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Soroptomist Intl. of Bend begins holiday wreath, evergreen sale

Fresh from the Pacific Northwest, the fragrance of evergreens will soon be here.  It is holiday time in Bend as the local service club Soroptimist International of Bend (SI Bend) beings its 34th annual fundraising wreath and evergreen sales.

Bend Parks and Rec seeks flag football referees

The Bend Park and Recreation District is looking for referees for the 2015 fall youth flag football season. Potential applicants must enjoy working with youth and be able to create a positive and encouraging environment. Referees are an essential part of the program.

Pacific Power Foundation grant aids Family Access Network

The Family Access Network is the recipient of a $3,000 grant from the Pacific Power Foundation to help support a FAN advocate at Jewell Elementary School; a high needs school in Deschutes County.

'Living Well with Chronic Conditions' workshops set

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Do you or someone you know, live with a long term health condition that affects daily life? Workshops to achieve a healthier way of living for people living with ongoing health conditions begin as early Sept. 22.

Behavioral health system town hall in Bend

Beginning this month, Sen. Sara Gelser, D-Corvallis, and OHA Director Lynne Saxton are traveling the state to hear from adolescents, adults and families who have had difficulties accessing mental health and substance use disorder treatment in Oregon.

Bend UGB remand community meeting Oct. 1

The City of Bend encourages Bend citizens and area residents to attend an upcoming community meeting to learn more about and comment on the City’s Urban Growth Boundary Remand project.  The focus of this meeting will be on the evaluation of alternative UGB expansion scenarios. 

Fred Meyer seeking veterans to hire

Fred Meyer Stores will hold open interviews on Tuesday, Sept. 15, for all veterans and their family members. The company is currently hiring to fill more than 1,500 positions in its stores. Nationwide, The Kroger Co. is hiring to fill an estimated 20,000 permanent positions in its supermarket divisions.

COVA's new Sunriver Visitor Center posts strong numbers

When the Central Oregon Visitors Association opened a new regional Visitor Information Center in Sunriver last winter, the goal was to better connect the 3.8 million annual vacationers here with all the activities, outdoor recreation, attractions, dining, shopping, and culturally rich travel experiences available throughout Central Oregon.

Redmond Centennial Park spray feature set to close for season

The changing of the summer season is marked by kids heading back to school, night time temperatures nearing freezing and the closure of the Centennial Park spray feature in Redmond.

Skyliners Ski Swap shifts location, goes to free admission

The Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation is excited to announce that the Annual Skyliners Ski Swap will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17,  from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the former Fuqua Homes factory. It's located at 20495 Murray Road, across the parkway from the Sun Mountain Fun Center.

'Raft n' Brew' trips raise $5,800 for non-profits

Sun Country Tours raised almost $6,000 with its popular Raft n’ Brew whitewater rafting trips this season. The award-winning river outfitter partnered with local breweries to provide the weekly trips throughout the summer, which featured a Big Eddy Thriller whitewater rafting excursion, followed by a complimentary beer tasting, and donated half of all proceeds to various local non-profits.

Juniper Swim-Fitness Center pool closure, special hours

Juniper Swim & Fitness Center will undergo fall maintenance and improvements September 5th through 20th, affecting facility programs and operations. In addition, the Labor Day holiday is September 7th, so patrons can expect special hours and some limited closures over the next three weeks.

Fourth-graders can visit Crater Lake Park for free

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Crater Lake National Park invites all fourth grade students to visit the park for free as part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park program.

Free appliance recycling Sept. 19 at Knott Landfill

The annual appliance recycling event will be held Saturday, September 19 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Knott Landfill Recycling & Transfer Facility, 61050 SE 27th St. in Bend.

Healthy Beginnings child screenings Sept. 11 in Redmond

On Friday, September 11th   Healthy Beginnings will bring its 12-Point Kid Inspection to Redmond. At these screening clinics, each child receives nearly $3,000 worth of assessment services at no cost to the family. There are no eligibility requirements and all families are welcome to attend.

United Way of Deschutes Co. sets $1.5 million campaign goal

Local business, public sector and community leaders are joining together for the 2015-2016 United Way of Deschutes County fundraising campaign to improve lives and create a healthier, more prosperous community. This year’s campaign chair, United Way board member Eli Ashley, will lead the efforts in raising $1.5 million.

Volunteers in Medicine seeks Spanish-speaking volunteers

Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades is looking for Spanish-speaking volunteers who are interested in donating their time in our Bend clinic. Volunteer opportunities include working as a clinical interpreter, front desk scheduler or as an eligibility screener.

Nature Conservancy seeks volunteers at Juniper Hills Preserve

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, September 19th & 20th.

Family Access Network receives $7,500 grant

The Family Access Network announced Monday that it received a $7,500 Community Impact Grant from New York Life in support of their FAN advocate services in local schools, which will enable advocates to connect children in need to basic services while keeping them healthy and in school.

COCC Madras Campus closed for maintenance

The Central Oregon Community College’s Madras Campus will be closed Aug. 28 through Sept. 7 for maintenance. For assistance, call or visit the COCC campuses in Redmond, Bend or Prineville.

Bend forum Monday on changes to state in-home services

Beginning Monday in Bend and ending October 1, the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) are hosting educational forums throughout the state.

Health officials urge back-to-school immunizations

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With the start of the school year fast approaching, Deschutes County Health Services is reminding parents to make sure their children have all the immunizations they need to go to school and stay healthy.

Public invited to suicide prevention awareness events

September 7 through 13 is National Suicide Awareness Week. To build awareness and work toward preventing suicide, and suicide attempts, the Deschutes County Suicide Prevention Alliance and community partners are coordinating several activities throughout September.

Prineville BLM welcomes new field manager

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Prineville District Office recently welcomed Jeff Kitchens as the new Deschutes Resource Area Field Manager. The position oversees the management of public lands from northern Klamath County to the BLM lands near The Dalles.

Community invited to 2 new Bend school dedications

With hundreds more students enrolling each year, Bend-La Pine Schools now have some room to grow. The district’s two newest schools, built using bond funds approved by voters in 2013, will open this fall.

Sisters Rodeo 2016 queen applicants sought

Applications are being accepted for the 2016 PRCA Sisters Rodeo Queen, according to John Leavitt, queen selection committee chair. Applications will be accepted until September 16.  Tryouts are scheduled for Sunday, September 20, 1 p.m. at the Sisters Rodeo Arena.

Tower Theatre Foundation receives arts grant

The Tower Theatre Foundation has received $3,500 in support from the Oregon Arts Commission, a state-run agency funded by the State of Oregon and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sisters-Camp Sherman FD hosting UK firefighters

Sisters Camp Sherman Fire District is hosting five firefighters from the United Kingdom for two weeks as part of an international firefighter exchange program.

Man accused of killing man at racetrack turns himself in

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 50-year-old Washington man accused of killing another man at a motocross event with one punch has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges.

The Bloom Project receives $5,000 grant

The Bloom Project, a volunteer-driven nonprofit providing fresh floral bouquets to hospice and palliative care patients, has received a $5,500 grant award from The Hoover Family Foundation.

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