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Co-op Kids Activity Day: Celebrate Dr. Seuss & Green Foods!

Saturday  March 17th at 10am-12pm at the Coos Head Co-op

We love to have fun with food! Coos Head Food Co-op is a community-owned natural food store that wants to include the littlest ones in our Coos Community.

Co-op Kids Activity Day are filled with drop-in, hands-on activities for kids!

Open to all kids that are ages 4-12 and adult supervision is required.

Activities include:

-a remix of green eggs & ham (why are green foods important?)

- SmashMallow Dr. Seuss Pop’s

- Dr. Seuss Coloring/Craft Activities

-Story-telling time at 11:45 am

- Raffles & Coupons For Participating Families

- Story Tell Time at 11:45 am

Dinner And A Show To Support Devereux Center

“The Skin of Our Teeth”, a captivating, entertaining, and timely play written by innovative playwright, Thornton Wilder, will be Logos Players’ 19th dinner theatre production. This Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy/drama follows a universal family through three acts of potential disaster, wrought by natural and human causes. Wilder intended the play to address human endurance in the face of perpetual threats to civilization.  Fortunately, he was an optimist!  Logos Players’ Founder, Becky Bell-Greenstreet, is the director.

“The Skin of Our Teeth” runs March 9-11 and 16-18 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1290 Thompson Road, Coos Bay. Evening dinner shows begin at 6pm with Sunday matinees at 2 pm. Dinner shows are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Matinee or show-only tickets are $12. Dinner theaters feature a dessert auction at intermission. All of the proceeds from the dessert auction and half of the proceeds from ticket sales go to benefit The Devereux Center.

Tickets are available online at or call the church office at 541.267.2347 between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm Mon-Fri.

Logos Players is an outreach theater ministry of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Performing dinner theater for a cause, the group has raised over $30,000 for local non-profit organizations since its inception in 2009.

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Offers a Boating Class

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct an 8 hour boating safety education course on Saturday,  March 24, 2018 in Charleston. The course covers the basics of boating safety, rules of the road and Oregon boating laws. A test at the end of the course will qualify boaters for their Boater Education Card, under the Oregon Mandatory Boater Education Program. The Boater Education Card is required for all motorboat operators of all ages for boats over ten horsepower. Additional provisions apply to youths. The cost of the course and materials is $15.

Pre-registration is required. To register for the class, please call (541) 267-6152.

Oregon Learners Permit Prep-class (Free)

Coos Bay Public Library, in collaboration with MCZ Drivers Ed’s state certified instructor, Mike Zinno, will be offering an OREGON LEARNERS PERMIT PREP-CLASS for individuals who need help with passing the Oregon DMV Permit Test. This class will be held on Wednesday, March 21st, from 9:00am-2:30pm in the library’s Myrtlewood Room. 

Mike will go through the entire manual in a one-day session. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch and eat while they learn!

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

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, March 16 from 9:30am-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. Class is FREE of charge. To sign up or get more information, visit the Reference Desk, call 269-1101, or register online @ here

Coos Bay Public Library Invites The Public To “Tsunami Smart”

Coos Bay Public Library invites the public to “Tsunami Smart on Thursday, March 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the library’s Myrtlewood Room.

Coos Bay Fire Chief Mark Anderson will discuss the types of disasters that threaten Coos County, why  earthquakes and/or tsunamis are of such concern, what the City is doing to prepare, what the public can do to prepare, what to do during and after a seismic event, and other ways to get involved.  This informal session will allow plenty of opportunity for questions and interaction.

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  The library is located at 525 Anderson Avenue.

The Film Noir Series

The FILM NOIR series at Coos Bay Public Library continues on Sunday, March 18 at 4:00.  This month’s feature is Fritz Lang’s 1944 thriller “The Woman in the Window.”

Edward G. Robinson stars as a happily married psychology professor whose wife and child are away on summer vacation.   The film begins with a chance encounter between the mild-mannered professor Richard Wanley (Robinson) and Alice Reed (Joan Bennett), the stylishly alluring subject of a portrait that Wanley has dreamily admired in a window near the men’s club where he socializes.  When Alice invites him to her apartment for casual drinks and conversation, he can’t refuse. Her jealous boyfriend arrives in a rage and Wanley kills him in self-defense.  In order to protect his reputation, the professor agrees to dump the body and help cover up the killing, but becomes increasingly suspect as the police uncover more and more clues and a blackmailer begins leaning on the woman.

The Film Noir series is held on the third Sunday of the month. Everyone is welcome at this free program sponsored by The Friends of Coos Bay Public Library.  The Library is located at 525 Anderson Avenue.  Please call 269-1101 or visit for further information about this program.

South Coast Head Start Is Accepting Applications For Our 2018-19 Program Year

South Coast Head Start is accepting applications for our 2018-19 program year staring in Sept 2018. We request your assistance by providing the following Public Service Announcement:

South Coast Head Start is accepting applications for our waitlist for our FREE preschool and Early Head Start program for qualifying families! Openings may occur weekly and the wait list is used to fill any spots that come available. We offer a fun, researched-based curriculum; free and healthy meals; and child development, nutrition, and health screenings with follow-up support for all enrolled children. No potty-training required! Our services are for pregnant mothers to children age 5. Call us today at 541-888-3717 and ask for enrollment. Or visit us at our Facebook page South Coast Head Start.

Coquille Tribe and Waterfall Offer Eye Exams 

COOS BAY – Free eye exams, targeting uninsured and underinsured patients, will be available Tuesday and Wednesday, March 27 and 28

Waterfall Community Health Clinic and the Coquille Indian Tribe Community Health Center will host back-to-back visits from the Casey Eye Institute Outreach Van. 

Appointments will be available for 200 patients to receive comprehensive eye exams, with resources available to pay for eyeglasses. 

Here are details on the two events: Coquille Tribal event – Exams will take place Tuesday at the Coquille Indian Tribe Learning Center, 591 Miluk Drive, Coos Bay. Anyone lacking vision insurance is eligible for this free service, but priority will be given to Coquille Tribal members and other American Indians and Alaskan Natives. 

To make an appointment, call the tribal health center at (541) 888-9494 or (800) 344-8583. 

Waterfall Clinic event – Exams will be offered Wednesday at the Newmark Center on the Southwestern Oregon Community College campus. Anyone 18 or older is eligible, but priority will be given to uninsured and underinsured patients, especially those classified as “high risk.”

High-risk patients include anyone with a family history of vision problems, anyone diagnosed with high blood pressure or diabetes, and anyone age 55 or older. Patients who don’t meet those criteria will be put on a waiting list for unclaimed appointments. 

To make an appointment, call Waterfall at (541) 756-6232. 

Additional details – The free exams, which normally would cost as much as $550, will be conducted by ophthalmologists from Oregon Health and Science University, the Pacific University College of Optometry and the Casey Eye Institute. Exams will include screening for glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. 

Each exam takes about two and half hours and will include eye dilation. So patients should make arrangements for transportation home.

Raising a Student-Athlete in Today’s Youth Sport Climate

 Free lecture and discussion at Southwestern

Coos Bay, OR – Dr. Mike Herbert, coach, educator and current Athletic Director at Southwestern will present “Raising a Student-Athlete in Today’s Youth Sport Climate” on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 6 pm and again on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 1 pm. The lecture will take place in Eden Hall on the Coos campus of Southwestern, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.

This free lecture and discussion will cover past, current and future issues facing youth sports in our community and nationwide. Dr. Herbert will address the difficulties parents of student-athletes face, and how we can best support the next generation of student-athletes. In the past 20 years, adults have become more involved in youth sports, but dropout rates and childhood obesity have increased.

We hope all parents and coaches of any sport join us to learn why youth drop out of sports, and gain a better understanding of how you can support your student-athlete as they learn to succeed and fail in the sports arena.

For more information feel free to contact Dr. Herbert at 888-7208 or

Small Business Development Center Classes in March

Southwestern SBDC will be offering the following classes starting in March.

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Small Business Development Center (Southwestern SBDC) will be offering the following classes starting in March 2018.

Ready, Set, Start Your Business – Great 2 hour start up class to assist the first time business owner learn about the critical “first steps” that everyone faces when considering starting a new business. March classes – Thursday, March 1st 10:00-12:00pm; Wednesday, March 7th 1:00-3:00pm; Wednesday, March 14th 2:00-4:00pm; Tuesday, March 20th 5:30-7:30pm; Wednesday, March 28th 10:00-12:00pm. The cost is $20.00 payable at the class. Register online.

Please register for class by going to Call Mary Loiselle at 541-888-7026 if you have additional questions. Register early to make sure we have enough attendees to run the class. Please make your checks payable to SBDC and mail them to SBDC attn. Mary Loiselle, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay, OR 97420 or contact the SBDC to make arrangements for payments by credit card. 

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 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.

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:

For more information about this event, please call Deborah Rudd at 541-888-5558 x158 or

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 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;

Rachael Espy—Executive Director
541-888-1048 ext. 104;

Stephanie Reyes—Sexual Assault Advocate
541-888-1048 ext. 102;

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.



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

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