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Celebrating the arrival of Grays Harbor Historical Seaport's Tall Ships in Coos Bay, the DooDad Shanty Boys performed seafaring songs in front of So It Goes Coffeehouse at Wednesday Farmers Market in downtown Coos Bay.

Bay Area National Night Out celebration to change this year

NORTH BEND — This year’s National Night Out in Coos Bay and North Bend will undergo some changes in an attempt to grow community at its most basic level.

Instead of holding a large National Night Out celebration at Ferry Road Park in North Bend, as the cities have done for several years now, the municipalities are encouraging citizens to get together with their neighbors and hold block parties.

“The decision was a conversation that Chief Kappelman and I had," Coos Bay Police Chief Gary McCullough said. "We wanted to try and get back to the traditional meaning of National Night Out, which was originally set up for neighbors and neighborhoods to get together within their blocks.” 

National Night Out is celebrating its 35th anniversary, and will be held Aug. 7, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

North Bend and Coos Bay police departments hope to remind the community of what National Night Out was originally started for, which was to bring neighbors out of their homes to meet and organize against crime.

The push is to get people to interact with their neighbors. The North Bend and Coos Bay police chiefs felt that while National Night Out was a successful community event people were no longer getting acquainted with their neighbors.

“Neighborhoods themselves need to get out and get to know each other as neighbors. Even in my own neighborhood I don’t know as many neighbors as I should. This is a great opportunity for people to come together and organize as neighbors to help keep each other safe all year round,” North Bend Police Chief Robert Kappelman said.

At National Night Out celebrations, community interaction is the primary focus. Police involvement is usually a means of providing citizens with information on ways they can organize neighborhood watch programs, and keep neighborhoods safe.

According to McCullough, cost was a consideration in the decision to move the event to a block party setting, but not the determining factor.

“It’s going to be totally different from what we’ve had in the past, which got to be very costly with both supplies and materials as well as man power,” McCullough said.

There will be no police sponsored events in the parks this year, but they will be visiting the various block parties being held. Information and applications for block party permits can be picked up at your local police department or downloaded from your respective city’s website.

“We’re going to try and have as much representation from the police departments as we can at each one of these events as we can,” McCullough said.

Police encourage other organizations that participated in previous National Night Outs to contact groups that will be throwing block parties and discuss setting up booths at those events.

Coos Clean and Green will be holding a clean-up contest for participating residents who wish to participate. Contestants are asked to send in before and after pictures of their property to show how they spruced up their home for National Night Out. Winners will be announced during National Night Out on KDOCK radio.

Neighboring communities like Coquille will be continue to hold one large community event for their city’s National Night Out celebration.

Red Cross to host blood drive at the Coos Bay Farmers Market

COOS BAY — The Coos Bay Downtown Association will welcome the American Red Cross donation bus to the Coos Bay Farmers Market on Wednesday, July 18. They will be parked from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m on corner of South Third and Central. Drink lots of water and have a healthy meal to prepare to for your donation to the American Red Cross. Then enjoy lunch from the food court at the farmers market.

Walk-in blood donors are welcome and encouraged, but if you would like to schedule an appointment you may contact Karlee Cottrell, the market manager, at 541-266-9711 or, or visit and enter sponsor code: Coos Bay Farmers.

Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment.

Further updates on the 2018 market season can be found at or on Instagram @coosbayfarmersmarket

North Bend City Council to amend agreement

NORTH BEND -- Tuesday night North Bend city councilors approved a proposal by the Coos Bay-North Bend Visitor and Convention Bureau to amend its Inter-Governmental Agreement.

The amendment would allow the VCB to continue to exist should one of the three current partners decide to withdraw in the future. The three partners being Coos Bay, North Bend, and the Coquille Tribe. The revision would also allow the VCB to contract with one or all of its partners to provide tourism fulfillment services such as operating a visitor information center.

Coos Bay and the Coquille Tribe will be voting on the amendment in the coming weeks.

An application for public assembly for North Bend Lanes was approved by council for the bowling alley’s participation in the upcoming July Jubilee celebration.

Coos Head Food Co-op to host community events in July

COOS BAY — The month of July is an exciting time for the community-owned food group based in downtown Coos Bay. Staff and volunteers are offering opportunities for people to taste new foods, take proactive measures towards good health, and overall fun with food.

July events for the community include:

MatÉ Monday starting 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 9: Come to life for the week with a complimentary cup of Guayaki Yerba MatÉ, a great coffee alternative because it has the caffeine levels of a cup of coffee with the nutritional benefits of green tea. 

Low-Cost Blood Screening with NW Wellness 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, July 12. Sign up to take a proactive measure towards good health by participating in blood test that can help guide personal health decisions. Prices and sign-ups will be announced on Coos Head Food Co-op Facebook event page.

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day noon-3 p.m. Sunday, July 15. Enjoy a complimentary ice cream cone, chill out. The co-op as we share the various dairy and dairy-free alternatives available.

Grilled Veggies Demonstration 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 18. Produce Manager Matthew will be sharing a variety of vegetables as he is grilling on the co-op patio. He will be offering tips and insight on how to grill excellent tasting vegetables that include parsnips, cactus nopales, and more.

There is no cost to attend most of these events at Coos Head Food Co-op; has been in operation for 47 years with the mission of sourcing local, organic, sustainable, natural foods and products for a vibrant Coos Community.


Community members turn out for the National Night Out event at Ferry Road Park in 2017