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Seeds of Comfort

A group that uses gardening for healing
The creation of Comfort Seeds, a group that uses gardening for healing, is a tale full of heartwarming hope and inspiration. When asked about her experience with Comfort Seeds, founder Katie Diez replied, "I never imagined such a positive reaction."

Make Your Kitchen a Creative Hub

Get everyone involved in fun activities
As spring slowly emerges over the high desert, getting outside is certainly something to look forward to. Yet, there are still days and times when we're stuck indoors.

It Truly Takes a Village

COPY steps in for families facing parental incarceration
Imagine growing up as a child with a parent behind bars. You receive no goodbye morning hugs, no nightly bedtime stories and no special birthdays with them by your side.

The High Desert Calls

Local students invited to submit entries to the Waterston Student Essay Competition
From memoirs to poetry, the rugged natural beauty and stark landscapes of the Oregon High Desert have been inspiring writers for centuries. Now, our unique environment is inspiring young writers to explore their creativity as part of the 2021 Waterston Student Essay Competition, hosted by the High Desert Museum.

Back to Basics

Social trends towards simplicity spark interest in all-natural, eco-friendly children's products
Organic, all-natural, eco-friendly children's products and toys are all the rage these days, with many parents seeking healthier options for their youngsters that are also better for the environment. In a place like Central Oregon, where the wild beauty of nature meets a spirit of local artisanship, this trend is particularly on point.

Buy Nothing. Give Freely. Share Creatively

Buy Nothing Bend Facebook groups gain momentum during pandemic
Did you know that there is a hyper-local gift economy where parents across Bend are actively creating community? Buy Nothing Bend North and South are Facebook groups with just under a combined 2000 members who strive to buy nothing, give freely and share creatively.

The Perfect Match

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon continues mentorship program amidst pandemic
Think back to when you were a kid. Was there an influential adult in your life to whom you weren't related?

Overnight Breakfast Bake: Chilaquiles

Could there be a more "parent-friendly" dish than an overnight bake? Assemble in the evening and effortlessly enjoy in the morning!

Bookshelf

Recommended by Paige Bentley-Flannery Community Librarian at Deschutes Public Library
Ice! Poems About Polar Life

Fun (and a Little Messy) Valentine's Day Craft

Nothing quite says "I LOVE YOU" like a hand-made heart-shaped card covered in gorgeous, swirly, vibrant, marble colors!
Nothing quite says "I LOVE YOU" like a hand-made heart-shaped card covered in gorgeous, swirly, vibrant, marble colors!

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