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Meet the candidates for Crook County Fire Board on Tuesday, April 23 at Crooked River Brewing from 6-9 p.m.

This week, Prineville Perk will be hosted by Painted Hills Custom Leather with Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce on Friday, April 26 from 8 to 8:30 a.m. at the Crook County Fairgrounds Grizzly Mountain Pavilion, 1280 S. Main St. Perk will kick off the Prineville Leather Show, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information on Prineville Perk, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541-447-6304.

The Crook County Firefighter – IAFF Local 5115 is hosting a Meet the Candidates event at Crooked River Brewing, 420 N. Main St. on Tuesday, April 23 at from 6 to 9 p.m. Meet and get to know the two Crook Country Fire and Rescue Board candidates. Beth Mitchell is running for Position #3, and Gary Abrams is running for Position #5.

Beginning Sept. 5, Redmond Municipal Airport will welcome new operating air carrier Sun Country Airlines, adding two seasonal weekly nonstop flights to Las Vegas via McCarran International Airport.

The new Las Vegas flights will become the region's only direct commercial routes to Las Vegas.

Running from Sept. 5 through Dec. 15, the weekly Sun Country flights to Las Vegas will depart from RDM on Thursdays and Sundays at 2:55 p.m., arriving LAS at 4:40 p.m. The return flights will depart from LAS on Thursdays and Sundays at 12:05 p.m., arriving RDM at 1:55 p.m.

The Blue Ribbon Campaign wraps up in the next week with April's National Child Abuse Prevention Month with special events during the month.

MountainStar Tours on Wednesday, April 24, 4-5 p.m. 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).

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

Let's Talk About It on Tuesday, April 30, 5-7 p.m. at Crook County Library. This raining 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.

Crook County On The Move and Crook County Parks and Recreation District will hold their last session on "creating an age-friendly community." Please see the ad on page A2 for more information and the date and time of the last session.

The Family Access Network (FAN) Foundation held their 13th annual luncheon fundraiser in Bend on April 12 at Ensworth Elementary School. The event, which hosted 240 guests, raised nearly $100,000 for FAN through sponsorships, individual donations and a donor match. Graciously provided by the ARIA Foundation, this match encouraged guests to join the "FAN Club" with automatic monthly donations. As a result, the number of monthly donors to FAN doubled for the second year in a row. FAN is honored to announce that the luncheon title sponsor, Hoodoo Ski Area, is committing to their $10,000 sponsorship for the next five years. Every luncheon sponsorship plays an essential role in making this event possible. The funds raised provide access to FAN services for children and families throughout Deschutes and Crook counties.

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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