ODOT Open House in Terrebonne: The Oregon Department of Transportation is holding an open house 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Terrebonne Community School, 1199 B Ave., to present a preliminary plan for the Highway 97 congestion due to increased traffic at Lower Bridge Way and Smith Rock Way and hear feedback from community members and Highway 97 users. The open house follows a workshop in September where 130 attendees provided feedback about the plan, and additional community meetings at which proposed improvements were presented. For more information, visit

Housing Choice Voucher waiting list will open Jan. 14-18: Housing Works in Redmond will be accepting online applications for the Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance program, formerly known as the HUD Section 8 voucher program, from 8 a.m. Jan. 14 through 5 p.m. Jan. 18. Applications received during the open application period will be randomized by a computer and placed on the waiting list to give all applicants an equal chance. “It’s important to note that anyone who is currently on the waiting list needs to reapply to the 2019 list. This is a yearly requirement,” said Lesly Gonzalez, HCV Director at Housing Works. The program is open to qualified low-income residents of Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties. Housing Works staff can provide technical assistance upon request to anyone who needs help filling out the online application. For more information or to apply, visit

BrightSide Animal Center Sunday Adoptions: BrightSide Animal Center is adding Sunday hours for adoptions. The shelter will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays starting Jan. 13, in addition to regular hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. The shelter is closed Mondays. For more information, contact Pat Bowling at 541-0882 or by email: or visit:

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia event: The Alzheimer’s Association Oregon and SW Washington Chapter will present a program with information about Alzheimer’s disease, including the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 15 at the Redmond Library. For more information or to register, call 800-272-3900 or visit:

Red Cross Blood Drives: Three blood drives will take place this month, from 1-6 p.m. Jan. 17 at VFW 4108, 1836 SW Veterans Way, from 12-6 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Redmond Grange 812, 707 SW Kalama, and 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Jan 22 at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, 450 SW Rimrock Way. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit or contact 1-800-733-2767.

MLK Day of Service volunteer opportunities: Volunteer Central Oregon has organized service projects Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King Day and individuals or groups can register to participate at For more information, contact Shelley Irwin or Shenika Cumberbatch at 541-693-5678.

Annual Redmond Rotary Daddy Daughter Dance: The 2019 Daddy Daughter dance sponsored by the Redmond Rotary Club for girls in kindergarten through eighth grade and their fathers will take place Feb. 8 at Ridgeview High School and will include a live DJ, carriage rides, games and dancing. The theme of this year’s dance is “Boots and Bling.” Tickets are available online at

Preserve @ Home: OSU Extension Service is offering a six-week online course in food preservation, which will include an optional hands-on lab featuring pressure canning and boiling water canning March 2 at the Deschutes County Extension office. Preserve @ Home is a self-paced national award-winning food preservation course, which addresses the science behind food preservation and food safety. The course begins Jan. 17 and registration is required by Jan. 14. The cost is $55, and supplemental materials may be purchased at the extension office. For more information or to register, visit: or contact Glenda Hyde at 541-548-6088 or

Share the Warmth Campaign Raises $6,483 for Family Access Network: Windermere Real Estate in Redmond raised $6,483 through their Share the Warmth campaign, which also collected new and gently used coats and blankets, with the assistance of PCC Schlosser, for Family Access Network and Jericho Road, according to a press release from Windermere. The campaign included an event at Juniper Golf Course with a raffle, auction and other activities. “It is such a group effort. My fellow associates and I are extremely happy to be able to assist families in need through the cold winter months,” said Audrey Cook, Redmond Windermere Real Estate broker and the organizer of the event. “We are very appreciative of the great work the Family Access Network does to give these families a helping hand.”