August 3, 2015

Aug. 3, 2015 Briefs

The Oregon Heritage Commission is offering grants for qualified projects for the conservation, development and interpretation of Oregon's cultural heritage. Awards typically range between $5,000 and $20,000. Projects can include anything related to Oregon heritage, and priority will be given to projects that preserve, develop or interpret threatened heritage resources or heritage resources of statewide significance. The grant application deadline is Sept. 30. 

Simple grant applications are online. There is plenty of support for preparing them. 

To learn more about the grants, visit or contact Kuri Gill at or 503-986-0685. 


Date: August 4
Time: 11:00am-1:30pm
Location: Ridgeview High School
Contact: Taylor Rodby at or 541-480-7816

The transition from 8th to 9th grade is one of the most vulnerable periods in a student’s academic career. Better Together will host a mentor fair to link more than 200 youth in eight partner summer programs to mentors by the time they enter high school. 

The Mentor Fair on August 4th will include the following partners of the Better Together:

Those providing summer programming for youth include: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Redmond/Terrebonne, Camp Fire Central Oregon, Juntos, Iron Chef-OSU extension, and Crook County Kids Club.

Those linking youth with a mentor: Big Brothers Big Sisters and ASPIRE.

During the mentor fair, youth will engage in training that communicates the value of mentorship, have the opportunity to learn more about each attending organization, as well as make a connection with the mentoring services available. 


From the City: 

After two and a half years of dedicated service on Redmond City Council, Councilor Ginny McPherson resigned Saturday, July 25.

Ginny McPherson recently accepted a position as the temporary Assistant Project/Program Administrator for Redmond’s Community Development Department.

Redmond City Charter decrees that any vacancy that occurs during a council term may be filled by Mayoral appointment with a majority vote of the remaining City Council members. That Council member then is up for election in the next round of elections.

Over the next few weeks, Mayor George Endicott will be considering a process to fill the remainder of McPherson’s term expiring December 31, 2016.


From the City:

The City of Redmond is pleased to announce that the Sam Johnson Park Playground Improvement Project, the largest accessible and inclusive playground in the Northwest, is underway. Designed and funded through a grassroots community effort, this park will accommodate 450 kids with a climbing wall, swings, slides and zip line.

In keeping with the grassroots effort behind this public facility, the City of Redmond is hosting a Community Build Week, August 19 - 23, utilizing community volunteers to build the playground structure.

There will be two shifts a day (8:00 am – 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm), comprised of 20 – 30 volunteers for each shift. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older to participate and be prepared for an active work day.
 The public is encouraged to sign up for one or more shifts online at and following the link to the Sam Johnson Park Project or by calling Ginny McPherson 541-923-7759.

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