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BUSINESS OF THE WEEK:
Knutson’s Carpet Hut
By Desiree Gaoiran, Staff Writer

Kurk Knutson, owner of Knutson’s Carpet Hut, is a native of North Bend. His father Richard opened Knutson’s in 1964 when Kurk was just 3 years old. The original building was designed to look like a quanta hut, hence the word “hut” in this local business name. The unique looking building was located on the same property as the current location. The family also own several other buildings in the surrounding area. After many years, the old building was torn down and a new, much taller building was built. Kurk actually helped with the building process. “I remember putting up this rebar,” he said while gesturing to the wall. The top floor was sort of an afterthought. After they had already constructed the inside, they decided to cut a hole in the ceiling and build a staircase that would lead into Richard’s office. It is a huge office surrounded by windows overlooking the airports landing. “My father loved to fly planes and he also loved to watch them. This way he could watch them right here from his office,” Kurk says. READ MORE>>


Chetco Pelican Players Present Horror Show

The Clumsy Custard Horrow Show will be presented February 7 - 23 at the Chetco Playhouse, 1240 Chetco Avenue in Brookings.

King Dumb is ready for his daughter to select a husband and all the Knights of the Realm are anxious to claim her hand. But the sweet Princess has fallen for a gentle yet courageous lad she assumes to be a pauper. Not so! Little does she know that this scruffy stranger is Swashbuck Valpariso, bearer of the magic sword and Master of Fast Feet.

Audience participation is encouraged in this hilarious comedy, a play that will leave you breathless with anticipation, and reckless with abandon! 

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children and are available at New Wave Video Store and Wright’s Custom Framing in Brookings. Showtimes for the Friday and Saturdays shows are 7:30 pm, with Sunday matinees at 2 pm. For reservations call 541-469-1877.

Murder, Magic and Mayhem Coming to the Dolphin Playhouse

Coming to the Dolphin Playhouse February 14 through March 2, Murder Magic and Mayhem, Three Plays by Lord Dunsay. Friday and Saturday shows will be from 7-9 pm, Sunday martinees from 2-4 pm.

Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany (24 July 1878 – 25 October 1957) was an Irish writer and dramatist, notable for his work, mostly in fantasy, published under the name Lord Dunsany. More than eighty books of his work were published, and his collections include many hundreds of published short stories, as well as successful plays, novels and essays.

The Dolphin Playhouse is located at 580 Newmark in Coos Bay.  For more information call 541-808-261.

"The Trip to Bountiful" at the Bandon Playhouse

The Bandon Playhouse will present “The Trip to Bountiful” from February 21 to March 6. Friday and Saturday performances will be at  7:30 pm, with Sunday matinees at 2 pm.

"The Trip to Bountiful" follows the journey of widow Carrie Watts. Feeling her presence is an imposition to her son Ludie and daughter-in-law Jessie Mae, Mrs. Watts flees the confines of their Houston apartment to make a final pilgrimage to her beloved home in Bountiful. Though her old home is a ruin and her friends long gone, Mrs. Watts gains strength and confidence from her journey.

For additional information go to thebandonplayhouse.org.

Mothers and Daughters in Theatre
By Josie Reid,Steel Magnolias Director

While directing “Steel Magnolias” at Little Theatre on the Bay, I have come to the realization that this production revolves around relationships…specifically the one between a mother and a daughter.

Of course, the obvious relationship is between the characters Shelby and M’Lynn Eatenton, played by Nicole Dockery and Barbara Booth, respectively.  Shelby is desperately trying to arrange her wedding the way she wants it, and M’Lynn is trying to make her see reason.  Well, what bride sees reason?  Their opinions differ from the hair-do, specifically “Lady Di” or “Jacqueline Smith”, to the festooning of the church with sprays of “Pepto Bismol.”  The one thing they do agree on is the “Bleedin’ Armadillo Groom’s cake.”

We have another mother-daughter set in the cast in the roles of Truvy and Annelle, only this set is a real blood relationship.  Anne and Emily Carter were cast in those roles and even though their characters are not related, eventually Truvy begins to feel a kinship with this little lost waif of a person and supports her, lovingly, through all her religious and personal attempts to find herself.  In real life, Emily and Anne rehearse together at home since they interact with each other in the beauty shop.

As a director, this makes me happy. My happiness is what brings me to another mother-daughter set:  me and my daughter Carla Mobley, who is a real-life hairdresser at “Awesome Cuts.” Carla and the girls in the shop have been so generous with supplies and personal equipment and knowledge, that this show will almost be believable!  Ok it will be believable! Bring tissues.

“Steel Magnolias” opens February 21 and runs three weekends with Friday and Saturday shows at 7 pm and Sunday matinees at 2 pm.  General admission prices at the window are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students with ID, and $6 for children, although, because of the subject matter, it is not appropriate for very young children.  No seats are reserved and online tickets at www.ltob.net  are $1.50 more per seat.

Barn Dance

 The South Coast Folk Society will host a public Barn Dance on Saturday evening, February 8, at the Greenacres Grange Hall. This month’s Barn Dance features three hours of great live music starting at 7PM.  There will also be professional instruction for new dancers. Barn dancing is a fun event for singles, couples and families. All ages are welcome. 

Patricia Danscen of Denver, Colorado, is the guest caller this month. Her energetic calling has delighted dancers of all ages and levels of experience for over 20 years. She takes pleasure in seeing smiling faces twirling and whirling on the dance floor as she shares her passion for dance and music.

On stage playing fiddle and clogging will be Nancy Maple of Estes Park, Colorado. She is joined by Norman Farrell of Anchorage, Alaska, playing mandolin and penny whistle. Local musicians Alayne Olmstead and Jennifer Sordyl on fiddles, and Don Berg on Guitar will complete the ensemble. Together they play lively old-timey and celtic music.

The Second-Saturday Barn Dance is sponsored by the non-profit South Coast Folk Society. The program includes contras, circle mixers, and a waltz or two. Refreshments are available. Doors open at 6:45PM.  Admission: General $7, Students w/ID and Seniors over 60 $6, Members $5, and Supervised Children under 6 are free. First timers who arrive in time for the 7PM lesson will receive a ticket for free admission to their second dance. The dances are alcohol and fragrance free. For more information call 541-572-5370 or visit http://southcoastfolksociety.wordpress.com or Facebook.


Coos Historical and Maritime Center Update

On December 10, the City of Coos Bay planning commission approved a 2,500-square-foot second-story addition to the Coos Historical & Maritime Center building currently rising on Coos Bay’s downtown waterfront. The addition, which the museum board sought, actually brings the building closer to a design proposed nearly ten years ago and then scaled back in recent configurations.

“I think the board decided wisely that building for the present and the future was the wisest course of action,” said executive director Frank Smoot. “It’s a big project with a long history, and the board didn’t want to fall short at the goal line.”

“What it means for us,” Smoot continued, “is that as we expand the services we provide, we’ll have the space to do it. I know it was a difficult decision to make, but it was the right one for the future of the museum.”

This second story addition rises on the east (waterfront) side of the building. It will have a simple gabled roof, a modest change from earlier versions of the building plan.

The building, for which major construction should be complete by the end of September 2014, will offer about 11,000 square feet of usable space. This will allow not only bigger and better exhibits and important preservation work: the open spaces within – and the surrounding landscaping – will be an inviting venue for all kinds of events and activities. 

From the day it opens, the center will serve two vital, interrelated functions. For local residents, the Center connects our region’s long human history with present-day concerns. It’s a gathering place for earnest discussion, memorable stories, research and discovery, celebration and fun. For visitors from out of town, the Center is a point of departure, an insider’s guide to the region’s surprisingly rich and largely hidden history.

With both of these audiences in mind, the Center is a dynamic institution, with continually updated and refreshed exhibits that reward frequent visits. But there is much more to do. The museum must finish and furnish the inside of the building, create exhibits, and establish an endowment to operate the facility for decades to come.

Those who might consider a financial donation to help finish the work can contact the museum’s Executive Director, Frank Smoot, at fsmoot@cooshistory.org or 541-756-6320 to have a conversation. All contributions or pledges must be received by May 1, 2014 in order to be recognized on the museum’s donor board.


Winter Art and Chocolate Festival in Harbor
Saturday and Sunday, February 8 and 9, join friends and family at the Seascape Center, 97904 W. Benham Lane in Brookings, for the 9th Annual Winter Art and Chocolate Festival. The festivities will include arts and crafts booths and assorted food booths all offering chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate! Browse the commercial vendors with their crafts and enjoy free entertainment from 10am to 5pm. For more information, call 541-469-3181 or 541-469-2108.

Strengthening Families Workshop in Bandon 

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College is offering a free, interactive series of workshops, for PARENTS and YOUNG TEENS TOGETHER, focusing on how to communicate effectively with one another as well as how to balance love and respect with setting appropriate limits. Teens attend their own session where they learn peer refusal skills and how to come together with their parents as a family unit. Free healthy snacks will be provided. Childcare may be available for younger siblings, please call to inquire.

Topics:

Communication skills and family meetings.

Building bridges, dealing with peer pressure.

Protecting against substance abuse and setting limits.

Family fun and communication activities with parents and teens together for the last 45 minutes of each class.

The workshops will take place at Harbor Lights Middle School in Bandon, Monday evenings, February 10, 2014 to March 17, 2014, from 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm. To register please call Harbor Lights at (541) 347-4415 or Gina at (541) 808-1813; positiveparenting@gmail.com.

The workshops are co-sponsored by Southwestern Oregon Community College, Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon and Pathways to Positive Parenting.

Free CEU’s are available for professional development. Certificates will be issued which identify completed training hours for CCD certified & registered child care providers, foster parents, & other participants. Southwestern Oregon Community College is an equal opportunity educator and employer.


Sweet Choices for Your Valentine!
Looking to give your Valentine some sweet treats this Valentine’s Day?  Look no further!

See’s Candy Sales Feb. 3 - 14, from 11 am to 6 pm.  Nuts, soft centers, chews, assorted milk and dark chocolates. Proceeds to the Kiwanis Club’s community projects. Stop by the parking lot of the Pony Village mall and look for the See’s Candy Trailer!

Lower Umpqua Hospital Candy & Bake Sale

Main Conference Room at Lower Umpqua Hospital Wed., Feb. 12, 9 am - 3 pm for the LUH Auxiliary Valentine’s Candy & Bake Sale! Located at 600 Ranch Road in Reedsport. Lots of goodies for your sweetheart or anyone who deserves a special treat.

New Chocolate Choices Available As Chocolate Sales Begin

Southwestern Chapter of American Council of the Blind of Oregon members will once again be selling World’s Famous Chocolates beginning Jan 31.

The variety of bars offered includes: Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate with Almonds, Crispy, Dark Chocolate with Almonds, and boxes of Mint Melt Aways and Caramel Swirls. New boxes of chocolate pieces are: Dark Chocolate, Peanut Butter Bears, Pecan Clusters and Cashew Clusters.

SACBO members will be selling these affordable and delicious chocolates at WalMart, Coos Grange Supply, and Farr’s Hardware in Coos Bay as well as around town in Coquille, Myrtle Point, and Reedsport.

For case orders or for more information about SW ACB of O, call Leonard Kokel, president, at 541-888-0846.


Breakfast with the Lions in Bandon
    Breakfast with the Lions Club of Bandon and get a Silent Auction, too! At the Barn in Bandon's City Park, on Saturday, February 8 from 8 to 11 am, enjoy the best breakfast in town for $7; $5 for kids.  Feast on sausage, egg scrambles, and all-you-can-eat pancakes, then bid on great items in the silent auction.  There is no cover charge in the  bidding area.
    Contact the Lions Club at 541-347-7126.  All proceeds go to local charities.

“Singing Valentines”

For over a decade, the Gold Coast Chorus barbershop harmony singers have been delivering singing Valentines, delighting  relatives and sweethearts in Coos Bay, North Bend,  Bandon and Coquille.  This Valentine’s Day is Friday, February 14.

For a mere $30, a well-attired quartet will visit your Valentine at home, school or office, perform two love ballads in four-part barbershop harmony, and present her (or him) with a long-stemmed red rose and a charming old-fashioned Valentine card. Then they’ll commemorate the emotional event with a photo of your loved one with the barbershop quartet.

To arrange for a “Singing Valentine” delivery, call Tom Jacobson at 267-7892, John Hubbard at 347-3573, or Tom Young at 297-7939.


Shots for Tots Immunization Clinic
There will be free immunizations for children up to 18 years old who do not have health care coverage on Saturday, February 8 from 10 am to 2 pm.  Sponsored by the Bay Area Rotary Club, the immunizations will be administered at the Coos County Health Department offices, 1975 McPherson in North Bend.


Rotary Talent Show . . .Tickets On Sale Now!

Tickets are on sale now for the Rotary Club’s Coastal Douglas Has Talent! community talent show.  Tickets are only $5 and are available at the Bank of America, Jitterbug N Java, First Community Credit Union, Umpqua Bank and Rotarians.

This year’s show will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2014. The show starts at 6 pm. Doors will open at 5 pm, followed by a Name that Tune contest at 5:30 pm sponsored by Umpqua Bank.

Show highlights include a return of the popular Master of Ceremonies, Kingsley Kelley; an encore performance from Sean Grubb, the 2013 winner; Strange Brew as the house band, who  will play for the audience’s entertainment, Name that Tune, and other times throughout the show. There will also be guest performances again this year featuring Rotarians and Rod Furlott, a 1977 Reedsport High School graduate.

Sponsorships are still available. The talent show is a fundraising event for the Rotary Club of Reedsport and will support its community and service projects. Local sponsorships are also being sought. For more information contact Kathleen Miller at kkmiller@reedsportlaw.com.


Treasure Hunting Season in Gold Beach!

February, March and April are treasure hunting season in Gold Geach!

GLASS FLOATS are “hidden” on our beaches for visitors to discover and keep. Each February-April about 2500 glass floats are “hidden” on beaches for visitors to find.  The floats are hidden weekly and placed above the high surf line on the beach from just south of Kissing Rock wayside to a little north of the Rogue River jetty (approximately 3 miles of beach).  If you find a glass float you get to keep it, plus you also get to enter a monthly drawing at our Visitor Center.  One lucky winner is chosen each month for a vacation package valued at over $300 which includes a one-night stay in a local hotel, a pair of Jerry’s Rogue Jet tickets, and a dinner gift certificate at a great local restaurant. Just check in at the Visitor Center, 94080 Shirley Lane, with your float and enter to win!

The week of Valentine’s Day is special for glass float hunting.  Look for red-colored floats exclusively at this time. Make your Valentine’s Day special this year by planning a storm watching trip and red float treasure hunt with your sweetie.  You could also win a return trip if you are the lucky February drawing winner.

Weather too wild for beach hunting? That’s okay, local merchants can help you find glass float treasures in their shops.  Select local retailers also participate in the treasure hunting. Spend at least $25 in one of the stores and take your receipt* to the Visitor Center to receive a glass float and be entered in the special retailers' monthly prize drawing.  *One glass float per receipt. One entry per month in the monthly prize drawing.

For the GEOCACHING ENTHUSIASTS there are Gold Beach Myrtlewood coins hidden in some of the caches around town. Find the coin and it's yours to keep!  Bring it by the Visitor Center and you will be entered in a monthly drawing.

For more information contact the Visitor Center at 541-247-7526.


PeaceHealth Offers Heart-to-Heart

Peace Harbor Hospital will host the seventh annual women’s health event titled “Heart 2 Heart” on Saturday, February 8 from 9 am to 12:30 pm at the Florence Events Center, 715 Quince Street in Florence. The program will feature a variety of speakers providing overall health information to help women understand and manage the many health conditions facing them today. The highlight of the day will be a premier fashion show hosted by On Your Feet with a Splash!, Bon Jour!, Silver Lining and other local merchants.

The focus of this event is to provide the best experience possible for attendees. “Addressing issues that are important to women, while giving them the opportunity to laugh and live it up a bit are the goals of everyone involved,” says Catherine Rannow, Senior Communications Specialist for PeaceHealth.




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Computer Workshops At Coos Bay Library

BEGINNING COMPUTER MOUSE
Coos Bay Public Library will be offering a BEGINNING COMPUTER MOUSE class for novice computer users. Class will be held on Friday, February 14th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Library’s Internet computers (entrance at 9:15am). Seating is limited so pre-registration is required. The sign-up sheet is available at the Reference Desk in the Library.
This session is designed for users who have no experience using computers or have had trouble using a computer mouse. Attendees will become comfortable using a mouse and an Internet browser. This will be an ideal chance for computer novices to learn the most basic steps to getting on the Internet.
There is no admission charged. Please call 269-1101 for further information on this program.


February Focus on Environment at Coos Bay Library

Each Monday in February, the Coos Bay Public Library will show a film from the “Inherit the Earth Environmentary Series”

Monday, Feb. 10 – “Last Call at the Oasis” (library closed, doors open at 6:40 pm)

This film sheds light on the vital role water plays in our lives, exposes the defects in the current system, and shows communities already struggling with its ill effects.

Monday, Feb. 17 – “Chasing Ice”

Time-lapse cameras in the Arctic capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers, showing ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.

Monday, Feb. 24 – “Surviving Progress”

Explores the concept of progress in our modern world, examining the major “progress traps” facing our civilization in the arenas of technology, economics, consumption, and the environment.

For more information call 541-269-1101 or visit http://bay.cooslibraries.org.


Master Gardener Training Classes Open To The General Public

If you’re interested in improving your green thumb, consider the variety of gardening classes being offered to the general public during the Coos County Master Gardener’s 2014 Training in January, February and March.

Classes are open to drop-in participants and range from botany and entomology to landscaping, water conservation in the garden and sustainable gardening on the coast. Classes are taught by Oregon State University faculty and staff and local gardening experts.

Cost for each 3-hour class is $10, or participants can pay $15 to take both the morning and afternoon sessions on two different subjects. Most classes will be held at the South Coast Education Service District (ESD) office in Coos Bay, with a few being held at the Coos County Extension Service office in Myrtle Point. Drop-in participants will not become certified Master Gardeners but will gain knowledge and connect with local resources and fellow gardeners.

To see the schedule of classes, visit the Extension Service website at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/coos and click on 2014 Master Gardener Training and then on 2014 Schedule of Classes. For more information, or to reserve a seat, call 541-572-5263, ext. 240 or 299.


Bay Area Seniors Computer Club

Regular Meetings are the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month and held at: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1290 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay. Refreshments Visiting & Help Stations 9:15-9:45a.m., Presentation 9:45-11a.m.

Friday Feb. 7 - “Making Computer file Backups” - Terry Stillman will show how to use the Windows backup program to save folders, files, and the Operating System to an external hard drive for safe keeping. There are  options to making backups. These will be discussed. There are also third party backup programs, some you buy, some are free, and some pre- installed on external hard drives. Terry will review his external hard drive with a backup program installed to demonstrate the advantage of it. This presentation should remove the mystery out of making regular backups.

Tuesday Feb. 11 - “Free Computer Workshop” - Need computer help? This is not a class, but a one on one question and answer type help. If you have your own laptop please bring it with you. Stop by the Coos Bay Library’s Cedar Room on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 10 am to noon.

Friday Feb. 21 - “Cloud storage” - Dennis Dater will present using the internet for storage. One such program is Dropbox. What can be stored there? Is it free or paid, how much storage space is provided? These questions will be discussed along with other storage programs that are available. What are the advantages of cloud storage? Can photos or movie clips be stored there for others to view? Come to this presentation to ask questions and learn more about what is available.

There will be time to ask questions at all our presentations.Put this date on your calendar. Attend and be our special guest. Check out our website www.bascc.info. Limited MAC & tablet help is available. For further questions and or information email cbascc@gmail.com. Our motto is “never too old to learn”. Membership is 50 years of age or older.


Sweet Seduction Of Chocolate Class

The Coos County OSU Extension Master Food Preserver volunteers are excited to help you get in a valentine mood as they present a chocolate tasting workshop, “The Sweet Seduction of Chocolate,” on Saturday, February 8, from 10 am to 1 pm.

Taught by Registered Dietitian Stephanie Polizzi, the class will cover the history of chocolate, health benefits, and some things to watch out for when buying and consuming chocolate. Participants will enjoy tasting a wide array of locally-available chocolate, to awaken their senses and please their palates. They’ll also learn how to get the most out of a small amount of fine chocolate (diabetics welcome) and enjoy creating a chocolate craft/gift item.

The class will be held at the Coos County Extension Service in Myrtle Point. Cost is $15, and space is limited so phone registration is recommended. Call 541-572-5263, ext. 292 to reserve a seat.


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Death Notices

Updated February 6, 2014

Lawrence Barnes, 77, of Lakeside, passed away February 2, 2014 at Coos Bay, Oregon. Arrangements are pending under the direction of Nelson’s Bay Area Mortuary, 541-267-4216.

Alan R. Bushaw, 96, of Powers, passed away February 2, 2014 at Myrtle Point, Oregon. Arrangements are pending under the direction of Nelson’s Bay Area Mortuary, 541-267-4216.

Robert W. Celli, 68, of Coos Bay, died February 3, 2014 in Coos Bay. Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.

Lenora “Lorie” Friend, 76, of Coos Bay, died February 2, 2014 in Coos Bay. Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.

SERVICES

A memorial service will be held for Dennis Wheeler on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 11:00 AM at North Bend Chapel, 2014 McPherson Ave. in North Bend. North Bend Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 541-756-0440.

A celebration of life for Janet E. Roberson, 62, of Coos Bay who died January 27, 2014 in Coos Bay will be held Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Sunset Bay Gazebo. Arrangements are under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel. 541-267-3131.

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Free Smoke Alarms 

    The Charleston Volunteer Fire Fighters will be installing free smoke alarms in homes located in the Charleston Rural Fire Protection District. Installation will be  between January 1 and February 15, 2014.

    There will only be 100 alarms available, so it will be on a first come, first served basis. If you would like a smoke alarm installed, please call 541-435-7070, wait for the smoke alarm prompt and leave your name, address & phone number. If yours is one of the 100 homes chosen, you will be contacted for an installation date. 


Local Resources For Veterans 

The South Coast Veterans Assistant Network (SCVAN) is a great networking resource for veterans who are looking for support, help with services, veteran-related activities and events, or just someone to hang out with who knows where they are coming from. Their goal is to “provide a strong network for veterans and community organizations and local, state, and federal government agencies to share news, activities and events to improve the lives of local veterans.” They also coordinate the annual outreach event, Stand Down, to inform and provide social and support services for homeless veterans. SCVAN meets every 2nd Thursday at 1:30 pm at the American Legion Hall, 1421 Airport Way, in North Bend. All veterans and interested parties are invited to attend and give input.

Southwestern Oregon Veterans Outreach (SOVO)  http://sovo4vets.org is located in the mezzanine at Pony Village Mall, Suite 208A, North Bend, OR.  Office Director Mike Brooker told me, “We help any military person who comes back from service who is homeless, who needs clothing or food, or help with the rent.” Contact (541) 756-8718 or visit the website http://sovo4vets.org for more information. If there is an emergency, contact Mike at (541) 848-3536. 

Point Man Ministries is an interdenominational, mission oriented ministry that helps hurting veterans and their families with issues such as housing, transportation, gas, food, or electricity. They also help veterans navigate the VA system in order that they may obtain the benefits that they have earned, and help people connect with counseling services and support groups. They also hold a weekly Bible Study on Issues of PTSD every Tuesday from 4:30pm until 6:30pm, at the Four Square Church in Coos Bay.  Please contact Mark Winders at (541) 404-0785, or Mike Harris at (541) 267-4755 for more information.

FOB 101 is a support group for all returnees from deployment to forward areas. It is an informal gathering that provides a community for veterans of all branches of service, as well as contractors and civilian employees who served on U.S. Government missions deployed to forward areas.   They meet in the mezzanine of the Pony Village Mall in Suite 211, Wednesdays from 6pm till 7:30. For more information, contact Volunteer Peer Facilitator Andy Osborn at (541) 294-6247. On Thursday afternoons from 1pm till 2:30 pm, FOB 101 holds a support group  specifically for family members of military and civilian returnees.  You may contact Carolyn Billman at (541) 297-1288 to learn more. Thursday nights, FOB 101 holds a Vietnam Veterans Support Group. Please contact Mark Winders at (541) 404-0785 for more information on this.

South Coast Hospice is a Level 2 Partner of the We Honor Veterans program. For more info on this program, visit www.wehonorveterans.org. They are recruiting local Veterans to become volunteers, to listen, honor, and relate to their Veteran patients, as well as to assist in fostering awareness of this program in the community. For more information on becoming a South Coast Hospice volunteer, you may contact Debbie Peabody, Community Outreach Manager, at (541) 269-2986, or via email at d.peabody@schospice.org

The North Bend Community Based Outpatient VA Clinic is located at 2191 Marion St, North Bend, OR. They are open Monday-Fridays from 8am till 4:30pm. Call (541) 756-7503 for more information.

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) holds meetings  the 2ND Saturday of each month starting at 1:00 PM, at 1402 Airport Way, North Bend, OR. Please call (541)756-2390 for more information.

Contact the following people for information on other services:

Susan Aviotti, LPC for the Center for Holistic Therapy, provides specialized assessment of and counseling to combat veterans who are dealing with PTSD, depression, or anxiety related issues. She can be reached at (541) 756-7748.

Kay Ducheneaux, CVSO of Coos County Veterans Services (541) 396-3121 x258  or kducheneaux@co.coos.or.us

Heather Partipilo, of the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program, can be reached at 541-751-8518.


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