Peace trees from Hiroshima seeds to be planted — Redmond, Bend and two dozen other Oregon communities are planning to plant peace trees between now and next summer, according to a news release from the Oregon Department of Forestry. The trees were grown from seeds collected from ginko or Asian persimmon trees that survived the bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. Redmond’s tree, a ginko, will be planted at City Hall. The trees reflect the resilience of life, according to Kristin Ramstad, manager of the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Program, and also commemorate the service, sacrifice and suffering of millions around the world, both veteran and civilian, during World War II. The trees are distributed by the Oregon Department of Forestry in partnership with nonprofit groups Oregon Community Trees and One Sunny Day Initiative. For more information about the project, visit bit.ly/2RdiOhF.
Cascades East Transit public meeting — Cascades East Transit’s Regional Public Transit Advisory Committee will meet 130-3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Redmond City Hall, Civic Room 208, to discuss issues including proposed Redmond scenarios for flex route service. There will be a public comment period.
Hospice events — Hospice of Redmond’s 36th annual Festival of Trees will be held Saturday Dec. 7 at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center. The two part event begins with free family activities from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. followed by a formal gala event and live auction from 5-9 p.m.Proceeds from the events benefit Hospice of Redmond’s services. For more information or to purchase tickets to the gala, visit hospiceofredmond.org/festival-of-trees or call 541-548-7483. The date for the event was incorrect in the Nov. 27 Spokesman. The Spokesman regrets the error. Teddy Bear Tea, Hospice’s annual holiday tea party, will be held Dec. 15 at Juniper Golf Course. The cost is $15 per person and reservations are required for either the 10:30 a.m. seating or the 1:30 p.m. seating. Children must be accompanied by an adult and will receive a free teddy bear. Proceeds benefit Camp Sunrise, a grief support camp for children ages 7-14. For more information or to reserve ticket, visit hospiceofredmond.org/teddy-bear-tea or call 541-548-7483.
“Frozen 2” sensory friendly showing — Redmond Cinema is hosting a sensory friendly showing of Disney’s “Frozen 2” at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, according to an email from Central Oregon Disability Support Network. The movie will run with the lights slightly up, the sound turned down, no previews or advertisements will show, and attendees are not expected to stay seated quietly. Families with special dietary needs may bring gluten-free and casein-free snacks. Tickets are available at the door and cost $7 for children 11 and younger, $8 for 12 and older.
Santa’s Reindeer at Coastal — Coastal Farm and Ranch will host “Santa’s Reindeer,” a free event featuring live reindeer and holiday activities for kids at the store 2-6 p.m. Dec. 12. For more information visit: www.coastalcountry.com/about/events
RE/MAX Key Properties acquires RE/MAX Out West Realty — Ryan Buccola and Tim Buccola, owners of RE/MAX Key Properties acquired the Redmond and Sisters franchises of RE/MAX Out West Realty in November. They plan to launch the reality office in Redmond as a hub for Central Oregon real estate serving farm, ranch, commercial and residential customers.