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December 2010

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The Candy Cane Carolers are comprised of long-life friends wanting to do something special as a group each holiday season. For the past 8 years the Candy Cane Carolers have been bringing old fashioned holiday spirit with their gift of song and musical talents to senior centers, retirement homes and neighborhoods throughout Bend. Simple charm, friendship, and the gift of time is the real message being sent by this one group of caring kids. From top left: Chelsea Farnsworth, Nick Pierce, Kyle Van Gordon, John Hulbert, Nathan Guyer, Amanda Hulbert, Claire Farnsworth, Rosa Van Gordon, Nicolas Guyer, Danny Capozzola, Benjamin Capozzola, Max Pierce, Sam Pierce.

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During the month of January, the Cascade School of Music will be celebrating and sharing it’s new name, new programs and new facility with the community. “It’s been a long time coming” says Dillon Schneider, the school’s Executive Director and founder, “we’ve been actively looking for our own space for over three years, for a facility that would support our vision of offering a continuum of music education opportunities”. The new facility, located off Portland Ave right on the river, has three medium sized classrooms, a larger ensemble/ performance room, and six individual lesson studios.

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Central Oregon Family News would like to THANK each of our Community Contributors for donating their time and expertise to our monthly publication. Due to these dedicated and generous experts in our community, Central Oregon Family News continues to be the LEADER in family resources, community events, and information throughout Central Oregon. The Central Oregon Family News is owned and operated locally by Family Values Communications, LLC. Distribution of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents or services advertised herein. The Central Oregon Family News reserves the right to refuse articles and advertising for any reason. The contents of this publication and the COFN website are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional advice or treatment. © 2010 Family Values, LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be copied or reproduced without prior expressed written permission from Family Values, LLC.

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For more information call the Cascade School of Music at 541-382-6866, email at info@ccschoolofmusic.org, or call 541-382-6866.

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The school, which first opened in 2002 as the Cascade Community School of Music, has a slate of events and classes scheduled for January as part of the Grand Opening. There will be free early childhood (ages 3-6) music classes, a free Kids Concert designed to introduce the instruments and free drumming workshops, guitar classes and piano prep programs. Every Friday night in January the school will offer “musical babysitting” featuring a classic musical movie like “The Wizard of Oz” (of course we’ll sing along!). Details for all of these events can be found on the school’s website.

“This is just the beginning”, says Schneider, “we have a lot more in the works. We’re building a first-rate school of music here in Bend. People need music to make them whole, and we’re now the place to get it.“

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The facility is exciting, but it is the new youth program model that has Schneider really jazzed. “We’ve heard over and over from parents that they want music for their children, that they want the benefits to cognitive development that comes with music study, that they want their children to have music as a medium for self expression. Parents know that being creative is an important to their child’s emotional health and self esteem. But how to make it happen? In our new program model, “The Musician’s Path”, we have an answer. The Musician’s Path is just that; it’s a clearly defined route that can take a student as far as they can go.” For more on the Path, visit the school’s website or stop by for a visit.

January is also when Winter term classes begin at the Cascade School of Music. The school offers beginning group instruction on piano, violin, guitar and drums, as well as individual instruction on almost every instrument and voice. This winter there are two new kids choral programs- “Crazy Kids Chorus” which takes a very nontraditional (and very fun!) approach to singing, and “Sound of Music” which will focus on learning the wonderful songs from that famous musical.

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Page 4 Central Oregon Family News December 2010 3 Tablespoons cocoa 1 Tablespoon sugar 1/3 cup dry milk

Christmas Cookies By Chef Bette Fraser December means cookies…lots and lots of cookies. Cookies to eat at home, cookies to share, cookies to tuck into lunch boxes or cookies to share with co-workers. The nice thing about Christmas cookies is that they can be as simple or as elaborate as your imagination will allow. Frankly, I can’t think of a child that wouldn’t leap at the opportunity to eat a cookie, let alone help make one. There is something about the smell cookies baking in the oven, the twinkling of the Christmas tree lights and snow falling softly outside that will give your child a warm lasting memory of those very few carefree Christmas’ with you. Make them special. So, let’s get started. You could go to the market and purchase a tube of the pre-made cookie dough. Have you looked at the ingredient list of those cookies? Can you spell or pronounce any of those ingredients? My rule of thumb is to never eat anything I can’t spell or pronounce. Plus, those tubes of cookie dough are darn expensive compared to making your own. Plus, they don’t teach your kids a thing. So, here is my favorite sugar cookie recipe. This recipe is adapted from Gail Gand, best selling cookbook author, restaurateur and Food Network personality. Ms. Gand is fi rst and foremost a pastry chef and her recipe is (in my humble opinion) the best sugar cookie recipe out there. The keys to a short crust dough are to have your ingredients measured properly, don’t over mix them and chill the dough prior to rolling out.

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Place the cocoa, sugar and dry milk into a small mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Put this mixture into the bags. On the label, either you or your child can write to add 1 cup of hot water and stir until combined. Top with a marshmallow and enjoy. There are many kinds of cocoa available today. If your budget will allow it, try Scharffenberger Cocoa. It will make your cocoa dreamy. And fi nally, if you have spare time you can build a gingerbread house with your kids. How fun is that? You could have a budding architect on your hands! Or you can visit the Gingerbread Junction at Sunriver Resort from November 25 to December 26. We, at The Well Traveled Fork, have an entry there this year. We did a gingerbread farm (since we do culinary tours to farms and ranches) and it was fun trying to recreate one with cookie dough and candy.

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3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup butter 2/3 cup vegetable shortening 1 egg 1/4 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 3 1/2 cups fl our Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a sheet pan or cookie sheet with parchment paper. Cream together the sugar, butter and shortening with a stand mixer fi tted with a paddle attachment (or hand mixer) until fl uffy. Add the egg, vanilla and baking powder and mix. Add the fl our and mix. Shape the dough into a large fl at disk, kneading briefl y if necessary to bring the dough together. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill 1 to 2 hours. On a lightly fl oured surface, roll out the dough 1/4 inch thick. Using cookie cutters, cut out cookies. Transfer to the prepared pan. Bake until light golden, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely. Makes 24 cookies. Recipe can be doubled. Measuring the ingredients is so much fun for kids of all ages. Math skills can be used in this recipe in several ways. The original recipe called for 12 tablespoons of butter. I converted it to ¾ cup of butter for simplicity, but you can certainly ask your older child to try and make the conversion themselves. (Note that sticks of butter have the tablespoon markings on the wrapper. Each stick of butter is ½ cup or 8 tablespoons). Also, the recipe suggests that the dough be rolled ¼ inch thick. How thick is that? We usually eye ball that measurement, but this is an opportunity to get out the ruler and discuss those pesky fractions that they will need for the rest of their lives. Another opportunity presents itself in cutting out the cookies. You need to maximize the number of cookies cut out in each rolled piece. Discuss with your child about positioning the cookie cutters from the outer edges of the dough, turning the cutters this way and that, in order to get as many cookies as possible. Use different sizes and shapes to get as many as possible on each pass. Why? First and foremost, the less the dough is handled the more tender the cookie will be. Equally important, your child’s interest may begin to lag as time goes on. Once the cookies are baked and cooled, they can be decorated with frosting if desired.

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A Gift from the Kitchen

Lots of people make holiday gifts from the kitchen, but what can a child make for a holiday gift? If you have them make cookies, you need lots of patience and you will probably be in the kitchen for the entire month of December. How about bags of homemade cocoa? Here is a simple recipe that they can make. Just put the mix in bags, tie with pretty ribbon and label. Teachers, friends and relatives can all enjoy the effort your child showed in this homemade gift.

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My Life in Flowers B y S a r a C a r s o n , O w n e r, Blue Daffodil Flowers

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rowing up in rural California as the youngest of 10 children, gardening was a necessity. I was born to Midwest-raised parents who were 43 and 53 at the time of my birth. By the time I came along, my parents had relocated to California where my father decided to open up a mechanic’s shop and my homemaker mother would grow the lion’s share of our fruits/ vegetables and sew my own clothes. When I say “sew my own clothes” I mean down to my swimming suit (which by the way, looked nothing like the one I wanted in a store). One of my earliest childhood memories was helping my mother in the flower area which surrounded the vegetable garden. My mother had a knack for plants and from an early age I loved the feeling of dirt and the bare roots of plants -- and had a pretty large plant/flower vocabulary. I can remember helping to can tomatoes, string beans, fruit, corn, etc. from the time I was four or five! I still like to can, but my garden is more herbs and flowers than veggies (space constraints and Central Oregon weather)! At the age of 14 I begged the owner of a flower shop in Phelan, California for a job. Bobbie gave me the job as long as I agreed to apprentice for a year for free. Bobbie taught me all types of flower arranging and after a year, put me on the books. I worked for Bobbie for 4 years. I have the type of brain where I can see flowers, listen to what a client would like, and visualize the end product – before I pick up the flowers and start designing. I have this gift for home designing, too. I wish I would have had the same vision

for brain surgery or something a little more marketable; but we have the gifts we are given! Open Every Sat & Sun 10am to 4pm I moved to Central Oregon 22 years ago, and spent much of that time as an employee and part owner of a local flower shop Downtown. I raised two sons; my youngest son graduated high school this past June. Coupled with a divorce and remarriage October 2009, I decided it was time for life changes – it was time for me to fulfill my dreams! I opened up Blue Daffodil Flowers from my home as a floral shop specializing in weddings, events, small parties, businesses, and seasonal home decorating. I also have classes on wreath m a k i n g , centerpiece making, and 1:1 classes. I can design in all styles (Asian, Modern, Romantic, Organic, etc. to name a few) and enjoy the variety of artistry in all styles. One of my favorite past times this time of year is to drive up Mackenzie Pass or a walk through Shevlin Park with several buckets where I pick up red twig, cones, snowberry, rosehips, branches, mossy rocks and sticks and other unique elements for arrangement and wreaths. My dream is to eventually be able to procure 50% of my seasonal flowers from my own yard or other local growers. Flowers bring families together at important occasions…births, weddings, deaths, holidays, birthdays, etc. Anybody with true desire to learn floral arranging can be taught, and the gift of flowers is deeply personal and evokes emotion. Make your world beautiful and bring people together --add more flowers to your life!

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Community Gift Giving Guide Teach your children the true spirit of the Holiday season. Involve them in giving to a local charity of your choice. The following organizations need YOUR community support through monetary gifts, supplies, food and/or volunteer help. Alyce Hatch Center- Houses and supports early intervention and early

childhood special education for children from birth to five years old who need special assistance. 1406 NW Juniper St., Bend; 541-389-5437.

American Red Cross- 2669 NE Twin Knolls Dr., Bend. 541-382-2142; www.mountainriver.redcross.org.

BEAT (Bend Experimental Art Theatre)- To teach and present thought

and heart provoking performances, workshops and classes that expand the artistic abilities of young actors, and enhance the cultural experience of their audiences. 3092 NE Weeping Willow Dr., Bend. www.beatonline.org

Bethlehem Inn- Mission is to break the cycle of homelessness in Central

Oregon through the provision of beds, meals, case management, transportation, accountability-based programming, educational opportunity and employment assistance. Our organization provides emergency, instant access to housing and focused case management for its clients. 3075 N. Hwy 97, Bend. 541-322-8768; www.bethleheminn.org.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of CO- Mission is to help children reach their

potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth. Three locations in Central Oregon, Bend, Prineville and Madras. www.bbbsco.org

Boys and Girls Club of CO- Benefits all youth ages 6-18 by inspiring and

enabling them to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring individuals. www.bgcco.org. 1700 SE Tempest Dr., 385-3009 or 500 NW Wall St., Bend 541-617-2877; 1055 SW Deschutes Ave, Redmond 541-548-2840; 1199 B St., Terrebonne 541-548-3456

Healthy Beginnings- (includes Ready, Set, Go Program) Provides free early childhood wellness and development screenings for Deschutes County children aged from birth through five years. 1029 NW 14th St., Bend. 541-383-6357; www.myhb.org. Healthy Start Prenatal Services- Gives medical care to low-income pregnant women and teens who do not have insurance. 2577 NE Courtney Dr, Bend. 541-322-7400; www.stcharleshealthcare.org.

Kemple Children’s Clinic- Provides emergency dental care to children who

qualify. Appointments are made through the Family Access Network with the Bend-LaPine Schools. For more information, call 541-617-1653.

KIDS Center- Dedicated to the evaluation, treatment, and prevention of child abuse. 1375 NW Kingston, Bend. 541-383-5958; www.KIDScenter.org. Meadowlark Manor, Inc.- A residential treatment facility dedicated to empowering young women to achieve personal growth and independence. 534 SE Wildcat Dr., Bend. 541-382-7025; www.meadowlarkmanor.org. Mountain Star Family Relief Nursery- Provides comprehensive services to reduce the chance of child abuse or neglect for high-stress families with children between 6 weeks and 4 years. 2125 NE Daggett Ln, Bend. 541-322-6820; www.mountainstarfamily.org

Neighbor Impact (COCAAN)- Established to serve and speak out for economically disadvantaged people in Central Oregon. 2303 SW 1st St., Redmond. 541-548-2380; www.neighborimpact.org.

Opportunity Foundation Of CO- Providing life improvement services to

Campfire USA- An organization that helps kids develop self-reliance and

Central Oregonians with disabilities. P.O. Box 430, Redmond. 541-548-2611; www.ofco.org

Cascade Child Center- Day treatment program for emotionally disturbed children ages 5–12 years old. One of the goals of Cascade Child Treatment Center is to enhance the enjoyment of learning and to create an environment for the development of positive self-esteem. Redmond. 541-548-6166; www.cctc-inc.org.

Ronald McDonald House®- A home away from home for families of pediatric patients receiving medical treatment in Bend, as well as women with high-risk pregnancies who must remain close to emergency medical care. The Charity also supports organizations that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children and families in communities throughout Central and Eastern Oregon through its grant making program. 1700 NE Purcell Blvd, Bend. 541-318-4950; www.rmhcofcentraloregon.org

self-confidence and helps them make the right choices in today’s complicated world. 204 NE 4th St., Bend. 541-382-4682; www.campfireusaco.org

Cascade Community School of Music- We offer small group instrumental instruction and ensemble programs that are effective, affordable and FUN! 200 NW Pacific Park Ln., Bend. 541-382-6866; www.ccschoolofmusic.org. Cascade Youth and Family Center (J Bar J Youth Services)- Our

program provides emergency shelter, works to reunite youth with their families, strengthens family relationships, encourages stable living conditions for youth, and supports youth in choosing constructive courses of action toward education and employment. 62895 Hamby Road, Bend. 541-389-1409; www.jbarj.org.

CO Family Resource Center- Promoting healthy families by supporting and teaching good parenting skills. 1130 NW Harriman St., Ste. B, Bend. 541-389-5468; www.frconline.org.

Child and Family Mental Health (Deschutes County)- Works in partnership with the communities to provide access to quality, comprehensive mental health services to children and families. 2577 NE Courtney Dr. Bend. 541-322-7500; www.deschutes.org. Deschutes Children’s Foundation- Promotes a community of services for children and families. 1010 NW 14th St., Bend. 541-388-3101; www.deschuteschildrensfoundation.org.

Deschutes County Victims Assistance Program- Offers crime victims

and the community an opportunity to be involved in the restorative process that diminishes the devastating impact of crime. 1164 NW Bond, Bend. 541-388-6525; www.co.deschutes.or.us.

Deschutes County United Way- Raises funds for essential programs that

impact our community by keeping people safe from violence and abuse, giving kids a great start in life, helping youth stay on track for success, and helping people meet basic needs. PO Box 5969, Bend. 541-389-6507; www.deschutesunitedway.org.

Family Access Network (FAN)- Provides Family Advocates in public

schools linking children and families to health and other needed services. Advocates connect families to free wellness and dental clinics for children not on the Oregon Health Plan or with no insurance. 2125 NE Daggett Ln, Bend; 541-693-5675; www.familyaccessnetwork.org.

Grandma’s House of CO- A faith based, non-denominational, non-profit

home, and outreach ministry, providing safe, nurturing, and stable shelter to homeless and/or abused pregnant, (whether choosing adoption or parenting) and parenting teens mothers between the ages of 12 to 19 years old and their babies. P.O. Box 6372, Bend. 541-383-3515; www.grandmashouseofbend.com.

Salvation Army- 755 NE 2nd St., Bend. 541-389-8888; www.salvationarmybendoregon.org. Saving Grace- Provides comprehensive family violence and sexual assault services and promotes the value of living life free from violence. 1425 NW Kingston Ave., Bend. 541-382-9227; www.saving-grace.org S.O.A.R.- Source for recreation, sports, enrichment and child-care programs in the Sisters area. 1750 W. McKinney Butte Rd., Sisters; 541-549-2091; www.sistersrecreation.com.

SMART (Start Making A Reader Today)- This special mentoring

relationship gives children the consistent support they need to learn to read at a crucial time in their development. 101 SW Market St., Portland; 877-598-4633 Toll Free or www.getsmartoregon.org.

The Sparrow Foundation, Kid’s Helping Kids- As the nation’s only youth-based charity of its kind, Sparrow Clubs not only provides financial and emotional support for critically ill children and their families, but also empowers young people to help a child through charitable service experiences 906 NE Greenwood Ave., Suite 2, Bend. 541-312-8630; www.sparrowclubs.org. Together for Children- Focus on enhancing the lives of children by strengthening families through parent education, parent/child interaction, and community support. Groups run September through June. Includes introductory infant group, weekly parent/child play groups, parenting classes, parent/child lab, family events, home visits, and newsletters. Cost: sliding fee scale; scholarships are available. 2125 NE Daggett Ln, Bend. 541-389-9317; www.together-for-children.org. Trillium Family Services of CO- Most comprehensive provider of mental health services for children and families. 63360 Britta St., Bldg. 1, Bend. 541-318-4845; www.trilliumfamily.org.

Youth Challenge Program- A public alternative High School that targets students who are considered “at risk”, dropped out of high school, not attending school or are failing in school. 23861 Dodds Road, Bend. 541-317-9623; www.oregon.gov/OMD/YCP Youth Choir of Central Oregon- A community-based choral program that

provides advanced vocal experiences for talented kindergarten through twelfth grade students. 2125 NE Daggett Ln, Bend. 541-385-0470 ; www.ycco.org

Western Rivers Girl Scout Council- Welcomes all girls regardless of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, physical ability or economic situation. 908 NE 4th St., Ste. 101, Bend. 541-389-8146; www.wrgirlscouts.org.


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‘Tis The Season’

For Sharing Important Messages To Our Young People About Alcohol By Emily Moser

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he holiday season is here. With it come gatherings with family and friends. For a segment of parents, these get-togethers are a time to enjoy a glass of wine or other favorite beverage from the bar. For others, imbibing isn’t part of the equation. Whether or not you drink, alcohol often simply plays a larger role at festivities this time of year, kids can end up spending more time around people who drink, and more alcohol tends to be stored in or above refrigerators. This situation is a great springboard to talk with your kids about a range of hugely important issues, such as our decision as parents about whether to drink; family values, rules and expectations around alcohol; what the law says about alcohol use at different ages; and the fact that alcohol affects adults and youth differently. Given our culture and alcohol, it can be easy for us as parents to dismiss the powerful influence we have on our kids. Bumping up against our messages is a culture flooded with alcohol advertising that promotes the false notion that everyone drinks, with no consequences. But it’s important for us to remember that what we tell our kids, and the actions we model, do carry tremendous weight in their eyes. That’s a great reason to take a look at the example we’re setting with our kids. If you don’t drink alcohol, or imbibe only occasionally, explain to your child why. If you enjoy a drink, talk about the importance of moderation in terms of health and safety (a standard drink is one 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler, one 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits). And let your son or daughter see you say “no” to a drink from time to time. Some kids who drink believe the myth that alcohol will make them more comfortable in social situations. A message via your actions that you don’t need alcohol to have fun can go a long way toward helping your kids make healthy and responsible choices when they’re confronted with opportunities to drink. Your kids may ask why it’s “OK” for you, your adult relatives and friends to drink but not for them or their friends. One important message for them to hear is that it’s simply against the law for youth to drink. Share why the legal drinking age is 21; studies show the law has saved lives on the road and prevented injuries, and it has kept countless adolescents and teens from drinking at early ages. Beyond that, talk about the fact that there is no safe level of drinking for

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adolescents and teens, that we know more today about alcohol’s health effects, and that alcohol use by kids can harm their developing brains, which don’t fully develop until our mid-20s. Capitalize on the holiday season to talk about, or reinforce, your family’s values around alcohol, and put the conversation into the context of their lives. If your child plays sports, talk about how drinking would affect his or her body and undermine their performance during a game. Establish rules, and be specific. For instance, make it a family rule that there’s no drinking until age 21, and that your kids should never ride in a car with someone who has had alcohol. Remember that many kids who drink get their alcohol from homes. If you drink, or if you’ve had a holiday party where alcohol was served, take stock of the alcohol at home and monitor it regularly. Consider it in the same vein as checking your child’s Internet activities. It’s not a trust issue; it’s all about safety. Kids who drink alcohol they find at home can be taking whole bottles, sipping it or mixing it with other beverages. If an adult friend or relative drinks too much during a party, and your child witnesses the behavior, capitalize on the situation as a teachable moment. Ask your son or daughter how they feel about it. Discuss alcohol’s negative short- and long-term effects on the body when consumed to excess, and that intoxication can result in people behaving in ways they wouldn’t when sober. If it’s appropriate, talk about the fact that some adults use alcohol as an unhealthy way to cope with stress, whether that stress is because of the holidays, economic troubles or other reasons. Holiday celebrations offer parents valuable opportunities to connect with kids, communicate important information and values, and provide healthy perspectives about alcohol. It’s a gift that will stay with them long after we ring in the New Year.

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The Holidays Are Coming! Oh, Boy! Thoughts From Together For Children By Edie Jones, M Ad.Ed.

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The Holidays are coming! Oh, boy! Or is it, Oh my! For many parents the disruption of the holiday season to their families’ routines brings stress and anxiety. Hopefully, a little planning can turn these into joyful anticipation and happy memories. To a family with young children the holiday season may be a “double edged sword.” There’s the fun of finding the perfect gift for a little one, but, what is that perfect gift? And, what to do when relatives insists on over indulging? Other areas of concern are long travel exertions with young ones, too much company and disruption to normal family life. There also can be worry over how to honor and combine traditions without “going crazy” or diminishing meaningful celebrations. When looking for the perfect gift, a good idea is to consult some of the catalogs geared toward educational activities. Even if you don’t plan to purchase through them they give many ideas connected to appropriate ages that are usually positive in nature at a variety of prices. The catalogues can also help in advising family members, as it helps a parent say specifically what they would welcome and can open up the discussion on limiting purchases. In this discussion, it is perfectly appropriate for parents to let their relatives know of their desires. If too many gifts still arrive, parents always have the prerogative to spread out the days of celebration, reserving some of the presents for later dates. Planning is a must when it comes to traveling with children, at all ages. Small surprises to bring out at strategic times will help keep the fun in traveling. Of course, being mindful of nap and hunger schedules is important and telling children ahead of time what to expect keeps them feeling in control. No matter the means of traveling, the adventure is often an ideal time to engage in memorable family activities such as games, singing, storytelling and reminiscing. Even if large gatherings were enjoyed by the adults in a family prior to children, it may be a good idea to “scale down” the model once kids arrive. Too many strange people, noise and commotion can often change a child’s behavior to less than desirable. If they are old enough to help, put them to work prior to the party decorating, deciding on food and activities and, perhaps, even who is to be invited. Including kids in preparation often is all that is needed to make them feel important, putting off the attention getting behavior every parent dreads. Traditions are an important part of the holidays, and for good reason. They help ground us as people, connect families when apart, establish culture and build memories to fall back on when life is less than perfect. However, too many, those that have outlived their meaning, and traditions that feel obligatory can be damaging. Take time to examine the ones you have, build your own and hold on to only those that have a positive meaning. Through careful dialogue and consideration each family can build their own holiday traditions that add meaning and special-ness to this time of the year.

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Between the Covers

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Cookies to the Rescue!

By Hayley Wright

live and work amongst books and it is a lifestyle that works for me. I am, and always have been, an avid reader.

Not everyone is... I used to be envious of my girlfriends who shared books with their husbands, and even discussed them at night in bed. I thought that because my husband expressed no interest in reading, he would never be a reader. Now he always has a book on his nightstand, and yes, we have read the same books and even discussed them. Being a lover of books and owning a bookstore, I automatically assumed my d a u g h t e r would read as obsessively as I do. That has not necessarily been the case. When she was younger I recommended books to her that I had loved reading at her age. Much to my chagrin, s h e wouldn’t pick them up, or if she did, told me she didn’t like them. At one point she even told me she didn’t like to read. What!? Very hard for a mother/ bookstore owner to take. what I learned over time was that it wasn’t that she didn’t like reading, she just didn’t like reading what I liked to read. Once she figured out what it was that interested her she began reading more. Especially after having spent so much time at the bookstore... time looking through shelves, picking up any random book, and often times discovering that she didn’t want to put it down. This is a great thing. What I have learned from m y daughter and countless other young (and old) customers, is that it can be something as simple as finding the right genre, the perfect amount of humor, or horror for that matter, to spark a fire in someone to discover a reader lurking inside. That is what happened

with my husband. Once he let go of the idea that he didn’t like to read, and realized he just hadn’t liked things he previously read, he essentially became a reader. Now if he starts a book and he isn’t feeling it, he puts it down and chooses something he wants to finish. So maybe it’s not so much a dislike of reading, but a lack of interest in the actual book being read, that leads someone to believe he or she doesn’t like to read. At least that is what I like to believe. That being said- your local booksellers, librarians, and teachers are great resources in helping to make that reading connection. Here are some suggestions from this bookseller with the help of the Pacific Northwest B o o k s e l l e r s Association Holiday Catalog.

Beautiful OOPS! by Barnie Saltzberg:

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Making The Moose Out Of Life by Nicholas Oldland:

A lighthearted contemporary fable about a mild-mannered moose who learns to live life to the fullest.

Scumble by Ingrid Law:

The enchanting companion to Newbery Honor Book and New York Times bestseller Savvy. It’s nine years after Mib’s journey and her cousin Ledge has just turned 13. But will his savvy be a total dud?

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner:

The Maze was just the beginning... The Gladers now find they must cross the Scorch and arrive at a safe haven in just two weeks- and their wicked captors won’t make it easy.

By Gina Lannin, Proprietor, Bend Cookie Company

D

ecember is rocketing towards us at warp speed! Groggy from your turkey coma, you need to think quick: Christmas is only weeks away! As you sit down to plan your December, there is a noticeable lack of free time: parties, open houses, holiday programs and kids’ sporting events are munching away at your free time like Pacman, and you still need to find time to work, hang with the family, exercise, floss, and buy gifts. The pressure mounts: not only do you need to find the perfect gifts for your family, you have a whole cast of supporting characters in your life to shop for too: teachers and coaches, bosses, coworkers, your minister, the mailman, etc. What can a busy person like you turn to for help? Cookies! Who doesn’t love a freshly baked bit of lovin’ from the oven? One bite and you are transported back to your childhood and the excitement of the holidays. The trouble is when are you going to find the time to bake all this up yourself, and do you really want to? Let Bend Cookie Company do the work for you! Right now you are thinking, Bend Cookie Company? I didn’t even realize we had a cookie company in Bend! Surprise! Bend Cookie Company has been warming the hearts and stomachs of Bendites since March. For entertaining, cookies can special or make the perfect hostess men and Christmas deliciously moist say cookies! In cookie they dress up any For the supporting your life, a tower of huge gingerbread man, festive box can be just for, or the perfect

make your holiday party more gift. Stockings, gingerbread trees, brightly decorated, and Christmas like no other bouquets or on a tray, holiday table. cast of characters in gourmet cookies or a beribboned, or in a the gift you were looking stocking stuffer!

Cookies are also a great way to show your family and friends you are thinking of them at this time of year! Handdecorated sugar cookie Christmas trees, stockings and gingerbread men laying happily next to towers of gourmet cookies in a festive holiday box is guaranteed to brighten up everyone’s holiday season! Baked fresh to order, Bend Cookie Company can ship a little taste of Bend to all those special people you love! Just give us your list of friends and family, and we will make it happen! There are cookie gifts to fit every gift need and budget! Family owned, Bend Cookie Company opened in March 2010. Our cookies are made with all- natural ingredients and baked fresh to order. Call us at (541) 9779177 or order online at www.bendcookie.com. You can also find us at the Bend Indoor Market on 50 SE Scott St. behind Sparrow Bakery, Newport Ave. Market, Tuckmo Subs & Sandwiches and Big O Bagel. Bend Cookie Company, customed designed cookies for all life’s celebrations!

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Join us for children’s Story Time Thursdays at 2pm and for our in-store Book Club discussions and author visits.

Voted Bend’s Best Independent Bookstore 3 years in a row. You will find a wide range of titles for all ages and interests. Visit www.btcbooks.com for upcoming events. Open Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm.

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Making A Gingerbread House By Michael Cooper

Every year at the holidays I like

to make a gingerbread house. There’s something about creating art with food that’s more interesting than inedible art - the charm of it, the magic of how the physical properties of the food make it even possible. Because it’s interesting, I’m able to do it (in general I’m not too good at crafts). The thing about gingerbread houses is, I haven’t found excellent instructions for making them. I’ve read a few books but they were pretty basic, even after skipping over the ones that mostly have you using a preformed kit. You see amazing gingerbread houses in contests sometimes, but I haven’t been able to uncover books that really explain how those people learned their craft. Perhaps the sorts of people who are good at gingerbreading aren’t the sorts of people who write books, or maybe publishers don’t think there’s a market for advanced instructions. Maybe you really need to be a master pastry chef to do advanced projects, at which point you don’t need instructions. Although in the end the house came out pretty nifty, I definitely made lots of mistakes along the way. But I really learned from those mistakes. I thought I’d record some of what I learned, for my own future use and for other people hunting around for advice on ginger-breading. I certainly benefited from other peoples’ blog articles about their own experiences while I was working on mine.

Design

In the past, I’ve just drawn out a design on paper and cut it out. But the minute you go beyond the simple box shape house, it gets complicated. I like things like dormer windows, but when you have two angled roofs meeting each other, the trigonometry starts to get complicated. While I can figure it out, high school math was a long time ago. One challenge that may be somewhat unique to gingerbread architecture may be the expansion during baking. Pieces that fit together on paper may not after the cookies are baked, particularly when you account for the extra space on edges taken up by the icing glue. Sometimes, it’s not

really a problem - a square box will just be a slightly bigger square box. But when pieces come together in complicated ways, there may be spots where there’s a little too much cookie in the way. So on edges that will join against other parts of the house, allow for expansion by trimming about 1/8 inch off the pattern. I didn’t do that and mostly got away with it, but there were places I had to fudge things. I learned a little bit about what real architects have to consider as well. For this house, I just designed an exterior that looked nice. But I think it would have been a more realisticlooking house if I had considered the hypothetical interior layout more. For instance, half the house has a second story, but the apparent height of the second story doesn’t jibe with what the first story establishes. A gingerbread house isn’t a real house, it’s a work of art, but if the design starts out realistic and then is poetically exaggerated, I think it works better than if it’s just thrown together without awareness of the underlying representation. When real houses are built, they have to be designed not just for their final form, but with awareness of the process of construction. You can’t put the roof on before the walls are up, and if the walls require the roof to stabilize them, you’ve got a problem. You have to leave room for any scaffolding, and a way to remove the scaffolding when the construction is complete. I ended up with a piece that needed to be suspended in midair while the icing set. I held it up with spice jars but it wasn’t stable, and I needed to be able to remove the jars at the end. Fortunately I had decided not to glue the house to a base, so I could just lift it up (and hope it didn’t break), but that piece could have broken the entire design.

Baking

Baking a gingerbread house is well covered in books and pretty straightforward. Make gingerbread dough, roll it out, cut out the patterns, bake, and cool. The tricks to baking are all about making sure the pieces are as true to the original pattern as possible. The gingerbread recipe involves making a dough that is warm. Keep

it that way, it won’t roll out smoothly when it cools. It can be rewarmed, but but careful not to accidentally cook it in the process. I found also that it is ok to knead the dough, which keeps the temperature even and possibly builds strength. (Warnings about making cookies tough by kneading don’t apply to gingerbread where the object is stability, and anyway it’s not as much of a problem in a crispy cookie.) Gingerbread dough must be rolled out directly on the cookie sheet, which means using a rim-less sheet or rolling on parchment paper. Transferring rolled out dough will inevitably stretch it, distorting the shape. The dough also must be rolled out evenly. Variations in thickness lead to variations in how much the edges spread, resulting in non-straight edges that are difficult to match up. I also found that 1/8 inch is an optimal thickness, which is pretty thin. It’s still plenty strong, easier to tell if the thickness is even, and easier to keep in place during construction than thicker, heavier pieces. Don’t forget to leave space between the cutouts on the sheet, at least 1/2 inch and ideally an inch. Place the cutouts over the dough, cut around them, and lift the surrounding dough scraps away once all the cutouts for that sheet have been made. A ruler and pastry wheel can help make even cuts, but be careful not to touch the surface - dimples may cause thickness variations and any surface marring will be visible after baking. Cut corners carefully so the dough doesn’t stretch them when lifted away. My paper pattern pieces absorbed a lot of grease just in brief casual contact; use a more solid material if you plan to use them for more than one house. Some of my pattern pieces were intended to make more than one piece of the house, and some of those needed to be mirror images (to get left and right sides of a part). The mirror image cutout is important because only the top side during baking looks good on the house. I had marked on my cutouts which ones needed more than one piece, and which ones needed to be mirror images, but in the excitement of it all I often forgot, and ended up with a few pieces that weren’t quite right. Be careful to mark the pieces and keep track that all the needed pieces have been correctly made. Bake pieces for about 15 minutes. They will still be soft but will harden when cool. Let them cool on a rack, but again be careful not to distort them during movement. If there are obvious flaws, they can be trimmed away while the dough is still warm, though this should only be done where the marks will be covered by icing.

Construction

Gingerbread houses are glued together with Royal Icing. I have taken the advice to make the icing with meringue powder instead of

egg whites, because it is supposed to be more stable, can be re-beaten if it looses its oomph, and has less food safety worries. It dries out quickly; keep portions not in use well covered, and even cover the decorating tip when not using the pastry bag. Assemble as many pieces of the house as feasible in one go. The icing takes about 4 hours to dry enough that it can be gently disturbed by further work on the house, and 12 hours before it’s strong enough to move the house around. Do not disturb it during the first four hours, I found that breaks the solidifying structure and it has to be reglued. Prop pieces to be assembled with spice jars or other implements. Pipe icing along the edge of one face to be joined, then attach the other face, sinking both edges well into the piping. Make sure there are no gaps. Assemble the main box of the house, and any other parts that can be assembled. After they have set up, they can be joined to the whole. Be especially careful when attaching the roof that it will not slide while the icing sets. The icing will maintain its texture for several hours. However, with this house it took at three separate gluings to assemble. Re-beat the icing to restore its glossy glue-like texture.

Decorating

Points to remember: Create a checklist to help do things in order. I forgot to do my sugar windows before starting to glue the house together, and then it was too late. As architects and engineers must, design house with attention to the exigencies of construction. The house can’t just be stable in its final form, it needs to be stable in the stages of construction. Pieces that will be temporarily unsupported will be difficult to put in place unless an effective jig is available. Spice jars are useful for basic propping up of walls but may not serve for more elaborate needs. For a more realistic house, design the interior layout even if it won’t be represented in the final house. That way the exterior architecture will make sense. Of course, for a fantasy house this isn’t strictly necessary if apparent function isn’t the goal, but apparent function will help sell the model. When the icing is fresh it is pliable and an effective glue. When it is dry, it is like a mortar forming a strong bond. However, during the drying process it is too dry to be pliable and too wet to be strong. During this time the bond is easily broken if the house is disturbed and it will be necessary to reglue. It is best to let structural icing joins dry for 8 hours before proceeding with any activity that may disturb the joins.


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How Bazaar! Art of Christmas Sale and Show

Dec. 1-5th, 10am-4pm. Handmade arts and crafts from local artisans. Urban on 6th, 432 SW 6th St., Redmond. 541-548-4692.

Holiday Bazaar

Dec. 3-4th, 9am-2pm. Clothes, purses, necklaces, mirrors, jewelry, decor, food and more. 2632 NW Ordway Ave., Bend. 541-598-4617.

Metolius Train Depot Holiday Bazaar

Dec. 3rd, 9am. Handcrafted items and gifts. 599 Washington Ave., Metolius. 541-546-3801.

19th Annual Christmas Valley Bazaar

Dec 3rd and 4th, 10-4pm. At the Christmas Valley Community Hall. Hand crafted Gifts and Specialty Items. 541-576-2166

VFW Christmas Bazaar

Dec. 4th, 8am-3pm. Homemade items, ornaments, jewelry and more. Cafe will serve breakfast. VFW Hall, 1503 NE Fourth St, Bend. 541-389-0775.

Lava Ridge Elementary School Holiday Bazaar

Dec. 4th, 10-4pm. Come one, Come all to the Lava Ridge Elementary School Holiday Bazaar. Event will be held in the school’s gym located at 20805 Cooley Rd in NE Bend. The gym will be filled with wonderful handmade crafts and gifts for everyone on your list from many local craft vendors. Thank you for supporting your local artists and the students at Lava Ridge. If you have any questions you can contact me at (541)383-9037 or at robmerich@live.com.

Jireh Project Christmas Bazaar

Dec. 4th, 9-5pm. Have a fun time and help The Jireh Project support single mom. Local artisans along with home based businesses will be selling beautiful arts and crafts, purses, jewelry, girlfriend gifts and cosmetics. Have pictures taken with Santa from 10-noon to help feed the hungry. For a small donation you can also enjoy lunch and snacks. Located at 2330 NE Division, suite 1 in Bend. www.thejirehproject.org or call 541-678-5669.

La Pine Christmas Bazaar

Dec. 3-4th, 11am-7pm. Frontier Days is going Red, White and.. Green, at the La Pine Event Center! Handcrafted items, artwork, candies, jewelry and more. Lapine Event Center, 16405 1st St. 541-536-8398.

Truckers Light Parade & Christmas Craft Bazaar

Dec. 4th. Lighted vehicles of all sizes sparkle their way through downtown La Pine in a holiday atmosphere. Hundreds of Hand-made crafts, Christmas Caroling and Lighting of the Christmas Tree. www.lapine.org.

Best Little Christmas Bazaar in Madras

Dec. 4th, 9am-4pm. Handcrafted personal, pet, home decor and baked items. 686 SE Tumbleweed Lane, Madras. 541-475-6746.

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Holiday Open House at Sisters Art Works

Dec. 4th, 10-5pm. At the Sisters Art Works. Cost: Free to the Public 4th Annual Holiday Open House featuring quality handmade crafts, ornaments, and gifts by local Sisters artists. Pet Photos with Santa benefitting Sisters Furry Friends Food Drive. Phone: 541-420-9695, www.sistersartworks.com .

Christmas Food Fair

Dec. 4th, 9am-2pm. Handcrafted fair trade items and Scandinavian breads and desserts. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 695 NW Third St., Prineville. 541-447-1545.

Crook County Christian School Annual Holiday Bazaar

Dec. 4th, 9am-4pm. Vendors, crafters, non-profits offer food, jewelry, one-of-a kind gifts, toys. Soup and bread lunch $4. Crook Co. Christian School, 835 S Main, Prineville. Phone: 541-416-0114 or www.visitprineville.com.

Cascade Winds Symphonic Band in Concert

Dec. 5th, 2pm. FREE. Central Oregon’s premier wind ensemble presents Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, Galop from The Comedians, Percy Grainger’s Molly on the Shore and much more. Summit High School Auditorium, 2855 Clearwater Drive, NW Crossing, Bend; no tickets needed; Info: 541-593-1635. www.sunriverchamber.com.

Holiday Open House

Dec. 8th, 4-7pm. Handmade ornaments and crafts. Redmond Learning Center, 720 SW 23rd St., 541-923-4854.

“Cookies With Santa”

Dec. 9th, 5-7pm. Community Event all Welcome! to Crooked River Elementary Gym on the corner of 3rd/Fairview in Prineville. This is a bazaar craft like event. We have tables available for anyone who would like to join in the fun...$15 per table contact Victoria @ 541-420-2920. Pictures with Santa $5 by a great local professional photographer Erin Miller. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the school.

American Legion Auxiliary Craft Bazaar

Dec. 10-11th, 10-5pm. Jewelry, knitting apparel, greeting cards, decor, crocheted items and more. Redmond Grange, 707 SW Kalama Ave., 541-548-4853.

Desert Meadows Christmas Bazaar

Dec. 11th, 9am-2pm. Handcrafted items, Avon products, teas and more. 520 NE Shoshone Dr, Redmond. 541-923-2198.

Cecil Sly’s Annual Holiday Bazaar

Dec. 11th, 8am-2pm. Variety of booths, crafts and food. Sponsored by the Cecil Sly PTO. Cecil Sly Elementary, 1400 SE 2nd Street, Prineville. Phone: 541-977-3724 or www.visitprineville.com.

Fox Hollow Holiday Bazaar

Dec. 11th, 10-3pm. Handmade gifts, jewelry, bags, scarves, hats, decorations, food and more. Fox Hollow Independent & Assisted Living, 2599 NE 14th St., Bend. 541-383-2030.

Zion Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale

Dec. 11th, 9am-3pm. Homemade craft and gift items, baked goods and more. Proceeds benefit community projects. Zion Lutheran Church, 1113 SW Black Butte Blvd., Redmond. 541-548-4712.

35th Annual Christmas Bazaar

Dec. 11th, 10-4pm at the Community Wellness Center, 2200 Hollywood Blvd, Warm Springs. At the Bazaar you will be able to find that unique, beautiful, one of a kind, hand-crafted, jewelry and/or baked goods. For more info. contact Carol at the Community Center (541)553-3243.

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Be Seen, Be Safe: Tips for Winter

By Annissa Anderson for Commute Options Wintertime in Central Oregon can be cold. But with warm clothing and some good sense, walking and biking to school and around town can still be part of your routine. There are, however, additional precautions that pedestrians and drivers should take in low light and winter driving conditions to ensure safe travel for everyone. Kim Curley, Community Outreach Director with Commute Options, has a number of tips about being seen while walking and biking during the winter season: BE SEEN WALKING Walk Facing Traffic: If there is no sidewalk and you must walk on the side of the road, choose the side where you are facing oncoming traffic. Especially in winter when roads may be icy, it is important to see traffic approaching you and take evasive action when needed. Cross Safely: Look both ways before crossing any street. At controlled intersections, it is wise to cross only when you have the pedestrian crossing light, but even then, drivers and bikers may have a green light to turn and won’t be expecting you to be in the crosswalk. Make eye contact with any drivers who may be turning. Remember that it may be harder for drivers to stop or slow down when driving in winter road conditions. Be Visible: Wear bright colors when walking in daytime. When walking at night, wear light-colored and reflective clothing to be visible. Drivers are not expecting walkers after dark, and you need to give them every chance to see you. Be just as cautious at dawn or twilight, as drivers still have limited visibility. Use sidewalks and off-road paths: Separate yourself as much as possible from traffic by seeking out lighted paths and sidewalks. ROUTE FINDING IS VERY IMPORTANT in dark/cold weather. BE SEEN BIKING Light up: Put one or more rear red flashing lights on your bike, helmet or bag. One or more white, bright headlights ((LED headlights are best) makes you much more visible. Use rechargeable AA or AAA batteries for your lights, especially if you do a

lot of riding during the dark of winter. Many rechargeable batteries can be recharged hundreds of times before they wear out, making them very costeffective. Use reflective tape: Use reflective tape on your helmet and bike frame to help oncoming traffic see you. If you use lots of reflective tape on your bike frame, your bike can stand out when a headlight or other light source shines directly on it. Wear reflective clothing: Whether you use a cheap orange mesh safety vest with reflective stripes, reflective leg bands or a special reflective cycling jacket, find a way to be seen at night by drivers. Wearing reflective clothing is no substitute for using good lights, but any extra thing that makes you more visible helps. BE SAFE AROUND SCHOOLS School bus stops and crossings are also places where extra caution is needed by both drivers and pedestrians in winter. When light is low and roads are bad, it is important for drivers to keep their eyes open to crossings and kids, and to follow the signs, said Christine Bryant, a crossing guard for Juniper Elementary School in Bend. “Kids are trusting in the public,” said Bryant. “If kids know that a crossing guard is there, they trust that drivers are aware and obeying the signs.” Drivers should be even more aware when driving up or down hills near schools, she said, where a crossing may not be seen as soon. “Keeping kids who are walking or biking safe is the responsibility of everyone on the road,” said Curley. “That means the kids themselves, as well as other pedestrians and drivers. The best way to do that is to be aware, be seen and always proceed with caution.” “It’s a community effort,” said Bryant. “It not only takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to watch out for them.”

Commute Options for Central Oregon promotes choices that reduce the impacts of driving alone. For more information about Commute Options, contact Jeff Monson, Executive Director of Commute Options for Central Oregon at 541/330-2647 or visit www. commuteoptions.org. Annissa Anderson is a freelance writer and public relations consultant in Bend.

When Is It Our Time To Q u i t D r i v i n g ? By Mark Larson

For many of us, we earned our driver’s license at 16. This gave us our fi rst taste of true independence, a taste we have learned to enjoy and accept as something we will always have. Yet for every one of us there will come a day when we are no longer capable of safely operating a motor vehicle on our highways and roads. How will we know when that day has arrived? Who will be able to tell us we should not drive or are a risk to ourselves and others on the road? These are tough questions that many of us won’t have to deal with for many years. However some of us may have parents or relatives who have reached that point in their lives and need to have “the driving conversation” now. Over the past month, we have read articles of a 72 year old man in Portland who mistook his gas pedal for his brake pedal and struck 3 people. All three people, including a 20 month old boy, were in a crosswalk. The 20 month old was killed. An 85 year old woman rear ended a car on highway 126 in the Redmond area. She stated “the car just stopped in front of me”. Each day there are many drivers behind the wheels of cars when they should not be. Not because they don’t have the intelligence, not because they don’t have the experience, but because they can’t react to situations fast enough. They can’t process all the necessary information at a fast pace and that puts them and all of us at risk. The last thing that we or our loved ones want to do is read their name in the paper or have to make the call that they were involved in a crash that injured someone or took a life. Sit down now with your parents and have a conversation about driving. Even if they have all their faculties about them and have a safe driving record, talk to them about taking a refresher driving course, getting an updated eye exam and physical exam. As we age our “systems” change and deteriorate at a faster rate. Even if they had these exams in the last couple of years there may have been changes that affect their ability to be a safe driver. Talk with them about taking a “Safe Driver” refresher course, a “55 and Alive” course or a one hour drive with a certifi ed instructor to update skills or evaluate areas of concern. Deschutes Driver Education, Inc. can help you with this process. We offer various driving programs and can put together a custom program to fi t the needs of any driver. Our instructors are certifi ed by the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Transportation. We are able to sit down with you and your loved one to discuss the options that are available to everyone. Our goal is to make roads safer for everyone. We fully understand the diffi culty that presents itself when a parent is no longer able to drive and how diffi cult having that conversation may be. As the Holidays approach we all enjoy the opportunity to get together with family. Take that fi rst step that may help ensure the enjoyment of your loved ones for years to come by being safe drivers on the road. Have that conversation or perhaps present a gift of driving lessons. These are great gift ideas for teens or adults. Give Deschutes Driver Education a call and let us help make your family a family of safe drivers. From Mark and Chris at Deschutes Driver Education, Inc., have a very Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year! Mark Larson | Chris Larson

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Toddlin Tales: For ages 18-36 mo. Stories, songs, rhymes, tickles, movement. Tues. at 10:15 and 11am and Wed. at 10:15am. Come early, space is limited. Baby Steps: Stories, songs, rhymes. For infants 0-18 months. Wed. and Thurs. @ 11am. Preschool Parade: Stories, songs, rhymes, and sometimes a craft for children ages 3-5. Tues. at 1:30pm and Fri. at 10:15am. Saturday Stories: Sat. at 10:15am. Stories, songs, rhymes, and activities for children ages 3-5. Noche de la Familia: Noche de la Familia es el primer martes de cada mes. Habrá un tiempo de cuentos, canciones, y manualidades para los niños de 0~5 años. Si el tiempo permite, también habrá la oportunidad de conseguir una tarjeta de la biblioteca e ir en un tour de la biblioteca. Los martes, 7 de diciembre y 4 de enero a las 6:30pm. Si tienes preguntas, por favor llame a Michele Ping, 541-312-1028 Gourmet Gifts: Dec. 1, 6pm. Brooks Room. Mix up gourmet gifts from your kitchen with Anita Tracy. Free and open to the public. Limited to 20 participants. Register on line at www.deschuteslibrary.org Good Chair, Great Books: Dec. 6, Noon. Brooks Room. It’s the Good Chair, Great Books year-end book party. Bring a favorite book or two to share with the group and find out the titles for 2011. All are welcome to attend. Living in Luxury: Dec. 8, 6pm. Brooks Room. Learn how to create spa products with Anita Tracy. Free and open to the public. Limited to 20 participants. Register on line at www.deschuteslibrary.org Teen Territory: Every other Wednesday. Activities, games and snacks provided, no registration required. Free. For ages 12-17. Dec. 8th, 1:30-3pm: Make it and take it holiday gifts and games. Dec. 22nd, 1:30-3pm: Video and board games. The Train Man Is Back!!: Dec. 17–20: All ages are welcome to watch the toy trains go around and around at the Bend Public Library in the Brooks Room. During library open hours except during the 1:00 hour for lunch. 541-617-7097. Spark! Bookclub: Dec. 16th, 6:30-7:30pm. This bookclub for 6th-8th grades meets every month. The Bend Spark! Bookclub will focus on the Oregon Battle of the Books titles for middle school: http://oboblsta.pbworks.com/OBOB+BOOKS+FOR+20102011. Contact April Witteveen, 541-617-7079 or aprilw@deschuteslibrary.org , for more information.

Little ones Storytime: Tues.,10:10am. Ages: toddlers to 2yrs. We focus on rhyme, repetition and things that are familiar to your little one. Pre-school Storytime:Tues., 10:30am. Ages 3-up. We focus on narratives, real world experiences, and word play. In order to engage your pre-schooler’s mind, story time also includes interactive games, educational videos and cartoons, and an afterstory craft time. Elementary Storytime: Tues, 6:30pm. Ages 5-8. We focus on guessing games, riddles and poetry, and chapter books. Each book is serialized, so make sure to come every week in order to not miss out on any of the excitement. Spanish Storytime: Cuándo: Miércoles, 1pm. Bebés y niños de edad preescolar pero todas las edades están invitados. Leeremos un cuentito, cantaremos y haremos un proyectito educacional y divertido que se podrán llevar a casa. www.jcld.org

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Baby Steps: Stories, songs, rhymes. for infants 0-18 months. Thurs., 10:30. Toddlin’ Tales: For ages 18-36 mo. Stories, songs, rhymes, tickles, movement. Tues. 10:15 & 11:15. Preschool Parade: Stories, songs, rhymes, and sometimes a craft for ages 3-5. Weds., 10:15 & 11:15. Teen Thursdays: For grades 6-12. 3-4:30pm. Dec. 2nd. Movie Matinee Viewers choice. U-pick between new and old holiday favorites. Snacks provided. Dec. 9th. Holiday Gifts. Make something awesome to keep or give to someone special. Free. All materials and supplies provided. Dec. 16th. Theme: Game Day - Play Wii, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and more! Bring in your own games if rated E or T. Snacks provided. Redmond Council of Library of Teens Monthly Meeting: (meets the first Wed. of each month) Dec. 1st, 3-4pm. Get involved in planning library activities, community service projects, book sharing and more! Grades 6-12th. Redmond SPARK!: Dec. 1st, 6:30-7:30pm. Book Club Monthly Meeting (meets the third Wednesday of each month). Share awesome books with friends. New members always welcome. For grades 6 - 8. Children’s Craft Program: Dec. 20, 1-2 p.m. Create something sparkly and festive to give to someone special this holiday. All materials provided. Free. For ages 6-12. Parents welcome too! Kitchen Comforts: Dec. 1, 1pm. Anita Tracy demonstrates how to assemble soup and scone mixes to give as gifts. Free and open to the public. Limited to 20 participants. Register on line at www.deschuteslibrary.org

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Family Fun Story Time: Ages 0-5yrs. Wed. at 10:30am. Join us for reading, rhyming, and singing—all three strengthen early literacy skills. Good Chair, Great Books: Dec. 1, 6:30pm. Read and discuss Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson. Ring Noel: Dec.11, 3pm. Ring in the season with handbell choir the Bells of Sunriver, as they play familiar holiday tunes, from the traditional Angels We Have Heard on High to Jingle Bell Rock. Free and open to the public. Crook Cty. Public Library Second Sunday: Dec. 12, 11am. Brooks Room. Eugene writer Alan Contreras is 175 NW Meadow Lakes Dr., 541-447-7978 the editor of Oregon Birds and author of Afield: Forty Years of Birding the American Wee Read: A toddler lapsit for ages 0-3ys & caregivers held every Wed., 10am. West. He will discuss his lifetime of birding and read a selection from his book. An Storytime: Join Tammy for stories & crafts. T/6pm;Th/11am. Ages 3-6yrs. open mic will follow the reading. Free and open to the public. Teen Make-It-and-Take It Holiday Gifts: Dec. 14th, 3:30-5pm. Make crafts to give Lapine Public Library to your friends and family! Basic instruction and materials provided. Librarian in 16425 1st St., 541-312-1090 room: free and open to 6-12th graders. Teen Laptop Lab: Dec. 1st, 1-3pm. Also,Dec. 6th, 13th, 3-4:30pm. Check Myspace Classics Book Club: Dec. 28, 6–8pm. Brooks Room. The classics never go out of and Facebook, do homework, play games with your friends. Staff member in room; free style! Read and discuss the short stories by Henry James. and open to 6th-12th graders. Family Fun Story Time: 10:30am. Ages 0-5. Come join us for reading, rhyming and Sunriver Public Library singing, all of which strengthen literacy skills! 56855 Venture Lane, 541-312-1080 Dec. 7th. Theme: Crash, Boom, Bang: Noise! Family Fun Story Time: Every Thurs. at 10:30. Stories, finger rhymes, songs and Dec. 14th. Theme: Tis the Season! Teen Make It and Take It Holiday Program: Dec. 8th, 1:30-3:30pm. Make crafts to movement skills for all ages. Parents and caregivers required to attend with child and gift to your friends and family! Basic instruction and materials provided, plus watch A to participate in all activities. Ages 0-5. Dec. 2nd, “Here comes the train!”; Dec. 9th, Christmas Story while you work! Librarian in room; free and open to 6th-12th graders. “Bears!”; Dec. 16th, “Oink, Moo, Baa!”; Dec. 23rd, Library Closed No Story Time Teen Game Day: Dec. 15th, 1-3:30pm. Play Wii, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Madden Teen Territory, Game Day: Dec. 1st , 1:30-3:30pm. Play Wii, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Football, card and board games. Librarian in room; free and open to 6th-12th graders. DDR, card and board games. Librarian in room; free and open to 6th-12th graders. Good Chair, Great Books: Dec. 2nd, Noon. Read and discuss “Fortunate Son” by Walter Mosley.” Participants are encouraged to bring their lunches to this event. Wreath Decorating: Dec. 8, 11am. Learn how to create a beautiful holiday wreath with Anita Tracy. Bring your own wreath. Free and open to the public. Ring Noel: Dec.11, Noon. Ring in the season with handbell choir the Bells of Sunriver, as they play familiar holiday tunes, from the traditional Angels We Have Heard on High to Jingle Bell Rock. Free and open to the public. Pajama Party Story Time: Theme: “Cats & Kittens”. Dec. 14th, 7-7:30pm. Come join the fun at Pajama Party Story Time. Wear your favorite pajamas’ and bring your favorite cuddly stuffed animal and enjoy a few stories before bedtime. Teen Territory, Make it and Take it: Dec. 15th,1:30-3:30pm. Make some easy gifts to take home and deliver over the holidays! Librarian in room; free and open to 6th - 12th graders. Live Read: Dec. 22nd, 6:30pm. Live (long i) Read (long e) n. 1. A program in which attendees sit in comfy chairs around the fireplace and listen to great short fiction read out loud by library staff. Synonyms: escape from the everyday, rediscover simple pleasures.


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How To Cope With The Loss Of Family Pets By Sara Dimerman

Anyone who knows me can attest to my being a cat fanatic. My younger daughter, Chloe, and her friends, often play a game where they go around the house in search of cat paraphernalia – not hard to find – and then will share the number count with me. At last count, I believe we were up to over 250 cat related items – everything from toothpick and paper roll holders to floppy stuffed cats adorning the window sill next to the two large baskets on which our two live cats sunned themselves. But I would gladly give every piece of cat paraphernalia away in exchange for more time with either of my two live cats. Slinky and Cadbury have been members of our family for fourteen and thirteen years respectively. Slinky came to live with us when our older daughter, Talia, was only 5 years old. When Cadbury came to live with us a year later, Slinky welcomed him. They became soul mates. It was rare to see them apart. And it was comforting to know that on days that we were all out of the house, they had one another. On days that Talia or Chloe were upset or angry at us, they confided in Slinky. She listened to them patiently, purring against them, loving them, and us, unconditionally. Slinky’s slow decline was barely perceptible. It’s only in retrospect that we think back over the past few months and realize that Cadbury was sometimes alone, looking for extra attention as his partner spent more and more time sleeping and less time frolicking with him. I guess we didn’t notice it so much because sleeping is part of what cats do and somewhere in the back of our minds, we knew that she had become a geriatric cat. However, we weren’t at all ready for her sudden decline over her last couple of weeks – from a cat who seemingly slept contentedly to one who slept because of the lethargy that had overcome her. We certainly weren’t ready to hear that she was in renal failure, that her kidneys were shutting down. And so began what became one of the most painful times in my life – that of watching a beloved pet, a member of our family, withdraw and shrivel in front of our eyes. And feeling such a sense of powerlessness to do anything to bring back the vibrancy in her step, the twinkle in her eyes. Anyone who knows and loves animals will understand that even though their beloved four legged furry family members cannot smile, laugh or cry, there is a definite change of expression when they are sick or sad. One of the hardest jobs we have as parents is talking to our children about death. But when a pet is sick or dying, there’s no avoiding talking about it as we struggle to determine when to play God in putting her out of her supposed misery, at counting the number of bad versus good days, at coming to terms with when our need to have her stay is greater than her desire to leave this earth. The joy that having a pet in one’s life is immeasurable, as is the pain of letting her go. As I prepared for the daunting task of having to break the news to our children, I struggled with figuring out how to talk about such an emotional issue in a rational manner. At first, they did not want to listen, did not want to know, did not want to even talk about it. So, I said very little. I just planted a small seed from which our conversation could grow. The following day, when they asked a Private Pet Cremation few questions, I answered honestly that her condition was irreversible and that I honestly didn’t know how much longer we had with her but that we would take one day at a time. Unfortunately, we were all quickly forced to confront Slinky’s mortality as her condition became graver each day. I never pushed the children to deal with her eventual “Peace of Mind” demise. I could see that they were in the heart of Bend dealing with it in their own way. I Horizon Pet Services noticed that they were spending more time with her – stroking and talking to her gently. Chloe eventually talked about her living in our hearts forever and 1723 Lytle • Bend OR Talia talked about the emptiness www.horizonps.com that she would forever feel, about

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the void that would be difficult to fill. We talked about whether or when we should consider another playmate for Cadbury, even talked about perhaps adding a dog to our family. One of the most difficult discussions was about where to euthanize her – at home or at our loving vet’s office and whether she would be cremated or buried and where. We decided against burying her or her ashes in the back yard for, as the girls said, we would never want to sell our house. Talking was difficult but essential. There was no way that my husband and I could make these decisions without their knowledge and input. Booking an appointment to euthanize her was one of the most difficult things we had to do. The night before, we struggled with the knowledge that this was to be Slinky’s last night with us, but we felt confident in our decision as we watched her struggling to even lap the water that she so craved. The day of our appointment, I tore the blanket that our two cats shared in two. One half for Cadbury and the other to cradle her in. Chloe wrapped the blanket around Slinky’s tiny frame and, tears streaming down her face, walked her to the car. A few minutes later we arrived at Green Lane Animal Hospital and Talia carried her in. Dr. Tara Sermer kissed Slinky’s head and reassured us that we were making the right decision. As she mercifully administered the medicine to send Slinky into forever sleep, Talia and I stroked her. She was finally at peace. Then, as planned, we drove her to the Havelberg Pet Cemetery at the Jungle Cat World in Orono and honoured her with a proper burial and tombstone. Their handwritten notes tucked under her head “for her to read when she’s in heaven.” The ritual gave us peace of mind and allowed us the closure we needed. The first few days after she was buried were difficult to bear. It was especially hard seeing her companion lie alone. A constant reminder of Slinky’s absence. We gathered strength from one another and took turns at consoling and wiping away each others tears. I feel proud of the way in which our family have worked through and experienced this loss together. I am sure that in time, we will come to tell stories of Slinky without tears running down our cheeks, will be able to look at Cadbury without seeing Slinky’s shadow there too. Perhaps we will even be brave enough to bring another pet into our lives and risk falling in love again. Sara Dimerman is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and provides counselling to individuals, couples and families out of the Parent Education Resource Centre in Thornhill, Ontario. A parent herself, she is a nationally recognized expert on parenting and the author of two parenting books, Am I a Normal Parent? and Character Is the Key. Visit her website at www.helpmesara.com.

December Pet Events Holiday Ornaments Fund-raiser It’s that time of year again! Our annual Holiday Ornament Fund-raiser will start November 22nd and go through December 20th. Over the years, we’ve been privileged to donate over $4,800 to SNIP through this program. Buy for yourself, or buy as a gift. Stop by either Bend Pet Express to place your order in time for the holidays, or for more info give us a call at 541-385-5298 ext1 or email info@bendpetexpress.com. Puppy Parties! Dec. 26th, 3pm. Last Sunday of each month Bring your pups to help them socialize and have fun! Even if you don’t have a puppy, feel free to stop by and give/get some puppy love. www.bendpetexpress.com. Pet Photos with Santa Dec. 4th and 11th from 11-3pm at the Humane Society of Redmonds Thrifts & Gifts Store, 1776 S. Hwy. 97, across from Safeway in Redmond. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Redmond.

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Cold Weather Considerations for Pets As sub freezing temperatures and snow hit Central Oregon, the Humane Society of Central Oregon would like to remind people to provide extra care for their pets. • Pets are best kept inside. • Bring your pet inside when the temperature drops to 32 degrees with the wind-chill factor.

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Stories about brain injuries in football players have been rampant in the news recently – ranging from sudden death to degenerative brain disease caused by the cumulative effect of repeated head blows. As a result, the NFL has become serious about addressing head injuries in athletes, and is now imposing suspensions and steep fines for “egregious and elevated hits” that violate game rules. For every sensational story, there are countless other cases of sportsrelated brain injury that do not get media coverage. A concussion is a mild TBI (traumatic brain injury), typically caused by a bump or blow to the head. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there are 3.8 million sports or recreation-related concussions annually in the United States. Concussions often occur without a loss of consciousness, and even a mild concussion is a serious matter. A blow to the head is not necessary to have a concussion - a concussion can also occur from a blow to the body that causes a sudden acceleration or deceleration of the head. Student athletes face the same risks as college and professional athletes, even when wearing a helmet. And head injuries are not limited to football other school sports with high concussion rates are lacrosse, hockey, soccer, and wrestling. Among high-school sports, football has the highest rate of concussions, and girls’ soccer the second highest rate. Female student athletes have higher concussion rates than males, ranging from 64% higher in soccer to 300% higher in basketball. Some experts attribute this to the fact that girls have less well-developed necks – which function as a type of “shock absorber” for blows. It has also been suggested that girls more readily report symptoms of a concussion, while more boys go undiagnosed. Because their brains are still developing, youth athletes are more susceptible to head injury. They also take longer to recover and are more vulnerable to the effects of repeated concussions. Research has shown that a person who has suffered one head injury is four times more likely to suffer a second injury. Once a brain injury has occurred, it takes less force to cause a second brain injury. A second injury also requires a longer period of recovery. During recovery from a concussion, athletes are also at risk for Second-Impact Syndrome (SIS), a catastrophic swelling of the brain that occurs when a second injury occurs before symptoms from an earlier concussion have resolved. Even a very mild initial concussion can lead to SIS if another head injury occurs before symptoms from the first concussion have completely abated. Although the incidence of SIS is low, it is typically fatal or severely disabling. In response to a case of SIS, Oregon state legislators passed “Max’s Law” in 2009, which requires coaches of school athletic teams to receive annual concussion training. Similar laws have been passed in Washington, Texas, and Virginia, and national legislation is currently pending. The American Academy of Neurology issued new guidelines in November recommending that if a concussion is suspected, athletes should be removed from play immediately and not cleared to play again until seen by a physician trained in the evaluation and treatment of brain trauma. Although these laws and guidelines will undoubtedly save many athletes, it is important to know that symptoms of concussion can be mild, and some symptoms may not appear until days or even weeks after an injury. School coaches may also not be aware of other recent head blows that students may have received in another recreational activity (such as snowboarding or skiing). Therefore it is critical for parents to be aware of the signs of concussion, and to share information about symptoms and other head blows with school coaches. Some of the common symptoms of a concussion include memory problems, poor concentration, confusion, sensitivity to light or noise, dizziness, nausea, and headaches. Not every person will develop all of the signs and symptoms, and some symptoms may appear and disappear. Students may also dismiss mild symptoms, and fail to mention them to parents or coaches. Because of these factors, it is important for parents to talk to their children about these facts,

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D ia be t es . . . A G r o w i n g C o n c e r n f o r A l l A g e s By Dr. Michelle Jackson, N.D.

Diabetes is a disease characterized by a disturbance in the body’s use of blood glucose or sugar. Approximately 8% of Americans have diabetes. The two most common types of diabetes are Type I and Type II. Type I, is when the body does not make enough of the hormone insulin, which is needed for most tissues to be able to use glucose. Type II diabetes the person actually overproduces insulin but the body is not able to use the insulin to regulate glucose. Type II is the more common of the two diseases. Being overweight, excess body fat, and a lack of exercise, including in children, can increase the risk for developing this disease as a child or an adult. Therefore, the most important part of therapy and prevention is a proper diet, weight control, reduction of excess body fat, and exercise. Naturo-pathic therapies can shine in guiding these lifestyle therapies. Some risk factors for developing Diabetes Type II include poor diet, obesity, environmental factors and genetics. Type II diabetes onset is usually after 40 years old but the incidence of Type II diagnosis in 30 year olds has gone up 70% in the last decade. Physicians are also reporting the incidence of diabetes Type II in teenagers and children increasing as well. Therefore, the typical American diet and lifestyle centered around high glycemic foods or simple sugars and carbohydrates as well as lack

of exercise can increase the risk of diabetes at any age. Lifestyle choices are very important to teach to children to prevent this dreaded disease. The symptoms of Type II diabetes include extreme fatigue particularly 2 to 4 hours after a meal, a change in weight, blurred vision, drowsiness, tingling or numbness in hands and feet, slow wound healing, frequent urination, unwarranted hunger, and excessive thirst can be signs of abnormal blood glucose levels. Diagnosis of diabetes can be confirmed via a blood test. Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugars, which I often see in teenage girls who are improperly “dieting” and not eating enough, predisposes a person to diabetes. Hypoglycemia is very common and indicates problems with blood sugar regulation, which can later develop into diabetes. Diabetes induces stress on the heart and vascular systems. High blood sugars called hyperglycemia as well as hyperinsulinemia can cause inflammation. Depression, cataracts, glaucoma, atherosclerosis, and dementia are common among diabetics. Both hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia have negative effects on the brain. Think about this impact and the effect glucose can have on the brain in children relating to school and cognitive function. Highly refined foods and sugary foods can cause blood sugar levels to rise and then fall rapidly, usually resulting in

low blood sugars or hypoglycemia in children. Stress also causes a reactive hypoglycemia then causing a fatigue due to the glucose seesaw. Many hormones interact in order to control glucose. A network of interactions between the liver, pancreas, pituitary, adrenal and thyroid glands determine the rate of sugar released into the blood stream. Having a problem or imbalance in one of these systems can also cause blood sugar issues and they should always be looked at as a cause or having an effect on blood sugar dysregulations. Stress and it’s negative biological effects I believe are a huge contributing factor to the development of diabetes and that needs to be treated just as much as the other above mentioned therapies. Diabetes needs to be closely monitored by a physician but some general guidelines to help with blood sugar issues include avoid simple carbohydrates by using the glycemic index (eating 70 or below), eating more protein, eating more good fats such as olive oil, almond oil, seeds and nuts. Exercise is also important in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. Exercise does not have to be unpleasant, focus on something that you enjoy and make it part of your daily lifestyle. Some common neutraceutical therapies that I may use with diabetes include alpha lipoic acid, it lowers

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WHAT TO BRING - We are asking all participants to bring (3) cans of non perishable food, usable winter clothing such as gloves, hats, scarves, bedding, personal hygiene products or pet food. We will be building a “Butte” of donated items in the Gym at Juniper 4:15–5:45pm Janellybean Musical Elementary School. Donations of food Concert for Children and goods will also be collected at all 4:30–6:00pm Face Painting by branches of Sterling Savings Bank. Fabulous Faces These items will be donated directly 6:00pm Community Walk begins to the La Pine Community Kitchen. 6:30–8:30pm Bend Magic Show Please be generous as the need is 6:30–8:30pm Matt and Rachel Wilson great! Singer/Songwriters DESCRIPTION OF THE WALK – Our Post Walk entertainment will The starting line will be at the Westside continue to appeal to adults while the entrance to Juniper Elementary School children enjoy their special activities. and will follow an approximate 3.2 We will be offering a “Half” Walk to mile course South on NE 12th Street accommodate those who find the climb to the Pilot Butte Summit Access to the top of Pilot Butte too difficult. Road located right off NE Greenwood Families just wishing to attend the Ave/Hwy 20. Family Festival activities will be welcome at our Family rate which will SPECIAL AMENITIES – Each include (2) Stocking Caps. This event participant is encouraged to carry a is “Pet Friendly”; all well behaved flashlight or head-lamp with them dogs with leash are most welcome to on this Walk. TRAX for your shoes join their owners for the walk (dogs or all weather boots are encouraged. will not be allowed in the gym). This The road to the Butte will be sanded new and exciting alcohol, drug free and scrapped as needed. A “Post Walk and family-friendly community event Party” with seasonal beverages and will be a positive, enlightening and light refreshments will be served at uplifting experience to celebrate the Juniper Elementary School. New Year. For more information visit www.bendsfirst1000lightswalk.com

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Seventh Mountain Resort’s

Ice Skating Rink Now Open

Ice skating lessons with professional instructor Ashley Bedford available at the resort Seventh Mountain Resort’s outdoor ice skating rink opened to resort guests and the public for the winter season on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, Nov. 25, at 10am. Ice skaters of all abilities can take lessons from the resort’s new ice skating instructor, Ashley Bedford. Admission to Seventh Mountain Resort’s ice skating rink is $7 and skate rentals are $5. Special offers and events include a “Two for Tuesday” promotion that allows two people to skate for the admission price of one every Tuesday and “Cosmic Skate,” which features a DJ, prizes and disco music every Friday night from 710pm. Skaters wearing disco-themed costumes during “Cosmic Skate” are offered a $2 admission discount. Seventh Mountain Resort’s Ice Skating Rink will be open during the following days and times: Mondays – 4:30-6:30pm and 7-9pm. Tuesdays – 4:30-6:30pm and 7-9pm. (“Two for Tuesday” promotion) Wednesdays – 1:30-3:30pm. Thursdays – 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Fridays – 2-4pm and 7-10pm (“Cosmic Skate” event) Weekends & Holidays – 10am-noon, 12:30-2:30pm, 3-5pm, 5:307:30pm, 8-10pm. “Ice skating at the Seventh Mountain Resort’s gorgeous outdoor rink is a wonderful family activity for residents and visitors to Central Oregon,” Bedford said. “Skaters of all ages and abilities enjoy twirling around the rink located in the heart of the resort, which transforms into a wonderland during the winter months.” Bedford, a former competitive fi gure skater, will offer ice skating lessons at Seventh Mountain Resort. She competed internationally for seven years with California Theater on Ice, a renowned theater troupe and competitive skating team. She specializes in freestyle, “moves in the fi eld,” ice dancing and theatrical skating. About Seventh Mountain Resort Everyone from families looking for a relaxing vacation to professionals gatherings for meetings will appreciate Seventh Mountain Resort’s casual elegance. Set in Central Oregon’s high desert against the breathtaking backdrop of the Cascades range, Seventh Mountain Resort boasts a wide array of nearby recreational opportunities and cultural events. Guests have endless opportunities to explore – on skis at Mount Bachelor, in a raft on the Deschutes River, on foot touring downtown Bend or from a lounge chair pool-side at the resort. The resort’s new conference center offers more than 15,000 square feet of meeting space, accommodating up to 400 attendees. Guests can choose among three restaurants at the resort that serve mouth watering Pacific Northwest cuisine. For more information, visit www.seventhmountain.com.

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Ignoring and Manners by Rachel Martin Q. How can I teach my child manners? When is the right time to start? He is ignoring me all of the time when I tell him to stop getting into trouble or when I just ask him a question. He is 5 years old. If he doesn’t like something I’ve put on his plate at dinner, he just drops it on the floor. If I yell at him he just ignores me again. A. Children learn manners from the time they are babies by the way that they are treated, the way they see their parents and others around them behaving, and eventually by what they are allowed to do or not do. What is expected in terms of manners is largely determined by the culture. If your child ignores you when you ask him a question, it is possible that he did not hear you, either because he is so engrossed in what he is doing that he is tuning out everything else, or because he physically couldn’t hear you. Sometimes it helps to either speak a little more loudly or to touch a child on the shoulder when it seems that he is not paying any attention to what you are saying. It is important not to allow your child to ignore you when you ask them a question or instruct them to do something, or to stop. Such behavior is not only rude and a way of getting out of doing things, but it is also very isolating for the child. Don’t just give up if he ignores you. Continue to work to get his attention until you have it, even if you have to separate him from whatever else he is doing. Also, you may want to be sure he has had his hearing checked recently. As far as table manners go, most children will learn to say “please” and “thank you” within their first four years by hearing their parents and other caregivers use them. There is no need to insist that they use “please” before giving them what they want. It is not a magic word. If you want an authentic “please” that is truly meant by the child, it is best to model using it yourself and wait. However, when a child starts using a rude or whining voice to get a parent to do something, it is a good time to demand that the child ask more nicely before responding in the way the child wants. Dropping food on the floor is way out of line for a 5-year-old. Ask him why he is doing it. If he doesn’t give you an answer that makes any sense, look for possible reasons behind this behavior, which will help you decide how to respond. Parents who discover the reason behind a child’s poor behavior are usually much more successful at changing it. Yelling at children just makes things worse in the long run. It gets their attention but it also results in children feeling defensive. When a child feels defensive, she has a primary objective of defending herself, rather than finding ways to cooperate and doing what the parent wants. Instead of yelling, apply a logical consequence. If your son is dropping food onto the floor, it may indicate that he is done eating, so remove his dish. If you don’t believe he is done eating, you could take away his dish for a few minutes until he is willing to commit to stop dropping food on the floor. If he still drops food on the floor, remove his dish for a little longer or for the rest of the mealtime. If you want him to continue to stay at the table until the whole family is done eating, give him some markers and paper so that he has something to do at the table rather than playing with his food. Remember that children cooperate best when parents respect children’s feelings and needs as well as their own. Rachel Martin, M.S., is a Certified Family Life Educator. Email her at rachelmartin@parentingresearch.org or write to her at P.O. Box 131, Corvallis, OR 97339-0131.


THE JIREH PROJECT

Every mother from time to time could use a little help. Whether the need is emotional, financial or for someone to watch her child, the truth is that not everyone has a network of friends or family. The Jireh Project which opened in October of this year wants to meet that need. Equipped with a business center, tables, lounge and preschool play areas, the open floor plan of the center is warm and inviting. Children engage in play, giving mom an opportunity to have some of her needs met. Moms come together to share craft ideas, attend parenting classes, enjoy a cup of coffee or catch up with friends using one of the centers three computers offering free high speed internet. This community and resource center for women and children was founded by the Zechin family to honor of the memory of their daughter, Jireh whose life was cut short at the age of 22 following the birth of her son. Jireh (pronounced – “Ji- ra”) also means provision in the Hebrew language. The Jireh Project desires to be a point of provision for mothers. Their premise is that although every mother from time to time needs support, mothers are also a great resource of support for the community and for each other. They also believe the community has a heart for helping moms and want to providing access to basic items such as diapers, laundry soap, hygiene products, food and clothing. The December “Diaper Drive” is one way the community can get involved to relieve a little stress for mothers this holiday season. Supporting, Honoring and Connecting mothers is their vision. Operating with no paid staff, the center doesn’t have clients and volunteers; everyone is simply a mom. As a point of connection the center offers the opportunity for a mom to share her talents and passions with others. Whether that passion is reading to children, cutting hair, or operating a home business, moms are honored when they connect and support other moms. Moms who enroll in the parent childcare co-op “Time4me” enjoy free periodic childcare knowing their children will be watched in the center by a qualified staff and other co-op parents. The center has open hours Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 am to 3 pm. Current activities include scrap-booking, play groups and parenting classes. Computers are available for assisting with home businesses, job searches or education. This center offers moms a safe, clean, place to visit as an alternative for those who live in temporary homes or a mom just needing to take a break from her home. A light snack or meal is offered around noon and the coffee is always on. All services and available resources are provided free of charge and donations are welcome. Whether you are a mom wanting to offer support or a mom facing a time when you need support, you are invited to contact the Jireh Project. As a resource center they are committed to meeting your needs or helping you to connect with those who can.

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Deschutes Recycling Donates Produce from Garden to NeighborImpact This

spring, Deschutes Recycling, located at Knott Landfill, started a vegetable garden to grow produce for donating to local food banks. Employees planted and maintained the garden throughout the spring and summer.

Deschutes Recycling worked with NeighborImpact to determine the best vegetables to plant for the garden. The garden included potatoes, zucchini, peas, squash, carrots, onions and beans. This season Deschutes Recycling donated 160 pounds of produce to NeighborImpact. “NeighborImpact really appreciates receiving local produce for distribution to our Partner Agencies, said Steve Murray, NeighborImpact Food Bank Coordinator. “The product we received from the garden at Deschutes Recycling has helped us provide nutritious food to Central Oregonians. We look forward to future partnership with Deschutes Recycling and their garden.” “This has been a great project that our company and employees have been very excited to kick off. We are always looking for ways to give back to our communities and we can’t wait to see this garden grow each year which will increase the amount of food we are able to donate,” said Brad Bailey, president Deschutes Recycling. Deschutes Recycling is conveniently located at Knott Landfill in Bend and is open Monday - Saturday accepting recycling materials and offering compost sales. www.deschutesrecycling.com

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Amity Creek Magnet School Dec. 6th, 6-8pm: Winter Talent Show, Bend High Auditorium Juniper Elementary Dec. 16th: Grandparents Day Luncheon W.E. Miller Elementary Dec. 16th, 6:30pm: Winter Concert

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Cascade Middle School Dec. 4-5th: Book Fair @ Barnes N Noble Dec. 7th, 6:30-8pm: 6th Grade Band/Orch/Choir Concert Dec. 9th, 7-8:30pm: 7/8 Grade Band Concert Dec. 14th, 7-8:30: 7/8 Grade Orch/Choir Concert La Pine Middle School Dec. 2nd: Civil War Day Dec. 9th: 7th Grade to COCC REALMS Dec. 9th, 7pm: Rubbish Renewed Funky Fashion Show Fundraiser

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Bend Highschool Dec. 1-15th: Canned Food Drive La Pine Highschool Dec. 6th: Senior Citizen Dance Mt. View Highschool Dec. 14th, 7:30pm: Holiday Choir Concert Dec. 16th, 7:30: Holiday Band Concert Summit Highschool Dec. 1-15th: Teenage Giving Tree Dec. 2nd, 6:30pm: Custodial Dinner Dec. 2nd, 7:30pm: Orchestra Concert Dec. 9th, 7:30pm: Choir Concert Dec. 14th, 7:30pm: Band Concert

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National School Lunch Week Highlights Excellence In Food Program Bend-La Pine school meals are delicious and healthy thanks to innovative programs that focus on providing tasty, local, wholesome food for students. In October, the district showcased its food service programs during National School Lunch week, October 11-15. In honor of National School Lunch Week, Ensworth Elementary School played host to several local dignitaries and farmers as they shared a tasty lunch with students on Oct. 14, from 12-12:30 p.m. Visitors sampled scratch chili made with Painted Hills Beef as well as fruits and vegetables from local farms. At Bend-La Pine Schools, providing students nutritious, wholesome, local food options has been a goal for more than a decade. “We believe that preparing nutrient rich, healthful school meals with a wide variety of fruit and vegetable options and local farm products to our students is an important part of student learning,” said Superintendent Ron Wilkinson. “It’s really the bottom line - good nutrition makes a difference in the classroom.” The district is a state leader with its Farm-to-School Program that partners with local growers and farmers to bring fresh, local food to students. “Farm-fresh food is a big part of our school menus,” said Wellness Specialist Katrina Wiest. “Local food is healthy food that benefits students and the local economy.” Wiest says that one of the many benefits of the Farm-to-School program is students increased exposure to fresh produce -a goal that is behind other innovative Bend-La Pine Schools nutrition programs as well. “To ensure maximum use of produce in student meals and the development of new, produce-rich menu items, the district is leading the way with a recipe development program that makes nutritious meals from scratch with input from students,” she said. “A registered dietician is working with our bakers and chefs to expand the number of menu items made from whole foods - and students are gobbling up the new items.” Wiest says that students may not understand that their meals are high quality-grass-fed beef in tacos, chili and spaghetti sauce, fresh local produce, baked goods and granola with Bob’s Red Mill products, low fat meats and cheeses, and whole wheat baked goods like pizza crust and bagels -but they are eating wholesome foods that help them learn now and set the stage for good eating habits later. Full breakfast and lunch menus are available on Bend-La Pine Schools webpage, under the “meals” tab at: www.bend.k12.or.us. For more information contact Wellness Specialist Katrina Wiest, 541.383.6111 or Communications Director Julianne Repman, 541.383.6002.

Central Christian Elementary Students on Tour by Julie O’Neill

The 1st - 6th grade choirs, under the direction of Julie O’Neill, have been busy learning an exciting Christmas show to take out to the community this December. As a school, CCS seeks to equip our students and give them opportunities to serve our greater community. We have a day set aside every month where CCS students are out in the community doing community service projects of all kinds. This Christmas, we hit the road with a joyful production called “Back to the Manger”. It is full of acting, dancing, and high-energy songs where students get trapped in a malfunctioning time machine that sends them back in time. The result? A highly entertaining production with music ranging from a 90s pop song to a 70s disco song to a 50s rock ‘n ‘roll song. Students will have 9 shows over the course of 3 weeks to include shows for the Red Hat Society, Kiwanis, Redmond Master Gardeners, The Heights Retirement home, Brookside Place, and Cougar Springs Retirement home. If you have a community group that would be interested in having CCS include on future tours, please contact Julie O’Neill at joneill@centralchristianschools.com.


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Are Your Kids Being Bullied?

10 Christmas Gift Ideas

By Steven Koski, Senior Pastor First Presbyterian Church of Bend A recent survey said that 50% of teenagers have said they have been bullied in the last year. It is estimated that 200,000 children stay home from school everyday across America because they are scared and don’t feel safe. And sadly, staying home doesn’t keep you safe from bullying because one of the most prevalent forms of bullying is cyber-bullying where kids threaten and harass other kids online. What scares me beyond belief is that there is a new term called Bully-cide. Suicide as the result of being bullied is so prevalent they now have a term for it. One death as a result of being bullied is a tragedy. The news has reported at least six deaths in the last month. That’s a crisis. These are just the stories we have heard about . . . how many other don’t we hear about . . . how many young people are suffering in silence. Being a teenager trying to figure out who you are is hard enough without someone attacking you, ridiculing you, rejecting you, and bullying you. The reality is we fail our young people when we don’t create communities where they feel safe, accepted, welcome, affirmed, valued . . . where they can experience the ups and downs of life and not feel the only way out is to end their own lives. We simply can’t allow that to happen. Our children need us. We have an obligation to change this. We can’t let intolerance, ignorance, exclusion, judgment, bullying and fear take one more child’s life. Elie Wiesel said, “The opposite of love is not hate. The opposite of love is indifference.” We cannot be indifferent to this epidemic. As a community, we must say enough is enough.

What can we do to prevent bullying?

Schools are doing a wonderful job implementing programs to prevent bullying. What we must do as a community is model better behavior. Values are not taught. They are caught. Our children see the way we treat each other and learn that it’s okay to ridicule, verbally attack and demean another human being. What do you think our children are learning in the current political environment? They are learning its okay to call someone names. They are learning its okay to make fun of someone. They are learning its okay to treat people who think differently than you do as inferior. We need to recognize as adults that we are creating the environment where bullying is acceptable and we need to put a stop to it. There are signs around Bend that say Vote November 2 and take out the “Trash.” I don’t care what your political ideology is. This is not about politics. This is about recognizing that human beings are not trash. This is about recognizing that we are teaching our children that it’s okay to treat others as inferior . . . as less than human. We must be willing to stand up and say that bullying is not okay . . . robbing others of their dignity and worth as human beings, under any circumstances, is not okay. Bullying and demeaning others is not okay in our schools, in our politics, in our churches, in our communities, in our world. We need to create communities where the goodness and worth of every person is lifted up and affirmed. We need to create communities where our children feel safe and where they know they belong and are loved. We need to recognize our role as adults in creating the environment where bullying and demeaning others is acceptable. A joke that puts down another person’s ethnicity, calling people names, angry outbursts that result in verbal attacks, judging someone else as somehow inferior . . . all these things may seem trivial by themselves. However, what we are doing is creating an environment where we give our children permission to attack, ridicule, reject and bully one another! And this abuse is leaving a growing number of young people to conclude their precious lives are not worth living. A 13 year-old recently told me, “We need to figure out ways to make acceptance and loving one another cool.” Somehow we need to understand that you don’t have to think alike to love alike. Our children are learning the lesson well about how to bully and demean one another. It is time they learn through our behavior that every person has worth and value Ballet • Modern Contemporary and dignity. Research shows that the success of • Pilates • NYC Ballet Workout any bullying prevention program in schools is 60% grounded in whether the same kinds of behavior are encouraged and witnessed at home Winter Extravaganza, Open House and in the community. Children are Where: ABC Studios dying. We need to speak up. We need Location: 162 NW Greenwood to act. We need to change. Refreshments Date: December 11th Words and actions have the power & Entertainment Time: 2:00 - 5:00 pm to harm and hurt and the power to Open House, Silent Auction and heal. It is time we commit our actions Bake Sale and words toward the healing of our children, our communities, and our world.

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10. Tote Bag: A lot of times, elementary teachers take their work home with them. A tote bag is a very useful Christmas gift that will help keep their lesson plans and papers in a safe place. 9. Keep Teachers Safe: Christmas Gifts like hand sanitizer and Kleenex boxes are very much appreciated. These gifts are not only for teachers, but their students. Students come to the classroom sneezing, coughing and with runny noses. As much as they love their students, they don’t want to catch anything they have or have them get any of their classmates sick. 8.

Sweet Treats: Even Elementary school teachers like something sweet every now and then. A small gift basket of our favorite treats will have us smiling with joy.

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Books: Elementary teachers spend a lot of time building students reading skills. New or gently used books are great Christmas gifts to help build an elementary teachers library.

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Educational Helpers: Elementary teachers are constantly trying to fi nd ways to keep their students engaged. Christmas gifts like puzzles and educational games ar great helps for learning centers.

5. Personalized: Its nice to know teachers can call something their own. Personalized Christmas gifts like pens, tote bags, note pads and so forth are great ways to show appreciation. 4. Favorites: Find out what your child’s teachers favorite thing is. Some teachers have a favorite restaurant, sports team or shopping store. A small token from one of their favorites is a heartfelt Christmas gift. 3.

Supplies: Teachers spend a lot of their own money to make up for classroom supplies. Christmas gifts like boxes of pencils, crayons, sticky notes and even reams of papers make a world of difference for our constant depleting supplies.

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Gift Cards: Any teacher would love gift cards for Christmas. Elementary teachers appreciate gift cards to bookstores, teacher supply stores or to their favorite restaurant. If you’re not sure what they like, please feel free to purchase a Visa Gift card. Visa Gift cards ar accepted at most retailers and it gives elementary teachers the fl exibility to purchase what they want.

1. Appreciation Notes: A thank you goes a long way in the teaching profession. Sometimes teachers seldom get recognized for the tireless hours they put in during and after school. Elementary teachers appreciate Christmas gifts that are handwritten notes from you or your child expressing thanks. To make their Christmas gift even sweeter, send a written letter to their Principal, so they also know you appreciate you child’s teacher. When it comes down to it, one of the best gifts that you can give a teacher is the support you give to your child. Elementary teachers understand that parent support plays a crucial role in student’s success. Parents can show support by checking their child’s homework, making sure their child have adequate school supplies and praising their child for their hard work. While elementary teachers will never ask for a Christmas gift, nor would they expect one, they sure do appreciate any thoughtful gift that you give them. Its nice to know that you care, but a simple thank you now and then is a great gift at Christmas time and throughout the school year.


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AARP Driver Safety Classes A nationwide accredited program, focusing on driving safely, within DMV laws, and compensating for changes occurring after age 50. Each class is 8 total hours, conducted over two consecutive 4-hour days. $14 Student fee ($12 AARP members). All drivers welcome! Qualifies for auto insurance discount at age 55. Ruth Womack, District 8 coordinator. 541-317-0610. LAPINE- Fire Hall, Dec. 6-7th, 10-3pm. To Enroll: 541-317-0610. REDMOND- Senior Center, Dec. 13-14th, 8-Noon. To Enroll: 541-548-6325. BEND- Senior Center, Dec. 27-28th, 1-5pm. To Enroll call 541-388-1133. CO Eating Disorder Support Group Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7PM, Summit Assisted Living Center, in the conference room (127 S.E. Wilson Ave). For family and friends of persons with eating disorders. Our support group is open to all persons and is free of charge. Our group provides a place for family and friends to meet and talk, confidentially. The meetings and guided meetings are guided by facilitators whose family member has recovered from an eating disorder. Consultants for the facilitators: Nancy Curfman, LCSW and Janyce Vick, LCSW. For more information please contact: Eileen White, 541-383-3405. Golden Bridge Seminars The Abraham-Inspiration-Group Dec 4th, 5pm (to approx 8pm). On the Rosie Bareis Campus, 1010 NW 14th St. (on Bends Westside). Enjoy an open discussion with awesome Video featuring Abraham and Jerry & Esther Hicks. Donations are welcome, half of which is given back to the Children—the Animals—and the Land. Questions? Call Richard & Debbie @ 389-4523 or visit www.GoldenBridgeSeminars.com. Awareness Training ~ The New Years Gathering Jan. 1 & 2nd, 9am to 6pm Sat (Jan 1) & Noon-6pm Sunday (Jan 2). Rosie Bareis Campus, 1010 NW 14th St. (on Bends Westside). Awareness Training is a 1½-day experiential seminar that can nurture you in giving birth to emotional freedom, reclaiming your power and passion, and creating a new commitment to yourself, your life, and your relationships. A complimentary, informal introduction will be held on Friday, Dec 31, from Noon to 12:30 (same location) in which Dr. Richard Benson, founder & guide, will answer your questions and share the nature of the experiential exercises. Tuition is on a “Love Offering Basis”, half of which is given back to the Children—the Animals—and the Land. To RSVP or for more details call Richard at (541) 389-4523 or visit www.GoldenBridgeSeminars.com and click on the “Giving Back” page. Family Resource Center Parenting Classes Scholarships Available. Book, Dinner and childcare provided. 541.389.5468; www.frconline.org. Staying Connected to Your Teen Nov. 2-Dec 7, 6-8pm. Tues. at the Family Resource Center in Bend. A 5-week workshop for parents with children ages 12-17. Parenting adolescents and teens can be challenging. Learn about strengthening family bonds and connections during the teen years. Cost $30/person or $50/couple. Scholarships Available. Partners In Care

Caregivers Physical Therapy Workshop Friday, December 10, 2010 10:00-12:00 pm At Partners In Care, 2075 NE Wyatt Court, Bend Presented by Physical Therapist Assistant, Peggie Fischer KEY POINTS: • Hoyer lift transfers • sit to stand (easy pivot transfers) • Wheelchair/bed transfers • Gait belt transfers •Wheelchair/shower bench/sideboard transfers. Seating is limited, Call Lisa H. at 541-382-5882 to RSVP

Animal Hospice and Pet Loss An open, drop-in group for anyone anticipating or currently experiencing the loss of an animal companion. Tuesdays 6–7:30pm. For further information call Sharen at 541-382-5882. Grief Support Group Reinvesting in life after loss is less painful when the journey is shared with others. In this eight week group participants will find hope, connection, and solace together. Tues. 10:30-Noon; Oct.19th – Dec 14th or Weds. 5:30-7pm; Oct. 20th – Dec 15th Animal Hospice and Pet Loss An open, drop-in group, for anyone anticipating or currently experiencing the loss of an animal companion. Tues., 6-7:30pm. **For further info. call Sharen at 382-5882. Coffee & Doughnuts with Bob & the Boys Sorry ladies….gentlemen only for this grief support group. Last Thurs. of the month 10–11am. Fall dates as follows: Nov. 18th, Dec. 16th. My Friend’s House For children and families who have experienced a loss through death. Parents & caregivers can meet for support and healing while their children attend group with other children. No cost. Dinner included. Contact Eileen for pre-registration at 382-5882. Traumatic Loss Losses by suicide, homicide, accident and other forms of trauma share common bonds that bring participants together for eight weeks of sharing, comfort, and support towards healing. No cost. Thurs., 5:30-7pm, Oct. 21st-Dec. 16th. Volunteer Search Listing Partners In Care has many opportunities for volunteering depending on your time, talent and interest. Volunteer training available monthly (excluding August and December) Contact Sarah: 541-382-5882. Our new web address is: www.partnersbend.org

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Bingo at Bend Elks Lodge Bend Elks Lodge is now playing Bingo on Thursday Nights, open to the public, must be 18 to play. Doors open at 5pm first call at 6pm. Bend Elks Lodge 1371, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, OR 97701. Child Car Seat Clinic Usually meets on the 1st Thurs. of every month from 10-1pm at the Redmond Fire & Rescue, downtown Station, 341 NW Dogwood Ave, Redmond. Have local car seat technicians help you install your child car seat correctly for FREE! Statistics show that 8 out of 10 car seats are installed wrong! By appointment, 3rd Thurs. of every month 4-6pm. Questions: 541-504-5016 or go to www.redmondfireandrescue.org. Crook County Skating Rink The Parks District operates a roller skating rink after school begins, through the end of May. It’s located in the gymnasium of Crooked River Elementary School, at 200 NE Fairview. Friday & Saturday Night Skate is from 6-9pm. $5 out of district, in district without card* and $4 in district with card*. Private Parties The skate rink may also be reserved for parties on Saturday afternoons for a twohour period, 3-5pm. The cost is $40 for the first 30 skaters, payable at the Parks office, with $1 for each additional skater, payable at the door. Reservations are required. Typically, the skate rink is reserved for birthday parties or group recreational gatherings. Your treats and drinks may be brought into the foyer, your personal music may be brought and played by the skate staff, and the limbo bar may be used. Candies and refreshments are also available for sale during your party session.* Get your in district card for the skate rink at the Parks Office. It’s free! www.ccprd.org. Diaper Drive The Jireh Project will be sponsoring a DIAPER DRIVE during the month of December. They are looking for diapers sizes 3 and up. Diapers will be distributed to local families, primarily single parents in Central Oregon. This is one way the community can participate in relieving a little stress for needy families this holiday season. Drop off diapers at the center located at 2330 NE Division, Suite 1 in Bend from Tues-Fri., 9-3pm or put them under the Christmas tree on Dec. 4th from 9-5pm at The Jireh Project Christmas Boutique. www.thejirehproject.org or call 541 678 5669. Free Guide Available To Help Adults Talk With Kids and Teens About Being Online The Family Resource Center of Central Oregon is offering a free guide called, Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online, to parents and caregivers of pre-teens and teens. Timely topics such as cyber-bullying, cell phones, and ways to keep your child safe are included in the guide. Net Cetera is produced and distributed by the Federal Trade Commission and is available in Spanish and English. Stop by the Family Resource Center to pick up your free copy. You can also visit their lending library for more information on parenting or ask about low or no-cost parenting classes. The Family Resource Center is located at: 1130 NW Harriman, Bend, OR 97701. For more information, call 541-389-5468. Kiddoz Craft Day- Every Tues. at 9:30am, FREE. Parents Night Out-Dec. 3rd & 17th, 5:30-9pm. $16. 222 SE Reed Market Rd., #100, Bend. 541-312-4742. kiddozplaycenter.com.


Jefferson County Film Center Presents FREE Family Films every Friday at 7:30pm and enjoy free popcorn at the Jefferson County Rodriguez Annex located on E and 8th Street. La Leche League of Bend Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month to discuss breastfeeding related topics. Nursing babies are welcome, as are pregnant women. Call Katie Boone at 541-317-5912 for more information.

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band Dec. 1st, 7:30pm. A living legacy from the pioneers who invented jazz, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has toured the United States and the world for nearly five decades. The current line up of veterans is led by Ben Jaffe, son of Hall founder and performer Allan Jaffe. With gumbo-flavored holiday favorites, this joyful evening features the distinctive music and haunting images that define the spirit and style of New Orleans. Ticketing ~ Reserved Seating @ $42 and $37. Receive 10% off when you buy any 4 of the10 shows in the CenterStage Series or Foundation Series. www.towertheatre.org. Cascadia High Desert Branch Annual Meeting and Building Tour Dec 2nd, 5-7:30pm at The Oxford Hotel in Bend. Join the High Desert Branch of Cascadia for our Annual Meeting at 10 Below Restaurant and Bar, located at The Oxford Hotel. We are hosting a casual evening of networking, snacks and a tour of The Oxford Hotel, one of Bend’s unique green hotels. Come meet the High Desert Branch Steering Committee and fellow Cascadia members. Get involved! Support sustainable building today! Cost: Free. www.envirocenter.org. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Christmas Dec. 2nd, 7:30pm. Hollywood hipsters Big Bad Voodoo Daddy turn yuletide classics like “Blue Christmas,” “Jingle Bells” and “We Three Kings” into a rollicking big band extravaganza! Throw in a few new songs of their own— “Zat You Santa Claus” and “Rock-A-Billy Christmas”—for a holiday show that’s cool enough to keep a snowman from melting. Tickets: General Admission $40. www.towertheatre.org. A Bend Christmas Celebration starring Michael John Dec. 2nd-12th, 7pm. The Producers at BendPAC envision a truly old-fashioned Christmas experience perfect for the entire family. Michael will be sharing all of his talent with BendPAC to create this unique holiday treat for the whole family. Our goal will be to involve the whole audience in the experience from sing-a-longs and caroling to interactive storytelling. The show will also feature a quartet of strolling carolers composed of some of Central Oregon’s most talented singers including Sherrie Neff, Steve Osterkamp, Glenn Swearingen and Sally Graeber. Add to that some storytelling featuring Chris Rennolds and Liam O’Sruitheain, including a special version of “The Gift of the Magi”, and we have a show that is guaranteed to bring back visions of those wonderful Christmases we all shared as kids while creating brand new memories for one and all. Cost: $10 Adults, $4 Kids 12 & under, $25 Family Pass (up to 6). Bend Performing Arts Center, 1155 SW Division St., Bend. 541-504-6721 or www.bendpac.org. First Friday Gallery Walk Dec. 3rd, 5-9pm. Galleries in downtown Bend, Northwest Crossing and the Old Mill fill with art patrons as they open their doors for this special monthly evening. Includes musical performances and refreshments at selected galleries. www.visitbend.com. Holiday Bazaar Dec. 3-4th, 9am-2pm. Clothes, purses, necklaces, mirrors, jewelry, decor, food and more. 2632 NW Ordway Ave., Bend. 541-598-4617. VFW Christmas Bazaar Dec. 4th, 8am-3pm. Homemade items, ornaments, jewelry and more. Cafe will serve breakfast. VFW Hall, 1503 NE Fourth St, Bend. 541-389-0775. Lava Ridge Elementary School Holiday Bazaar Dec. 4th, 10-4pm. Come one, Come all to the Lava Ridge Elementary School Holiday Bazaar. Event will be held in the school’s gym located at 20805 Cooley Rd in NE Bend. The gym will be filled with wonderful handmade crafts and gifts for everyone on your list from many local craft vendors. Thank you for supporting your local artists and the students at Lava Ridge. If you have any questions you can contact me at (541)383-9037 or at robmerich@live.com. Bend Christmas Parade Dec. 4th, Noon. Theme this year is “Christmas Carols on Parade”. Downtown Bend. Organized by Bend Christmas Parade Committee. www.bendchristmasparade.com. The Jireh Project Christmas Bazaar Dec. 4th, 9-5pm. Have a fun time and help The Jireh Project support single mom. Local artisans along with home based businesses will be selling beautiful arts and crafts, purses, jewelry, girlfriend gifts and cosmetics. Have pictures taken with Santa from 10-noon to help feed the hungry. For a small donation you can also enjoy lunch and snacks. Located at 2330 NE Division, suite 1 in Bend. www.thejirehproject.org or call 541-678-5669.

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Cascade Winds Symphonic Band in Concert Dec. 5th, 2pm. FREE. Central Oregon’s premier wind ensemble presents Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, Galop from The Comedians, Percy Grainger’s Molly on the Shore and much more. Summit High School Auditorium, 2855 Clearwater Drive, NW Crossing, Bend; no tickets needed; Info: 541-593-1635. www.sunriverchamber.com. Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Dec. 5th, 1-3PM at the Pine Forest Grange Hall, 63214 Boyd Acres Rd., Bend. Donation Accepted, All Ages Welcome, Non Smoking - Alcohol Free, Come Listen and Dance. Info: Bob 1-541-447-5451 Bend Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show Dec 9th, noon at the Century Center. A Fund-Raiser for REALMS Charter School’s Arts Program. Transforming trash, inspiring community for a sustainable earth. Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show fuses environmental responsibility, funky fashion and community. From educators and students to artists and business leaders, we invite you to reconsider the value of trash and celebrate the creative, sustainable spirit of Bend. Two shows on 12/9! www. envirocenter.org Cross Culture: Bike + Art Dec. 9-12th, 5-9pm. Old Mill District and throughout Bend. Cross Culture: Bike + Art returns with an expanded effort to include more Bend businesses, Oregon artists and collaborative multi-media experiences for all cycling enthusiasts. Cross Culture pairs bike-centric artists with local business inviting opportunities to meet artsts while shopping in a festive atmosphere. Art exhibits and festive receptions will expand to include the Old Mill District, Mill Quarter, Northwest Crossing, Newport and Galverston participating businesses along with the downtown shops who hosted the event last December. Creative offering will include yoga, youth activities, music and film. Included in this year’s plans is a Spoke’n Word Series that will rotate venues for a three night run ThursdaySaturday. www.theoldmill.com. Fox Hollow Holiday Bazaar Dec. 11th, 10-3pm. Handmade gifts, jewelry, bags, scarves, hats, decorations, food and more. Fox Hollow Independent & Assisted Living, 2599 NE 14th St., Bend. 541-383-2030. Indie Craft Loft Dec 11-12th, 10am-7pm Sat., and 10-5pm on Sunday. Join Green Spot Members Lost & Found Art and Sarabella Upcycled at the Indie Craft Loft, Central Oregon’s only holiday show dedicated to local handmade renegade crafters and funky artists. Gossamer, The Knitting Place, will be filled on all 3 floors with a variety of local funky one of a kind wares just in time for holiday shopping. Gossamer is located in the Old Mill Marketplace, 550 SW Industrial Way. www.envirocenter.org Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” Dec. 17-20th, 7:30pm. A stellar community cast of youth and adults again bring to life the classic story of redemption and the true holiday spirit, produced by Bend Experimental Art Theatre (B.E.A.T.). Rick Jenkins returns as Scrooge in this original adaptation by Howard Schor, directed by Mary Kilpatrick. $15 children under 12, $19 / $25 adults. www.towertheatre.org. VegNet Bend Monthly Potluck Dec 22, 6-8pm at The Environmental Center in Bend. Bring a vegan dish to share, your recipe and a place setting. White Elephant Gift Exchange and Vegan Holiday Cookie Exchange - participate in one or both. Please bring your cookie recipe. There will also be a short presentation about the life of Cleveland Amory - author and animal rights leader. Cost: FREE. www.envirocenter.org Bend’s First 1000 Lights Community Walk & Family Festival Dec. 31st, 4pm. Illuminated Community Walk and Family Festival. This event will benefit the La Pine Community Kitchen. We are asking all participants to bring (3) cans of non perishable food, usable winter clothing such as gloves, hats, scarves, bedding, personal hygiene products or pet food. We will be building a “Mountain” of donated items in the Gym at Juniper Elementary School. These items will be donated directly to the La Pine Community Kitchen. Please be generous as the need is great! www.bendsfirst1000lightswalk.com.

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La Pine Christmas Bazaar Dec. 3-4th, 11am-7pm. Frontier Days is going Red, White and..Green, at the La Pine Event Center! Handcrafted items, artwork, candies, jewelry and more. Lapine Event Center, 16405 1st St. 541-536-8398. Truckers Light Parade & Christmas Craft Bazaar Dec. 4th. Lighted vehicles of all sizes sparkle their way through downtown La Pine in a holiday atmosphere. Hundreds of Hand-made crafts, Christmas Caroling and Lighting of the Christmas Tree. www.lapine.org. La Pine Grange Flea Market (& trading post) Dec. 4th, 10-3pm. Held the first Saturday EVERY MONTH (year round and held over to include Friday during community events, holidays and by popular demand). Come experience the origin of “networking”. Shop in a wholesome family environment for new/used items, collectable’s, antiques, FRESH EGGS,


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one of a kind crafts and ART. Vendor fees are the most affordable in Central Oregon. The venue is open YEAR ROUND and expands to include the outdoor shopping space as the weather permits. For La Pine Grange Flea Market call Robin at 541-536-1455. At the Grange Hall on Morson (one block North of The Prairie House). www.lapine.org. La Pine Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Dec. 17th, 7:45-9:15am. Come and join the Chamber for Breakfast at the La Pine Senior Center. Special Speaker, Sponsor and lots of networking. Call the Chamber for more information and to reserve a seat, (541) 536-9771. www.lapine.org. La Pine Grange Open House/Pot Luck Dinner Dec. 21st, 6pm. Come on down to the Grange Hall on Morson (1 block north of the Prairie House) and enjoy an evening of GREAT FOOD, GREAT CONVERSATION. You can learn more about the folks that are in the Grange. For more information about Grange call Robin at 541-536-1455. Grange is a non profit organization that is focused on the local enrichment and education of it’s community, and who’s efforts and energy is used to help rural Americans with legislative action. www.lapine.org.

Madras Living Hope Christian Center’s Dessert Theater & Concert Dec. 3 and 5th, 7pm. Living Hope Christian Center presents their Annual Dessert Theater and Christmas Program at 25 NE A Street Madras Oregon 97741. Open to everyone, come and enjoy an evening of Christmas Music and Fellowship. Contact : 541-475-2405 or 541-475-2350. www.madraschamber.com. Juice Newton Dec. 3rd, 8pm. Doors open at 7pm. 21 and over. Join us for a night with this Grammy Award Winner. With 15 top ten hits including, “Angel of The Morning”, “Queen Of Hearts”, and “The Sweetest Thing”. Tickets $30, $25 and $20 can be booked online. www.kahneeta.com.

Cecil Sly’s Annual Holiday Bazaar Dec. 11th, 8am-2pm. Variety of booths, crafts and food. Sponsored by the Cecil Sly PTO. Cecil Sly Elementary, 1400 SE 2nd Street, Prineville. Phone: 541-977-3724 or www.visitprineville.com. Powell Butte Art Show & Sale Dec. 11th, 10am-4pm. Pottery, glasswork, paintings, knitted items, jewelry, photography and more from local artists. Cafe will serve food. Powell Butte Community Center, 8404 SW Reif Rd. 541-447-4615. Hospice’s Annual Light Up a Life Dec. 17th, 7pm. Please join us for the annual Name Reading Ceremony when we read the names of those honored and remembered by ornaments this year. For more information or to purchase a remembrance ornament please call 541447-2510. Crook County Library, 175 NW Meadow Lakes Dr., Prineville. Phone: 541-447-2510 or www.visitprineville.com. New Year’s Skate Party Dec. 31, 7-12:30am. At the Crooked River Gym. $4 (with ID card), $5 (all others). www.ccprd.org.

Redmond Art of Christmas Sale and Show Dec. 1-5th, 10am-4pm. Handmade arts and crafts from local artisans. Urban on 6th, 432 SW 6th St., Redmond. 541-548-4692.

Central Oregon Saturday Market 2010 HOLIDAY MARKET Dec. 3rd, 1-8pm & 4th, 9am-6pm. At the Deschutes County Fairgrounds. The Central Oregon Saturday market is a unique and vibrant shopping choice for the holidays. Local Crafters and Vendors have creative gift ideas. www.centraloregonsaturdaymarket.com.

Best Little Christmas Bazaar in Madras Dec. 4th, 9am-4pm. Handcrafted personal, pet, home decor and baked items. 686 SE Tumbleweed Lane, Madras. 541-475-6746.

Madras Holiday Market Dec. 11th, 9am-4pm. Crafts, food and music. Jefferson County Fair Complex, 430 SW Fairgrounds Rd. 541-4893239.

“All Wrapped Up For Christmas” Dec. 11th, 5pm. 2010 Christmas Parade in Downtown Prineville. Contact: Chamber of Commerce at 541-447-6304 or www.visitprineville.com.

St. Thomas Star Lite Gala Dec. 3rd, 5:30-Midnight. At the Eagle Crest Resort, Redmond. The annual dinner, dance and auction to benefit St. Thomas. www.visitredmondoregon.com.

Angels Among Us Dec. 4th, 9am-2pm. Homemade crafts and baked goods. Cafe will serve food. Madras United Methodist Church, 49 NE 12th St., 541-475-2150.

Christmas Lights Parade Dec. 4th. Location: Madras, OR. Contact: 541-4752350.

professional photographer Erin Miller. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the school.

High Desert Nutcracker Dec. 4th, 7pm and Dec. 5th, 2pm. Redmond High School Auditorium. Redmond School of Dance presents a modern-day version of the y classic ballet, set in Central Oregon. Rock h p a gr Chucks, Farmers, Fisher Women, Skiers, hoto P r ille M Golfers, and Sage Brush tell the story of Clara and rin of E y the Nutcracker Prince, danced to Tchaikovsky’ score. Tickets s te cour $5, General Admission. Available at Redmond School of Dance and at the door. 541-548-6957 or www.redmondschoolofdance.com.

35th Annual Christmas Bazaar Dec. 11th, 10-4pm at the Community Wellness Center, 2200 Hollywood Blvd, Warm Springs. At the Bazaar you will be able to find that unique, beautiful, one of a kind, hand-crafted, jewelry and/or baked goods. For more info. contact Carol at the Community Center (541)553-3243.

Prineville 19th Annual Hospice Christmas Auction Dec. 3rd, 6pm. Featuring Handmade Quilts and Silent Auction. This hospice holiday tradition showcases the creative talents of the many community members who design, decorate and donate Christmas trees and handmade quilts. The Community Open House will be on Saturday, December 4th from 10-4pm, where the entire community is invited to view and enjoy the delightful array of decorated Christmas Trees and fancifully designed quilts and donated silent auction items. Location: Carey Foster Hall, Prineville. 541-323-2568 or www.visitprineville.com. Christmas Food Fair Dec. 4th, 9am-2pm. Handcrafted fair trade items and Scandinavian breads and desserts. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 695 NW Third St., Prineville. 541-447-1545. Crook County Christian School Annual Holiday Bazaar Dec. 4th, 9am-4pm. Vendors, crafters, non-profits offer food, jewelry, one-of-a kind gifts, toys. Soup and bread lunch $4. Crook Co. Christian School, 835 S Main, Prineville. Phone: 541-416-0114 or www.visitprineville.com. “Cookies With Santa” Dec. 9th, 5-7pm. Community Event all Welcome! to Crooked River Elementary Gym on the corner of 3rd/Fairview in Prineville. This is a bazaar craft like event. We have tables available for anyone who would like to join in the fun...$15 per table contact Victoria @ 541-420-2920. Pictures with Santa $5 by a great local

27th Annual Festival of Trees Dec. 4th, 10am-3pm. At the Deschutes County Fairgrounds. Add some gala fun and beauty to your holiday. Free family activites draw the communities of Bend, Redmond, Sisters and beyond together to enjoy beautifully decorated trees, games and family entertainment. At 5pm the doors re-open for the gala evening event which features food options of either heavy hors d’oeuvres ($30) or a sit down dinner ($50). An artisan fair will be part of the festivities with the gala buyers auction of live trees beginning at 7pm. Tickets available though Redmond Sisters Hospice or via www.redmondhospice.org/festivaloftrees.htm. Free Lectures at Cascade Chiropractic & Natural Medicine Dec. 7th, 6-7pm. At 716 SW Highland Ave., Redmond. Boost Your Immune System. Learn how to prevent illness this winter and heal more quickly! Join Dr. Katie Mercer, ND, for these exciting lectures to promote optimum health through disease prevention and health maintenance! For questions, please call 541-516-1045. www.visitredmondoregon.com. Holiday Open House Dec. 8th, 4-7pm. Handmade ornaments and crafts. Redmond Learning Center, 720 SW 23rd St., 541-923-4854. American Legion Auxiliary Craft Bazaar Dec. 10-11th, 10-5pm. Jewelry, knitting apparel, greeting cards, decor, crocheted items and more. Redmond Grange, 707 SW Kalama Ave., 541-548-4853. Desert Meadows Christmas Bazaar Dec. 11th, 9am-2pm. Handcrafted items, Avon products, teas and more. 520 NE Shoshone Dr, Redmond. 541-923-2198.


Zion Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale Dec. 11th, 9am-3pm. Homemade craft and gift items, baked goods and more. Proceeds benefit community projects. Zion Lutheran Church, 1113 SW Black Butte Blvd., Redmond. 541-548-4712. Free Lectures at Cascade Chiropractic & Natural Medicine Dec. 14th, 6-7pm. At 716 SW Highland Ave., Redmond. Beat the Heat during Menopause. Don’t let menopause rule your life! Cool off and feel better. Join Dr. Katie Mercer, ND, for these exciting lectures to promote optimum health through disease prevention and health maintenance! For questions, please call 541-516-1045. www.visitredmondoregon.com. Free Family Dinner and Movie Night Dec. 29th, 6pm. Community Presbyterian Church at 529 NW 19th Street in Redmond is offering a family dinner and movie night. Dinner will be at 6pm with a movie following at 6:30. We will be watching the movie “How to Train Your Dragon” which will be shown on the big screen and everyone is welcome to wear your pajamas and bring your pillows and blankets. FREE! RSVP is required, so please contact the church at 541-548-3367 by Dec. 22.

Sisters Metolius Train Depot Holiday Bazaar Dec. 3rd, 9am. Handcrafted items and gifts. 599 Washington Ave., Metolius. 541-546-3801. Metolius Preserve Tree Hunt Dec 3-4th, 10am-2pm at the Metolius Preserve - North Fork Kiosk. Join the Land Trust for this fun, festive annual event! Search for the perfect holiday tree while helping restore the native forests of the Metolius Preserve. The Tree Hunt will be held at the Land Trust’s Metolius Preserve North Fork kiosk weather permitting. We will be cutting grand fir trees. Trees are free-range and not sculpted to be the perfect Christmas Tree. But they are beautiful and available in lots of sizes. Trees are scattered throughout the forests of the Metolius Preserve so you will have to hunt for them! Bring your own hand saw (no chainsaws please) and rope. Dogs are allowed on leash only. Dress for the weather. We’ll provide warm drinks! There is a suggested $10 donation. www.envirocenter.org Holiday Open House at Sisters Art Works Dec. 4th, 10-5pm. At the Sisters Art Works. Cost: Free to the Public 4th Annual Holiday Open House featuring quality handmade crafts, ornaments, and gifts by local Sisters artists. Pet Photos with Santa benefitting Sisters Furry Friends Food Drive. Phone: 541-420-9695, www.sistersartworks.com . Christmas at the Lodge Dec. 11th, 2-5pm. Come see Santa, hear some Christmas tales and make cookies with the kids. www.thelodgeatsuttlelake.com. Breakfast with Santa Dec. 11th and 18th, 8am. Join us for Breakfast with Santa Buffet with a special guest. Adults $10; Children $6. Call 541.595.1260 for reservations. At Black Butte Ranch, Sisters. www.blackbutteranch.com. Carriage Rides at the Ranch Dec. 24-Jan. 1st, 11am-3pm. $9 per person -- Children under 5 are free. Each paid ride includes a voucher for a hot chocolate, tall coffee or spiced cider beverage at Lodge Espresso Shop. Call 541.595.1252 for reservations and ticket sales. Reservations are required, maximum of 10 people per ride. Rides begin on the hour and half hour at the front entry of the Lodge at Black Butte Ranch and are NOT weather dependent. Tickets are non-refundable. Blankets will be provided by the Carriage company, but we recommend people bring blankets, especially if there is cold weather. www.blackbutteranch.com.

Sunriver 1st Annual Obsidian Holiday Wish On Dec. 11th in The Village at Sunriver, Obsidian Hair Spa along with participation from other great Companies are holding the “1st annual Obsidian Holiday Wish” for needy families of the area. All proceeds from haircuts, coloring, manicures, pedicures, waxing and table and chair messages will be donated to the Care and Share program along with the donations starting Nov. 15—Dec. 11th. There will be a “ Giving tree for Kids”, “ Make a Wish Bowl” for bills and coins, “ Bags for Food” a collection box for non-perusable can goods. Teddy Bear Tea Dec 4, 11, and 18th, Noon-2pm. Parents and children come for a real tea party with their favorite teddy bears in tow. Enjoy finger sandwiches, desserts, a selection of teas and delightful holiday atmosphere in the Hearth Room at the Sunriver Lodge. 36-hour cancellation policy. $28 adults, $14 for all children 12 and under. Gratuity included. Reservations required. Sponsored by Harney & Son’s Teas. Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Dec. 4, 11, and 18th, 3:30-5pm. The holidays aren’t complete without a batch of fresh-baked gingerbread cookies. Our pastry chef provides the cookies and the icing. Kids are in charge of the scrumptious decorations! Held at the Sunriver Lodge North Pole. $5 for two cookies.

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Breakfast With Santa Dec. 4, 12, and 18th, 8:30-11:30am. A breakfast buffet with Santa and Mrs. Claus is sure to be at the top of your child’s wish list for years to come. In the Great Hall. Reservations required. 36-hour cancellation policy. $24 adults; $12 children 6-12; complimentary for children 5 and under. Gratuity included. Sleigh Rides Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, and 18-23rd. Snuggle up under a blanket and go dashing through the snow on a Sunriver open sleigh from 9-11:30am. Rides start behind the Sunriver Lodge. Tickets available at Concierge. Free for Resort guests; $5 general public; children 12 and under free with paying adult. Sleighs may also be reserved for extended trips by contacting Sunriver Stables at 541-593-6995. The Bear Factory™ Dec. 4, 11, 18 & 24, 10am-Noon. We’re excited to bring you the official Bear Factory stuffed animal collection. Choose from a variety of bears, kitties, and doggies that you hand stuff to achieve the perfect hugability. Each stuffed animal comes with a carrier and birth certificate. You can also select from a variety of outfits. Beary cool! Reservations required. 24 hr-cancellation policy or full program fee will be charged. Appointments are made in 15 minute increments. Located at Santa’s Workshop. $25/animal ; $15/outfit. Glass Fusion Dec. 4, 11, 18, 4-6pm; Dec. 22 & 29, 1-3pm. Create gallery-like glass pieces in our glass fusing workshop. Piece together a design on a blank tile that we will fire to create a mosaic of glass. Firing typically takes 2-4 days. Arrangements can be made to have your piece mailed. Reservations required; space is limited. 24-hour cancellation policy or minimum program fee will be charged. $30/6” glass. Slumping requires an additional firing and can be done for $6. Hot Cocoa Super Mugs Dec. 3, 10, 17, 4-6pm; Dec. 21, 28, 1-3pm. Put your own touch on a ceramic super mug and create your own blend of hot cocoa. Take home and enjoy the cocoa, as we fire your hand-painted masterpiece. Firing of mugs may take 1-3 days. Arrangements may be made to ship the mug straight to your doorstep. Plan to spend 30 minutes to 1 hour painting your super mug. Reservations required. 24-hour cancellation policy or full program fee will be charged. Parent supervision required for children 12 and under. $20/super mug. Ornament Workshop Dec. 4, 11, 18, 23, 30, 1-3pm. Create a glass ornament that will sparkle in your twinkling Christmas lights. Create a design on a 3” glass circle that will be fired in the kiln and ready to hang on your tree the following day. Ornaments are fired overnight and will be ready for pick-up the following afternoon. Arrangements can be made to have your piece mailed. $15/ornament. Classical Christmas Concert Dec. 19th, 7:30pm in the Great Hall. Enjoy an evening of classical and Christmas favorites. Featuring Maestro Lawrence Leighton Smith and Young Artists. For more info. visit sunrivermusic.org. To buy tickets call 541-593-9310 or email tickets@sunrivermusic.org. Reserved tickets $40, general admission $30, Senior tickets (in the General Adm. Section) $25. Youth tickets (18 and under) $10. Magic Show Dec. 17, 23, 30th at 7pm. As if the holiday season isn’t magical enough, we’re bringing in Mr. Magic for an evening of humor, interaction, and of course, magic! Free for Resort Guests with ID card. $5/general public; children 12 and under free with paying adult. At the Sunriver Lodge North Pole, Brunch With Santa Dec. 24th, 9am-1:30pm in the Great Hall. There will be great food and fun characters to mix and mingle with, too! Reservations required. $36 adults; $18 children 12 and under; complimentary for children 5 and under. Gratuity included. Frolic With Frosty Dec. 24, 3-6pm. Grab your snow gear and join the fun at our winter playground on the Merchant Trader Lawn, just behind the Lodge. Slide down the kids’ sledding hill, build your own snowman, or even throw some (friendly) snowballs! Weather permitting. Sponsored by Mt. Bachelor and Zagt Excavation. ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’ Dec. 24th, 7pm. Join us for holiday trivia, caroling and a live presentation of the treasured holiday poem that made Santa a household name. At the Homestead. Free. New Year’s Eve Family Night Dec. 31st, 7:30-pm. The family that plays together stays together - and gets to bed at a reasonable time. Enjoy interactive board, arcade games, and our favorite selection of Wii games. Win prizes throughout the night! We will celebrate New Years with the East Coast at 9pm with a sparkling cider or champagne toast. Evening includes ice cream sundaes, fresh popcorn and party favors. A no-host bar will also be available for select beer and wine. $30 adults; $20 children 12 and under. Adult participation required. Reservations required. 48-hour cancellation policy or full program fee will be charged. Space is limited, call 541-593-4609 to reserve your spot. More events can be found at www.sunriver-resort.com/traditions.


December and January to enter to win. Artwork will be on display through Friday, January 7. The winner will be notified Monday, January 10. Family First Fridays: Printing All ages. Dec. 3rd, 9:30am-Noon. Let your creative juices flow in this selfguided exploration of art. Using the Art Station classroom and supplies, you and your children can create masterpieces together! $5/person Family Fun: Holiday Hand Prints All ages. Dec. 4th, 10-2pm. Make a set of hand or foot prints (or both) to remember your little ones forever! Using terracotta clay or multi-media, and your child, you will make your own holiday keepsake!$15 per set. Cyclo Cross Family Fun All ages. Dec. 10th, 10-2pm. For the second year running Bend will play host to one of the most popular events in cycling! The 2010 USA Cycling CycloCross National Championships will be back in the Old Mill District. Friends and family can join in the fun with Cyclo Cross Cowbell painting, flag decorating and poster making to help create a special item to help cheer on mom, dad or your favorite racer. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $5 per person TEEN/ADULT Clay Open Studio Sess. 6: W, Dec. 1-15th, 6-9pm. Sess. 7: TH, Dec. 2-16th, 10am-3. Sess. 8: SU, Dec. 5-19th, Noon-3pm. Limited to intermediate and advanced students, this class allows clay students the opportunity to pursue their own direction at their own pace. No instructor present. Students need to be independent in their studio work. Bring your own tools, or purchase at the studio. $45 The Good, the Bad and the Beauty of Watercolor F, Dec 3-10th, 10-3:30pm. Learn the characteristics of the paints on your palette and how they interact. All of your colorful studies will be done on Arches 140 lb. paper and then bound into your very own 4”x 6” spiral wire book. Basic Watercolor skills recommended. Supplies List, plus $20 materials fee paid to instructor. $88 Luminous Watercolors M, Dec. 6th, 12:30-3pm. Cindy Briggs de-mystifies the medium in her class with personalized instruction to help you”see like an artist” and capture the essence of your subject with expressive color, captivating design and creative techniques. Enjoy a variety of demonstrations and simple exercises to advance your own personal style and ability. This class is for students who have taken Watercolor Fundamentals or have previous watercolor experience. $35

The Art Station is a project of the non-profit Arts Central. It is a learning center for the creative arts. For more information or to get a class catalog, call 541-617-1317, 313 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr., Bend 97702 or check the Arts Central website for the class catalog online at www.bendartstation.org. Contact Ingrid at 22ingrid@artscentraloregon.org.

December and January Gallery Exhibition Just Desserts. Divine. Luscious. Scrumptious. Full of flavor, this exhibition accentuates artistic fare epitomizing “sweet” prints and food landscapes. Artworks in mixed media, print, and drawing as well as 3D media are represented in this downright delicious showcase. First Friday December 3, 5:30 – 8:30pm. This juried show opens December 3 and continues through January 28, 2011. Art Posters by Wayne Thiebaud will be available during this two month exhibition. “Wayne Thiebaud an American painter whose most famous works are of cakes, pastries, boots, toilets, toys and lipsticks. His last name is pronounced “Tee-bo.” He is associated with the Pop art movement because of his interest in objects of mass culture, although his works, executed during the fifties and sixties, slightly predate the works of the classic pop artists. Thiebaud uses heavy pigment and exaggerated colors to depict his subjects, and the well-defined shadows characteristic of advertisements are almost always included in his work.” Wikepedia Art Raffle As a gesture of their support of Atelier 6000, Artists Ron Schultz, Pat Clark and Dawn Emerson have been generously donated large-scale artwork to raise funds for Atelier 6000’s educational art program. Ron Schultz’s attention to detail and line in his 33 x 47 inches woodcut “Seen from Above” is notable considering the dimension of his piece. Clark and Emerson have collaborated to bring forth a 40 x 44 inch innovative mixed media collagraph entitled “Orb.” Take a chance to win these extraordinary artworks at Atelier 6000’s benefit raffle. Just $3 per ticket or four for $10 buys a chance to win an original print. Visit Atelier 6000, 389 SW Scalehouse Ct., Suite 120 during the months of

Limited Print Subscription Program In 2010, Atelier 6000 will offer a very special opportunity to take part in a limited print subscription series. For a small monthly fee, participants will receive one limited original hand-pulled print by local and regional artists per month. Payment options: Monthly $40, or Quarterly, $105 (must be three consecutive months). To reserve your subscription please call the studio directly at 541.330.8759 Atelier 6000, 389 SW Scalehouse Ct. Suite 120, Bend, OR 97702. Note: All printmaking classes include the use of the equipment, tools and inks. Paper is available for purchase. Please register for all A6 classes through the Art Station. Call 541-330-8759 to register. www.atelier6000.com.

High Desert Museum Butterflies Interact with live butterflies. 100 species of live, free-flying butterflies float, eat, rest and interact with plants - and you! Explore the biodiversity, migration, plant interatctions and conservation of this fascinating arthropod. Behind-the-Scenes Animal Tours Dec. 4th and 18th, 10am. Join our wildlife staff for a look behind the animal exhibits: how food is prepared, how bugs, snakes and tortoises are cared for, where the birds sleep, and more. Staff will share their insights and experience with animals and offer a close look at animals not normally on display. $25.00 per person regardless of age (plus Museum admission), $20 for members. We will take a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 people per tour. (These are not private tours.) Daily Programs Free with Museum admission. This schedule is subject to change daily check with Admissions Desk to confirm: 541-382-4754, ext. 271. 11am Birds of Prey Talk: Meet a magnificent raptor close-up and learn about them from the wildlife staff. 1pm Keeper Talk: Find out from the animal keepers what it is like to care for wildlife at their habitats throughout the Museum (check with front desk for schedule) 2pm Otter Talk: See the amazing world of the river otter. Touch furs and skulls and learn about the Museum’s river otter, Thomas. 2:45 pm Spirit of the West Exhibit Tours: Journey with a guide from a Native American rock shelter, through a mining operation and a re-created 1885 settlement town. Weekly Programs 10-2pm, The Otter Den: A fun, new creative lay and learning space! Children ages 2-5 and their parents can experience changing themes each week, from tumbling to bubble play. 12-4pm, Wild Wednesdays: Visitors ages 7 to 12 and their parents will discover obscure parts of the Museum on weekly scavenger hunts. Use puzzles to find all the hidden treasure chests and get a Museum prize. Themes of the adventure change each month. 10:30am, Tuesdays: Totally Touchable Tales: Storytelling that opens preschoolers’ eyes, ears, and hearts to the natural and cultural wonders of the High Desert, with activities such as puppet play and quick craft projects for ages 2 to 5. Sponsored by Central Oregon Pediatric Associates. The High Desert Museum is nationally acclaimed for telling the story of America’s High Desert through indoor and outdoor: wildlife habitats; interactive, experiential play spaces for children; living history performances; natural and cultural exhibits; Native American and Western art; and music, nature trails, tours and special programs for all ages. A wild getaway on 135 forested acres, it is just five minutes from Bend on South Highway 97. Winter Hours Nov. 1-April 30th: 10am-4pm daily. Admission: adult, $15; senior (65+) $12; ages 5-12, $9; ages 4 and younger, free. High Desert Museum 541-382-4754, www.highdesertmuseum.org

Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory

Winter Hours Thru May 27, 2011 we are open Tuesday thru Saturday, 10am-4pm. OBSERVATORY Hours Dec. 18th, Jan. 15 and 16th and Feb. 12 and 13th, from 8pm-10pm. Be our guest for a night of stargazing. Enjoy the night sky through our variety of telescopes. Remember to dress warm! All About Animals - WATER MAMMALS Dec. 4th, 10-4pm. A lot of animals live in our lakes and rivers, but the mammals have the most fun! Come learn about the antics of otters, beavers, minks and other mammals who love the water! Educational talks, displays and activities throughout the day. Please call for more information just prior to the event 541.593.4394. $4 Adults $3 Children SNCO Members Free Christmas Bird Count Dec. 29th, 8-4pm. Christmas Bird Count! Bird watchers of all ages will enjoy displays and information on this annual event. You can do your own survey by picking up forms at the Nature Center and returning them by 4pm. You can also


join a naturalist during a guided walk at 9am or 1pm for an educational and fun time. Eagles Dec. 30th, 7-9pm. Celebrate the majestic Eagle during a fun, artistic and music filled event. Share a cozy winter evening with our community of friends and visitors. Enjoy tall tales, lively entertainment and delectable treats. You can meet our beautiful Golden Eagle, too. $20 per person. Please call 541.593.4394 or 541.593.4442 for tickets and reservations. Call early - this is a popular event! Pozzi Building.

Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory is located at 57245 River Road, Sunriver, OR. 541-5934442. Hours are Sept. 7th-May 27th, 10-4pm Tues-Sat. Observatory is 8-10pm on specific days. Admission rates are $3, adults, $2 child (ages 2-12) at the Nature Center and $6, adults, $4, child (ages 2-12) at the Observatory evening programs. 541-593-4394; www.sunrivernaturecenter.org

Theatrical Arts

Bend Theatre for Young People presents “Storybook Christmas” December 3rd & 4th. One of Santa’s elves has grown tired of the same old stories year after year and wants to rewrite the old favorites into something more “relevant!” Falling asleep in the midst of her rewrites, the old favorites take some comical twists and turns: a wolf who is a gourmet cook; three little pigs who are interior decorators; Little Red Riding Hood who is into natural, organic foods (her grandma now runs a vegetarian restaurant). Santa, the elves, and the host of storybook characters who sing and dance their way through this hilarious musical will warm your heart this holiday season. This class reinforces the core elements of the BTYP curriculum. No experience is necessary but attendance is mandatory! At 1st Presbyterian Church, 230 NE 9th ST. $180. www.bendtheatre.org.

December Events: All About Water Mammals Christmas Bird Count Sunriver’s Eagles January Events: th th Jan. 15 & 29 Snowshoe Nature Walks Sunriver’s Eagles Jan. 22nd February Events: All About Slimy Slithers: Reptiles and Amphibians Feb. 5th Feb. 12th & 26th Snowshoe Nature Walks

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CTC Presents Ken Ludwig’s “MOON OVER BUFFALO” Dec. 3-19th. Wed-Sat., 7:30pm and Sun., 2pm. In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend me a Tenor, this farce centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s, now performing in Buffalo, NY. On the brink of a disastrous splitup caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom when Frank Capra will come to see their matinee. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong. At the Greenwood Playhouse, 148 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. $20, adults, $15, seniors and $12 students. www.cascadestheatrical.org.

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