Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.



St. Charles Health Systems will host the Chamber-led Prineville Perk this Friday

This is the final week for businesses to contact the Central Oregonian to place an ad in this year's Prineville–Crook County Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory and Visitor's Guide. The deadline is Monday, March 2.

If you are currently a chamber member and would like to place an advertisement, please contact the Central Oregonian at 541-447-6205.

St. Charles Health Systems will host this week's Prineville Perk at 384 SE Combs Flat Road, in Prineville on Friday, Feb. 28 from 8 to 8:30 a.m. For more information on Prineville Perk, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541-447-6304.

The last day to ride Cascades East Transit for free will be this Saturday, Feb. 29.

The Crook County FFA Chapter and the Senior All Night Party Parent Committee will have a Donkey Basketball and Taco Feed this Saturday, Feb. 29. The taco feed will start at 5:30 p.m. and the game will begin at 7 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Crook County FFA Chapter and the Senior All Night Party.

The taco feed will be held in the CCHS commons and the basketball game will be held in the main gym.

The 2020 Prineville Paddy Pint Run will be held on Sunday, March 15. You can sign up for early registration and pick up the packet for the run at Ochoco Brewing Company on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14, from 4-7 p.m. Costumes are encouraged and awards are given at the post-event block party located in the downtown Prineville between Good Bike Co. and the Crook County Courthouse.

You can also register at

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The Crook County Library, 175 NW Meadow Lakes Drive, will be offering free AARP Tax-Aide services from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, March 7 and 21, and April 4 and 11. Appointments are made on a drop-in basis only, first-come, first-serve.

The Family Access Network (FAN) received a $2,500 grant from the BNSF Railway Foundation, which will be used to provide 25 students and their family members at Crook County High School with basic-need resources such as nourishing food, safe shelter, clothing, health care, school supplies, and much more.

During the 2018-19 school year, the two local FAN advocates in Crook County connected 602 children and families to essential resources, including 302 individuals to clothing, 352 students to school supplies and 215 families to food.

Mid Oregon Credit Union is sponsoring free admission to the High Desert Museum this Saturday, Feb. 29. The credit union's annual Free Family Saturday event gives local residents the opportunity to explore art, wildlife and living history right in Central Oregon's backyard.

Visitors can also learn about the role river otters play in the ecosystems of the High Desert in the Otter Encounter, an expert-led talk at the Autzen Otter Exhibit that will take place on the hour from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The well-known Spirit of the West and By Hand Through Memory exhibitions are available to explore, as well as a few limited-engagement exhibitions, such as Fueling the Future/Energizando el Futuro and Nature's Resilience. In addition, their newest exhibition, Infinite Moment: Burning Man on the Horizon, will be featured during the Feb. 29 Free Saturday.

"Free Family Saturdays is one of our signature community events every year," says Kyle Frick, Mid Oregon Credit Union's VP of Marketing. "Our team is always eager to open the doors and welcome the entire community to the museum to explore. No matter the weather, Free Family Saturdays brings all ages to spend the day together enjoying this treasured Central Oregon destination."

Located five minutes south from Bend on Highway 97, the High Desert Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Rimrock Café open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Silver Sage Trading open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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