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Purebred Or Mixed...Would You Like To Earn A Blue Ribbon For Your Dog!

At the Pony village Mall, August 25, 2018

You might be interested in getting a ‘’Title “. This is new for dogs from the American Kennel Club. Its called “Canine Good Citizen” or CGC. It is open for all dogs whether pure bred or mixed. Cost of test is only $10. Once you pass, you will get a CGC certificate and a blue ribbon with photo. CGC collar tags order info.

Our Good Citizen test is very easy. It takes just a few minutes. While your dog is on a leash he has to sit, lie down and come when called. He also has to walk nicely on a leash and meet another dog . With the CGC tag on your collar, you will be very proud of your dog when going out and about!

The CGC program is designed to recognize dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. This rapidly growing American Kennel Club program stresses responsible dog ownership, basic training and good manners. Besides that, Dogs love to please and be taught by their owners!

Most therapy dog groups require passing the CGC as a prerequisite to becoming a therapy dog. Some insurance companies recommend CGC. Owners of apartments sometimes require a CGC for resident dogs. Even RV parks for certain dogs.

Our therapy group, Furry Friends Therapy Dogs will be holding our next test is Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 11am-1pm at the Pony Village Accross from JoAnns. The fee is $10. Please come and join us. or call Joanna at 541-267-6258 or go online to We look forward to seeing you and your dog there! Even if you do not have a dog and would like to see the test, you are welcome.

South Coast Inventors Meeting

South Coast Inventors is a free to attend non-profit organization. Our monthly meeting is at 6:20pm on September 6th, at the Newmark Center, 2110 Newmark Ave, Room 207. For more information visit our site or call 541-366-1677.

Jonathan Sterling, President of Coos Bay Tech will be our next speaker. He will talk about his web/mobile development business. How to create a modern web site, drive traffic to it, integrated to run on mobile devices, and company history. For more information about them check out their site

Our group helps turn your idea into products, improve existing ones or help you to start a new business. Learn to navigate the complicated path of product development, patent search & application plus prototype construction. Everyone uses their expertise to solve problems. This help is ongoing and can continue in future meetings. All meetings attendees must sign a non-disclosure agreement to protect your ideas.

SWOP Monthly Meeting: Survival

Southwestern Oregon Preppers (SWOP) will be holding a meeting at Noon on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at the Bandon Library, Sprague Room, 1204 11th St SW, Bandon, OR 97411.

The main topic is “DISASTER SURVIVAL PLANNING WORKSHOPS FOR FAMILIES”.  This year SWOP will be conducting workshops during the meetings.  Bring your plan to the workshop.  If you do not have a plan to bring that is OK, you will have one to take home when you leave.  Bring paper and pencil.   Attend this workshop to help your family, whether large or small, survive a disaster.

SWOP meetings always start with a question and answer period before the main topic so all in attendance get a chance to participate.

This is a free public meeting to get to know fellow local preppers in southwestern Oregon counties and to exchange information and ideas.  It is important for individuals to understand that they will be “on their own” in the event of a disaster and not to depend on receiving outside help.   Join Southwestern Oregon Preppers on Facebook and/or

Empire School Reunion Info

The annual September reunion of those who attended Empire schools has not been scheduled due to illness of organizers and unavailability of Simpson Park. CONTACT one of us if you are interested in a gathering within the next month or two at an indoor location. Maxene Fuss Grabe: 541-297-5427 (text/phone) or Pauline Roam Schall: 541-294-6274 (text/phone).

Help Our Homeless Veterans

On August 17th, North Bend Airport will host the 9th annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down event.

If you would like to volunteer or set up a provider's table register today at!

If you need any assistance in registration call Carol Gardner at 541-269-2986 or 541-290-1428 or you can call Kystal Heskett at 541-294-5185

Send any e-mail queries you have to:

Oregon State Park Backpack Kits Now Available

Enjoy some outside time with family and friends while exploring our fantastic Oregon State Parks.  Each backpack contains the tools you need to assist in your adventure including: binoculars, maps, field guides, park pass and more!

Kits check out for one week. Topics include: whales, birds, trees, tide pools, rockhounding, marine mammals, hiking, and wildlife.

In partnership, Coos County and Curry County Libraries received a grant from The Oregon Parks Foundation Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation to create sixteen backpacks to encourage people to explore their own state parks.

For more information contact any of the Coos County or Curry County Public Libraries.

Langlois Public Library Events

A representative from South Coast Business Employment Corporation (SCBEC)/WORKSOURCE Oregon will be available the third Tuesday of every month at the Langlois Library. Job Seekers and business representatives are encouraged to stop by to discuss available services. Classroom training and On-the-Job Training programs are available for eligible individuals. SCBEC currently provides Certified Nurses Assistance training at the Coos Bay Corporate Headquarters. Appointments may be made by calling Mo Aakre at 541 751-8506.

The Langlois Public Library now has a nice selection of fiction and nonfiction books to purchase. Come by and look through our hardcover ($1) and paperback ($.50) books. We usually have some free books available as well! 

Langlois Public Library is excited to announce our Summer Book Sale August 17th from 12pm to 4pm and August 18th from 9am to 4pm at the Langlois Public Library on Highway 101.

You are invited to the second annual Langlois Public Library Open House August 17th 11am to 12pm.  We are celebrating our wonderful volunteers with coffee and pastries. This will also be the time for our Summer Reading Program participants to pick up their prizes!

For more information contact the Langlois Public Library at 541.348.2066.

Kaleidoscope Play and Learn Playgroups

Coos Bay, OR – Pathways to Positive Parenting at Southwestern Oregon Community College is happy to bring Kaleidoscope Play and Learn Playgroups to the community this summer.

Kaleidoscope Play and Learn groups are weekly facilitated playgroups for young children, ages 0-5. Parents, family members, friends, or neighbor caregivers attend playgroups and help guide social interactions between the children.

These playgroups will be held every Wednesday beginning July 11, 2018 and continuing through August 29, 2018 at Madison Elementary School, 400 Madison St., Coos Bay. Each playgroup will start at 10:00 a.m. and last until 11:30 a.m. Participants are then welcome to stay for the free summer lunch program held at Madison Elementary.

Workshops are provided free of charge. For more information please contact the Family Center at 541-888-1588.

Summer Adventures at the Coos Bay Public Library

Save room in your summer calendar for Summer Adventures at CBPL. Every week through the end of summer, we have exciting events and activities for kids and families. We will kick off with International Reptile Rescue on June 21st and wrap it up with Border Collies on August 18th.

Thursday, August 9 at 2:00pm (kids) and 6:00pm (adults) - Cookies & Canvas: Painting with Miss Julie (registration required)

Saturday, August 18 at 12:00pm - Border Collie International

For a full calendar of events, stop by the library or visit us online at And don’t forget to pick up your reading and activity booklet to earn prizes all summer! Booklets available after June 13th. For more information, call 541-269-1101.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Coos Bay Public Library

Summer Lunch Program Locations and Times

It is that time of year again for summer lunch!! Here are the times and locations for each city participating. Monday thru Friday. No Lunches on July 4th. For kids ages 1-18.

For more information visit or text 'food' to 877-877 or call 2-1-1

COOS BAY - NORTH BEND: June 25th-August 24rd.

Blossom Gulch, 11:15-12:00

Millicoma School, 10:50-11:05

Madison School, 11:40-11:55

Woodland Apartments, 11:20-11:35

Taylor/Wasson Park, 12:05-12:15

Bayway Trailer Park, 12:30-12:40

REEDSPORT - FLORENCE - WALLPORT: June 19th-August 17th

Florence Library, 12:20-12:35

Siuslaw Public Library, 12:20-12:35

LEGO Club 2.0: Robotics at Coos Bay Public Library

Looking for something fun to do during summer break? Interested in robots, computer programming, or LEGO? Check out LEGO Club 2.0: Robotics at Coos Bay Public Library. The library will be hosting weekly robotics demonstrations Mondays from June 25-August 13 at 2:00pm. Check it out and maybe even try some programming yourself! See our full schedule of events at For more information, call 541-269-1101.

LEGO Club 2.0: Robotics is sponsored by the Coos Bay School District.

See the New Exhibit Summer Afternoons at the Marshfield Sun Printing Museum

Why do we call capital letters “upper case” and the other letters “lower case”?  Why do we call news media “the press”?

Find the answer to these and much more any Tuesday through Saturday summer afternoon when you visit The Marshfield Sun Printing Museum on Coos Bay’s historic waterfront. New this year is timeline information about all the past newspapers in the Coos Bay Area.

The Sun’s original—and now historic—printing presses and other fascinating equipment can be viewed up close as skilled volunteers interpret and demonstrate how they work. Printing Museum volunteers also answer questions about the Museum’s exhibits on printing and office technology.

Combine a visit to the Marshfield Sun with a visit to the nearby Coos History Museum for a jam-packed afternoon of interesting local history.

The Marshfield Sun Printing Museum is a unique printing museum located in that building at the north end of Front Street on Coos Bay’s historic waterfront. The unusually shaped building was built as the home for the Marshfield Sun newspaper and print shop in 1911. The Marshfield Sun was a working newspaper office and print shop from 1891 to 1944—and is today essentially as it was left in 1944, with additional exhibits upstairs and on the walls.

The Marshfield Sun Printing Museum’s regular summer hours begin the day after Memorial Day and go through Labor Day: 1pm – 4pm Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free.

Call 541-267-4027 for more information.

Free Summer Sundays At The Bandon History Museum

Visit the museum for free on summer Sundays, starting May 27-Sept 3, courtesy of Best Western Inn at Face Rock and First Interstate Bank. Bring the family and have the kids take the History Detective’s Challenge.

Bandon History Museum is located at 270 Fillmore Ave SE, Bandon. 541-347-2164.

Free Tour at Oregon Coast Historical Railway

766 S. First St  (Across from McDonald’s on HWY 101 N)

Open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9am-3pm. Admission is free. Display includes steam and diesel engines, two vintage cabooses and other equipment that can be boarded. Ring the bells! The museum features photos, equipment and artifacts of railroading and logging industries, as well as a toy train layout for youngsters.

Death Notices

Updated August 16, 2018

Christine Akin, 89, of Lakeside, passed away on August 9, 2018 in Lakeside. Arrangements are under the care of North Bend Chapel, 541-756-0440.

Rose M. Burns, 68, of North Bend, passed away August 6,2018 in Coos Bay. Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.

Alexandria DeVoe, 69, of Coos Bay, passed away August 11, 2018, at Portland. Arrangements are pending under the direction of Nelson’s Bay Area Mortuary, Coos Bay, 541-267-4216.

Dorothy Dickenson, 91, of Coos Bay, passed away August 10, 2018, at Portland. Arrangements are pending under the direction of Nelson’s Bay Area Mortuary, Coos Bay, 541-267-4216.

Thomas Eric Dyer, 64, of Myrtle Point, passed away August 12, 2018 in Coos Bay. Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-313

Edward J. Harwood, 77, of North Bend, passed away August 11, 2018 at North Bend. Arrangements are pending under the direction of Nelson’s Bay Area Mortuary, Coos Bay, 541-267-4216.

Verna Huckler, 87, of Coos Bay, passed away August 8, 2018 at Coos Bay. Arrangements under the direction of Nelson’s Bay Area Mortuary 541 267-4216.

Howard D. Jorgenson, 86, of Coos Bay, passed away August 9, 2018, at Portland.  Arrangements are pending under the direction of Nelson’s Bay Area Mortuary, Coos Bay, 541-267-4216.

Gretchen A. Kean, 96, of Coos Bay died August 13, 2018 in Coos Bay. Memorial services will be announced and held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel 685 Anderson Ave. 541-267-3131.

M. Irene Mousley, 94, of North Bend, passed away August 9, 2018 at North Bend. Arrangements under the direction of Nelson’s Bay Area Mortuary, Coos Bay, 541-267-4216.

Gordon R. Strasenburgh Jr., 77, of North Bend, passed away on August 7, 2018 in North Bend. Arrangements are under the care of North Bend Chapel, 541-756-0440.

Eric A. Von Stein, 64, of Lakeside, passed away on August 10, 2018 in Lakeside. Arrangements are under the care of North Bend Chapel, 541-756-0440.

A memorial service for Billy A. Markham, 78, of Coos Bay who died August 1, 2018 in Coos Bay will be held Saturday, August 18, at 1:00 PM at Cornerstone Church of the Nazarene in the Coos Bay Senior Center building 886 S. 4th St. Coos Bay. Arrangements are under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel 685 Anderson Ave. 541-267-3131.

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