Pacific Amateur Golf Classic returns Sept 21-26

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Entering its 17th year of competition, the Lithia Pacific Amateur Golf Classic is the longest running net-amateur tournament of its kind in the west.

With over 600 golfers competing on the finest golf courses in Central Oregon, the “PacAm” provides a professional golf tournament experience for the average golfer.

Earth Day Fair and Parade, today in downtown Bend

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The Environmental Center will celebrate Earth Day by hosting its annual Earth Day Fair and Parade today.  The annual community event, now in its 24th year, is a celebration of sustainable living that will include live music, local food, activities and games for children, non-profit organizations and green businesses.

The fair will be held on Kansas Avenue in front of The Environmental Center at 16 NW Kansas Avenue in downtown Bend from 11:00am to 3:00pm.  This is a free event.

The 14th annual Earth Day Parade will once again kick off the fair with a festive parade where children and adults participate dressed in a costume of their favorite species or representation of the natural world.  There are three parade rules: no written words, no motorized vehicles and no live pets. Costume and drumming workshops will be held in preparation for the parade.  The complete workshop schedule can be found at www.envirocenter.org.

The parade will be held in downtown Bend with staging at 10:30am on Louisiana Avenue next to McMenamins.  The parade will begin at 11:00am, winding through downtown Bend and ending at the Earth Day Fair on Kansas Avenue.

For more information call 541-385-6908 x 15 or visit www.envirocenter.org.

‘Let’s Pull Together’ Weed Pull Events Planned

The Deschutes County Weed Advisory Board and the “Let’s Pull Together” (LPT) event organizers are gearing up for noxious weed pull events that begin Saturday, June 9 and continue through June 15. during Noxious Weed Awareness Week. The week’s weed pull events help to educate in preserving Central Oregon’s ecosystem from non-native noxious weeds.

Noxious weeds are non-native invasive species which threaten our ecosystem. They not only crowd out native plants, but they starve wildlife, use water and create allergens. Noxious weeds also provide significant amounts of ladder fuel which during wildfires, can radically change the speed and fury at which wildfires burn.

Let’s Pull Together is a family-friendly countywide noxious weed-pulling event held around Deschutes County. All residents are welcome to attend one of the events held in Bend, La Pine, Redmond and Sisters; to help rid the area of noxious weeds. Grab your kids, your friends, your neighbors and meet us at the weed pull.

After the weeds pull events, all volunteers are welcome to feast at the complimentary volunteer appreciation lunch, which are held in every participating community. Festivities include entertainment and great prizes.

In past years, the region’s weed pull events have been among the best attended of all the community service projects throughout the Deschutes County. So, get your neighbors and…“Let’s Pull Together.”

For more information about LPT locations and how to participate, please visit the “Let’s Pull Together” event Web site at www.letspulltogether.com or call (541) 610-3309.

For assistance and information about noxious weeds, please visit the Deschutes County web site at www.deschutes.org/weeds or contact Deschutes County Vegetation Manager/Forester Ed Keith at (541) 322-7117.

Healthy Beginnings Brings Its Kid Inspections to La Pine

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La Pine, Oregon— Are you wondering if your child’s development is on track? Will their smile last a lifetime and can they hear and see okay? Health and development from birth through age five is critical to your child’s success in school and in life. Healthy Beginnings can help you answer these questions and more, at no cost to families and there are no eligibility requirements for this free service. On Friday, April 26th Healthy Beginnings will bring one of its Screening Clinics (or 12 point kid inspections, as we like to call them), to La Pine.

Attending one of these screening clinics provides each child with nearly $3,000 worth of services at no cost to the family. Different from a pediatric visit, every child receives one-on-one assessments in areas not covered during a well child exam.

Don’t miss this opportunity, appointments are still being accepted for April 26th in La Pine.

During April, and in recognition of Week of the Young Child, Healthy Beginnings is extending a special invitation to community members to tour a screening. Call the office at 541-383-6357 and ask for Anna Marie to schedule a tour.

Healthy Beginnings screens young children in hearing, speech and language, motor skills, cognitive development, vision, health and safety, dental, behavior and nutrition. Access to professionals and trained volunteers in all these core areas are available at the time of the screening. Parents and children birth through five meet one on one with as many as 12 health and development professionals and families are welcome to attend whether or not they have health insurance. Referrals are made as indicated with community resources and connections provided to families at the time of the screening.

Healthy Beginnings, a unique program available only in Central Oregon, works to assure parents that their children are developing appropriately or if needed, the program makes referrals for in-depth evaluation and treatment. Parenting information and community resources are provided free as well. Every family attending a Healthy Beginnings screening receives extensive information on the heath and development of their child.

The program will also be providing families with support in the application and renewal process for Healthy Kids Health Insurance, a state wide initiative. This project is for families with uninsured children – whether they are working or not AND for families struggling with finding insurance options for their kids. OHP has expanded the income guidelines, meaning more children will be covered without cost to the family AND many others will have the option to purchase coverage at a reduced cost – a huge benefit for working parents struggling to provide health insurance for their children.

Healthy Beginnings is one of many programs offered through the support of the High Desert Education Service District. Additional support for this screening is provided by United Way of Deschutes County. Additional support is provided by the Sunriver Women’s Club and MidState Electric. Please visit our website at www.myhb.org for a full listing of screening dates and cities as well as detailed information about our program, volunteer, and donation opportunities. Community links to additional services can also be found on our website.

Call on or before Thursday, April 25th at 541.383.6357 or visit our website to make your child’s appointment or to volunteer to help. Appointments are limited so please call today.

Bend Spring Festival: Tony Smiley, Redwood Son and Keegan Smith

TODAY. (Sunday) on The Peak 104.1 Mainstage… Tony Smiley, Redwood Son and @Keegan Smith. Come down to NorthWest Crossing and enjoy these great musicians, shop the artisans and crafters, visit the conscious living showcase, check out the kid’s stage and activities, browse the amazing chalk art, sample some great food, wine, and microbrews, take a tour on an electric bike with Let it Ride… it’s all here.

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Ashton Eaton Field coming to Mountain View High

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Bend La Pine School Board voted unanimously tonight to name Mountain View High’s track after graduate and Olympic gold medalist, Ashton Eaton.

MVHS Principal Katie Legace said, “Ashton has not forgotten his hometown and his roots and has continued to find ways to give back to his community.

His high school athletic achievements were significant on the football field and track at MVHS. However, teachers remember him more for his character, attitude, and citizenship than his athletic prowess.

I believe this is an appropriate way of recognizing one of our great graduates.”

Mirror Pond Survey Results

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Q1 Where do you live?

14.92% – Old Bend Neighborhood
17.63% – River West Neighborhood
53.90% – Other Bend Neighborhood
13.56% – I don’t live in Bend

Q2 Did you vote in the general election in November?

Yes – 88.14%
No – 11.86%

Q3 Please tell us which option below best describes how often you visit Mirror Pond or one of the adjacent park:

Never – 1.42%
A few times a year – 20.21%
About once a month – 20.92%
2 or 3 times a month – 22.70%
About once a week – 16.31%
2 or 3 times a week – 11.35%
Daily – 7.09%

Q4 Please tell us how you interact with Mirror Pond:

Floating – 42.86%
Boating – 30.83%
Stand Up Paddle – 14.29%
Swimming – 6.39%
Fishing – 5.64%
Nature watching – 68.80%
Scenic background for park activities – 81.20%

Q5 What do you think should happen with Mirror Pond?

62.26% – The dam should be removed and the river returned to its natural channel.
35.47% – The dam should be retained and a solution found for the sedimentation problem.
2.26% – The dam should be retained and the pond should be allowed to turn into a wetland.

Q6 If the dam is retained, which of these would you like to see?

50.19% – The pond dredged and its shape kept the same as it is now
26.24% – Change the shape of the river channel and pond, creating rapids.
14.45% – Let the pond fill in and turn to wetlands.
47.53% – Add fish passage and fish screens to the dam.
38.40% – Add people passage or river play area to dam.

Q7 If the dam is removed, what would you like to see happen to the land no longer submerged under Mirror Pond?

12.31% – It remain in the hands of its current owners. (McKay family?, etc.)
15.77% – It becomes the property of the adjacent land owners, maintaining their river frontage.
71.92% – It becomes public property and remains in public use.

Q8 Which would you prefer?

44.32% – Mirror Pond to retain its current charm and iconic stature.
55.68% – Boat or float the Deschutes River from above the Bill Healy Bridge to below the First Street Rapids.