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20 PARENTING Mama Bear to the rescue! If you find yourself helping your children a little too frequently, check out Annette Benedetti’s tips on empowering children to be more responsible.

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EDITOR’S NOTE “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  — Benjamin Franklin As the long days of summer wane and evenings turn chilly, it’s time to savor precious unstructured time before the start of the school year. Looking ahead, take some time to address any hurdles you may encounter regarding family schedules or individual needs in school. Most families will be adjusting to the Bend-La Pine school schedule changes this year, and it could take a little time to figure out who and what needs attention in your family. Are you anxious about an ongoing behavior problem? Does your child have trouble transitioning? Perhaps your child is on the autism spectrum and has special needs (See Health, p. 34). Problem solving before things get started is a great idea. Consider scheduling an appointment with your child’s school counselor to discuss strategies for a successful year. You may be surprised at the resources available. In this issue, we have a wonderful collection of back-to-school articles to share. For starters, there’s a new school in town! North Star Elementary opens its doors September 4. Peter Madsen takes us behind the scenes with the new principal. In Community, learn about

an inspiring non-profit with a strong presence in the schools. Family Access Network takes care of immediate needs while leaving students to focus on their education. As a rule, it’s always best to be involved in your child’s world, but sometimes parents cross a line and find themselves making all the decisions. In Parenting, Annette Benedetti addresses this problem and emphasizes ways to make kids accountable. Local chef, Donna Britt, makes her debut in Bend Nest and shares some fabulous easy weeknight dinners and tips on how to stock your pantry. In Culture, catch up with local happenings at BEAT, a children’s theater group preparing for the production of “Frozen JR.” coming this November. And for the fun stuff – how about a little family trip to an observatory to check out the fall night sky? (See Outdoors p. 42). Surprisingly, Central Oregon has several state-of-the-art telescopes and programs for the whole family. Happy fall and smooth sailing through the new school year!


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My 7th grade daughter comes home every day and talks incessantly about the drama of the school day. I’m beginning to feel like I’m following a soap opera and find myself looking forward to the next chapter. Is this healthy for her (and me)?


Congratulations on having a middle school daughter who talks to you. Keep listening and nurturing that open relationship. Exploring social relationships is typical for this age. As she talks about the events and people in her day, encourage her to talk about how she feels, and how she responds to the drama. This will keep the conversation focused on your daughter, rather than gossiping about others. It will also give you an opportunity to hear how the drama is impacting her on a daily basis. Keep your ears open for scenarios where your daughter, or anyone else, is not being treated with respect and kindness. Asking questions like, “hmm… I wonder how Rebecca felt when that happened?” can help your daughter build empathy for others. Having such a close relationship with your young daughter is certainly something to celebrate. Also, take time to develop and nurture your own friendships. This is important for your well-being, and also an opportunity to model healthy relationships for your daughter.


One evening as I was telling my son good night, he looked distracted and worried. He then told me that a friend had been talking about suicide. He quickly brushed it off telling me it was nothing to worry about and I better not overreact. What should I do?


Middle School Counselor / SEL Teacher

Don’t overreact! Stay calm and keep listening. You could shut the conversation down by panicking or being emo-

tional. It’s also important not to dismiss the concern. Your son is clearly very worried; notice that out loud to him. Ask questions about what exactly he heard. If you have concern about the friend’s immediate safety, don’t hesitate to call 911 or report your concern to the Safe Oregon tip line at The tip line is a good resource, even if the concern isn’t immediate. Information will get to people who are trained to evaluate the situation and provide appropriate support. Your son may struggle with you making a report. This is a common response as many people fear damaging a relationship or looking foolish. Validate your son’s feelings. Tell him you know this is scary. Also share with him that you can’t take any chances. It’s better to have a friend who is upset, than a friend who is dead. People who talk about suicide are asking for help and it’s important that we listen.


My 8th grade son is always acting out and is in detention many days. All I can get out of him is that he’s joking around, and the teachers are mean. Should I meet with his counselor? He is a smart and engaged student, but he seems to be seeking attention.


If your son is consistently in detention, something isn’t working. Connect directly with the teacher or administrator who assigned the detention to find out more information about what’s going on from their perspective. “Teachers are mean” isn’t usually the whole story. Sometimes, though, miscommunication, misunderstood expectations, or even personality clashes can genuinely make it feel that way. Consulting with the school counselor can be very helpful. The counselor’s job is to help all sides feel heard and understood. They can help you

see your son’s behavior in the context of the school system, while also working as an advocate for his individual needs. Attention seeking is pretty typical teen behavior, but can be a sign of underlying issues. The counselor can also talk with your child about what’s going on in their lives and how they are feeling about school, friends and family.


My two middle-school age kids are very close and used to spend a lot of time together. Lately, though, they spend most of their time on their phones. Sometimes they don’t even talk to each other for hours. Is this just the next phase?


It doesn’t have to be. Phones, internet and social media are part of young people’s worlds and can be great tools for communication. However, when overuse starts negatively impacting friends, family or school, there is a problem. Set boundaries around your kids’ technology use and screen time. Kids need to be taught how to use these tools responsibly. With healthy boundaries in place, your kids might connect again. But they also might not. Sometimes siblings go through phases when they need more space and independence. Consider planning some family activities that are novel or exciting. This could be as simple as an impromptu movie night or as extensive as a road trip to a place you’ve never been. Whatever you choose, it will give your kids something to do and something to talk about — even if that’s being annoyed with you for taking their phones and forcing family game night. Final PSA: please monitor your kids’ social media accounts. It can be a rough world to navigate without your guidance. EMAIL US YOUR QUESTIONS: ANGELA@BENDNEST.COM Fall 2019 | 13




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f you’re a parent who’s not yet aware of the child care crunch in Central Oregon, prepare for a rude awakening. And with changes to school start times ahead for the 2019-2020 school year, that problem has only gotten worse. Two local agencies, however, are ramping up to fill the need. In October, Bend-La Pine Schools announced the district would change school hours for the following year. Elementary school hours now go from 8 am to 2:30 pm, (Wednesdays 8 am to 1 pm), and middle and high school from 8:45 am to 3:45 pm (Wednesdays from 8:45 am to 2 pm.) The change is in response to research that the adolescent brain functions better with later school start times. At Kids Inc.—one of the few options for after-school care, administered by Bend Park & Recreation District—registration for the coming school year opened May 20 at 5:30 am. By noon, spots were completely full at 12 of the 14 schools offering Kids Inc.’s after school programs. That prompted BPRD to expand its programming, adding more than 30 new positions to KIDS Inc. for the coming school year, including new year-round and schoolyear-only part-time positions. Another option is the Boys and Girls Club of Bend, which also expanded its programming and doubled its scholarship dollars to meet the new needs of the community. That scholarship increase means BGCB can offer more scholarships available on an income-based sliding scale. “We begin our registration on August 1,” says BGCB Executive Director Juliana Williams. “We’ve been getting a lot more phone calls this year than normal. Especially since the day Parks and Rec registration was starting to fill. We’re going to be open earlier each day [to accommodate the schedule change] and we do anticipate an overall increase.” BGCB serves hundreds of kids a day in its afterschool program. At the time of this writing, its Junior Club program, which serves kindergarten-age kids, was already full.

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Family Medical Leave Passes in Oregon

The wrap-up of the 2019 session of the Oregon legislature saw several bills that stand to benefit children and families. Among them was a bill that offers paid family and medical leave insurance for workers in Oregon. With the passage of House Bill 2005, employees will have access to paid leave to care for or bond with a child during the first year following the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child. People can also access the benefit to care for themselves or a family member with a serious health condition, or for those who have experienced domestic violence. The bill goes into effect in the year 2023. Gov. Kate Brown also signed HB3427, otherwise known as the Student Success Act, on May 16, after massive rallies across the state in early May. The legislation provides $1 billion per year for Oregon’s preK-12 schools, by creating a commercial activities tax on businesses earning more than $1 million in Oregon sales annually. Fall 2019 | 17







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Going a Different Route By Caitlin Richmond


s the summer starts winding down, it’s time once again to think about education. While most kids enjoy some aspect of school—the actual learning, seeing friends or developing relationships with teachers—the typical brick-and-mortar classroom setting doesn’t allow all children to be successful. Bend-La Pine Schools realizes this and offers an online program for all students, kindergarten through senior year of high school, who wish to approach education from a different angle. There are many reasons why families choose to enroll their children in Bend-La Pine Online, says Amy Tarnow, the assistant director of Instructional Technology and Online Programs. Their child may have other skills or talents they are focusing on in addition to their schooling (like athletics), they may have a health condition that would make spending all day in a classroom setting difficult or their learning styles might not allow them to learn and thrive in a traditional classroom, among other things. Parents do not have to specify why they are choosing to enroll their child in Bend-La Pine Online—it is considered a mainstream option just like a brick-and-mortar school. “There are lots of families in Bend with a flexible work schedule, and they want their kids to have that as well,” Tarnow says. “Families in Bend like to make choices about the school their child attends.” Bend-La Pine Schools offers choice options, which are schools with special programs (such as Dual Immersion or magnet schools). These schools offer programs that teach content in a significantly different way than traditional methods. One of these options is the Bend-La Pine Online program. Unlike other online schools or programs, which might be

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For families who are interested in other online options, Willamette Connections Academy is a new online charter school through the Scio School District in Oregon. For the 2019-2020 school year, it will serve students all over Oregon, including those in the Bend–La Pine district from Kindergarten to 12th grade. This school plans to enroll around 200 students this fall. The curriculum focuses on student-led learning, offering core and elective classes, as well as AP and Career Technical Education classes Enrollment for Willamette Connections Academy opened on May 29. For more information please visit


Bend-La Pine Online offers an alternative approach to learning open to students all over Oregon, Bend-La Pine Online is just an extension of the schools in the area. During the 2018-2019 school year it served more than 4,000 students. Of those 4,000, there were about 700 who got the bulk of their learning through Bend-La Pine Online, Tarnow says. “We believe the Bend-La Pine Schools staff can serve the needs of those students in an arena that is better than other places like a brick-and-mortar school,” she said. This is not a reflection on teachers in brick-and-mortar schools though—it is just an understanding that while a traditional classroom setting works well for most students, it does not serve 100 percent of the students in the district. True to the flexibility it offers, Bend-La Pine Online really allows students to take their education into their own hands. Students are given a set amount of work they must complete every 10 days, and turning in that works acts as a check-in, Tarnow says. If they are idle for more than 10 days, a teacher within Bend-La Pine Online will reach out, and students can get dropped from the program. Tarnow explains that it is set up like this so students can’t put the whole thing off for a semester and then try to complete it the weekend before it’s due. “It takes the right kind of kid and the right kind of family to keep kids on track,” she says about the program. The only limitation to the program is the semester beginnings and endings—because the course work is not always offered in the same order online, students cannot transfer their work from a brick-and-mortar school to an online school midway through the semester. Contrary to what people may think, the content offered through Bend-La Pine Online is not any more difficult or easier than what students are learning in a brick-and-mortar classroom. Tarnow says it is not a shortcut at all, and the outcome is truly determined by student commitment. In addition to being an alternative to a brick-and-mortar school in the district, Bend-La Pine Online also offers additional classes, mostly electives, that are not offered in traditional schools in the district. Tarnow says there are foreign language electives as well as some art electives that are only offered online. “We do not want to compete with brick-and-mortar schools—we are trying to complement them,” Tarnow says. “We want to serve students in all ways and needs.” Registration for Bend-La Pine Online for the 2019-2020 school year will open on August 25, and there is no limitation to the number of students who can attend. For more information, visit

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Back Off,

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hy rescuing your kids might actually be harming them


By Annette Benedetti

ur society celebrates the Mama Bear. You know, the mothers who ferociously protect and rescue their children from any and every difficulty that appears. And why shouldn’t these women be idealized? Isn’t a child’s welfare a parent’s top priority? Even before the children are born, homes are baby-proofed and every protection possible is put in place to ensure they grow and thrive. And when danger or difficulty does arise, parents rush to the rescue, because that is what we are supposed to do, isn’t it? There’s bad news for all the mama bears and helicopter parents out there. Rescuing your kids and smoothing the paths that lay before them may be doing them more harm than good. That’s right: professionals believe that kids learn and gain important life skills when they experience challenges, make mistakes and even flat out fail.

How Failure Leads to Life-long Success

This news is likely cause for confusion. It goes against every natural parenting instinct and most of the advice you gleaned from all those pre-birth parenting books you devoured. Take a deep breath before you protest, then take a moment to think back to your childhood, which was likely far less protected than your child’s. Now consider every scrape, playground scrap and failed test that you made your way through on your own, without a parent there to intervene or soften the blow. There were valuable lessons that came out of those very situations, and child psychologists and educators agree that children today need those same opportunities. 20 |

The following are just some of the benefits that come from allowing your child to fail, falter and learn from their mistakes without being rescued by mom or dad. Increased Motivation: A study co-authored by Kyla Haimovitz, a professor of psychology at Stanford University, found that when a child attempts a task, fails and receives specific praise for their efforts, they are more likely to be motivated to try again and try harder. When parents treat failure as an opportunity for learning and growth instead of something from which to save their child, their child also sees the potential for success. This results in an increased motivation to try again, and again, and again. Better Conflict Resolution Skills: As a parent, there is little that is more difficult than watching your child struggle with friends or teachers. Your first instinct is likely to step in and manage the situation for them. While supporting your child through difficulties with peers and authority figures is important, standing back and letting them navigate and learn from social challenges is key. Your intrusion can actually hurt their social relationships. And, kids who are allowed to work arguments with friends out on their own gain necessary social skills. Advanced Problem-Solving Skills: Your kid really wants those $100 shoes “everyone has.” The easy fix is a quick run to the mall for a credit card purchase. The best fix, however, is to help your son or daughter figure out how they can get what they want most on their own. Every time your child solves their own problems, they gain a new skill and increased confidence in themselves. Increased Resilience: When your child falls and gets back up on their own, they learn resilience. If you pad the impact every time they take a misstep, they won’t be ready for life when you aren’t around. Instead of Rescuing, Do This: The following are some good alternatives to rescuing your kids from the daily challenges they face. Brainstorm: The next time your child comes to you with a want, problem or difficulty, help them brainstorm solutions. Don’t just hand them the answers; let them come up with their own ideas. Listen: Believe it or not, sometimes the best thing to do is to listen without offering any advice at all. Ask questions, offer words of encouragement, but keep your advice to yourself. Share: The Girl Scouts of America suggest that you tell your child about similar experiences you had when you were their age. Tell them what worked for you, what didn’t and what you wish would have happened instead. Expect More: Your child has responsibilities. Make sure they know what they are and hold them accountable. If they forget their homework, instead of running it to school for them, allow them to deal with the consequences and let them figure out how to fix the situation on their own. Accountability is empowering.

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Harboring a community of families


By Peter Madsen Photos by Natalie Stephenson

earing a hard hat, Kevin Gehrig strolled through the almost-completed North Star Elementary on a recent afternoon. Gehrig, the principal of Bend-La Pine Schools’ newest school, waved with an easy familiarity to builders adding finishing touches. Since the ground breaking on May 1, 2018, Gehrig has spent 22 |

many days here, witnessing and sometimes giving input on the realization of the district’s newest, northernmost school in northwest Bend. North Star Elementary greets students on Sept 4. “Thanks for all you guys are doing,” Gehrig said to one worker who strode down a bright hallway while carrying a load. “You’re a great example,” the worker said with a smile. While the thrumming bustle of a recent

visit to North Star Elementary may call to mind scenes from the popular animated children’s program “Bob the Builder,” the school is filled with references to nautical exploration. Its colors are navy and silver and sunlight drenches bright, exposed Douglas fir support beams, which evoke ship masts. Collectively, the student body is referred to as The Navigators. Sturdy metal siding protects the concrete and wood-frame walls that anchor the $33.2 million school.

“It’s been really inspiring work. It’s just so exciting to develop a vision for a school ... to get in there, meet my students and their families and build a community of learners.” — Amber Linn, North Star fourth grade teacher

Elementary, where Linn worked with Gehrig “We joke that we build these schools to last for about a decade. They share their mom’s 100 years,” Gehrig said. excitement, she said. Twenty-four classrooms are built into “Having them be able to share the school, yet its inaugural classin this journey is something es will only fill 11. About as that I think will be really many teachers will have special for our family,” joined on as well. Kinshe said. dergartners will be diThis process isn’t vided between two or new to Gehrig. He three rooms. First, helped open Pine second and fourth Ridge Elementary in graders will be split 2003, becoming the between two rooms principal in 2006, he each. Third and fifth said. Before that, he will each fit into a worked as a special respective classroom. education teacher and a While North Star will student services coordinawelcome about 250 kids tor at Jewell and Elk Meadow this year, it can ultimately Principal, Kevin Gehrig elementaries, respectively. Gehrig accommodate about 600 children, has also served as vice principal at Gehrig said. He’s excited to show Ensworth and Pine Ridge elementaries. them many aspects of the school, such as the Two of Heidi McHugh’s children, Caden media center, for which he’s ordered 5,200 and Hailey, who will be third and first graders, new volumes of books. And then there is the respectively, are also excited to attend North kiln where students can fire their first pieces Star Elementary. McHugh’s oldest daughter, of pottery. Outside, a football field-size yard is who’s entering sixth grade at a middle school home to two playgrounds. elsewhere in the district, feels like she’s missing The freshly assembled school staff will foout, McHugh said with a laugh. McHugh was cus on developing relationships with students previously a member of the Parent and Teacher and their families, said Gehrig, who hired Organization at High Lakes Elementary. She will three Instructional Coach Curriculum Leaders also be on the PTO at North Star Elementary. to develop the school’s mission statement “My third grader is really excited because last October. they’ll be upstairs,” said McHugh, adding that “We’re focused on four areas: the idea of her children are also jazzed about the dedicatcommitment, compassion, courage and curiosed lunch area that is separate from the gymity,” Gehrig said. “With commitment and cournasium, which also houses a stage for school age, students will participate in a wide variety performances. of activities and responsibilities within their McHugh thinks North Star Elementary has a school. [They touch on] the idea of contributing winning formula. to a greater purpose. ...It’s also about fostering “I really believe it’s a top-down effect,” a place where students feel they can demonMcHugh said. “If the administration is awestrate empathy and concern for others.” some, they’re going to hire amazing teachers. Amber Linn, a fourth grade teacher, is one Then the teachers will provide a wonderful of the ICCL teachers who are helping chart the learning environment for our children. And if school’s course. the kids are happy, then the parents are happy “It’s been really inspiring work,” Linn said. “It’s in turn and they will want to participate more just so exciting to develop a vision for a school at school. … I think Kevin and the teachers ... to get in there, meet my students and their I’ve met are awesome. We’re all in it together families and build a community of learners.” to make this North Star community of families Linn’s two children, Gabby, 5, and Henry, 8, incredible.” are transferring to North Star from Pine Ridge Fall 2019 | 23


Quick & Easy Weeknight Family Dinners

Stock your pantry with fall staples for quick cooking

Fall Pantry Staples

Store in a cool, dry place:

Onions Garlic Sweet potatoes Polenta Dry beans/lentils Rice Pasta Salt, good quality Coarsely ground black pepper Spices such as cinnamon, chili powder, cayenne pepper, curry powder Maple syrup Honey Balsamic vinegar Extra virgin olive oil Other oils of your choice Canned tomatoes Boxed or canned broth

Refrigerator staples:

Apples Unsalted butter Milk or cream In-season veggies Fresh meats

Balsamic Glaze

Mix 1 cup balsamic vinegar with ¼ cup honey in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until combined. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until glaze is reduced by half. Drizzle over veggies, bowls, etc.

By Donna Britt @donnabrittcooks Photos by Tambi Lane Photo


etween work, school and extracurricular activities, it can be tough to put healthy, family dinners on the table. Here are a few ideas to help with the weeknight food blues!

Harvest Bowl

The great thing about a bowl is that it’s flexible. Great bases are polenta, rice or pasta. Great addins are veggies, fruit and meats. I think the key is a sauce or dressing on top to bring it all together. The simple Balsamic Glaze recipe featured here works well with fall vegetables, apples and meats. For each bowl, spoon polenta into the bottom of bowl. Place a big spoonful of Sauteed Greens or Greens & Beans on top of polenta. Lay your fa-

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vorite braised or roasted meat (if using) or Roasted Fall Veggies across the polenta and greens. Dollop Maple Apples on top. Drizzle Balsamic Glaze over entire dish. To make fast and easy polenta, I follow the Quick Polenta (microwave recipe) on the back of the package of the Golden Pheasant brand of polenta. To make it richer and creamier, whisk in two tablespoons of butter, ¼ cup of cream and a handful of grated parmesan.

Donna Britt is the creator of the Food.Life podcast and host of Central Oregon Daily’s Taste This food series. Follow on Instagram podcast & @allthingsfoodbend

Sweet Potato Lentil Soup Even the picky kids in my family like this soup.

1 pound dry lentils, rinsed 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into small cubes olive oil salt pepper ½ onion, finely diced 1 carrot, peeled and finely diced 1 stalk celery, peeled and finely diced 1 small red pepper, cored and finely diced ½ can crushed tomatoes 6-8 cups water, broth or combination 1-3 teaspoons curry powder, optional ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional

Toss cubed sweet potato with olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper to coat. Spread onto baking sheet and roast at 350°F until tender. Turn cubes at least once during roasting. Once roasted, set aside. Meanwhile, swirl more olive oil into a large pot. Add onion, carrot, celery and red pepper. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Heat and stir until the veggies are slightly softened. Stir in crushed tomatoes, lentils, water/ broth and bring to a boil. Turn down heat, add curry powder and cayenne pepper. Simmer gently for an hour or until lentils are tender. Add the roasted potatoes in the last 10 minutes. Serves 6-8.

Sauteed Greens This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled. Leftover greens are nice to have on hand for a quick lunch bowl with other veggies, rice, polenta or pasta. At least one bunch of greens, your choice – can be mixed or just one kind – mustard greens, turnip greens, kale, beet greens, Swiss chard 1-2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 onion, thinly sliced 1-2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced salt and pepper red pepper flakes, optional fresh lemon juice (to squeeze on finished greens)

Roasted Fall Veggies

Cut up fall vegetables of your choice – such as sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, onions, cauliflower. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper before roasting on a baking sheet at 450°F until tender. Plan on 20-40 minutes of roasting time. TIPS: Cover baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup. Roast a couple pans of veggies to have some left over for a lunch or dinner meal later in the week.

Clean greens, remove center stems, then slice the leaves into small ribbons. Heat olive oil over med-high heat in large skillet. Add onion and garlic. Sauté until tender and fragrant. Season with salt and pepper. Add greens and red pepper flakes. Stir occasionally until greens are tender. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over greens. Serves 4. TIP: Add a can of rinsed and drained white or cannellini beans to the greens toward the end of cooking for a quick Greens & Beans side dish or to include in the Harvest Bowl.

Maple Apples Double or triple this recipe and try on ice cream or stirred into oatmeal. 2 large apples, peeled, cored and sliced (any variety) 1 tablespoon butter 2 tablespoons maple syrup pinch of salt

Melt butter in a hot non-stick skillet. Turn heat to medium and add apple slices. Let apples cook until golden brown, 5-8 minutes, turning once or twice. Stir in syrup and salt. Simmer until apples are soft. Serves 4.

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Join the FAN Club!

Three of the four members of the FAN dream team: Julie Lyche (Director), Robyn Harmon (Program Assistant), and Laura Hitt (Grant Writer).

Family Access Network serves children and families in the Central Oregon community Story and Photos by: KM Collins


magine being too young to provide for yourself, but your family is struggling to provide for you. It’s not because they aren’t trying, but because they have encountered some obstacles in our ever-changing community of Central Oregon. Imagine winter break is approaching and a Family Access Network advocate prepares a backpack full of non-perishable food and hygiene products — just so you can make it through the school break. For many youngsters in Central Oregon, these conditions are a reality, and luckily, FAN is there to provide support. FAN helps all kinds of children and families in the high desert. They are able to accomplish this by having a low-key, approachable presence in 24 of the 55

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Launched in 1993, the organization schools in Deschutes and Crook Counties. became a foundation in 2006 when Julie N. Advocates double as school administrators Lyche came on as director. The FAN Foun(teachers, counselors, etc.), making it easdation board of directors is charged with ier to be available to vulnerable children in governing the foundation, the school systems. cultivating relationships, Relationships with “She made me feel less developing resources and scores of local partner alone like I have a reliable implementing initiatives to nonprofits and advocacy adult to call if I am scared or increase the sustainability organizations help FAN of FAN. accomplish its mission (to sick or stressed out.” Since its inception, FAN serve children and families — FAN recipient has facilitated assistance who are not able to get for over 150,000 kids and basic necessities, in order their families, including 9,006 kids just last year. for children to stay in school to thrive and Food, clothing, snacks, electricity bill payments, flourish). Neighbor Impact, Supplemental Nujob search help and placement are just a few of tritional Assistance Program, Oregon Health the needs FAN helps families address. Plan and A Smile for Kids are just a few orgaOf the families and kids served last year, nizations to which FAN regularly reaches out 97% of survey respondents reported that on behalf of the children in their network.

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Want to do more? Here are some opportunities:

Become a featured donor or corporate sponsor • Sign up for the FAN newsletter • Tour a school with a FAN advocate • Attend the annual FAN luncheon and donate to the school supply drive this fall • Attend Bend Summer Festival downtown, of which FAN is the beneficiary • Stuff backpacks

FAN improved their lives. Ninety-eight % of families indicated the quality of service provided by their FAN advocate was “great.” To give an idea of the volume of families in need of basics, in 2018, 5,375 families were helped with clothing needs, 3,011 with school supplies, 3,239 with food, 2,107 with heating assistance, 1,324 with health services, 1,729 with housing, 843 with positive youth development and 210 with job placements. To fund such a unique and expansive community service, FAN reports 55% of their resources come from federal funding, 21% from local individuals and businesses, 9% from foundations and grants, 9% from school district contributions and 6% from planned monthly giving. FAN quantifies expenses as 84% programming, 15% administration and 1% fundraising. FAN grant writer, Laura Hitt, says she thinks the organization is so successful because, “We are in schools. We aren’t intimidating, it’s very casual. Our services are streamlined, we are easy to access, and we make kids and families feel safe. Because of these things, it’s easy for us to have ongoing relationships with clients.” Remember the child who didn’t have enough food at home to make it through winter break? Luckily, there is a safety net in the schools. FAN is there to help, with our community’s backing. FAN wants you to know, “Whether you make a financial contribution, volunteer your time or help with a FAN project, you will make a difference in the life of a local child.” Call 541.693.5675 or check out to learn more.

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Helping children overcome current limitations to more fully participate in the activities of childhood and adventures of life. We can help with a variety of conditions including Behavior Concerns, Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Autism, Toe Walking, Plagiocephaly and Torticollis and many more.

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SPORTS - For riders of all skill levels. Great for kids to come work on biking skills and get comfortable on a closed track. Loaner bikes and helmets are available. Must wear long sleeved shirt, pant/knee protection and closed-toe shoes. Mon., 5:30-7:30pm and Wed., 5:30-6:30pm. Racing is at 6:45pm.

MARKET – The Bend Farmers Market is a mid-week stop for all of your produce needs! Everything from vegetables, fruit, pastries and more. 2-6pm.



Brooks Alley | Free

High Desert BMX | $5 - $8



PLAY – Bring your own deck or borrow some cards to learn how to play the classic card game in a fun and fair way. On the third Saturday of the month, Wabi Sabi holds a tournament for an extra hour. 10am-1pm.


PLAY – Check out Wabi Sabi’s new location and play Pokemon! New players welcome to come earn or borrow cards. Learn the classic card game in a fun and fair way. 2:30-4:30pm.

Wabi Sabi | Free



PLAY – Meet at various parks throughout the Bend Park and Recreation District for live music, games, art and more. Plus, BPRD is coming through with ice cream treats! Bring a blanket or chairs. No glass or alcohol. 6-8pm. Go online for listing of locations.

Various parks | Free


Wabi Sabi | Free



MARKET – Stroll along and peruse various produce, meats, eggs and crafts while taking in live music, craft beer and more! 10am-2pm.

Northwest Crossing | Free



Photo by Brian Becker

Let the creative juices flow –pumpkin painting at Bend Fall Festival October 4-6.

MARKET – Enjoy fresh veggies, fish, meat, plants, pastries, lunch, arts, crafts, music, special events and more! The Redmond Saturday Markets are filled with something for everybody. 9am-3pm.

7730 Leary Way, Redmond | Free



TUNES —The Original Wailers are coming to town. Play in the kid’s zone, get fantastic food, drink and more. Music starts at 5:30pm.

Drake Park | Free



PLAY – Learn to appreciate different yoga poses while building strength and flexibility. For kids ages 10-16. 6-7:30pm.

Free Spirit Bend | $20



TUNES – Enjoy a lakeside experience, featuring performances from Opal Agafia and the Sweet Nothings. Music starts at 5pm.

Elk Lake Resort | Free

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It’s all smiles at Kid’s Ninja Night August 24 at Free Spirit Bend



OVERNIGHT - Come spend the night at the library with your parent! The night starts with family games, crafts, stories and other activities. Lights out at 10:30pm means it’s time to crawl into your sleeping bags. Leave in the morning by 8am. Ages 6-11. Online registration required.

East Bend Library | Free



EVENT - 2019 marks the 100th year anniversary of the Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo! Enjoy the delicious fair foods, live music, rodeo, art and overall atmosphere throughout the five-day event. The theme this year? “100 Years of Fun Since Day One!” Let’s make it count.

Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center | Prices vary



CRAFTS – Try everything from painting, clay, pastels, printmaking and more at this art camp hosted by ARTdog. It’s mixed media art at its finest! 9am-3pm.

ARTdog Studio | $250



FILM - Enjoy a showing of “The Karate Kid.” Eat delicious food and partake in movie-themed activities. Wax on, wax off! Movie 30 |

starts at 8:30pm.

10 Barrel’s Westside Pub| Free



SPORTS – Catch the last kid’s day at the Bend Elks’ baseball game! This means kids 12 and under get in free with a paid adult. The Bend Elks face Portland at home!

Vince Genna Stadium | free with adult entry



EVENT – There are plenty of activities for the whole family (can you say pony rides?) along with food, drink, art and a stellar music lineup to keep things lively throughout the fair.

Crook County Fairgrounds | Free



TUNES – Enjoy a performance from rock band favorite, the Supersuckers. Play in the kid’s zone, get great food, drink and more. Music starts at 5:30pm.

Drake Park | Free



LEARN - For children and adults who experience physical, intellectual and/or social disabilities, come enjoy the High Desert Museum after hours. Check out the museum’s newest exhibits. 5-8pm.

High Desert Museum | Free

Don’t miss the Avett Brothers & Lake Street Dive show at the Les Schwab Amphitheater, August 15.

Photo courtesy of the Old Mill District



LEARN – Go on an evening expedition in search of bats on the museum grounds using echolocator equipment. Make sure to bring weather-appropriate clothing and a flashlight or headlamp and be ready to tour the museum after hours. 7:30-9pm.

LAKESIDE – Venture to Elk Lake for music featuring Derek Michael Marc and Friends. Music starts at 5pm.

rience with conservation and preservation efforts for the environment. There will be activities, discussions, a hike and then awards will be given out for each new Junior Forest Ranger. 12:302:30pm.


High Desert Museum | $10



FESTIVAL - From paintings, ceramics and photography to sculptures, textiles, mixed media and more– enjoy over 80 artists’ works at the Sunriver Art Fair. There will be live music throughout the fair for all to enjoy.

Village at Sunriver | Free


Elk Lake Resort | Free

AUGUST 10-22


CLASSICAL – Come to Sunriver for a variety of classical musical performances, perfect for the whole family. The Sunriver Music Festival celebrates its 42nd year with everything from classical symphony concerts, solo pianists, choirs and more!

Various locations | Prices Vary



LEARN - Get hands-on expe-

Elk Lake Resort | Free



MUSIC – Come to the Les Schwab Amphitheater show featuring performances from the Avett Brothers and special guests Lake Street Dive. Doors open at 4:30pm.

Les Schwab Amphitheater | $55 general admission.



TUNES - The last Munch and Music show of the year is from the Johnny Cash tribute band, Cash’d Out. Play in the kid’s zone, get great food, drink and more. Music starts at 5:30pm. Drake Park | Free

AUGUST 16-18 & AUGUST 23-25


THEATER – A perfect musical for the whole family, NEWSIES! is all about spreading the message to always fight for what’s right and to seize the day. Fri., 7:30pm, Sat., 2pm and Sun., 2pm.

Tower Theatre | Prices vary.


MUSIC ON THE WATER Kids love the Great Duck Race at Drake Park on September 8

LAKESIDE – Come to Elk Lake for some live music featuring Jay Fleming. Music starts at 5pm.

Elk Lake Resort | Free

AUGUST 17-18


FESTIVAL - Come live out your cowboy or cowgirl dreams at the Sisters Wild West Show! There will be a variety of spaghetti western skits and shootouts. Eat food, listen to music, browse antiques and more. Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 10am-4pm.

Creekside Park | Free



CRAFTS - Learn how to use woodworking tools around the shop and build your very own bird house. All materials included. 1-4pm.

DIY Cave | $69/in district, $82.80 out of district.

AUGUST 23-25


FESTIVAL - Admire, browse and buy art from over 120 nationally-acclaimed artists. Set along the Deschutes River in the Old Mill District, this is a fun and beautiful way to take in some of the best art in the country.

Old Mill District | Free



LAKESIDE – Come to Elk Lake and enjoy a performance from Sleepless Truckers. Music starts at 5pm.

Elk Lake Resort | Free



PLAY – Let your kids become ninjas for the night as they practice skills at Free Spirit Bend. Pizza and drinks provided. 5:30-8:30pm.

Free Spirit Bend | $25

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SHOW - Watch some awesome talents on display at the bandshell stage during the Sisters Farmers Market. Come early to get your shopping and lunch in. 1-1:45pm. Email for audition info.

EVENT - Pick the right duck and watch as it races its way down the Deschutes River! This event is fun for both parents and kids as there are some top-notch prizes at stake. Music, food and other activities will be scattered throughout the park as well. Proceeds go to Central Oregon charities. 11am.


Sisters Farmers Market | Free

AUGUST 26-28


CRAFTS - For kids ages 3-5, Little Paleontologists takes you on a trip of discovering fossils, dinosaur eggs and more.

Mon-Wed 9-10:30am.

AUGUST 26-29


LEARN - All the kids need for this session is their minds, some creativity and a 2-liter bottle. Things could get messy! 9am3pm.

Hollinshead Barn | $180/in district, $216/out of district.



TUNES – Come to Elk Lake for some family fun and music featuring Third Seven. Music starts at 5pm.

Elk Lake Resort | Free



Big Rig Celebration September 21, 2018 10am-2pm Once again we are going to host, the “burning man of the toddler word!”... The Big Rig Celebration at Knife River in Tumalo! If you have not been, you are missing one of Central Oregon’s most family fun and friendly adventures! Bring your own sand toys and come dig in the huge sand pile! Climb on the Big Rigs and HONK THE HORNS! It is a toddler paradise! The first 100 children are FREE! Courtesy of Knife River! Cost is $5 per mobile child under 12 after that. Parents, Grandparents, older siblings are ALWAYS FREE!

CONCERTS – What better way to spend some late summer days than with a great selection of live music? This annual three-day music festival is perfect for a family outing. Performers this year include Bruce Cockburn, Kuinka, Rising Appalachia and more!

Sisters | prices vary



TUNES - Come to Elk Lake for some family fun and music featuring Mark Ransom. Music starts at 5pm.

Elk Lake Resort | Free 541-420-2611

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Drake Park | $5



LITERACY - For ages 3-5. Kids will become familiar with stories, songs, rhymes and crafts to prepare their literacy skills for kindergarten. 9:30am.

East Bend Library | Free.



FILM - Enjoy a viewing of “Dumb and Dumber” at 10 Barrel’s westside pub while eating some delicious food or partaking in any of the move-themed activities. Fun for all! Movie starts at 8:30pm.

10 Barrel’s Westside Pub| Free


THORN HOLLOW STRING BAND TUNES - It’s going to be a toe tappin’ kind of afternoon at the High Desert Museum! Enjoy all the skills and fun that the Thorn Hollow Sting Band brings to the table. 11am.

High Desert Museum | Free

SEPTEMBER 13 – 15, 19 - 21


THEATER – Come downtown to the Tower to enjoy the story and music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show! When a young bride-to-be tries to find her real father, it’s more confusing than she thought! Told through the hit songs of pop group ABBA, this all-local musical sensation will turn you into a dancing queen! 7:30pm.

Tower Theatre | $32, $42, $47



FUNDRAISER - Held nationwide, this is the world’s largest event to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s. You can start your own team or join a team. Registration is at 10am, opening ceremony at 10:45am and the walk starts at 11am. Choose between a 3.4mile or 1.2-mile option.

Riverbend Park | Free – donation suggested



MUSIC - Rounding out the summer season with the last couple of Les Schwab Amphitheater shows is never a bad idea! Gary Clark Jr. brings an inspiring mix of rock, blues, funk and more to the stage. Doors open at 5:30pm.

Les Schwab Amphitheater | $39.50 advance, $45 day of show.



MUSIC – Don’t miss the last Les Schwab show of the year! Catch the former front man of Led Zeppelin doing what he does best as he rounds out his tour with a Central Oregon performance. Doors open at 5pm.

Les Schwab Amphitheater | $59.50 general admission



TRADITION - Revel in a classic fall tradition with the Bend Fall Festival. There will be live music, the harvest market, fine artist

promenade, world goods in the Souk Market, delicious food and drink and plenty of activities for the kids– pumpkin painting anyone? Fri., 5-10pm, Sat., 11am10pm, Sun., 11am-5pm.

Downtown Bend | Free



FUN RUN – This is the final Pacific Source Kids Rock the Races event! Kids will run through Troy Field (just south of Fall Festival downtown) and receive a pumpkin they can bring back to paint after the race. All runners will also get a #1 bib, participation ribbon and some tasty treats. Ages 3-4, noon, ages 5-7, 12:10pm, and ages 8-10, 12:20pm.

Troy Field | $5



MUSIC - Over the past two decades, Keb’ Mo’ has cultivated a reputation as a modern master of American roots music, fusing country blues with touches of soul and folksy story telling. Come to the Tower and enjoy the master in a live solo performance.

The Tower Theatre | $42 - $67



SPORTS - Take in the beautiful views along Peterson Ridge (half marathon) or run through downtown Sisters (5k).Fall is a great time to run and celebrate! Must be at least 10 years old to do the 5K and 12 to run the Half Marathon.

Sisters | Registration prices vary

Enjoy the last of summer at the Elk Lake Music on the Water Series. 



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The Best Laid Plans

Tips for Transitioning Kids with Autism Back to School By Annette Benedetti


eading back to school after a fun-filled summer is difficult for many children, but some students face more challeng-

es than others. For kids with autism and their families, the transition is a disruption that is anxiety-provoking and requires time, energy and groundwork beyond the usual back-to-school shopping trips to prepare.

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“It can be a challenge to navigate the dramatic changes in a child’s schedule that take place at the start of the school year,” explains Jenny Fischer, clinical director at Cascade Behavioral Intervention. “During the summer months, children often have more free time to do things they enjoy, so it can be difficult to adjust to school routines at the start of the year.”  Kelli Davis is an Applied Behavior Analysis Educator at High Desert Education Service District and parent to a child with autism. She says that activities as simple as going to bed “Even just the change in and waking up earlier can season can be extra trying be harder for children with autism, who often have for this neuro-diverse disordered sleep. Addipopulation that tends to tionally, pressure to move be incredibly sensitive to quickly in the morning is stressful for children on the temperature and textures.” spectrum, who may struggle — Kelli Davis with everything from feeding themselves to tying their shoes.  “Even just the change in season can be extra trying for this neuro-diverse population that tends to be incredibly sensitive to temperature and textures,” says Davis. But the students aren’t the only ones who struggle. Davis says that navigating the Individual Education Plan process at the start of the new year can be overwhelming and time consuming for parents as well. While there are extra challenges for these local families, there are things that can be done in advance and during the transition back to school that can ease the experience for children with autism. or “first let’s get dressed, then we can have your favorite cereal for breakfast.”  The following are tips from professionals who work with children Maryann Deke, a special education teacher at New Leaf Acadwith autism that are designed help ease the transition back to emy, suggests, “It’s helpful to autistic children to visit the school a school. few days, or even the day before school starts…Families need to Fischer suggests adding structure and predictable routines into ensure all the kinks are worked out.” the summer schedule when possible. Having more structure during Along with visiting the school in advance, Davis says parents the summer will make the transition back to should ask for a copy of the student’s school a less dramatic change in routine. schedule. “Any way we can front load and It’s helpful to autistic children to Davis begins the transition from summer prep a student to have as few unexpected back to school weeks before school starts. visit the school a few days, or even experiences as possible, the more we are She says, “Beginning the bedtime routine meeting their need to feel safe and secure to the day before school starts . . . weeks in advanced and having very strucnavigate the overwhelming experience that Families need to ensure all the kinks tured routines in place drastically decreases each new day brings.” anxiety and negative behaviors.”  are worked out.” Involving the student in as much of the Fischer says for daily routines that are difprocess of picking new clothes and school — Maryann Deke ficult, it can help to follow a less preferred supplies is best. activity with a preferred activity using “firstAccording to Davis, being extremely then” language. Some examples might be: prepared for the IEP meeting can mean the “first we’ll get our shoes on for school, then you can choose the difference between a successful and awful school year. She recommusic in the car,” or “first you read a page, then I’ll read a page,” mends using a binder that is organized and set up specifically for

Tips for the Transition

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an IEP meeting to keep and store all pertinent information. “An IEP team is great and can make all the difference in what kind of experience your child has at school, however, the parent is the expert on all things relevant to their kiddo, so coming into the meeting with the mindset that they are just as equally important and have a serious role in advocating for their child and collaborating with the school is so crucial.” During the IEP meeting, ask questions about how the school is preparing to meet your child’s social needs. Is there a peer buddy system of any kind? Who will support the student during unstructured times likes recess and lunch? While an IEP is a fantastic tool, they are typically between 15 and 30 pages long and include all formal assessments. Davis says most professionals simply don’t have the time to read through each student’s IEP. “My recommendation is that parents create what I like to call a one-pager. This is a one-page summary of the student’s entire IEP, condensed to give current academic levels,” she explains. “Mine says, ‘Jackson is an incoming ninth grader currently performing at 7.5 grade level in math, at grade level in science,’ etc. Then I list areas of difficulty, which include transition, fine motor deficits and so on. Finally, I list accommodations like preferential seating, extra time for testing and direct instruction.” At the beginning of the year Davis prints about 100 of these documents and gives them to anyone who is going to come in contact with her son. Along with implementing some of the tips above, families with children with autism are not alone. Central Oregon has a robust system of support available to help. The following are some of the local resources that are available.


Autism Treatment Center of Bend: 503-917-1239 Center for Autism and Related Disorders: Phone: 541-640-5601 High Desert Education Service District: Autism Society of Bend: Oregon Consortium of Family Network: Central Oregon Disability Support Network: Cascade Behavioral Intervention/Cascade ABA: Oregon Adaptive Sports: Abilitree: Bend Learning Center: The Child Center: Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center: Paul’s Club: First Thursday of each month dads and male caregivers. Facilitator/Contact: Scott Smallwood: Parent Group at Alyce Hatch: Second Monday of each month parents and caregivers meet at Alyce Hatch Center in Bend. Facilitator/ Contact: Redmond Family Group: Second Wednesday of each month parents and caregivers meet at Kaleidoscope Family Center Facilitator/ Contact: Ladies Who Lunch: Third Thursday of each month moms and female caregivers meet at The Phoenix Restaurant. Contact Diane Cole: Facebook Group for Central Oregon Moms: Contact Diane Cole to be added: Fall 2019 | 37


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Call Time Local children’s theatre

group, BEAT, prepares for “Frozen JR.” this fall By KM Collins


laces everyone, places, AND action!” Listening to the detailed planning and logistics which funnels into each production at BEAT Children’s Theatre, the operation could easily be mistaken for Broadway. Since its inception 13 years ago, BEAT has hosted over 57 productions. Having recent playbills like “Lion King JR.,” “Oliver!” and “Peter Pan” under their belt, Executive Director Bree Beal says they are more than ready to tackle the fan favorite, “Frozen JR.” “When we decided to take on “Frozen JR.” we knew we were taking on a challenge. It’s tremendously popular and well-loved. Firstly, we know that registration and casting will be difficult, as there are so many young actors who dream of being Princess Anna, Queen Elsa or Olaf. Secondly, we know that visually, we will face the challenge of creating the extraordinary

magic on stage that people have come to love in the film or on the Disney stage. Luckily, we have an artistic team that thrives on challenge and loves this show nearly as much as the kids do. They have wonderful ideas for how to create a Frozen world that will both satisfy and surprise,” notes Beal. To fully grasp the amount of work that goes into each program, any notion of child’s play should be dismissed. “Our rehearsals for a large production run eight to 10 weeks, three to four times per week,” says Beal. “It’s a big commitment for families. Our directing team usually starts preparing for a show six months to a year in advance, putting together rehearsal schedules, designing sets and costumes,

blocking, etc. Our team consists of a director, assistant director, stage manager, musical director, choreographer, set builder, costumer, props manager, lighting/ sound tech and production coordinator. They are supported by our staff and a host of parent volunteers (25 to 50 per show).” For “Frozen JR.,” there will be two full casts of 40 actors each. “Our gracious director, Angelina Anello-Dennee, is taking on two casts because we knew there would be a long list of young performers wanting to participate, and we hope to open as many spaces as possible, while still keeping the quality of the experience high,” explains Beal.    The theatre stretches and challenges staff to include as many youngsters in each mainstage production as possible. “In a Fall 2019 | 39

typical season we put on two musicals and two non-musicals. Casts of 35 to 40 are typical. Occasionally smaller shows with 10 to 15 or great big plays with casts of up to 70 can happen. Whenever possible we do two full casts. This is a huge commitment on the part of our staff... but we find wait lists to be heartbreaking, and we know the kids do too.” For costumes, arguably the most creative component of theatre, Beal says a designated costumer assembles combinations of items already on hand from past shows, pieces borrowed from other local theaters, and pieces made by volunteers.   BEAT’s efforts to bring children to the stage started in 2006 with founders Mary Kilpatrick and Howard Schor and a committed board of directors. Their dream was to create a theatre company that focused not on the final

product, but on the growth and empowerment that young people can gain through theatre arts—which remains the goal today. Over the years the company has grown and now offers productions, classes, summer camps, weekend workshops, backstage internships, in-school workshops and more.   While it’s clear that the theatre is a magical place for those acting on stage, it can be even more enchanting for the audience. “One of my favorite quotes comes from a first grader in the audience who came to see our production last year of Disney’s “Lion King JR.” The curtain opened, the music started, the animal characters gathered on stage and the student was heard to declare excitedly, ‘There’s real people up there!!’” Beal sums up the vibe of BEAT by sharing, “We are so very grateful for the talented adults and partners in our community who are willing to take time out of their lives to help us create these opportunities

Plan Ahead If You Go:

Frozen JR. (Sven Cast) November 8 –10 at Summit High School

Frozen JR. (Olaf Cast) November 15 – 17 at Summit High School For more information, go to:

for young people. All the studies show that performing arts education is tremendously valuable for young people of all ages, so “Frozen JR.” isn’t just “Frozen JR.,” it is a chance for a young person to walk into a safe and nurturing environment and challenge themselves, to explore who they are, and who they want to be in this world.” Beal continues, “Yes, we love to tell a beautiful story and to entertain, but at BEAT, what we really love is the moment when one of our actors, or one of our backstage crew, do something they’ve never done before and beam with pride at their own strength and courage.”




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The King of Kindergarten

Because of the Rabbit

Be the King of Kindergarten and surround your day with shapes, the alphabet and new stories. Barnes’s latest picture book depicts a young boy’s first day of kindergarten. He is the King of Kindergarten from the moment he wakes up to his full day of school and back home again. He is growing up and ready to meet his new teacher and make new friends. “The day will be one you’ll never forget.”  Award-winning author, Barnes, reminds the reader how important it is to share, imagine and play with a new friend. Brantley-Newton’s colorful illustrations are a welcoming introduction to the first day of school. The amazing details on each page are filled with joy, including a family pancake breakfast and imaginary play at recess.  Families will appreciate the cheerful day and remember lessons on how to be awesome and kind. Are you ready for kindergarten?  Read aloud this wonderful new picture book during the first month of school.

Am I excited or scared? These are the two things Emma is thinking about before her first day of school. She’s pretty sure she will be the only fifth grader at Lakeview Elementary School who’s never been to school before. Being homeschooled up until now, Emma listens to her older brother Owen’s advice — that the beginning is the hardest and to be yourself. When a rabbit needs rescuing, Emma is happy for the distraction and eagerly goes with her dad, a Maine Game Warden. But when they discover a pet rabbit instead of wild rabbit, Emma has a new friend! She names it Monsieur Lapin, Lapi for short, after her grandfather and his stories. But will making new friends be just as easy? Lord captures the first-day-of-school events perfectly with group projects, a rolling apple at lunch and working hard on school assignments. Will Emma navigate her way through the long days and say the right things at school? With rabbit tips at the beginning of each chapter, Lord delivers a heartfelt story about school friendships and family. Recommended for grades 3 and up.

by Derrick Barnes illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

by Cynthia Lord

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Starry Nights

Autumn skies make great stargazing By Suzanne Johnson


here can you find a winged horse, a dragon, a warrior and a swan, all on the same evening? Just look up! Stargazing in Central Oregon, where dark skies are easy to find, offers the perfect opportunity for families to connect to nature and expand their horizons – literally! As autumn approaches, daylight hours grow shorter, but there is a bright side. Longer, darker evenings allow constellations, planets, and meteor showers to become visible earlier, making stargazing accessible to kids with early bedtimes.

Navigating the Night Sky

The Earth’s orbit tilts us toward different parts of the sky throughout the year, so the stars we see change by season. Budding astronomers love autumn skies for viewing celestial sights, including… • The center of the galaxy The Milky Way streaks across the night sky through mid-autumn, giving us a unique perspective on this disc of stars that makes up our galaxy. Each of the 200 billion stars in the Milky Way is a sun, many of them with orbiting planets. The bright center of the galaxy is seen at the southern end of the Milky Way, near the Teapot constellation. • Stars that tell stories Long before books were printed, people told stories about the same stars we see today. There’s Draco the dragon, just above Hercules the warrior and Pegasus the magical winged horse. Cygnus the swan flies overhead, and each August, meteors shoot from the Perseus constellation, named for the Greek god who took off Medusa’s head (this year the shooting stars will be less visible, because of light from the full moon). • Lunar craters and planet features How can you tell a star from a planet? Planets don’t twinkle – they reflect the sun’s steady light, and that makes them easy to spot. Both Jupiter and Saturn are visible in the southeast sky, but only a telescope picks up details like Jupiter’s giant red spot, or Saturn’s icy rings. Telescopes also get up close and personal with the moon’s craters, domes, and valleys. 42 |

Plan a Family Stargazing Night

The best stargazing happens under dark, clear skies, away from urban lights and roads. In Central Oregon, escaping light pollution is easy, and a short drive out of town can lead to wide-open panorama views. Head east for the darkest skies: the Oregon Badlands Wilderness area offers an easy destination to take in the constellations. Or continue down the road for a visit to the Pine Mountain Observatory, which neighbors a rustic campground where the stargazing can continue through the night. Southwest of Bend, the Cascade Lakes Highway heads into the dark zone just past the open meadows of Sparks Lake. At these high altitudes, be sure to bring warm jackets, blankets and hot cocoa to keep everyone cozy, because temperatures can drop close to freezing, even after the warmest fall days. Other items to pack include binoculars and headlamps with a red light feature. Regular white light changes our ability to see in the dark, but red light keeps our eyes adapted to see more stars. Covering a flashlight with red plastic works too! Before you go, download smartphone apps like SkyWeek, SkyView or Star Chart to help identify constellations and planets.

Observatory Options

The Oregon Observatory, located at the Sunriver Nature Center, is open Wednesdays and Saturday evenings in the fall months. With a variety of telescopes and interpreters to help navigate the skies, guests gain a deep understanding of the cosmos. Local families can borrow a free pass from the Deschutes Library system (library card required). The observatory also has an inflatable planetarium available for group presentations and field trips. The “Hopservatory” at Worthy Brewing, on Bend’s east side,

A Parent’s Guide to Space Trivia

Five fun facts guaranteed to impress your kids! • What planet is visible every day of the year, even in daytime? To find the answer, look down! Planet Earth is the third from the sun in our solar system, and the only planet known to support life. • Why does the moon always show the same face? Our moon rotates on its axis while it orbits the Earth, so we always see the same regions of craters and valleys. Making the dark side of the moon very mysterious, just like the Pink Floyd album. • Is Polaris (the North Star) the brightest star in the sky? Polaris is not a bright star, but it stays fixed above our north pole, so it’s good for navigation. The brightest star in the sky is Sirius, in the Canis Major (Big Dog) constellation. Also known as Harry Potter’s godfather. • How far is a light year? A light year measures the distance light travels in a year. For example, the nearest galaxy outside of the Milky Way is 2.5 million light years away. That means the light we see left that galaxy 2.5 million years ago! It’s like looking backwards in time.

Everyone is welcome at the Hopservatory located at Worthy Brewing.

has a large telescope for planetary viewing and a small telescope perfect for lunar features. Evening viewing times happen throughout the year for families at the brewery, and school groups can arrange field trips for solar viewing. Grant Tandy, Hopservatory astronomer, enjoys helping kids learn about space. “Astronomy is a gateway science. It captures their imagination, and hooks them into critical thinking,” he said. There is no fee for viewing, but donations help keep the program going. Pine Mountain Observatory, located 34 miles east of Bend, is a working research observatory for University of Oregon astronomers. It opens to the public on Friday and Saturday nights through mid-September, and is best for families with kids in elementary school and older, who are ready to for a more advanced dive into astronomy.

• Can you name all the planets in our solar system, in order from the sun? Sure! Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and…Pluto??? Actually, Pluto is now considered a dwarf planet. Astronomers are on the hunt for the true ninth planet, expected to be much larger and farther than Pluto.

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I Quit. By Bull Garlington

I quit. I am hip deep in laundry. There are 17 more shoes than feet in our front hall—not pairs, just single shoes. There’s a kid I don’t know sleeping on the couch. There’s a dog I don’t know drinking out of my toilet. My fridge is loaded to the gills with old Chinese food and outdated Gogurts. I’m out of bread, eggs, milk, hot dogs, and ho hos. I haven’t shaved in four days. I have no clean towels. I wander into my son’s room where he’s fallen asleep like a true warrior in a puddle of drool surrounded by a crenelated edifice of soda cans and spent Instant Smack Ramen bowls. It’s snackhenge. The dinner table is piled to the roof beams with clean clothes. I put them there with the admonition my kids ought to put away their own duds. They just started changing in the dining room. There’s a Wii avatar staring at me from the flatscreen. He seems angry, impatient, like he’s been standing there a long time. He’s looking at me like he’s thinking “Well? What are you going to do now?” What am I going to do? The only sane thing left. This experiment called “summer” has run its course and it’s an epic fail. I know when I’ve been beat. I grab my keys, my giant leather manbag, my Panama hat, and I walk out the front door. I quit. I’ve been a slave for nine long weeks. A kept man. A minion for my miniature overlords and I’ve had it. I need to refill my man card. I go to my favorite cigar lounge and disappear into a deep leather chair under a cloud of fine Nicaraguan smoke. I break out a good book. I order a cup of coffee so strong it can bend time. I wallow deeper into the leather, tilt my hat down over my eyes, and crack the spine on the book. Then the texts begin.

LOL, dad. You’re funny. Danny needs a ride home and his dog pooped in the kitchen.


I quit.

It’s a good cigar. I mean, really, really good. I keep smoking and stare into the haze until my phone vibrates a hole in the chair.

Dad, Connor is grubhubbing a pizza. Can I get a pizza? I quit. LOL. Hilarious. I’m starving. Some dog pooped in the kitchen. I quit. The thing about a Partagas Maduro is you have to take time to smoke it right. You can’t smoke it too fast, it’s like fishing. You have to—

Hon? The kids seem concerned about you. I quit. It’s been a long summer. You probably need a minivacation. I quit. Our house is full of kids and dogs and they’re all starving to death. Maybe you should—

Dad where are you? Nicaragua Srsly. I’m hungry.

I quit. If you quit your duties . . . I’ll quit mine.

I quit.

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On the Air: Meet local DJ, Kris Arnold

fter working at Atlantic Records in L.A. for 12 years as VP of alternative promotion, Kris Arnold made her way to Bend, Ore., where she has made her home for the past 14 years. Presently, she DJ’s for local station, 92/9, is their musical director and hosts the local show, Highway 97 every Tuesday. Kris routinely wins “Best DJ” in the Best of Central Oregon. At home, Kris spends time with husband, Chuck Arnold, and their two sons, Drake, 18, who just graduated from Bend High, and Shane, 15, who will begin his sophomore year at Summit High in the fall. What is the single best thing you have learned from your children? To chill. I’m pretty anal retentive (can I say anal here?) and kids just don’t work that way, so I’ve had to let a lot of things go. What did you learn from your parents about parenting? My mom was the disciplinarian and was super strict, so actually, I try to think about what she would have done and then do the exact opposite. What do you hope your children have learned from you?

That singing into the wooden spoon to whatever music we’re listening to when I’m cooking is actually very funny and charming. What Superhero power do you wish you had as a parent? The ability to be in two places at once, so I wouldn’t have had to miss one single event or game. How are kids today different than when you were a kid? Kids are always different from the previous generation(s). I’ll tell you though, the fact that girls are wearing “mom jeans” again frightens me a little.

Which film star would you choose to play you in a movie? I’ve been told that I look a little like Kirsten Dunst, so I’ll say her. If she’s not available, then Chris Hemsworth – he’s really pretty. How do you keep from being overwhelmed? Exercise, prosecco and the calendar on my phone. Plus, pizza on Friday night, with wine.  If kids want to get into the media / entertainment industry what would tell them? Go for it!

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Bend Nest Fall 2019  

Parenting Magazine in Bend, Oregon

Bend Nest Fall 2019  

Parenting Magazine in Bend, Oregon