>In other news, Cellular Connection will be donating 60,000 backpacks full of school supplies
This past weekend, my husband Dan and his classmates held their 40-year class reunion.
   The reason that I mention this is because at the Saturday night dinner at Meadow Lakes Restaurant, Melody Gibson asked that everyone donate what they could, so that the class of 1973 could go down in history and get their class on Prineville's Walk of Fame in front of the Pine Theater. She was able to encourage them by saying, “We all remember the Pine Theater.” By some of the laughter and giggles in the room, I am pretty sure that many in attendance had their first kiss in the balcony while they were supposed to be watching a movie.
   The deadline to help raise money for the theater to make upgrades in order to go digital is Wednesday, July 31. The class of 1973 donated enough money to purchase two horseshoes. If you would like to and are able to donate to this cause, you can contact Oniko and Ali Mehrabi at the Pine Theater at 541-416-1014 or visit their website at
   This week’s entertainment for the Crook County Foundation’s Picnic in the Park will be Todd Haaby, flamenco guitar. Todd will perform on Wednesday, July 31, at Pioneer Park from 6 to 8 p.m.
   The Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center Business After Hours will be held at the Chamber of Commerce at 785 N.W. Third St., on Thursday, Aug. 1, from 5:50 to 7:30 p.m., featuring Countryfied at this Chamber Block Party. For more information, contact the Chamber at 541-447-6304.
   There will not be a Prineville Perk on Aug. 2. For more information on Prineville Perk, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541-447-6304.
   The Cellular Connection, a Verizon Wireless retailer has joined efforts with its customers and announced that they will be donating 60,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children through its School Rocks Backpack Giveaway initiative.
   More than 400 participating TCC stores across the U.S. are inviting local families to bring their children to the store between noon and 2 p.m., on Aug. 3, to pick up a backpack filled with pencils, paper, a pencil box, folders, glue, and more. Backpacks will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. The participating store in Prineville is located at 1565 N.E. Third St., #A. Each participating TCC store will donate between 100 and 150 backpacks. Any leftover backpacks will be donated to local schools.
   Prineville residents have also joined the cause. Since the beginning of May, TCC customers have been given the option to round their purchases up to the nearest dollar with the difference going directly toward the School Rocks Backpack Giveaway.
   Mid Oregon Credit Union has recently re-elected officials to their Supervisory Committee. Incumbents Larry Gettle and Bob Tovey were reappointed by Mid Oregon’s Board of Directors for a three-year term on the Supervisory Committee, and the Supervisory Committee elected Bob Tovey as the new Committee Chairman. Mid Oregon’s Board of Directors sets the Credit Union’s strategic direction and policies, and the Supervisory Committee oversees the audit function for the Credit Union. Because credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, Mid Oregon’s Board and Supervisory Committee members serve voluntarily.
   Members of the Committee include Bob Tovey of Bend, Chuck Mattox of Bend, Royce Chadwick of Prineville, Darrel Coleman of Bend, and Larry Gettle of Bend.
   Craft3 will hold an open house Thursday, Aug. 1, to celebrate its new Bend office that will serve the Central Oregon region (Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson counties). Craft3 is a non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) lender with a mission to strengthen economic, ecological, and family resilience in Pacific Northwest communities.
   The open house will be from 3 to 6 p.m. in Craft3’s new office space, located at 917 N.W. Harriman St. Craft3 will provide refreshments. The open house is free and open to the public.
   “This event offers an opportunity for the Central Oregon community to learn more about Craft3,” Senior Business Lender Turner Waskom said. “The Open House is a great way to hear what Craft3 has to offer, ask questions, and meet our team, partners, and clients.”
   Craft3 has invested more than $257 million in Pacific Northwest communities. It provides loans to businesses that create family wage jobs, and non-profits that provide essential services to their communities, municipalities, and tribal governments for community facilities and economic development efforts.
   Learn more about Craft3’s loan products and how it helps entrepreneurs, non-profits, individuals, and others who do not normally have access to financing. Businesses are encouraged to visit for more information.
   Housing Works, the leading affordable housing provider serving Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties, has secured new, federally-funded vouchers to help homeless veterans obtain quality housing.
   The new vouchers will provide rental assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program for homeless veterans who participate in case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and local outreach centers.
   “These VASH vouchers will improve lives in the most fundamental way — providing safe, clean, permanent, and affordable housing for homeless veterans,” said LaPoint. “Our goal is to help our nation’s service men and women and their dependents recover the dignity of having a place to call home.”
   For more information, contact LaPoint at 541-323-7419.
   This column was written by the Central Oregonian’s general manager Teresa Tooley. If you have something that you would like to have included in the Central Oregonian’s business briefs, e-mail it to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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