Redmond woman named to Latino Community Association board of directors: Verenice Alvarez-Sanchez of Redmond has been named secretary of the board of directors of the Latino Community Association. Alvarez-Sanchez is an executive assistant at Mosaic Medical in Bend and works with the Juntos program for Latino youth.

Nominate a veteran: Highland Baptist Church’s annual “Salute to America” event will take place June 30 and is now taking nominations for a veteran to be honored with a gift intended to “bless their life in a way that they themselves are not able to do,” according to a press release. The veteran should be living in Central Oregon and have served during the Desert Storm to current eras. To make a nomination, email and include, if known, the veteran’s first and last names, contact information, when they served, their military branch and information about their need or why they deserve to be gifted. The deadline to submit a nomination is May 27.


Mentor Training Class: Central Oregon Partnerships for Youth is offering a free six-hour class April 13 to prepare volunteers to become mentors for children with an incarcerated parent. After training and background checks, volunteers are matched with a child in Redmond, Bend, Sisters or La Pine who shares similar interests and commit to spending a few hours a week together for a minimum of one year. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit, call 541-388-6651 or email .

Novel Idea Events: The following events will be held at the Redmond Library in April as part of the library’s “Novel Idea” 2019 reading program: At noon April 11 there will be a book club discussion of the Novel Idea book Rocket Men by Robert Kurson; Robert D. Thompson Jr. will lead a discussion on the story of Apollo 8 and how “historical threads, hidden in plain sight” are linked to current movements of today, including Black Lives Matter, Say Her Name, Moral Monday, and Standing Rock, 3 p.m. April 13; and William Rorabaugh from the University of Washington will talk about 1968, “one of the most contentious years in American history” at 1 p.m. April 20.

Kiwanis Vintner’s Dinner and Auction: The 15th annual Redmond Kiwanis Vintner’s dinner and auction will be held May 17 at Redmond Community Church and will benefit Family Access Network, which helps provide basic needs for children in all Redmond public schools. The dinner will be catered by Tate and Tate and paired with wines from Thurston Wolfe Winery from Prosser, Washington. Entree options include beef tenderloin, swordfish or eggplant Parmesan. Tickets are $75 each and are available at the Redmond Chamber of Commerce or by visiting


University of Wyoming President’s Honor Roll: Nolan Beal, of Redmond, was named to the fall 2018 president’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. The achievement requires a 4.0 grade-point-average and a minimum of 12 credit hours.