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Oregon Learners Permit Prep-Class at Coos Bay Library

Coos Bay Public Library, in collaboration with 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 Friday, August 25th, from 9:00am to 3:00pm 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.

The Fall 2017 CASA Volunteer Training Is Right Around The Corner

“I have always had a heart for children who are hurting and I’m so excited to have a way to help. The CASA training program has given such an insight into the lives of foster children and the hardships they face.  The difference a CASA can make in a foster child’s life is truly amazing.” -Christian Allgood, A New CASA Volunteer

 Court Appointed Special Advocates are specially trained community volunteers appointed by Coos County’s court judges to speak for the best interests of children who are placed in foster care for reasons of abuse or neglect. “The CASA plays an integral part in assuring that children do not become lost in the judicial system,” according to the Coos County’s CASA organization. New CASAs are required to attend a 30-hour CASA Volunteer training and an additional 12 hours of training per year.  New CASAs receive direct supervision and guidance from program staff and peer coordinators once they have graduated and have been sworn in by the judge.  

Currently, Coos County has 42 CASA volunteers serving 98 children and there are 38 children on the waiting list.  Approximately 280 children are in foster care at this time. The long range goal is to have a trained CASA volunteer available to all abused and neglected children in foster care in Coos County.

The next CASA Volunteer training will start Thursday, August 31st, 2017. The training will be held in the ORCCA building Conference Room at 1855 Thomas Ave., Coos Bay, from 5:30 to 8:30 P.M. for 10 weeks.  If you are interested in becoming a CASA Volunteer, please call Liz at the CASA office at 541-435-7104.

Free Community Education and Volunteer Training Class Offered

South Coast Hospice is offering a free 11-week class that helps participants be able to better support people with terminal illnesses, and their caregivers. There will be a class in Bandon, and in Coos Bay

COOS BAY - The class will be held on Tuesdays, beginning on September 5th, from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm, at South Coast Hospice’s Community Bereavement & Education Center, located at 1610 Thompson Road in Coos Bay.

BANDON - The class will be held on Thursdays, beginning on September 7th, from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm, at Pacific View Senior Living Community, located at 1000 6th Avenue W in Bandon.

Each session covers different aspects of the death and dying experience and is taught by knowledgeable professionals with many years of providing compassionate care to those at end of life.  This training is required for anyone wishing to volunteer to provide social support, musical performances, pet therapy, run errands, do light housekeeping or lawn work for patients on hospice service.  It is also open to anyone who might wish to learn more about the subject or to better help their loved ones should they become ill.

South Coast Hospice believes that the end of life deserves as much beauty, care, and respect as the beginning.  Patients should be able to live their final months, weeks, or days as comfortably and enjoyably as possible.  It is also recognized that caregivers and family members need support while taking care of their loved one, as well as during the emotional grief process after their loved one’s death.

This class helps participants to know what to say to dying patients and how to support them in telling their life stories or creating new memories.  Attendees will gain a better understanding of end of life matters, the grieving process, and the importance of accepting people as they are.  An experienced nurse guides the class through the physical aspects so participants know some of the changes to expect as patients near the final phase.  Participants learn about mobility equipment and ways to provide comfort and maximum independence and control for the patients.  Social workers with many years of training and experience explain the stages of grief for those who are dying and for those who care for the patient.  The needs of those providing the care are also addressed, along with ways to alleviate fatigue.  Our chaplain discusses the role spirituality plays during end of life and the importance of respecting belief systems.  Attendees will also visit a funeral home during one of the sessions and learn about advance directives and end-of-life planning.

Thanks to the generosity of local business sponsors, there is no charge for this class.  Participants are asked to register to ensure enough materials are available.  Those interested or would like more information can contact Doreen or Krisha at South Coast Hospice at 541-269-2986, or or

North Bend School District Registration Information

Registration for students planning to attend North Bend School District will be underway soon. Elementary registration is set for Thursday and Friday (August 17th-18th) from 8:00am-4:00pm. Grades K-5 may register at North Bay Elementary or Hillcrest Elementary depending on the zone in which they live. Kindergarten students must be five years of age on or before September 1, 2017.

North Bend Middle School registration for grades 6th, 7th and 8th is on August 17th and 18th, from 8:00am-11:00am & 12:00pm-3:30pm at the Middle School.

High School Registration for returning students grades 9-12 is Friday, August 18th from 7:45am-2:30pm. New students may pre-register beginning, Friday, August 11th. Please call 541-751-7183 to schedule an appointment.

If enrolling children for the first time or for Kindergarten, parents should bring a copy of their child’s birth certificate, a record of immunizations and proof of residency.

For more information please visit or call 541-756-2521

Coos Bay Public Schools 2017-2018 Registration Information

New to the district students: You can pick up an enrollment packet after July 15th at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay (above Mingus Park, off N 10th St.). School offices will be open August 23 for registration. Call 541-267-3104 for more information.

What you need at registration:

• Immunization updates for your student. There have been changes to some of the grade levels this year. Please go to the Immunizations link to see what is required.

• Medical Diagnosis: If your student has a medical diagnosis requiring school management or needs daily medication while at school, you will need to provide the school with medical orders and/or the medication during registration week.

• Change in Custody: By law, both biological parents have education rights unless there is legal documentation showing otherwise. If there a change in custody status for your student or if the school does not have copies of custody paperwork, parenting plan, etc., please bring copies of the legal documentation to the school office.

• Power of Attorney for School Purposes: If you wish to delegate education duties or rights for your student to another adult, a Power of Attorney for School Purposes form needs to be notarized and turned in at the school office. The Power of Attorney is valid for 6 months and may be revoked, in writing, at any time.

• Documents Needed for Kindergarten & 1st graders entering school or the first time: Immunization records and verification of birth date (birth certificate, adoption papers, birth registration, passport, hospital birth record or court order) are required for these students.

• New to the District Students: New to the district students need verification of birth date and immunization records.

• School Fees: Money for school fees and swimming fees will be collected. Cash, checks, credit and debit cards accepted. 

Marshfield High School 8th – 12th Grade Registration Information: Registration packets will be mailed mid-August. Marshfield High School Office will be open August 7. You can reach the office at 541-267-1400. If you need assistance prior to that, please contact the district office at 541-267-3104.

Destinations Academy and Resource Link Charter School Registration: Registration packets will be mailed mid-August.

Aug. 23 – 9:00 – 3:00      Aug. 24 – 1:00 – 6:00

K-7th Grade School & Harding Learning Center Offices will open August 23. If you need assistance prior to that, please contact the district office at 541-267-3104.

Supply Lists: The district has Board approval to use the K-7th grade student fee (which is $25.00) to purchase basic school supplies for all K-7 students. There will be a few items that parents will need to purchase and they will receive that list at the beginning of school.

For more information, call 541-267-1310 or 541-267-3104.

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.

Southwestern SBDC offering Ready, Set, Start Your Business Workshops in August

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Small Business Development Center (Southwestern SBDC) is offering people a chance to explore their dreams of starting a business. The Southwestern SBDC is offering a workshop titled “Ready Set Start Your Business” weekly in July 2017.

The 2-hour workshop provides information on important steps that can contribute to a new venture’s success. Participants learn about licensing, business legal structure, financing, business planning, business resources and more.  Handouts in the class are informational and provide all the contact information needed to register a business and get started.

The workshop is designed to answer general questions. If, after completing the workshop, you are interested in pursuing your new business idea, the Southwestern SBDC can set you up with a business advisor to discuss specific questions you may have that pertain directly to your venture.  SBDC advising services are free and confidential.

The "Ready Set Start Your Business" workshop is scheduled on a variety of dates and times throughout the month. On the first Monday of the month, a Ready, Set, Start Your Business class will be offered in Spanish from 10:00 am – noon.  Participants can choose from any one of the following dates:

  • Thursday, August 24th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday, August 30th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

A fee of $20 per person covers materials. Preregistration is required. All workshops will be held in Coos Bay at the Newmark Center, Room 207 on the Southwestern Oregon Community College campus, 1988 Newmark Ave. To register go to Contact the Southwestern SBDC at 541-888-7026 or email Mary Loiselle at for more information.

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