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in our community helping those without access to clean water in his native land of Ghana (see Kids in Action, page 46). If you’ve ever considered the sport of hockey for your kids, but thought it was too violent, think again. Howard Leff talks with enthusiastic parents whose kids thrive in this fast-paced world on ice (see Outdoors, page 44). And, we always like to keep you up to date on what’s happening locally with our schools. Lizzi Katz provides a sneak preview of two new high schools slated to open
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re you feeling anxious about the holidays? Learn ways A to manage expectations during this joyous season.
15 NEST NEWS
In the age of electronics, it may seem impossible to find a gift without a plug. We’ve got you covered with our local guide, Holidays Unplugged!
35 CALENDAR 43 BOOKSHELF 46 KIDS IN ACTION
L izzi Katz explores education re-imagined. Plans for two new small high schools are in the works.
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I will be going back to work in a couple weeks, and my three-month old will be staying with my mother. I want to switch her to formula, but so far have had no luck with her taking a bottle. Are there certain types you would recommend and what is the best way to introduce the formula?
Any of the standard baby formulas are fine. The best way to introduce a bottle of formula or expressed breastmilk to a breastfed baby is to have someone other than Mom give baby the bottle. Babies who learn to breastfeed from Mom will often not want to take a bottle from her. It can be a good opportunity for you to give Baby and Grandma some practice time together. If Baby still will not take a bottle, try feeding when Baby is still somewhat asleep. And, finally, because some babies are picky about the feel of the nipple in their mouth, try different bottles and different nipples. If you are planning on continuing to breastfeed, a slow-flow nipple will help baby go back and forth between the bottle and the breast. If you are switching entirely to bottle feeds, any nipple should be fine.
My 8-year-old son occasionally still wets the bed. He would like to have a sleep-over at his best friend’s house, but he is worried about this issue. Any advice you have would be appreciated.
Wetting the bed is more common than you think. Up to 15% of kids are
not dry at night at age 5 and 3% are not dry at night by age 12. Your child is not alone, and there are things you can do to help. The lower part of the GI tract and the urinary tract are close together, so constipation can contribute to problems staying dry at night. I recommend parents treat for constipation, even if their child seems to be having a bowel movement every day. You might be surprised how much this helps! You can give an over-the-counter medication, like MiraLAX, to increase dietary fiber. If you aren’t sure, talk to your child’s doctor. Staying dry at night is a developmental milestone that can run in families. If a parent or sibling wet the bed until they were a bit older, a child will likely wet the bed until around the same age. In motivated kids, hypnosis can sometimes be helpful in achieving nighttime dryness sooner. For sleepovers, vacations, and other special events, disposable underpants with a plastic bag for discretely taking them home can work well. There are some medications available that may offer dry nights but will not address the underlying cause. Talk to your child’s doctor if you are interested in trying medication (and give the medication a try ahead of time to know how your child will react).
I keep hearing about vitamin D. How do I know if my kids need it, and how much do you recommend?
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that regulates the amount of calcium and phosphorus in the blood and
bones and is important for bone health. It’s also important in immune function and the regulation of inflammation. It’s found naturally in a few foods (like fatty fish, egg yolks, and beef liver), added to some foods (like milk and orange juice), and available as a supplement. It’s also made in the body through a process that’s triggered when sunlight strikes the skin. Because of the shallow angle of the sun in northern latitudes, we receive less sunlight here in Oregon to be able to make as much vitamin D naturally. People with darker skin also make less vitamin D. Vitamin D is measured in international units or “IU.” Infants who take in less than 1 quart per day of vitamin D-fortified formula should receive 400 IU of vitamin D per day. Kids over 12 months should get 400 IU of vitamin D per day, including vitamin D from any food sources. If your child drinks more than 1 quart of vitamin D-fortified milk per day, he or she is getting 400 IU already. There is some evidence that people benefit from more vitamin D (600 IU per day for kids) between the months of October and April this far north. Higher doses of vitamin D supplements are not necessarily better and have been found in studies to be associated with some health issues. Evidence about vitamin D increasing lifespan or helping with a variety of other medical conditions has had mixed results and still is not completely clear at this point. SEND US YOUR QUESTIONS TO: ANGELA@BENDNEST.COM Winter 2017
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The puppets from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer were recently rediscovered when they resurfaced on Antiques Roadshow in 2006. The puppets were then fully restored and have since been displayed at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Source: mentalfloss.com
The infamous tongue-stuck-topole scene in A Christmas Story was done using a hidden suction tube. Source: eonline.com
An episode of MythBusters proved that a tongue can instantly get stuck to a freezing pole. Source: people.com
In the special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Charlie Brown refuses to get a fake tree. Viewers began to do the same, and the aluminum tree business was virtually phased out by 1969.
Then 8-year-old Natalie Wood believed her Miracle on 34th Street costar, Edmund Gwenn, was actually Santa Claus. Source: people.com
The Grinch suit is covered in yak hairs that were dyed green and sewed onto a Spandex suit one by one. Source: eonline.com
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer‘s stop-motion animation was produced in Japan, while most of the audio was recorded in Canada. The film, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, used 1,938 candy canes, 8,200 ornaments, 45 make-up artists, 443 different outfits and 152,000 pounds of crushed marble that was used to imitate snow. Source: eonline.com
Will Ferrell ate so much sugar while filming Elf that he had trouble sleeping. Source: people.com
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A Friends of the Children Expands to Central Oregon By Ella Cutter
ew chapters of the national organization, Friends of the Children, are opening across the nation, and Central Oregon is now home to one of them. Friends of the Children, a Portland-based nonprofit is dedicated to improving the lives of impoverished children.The nonprofit now has 14 locations nationwide. Children in the program are matched with a professional “friend” who will assist the child from kindergarten to high school. The professional adult will spend three to four hours with the child per week. This hands-on mentoring experience is aimed at reducing the cycle of poverty for youth. “There are areas in Central Oregon where upwards of 30 percent of children live in poverty,” Kim Hatfield, executive director for Friends of the Children Central Oregon said. “We will now be able to help some of the most vulnerable children write a more hopeful story, thanks to the support of so many generous donors.” The chapter serving Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties will focus first on identifying high-risk children within local school districts, with a goal of enrolling 24 students in the first year and hiring three professionals who will mentor the students full time.
decision by the Oregon School Activities Association on Oct. 16 places Bend high school athletic teams in the 6A athletic conference for the 2018-19 school year. Some believe Bend high schools, currently members of the 5A division, lack sufficient competition, due to their ranking as the three largest and most competitive schools in the 5A conference. The switch allows students to play against teams matched in skill set and school size, with the added benefit of reduced travel time and fewer missed school days for Bend students. Participation in the 5A Intermountain Conference, which includes Bend, Mountain View, Redmond High, Ridgeview and Summit, forces teams to travel hundreds of miles to compete against other similarly ranked schools, such as Hermiston, Hood River Valley and Pendleton. The 6A Greater Valley Conference, including Salem area high schools, has Bend schools travelling only as far as 132 miles. The OSAA’s decision is final and has been approved for the next four years.
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The Rebecca Foundation is opening Bend’s first diaper bank in 2018
iaper need in the U.S. affects one in three families, especially here in Central Oregon. Many families will have to choose between either purchasing diapers or food. At this time, there are no government or state assistance programs that help struggling families purchase diapers and there are few resources for this type of aid in Bend. The Rebecca Foundation is partnering with Pure Light Chiropractic, who has donated their office space for the distribution of diapers to those in need. Families may complete an online application at clothforall.org or stop in during working hours to complete a simple application. Diapers will be distributed that same day. Diaper Drives will take place throughout Bend to collect disposable and cloth donations. Local businesses and individuals wishing to help collect diapers should contact Amanda La Bell at Amanda@clothforall.org or call 541-540-9442. Winter 2017
Managing Expectations Local Experts Help You Plan Your Dream Experience By Annette Benedetti
lf is queued up and the kids are diligently researching and writing wish lists for Santa. The neighborhood
lights signal a time for holiday cheer, but deep down the fear of unmet expectations is creeping in.
Gathering with loved ones and watching the pure
joy spread across your children’s faces as they open
gifts should balance out all of the hard work that goes
into cooking, cleaning, shopping, and haggling with relatives over event details. But all too often come Janu-
ary 1, you’re left feeling disappointed over the season’s festivities falling short of your family’s expectations.
This year, with a little help from three local experts,
you can create your dream version of the holidays.
Licensed professional counselor, Jennifer McKague,
Your Childhood: Expectations often stem from
activities or experiences that worked well for your family when you were growing up. They may not work for your current family dynamic.
The Culture: Procheska says that what the holi-
days mean as a culture and a collective and what they mean to us as individuals and family units can be very
different. “If you’re not clear on what the holidays mean to you personally, it’s easy to get swept up in the social constructs.”
advice for crafting achievable expectations that help
takes some forethought. Trivelli suggests taking the
you manifest the seasonal experience you’ve always wanted.
Why Expectations Fall Short
Holiday expectations fall short for a variety of rea-
sons. It may be that the children are disappointed with their gifts or the planned activities, or perhaps there
was bickering throughout your extended family’s visit.
Whatever it may be, before you can move forward with success, it’s best to consider what is at the root of the letdown.
“High expectations as parents often stem from
unmet expectations we ourselves had as kids,” says Prochaska. “So the place to begin is acknowledging
what your expectations are and where they are coming from.”
Prochaska suggests that the expectations we have
Fear: According to Procheska, this may include
as adults can come from three common places:
fear of missing out, fear of disappointing your children
give your kids the kind of holiday experience you always
communications coach, Kris Prochaska, MA and
social-emotional educator, Jenifer Trivelli, M.S. offer
or other family members, and fear of not being able to
Setting achievable expectations for the holidays
time to be intentional about what you’d like to experience together as a family ahead of time and then
checking in periodically to make sure you’re still on
track. “Choosing emotions to focus on can help with
decision making,” says Trivelli. “Do I want to feel joy,
peace, connection…? Are my actions and choices inviting the emotional experience I would like to have?”
Similarly, McKague says talking as a family about
what you would like the holidays to be and then staying true to those ideas is key. “Keep things simple and minimize the ‘hype’ of the holidays,” she suggests.
Prochaska points out that while holiday rituals and
traditions can bring a sense of community and connection, they can also become rigid, outdated and fraught with expectations. “To breathe life into your holiday
traditions, invite your kids to contribute ideas and their
own special blend of creativity and whimsy,” she says. “This will help them feel a part of something and more likely they’ll want to engage in a meaningful way.”
Tips for Managing Stress
Even with the proper planning and execution, holiday
Stress management is key to making the holidays a positive
expectations can still fall short. After the New Year has come
tions to avoid and alleviate anxiety as it occurs along
conversation with your partner and your kids about any unmet
“Be willing to say no to protect the family experience
then help them turn their attention towards what went right
saying no to kids, grandparents and even yourself. Trivelli also
“They’ll remember you gave them the best gift of all… your
experience for everyone. Consider the following sugges-
and gone, Prochaska suggests having a compassionate
expectations there might be. “Let them express themselves,
you’d like to have with your kids,” says Trivelli. This may mean
and what was special, meaningful and fun for them,” she says.
suggests including some time for snuggles and stories. “(It)
love, attention, and willingness to connect.”
will go a long way to bolster everyone’s capacity to go with the flow,” she explains.
McKague says identifying the most important holiday
tasks for yourself and your family and taking small steps to accomplish those tasks makes the experience more manageable.
“Take care of yourself. Sleep well,
exercise, and make good, healthy food
choices,” says McKague. Self-care is all too easy to forget during the holiday hustle.
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INNOVATIVE HIGH SCHOOLS TO OPEN THEIR DOORS IN 2018 By Lizzi Katz
n our rapidly changing world, today’s students face developing technologies, new job markets, and evolving social and environmental issues. Yet, even though there are new elective subjects and ways to earn advanced credit, the basic structure of high school has remained the same since our parents and even our grandparents were students. With their feet planted firmly in the 21st century, many educators believe it is time to create different educational models that will better prepare students to face the challenges of their times. Next fall, the Bend-LaPine school district will open two new small public high schools. Each school will begin with a maximum enrollment of 200 students for the first year, adding
students in subsequent years to reach a goal of 400500 students per school (in contrast to Mountain View, Summit and Bend High Schools, which have enrollments between 1,450 and 1,745 per school). What the two schools have in common is their goal of challenging students to play a more active role in their classrooms and communities. Both will offer alternative models of what a traditional classroom looks like as well as how student work is evaluated – although students from both schools will end up with a traditionally graded transcript for college admissions. Because many of the nuts and bolts of how the schools will operate are still being developed, there are no official locations or names announced just yet. For this article we’ll use their working names, “EL High School” and “The Academy.”
Bend’s EL High School will join a national network of over 150 EL schools (formerly known as Expeditionary Learning) that includes REALMS (Rimrock Expeditionary Alternative Learning Middle School), a middle school option for Bend-LaPine students since 2001. EL learning is centered around a philosophy that combines academic challenge, teamwork, service, and active inquiry-based learning. REALMS Principal, Roger White, who will lead the new high school, explained that the school will connect traditional academic subjects with real world issues concerning the environment and social justice, what he calls “curriculum with a purpose.” Teachers will approach core subjects (required for all Oregon high school students to graduate) through an integrated curriculum that includes purposeful fieldwork (think large and small group community service projects). The goal is
to engage students and help them understand how mastering these subjects has relevance to their lives. EL learning also expands the definition of student achievement. In addition to mastering the knowledge and skills needed for academic success in school, the goal is to help students develop character and to graduate from high school prepared to be “leaders of change.” Students are expected to present their work to the school and greater community, as well as take part in a unique program called Crew. Crew allows time for students to build relationships with a smaller group of peers, as well as their Crew staff leader. This ensures that each student connects with at least one adult within the school, who facilitates academic progress monitoring, team building, and a positive school culture. The EL school will open its doors next fall for students in grades 9 – 10, adding one grade level per year to be fully enrolled by Fall of 2020 with approximately 400-500 students.
In 2015, a group of educators from Summit High School in Bend entered a national competition called XQ Superschool, aimed at re-imagining high school. While their project did not win a grant, the school district found the ideas generated by these discussions exciting enough to package into a new high school option in Bend. What are today’s learning tools? What skills are needed for success in the 21st century? The Academy aims to have students address these questions by allowing more personalization, collab-
oration, and flexibility to the high school experience. The Academy will help students devise a high school program based on their interests. Students will still gain breadth in their education (meeting state requirements in core subjects), but will have greater flexibility to blend classroom, online, and community options with smaller group discussions, internships, and mentorship opportunities. Encouraged to be curious and to find and follow their passions, students will be advised on how to use resources from the community and beyond to instruct them. For example, if a student has a passion for computer game coding, they would be able to design a program that allows them to pursue that particular interest. Would it help to find an internship, take a COCC class, or participate in pre-professional programs already in place for Bend-LaPine students? Those options are available too. The goal is to get kids out of a static classroom environment and help them develop the problem solving, creative thinking, and communication skills necessary to excel in college and in the workforce. The Academy will open next fall for grades 9 – 12. Both of these high school programs are still under development, so visit the Bend-LaPine School District website (bend. k12.or.us ) for more information. That’s also where you can learn the dates for upcoming public information sessions, and how to enroll students in the schools.You can learn more about EL learning ateleducation.org, and more about the XQ competition at xqsuperschool.org.
Mythical cooking competition provides indoor fun while the flakes fly By Lisa Sipe
Photos by Else Kerkmann Photography
hen it comes to mythical creatures, almost nothing gets kids’ imaginations going more than unicorns and mermaids. But which creature’s cuisine reigns supreme? What better way to find out than a fun cooking competition between two sets of creative sisters? A group of Central Oregon kids used a locally-produced app as the backbone for a homegrown cooking competition—which you can reproduce in your own home during the long winter or holidays.
Start with at least two pairs of teams, tasked with creating a yummy food concoction. Bring in some judges to test out the goods, and then crown a winner.
Local sisters, Genevieve, 12, and Adriana, 10, represented Team Unicorn. Madison, 15, and sisters Riley, 11, and Ani, 5 comprised Team Mermaid.
The Expert Judges
In this competition, the first judge was Le Cordon Bleu-trained Chef, Michele Morris, from Bend’s Kindred Creative Kitchen. The second judge was food entrepreneur, Ashley Phelps, from ColorKitchen, which makes food coloring and sprinkles from plants, without using artificial dyes.
To make the cooking competition easy, the teams used the free FoodFu Cooking mobile app. The teams used FoodFu to keep the time, getting 45 minutes to create a mythical beast-inspired dish for each judge. The app allowed the judges to vote anonymously on factors including taste, creativity, plating and how well each team met the challenge. If you want to play at home and don’t have a cell phone, or don’t want to download the app, you can use a clock to keep time and paper to vote.
Once the timer started, the girls burst into action. Team Unicorn planned to make vegan banana bread, so Adriana and Genevieve started peeling and mashing bananas. On the other side of the kitchen, Team Mermaid set up to make underwater-themed marshmallow pops. Ani started by sticking the marshmallows with lollipop sticks while Riley put together the ingredients to make fondant while Madison made icing. These girls were serious in the kitchen; you could see smiles on their faces, but besides the noise coming from the hum of a mixer or the shuffling of bowls, everything was quiet—they were laser focused on the task at hand. Team Unicorn was pressed for time because they needed the freshly-baked banana muffins to cool so they could decorate them. A quick pop in the freezer helped. Team Mermaid focused mainly on appearance. Riley spent most of her time battling an ambitious project to sculpt a tiny mermaid entirely out of fondant. Ani and Madison dipped the marshmallows in icing, while strategically placing the sugary decorations. Before everyone knew it, time was up! Team Unicorn presented the judges with a single banana muffin swirled with white, turquoise, magenta and yellow icing, topped with multi-color sprinkles, silver dragée and gold candy stars. Team Mermaid used aluminum flower-shaped tart molds to present sea blue-iced marshmallows, dipped in gold sugar to look like sand. Orange candy goldfish swam around the marshmallows with white nonpareils to mimic bubbles. The judges sunk their teeth into each sweet vividly-hued treat. With a fresh sugar high, the judges had a tough decision to make: unicorn or mermaid? The results were in! And the winner is… the single-horned beast that started it all: the unicorn!
Lisa Sipe is a food writer and one of the creators of the free app, FoodFu. Winter 2017
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Children’s Yoga: Movement & Music
— Designed for children ages 4-8, this class is a playful way of introducing children to the miracles of movement, yoga and music.
Bend Community Healing | $10
Kids ROCK(!) Choir
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Broken Top Bottle Shop | $10 singbend.com
It’s tough being a mom. It’s easier with a community of supportive moms! Share your concerns, questions, joys, challenges, experiences and practical tips. Open to pregnant women and moms with babies up to one-yearold. Held at the playground at Juniper Swim & Fitness Center. 11:00am-12:30pm
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ADVENTURE — Parents and children ages 3-5 investigate science, art, music, stories and culture in a fun, handson manner. Don backpacks filled with exciting artifacts while journeying through the Museum’s nature trails and exhibits. New themes weekly! Pre-registration is required.
High Desert Museum | $10-$15 (plus museum entry for adult) highdesertmuseum.org
Moms Running Group
— All moms welcome— with or without strollers! Join other mothers for 3 to 4.5mile runs at 8- to 12-minute mile paces. This is a fun and encouraging group for moms of all running levels. Rain or shine.
FootZone | Free
First Friday of Every Month
First Friday Art Walk ART — A fun,
year-round event, First Friday Art Walks are family-friendly and include art, music and drinks at various downtown businesses. Most downtown shops extend their hours for the art walk, creating a lively experience for family and friends.
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Second Friday of Every Month, through January 12
Get Out Girl! Ladies Night
LADIES NIGHT — A festive Ladies Night hosted by Cozy in Bend, offering networking opportunities for women in business in Central Oregon. You’ll find a unique mix of products, services, demos, shopping, music, food, and fun!
Cozy in Bend | Free
Second Saturday of Every Month
WAAAM Air and Auto Museum
— WAAAM Air and Auto Museum opens the
CALENDAR hangers to the public once a month to run some of its antique airplanes and cars. Bring the kids to watch airplane operations up close—and you may even get to ride in a retro car!
Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum | $6-$14 waaamuseum.org
Saturdays through December 16
— Looking for a relaxing weekend morning activity? Get your day started off right with a fun, early literacy storytime for the whole family. Perfect for ages 0-5.
East Bend Public Library | Free deschuteslibrary.org
December – February
Bend Rock Gym offers Cliff Kids for ages 4-5
off trail into a winter wonderland with a small group tour. Outstanding naturalist guides bring the area alive for you with vibrant interpretation and snow play for all ages. This trip is magical with snow-laden trees, animal tracks to follow and the quiet of a snow-hushed forest. (Even your teens will love it!)
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December 8-9, 15-17, 20-24
— Residents of the Sunriver, Crosswater and Caldera Springs communities are invited to schedule a time to have one of Santa’s helpers read your child a Christmas story and tuck them in to bed with warm holiday wishes and a special goodie bag! Ages 12 and under.
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Parents Night Out
NIGHT OUT — Enjoy a parents night out and First Friday activities, while the kiddos have fun at Roundabout Books! Children grades K-4 are invited for crafts, snacks and stories. Kids are encouraged to wear pajamas, bring a pillow and stuffed animal for watching a movie! Families can sign up at Roundabout Books.
Roundabout Books | $20
Dinner with Santa Claus SANTA
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for a secret dinner with Santa! Rumor has it that Santa will be coming by the Vineyard for a very special dinner for all the girls and boys on Santa’s “Nice” list! Enjoy a kid-friendly dinner, a meet and greet with Santa, hot chocolate bar and Christmas stories! Reservations required.
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Christmas Movie Night “Polar Express”
MOVIE NIGHT – Take the family to the Tower Theatre to see “Polar Express,” a rollicking winter adventure of a young boy who takes a marvelous train ride to the North Pole. Holiday laughs. Seasonal sentiments. Costume contests. Adult beverages. All in collaboration with the Bend Radio Group to benefit selected local charities.
Tower Theatre | $10-$15 Towertheatre.org
Saturdays, December 2-23
— Santa visits Downtown Bend every Saturday in December until Christmas. Tell your kids to dust off their Christmas wish lists—Santa will be taking requests! Bring your camera—this is a great opportunity to take family photos to treasure forever! SANTA
Downtown Bend | Free downtownbend.org
WVMS Winter Bazaar
BAZAAR—Westside Village Magnet School will once again be hosting a Winter Bazaar this year! It will run concurrent with the Bend Holiday Parade from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Come enjoy an array of wonderful holiday items! All proceeds go to support a non-profit organization chosen by the students. If you or someone you know would like to have a booth at the Bazaar please call the school office at 541.355.2000.
Westside Village Magnet School | Free
3rd Annual Holiday at the Lodge ARTISAN GIFTS—Featuring
beautiful handmade gifts and
baked goods that’ll make perfect holiday gifts for your friends and family—and maybe even for yourself!
Mountain Laurel Lodge | Free
—Celebrate the season with the Downtown Bend Christmas Parade! This year’s theme is “Christmas Surprises.” The parade begins on Newport Ave., continues down Wall St., turns on Franklin Ave. then heads to Riverside Blvd. Enjoy this Bend tradition with the whole family.
Downtown Bend | Free downtownbend.org
Christmas Tree Lighting LIGHTS—Join
other Bendites for the annual downtown Bend Christmas Tree Lighting, a lasting holiday tradition in Central Oregon! Word on the street is that Santa will be there, too!
Drake Park, Downtown Bend | Free
Jingle Bell Run RUN—This
holiday season, be jolly for a reason! Join the 26th Annual Jingle Bell Run in downtown Bend at First Interstate Bank. Walk or run in this 5K fundraiser, joining thousands of people across the U.S. for this national event, to help conquer arthritis. Proceeds benefit arthritis research.
Downtown Bend | $30, adults & $20, kids jbr.org
Harry Potter Trivia Night TRIVIA — Assemble
a team of family and friends, test your knowledge against fun and entertaining rounds and win prizes! All ages.
Wild Ride Brewing, Redmond | Free
Holiday Wreath Making Workshop
CRAFTS—Invite your friends and learn to bind and accent your own door decorations this season! Using sustainably-harvested and grown evergreens from northwest forests, wild-crafted native accents and cheerful, elegant embellishments like juniper berries and locally-grown hops.
Moonfire & Sun Garden Center | $50 moonfireandsun.com
Christmas Movie Night “Scrooged”
anniversary season, presented by Mission Building, continues with Avery Fisher, Career Grant winner, and Grammy-nominated cellist Peter Wiley, with pianist and Steinway artist, Anna Polonsky.
Bend Church | $42, adults & $10, 21 and under
With Your Child: Holiday Ornaments CREATE— Come
to the Art Station to craft a hanging ornament alongside your child. A variety of designs and choices will be available. Two sessions available: 10:00 am12:30 pm or 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Art Station | $34-$41
MOVIE NIGHT—Take your sweetheart on a date night to see “Scrooged,” the 1988 holiday classic and modern take on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Enjoy holiday laughs over cocktails, seasonal sentiments—and come dressed in costume for a chance to win a prize! All in collaboration with the Bend Radio Group to benefit selected local charities.
Tower Theatre | $10-$15 Towertheatre.org
High Desert Chamber Music Concert Series CLASSICAL MUSIC—High
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Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar BAZAAR—Introduce
your kids to worldly cuisine—lefse and Scandinavian cookies! All the usual baked goods will be there as well as a full Scandinavian Market full of unique holiday gift items. Stay for a relaxing lunch or enjoy a waffle snack and a cup of coffee. Sons of Norway, Fjeldheim Lodge | Free entry
Willow Lane Winter Market
MARKET—Join us for our 2nd Annual Winter Market! Shop from community artists to make someone’s holiday bright. Choose from jewelry, paintings and illustrations. In the evening,
enjoy live music and drinks on tap to sip as you shop.
Willow Lane Artist’s Creative Space | Free entry willowlanearts.com
Know Notes: Gingerbread House Construction
COOKIES— Let your kids get their fingers sticky, with this timeless holiday activity! Gingerbread house parts, edible icing and decorations are provided—you just provide the creativity! Show your artsy side and take home a Christmas decoration that’s all too tempting to eat! All ages welcome, from kids to seniors.
La Pine Public Library | Free Deschuteslibrary.org
a camera and take a holiday photo with Father Christmas. Our beloved 1880s character of holidays past will be waiting for your wish list in the historic ambience of the Hall of Exploration and Settlement. 11:00 am—3:00 pm
High Desert Museum | Free with Museum Admission Highdesertmuseum.org
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Star Wars Trivia Night
— Assemble a team of family and friends, test your knowledge against fun and entertaining rounds and win prizes! Bend Comedy hosts this family-friendly event.
Jackson’s Corner, Eastside | Free Jacksonscornerbend.com
Get your hands dirty at the Children’s Museum of Central Oregon - January 6
Holiday Cheer abounds at Sunriver Resort
December 11 – Feb. 3
hourlong program, perfect for beginners, ages 4-5! Staff supervise games and personal challenges while helping out with gear and cheering the kids on. Kids use social learning to gain body awareness and develop new skills. Gear is included. Wednesdays and Saturdays, session runs for 6 weeks. No class over winter break.
Bend Rock Gym | $120 bendrockgym.com
Dirksen Derby 10
— Have a teenager that can’t wait to get on the mountain this winter? Chill out at this weeend-long gathering of snowboarders, sit-skiers, artists, musicians and filmmakers from all around the globe. Start your weekend right at the kick-off party, compete or cheer your kid on in the Snowboard Rally Race and check out the Film Fest!
Mt. Bachelor | Registration prices vary mtbachelor.com
FootZone for a family-friendly fun run and celebrate the holidays with good cheer and delicious cookies! Bring some cookies, pack up the kids and meet at FootZone for a 3-mile fun run! Meet back at the store for holiday cookies and beverages. There will be prizes for the best homemade cookies! Please RSVP.
FootZone | Free
A Tower Christmas: Swing into the Holidays
BIG BAND—Santa is coming to town—this time with an 18-piece band led by trumpeter Jim Tennant! It’s a family-friendly night, perfect for
celebrating a “cool yule” with songs, stories and dances by Central Oregon’s top performers. Hear familiar classic and new takes like, “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus,” “Run Run Rudolf,” “Heat Miser,” “White Christmas” and “Waitin’ for the Man with the Bag.”
Tower Theatre | $17-adults & $12-12 and under Towertheatre.org
Winter Solstice Celebration at the Pavilion SKATE—Bring
the whole family and come skate from 5:30 8:30 pm during this special celebration. Call (541) 389-7588 for more information.
The Pavilion | $6 with canned food item donation Bendparksandrec.org
Parents Night Out NIGHT OUT—Still
have holiday shopping to do? Or just overdue for an old fashioned ice skate with your sweetie? Enjoy a parents night out while the kiddos have fun at Roundabout Books! Children in grades K-4 are invited for crafts, snacks and stories. Feel free to wear pajamas and bring a pillow and stuffed animal for watching a movie!
manity LaPine & Sunriver. Sunriver Resort will match donations up to $2,500.
Sunriver Resort Lodge, Abbot Room | Free
Pop-Up Museum “Making Things Go” LEARN —Children
ages 3-11 years will enjoy hands-on arts and crafts, science experiments and demonstrations organized by the Children’s Museum of Central Oregon.
Riverhouse Convention Center Exhibit Hall | Free
Cascades Wedding Show BRIDES—Planning
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Riverhouse on the Deschutes | $10, adv. or $15, door
Discover Nature Day: Winter Tracking
NATURE—Strap on your snowshoes and explore the amazing area around Sunriver Nature Center. Search for wildlife tracks and learn about fascinating winter adaptations. Recommended for ages 6-12 with family. Advance registration required. Snowshoes provided!
Sunriver Nature Center | Free childrensforestco.org
Roundabout Books | $20
December 2 – January 1
22nd Annual Gingerbread Junction SWEETS—Marvel
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FOLLOW SANTA’S TASTY TRIP AROUND THE WORLD by M. E. Furman Illustrated by Susan Gal
“All around the world, Christmas is a time of giving,” begins this delightful book starting on Christmas Island and following Santa’s journey around the world, discovering delicious treats from Brazil, South Africa, the Philippines and more. Explore each place Santa visits to learn about desserts from around the globe. Bake, munch and snuggle under the tree! Furman explains each country’s traditions in short paragraphs, from the gifts found under pillows in the Ukraine to Christmas elf customs in Norway. Gal’s illustrations are filled with joyful expressions and beautiful holiday scenes including one featuring a favorite spicy Mexican hot chocolate. A wonderful author’s note is included along with recipes to try at home. The endpapers include a map to follow Santa’s journey. What kind of holiday treats will you leave out for Santa? Pineapple Macadamia Bars from Hawaii or Puto Seko, a light crisp cookie from the Philippine Islands? Explore worldofcookiesforsanta.com for more cookie traditions and to share yours too.
PICK A PINE TREE
by Patricia Toht, Illustrated by Jarvis Crunch! Crunch! through the snow to find your holiday tree. Follow the signs, take a walk through a tree farm and smell the pines. Will you find a big tree? In a cheerful house, children trim the tree with candy canes, gingerbread, paper cut-outs, shiny ornaments, round bulbs and bubble lights. Watch the pine tree slowly turn into a Christmas Tree! Readers will enjoy the playful picture book depicting holiday rituals, including hanging the gold star and singing carols. Jarvis’s illustrations are filled with cheerful families, even the cat is smiling. The snow-filled skies set the winter atmosphere, where families and neighbors come together to celebrate. It’s the perfect picture book to read before you pick out your holiday tree or while you’re decorating your own tree with family and friends. What kind of tree will you pick this year?
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The Coolest Sport in Town Youth hockey focuses on teamwork By Howard Leff
ut those old ideas about ice hockey in a deep freeze. It’s quickly turning into the perfect sport for kids! Sure, the game can conjure up some rough images, not the least of which are fistfights and missing teeth. And yes, while there’s still a trace of hockey’s more violent traditions at the professional level, Bend parents have very little to fear. It turns out that youth hockey is no more dangerous than any other sport your child might play. And with all the padding the players wear, it’s probably even safer. So, forget the old days. Today’s game is all about focus, skill, teamwork and sportsmanship—both at the recreational and competitive levels. It’s a lot of fun to watch, and judging from the action and enthusiasm on The Pavilion ice, it’s a blast to play. Kids can participate in either a recreation league through Bend Park & Rec, or for the more dedicated players, there’s the Bend Rapids travel team.
Bend Park & Recreation District Youth Hockey League “This league—I’m so happy that my kid’s into it,” says Hockey dad (and coach) Keith Bell, who grew up playing hockey. “It reminds me of the joy of playing pond hockey where you’re just out there to skate and have fun and enjoy. It’s not about the score of the game or who wins or who dominates. It’s about the joy of getting out and passing the puck and how much fun hockey can be.” The rec league is for boys and girls between ages seven and 15. It’s somewhat of a hybrid. Some players are still practicing the basics, while others demonstrate a higher skill level. Even for this league, though, prior skating experience is required. (BPRD offers a variety of both skating and hockey classes for kids as young as three.) “I started when I was six,” says Torin Monaco, dressed in his full goalie mask and pads. “My dad told me about it. I’ve liked it ever since I started playing goalie because I saw a lot of NHL (National Hockey League), and I thought goalie was a good position.” 44
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He’s been playing hockey for about three years and loves it. “It’s kind of—you’re in a whole new world with ice and everyone skating around, and you have to focus. It’s just a really good feeling.” His dad Tim agrees. “It’s a good team sport. It teaches them a lot of good skills, balance, strength and good teamwork. I think hockey is safer than a lot of sports like soccer and football because the contact is a little safer.” “Youth hockey is booming right now,” says Aaron Olson, a coach for both Bend Park & Rec and the Rapids. “This is only the third year we’ve had the rink and every program is absolutely exploding. There are tons of activities.”
Bend Rapids Youth Hockey Program
In addition to the recreation league, there is a more competitive travel team, the Bend Rapids, that also calls The Pavilion home. They offer everything from a 10U (age 10 and under) team, to a squad for high schoolers. They’ve even added in a slot for an 8U team this season. In all, close to 100 athletes take part—up substantially from last year. Pre-season tryouts enable them to match kids with others at similar skill levels. “I’ve always said a lot of kids just naturally like to ice skate, but you put a hockey stick in their hands, it’s like a magic wand,” says Rapids representative, Jim Boss. “It just completely transforms their interest in ice sports.”
Boss also emphasizes the club’s dedication to athleticism. “It’s about developing an athlete rather than a hockey player. They’ll [also] be good basketball players or lacrosse players. Building the athlete is the emphasis.” Hockey mom, Lisa Lamberto, who has an 11-year-old on the team, says her son enjoys all aspects of Rapids hockey. “He loves the discipline that’s necessary to be a good hockey player and he loves his coaches.” Wearing a Rapids jersey takes a certain amount of dedication on the part of the players. “There’s definitely a level of commitment that’s required in the Rapids organization that you don’t quite have with the ‘house league’ (Pars & Rec),” says another club rep, Jon Vlasak. “Some of our teams practice at 5:30am so there’s that passion that the kids are going to have.” “Our sole purpose for existing is to grow the sport of ice hockey in Central Oregon,” he says. “Everybody is welcome in this program. We want to get every kid we can involved. It’s a sport they can enjoy their entire lives.”
For those of you who like your hockey on dry land, there are roller hockey options in Bend as well. Check out the Cascade Indoor Sports Youth Hockey League as well as the Bend Bullets Hockey Program. The Bullets are coming off a highly successful run at the North American Roller Hockey Championship Finals.
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KIDS IN ACTION
The Waterboy Bend middle schooler’s African roots inspire him to bring clean water to communities in need Interview by Howard Leff | Photo by Caitlin von Gaertner
en Yundt’s earliest childhood memories won’t fade easily. Now a seventh-grader at Bend’s Pacific Crest Middle School, Ben vividly recalls his days growing up at an orphanage in the West African city of Accra in Ghana. Before his time there, he lived on the streets of Accra. Not surprisingly, Ben’s childhood lacked life’s basic necessities—including one about which most of us in Central Oregon rarely think: clean water. “We’d use dirty water to wash our dishes and then we’d use the dishes to eat—and some kids got sick from that,” he recalls. “It was not fun. Sometimes our water would get infected with dirty bacteria stuff. In the orphanage, there was a sink that sometimes had good water in it, and then there was a well out in the back that had infected water.” Sometimes Ben was charged with transporting clean water—which he and the other children had to carry on their heads. “It was painful,” Ben recalls. Thankfully, for Ben at least, those days are over. A Bend couple, Dr. Kent Yundt and his wife Annette, adopted Ben from the orphanage almost five years ago. Still, Ben’s thoughts remain with those children still suffering halfway around the world. He hasn’t forgotten them or their plight. So, instead of simply moving on, he decided to do something about it. Ben, under the guidance of his teacher, Carole Nase, set out to help by devising a school project. “We made a poster and we made bracelets and we sold them for $3 so we could give money to a company that makes a ‘safe water station.’ It makes good water for poor places in Ghana that don’t have safe water.” That company is the Safe Water Network, which works with communities in both Ghana and India to develop locally owned and managed Safe Water Stations. According to Safe Water Network, over 10 million people in Ghana lack access to safe water. Ben also created a short presentation which he delivers to classes in order to further illustrate the terrible dilemma that children in Ghana still face. “Hello. My name is Ben Yundt,” he begins. “Today I’m going to be sharing
my story and telling you what is happening in Ghana with water. Did you know that 4,000 children under the age of five die each year from bad water in Ghana? I think we should help these kids have safe water.” He ends with a plea: “Buy a bracelet so you can change kids’ lives. Together we can do more.” “I’m very proud of him,” says his adoptive mother, Annette. “Mrs. Nase called us and told us that Ben, through doing a research project, found out about Safe Water Network. He also found out that they were actually building wells—and one of the places they were building them is in Ghana, where he’s from. That kind of led to doing more research, and they talked about how they could help, and so it led from there.” Though he’s only 12, Ben already has a long history of helping others. “One of the things we fell in love with [about Ben] at the orphanage was that he was the protector of all the little kids. There was a 16-year-old autistic blind boy there and Ben took it upon himself to be his leader. He would lead him around and make sure that he was safe and that he was where he was needed to be in t he orphanage.” “He’s kind of always been a protector,” recalls Annette.
For more information on how to donate to Ben’s cause, please visit safewaternetwork.org.
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