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Gold Beach, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College is offering a 4-session lecture series, Predators are Priceless, in Gold Beach. In a series of 4 lectures, this class examines predators: their diversity, natural history, ecology, and how the future of predators is linked to our own.

Predators are essential to the ecosystem. Why? Just to give you a sneak preview: predators actually increase ecosystem diversity and resilience. Teeth, claws, fangs, webs, poison, camouflage…these are a predator’s arsenal for success! It is a case of eat or be eaten, tooth and claw (or poisons and antidotes). It is a battle for survival that produces constant change in both predators and prey. Everyone has to eat! The chameleon depends on its ability to blend, the cheetah on speed, the spider on entanglement; there are so many different ways to capture breakfast.

This lecture series led by Nancy Treneman is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 20; Saturday, Feb. 4; Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 25 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Southwestern’s Gold Beach Center. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register call the Gold Beach Center at 541-247-2741.

Brookings, OR – Are you looking for a way to be more effective as a business owner? Are you trying to finance your business? Want to plan for business expansion, retirement or selling your business? Beginning Thursday, February 9th, the Southwestern Oregon Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering a 4-session workshop that focuses on building a business on solid ground using a business plan. Participants save time and avoid costly mistakes by learning how to grow a successful business and how to write a business plan. Participants learn why a business plan is important, how to use one and how to write an effective business plan that will get results. Participants also get free access for 3 months to the popular online business plan template LivePlan. This valuable series of classes provides an opportunity to share ideas with other entrepreneurs, learn business planning techniques, and locate resources helpful for business owners. A previous participant commented, “This class is well worth the time and dollars. I’d forgotten some of these concepts over the years and I look forward to putting this information to work in my business.”

The program’s format includes classroom meetings on Thursday, February 9th and 23rd and March 9th and 23rd. Class starts at1:00 pm and ends at 3:00pm at the Southwestern Oregon Community College Brookings campus, 96082 Lone Ranch Parkway. The presenter for this course is Arlene Soto, Small Business Development Center Director.

Effective July 30, 2007, Arlene M. Soto became the Southwestern Oregon Community College Small Business Development Center Director. From October 1994 until July 2007 she was the Region 4 Director for the Wyoming Small Business Development Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming. From 1988 through October 1994 she was the president of Oasis Group, Inc. a consulting firm in Portland, Oregon. She is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), has a Masters Degree in management from Marylhurst University and a Bachelors Degree in accounting from Portland State University. She has been working with businesses in the accounting field since 1976 and in management since 1988.

In addition to the classroom time in the course participants receive: free one-to-one business advising, free market research, access to LivePlan an online business plan template and tools for business decision making. Access to other SBDC resources, is available and is included in the cost of the training. This course is required for participants in the Neighborworks Umpqua Dream$avers program for business ownership. What’s Your Plan will be offered in Curry County three times per year. Preregistration is required. The cost of the training is $125. The cost covers the complete program, as well as materials.

Those interested in attending can contact the SBDC at 541-756-6866 for more information or register online at http://www.socc.edu/sbdc. Payment for the class can be mailed to the Small Business Development Center, 2455 Maple Leaf, North Bend, OR 97459.

Fish Tales: Traditions and Challenges of Seafood in Oregon

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The January 19, 2017 event is part of Oregon Humanities’ statewide Conversation Project.


Oregonians love the wild beauty of our 363 miles of coastline, but finding truly local seafood can be hard, even on the coast. The US imports approximately 90 percent of its seafood and ships out nearly as much to the global market. Why aren’t we eating more local seafood, now that preserving and distribution technologies are the most sophisticated they have ever been? Why do we consider seafood more a delicacy now than it has been in the past?

This is the focus of “Fish Tales: Traditions and Challenges of Seafood in Oregon,” a free conversation with Jennifer Burns Bright on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 6:00 PM at the OSU Port Orford Field Station, 444 Jackson St. This program is hosted by Southwestern Oregon Community College in partnership with OSU Port Orford Field Station and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Bright is a food and travel writer based in Port Orford, Oregon. She recently retired from teaching at the University of Oregon, where she researched desire in twentieth-century literature, led a faculty research group in the emerging discipline of food studies, and won a national pedagogy award for a team-taught, interdisciplinary class on bread. She holds a PhD from the University of California at Irvine and a Master Food Preserver certification. As a community organizer linking local producers and consumers, Bright often speaks and teaches at events. Her writing appears in Gastronomica, Oregon Quarterly, NPR’s The Salt, AAA’s Via, and Eugene Magazine, among others.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Karim Shumaker at 541-247-2741 or kshumaker@socc.edu.

Oregon Humanities (921 SW Washington, Suite 150; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Winter GED classes in Curry County


Southwestern Oregon Community College will be offering GED exam preparation, college and career preparation and college placement test preparation for winter term in Curry County. Students can build a pipeline to enter college, training programs and jobs in high-demand career areas. English as a Second Language will be offered in Gold Beach. We are once again offering a class in Port Orford providing easier access for students in the north end of the county.

Orientation is scheduled for January 2 and 4, 2017 at Southwestern’s Gold Beach Center, and January 3 and 5, 2017 in both Port Orford and Brookings from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. All new students must call 541-247-2741 or 541-813-1667 to sign up for orientation.

Classes will be held Monday and Wednesday in Gold Beach, and Tuesday and Thursday in Port Orford at Driftwood School and at the Curry Campus in Brookings. All classes meet from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Classes are also offered at the Coos Campus. Please call 541-888-1593 for information.

There is a charge of $50 to participate in any combination of these classes each term. For more information or to register, please call 541-247-2741. Winter term 2017 is January 2 through March 16.