Human trafficking topic at 'What's Brewing?' this Wednesday, March 15

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Dairy Queen of Prineville will host its annual Free Cone Day on Monday, March 20 during normal operating hours of business. Dairy Queen asks that all customers who pick up their free small vanilla soft-serve cone make a donation to the Children's Miracle Net-work, although it is not a requirement to get your free cone. Limit of one cone per person. Dairy Queen is located at 600 NW Third St.

The 2017 Prineville Paddy Pint Run 5k Run and 1 mile walk/fun run, presented by Ochoco Dental, will be held March 17 starting at 5:30 p.m. The Paddy Pint Run is a fundraiser for Tooth Taxi and Crook County Foundation. Last year, the Tooth Taxi provided $29,000 in dental services right here in Crook County.

"Last year we had over 350 runners, and we are hoping to have close to 500 this year with the new route and new finish line," said Tony Ramos, race organizer. "With the luck of the Irish on our side, 2017 will be our largest race yet."

The race begins at Good Bike Co. in Prineville, heads up Third Street to Sons of Beer, back down Third Street, ultimately finishing on Fourth Street in front of Windermere Real Estate. There are multiple categories of winners. Costumes are encouraged, and there will also be prizes for all age groups.

The finish line party will have music, beer, food, kids activities and Jamison Whisky tastings. Even if you do not run, you are welcome to join in at the finish line fun from 5 to 7 p.m. Packet Pick-up and pre-race registration is at the Ochoco Brewery in downtown Prineville on Thursday, March 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Race Day, Friday, March 17 from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

For race information, contact Tony Ramos at 541-279-1502. For finish line information, contact Sheena York at 541-815-5626.

"What's Brewing?" will be held from 7 to 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 15 at Meadow Lakes Restaurant, 300 SW Meadow Lakes Drive. This week, join Nita Belles, author, speaker and anti-human trafficking crusader to discuss this hard-to-detect crime. Learn how to recognize this crime amidst seemingly everyday occurrences. Link arms to end this modern day slavery. You might save a life! Human trafficking is modern day slavery and the reality is, it's happening in Central Oregon. In fact, there are more slaves today than ever in the history of the United States.

Prineville Perk will be hosted by Parr Lumber on Friday, March 17 from 8 to 8:30 a.m. The Perk will be held at 601 N. Main St. For more information on Prineville Perk, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541-447-6304.

Edward Jones, Darrel Wisseman will host an open house to introduce two branch office administrators who recently joined his team, Tammie Dalton and Rhea Cardwell. The open house will be held on St. Patrick's Day, Friday, March 17, from 3 to 6 p.m. At the event, they will also share their plans with the attendees on an upcoming remodel of their office. The Crook County High School culinary team will provide refreshments. For more information, contact them at 541-447-7013.

The Central Oregon Health Council is seeking applicants for volunteer board member positions. Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 31 at 5 p.m.

The COHC works to improve the health of Central Oregonians by improving health outcomes, reducing cost and increasing satisfaction. It is the governing body for PacificSource Community Solutions, the region's Coordinated Care Organization.

The board meets on the second Thursday of each month from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at rotating venues that include Bend, La Pine, Madras, Prineville and Redmond (lunch is provided). Applicants are invited to submit their application form, which includes a letter of interest and resume, describing their background and interest in the Central Oregon Health Council to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or P.O. Box 6689, Bend, OR 97708.

The Central Oregon Health Council application can be obtained at For more information, please call Central Oregon Health Council Executive Director Donna Mills at 541-306-3523.

The Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce board and staff are committed to developing business and commerce in our local community.

The chamber is entering the 2017 election process with three positions to fill on the Board of Directors. The incoming board members would serve a three-year term that would begin July 1 of this year and end on June 30, 2020.

If you are a chamber member and would like to explore the possibility of filling one of the positions available, contact the chamber at 541-447-6304.

The Center Foundation will conduct ImPACT Concussion Baseline testing for children ages 11 through 17 years who have not already received the baseline in the past two years. Group testing will be on the following date and times: Monday, March 27 at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Please call to schedule an appointment with Lauri Bonn at 541-322-2321. Baseline tests are held at The Center, 2200 NE Neff Road in Bend.

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: [email protected]

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