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Happy Centennial Drake & Shevlin!

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Spring Issue Cover On the Cover: Maise, Cove and Arrow Publisher

Aaron Switzer


Angela Switzer

Associate Editor

Nicole Vulcan

Contributing Writers

Annette Benedetti

Caitlin Richmond

Donna Britt

Elizabeth Warnimont

Christenson breaking all the rules, having fun with their food at the Eastside Jackson’s Corner.

Joshua Savage

Nicole Blume

Owner/Operator Aaron

Liz Goodrich

Christenson with wife

Calendar Editor

Megan Burton

Astacia and children,

Design & Layout

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Natalie Stephenson

Darris Hurst

Nicole Blume

Joshua Savage

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Maise, Cove and Arrow enjoying what Jackson’s Corner is all about – good company and great food! Voted #1 Best Family Restaurant & #2 Best Kids Menu. Congratulations! Photos by Darris Hurst

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If beeping electronic toys are driving you crazy, it may be time to simplify and get back to the basics. Learn more about eco-friendly children’s products as Nicole Blume explains their worth.

Happy Birthday to Drake and Shevlin! Spring is the perfect time to celebrate the vision of those who set aside these lands for all to enjoy.


38 KIDS IN ACTION Hardworking and motivated, Olivia Rooker commands the attention of steers and judges. She recently earned the prestigious Oregon FFA State Degree.

DeAR BEND NEST READERS, Thank you recognizing Dr. Gage and making us one of your favorites! We’re proud of our providers, and honored to be recognized for our commitment to caring for women in our community.

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EDITOR’S NOTE It’s Spring!


lthough Central Oregon is notorious for mixed wintery weather this time of year, the longer days and warmer temps, mixed with some glorious bird song, is reason enough to celebrate. This issue, we are celebrating the Best of the Nest! Flip to the middle of the magazine to find our readers’ choice winners! These are the businesses that go that extra mile for local families and have rightfully earned their place on the podium. Reading our Calendar, you’ll discover more classes for kids and families. The High Desert Museum is open, restaurants are hosting in-person dining and things are looking up! Spring is the perfect time to visit some of our beautiful parks. Can you believe that Drake and Shevlin Parks (local favorites) are turning 100 this year? Learn a little Bend history in Outdoors. If you feel that the beeping, buzzing electronic toys do just the opposite of soothe or teach your child, it may be time to get back to the basics. Nicole Blume sheds light on eco-friendly children’s products and helps us understand their worth in Trending. Creativity is absolutely essential to learning and growing. Donna Britt shares tips on how to transform your kitchen into a creative

hub, not just for food, but for art projects in Family Time. And, we’re excited to share an inspiring story about a local teen in Kids in Action, who recently earned her Oregon FFA State Degree while raising livestock at the tender age of 16! She urges all youth to check out FFA, as it’s not just for farmers. Along the same line of amazing folks, in Community, Joshua Savage shares with us a wonderful group called Comfort Seeds, which sprung to life from a couple of tiny tomato seeds. If you or your family have experienced the loss of a loved one, this story will resonate and inspire. Wishing you all wonder and excitement as the world is blossoming once again! Best Wishes,

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Kate Farnsworth

Ciara Thomson-Barnett

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I am an avid weight trainer and love to work out. Now that I’m pregnant, can you give me some guidelines surrounding what is suitable and safe? One of my favorite things is busting myths about pregnancy. Exercise during most pregnancies is not only safe, but also very beneficial! Studies show exercise reduces risk of gestational diabetes, pre-term birth, high blood pressure, stress/ anxiety and C-section. But, despite these known benefits, only about 15% of women achieve the weekly recommended amount of exercise. A common question is, “How much can I lift?” You might be surprised to find out that there is no weight limit. Strength training is healthy and incredibly empowering to many pregnant women. You may need to make modifications to lifting techniques, however, due to changing body dynamics in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters.  Remember to stay hydrated and avoid long periods of time in the heat. If you begin experiencing contractions or cramping during exercise, it is important to listen to your body. Most resolve with rest and increasing water intake. There are few medical conditions that preclude exercise outside or during pregnancy. Talk with your provider about what is right for you. - Ciara Thomson-Barnett


I am 36 years old and unfortunately, have high blood pressure. My partner and I plan to try conceiving in the next few months. Is there anything I should know before planning a pregnancy? In my opinion, preconception visits with a nurse-midwife or doctor are underrated. In fact, the World Health Organization recently stated, “…preconception care can increase the health and well-being of women and couples and improve subsequent pregnancy and child health outcomes.” During a preconception visit we review health history, lab work, medications, immunizations and family planning goals. For individuals who have high blood pressure prior to pregnancy, they might be at increased risk of developing complications in pregnancy such as growth restriction and preeclampsia. We would want to ensure that any medications you are on are compatible with pregnancy and that we have a good game-plan to try to prevent some of these complications. - Ciara Thomson-Barnett



I’m in my second trimester, and I’m super scared about the delivery. I don’t know if I can handle the pain and am not sure my partner can help me with that. Are there any resources that can help? You are not alone! Different people make different choices around how to manage the sensations of labor and delivery. There is no one right choice. There is only the choice that is right for you. Nurse-midwives have specific training in helping people cope with labor during the hard parts. Have you considered a doula? Doulas provide emotional and physical support during labor and they are evidence-based to increase people’s satisfaction with their delivery, decrease the length of labor and decrease use of pain medication. Also, consider the many benefits of yoga and mindfulness: recognizing, without judgement, how our brains respond to discomfort and how we may shift these responses to decrease suffering. Contemplative practices come in handy not just for labor contractions but also for coping with things like sleep deprivation, crying babies, and the terrible twos! - Kate Farnsworth


Ever since I got pregnant, I am super worried about toxins in our environment. Will you give me some advice on how to avoid chemicals that could harm my baby? Limiting toxins in pregnancy is a great priority. There are innumerable ways to do this beyond the obvious, “don’t smoke, drink, do drugs.” Mounting research shows that chemicals like BPA and phthalates can actually act as endocrine disruptors and mess with our hormones! Keep it simple and go lower on chemicals with everything from the foods you eat, to your personal care products, to the products that clean your home. Eating a diet closer to nature that is low in processed and canned foods isn’t just healthier, it also reduces exposure to questionable chemicals in the packaging, too. - Kate Farnsworth




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NEST NEWS Artwork by Summit High’s Emma Harris who earned Gold Key honors recently from the Scholastic Arts Awards.

Student Artists Earn Top Scholastic Honors 12 students earn Gold Key awards


tudent artists in Bend-La Pine Schools were recently recognized by the Central Oregon Scholastic Art Awards program for their artwork, taking home numerous awards, including 12 Gold Keys—the organization’s highest honor.  This year, 14 middle and high schools throughout Central Oregon participated in the awards competition with 82 students in

Dental Care for all Central Oregon Children

Mosaic Medical Announces Creation of “Kemple Children’s Dental Fund”


osaic Medical, a community health center with 15 clinics across Central Oregon, is proud and grateful to continue the vision of the late Dr. H.M. Kemple with the creation of the Kemple Children’s Dental Fund. The fund has been established with a generous gift of $81,000 from the Kemple Memorial Children’s Dental Clinic, which closed its doors last year after more than 20 years of service to our community. The fund will provide integrated dental services at Mosaic clinics for children throughout Central Oregon who are uninsured or from low-income homes, allowing Dr. Kemple’s vision to live on. “We are grateful for the ability to provide this gift to Mosaic that will ensure children across Central Oregon can still receive

Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties earning a total of 194 awards, including 21 Gold Keys.  In past years, Central Oregon Community College has hosted an awards ceremony, also placing award-winning art on

dental services, regardless of their family’s ability to pay,” said Suzanne Browning, former executive director of the Kemple Memorial Children’s Dental Clinic. Tooth pain and dental diseases—such as undetected cavities—are leading causes of school absenteeism for children. “We know that across the Central Oregon region there is a great need for dental care for children,” said Megan Haase, FNP and CEO of Mosaic Medical. “Access to early dental care can make such a difference in the life of a child, and for the future of our community.”

display in the Pinckney Gallery. Due to COVID-19, individual schools will hold virtual displays, and the Commons Café in Bend will host a senior portfolio showcase throughout the month of April.  Recognizing a wide spectrum of artistic mediums, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are a national program originally created in 1923 to showcase student artists for their creativity and skill.

athletic teams from their homes during the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. To accommodate state safety guidelines and current gathering requirements, athletic and activities competitions will occur without in-person spectators at this time.  “While spectators cannot cheer in-person, we are excited to announce a new way for folks to root for their favorite teams from home,” said Dave Williams, Bend-La Pine

To contribute to the Kemple Children’s Dental Fund, please visit mosaicmedical.org or contact Angela Saraceno at 541-323-3860

The Next Best Thing

Bend-La Pine Schools Offers New Streaming Option for Athletic Competitions


lthough local high school athletes are back at it, doing what they do best, fans and supporters will have to resort to the next best thing to being there: virtual cheering and online streaming of sporting events. The Bend-La Pine Schools District is launching a new free subscription service to allow families and community members the ability to watch select high school

Schools’ district athletic director. “As we progress through our seasons, we will re-evaluate state guidelines and opening our facilities to spectators, but for the immediate future, spectators will not be part of our athletic competitions.” Interested families, friends and community members are encouraged to sign up for a free subscription with the NFHS Network.  For more information https://www.bend.k12. or.us/district  Spring 2021 | 13

COPY steps in for families facing parental incarceration By Nicole Blume


magine growing up as a child with a parent behind bars. You receive no goodbye morning hugs, no nightly bedtime stories and no special birthdays with them by your side. Your only interaction is through phone calls, letters, and occasional in-person visits (many of which have been curtailed by the pandemic). If your parent was your only caregiver and you are a minor under the age of 18, you may even be forced to move in with a complete stranger through the state foster care system. It may be difficult or even painful to imagine being in such a vulnerable position as a child, yet this is the reality faced by the hundreds of children in Deschutes County. It’s difficult to know the exact number of local children affected as the data is scarce, but a conservative estimate would be at least 500 kids in our community, according to Bob Moore, program director for the Central Oregon Partnerships for Youth. Founded in 2004 from a federal grant, COPY is a mentorship program developed and offered through the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office that matches children of inmates with appropriate adult mentors. COPY usually oversees about 40-45 volunteers a year, many of whom are retirees looking to give back in their golden years.

“A lot of my kids are not in nuclear families with a lot of extended family resources, so for some of those kids, especially younger kids, the idea of having a grandparent-type person involved in their life is a huge draw for them,” says Moore. Such a mentorship program is essential, because the disruptive effects and psychological strain of parental incarceration may be profound and long-lasting. According to COPY program literature, feelings of fear, anxiety, anger, and experiences of depression, low self-esteem, and emotional withdrawal are all very common. It’s no surprise that parental incarceration is widely recognized by mental health practitioners as a traumatic Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE). “My kids are dealing with problems around parental incarceration and they’ve learned pretty quickly in life that isn’t something you bring up,” says Moore. Relative to their peers fortunate enough to live in more stable family environments, these children face greater risks and barriers to success. Clinical research on this issue has concluded that children whose parents are involved in the criminal justice system are statistically more likely to struggle in school, to exhibit antisocial behavior, struggle with peer relationships and to have higher rates of unemployment and economic hardship when they grow up.

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PARENTING “When someone gets incarcerated [they] lose income, whether it’s legit or non-legit income, it’s income that stabilizes families,” says Moore. “Oftentimes they’ll lose housing, and when they’re losing housing they’re moving, and transportation becomes a problem, and school stability becomes a problem, meeting friends and socialization becomes a problem—it turns into a big snowball effect. I have kids who are 10 out of 10 for ACE scores. It’s a huge loss.” In addition, on a national level, communities of color are disproportionately affected by higher rates of parental incarceration, with Black children 7.5 times and Hispanic children 2.3 times more likely to have a parent behind bars compared to their white counterparts. With an estimated 70,000 Oregonian children having a parent involved in the criminal justice system, our state is no exception to this national trend. Fortunately, programs like COPY exist to help these children establish a healthy, positive bond with another adult living outside of their home. This connection can help mitigate many of the risks associated with having a parent in prison. In addition to improved self-worth, children involved in the COPY program are more likely to attend school and less likely to get in trouble once they’re there. Compassion is key, with the goal being to help each child overcome the adversity associated with parental incarceration. “It’s one thing to hold adult offenders responsible for their decisions, but these are kids that haven’t necessarily caused problems,” says Moore. “We don’t work with juvenile offenders. These are kids that have been dealt a bad set of cards…So, one of the challenges is trying to figure out some way of giving them some equal opportunities.” To become a mentor, interested volunteers over the age of 21 need to submit an online application, complete a fingerprint-based background check, reference checks, and drug screen, maintain a safe driving record, and attend a half-day training class. Once accepted into the program, they will be matched with a child on the program’s waiting list and spend two to three hours of contact time with them per week for a minimum of one year. Both volunteers and children are interviewed about their interests and backgrounds to help create meaningful matches. Ultimately, every mentoring partnership is unique and tailored to the needs of the individual child, with some mentors offering academic assistance with others focusing on exploring new activities. Sometimes, it’s just about hanging out and grabbing a pizza together on a Friday night, just like any ordinary kid. Mentors can provide consistency, caring and hope that may help keep children on the right track, and relationships often last for years, well beyond the program’s end date. “Again, that kind of support, having that person for a kid that doesn’t have that in any other place in their life, is a key piece for sure.” The next training session will be offered April 10. To get involved, contact Bob Moore at 541-388-6651 or email COPY@deschutescounty.org.

-Bob Moore, COPY Program Director

Photos courtesy of Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office

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Illustrations by Manda Byrn Severin

By Joshua Savage


he creation of Comfort Seeds, a group that uses gardening for healing, is a tale full of heartwarming hope and inspiration. When asked about her experience with Comfort Seeds, founder Katie Diez replied, “I never imagined such a positive reaction.” This simple act and concept started with an unexpected discovery. When her father passed away from cancer in 2006, Katie kept many of his shirts. They sat for several years until she decided to create a few quilts from them. While cutting the shirts into squares, she happened upon a tiny tomato seed on one of the outside pockets. She didn’t think much about it, but then another appeared, as if begging to be planted. Katie sowed the seed, cared for it, and in a short few months, a 10-foot-tall tomato plant developed. With the seeds from this plant, she replanted, and the cycle continued. In fact, those seeds have now spread throughout the community! Comfort Seeds emerged as a natural extension of Katie’s occupation. As a pediatric occupational therapist with the High Desert Education Service District, she has been helping others heal for years. She works with kids who have experienced trauma in their lives, whether physical, cognitive or social.

She often implements Social Emotional Learning and mindfulness practices into her therapy. Interactive social activities are often the key to therapy, which likely gave her the idea to share her tomato seeds. First, she shared them with family and friends, and then later with others at a grief camp run by her husband. The feedback was immediate. Katie explains, “Kids like to hear my story, and they always love to plant the seed.” The idea, in Katie’s mind, has become a metaphor for impermanence and rebirth. It reminds us that life continues and thrives through us and our offspring. Gardening is also a form of mindfulness, a way to relax, gather thoughts and develop a better understanding of the process of life through interaction with the seeds and soil. When kids open up or have a desire to garden, Katie realizes she is making a difference.    “From my story, kids create their own. This gives them a stake and they become part of it. They share stories of the coexistence of beauty and grief.” The concept of Hygge, which is a Danish word that embodies the act of

giving comfort, joy and contentment, had always intrigued Katie. But when an institution dedicated to the study of well-being opened the first ever Happiness Museum in Denmark in 2020, Katie decided to send in her story and a pack of tomato seeds. The scientists were touched, chose her contribution and invited her to Denmark! She is planning to travel as soon as things open up a bit more.   

When asked about the future of Comfort Seeds, Katie excitedly discusses an upcoming book with Manda Byrn Severin, the talented illustrator who developed the Comfort Seeds website.    Manda expresses,“Katie’s story is rich with layers. To me, it was an irresistible assignment and I’m so lucky to breathe more life into it.”      Manda has a passion for painting anything nature. Her bright, vivid style is her way of expressing and enhancing life in her drawings.     “Katie teaches us to be mindful, and to notice those small things that could have a large impact,” says Manda.     The book has no release date yet, but in the meantime, head over to the Comfort Seeds website which is full of her vividly eye-popping illustrations.     The site also details in depth the story and intention of Comfort Seeds and provides grief resources for kids and adults. On the Community tab, anyone can submit their own stories, drawings or read those of others. And anyone can request a free packet of Katie’s tomato seeds!     As the project grows, Katie hopes kids will continue to share their stories, poetry and art. Many people are coping with loss or similar issues during these uncertain times, and we could all use a forum to share our experiences. The realization that others share the same feelings helps us connect. Comfort Seeds provides this comfortable space of hope and healing where life carries on, and so do we. www.comfortseeds.com

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Best Grocery Store 1st Newport Avenue Market 2nd Market of Choice

Best Family Takeout 1st Wild Rose Northern Thai Eats 2nd Spork

Best Place for a Sweet Treat 1st Bontà Natural Artisan Gelato 2nd Goody’s Chocolates and Ice Cream

Best Family Restaurant 1st Jackson’s Corner 2nd Active Culture

Best Kid-Friendly Brewery 1st Crux Fermentation Project 2nd Worthy Brewing Company

Best Kids Menu 1st Life & Time 2nd Jackson’s Corner

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Wild Rose Northern Thai Eats Rosie Westlund, Owner

What led to your decision to open Wild Rose in downtown Bend? We came here from Port Townsend, Washington, where our restaurant has been open 32 years now. We enjoyed Bend whenever we visited, and we saw that it could use a Northern Thai restaurant. That’s where our family recipes come from. Bend was larger and growing, but still had the small-town feel, so we thought it was a perfect choice. What do you think it is that makes Wild Rose so popular? We do things differently. The food is family recipes, things we eat ourselves. My father is the chef and all the recipes are his. We are cooking and serving what we enjoy. It’s like going to a friend’s house. We are hands-on owners, always here, so there is consistency. You know what you’re going to get when you eat here. What kinds of things are distinctive to Northern Thai food? Thailand is very regional, like the U.S. Northern Thailand is very rural, mountainous and less beachy than the south. Central Thai is a kind of modge podge; Northern has a lot more green

things: herbal ingredients. They have more places to farm. There are a lot of pig farms, so pork is prominent. Flavor profiles are different. The flavors are from more Vietnam or Laos: fresh, less coastal, less seafood, less fermented food. Is there a particular customer favorite? Definitely the Khao Soi Curry,which is very traditional Northern Thai. It’s a coconut broth curry with egg noodles, topped with crunchy noodles, pickled cabbage and red onion. It’s definitely our most popular dish. How has Wild Rose been affected by the current pandemic restrictions? We are doing well. We are opening up a second restaurant, right next to Bend Brewing on Brooks Street, getting built right now. It’s going to be a Thai Hot Pot and Noodle Shop. We’re looking forward to the new addition.

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Struble Orthodontics Blair Struble, Owner

How did you come to establish your practice here in Central Oregon? I actually grew up in Bend. I went to school and did my orthodontic training all in the PNW. I worked for another provider for a few years, then started my own practice in 2011.

A lot, yes. Not so much on the typical case, but adults with missing teeth, bone loss, etc. need multi-disciplinary care. We work together with general dentists, periodontists, endodontists, oral surgeons, and sometimes pediatric dentists for patients with growth and development issues.

Orthodontia is usually associated with beautiful smiles. What other kinds of issues are you able to help people with? We can set people up for good healthy occlusion for life when we’re able to address issues like misalignment or muscle pain issues early on. Things like worn or cracked teeth and muscle dysfunction can be avoided with preventive orthodontia.

What would you say to someone feeling nervous about getting orthodontic work done? Do you have video screens or other amenities to help people relax? In this new, COVID world, some of those things have changed. We moved into a new office a year ago that was specially designed to be welcoming. We even had a hot chocolate stand in the lobby. That area had to be shut down temporarily, but we also have a team of people who are amazing at making people feel comfortable. For kids, we have a special rewards system. It’s been so successful that kids are actually excited to come to their appointments and collect points for taking good care of their teeth. I would say 99 to 100 percent of our patients are totally at ease after their first visit here.

What are some of the ways “getting braces” has changed for the better? One big change is that we hardly ever have to take impressions anymore. We use 3-D scanning, which is basically a fancy computer with a wand that has a camera at the end of it. The wand scans all of the teeth, then the computer takes those images and kind of stitches them together. A lab can produce a 3-D model in just a few minutes. Newer technology makes the whole process quicker and more comfortable. Do you work together with other oral care specialists?

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Best Speech Therapist/ Pathologist 1st Skidmore Speech & Language Services 2nd Sonos Neurotherapies

Best Alternative Health Care Practice for Children & Families 1st Hearthside Family Medicine 2nd Pure Light Family Chiropractic

Best Midwife/Doula 1st Hannah Renzi (St. Charles Health System) 2nd Janette Gyesky (Bend Birth Center)

Best OB 1st Dr. John Murphy (Central Oregon OB/GYN) 2nd Dr. Regan Gage (East Cascade Women’s Group)

Best Children’s Optometrist Practice 1st Elemental Eye Care 2nd Integrated Eye Care

Best Children’s Orthodontist Practice 1st Struble Orthodontics 2nd Rosenzweig Orthodontics

Best Children’s Dental Practice 1st Deschutes Pediatric Dentistry 2nd Pediatric Dental Associates

Best Children’s Pediatric Clinic 1st Central Oregon Pediatric Associates (COPA) 2nd Summit Medical Group

Best Pediatrician 1st Dr. Jeff Meyrowitz (COPA) 2nd Dr. Michelle Mills (Summit Medical Group)

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Best Music Instruction 1st Cascade School of Music 2nd Out of the Box Arts

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Best Learning Specialist 1st Sylvan Learning Center of Bend 2nd Heather Ashley M.ED

Best Tutor 1st Sylvan Learning Center of Bend 2nd Mathnasium

Best Preschool 1st The Cottage Day Care Inc. 2nd Waldorf School of Bend

Best Day Care 1st The Cottage Day Care Inc. 2nd Inspire Learning Center

Best Supplemental School Program 1st Boys & Girls Clubs 2nd Sylvan Learning Center of Bend

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Sylvan Learning Center Can you describe in a nutshell how Sylvan helps students to succeed? Our guiding philosophy is that every student can learn, and that each student learns differently. We have only expert teachers, trained to be successful with students. Many other tutoring centers utilize grad students who have the knowledge but maybe not the teaching skill. All of our tutors are licensed teachers. Could you share some general tips for good study habits? The best thing, especially in today’s climate, is to have a routine, together with a designated study environment, a quiet space without distractions—a specific schedule for each day, and sticking to it. The current school year certainly has brought some major new challenges for teachers and students. How has Sylvan helped families to adapt? We have re-invented ourselves a few times this year. I want to give a lot of tribute to our staff members who have worked so hard to meet all of the new needs. Every family wants something different. We provide online options, social distancing options for

in-person learning, and in-home tutoring. A new program we are offering, at a fraction of the typical cost, is to come to our building to study. We are able to offer that dedicated space, with oversight and personal support. Are there any changes brought about by the pandemic that you feel will remain a permanent addition to your services? Yes, I’m pretty sure all of them, due to the fact that families’ needs have changed. Other than temperature checks and plexiglass, some of the safety measures, all of it will remain. In-home tutoring is the biggest added service. What do you think made Sylvan the top choice for families this year? We are the best! We have been here over 40 years. Our teachers have established great reputations. We have long-term clients bringing their own children here. It’s our dedicated staff, and our willingness to adapt to changing needs.

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Best Place for a Child’s Birthday Party 1st Mountain Air 2nd Trampoline Zone & Adventure Park


Mountain Air Trampoline Park Eliot Collins, Manager

There are some crazy-fun activities listed on the mountainairbend.com, for example, what can you tell us about Extreme Dodgeball? In the Extreme game, each team has six added targets, so points are scored when you either hit someone with the ball or hit one of the targets on the wall behind them. There is also a time limit and a giant scoreboard just outside the playing area. What about the “Giant Airbag?” The Giant Airbag is a 20x20-foot inflatable bag covered in vinyl you can jump on from a raised platform., Plus, there’s a diagonal wall trampoline 20 feet long you can bounce off of. We have Toddler Time for little ones to crawl around on the expanse of it, and Cosmic Jump for ages nine to 12. How are you faring with the current restrictions on indoor spaces? What changes have you put into place? We are focused on mandates from the county and state. Players over four have to wear a mask, as well as all guests, spectators and staff. We have extra cleaning stations and extra employees with spray bottles. We’re separating age groups more. Toddler Time used to be every day and now it’s four days a week and earlier in the day. Have you had to eliminate any programs due to the pandemic rules?

We have paused our Kids Night Out, a drop-off night for the four-to-ten age group. Parents are more cautious now about who their kids are playing with. Birthday parties have been adjusted for capacity and we are stricter about time frames. Why do you think families in Central Oregon voted Mountain Air Best of the Nest? Consistency. Our staff understands this isn’t just a place to clock in and out. They are invested in everything we do. The minute a customer walks in, we’re focused on what level of service they’re getting for the money they’re paying and we’re hopeful they’ll return.

Best Youth Sports Organization 1st Bend Parks & Recreation District 2nd MBSEF

Best Dance Studio 1st V!be Dance Center 2nd Gotta Dance

Best Kids Yoga 1st Tula Movement Arts 2nd Namaspa

Best Martial Arts School 1st Oregon Tai Chi (WuShu) 2nd Clark’s University

Best Place for a Playdate (indoor) 1st Trampoline Zone & Adventure Park 2nd Mountain Air

Do you think any of the changes will stay in place once the pandemic restrictions are lifted? One thing this has taught us is resilience. We’ve had a chance to look at our model and see how we can improve. There are definitely things we won’t abandon once we’re back to normal. Right now, we’re in great shape, in a good position to grow this year.

Mountain Air Trampoline Park 20495 Murray Rd #150, Bend 541-647-1409 mountainairbend.com

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BEST OF SHOPS & SERVICES Best Nonprofit Serving Children 1st KIDS Center 2nd Family Access Network (FAN)

Best Photographer for Children & Families 1st Natalie Stephenson 2nd Caitlin & Co

Best Toy Store 1st Leapin’ Lizards Toy Company 2nd Learning Express Toys

Best Children’s Consignment Store 1st Stone Soup Kids 2nd Kids Paradise

Best Children’s Clothing Store 1st Hopscotch Kids 2nd Stone Soup Kids

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Stone Soup Kids Juli Parlan, Owner

What kinds of things will customers find at Stone Soup? We’re all about what kids need most. We also cater to what parents are looking for, which is quality merchandise: wooden educational toys, upper brands, good books, all those things kids need growing up. What are some of your best bargains? Probably the brand names at 75 percent off retail. A Patagonia jacket is a great investment living in a climate like Bend’s, but your kid might outgrow it in one season. What do your customers say they like best about the store? Our regular customers rely on us to inspect the items we sell. Feedback I get a lot is that they don’t have to go through everything with a fine-toothed comb. How have you adapted to the climate of the pandemic, and what are your hopes for the future? We are looking forward to being back to our heydays. The play area is so loved by the kids, and we had to close that off. We look forward to being able to see our customers face to face again, without the masks.

We saw a huge drop in business with the pandemic, and I can’t thank my customers enough. When we first had to close, many people reached out with phone calls and messages asking how they could help, how they could support us through it. I also want to give a big thanks to the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC), which provided a grant that allowed us to remain open. December and January were horrible for retail. Why do you think parents voted Stone Soup Best of the Nest? For sure because of the quality. People say it’s like a retail store. It’s clean and organized. We’ve grown mostly by word of mouth, so we don’t do much advertising – but we have customers coming in from California and Washington. People google us and see the high ratings. I’ve never loved what I do as much as I love this. I get a lot of joy from meeting all the local people and families.

Stone Soup Kids

1740 NW Pence Lane, Bend 541-323-7117 stonesoupkids.com


Healthy Adventures Await!

Do you know how to start a conversation about body safety? The Let’s Talk About It training is designed to provide parents and caregivers information about healthy, developmentally appropriate body exploration and behaviors while addressing how to recognize and respond to inappropriate and unsafe behaviors that can cause harm to self and others.

To learn more or register, visit kidscenter.org.


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Social trends towards simplicity spark interest in all-natural, eco-friendly children’s products Story and photos by Nicole Blume


rganic, all-natural, eco-friendly children’s products and toys are all the rage these days, with many parents seeking healthier options for their youngsters that are also better for the environment. In a place like Central Oregon, where the wild beauty of nature meets a spirit of local artisanship, this trend is particularly on point. Natural toys are nothing new, of course. Cultures around the world have been crafting simple playthings for children out of wood, cloth, and straw since the beginning of play. Today, in reaction to the glitz and glam—and visible media branding—of many modern toy offerings, natural and handmade toys have seen a reemergence in consumer demand stemming from social trends towards simplicity and old-fashioned wholesomeness.

Are They Really Worth the Marked-Up Price Tag?

Children’s organic clothing and natural toys courtesy of Wild Child toy shop in the Old Mill District 24 | BendNest.com

When we think of eco-friendly, natural toys, we often think of materials from nature: plain wood polished with non-toxic, water-based finishes, organic cloth fibers made of wool, bamboo, silk, and cotton, hand-knitted baby hats and socks, naturally harvested tree rubber for infant teethers and bath toys and muted pastel toys colored with vegetable dyes instead of bright, synthetic paint. The look is simple, yet sophisticated, and definitely insta worthy. Local small business owner Keri Travis, who recently opened Wild Child, a children’s natural toy shop in the Old Mill District, has traveled the world in search of the most beautiful natural toys and gifts for children. She believes in the value of natural products and has banked her business model on locals feeling the same way. “I believe that when it comes to toys, you should choose best, not more,” says Travis. “The best toys are made with natural materials, fine craftsmanship, and are open-ended. They should inspire creativity and open the doors to wonder. They are also very beautiful, strong, and feel good to the touch.”


Interestingly, according to Consumer Reports, there is no true government-regulated certification for these types of toys, as legally speaking, the word “natural” only applies to meat and poultry products. Furthermore, fabric toys labeled “100% organic” refer exclusively to how the fiber was grown per the USDA’s organic standards, not to how the fibers were later processed.

Third-party Certifiers Step In

Nonetheless, some toy manufacturers understand the demands of critical consumers and have enlisted third party certifiers to help assure customers that their green products truly are natural and eco-friendly. While these certifications may increase the cost of an item, many eco-conscious buyers appreciate the extra information about where and how their product is sourced and produced. Oeko-Tex-certified textiles, for example, promises “every component of this article has been tested for harmful substances and that the article, i.e. every thread, button and other accessories, therefore, is harmless for human health,” according to their website. Similarly, the Forest Stewardship Council and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification are two of the most well-recognized non-profit organizations that promote sustainable forest management through independent third-party certifications. They promise that their certified woods were grown according to strict standards of environmental, social, and economic criteria, such as the replanting of felled trees. Numerous manufacturers offer these various certifications for their children’s clothing items and wooden toys. Meanwhile, other companies are focused on using recyclable materials or producing exclusively American-made products, instead of relying on questionable overseas manufacturing.

Commitment to Local

“We strive to find companies that make their toys in the USA— like Spooner Boards, Crazy Aarons and Green Toys. We are always on the lookout for toys that are made of recycled materials

and are striving to be kind to the planet,” says Suzy Reininger, owner of local Bend toy store, Leapin’ Lizards. “Although plastic in nature, Green Toys items are made in the USA and made from 100% recycled milk jugs. Haba’s wooden toys are made using PEFC certified beech and/or maple wood. Wild Republic’s Ecokin line makes plush animals where the fill is made of 100% recycled water bottles. And Crocodile Creek puzzles are made of 100% recycled post-consumer content and printed with soy-based inks and water-based coatings,” says Reininger. Still other consumers love to shop hyper local, supporting artists in their community who handcraft children’s items. Wild Child, for example, carries upcycled wool and cashmere hats made by Travis and her teenage daughter, while Leapin’ Lizards offers a line of “Build Your Own” toy kits for wands, crossbows, and fairy crowns from local artist Jill Hodgson.

Aesthetics Rule

Beyond health, environmental, and manufacturing concerns, many consumers just simply appreciate the aesthetic look or pedagogical value of natural toys and clothing. They tend to shun loud, beeping electronic toys, bright, polyester textiles, and in-your-face media branding in favor of simple wooden rainbow stackers, 100% cotton onesies, and other similar children’s products. “Keeping a child’s world as beautiful and aesthetically pleasing as possible is important to me,” Travis says. “We are giving our children their first view of the world and we want something that is worthy of appreciation. From soft bamboo and organic cotton clothing, to their first teething toys, I feel like the warmth of natural materials truly matters. Children are inheriting the earth, and us making sustainable choices for them at the beginning of their lives is profound.” In a place like Central Oregon, where going green is a way of life, these natural toys are here to stay—until they naturally biodegrade one day, of course. Spring 2021 | 25


Make Your Kitchen a

Creative Hub Photo by Annie Spratt

Get everyone involved in fun activities By Donna Britt @foodlifelove.com


s spring slowly emerges over the high desert, getting outside is certainly something to look forward to. Yet, there are still days and times when we’re stuck indoors. As much isolation as we’ve all experienced this past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, being homebound can make the whole family a bit stir crazy. Turn up the creative heat in your kitchen and get everyone in on the fun.

Quick Ideas to Invite Creativity Into the Kitchen

• Think of the kitchen as a place for all things creative. Along with cooking/preparing food, think artsy projects such as finger painting or making play dough. • Involve the entire family in creative kitchen projects on a regular basis. • Toddlers can play with pots and pans or other non-breakable bowls/utensils while older family members are chopping and cooking. Think of the banging and pounding as background music and let the little drummers delight! • Give everyone an assignment, such as slicing, stirring, setting the timer. Even preschoolers can do things such as gathering ingredients and adding ingredients into a bowl. • Teach everyone about mise en place which is a French cooking term meaning “putting in place”. In other words, get all ingredients together before you start cooking or creating. • Allow messiness. • Make sure everyone is involved in clean-up.

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Edible Finger Paint

Using pastel colored gels brings a hint of spring to the finger paint palette.

• 4 cups water • 1 cup corn starch • 6 tablespoons white sugar • 1 teaspoon salt • Icing colour gels – try Wilton brand in pastel colours • Containers to hold paint (any small bowl will do or small plastic containers with lids) • Finger paint paper – big sheets of butcher paper or parchment paper will work fine

Whisk all ingredients in a medium-sized saucepan until well combined. Cook and constantly stir on medium heat until mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Separate into containers, using one container for each paint colour you want to make. Use a toothpick to add a small blob of colour gel. Stir until fully mixed. Let cool. Spread out big sheets of paper. PAINT. Please note this finger paint is safe, non-toxic, and shouldn’t stain clothes although a paint smock and or old t-shirt is recommended.

Photo by Phil Hearing

On-the-Go Granola

This granola is healthy, simple to mix up and a perfect snack for packing along on those beautiful spring hikes you’ll be taking. • 1 tablespoon ground flax meal • 3 tablespoons water • 3 tablespoons coconut oil • 3 tablespoons maple syrup • 1 tablespoon vanilla • 1 1/2 cup oats • 3/4 cup coconut flakes • 2 tablespoons coconut flour (or regular flour) • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (or regular white sugar) • 2 tablespoons hemp hearts • 1 teaspoon cinnamon • 3/4 teaspoons Himalayan sea salt or kosher salt • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans or walnuts or pumpkin seeds • 3 tablespoons dried blueberries or dried cranberries • 3 chopped dried figs or a handful of raisins

Photo by Yulia Khlebnikova

Preheat oven to 300. To make the flax egg, beat flax meal and water together in a small bowl until frothy. Set aside for at least five minutes. In a separate small bowl, mix the coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Microwave for 15-20 seconds to soften the coconut oil; it does not have to be completely liquefied. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, coconut flakes, coconut flour, coconut sugar, hemp and spices. Add the coconut oil/maple syrup mix and blend thoroughly, coating all the dry ingredients. This is where the kiddos can use their hands to make sure everything is mixed together very well. Add the nuts or pumpkin seeds along with the blueberries, figs/ raisins and mix to combine. Finally, add the flax egg, mixing to make sure everything is evenly coated. Put a sheet of parchment on a cookie sheet. Spread the granola onto the parchment, making sure it’s sticking slightly to itself and you can’t see through it. Bake for 15 minutes then check to make sure it’s not getting too brown. If it is, stir/turn it being careful not to break it up too much. Continue to bake for another 20 minutes, checking every 10 minutes. Once lightly browned, remove from oven and cool completely before breaking it apart and storing it. Keeps well for several weeks in an airtight container. Yield: approximately 4 cups granola.


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HIGH DESERT CALLS Photos courtesy of the High Desert Museum

Local students invited to submit entries to the Waterston Student Essay Competition By Nicole Blume


rom memoirs to poetry, the rugged natural beauty and stark landscapes of the Oregon High Desert have been inspiring writers for centuries. Now, our unique environment is inspiring young writers to explore their creativity as part of the 2021 Waterston Student Essay Competition, hosted by the High Desert Museum. The competition gets its name from local Bend area writer and poet, Ellen Waterston, a self-described “desert rat” who has four poetry collections and three nonfiction titles to her credit. Deeply inspired by the high desert environment she calls home, Waterston launched the original Waterston Desert Writing Prize in 2014 to “honor literary nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place, and desert literacy—with the desert as both subject and setting,” according to the competition’s website. The original competition was geared primarily toward adults until just last year, when a student version was launched. While the original adult prize remains centered on a nonfiction, full-length book proposal, the idea was to offer a short essay contest specifically for high school-aged teenagers. As Waterston explains, “engaging students in writing and the literary arts is a strong priority.” While both the adult and teen versions have different 28 | BendNest.com

parameters, they share a common root. According to Waterston, “Both the Waterston Desert Writing Prize (for adults) and the student essay competition are ways for established and younger writers to examine the role of deserts in their lives and, more generally, in the human narrative.” In 2020, local Redmond student Al Lehto took home the inaugural student prize with his essay entitled “The Badlands,” which centered on his experiences in the desert badlands east of Bend. “Al Lehto wrote a masterful essay on his artist-mother’s love of the high desert as the subject of her paintings and how excursions into the high desert as a child influenced Al’s deep appreciation of the high desert now,” Waterston says. This year, high school students in 9th - 12th grades from across Central Oregon are invited to participate in the nonfiction writing contest and may focus on any aspect of the High Desert. Whether describing a place, relating a personal story, detailing an observation, or addressing a contemporary issue facing the region, students are encouraged to use their creativity. “The word ‘essay’ sometimes suggests a certain type of writing,” Waterston states, “but in fact, nonfiction includes lyric, documentary, and narrative styles, so there’s lots of latitude. Students are encouraged to let the prompt of an essay about the desert lead them where it will. There’s no one right answer.” In that spirit, the contest hopes “to foster young writers and discover what young creatives want to share about this beautiful region we call home,” according to the website.

Dine In Eligibility extends to all public school, private school, and home-school students, as long as they are 18 years old or younger and reside in Crook, Deschutes, Harney, Jefferson, or Lake County. Essays must be between 750 and 1,000 words and must never have been previously published, including in school newsletters. All entries will be judged on their ability to contribute to our community’s understanding and appreciation of our unique High Desert region, cultures, and environment. Originality, clarity of expression, and accuracy will also be evaluated, and all entries will be judged blind, as participants are instructed to exclude their names, schools, or any other identifying information in their submissions. The final deadline is May 1, 2021, with the winner announced later in May by the Waterston Desert Writing Prize advisory committee to the High Desert Museum. For young writers who take up the pen, this contest provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase their writing talents and earn accolades for their college resume or professional writing career. In addition to a $250 cash prize, the winner will be honored at a special awards ceremony and reception hosted by the High Desert Museum in September 2021. Their winning essay will also be published online and promoted by the museum as an example of nonfiction literary excellence. Ultimately, “the goal of the regional student essay competition is to encourage young writers to engage with a desert landscape through writing, to observe and speculate about deserts, the impact of desert landscapes on them and the impact of humans on deserts,” Waterston says. “The opportunity for the student writer is to dig deeper into their relationship with a particular landscape.”

In addition to a $250 cash prize, the winner will be honored at a special awards ceremony and reception hosted by the High Desert Museum in September 2021

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Online Story Time

READ — Help develop your child’s vocabulary with fun! Join community librarians for songs, rhymes and stories that prepare your young one for learning and loving to read. 10am

Online | Free

deschuteslibrary.org/kids/ programs

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Mommy & Me: Breastfeeding Support Group

MOM FRIENDLY — This weekly support group invites all new moms or moms-to-be to join in. There are lactation consultants and other moms to help answer questions and get some social support. All are welcome, including partners and siblings, no matter how you are feeding your baby. Check Facebook for updates as space may be limited while COVID -19 precautions are in place. Thursdays 1-3pm at Central Oregon Locavore and Tuesdays Noon-2pm at the Redmond St. Charles Women’s Center.

Two locations | Free

facebook.com/MommyandMe BreastfeedingSupportGroup StCharlesBend


Wonder Wednesdays at the High Desert Museum

EXPLORE — A great way to provide engaging and new activities for students in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties, as they navigate the ongoing pandemic. Reduced ticket prices on Wednesdays for students enrolled in prekindergarten through 12th grade. Wonder Wednesdays will continue throughout the 2021 school year.

High Desert Museum | $5

Highdesertmusuem.org/ wonder-wednesdays

Come out to the ranch and help hand plow the garden, plant potatoes and learn how they get their seeds at the High Desert Museum.



READ — Interactive story time with songs, rhymes, and movement. Early literacy skills to get your child ready to learn to read are the focus of these story times. Children will leave with a more familiar understanding of letter sounds, rhyming, vocabulary, and print. 10am

MOM-FRIENDLY — Livestreamed yoga classes for new mamas and mamas to be! Classes are perfect for mamas looking to find some ease or energy. 10:30-11:30am

Online Only: Story Time Live

Online | Free

deschuteslibrary.org/kids/ programs

Saturdays Through May 15

Kids Ninja Night

PLAYTIME — Drop off your kids for three hours of fun in this super-rad indoor Ninja Warrior play space. Parents get the night out while kids get to have a blast with fun, team-building games, Ninja Warrior challenges, and timed races. Capacity is limited, advanced registration is highly recommended. Saturdays 6-9pm

Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play | $22 per kid freespiritbend.com  

Livestream Pre + Postnatal Yoga

Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play | $9, 5-pack $40 freespiritbend.com  

March - May

Day Clay

ARTS AND CRAFTS — A six-week series of classes that will cover all the basics of working with clay and creating ceramic pieces. Perfect for little hands, this class is recommended for kids aged 3-5 to flex their creative skills. Wednesdays,11am-2pm

Art Station | $205-$246


April & May

ArtFull Wednesdays

discover the world of texture, line, shape, and color as they create original artwork. A wide range of basic media skills are developed including painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, and clay. Best for ages 3-5. Wednesdays, 2-4pm

Art Station | $79-$94


April & May

Kids Ninja Warrior Classes

PLAYTIME — Unique to Bend, your kids will gain amazing abilities through obstacle course training, climbing and fitness conditioning, and team motivation in our Kids Ninja Warrior classes. There are classes designed for several age groups, ranging from new babes to pre-teens. Class size is limited so advanced registration is highly recommended. 3:30-4:30pm

Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play | $99 for a six-week series freespiritbend.com  

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CALENDAR young artists to the basic techniques. Best for ages 8-13 as they practice washes, value scale, wet on wet and dry brush techniques. Fridays, 4-6pm

Art Station | $95-$114


April 3

Snail Mail: Grab & Go Kit

Ninja Warrior classes are serious fun at Free Spirit Bend.

April – June

Enrichment Wednesdays: Leap, Soar, Dance!

MOVE — A sampling of different dance styles and games. Come try out tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, ballet, and Russian character dance. Wednesdays, 1:30-3pm

Académie De Ballet | $84-$100


April – June

Enrichment Wednesdays: Spanish Immersion

LANGUAGE — A natural introduction to Spanish language and culture with fun activities and vocabulary building. Wednesdays, 1:30-3pm

Hollinshead Barn | $60-$72


April – June

Enrichment Wednesdays: Winter Nature Club

OUTSIDE — Join a naturalist from Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory and explore nature in your schoolyard. Perform science experiments, learn about and meet live animals, and create nature-themed art projects! Wednesdays, 2-3:30pm

District Office | $72-$86


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April – June

Enrichment Wednesdays: Fun, Funky, Fresh Dance

MOVE — Have fun by moving and grooving to music and expressing yourself through dance. We will also integrate dance games like the limbo, freeze dance, dance teacher and more! Wednesdays, 1:30-3pm

The Pavilion | $84-$100


March 27 – April 10

Artist Elements: Scientific Drawing

ARTS AND CRAFTS — Strengthen art skills and appreciation for art with these classes. Learn art fundamentals, terms and develop your own creativity. Artist Elements classes are designed to strengthen art skills and an appreciation for art. Participants will build on skills of identifying plant and animals while drawing them as scientific subjects. Saturdays, 10am-Noon

CONNECT — Inspired by the book Front Desk by Kelly Yang, this hands-on activity encourages kids to write letters. Pick up your letter writing kit from any library and reconnect with friends and family, drop a friendly letter to a stranger or thank your favorite author. Available during business hours starting Saturday, all day while supplies last.

Deschutes Public Library – all branches | Free, supplies are limited! Deschutespubliclibrary. org/calendar/event/61495

April 4 – April 25

Yoga Mama 4-week Series

MOM-FRIENDLY — Join Free Spirit’s owner and mom for this rewarding livestream yoga series designed specifically for moms with younger kids, ages 5 and under. No kids are allowed during class giving moms plenty of time to build a mindful practice while focusing on strength and flexibility. All levels welcome! Sundays, 9-10:30am

Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play | Drop in $19 Series $70 freespiritbend.com 

April 7 – April 28

Encaustic Painting

ARTS AND CRAFTS – Encaustic paint is wax-based and creates layers and dimensions in art that are great for curious minds. The resulting layers can be polished, carved and built upon for interesting and unique art. This class is best suited for ages 16 or older. Wednesdays, 6-9pm.

Art Station | $189-$226


April 9 – May 7

Mixed Media Drawing

ARTS AND CRAFTS – A series of classes for older teens to explore various drawing methods and mediums. Participants can expect to create drawings with a variety of tools and covering different subject matters. No drawing experience required, just an open mind! Fridays, 10am-Noon.

Art Station | $179-$214


April 10

Spring Cleaning at the Miller Ranch

EXPLORE – As the days get warmer and longer, it’s time for the annual tradition of clearing out the old and getting ready for the growing season. Using the latest cleaning techniques from 1904, help the Millers clean, and get ready for summer. Saturday, 11am-3pm.

High Desert Museum | Free with museum admission Highdesertmuseum.org/ calendar

Art Station | $79-$94


April 2 – April 30

Watercolor Techniques

ARTS AND CRAFTS — Get to know watercolors in these series of classes designed to introduce

Pre-register for the after-hours Museum and Me special program at the High Desert Museum.

CALENDAR With Your Child: Garden Gnomes


Art Station | $55-$66

From kindergarten through 3rd grade, children are learning to read, and starting in 4th grade, they are reading to learn.

May 2

CRAFT - Enter the magical world of folklore. Using slab and hand building techniques, sculpt a whimsical Gnome with a tall hat. Place your gnome outside to watch over your garden. Sunday, 1-3pm. Register.bendparksandrec.org

May 7

Pre- and post-natal yoga classes live-streamed by Free Spirit Bend.

Wednesdays April 14 - May 19

April 22 & May 11

PLAYTIME – This drop-off style camp gives kids the chance to play, climb and explore. They get to burn off some extra energy while meeting up with other kids their age. 1:30-4:30pm.   

PLAYTIME – Peaceful hours at the museum for children and adults who experience physical, intellectual and/or social disabilities to enjoy the High Desert Museum. There is limited space for this after-hours museum event, so register early to enjoy the exhibits.

Kids Ninja Warrior Half-Day Camp  

Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play | $149 for a six-week series   freespiritbend.com  

April 15

Online Only: Music and Movement

MOVE- Movement is closely linked with literacy. Spend some time boosting your child’s confidence with reading while they sing, dance and play. If you don’t have an instrument, two spoons or pots and pans work! 10:30am

Online | Free

deschuteslibrary.org/kids/ programs

April 18

With Your Child: Unicorns

CRAFT - Bring your imagination to create a one-of-a-kind clay unicorn! Learn to sculpt a horse using modeling tools and hand building methods. Then add a textured mane, facial features and a magical horn! Paint your unicorn with bright colors of your choice. Sunday 1-3pm.

Art Station | $55-$66


Museum and Me

High Desert Museum | Free Highdesertmuseum.org/ calendar

April 22 – May 13

Awesome Acrylic Painting

ARTS AND CRAFTS – Acrylic painting is a fun and versatile medium that young artists can use to explore new styles of art form realism to abstract. Best for ages 6-12. Thursdays, 4-6pm.

Art Station | $95-$114


May 1

Gardening at the Miller Ranch

EXPLORE – As the last of the snow melts off Black Butte, the Millers begin their planting season! Come out to the ranch and help hand plow the garden, plant potatoes and learn how they get their plants and seeds. Saturday, 11am-3pm.

High Desert Museum | Free with museum admission Highdesertmuseum.org/ calendar

Exhibition Opening: “Kids Curate”

EXPLORE - Celebrate the work of fifth graders from Jewell Elementary School in Bend at the opening of this exhibit featuring the results of a yearlong project incorporating science and art. This year students focused on creating a mural that incorporates how plants and animals use energy from the sun. The exhibit will be on display at the Museum from May 7 to June 6.

High Desert Museum | Free with museum admission Highdesertmuseum.org/ calendar

May 9

Mother’s Day Brunch

MOM-FRIENDLY – Celebrate mom with brunch at Faith Hope & Charity Vineyards. A fun morning with mom and friends is a great way to celebrate this year! Sunday, 10am or 1pm.

Faith, Hope & Charity Vineyards | $35 per adult, $15 per child faithhopeandcharityevents. com/event-details/mothersday-brunch

May 9

Mother’s Day at the Museum

MOM-FRIENDLY – Spend the day exploring the exhibits and museum with your little one. Admission is free for moms all day long! Sunday, 11am-3pm.

Supporters of Literacy in Deschutes County is a nonprofit group focused on promoting literacy in Central Oregon. With COVID-19 disrupting the lives of many young learners, SOLID is stepping in and tutoring in cooperation with some public schools in Deschutes County. They are now re-opening their “Read-To-Learn” program for kids in grades K - 3 with volunteers helping kids become proficient readers in both English and Spanish at no cost. SOLID is currently accepting donations of children’s books for students K-3 in the program. They also hold private book sales in their bookstore located in Ponderosa Elementary’s modular building (east of the ball field) to help fund the program. For more info, email  literacyindeschutes@ gmail.com or text 541-977-5341. 

High Desert Museum | Free Highdesertmuseum.org/ calendar

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CENTENNIAL! Bend’s Iconic Parks Turn 100 this Year By Joshua Savage


n 2021, as Bend Park and Recreation District hosts the centennial celebration of two of our most cherished parks— Drake and Shevlin, take a moment to imagine life in Bend and specifically, in these parks 100 years ago.

Drake Park

Possibly unrecognizable back then except for the Deschutes River, no doubt the land where Drake Park sits was breathtaking—no homes, sidewalks, bridges or footpaths, just native grasses and trees flourishing. Geese? One can only dream of the reduced numbers back then. We do know that once upon a time, a log cabin sat on the banks of the Deschutes, which served as Bend’s first schoolhouse and then later was home to the Bend Bulletin. Over the years many improvements came and went, including the installation of tennis courts which were later razed. Grasses and trees were planted, footbridges built and rebuilt, and eventually Riverside Boulevard was paved. The famous Bend Water Pageant took place annually for more than 30 years in Drake. Recognizing early the value of this pristine area, May Arnold, a member of the Civic Women’s Improvement League, spearheaded a campaign to gather 1,500 signatures and garner a $21,000 bond to finance the city’s purchase. In 1921, the park became city property and later was named after the founder of Bend, Alexander Drake.    Throughout the years, Drake Park has remained a

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comfortable place of respite where families and friends gather to enjoy picnics and spend quality time together. During warmer months kayakers paddle along Mirror Pond, while lazy floaters take out their tubes and relax on the bank. In winter, near the north end of the park, children brave the small hills just steep enough for sledding. Drake Park’s proximity to the city center makes it even more attractive. Tourists and locals enjoy casual strolls before or after visiting shops and restaurants downtown, some stopping to read the placards and learn a bit of Bend history.    Longtime historic events held at Drake include Pole Peddle Paddle, Munch & Music, and the 4th of July Pet Parade, which are currently on pause due to COVID.

Shevlin Park

Fur trappers searching for beavers were the first Euro-Americans known to visit the area of what is now known as Shevlin Park. John C. Fremont, a well-known explorer, wrote a memorable account of the area’s meadows of “good grass, the swift and deep stream, and the majestic larches.” While camping one night, his crew even witnessed a lunar rainbow in the area.    Years later, and for a longtime after, the Shevlin-Hixon Lumber Company owned the land. Tom Shevlin, the local timber baron, lived a short, but active and influential life in Bend. He died of pneumonia at the young age of 32. As a memorial, his partner, F.P. Hixon, donated 160 acres of land to the city. He stipulated that the park would keep the Shevlin name and forever be a place of recreation for the general public. Shevlin Park was born.

OUTDOORS For more detailed information about Drake and Shevlin, check out the Bend Park & Recreation website: bendparkandrec.org. Throughout their yearlong celebration, they will be adding firstperson stories, photos and memories of the parks, as well as hosting virtual events. By summer, they hope to have in-person events and speakers at the parks.

   Improvements over the past century included footbridges, pavilions and trails. At one point, in 1930, Skyliners Ski Club built an ice skating rink in the park, which, of course, no longer exists. The iconic bridge, the one seen in the film Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, was recently torn down.     For the most part, the land probably resembles what it looked like long ago as Tumalo Creek flows blissfully through Shevlin and later meets the Deschutes. Quaking aspens shimmer in the wind. Mighty Ponderosas tower high over other mixed conifers and native vegetation. Deer, beavers, otters, trout, eagles and other animals all call the park home.     Since the early 2000s additional land has been deeded to the city bringing the total to 981 acres. With such a vast area, the park provides a quick escape from the city where anyone can find adventure. On any given day, you’ll find families meandering on trails, adults teaching kids to fish in the small pond near Aspen Hall, kids building dams or skipping rocks in the chilly water and outdoor enthusiasts running or biking in Shevlin. We often take for granted how lucky we are that our predecessors took the time and effort to protect these lands. Our current efforts toward preservation of such special places will ensure the same experiences for future generations.

Keep up with the Best in Central Oregon: Joshua Savage is a freelance writer and author of “100 Things to Do in Bend, Oregon.” Check out his Dadsthebomb.com newsletter at: getrevue.co/profile/dadsthebomb and go to medium.com/ ultimate-scavenger-bend to keep up with the best of Central Oregon.

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KIDS IN ACTION Olivia and her market steer, Phoenyx, show-ring exhibiting at the 2019 Deschutes County Fair.

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16-Year-Old Female Cattle Rancher Earns the Oregon FFA State Degree By Annette Benedetti


livia Rooker’s voice is calm and possesses the confidence of a seasoned professional woman. It’s hard to believe that she is only 16. Even more shocking is the tiny frame dwarfed by, and commanding, the giant beast that is the steer she raised to show and sell at the fair. This year, Olivia is one of a handful of high school students who earned the prestigious Oregon FFA State Degree. The FFA program, once referred to as Future Farmers of America, has now expanded to become a dynamic organization that prepares members for leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. While earning this degree is an accomplishment that requires hours spent in classes, on projects,

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and serving the community, the fact that Rooker has already positioned herself as a woman advocate in the heavily malesaturated agriculture industry at her young age is exceptional. Rooker shared her thoughts and experiences regarding the FFA during a short interview. Here is what she had to say.

Q: When and why did you decide to enter the FFA program? OR: I’ve grown up around livestock and the livestock industry my

entire life. My family and I moved here from Arizona in 2014 and my oldest sister joined FFA and introduced our family to it. Once I saw the opportunity and the experiences that she got through FFA, I was intrigued and knew that I wanted to start as soon as I could. I started as a Discovery Member in eighth grade.

Q: What is a Discovery Member? OR: It’s an opportunity for eighth-graders to get a head start in

FFA…they can dip their toe into the program before they enter high school as a freshman and start to add classes.

KIDS IN ACTION Q: What does it take to get the Oregon State FFA Degree? There are multiple degrees that you can acquire. It takes a buildup of the smaller degrees to get the State Degree. From the State Degree, I can choose to get the American Degree. Q: What does being active in the program involve? OR: I raise cattle... It requires raising livestock but, there are also

CDEs and LDEs, which are career development events and leadership development events. For example, I’ve given three or four speeches over the course of my time being in FFA, and that’s really improved my public speaking skills.

Q: What is one of the things you like most about the program? OR: I just really enjoy the experiences and relationships that get

built within the program. It’s not just having Ag classes at the school, it’s truly a family. We call it the FFA family. We make a lot of memories together whether it’s going on road trips, going to contests or sitting in the Ag room talking about agriculture issues.

Q: What has challenged you the most? OR: The biggest challenge has been the last year and a half with

everything going on. Like I said, it’s more of a family-type thing. We see each other every day so being apart and seeing each other over a screen has been really hard. It has really challenged our leadership skills. I’m on the Bend FFA officer team as well, and it’s been hard for me and my teammates to build that bond because we got elected on a zoom call and we haven’t really been able to do much team bonding.

Q: What are some ways you’ve learned to work around that and be innovative? OR: We’ve really reached out and grasped onto social media a lot to reach our members and let them know we are all in this together. Q: What did your specific project look like? OR: Every year I raise a steer to show and sell at the county fair.

I jackpot my steers around the state and often outside of the state in the springtime. Then come August, I show and sell them at the fair.

Q: What is it like being a female in this industry? OR: It used to just be men or boys working on the farm and women

inside…and I think it’s really, truly an honor being a woman in agriculture and a woman advocate in agriculture. I am the youngest of three girls. It was me and my sisters and my mom for a long time and we had our livestock and learned to do it all on our own. It’s very empowering because once my dad was gone, we just kind of had to learn to do it on our own. We picked it up, and we can haul our own hay and pick up our own grain and we can feed the cows in a blistering blizzard because we are tough enough to do it and we don’t need a man.

Q: What does this degree mean to you OR: I think it’s a huge accomplishment. Eventually, I’d like to move

on to receive my American Degree at the National FFA convention. And also, I can put this degree on future resumes or applications for jobs.

Q: What are your plans for the future? OR: I hope to pursue a career in the agricultural field, whether it’s in

animal nutrition or being a cattle rancher or some type of feed rep. I know my background will help me.

Q: Is there anything you want to share about the program with other Bend families? OR: I want to make sure that people know that FFA is not just farmers and ranchers, but every aspect of agriculture. From the meat that’s on your plate and the food on your table, to the shirt on your back and the welding that goes on for the products that you use. It’s just such a great program for kids to get involved in. They will gain skills and memories that they will have for a lifetime.

“It’s just such a great program for kids to get involved in. They will gain skills and memories that they will have for a lifetime.” -Olivia Rooker

Phoenyx and Olivia entering the auction ring one last time at the 2019 Deschutes County Fair and Youth Livestock Auction.

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