Southwestern Oregon Preppers (SWOP) Meeting – 2/17/18

Southwestern Oregon Preppers (SWOP) will be holding a meeting at Noon on Saturday, February 17, 2018at the Bandon Library, Sprague Room, 1204 11th St SW, Bandon, OR 97411.

The main topic is "DISASTER SURVIVAL PLANNING WORKSHOPS FOR FAMILIES". This year SWOP will be conducting workshops during the meetings. Bring your plan to the workshop. If you do not have a plan to bring that is OK, you will have one to take home when you leave. Bring paper and pencil. Attend this workshop to help your family, whether large or small, survive a disaster.

SWOP meetings always start with a question and answer period before the main topic so all in attendance get a chance to participate.

This is a free public meeting to get to know fellow local preppers in southwestern Oregon counties and to exchange information and ideas. It is important for individuals to understand that they will be “on their own” in the event of a disaster and not to depend on receiving outside help. Join Southwestern Oregon Preppers on Facebook and/or

“Conversations with Partners and Funders” grant seekers workshop – Coos Bay on Feb 21

You are most heartily invited to attend this year’s “Conversations with Partners and Funders” grant seekers workshops!

Please see below and mark your calendars. The itinerary is on our website, The Oregon Cultural Trust, and on our Facebook page.

This is a once-a-year opportunity for grant seekers to meet funders in person and collect resources all at one time and in one room.


News Release from Oregon Arts Commission
Downloadable file: Eugene Conversation 2017

Salem, Ore. — More than $5 million in funding will be on the table when Oregon Cultural Trust Manager Aili Schreiner joins with colleagues from the Cultural Trust’s Statewide Partners and other funders Feb. 6 through March 8 for "Conversations with Funders and Partners," a 14-stop state tour. Attendees will learn about grant programs available from multiple grantmakers and will have the opportunity to discuss their projects and programming. Other statewide programming resources also will be presented.

Representatives from the Statewide Partners — the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office — will be joined by counterparts from The Oregon Community Foundation and Portland’s Regional Arts and Culture Council for some of the events.

Organizations encouraged to attend "Conversations with Funders and Partners" include libraries, arts organizations, museums, cultural centers, historical societies, arts alliances, literary groups and heritage organizations. All cultural nonprofit organizations are welcome.

"There are more than 1,450 cultural nonprofits serving Oregonians," said Schreiner. "We want to make sure they know about the grant funds and significant programming resources that are here to support them."

Among the grant opportunities discussed will be the Cultural Trust’s 2018 Cultural Development Grants; grant guidelines will be posted on the Trust website Monday, Feb. 5, with an April 13 application deadline (see details below).

"Conversations with Funders and Partners" begin Tuesday, Feb. 6, in Northeast Portland and are scheduled in regional flights. Registration is not required.

The schedule is:
Portland Metro — all events 4 — 6:30 p.m.
* Portland: Tuesday, Feb. 6, Cerimon House (5131 NE 23rd Ave.)
* Beaverton: Thursday, Feb. 8, Meeting Room A, Beaverton City Library
(12375 SW 5th St.)

Oregon City & Eugene — all events 4-6:30 pm
* Oregon City: Tuesday, Feb. 13, Community Room, Oregon City Library (606 John Adams St.)
* Eugene: Thursday, Feb. 15, Phoenix Room, Phoenix Inn Suites (850 Franklin Blvd.)

Oregon Coast & Roseburg — event times vary
* Seaside: Tuesday, Feb. 20, Clatsop Community College, South County Campus (1455 N Roosevelt) 10 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.
* Lincoln City: Tuesday, Feb. 20, Lincoln City Cultural Center (540 NE Hwy 101) 4 p.m. — 6:30 p.m.
* Florence: Wednesday, Feb. 21, Florence Event Center (715 Quince St.) 10 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

* Coos Bay: Wednesday, Feb. 21, Coos History Museum (1210 N Front St.) 2 p.m. — 4 p.m.

* Roseburg: Thursday, Feb. 22, Pacific Hall, Douglas County Fairgrounds (2110 SW Frear St.) 12 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.

Central & Southern Oregon — event times vary
* Bend: Tuesday, Feb. 27, High Desert Museum (59800 US-97) 4:30 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.
* Klamath Falls: Wednesday, Feb. 28, Ross Ragland Theater (218 N 7th St.) 12 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.
* Medford: Wednesday, Feb. 28, Adams Room, Medford Public Library (205 S Central Ave.) 4 p.m. — 6:30 p.m.

Eastern Oregon & Willamette Valley- all events 4 — 6:30 pm
* La Grande: Tuesday, March 6, Community Room, Cook Memorial Library (2006 Fourth St.)
* Albany: Thursday, March 8, Albany Regional Museum (136 Lyon St. S)

Oregon Cultural Trust Cultural Development Grants

The Cultural Trust’s Cultural Development Grants recognize and support significant cultural programs and projects through four grant categories: access; preservation; creativity; and capacity.

Since 2017 is projected to be a successful fundraising year for the Cultural Trust, a record amount will be available for grants which last year totaled more than $2.94 million. Cultural Development Grants represent one third of the annual funding the Cultural Trust provides to Oregon’s cultural nonprofits. Other funding includes grants to the Trust’s five statewide partners — to support their projects and respective grant programs — and to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions that fund local initiatives and grants.

FY2019 Cultural Development Grants are for projects and activities that will occur between Aug. 1, 2018, and July 30, 2019.

Grant guidelines will be posted by Monday, Feb. 5, for an application deadline of 5 p.m. on Friday, April 13.

For more information contact Schreiner at aili.schreiner or 503-986-0089.

Opportunity: Nonprofit Participation in 2018 Gorse Blossom Festival Community Booth – 2/16-18

Bandon’s Gorse Blossom Festival will be including a “community booth” on President’s Day Weekend on February 16 through 18th. This is a chance for your organization to have a presence at the Festival and to get the word out on your programs and contributions to the community. It’s an opportunity to solicit interest, volunteers and other contributions to your activities.

We will have 20 hours available at the booth. The booth will accommodate only one organization at a time and there will be no charge. The booth will be reserved for that organization only for the shift they have been assigned.

Hours for the Festival are:

  • 3 PM to 9 PM on Friday,
  • Noon to 10 PM on Saturday and
  • 11 AM to 3 PM on Sunday. Shifts can vary in length depending on available hours.

If your group is interested in a shift, please call Harv Schubothe at (541) 297-2342 to discuss possibilities.

Montréal Guitare Trio at Sprague Theater on Tuesday, Feb. 6

Bandon Showcase presents the Montréal Guitare Trio at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the Sprague Theater, 1202 11th St. SW.

Described as the "hottest guitar ensemble in Canada," Montréal Guitare Trio has quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with, as well as an interactive force in various musical forms.

The trio’s virtuosity, rigor, creativity and impressive stage presence with humor and audience interaction, has been winning over audiences around the world.

Composed of guitarists Marc Morin, Glenn Lévesque and Sébastien Dufour, the trio has given hundreds of concerts in some of the most prestigious venues across North America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia, including the legendary Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the BB King Blues Club in New York City.

The evening promises to be an explosive night of music that covers a range from classics to modern to rock, blues and jazz. Listen to a sample of Montréal Guitare Trio here.

Delicious complimentary beverages and treats provided by Edgewaters and Coastal Mist will be served during intermission.

Reserved seating tickets for the show are $25 each and available at Bandon Mercantile, 541-347-4341, through the Bandon Showcase website at or at the door the evening of the show.

BandonCares January 30 Networking Dinner: Registration Reminder

All non-profit organizations serving the Bandon area are invited to our semi-annual BandonCares Networking Dinner and Meeting

  • Tuesday night, January 30
  • at the Bandon Community Center
  • starting at 5:30.

Hear about what your fellow non-profit organizations in Bandon are up to, share some of your activities and events and learn about our upcoming workshop on “Rural Fundraising for Sustainability”.

BandonCares is an effort among Bandon non-profit organizations to encourage collaboration among themselves. It hopes to build the capacity of local non-profit organizations and to improve communication and cooperation among leaders and volunteers of these organizations.

Non-profit organizations from throughout the area are invited to send two representatives to this networking event. There will be an opportunity for each organization to share what is going on at their organization as well as to share with the community any upcoming events or fundraisers they have planned for 2018.

Doors will open at 5:00 with dinner catered by Edgewaters and provided free of charge by BandonCares beginning at 5:30. Our program will follow.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Please register on our website, For information, call (541) 297-2342.