Outdoor School to hold fundraiser this Friday


Oregon Historical Society to showcase a trunk full of treasures at this weeks Whats Brewing?

We have all had those times when we think life is not fair when it comes to our own lives. Other times we think that about others in their rough spots in life and it makes us see things differently and possibly be grateful for what we have or even have gone through and survived. The last couple of years have been rough on several of my friends and their families and those times have made me appreciate their friendship, their strength, and the community support shown to them during these times. These times remind me that, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

Last week, a young mother of a week-old son started a journey of fighting her own battle due to an unforeseeable complication after giving birth. That young mother is Lisa Lowenstein. She and her mother, Karen, both work at Ericksons Thriftway and you may have seen her many times while shopping in the past several years. She is supposed to be at home right now, enjoying the newness and miracle of motherhood, instead she is in the hospital trying to rebuild her health. “Sometimes, life is not fair.”

A friend of Lisa’s has started a fundraising page at www.gofundme.com and is hoping to raise $5,000 to help with medical and other expenses associated with her stay in the hospital. I think the generous community of Prineville can do better than that and far exceed the goal amount. All you have to do is go to www.gofundme.com and in the search engine type in 97754. From there you will see a post for Lisa Lowenstein, Cody, and Baby Hadley. All you have to do is click on Lisa’s link and from there you will go to a secure site for donations.

Our community has the opportunity to give a little, help a lot, and give Lisa and her family hope and courage to know that sometimes life may not be fair, but as a community we are here to be supportive and encouraging.

Did you know that Bend area Habitat for Humanity serves Crook County as well as Bend? They also accept not only monetary donations but also donations of materials and services. Valuable donations include construction materials, services, tools, appliances and furniture and much more! To find out how you can partner with them, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.bendhabitat.org.

Prineville Perk will be held at JD Crafton TRF on Friday, March 14. They are located at 396 N.E. Elm St. For more information on Prineville Perk, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541-447-6304. The Chamber is looking for businesses to hold the weekly gathering at. If you would like to have active chamber members come to your business, have coffee, and learn what your business has to offer the community, give Kandice a call and get assigned a Friday that is convenient for you.

The "What’s Brewing?" weekly community forum will be held on Wednesday, March 12 from 7 to 8 a.m., at Meadow Lakes Restaurant. This week’s speaker will be Kerry Tymchuk, executive director of the Oregon Historical Society. Kerry will bring a trunk filled with Oregon’s iconic treasures and artifacts. He will take you through a walk of Oregon’s history. The community forum is free and open to the public, and breakfast is available for purchase.

The Crook County Middle School will be holding an Outdoor School fundraiser this Friday, March 14 during their annual Science Fair from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Plan on walking through the science fair that will be held in the small gym and stopping by the cafeteria for a hot dog and support the sixth-graders who will be attending Outdoor School this spring. For more information, or to make a donation to the Outdoor School program, call 541-447-6283.

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..