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For the Thrill of it

Mt. Bachelor Morphs into Downhill Bike Park
Kids who love to charge hard will be excited to know that Mt. Bachelor transforms from ski resort to mountain bike mecca come June 12, which is their expected opening date. With extended hours this year, from 10am until 7pm, the mountain bike park offers entry-level and intermediate riders ample areas to refine new downhill skills.

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2021 Summer Camps

Summer fun for kids with Central Oregon style
Abstract in Motion Camp


Editor's Note

It's Summer!
Recently, I traveled across the country to visit my parents - the first time I had seen them in well over a year. What a sweet sensation to hug them again and feel secure that our time away from each other was over.

Editor's Note

ASK A Health Expert Q&A

Caroline Skidmore, M.S. CCC-SLP - Owner of Skidmore Speech and Language Services
Q My child is not yet talking. How do I know if they are a"late talker" or if they need speech-language therapy?

Expert Q&A


Summer happenings around Central Oregon
Mondays Online: Fantasy Ballet


Finding The Root Cause

United Way of Central Oregon secures funding for families in need
We've all heard about how COVID has upended the lives of people all over the country, whether it be through job loss, financial difficulties or many other negative consequences. But what is easy to forget or overlook is that even before COVID, thousands of families in Central Oregon were already struggling.


River Raiders

Local trio retrieves lost items while cleaning up the Deschutes
There's nothing quite like floating the Deschutes River in the summertime. Whether traveling by kayak, canoe, paddleboard or inner tube, Bendites love to wind their way down the glorious river come late May. Floating the Deschutes is arguably the city's primary pastime, and according to the Old Mill District website, there are "an estimated 250,000 boaters, paddlers, floaters and swimmers using the Deschutes River every year."


Summer Is Here

Get Grilling for the Health of it. 
Who doesn't love a barbeque? Firing up the grill in the early evening, watching the kids play outside, anticipating a delicious meal that doesn't heat up the house can only be a win-win for everyone.


Rescue Mission

Freedom for Great Apes provides sanctuary for chimpanzees in need
Parents everywhere are familiar with this chaotic scene: Emma is playing with a favorite toy, when Jackson decides he wants to play with it too. He bops her on the head with a stick, distracting her just long enough to snatch the coveted item, and she shrieks in rage.

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Basket Case

Disc golf is easy fun for all Central Oregon families
If you head over to Pine Nursery or Rockridge Park this summer, you might spot a group of friends or families cheering every time they manage to toss a small plastic disc into a big metal basket mounted on a pole. "BLACK ACE!" one might shout, if the player landed a totally crazy shot in an unintended basket.


Play Date Etiquette

Navigating COVID & kids in these uncertain times
In 2020, your kids spent months isolated away from their friends with only siblings and parents around for entertainment. If your family had a learning or friend "pod," perhaps they knew one or two peers who were allowed to socialize with them on occasion.



Recommended by Paige Bentley-Flannery Community Librarian at Deschutes Public Library
Twins by Varian Johnson illustrated by Shannon Wright


Things I've Learned

Meet Bend City Councilor, Megan Perkins
Megan ran for City Council during the pandemic with three kids and a husband who works in healthcare. That level of pure ridiculousness should tell you a lot about her.


Pride of Central Oregon

Central Cascade Wilderness Permits required to protect over-loved areas
Iconic mountain peaks, serene lakes and alpine meadows are a huge draw to the Central Oregon area and provide the perfect backdrop for family backpacking trips and outings. Each summer, visitors from around the world have enjoyed free access to trails in the Mount Jefferson, Mount Washington and Three Sisters Wilderness areas.

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Mountain Star Turns 20!

Executive Director departs at the end of summer
This year MountainStar Family Relief Nursery celebrates 20 years of providing effective, relationship-based services for vulnerable young children and their families. Staff work hard to keep young children safe, strengthen families and help parents to be successful in five Central Oregon communities - Bend, Madras, Prineville, La Pine and Redmond.

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Best of the Nest 2021

We present to you the 2021 Best of the Nest winners
We heard your voice! Thank you sincerely for showing up in record numbers to cast your votes.

Best of the Nest





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