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    • April 26, 2014
    • Coos Historical & Maritime Museum

    Everybody’s War: Book signing and reading at Museum

    Local author and restaurateur Wim de Vriend will give a reading, and sign copies of his new book, Everybody’s War, at the Coos Historical and 

    Maritime Museum in Simpson Park, North Bend, on Saturday, April 26, starting at 1 p.m.

    Everybody’s War: People Who Rebuilt Their Lives, and Enemies Who Became Friends, in the Long Shadow of World War II, is a memoir and personal journal. Offering often-funny, always-unusual stories about his customers, de Vriend ties them to his memories of occupied 

    Holland during World War II. 

    His memories of the Dutch people, soldiers both American and German, persecuted Jews, and others -- all of whom hoped to find a place of “freedom and peace” -- gives readers and listeners a chance to see life in 

    America from a different vantage point.

    Still, the book keeps a solid focus on the 

    South Oregon Coast and de Vriend’s alert, unvarnished take on daily life in downtown Coos Bay .

    De Vriend will have copies of his book available for sale and signing. Admission to the reading is free and open to the public at the Coos Historical and 

    Maritime Museum, 1220 Sherman Ave., North Bend , just south of the McCullough Bridge .

    • April 26, 2014
    • April 27, 2014
    • Pony Village Mall

    Judged flower (truss) show with ribbons and trophies at Pony Village Mall. Plant sale and information on rhododendrons available. All colors, all sizes, in bloom, about to bloom and ready to plant. Saturday from Noon – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm.

    Call Ray Lee for more information

    1611 Virginia Ave
    North Bend, OR 97459
    (541) 267-4176

    • April 26, 2014
    • Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

    You don’t want to miss this one! Oregon Oysters, there’s no better way to celebrate Oregon’s Bounty!

    Noon – 4pm.

    9 Oyster Meal $14

    6 Oyster Meal $12

    3 Oyster Meal $10.

    Oysters will be prepared in a variety of ways and served with dipping sauces, baked beans, coleslaw, bread and drink (soda, coffee, or tea). Shrimp cocktails can be added on for $1 extra! Gourmet hotdog meals ($8 Adults Meal/$5 Child’s Meal) are available for the non-oyster fan. Live Music from Dale Inskeep Band, Stacy Rose and more. Wine & Desserts sold separately. Event held in the dining hall of Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. For more information call Kathy Hornstuen at 541-404-6593.

    Check back as the event approaches for any updates!

    • May 01, 2014
    • May 12, 2014
    • Coos Bay Boardwalk

    Dockside Tours, Battle Sails, Educational Tours and passage are available for the annual Tall Ship days. This year’s event will be extra special as BOTH the Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftain will be here.

    Please note that tide conditions sometimes affect arrival date & times. 

    Purchase tickets by visiting or by calling 800-200-523

    • May 02, 2014
    • Coos Bay Visitor Center

    Visit various downtown businesses to wine taste and shop. Commemorative wine glasses and maps will be sold for $10 each at the Coos Bay Visitor Center.

    For more information, contact Cindy Rawlings at The World, 541-269-1222, ext248

    • May 03, 2014
    • Coos Historical & Maritime Musuem

    At the Museum: Myrtle Point Authors spin a 57-year yarn

    Authors Linda Kirk, Carolyn Prola, and Mary Ellen Robertson will spend the afternoon at the Coos Historical & Maritime Museum, Saturday, May 3, starting at 1 p.m. They’ll be discussing their new book, Myrtle Point and Vicinity: 1893-1950, just out from Arcadia Publishing.

    The town of Myrtle Point, incorporated in 1887, was platted in a grove of myrtle trees overlooking the South Fork of the Coquille River. Within a few years, it had grown into a thriving commercial hub of 600 people, with a riverboat landing and two hotels.

    From the arrival of the telegraph and train, the book takes a journey through six decades. Family photographs, many published for the first time in the book, reveal glimpses of a world where logging was king; the Coos County fair was the biggest event of the year; and farm families traveled by horse team and riverboat to shop in a bustling Myrtle Point.

    After growing up on a dairy farm in Tillamook, Oregon, Linda (Milne) Kirk now lives in the upper Coquille Valley in the community of Sitkum. She currently works at the Myrtle Point Library. She’s also a volunteer firefighter for the Dora-Sitkum Fire Department.

    Carolyn (Whitney) Prola has published three earlier books based on her family history. She is one of the founding members of the Coquille Valley Genealogy Club and has a long-time interest in preserving the history of Myrtle Point and the Coquille River Valley.

    Mary Ellen (Davenport) Robertson lives on a Catching Creek farm established by her father’s aunt, DeEtte (Davenport) Slingsby, in 1900. After earning a teaching certificate at Oregon State University, she taught primary grades in Myrtle Point for many years.

    The talk and book signing is free and open to the public. The Coos Historical & Maritime Museum sits under shady trees in Simpson Park on Highway 101 at the north edge of North Bend.

    • May 03, 2014
    • SWOCC

    The day-long event features an afternoon of musical performances, vendors, workshops on music, dance, song, and various cultural topics. 
    The evening concert opening group will be Kitchen Ceilidh, a women’s acappella vocal music group who sing traditional and current songs in Scottish Gaelic. Earlier in the day, they’ll lead a wool waulking demo-working the damp tweed to finish accompanied by call and return style songs. Kitchen Ceilidh will teach the song refrain to audience participants and have some folks from the audience join at the table to work the cloth. The concert headliner will be Molly’s Revenge – a California-based, dynamic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious enthusiasm. The band’s instrumentation includes a classic combination of bagpipes, whistle, and fiddle, with a backdrop of guitar, mandola, and bodhran. 

    Takes place at the Hales Center for the Performing Arts located on the Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC).

    • May 03, 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Coos Historical & Maritime Museum
    Free admission with a donation of four cans of food!
    • May 10, 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Mingus Park - Coos Bay
    Join us in Mingus Park for a celebration of Women's Health.

    Registration for the event starts at 9:00am next to the stage at Mingus Park.

     9:30am -  Warm up Stretch and Zumba!

    At 10:00am - Let's Move !!!
    Participants can choose from several walk options or join in a warm up aerobics session. There will be music and a DJ at the park so you can get your walking groove on.

    There will be dozens of booths set up around the paved track at Mingus park offering participants the latest information on the care and prevention of health care issues affecting women.  There will even be a Zumba demonstration. 

    You can take some trips around the 1/2 mile track while perusing the various exhibits or you can take off on a 1.5 mile hike on Mingus Park trails (rated moderate) .  The more you walk - the more tickets you earn for the prize drawing.

    At 11:30 - we will all meet back at the stage area for closing comments and a drawing for lots of prizes.

    11:30 to 12:00 - Wrap up and last visits to exhibits

    I hope you will all attend and bring a family member, friend or neighbor with you.
    Rain or Shine - It is going to be fun.


    • May 11, 2014
    • Shore Acres
    Rhody experts in the Garden; Bay Area Artist Association paint-out in the garden, refreshments 11am-4pm. ($5 parking fee)
    • May 17, 2014
    • May 18, 2014
    • Shore Acres

    Many varieties of tomatoes, annuals, perennials, flowers of all kinds, herbs, vegetables, vines, shrubs, houseplants, ground covers, sedums, and more. Kids garden hats Saturday 12:00-3:00. Garden Questions Answered by the Coos County Master Gardeners.

    Pony Village Mall. 10-6 Saturday and 11-4 on Sunday. Always the 3rd weekend of May.

    • May 18, 2014
    • 9:30 AM
    • Battle Rock Park

    The Really Tough HikeReg Pullen will lead us on an exploration of this little known area of high rocky ridgeline habitat with views that reach from the Pacific Ocean to the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.  This 2.3 mile section of the old Asa Carey trail (circa.1870) climbs 1300 feet to a rocky outcropping at 3029 feet.  4.6 mile round trip. 

    The full hike up to Rocky Peak has some very steep grades and is rated most difficult.

    The Less Difficult HikeYou will have the option to cover the first moderate to difficult portion of the Rocky Peak trail for some nice views and some interesting flora.    We will stop at an overlook for lunch.  You can rest or do a little exploring in some of the nearby meadows and wooded areas and then we follow our new and "Kinder" path that the local deer were taking back up to the road before returning to the trailhead for a total of 3 miles. 

    For more information go to

    • May 23, 2014
    • May 25, 2014
    • The Mill Casino

    3rd Annual BBQ BLUES & BREWS on the BAY

    May 24, 2014 - May 25, 2014

    Friday,  May 23rd

    3 pm - 6:30 pm - Learn the ins and outs of BBQ and become a Certified KCBS BBQ Judge. (See Registration link above)

    Saturday, May 24

    Noon - 8 pm - Enjoy food vendors, beer garden and live entertainment. Sample over 20 craft brews for a $10 donation.

    Noon - 3 pm - Sample BBQ from the competitors

    2 - 4 pm - Eating contests

    Sunday May 25

    Noon - 5 pm - Enjoy food vendors, beer garden and live entertainment. Sample over 20 craft brews for a $10 donation.

    2 pm - Jim Monihan Mac ‘N Cheese Challenge turn in.

    2:30 - 3:30 pm - Sample BBQ and Mac ‘N Cheese from the competitors

    4 pm - Awards Ceremony

    • May 24, 2014
    • Downtown Coos Bay
    Bring the family and wear your red, white, and blue! The parade begins at 4th Street and Golden Avenue and ends at 2ndStreet and Hall Avenue in downtown Coos Bay.  The length of the parade is approximately one mile. All citizens who would like to honor these Americans who have served are encouraged to join Coos Bay Mayor Shoji in a walk in the Memorial Day Parade

    For more information contact Gene Melton 541-290-4222 or Bill Kehler at 541-888-6556.

    • May 24, 2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • Bridge Country Store

    Don Luce & Dave Gray will lead an 8 mile hike from Euphoria Ridge to Bear Pen Creek. The hike will go through 4 trails sections from meadow to mature alder forest to old growth with old roads connecting them.  This hike is rated difficult and a shuttle set up is required to make it one way.


     * We leave the Bridge Store at 9:00 sharp in order to set up the shuttle and leave ahead of the next group. Plan on 4 hours. 

           Dress for the weather and for walking through tall wet grass. Don’t forget water, it can get hot.

    For more information go to

    • May 24, 2014
    • 9:30 AM
    • Bridge Country Store

    Don Ivy, cultural resources program coordinator for the Coquille Tribe will lead us on a hike through a beautiful rocky meadow and give us some insight into how native people lived and interacted with the land and its resources and how they are managing those resources to support traditional uses.  

    Don is going to change things a bit this year and take us into some additional areas, so the hike will be a bit longer.

    Hike is a moderate 4 miles but there are some steep climbs.  Plan on 3 to 3.5 hours.

    * This hike leaves the Bridge Country Store at 9:30 and is limited to 30 people. 

    Email Don Luce at to reserve your spot.  


    For more information go to

    • May 31, 2014
    • 7:15 AM
    • June 01, 2014
    • The OSU County Extension Office in Myrtle Point

    Hanging Rock in the Wild Rogue River Wilderness is perched at 3500 ft overlooking the Rogue River canyon and the rapids below.  The Panther Ridge trail winds along this high ridge under magnificent stands of old growth timber with rhododendron and scrub oak and nest of bear grass.    Hikers can either hike the easy to moderate 1.9 mile round trip to Hanging Rock and back or they can extend their hike along the Panther Ridge trail to Clay Hill for a 5.5 mile total hike - rated difficult.  Shuttle set up required. Hikers can finish the day with optional trips to Coquille Falls (1 mile moderate) and Elk Creek Falls (.25 miles easy),  which are both on our way back toward Powers.  Bring at least 1 liter of water if you are taking the short hike and at least 2 if you plan on taking the longer hike. 

    Boots and walking sticks are recommended for both hikes.

    A small group will backpack 4.5 miles down to the Rogue River on the Clay Hill trail and camp overnight then walk out 6 miles along the Rogue River Trail  to Big Bend Trail head on Sunday before going home.

    * You must register for the overnight trip by May 26th by emailing Don Luce at 


    For more information go to

    • June 06, 2014
    • Coos Bay Visitor Center

    Visit various downtown businesses to wine taste and shop. Commemorative wine glasses and maps will be sold for $10 each at the Coos Bay Visitor Center.

    For more information, contact Cindy Rawlings at The World, 541-269-1222, ext248

    • June 07, 2014
    • Shore Acres
    Shore Acres State Park, hosted by Friends of Shore Acres, Garden House/Pavillion. FREE PARKING DAY!
    • June 07, 2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Covered Pavilion at the end of the Arago Point loop

    Bring a picnic lunch and/or something to throw on the grill for the picnic at noon afterwards.

    Hike Description:   Take a 2.5 mile one way trip from Cape Arago Point on the Arago Pack Trail toward Simpson Reef ( we will stop there briefly to check out the local wildlife) then along the Oregon Coast Trail to a point .25 miles S of Shore Acres Botanical Garden.

    *Those wishing to end their hike here need to arrive a little early (8:15am) to set a vehicle beside the road .25 miles S of Shore Acres.   

    For those wanting a longer hike we will cross the highway and take New Perimeter Trail and Arago Pack Trail back to Arago Point for a total of 7.5 miles of hiking.   The Short hike is rated moderate and the long hike is rated moderate to difficult.   
    Plan on 2 hours for the short hike and 3 hours for the long hike.  Restrooms are at beginning and end of the long hike and a short drive from end of short hike.

    9:00 am Hike Starts
    12:00 pm Picnic Starts


    For more information go to

    • June 07, 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Coos Historical & Maritime Museum
    Free admission with a donation of four cans of food!
    • June 15, 2014
    • Shore Acres
    Rose experts in the garden, refreshments; 11am-4pm. ($5 parking fee)
    • June 28, 2014
    • Empire District, Coos Bay

    When the Tide is out, the table is set!
    Empire District, Multiple locations
    Join the Empire celebration of the history, the clams, the culture, and the future of our area. Venues include the Fire Hall, the Hollering Place, Ed Lund Park, the Tribal House of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw tribes, and the downtown area along Newmark Avenue. Events will include live music, a parade, food with clam themes, historic tours and cultural information and activities. Demonstrations include Native American crafts, live Coast Guard operations, and much more!?

Past events

April 19, 2014 37th Annual Roseburg to Coos Bay Relay
April 13, 2014 South Coast Striders Walk
April 05, 2014 First Saturday Food Drive
April 05, 2014 Family Fun Day & Run for the Kids
April 04, 2014 First Friday Wine Walk
April 03, 2014 Museum Closed for Staff In-Service
March 29, 2014 Glen Olson Author Talk
March 22, 2014 Whale Watching Week
March 21, 2014 Sip 'n Stroll
March 13, 2014 25th Annual South Coast Clambake Jazz Festival
March 07, 2014 First Friday Wine Walk
March 01, 2014 First Saturday Food Drive
February 15, 2014 Charleston Crab Feed
February 07, 2014 First Friday Wine Walk
February 01, 2014 Burns Night Celebration & Dinner
January 25, 2014 Walkable North Bend
January 17, 2014 Southcoast Clambake Jazz Festival Preview
January 04, 2014 First Saturday Food Drive
January 04, 2014 BIRDS ON THE ESTUARY
January 01, 2014 Polar Bear Plunge
January 01, 2014 Museum Closed
December 31, 2013 New Year's Eve Party
December 31, 2013 New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball OCCI
November 28, 2013 Lights at Shore Acres
November 02, 2013 Author Talk with Andie Jensen
October 31, 2013 Trick or Treat!
October 25, 2013 Monster Disco Ball
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