February 28, 2012

Making a leap to celebrate

Justin Williams shares memories of Leap Day birthdays gone by with nephew Clyde Gibson
and neice Haly Ivie. Technically, Haley will turn 10 three years before her uncle.

by Alisa Angelakis/Spokesman staff

Brian Klatt celebrates his 12th birthday today.
The youngest of 10 children, Klatt shares his birthday month with three siblings, but he is the only Leap Day baby in the family – born Feb. 29, 1964.
“It was always kind of weird because people would always tease me, saying 'You don’t get a birthday this year,’” said Klatt, who lives in Redmond. “And of course I always did. But it used to make me feel bad as a kid.”
Older sister Sherri Williams insists that Klatt was always pretty spoiled in their close-knit family.
“He got special treatment ever since he was born because he was an 'oops’ and then he was a leap year baby, too,” she said, shooting him a smile. “He’s still pretty spoiled.”
Williams said Klatt enjoyed stretching out his birthday as long as he could as a child, celebrating on Feb. 28 and March 1.
Klatt agreed, adding, “It does get a lot of attention from people. They think it’s cool.”
One year a friend threw an “accurate birthday years” party for Klatt, which was fun but  “the presents sucked,” he said with a laugh, because they were all for kids.
When Williams suggested throwing a 12-year-old party for him this year, Klatt’s response was, “Don’t you dare.”
He doesn’t have any big plans for this birthday, Klatt said, but he didn’t know what the family had in store.
“I’m getting closer to 50 … to me it’s just a day. I’m easygoing. Just don’t get me toys – unless they’re fun toys.”
• • •
While Klatt was making his debut into the world, longtime Redmond residents Carl and Ginger Vertrees were celebrating their wedding day in Seattle, Wash., where they both grew up. The couple has been married 48 years, today. But, one could say it is only their 12th anniversary.
“We wanted a Saturday near the end of February, and the church was available on that day,” Ginger said. “We didn’t think about the date being any different.”
Carl added, “It just happened. But people started making jokes early on. Most frequently we’ve heard, 'Oh you have to buy an anniversary present only every four years.’  Not so. In reality, three out of four years we can celebrate on either February 28 or March 1 – or both. We usually buy a joint gift for our home, or take a winter vacation. We’ve never been snowbirds, but we do enjoy finding some warm weather during the winter.”
Carl and Ginger met at the University of Washington, living in Alaska for some years where he worked as a newspaper reporter and later as an Armed Forces radio newsman.
“It (Alaska) was small and wet,” she remembers, adding. “I was from the big city.”
Ginger spent some time working for the governor of Alaska, as a secretary in the business operations department. 
The couple had their first daughter a year after moving to Anchorage, just short of their fourth wedding anniversary (or first, depending on how you look at it).
In 1975, Carl became the publisher of the Redmond Spokesman and stayed in that position for 26 years, until his retirement in 2001. Ginger retired from her position in the Community Education Department at Central Oregon Community College in 2003.
The couple has lived in the same Redmond home since 1975.
“We weren’t going to stay here; we were going to move after the girls were out of high school,” Ginger said. “We decided we really like it here. Where else would we go?”
The most memorable anniversary – or non-anniversary – was when their daughters threw a surprise party for them in 1994, Carl said, which was technically their 7 1/2 anniversary.
“We were completely discombobulated,” he said.
• • •
When asked whether he celebrates his birthday on Feb. 28 or March 1 most years, Terrebonne resident Justin Williams hollers, “Both days!” with a hearty laugh.
“It actually works out better now that I’m older,” he said. “I can go to the bar and get free drinks on both days.”
Born Feb. 29, 1976, Justin was the first leap year baby Madras hospital ever had, his mother Loretta said. There was even a story and a photo in the newspaper.
To top off the memorable day, Justin’s dad, Tim, got a speeding ticket on his way to the birth. At the time, he was working 210 miles away.
“He had to be flying because he made it home in no time,” Loretta said.
Tim had a bet with his in-laws that Justin was going to be a girl and he was reluctant to lose. The good-natured nurses went along with Tim’s request and wrapped Justin up in a pink blanket so he could win the bet.
“My dad didn’t know that he was a boy until he got out of the hospital,” Loretta said with a chuckle.
In the two months leading up to Justin’s birth, doctors stopped Loretta’s labor a few times; he was finally born weighing in at 12 pounds, 9 ounces.
“It was like I was pregnant forever, I’ll tell you that,” Loretta said. “He’s pretty special to us, though.”
All three of the Williams children were born on holidays: older sister Jessica on Thanksgiving and younger sister Juliea on Good Friday.
Both girls said they didn’t think it was fair that Justin got more than one birthday growing up.
“I think the most memorable birthday memory I have is sitting there at (Justin’s) birthday party and my water breaking, six weeks early,” Jessica said
That was Feb. 28, 2003. Justin’s niece, Haley, was born the next day, March 1.
“It’s kind of funny,” Haley said. “We usually celebrate together unless it’s his real birthday.” One year, they shared a My Little Pony party.
Technically, she will turn 10 three years before her uncle.
“I’m having a kid birthday this year,” Justin said. “Every birthday I’ve had on the 29th there’s always been little cars or little tractors on the cake, and they always try to get me with those dang candles you can never blow out.”
This year, said his mother, the theme will likely be either Transformers or G.I. Joe.
His father, Tim, added, “We’re trying to get enough people together to give him a spanking for his 9th birthday.”
Smiling, Justin remembers, “Growing up I have this memory of this blanket that my grandma made me, and she wrote my birthday on it. She wrote February 28 because she didn’t quite understand. I still have that blanket.”



Event calendar

2/29 Wednesday
PRESCHOOL PARADE STORY TIME: Stories, songs, rhymes and activities for children ages 3 to 5, every Wednesday; 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
E-READER LAB: Want to download library books to your e-reader but don’t know how? Bring your device, cord and laptop if needed. No registration required; Feb. 29, Kindle lab 2:30 p.m., Nook lab 3:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1050.
“GINA GALDI AND GUEST”: A presentation of the play about a Boston native who moves in with her parents to start a wedding cake business; $20, $18 students and seniors; 8 p.m.; 2nd Street Theater, 220 N.E. Lafayette Ave., Bend; 541-312-9626 or www.2ndstreettheater.com.

3/1 Thursday
TODDLIN’ TALES STORY TIME: For children 18-36 months and caregiver, every Thursday; 10:15 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
BABY STEPS STORY TIME: A gentle story time for infants to 18 months, every Thursday; 11 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
TEEN TERRITORY – DUCT TAPE MANIA: Whether you’re a duct tape pro or just getting started, come hang out and try making a wallet, bag or other project of your choice. For ages 12-17; free; 3-4:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1050 or www.deschuteslibrary.org/calendar.
 LOCAL AUTHOR READING: Featuring local authors Bill Baber and Jarold Ramsey; 6 p.m.; The Nature of Words, 224 N.W. Oregon Ave., Bend; 541-647-2233.
“GINA GALDI AND GUEST”: A presentation of the play about a Boston native who moves in with her parents to start a wedding cake business; $20, $18 students and seniors; 8 p.m.; 2nd Street Theater, 220 N.E. Lafayette Ave., Bend; 541-312-9626 or www.2ndstreettheater.com.

3/2 Friday
OPEN COMPUTER LAB: Free time for adults to practice computer skills or work on any problems, with staff available to help; 2-3:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1050.
PAJAMA PARTY: Bring your children, ages 5-12, to the RAPRD Activity Center for hours of fun, games and art activities, the first Friday of every month. Wear pajamas or comfy clothes. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Pre-registration is encouraged; $8 per child; 5:30-9 p.m.; Redmond Area Park and Recreation District, Activity Center, 335 S.E. Jackson St.; 541-548-7275.
PAMELA MCGUIRE TRIO: 6:30 p.m.; Crave Eclectic Fine Dining, 614 N.W. Cedar Ave., Redmond; 541-504-6006.
BOBBY LINDSTROM: Rock and blues; 7 p.m.; Brassie’s Bar at Eagle Crest Resort, 1522 Cline Falls Road, Redmond; 541-548-4220.
“MR. MARMALADE”: Innovation Theatre Works presents the dark comedy about a young girl and her cocaine-addicted imaginary friend; $20, $18 students and seniors; 7:30 p.m.; Innovation Theatre Works, 1155 S.W. Division St., Bend; 541-504-6721 or www.innovationtw.org.
“GINA GALDI AND GUEST”: A presentation of the play about a Boston native who moves in with her parents to start a wedding cake business; $20, $18 students and seniors; 8 p.m.; 2nd Street Theater, 220 N.E. Lafayette Ave., Bend; 541-312-9626 or www.2ndstreettheater.com.

3/3 Saturday
CRAB FEED: Fine dining and music; fundraiser for Deschutes County 4-H program; sealed bid and silent auction, $35 a plate; Brand 33 at Aspen Lakes Golf Course; tickets at 541-548-6088 or at Brand 33.
PETE HERZOG: Slide steel guitar blues; 6:30 p.m.; Crave Eclectic Fine Dining, 614 N.W. Cedar Ave., Redmond; 541-504-6006.
BOBBY LINDSTROM: Rock and blues; 7 p.m.; Brassie’s Bar at Eagle Crest Resort, 1522 Cline Falls Road, Redmond; 541-548-4220.
“MR. MARMALADE”: Innovation Theatre Works presents the dark comedy about a young girl and her cocaine-addicted imaginary friend; $20, $18 students and seniors; 7:30 p.m.; Innovation Theatre Works, 1155 S.W. Division St., Bend; 541-504-6721 or www.innovationtw.org.
“GINA GALDI AND GUEST”: A presentation of the play about a Boston native who moves in with her parents to start a wedding cake business; $20, $18 students and seniors; 8 p.m.; 2nd Street Theater, 220 N.E. Lafayette Ave., Bend; 541-312-9626 or www.2ndstreettheater.com.

3/4 Sunday
“MR. MARMALADE”: Innovation Theatre Works presents the dark comedy about a young girl and her cocaine-addicted imaginary friend; $20, $18 students and seniors; 2 p.m.; Innovation Theatre Works, 1155 S.W. Division St., Bend; 541-504-6721 or www.innovationtw.org.
“GINA GALDI AND GUEST”: A presentation of the play about a Boston native who moves in with her parents to start a wedding cake business; $20, $18 students and seniors; 3 p.m.; 2nd Street Theater, 220 N.E. Lafayette Ave., Bend; 541-312-9626 or www.2ndstreettheater.com.

3/5 Monday
FORECLOSURE PREVENTION CLASS: Learn about NeighborImpact’s Housing Center tools and services which can assist individuals struggling to pay their mortgages; free; 5:30-7:30 p.m.; NeighborImpact, 2303 S.W. First St., Redmond; 541-318-7506, ext. 109, karenb@neighborimpact.org or www.homeownershipcenter.org.

3/6 Tuesday
Redmond City Council: Public meeting; 6:45 a.m.; council chambers, 777 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
BEND GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: First Tuesday Mentoring Program: One-on-one mentoring and computer help for beginners; 10 a.m.-noon; Rock Arbor Villa, Williamson Hall, 2200 N.E. U.S. Highway 20; 541-317-9553 or www.orgenweb.org/deschutes/bend-gs.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 450 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 800-733-2767 or redcrossblood.org.
PLANNING: Redmond Urban Area Planning Commission, 6:30 p.m.; city hall, 716 S.W. Evergreen Ave.; agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
PAJAMA STORY TIME: Wear your PJs and bring your favorite bedtime pal for an evening of stories, rhymes and a craft. For children ages birth to 6. Occurs the first Tuesday of each month; 6:45 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.

3/7 Wednesday
SCHOOLS: Redmond School Board meeting; public welcome, 5:30 p.m.; Redmond High School, 675 S.W. Rimrock Way; agenda at www.redmond.k12.or.us.
“MR. MARMALADE”: Innovation Theatre Works presents the dark comedy about a young girl and her cocaine-addicted imaginary friend; $20, $18 students and seniors; 7:30 p.m.; Innovation Theatre Works, 1155 S.W. Division St., Bend; 541-504-6721 or www.innovationtw.org.
“GINA GALDI AND GUEST”: A presentation of the play about a Boston native who moves in with her parents to start a wedding cake business; $20, $18 students and seniors; 8 p.m.; 2nd Street Theater, 220 N.E. Lafayette Ave., Bend; 541-312-9626 or www.2ndstreettheater.com.

3/8 Thursday
 GOOD CHAIR, GREAT BOOKS: Bring your lunch and feed your mind while discussing “March” by Geraldine Brooks; free; noon; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055 or www.deschuteslibrary.org/calendar.
REDMOND LIBRARY TEEN COUNCIL MEETING: Ages 12-17. New members always welcome to share books, plan programs, and have a good time; 3-4:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1050.
“MR. MARMALADE”: Innovation Theatre Works presents the dark comedy about a young girl and her cocaine-addicted imaginary friend; $20, $18 students and seniors; 7:30 p.m.; Innovation Theatre Works, 1155 S.W. Division St., Bend; 541-504-6721 or www.innovationtw.org.
“GINA GALDI AND GUEST”: A presentation of the play about a Boston native who moves in with her parents to start a wedding cake business; $20, $18 students and seniors; 8 p.m.; 2nd Street Theater, 220 N.E. Lafayette Ave., Bend; 541-312-9626 or www.2ndstreettheater.com.

3/9 Friday
“MR. MARMALADE”: Innovation Theatre Works presents the dark comedy about a young girl and her cocaine-addicted imaginary friend; $20, $18 students and seniors; 7:30 p.m.; Innovation Theatre Works, 1155 S.W. Division St., Bend; 541-504-6721 or www.innovationtw.org.
“GINA GALDI AND GUEST”: A presentation of the play about a Boston native who moves in with her parents to start a wedding cake business; $20, $18 students and seniors; 8 p.m.; 2nd Street Theater, 220 N.E. Lafayette Ave., Bend; 541-312-9626 or www.2ndstreettheater.com.

3/10 Saturday
KNOW WAR – THE MIGHTY 8TH: Local history buff Keith Cloudas presents a short history of the Mighty 8th Air Force in Europe during WWII, followed by veteran B-17 gunner Johnny Kelm’s personal account of his experience; 2 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1050.
“MR. MARMALADE”: Innovation Theatre Works presents the dark comedy about a young girl and her cocaine-addicted imaginary friend; $20, $18 students and seniors; 7:30 p.m.; Innovation Theatre Works, 1155 S.W. Division St., Bend; 541-504-6721 or www.innovationtw.org.
“GINA GALDI AND GUEST”: A presentation of the play about a Boston native who moves in with her parents to start a wedding cake business; $20, $18 students and seniors; 8 p.m.; 2nd Street Theater, 220 N.E. Lafayette Ave., Bend; 541-312-9626 or www.2ndstreettheater.com.

Thrift store seeks donations
St. Vincent DePaul is requesting donations for its thrift store.
Donations may be dropped off on Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3, at the truck at Wal-Mart in Redmond from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at your convenience at the thrift store.

Art classes in Bend
SageBrushers Art Society in Bend offers many opportunities to learn and create.
A New Members Show will be held on Saturday, March 3, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Lunch and Learn with Nanette Jordan is scheduled for Friday, March 9, at noon. Learn how to market your art. A $3 donation is requested. Call 541-617-0900 or visit  www.sagebrushersartofbend.com/ for more details.
Drop-in Studio class with David Kinker will be offered Mondays, March 5, 12, 19, and 26, from 9:30 to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per session. For more information call 541-383-2069.
Color Strategies in Pastel with David Kinker will be held Monday evenings, March 5, 12, 19, and 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $25 per session.
Wire Wrap Jewelry class with Rochelle Davenport will be offered Tuesday, March 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. Cost is $40. Register at rochelledav45@gmail.com or 541-771-5404.

Painters to show their work
Oil painters Gretchen Van Osdol Pennington and Carol Jacquet will show their work at the Home Federal Bank in Redmond in March and April.
Both women are members of High Desert Society of the Arts in Redmond. They will be present at the bank between 2 and 4 p.m. on March 9.

COCC computer classes
The Continuing Education Department of Central Oregon Community College will offer computer classes in March.
Excel 2010, Beginning meets Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Redmond Campus. Cost is $59. Prerequisite: basic Windows experience. Bring a flash drive to class to save your work.
QuickBooks Pro, Beginning meets Thursdays, March 8 and 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. on the Redmond Campus. Cost is $59. Prerequisite: basic Windows experience. Bring a flash drive to save your work.
To register call 541 383-7270 or visit http://noncredit.cocc.edu.

Cowboy up


  Conner Robertson, 8, goes for a bareback ride on a snowy 'bronc' as Jace Vernam, 7, looks on during recess at John Tuck Elementary School Feb. 27. Gary G. Newman/Spokesman  


February 21, 2012

Science magic

 Fourth-grader Hunter McKenzie discovers the magic of magnets when Oregon Museum of Science and Industry brings its array of hands-on science exhibits to Sage Elementary Feb. 16. The school's PTO financed the special event; all students were able to participate. (photo by Leslie Pugmire Hole/Spokesman)

Event calendar

2/22 Wednesday
PRESCHOOL PARADE STORY TIME: Stories, songs, rhymes and activities for children ages 3 to 5, every Wednesday; 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
“GINA GALDI AND GUEST”: A presentation of the play about a Boston native who moves in with her parents to start a wedding cake business; $20, $18 students and seniors; 8 p.m.; 2nd Street Theater, 220 N.E. Lafayette Ave., Bend; 541-312-9626 or www.2ndstreettheater.com.

2/23 Thursday
TODDLIN’ TALES STORY TIME: For children 18-36 months and caregiver, every Thursday; 10:15 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
BABY STEPS STORY TIME: A gentle story time for infants to 18 months, every Thursday; 11 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
redmond golf: Juniper Golf Commission meeting; public welcome; 2 p.m.; Juniper Golf Course; 1938 S.W. Elkhorn Ave.; agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
TEEN LAPTOP LAB: Ages 12-17. Check Myspace, Facebook, do homework, play games; 3-5 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1050.
AUTHOR PRESENTATION: RaeAnn Proost reads from her book “Cupcakes on the Counter”; free; 6:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-548-7720.
economic development: Redmond Development Commission meeting; public welcome; 3:30 p.m., city hall, 716 S.W. Evergreen Ave.; www.ci.redmond.or.us.
IGNITE BEND: A series of five-minute presentations on a range of topics, each chosen by the presenter; free; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St.; 541-317-0700, info@ignitebend.com or www.ignitebend.com.
“GINA GALDI AND GUEST”: A presentation of the play about a Boston native who moves in with her parents to start a wedding cake business; $20, $18 students and seniors; 8 p.m.; 2nd Street Theater, 220 N.E. Lafayette Ave., Bend; 541-312-9626 or www.2ndstreettheater.com.

2/24 Friday
ADAPTIVE FAMILY FUN NIGHT: Elementary and middle school students only. An opportunity to play with your children, meet some of their schoolmates and connect with other families. Pre-registration is recommended; $7 per family; 5:15-6:30 p.m.; Redmond Area Park and Recreation District, Activity Center, 335 S.E. Jackson St.; 541-548-7275.
 BELLAVIA: Jazz and blues; 6:30 p.m.; Crave Eclectic Fine Dining, 614 N.W. Cedar Ave., Redmond; 541-504-6006.
BIRDS AND CULTURE OF PERU: Slide presentation by Doris Valencia, professional guide for Habitats Peru Travel; free; 7-9 p.m.; Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory, 57245 River Road; 541-593-4394.
live music: Burnin’ Moonlight, a trio composed of Scott Fox, Maggie Jackson and Jim Roy, will play at Cross Creek Cafe, 6:30 p.m.; expect bluegrass, folk and softrock sounds; 507 S.W. 8th St.
 NOW READINGS: Join the participants of NOW’s ongoing creative writing residency at The Shepherd’s House as they read a selection of their writings; free; Feb. 24, 7 p.m., reading begins at 7:30; The Nature of Words, 224 N.W. Oregon Ave., Bend; 541-647-2233.
TELLURIDE MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR: Screening of films that celebrate mountain people, culture and conservation; $17.50 in advance, $20 day of show, $12.50 students, $30 in advance for both nights; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or www.towertheatre.org.
“GINA GALDI AND GUEST”: A presentation of the play about a Boston native who moves in with her parents to start a wedding cake business; $20, $18 students and seniors; 8 p.m.; 2nd Street Theater, 220 N.E. Lafayette Ave., Bend; 541-312-9626 or www.2ndstreettheater.com.
FRIDAY NIGHT FUN: Middle school students only. Come hang out with friends for basketball, dodgeball, Wii, batting cage, music and more. Concession stand will be open. Bring your student ID to get in the door. Pre-registration is encouraged; $3; 8-10 p.m.; Redmond Area Park and Recreation District, Activity Center, 335 S.E. Jackson St.; 541-548-7275.

2/25 Saturday
REDMOND GRANGE BREAKFAST: The breakfast this month will help promote square dancing in Central Oregon; $6, $3 ages 12 and younger; 7-10:30 a.m.; Redmond Grange, 707 S.W. Kalama Ave.; 541-480-4495.
AUTHOR PRESENTATION: Steven Hawley talks about his book “Recovering a Lost River”; free; 6:30 p.m.; Paulina Springs Books, 422 S.W. Sixth St., Redmond; 541-526-1491.
BELLAVIA: Jazz and blues; 6:30 p.m.; Crave Eclectic Fine Dining, 614 N.W. Cedar Ave., Redmond; 541-504-6006.
TELLURIDE MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR: Screening of films that celebrate mountain people, culture and conservation; $17.50 in advance, $20 day of show, $30 in advance for both nights; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or www.towertheatre.org.
“GINA GALDI AND GUEST”: A presentation of the play about a Boston native who moves in with her parents to start a wedding cake business; $20, $18 students and seniors; 8 p.m.; 2nd Street Theater, 220 N.E. Lafayette Ave., Bend; 541-312-9626 or www.2ndstreettheater.com.
MIDDLE SCHOOL COSMIC SWIM: Middle school students only, a fun time with friends, swimming, games, music and other activities, must have student ID or parent accompany inside the building; $2.50; 8-10 p.m.; Cascade Swim Center, 465 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 541-548-7275.

2/26 Sunday
“GINA GALDI AND GUEST”: A presentation of the play about a Boston native who moves in with her parents to start a wedding cake business; $20, $18 students and seniors; 3 p.m.; 2nd Street Theater, 220 N.E. Lafayette Ave., Bend; 541-312-9626 or www.2ndstreettheater.com.

2/28 Tuesday
KNOW MORE EMAIL: For adults only and registration encouraged; free; 2-3:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-617-7050 or deschuteslibrary.org.
city council: Redmond City Council meeting; public welcome; 6:45 a.m. and 7 p.m.; 777 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; www.ci.redmond.or.us.

2/29 Wednesday
PRESCHOOL PARADE STORY TIME: Stories, songs, rhymes and activities for children ages 3 to 5, every Wednesday; 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
E-READER LAB: Want to download library books to your e-reader but don’t know how? Bring your device, cord and laptop if needed. No registration required; Feb. 29, Kindle lab 2:30 p.m., Nook lab 3:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1050.
“GINA GALDI AND GUEST”: A presentation of the play about a Boston native who moves in with her parents to start a wedding cake business; $20, $18 students and seniors; 8 p.m.; 2nd Street Theater, 220 N.E. Lafayette Ave., Bend; 541-312-9626 or www.2ndstreettheater.com.

3/1 Thursday
TODDLIN’ TALES STORY TIME: For children 18-36 months and caregiver, every Thursday; 10:15 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
BABY STEPS STORY TIME: A gentle story time for infants to 18 months, every Thursday; 11 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
TEEN TERRITORY - DUCT TAPE MANIA: Whether you’re a duct tape pro or just getting started, come hang out and try making a wallet, bag or other project of your choice. For ages 12-17; free; 3-4:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1050 or www.deschuteslibrary.org/calendar.
LOCAL AUTHOR READING: Featuring local authors Bill Baber and Jarold Ramsey; 6 p.m.; The Nature of Words, 224 N.W. Oregon Ave., Bend; 541-647-2233
“GINA GALDI AND GUEST”: A presentation of the play about a Boston native who moves in with her parents to start a wedding cake business; $20, $18 students and seniors; 8 p.m.; 2nd Street Theater, 220 N.E. Lafayette Ave., Bend; 541-312-9626 or www.2ndstreettheater.com.

3/2 Friday
OPEN COMPUTER LAB: Free time for adults to practice computer skills or work on any problems, with staff available to help; 2-3:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1050.
PAJAMA PARTY: Bring your children, ages 5-12, to the RAPRD Activity Center for hours of fun, games and art activities, the first Friday of every month. Wear pajamas or comfy clothes. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Pre-registration is encouraged; $8 per child; 5:30-9 p.m.; Redmond Area Park and Recreation District, Activity Center, 335 S.E. Jackson St.; 541-548-7275.
PAMELA MCGUIRE TRIO: 6:30 p.m.; Crave Eclectic Fine Dining, 614 N.W. Cedar Ave., Redmond; 541-504-6006.
BOBBY LINDSTROM: Rock and blues; 7 p.m.; Brassie’s Bar at Eagle Crest Resort, 1522 Cline Falls Road, Redmond; 541-548-4220.
“MR. MARMALADE”: Innovation Theatre Works presents the dark comedy about a young girl and her cocaine-addicted imaginary friend; $20, $18 students and seniors; 7:30 p.m.; Innovation Theatre Works, 1155 S.W. Division St., Bend; 541-504-6721 or www.innovationtw.org.
“GINA GALDI AND GUEST”: A presentation of the play about a Boston native who moves in with her parents to start a wedding cake business; $20, $18 students and seniors; 8 p.m.; 2nd Street Theater, 220 N.E. Lafayette Ave., Bend; 541-312-9626 or www.2ndstreettheater.com.

3/3 Saturday
PETE HERZOG: Slide steel guitar blues; 6:30 p.m.; Crave Eclectic Fine Dining, 614 N.W. Cedar Ave., Redmond; 541-504-6006.
BOBBY LINDSTROM: Rock and blues; 7 p.m.; Brassie’s Bar at Eagle Crest Resort, 1522 Cline Falls Road, Redmond; 541-548-4220.
“MR. MARMALADE”: Innovation Theatre Works presents the dark comedy about a young girl and her cocaine-addicted imaginary friend; $20, $18 students and seniors; 7:30 p.m.; Innovation Theatre Works, 1155 S.W. Division St., Bend; 541-504-6721 or www.innovationtw.org.
“GINA GALDI AND GUEST”: A presentation of the play about a Boston native who moves in with her parents to start a wedding cake business; $20, $18 students and seniors; 8 p.m.; 2nd Street Theater, 220 N.E. Lafayette Ave., Bend; 541-312-9626 or www.2ndstreettheater.com.

3/4 Sunday
“MR. MARMALADE”: Innovation Theatre Works presents the dark comedy about a young girl and her cocaine-addicted imaginary friend; $20, $18 students and seniors; 2 p.m.; Innovation Theatre Works, 1155 S.W. Division St., Bend; 541-504-6721 or www.innovationtw.org.
“GINA GALDI AND GUEST”: A presentation of the play about a Boston native who moves in with her parents to start a wedding cake business; $20, $18 students and seniors; 3 p.m.; 2nd Street Theater, 220 N.E. Lafayette Ave., Bend; 541-312-9626 or www.2ndstreettheater.com.


COCC Redmond bookkeeping classes
Central Oregon Community College’s Continuing Education department will offer beginning classes in Excel and QuickBooks Pro in March.
Excel 2010, Beginning will be held Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Redmond campus. Cost is $59.
Create, edit, format and save a spreadsheet. Write formulas and create charts  and databases. Prerequisite: basic Windows experience. Bring a flash drive to class to save your work.
QuickBooks Pro, Beginning will be taught Thursdays, March 8 and 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. on the Redmond campus. Cost is $59.
Do your own bookkeeping and make it manageable and efficient using QuickBooks.  Prerequisite: basic Windows experience. Bring a flash drive to save your work.
To register call 541-383-7270 or visit http://noncredit.cocc.edu.

Excel spreadsheet classes at library
Excel classes will be taught at the Redmond Library in March.
Know Excel for Beginners will be held Tuesday, March 6, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Learn how to enter, edit and format text in Microsoft Excel as well as save and print a worksheet. Prerequisites: “Know Computers for Beginners” or familiarity with Windows.
Know Excel Budgets will be offered Friday, March 9, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Learn how to enter and format data, and create basic formulas while creating a monthly household budget. Prerequisites: “Know Excel for Beginners” or familiarity with Microsoft Windows.
Classes are free, but space is limited and registration is required. Registration opens one month prior to class date. Stop at the desk, call 541-312-1055 or visit www.deschutes
library.org to register.

Make the most of your meals
On Tuesday, Feb. 28 local cooking instructor Ahja King will demonstrate how to stretch the budget and make three different meals out of one chicken. “One Chicken, Three Meals” takes place at the Redmond Library at 6 p.m. The class is free and open to the public, but limited to 20 participants. Register at www.deschuteslibrary.org/
calendar or by calling Lisa at 541-312-1034.

Models needed for life drawing class
Life art classes, sponsored by High Desert Society of the Arts and Redmond Proficiency Academy, will be held on the second and fourth Mondays of the month, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Feb. 27 through May 28.
The classes are offered free to high school students; adults pay $10 per class. Clothed models are needed and paid $10 per hour. The classes are held at 541 S.W. Seventh St. in Redmond. For more information contact Carol Jacquet at 541-504-8482 or caroljacquet@cbbmail.com.

Crooked River Roundup coronation
The Crooked River Roundup Queen Coronation and Auction is scheduled for Saturday, March 10, in Carey Foster Hall at the Crook County Fairgrounds in Prineville. The 2012 Queen is Jordan Payne of Redmond. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; dinner is at 6. Silent and live auctions, cash bar, dinner, coronation ceremonies and dancing are all part of the evening.
Tickets are $16 in advance or $20 at the door. To reserve tickets please RSVP to queen@crooked
riverroundup.com or call 541-280-7547.

All-ages short film contest
The Central Oregon Film Festival 2012, planned for Madras and Redmond, is a “Shorts” film festival, one- to 15-minute film contest open to all residents of Central Oregon.
Three age categories, 10-14, 15-18 and adult, can participate. The deadline for entries is March 31 . Drop boxes for entries are at the Redmond Library, Madras Library and Crook County Library.
An awards and prizes night and showing of winning entries is scheduled for April 28 in Madras, at 6 p.m. at the Jefferson County Library Annex, with an additional showing of winning entries at the Redmond Library, May 5 from 2 to 4 p.m.
For more information visit www.LocalCentral
Oregon.com and click on the Arts & Music link.

Art classes for kids
Arts Central in Bend offers many classes for children and adults. And some are structured for a parent or caregiver to create right alongside their children. Whether it’s pottery, painting, making your own book or greeting cards, there are a lot of fun learning opportunities at Arts Central.
For more information visit www.artscentral
oregon.org or call 541-617-1317. Arts Central is located at 313 S.W. Shevlin Hixon Drive in Bend.

Horse-drawn Auction & Swap
The Horse-drawn Auction & Swap returns to Madras on April 18-21.
Horse-drawn wagons, harnesses, sleigh bells, big draft horses and fancy carriage horses, restored antique farm implements, and thousands of country antiques will be for sale either privately or at auction at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.  Admission is free; $5 parking fee. Concessions are available.
The event runs from 8 a.m. until dark. Visit www.smallfarmers
journal.com for updates . For more detailed information call the SFJ office at 800-876-2893 or email auction@smallfarmersjournal.com.

Obituaries

Raymond A. Boyston, of Redmond
Mar. 3, 1941 - Feb. 11, 2012
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals
541-504-9485; AutumnFunerals.net
Services: A private service will be held for friends and family.
Contributions may be made to: American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or www.cancer.org.

Timothy Paul Krueger, of Culver
Jan. 2, 1960 - Feb. 7, 2012
Services: Memorial Service will be held February 25, 11 a.m. at the Culver Christian Church in Culver, Oregon.
Contributions may be made to: Culver Christian Church, PO Box 87, Culver, OR 97734.

Shirley Ann Briggs, of Crooked River Ranch
Nov. 16, 1934 - Feb. 12, 2012
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals-Redmond
541-504-9485; www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: Service will be scheduled at a later date.
Contributions may be made to: American Cancer Society.

Robert Pershing Johnson, of Culver
Oct. 14, 1918 - Feb. 13, 2012
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals-Redmond
541-504-9485; www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: A private service will be held at a later date.

John “Jake” F. Homer
Jan. 21, 1940 - Jan. 23, 2012
John “Jake” F. Homer, age 72, passed away January 23, 2012, in Cordova, Tenn. He was born January 21, 1940, in Youngstown, Ohio, and moved to Arcadia, Florida, seven years ago from Anchorage, Alaska. Jake was of the Protestant faith and a member of New Hope Christian Church of Arcadia.
Jake spent his working career as a pilot for Southwest Airlines, later joining Northwest Arctic Air as a medivac pilot. Jake loved meeting people and living life to the fullest. He enjoyed traveling; he and his loving wife, Jane, traveled to “all 50 states” and he had the opportunity to also see many other countries in Europe. He was a member of the Royal Order of Moose, Arcadia Lodge.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Binder-Homer of Arcadia, FL; two sons, Hal (Gail) Homer of Anchorage, AK, and Ty (Britton) Homer of Columbia, TN; three daughters, Christy (Roger) Burke of Gap, PA; Kelly (Jerry) Purcell of Paradise, PA and Brooke (Bill) Mom- blow of Parker, CO; one sister, Gail (Eddie) Fretz of Honey Brook, PA; six grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Jake was preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert and Isabelle Holland Homer, and a brother, Phillip Homer.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of Jake’s life was held February 21, 2012, at the chapel of Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Homes, 50 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia, FL, with Rev. Don Jackson officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in Jake’s name to Arcadia Center for the Needy, PO Box 3020, Arcadia, FL. 34265. Online condolences may be made at pongerkaysgrady.com
Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Homes are in charge of the arrangements.

Patsy Ann Edmison Gammond
Jan. 4, 1935 - Feb. 6, 2012
Pat lost her battle with lung cancer at her home in Redmond on February 6.
Born in Holyoke, CO, to Pat and Elizabeth Edmison, she moved with her family to Bend in 1936. Pat was a 1953 graduate of Bend High School and received her BS in education from Eastern Oregon State College in 1957. She began her teaching career in Portland in 1957. In 1997, Pat retired from the Crook County School District, spending the last 20 years of her teaching life at Powell Butte School and Crooked River Elementary. In her 40-year teaching career, she touched the lives of thousands of students and their families. She was also an avid and accomplished quilter.
In 1959, Pat married Donald L. Gammond, who preceded her in death in 1996.
Pat is survived by her daughters, Susan Kelley of Las Vegas, Nevada; and Nancy Gammond-Moody, of Bend; her son, Sam Gammond of Bend; and her granddaughters, Marie and Kaitlinn. She is survived by four of her eight siblings, Jean and Ella Edmison of Portland, Mary Farley of Springfield, and Bill Edmison of Salem. She is also survived by her friend and companion Chuck Conlee of Redmond, OR.
A celebration of her life will take place on Saturday, February 25, from 2-5 p.m. at 1437 NW Jackpine Avenue, Redmond. For more information, please email samgammond@gmail.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Redmond.




February 14, 2012

Event calendar

2/15 Wednesday
SCHOOL BOARD: Redmond School Board, public welcome; 5:30 p.m.; Tom McCall Elementary; 1200 N.W. Upas Ave. Agenda includes a report of the Redmond High School remodeling project; www.redmond.k12.or.us.
PRESCHOOL PARADE STORY TIME: Stories, songs, rhymes and activities for children ages 3 to 5, every Wednesday; 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
“HOMELAND – FOUR PORTRAITS OF NATIVE ACTION”: A screening of the film about five Native American activists; free; 4-6 p.m.; Central Oregon Community College, Hitchcock Auditorium, 2600 N.W. College Way, Bend; 541-318-3782.
HEART 4 HORSES: Musical theater and operetta; proceeds benefit Equine Outreach Inc; donations accepted; 7 p.m.; Innovation Theatre Works, 1155 S.W. Division St., Bend; 541-350-8563.

2/16 Thursday
city council: Redmond City Council goal setting workshop; public welcome; 4 p.m., city hall, 716 S.W. Evergreen Ave. Agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
TODDLIN’ TALES STORY TIME: For children 18-36 months and caregiver, every Thursday; 10:15 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
fire board: Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection District board of directors meeting; public welcome; agenda includes the appointment of budget committee members; 6:30 p.m.; 6971 S.W. Shad Rd.; www.crrfire.org.
BABY STEPS STORY TIME: A gentle story time for infants to 18 months, every Thursday; 11 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
TUNISIA ADVENTURE: Learn about Islam and Arabic culture with Farah, an exchange student visiting from Tunisia. Sample traditional foods and learn the Arabic alphabet, including how to write your name. This program is open to teens and adults; 3:30-5 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1050.

2/17 Friday
AUTHOR PRESENTATION: Bill Birnbaum talks about his book “A Lifetime of Small Adventures”; free; 6:30 p.m.; Paulina Springs Books, 422 S.W. Sixth St., Redmond; 541-526-1491.
BURNING MOONLIGHT WITH SCOTT FOXX: 6:30 p.m.; Crave Eclectic Fine Dining, 614 N.W. Cedar Ave., Redmond; 541-504-6006.

2/18 Saturday
SATURDAY STORIES: Stories and songs that develop early literacy skills and foster curiosity. For children 0-5 years. Occurs the third Saturday of each month; 10:15 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1050.
 “CUENTOS DEL ARBOL”: The Pushcart Players present a bilingual musical about a tree and its caretaker; $12, $8 children; 11 a.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or www.towertheatre.org.
HOME BUYER SEMINAR: Learn why now is the perfect time to buy. Presented by Exit Realty in Bend. Pre-registration is suggested but not required. Seating is limited. Community Room in Ray’s Market, Nolan Center; free; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Ray’s Food Place, 900 S.W. 23rd St., Redmond; 541-633-9052, rjf0410@bendbroadband.com or www.soldbyfountain.com.
SCOTT FOXX AND JEFF LESLIE BLUES NIGHT: 6:30 p.m.; Crave Eclectic Fine Dining, 614 N.W. Cedar Ave., Redmond; 541-504-6006.
ANIMAL AND THE SMOKING ACES: Classic rock; with Bobby Lindstrom; 7:30 p.m.; Checkers Pub, 329 S.W. 6th St., Redmond; 541-548-3731.
CENTRAL OREGON SYMPHONY WINTER CONCERT: The Central Oregon Symphony performs a winter concert, under the direction of Michael Gesme; featuring a performance by pianist Andrew Brownell; free but a ticket is required; 7:30 p.m.; Bend High School, 230 N.E. Sixth St.; 541-317-3941, info@cosymphony.com or www.cosymphony.com.

2/19 Sunday
CENTRAL OREGON SYMPHONY WINTER CONCERT: The Central Oregon Symphony performs a winter concert, under the direction of Michael Gesme; featuring a performance by pianist Andrew Brownell; free but a ticket is required; 2 p.m.; Bend High School, 230 N.E. Sixth St.; 541-317-3941, info@cosymphony.com or www.cosymphony.com.
SPAGHETTI FEED: Proceeds will send World War II veterans to Washington, D.C; $10; 4 p.m.; Jake’s Diner, 2210 N.E. U.S. Highway 20, Bend; 541-382-0118.

2/20 Monday
NO SCHOOL DAY REC SWIM: Join up with your friends for an afternoon of pool fun. Drop-in fees apply; 1-3:45 p.m.; Cascade Swim Center, 465 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; 541-548-7275.
educators: Central Oregon Retired Educators luncheon meeting; guests welcome; speaker is Pat Lee, who developed a reading program for adults; 11:30 a.m.; Zion Lutheran Church in Redmond; lunch $8.50; 541-548-2545.
CENTRAL OREGON SYMPHONY WINTER CONCERT: The Central Oregon Symphony performs a winter concert, under the direction of Michael Gesme; featuring a performance by pianist Andrew Brownell; free but a ticket is required; 7:30 p.m.; Bend High School, 230 N.E. Sixth St.; 541-317-3941, info@cosymphony.com or www.cosymphony.com.

2/21 Tuesday
“FINDING FREMONT IN OREGON, 1843, THE DALLES TO THE NEVADA BORDER”: Bend Genealogical Society presents a program by Loren Irving; free; 10 a.m.; Rock Arbor Villa, Williamson Hall, 2200 N.E. U.S. Highway 20, Bend; 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.
parks: Redmond Parks Commission meeting; public welcome; 6 p.m., Public Works office, 243 E. Antler Ave. Agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
KNOW FOOD – MEET THE CENTRAL OREGON LOCAVORES: Learn about the benefits of the locavore movement; free; 6:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1032 or www.deschuteslibrary.org/calendar.
planning: Redmond Urban Area Planning Commission meeting; public welcome; 6:30 p.m., city hall, 716 S.W. Evergreen 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, 716 S.W. Evergreen Ave. Agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.

2/22 Wednesday
PRESCHOOL PARADE STORY TIME: Stories, songs, rhymes and activities for children ages 3 to 5, every Wednesday; 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.

2/23 Thursday
TODDLIN’ TALES STORY TIME: For children 18-36 months and caregiver, every Thursday; 10:15 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
BABY STEPS STORY TIME: A gentle story time for infants to 18 months, every Thursday; 11 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
TEEN LAPTOP LAB: Ages 12-17. Check Myspace, Facebook, do homework, play games; 3-5 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1050.
AUTHOR PRESENTATION: RaeAnn Proost reads from her book “Cupcakes on the Counter”; free; 6:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-548-7720.

2/24 Friday
ADAPTIVE FAMILY FUN NIGHT: Elementary and middle school students only. An opportunity to play with your children, meet some of their schoolmates and connect with other families. Pre-registration is recommended. If your child is younger or older and you are interested, contact the coordinator; $7 per family; 5:15-6:30 p.m.; Redmond Area Park and Recreation District, Activity Center, 335 S.E. Jackson St.; 541-548-7275.
 BELLAVIA: Jazz and blues; 6:30 p.m.; Crave Eclectic Fine Dining, 614 N.W. Cedar Ave., Redmond; 541-504-6006.
BIRDS AND CULTURE OF PERU: Slide presentation by Doris Valencia, professional guide for Habitats Peru Travel; free; 7-9 p.m.; Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory, 57245 River Road; 541-593-4394.
NOW READINGS: Join the participants of NOW’s ongoing creative writing residency at The Shepherd’s House as they read a selection of their writings; free; Feb. 24, 7 p.m., reading begins at 7:30; The Nature of Words, 224 N.W. Oregon Ave., Bend; 541-647-2233.
TELLURIDE MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR: Screening of films that celebrate mountain people, culture and conservation; $17.50 in advance, $20 day of show, $12.50 students, $30 in advance for both nights; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or www.towertheatre.org.
FRIDAY NIGHT FUN: Middle school students only. Come hang out with friends for basketball, dodgeball, Wii, batting cage, music and more. Concession stand will be open. Bring your student ID to get in the door. Pre-registration is encouraged; $3; 8-10 p.m.; Redmond Area Park and Recreation District, Activity Center, 335 S.E. Jackson St.; 541-548-7275.

2/25 Saturday
 AUTHOR PRESENTATION: Steven Hawley talks about his book “Recovering a Lost River”; free; 6:30 p.m.; Paulina Springs Books, 422 S.W. Sixth St., Redmond; 541-526-1491.
BELLAVIA: Jazz and blues; 6:30 p.m.; Crave Eclectic Fine Dining,
614 N.W. Cedar Ave., Redmond; 541-504-6006.

Heroes in Sisters for military members
Oregon Adaptive Sports is hosting the fifth annual Heroes in Sisters event March 2-4 for wounded Oregon veterans and their families, to honor their service and sacrifice with an expense paid weekend of camaraderie and outdoor snow activity.
The weekend includes use of specialized equipment and lessons, adaptive instructors and volunteers, meals, and two nights lodging at the Best Western Ponderosa Lodge. OAS, Hoodoo Ski Area, Disabled Sports USA and Warfighter Sports along with local businesses are contributing to make this event cost-free for veterans.
The weekend begins at 7 p.m. Friday, March 2 at Three Creeks Brewery in Sisters for a Meet-n-Greet with the OAS volunteers and staff. The event continues at Hoodoo Resort on Saturday, March 3, and concludes Sunday morning, March 4.
The event is open to injured Oregon veterans from any war. Please call 541-848-9390 to participate.
Volunteers and sponsors are also being sought.

2nd Street Theater play takes the cake
2nd Street Theater presents the play “Gina Galdi and Guest,” about a Boston native who moves in with her parents to start a wedding cake business. $20, $18 students and seniors; Feb. 17-18 at 8 p.m.; Feb. 19 at 3 p.m.; Feb. 22-25 at 8 p.m.; Feb. 26 at 3 p.m.; 2nd Street Theater, 220 N.E. Lafayette Ave., Bend; 541-312-9626 or www.2ndstreettheater
.com

Redmond park and rec activities
Recreation opportunities abound through the Redmond Area Park and Recreation District.
Bring the outdoors in while trying the Extreme Adventures Combo – ice skating and snorkeling. Grades three through seven will learn safety and skill fundamentals, then be allowed time to explore the sport in a safe, structured environment. All gear is included.
Ice Skating is on Wednesday, Feb. 29, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.; snorkeling is offered Saturday, March 10, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Transportation is provided from the
RAPRD Activity Center. Cost is $35 and includes both activities.
Have you signed up for Club Explore? Available to ages 10 and up, children can meet new friends, practice age-appropriate social skills, get some exercise and try new activities in a safe environment. Take all of the activities or just one or two. The next activity is Ice Skating on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Redmond Ice Skating Rink. If you are not a club member, cost is $20.
A Home Beer Brewing class will be offered for those 21 and above on Thursday, March 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. This class introduces participants to a minimalist’s essential brewing knowledge and equipment. For a list of what the class includes and what you might need, call 541-548-7275 or check the activity guide online at www.raprd.org. The class meets at the Redmond Home Brewing Supply, 336 N.E. Hemlock Ave., #10. Cost is $95.
Sign up for any activity by calling 541-548-7275 or visit www.raprd.org.


Learn computer skills thru COCC
Computer Essentials II will meet on Thursdays, Feb. 23 through March 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Redmond’s COCC campus.
Continue getting comfortable with the computer by exploring the Start menu, Windows accessories, and creating and filing documents. Prerequisite: minimal keyboarding skills and mouse familiarity.
Cost $55. To register call 541 383-7270 or visit http://noncredit.cocc.edu.

Auditions for production of '1776’
This summer, Shore Thing Productions will present a staged concert version of the TONY Award winning Broadway musical “1776” at the Tower Theatre with a revolutionary all-female cast of  25 performers backed by a full orchestra.
Open auditions for all roles, to be performed by women, middle-school-aged and older, are scheduled for Feb. 21 and 22 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Pinckney Center for the Performing Arts at Central Oregon Community College. 
The production will be presented as a benefit for The Tower Theatre Foundation, a nonprofit that offers a variety of live performances for Central Oregon audiences as well as educational outreach programs through  schools and   other organizations.
The musical, with a score by Sherman Edwards, features a book by award-winning playwright Peter Stone.
The story focuses on the heated debates between members of the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
 Please bring sheet music and be prepared to sing 32-bars of a song of your choice with accompaniment. A pianist will be provided. Scenes from the script will also be provided at the auditions for readings. All roles require  ability to harmonize.
For more information visit  http://www.shorething/ productions.com/1776.html or call 541-526-0233.
The musical is scheduled for June 29-30 and July 1 .


View the night sky
Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory will be open Feb. 18 and 19 for night sky viewing from 8 to 10 p.m. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children (ages 2-12) and free for members. Dress warmly.
Regular operating hours are Wednesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the entrance fee is $3 for adults, $2 for children, and free for members.
During Spring Break, March 24-31, the Nature Center & Observatory will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular admission applies. Kids’ talks will happen daily at 11 a.m.; kids’ classes will be offered Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration and cost information is not yet available.
Solar Viewing will be offered daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is included in the price of admission to the Nature Center. Night Sky Viewing will be on Saturday, Wednesday, Friday, and again on Saturday, from 8 to 10 p.m. Regular Night Sky Viewing prices apply.

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Obituaries

Tirisa Christina Tucker, of Redmond
Oct. 11, 1996 - Feb. 6, 2012
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond
541-504-9485; www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: Funeral was held Feb. 11 at Eastside Church 3174 NE 3rd St., Prineville; followed by interment at Juniper Haven Cemetery, Prineville.
Contributions may be made to any Wells Fargo Bank branch c/o the Tirisa Christina Tucker Fund to help assist with funeral costs.

Mary J. Adams, of Redmond
Feb. 7, 1928 - Feb. 3, 2012
Arrangements: Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home
 541-382-2471; www.niswonger-reynolds.com
A memorial service was held February 11, in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, 851 NW Canal Blvd., Redmond, OR 97756.

Georgia Deane Currier, of Redmond
Sept. 20, 1932 - Feb. 10, 2012
Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend
541-382-0903; www.bairdmortuaries.com
 Per Georgia's request, no services will be held.
Contributions may be made to: Redmond-Sisters Hospice, 732 SW 23rd, Redmond, OR 97756,
541-548-7483

Carolyn Moore,  of Terrebonne
July 7, 1935 - Feb. 7, 2012
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond
 541-504-9485; www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: A private service will be held at a later date.
Contributions may be made to Equine Outreach, Inc., 63220 Silvis Road, Bend, OR 97701

George Ellis Taylor, of Redmond
Sept. 20, 1919 - Feb. 11, 2012
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel
Services will be planned at a later date.
Contributions may be made to Redmond Sisters Hospice

Ruth Hazel Nordstrom, of Redmond
Oct. 8, 1919 - Jan. 30, 2012
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond
541-504-9485; www.autumnfunerals.net
Services to be announced at a later date.

Jean Meyers, of Redmond
Sept. 28, 1918 - Feb. 8, 2012
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond
541-504-9485; www.autumnfunerals.net
No services to be held.


Stephen F. O'Connell
Nov. 29, 1948 - Jan. 23, 2012
Steve was born in Fullerton, Calif., to Hazel (Rife) and Dr. Raymond O'Connell. In 1962, his family moved to Coos Bay, Ore., where he graduated from Marshfield High School in 1966. He served in the US Marine Corp. from 1966-1970, including a tour of duty in Vietnam and was a lifetime member of the VFW. After completing his tour of duty, Steve earned a BS degree in Biology from Portland State University in 1974, and a second BS in Medical Technology from Oregon Health Sciences University in 1976. He met his wife, Denise Taylor, while attending OHSU, and they were married on April 30, 1977. In 1986, he completed a Masters program at Central Michigan University, earning a Masters degree in Health Services Administration.
Steve started his laboratory career at Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay, ORre., in 1976. Throughout his career, he worked in supervisory capacities in the laboratories at Bay Area Hospital, Salem Hospital ('87-'89) in Salem, OR, Central Oregon District Hospital ('89-'96) in Redmond, OR, and eventually St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, OR.
Steve loved life, family, coaching his children in soccer, and the beach. He was an avid Duck fan and also enjoyed jogging, fishing with his family, elk hunting with his friends, reading, and walking later in life.
He is survived by his wife, Denise; daughter, Rebecca; son, Matthew and his wife, Kara; brother, Dr. Dennis O'Connell and his wife, Sandy; sister, Sharon VanElsberg and her husband, George; sister-in- law, Claudia O'Connell, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Steve passed peacefully in his home in Redmond. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Ron, and two nephews, John and Michael O'Connell.
A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. His family requests that any contributions in his name be made to the O'Connell Soccer Memorial Fund, and mailed to Redmond Area Park and Recreation District., PO Box 843, Redmond, OR 97756.


Salem Gabrielle Peterson
June 13, 1990 - Feb. 5, 2012
Salem Gabrielle Peterson, also known as ‘Sweet Pea’ to her mother and ‘Shalome’ because of her spirit, was born on June 13, 1990, in Bend, Oregon, and died on Feb. 5, 2012. She grew up primarily in Terrebonne and Redmond and was living in Bend.
Salem spent the last few years working in customer service positions where she excelled due to her outgoing personality and her love for others. She was a student at Redmond High School where she sang in the choir, and outside of school, competed with a traveling cheerleading team.
She was always singing at the top of her lungs and dancing like there was no tomorrow. She loved the sun and going to the ocean, to the lake, to parks, and camping in the woods. She was spiritual and loved to meditate. She would mimic the sounds of animals and had a special connection with them. She was very kind and generous. She very much loved her family and friends.
A memorial service was held at the Coyote Ranch Hall on February 9, 2012, where hundreds of friends and family gathered to celebrate her life. Preparations were done by Redmond Memorial Chapel.
Contributions for the family can be made to the Salem Peterson Memorial at any U.S. Bank.
Salem is survived by her mother and stepfather, Portland and Richard Keen; sister, Dallas Peterson; brothers, Stayton Peterson and RJ Keen; uncles, Jason, Japheth, Zachery, and Sevin Simpson; aunt, Brittani Simpson; grandparents, Dick and Janis Simpson, Kay Walters; father and stepmother, Scott and Julie Peterson; grandparents, Roger Peterson and Lynda Peterson-Johnson; aunt, Lisa Heim; and many other dearly loved family members.
Inspirational relatives who preceded her in death were her uncle, Caleb Simpson; and great-uncle, Clint Simpson.


Donna Kenshol
Sept. 5, 1935 - Feb. 6, 2012
Donna was the only child of Hazel and Clifford Piper. She was born and raised in Owaneco, Illinois. After high school, she followed a friend to Caribou, Maine, where she met her husband of 56 years Charles ‘Chuck’ Kenshol. Chuck and Donna were married in 1953, and started their life, family, and travels together that led them across the United States.
Donna was a loving wife, wonderful mother and homemaker. She enjoyed ceramics, crafts, camping, cooking and decorating for the holidays.
Donna is survived by her daughter, Debbie Kenshol of Goldendale, Wash.; son, Colton Kenshol and his wife, Kayte of Hermiston, Ore.; and her daughter, Cheryl Sugano and her husband, Dale of Redmond, Ore.; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and her four-legged companion, Angel.
There was a graveside service February 10 at Redmond Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Redmond Humane Society.
Please visit and sign our guest book at http://www.redmondmemorial.com/.

Robert ‘Bob’ Joseph Suderno
Sept. 26, 1945 - Jan. 24, 2012
Bob went to be with our Heavenly Father on Tuesday, January 24.  He was born on September 26, 1945, in Los Angeles, California, and lived in Redmond for the last 25 years where he enjoyed golfing, fishing and hunting.
In 1966, Bob married Carol and together they had four children.  
Bob is survived by his wife of 45 years, Carol; son, Scott Suderno (wife, Katie); daughters, Joy Teragli (husband, Mario), Beth Skaug (husband, Brian) and Anne Latour; as well as seven grandchildren. 
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Bob to: Watercup Counseling Service, 1810 S. First Street, Suite I, Redmond, Oregon, 97756, http://www.watercupcounseling.com/
A celebration of life will be held at Highland Baptist Church in Redmond, Oregon, Saturday, February 18, at 11 a.m.