In what will prove to be a most thought provoking talk on the state of the U.S. and it’s “news media” and how America’s news media has managed to confuse people more than truly inform them is being held at Lincoln City’s Driftwood Public Library, Sunday, September 18th. Speaker Jeff Golden, part of the “Oregon Humanities Conversation Project,” will be talking about whether the American news media is still capable of furthering the health of our democracy. Golden will pose the question “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects to experience what never was and never will be.” A new release from the library poses the thought, “Virtually everyone agrees that the news media’s informational role is essential to effective self-government, but contemporary mass news media rarely offers what we need to function as thoughtful and competent citizens.”
Here’s the rest of their release on what will prove a mind-widening event at the library in Lincoln City.
Driftwood Public Library and The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will each be sponsoring a presentation by scholar Jeff Golden in honor of Constitution Week in September.
On Sunday, September 18th at 3:00 p.m., the library will host Mr. Golden’s presentation “What Never Was and Never Will Be: Can Our Media Serve Our Democracy”. Thomas Jefferson warned his countrymen, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization it expects what never was and never will be.” Virtually everyone agrees that the media’s informational role is essential to effective self-government but that mass media news rarely offers what we need to function as thoughtful and competent citizens. Beyond that, agreement often breaks down. Jeff Golden asks us to consider the following: What are the primary failings of contemporary mass media news? What is our responsibility and what are our opportunities to improve prevailing conditions? Do our viewpoints have enough common ground to point to possibilities for effective activism? If we are to heed Jefferson’s warning, how do we focus our time and energies?
The problem with this country, according to some disenchanted Americans, “is that there are no real leaders anymore.” What we most need, they say, are people of our Founding Fathers’ caliber, or another Abe Lincoln or Franklin Roosevelt to step forward with the courage and wisdom necessary to solve our daunting problems. An opposing point of view holds that in a state or country with free and open elections, people get the government they deserve. Do the failures of modern governance and politics have more to do with a crisis of leadership or a crisis of citizenship? Join AAUW as they host Golden’s conversation “Of the People or For the People: Getting the Government We Deserve” on Monday, September 19th at 6:30 p.m.
Both presentations are part of Oregon Humanities’ “Conversation Project: A New Chautaqua”, a statewide program offering Oregon nonprofits free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future. Conversations are facilitated by some of Oregon’s leading humanities scholars. Both will take place in the Library’s Community Room. Driftwood Public Library is located on the second floor of the Lincoln City Hall building at 801 SW Highway 101 (next to Price and Pride). Any questions should be directed to Ken Hobson. His phone number is 541-996-1242 or he can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com
In another miracle for the record books a young boy who was swept out to sea on a nasty rip tide near Long Beach, and was underwater some 20 minutes, has survived the ordeal and is recovering and is talking at OHSU in Portland
Just about everyone eventually dreams of being their own boss, doing what they love for a living rather than what they just happened to “fall in to.” During this very slow recovery from a structural recession, it’s more important than ever to not only think-outside-the-box, but “beyond-the-box-factory” itself.
History and most economics instructors teach us that small business leads every recovery, especially those that offer a new or re-packaged set of services or products. But getting started on your new idea or approach to employment requires basic understanding of how to run such a business, from inception to taking it public, if you’re a really exceptional entrepreneur.
So here’s the pitch:
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be holding an Open House at Oregon Coast Community College on August 25th. The SBDC’s mission is to help businesses to start, grow and thrive in Lincoln County. The Center serves businesses in all stages of growth and development, from start-ups to assisting businesses owners in selling their operations. It offers free counseling and referral to all businesses in the county. Low cost seminars and programs are offered throughout the year.
Guy Faust, SBDC Director, Ron Spisso Small Business Management (SBM) Coordinator and Suzan Brewer, Office Manager will be on hand to welcome everyone that owns a business or who wants to start a business in the county. They will introduce the SBDC instructors and their offerings. Fall classes will cover businesses using social networks, Google, the Microsoft Suite, Web Page Design, Quickbooks and Constant Contact. Instructors are service providers with in-depth experience in their fields. They will share outlines of their particular classes and ask for suggestions about future related classes. There will be plenty of opportunities to share ideas for new classes and make suggestions on convenient times and venues. The SBDC is open to new class offerings by local business owners and service providers.
Next Level: Start ups and Tune ups and the Small Business Management program are two premier programs to assist businesses in their development. Each semester Rueben Johnsen assists new and existing business owners in a ten week class on how to develop a business plan. Ron Spisso leads the SBM program. This nine month program is for established businesses. It helps owners implement systems, increase sales growth, improve personnel development and overall profits. In joining either program, business owners have the chance to work closely with their peers and instructors to face business challenges and share opportunities in an intimate and confidential setting. The SBM program offers monthly one-on-one counseling. Both programs start Fall term. There are limited openings. Applications will be available at the open house.
Over the past eighteen years both programs have developed a learning community where business owners can easily stay current with their peers in a relaxed atmosphere. The Open House continues this tradition with another fun event. Refreshments will be provided. Zeke Olsen from Bone Pile Bar-B-Que will be serving his famous pulled pork sandwiches. There will be refreshments, games and several pleasant surprises. Oregon Coast Community College is located in South Beach at 400 SE College Way. The event will start at 4:30 and last until just before sunset at 7:30pm.
Join us in celebration on August 20th and 21st, when the Port of Newport and central coast residents celebrate the official opening of the NOAA MOC-P facility. Newport’s crowning moment will be Saturday, August 20th at 11 a.m. , when members of Oregon’s Congressional delegation, Governor Kitzhaber, NOAA officials, and other state and local officials gather to dedicate the NOAA at South Beach. Here’s the schedule:
Saturday, August 20th
1:00-4:00 pm……………Open House
Sunday, August 21st
11:00 am – 4:00 pm……………Open House
Leadership Lincoln – Now Accepting Applications for 2011-2012
The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce and the Oregon Coast Community College are excited to host a new session of the Leadership Lincoln Program, now in its 20th year. We invite you to become part of a select group of 35 participants for the 2011-2012 class. The goal of this program is to develop leadership and management skills for individuals who have interest and commitment in the future of Lincoln County and to provide networking opportunities that will enhance positive professional and organizational growth. For more information, contact the Chamber office at (541) 265-8801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up today!
OCCC Aquarium Science Building – August 20th
Oregon Coast Community College will hold the ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the new OCCC Aquarium Science Building at 400 SE College Way in Newport on Saturday, August 20 at 2pm. (This event will follow the dedication ceremony for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that will be held earlier in the day.) Public tours will be held following the dedication on August 20. The dedication and tours will be free and open to the public.
Young Professionals – Lunch Mob August 11th
The Yo-Pros hold a monthly lunch-mob at a Chamber member restaurant; helping support a local business and also providing a venue for networking. We have recently added a community oriented spin to our lunch mobs and we will focus on a local non-profits at each lunch-mob. Our upcoming lunch-mob will support Bright Horizons. We encourage you to attend, socialize & network amongst your peers. Our next lunch-mob is scheduled for August 11th at noon. We will be dining at Ch’Boogie located at 608 SW Bay Blvd in Newport.
Before and after the storm at Cascara Campground, SE of Eugune.
Most of the campsites in Cascara campground at Fall Creek State Recreation Site, 27 miles SE of Eugene, will reopen August 12 after downed trees forced its closure this past March.
A severe spring storm brought down some 1,500 trees in two separate areas of the park. State work crews have repaired much of the damage to the east loop, smoothed the roadways and campsites. Of the 47 primitive campsites in the park, 12 tent sites and all six walk-in sites were severely damaged and will remain closed for the rest of the 2011 camping season. The seasonal park will stay open through September 30, and is available first-come first-served. Visitors will have access to the reservoir for swimming, fishing and boating.
While the weather remains warm and dry, recovery work will continue in areas closed to public access. Work crews will return over the winter and spring to replant native vegetation and repair remaining damage to walk-in sites.
For updates, please call 1-800-551-6949 or go online to www.oregonstateparks.org.