Meet & Greet at Second Street Gallery

Second Street Gallery welcomes Alex Linke at the gallery Sept. 20 and Sept. 21, for the final artist in its Meet & Greet Artist series this summer.

Linke will be on hand from approximately noon to 4 p.m. to talk about his ocean themed, “Salt Traffic” mobiles, demonstrate his beautiful finely handcrafted jewelry, Pieces In Time, using exotic beads with fascinating histories.

Linke combines naturally formed elements with historic artifacts and treasures. His artful blending of nature and human history creates unique pieces of exceptional beauty, each with its own special story.

“In choosing components for my jewelry, I look for pieces with an intriguing past, whether a fossil, stone, bead or artifact,” Linke said. “Each piece has its own story, and when you string all of these bits and pieces of past worlds and lives together, you have a living history.”

After moving with his family from Bavaria, Germany to Malibu, Calif., Linke worked as a commercial fisherman, yacht skipper and tugboat captain, then served as manager of the Port of Bandon for 30 years. His mobiles have been sold to collectors across the U.S.

For more information, visit http://secondstreetgallery.net.

Sage Place offers Trunk show

This fall marks the fourth anniversary for Sage Place, located at 525 11th St. SE, Bandon. Sage has planned several activities from September through December to celebrate this milestone.

Kicking off the festivities will be an evening event, for bead, stone and jewelry lovers, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 4-8 p.m. The shop will be featuring a Trunk Show and Sale with Jim and Lydia Lee of Mill Street Rocks. Visitors will find the classroom filled with the natural color of Jim’s hand-cut semi-precious stone cabochons and strands of semi-precious stone beads collected over many years.

“Each of Jim's cabs is like a miniature abstract painting; he ‘allows the stone to dictate how it is cut, to show its most artistic dimension’ and this method really creates some extraordinary pieces,” said Anne Sobbota, owner of Sage Place.

Lydia, a long-time beading instructor, masters color through glass with her beadwork. She will be showing some of her work, as well as offering Czech window glass beads at the sale.

“Over the years, many visitors to Sage Place have expressed interest, not only in beads, but also lapidary work and stone collecting; we are delighted to be able to host this event with Jim and Lydia,” said Sobbota.

The Trunk Show will also be open on Monday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and staff is available to answer questions at 541-329-0303.    

Travel to Eastern Europe

The next Travel Night will feature “Russia and Friends” at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, at the Bandon Public Library, 1204 11th St. SW.

Local traveler Ed Swenson will share the trip he and his daughter took to St. Petersburg, Russia; Tallinn, Estonia; Helsinki, Finland; and parts of Slovenia.

Everyone is welcome. There is no cost to attend, and refreshments will be served.

Travel Night is sponsored by Bandon Library Friends & Foundation, Inc.

Have you taken an interesting trip you’d like to share with an appreciative audience? Travel Night at the Bandon library is the perfect venue! For more information, contact chairwoman Marilyn Noorda at 541-347-4757.

Chamber hosts ribbon cuttings

The Bandon Chamber of Commerce invites the public to the following events:

  • Thursday, Sept. 18, 5:30 p.m. — Comspan Communications is celebrating its move from the City Hall building to the historic McNair Building in Old Town. The celebration will be held all day, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., followed by a ribbon cutting at 5:30.
  • Saturday, Sept. 20, 3 p.m. — Bandon Golf Supply and Bandon Fine Wines is celebrating their new combined businesses as well as the move into a different location at the north end of the Bandon Shopping Center to a central location in a newly remodeled space in the center. A ribbon cutting will be the beginning of a special wine tasting and olive oil tasting event.
  • Saturday, Sept. 27, from 11a.m.-2 p.m. Coastal Community Health Center will hold an open house celebration at its new location in the Bandon Professional Center that will include a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. to kick off the event.

Bandon Feeds the Hungry coming Oct. 4

An array of talent will be featured in the seventh annual Bandon Feeds the Hungry variety show and silent auction, to be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Sprague Community Theater, 1202 11th St. S.W.

Mike Dempsey and Neal Davis will act as masters of ceremonies. Anyone who caught them at the Art for the Heart fundraiser last spring will recall their quick-witted humor. The theme for the evening will be food, of course!

This year’s acts include members of the 2014 Cranberry Court; Passin’ Notes; the Gold Coast Chorus; the popular high school barbershop quintet the Overtones; Brendan Fisher playing and singing with his unique one-man band; Marlo Dance Studio tap dancers; young dancer Rachelle Maxon; violinists Ben and Isabella Bean; Autumn Moss-Strong; guitarist, harpist and singer Candace Kreitlow; folk/bluegrass performers Kenny Croes and Bob Shaffar of Kenny, Rob and Bob; Lori Straley accompanied by pianist Cynthia Mohroko; guitarist and singer Dave Takahashi with original music; Susan Christiansen, proprietor of Chubby Girl Cheesecakes, singing and playing guitar; and some surprise performers.

There also will be a silent auction with many items and gift certificates donated by local merchants and individuals, door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, and a delicious snack bar with refreshments provided by E.A.T.

Tickets are $12 each for adults and $10 for seniors and students and available beginning Sept. 15 at Bandon Mercantile, Bandon True Value Hardware, WinterRiver Books, Begin Agains and at the door on show night. Bring a can of food for a door prize ticket.

All proceeds from Bandon Feeds the Hungry will be split evenly between the five food assistance programs in Bandon: Bandon Senior Nutrition (Senior Meals), Coastal Harvest Gleaners, E.A.T. (Everyone at the Table), 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.

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,” Cassel added. “For both their music and personalities, they are my favorite family band of all time.”

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.

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Become a Member

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.

Art professor exhibits paintings at library

Christine Hanlon, local artist and teacher, will be exhibiting maritime oils and plein air watercolor paintings in the lobby of the Bandon Public Library for the months of September and October with an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. The exhibit is open during regular library hours Tuesday-Saturday.

In the glass case of the lobby Hanlon has installed an educational display that explains how she uses geometric proportions and other harmonious ratios to help compose and design her paintings.

Hanlon has been on the fine art faculty of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco since 1998 but now teaches exclusively in the cyber campus. The public is invited to come meet the artist and enjoy some refreshments at the opening reception Thursday, Sept. 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information about the artist’s work, visit her website at www.christinehanlon.com, call 541-347-5003 or email paintdemo@yahoo.com.

Postcard Show featured at gallery

Art by the Sea Gallery presents the 2014 International Mail Art Postcard Show, featuring art postcards sent from artists living in countries around the world including Belgium, France, the Netherlands, S. Korea, Spain and USA.  The show is an open theme and includes a variety of subjects.

In addition to the postcard show the gallery also is featuring Matthew Hanna, winner of the People’s Choice Award in the previous “Eye and the Lens” show. His photography displays on the south wall of the gallery.

Through September the “Convergence II” show continues with unique sculpture by Christine Roney and David Woof.  The rest of the space is filled with the delightful artwork of the 14 co-op members.

The show reception will be held in conjunction with the Wine/Art Walk on Friday, Sept. 19, 5-7:30 p.m. Music and light refreshments provided. Art by the Sea Gallery is located on the pedway near Foley’s Pub and Gypsy Wagon.

Oregon Coast Film Festival returns

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 to 6 p.m., followed by the Best of Festival Short Films program from 6 to 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.

Last year film festival organizers donated $350 to the Bandon High School senior class. In 2014, they 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.

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.

In cases such as this, it is customary to have the families of the scientists involved in the opening of a tomb and the breaking of the seal. Also, to have invited dignitaries chosen by the lead archeologist is in order. There will be representatives from the press and in this opening a group of young archeological students from around the world.

The investigating scientific team includes a specialist in the interpretation of Hieroglyphics — and another in forensic analysis of human remains. The audience will observe the cast in its search for a mysterious treasure known as the Eye of Ra.

Cast members will have the opportunity to create some very unusual and sinister characters: a Professor of Egyptology from Boston, his young professorial assistant, representatives of the Press, the five top youth participants in a worldwide Egyptology contest, and Iset, herself. There are others in the cast, some of whom represent the evil encountered in dramatic plays of this nature.

Presenting the story of “The Guardian” are Nathan Woodruff, Dustin Wilson; Russell, Natalie, and Isabella Jones; Nathan Malamud, Abigail Hall, 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, Olivia Kincaid, 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, 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.


Amateur radio technician license class

An entry level amateur radio license preparation class will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 and Oct. 11, at BAH Community Health Education Center at 3950 Sherman Ave., North Bend.

The class is free, but the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual is $22.50. Limited manuals will be available. To ensure one is available for you, call Dan Bissell at 541-347-4580.

An ARRL Ham Radio examination will be held at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the North Bend Public Library.

The exam fee is $15. Photo identification will be required to test. Passing score will be 26 on 35 multiple choice questions. Code testing is no longer required.

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