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Q My parenting books say to put my baby down in their crib when they are "drowsy but still awake," but whenever I try, he just cries. What am I doing wrong?

Expert Q&A



Recommended by Paige Bentley-Flannery, Community Librarian at Deschutes Public Library
I Like the Snow by Sarah Nelson, illustrated by Rachel Oldfield


Editor's Note

Moving into holiday mode, let's remember how far we've come over the course of a year and be thankful. Last year, if you remember, the fear of COVID-19 prevented families from gathering in Oregon, but this year, most are gearing up for the holidays and the return of traditions.

Editor's Note

Hockey Ace

Local teen credits Bend Bullets program for launching her to the next level
Whether on or off the rink, local teen hockey players are demonstrating not only exceptional athletic ability, but also a commitment to personal growth and character development. One local organization helping young people with these goals is the Bend Bullets, whose name is an acronym for "Better Understanding Life Lessons and Expectations Through Sports."

Kids In Action


Mondays, Thursday-Sundays


Traditions & Festivals

Bring Home Holiday Traditions & Festivals from Around World
As soon as the season shifts, families across Central Oregon turn their attention to the upcoming holidays—Thanksgiving and Christmas in particular. While both holidays are beloved by many, there is a multitude of lesser-known vibrant celebrations that take place around the world during the colder months.


Close to the Heart

A Holiday Celebration of Local Artisans
This season, Bend Nest has a present for you! We've been searching near and far for the finest holiday gifts on offer this season.

Nest Feature

Music Therapy

Where Words Fail, Music Speaks
Dr. Debasish Mridha once said that "music can heal the wounds that medicine can't touch." If this is true, then music therapy can provide the healing balm to soothe a troubled soul.


A Good Kind of Fire

Backyard bonfires stoke comfort and creativity
Before modern civilization became inundated with distractions like television, internet and ways to fill the time, there was fire. Long after humanity, there will be fire.


Taking A Toll

Parental Compassion Fatigue: Coping with kids and COVID
Parenting through over a year of COVID shutdowns, quarantines and ever-changing restrictions was challenging for most parents. It meant extended stretches of time in intense parenting mode broken only by switching into teacher mode and sometimes counselor mode to help soothe children's fears and anxieties.


Bridge Meadows Opens Doors in Redmond

Adoptive families and elders will begin to move into their new homes in November
Based in Portland, Oregon, Bridge Meadows is an intergenerational community that provides housing and alternatives to foster care. The newly opened Redmond location is its third such development in Oregon, after the two established in the Portland area.

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Food Is Love

This holiday season, celebrate stress-free meals!
The holidays are a treasured time of gathering and appreciation for family and friends, often surrounded by food. In every culture and tradition, food is used to show love, feed a hungry soul or give thanks to how far we have come.


Child Care Needs Alleviated for COCC and OSU-Cascades Students

Child care has been a need in Central Oregon for quite some time
A $242,700 federal grant recently awarded to Central Oregon Community College will provide funding over four years to alleviate child care costs for low-income students. The funds will also help launch the Bend-based Little Kits Early Learning & Child Care Center at Oregon State University-Cascades, a year-round program with an integrated teacher-training component.

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Senior Moments

Central Oregon's Council on Aging helps bridge the generation gap
"Inter-generational interaction is the best gift we can give, to the young and to the old." That's the advice of Central Oregon's Council on Aging communications director Denise Labuda for anyone looking for a way to reach out this holiday season.


"Central Oregon Gives" to Raise $1 Million in 2021

The non-profit that raises the most money will receive a $15,000 additional gift from an anonymous donor
The Source Weekly and Central Oregon Gives are campaigning to raise $1 million for 90 area non-profits by the end of the year. This ambitious goal builds on the successes of recent years, with $500,000 raised in 2019 and $700,000 raised in 2020.

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