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Relay For Life of Coos County’s “Relay by the Bay”

Saturday June 24th from 11am-11pm Downtown Central - Coos Bay

Walking - participants will be able to walk the “track” sidewalks around the outer edge of vendors and teams

Relay Schedule of activities:

12:30-2:00     Survivor Tea - Main Tent

2:30-3:00     Tug of War and frozen t shirt contest

3:00-5:00     Live music by Border Patrol on the main stage

5:00-5:30     Flea Market Flip known as Relay By The Bay Yard Sale Transformation - see info below for description

5:30 - 6:00     Best baton and Best table - Judging and the announcement of the winners

6:00 - 7:00     MissTer Relay Contest - Relay teams will have a pageant contestant enter in the contest. Contestant’s will answer a few questions, wander into the crowd and try to raise money - whoever raises the most money wins.

7:00-7:30     Layered clothes game - Relay teams will race against each other to put clothing items from a box on there person before the other team

9:00  - 9:30     Luminara Ceremony (Luminara’s will be for sale at the main tent area for $5.00 each)

9:45 - 10:00     Closing Ceremony

Relay teams will have items for sale or an activity at their table during the event

Yard Sale Transformation - relay team participants will bring a picture of a yard sale item they purchased - under $25 - and transform it into something new - they may only spend an additional $10 for improvements - the items will be sold and the item that brings in the most money wins.  (this is still a work in progress)

Please come out and join the fun and activities and raise money for a great cause.

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.

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

Also, if you have lost a loved one to suicide, you are not alone. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has support for those who have lost someone to suicide:

FREE Fitness Classes

FREE YOGA CLASS - Every Monday, 11am-12pm at the Holly Redeemer Catholic Church, 2250 Sixteenth Street, North Bend. You do not have to be a member of the church to attend.
A gentle exercise class that can help you relax and tone your body, strengthen and improve balance and posture.
Every Monday & Thursday, 10am-11am. Classes are held at the Community Health & Education Center, 3950 Sherman Ave., North Bend. For more information, call Kim Anderson at 541-541-756-1038.
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Classes. A series of classes for people with limited motion. Gentle/low-impact sitting and standing exercises done.
Every Tuesday from 4-5pm. at the Bandon Barn Senior Center, 1200 W 11th St. SW,  Bandon. For more information contact Southern Coos Community Health, Mary Kemp 541-347-1601 or Leticia Hellman 541-347-4515.
Want to add a little variety to your usual exercise routine? Join us the 1st Friday of each month at the South Slough Reserve for our new Fit Friday Hike program. A guide will take you through 2-4 miles of easy to moderate hiking along the trails of the Reserve. YOU MUST CALL 541-888-5558 TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT.

FREE classes and practice that strengthens breathing ability, and lessens snoring and sleep apnea.
Every 2nd Thursday of the  month. 4:00-4:30pm. Meetings are held at 2085 Inland Dr Suite A, North Bend. Didgeridoo Club. Call 541-267-5221 for more information.

4th Wednesday of every month in Conference Room C of Peace Harbor Medical Center in 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 information or to become a member of the group, call 541-902-6300 ext. 5635

Blood sugar screening is available each month. You should be screened if you: have a family history of diabetes, are over 45, are overweight, are inactive, have high blood pressure, have elevated cholesterol or triglyceride levels, OR have a history of high blood sugar. For an accurate screening, you must fast for at least 6 hours before the test (including no coffee or tea) OR arrive approximately two hours after the start of breakfast.
Screening is available every 4th Thursday except November & sometimes December (usually, 1 week early).

Monthly classes have different topics, are designed to help persons with diabetes to better understand and manage their diabetes. Find out what’s new or changed in diabetes care.
Every 1st Tuesday from 12pm-1:30pm. Classes are held at the Community Health & Education Center, 3950 Sherman Ave., North Bend.
Mingus Park, 3:45–4:45 pm. (Intro’s/meet at 3:30–3:45pm). Meet the first Tuesday of every month at the covered shelter (base of driveway by pool & stage). Anyone whose life is impacted by type 1 diabetes. We welcome family, friends, children and your pets too. For more information call 541-756-9054.
The continued support you need to balance good diabetes self-care. Share concerns, frustrations, and information.
Held on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month. Call 541-756-4387 for more info.
This informal gathering provides a forum for you to share your experiences, concerns and frustrations with fellow diabetics as well as supportive individuals from the community. Every 2nd Thursday of each month at 2:00 PM. Coquille Christian Community Church, 625 E. 10th St., Coquille. To learn more, call 541-396-3101 between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

COOS BAY - Drop-in on Thursdays from 9am-11:00am to have your blood pressure checked for free. Bay Area Hospital, 1st floor new lobby. 
BANDON - FREE Blood Pressure Clinic at the Bandon Barn, occurs every Tuesday at 10:30am-12:30pm every month. This free screening is provided by the Southern Coos Health District. For more information call 541-347-2426.

Whether you are fighting a disease like cancer, dealing with anxiety, grief, or addiction there is help for you with supportive groups in our community. Each group has a contact number to call if you have questions or need more info.
CANCER TREATMENT SUPPORT GROUP - For those who have or have had cancer in their lives. Every Monday from 9am-11am. Groups are held at the Community Bereavement & Education Center, 1620 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay. For more information or if you have any questions please call 541-269-2986.
DEPRESSION & ANXIETY SUPPORT GROUPGroup support for those living with extreme anxiety, panic, and depression. Every Monday, 12:30-1:30pm. Groups are held at the Nancy Devereux Center, 1200 Newmark Ave, Coos Bay/Empire. Call 541-888-3202 for more information.
NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI) FAMILY TO FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP - This group is to support family & friends who have a loved one with some form of a mental illness. Every Wednesday, 3pm-5pm, at the Nancy Devereux Center, 1200 Newmark Ave, Coos Bay/Empire. Call 541-888-3202 for more information.
AL-ANON & ALATEENAl-Anon is a support group for friends and families of problem drinkers. If you or someone you know is affected please attend the Al-Anon meetings.
        North Bend - Every Friday at 7:30-8:30pm at the Community Health & Education Center, 3950 Sherman Ave., North Bend.
        Every Friday at noon in the back room of the North Bend Alano Club, located at 1836 Union Street in North Bend.
        Coos Bay - 24-Hour Help/Info 541-267-0273.
        Brookings - Monday-Saturday 7-8pm at St. Timothy's Episcopal Chirch, 401 Fir St. Call 541-299-5202 for details.
ALZHEIMER’S/ DEMENTIA EDUCATION and SUPPORT GROUP - Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 10:30am-12pm. Groups are held at the Community Health & Education Center, 3950 Sherman Ave., North Bend. Come share & learn. Program offers speakers & support. For more information call 541-290-7508.
BARIATRIC SURGERY SUPPORT GROUP - For Bariatrics education and support groups, please call Bay Bariatrics at 541-267-5151 ext 1526. Meets Every 2nd Tuesday, from 7pm-8pm at the North Bend Medical Center.
PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP - Come Learn & share with others living with Parkinson’s. Caregivers and family are welcome. 2nd Mondays of the month, 2-3pm at Baycrest Village, 3959 Sheridan Ave., North Bend. For more information call 1-850-207-1469.
COOS BAY STROKE CLUB - This group offers speakers & support for patients, family & friends to assist in living with the challenges of stroke. Every 3rd Thursday of the month, 3:30-4:30pm. Groups are held at 2085 Inland Dr Suite A, North Bend. Call 541-297-5221 for more information.

South Coast Hospice is a non-profit organization. There is no charge for our groups but donations are always greatly appreciated! Groups are held at our Community Bereavement & Education Center, 1620 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay
Cancer Treatment Support Group - For those who have or have had cancer in their lives. Every Monday from 9am-11am.
Thursday Night Grief Support Group - 2nd and 4th Thursdays 6pm-7:30pm. Contact Michelle at 541-269-2986
S.O.U.L Sudden Or Unexpected Loss - Grief Support Group 1st and 3rd Thursdays 3pm-4:30pm. Contact Toni at 541-269-2986.
S.O.S. Survivors of Suicide - Grief Support Group  - For those who have lost a loved one due to suicide. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 4:30-6pm. Contact Toni at 541-269-2986.
Compassionate Friends Support GroupFor family and friends grieving the death of a child. 1st Monday of the month 6pm to 7:30pm. Contact Pam at 541-266-0282

Reedsport Grief Support Group - 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 10:30-Noon. Family Resource Center, 5, St. Johns Way, Reedsport. Contact Mary at 541-269-2986.
Bandon Grief Support Group - 2nd and 4th Mondays from 10:30am-Noon Southern Coos Hospital Conference Room. Contact Michelle at 541-269-2986.
Coquille Grief Support Group - 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from 1:30pm-3:00pm. St. James Episcopal Church 210 E 3rd St. Coquille Contact John at 541-269-2986.
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