Memory Café Being Offered In Coos And Curry County
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A memory café is an informal social gathering for older adults living with memory loss and their care partners. Memory cafés are designed to be a casual, stress-free gathering to allow care partners the opportunity to relax and socialize with others in their same situation. Memory cafés provide a safe, supportive space where activities are not dependent on flawless memories. Coffee and snacks will be provided, and there is no cost to attend. However, this is not a care facility, and care partners are required to accompany their partners.

This pilot project is funded by an Elder Service Innovation Grant from OHSU’s Office of Oregon Rural Health grant. The project is the work of Drea Douglas (North Bend Public Library), Kelli Bosak (North Bend Medical Center), and Lualhati Anderson (Oregon Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative). They hope to find community partners who will host cafés as well, with a goal of having at least one memory café every week in Coos and Curry Counties.

Memory Café Coos is held the first Wednesday of every month from 10:30 AM to noon, and Memory Café Curry meets at the same time on the third Wednesday of every month. Memory Café Coos is held at the North Bend Public Library, and Memory Café Curry is held at the Curry Public Library in Gold Beach. Memory cafés are designed both for people experiencing memory issues as well as their care partners. Care partners may include but are not limited to spouses, siblings, children, or friends. Memory Café Coos and Memory Café Curry will be staffed by qualified healthcare providers (LCSW), library staff, and volunteers.

For more information about Memory Café Coos, please see @MemoryCafeCoos on Facebook, email memorycafecoos@gmail.com, or call the North Bend Public Library at 541-756-0400. For more information about Memory Café Curry, call the Curry Public Library at 541-247-7246.

Coos & Curry County - Their Rights Your Voice Volunteers Needed
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You can make a difference! The Long-Term Care Ombudsman program is an independent state agency serving our local long-term care facility residents? Coos and Curry Counties are desperately searching for volunteers for this lonely, vulnerable population.

Ombudsman’s reward is the smile on a resident's face as you are the only visitor they see that week, month or that year! A willingness to advocate for our forgotten elderly and a five day training program starts you on a journey knowing you are making a difference in someone’s life and giving back to the community. Aside from the training, a certified ombudsmen must be over 21, pass a background check and be able to volunteer 16 hours a month. The training is interactive on ZOOM  in your own home. Zoom training does require access to a computer and a good Internet connection. Come join us!

For training, an application process must be completed. Submit an application either online or by mail or fax, be interviewed, reference checked, and a Criminal Records Check. Please consider helping some of your most vulnerable community members!

You may contact one of our local Ombudsmen directly- Edith Lanuza  541-756-5730 or Susann Steinberg  541-267-0892

Or to apply,  (800) 522-2602 or email ltco.info@oregon.gov.

Return Of The Empire Classic Science Fiction Film Festival at the Dolphin Playhouse
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Mark your calendar for March 1-3 when another Classic Science Fiction Film Festival will be held at the Dolphin Playhouse theater in the historic Empire District of Coos Bay, 580 Newmark Ave. In addition to showing 4 films, the festival includes special presentations before each show, door prizes at the end and more in between. From dedicated fans to those new to the genre, the festival will have something for everyone.

Events start the evening of Friday, March 1, at 6:30 PM. Two films will be presented Saturday, March 2, at 1:30 and 6:30 PM. A matinee Sunday, March 3, at 1:30 PM will conclude the festival.

This time the festival will feature some of the iconic 1950s works from Producer George Pal and special effects wizard Ray Harrryhausen. The films will be “Destination Moon” Friday night, “It Came From Beneath The Sea' (matinee)' and “Earth vs. The Flying Saucers” Saturday, then “The War Of The Worlds” Sunday. The Dolphin recently installed a new 16x9 ft projection screen wall and laser projector that provide a vivid film viewing experience. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door with a discount for a full-festival pass. See details at thedolphinplayhouse.com.

Home and Garden Show, March 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
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The Home Builders Association is excited to announce our upcoming Home & Garden Show March 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2024. With over 100+ experts specializing in making your project ideas come true! Meet with builders, contractors, remodelers, and landscapers while enjoying great food and local breweries. With live in-booth presentations, door prizes, and demonstrations, there’s something fun for everyone!

The only show of its kind in the Umpqua Valley, The Home & Garden Show! March 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, 2024!

Sponsors: Buck’s Sanitary Services, Addcox Heating Center, Southern Septic Services, The Mary Gilbert Group, Keller Williams Realty, Umpqua Sheet Metal, Two Shy Brewing, Energy Trust of Oregon, Lotus Media Group

Event Location: Douglas County Fairgrounds, Douglas Hall & Conference Hall

Show Hours: Friday, March 1st 10:00 am - 6:00 pm • Saturday, March 3rd 10:00 am- 6:00 pm • Sunday, March 5th 10:00 am- 4:00 pm

Admission: $5 admission or $4 with 1 can of food in partnership with UCAN • Veterans and Seniors 65+ free admission on Sunday

Friday, March 1st - Visit all 6 sponsor booths and get your Passport stamped for a chance to win a two-night stay in a fireside cabin at Diamond Lake Resort! The lucky winner will be announced at the close of the show Sunday, March 3rd.

Saturday, March 2nd - Vote for your favorite outdoor furniture as local schools in Douglas County compete in our third annual build off challenge! All furniture will be silently auctioned at the show and proceeds raised will go back to each participating school. The 1st place winner will be announced Sunday, March 3rd at the close of the show. Also, Saturday is Family Day with a primary focus on reaching out to families looking for home and outdoor projects. Be sure to catch an in-booth presentation happening all three days of the show!

Sunday, March 3rd - Take advantage of Seniors and Veterans Day by getting into the show absolutely worry free!

Admission is on us!

Visit www.umpquavalleyhba.org for more details.

Holly hack-a-thon End February 29th!
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Contributed by: Coos Watershed Association

This might be our most fun invasive species event yet! The goal is simple: reduce the number of invasive English holly plants in our watershed. To make this more fun, we are pairing up with the woodworking experts at the Oregon Coast Artisan and Trade Education Collective (OCATEC). The winning holly trunk will be turned into something made out of holly wood!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

1. Watch the informational video here: https://youtu.be/nJ35TRR6D2c

2. Remove the largest diameter holly you can find, using saw or chainsaw. Document the latitude and longitude of the removal site.

3. Trim off all the branches and remove all the berries--it is important that the berries stay with the stump and are NOT transported! (refer to instructions in the video)

4. Bring the holly to OCATEC (64505 Seven Devils Road, Coos Bay, OR, located in the old Charleston School). Look for the Holly hack-a-thon drop-off flyer.

5. Fill out the contact information sheet and attach it to your holly trunk. Place the hacked holly underneath the drop-off flyer.

6. Repeat! There is no limit to the number of entries!

HOW TO WIN: If you submit the holly trunk with the widest diameter, you will be our winner and can choose either a holly-themed wood-working class at OCATEC or a hand-crafted item (both utilizing your holly wood submission!).

PHOTOS: We'd love to get some action shots of you chopping down holly! If you get any, please send them along to kklietz@cooswatershed.org.

If you find yourself with a holly trunk that is big, we will take any part of it--branches, trunk, whatever you can safely cut and transport. And if you get to that stage and need help with the transport to Charleston, let us know.

If you have any questions, contact Kara at kklietz@cooswatershed.org or (541) 888-5922 Ext 311

Business News: Meet the Jordans
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Contributed by: Cruise Planners

Daniel & Pamela have lived on the Oregon coast of Coos Bay for over two decades, we moved from Tallahassee Florida to experience the beautiful Pacific Northwest. We love to travel and our passion to help others travel has lead us to Cruise Planners.  We are excited and eager to take the stress out of planning a travel adventure for you and your family.  We are a full service Travel Agency and can help with all of your travel needs.

Cruise Planners has a tremendous reputation for quality, service, and very competitive pricing for ALL of your travel needs. Cruise Planners travel advisors will help you discover exciting adventures around the world. From cruises to land tours and completely packaged vacations, we specialize in all types of travel and will create an unforgettable vacation just for you. www.jordansjourneys.com

Free Public Contra Dance in North Bend Saturday, March 2nd
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Experience the joy of friendly social dancing to great live music at a public dance in North Bend this Saturday. All dancers are welcome at the Bay Area Contra Dance starting at 7pm on March 2nd. This special event is sponsored by the South Coast Folk Society and will be held at the North Bend Senior Center Community Room. Join us for a light-hearted community gathering appropriate for all teens and adults. There will be great live music all evening, plus dance instruction and calling. This event is free, and open to everyone 12 years and up. New dancers are welcome. No prior experience or partner is required at this alcohol and tobacco free event.

Contra Dancing is joyful and easy to learn, like an old time barn dance. It’s a delightful way to dance and socialize to invigorating music. Come swing your partner and do-sido to the foot-stomping music of Celtic Bay. Lorie Bunyard and Paul Poresky will be your hosts, providing new dancer instruction at 7pm, and dance calling all evening. Wear casual clothes and comfortable dance shoes. Please join us on the dance floor, or relax and enjoy fine music.

Many thanks to the North Bend Senior Activity Center for hosting the monthly Bay Area Contra Dances. The tables will be cleared to make room for all the dancers and musicians in this spacious facility. The center is open to all ages and is located at 1470 Airport Lane in North Band. Save the date. Doors open at 6:45, lessons at 7, dancing 7:30. There will be refreshments available all evening. Contact Paul at 541-404-8267 for more information, or visit southcoastfolksociety.com.

Coos Bay Schools Community Foundation Awards Grants to Staff Totaling $37,653
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Contributed By: Coos Bay Schools Community Foundation

The Coos Bay Schools Community Foundation (CBSCF) is proud to announce the funding of 37 grants worth $37,653 to programs in Coos Bay Public Schools.

The various grants funded were in  response to staff requests for students across all the grades. Some items supported by grants were the purchase of apparel replacements for Marshfield High School’s Symphonic and Marching Bands, PE equipment for Marshfield Junior High School, science lab equipment for Sunset Middle School, and classroom book sets for students at both Eastside and Madison elementary schools.

Special awards also came from the Coach Mac Legacy Funds, the Kay Lorence Memorial Fund, and the Stan Sweet Legacy Fund. These endowments were set up in the names of loved ones who championed causes near and dear to their hearts such as athletics, literacy and special events for junior high students. Some of the endowments set up with the Community Foundation are restricted while others are not. The beauty of individual endowments is that the donor can articulate the direction on how funds are used to help benefit students.

The Coos Bay Schools Community Foundation was formed during 2007 to promote programs in the arts, academics, activities and athletics for the benefit of the students attending the Coos Bay School District by raising funds through community partnerships. The Foundation is a community-based, notfor-profit organization separate from the Coos Bay School District. To learn more about the Coos Bay School Community Foundation and how you might help, visit the CBSCF website, www.coosbayschoolsfoundation.org

Volunteers Needed at NB Senior Center
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Contributed By: North Bend Senior Center

Are you looking for a meaningful way to give back to your community and make a difference in the lives of seniors? If so, we have an opportunity for you!

The North Bend Senior Center is a nonprofit organization that provides a safe and inviting environment for seniors to gather together and participate in activities that enhance their physical and mental wellbeing, as well as give them the opportunity to socialize with other seniors.

We offer a wide range of programs and activities, such as:

• Bunco, Bingo, Folk Dancing, Tai Chi, Chair Yoga, Card Clubs, Chess Club, Photography Club, Ukelele Group, Zumba, Book Club, Walking Group, and a Lunch Program.

• A quarterly Artisan Craft Sale where seniors can showcase and sell their handmade products.

• Events, presentations, and programs to support our senior community.

We are always looking for volunteers to help us with our mission. We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at the center, such as:

• Helping with our lunch program, which serves nutritious meals to seniors four days a week.

• Assisting at our bingo games, which are a popular and fun way for seniors to win prizes and socialize.

• Leading or teaching special projects, such as bridge, crafts, and activities that match your skills and interests.

• Serving on our board of directors, which oversees the management and direction of the center.

Whether you are available for one hour a month or 3-4 hours a week, we operate on the support of our volunteers. You are needed!

Volunteering at the North Bend Senior Center is a rewarding and fulfilling experience. You will have the opportunity to:

• Make new friends and build relationships with seniors who appreciate your time and effort.

• Learn new skills and share your talents and knowledge with others.

• Have fun and enjoy yourself while doing something good for your community.

If you are interested in volunteering at the North Bend Senior Center, please contact us. Leave a message at 541-756-7622 or email northbendseniorcenter@gmail.com. We are also on the Coos County Area Transit (CCAT) Bus Route, so getting to us is easy and convenient.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Free Build Using Lego® Building Blocks at the Coos Bay Public Library
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Looking for a rainy-day activity? This winter, the Coos Bay Public Library will offer a series of building programs using Lego® building blocks. The program will be offered the first Saturday of every month (March 2) from 12:00pm until 1:30pm. Participants will use the library’s brick collection to create. All children under the age of twelve must be accompanied by an adult.

For additional information about programs being offered by the Coos Bay Public Library please contact the library by calling (541) 269-1101 x 3606 or visit the library’s website at https://www.coosbaylibrary.org.

Dance and Fitness Class in North Bend – A Free Public Class
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The South Coast Folk Society invites all dancers, and would-be dancers, to our free fitness class every Monday morning beginning Monday, January 8th, at 9:00AM in North Bend. Women and men, young and old, are all encouraged to join the fun as we learn a variety of invigorating beginner-friendly dances from the United States and around the world. Singles and couples are all welcome. No prior experience is necessary.

We meet every Monday for eleven weeks for this popular gathering. Each class is special, so please come when you can. Skilled instructors will guide you every step of the way. The dances are easy to learn and appropriate for all ages. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy beautiful music and joyful movement in a friendly social environment.

We meet at the North Bend Senior Center for this free series of classes. The center is located at 1470 Airport Lane in North Bend. Casual clothes are recommended, and comfortable dancing shoes. The class features dances from America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Dance styles include circle dances, line dances, partner dances and sets. All are basic beginner level dances, fun to do and easy to learn. For more information about the classes, call Paul Poresky at 541-404-8267.

2024 Biennial Student Art Exhibit and VISION High School Art Competition
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Coos Bay, OR- Coos Art Museum invites you to attend the opening reception for its 2024 Biennial Student Art Exhibit and VISION High School Art Competition, Friday, February 23 from 3:30 to 4:30pm for the VISION Exhibit, and 5-6pm for the Student Biennial Exhibit. The exhibition will run from February 23 through April 14, 2024.

Every other year CAM hosts the Student Art Exhibit featuring the artistic endeavors of our communities’ youth in one place. This exhibit includes artwork in multiple media created by students from pre-school through 12th grade from participating South Coast regional, private, and home-schooled students. The exhibition is being held in the Maggie Karl and Perkins Galleries on the first floor of the museum.

CAM is also pleased to announce our annual VISION High School Art Competition for 2024, on view from February 23 through April 14. VISION is underwritten by the Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation, and provides cash prizes, as well as a two-year tuition waiver for Best of Show, 1st, and 2nd place winners.

Both exhibitions are free and open to the public through March 22. From March 23- April 14 we will be suggesting our standard admission fee, with all proceeds going to CAM’s Art Cart in the Park program.

For more information on VISION 2024, or on Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation, please visit socc.edu/foundation.

Coos Art Museum has been a cultural focal point of Oregon’s scenic Southern coast since 1966. It occupies an historic 1936 Art Deco US Federal Building in downtown Coos Bay. The museum offers a wide range of arts activities including exhibitions, art classes, and lectures. Winter hours are: 11:00am-4:00pm Tuesday through Friday, and 1:00pm-4:00pm Saturday and Sunday. Closed Mondays.

Museum admission: $5 general, $2 students, veterans, and seniors. Free to museum members.

Veterans Affairs S.A.V.E. Training – Four Ways You Can Help a Veteran in Crisis
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Veterans Affairs S.A.V.E. Training – Four Ways You Can Help a Veteran in CrisisCoos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College Veterans Center presents “VA S.A.V.E. Training,” Friday, March 1, 2024, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, with time for questions after the presentation.

This free training will be held on Southwestern’s Coos Campus (1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay) in the Eden Hall lecture room, and will be streamed live on the College’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/@SouthwesternOR/streams.

Curry County residents can join us for a watch party in the Community Room on the Curry Campus, 96082 Lone Ranch Parkway, Brookings.

What is VA S.A.V.E. Training?

VA S.A.V.E. Training will help you act with care and compassion if you encounter a Veteran who is in crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts. The acronym S.A.V.E. helps you remember the important steps involved in suicide prevention: S - Signs of suicidal thinking should be recognized; A - Ask the most important question of all: “Are you thinking of killing yourself?”; V - Validate the Veteran’s experience; E - Encourage treatment and expedite getting help.

Our presenter is Ariana Ryzebol, MSW, LCSW who is a Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the United States Veteran’s Administration, based in North Bend, OR. She has been in this position for three years. Ariana is from California’s Bay Area and has been in Oregon since 2014. Ryzebol completed her master’s in social work from California State University, East Bay in 2014 and has been licensed as a clinical social worker in the State of Oregon since 2020.

For more information, please contact Shana Brazil, Southwestern’s Veterans Service Coordinator at 541-888-7236 or email sbrazil@socc.edu.

For information regarding Veterans at Southwestern visit: www.socc.edu/veterans.

South Slough Reserve Visitor Center Closure
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Charleston, OR- Due to an issue with the plumbing system, the South Slough Visitor Center and restrooms will be closed until repaired.

The South Slough Visitor Center and restrooms will be closed to public activity from 2/24 @ 3:00 p.m. until further notice due to a breakdown in the plumbing system rendering the restrooms unusable.  During this time, we will be working on getting the building and restrooms open for safe access as soon as possible.

The Oregon Department of State Lands enacted the closure as a public safety measure due to hazards from lack of restroom facilities.  South Slough trails remain open dawn - dusk.

For status updates, visit www.oregon.gov/DSL/ss  541-888-5558 regarding South Slough Reserve

Fertilize Your Mind Garden Seminar
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Registration forms are now available for the 20th annual “Fertilize Your Mind” garden seminar set for Saturday, March 30, 2024, at The Mill Casino • Hotel.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Dave Kollen, Xerces Society Ambassador.

Following the keynote presentation will be three class sessions, each with a selection of three informative classes to choose from, presented by experienced and practical speakers. Some of the topics include “Hanging Baskets,” “Cooking with Herbs,” “Raising Red Wiggler Worms as Pets and Partners: Creating Vermicompost,” “Native Species Propagation and Maintenance,” and “Native Landscaping in the Southern Coast Ecorange” as well as four more to choose from.  Local nurseries, landscape companies and other businesses will display goods and services in the lobby for perusal throughout the day, while the Master Gardeners will staff a Plant Clinic table to answer gardening questions during breaks and the lunch period. A selection of free gardening/seed catalogs will also be available.

The registration fee of $45 includes the keynote address, three lecture sessions, and lunch will be included again this year. To register, contact the Coos County Extension Office at 541-572-5263, stop by the OSU Extension office at 631 Alder St. in Myrtle Point, or register online at https://beav.es/co6 .  You may also register the morning of the event, beginning at 8:00 a.m., but class selections may be limited and lunch selection will be limited to first come first served.

This seminar is sponsored by the Coos County Oregon State University Extension Service and the Coos County Master Gardener AssociationTM. Direct any questions to Master Gardener Coordinator Samantha Clayburn at 541-572-5263, ext. 25299 or Samantha.clayburn@oregonstate.edu

Do YOU remember the Mingus Park Scout Cabin
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Contributed By: CoCo Sutton

The City of Coos Bay Parks Commission “Adopt A Park Pilot Program” is raising funds and awareness for upgrades to the 1940 Work Progress Administration [WPA] Scout Cabin located in Mingus Park. For 83 years, it has been the setting for local scouting events; community dances and meals; meeting space for service and Veteran organizations; hosted birthday parties and memorial services; and lots of fetes in between.

In a wooded setting in Mingus Park, this unique vertical D-log cabin features an interpretation of a Native American totem, outdoor access restrooms, large stone wood burning fireplace and decades of scout memorabilia on the walls. It can still be rented by a day use permit from the City of Coos Bay Public Works & Community Development Department at the city hall.

In what was then called Paul Bunyan Park, the Scout Cabin & Community Building became a reality in after 7 months construction and opened for use in July of 1940 after 2 years of planning. It was built using local materials and the hard work of local scout groups and sponsors, community service organizations, a Marshfield High School art student and industrial arts instructor, City of Marshfield leaders, city engineers, and WPA workers.

Would you like to donate to the upgrades for the 2024 work? Do YOU have photos of the cabin between 1939-1979 we can use? If you are interested in submitting pictures to use for grant applications or donating funds for upgrade projects, contact adoptapark@coosbayor.gov. Thank you!

Scholarship Applications Available
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The local court of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Our Lady of the Sea, Court #2405 will again be offering scholarships for 2 women, ages 25 years or older, for the amount of $1,500 each.

Applicants must be a resident of the Oregon South Coast, from Florence to Brookings and plan on registering for classes in the fall of 2024 or use the scholarship within 2 academic years (Sept-June).  The scholarship funds can be used for tuition, special fees or books at a college of any level or vocational school. There is no restriction of race or religion.

Applications are available at Holy Redeemer and St Monica's church or applicants can contact Susan Kulick at 541-297-0552. Applications must be completed and submitted by April 15, 2024.

Parkinson’s Support Group at CB Public Library
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The Coos Bay/North Bend Parkinson’s Support Group has moved its monthly meeting to the Coos Bay Public Library, Myrtlewood Room, 525 West Anderson Avenue, Coos Bay. The support group meets on the second Thursday of each month from 1pm-2:30pm and is sponsored by Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon (PRO). Local contact information: Aaron - 541-808-1336. Learn more about PRO’s services at www.parkinsonsresources.org

Monthly Children’s STEM Group At The North Bend Public Library
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The North Bend Public Library is offering a monthly STEM group for children ages 8-12 called "Explore and Experiment." This monthly group will investigate STEM concepts using experiments, discussion, and problem-solving. This month, participants will explore simple machines by constructing a claw machine using paper cups and a straw. Registration is required. To register, please go to https://forms.office.com/r/qYKic6K6xd.

Explore and Experiment is held the first Monday of every month at 4:00 PM, starting February 5. WHERE This event will be held in the Meeting Room at the North Bend Public Library. Explore and Experiment is a monthly STEM group for ages 8-12. For more information, visit www.northbendlibrary.org or call (541) 756-0400.

Volunteers Needed for 2nd Saturday Cleanup Project for North Bend
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Come spend a couple of hours with the Oregon Bay Area Beautification (OBAB) group and the North Bend Parks Department to help beautify Ferry Road Park and the surrounding area. The 2nd Saturday cleanup will be on Saturday, March 9.

Volunteers will meet at Ferry Road Park, at 496 Park Ave, North Bend. The clean up effort is from 1pm-3pm, with sign-ins starting at 12:45pm. Clean up focus will be invasive plant removal, trail maintenance and litter removal. Please dress appropriately for working outdoors. Bring a shovel if you would like to help plant trees, work gloves, cutting tools for shrubbery, trash grabbers if you have them, water, and sunscreen. Trash bags and the disposal will be taken care of.

This is a kids and family friendly event. Youth under 18 need to have a release form signed by parent/guardian. Kids 14 and under will need adult supervision. Contact OBAB for details

Join OBAB for Community Cleanups every 2nd Saturday starting from January-November in 2024. Visit 4obab.org to see the full schedule and updates. Look for OBAB on Facebook, Instagram, and Nextdoor! Email volunteer@4obab.org for more info.

Oregon Bay Area Beautification (OBAB) is a registered and approved 501 (c) (3) organization.

US Coast Guard Auxiliary offers a Boating Class
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Contributed By: The US Coast Guard Auxiliary

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct an 8 hour boating safety education course on Saturday, March 23, 2024 in Coos Bay. The course covers the basics of boating safety, required equipment, rules of the road, and Oregon boating laws. A test at the end of the course will qualify boaters for their Oregon Boater Education Card, under the Oregon Mandatory Boater Education Program. The Boater Education Card is required for all motorboat operators of all ages for boats over ten horsepower. Additional provisions apply to youths. The class is taught by certified US Coast Guard Auxiliary and Oregon State Marine Board instructors. The cost of the course and materials is $15.

Pre-registration is required. To register for the class, please call (541) 267-6152.

Community Yoga With Kelli Bosak
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Coos Bay Public Library, in partnership with yoga instructor, Kelli Bosak, will co-host Community Yoga. Kelli has been practicing yoga and mindfulness for over 16 years. She has taught yoga in community health centers, schools, and jails for adults and families with all levels of experience and abilities over the last 8 years. We meet every 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:00pm. Next class: Thursday, March 14

This virtual Community Yoga class will be a foundational group practice that includes guided instruction (and live demonstration via zoom) of basic postures, simple movements guided by breath, and accessible exercises to build strength and flexibility. Ease of movement, standing postures, supported postures, and some passive stretches will be integrated into class. Time will be given to practice breathwork, visualization and meditation. Emphasis is placed on de-stressing the body and mind to help the student find a deep calm and inner sense of wellbeing.

This FREE class is appropriate for all levels. Register for this event @ https://bit.ly/3CbG1VR *Registrants will need to complete a new student & liability form.

CHM First Tuesday Talk – March 5, 2024, D.B. Cooper & the Exploding Whale - William Sullivan
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The Coos History Museum will host the March First Tuesday Talk program, “D.B. Cooper & the Exploding Whale”, on March 5, 2024, from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Join Oregon Author of over 20 books, William Sullivan, for “D.B. Cooper & the Exploding Whale.” You won’t want to miss this night of mysterious and hilarious Oregon folk stories!

This program will be hosted in-person at the Coos History Museum, as well as on zoom, with an admission price of $7 for non-member adults, $3 for youth, $5 for zoom regardless of membership, or FREE for CHM members in person.

Doors open at 5:30 pm with time to explore the museum. Pre-registration is encouraged. Reservations can be made online https://cooshistory.org/event-registration/, by phone at 541-756-6320 or register in person at the museum’s front desk. Walk-ins are welcome for all Tuesday Talk programs!

First Tuesday Talks are sponsored by the Mill Casino.

CVSC Seed Swap + Garden Starting Party this March!
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Contributed By: Coquille Valley Seed Community

Get ready for some fun times this spring as the Coquille Valley Seed Community is joining forces with the Coquille Valley Hospital's Garden Starting Party this year!

We will be holding our annual Seed Swap on Saturday, March 16th from 10 AM - 2 PM at the Garden Starting Party at the Coquille Community Center.  If you are a local producer of seeds/plant/any propagative material, please bring all that you would like to share and make sure your items are clearly marked with plant/seed name and year saved. We will have seed envelopes for you to label the seeds you receive. Because we are joining forces with the Garden Starting Party, there will be so much more garden-related items and activities to enjoy.

Everyone is welcome and remember that you don't need to offer seeds/plants in order to receive them.

If you would like to share your seed list with members beforehand or if you have any questions, please email to coquillevalleyseedcommunity@gmail.com.

If you are interested in being a vendor or want a booth reservation, please contact Beth Heatongrindel at 541-396-1052 or beth.heatongrindel@cvhospital.org.

Southwestern hosts STEAM for TEENS event
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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College invites 7th to 12th grade students to join us for "STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) for TEENS" on March 5, 2024. This science-immersion event will be from 5:30 - 8:00 pm in the College’s health and science building, Umpqua Hall, room 184, on the Coos Campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.

Students will engage with professors in hands-on activities in Physics & Engineering, Chemistry, Geology/Paleontology, and Art. This includes working alongside the College’s SPEAR Student Researchers, who are involved in many STEAM projects. There will also be an opportunity to experience a show in the new Discovery Dome Planetarium. This digital theater space immerses students in a show that takes them on an adventure. STEAM education projects help students visualize career pathways in science, technology, engineering, and math. The “A” adds in the arts, such as humanities, dance, drama, visual arts, and design. When people learn in all these areas together, they gain soft skills that can help grow their ability in out-of-the-box thinking and collaboration.

There is a $25 registration fee paid through Community Education. Please email krystal.hopper@socc.edu to register today. Spots are limited to 15. Scholarships are available.

For more information on this event, registration, and scholarships contact Krystal Hopper Meyers, STEAM Pathways Assistant, at 541-888-7416, or krystal.hopper@socc.edu.

Annual AMVETS Bay Area Post 10 Chili & Cornbread Cook-Off!
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Annual AMVETS Bay Area Post 10 Chili & Cornbread Cook-Off! Saturday,  March 16th 2024 1-3 pm at the Coos Bay Eagles, located at 568 S. 2nd St in Coos Bay.

$10 donation to compete. $5 donation to taste & vote.

Come show off your Chili and cornbread makin' skills!!  Who will take 1st place?? 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place will receive an award.

Water will be available, other drinks available to purchase.

Please follow us on Facebook @ facebook.com/amvets.post10 !

Both AMVETS & Auxiliary meet together on the 2nd & 4th Wed 6:30 pm @ North Bend Senior Center.  6pm social. All guests are welcome.

Fertilize Your Mind Garden Seminar
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Registration forms are now available for the 20th annual “Fertilize Your Mind” garden seminar set for Saturday, March 30, 2024, at The Mill Casino • Hotel.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Dave Kollen, Xerces Society Ambassador.

Following the keynote presentation will be three class sessions, each with a selection of three informative classes to choose from, presented by experienced and practical speakers. Some of the topics include “Hanging Baskets,” “Cooking with Herbs,” “Raising Red Wiggler Worms as Pets and Partners: Creating Vermicompost,” “Native Species Propagation and Maintenance,” and “Native Landscaping in the Southern Coast Ecorange” as well as four more to choose from.  Local nurseries, landscape companies and other businesses will display goods and services in the lobby for perusal throughout the day, while the Master Gardeners will staff a Plant Clinic table to answer gardening questions during breaks and the lunch period. A selection of free gardening/seed catalogs will also be available.

The registration fee of $45 includes the keynote address, three lecture sessions, and lunch will be included again this year. To register, contact the Coos County Extension Office at 541-572-5263, stop by the OSU Extension office at 631 Alder St. in Myrtle Point, or register online at https://beav.es/co6 .  You may also register the morning of the event, beginning at 8:00 a.m., but class selections may be limited and lunch selection will be limited to first come first served.

This seminar is sponsored by the Coos County Oregon State University Extension Service and the Coos County Master Gardener AssociationTM. Direct any questions to Master Gardener Coordinator Samantha Clayburn at 541-572-5263, ext. 25299 or Samantha.clayburn@oregonstate.edu

South Slough Reserve Activities
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Unless otherwise noted, all programs begin at the South Slough Reserve Visitor Center, located 4 miles south of Charleston on Seven Devils Road. Programs may be cancelled due to low enrollment or hazardous weather. Activity fees and donations help support youth education programs. Reservations are required for all programs. For more information or to register for a class, please visit: southsloughestuary.org. Questions? Please contact Eric Dean, Education Specialist at (541) 888 - 5558 Ext. 126 for assistance.

Birding at Millicoma Marsh Trail - February 28, 10am-12pm

Come enjoy great views of the bay and one of the best birding spots in Coos County. Interpreter, binoculars and spotting scopes provided. Dress for the weather. Meet in the parking lot directly behind Millicoma Intermediate School on 4th Ave. [Max - 15 participants] FREE

Join Us in Making a Difference
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Contributed by DAR - Daughters of the Revolution

The Coos Bay Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution are seeking donations for The Safe Project in Coos Bay. The Safe Project, formerly known as Women’s Safety and Resource Center, provides emergency services in our local community to women, men and children.

Items being sought include:

Hygiene products, trail size

Childrens toys

Clothing, clean and free from rips and tears

Infant items

For a complete list or if you have any questions, please reach out to DAR. Donations can be dropped off at the South Coast Shopper, M-F from 8a-4p, located at 62706 Hwy 101, Coos Bay.

DAR can be reached by emailing: darcoosbaychapter@gmail.com or calling Britney at 541-404-1734.

Samme's Laundry Removes the Wrinkle of Finding a Local Dry Cleaning Service
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As most of you know, something has been missing for residents of the South Coast region since Coos Bay's Wardrobe Cleaners closed it's doors for good during the Covid lock down. That something is affordable, local, Dry Cleaning.

Unless you were willing to head up to the valley, or find a service to do it for you, you were out of luck. Well, the times they are a changing. All thanks to Jolie Birkey, the proprietor of Samme's Laundry & Dry Cleaning. Samme's is located at 11 Michigan Ave. SE in The Ray's Shopping Center in Bandon.

When asked why it was important to her to include Dry Cleaning along with their already popular laundry service Ms. Birkey said, “The reason that I felt the need to integrate dry cleaning into Samme’s Laundry is because we have a need for it in the community, as well as up and down the south coast. Bandon is also home to a world class golf resort with guests that have special care fabrics that may need laundered as well”.

That's just the type of person that she is. She saw a need and addressed it and the entire south coast benefits because of it. The best way to thank her for what she's done is to put her to work for you by calling Samme's Laundry & Dry Cleaning at 541-347-9493. You'll be glad that you did!

¡SPANGLISH!: Spanish Conversational Program
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Coos Bay Public Library will be offering ¡SPANGLISH!: Spanish Conversational Program via Zoom (virtual meeting software) and in-person. We meet twice a month: every first Thursday on Zoom and every third Saturday at the library. February sessions will be on Thursday, March 7 from 5:00pm-6:00pm (Zoom) and Saturday, March 16 from 10:30am-11:30am (Library).

Program is for those who wish to practice their Spanish conversational skills and help other learners in a friendly setting. Attendees will have the opportunity to converse in Spanish as a group for one hour in a casual, informal environment. This is NOT a class, but we will provide ideas for conversational topics. Beginners are welcome. Let’s talk!

This program is FREE and open to anyone who wishes to sharpen their Spanish conversational skills. Register for Thursday Zoom sessions @ https://bit.ly/3bihvqB.

Announcing Auditions For William Shakespeare’s "Anchorman: Herald Of Athens" By John Beane
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“Long ago, in Ancient Greece, in the kingdom of Athens, the land was cursed. Once mighty columns crumbled, the fields lay barren, and the princess Andromeda languished, chained to a rock as a sacrifice to the horrible Kraken as punishment for the pride of mortals. In this moment of destiny one man would brave the wrath of the gods, tame the wild Pegasus, challenge the Kraken and unite the lost souls of the kingdom. That man was called Perseus. This is not his story. This story is about the man that reportedly reported the report of that story.”

The Liberty Theatre announces auditions for William Shakespeare’s ANCHORMAN: HERALD OF ATHENS. The Shakespearean satire is for mature audiences and is written and directed by John Beane. Auditions are Tuesday March 19th at 6:30pm at the Liberty Theatre, 2100 Sherman Avenue, North Bend, Oregon. 541-756-4336. www.thelibertytheatre.org

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Sides will be available online at www.thelibertytheatre.org in March. In addition to Shakespeareanized satirical ancient greek versions of many of the beloved characters from the film (Ron, Veronica, Champ, Brick, Fantana, Heraclitus and the rest of the gang), the play also features fantastical characters from Greek myth including Medusa, the Minotaur, and a Dwarf whose name we can’t say here in good taste but will say repeatedly throughout the show. All roles are open.

Mighty crew members also sought! Looking for stage crew, seamsters and seamstresses, set crew, stage management and more. For more information please contact the director at johnjbeane@gmail.com. Performances are May 24th - June 9th.

Southwestern calls for Distinguished Alumni nominations
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COOS BAY, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College is seeking the community’s help to honor graduates who have gone on after college to improve their professions, education, communities, and the world. Each year since 1992, the College has requested nominations for a distinguished alumni.The College is accepting nominations for 2024 through April 1. To be eligible, nominees must have graduated with a degree or certificate, or have completed a minimum of 60 credits from Southwestern.Past recipients have included leaders in education, the arts, Native American tribes, business and finance, research, health care, and the military. Today, Southwestern’s graduates continue to distinguish themselves in professions and innovative efforts to build friendships around the globe. The College wants to celebrate these individuals who have contributed selflessly to improving society. Please consider nominating alumni for the recognition they deserve.To read more about past recipients, go to Alumni News at www.socc.edu/alumni-news/.To download the nomination form, go to: https://www.socc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/dist_alumni_nom_fillable.pdfPlease submit nomination forms by April 1 to: alumni@socc.eduOr mail them to:Southwestern Oregon Community College c/o President’s Office1988 Newmark Ave.Coos Bay, OR  97420

What’s NEW With Compostable Plastic Dog Waste Bags In Parks?
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Contributed By: CoCo Sutton

The City of Coos Bay Parks Commission “Adopt A Park Pilot Program” has successfully raised funds for three dog waste bag dispenser stations in John Topits Park that contain 100% plastic-free, compostable bags.

We would like to thank the three community donors who provided funds for these stations: Cape Arago Audubon Society, Jamie Fereday, and one anonymous donor. The main goal of this program is to reduce plastics in the environment and to educate pet owners regarding the availability of alternatives to plastic dog bags.

All plastics eventually get broken down into tiny particles or micro-plastics. These particles have been linked to neurological, heart, and fertility issues.

Program organizers are looking for feedback from park trail users with or without pets as to the impact of these bags and their dispensers/bins in recreational experiences. You can respond anytime to adoptapark@coosbayor.gov with your feedback. Thank you for supporting your local parks by keeping it clean & green!

Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation Opens Scholarship Applications for the 2024-25 Academic Year
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Coos Bay, OR – The Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation is pleased to announce the annual scholarship application period is now open. Any credit-seeing student thinking of attending Southwestern during the 2024-25 academic year is encouraged to apply January 1 – March 1, 2024, at www.socc.edu/scholarships.

With just one application, both part-time and full-time students can apply to more than 100 scholarships offered. Applications submitted by 11:59 p.m. on February 1, 2024, will be eligible to qualify for a $1,000 “early bird” scholarship. All scholarship applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on March 1, 2024. There are no exceptions to this strict deadline.

Thanks to generous donors in our local communities, the Southwestern Foundation awards more than $250,000 in scholarships annually to support students pursuing their education at Southwestern.

All information is available at www.socc.edu/scholarships. For additional help, join one of our drop-in Financial Aid and Scholarship workshops. Representatives will be on-site, readily available to address questions and walk students through various aspects of applying.

Financial Aid and Scholarship Drop-In Workshop Dates:

· Coos Campus, Tioga 301 (1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay):

February 28th @ 2 – 4 pm

Guided by a board of community volunteers, the Southwestern Foundation (www.socc.edu/foundation) organized as a nonprofit organization in 1962, the year after the college started. Since then, thousands of students have attended the college using Foundation scholarships. These awards help students achieve their goals, by breaking down barriers and cultivating the next generation of leaders, thinkers and innovators in local communities, the state and around the world. If you are interested in donating to Southwestern Foundation scholarships visit www.socc.edu/give or call 541-888-7211 for additional information.

For any additional inquiries about the Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation scholarships, please reach out via email at foundation@socc.edu or by phone at 541-888-7209.

Zonta 2024 Scholarships and 70th Club Anniversary
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Contributed By: Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area

In October of 1953 the Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area was formed and has maintained a strong and active presence in our community for 70 years. Club programs have varied from chocolate sales to free school supply distribution plus many, many others. The one consistent program is our scholarship program. The club fundraises annually to support the scholarship program and other education programs. Community support is always strong from local businesses and our neighbors who recognize the advantages of building a better world for women and girls through education.

The Zonta Club invites you to our 70th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, February 17, 2024, 5:30 pm at the Wildflour Pub, North Bend. Zonta is known to throw a good party while raising funds to help others. The dinner and silent auction will support our scholarships and educational programs in 2025-2026. Tickets are $100 and include a buffet dinner, auction and entertainment. To purchase tickets or learn more about the local Zonta Club visit at www.zontacoosbayarea.org

In conjunction with the news of the club’s 70th Anniversary Celebration, the Coos Bay Area Zonta Service Foundation announced this week that applications for 2024-2025 scholarship cycle which total $15,000 are available on their website, www.zontacoosbayarea.org. There are multiple award opportunities including two Zonta Club $3000 Scholarships, one Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) $3,000 Scholarship, and two Student Club $1,500 scholarships. The Student Club scholarship is designated for a Z Club member at Marshfield High School and a Z Club member at North Bend High School.

Zonta International Scholarships available include the Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship and Young Women in Public Affairs Award valued at $1,500 each. The ZI scholarships are progressive scholarship/award opportunities with the local awardee being referred on to the Zonta District level to be considered for additional $5,000 funding. Applications for all scholarships/awards must be received by March 15, 2024. More information is available at www.zontacoosbayarea.org

Donations to the Zonta Scholarship Fund are always welcome and are tax deductible. Donations can be mailed to the Coos Bay Area Zonta Service Foundation, P.O. Box 245, North Bend, OR 97459 or at www.zontacoosbayarea.org

Catering Opportunity at Southwestern Oregon Community College
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COOS BAY, Ore. – Southwestern Oregon Community College is currently looking for food vendors to cater on campus events as needed.

Campus Dining Services and the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute provide and manage food and beverage service programs including catering, special events and summer conference meal service on our Coos Campus. Because of this, these departments have the first right of refusal for catering of all College affiliated events.

To accommodate the volume of requests received, some flexibility is allowed to utilize other means for catering. To help streamline this, the College is looking for food vendors interested in becoming an approved caterer at Southwestern.

To be considered, the vendor must be able to:

Provide Vendor’s Certificate of Liability Insurance for $1,000,000 naming Southwestern Oregon Community College;

Complete a contract with Southwestern Oregon Community College;

Be self-sufficient;

Identify itself as the company catering throughout the event;

Follow additional college policies and regulations as applicable.

We are excited to bring our local businesses, resources, students, and community together.

Interested vendors are encouraged to contact Kyle Croy at 541-888-7220 or kcroy@socc.edu.

Healthy Living - Community Events
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Cooking with the Co-Op: Free Every 4th Thursday. Next one is Thursday, January 25th from 5:30-6:30pm. Sam Baugh & his daughter Alex making homemade pasta.

Toddler Time Music and Movement: Every Friday at 10:30am at the North Bend Public Library. For ages 2-4. Stimulate your toddler's development by using singing, music, dancing, and instruments.

Community Fridge: Visit the Coos Bay Public Library for free produce. Everyone who enters the library will be eligible for free produce.

Memory Cafe Coos/Curry: “Memory Café Coos” meets every 1st Wednesday at the North Bend Public Library and the “Memory Café Curry” every 3rd Wed Curry Public Library in Gold Beach, both at 10:30am-12pm. This is a social gathering for older adults with memory issues and their care partners. Care partners may be spouses, siblings, children or friends. This gathering allows care partners to relax and socialize with others in their same situation. Free to attend. For Info call 541-756-0400 or email memorycafecoos@gmail.com.

Healthy Living - Classes
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ASL Practice Place: Every third Thurs at 12pm on Zoom. Next event: Thur Jan 18th. Go to https://bit.ly/3m6j2WG

Technology, Carbs and Life Tips & Tricks: Open to all individuals with Type 1 Diabetes or family/freinds/caregivers/health professionals who want to learn more. Wed Jan 24, from 4-5 at Bay Area Hospital CHEC Building. Come find out the latest technology, current diet strategies, and new techniques to help manage your Type 1 Diabetes. Questions: Contact the dietitians at Bay Area Hospital at 541-269-8182. Please RSVP to serve your spot.

Free Naloxone Training: at the North Bend Public Library. Monday, February 12 from 4-5:30pm. A free training on how to use naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal medicine. One free nasal naloxone kit will be available to each attendee!

Healthy Living - Support Groups
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PAL Parents (& Families) of Addicted Loved Ones: 1st & 3rd Thursday from 6:30-8pm. PAL is a support group for family and friends that love someone with SUD (Substance Use Disorder) or Addiction.  PAL is open to anyone over the age of 18. For more info contact Tonya at 541-294-7236 or tonyae3569@yahoo.com

Cancer Support Group: 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. at the South Coast Hospice & Palliative Care Services Community Bereavement & Education Center located at 1620 Thompson Road

Breast Cancer: The 2nd and 4th Friday of each month from 1-2pm at the South Coast Hospice & Palliative Care Services Community Bereavement & Education Center located at 1620 Thompson Road, Coos Bay

Parkinson’s Support Group: Are you, a loved one or friend living with Parkinson’s disease? You are not alone. Join to share, learn & connect. 2nd Thurs/month, 1-2:30p, at CB Fire Dept, 450 Elrod, CB. Info: Aaron 541-808-1336

Healthy Living - Exercise & Outdoor Recreation
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Free Dance & Fitness Class: Every Monday at the North Bend Senior Center from 9-10:30am. No prior experience necessary. Singles and couples welcome! For more info call Paul Poresky at 541-404-8267.

Community Yoga: CB Library, in partnership with yoga instructor, Kelli Bosak, will co-host Community Yoga on every 2nd Thurs/month. FREE virtual event on Zoom! Register @ https://bit.ly/3CbG1VR

Out Our Back Door: Read Here

Tai Chi: Every Tuesday and Thursday at the North Bend Senior Center from 9-10am.

Join the Park pack of Coos Bay & North Bend Walking Group: Come join weekly walking events in local parks located in CB/NB, to help participants feel safety in numbers while enjoying the natural beauty & environment of our city parks. Kids & dogs welcome. More Info: Join the Park Pack of Coos Bay & North Bend Facebook Group or call 541-252-9400

Chair Yoga: Every Wednesday at the North Bend Senior Center from 9:30-10:30am.

Zumba/Senior Strength Building: Every Friday at the North Bend Senior Center from 10-11am.

Virtual Chair & Mat Yoga Classes: Mon, Tues, Weds and Thurs, 9am. Chair classes on Mon & Thurs followed by a mat class. Tues & Wed are mat only classes. Info:  dtharsing@gmail.com, Class link: https://tinyurl.com/mvkp99te

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