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Coos Bay Farmers Market vendor applications are available

COOS BAY — Calling all vendors! On Wednesday, March 14, the Coos Bay Farmers Market will be accepting vendor applications for the 2018 market season. The Market is located on Central Avenue in Coos Bay’s historic downtown. It will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Wednesday, May 2 through Oct. 31.

The CBFM features over 60 vendors and provides the community with fresh locally grown produce, eggs, honey, meat, baked goods, roasted coffee, flowers, body care products, handmade craft items, ready-to-eat

Those interested in becoming a vendor please visit the Coos Bay Downtown Association’s website at to find application information.
food and much more. The weekly popular event strives to bring high quality, Oregon-produced items in the historic downtown atmosphere neighboring Highway 101.

To reach the CBFM management, email at or call 541-266-9711. Further updates on the 2018 season can be found at or on Instagram @coosbayfarmersmarket.

The Coos Bay Farmers Market is presented by the Coos Bay Downtown Association where we encourage visitors to shop, eat, mingle and explore all that the area has to offer.

SWOCC to present two Winter Concerts in March

COOS BAY — The Music Department of Southwestern Oregon Community College will present two Winter Concerts.

The first concert features Southwestern Oregon Community College Community Choir at Harmony United Methodist Church, 123 Ocean Blvd., Coos Bay. That performance begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 11.

Director David Aakre and the choir have put together a varied program which includes choral numbers by Ellingboe and Buxtehude, selections by the barbershop quartet, “The Accidental’s,” and classic vocal solos by Heather Williams. The choir will close the program with a medley of songs from “Phantom of the Opera,” arranged by Ed Lojeski. Accompanists for the program are Lynne Kuhn and Rhianna Haines.

The Vocal and Instrumental Jazz Ensembles will perform their Winter Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the Hales Center for Performing Arts on the Southwestern campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.

Cameron Jerde will lead the instrumentalists in some familiar jazz charts and improvisation.

The Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Ida Jo Gates, will perform a variety of a cappella and accompanied standards. “Here’s That Rainy Day” and “El la Macarenita” are two a cappella selections that were recently performed by eight members of the ensemble (aptly named SWOCTET) at the Bend A Cappella Jazz Festival. The remaining members of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble will join the SWOCTET on these and other numbers such as “Sunny” and “On Broadway”.

The Music Department at Southwestern is grateful for any donations to the program, however, the concerts are free. The students and the directors hope that the community will come and enjoy these musical offerings.

Southwestern calls for Distinguished Alumni nominations

COOS BAY — Southwestern Oregon Community College is seeking the community’s help to honor graduates who have gone on after college to improve their professions, education, communities, or the world. Each year since 1992, the college has solicited nominations for a distinguished alumna or alumnus.

Nominations are open for 2018 through April 1. To be eligible, nominees must have graduated with a degree or certificate or have completed a minimum of 60 credits from SWOCC.

Past recipients have included teachers, leaders in business and finance, a fitness champion, medical professionals, a poet, athletes and a U.S. Army colonel. Southwestern’s graduates have distinguished themselves in professions and efforts around the globe, and the college wants to celebrate individuals who have contributed selflessly to improvement.

This year’s distinguished alum will be invited to speak at the commencement ceremony June 15 and will be recognized at the Southwestern Foundation Distinguished Alumni Celebration the evening before.

For more information or to receive a nomination form, contact 541-888-2525. To read more about the Distinguished Alumni nomination process visit