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Merci Suárez Plays It Cool Written by Meg Medina Are you ready for middle school?

Thifty Threads

Heading back to school without breaking the bank
Getting ready to send the kids back to school is no small job. There’s the mental preparation as well as the hunter/gatherer work to be done for school supplies and new clothes to fit tiny tykes who shot up over the summer months.

Easy Dinners for busy fall schedules

What’s for dinner doesn’t have to be hours in the making
Once daily routines fall back into place after summer activities, moving dinnertime back indoors, away from picnics and barbeques, can feel overwhelming. Here are some ideas to make suppertime simpler, more easygoing and of course, family-oriented.

Refreshing Summertime Dessert Made Easy

Turn juicy fruits into icy frozen granitas with little effort
Gather the family and a fork and get ready to make a summertime dessert that’ s sure to become a favorite! Ok, you’ll also need a blender, a cake pan and some fruit to make a delicious, icy granita, but that’s about all.

Family Sojourning

Simple packing tips for stress-free travel
You’ve been looking forward to that summer family vacation for months now and, finally , the date is just around the corner. Ah...what to bring?

Summer Camps Directory

Use this list of summer camps to book your kids' summer adventures
Ah, summertime! Here in Central Oregon, there is never a shortage of places to go, rivers to paddle, trails to explore and concerts to attend.


Recommended reads from Paige Bentley-Flannery, Deschutes County Community Librarian
Big and Small and In-Between Written by Carter Higgins

It's All About the Kids

Learning the ropes at the Bend Boxing Club
South of Reed Market Road, on American Loop, sits a slice of Bend not many people visit. As I drove down the gravel street, I thought I had made a wrong turn and double-checked the address, but then suddenly noticed an area teeming with life.

Hidden Gems

Lesser-known museums to explore in Central Oregon
As spring draws near, what better time to emerge from hibernation for an educational trip to a museum? Museums can spark curiosity, encourage creativity and critical thinking  and broaden children’s worldview about history, culture, science and art.

Street Dog Hero

Helps local Central Oregon families through rescue, adoption, spay/neuter, wellness and the Junior Heroes program
It was just before dawn when Street Dog Hero’s partners and volunteers set out on a snowy drive from Bend to Warm Springs. This December day was weeks in the making, with coordination amongst Street Dog Hero, Fences for Fido, Humane Society of Central Oregon, volunteer veterinarians and medical staff, as well as the families living in Warm Springs.





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