Deschutes Public Library Completes Facilities Capital Plan

As the Deschutes Public Library approaches its 100th birthday, it’s board and staff completed a Facilities Capital Plan after two years of intensive study and outreach to more than 1,600 stakeholders and community members throughout Deschutes County. The plan outlines a vision for future library spaces and services needed to meet the demands of the 21st century and to keep pace with Deschutes County’s rapid population growth. The Deschutes Public Library District currently serves more than 180,000 Deschutes County residents through libraries in Bend, La Pine, Redmond, Sisters and Sunriver. Aspects of the Facilities Capital Plan are hands-on children discovery centers; flexible paces for innovation and collaboration such as creative/maker activities, tutoring assistance, business meetings and other gatherings; expansion of digital and physical library collections with easier browsability; performance space for cultural programs to serve Deschutes County; and technology hubs and training centers. According to Library Director Todd Dunkelberg, the next steps are to work with architects and the community to consider future building development and partnerships. Dunkelberg says, “We are eager to begin.”

Simply Well, MD Opens to Optimize Health and Longevity

Board-certified internist Dr. Jeff Davis recently opened Simply Well, MD, a medical clinic with a focus on preventing and reversing chronic illness. His practice uses modern technology to better identify your risk of developing vascular disease, cancer, and dementia. “I help people age better and live longer by guiding my patients to optimize their habits, including improving their nutrition, fitness, stress-relief and sleep,” Dr. Davis says.  He wants you to feel your best, so that you can be your best.


J Bar J Boys Ranch to House Vocational Program

J Bar J Boys Ranch, a nonprofit residential program for youth in the juvenile justice system, broke ground in December on a building to house their vocational training program. The Rotary Club of Greater Bend committed $75,000 to the project and multiple local businesses donated time and money
toward the design and build out. The vocational program will begin by teaching building trade areas such as carpentry and woodworking, then expand to computer technology in the future. Goals of the program are to give students training in areas that will allow them to get a job upon completion of the program and reduce the likelihood of them re-offending while also helping build a local workforce, says Peggy Carey, strategic initiative director for J Bar J. “Kids need healthy mentors to look up to, coaches to direct them, teachers to instruct them and community members to role model, employ them, and help them grow from kids to adults, says Carey. “The vocational training
program will encompass all of these elements…It’s a win any way you look at this program.” 

Seven Peaks School Seeks International Program for Primary Grades

Seven Peaks School (SPS), a K-8 private school in Bend, was accepted as a candidate for International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme. International Baccalaureate (IB), based in Switzerland, is a worldwide educational program of rigorous coursework similar to honors or Advanced Placement classes. According to IB, only 17 schools in Oregon have the primary program, for ages three to 12. If accredited, the program would be the first for Central Oregon elementary students and would link to the SPS middle school IB program that has been in place since 2013.