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For the Thrill of it

Mt. Bachelor Morphs into Downhill Bike Park
Kids who love to charge hard will be excited to know that Mt. Bachelor transforms from ski resort to mountain bike mecca come June 12, which is their expected opening date. With extended hours this year, from 10am until 7pm, the mountain bike park offers entry-level and intermediate riders ample areas to refine new downhill skills.

Pride of Central Oregon

Central Cascade Wilderness Permits required to protect over-loved areas
Iconic mountain peaks, serene lakes and alpine meadows are a huge draw to the Central Oregon area and provide the perfect backdrop for family backpacking trips and outings. Each summer, visitors from around the world have enjoyed free access to trails in the Mount Jefferson, Mount Washington and Three Sisters Wilderness areas.

Mountain Star Turns 20!

Executive Director departs at the end of summer
This year MountainStar Family Relief Nursery celebrates 20 years of providing effective, relationship-based services for vulnerable young children and their families. Staff work hard to keep young children safe, strengthen families and help parents to be successful in five Central Oregon communities - Bend, Madras, Prineville, La Pine and Redmond.

Student Artists Earn Top Scholastic Honors

12 students earn Gold Key awards
Student artists in Bend-La Pine Schools were recently recognized by the Central Oregon Scholastic Art Awards program for their artwork, taking home numerous awards, including 12 Gold Keys—the organization's highest honor. This year, 14 middle and high schools throughout Central Oregon participated in the awards competition with 82 students in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties earning a total of 194 awards, including 21 Gold Keys.

Dental Care for all Central Oregon Children

Mosaic Medical Announces Creation of "Kemple Children's Dental Fund"
Mosaic Medical, a community health center with 15 clinics across Central Oregon, is proud and grateful to continue the vision of the late Dr. H.M. Kemple with the creation of the Kemple Children's Dental Fund. The fund has been established with a generous gift of $81,000 from the Kemple Memorial Children's Dental Clinic, which closed its doors last year after more than 20 years of service to our community.

The Next Best Thing

Bend-La Pine Schools Offers New Streaming Option for Athletic Competitions
Although local high school athletes are back at it, doing what they do best, fans and supporters will have to resort to the next best thing to being there: virtual cheering and online streaming of sporting events. The Bend-La Pine Schools District is launching a new free subscription service to allow families and community members the ability to watch select high school athletic teams from their homes during the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. 

Bend-La Pine Schools Names New Superintendent

New superintendent will take the reins starting this July
Bend-La Pine Schools' new superintendent will take the reins starting this July, replacing Interim Superintendent Lora Nordquist. Cook is currently the superintendent for the Coeur d'Alene School District in Idaho and served in various leadership roles, including acting superintendent, for the Douglas County School District in Colorado prior to that.

Free-Roam VR Unleashed

Zero Latency Comes to Bend
Families with teens looking for something exciting to do will want to check out Zero Latency, the new VR arena, which recently opened in Wagner Mall, where Nature's used to be. I recently had the pleasure of testing out the VR arena and the experience was incredible!

Nest News

A Perfect Fit, Capturing that Distance Learning Moment & Waldorf School of Bend remains open during the pandemic
A Perfect Fit "Masks for Children Project" donates 15,000 masks

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