Warm Springs Prevention and other local programs are coordinating a Shitike Creek Cleanup for next Monday January 21st. That day isn’t only Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it’s also a national day of service. The Tribal Organization is open that day, however, many schools and businesses are closed as it is a federal holiday. Congress designated the federal holiday as a national day of service in 1994. It’s the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service. It was meant as a way to honor the slain civil rights leader’s legacy. If you are interested in taking part in the local MLK Day of Service community cleanup, meet at the skate park in Elmer Quinn Park next Monday, the cleanup is scheduled for 10am to 4pm – rain, snow or shine!
Senator Ron Wyden will hold town halls starting this week in 12 counties throughout Oregon. Heading into these 12 town halls between Jan. 18-26, Wyden has held 920 town halls statewide overall since promising Oregonians that he would hold at least one annual town hall in each of the state’s 36 counties. His Wasco County town hall will be January 22nd at the Dufur School at 10am. Crook County’s Town Hall will be January 25 at 6pm at Crook County High School and his Jefferson County town hall is on Saturday January 26 at 11am at the Performing Arts Center – he will appear later that day in Bend.
The Madras White Buffalo Boys lost a home game on Friday 75-65 to Valley Catholic. Byron Patt led the Buffs with 24 points. The Madras girls beat Valley Catholic 58-51. League play starts Wednesday this week – with both teams playing at Corbett High School – the girls at 6:00 and boys at 7:30. And, then the boys are home on Friday, taking on North Marion. The girls and boys freshman and JV basketball teams are in action today. Their games are at 5:30 and 7pm at Crook County High School.
Each winter, Caldera’s Artists in Residence Program welcomes creative individuals and collaborations to spend up to a month to focus on their creative practice, work with young people from Caldera’s Youth Program, and connect with Central Oregonians through art and conversation at monthly Open Studios. The first cohort of artists arrived on January 4 at the Caldera Arts Center near Sisters. These artists hail from as close as Warm Springs and as far as New York City. They are working on a wide variety of projects including novels, screenplays, performance art, video, illustration, and sculpture. These projects and others will be shared at the first Open Studios on January 26. Jefferson Greene from Warm Springs is one of the artists in residence.