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Open House Invitation for Worksource Coos

Contributed By: Debbie Sargent, Area Manager - WorkSource Coos - Employment Department

The Open House is Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 from 11:30am - 2:00pm.The ribbon cutting is at 11:45am. The building has been remodeled inside and out and everyone is welcome to join us!!!

If you have been wondering who is in one of the nicest looking buildings in Coos Bay (right behind Porter’s RV and facing Coos Cycle), please stop by and check out our building. While you are at it...check out the ample parking, conference rooms, available resources, and take a minute to meet the friendly staff at WorkSource and the Southwestern Workforce Investment Board and learn more about what we do here.

There will be free Hot Dogs, chips, soda, and cookies served on the “patio”, the covered area, on the North end of the building. Mayor Benetti and the Bay Area Chamber Ambassadors will be on hand for a Ribbon Cutting ceremony at 11:45am. The conference room next to the patio area will showcase the variety of services we offer to Business, Seniors (55+), Adults, Youth, people looking for work and/or training opportunities. Our main entrance opens into an inviting space with computers, high speed internet, and free WiFi providing a nice place to work on or receive assistance with resumes, cover letters, filling out applications, working on skills assessments and building job skills, registering for services, and filing or claiming unemployment. There is an additional computer lab/training room and another conference meeting room. We offer Workshops, Labor Market Information and resources, and the local CCAT Bus Services come right to our corner (990 S 2nd and Johnson Street). Ask about “Girls Who Code”, CNA1 training and certification, Rethinking Job Search, the Self-Employment Assistance program or Tax Incentive programs for employers. If we don’t offer what you need we will connect you with our community partners that do.

Stop by and say hi! We are looking forward to meeting and serving you!

Get Ready, Coos Bay

If a natural disaster hits our area, we want you and your family to be prepared! JOIN US Saturday, September 23, 2017, 11am-2pm, for an event that will help you GET READY. NW Natural will be joined by local emergency groups to give away safety items and a FREE lunch. The first 100 families will also receive a FREE PREPAREDNESS ITEM.

The event will be held at the Coos Bay Fire Department 450 Elrod Ave., Coos Bay

Sponsored By: Coos County Emergency Management, Coos Bay Police, North Coos 911 Center, Bay Cities Ambulance, Southwestern Oregon Preppers, Hazmat Team 15, Coast CPR, Car Seat Coalition, Bay Area Hospital, Coos County Public Health, Coos Forest Protective Association, OSU Master Food Preservers, 811-Call Before You Dig, Oregon State Police, CERT, United Way of SW Oregon, NOAA and more.

Shipwrecks Of Coos And Curry Counties

Coos Bay Public Library will be holding a FREE presentation. Local author and historian, H.S. Contino, will present highlights from her two books released by Arcadia Publishing: Shipwrecks of Coos County (2011) and her latest, Shipwrecks of Curry County (2017), before opening the floor to questions. Afterwards, Contino will be available to sell and sign her books. Event will be held Wednesday, September 27th at 6:30pm in the Coos Bay Library’s Myrtlewood Room and is open to all members of the public.

H.S. Contino gained her passion for history from her grandfather, who owned a small antiques store. She resides on the Oregon coast, where she spent five years as the research assistant at the Coos History Museum. Contino’s books are available for checkout from the library and for sale at Books by the Bay in North Bend and the author’s Etsy’s shop online ( Come learn more about the dangers of navigating South Coast waters such as the Coos Bay bar and the extreme weather that caused many Curry County shipwrecks.

We All Belong Here: A Community Forum

Join us from 6:30-8:30 PM on Thursday, September 21st at the Coos History Museum for a forum about the ways that our county can come together and create a community where EVERYONE can thrive and feel safe. We are asking a $1 donation to defray printing costs, no one will be turned away for lack of fundsl.

Sponsored by: PFLAG Coos Bay/South Coast; Rural Organizing Project; Q&A of Coos County; Coos Diversity Poster; Coast Range Forest Watch; Coos County Youth Homeless Coalition; Emmanuel Episcopal Church; Gloria Dei Lutheran Church; Indivisible of Coos County; Faith Lutheran Church; Human Rights Advocates of Coos County

More info check the Facebook event:

Charleston Fishing Families Hosts Fundraiser

This fundraiser is Charleston Fishing Families is a 501c3 Nonprofit Organization in Coos County dedicated to helping our fishing community and families in good times and bad. Our main goal is to raise funds for our Fishing Families Relief Fund to assist in many ways, including assisting in commercial fishing incidents.

Please join us October 7th from 4 pm – 7 pm at Pony Village Mall in suite 155 (next to Payless Shoe Source) for our Family Bingo and Silent Auction Fundraiser. For $25.00, you will get to play 10 rounds of bingo (each page has 3 cards). Each additional packet is $5.00.

Prizes and Silent Auction items include: OSU vs Colorado Football Tickets, $100.00 to Local Ocean Seafood in Newport, OR, U of O Volleyball tickets, 2018 Pendleton Roundup passes, 7 Devils Brewing Company basket, and more! There will be a kid’s corner set up to keep the kiddos occupied along with childcare. Hearty Appetizers and beverages will also be available.

Please contact Charleston Fishing Families with questions at 541-404-5934 or by emailing

Humanity’s ReStore Customer and Donor Appreciation Day

Coos Bay Area Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore will host a Customer and Donor Appreciation Day on Saturday, September 23. Habitat’s ReStore appreciates the generous support of the community, and invites new and returning customers to stop by on Saturday, September 23 between 11am-2pm for a hot dog and great deals, including ten percent off total purchases of $100 or more!

Habitat’s ReStore accepts donations of new and gently used building materials, appliances, cabinets, wood furniture, paint, and more, and sells these materials to the public at great discounts. Proceeds help Coos Bay Area Habitat for Humanity eradicate sub-standard housing in our community.

Everyone is welcome to stop by Habitat’s Restore at 776 S. 2nd St. Coos Bay, OR 97420 to meet the staff and find a bargain!

Youth & Young Adult Peer Mentor Training

• Are you 18 – 30 years old?

• Do you have lived experience with mental health or mental health and addictions challenges?

• Are you ready to join the peer delivered services field?

BECOME A PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST! This state-approved Peer Support Specialist certification training focuses on the unique challenges of youth and young adults. This training has two components: 40 hours of in-class training and 20 hours of service learning.

JOIN US FOR A FREE TRAINING FROM SEPTEMBER 25 -29TH! GET ENROLLED NOW! You may contact Fawn Preston to sign up or for more information. Email: Phone: 503-922-2377

Nurturing Hope for Children with Special Needs and Health Concerns

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Family Center invites all adults caring for a child with special needs or health concerns to our Nurturing Hope for Children with Special Needs and Health Concerns workshop series. The series is free and will be held every Tuesday evening starting September 19, 2017 until November 28, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

This Nurturing Hope workshop has been designed so that participants can connect with other parents and caregivers, learn to advocate for their child, acquire new techniques for calming and soothing, and just plain have fun and connect with their child.

A family dinner and childcare will be provided at each of the weekly workshops. The Family Center is located on Southwestern’s Coos Campus at 2140 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.

For more information and to register please call 541-888-1588.

Seaweed Art

Saturday, September 23 at 9 AM - 12 PM

Have you ever examined the intrinsic artistry found in seaweed? In this seaweed pressing workshop, a brief lecture on the taxonomy, ecology and history of marine algae will be followed by preparing and pressing your very own work of art. You will be contacted when your prepared presses are dried and ready for the home, a process that takes about one to two weeks. Finished pieces will be suitable for framing. Meet at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology Parking Lot 63466 Boat Basin Rd., Charleston, OR 97420 [Max - 20 participants] ($20 fee includes all materials)

Beginning Computer Mouse

Coos Bay Public Library will be offering a BEGINNING COMPUTER MOUSE class for novice computer users. Class will be held on Friday, September 29th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Library’s Internet computers (entrance at 9:15am).  Seating is limited, so pre-registration is required. The sign-up sheet is available at the Reference Desk in the Library.

This session is designed for users who have no experience using computers or have had trouble using a computer mouse. Attendees will become comfortable using a mouse and an Internet browser. This will be an ideal chance for computer novices to learn the most basic steps to getting on the Internet.

There is no admission charged. Please call 269-1101 for further information on this program.

GED, Adult Basic Education and ESL classes scheduled for fall term in Curry County

Gold Beach, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College will be offering GED exam preparation, college and career preparation, and college placement test preparation for fall term in Curry County. Students can build a pipeline to enter college, training programs and jobs in high-demand career areas. English as a Second Language will be offered in Gold Beach and Brookings.

Orientation is scheduled for September 25 and 26, 2017 at Southwestern’s Gold Beach Center. In Port Orford, orientation is scheduled on September 26 and 28 from 6:00 to 9:00pm at Pacific High School. Orientation is scheduled at the Curry Campus in Brookings from 6:00 to 9:00 pm on September 26 and 28. All new students must attend orientation. Call 541-813-1667 or 541-247-2741 to sign up for orientation.

 Classes will be held Monday and Wednesday in Gold Beach, and Tuesday and Thursday in Port Orford at Pacific High School, and at the Curry Campus in Brookings. All classes meet from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Classes are also offered at the Coos Campus. Please call 541-888-1593 for information.

There is a charge of $50 to participate in any combination of these classes in Curry County each term. For more information or to register, please call 541-888-1667 or 541-247-2741. Fall term 2017 is September 25 through December 7.

Southwestern Offers GED/College Prep Classes Fall Term 

The Transitional Education Department, a college and career preparation program at Southwestern Oregon Community College, will offer General Education Development (GED) exam preparation, college and career preparation, college placement test preparation, Adult Basic Education (ABE), and English Language Acquisition (ELA) courses fall term. Through these courses, students can build a pipeline to enter college, training programs, and jobs in high-demand career areas.

Orientation is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 25,  in Tioga Hall, 3rd floor, on the Coos Bay Campus. All new students can call 541-888-1593 or drop in to sign up for orientation for the term. Lunch will be provided for all enrolled students. The courses then start on Tuesday, Sept. 26. Class times are scheduled as follows:


Day- Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Evening- Tuesday-Thursday  5-7 p.m.


Day- Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Evening- Monday-Wednesday  6-8 p.m.

Transitional Education front desk hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The college also offers GED classes in Brookings and Port Orford. Please contact the Curry Campus at 541-813-1667 for more information.

The cost per term is $57 and includes access to the recreation center for the term.

Fall term 2017 runs from Sept. 25 to Dec. 7.

Please visit the website at or call 541-888-1593, if you have further questions.

Seminar Offered On The New Changes In Oregon Sick Time And New Employment Laws

What you don’t know CAN hurt you!

COOS BAY, OR | On Friday, September 29, 2017, the South Coast Oregon Employer Council will host “Oregon Sick Time Update & New Employment Laws”—a seminar presented by The Bureau of Labor and Industries Technical Assistance for Employers Unit. This seminar is targeted toward human resources personnel, business owners, managers, and front line supervisors who have employees working in Oregon.

Recent changes in employment laws impact all Oregon employers.  In this informative session, the Technical Assistance for Employers trainer will cover updates to the Oregon Sick Time law and new employment laws passed during the 2017 Legislative session. Topics will include Oregon Sick Time changes, Equal Pay, Fair Work Week (predictive scheduling), and changes to daily and weekly overtime for certain employees. This interactive and practical presentation will include tips and best practices for employers and allow time for group discussions and Q&A. Don’t fall behind and out of compliance by not keeping up with these changes!

The Bureau of Labor and Industries Technical Assistance for Employers Unit offers a variety of training seminars for Oregon employers, supervisors, managers, and human resource professionals. Technical Assistance trainers work closely with bureau enforcement divisions to provide you with educational seminars that cover the latest developments in employment law. BOLI seminars are acclaimed as an effective and proactive way to help keep your organization in compliance with labor laws -- and out of court!

How to Register: The seminar will be held on Friday, September 29, 2017 at the South Coast Education Service District (ESD) Large Conference Room, 1350 Teakwood, Coos Bay. Check-in starts at 7:45 a.m. and the seminar presentation runs from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Seminar registration is open to the public—seminar registration fee is $69 per person. The non-refundable fee includes a continental breakfast and seminar materials. Save money with our Seminar Package Deal! Get $5 off each seminar by buying a sheet of 6 tickets.  Use them in any combination you wish – 6 employees to one seminar, one employee to each upcoming seminar, split among two or three seminars, etc. To register by phone, call 1-800-342-4742 Ext 2124.

To register online, go to

September’s seminar sponsor is Cardinal Services, Inc.—an Oregon based family-run company specializing in designing workplace solutions for staffing and recruiting, customized payroll services and HR consulting. We take care of the administrative mayhem so you can get back to doing what you do best – running your business!

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