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Kemple Children's Dental Clinic begins 'Brighter Smiles' campaign

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Kemple Memorial Children’s Dental Clinic has announced the kick-off of its 2016 Brighter Smiles Campaign, which runs May 1st through June 30th.

Pole Pedal Paddle registration fee rises Saturday

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On Saturday, the registration fee increases for the 40th Annual U.S. Bank Pole Pedal Paddle.  Save money and register today at www.pppbend.com. Registration is open until May 16th. The event this year is May 21st

Bloom Project due big post-Mother's Day donations

Bloom Project art raises funds

In what is expected to be one of largest floral gifts The Bloom Project will receive this year, following Mother’s Day many floral retailers - including Trader Joe's and Safeway - will donate flowers that have gone unsold.


Bethlehem Inn receives two challenge grants

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Bethlehem Inn announced Monday that it is the recipient of two challenge grant awards:  The Collins Foundation has committed $20,000 and The Bend Foundation has donated $10,000 in challenge grant funding.


Matching donor gives boost to Redmond merry-go-round project

Funding for the accessible merry-go-round at Sam Johnson Park received a shot in the arm this week when an anonymous donor agreed to match up to $24,000 in contributions from the public.

NWS seeks weather spotters; training event in Bend

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Volunteers are being sought by the National Weather Service to participate in the latest weather spotter training on Saturday, May 14th in Bend.

City of Bend offers free sprinkler inspection

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The City of Bend WaterWise Program is kicking off the growing season with free sprinkler inspections for Bend utility customers in an effort to conserve our most precious natural resource, water.  

Crook Co. SO joins statewide seat belt, child seat enforcement blitz

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The Crook County Sheriff’s Office is joining other law enforcement agencies across the state in a statewide safety belt and child car seat traffic enforcement “blitz’ from May 16-29.

C.O. firewood cutting season set to open

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Personal use firewood collection will open Sunday across the Ochoco National Forest and within designated cutting areas on the Crooked River National Grassland and the Prineville BLM, and Monday on the Deschutes National Forest

Bend Chamber President Tim Casey leaving after 13 years

Bend Chamber President and CEO Tim Casey has departed the Bend Chamber after 13 years with the organization, it was announced Friday.

Family Access Network receives grant from insurer

The Family Access Network (FAN), a nonprofit that improves lives by ensuring all children in Deschutes County have access to basic-need services, announced today that it was awarded a $12,500 Community Impact Grant from New York Life.

High Desert ESD seeks 24 AmeriCorps VISTA associates

Better Together, a community movement to ensure success for Central Oregon children from cradle to career, is currently accepting applications to fill 18 AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate positions, and 6 full time, yearlong VISTA positions.

23 graduate from Crook County SO Citizen's Academy

Wednesday evening brought the conclusion and graduation for the third annual Crook County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Academy.

Volunteers sought for Juniper Hills Preserve work party

The Nature Conservancy invites anyone interested in maintaining Juniper Hills Preserve to participate in an overnight volunteer work party on the weekend of Saturday & Sunday, May 21st & 22nd.

Volunteers in Medicine receives Les Schwab Tire Centers grant

Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades (VIM) is pleased to announce a donation of $5,000 from Les Schwab Tire Centers.  The donation will support VIM’s volunteer program.

Children's Museum of C.O. offers summer camps

The Children’s Museum of Central Oregon will offer summer camps running from June 20th through August 19th.

Bend Science Station students win at science fair

Five Bend Science Station middle school students who conducted scientific research over the past year presented their results at this year’s Northwest Science Exposition in Portland on Saturday.

Council on Aging receives $3,000 senior meals grant

Central Oregon Council on Aging (COCOA) is pleased to announced the receipt of a Pacific Power Foundation grant of $3,000 in support of senior meals (specifically, congregate meals) in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties.

Red Cross offering free smoke alarms in Bend Saturday

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On Saturday, between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., the Red Cross in Bend will install new, free smoke alarms in homes that need them.

Redmond Kiwanis starts merry-go-round fundraiser

Redmond park project underway

The $1 million playground at Sam Johnson Park in Redmond was dedicated in October, but without the accessible merry-go-round that was part of the original design. So a fundraiser is underway.

Work to resume next week on Skyliners Road

Beginning Monday,crews from High Desert Aggregate and Paving, Inc. will resume work on Skyliners Road, the city of Bend said Friday.

North Rim makes final Deschutes River Fund contribution

The Bend community of North Rim, a Brooks Resources development, has made its final donation to The Oregon Community Foundation’s North Rim Deschutes River Fund with the sale of its last developer lot.

Tree Farm donates 36 logs to Deschutes Children's Foundation

Thirty-six pine logs were delivered Wednesday, courtesy of Taylor Northwest, to the Deschutes Children’s Foundation’s East Bend Campus, for a special project.

Deschutes County panel offers lawn-watering overspray reminder

As sprinkler systems are turned back on for spring, it’s important for property owners to re-calibrate systems to make sure that sprinklers aren’t set to spray onto nearby streets and sidewalks.

Bend Parks seeks teen volunteers for summer youth programs

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Bend Park & Recreation District is currently seeking teenage volunteers to help with youth recreation, fitness and swimming programs this summer.

Marvin's Garden Trail west of Bend reopens

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The Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District on the Deschutes National Forest has lifted a closure on the Marvin’s Garden trail at Phil’s Trailhead west of Bend.

Bend's Hoffstetter named Oregon School Nurse of Year

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Connie Hoffstetter, a long-time school nurse with Bend-La Pine Schools, was recently named the Oregon School Nurse of the Year by the Oregon School Nurses Association. Hoffstetter works primarily at Bend Senior High School and also serves students at Marshall High School.

Visitors urged to explore Ochocos in April

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April is a month of transition in the Ochoco National Forest as the last of winter’s snow gives way to green shoots and blooming wildflowers.

Bend DAR chapter awards Youth Citizenship Medals

The Bend Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution awarded two DAR Youth Citizenship Medals earlier this month for service, courage, leadership and patriotism.

Ponderosa Park skatepark to close a week for maintenance

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Bend Park & Recreation District’s Ponderosa Park skatepark at SE 15th Street and Wilson Avenue will be temporarily closed Wednesday, April 20 through Tuesday, April 26 due to a warranty maintenance project.

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