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We are excited to open High Desert Learning Center in Bend, Oregon. “Our center is totally remodeled with all new equipment and materials says owner Cathy Liedtke of Beaverton, Oregon. Cathy has owned and operated successful commercial preschools throughout several Northwest Oregon cities for over 16 years. “We are delighted to offer quality child care and a high end learning environment for babies and children ages 6 weeks to 12 years of age to Bend families. Director, Cyndy Walsh, brings over 23 years of experience working in childcare facilities with 6 years as a Director. “Our approach to early childhood education is to give your child an opportunity to develop a positive attitude toward learning and growing. We provide a safe, happy, loving and creative environment for your child while offering exciting and varied learning opportunities. Our atmosphere is one of warmth and relaxation. We invite visitations and encourage parent involvement, conferences and interaction. We believe our school is a positive extension to your child’s home life. We strive to maintain high standards with genuine concern for each child’s individual development.” High Desert Learning Center offers very affordable tuition rates with a strong emphasis in quality of care. “We are not just a typical daycare. We are a center that will be a part of your child’s early development and follow them throughout the learning years.” The Infant Room is spacious, warm and with lots of natural sunlight. Each child will have its own designated crib. An individual information sheet is sent home daily for infants,wobblers and toddlers letting parents know about meals, naps, diaper changes, and their child’s general disposition during the day. Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten is offered as well. In these programs, the curriculum includes arts and crafts, music, stories, and creative play, as well as an orientation to letters, numbers, shapes, sizes, colors and time concepts. The pre-kindergarten program also includes an introduction to phonics, printing and simple mathematics. The children have outside play days. In addition, classes enjoy varied experiences with cooking, dance and gardening. “We encourage you to stop by anytime for a tour and allow us to share with you are exciting new center. Throughout the month of May we will be waiving the registration fee.” Please visit our website at: for more information and to review our rates.

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Seasonal Allergy Relief By Dr. Michelle K. Jackson, ND

Although spring weather in Central Oregon can be unpredictable, the return of springtime seasonal allergies is predictable. An allergy is a hypersensitivity immune reaction specific to a foreign substance termed an allergen. Allergens can be food, medicines, molds, grasses, dust or pollens. Here in Central Oregon, red clay dust, juniper, pine pollens, and blooming sage are common potential allergens. During an allergic reaction, a small part of the allergen enters the bloodstream, our immune system recognizes it as foreign (to the body) and the allergen triggers a hypersensitivity reaction. The reaction may include fatigue, swelling and redness, itchy watery eyes, runny noses, and maybe even difficulty breathing. Histamine is the chemical that creates the symptoms of an allergy attack. Many families have an “allergic triad” which includes allergies, eczema, and asthma that may run in one family. Patients also often ask why they have allergies now when they never had them before. Often this is because of physiological changes that happen with aging or due to lifestyle choices, such as poor diets, which negatively effect our immune response. For example, in response to stress our bodies produce the hormone cortisol, which in excess can reduce the body’s ability to cope with allergens. Stress also produces changes, which can negatively effect the protective components of the immune system in our gastrointestinal systems; this makes us more vulnerable to potential allergens from foods. This chronic low level allergic response can produce many symptoms, including becoming more reactive to other environmental allergens because the immune system is becoming overloaded. There are accurate tests to test the adrenal system and food allergies. Besides eliminating food allergies there are other ways to lessen the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Wearing a mask while doing any kind of spring-cleaning, showering before bed to rinse off allergens that may be on your skin or in your hair and using a hypoallergenic pillow can help you breathe easier at night. Using a saline nasal wash several times per day to wash out pollens that have

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collected in the sinuses or better yet using a Neti Pot several times per day can decrease sinus inflammation. Quality doctor recommended natural products are also an excellent treatment option. Depending on your symptoms, quality herbal formulas are often successful at reducing allergic symptoms. Anti-inflammatory herbs can reduce the products of a hypersensitivity reaction without the side effects of many over the counter antihistamine products. Vitamins C, E, B Vitamins, and minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc, at doctor recommended dosages also have antihistamine properties. Essential Fatty Acids and Quercetin, a bioflavinoid, are also very effective at reducing inflammation and allergy symptoms. CoQ10, a powerful antioxidant that declines with age and disease is emerging as an excellent supplement to strengthen the immune system. Vitamin D levels should be tested, since it is an important component of our immune systems. Homeopathic medicines are great for children and adults. I have found treatments with IV vitamin that support the immune system to be very effective as well. Always consult your doctor before beginning any drug or natural medicine. If you have any questions regarding allergies or any other questions please feel free to contact my office.

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May, the month the flowers really bloom, we begin to see those warmer temperatures we’ve all been waiting for. It’s also the month we celebrate Mother’s Day and our teens are attending Proms, Formals, Graduations and other major school events. May also happens to be the start of the most hazardous driving “season” for young drivers. With these school events and nicer weather comes more hours of driving, later hours of driving and more temptations, opportunities, and peer pressure to drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. For 16 year olds, the odds of a fatal collision triple between 9:00pm and 6:00am. Part of this is due to poor visibility, plus driving drowsy quadruples the crash risk. This is also when alcohol is most likely to enter the mix. According to research, one third of all fatally injured drivers are alcohol impaired. Even without the alcohol and drugs, the distractions that come from having other teens in the car increase the risk of a crash or collision. As new drivers, teens are less likely to be able to multitask therefore they are more susceptible to distractions that take their concentration from the task of driving safely. How, as parents, relatives, friends do we make this a less hazardous driving season? Start by talking with your teens and their friends. Talk with them about the dangers and the life changing effects alcohol and drugs will have on their lives. Even if your teen isn’t driving but is a passenger with someone who is driving under the influence, they need to understand the risk. 48% of people who die in car crashes are passengers. So have the discussion of how to recognize when their friend or date may be under the influence. Let them know that to call you for a ride or a taxi is the best way to make sure they are here to see another prom or school event. May is National Youth Traffic Safety Month, make a point to sit down with your kids regardless of their age and start working with them on being safe and responsible drivers. Even grade school kids are old enough to start learning about safe driving. One very important thing for each of us to remember, our children watch and learn from what we do and how we act each and every day. If you want your children to grow up and be safe, responsible drivers, be the good role model by doing the very things you want them to do. In addition to being a good role model, provide your teen with a formal driver education course. A program like those offered by Deschutes Driver Education, Inc. will teach your teen the skills and give them the tools to become safe and responsible drivers. Deschutes Driver Education, Inc. offers classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction. We are licensed and certified by the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Deschutes Driver Education is also available to talk with your scout troops, ball teams, church groups or other groups about safe and responsible driving habits. Let’s all do our part to make May the start of beautiful weather and beautiful memories by making sure our teens are safe and responsible drivers.

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Road Trips and Vacations with Pets By Byron Maas, DVM

As the days get longer, class rooms get more anxious, dreams of family vacations are just around the corner. It is easy to pack up the kids, the car or RV and head off for the hills but there are some very important things to consider for your pets. Here are a few tips to keep the fury kids in your family happy on that next camping adventure or road trip. Before setting off on any adventure it is important to make sure that your immunizations are current. This applies for dogs and cats as well. It is important to have strong defenses to disease exposure. Vaccines are one of many defenses in that arsenal. A trip to the veterinarian is often needed before any travel to assure your pet is fit for travel. Obtaining a health certificate allows pets to be transported across state lines and while not often checked, it is a good idea to make sure there are no undetected medical issues before leaving the comforts of home. Additionally your veterinarian can give the proper recommendations as to parasite control especially if you are leaving our high desert area. We see exposure to fleas, ticks and heartworm increase dramatically when animals travel. Then along comes Lyme’s disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, salmon poisoning, giardiasis and a whole host of other conditions. Often premedicating with topical spot treatments, deworming on return and preventative medication can thwart hitchhikers from returning home with pets. Remember that proper identification is imperative. Microchipping is a permanent ID solution which insures reuniting a lost pet with its family. Also a sturdy collar with tags including a mobile phone number and home address should be worn by your pets. Travel for most pets can be stressful as you are putting them in new and unique situations. Plan in advance and make sure that hotels and campgrounds allow pets before you arrive. Call ahead and confirm the details. In National Parks animals are often restricted to specific areas like roadways and not permitted on trails or the back country. Leash your pet where necessary and always be courteous as they cannot pick up their own poop. Leave no trace is always the best mantra. No one likes noisy or anxious dogs in a camp. If your pet is not well socialized it is best to board him in a kennel or leave safely at home. Seatbelts do save lives and it applies all family members. You would not take children without a child seat, so do not let your other kids free in the back of a truck while driving down the highway. Pets love to stick their head out of windows but dirt, debris and bugs can cause serious injuries to eyes, ears or nose. Also remember those airbag dangers and use proper restraint devices or harnesses at all times. Many pets can get car sick. Acclimatizing them with short car rides often helps but sometimes motion sickness medication is needed. Carry a first aid kit and know the fitness level of your companion. Be sure your extreme adventure vacation does not turn into a nightmare of physical collapse or heat stroke for your pet. On extended trips, carry a copy of medical records and even extra medication. Hydration is so important for all of the family. Bring water from home if possible. Dogs need about one once of water per pound of body weight per day translating for your 60 pound Labrador Retriever into a half a gallon of water daily. Significantly more is needed when getting overheated as they cool off by panting thereby needing more water. Also proper nutrition must be considered. “PEACE OF MIND” Don’t succumb to Scruffy’s urge for the triple cheese burger for this will only end badly. In the heart of Bend Bring enough of your pets own food for the trip and then some. Keep a regular feeding schedule and give the main meal when you reach your destination. Remember those car trips when dad just would not stop. Well have a little compassion on extended trips As far and as content we would like: Logo, stop frequently for your pets comfort at both Dr. Names, address, busi-and least every two hours forphone, a little relief ness hours. If you need more content, exercise. Before fire up engine towe take without the ad you getting toothe“wordy” Horizon Pet Services off, remember it is not the destination, would like: Comprehensive Wellness but Private Pet Cremation the journey that is so important. A little Programs, Gentle Dentistry, Quality forethought and preparation can turn your Medical & Surgical Services, & family vacation into a pleasantSpay experience 1723 Lytle • Bend OR Neuter,forFriendly Caring Staff, House everyone involved. Plan ahead and have a greatBoarding, summer. Emergency Calls, Exotics, w w w. h o r i z o n p s . c o m


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Humane Society of Redmond To Open New Thrift and Gift Store

The Humane Society of Redmond is proud to announce the opening of new Thrift and Gift Store in Redmond in early June. The Thrift and Gift Store is located at 1776 N. Hwy 97, Redmond, across from Safeway. The store will provide a new shopping opportunity to the area while generating additional funding for the Animal Shelter. The store will sell men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories, jewelry, housewares, tools, furniture, books, and a host of other items. The proceeds from this store will go toward caring for the animals at the Humane Society of Redmond Shelter. The wonderful dogs and cats at the shelter are provided with the best medical care and housing as they await adoption to their forever homes. At this time the Humane Society of Redmond Thrift and Gift Store is seeking donations of quality new and used items to help stock our shelves. Items can be dropped off at the Shelter located at 1355 NE Hemlock, Redmond, Tel: (541) 9230882. Now is an ideal time to clean out your closets and cupboards in support of the animals at the shelter. The Humane Society of Redmond appreciates the continued support of the community as we work together to provide for the animals in our area.

The Humane Society of Redmond Thrift and Gift Store will be located in the building shown above on Hwy 97, across from Safeway.

Rabbit Rescue Rehab of Central Oregon The Central Oregon Rabbit Rescue has asked to do an in store adoption with Bend Pet Express. The Adoption will be at the westside store on May 16th, from 11-4 pm. Please see their web site for more info. www.RabbitRescueRehab.

Who We Are: Rabbit Rescue Rehab of Central Oregon is a non-profit, no kill organization whos volunteers are dedicated to promote the welfare of Domestic Rabbits and Guinea Pigs. We strive to find surrendred/abandoned Rabbits and Guinea Pigs “Forever Homes” where they will find the love they deserve. We hold adoption outreach events and activities at various Feed/Pet Stores in the Central Oregon area. Mission Statement: Promote the welfare of Domestic Rabbits and Guinea Pigs through Adoption, Rescue, and Education Contact Us: You can Email us: You can call us: If there is no answer please leave your first/last name and phone number along with a detailed message and we will call you back as soon as possable. You can stop by between the hours of 10am and 3pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. 9103 SW Shad Road in Terrerbonne, OR 97760.

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Watershed Stories-Students Speak for Streams

By Kolleen Yake, Education Coordinator Walking ten years of sometimes muddy, more recently dusty trails alongside the streams and rivers of the Pacific Northwest, I have been gifted with the task of helping local teachers and students get their hands dirty and their feet wet. My official title is that of Education Coordinator but a more accurate moniker might be Creekwalker. Or Stream Guide. Or Stream + Student Matchmaker. Basically, my job is to connect students to streams in whatever ways create meaning for the students while also preserving the health of our local streams. Embedded within a watershed education program that is coordinated in partnership with the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council and The Freshwater Trust, my creek walking helps to get kids out of the classroom and back into nature. By creating streamside opportunities for learning and exploring, the education projects and programs of The Freshwater Trust and the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council help local students develop an inspired and informed sense of place for our home watersheds. Inviting children back outside while engaging them in hands-on education, we provide the building blocks for a generation of thoughtful stewards who can take an active role in protecting stream health for years to come. In order to create opportunities for students to participate in our unique watershed projects, we work collaboratively with teachers, school districts, natural resource partners, and community members to provide teacher training, funding, stewardship projects, and educational programming. By uniting education, community and local stewardship, The Freshwater Trust and the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council take a proactive role in cultivating the next generation of stream stewards. Engaging our children in hands-on watershed education along Central Oregon streams is a valuable way to bring learning home for youth by making educational concepts real and tangible by utilizing our own rivers as an outdoor classroom. In addition to creating a fun and inspirational way for youth to learn about required concepts in ecology, creative writing, and art, our projects also succeed in simply getting children back outside. Our nation’s youth spend far less time outside than we did when we were young. In fact, from 1997 to 2003, the percentage of children in the United States ages nine to 12 engaging in outdoor activities declined by 37 percent, while obesity rates soared. With ongoing school budget cuts, we can only expect students to spend even less time outdoors. In addition to providing an applied learning platform without parallel, the natural world of our high desert landscape provides children with a healthy dose of fresh air. One specific way we get kids outside and inspire them to learn about their home rivers is through our Student Stewardship Projects. Children who participate in Student Stewardship Projects get to walk through the woods, dig in the dirt, and peer through the waters of our local streams to discover, with their own hearts and hands, what the high desert landscape has to offer. Through hands-on education, Student Stewardship Projects: • Elevate student motivation for learning; • Increase student participation in meaningful stewardship projects; • Provide students with essential skills, experience, and watershed knowledge; and • Cultivate civic responsibility by uniting students and community around their home waters. Inspired by experiential education philosophies and a national movement to get children back outside, we work year-round to reconnect students to our natural world in the high desert. Since 2005, we have helped thousands of students learn more about our rivers. To celebrate the inspirational work of the students we have worked with throughout the year, The Freshwater Trust and the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council are hosting the second annual watershed summit in Bend. Students Speak: A Watershed Summit is a unique and special day for our students to take the spotlight to share their streamside stories, artwork, and stewardship experiences. The watershed summit will be held on May 13th at McMenamins Old St. Francis School. To find out more about how you can participate in our education programs, volunteer, or donate, contact Kolleen Yake, Education Coordinator, at 541.382.6103 #33 or Please visit us at Kolleen Yake is an Education Coordinator with The Freshwater Trust and the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council. Kolleen holds a B.A. in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a M.A. in English Studies with an emphasis in Environmental Analysis from Western Washington University.

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Should You Hold Your Child Back A Grade? By Linda Balsiger, M.S., CCC-SLP

Grade retention has increased dramatically over the past 25 years, and an estimated 15% of students in the US are held back each year. A deficit in reading skills is the most common reason for grade retention. Concern about reading is warranted - research shows that most students who are still reading below grade-level in third grade rarely catch-up in later years. Reading is the foundation for all future learning, and students who are behind in reading are likely to struggle in all academic areas. What should you do if your school recommends that your child be held back to repeat a grade? Will they be traumatized by staying back while all their friends continue on? Or will it give them just the boost they need to catch-up, so that they can be more successful in school over the long term?

Grade Retention Considerations

If your child missed a lot of school due to illness or geographic moves, repeating a grade may be just what they need to catch-up. The same holds true if your child has experienced emotional trauma during the past year, such as the death of a close family member. If these factors do not apply, however, it is important to consider why your child has not made expected academic progress. If your child is in kindergarten, are they developmentally immature for their age? If that is the case, your child is likely behind their peers in social/emotional skills, and struggling with many areas of learning. Giving them another year to grow in maturity may be just what they need. In contrast, if your child is on track in other areas and is only struggling with pre-literacy skills, repeating kindergarten is not likely to help. A research study by the National Center for Education found that most children who repeated kindergarten were still behind their non-retained peers in reading at the end of first grade. Problems acquiring literacy skills may be due to a learning disorder, and learning the same information in the same way a second time is not the most effective approach. State accountability for educational standards has resulted in a heightened emphasis on grade retention as the solution for academic problems. Senator Karen Morgan of Salt Lake City is sponsoring a state bill that would mandate holding back any students in first through third grades who are reading below grade level. Exemptions are in place for children with learning disabilities or those on Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). Many students have undiagnosed learning disabilities, however, and a 1996 study found that 71% of children with previously undiagnosed learning disabilities had been retained at least one time.

Retention and Learning Disabilities

Children with learning disabilities (including reading disorders) generally do not benefit from repeating a grade, unless they are taught with a different, more specialized approach the second time around. The National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD) stated the following in their official position paper on grade retention: • “The weight of the evidence of literally hundreds of studies shows that retaining children does not produce higher achievement.” • “Neither social promotion nor retention address the problems faced by children who find school learning difficult.” • “More of the same does not work.” According to the NJCLD, the “real problem” is a lack of specially designed school programs for children with academic difficulties.

Psychological Impact

It is also important to consider the emotional impact of grade retention. For many children, repeating a grade feels like a failure, and can damage their selfesteem. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) recommends seeking more effective alternatives to grade retention. Their official position statement states that: • Retention negatively affects all areas of academic achievement and social-emotional adjustment. • Grade retention is associated with an increase in behavioral problems. • Grade retention is one of the strongest predictors of dropping out of high school.

How to decide?

The decision to hold your child back requires careful consideration of many complex factors. Foremost, however, is determining the reasons for your child’s lack of progress. If your child has not been tested for a learning disability, it is critical to have that completed as soon as possible. This will give you much needed information, and will also identify the type and intensity of intervention that is needed to help your child succeed in school.

Linda Balsiger, M.S., CCC-SLP is a literacy and learning specialist and certified state-licensed speech-language pathologist. She is the owner of Bend Language & Learning, a private practice dedicated to the treatment of dyslexia, reading disorders, and other language-based learning disabilities (

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feel it’s important for homeowners or renters to keep a home inventory — especially these days, with the popularity of flat-screen televisions, iPhones, video games and other expensive electronics. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to remember everything you had . . . after a loss! But the process can be time-consuming and difficult. The Insurance Information Institute’s “Know Your Stuff tool”, (, can make doing a home inventory a breeze. Know Your Stuff helps you enter items by room and upload photos or scanned receipts. Once the information is in the system, items can be sorted by price, date of purchase or type (silverware, major appliances, etc.). You can even customize your own categories. Once completed or updated, the Know Your Stuff report also can be printed, saved on a computer, e-mailed or burned on a CD. The site has an informative video about the Know Your Stuff tool, giving you a quick look at the process and the importance of doing a home inventory! In the event of a major loss or disaster, this is something that will really help in getting your loss paid quickly and accurately. Make sure that you keep a copy with a trusted outside source. For more information on how you can safeguard your valuables, call Joseph Brinkley (541) 382-7772 of Cascade Insurance, a Mid Oregon Credit Union financial partner.

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Michelle Welch is excited to announce,

Rainbow Express Preschool

Intergenerational Student Art Exhibit and Improv Theatre Performance

Between 7pm and 9pm on Friday May 21, friends, families and the general public are invited to celebrate the work of the children, teens and adults who have participated in Heritage Theatre Company’s “Community Arts & Meals program.” Since February, the Company has interfaced visual and theatre arts workshops with the established food services and community sites including Bend’s Community Center, The Family Kitchen, the Boys & Girls Club, Marshall High School and the Culinary Department of COCC. The arts faculty of Community Arts & Meals - Colleen Rastovich, Tavia Enoch and Karen Williams as well as REALMS student mentors and volunteers Maggie Gunn, Morgan Williams and Randi Beatty will also exhibit their work. Short scenes developed from improvisations will be presented by students of the intergenerational Sunday Acting Workshop. The audience is encouraged to bring donations of clothing and art supplies to support the program and its families in the future. T-shirts, mouse pads and totes decorated with student art will be for sale to support the arts costs of the expanded program plans for 2010-2011. Adult and teen students will offer selected works for sale for their own profit. The arts costs of the Community Arts & Meals program have been primarily funded by the Oregon Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Deschutes County Economic Development funds. For more information call Janet Kingsley, Executive Director, Heritage Theatre Company, 541-306-6751.

MAY FAIRE FAMILY FESTIVAL The Waldorf School of Bend is hosting their annual May Faire Festival on Saturday, May 1st from 11am-4pm on the school grounds, located at 63175 OB Riley Road. To kick off the celebration, the 1st-6th grade students will be performing the traditional Maypole Dance. Other activities to include: pony rides, climbing wall, nature crafts (flower crowns and fairy wands) and many more! Local musicians will play during the event while delicious food and drinks are being served by an array of Bend vendors. Come celebrate Spring in the beautiful natural setting of the Waldorf School! Admission is free as, are many of the wonderful activities; ticket purchase required for some. This event is put on by The Waldorf School of Bend whose support of community and sustainability is an integral part of its mission to educate the whole child through the integration of the arts, humanities, and science. Bring your family and enjoy May Day a wonderful way!

is BACK!

The excellent program that served Bend Families for over 25 years. Experienced Teachers | Comprehensive Curriculum Sequential Learning | Hands on Centers | Art/Music 3 yr old | 4 yr old | Jr. Kindergarten Programs Join us for our Open House on Michelle Welch APRIL 17th 10am - 12pm 541.693.4519 East Location at Compass Church 21300 Bear Creek Rd./Bend Registrations open now

Counselor & Child Life Specialist

“Specializing in unique counseling experiences that fit your needs” Helping Kids, Teens and Adults with: Anxiety/Depression Transitions (Death, Divorce & Grief) Anger Management Relationship/Family Issues Communication Skills Foster Care Concerns Enhancing Personal Growth & Wellness Coping and Management Tools

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For more information about the May Faire or about the Waldorf School of Bend, please contact the school at (541) 330-8841 or visit


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A Child’s Garden

Kids learn about a different country each week through games, crafts, baking and language in this Waldorf-inpired preschool and kindergarten program. Ages 1-6. June 1-Aug. 27th, 2-5 days a week. 9am-1pm with extended care option. 2150 NE Studio Rd, Bend. 541-617-0434.

Camp Cascades 2010 Summer Camp Guide

Bend Parks and Recreation

Contact:, (541)389-7275 Cougar Camp: Grades 3-6. One of Bend’s favorite summer camps and is located in beautiful Shevlin Park. The outdoor setting, camp crafts, swimming, skits and games this summer will keep your child in love with the great outdoors! Kids stay for one overnight in the teepees after a family dinner on Wednesday. Fee: $147 ID, $199 OD Clubhouse Day Camp: Sky View Middle School - Entering Grades: 5-6. June 24–August 20, M-F, 7am-6pm. Learn new games, play sports, cook, create art and music, swim and hike too! Daily Rate $37 ID, $50 OD. Operation Recreation: Location: Lava Ridge Elementary School. Photo by Erin Miller Photography Entering Grades 1-4. M-F, 7am-6pm . June 24–August 20. Activities will include daily field trips, creative arts and crafts, yummy cooking projects, hands on science experiments, and lots of swimming! Our weekly themes provide a great recreation and enrichment experience while kids make new friends and lasting memories. Weekly Fee: $185 ID, $250 OD. Frontier Camps: Ages: 8-11. M-Th; 8:30am-4:30pm. Fee: $164 ID $221 OD. Frontier Camps take young explorers back in time to try their hand at some old (and not so old) skills, as we head out to explore the diverse Central Oregon landscape. July 6-9 Homestead Camp July 19-22 Trapper Camp August 2-5 Prospector Camp August 30-September 2 Best of Frontier Camps Summer Buddies: Location: Juniper Swim & Fitness Center. Ages: 35. M/W, 1:30–3:45pm. Tu/Th, 1:30–3:45pm. Children will do arts and crafts, story time, creative cooking, picnics in the park, games, and of course, swimming in the children’s pool for the last 30 minutes of each class. Fee: $96 ID, $130 OD Magic In The Park: Provides children the opportunity to participate in recreational activities at no cost. Drop-in, no registration necessary. This is not a day-care program. Ages 4-10 (Children8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult). Free. Orchard Park: June 28-Aug. 18, 1-3:30pm, M/W.

Campfire USA

Day Camp at Tumalo: We Accept kids Pre School-7th in the fall as campers; 8th grade-high school as CITs (Counselors-in-training); and older teens as volunteer counselors. We also accept volunteers beyond high school age too! Our camps are held at a local parks, M-F from 10am-3pm. For questions about camp please contact Jenn @ 382-4682 or At camp children meet in small groups with one to two adults and a teen assistant. They learn to work together through activities such as: games, nature awareness, compass work and singing. CAMP FIRE MEMBERS NON-CAMP FIRE MEMBERS $65 grades PreK-K $80 grades PreK-K $75 grades 1-3 $90 grades 1-3 $85 grades 4-6 $100 grades 4-6 $95 grade 7 $110 grade 7 $27 Counselor-in-Training $30 Counselor-in-Training **Grades as of Fall 2010** Summerkids: Games, Crafts, Outdoor Play, Enrichment Activities, Two Daily Snacks. Free Lunch Program. FUN! 11 weeks of Summer Program from June 21-September 3. M-F; 7:30am - 6pm at Summit Park. Open to boys & girls entering grades K - 6 in the fall. Part-time care is available in AM and PM “blocks,” sold in full week increments only. The AM block covers 7:30am to 12:30pm and the PM block covers 12:30pm to 6pm. or

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Camp Invention

Camp Imagine- A weeklong summer enrichment day program of the national inventors hall of fame foundation. Lava Ridge Elementary, June 22nd–June 26th , 9am–3:30pm, cost is $230.00. For more info. contact us at 322-5158 or

Cascade Kids Eco Challenge Camp

This breathtaking Central Oregon family resort provides entertaining activities for all ages. During the summer months, kids can enjoy the Cascade Kids Eco Challenge Camp. Days are filled with swimming, nature hikes, and a variety of fun themed activities. Ideal for children ages 8-13, the camp offers full-day programs with a healthy lunch included. Feel at ease during your stay at our delightful Bend family resort, featuring innovative and educational amenities for your little ones. * Ideal for children ages 8-13 * Full day programs Monday – Friday 9am-5pm, with lunch provided * Guided hikes, snow play and Frisbee golf at Mt. Bachelor * Discover the Lava Caves and enjoy hikes at Lava Lands * Go on an exciting White Water Raft trip * Captain a paddle raft while floating the Upper Deschutes * Explore the Deschutes River Trail with a Naturalist Guide * Advance reservations are required

Circle of Friends Waldorf

Woodland Elves Drama Camp: For 1st/2nd graders, 9am-3pm. M-F. Cricket Camp: For 4-5 year olds. 3-4-5 day options, 9am–1pm. Lady Bug Camp: For 2–3yr. olds. 2,3,4 or 5 day options, 9am–1pm. All Camps are located at 702 NE Norton Ave. Extended Care Available: Note Summer Hours, 8am-5:45pm. Weekly themes Photo by Erin Miller Photography including crafts & storytelling, with lots of gardening & water play. Meet old friends and make new ones! Please Call Miss Marcia for more information and registration. office@ or 541 389-5475

Dana’s Discovery Kids

“Discover the difference”. Now enrolling for summer camps!!! Come join the summer fun! Ages 3-7 from 9am-11:55am. The Land Before Time- June 21st-25th 3,2,1...Blast Off!- June 28th-July 2nd How Does Your Garden Grow?- July 5th-9th Don’t Bug Me!- July 12-16th A “Whale” of a Tail!- July 19th-23rd The Sound of Music- July 26th-30th Mad Scientist!- August 2nd-6th You’re The Author- August 9th-13th For more information call (541) 749-9090, 777 SW Mill View Way, Bend OR ( In A Child’s Garden the Old Mill District)

Deschutes Land Trust

Hosts a series of hikes for kids. An adult is required to accompany a child. Advanced regtistration is required. Ages: 5-12. June 19th from 9-11am. Heading to the Metolius Preserve. www.deschuteslandtrust. org.

Girl Scouts

Girls from K-12th grade are welcome to participate in Girl Scout activities by joining for a one-time $10 registration fee. Call the Girl Scout office (541-389-8146) for information about location and price.

Preschool and Kindergarten NEW Toddler program A Waldorf Inspired Program

Where Children Blossom ` Ages 1 to 6 years ` 4 hour program - 9 -1pm ` Extended care - 7:45am to 5:45pm ` Best playground in Central Oregon ` Experienced, nurturing staff ` Summer program

Come for a Visit Call Ms Rita @ 318-7069, 390-7386 or visit our website

High Desert Museum

Camp sessions run each week between July 5th-Aug 13th. Extended care available from 7:30-9am and 3-5:15pm for an extra fee. Cool Communities- In this cool class, children have the opportunity to explore the different communities of the High Desert—people and wild communities. Fee: $150. 9am-3pm for kids 5-6yrs old. Creature Feature - Children will learn about the different critters that call this place home. Reptiles, birds, and mammals will all be featured; what they eat, where they live, and what makes them unique! Fee: $150. 9am3pm, for kids 5-6 yrs old. Frontier Fun- Featuring our exhibits and 1880s Homestead, children will get the opportunity to explore the culture and stories of the High Desert by examining artifacts and doing authentic, handson pioneer games, chores, and activities! Fee: $150. 9am-3pm, for kids 5-6 yrs old. Picture The World- In this class, children will spend the week exploring nature through photography. Fee: $150. 9am-3pm, for kids 7-9 yrs old. Dig It!- In this archaeology-inspired class kids can uncover cool artifact replicas from a frontier town at an outdoor simulated dig pit. Fee: $150. 9am-3pm, for kids 7-9 yrs old. Desert Dwellers!- Learn all about the inhabitants of the High Desert in this ‘wildly’ fun class! Go behind the scenes at our wildlife habitat exhibits and learn how to prepare food for animals as well as create playful activities that keep the animals healthy and happy. Fee: $150. 9am-3pm, for kids7-9 yrs old. More info. and registration applications for all these programs will be available on the website

KIDDOZ Indoor Play Center & Preschool

Explore the Elements: Exploratory, Reggio-Inspired Daycamp for ages 2.5-9yrs. June 21 - Sept 3. Offering flexible and affordable enrollment, this Summer’s BIG IDEA is “The Elements.” Your child will learn, explore, and discover all about the earth, wind, and water! Every experience will

Photo by Erin Miller Photography

AGES 3-7

Dana’s Discovery Kids 541.749.9090

The Land Before Time June 21st-25th Step back in time as we “walk” with these mighty giants of long ago. Create your own dino, explode a volcano and excavate a fossil! 3,2,1...BLAST OFF! June 28th-July 2nd All aboard as we suit up for a trip to outer space! Discover new planets, make a space ship, paint a moon landscape, but look out for the meteorites! The ‘sky’ is the limit! How does your garden grow? July 5th-9th Roll up your sleeves! You might get dirty! Design a flower pot and plant your favorite garden veggie. Try our veggie testing and vegetable painting. See ya in the garden! Don’t Bug Me! July 12th-16th Ladybugs, butterflies and fireflies oh my! Examine bug habitats up close. Create your own bug to take home and release ladybugs in your own garden! A “Whale” of a Tail! July 19th-23rd All aboard as we set sail in the open ocean in search of the gentle giants of the sea! Keep your life jacket on; you’re in the for a whale of an adventure!

Our camps are designed to encourage your child to explore, question, investigate and create. Each weekly camp session provides a creative and safe learning environment to help keep your little one active during the summer months! Camp Hours: 9:00am-11:55am The Sound of Music July 26th-30th Shake, rattle and roll! might get loud as we design and play our very own musical instruments! Enjoy music and sounds from around the world! Mad Scientist! August 2nd-6th Mix it, float it, squish it, taste it, explode it, TRY IT! Lab coats and goggles are a must! You’re the Author August 9th-13th Mrs. Feller the storyteller will visit each day to read a special story selection! A story related craft will follow each day. Children will enjoy the authors writing station to design their own books. Giddy UP! August 16th-20th Saddle up your favorite steed cowboys and cowgirls as you participate in Dana’s Discovery Kids peewee dude ranch round up! Cardboard Box Adventure August 23rd-27th If you design it, you can make it! Joine your fellow campers as everyone works together to make a grand invention!

Fall Registration in Progress | Dana’s Discovery Kids Preschool | 777 SW Mill View Way, Bend

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Camp Cascades 2010 Summer Camp Guide

Some financial aid is available. Please note ages for programs offered: Girls Only Pizza & Swim Party- May 9, 4pm-7pm, all ages at Madras Pool $12 Birding hike on Mt Pisgah- May 16 (12 and up) call Lori Jensen: 485-5911, $5 Gardening for Girls- June 12 & 19 (2-5th grade) Hiking Club- June 13 & 27 (1–12th grade) and July 11th & 25th for (4–12th grade); Aug. 8 & 22nd, 6th–12th grade Garden Tea Party- July 15th, 11-2pm, k-1st. $10 includes lunch, games, crafts. Dance Class- July 13th-17th and July 20-24th, July 27-31st (6th – 12th grade) 9-Noon. A fun introduction to the world of dance. In this weeklong camp students will work with jazz, ballet, musical theater and hip hop dance. A variety of creative movement and drama games will be incorporated along with dance story time and prop making. The students will put on an informal show that last day of camp. k-1st grade $135 Pine Mountain Astronomy and Orienteering campout- June 25-26th, 5th grade & up. $25 Space/Craft Day- July 29-30th. Duration: 6 hours (9am-3pm). 3 hours of Space activities; 3 hours of crafts & songs relating to Space. Age Levels: 2nd-8th grade Water Play day- August 5th, 1-4pm, k-1st grade $10 includes games, craft, snack. Pottery PJ Party- 6-8pm. Aug. 11th, K-3rd. Aug. 12th, th-5th grade. Aug.13th, 6th-12th grade $20 includes dinner and pottery project 3-day camping trip to South Fork McKenzie River- Aug. 1214th, 4th-7th grade. $35 541-485-5911. Portland Beavers Baseball Game & Camp- Aug. 14-15th on the field. 4th -12th grade. Sisters Doll Parade & ice cream- Aug.19th, 3-4pm. Free 318-1828. Paper contact Laura Cuthbert, Program Committee chairman with any questions, 541-306-0779.

be led by your child’s ideas and curiosity. Contact info (website, phone number): 541 322-4073 kiddozinc@live. com.

Camp Cascades 2010 Summer Camp Guide

Schibel Teaching Tumalo)




Nature-Based 4H Youth Programs. Within each weekly daycamp, children will have the opportunity to complete various art, outdoor, science, reading, and dramatic p l a y projects as part of their fun-filled days. In addition, Schibel Teaching Farm often provides field trips so your school-ager gets to experience different activities within Central Oregon. Campers will explore the wonders of nature, craft works of art, pretend to be pirates or pioneers, become detectives and scientists, and more! Add snacks, hands-on projects and new friends galore, and your school-ager’s summer will be the kind of experience he or she will remember forever. Cloverbugs (Ages 2-K) and Junipers (1-2nd grade): Weekly camps from June 14th-Aug. 27th. Hours are 7am-5:30pm. Cost is $175. Discounts and financial aid available. Back to Basics: Grades 3-8th. Weekly camps from June 21st-Sept. 3rd. Hours are 9am-3:30pm with extended care available. Cost is $145. Discounts and financial aid available. 64225 Schibel Road, Bend. Phone & Fax: (541) 526-5778; www.

Shining Light Christian Preschool

July 26th: Playdough Aug 2nd: Farm Animals Aug 9th: Fun in the Sun Wednesday/Thursday Camps: Preschoolers will enjoy two mornings of fun and learning with our most popular camps. Each session will offer something different so sign up for one or both sessions. All camps include a light snack. 9:30-11:30am, $20/per Session. Limited to 10 children. Bakery: Session 1, June 2-3; Session 2 July 14-15. Cooking is an excellent way for your child to learn a life skill that develops creative thinking in art, science, and math. Children will experience handson snack preparation as they learn to prepare snacks they love to eat! Calling All Princesses: Session 1, June 9-10; Session 2 July 21-22. Preschoolers can indulge their inner princesses for two hours each day where royal events include singing, dancing, attending tea parties and making crowns, jewelry and princess skirts. It’s an adventure your highness will thank you for. Dinosaur Safari: Session 1, June16-17; Session 2 July 28-29. Preschoolers will enter the prehistoric world of Dinosaurs as they participate in many fun dinosaur themed activities. Campers will learn the different types of dinosaurs, dig for dinosaur bones, go on a dinosaur hunt, create their own dinosaurs, and sing some popular dinosaur songs. Alphabet Fun: Session 1, June 23-24; Session 2, June 30-1. Preschoolers will have fun learning their letters, learning their sounds through chants and practice writing them. We will use the Handwriting Without Tears method. Camps will be held at the preschool at Real Life Christian Church. 3-5 year olds, child must be 3 by April 1st 2010 and be fully potty trained. Registration starts April 1st *full payment expected to hold your camp spot*. 541 306 9484 or

Monday Camps: Preschoolers will enjoy an afternoon of fun and learning with various camps. All camps include a light snack. 1-3pm, $10/per camp. Limited to 10 children. Photo by Erin Miller Photography June 14th: Paint your Heart out! Sisters Parks and Rec. June 21st: Do you hear what I hear? Singing/Musical Instruments Sisters Park and Recreation District will be offering a variety of youth June 28th: Shapes All Around camps this summer: July 12th: Buzzzing Bee’s Kids In Motion Summer Camps – Grades K-5. Full day program with a July 19th: Ocean Life special theme each week. Weekly activities include swimming, outdoor

Explore the Elements! EARTH ~ Water ~ AIR

adventure, arts programs, tumbling and gymnastics and lots more! Tumbling, Gymnastics and Movement Camps – for all ages (infants, toddlers, preschoolers, elementary ages and teens) Summer Sports Camps • Soccer Camp • Basketball Camp • Volleyball Camp • Football Camp For more information please call 549-2091 or check the SPRD website at

Trackers North West

Our 11-weeks of camps are offered in partnership with Bend Parks and Rec. Programs include animal hospital, geocaching, school of magic, wilderness living skills, fly fishing and team leadership rooted in collaboration and care. M–F, 8:30am– 3:30pm, For ages 6-11. After care available for additional fee. Weekly Fee: $285. Tween and Teen camps available also. For more info. contact us at:, Tony Deis, Company Director, 503-453-3038, or, 389-7275.

Westside REDMOND


Your child will create, explore, discover & experiment!

Flexible ~ Affordable June 21 to Sept 3

3 Programs 8:30am~12:30pm 12:30pm~5:30pm 541•322•4073

7:30am~5:30pm You choose the days & time!

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Westside Christian Academy provides a home away from home for your child at a place you can trust! We offer loads of fun, a safe environment, well-trained and caring staff, new friends and life-long memories. The days are filled with fun activities that foster caring, honesty, respect and responsibility! Your child’s day may be filled with the following activities: Kindermusik, Arts & Crafts, Cooking, Gardening, Science Projects, Field Games & Sports, Water Fun, Story time & much MORE!!! Our summer program will be located in Northwest REDMOND. Summer Day Camp begins June 7th and runs thru August 27th for children ages 2 ½ thru entering 3rd grade. We offer half/ full day programs Monday thru Friday from 7:30am-5:30pm. AM/PM snacks and lunch will be provided. Please join us on Facebook/Twitter/Myspace. Signup by May 15th & get $25 off registration! For more information, please call (541) 548-5733 or visit us online at

Summer Camp Activities Without The Summer Camp By Luann Abrams

I have a confession to make: I never went to summer camp. Although my family couldn’t afford to send me each summer, my life is no less rich from missing out on this youthful ritual. That’s because my parents did so much to ensure we had a fun and adventurous summer. Not going to summer camp doesn’t mean that the kids can’t participate in camp-like activities. They may have even more fun because they can spend the time with you. Here are just a few activities you can pursue as a family:

Fishing is another great activity everyone can try. Jeff Perin, owner of The Fly Fisher’s Place, recommends Three Creeks Lake out of Sisters or South Twin Lake near Sunriver for family friendly fishing. Both are quiet, beautiful lakes with campsites, and the Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) stock trout throughout the season for plentiful fishing. When fishing, it is important you have both a fun and safe trip. Life jackets are always a good idea for kids around the water and wearing one is the law for any youth under 16 in a boat. Young kids or novices can use a worm over the side of the boat under a bobber or troll with a long line out the back of the boat and some weight above the worm. All you need is a light spinning rod, a reel with good line, and a license that can be bought at any fish shop and numerous retailers in Central Oregon, and you are ready to try your luck. When the family is ready to try fly fishing, a family lesson is a good idea. A basic fly rod and reel with a line is about $160 for a starter kit. Throw in a few flies and you can be enjoying one of the greatest pastimes ever, according to Perin. Central Oregon is known for its phenomenal mountain biking, so be sure to add this activity to your summer plans. Renting bikes and helmets for an entire family can be expensive, so I recommend that if you don’t have bikes you borrow them from friends. You don’t need the fanciest equipment to have fun, but a bike that fits well will make the experience much more enjoyable. The best place to start is Phil’s trail. Pick up a map from one of the local bike shops, and at each intersection pull it out and show your kids how to read it. Remember, summer camp is about more than just fun, it’s about learning new skills, and map reading is a valuable one to teach your kids. On the hottest summer days you may want to take the family out on the lake. You can rent a canoe complete with oars and life jackets for $60 per day. Geoff Frank, owner of Alder Creek, recommends Sparks, Hosmer, or Elk Lake for a family outing. He enjoys the serenity canoeing with his family brings, and he knows he is helping his kids develop a deep appreciation of the environment. It is also a perfect opportunity to practice teamwork to get the boat going the direction everyone wants to go, assuming the family can come to a consensus. Any of these summer activities can be combined with the ultimate summer camp activity: Camping! Although you will certainly pack all the necessary camping gear for a comfortable stay, this is a great opportunity to teach your kids a few survival skills. Before you go, refresh your memory on how to build a basic lean-to shelter and a fire, as well as the names of the most prominent constellations in the sky (don’t worry, no one needs to know you looked it up on the internet before you left). Then sit around the campfire telling ghost stories, roasting marshmallows, and singing campfire songs. In a place like Central Oregon, the homemade summer camp activities are nearly without limit. Use your imagination, grab the kids, and get out and have a fun and active summer! Luann Abrams is a certified personal trainer who focuses on family fitness. She trains clients and teaches classes at WRP training studio in Bend, OR. She maintains her blog,, to encourage active families. She can be contacted at (541) 350-9422.

by Edie Jones, M. Ad. Ed. and former director and owner of Camp Tamarack Summer Fun – there are so many ways to experience it; summer camp being one of them. Many parents have fond memories of time spent at both day and sleep away camps. Most of these memories will consist of laughter, fun and smiles. Unfortunately, there may also be memories of sadness and tears; the sadness and tears that go with home sickness and separation anxiety. As a former camp owner/director, I know first hand how difficult being left at camp can be for some children. The same thing happens for younger children when they are left at a day care or even occasionally when left with Grandma and Grandpa. I am often asked, “when will separation anxiety stop?” The truth is, even when it seems to go away, there are times when it invariably comes back. One of those times is when Mom and Dad say “goodbye” at the camp gate. Whether you have a two year old that is upset when left at daycare, a young child staying alone with relatives or a 10 year old at camp for the first time, the emotions they are experiencing are the same – fear of the unknown, a sense of being alone, feeling left out of what is happening at home, disbelief in their ability to handle what’s ahead by themselves, and missing those most important to them. As hard as these feelings are parents can do a lot to help a child grow and learn from the experience.

Some things to try are:

• Be sure the child has a “lovey” to keep near. • Talk with the child about what is going to happen so they know what to expect. This is no time for surprises. • Assure the child that the separation is only temporary. An older child can use a calendar to visualize when the time will end. Repeat often to a younger child, “Mommy always comes back.” • Provide pictures of loved ones (including pets) for the child to carry with them. • Explore pictures, brochures or items from where they will be before they go. • If possible, visit before the child goes for their stay. • If time allows write small notes, assuring the child that they are missed and that you have lots of confidence in their ability to be on their own for this short period of time. Separation is not only hard on the child, it is also hard on parents. Be sure to talk with those in-charge to know their policies and procedures on home sickness and separation issues and be sure you can agree to follow them. Most camps discourage phone privileges for the child, finding they only make the situation worse. Letters coming home often tear parents a part as the child writes only about their misery. Remember the many reasons you chose to send them to camp and visualize the fun they are having. When you find you are comfortable with what you hear and decide to go ahead with your plans, work with those in-charge to assure that your child’s time away from you ends in smiles instead of tears. However, when you go to pick them up, be prepared for the tears that come because they don’t want to go home.

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Hiking is one of the easiest activities to start with because all you need is sturdy pair of shoes and simple pack to carry water and snacks. To make the outing more interesting, take along a plant or bird identification book and improve your knowledge of the flora and fauna in our area. To encourage younger kids, make a list of items to search for on your hike such as: a heart-shaped rock, a bird’s nest, a giant pinecone, a bald eagle. Some of my favorite hikes are along the Deschutes River Trail and up to the Pine Martin Lodge near the top of Mt. Bachelor, where you can have dinner and ride the chairlift back down.

Summer Camp Separation Anxieties

Music, Dance, & Performing Arts Camps

Camp Cascades 2010 Summer Camp Guide

Bend Experimental Art Theatre (B.E.A.T.)

All classes located at 300 SE Scott St (behind Sparrow Bakery) unless otherwise specified. Is Acting for You?: Ages: 5-8. July 12-15/9:30am-12:30pm. Drama class for learning acting techniques rich with break-through games, understanding character portrayal, how costumes and props help you on stage. There will be a performance at the end of the class. $95 Auditioning: Ages: 8+. July 12-15/1-4pm. The class will educate the student in resume writing, headshots and postcards, the trades, agents, monologues and cold readings. Please come prepared with 16 bars of song and be ready to dance! $95 Photography: Ages: 10+. July 19–22/9:30am-12:30pm. The class will cover basics of camera operations as well as today’s digital environment. We will deal with camera operations, what makes an image, some basic composition, and the computer part of photos, lighting and more. Students will need their own digital camera and a flash drive, (thumb drive, jump drive / the small USB memory stick.) Please bring a tripod and or external flash, if you have them. $95 Improv/Stand up: Ages: 10+. July 19–22/1–4pm. Improvisation is the art of creating relationships, crafting words and producing events on the spot with a team of players. Learn the rules to successful improvisation and become skilled at taking chances on-stage to fully realize the world of this creative, virtually limitless, engaging art form. $95 Radio Skills: Ages: 10+. July 26–29/9:30am–12:30pm. Location: KPOV Radio Station. This class is for those who appreciate a great sounding voice on the airwaves or over a web cast. Students will learn the workings inside the studio and actually record at a local radio station. $95 Musical Theatre: Ages: 11+. July 26–29/9:30am– 12:30pm. During this experience, students will develop the skills and techniques used by Broadway performers. Students will participate in dance, voice and acting for musical theater and will need to wear comfortable clothing for unrestricted movement. $95 Cool Beings: Ages: 9+. July 26–29/1– 3pm. There are many types of performing anxiety; stage fright, audition fright, solo anxiety, line mess-up or self -doubt. In this class, we will learn the tools that can be used to deal with these or other fears that keep you from doing the best or even trying something new. We will use games, roll play, see it imagery and comparison trials. $80 Film Making: Ages: 12+. August 2–5/9:30am– 12:30pm. Location: Bend High School. In this Intensive, participants will learn the art of making films. As a group, participants will come up with a short film idea, writing a script for it, and then shoot the film. The participants will come out of the class with a basic understanding of how films are made alongside a DVD of their completed project. Instructor: Patrick Welch / Fee: $95 Dance Drama: Ages: 5-9, August 2–5/1-4pm. Ages: 9+, August 9– 12/9:30am–12:30pm. This unique class combines dance with drama, and will focus on technique, performance skills and creative expression. The end of the class will be capped with a performance. Instructors: Nancy Scher and Julia Overfelt / Fee: $95 Sound/Music Improv: Ages: 11+. August 9–12/1-4pm. Location: 2nd Street Theater. Find the sounds to express your feelings and ideas on an instrument that you bring to each session. This class combines communication of emotions and instrumental technique as well as spontaneous response to other musicians. The end of the class will be capped with a performance. $95 Teen Acting Class: Age: 13-17. August 16-19/9:30am-12:30pm. This four-day acting workshop trains the young actor to really “get a character’s GOTE.” The GOTE is an action-oriented approach to acting that focuses on four essential concepts of character development: Goal, Obstacle, Tactics, and Expectations. Each student will prepare a character and scene work for performance by end of week. Some memorization is expected. $95 The Ten Minute Play: Ages: 13-17. August 16–19/1-4pm. This class combines “writer’s workshop” with “reader’s theater” in an exciting, interactive process that will bring the young playwright’s words to life. Using previously produced 10-minute plays as models; each student will develop and revise an original 10-minute play with the teenage audience in mind. Each play written during the workshop will be performed in a showcase at the end of the week. $95 Enjoy Your Voice: Ages: 11+. August 23–26, 9:30-12:30pm. This

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class is a four-part vocal workshop for musical theater singers. Bring the two pieces of sheet music for songs you love and develop techniques to convey your musical, dramatic and emotional intentions to your audience. Along with learning these techniques, we will also work on vocal technique, vocal and physical warm-ups and the dos and don’ts of how to use your voice. $95 Shakespeare Updated: Ages: 10+. August 23-26/1-4pm. Performers in this class with get a chance to read Midsummer’s Night Dream, identify relevant themes, characters and story lines and then write and perform their own updated scenes based on the play. $95 Please check our website for the complete list of classes or contact us at 419-5558.

Bend Theatre for Young People

13th Annual Summer Conservatory: Since 1997 BTYP has been offering the most comprehensive summer program designed to enhance skills in pantomime, stage movement, improvisation, intermediate and advanced acting while building self confidence and improving the communication skills so important to success in life! Conservatory promises to be fun and entertaining for the experienced as well as the beginning student! July 5-30th. Grades 3-7: M-F, 1-4pm. Grades 8-12: M-F, 9am-12pm. Location: Greenwood Playhouse at CTC. Tuition: $250.

Cascade Community School of Music

Little Singers: Incorporates vocal exercises and solfege techniques with movement while singing fun, silly and familiar songs. Agtes 5-8. July 12-16 or 19-23, 9-10am. Cost $75 Let’s Sing: Beginners class for older children who are discovering their voice. Ages 8-12. July 12-16 or 19-23, 10-11am. Cost $75 Summer Strings: Two week course that gives students an intro to playing a string instrument and a head start on school orchestra. Ages: Entering grades 3-6. Aug. 16-27, 9-11am. Cost: $145, instrument rental $25 Middle School Band Camp: Designed for kids who have finished their first year of band. Class size is limited to 12 students per instrument and enrollment is on a first come, first serve basis. Students need band teachers approval to reg. Aug. 23-27, 9am-Noon. Cost: $45 Hip-Hop Kids: Students will learn to make hiphop and techno music by doing critical listening to major artists and dissecting their styles before compiling their own. Ages 9-14. July 12-16, 9:30-11:30am. Cost $145 Beginning Guitar I: Kids learn the basics including tuning, how to hold, strum and pick the quitar, chords, leads and some songs. Ages 10-14. July 12-16, 19-23 or 26-30, 10-11:30am. Cost $135 Guitar Adventures: Kids will develop hand and finger dexterity with exercises, progress gently into chords using three strings at a time and sing songs. Ages 8-9. July 12-16 or 26-30, 10:30-11:45am or July 1923, 3:30-4:45pm. Cost: $135 School of Rock: Works on learning and peforming classic rock tunes, discussing the music theory that holds them together and learning tricks and techniques for playing in a band. Ages 10-15. One year experience required. July 12-16 or 26-30, 1-3pm or 3:30-5:30pm. Cost: $145 Piano Camp: Kids will learn a song “by ear” turn keyboards into percussion instruments, do some focused listening to piano music and write a new song. Ages 8-12. July 19-23, 9-10:45am. Cost: $135 Piano Prep: Students will learn music skills and concepts, play songs using a variety of instruments and introduce the “practice habit.” Ages 8-9. July 13-18 or 19-23, 11am-12:30pm. Cost: $135 Drums 101: For beginners. Ages 9-12. July 19-23, 1-:30pm. cost: $135 Drum Line: Parrticipants should have at least one year of formal study on drums/snare. Ages 9-12. July 19-23, 3-4:30pm. Cost: $135. Jazz Jams Middle School Mini-camp: Jazz improvisation, theory and history are covered in this camp designed for newer jazz students. July 19-23, 5:30-8:30pm. Ages 12-14 or by permisssion. Cost:$145 Middle Eastern Drum Camp: This is a full on, hands-on immersion in Middle Eastern Percussion. Students will discover all the different drums and learn to make them ‘talk’. Ages 8-12. July 13-18, 9-10:30am. Cost: $135 Hip Hop Teens: This is for students who like hip-hop and techno music.

Ages 14-18. July 12-16, 7-9pm. Cost: $145 School is located at 2150 NE Studio Rd, Bend. REGISTER AT: www. or call 382-6866.

Kindermusik & Movements Summer Camps

Terpsichorean Dance Studio

Creative Movement, Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Hip Hop Ages toddler-adult. 5 Week Summer Session. July 13-August 14, SUMMER HOURS: Tues.-Thurs. 3-6pm, To preregister call 389-5351, 1601 NW Newport Ave.,

Trinity Lutheran

Camps are held at 2550 NE Butler Market Rd, Bend. Cost: $88. www. Art Camp: Grades 1-4, June 28-July 1, 9am-Noon. Digital Scrapbooking Using Photoshop Elements: Grades 7 and up. July 12-15, 9am-Noon. Dance Camp: Grades 3-5, July 26-30. 9am-Noon. Grades 6-8, July 26-30, 1-4pm.

Piano and Keyboard Lessons Teacher holds Music Degree and over 20 years performing and teaching experience. Instruction in:

classical •pop •boogie •easy-listening •jazz•ragtime and •improvisation Lessons for beginners through advanced, children through adults. •


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Dance The Summer Away

By Edie Jones, M.Ad.Ed

“How do I know which camp is best for my child? What do I need to know when choosing a camp?” While these may be rather daunting questions, they both can be tackled with education and knowledge, helping assure a good fit for your child. One of the best assurances that your child will be in a good environment is to look for a camp that is ACA accredited (American Camping Association). Camps that have been accredited by ACA adhere to a stringent set of standards and have had to work hard to achieve and maintain these credentials. They’ve been through a rigid peer certification that looks at all aspects of camp life including facilities, staff hiring practices, training and the program they offer. If a camp is not ACA certified find out “why not”. There may be legitimate reasons that have kept them from receiving this recognition. Find out what they are, be sure they make sense and that you are comfortable with their explanation. In order to determine whether a camp is a credible, safe place to send a child, parents need to ask the right questions: Who’s in charge? Who will be watching over your child? How were they selected and what kind of training are they given? What does a typical day look like and does it feel comfortable to you? Are there enough planned activities or is it “laid back” and unstructured? Does this match with your child’s needs and interests? What is the discipline philosophy of the camp and what rules will your child be expected to follow? What are the facilities like and are they well maintained? Once these important questions are answered there are many options from which to choose. Camps come in many forms and are organized in many ways. Each is unique and it is important to choose the kind of camp that will most benefit each child. The length of the sessions and the cost are important considerations. Church denominations may have sessions held at a conference center with a core staff (food service, life guards, management, etc.) while the program and counselors may be volunteers. Agencies such as the Girl Scouts or the YWCA will primarily have hired staff. These camps may be supplemented by product sales such as Girl Scout Cookies keeping them affordable for most families. The high end of camps is the private camp. These often have longer sessions, provide more opportunities for skill development and have additional perks such as drawing part of their staff from other countries to give a cultural experience to the campers. What is the right age for a child to go to camp? The answer to this depends on the child and the parents’ ability to choose the right camp for that child. Day Camps often have program appropriate for children as young as five, while sleep away camps are designed for older kids. Often girls are ready for this experience at 8 while boys may not be able to venture away until 9 or 10. Camp is a wonderful way for young teens to enjoy the independence they crave while still being in a supervised environment. It is a great way to provide exposure to healthy “risk” taking experiences, a proven way to keep young people from experimenting in unhealthy avenues. Don’t overlook Family Camps. These can be a wonderful, affordable family vacation that is hard to top. Summer camp can be a marvelous experience. Parents, if you are considering sending your child, do your homework so you can make an educated decision and if everything seems positive, say “Yes!” You won’t regret it.

at the

Terpsichorean Dance Studio *Creative Movement *Ballet *Tap *Modern *Jazz *Hip Hop Ages toddler-adult

4 -Week “Summer Dance Sampler”

July 13th - August 5th, 2010 To preregister call 389-5351 Terpsichore’s Closet Dancewear Boutique SUMMER HOURS: Tuesday-Thursday 3:00-6:00pm

1601 NW Newport Ave | Bend

Ballet • Modern Contemporary • Tap • Hip Hop

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Peekaboo, I Love You (0-18months), $95. In this special camp, uncover more ways to say “I Love You” using American Sign Language, soap bubbles and parent-baby dances. May 27th-June 24h, TH, 11:45; July 29th-Aug. 12th, T/TH, 11:45 Zoo Train (18mo-3yrs), $95. Learn and sing about real animals in the zoo. May 25th-June 8th, T/TH 10:45am Splash (2-4yrs), $80. While preparing for fun in the summer sun, we’ll think and talk in patterns of 3’s. May 25th-June 3rd, T/TH, 9:30am Lets Play, Family Class (0-6yrs), $85-162.50. We will explore all the ways you play at home, on the playground, and during your family time together. June 29-July 8th, T/TH, 11:30 On The Road (3-5yrs), $155. We will make the most of a preschooler’s burgeoning imagination and ability to learn more words and learn problemsolving techniques. June 29th-July 13th, T/TH 9:30am Out and About (18mo-3.5yrs), $80. Join us as we take pretend adventures to the mountains, the beach, bike rides and picnics. Aug. 3-12th, T/TH, 9:30 Giggles (4-6yrs), $80. We’ll use word plays, puns and all around silliness to boost vocabulary, develop conversational skills and nurture happy learners. Aug. 3-12th, T/TH, 10:30 For more information on classes and costs visit, or call 389-6690.

Choosing the Right Camp!

Camp Cascades 2010 Summer Camp Guide

Art Station

Located at 313 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr., Bend. Call 617-1317 or visit (register online or phone). PAW-ttery- Ages 6-8. Make a mug looking like your pet, fun bowls with legs and tails, and food and water dishes. Top it off with a special frame to hold a treasured photo of you and your best pet buddy. $89. Jun 22-25, 9am-12 Crazy Colourful Carle- Ages 6-8. Inspired by the books of Eric Carle, you will create bright, bold and amazing collages out of hand-painted papers that sing with color and texture. $89. Jun 22-25, 1-4pm. Wheelworks- Ages 8-12. Learn to throw various shapes, trim your pots, and glaze. Class size is limited to 7 so each student can work on the wheel the entire time (we have seven wheels!). $108. Sess: 1, Jun 22-25, 1-4pm Sess: 2, Aug 17-20, 9am-12 Animal Planet- Ages 8-12. Animal tracks, shapes, patterns, habitats and animals from art history are a great inspiration for art. You will explore a variety of animals and learn creative ways to portray them. Paint, draw, print and more. $89. Jun 22-25, 9am-12. Art Start- Ages 2-4. Experience the extraordinary world of art as you and your child paint, work in clay, create collage masterpieces and more! A caregiver must accompany each child. No child under two allowed during class. $35. Sess: 1, Jun 29-Jul 2, 9-9:45am Sess: 2, Jul 27-30, 9-9:45am Sess: 3, Aug 24-27, 9-9:45am Incredible Clay- Ages 4-6. Your child will increase fine motor skills by constructing a variety of clay sculpture and bowls from start to finish, including hand glazing them. $65. Sess: 1, Jun 29-Jul 2, 10am-12:30 Sess: 2, Jul 27-30, 10am-12:30 Sess: 3, Aug 24-27, 10am-12:30 Art and More- Ages 4-6. Books will be read out loud and linked to each art project for skill development in both visual and literary arts. Your child will explore paint, clay, drawing and collage and learn important social skills. $65. Sess: 1, Jun 29-Jul 2, 10am-12:30 Sess: 2, Jul 27-30, 10am-12:30 Sess: 3, Aug 24-27, 10am-12:30 Dr. Seuss & You! (Clay)- Ages 6-8. Create your own unique and wonderful creatures in clay and then glaze them with wild colors! Oh the places you’ll go! $89. Sess: 1, Jul 6-9, 1-4pm Sess: 2, Aug 10-13, 1-4pm Large Colorful Painting- You will enjoy the experience of painting by using a variety of colors and creating interesting art forms and designs. $89. Sess: 1, Jul 6-9, 9am-12, Ages 6-8; Sess: 2, Jul 6-9, 1-4pm, Ages 8-12. Animal Clay Sculpture- Ages 8-12. Make clay sculptures of a variety of animals, including mammals, birds and insects. You will learn to create images in 3-D form while increasing skills through working with the clay medium. $89. Jul 6-9, 9am-12. Camp Cartoon- Ages 6-8. Create your own cartoon characters using simple shapes and techniques as you learn to develop expression, action, and bring personality to your characters. $89. Sess: 1, Jul 27-30, 1-4pm, Ages 8-12 Sess: 2, Jul 13-16, 9am-12 Fairytale Clay- Ages 6-8. Imagine an enchanted kingdom and characters – all out of clay. Use the extruder, the slab roller, practice coiling and scoring and create a MAGICAL WORLD of your own. $89. Jul 13-16, 9am-12. Cirque de Art- Ages 6-8. Art under the big top and all imagined by the Ringmaster – that’s you! It’s a wacky, whimsical circus art spectacular of colorful art exploration…the greatest show on earth! $89 . Jul 13-16, 1-4pm. “Fun”ctional Clay- Ages 8-12. You will make a place setting all in clay using beautiful, bold colors and designs. You’ll learn various clay building techniques (coil, slab, extrusion) to make a plate, bowl, cup and drinking “glass.” $89. Jul 13-16, 1-4pm. Drawing Studio- Ages 8-12. Drawing is the foundation for all visual arts and helps develop conceptual skills to use in all walks of life. Learn the techniques of “seeing” with a range of drawing tools and materials. Bring 8.5 x 11 sketchbook. $89. Jul 13-16, 9am-12.

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All About Me!- Have fun creating 3-D objects with clay and other materials and enjoy the self-discovery you’ll find with looking in the mirror! $89. Sess: 1, Jul 20-23, 9am-12, Ages 8-12 Sess: 2, Jul 20-23, 1-4pm, Ages 6-8 Marvelous Masks- Create your favorite or imaginary animal in mask form. Learn the basics of constructing a well-fitting mask that you can design and decorate in your own special way. $89. Sess: 1, Jul 20-23, 9am-12, Ages 6-8; Sess: 2, Jul 20-23, 1-4pm, Ages 8-12 On the “Wild”life Side- Discover how to draw and paint birds and beasts using basic shapes and line and experiment with texture, shading, and learn methods. $89. Jul 27-30, 1-4pm, Ages 8-12. Clay ExpeditionExplore “Clay Territory” with imagination and creativity; discover coil and slab work; build imaginative machines, crazy creatures, or sensational sculptures while investigating the wonder of clay. $89. Sess: 1 Aug 3-6, 9am-12, Ages 8-12 Sess: 2 Aug 3-6, 1pm-4, Ages 6-8 Printing the Planet- We’ll cut, roll, ink, stamp and print our way across deserts, mountains, oceans and ice fields, learning a bit about each ecosystem as we go. $89 Sess: 1 Aug 3-6, 9am-12, Ages 6-8 Sess: 2 Aug 3-6, 1-4pm, Ages 8-12 Arts Central Theatre (ACT)- An introduction to theatre skills & games, including improv, pantomime, voice and diction, character development, and stage direction. A short performance for family & friends on last day. $89. Aug 3-6, 1-4pm, Ages 7-12. Clay Town- Ages 6-8. Build your own city out of clay! You will learn a variety of hand-building techniques to create your own town. $89. Aug 10-13, 9am-12. Clay Music- Ages 8-12. Groove to the sound of your handmade musical instruments! $98. Aug 10-13, 1-4pm. Art That Rocks…& Rolls!- Ages 8-12. Investigate industrial design and sketch a blueprint of your unique guitar to build an eye-popping one-ofa-kind multimedia sculpture guitar! You’ll also create posters, CD covers and maybe even write a song or two. $89. Aug 10-13, 9am-12. Clay Safari- Ages 6-8. Artistic fun and art adventures galore as you learn about clay and glazes. It’s a rumble through the jungle you’ll always remember! $89. Aug 17-20, 1-4pm. Art Transformations- Jump into the unusual world of “found objects” as you transform recyclable materials into fantastic artwork and sculptures utilizing the ordinary “stuff” of life. $89. Sess: 1, Aug 17-20, 9am-12, Ages 6-8 Sess: 2, Aug 17-20, 1-4pm, Ages 8-12

Camp Courage

July 26th - July 29th, 9am-3pm in Bend. Camp Courage is a four day, no cost, art camp providing a safe and healing environment where children are encouraged to express their feelings of loss and grief with other’s their age, while creating a lasting piece of art that will honor and celebrate their loved one. A community service project from Partners In Care. Contact Partners In Care 541-382-5882 for registration. www. Above Photo by Erin Miller Photography

Camp: How One Summer Can Change Your Child’s Life By Carson Sofro, HSBCAMPS Founder/Director

Summer camp can be one of the most rewarding, unforgettable experiences in a child’s life. In addition to great friendships and enduring memories, many important life skills are learned at camp. After directing camps for several years, I’ve identified the top ten reasons why every child should truly experience camp.

10. To make new friends: Camp brings your child in contact with kids

from different schools, communities, and backgrounds, showing them that the world is bigger than the small community they are used to. Children who are away from their normal circumstances react in new ways, and going to camp allows kids to break out of their usual context or labels. Specialty camps focused on one interest area allow campers to make new friends who enjoy similar activities, while exposing them to diversity.

9. To try new things: At home and school, children can dodge experiencing

8. To develop social skills: The social skills learned at camp as a child

serve as the foundation for growing into a mature, responsible adult. Camp teaches children to communicate, to work together as part of a team and to be a leader. Leadership is developed by asking campers to fulfill responsibilities that may not be expected of them elsewhere, while sharing resources and attention helps foster teamwork and the desire to participate.

is making sure children have the time of their lives. This is not school. There are no spelling tests or math equations. Summer camp is a much needed break from the academic year where creativity, adventure, thrills, smiles and just plain old good times are the priority. Camp exists to help children learn and grow while being completely free to enjoy themselves and their surroundings. Between new friends and new experiences, camp is an exciting and happy part of growing up that no camper will ever forget. Camp provides children with a community of caring mentors who provide an environment and experiences that lead to self-respect and appreciation for life. All of the outcomes —friendships, overcoming challenges, staying healthy, and good character — help prepare them for bigger, brighter lives down the road. Every child deserves the chance to go to camp. Carson Sofro is the founder/director at HSBCAMPS, one of the fastest growing summer youth basketball programs in the country, and founder of HSBCARES, a non-profit dedicated to providing basketball and educational opportunities to underprivileged youth around the world. Carson can be reached at


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7. To face challenges & learn the value of hard work: Camps

push children to face challenges. Because they feel safe at camp, youngsters are comfortable taking healthy risks, setting personal goals and realizing their dreams. In turn, counselors can help campers pursue these goals and dreams by constantly encouraging kids try their hardest. At camp, children learn the importance of working hard to accomplish what they want and to never give up, all in a low-stress setting.


6. To build character: On top of making new friends, campers also

develop an appreciation for the qualities required to cultivate and strengthen these relationships. Camp provides children with the core values of a strong, moral individual by teaching them about ethics, honesty, caring, respect and responsibility. Parents frequently report that after camp, their children are more kind, understand the importance of giving, are more equipped to stand up for what they know is right, and are willing to be more responsible.

5. To be around positive role models: One great counselor/coach can completely change a child’s life. Energetic, patient, and nurturing camp staff serve as outstanding adult role models who help children feel loved, capable, and included. Campers admire and strive to be like their favorite counselors, who they respect and listen to as an established peer, not as a parent laying down the rules.

4. To stay healthy & fit: During the school year, children don’t always have the time or energy for the outdoor activities and exercise they should be taking part in. Camp gets kids away from the television and video games and promotes being active and fit in a natural, social environment where children can constantly be on the move. A camp focused on sports and physical activities can greatly improve a young person’s overall well-being and can lead to establishing healthy lifestyle patterns for the long term.

3. To foster independence: At camp, children learn the responsibility

of making their own decisions with the safety net of insightful counselors and staff in a safe environment. Campers can risk finding out what works and what doesn’t, while discovering new facets of themselves. The camp environment provides peer support that allows children to quickly overcome their need for constant parental dependency.

2. To gain self confidence: Camp can serve as a major self-esteem boost

for children by providing a place where they can be themselves. Insecurity and self-doubt disappear when kids are surrounded by peers and counselors who are young enough to relate to and have similar interests. Campers gain confidence when they hear praise from the camp staff that they seek approval and encouragement from, as well as from their peers and new friends. Camp helps instill a sense of pride in children by giving them the chance to complete an activity, tackle a challenge, or set a goal and accomplish it.

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new things. At camp, it’s not so easy. Camp pushes children out of their comfort zone and exposes them to new activities and experiences that they may not be familiar with. Campers get the opportunity to try out different things and discover new hobbies or passions. By exploring various types of activities, children have a greater chance of finding something that they excel at or that makes them truly happy.

1. TO HAVE FUN!: The number one goal of any well-run camp program

Sports Camps

Camp Cascades 1009 Summer Camp Guide

Acrovision Sports Center

Super Summer Camps- Gymnastics, Tae Kwon Do, Rock Climbing, Hip Hop, Break Dancing, Arts & Crafts, Science Projects, learning Magic Tricks, Indoor Dry-Land Snowboarding, Cheerleading and more. 4 Camps will be offered this summer either full or 1/2 day options available. Classes are 50 minutes long with a 10-minute rotation break. Three activities are offered in the morning and three in the afternoon, providing six total activities for our full day campers. 10% sibling discounts are available. 25% discount off your 2nd, 3rd and 4th camps. Camp 1: July 12-15th Camp 2: July 26-29th Camp 3: Aug. 9-12th Space is limited, sign up today! Acrovision Sports Center will also be offering regular classes in Gymnastics, Tae Kwon Do, Jiu Jitsu, Cheerleading, Free Running, Tumbling & Trampoline and Indoor Dry-Land Snowboarding throughout the summer. You also can book your birthday party with us here at Acrovision, come play at Open Gym this summer. Morning: 8:45-Noon, Afternoon: 12:454pm. Cost: 1/2 day, $99 early reg. or $119 regular reg. Full Day: $175 early reg. and $199 regular reg. Contact us today for more information: (541) 388-5555 • acro@bendbroadband. com or www.acrovisionsportscenter. com.

Athletic Club of Bend

Youth Camps: The 6-12 year old programs serve up sports, camp games, group tennis lessons, fitness classes, rock climbing, crafts, swimming, snacks and FUN! Most weeks include a field trip to one of the many great tourist spots in Central Oregon. Camp hours are Monday through Friday from 9-3pm with extended care available from 7:45am6pm for an additional fee. Costs start at $49 per day. Program runs from June 21-August 27. Themes for 6-12 year olds are: Jr. Tennis Camps-weeks of 6/21, 7/26, 8/23 BEAT Dance Drama Camp 6/28 Brainy Mania Science Camp 7/5 High Desert Adventures 7/12 Biking Bonanza 7/19 Pirate’s Bounty 8/2 Rock On! Climbing Camp 8/9 Survivor Camp and Campout 8/16 ABC Club: A preschool program for children ages 3-6. This theme based program offers activities including pee-wee aerobics, arts and crafts, bread baking, story telling and swimming. The program runs

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from 9am-Noon, Monday through Friday. Costs start at $21 per session. This program runs year round. Themes for younger kids are: Island Party June 21st-25th Celebrate America June 28th-July 2nd Science Week July 5th-9th Oregon Trail July 12th-16th Bakery Bonanza July 19th-23rd Wacky Week July 26th-30th Pirate’s Bounty August 2nd-6th Nature Rocks! August 9th-13th Camping Fun August 16th-20th A Day in the Knight August 23rd-27th Passport to the World August 30th-Sept 2nd (NO CAMP Friday the 3rd) Sports Club: A sports based program for children ages 5-second grade. Activities include rock wall climbing, swimming, tennis and team activities such as softball, hockey and soccer. Program runs Monday through Friday, 12-3pm. Costs start at $21 per session. ABC Club Sports Club Combo: A combination of ABC Club and Sports Club with a supervised hour during lunch. It is for ages 3- 6 and runs Monday through Friday from 9am–3pm. Costs start at $36 per day. See for registration information or call 385-3062. Registration begins May 1st and reservations are required.

Bend Parks and Rec.

Contact:, (541)389-7275 Soccer: Ages: 5-8. July 12-16, 1-4pm at Skyview Middle School or Aug. 9-13th, 9-Noon at Skyline sports Complex. Also, ages 6-12, Aug. 9-13th from 9-3pm at Skyline Sports Complex. Your young athlete will gain the technical skills and sport knowledge required for that next step into soccer. $99/$134 for younger kids, $138/$186 for older kids. Tiny-Hawk Soccer: Ages: 3-4. Aug. 9-13th, 1-1:45pm at Skyline Sports Complex. The essentials of soccer are introduced in a fun, safe environment with lots of encouragement. Must be potty-trained. $29/$39 Basketball: Ages 5-8. July 12-16th, 9am-Noon at Skyview Middle School. Designed for the beginning to intermediate player. Focus is on the whole player, teaching respect, teamwork and responsibility. An active week of passing, shooting, dribbling, and rebounding makes this one of our most popular programs. $99/$134 Flag Football: Ages 7-12. June 28-July 2, or Aug. 16-20th from 9am3pm at either Pine Nursery Sports Complex or Skyline Sports Complex. Campers learn skills on both sides of the football including the core components of passing, catching and defense- all presented in a fun and

Importance of Youth Participating in Sports By Rich Ekman, Sports Coordinator Bend Park & Recreation District

So how do we make our youth sport programs fun for kids? • Everyone Plays: We want all kids to participate. Sitting on the bench watching others play is not fun. So we mandate that every player on every team who is attending practices on a regular basis and who is not a continuous discipline problem must play at least half of every game. • Trained Coaches: We require all of our youth sport coaches to attend training where we discuss program rules and regulations, policies and philosophy. We encourage our coaches to make the extra effort to understand and offer positive help to the kids. We ask coaches to praise positive environment. $138/$186 Volleyball: Ages 7-12. July 26-30th, 9am-3pm at Pilot Butte Middle School. Designed for the beginning and intermediate player. Our staff will assist campers in developing fundamental skills through gamespeed drills and daily scrimmages aimed at developing the whole player. $138/$186 Multi-Sport (Soccer, Baseball & Flag Football): Ages 7-12. Aug. 23-27th, 9am-3pm at Cascade Middle School. Designed to introduce athletes to a variety of different sports in one setting. Athletes will learn the rules and essential skills of each sport along with vital life lessons such as respect and teamwork. $143/193. Mini-Hawk (Soccer, Baseball & Basketball): Ages 4-7. June 21-25th, 9am-Noon at Cascade Middle School, July 19-23rd, 10am-1pm at Skyview Middle School or Aug. 2-6th, 9am-Noon at Cascade Middle School. Through games and activities, campers explore balance, hand/eye coordination, and skill development at their own pace.

CO Indoor Soccer

Sportsters in the PARK!: Sportsters will participate in multi-sport games with the focus on FUN! This will give each child the opportunity to try a new sport each week. Sports will include soccer, kickball, lacrosse, wiffle ball, flag football and more! We stress a noncompetitive environment and promote fun above all else. Classes meet for 90 minutes, one day a week for 5 weeks at HARMON PARK, South Field. Parents / guardians must also sign a program waiver for the CISC. 5-8 Year Olds, T,11-12:30pm, June 22–July 20 AND/OR July 27–August 24; W, 5-6:30pm, June 23–July 21 AND/OR July 28–August 25. Fee: $80 for 1- 5 week session OR $140 for 2- 5 week sessions. SoccerTots in the PARK!: A physical development program for children that uses a variety of fun games to delight and engage kids in physical activity. Classes are professionally designed to develop motor skills, promote physical fitness and create self confidence. We stress fun above all else. Instructor to student ratio is kept small to maximize individual

the things their players do right and help them understand, in a positive way, the things they need to improve. • Supportive Parents: Parents should encourage, but not force their children to play sports. Participating along with your child will increase motivation. You can help make sports a positive and fun experience. The love for the game can only come from within and therefore, the best thing a parent can do is make sure their child is enjoying the sport. • Don’t put too much pressure on your child. Set limits on your child’s participation. Don’t make sport everything in your child’s life, make it part of life. Focusing on only one sport at an early age and playing that one sport year ‘round, pushing your child to try to make the high school team, the college team, and the pros, can lead to emotional burnout and overuse injuries. However, encouraging kids to play a variety of different sports at an early age will keep things exciting and new. They can learn new skills, meet different friends and stay energized and motivated throughout the year and hopefully the rest of their lives. • Learn the fundamentals: We realize that the inability to perform a skill often frustrates children to the point that they want to stop trying. Therefore, we provide resources that help our coaches carefully plan practices and conduct age appropriate drills so that kids progress and learn new skills at a fun and safe pace. • Avoid the Win-at-All-Cost Attitude: Our focus is not on winning, it is on having fun and improving skills. We are trying to prevent the winat-all-cost attitude that is becoming too prevalent in many youth sport programs today. We want coaches, parents and players to judge a season by standards other than the team’s win/loss record. Sports are competitive and there is no getting around that. There will be winners and losers. We aren’t trying to take the competition out of sport. But it’s how you deliver that spirit of competition that makes the difference. An obsession with winning often produces fear of failure, resulting in below-average performances and upset children, and this can carry over to other aspects of their lives. • During games we want players to compete against the opposing team and try to raise their level of play week to week. However, we don’t make winning and losing our focus. We don’t keep league standings or hand out championship trophies, and in many of our younger aged leagues, we don’t even keep score. The main intent of our programs is to have every child play all season to develop playing and social skills and to make the season an experience the kids look forward to regardless of whether or not their team is winning. A successful youth sports season is one where the players have fun, improve their skills, and want to play again next year

development. Classes meet for 50 minutes, one day a week for 5 weeks at HARMON PARK, South Field. Parents / guardians must also sign a program waiver for the CISC. Teddies: 18-35 months. This parent participation class uses a variety of props, songs and games to engage toddlers in participation activities. Simple motor skills are stressed. Tu, 4-4:50pm, June 22–July 20 AND/OR July 27– August 24 Tu, 9-9:50am, June 22–July 20 AND/OR July 27– August 24 W, 9-9:50am, June 23–July 21 AND/OR July 28– August 25 Cubs: 3-4 year olds. This introductory class teaches kids kicking, balance, dribbling, foot-eye coordination as well as listening and following directions. We use a variety of props and games with lots of physical activity. We do NOT play competitive games in this class. M, 5-5:50pm, June 21–July 19 AND/OR July 26August 23 Tu, 10-10:50am, June 22–July 20 AND/OR July 27Aug. 24 Tu, 5-5:50pm, June 22– July 20 AND/OR July 27– August 24 W, 10-10:50am, June 23–July 21 AND/OR July 28– Aug. 25 Bears: 5-6 year olds. This class is for kids with little or no soccer experience. We teach and develop the fundamentals of the game using props and games. M, 6-6:50pm, June 21–July 19 AND/OR July 26–August 23 Tu, 6-6:50pm, June 22–July 20 AND/OR July 27–August 24 W, 11-11:50pm, June 23–July 21 AND/OR July 28–Aug. 25 Fee: $60 for 1-5 week session OR $100 for 2-5 week sessions. Soccer Skills in the PARK!: Learning the FUNdamentals of soccer, participants will play in games with the focus of individual and team skills development. We stress a non-competitive environment and promote fun above all else. Classes will end in scrimmages. Instructor to student ratio is kept small to maximize individual development. Classes meet

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Participating in youth sports has a positive impact on the growth and maturity of a child and teaches values and lifelong skills such as teamwork, social skills, leadership, responsibility, how to handle success and disappointment, fair play and sportsmanship and respect for others. Being physically active and participating in sports can lead children down the path to a happy healthy lifestyle. We’ve all seen the disturbing statistics that point to a current epidemic of youth inactivity, poor eating habits, and childhood obesity among children in the United States. No matter the causes – school funding cuts, lack of physical education programs, shortage of sports and play facilities, the pull of internet, television and video games, or the win-at-all-cost attitude from parents and coaches - the bottom line is that too many kids today aren’t physically active enough to achieve and maintain healthy lifestyles. Unfortunately kids are dropping out of sports at an alarming rate. According to a study by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, 50% of the kids participating in sports stop doing so by the age of 12 and 70% drop out by the age of 14. The top 5 reasons kids stop playing sports are: lack of fun, too much criticism from coaches, overemphasis on winning, lack of playing time, and lack of success. Basically, sports stop being fun for kids. Children don’t have fun when they stand around in practice or sit on the bench during games, when they feel pressured to win and when they don’t improve or learn new skills. As the leading youth sport program provider in Central Oregon, Bend Park and Recreation District in an excellent position to tackle all these issues. Our mission is to help kids become more physically active and create lifestyle changes that will lead to healthier, happier lives. Having fun is the most important part of our youth sport programs. As long as sports are fun for kids, then they will want to keep playing. They will get up from the television or computer and go out and play. Fun is the energy that kids use to motivate themselves. Fun makes kids want to improve their skills and stay competitive with their friends. Fun leads to skill which leads to accomplishment which leads to confidence. When sports are no longer fun, kids quit playing and turn to other activities.

for 50 minutes, one day a week for 5 weeks at HARMON PARK, South field. Parents / guardians must also sign a program waiver for the CISC. 7-10 Year Olds is June 21-July 19th and/or July 26 – August 23, on M from 7-7:50pm. Fee: $60 for 1- 5 week session OR $100 for 2- 5 week sessions. or 541-330-1183.

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CO Indoor Sports

All Sport Camps: Boys & Girls Grades 1-5. Every other week we will offer field sports like Soccer, Kickball, Flag Football, Tag, Ultimate Frisbee, Field Hockey, Wiffle Ball, and Dodge Ball on the turf field. Every alternating week we will offer court sports like Hockey, Basketball, Volleyball, Dodge Ball, Badminton, and Wall Ball on the sport court. These camps are geared towards participants of all ability levels. Come join the fun! Campers must have appropriate shoes and clothing, water bottle, and snack each day. Camps are from 8:30-12:30pm each week through out the summer beginning June 28th and running through August 26th on Mon-Thurs. July 12-15th is a Lacrosse Camp from 1-5pm. Registration Fee: $70 Per Week. Location: 20775 High Desert Lane, or 541-330-1183.

Hot Shot Basketball

Basketball Clinic & Day Camp for ages K-12. At Summit High School, 2855 NW Clearwater Dr. HSBCAMPS offers four-day sessions geared towards teaching and developing basketball fundamentals for boys and girls in elementary, middle, and high school. Players participate in 15+ hours of one-on-one instruction with collegiate and professional coaches and players. Daily sessions include station and group drills, individual contests, team competitions, and guest lectures. Contact information:,,, (208)720-1904

Kids Mountain Bike Camp

For mountain bikers ages 8-16. Camp will include developing riding confidence for cross country and downhill biking, bike maintenance and trail work. Our camp has been designed to help children develop new biking skills and learn an appreciation for the outdoors that will last a lifetime! Development Program Crossover is allowed but choose a main discipline to start. These programs run from June 22 - August 24. Cost is $350. Mighty Bikes Program We offer XC in the mornings and Freeride in the afternoons, 2 days a week. For ages 8-12. Choose Session 1, 2 or Both. 10 Week Mighty Bikes Program: Cost is $275 for June 22-August 27 5 Week Session 1: Cost is $150 for June 22-July 23 5 Week Session 2: Cost is $150 for July 27- August 27 For more information contact Melanie & Lev 541-385-7002, www.

Redmond Gymnastics Academy

Summer Drop In Program! Come join us this summer M-F From 9am3pm. ½ day is $20, Full day is $40. This is a drop in program but space is limited so pre-registration is recommended not required. Your child must be 6yrs. old and bring a sack lunch! We provide supervision, a craft and lots of fun!

has trained for 8 years with Hollywood stuntman and fight coordinator Stuart Quan. Fee: $75 ID $101 OD *C. 385-4985, www.sortorkarate. com.

Tetra Brazil Summer Soccer Camp

July 5-9th. At Buckingham Elementary School on Hamby Road in Bend. Ages 6-16, coed. Cost: $150. All campers receive a ball and t-shirt. Half day camps for boys and girls ages 6-14 are coming in August. Cost will be $125. Campers will receive a ball and tshirt. Register online at

Timberline Mountain Guide Kids Central has teamed up with Timberline Mountain Guides to offer a variety of mountain adventures to the Middle Sister and Smith Rock State Park . Timberline Mountain Guides are Oregon’s most experienced climbing school and guide service and are accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association. www. Basic and Intermediate Rock Climbing Courses offered throughout the summer. Cost: $125 per climber. Multi-Day Smith Rock Climbing Courses offered throughout the summer. 2-4 day options. Cost $250500. Family Rock: Rock climbing as a family can be a very rewarding experience. This one day trip is a great way to spend the day together, increase self confidence, and give your kids a lasting memory of a great experience. We specifically tailor this climbing day to meet all of the members of your family. Offered: Dates arranged on request. Cost: $125/day (3 climbers), $100/day (4 climbers), $85/day ( 5 or more climbers).

Yakatak Kids Kayak Camp

A great opportunity for kids ages 8–16 to learn whitewater kayaking skills while exploring the beautiful waterways of Central Oregon. Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe is offering two fourday camps this summer that will progress through the basics of kayaking. Paddlers have their choice of attending the July 12–15 session or the August 9–12 session and the cost is $225 for all four days including gear and transportation. The camp runs from 9am–4pm each day (except Thursday 8am–6pm) and kids bring their own lunch and return home at night. All kayaking equipment is included and the camp meets at Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe each morning. For more information contact Geoff Frank, owner, Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe at 541.317.9407 or

Acrovision Sports Center

Redmond Parks and Rec.

Offers a number of sports camps including basketball, soccer and tennis. For more info. go to or 548-7275.

Smith Rock Climbing Camp

An American Mountain Guides Association Accredited Program. These one of a kind camps are for experienced climbers ages 11-17. We camp and climb at Smith Rock State Park. Make new freinds, learn new skills and have a blast at one of the countrys best climbing areas. 541-318-7170, Two week session: July16-31st

One week session: Aug 1-8th

Sortor Bushido Kai Karate

Hollywood Stuntman Training Camp: Age: 7-15. June 28-July 2 and August 23-27. M-Th, 10:30am-12pm, F, 1:30-3:30pm. Location: Sortor Bushido Kai Karate, 63056 Lower Meadow Dr. (on Empire next to Port of Subs). Have a blast learning how to fall, “hit� and take hits safely and convincingly for the camera. Gymnastics, martial arts, and acting blend for awesome fun! Students practice skills by creating a series of fight scenes and funny movie shorts, which they receive on DVD upon completion of the class! Brian Sortor is a black belt in Bushido Kai and

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Safe • Healthy • Wholesome • Affordable • Family Fun.

CasCade Indoor sports is one of the premiere indoor sports facilities in the northwest. The buildings are almost 50,000 square feet of fun! New owners took over in late 2009 and have been making steady changes, new turf, new paint, they have also added all new T-5 light fixtures, very high output and low energy lights. The changes are not simply cosmetic. New programs that focus on families add to their strong commitment to the youth and adults programs that already exist.

One of the new and exciting programs at Cascade Indoor Sports is their new PE with your Parents. A concept that allows kids and parents to participate in fun, active PE style games. A sports coordinator facilitates the games with the goal to involve parents with their children in a fun, controlled, organized environment. Games include pickle ball, floor hockey, volleyball, basketball, and how much fun would it be for kids to play Dodge Ball against their parents, or even vice versa. They have also bought new floor scooters, that are a huge hit with everyone. The program is every Monday night from 5:30 until 7:00PM. Cascade Indoor Sports offers uniquely tailored sports classes for children as young as 18 months old. Their Soccer Tots® program is a nationally acclaimed program that teaches and motivates kids to be active and to work with their peers.

Roller hockey is also growing again. For many years central Oregon had some of the best roller hockey teams in the country and even won a couple of National Championships. Both youth and adults are playing each week, and players can join at any time. Everyone has a birthday every year and parents are always looking for fun, safe, exciting and memorable spots to celebrate, Cascade Indoor Sports has some great options. Skating with friends and family, sports style birthday parties and each building has specially designed party areas. They also have private parties, so if you want to celebrate a Disco night or 80’s extravaganza, Cascade Indoor Sports is a great place to go. If you love to skate or have kids that love to skate, there are several open skate times every week and Friday night is a middle school mania with several hundred kids enjoying the new lights, and sound system. Summer Camps are being expanded. Parents know how important quality summer programs are for their kids and Cascade Indoor Sports has camps all summer long to get your kids off of the couch and into the game. Soccer, flag football, lacrosse, ultimate Frisbee, wiffle ball, capture the flag, floor hockey, basketball, scooter games, pickle ball, roller skating, Dodge Ball, badminton, and anything else kids could think of. With the growing demand for kids to get fit, Cascade Indoor Sports supports parents in making it fun. Kids, and their parents are more willing to exercise if it is fun and their friends are doing it. With a climate controlled environment, Cascade Indoor Sports is the perfect place to participate in safe, healthy, wholesome, affordable family fun. You can check them out online at or you can stop by with the family and check out the facility and get information on some of the programs and meet the staff who would be thrilled to show you around. Cascade Indoor Sports, 20775 & 20795 High Desert Lane, just off of Empire, 541-330-1183. Safe • Healthy • Wholesome • Affordable • Family Fun.

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As everyone in the area knows, the weather in Bend can change at a moment’s notice, which makes the indoor playing area perfectly suited for all sports and seasons. Current programs include all levels of soccer, women’s teams, men, co-ed, Soccer Tots®, youth and adult roller hockey, volleyball, Dodge Ball, open skating, Birthday parties, and more.

With so many requests, they have added open play volleyball for both adults and youth, as well as Dodge Ball. With four collegiate volleyball standards there is plenty of room for everyone. Open play volleyball is every Thursday night, 5:00 until 6:30 for middle and high school age players and from 8:30 until 10:00 PM for adults. Open play is only $5 per person.

Equestrian Camps Camp Silver Horse, Horse Day Camp

The most fun you can have on horseback for all levels of riders from beginners to advanced ages 7 to 16. Ride one of our well-trained horses or bring your own. Trails, arena riding, games on horseback. Camp Sessions run M-F, 10am-1pm (lunch included) with extended hours options. You can sign up for one week or go all summer long beginning June 21st. Cost is $300 per week. Earlybird discount price $275 if registered before June 1st. We are located at 63950 Tyler Road on Bend’s way west side. Camps fill up fast, so call 541-408-4080 or go to for more info.

Camp Cascades 2010 Summer Camp Guide

Cow Poke Camp

If you are a cowboy/cowgirl or just want to act like one this is the camp for you! Come have a week of buckaroo fun with very well trained horses. Sharon Studdard is the main cowgirl around here who will help you step by step become the best cowpoke in town. Learn how to groom, tack and of course ride! Play some fun games on horseback such as red light green light, musical stalls and more. Classes are small groups of 5. All camps are Mon.-Fri. beginning June 15th through Aug. 31st. 10amNoon with a show put on for the families on Fridays at 11:15. Ages 6-14. Boots and jeans are required. Helmets will be supplied. Sign up online or call 788-5858. Cost $400 Enjoy a $50 discount by signing up through Bend Parks and Recreation.

Diane’s Riding Place

Daily camp activities focus around horses including learning how to feed, lead, groom, bridle, saddle up and ride. Horses and equipment are provided. Campers must be at least 7 years old to participate and will need a water bottle, helmet (if available), long pants and solid shoes or boots. Registration fee is $250. M-F, 8-11am. Dates to choose from: June 14–19, June 21-25, June 28–July 2, July 5–9, July 12–16, July 19–23, August 2–6, August 9–13, August 16–19, August 23-27. For more information or to register, contact Diane Schmidt, owner and riding instructor at 385-7933 or 65535 Cline Falls Hwy Bend, OR 97701.

Fiesta Farms

Camp Silver Horse at Silver Horse Ranch Ten minutes from Bend’s bustling west side, but feeling 100 years away, is Camp Silver Horse. They’re headquartered at Silver Horse Ranch, a well-respected full service equine facility on Tyler Road., operating year-round and boarding over forty horses, hosting horse shows, teaching lessons for kids and adults...they even offer pony birthday parties! A lot’s going on at this private pineencircled 40 acre ranch featuring ponds, meadows and possibly the largest aspen grove in the area, yet there is a very peaceful, traditional ranch/camp feel. Visitors are encouraged to drop in anytime or call 541408-4080 for a tour. Owner Sarah Resor has a lifelong love of Central Oregon, horses and teaching, and you sense this immediately. She grew up riding around Smith Rock on her grandparent’s ranch and teaches safety, fun and skill with horses. Each camper at Camp Silver Horse is assigned their own horse for the week, and rides every day, either Western or English. Their horses are extremely gentle and well-trained, yet not plugs. Campers also have the option of bringing their own horse. In that case, free board is included Sunday night through Friday afternoon. First-timers to experienced riders are welcome. Camp activities vary depending on skill levels but always include horse care and grooming, basic riding lessons, trail riding, crafts, and games on horseback like barrel racing and “boots in the bucket”. Lunch is included. Horses are the featured item here, but they also have ponies, a mini donkey, dwarf goat and a very lovable alpaca. Still, many campers’ favorite memory is piling into hammocks next to the pond and under the aspens at the end of the day and savoring a popsicle! Camp Sessions run June 21st through September 1st and are from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Extended days are available, too. More info is available at

Have fun trail riding and learning about horses, we will have games, prizes, guest speakers, swimming and a BBQ potluck on final day. July 6th-10th and 20th-24th, from 10am-2pm, ages 7 and up. Please provide a sack lunch with drink or lunch can be provided for additional cost. All participants must have their own ASTM/SEI saftey helmet and solid shoes with a slight heel. Cost is $250.00 per camper and includes LOTS OF FUN FUN FUN!!!!!! Call Nancy at (541)548-4737,

Horsemanship Camp

Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center is offering a four day camp for special needs individuals and their friends. All levels of riding welcome. Camp activities include horsemanship, barn management, arts and crafts, and mounted riding instruction with games. Located in southeast Bend on 20 acres with indoor and outdoor riding areas, classrooms, and ADA approved facilities. Bring a water bottle and lunch. Aug 3-6h, 9am-1pm. Cost: $275. Contact Bend Metro Parks to register. 541-3897275.

Mountain View Stables

Offering sessions for beginners and seasoned riders, this equestrian program combines qualified staff, experienced horses, and excellent facilities to create an atmosphere where campers can advance their horseback riding skills, expand their horsemanship knowledge, and enjoy riding with friends. Sessions are 5 days each, from 9am-1pm. Horsemanship Camp I: This week long camp was created for children who have previous riding experience and would like to learn more advance horsemanship skills. The week features daily mounted riding & jumping lessons, advanced horse care & grooming, horse show preparation, braiding, games and activities. The campers will compete in a schooling horse show at the end of the session. A week camp for riders ages 10 and up with experience. June 7-10th. $275. Pony Camp II and III: This week long camp features daily mounted riding lessons, horse care & grooming, games and activities. Camp participants will enjoy small class sizes, and one-on-one attention in a safe & friendly atmosphere. Beginners welcome. For ages 7-12, beginners welcome. July 12-15th and Aug. 16-19th, 8:30-1pm. $275. For more information or to reserve your space, contact Mountain View Stables, 541-385-0540. Mountain View Stables is Central Oregon’s premier A circuit Hunter/Jumper training facility, owned and operated by trainer Nicole Cobb. Visit

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74 parks and open spaces 56 miles of trail | Bend Senior Center Juniper Swim & Fitness Center 770 dif ferent recreation programs w w w. b e n d p a r ks a n d r e c.o r g

Religious Camps Big Lake Youth Camp

Big Lake Youth Camp is a 7-day residential camp offering a wide variety of recreational opportunities in a healthy Christian environment. Big Lake is located 20 miles from Sisters, Oregon on a beautiful 250 acre lake. June 27-Sept. 6th. Ages: 7-17. Contact information: 19800 Oatfield Road , Gladstone, OR 97027 or 13100 Hwy. 20, Sisters, OR, 97759. 503.850.3583 Fax: 850.3483, Email:

Camp Good News®

The Presbytery of the Cascades

Mom and Me- Grades K-2 with mom’s, June 11-13 & July 16-18 at Camp Magruder Dad and Me- Grades K-2 with dad’s, July 23-25 at Suttle Lake Family Camp- all ages, July 24-31, at Honeyman State Park.For other camp opportunities and for camp costs contact or toll free 1-866-200-5559.

Suttle Lake United Methodist Camp

Great opportunities for fun and Christian growth in small and large groups. Enjoy hiking among tall trees, swimming, taking a canoe or kayak ride along the lakeshore, the thrill of inner-tubing down the creek, archery, team building activities on the challenge course, or creating your own craft. Suttle Lake’s goal is to provide fun age-appropriate activites, in a safe and nurturing environment. A variety of overnight camps are offered for campers age 7yrs-adult. Costs and dates vary for each unique event. For more information please call 541-595-6663 or 1-800593-7539 ext. 43 or visit (ACA accredited)

541-382-5939 •Private or Semi-Private •Learn to Swim Program •Designed for All Ages •Specializes in Infant •Toddler Swim lessons

“Mermaid Jody” SPORTS NANNY Child-Paced Programs Loving our new pool location! Call to find out where! Openings Available!

By Lisa Lipton, MFT

Last summer I was at my local park with my two year old son and came across a group of teenage boys and girls. They seemed harmless enough; clean-cut, dressed appropriately, respectful to the park property and other people at the park. At the time I was working at a therapeutic boarding school for girls ages 10-16, as a Therapist, so I tended to pay close attention to teenage behavior, both out of curiosity and for the benefit of gaining additional professional knowledge. Things started out innocent enough….the girls playing on the swings and chatting…the boys and girls talking in a group. But it didn’t seem to take very long for the novelty of the park to wear off…and boredom to set in. I could hear them trying to come up with some things to do…walk to the store (“My feet hurt”) Hang out at your house (“My mom will be home”)….ideas were quickly shot down for one reason or another. I particularly played close attention to the girls, who actually seemed quite passive during this conversation, as the boys discussed a plan of action. One of the boys got on his cell phone and called a friend. Excitedly, he let his other friends know that the friend on the phone agreed to meet them at the park and had some dope for them all to smoke. They found a solution to ward off their “summer boredom.” I watched the group, hoping that one of the girls would object to this idea or make an excuse to head home…none of them did. They appeared easily willing to go along with whatever the boys decided, just happy to be included and to have something to do with their spare time. “Studies have shown that teens with too much free time in the summer are more likely to experiment with drugs, alcohol and cigarettes than those who are engaged in structured activities,” according to Susan N. Wilson, MS Ed., who currently serves as senior advisor to Rutgers University, the Answer sex education program . June is the most common month for teens to lose their virginity according to University of Memphis professor Dr. Martin Levin. The sociologist refers to this phenomenon as the “summer effect.” Help your teenager ward off “summer boredom” and avoid the “summer effect” by finding structured activities for him or her to do. Structure, rules and boundaries are very important to all children, especially teenagers who are constantly pushing up against them. She will feel safe and cared for when you establish and enforce a consistent set of rules and consequences for rule violations. Your child wants this even when she says things to the contrary… “All the other girls are allowed to have boyfriends.” It’s their job developmentally to fight for more independence…but they are often relieved when you step-in to protect them from potentially life altering mistakes. It might be legal in most states to leave a child 12 years old or older home alone for periods of time, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Many families are experiencing financial difficulties due to the poor economy, so it might be tempting to cut costs by letting their fourteen year old daughter stay home alone rather than pay for a summer camp program. Unsupervised children are more vulnerable to becoming a victim of “summer boredom.” The money you save in the short-term can be a lot more costly in the long run, both financially and emotionally. After working with the girls at the therapeutic boarding school and witnessing that event in the park, I felt compelled to provide a supervised program for girls ages 11-15 in our community, both during the summer and after school during the school year. My program is called Girl Spirit, which recognizes that “she matters” and strives to help girls realize their own true self worth. By providing a safe place and a positive peer culture, Girl Spirit enables girls to learn to love and value themselves. Lisa Lipton is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in counseling services for pre-adolescent and adolescent girls, ages 11-17. She is available for individual and group counseling sessions. She is the owner of “Girl Spirit,” a summer camp and after school program for girls ages 11-15. Please contact her at (541) 5985567 to learn more about her services.

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Camp Cascades 2010 Summer Camp Guide

Boys and girls ages 7-12. Will be held at Wilderness Lakes Retreat/Round Lake Christian Camp, west of Sisters, in the Deschutes National Forest. Boys sessions is Aug. 14-17th. Girls session is Aug.17-22nd. Cost for the 4-day/3 night camp is $85 per camper. Financial aid is available for low-income families as donations for Camper-ships are received. Limited transportation is available from locations in Bend, LaPine, Madras and Prineville for an additional charge of $5/round-trip per child. Camp Good News® has been operating under the direction of the local chapter of Child Evangelism Fellowship® (CEF)® for over 30 years. CEF is a non-profit, Bible centered educational organization that also conducts Central Oregon Released-time and After-school Good News Clubs®. Screened volunteers who are committed to helping children staff the camp. 541365-2233 or toll-free 1-877-569-2818,

Teenage Summer Boredom: Parents Beware

Science And Education

Camp Cascades 2010 Summer Camp Guide

Bend Parks and Rec.

Contact:, (541)389-7275 Check Mate Chess Camp: Entering Grades: 1-8. June 21-24 and July 19-22. M-Th, 4:30-5:30pm. Location: Skyview Middle School, Room 502. Learn strategy and sharpen the mind playing Chess! This camp caters to the beginner through intermediate levels. Each session will start with specific instructions for your level of play and end with chess matches with other program participants. Chess sets are provided! Fee: $24 ID $33 OD KPOV Kids Radio Camp: Ages: 10-12. June 28-July 2 or July 69. KPOV – 106.7 (Bend Community Radio) will help you get your voice heard! Learn how to be a DJ, report the news, create a radio advertisement or just tell a wacky story with sound effects, music and humor. You will use computers to edit stories. The show produced will be broadcast on 106.7 FM the week after the class, and you’ll get a copy on CD to take home! M-F, 9am-12pm. Fee: $90 ID $121 *C Tu-F, 9am-12pm. Fee: $75 ID $101 OD *C.

Bend Science Station

Elementary Science Days- These full day camps meet from 10am3pm and have been designed for students who have completed 1st or 2nd grade. Themes are: Ragin’ Rockets, CCC Chemistry, Incredible Invertebrates, Powerful Pressure, Liquid Nitrogen. Cost: $65. Junior Scientist Camps- These multi-day camps meet from 9:30am3:30pm and have been designed for students who have completed 3rd, 4th or 5th grade. Themes are: Crazy Chemistry, Hogwarts Summer Academy, Lego Forces. Cost: $250. Youth Scientist Camps- These multi-day camps meet from 9:30am3:30pm and have been designed for students who have completed 5th grade or above. Themes are: Rocket’s Red Glare, Picture Perfect, Myth Blasters-Bend. Cost: $250 Adventure Camps- These multi-day camps have been designed for students who have completed 5th grade or above. Some of these programs include overnight excursions. Themes are: California Dreamin, Amazing Aviation, Cave to Coast Camp. Cost varies. The Bend Science Station is an inquiry based science facility that is dedicated to empowering local citizens to improve their community through scientific education and research. We provide students and teachers with the tools and technology needed to formulate and investigate their own scientific questions. Our facility is conveniently located on the south side of Awbrey Butte in the Chandler Building at 1027 NW Trenton Avenue. For more details visit us online at www. or call us at (541) 330-0433.

COCC Computer Camps

Computer 3D Modeling and Animation Camp: July 26-29th, 9am-Noon. Discover how to draw amazing 3D art work and make professional looking designs with Cinema 4D. Then animate your drawing and amaze your friends. For students entering 6th thru 8th grade. Cost $129 Design a Website Camp: July 12-15th, 9amNoon. Create your own web presence with state of the art software: Dreamweaver. This course will show you how fun and easy it is to make professional looking websites. Learn the do’s and don’ts from an experienced webmaster. For students entering 6th-8th grade. Cost $129 Digital Photography Camp: June 21-24th, 1-4pm. Have fun learning to take better pictures and then discovering the power of imaging software to manipulate and play with them. Change colors and backgrounds, add sharpness and more to make pictures that will wow your friends. For students entering 6th-9th grade. Bring your digital camera and a flash drive to take your pictures home. Cost $129 Flash Animation Camp: June 21-24th, 9am-Noon. Fascinated by web animation? You can do it yourself using Flash, a web animation program. Impress your friends by creating simple, basic animations that can also be made into movies. Have fun building an animation from start to finish. Learn how to save it, then share it or upload it to a MySpace/ Facebook page. For students entering 6th-9th grade. Cost $129 PC Technician Camp: June 28-July 1st, 9am-Noon. Take a computer apart and put it back together. Learn all the different parts and how they function as a whole. Work with and troubleshoot software and hardware. For students entering 6th-8th grade. Cost $139

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Video Production Camp: July 19-22nd, 9am-Noon. Don’t just watch videos, make them! You may well be the next James Cameron. Learn fun techniques with digital technology. You will make a short story, a music video, or a documentary to take home on a DVD or flash drive. Get first-hand experience with cameras, editing, shooting styles, and video production techniques. For students entering 6th-9th grade. Bring a flash drive to save your work. DVDs provided. Cost $129 Culinary Camp I: Hands-on Cooking Skills: June 21-24th, 8am-1pm. Chef Jules will demonstrate and lead you through hands-on activities that you can prepare and taste. Learn and practice knife skills, safe food handling practices, baking (breads, pizzas and desserts), simple sauces and entrees, delicious salads and nutritious veggies. Prepare the dining room and serve your parents lunch on the last day of class to demonstrate your preparation and presentation skills. Limited to youth entering 6th-9th grades only. Cost $149 Culinary Camp II: Mama Mia! Italian Extravaganza: June 28-July 1st, 8am-1pm. From antipasto to dessert, discover and practice making fresh Italian cuisine from scratch. In addition to fresh pasta and authentic sauces, try your hand at Italian breads, desserts and more. Develop knife skills and safe food handling practices along the way. Prepare the dining room and serve your parents lunch on the last day of class. Limited to youth entering 6th-9th grades only. Cost $169.00 Culinary Camp III: Around the World w/ Food: July 19-22nd, 8am1pm. Take an international tour of food as you study cuisine and practice techniques from France, Italy, Spain and Japan! Pastries, bread baking and sushi are just some of the delectable foods you will prepare. Develop knife skills and safe food handling practices along the way. Prepare the dining room and serve your parents lunch on the last day of class. Limited to youth entering 6th-9th grades only. Cost $169 Culinary Camp: Iron Chef Week: Aug. 2-5th, 8am-1pm. If you have completed two prior classes offered at the Cascade Culinary Institute, Chef Jules invites you back for this challenge to create your own sensational presentations. Each day, you will be given a set of recipes and several mystery ingredients which are incorporated in the day’s production. Prepare the dining room and serve your parents lunch on the last day of class. Limited to youth entering 6th-9th grades only. Cost $199 Culinary Camp: Sizzling Skills: Aug. 9-12th, 8am-1pm. If so, this week is designed for you! Chef Jules will lead you through the fundamentals of stock making and move on to the Grande Sauces. More advanced skills including protein fabrication, grilling, broiling, roasting, sauteing, pan frying and braising will be demonstrated and practiced throughout the week. Gain extensive experience in knife skills and plating techniques to take your career to the next level. Limited to youth entering grades 9-12 only. Cost $249 EarthSmart 101: July 6-9th, 9am-Noon. Be EarthSmart at home, at school and in our community. Learn where everyday things come from and where they go when we’re done, covering natural resources, energy, water, and food. Do hands-on activities like making a worm bin, baking in solar ovens, and a campus service project. Classes will be held both in and outside the classroom at the COCC campus. For students entering 6th-8th grade. Cost $89 EarthSmart in Your Community: July 12-15, 9amNoon. How do people live, work and play EarthSmart, right here in our community? Explore different professions by visiting with local experts where you’ll get hands-on experience in their green job. Discover what it takes to grow food, harness solar power, fix bikes, conduct a home energy audit, get around by alternative transportation and be an outdoor guide. Partners include Fields Farm, Cascade Couriers, E2 Powered, Green Savers, WebCyclery, Bend Bike Shed and more. For students entering 6th-8th grade. Cost $89 Contact: Community Learning at 383-7270 or

Kids Central

Adventure Quest I- We will spend the week doing a little bit of everythinghiking, biking, boating, rock climbing and playing games. Emphasis is on learning the basics of wilderness safety and ethics, as well as the importance of cooperation and teamwork. Grades 1-4, w/13 student limit $200. Session One: July 14th–17th; Session Two: July 28th–31st Adventure Quest II - Grades 3-6, w/13 student limit. $220. Session One: July 21st–24th; Session Two: August 4th–7th

R.A.D. Camps

An outdoor recreation/education program designed to give kids, ages 8-17, the opportunity to safely explore exciting places while learning about their natural surroundings. Our interpretive guided adventures are meant to expand kids’ knowledge and interest in all the natural wonders Oregon has to offer while promoting a healthy, fun lifestyle. RAD Camps accommodates up to 10 kids per day and operates on a first come first serve basis so reserve your spot today! Please be sure to print and sign the liability releases (near the bottom of this page) and bring them with you to your first RAD Camp. Trips include food, transportation, and a lot of fun! If you have any questions, please e-mail June18 Metolious River-$60 June21 Fort Rock State

Spanish Immersion Camp

Offers new camps this summer for students interested in surfing and Spanish immersion. The camps are 10 days long and are for students ages 10-17. The cost is $1750 which includes airfare out of Redmond. The camp includes morning surf lessons with a professional instructor and afternoon conversational Spanish lessons. The camps will also include cultural activities and more. Camps are based at a villa in Sayulita, Mexico. Contact: 541-318-0123 or www.spanishimmersioncamps. com.

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Advanced Speed Reading Skills: Grade 8-College. July 19-23, 2– 4pm. This is an essential speed reading course for all college bound students. Students can increase their rate of speed by as much as 300% while maintaining comprehension! $299 (Includes materials fees), Min 4-Max 10 Read Ahead!: Grades PreK-K. July 26-30, 1-3pm. An interactive hands-on approach for your child to build early reading skills. $199, Min 4-Max 10 Writing the College Essay: Grades 10-12. July 26-30, 2– 4pm. This course is designed to teach the purpose and process of writing a high quality college application essay. Students will learn to identify the audience and write on pertinent college application topics. $249 (Includes materials fees), Min 4-Max 10 Multpily & Divide: Grades 3-5. August 2-6, 1-3pm. A fun approach for children to improve understanding of basic multiplication and division facts, while increasing speed and accuracy. $199, Min 4-Max 12 SAT Prep Math Section: Grades 10-12. August 9-13, 1–4pm. This course will teach all topics of the math section of the SAT and teach testing strategies as well. The math section is the easiest section to improve your scores! $349.00 (Includes book fee and full-length practice test) Min 4-Max 10 Middle School Math Prep!: Grades 6-7, Aug 16-20, 1-3pm. A combination course of both fraction and problem solving skills. Your child will improve upon advanced problem solving skills with real-world problems as well as solidify fractions, and develop confidence working with fractions.$199, Min 4–Max 12 Kindergarten Prep: Grades PreK-K. Aug. 9-20, 1–3pm. At the Sylvan Learning Center. This course will teach your student letter recognition, letter sounds, and basic reading instruction and handwriting skills. This is a fun and interactive course designed to support children in Kindergarten or eager Pre-K students. $500 Includes necessary materials. Min 4-Max 10 SAT Prep Verbal Section: Grades 10-12. August 22-27, 1–4pm. This course covers the knowledge every student needs to maximize their results on the reading comprehension and writing sections of the SAT. $349.00 (Includes book fee and full-length practice test). Min 4Max 10 2150 NE Studio Rd Suite 10 in Bend. 541-389-9252 or bendsylvan@


Your kids do things in our camps they don’t get the chance to do almost anywhere else. In our programs we might build hidden villages in the woods, make fire by friction, weave baskets, fish, practice martial arts and grow organic gardens. Spend the entire day outside in amazing natural landscapes Our programs take place in the forests, high desert, and mountains of the Bend area. The woods and waters are our boundless classrooms. We realize that nature connection is best guided with caring human connection. All camps are for ages 6-11yrs. Week 1: Wild Animal Hospital June 21-25 Week 2: Geocaching: Enchanted Forest June 28-July 2 Week 3: High Desert Survivor July 5-9 Week 4: The School of Magic July 12-16 Week 5: Desert Creatures July 19-23 Week 6: Geocaching: Journey to the Center of the Earth July 26-30 Week 7: Mountain Survivor August 2-6 Week 8: Welcome to Middle Earth August 9-13 Week 9: Where Rivers are Born August 16-20 Week 10: Geocaching: Raiders of the Last Park August 23-27 Week 11: Forest Fishing Fly and Reel August 30-September 3

Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory

KIDS’ CLASSES- Learn, explore and have fun at the same time! Enjoy a wide variety of classes from frogs to rockets. Classes are Mon.Sat. from 10am-Noon. Classes by age group 4 to 6 = Young Explorers 7 to 10 = Junior Explorers Age 8 & up = Rocketeers Call 541.593.4394 for reservations. 57245 River Road off of Circle 3 in Sunriver, Oregon. See a complete listing of classes at our website:

Sylvan Learning

Camp Sum Fun!: Grades 1-3. July 5-9, 1-3pm. A fun approach for your child to improve understanding of basic addition and subtraction skills, while increasing speed and accuracy. $199, Min 4-Max 12 Write On!: Grades 6-8. July 12-16, 1-3pm. Your child will become a more confident writer while exploring and learning various writing techniques. $199, Min 4-Max 12

1Kids Rocket Classes 1Kids Nature Classes • Owl Puke • Tadpole Tales & More! 1 Free Summer Lecture Series 1 New Exhibits 1 Solar Viewing

For further information call: (541) 593-4394

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Camp Cascades 2010 Summer Camp Guide

Adventure Quest III - July 9th-11th, grades 5-8 w/8 student limit. AQ III is for the real adventurer. We will backpack into Carl Lake in the Jefferson Wilderness and spend three days exploring the area. Students will learn and hone basic camping skills using low-impact practices. Swim in pristine lakes, push yourself on the trail and open your eyes to a whole new world in our own backyard. $200 Adventure Quest Nature Camp - June 16th-19th, 9am-1pm. Grades 1-4 w/15 student limit. Kick off the summer with a variety of games, activities and arts and crafts all revolving around a science and nature theme. Learn about animals, do science experiments, and create take home projects. Part of each day will be spent outdoors working together to complete team challenges and enjoying active games. $150 Spanish Uno Aug. 4th-8th, 10am-Noon. Grades 3-5th w/15 student limit. Keep up and catch up on your summer Spanish skills. Play games, act, and cook and have fun with the Spanish language this summer. This class helps students retain their language skills and also helps new students transition into Seven Peaks. $60 Spanish Dos- Aug. 4th8th, 1-3pm. Grades 68th w/15 student limit. Spanish Dos is a class designed to help middle school students continue their Spanish language instruction during the summer. It is also for new students who would like to be ready in the fall. Play games, cook and create during this fun and exciting Spanish experience. $60 For more info go to or call 410-7178.

Overnight Camps

Camp Cascades 2010 Summer Camp Guide

Bend Science Station

California Dreamin’: Join us as we immerse ourselves in the geology of the Sierra Nevadas through exploring the caverns beneath them, scaling their cliffs, and attempting to summit their peaks. From rafting the American River to zip lining at Moaning Caverns, you are sure to get your adrenaline rush (and learn a little, too) on this adventure camp. June 19th - June 28th (Saturday - Monday); $1550 Amazing Aviation: If you have always dreamed of flying, this camp is for you. Investigate Bernoulli’s law and build wings to be tested in our laboratory wind tunnel. We will also use flight simulators and actually fly in helicopters with Leading Edge Aviation. July 13th - July 16th (Tuesday - Friday) $350 Cave to Coast Camp: This seven day/six night traveling camp emphasizes marine biology as you travel the northern California and southern Oregon coastline. Along the way you will spelunk, hike through enormous redwoods, float on the Smith River, dune buggy near Florence, tide pool at some of the most pristine sites on the Oregon coast and whale watch from a Zodiac boat. August 7th - August 13th (Saturday-Friday) $775 For more details visit us online at or call us at (541) 330-0433.

Big Lake Youth Camp

Ages 7-17. June 27-Aug. In Sisters, Oregon. Co-ed - Overnight Camp. Archery, Canoeing, Horsemanship, Arts, Biking, Gymnastics, Basketball, Golf. Big Lake thrives on a strong program that is both fun and rewarding. Campers are rewarded with friendship, encouragement, and the adventure of their lives. It’s an experience they won’t soon forget.

benefits of wilderness through tracking, awareness, story telling, primitive skills, nature study, music and art. Our programs range in length from one day mentoring to our weekly summer classes. We provide classes for parents or grandparents to attend with their children. Scholarships available!! Classes held in Ashland and open to ages 770+. Prices range from $125/weekend-$2250/week all healthy organic meals included. Fox Trail and Family Fox Trail July 4-10; Little Fox, July 5-9; Bear Skills and Family Bear Skills, July 11-17; Fox Naturalist, July 25-31; Earth-Art!! Day camp, July 26-30; Sink and Fade, Aug. 1-7. Contact: Joe Kreuzman 617-0439 or www.

NYC YouthCorps

Programs that combine education, job skill training with outdoor adventure for ages 14 to 19. Under staff supervision, youth crew members work on conservation, reforestation, and recreation projects, and learn valuable lessons of teamwork and responsibility. Crews camp in the field for several weeks, traveling from project to project. Youth gain a sense of pride that comes with hard work and a job well done. Through education, youth learn to respect and protect the environment in which they live. Northwest Youth Corps offers Backcountry Leadership and Leadership Development programs for returning corpsmembers desiring new challenges. Crewmembers are encouraged to discover and master different leadership techniques while developing a leadership style that is effective for them. www.

Oregon State University JumpstART

The JumpstART program is a three-week precollege visual and performing arts program. The intent is to help students create work that will be worthy of a portfolio used to get into a college art program. Ages: Highschool students during the summers after their freshman through senior years. June 20July 9. In Corvallis. Cost: $1995 for tuition and residence. Financial aid available. http://oregonstate. edu/dept/arts/jumpstart.

Campfire USA

A five day adventure camp designed to test youth skills, leadership and desire for adventure. All activities will be supervised by trained professionals. Cost is $225/per person. Limit 12, so please register early. Dates: TBA. DAY ONE: Paulina Plunge DAY TWO: Canoeing, Kayaking & Hiking with an emphasis on water safety and wilderness skills. DAY THREE: Class III Whitewater Rafting Trip on the McKenzie River, Camping at Paradise Campground, Outdoor Cooking DAY FOUR: All day moderate hike in the Cascades, Swimming at Belknap hot spring pools, Camping DAY FIVE: Cave Exploring, Pack up camp, Home We will be emphasizing all week on the importance of Environmental Stewardship.

Camp Tamarack

Located on Dark Lake in the Deschutes National Forest of Central Oregon. We offer all-girl and all-boy programs for youth ages 7-16. Our programs include horseback riding and instruction, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, creative arts, sports, rock climbing, challenge course, whitewater rafting, and more. Our goal is to provide a safe and fun-filled experiential education based atmosphere, which develops self-reliance, communication skills and a greater appreciation for one’s relationship with the environment. For more info. contact us at: PO Box 97 Sisters, OR 97759. 541-595-1006 ext 2, or

Camp Sunrise

Three Day, Two night camp for bereaved youth to work with counselors, create art and music. There is one counselor for every two campers. Ages 7-14, June 18-20th at Suttle Lake. Free. For more info. contact Hospice of Redmond-Sisters, 548-7483 or

Coyote Trails

Curriculum that exposes youth, teens, adults and families to the

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Salem YMCA

Campers participate in skill groups for specific activities, have some free choice time, cabin group activities, campfire, sing-a-longs and short hikes. Ages: entering grades 3-5 or entering grades 5-7. July 11-17, 18-25, Aug. 8-14, 15-21 or 22-28. At Silver Falls State Park. Cost $325. Also available: counselor-in-training sessions for teens entering grades 10-12, cost $430. Contact: 503-581-9622 or www.salemymcacamps. com/silvercreek.

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FOSSIL FIELD STUDY: July 26-30. This hands-on excursion will focus on geology, prehistoric life, the science of paleontology, and experiencing the wilderness of this AMAZING place. Students will also learn about the fossil laboratory, participate in a hands-on lab simulation and take part in a museum scavenger hunt. We will participate in park ranger and teacher-led tours of the Thomas Condon Visitor Center and Museum, the James Cant Ranch, and the Painted Hills area of the Monument. We will also hike the prehistoric Blue Basin to see actual fossils still in the earth, tour the beautiful Sheep’s Rock Unit, and take a cooling swim in our favorite section of the John Day River in the quaint town of Spray, OR. The fee for this 5-day overnight camp is $325 and includes all transportation, teaching staff, chaperones, meals, beverages, lodging at the cabin, and park fees. We feel strongly that it’s an experience that’s not to be missed; therefore, we reserve 2 spaces for scholarship or low-income students. Scholarship applications will be available on our website.

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Let me make some suggestions to help you prepare for your trip afield. Safety is the first thing to consider. First, always let a responsible person know what your plans are. Let them know who is going, where you are going, if there are any medical concerns and when you will return. Should you not return on time it is this person that contacts 911. Secondly, pack an emergency kit with you; always. The “10 essentials” is your baseline to start with (see side bar.) As a parent you want to ensure you have an emergency shelter (such as a heavy duty trash bag); there is no excuse not to have one. A good book to review is “Build the Perfect Survival Kit” by John McCann. Retailers REI and Cabela’s have fine check lists online too. A fully charged cell phone compliments the “10 essentials” and can be a real life saver in a critical situation. Text messages will often get through when voice communications won’t. A map and compass always goes with you on the trail. A GPS is a great tool to take too. Children are quick to learn how a GPS works. Navigation can be great show and tell time. June The Ten Essentials: Fleming’s book “Staying Found” is a fine resource for an introduction to 1. Maps of the area land navigation and has great ideas to 2. Declination adjusted compass orient your child in the campground 3. Flashlight, extra batteries/bulb or back country. Demonstrating 4. Extra food and water your ability to navigate builds your 5. Extra clothing child’s confidence in you and truly 6. Sunglasses and sun screen breaks you out from your friends; 7. First aid kit most adults don’t have a clue. 8. Pocket knife Should an emergency arise, good 9. Waterproof matches locating information is invaluable to 10. Fire starter our Search and Rescue teams finding you. Land navigation classes are available through COCC’s Community Learning Department (www. noncredit., 541-383-7270) and Outdoor Quest (, 541-2800573.) Let’s leave the entertainment electronics in the car. Electronics distract from what is around you and truly taking in what our forest has to offer. Each trip is a learning experience. Have a simple goal and keep it achievable for the youngest in the group. Ask who can spot an eagle first or what fish can we find in the stream? Field guides are a big help here. We are the stewards of our woodlands and it’s up to us to develop the respect and share the responsibility. Young people quickly recognize poor woodland behavior amongst others; you set the example. Demonstrate your own respect by picking up litter and staying on the marked trail; “leave no trace” has become the rule in outdoor travel. Fun on the trail creates special memories for everyone in the family. It’s inexpensive and easy. With little effort it can be rewarding and safe. You will interact with your child on a new level and bring invaluable memories home that will last forever. Blake Miller has been teaching wilderness, GPS and survival classes for over ten years to hikers, hunters, SAR team members, school children, and wild land fire fighters. He regularly teaches classes at COCC and Chemeketa Community College. He is an active member of a search and rescue organization. Blake can be reached through or by phone at 541-280-0573.

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Camp Cascades 2010 Summer Camp Guide

This is a free class But space is limited Please RSVP to Linda or Robert @ 541-617-3949

My wife and I began our outdoor journeys over thirty years ago while in college. So, it was natural that my children began their trips in the field at a very early age. Our family continues to backpack and camp all around Oregon. Though our children are now in college, we still find our trips memorable; it’s still “cool” to spend time together. Central Oregonians are fortunate to be close to some of the finest forests and trails in the nation. Our woodlands offer spectacular recreation opportunities and vistas, all at amazingly affordable rates. Children find the outdoors a place to learn, explore, and let their imagination run wild. Back country travel will most likely be incident free. That said, hikers do become lost and suffer accidents. Hypothermia and dehydration can sneak up and end a trip. Taking the time to prepare yourself and your children with the right equipment and attitude goes a long way toward making your outing an enjoyable one.

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Come explore the world at MSCS Summer Camp

June 14th through August 27th Junior Explorers Summer Camp Ages 3 years to 1st Grade Children will invent, express, and explore in our “Camp for Kids” summer program. Each month will have a different theme: June is “Inventor’s Workshop,” July is “Little Shopkeepers in Asia,” and in August “Little Artists in Europe.” Field trip opportunities include Bouncing Off the Walls, fire and police stations, the Library and museums. Each day will be filled with arts, crafts, and activities.

Explorers Summer Camp Ages 2nd Grade to 6th Grade Student Explorers will enjoy two fun and educational field trips along with a swimming day each week. Field trip opportunities include: caving, hiking, horseback riding, visiting museums, art galleries, music studios, observatories, and fish hatcheries. The camp theme is “The Great Outdoors” and the Explorers will be inspired through the creative activities, crafts and events from start to finish. Every day students have grade level academic review to help them retain knowledge so they can start the year ahead of their peers.

Morning Star Christian School Offers: 7:30 AM Drop Off / 5:30 PM Pick Up $150 / Week or $35 / Day No Registration Fee Daily Grade Level Academic Review Weekly Field Trips Arts, Crafts, Games and Organized Activities Morning Snack Provided Team Teachers 11 Acre Private Campus Safe Environment: zero tolerance policy for bullying and harassment

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Local Non-profit Leaders Partner to Educate and Enroll

Deschutes County Expo Center South Sister Building Saturday, May 8th 2010 9am - 5pm What is Healthy Kids Connect? Healthy Kids Connect is low to Your Child May Qualify! no-cost major medical insurance Speak to an Enrollment coverage for children age 0-18, Specialist at this event! living in Oregon. How can my child qualify? Children whose families make low to moderate income qualify for this program and all its benefits. Single Parent/One Child: the income cap is just under $44,000 per year. More individuals in the family means that the income limits increase. The income limit for a family of four is just over $66,000 per year.

Does this event apply to you? • You have insurance through work and it’s really expensive to insure your child on your plan. • Your child’s insurance plan doesn’t cover all of the following: primary care, vision, dental, mental health. • Your child does not have medical or dental insurance.

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Though the Healthy Kids Connect program has been offering major medical coverage and premium reimbursements to families across Central Oregon since January 1, 2010, most families still aren’t aware that they qualify. You may be one of them! Healthy Kids Connect is a low-cost health insurance option for families whose income is between 200-300% of the Federal Poverty Level. For example, the income cap for a single parent with one child is just under $44,000 per year and just over $66,000 per year for a single parent raising three children. Not only does this plan offer major medical coverage (primary care, vision, dental, mental health), but the program, provided by the State of Oregon, offers significant premium reimbursements (up to 90%) for families who qualify in this income bracket and are already paying into their employer’s health plan. No child can be denied coverage based on any prior condition. Families across Oregon will no longer have to choose between buying groceries and paying for their child’s healthcare coverage. This program became available to families on January 1, 2010 and though hundreds of Central Oregon families will qualify for this program and all its benefits, only a handful know about this program and have been enrolled. Mosaic Medical, Partnership to End Poverty, Healthy Beginnings, MountainStar Family Relief Nursery, HealthMatters of Central Oregon, and NeighborImpact have partnered to bring the Health Kids Connect Enrollment Event & Health Fair to the Deschutes Expo Center on Saturday, May 8th from 9am-5pm. For more information on the event and the enrollment process, visit If you are unable to attend the event, call the enrolling organization with a location nearest you: BEND MountainStar Family Relief Nursery, 541-322-6820 Healthy Beginnings 541-383-6357 Mosaic Medical 541-383-3005 Cascade Insurance 541-382-7772 www.cascade Health Insurance Strategies 541-388-2000 PRINEVILLE Mosaic Medical Prineville 541-447-0707 MADRAS Mosaic Medical 541-475-7800 Oregon Child Development Coalition 541-475-6232 Acorn Paralegal Services 541-475-2572







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School News May is Walk + Bike Challenge Month

Redmond Schools To Return To Five-day School Week

by Annissa Anderson for Commute Options

On March 31, the school board voted to return to a standard five-day school week. • How can we afford a five-day school week? Major cost savings by moving to the four-day school week this year were derived from staff layoffs, salary concessions and the willingness of teachers to take preparation time outside the student contact day. This saved the district a one-time amount of $4 million. By using the same staffing levels as this year, the district is able to move to a five-day school week. • Will class sizes increase and secondary-level electives decrease? Yes, but this would have occurred regardless if we stayed with the four-day school week because teacher preparation is being moved back into the student contact day. This school year, by moving teacher preparation outside of the day, fewer teachers taught the same number of classes as last year because they are teaching all periods. For example, RHS teachers teach 5 out of 5 class periods rather than having one of those periods dedicated to preparation. The district has a contractual obligation to provide planning time (teacher preparation) for our teachers during the student contact day. This obligation will be met for the next school year. Meeting the expectations of the collective bargaining agreement by moving teacher preparation back into the school day means class sizes will increase slightly and electives will be somewhat limited next year regardless of a four-day or five-day week. Oregon’s budget picture is not looking good, but please note that these limitations are NOT due to poor planning by the Redmond School District. These challenges are a direct result of a struggling economy as we know all too well in Central Oregon. Our number one priority is our students; however, we simply cannot afford to meet all the expectations of low class sizes, diverse elective offerings and maintaining a full school year calendar with our existing resources.

Lynch Elementary receives Artie Award Lynch Elementary was selected to receive the prestigious “Artie Award” for their unique integration of the arts into their curriculum. Each year, the Arts Central in Bend presents “Artie” awards to community organizations and individuals who make significant contributions to the arts in Central Oregon. Award recipients received a hand-thrown ceramic award platter by Arts Central artist, Steve Provence, at the 2009-2010 Arts Central Fleece & Flannel Ball. Arts Central is the Oregon Arts Commission’s designated Arts and Culture Council for Central Oregon. Its purpose is to inspire creativity through arts education and to advocate for integration of the arts in all aspects of community life in Central Oregon. They accomplish their purpose through four distinctive initiatives: advocacy, arts education, public art, and cultural trust. Arts Central is able to provide arts education to the community through programs like education + resource center, Art Station, VanGo and Artists in Schools Residency.

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During the month of May, walking and biking to school will become a fun competition for kids at 16 elementary and middle schools in Central Oregon. Kids will participate in the annual Walk + Bike Challenge Month, a friendly statewide competition that encourages students to walk and bike to school for the whole month. The Walk + Bike Challenge is coordinated by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) as part of a larger program to encourage children, youth, and families to use safe, active, transportation to get to and from school and around in their communities throughout the year. The BTA is supported by partner organizations statewide and builds on existing Safe Routes to School partnerships. The challenge is facilitated locally by Commute Options and school coordinators who help students track their trips on a Challenge scorecard. Students challenge each other, other classrooms, or other whole schools and get points not only for walking and biking, but also skateboarding, scootering, rollerblading and all other active ways of getting to school. Walk + Bike Challenge is a basically month-long version of Commute Options Week, geared towards elementary and middle school students, said Kim Curley, of Commute Options and Healthy Active Central Oregon. Commute Options and Healthy Active Central Oregon works with local schools yearround to promote walking and biking to school as a way to reduce the number of vehicle trips and to promote healthy habits for kids. The competition is held during the month of May because kids are still in school but the weather is more pleasant for walking and biking. Competitors in the challenge win prizes including flashing safety lights, neon reflective shoe laces, and Walk + Bike temporary tattoos and stickers. Seth Graham, a 2nd grade teacher at Bear Creek Elementary and champion of several local programs that get school children biking to school, said the goal of Walk + Bike Challenge Month is to encourage the kids that have access to safe routes to ride and walk to school. “Forget about how it helps to prevent obesity and how it helps the environment. The self confidence that it creates is incredible,” said Graham, about teaching kids to ride bikes and use them for transportation. “It’s a great promotion!” said Curley. “We “saved” 26,000 trips last year with our registered schools.” Central Oregon schools participating in Walk + Bike Challenge Month this year are: Bear Creek Elementary – Bend Buff Elementary – Madras Cascade Middle School – Bend Elk Meadow Elementary – Bend Ensworth Elementary – Bend High Desert Middle School – Bend High Lakes Elementary – Bend Highland Elementary – Bend

Juniper Elementary – Bend M.A. Lynch Elementary – Redmond Madras Elementary – Madras Miller Elementary – Bend R.E. Jewell Elementary – Bend REALMS Middle School – Bend Sisters Elementary – Sisters Sisters Middle School – Sisters

Schools can register for the Walk + Bike Challenge Month on their own at Commute Options promotes choices that reduce the impacts of driving alone. Healthy Active Central Oregon is a project of Commute Options. For more information about Commute Options, contact Jeff Monson, Executive Director of Commute Options at 541/330-2647 or visit Annissa Anderson is a freelance writer and public relations consultant in Bend.

School Events Amity Creek Magnet School May 3-7th: Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Buckingham Elementary May 4th, 6:30pm: 1st Grade Music Program, The Giant Cabbage May 14th, 5:30pm: Spring Movie Night May 21st: PTA Fund Run High Desert Middle School May 7th, 6:30pm: Spring String Fling May 13th, 6pm: Incoming 6th Grade Info. Night May 25th, 7pm: 6th Grade Music Concert High Lakes Elementary May 21st, 2pm: Fun Run Juniper Elementary May 7th: Fiesta Night May 12th, Noon: Volunteer Luncheon

La Pine Highschool May 1st, 8-11pm: Prom May 4-7th: Mother’s Day Plant Sale May 19th, 7pm: Music concert Mt. View Highschool May 8th, 8-11:30pm: Prom May 12-16th: Spring Play May 25th, 7:30pm: Spring Choir Concert May 27th, 7pm: Band Concert May 22nd, 12-4: Japanese Festival

REALMS May 22nd: Rummage Sale Summit High School May 14-15th, 21-22nd: Spring Play May 27th, 6:30pm: Band Concert

Pine Ridge Elementary May 21st, 6-8pm: Carnival Ponderosa Elementary May 5th, 8am: Pancake Breakfast May 19th, 12:30-2pm: Spring Talent Show May 21st, 6-8pm: Spring Family Fun Night

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Groups, Meetings, Classes & Seminars AARP Driver Safety Classes A nationwide accredited program, focusing on driving safely, within DMV laws, and compensating for changes occurring after age 50. Each class is 8 total hours, conducted over two consecutive 4-hour days. $14 Student fee ($12 AARP members). All drivers welcome! Qualifies for auto insurance discount at age 55. Ruth Womack, District 8 coordinator. 541-317-0610. REDMOND- May 10-11th, 8-Noon. To Enroll: 541-548-6325. SISTERS COMMUNITY CHURCH- May 11-12th, 10-3pm. To Enroll: 541-549-1900. BEND- May 13-14th, 10-3pm w/1 hr lunch. To Enroll: 541-388-4802. BEND- Senior Center, May 24-25th, 1-5pm. To Enroll call 541-388-1133. Accelerate Your Home Beyond High Performance Workshop May 6th. Develop a comprehensive understanding of how to design a house to meet Energy Trust of Oregon’s new incentive benchmark Advanced Performance Home. This session will explore the technical criteria and design methods to achieve the most energy-efficient shell standard in the region. 1-4PM at The Environmental Center. CO Eating Disorder Support Group Meets the 2ND Tuesday of each month at 7PM, Summit Assisted Living Center, in the conference room (127 S.E. Wilson Ave). For family and friends of persons with eating disorders. Our support group is open to all persons and is free of charge. Our group provides a place for family and friends to meet and talk, confidentially. The meetings and guided meetings are guided by facilitators whose family member has recovered from an eating disorder. Consultants for the facilitators: Nancy Curfman, LCSW and Janyce Vick, LCSW. For more information please contact: Eileen White, 541-383-3405. Handling Your Child’s Emotional Moments May 22nd, 11:15-12:15pm. Come learn listening tools that can help prevent meltdowns and some fresh ways to help your child work through their strong feelings. Location: Bend Public Library, Brooks Room. Children are welcome. Toys and snack provided. For more information contact: Michelle Pate, Certified Parenting by Connection Instructor, 541-550-0506 or michellepate@ KIDS Center Classes Darkness to Light May 1st, 9am-noon. Darkness to Light “Stewards of Children” community trainings for adults take place the first Saturday of each month at KIDS Center. $15 materials fee. RSVP to Vale Muggia at Healing Hearts Tour May 11th, Noon-1pm. Come join us for the KIDS Center “Healing Hearts Tour” - a one-hour, up-close look at our child-friendly facility. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the issue of child abuse, how to be protective of children, and how KIDS Center helps kids and families take the first steps toward healing. Our tours are scheduled twice monthly * The 2nd Thursday of each month at 5pm * The 4th Wednesday at 12:30pm (May 26th). We also welcome your community group, club, company or service organization and are happy to find special times that fit your schedule.

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 presentations. Our new web address is: Grief Support Group Reinvesting in life after loss is less painful when the journey is shared with others. In this eight week group participants will find hope, connection, and solace together. No cost. Redmond: 3rd Thursdays of the month, 2-3:30pm. Bend: Tues., 10:30-Noon or Wed., 5:30-7pm. Pet Loss An open, drop-in group, for anyone anticipating or currently experiencing the loss of an animal companion. Tues., 6-7:30pm. **For further info. call Sharen at 382-5882. Coffee & Doughnuts with Bob & the Boys Sorry ladies….gentlemen only for this grief support group. Last Thurs. of the month 10–11:30am. 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. Monthly Potluck Bereaved are encouraged to attend a potluck lunch the second Tuesday of every month held at Hospice. No cost. 12:00-1:30pm. Traumatic Loss Losses by suicide, homicide, accident and other forms of trauma share common bonds that bring participants together for eight weeks of sharing, comfort, and support towards healing. No cost. Thurs., 5:30-7pm.

Ongoing Events

Child Car Seat Clinic Meets on the 1st Thursday of every month from 10-1pm at the Redmond Fire & Rescue, downtown Station, 341 NW Dogwood Ave, Redmond. Have local car seat technicians help you install your child car seat correctly for FREE! Statistics show that 8 out of 10 car seats are installed wrong! Questions: 541504-5016 or go to Crook County Skating Rink The Parks District operates a roller skating rink after school begins, through the end of May. It’s located in the gymnasium of Crooked River Elementary School, at 200 NE Fairview. Friday & Saturday Night Skate is from 6-9pm. $5 out of district, in district without card* and $4 in district with card*. Private Parties The skate rink may also be reserved for parties on Saturday afternoons for a twohour period, 3-5pm. The cost is $40 for the first 30 skaters, payable at the Parks office, with $1 for each additional skater, payable at the door. Reservations are required. Typically, the skate rink is reserved for birthday parties or group recreational gatherings. Your treats and drinks may be brought into the foyer, your personal music may be brought and played by the skate staff, and the limbo bar may be used. Candies and refreshments are also available for sale during your party session.* Get your in district card for the skate rink at the Parks Office. It’s free! Free Pancakes for Kids Got Hungry Kids? Come to Pancakes for Kids every Sunday from 8:30-9:30am. Free pancakes and juice for all kids ages 10 and under. At agape Harvest Fellowship, 52460 Skidgel Rd., La Pine. Questions? Call Pastor J.D. Lee at 541-536-9390. Kiddoz Craft Day- Every Tues. at 9:30am, FREE. Parents Night Out-May 7 and 21st, 5:30-9pm. $16. 222 SE Reed Market Rd., #100, Bend. 541-312-4742. Kids Night Out at Juniper Saturdays through May 29th, 6:30-9:30pm at Juniper Swim and Fitness Center in Bend. For ages 3-11. Swimming, games, movies. The facility is closed to other patrons while the program is in session. Registration is required by noon each Saturday. $8-10. https;//; Jen Avery at 541-389-7665. Jefferson County Film Center Presents FREE Family Films Every Friday at 7:30pm and enjoy free Popcorn at the Jefferson County Rodriguez Annex located on E and 8th Street. La Leche League of Bend Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month to discuss breastfeeding related topics. Nursing babies are welcome, as are pregnant women. Call Katie Boone at 541-317-5912 for more information. Madras Meet and Greet Every Friday at 8am come and enjoy a cup of Coffee at Coffee Cuppers, Hosted by different businesses. Come and meet and greet local Business People and

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Color Guide: Bend Sisters Sunriver Madras Redmond Prineville Lapine share your Business Announcements and/or community announcements. Call Auction is Deschutes Children’s Foundation’s major fundraising event. It allows the Chamber for locations and more information 541-475-2350. DCF to continue supporting the important work of 27 nonprofit organizations located in Central Oregon. Tickets are $99 and can be purchased in advance Mothers Of Preschoolers (MOPS) Bend-North Chapter by contacting DCF at 388-3101 or visiting www.deschuteschildrensfoundation. Women with children birth to 6yrs are invited to attend our bi-monthly meetings org. Sept.-May, Fridays from 9-11:30am. Enjoy childcare, breakfast, speakers and crafts for Moms. No meetings on holidays or school closures. Come get “Little Rascals” Fundraising Dinner and Auction connected. We meet at Church of the Nazarene, 1270 NE 27th Street. 541-383- May 7th, 5:30pm. A fundraising dinner and auction hosted by the local non3464 for more info or email at profit Redmond Learning Center and Child Care. The catered dinner will be held at Eagle Crest Resort. Tickets are $50 per individual and $90 per couple. Tickets The Crossings Lounge at The Riverhouse may be purchased at D&D Realty at 707 SW 9th St., or by calling 541-788-9027. The Betty Berger Big Band plays the 2nd and 4th Sundays from 6-9pm featuring Tickets are not available for purchase at the child care facility. Proceeds from music from the 40’s, 50’s, Big Band Era and Swing. There is a $7 cover charge this dinner and auction go towards helping low-income families, and families for this event. Hotel guests get in free with your room key. www.riverhouse. in financial crisis, pay for certified, reliable and quality child care. Part of the com. proceeds will also go towards replacing and upgrading much needed equipment and operational costs.

May 1st

Warm Springs 1st Annual Boys and Girls Club Fundraiser May 1st. The signature event will include: afternoon activities, a silent auction, a live auction, dinner and entertainment. 18th Annual SolAire Salmon Run, a benefit for The Environmental Center May 1st. SolAire Home Builders presents the 18th annual SolAire Salmon Run, a 5K and 10K run and walk in Bend, OR. Proceeds from the event fund The Environmental Center and the education, protection and restoration of local rivers and streams. Sisters Pet Parade & May Day Celebration May 1st, 11am. Location: Parade will be held on Hood Avenue and the May Day Celebration will be at Village Green Park. Bring your pet and parade them down Hood Avenue. There are no limitations. Finish off the parade at Village Green Park with a May Day celebration that will include making flower baskets. For complete details please contact Jeri at the Chamber 541-549-0251 or jeri@ Cowboys Indians & Antiques Auction May 1st, 8-6pm. Located in the High Desert Activity Center. For more information please contact Ramona Hulick. Ward Park Community Garden May 1st. First come, first serve! Large pots are $40 and small pots are $30 for the season. All necessities included in fee. Season May 1st to October 15th. Call or stop by with questions! Applications now being accepted. Prineville. www. Keep on Track 5k and 10k Fund Run/Walk Benefit Luncheon and Auction May 1st. Crook County HS. We are putting on a great family event which includes a 5k and 10k “fund” run/walk and kids 2k (any age) and benefit luncheon (pasta lunch and grilled chicken prepared by team members/parents) and live and silent auction to help save our track and field program.

May 2nd

Crook County Habitat for Humanity Bunco Party Fund Raiser May 2, 2pm. Fundraiser will aide next home build. Cash and door prizes. Something for everyone! Come, enjoy and have fun! Families Welcome. Location: Eagles Lodge, 235 NE 4th St., Prineville. Cost: $5 per person. www.

May 4th

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars; A Documentary Film May 4th, 7:30pm. Despite the unimaginable horrors of civil war, they were saved and brought hope and happiness to their fellow refugees through their music. $10. At the Tower Theatre in downtown Bend. Watch their story through this Film then catch them live May 18th!

May 5th

Heather Grant: Forces for Good: The 6 Practices of May 5th, 7pm. Speaks on social entrepreneurship, nonprofit leadership and strategic philanthropy. What really works: shift the focus from building the organization to building the movement, adopting the mindset of the entrepreneur. Maximize the impact of non-profits. Tickets: $30.00 General Admission; $40 Day of Show. At the Tower Theatre in downtown Bend. www.towertheatre. org.

May 7th

First Friday Gallery Walk May 7th, 5-9pm. Galleries in downtown Bend, Northwest Crosssing and the Old Mill fill with art patrons as they open their doors for this special monthly evening. Includes musical performances and refreshments at selected galleries. Deschutes Children’s Foundation’s 18th Annual Art & Wine Auction May 7th. Features a silent and live auction filled with works from the region’s best artists and wine from around the world. The evening includes live music, a seated dinner, and wine tasting with prominent Northwest wineries. The Art & Wine

M a y 8th

Jazz at Joe’s - Vol. 22 May 8th, 7-9pm at Greenwood Playhouse. Featuring Bend’s own Michelle Van Handel, “East Meets West, Chapter 3”. Come out and enjoy an evening of fantastic music with some of the Northwest’s premier jazz artists. Show Price $25. Leonard Nimoy’s “Vincent” May 8th, 7:30pm. VINCENT is the heartwarming story of Vincent Van Gogh as told through the eyes of Vincent and his brother Theo, a few days after Vincent’s untimely passing at age 37. You will find yourself lost in the amazing landscapes and haunting words that, together, frame a gifted and troubled spirit. Tickets: Reserved Seating $75 VIP, $35, and $25. At the Tower Theatre in downtown Bend.

M a y 9th

Mothers Day Brunch May 9th, 9-11:30am. Central Oregon Council On Aging (COCOA) in Partnership with Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers (IVC) will be sponsoring a Mother’s Day Brunch at the Bend Senior Center. COCOA and IVC would like to invite local residents to join us for a delicious brunch celebrating all mothers, young and old. Good food and music will be provided. We encourage everyone to honor their mom by supporting local not-for-profits that help seniors in the community. Plan to stay after the brunch to support the United Senior Citizens of Bend Bingo at the Senior Center. Tickets are $8/adults and $5/children under 16 and can be purchased at the door. To reserve your seats, please call 541-548-8817. Located at 1600 SE Reed Market Road. Proceeds from the brunch will benefit the COCOA Meals on Wheels Program and Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers. Summit Highschool Presents For the Love of Music May 9th, 3pm. The Summit High School Friends of Music present the 1st annual fundraiser, featuring U of O’s premier A Cappella Groups; Divisi & On The Rocks! Tickets: General Admission $25 Adults/Seniors and $15 Students/ Children. At the Tower Theatre in downtown Bend.

M a y 11th

KIDS Center Healing Hearts Luncheon May 11th, Noon-1pm. Learn more about how KIDS Center helps children and families begin healing from the tragic effects of child abuse, and how their community prevention and education programs help stop abuse from happening in the first place. Please call Talena at to reserve your spot today. www.

M a y 14th

Sprout Film Festival May 14-15th. Matinee, 11:30 and is $6, Evening, 7:30pm and is $10. Presented by: FULL ACCESS. The Sprout Film Festival is an International touring festival that raises their profile by showcasing films that feature their work. By presenting thought provoking films, the festival reinforces accurate portrayals of people with developmental disabilities, and exposes the audience to important issues. People can expect an enjoyable and enlightening experience that will entertain, and break down stereotypes promoting a greater acceptance of differences and awareness of similarities. At the Tower Theatre in downtown Bend. Three Sisters Women’s Conference May 14-15th. The Three Sisters Women’s Conference provides a time and place for women to come together in the presence of God and encourage one another. We try to create and atmosphere of loving acceptance where hurts can be healed and we can learn better ways to live fulfilling lives. We strive to bring inspiring Keynote Speakers from all over the country to Central Oregon to share how God is working in their life, helping them overcome obstacles. The event also includes worship music from talented local and not-so-local women to help set the spiritfilled tone. Presenters use skits, poetry, games, breakout speeches and other ways to reach out and touch the hearts of those who attend. The Three Sisters Women’s Conference is not funded by any denomination. We continue to grow with God’s grace through donations and conference fees. For more information please call or visit the website. (May events cont. on pg 36)

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M a y 25th

The U.S. Bank Pole Pedal Paddle May 15th, 9-2pm. The participants alpine ski, cross-country ski, bike, run, canoe/kayak and sprint to the finish! We invite you to take part in the festivities and enjoy Central Oregon. The Les Schwab Amphitheater area will host a daylong festival of various foods, music, sponsor booths and don’t forget, all the cheering and spectating of the PPP participants.

Horse Feathers & Sweet Harlots May 25th, 8pm. With Jenny Harada of Moon Mountain Ramblers & Members of Central Oregon Symphony. Bringing the very best of Portland indie rock to the Tower Theatre. Tickets: General Admission $15 plus venue fees, All ages (Minors seated in balcony)

Brahms Requiem May 15 and 17th, 7:30pm and May 16th, 2pm. The Mastersingers are currently preparing for their first-ever collaboration with the Central Oregon Symphony. Together with the Cascade Chorale, we will present the monumental “German Requiem” by Johannes Brahms at the Bend High School Auditorium. www.

Golf for Schools May 26th-June 7th. Central Oregon golf courses are taking a swing at the recession by donating a limited number of HALF PRICE rounds of golf to help raise money for regional public schools. To tee up at your favorite participating course for 50% OFF the regular rate, simply buy your rounds here and use them between May 26 and June 7. Thanks to the generosity of our golf community, local education foundations will receive ALL the proceeds. www.golfforschools. org.

May 16th

Mini PPP May 16th, 9-1pm. Old Mill District. Kid’s obstacle course, bike, raft and run to the finish line in the Les Schwab Amphitheater in the Old Mill District. Visit MBSEF for more information.

May 18th

Sierra Leone Refugee AllStars May 18th, 7:30pm. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars are a group of musicians who escaped the horrific violence of Sierra Leone’s civil war, landed in a West African refugee camp and formed a band to keep their spirits up and their hopes alive. Tickets: Reserved Seating $30 or $25. At the Tower Theatre in downtown Bend. Smart Marketing in a Down Economy May 18th, 6-8:30pm. Location: Sisters High School Lecture Room. Free workshop. Space is limited-pre registration is required. Contact Presented by COCC.

May 21st

Days of Caring May 21-22nd, 7:30am-5:30pm. The 14th annual Days of Caring will take place on May 21 & 22. Days of Caring, the signature event of the United Way of Deschutes County, is a county-wide effort matching local businesses with nonprofit agencies for a day of community service. Days of Caring provides an opportunity for non-profits to select a project that needs helping hands; then businesses in the community organize a team, or teams, of volunteers to help. High Desert Chamber Music ~ Mountain Trio May 21st, 7pm. Don’t miss the Season Finale, Come hear the Music! Reserved Seating General ~ $30, Reserved Seating Children/Students with ID ~ $15 At the Tower Theatre in downtown Bend.

May 22nd

Dedication Ceremony for Peterson Ridge Trailhead May 22nd, 11am. Location: Village Green Park. Gather at Village Green Park with dedication speeches and then walk, bike or horseback to the Peterson Ridge Trailhead off of Elm St. for a ribbon cutting ceremony. www.sisterscountry. com. Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis May 22nd, 10am. Old Mill District. Great Strides Walk taking steps to cure cystic fibrosis. Redmond High School Farmers Market May 22nd, 9-4pm. Come for the 1st Annual Redmond High School Career & Technical Education Farmers Market. It will be a day filled with Fresh Produce & Herbs, Flowers & Bedding Plants, Metal Yard Art, Wood Crafts, Food, Pottery and Jewelry.

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M a y 28th

Goo Goo Dolls May 28th, Gates- 5pm, show- 6:30pm. All Ages- General Admission Tickets available. Since forming in 1986, as punk-influence trio the Goo Goo Dolls have evolved into a platinum selling, chart topping act. Special Guest Vedera is an indie rock quartet from Kansas City fronted by Kristen May. Get ready for rock guitar, a driving rhythm section and May’s soaring vocals in concert and on their recent album Stages. $37 GA advance ticket. Plus Ticketmaster fees.

M a y 30th

Sisters Stampede May 30th. 1st annual bike race. Start/Finish will be near Three Creeks Brewing and FivePine Lodge. For complete information visit www.sistersstampede. $500 cash payout for top three Men, and top three Women. www.sisterscountry. com. Band of Horses and She & Him May 30th, Gates- 5pm, show- 6pm. All Ages- General Admission Tickets available. Two of the most exciting indie rock bands co-headline in what is an explosive kick off to the summer season at the beautiful Les Schwab Amphitheater. Band of Horses and She & Him will each play a full set. Opening band is Dawes. $35 GA advance ticket. Plus Ticketmaster fees. www. Redmond Community Breakfast May 30th, 8-11am. Location: 1368 Hwy 97, Redmond opens map window to view 1368 Hwy 97, Redmond. Click to add this event to your Outlook calendar add The Redmond Chamber. Hosted by Coyote Ranch, the Community Breakfast is part of the Redmond Centennial Celebration. Please call with questions.Web: visit

M a y 31st

Avenue of Flags May 31st, 9-4pm. As part of the Redmond Centennial Celebration the Avenue of Flags will be sponsored by the American Legion. Ceremonies will take place at 9am at the Terrebonne Cemetery and 11am at the Redmond Cemetery. It will be displayed from 9am-4pm at the Redmond Cemetery. Please contact Larry Roshak with questions.

Crook County Parks and Recreation Events

JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS: The focus of this class is on continued development of basic skills such as forehand, backhand, & overhand strokes, volleys, serves, topspin and slice, etc. Fun match play drills as well. Must already possess basic tennis skills. Ages 7 to 14. Mondays & Wednesdays, April 19 to June 2 from 5:15pm to dark. Crook County High School Tennis Courts. $30.00 ID, $45.00 OD.

Youth Choir of Central Oregon Spring Concert May 22nd, 7pm. Bend Senior High School. Celebrating 20 years. www.ycco. org.

12TH ANNUAL FISHING DERBY: Come on up to Ochoco Lake and take part in this fun family event. Check-in at 7am, weigh-in at 11am. Munchies and coffee and prizes for best catch, etc. Saturday, May 1. $5 ID, $8 OD. All Ages.

Sunriver Music Festival 2010 BRIDGE BASH May 23rd, Noon. The event will host both an unsanctioned duplicate tournament and the traditional “party bridge” event. Registration for the Bridge Bash begins at noon. The luncheon will be served at 12:30 sharp, followed by the bridge tournaments. The event will conclude with dessert, prizes to the winners, as well as door prizes. The cost, including lunch, is $40 per person, of which $25 is a tax deductible contribution to the Sunriver Music Festival. Entry is open to pairs only. Entries must be received by May 1, 2010. Contact John at or Marilyn at 541-593-8333 to enter.

HIKING - WOMEN’S 50+: Join Parks and Rec and explore some of the best spots in Central Oregon. Bring your comforts, snacks, and water. Meets the first 3 Thursdays of each month. Meet at 8:45am at pool parking lot. Thursdays, May 6 - July 15 from 9am to 2pm. $60.00 ID, $90.00 OD. Ages 50 and over.

May 23rd

Festival Bridge Tournament May 23rd. Enjoy a game of Bridge and a delicious lunch prepared by the Crosswater Chefs while supporting the Sunriver Music Festival. Web: www. visit

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WARD PARK COMMUNITY GARDEN: First come, first serve! Large plots are $40 and small plots are $30 for the season. All necessities included in fee. Season is May 1 to October 15. Call or stop by with questions! Applications now being accepted. YOUTH SCHOLARSHIPS: Youth scholarships are available for Parks and Recreation Programs. School District Free or Reduced Lunch Program participants qualify. Scholarships also given on an individual basis. Crook County Parks and Recreation - 447-1209,


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601 NW Wall, 541-617-7097 Toddlin Tales: For ages 18-36 mo. Stories, songs, rhymes, tickles, movement. Tues. at 10:15 and 11am and Wed. at 10:15am. Come early, space is limited. Baby Steps: Stories, songs, rhymes. For infants 0-18 months. Wed. and Thurs. @ 11am. Preschool Parade: Stories, songs, rhymes, and sometimes a craft for children ages 3-5. Tues. at 1:30pm and Fri. at 10:15am. Saturday Stories: Stories, songs, rhymes and activirtes for children ages 3-5. 10:15am. Musical Adventures: Mon., 10:30am. For ages 3–5. Limited to the first 20 kids. Songs, Movement, Games, and Instruments to explore the world of music with Janellybean. Plenty of hands-ON fun! This FREE program is a partnership between Deschutes Public Library and Cascade Community School of Music. Good Chair, Great Books: May 3, Noon. Brooks Room. Read and discuss The Princess Bride by William Goldman. Now Showing: May 5th, 5:30pm. Drop in at the Bend Public Library to Carl Hiaasen’s, Hoot. Popcorn provided! Second Sunday: May 9th, 2pm. Local writers Charles Finn and Mary Sojourner will each read a selection from their work. An open mic will follow the reading. Free and open to the public. Author William Sullivan: May 14th, 7pm. Oregon’s own hiking and outdoor guru presents his latest slide show, “New Hikes in Southern Oregon.” Books, including a selection from his popular hiking guidebook series will be available for sale. Free and open to the public. Read Watch Discuss: May 20th and 27th, 5:30pm. Brooks Room.Movie showing of The Four Feathers. See the film this week, then join us May 27th for a discussion of both the film and book by A.E.W Mason. Classics Book Club: May 25, 6pm. Brooks Room. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

241 SE 7th St., 541-475-3351 Little ones Storytime: Tues.,10:10am. Ages: toddlers to 2yrs. (but all are invited to share in the fun). We focus on rhyme, repetition and things that are familiar to your little one. Pre-school Storytime:Tues., 10:30am. Ages 3-up (but all are invited to share in the fun). We focus on narratives, real world experiences, and word play. In order to engage your pre-schooler’s mind, story time also includes interactive games, educational videos and cartoons, and an after-story craft time. Elementary Storytime: Tues, 6:30pm. Ages 5-8 (but all are invited to share in the fun). We focus on guessing games, riddles and poetry, and chapter books. Each book is serialized, so make sure to come every week in order to not miss out on any of the excitement. Spanish Storytime: Cuándo: Miércoles, 1pm. Bebés y niños de edad preescolar pero todas las edades están invitados. Leeremos un cuentito, cantaremos y haremos un proyectito educacional y divertido que se podrán llevar a casa.

Crook Cty. Public Library

175 NW Meadow Lakes Dr., 541-447-7978 Wee Read: A toddler lapsit for ages birth-3ys & caregivers held every Wed., 10am. Storytime: Join Tammy for stories and crafts. Tues., 6pm; Thurs., 11am. Ages 3-6yrs. 16425 1st St., 541-312-1090

Tuesday Tales: Ages 0-5yrs with an adult. Listening, singing and dancing for an active and exciting time for you and your child. Every Tues. at 10:30. Teen Game Day: May 5, 3-4:30pm. Come play Mario Kart, DDR, Rock Band, Guitar Hero and others with your friends! Librarian in room. Ages 12-17. Art Exhibit: Walter Lee: Through May 2nd. Come inside the La Pine Public Library and take a look at this vibrant local artist. Teen Laptop Lab: May 10th, 17th and 24th from 3-5pm. Check Myspace, do homework, play games with your friends. Librarian in room; free and open to 6th12th graders. Fear Factor Food: May 19th, 1:30-3:30pm. Go four rounds with the grossest food out there! See if you can stomach more than your friends. Or are you too afraid? Prizes for the winners and semi-edible snacks for the spectators.

Sisters Public Library

110 N Cedar Ave., 541-312-1072

Family Fun Story Time: Ages 18mo-5yrs. Wed. at 10:30am. Teen Fridays, Laptop Lab: Every Fri., 3:15-4:45pm. Bring your own headphones! Grades 5-12. Good Chair Great Books: May 26th, 6:30pm. Meets in Community room. All thoughtful readers welcome. Discussing Infidel – Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

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827 SW Deschutes, 541-312-1054 Baby Steps: Stories, songs, rhymes. for infants 0-18 months. Thurs., 10:30. Toddlin’ Tales: For ages 18-36 mo. Stories, songs, rhymes, tickles, movement. Tues. 10:15 & 11:15. Preschool Parade: Stories, songs, rhymes, and sometimes a craft for ages 3-5. Weds., 10:15 & 11:15. Musical Adventures: Fridays, 10:30am. Songs, movement, instruments and games are used to explore the world of music. For ages 3-6 years. Limited to 20 children. Register online or call . This FREE porgram is offered through a partnership with Cascade Community School of music and Deschutes Public Library. Good Chair Great Books: May 13th, Noon. Bring your lunch, and feed your mind at this thought-provoking and fun book club. May’s book is “Island of the Blue Dolphins” by Scott O’Dell. Teen Thursdays: DRAWING LAB, May 6th. 3:15–4:45pm. Multi-Purpose Room. Bring your friends and draw and hang out. Lots of drawing books will be around for inspiration. Sign up for DJ slots. Paper and pencils provided. Grades 6 - 12. GAME DAY!: May 20th. Teens get your game on at the library! Play Wii, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and more! Bring in your own games if rated E or T. Snacks provided. Free. Teen Thursdays: PROM NAILS, May 13th, 3:15–4:45pm. Make Lady Ga Ga proud and do your own nails. Bring nail polish or use ours and learn ab out “manipedi’s”. This is for guys too! Grades 6 - 12. ADA info. contact: mercedesh@dpls. us or 312-1063. Author William Sullivan: May 15th, 1pm. Oregon’s own hiking and outdoor guru presents his latest slide show, “New Hikes in Southern Oregon.” Books, including a selection from his popular hiking guidebook series will be available for sale. Free and open to the public.

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56855 Venture Lane, 541-312-1080 Family Fun Story Time: Every Tues. at 10:30. Stories, finger rhymes, songs and movement skills for all ages. Parents and caregivers required to attend with child and to participate in all activities Good Chair, Great Book: May 6th, 12-1pm. Read and discuss “South of Broad” by Pat Conroy. Participants encourages to bring lunch to this event. Chapter One Book Club: May 1st, 10-12. Read and Discuss Hannah’s Dream, by Diane Hammond (discussion leaders: Jan Bull & Barbara Bailey) Pajama Party Story Time: May 18th, 6:30pm. Theme: “Bug’s and Slugs” Come join the fun at Pajama Party Story Time. Wear your favorite pajamas’ and bring your favorite cuddly stuffed animal and enjoy a few stories before bedtime. Live Read with Julie Bowers: May 26th, 6:30pm. A program in which attendees sit in comfy chairs around the fireplace and listen to great short fiction read out loud by library staff. Synonyms: escape from the everyday, rediscover simple pleasures. Thursday’s Teen Territory Game Day’s: May 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th, 3-4:30pm. The library is your space! Come hang out, listen to music, do your homework, craft, or whatever hits your fancy. Board games and cards available. Meeting room; librarian in room; free and open to 6th-12th graders. Fear Factor Food: May 12th, 1:30-3:30pm. Go four rounds with the grossest food out there! See if you can stomach more than your friends. Or are you too afraid? Prizes for the winners and semi-edible snacks for the spectators. Teen Game Day: May 26th, 1:30-3:30pm. Play Wii, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, DDR, card and board games. Librarian in room; free and open to 6th-12th graders. Calling All Volunteers: Come join our team of wonderful volunteers! The Deschutes Public Library System thrives in part because of the generosity of its volunteers. The Sunriver Area Public Library needs more help shelving materials. If you are interested please contact Kate at or by calling (541) 312-1086. N at i o N a l

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G O T C U LT U R E ? The Art Station

Art Start Ages 2-4. Thurs., May 13-June 3rd, 11am-11:45. Experience the extraordinary world of art as you and your child paint, work in clay, create collage masterpieces and more! Using drawing and painting tools helps children develop fine motor skills at their important “pre-writing” stage. A caregiver must accompany each child. No child under two allowed during class. $45 Art and More Ages 4–6. Thurs., May 12-June 3rd, 1-3pm. Art and bookswinning combination! Books will be read out loud and linked to each art project for skill development in both visual and literary arts. Your child will explore paint, clay drawing and collage. Bring a healthy snack. $70 Clay Play Ages 4-6. Wed., May 4-25th, 10am-11:30. Students will increase skills in thinking and creating in three-dimensional form, learn how to sue clay tools and glaze their pieces. $54 Animal Planet Ages 6-8. Thurs., May 13-June 3rd, 3:45-5:15pm. You will explore a variety of animals and learn creative ways to portray them. Paint, draw, print and papier mache. $54 It’s Art Wednesday: Clay and Multimedia Ages 6-8 and 8-12, Wed., May 12-June 2nd, 2:30-4:30pm. Create with clay in the ceramics studio and then investigate art in the multimedia studio. What will you create? Come and Find out....the possibilities are endless! Bring a healthy snack. $75 Portraits: Me and You Ages 8-12. Tues, May 11-June 2nd, 3:45-5:15pm. Have fun learning about the art of portraiture and various techniques of creating life-like and not so life-like protraits of yourself, others and your favoite pets and wild animals. $48 TEEN/ADULT Day Clay Mon., May 3-June 14th, Noon-3pm. As a beginner, learn the basics of hand-building, wheel-throwing, and glazing; as an experienced potter, work at your own pace. Includes glazes, gas firings and open studio once a week. $162 Mosaic Art Mon., May 3-June 14th, 5:30-8:30pm. Learn about the history, materials and tools as you create unique pieces of functional or decorative artowork. $126 Oil Painting Tues., May 4-25th, 9:30-Noon. Learn oil painting skills through demos, discussions, and practice, with an overview of materials, color mixing, and composition. $75 Layer It Up! Acrylic & Collage Workshop May 5-7th, 9am-4. Theresa Goesling, a Seattle artist and international workshop instructor, is a visiting artist teaching her acrylic and collage techniques. $195

Classes *Inks and solvents are supplied for all classes. Paper is available for purchase.

May 2010 Gallery Exhibition: Mayhem! aka Print Binge It’s Spring cleaning at A6 – that means you clean up. The May art exhibition features original hand pulled prints by Atelier members and associates. Work on the walls and in the bins will be changing throughout the month…all at spring sale prices. First Friday: May 7, Artist print demonstrations from 5:30– 8pm.

Printed, Folded and Free Standing: Paper Sculpture May 5-19, 10am–12:30pm. Utilizing the printing press to form relief prints and embossments students will combine collage and drawing techniques into their paper works. The folded paper print projects are intended to be freestanding constructions or “off the wall” book sculptures. $50 Collagraph Printing May 18 & May 25, 5:30–8pm. The collagraph plate is composed from found objects and created materials built on a surface. Brayers and brushes are used to apply ink to the collagraph plate; the plate is printed resulting in the unique image produced by the collaged face. $45 The Artist in Residence Program Working side by side with accomplished artists who specialize in a particular field of art students study and learn techniques that are creative and inspirational. Open invigorating dialogue inspires curiosity and challenges courage in art making. Printing Solar June 18–20. Etched by sunlight and treated in water, solar plate is a unique and distinctive printmaking technique. The printmaking plate has a polymer photosensitive surface attached to a steel backing. To achieve a wide range of printed effects artists make prints by working directly onto the plate with printing inks, or create images by exposing the plate through a transparent film, or utilize opaque drawing materials, photographs or photocopies. The solar plate holds incredible detail producing images with depth. Mixed-media artists and painters who wish to explore and expand their artistry will be able to include solar etching in their work. All levels. $150 + $35 studio fee. Instructor: Barbara Mason ArtTalk: June 18, 7–8:30pm, “Printing Solar”. Free and open to the public. Workshop: June 19, 10am–3pm / Sun, June 20, 10am–2pm. Barbara Mason is an artist/printmaker who lives in Aloha, Oregon. She was introduced to printmaking in 1985 and has been fine-tuning her skills ever since. Barbara has shown her work nationally and internationally for the last 25 years. Atelier 6000, 389 SW Scalehouse Ct. Suite 120, Bend, OR 97702. Note: All printmaking classes include the use of the equipment, tools and inks. Paper is available for purchase. Please register for all A6 classes through the Art Station. Call 541-330-8759 to register.

Color Exploration May 12-June 2nd, Wed., 6:30-8:30pm. Master the different color schemes and use color to create depth and interst as you enliven your painting. $75 Clay Open Studio May 6-June 10th, Thurs., Noon-3pm. Limited to intermediate and advanced students, this class allows students the opportunity to pursue their own direction at their own pace. Bring your own tools, or purchase at studio. $89 Art of the Envelope Sat., May 15th, 10am-2pm. Using a variety of templates, we’ll use a surprising array of papers to create beautiful envelopes and embellish them with simple collage techiques, inks and rubber stamps. $40 The Art Station is a project of the non-profit Arts Central. It is a learning center for the creative arts. For more information or to get a class catalog, call 541-617-1317, 313 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr., Bend 97702 or check the Arts Central website for the class catalog online at Contact Ingrid at

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Registration for the 2009-’10 begins at our Open House April 6th, 2008 3 - 6 pm 348 N. 7th Street • Redmond, Oregon • 548-1656 School Registrar: Lauren Wanamaker 504-5527

“Good Beginnings Never End”

EXPLORE YOUR INNER CHILD AT O N E O F O U R F I N E S T M U S E U M S cultural wonders of the High Desert, with activities such as High Desert Museum puppet play and quick craft projects for ages 2 to 5.


New Summer Hours and Rates Open 9am to 5pm daily through Oct. 31. Adults $15; ages 65 plus, $12; ages 5-12, $9; ages 4 and younger, free. Earle A. Chiles Award Lecture May 8th, 1pm. World Renowned Archaeologist Dr. Dennis Jenkins. Dr. Dennis Jenkins’ discovery of 14,300-year-old human specimens in Oregon attracted worldwide attention because it shed new light on how and when the first people came to North America. He presents a lively talk on “Oregon’s Earliest Inhabitants: Archaeology and Genetic Studies at the Paisley Caves.” Backyard Explorers May 20, 21, 22 Wily Weasels. Let’s learn why mustelids are a must-have! Don our special backpacks as we go outside to explore the world of badgers, otters, and weasels. Create your own art to take home, too. 9:30am, May 20–21; 9:30am and 1pm on May 22. Museum members: $15 for one child, $10 for each additional sibling. Non-members: $20 for one child, $15 for each additional child (does not include parent’s Museum admission). Call to register: ext. 329. Some activities may be outdoors - please dress appropriately. “Sin in the Sagebrush” Seniors Tour and Lecture May 18th, 4pm. Join Curator of Western History Bob Boyd for some captivating stories of how people survived the rugged mining and logging towns on the High Desert frontier. Light snacks, beer, and wine no-host bar. Free for seniors abe 62 and over. Behind-the-Scenes Animal Tours May 1st and 15th. Join our wildlife staff for a look behind the animal exhibits: how food is prepared, how bugs, snakes and tortoises are cared for, where the birds sleep, and more. $15 per person regardless of age (plus Museum admission), $10 for members. Reservations: 541-382-4754, ext. 241, at least one week in advance. New Volunteer Orientation May 7th, 1pm. Discover the ways teens and adults can volunteer at the Museum working in wildlife areas, giving exhibit tours, becoming a Living History character or working behind the scenes. Fun In The Forest May 22 and 23rd, 10am-4pm. Meet Smokey Bear and see family friendly demonstrations of leave-no-trace camping at our outdoor campsite. Check out a U.S. forest Service Fire Truck and meet real forest firefighters. Explore our historic High Desert Ranger Station, where U.S. Forest Service retirees, the ‘OldSmokeys’ of the Pacific Northwest, will talk about wildfire prevention and the evolving roles of the Forest Service. Daily Programs

Free with Museum admission. This schedule is subject to change daily check with Admissions Desk to confirm: 541-382-4754, ext. 271.

11am Birds of Prey Talk: Meet a magnificent raptor close-up and learn about them from the wildlife staff. 1pm Keeper Talk: Find out from the animal keepers what it is like to care for wildlife at their habitats throughout the Museum (check with front desk for schedule) 2pm Otter Talk: See the amazing world of the river otter. Touch furs and skulls and learn about the Museum’s river otter, Thomas. 2:45 pm Spirit of the West Exhibit Tours: Journey with a guide from a Native American rock shelter, through a mining operationand a re-created 1885 settlement town.

The High Desert Museum is nationally acclaimed for telling the story of America’s High Desert through indoor and outdoor: wildlife habitats; interactive, experiential play spaces for children; living history performances; natural and cultural exhibits; Native American and Western art; and music, nature trails, tours and special programs for all ages. A wild getaway on 135 forested acres, it is just five minutes from Bend on South Highway 97. Winter Hours through April 30th: 10am-4pm daily. Admission: adult, $10; senior (65+) $9; ages 5 to 12, $6; ages 4 and younger, free. High Desert Museum 541-382-4754,

Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory

Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory is located at 57245 River Road, Sunriver, OR. 541-593-4442. Hours are March 20-27th, 10-4pm. Observatory is Wed, Fri. and Sat., 8-10pm. Admission rates are $2, adults, $1 child (ages 2-12) at the Nature Center and $6, adults, $4, child (ages 2-12) at the Observatory. 541-593-4394


Theatrical Arts

All classes will be held at the BEAT Studio (300 Scott St./behind Sparrow Bakery.) You can sign up directly through BEAT by downloading a registration form from Call 541-419-5558 if you have questions about how to sign up for one of the following classes:

Stage Craft Intensive May 15-16th, 9-5pm. Age: 10 -18. Location: BEAT Studio and Bend High School. Have you ever wanted to explore the world backstage?Learn how to make props, flats and run the technical side of theatre - sound, lighting and staging.Tour a local stage facility to get hands on experience with technical theatre and stage management. Fee: $140 Boys Next Door May 13-16th and 20-23rd. The Boys Next Door is an OffBroadway success; this very funny yet very touching play focuses on the lives of six mentally challenge young men who live in a communal residence under the watchful eye of a sincere, but increasingly despairing social worker. Filled with humor, the play is also marked by the coompassion and understanding with which it peers in the half-lit world of its handicapped protagonists. B.E.A.T. is partnering with CORIL and Family Access with several different venues to promote mental difference acceptance and awareness. At 2nd Street Theatre. Bend Theatre For Young People Presents Spring Junior Play Production of Lucky Hudson & the 12th Street Gang May 28th, 7pm and 29th, 1pm. Join in the fun and celebrate spring with a who-dunnit detective caper! Combining the fundamental elements of our curriculum, voice and diction, expressive body movement and building a believable character, students will rehearse and perform an age-appropriate stage play. Casting is limited to the first 20 students who sign up. No experience is necessary but attendance is mandatory. Location: Greenwood Playhouse at CTC. Contemporary Gospel Choir of the Cascades (CGCC) The Contemporary Gospel Choir of the Cascades is a fun, inclusive choir that performs in the Central Oregon area. Please contact Julie for more information: 541-390-2441 or check us out on the web:

Weekly Programs 10-2pm, The Otter Den: A fun, new creative lay and learning space! Children ages 2-5 and their parents can experience changing themes each week, from tumbling to bubble play. 12-4pm, KOHD Wild Wednesdays: Visitors ages 7 to 12 and their parents will discover obscure parts of the Museum on weekly scavenger hunts. Use puzzles to find all the hidden treasure chests and get a Museum prize. Themes of the adventure change each month. 11am-3pm, Weekends: Living History at the Homestead: Go back more than a century and meet pioneers at a re-created High Desert ranch. Join them in chores around the cabin too. 10:30am, Tuesdays: Totally Touchable Tales: Storytelling that opens preschoolers’ eyes, ears, and hearts to the natural and

Central Oregon Family News May 2010 Page 39

Keep Neighborhoods Healthy And Drug Free On the surface, it looked like any other city park. On closer inspection, it was a magnet not for the children and families who lived nearby, but for drug dealing and other illegal activity. That soon changed. Teenage volunteers with a drug prevention organization and members of a chamber of commerce decided to do something about it. Going door to door, they recruited neighbors to reclaim the park. When local residents saw the teens’ involvement, they got their own children involved in the project, too. The youngsters worked side by side, pulling weeds, collecting garbage and even testing new, donated playground equipment. A couple local police officers embraced the project as well, voluntarily helping clean up the park. Over two short weekends, the dedicated group of neighborhood volunteers reclaimed the space. Today, the park once again is a safe place for children and families. The people who spend time there keep it clean, and police regularly patrol the area to ensure its safety. The project created stronger bonds between residents who live around the park. And even today, it provides a permanent visual that underscores for participating youngsters the values their parents and the community hold dear. The effort is a prime example of how people equipped with vision, energy and the drive to make a difference – whether in Central Oregon or any other region - can work together to prevent alcohol and other drug use and build a stronger community. And it is an example that any neighborhood facing a challenge to its livability can follow. Though it can be natural for individuals to feel overwhelmed when addressing challenging issues that impact their community, people don’t – and shouldn’t – have to go it alone. There is strength in numbers. Residents, neighborhood groups, businesses, and civic organizations who work together not only have greater success tackling specific problems, but they also lay a solid foundation for keeping children safe and drug free and improving community health. It literally creates a small-town atmosphere of close-knit families and neighborhoods within our isolated, hustle-bustle world. Whether the goal is to increase children’s safety, hold a drug-free event or activity, or raise awareness about drug issues, the key to making a difference in your community is to keep it simple. Take, for instance, a grandfather in one Northwest city, who wanted to improve the safety of an intersection near his home for children coming and going from school. For too long, he saw cars speed along the street the youngsters crossed. Though he wasn’t even related to any of the children, the dedicated man cobbled

together a homemade stop sign and regularly manned the crossing. The project, now known as “Adopt a Stop,” was embraced by others in his community - and in no time spread throughout the city. Alcohol- and drug-free block parties, neighborhood picnics and potluck dinners also are effective in generating positive activity and, if appropriate, bringing residents together to begin talking about – and solving – issues. Posting flyers on grocery store bulletin boards, at a nearby community center or in the commons area of an apartment complex is an effective and inexpensive way to advertise such events. Residents looking to raise awareness about alcohol and other drug issues have appealed to their local civic clubs and made a presentation to members. Some have held book drives and other fund-raisers, using the money to create bookmarks for distribution at community events like a county fair or a concert in a park. Printed on one side of the bookmarks was a list of ways to keep kids drug free, and on the other side were local resources where parents and others could get support. Sending a unified message about prevention at myriad community venues where youth and adults go is important because people are then exposed to the message consistently. Communities can also use potentially negative situations to empower youth. Neighborhoods struggling with graffiti have recruited businesses to devote an exterior wall of their property to a mural project, giving youth a positive outlet for their creativity. A fantastic byproduct of such a project is a greater understanding between youngsters and older generations. The anthropologist Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Time and again, that notion has held true. Parents and other caregivers in Central Oregon interested in parenting resources and more information about helping youth stay alcohol and drug free may contact the Deschutes County Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator (541-330-4632); the Crook County Prevention Coordinator (541-416-8392); the Alcohol Prevention Coordinator/Meth Prevention Coordinator for Warm Springs (541-553-3462); or the certified prevention specialist at the BestCare Treatment Services Prevention Office in Madras (541-410-0606). This article was developed by Oregon Partnership, a statewide nonprofit that exists to end substance abuse and suicide. For parenting resources, and to learn more about keeping kids free of alcohol and other drugs, please call Oregon Partnership at 503-244-5211, or visit www.

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