December 29, 2009

Headlines we want to write in 2010

Redmond Caves designated National Historic Site

Music and art once again priority in local schools

New Fifth Street trees see growth spurt,
nearly as tall as before

Money falls from the sky for Redmond schools,
fifth day restored

Redmond Museum finds permanent site, permanent funding

New school named Josephine Redmond Elementary

City sees increase in development applications

Rockchuck named official city mammal in time for Centennial



Obituaries

Ronald Lowell Pipkin, of Redmond, Oregon
Aug. 22, 1936 - Dec. 20, 2009
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel
717 SW 6th St., Redmond, OR, (541) 548-3219 www.redmondmemorial.com
Services: Community Presbyterian Church, Redmond, Oregon at 2: 00 p.m., January 7, 2010

Orlie Ray Williams, of Terrebonne
Nov. 10, 1936 - Dec. 19, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals - Redmond, 541-504-9485
Memorial Service: 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 2nd, Kingdom Hall - Terrebonne.
Contributions may be made to: Kingdom Hall – Terrebonne

Wilda June Moore, of Redmond
Dec. 23, 1925 - Dec. 20, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals - Redmond, 541-504-9485
Services: Private burial at Pilot Butte Cemetery was held Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Ray Barkhurst, of Redmond
June 6, 1914 - Dec. 21, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Redmond, 541-504-9485
Services will be at a later date.

William Winford Wirth, of Redmond
May 24, 1916 - Dec. 20, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Redmond, 541-504-9485
Services: A private service to be held at a later date.

James C. Savely, of Redmond
April 23, 1936 - Dec. 22, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals-Redmond 541-504-9485
Services: Celebration of life was held Saturday, December 26th, 2009 at Calvary Chapel of Redmond, 616 SW 9th St. in Redmond, OR.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of Redmond-Sisters, 732 SW 3rd St., Redmond, OR 97756.

Robert Lee Randis of Crooked River Ranch
Dec. 16, 1940 - Dec. 19, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals - Redmond 541-504-9485.
Services: Word of Victory Church, 645 SE Salmon Ave., Redmond, Mon., Dec. 28 at 1 p.m.
Contributions may be made to: Word of Victory Church, PO BOX 1246, Redmond, OR 97756.

December 22, 2009

Obituaries

Marion H. Reese, of Redmond
July 24, 1939 -Dec. 19, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funeral, Redmond
541-504-9485
No services will be held.
Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care, , 2075 NE Wyatt Way, Bend, Oregon 97701.

Clarence V. Watson, of Redmond
May 9, 1918 - Dec. 17, 2009
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel
www.redmondmemorial.com
Services: 1:30 pm, Jan. 9, 2010
Community Presbyterian Church in Redmond.

Diane Lee Manning, of Redmond
Dec. 3, 1947 - Dec. 10, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals Bend tdowns@autumnfunerals.net541-318-0842
Services: A celebration of life will be held in April 2010 in Burns, Oregon.

Denis W. McMenamy, of Redmond
May 24, 1933 - Dec. 17, 2009
Arrangements: Deschutes Memorial Chapel,
541-382-5592
Services pending.

Victoria Huntzicker Burton
June 8, 1910 - Dec. 7, 2009
Victoria Huntzicker Burton, the last of 5 children of Victor Emmanuel Huntzicker and Blanche Ring Huntzicker, died Dec. 7, 2009, in Corvallis. She was born June 8, 1910, in Salt Lake City. She finished first grade in Neillsville, Wisconsin, and then moved to Milwaukee, Wis., where she finished high school. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Arizona as an English major where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
She then travelled to Montpelier in southern France to study for a master's degree received in 1935. In 1965, she earned an MLS at Purdue University. During her 99 years of life, she had taught French and English in Wisconsin and British Columbia, and served as an elementary school teacher and school librarian in Indiana and Oregon.
In 1937, she and Frank Burton were married and remained so for 62 years until his death. They had three children, (Helen Schuckel of Duncan, BC; Robert Burton of Corvallis, Ore.; and Ann Goetcheus, of New York City), 11 grandchildren, and 13 great- grandchildren.
She and Frank lived in Princeton, New Jersey, Madison, Wisconsin, and Lake Village Indiana, before in 1966, falling in love with Oregon and settling in a house on the Deschutes River outside of Redmond where they lived for more than 30 years. For the last 11 years she lived at Conifer House in Corvallis.
She loved her life and was well-loved, by her husband who died in 1998, by her family, by the young and not-so-young, talented, modest people, often women, whom she encouraged in a quiet way to seek the pleasures of education and self-fulfillment.

Beverly Jean Rucker
June 3, 1939 - Dec. 14, 2009
Beverly Rucker, a longtime resident of Bend, lost her battle with cancer on Mon., Dec. 14, 2009. She was 70 years old.
A memorial service will be held on Wed., Dec. 23, 2009, 3 pm, at Niswonger Reynolds Funeral Home, 105 NW Irving St., in Bend.
Beverly was born in Berkley California, to Stuart and Ida Carpenter. She met and married Everett Rucker in 1966.
She worked for the Orthopedic and Fracture Clinic for many years before retiring to take over her father’s business.
In her early years, she was an avid golfer and loved playing bingo and spending time with her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and daughter, Leigh Rucker.
Survivors include her brother, Lee Carpenter of Washington; son, Steve Rucker and daughter-in-law, Janet of Fremont CA; son, Ron Rucker & daughter-in-law, Margaret of Redmond; son, Larry Rucker and daughter-in-law, Kim of Bend; and daughter, Tami Rucker of Bend. Five grandchildren, Kiley, Rachel, Corey, Max, and Emily. Many nieces, nephews and cousins.
There will be a private inurnment at Greenwood Cemetery in Bend.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.
The family has placed their trust in Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home for the final funeral arrangements. Please sign the online guest register for the family at www.niswonger-reynolds.com

Blanche A. New
Sept. 12, 1928 - Dec. 11, 2009
Blanche A. New of Redmond died in Bend, on Friday, December 11, 2009, at the age of 81 years. She was born Sept. 12, 1928, in Garner, North Carolina, to parents, J.R. and Laura (Hamilton) Cordell.
Blanche was united in marriage to John N. New on Dec. 24, 1944, in North Carolina. He preceded her in death as well as her two daughters.
Blanche has lived in Redmond for the past five years, coming here from Raleigh, North Carolina, to be with family. She attended the Redmond Christian Church and she enjoyed music and dancing.
Blanche is survived by her son, J.R. New and his wife, Linda of Redmond; brother, Sherwood H. Cordell and his wife, Betty of Nashville, Tenn. She also leaves four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent in Blanche's name to a hospice of ones choice.
Services will be held Sunday, Dec. 27, at 3:00 pm, at the Redmond Christian Church.
Redmond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements wwwredmondmemorial.com

Straight from Santa's mailbox


Dear Home Dawg:
Wassup yo? Hous it going up there in the frozen hood? Just want to tell ya that I made varsity as a freshmen on the swim team. Can you send the Nerf Vulcan, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 game guide, some new headphones, Assasians Creed 2, and possibly some cash. Thank you bro. Keep on chillin.
Later,
Mitch

Dear Santa:
Remember me? My name is Emmett. This year I am very proud that my soccer team won the championship. It was amazing! This year I would be thankful for the Nerf Vulcan and NCAA and NFL official video games, official Beaver football pads, official Beaver football helmet, official Beaver jersey with my name on back, and a new BB gun.
Love
Emmett
P.S. I’ve been good this year, I promise!
P.S.S. I will leave you somthing special out on Xmas eve.

Dear Santa,
I’ve been a good boy. I want a Spark scooter please.
Elias


Dear Santa,
Hi im Kendell. I want a Nerf Vulcan and a toy submarine and a toy patrol boat and destroyer and a toy battleship and that’s it.
Love Kendell
P.S. I have been good this year, I swear to God.




Event calendar

Celebrate Christ’s birth
Community Presbyterian Church invites the community to celebrate Christ’s birth at two candlelight worship services on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. A contemporary service at 5 p.m. will feature carols led and sung by the Praise Team. The 7 p.m. traditional service has special music by the Chancel Choir. Both services will provide the opportunity to celebrate the birth of Christ in song and word through the message, “Who Will You See This Christmas?” by the Rev. Rob Anderson.
A light meal will be served at 6:15 p.m., between services, in the Fellowship Hall.
The church is at 529 N.W. 19th St., Redmond.

Sign up to be a Master Gardener
Applications for the OSU Master Gardener Program in Central Oregon are now available. The program targets individuals interested in becoming a trained volunteer who wants to learn and share research-based gardening information. The program starts with 10 classes that meet Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. 16 through April 13 at the Bend COCC campus, and continues with hands-on training through September. Cost is $275. Scholarships are available. Application deadline is Jan. 6. Information: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/deschutes

Beginning square dance lessons
The Bachelor Beauts Square and Round Dance Club will offer beginning square dancing lessons starting Jan. 7 at the Pine Forest Grange, 63214 Boyd Acres Rd., Bend. The first lesson is free. Subsequent lessons are $4 per person. No prior dance experience is necessary and new dancers are welcome to start any of the first three weeks. Children age 12 to 18 are welcome with a participating adult. Information: 541-385-8074.

After school programs to start
Redmond Area Park and Recreation District is offering several after school programs starting in January:
Basics of Knitting, Jan. 7-28, 4-5:50 p.m. Cost is $5.
Create with Nancy, Jan. 5-28, 4-5:30 p.m., cooking, sewing, crafting and more. $56 full session or $15 per week. $6 drop in.
Street Dance, 4-5:30 p.m., Jan. 6-27 at Elton Gregory Middle School, and Jan. 5-26 at Obsidian Middle School. Cost is $25 or $7 drop in.
Information: 541-548-7275.

THURSDAY
Dec. 24
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: Learn about the Humane Society of Central Oregon, shop for gifts and bring holiday cheer to rescued animals; free; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Humane Society of Central Oregon, 61170 S.E. 27th St., Bend; 541-382-3537 or www.hsco.org.

WEDNESDAY
Dec. 30
AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOODMOBILE: Blood donations needed; free; 1-6 p.m.; Redmond Grange, 707 S.W. Kalama Ave., Redmond; 800-GIVE LIFE.

THURSDAY
Dec. 31
NEW YEAR’S EVE BALL: Featuring dinner, live music, and a midnight champagne toast; $50; 7:30 p.m. dinner, doors open 7 p.m.; Kah-Nee-Ta High Desert Resort & Casino, 100 Main St., Warm Springs; 800-554-4786 or www.kahneeta.com.
NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY: Featuring live music by the River Pigs, casino night, snacks and a champagne toast; $25; 8 p.m.; The Lodge at Suttle Lake, 13300 U.S. Highway 20, Sisters; 541-595-2628 or www.thelodgeatsuttlelake.com.
SPLASHIN’ NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY: Swimming, batting cage, hoops, dodge ball, snacks and more. For ages 6 to 14. Transportation provided between RAPRD Activity Center and Cascade Swim Center. Registration deadline is Dec. 28; $10; 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Redmond Area Park and Recreation District, Activity Center, 335 S.E. Jackson St., Redmond; 541-548-7275 or www.raprd.org.
NEW YEAR’S EVE BONFIRE ON THE SNOW: Wanderlust Tours leads a short snowshoe hike to a bonfire and hand-carved snow amphitheater in the forest; a naturalist shares facts about the forest, animals and the night sky; reservations required; adults only; trips depart from Sunriver and Bend; $85 includes guide, snowshoes, transportation, food and drinks 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m.; 541-389-8359.
NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION: Featuring a performance by the Moon Mountain Ramblers and guest cellist Travis Allen; free; 9 p.m.; McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 N.W. Bond St., Bend; 541-382-5174 or www.mcmenamins.com.
NEW YEAR’S ROCKIN’ EVE: Featuring live music by METRO, dancing, appetizers and more; ages 21 and older only; registration required; $90; 9 p.m.; Pronghorn Resort, 65600 Pronghorn Club Drive, Bend; 541-693-5300, concierge@pronghornclub.com or www.pronghornpursuits.com.

FRIDAY
Jan. 1
POLAR BEAR PLUNGE: Take an icy plunge into the Lodge Village’s outdoor pool; hot chocolate served; free; 10 a.m.; Sunriver Resort, 17600 Center Drive, Sunriver; 541-593-1000.

TUESDAY
Jan. 5
FREE CLOTHES: The FreeStoreRedmond, in partnership with God’s Closet from Dayspring Church in Terrebonne, will give away free clothing to anyone in need. No donations are needed at this time; free; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-815-3261.

December 15, 2009

Obituaries

John ‘Jack’ D. Chaffey, of Bend
Oct. 13, 1940 - Dec. 6, 2009
Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend, 541-382-0903
A viewing was held at Baird Funeral Home on Sunday, Dec. 13th. Celebration of Jack's life with military honors was held at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints Mt. Bachelor Ward on Monday, Dec. 14th.
Contributions may be made to Partners In Care Hospice, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR 97701. 541-382-5882.

David ‘Dave’ E. Moore, of Bend
June 27, 1960 - Dec. 11, 2009
Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend, 541-382-0903
The family will have a memorial gathering in the spring; call the funeral home in spring 2010 for details.
Contributions may be made to Partners In Care Hospice, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, Oregon 97701; www.partnersbend.org

Frank Archer III, of Black Butte Ranch
Nov. 17, 1929 - Dec. 4, 2009
Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend, 541-382-0903
Memorial pending.
Contributions may be made to Partners In Care Hospice, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR 97701 or Alzheimers Association, 800-272-3900 www.alz.org

Eugene Morris Olson, of Vancouver, Washington
Arrangements: Whispering Pines Funeral Home, 541-416-9733.
A graveside service will be held Wednesday, 2 p.m., December 16,
at Juniper Haven Cemetery, Prineville.

Thomas A. ‘Tom’ Gilroy, Jr., of Redmond
July 9, 1938 to Dec. 11, 2009
Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend, 541-382-0903
The family will have a private gathering at a later date.
Contributions may be made to Partners In Care Hospice, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR 97701. 541-382-5882.

Louise Loraine Kerfoot, of Redmond
Jan. 6, 1925 - Dec. 8, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals - Redmond, 541-504-9485
Funeral service was held December 12; interment was held Dec. 14 at Redmond Memorial Cemetery.

Tami Hagedorn, of Bend
Jan. 4, 1976 - Dec. 11, 2009
Arrangements: Bel-Air Funeral Home, 541-475-2241
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday Dec. 19th, 11 a.m., at Free Methodist Church, Madras.
Contributions may be made to a college fund for son Dilon Russell Hagedorn at any branch of US Bank.

Christine Michelle Muniz, of Bend
Jan. 27, 1969 - Dec. 6, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Bend, 541- 318-0842
Services will be held at a later date.

Robert Morris Williams, of La Pine
May 2, 1924 - Dec. 11, 2009
Arrangements: Deschutes Memorial Chapel, 541-382-5592
Services at a later date.

Donald C. Boland, of Bend
Feb. 16, 1944 - Dec. 3, 2009
Arrangements:Baird Funeral Home, 541-382-0903
No services per Mr. Boland’s request.
Contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Central Oregon, 61170 SE 27th St., Bend, OR 97702, 541-382-3537.

Dan Paul Burdett
Feb. 8, 1945 - Dec. 4, 2009
Dan Paul Burdett of Redmond passed away in Bend on December 4, 2009, at the age of 64.
Dan was born February 8, 1945, to Dan and Wilma Burdett. He graduated from Trout Lake High School in Trout Lake, Washington and Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.
During the Vietnam War, Dan served in the United States Navy. After returning from Vietnam, Dan married Colleen Brown in 1971, and began his career in the forest products industry.
He started at Yakima Pine Products in Yakima, Washington, where he worked for fourteen years. After moving to Central Oregon, Dan became a partner at Lacy Forest Products in Redmond, Oregon. Before retiring, Dan also worked with Pioneer Cut Stock in Prineville, Oregon.
Dan was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed restoring classic cars.
Dan and Colleen raised two children, Chris and Lindsay. Dan is survived by his wife, Colleen Burdett (Redmond); his mother, Wilma Burdett (Vancouver, WA); and his two children, Chris Burdett (San Francisco) and Lindsay Burdett (Bend). In addition, he is survived by his three sisters, Janice Hallock (Portland), Roxanne Sakshaug (Vancouver, WA), and Margaret Bunger (Redmond). He is preceded in death by his father.
Dan will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Per his request, no formal services will be held.
Redmond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. www.redmondmemorial.com

Checkmate

Fifth-grader Holden Penhollow and first-grader Bryce Harris square off.
photo Leslie Pugmire Hole/Spokesman

Some things in life seem to work better with a cape: leaping tall buildings in a single bound, rescuing a kidnapped senorita from the evil Don Diego, and playing chess.
Sure, you haven’t seen that last one in the movies but that doesn’t faze the kids at Evergreen Elementary School in Redmond, who sometimes show up for early morning chess club dressed for super hero battle.
“I’ve even had kids show up wearing a special glove, like a professional athlete,” said Evergreen’s Chess for Success coach, teacher Thomas Wheeler. Fittingly, the club’s logo uses the school’s familiar eagle mascot in a more predatory pose: swooping down to capture a chess piece. Wheeler, who ended up coaching the club by default when another teacher had to drop out, didn’t know what to expect from introducing kids as young as six to chess. He wasn’t even a big chess player until this fall.
“Chess was not something to be involved in when I was in high school,” he said with a laugh. But he took it up when living in Mexico with a devoted chess family and kept it up after he returned home, thanks to a chess-playing brother who learned the game while in Spain.
More than 40 kids from grades 1st-5th come to the 8 a.m. chess club practice twice a week; about 30 percent are girls. ”I didn’t have to sell the program to students at all, they just showed up,” said Wheeler. “The hardest part wasn’t interesting them in chess, it was getting them to show up that early for practice.”
The idea of six-year-olds playing 11-year-olds in a game as complex as chess seemed difficult at best in the beginning, Wheeler said. To try it out he took a board home and taught his own first-grade daughter and third grade son to play.
“She’s already beaten him three times,” he said, “and today when I was getting ready for work they were playing a game before school.”
Chess for Success is a nonprofit that provides grants to elementary and middle schools in an effort to increase students’ success in school and life through chess. It targets schools with higher percentages of low-income students in the belief that chess is a “great equalizer.”
The organization provides chess sets for the club (and chess sets for students to take home), t-shirts, a paid coach, lesson plans and a library of books on chess for the school.
Redmond has four new clubs in its elementaries, one in each middle school and another at Terrebonne Community School. Program manager Jeremy Rubenstein, who serves as advisor to the Redmond High School chess club, sees the program as a great introduction to the benefits of chess for students who’d be unlikely to encounter it otherwise.
Numerous studies have shown that students who play chess see increases in academic test scores in various subject areas at dramatically higher rates than students who don’t play chess. Supporters of chess for children point to its chief benefit: development of critical thinking skills. Kids who learn chess learn to make reasoned judgments, taking everything affecting the situation at hand into consideration.
“Kids learn to sit still, they learn self-control and patience and how to evaluate their decisions,” said Wheeler. “It’s been great to see them in a different light than in the classroom.”
Club practices take two forms: a group lesson with a sample chess board on the wall and games between members.
At a recent practice the students are huddled around the enlarged practice board, taking turns making moves and discussing strategies with Wheeler. One student stands before the board for a long time, unsure what move to make. He’s joined by two other boys and they put their heads to whisper, forming a pint-sized war room consultation.
“We match the kids up by experience, not age,” said Wheeler. “The more experienced kids play less experienced ones; if you teach something it reinforces it so you’ll remember it forever.”
He was worried about the ability differences when the club began but said it has all worked itself out and even produced a couple of young “ringers” who’ve amazed Wheeler with their prowess and sportsmanship.
Emmett Nave and Wheeler’s daughter Anna jump right into a game, with a growing stack of captured pieces lined up in front of each player like chips at Vegas. Move follows move until Anna, a first-grader, is down to her king and one lone knight. The game continues for another 10 minutes, as Emmett, a third-grader, chases the king around the board.
Not all club members are so serious about their chess. One duo of second-grade girls take an inordinate amount of time setting up their board, setting each piece just so with the concentration of obsessive interior designers. Lots of chatter accompanies this process.
“We work on the concept of teamwork and try to get away from winning being the most important thing,” said Wheeler. Students learn to shake hands after a game, compliment each other’s play and how to handle it when things aren’t going your way.
Fourth-grader Sara Dingman began playing chess with her father as a preschooler but soon quit because “it was too hard.” Later she tried again with her mother but that wasn’t much fun either. Then when the club started up this year she tried one more time.
“It’s different now,” she said. “It’s really fun.”
Wheeler has been impressed by the self-discipline shown by the students in the club.
“This can’t be babysitting and the kids are coming motivated to play and serious about the game –or a serious as a first-grader can be. We’ve only lost a couple of kids who decided it just wasn’t their thing.”
According to Rubenstein, the Chess for Success programs in the five participating district elementary schools have about 170 kids participating. Fifty-five middle school students are enrolled in the program and a handful of high school students meet at lunch weekly to play in an informal club.
A practice tournament was held Dec. 12 for district Chess for Success students, a warm-up for the main event, a Feb. 6 regional tournament where students are matched by ability, not age. For the practice tournament effort was made to pair kids for subsequent matches by their successes, Rubenstein said. “If we saw multiple losses on a kid's card we tried to match them up with another kids with multiple losses. Our goal was for every kid to have at least one win so they could go home feeling good about the experience.”
Prior to the practice tournament Wheeler said “We’ve been practicing playing for 10 minutes in total silence to get them ready for tournaments. Concentrating that hard is hard but it’s a good skill to learn for the classroom. We’re moving towards a goal.”
He needn’t have worried. Two hours into the tournament nearly a quarter of the original 100 players are still at the table, even Emmett and Anna, whose feet don’t touch the floor and who can’t stop yawning, but who seem determined to battle to the end.

-- story and photo by Leslie Pugmire Hole





Event calendar

THURSDAY
Dec. 17
BACKPACK EXPLORERS: Parents and children ages 3 and 4 experience science, art, body movement, stories and songs; this month’s theme is “Every Picture Tells a Story”; $20 per child, $15 for additional child, or $15 per child and $10 for additional child for museum members; 9:30-11 a.m.; High Desert Museum, 59800 S.Highway 97, Bend; 541-382-4754 or www.highdesertmuseum.org.
GAME DAY FOR TEENS: Teens 12 to 17 can play Nintendo Wii, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and more. Snack provided; free; 3:15-4:45 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1063 or mercedesh@dpls.us.
CENTRAL OREGON WRITERS GUILD : Annual Holiday Social. The meeting will feature a Readers Showcase with several members presenting their short stories, personal essays and poetry. Guild members are asked to bring finger foods to share. Open to the public; 6:30 p.m.; Central Oregon Community College, Redmond campus, 2030 S.E. College Loop, Redmond; 541-923-0896 or www.centraloregonwritersguild.com.

FRIDAY
Dec. 18
BINGO: Open to the public; Doors open at 4 p.m. Game starts at 6 p.m.; American Legion Post #44, 708 S.W. Eighth St., Redmond; 541-548-5688.
FREE LEGAL HELP FOR SENIORS: Central Oregon Council on Aging and the Legal Aid Services of Oregon will offer free legal help to seniors. Advice is given in the areas of income maintenance, healthcare, food and nutrition and housing and utilities. Criminal cases, simple wills, fee generating cases or conflicts of interest cannot be handled through this program; Appointments are available from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Redmond Senior Center, 325 N.W. Dogwood Ave., Redmond; Robby Miller at541-548-1086.
BACKPACK EXPLORERS: Parents and children ages 3 and 4 experience science, art, body movement, stories and songs; this month’s theme is “Every Picture Tells a Story”; $20 per child, $15 for additional child, or $15 per child and $10 for additional child for museum members; 9:30-11 a.m.; High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Highway 97, Bend; 541-382-4754 or www.highdesertmuseum.org.
TRAINS!: Watch toy trains running on a track; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2 p.m.-6 p.m.; Bend Public Library, Brooks Room, 601 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-617-7097.
BILL KEALE AND FRIENDS: A Hawaiian-style celebration of music, dance and the holiday season; featuring performances by Bill Keale, Mike Keale and Kim Breedlove and dancing by Crystal Lum; $15, free ages 6 and younger; 7 p.m.; Old Stone Church, 157 N.W. Franklin Ave., Bend; 541-815-5224 or http://billkeale.com.
SISTERS HOLIDAY CONCERT: Sisters Chorale presents a concert of traditional carols, a bell choir and a Messiah sing-along; bring Messiah scores if you have them; free; 7 p.m.; Sisters Community Church, 1300 W. McKenzie Highway, Sisters; 541-549-1037 or sisterschorale@bendbroadband.com.

SATURDAY
Dec. 19
BACKPACK EXPLORERS: Parents and children ages 3 and 4 experience science, art, body movement, stories and songs; this month’s theme is “Every Picture Tells a Story”; $20 per child, $15 for additional child, or $15 per child and $10 for additional child for museum members; 9:30-11 a.m.; High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Highway 97, Bend; 541-382-4754 or www.highdesertmuseum.org.
BITTERBRUSH BAND: Children can pick from an array of rhythm instruments and play along with The Bitterbrush Band, performing live American music; museum admission is $10 adults; $9 seniors; $6 kids 5 to 12; and free for kids 4 and under.; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; High Desert Museum, 59800 S. U.S. Highway 97, Bend; 541-382-4754 or www.highdesertmuseum.org.
SANTA VISIT: Featuring food, drinks, live music by Lino and a visit from Santa; $5 for wine tasting, free attendees accompanying a paying adult; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Maragas Winery, 15523 S.W. Highway 97, Culver; 541-546-5464.
CHRISTMAS TOGETHER: A night of Christmas music, with raffles, portraits and refreshments; proceeds benefit the Faith Harvest Helper’s Food Bank; donations of nonperishable food requested, financial offerings accepted; 7-9 p.m.; Tom McCall Elementary School, 1200 N.W. Upas Ave., Redmond; 541-771-6548.
HOLIDAY PARTY AND DANCE: Potluck dinner and dance. Free raffle and prizes will be awarded throughout the night; 7 p.m.; VFW Hall, 1836 S.W. Veterans Way, Redmond; 541-548-4108.
THE CENTRAL OREGON MASTERSINGERS: The premier 42-voice choir will perform a Christmas concert “Ring Noel!” under the direction of Clyde Thompson; with the Bells of Sunriver; $15, $10 ages 18 and younger; 7:30 p.m.; Church of the Nazarene, 1270 N.E. 27th St., Bend; 541-385-7229 or www.co-mastersingers.com.
SCHOENSTATT ADVENT FAMILY GATHERING: Countdown to Christmas at the new Baker Diocescan Retreat and Conference Center in Powell Butte; 1-3 p.m.; confessions will be heard from 3-6 p.m.; listen to Advent stories, sing hymns, enjoy refreshments and family crafts and time for quiet contemplation and prayer.

SUNDAY
Dec. 20
SISTERS HOLIDAY CONCERT: Sisters Chorale presents a concert of traditional carols, a bell choir and a Messiah sing-along; bring Messiah scores if you have them; free; 2:30 p.m.; Sisters Community Church, 1300 W. McKenzie Highway, Sisters; 541-549-1037 or sisterschorale@bendbroadband.com.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Includes a Christmas choir Cantata with orchestra and over 40 cast members of children and adults; free; 4 p.m.; Community Presbyterian Church, 529 N.W. 19th St., Redmond; 541-548-3367.

MONDAY
Dec. 21
HOLIDAY MOVIE: Kids ages 7 to 12 can watch a holiday movie with their friends. Snacks provided; free; 1-3 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1054 or peggyr@dpls.us.
COSMIC SWIM: Music, lights and games for middle school students only. Must show student I.D; $2.50; 8:30-10:30 p.m.; Cascade Swim Center, 465 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 541-548-7275.
RETIRED EDUCATORS: Central Oregon Retired Educators Association lunch meeting, 11:30 a.m., with Christmas music; Zion Lutheran Church; lunch is $8.50; anyone interested may attend; 541-548-2545.

TUESDAY
Dec. 22
AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOODMOBILE: Blood donations needed; free; noon-5 p.m.; Eagle Crest Resort, Conference Center, 1522 Cline Falls Road, Redmond; 800-GIVE LIFE.
WEDNESDAY
Dec. 30
AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOODMOBILE: Blood donations needed; free; 1-6 p.m.; Redmond Grange, 707 S.W. Kalama Ave., Redmond; 800-GIVE LIFE.

THURSDAY
Dec. 31
SPLASHIN’ NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY: Swimming, batting cage, hoops, dodge ball, snacks and more. For ages 6 to 14. Transportation provided between RAPRD Activity Center and Cascade Swim Center. Preregistration required; $10; 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Redmond Area Park and Recreation District, Activity Center, 335 S.E. Jackson St., Redmond; 541-548-7275 or www.raprd.org.

Give a gift of history
Redmond Centennial Merchandise is available for purchase and perfect for the holidays. Centennial gifts include hats, blankets, shirts and more. Information: Betty Borgen, 541-923-7755 or DeAnne Wakefield, 541-923-7713.

Beginning square dance lessons
The Bachelor Beauts Square and Round Dance Club will offer beginning square dancing lessons starting Jan. 7 at the Pine Forest Grange, 63214 Boyd Acres Rd., Bend. The first lesson is free. Subsequent lessons are $4 per person. No prior dance experience is necessary and new dancers are welcome to start any of the first three weeks. Children age 12 to 18 are welcome with a participating adult. Information: 541-385-8074.

Women’s shelter seeks donations
Saving Grace (formerly COBRA) needs donations of nonperishable food and grocery store gift certificates for clients who stay at the agency’s shelter. Suggested food donations include peanut butter, canned soup and tuna fish, and crackers. Donations can be dropped off at Saving Grace, 1425 N.W. Kingston Ave., Bend, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: 541-382-9227 or www.saving-grace.org.

Holiday cards benefit transitional housing
Holiday cards designed by volunteers and members of Central Oregon-based House of Hope Ministries are now on sale at The Toucan Café, 528 S.W. Sixth St., and Lavender Thrift and Gift, Glacier and 15th Street. The cards express artwork and the spiritual message of the season. House of Hope in Bend and Redmond offer safe shelter for adults and children who are in transition. The holiday cards are $10 per pack of 10. All funds go to House of Hope Ministries.

Online food preservation course
The OSU Extension Service and University of Idaho Extension Service is offering Preserve at Home, a web-based food preservation class to teach individuals how to safely preserve a variety of food products. Participants learn how to produce high quality preserved foods and the science behind food preservation and food safety. The six-week course starts Feb. 4, 2010. Registration deadline is Jan. 15, 2010. Topics include causes and prevention of foodborne illness, basis of spoilage and preservation, canning basics, canning acid and low acid foods, pickling foods, drying and freezing. A hands-on lab will conclude the course. Cost is $50 plus materials. Information: Glenda, 541-548-6088, or visit http://extension.oregonstate.edu/deschutes/food-preservation.

Language groups move
The Compañeros Friends and French Conversation groups are now meeting at Green Plow Coffee Roasters, 436 SW 6th St., downtown Redmond. Companeros Friends meet each Saturday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. The French group meets Saturday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. The Italian conversation group still meets Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Dudley’s Bookshop Café, downtown Bend. Information: Barb, 541-447-0732.

Park district offerings
The Redmond Area Park and Recreation District is offering several classes and activities starting in January:
Wine, Women and Song, Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., Jan. 5-26, at the Redmond School of Music and Art. Learn basic guitar chords in this introductory class for women. Cost is $40.
Voice Lessons, Tuesday evenings, Jan. 5-26, RAPRD Activity Center. Ages 9 and up. Private coaching sessions for singers of any experience level. Cost is $80 for half session; $140 full session.
Strummin’ Strings guitar lessons, Tuesday afternoons, Jan. 5-26, RAPRD Activity Center. Cost is $28.
Learn to Knit Socks, Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m., Jan. 4-18, Enchanted Yarns in Redmond. Learn to make a pair of socks using the magic loop method. Requires a basic understanding of how to cast on, knit, purl and repair goofs. Cost is $40.
For information on these and other classes offered by the RAPRD, call 541-548-7275 or visit www.raprd.org.

StarFest light display
StarFest, Eagle Crest Resort’s annual holiday light display, is illuminated nightly 5-10 p.m., now through Jan. 2. Visitors can drive through the mile-long light display every night, or take a horse drawn wagon ride on weekends between 6 and 8 p.m. The Inn at Eagle Crest features the Teddy Bear Suite, the StarFest Gift Shop, carolers, coffee and hot cocoa, cookie decorating (proceeds to benefit the Humane Society). Santa and Mrs. Claus make appearances Friday and Saturays from 6-8 p.m. Admission is free but donated of non perishable food items are requested. Information: 800-682-4786 or visit www.eagle-crest.com

Country Christmas at the Ranch
The DD Ranch in Terrebonne is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for its Ninth Annual Country Christmas Wonderland now through Dec. 24. In the Country Store there are Christmas trees, boughs, wreaths, holly, homemade gifts, dried flower wreaths, assorted holiday décor and a café. Family friendly activities include a Storybook Lane with a pond and a petting zoo. Each Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 20, there will be tractor hayrides and Grandpa’s Mixed Corral Fun Area with a super slide, reindeer rides, hay maze and roller slide. Hayrides are $3. Admission to the Fun Area is $3.50. The Ranch is located at 3836 N.E. Smith Rock Way. Information: 541-548-1432 or visit www.ddranch.net.

December 8, 2009

Event calendar

WEDNESDAY
Dec. 9
KEYBOARDING CLASS: Class for beginners or those wanting to improve. Features an introduction to Ultra Key typing software. First come, first served, and registration is 20 minutes before class starts; free; 9-11 a.m.; COIC WorkSource Bend, 1645 N.E. Forbes Road, Bend; 541-389-9661 or www.coic.org.
HISTORICAL COMMISSION: Redmond Historical Commission meeting, 2 p.m.; public is welcome; 529 S.W. Seventh St.; agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
FIRE BOARD: Deschutes County Rural Fire Protection District meeting, 7 p.m.; public is welcome; Cline Falls Station, 100 N.W. 67th St.

THURSDAY
Dec. 10
LEARN TO CROCHET: Learn how to chain, single crochet and double crochet. Participants will receive a beginner pattern at the end of class. Ages 8 and up. Hosted by RAPRD; $25; 8-10:30 a.m.; Enchanted Yarns, 515 S.W. Cascade Ave., Redmond; 541-548-7275 or www.raprd.org.
CELEBRATE OREGON AUTHORS: Willy Vlautin, author of “Motel Life” and “Northline,” reads from and discusses his work; free; 4 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1034.
“LIGHT UP A LIFE”: Light a candle in honor of loved ones and listen to live music; advance registration required to have names listed in program; free; 5-6 p.m.; Sisters Art Works, 204 W. Adams St., Sisters; 541-548-7483 or brvhospice@bendbroadband.com.
“IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE”: The Redmond High School drama department presents the holiday classic featuring a man who sees what the world would be like without him when an angel visits on Christmas Eve; presented as a radio broadcast; $5; 7 p.m.; Redmond High School, 675 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 541-923-4800.
“THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER”: The Children’s Theater Company of Redmond presents a play about bad kids who take over a Christmas pageant; $3, $5 reserved seating; 7 p.m.; The Bridge Church of the Nazarene, 2398 W. Antler Ave., Redmond; 541-460-3024, info@childrenstheatercompany.net or www.childrenstheatercompany.net.

FRIDAY
Dec. 11
BAKE SALE: Baked goods will be for sale; proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Redmond; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Humane Society of Redmond, 1355 N.E. Hemlock Ave., Redmond; 541-923-0882.
WINTER CRAFTS FOR KIDS: A winter story and several fun crafts for kids 5 to 11. Materials and snacks provided; free; 1-2 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1054 or peggyr@dpls.us.
BINGO: Doors open at 4 p.m.; American Legion Post #44, 708 S.W. Eighth St., Redmond; 541-548-5688.
ST. THOMAS STARLITE GALA: Annual St. Thomas of Redmond’s Starlite Gala Dinner, Dance and Auction fundraiser. Live entertainment and dancing, gourmet dinner and auction; $60 per person; 6 p.m.; Eagle Crest Resort, Conference Center, 1522 Cline Falls Road, Redmond; 541-548-3785 or541-923-3390.
“IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE”: The Redmond High School drama department presents the holiday classic featuring a man who sees what the world would be like without him when an angel visits on Christmas Eve; presented as a radio broadcast; $5; 7 p.m.; Redmond High School, 675 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 541-923-4800.
“THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER”: The Children’s Theater Company of Redmond presents a play about bad kids who take over a Christmas pageant; $3, $5 reserved seating; 7 p.m.; The Bridge Church of the Nazarene, 2398 W. Antler Ave., Redmond; 541-460-3024, info@childrenstheatercompany.net or www.childrenstheatercompany.net.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Featuring harpist Bronn Journey and Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” performed the Central Oregon Women’s Ensemble; $15; 7 p.m.; Community Presbyterian Church, 529 N.W. 19th St., Redmond; 541-548-3367.

SATURDAY
Dec. 12
GO GREEN BAGS: Join the “green” revolution by learning how to sew your own reusable bags that can be used for groceries, sleepovers, the pool and more. All materials included. For kids in grades 3 and up; $20; 10 a.m.-noon; Redmond Area Park and Recreation District, Activity Center, 335 S.E. Jackson St., Redmond; 541-548-7275 or www.raprd.org.
CHRISTMAS PHOTOS: Take a photo with Santa and a live reindeer; proceeds benefit the Redmond Reign 18u fast pitch softball team; $10; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Operation Santa Claus, 4355 W. Highway 126, Redmond; 541-548-0718.
“IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE”: The Redmond High School drama department presents the holiday classic featuring a man who sees what the world would be like without him when an angel visits on Christmas Eve; presented as a radio broadcast; $5; 2 p.m.; Redmond High School, 675 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 541-923-4800.
HANDBELL CHOIR CONCERT: Central Oregon choirs perform handbell music in a “High Desert Bells Ringing in the Season” concert; proceeds benefit NeighborImpact; donations accepted; 2 p.m.; Church of the Nazarene, 1270 N.E. 27th St., Bend; 541-480-7614.
“IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE”: The Redmond High School drama department presents the holiday classic featuring a man who sees what the world would be like without him when an angel visits on Christmas Eve; presented as a radio broadcast; $5; 7 p.m.; Redmond High School, 675 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 541-923-4800.
“THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER”: The Children’s Theater Company of Redmond presents a play about bad kids who take over a Christmas pageant; $3, $5 reserved seating; 7 p.m.; The Bridge Church of the Nazarene, 2398 W. Antler Ave., Redmond; 541-460-3024, info@childrenstheatercompany.net or www.childrenstheatercompany.net.
CHRISTMAS SING 'N SWEETS: A joyful Christmas event for the whole family. Carol singing, Christmas cookies and a musical presentation of the Christmas story. Admission is free but seating is limited. Advance tickets are available at the church office; 7 p.m.; Highland Baptist Church, 3100 S.W. Highland Ave., Redmond; 541-548-4161 or www.hbcredmond.org.
HOLIDAY MAGIC CONCERT: The Central Oregon Community College Cascade Chorale performs under the direction of James Knox; proceeds benefit Central Oregon Resources for Independent Living; $15; 7 p.m.; Summit High School, 2855 N.W. Clearwater Drive, Bend; 541-388-8103 or www.coril.org.
GIANT DESCHUTES WAREHOUSE PARTY: Featuring music, beer, a slide show, food and more; 21 and older only; proceeds benefit Central Oregon Trail Alliance; $5; 8 p.m.-1 a.m.; Deschutes Brewery’s lower warehouse, 399 S.W. Shevlin-Hixon Drive, Bend; 541-385-8606.

SUNDAY
Dec. 13
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Includes a Christmas choir Cantata with orchestra and over 40 cast members of children and adults; free; 11 a.m.; Community Presbyterian Church, 529 N.W. 19th St., Redmond; 541-548-3367.
CHRISTMAS PHOTOS: Take a photo with Santa and a live reindeer; proceeds benefit the Redmond Reign 18u fast pitch softball team; $10; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Operation Santa Claus, 4355 W. State Highway 126, Redmond; 541-548-0718.
BINGO: Doors open at 10:30 a.m.; American Legion Post #44, 708 S.W. Eighth St., Redmond; 541-548-5688.
CASCADE HORIZON BAND: The senior band performs a holiday concert featuring selections from “Chicago,” Sousa, “White Christmas” and more; donations accepted; 2 p.m.; Mountain View High School, 2755 N.E. 27th St., Bend; 541-382-2712, cascadehorizonband@yahoo.com or http://cascadehorizonband.org.
“THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER”: The Children’s Theater Company of Redmond presents a play about bad kids who take over a Christmas pageant; $3, $5 reserved seating; 2:30 p.m.; The Bridge Church of the Nazarene, 2398 W. Antler Ave., Redmond; 541-460-3024, info@childrenstheatercompany.net or www.childrenstheatercompany.net.
HOLIDAY MAGIC CONCERT: The Central Oregon Community College Cascade Chorale performs under the direction of James Knox; proceeds benefit Central Oregon Resources for Independent Living; $15; 3 p.m.; Summit High School, 2855 N.W. Clearwater Drive, Bend; 541-388-8103 or www.coril.org.
CHRISTMAS SING 'N SWEETS: A joyful Christmas event for the whole family. Carol singing, Christmas cookies and a musical presentation of the Christmas story. Admission is free but seating is limited. Advance tickets are available at the church office; 4 p.m.; Highland Baptist Church, 3100 S.W. Highland Ave., Redmond; 541-548-4161 or www.hbcredmond.org.
“LIGHT UP A LIFE”: Light a candle in honor of loved ones and listen to live music; advance registration required to have names listed in program; free; 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Hospice of Redmond-Sisters, 732 S.W. 23rd St., Redmond; 541-548-7483 or brvhospice@bendbroadband.com.

MONDAY
Dec. 14
AARP DRIVER SAFETY CLASS: For all ages. Senior citizens may be eligible for an auto insurance discount upon completion; $12 AARP members; $14 nonmembers; Class continues Dec. 15, 8 a.m. to noon.; Redmond Senior Center, 325 N.W. Dogwood Ave., Redmond; 541-548-6325.
PLANNING: Redmond Urban Area Planning Commission, work session; 7 p.m.; 777 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond. Agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
CHILD CARE OVERVIEW CLASS: Learn how to become a registered family child care provider. Registration required by Dec. 11; free; 9 a.m.-noon; NeighborImpact, 2303 S.W. First St., Redmond; 541-548-2380, deniseh@neighborimpact.org or www.neighborimpact.org.

TUESDAY
Dec. 15
“THREE BRIDGES OVER THE CROOKED RIVER”: Chuck Hutchings presents a program, including a film, on the construction of the bridges; followed by a meeting and a potluck lunch; free; 10 a.m.; Williamson Hall, 2200 N.E.Highway 20, Bend; 541-317-8978 or 541-317-9553.
PUBLIC ART: Redmond Commission for Art in Public Places, 4:30 p.m., conference room A, city hall, 716 S.W. Evergreen Ave. Agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
REDMOND PARKS: Redmond Parks Commission meeting, open to the public, 6:30 p.m., conference room A, city hall, 716 S.W. Evergreen Ave. Agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOODMOBILE: Blood donations needed; free; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 450 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 800-GIVE LIFE.

WEDNESDAY
Dec. 16
SCHOOL BOARD: Redmond School Board meeting, 5:30 p.m., open to the public, 145 S.E. Salmon Ave.; agenda at www.redmond.k12.or.us.
FLU SHOTS:Crooked River Ranch Fire Station, 6971 S.W. Shad Rd.; 1-3 p.m.; seasonal flu vaccines, $30, will bill BCBS, Medicare, Clear Choice, OHP only; H1N1 $15 or bill insurance with copy of card (front and back); 541-475-4456.

THURSDAY
Dec. 17
GAME DAY FOR TEENS: Teens 12 to 17 can play Nintendo Wii, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and more. Snack provided; free; 3:15-4:45 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1063 or mercedesh@dpls.us.

FRIDAY
Dec. 18
“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: Bend Experimental Art Theatre presents an adaptation of Dickens’ classic holiday tale; $18 or $24, $12 children; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or www.towertheatre.org.

SATURDAY
Dec. 19
THE CENTRAL OREGON MASTERSINGERS: The premier 42-voice choir will perform a Christmas concert “Ring Noel!” under the direction of Clyde Thompson; with the Bells of Sunriver; $15, $10 ages 18 and younger; 7:30 p.m.; Church of the Nazarene, 1270 N.E. 27th St., Bend; 541-385-7229 or www.co-mastersingers.com.

SUNDAY
Dec. 20
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Includes a Christmas choir Cantata with orchestra and over 40 cast members of children and adults; free; 4 p.m.; Community Presbyterian Church, 529 N.W. 19th St., Redmond; 541-548-3367.

Health screenings for tots
Appointments are being accepted for free health screenings for children birth to five Dec. 11 in Redmond. Healthy Beginnings screens children in hearing, speech and language, motor skills, cognitive development, vision, health and safety, dental, behavior and nutrition. Appointments are limited. Information: 541-383-6357 or www.healthybeginnings.info.

StarFest light display
StarFest, Eagle Crest Resort’s annual holiday light display, is illuminated nightly 5-10 p.m., through Jan. 2. Visitors can drive through the mile-long light display every night, or take a horse drawn wagon ride on weekends between 6 and 8 p.m. The Inn at Eagle Crest features the Teddy Bear Suite, the StarFest Gift Shop, carolers, coffee and hot cocoa, cookie decorating (proceeds to benefit the Humane Society). Santa and Mrs. Claus make appearances Friday and Saturdays from 6-8 p.m. Admission is free but donations of nonperishable food items are requested. Information: 800-682-4786 or visit www.eagle-crest.com

Country Christmas at DD Ranch
The DD Ranch in Terrebonne is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for its Ninth Annual Country Christmas Wonderland through Dec. 24. In the Country Store there are Christmas trees, boughs, wreaths, holly, homemade gifts, dried flower wreaths, assorted holiday décor and a café. Family friendly activities include a Storybook Lane with a pond and a petting zoo. Each Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 20, there will be tractor hayrides and Grandpa’s Mixed Corral Fun Area with a super slide, reindeer rides, hay maze and roller slide. Hayrides are $3. Admission to the Fun Area is $3.50. The Ranch is located at 3836 N.E. Smith Rock Way. Information: 541-548-1432 or visit www.ddranch.net.

Free Legal Help For Seniors
Central Oregon Council on Aging and the Legal Aid Services of Oregon will offer free legal help to seniors Dec. 18 at the Redmond Senior Center, 325 N.W. Dogwood Ave. Advice is given in the areas of income maintenance, healthcare, food and nutrition and housing and utilities. Criminal cases, simple wills, fee generating cases or conflicts of interest cannot be handled through this program. Information: Robby Miller at 541-548-1086.

KIDS Center and coffee fundraiser
On Dec. 11, Dutch Bros. coffee huts will donate proceeds from every beverage sold to The KIDS Center (Kids Intervention and Diagnostic Services Center). Buck for Kids Day will take place at all 153 Dutch Bros. Last year, Dutch Bros. Coffee contributed nearly $65,000 dollars to local children’s organizations on Buck for Kids Day.

Clues in an old photo

Reader Garth Ziegenhagen brought us this old postcard of a Redmond freight wagon but it has no other indication for the date or exact location. We're thinking west of the railroad tracks near the present day Tum-a-Lum building, or perhaps near the Farmer's Co-op on Evergreen Avenue. Any ideas?

Obituaries

Richard Howard Brittsan
June 16, 1919 - Dec. 1, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals - Redmond, 541-504-9485
Graveside service was held December 5, 2009, Sunset Memorial Park, Coos Bay.

Steven Lewis Donovan
Feb. 25, 1948 - Dec. 2, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals - Redmond, 541-504-9485
Graveside service was held on December 7, 2009 at Redmond Memorial Cemetery.

Winalee Philena Stewart
Mar. 13, 1914 - Nov. 29, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals - Redmond, 541-504-9485
Memorial service was held on December 5, 2009.

Betty Jean Hall
Oct. 15, 1928 - Nov. 30, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals - Redmond, 541-504-9485
Private Services have been held.

Justin Richard Butler
April 12, 1995 - November 8, 2009
Justin Richard Butler died Nov. 8, 2009, at the age of 14 years. Justin lived and attended school in Culver, Ore. He was in the 9th grade. Justin loved the outdoors. He enjoyed camping, swimming, hunting and skateboarding. He was a very outgoing young boy. He will be remembered by his sincerity, kindness, and compassion for others. Most of all though, he will be remembered for his ongoing sense of humor. Justin had a lot of friends. We all loved him very much and will miss him always. We will never forget Justin for his smile. He was a wonderful son and brother.
He is survived by his mother, Kristina Butler; father, Richard Butler; brother, Coltan; and sister, Ashley of Culver; grandparents, Wayne and Sharon Cheshire of Prineville; Shirley Butler of Lone Pine; Bill and Carolee Clark of Springfield and god grandparent Chuck Hillis of Prineville. Also many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Justin was preceded in death by his grandfather, Richard L. Butler; and cousin, Kimberly A. (Dexter) Freeman.
Memorial contributions may be made in the name of Justin Richard Butler Memorial at any Home Federal Bank.
Redmond Memorial Chapel served the family. www.redmondmemorial.com

Ellen Louise Freeman
Jan. 13, 1931 - Nov. 28, 2009
Ellen Louise Freeman passed away Saturday, November 28, at her home in Redmond.
Ellen was born in Cadiz, Ohio, to Paul and Emily Mallernee. When Ellen was 12, her family moved to California where she continued her education and graduated from Garfield High School in the eastern part of Los Angeles.
In 1965, Ellen moved to Eugene, Ore., where she met Luther Freeman whom she married in Reno, Nev., in 1977. In 1986, Ellen moved to Bahia Kino (on the Sea of Cortez), Mexico, where she lived until moving to Terrebonne in 1993.
Ellen enjoyed the "outdoors" - both the flora and fauna. She loved life, people and "just being."
Ellen was preceded in death by both of her parents and one sister. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Watts of Oklahoma; sons, Randall Tokich of Eugene, David Tokich of Palmer, Ark., John Tokich of Coos Bay; five grandchildren; her sisters, Peggy Ellis of Santa Barbara, Calif., Irene Sandoval of Riverside, Calif.; and husband, Luther of Nevada.
Per the wishes of her family no services will be held.
Autumn Funerals-Redmond (541-504-9485) is assisting the family.

Kenneth K. Kaler Jr.
June 17, 1943 - Nov. 30, 2009
Kenneth K. Kaler Jr. of Redmond, died in Bend on Nov. 30, 2009, at the age of 66 years.
He came to Redmond 30 years ago. In 2000, he started square dancing and loved the fun and fellowship of it and in 2002 he met Kitty Fox while dancing. They were married in 2003.
They enjoyed dancing until his health declined early in 2009.
Besides his wife Kitty, he is survived by two sons, Kenneth of Calif., and Curtis of Ariz.; a daughter, Kathy Fox of Madras; and grandchildren, Rachel and Curtis Fox, and Devon and Morgan of Wash.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his first wife, Sally, and his parents.
Graveside services will be held at Redmond Memorial Cemetery on Friday, December 11, 2009, at 1 p.m.
Those who wish may send memorials in Kenneth's name to either the American Cancer Society or the Humane Society of one’s choice.
Redmond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. www.redmondmemorial.com

December 2, 2009

Event calendar

THURSDAY
Dec. 3
SPANISH COMPUTER CLASS: Class topics cover basic functions of Microsoft Word and how to edit and save a report. Familiarity with Windows operating system required and the class is taught in Spanish. Preregistration required; free; 9-10:30 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1066 or sarahv@dpls.us.
FIRST THURSDAY LUNCHEON: Delores Reynolds, the regional technician for the Bureau of the Census, will speak about the 2010 Census; $7.99 for the buffet; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; King Buffet, 2050 N.E. Third St., Bend; 541-389-6990, evenings only or jablum@communitybroadband.com.
HOLIDAY CRAFTS FOR TEENS: Teens 12 to 17 can make holiday gifts. Materials and snacks provided; free; 3:15-4:45 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1063 or mercedesh@dpls.us.
CIVIL WAR FOOTBALL: Watch the football game between Oregon State University and the University of Oregon; proceeds benefit the Crook County Foundation; $25; 6 p.m., doors open 5 p.m.; Pine Theater, 214 N. Main St., Prineville; 541-447-6909.

FRIDAY
Dec. 4
BINGO: Open to the public; Doors open at 4 p.m. First game starts at 6 p.m.; American Legion Post #44, 708 S.W. Eighth St., Redmond; 541-548-5688.
I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR: Tour a home decorated in holiday style, featuring more than 40 Christmas trees with themed decorations; proceeds benefit the Children’s Vision Foundation, the Deschutes County Historical Society and the Williams Syndrome Association; $5; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 2009 tour home, 21163 Clairaway Ave., Bend; 541-382-7375.
FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY WALK: Event includes art exhibit openings, artist talks, live music, wine and food in downtown Bend, the Old Mill District and NorthWest Crossing; free; 5 to 9 p.m., and until 8 p.m. in NorthWest Crossing; throughout Bend.
“CHRISTMAS BELLES”: Opening night of Cascades Theatrical Company’s tale of a church Christmas program that spins out of control; followed by a dessert and champagne reception; $20, $15 seniors, $12 students; 7:30 p.m.; Greenwood Playhouse, 148 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; 541-389-0803 or www.cascadestheatrical.org.
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: Part of the Home for the Holiday events in downtown Redmond. The gallery will feature more than 60 new original works by various artists; free; 5-8 p.m.; High Desert Gallery, 453 S.W. Sixth St., Redmond; 541-548-1811 or www.highdesertgallery.com.
CHRISTMAS KAYAKERS FLOAT: Kayaks and canoes decorated with lights paddle a loop beginning at the bridge at Galveston Avenue; bring a life jacket and boat to participate; free; 4:30 p.m. gathering, 5:15 p.m. float; Mirror Pond, Deschutes River at Drake Park, Bend; 541-317-9407.
“MAKIN’ ROOM”: Bend Theatre for Young People presents a musical by Dennis and Nan Allen about children who learn a lesson while making a video for a fundraiser; proceeds benefit Bend Area Habitat for Humanity; $7, $3 ages 12 and younger; 7 p.m.; First Presbyterian Church, 230 N.E. Ninth St., Bend; 541-419-1395, BendTheatre4YoungPeople@gmail.com or www.bendtheatre.org.
“RISE”: A screening of the film about the industry and sport of fly-fishing; proceeds benefit the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council and The Freshwater Trust; $10; 7 p.m., doors open 6:15 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or http://thefreshwatertrust.org/rise-bend.

SATURDAY
Dec. 5
COUNTRY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND: Featuring reindeer rides, children’s play area, a petting zoo and more; Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 20; $3 hayrides, $3.50 play area; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; DD Ranch, 3836 N.E. Smith Rock Way, Terrebonne; 541-548-1432 or www.ddranch.net.
CROOKED RIVER RANCH OLDE FASHIONED CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION: Includes visits with Santa, a parade, an illumination of the ranch Christmas tree and more; free; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Crooked River Ranch Administration Building, 5195 S.W. Clubhouse Drive, Crooked River Ranch; 541-548-8939.
FESTIVAL OF TREES: The 26th annual event showcases decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and more; music, refreshments, visits with Santa and more are included; proceeds benefit Redmond-Sisters Hospice; free family festivities, $30 hors d’oeuvres dinner, $50 seated dinner; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. family festivities, 5 p.m. gala buyers auction; Eagle Crest Resort, Conference Center, 1522 Cline Falls Road, Redmond; 541-548-7483.
I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR: Tour a home decorated in holiday style, featuring more than 40 Christmas trees with themed decorations; proceeds benefit the Children’s Vision Foundation, the Deschutes County Historical Society and the Williams Syndrome Association; $5; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 2009 tour home, 21163 Clairaway Ave., Bend; 541-382-7375.
CHRISTMAS PHOTOS: Take a photo with Santa and a live reindeer; proceeds benefit the Redmond Reign 18u fast pitch softball team; $10; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Operation Santa Claus, 4355 W. State Highway 126, Redmond; 541-548-0718.
“MAKIN’ ROOM”: Bend Theatre for Young People presents a musical by Dennis and Nan Allen about children who learn a lesson while making a video for a fundraiser; proceeds benefit Bend Area Habitat for Humanity; $7, $3 ages 12 and younger; 2 p.m.; First Presbyterian Church, 230 N.E. Ninth St., Bend; 541-419-1395, BendTheatre4YoungPeople@gmail.com or www.bendtheatre.org.
“THE NUTCRACKER”: The Central Oregon School of Ballet performs the classic dance; $14-$17, $5 ages 12 and younger in advance; $20, $6 ages 12 and younger at the door; 3 p.m.; Bend High School, 230 N.E. Sixth St., Bend; 541-390-5008 or www.centraloregonschoolofballet.com.
MAKE HOLIDAY COOKIES AND CAKES: This class will teach you how to make professional cakes and cookies from scratch. Everyone will take home a six-inch cake and a dozen cookies. Ages 16 and up. Hosted by RAPRD; $25; 3-4:30 p.m.; Redmond High School Hartman Campus, 2105 W. Antler Ave., Redmond; 541-548-7275 or www.raprd.org.
“HIGH DESERT NUTCRACKER”: The classic holiday ballet, in a style inspired by Central Oregon people and culture. Presented by Ballet Sage and Redmond School of Dance; $5; 7 p.m.; Redmond High School, 675 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 541-548-6957.
“THE NUTCRACKER”: The Central Oregon School of Ballet performs the classic dance; $14-$17, $5 ages 12 and younger in advance; $20, $6 ages 12 and younger at the door; 7 p.m.; Bend High School, 230 N.E. Sixth St., Bend; 541-390-5008 or www.centraloregonschoolofballet.com.

SUNDAY
Dec. 6
BINGO: Open to the public; Doors open at 10:30 a.m. First game starts at 12:30 p.m.; American Legion Post #44, 708 S.W. Eighth St., Redmond; 541-548-5688.
COUNTRY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND: Featuring reindeer rides, children’s play area, a petting zoo and more; Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 20; $3 hayrides, $3.50 play area; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; DD Ranch, 3836 N.E. Smith Rock Way, Terrebonne; 541-548-1432 or www.ddranch.net.
CROOKED RIVER RANCH OLDE FASHIONED CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION: Includes visits with Santa, a parade, an illumination of the ranch Christmas tree and more; free; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Crooked River Ranch Administration Building, 5195 S.W. Clubhouse Drive, Crooked River Ranch; 541-548-8939.
CHRISTMAS PHOTOS: Take a photo with Santa and a live reindeer; proceeds benefit the Redmond Reign 18u fast pitch softball team; $10; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Operation Santa Claus, 4355 W. State Highway 126, Redmond; 541-548-0718.
CASCADE WINDS SYMPHONIC BAND: Band standards, show tunes, orchestra transcriptions, marches and more performed under the direction of Dan Judd; donations accepted; 2 p.m.; Summit High School, 2855 N.W. Clearwater Drive, Bend; 541-593-1635 or www.cascadewinds.org.
“THE NUTCRACKER”: The Central Oregon School of Ballet performs the classic dance; $14-$17, $5 ages 12 and younger in advance; $20, $6 ages 12 and younger at the door; 3 p.m.; Bend High School, 230 N.E. Sixth St., Bend; 541-390-5008 or www.centraloregonschoolofballet.com.
COSMIC SWIM: Lights, music and games. For middle school students only. Must show student I.D; $2.50; 8:30-10:30 p.m.; Cascade Swim Center, 465 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 541-548-7275.

MONDAY
Dec. 7
PLANNING: Redmond Urban Area Planning Commission; 7 p.m.; council chambers, 777 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond. Agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us

TUESDAY
Dec. 8
CITY COUNCIL: Redmond City Council, 6:45 a.m. and 7 p.m.; council chambers, 777 S.W. Deschutes Ave. Agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us
LEARN TO KNIT: Learn to cast on, knit, purl and cast-off. Students also receive some basic instructions on how to read patterns and will leave with a simple cotton wash cloth pattern to begin working on. Ages 8 and up. Hosted by RAPRD; $25; 8-10:30 a.m.; Enchanted Yarns, 515 SW Cascade Ave., Redmond; 541-548-7275 or www.raprd.org.
AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOODMOBILE: Blood donations needed; free; 1-6:30 p.m.; Powell Butte Church, 13720 S.W. Highway 126, Powell Butte; 800-GIVE LIFE.
NEW CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: An inaugural meeting of the new independent Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregiver’s Support Group; 3:30-5 p.m.; Redmond Senior Center, 325 N.W. Dogwood Ave., Redmond; Dave,541-504-0571.
TALK OF THE TOWN: COTV hosts a town hall discussion on Measures 66 and 67, which would raise corporate and personal taxes; reservations requested; free; 6:30-8 p.m.; Greenwood Playhouse, 148 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; 541-388-5814, talk@bendbroadband.com or www.talkofthetownco.com.

WEDNESDAY
Dec. 9
KEYBOARDING CLASS: Class for beginners or those wanting to improve. Features an introduction to Ultra Key typing software. First come, first served, and registration is 20 minutes before class starts; free; 9-11 a.m.; COIC WorkSource Bend, 1645 N.E. Forbes Road, Bend; 541-389-9661 or www.coic.org.
HISTORY: Redmond Historical Commission; 2 p.m., Redmond Museum, 529 S.W. Seventh St. Agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us
FIRE DISTRICT: Deschutes County Rural Fire Protection District No. 1, board of directors meeting; 7 p.m.; Cline Falls Station; 100 N.W. 67th St.

THURSDAY
Dec. 10
LEARN TO CROCHET: Learn how to chain, single crochet and double crochet. Participants will receive a beginner pattern at the end of class. Ages 8 and up. Hosted by RAPRD; $25; 8-10:30 a.m.; Enchanted Yarns, 515 SW Cascade Ave., Redmond; 541-548-7275 or www.raprd.org.
CELEBRATE OREGON AUTHORS: Willy Vlautin, author of “Motel Life” and “Northline,” reads from and discusses his work; free; 4 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1034.
“LIGHT UP A LIFE”: Light a candle in honor of loved ones and listen to live music; advance registration required to have names listed in program; free; 5-6 p.m.; Sisters Art Works, 204 W. Adams St., Sisters; 541-548-7483 or brvhospcie@bendbroadband.com.
“IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE”: The Redmond High School drama department presents the holiday classic featuring a man who sees what the world would be like without him when an angel visits on Christmas Eve; presented as a radio broadcast; $5; 7 p.m.; Redmond High School, 675 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 541-923-4800.

FRIDAY
Dec. 11
WINTER CRAFTS FOR KIDS: A winter story and several fun crafts for kids 5 to 11. Materials and snacks provided; free; 1-2 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1054 or peggyr@dpls.us.
ST. THOMAS STARLITE GALA: Annual St. Thomas of Redmond’s Starlite Gala Dinner, Dance and Auction fundraiser for St. Thomas Academy. Live entertainment and dancing, gourmet dinner and auction; $60 per person; 6 p.m.; Eagle Crest Resort, Conference Center, 1522 Cline Falls Road, Redmond; 541-548-3785 or 541-923-3390.
“IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE”: The Redmond High School drama department presents the holiday classic featuring a man who sees what the world would be like without him when an angel visits on Christmas Eve; presented as a radio broadcast; $5; 7 p.m.; Redmond High School, 675 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 541-923-4800.

SATURDAY
Dec. 12
GO GREEN BAGS: Join the “green” revolution by learning how to sew your own reusable bags that can be used for groceries, sleepovers, the pool and more. All materials included. For kids in grades 3 and up; $20; 10 a.m.-noon; Redmond Area Park and Recreation District, Activity Center, 335 S.E. Jackson St., Redmond; 541-548-7275 or www.raprd.org.
CHRISTMAS PHOTOS: Take a photo with Santa and a live reindeer; proceeds benefit the Redmond Reign 18u fast pitch softball team; $10; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Operation Santa Claus, 4355 W. Highway 126, Redmond; 541-548-0718.
“IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE”: The Redmond High School drama department presents the holiday classic featuring a man who sees what the world would be like without him when an angel visits on Christmas Eve; presented as a radio broadcast; $5; 2 p.m.; Redmond High School, 675 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 541-923-4800.
HANDBELL CHOIR CONCERT: Central Oregon choirs perform handbell music in a “High Desert Bells Ringing in the Season” concert; proceeds benefit NeighborImpact; donations accepted; 2 p.m.; Church of the Nazarene, 1270 N.E. 27th St., Bend; 541-480-7614.
CHRISTMAS SING 'N SWEETS: A joyful Christmas event for the whole family. Carol singing, Christmas cookies and a musical presentation of the Christmas story. Admission is free but seating is limited. Advance tickets are available at the church office; 7 p.m.; Highland Baptist Church, 3100 S.W. Highland Ave., Redmond; 541-548-4161 or www.hbcredmond.org.
HOLIDAY MAGIC CONCERT: The Central Oregon Community College Cascade Chorale performs under the direction of James Knox; proceeds benefit Central Oregon Resources for Independent Living; $15; 7 p.m.; Summit High School, 2855 N.W. Clearwater Drive, Bend; 541-771-6184 or www.coril.org.
GIANT DESCHUTES WAREHOUSE PARTY: Featuring music, beer, a slide show, food and more; 21 and older only; proceeds benefit Central Oregon Trail Alliance; $5; 8 p.m.-1 a.m.; Deschutes Brewery’s lower warehouse, 399 S.W. Shevlin-Hixon Drive, Bend; 541-385-8606.

SUNDAY
Dec. 13
CHRISTMAS PHOTOS: Take a photo with Santa and a live reindeer; proceeds benefit the Redmond Reign 18u fast pitch softball team; $10; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Operation Santa Claus, 4355 W. Highway 126, Redmond; 541-548-0718.
CASCADE HORIZON BAND: The senior band performs a holiday concert featuring selections from “Chicago,” Sousa, “White Christmas” and more; donations accepted; 2 p.m.; Mountain View High School, 2755 N.E. 27th St., Bend; 541-382-2712, cascadehorizonband@yahoo.com or http://cascadehorizonband.org.
HOLIDAY MAGIC CONCERT: The Central Oregon Community College Cascade Chorale performs under the direction of James Knox; proceeds benefit Central Oregon Resources for Independent Living; $15; 3 p.m.; Summit High School, 2855 N.W. Clearwater Drive, Bend; 541-771-6184 or www.coril.org.
CHRISTMAS SING 'N SWEETS: A joyful Christmas event for the whole family. Carol singing, Christmas cookies and a musical presentation of the Christmas story. Admission is free but seating is limited. Advance tickets are available at the church office; 4 p.m.; Highland Baptist Church, 3100 S.W. Highland Ave., Redmond; 541-548-4161 or www.hbcredmond.org.
“LIGHT UP A LIFE”: Light a candle in honor of loved ones and listen to live music; advance registration required to have names listed in program; free; 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Hospice of Redmond-Sisters, 732 S.W. 23rd St., Redmond; 541-548-7483 or brvhospcie@bendbroadband.com.
CHRISTMAS SING 'N SWEETS: A joyful Christmas event for the whole family. Carol singing, Christmas cookies and a musical presentation of the Christmas story. Admission is free but seating is limited. Advance tickets are available at the church office; 6:30 p.m.; Highland Baptist Church, 3100 S.W. Highland Ave., Redmond; 541-548-4161 or www.hbcredmond.org.
RITA COOLIDGE: Two-time Grammy winner performs hits and carols; accompanied by the Youth Choir of Central Oregon; $35-$40; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700.

MONDAY
Dec. 14
AARP DRIVER SAFETY CLASS: For all ages. Senior citizens may be eligible for an auto insurance discount upon completion; $12 AARP members; $14 nonmembers; Class continues Dec. 15, 8 a.m. to noon.; Redmond Senior Center, 325 N.W. Dogwood Ave., Redmond; 541-548-6325.

TUESDAY
Dec. 15
AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOODMOBILE: Blood donations needed; free; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 450 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 800-GIVE LIFE.

November 30, 2009

Obituaries

Eugene ‘Gene’ H. Miller
Feb. 11, 1927 - Nov. 26, 2009
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel, 541-548-3219 www.redmondmemorial.com
Services and viewing was held Dec. 1, 2009, Redmond Memorial Chapel.
Contributions may be made to: Hospice of Redmond-Sisters, 732 SW 23rd, Redmond, OR 97756.

Melvin Leo Round, of Prineville
Jan. 25, 1926 - Nov. 29, 2009
Arrangements:Prineville Funeral Home, 541-447-6459
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at The Redmond Assembly of God Church at 1865 W. Antler.
Contributions may be made to Pioneer Memorial Hospice, 1201 NE Elm St., Prineville, OR 97754.

John ‘Mike’ M. Walker, of Redmond
Oct. 19, 1947 - Nov. 5, 2009
Arrangements:Redmond Memorial Chapel, 541-548-3219
Memorial Service, Saturday, December 5, 2009, 1:00 p.m., Terrebonne Roping Club at 9249 NW 31st, Terrebonne.

Marvin Eirie Marlin, Redmond
March 27, 1930 - Nov. 25, 2009
Arrangements: Deschutes Memorial Chapel, 541-382-5592
www.deschutesmemorialchapel.com
Private family services will be held at a later date.

Eugene Deloss Young, of Terrebonne
July 8, 1933 - Nov. 21, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals - Redmond
Celebration of Life service at 1 pm, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009,
Word of Victory, 645 SE Salmon Ave. Redmond, OR.

Jack Danley, of Redmond
June 15, 1918 - Nov. 25, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals - Redmond
541-504-9485
Services will be held in the near future at the Kingdom Hall in Redmond.

Mary Ann Barkhurst, of Redmond
June 16, 1951 - Nov. 19, 2009
Services were held at Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Pamela J. Bass
Aug. 13, 1958 - Nov. 18, 2009
On Wednesday, November 18, Pam was taken from us to go to a better place. She was at home and surrounded by her family at the time of her passing.
Pam was born on August 13, 1958, in Bend, Ore. at the old St. Charles Hospital on top of
the hill. Her parents were Charles and Elizabeth Bass (who preceded her
in death). She grew up in Redmond most of her life.
Pam graduated from Redmond High School in 1976. Pam worked as a CNA for many years in Bend, but the job she loved the most was being a pre-school teacher in Bend at The Growing Tree, for many happy years. She was also a foster parent for Deschutes County for many years and just had so much love for children.
She enjoyed spending time with her family, reading, puzzles, music arts and crafts and painting.
She leaves three children too soon but loves them very much,: son, David Bass and grandson, Jacob; son, John Bass, all of Redmond; daughter, Tiffany Bass and grandson, Isaiah Bass of Shreveport, LA. She also leaves her beloved niece, Roxanna and her husband, Mike Manning and her wonderful nephews, Cole and Ty Manning of Redmond. She leaves her sister, Ruby Bass, who she has shared her home and her life with for the last 30 years and her beloved baby brother, Hank Bass, his wife, Tina Bass and their two children, Jesse and Kelsie of Redmond. She leaves her wonderful aunt and uncle, Margaret and Robert Warnick of Pioneer, CA., her special family the Burdicks: Tony, Teresa, James and Tia of Redmond. She leaves many aunts, uncles and cousins in the Bend area. To all her friends, thank you for all the support and love. We will miss her very much.
A service will be held at a later date. Redmond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
www.redmondmemorial.com

November 24, 2009

Event calendar

WEDNESDAY
Nov. 25
AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOODMOBILE: Blood donations needed; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Redmond Grange, 707 S.W. Kalama Ave., Redmond; 800-GIVE LIFE.

THURSDAY
Nov. 26
GINGERBREAD JUNCTION: A display of gingerbread houses opens; runs through Dec. 27; free; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunriver Resort Great Hall, 17728 Abbot Drive, Sunriver; 800-486-8591 or www.sunriver-resort.com/landing/gingerbread.php.
COMMUNITY OF REDMOND THANKSGIVING DINNER: Featuring turkey and trimmings prepared by two local chefs; free; 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Redmond Senior Center, 325 N.W. Dogwood Ave., Redmond; 541-548-7128.

FRIDAY
Nov. 27
HIGH DESERT ARTISAN CRAFT FAIR: A display of locally crafted jewelry, photography, embroidery and more; included in the price of admission; $10 adults, $9 ages 65 and older, $6 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Highway 97, Bend; 541-382-4754 or www.highdesertmuseum.org.
SCIENCE PARTY: See exploding pumpkins, expanding goo and billowing smoke, play with slime and more; $7, $5 High Desert Museum members; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Highway 97, Bend; 541-382-4754, ext. 241 or www.highdesertmuseum.org.
HOLIDAY PARTY: Local artists will be in attendance; Rachel Song will perform at 6 p.m; free; noon-9 p.m.; WineStyles, 249 N.W. Sixth St., Suite 1, Redmond; 541-526-0489.
CHICKS WITH PICKS: Featuring performances by The Royal Fiasco, Broken Down Guitars, The Sofa Kings and more; proceeds benefit Saving Grace; $6; 5-10 p.m.; Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom, 24 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; 541-388-8331 or www.myspace.com/musicsilvermoon.
AUTHOR PRESENTATION: R. Gregory Nokes speaks about his book, “Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon”; 6:30 p.m.; Paulina Springs Books, 422 S.W. Sixth St., Redmond; 541-526-1491 or www.rgregorynokes.com.

SATURDAY
Nov. 28
CENTRAL OREGON WINERY BARREL TASTING AND LIVE MUSIC: Taste wines from Maragas Winery and Volcano Vineyards and listen to live music from Just Joe and David Evans; refreshments provided; $5; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Maragas Winery, 15523 S.W. U.S. Highway 97, Culver; 541-546-5464.
KIDS DAY AT THE NATURE CENTER: A day of nature, science talks and activities, including a solar viewing; $2 adult, free ages 12 and younger; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory, 57245 River Road, Sunriver; 541-593-4394.
HIGH DESERT ARTISAN CRAFT FAIR: A display of locally crafted jewelry, photography, embroidery and more; included in the price of admission; $10 adults, $9 ages 65 and older, $6 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Highway 97, Bend; 541-382-4754 or www.highdesertmuseum.org.
OREGON SESQUICENTENNIAL AUTHOR SERIES: Crystal Sands talks about her book “The Children’s Travel Guide to Bend”; included in the price of admission; $10 adults, $9 ages 65 and older, $6 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger; 1:30 p.m.; High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Highway 97, Bend; 541-382-4754 or www.highdesertmuseum.org.
FAMILY COMEDY NIGHT: Charles Marshall presents a night of comedy; the Oregon State Vehicle Team will show a car; proceeds benefit the Bend High School Solar Car Team; $15, $45 family pass, $10 students; 7 p.m.; Trinity Lutheran Church & School, 2550 N.E. Butler Market Road, Bend; 541-385-0441 or tom.stueve@saints.org.

MONDAY
Nov. 30
DWEEZIL ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA: Frank Zappa’s son plays his father’s hits; $45-$81; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or www.towertheatre.org.

TUESDAY
Dec. 1
BEND GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY MEETS: Meeting topics are Beginning Genealogy and Research Methods. Open to the public; free; 10 a.m.; Williamson Hall, 2200 N.E. Highway 20, Bend; 541-317-8978 or www.orgenweb.org/deschutes/bend-gs.
AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOODMOBILE: Blood donations needed; free; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 450 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 800-GIVE LIFE.

WEDNESDAY
Dec. 2
HEALTHY HOLIDAY EATING: The Center for Integrated Medicine will host a class on how to survive the holidays without gaining weight. Presentation will include recipes and baking tips; free; 5:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-504-0250 or www.centerforintegratedmed.com.

THURSDAY
Dec. 3
SPANISH COMPUTER CLASS: Class topics cover basic functions of Microsoft Word and how to edit and save a report. Familiarity with Windows operating system required and the class is taught in Spanish. Preregistration required; free; 9-10:30 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1066 or sarahv@dpls.us.
HOLIDAY CRAFTS FOR TEENS: Teens 12 to 17 can make holiday gifts. Materials and snacks provided; free; 3:15-4:45 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1063 or mercedesh@dpls.us.
CIVIL WAR FOOTBALL: Watch the football game between Oregon State University and the University of Oregon; proceeds benefit the Crook County Foundation; $25; 6 p.m., doors open 5 p.m.; Pine Theater, 214 N. Main St., Prineville; 541-447-6909.

FRIDAY
Dec. 4
BINGO: Open to the public; Doors open at 4 p.m. First game starts at 6 p.m.; American Legion Post #44, 708 S.W. Eighth St., Redmond; 541-548-5688.
I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR: Tour a home decorated in holiday style, featuring more than 40 Christmas trees with themed decorations; proceeds benefit the Children’s Vision Foundation, the Deschutes County Historical Society and the Williams Syndrome Association; $5; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 2009 tour home, 21163 Clairaway Ave., Bend; 541-382-7375.
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: Part of the Home for the Holiday events in downtown Redmond. The gallery will feature more than 60 new original works by various artists; free; 5-8 p.m.; High Desert Gallery, 453 S.W. Sixth St., Redmond; 541-548-1811 or www.highdesertgallery.com.
CHRISTMAS KAYAKERS FLOAT: Kayaks and canoes decorated with lights paddle a loop beginning at the bridge at Galveston Avenue; bring a life jacket and boat to participate; free; 4:30 p.m. gathering, 5:15 p.m. float; Mirror Pond, Deschutes River at Drake Park, Bend; 541-330-9586.
“MAKIN’ ROOM”: Bend Theatre for Young People presents a musical by Dennis and Nan Allen about children who learn a lesson while making a video for a fundraiser; proceeds benefit Bend Area Habitat for Humanity; $7, $3 ages 12 and younger; 7 p.m.; First Presbyterian Church, 230 N.E. Ninth St., Bend; 541-419-1395, BendTheatre4YoungPeople@gmail.com or www.bendtheatre.org.
“RISE”: A screening of the film about the industry and sport of fly-fishing; proceeds benefit the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council and The Freshwater Trust; $10; 7 p.m., doors open 6:15 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or http://thefreshwatertrust.org/rise-bend.
“CHRISTMAS BELLES”: Opening night of Cascades Theatrical Company’s tale of a church Christmas program that spins out of control; $20, $15 seniors, $12 students; 7:30 p.m.; Cascades Theatrical Company, 148 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; 541-389-0803 or www.cascadestheatrical.org.

SATURDAY
Dec. 5
I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR: Tour a home decorated in holiday style, featuring more than 40 Christmas trees with themed decorations; proceeds benefit the Children’s Vision Foundation, the Deschutes County Historical Society and the Williams Syndrome Association; $5; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 2009 tour home, 21163 Clairaway Ave., Bend; 541-382-7375.
“MAKIN’ ROOM”: Bend Theatre for Young People presents a musical by Dennis and Nan Allen about children who learn a lesson while making a video for a fundraiser; proceeds benefit Bend Area Habitat for Humanity; $7, $3 ages 12 and younger; 2 p.m.; First Presbyterian Church, 230 N.E. Ninth St., Bend; 541-419-1395, BendTheatre4YoungPeople@gmail.com or www.bendtheatre.org.

Book honors late outdoor writer
“Meet Me In The Badlands: Exploring Central Oregon with Jim Witty,” is now available throughout Central Oregon. The book is a collection of articles by the late Jim Witty, outdoor writer for The Bulletin. In his articles, Witty took readers with him to the trails, lakes, rivers, desert and mountains of Central Oregon. Witty died unexpectedly in November 2008. His family and friends joined together to publish his articles, a project he had talked about for many years. The book is $19.95, and proceeds go directly to the Jim Witty Memorial Fund to benefit his wife and sons. The book is available in Redmond at Paulina Springs Books and Cent-Wise Sporting Goods, and at several locations in Bend, Sisters, Prineville and Madras. Information: Mark, 541-617-1911, or visit www.outings.webs.com.

Final curtain call for Bend theater

2nd Street Theater’s production of “Harvey,” a classic American comedy and Pulitzer Prize-winning play made popular by Jimmy Stewart, will be the final production for the theater. Due to the current down economy, 2nd Street Theater will close in early January. “Harvey” runs Wednesdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m., and Sundays, 3 p.m., Dec. 3-19. Tickets are $18 adults and $16 students and seniors. Tickets are available online at 2ndstreettheater.com or by phone, 541-312-9626. An opening night reception with champagne and dessert is set for Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.

“Ski for Schools” fundraiser planned

The Mt. Bachelor “Ski for Schools” fundraiser to benefit the Education Foundations for Bend-La Pine and Redmond Schools runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 4. Skiers and snowboarders can purchase a $20 Ski for Schools ticket and redeem it at Mt. Bachelor any one day during the Ski for Schools week for a single-day lift ticket. Tickets are on sale through Nov. 28, and can be purchased in Redmond at all Mid Oregon Credit Union branches, all Redmond McDonald’s restaurants, Jody’s Drive-In and the Redmond School District office. A total of 2,500 tickets are available. Tickets are not available at the Mt. Bachelor ticket windows. Information: www.mtbachelor.com or www.Redmond2jeducationfoundation.org.

Holiday happenings

It’s that time of year again, and there are plenty of seasonal events going on in the area. You’re sure to find something on this list that will help make your days merry and bright, whether a performance of a beloved classic like “The Nutcracker” or tips on where to buy gifts.

Give a little
Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” is accepting new, unwrapped toys in Redmond at Sonic Drive-In, Les Schwab Tire Store, Sherwin Williams, Walgreens, Ray’s Food Place, Big R and Bi-Mart.
Redmond Fire and Rescue/Salvation Army Toy & Food Drive is accepting new, unwrapped toys at the fire hall, 341 N.W. Dogwood Ave., or Redmond Greenhouse, 4101 S. U.S. Highway 97. Firefighters will be on hand to accept donations (including cash) Nov. 28 at the Redmond Wal-Mart, Dec. 5 at the Redmond Safeway and Dec. 12 at Grocery Outlet and Fred Meyer; all times are 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Redmond Chamber of Commerce Giving Tree, 444 S.W. 6th St. : Local Grounds hosts a lovely holiday tree festooned with gift tags containing the names of disadvantaged children and their Christmas wishes and needs. Wrapped gifts need to be returned by Dec. 14 to the chamber or Local Grounds.

Say 'eggnog’!
Have your photo taken with Santa and a live reindeer, $10; 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 12; Operation Santa Claus, 4355 S.W. Highway 126, Redmond. Proceeds benefit the Redmond Reign 18-U fastpitch softball team; 541-548-0718.
Does your dog love Santa? Have your pet’s photo taken with Santa Claus Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; free with donation to the Humane Society of Redmond; 1355 N.W. Hemlock Ave.; 541-923-0882.

Holiday entertainment
The Redmond School of Dance and Ballet Sage present “High Desert Nutcracker,” a contemporary ballet set in Central Oregon, complete with rockchucks, golfers and cowgirls (but with the traditional Tchaikovsky score); Dec. 5, 7 p.m.; Redmond High School Auditorium; tickets $5 at the school or at the door.
Redmond High School’s Marine JROTC members will be serving as ushers at the Central Oregon School of Ballet’s “Nutcracker” performances and will benefit from ticket sales. The 24th annual performances begin Dec. 5 with a 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. show, and continue Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. Saturday’s matinee offers free admission to the families of deployed military personnel. Adults $14-20, children under 12, $5-6; box office 541-390-5008.
Didn’t you know that “It’s a Wonderful Life”? The Redmond High School drama department presents the holiday classic as a 1946 live radio show, complete with on-stage sound effects and younger actors from Redmond’s middle schools in juvenile roles. Dec. 10-12 at 7 p.m., 2 p.m. matinee Dec. 12; tickets $5; Redmond High School Auditorium.
The Children’s Theater Company of Redmond presents its production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” Dec. 10-12, 7 p.m., and Dec. 13, 2:30 p.m., at The Bridge Church of the Nazarene, 2398 W. Antler Ave., Redmond. The heart warming play centers around the Herdman family, probably the worst kids in the history of the world, as they take over the annual Christmas pageant. General admission is $3 per person. Reserved seating is $5 per person. Seating is limited. Information: 541-460-3024 or visit www.childrenstheatercompany.net.
Christmas Sing ’n’ Sweets, a blend of a musical presentation of the Christmas story, holiday carols and Christmas cookies, is hosted by Highland Baptist Church, 3100 S. W. Highland Ave.; Dec. 12, 7 p.m.; Dec. 13 , 4 and 6:30 p.m.; free, but reserved tickets are required; www.hbcredmond
.org; 541-548-4161.

For a good cause
A fine arts and handcrafts sale by members of the High Desert Society of the Arts will feature music, family arts and crafts classes and hot drinks; a raffle to benefit the HDSA student scholarship fund will be ongoing, and all proceeds from the sale assist the nonprofit art group. The sale will be held at 432 S.W. Sixth Street, weekdays Nov. 30—Dec. 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and weekends Nov. 27 from 2-6 p.m.; Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Nov. 29 from noon to 4 p.m., Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Dec. 5 from noon to 6 p.m.
Festival of the Trees, an annual fundraiser for Hospice of Redmond-Sisters, will be held in a new location this year, the Eagle Crest Event Center. The event features more than 30 decorated Christmas trees and wreaths available for bid, as well as music, raffles, refreshments and visits with Santa. Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. come browse the holiday décor and enjoy games and activities, free. Doors open at 5 p.m. for the gala auction; tickets are $30 for hors d’oeuvres, $50 for full dinner; 541-548-7483.
Children of all ages are invited to the Teddy Bear Tea Dec. 12 at Juniper Golf Course. Two seatings are available, at 10 a.m. and noon, for a visit with Santa, holiday tea, story time with Mrs. Claus and an appearance by the Cinnamon Bear. Tickets need to be purchased in advance at Hospice of Redmond-Sisters; adults, $8.50, children, $12.50; children must be accompanied by adult; 541-548-7483
St. Thomas Academy of Redmond will present its annual Starlite Gala on Dec. 11 at the Eagle Crest Convention Center; attendees will enjoy live entertainment, dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions. Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are $60 per person; 541-548-3785.

All the rest
Crooked River Ranch kicks off the holidays Dec. 5 with an artist and craft bazaar at the Ranch Administration Building from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Santa will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a visit or photo, with hot chocolate and cookies. The Starlight Parade begins at 4 p.m., with hot drinks, popcorn and caroling around the bonfire afterwards. On Sunday, Dec. 6, the holiday bazaar continues and Santa will be back from noon to 3 p.m.
Downtown Redmond comes alive for the holidays, beginning at noon Nov. 27 with a 'charm stroll’ sponsored by local merchants: Bring a canned food item into any participating business to receive a map that leads to more unique winter-themed charms. A mailbox for letters to Santa will be unveiled Friday on Sixth Street and the annual Holiday Village Market on Seventh Street’s downtown plaza will open, with vendors featuring food and gifts of all kinds. The village will be open Nov. 28 and Dec. 4-5 as well, from noon to 6 p.m. On Dec. 4, downtown businesses will be open late with special activities as part of a series of “Home for the Holidays” events.
Redmond’s annual Starlight Parade begins at 5 pm. Nov. 28, traveling down Sixth Street from Dogwood to Forest avenues, followed by a tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. in the downtown plaza. An art walk will precede the parade from noon to 5 p.m. in downtown businesses.
Learn how to make professional holiday cakes and cookies from scratch in a class sponsored by the Redmond Area Park and Recreation District, Dec. 5 from 3-4:30 p.m. $25; 541-548-7275.
On Dec. 3, teens can create unique gifts with a holiday crafts class from 3:15-4:45 p.m. at the Redmond Library. Free, 541-312-1063.
Throughout the month of December, Eagle Crest Resort west of Redmond will turn on a “magical mile” of holiday lights, a dazzling display it calls StarFest. Weekends until Dec. 19 you can view the lights from a horse-drawn wagon, call 541-504-2316 for times and rates.