Classes, Workshops and Educational Opportunities

Beginning Computer Mouse

Coos Bay Public Library will be offering a BEGINNING COMPUTER MOUSE class for novice computer users. Class will be held on Friday, June 30th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Library’s Internet computers (entrance at 9:15am).  Seating is limited, so pre-registration is required. The sign-up sheet is available at the Reference Desk in the Library.

This session is designed for users who have no experience using computers or have had trouble using a computer mouse. Attendees will become comfortable using a mouse and an Internet browser. This will be an ideal chance for computer novices to learn the most basic steps to getting on the Internet.

There is no admission charged. Please call 269-1101 for further information on this program.

Summer is coming and so are South Slough Summer Science Camps!

Camps offer hands-on activities in the estuary with a focus on natural history and outdoor exploration. Campers bring their own lunch, but a snack is provided during the day. Camps are designed to fit the abilities and interests of campers according to the grade they will be entering in the Fall of 2017. Registration is available online:

June 28 to 30    9 am to 1 pm    Zoea Camp (Kindergarten and grade 1) $55

July 12 to 14    9 am to 2 pm    Megalops Camp (grades 2 & 3) $65 - WAITLIST

July 26 to 28    9 am to 3 pm    Instar Camp (grades 4 & 5) $70 - WAITLIST

August 2 to 4    9 am to 3 pm    Dungeness Camp (grade 6 & above) $70

August 16 to 18    9 am to 2 pm    Megalops Camp (grades 2 & 3) $65

This year Summer Science Camps will run three days, Wed-Fri rather than four as in previous years.  There is a slight reduction in cost to account for the shorter time frame.  All fees include snacks and a t-shirt and help cover the cost of instructors. 

*The Friends of South Slough Inc. (FOSS) strive to keep camps affordable. Limited scholarships are available, contact Eric Dean at  541-888-5558 ext. 126 for more information.

Discover Your Strength in God! Hero Central Vacation Bible School

June 26th - 30th, 9:00 am to 12 noon, No Fees. Children 3 years through 6th grade are welcome to attend. (Older students invited to volunteer)

 Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 1290 Thompson Road Coos Bay, OR 97420 • 541-267-2347 (Office open 9am-2:30pm, M-F)

Vacation Bible School Hero Central uses epic music, spectacular science, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, and fantastic Bible stories to help kids (and leaders) discover their strength in God!   

The 2017 VBS by Cokesbury will take kids on awesome adventures alongside some of their favorite Bible heroes and discover the qualities that make us truly heroic in God.

Registration-Register online, call the office or in person-Monday, June 26th at 8:30am!

AARP Smart Driver Course in Port Orford 

Port Orford, OR – An AARP Smart Driver Safety class is being offered by Southwestern Oregon Community College and is scheduled for Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Port Orford Senior Center.

This course offers you an important opportunity to learn how to drive more efficiently and safely. The course contains up-to-date information about changes over time in ourselves, our vehicles, and our roads. The course is open to all ages.

The content of this course can help boost safety awareness, refresh and improve driving skills, minimize crash risk, increase confidence, prolong mobility, and maintain independence. Completion of this six-hour driving refresher course can yield discounted auto insurance premiums for individuals 55 and older.

Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling the Gold Beach Center at 541-247-2741. The course fee for AARP members is $15, or $20 for non-members, the fee includes a workbook and other materials, and is payable to AARP at the class. Class starts promptly at 9:00 am.

Upcoming Community Outreach Arthritis Seminars

Space is limited, so call to reserve your spot at this free seminar. Call 541-269-8111. Seminar is held at the Community Health & Education Center, 3950 Sherman Ave., North Bend.

• July 7th, 2017 at 1600-1700 CHEC A

The Joint Replacement Destination Center at Bay Area Hospital is presenting a FREE educational seminar on arthritis and hip and knee pain. Join us and learn about the anatomy of the hip and knee, common causes of joint pain, and some simple steps you can take to lessen the likelihood of a hip or knee injury. We will also discuss effective non-surgical treatments for joint pain, as well as the latest innovative joint replacement procedures.

This one-hour presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with our Orthopaedic Navigator nurse.

Basics Of Fermentation Workshop In Port Orford

Port Orford, OR – Pickles! Sauerkraut! Kimchi! Southwestern Oregon Community College is offering a Basics of Fermentation workshop, taught by Master Food Preserver and food writer Jennifer Burns Bright.

Join instructor Jennifer Burns Bright for this special workshop to learn the ancient and healthy art of lacto-fermenting vegetables. You’ll learn how to select a crock, choose the right salt, keep your ferments fresh, and understand the science behind the process.

The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, June 22, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Port Orford Senior Center.

Cost is $50, which includes hands-on workshops, a materials fee, handouts, and plenty of samples. For more information or to register, please contact the Gold Beach Center at 541-247-2741 or

Southwestern Oregon Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, national origin, age, disability status, gender identity, or protected veterans in employment, education, or activities as set forth in compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations.

Persons having questions about equal opportunity and nondiscrimination should contact the Vice President of Administrative Services in Tioga 512. Phone 541-888-7206 or TDD 541-888-7368. All other issues, concerns, and complaints should also be directed to the Vice President of Administrative Services for referral to the appropriate administrator.

Adulting 101

Adulting 101 is a new program at the North Bend Public Library for young adults. Learn some of the skills you will need when you leave your parents’ home - Can I make a grilled cheese sandwich with an iron? Can I get a job? Where do I begin? How do I manage my money? How do I shop for food?

There are a lot of questions you will ask when you leave home, let us answer some for you. Monthly programs address basic adult skills.

July 22: Odds and Ends at the 4:30pm North Bend Public Library Conference Room. How to check and refill your oil,use a breaker box, reset an outlet, clean an oven, and anything else you want to know how to do!

Southwestern SBDC Offers Small Business Management Course

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Small Business Development Center (Southwestern SBDC) is offering a training series that focuses on the tools to build, repair and maintain a profitable business.  Even successful businesses can benefit from the chance to learn new tools and techniques.  One of the best benefits according to past participants is the chance to network with other business owners.  This statewide initiative has benefited thousands of Oregon businesses over the past 35 years.

 The Small Business Management’s (SBM) unique format includes nine 3-hour training sessions delivered on the second Tuesday each month from July 11, 2017 through March 13, 2018. Each session will feature discussion of a business topic, highlight a participating business and provide an overview of how to apply specific business tools. Entrepreneurs will focus their priorities for success and create an action plan to reach business goals.  The price of this dynamic training is only $500.  Tribal members and chamber members receive a $75 discount off the price of the course.

 In addition to the nine sessions of training, each participating business will receive individual business advising with one of the SBDC’s qualified advisors. Participants also receive business tools and books and much more, a $2,500 value.  This training series offers an incredible networking opportunity for local business owners.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, grow and become a more profitable business.

In the Small Business Management program business owners will learn about: funding sources, building a bankable company, pricing strategies, business ethics, customer service, company culture, team building, creating job descriptions and employee policy manuals and how to hire and fire.  One recent attendee commented, “This training has helped me focus my attention on issues critical for continued business success.  The value I’ve received far exceeds the price I paid.  I recommend this training program to all other business owners I meet.”

Preregistration at is required to insure seating availability and materials.  The course will be held in Coos Bay at the Newmark Center, 1988 Newmark Ave., Room 207 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Participants can also attend via interactive video from Curry County or western Douglas County.  Contact the Southwestern SBDC at 541-888-7026 or email Mary Loiselle at for more information.

This workshop series is sponsored in part by a grant from the Small Business Development Center’s community partner, Evergreen Business Capital and the Ford Family Foundation.

Southwestern SBDC Offers Business Planning Training In North Bend

Coos Bay, OR – Are you looking for a way to be more effective as a business owner?  Are you trying to finance your business?  Want to plan for business expansion, retirement or selling your business?  Beginning Monday, July 10, 2017, the Southwestern Oregon Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering a 4-session workshop that focuses on building a business on solid ground using a business plan. Participants save time and avoid costly mistakes by learning how to grow a successful business and how to write a business plan.  Participants learn why a business plan is important, how to use one and how to write an effective business plan that will get results. Participants also get free access for 3 months to the popular online business plan template LivePlan.  This valuable series of classes provides an opportunity to share ideas with other entrepreneurs, learn business planning techniques, and locate resources helpful for business owners. A previous participant commented, “This class is well worth the time and dollars. I’d forgotten some of these concepts over the years and I look forward to putting this information to work in my business.”

The program’s format includes classroom meetings on Monday July 10th, Monday July 24th, Monday August 14th and Monday August 28th.  Class starts at 6:00 pm and ends at 8:00pm at the Newmark Center, 1988 Newmark Ave., Room 207, Coos Bay (across from Walmart).  The presenter for this course is Arlene Soto, Small Business Development Center Director.  

Effective July 30, 2007, Arlene M. Soto became the Southwestern Oregon Community College Small Business Development Center Director.  From October 1994 until July 2007 she was the Region 4 Director for the Wyoming Small Business Development Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming. From 1988 through October 1994 she was the president of Oasis Group, Inc. a consulting firm in Portland, Oregon. She is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), has a Masters Degree in management from Marylhurst University and a Bachelors Degree in accounting from Portland State University. She has been working with businesses in the accounting field since 1976 and in management since 1988.

In addition to the classroom time in the course participants receive: free one-to-one business advising, free market research, access to LivePlan an online business plan template and tools for business decision making.  Access to other SBDC resources, is available and is included in the cost of the training.  This course is required for participants in the Neighborworks Umpqua Dream$avers program for business ownership and for those interested in the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce New Business Challenge grant.  What’s Your Plan will be offered in North Bend four times per year.

Preregistration is required. The cost of the training is $125. The cost covers the complete program, as well as materials. 

Those interested in attending can contact the SBDC at 541-888-7026 for more information or register online at  Payment for the class can be mailed to the Small Business Development Center, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay, OR  97420.

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