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Oct 22, 2020 Edition
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    We're Hiring at the South Coast Shopper!


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    Outside Display Sales Representative
    Maintaining existing customer base and acquiring new customers. This job will require going out into the field, meeting with clients, and will include traveling to assigned territories along the Southern Oregon Coast and inland. Recommend appropriate sizes and design for advertising, depending on medium being used. Draw up contracts for advertising work, and collect payments due. Write copy as part of layout. Deliver advertising or illustration proofs to customers for approval. Hours: M-F 30+/-a week.
    Vacation: One week paid vacation after a year of employment. 5 paid holidays.
    Love and dedication for the growth of our Southern Oregon Coast economy and community. Self motivated, team player. Good communication skills in person, phone, and/or email correspondence. The ability to build relationships with customers. The ability to work under pressure and meet targets
    Computer literate with email, internet and Word documents. Reliable vehicle for transportation. Professional, outgoing manner & attitude
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    Guided Trips on South Slough Schedule


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    PHOTO CAPTION: A couple of visitors wander beyond one of shelters along the Millicoma Marsh Trails in Coos Bay's Eastside district.

    By Tom Baake
    The folks who run the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve near Charleston say they're cautiously reinstating some of their popular guided outings – or at least some where social distancing can be maintained.
    Outings include guided paddling expeditions on the reserve's expansive system of waterways, as well as expert-led birdwatching trips to the Charleston Marina area and to the Millicoma Marsh Trails in Coos Bay's Eastside district.
    Reservations are required and fill up fast. October dates for birdwatching tours are full but November dates will be available for registration soon, said organizer Eric Dean. If all goes well, an expanded schedule is in the works for November and December. View a schedule at At this writing, kayak tours are available October 16, 23 and 28. November sessions will include crabbing, said Eric.
    South Slough Trails and waterways remain open every day for those who want to explore on their own or with family and friends.
    As for the aforementioned Millicoma Marsh Trail (MMT) system, it's one of the Bay Area's great "back door" gems, offering opportunities in every season for easy walks and wildlife watching. The trails run atop levees overlooking about 44 acres of freshwater and saltwater wetlands, with vast bay views. Four wooden shelters at strategic points offer benches on which to rest and perhaps spot some of the birds and waterfowl that call this place home or are migrating through. The shelters are wheelchair-accessible.
    As with many of our local parks, the MMT offers nearly-instantaneous relief from town noise and traffic, and seems worlds, not minutes, away. In a sense, it is indeed a world unto itself. Or maybe a more real world. For out here, time is marked by the changing tides, and each season brings unique rewards.
    The tidal marshlands empty and fill in an endless cycle. Songbirds flit and chirp about. Cattails rock peacefully amidst a massive carpet of sedge and rushes. In tiny inlets ducks and geese float by placid or squawking, raising an occasional egret.
    Although much of this area has a wild, natural feeling, the hand of man has been heavy. From the 1930s to the 1980s, dredge spoils from the shipping channel were dumped here. But as the value of wetland habitat was recognized, the remaining marshes were set aside for protection.
    It became a popular outdoor classroom for biology students from adjacent Millicoma Middle School and Eastside Elementary, leading to the development of an interpretive trail along about one mile of levee. A land swap with the Port adjusted some property lines, and a Cape Arago Audubon Society donation helped restore a freshwater wetland. The trail system was extended to create a couple of potential loops.
    The school district keeps the grass and gravel trails mowed and cleared, and there's a variety of bird and bat houses put up by students and birders.
    Reserve organizer Eric said this is the optimal time for birdwatching, as many varieties stop here when migrating: "If you go out there, you're going to see a plethora of waterfowl."
    For further inspiration, visit the MMT website and click on Birds of the Marsh to see excellent photos by Brian Price of more than 60 kinds, both male and female. (The males are nearly always more colorful – the better to attract a mate!)
    Getting There
    From the "Y" intersection on US 101 at the south end of Coos Bay, follow the sign to Allegany, Coos River. Cross the Isthmus Slough Bridge. Once across, bear left (N) on 6th Ave. and follow it 0.5 mile to a "T" intersection with D St. Turn left (W) on D St. and in 2 blocks turn right (N) on 4th Ave. In one block, park in a cobblestone lot above the ballfield or go down the driveway and park by the field. Walk east across the ballfield toward the scoreboard and you'll see signs for the trail. You can take an out and back walk, or make loops. To begin, follow the trail east about 0.2 mile to an intersection with a bench. Keep going east for another 0.2 mile to its end at a wooden shelter. To make the loop, go north from the bench just mentioned and follow the trail north, then west for about a half-mile. At a "Y" intersection, go left (S) back to the ballfield. Or go straight (W), which leads to the White Point area in about 1 mile.
    Whichever route you choose, and whether you go with a group or solo, have fun exploring!

    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of regional guidebooks available at bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center & at
    Rent Relief & Energy Assistance Available


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    In these unprecedented times it becomes more and more important for communities to come together and support each other. If you live in Coos or Curry County and have been affected by the COVID 19 pandemic Oregon Coast Community Action is here to help. We currently have available funding to help you get caught up and back on the right track.
    If you have a compromised immune system or have an elevated risk of infection and vulnerability to your health as it relates to COVID 19, you might qualify for assistance with rent relief and, or energy bill payment assistance.
    For energy bill payment assistance please call 541-435-7080 and speak to one of our knowledgeable front desk staff to obtain an application.
    For rent relief please contact 541-435-7080 extension 370 to speak to one of our Housing Stabilization specialists to see if you may be eligible for assistance.
    Tribe Achieves Landmark Forest Autonomy


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    NORTH BEND, Ore. – The Coquille Indian Tribe will exercise unprecedented autonomy over its forest lands under a newly approved management plan.
    The tribe received formal federal approval last week for its Indian Trust Asset Management Plan, which frees the tribe to manage its forestlands entirely under tribal authority.
    "We're grateful for the opportunity to prove that we can manage a diverse, sustainable forest while generating revenue to meet our people's needs," said Coquille Chairman Brenda Meade. "We're going to show people a better way to do things."
    As America's first federally recognized tribe to achieve this status, the Coquille are uniquely positioned to demonstrate the forest management wisdom learned and practiced by indigenous people from time immemorial.
    The Coquille Tribe has long been recognized for responsible, sustainable forestry, proudly maintaining certification by the Forest Stewardship Council. Darin Jarnaghan, the tribe's natural resources director, said removing the need for federal review of projects gives his team greater flexibility and efficiency.
    "Thanks to its willingness to be a trailblazer in utilizing this project, the Coquille Indian Tribe now can take control of its trust forest land and resources, and manage them in a way that meets their needs," said Tara Katuk Sweeney, the Interior Department's assistant secretary for Indian affairs.
    This important step in tribal self-determination was made possible by 2016's Indian Trust Asset Reform Act. The law created a new pathway to expanded self-determination for tribes willing to undertake the rigorous process of creating the management plan.
    Four years after the law's passage, no other tribe has successfully risen to the challenge.
    "We pride ourselves, as a tribe and organization, in being bold and innovative," said Mark Johnston, the tribe's executive director. "Our FSC-certified forests have been a shining example of tribal forest management that show how timber management and conservation can coexist in balance.
    "Being the first tribe to have an approved ITAMP is an honor and challenge that we take seriously, and we are well-prepared to carry the burden of going first."
    The Coquille Tribe began developing the plan in 2019 and submitted it to the government in June 2020. Jarnaghan said the Bureau of Indian Affairs provided helpful feedback to assure the groundbreaking document would hold up to legal scrutiny.
    The plan was formalized in a teleconference signing ceremony on Friday, with the tribe represented by Chief Don Ivy.
    The Coastline Libraries Eliminate Late Fines!


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    The Dora, Powers, Myrtle Point, and Coquille Libraries are thrilled to announce that we are no longer going to charge late fines on any of our materials, and that all past overdue fines have been forgiven! The library boards of all Coastline Consortium libraries have agreed to do the same, so no items you check out from our Coos & Curry Counties library system will ever have late fines.
    Libraries have historically used daily overdue fines to encourage patrons to return their items on time. But you may be surprised to learn that the data shows this system does not work. Many libraries in the U.S. have eliminated overdue fines over the last several years, and the numbers show late fines have no impact on return rates. And in practice, the impact of overdue fines is actually a negative one—it prevents our most vulnerable populations from being able to use the library.
    For those of us who have a steady income, a late fine may be inconsequential. But for many of our patrons, a small late fine can result in having to choose between paying a library fine and buying gas or food, and we know which choice people have to make. Late fines only account for 1-2% of our income, so the difficulties they cause are simply not worth the cost.
    However, the elimination of late fines doesn't mean you can keep your books longer. There are still firm due dates, and if you don't return your items in a timely manner you will be charged for their replacement. Additionally, as soon as you have one item overdue for a week, you will be unable to check out anything else until that item is returned or paid for. If you want to keep using the library, you still need to return your items on time.
    So if you haven't come to visit us because of old late fines, we want to welcome you back. All is forgiven! If you lost items and were charged for them, those fees will still be on your account. But if you can return the items now, your account will be cleared in full.
    Umpqua Discovery Center Offering Free Admission For Kids


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    LIMITED TIME OFFER - Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to have your children learn about the Natural & Cultural History of the area!
    A grant is available to bring your children (ages 5-16) to the Umpqua Discovery Center with FREE ADMISSION. 1 adult chaperone (per 5 kids) will also be covered. You must call to schedule to receive this offer: 541-271-4816. Limited Capacity. These will be self-guided, with the adult chaperone responsible.
    The Umpqua Discovery is located at 409 Riverfront Way, Reedsport, OR 541-271-4816.
    Virtual Costume Contest!


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    The Myrtle Point Library is having its first-ever virtual costume contest! We won't be able to have our in-person Halloween party this year, but we got creative to figure out a way to celebrate Candy Season. Just take a picture of your awesome costume and email it to us at You can also submit pictures to us on our Facebook page @MyrtlePointLibrary. We may be having a virtual contest, but the prizes are real! We will judge the entries on Oct. 31 and notify winners shortly after. This is an all-ages contest and open to anyone. Please no costumes that will give us nightmares or embarrass your granny. Thank you and have a safe and happy Halloween.
    Celebrate Coos History 2020 Annual Fundraiser


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    The Coos History Museum is excited to announce our annual fundraiser, Celebrate Coos History 2020, will be taking place virtually this year during the week of Saturday, October 17th – Saturday, October 24th with all programs to begin at 5:00 PM. All events are open to the public. Registration and more information can be found on our website (
    This year's celebration will consist of a week-long scavenger hunt, program lineup, and online auction. Our online auction, which can be found here or through our website, features a vacation getaway, a hot air balloon ride for two, and items from all your local favorites. New items are still being added every day, so register to bid now and get ready for the excitement to begin!
    Our scavenger hunt will take you to local historical sites that tell the story of our communities in Coos County, OR. Be sure to check our website and social media channels starting October 17th to see how to participate and have your name entered into a raffle drawing for an exciting prize. Our nightly programs will feature museum happenings, local history, culture, music, and even a cooking class with Master Chef Eoghain O'Neill from Restaurant "O". We will end the week with a "Mortgage Burning Ceremony" and a discussion of future plans with representatives from the Museum, Coos Bay Village, and the City of Coos Bay.
    Join us in a week of celebration as we honor the past, engage in the present, and reach out to the future!
    Established in 1891, The Coos County Historical Society is an Oregon 501(c)3 not for profit organization and the 2nd oldest historical society in the State. Funding during the COVID-19 For more information about the Society and the Coos History Museum, visit or email
    SOCC & SOU Partner To Offer Teacher Education Pathways To South Coast Residents


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    Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College will be facilitating a free information session regarding Southern Oregon University's satellite teacher preparation program. The presentation will be held virtually on Zoom, Tuesday, October 20, 2020 from 5 pm - 6 pm.
    The educational partnership between Southwestern Oregon Community College and Southern Oregon University is opening the door for new teachers in the coastal region. Students from Newport to Brookings have been taking courses through a satellite program for the past three years, and the second cohort of student teachers is in area schools today. They are earning their bachelor's degree in elementary education and their Oregon teaching license without leaving the region. There is also a process for people who already have a bachelor's degree to earn a teaching license.
    To register for the information session please visit:

    For more information contact Jaimee Belzer at Southwestern; 541-888-1518 or
    South Slough October Activities


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    Modified Public Programs Available this October!
    Reservations are required for each program! A week or so prior to the event you will receive an email containing further information about our new safety guidelines to help combat the spread of COVID-19. Your health and wellbeing are our top priority! Among other things you will need to wear a mask when social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained and temperature check, using a no-touch digital forehead thermometer, will be performed at the beginning of the program. Any participants with a temperature greater than 100.4 F agree not to participate. Reserve Visitor Center remains closed until further notice. Trails and waterways are open daily dawn to dusk. Restrooms open Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:00.
    Birding at the Millicoma Marsh Trail - October 30, 2020 (10:00 am-12:00 noon)
    Come enjoy great views of the bay and one of the best birding spots in Coos County. Interpreter and binoculars provided. Dress for the weather. Meet in the parking lot directly behind Millicoma Middle School on 4th Ave. [Max. – 6 participants] FREE
    Kayaking the Estuary - October 16, 2020 (9:30 am to 12:30 pm), October 23, 2020 (8:00 am-11:00 am), and October 28, 2020 (10:00 am-12:30 pm)
    Come experience the rich cultural and natural history of the South Slough on a trail that flows with the tide. During the two-mile paddle experienced guides will show you areas of the Reserve rarely seen by visitors. Bring your own kayak or canoe, paddles, PFD, water, and lunch. Feet and legs may get wet and muddy at launch points. Meet outside at the South Slough Visitors Center, five miles south of Charleston, on 7-Devils Road. [Max.– 6 participants] FREE
    Birds on the Estuary - October 21, 2020 (10 am to Noon)
    Explore the shores of Charleston in search of winged wildlife. Interpreter and binoculars provided. Dress for the weather. Meet at the Charleston Visitors Center [Max. – 6 participants] FREE.
    ¡SPANGLISH VIRTUAL!: Spanish Conversational Program


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    Coos Bay Public Library will be offering ¡SPANGLISH VIRTUAL! via Zoom (virtual meeting software).
    The October virtual sessions will be held on Saturday, October 17 from 10:30am-11:30am via Zoom. The November sessions will be on Wednesday, November 4 from 12:00pm-1:00pm and Saturday, November 21 from 10:30am-11:30am.
    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 this event @
    Stay In and Come Out with Southern Oregon Coast Pride


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    Coos Bay Public Library, in partnership with Jamar Ruff of Southern Oregon Coast Pride, will co-host Stay In and Come Out with Southern Oregon Coast Pride on Tuesday, October 27 from 6:00pm-7:30pm on Zoom (virtual meeting software).
    Join us virtually to celebrate LGBT+ History Month! This educational program will showcase coming out stories from Pride members paired with a Q&A session. The purpose is to engage the community with conversation and awareness, focusing on how to support LGBTQ+ folks faced with coming out. First half hour will be dedicated to socializing and connecting. Then, we will break into smaller discussion groups to discuss the meaning of "coming out" and re-gather to share what we learned with everyone.
    This event is FREE and open to everyone. Register by going to
    Fire Season Ends, But Fire Prevention Is Not Over


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    Contributed By: Coos Forest Protective Association
    Coos Forest Protective Association (CFPA) has lifted fire season on all lands under their protection effective Monday, October 12, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. The public needs to use caution when debris burning, burners are responsible for maintaining control of their burns at all times. The end of fire season also means the end of public use restrictions for recreation, but always check with the landowner you are recreating on to make sure they do not have any restrictions.
    Termination of fire season means that debris burning is now allowed. Oregon law allows the burning of paper and woody materials; burning of garbage, plastic, or other petroleum based materials is prohibited. Remember when burning you must be in attendance and maintain control of your burning at all times. Burning of slash (logging debris) is regulated year round and is not allowed at this time. If you reside within the city limits please contact your city or local fire department for any restrictions or requirements they may have for debris burning.
    The end of fire season eases restrictions on activities that often start fires but it does not relieve a person of responsibility and liability for their actions. CFPA is available for advice on safe burning practices or to answer any fire prevention questions you may have. You can contact CFPA at (541) 267-3161, follow them on Facebook or Twitter, or find them on the web at
    Unlimited Book Club


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    Thursday, November 12, at 6:00 pm, the Unlimited Book Club will meet on Zoom. Book club is a joint venture of Coos History Museum, Coos Bay Public Library, and North Bend Public Library. We formed to encourage awareness and foster community discussions on equity, diversity, and inclusion through reading and thoughtful conversation. Club will meet every second Thursday.
    This meeting will be an opportunity for members to meet and discuss our second title, selected by book club members, How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Suggestions for future readings will come from members of Unlimited.
    Registration is free. Those interested are invited to attend meeting as there is no obligation to stay. To join, please go to Questions? Call 541-756-6320 x216, or email After signing up, participants will be sent address for Zoom meeting.
    Weekly COVID-19 Virtual Town Halls


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    By: Coos Health & Wellness
    Coos Health & Wellness will be conducting weekly virtual town halls, every Tuesday from 5:30-6:30 pm. This will be an hour to discuss changes in COVID-19 guidance, Federal/State/Local directions for you as a consumer, and the chance to ask your questions to our local Public Health professionals. Please join us weekly, via Facebook LIVE, to be a part of the conversation.
    Don't have Facebook? That's okay - you can still watch our live stream! Simply head over to our Facebook page, wait for our live stream to start, and then click on the video to tune in. You can find our Facebook page here: If you would like to ask questions, you can email us at or ask during the live feed in the comments section. We look forward to having you join us.
    Boat Building Center Offers Classes


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    The Coos Bay Boat Building Center will offer "Woodworking 101" classes by Rick Stillwagon at a variety of times in the next few weeks. To keep classes small, attendees must register in advance. Class times available are Tuesday 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30; Thursday 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 and Friday 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30.
    Up to two hours per day can be scheduled right now. Depending on interest, there may be morning times and Saturday classes available. Class size is limited to 6 people, and masks are required. Students are responsible for their materials and consumables: wood, glue, sandpaper, nails, screws, finish, pencils, etc. You will need a good tape measure, dust masks, and eye protection.
    To attend classes you will need to purchase a punch card. $50 for a 5-hour card; $100 for a 12-hour card. You will only need the punch card to attend the classes.
    Cost to join the Coos Bay Boat Building Center is $60 a year. This gives you access to the shop when it is open all year long at no additional cost.
    Contact Rick Stillwagon at
    FREE Caregiver Classes: Powerful Tools for Caregivers


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    This free series of caregiver classes begins on November 4, 2020 and runs for six consecutive Wednesdays ending on December 9, 2020.
    Powerful Tools for Caregivers gives you the skills to take care of yourself while caring for someone else. By taking care of your own health and well-being, you become a better caregiver.
    Due to the changing times, this series of classes will only be offered online. Internet access is required. When you call to pre-register, our support team will provide orientation and training to answer any questions and guide you to successful participation in the class. This new format means you can participate from the safety of your home.
    Afternoon and evening classes are offered; afternoons from 3pm-4pm, OR evenings from 6pm-7:30pm.
    Valuable information and personal sharing time benefit anyone who is caring for an older adult --family member, neighbor, or friend whether they are living with you, nearby or across the country.
    Class size is limited, and registration is required! For more information, call Char Luther, 541.297.9256 or email with Caregiver in subject line.
    Powerful Tools for Caregivers is provided as a service of the Area Agency on Aging, a Service of South Coast Business Employment Corporation.
    United Way of Southwestern Oregon Emergency Relief Fund - Donations Needed and Access Info
    Jen Shafer, Executive Director, United Way of Southwestern Oregon

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    United Way of Southwestern Oregon has established a local "Emergency Relief Fund" to facilitate immediate assistance with natural and economic disasters in Coos County and Curry County. Donations to this fund will be accepted year-round.
    In response to the current COVID-19 crisis, United Way's local Emergency Relief Fund will provide assistance to community-based organizations offering emergency services and relief to families and individuals in need during this difficult time. United Way's local staff and Board are committed to working diligently to ensure that donations to this fund support those most in need in Coos County and Curry County.
    To donate, please mail a check to UWSWO, PO Box 1288, Coos Bay, OR 97420 (attn: Emergency Relief Fund) or visit
    Community-based organizations wishing to be considered for United Way's Emergency Relief funding are invited to email or call (541) 267-5202.
    Thank you for helping our community LIVE UNITED.
    Find Handmade Gifts & Treats At Hearts & Hands Artisan Guild In The Mall


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    October 22, 2020 through December 27, 2020 our annual Christmas Store will again be at Pony Village Mall, North Bend, Oregon (located between Sears & AT&T inside the mall). Store hours are: 10:00am-8:00 pm, 7 days a week. This is an annual event provided by Hearts & Hands Artisan Guild. This store will be packed with wonderful handmade gifts and baked goodies created by over 20 talented artists and crafters. This year will feature arts and crafts representing Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Oregon College outerwear plus trinkets, and many year-round items.
    Foster Homes Needed


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    Friends of Coos County Animals is seeking foster homes for cats, kittens, large and small dogs. No puppies at the moment, but if you'd like to sign up now for future litters, please contact us. In spite of social distancing, kittens are arriving daily, people move or go into assisted living and cannot take their pets. We can use your help. FOCCAS pays all expenses, you provide a temporary home and love! In return you get lots of purrs and doggie kisses. Call and leave a message at 541-269-1989 and leave us your information (speak slowly and distinctly). Or email us at We'll send you an application.
    Cancelation of Holiday Lights at Shore Acres 2020


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    Friends of Shore Acres, Inc. and the Sunset Management Unit of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) announce that the 34th annual Holiday Lights at Shore Acres is canceled for the 2020 season due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 and its potential risk to the health and safety of volunteers, visitors, and park staff.
    Preparation for the event takes many hours of work that would normally start now and last all the way up to the event, and the uncertainty about health conditions between now and November led to this hard decision.
    Our traditional 50-60 thousand visitors represent local, state, national and international communities and increases the potential for spreading COVID-19 among our most vulnerable populations, many of whom volunteer and host this event.
    This decision is a difficult one recognizing the value the Holiday Lights has to the Bay Area. It is disappointing to all of us but the event cannot safely be held this year under the Covid-19 environment.
    South Slough Reserve Is Seeking Education Volunteers


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    Assist in the delivery of school field trips as well as family-oriented, outdoor, educational activities and programs. Education volunteers do things like, answer student and visitor questions, assist with program enrollment and sign-in, lead segments of a program, occasionally collect fees/donations, help prepare materials for field trips and programs and assist staff members as needed. (This may include loading/unloading of field gear, educational materials, hiking on forest trails, and walking on uneven terrain like sand or marsh.)
    This position is ideal for a person who is interested in teaching and enjoys the outdoors. Volunteers should also: enjoy working with adults and children, be comfortable interacting with individuals and groups of people, have some knowledge of the natural resources/science and a willingness to learn, and be able to submit to a background check.
    Time Commitment: Field trips generally run Tuesday-Friday during the day from March through June. Typical school programs run from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. We are asking for volunteers to commit to at least three field trips per month.
    Interested persons should contact the South Slough Reserve Public Involvement Coordinator, Deborah Rudd., 541-888-55558 ext. 158 (Tuesday-Saturday, 8:00-4:30)
    Drop-In Computer Labs


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    UPDATE: The Library is closed until further notice. This event is CANCELED
    Coos Bay Public Library will be offering FREE Drop-in Computer Labs for users with general questions about computers and devices. Upcoming labs will be:
    Labs are for computer owners who have general computing questions. These labs are open to questions regarding apple devices, windows devices, eBook
    questions, smartphones, and other mobile gadgets. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptops or mobile devices, but a couple additional
    laptops will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be no formal lecture, but we will be here to answer your questions!
    Please call (541) 269-1101 for further information on this program. These labs are FREE of charge and registration is not required.
    Free Dance Class Offered in North Bend – Public Welcome


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    please note: This event is cancelled until further notice.
    The Folk Society invites the public to experience the joy of dancing to vibrant live music from around the world. Area musicians and dancers gather together every Monday for an evening of friendly social dancing. This is an ongoing class, however new dancers and musicians are warmly welcomed. The music is always live, and the class is always free. Class meets 7PM in the Multi-Purpose Room of the North Bend Housing Authority, 1700 Monroe.
    Learn a variety interesting dances every week, all to live music. This class is ideal for beginners and experienced dancers alike. Singles, couples and families can all enjoy this casual social gathering. Drop-ins are also encouraged to attend for any class. Every session is a fresh start and all dances are taught.
    The North Bend Housing Authority has provided their spacious Multi- Purpose Room for this weekly class. The main entrance is on Connecticut Street just three blocks west of the North Bend Library. All ages and skill levels can enjoy dancing to live music. The emphasis will be on traditional dances from America, Europe, and around the world. These include circles, line dances, set dances, international folk, English and ballroom dances. New musicians are invited to join the band. For more information email or call Paul at 541-404-8267. Join us on any Monday, for a new dance season.
    Chess Club & Game Group At Port Orford Public Library


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    Library Events are cancelled until further notice.
    The Port Orford Public Library invites families with kids of all ages to join them for Chess Club and Game Group on Tuesdays from 3pm-3:45. Players of all ages are welcome! Learn or share your skills! Children under 6 moust bring a grown-up.
    For more info call the library at 541-332-5622 or come by at 1421 Oregon St, Port Orford.
    AARP Driver Safety Classes


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    AARP Smart Driver Course
    This course offers people an important opportunity to learn how to drive more efficiently and safely. The course contains up-to-date information about changes over time in ourselves, our vehicles, our roads, and our laws. The content of this course can help boost safety awareness, refresh and improve driving skills, minimize crash risk, increase confidence, prolong mobility, and maintain independence.
    Completion of this one-day, six-hour driving refresher course can yield discounted auto insurance premiums for individuals 55 and older.
    The course fee for AARP members is $15 or $20 for non-members, and is payable to AARP at the first class. Please bring your driver's license and AARP card if you are a member.
    To register, please call Sharon Bessey, 541 269-0845.
    Cat Tales At Port Orford Public Library


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    Library Events are cancelled until further notice.
    The Port Orford Public Library invites families with kids of all ages to join them for Cat Tales! with special guest, Azure the Cat. 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, from 3:45-4:30pm. Read aloud and read along with friends, feline, and otherwise!
    For more info call the library at 541-332-5622 or come by at 1421 Oregon St, Port Orford.
    Port Orford Critical Mass Bike Ride


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    Join us every FINAL FRIDAY of the month at 6:00pm in front of Pineapple Express Adventure Ride's office off highway 101 for a casual ride around Port Orford. Routes vary, all abilities and bikes are welcome!
    Email with any questions.
    Death Notices & Services


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    Updated October 20, 2020
    Dennis Raymond Baim, 70, of Coos Bay, passed away October 7, 2020 at Coos Bay. Cremation Rites are under the direction of Nelson's Bay Area Mortuary, Coos Bay, 541-267-4216.
    Donald "Donnie" F. Blake, 23, of Coos Bay, passed away on October 12, 2020 in North Bend. Arrangements are under the care of North Bend Chapel, 541-756-0440.
    Ethel L. Campbell 78, of Coos Bay died October 18, 2020 in Coos Bay. Cremation rites will be held at Ocean View Memory Gardens Crematory, Coos Bay under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel 685 Anderson Ave. 541-267-3131.
    Thomas W. Cooley 94, of North Bend died October 17, 2020 in North Bend. Cremation rites will be held at Ocean View Memory Gardens Crematory, Coos Bay under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel. 541-267-3131.
    David L. Cummings 73, of Lakeside died October 16, 2020 in Lakeside. Services will be announced under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel. 541-267-3131.
    Suruj Kuar Devi 95, of Coos Bay, passed away on October 13, 2020 in Coos Bay. Arrangements are under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel. 541-267-3131.
    Howard C. Edwards, Jr., 73, of Coos Bay, passed away October 5, 2020 at Coos Bay. Cremation Rites are under the direction of Nelson's Bay Area Mortuary, Coos Bay, 541-267-4216.
    Donald H. Kime, 83, of Coos Bay, passed away on October 13, 2020 in Coos Bay. Arrangements are under the care of North Bend Chapel, 541-756-0440.
    Lillian Z. Mast 84, of North Bend passed away on October 11, 2020 in Coos Bay. Cremation rites will be held at Ocean View Memory Gardens Crematory, Coos Bay under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.
    Kathleen Maxwell, 71, of Coos Bay, passed away on October 16, 2020 in Coos Bay. Arrangements are under the care of North Bend Chapel, 541-756-0440.
    Randal "Randy" J. McKinley, 50, of North Bend, passed away on October 16, 2020 in North Bend. Arrangements are under the care of North Bend Chapel, 541-756-0440.
    James J. McMahon, 57, of Coos Bay, passed away on October 17, 2020 in Coos Bay. Arrangements are under the care of North Bend Chapel, 541-756-0440.
    Saoirse Kaylani McMahon, 65, of Coos Bay, passed away September 24, 2020 at Coos Bay. Cremation Rites under the direction of Nelson's Bay Area Mortuary, Coos Bay, 541-267-4216.
    John H. O'Neill 94, of Coos Bay died October 17, 2020 in Coos Bay. Cremation rites will be held at Ocean View Memory Gardens Crematory, Coos Bay under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.
    David Peck, 78, of Bandon, passed away October 10, 2020 at Coos Bay. Cremation rites are under the direction of Nelson's Bay Area Mortuary, Coos Bay, 541-267-4216.
    Bill D. Powers, 85, of Coos Bay, formerly of Coquille, passed away October 10, 2020 at Coos Bay. Burial was at Roseburg National Cemetery under the direction of Nelson's Bay Area Mortuary, Coos Bay, Oregon 541-267-4216.
    Donna Rae Stalter, 76, of Coquille, passed away October 5, 2020 at Coquille. Burial was at Norway Cemetery in Myrtle Point under the direction of Nelson's Bay Area Mortuary, Coos Bay, 541-267-4216.
    Naomi L. Young 93, of Coos Bay passed away on October 13, 2020 in Coos Bay. Cremation rites will be held at Ocean View Memory Gardens Crematory, Coos Bay under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.

    Coos Bay Chapel, North Bend Chapel, Sunset Memorial Park, Ocean View Memory Gardens, Sunset Memorial Park, Myrtle Grove Funeral Service
    Nelson's Bay Area Mortuary
    Free Tour at Oregon Coast Historical Railway


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    Located at 766 S. First St (Across from McDonald's on HWY 101 N)
    UPDATE: This attraction is closed until further notice.
    Open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am-4pm. 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. Like them on Facebook
    Second Sundays at the Coos History Museum: Family Fun Day!


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    UPDATE: This attraction is closed for the rest of March.
    Come, hang out, explore!
    Every 2nd Sunday of the month, the Coos History Museum will have free admission, and hands on activities for children and those young at heart. Bring the whole family in to check out our exhibits and have fun with each month's activities.
    All children must be supervised by an adult.
    Open Tues-Sun 10am-5pm. 1210 N Front Street, Coos Bay. Call 541-756-6320 for details or visit
    Become a CASA Volunteer


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    "There is a need to elevate the awareness in the community to the plight of abused or neglected children, to encourage more citizens of the county to volunteer as CASAs and to support, train and guide new CASAs as they enter the program. The goal is that every child that enters the juvenile dependency system as the result of abuse or neglect have a trained CASA to advocate for the child's best interest." - The Honorable Martin E Stone, Coos County Circuit Court Judge
    Court Appointed Special Advocates are specially trained community volunteers appointed by Coos County's court judges to speak for the best interests of children who are placed in foster care for reasons of abuse or neglect. "The CASA plays an integral part in assuring that children do not become lost in the judicial system," according to the Coos County's CASA organization. New CASAs are required to attend a 30-hour CASA Volunteer training and an additional 12 hours of training per year. New CASAs receive direct supervision and guidance from program staff and peer coordinators once they have graduated and have been sworn in by the judge.
    Currently, Coos County has 38 CASA volunteers serving 124 children and there are 70 children on the waiting list. Approximately 280 children are in foster care at any given time. The long range goal is to have a trained CASA volunteer available to all abused and neglected children in foster care in Coos County.
    If you are interested in becoming a CASA Volunteer, please go to our website at where you will find our CASA Volunteer application or call Liz at the CASA office at 541-435-7104.
    Open Your Heart & Home To Foster Children


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    Last year, nearly 400 children spent time in foster care in Coos County. 66% spent time in more than one foster home. Many were split from their siblings.
    If a natural disaster hit our state and children were wandering the street without someone to care for them, each of us would open our homes to help in the crisis. With more than 350 children currently in foster care and more entering the system every day, we're in the midst of a disaster in our county.
    Oregon's Department of Human Services (DHS) works hard to care for children and families in crisis, but is often left with few resources for volunteer and foster parent recruitment efforts.
    If we don't step in, many children will be left without the care, comfort, and safety of a loving home during times of trauma, transition, and uncertainty. We can do better for Coos County's children. We know that our community want to take action, but they just don't know where to begin. Many of us feel helpless, doing nothing or never considering foster parenting.
    Every Child gathers community members in partnership with Oregon's Department of Human Services (DHS) to aide vulnerable children and families. And by doing so, we're able to bring love, care, and support to vulnerable children and families who previously had nowhere to turn.
    Everyone has something to bring to foster care — be it donating, volunteering or fostering. Go to to learn more
    HEALTH & WELLNESS: Lions Launch New Assistance Clinic


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    The Coos Bay Lions Club Sight Program is changing the way we accept applications. Before we were depending on our club members to get us names and telephone numbers, then we would mail out applications and certificates. This whole process could take 6 weeks or more.
    We will now be hosting a Sight Clinic on the 4th Saturday of every month at the Coos Bay Library from 1pm to 4pm. At this clinic we will be processing applications and giving certificates on site.
    Anyone seeking our assistance with eye exams and glasses will need to come in person and bring proof of income, proof of residency and a picture ID. For emergency situations (ie. glasses broken but needed for work or school) we can expedite the process over the phone.
    If you have any questions you can reach the Lions club by phone or e-mail: 541-252-9930, Or you can contact Laura Goode, sight chairman, at 541-297-6336
    HEALTH & WELLNESS: Exercise • Outdoor Recreation


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    Arm Chair Class: Mondays, 11am-12pm at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 2250 Sixteenth Street, North Bend. You don't have to be a member of the church to attend. 541-756-0633.
    Body Awareness Class by Kim Lieurance: Mondays and Thursdays at 10am-11am. 541-756-1038. Gentle exercises focusing on breath, balance and posture. Community Health & Education Center (CHEC), 3950 Sherman Ave., North Bend.
    Body Awareness Class: Thursdays, 10am-11am at Evergreen Court Exercise Room: 451 O'Connell, North Bend. 541-756-4466.
    Chair & Mat Yoga by Dorothy Tharsing: Please note there is no classes on third week. "Love offering" or donations accepted. Sundays at Oceanway Center in Gold Beach: 1:30pm Mat, 3pm Chair. Mondays at Maple School in Myrtle Point: 10am Chair, 11am Mat. Tuesdays at Bandon Fitness Center: 8am Mat. Wednesday at Unity of Bandon: 8:30am Mat, 9:45 Chair. Thursdays at Bandon Fitness Center: 8am Mat. Thursdays at Maple School in Myrtle Point: 10:30am Chair, 11:30 Mat. Contact:
    Circles in the Sand: Circles in the Sand is dedicated to the path of the labyrinth as a means of meditation, transformation and healing. Face Rock viewpoint, Bandon. Draw starts about 2 hours before walk time. Dates and walk times listed on line at
    Family Skate Night: Tuesdays & Thursdays 6-8pm - $3 per person. Coquille Community Building, 115 N Birch St, Coquille.
    Line Dancing Lessons: Mondays 9am-10am, Free, North Bend Senior Center, 1470 Airport Ln, 541-756-7622.
    Out Our Back Door: Explore the great outdoors on the South Coast. Featured weekly in the South Coast Shopper by Author Tom Baake.
    Hike With The South Coast Striders: Local guided hiking trips to land and water trails in the Coos Region of the Southwestern Oregon Coast. Visit website for details on length of walk & preparation info. .
    Tai Chi for Better Balance: A 12-week class available in Coos Bay, North Bend, Lakeside, Coquille, Bandon, Myrtle Point, Powers & Gold Beach. For more information & registration call Melissa,1-850-207-1469.
    ZUMBA: Tuesdays at 5:30pm. Zumba Gold: Wednesdays at 9:30am. North Bend Senior Recreation and Activity Center, 1470 Airport Ln, North Bend. Call 541-756-7622 or visit for details.
    HEALTH & WELLNESS: Education, Workshops, Classes


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    Alzheimer's Education Program:If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer's disease or dementia, it's time to learn the facts. This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment, and much more. Lower Umpqua Senior Center, 460 Winchester Avenue, Reedsport. Please register by calling 1-800-272-3900
    Caregiver Classes: Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help unpaid caregivers take care of themselves while caring for an older relative or friend. Free six-week series, 90 minutes long. Afternoon or evening classes available. Registration is required. Contact Char 541-297-9256 or
    Chronic Pain Solutions: Learn proven methods of pain relief other than pain pills. Register online at
    Darkness to Light: "Stewards of Children" is a nationally acclaimed, evidence-based curriculum from the Darkness to Light organization. Kids' HOPE Center believes that through partnership and education, we can improve the lives of our community's children. This free training is recommended not only for individuals who work with children through their professions, but for any adult who feels responsible for protecting a child. There are also 2 hours Continued Education Credits for those that it applies to. Classes are offered the fourth Tuesday of every month, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Kids' HOPE Center. Individualized private training also is available for businesses, parent groups, churches, and other organizations. When requested in advance, workshops and materials can be provided in Spanish. Please call Kids' HOPE Center to schedule training. Space is limited and registration is required, call 541-269-4196.
    Diabetes Resources & Donations: Community members needing assistance with diabetes supplies or medications, or have diabetes supplies or medications to donate (we can't accept used glucometers or lancets), or to be involved in the South Coast Diabetes Association group; please call 541-756-9054 and leave a message.
    Didgeridoo Club For Better Breathing: Every 2nd Thursday of the month. 4-4:30pm. FREE classes and practice that strengthens breathing ability, and lessens snoring and sleep apnea. 2085 Inland Dr Suite A, North Bend. 541-267-5221.
    Help for Homeless Veterans: 1st Tuesdays of the month, from 1pm-3pm at the Project Blessing Food Pantry, 150 S. 20th St, Reedsport. First Tuesday of every month. Douglas County HUD-VASH and UCAN representatives will be on site to provide assistance to all homeless veterans.
    Childbirth Education: A variety of classes to help you prepare for parenthood. All About Labor, Big Brother/Big Sister Clas, Breastfeeding, Comfort Measures for Labor, Infant Safety & CPR, Newborn Care Basics, One Day Labor Class. Bay Area Hospital. Register online: . 541-269-8258.
    Preventing Diabetes Class:Learning how to make a few simple changes in the early stage of diabetes can slow, and sometimes stop its progression. By Rita Hoover, RN, CDE and Linda Devereux, RD. Call 541-269-7928 for more info.
    Stop Tobacco: Instruction & support can help you quit for good. Free four-class series. Call WOAH Customer Service 541-269-7400 for more info.
    Train Your Brain:Do you suffer from chronic pain, anxiety, stress, or depression? Learn cognitive behavioral techniques and the "mindfulness" approach. 1st four Tuesdays, every other month: Jan, May and Sept, 2-4 pm; March, July and Nov, 6-8pm. Space is limited, Register online at 541-269-8076.
    For YOUTH By YOUTH Coalition Meeting: The For Youth By Youth (FYBY) Coalition is an opportunity for youth in Coos County to have their voice heard, empower their ideas, and make change for the better. Young adults ages 14 to 25 years old are invited to come to our coalition meetings the 2nd Monday of every Month at 6:00 pm at the Coos Drop located in North Bend.There is FREE food and fun! The Coos Drop, 1960 Sherman Ave, North Bend

    Childbirth Education: A variety of classes to help you prepare for parenthood. All About Labor, Big Brother/Big Sister Class, Breastfeeding, Comfort Measures for Labor, Infant Safety & CPR, Newborn Care Basics. All the basics of baby care will be presented by our experienced Nursery Nurses. Bay Area Hospital. Register online: or call 541-269-8258.
    Infant Safety and CPR: Call for next class. This class covers various safety topics for infants through one year old, including car seats, pets, child proofing, avoiding germs & SIDS. Also covers infant CPR. Register Online: . For questions call 541-269-8258.
    Big Brother/Big Sister Class: Brothers & sisters-to-be, ages 3 to 10, learn about their new sibling, practice holding & diapering baby dolls, & watch a short video during this fun, fast-paced class. Register online: or call 541-269-8258.
    All About Labor (Part 1): Anatomy of labor, the stages of labor & an overview of fetal monitoring will be provided in this class. Common interventions and what to expect at delivery will also be discussed. Instruction on the immediate postpartum recovery period is also offered. Register online: or call 541-269-8258.
    Comfort Measures for Labor (Part 2): Focus is hands-on comfort measures/ breathing techniques, water therapy, massage & comfort positioning. Also includes an overview of medications used to control pain. Register online: or call 541-269-8258.
    Reproductive Health Resources: Coos Health & Wellness offers FREE birth control services, emergency contraception, low cost STD testing and treatment, and other reproductive and clinic services. Oregon Health Plan and most private insurances accepted. Call for information and appointments 541-266-6700. Coos Health & Wellness is located at 281 LaClair St, Coos Bay.
    Women's Health Services at the Waterfall Clinic in North Bend also provides reproductive health services. Discounted services are available to qualified patients on our sliding fee discount program. Call 541-756-6232 to schedule an appointment.
    HEALTH & WELLNESS: Support Groups on the Southern Oregon Coast


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    Al-Anon & Alateen: Al-Anon is a support group for friends and families of problem drinkers. Fridays at 7:30-8:30pm at the Community Health & Education Center, 3950 Sherman Ave., North Bend.
    Alzheimer's/ Dementia Education & Support Group:Caregivers only. Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 10am-12pm. Community Health & Education Center, 3950 Sherman Ave., North Bend. 541-290-7508.
    Anxiety & Depression Support Group: Mondays, 12:30-1:30pm. Nancy Devereux Center, 1200 Newmark Ave, Coos Bay. 541-888-3202.
    Better Breathers Club - Florence:This group meets monthly to provide support, education, and socialization to people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder or other chronic lung disease and to their family members and caregivers. For more info call 541-902-6300 ext. 5635
    Cancer Treatment Support Group: For those who have, or have had cancer & those who care for them. Mondays, 9-11am, Counseling & Bereavement Education Center, 1620 Thompson Road, Coos Bay. 541-269-2986.
    Compassionate Friends Support Group:For family and friends grieving the death of a child. 1st Monday of the month from 6-7:30pm. Contact Pam at 541-266-0282. Groups are held at the Community Bereavement & Education Center, 1620 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay.
    Multiple Sclerosis Support Group:: 4th Thursday of the Month, 6:30-8pm, Coos Bay Public Library, 525 Anderson Ave. 541-294-3690.
    National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI) Family To Family Support Group:NAMI* is offering a free 12-week program on living with mental illness. Call 541-888-3202 to register, class size is limited. Nancy Devereux Center, 1200 Newmark Ave, Coos Bay/Empire.
    Parkinson's Support Group: 2nd Mondays of the month, 2-3pm the Holy Redeemers Catholic Church on 16th St. in North Bend. For more information, please contact the facilitator Julie at 541-290-7099.
    Prostate Cancer Support Group:Meetings are held the 4th Monday of the month at 6pm in the hospital's main conference room. Ruben Guzman, an SCHHC employee, and survivor is leading the group. For more info call Scott McEachern at 541-329-1040 or email at Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center, 900 11th St SE, Bandon.
    Suicide Help Line - Help is Available: If you or a friend are struggling with depression, feeling hopeless, or having thoughts of harming yourself please reach out to those around you and ask for help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Coos Health & Wellness Crisis Line are available 24/7 for free, confidential support for people in distress; call: Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 • Crisis Line 541-751-2550
    Stroke Support Group: Every 3rd Thursday of the month, 3:30-4pm. Patients, family & friends welcome. 2085 Inland Dr Suite A, North Bend. 541-297-5221.
    Trauma Recovery Support Group (TREM):TREM stands for Trauma Recovery & Empowerment Model and is a trauma-education support group focused on overcoming the effects of physical, emotional, and/or sexual trauma that clients have experienced in their lives. Classes include questions and exercises designed to help clients build skills for healthy relationships in all aspects of their lives. All course content, records of those attending, etc. is 100% confidential. TREM is a 24 week support group. Clients can join the current group schedule up to week 4, if they are joining after week 4 they will need to wait for the next available group. TREM currently offers the following Weekly times Available Until May 16, 2018: Tuesday Morning: 10:00-11:00am; Wednesday Afternoon: 1:-00-2:00pm; Thursday Evening: 5:30-6:30pm. TREM is offered to all clients free of charge. If you have questions about the curriculum or any other concerns please contact one of the support group facilitators listed below: Amber Van Meel—Court Advocate, 541-888-1048 ext. 105; Rachael Espy—Executive Director, 541-888-1048 ext. 104; Stephanie Reyes—Sexual Assault Advocate, 541-888-1048 ext. 102;
    For more detailed information on support group schedule, times, etc. Please contact our agency at 541-756-7000.

    Bandon Grief Support Group: 2nd and 4th Mondays from 10:30am-12pm. Groups are held at the Southern Coos Hospital Conference Room. Contact Michelle at 541-269-2986.
    Coquille Grief Support Group: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from 1:30pm-3pm. Groups are held at the St. James Episcopal Church, 210 E 3rd St. Coquille. Contact John at 541-269-2986.
    Reedsport Grief Support Group: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 10:30am-12pm. Groups are held at the Family Resource Center, 5 St. Johns Way, Reedsport. Call 541-269-2986 to pre-register.
    S.O.S. Survivors Of Suicide - Grief Support Group: For those who have lost a loved one due to suicide. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 3:30pm-4:45pm. Contact Mia at 541-269-2986. Groups are held at the Community Bereavement & Education Center, 1620 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay.
    S.O.U.L Sudden Or Unexpected Loss: Grief Support Group. 1st and 3rd Thursdays 3pm-4:30pm. Contact Toni at 541-269-2986. Groups are held at the Community Bereavement & Education Center, 1620 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay.
    Thursday Night Grief Support Group:2nd and 4th Thursdays 6pm-7:30pm. Contact Michelle at 541-269-2986. Groups are held at the Community Bereavement & Education Center, 1620 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay.

    Veterans Outreach Day: Langlois Public Library. Every 3rd Wednesday of the month. Come and let us help you file your service connection claims, obtain military documents, medical enrollment, housing assistance and additional services. For more info call 541-348-2066.
    Southwestern Oregon Veterans Outreach: SOVO located upstairs in the Pony Village Mall Suite 212, North Bend, Oregon. Open weekdays 9:30am-4pm. Please visit and check us out. Email or visit
    Women Veterans of the Oregon Coast (WVOC) Meetings Meets the 4th Monday of each Month at 4 pm! Meetings are held at the Coos Bay Elks #1160, located at 265 Central Ave in downtown Coos Bay. Connecting and supporting Women Veterans by your fellow Women Veterans. Providing information about Veteran resources in a positive social environment. Dinner provided by The Elks! For additional details, please contact: Krystal Hopper, 541.294.5185,
    Veteran Services for At Homeless Veterans Or At Risk: Oregon Coast Community Action's Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) program helps stabilize homeless veterans, or those at risk of becoming homeless.  Our case managers can help with applying for VA benefits, obtaining public benefits and services, and may offer limited financial assistance for housing and housing placement services. To qualify for assistance the veteran's household income cannot exceed 50% of the Coos/Curry County area median income. To obtain SSVF assistance contact our office at 541-435-7080 or come in person to our offices located at 1855 Thomas Ave in Coos Bay or at 517 Railroad Ave, Brookings. To help volunteer please contact Natasha Emery at 541-435-7080 x 258.
    Emergency Food Resources


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    Bandon Restoration Worship Center
    Service Days: 4th Thur each Month 4pm-6pm
    89 North Ave NE, Bandon, Oregon 97411
    (541) 347-4900 x3

    Bandon Good Neighbors
    Service Days: 1nd Tue. of each Month 9am-12pm
    1100 11th St. SW, Bandon, Oregon 97411
    (541) 329-2399 or (541) 347-8406

    Brookings-Harbor Community Helpers
    Service Days: Mon-Fri 10am-1pm
    539 Hemlock St. Brookings, Oregon 97415
    (541) 469-6988

    Charleston Food Pantry
    Service days: Wednesdays 10am-1 pm
    63081 Crown Point Rd. Charleston, Oregon 97420

    Coos Bay SDA Food Pantry
    Service days: Tuesdays 9:30am- 12pm
    2175 Newmark Ave. Coos Bay, Oregon 97420
    (541) 756-5812

    Coos Food Cupboard
    Service Days: Mon/Wed/Fri 12-2pm
    370 Market St. Coos Bay, Oregon 97420
    (541) 217-0258

    Salvation Army
    Service Days: Tue-Thurs 9:30am-11am
    1155 Flanagan Ave. Coos Bay, Oregon 97420
    (541) 888-5202

    ORCCA Produce Program
    Service Day: Wed & Fri 9:30am to 5pm
    1855 Thomas Ave. Coos Bay, Oregon 97420

    Bear Cupboard
    Service Days: 1st Tuesday 4-6 pm
    All other Tuesdays 11am – 1pm
    790 W 17th St. Coquille, Oregon 97423

    Gold Beach Christian Help
    Service Days: Mon, Wed & Thurs. 8am-2pm
    Friday 8am-11:00pm
    29813 Colvin St. Gold Beach, Oregon 97444
    (541) 247-4054

    Gold Beach SDA
    Service Days: Tuesdays 9am-1pm
    94191 3rd St. Gold Beach, Oregon 97444
    (541) 247-2057

    Myrtle Point Food Pantry
    Service Days: 1st & 3rd Thursdays 10am-2pm
    1320 Maryland Ave. Myrtle Point, Oregon 97458
    (541) 260-4370

    North Bend Presbyterian Church
    Service Days: Mon. & Wed 9:30am-12pm
    2238 Pony Creek Rd, North Bend, Oregon 97459
    (541) 756-4155

    The Common Good
    Service Days: Wed. 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm
    2015 Washington St, Port Orford, Oregon 97456
    (541) 332-1365

    Powers Food Pantry
    Service Day: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays-times vary
    620 1st Ave. Powers, Oregon

    AARP Food Pantry
    Service Days: Thursdays 11am–2pm
    810 Greenwood Ave, Reedsport OR 97467
    (541) 271-3609

    Project Blessing
    Service days: Tue & Wed 1-3pm, Fri 11am-1pm
    150 S 20th St. Reedsport, OR 97467


    E.A.T (Everyone At Table) @ The Bandon Barn
    Service Days: Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30pm
    1100 11th St. SW Bandon, Oregon 97411

    Chetco Senior Center – Low Cost Meals
    Service Days: Mon-Fri 11:15am-12:30pm
    550 Checto Ln. Brookings Oregon 97415
    (541) 469-6822

    Brookings Community Kitchens
    Mon. – Brookings SDA 12 - 1
    Tue. – St. Timothy's Epis. 12 - 1
    Wed. – Star of the Sea Cath. 12 - 1
    Thu. – Brookings Pres. 12 - 1
    Fri. - Trinity Lutheran 12 - 1
    Sat. – St. Timothy's Epis. 12 - 1
    Sun. – St. Timothy's Epis. 12 - 1

    Bay Area Senior Center -Low Cost Meals
    Service Days: Tues-Fri 11:30am-12pm
    866 S. 4th St, Coos Bay, Oregon (entrance in rear)
    (541) 269-2626

    College Park Church Community Breakfast
    Service Days: Saturdays 7am-9am
    2548 Newmark Ave. Coos Bay, Oregon 97420
    (541) 290-1463

    Nancy Devereux Center (Breakfast and Lunch)
    Service Days: Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri 9am-2pm
    1200 Newmark Center, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420
    (541) 888-3202

    South Coast Gospel Mission
    (Shelter and Free Meals)
    Service Days: Mon-Fri 7-7:30am, 12-1pm, 5-6pm
    Sat 7:30-8am & 5-6pm
    1999 North 7th St. Coos Bay, Oregon 97420
    (541) 269-5017

    United Methodist Church
    Service Days: Saturday 11am-1pm
    123 Ocean Blvd. Coos Bay, Oregon 97420

    Gold Beach Senior Center – Low Cost Meals
    Service Days: Tues-Fri 11:30am-12:30pm
    29841 Airport Way, Gold Beach, Oregon 97444
    (541) 247-7506
    Other Resources
    ORCCA -
    Energy Assistance, Housing Assistance, Heads Start, South Coast Food Share, Weatherization, CASA, Great Afternoons
    1855 Thompson Ave. Coos Bay Oregon 97420
    (541) 435-7080

    Bay Area First Step (Formerly T.H.E. House)
    Temporary Shelter – applications accepted Mon-Fri 2pm to 4pm at
    745 Koos Bay Blvd, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420
    (541) 267-5331

    Aging and People with Disabilities
    (541) 756-2017
    2675 Colorado Ave. North Bend, OR 97459

    Western Oregon Advanced Health (WOAH)- Oregon Health Plan – 541-269-7400
    289 LaClair St. Coos Bay, Oregon 97420

    Coos Health and Wellness (County Health Dept.)
    281 LaClair St. Coos Bay, Oregon 97420
    (541) 266-6700

    Department of Human Services- SNAP, TANF, Child Care – 541-808-6155
    1431 Airport Ln. North Bend, Oregon 97

    Bay Area Church of the Nazarene
    1850 Clark (off Broadway) warming, sundries

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CLASSIFIED ADS! - Rates are subject to change without notice . Up to 20 word ad $13.00 Special Rate*. Add 50¢ per word after 20 words*. Ad is a paid ad when: ~ Any ad over 15 words. ~ Additional ads to the 5 free allowed per household in one week. ~ Businesses, Home/Farm businesses, plants, rentals, services, daycare, etc. ~ Wanted: Business, investments, jobs, real estate, items to repair for resale, recyclable - including scrap or items to scrap, roommates, antique, vintage, or collectible items, firearms or animals. ~ Personals, announcements, clubs, organizations, nonprofits (ask your salesperson for nonprofit discount), products, estate sales, flea markets, bazaars, business opportunities. ~ Some animals: Animal breeders regardless of animals selling price, livestock regardless of price, pets priced at $100 or more, animal ads without a price. ~ Wood: Firewood, all wood & wood products. ~ Building materials priced at more than $100. ~ Handcrafted items, or raw materials for crafting. ~ Antiques, collections or vintage items listed with out a price, or worth $100 or more. ~ Entertainment: Timeshares, gift certificates, theater/show tickets, fundraisers, etc. ~ Vague unclear ads - item(s) price may be required for clarification. ~ Ads running 5 times for the same type of item (example: 5 different autos, 5 different pieces of furniture, etc) for the same household - future related items will not qualify for free ads. ~Any ad with a web address in the ad ~We determine which ads are free or paid *Subject to change

Ad Rates - Free Ads

FREE ADS! Rates Subject to change without advance notice. 15 word ads for private parties are free: You may send up to five free ads per household per week for qualifying items to be placed in the South Coast Shopper's printed paper and online. Accepted Shopper Abbreviations can help you shorten your ad, listed here. Is this ad timely?** ~ $2 per ad, paid on Monday or Tuesday by noon, guarantees timely placement for classified ads in the upcoming issue. ~ Save Money with the Early Placement Discount: $1 per ad if paid on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday by 5pm, also guarantees timely placement for classified ads in the upcoming issue. We determine if your ad is a free or regular ad. *Like a Garage Sale, sporting items before hunting season, young puppies, etc.

Ad Rates - Photo Ads

PHOTO ADS! Rates Subject to change without advance notice. Free Ad Photo Special (for private parties): You may add a photo of your item to your free ad for only $5! (Advertised item must meet all free ad guidelines) Power Photo ad: You get a photo of your item, a large capitalized bold headline and up to 20 words for $18 per week with current Classified Special Rate. Additional words are 50¢ each.

Ad Rates - Other Extras

OTHER EXTRAS: Rates Subject to change without advance notice. Extra Large Bold Headline $3 Ad Centered $3 Extra Large Bold Headline & Centered Ad $5 Box around your ad $4 Color Print in your ad $4 Box Around & Color Print In $6 Power Ad: Extra Large Bold Headline, Centered and Box only $7 Power Theme Box: Theme Box, Centered and Bold Headline $10 Call or Submit Form before noon Tuesday to guarantee your free classified ads. To pay with your credit card, include the credit card number and the dollar amount for the ad. Note: There is a $4 minimum charge for credit card purchases. Call or use Shopper Submit Form before noon Tuesday, or your salesperson's submit form, to place a $13.00 ad or any ad with other extras.

Ad Rates - Garage Sales

- Private Party*: Address, Day, Time: Free - Businesses, Flea Markets, Craft Sales, Estate Sales, Private Party needing additional words: Address, Day, Time +17 words: $13 Special Rate - Additional words over 17: $.50/ea.


101 Marketplace of Bandon ACE Hardware Highway Deli Mart Fast Mart Golder’s Bandon NAPA Auto Parts Laurel Grove Store LydiAnna’s Laundromat McKay’s Market Minute Café Ray’s Food Place Southern Coos Gen. Hosp. The Station Restaurant Wilson’s Market


Chevron Food Mart Circle K Dairy Queen McDonalds Rite Aid Sportshaven Restaurant The Hungry Clam Wild River Pizza

Coos Bay

7-Eleven Abby’s Legendary Pizza Angelina’s Mexican Restaurant Bay Area Hospital Bay Clinic Bayshore Chevron Bayway Market Bi-Mart Builders First Source Chevron Station/Car Wash Coos Bay Liquor Store Coos Bay Senior Center Englewood Market Fast Mart Farr’s True Value Hardware Fred Meyer Green Lightning Laundry Knecht’s Auto Parts Les Schwab Tire Center McDonald’s McKay’s Market Mini Pet Mart Napa Auto Parts Newmark Center North Bend Medical Center Safeway Salvation Army Thrift Store Shake ‘N’ Burger South Coast Shopper StockPot Restaurant Subway Tioga Lobby T.N.T. Market VP Racing Wendy’s CHARLESTON/EMPIRE 7-Eleven Barview Market BEEZ Smoke Shop Dairy Queen Davy Jones’ Locker Grocery Empire Mercantile General Store Grocery Outlet Lighthouse Market McKay’s Market Post Office Sunset Market William’s Bakery Outlet Store


Carquest Truck & Auto Supply Colonial Mexican Restaurant Coos County Courthouse Coquille Broiler Coquille Liquor Store Coquille Produce Coquille Smoke Shop Coquille Supply Inc Coquille Valley Hospital Denny’s Pizza Devil’s Kitchen Fast Mart Frazier’s Bakery Highway Deli Mart McKay’s Market Milk-e-Way Feed & Trucking Oregon DMV Safeway Whoozit’s Whatsits


CG Market & Reel Pizza IGA Market Rose Garden


Arlene’s Café General Store


37 Street Coin Laundry 7-Eleven A & W Drive In Abhi’s One Stop Market Bi-Mart Clawson’s Wheelhouse Restaurant Clea Wox Market Dairy Queen Fred Meyer St Vincent De Paul Stop ‘N’ Shop Twin Lakes Store


Gold Beach

Honey Bear Resort Indian Creek Cafe McKay’s Market NAPA Auto Parts Nesika Beach Market Wedderburn Store AGNESS: Cougar Lane Store


Wagon Wheel Grocery


American Classics Diner City of Lakeside Hennick’s Lakeside Hardware McKay’s Market T’Ree Acres Wagon Wheel Grocery


Langlois Store


Gingerbread Village Restaurant Mapleton Store

Myrtle Point

Ace Hardware Fast Mart Highway Deli Mart Kozy Kitchen McKay’s Market Myrtle Grove Naturals Myrtle Point Liquor Store The Feed Store

North Bend

7-Eleven A-1 Smoke Shop AMB Thrift Store American Home Furnishings Ashworth’s Market Bailey’s Health Food Store Bi-Mart Bungelow Market Chevron Station & Mart Coastal Highways Dishners Café Gino’s Pizza Glasgow Store Humboldt Club Kozy Kitchen Les Schwab Tire Center Lillie Family Market McDonald’s Fast Food Mom’s Kitchen Nex Dor and More North Bend Liquor Store North Bend Senior Center Pancake Mill Restaurant Perry’s Electric & Plumbing Pony Village Mall Quik E Mart Rite Aid Safeway Shell Gas Station & Mart South Coast Hospice Thrift Store Tai’s Dynasty Top Dog Coffee Umpqua Bank Vinnie’s Burgers Yeong’s Place

Port Orford

Circle K Ray’s Food Place TJ’s Coffee House


Cruiser Cafe Power’s Market Power’s Tavern AGNESS: Cougar Lane Store


7-Eleven Dairy Queen Don’s Diner & Ice Cream Parlor McDonald’s Fast Food McKay’s Market Recreation Station Safeway SMITH RIVER: Smith River Market


Bridge Store


Riverbanks Speedy Mart

Wells Creek

Riverbanks Speedy Mart ELKTON Arlene’s Café General Store

Winchester Bay

Bedrock’s on the Bay Oregon Coast RV Resort Stockade Market & Tackle Shop Winchester Market Winchester Post Office


Accepted Shopper Abbreviations  For consistency & clarity in the South Coast Shopper we use a set of standard classified ad abbreviations. They are listed here to help advertisers in writing their ads and readers in understanding the ads. (There is a fee for NOT abbreviating classified ads because our rates are based on these abbreviations)  UPDATE! We use abbreviations to save space in the paper, saving cost, that we pass on to our advertisers with lower classified rates than comparable papers across the Nation. A new way of naming products has developed that make product names unnecessarily longer. We will list these names in the traditional way to continue to save space in the paper, saving cost that we can continue to pass on to our advertisers. Examples: Ranger XLT by Ford would be abbreviated to: Ford Ranger XLT OceanRunner Rainbow Series by WildSeas would be abbreviated to: WildSeas Rainbow OceanRunner In the body of an ad always use numerals. Example: Newer 3bdr home. At the beginning of an ad spell out short numbers. (Example: Three bdr home.) As always, if you do not want your ad abbreviate we can use the longer version for $2. Miscellaneous: These apply to all classifications $ each — $/ea $ or trade — $/trade and — & approximately — approx best offer — b/o brand new — new board foot — bf #carat (gem stones) — #c (gem stones) CD or CD player — cd condition — cond excellent — exc electric — elec evenings — eves # of feet — #’ good — gd great — grt heavy duty — h/d home (after phone #) — home (after phone #) hours — hrs inches — #” #karat (gold) — #k (gold) large — lrg liner foot — lf make offer — m/o medium — med message — msg microwave — micro new in box — new or best offer — obo pints — pts plus — + possible — poss pounds — #lbs quarts — qts small — sm size — sz square foot — sf standard — std tongue & groove — t&g weekends — wknds wanted — want work (after phone #) — wk you haul — uhaul you move — umove Autos, Trucks, 4x4’s, Heavy Equip, Auto Misc. 2 wheel drive — 2wd 4 wheel drive or 4wd — 4x4 air conditioner or a/c — air all power options — all pwr all options — all opts all power — all pwr all terrain (tires) — AT all wheel drive — awd automatic — auto cassette — cass carburetor — carb CB or CB radio — cb CD or CD player — cd Chev, Chevrolet — Chevy Club cab — c-cab Cruise control — cc cubic inch — ci # cylinders — #cyl distribution (hitch) — dist # doors — #dr double — dbl engine — eng extended cab — x-cab extra cab — x-cab hatchback — h/b # horse power — #hp # horse — #hp # of hours — #hrs hydraulic — hyd International — Internat’l interior — int king cab — k-cab Limited Edition — Ltd Ed liter — ltr long bed — lb long wide box — lwb mag wheels — mags mud terrain (tires) — MT ##,000 miles — ##k miles — mi motorcycle — cycle motorhome — mh mount or mounted — mnt or mtd options — opts original — orig over drive — o/d # passengers — #pass pickup (if needed) — pu # pounds — #lbs power — pwr power brakes — pb power door locks — pdl power steering — ps power windows — pw power take off — pto quad cab — quad rebuilt — rblt short bed — sb # speed — #spd station wagon — sta wag or wagon T-Tops — t-tops take over payments — t.o.p. Thunderbird — T-Bird tilt steering wheel — tilt Ton, ton, 1 ton, ¾ ton, etc — t, t, 1t, ¾t, etc trailer — trlr transmission/tranny — trans weight (hitch) — wt wheels — whls NOTE: John Deere the company uses J.D. themselves, so “John Deere” and “J.D.” are acceptable RV’s, ATV’s/CYCLES, BOATS awning — awn fifth wheel — 5th whl fully self contained — fsc generator — gen motorhome — mh self contained — sc wheels — whls 4 wheeler — 4whlr, 3whlr four wheeler — 4whlr, 3whlr Harley Davidson — Harley HD — Harley aluminum — alum electric — elec Evinrude — Evin galvanized — galv # horse power — #hp # horse — #hp inboard — i/b inboard/outboard — i/o long shaft — ls Mercury (boats only) — Merc outboard — o/b outdrive — o/d short shaft — ss Animals # months old — #mos # years old — #yrs puppies — pups spayed — spay neutered — neut female — fm male — m up to date — utd Appliances/Furniture box spring — box California — Cal capacity — cap entertainment — ent queen — qu refrigerator — fridge wooden — wood Electronics Gigabyte — gb Gigahertz — ghz Hewlett-Packard — HP high definition — hd high def — hd high def tv — hdtv Mega bytes — mb Megapixels — mp Nintendo — Nin Play Station — PS Play Station 2 — PS2 Play Station 3 — PS3 Play Station 4 — PS4 TV — tv VCR — vcr Windows 98 — Win98 Xbox 360 — Xbox360 Xbox One — XboxOne Employment experienced — exp’d hour — hr Full Time — F/T Part Time — P/T references — ref’s required — req’d week — wk year — yr Garage Sales Time example: — 8a-5p Days — Fri-Sun Dates (if needed) — 3rd-4th Highway — Hwy Roads — Rd, Ave, Blvd, St, etc… Multiple — Multi Real Estate, Mobiles, Rentals $00 per month — $00/mo $00 deposit — $00/dep # bathrooms — #ba # bedrooms — #bdr apartment — apt double — dbl double wide — dbl for sale by owner — FSBO manufactured — mfg mobilehome — mobile no drugs — n/d no pets — n/p no smoking — n/s owner may carry — omc owner will carry — owc single wide — single take over payments — t.o.p. washer/dryer hook-ups — w/d hk-ups water/sewer/garbage paid — w/s/g pd Sporting Goods Ammunition — Ammo Bicycle — Bike Camouflage — Camo magnum — mag mountain — mtn Remmington — Rem Winchester — Win Cities Bandon — bd Brookings/Harbor — b/h Charleston — charl Coos Bay — cb Coquille — cq Crescent City, CA — cc Drain/Elkton/Scottsburg — hwy38 Florence — fl Gardiner — gar Gold Beach — gb Hauser — hau Langlois — lg Lakeside — lksd Mapleton — ma Myrtle Point — mp North Bend — nb Port Orford — po Powers — pw Roseburg — rsbg Reedsport — rdspt Remote — rm Winchester Bay — wb NOTE On Cities: At the end of the phone number designating which general area the ad is from, the abbreviation will be lower case. In the body of an ad when the city is needed it will still be abbreviated, but it will be in caps. Some categories are now separated by location.














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DeEsta Kuehn

Classified Sales & Classified Manager

DeEsta Kuehn 22 years in the community, 20 years as a sales agent, and 19 years as the Classified Department Manager for The South Coast Shopper.


Katrina Smith

Classified Sales

Katrina Smith, a Coos County native, 2 years as a sales agent for the South Coast Shopper.


Sharon Ballard

Display Advertising Sales

Sharon has been a southern Oregon coast resident for 3 years with 20 years of experience in sales and marketing.


Britney Gordon

Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Britney Gordon, is a Coos County native, 1 year as Co-Office Manager, 10 years as Office Secretary for The South Coast Shopper, and has been Assistant Manager for the Classified Department for 3 years.