BendNest Spring 2023

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Backstage with TMP’s performing artists PARENTING Time

Ballot Inside!

The Mythology of LOVE

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To Oregon’s Schools

Learning by Getting Your Hands Dirty

The most powerful teachable moments often happen outside the four walls of a classroom. There’s something about connecting traditional school learning to real-world activities that helps learning come alive.

Many public schools in Oregon host a little piece of that real world right on the school’s grounds. School gardens are popping up like weeds in every corner of the state, including several right here in the Bend-LaPine School District.

Gardens sometimes supplement the school’s meal program with fresh, local fruits and vegetables. They also give kids the opportunity to apply classroom lessons in science, writing, and even art to an environment where they can literally get their hands dirty. It’s the sort of learning that just might inspire them for a lifetime.

Playing it Forward

Although Oregon Lottery funds alone do not fully fund school operations, they do help enable our public schools to fulfill many classroom needs, empowering them to offer the sorts of innovation programs that inspire the teachable moments that light up learning — like school gardens. When you play Oregon Lottery games, you’re help- ing the schools and students across Oregon. When you play, you’re playing it forward — for Oregon’s public schools.

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On the Cover

Photography by Maile Mason

Publisher A aron Switzer

Editor Angela Switzer

Associate Editor Nicole Blume

Contributing Writers Annette Benedetti

Donna Britt

Elizabeth Warnimont

Joshua Savage

Paige Bentley-Flannery

Copy Editor Nicole Vulcan

Design & Layout Rise Graphic Design

Photography Natalie Stephenson

Brian Becker

Joshua Savage

Darris Hurst

Maile Mason

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Thoroughly Modern Productions’ cast members rehearse for their upcoming performances of “The Sound of Music” at the Tower Theatre.

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TRENDING - Kindness is contagious! Annette Benedetti shares some stellar ideas to get your family started on paying it forward and giving back.


EDUCATION - Believe it or not, it’s time to plan for the 2023-24 school year. Doing research and touring schools are the best ways to find the perfect fit for your child. Nicole Blume suggests some questions to ask along the way.


HEALTH - Think twice before reaching for the bottle of medication when it comes to your children’s health. Joshua Phillips, N.D. helps clarify the role a fever plays in fighting infection.


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Waiting for Spring

In this part of the country, spring takes its sweet time revealing the promising signs of rebirth and renewal. That’s OK, we can wait! It won’t be too long before the brilliant green shoots make their appearance, and we enjoy some extended warmer days.

In the meantime, there’s plenty to do to prepare for spring. Number one on the agenda is a little spring cleaning. Annette Benedetti has numerous ideas for getting the kids involved while having a ton of fun in Parenting

As we celebrate Valentine’s Day this month, consider the many different types of love in your world. Nicole Blume shares not only some Greek mythology surrounding the holiday, but also some creative ways to spoil loved ones.

In concert with Valentine’s Day, discover National Random Acts of Kindness Day. Since children learn by observation, why not take a moment to practice this concept within the community? In Trending, check out numerous ideas for giving back.

Here at Bend Nest, we’re also busy sharing the love and so can you. Turn to the “Best of the Nest” ballot. We’re celebrating those family-centered businesses that surpass expectations on the daily. Share this opportunity with your friends, cast your votes and look for results in our next issue!

The phrase, “it takes a village,” rings true in so many ways. In Culture, learn about a local group, Thoroughly Modern Productions, that supports youth and adults coming together to perform musical theater. Catch one of their final performances of “The Sound of Music” at the Tower Theatre.

Believe it or not, it’s time to make plans for the 2023-24 school year. With so many education choices, you’ll want to schedule a tour with a few schools. Learn some important tips in Education

We have a guest writer this issue, Joshua Phillips, N.D., who shares his wisdom about fever in Health

You won’t want to miss our Kids in Action section: Skye Knox was recently named one of the top 30 middle school students in the nation for her science project on cloud seeding. This teen is one smart cookie!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Enjoy the beautiful spring…

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Life’s Important Moments: Paid Leave Oregon Provides Support to Employees

Expecting or adopting a child? Have a family member who needs care? This year, a new program, Paid Leave Oregon, makes things easy for employees to take time off without fear of losing their job. The program provides people who work, own businesses or run organizations in Oregon easy access to paid leave benefits, so they have the support they need for themselves or their families.

Most employees who work in Oregon are covered by Paid Leave Oregon and even part-time or seasonal workers may qualify. Many employees are eligible to receive 100% of their wages for a qualifying event.

Beginning January 1, employees and large employers began paying into the program. After September 3, workers will be able to apply for this benefit which allows them to take up to 12 weeks of paid time off in a year. In addition, their job is protected while they are away.

Due to the pandemic, the program was delayed a couple of years even though lawmakers approved it in 2019.

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Talented Youth: Central Oregon Symphony announces winners of Young Artist Competition

After receiving a record number of submissions from young musicians across the country, the Central Oregon Symphony Association announced the winners of the 2022 annual Young Artist Competition for those 18 and under.

First place was awarded to Kenneth Ma, cellist, who received $1250, second place went to Richelle Si, pianist, who received $1000 and third place went to Cara Wang, cellist, who was awarded $750.

Participants playing an instrument were required to perform a movement from a standard concerto and singers were to prepare an aria or similar selection lasting approximately 15 minutes.

All three winners will be featured at the Winter Concert Series taking place at Bend Senior High School on February 25 and 26.

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Kids Have a Voice: Save Skyline Forest

Skyline Forest, a huge tract of undeveloped land located west of Bend, has been a source of concern for quite some time. At almost 33,000 acres, this pristine privately owned area is for sale. Conservationists worry about heightened wildfire risk, loss of wildlife habitat and other negative impacts of development.

Central Oregon LandWatch has stepped up by focusing on public outreach and raising awareness. In addition, local nonprofit, Deschutes Land Trust, that handles stewardship and financial aspects of conservation, would like to purchase the land. With a $95 million price tag, however, that may not be so easy.

Trinity Lutheran middle school science teacher, Alisa Jeffries, recently engaged her 7th and 8th grade students by inviting Alex Hardison from Central Oregon LandWatch to visit her classes. Hardison spoke about fire safety and environmental awareness. The discussion included the Save Skyline Forest campaign, which raised thought-provoking questions from the students.

After some discussion, Jeffries’ students expressed their opinions through art and writing. Middle-schooler Morgan G. wrote, “The splendor of nature alone is more of a reason to make Central Oregon a destination than anything mankind can create.” Classmate Sarah H. suggested that jobs in a protected area would be available as well, such as research and possibly responsible logging.

Although most students wanted Skyline Forest to remain protected, a few thought it should be developed, stating that new homes would help with the housing shortage.

While these students may not be able to vote or purchase large tracts of property, awareness of important issues is the first step to having a stake in their community’s future.

For more information about Skyline Forest, visit https://saveskylineforest.

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• PARENT-CHILD SWIM: Ages 6 & under with adult.

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• SWIM LESSONS: Ages 6 months & up.


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QMy nine-year-old daughter complains of painful sores inside her mouth on her cheeks. What causes these? Is this something a dentist can address or is it a medical problem?

AAphthous ulcers, or “canker sores,” are small, oval-shaped sores that can develop in the mouth. There are several factors that can contribute to the cause of these ulcers, such as emotional stress, cheek bite, poor toothbrushing, braces, food sensitivities or vitamin deficiencies. Canker sores do heal on their own within 7-10 days. Kids that get frequent canker sores should be evaluated by their dentist to identify possible triggers and discuss methods to relieve discomfort.

QMy three children brush their teeth regularly every morning and evening. My oldest son, however, usually has a cavity when he visits the dentist. (My other two children have never had one). What is he doing wrong?

ACavities are caused by several factors, and these factors can be different even between siblings. Dietary habits and oral hygiene routine are the biggest components to evaluate; however, other factors that can contribute to a higher incidence of tooth decay are oral bacterial colonization, enamel defects, tooth anatomy, saliva flow and mouth breathing. If one child in the family is more prone to cavities, identifying individual risk factors would be essential for future cavity prevention.


QIs it dangerous to expose my four-year-old to radiation through X-rays at the dentist?

ADental X-rays for children are safe and essential for accurate diagnosis of cavities, missing teeth, extra teeth, abnormal lesions and for monitoring growth and development. Modern dental X-rays are digital, which produce 90% less radiation than traditional film. People are exposed to more radiation by simply being outside or flying in an airplane!

QWhat is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist? My family dentist offers services to all ages, so I’m unsure why my children should go to a pediatric dentist.

APediatric dentists are specialists that exclusively focus on the oral health of young people. Family dentists are general practitioners that see adults and children in their office. Like pediatricians, who are the experts in the medical needs of children, pediatric dentists have the expertise to address dental issues specific to children. Two years of additional training beyond dental school is required to become a pediatric dentist. Through this extra schooling, pediatric dentists learn how to work with children and become experts in the dental procedures used for baby teeth and young adult teeth. Training also includes a big emphasis on child development and communication techniques, as kids need to be spoken to in a manner that they can understand. The environment of a pediatric dental office tends to be colorful, inviting, playful and fun so that kids can feel less anxious visiting the dentist.

QWhat should I know about silver diamine fluoride? This treatment was recommended to my son, and I want to make sure it is safe.

ASilver Diamine Fluoride is a liquid solution that is often applied to small or early cavities to prevent the progression of tooth decay. SDF has properties that inhibit the growth of cavitycausing bacteria and help strengthen teeth. If early cavities are diagnosed in a young child, SDF is a great option to help control the decay process and ideally prevent the child from needing more extensive dental work in the future. SDF is safe and application is easy, taking only a few minutes to apply. SDF would not be used if a patient has a silver allergy or if the cavity is too deep. One of the primary drawbacks to SDF treatment is that it results in black staining on the decayed portion of the tooth. As a result, SDF is most often used on children’s back teeth where staining is less noticeable.


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As Central Oregon’s trajectory points to growth and more growth, (in fact, we’re the seventh fastest growing city in the nation!), a slew of new family-oriented businesses are popping up to cater to our every need. Thankfully, there are some inspiring local ones setting the standard for quality by going above and beyond expectations. Who are your favorites? Who do you trust when it comes to your family’s care? Cast your votes and decide who will take the Best of the Nest!

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Best Children’s Dental Practice

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Best Family Night Out

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Best Kids Menu

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Warming the Heart

15 ways to spread love on National Random Acts of Kindness Day

In a world that often feels hate-filled and adversarial, there is now a greater need than ever for infectious kindness and compassion. The best place to start growing kindness is with our kids. Every parent wants to raise a thoughtful child, but outside of talking to them about kindness and modeling behaviors in their presence, you might find yourself wondering how you might ensure that your sweet child grows into a compassionate adult.

February 17 is National Random Acts of Kindness Day, which

presents parents everywhere with an opportunity to talk to their children about being generous (without being asked) while demonstrating how easy it is to change someone’s entire day with one, small, unexpected act of kindness.

Bonus: Your actions have a ripple effect! A study out of Stanford found that kindness is contagious. Additional studies have found that kindness comes with all sorts of benefits, including lowering stress and improving heart health.

In preparation for National Random Acts of Kindness Day, sit down with your kids and come up with a list of random acts of kindness you can carry out on February 17 and beyond. At the end of the holiday, check off your successes and make a list of the ones that you can easily integrate into your daily, weekly and monthly lives.

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Here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Pay it forward with a cup o’ joe

Start your day with one of the most popular acts by paying for the coffee of the person behind you in the drivethrough.

2. Donate books to a free little library in your neighborhood

Have your children go through their old books and walk them over to one of these kiosks. (If you aren’t sure where to find one, go to the Bend OR Little Libraries Facebook page).

3. Return a grocery cart

Grab someone’s grocery cart on your way into the store and save them a trip.

4. Compliments are free

Say something nice to someone you know or even to a stranger walking by and watch that smile spread!

5. Text your love

Send a sweet text to a friend or family member just because.

6. Use social media for the good

It’s hard to resist posting memes that declare your disgust for those with different views, but change things up and use your social media to remind folks that they are loved and worthy of all good things. Show your kiddos that being kind to people you don’t necessarily jive with is just as important as being kind to the people you dig.

7. Reflect love

Write a message of self-love on the bathroom mirror with a dryerase marker. Remind your family that kindness is a gift we can give ourselves.

8. Lunchbox Love

Leave love notes in your child’s lunch box for a mid-day boost.

9. Be kind to the environment

Go on a walk with your kids and pick up trash. Better yet, pick up at least one piece of trash wherever you go.

10. Let someone cut

Let someone who is in a rush or who has fewer items in their cart go ahead of you in the grocery store checkout line.

11. Shoulder an extra load

Encourage your children to help a friend by carrying their school bag for them. You can model this by helping a peer or elderly person get their groceries or some other heavy load to their car.

12. Get trashy

Take your neighbor’s garbage can to the curb or bring it in for them after it has been emptied.

13. Tidy up

Do one of your family members’ chores for them without being asked.

14. Listen

No, really. Listen. When someone needs to talk, put the phone away, and give them your ear and your shoulder to cry on, if needed.

15. Volunteer

Central Oregon has a host of nonprofit organizations that need volunteers throughout the year (not just during the holidays). Sit down with your kids and list some that interest them. Your young pet lover might want to volunteer at the Humane Society, while your outdoor enthusiast might feel moved to help maintain trails.

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National Random Acts of Kindness Day is a great jumping-off point for teaching kids how to insert kindness into their daily lives. Visit the National Random Acts of Kindness Foundation online ( for more ideas on how to help make kindness the norm.




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The Universe in You: A Microscopic Journey

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Agatha May and the Anglerfish


Explore a microscopic journey from the smallest hairs on your body to your DNA. This journey takes readers from our solar system to a calliope hummingbird to cells. It is a beautiful and captivating picture book filled with science facts, including “atoms are the building blocks of molecules” and “the nucleus is at the center of the cloud.” Caldecott winner Jason Chin travels through the universe of “you” with engaging elements about the tiniest of things. Detailed illustrations explain that cells are like tiny water balloons and offer connections to other science facts, allowing your imagination to grow. Readers will be inspired to look around at all living things, from the tallest trees to the longest whales. This book is an adventure in science that’s enjoyable and inspirational for the whole family. The building blocks of matter and life and the periodic table of elements are provided in the back of the book.

Did you know there’s a zone in the ocean called bathypelagic? In science room ten, students have been exploring ocean dwellers. Scales! Claws! Stingers! Their assignment is to research a sea creature and learn all its features. Agatha May hopes her favorite is left but she is choosing last because she hasn’t earned any merit points. Turns out chewing bubble gum, being tardy and not focusing in class don’t win any points. Luckily, her fish was unclaimed! But Agatha May can’t figure out why her fellow students aren’t as excited about the humpback anglerfish as she is. Song’s colorful drawings are filled with ocean waves, bioluminescence lights and beautiful views of an anglerfish. This picture book will inspire children to learn, encouraging them with the message, “Follow your passion as far as your creativity will take you.”


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Thoroughly Modern Productions takes on “The Sound of Music”

It’s a dreary Wednesday evening in Bend, but inside Open Space Event Studios, a glowing gaggle of children are hustling to their seats. Opening night is fast approaching, and director, David DaCosta, has much to accomplish before tonight’s rehearsal concludes.

The actors sit along the cinder brick walls, opening scripts, practicing lines and songs, focused, it appears, on the scenes-du-jour.

DaCosta, who is the founder of Thoroughly Modern Productions and the director, oversees this group of around 20 children and a handful of adults, who will star in the upcoming performances of “The Sound of Music” at the Tower Theatre.

This is TMP’s signature program, “The Intensive,” which, according to DaCosta, “is designed to bring youth performers and adults together in a professional atmosphere, creating relevant and moving theatrical experiences for Central Oregon audiences.”

“The Sound of Music” is certainly relevant and one of the most beloved musicals of all time, having stood the test of time for over 50 years.

When asked why he chose this musical, DaCosta explains, “A major goal of our educational component…is to expose our youth to as many forms and genres of musical theater as possible. Performing and experiencing a Rodgers and Hammerstein's production is essential to our goal, and under our adult/youth format, ‘Sound of Music’ is the perfect choice.”

However, it wasn’t quite as simple as deciding to produce the show.“The licensing company had restricted the rights due to regional and revival productions across the nation and abroad,” DaCosta shares. “It took nearly five years before we finally got the rights this year.”

Based on the 1949 memoir of Maria Von Trapp, “The Sound of Music” takes place in Austria during World War II in the home of a widowed naval officer and his seven children.

When a young, novice nun arrives at the Von Trapp villa as their governess, she is enamored by the children and their stern father, who soon come to share her love of music. Maria eventually marries Captain Von Trapp, and the family grows together musically under the backdrop of Nazi-ruled Austria.

Since its inception in 2014, TMP’s programs have grown in number and productions, and one challenge DaCosta faces now is providing enough opportunity for the staggering number of local actors who show up. To accommodate as many as possible, DaCosta has created three distinct casts of the Von Trapp children, aptly named, “Do,” “Re” and “Mi.”

A major goal of our educational component…is to expose our youth to as many forms and genres of musical theater as possible."
Photo by Jesse Locke

A member of the “Do” cast, 14-year-old Aurora Dixon, plays Liesl, the eldest of the Von Trapp children. She says, “Theater is my life.”

Having been involved in acting since she was in kindergarten, Dixon says her favorite part of this production is the personal growth she finds through her character. “I’m loving my little family!” she beams excitedly.

about World War II through the play and says acting “clears my mind.” Although she does feel nervous at times, she says, “I feel more focused when I’m playing Gretl than I usually do.”

Managing three casts of the Von Trapp children may seem daunting at best and maddening at worst, but DaCosta takes it all in stride. Having over 30 productions under his belt could have something to do with his calm demeanor.

When asked about the three casts, he adds, “Each group is unique in its performance, and collectively, they are dedicated, talented performers who have embraced this process with open arms.”

Throughout the year, TMP makes use of various venues, large and small, for its productions. Each venue comes with a unique set of challenges but ultimately, “fosters a well-rounded performing artist,” according to DaCosta.

TMP’s “The Sound of Music,” will be held at the Tower with nine performances in February.

“There is a sense of vulnerability, though,” Dixon goes on to share, “Everyone’s looking at you, criticizing you, but in a good way.”

That vulnerability isn’t stopping her anytime soon. She sees a future in acting and says, “I want to go on (with it) as long as I can.”

For other members of the “Do” cast, this is their first performance. Both Natalie Broadman, who plays Gretl, and Lincoln Nealy, who plays Kurt, have never acted before but are enjoying the experience.

“I like the attention,” Nealy says with a smile, “and the music really pumps you up.”

Although he’s uncertain if he’ll do another play after this one, he says his primary goal is “to have fun.”

Broadman, who seems to be in perpetual motion, has learned

“I love the Tower venue for its size, atmosphere and for the professionalism it provides for our actors,” DaCosta shares.

Tonight, the casts are running through the beloved “So Long, Farewell” scene. Wholesome, radiating voices sing this cherished tune, preparing to warm audiences’ hearts at the Tower. The scene concludes and it’s smiles all around from the cast.

DaCosta has a way with the kids. He is organized and his serene presence inspires. His passion may be theater, but his dedication for youth and education shines through.

“Ownership, responsibility to each other and being prepared is what makes a standout performance,” says DaCosta. “I am always extremely floored and proud of how these kids take this message to heart and come through.”

February 3 – 12 (nine performances)

For a complete schedule: the-sound-of-music

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“The Sound of Music” at the Tower Theatre
– David DaCosta, Founder
Each group is unique in its performance, and collectively, they are dedicated, talented performers who have embraced this process with open arms."
Thoroughly Modern Productions’ cast members rehearse for their upcoming performances of “The Sound of Music” at the Tower Theatre. Photo by Maile Mason

MANY WAYS TO Celebrate

In the spirit of the multiplicity of love, here are some ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day that go beyond chocolate boxes and long-stemmed roses (though those things are still lovely to give and receive!)

Decorate your child or spouse’s bedroom door in a plethora of lovethemed decorations. Think red, white, and pink streamers, heart shaped balloons and flower petals scattered on the floor.

Do you have any older parents, neighbors or friends in your life? Break out the family photo album and take a trip down memory lane with them. Listen to their stories from the past and reminisce over good times.

Plan a love-themed potluck picnic in the park or a neighborhood block party and invite all your friends or neighbors. Put on some lively love songs and bake special heart-shaped treats with your children beforehand.

Know any new parents? Give them a few hours of bliss by watching their baby for them while they nap or enjoy some adult time together. If your own children are responsible enough to help babysit, show them how to care for a newborn.

Elderly residents in care homes are often quite lonely. Purchase some love-themed stationery and help your children write thoughtful letters or draw cards for them.

Animals need love too! Visit your local shelter and spend some time playing with the dogs and cats in need.

Visit Downtown Bend early on Valentine’s Day morning to experience the annual “Heart Bomb” event, where hundreds of students and their families from the Waldorf School of Bend lovingly create hand-made felt hearts and drape them over lampposts, doorknobs, windows and walls. Each heart includes a special message of love and community members are welcome to bring one home.

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Caring ways to share this Valentine’s Day

Did you know that the origin of the word “psyche” stems from the Greek word psukhē, meaning “soul”? Legend has it that Psyche was once a beautiful princess who fell madly in love with Eros, the god of love, and yet had to endure many terrible trials before finally marrying him. This story shows us how the soul endures hardships to redeem itself through the power of love. While we naturally think of love as romance, in Ancient Greek philosophy, there were many kinds of love. Eros was the classic romantic, passionate form of love, but there was also philia, or affectionate, friendly love, as well as storge, or unconditional, familial love. Ludos meant playful, flirtatious love, while pragma meant committed, long-lasting love. And beyond interpersonal relationships, agape referred to selfless, universal love, while philautia meant self-love.

If we view love from this widened perspective, we can see Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to celebrate many different meaningful relationships in our lives beyond our romantic partnerships. As parents, we love our children beyond measure, so why not use this holiday to honor storge? Among friends, we can uphold philia, and as community members, we can look for inspiration from agape. Perhaps most importantly, we can practice philautia and remember to hold ourselves in self-love.

Show some love to Mother Earth. Take your kids out into nature. Even just spending time outside, looking for heart-shaped river stones and practicing mindfulness, can inspire in yourself and your children a deep love for our planet.

Do something special for yourself. Light 50 candles and take a long, hot bubble bath. Take a solo hike in the forest or drive to the coast for an overnight adventure with yourself. Get a wild new haircut or go get a facial or a massage. Whatever makes your soul sing–-gift yourself some self-love!

With all these different ways to honor love, how will you celebrate Valentine’s Day this year? Leave us a comment on our Facebook page and let us know how you honored this classic holiday!

Head downtown early on Valentine’s Day to experience the “Heart Bomb” event, where beautiful hearts made from felt adorn trees, lampposts and more, thanks to students and families from the Waldorf School of Bend.

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Photo courtesy of the Waldorf School of Bend



Woo Hoo!

Summer is Back!

It’s time to plan for the best summer ever!


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Ice skating and sports in the heart of Bend!

The Pavilion is your place to slide, glide, twirl and curl together.

Available now through early April:









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HEY ADVERTISERS: Get the word out about your classes, camps, family events and services in the next issue of Bend Nest, and look forward to an active and fulfilling season!

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The 2023 winners of the Best of the Nest Readers poll announced!



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Spring Cleaning with Kids

Spring is on its way and that means it’s time to tidy your house before the summer’s madness and mayhem arrive.

If you are dreading the task of clearing the closets and wiping the dirt from the walls, try reframing your mindset. Instead of looking at spring cleaning as an overwhelming chore, think of it as an opportunity to clear the clutter from the long, dark, winter days, meanwhile bonding with your kids before the season of pool parties and outdoor adventure arrives.


Getting your kids to help is not a pipe dream. The following tips will do more than just get them involved in the cleaning; they’ll be invested!

1. Give them a say: Your house is a home to everyone who lives in it. Let your kids have some say in how the cleaning and reorganizing will happen in shared spaces like the family room, game or TV rooms, and especially their own rooms. Get their input on how they’d like furniture rearranged and items reorganized. A little bit of power encourages their buy-in to the process, especially when it comes to their personal space.

2. Make cleaning time family time: Kids are more likely to be amenable to cleaning if they feel like the family is in it together. It becomes something they get to do with you rather than something they are being made to do by you. Don’t underestimate the bonding power of quality time together, even if it is spent going through drawers and chasing dust bunnies.

3. Make it fun! Grab your kids’ favorite snacks, turn on your family’s favorite tunes and turn your tidying sessions into the Spring-Cleaning Fest! Get creative. If your kids like reading, put on an audiobook while you work together. If gaming is their thing, play “I Spy” together. You might be surprised at how much fun you have.

4. Adjust your expectations and don’t nitpick: Know that your kids, especially the younger set, aren’t going to do any cleaning job at your level. Remember to praise them for the work they’ve done before correcting them. A good cleaning spirit is easily broken.

5. Work for reward & celebrate! Dangle a carrot and remind your kiddos to keep their eyes on the prize. Let your young workers know that at the end of each task or workday you will celebrate with something that brings them joy (and you too). The payoff can be a treat, a special outing or something they choose with you in advance.


Now that you’ve got your cleaning crew together, the following are some tips that make spring cleaning simple:

Go room by room: Divide and conquer may work for a crew of adults, but families that work together avoid fits, boredom and jobs left half done. Make a task list for each room and knock out the entire job before moving on.

Getting rid of things: If you find it difficult to throw things out, start by dividing them into these four categories: trash, give away, store, or put away. Things that go in the trash or recycling include old paperwork, expired items, broken toys and clothes that are torn and badly stained, and get rid of those mismatched socks! Unworn clothes can be given away or donated, and winter supplies can be stored. Everything else should be put away.

A place for everything: Once you’ve trashed, stored and done the donation drop, find a place for everything else. If there isn’t a place, then make a place.

Go for the big refresh! Once you’ve decluttered and cleaned, do the big refresh. Move furniture and add some colorful pillows and blankets to give your environment an updated feel. Let your kids pick new posters for their walls and new sheets for their beds. If you feel like going all out, freshen up the walls with a new coat of paint.

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Questions for parents when touring schools

As parents, we value our children’s education and know that getting involved in their school life is important.

Perhaps the most crucial first step is finding the school that is the right fit, whether it’s a larger public, smaller private, charter school or other. With so many different options, how is a parent to decide?

School websites and brochures, as well as talking to current or former alumni families, can certainly provide a springboard for the process. Nothing, though, will give you a feel for how a school operates like taking a tour and seeing for yourself.

As a teacher who has given plenty of school tours here in Central Oregon, I’ve compiled a list of valuable questions to ask while on your tour. (You might want to write down your list of questions to bring with you, so you don’t forget on the big day!)

It may help to start with a broad focus, and then narrow to specific questions that are most relevant to your unique family values. Each child is different, so drilling down on what matters most in their arena will be important.

What is your school’s overarching philosophy or mission statement?

The answer to this question will tell you what the school values most. Does your tour director talk about the school’s rigorous academic curriculum designed to develop mastery, or perhaps their progressive alternative approach based on child development or

experiential learning? Do they focus on a love of lifelong learning, being prepared for the complexities of the modern age, developing critical thinking or becoming socially responsible citizens? Do they explain their commitment to social justice, community service projects, environmental stewardship or perhaps dual-language programming? Whatever the big picture is, you’ll want to pay close attention to what the school values as their top educational priorities.

Can you describe a typical “day in the life” at your school?

When considering schools, it’s natural to think back to your own schooling days, yet oftentimes parents are surprised to learn how much has changed in the past few decades. Some schools are experimenting with different curricular and scheduling structures, such as free choice electives, rotating recess periods, alternative desk arrangements, etc.

Do students travel from classroom to classroom with different teachers or stay in one location as teachers come to them? Do they sit in traditional desks in rows facing the front or are they arranged in groups for project-based learning? Are academic classes tracked based on skill level or do all students learn together? What are the opportunities for physical education, artistic exploration or other extracurriculars? Are students required to join a club or given free choice on electives? How much time is spent outside?

Here you can drill down from the big picture philosophy to how the pedagogy is implemented on a day-to-day basis and ask any pertinent follow up questions.


Homework is oftentimes a hot topic on school tours, and for good reason: this is where home and school intersect, so the answer to this question may have a big impact on your family.

Like politics, homework expectations can swing to extremes in either direction, from virtually none to hours every night. Many times, parents ask, “How much homework do you give?” which only scratches the surface. Twenty minutes of independent reading will look different than 20 minutes of phonics worksheets; online science quizzes will look different than creating a threedimensional project. Some schools may expect parents to take a very hands-on approach towards helping their child at home, while others may expect the child to complete the work on their own.

2023-2024 Enrollment Application Dates:

• Bend La Pine K-8 Choice Options: Applications received after January 20 will be filled on a first come, first served basis should any spots remain.

• Bend International School: March 24

• Bridge Charter Academy: Rolling

• Cascades Academy: Feb. 1

• Deschutes River Montessori School: Rolling

• Desert Sky Montessori: Kindergarten – March 24; Grades 1-6 – Jan. 20

• Eastmont Community School: Rolling

• Forge: Rolling

• Montessori in the Pines: Rolling

• Morning Star Christian School: Early March

• New Leaf Academy: Rolling

• Seven Peaks: Feb. 12

• Three Sisters Adventist School: Rolling

• Trinity Lutheran School: Rolling

• Waldorf School of Bend: Rolling

Asking about the school’s approach, as opposed to just the amount, can get to the heart of what the homework expectations are.

In addition, it's important to find out if the faculty is held to a universal standard or if teachers are free to design their own homework plans. And then what happens when students don’t complete their homework on time? Are emails or phone calls made to parents? Are they recommended for evaluation for learning services? Are they denied privileges?

Think carefully about your own attitude towards homework, and tailor your follow-up questions accordingly.

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All Year

Teen Fitness

FITNESS – Improve strength and conditioning in a state-of-the-art fitness center. 16–17-year-olds may use the fitness center without restriction. 11 - 15-year-olds may work out under parent/ guardian supervision or complete a fitness center orientation.

Juniper Swim & Fitness Center, Larkspur Community Center | Orientation is Free

Mondays – Thursdays

Bend Escape Room

GAME – Experience this physical adventure game where participants are placed into a room and must use teamwork along with elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles. Get $5 off when you go during the week!

Puzzle Effect | $37.50

Feb 3 – Feb 12

The Sound of Music

THEATER – Experience one of the most beloved musicals of all time. “The Sound of Music” has enchanted audiences for more than 50 years. Presented by Thoroughly Modern Productions, there are nine performances. The seating is reserved, doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. Tower Theatre | $35.50 - $55.50 (plus $3 Historic Preservation fee)


Feb 10, Feb 24, Mar 10, Mar 24

Art Play Group

ART – Parents, grandparents and other adults connect with their child at this Art Station play group! Each session will have different activities that are playbased to develop creative thinking and inspire independence and experimentation.

Larkspur Community Center | $25

Feb 10 – Apr 25

Daily Lava Cave Tours

EXPLORE – Did you know there is a vast network of caves near Bend? Strap on a helmet and headlamp and join the naturalist guides for a fun, educational, underground family adventure!

Wanderlust Tours | $100

Feb 11 & 25

Free Day at the Museum

MUSEUM – Explore the exhibits and wildlife enclosures completely free of charge! The museum offers many hands-on activities for all.

High Desert Museum | Free

Feb 12 – Apr 2 (Sundays)

Family Skate

SKATE – Head to the Pavilion for family skate night on Sundays, which includes skate rental. Open skate for families is 12:30-2:30pm. All children must be accompanied by parent/guardian.

The Pavilion | $6

Feb 13

Presenting Shakespeare

THEATER – Whether you dream of playing Hamlet or just want to figure out what it means to "suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune," this class will help you dive deeper into Shakespeare's world. Each student will end this class with a performance-ready monologue and a newfound confidence in their ability to read and understand Shakespeare.

BEAT | $125

Feb 15 – Mar 22

Intro to STEM with Fun Works Engineering

LEARN – Children are introduced to engineering concepts and focus on building skills and techniques. Every project built is modified and customized by students. LEGO® motorized gear drive cars, airplanes and monorail are just a few of the amazing projects. High Lakes Elementary | Free

Feb 15 – Mar 22

Intro to Japanese Culture

LANGUAGE – Every week, students will watch a brief animation video in Japanese and practice simple Japanese phrases. Playing with origami and learning about Japanese pop culture, students will be introduced to Japanese history and traditional culture. Elk Meadow Elementary | Free

Feb 15 – Apr 27 (Wednesdays & Thursdays)

Family Story Time

STORYTIME – Join in for stories, songs and rhymes designed to support early literacy skill development, social awareness and family engagement. Every Wednesday and Thursday 9:309:55am.

Downtown Public Library | Free

Feb 15, Mar 29

Sheet Metal Art

LEARN – Use a torch to cut creative forms from sheet metal. Hammer the artwork into shape and braze on a hook for display. This exciting class introduces the world of metal art and sculpture. Beginners and intermediate beginners are welcome. All materials included.

DIY Cave | $89

Feb 15 – Mar 22

STEM Classes

LEARN – The Bend Science Station offers four sessions of lab-based STEM classes for elementary (3rd-5th) and middle school (6th-8th) students during the school year. These two-hour classes meet once a week for six weeks.

Science Station | $275

Feb 16

Yamato Drummers

PERFORMANCE – A group of dozens of players start their performance by hitting a Japanese taiko drum made from a large 400-year-old tree. They move their whole bodies to strike the drum, creating a powerful surge of energy.

Tower Theatre | $32 - $52 (plus $3 Historic Preservation fee)

Feb 18

Mini Marshmallow Run

RUN – Kids will run from station to station collecting cocoa ingredients, and, as they cross the finish line, they will get the final touch—a splash of hot chocolate and a finisher ribbon. Cost to register is included with admission to the Oregon Winterfest.

Oregon Winterfest | Free w/ Admission

Feb 18 & Feb 22

Backpack Explorers

EXPLORE – Come on an adventure! Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. Don backpacks filled with exciting objects while journeying through the museum’s nature trails and exhibits. New themes weekly!

High Desert Museum | $15

Feb 20

With a Child:

Japanese Cooking

COOKING – Let’s cook together! Learn to make traditional Japanese pot-stickers and sauce. Class is priced per adult and child team; only the child registers. Call to add another adult or child.

Cascade Middle School | $69

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Backpack Explorers: Children and adults investigate science and nature together at the High Desert Museum. Photo courtesy of High Desert Museum
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Kids 3D Print

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KIDS Woodworking

LEARN – In this 2-day workshop, kids will tackle design challenges using technical problem-solving skills and mathematics. Kids will focus on measurement and layout techniques and gain experience with power tools. All materials included. Register through Park & Rec.

DIY Cave | $189

Feb 24 – Mar 17

Kooky Clay Creations

CREATE – Construct kooky characters and wild creatures. Base your projects on real animals or craft your own distinctive creatures. Use your imagination while learning about sculpting techniques.

Harmon Park Clay Studio | $119


Mar 4 – Apr 22

Youth Soccer

SPORT – Cascade Indoor Sports offers a a recreational league based around fun and improvement for kids of all skill levels. Games are played every Saturday starting with kindergarten kids in the morning, elementary school in the afternoon and middle schoolers in the evening.

Cascade Indoor Sports | $115

Mar 4 – 25

Paint Your Pet

Feb 25

Central Oregon USASA

Halfpipe Competition

COMPETITION – Come watch snowboarders and skiers compete to win the half pipe event at Mt. Bachelor. Competitors will be judged on style and technical ability. Enjoy watching the competition all day or stop in and watch after a few runs of your own. Mt Bachelor Ski Resort | Free

Mar 1 – Apr 22

Soccer Jr

SPORT – Soccer Jr is a playcentric curriculum to kick off your child's gross motor development while introducing them to the world of soccer! Each week is thematically designed as a new adventure to help encourage children to try new skills. Chase imaginary foes through a world of superheroes, visit the prehistoric land of dinosaurs or embark on a treasure hunt across the ocean.

Cascade Indoor Sports | TBD

PAINT – Design and develop a portrait of a favorite animal friend in oil, utilizing luminous color, abstract shapes and layered creative brush strokes. Explore form through light and shadow, and paint with a variety of layered brush strokes. Larkspur Community Center | $169

Mar 8

Nighttime Observatory Visit

LEARN – Seek the stars at the nation’s largest collection of publicly accessible telescopes. Two-hour sessions start out with an educational presentation, followed by night sky viewing through various telescopes with staff astronomers and a guided constellation tour. Sunriver Observatory | $35

Mar 10

Sorcerer’s Stone

MOVIE – Come watch Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone, the first movie in the Harry Potter series. This event is in partnership with Deschutes Public Library, Assistance League of Bend and Boys and Girls Club of Bend. Assistance League of Bend will be in the lobby prior to the film to give away free books! Tower Theatre | Free

Mar 15

Pysanky Eggs

CRAFT – Check out the ancient art of Ukrainian egg decorating using wax-resist lines and dip dying. The word "pysanky" is related to the base word of "write," and the art is basically writing on an egg with a fine-point wax tool. Make a simplified version to take home. This program is designed for 6–11-yearolds. Supplies are limited. East Bend Library | Free

Mar 18

DIY: Glass on Glass

CRAFT – Get the look of stained glass without the soldering. You’ll start with a basic picture frame and apply colorful stained glass in a simple design. Take home your masterpiece to hang in a window. Supplies and tools provided. Larkspur Community Center | $79

Mar 21

Catapult PERFORMANCE – Since 2008, Catapult Entertainment has performed their unique live shadow dances in over 100 cities. Whether guesting on Oprah or reaching the finals of “America’s Got Talent,” Catapult prides itself on melding cutting edge technology with classic dance and acrobatic techniques.

Tower Theatre | $27 - $47 (plus $3 Historic Preservation fee)

Mar 24 – Mar 26

USA BMX Great NW Nationals

SHOW – The BMX gang heads to the Northwest to the First Interstate Bank Center in Redmond. The arena is perfect, the dirt is ideal, and the seating is plush and comfy. Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center | $10 per day

Mar 31, Apr 1, Apr 2

Children’s Yoga Training

YOGA – Join Namaspa's lead children's yoga trainer, Deven Sisler, to become a certified children's yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. She has developed a comprehensive 108-hour teacher training that is perfect for parents or educators who want to share the benefits of yoga and mindfulness with children.

Namaspa Bend Studio | $267

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High Desert Stampede

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Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center | $20 per day

Apr 15

Subaru Winterfest

FESTIVAL – The annual event will feature nationally recognized Americana, bluegrass, indie and electronic music talent presented by Harman Kardon. Check out the latest gear and demos from Nordica, Thule, Dynamic Wax and Arbor Collective. Delicious treats and warm beverages are available.

Mt Bachelor Ski Resort | Free

Apr 15

Art In Nature:

Camerata in a Cave

MUSIC – Enjoy another installment of the Art in Nature outdoor performance series. The super talented local a Cappella group, Bend Camerata, will perform at Pronghorn Resort inside an 80,000-year-old cave!

Wanderlust Tours | $150

Apr 17 – Jun 5

Tiny Ones Mt Biking RIDE – This program for kindergarteners and prekindergarteners is focused on play, social skills as well as riding skills. Plenty of time for pretend/free play is offered while everyone moves through the trails.

Bend Endurance Academy | $420 for 8 weeks

Apr 22

Little Fry Run

RUN – Help your little fry hatch into a runner—enter them into the Little Fry Run, a part of the Pacific Source Kids Rock the Races series! If your child is too young to run with the big salmon, this fun run will still get them moving upstream! The Little Fry Run is a non-competitive, healthy event for kids ages 3–10.

Salmon Run | $10


March 27-31

Fun Works Intro to Engineering/ STEAM

With LEGO® Students are introduced to science, technology, engineering, art and math using motorized LEGO® 9am-12pm. Ages: 5–7.

Aspen Hall | $180

March 27-31

Westside Village Camp

Come for games and creative arts! Enjoy walking adventures, teambuilding games, drama, music, dancing, drumming, ukulele and art projects. 7:45am-5pm.

Ages: 5–14

Westside Village | $259

March 27 – 30

Kids Ninja Warrior Spring Break Camp

Experienced coaches lead team games and Ninja Warrior challenges in the gym. Improve balance, agility and speed. 1-4pm.

Ages 6–10

Free Spirit Bend | $215

March 27-30

Art-rageous Camps

Discover your creative side with painting, pastels, drawing, clay, sculpture and mixed media. 9am-4pm. Ages: 6–11 Larkspur Community Center | $259

March 27-31

Wildheart Camp

Enjoy the break from school and get immersed outside in the enchanted forests. Each day is different with themes like hobbits and faeries, wizards and dragon riders. 9am-3:30pm. Ages 6–12 Skyliner Lodge | $77/day

March 29-31

Scootering Camp

Learn new skills and tricks and have a blast with games and activities. Pro riders Jake Clark and Matt Edleston will instruct with other pro guest appearances! 10am-2pm. Ages: 6–17. Ponderosa Skatepark | $215

March 27-31

Chess Wizards

Improve your chess skills, meet new friends and work out your brain! 9am-3pm or 9am-12pm.

Ages 7–11

Cascade Middle School | $275 (half day), $415 (full day)

March 27 – 31

Survival Camp Week

Come play sensory nature games and learn a host of survival skills, from fire making and fire safety, to shelters, archery and more. 9am-3pm. Ages 8–11. Location TBA | $280

March 27-31

Fun Works Engineering/ STEAM With LEGO®

Students are introduced to science, technology, engineering, art and math using motorized LEGO®. 1-4pm. Ages 8–11. Aspen Hall | $180

March 27-31

KPOV Radio Camp

KPOV will teach you how to be a DJ - interview a friend and tell a story with sound effects, music and humor. 9am-12pm.

Ages 10–14

KPOV | $105

March 27-30

Kids Get Fit & Have Fun

Fill your Spring Break with friends and fitness while building self-confidence. Enjoy a different workout each day including indoor cycling, water running, weight training and dance fitness. Enjoy class from 12-1pm and then join recreation swim from 1-4pm. Ages 10–14.

Juniper Swim & Fitness Center | $30

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The Wisdom of FEVER

With seemingly endless options of over-the-counter medications readily accessible, it’s easy to reach for something to try to manage just about any symptom the body can create. The seasonal colds and flus that are so common this time of year always come with discomfort, and it is tempting to reach for a pain reliever or anti-inflammatory medication to ease the suffering.

One of the most common experiences with seasonal viral infections, especially for kids, is for the body to develop a fever. Body and muscle aches, headaches, chills and general discomfort almost always accompany this rise in body temperature, so naturally, we want to do whatever we can to alleviate this suffering — particularly when we see our kids struggling.

Why does the body create fever? Our intricate and amazingly complex immune systems perform like an orchestra, with many different players working together to address viruses and bacteria in the body. The body’s creation of fever is a very intelligent and wise adaptive response that sets into motion a cascade of immune cells and biochemistry designed to fight an infection and bring the body back to health.

A temperature between roughly 100 and 103 degrees is a very effective temperature range for the body to fight infection. White blood cells, our front-line immune defenders, are much more efficient and effective at eliminating microbes at higher temperatures. The heart beats faster with a fever, which also moves immune cells around the body quicker. Furthermore, bacteria and viruses would much prefer the incubator of 98.6 degrees (normal body temperature) and do not do as well at higher fever temperatures.

It is ironic that even though research has supported this biological reality in many studies over the years, providers continue to recommend fever-suppressing drugs like acetaminophen (Tylenol) to bring a fever down as soon as it develops. Just like concerned parents, I think it’s a well-meaning attempt to alleviate discomfort and suffering but is nevertheless suppressing one of the body’s most ancient and intelligent mechanisms for self-healing.

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In my years of treating kids and families, I have noticed a pattern of outcomes when the body is allowed to have its normal fever response, versus when medications are used to suppress fever. While fever-suppressing meds might offer some relief from the discomfort that comes with the process, it is all too common for the infection to drag on longer, taking more days for the body to work through the process to resolution. With acetaminophen use during infection, it is not uncommon for symptoms of sinus congestion, cough, plugged ears, mucous and phlegm and general malaise to take more time to clear up.

A note on Covid: Over the last couple of years, I have cautioned patients about the use of Tylenol (or other acetaminophen-containing medications) during this infection. During the heaviest Deltavariant wave, I noticed some of the worst outcomes and disease progression in patients who were over-using Tylenol to alleviate discomfort. Many went on to develop Covid pneumonia or other serious respiratory issues, and almost all would experience a lengthier Covid infection process. An October 2021 study reviewing the cases of 524 patients concluded that those who were exposed to acetaminophen had “significantly higher odds of being triaged to higher levels of care,” experiencing overall worsened outcomes. Those exposed to the most acetaminophen had longer hospital stays, higher mortality rates and higher risk of requiring ventilator support.

Without the use of fever-suppressing medications, what can be done to support the body through an uncomfortable seasonal viral infection? From a holistic medicine perspective, there are many options, including vitamins and nutrients, herbal and homeopathic medicines and basics like getting rest and sleep, eating well and avoiding sugar, while staying well-hydrated.

As far as fever goes, a simple Epsom-salt bath, full of magnesium, is helpful for alleviating muscle aches and discomfort. Very simple cold compresses on the head and neck feel great, and if the fever is high, the bathwater can be a lukewarm temperature.

Above all, trust the innate wisdom of your body, whose many intelligent mechanisms for healing, including fever, are always working to bring your body back to a place of balance and health.

Joshua Phillips, ND is a naturopathic physician and director at Hawthorn Healing Arts Center in Bend. As always, this article is not intended as medical advice, but for informational purposes only. Health concerns should always be addressed with the support of your healthcare provider.

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A temperature between roughly 100 and 103 degrees is a very effective temperature range for the body to fight infection. White blood cells, our front-line immune defenders, are much more efficient and effective at eliminating microbes at higher temperatures."
Without the use of fever-suppressing medications, what can be done to support the body through an uncomfortable seasonal viral infection?"


Bend high schooler wins prestigious science award

Summit High School freshman Skye Knox came home a winner after attending the 2022 nationwide Broadcom Masters STEM competition in Washington, D.C. last fall. Her cloud seeding project won her a place among 30 national semi-finalists and a top technology award that she will use to attend a nine-day science camp in Maui this summer.

Using materials provided by the Bend Science Station, a learning facility offering science educational programs for third- to 12th-graders, Knox created a simulation model that could test various chemical compounds for seeding clouds to produce rain.

The impetus of the idea was Knox’s desire to discover cloudseeding materials that were less environmentally damaging than the previously favored silver iodide, which proved to be significantly harmful to sea life in past experiments begun in 1946. She learned from a science article that the silver iodide worked in part because its structure was chemically like that of water crystals.

When she saw a rocket launcher another student had constructed at the science station, Knox got the idea to modify

that device for use with her own experiment. “I noticed how the moisture built up inside the bottle (a clear 2-liter soda bottle), and I saw that it could be used to make a cloud chamber. I tried some other methods, but I found that this was the easiest. When I released the pressure into the bottle, the light sensor could measure the density of the cloud. The darker the cloud was, the less light would get through.”

“Finding the right chemicals to use was really hard,” she says. “There was a lot of trial and error. One chemical that didn’t work would coat the inside of the bottle and prevent light from coming through, so the sensor was measuring the density of the substance instead of the cloud.”

In the end, Knox’s experiment didn’t produce the results she expected, but in the context of the scientific process, that doesn’t make it any less valuable. “In the future I want to experiment with different temperatures,” she says. “Since clouds are high-altitude,

– Skye Knox
Finding the right chemicals to use was really hard. There was a lot of trial and error. ”

maybe with the cooler temperature the crystals would bond better together to create a bigger cloud.”

Knox completed her project last year while she was a student at Pacific Crest Middle School. “When Skye started, she had two ideas (for projects),” says Bend Science Station Instructor and Co-founder David “Bermie” Bermudez. “One was cloud seeding; one was measuring the bacterial load above the surface of public swimming pools.” Knox says she pursued the pool idea first but soon found that she was much more intrigued about the cloud seeding idea.

The Bend Science Station offers morning and afternoon classes for grades K to 12, plus a guided independent research program for those middle- and high-schoolers who want to pursue their own ideas. “Our primary goal is to provide critical thinking skills,” Bermudez says. “Learning to hypothesize, collect data, analyze and make an informed decision.” Instructors encourage students to formulate their own questions, then help them discover how to go about getting the answers.

The science station also offers teacher education programs, designed to provide science methods training to schoolteachers. “We walk them through some of the curriculum we helped design or modify,” Bermudez explains. The teachers also come away with access to teaching materials and equipment-borrowing privileges. “There’s a model at the station of consolidating expensive

instructional resources and talent, making something that’s difficult to approach a little easier.” Participation in the program also counts toward the teachers’ professional development credit.

Knox enjoys telling other people about the Bend Science Station and encouraging them to give it a try. She would like to see a lot more people at least become aware of the opportunities that are available. At the station, “kids can choose whatever they want to research,” she says. “A lot of kids did things with plants— one girl even had guinea pigs.” There’s a wide range.

“A few of my friends are interested and thinking about it, and a lot more people don’t know about it yet,” she says. “I would like the schools to be more involved with the middle school Broadcom Masters and the high school ISEF (Regeneron-sponsored International Science and Engineering Fair) competitions,” she adds. “I think it would be a cool thing to incorporate.”

This year, Knox is taking a break from science projects to allow more time for other activities. “I’m doing a lot of sports right now and I thought since it’s my first year of high school, maybe I’d just have a little down time.” She hopes to work with the science center again next year.

Limited scholarships are available for all Bend Science Station programs, thanks to a local private donor. For more information, contact them at 541-330-0433 or online at

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Kids can choose whatever they want to research.”
– Skye Knox
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