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May at the Museum lecture series concludes Thursday with traveling folksinger and historian Hank Cramer

Robberson Ford is hosting its annual Peanut Butter Drive to Feed Kids, to stock Central Oregon Food Banks for the summer. Robberson Ford is teaming up with Ericksons Thriftway and collecting jars of peanut butter May 10 through June 3 to meet a growing need during the summer months to feed hungry children. The Peanut Butter Drive is part of Ford Focus on Child Hunger, a five-state campaign in the Pacific Northwest by Ford dealers to eliminate child hunger through support of community food banks.

The peanut butter drive is in response to the increased demand for this important staple during the summer months, when many children lose access to free or reduced school meal programs.

It is estimated nearly 13 million kids in the U.S. are facing hunger, and when school is out during the summer months, local food banks carry a larger responsibility to feed them. Peanut butter is a great food for kids due to its high protein content, but it is difficult for food banks to acquire adequate quantities.

During the drive, people can donate/purchase jars of peanut butter at Ericksons Thriftway and at Robberson Ford dealerships. Robberson Ford will be donating a jar of peanut butter for every oil change and one case of peanut butter for every vehicle purchase during the time frame.

"Being part of the communities in which we do business has always been and will always be part of who Robberson Ford is," said Jeff Robberson, president of Robberson Ford. "Having two incredible partners like Ericksons Thriftway really helps us put an incredible amount of peanut butter in NeighborImpact food banks."

Since 2014, the drive has collected 57,713 pounds of peanut butter.

The Prineville–Crook County Chamber of Commerce is seeking businesses to host an intern at their place of business. They will help businesses launch, revitalize, revamp or grow current internship programs in collaboration with local schools, including regional colleges, with great local student candidates to fill the internship positions.

For more information on the program, contact Kim Daniels, executive director, at 541-447-6304.

The Bowman Museum wraps up its May at the Museum Series this Thursday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. This week, Hank Cramer, traveling folksinger and historian, will tell stories and sing songs of the Oregon Trail with "Westward I go Free, Songs of the Oregon Trail." The series is free to attend and will be held in the Bowman Museum's Community Room. For more information, call 541-447-3715.

Meadow Lakes Golf Course is now on its summer hours of 7 a.m. to dusk for the remainder of the summer.

Junior Golf sign-ups are now open. The first junior clinic will begin on June 25 at 9 a.m. The program will run every Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m., for four consecutive weeks. For more information on the junior golf program, call 541-447-7113.

At press time, the location for Prineville Perk had not been announced. Check the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce website for updated information.

Mountain Girl Designs will be hosting Business After Hours with a Grand Reopening on Thursday, May 23 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 235 NW Third St.

Crook County Booster Club will host 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.

Organizers 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 to learn more about the event, 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 at 129 NW Fourth St. or the Central Oregonian at 558 N. Main St. in Prineville.

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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