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Summer Lunch Program Locations and Times

It is that time of year again for summer lunch!! Summer lunch will start on June 26th and run through August 23rd.

Service time will start at 11:15 to 12pm at Blossom Gulch.

All other sites are drop sites:

Millicoma, 260 2nd Ave. Eastside/Coos Bay: 11am-11:10am

John Topits Park, 250 Hull Street, Empire/Coos Bay: 11:20am -11:30am

Woodland Apt., 245 S. Schoneman, Empire/Coos Bay: 11:35am-11:50am

Madison Elementary, 400 Madison St, Empire/Coos Bay: 11:55am-12:05pm

Taylor/Wasson Park, Intersection of Taylor and Wasson, Empire/Coos Bay: 12:10pm-12:20pm

Bayway Trailer Park, 917 S. Empire Blvd., Empire/Coos Bay: 12:25pm-12:35pm

Southwestern Oregon Preppers (SWOP) Meeting

Southwestern Oregon Preppers (SWOP) will be holding a meeting at Noon on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Coos Bay Fire Department, 450 Elrod, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420. 

The main topic is “Getting Lost is Harder Than You Think”.  It is easier to not get lost in the first place.  If you have a compass, you should never be lost. 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

Goey Golf Tournament: Families in the Field

Saturday, June 24 at 10 AM - 12 PM South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve 61907 Seven Devils Rd, Charleston, Oregon 97420

We encourage parents and children to participate together in this special mudflat golfing outing! Come tee off on the mudflats and learn about life burrowing below the surface. Meet at the Charleston Visitor Center. [Max-20] ($Free) Questions? Call: 541.888.5558 x121

Wild Edibles w/ Anders

Saturday, June 24 at 9 AM - 12 PM South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve 61907 Seven Devils Rd, Charleston.

Join local naturalists Anders Hansen and Mark Petri for a botanical hike along Hidden and North Creek trails (about 4 miles). We’ll discuss the eligibility and historical significance of our native plants. A sampling of our native flora, along with recipes, will be presented at the hike’s end. Bring a water, lunch or snacks, a notebook, sturdy shoes, and some questions! [Max-20] ($15/person) Questions? Call: 541-888-5558 x121

Hiking Group To Visit Trails Around Eel Lake

The South Coast Striders hiking group will visit Eel Lake near Lakeside for a couple of walks set to begin at 10 a.m. this Saturday, June 24 in the day-use area at William Tugman State Park. As usual, there will be a long hike and a short hike; both groups will do the 4-mile roundtrip on the hiker/biker trail on the southern shore of Eel Lake, with the longer hike group setting a brisker pace as well as adding distance with a visit to the half-mile section of trail on the lake’s northern shoreline. Both groups will enjoy the peaceful setting and forests of cedar, spruce, hemlock, fir and alder. The lake’s many coves are home to a variety of waterfowl and birdlife.

Eel Lake is also a popular paddling destination and some of the Strider hikers may arrive early for a waterborne exploration of the lake. There’s also a swimming area with a sandy beach. A picnic in the day-use area will follow the hike. Admission is free; get details at, and click on Healthy Hikes. The group’s also featured in an article in this month’s Oregon Coast Magazine.

4 Bridges Day Trails Needs Volunteers To Help Build A Replica Of The Golden Gate Bridge

Contributed By: Janet Robinson, Co-Founder - 4 Bridges Day Trails

4 Bridges Day Trails, (4BDT) a local non-profit organization, is inviting you to be a part of the crew to help build a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge. 4BDT is building accessible trails to give the physically challenged of any age, a new perspective on life. This will be our first bridge. 4BDT is located at 87458 Green Gulch Lane, Bandon, OR. It is exactly 1 mile south of the West Coast Game Farm, or 8 miles south of Bandon on Hwy 101.  Please look for the signs and balloons. All builders’ names will be permanently etched on the bridge.

The Bridge will be nearly 20 feet tall, 70 feet long and 7 feet wide. There will be over 180 feet of 2” nylon rope, 500 feet of 5/8” nylon crabbing rope and 180 feet of 3” conduit. To help bring our bridge to the ‘look’ of the real one, we will need at least 5 gallons of red paint.

The dates are June 23-25, 2017. The times are: 10am to 4pm each day. Floyd & Janet will provide sliced ham & cheese for sandwiches all 3 days. There will be chips, fruit and McDonalds Hi-C Drink to round out the menu.

Please call Floyd Robinson, Executive Director at 541-808-7385, or Janet at 541-294-3690, so we can have an estimated attendance number. Our email address is:, if this would be easier for you. We hope to see you there. 

CV Seed Community June Meeting

CV Seed Community invites you to Celebrate Summer with a Garden Tour on June 24, 2017, at 3 PM.  Board member, Ianto Evans, of Cob Cottage, has volunteered to host summer’s first Garden Tour.  A talk about winter garden planning starts the meeting & we’ll enjoy a Pot Luck after touring the gardens.  Please bring a dish to share & Bring your own beverages.  Bottled water will be provided by CVSC.

The public is welcome. Find us on Facebook or call 541-396-1825 for directions.

Coos Bay Public Library June Events

Award winning storytelling at the Coos Bay Public Library, June 22nd at 2:00pm. Sometimes it’s a hammer, sometimes it’s a story or takes all kinds of tools to build a better world. Anne & Norm Rutherford perform folktales and songs to entertain and inspire in this lively interactive show, fun for all ages.

Furry Friends Meet & Greet at the Coos Bay Public Library, June 29th at 2:00pm. Can dogs “work”? These ones do! Learn about these amazing therapy dogs and what they do. The Furry Friends are an active force in our community— busy healing and helping. Come and meet some of them!

Build a Better World - CBPL’s 2017 Summer Learning Program

Coos Bay Public Library’s Summer Learning Program is back and better than ever! With three different “phases”, and locations to visit all over Coos Bay, the Blueprint for Summer Fun will send you on adventures inside AND outside the pages of a book. As always, there will be prizes to sweeten the deal and fun events and activities all summer long.

The 2017 Summer Learning Program will run from June 16-August 19 and is for all ages—toddlers, children, and adults! For more information, call 541-269-1101 or visit

Sponsored by the State of Oregon and the Ready to Read grant.

Free Discussion About Fishing & Seafood In Oregon

Oregonians love the wild beauty of our 363 miles of coastline, but finding truly local seafood can be hard, even on the coast. The US imports approximately 90 percent of its seafood and ships out nearly as much to the global market. Why aren’t we eating more local seafood, now that preserving and distribution technologies are the most sophisticated they have ever been? Why do we consider seafood more a delicacy now than it has been in the past?

This is the focus of “Fish Tales: Traditions and Challenges of Seafood in Oregon,” a free conversation with Jennifer Burns Bright on Wednesday, June 28th 2017 at 6pm at The Langlois Public Library, 48234 Hwy 101 Langlois, Oregon. This program is hosted by The Langlois Public Library and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.  For more information call the Langlois Public Library at 541.348.2066.

Building Blocks of Health Insurance

Coos Bay Public Library will co-host an informational presentation on health insurance in Oregon by Israel Estrada of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. This presentation will be held on Tuesday, June 27th from 5:30-7:30pm in the Myrtlewood Room at the Coos Bay Public Library. 

What is the difference between Medicare, OHP, individual, and family plans? Israel will discuss the different types of health insurance plans available to Oregonians. Come to the library for an explanation of benefits and get a better understanding of terminology and eligibility.  There will be time at the end for your health insurance-related questions.

 This event is FREE and open to everyone. Seating is limited; register now! To register call 855-268-3767 or email

Safety Town 2017

The Boys & Girls Club of Southwestern Oregon will host Safety Town 2017 from July 17-21st. The week long program introduces 4-6 year olds to safety professionals and teaches basics of fire, water, search and rescue, school bus, pedestrian, and bicycle safety. Registrations are now open for morning program, 9:30 -11:30 a.m., and afternoon, 1-3 p.m. The program is $15 per child if registered by July 1, and includes a graduation t-shirt. Registration forms are available online at, at the Boys & Girls Club office, or email at

Under the guidance of Club staff and volunteer teen instructors, children will learn and practice their safety lessons within a miniature city. Participants are visited by community safety professionals from the Coos Bay Fire Department, Bay Cities Ambulance, Coos 911 Dispatch, Coos Search & Rescue, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Mid-Columbia Bus Company, Coos Bay Police Department, and more.

The Boys & Girls Club of Southwestern Oregon is located at 3333 Walnut Ave., Coos Bay, OR, 97420. The Club office can be reached at (541) 267-3635.

Tech Soup Friday

Maybe we can Help! Bring your device and/or technical questions to the North Bend Public Library for some friendly advice. (No repairs, please). Every Friday from 2-4 pm at the North Bend Public Library.

Summer Afternoons at the Marshfield Sun Printing Museum

Why do we call capital letters “upper case” and the other letters “lower case”?  Where does “mind your p’s and q’s” come from?

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.

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.  Sun 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 in Coos Bay.  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.

Coos Bay Public Library Kicks Off A New Monthly D-I-Y Domestic Arts Series

Coos Bay Public Library kicks off a new monthly D-I-Y domestic arts series on Saturday, April 8th at 1:00 p.m.  Attendees can indulge their inner domestic diva with these lively presentations by local professionals followed by a simple hands-on project.

Saturday, July 8th - HERB GARDENING presented by Coos County Master Gardeners

This free program, sponsored by the Friends of Coos Bay Public Library is open to the public.  For more information call 541.269.1101 or visit  The library is located at 525 Anderson Avenue.

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 June 22, 2017

Dan Alan Briggs, 62, of Bandon died June 17, 2017 in Bandon. Arrangements are under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel. 541-267-3131.

Mattie Evelyn Japp, 97, of Coos Bay, passed away June 15, 2017 in Coos Bay. Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.

Laverne Laymon, 91, of Coos Bay, passed away on June 20, 2017 in Coos Bay. Arrangements are under the care of North Bend Chapel, 541-756-0440.

Judith L. Plunk, 55, of Coquille, passed away on June 17, 2017 in Coquille. Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.

Helen Betty Ramirez, 91, of Coos Bay, passed away June 13, 2017 in Coos Bay. Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.

Otis Eugene Smith Jr., 91, of Coos Bay, passed away on June 19, 2017 in Coos Bay. Arrangements are under the care of North Bend Chapel, 541-756-0440.

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