Coos Bay, OR – Oregon Coast Culinary Institute invites the community to join us for an extraordinary evening indulging in the delicacies of the spectacular Pacific Northwest.  Diners can expect wild game, local mushrooms, fresh seafood and rustic breads, topped-off with fanciful desserts. Prices are $30 per adult, $20 for children 6-15 years and children 5 and under are free. No host bar includes International beers and wines. Friday November 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm.
For reservations please call 541-888-1542.


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Oktoberfest at Oregon Coast Culinary Institute

Coos Bay, OR – Please join Oregon Coast Culinary Institute for our Second Annual Oktoberfest. We will feature traditional German food in a festive setting.  November 8, 2014 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Price is $30 per person. Seats are by reservation only.

The gourmet menu will include a Cold Table: Landjäger, BeerWurst, Head Cheese, Blood and Tongue Sausage, Liverwurst Ring, Bavarian Loaf, Mortadella, Thüringer, Leberwurst, Smoked Salmon, Smoked Shrimp, Smoked Mussels, Smoked Trout, Smoked Smelt, Assorted Breads, Assorted House-Made Mustards and Pickled Vegetables, German Cheeses: Cambozola, Limburger, Tilsit, and Rauchkäse.

There will be several Action Stations: Bavarian Pretzel Station with Beer Cheese Sauce. Schweine Schnitzel: 2 oz. Pork Loin Cutlets, Breaded and Pan Fried to order, sautéed in beef fat and clarified butter, served with lemon and chopped parsley. German Bockwurst grilled to order with mustards and  crusty baguette with house-made kraut and caramelized onions. Cured Crispy Schweine Braten: Roast Pork Belly served with Bavarian Red Cabbage and Potato Dumpling.

The Vegetable and Salad Table will include:  Warm German Potato Salad, House-Made Sauerkraut, Root Celery with Horseradish and Chives, Green Bean Salad, Carrot Salad, Golden Beet Salad, Wild Mushroom Salad.

For dessert we'll be offering: Black Forest Cake, Sacher Torte, Streussel Kuchen, Apfel Strudel “mit Schlag”, Berliner with Red Currant Jam, Forest Berry Tarts with Bavarian Cream, Strassburger Cookies, Candy, Bee Sting Cake, and Linzer Tart.

For reservations please call 541-888-1546 or email:

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Business and Marketing Instructor, Jessica Engelke, has joined with the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) to create a Junior Chamber of Commerce for Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston.

“This takes classroom learning out into the business world, where SWOCC students can network and develop business leadership skills,” Engelke said. “It’s important, because these students are our next generation of entrepreneurial innovators.”

The program will link Junior Chamber club members with local businesses, giving them an opportunity to see business in action. They’ll also gain exposure to motivated and talented individuals.

“This is an incredible joint-venture opportunity as we work to bridge the gap between business and education. While helping young people achieve their dreams and future, the Chamber gets new ideas and approaches from a different perspective. It’s a win, win for all involved,” said Chamber President Pam Plummer.

The Junior Chamber is organized around a 4-point mission, to:

  • Create an exclusive portal for opportunities, connections and access to the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, while providing a multi-tiered platform for professional enrichment and readiness.
  • Develop leaders through volunteer work and community services.
  • Build a bridge between generations and bring the community together by combining education with business development.
  • Influence the future of Southwestern Oregon Community College students through civic and community involvement

SWOCC’s students will network with BACC members through monthly meetings and host a Spotlight Speaker Series with rotating monthly guest speakers. Junior Chamber members also will volunteer at various BACC activities and organize several campus events.

The first Junior Chamber Spotlight Speaker is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, at SWOCC’S Eden Hall, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. The guest speaker will be Gail Krumenauer, the senior analyst in the Oregon Employment Department’s Research Division who will discuss recent employment trends and projected future job growth for Oregon and the South Coast. Krumenauer has been with the agency for five years, and has helped develop the state’s long-term employment projections, job vacancy surveys, and workforce-related special reports. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from DePauw University in Indiana, and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

For more information about the Junior Chamber and upcoming Spotlight programs, please contact

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College will open its campus to 500 kindergarteners, their teachers, volunteers and parents for StORytime, an Early Literacy Launch activity on October 22, 2014. The event takes place on Southwestern's Coos Campus in the Student Recreation Center from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm.
The college is working closely with the State of Oregon and Dr. Nancy Golden, Oregon's Chief Education Officer, who is the featured speaker. Local community leaders, including SWOCC President Dr. Patty Scott and State Sen. Arnie Roblan, D-Coos Bay, will read stories to kindergarten students as the event begins. In all, 19 kindergarten classes from Coos Bay, North Bend and Reedsport are participating.

Gov. John Kitzhaber launched the Statewide Literacy Campaign, stORytime this month. The campaign is building awareness for the positive impact early literacy can have on lifelong success and it’s intended to galvanize communities across Oregon to join to support families in ensuring students are proficient readers by third grade.  Students who can read by third grade are four times less likely to drop out of high school. In fact, early reading is one of the single greatest predictors of life-long success.

Families can play a critical role in the development of their children’s basic skills and vocabulary that support their ability to learn to read. We also know that many families face both real and perceived barriers to helping their children build literacy skills. StORytime was created to meet families where they are and to empower them to use myriad ways to support their children that can be incorporated into daily life. The program also is designed to fit easily into busy schedules, adapt to a variety of literacy levels and encourage teaching in multiple languages.

Communities can support this initiative in other ways.

  • Spread the word: The stORytime website has a partner page with information about becoming a stORytime partner. Volunteers can download materials to display in offices and stores, including posters, bookmarks, activity sheets and videos that demonstrate how everyday moments (grocery shopping, cooking, driving in a car, taking a walk, singing, playing) can become learning moments.
  • Donate books to Students on the South Coast: In partnership with Umpqua Bank, the Oregon PTA and Scholastic, the stORytime website includes a Book Donation Portal where Oregonians can donate books to a school of their choice between Sept. 29 and Dec. 15. Umpqua Bank will match the first 40,000 donated books with a grant of up to $100,000 from the Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation.