La Pine Library September Events

Below is a listing of events at the La Pine Public Library for September 2005

Getting Started on the Computer
Saturday September 10
10 am
Learn the basics of computer operation
Registration required
La Pine Public Library
16425 1st St.

Introduction to the Internet
Thursday September 15
6 pm
Learn how to surf the web. Prerequisite – Getting Started on the Computer, or familiarity with the Windows Operating System.

Registration required
La Pine Public Library
16425 1st St.

Library Theater
Tuesday, September 27
6 pm
Meet with friends to watch and discuss a literary film.
La Pine Public Library
16525 1st St.

Email 1
Wednesday September 28
6 pm
Set up your own email account, and learn how to send and receive email. Prerequisite – Getting Started on the Computer, Introduction to the Internet, or familiarity with both the Windows Operating System and the web.

Registration required
La Pine Public Library
16425 1st St.

Good Chair, Great Books
Thursday, September 29
12 noon
Join us for our book club, which will be discussing “Me and Emma” by Elizabeth Flock. Stop into the library and reserve your copy today!

La Pine Public Library
16425 1st St.

Friday Family Fun
September 30
11 am
Storytime for kids of all ages!
La Pine Public Library
16425 1st St.

Truman Club Democrats host BBQ

BEND – The Truman Club of Central Oregon will host its “Annual Member and Guest BBQ” Sunday, August 28, 2005 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Widgi Creek Golf Club.

State Senators Peter Courtney and Betsy Johnson will be the featured guests at the event. Both are dynamic speakers, and will entertain attendees with up-close-and-personal stories from the current legislative session.

A no-host reception and silent auction will preceed the BBQ. The second annual “Give ‘Em Hell, Harry Award”, named after former President Harry S. Truman, will be presented to a local leader who championed Democratic principles in Central Oregon.

All proceeds from the BBQ will go toward the 2006 election campaigns. Cost: $49/person or $90/couple. Call 388-2194 for reservations or send a reservation request and check payable to “The Truman Club”, P.O. Box 443, Bend, Oregon, 97709.

The Truman Club of Central Oregon was founded in 2002 to promote the principles of the Democratic Party, as well as support and increase the number of Democrats in public office through the leadership, financial support and active participation of the club’s membership.

Local artists exhibit at Sunriver Library

THE ARTISTS OF 97707 will be exhibiting works of many and multitudinous media at the Sunriver Area Public Library August 27-October 28. Everyone is invited to a reception for the all artists Tuesday, August 30, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Thirty artists who reside or own property in the 97707 area will exhibit a wide variety of media including eight pieces from the Box Art Project, watercolor, acrylic, oil, collage, photography, handmade books, gourd art, jewelry and wood carvings. Venues local, Paulina Lake, Sparks Lake and the Sunriver Market, and far, France, Italy and Germany, will be depicted.

The Box Art Project presents eight works with intriguing names such as Silver Chest Theater and Hat Box on Yellow Truck. These boxes were created by the collaborative hands of eight Sunriver women. Each woman brought an empty box to the first meeting. Boxes were exchanged each month. Through a process of layering, each individual added something to the box she had for the month, resulting in uniquely themed boxes reflective of the owner and the donors.

The group met each month for eight months to present and discuss what each person added to another’s box. This Box Art Project encouraged creativity, sharing, problem solving, deepening relationships and personal growth. Multi-media were used to create these boxes, including painting, beadwork, sewing, embroidery, mosaics, collage, woodwork, writing, doll making, found objects with symbolic meaning, paper making, photography, wire work and floral arranging.

This exhibit, sponsored by the Friends of the Sunriver Area Public Library, is free and open to all during regular library hours. Information: 312-1080.

Prineville liquor store moving

The OLCC approved a request by the Prineville liquor store from 898 NW 3rd St. to 1350 NE 3rd St. behind the Papa Murphy’s Pizza restaurant.

The new facility would be more accessible from the highway and increase in size from 1,600 to 2,175 square feet. Projected annual sales are expected to jump from $1.38 million to $1.5 million. The nearest liquor store is 19 miles away.

Prineville City manager Robb Corbett wrote commissioners in July in support of the relocation.

Teacher turnover could cost Oregon

Washington, D.C. – When Oregon’s school year begins this fall, more than 3,500 of the teachers will not be returning to the schools in which they taught last year. Replacing them could cost the state more than $46 million, according to conservative estimates by the Alliance for Excellent Education.

Although some are changing jobs after many years in teaching, many of those abandoning the classroom altogether are new teachers – nationally, almost 50 percent of teachers will leave the profession within the first five years of entering it. Of the total number of teachers not returning to their schools, more than 1,500 are leaving their profession altogether, costing the state about $19 million in replacement costs. Others are transferring to other schools, at an approximate cost of another $27 million.

The Alliance’s calculations are presented in a new brief, Teacher Attrition: A Costly Loss to the Nation and to the States, which examines the high price states could pay each year to recruit teachers to fill classroom vacancies. The brief can be found at

“The price of losing so many teachers, particularly so many who have just begun their teaching careers, is enormous in terms of dollars,” said Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and the former governor of West Virginia, “but it’s also costly in terms of the quality of education we provide our students. Teachers who stay in the classroom gain experience and their students benefit.”

Added Wise, “Certainly, we need to attract additional talented individuals to our teaching ranks, but we must also concentrate on keeping them there, by providing comprehensive support programs that help new teachers develop the practical skills they need for success and give veteran teachers opportunities to take on new challenges that will enhance their careers.”

The annual cost of teacher turnover was calculated by the Alliance for Excellent Education using data from the U.S. Department of Education, an analysis by Dr. Richard Ingersoll of the University of Pennsylvania for the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future, and statistics from the National Education Association.

The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington-based policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to make every child a graduate, prepared for postsecondary education and success in life. It is funded by the Leeds Family, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Daniels Fund, and the New York Community Trust, as well as by concerned individuals.

For more information about the Alliance for Excellent Education, please visit:

National Park Service expertise to aid Kam Wah Chung Museum

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and the National Park Service (NPS) will form a partnership to bring federal artifact curation expertise to the Kam Wah Chung & Company Museum in John Day, Oregon.

Kam Wah Chung, in the midst of a fundraising campaign managed by the Oregon State Parks Trust and chaired by Oregon’s First Lady Mary Oberst, recently received a $400,000 grant from the national Save America’s Treasures campaign. The campaign has raised $969,108 of its $1.5 million goal.

Under the agreement, NPS staff at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument’s new Thomas Condon Paleontology Center will work with OPRD staff, contractors and volunteers to train them on the appropriate ways to handle and work with Kam Wah Chung objects and archival material, and advise OPRD on the development of a curatorial database. Other NPS staff, from the Pacific West Region office and beyond, may also be involved as needed.

NPS Director Fran Mainella, who toured Kam Wah Chung Friday, August 12, 2005, lead a dedication of the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center in nearby Kimberly on Saturday, August 13, 2005.

For more information on the fundraising project, contact the Oregon State Parks Trust:

Oregon State Parks Trust
PO Box 581
Bend, Oregon 97709

Information on Kam Wah Chung is online at

Republican Round Up to take place August 20

BEND – The annual Deschutes County Republican Round Up will take place on Saturday, August 20 at Hooker Creek Ranch in Tumalo. The fun starts at 5:00 pm and will wind down around 9:00 pm. Former State Senator, and recent Region 10 Director of Health and Human Services in the Bush Administration, Bev Clarno will be the guest speaker and Lindy Gravelle will provide musical entertainment with many old favorites and some of her original compositions.

Tickets are $45 per person, or a table of 10 for $400.00. For more information call Jackie Ehlers at 383-7195 or visit the Deschutes County Republicans website at

“We are really excited about this year’s Round Up,” said Jackie Ehlers, Chair of the Round Up Committee. “Bev is a terrific speaker and a Deschutes County political icon and, as usual, there will be lots of good food and good company.”

With a membership comprised entirely of local volunteers, the Deschutes County Republican Party strives to be a party of inclusion and welcomes people of every political affiliation, age, gender, race and ethnicity. Deschutes County Republicans believe in individual freedom, dignity and responsibility; equal rights, justice and opportunity for all; encouraging free enterprise and individual initiative; lower taxes, limited government and government fiscal responsibility; and preserving our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom, democracy and respect for human rights throughout the world. For more information call (541) 385-0456 or visit

Alyce Hatch Center gets new board memeber

BEND – Ann Elkin, president of the board of directors of the Alyce Hatch Center, Inc., announced Friday that Jolene Cap has joined their board.

“We are excited to have Jolene join the Alyce Hatch board of directors. Her enthusiasm will be a valuable addition to our current board members,” said Elkin. “I am proud and honored to be a part of the Alyce Hatch Center board and the programs that are offered at the center to young children with developmental delays or disabilities,” noted Cap. “By joining the board, I will be able to support the Alyce Hatch Center beliefs and philosophy for their mission in Bend.”

Prior to moving to Bend Jolene Cap owned Business Telephone Exchange in Portland, Oregon. After taking a year off to enjoy life she joined United Communications as the Billing Supervisor and she is currently the Billing System Administrator.

In her spare time she enjoys pottery and golfing. She has served on the boards of other philanthropic, sports and home owners associations over the years and looks forward to working with the Alyce Hatch Center and Board of Directors.

Wells Fargo names Becky Wilde store manager in Bend

BEND – Wells Fargo has hired Becky Wilde of Bend to manage its banking store at 844 N.E. Third St. in Bend. In her new position, she directs the customer service, sales and community involvement efforts of the 11 team members there.

Wilde previously worked at Bank of America for almost 10 years as a personal banker and assistant store manager. She is a member of Sons and Daughters in Touch, a group that provides support to family members of those who died or remain missing as a result of the Vietnam War.

Founded in 1852, Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified financial services company with $428 billion in assets, providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer finance to more than 23 million customers from more than 6,000 stores and the internet ( across North America and elsewhere internationally. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. is the only “Aaa”- rated bank in the United States.

Free health screening offered in Bend

Will your child be ready for kindergarten? Do you ever wonder if your child’s vision, hearing and speech are okay? Your child’s health and development from birth through age five is key to your child’s success. That is why Healthy Beginnings brings together professionals in all areas of health and development to provide free community screenings for any child, age birth through five, who lives in Deschutes County.

Appointments are now being accepted for the September 9th screening in Bend.

Celebrating 11 years of focusing on children, Healthy Beginnings screens children in vision, hearing, speech and language, motor skills, cognitive development, health and safety, dental, behavior and nutrition. Information regarding literacy, car seat safety and emergency services are also available. Parents and children birth through five meet one on one with as many as 12 health and developmental professionals and families are welcome to attend whether or not they have health insurance. “This screening is perfect for every child even if they see a pediatrician on a regular schedule” explains Holly Remer, Program Director.

Healthy Beginnings’ goal is to assure parents that their children are developing appropriately or, if needed, to make referrals to early childhood development specialists and the medical community for in-depth evaluation and treatment. Parenting information and community resources are provided free as well.

Healthy Beginnings is a non-profit organization sponsored by a wide variety of generous organizations including the United Way of Deschutes County. Bend Community Action Team provides additional support for this screening. Healthy Beginnings is one of many programs offered through the support of the High Desert Education Service District.

Please call Healthy Beginnings on or before September 7th at 383-6357 to make your child’s appointment or to volunteer to help. Appointments are limited and the screenings fill up quickly. For more information, contact the Program Director, Holly Remer at 383-6357.