March 8, 2011

Event calendar

Discussion seminar tackles big topics

Registration for Central Oregon Community College’s Community Learning series, “Great Decisions 2011” closes March 29. Registration is limited to 75 participants. The series begins in April and takes place at Wille Hall in the Campus Center on the Bend campus.

Great Decisions 2011 will feature an impartial, thought-provoking examination of eight issues of concern to today’s U.S. policymakers. Participants will gain a better understanding of global topics affecting America’s role in the world by looking at eight of the most significant challenges. There will be an optional informal discussion following each session. Topics include Rebuilding Haiti, Horn of Africa, U.S. National Security, Responding to the Financial Crisis, The Caucasus, Global Governance and Germany Ascendant.

The $79 cost of the series includes the briefing book. For information about the series, contact Karen Aylward at 541-383-7257 or kaylward@cocc.edu.

The program is developed by the Foreign Policy Association, promoted by World Affairs Councils throughout the U.S., and organized locally by the Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program in collaboration with the City Club of Central Oregon.

Rec district offerings

Lifeguard training, first aid and CPR classes, horseback riding lessons and more are offered through the Redmond Area Park and Recreation District this spring.

Sign up or learn more at www.raprd.org or 541-548-7275.

4-H benefit pentathlon

The second annual Deschutes County 4-H Sportsmen’s Pentathlon will be hosted by Alder Creek Ranch and Brand 33 restaurant March 26 and 27 at Aspen Lakes. This is a fundraising event to provide programming and scholarships for the 4-H youth in Deschutes County. You do not have to be a 4-H member to participate and registration is available online at www.Deschutes4h.com. A banquet and auction is scheduled for 5 p.m. March 27 at Brand 33 restaurant in Sisters. The event starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, with registration at 7, and begins again at 8 a.m. Sunday. Registration per team costs $195, banquet tickets are $35 each, and preserve permits are $5 each (for non-licensed Oregon hunters).

Museum offers day camps

Children can learn about bugs and rattlesnakes and try their hand at panning for gold in workshops at the High Desert Museum. Spring day camps will also be offered March 21-25. Some of the museum’s scheduled activities are included in the price of admission; others have an additional fee.

Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through April 30, the museum’s regular cost of admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors (65 plus), $6 for ages 5-12, and ages 4 and younger and all members are free. Hours and prices increase from May 1-Oct. 31.

Backpack Explorers Preschooler Adventures for ages 3 to 4 and their parents allow a close-up encounter with animals and fun, learning activities at the museum. Scheduled March 10 and 11 and March 31-April 1 from 10 to 11 a.m., cost is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

More information is available at 541-382-4754 or highdesertmuseum.org.

Spring break classes for kids in Sunriver

The Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory will offer fun kids’ classes during spring break for ages 4 and older.

Learn about tracks, reptiles, rocket science, dinosaurs, mammals and more. Scheduled times and prices vary. Preregistration and prepayment are required. Call 541-593-4394 for more information.

The Nature Center is open daily during the week of spring break, March 19-27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children, and members are free. The Observatory is only open on select dates during spring break: March 19, 23, 25 and 26, from 8 to 10 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children, and members are free.

Concert set for cat rescue group

Several local bands are hosting a benefit concert on Friday, Feb. 25, beginning at 7 p.m. at Grover’s Pub & Pizza, to raise funds and gather cat food and litter for nonprofit Cat Rescue, Adoption & Foster Team (CRAFT).

CRAFT is an all-cat, nonprofit, no-kill, all-volunteer rescue group. A donation will be accepted in lieu of a cover charge. Grover’s is located at 939 S.E. Second St. in Bend. CRAFT has no paid management or staff, so all donations directly benefit the animals. Donations are tax deductible. More information on CRAFT and the adoptable cats and kittens can be found at www.craft

cats.org.

WEDNESDAY

March 9

FAMILY FUN STORY TIME: Stories, songs, rhymes and activities for children 18 months-5 years; 10:15 and 11:15 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1055.

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.

REC DISTRICT: Redmond Area Park and Recreation District board meeting, public welcome, 6:30 a.m. Cascade Swim Center, 465 S.W. Rimrock Way; agenda at www.raprd.org.

SCHOOL BOARD: Redmond School Board meeting, public welcome; 5:30 p.m., district office, 145 S.E. Salmon Ave. Agenda at www.redmond.k12.or.us.

FIRE BOARD: Deschutes County Rural Fire Protection District No. 1, board of directors meeting, public welcome; 7 p.m. main station, 341 N.W. Dogwood Ave. Information, 541-504-5000.

THURSDAY

March 10

CITY/COUNTY: Joint meeting, Deschutes County Commission and Redmond City Council, 7 a.m., urban renewal presentation, city hall, 716 S.W. Evergreen Ave. Agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.

BABY STEPS STORY TIME: A gentle story time for infants to 18 months; 10:30 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1055.

GOOD CHAIR, GREAT BOOKS: Read and discuss “A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole; bring a lunch; free; noon; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1055 or www.deschuteslibrary.org/calendar.

TEEN THURSDAY, OPEN DAY: Second Thursday of each month, hang out with your friends and listen to music. Games and drawing supplies available. Free snacks, grades 6-12; 3-4:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1055 or mercedesh@dpls.us.

AUTHOR PRESENTATION: R. Gregory Nokes talks about his book “Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon”; RSVP requested; $3, free for museum members; 6:30 p.m.; High Desert Museum, 59800 S. U.S. Highway 97, Bend; 541-382-4754, ext. 241 or www.highdesertmuseum.org.

FRIDAY

March 11

CHORALE WORKS CONCERT: The Cascade Chorale performs works by American choral composers, under the direction of James Knox; $10; 7 p.m.; First Presbyterian Church, 230 N.E. Ninth St., Bend; 541-383-7512.

CRR FIRE: Crooked River Ranch Rural Fire Protection District board of directors special meeting; public welcome; 2 p.m.; 6971 S.W. Shad Rd., Crooked River Ranch; 541-923-6776.

SATURDAY

March 12

SUNRIVER NATURE CENTER & OBSERVATORY OPEN HOUSE: See exhibits, meet birds of prey and more; free; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory, 57245 River Road, Sunriver; 541-593-4394 or www.sunrivernaturecenter.org.

AUTHOR PRESENTATION: Ellen Waterston talks about her book “Where the Crooked River Rises”; free with museum admission; 2 p.m.; High Desert Museum, 59800 S. U.S. Highway 97, Bend; 541-382-4754 or www.highdesertmuseum.org.

AUTHOR PRESENTATION: Sarahlee Lawrence talks about her book “River House”; free; 2 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1032 or www.deschuteslibrary.org/calendar.

FURRY FRIENDS GALA DINNER: A buffet dinner, with live and silent auctions; proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Redmond; $60; 5 p.m.; Chloe at North Redmond Station, 1857 N.W. Sixth St., Redmond; 541-923-0882.

THE NOVELISTS: The Reno, Nevada-based indie rock group performs, with Shane Simonsen; free; 6 p.m.; Green Plow Coffee Roasters, 436 S.W. Sixth St., Redmond; 541-516-1128.

“EAT, DRINK AND BE DEADLY!”: Buckboard Murder Mysteries presents an interactive murder mystery theater event with live auction, beer and wine tasting; proceeds benefit Redmond Soroptimists; $40, $70 per couple; 7 p.m.; High Desert Activity Center, Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-410-2610 or www.siredmond.com.

CHORALE WORKS CONCERT: The Cascade Chorale performs works by American choral composers, under the direction of James Knox; $10; 7 p.m.; First Presbyterian Church, 230 N.E. Ninth St., Bend; 541-383-7512.

MOUNTAIN COUNTRY IDOL: Central Oregon musicians compete in finalist round to see who is the best country artist; ages 21 and older; proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; $5; 8 p.m.; Coyote Ranch, 1368 S. U.S. Highway 97, Redmond; 541-548-7700 or www.mountain997.com.

SUNDAY

March 13

SENIOR TECH PROGRAM: Computer savvy teens teach seniors technologies to keep in touch with faraway family and friends, focusing on Facebook, cell phones and digital cameras. Registrants must be 60 or older. Register at 541-548-8817; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1050.

BENEFIT CONCERT: Featuring live music by Jerry Joseph; proceeds benefit Jim Bull, who is battling cancer; $50 suggested donation; 5-9 p.m.; Chloe at North Redmond Station, 1857 N.W. Sixth St., Redmond; 541-316-2029.

MONDAY

March 14

DOWNTOWN: Downtown Urban Renewal Advisory Committee meeting, public welcome, 5 p.m., city hall conference room A, 716 S.W. Evergreen Ave. Agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.

TUESDAY

March 15

“LAND RECORDS AND DEED MAPPING”: Bend Genealogical Society presents a program by Kay Stein and Vernon Threlkeld; 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.

CITY COUNCIL: Redmond City Council meeting, public welcome; 6:45 a.m., council chambers, 777 S.W. Deschutes Ave. Agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.

PUBLIC ART: Redmond Commission for Art in Public Places meeting, public welcome; 4:30 p.m., city hall conference room A, 716 S.W. Evergreen Ave. Agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.

PLANNING: Redmond Urban Area Planning Commission meeting, 7 p.m., city hall conference room A, 716 S.W. Evergreen Ave. Agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.

SCIENCE PUB LECTURE: Scientist and OSU professor Barbara Bond speaks about the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. Doors open at 5, networking and food and beverage service begin at 5:30, presentation at 6. Science Pubs are sponsored by OSU-Cascades and limited to 100 guests. Please RSVP; free; 5:30-7 p.m.; Three Creeks Brewing, 721 Desperado Court, Sisters; 541-322-3100 or info@osucascades.edu.

WEDNESDAY

March 16

FAMILY FUN STORY TIME: Stories, songs, rhymes and activities for children 18 months-5 years; 10:15 and 11:15 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1055.

WRITE STRONG GRANT PROPOSALS: Learn how to write a successful application. Applicants should be prepared to share a short, succinct summary of the proposed project as well as questions for the presenters and other participants; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Redmond City Hall, 716 S.W. Evergreen Ave., Redmond; 541-923-7756.

KNOW DIRT: Landscape designer Chris Hart-Henderson will show how to design and create a gorgeous landscape that will provide food year after year with little effort and no replanting; free; 6:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1032 or www.deschuteslibrary.org/calendar.

THURSDAY

March 17

BABY STEPS STORY TIME: A gentle story time for infants to 18 months; 10:30 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1055.

REDMOND TEEN THURSDAY, GAME DAY: Video and board games. Snacks provided. Grades 6-12. Third Thursday of each month is teen day; 3-4:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1050.

MONDAY

March 21

MINUTE TO WIN-IT: Compete in a series of outrageous 60-second challenges and games. For ages 6-11; 1-2:15 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave., Redmond; 541-312-1050.

WEDNESDAY

March 23

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.-1 p.m.; Abby’s Pizza, 1938 S. U.S. Highway 97, Redmond; 541-447-6384 or www.happyhourtraining.com.

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