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Deadline to purchase Veterans Pavers from Band of Brothers members is April 11

This week, Prineville Perk will be hosted by MountainStar Family Relief Nursery, as part of April's National Child Abuse Prevention Month, on Friday, April 5 from 8 to 8:30 a.m. at the 430 NW Fourth St. For more information on Prineville Perk, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541-447-6304.

There are only a few days left to support Band of Brothers members, who 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, 2019. 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.

Kids Intervention and Diagnostic Service Center (KIDS Center) and MountainStar Family Relief Nursery kicked off the Blue Ribbon Campaign on April 1. The Blue Ribbon Campaign coincides with April's National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The Blue Ribbon Campaign began in 1989 as an awareness movement when one woman tied a blue ribbon on her car antenna to symbolize her grandson's bruises after he died at the hands of his mother's abusive partner. The Blue Ribbon Campaign has grown to include educating individuals and groups on how to better protect children, as well as their community, from child abuse. As part of their 2019 Blue Ribbon Campaign, they ask all community members to "Speak Up and Save a Child," taking an active role in keeping kids safe across Central Oregon.

This year, KIDS Center and MountainStar are proud to award four community organizations as 2019 Prevention Partners of the Year. Each organization has dedicated valuable resources and time to learn how to better protect children and prevent child abuse in Central Oregon. Please join them in honoring the following organizations: Advantage Dental in Madras, Facebook in Prineville, Healthy Beginnings and PacificSource in Bend. Congratulations for your outstanding work in preventing child abuse!

Almost 50,000 blue ribbons, along with educational materials and posters, will be distributed throughout the community in April. People are encouraged to wear a blue ribbon to show support for the awareness and prevention of child abuse.

Several special events are scheduled for the month of April and are outlined below. For more information about the Blue Ribbon Campaign, child abuse prevention, and other events in April, visit kidscenter.org or mtstar.org/april.

April National Child Abuse Prevention Month community events 2019

Prineville Perk

Friday, April 5, 8-8:30 a.m. at MountainStar Prineville, 430 NW Fourth St.

Join the MountainStar Prineville team for coffee and light refreshments. Tour the therapeutic classroom and hear about MountainStar's efforts to strengthen families and keep kids safe in Crook County. Join MountainStar and find out how to get involved.

Free movie event

Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. The Pine Theater Prineville

Movie: "Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse"

Children and their caregivers are invited to this free movie event hosted by For the Children, Crook County's child abuse prevention team. Attendees will receive information on local child abuse prevention resources and tools. Please call 541-788-5556 for more information.

SafetyNet: Smart Cyber Choices Internet Safety Training

KIDS Center is now offering SafetyNet: Smart Cyber Choices, an internet safety training developed by the San Diego Police Foundation and the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. This training instructs on how technology can be used in a safe, positive, and ethical manner while providing the tools needed to safely manage online lives for both adults and children. This training is available as an adult presentation and can be presented to elementary, middle and high school students through assemblies, classroom specific presentations, or private group trainings.

Prineville, Monday, April 29, 5:30-7 p.m. at Crook County Library

Let's Talk About It

This training is designed to provide parents and caregivers information about the difference between healthy, developmentally appropriate body exploration, and inappropriate and unsafe behavior that can cause harm to self and others. Ideal for adults or caregivers with children ages 0-12 years old. Participants learn how to start the conversation about sexual abuse, body safety and how to appropriately respond to behaviors in children.

Prineville, Tuesday, April 30, 5-7 p.m. at Crook County Library

Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children

Adults receive tools for recognizing the signs of sexual abuse and responding to suspicions. They also learn simple ways to minimize opportunities for abuse in organizations and in our community. More than 11,500 adults have been trained in Central Oregon over the last 12 years. Sign up at kidscenter.org

Prineville, Friday, April 12, 5-8 p.m. at Crook County Library (English)

Prineville, Thursday, April 18, 5-8 p.m., at Crook County Library (Spanish)

MountainStar Tours

Take a tour to learn what it takes to prevent child abuse and neglect in Central Oregon. See how MountainStar decreases the risk of abuse in families by 70 percent in just six months after joining its program. Learn about what ACE's are and why MountainStar focuses on babies and toddlers. To learn more or donate, visit mtstar.org. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up for a tour. (RSVP is required).

Prineville, Wednesday, April 10, 4-5 p.m.

Prineville, Wednesday, April 24, 4-5 p.m.

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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