May 26, 2009

Event calendar

WEDNESDAY
May 27
“AN EVENING OF THE HEART”: Essential Light Institute presents teacher and healer Jonathan Goldman, who will share his experiences of living life through the heart; free; 6-8 p.m.; PoetHouse ART, 55 N.W. Minnesota Ave., Bend; 541-330-5733 or www.essentiallight.org.
SCHOOL BOARD: Redmond School Board meets 5:30 p.m.; 145 S.E. Salmon Ave.; agenda at www.redmond.k12.or.us.
COLIN LAKE & WELLBOTTOM: Portland-based blues band performs; free; 7 p.m.; McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 N.W. Bond St., Bend; 541-382-5174 or www.mcmenamins.com.

THURSDAY
May 28
“WORDS WITHOUT WALLS”: Caldera and The Nature of Words host a reading and reception of the poetry that was written by more than 60 students from Redmond, Madras, Bend, Sisters and Terrebonne; free; 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Evergreen Studios, 435 S.W. Evergreen Ave., Redmond; 541-330-4381 or www.thenatureofwords.org.
CENTRAL OREGON WRITERS GUILD: Topic is “How to Write a Synopsis That Sells Your Book” presented by author Alice Sharpe. Open to all. Located in Building 3; free; 6:30-9 p.m.; Central Oregon Community College, Redmond campus, 2030 S.E. College Loop, Redmond; 541-923-0896 or www.centraloregonwritersguild.com.
IAN TYSON: Internationally acclaimed country singer-songwriter performs, with Corb Lund; $40-$45; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or www.towertheatre.org.

FRIDAY
May 29
TERREBONNE FARMERS MARKET: The Terrebonne Community School hosts a market featuring live entertainment and local vendors selling meat, vegetables, plants and homemade products; proceeds benefit educational programs; free admission; 3:30-7:30 p.m.; Terrebonne Community School, 1199 B Ave., Terrebonne; 541-923-4856.
BEND BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL: The inaugural festival features local short films and slide shows centered on bicycling; all proceeds benefit the Central Oregon Trail Alliance and The Bend Cycling Club; $10 in advance, $11.50 at door; 7 p.m., doors open 6 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or www.bendbicyclefilmfestival.com.

SATURDAY
May 30
REDMOND GRANGE PANCAKE BREAKFAST: A breakfast of sourdough pancakes, sausage, eggs and more; $5 adults, $3 ages 12 and younger; 7-10:30 a.m.; Redmond Grange, 707 S.W. Kalama Ave., Redmond; 541-923-1840.
FIREWORKS FUNDRAISER: Ray’s Market in Redmond is offering 50-cent hotdogs and $1 root beer floats from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. to raise money for Redmond’s annual July 4th fireworks display, 900 S.W. 23rd St.
PLANT SALE: The Central Oregon Retired Educators’ Association hosts a plant sale; proceeds benefit the Central Oregon Opportunity Center; free admission; 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Zion Lutheran Church, 1113 S.W. Black Butte Blvd., Redmond; 541-382-7044.
DISCOVERY EXPO: The Central Oregon Council on Aging hosts an event that includes live music, dancing, golf and cooking demonstrations, educational presentations and a variety of booths and vendors for travel, retirement choices, health, food, fitness and more; $5, $3 ages 60 and older, $2 veterans, free ages 13 and younger; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-548-8817 or www.councilonaging.org.
RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRAISER: The Redmond Fred Meyer team “The Fighters” hosts a silent auction and garage sale to raise funds for the team; free admission; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Abby’s Pizza, 1938 S. Highway 97, Redmond; 541-504-5100, ext. 2621.
“WESTWARD OREGON!”: A living history event in celebration of Oregon’s 150th birthday includes an 1859-era encampment; reenactors include wheelwrights, coopers, blacksmiths and soap and broom makers; live music and vendors will also be available; proceeds benefit the Des Chutes Historical Museum; $15 per family of four, $5 per person, free ages 2 and younger; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tillicum Park/Chase Ranch, 18144 Couch Market Road, Bend; 541-389-1813 or www.deschuteshistory.org.
TRUCK AND TRACTOR PULL: Northwest Tractor Pulling Association hosts a truck, tractor and ATV pull; vehicles pull a weighted sled down a 300-foot dirt track to see who can pull the weight the farthest; $10 adults, $5 ages 10 to 17, free ages 9 and younger; 1 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-990-5622 or503-559-6918 or www.nwtpa.20m.com.
EVENING OF NOSTALGIA: Event includes a catered dinner, live music, dancing, a fashion show of 1859-era clothing and an auction; proceeds benefit the Des Chutes Historical Museum; $70, $60 for Des Chutes Historical Society members, $450 for a table of eight, $224 for half-tables; 6-10 p.m.; Tillicum Park/Chase Ranch, 18144 Couch Market Road, Bend; 541-389-1813 or www.deschuteshistory.org.
LUAU ON THE HIGH DESERT: The Redmond High School Booster Club sponsors a Hawaiian luau with a no-host bar, dinner, Hawaiian dancing and a live auction; proceeds benefit the club; $40 or $75 per couple, $224-$450 per sponsor table; 6 p.m.; Larkin Ranch, 6268 W. Highway 126, Redmond; 541-480-9782.
“A MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA”: A Sparrow Club benefit event to raise money for the medical expenses of Christian Ruwaldt features student performances and a live and silent auction; $10; 6:30 p.m.; Sisters High School, 1700 W. McKinney Butte Drive, Sisters; 541-549-4045. ext. 1037.
“THE BIG ONE?”: John Roddy, from the Oregon Department of Geology, will explore Native American legends, new geologic discoveries and one of the great scientific detective stories, all in order to understand earthquakes in Oregon; free; 7 p.m.; Central Oregon Community College, Hitchcock Auditorium, 2600 N.W. College Way, Bend; 541-383-7700.
JAZZ AT THE TOWER THEATRE: The Mobile Five jazz quintet performs a concert of original material; the quintet is Josh Deutsch on trumpet, Kevin McDonald on brass, Torrey Newhart on piano, Adam Carlson on drums and Tyson Haynes on saxophone; $10, $7 student; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or www.towertheatre.org.

SUNDAY
May 31
TRUCK AND TRACTOR PULL: Northwest Tractor Pulling Association hosts a truck, tractor and ATV pull; vehicles pull a weighted sled down a 300-foot dirt track to see who can pull the weight the farthest; $10 adults, $5 ages 10 to 17, free ages 9 and younger; noon; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-990-5622 or503-559-6918 or www.nwtpa.20m.com.
CASCADE WINDS SYMPHONIC BAND: Band standards, solo transcriptions, show tunes, 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.

MONDAY
June 1
PLANNING COMMISSION: Redmond Urban Area Planning Commission, 7 p.m., 777 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; agenda www.ci.redmond.or.us.

TUESDAY
June 2
CITY COUNCIL: Redmond City Council, 6:45 a.m., 777 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; agenda www.ci.redmond.or.us.

THURSDAY
June 4
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 prior to class; free; 9-11 a.m.; COIC WorkSource Bend, 1645 N.E. Forbes Road, Bend; 541-389-9661 or www.coic.org.
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 June 5 and 6 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.
CELTIC FIDDLING: Roland White will play traditional Irish, Scottish and American fiddle tunes; free; 6:30 p.m.; Sisters Public Library, 110 N. Cedar St., Sisters; 541-617-7089.

FRIDAY
June 5
BEND FARMERS MARKET: More than 20 vendors, fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, cheese, natural meat products, coffee roasters, flowers and more; free; 2-6 p.m.; St. Charles Bend, 2500 N.E. Neff Road, Bend; 541-408-4998.
FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY WALK: Event includes art exhibit openings, artist talks, live music, wine and food in downtown Bend and The Old Mill District; free; 5-9 p.m.; throughout Bend; www.bendgalleries.com.

SATURDAY
June 6
BALLOONS OVER BEND: The 7th annual event includes the launching of 20 hot-air balloons and a festival with live music, food, beer, wine garden, children’s area, inflatable adventures and a street art exhibit; free; 6:30 a.m. launch of balloons from Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 S.W. Shevlin-Hixon Drive; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. festivities; The Old Mill District, 661 S.W. Powerhouse Drive, Bend; 541-323-0964 or www.balloonsoverbend.com.
COUNTRY DANCE: Dance to Rough String from 7-11 p.m. at the VFW Post 4108, 1836 S.W. Veterans Way; $4 members, $6 non-members; 541-923-8591.
CPR AND FIRST AID TRAINING: Become certified in CPR and First Aid. Lectures, demonstrations and video with hands-on training and practice. Ages 14 and up. Hosted by the Redmond Area Park and Recreation District; $45; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Cascade Swim Center, 465 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 541-548-7275.

SUNDAY
June 7
FIDDLERS JAM: Listen or dance at the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Jam; donations accepted; 12:30-3:30 p.m.; Pine Forest Grange, 63214 N.E. Boyd Acres Road, Bend; 541-447-5451.
CASCADE HORIZON BAND: The 75-piece senior band will perform a spring concert, including Sousa marches, Latin favorites, movie selections and more under the direction of Sue Steiger; donations accepted; 2 p.m.; Bend High School, 230 N.E. Sixth St., Bend; 541-318-0407 or www.cascadehorizonband.org.
CELTIC FIDDLING: Roland White will play traditional Irish, Scottish and American fiddle tunes; free; 2 p.m.; Bend Public Library, 601 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-617-7089.
“THE TAFFETAS”: The final performance of 2nd Street Theater’s production of a musical by Rick Lewis; the story is about four sisters who are preparing for a singing debut on national television; they perform music by The McGuire Sisters, The Fontane Sisters and The Chordettes; $20 adults, $18 students and seniors ages 62 and older; 3 p.m.; 2nd Street Theater, 220 N.E. Lafayette Ave., Bend; 541-312-9626 or www.2ndstreettheater.com.

FRIDAY
June 12
BEND FARMERS MARKET: More than 20 vendors, fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, cheese, natural meat products, coffee roasters, flowers and more; free; 2-6 p.m.; St. Charles Bend, 2500 N.E. Neff Road, Bend; 541-408-4998.

SATURDAY
June 13
BEATLES SINGALONG: Musicians and singers from Central Oregon will sing Beatles material and community members can join in the singing; proceeds benefit 106.7 KPOV; beer and refreshments will be available; $10 for KPOV members and $12 for nonmembers in advance, $15 at the door, $5 ages 18 and younger; 7-10 p.m.; Old Stone Church, 157 N.W. Franklin Ave., Bend; 541-322-0863 or www.kpov.org.

MONDAY
June 15
REDMOND FARMERS MARKET: Market features about 40 local vendors selling fresh produce, potted plants, herbs, bakery items, household goods and more; free admission; 12-5 p.m.; Evergreen Elementary School, 437 S.W. Ninth St., Redmond; 541-504-7862, redmondfarmersmarket@gmail.com or www.redmondfarmersmarket.com.

WEDNESDAY
June 17
INDOOR ROCK CLIMBING : Kids of any ability can experience the fun and challenge of rock climbing in a controlled indoor environment. All equipment provided. Transportation provided; $20; 1-4 p.m.; Cascade Swim Center, 465 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 541-548-7275.

FRIDAY
June 19
DIRT DIGGERS’ SCRAMBLE: 8th annual golf tournament hosted by Camp Fire USA Central Oregon; proceeds benefit the programs and services provided by the Camp Fire USA Central Oregon Council; $140 includes 18 holes, cart, continental breakfast and barbecue lunch; 8 a.m. shotgun start, 7 a.m. registration; Eagle Crest Resort, 1522 Cline Falls Road, Redmond; 541-382-4682 or www.campfireusaco.org.
BEND FARMERS MARKET: More than 20 vendors, fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, cheese, natural meat products, coffee roasters, flowers and more; free; 2-6 p.m.; St. Charles Bend, 2500 N.E. Neff Road, Bend; 541-408-4998.
IRISH CELTIC JAM: Bring a whistle or other instrument to join a jam session of Celtic music or come and listen; free; 6-9 p.m.; Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe, 135 N.W. Minnesota Ave., Bend; 541-749-2010 or dudleysbookshopcafe.blogspot.com.

Senior safety conference
A free conference on issues of safety and security for senior citizens will be held May 29, noon to 6 p.m., and May 30, noon to 4 p.m., at Highland Baptist Church, 3100 S.W. Highland Ave. Topics include exercising the mind to keep it healthy, financial security in crisis, taking care of the caregiver, planning ahead for end of life issues, identity theft and a demonstration by the Redmond Fire Department on avoiding fire and fall hazards in the home. Local country and gospel group, the Allen Family Band, will perform Friday, 5 p.m. On Saturday there will be prize drawings and free blood pressure screenings. Information: Bernie Fairchild, 541-548-4161 or visit www.hbcredmond.org.

Fireworks fund
The Redmond Chamber of Commerce is hosting a bottle and can drive May 30 to raise money for the annual Fourth of July fireworks show. Bottles and cans can be delivered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Ray’s Food Place, 900 S.W. 23rd St. There will also be 50 cent hotdogs and $1 root beer floats. All proceeds will go to fund the 2009 fireworks show. As of May 26, donations reached $1,190. Approximately $7,000 is needed to host this year’s fireworks show. Donations in any amount can be delivered to the Redmond Chamber of Commerce & CVB, Redmond City Hall or the Redmond City Hall Annex by June 15. Please make checks payable to Redmond Chamber of Commerce/Fireworks. Donations can also be mailed to: Redmond Chamber of Commerce/Fireworks, 446 S.W. Seventh St., Redmond, 97756. Information: 541-923-5191 or visit www.visitredmondoregon.com

Community garden space
Free roto-tilled garden plots will be available June 1 at St. Alban’s Community Garden in northwest Redmond. The 10-foot by 12-foot plots are watered three times weekly. Past gardeners have grown harvests of beans, carrots, potatoes and other vegetables.
Information: 541-548-4212.

Crafters wanted
On May 30, 10:30 a.m., at the Redmond Public Library, artisans and crafters are invited to submit samples of their creations for jury into the 2009 Snowflake Boutique set for Nov. 6-7 at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center. Additional juries will be held Aug. 15, Sept. 26, and Oct. 17. Information: Judie, 541-923-6535 or visit www.snowflakeboutique.org.

Learn the computer essentials
COCC Continuing Education is offering a Computer Essentials II class June 2 and 9, 6-9 p.m., at the Redmond campus. Students will continue getting comfortable with the computer by exploring the start menu, Windows accessories, and creating and filing documents. Some keyboarding skills and mouse familiarity are required. Cost is $49. Information: 541-383-7270 or visit http://noncredit.cocc.edu

Become a wine connoisseur

Avery’s Wine Bar and the Redmond Area Park and Recreation District host wine classes on the second Monday of each month at Avery’s, 427 S.W. Eight St., Redmond. Next class is June 8, 6-8 p.m. Explore different wines and regions. Ages 21 and over only. Cost is $25 per person, $40 per couple. Information: 541-548-7275.

Shootout in the Badlands
The Central Oregon Shooting Sports Association will host a Western style shooting competition June 12-14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., each day, at the OSSA shooting range 24 miles east of Bend on Highway 20. The competition features state and national winners from the U.S. shooting authentic or reproduction 1800s firearms. Spectators are welcome. Admission is free. Eye protection required. Information: 541-408-5890.

Youth writing competetion
The Nature of Words, Central Oregon’s premier literary organization, has extended the submission date for its Rising Star Creative Writing Competition to June 30. The competition is awarded at the annual literary festival scheduled for Nov. 4-8. Prizes will be awarded in fiction, literary nonfiction, nature essay and poetry in two age categories, 15-18 and 19-25. Full submission guidelines are available at www.thenatureofwords.org.

Clearing the sagebrush an acre at a time

A dot on the map of the Crooked River National Grassland marks Nichols Springs, all that remains of a homestead settled more than 100 years ago by the grandparents of Redmond resident Marie Petersen, 90.

Petersen is matriarch of a large extended family that includes four children and 43 grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren, many of whom continue to live in the Redmond area.

Petersen’s maternal grandparents, Mary Elizabeth and Lawrence Lee Nichols, homesteaded on the west side of Gray Butte between Opal City (southeast of Culver) and Trail Crossing (near the Crooked River canyon) in the early years of the 20th century.

According to a memoir by Petersen’s aunt, Deeris Nichols Brown, Madras was a small settlement in the middle of open range land around 1905 when the Nichols family arrived after a two-week train ride from Missouri to The Dalles, followed by a stage coach trip to Tygh Valley and a wagon ride to Madras.

During the family’s first year in Central Oregon Lawrence worked on the irrigation project near Bend and hauled lumber from Madras to Cole’s Orchard at the Cove. Deeris was the sixth daughter born to the Nichols and in 1908, a year after she was born, the family moved to a 160-acre homestead on the west side of Gray Butte.

The homestead house had two rooms, plus a shed that ran the full length of the building housing the kitchen, porch and feed room. The feed room was the only part of the home with a lock and Deeris eventually decided that while people might want to steal feed, they weren’t interested in stealing children.

One of the first jobs on the homestead was to build fence to keep out the many wild horses that roamed the area, Deeris wrote. After that, the family cleared sagebrush a few acres each year until the entire farm was in crops.

The family had enough food to eat, though sometimes it was just bread, milk and beans. Bachelor neighbors brought extra rabbits. Milk and butter were in abundance from the family cows; they butchered hogs for meat and grew a good garden full of potatoes, rhubarb and gooseberries.

Once a year, the family made a trip to an orchard at the Cove to load up on fruit, choosing to walk three miles each way into the gorge, rather than ride in the wagon on the steep, narrow grade. Both Petersen and her oldest daughter, Lois Frey, laughed as Frey read a passage about Deeris and one of her sisters driving the wagon to haul water from a spring about five miles from the house. The older sister would hand the reins to Deeris so she could read forbidden literature she stashed under the wagon seat.

“It so wonderful to have,” Lois said of the memoir that brings the family history to life.

Lawrence and Mary Nichols lived on the homestead until the federal government bought the property due to the decline in dryland farming, allowing it to create the national grasslands. They moved into Redmond in 1937, to a house they built on Southwest Ninth Street that today houses the FISH food pantry.

Petersen’s father, Jesse Lynam, came to Central Oregon from Iowa with a threshing crew in 1911. After he married Edith Nichols, they went back to Iowa twice. The family returned to Redmond for good when Marie was a junior in high school. Daughters Darleen and Lela and son Joe rounded out the family, which settled on a farm not far from the Pleasant Ridge Hall south of Redmond.

Marie graduated from Redmond Union High School in 1937 and in 1938 married Loyd “Bud” Petersen, the son of Scandinavian immigrants who owned a dairy farm south of Redmond. Bud and Marie bought 40 acres adjoining his parents’ Pleasant Ridge Dairy.

The Jake Petersen place was close to that of fellow Danish immigrant Rasmus Petersen, who had a penchant for building things out of rocks. Jake and Rasmus, no relation, ended up in Central Oregon about the same time and settled on neighboring farms, Frey said.

Loyd, the second of five children, was born in 1916 on the family dairy. His father, Jake came to Central Oregon to work on canal projects; his mother, Margit, came from Norway with her sisters. They met and married in Central Oregon in 1914 and became parents to five children: John, Loyd, Laura (Richardson), Carl, and Robert.

Jake Petersen started delivering Grade A raw milk door-to-door in Bend in the early 1920s, Frey said. His son, Loyd, took over the deliveries after his dad’s stroke in the 1930s. In the 1950s Jake started delivering milk again, this time to Redmond. Frey recalled that her grandfather would load the milk in the back of his old Hudson and drive into town. After daughter-in-law Marie started driving for him, he would tell her to drop him off at the Pastime Tavern, saying, “I’ll play cards until you get done delivering the milk.”

Marie and Loyd raised four children on the dairy: daughters Lois (Frey), Margit (Eskew), Edith (Maley), all of whom live in the Redmond area, and son, Edwin Petersen, who lives in Forest Grove.
Running a dairy farm was “busy times,” Marie Petersen said. “We kept busy, but we had a good time, too.” The family milked between 60 and 100 cows daily, Petersen said, Guernseys and Jerseys to begin with, later switching to Holsteins. “Mom worked very, very hard,” Frey said. “So did all four kids,” added Petersen.

Between household chores and dairy chores, the kids never lacked for anything to do, Frey said, and neither did their parents.When not working Marie and Bud were dancing. Bud loved to square dance every Wednesday and Saturday night, and always was up at 5 the next morning and in the barn for milking time.

Bud’s brothers usually did the milking, but Bud brought in the cows. After loading the milk he would eat breakfast, take a five-minute nap then head out for his deliveries. He did that seven days a week until he split the route with his wife, alternating delivery days, Frey said. After deliveries, it was time for supper, then back to the dairy to bring the cows in for evening milking, followed by a myriad of chores – washing bottles and equipment, cooling milk, bottling milk.

Marie and Loyd lived on the family dairy until 1970, the year it burned down, when they moved back to the adjoining 40 acres purchased when they married. They moved into town in 1990.

At 90, Petersen is mentally sharp and active, though her poor eyesight has forced her to abandon crocheting and knitting the afghans and sweaters she once crafted in abundance. For 24 years, until last year, Petersen baked flat bread for use during communion at Zion Lutheran Church.

As for the many family members that surround her, she’s busy working on getting five generations at church at the same time.

- story by Trish Pinkerton

Obituaries

‘Babe’ Joseph Woodmark
Nov. 24, 1927 - May 14, 2009
Arrangements: Prineville Funeral Home, 447-6459
Services: A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 1 p.m. at the Oregon City Elks Lodge, 610 McLoughlin Blvd., Oregon City, Ore., 97045. Cremation was held at the Prineville Heritage Crematory, under the direction of Prineville Funeral Home.


Arol Elton Thompson
May 23, 1923 - May 1, 2009
Arrangements: Prineville Funeral Home, 447-6459
Services: Memorial services will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 1 p.m. at Powell Butte Christian Church, 13720 S.W. Highway 126, Powell Butte, Ore.


Penelope Ann Ferraro
Jan. 10, 1941 – May 21, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals - Redmond, 504-9485
Services: A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Autumn Funerals-Redmond is assisting the family

Leslie Dawn Cole, of Bend
Jan. 7, 1955 - May 22, 2009
Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home - Bend, 382-0903
Services: Memorial service will be held at a later date.

May 19, 2009

Event Calendar

WEDNESDAY
May 20
JOB SEARCH TIPS: Learn how to search for, prepare for and obtain a new job in a tight labor market. SCORE, Central Oregon counselor Bill Saling covers the search for a job, planning for the interview, reacting to interview questions, how to dress, and other key issues leading to how to close the deal; 6-7:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1055 or www.dpls.us/calendar.
SCHOOL BUDGET: Redmond School District budget committee meets 6 p.m.; 145 S.E. Salmon Ave.; agenda at www.redmond.k12.or.us.
BUDGET COMMITTEE: City of Redmond Budget Committee, 6 p.m., 341 N.W. Dogwood Ave., agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.

THURSDAY
May 21
“IT’S GREAT TO BE GRAND”: The Working Wonders Children’s Museum offers free admission for grandparents, as well as for children ages 1 and younger; others are $6; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Working Wonders Children’s Museum, 520 S.W. Powerhouse Drive, Suite 624, Bend; 541-389-4500.
SCHOOL FORUM: Redmond School District community forum on a four-day week school calendar, 5:30 p.m.; 145 S.E. Salmon Ave.; agenda at www.redmond.k12.or.us.
CENTENNIAL: Redmond Centennial Advisory Committee meets, 5 p.m., conference room A, city hall, 716 S.W. Evergreen Ave., agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
DESTINATION RESORT MAPPING INFORMATIONAL MEETING: The League of Women Voters sponsors an informational luncheon with Peter Gutowsky, principal planner of Deschutes County Community Development Department; free, $7.99 for the buffet lunch; Lunch at 11:30 a.m. and presentation at noon; King Buffet, 2050 N.E. Third St., Bend; 541-389-6990, evenings only or jablum@communitybroadband.com.
GAME DAY FOR TEENS: Play Wii, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, DDR, and more. Ages 12-17. Space is limited to 25. Register online or at the door. Part of the Redmond Library’s Teen Thursday series; free; 3-4:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1050 or www.dpls.us/calendar.
“CZECH DREAM”: Central Oregon Community College Students for Social & Environmental Awareness present a screening of a documentary that explores the psychological and manipulative powers of consumerism by creating an ad campaign for something that doesn’t exist; free; 6:30 p.m.; Hitchcock Auditorium, Central Oregon Community College, 2600 N.W. College Way, Bend; 503-442-4916.

FRIDAY
May 22
HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR CHILDREN: Healthy Beginnings will offer free health screenings for children birth to 5 in Deschutes County. Children are screened in hearing, speech and language, motor skills, cognitive development, vision, health and safety, dental, behavior and nutrition. All children are eligible, regardless of income or insurance. Appointment only; free; Becky Johnson Center, 412 S.W. Eighth St., Redmond; 541-383-6357 or www.healthybeginnings.info.
“MASTERS OF THE NIGHT - THE TRUE STORY OF BATS” EXHIBIT OPENS: New exhibit features multi-sensory interactive displays and other activities that help dispel misconceptions about bats and inform people of their ecological importance; exhibit runs through Sept. 13; $15 adults, $12 ages 65 and older, $9 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; High Desert Museum, 59800 S. U.S. Highway 97, Bend; 541-382-4754 or www.highdesertmuseum.org.
SCHOOL BOARD: Redmond School Board work session 8 a.m.; 145 S.E. Salmon Ave.; agenda at www.redmond.k12.or.us.
ALLAN BYER PERFORMS: Local singer songwriter Allan Byer will perform live Americana music and covers; free; 6 p.m.; WineStyles, 614 N.W. Cedar Ave. , Redmond; www.allanbyer.com.
“ECHOES OF IRELAND”: A touring interactive musical includes live music, dancing and storytelling based on the lives of authors Frank McCourt and Malachy McCourt; $45; 7 p.m.; Redmond High School, 675 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 541-548-2066.
LINDY GRAVELLE PERFORMS: Local singer/songwriter in Brassie’s Bar; free; 7-10 p.m.; Niblick and Greene’s, 7535 Falcon Crest Drive #100, Redmond; 541-548-4220.

SATURDAY
May 23
BABYSITTER’S TRAINING: Learn about performing first aid, diapering and feeding techniques, interviewing for babysitting jobs and more. Ages 11-14; $35; 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Cascade Swim Center, 465 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 541-548-7275.
LINDY GRAVELLE PERFORMS: Local singer/songwriter in Brassie’s Bar; free; 7-10 p.m.; Niblick and Greene’s, 7535 Falcon Crest Drive #100, Redmond; 541-548-4220.
“THE TAFFETAS”: The final performance of 2nd Street Theater’s production of a musical by Rick Lewis; the story is about four sisters who are preparing for a singing debut on national television; they perform music by The McGuire Sisters, The Fontane Sisters and The Chordettes; $20 adults, $18 students and seniors ages 62 and older; 8 p.m.; 2nd Street Theater, 220 N.E. Lafayette Ave., Bend; 541-312-9626 or www.2ndstreettheater.com.
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.

SUNDAY
May 24
AUTHOR JAMES DAVIS: Nature writer will discuss his newest book “Northwest Nature Guide”; the guide offers places to visit in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, including where to see whale migrations, wildflowers and more; refreshments provided; free; 6:30 p.m.; Paulina Springs Books, 422 S.W. Sixth St., Redmond; 541-526-1491.

MONDAY
May 25
NO SCHOOL FUN DAY: A day of activities for kids grades K-5. Sports, arts and games. Bring a sack lunch; $25; 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Redmond Area Park and Recreation District, Activity Center, 335 S.E. Jackson St., Redmond; 541-548-7275.
A CAPELLA IN THE PARK: Rise Up Singing Circle, a gathering of over 50 people singing a capella songs of many genres. Presented by the Gospel Choir of the Cascades; free; 7 p.m.; Drake Park, 777 N.W. Riverside Blvd., Bend; 541-390-2441 or bendgospelchoir@gmail.com.

TUESDAY
May 26
CITY COUNCIL: Redmond City Council meetings, 6:45 a.m. and 7 p.m., 777 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
FAMILY SWIM NIGHT: Open swim for families. Kids under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Family Swim Night every Tuesday; $10; 7:05-8:20 p.m.; Cascade Swim Center, 465 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 541-548-7275.

WEDNESDAY
May 27
SCHOOL BOARD: Redmond School Board meets 5:30 p.m.; 145 S.E. Salmon Ave.; agenda at www.redmond.k12.or.us.

THURSDAY
May 28
CENTRAL OREGON WRITERS GUILD: Topic is “How to Write a Synopsis That Sells Your Book” presented by author Alice Sharpe. Open to all. Located in Building 3; free; 6:30-9 p.m.; Central Oregon Community College, Redmond campus, 2030 S.E. College Loop, Redmond; 541-923-0896 or www.centraloregonwritersguild.com.
IAN TYSON: Internationally acclaimed country singer/songwriter performs, with Corb Lund; $40-$45; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or www.towertheatre.org.

FRIDAY
May 29
“WESTWARD OREGON!”: A living history event in celebration of Oregon’s 150th birthday includes 1859-era stagecoach rides, an encampment and a pioneer-style dinner and dance; proceeds benefit the Des Chutes Historical Museum; $15 per family of four, $40 per person for dinner and dance; ; Tillicum Park/Chase Ranch, 18144 Couch Market Road, Bend; 541-389-1813 or www.deschuteshistory.org.
TERREBONNE FARMERS MARKET: The Terrebonne Community School hosts a market featuring live entertainment and local vendors selling meat, vegetables, plants and homemade products; proceeds benefit educational programs; free admission; 3:30-7:30 p.m.; Terrebonne Community School, 1199 B Ave., Terrebonne; 541-923-4856.
BEND BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL: The inaugural festival features local short films and slide shows centered on bicycling; all proceeds benefit the Central Oregon Trail Alliance and The Bend Cycling Club; $10 in advance, $11.50 at door; 7 p.m., doors open 6 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or www.bendbicyclefilmfestival.com.

SATURDAY
May 30
“WESTWARD OREGON!”: A living history event in celebration of Oregon’s 150th birthday includes 1859-era stagecoach rides, an encampment and a pioneer-style dinner and dance; proceeds benefit the Des Chutes Historical Museum; $15 per family of four, $40 per person for dinner and dance; ; Tillicum Park/Chase Ranch, 18144 Couch Market Road, Bend; 541-389-1813 or www.deschuteshistory.org.
PLANT SALE: The Central Oregon Retired Educators’ Association hosts a plant sale; proceeds benefit the Central Oregon Opportunity Center; free admission; 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Zion Lutheran Church, 1113 S.W. Black Butte Blvd., Redmond; 541-382-7044.
DISCOVERY EXPO: The Central Oregon Council on Aging hosts an event that includes live music, dancing, golf and cooking demonstrations, educational presentations and a variety of booths and vendors for travel, retirement choices, health, food, fitness and more; $5, $3 ages 60 and older, $2 veterans, free ages 13 and younger; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-548-8817 or www.councilonaging.org.
RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRAISER: The Redmond Fred Meyer team “The Fighters” hosts a silent auction and garage sale to raise funds for the team; free admission; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Abby’s Pizza, 1938 S. U.S. Highway 97, Redmond; 541-504-5100, ext. 2621.
TRUCK AND TRACTOR PULL: Northwest Tractor Pulling Association hosts a truck, tractor and ATV pull; vehicles pull a weighted sled down a 300-foot dirt track to see who can pull the weight the farthest; $10 adults, $5 ages 10 to 17, free ages 9 and younger; 1 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-990-5622 or503-559-6918 or www.nwtpa.20m.com.
LUAU ON THE HIGH DESERT: The Redmond High School Booster Club sponsors a Hawaiian luau with a no-host bar, dinner, Hawaiian dancing and a live auction; proceeds benefit the club; $40 or $75 per couple, $224-$450 per sponsor table; 6 p.m.; Larkin Ranch, 6268 W. State Highway 126, Redmond; 541-480-9782.
“A MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA”: A Sparrow Club benefit event to raise money for the medical expenses of Christian Ruwaldt features student performances and a live and silent auction; $10; 6:30 p.m.; Sisters High School, 1700 W. McKinney Butte Drive, Sisters; 541-549-4045. ext. 1037.
JAZZ AT THE TOWER THEATRE: The Mobile Five jazz quintet performs a concert of original material; the quintet is Josh Deutsch on trumpet, Kevin McDonald on brass, Torrey Newhart on piano, Adam Carlson on drums and Tyson Haynes on saxophone; $10, $7 student; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or www.towertheatre.org.

SUNDAY
May 31
TRUCK AND TRACTOR PULL: Northwest Tractor Pulling Association hosts a truck, tractor and ATV pull; vehicles pull a weighted sled down a 300-foot dirt track to see who can pull the weight the farthest; $10 adults, $5 ages 10 to 17, free ages 9 and younger; noon; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-990-5622 or503-559-6918 or www.nwtpa.20m.com.
CASCADE WINDS SYMPHONIC BAND: Band standards, solo transcriptions, show tunes, 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.

THURSDAY
June 4
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 June 5 and 6 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.

SUNDAY
June 7
CASCADE HORIZON BAND: The 75-piece senior band will perform a spring concert, including Sousa marches, Latin favorites, movie selections and more under the direction of Sue Steiger; donations accepted; 2 p.m.; Bend High School, 230 N.E. Sixth St., Bend; 541-318-0407 or www.cascadehorizonband.org.

SATURDAY
June 13
BEATLES SINGALONG: Musicians and singers from Central Oregon will sing Beatles material and community members can join in the singing; proceeds benefit 106.7 KPOV; beer and refreshments will be available; $10 for KPOV members and $12 for nonmembers in advance, $15 at the door, $5 ages 18 and younger; 7-10 p.m.; Old Stone Church, 157 N.W. Franklin Ave., Bend; 541-322-0863 or www.kpov.org.

MONDAY
June 15
REDMOND FARMERS MARKET: Market features local vendors selling fresh produce, bakery items, household goods and more; free admission; 12-5 p.m.; Evergreen Elementary School, 437 S.W. Ninth St., Redmond; 541-504-7862 or redmondfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

FRIDAY
June 19
DIRT DIGGERS’ SCRAMBLE: 8th annual golf tournament hosted by Camp Fire USA Central Oregon; proceeds benefit the programs and services provided by the Camp Fire USA Central Oregon Council; $140 includes 18 holes, cart, continental breakfast and barbecue lunch; 8 a.m. shotgun start, 7 a.m. registration; Eagle Crest Resort, 1522 Cline Falls Road, Redmond; 541-382-4682 or www.campfireusaco.org.
IRISH CELTIC JAM: Bring a whistle or other instrument to join a jam session of Celtic music or come and listen; free; 6-9 p.m.; Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe, 135 N.W. Minnesota Ave., Bend; 541-749-2010 or dudleysbookshopcafe.blogspot.com.

Market opens in Eagle Crest
The weekly Tuesday Market at Eagle Crest opens May 26, 2-6 p.m. The market features fresh produce, locally made food products, nursery stock and local artisans. The market is held each Tuesday through Sept. 1 at the soccer field on Falcon Crest Drive, Eagle Crest Resort. Information: Yoleen Faerber, 541-633-9637 or e-mail yoleo@email.com.

Music for the the little ones
Redmond Area Park and Recreation District is hosting a music and rhythm class for toddlers up to second grade Thursdays, 2:30-3 p.m., June 4-25, at the RAPRD Activity Center, 335 S.E. Jackson St. The class brings the joy of music to children while teaching the fundamentals of music such as pitch and rhythm in a musical playgroup. Parent attendance is required. Information: 541-548-7275 or www.raprd.org.

Crafters wanted for holiday event
On May 30, 10:30 a.m., at the Redmond Public Library, artisans and crafters are invited to submit samples of their creations for jury into the 2009 Snowflake Boutique set for Nov. 6-7 at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center. Additional juries will be held Aug. 15, Sept. 26, and Oct. 17. Information: Judie, 541-923-6535 or visit www.snowflakeboutique.org.

Learn to ATV the safe way
Oregon 4-H Outdoor Education and Recreation Program, in conjunction with the Combined Off-Highway Vehicles Operation’s OHV Demo and Education Fair on the East Fort Rock trail system, is offering ATV and Dirt Bike RiderCourse certification classes for youth under 16 years of age May 30 and 31. Students must provide their own ATVs and dirt bikes and approved riding gear. Cost is $20. Information: 541-548-6088, or e-mail reaza.mansur@oregonstate.edu.

Help Relay for Life team
A silent auction and “garage” sale will be held May 30, 9 am to 4 pm, at Abby’s Pizza, 1938 S.W. Highway 97, Redmond, to raise money for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life Race For the Cure For Cancer. Items up for bid include a weekend at the Brasada Ranch Resort, a Les Schwab Tire Care package, jewelry, artwork, and gift certificates from local businesses. Members of the Redmond Fred Meyer Team, The Fighters, are hosting the fundraiser. Information: Shelley Robinson, 541-504-5100, ext. 2621.

Obituaries

Loette E. Strand - Thrasher
Dec. 9, 1940 - May 10, 2009
Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home, Bend
541-382-0903
Services: Memorial services were held on Saturday, May 16, 2009, at 1 pm, at Prineville Presbyterian Church. Pastor Cheryl Bourne, officiating.
Contributions may be made to Pioneer Memorial Hospice, 1201 NE Elm St.,
Prineville, OR 97754

Lee E. Russell Taylor
July 13, 1932 to May 12, 2009
Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend, 541-382-0903
Services: Private Celebration of Life to be announced.
Contributions to: Partners In Care Hospice, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR 97701 and Humane Society of Central Oregon, 61170 SE 27th St., Bend, OR 97702.

Raymond Manley Olsen
Sept. 8, 1928 - May 14, 2009
Arrangements: Bel-Air Funeral Home, 475-2241
Services: Graveside service were held on May 18, 2009 at Mt. Jefferson Memorial Park. Memorial service was held on May 18, 2009.

Esther Harmon
June 30, 1902 - May 9, 2009
Arrangements: Bel-air Funeral Home, 475-2241
Services: Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 11:00 AM at Culver Christian Church.

Roy E. Keller
Mar. 11, 1927 - May 15, 2009
Arrangements: Bel-Air Funeral Home, 475-2241
Services: Memorial Services on Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church.

Walter ‘Babe’ Joseph Woodmark
Nov. 24, 1927 - May 14, 2009
Arrangements:Prineville Funeral Home, 447-6459
Services: Funeral services are pending and will be announced soon.

May 12, 2009

Don't forget the big picture

If there was ever a time for members of our community to practice their collective big-picture view of the world, this is it.

All publicly-funded organizations are heavy into discussions regarding their 2009-2010 fiscal budgets right now, and none of the news is very good. As far as input from the community, the Redmond School District has probably garnered the most interest, with an oddly skewed by-product.

The district has had some citizens at board and special meetings during the last few weeks, and set up a comments page on its Web site for budget questions and concerns.

What kind of suggestions are the parents, teachers, students and community members giving the district on how to meet its possible $7 million deficit for next year?

Well, it varies some but most follow the format of “Don’t cut (insert programming here) because my kid/I/students really benefit from it.”

Certainly, it’s important for the district to hear what classes and extra curricular programming have the most support and affect the most students. But if district officials have been paying attention, they probably already know that. What they don’t know, and aren’t really hearing from the majority of people who’ve shared opinions, it what to CUT.

Something has to go, and in fact many things will probably go. But many of the replies given the district seem to ignore this fact, and only obsess on what they want, what is important to their corner of the universe.

A student enrolled in the one of the small learning communities at Redmond High School says don’t cut that, a parent of a child receiving special education instruction is worried about cuts in that area, music lovers are distraught to learn music classes might go away, community members who see the benefit of physical education classes taught by specialists in that area can’t imagine cutting any PE is even an option. A parent angry about the district considering a four-day school week to save costs threatens to move their child to the Bend-La Pine School District, where, they are certain, their child will receive five full days of learning. A high school student worried about keeping competitive in the college-application arena suggests keeping all high school special programs such as AP classes and sports that might garner a scholarship, and instead cut all the extras at the elementary level.

A few alarmed at the possibility of losing as many as 82 teaching and support positions suggest cutting many of the administrative jobs, because they are sure the district is top heavy.
But in fact, looking at the number of administrators, teachers and support staff reported to the Oregon Department of Education for the 2007-08 school year, the impacts to all classifications of employees would be on a par: 15 percent of teachers, 14 percent of administrators and 10 percent of support staff would be eliminated under the latest proposal. And according to ODE, the Redmond School District’s student to non-teaching staff ratio in 2006 was 1-to-96, much less than Crook County’s 1-to-37.

In reality, the cuts will have to go so deep that no grade level, program area or class of employee will emerge unscathed. The loss will be incalculable. If music and physical education is shifted to classroom teachers at the elementary level, the impacts to the middle school and high school sports and arts programs will feel the fallout for years to come, as students arrive on their doorstep unprepared. The same can be said of extracurricular sports, or specialty programming like alternative education and advanced placement classes, which will take a long time to recover from the setbacks.

Oregon is very shortsighted in its funding mechanisms for schools. We are so dependent on a wildly fluctuating income stream: when times are good schools work hard to build programs that will strengthen student achievement and success after graduation, only to tear apart those programs when times are hard. After recovery, the cycle begins again but momentum is lost each time, impacting the overall health of our educational system and the education of our kids.

Does any of this debate help get an idea where the community thinks the district should make cuts?

Not so much. But they sure know what not to cut.

Event calendar


WEDNESDAY
May 13
BALANCING WATER IN THE DESCHUTES: Learn what the Deschutes River Conservancy is doing to protect the Deschutes River. Bring your lunch; free; noon; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1055 or www.dpls.us/calendar.
GAVIN WAHL-STEPHENS: Dynamic blues musician performs as part of the Great Northwest Music Tour; free; 7 p.m.; McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 N.W. Bond St., Bend; 541-382-5174 or www.mcmenamins.com.
HIGH DESERT CHAMBER MUSIC: The Crown City String Quartet performs selections by Schubert, Haydn and Mendelssohn; $30, $15 children and students; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-306-3988 or www.towertheatre.org.
HISTORICAL COMMISSION: Redmond Historical Commission meets 1 p.m.; 521 S.W. Sixth St., Suite 303; agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
SCHOOL BOARD: Redmond School Board meets 5:30 p.m.; 145 S.E. Salmon Ave.; agenda at www.redmond.k12.or.us.
FIRE BOARD: Deschutes County Rural Fire Protection District No. 1 meets 7 p.m.; 341 N.W. Dogwood Ave.; agenda at www.redmondfireandrescue.org.

THURSDAY
May 14
DUCT TAPE CREATIONS: Learn how to make a wallet, purse or even flip flops out of duct tape. Ages 12-17. Space is limited to 25. Register online or at the door. Part of the Redmond Library’s Teen Thursday series; free; 3-4:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1050 or www.dpls.us/calendar.
CONVERSATIONS WITH BILL GATES SENIOR: Current co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and father of Bill Gates will share his personal experience and insights about how we can create the American we seek through thoughtful giving, legacy planning and focused philanthropy; $20; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or www.towertheatre.org.
THE AROUND THE BEND PLAYERS: Live old-time radio re-creations of “Irma Goes to School,” “Fibber’s Closet” and “Meeting of the Mind” paired with live special effects; proceeds benefit the Old Stone Church and KPOV Community Radio; $5 or $10 per family suggested donation; 7 p.m.; Old Stone Church, 157 N.W. Franklin Ave., Bend; 541-504-4142 or www.atbplayers.com.
RAPRD: Redmond Area Park and Recreation District goal setting workshop, 5 p.m.; board meeting 6:15 p.m., 465 S.W. Rimrock Way; agenda at www.raprd.org.

FRIDAY
May 15
“STEAMER TRUNK GARAGE SALE”: A sale of antiques, furniture, clothing and more; proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association; free admission; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Cougar Springs Assisted Living Center, 1942 S.W. Canyon Drive, Redmond; 541-316-4400.
BENTO BOX FUN: Kids learn how to make a Japanese style bento box meal with ingredients they choose. Ages 6-12; $15; 10-11:30 a.m.; Redmond Area Park and Recreation District, Activity Center, 335 S.E. Jackson St., Redmond; 541-548-7275.
SPROUT FILM FESTIVAL: International touring festival showcases a series of films about people with developmental disabilities; proceeds benefit the Full Access Brokerage; $6 matinee, $9 evening; 11:30 a.m., 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or www.towertheatre.org.
PLANT SALE: The Redmond Garden Club hosts its annual plant sale of annuals, perennials, herbs, shrubs, fruit and vegetable plants and more; proceeds benefit community projects sponsored by the club; free admission; noon-5 p.m.; 2614 S.W. Quartz Ave., Redmond; 541-548-4952.
SALON AND SPA EVENING BENEFIT: The MOXY salon offers a day of treatments, including hair cuts, massage, manicures and pedicures in exchange for donations that will benefit Healthy Beginnings, an organization that provides free health and development screenings for local children; $20 suggested donation per treatment and $60 suggested donation for a package of treatments; 3-8 p.m.; MOXY, 63040 N. Highway 97, Suite 2, Bend; 541-383-6357 or541-323-6699.
KIDS’ NIGHT OUT: Basketball, batting cage, contests, crafts, pizza, popcorn and movies. Grades K-5; $15; 6-9 p.m.; Redmond Area Park and Recreation District, Activity Center, 335 S.E. Jackson St., Redmond; 541-548-7275.
THREE SISTERS WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: The annual Christ-centered conference offers several keynote speakers, including Dr. Andrea Mullens, publisher and director of New Hope Publication, live music, small group sessions and more. This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Patchwork of Our Lives.”; $18-$28; 6-9:15 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-382-8609 or www.threesisterswomensconference.org.
GOSPEL CHOIR OF THE CASCADES: A choir of more than 40 voices, accompanied by a five-piece band, performs under the direction of Julie Eberhard Wheeler; with special guests the Homeschool Choirs of Central Oregon; donations accepted; 7 p.m.; First United Methodist Church, 680 N.W. Bond St., Bend; 541-390-2441 or www.freewebs.com/bendgospel.
JAZZ BENEFIT CONCERT: Four jazz groups will perform, including Michelle Van Handel and Bellavia; beer, wine and raffle tickets will be available for purchase; proceeds benefit The Humane Society of Redmond; $15 in advance, $17 at door; 7 p.m.; Humane Society of Redmond, 1355 N.E. Hemlock Ave., Redmond; 541-504-0838 or www.redmondhumane.org.
STUMPTOWN SAWYERS: An old-time string band performs; free; 8 p.m.; Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom, 24 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; 541-388-8331.
STEWARDSHIP: Westside Stewardship Project, 9 a.m.-noon, Rim Park subdivision west of Lake Billy Chinook, a project to preserve wildlife habitat, 541-553-2025.

SATURDAY
May 16
THREE SISTERS WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: The annual Christ-centered conference offers several keynote speakers, including Dr. Andrea Mullens, publisher and director of New Hope Publication, live music, small group sessions and more. This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Patchwork of Our Lives.”; $18-$28; 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-382-8609 or www.threesisterswomensconference.org.
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY II: Hands-on class to learn how to get the most out of your digital camera. Students should bring their own cameras. Digital Photography I or some digital camera experience is required; $59; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Central Oregon Community College, Redmond campus, 2030 S.E. College Loop, Redmond; 541-383-7270.
PLANT SALE: The Redmond Garden Club hosts its annual plant sale of annuals, perennials, herbs, shrubs, fruit and vegetable plants and more; proceeds benefit community projects sponsored by the club; free admission; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; 2614 S.W. Quartz Ave., Redmond; 541-548-4952.
33RD ANNUAL POLE PEDAL PADDLE: Participants will race through multiple sports from Mt. Bachelor to Bend; the Les Schwab Amphitheater, which marks the end of the race, will host a festival with food, music and sponsor booths; registration for race participation ends May 9; $40 per person in teams of three or more, $55 each per pair, $65 individuals; 9:15 a.m. start time on Mt. Bachelor; 11 a.m. booths open; Mt. Bachelor ski area, 13000 S.W. Century Drive, Bend; 541-388-0002 or www.mbsef.org.
RUMMAGE AND BAKE SALE: Hospice of Redmond-Sisters hosts a rummage and plant sale; baked goods and hot dogs will also be available; proceeds help to send a child to Camp Sunrise, a bereavement camp for children; free admission; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Hospice of Redmond-Sisters, 732 S.W. 23rd St., Redmond; 541-548-7483 or www.redmondhospice.org.
CENTRAL OREGON SUBMARINE VETERANS: Meeting agenda includes upcoming parades and events in Redmond. All submarine veterans and their families are welcome to attend; free; 2 p.m.; VFW Hall, 1836 S.W. Veterans Way, Redmond; 541- 504-1913.
AUTHOR SHARON ADAMS: Originally from Prineville, Adams will talk about her book “Pacific Lady,” that documents her solo sailing trip across the Pacific ocean; refreshments provided; free; 6:30 p.m.; Paulina Springs Books, 422 S.W. Sixth St., Redmond; 541-526-1491.
SISTERS HIGH DESERT CHORALE SPRING CONCERT: Featuring music from “Bach to Broadway” under the direction of Irene Liden; free; 7 p.m.; Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 386 N. Fir St., Sisters; 541-549-1037.

SUNDAY
May 17
FOOD DRIVE: The Central Oregon Chapter of the Oregon Dressage Society is hosting a food donation drive for NeighborImpact during the Central Oregon Spring Fling Dressage Show. Members, exhibitors, spectators, volunteers and show staff are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or a cash donation to all shows and events; ; Horse Butte Equestrian Center, 60360 Horse Butte Rd., Bend; www.centraloregondressage.com.
SISTERS HIGH DESERT CHORALE SPRING CONCERT: Featuring music from “Bach to Broadway” under the direction of Irene Liden; free; 2 p.m.; Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 386 N. Fir St., Sisters; 541-549-1037.
JACKSTRAW: Portland-based bluegrass band performs; $6; 8 p.m.; Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom, 24 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; 541-388-8331.

MONDAY
May 18
“BRAHMS TO BROADWAY”: Voice students from Voice Studio and Teen Music Theatre Ensemble present a recital of songs and scenes from the Baroque, Classic, Romantic and 20th Century periods and Broadway; donations accepted; 7 p.m.; Hitchcock Auditorium, Central Oregon Community College, 2600 N.W. College Way, Bend; 541-385-6718.
PERFORMING ARTS RECITAL: Voice students from Nancy Engebretson Voice Studio and the Teen Music Theatre Ensemble will present an evening of songs and scenes from the Baroque, Classic, Romantic and 20th Century eras and Broadway numbers by the Teen Ensemble, an advanced group of musical theater performers from the Children’s Music Theatre Group; free. Donations accepted; 7 p.m.; Central Oregon Community College, Hitchcock Auditorium, 2600 N.W. College Way, Bend; 541-383-7700 or www.cmtg.org.
PLANNING COMMISSION: Redmond Urban Area Planning Commission work session 6 p.m., conference room A, 716 S.W. Evergreen Ave.; agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.

TUESDAY
May 19
CITY COUNCIL: Redmond City Council meeting 6:45 a.m., 777 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
PUBLIC ART: Redmond Commission for Art in Public Places, 4 p.m., 716 S.W. Evergreen Ave.; agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
REDMOND PARKS: Redmond Parks Commission meeting, 6 p.m., 716 S.W. Evergreen Ave.; agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
BEND GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY : Meeting topic is “Using Census Records.” The public is welcome; free; 10 a.m.; Williamson Hall, 2200 N.E. U.S. Highway 20, Bend; 541-317-8978 or www.orgenweb.org/deschutes/bend-gs.
AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOODMOBILE: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 450 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 800-GIVE LIFE.
HIGH DESERT SOCIETY OF THE ARTS: Guest artist Lorraine Gibb will explain her techniques of developing Artists Books. Open to all; free; 7-8:30 p.m.; Summer Creek Clubhouse, 3660 S.W. 29th St., Redmond; Linda,541-279-0007.

WEDNESDAY
May 20
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 prior to class; free; 9-11 a.m.; COIC WorkSource Bend, 1645 N.E. Forbes Road, Bend; 541-389-9661 or www.coic.org.
BUDGET COMMITTEE: Redmond Budget Committee, 6 p.m., 341 N.W. Dogwood Ave., agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
JOB SEARCH TIPS: Learn how to search for, prepare for and obtain a new job in a tight labor market. SCORE, Central Oregon counselor Bill Saling covers the search for a job, planning for the interview, reacting to interview questions, how to dress, and other key issues leading to how to close the deal; 6-7:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1055 or www.dpls.us/calendar.

THURSDAY
May 21
“IT’S GREAT TO BE GRAND”: The Working Wonders Children’s Museum offers free admission for grandparents, as well as for children ages 1 and younger; others are $6; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Working Wonders Children’s Museum, 520 S.W. Powerhouse Drive, Suite 624, Bend; 541-389-4500.
GAME DAY FOR TEENS: Play Wii, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, DDR, and more. Ages 12-17. Space is limited to 25. Register online or at the door. Part of the Redmond Library’s Teen Thursday series; free; 3-4:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1050 or www.dpls.us/calendar.
“CZECH DREAM”: Central Oregon Community College Students for Social & Environmental Awareness present a screening of a documentary that explores the psychological and manipulative powers of consumerism by creating an ad campaign for something that doesn’t exist; free; 6:30 p.m.; Hitchcock Auditorium, Central Oregon Community College, 2600 N.W. College Way, Bend; 503-442-4916.

FRIDAY
May 22
HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR CHILDREN: Healthy Beginnings will offer free health screenings for children birth to 5 in Deschutes County. Children are screened in hearing, speech and language, motor skills, cognitive development, vision, health and safety, dental, behavior and nutrition. All children are eligible, regardless or income or insurance. Appointment only; free; ; Becky Johnson Center, 412 S.W. Eighth St., Redmond; 541-383-6357 or www.healthybeginnings.info.
“MASTERS OF THE NIGHT - THE TRUE STORY OF BATS” EXHIBIT OPENS: New exhibit features interactive displays, lifelike caves and other activities that help dispel misconceptions about bats and inform people of their ecological importance; exhibit runs through Sept. 13; $15 adults, $12 ages 65 and older, $9 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; High Desert Museum, 59800 S. U.S. Highway 97, Bend; 541-382-4754 or www.highdesertmuseum.org.
ALLAN BYER PERFORMS: Local singer songwriter Allan Byer will perform live Americana music and covers; free; 6 p.m.; WineStyles, 614 N.W. Cedar Ave. , Redmond; www.allanbyer.com.

SATURDAY
May 23
BABYSITTER’S TRAINING: Learn about performing first aid, diapering and feeding techniques, interviewing for babysitting jobs and more. Ages 11-14; $35; 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Cascade Swim Center, 465 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 541-548-7275.
“THE TAFFETAS”: The final performance of 2nd Street Theater’s production of a musical by Rick Lewis; the story is about four sisters who are preparing for a singing debut on national television; they perform music by The McGuire Sisters, The Fontane Sisters and The Chordettes; $20 adults, $18 students and seniors ages 62 and older; 8 p.m.; 2nd Street Theater, 220 N.E. Lafayette Ave., Bend; 541-312-9626 or www.2ndstreettheater.com.

MONDAY
May 25
MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE: The public is invited. Free barbecue; free; 10:30 a.m.; Village Green Park, 335 S. Elm St., Sisters; Peter Scott,541-419-8921.
A CAPELLA IN THE PARK: Rise Up Singing Circle, a gathering of over 50 people singing a Capella songs of many genres. Presented by the Gospel Choir of the Cascades; free; 7 p.m.; Drake Park, 777 N.W. Riverside Blvd., Bend; 541-390-2441 or bendgospelchoir@gmail.com.

TUESDAY
May 26
“ON PAPER WINGS”: BendFilm, the Film Oregon Alliance, The Tower Theatre Foundation and 101.7 FM present a screening of a documentary about the 1,000 paper cranes that were made to unite Japanese and American civilians involved in the 1945 Japanese balloon bomb that was dropped on the U.S.; the screening will be followed with a Q&A session with the filmmaker Ilana Sol; $10; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or www.towertheatre.org.

THURSDAY
May 28
CENTRAL OREGON WRITERS GUILD: Topic is “How to Write a Synopsis That Sells Your Book” presented by author Alice Sharpe. Open to all. Located in Building 3; free; 6:30-9 p.m.; Central Oregon Community College, Redmond campus, 2030 S.E. College Loop, Redmond; 541-923-0896 or www.centraloregonwritersguild.com.

FRIDAY
May 29
“WESTWARD OREGON!”: A living history event in celebration of Oregon’s 150th birthday includes 1859-era stagecoach rides, an encampment and a pioneer-style dinner and dance; proceeds benefit the Des Chutes Historical Museum; $15 per family of four, $40 per person for dinner and dance; ; Tillicum Park/Chase Ranch, 18144 Couch Market Road, Bend; 541-389-1813 or www.deschuteshistory.org.
BEND BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL: The inaugural festival features local short films and slide shows centered on bicycling; all proceeds benefit the Central Oregon Trail Alliance and The Bend Cycling Club; $10 in advance, $11.50 at door; 7 p.m., doors open 6 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or www.bendbicyclefilmfestival.com.

SATURDAY
May 30
“WESTWARD OREGON!”: A living history event in celebration of Oregon’s 150th birthday includes 1859-era stagecoach rides, an encampment and a pioneer-style dinner and dance; proceeds benefit the Des Chutes Historical Museum; $15 per family of four, $40 per person for dinner and dance; ; Tillicum Park/Chase Ranch, 18144 Couch Market Road, Bend; 541-389-1813 or www.deschuteshistory.org.
TRUCK AND TRACTOR PULL: Northwest Tractor Pulling Association hosts a truck, tractor and ATV pull; vehicles pull a weighted sled down a 300 feet dirt track to see who can pull the weight the farthest; $10 adults, $5 ages 10 to 17, Free ages nine and younger; 1 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-990-5622 or503-559-6918 or www.nwtpa.20m.com.
LUAU ON THE HIGH DESERT: The Redmond High School Booster Club sponsors a Hawaiian luau with a no-host bar, dinner, Hawaiian dancing and a live auction; proceeds benefit the club; $40 or $75 per couple, $224-$450 per sponsor table; 6 p.m.; Larkin Ranch, 6268 W. State Highway 126, Redmond; 541-480-9782.

SUNDAY
May 31
TRUCK AND TRACTOR PULL: Northwest Tractor Pulling Association hosts a truck, tractor and ATV pull; vehicles pull a weighted sled down a 300 feet dirt track to see who can pull the weight the farthest; $10 adults, $5 ages 10 to 17, Free ages nine and younger; noon; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-990-5622 or503-559-6918 or www.nwtpa.20m.com.

THURSDAY
June 4
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 June 5 and 6 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.

FRIDAY
June 5
FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY WALK: Event includes art exhibit openings, artist talks, live music, wine and food in downtown Bend and The Old Mill District; free; 5-9 p.m.; throughout Bend; www.bendgalleries.com.

Yoga for back pain
Central Oregon Community College Continuing Education will host a yoga class tailored for people with back pain Saturdays, May 16 and 20, 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., at Sante Wellness Studio, 916 S.W. 17th St., Redmond. Cost is $55. Information: 383-7270.

Summer Band Camp
The Cascade Community School of Music has developed a new band camp for kids finishing their first year of band. The camp will be held June 22-26 at the school, 2150 N.E. Studio Rd., Bend. Classes include brass, flute, saxophone, percussion and clarinet. Information: 541-382-6866 or www.ccschoolofmusic.org

Crafters wanted
On May 30, 10:30 a.m., at the Redmond Public Library, artisans and crafters are invited to submit samples of their creations for jury into the 2009 Snowflake Boutique set for Nov. 6-7 at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center. Additional juries will be held Aug. 15, Sept. 26, and Oct. 17. Information: Judie, 541-923-6535 or visit www.snowflakeboutique.org.

New dance company forming
Auditions for the “Ballet Sage Dance Company’’ will be held on May 16 at the Redmond School of Dance, 2332 S. Highway 97. Auditions for dancers age 10-12 will begin at 9 a.m. Auditions for dancers age 13 to adult begin at 10 a.m. The Company will perform classical and contemporary ballet works. First performance is scheduled for Dec. 5 in the Redmond High School auditorium. Rehearsals begin in October. Dancers of all levels are welcome to audition. Information: 541-548-6957.

School cuts discussion
Talk Of The Town will host a televised town hall on “Crisis In The Classroom; Budget Cuts on Education,” May 18, 6:30 p.m., in the Cascades Theatrical Company, 148 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend. The forum will air Mondays, 7 p.m., June 1-22, on COTV 11. Space is limited. Information: Jamie Christmas, 541-388-5814 or e-mail talk@bendbroadband.com.

Obituaries

Andrew (Drew) J. Matus
Feb. 25, 1952 - April 30, 2009
Arrangements:Deschutes Memorial Chapel, 541-382-5592
Services: Service was held May 11, 2009. Contributions: Sacred Heart School, c/o Raymond James INC., 222 NW 7th St., Ste. 2, Redmond, OR 97756 or Partners in Care Hospice, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR 97701.

Oscar Lee Pugsley
Sept. 28, 1929 - May 4, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals - Redmond, 504-9485
Services: Per family wishes, no services will be held at this time.


Donald Cary Stebbins
July 26, 1929 - May 3, 2009
Arrangements: Prineville Funeral Home, 447-6459
Services: There will be no memorial services held at this time.

Richard ‘Dean’ Powers
April 18, 1933 - April 28, 2009
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel, 548-3219
Services: No services are planned.

Shirley Jean Holmes Simmons
May 21, 1935 - May 4, 2009
Shirley Jean Simmons, a longtime resident of Redmond, passed away at home of natural causes on May 4, 2009. Shirley Jean was born to William and Geneva Holmes of Milo, Missouri, on May 21, 1935. She graduated from Nevada High School in 1953, and moved to west with her family where she settled in Redmond and took a job as a waitress.
Shirley Jean met Waldon Simmons of Powell Butte shortly after moving to Redmond and they dated, then married at the Powell Butte Christian Church on August 21, 1955, and soon after started a family. Shirley Jean was a devoted daughter, sister, wife and mother and loved her family and being a homemaker.
Over the years Shirley Jean worked as a waitress at local restaurants including the Char Broiler, The Frontier Cafe and the Redmond Auction Yard. Shirley worked in the kitchen for Redmond School District, the Redmond Air Center and as a phone operator and in collections for United Telephone Systems. After retirement Shirley also helped manage Remington Arms Mobile Home Park. She was never afraid to work hard and was a dedicated employee.
Shirley Jean was preceded in death by an infant brother and her mother and father. She is survived by a brother, William Holmes of Laguna Woods, Calif.; children Curt and Cindy Simmons of Redmond, Cindy and Bill Wilde of Redmond, and Chris and Jan Simmons of Redmond; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Shirley was a kind and gentle soul and will be deeply missed by us all.
A graveside service was sheld Saturday, May 9, 2009, at 11 am, at Redmond Memorial Cemetery with a remembrance celebration at the Redmond Grange following. Memorial donations may be made to Redmond-Sisters Hospice.

Margaret Anne Ballantyne Porfily
Jan. 12, 1932 - April 27, 2009
Margaret Anne Porfily, 77, passed away on April 27, 2009, at Clare Bridge Memory Care in Bend, Oregon. Marge was born in Bend, Oregon on January 12, 1932 to Douglas and Eva (Rollins) Ballantyne.
She married Charles Maben Porfily on September 9, 1951, in Prineville, Oregon.
Marge enjoyed reading, doing crafts, gardening, designing flower arrangements, and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoyed singing in Sweet Adelines and dancing with her husband in the Lebanon Dance Club.
She was a devoted wife and mother. Marge's love for children and reading carried over into her professional life as a resource assistant in Redmond and Lebanon. After she and her husband retired, they managed three mobile home parks in Bend, Oregon and Kennewick, Washington.
Marge was preceded in death by her parents, sister, and her husband. She is survived by her three daughters and their husbands: Diane (Dave) Putnam (Redmond), and grandchildren, Katie (Shad) Cole, Kevin (Allea Thomas) Putnam, Kimberly (Alex) Putnam-Spreier; Karen (Dean) Spady (Eagle, ID) and grandchildren, Nicholas (Amber Gaskey) Spady, Kristen Spady; Susan (Rich) Graves (Mount Wolf, PA); and a niece and three nephews.
The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Partners in Care (Hospice), 2075 NE Wyatt Court, Bend, OR 97701.
Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Bend, Ore. A joint memorial service for Marge and Chuck, who passed on April 12, 2009, will be held on June 6, 2009, 11 a.m., at the Community Presbyterian Church in Redmond, Ore.
For additional information or clarification, please contact porfilyfamily@gmail.com
Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home was honored to serve the family.