Gold Beach

Authors’ Night in Gold Beach featuring Keynote Speaker Jamie Duclos-Yourdon

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Friday, February 17, 2017 - 7:00pm

Gold Beach, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College will host Authors’ Night as part of the South Coast Writers Conference. Join the Gold Beach community for this exciting and uplifting evening. Jamie Duclos-Yourdon will give the keynote address, “Defining Success; or, How Not to Beat Yourself Up.”

Following his talk there will be readings by the other conference workshop presenters, as well as a chance for book sales and signing. A freelance editor and technical expert, Duclos-Yourdon received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. His short fiction has appeared in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Underneath the Juniper Tree, and Chicago Literati, and he has contributed essays and interviews to Booktrib. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Froelich’s Ladder (Forest Avenue, 2016) is his debut novel.

Authors’ Night is scheduled from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2017 at the Curry Showcase Building on the Curry County Fairground. The event is free and open to the public. Space is still available for the conference workshops. For those interested in songwriting, there will be a workshop, “The Art of Song Craft” taught by Rita Hosking. Rita will be performing at the Pistol River Concert on Saturday evening. The fee for the songwriting workshop for those not registered for the conference is $20.00. Read more about Authors’ Night in Gold Beach featuring Keynote Speaker Jamie Duclos-Yourdon

Marine Debris workshop schedule for Gold Beach

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Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 6:00pm

Gold Beach, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College is offering a Marine Debris workshop in Gold Beach. This workshop will explore how marine debris is generated, what happens to it, and its effect on the ocean ecosystem.

 The worldwide production of plastics and other immortal materials has changed the face of our oceans. Marine debris has had a profound impact on marine life, both as a material and a raft for organisms.  Debris from the Eastern Northern Pacific as well as California and the Pacific Northwest reaches Oregon shores, bringing with it both open ocean species and species from coasts of origin.

The Friday evening discussion will cover types of debris, the origin and fate of debris, and how debris acts as long term rafts for marine organisms. Saturday morning, students are encouraged to walk a beach of their choice and photograph and/or collect debris (low tide is at 7:30 a.m.). The class will then meet to look at what was found, consider possible sources of the items, as well as identify and discuss any species present on the debris. Part of the discussion will center how to determine the source of individual items.

 The lecture is scheduled for Friday, December 2, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Southwestern’s Gold Beach Center. Saturday, December 3, after an early morning beach walk on their own to collect debris, students will meet from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost for the workshop is $35.00. Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling the Gold Beach Center at 541-247-2741. Read more about Marine Debris workshop schedule for Gold Beach

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