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FREE Family Fun Day and 5K & 1 mile Run/Walk for the Kids: The Kids’ Hope Center invites you to a Free day of fun that includes music, a cake walk, and FREE Fishing for Children 11 and Under by ODFW (Fishing license required if child is over 11years of age.) BBQ Lunch provided by NW Natural. Saturday, April 28, from 10am-2pm at the John Topits Park - Empire Lakes, Coos Bay. Call 541-266-8806 for more info and to pre-register for the Run for the Kids.

Meet theROBOT - Introducing the da Vinci® XiTM Surgival System: April 20, 3pm-7pm, Main Lobby, Bay Area Hospital. There will be information tables, blood pressure checks and refreshments served. Test drive the latest robotic-assisted surgery techonology.

Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Business after Hours: North Bend Medical Center has finished their remodel and it looks fantastic, come take a look! Thursday, April 26th, 5-7pm at North Bend Medical Center, 1900 Woodland Dr. Coos Bay.


Community

Community Meal: Weekly Community Meal at Harmony United Methodist Church, Saturdays, 11am-1pm, 123 Ocean Blvd SE, Coos Bay. Free or chosen donation. 541-267-4410.

Diabetes Camp: Do you know of a child with type 1 diabetes would like to go to Diabetes Camp for free? Contact South Coast Diabetes Association at 541-756-9054 to learn more.

Diabetes Resources & Donations: Community members needing assistance with diabetes supplies or medications, or have diabetes supplies or medications to donate (we can’t accept used glucometers or lancets), or to be involved in the South Coast Diabetes Association group; please call 541-756-9054 and leave a message. www.southcoastdiabetes.org

Free Lunch & Learn: Friday April 27, 2018 from 12pm-1pm at the Lower Umpqua Hospital, 600 Ranch Rd., Reedsport. Come join us for a free lunch and learn about health and wellness issues.  A light lunch will be served in the large conference room, lower level of the hospital. Doctor Richard Jany will discuss hand, wrist and elbow pain. 541-271-2171.

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: 1. Meet household requirements for low-income. 2. 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. 3. 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.

Help for Homeless Veterans: Tuesday May 1, 2018, from 1pm-3pm at the Project Blessing Food Pantry, 150 S. 20th St, Reedsport. First Tuesday of every month. Douglas County HUD-VASH and UCAN representatives will be on site to provide assistance to all homeless veterans.

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.
BAY AREA HOSPITAL DOES NOT COLLECT OR DISPOSE SHARPS FROM THE PUBLIC.Official biohazard containers only. Availability & prices are subject to change. 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 www.southcoastfamilyharbor.org.

Winter Market: Every Wed, 10a-2p at Pony Village Mall, now through April.


Exercise • Outdoor Recreation

Arm Chair Yoga Class: Mondays, 10am-11am at the Holly Redeemer Catholic Church, 2250 Sixteenth Street, North Bend. You don’t have to be a member of the church to attend. 541-756-0633.

Body Awareness Class: by Kim Lieurance. Mondays and Thursdays at 10am-11am. 541-756-1038. Gentle exercises focusing on breath, balance and posture. Community Health & Education Center (CHEC), 3950 Sherman Ave., North Bend.

Chair Yoga Classes: Thursdays, 10am-11am at Evergreen Court Exercise Room: 451 O’Connell, North Bend. 541-756-4466.

Chair & Mat Yoga by Dorothy Tharsing: Please note there is no classes on third week. “Love offering” or donations accepted. Sundays at Oceanway Center in Gold Beach: 1:30pm Mat, 3pm Chair. Mondays at Maple School in Myrtle Point: 10am Chair, 11am Mat. Tuesdays  at Bandon Fitness Center: 8am Mat. Wednesday at Unity of Bandon: 8:30am Mat, 9:45 Chair. Thursdays at Bandon Fitness Center: 8am Mat. Thursdays at Maple School in Myrtle Point: 10:30am Chair, 11:30 Mat.  Contact: d.tharsing@gmail.com

Circles in the Sand: Circles in the Sand is dedicated to the path of the labyrinth as a means of meditation, transformation and healing. Face Rock viewpoint, Bandon. Draw starts about 2 hours before walk time. Dates and walk times listed on line at www.circlesinthesand.us/Calendar.html

Fit Fridays At South Slough Reserve: 1st Friday of each month at the South Slough Reserve for our the Fit Friday Hike program. A guide will take you through 2-4 miles of easy to moderate hiking along the trails of the Reserve. Please call 541-888-5558 to reserve your spot.

Hike to Golden & Silver Falls: Saturday, April 21 from 10am-4pm join us for a 3 mile, moderately-strenuous, hike where we will explore the falls and rich natural and cultural history of Golden & Silver Falls State Park. Things to bring: rain gear, sturdy hiking boots, camera, water bottle, lunch and snacks. We will provide binoculars and transportation from Coos Bay. Registration Required: www.southsloughestuary.org [Max. 20] ($10/ person).

Out Our Back Door: Explore the great outdoors on the South Coast. Featured weekly in the South Coast Shopper by Author Tom Baake. Look for this week’s article here.

South Coast Striders: Golden and Silver Falls - Sunday, April 15; Euphoria Ridge Hikes - Saturday, May 5. Visit website for details on length of walk & preparation info. www.coostrails.com.

Tai Chi for Better Balance:  A 12-week class available in Coos Bay, North Bend, Lakeside, Coquille, Bandon, Myrtle Point, Powers & Gold Beach. For more information & registration call Melissa,1-850-207-1469.


Education • Classes Workshops

Caregiver Classes: Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help unpaid caregivers take care of themselves while caring for an older relative or friend. Free six-week series, 90 minutes long. Afternoon or evening classes available. Registration is required. Contact Char 541-297-9256 or ckluther@hotmail.com.

Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children: 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. Space is limited and registration is required, call 541-269-4196.

Didgeridoo Club For Better Breathing: Every 2nd Thursday of the  month. 4-4:30pm. FREE classes and practice that strengthens breathing ability, and lessens snoring and sleep apnea. 2085 Inland Dr Suite A, North Bend. 541-267-5221.

Stop Tobacco: Instruction & support can help you quit for good. Free four-class series.  Call WOAH Customer Service 541-269-7400 for more info.

Train Your Brain: Do you suffer from chronic pain, anxiety, stress, or depression? Learn cognitive behavioral techniques and the “mindfulness” approach. 1st four Tuesdays, every other month: Jan, May and Sept, 2-4 pm; March, July and Nov, 6-8pm. Space is limited, Register online @ www.bayareahospital.org. 541-269-8076.


Parenting

Make Parenting A Pleasure Class (for parents of children 0-9 years): Family Resource Center, 5 Saint John’s Way, Reedsport. Each Wednesday, beginning April 4th through May 30th, 2018, 6pm-8pm. Free but donations will be accepted. Call Great Afternoons at 541-271-0926 to register. Does parenting cause you stress? Parenting can be frustrating, and all parents need support from time to time.  Come experience this series, connect with others, and take some time for yourself! Free childcare provided and dinner will be served. Presented by the Take Root in cooperation with the Oregon Community Foundation, Douglas Education Service District, ORCCA Great Afternoons, South Coast Head Start & Reedsport School District.

MOMS Program: Learn all the basics of becoming a mother. Labor Education, Breastfeeding, Infant Safety/CPR, and Newborn Care Basics. Bay Area Hospital. Register online: www.bayareahospital.org. 541-269-8258.


Screening

Blood Pressure Screening: Thursdays 9am-11:30am. Free. Bay Area Hospital, 1st floor new lobby.

Blood Pressure Clinics in Reedsport: Thursday, April 12, 10am-11am, Timber Ridge Retirement Center, 660 Ranch Road, Reedsport.  Wednesday, April 18, 10am-11am, Gardiner Fire Hall, 208 Marsh Street, Gardiner. Thursday, April 19, 11am-12pm, Reedsport Senior Center, 460 Winchester Ave., Reedsport. Contact Sylvia 541-271-2119.

Diabetes Screening: Every 4th Thursday 9am-10am. 6–8 hour fasting required including no coffee or tea, or 2 hours after the start of breakfast. 541-269-8076.


Support Groups

Al-Anon & Alateen: Al-Anon is a support group for friends and families of problem drinkers. Fridays at 7:30-8:30pm at the Community Health & Education Center, 3950 Sherman Ave., North Bend.

Alzheimer’s/ Dementia Education & Support Group: Caregivers only. Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 10am-12pm. Community Health & Education Center, 3950 Sherman Ave., North Bend. 541-290-7508.

Anxiety & Depression Support Group: Mondays, 12:30-1:30pm. Nancy Devereux Center, 1200 Newmark Ave, Coos Bay. 541-888-3202.

Better Breathers Club - Florence: This group meets monthly to provide support, education, and socialization to people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder or other chronic lung disease and to their family members and caregivers. For more info call 541-902-6300 ext. 5635

Cancer Treatment Support Group: For those who have, or have had cancer & those who care for them. Mondays, 9-11am, Counseling & Bereavement Education Center, 1620 Thompson Road, Coos Bay. 541-269-2986.

Compassionate Friends Support Group: For family and friends grieving the death of a child. 1st Monday of the month from 6-7:30pm. Contact Pam at 541-266-0282. Groups are held at the Community Bereavement & Education Center, 1620 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group: 4th Thursday of the Month, 6:30-8pm, Coos Bay Public Library, 525 Anderson Ave. 541-294-3690.

National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI) Family To Family Support Group: NAMI* is offering a free 12-week program on living with mental illness. Call 541-888-3202 to register, class size is limited. Nancy Devereux Center, 1200 Newmark Ave, Coos Bay/Empire.

Parkinson’s Support Group: 2nd Mondays of the month, 2-3pm at Baycrest Village, 3959 Sheridan Ave., North Bend. 1-850-207-1469.

Bandon Grief Support Group: 2nd and 4th Mondays from 10:30am-12pm. Groups are held at the Southern Coos Hospital Conference Room. Contact Michelle at 541-269-2986.

Coquille Grief Support Group: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from 1:30pm-3pm. Groups are held at the St. James Episcopal Church, 210 E 3rd St. Coquille. Contact John at 541-269-2986.

Reedsport Grief Support Group: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 10:30am-12pm. Groups are held at the Family Resource Center, 5 St. Johns Way, Reedsport. Call 541-269-2986 to pre-register.

Stroke Support Group: Every 3rd Thursday of the month, 3:30-4pm. Patients, family & friends welcome. 2085 Inland Dr Suite A, North Bend. 541-297-5221.

S.O.S. Survivors Of Suicide - Grief Support Group: For those who have lost a loved one due to suicide. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 3:30pm-4:45pm. Contact Mia at 541-269-2986. Groups are held at the Community Bereavement & Education Center, 1620 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay.

S.O.U.L Sudden Or Unexpected Loss: Grief Support Group. 1st and 3rd Thursdays 3pm-4:30pm. Contact Toni at 541-269-2986. Groups are held at the Community Bereavement & Education Center, 1620 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay.

Suicide Help Line - Help is Available: If you or a friend are struggling with depression, feeling hopeless, or having thoughts of harming yourself please reach out to those around you and ask for help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Coos Health & Wellness Crisis Line are available 24/7 for free, confidential support for people in distress; call: Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 • Crisis Line 541-751-2550

Thursday Night Grief Support Group: 2nd and 4th Thursdays 6pm-7:30pm. Contact Michelle at 541-269-2986. Groups are held at the Community Bereavement & Education Center, 1620 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay.

Trauma Recovery Support Group (TREM) 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; amber@stopabusecoos.org
Rachael Espy—Executive Director, 541-888-1048 ext. 104; respy@stopabusecoos.org
Stephanie Reyes—Sexual Assault Advocate, 541-888-1048 ext. 102; stephanie@stopabusecoos.org
For more detailed information on support group schedule, times, etc. Please contact our agency at 541-756-7000.


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