BANDON — Praise, congratulations and acclamations of loving approval for Bandon’s 2020 Cranberry Queen Elli Schulz were voiced during Mass on Sunday, Sept. 27, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

It’s been over a month since our last column. Have we learned anything about containing the virus yet? I’d like to think that we have. Still, memories tend to be short, and 40,000 new cases daily would suggest that we forget quickly. How did the Labor Day weekend go? Well, if the other two h…

(Editor's note: There will be no traditional Cranberry Festival or Cranberry Festival Parade this year due to COVID-19 safety concerns. We will instead print stories and photos of past festivals as space allows and highlight the Cranberry Harvest Celebration activities that are instead sched…

COOS BAY — Dance Umbrella for South Coast Oregon (DUSCO) granted two dancers a scholarship this year for them to study at intensive dance workshops during the summer, one via Zoom, the other in person and via Zoom.

Should schools open given that worldwide we are seeing 300,000 new cases daily, with the U.S. contributing soon 100,000 of these? Well, there are strong opinions on both sides of this issue. Sadly, most of the arguments to reopen schools have less to do with education and more to do with sav…

NORTH BEND — A night at the Liberty is always filled with glamour, stars and excitement. The next show at the Liberty will again be online. It’s the annual Masque Awards, honoring special performances by actors and showing video clips of the past season shows.

COOS BAY — The Coos Bay Public Library will be offering ¡Spanglish Virtual! via Zoom. The September virtual sessions will be from 2-3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, and from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. 

BANDON — The public is invited to Art by the Sea Gallery & Studio’s annual yard sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at member Janice Horne’s home, 1239 Indiana Ave. SE, Bandon.

SOUTH COAST —Those looking for something close by to do outdoors can find lovely formal gardens and rugged sandstone cliffs right out their back door at Shore Acres State Park.

BANDON — The Port of Bandon will hold its annual Marine Swap Meet from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, on the boardwalk.

COOS BAY — Southwestern Oregon Community College announces the opening of "Expanding Perspectives on the Universe: 30 Years of Hubble Space Telescope," an interdisciplinary student art exhibit. The show will be on display from Aug. 1 through Oct. 31 in the Sprague Gallery of the Coos History…

BANDON — The Bandon Library Friends & Foundation, Inc. will hold its second ITTY BITTY Book Sale from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, in the courtyard outside the library’s Sprague Community Room, 1204 11th St. SW, in Bandon City Park. This will be the BLFF's final sale until spring 2021.

COOS BAY — The Coos Bay and North Bend libraries will co-host a class, "The good4u Lifestyle," by Natural Grocers’ Nutritional Health Coach Cheryl O’Dell, MSN. The class will be held from 12-1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, online via Zoom.

COQUILLE — The Coquille Valley Seed Community invites the public to a virtual meeting on winter gardening from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, July 30, through Zoom online teleconference.

BANDON — Residents and visitors alike, weary from four months of social distancing and mask wearing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, have been waiting to hear whether the 74th annual Bandon Cranberry Festival will happen.

PORT ORFORD — The first Port Orford Art Walk of 2020 will be held from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, July 25, as a socially distanced art event.

NORTH BEND — Celebrate North Bend's birthday with Little Theatre on the Bay. July Jubilee, usually held the third weekend in July, is canceled this year, but Little Theatre on the Bay wants to bring the entertainment from the Liberty Theatre stage into residents' homes.

COQUILLE — The Coquille Valley Seed Community invites the public to a Garden Work Party at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 12, with Cathryn at her homestead farm, Olde Thyme Herbal Farm.

BANDON — In times when social distancing is the new normal and art museums and galleries are closed, what better than to bring an exhibit outdoors for all to enjoy? 

BANDON — Art by the Sea Gallery and Studio invites the public to attend an open house from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 11, to view “No Better Place to Be,” the stunning photography of the gallery's Featured Artist and member Tom Hutton.

BANDON — Residents and visitors alike are probably wondering what's happening this weekend in town with the current COVID-19 restrictions. Here's an update (scroll down for what events are still scheduled):

So, what has happened in the country since our last column? Well, Memorial Day festivities, black lives matter rallies and further opening up of the country. Where has this left us now a few weeks later? Well, exactly where we’d expect to be. The virus is spreading uncontrolled through new p…

PORTLAND — SOLVE announces the addition of two new events this summer: the Summer Beach Cleanup Series, presented by AAA, and SOLVE IT for Oregon, presented by Portland General Electric. These new events were created in response to the urgent need for volunteerism to support Oregon’s environ…

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