January 20, 2009

Event calendar

THURSDAY
Jan. 22
GAME DAY FOR TEENS: Play Guitar hero, Dance Dance Revolution, Rock Band, Nintendo Wii and board games. Ages 12 to 17 only. Space is limited to 25. Register online at www.dpls.us/calendar or at the door; free; 3-4:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1063.
CENTRAL OREGON WRITERS GUILD: This is a planning meeting to consider the group’s by-laws, policies, procedures and goals. All members and interested persons are invited to attend; free; 6:30-9 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-923-0896 or www.CentralOregonWritersGuild.com.

FRIDAY
Jan. 23
CENTRAL OREGON BOAT SHOW: Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-548-2711.
MOTIVATIONAL BOOK AND WINE CLUB: Featured book is “Living Artfully,” by Sandra Magsamen. The book provides joyful inspiration and wise guidance for discovering true happiness; free; 6 p.m.; Shelf Life Books, 249 N.W. Sixth St., Suite #1, Redmond; 541-526-1110.
PHOTOJOURNALIST DISCUSSES IMMIGRATION: Photojournalist David Bacon will give a lecture on “Illegal People? Globalization, Migration and the Criminalization of Immigrants” as part of the Central Oregon Community College Foundation’s Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program; Bacon will do a book signing after the presentation; donated food items benefit NeighborImpact; donation of nonperishable food item accepted; 6:30 p.m.; UA Local 290 Training Center, 2161 S.E. First Street, Redmond; 541-383-7257 or www.jwjcentraloregon.org.

SATURDAY
Jan. 24
CENTRAL OREGON BOAT SHOW: Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-548-2711.
REDMOND GRANGE PANCAKE BREAKFAST: A breakfast of sourdough pancakes, sausage, eggs and more; proceeds benefit a class trip for students at Elton Gregory Middle School; $5 adults, $3 ages 12 and younger; 7-10:30 a.m.; Redmond Grange, 707 S.W. Kalama Ave., Redmond; 541-923-1840.
BUILD A CIGAR BOX GUITAR: Workshop on building and playing simple, traditional cigar box guitars. Pre-registration required; $45; 8:30 p.m.; Cascade Community School of Music, 2150 N.E. Studio Road, Bend; 541-382-6866 or www.ccschoolofmusic.org.

SUNDAY
Jan. 25
CENTRAL OREGON BOAT SHOW: Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-548-2711.
COSMIC SWIM NIGHT: Games, music and cool cosmic lights for middle-school students (must show ID); $2.50; 8-10 p.m.; Cascade Swim Center, 465 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 541-548-7275 or www.raprd.org.

MONDAY
Jan. 26
CLASSIC BOOK CLUB: Featured book is “The House of Mirth,” by Edith Wharton; free; 5 p.m.; Shelf Life Books, 249 N.W. Sixth St., Suite #1, Redmond; 541-526-1110.
HIGH SCHOOL DESIGN FORUM: The Redmond School District invites the community to see the progress of its committee as it finalizes the programs and building specifications of the new high school; 6-7:30 p.m.; 145 S.E. Salmon Ave.; 541-923-5437.
PLANNING COMMISSION: Redmond Urban Area Planning Commission public meeting, 7 p.m.; 777 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.

TUESDAY
Jan. 27
CITY COUNCIL: Redmond City Council meetings, 6:45 a.m., 777 S. W. Deschutes Ave.; a goal setting session is scheduled for 4-8 p.m. at 341 N.W. Dogwood Ave.; agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.

WEDNESDAY
Jan. 28
REDMOND SCHOOL BOARD: Open meeting, 9 a.m.; 145 S.E. Salmon Ave., agenda at www.redmond.k12.or.us.
PARKS COMMISSION: Open meeting for Redmond Parks Commission, 6 p.m.; 716 S.W. Evergreen Ave.; agenda at www.ci.redmond. or.us.
PANTHER IDOL: Redmond High School’s own “Idol” contestants vie for the top spot, 7 p.m.; RHS auditorium; 675 S.W. Rimrock Way; $3 adults, $2 students, children under 5 free; sponsored by the Redmond High School choir.

THURSDAY
Jan. 29
TOURNAMENT OF GAMES: Twister Tournament, Team Pictionary Game and Apples to Apples. Prizes awarded. Ages 12 to 17 only. Space is limited to 25. Ages 12-17. Register online at www.dpls.us/calendar or at the door; free; 3-4:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1063.
NON-FICTION BOOK CLUB: Featured book is “Fast Food Nation,” by Eric Schlosser; free; 6 p.m.; Shelf Life Books, 249 N.W. Sixth St., Suite #1, Redmond; 541-526-1110.

FRIDAY
Jan. 30
BABYSITTER TRAINING CLASS: For ages 11-14; $35; 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Cascade Swim Center, 465 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 541-548-7275 or www.raprd.org.
FICTION BOOK CLUB: Featured book is “The Pirate’s Daughter,” by Margaret Cezain-Thompason; free; 6 p.m.; Shelf Life Books, 249 N.W. Sixth St., Suite #1, Redmond; 541-526-1110.
COMMUNITY DANCE: Music by country-rock band Three Quarters Short; refreshments available or bring your own; $8 or $16 per family; 6 p.m. dance lesson, 7 p.m. dance begins; Pleasant Ridge Community Hall, Old Bend-Redmond Highway, Bend; 541- 815-8130.

SATURDAY
Jan. 31
CENTRAL OREGON WEDDING SHOWCASE: Annual bridal expo features over 100 wedding and bridal vendors including catering, photography, music, fashion and more; admission $8 adults; $5 kids and seniors; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-548-2711.

WEDNESDAY
Feb. 4
GRATEFUL DEAD COMMUNITY LECTURE: Natalie Dollar, of the Liberal Studies program, presents “The Grateful Dead Community: Alive and Well,” as part of the OSU-Cascades Campus annual free lecture series; free; noon-1 p.m.; Cascades Hall, OSU-Cascades Campus, 2600 N.W. College Way, Bend; 541-322-3100.
LEARN THE ART OF CERAMICS: Learn the basics of ceramics, choosing the right paint, glazing and firing. Ages 5 and up. Hosted by RAPRD; $20; 6-8 p.m.; Painted People Ceramics, 239 S.W. Sixth St., Redmond; 541-548-7275 or www.raprd.org.

SATURDAY
Feb. 7
BASIC FIRST AID FOR KIDS: For ages 8-12; $20; noon-2 p.m.; Cascade Swim Center, 465 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 541-548-7275 or www.raprd.org.

SUNDAY
Feb. 15
GREAT CHORAL WORKS SERIES: The second annual Great Choral Works series, featuring the Cascade Chorale, under the direction of James Knox, begins with a free program. Knox will present an historic overview on the topic of Te Deum, part of the Ambrosian hymns dating back to the fourth century; free; 2-4 p.m.; Central Oregon Community College, Pinckney Center for the Arts, 2600 N.W. College Way, Bend; 541-383-7510.

Talk to your baby
The Redmond Area Park and Recreation District is offering a course on infant sign language for babies and toddlers 6 to 24 months Wednesdays, 10-10:45 a.m., starting Jan. 28, in the Cascade Swim Center, 465 S.W. Rimrock Way. Cost is $65 plus $76.99 for a Sign, Say & Play kit. Information: 541-548-7275.

Get some good ideas
The public is invited to the annual Tri-County Idea Fair Jan. 31, a 4H-sponsored day of seminars and classes on subjects as diverse as dog training, horse anatomy, sewing with wool, swing dancing, and Ham radio. Preregistration is $10 per person or $25 per family, registration at the door is $15/$35; preregistrations must be received by Jan. 26. The event is held at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds. You can download registration forms at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/deschutes/4-h. Information: 548-6088, ext. 7966.

Support Camp Fire- eat candy
The Camp Fire USA annual candy sale is now underway through Feb. 16. Local proceeds help support Camp Fire clubs and programs in Central Oregon. Camp Fire youth will be selling candy at local grocery stores. Candy is also available by calling 541-382-4682.

Acting classes for youth
Heritage Theatre Company is offering an acting workshop for students K-2 Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m., Feb. 17 through March 10 in the Bend Community Center, 1036 N.E. Fifth St. Cost is $45. Students will experience creative drama, speech with games, improvisations and play-making with stories and poems. Information: 541-788-1220.

Folk festival
Tickets are on sale for The Sisters Folk Festival’s Winter Concert Series. The 2009 Winter Concert Series lineup includes Jeffrey Foucault and Kris Delmhorst Feb. 26, and Scottish songwriter Dougie MacLean March 21. Tickets for all three shows are $45. All performances will be held at the Sisters High School Auditorium.
Tickets are available online at www.sistersfolkfestival.org or by calling 541-549-4979.

Scottish Country dancing
Scottish Country dancing every Monday, 7- 9 p.m., at the Sons of Norway Hall, 549 S.W. Harmon Blvd., Bend. No experience or partner necessary. Cost is $3 per visit. Information: 541-549-7311 or 541-410-5784.

Natural history snowshoe tours
The Forest Service, Mt. Bachelor Ski Area and Discover Your Northwest will host free natural history snowshoe tours at Mt. Bachelor’s West Village. When snow conditions allow, tours are scheduled as follows: Feb. 16, and March 23-27, and all weekends now through March 29. Tours begin at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Snowshoes are provided. Ages 10 and up. Tours last approximately 90 minutes with views of the Cascade Mountains and discussions on ecology, geology, wildlife and snow conditions. Information: 541-383-4771.

Diverse in our diversity


Britney Spears has nothing on the Madras High School Cultural Club.

When its 40-plus members visited Redmond’s Evergreen Elementary School last week to entertain the students and speak about their various cultural backgrounds, the level of excitement generated by the younger students was off the charts. Rollicking applause, whoops and hollers and generally besotted expressions accompanied every performance by the largely Hispanic and Native American club members.

“There’s never been anything like this since I’ve been here,” said Kriss Whipple, a second-grade teacher who organized the event. “We have such a great variety of cultures in Central Oregon but some of the kids aren’t really aware of it; this was great for them to see.”

The club members performed for more than an hour, including Latino folk dances, Native American flute performances and ceremonial dances such as fancy and jingle dancing, break dancing, even modern interpretive dances.

After the show club members ate lunch with the elementary students and joined them on the playground, answering questions about their performances and cultural background.

“The kids were so happy, all smiles and they liked our outfits and asked questions. It was fun,” said MHS ninth-grader Robinique Hatlestad. She performed several Native American dances for the students, joining other club members from Warm Springs. “We did a smaller assembly in September and I was really shy and kept my head down. This time I decided to keep my head up and show them what I got.”

The club is a 12-year project of Foster Kalama, tribal liaison for the Madras School District. Its goal has been to break down the barriers between the various ethnic groups in Madras schools so they can learn to accept one another. MHS is roughly one-third Hispanic, one-third Caucasian and one-third Native American. Kalama often has to deal with harsher realities such as sexual abuse and substance addiction, so building the club to celebrate what’s good about the various cultures is a welcome positive experience.

“We turn the club over to them; we’re just there to help with guidance and do whatever we can to help them be happy,” said Kalama. He is a former dancer himself and master flute player who has taught many students to play, regardless of their actual ethnicity.

“I remind the Mexican kids that most of them are really native peoples (Aztec etc…) anyway,” he said. This year Kalama is mentoring student Carlos Aguirre, who is Hispanic, on the native flutes.

Kalama’s co-advisor is English Language Development teacher Becky Dudney.
“The club has a lot of energy this year and it’s bigger than it’s ever been,” she said. “We had a celebration for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and invited families for dinner and a dance. My native students helped set it up and waited on people.”

The club is open to anyone and in the past has had students from other cultural backgrounds (they featured country line dancing performances some years ) but this year it is primarily Hispanic and native.

“We want to be diverse in our diversity,” said Dudney. “Initially there were kids who wanted to dance mainly for pride and they didn’t get along with the others but now many are friends.”
After the question and answer session the club members conducted with Evergreen students they were asked to sign autographs, and moved among the younger kids answering even more questions as they wrote.

“Are you a real Indian?” “How did you learn to dance?” “How long does it take to learn the flute?” “Where can I buy a dress like that?”

Whipple was very pleased with the experience.

“We talk a lot in class about family and tradition and so much of what they saw today is tied into that. It makes it really real for the kids," she said.

For more information about the Cultural Diversity Club or to inquire about performances, call Madras High School, 541-475-7265 or email fkalama@509J.net or bdudney@509j.net.

-- story and photo by Leslie Pugmire Hole

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Obituaries

Ina Cottrell
January 25, 1911- January 6, 2009
Ina E. Cottrell, 97, passed away on January 6, 2009, in a Boise, Idaho, care center.
Ina was born on a farm near Delevan, Minnesota on January 25, 1911, the third
daughter born to William and Anna Claude Aldrich. There was also a younger sister and an older, adopted brother in the family.
Ina graduated from Delevan High School in 1927 and from Mankato State Normal School (now Minnesota State University, Mankato) in 1929 with an elementary teaching certificate. She taught in a rural one-room school for two years, and then returned to the family farm to help her parents.
In April 1938, Ina married Ferris “Bus” Cottrell and the couple took over the Aldrich family farm. In 1946 the family moved to Grand Canyon Village, Arizona, for one year and then to Redmond in 1947, where they farmed in the Pleasant Ridge community until 1976. Ina and Bus then moved to Valley Center, California, where Bus passed away in 1986. Ina returned to Redmond until 1994, when she moved to Ventura, California, to be near her son. In 2005, Ina moved with her son and daughter-in-law to Boise, Idaho.
Ina was active in Home Extension, 4-H Clubs, and the Farm Bureau, serving as Deschutes County Farm Bureau Secretary for several years.
Ina is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Keith and Florence Cottrell of Boise, grandsons Allen Cottrell of Thousand Oaks, California, and Brian Cottrell of Shanghai, China, and great-grandson Caleb Smith of Seattle, Washington.
Inurnment will be at Deschutes Memorial Gardens in Bend. A memorial service will be held at Tumalo Community Church, 64671 Bruce Ave., Bend, on March 21 at 2 PM. The local contact for information Charlotte Storrs at 541-548-4200. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Ina’s memory to the Tumalo Community Church Deacon’s Fund.

Joan Daron
March 23, 1930-January 8, 2009
Joan M. Daron, 78, of Salem, OR passed away January 8, 2009, in Casa Grande, Arizona, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
Joan was born March 23, 1930, the daughter of Carl & Rova Galloway of Redmond, Ore. After graduation from Redmond Union High School in 1948, Joan attended Marylhurst College and Oregon State Universitybefore marrying Harold M. Daron also of Redmond on March 23, 1951.
Over her life, Joan was involved in various occupational and business adventures, highlighted by her work as a Circuit Court Clerk for over 12 yrs.
But her passions, in addition to her family, were her civic and volunteer activities. With natural talents in dance and voice, encompassing all types of music, Joan was a tap and ballet instructor as well as an accomplished pianist. Certified in swimming and lifeguard instruction, she managed Red Cross swimming and lifeguarding programs for many years. An accomplished equestrian, Joan’s other activities included member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority; Town Dance Club of Salem; active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Salem. Joan and Harold also traveled extensively upon retirement.
Joan’s family includes her husband Harold, four children, Pamela, Patrick and wife Suzanne, Rene’ and husband Daniel, Suzanne and eight grandchildren. Joan was preceded in death by her parents as well as her brother, Gerald.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 24, 2009, in the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3737 Liberty Rd. South, Salem, Ore., followed by a reception at the church.
In lieu of fl owers the family appreciates donations be sent in memory of Joan to OHSU Foundation (Knight Cancer Institute), 1121 S . W. Salmon, Suite 200, Portland, OR 97205.

Clifton Pokorny
March 2, 1918- January 8, 2009
Clifton Pokorny of Redmond died January 8th of complications of a stroke at age 90. Cliff was born to Frank and Anna (Stajgr) Pokorny on March 2, 1918, in Lidgerwood, North Dakota. In 1923, the family (now with 6 children) moved to the Woodburn area in a Ford Model T truck, camping out along the way. Cliff grew up in the country with his 8 brothers and sisters, learning to farm after logging to clear land. In the Woodburn area they raised hops, hay, wheat and other grains, and had milk cows, raised chickens, pigs and had a large vegetable garden. As a young man he bought and managed a dairy farm while also working the nearby family hop farm. The Depression years were hard on many and Cliff and his older siblings cut and split wood to sell, picked Cascara bark in the Reedsport area to sell and other similar tasks to earn money.
On July 11, 1946, he married Kathleen (Kay) Fownes and they made their home on the farm near Donald, Oregon. In 1952, Cliff, Kay and their two children moved to a farm near Culver in Jefferson County, where he lived until 1969. On the Culver farm he grew potatoes, alfalfa hay, clover, barley, oats, bluegrass and peppermint. During that time, Cliff was active in the Jefferson County Farm Bureau, Knights of Columbus, 4-H programs and was very supportive of school sports and educational activities.
In 1969 Cliff moved to Salem, married Velma Huff and began to sell real estate. He returned to school and became a tax appraiser, working for the Coos County Tax Assessors office from 1973 until his retirement in 1987. While in Coos Bay, Cliff continued his activities with the Farm Bureau and also joined the Elks.
In 1988 Cliff and Velma returned to the Willamette Valley and lived in Keizer, Oregon. Cliff enjoyed collecting and selling antiques. After retirement, he spent countless hours traveling the Willamette Valley and Central Oregon area and loved finding a good deal at an estate sale or a flea market. He was a regular attendee at the monthly Rickreall flea market. His antique business was run out of the back of his pickup and he kept detailed records of all transactions on a clipboard that he referred to as his laptop. He had many friends in the antique business as well as from many other aspects of his life.
In 2005 Cliff returned to the Central Oregon area, living in assisted living facilities until suffering a stroke in December.
Cliff was a vibrant man, full of life, who loved the outdoors, camping, fishing and hunting. He loved time with family, antiques, travel, music and dancing. He was quick to make a new friend and as quick to help friends, neighbors and family.
Cliff was preceded in death by his wife Kay in 1965, and his wife Velma in 2003.
Cliff is survived by his son Ray of Beaverton, daughter Pat Rudisill of Redmond, granddaughters Emily Pokorny of Bend, and Amanda Halver of Portland and grandson Frank of Portland. Cliff is also survived by 1 sister, Viola McKay of St Paul, and 5 brothers, Julius of Culver, Leo, Dan and Ed of Salem and Robert of Woodburn.
A memorial service mass will be celebrated Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 1200 noon at St. Patrick’s Catholic church in Madras. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Redmond & Sisters at 732 SW 23rd Avenue, Redmond, OR 97756.

Jack T. Nunnellee
Aug. 4, 1920 - Jan. 11, 2009
Jack T. Nunnellee, age 88 of Salem, died on Sunday January 11, 2009, in Salem. Jack was born in Grayburg, Texas in 1920. He moved to Sisters, Ore. at age 15, graduating from Sisters High School. He married Nellie Roach in 1938 in Bend, Ore. He was a millwright in Oregon for the majority of his life. He also built lumber mills in Colorado and Chile before settling in the Salem area in 1967. He served in the Army-Air Force during WW II, receiving a Purple Heart award for his service.He was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie, in 1995. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Connie Nunnellee, and his daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Bill Knorr, both of Salem, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; nephew, Mike Roach, and niece, Nancy Stephens, both of Portland. Interment will be at Redmond Memorial Cemetery in Redmond, Ore. Contributions can be made to the USO, P.O. Box 96860, Washington, D.C. 20077-7677 to benefit our men and women in uniform and their families.

Millie Mae Stange-Cooper
Oct. 25, 1918 - Dec. 20, 2008
A Celebration of Life for former Powell Butte resident Millie Mae Stange-Cooper, will be held Sat. Jan. 24 from 1-5 at the home of Clara Woolhiser. Millie passed away Dec. 20, 2008, in Portland, at the age of 90. Millie was born Oct. 25, 1918, in Pollock, North Dakota, the daughter of William and Clementine (Wilmont) Stange. She moved to Woodburn in 1934. In 1936 She married Henry Cooper, they moved to Powell Butte. Millie was a homemaker. In 1992, Millie moved into her daughter’s home in Portland.She was preceded in death by her husband in 1991. Survivors include daughter, Clara Mae Woolhiser; sons, Gordon and Jim Cooper, nine grandchildren, 20 great- grandchildren, 26 great-great grandchildren and one great-great-great grandchild.

Marjorie Lucille Lutz
Aug. 16, 1923 - Jan. 15, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals - Redmond, 541-504-9485
Services: Internment was January 20 at Fir Lawn Memorial Park, Hillsboro, Oregon.

Barbara Jean Storms
April 15, 1929 - Jan. 11, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals - Redmond, 541-504-9485
Services: Private memorial services will be held in Medford at a later date.

Joseph Wayne Ferguson
July 21, 1924 - January 15, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals-Redmond is assisting the family, 541-504-9485
Services: Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Melva Jean Gelker
Dec. 8, 1938 - Jan. 10, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals - Redmond, 541-504-9485
Services: No services are planned at this time.

Theodore Edward Millspaugh
June 24, 1940 - Jan. 12, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals - Redmond, 541-504-9485
Services: No services are planned at this time.

George Ellis Perrin
Aug. 26, 1924 - Jan. 8, 2009
Arrangements: Prineville Funeral Home, 541-447-6459
Services: No services are planned at this time.

January 13, 2009

Event calendar

WEDNESDAY
Jan. 14
REDMOND HISTORICAL COMMISSION: Annual business meeting with appointment of board members, 1 p.m. lobby of Historic Redmond Hotel, 521 S.W. Sixth St.; agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
REDMOND AIRPORT COMMISSIOION: Meeting, open to public; 5:30 p.m.; Eagle Crest conference room, Roberts Field Terminal; agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
FIRE BOARD: Deschutes County Rural Fire Protection District No.1 board meeting; 7 p.m.; Redmond Fire and Rescue 341 N.W. Dogwood Ave.

THURSDAY
Jan. 15
MOVIES MATINEE AND TRIVIA FOR TEENS: Ages 12 to 17 only. Watch movies and play a trivia contest. Space is limited to 25. Register online at www.dpls.us/calendar; free; 3-4:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1063.
REDMOND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS AFTER HOURS: Free; 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Dana Signs, 615 S.W. Umatilla Ave., Redmond; 541-923-5191.
BIONEERS FILMS: Two films, “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism” with Naomi Klein and “Nature’s 100 Best: Top Biomimicry Solutions to Environmental Crises” with Janine Benyus, address social and environmental decisions that affect the world; discussion will follow; registration requested due to limited seating; free; 6-8 p.m.; Shelf Life Books, 249 N.W. Sixth St., Suite #1, Redmond; 541-526-1110.

FRIDAY
Jan. 16
FAMILY DINNER AND MOVIE NIGHT: Open to the community; free; 6 p.m.; Community Presbyterian Church, 529 N.W. 19th St., Redmond; 541-548-3367.
KIDS’ NIGHT OUT: Basketball, batting cage, contests, arts and crafts, pizza, popcorn and movies. Grades K through 5; $15; 6-9 p.m.; Redmond Area Park and Recreation District, Activity Center, 335 S.E. Jackson St., Redmond; 541-548-7275.

SATURDAY
Jan. 17
MAKE YOUR OWN ROOT BEER: Learn how to make, bottle and cap a six pack of root beer to take home in this “hands-on” class. All materials provided. Ages 7-12. Hosted by Redmond Area Park and Recreation District; $16; ; Redmond High School Hartman Campus, 2105 W. Antler Ave., Redmond; 541-923-4840.
“QUICKBOOKS PRO FOR NONPROFITS”: Preregistration required; $59, continuing education units are available; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Central Oregon Community College, 2600 N.W. College Way, Bend; 541-383-7270 or www.cocc.edu.
BACKCOUNTRY HIKE: Ranger-led three hour hike through scenic Sheep Rock Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds; natural history will be highlighted, dress warmly and bring water and snacks; no registration or fees required; 1 p.m. at Thomas Condon Visitor Center, intersection of Routes 26 and 19; 541-987-2333.

MONDAY
Jan. 19
ROCK CLIMBING FOR KIDS: Trip to Inclimb rock climbing gym in Bend. Ages 7-18. Transportation provided from the Swim Center; $20; 1-4 p.m.; Cascade Swim Center, 465 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 541-548-7275.
BOOK DISCUSSION: Randall Shelton will discuss his book “Life on Earth: The Game,” and lead a question and answer session about his book, being a published author, and any other topics of interest; free; 7 p.m.; Shelf Life Books, 249 N.W. Sixth St., Suite #1, Redmond; 541-526-1110.
RETIRED EDUCATORS: Central Oregon Retired Educator’s Association meeting 11:30 a.m.; luncheon and presentation by Redmond Police Department on fraud protection; Zion Lutheran Church; 541-548-2545.

TUESDAY
Jan. 20
RHS BOOSTER CLUB MEETS: Redmond Booster Club January meeting in room 43. All interested parties are invited to attend; 5:30 p.m.; Redmond High School, 675 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; Dustin Porter,541-923-4800, ext. 2143.
REDMOND CITY COUNCIL: Meetings 6:45 a.m.; 777 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
ARTS MEETING: Redmond Commission for Art in Public Places, 4 p.m.; conference room A; 716 S.W. Evergreen Ave.; agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.

WEDNESDAY
Jan. 21
HIGH DESERT CHAMBER MUSIC: The Blue Rose Trio - piano, violin and cello - performs selections by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Dvorak; $30, $15 students; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-306-3988 or www.highdesertchambermusic.com.

THURSDAY
Jan. 22
GAME DAY FOR TEENS: Play Guitar hero, Dance Dance Revolution, Rock Band, Nintendo Wii and board games. Ages 12 to 17 only. Space is limited to 25. Register online at www.dpls.us/calendar or at the door; free; 3-4:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1063.
CENTRAL OREGON WRITERS GUILD: This is a planning meeting to consider the group’s by-laws, policies, procedures and goals. All members and interested persons are invited to attend; free; 6:30-9 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-923-0896 or www.CentralOregonWritersGuild.com.
PHOTOJOURNALIST DISCUSSES IMMIGRATION: Photojournalist David Bacon will give a lecture on “Illegal People? Globalization, Migration and the Criminalization of Immigrants” as part of the Central Oregon Community College Foundation’s Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program; Bacon will do a book signing after the presentation; free; 6:30 p.m.; Hitchcock Auditorium, Central Oregon Community College, 2600 N.W. College Way, Bend; 541-383-7257.

FRIDAY
Jan. 23
CENTRAL OREGON BOAT SHOW: ; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-548-2711.
MOTIVATIONAL BOOK AND WINE CLUB: Featured book is “Living Artfully,” by Sandra Magsamen. The book provides joyful inspiration and wise guidance for discovering true happiness; free; 6 p.m.; Shelf Life Books, 249 N.W. Sixth St., Suite #1, Redmond; 541-526-1110.

SATURDAY
Jan. 24
CENTRAL OREGON BOAT SHOW: ; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-548-2711.
BUILD A CIGAR BOX GUITAR: Workshop on building and playing simple, traditional cigar box guitars. Pre-registration required; $45; 8:30 p.m.; Cascade Community School of Music, 2150 N.E. Studio Road, Bend; 541-382-6866 or www.ccschoolofmusic.org.

SUNDAY
Jan. 25
CENTRAL OREGON BOAT SHOW: ; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-548-2711.
COSMIC SWIM NIGHT: Games, music and cool cosmic lights for middle-school students (must show ID); $2.50; 8-10 p.m.; Cascade Swim Center, 465 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 541-548-7275 or www.raprd.org.

MONDAY
Jan. 26
CLASSIC BOOK CLUB: Featured book is “The House of Mirth,” by Edith Wharton; free; 5 p.m.; Shelf Life Books, 249 N.W. Sixth St., Suite #1, Redmond; 541-526-1110.
REDMOND FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN COWBOYS: Potluck 6:30 p.m.; The Word and music 7 p.m.; Redmond Senior Center, 325 N.W. Dogwood Ave.; 541-788-5739.

THURSDAY
Jan. 29
TOURNAMENT OF GAMES: Twister Tournament, Team Pictionary Game and Apples to Apples. Prizes awarded. Ages 12 to 17 only. Space is limited to 25. Ages 12-17. Register online at www.dpls.us/calendar or at the door; free; 3-4:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1063.
LIVE CONTRACTOR EDUCATION CLASS: Central Oregon Community College’s Business Development Center offers this course, taught by Dennis and Martha Sargent of Central Oregon Contractor Training, which satisfies the education requirements to take the Oregon contractor’s license test. Preregistration required; $275, includes manual; 6-9 p.m., and class continues Jan. 30 and 31 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Central Oregon Community College, 2600 N.W. College Way, Bend; 541-383-7290 or www.cocc.edu.
NON-FICTION BOOK CLUB: Featured book is “Fast Food Nation,” by Eric Schlosser; free; 6 p.m.; Shelf Life Books, 249 N.W. Sixth St., Suite #1, Redmond; 541-526-1110.

FRIDAY
Jan. 30
BABYSITTER TRAINING CLASS: For ages 11-14; $35; 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Cascade Swim Center, 465 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 541-548-7275 or www.raprd.org.
FICTION BOOK CLUB: Featured book is “The Pirate’s Daughter,” by Margaret Cezain-Thompason; free; 6 p.m.; Shelf Life Books, 249 N.W. Sixth St., Suite #1, Redmond; 541-526-1110.
ALL MY SONS: Cascades Theatrical Company production of Arthur Miller play, 7:30 p.m.; adults $20, seniors $15, students $10; 541-389-0803.

SATURDAY
Jan. 31
CENTRAL OREGON WEDDING SHOWCASE: Annual bridal expo features over 100 wedding and bridal vendors including catering, photography, music, fashion and more; admission $8 adults; $5 kids and seniors; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-548-2711.
Pet food drive
The Redmond Greenhouse, 4101 S. Highway 97, is accepting donations of dog and cat food for the Redmond Humane Society through Jan. 31. Information: 541-815-2810.

Folk Festival tickets
Tickets are on sale for The Sisters Folk Festival’s Winter Concert Series. The 2009 Winter Concert Series lineup includes Jeffrey Foucault and Kris Delmhorst Feb. 26, and Scottish songwriter Dougie MacLean March 21. Tickets for all three shows are $45. All performances will be held at the Sisters High School Auditorium.
Tickets are available online at www.sistersfolkfestival.org or by calling 541-549-4979.

Dancing lessons
Scottish Country Dancing every Monday, 7- 9 p.m., at the Sons of Norway Hall, 549 S.W. Harmon Blvd., Bend. No experience or partner necessary. Cost is $3 per visit. Information: 541-549-7311 or 541-410-5784.

Natural history snowshoe tours
The Forest Service, Mt. Bachelor Ski Area and Discover Your Northwest will host free natural history snowshoe tours at Mt. Bachelor’s West Village. When snow conditions allow, tours are scheduled as follows: Jan. 19, Feb. 16, and March 23-27, and all weekends now through March 29. Tours begin at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Snowshoes are provided. Ages 10 and up. Tours last approximately 90 minutes with views of the Cascade Mountains and discussions on ecology, geology, wildlife and snow conditions. Information: 541-383-4771.

School district falls short in "community conversations"

It was déjà vu all over again.

In late December the Redmond School District shared some big news with its Key Communicators, a stakeholders group that regularly attend informational sessions at the district office.

It was big news about a big decision, a decision that had been some time in coming, a decision that was shared with a select few district employees but not to the group impacted most – students and parents.

The decision to close Edwin Brown Alternative High School and ‘redesign’ alternative education in the district was a move uncomfortably close to the misstep the district made when it redrew attendance boundaries throughout the district with no input from the community.
For an organization that states “We value the community as a partner in the education of our students” as part of its core values, this unexpected decision struck many as ill-conceived and dictatorial.

Statistics, reports and letters came pouring in to the media from supporters, defending the academic status of the student body and the unique small learning environment it creates.
The district replied with forward-thinking press releases with statements such as “We need to redesign our continuum of alternative learning opportunities based on what we have learned is working.”

Supporters of Brown debate the district contention that their school is unsuccessful in its mission, and even those who allow there is room for improvement argue that this throwing-the-baby-out-with-the-bathwater mentality is not the answer.

Few doubt the district’s position that putting alternative education students closer to vocational and technology programs is a smart idea, but to do that they either need to be in the Redmond High building or transported there – one defeats the reason Brown students opted for a different learning environment in the first place and the other would cost money that the district says it is trying to save by closing the school.

Except for a handful of kids who’ve had brushes with the law, most Brown students are square pegs who feel invisible in large schools, kids who often don’t have the parental resources to help them through adolescence, kids who don’t usually receive the notice, praise and acknowledgement dished out by many school administrators and staff in mainstream schools.
The as yet unchartered Proficiency Academy that district officials feel will work for many Brown students, with its flexible curriculum and varied hours, will likely be just the ticket for some, but useless for the students who are not self-starters and need the connection with trusted teachers to stay involved.

The announcement of the upcoming school closure was eerily familiar in other ways, as well. The choice was made and its impacts are only months away, yet no one had any idea what would take its place. Would alternative ed students have their own school, even if it was housed in an existing school? Would all the displaced teachers have jobs? Would teachers and students be able to maintain the close mentoring relationships begun at Brown?

Remind you of anything – say Redmond High School’s decision to use the Hartman building before anybody had any idea how that would work?

Not enough information is in yet to know whether this choice was a good one, and maybe that’s the point. Had the district opened up the Brown issue to the community, and shared the information gathered, perhaps everyone could feel better about the decision.

But they didn’t, and once again are dealing with the fallout of insufficient gauging of the “community’s collective educational vision.”

One student at a recent meeting with district staff and Brown supporters summed it up best when he asked “What’s the school board and the superintendent for? What the hell were you thinking when you made this decision without first knowing what you were going to do (to replace Brown)?”

Community meetings ad nauseum were held by the district prior to the latest bond vote, one that asked for $110 million for new schools, yet none were called to discuss something the district says will save at best $300,000.

Sudden announcements about life-altering things, whether the outcome could be good or bad, make people react negatively.

Obituaries

Robert Earl Pettie
Aug. 10, 1919 - Jan. 9, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals - Redmond, 504-9485
Services: Graveside service at Mt. Union Cemetery in Corvallis, on January 14, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. Memorial service at Kingdom Hall in Redmond on Jan. 17, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.

Robert Orville Surplus
Aug. 21, 1910 - Jan. 9, 2009
Arrangements:Autumn Funerals - Redmond, 504-0485
Services: Memorial Service: 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 17, 2009 at the Church of Christ in Redmond.

Barbara Sue Tate
Aug. 24, 1936 - Jan. 2, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals - Redmond, 504-9485
No services to be held.

Wanda Joyce Lucas
Mar. 18, 1941 - Jan. 2, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals - Redmond, 504-9485
Services: Graveside services were held on January 7, 2009.

Leona Dell Crueger
Mar. 4, 1938 - Jan. 2, 2009
Arrangements:Autumn Funerals - Redmond, 504-9485
Services: A memorial service was held on January 10, 2009.

Melvin Charles Winegar
Feb. 2, 1959 - Jan. 1, 2009
Arrangements:Autumn Funerals - Redmond, 504-9485
Services: No services planned at this time.

Phyllis Jean Price
Sept. 14, 1935 - Jan. 7, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Redmond, 541-504-9485
Services: No services will be held.

Betty L. (Perkins) Killian
Mar. 31, 1921 - Jan. 7, 2008
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel, 548-3219
No services are planned.

Wanda Joyce Lucas
March 18, 1941-January 2, 2009
Wanda passed away at her Terrebonne home after an extended illness. She was a lifetime resident of Central Oregon, born in Bend, went to school in Bend, married her high school sweetheart. They had their 50th wedding anniversary on Christmas eve, 2008. She worked at CODH for 31 years. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends whom she loved dearly. Survivors include her husband, Wayne Lucas of Terrebonne; daughters, Diana Helmholtz of Redmond, Lisa Redding of Colorado; sons, Jeff and Terry Lucas of Redmond; daughters and sons-in-law. Eleven grand- children, five great- grandchildren, and her sister, Charlotte Notz of California. Preceded in death by her son, Donny Lucas, parents, Art and Dode Sholes and her brother, Ray Sholes. She was a loving wife, mother and friend who is now in the loving arms of our Lord Jesus.

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