May at the Museum this Thursday, May 9 to feature 'Sand, Snakes and Silver Wings: Women Pilots of WWII'

Children from four families in Prineville are resting easier after Rosendin Electric teamed up with the national non-profit organization Sleep in Heavenly Peace to build bunk beds. On Saturday, April 13, more than 30 employees from Rosendin's Prineville office opened the doors of their newly-renovated prefabrication building — formerly the bowling alley — to sand, drill, stain and assemble 10 beds that would be donated to local underprivileged families.

"One of Rosendin's core values is We Care," expressed Gwen Carr, Rosendin business development manager in Prineville. "Giving back to the communities where we work and live is important to us, and this is just one example of how our employees do just that."

Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a 501c (3) non-profit organization with 170 chapters across the United States. They estimate that 1.5 to 2 million children in America sleep on the floor each night. In 2018, 14,780 volunteers helped the organization build 4,144 bunk beds for children. In 2019, the organization anticipates building more than 10,000 beds and helping more than 20,000 children sleep comfortably.

"Sleep in Heavenly Peace is truly an amazing movement," says Susie Brown, chapter president for Sleep in Heavenly Peace. "Humans helping humans! We are always excited to have community members who want to be involved in our projects as we run solely off donations and volunteers."

The Bowman Museum's May at the Museum Series continues this Thursday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. They invite you to come listen to master storyteller Rebecca Hom tell about incredible women pilots with "Sand, Snakes and Silver Wings: Women Pilots of WWII." The series lectures are free to attend and will be held in the Bowman Museum's Community Room. For more information, call 541-447-3715.

This week, Prineville Perk will be hosted by Prineville Lions Club on Friday, May 10 from 8 to 8:30 a.m. at 4585 Airport Way. For more information on Prineville Perk, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541-447-6304.

Business After Hours will be held at Prineville Insurance, 297 NW Third St., this Thursday, May 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Stinger Transport recently purchased Transtech Carriers in Bend, adding their trucking business in Prineville. They now have 13 trucks and 28 trailers, employing 11 full-time and two part-time drivers. This has allowed them to add East Coast routes, while still maintaining their West Coast routes.

They recently received the Platinum Safety Award from their insurance carrier. They have been awarded four consecutive years in a row for safe performance.

Most recently, they were awarded a third-place safety award from the Oregon Trucking Association in their division of a million miles or less per year. Owner Ron Cholin is quick to add that he only accepts the awards on his employee's behalf, that they are the ones that earn them. Stinger Transport can be contacted at 541-447-3085.

Saving Grace is seeking creative kids in Crook County for the Festival Coloring Contest.

Calling all creative kids! We can't wait for this summer's annual Balloons Over Bend events, and the Children's Festival returns to Riverbend Park in Bend on Friday, July 26.

They are looking for children between the ages of 5 and 12 to enter their creative, original full-color drawings no later than Friday, May 17. Children who submit a drawing will have a chance to win a family pack pass to the event.

Coloring contest guidelines:

Child must create an original, full-color drawing (8 inches wide by 10 inches high, portrait).

Drawing must include: balloons, families and the phrase "benefiting Saving Grace."

Art needs to be submitted no later than Friday, May 17 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (by midnight) or deliver to their office by 3 p.m. at 1004 NW Milwaukee Ave., Suite 100 in Bend.

For more information, contact Ryan Stillwater, development director, at 541-382-9227 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Carriage Place, an Enlivant community, is holding a special event in the month of May. In an effort to give Prineville area seniors a true taste of life at the assisted living residence, area residents are invited to take a tour of the community and will leave with a pie.

"We want to give prospective residents and their families the opportunity to 'Taste and Tour' at our vibrant community," said Executive Director Claudine Walker, "We look forward to sharing all that Carriage Place has to offer – from our chef's favorite recipes to the beautiful surroundings that our residents call home."

To RSVP, contact Brenda Spevak at 541-416-0500 to set up a time in the month of May to tour the community located at 150 S. Williamson Drive in Prineville. It is open to seniors and their guests and is free of charge.

Rogue Real Estate, with consultant Carey Brown, will be hosting a doTERRA "Make-n-Take" essential oil blends for spring evening on Wednesday, May 15 at 5:30 p.m. There is a cost for the spray or roller bottle, but all other supplies and oils will be provided. Light snacks and beverages will also be provided. For more information, contact Marcia Hilber at 541-312-3641.

Crook County Booster Club will be hosting the Athlete of the Year Dinner, presented by Rosendin Electric and generous support from the business community of Prineville. This year's nominees are: Elijah Becker, Hunter Bishop, Marlen Ceja Prado, Noah Chaney, Mario Hansen, Gracie Kasberger, Shane Kessi, Dominic Langley, Kalyn Martinez, Caleb Parrott, Berkley Puckett, Jason Slawter and Faith Wagner.

They are looking for table sponsors for the event that will be held on June 1 at Ochoco Creek Park, under a tent and behind the pool. If you would like to sponsor a table or for more information on the event, simply contact Booster Club Treasurer Bryan Iverson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Booster Club President, Jason Carr at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tickets for the event are available at Foundry 4 Coffee + Whiskey, 129 NW Fourth St., or the Central Oregonian, 558 N. Main St. in Prineville.

Don't forget! The National Association of Letter Carriers will conduct its 27th Annual National Food Drive on Saturday, May 11.

Prineville residents may simply leave their donation of non-perishable goods next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail on Saturday, May 11. Letter carriers in Prineville will collect these food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes.

The collected food will be distribute to St. Vincent de Paul, local church pantries and Redemption House, where the food will be redistributed to Crook County families and individuals in need through partner food pantries. Reminder: leave only non-perishable items for your letter carrier to pick up.

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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