COCC latino film series on tap

A Latino Film Series is scheduled for four Thursdays, April 14, 21, 28 and May 5. The films will be shown at 7 p.m. in Hitchcock Auditorium on the Central Oregon Community College Bend campus. The films are free, and the public is welcome.

April 14 – “Maria Llena de Gracia/Maria Full of Grace” R (US)

A young Colombian girl accepts a risky offer in order to escape her country for the United States

Spanish with English subtitles, presented by Steve O’Brien, professor emeritus, COCC

April 21 -“El Crimen del Padre Amaro/The Crime of Father Amaro” R (Mexico)

A controversial drama that tells the story of a young priest who succumbs to temptation and corruption.

Spanish with English subtitles, presented by Marcela Talero, bilingual educator and advocate, Bend-La Pine School District

April 28 – “Te Busco/Looking for You” (Colombia) not rated

The 2002 box office record-breaking Colombian tale about a 5-year-old boy who helps his crazy uncle seduce a beautiful singer.

Spanish with English subtitles, presented by Dario Naboyan, Fulbright Scholar from Colombia

May 5 – “Un Dia Sin Mexicanos/A Day without Mexicans” (US) not rated

Chaos, tragedy and comedy ensue when the residents of California wake up one day to find not a single Latino left in the state.

English with Spanish subtitles, presented by Rossy Gomez-Pullig, assistant director, El Programma de Ayuda

The series is sponsored by the COCC Diversity Committee. For information, call Steve O’Brien at 383-7279.

Anyone wishing to attend this event who has special needs resulting from a physical disability should contact Gene Zinkgraf, ADA coordinator, at least three days in advance of the event. He can be reached at 383-7775 or through the college’s TTY number, 383-7708.

Readings mark National Poetry Month

Local poets will read from their work at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12; and students will present original poetry and writings at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 28. The events are free, and the public is invited.

The presentations complement “How the Ink Feels,” a traveling exhibit of poetry and prose by distinguished artists and writers on display March 31 to April 28 in the library’s rotunda to celebrate National Poetry Month. The exhibit showcases the work of papermakers, poets, artists and typesetters in hand-crafted broadsides. W.S. Merwin, Robert Bly, Stanley Kunitz, Rita Dove, Robert Haas and Ursula Le Guin are among the featured writers.

The events are sponsored by the Friends of the College Library and Oregon State University – Cascades Campus and is courtesy of Friends of William Stafford. For information, call 383-7564.

Anyone wishing to attend this event who has special needs resulting from a physical disability should contact Gene Zinkgraf, ADA coordinator, at least three days in advance of the event. He can be reached at 383-7775 or through the colleges TTY number, 383-7708.

Presentation on poverty at RHS, April 6

On Wednesday, April 6, 6PM, the Redmond School District will host “Breaking Barriers” with Dr. Donna Beegle, a well-known national speaker on working with families and children from generational poverty. Dr. Beegle will share life-changing information that shatters the common myths and stereotypes about people from generational poverty. This presentation offers strategies for improving relationships, communications and educational success that cross socio-cultural barriers.

Everyone in our community will benefit from this message. Please mark your calendars for April 6, 6:00 p.m. (refreshments); 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (presentation); at the Redmond High School Library. Admission is free. This community project is a collaborative effort of the Family Access Network (FAN), Redmond-area Community Action Team and our Central Oregon Partnership. For more information, please call 504-1300.

New group will support COCC library

Central Oregon Community College Foundation and Library recently announced the formation of an auxiliary group help build the resources of the COCC library and promote awareness of the library and its resources.

The mission of this group is to enhance the role of the library to serve as a place where students enjoy individual and group study and where the life of the mind is encouraged through interaction with art, culture and the rich resources of the library, according to David Bilyeau, director of the COCC’s Library Services.

Established through the COCC Foundation, the group will support the library through fund-raising events and memberships. These funds will support increasing all the library’s collections and activities that directly support its arts and culture mission.

The first FOCL-sponsored event is “How the Ink Feels,” a traveling exhibit of poetry and prose by distinguished artists and writers March 31 to April 28 in the library’s rotunda to celebrate National Poetry Month. During the opening reception from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, Kit Stafford will present opening remarks.

The free exhibit showcases the work of papermakers, poets, artists and typesetters in hand-crafted broadsides. Works by poets laureate, Pulitzer prize winners and several Northwest writers are included in the exhibit. Many of the broadsides are from the private collection of the late poet William Stafford, who served as poetry consultant to the Library of Congress (poet laureate) and wrote more than 60 books of prose and poetry.

FOCL is seeking involvement and contributions from students, faculty, alumni and the broader commercial, professional and social community of Central Oregon. For information and membership forms access http://web.cocc.edu/foundation/focl.html.

“Successful Selling” workshop at COCC, Apr. 19

COCC’s Business Development Center is offering a “Successful Selling” workshop with Drew Price in Bend to help businesses improve their selling productivity.

The class will take place on Tuesday April 19 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the COCC Bend Campus. Cost is $39 and pre-registration is required.

Call 383-7290 to register.

Walden announces H.S. student art competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) today announced that the 2005 Congressional Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery, is now open to high school students throughout the Second Congressional district. The contest is a nationwide endeavor for students to showcase their artistic abilities while competing for the chance to have their work displayed in the United States Capitol.

“This competition is a tremendous opportunity for young people interested in art, and it gives students the chance to have their work showcased for a national audience,” said Walden. “I walk by the exhibit of last year’s winners on a regular basis when I am in Washington and I enjoy seeing the talent collected from throughout the nation. I encourage all high school students with work they would like to share to send it in and be a part of this year’s An Artistic Discovery.”

To enter the Congressional Art Competition, students must submit no more than two photographs of their work to Walden’s office by Thursday, May 12. After artwork is received, one winner will be selected from each of the 20 counties that make up Oregon’s Second District. A panel of local college art professors will judge each of these winning pieces to determine the final winners. The overall winner will have his or her artwork sent to Washington, D.C. to be displayed as part of the national student art exhibition in the U.S. Capitol Building. Three runners up will be invited to have their artwork hung in Walden’s Washington, D.C., Medford and Bend offices. Artwork will hang in the Capitol Building and Walden’s offices for one year and will be returned at the conclusion of An Artistic Discovery in 2006.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to high school students. In cases where grades 7-12 are in the same building, the competition is open to all students. Artwork submitted to the competition must be two-dimensional and can be no larger than 32 inches by 32 inches and 4 inches in depth. The following artwork categories will be accepted: paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed media, computer generated art and photography. Each entry must be original in concept, design and execution. Guidelines for the competition, as well as the required student release form, can be found at the An Artistic Discovery link on Walden’s website at www.walden.house.gov.

Students who have questions about the competition can call Nathan Rea in Walden’s Washington, D.C. office at (202) 226-5234 or email him at Nathan.rea@mail.house.gov. Students may email photos by May 12 of their artwork to Nathan at the above address; jpeg files are preferred. Alternatively, pictures can be sent via regular mail to the following address (must be received by May 12):

Congressman Greg Walden
Attn: Barbara Johnson
843 East Main Street, Suite 400
Medford, OR 97504
1-800-533-3303

Congressman Walden represents the Second District of Oregon, which includes 20 counties in southern, central and eastern Oregon. He is a Deputy Whip in the House leadership structure and a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce as well as the Committee on Resources.

Galizio fights against more cuts to schools

SALEM – Representative Larry Galizio (D-Tigard) helped spearhead a move by House Democrats Thursday to pass a bill that would have prevented making class sizes bigger and Oregon’s school year shorter. The House Republicans, however, killed the effort on a party-line vote.

“School districts across the state are establishing budgets for the new school year now-not next month,” Galizio told his House colleagues. “And because they do not know whether this Legislature will make good on its promises to make education the first priority, many school districts are taking the precaution of planning for another round of cuts. That’s right-another round of cuts on top of the deep cuts that our schools have already endured.”

Employing a seldom-used parliamentary tactic, Galizio and Democratic leaders called for a vote to withdraw a full-funding school bill from a House committee, and bring it directly to the House floor for a final vote. The bill, HB 2858, would have established a K-12 budget of $5.4 billion, which teachers and Senate Democrats say is the minimum amount needed to prevent more cuts to schools. In January, Galizio and the House Democrats “drew a line in the sand” in calling for a budget that prevents shortening Oregon’s school year, making class sizes bigger, and cutting valuable academic programs.

Despite Republican resistance to full funding for schools in the House, however, the issue may not be dead. Galizio noted that the budget process in the Joint Ways and Means Committee is under way, and that the co-chairs of the committee may yet find a way to prevent cuts to schools.

Galizio noted that many House members have promised to make schools the Legislature’s first priority. The time had come, he said, to give weight to those words, and take real action on behalf of schools in Tigard and throughout the state.

Schools have lost more than 1,000 teachers since 2002, making the state’s class sizes among the biggest in the nation, Galizio said. The ongoing budget crisis has forced many school districts to shorten the academic year and cut valuable programs.

The Tigard Democrat added that he will not support a budget for schools that is smaller than the one enacted for the preceding two-year budget cycle.

“Knowing that Oregonians care deeply about the education of their children, we must provide a school system that prepares them for college and the jobs of the 21st century,” Galizio said. “We simply cannot accept continuing a policy that weakens public education in Oregon. We need to keep our schools strong.”

Linda Probasco joins R2J budget committee

At their March 30 board meeting, the Redmond School Board announced the appointment of Linda Probasco to fill the Budget Committee position that was vacated by long-time committee member Paul Rodby.

Ms. Probasco, currently Bank of the Cascades Branch Manager in south Redmond, brings to the committee over 37 years of experience in banking. She is an active member in the community and is involved with numerous committees, including the Redmond 2J Education Foundation.

The ten-member Budget Committee is comprised of School Board members and community volunteers. The committee’s charge is to review and analyze the proposed budget for the 2005-06 school year. The Budget Committee will hold its initial meeting on April 20, 2005, at the District Office, 145 SE Salmon Avenue.

Avoid drowsy driving: Daylight savings time

Don’t wait until the Monday morning drive to adjust to Daylight Saving Time, Oregon Department of Transportation officials advise. Sleep deprivation leads to about 100,000 police-reported crashes each year across the nation, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“We’re a fast-paced, sleep-deprived culture,” said Walt McAllister, ODOT’s safe communities coordinator. “And a new study shows that impact of sleep deprivation is cumulative. In other words, it adds up. Nodding out for half a second while driving can lead to tragedy.”

The return of daylight time Sunday, April 3, can cut further into drivers sleep deficits. That’s why ODOT joins hundreds of organizations around the nation to mark National Sleep Awareness Week 2005, March 28 through April 3.

In a recent study in France, researchers observed that as drivers accumulate more sleep “debt” their reaction times lengthened and the number of times they mistakenly crossed highway lines increased. Sleep debt, rather than drivers’ own sense of fatigue, was linked to increasingly unsafe driving, according to the study reported at www.safetylit.org.

“If you’re heading into the daylight time without adequate sleep, your risks increase of falling asleep behind the wheel of a car,” McAllister said. “So don’t wait until Monday morning to force yourself to adjust. Get a head start by getting a good night’s sleep, especially for a long trip.”

Here are some suggestions to avoid drowsy driving:
1. Start any trip by getting enough sleep the night before. Plan to drive during times of day when you are normally awake, and stay overnight rather than traveling straight through.
2. Avoid driving during your body’s down time. Take a mid-afternoon break and find a place to sleep between midnight and 6 a.m.
3. Talk with your passenger if you have one. A passenger can also let you know when you are showing signs of sleepiness. If your passenger thinks you are getting sleepy, let someone else drive or pull over and sleep. A nap could save your life and the lives of others.
4. Make sure both people in the front of the car are awake. A driver who needs rest should go to the back seat, buckle up and sleep.
5. Schedule a break every two hours or every 100 miles. Stop sooner if you show any danger signs of sleepiness. During your break, take a nap, stretch, take a walk and get some exercise before getting back into the car.
Danger Signals for Drowsy Drivers
Here are a few ways to tell if you’re about to fall asleep. Even if you are not aware of being drowsy, if you have a sleep debt, you are still at risk. If you experience any of these danger signs, take them as a warning that you could fall asleep without meaning to.

Your eyes close or go out of focus by themselves.
You have trouble keeping your head up.
You can’t stop yawning.
You have wandering, disconnected thoughts.
You don’t remember driving the last few miles.
You drift between lanes, tailgate or miss traffic signs.
You keep jerking the car back into the lane.
You have drifted off the road and narrowly missed crashing.

If you have even one of these symptoms, you may be in danger of falling asleep. Pull off the road and take a nap.
Learn more about National Sleep Awareness Week by visiting the NSF’s Web site, http://www.sleepfoundation.org, where you will also find useful information about sleep and sleep-related issues.

Downtown parking structure name contest

Groundbreaking for the Bend downtown parking structure was held today, March 31. Bend Urban Renewal Agency’s (BURA) Chair City Council member, Chris Telfer announced during the groundbreaking ceremony that BURA is holding a contest to name the parking structure. Nominations for the name contest are due at 5:00 pm on Friday, April 29, 2005. The contest form can be downloaded from the city’s website at www.ci.bend.or.us or the public can pick up a form in City Hall Administration, located at 710 NW Wall Street.

The contest winner will receive free parking for a year in the parking structure and a Bend centennial commemorative item of his/her choice. The contest is open to all ages. If a child is selected as the winner, his or her parents will receive the free parking pass.

The downtown parking structure, located along Lava, between Oregon and Minnesota, will provide 551 convenient parking spaces to service downtown’s shops, restaurants and entertainment spots.