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Examining the messy path of building a career while staying home with the kids
The pandemic made working from home while caring for small children all too real for many parents. Growing a career alongside the kids is at times impossibly difficult, positively hilarious and just rewarding enough to keep anyone from walking out on the job.




Rosie Rides The River
Rosie Rides The River By Niki Rainwater, Illustrated by Taylor Blacklock Last summer, during the height of the pandemic, Bend resident Niki Rainwater stepped away from her job as a kindergarten teacher and turned her focus to a lifelong dream of writing a children's book.


Editor's Note

Building Community
As the frenzied days of summer wane, a welcomed hush settles over our bursting, bubbling town. With fewer visitors in the mountains and temperatures dropping a bit, fall is the perfect time to slip away and enjoy the outdoors with the family.

Editor's Note

Power To The People

Senate bill introduces mandatory civics class for all high school students
Abraham Lincoln once said, "The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next." Perhaps Oregon legislators were thinking of this quote when they signed a new bill last spring that will require high school students in Oregon to take one semester of dedicated civics education prior to graduation.


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Expert Q&A

What's for Lunch?

Simple Ideas to Keep Lunch Healthy, Interesting and Fun for Everyone
After months and months of home-based schooling and fractured in-class learning time, many families across Central Oregon are looking forward to this back-to-school season with more anticipation and excitement than ever. Along with gathering supplies and making sure there are shoes and clothes, the next question is, "What's for lunch?"



Fall happenings around Central Oregon
Tuesdays & Thursdays Mommy & Me: Breastfeeding Support Group


Fall Family Events Are Back!

Here's What Not to Miss
There is no better way to welcome fall with your crew than by attending Central Oregon's family-friendly happenings. With COVID restrictions finally lifted, we are seeing some of our favorite annual (and new) events show up on the region's calendar again.


Love Wins

Your Child Just Came Out as Non-Binary, Now What?
For many parents, the term "non-binary" is relatively new. Over the last handful of years, more and more celebrities like Janelle Monáe, Miley Cyrus and Ruby Rose have come out as identifying as something other than the gender they were assigned at birth (female), helping to shine a light on the non-binary experience and giving non-binary youths the courage to come out to their loved ones.


In Search of Color

Notes from a quick road trip to Ashland
It's a given that we all love Bend, and most of us have our favorite season here. Autumn has always been mine, but sometimes I miss being surrounded by the glorious multicolored leaves that are reminiscent of where I grew up.


Framework for Success

New superintendent brings passion for building community to the Bend-La Pine Schools
The Bend-La Pine Schools district board voted unanimously last January to hire Dr. Steve Cook as its newest superintendent. The former Coeur d'Alene, Idaho school superintendent has since hit the ground running, even before the position's official start date of July 1.

Nest Feature

Caldera High School Opens Doors for the 2021-22 School Year

Caldera High School, located in southeast Bend, is slated to open this fall to incoming ninth and tenth graders
It's been over two decades since the Bend-La Pine Schools district added a new high school to its ranks. This is the year and Caldera High School, located in southeast Bend, is slated to open this fall to incoming ninth and tenth graders.

Nest News

Doing Our Part

Central Oregon Businesses Support Zero-Waste Trends for a Brighter Future
ANew York woman named Lauren Singer once managed to fit four years' worth of trash into one 16-ounce mason jar. Although that ecological feat may seem utterly daunting, there are numerous ways to get started on a path to zero waste.


Meet Deb Schoen...

Bend Park & Recreation Board Member
Believing in the transformative power of a strong park and rec system, Deb is a devoted advocate of parks for all. After enjoying a lengthy and rewarding career in park and recreation, she remains involved with the National Recreation and Park Association.


Dream Big

Natasha Visnack, Local Female Junior Cyclist, accepted into the USA Cycling Olympic Development Academy
Natasha Visnack, local 17-year-old junior cyclocross competitor, has been accepted into the USA Cycling Olympic Development Academy (ODA) for cyclocross. The ODA is the best, most comprehensive cyclocross development program in North America for junior and U23 athletes.

Nest News

Preschool Pursuit

Finding the Best Fit for Your Family
Choosing the right preschool for your child is no small task. From navigating preschool philosophies to understanding curriculums to choosing the right class size, there is a lot to consider.






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