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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.

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.

"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.

Caldera High School Opens Doors for the 2021-22 School Year

Caldera High School, located in southeast Bend, is slated to open this fall to incoming ninth and tenth graders
It's been over two decades since the Bend-La Pine Schools district added a new high school to its ranks. This is the year and Caldera High School, located in southeast Bend, is slated to open this fall to incoming ninth and tenth graders.

Dream Big

Natasha Visnack, Local Female Junior Cyclist, accepted into the USA Cycling Olympic Development Academy
Natasha Visnack, local 17-year-old junior cyclocross competitor, has been accepted into the USA Cycling Olympic Development Academy (ODA) for cyclocross. The ODA is the best, most comprehensive cyclocross development program in North America for junior and U23 athletes.

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.

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