PRESCHOOL PARADE STORY TIME: Stories, songs, rhymes and activities for children ages 3-5, Wednesdays through April 13; 10:15 and 11:15 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1055.
“THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, DON CARLO”: Starring Roberto Alagna, Marina Poplavskaya, Anna Smirnova, Simon Keenlyside and Ferruccio Furlanetto in an encore presentation of Verdi’s masterpiece; opera performance transmitted in high definition; $18; 6:30 p.m.; Regal Old Mill Stadium 16, 680 S.W. Powerhouse Drive, Bend; 541-382-6347.
BABY STEPS STORY TIME: A gentle story time for infants to 18 months, Thursdays through April 14; 10:30 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1055.
TEEN THURSDAYS: Origami! We’ll provide the paper and templates. Make birds, freestyle and more. Ages 12-17; free; 3-4:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1055.
KNOW COMPUTERS FOR BEGINNERS: Sign up online or by phone; free; 9-10:30 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1055 or www.deschuteslibrary.org.
FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY WALK: Event includes art exhibit openings, artist talks, live music, wine and food in downtown Bend, the Old Mill District and NorthWest Crossing; free; 5-9 p.m., and until 8 p.m. in NorthWest Crossing; throughout Bend.
“THE BIG LEBOWSKI”: A screening of the R-rated 1998 film, with a costume contest; $10; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or www.towertheatre.org.
TAILGATE AT THE TOWER: Watch the Oregon Ducks play the Auburn Tigers, with a barbecue buffet; proceeds benefit the Oregon Club of Central Oregon and the Tower Theatre Foundation; $25; 5:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or www.towertheatre.org.
FREE LECTURES: Detoxification and weight loss. Join Dr. Katie Mercer, ND, for these exciting lectures to promote optimum health through disease prevention and health maintenance; 6-7 p.m.; Cascade Chiropractic & Natural Medicine, 716 S.W. Highland Ave., Redmond; 541-516-1045.
CITY COUNCIL: Redmond City Council meetings, public welcome, 6:45 a.m. and 7 p.m.; 777 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
REDMOND LIBRARY TEEN COUNCIL MEETING: New members always welcome to share books, plan volunteer activities, plan teen programs in the library, and have a good time; 3:30-4:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1050.
SCHOOL BOARD: Redmond School Board meeting, public welcome; 5:30 p.m.; 145 S.E. Salmon Ave.; agenda at www.redmond.k12.or.us.
REC DISTRICT: Redmond Area Park and Recreation District board of directors meeting; 6 :30 a.m.; public welcome; Cascade Swim Center, 465 S.W. Rimcock Way; agenda at www.raprd.org.
FIRE BOARD: Deschutes County Rural Fire District No. 1 board meeting; public welcome; 7 p.m.; 341 N.W. Dogwood Ave.; 541-504-5000.
GOOD CHAIR, GREAT BOOKS: Read and discuss “Unaccustomed Earth” by Jhumpa Lahiri; bring a lunch; free; noon; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1055 or www.deschuteslibrary.org/calendar.
CITY/COUNTY: Joint workshop Deschutes County Commission and Redmond City Council; public welcome; 7 a.m.; 777 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
KNOW INTERNET FOR BEGINNERS: Sign up online or by phone; free; 9-10:30 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1055 or www.deschuteslibrary.org.
PHOTO EXHIBIT: Central Oregon Photographer’s Winter Photo Exhibit, runs through March 5; ; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1050.
SINGALONG SATURDAY: Watch the PG-rated 2007 film “Hairspray” and sing along with the characters; $10; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or www.towertheatre.org.
“EARLY CENTRAL OREGON HISTORY — 1825-1925”: Bend Genealogical Society presents a program by Steve Lent; free; 10 a.m.; Rock Arbor Villa, Williamson Hall, 2200 N.E. U.S. Highway 20, Bend; 541-317-8978,541-317-9553 or www.orgenweb.org/deschutes/bend-gs.
“CONTINUING IN MY GRANDFATHER’S FOOTSTEPS”: Featuring a lecture by Christine Chavez, granddaughter of Cesar Chavez; free; 6:30-8 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-383-7412 or http://multicultural.cocc.edu/events.
TEEN THURSDAYS: Third Thursday of each month is Game Day. Video and board games. Challenge your friends to a friendly game of Jenga, Monopoly, or show off your Just Dance skills with our Wii or jam out with Rock Band. Snacks provided. For grades 6-12; free; 3-4:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1055.
SINGALONG SATURDAY: Watch the G-rated 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz” and sing along with the characters; $10; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or www.towertheatre.org.
“LOVE, LAUGHTER AND LUCCI”: A presentation of the comedy by Cricket Daniel about three generations of an Italian Catholic family living together; $20, $18 students and seniors; 8 p.m.; 2nd Street Theater, 220 N.E. Lafayette Ave., Bend; 541-312-9626 or www.beattickets.org.
OREGON ALCOHOL SERVER PERMIT TRAINING: Meets the minimum requirements by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to obtain the alcohol server permit. Registration required; $35; 9 a.m.; Abby’s Pizza, 1938 S. U.S. Highway 97, Redmond; 541-330-6384 or www.happyhourtraining.com.
Celilo Falls art exhibit opens for First Friday
Arts Central is hosting an interpretive exhibit as part of its mission to educate and inform the community of relevant cultural events and issues. The exhibit represents Arts Central’s first collaboration with the Museum of Warm Springs and is part of a continuing collaboration with the Deschutes National Forest Scenic Byways Program.
Celilo Falls on the Columbia River was the greatest marketplace in the Northwest until its inundation more than 50 years ago due to the installation of The Dalles Dam. Since time immemorial, thousands of indigenous people gathered each year at Celilo Falls to fish, trade, feast, game, meet potential husbands or wives and participate in religious ceremonies. Many of these people are indigenous to areas currently known as Bend and the Deschutes National Forest.
The exhibit commemorates a pivotal time in Oregon’s history that irrevocably altered the lives and livelihoods of native peoples. It was an extremely significant time in local history which remains absent from most educational forums today. The photo exhibit captures slices of life on the river before the dam was installed and serves as a sober reminder of the impact and consequences to people and the environment in the ongoing search for new sources of energy.
The exhibit opens during the First Friday event Jan. 7, from 4 to 8 p.m., and will be on display at Arts Central through March of 2011.
For more information visit www.artscentraloregon.org or call John Negrau, development and marketing manager at 541-633-7242.
Safe driving classes offered for seniors
AARP driver safety classes will be offered at the Redmond Senior Center Jan. 10-11 and Feb. 14-15 from 8 a.m. to noon. Each class is eight total hours, over two consecutive four-hour days. To enroll, call 541-548-6325. Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. The AARP driver safety course is a nationwide, DMV accredited, defensive driver program that qualifies for an insurance discount.
Snowshoe adventures and fairy art for kids
Redmond Area Park and Rec will offer Snowshoe Adventures for ages 8 and above Jan. 29, from 1:30 to 5 p.m.
Wanderlust Tours’ professional naturalist snowshoe guides bring the Mt. Bachelor area alive with vibrant interpretation along the way and snow play for all ages. Snowshoe boot and pant rentals are also available through Wanderlust Tours. Ages 16 and under must be accompanied by a parent. Cost is $48 and includes transportation from Fred Meyer parking lot, naturalist guide, snowshoes and hot cocoa.
Some indoor fun offered the same day will have ages 6-9 creating their own magic with glitter, sparkles and more in Magical Fairy Art class. Fairies are encouraged to dress in their finery. The class takes place from 10:45 a.m. to noon and cost is $12.
Sign up or learn more about these and other events and classes at 541-548-7275 or www.raprd.org.
'Love, laughter, and Lucci’
A comedy presented by the 2nd Street Theater in Bend about three generations of an Italian Catholic family living together, $20, $18 for students and seniors; Jan. 7-8, 8 p.m.; Jan. 9, 2 p.m.; Jan. 12-15, 8 p.m.; Jan. 16, 2 p.m. For tickets call 541-312-9626 or www.beattickets.org.
Therapeutic recreation offered at RAPRD
RAPRD has a new Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator, Jessica Rowan. Rowan has worked hard at rejuvenating the Therapeutic Recreational Program, and four classes will be offered in January — “Let’s Explore” makes science fun and engaging; “Let’s Play” is a games-based, adaptive athletic program; “Are You Game?” is an evening of games, exercise and socializing; and “Let’s Get Cooking” teaches delicious recipes while allowing participants to get their hands dirty.
In addition to programs that are specifically geared toward the objectives of therapeutic recreation, the goal of RAPRD is to facilitate inclusion in all programming. Everyone should have the opportunity to recreate, play, learn and socialize. If you or your child has a disability and would like to participate in RAPRD’s general programming, contact Rowan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-526-1847.
Learn Web Design at COCC
COCC’s Community Learning department is offering a Thursday evening Web Design Series, made up of three separate one-evening classes running from Jan. 27 through Feb. 10:
• 3 Hours to a Better Website; Jan. 27, 6-9 p.m.; $55
• Make Money with Web Affiliate; Feb. 3, 6-9 p.m.; $55
• Photoshop for the Web; Feb. 10, 6-9 p.m.; $55
Participants can sign up for classes individually or they can take the whole series for only $145. Location is the COCC Bend campus. Pre-registration is required. Call 541-383-7270 to register or visit http://noncredit.cocc.edu.
Mentor the child of an incarcerated parent
Central Oregon Partnerships for Youth (COPY), a program of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, is offering a class to prepare volunteers to become mentors for children with an incarcerated parent.
It is estimated that, on any given day, 350 kids in Deschutes County are dealing with the disruptive effects of parental incarceration. COPY aims to break this cycle by connecting these children with safe and appropriate mentors. After initial training and background checks, volunteers are matched with a child who shares similar interests and activities and commits to spending a few hours a week together for a minimum of one year. This time is often spent going to community events, working on homework, attending art programs, participating in sports, or simply hanging out and talking.
On Saturday, Jan. 15, COPY will offer an orientation/training class. Upon completing the class and background checks, volunteers are able to be matched with one of the many Redmond children waiting for a mentor. COPY encourages people with a diversity of backgrounds to attend. COPY seeks volunteers who want to use the skills and talents they have developed over a lifetime to make a difference with a child in Redmond. This class is also an excellent opportunity for small groups or friends to participate in together.
This six-hour class covers program policies, how to establish a mentor relationship, the impact incarceration has on families, and communication skills. There is no cost to attend, but an application is required. For additional details or to request an application, call 541-388-6651 or e-mail COPY@deschutes.org. Additional program information is available online at www.deschutes.org/copy.
Window restoration in historic homes
The Des Chutes Historical Museum will host a half-day workshop, Window Glazing for Historic Houses, on Saturday, Jan. 22, from noon to 4 p.m. Cost is $10 with all materials provided. Space is limited to six participants and pre-registration is required.
The workshop is designed for the do-it-yourself historic homeowner who wants to be able to evaluate and repair wooden sash windows correctly and safely. The workshop will cover the basics of window restoration, including safety, window evaluation, tools of the trade, choosing the correct replacement glass, resources, maintenance and more. In addition to handouts and instruction, participants will complete hands-on applications of techniques during class. Safety glasses and casual work clothes are required.
The workshop is taught by Pete Cecil of Singletree and Associates, a local historic structure restoration firm.
Registration can be completed by phone at 541-389-1813 or in person at the museum, located at 129 N.W. Idaho Ave. in Bend. More information is also available at www.deschuteshistory.org.