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17 EDUCATION There is much to celebrate with the passage of the Student Success Act, which will bring millions of dollars to the region to support students in our community.

36 CULTURE If you’ve ever considered hosting a foreign exchange student or your teen is considering studying abroad, check out K.M. Collins’ article to find out more.


42 OUTDOORS Mt. Bachelor steps up their game this year with renovations, more food options, kid-friendly parks and so much more – check it out!


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EDITOR’S NOTE Bend Nest Turns Five!


s we celebrate this milestone, it seems like a great time to stop and reflect. Over the past five years, we’ve had the pleasure of meeting numerous inspiring parents, family-friendly businesses, crucial non-profits, lots of super kids and the list goes on. Thank you, dear readers and advertisers for all your support. We can’t wait to see what the next five years bring to our Bend Nest community! This issue, as we embark on the new year, we cover the unfolding of the Student Success Act in Education, which is extremely exciting for the future of education in the Bend-La Pine school district. In Culture, we highlight student exchange programs and bring this opportunity a little closer to families who may have considered going down this road. If you are hunkering down after having a baby and feel alone, our Health section breaks down the postpartum phase and offers tips for surviving that first year. Anyone with a tween or teen is fully aware that screens are not going anywhere and that apps rule. In Trending, join the fun and help foster a safe environment for everyone in your family.

In Bookshelf (a favorite of ours), Paige Bentley-Flannery shares her favorite animal stories and this issue, for something a little different, we feature a fun interactive website that actually has an environmental impact. Kids and adults can play! We all know that “Families that play together stay together.” Now’s the time to put that saying to work and head to Mt. Bachelor to see what’s new for the season. In Outdoors, Joshua Savage discusses renovations to the Sunrise Lodge and all new park features. And, in Kids in Action, Caitlin Richmond catches up with Rebecca McCain who is one of the two motivated youth who recently served on the Climate Action Committee with members of the Bend City Council. Happy Birthday to Bend Nest, and to everyone, we wish you all the best in 2020!

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We recently learned that our daughter’s joints are hypermobile. What activities should she avoid? What will help her?

Joint hypermobility is a wide spectrum of pathology from frank joint dislocation to being “double jointed” and can be very age dependent. By this I mean that your child may not yet have grown into her joints and thus hypermobility can improve with age and treatment. In general, avoid putting hypermobile joints in positions that cause discomfort. If it hurts, don’t do it. The discomfort is micro-instability or subluxation where, on a small level, the joint is dislocating. The mainstay of treatment is physical therapy for strengthening the muscles around the joint in question, which is effective in the vast majority of patients. What you don’t want to do is get to the point where your child has a complete joint dislocation event that causes tearing of the soft tissues around the joint. Most children and adolescents can get away with a single dislocation event and rehab effectively, but multiple dislocation events can be a surgical indication.


I’m still confused about ice versus heat, especially a week or more after the injury. What should I do when?

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My answer to this is pretty simple; if the joint is stiff and hard to move then heat is advised to help with motion. Motion is healthy for joints. If the joint is swollen and painful from an acute injury or overuse, then ice is encouraged. My general rule for icing is 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off for two to four cycles. It is the cooling and warming cycles that helps most with the swelling and inflammation.


My 8-year old daughter loves sports! She plays soccer, basketball, lacrosse and even goes on runs on her own. Should I worry about her overactive lifestyle while she is still growing?


I would not worry, but I would suggest you do your best to help her prepare appropriately for the sports she loves. This includes stretching, warming up, and making sure that she knows her limits. Overuse injuries are very common in children and adolescents, so it is important for her to rest adequately if she complains of aches and pains. Cross training is excellent at any age. I worry more about the children that play the same sport year round on various club teams etc. These athletes tend to have higher rates of injury and, on a psychological level, are more likely to burn out earlier and lose interest.


When my child has pain, when should they see an orthopedist?

If there is an acute injury and a high level of concern then certainly the child/adolescent should be seen (i.e. can’t bear weight, significant swelling, etc.). However, I would caution parents about bringing the child in a few days after the injury if they are on the fence. Many lowergrade athletic injuries in children and adolescents resolve in one to two weeks with a little rest and observation. If it has been a week or two and the pain/injury persists, then I would be thinking more about bringing the child in to be seen by an orthopedist. In all reality, I am going to get a better and more meaningful exam at one to two weeks after muscles have relaxed and swelling subsides around the injured area. We are always happy to see a patient and provide reassurance but often times in the acute phase I am going to observe the patient and have them come back in a week or two. If the injury/pain is more chronic, then a good rule of thumb is to bring them in when the pain stops them from doing what they like to do (sports, dance, gymnastics, running, etc.). Last, any joint/bone pain associated with fevers, redness, swelling should be evaluated more urgently because children and adolescents can get bone and joint infections that would not surface in an adult because of the blood supply crossing their open growth plates. EMAIL US YOUR QUESTIONS: ANGELA@BENDNEST.COM Winter 2020 | 11

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Waldorf School students planting 10,000 trees in 2020 By Nicole Vulcan In early May, you won’t find students from the Waldorf School of Bend in their normal classrooms. Instead, they’ll be taking their learning to the forest, where they’ll participate in a service project aimed at restoring some of the woodland destroyed by the Milli Fire. That 2017 fire burned some 24,000 acres in the Deschutes National Forest and the Three Sisters Wilderness. On May 1 and 2, Waldorf School students and staff will aim to replant about 50 acres of that land with seedlings, cultivated by the U.S. Forest Service, that are ideal for that area’s location and elevation. The goal is to plant 10,000 trees, with the idea of having students return to the area on occasion to see the progress of their labor. According to the Waldorf School of Bend, the project will offset more than 283 tons of carbon. People can learn more about the project by visiting the website, forestforgood.com.

A Champion Horse Jumper Cascades Academy student wins 1st place in national competition By Nicole Vulcan Bend is home to a host of national champions in many different sports—and now, a local 7th grader can add her Champion Ella Delgado with her winning pony, C.E. Providence name to that roster. Ella DelPhoto courtesy Cascades Academy/ gado, a student at Cascades Ella Delgado Academy, took home 1st place in the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association’s Medium Pony Hunter division national championship in Las Vegas in November. “Hunter/Jumper Riding,” according to Delgado, is “a modern take on fox hunting combined with a beauty pageant for horses.” Delgado is a devoted horse person. In addition to regularly riding the winning pony, named C.E. Providence, she rides three other horses, often spending as many as seven days a week training and riding. Next up for Delgado: competing in Palm Springs in February.

Pacific Crest student, Reggie Strom, is competing in the Kids Baking Championship.

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Middle schooler competing in “Kids Baking Championship” By Lisa Sipe Seeing that he loved to bake, one year, Reggie Strom’s parents gifted him a French macaron class at Bend’s Kindred Creative Kitchen for his birthday. One class turned into several. His instructor, Chef and Owner Michele Morris said, “I noticed first of all that he was really organized, which is rare, and he had that pastry spark in his eye.” One day, the Food Network contacted Morris, asking whether she had any students interested in trying out for the “Kids Baking Championship” show. Strom, a 12-year old student at Pacific Crest Middle School, came to mind. Soon, Strom found himself traveling to compete on the show, which began airing Jan. 6. Strom competes with 12 other young bakers, ranging in age from 10 to 13, in season 8 of the show. The kid contestants take part in challenges including making 3D dinosaur cookies, Neapolitan desserts, ice cream cone cupcakes, potato print cookies, fruit cakes and more. Strom couldn’t give any details about what happened to him on the 10-week show, but he did share his favorite memory: “Seeing the set for the first time was quite amazing. It was really cool to see the entire kitchen.” Does he make it all the way? Bendites may have to wait ‘til March to find out. Winter 2020 | 15

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Education Funding Boost for Local Kids Student Success Act will bring at least $14 million to Bend-La Pine schools By Laurel Brauns


tudents throughout Central Oregon will benefit from the passage of the Student Success Act, which will bring millions to the region to support student mental health, early childhood education and high school graduation programs. “I’ve worked in education in Oregon for 34 years and we’ve never had this kind of influx of money,” said Lora Nordquist, assistant superintendent of Bend-La Pine Schools. “In fact, most of my career has been about trying to figure out how to deal with cuts.” SSA will be paid for by Oregon businesses through a .5% tax on any sales over $1 million. Only 10% of companies in Oregon will be affected, and those businesses can

deduct 35% of either their labor or production costs from what they owe. The historic legislation was signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown on May 20 and will provide an additional $1 billion a year for statewide education initiatives. Fifty percent of the money will go to K-12 districts, 20% to early learning and 30% to state-wide initiatives such as the High School Success fund. Sen. Tim Knopp (R-Bend) and Rep. Cheri Helt (R-Bend) were both members of the Joint Committee on Student Success in the Oregon Legislature, the group that help steer SSA. Some members of the committee, including Knopp, traveled throughout the state talking to communities about their education needs. As a result, the bill requires comprehensive accountability from

districts, paired with flexibility to allow for regional solutions. Some districts in rural areas need help with transportation, while others may need more Career and Technical Education to support students who want to learn practical skills, for example. Helt and Knopp both voted against the bill. Helt told Nest that she worked hard to make sure that Education Service Districts (like High Desert ESD in Central Oregon) were included in the SSA. Helt said she didn’t vote for the bill because of the way the new tax will be collected and because it did not fund higher education in Oregon.

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EDUCATION year’s budget. The district will focus the new funds on mental health initiatives and reducing class size, according to Nordquist. As part of the process of qualifying for SSA funds, school districts must submit an application by April. The grants are non-competitive, but districts were required to conduct surveys and needs assessments in their communities to inform their ideas about how to use the additional money. In BLPS, survey facilitators sat down with 36 family and student groups this fall, and school principals led conversations with staff at the district’s 33 schools. The process was rolled out in the Excellence & Equity Review, published in December of 2019. The review highlights that some Spanish-speaking families felt unwelcome at local public schools, and many families expressed disappointment at the administration’s unwillingness to address racism and bullying. Proponents of SSA believe one of the keys to its success lies in the way it addresses groups of students who have traditionally been at a disadvantage. Kids who have special needs, are experiencing poverty, are minority students or who are learning English—among many other categories—will count as 1.5 students for SSA funding allocation purposes.

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Younger children in Central Oregon will also benefit from SSA, with $200 million available statewide next year to help kids with early barriers to learning such as

Students, staff and parents marched in support of the Student Success Act in Bend in May — one day before it was passed.

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cations. The state will fund special education, pre-school expansions, Head Start, home visits, professional development for early childhood education, parent education and culturally specific programing, she said. One way the SSA funds could help improve the region’s childcare “desert” is through public/private partnerships in daycare centers where half the families

The lens is on us in K-12 education to show that—with significant additional funding—we can move the dial in improving outcomes for our historically underserved students. I feel a real sense of urgency about that. — Assistant Superintendent Lora Nordquist

neglect, trauma, hunger and homelessness. Early Learning Hub Director Brenda Comini is corralling the effort in Jefferson, Crook and Deschutes counties to help agencies and nonprofits prepare their appli-

pay full price, while the state assists the other families, Comini noted as an example. Providers are also considering ways to expand their bilingual offerings to address the dearth of Spanish-language programs for young kids in Bend.

House Majority Leader Barbara Smith Warner (D-Portland) told Nest she believes the decline in Oregon education began in 1990, with the passage of Measure 5 which capped local property taxes for education. She is cautiously optimistic about SSA, noting that this funding influx was what the Oregon Department of Education recommended to bring the state up to national averages—so while it’s a huge win for education, it’s still fiscally conservative compared to other states. Lora Nordquist adds, “This is a highly charged piece of legislation. The lens is on us in K-12 education to show that— with significant additional funding—we can move the dial in improving outcomes for our historically underserved students. I feel a real sense of urgency about that; we need to be really thoughtful about our budging plan so were investing in high-level strategies that make a difference for students and their families and the staff.” Winter 2020 | 19


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Balloons, cake, friends… celebrating a child’s birthday with a party creates memories and everlasting magic.

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BESTof the Who are the shining stars in our community?

Join us in recognizing outstanding businesses, healthcare professionals and nonprofits with our annual Best of the Nest ballot. Cast your vote by February 11 — winners will be highlighted in the Spring issue of Bend Nest.


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Apps Your Teens & Tweens Love

Parental involvement helps ensure a positive and safe experience By Annette Benedetti


avigating the adolescent years with your teen is tough. From friendships to school and social activities, discerning what’s age-appropriate versus downright unsafe for your kids is difficult. Add to that the dangers associated with the internet and social media, and traversing the landscape of parenting an adolescent can seem downright impossible. Like it or not, social apps are here to stay—and kids are using them daily. You have no choice but to get familiar with what’s out there, so you can monitor your teen or tween’s use and keep them safe. If you feel lost when it comes to which social apps are trending in the teenverse, you aren’t alone. Not to worry, we’ve put together a list of the most popular apps for this age set. 4 social apps that teens and tweens use


A favorite among both tweens and teens, this app is used for sharing user-generated music videos. Kids can create videos, remix works by others and check out and comment on other users’ uploads. Parents will be pleased to know that because of an FTC settlement, there’s a section of the app designated for users under 13. It only allows them to view curated videos and they can’t comment, search or post their videos. Bonus: their data isn’t collected. The reality is, this app only requires users to enter their birthdate to determine which section of the site they are on, so parents will need to monitor the account setup. But parents will be pleased to know that there is a Digital Well-Being setting that allows them to set a two-hour screen time limit and there is a restricted mode (password protected) that helps filter out inappropriate content. Setting accounts to private will keep unwanted users from seeing your kids’ content.


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TRENDING struct “snaps” (photos and videos that disappear a short time after being sent.) These can be saved permanently to either their memories (a Snapchat specific camera roll) or their “My Eyes Only” camera roll which is similar to memories but is password protected so only the user (not the parents) can see the photos. Another feature parents should be aware of is the ability to post “stories” which can be either public or private. The public setting is viewable to anyone following an account. Additionally, Snapchat keeps kids engaged with the app with a game-like setting called Snapstreaks where kids send snaps to their friends daily in an effort to gain “points” or a friendship score. Many obsess over keeping their streaks going, which is a sign that the app is addictive. One of the most concerning Snapchat features is the location services called the Snap Map which shows a map with Bitmojis of every user your child is following and their exact location. More importantly, your child’s exact location is available to anyone following their account. There is a feature called ghost mode, which when enabled hides your child’s location. This app should only be used with close parental supervision (which is nearly impossible to enforce).


You are likely no stranger to Instagram. One of the most popular social photo-sharing platforms, teens and tweens love this app because it lets them follow their friends as well as their favorite celebrities. While adolescents love Instagram for its visual presence, they also use it for its DM (Direct Messaging) abilities. Many use it as an alternative to traditional texting apps that rely solely on data to function. Things parents should be aware of include inappropriate comments from strangers, disappearing messages (a feature much like Snapchat’s) and the lack of age-verification process (though, the service says you

must be 13). One of the latest improvements implemented by the folks at Instagram is the app will no longer show the number of likes each post receives. Although currently in the testing phase, this change may reduce the stigma that goes along with garnering fewer likes than others.

into the, “My kid would never do that” way of thinking. Teens and tweens are vulnerable, and you are their greatest ally when navigating the relatively new social media world.


Your teens love it; you should be very aware of it. YouTube was created as a place to make and share videos. Many young people have done just that on this social network…even making them famous. Chances are your kiddos have their favorite YouTubers—and they may even have their own dreams of becoming YouTube famous. Parents should be aware that there is extremely inappropriate content on YouTube that tweens and teens have access to. Additionally, if your child is creating content, other users can leave comments on their videos— and some commenters bully. The good news is that you can have your child make their account private or disable commenting. You should closely monitor your teen’s use of this app. New social media apps seem to pop up every day. Most have elements that make them unsafe for adolescents. Parents should monitor their children’s phone and app use every day. Familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of the apps as well as ways photos can be hidden on a device. Most importantly, don’t fall

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Better Community

J Bar J’s programs lift up families and youth in Central Oregon By Caitlin Richmond Photos courtesy J Bar J


n 1968, Lyle Jarvis and Bill Jones realized there was a need in the Central Oregon community for a rehabilitation center specifically for boys. They got together and founded J Bar J, a live-in ranch for teenage boys who were considered troubled or on the road to jail. Since then, J Bar J Boys Ranch has expanded to J Bar J Youth Services and is the umbrella for nine different organizations that provide services to chil-

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dren and adults in the Central Oregon area. “The biggest misconception is that J Bar J is just the Boys Ranch, but we offer a lot more,” says Stephanie Alvstad, the CEO and president of J Bar J Youth Services. “We want to be a resource so that people can become good partners, good kids, good parents, good community members and all around become self-sufficient.” A program related to the Boys Ranch is J5, which is a shorter-term rehabilitation service to help youth reset their thinking and behavior. The Boys Ranch recently expanded and opened up the J Bar J Learning Center too, which is an alternative program that focuses on vocational education.

Grandma’s House offers support for teens who are pregnant or parenting.

“We found that a lot of the boys didn’t necessarily want to go to college, but they really wanted to work with their hands,” Alvstad says. “We had a couple of construc-

tion guys come in and the boys were really, really interested in that.” Beyond the Boys Ranch, J Bar J Youth services manages the Academy at Sisters, a residential center for teenage girls. Unlike the Boys Ranch, many of the young women have not become subject to the juvenile justice system. “Teenage boys tend to hurt other people or property, often times through drugs, sex, stealing or vandalism,” Alvstad explains. “Teenage girls usually do things that hurt themselves—failing school, promiscuity, eating disorders or other forms of self-harm.” Another live-in facility J Bar J Youth Services runs is Cascade Youth and Family Center. Homeless, runaway and unaccompanied teens can live here, either short term or long term, while they get the resources and skills to live independently. This is also where Avstad first started with J Bar J Youth Services in 1989. “We had a 17-year-old boy whose mom ended up in the hospital, and he told us ‘I just really want to go to school,’” Alvstad says. “We helped him graduate, and then

J Bar J runs the Academy at Sisters, a residential program for teen girls.

he connected with Heart of Oregon Corps and went to culinary school.” His story is similar to those of many teenagers who have been a part of Cascade Youth and Family Center. Some teenagers have been disowned by their families, others have lost their families or some have

had extenuating circumstances remove the stability from their lives. These teens are welcome at Cascade Youth and Family Center, where they can find stability and deal with trauma they may have experienced, as well as receive support while moving forward with schooling or vocational

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Green thumbs rule at the Academy at Sisters.

opportunities, says Alvstad. Grandma’s House, another of J Bar J’s programs, works with pregnant or parenting mothers who need more support. Young women can take parenting, pre-natal or other types of classes, they can receive help finishing school and develop skills they need to be self-sufficient while also supporting their child. Pregnant women who decide they want to give up their child for adoption can also find support here. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon is a mentor program for youth in

J Bar J’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program offers mentorship opportunities.

Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties. Alvstad says usually Big Brothers Big Sisters of America doesn’t like to open a program in an area with less than 100,000 people, but they were more willing to do so because of the partnership with J Bar J Youth Services. Kindred Connections is an organization that partners with 10 Central Oregon churches along with volunteer families to give support to families that need some kind of short-term stability. “We worked with a young mother who

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had to spend eight days in detention, so through Kindred Connections we paired her with a family to take care of her baby while she served her time,” Alvstad says. “They took care of her baby like it was their own child, she got her baby back after she finished the detention, and her child didn’t have to be put into the foster system.” The newest program to be part of J Bar J is At: Project, which works with human trafficking victims to rebuild their lives. At: Project partners with several other agencies in Central Oregon, and pairs survivors with case managers to help facilitate counseling, medical care and anything else they might need. Although these programs may seem very different in nature, there is a common thread that ties them all together. Rather than focusing on punishment or blame, each organization focuses on giving support, guidance and teaching self-sufficiency and independence. “Each program came from the needs of the community,” Alvstad says. “We all want to break that multi-generational cycle, so the question is how can we do that? We want to give our teens and families a handup, so they can be self-sufficient, through a long term problem-solving method.” For more information about J Bar J Youth Services, visit jbarj.org. You’ll find links to each program mentioned above, and ways to get involved.


Family Fun Story Time

LOCAL— Interactive story time for little ones up to 5 years old. Join us for songs, rhymes and craft time! 10:30am.

Sunriver Public Library | Free

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Exciting Earth Science Classes

LEARN—Grow your own crystals! Explore and investigate elements of the earth’s surface, including minerals, rocks, fossils and soil. This class is perfect for students in 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Through March 18.

Bend Science Station | $210

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Twice Daily

Lave Tube Cave Tours

EXPLORE— Explore the vast network of caves near Bend, Oregon! These large, cool lava tube caves are fun to explore and fascinating for the whole family. Outfitted with helmets and headlamps, professional naturalist guides will help you discover secret rooms and teach you all about the history of the cave. As you journey through the cave, you will learn about the unique organisms that live and grow within this delicate environment.

Wanderlust Tours Office | $60 (11 and under) wanderlusttours.com/dailylava-cave-tours

First Saturdays, Second Thursdays

Mindfulness Art Series

ARTS AND CRAFTS— Our year-long mindfulness series will incorporate practices that connect children to themselves

Big smiles for Kid’s Art classes at the High Desert Museum Photo by Becca Burda

through breath work, games, stories, movement and art with lessons designed to provide children with a solid foundation to build their own healthy self-regulation. Each class uses art to foster understanding of mindfulness, as well as empowering children to utilize art as a mindfulness practice in their daily lives. Featuring different media and techniques across the year to expose children to a wide variety of mindfulness-based art experiences and providing resources and suggestions for further integration at home. February: Mindfulness of Breath: Watercolor Resist Paintings. March: Mindful Listening: Painting a Song.

ArtDog Bend | $20


February 1-2

Neverending Story at the Cascades Theatrical Company

THEATER— Told with all the thrills of a classic adventure, the story begins with Bastian, a lonely boy, who stumbles into a curious bookshop where he discovers a curious book—The

Neverending Story. Put on by BEAT Children’s Theater, serving Central Oregon’s budding performers since 2006.

Cascades Theatre | $12-$18

minutes early to sign waivers and check in! Any and all kids are invited, but they are particularly hoping for 2-7 year olds as a part of the training weekend focus.

February 1



Matilda the Musical

THEATER— Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Matilda the Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world. Perfect for theater fans of all ages!

The Tower Theatre | Prices Vary www.towertheatre.org

February 2

Free Family Yoga Class

ATHLETIC— Kids are invited to bring their parents to this Family Yoga class, as a part of the Children’s Yoga Teacher Training at Namaspa. Please arrive a few

Namaspa Yoga & Massage | Free

February 4

Shop with Grandparents Day!

SHOP— Grandparents save 20% when they bring their little ones, every Tuesday at Wabi Sabi! Come check out Bend’s coolest collection of Japanese toys, games and a wide array of other treasures.

Wabi Sabi | Free

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February 5 – February 27

Backpack Explorers

EXPLORE— 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 artifacts while journeying through the Museum’s nature trails and exhibits. Foster artistic expression in your little one and Winter 2020 | 29

take home activities to continue the learning. New themes weekly! Every Wednesday and Thursday. Themes include Animal Trackers, Snow Much Fun, Warmth in Winter and Wildlife Care. 20% off for members!

High Desert Museum | $15

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February 6

Kids Skill Building Series

ARTS AND CRAFTS— Kids will have a lot fun in this monthly class series while learning valuable skills. The classes include making a Glockenspiel, stitching a leather wallet, creating sheet metal art, forging a nail, crafting a cutting board, cedar birdhouse, classic toolbox, planter box, 3D printing, welding and more. Suitable for kids aged 10-17.

DIY Cave | $120/month


February 6

With Your Child: Handmade Bagels and Pretzels

COOKING— Pretzels and bagels are different in taste, yet created similarly. In this class, you and your child will make two different kinds of dough, form the dough, bake them and enjoy fun sauces and spreads. Learn all of the tricks and enjoy them fresh out of the oven. Class is priced per adult and child team; only the adult registers. This cooking class will be led by Jesica Carleton, and is perfect for kids aged 6 and over. 5-7pm.

Bend Senior Center | $59-$70.80


February 6 – February 27

Let’s Make Lunch!

COOKING—Every Thursday from 11am-12pm, this class for preschoolers ages 3-5 will help teach them the importance of preparing and eating a nutritious lunch. It will help them gain the confidence the need to prepare their own snacks!

Harmon Park | $69-$82.80

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Get up close with birds of prey at the High Desert Museum Photo courtesy of the High Desert Museum

February 8

February 8

MUSIC— Get ready for the foot-stompin’ frontier tunes of the Thorn Hollow String Band! Dancing isn’t required, but it will be hard not to kick up your feet. Bring your little ones for an afternoon of musical fun. 11am-2pm.

COOKING— Put some “heart” into your baking and learn how to create several different candy and cookies and more for family and friends for Valentine’s Day! Bring a storage container to bring your treats home. This hands-on cooking class will be instructed by Carol Knowles. Perfect for kids aged 9-13.

Thorn Hollow String Band

High Desert Museum | Free highdesertmuseum.org/ calendar/

February 8

Giant Origami

ARTS AND CRAFTS— Try your hand at making giant origami! 10:30am.

Sunriver Public Library | Free

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February 8

Discover Nature Day: Winter Wonders

EXPLORE— Join for a fun morning of enjoying winter weather and learning about winter adaptations. Play fun games, explore, and do a winter-themed art project. Snowshoes will be provided if needed!

Shevlin Park | Free


Valentine Treats

Cascades Middle School | $49-$58.80 register.bendparksandrec.org

February 9

CORK Hot Chocolate Run #4 ATHLETIC— It’s Hot Chocolate Run season! Hot chocolate, coffee, and treats are provided. We will mark a 4 to 5-mile loop course through the Rimrock area down to the Deschutes River Trail and back. Kids, dogs, and runners of all ages and paces are welcome!

Loge Entrada | Free

years will have fun creating their own Valentine’s day cards, to keep or give away!

Sunriver Public Library | Free

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February 13

With Your Child: Paint Night Dual Canvas

ARTS AND CRAFTS—Enjoy a relaxing time with your little one while creating an impressive masterpiece! You and your child will be guided through an acrylic painting experience. Each pair receives two canvases to create an image and when placed together will turn into one masterpiece. The design is prepped prior and the instructor will guide your painting’s creation. This class will be instructed by Diane Burns. 5:30-7pm.

Bend Senior Center | $39-$46.80


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February 12

ATHLETIC— The 9th annual St. Patty’s Day Dash, presented by the Mt. Bachelor Rotary Club and a fundraiser for the Family Access Network, is back in 2020! Gather the family to walk, jog, crawl or run, and be sure

DIY Valentine’s Day Howlers

ARTS AND CRAFTS—These Valentine’s Day cards must be opened immediately! Ages 12-17

St. Patrick’s Day Dash

CALENDAR runners feeling like they rule the world!

Les Schwab Amphitheater | $15/ adv., $20/door


February 17

Kids Camp School’s Out: Art Design

Bento Chef Cooking classes March 23-24 & March 25-26 Photo courtesy of Bend Park and Rec

to wear your green as there will be prizes for the best St. Patty’s day costume!

tons of kid-friendly activities, we’ll cure your cabin fever and winter blues in one fun-filled weekend.


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Deschutes Brewery Lawn | $20-$40

February 14

Kids Night In

SOCIAL EVENT— Need childcare for Valentine’s Day? Look no further! Members of the group and their spouses will be volunteering to watch your kiddos while you get a break. There will be pizza, a craft and tons of supervised play, including bounce houses! The cost is $20 per child for the entire evening. You may drop of anytime after 5pm and pick up anytime before 9pm. Capped admission based on the number of workers. If you would like to guarantee that your kiddo(s) have a spot, contact us ASAP to pre-register! 5-9pm.

MOPS Bend | $20


February 14

2020 OnPoint Community Credit Union Oregon Winterfest

LOCAL— It’s never too cold to get out and enjoy a great event in Central Oregon. This year’s OnPoint Community Credit Union Oregon WinterFest is something we look forward to all year! With live music, a heated marketplace, local brews and

Les Schwab Amphitheater | $1-$30

February 15 – March 7

Kindermusik: Family Class

MUSIC— Bringing children of all ages together provides a dynamic and integrated learning experience for everyone. Rolling your favorite Kindermusik songs and activities into a fun, family class where each child is welcomed and valued and family “together time” is celebrated and cherished. Saturdays from 9:3010:15am.

ARTS AND CRAFTS— Join this one-day camp for kids in kindergarten to 5th grade, inspired by the art of the exhibit Infinite Moment: Burning Man on the Horizon. Creativity and ingenuity flourish at Burning Man, and students will be encouraged to choose from a variety of materials provided to craft their own imaginative works, from sculpture to jewelry to painting. 9am-3pm. Before and after care available.

High Desert Museum | $62.50-$80.50 highdesertmuseum.org/kidscamp-schools-out/

February 17

President’s Day Basketball Clinic ATHLETIC— A one-day basketball clinic offering beginning to intermediate fundamental sport training where your camper will participate in skill training, agility

training, games, and nutrition education, all while basking in our exciting and engaging camp atmosphere! Each clinic includes a t-shirt or drawstring bag, plus plenty of chances for fun prizes!

Pacific Crest Middle School | $45

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February 19 – March 11


THEATER— For the slightly older actor, (or a 6-year-old actor who has already tried out Teeny BEAT a few times) BEAT is excited to announce the beginning of Junior BEAT! This class takes young actors to the next level of storytelling by giving them more experience in theatre, and adding the fun of some singing and dancing. Junior BEAT is the perfect class for preparing a young actor for a bigger production experience.  

BEAT Studio | $95


February 19 – March 18

Painting the Central Oregon Landscape in Oils

ARTS AND CRAFTS— Bring in your favorite photos of the Central Oregon landscape (or elsewhere), and explore the pro-

Cascade School of Music | $100$120


February 16

Bend Nest Kids Hot Cocoa Run

ATHLETIC— Aspiring princes and princesses are invited to the Kid’s Hot Cocoa Run. Costumes are encouraged! Join us for the first PacificSource Kids Rock the Races event of the season! After being crowned, 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! This event will leave the little

With Your Child: Handmade Bagel and Pretzels class Feb. 6 Photo courtesy of Bend Park and Rec

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because kids don’t come with instructions

Join the fun at Kid’s Camp at the High Desert Museum Photo courtesy of High Desert Museum

Call the Family Resource Center of Central Oregon 541-389-5468 or visit www.frconline.org

cess of transforming your photograph into an oil painting. We will work through a drawing, sketch painting and a finished piece while considering elements of design like composition, value, hue and temperature. No experience with oil painting is needed in this introductory course. This class will be instructed by Ken Marunowski. Every Wednesday from 11am-1pm.

Art Station | $189-$226.80


February 20 • Comprehensive dental services

• Chronic conditions management

• Behavioral health services

• ADHD evaluation and follow-up

• Diagnosis and treatment of illness and injury • Gender affirming care

• Support services to connect patients with community resources • Certified lactation consulting • Annual wellness visits • Immunizations • OHP enrollment support

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pediatric clinics region-wide

24 hour support from on-call providers



MUSIC— Nomadic is the first vocal super-group auditioned from the best singers around the country by the award-winning team at June Vocal Music (a nonprofit dedicated to the creation of transformative musical ensembles). Hailing from a variety of backgrounds, Nomadic infuses jazz, gospel, soul, R&B and even Carnatic influences into their sonic creations.

basics of theatre through lots of fun games, and some exciting story telling. Teeny BEAT is the perfect way to get started exploring your dramatic side! 

BEAT Studio | $90


February 22

The Sing-Off

MUSIC— It’s the Bend A Cappella Festival’s fifth anniversary, and the Tower will be welcoming 10-15 a cappella groups for friendly, family-fun competition! The event will be emceed by Deke Sharon, known as the modern day Father of A Cappella. Get ready to be entertained by phenomenal and fresh talent. If your little ones are fans of the Pitch Perfect movies or the television series “The Sing-Off” this event is a must-see!

The Tower Theatre | $27-$37


The Tower Theatre | $22-$42

February 22

February 22 – March 13

ARTS AND CRAFTS— Design, carve and print your own stamps onto paper or fabric. The workshop will cover block printing techniques such as creating a successful design for the medium, proper carving techniques and use of the tools, and the art of inking and printing with hand-


Teeny BEAT

THEATER— Do you have a young, budding performer who is anxious to try out the world of theatre? Come try Teeny BEAT, a four-week class designed to introduce 4-6 year olds to the

Weekend Workshop: Block Printing

CALENDAR carved stamps. Participants will borrow carving and printing tools but will take home their stamp and finished paper or fabric prints. Based on the use of sharp tools, this class is recommended for ages 12 and up. 10am-1pm. Members receive 20% discount.

High Desert Museum | $30

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February 26 – February 27

Backpack Explorers: Wildlife Care

EXPLORE— Go behind the scenes and find out how they care for animals at the Museum. What do these animals need to survive? Children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. Don backpacks filled with exciting artifacts while journeying through the Museum’s nature trails and exhibits. Foster artistic expression in your little one and take home activities to continue the learning.

High Desert Museum | $15


February 27 – March 26

Kids Ninja Warrior Classes

ATHLETIC— Your kids (age 6-10) will gain amazing abilities through obstacle course training, climbing and fitness conditioning! Your kids will greatly improve their strength, agility, coordination, discipline and athletic performance in these fun, movement-based classes. Every Thursday.

Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play | $99, $18/drop-in bendsource.com/bend/ kids-ninja-warrior-class/ Event?oid=11517672

February 29

Family Free Day

FAMILY— Everyone gets in the door for free! It’s as simple as that. Bring the whole family down to the museum for a day of learning and interactive fun. 10am-4pm.

High Desert Museum | Free


March 4

Homeschool Series: Animal Tracking with the Environmental Center

EXPLORE— Join the Children’s Forest Partners for a series of outdoor learning and environmental education programs, just for homeschool students! Meet other homeschool families and introduce your children to Central Oregon ecosystems through educational experiences outdoors.

Skyliner Lodge | Free

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March 5

Kids Skill Building Workshop

Young actors will love Teeny Beat classes at B.E.A.T. Photos courtesy of B.E.A.T.

ARTS AND CRAFTS— Kids will have a lot fun in this monthly class series while learning valuable skills. The classes include making a Glockenspiel, stitching a leather wallet, creating sheet metal art, forging a nail, crafting a cutting board, cedar birdhouse, classic toolbox, planter box, 3D printing, welding and more! Suitable for kids aged 10-17.

DIY Cave | $120/month


March 6

Kids Ninja Night

ATHLETIC— Drop off your kids age 6 and older for up to 3 hours of fun in a super-rad indoor ninja warrior gym. Experienced adult staff members will supervise and lead fun group games, and provide free pizza and healthy drinks for them so you can enjoy a special evening out and about. Advanced sign up is highly recommended as they often sell out!

Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play | $20/adv., $25/door

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March 9

Kids Yoga

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“To awaken a love for God,

a desire for learning and service to others.” coordination through these kid’s yoga classes. Mindful yoga techniques are important for calming the nervous system, managing frustrations and improving focus. Kid’s yoga classes help develop concentration through breathing techniques, and enhance body awareness. Classes held every Monday from 4:15-5:15pm.

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March 11

Tiny Terrariums

ARTS AND CRAFTS—Design your own magical mini-world, full of beautiful plants! Registration is required. Suitable for ages 12-17 years.

Sunriver Public Library | Free

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March 14

Puddlestompers: Animal Safari

Drug-Free Treatment for Mental Health Neurofeedback is an evidence-based, non-invasive, and drug-free therapy used to treat conditions such as ADHD, autism, PTSD, anxiety, depression, sensory issues, migraines, and insomnia. It “retrains” your brain by taking advantage of neuroplasticity — the brain’s ability to learn and change — to promote desired brain function.

EXPLORE— Presented by the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon partners, these family programs have something for kids (and adults) of all ages. Programs are designed for families to connect in nature together and are open to parents, grandparents and siblings. Learn more at childrensforestco.org/family. Spark a love of wildlife in your little one and join in for a morning of exploring and learning about animal homes and adaptations. Puddlestomp-

ers programs provide a mix of stories, art and science in a fun and welcoming environment. 11am-noon.

Ponderosa Park | Free childrensforestco.org/ puddlestompers/

March 16

Irish Rambling House

MUSIC— This presentation of music is accented with the percussive brilliance of modern Irish step dancing, as choreographed by Riverdance veterans Brandon Asazawa and Alyssa Reichert. Brian Bigley (on the uilleann pipes), and Kristen Capp Bigley (on the violin) are the producers of this show and A Celtic Christmas, which performed to about 1,000 people last December at the Medina PAC.

The Tower Theatre | $27-$47


March 18

Computer Part Mandalas

ARTS AND CRAFTS— Take traditional mandalas into the future! Build your very own work of art out of recycled computer parts! 2pm.

Sunriver Public Library | Free

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March 19

Kids Welding Class

ARTS AND CRAFTS—Kids over the age of 13 will learn to weld in this fun, hands-on class! Kids will

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NOMADIC performs as part of the Bend A Cappella Festival Feb. 20 at the Tower. Photo courtesy of Tower Theatre


Irish Rambling House performs at the Tower Mar. 16 Photo courtesy of the Tower Theatre

cut steel with a torch and weld those pieces back together. They’ll learn some amazing skills and take their creations home with them. This is a powerful experience for kids. It won’t soon be forgotten! All materials included. 4-6pm.

create! This camp will include two off-site, half-day field trips. Transportation as well as all materials and cameras provided by the Museum. 9am-3pm. Before and after care available.

High Desert Museum | $250-$337.75



March 23 – March 24

March 25 – March 26

COOKING—Beginner students ages 10-14 will learn to make bento from locally-sourced ingredients. They will learn to make rice balls along with a host of other simple side dishes. This fun, hands-on cooking class will be led by Chieko Saito. 9am-2:30pm.

COOKING— Intermediate to advanced students, come learn to make bento for others from locally-found ingredients, such as California rolls and tempura with simple side dishes. This hands-on cooking class is perfect for chefs ages 10-14, and will be led by Chieko Saito. 9am-2:30pm.

DIY Cave | $59-$70

Bento Chef I

Cascade Middle School | $159$190.80


March 23 – March 27

Kids Camp Spring Break

KIDS CAMP— 2nd and 3rd grades – Trash to Treasures. Learn about the importance of recycling in this fun camp. Talk about how humans impact the world around us, and what we can do to be responsible. Finally, make art out of recycled materials. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure! 4th and 5th grades – Natural Design. Do you love the great outdoors? What about design, photography and creativity? Explore amazing naturally occurring patterns like fractals, determine why eggs are the most perfect shape and

Bento Chef II

Cascade Middle School | $159$190.80


March 30

Expression and Decorations in Acrylics

ARTS AND CRAFTS— Following the lead of Henri Matisse, the great decorative painter of the 20th Century, explore the use of patterning, ornamentation, distortion and surface quality while painting a lavish still life of fabrics, vases and flowers. Preliminary drawings will aid us in organizing the composition to maximize the decorative effect. This class will be instructed by Ken Marunowski. 5:30-8pm.

Art Station | $169-$202.80


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Blazing GLOBAL TRAILS Study abroad students and host families choose the road less traveled By KM Collins Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

— Robert Frost


hen asked for a snapshot of her study abroad program in Xi’an, China, Bend teen, Linnea Lane, recalls, “Walking down the street outside of the school gate to explore or find something for lunch. No two days in the program were ever the same.” She continues, “There were brand new sights, sounds and tastes every day.” When asked what she enjoyed most, Linnea says, “Having the opportunity to absorb the culture with a host family.” Linnea Lane’s educational fork in the road began when she became the recipient of the National Security Language Youth Scholarship (NSLIY) to study Mandarin Chinese for six weeks in Xi’an, China this past summer. The U.S. Department of State program awards merit-based scholarships to 15 to18-year-old high school students to study critical languages through overseas immersion. While attending language classes in the morning and cultural field trips in the afternoon, Lane says her exchange was full of adventure. “Some of my favorite parts were the connections and friendships that I made with my classmates, teachers, and other community members and spending time with my host family traveling or learning about their lives.” Linnea in Xi’an, China Lane explained that Photo courtesy of Linnea Lane

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Linnea Lane hangs out with friends during her study abroad program in China. Photo courtesy of Linnea Lane

living in China was an amazing growth opportunity not only for her language skills, but also as a way to build confidence and independence as well as practice resilience and patience in challenging situations. “To gain the most from a study abroad experience, you have to keep an open mind and be willing to put yourself out there - especially for language study abroad programs. One of the best ways to improve is by just speaking as much of the target language as possible and to be OK with getting it wrong sometimes.” Besides the National Security Language program, numerous other organizations facilitate study abroad programs for youth. American Field Service is one that offers intercultural programs including high school study abroad as well as opportunities to host a student from another country. Hosting an overseas student was always a goal of the Price family who live in Bend. William Price elaborates, “Our family wanted

Top: Linnea gets around during her summer in China. Photo courtesy of Linnea Lane; Middle: Earn shares a hug with her “brother” during her study abroad program in Bend. Photo courtesy of the Price family; Bottom: The Price family with their “daughter,” Earn, from Thailand. Photo courtesy of the Price family.

to experience someone from another culture participating in our family. We were interested in having a daughter in the house to balance out the family and provide my wife and I with the experience of parenting a girl. We also wanted our son to experience life with a sibling and to get a different perspective on his parents and teenage life here in Bend.” Paul Primak, the American Field Service representative who organized the Price’s placement explains, “For families who wish to host students, the most important step is to decide what their motivations are.” Hosting involves a home inspection, with the goal of ensuring that there is adequate space for the hosted student (a place to sleep and study) and that the family will provide meals and interaction. Last year, the Price family welcomed their first exchange student: Kunlanit ‘Earn’ Hantrakool, a 17-year-old girl from Thailand who enrolled at Bend High, while their 15-year-old son continued to attend Summit High. The Prices say the pros of hosting far outweighed the cons. The highlights were learning to parent a daughter, having a connection in Thailand and getting to revisit local tourist destinations. “They

are all brand-new experiences for your student and that makes them more engaging for the whole family.” Newberry Monument, Benham and Tumalo Falls, Smith Rock, Shevlin Park, Pilot Butte, and the Sisters Rodeo are just a few places in the Prices’ travel log with Earn. “There are challenges. There are going to be cultural misunderstandings and effective communication will take work, especially in the beginning,” the Prices reflect. “It’s a journey that takes effort from both sides and I think that no two exchange experiences are going to be the same, that is what makes it interesting. In the end, the whole family fell in love with Earn and when she left, there was a lot of sadness. Brace yourself for the end of the program and make plans to see each other again in the future.” Whether embarking on a cultural adventure overseas or hosting a student from a different country, the experiences are invaluable. Lane recalls navigating dramatically new environments and new social situations. “Be a joiner, be engaged and curious about your surroundings and ask questions. Go with your host family on their weekly trip to the grocery store, practice language by asking a shopkeeper the price of an item.” She continues, “I caution future study abroad students to avoid preconceived ideas about their experience. My best advice is to just be present in the moment, whatever that moment may be.” STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM RESOURCES High School NSLI-Y: nsliforyouth.org American Field Service: afs.org Rotary Youth Exchange: rotary.org/en/our-programs/ youth-exchanges Greenheart Exchange: greenheartexchange.org Youth for Understanding: yfu.org CIEE Study Abroad: ciee.org Additional local exchange opportunities: bend.k12.or.us/ application/files/8114/5072/4938/Foreign_Exchange_Programs.pdf Winter 2020 | 37


Postpartum Health:

What You Need to Know By Annette Benedetti


ou are a pregnancy and birthing expert by the time you go into labor. You’ve studied and trained for this special day. You’ve read the books, followed the blogs, attended all of the classes and tracked every stage of your baby’s evolution in utero— now all you have to do is give birth. Right? Wrong. The pregnancy journey doesn’t end after the baby exits your body. You’ve still got the postpartum experience to navigate. While growing and giving birth to a child takes lots of preparation, the impact and intensity of the postpartum period should not be underestimated. A woman’s body goes through extreme changes during pregnancy and birth and finding its new post-pregnancy norm involves more changes and adjustment. 38 | BendNest.com

The Postpartum Period

The first six weeks after giving birth to baby is known as the “official” postpartum period. But don’t be fooled. Moms may be affected physically and emotionally throughout the entire first year. During this time, once again, your body changes as it begins healing and shifting hormonally. You may experience some of the following during the postpartum period. • Vagina discomfort • Extensive bleeding • The uterus contracting back to pre-pregnancy size/C-section incision healing

• Hormonal shifts that can cause mood swings and feelings of being overwhelmed (postpartum depression) • Breast changes and leaking due to milk coming in and breastfeeding.

Supporting New Moms During the Postpartum Period

During the early postpartum period, it is vital for a new mom to feel supported. Marjon Murphy is a postpartum doula and owner of Baby Wellness Bend. A postpartum doula takes care of mom, baby and the household during the first weeks after birth. According to Murphy, breastfeeding support at home is the number one need during the early postpartum days. She says that breastfeeding is a learned skill that most new moms have trouble mastering while in the hospital. Murphy explains that new moms are often bombarded with information right after giving birth when their brains aren’t capable of absorbing it. “In the privacy of her own home, in bed and in pajamas… we go over everything in steps. Day by day we take a good look together at baby, and I help with positioning, latching and milk supply.” Along with breastfeeding support, Murphy’s postpartum doula services include answering questions about breast and bottle feeding, feeding times, sleep or skin issues, and she even supports mom with baby’s first bath. Additionally, she makes sure mom eats and drinks and has time to shower. While not everyone can afford or wants to have a postpartum doula, Murphy’s offerings fulfill a new mom’s greatest postpartum needs. Bend Birth Center is another local business that offers prenatal, birth and postpartum care through the expertise of its midwives. Postpartum services include home visits in the first week and three clinic visits at two, four and six weeks. Their care consists of nursing support and weight checks, newborn metabolic screening, medications (as needed), testing and postpartum in-house lab collection (as needed). Additionally, moms can get well-woman care without leaving their homes. Receiving in-home support during the postpartum period is vital to a new mom’s mental and physical recovery from birth. These services can be found through local businesses or organized by the mother’s network of friends and family.

en and often lengthen due to nine months of carrying the baby and the increased presence of relaxin in the body. Additionally, during a vaginal delivery, the trauma to the pelvic floor can vary from minimal to significant. New moms may experience urinary incontinence, pelvic pain and symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse as a result. Novelli says women can take steps to protect their pelvic floor before giving birth. “Prenatal education and assessment of pelvic floor health is recommended,” she explains. “This includes how to prepare your body before and during pregnancy, and what she can do immediately postpartum.” Novelli says new moms can see a physical therapist as early as they need after giving birth. “Learning what each individuals’ pelvic floor function is, is the first step,” she explains. “Not every pelvic floor problem is solved with just doing your kegels. A woman needs to know if she needs to strengthen or lengthen (or both) her pelvic floor muscles.” According to Novelli, the physical therapists at Rebound work on retraining the pelvic floor and other core muscles. Women who want to work on strengthening their pelvic floor at home can do so with a product called the Downunder Trainer made by Bend local Melissa Eichner. These special teardrop shaped weights come in a set of five (ranging from light to heavy). New moms can start by inserting the lightest weight and contracting their pelvic muscles to keep it in place. As their pelvic floor strengthens, they move up to the next heaviest weight. The product promises to result in less leakage and more sexual satisfaction (orgasms) for mom! Now that’s a fantastic postpartum promise. With several options to help pave the way towards optimal health, postpartum women need not feel alone on their journey to recovery.

During the early

postpartum period,

it is vital for a new mom to feel supported.

Postpartum & the Pelvic Floor

Changes to the pelvic floor is a little-talked-about issue that women must confront after giving birth. While many physical changes resolve on their own after the postpartum period is considered over, a woman’s pelvic floor may continue to be troublesome long after the first year has passed. Erin Novelli, MPT, Director of Women’s Health Program at Rebound Physical Therapy in Bend, helps moms with their pelvic floor recovery. She explains that the pelvic muscles tend to weak-

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Free the Ocean

Kids help remove plastic from oceans and beaches while answering daily trivia questions


end native Mimi Ausland, who, with her dad, started the site freekibble.com when she was a kid, has a new venture into the world of doing good things — this time saving our oceans from destructive plastic pollution. Her site, freetheocean.com, provides an entertaining platform for making an impact. Basically, one click equals one piece of plastic removed. Anyone can go to the site, answer the daily trivia question and help clean up the ocean and coastline. For every question answered correctly, one piece of plastic is removed. According to Ausland, “Since our launch, last August, FTO’s community has funded the removal of over 2.5

million pieces of plastic!” FTO has people playing from all 50 states and over 140 countries. Kids can share their location by visiting the Community page on the website. They can also “Track Your Stats” by creating an account — this shows the number of days played in a row, the percent of correct answers, and the number of plastic pieces they’ve personally helped remove. Kids move up in levels as they play more. And, it’s free to play. Ausland explained, “This is made possible by our advertisers on the site, who fund our cause partner, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii. The funding goes directly to removing plastic.”

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Who Am I?: A Peek-ThroughPages Book of Endangered Animals

Snail & Worm All Day: Three Stories About Two Friends by Tina Kügler.

by Tim Flach

Guess what animal is on each page? Through beautiful photographs and fun clues, readers learn about one-dozen endangered species. The engaging combination of animal portraits, photographs of the environment and riddles is both fun and informative! Peek and guess — “I spend nearly fourteen hours a day eating and can weigh up to three-hundred pounds! Who am I?” Turn the page to learn it’s a giant panda. Children will appreciate learning about each animal and enjoy guessing throughout the book. The peek-through format offers an adventure for all ages! Flach’s gorgeous close-up photographs fill each page. He captures their expressions beautifully. Also, families can explore ways to save these animals in a section at the end, “Who are we? And “Wanted! Caretakers for Planet Earth — How You Can Help.”

What happened to Snail’s shoes? Wait! Do snails even wear shoes? Best friends, Snail and Worm are back in three short chapters about friendship written by Geisel Honor Winner Tina Kügler. Is there really a spooky cave? How would you write a bedtime story with your friend? How is this your best day ever? Sometimes, things are not exactly what they look like but by asking questions, listening and giving great advice, Snail and Worm discover new things. Children will giggle and appreciate the friendship and support Snail and Worm give each other. The third in the series, this picture book features Kügler’s colorful collage illustrations that are filled with cheerful and surprising expressions. The larger font is perfect for beginner readers. Snail and Worm are delightful! A clever, humorous and fun picture book for the whole family. Discover a new favorite animal book at your local library.

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2020 is the Year!

Winter excitement at Mt. Bachelor By Joshua Savage


f you’re new to Bend or even if you’ve lived here a while, it’s time to head up to Mt. Bachelor to check out what’s new for 2020. This season, Central Oregon’s famed ski area, the sixth largest in North America, has ramped up activities to guarantee that everyone falls in love with the snow. At first glance, the abundance of choices may feel overwhelming, but with a few quick tips, the family will be comfortable and ready for adventure. Plan a day or even a weekend trip to Mt. Bachelor. If you want to camp overnight, reservations for RV parking can be made online. What better way to start the day than to experience the mesmerizing alpenglow of the Cascades. The kids will love waking up to the snow and the nearby lifts. Bachelor offers powered and non-powered sites. Check the website for rates and availability (mtbachelor.com/info/parking/). For an excellent family experience, head to Sunrise Base. Here lies the home of the recently remodeled Sunrise Lodge and the new Woodward Mountain Park. The park, a network of 15 thoughtfully constructed terrain zones, allows individuals to discover their own abilities. It’s also the perfect place to get potential skiers comfortable in the powder. First timers can begin at the Woodward Start Park, a playground designed to introduce newbies to mild terrain with slight contours. Here they can learn to comfortably slide on the snow and control speed. As confidence builds, skiers can work their way through the three levels of the Woodward Progression Parks where the inclines slowly get steeper, the jumps a bit higher, and the experience more thrilling. It’s never too early to get even the youngest kids playing in the fluffy white stuff. The little ones, ages 2 and a half years and older, can become

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Family fun at the Snowblast Tubing Park

“Snow Explorers”. They’ll make snowmen, snow angels, and even learn how to glide and walk on skis. Kids ages 3 and a half years and older can try the Signature Start program where they get a half day of indoor childcare and a two-hour Gravity School lesson. When ready, they can take a five-hour full day lesson. Older children in the six to 12-year range, and finally 13 and up, also have the option to take a two-hour or five-hour group lesson. Private lessons are available as well. If the young ones aren’t quite ready to ski, no worries. At the West Village Lodge, day care options are available for ages six weeks to 10 years. Rooms are divided into interest areas to let the kids engage with blocks, dolls, puzzles, and more. Times are scheduled for crafts, music, stories, and other activities. It’s always best to check the website for deals, but currently, kids 12 and under ski free with the purchase of a three (or more)-day adult lift ticket. Purchasing advance tickets online also saves $10. The best deal, at least for beginners, is Bachelor’s trademark “Ski or Ride in 5.” A program for newcomers who really want to learn to ski or snowboard, this is the way to go. It’s hard to beat

Another beautiful day at Mt. Bachelor – kids rule! Photo by Brian Becker

Famlies that play together stay together. Photo by Andy Tullis

five lessons with seasoned instructors, a snowboard or ski rental and a priority lift ticket. Plus, the pass remains good for the remainder of the season, then costs half the price the following year, with a 25% discount the third year. If you haven’t fallen in love with skiing by then, you probably never will. Finally, for those family members not interested in skiing or snowboarding, there is no need to miss out. Mt. Bachelor wants everyone to experience the playfulness and excitement of winter in the Cascades. The Snowblast Tubing Park is open Fridays through Sundays and on holidays. Or how

about a snowshoe tour with a US Forest Service naturalist to explore the ecology of Central Oregon? These tours are free, and the scenery breathtaking. Too tame? Try a bucketlist dog sled ride or even a helicopter tour that lets visitors explore the jagged peaks of Broken Top, the Three Sisters and other iconic Central Oregon peaks. When it’s time for a break, several dining options are scattered throughout the resort, some with amazing views of the Cascades. With cafes, bars, and the new Egan’s Outpost food truck, there is no shortage of variety: pizza, Mexican, burgers, pastries and more. Or, you may even decide to bring your own snacks and lunch. Feel free to bring a grill and have a picnic in the parking lot or sit around a warm fire on the patio at the West Village Lodge. The three lodges all have bathrooms and comfortable places to relax and warm the toes. No matter how you choose to spend your time at Mt. Bachelor, the magic of the snow is notorious for creating lifelong memories. And, if you and your family don’t have the ski bug now, chances are you all will after a little time at Bachelor.

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Homemade is Always Best How to make an easy pop-up Valentine’s Day card By Sean Switzer and Amanda Blair


• White construction paper • Red construction paper • Pen • Scissors • Glue stick





Fold a piece of white paper in half and then in half again.

Draw half of a heart so that the top and inside of the shape lie on the fold.

STEP Cut along your line.


Cut out a small red heart and a strip of white paper.


Unfold twice to see your heart-shaped card.


Align the strip of white

STEP paper with the fold


so that when the card opens the strip pops out. Glue in place.

Write a Valentine’s Day message on the red heart and glue to the pop-up strip of paper.



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Inspiring Youth in Local Government


Meet Rebecca McCann, member of the Bend Climate Action Steering Committee By Caitlin Richmond


hen you think of local government, you don’t often picture high school students being part of the decision-making process. Here in Bend, young adults are showing up and getting involved. Rebecca McCann is one student who decided to be a part of her local government, through the Bend Climate Action Steering Committee. “I saw an ad in the Bulletin, and I applied,” she said. “I thought that there was no way they would even respond to me, but they did, and I had an interview with two of the city council members. I was incredibly nervous, and I was sure I would not get the position.” The City Councilors with whom McCann met felt very differently and decided she should fill one of the two youth spots on the committee. “I was so shocked when I got a letter offering me a place on the committee,” McCann said. McCann, who is currently a freshman at Quest University Canada, joined CACS as a junior while she was attending Bend High School. The other youth seat was filled by Cascade Middle School student Andrew Skidmore. During her two years on the committee, she learned a lot about how community members can get involved in what happens in Bend. “I found that there is so much more that community members can do to change local politics than just voting, running for office, or joining a committee,” she explained. “So many people’s feedback was considered when we were drafting the plan, besides just the survey, even people’s comments on online articles were influential.” Because the members of CASC took all opinions seriously, that sometimes meant hearing opinions against the Bend Climate Action Plan. McCann was surprised at the number of negative comments she heard from Bend residents and said that sometimes people made comments based on inaccurate information or said things that just weren’t true. Because of that, McCann has realized that educating people about the effects of climate change, and the Bend Climate Action Plan is even more important than she initially thought. “I really would like to stress the dire situation that we have created for ourselves, and that we have very little time to make radical change,” McCann said. “While there are so many articles and sources on this, I also think it is important to emphasize that the necessary change is possible.” For this to happen, McCann feels like it’s important to move beyond protests and into more concrete actions. “I really appreciate Greta Thunberg and the efforts of other young leaders who are taking initiative and demanding action,” McCann said. “However, I am frustrated by the lack of change that has actually occurred as a result of the work of young activists. They seem to generate quite a lot of buzz

and attention, but at least in the U.S. that attention doesn’t seem to be translating into legislative change at the speed that it should be or on the scale that it needs to be.” Despite that, McCann has hope that things will improve. “Human ingenuity and capacity to adapt is great, and I am confident that if we could put all of our efforts into combatting and reducing the effect of climate change we could make incredible progress,” she said. “Climate policies are so important on all scales, and I would love to see more people pushing for legislation.” While the rest of the country may be moving slowly as a whole when it comes to climate action, the City of Bend is making progress, especially since the City Council passed the Bend Climate Action Plan in November. “I would love to emphasize that the plan is the result of years of work.” McCann said. “So many people put a lot of work into it, many volunteers, because at the core of the CASC is people who really care about the community and the future, and the plan is the manifestation of that desire for positive change.” Photo by Kyle Switzer

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