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What: Book launch of “The Apology Box” by Naomi Ulsted

When: 1 p.m., December 4

Where: Books by the Bay, North Bend

You Should Know: Launch will include a reading, prizes, snacks and more. Ulsted's debut young adult novel (published by Idle Time Press) has been called a "poignant novel about redemption, community, and moving forward after life-altering mistakes" (Foreword Review).  Indies Today calls it "a contemporary novel that overflows with the raw intensity of the human spirit". All ages welcome.

What: Christmas at the Coast Christmas lights campaign 

Where: Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston 

You Should Know: Shore Acres is dark this year. It’s up to us to brighten the night time skies Now. Deadline to sign up December 8; Pick up a list of participating addresses at the Coos Bay Chamber of Commerce Office; Judging Dec 18-19

What: Read and Craft Book Club

When: Books available now

Where: Initial meetings via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85870526888.

You Should Know: The Coos Bay and North Bend Public Libraries are teaming up to offer a monthly Read and Craft Book Club for young people in grades 4-8.  Beginning December 1, participants can pick up a free copy of a book and a themed craft at the Coos Bay or North Bend Library. The first Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m., the libraries will jointly host an online book discussion and craft time on Zoom. Young people can participate in one or all of the discussions. Limited kits and books are available, but, additional copies of the titles are available at the library for checkout.   

What: UnBook Club

When: 1 p.m. every fourth Thursday

Where: North Bend Public Library

You Should Know: The UnBook Club is a book club without assigned reading. Come tell us what you’ve been reading and leave with new ideas for your next book.

What: Little Bites

When: Every Tuesday

Where: Coos Bay Library via Yutube or Facebook

You Should Know: Every Tuesday, Miss Laura presents songs, rhymes, and flannel stories for children 6 or under. Little Bits can be viewed on the library's Facebook and Youtube channels.

What: Volunteer training for VITA

When: Dec. 4, 29 and January 8

Where: Cedar Room and Coos Bay Public Librar

You Should Know: The library is partnering with NeighborWorks Umpqua to recruit volunteers for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. VITA’s recruiting volunteers of all ages to assist low to moderate income families prepare their taxes for free. No experience necessary.

What: Young Writers at Coos Bay Library

When: 4-5 p.m., December 9 and 16

Where: At the library and online

You Should Know: Each week will include a writing prompt or game, time to write independently, and an opportunity to share work with the group.  No experience necessary. Writers wishing to join online should contact jknight@coosbaylibrary.org to get a code to join virtually.

What: Moonlight Madness and Art and Craft Fair

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., December 3

Where: Downtown Reedsport

You Should Know: Several downtown businesses will stay open and provide special sales, gifts and other holiday activities.

What: North Bend Drive-Through Christmas Cruise

When: 5-8 p.m., December 3

Where: North Bend Community Center

You Should Know: The community is invited to drive through a lighted display and drop off their letters to Santa.

What: North Bend Lighted Christmas Parade

When: 5:30 p.m., December 4

Where: Starts at Pony Village Mall.

You Should Know: The parade will start at the rear of Pony Village Mall onto 12th Street, onto Marion Street, onto 10th Street, onto Broadway Street, onto 11th Street, onto Marion Street and finishing back at the mall. Community members are invited to come to the back of the mall where toys, food, and cash donations are being accepted for the 20th annual Bus Jam.

What: Little Ole Christmas Opry

When: 7 p.m., Dec. 3; 2 and 7 p.m., Dec. 4; 2 p.m., Dec. 5

Where: Liberty Theatre, North Bend

You Should Know: The holiday favorite returns December 3. All tickets are $20 and may be purchased online www.thelibertytheatre.org or by calling 541-756-4336. Masks are required when not eating or drinking.

What: Book launch of “The Apology Box” by Naomi Ulsted

When: 1 p.m., December 4

Where: Books by the Bay, North Bend

You Should Know: Launch will include a reading, prizes, snacks and more. Ulsted's debut young adult novel (published by Idle Time Press) has been called a "poignant novel about redemption, community, and moving forward after life-altering mistakes" (Foreword Review).  Indies Today calls it "a contemporary novel that overflows with the raw intensity of the human spirit". All ages welcome.

What: COVID vaccination clinics

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., December 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31

Where: Old Macy's parking lot at Pony Village Mall

You Should Know: Coos Elderly Services will sponsor the vaccination clinics, which are open to anyone needing first or second shots or anyone needing booster shots. The clinic will be a frive-through clinic and will also have a COVID testing site available.

What: A December to Remember in Myrtle Point

When: 3-9 p.m., December 4

Where: Downtown Myrtle Point

You Should Know: Myrtle Point Rotary and 42 and Spruce are sponsoring a day of Christmas fun in downtown Myrtle Point. There will be a scavenger hunt, pinewood derby, build and ornament craft event and hot cocoa and snacks. At 6 p.m., there will be a light parade with Santa hanging out until 8 to greet residents.

What: Red Cross blood drive

When: December 7

Where: Bandon High School

You Should Know: The American Red Cross will host the blood drive to gather blood used in local facilities for surgeries and other emergencies.

What: Coos Bay Community Blood Drive

When: Noon- 5 p.m., December 8

Where: The Mill Casino

You Should Know: The American Red Cross will host the blood drive to gather blood used in local facilities for surgeries and other emergencies.

What: DIY Body Care

When: 11 a.m., December 8

Where: Virtually via Zoom. Register at https://tinyurl.com/3jprp6z3

You Should Know: Cheryl O’Dell of Natural Grocers will talk about body care products you can make at home using natural ingredients. Easy soaps, scrubs and lip balms make great gifts, and making them at home allows the home crafter to choose favorite scents. As Cheryl says, “Scrub goodbye to skin care chemicals and learn fun, easy do-it-yourself body care using oils, foods and everyday ingredients at home.”

What: Community Yoga with Kelli

When: 6 p.m., December 8

Where: Hosted by Coos Bay Public Library, the event will be on Zoom. Register at https://bit.ly/3CbG1V

You Should Know: Coos Bay Public Library, in partnership with yoga instructor, Kelli Bosak, will co-host Community Yoga. Kelli has been practicing yoga and mindfulness for over 15 years. She has taught yoga in community health centers, schools and jails for adults and families with all levels of experience and abilities over the last seven years.

What: Unlimited Book Club

When: 6 p.m., December 9

Where: Virtually via Zoom. Register at https://cooshistory.org/unlimited-book-club

You Should Know: Unlimited is a joint venture of Coos History Museum, Coos Bay Public Library, and North Bend Public Library. It was formed to encourage awareness and foster community discussions on equity, diversity and inclusion through reading and thoughtful conversation.

What: ASL Practice Place

When: Noon, December 16

Where: Hosted by Coos Bay Public Library, event will be virtual. Register at https://bit.ly/3CbG1VR

You Should Know: Coos Bay Public Library has partnered with instructor, Kandy Bergquist, to offer ASL Practice Place. Program is for those who wish to practice their ASL conversational skills and help other learners in a friendly setting. Attendees will have the opportunity to sign in ASL as a group for one hour in a casual, informal environment.

What: Spanglish

When: 10:30-11:30 a.m., December 18

Where: Coos Bay Public Library

You Should Know: The program is for those who wish to practice their Spanish conversational skills and help other learners in a friendly setting.Attendees will have the opportunity to converse in Spanish as a group for one hour in a casual, informal environment.

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