Steve Hammond has recently moved back to Prineville and joined the staff at Whispering Pines Funeral Home

This past weekend, the community was invited to attend an exhibition performed by the CCHS Dance Team. The dance team performed some of their favorite dances from this year’s athletic events and showcased their dance that won fifth place at this year’s OSAA State Championships, Dance and Drill.

As you may be aware, prep athletics in our community rely heavily on fundraising and often the support from local businesses goes unrecognized. The Central Oregonian produces a "Good Luck at State" spread of pages for our qualifying CCHS programs, on which advertisers show their support. From the spread honoring the dance team, we were able to present the program with a $655 check last month. For the school year so far, we've donated $2,250 to programs reaching state.

I would like to recognize, and thank, those responsible for the "Good Luck at State" program. First and foremost, our advertiser/sponors (see sidebar). They make it all possible. Inside our walls, I'd like to thank Central Oregonian Sports Editor Lon Austin, for all his hard work going through the season photos and laying out the pages, creating the "Good Luck at State" package and capturing the season for the athletes; Patty McManus and Heidi Howard for contacting all of the businesses who continue to support our athletes so that the Central Oregonian can continue to donate the much-needed funds; and Pamplin Media Group for allowing us make the donation.

Again, thank you to the businesses and individuals who support our athletes. I know that the athletes appreciate it.

The Prineville Elks Lodge will be hosting a dinner and silent auction Saturday, April 19 at 6 p.m. to benefit the Class of 2014 Senior All Night Drug and Alcohol Free Party. They will be serving chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, vegetable, bread, and dessert.

Living Well Central Oregon will be holding Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshops in Prineville starting April 22, with workshops every Tuesday from 1:30 to 4 p.m., through May 27. If you, or someone you know, is living with health conditions that affects their daily life, consider the workshop program. You can receive Living Well class information, or register, by calling 541-322-7430, or visiting the Living Well Central Oregon website at HYPERLINK ""

The Third Annual Crooked River Roundup Kickoff Party and Queen Coronation & Auction will be held on Saturday, April 12 at the Carey Foster Hall, Crook County Fairgrounds. The 2014 Crooked River Roundup Queen Megen Hopper and Grand Marshal Pat McCabe are looking forward to meeting everyone. There will be a Silent & Live Auction held, all proceeds will go to support Megen's year of reign. This is a family friendly event and they hope to see many of you there! If you would like to donate an auction item, volunteer at this event, or RSVP, please contact Gari Jo at 541-280-7547 or Celeste at 541-771-3077.

Meadow Lakes has a new website up and operational. Check it out at HYPERLINK ""

Ready in time for your Mother’s Day gift giving. Younglife of Crook County is holding a summer camp fundraiser through May 5. Younglife members are pre-selling flower baskets. They will earn the entire price towards their summer camp fees. Pre-sold flower baskets will be available for pick-up at the Younglife building on Saturday, May 10. For more information or to pre-order a flower basket and support the local Younglife members contact Jake at 541-517-4130.

The "What’s Brewing?" weekly community forum will be held on Wednesday, April 9, from 7 to 8 a.m., at Meadow Lakes Restaurant. This week’s speaker will be Rep. Mike McLane, whose topic will be “Did the short legislation session serve the best interests of Crook County?” The community forum is free and open to the public, and breakfast is available for purchase.

Whispering Pines Funeral Home, located at 185 N.E. 4th St., has recently announced that Steve Hammond has joined their staff and is available to help families during the difficult time of a loved one passing. You can reach Steve at 541-416-9733.

For The Children is sponsoring a Healing Hearts Breakfast Fundraiser to kick off April’s Child Abuse Prevention month. You are invited to KIDS Center's Healing Hearts breakfast on Thursday, April 10, which benefits kids in Crook County. To RSVP go to The breakfast is free, however, attendees will be asked to make a donation in whatever amount is meaningful to them.

Then, on Tuesday, April 15, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The KIDS Center will be offering training to help parents and caregivers become aware of the dangers that exist online. Participants will walk away with tips on how to talk to children about using the Internet safely and steps families can take to better protect children. This will be held at Crooked River Elementary School's School-based Health Center, 757 N.E. 1st St. To reserve a seat please visit or call Terra at 541-350-8772.

The senior center is facing tough financial times that could threaten to close their doors if something doesn’t change. From July to December 2013, the Soroptimist International of Prineville Charitable Trust ended up more than $210,000 short of its $447,000 budget. You can help by donating to the Charitable Trust. A form to do so is located on page A4 of today’s Central Oregonian.

The senior center currently offers a variety of free classes, including beginning and intermediate line dancing and exercise, while offering a place to play pinochle and bridge.

Ultimately, the Soroptimists want the community to know that, despite its given name, people of any age can come to the center for lunch, and they are welcome to participate in the activities provided. For more information you can contact them at 541-447-6844.

Prineville Perk will be held at the Peak 7 Adventures on Friday, April 11. They are located at 3048 S.W. High Desert Dr., Suite Q. 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 to get assigned a Friday that is convenient for you. For more information on Prineville Perk, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541-447-6304.

Crook County Landfill will be holding a free yard debris day on Saturday, April 19 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm. For more information contact the landfill at 541-447-2398.

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