming meetings and the books we are reading, visit or call 541-269-1101. Food, friends, fun, and fantastic reads: Tween Book Club.

This event is FREE and is sponsored by the Friends of the Coos Bay Public Library.

Natural First Aid & Fermentation With the South Slough Reserve

Join us Saturday, October 21st from 1-3 pm at the South Slough Reserve for “Developing your natural first aid kit” Herbalist Cathryn Olds will help you discover the world of natural remedies, how to use them and how to put together a first aid kit made from nature. A major emphasis of the program will be addressing individual family needs. This will be the first in a series of classes focusing on the beneficial, healing powers of herbs. Meet at South Slough’s Interpretive Center. [Max – 30] ($15/person) To register please go to our Facebook event page: Questions? Call Eric Dean: 541-888-5558 ext. 126

Fermentation Workshop will be held Saturday, October 28 from 9 am- 11 am. Discover the taste, benefits, and joy of ancient food preservation in this fermentation workshop. Broaden your fermentation practice, or take your first step toward becoming part of the fermentation revival. After a brief presentation, participants will craft their own sauerkraut and pickles to take home and enjoy. Vegetables, spices and fermentation vessels provided. [Max – 25] ($20 per person)To register please go to our Facebook event page:

Questions? Call Eric Dean: 541-888-5558 ext. 126 [Max - 20 participants] ($20 fee includes all materials)

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 October 20 - Medicare with special emphasis on the Annual Enrollment Period (which runs October 15 - December 7) for Advantage Plans (Part C) and Drug Plans (Part D). Presenter will be John Keenan. John will take you through the steps of enrollment. On the Part D drug plan he will walk through the steps to find the best price on drugs provided by what company listed. Questions will be taken and further help on this can be obtained. So be informed and attend this meeting that the computer club offers. It may save you dollars.

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

“Shaking and Baking: Using Seismology to Study Volcanoes”

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s popular Geology Lecture Series kicks off this year with Dr. Stephen McNutt, speaking about “Shaking and Baking: Using Seismology to Study Volcanoes” at 7 p.m., Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Hales Center for Performing Arts.

Geology Lecture Series talks are free and are held in the Hales Center for the Performing Arts on Southwestern’s Coos Campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.  For those not able to attend in person, all lectures are Livestreamed and archived, with access from the College’s web site at

For additional information please contact Ron Metzger at 541-888-7216.

Public Lecture At The Oregon Institute Of Marine Biology

Friday October 20, 7:00 p.m. Shorelines are used by people in many ways, from building sandcastles to  building marinas, from harvesting shellfish, to harvesting sand. Shorelines, ranging from exposed rocky coasts to muddy estuarine wetlands, thus provide a variety of ‘services’ to people. However, many of our uses turn out to be abuses in terms of having unintended negative consequences, leading to tough choices about future actions. The talk will explore some of these consequences, especially from ‘armoring’ shorelines with seawalls, and will attempt to raise awareness about the trade-offs inherent in shoreline alterations. The title of the talk is:

“Uses and abuses of our beloved shorelines: Choices and consequences”

The talk will be held in the OIMB Boathouse Auditorium in Charleston (Park near OIMB and walk to the end of Boat Basin Drive, past the Coast Guard housing complex). Admission is free and all are invited.

Zonta Club Celebrity of the Year

Nominations are open for the 2018 Zonta Celebrity to be honored at the upcoming 20th Annual Zonta Celebrity Dinner & Auction on February 24, 2018. The Celebrity Dinner is hosted by the Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area. The Zonta Celebrity can be either female or male, is a resident of Coos County and is selected for their contributions to Coos County and beyond. Additional criteria includes:

Made significant and enduring contributions to their field, whether professional or volunteer;

Made improvements to the cultural, economic, political or social status of  the Coos County community or the state of Oregon;

Elevated  and improved the status of women and/or girls;

Helped open doors for women, girls and the general society;

Are inspirational role models.

Nomination form and list of previous Zonta Celebrities is available on the club website Submission deadline is December 20, 2017. The 2018 winner will be elected by club vote and presented with their award at the Zonta Celebrity Dinner and Auction, February 24, 2018.

The Zonta Celebrity Dinner and Auction is the club’s largest fundraiser complete with dinner, live and silent auction followed by dancing with DJ Daryl Elkin’s. This fundraiser supports local and international scholarships for women, grants to local non-profits, the Little Red School House School supply program as well as Zonta International service projects.

The Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area is encouraging people to nominate a colleague, neighbor, friend or family member, or someone well known in one of the following categories: Community, Business, Health, Education, Arts, or Sports. For more information contact Genelle Hanken 541-297-4042.

Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. The Coos Bay Area Club was formed in 1953.

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