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Plastics, Recycling, and Sustainability Workshop

Come learn how you can play a part in reducing, reusing, and recycling.  The Coos Bay Public Library will present a workshop with Sherri Neal on April 24, at 6:30.  In the workshop there will be a presentation about understanding the lifecycle of plastics, the various types of plastics, and how to live more sustainably.  For more information visit or call 541-269-1101

Protect Your Home from Wildfire Workshop

A Workshop for Homeowners, Learn how to Look at your Property with an Eye to Wildfire Preparedness – Learn what you can do to Reduce Risk.  Learn what a firewise home looks like and the simple actions you can take to get your property ready. By taking action now, you can reduce the chance that your home will burn during a wildfire.

Saturday, April 28, 2018.  9AM to 3PM. $10 per person/$15 family. Light lunch is provided. RSVP by April 25, Norma Kline 541-572-5263 ext 25294 or

Location: Curry County Fairgrounds 29392 Ellensburg Ave, Gold Beach

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Offers A Boating Class

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct an 8 hour boating safety education course on Saturday,  April 21, 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.

Farr's Junior University Workshop - Plant a Douglas Fir!

KDOCK and Farr's True Value will host a kids workshop on Saturday, April 21, from 11am-2pm, at Farr's True Value Hardware Store in Coos Bay. Kids will be learning to plant Douglas Fir seedlings. Bring a small empty 4" food container (yogurt sized) to recycle for your planter.

Drop-In Computer Labs

Coos Bay Public Library will be offering FREE Drop-in Computer Labs for users with general questions about computers and devices. The next lab will be held Wednesday, April 25 from 10:00am to 12:00pm in the Coos Bay Library’s Cedar Room.

Labs are for computer owners who have general computing questions. These labs are open to questions regarding apple devices, windows devices, mobile devices, and eBook questions. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptops or mobile devices, but a couple additional laptops will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be no formal lecture, but we will be here to answer your questions!

Please call 269-1101 for further information on this program. These labs are free of charge and registration is not required.

Traffic Control Flagger Training

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Community Education Department is offering a one day, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) approved, safety training course covering the requirements for flaggers and approved techniques for moving traffic cautiously and consistently through work zones. Students who successfully complete the course receive an ODOT credential for flaggers, valid for three years. You must be 18 years of age or older to receive certification. Class fees cover all materials. Please bring snacks to eat during breaks if needed, as there is no lunch break provided during this training. Pre-registration and payment is required.

Course Number: IND*4100

Location: Lakeview G, Southwestern Oregon Community College, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay

Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Time: 8:30 am to 2:30 pm

Cost: $115 each class

For more information please contact Brenda Rogers in the Community Education and Workforce Development office at 541-888-7328.

Employment Law Update and Diversity Playbook

Don’t fall behind and out of compliance by not keeping up with these changes!

COOS BAY, OR | On Friday, April 20, 2018 the South Coast Oregon Employer Council will host a DOUBLE seminar presented by Jennifer Bouman-Steagall. Topics covered in the seminar are:

Mind Boggling, Hair Pulling, Head Shaking Employment Law Update

Understanding regulatory changes and how they may impact your industry or organization is a critical part of enterprise risk management. You have probably thought about whether to have certain policies and if the policies you do have are good ones, but have you ever considered using a change in the law to initiate internal conversations about organizational change in other areas? In this informative program, we review changes in the law with particular focus on Oregon Equal Pay Act, Oregon Paid Sick Leave, Predictive Scheduling and a few other legal changes on the horizon. Do you or your staff know the latest changes in the law? Take this seminar and be sure!

Diversity Playbook: The Unexpected Challenges of Playing Nice At Work

Be kind, be respectful and play nice with others. More than just playground rules from our parents, these social value propositions should be the hallmark of every workplace. Sadly, they are not. Social division, religious beliefs, political ideologies, misinformation, and overall bad behavior continue to create unnecessary barriers to our corporate commitment to embody EEO principles of equality and tolerance. We are part of an ever-changing and increasingly diverse workforce whose members represent a variety of cultures, backgrounds, and social experiences, and it is critical that we find an appropriate balance between these competing interests. Is your workplace prepared to address and resolve Issues of harassment, bullying, discrimination and retaliation?

Registration: The seminar will be held on Friday, April 20, 2018 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. To register by phone, call 1-800-342-4742 Ext 2124. To register online, go to

Presenter Jennifer Bouman-Steagall is a dynamic Storyteller, trusted HR Business Partner and experienced Employer Defender with over 19 years’ experience representing and working closely with Pacific Northwest employers. Through her informative and memorable programs, Jennifer engages, motivates and empowers organizations to improve their team communication, leadership skill development and employee engagement levels as a means to creating great places to work.

Sponsor for this month’s seminar 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!

NOTE: SHRM/HRCI continuing education credits may be offered to interested attendees – call for more information.

AARP Driver Safety Classes

AARP Driver Safety Classes will be offered in April in the following locations on these dates.

Shorewood Retirement Community in Florence on Thursday, April 19, 10am to 4:30pm. Register with Lane Community College at 541-997-8444

Chetco Activity Center in Brookngs on Thursday, April 19, 9am to 4pm.

South West Oregon Community College in Port Orford on Friday, April 20, 9am to 4pm. 

This class will help bring you current on any law changes, changes in ourselves and helps boost our safety awareness, helps to prolong mobility and, maintain independence.

Class costs are $15 for members and $20 for non members.

An insurance discount may be available after completion of the class, check with your agent.

To register for any of these classes contact: Sharon Bessey at 541-269-0845.

Southwestern SBDC offering “Growing Your Business

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Small Business Development Center (Southwestern SBDC.) Learn how to write a strategic plan, providing clarity in directing your business future. Is your business running your life? Learn skills to improve your work life balance. Do you want to improve your negotiating skills? How do you manage contracts and deal with managing your employees? We can help.

The “Growing Your Business,” series is a 3 month program that meets the second Tuesday evening of each month. April 10th, May 8th and June 12th, from 5:30-8:30PM.

In April you will learn to understand the strategic planning process and the value an informed strategy brings to business success. May’s class will help improve your work life balance. Balance is crucial to a success business. As many business owners will tell you, they love their business, but their business owns all their time. The class in June will help business owners learn negotiation skills in selling, contracts and managing employees.

The cost of this 3 month series is $185.00. This 3 month series is also part of the SBM program, which is a 9 month program for $500.00. Fees include all materials. Both programs, and all information is available online. All workshops will be held in Coos Bay at the Newmark Center, Room 207 on the Southwestern Oregon Community College campus, 1988 Newmark Ave. The classes are available using interactive video in Curry County and Douglas County if pre-arranged by calling the SBDC at 541-888-7026.  Preregistration is required. To register go to  Contact the Southwestern SBDC at 541-888-7026 or email Mary Loiselle at for more information.

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!

South Coast Business Employment Corporation (SCBEC)/WORKSOURCE Oregon at the Langlois Library

A representative from South Coast Business Employment Corporation (SCBEC)/WORKSOURCE Oregon will be available the third Tuesday of every month at the Langlois Library.  Job Seekers and business representatives are encouraged to stop by to discuss available services. Classroom training and On-the-Job Training programs are available for eligible individuals. SCBEC currently provides Certified Nurses Assistance training at the Coos Bay Corporate Headquarters.  Appointments may be made by calling Mo Aakre at 541 751-8506.

Tech Soup Friday

Maybe we can Help! Bring your device and/or technical questions to the North Bend Public Library for some friendly advice. (No repairs, please). Every Friday from 2-4 pm at the North Bend Public Library.

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