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January 2021

Dodge Diabetes

January 11 - 25

In Crook County, we believe there’s strength in numbers. If you’re at risk for developing diabetes, don’t fight it alone! Join us as we Band Together to Dodge Diabetes! This free program offers access to a tablet computer, wifi services, gift certificates for healthy food and other great resources. Meet and connect with neighbors in our community to fight pre-diabetes together. Do it for your family. Do it for yourself. Classes start on January 26th. Sign up with Crook County Health Department today and hurry,…

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Red Cross teams with NFL to urge blood and plasma donation during National Blood Donor Month

January 11 - 30

Give blood now and earn a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl LVI Those recovered from COVID-19 needed to tackle convalescent plasma shortage   Portland, Ore. (Jan. 5, 2021) – The American Red Cross and the National Football League are teaming up this January, during National Blood Donor Month, to urge individuals – especially those who have recovered from COVID-19 – to give blood and to help tackle the national convalescent plasma shortage. Right now, more donors are needed to…

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Virtual Tips and Strategies for Effective Charitable Giving

January 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join local experts Erin MacDonald, trusts and estates attorney for Karnopp Petersen LLP, and Julie Gregory, senior philanthropic advisor for Oregon Community Foundation, online to learn about innovative ways to structure your philanthropic giving to support the High Desert Museum and other charities during your lifetime or in your estate plan.

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Virtual Exclusive Members’ Exhibition Opening: “Dam It! Beavers and Us”

January 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Celebrate the opening of the new interdisciplinary exhibition Dam It! Beaver and Us. Artists who worked on the Dam It! public art project will share insights into their work. Award-winning riparian restoration coordinator Jefferson Jacobs from the Oregon Natural Desert Association will discuss local beaver-based restoration work and why it is increasingly valuable.

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Exhibition Opening: “Dam It! Beavers and Us”

January 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
High Desert Museum,
59800 S. Hwy. 97, Bend, OR United States

In the Pleistocene era, a mammal that was up to eight feet long and 220 pounds roamed what is now the High Desert and beyond. One incisor tooth excavated from Oregon’s South Yamhill River in 2017 measured three inches long. This massive creature, Castoroides ohioensis, was the giant beaver, ancestor of the modern North American beaver, Castor canadensis. The giant beaver went extinct 10,000 years ago, and the modern beaver is now the largest rodent on the continent. Despite being…

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Exhibition Closing: “The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon”

January 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
High Desert Museum,
59800 S. Hwy. 97, Bend, OR United States

Don’t miss you last chance to explore the work of Italian muralist Hitnes and The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon.

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February 2021

Virtual Natural History Pub: Coexistence with Beaver for a Resilient Future

February 1 @ 6:00 pm

Biologist Jakob Shockey, founder of Beaver State Wildlife Solutions and executive director and co-founder of The Beaver Coalition, will discuss beavers, their ecological role and the measures we can take to coexist with this industrious rodent. How can we leave the bullets and bait behind and work instead within the ecosystem for long-term, cost-effective solutions?

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Exhibition Opening: “Cosmic Microscapes: Seeing into Rocks from Oregon and Space”

February 13 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
High Desert Museum

This exhibition blends art and science to reveal the breathtaking beauty of meteorites—rocks from space! University of Washington geochemist and meteoricist Dr. Tony Irving and photographer Neil Buckland combined forces to create extreme macroscopic, panoramic photographs of meteorite slices just 30 microns thick. The mesmerizing result is large-scale, iridescent abstracts that resemble unearthly landscapes you can get lost in.

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Virtual Common Ground: Animals and Us

February 18 @ 6:40 pm

Animals influence human lives in myriad ways. How are we like, or different from, other species? Can we learn from them? Why do we treat some so differently from others? Participate in a curator-facilitated conversation about our relationship with animals large and small, wild and domestic. Share your own thoughts and experiences and hear from other community members.

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July 2021

Cascade Lakes Relay

July 30 - 31
Cascade Lakes,
1441 SW Chandler, Bend, OR United States

Registration is open! Oregon’s most challenging running relay course starts in the Cascade Mountains at Diamond Lake Resort, travels through the Oregon Outback and rural agricultural country, and winds back to the Cascade Lakes Highway, around Mt. Bachelor and into the resort community of Bend. You’ll see more cows than semi-trucks and smell pine trees instead of exhaust. If you are seeking an adventure where you can push your limits and rediscover your senses, then this is the event for…

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