SPRING GARDEN CLEANUP CLASS: Learn how to cut back perennials, ornamental grasses and other spring cleaning tips for the garden; free; 10-11 a.m.; OSU Extension Service, 3893 S.W. Airport Way , Redmond; 541-548-6088.
WRITERS GUILD MEETS: Award-winning designer Christopher Gilbert will talk about book jacket designs; free; 6:30 p.m.; Central Oregon Community College, Redmond campus, 2030 S.E. College Loop, Redmond; Elsie Rochna,541-923-0896 or www.CentralOregonWritersGuild.com.
REDMOND GRANGE PANCAKE BREAKFAST: A breakfast of sourdough pancakes, sausage, eggs and more; proceeds benefit the Redrock Square Dance Club; $5 adults, $3 ages 12 and younger; 7-10:30 a.m.; Redmond Grange, 707 S.W. Kalama Ave., Redmond; 541-923-1840.
TRASHFORMATIONS: Pakit Liquidators hosts a 36-hour art-making event centered on making new creations from reused and recycled materials; raw materials provided; participants should bring tools and fasteners; proceeds benefit the Central Oregon Environmental Center; finished art will be displayed in The Old Mill District; $25 adults, $15 children; 7 a.m. Saturday; artists will work through the night until 7 p.m. Sunday; Pakit Liquidators, 309 Armour Drive, Bend; 541-280-9301 or register at www.envirocenter.org.
FIBER MARKET DAY: The High Desert Wool Growers’ 12th annual market features vendors, wool demonstrations, fleece sales, food vendors and more; free; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Crook County Fairgrounds, 1280 S. Main St., Prineville; 541-389-7678 or www.highdesertwoolgrowers.com.
SOUND WORKSHOP: Workshop on sound reinforcement for acoustic instrument bands to learn how to get the most out of a sound system. Participants should bring their own PA system; $25 per band; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Cascade Community School of Music, 2150 N.E. Studio Road, Bend; 541-382-6866.
EAT, DRINK AND BE DEADLY: Buckboard Productions and Winestyles presents Eat, Drink and Be Deadly by Jennifer Jenkins. Admission includes 4 wine pairings and the audience interactive show; $45 public, $40 Wine Club and Chamber members; 6 p.m., doors open 5:30 p.m.; WineStyles, 614 N.W. Cedar Ave. , Redmond; 541-548-7999 or www.buckboardproductions.com.
SALSA DANCING: Salsa dancing with Salsa Victoria. One-hour dance lesson followed by open dancing. 21 and over only; $10; 7:30 p.m.; Coyote Ranch, 1368 S. U.S. Highway 97, Redmond; 541-548-7700 or www.benddance.com.
STRING QUARTET: Central Oregon Symphony Association Music in Public Places presentation, the Dove String Quartet, 2 p.m., Redmond Public Library; free, guests soloists Kristin Guy and Kelli Kirkman will join the quartet of string musicians from the C.O. Symphony; 541-317-3941.
DURAC: Downtown Urban Renewal Advisory Committee meeting, 5 p.m., 341 N.W. Dogwood Ave., agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
PARKS AND REC: Redmond Area Park and Recreation District board of directors special meeting, agenda includes discussion of High Desert Activity Center lease; 5:30 a.m.; Cascade Swim Center. 465 S.W. Rimrock Way; 541-548-6088.
MIX AND MINGLE: Hosted by Soroptimist International of Redmond. Guest speaker Barbara Myers will present, “Helping Others During Challenging Economic Times.” Refreshments served; free; 5:30-7 p.m.; Glacier Place, 657 S.W. Glacier Ave., Redmond; Karen,541-548-4709.
“IT’S IN THE BAG” LECTURE SERIES: Daniel Stroud and Aylett Wright present “Sex and Sexuality are Sacred: So Let’s Talk about It”; they will discuss divorce rates, sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies and other issues that continue to challenge our culture and our individual and cultural perspectives on sex and sexuality; a discussion about sexual behavior and relationships will follows; presentation given as part of the OSU Cascades Campus lecture series; free; noon-1 p.m.; OSU-Cascades Campus, Cascades Hall, 2600 N.W. College Way, Bend; 541-322-3100 or www.OSUcascades.edu.
LIVE CONTRACTOR EDUCATION CLASS: Taught by Dennis and Martha Sargent of Central Oregon Contractor Training. The course satisfies education requirements to take the Oregon contractor’s license test. Preregistration required; $275, includes manual; 6-9 p.m., and class continues April 3 and 4 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Central Oregon Community College, Redmond campus, 2030 S.E. College Loop, Redmond; 541-383-7290 or www.cocc.edu.
NATIVE AMERICAN DANCE PERFORMANCE: The Cultural Enrichment Club from Madras High School will perform traditional Native American dance, music and Hispanic folk dancing; a food vendor will be selling hot dogs and chili; proceeds benefit the club and the Humane Society of Redmond; $6 adults, $3 ages 12-18, $1 ages 5-11, free ages 4 and younger; 6 p.m.; Humane Society of Redmond, 1355 N.E. Hemlock Ave., Redmond; 541-548-0898.
AUTHOR DARIN FURRY: Central Oregon hiker and explorer and a park ranger in the Columbia Gorge, Furry will talk about his book “Beyond Sagebrush”; refreshments provided; free; 6:30 p.m.; Paulina Springs Books, 422 S.W. Sixth St., Redmond; 541-526-1491.
CANDY CAMP: Learn how to make gummy bears, lollipops, chocolate suckers and marshmallows. This is a fun, interactive class for ages 6-12. Hosted by Redmond Area Park and Recreation District; $30; 9 a.m.-noon; Redmond High School, 675 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 541-548-7275 or www.raprd.org.
“THE ECONOMICS OF ENDANGERED SPECIES”: Ed Whitelaw, founder and president of ECONorthwest and economics professor at the University of Oregon, will give a presentation; included with the price of admission; $10 adults, $9 ages 65 and older, $6 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger; 3 p.m.; High Desert Museum, 59800 S. U.S. Highway 97, Bend; 541-382-4754.
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.
NINTH BIENNIAL QUILT SHOW: The Country Quilters of Jefferson County sponsor a quilt exhibition featuring quilt displays and sales, vendors and door prizes; donations accepted; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 430 S.W. Fairgrounds Road, Madras; 541-546-4502 or541-475-7721.
EASTER EGG HUNT: Event includes games, prizes, music, face painting, chalk art, a cake walk, an Easter bonnet contest and more; free admission; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; downtown Redmond; 541-923-7761.
MORE EGGS: Easter extravaganza at Cougar Springs Senior Living Community; egg hunt, crafts, gifts, refreshments and photos with the Easter Bunny; 1-4 p.m.; 1942 S.W. Canyon Dr.; 541-316-4400.
“RESTORATION AND MANAGEMENT OF WOLVES IN THE NORTHWESTERN U.S.”: Ed Bangs, wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will talk about his research and management work on programs involving the wolf, lynx, brown and black bear and more; included with the price of admission; $10 adults, $9 ages 65 and older, $6 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger; 3 p.m.; High Desert Museum, 59800 S. U.S. Highway 97, Bend; 541-382-4754.
CENTRAL OREGON BUSINESS EXPO: Offers business networking and workshops. Luncheon features speaker Lee Weinstein, former director of communications at Nike Inc., who will discuss “The Power of Relationships”; free to attend; booth space $275 for Central Oregon chamber members and $325 for nonmembers. Applications due by April 4 for booths; $15 for luncheon, reservations required; 1-6 p.m., and luncheon runs from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-923-5191 or www.visitredmondoregon.com.
BOOK DISCUSSION: Talk about “Stubborn Twig” by Lauren Kessler; free; 6:30 p.m.; Paulina Springs Books, 422 S.W. Sixth St., Redmond; 541-526-1491.
INTERCULTURAL FESTIVAL: Cultural displays, performances, music, family programs and food; free; 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Redmond High School Hartman Campus, 2105 W. Antler Ave., Redmond; 541-923-4840.
Free ski vouchers
The United Way of Deschutes County is distributing free Mt. Bachelor ski vouchers redeemable for a $25 full-day lift ticket during the weeks of April 6-10 and 13-17. Mt. Bachelor will donate $25 to the United Way for each redeemed voucher. Revenue generated through this program will benefit the 23 partner agencies of the United Way. Vouchers can be picked up at the United Way office, 1130 N.W. Harriman Avenue, Suite A. To reserve a voucher, call 541-389-6507.
Young writers contest
The 2009 Rising Star Creative Writing Competition is now accepting entries. Rising Star is open to submissions by emerging writers ages 15 to 25 from Oregon, Idaho and Washington in fiction, literary nonfiction and poetry. New this year is a nature essay sub-category in literary nonfiction, sponsored by the Deschutes Land Trust. Winners in each category receive a $100 cash prize. Entry deadline is June 10. Information: www.thenatureofwords.org.
Celebrate our Stars
The Redmond 2J Education Foundation presents Stars in the Sagebrush celebration Friday, April 10, at Eagle Crest Resort. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event celebrates individuals and initiatives that have made a major impact on the lives of children by embracing one or more of the “Simple” values and beliefs (Service, Innovation, Mentorship, Partnership, Leadership and Excellence). Dinner tickets are $25 and are available at the Redmond School District Office, Elton Gregory Middle School and at the office of Dr. Scot Burgess, 710 S.W. Highland Ave., Redmond. Table sponsorships are available for $250-500.
Information: Toni Duff, 541-848-9040.
Peace Campaign event
The Peace Center of Central Oregon and the First Presbyterian Peacemaking Team will host a presentation on the U.S. Department of Peace Campaign (bill HR 808) April 5, 2 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 230 NE 9th, Bend. The Oregon organizer of the campaign, David Hazen, and members of the Peace Center of Central Oregon will talk about their experience at the March National Conference in Washington D.C. including their meetings with Oregon’s legislative offices on Capitol Hill. Information: 541-923-6677 or visit www.pcoco.org.
Surgical services now at shelter
The Humane Society of Redmond is now offering spay and neuter services for cats and dogs at the Redmond facility. Information: Chris Bauersfeld, 541-923-0882.
Redmond Proficiency Academy open house
An information open house on the new Redmond Proficiency Academy will be held April 16, 22 and 28, 6:30 p.m., in the Redmond Public Library. Redmond Proficiency Academy is set to open September 2009 and will serve 9-12 grade students who desire a more interest-based or self-designed course of study; or who seek an accelerated course of study; or desire a non-seat time based schedule to meet their personal needs. Registration for the school will be held May 4-8. Information: 541-526-0882.