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Mid Oregon Credit Union offering a workshop on Medicare this Thursday, April 11

This week, Prineville Perk will be hosted by Crook County Library on Friday, April 12 from 8 to 8:30 a.m. at 175 NW Meadow Lakes Drive. For more information on Prineville Perk, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541-447-6304.

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Crook County will reopen a food pantry at a new location on Tuesday, April 16. They are located at 1201 NE Elm St. in Prineville, next to the Lutheran Community Services Northwest Resource Center entrance. Hours are 1 to 3:30 p.m. each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. They also offer social services.

Mid Oregon Credit Union encourages the community to stop by a branch and "Adopt-A-Bear" from April 1 through April 19 in support of Healthy Beginnings, helping ensure that every preschooler in Central Oregon is healthy and prepared to enter kindergarten ready to learn.

Community residents can "Adopt-A-Bear" at any Mid Oregon Credit Union location through April 19 or by calling 541-382-1795. For information about child screenings, go to www.MyHB.org.

The Blue Ribbon Campaign continues and coincides with April's National Child Abuse Prevention Month, with special events during the month.

This week, Pine Theater will hold a free movie event on Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m., showing "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.

Take a tour on Wednesday, April 10 from 4 to 5 p.m. 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).

On Friday, April 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Crook County Library, there will be a Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children training, where adults will 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.

Mid Oregon Credit Union invites the community to its free financial workshop, Understanding the ABCs (and Ds) of Medicare. The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, April 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Mid Oregon's East Bend Conference Room. Seating is limited, so please call 541-382-1795 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your seat. A light dinner will be available.

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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