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Tour for Life will visit the Humane Society of the Ochocos Thrift Store, located on Murphy Court on Saturday

Are we really going to let Baker City beat us? Keep your online voting for the Moda Assist Program coming. Please remember to vote every day. At press time, Prineville is behind Baker City by 13,140 with 30,821 votes, Baker City had 43,961 votes, and Independence at 12,734 votes. You can support one of our own local park projects by voting online through March 20 at trailblazers.com/assists.

Oregon Feats of Strength will be held at the Crook County Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This week, Prineville Perk will be hosted by Crook County Parks and Recreation on Friday, March 15 from 8 to 8:30 a.m. at the old Ochoco Elementary Gym, located at 495 NW Locust Ave. For more information on Prineville Perk, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541-447-6304.

Business After Hours will be held this Thursday, March 14, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. It will be hosted by Relay for Life and held at Robberson Ford of Prineville, located at 2289 NE Third St.

Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held at the Crook County Library this Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration is open for the 2019 Prineville Paddy Pint Run. The event will be held this Sunday, March 17 at 3 p.m. Register at runsignup.com/Race/OR/Prineville/PrinevillePaddyPintRun.

The Band of Brothers members are selling Veterans Pavers for placement at the Veterans Memorial at the Crook County Fairgrounds. The deadline to purchase for this year is April 11. They are $35 each with three lines of information. For more information, contact Dan Swearingen at 541-480-3533 or Charlie Hupp at 541-390-2175.

As part of Cascades East Transit's (CET) 2040 Transit Master Plan, six community open house events will be held throughout Central Oregon in March. This second round of open houses will be to collect input from residents to help prioritize near-term transit expansion projects. Information about CET's 2040 Transit Master Plan can be found at www.CETTransitPlan.com.

To request information and open house materials in an alternative format or in a different language, please contact Rachel Zakem at 541-504-3310 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. five days prior to the meeting date.

The open house for Prineville is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, March 19 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Crook County Fire and Rescue, located at 500 NE Belknap St. in Prine-ville.

North Shore Animal League America will be hitting the road for the Tour For Life and visiting Prineville and the Humane Society of the Ochocos this Saturday, March 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will be at the Humane Society of the Ochocos Thrift Store, located at 1495 Murphy Court in Prineville.

For over 40 years, the Building a Better Central Oregon Awards (BBCO) have celebrated the great contributions of businesses and residents in Deschutes, Jefferson, Harney and Crook counties to enhance their community with outstanding new or renovated residential, commercial or industrial buildings. Nominations come from the individuals, community organizations and businesses. A committee of Central Oregon Association of Realtors (COAR) members select and tour the final winners based on the following criteria: Property must be within Crook, Deschutes, Harney or Jefferson counties; must have been completed within the last two years; have significant impact on, or enhancement to the community, some examples are (local economic impact, neighborhood improvement, community improvement, neighborhood/community beautification, unique design and/or unique use of materials); can be new construction and/or renovation/restoration such as, but not limited to, commercial construction: office, retail, industrial, multi-family, etc., community projects or community art.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Oct. 16 at Tetherow Resort. COAR is currently accepting nominations for BBCO awards through April 15. For a nomination form, North Shore visit www.coar.com or contact COAR at 541-382-6027 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lutheran Community Services received $2,000 in grant funds from the Pacific Power Foundation to expand the LCS Substance Use Disorder Program and support Crook County residents in their treatment and recovery. The LCS Substance Use Disorder team is made of clinicians, case managers and recovery mentors who provide persons with addiction individual and group counseling, peer support and advocacy, Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) for opioid abuse and DUII diversion programs. In 2018, LCS provided services to 155 individuals with addictions.

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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