Speeders To Return This Saturday

Fans of the small railroad maintenance vehicles known as “speeders” can get up-close views of the machines and visit with their owners as a group makes a return visit to the South Coast this weekend. According to Bill Andrews of the Pacific Railcar Operators, the group will again travel on Coos Bay Rail Link tracks from the Veneta area and make their way to Coos Bay.

This Saturday, August 19, the group will run their colorful motorcars to the end of the line in Coquille, where they’ll stop for lunch and welcome visitors. They’ll return to Coos Bay, stopping at about 2 p.m. at the Oregon Coast Historical Railway museum and display area at 766 S. First St., (US 101 northbound, across from McDonald’s). The local railroad group literally rolls out a red carpet for the speeder operators, who enjoy checking out the museum and talking with visitors.

The public is welcome to stop by the museum this Saturday, and as always admission is free. The museum is also open every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information about the speeders, contact Bill Andrews at 541-295-5631. For information about the railroad museum, call Dick Jamsgard at 541-297-6130.

Gold Beach Hydroplane Race & Golf Tournament

Gold Beach Hydroplane Race and Golf Tournament August 19 & 20 on the Rogue River in Gold Beach.

August 19th - Golf Tourney at Cedar Bend begins at 12 noon, 4 man scramble $250/team includes 18 holes and a 2 carts/ 4 man team.

Long Drive and Closest to Pin contest $100 to winner of each! Cash payout and prizes to top 3, the more teams the bigger the purse, so be there!

August 20th- Driver meeting at 9am at Huntley Park. Race starts at 10am. 4 complete laps from the old mill site to Lobster Creek. 9th leg will be sprint from mill site back to trailers at Huntley!

To view our season schedule, race results, driver profiles and tickets visit us online! CalOreRiverRacers.com

The Wild Rivers Music Festival

The Wild Rivers Music Festival is a one-day music extravaganza on the Southern Oregon Coast. The festival is scheduled from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, August 19, 2017 within the forested, intimate amphitheater in Azalea Park, the crown jewel of the city of Brookings. The amphitheater is limited to about 1,000 people. Fans are invited to bring their blankets and low-back folding chairs. No pets and no outside food and alcohol allowed. Nearby KidTown playground and a barbecue area offers fun for families. Parking is free. There is no on-site camping.

Lodging is available at the many hotels, motels, RV parks and state campgrounds. Advance reservations recommended.

The festival will feature non-stop music with four nationally-touring artists Keith Greeninger, Achilles Wheel, Castletown and the Rogue Suspects that play a variety of music styles including bluegrass, folk, Celtic, Americana, jazz, funk and rock. Local artists Toni Land and Second Bridge will perform between the major acts. Several regional breweries will be on hand to sell delicious microbrews and wine. The area's best restaurants will offer delicious foods and snacks.

Brookings is a quaint, oceanside town located about two hours from major Oregon cities such as Medford and Coos Bay, and Eureka, California. Brookings is nestled among Oregon's pristine rivers, forests and rugged beaches, and is a short drive to the destination cities of Gold Beach and Port Orford, and the famous California redwoods near Crescent City, Calif.

 Schedule: Music starts at 1:00 pm • Keith Greeninger 1:00 - 2:30 • Achilles Wheel 3:00 - 4:30 • Castletown 5:00 - 6:30 • Rogue Suspects 7:00 - 8:30 • Toni Land & Second Bridge will be playing between main stage events.

Florence Coin Show

The 20th Annual Coin and Stamp Show is coming to the Florence Events Center on Saturday and Sunday, August 19 and 20. Show hours are 9am to 5pm on Saturday, and 9am to 4pm on Sunday.

Admission is FREE and coin appraisals will be available. Exhibitors will display coins from the United States and around the world, including Greek and Roman coins, territorial gold coins, and hundreds more. For anyone who is new to coin collecting or who has never been to a major coin show before, here are a few tips: Plan to arrive early to allow plenty of time to look at all the exhibits; bring a good coin guide with prices for reference; bring a notebook to keep track of contact information for dealers that might become good contacts for future needs.

For more information contact: Dennis Hankins at 541-401-0949 or Terry Woodward 541-997-2682 or information is available by e-mail address at sandy642@hotmail.com

2017 South Coast Veterans Stand Down

August 18 - 9:00am to 3:00pm - Airport Hangar 1, 1321 Airport Way, North Bend.

The South Coast Stand Down is a one day event providing supplies and services to homeless Veterans. Stand Downs occur all over the country. Although some resources are directed only to our homeless Veterans,  all Veterans and their families are invited to attend and participate.

Veterans can learn about benefits, medical and dental services, housing, counseling, legal, employment, training, education, credit counseling, pet care, and business development services available to them. A breakfast and a hamburger, hot dog barbecue lunch will be served. Free haircuts and free pet grooming will be available.

A new addition to the 2017 Stand Down will be employment opportunities. Please bring your resume and current ID if you are interested in talking to employers.

For more information contact: Berta Balli 541-613-5802 or Jonathan Harkness 541-580-9481

Coos Bay Crop Up (TM) Dinner

By Oregon Agricultural Development & Marketing with the Food Innovation Center

Thursday, August 17, 2017 4:00 PM – 8:30 PM PDT

North Bend Community Center, 2222 Broadway Avenue North Bend, OR 97459

Oregon’s Specialty Crops are the Stars of the Crop-UpTM Dinner Series & Market Showcase created by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon State University.

Each of the Crop-UpTM Dinners are being held at various sites in Oregon central to local Specialty Crop growers and processors.

This dinner series has been designed to increase awareness of the bountiful diversity of Oregon Specialty Crops including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and nursery crops.

Dine on delicious dishes built around Oregon’s Specialty Crops grown in the local regions surrounding each dinner site. Each dinner starts with a Specialty Market Showcase from 4:00-6:00 PM and dinner is served at 6:30 PM. The Showcase provides opportunity learn more about the Specialty Crops.

Crop-UpTM Dinner Tickets cost $20 per person and include access to the market showcase and dinner.

Coos Bay Menu:

Snacks: Assorted Seasonal Pickles, Assorted Seasonal Vegetable Crudite, Blue Nile Hummus, Bread & Crackers

Dinner Menu: Tomato, Tomatillo, Pickled Onion, Radish Sprouts, Fresh Herbs, Seasonal Summer Salad*

Summer Succotash*, BBQ Carrots & Broccoli Sprouts, Smoked Beet Pastrami, Cabbage, Cranberry, Sunflower Sprouts.

Seasonal Fruit Dessert*

*Courses dependent on local availability at the Wednesday Market!

Guest Chefs: Jason Ball, Chris Bailey. Musical Entertainment Provided by Caught Red Handed. To buy Tickets please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coos-bay-crop-up-tm-dinner-tickets-36451165417

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