COCC announces final candidates for college president: The Central Oregon Community College board of directors has named three community college administrators as finalists for the position of college president, starting with the 2019-20 academic year. The finalists include education consultant Kimberlee Messina, former vice president and interim president at Foothill College and interim vice chancellor for the San Mateo County Community College District, both in California; Tod Treat, interim vice president for instruction at Wenatchee Valley (Wash.) College in Washington and former executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Tacoma Community College; and Laurie Chesley, provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan. Each candidate will visit the Bend campus for two days in February to have a formal interview with the COCC board, participate in community meetings in Bend, Redmond, Madras and Prineville, as well as meeting with employee groups at COCC. Messina’s Redmond campus appearance is scheduled for 4:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 5, Treat will appear in Redmond from 2:15-3 p.m. Feb. 8 and Chesley’s Redmond appearance is scheduled for 4:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 14. All the meetings will be in room 306 of Building 3. The board plans to name the new president in March and have them begin in July. The successful candidate will replace Shirley I. Metcalf, the college’s president since 2014, who announced last year that she plans to retire by July 1.


Red Cross Blood Drive: A blood drive will take place 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 5 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.

Less is Best: As part of the February “Know Less” theme at the Deschutes Public Library, financial coach Alma Lugtu of Small Steps/Big Money, will speak at 12 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Redmond Library about paying less for your loans, including mortgage, car loans and student loans. For more information, visit

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: The Alzheimer’s Association Oregon and SW Washington Chapter will present a program 1-2 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Redmond Library about how to make lifestyle choices from nutrition to exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. For more information or to register, contact 1-800-272-3900 or visit: