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Bob Shaw, Meteorologist and Thespian? really loves to do is tell stories. For by Amanda M. Rose

many years now, he has shared this wonderful Capote original at home with his daughters and has enjoyed communicating the lessons on family, friendship and giving that the story tells. A secret desire to share it to a bigger audience has always been at the back of his mind.

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ruman Capote’s A Christmas Memory is a fantastic, largely autobiographical story, which takes place in the 1930s. In the story, Capote describes a period in the lives of the seven-year-old narrator and an elderly woman who is his distant cousin and best friend. The evocative narrative focuses on country life, friendship, and the joy of giving during the Christmas season, and it also gently yet poignantly touches on loneliness and loss.

Activities do not require advance reservations unless noted in the program description. Please contact 541-693-9124 or 541-693-9138 for more information and reservations as needed.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE MAKING 2:00-4:00pm

November 25th, 26th, December 3rd & 10th Make your own gingerbread house. We provide homemade, stain glass windowed houses with lights on a felt covered platform! Additionally, we provide the icing, all the delectable décor and handle all the clean-up! $35/per gingerbread house. Space is limited. Advance reservations recommended, walk-ins welcomed based on availability. Check-in at the Ice Rink.

SANDY CANDY 7:00-9:00pm

Every Friday & Saturday November 25th- December 30th Come create an edible masterpiece! We have over 30 flavors of sandy candy from sweet to sour to crunchy to ones that fizz in your mouth. Each participant receives a 20” tube to fill and is topped with a fun holiday character. Reservations are not needed and you can walk-in with your ice skates still on! Check-in at the Ice Rink. $5/per tube.

ELF TUCK-INS 7:00-10:00pm

Every Friday & Saturday November 25th-December 24th Santa’s most gifted elves are at Seventh Mountain Resort and they are here to make the holiday even more magical by making a personalized visit to your accommodation! 20-minute visits include; personalized interaction, holiday stories in bed or by the fireplace and a gift for each child. 12 yrs & under only. Advance reservations are required. $30/1st child; $15/each additional child. December 24th pricing: $40/1st child; $25/each additional child.

Our very own weather expert and local celebrity Bob Shaw does the honor this Christmas season as the one man show storyteller of A Christmas Memory. Bob tells us that he feels connected to this story because it evokes memories much like that of his own youth. “Somehow, the sadness, joy, good times and difficult, all meld into a wonderful blend of past reflections. When I tell this story, I can feel my own memories of family, friendships and experiences come rushing back.”, Shaw said. Bob Shaw has always been comfortable on stage telling jokes, public speaking, and of course delivering the weather to us devoted Central Oregonians. One thing he

Just 5 years ago when Bob was at a Christmas party, he met Sandy Silver, the talented director of the upcoming presentation of A Christmas Memory. They began chatting about her rich theater background and his secret desire to take his storytelling talents to the next level. They meshed well and began working on the plans to bring his dream to life. After 4 years of talks with Sandy about making it happen, Bob was pleased to see it finally come to the stage. Although what he thought was just going to be a simple dramatic reading has since blossomed into a full stage production with all the bells and whistles. “I couldn’t be more thrilled!”, says Bob. “I am hoping that the audience will not only enjoy the wonderful Truman Capote story but through it, experience memories of their own.” Taking place at the Innovation Theater Works at 1155 SW Division street in Bend, the presentation of A Christmas Memory starring Bob Shaw and directed by Sandy Silver, will begin with a Grand Opening event on Friday December 3rd, 2011. It will run Friday’s and Saturday’s at 7:00pm and Sunday’s at 2:00pm, December 3-18. Doors will open one hour before the show featuring traditional christmas caroling and holiday treats. It’s an evening to remember for the entire family and one that comes highly recommended. In addition to a wonderful evening out, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Assistance League of Bend. All the more reason to experience this one of a kind performance. For more information visit www.inovationtw.org.

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Every Saturday November 26th-December 24th Enjoy Jann Brett holiday stories by the fireplace. Gather the whole family at the Lodge registration fireplace for milk and cookies and the opportunity to see live animals provided by the High Desert Museum. Free

GINGERBREAD COOKIE DECORATING 2:00-4:00pm

December 17th & 24th We provide 12” cookies and all the delicious candies and icing needed to make your gingerbread boy or girl come to life. Space is limited. Check-in at the Ice Rink. $12/per cookie.

HOLIDAY ORNAMENT MAKING 2:00-4:00pm

December 24th Join us to create your own signature ornaments to add to the tree this year. Located on the boardwalk, next to the ice rink. Prices vary $8-$10/each

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CONTENTS Page 5 A Polkadot Moon

Page 10 The Perfect Gift Idea

Page 6 Artificial Sweeteners

Page 11 Multi-sport Atheletes

Amanda Rose

Dr. Michelle K. Jackson

Page 8 Bring in the Light Jane Meyers

Page 9 Teenage Acne Clare A. Nordhus

Mark Larson

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Central Oregon’s Bazaars December 1st-3rd Art of Christmas 10am-5:30pm. Handmade fine art gifts. Urban on 6th, 432 SW 6th St., Redmond. 541-923-9974. December 2nd Best Little Christmas Bazaar 9-5pm and 3rd, 9-4pm. Personal and pet items, decorations and baked items. 686 SE Tumbleweed lane, Madras. 541-475-6746. Country Christmas & More 9-7pm and 3rd, 9-4pm. Western themed decor, antiques wreaths, metal art, jewelry and more; donation of nonperishable food requested. 1st Baptist Church of Prineville, 450 SE Fairview St. 541-416-2747. December 2nd & 3rd 20th Annual Christmas Valley Christmas Bazaar 10am-4pm. Christmas Valley Community Hall. Featuring Christmas Valley Boosters Wreaths and Swags, Candy, Breads, Cookies, Hand Crafted Gifts and Specialty Items. More information, Call 541-480-1261 Metolius Train Depot Christmas Bazaar 9am. Handcrafted items & gifts. 599 Washington Ave. 541-546-3801. December 3rd Angels Among Us 9am-3pm. Crafts and baked goods, cafe will serve lunch. Madras United Methodist Church, 49 NE 12th St. 541-475-1250. Christmas Food Fair 9am-2pm. Scandinavian breads & desserts handcrafted items & more. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 695 NW 3rd St., Prineville. 541-788-0043 Culver Tops Community Bazaar 9am-3pm. Handcrafted item, candles, jewelry and more. Culver City Hall, 200 W. First Ave. 541-546-4502. Holiday Bazaar 9am-3pm. Decorations, wreaths, pottery, candles, scarves, baked goods, jewelry & more. 2632 NW Ordway Ave., Bend. 541-598-4617. Prineville Holiday Bazaar 9am-4pm. Jewelry, toys, quilts, handmade treats and more. 835 S. Main St., Prineville. 541-416-0114.

Local Views & Events 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, Local Views & Events strives to be the LEADER in community resources, events, and information throughout Central Oregon. Local Views & Events (formally known as 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. Local Views & Events reserves the right to reuse articles and advertising for any reason. The contents of this publication and www.cofamilynews.com are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be substitute for professional advice or treatment. © 2011 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.

Twelfth Street Crafts 9am-4pm. Quilts, aprons, gifts and decorations. 927 NE 12th St., Bend. 541-382-8296. Desert Meadows Christmas Bazaar 10am-3pm. Handcrafted items, Avon products, candles, tea and more. 520 NE Shoshone Dr., Redmond. 541-923-2198. Holiday Boutique 10am-4pm. Handcrafted gifts, jewelry and more. 953 NE Providence Dr., Bend. 541-350-7406. Olde Fashioned Christmas Bazaar 10am-4:30pm. Handcrafted items. Crooked River Ranch Administration Building, 5195 SW Clubhouse Dr., Crooked River Ranch. 541-548-8939. Santa’s Village 10am-5pm. Glass, jewelry, spices, ornaments, fabric art & more.Sisters Art Works, 304 W. Adams St. 541-549-2107. www.sistersartworks.com. Cecil Sly Holiday Bazaar 8am-2pm. Cecil Sly Elementary School, 1400 SE Second St., Prineville. 541-350-1678. Prineville’s Largest Holiday Bazaar 9am-4pm. Crafts and homemade goodies for everyone. Soup and bread lunch will be served for $4. Crook County Christian School, Prineville. December 10th Madras Holiday Market 9am-4pm. Food, produce, decorations, arts, crafts and more. Jefferson County Fair Complex, 430 SW Fairgrounds, Rd Madras. 541-489-3239. Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar 9-3pm. Lefse, krumkaka, fattigmand, special cookies and Scandia items. Sons of Norway Hall, 549 NW Harmon Blvd., Bend. 541-382-4333. Waldorf Holiday Fair 9am-5pm. Vendors, music, food, a magic show and more. 19888 Rocking Horse Rd, Bend. 541-330-8841. Zion Holiday Bazaar 9am-3pm. Homemade crafts and gifts, baked goods and more. Proceeds benefit community projects. Zion Lutheran Church, 1113 SW Black Butte Blvd, Redmond. 541-548-4712. Powell Butte Art Show an Sale 10am-4pm. Pottery, glasswork, paintings, jewelry, photography & more. Powell Butte Community Center, 8404 SW Reif Rd. 541-419- 9252.

December 2011 


For What It’’s Worth

Same as it EverWas - Kinda by Ray Solley

tree, however, was a 7-foot version of Charlie Brown’s sad stick of a tree. We found ourselves not laughing at it…but certainly giggling next to it! A wonderful Christmas memory, even when the new tradition didn’t make it to year two.

by Rita Turownrisk

I have become increasingly disgusted at celebrities and professional athletes as I watch them toss their billions of dollars around like a rag doll being chucked from a catapult. So many of us sit in financial crisis, wondering how to make the ends meet and where our next paycheck is going to come from, if any. And then there she is flaunting, tossing, ignoring the fact that the world outside of hers has many sufferers in it even in her own neighborhood. But she and her family only seem to care about themselves and how much more money they can make off of the nation’s uncanny attraction to celebrity life exposed on TV. I am all for personal success, financial growth and a healthy retirement, but I am not OK with mass amounts of personal money being shoved down the throats of our kids and set on display, spending frivolously on short lived million dollar weddings and expensive “divorce parties”. What on earth are we teaching our children? What happened to the days when things were hard earned and worth something to someone? When we kept our finances to ourselves and gave without taking? Apparently none of that is worth it to them. In addition, it doesn’t seem fair that the NBA, of which I am a huge fan of, is holding off the 2011/2012 season because of negotiating and contract issues, of course revolving around money. I can understand the reason why this is happening and I see the frustration for both the players and the owners. When you stop and think that the season might not start because they cannot come to an agreement over millions of dollars and who gets what split of the concession money, it sort of makes sense. I mean, they all must have plenty of money in the bank that they can afford to take a season off and “work out their problems”. What chaps my pants is that while they throw their weight around over a mere percentage of an already unfathomable salary and split of sales, they seem to have no remorse for the the people who make a hard-earned living off of the annual jobs that the NBA season provides. Those people are out of work until the head honchos at the NBA can get their heads out of, well, you know. Maybe the NBA doesn’t think it’s a big deal to the fans because an NBA ticket not purchased just means the fan will spend it on a movie ticket or dinner out instead and simply redirect their entertainment. The NBA is certain the fans will be there when the strike is over ready, willing and able to buy tickets and concessions just like before with no love loss. But they seem to forget about an important part of the equation: the ones who clean the trash out of the stands after the game, sell the tickets, provide the concessions, toss the peanuts, sweep the sweat off the floor and clean the locker rooms are all out of work right now. Sure, the pubs might lose a little revenue when there isn’t a game to drink a pint over, but where does the security guard or parking attendant find more work in an already depressed economy while the players and owners figure out where their next billion is coming from? Do they not realize that their greed is forcing many other people to struggle? Economists say that a lockdown does not affect a large metropolitan cities revenue, but they failed to look at the individual or family that live in the area who count on that job at the stadium every season. If anything, I think the NBA should be holding regular season games, putting people to work and moving forward, onward and upward all the while they work out their issues. Work hard for what you want and give back to the ones keepin’ it real. This way, at least the “little guys” can feed their families. Gee, what a concept.

“Are the turkey leftovers put away? Good! It’s time to get out the Christmas decorations!” That’s my wife’s cheery call to holiday action every Thanksgiving evening. Her tradition of jumping into Christmas is one that took me a little while to get used to. I grew up in a family who moved slowly toward the holidays. We patiently prepared, starting with Advent, the four Sundays before Christmas. Decorating started a week or so before December 25th. Then we stretched the whole holiday—and left the tree up—way past New Year’s to January 6th to observe Epiphany, the Magi’s arrival in Bethlehem. I’m a big believer in tradition and rituals. That sense of continuity reassures when change becomes unsettling. My wife, on the other hand, finds comfort and joy starting new traditions and updating old ones. Yet we both know that change—or what the business motivation book calls ���moving the cheese”—is vital to growth. As the CEO of a nonprofit, I’m convinced the seven deadly words of any organization are, “But we’ve always done it this way.” Last year, we ventured into a nearby Deschutes County forest and cut down our first Christmas tree. Ah ha!—I thought—a new family tradition, born of our move to the winter wonderland of Central Oregon. The process was fun. Our

On the other hand, we learned not to meddle with the primal forces of tradition the year we skipped the pajamas. My children’s most treasured holiday tradition is getting new and matching pajamas every Christmas Eve. Even now, when they’re in high school and college! How treasured is this tradition? Very, if the anger they displayed when they didn’t receive their color-coordinated p.j.’s is any indication. This year they’re getting two sets of pajamas to make up for our oversight. I’ve learned that holiday traditions are best served up as a buffet; some sturdy, dependable “meaty” entrees accompanied by a new recipe side dish, topped with a tasty surprise dessert. For theatres like the Tower, holidays are the perfect time to showcase a variety of new and returning offerings. This December, the Tower cooks a smorgasbord of holiday events for the entire family. A free animated special on First Friday. Musicians Timothy Schmit, Todd Haaby and Brandi Carlile. Gospel legends Blind Boys of Alabama. Local duo Smudge. Central Oregon Mastersingers’ “Messiah.” And three community services on Christmas Eve. Celebrate the return of annual traditions. But mix in a few new ingredients this year. It makes the holidays sweeter – and more memorable. Ray Solley is the Executive Director of the Tower Theatre Foundation. Details on the Tower’s holiday programs are at www.TowerTheatre.org and 541317-0700. Gift certificates make great stocking stuffers!

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It wasn’t but just a little over a year ago when Trina Dunn and her mom Jeannie decided to take a leap of faith and bring a creative vision to life with delightful, whimsical and uber-soft baby essentials. The minute I laid my eyes on their beautiful baby bibs, minky burp cloths and adorable pacifier clips, I was eager to find a way to miraculously have another baby just so I could have an excuse to buy some of their adorable goodies. Heck, I almost bought one just so I could rub the sweet, soft material on my cheek all day long and smile at the cute patterns. Before A Polka Dot Moon became a homemade baby essentials success, it was an online baby and kids store that Trina and Jeannie started a few years prior. After some time, both of the girls realized that as much as they enjoyed selling other people’s items, they had a desire to continue the Polka Dot Moon name, but with their very own creations. So, the new line and re-branding of their product was born.

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Soft minky materials are commonly used on their items since the texture of the material is a great sensory fabric for babies and bright colors are attractive to baby’s developing eyes. They typically stay away from traditional baby designs and focus more on bold pattens and colors that catch your attention. The sweet patterns really stand out and invite you to want to touch and enjoy it. Their ideas came about from being mom’s themselves and understanding what was important to a parent with a new baby. Their perception was to create an item that was not only very useful and easy to care for but also undeniably cute. Trina and Jeannie have really put a lot of time and dedication into creating a product that is highly desirable as baby shower gifts and sought after in specialty shops and boutique style stores. After a recent trade show, their brand caught the attention of some brand new clients and A Polka Dot Moon has now officially been picked up and featured in 12 specialty stores across the Northwest, including two stores right here in Bend. Serendipity at the Shops at the Old Mill has a wonderful display of items for sale as does Topolino. “I love what I do and feel lucky to be able to work along side my mom”, Trina says about her successful venture. “I love having a design outlet that is also my business and I am really excited to see that people like my items that much!”.

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December 2011 


E V Lo our health

Balance through the winter holidays... by Wendee Daniels

The month of December marks the beginning of winter on Dec 21, known as the winter solstice. Along with this comes the holidays, visiting with families, and eating lots of rich foods laden with sugar. How can we stay balanced, healthy, and stress free during this busy time? The ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine has emphasized the importance of harmony and balance for thousands of years. It is an integral part of the medicine and in fact, a positive, harmonious feeling of wellness is the ideal of health. Just what does this mean for us who live in this fast paced, high pressure, technological world? How can we facilitate a “harmonious feeling of wellness”? Chinese medicine teaches us to become more receptive, introspective, and storage-oriented during the winter months, reminding us that winter is the end of all the seasons. It’s a time to rest, meditate deeply, refine the spiritual essence, and store ones physical energy for the cold season. We are reminded though, to still stay active, thus keeping the spine and joints flexible and strong. During the cold winter months it is extremely important to keep the kidneys warm as they easily injure from cold. Always take care to wear socks, keeping the bottoms of the feet warm which is the entry point on the kidney channel in acupuncture theory. Also of up most importance is to wear clothing that covers the low back as to not chill the actual kidney area. Allowing cold into the kidneys can lead to low back pain and is a general symptom of kidney imbalance. According to Chinese medicine, there are appropriate flavors to use in the kitchen for optimal health. Both salty and bitter foods promote a sinking, centering quality with heightens the capacity for storage and bring the body heat deeper and lower into the body. Some examples of bitter foods include watercress, endive, escarole, turnip, celery, asparagus, carrot top, rye, oats, quinoa, and amaranth. Salty foods include miso, soy sauce (take care to use unpasteurised only), seaweeds, mineral salt or sea salt, millet, and barley. An added mindfulness of these foods and their healing qualities can truly deepen not only our experience in the kitchen but our relationships to our bodies as well. We can create greater wellness in our bodies by choosing to focus on these particular aspects of nourishment. Ultimately this will balance and strengthen our systems so that when we do indulge our sweet tooth side, we may handle it with grace and fortitude and not digestive catastrophe. The doctors of ancient china knew to look at the world around us, and from this, they gained an understanding of how to maintain harmony and balance in our bodies. They believed we are a microcosm of the larger world and spent tremendous amounts of time astutely observing nature for hundreds of years. As a result complex theories emerged that developed into a complete health system known as Chinese medicine. This very wisdom reminds us that during these short, cold, snowy days and long dark nights, we should take time to slow down for ourselves. Making more time to just “BE” with family and learn to say “no” when too many holiday parties threaten to interfere with the natural inwardness of the season. Pick and choose what is most important for you and your family. In our family for example, we choose to stay home for the holidays, honoring the need to slow down and contract inward. The excitement of getting caught up in the of the hustle and bustle of the holidays may be tempting, instead be reminded by our surroundings of nature, of the quietude, the rest, and the rejuvenation happening at every moment.

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The Sour Side of Artificial Sweeteners fake sugars may retrain your body By Dr. Michelle K. Jackson This may sound strange coming from a Naturopathic physician but I would rather have people eat sugarthat’s right real sugar- than artificial sweeteners. As Americans we eat too many processed foods or what I call fake foods and fake sugars are at the top of the list. Yes as Americans we also eat too much sugar, or sucrose, but America’s consumption of artificial sweeteners are also off the charts. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2010, each American ate 157 pounds of caloric sweeteners on average over the course of a year. That adds up to a whopping 56 teaspoons of added sugars per person per day—well above the U.S.D.A. recommendation that the average person on a 2,000-calorie diet have no more than 40 grams—or about 10 teaspoons—of added sugars daily. Artificial sweeteners have become popular because consumers want to cut calories without giving up the foods they love. But these sweeteners can derail a healthy diet. Studies indicate zero-calorie sweeteners make it tougher to metabolize food properly and control your body weight. A 2011 study out of the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center compared waist circumference in diet soda drinkers to non-diet soda drinkers over approximately 10 years. The diet soda drinkers had a 70 percent greater increase in waist circumference than those who did not consume diet drinks. Those who drank two or more diet sodas a day had waist circumference increases that were 500 percent greater. Also a 2008 study also found weight gain in rats that were fed yogurt sweetened with saccharin (a zerocalorie artificial sweetener), versus another group that ate yogurt sweetened with glucose- a simple sugar. The rats given artificially sweetened yogurt gained more weight than the group fed the more caloric glucose-sweetened yogurt. So what is happening here with artificial sweeteners? Your body is hard-wired to associate sweetness with high-calorie foods: Eating sweets tells the brain to prepare to consume a large amount of calories. When you eat foods containing zero-calorie artificial sweeteners that system may break down and throw off your metabolism. As a result, calorie-free

to crave more food and burn fewer calories than you normally would. Artificial sweeteners never take away the addictive taste of sweet in your mouth, which means, eventually, you’ll be more likely to grab the real sweetened beverage or food product.

This leads to one of the biggest concerns for American- Weight gain. A growing body of research shows that consuming calorie-free sweeteners triggers overeating and confuses your body so that your metabolism can’t respond as efficiently when you eat. The result is that you gain weight rather than lose it. Artificial sweeteners might seem like the dietfriendly choice, but they can actually be major diet-busters! So what are some tips to get our sweet tooth under control? When it comes to sweeteners in your diet, I recommend sweetening foods naturally and healthfully with fresh fruit. Try to eliminate the taste and the need for sweet in general. Move away from the sweet triggers, such as artificial sweeteners and obviously sugar-sweetened snacks like cookies and cakes, and add in fresh fruit as a substitute. The next time you’re watching TV and have a desire for something sweet, try grabbing a juicy apple instead of a bag of licorice. You’ll get that burst of sweetness you’re craving without sabotaging your diet. Try to go for the Natural Sweeteners. This category of sweeteners includes: Date sugar, Grape juice concentrate, Honey, Maple sugar, Maple syrup, Molasses and Agave nectar. Natural sweeteners aren’t much different from natural sugar and have the same amount of calories. Your body processes honey and sugar alike, as glucose and fructose. With one exception, honey- unlike sugar, honey may protect against obesity, according to a small 2011 study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. In the study, 14 non-obese, healthy women ate breakfasts sweetened with honey or sucrose. The women in the honey group experienced a reduced glycemic response compared to the women who ate sucrose, which may help with watching your weight. More research is needed to find out whether the results hold true for obese individuals.

A valuable prevention gift from parents to kids ‘Tis the season for sharing important messages to young people about alcohol By Emily Moser The 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 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 at home. 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 12ounce 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 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, for example, 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

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Bring in the Light! By Jane Meyers

In December, whether we are celebrating Winter Solstice, Hannukah or Christmas, we are celebrating the light‌.light returning, enduring, saving‌.light that enters our hearts and makes life more worth living. People often express the desire to make the energy of the season last‌.to be kinder and more generous all year long. Sometimes we manage for a little while. Often we forget. I wonder if our difficulty in keeping the light alive in our hearts is because we don’t chunk down the process? With other goals, such as losing weight, we break it down into components like drinking more water, eating smaller portions, and exercising more frequently. Maybe there’s a way to break it down with embodying the light. I realize not everyone celebrates Christmas but the story of Christmas is a well- known story in our culture. Some believe it is a true story. Others do not. The value of stories however, doesn’t come from their literal truth. It comes from their energetic truth. I believe if we examine the story of Christmas, energetically, we can find clues to how to embody the light and keep it shining all year in our hearts. As a minister at Unity Community, I have the honor of exploring stories like this. This season I am focusing on five qualities, which come from the Christmas story, that I think form an energetic blueprint for birthing the light in our hearts. Those qualities are stillness, innocence, longing, simplicity and imagination. In this article I want to just touch on each one. In the story, the Christ child comes to earth in the stillness of a winter night. The season supports stillness as the earth grows cold and dark, but our culture argues with that as we party more and race around buying gifts. What would happen if we followed the story line and made an effort to be more still? What would that look like in your personal life? Remember that life grows in the stillness and darkness of the womb and the earth. What would grow in you, if you were only more still? The story tells that God has become human and come as an infant. What can be more innocent than a baby? As someone who was recently blessed to witness the birth of my grandson, I know that innocence intimately. But we tend not to think of ourselves, or others, as innocent. We perceive ourselves, and others, as damaged, inadequate and unworthy in various ways. What would change if we forgave ourselves and believed that the innocence of the baby is a deeper truth than anything we may

have done or failed to do in life? What if our innocence and goodness is a soul truth about us? What kind of light could we shine then? At Unity, I’m actually creating a cross-cultural christening service on Dec. 4 for all the children‌ and by extension for the rest of us‌.to remind us that our innocence is truth.

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The story of the birth of the Christ child can only be understood within the context of the cultural history of the Jews who longed for the Messiah to come, the one who would save them from the struggles they endured. There is a longing in each of us for a better life. We all get to define for ourselves what better would be, but for many of us that longing is suppressed. Either we tell ourselves that we should be satisfied or we convince ourselves that we better just accept our lot. But longing is a creative seed. It connects us to our passion and our creative power, the light that we have been born to shine. If you dig beneath the shiny wrappings, what are you really longing for in life? Simplicity surrounds the birth of the baby in the story, who comes into this world in a manger where the animals are kept, visited by humble shepherds who tend the sheep. During the holiday season, we so easily get caught up in activities and the expenses of gifts that we think we need, that we lose sight of the lightness of being. And after the holidays we go right on being caught up in activity that keeps us disconnected from our light. If you were going to embody simplicity, what would you change this holiday season? If your life could be more simple on a regular basis, could you imagine more light in your life? Finally, imagination is required to take the story to heart. It is, after all, primarily a story—regardless of whether it is true. Imagination is the realm of magic, the non-physical dimension where our stories live and where they can be changed. What stories are you holding that make your heart heavy? Regardless of whether you believe them to be true stories, consider the light you could shine if you allowed yourself to imagine a different story, a story about love and giving and peace. Maybe you want to focus on all five of these qualities. Maybe one of them sings to you. I hope that this idea will appeal to you on some level and you will begin to embody the light more fully in a way that gives joy to you and to our world. Jane Meyers is a hypnotherapist who has been in business in Bend since 1993. She is a Minister of Light at Unity Community and is herself a Christmas baby so this story is very near and dear to her heart.

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Comedone (blackhead) - A clogged pore, open or closed which looks dark or black. Pustule (inflamed comedone with a pus filled top) - When the wall of a pore inflicted with a comedone ruptures it spills oil, bacteria and dead skin cells and makes its way under the skin and infects the follicle and surrounding tissue. Cyst (deep, inflamed, painful lesions) - starts with an inflamed comedone which turns into a sac of fluid, infection and other matter. It can lay either above or deep seated in the skin and causes scarring. Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin: Acne CANNOT be scrubbed away. NEVER USE scrubs or abrasive pads for cleansing, it only irritates the acne and the skin. Please, DO NOT SCRATCH, PICK, SQUEEZE or POP. It can be tempting but, scratching and picking causes PIH (post inflammatory hyper pigmentation). It is the red, brown or purple mark left on the skin after the acne clears up. It is often confused as a scar, but is not. PIH is not permanent but, will take months to years to fade. As for squeezing and popping, it pushes the matter and infection further into the follicle and can even rupture the neighboring follicle walls spilling the debris and worsening your breakout. Scratching, picking, squeezing and popping are perfect ways to cause permanent scarring. OVER TREATING acne is another common mistake. It is tempting to slather on acne medication or to over cleanse the skin with the thought, “This is going to dry out the acne and clear up my skin�. In reality using too much acne medication and cleansing too often causes more damage including: severe dryness, flakiness, cracking, swelling, oozing, crusting, burning and itching of the skin and will prolong the healing process. Cleansing once or twice a day is all that’s needed. Wash skin with a recommended cleanser from your skin care professional. Cleansers containing SALICYLIC ACID are great for controlling oil production and acne. Salicylic acid is lipid soluble, it penetrates deep in the pores and helps control oil production. It is best to get a skin analysis by a professional to determine your skin type. Using the wrong cleanser and skin care products can worsen your breakouts. Always follow cleansing with a moisturizer specifically for your skin type and condition. Using a moisturizer that is to heavy or light or with the wrong

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Acne affects people of all ages but, predominantly occurs during teenage years. The majority of adolescents and young adults age 12 - 25 will experience some form of acne which can carry into adulthood. Acne is the most common disease in America and 40% of teenagers have acne severe enough to seek professional help. If left untreated acne not only leaves scars but can be detrimental to the emotional and social development of a teenager. Studies have shown that teen acne can result in loss of self esteem and confidence, unhealthy body image, social withdrawal, anger, frustration and possible depression. While the majority of teens may not have severe acne, 100% of teens will have some - ranging from an occasional breakout to chronic disfiguring cyst. The good news is a great deal of research has been done and there are many successful treatments to help manage and control breakouts. Why Do I Get Acne: Acne is caused by over productive oil glands in the skin. During puberty hormonal changes start occurring and hormones are what stimulate the sebaceous gland to make sebum (oil). Sebaceous glands are microscopic glands in the skin that secrete oily matter called sebum to lubricate the skin. Most of the time the correct amount of oil is produced to protect the skin. However, as an adolescent with changing hormones, extra oil is produced causing pores to become clogged with excess oil, dead skin cells and bacteria. This debris can multiply and cause swelling and inflammation (redness). This is the beginning of acne. Genetic disposition and hormonal changes are the most common factors that determine if someone will be prone to acne. What Does Acne Look Like Acne Vulgaris is the most common type of acne and appears as comedones (blackheads), milia (whiteheads), pustules and cyst and can affect the face, neck, shoulders, chest and back. Milia (whitehead) - Small, pearly, firm non-inflamed elevation that shows up under the skin like a hard off white, yellow bump.

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For the holiday season, instead of buying the video game that will be played for a short period or the sweater that will be worn a few times, give a gift that will last a lifetime. Let Deschutes Driver Education be the solution to your holiday gift questions. To purchase a gift certificate or get details and schedules for upcoming classes, visit our web site at www.deschutesdriveredu.com or call Mark Larson at 541-647-0478. Mark and Chris Larson of Deschutes Driver Education wish you and your family a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

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Car Seat Clinics Bend Fire Department 1212 SW Simpson Ave 541-322-6200 Fourth Wednesday of every month 10am-1pm St. Charles Hospital Monday - Friday call for appmt 541-706-3799 Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild Meets monthly on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 5-8 PM. Open to all non-traditional sewers and quilters. The groups meets at QuiltWorks in Bend at 926 NE Greenwood Ave. Visit http://comqg.blogspot.com to find out the latest news. Bring a project, a friend and learn about the Modern Quilt Guild. Partners In Care For family and friends mourning the death of a loved one, Partners In Care, offers free, on-going support groups. All classes are at the Partners In Care location unless otherwise stated. 2075 NE Wyatt Court. Please RSVP at 541-382-5882 for the class you’re interested in. Partners In Care offers monthly community educational. www.partnersbend.org Coffee & Doughnuts with Bob & the Boys Last Thursday of the month 10–11am. Sorry ladies…. gentlemen only for this grief support group. www.partnersbend.org 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. www.partnersbend.org First Thursday Banjo Jam River Rim Coffeehouse, 7-9 features a fun group of Bluegrass players. A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote: December 2-3rd, 9-10th, 16-17th, 7pm and 4,11, and 18th at 2pm. Play will be performed at Innovation Theatre Works, 155 SW

Division St. Between Reed Market &Third in the Scandia Square in Bend. Contact Brad at 541-504-6721, or brad@innovationtw.org. Up to 50% of all proceeds from “A Christmas Memory” will benefit the programs of the Assistance League of Bend, including 100% of the proceeds from the Gala Opening Night on Friday, December 2nd. www.visitbend.com.

Mondays

Modern Quilt Guild Interest Group Newcomers Quilt Group 9:30-12:30pm at QuiltWorks, 926 NE Greenwood Ave. Anyone new to quilting or Bend is welcome! For information call: 541-728-0527. www.modernquiltguild.com Birding For Preschoolers 10am Monday mornings, Drake Park in Bend. A birding and nature walk geared towards preschoolers but all ages are welcome. Exploration, singing, finger plays, observation, learning, questioning...it’s all part of a fun-filled hour. We meet near the middle of the park by the restrooms. Parent or responsible care-taker is required to accompany child. We will meet regardless of the weather so please dress in warm, dry layers. Questions? Contact Mary Yanalcanlin at birdingfun@gmail.com. Fledgling Fun Mondays from 4-5:30pm. (Fledglings are young birds that have left the nest, but are still under the care of their parents). This is an exploration of our local birds geared towards grades K-6 (all ages welcome). Please join us for a free afternoon of learning, games, crafts, and fun. The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Ave., Bend. * Kids must be accompanied by a responsible adult. ** Each month, participants are encouraged to bring a sample of their creative work about nature (for example a poem, drawing, short story, etc.). The work will be on display at ECAS’s “Birder’s Night” and returned the following month. Contact Mary Yanalcanlin at (541) 480-6148, or email birdingfun@gmail.com. For more info: www.ecaudubon.org.

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Tuesdays

Kiddoz - Craft Day 9:30am, FREE. Animal Hospice and Pet Loss 6–7:30pm. An open, drop-in group for anyone anticipating or currently experiencing the loss of an animal companion. For further information call Sharen at 541-382-5882. 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 info. 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. We provide a place for family and friends to meet and talk, confidentially. They are guided meetings 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. PFLAG Central Oregon (Parents, Families, Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Second Tues. of each month at 6:30pm, at Nativity Lutheran Church, 60850 Brosterhous Road, (corner of Brosterhous Road and Knott Road). This facility is ADA accessible. FLAG provides Advocacy, Education, Support. Shared information is confidential. Refreshments served. Please bring finger foods if you are able. For information: 541-317- 2334 www.pflagcentraloregon.org.

Thursdays

Bingo at Bend Elks Lodge 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.

Fridays

Kiddoz - Parents Night Out 5:30-9pm. $16. 222 SE Reed Market Rd., #100, Bend. 541-312-4742. www.kiddozplaycenter.com Friday Night Live Music: River Rim Coffeehouse, 6:30-8:30 Features favorite local artists. Live acoustic music ranging from folk and pop to bluegrass and jazz.

Saturdays

Saturday Night ‘Acoustic Cafe’ River Rim Coffeehouse, 6-7:15 Features emerging local musicians who are new on the scene or practicing new material.

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A Christmas Story Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, the play brings humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s to life as it follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. www.cascadestheatrical.org

Thru December 22nd

The Santaland Diaries By David Sedaris Tuesdays-Thursdays at 7:30pm. All performances are $10 and performed at Innovation Theatre Works is located at 1155 SW Division Street, #B-8, between Reed Market and Third in the Scandia Square behind the new Goodys Factory Store. in Bend. www. innovationtw.org.

December 3-18th

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote Friday and Saturday performances are at 7pm and Sunday performances at 2pm. Starring Bob Shaw. A holiday celebration for the whole family. Lobby opens one hour before the show with Caroling and holiday treats. All proceeds benefit the Assistance League of Bend. Adults $20, Seniors/Students/Groups, $18. www.innovationtw.org.

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BEAT presents “The Story of the Nutcracker” 7pm and 3pm. At the 2nd Street Theater in Bend. With visions of sugar plums dancing on stage, all the creatures stir throughout this play. Michele Vacca adapted the story from the Tales of Hoffman. The Story of the Nutcracker is set to the dreamy music by Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky. The cast portrays more than 30 characters in this lively and enchanting production. www.beatonline.org.

December 1st

Student Art Sale 11am. Central Oregon Community College, Pence Gallery, Pinckney Center for the Arts,Bend. All student work will be for sale. www.visitbend.com.

December 2nd

Jingle Bell Run 9:30am. Downtown Bend. Get in the spirit this holiday season at the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis®. Be one of the thousands of runners and walkers who hit the nation’s pavements, pathways and parks this winter to fight arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability. www. visitbend.com. First Friday Art Walk 5-9pm. Held the first Friday of every month. Galleries in downtown Bend and the Old Mill District open their doors for these special monthly evenings. Most are already open seven days a week, but First Fridays are a special gathering for art lovers. Many participating galleries bring in live music, new exhibits, lectures, demonstrations, plus the everpopular food and wine samplings during First Friday Art Walk. www. theoldmill.com.

December 3rd

Bend Christmas Parade Noon. Theme is “Sights and Sounds of Christmas”. In Downtown Bend. www.bendchristmasparade.com. Todd Haaby And Sola Via 7:30pm. International , Award winning guitarist Todd Haaby and his group Sola Via live at the Tower

Theatre this December 3rd for one of their few Oregon performances ..Tickets are $22 and $30. www.towertheatre.org. Jazz At Joe’s Vol 36 featuring The Renato Caranto Quartet 7-9.30pm at The Old Stone Church, 157 NW Franklin Ave., Bend. Doors open at 6pm. Beverages and food will be available for purchase. Renato Caranto on saxophone, Sweet Baby James vocals, Loius Pain on keyboard, Edwin Coleman on drums. www. raisethevibe.net The Nutcracker 3pm and 7pm and 4th at 3pm. A Ballet for everyone. Performed by the Central Oregon School of Ballet. Held at the Bend Senior High School Auditorium. Tickets: Adults, $17, Children (12 & under), $6. www. centraloregonschoolofballet.com.

December 4th

Cascade Winds Symphonic Band 2pm. An afternoon of Sacred Music. No tickets necessary. Info: 541-5931635. These concerts are free, open to the public and suitable for all ages. Concert is at Summit High School, 2855 NW Clearwater Drive, Northwest Crossing, Bend. For more information visit www.cascadewinds. org or call 593-1635

December 8th

Timothy Schmit 7:30pm. Well-known as the bass player and singer with The Eagles, Schmit brings his own band to Bend for an evening of classic rock and electric country music. In his only Oregon show, Schmit will feature hits from the Eagles, plus songs from Expando, his first solo album in eight years. Tickets are $30 & $35. www.towertheatre.org.

December 10th

U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross The Deschutes Brewery Cup hosted on the National Championship course from 2009-2010 the features a fly-over, a classic set of stairs and mud galore. The course will be similar to the one used for the Cyclocross National Championships over the last two years in the Old Mill District and Deschutes Brewery grass on Shevlin Hixon Drive. www.theoldmill.com. 2nd Annual Holiday Fair 9am-5pm. Local vendors, music, food, kids crafts, storytelling with Susan Strauss, Magic Show and more. 19888 Rocking Horse Rd, Bend. www. bendwaldorf.com. The Abraham-Inspiration-Group 5pm (to approx 8pm) On the Rosie Bareis Campus at 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

December 12th - 13th

Menopause The Musical In Concert 7:30pm. A unique experience in theatre entertainment. It is ALL the words, the jokes, the fabulous songs

but staged in a concert format.Tickets are $33.90. www.towertheatre.org.

December 17th

Handel’s Messiah 17th at 7:30pm and 18th at 2pm. Central Oregon Mastersingers. General Admission Seating $18. The 43-voice choir accompanied by an 18-piece orchestra present the choral masterpiece, under the direction of Clyde Thompson. Soloists include Trish Sewell, James Knox and Katrina Hays. Plus, you’re invited to “singalong” on three of the most familiar choruses. www.towertheatre.org.

December 22nd

Blind Boys Of Alabama “Go Tell It On The Mountain” 7:30pm. Center Stage Series - a remarkable holiday event. Tickets: Reserved Seating 40 and $35 All Ages. www.towertheatre.org.

December 22-23rd

Jazz at the Oxford Tom Grant Christmas, featuring Shelly Rudolph & Jackie Nicole 8pm also 5pm on 23rd. At The Oxford Hotel, 10 NW Minnesota Ave. Bend. Mr. Grant has had four No. 1 albums on adult contemporary and smooth jazz charts. Tom will be accompanied by two amazing vocalists – the sultry Shelly Rudolph, a soulful and accomplished singer/songwriter, and Jackie Nicole, a young singer with a superstar future. Tom is known for warm and upbeat shows around the holidays. This will be a Christmas to remember – a perfect outing for the entire family. Cost: $35.00 + $2.00 processing fee. www.visitbend.com.

For more information contact the Senior Center at 541-536-6237. www.lapine.org. La Pine Christmas Bazaar 11-7pm and 10th, 11-9pm. Hundreds of Hand-Made crafts and gift items. Homemade food items. At the La Pine Event Center, 16406 First Street. www.lapinefrontierdays.org. “Light Up A Life” Candle and Tree Lighting Ceremony 6:00 pm. This event is in Honor and in Memory of loved ones. Sunriver Bell Choir will bring the music. Newberry Hospice, 51681 Huntington Rd.

December 16th

La Pine Chamber of Commerce Breakfast 7:45-9:15am. Come and join the Chamber for Breakfast at the La Pine Senior Center, 16450 Victory Way. Open to Chamber Members and their guest. Cost for the Breakfast is $8. Call the Chamber for more information and to reserve a seat, (541) 536-9771. www.lapine.org

PRINEVILLE On Going

Skating Rink Open Friday and Saturday nights, 69pm through May. The Parks District operates a roller skating rink from September, after school begins, through early May. It’s located in the gymnasium of Crooked River Elementary School, at 200 NE Fairview. $4 (with in-district card), $5 (all others). *Get your in district card for the skate rink at the Parks

Office. It’s free! Car Seat Clinics Prineville Fire Department. Third Wednesday of every month. 3-6pm. 500 NE Belknap St. 541-447-5011. Teen Open Mic Night First Saturday of every month at 6pm at the Book and Bean, 1595 NE 3rd St. Open to teens ages 13-19. All talents, and abilities. www.bookandbean. com, 541-447-3778. Lunch time Concert Wednesdays at 11:30am at the Book and Bean, 1595 NE 3rd St. Come enjoy acoustic music to liven up our lunchtime. www.bookandbean.com, 541-447-3778. Inquiring Minds Book Club Last Tuesday of every month, 5-7pm. Discusing “A Reliable Wife” by Robert goolrick. At the Book and Bean, 1595 NE 3rd St. www.bookandbean.com, 541-447-3778.

REDMOND On Going

Car Seat Clinics Redmond Fire Department 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 Thursday of every month 4-6pm. Questions: 541-504-5016 or go to www.redmondfireandrescue.org.

Thru December 12th

Redmond Giving Tree Spread your Christmas cheer by giving to a child in need this holiday

December 31st

Bend’s First 1000 Lights Community Walk and Family Festival 4pm. At Juniper Elementary School, 1300 NE Norton Street, Bend. Proceeds benefit the La Pine Community Kitchen which serves the residents of South Deschutes County the basic nutritional and social needs in a non-discriminatory manner, regardless of social status, economic ability, ethnicity, age, disabling conditions or religious affiliation. Cost: $18 individual $25 family. www.visitbend.com. Awareness Training ~ The New Years Gathering 9am to 6pm Sat (Dec 31) & Noon6pm Sunday (Jan 1) Rosie Bareis Campus, 1010 NW 14th St. (on Bends Westside). To RSVP or for more details call Richard at (541) 389-4523 or visit www.GoldenBridgeSeminars.com and click on the “Giving Back” page.

LAPINE

December 4th

Vegetarian Cooking Class, Holiday Fun Recipes 3-5pm. Demonstrations, samples given! No charge, but seating is limited. Please call to reserve a spot. Class will be at the La Pine Community Kitchen, 16480 Finley Butte Rd. 541-536-2773. [www.lapine.org].

December 9th

Holiday Craft Fair 8-6pm. At the La Pine Senior Activity Center, 16450 Victory Way.

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Breakfast with Santa at Black Butte Ranch 9am and 11am. At .Black Butte Ranch. 541-595-1260 or www. blackbutteranch.com

December 17th

season. Visit Redmond’s Giving Tree and select a tag that features a child’s needs and wish list, then return the gifts by Dec. 12th. Green Plow Coffee Roasters, 436 SW 6th St, Redmond.

December 3rd

The Stitchin Post Presents Purse Contest Benefit For Redmond - Sister Hospice. Get Creative, have fun, and help Hospice - join our purse contest. Your purse will be featured at the festival of Tress on December 3rd at Deschutes Fairgrounds, guests of the festival will vote on their favorite purse. The winner will receive a $150 gift certificate to The Stitchin Post. The Purses will be sold by silent auction during the Festival of Trees. Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond. 541-549-6061. Hospice Festival of Trees Deschutes County Fairgrounds.

December 9th

Walk the At Beat 5-8pm. Downtown Redmond. Redmond’s most re-occuring artists event brings together downtown merchants who host art, artists, music, food and drink within their shops. Stroll through downtown to learn what’s new for the holiday season. Art Walk 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at participating Downtown Redmond merchants. Billed as Winter Art Walk, the event’s name suggests a quarterly occurrence. Judi Williamson of Judi’s Art Gallery located on NE Hemlock is the organizer of the event, and, is hopeful that it will bring in highattendance. For more information about the RDA, please contact RDA Chairman Jason Zlatkus at jason@ kryptoys.com or 541-788-0473.

December 16th

Redmond Skate Rink Opening Celebration 5pm. Downtown Plaza on 7th Street in Redmond. The rink will be opendaily through March depending on weather conditions. Option to rent skates is available for $3. $1 use fee during staff hours.

MADRAS On Going

Car Seat Clinics Madras-Jefferson County Fire Department 765 SE Adams Dr., Madras 541-475-7274 Third Thursdayof every month 11am -1pm

SISTERS

December 3rd

Holiday Open House at Sisters Art Works 10am-5pm. At Sisters Art Works. Kick start the holidays at Sisters Art Works 6th Annual Open House and Arts and Crafts Fair. Inside the building, artisans will be selling wonderful one-of-a-kind items for great gifts and stocking stuffers - fused glass, beautiful jewelry, yummy packets of dried spices to whip up dips and drinks, Christmas ornaments, finely crafted wooden jewelry boxes, note cards, fabric art, and much more. Proceeds from platter sales will help bolster the larder of the Sisters Kiwanis Food Bank. Outside you’ll find Santa available for photos with your furry friends from 11:00 - 2:00 with all proceeds going to provide pet food for families in Sisters who are served by the Kiwanis Foodshare program at the holidays. Warm yourself at the outdoor fire pit, sample scrumptious watch-as-they’re-made warm minidonuts, sip a latte or hot chocolate, and select a fresh evergreen wreath. Mark yo ur calendars for a fun day of shopping and getting in the holiday spirit! 541-549-2107 www. sistersartworks.com.

Starry Nights Christmas with Gary Morris At Sisters High School. A Starry Nights Christmas with Gary Morris is set for Sunday, December 11, marking the return of one of the most brilliant singers in the business to the Starry Nights stage. Known for his many top ten country music hits as well as his lead role in the Broadway production of Les Miserables, Gary present his extraordinary selection of Christmas music at Sisters High School as part of his national tour. Thanks to Gary generously donating his time, the concert will raise muchneeded funds for the Sisters Schools Foundation. Tickets start at $20, and will be available in September online at www.sistersstarrynights.org or at Clearwater Gallery in Sisters, 541549-4994.

SUNRIVER ONGOING

Traditions Holiday Celebration at Sunriver Resort Winter wonderlands aren’t just found in snow globes. With snow-flocked evergreens, hearthside cups of cocoa and more events than you can shake a stocking at, Sunriver Resort is the

stuff sugarplum dreams are made of. Embark on a winter sleighride. Make a snow angel. Join us for Traditions, a holiday celebration that harkens back to a time when generations embraced the season—and each other. With unbeatable offers and more than 150 family events,Traditions captures the magic of the holidays. Traditions continues through New Years Day. For event details, go to: www. sunriver-resort.com/traditions/

December 10th

Care and Share 9-6pm. Obsidian Hair Spa will have a giaft giving tree, cash donation jar and a food donation barrel to help a lot of needy families in the area. They distribute the items in the form of “Holiday Baskets”. Located at The Village at Sunriver, 57100 Beaver Dr., Bldg. 17, Ste. 120. Contact: Dawn/ Pennie, obsidianhairspa@gmail.com; 541-593-1978. www.lapine.org.

December 30th

Nature and the Performing Arts Songs and Winter Stories 7-9:00 pm Master storyteller and Nature Center founder Jim Anderson will be joined by the acoustic band CinderBlue. The program starts at 7 p.m. at the Pozzi Education Center. Advance tickets are $15.00 for members, $20.00 for nonmembers ($25.00 at the door).Call 541-593-4394 or 541-593-4442 for reservations. Seating is limited, so it is best to get tickets early.

December 4th

Magical Voices of Christmas 6pm. At the Sisters Highschool. Suttle Lake Elf Hunt: Dec. 10th, 36pm. The Lodge at Suttle Lake. Help Santa to round up his naughty elves and bring them back to Santa for a holiday reward, fun for kids of all ages.

December 10th

Breakfast with Santa at FivePine: 9-11am. At FivePine Conference Center. 541-549-5900 x 106 or www. fivepinelodge.com Men of Worth 8pm. The Celtic folk musicians perform. $15 suggested donation. Doors open at 7pm. HarmonyHouse, 17505 Kent Rd, Sisters. 541-5482209.

December 15th

“Breakfast with Fran” 7:30-9am. Reservations Required. A monthly morning networking event for Sisters small business owners. Conference call with Fran Tarkenton and guest speakers on topics related to running a small business. All Sisters small business owners are invited. Bring your business cards, flyers, and the latest news. Contact Kimberley Fisher for more information (541588-0456). www.sisterscountry.com.

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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. www.alycehatchcenter.org. American Red Cross 2680 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. 220 NE Lafayette, Ave., Bend. www.beatonline.org. Bethlehem Inn Breaking the cycle of homelessness in Central Oregon through the provision of beds, meals, case management, transportation, accountability-based programming, educational opportunity and employment assistance. 3075 N. Hwy 97, Bend. 541-322-8768, ext. 13; www.bethleheminn.org. Big Brothers/Big Sisters of CO Helping children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth. Locations in Bend, Prineville & 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. Locations in Bend, Redmond and Terrebonne. www.bgcco.org. Campfire USA Helps kids develop self-reliance and self-confidence. 204 NE 4th St., Bend. 541-382-4682; www.campfireusaco. org. Cascade Child Center Day treatment program for emotionally disturbed children ages 5–12 years old. Enhancing the enjoyment of learning and development of positive self-esteem. Redmond. 541-548-6166; www.cctcinc.org. Cascade School of Music Small group instrumental instruction and ensemble programs that are effective, affordable and FUN! 200 NW Pacific Park Ln. 541-382-6866 www.ccschoolofmusic.org. Cascade Youth and Family Center (J Bar J Youth Services) Emergency shelter, works to reunite youth with their families, encourages stable living conditions, and supports youth in choosing constructive

courses of action toward education and employment. 62895 Hamby Rd, 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 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. 541-388-6520; www.deschutes.or.us. Deschutes County United Way Raises funds for essential programs that impact our community.1130 NW Harriman St., #A, Bend. 541-3896507; www.deschutesunitedway.org. Family Access Network (FAN) Provides Family Advocates in public schools linking children and families to health and other needed services. 2125 NE Daggett Ln, Bend; 541-6935675 www.familyaccessnetwork.org. Grandma’s House of CO A faith based, non-denominational, non-profit home, providing safe, nurturing, and stable shelter to homeless and/or abused pregnant, and parenting teens mothers between the ages of 12 to 19 years old. Bend. 541-383-3515; www. grandmashouseofcentraloregon. com. Healthy Beginnings 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. Kemple Children’s Clinic Emergency dental care to children who qualify. Appointments are made through the Family Access Network. 625 NW Colorado Ave, Bend. 541383-0754 www.awbreydental.com. 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. 2120 NE Bear Creek Rd., Bend. 541-382-7025; www. meadowlarkmanor.org. Mountain Star Family Relief Nursery Services to reduce the chance of child abuse or neglect for highstress families with children ages 6 weeks to 4 years. 2125 NE Daggett Ln, Bend. 541-322-6820; www. mountainstarfamily.org.

National Alliance on Mental Illness The nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. We provide free education, support and advocacy. 541-408-7779 or www. namicentraloregon.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 Central Oregonians with disabilities. P.O. Box 430, Redmond. 541-548-2611; www.ofco.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. 1700 NE Purcell Blvd, Bend. 541-318-4950; www. rmhcofcentraloregon.org. 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) Mentoring gives children the support they need to learn to read at a crucial

time in their development. 101 SW Market St., Portland; 877-598-4633 www.getsmartoregon.org. The Sparrow Foundation, Kid’s Helping Kids Provides financial and emotional support for critically ill children and their families and empowers young people to help a child through charitable service. 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. 2125 NE Daggett Ln, Bend. 541-389-9317; www.together-forchildren.org. Trillium Family Services of CO Most comprehensive provider of mental health services for children and families. 63360 NW 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.oycp.com. 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. 541-3850470; 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. 541389-8146; www.girlscoutsosw.org.

The Gift of Charity by Kristy Krugh Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Oregon. I bear witness to lessons in Charity as parents bring their children to the Bend Ronald McDonald House® to prepare a meal for guests, or even to bring their most prized possessions—like their Halloween candy or favorite toy—to offer to families in need. In a time when the holidays are commercialized & often more about receiving than giving, we have the opportunity to learn about the needs of our local community & work to fill them. Cash gifts are always tax-deductible to 501(c)(3) organizations and greatly appreciated by the receiving nonprofit, no matter the amount. The organization can even send an acknowledgement to the individual you’re honoring with the gift. Gifts of new or very gently loved toys, housewares & clothing are accepted by many local

nonprofits. Many have a “wishlist” that will tell you exactly what to buy. You can call an organization for this information or find it on their website. Sometimes the most unexpected items needed most. For example, holiday floral arrangements can even be repurposed by Friends with Flowers of Central Oregon. Get the whole family involved by working together to select a single organization or a cause to support: children & families, Veterans, animals, housing, domestic violence prevention, the elderly, etc. If you want to affect many organizations at once, consider a gift to the Deschutes Children’s Foundation or the United Way. Volunteering can be a great bonding & learning experience for everyone. Visit www. volunteerconnectnow.org for opportunities in your community this Holiday Season.

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empathetic attitude which can be life changing for them. This activity can improve their quality of life and to a major extent, that of society as a whole, which cannot be measured in dollars. There are many Central Oregon nonprofit organizations that are in desperate need of our help to assist programs for our community animals. Our local spay clinic, the Bend Spay and Neuter Project has sterilized over 25,000 animals since being established in 2005. It could not perform this critical level of care and community service without the compassionate, tireless volunteer base that supports its cause. Our local shelters have foster programs to rear the kittens and puppies that have no homes, until they are healthy enough to place into forever homes. Some of our shelters have adopted a new approach to manage these populations through aggressive adoption programs and innovative ideas to place animals, achieving a “high save rate.” This would not be possible without a good volunteer base to support this mission. We now have Synergy, an animal hospice group that provides pet loss support sessions and grieving support, again all volunteer based to serve our companion animal friends and their owners. There are programs that assist the area homeless and veteran communities that rely on donated manpower. The recent overwhelming

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December 5th

Book Party Noon. It’s the Good Chair, Great Books yearend book party. Bring a favorite book or two to share with the group and find out the titles for 2012. All are welcome to attend.

December 6th

Four Noble Truths of Buddhism 6:30pm. Michael Stevens of the Natural Mind Dharma Center speaks on the foundation of Buddhist thought and awareness. The Four Noble Truths identify the difficulties we experience, their cause, their cessation, and a pathway to realizing freedom from habitual emotional reactions. Free and open to the public.

December 10th

Science Fiction, Controversies and Decision Making in Democracy 2pm. Science and its products enrich our lives but also challenge many established ways of thinking. Some of these challenges have become quite contentious in political and cultural arenas. What roles should scientific theory, and personal and moral values, play in decision making in a democratic society? This program is sponsored through a partnership between the City Club of Central Oregon and Deschutes Public Library and funded in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities, a statewide nonprofit organization. Part of the Know Religion series during the month of December.

December 11th

Second Sunday, Kim Cooper Findling 2pm. In her debut as an author, Findling’s memoir Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir unfolds the story of an Oregon girl coming of age in the 1970s and 80s, navigating her way through pick-up trucks, dive bars, higher education and backwoods trails before finding a place where she belongs. An open mic will follow the reading. Free and open to the public.

December 16-19th

Toy Trains All day. All ages will enjoy a multi-track active display of toy trains. Closed during lunch: 1-2.

December 27th

The Classic Book Club 6pm. The Classic Book Club will be discussing The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Edward FitzGerald. Everyone is welcome.

EAST BEND December 1st

Pajama Storytime 6:45pm. Stories, songs, rhymes and activities to develop early literacy skills. Wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal! For ages 3-5.

December 3rd

Know Religion, Jesus and the Early Christians Outside of the Bible 2pm. The primary source for the life of Jesus is the Bible, yet, other ancient authors wrote about him and his followers as well. Explore these other historical sources and archaeological findings in an interactive presentation by Mike Caba. Part of the Know Religion series during December.

December 6th

Animal Adventures with the High Desert Museum 9:30pm. Meet a new animal every month,

hear their wild tales, and join in on a fun craft. It’s 30-45 minutes of adventure! For ages 3+. Limited to 30 children and their caregivers. Open Computer Lab 2pm. Brush up on your computer skills or problem solve with a staff member. Bring your own laptop or use a library laptop.

December 10th

Wisdom and Compassion in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition 3pm. Michael Stevens of the Natural Mind Dharma Center will discuss the unique approach used by the Tibetan Buddhist tradition (made popular by the Dalai Lama) in waking up to our true nature of wisdom and compassion that is often obscured by habitual thoughts and mental distractions. Free and open to the public.

December 10th and 17th

“Cuentos y Canciones con Micheleâ€? 1pm. HabrĂĄ un tiempo de cuentos, canciones, y manualidades para los niĂąos entre las edades de 0 a 5. HabrĂĄ la oportunidad para conseguir una tarjeta de la biblioteca y si el tiempo lo permite, habrĂĄ un tour de la biblioteca nueva. No se requiere registrarse, solo vengan para un tiempo de diversiĂłn familiar!

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Teen Laptop Lab 3pm. Check Myspace and Facebook, do homework, play games with your friends. Staff member in room.

December 7th

Duct Tape Mania 1pm. Make a duct tape gift for the holidays! Supplies available and self lead projects encouraged! Staff member in room.

December 14th

Make It and Take It Holiday 1:30pm. Make some easy gifts to share during the holidays! Supplies available.

December 15th

Good Chair, Great Books Book Sharing Party Noon. Book discussion group. Discuss your favorite book group title from the previous year, and share your own gems from 2011! Celebrate the holiday season with literature!

December 20th

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program 10am. Meet Cindy Culbertson, OFNP Education Program Assistance with Oregon State University Extension Service, who will provide information about food benefits for your family.

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Wee Read 10:00 am. A toddler lapsit for ages 0-3 and caregivers.

Tuesdays

Storytime 6:00 pm. Join Tammy for stories & crafts.

Thursdays

Storytime 11:00 am. Join Tammy for stories & crafts.

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Teen Territory Crafting 3pm. Explore your creative side through crafting!

December 6th

Pajama Party 6:45pm. Night time stories, songs, rhymes, & activities for ages 3-5

December 8th

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program 12:30pm. Meet Cindy Culbertson, OFNP Education Program Assistance with Oregon State University Extension Service, who will provide information about food benefits for your family. Raven Library Teen Council Meeting 3pm. New members always welcome! We share books, plan volunteer activities, plan teen programs in the library, and have a good time!

December 13th

Know Religion, The Temple Mount in Jerusalem 6:30pm. For thousands of years this complex has been a holy site for believers of various faiths. During the presentation, Mike Caba examines the fascinating history of this area, which is still hotly debated today. The presentation also includes Mike’s experience as a volunteer on the only recent archaeological project to examine the Temple Mount. Part of the Know Religion series in December.

December 14th

Teen Laptop Lab 2:30pm. Check Myspace, Facebook, do homework, play games.

December 15th

Teen Territory Game Day 3pm. Challenge your friends to a game of Mario Kart, jam out on Rock Band, or gather around a board game. For kids 12-17 years old. Free. Snacks provided.

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December 4th

Hindu Art & the Four Goals of Life 2pm. Local artist and art educator Paula Bullwinkle discusses the Hindu art tradition and the role creative expression plays in the Hindu religion. Slide show, lecture, and discussion are followed by a creative project in color pencil, paint, and collage, illustrating a stylized version of a figure symbolizing your own life’s goals. No experience necessary, and all art supplies are provided. No registration required. Free and open to the public.

December 7th

Downloading Digital Audio & eBooks 9am. Enjoy a demonstration on how to access, download and transfer the library’s digital audio books and eBooks. Knowledgeable staff will be available to help you with your technical questions. The library has a limited number of laptops but you are encouraged to bring your own laptop and eBook reader or tablet device. Class is free and open to the public.

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Friends of Sisters Library, Diane Jacobsen Memorial Program Series 1:30pm. “Exploring Africa� In the spring of 2011, Cal Allen traveled to southern Africa. His presentation will include pictures of the wildlife in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Program is free and open to the public. Doors open 30 minutes before program starts.

December 13th

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program 10am. Meet Cindy Culbertson, OFNP Education Program Assistance with Oregon State University Extension Service, who will provide information about food benefits for your family.

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December 3rd

Chapter One Book Club 10am. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sunriver Area Public Library, is open to anyone. There are no restrictions on membership. ‘The Daughter’s Walk’, by Jane Kirkpatrick. Discussion leaders: Jan Thompson & Gail Smith

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BEND’S ULTIMATE MODELING CHALLENGE ONE MODEL is Central Oregon’s newest community involved competition created by Eight|18 Productions and media partner Local Views & Events. A live audition helped us pick 6 of the area’s most gorgeous gals all fighting for YOUR vote to become Bend’s One Model! Not only will the girls be featured in this issue, but also in the January and February 2012 issues of LoVE! Each month will feature unique clothes and stylings by the One Model team making this a competition you don’t want to miss! How YOU get involved: Check out the photos below to see how beautiful the girls look after their very first photo shoot and take a minute to choose your favorite face. Go to “One Model - Bend’s Ultimate Modeling Challenge” page on Facebook and cast your vote! Pick up Local Views & Events again in January and February 2012 to see the different looks and styles that the girls will portray and vote again each month. Join us at the Grand Finale Fashion Show on Friday March 9th to see the girls stomp it out on the high-fashion runway. You get to vote for your favorite again and help the judges pick the One Model winner.

Photography by Amanda M. Rose at the Cascade Center of Photography Studio Wardrobe Designer: Brittany Dixon Make-Up & Hair Designers: Maria Anderson (Lemon Drop Salon) Gail Zollner (le’ Salon Nouveau) Katrina Malnik

One Model Grand Finale Fashion Show Friday March 9th, 2012, Location TBD - Stay Tuned! After a jazzy cocktail hour and some time to mingle with the models, a superb Local Celebrity Fashion Show will open up the show. Then, the New York Style High Fashion Runway Grand Finale Show will feature the One Model Competitors. Stay after the show and dance the night away! This event will knock your socks off!

Clothing and accessories: Elite Repeat Upscale Consignment & Resale Boutique Elite Repeat is an Upscale Resale Clothing and Accessories consignment boutique. Resale shopping at Elite Repeat is like a treasure hunt! A large portion of their designer items are gently worn and some of the inventory is brand new, tags still on! With names such as Chico’s, The Loft, Coldwater Creek, Talbots, Dooney and Bourke, Coach and many other upscale designer name brands, it really makes an enjoyable shopping experience. And, oh the deals!

Allison Garoutte

Jessica Sylvester

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20, newlywed, passionate about faith & lending a hand

Brittney Wilhelm

Breanna McCormick

Kathleen Johnson

Marissa Baranoff

17, high school student, future Nordstrom fashion buyer

25, mother of two young boys, faithful domestic diva

15, student, loves to bust a move

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December Classes

Early Childhood Family First Fridays All Ages Let your creative juices flow in this self-guided exploration of art. Using the Art Station classroom and supplies, you and your children can create masterpieces together! $5 Sess: 3 “Exploring Watercolors” | F | Dec 2 | 9:30am-12 | Staff

Youth School’s Out, Art’s In: Inspired by Winter Winter is a season of peaceful beauty that has inspired artists throughout the ages. Students will experiment with multi-media in paint, collage, and sculpture as they create artwork that showcases what winter means to them. $30 Sess: 1 | Ages 6-8 | F | Dec 9 | 9am-12 | Williams Sess: 2 | Ages 8-12 | F | Dec 9 | 1pm-4 | Williams

School’s Out, Art’s In: Ceramic Treasure Box Students will use handbuilding techniques to create a personalized clay treasure box with a lid to hold small keepsakes, jewelry, or a special toy. Artwork will be glazed and fired in class, ready to pick-up and use or give as a gift. $30 Sess: 1 | Ages 8-12 | F | Dec 9 | 9am-12 | Bommarito Sess: 2 | Ages 6-8 | F | Dec 9 | 1pm-4 | Bommarito

Adult Classes The Creative Teapot

Enroll your budding artist in Children’s Art Academy!

“Outside the chair, the teapot is the most ubiquitous and important design element in the domestic environment,” claimed David McFaden, “and almost everyone who has tackled the world of design has ended up designing one.” Work with clay to hand-build a sculptural-based tea pot form, functional or not. Design and construct the teapot on day one, then glaze your pieces on day two. Be as creative as you choose, the clay is in your hands. $80

This innovative art program offers in-depth, sequential art classes designed to deepen a child’s appreciation of art, develop artistic thinking, strengthen art-making skills, and cultivate personal expression. As students progress through each year of Art Academy, they assemble a portfolio, participate in critiques, and gain artistic confidence. Art Academy: Intro to Drawing, Painting, and Clay Ages 6-8 & 9-13 This in-depth sequential art class is for students who love making art or would like to continue building basic skills in all areas of art-making. Students will expand their art literacy (knowledge and skills) by using the elements and principles of design in more complex and creative ways. Expand upon basic skills, art history and cultural studies, critique and reflection, practice projects, independent creation and portfolio creation. Students should have completed the Fall 2011 “Children’s Art Academy” or have art experience. $320 Sess. 1: Ages 6-8 | T | Feb 14-Jun 5 (No class Mar 27) | 4pm-6 | Williams/Bommarito Sess. 2: Ages 9-13 | M | Jan 30-Jun 4 (No class Feb 20, Mar 26, May 28) | 4pm-6 | Schoessler

Painting Academy: Color mixing, Brush Control and Composition

Ages 9-13 This course appeals to those for whom painting is a joy, a curiosity, a commitment. Expect to use elements and principles of design while developing skills in colormixing, brush control, mixing media (such as drawing and painting) with both invented and observed themes. Enjoy viewing and discussing a wide variety of artists’ painting styles and subjects. Students will likely use three painting media in this course (subject to change with instructor): water media (water color and tempera), oil and acrylic paint. Students should have prior drawing and/or painting class experience. $320 W | Feb 15-Jun 6 (No class March 28) | 2:30pm–5 | Schoessler

Clay Academy: Wheel-throwing and Creative Clay Construction Ages 9-13 Students will enjoy this in-depth sequential art class that combines instruction in wheel-throwing with more advanced hand-building construction projects. Expect art and world cultural clay studies, idea development, practice projects and ways to document and display work for public viewing. Students should have prior clay class experience. $400 W | Feb 15-Jun 6 (No class March 28) | 2:30pm-5 | Bommarito

SA | Dec 3 & 10 | 10am-3 | Bommarito

Register Online

Starting December 9, 2011. Visit our website: artscentraloregon.org

Early Bird Discount

Register for Art Academy before January 9, 2012 and save 10%!

Gallery Exhibition: December 2011 “On and Off the Wall” A unique matrix of works features new and exciting contemporary pieces – redefined and refined. Works include jewelry, drawings, sculpture, ceramic art, paintings, mixed media and hand pulled prints. Off the Wall or On the Wall - this exhibition showcases imagination. • Opens First Friday, December 2, 2011, 5:30 – 8:30 pm • Exhibit: December 2, 2011 – January 27, 2012 December Classes Registration is underway. Office hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. M - F For a detailed class description, visit our website: www.atelier6000.org Classes feature studies in multimedia work with specific emphasis in drawing, book arts and printmaking. • Bookmaking and Paper Marbling Sat/Sun, Dec 3 & 4, 10 am – 3 pm Explore foundational methods on the art of constructing handmade books, and an imaginative technique of paper marbling for decorative book covers and end papers. $60 + $35 studio fee. Instructor: Rachel Fox •

Bookworks Open Studio Tues, Dec 13, 10 am – 12:30 pm Join us for this open studio bookmaking workshop. No formal instruction. Bring your supplies and join in on the creative collaboration of other enthusiastic bookmakers. $15 per session, Free to A6 members.

About Atelier 6000 Open to the public, Atelier 6000 provides a well- equipped studio,

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community classes, college instruction, workshops, artist residencies and studio rental space for art groups, classes, critique space and specialty interest groups, i.e. book clubs and technology groups. Atelier 6000 brings together students from all lifestyles, from absolute beginners to professional artists, to create and develop works of art exclusively by hand. Atelier 6000 is proud to represent Native American artist Lillian Pitt.

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Mt Bachelor Review by Amanda Rose

We love our mountain, don’t we? So lucky to have such a wonderful peak of pure white powdery goodness at our fingertips every winter season. The runs are always in good shape and the service, concessions and scenery is terrific. best part is that Mt. Bachelor has just announced a few new programs to make our local’s favorite ski resort just that much more exciting. During the time I was chatting with Andy Goggins, the resort’s Director of Marketing and Communications, I found myself wanting to get off the phone and start doing my pray for snow dance so we could get to skiing! Such a short drive up the hill to the nations 6th largest ski resort is certainly a wonderful benefit of living in beautiful Central Oregon, but the price tag for lift tickets and lessons can sometimes be a bit unattractive. Not the case this year as the resort understands the demands of our community during the depressed economy. With that, they have designed some wonderful programs geared at growing the Central Oregon skier and snowboarder population, accommodating the budget minded customer and giving back to our community through fund-raising programs. Thanks, Mt. Bachelor. You rock. First, it’s the program that I will be rushing to sign up my 6 year old son for: Ski and Ride in Five. This program is for everyone 6 years of age or older. It’s simple. Just sign up to take five ski lessons, all inclusive of readily available instructor, rental equipment and lesson day lift pass for only $199.00. Take all 5 classes between January 2nd and March 26th and you will “graduate” from the program. If you successfully graduate, you are awarded some pretty fantastic gifts from Mt. Bachelor including a full season pass for the remainder of the 2011/2012 season (if you are between 6-18 years old) or 12 full day lift ticket passes for those graduates 19 years of age and older. In addition, you will receive 50% off of the winter 2012/2013 season pass price and 25% off of a season pass for winter 2013/2014. Of course, there is always the carousel lift which is free to everyone on weekends and holidays (closed weekdays) while the Sunrise base area is in operation, normally running mid-December through mid-April. Just check in to Sunrise Lodge for your complimentary ticket and have fun all day long. And for those of you who don’t have a ton of time on your hands in a day but are still aching to hit the slopes, you’ll be able to swing a little “happy hour” time sunday through friday from 12:30 until 4:00pm. The cost for the half day pass is only $25.00 for Sunrise Express. In addition to the terrific new mountain incentives is the annual Charity Weeks program that encourages people to get skiing and help a wonderful non-profit all at once. There are two 2-week sessions available with the first session running monday through friday for the first two weeks in January and again monday through friday for the first two weeks in April. All you have to do is visit one of the 9 participating non-profits, pick up your voucher and bring it to the lodge. The cost is $25 for a full day adult lift pass valid only during the days/weeks mentioned above. 100% of all proceeds from this program are given back to the charity that issued the voucher. Mt. Bachelor generated over $241,000 for participating non-profits in the first three years of this program. So, you get to ski cheap and help out a deserving non-profit too? Way to go! And last but not least, Mt. Bachelor just finished an incredible 3.5 million dollar infrastructure and facility renovations project. Some exciting things that stem from that undertaking are a new umbrella patio bar, new groomers, lodge and restaurant renovations, lift maintenance, renewable energy upgrades and more. Thanks, Mt. Bachelor, for keeping things great for us. For all the details on the programs listed and information on the recent renovations, visit www.mtbachelor.com

Races, Parties and Events for December

The 25th Annual Snowball December 2nd. Mt. Bachelor Kickoff your ski season in style with this yearly event. MBSEF Fundraiser Mt. Bachelor Demo Day December 17th. Set those alarm clocks early and head to the mountain for the best selection of gear to try before you buy. First come first serve, we do run out of gear!!! Make plans to hit the mountain early for the best selections. List of brands and more info coming soon. Dirksen Derby Kickoff Party December 16th, 8pm. Bend local band, “The Strum Dawgs”, will host the Dirksen Derby Kickoff Party at The Poethouse in Bend on Friday, Dec.16th. As with the Derby, all proceeds go to Tyler Eklund. Along with the music, there will also be a silent art auction featuring the work of local artists using old snowboards, and a raffle. This is an all ages event. Beer & wine will be available for over-21. Doors open at 7:00, music starts at 8:00., live auction cutoff time is 10:00. The entrance to the Poethouse is located on Minnesota Ave, above The Wine Shop. Come support this fun event and kickoff your Derby weekend for a great cause! Dirksen Derby December 17-18th: Mt. Bachelor brings it’s 5th annual Derby to the mountain. Register online at MtBachelor. com and proceeds will go to paralyzed snowboarder Tyler Eklund. 2011 Russ Read Memorial Race December 17-18th. Giant Slalom race formerly known as the Mt. Bachelor Open. www.mtbachelor.com


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