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Bandon Feeds the Hungry is Saturday

An eclectic mix of talent will be featured in the seventh annual Bandon Feeds the Hungry variety show and silent auction, set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Sprague Community Theater, 1202 11th St. SW.

Mike Dempsey and Neal Davis will act as masters of ceremonies, and a lively and fast-moving show is promised.  

This year’s acts include members of the 2014 Cranberry Court; Passin’ Notes; the Gold Coast Chorus; The Overtones; Brendan Fisher; Marlo Dance Studio dancers; Rachelle Maxon; Ben and Izzy Bean; Candace Kreitlow and Jean Mautner; Kenny, Bob and Rob; Lori Straley accompanied by Cynthia Mohroko; Dave Takahashi; Susan Christiansen; and some surprise performers.

There also will be a silent auction with many quality items and gift certificates donated by local merchants and individuals, including two round-trip vouchers for SeaPort Airlines, golfing and dining donated by Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, gift certificates to local stores and restaurants and gift baskets. There also will be door prizes (bring a can of food for a raffle ticket), a 50/50 drawing, and refreshments provided by the Bandon School District.

Tickets are $12 adults and $10 seniors and students and available at Bandon Mercantile, Bandon True Value Hardware, WinterRiver Books, Begin Agains and at the door.

All proceeds from Bandon Feeds the Hungry will be split evenly between the five food assistance programs in Bandon: Senior Meals, Coastal Harvest Gleaners, E.A.T., Good Neighbors Food Bank and Restoration Church Food Pantry.

Those wanting more information, or to donate money, silent auction items or door prizes can call Moss Strong at 541-290-9989.

Third annual Scrub Sale at SCH

The third annual Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center Scrub Sale will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6. Come by the SCH conference room and find the latest styles in pants, tops, prints and solids, jackets, shoes and much more. A representative from Care Wear Uniforms will accept cash, credit/debit cards and checks.

The Scrub Sale is a fundraiser for the Southern Coos Health Foundation. Ten percent of the day’s sales go to the Southern Coos Health Foundation and the ongoing operations of the hospital. Support from the community helps SCH offer vital healthcare services to residents of Bandon and the southern Oregon Coast.

Showcase presents The Voetberg Family

Eight siblings ranging in age from 15 to 25, with more than eight years of performing experience will open Bandon Showcase’s 2014-15 season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at the Sprague Community Theater.

Powered by two national fiddle champions, a west coast flat-picking champion and 10 state fiddle championships, The Voetberg Family Band puts on a show that displays a cohesive variety of musical styles and a developed musicianship beyond their years.

As classically trained musicians, each band member displays unique versatility while remaining technically sound. The Voetberg Family Band performs Irish, Scottish, American, swing, jazz and classical music and have been coached by several world class musicians — including Grammy winners Floyd Domino and Chris Booher.

“The Voetbergs continue to inspire me with their incredible talents,” said Hanneke Cassel, U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion and performing artist who grew up in Port Orford. “They are great entertainers and express a love of music and life joyfully and passionately.”

The Voetberg Family includes, from eldest to youngest, Liddy, Elisha, Annnie, Lilja, Tucker, Deter, Vance and Rudy, who all have special talents they bring to the stage.

Tickets cost $25 each or $100 for the entire season, which, in addition to The Voetbergs, features Ted Vigil’s John Denver Musical Tribute on Jan. 10; comedians Lynn Trefzger and George Casey on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17; and Anthony Kearns, “Star of the Irish Tenors” on May 13.

The season includes interactive outreach assemblies for Ocean Crest Elementary and Bandon High School students.

All seats are reserved and all shows start at 7:30 p.m. at the Sprague Community Theater, 1202 11th St. SW in Bandon. Season show tickets are available at Bandon Mercantile or call 541-347-SHOW.

Contact Bandon Showcase at www.bandonshowcase.org for show information and a downloadable ticket order form for season tickets. Visit Bandon Showcase on Facebook too.

Film Festival coming to Sprague

The Oregon Coast Film Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 11. This year’s film festival has expanded to include an afternoon workshop and a feature film as well as an artists’ reception and an evening of short documentary films. Last year’s film festival attracted more than 200 people to the Best of Festival evening at the Sprague Theater, 1202 11th St. SW in Bandon. The evening event screened more than 25 original, short films.

An early afternoon workshop, “Storytelling: Through Pictures and other Digital Media” begins at 1 p.m. This is an interactive workshop.

The feature film “Reclaimation” begins at 4 p.m. Filmmaker Nan Parsons tells the story of one veteran who has used art in his healing process, the healing of his wounds of war.

An artists’ reception will be held from 5-6 p.m., followed by the Best of Festival Short Films program from 6-9 p.m.

Tickets are $15 and include admission to all the film festival events. Tickets are currently available online at Eventbrite.com or at the door.

Film festival organizers plan to establish a yearly scholarship for area high school students. They will be donating a portion of the proceeds to establish and distribute a film festival scholarship.

Organizers thank the Coos County Cultural Coalition for a $1,000 grant for media and advertising. Those interested in underwriting or sponsoring the festival, can email CoastFilmFest@iCloud.com.

Local artist Thomas Farmer featured at SCH

The Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center invites the Bandon community to the Still Life Show, which opens on Sunday, Oct. 12, with a reception from 1-3 p.m. featuring refreshments and music by The Overtones.

The public also is invited to meet new Southern Coos Health Foundation Director Scott McEachern during the reception.

The show features six new paintings recently bequeathed to the hospital from the late artist Thomas Farmer’s collection.

The Still Life Show will be on view through December. In addition to Farmer’s work, the show will feature paintings by many artists from Bandon and the Southern Oregon Coast.

Thomas Farmer, 1926-2007, was a prolific artist during his decades-long career. Three of his paintings are in the permanent collection at the Coos Art Museum. The hospital featured one of Farmer’s paintings, “The Fop,” in a 2013 art show.

For more information about The Still Life Show, contact McEachern, 541-329-1040 or smceachern@southerncoos.org.

Meditation seminars offered at St. John

Best selling author Inbar Shahar, in Bandon until November, will be offering one-hour seminars in meditation and relaxation.

The sessions are 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays. Love offering donations are accepted.

  • Oct. 4, will be Meditating and Breathing for Health and Well Being.
  • Oct. 11, introduces Peace, Love, Harmony and Other Mantras Bringing Peace in a Chaotic World.
  • Oct. 18, covers Meditation Through Mantras and Chakras.

The seminars will be held at St. John Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall at the corner of Eighth Street Southwest and Franklin. Parking is in the back.

Participants can join Shahar for any session. Bring a mat or cushions to sit on the floor or comfortable chair seating is provided. Wear comfortable clothing.

To register or for more information, phone Shahar at 310-927-6786.

Community Choir resumes on Mondays

The South Coast Community Choir has started its 2014-2015 season. The nonauditioned community choir meets every Monday, at 6:30 p.m. in the Harbor Lights Middle School choir room. John Harding, Charlotte Pierce and Holly Sylvester will continue to co-direct.

For those who are able, a monthly contribution of $5-$15 is appreciated. All are welcome. Bring a friend and see you there! For more information contact Holly Sylvester at 541-290-9293.

Gospel message delivered via simulcast

On Sunday, Oct. 5, those interested are invited to find answers to their questions about the purpose and meaning of life when Bandon’s Sprague Theater will simulcast Greg Laurie live from Dallas, Texas, starting at 4 p.m. There is no charge.

The live video feed will include music from Mercy Me and Phil Wickham. All are invited to attend and discover why the gospel message is true hope, “One Day, One Church, One Message,” according to a spokeswoman from Pacific Community Church.

For more information call 541-347-6095, or go to harvestamerica.com.

Peace dances at Unity

Dances of Universal Peace will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at Unity of Bandon.

Peace dance participants are invited to deepen their own spiritual experience through movement, music and song. Various spiritual traditions of the world are honored and celebrated through singing and dancing. The words and music are beautiful and the steps simple.

The dances are suitable for all ages and levels of participation and all are welcome to attend. Unity of Bandon is located on U.S. Highway 101 South, one mile south of 11th Street. For more information, call 541-347-4696.

New Artists presents ‘The Guardian’

Turn on your imagination and visualize you are in the ancient city of Thebes in Egypt, modern-day Luxor. A group of archeologists has just discovered a new tomb. The tomb is believed to be the final resting site of the Priestess Iset, a Princess of the 20th Dynasty.

She is known for her unusual abilities to cast spells and create deadly curses. Iset is the daughter of Pharaoh Amenhotep the Third who was a feared and hated ruler. He buries Iset alive in her tomb so she will always remain vigilant as a guardian of the entrance to the Valley of the Kings. All who pass by her tomb may fall under her spell as they enter the Valley; it is even worse for those who enter her tomb.

Twenty-two young actors from the New Artists Productions program will take the Sprague Community Theater stage to unfold the story and to solve the mysteries of Iset.

Presenting the story of “The Guardian” are Nathan Woodruff, Dustin Wilson; Russell, Natalie, and Isabella Jones; Nathan Malamud, Marisa Smith, Alyssa Matas; Sarai and Hannah Perkins, Kayla Dugan, Kylie Gomes, Rachel Etzel, Natalie Vincent; Megan, Adam, and Henry Wood; Kristina Allen, Carter Precourt, Elli Schulz and McKenzie Martin. These young actors reside in Bandon, Coos Bay, Coquille, Langlois, North Bend and Sixes.

“This production is planned to be a dramatic effort with some interesting turns and some fearful events,” said Dan Almich, who wrote the play.

“The Guardian” opens a two-weekend run beginning Oct. 17. Tickets, priced at $10 adults, $8 senior citizens, $5 students (K-12), are available at Bandon True Value Hardware, 541-347-2506, Bandon Mercantile, 541-347-4341, at the box office prior to each show, or by reservation with the Almichs at 541-347-2517.

Show dates for “The Guardian” are Oct. 17, 18 and 19; and Oct. 24, 25 and 26. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays 7 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. For information, contact the Almichs at 541-347-2517.

It’s Barktoberfest time again

Bandon True Value Hardware will hold its third annual Barktoberfest, an Animal Shelter Aide event to benefit the Coos County Animal Shelter, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in the large landscape yard of True Value.

Barktoberfest includes a dog parade, face painting, dog treats from a variety of local vendors, a doggy kissing booth, hot-dogs (for humans); demonstrations provided by BARK Search and Rescue, training workshops, awards and prizes, among other activities.

Animal Shelter Aide also will sponsor on-site adoptions. For more information, contact Trish Lehosit at 541-297-3057.

Elsewhere

Diabetes walk at Mingus Park

COOS BAY — The South Coast Diabetes Association and Bay Bariatrics are hosting a Diabetes and Obestiy Walk for Wellness Saturday, Oct. 4. Registration and health screening will begin at 9 a.m. at Mingus Park in Coos Bay.

Education will cover issues surrounding blood sugar, blood pressure and body mass index. There will be music, prizes, food demonstrations and other educational opportunities.

For more information visit www.southcoastdiabetes.org.

Autumn antics at the South Slough Reserve

CHARLESTON — The early bird catches the worm and early birdwatchers get to observe. Saturday, Oct. 4, meet at the South Slough Interpretive Center at 8 a.m. to search the reserve for winged wildlife. An interpreter, binoculars and spotting scopes will be provided.  $1/birder. Call in advance to register, 541-888-5558.

Octoberfish is an annual community festival that celebrates the local food, art and music the community has to offer. This year, Octoberfish will feature special activities with the Coos Bay Chapter of the Surfrider foundation, the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and other local organizations. Proceeds go to the Charleston Food Bank via the Surfrider Foundation, the 501(c)3 sponsor. Join us Saturday, Oct. 4, from 12-4 p.m. for apple pressing, fish printing, music, $10 dinners from the Tuna Guys, craft vendors and more.

Fall Mushrooms, Saturday, Oct. 11, or Saturday, Nov. 1 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Discover the world of mushrooms with instructor John Schaefer. Learn how to identify at least six local mushroom species and techniques for mushroom hunting. This workshop takes place indoors and along trails, so dress for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring a basket and knife for collecting. (Max-20 participants per class, $20/participant includes 1 year FOSS membership; free to current FOSS members) Call 541-888-5558 to register.

Join us live at the Interpretive Center for our next Creature Feature at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, free. Call 541-888-5558 to register.

South Slough Trail & Treat 5K run/walk/1 mile kids run will be held Saturday, Oct. 25. Estuary-themed costumes encouraged. Event day registration: 8 a.m. Kids run 8:45 a.m., 5K run/walk 9 a.m. Participation medals, age-group ribbons and fall themed-Rice Krispy treats. 5K run/walk : $10. Kids run: $1. Order T-shirt separately by Oct. 16: 5K shirt: $15,  kids shirt $10. Register online: http://fossnerr.org/trail-n-treat-run-2014/ or in person.

The South Slough Reserve Interpretive Center is located four miles south of Charleston on 61907 Seven Devils Road.

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