Free Haircuts for Those In Need

Simply Divine Studio owner Amber Meadows has wanted to help the community since opening at the east side Bend location nearly a year ago. However, Meadows wasn’t sure how to get started until she says she received the sign she’d been looking for.

Meadows partnered with local non-profits, including the community shower truck and Shepherd’s House to provide free haircuts and showers to those in need in the community including veterans, the homeless and families.

After handing out fliers to local shelters and churches to let people know the event would take place they closed down the studio Monday and set up shop outside.

Thanks to community donors, they were also able to put together over 60 care packages and nearly 100 sandwiches to give away for lunch.

The Simply Divine Studio team is donating all of their leftover care packages and meals from today to local shelters and those in need. Meadows said they’re looking at holding the event again in the future near downtown Bend.

Oishi Fundraiser Moves Forward Despite Theft

Since 2013 the Oishi Japanese Restaurant in Redmond has hosted a fundraiser for a local child in need. This year’s recipient in Payton. Payton’s condition has caused curved joints, two club feet, no fluid in his joints as well as two dislocated hips. Since he was born he’s had nine corrective surgeries but that hasn’t stopped from being just like any other adventurous 6th grader.

When he’s not shredding in the skatepark, Payton spends his time giving back to the hospital that has taken care of him for most of his life, Shriner’s Hospital in Portland.

Since Payton spends so much time raising money for Shriner’s Oishi decided to help raise money for something special for Payton, a new wheelchair.

However, the fundraiser is off to a rocky start. In addition to donating all of proceeds from the day’s sales to Payton, the restaurant is also holding a silent auction to raise money. On Thursday an item meant for the silent auction went missing.

A necklace with an Oregon sunstone gem in a white gold setting on an 18 inch white gold chain was stolen. The necklace’s retail value was $165 and the bidding was up to $100 when it disappeared from the Redmond restaurant.

In the wake of the theft the community has rallied together and several donors have send in $300 to help offset the loss of the item.

Anyone with information about the stolen necklace can contact the Redmond Police Department.

The fundraiser will push on and is scheduled to take place at the Oishi Japanese Restaurant in Redmond, Thursday July 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Oregon Rescue Challenge Offers Horses a Second Chance

After months and, in some cases, year of abuse and abandonment, some Central Oregon horses are getting a second chance at a better life thanks to the Oregon Rescue Challenge.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan went to visit two of the horses competing in this years event.

Lullaby and Cody were rescued from a property in La Pine in 2013 and were taken to live art the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Rescue Ranch south east of Bend. The two have lived at the ranch for the past five years.

However four months ago Lullaby and Cody were given a new bridle on life when they were introduced to trainers Jessica Abatie and Alissa Gordon who helped them get ready to compete in this year’s Oregon Rescue Challenge.

The Rescue Challenge brings together horses from multiple equine rescues to have them compete in a two day show case and, hopefully, get adopted.

Cody and Lullaby are two of 15 horses competing in several different events over the weekend. The Oregon Rescue Challenge continues Saturday, June 30, at the Brasada Ranch in Powell Butte. Horses will be available for adopted after the competition ends, around 4:30 p.m.

Source on the Scene: 4 Peaks Music Festival

It’s summer in Central Oregon and with plenty of sun forecasted for the weekend, some are already out and enjoying the weather at the 4 Peaks Music Festival at Stevenson Ranch.

The festival kicked off Thursday afternoon and runs through the weekend with plenty of music and activities for locals and visitors of all ages.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom checked in on festival goers to see how they were enjoying the annual summer music event.

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Memorial Day in Bend

Since the Civil War more than 6,000 Oregonians have fought and died during war time. Those fallen veterans were honored today at Central Oregon’s largest Memorial Day ceremony at Dechutes Memorial Chapel and Gardens.

Central Oregon Daily’s Warren Shultz take us around Bend to see how residents are remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.


Avryn Attends A Fundraiser After Being Released from the Hospital

Community members and local businesses have rallied around Avryn Hayes, the 10-year-old injured in a horrific car wreck in Bend. Today, after being released from the children’s hospital in Portland two weeks early, Avryn was able to attend Monday’s fundraiser at The Backyard

Avryn is up and walking thanks to a pin in his leg but will need on going physical and speach therapy in order to make a full recovery. That’s on top of an estimated $200,000 in medical expenses for Avryn’s transportation to the hospital and medical care.

#AvrynStrong Fundraisers Held in Bend

Fundraisers were held all around town to support, Avryn, a boy from Bend injured in a car wreck.

The Bend community came out-in-force on Saturday to support a 10-year-old boy who is still recovering from an horrific accident on the parkway. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan joins us with a look at how much money was raised at the events.

10-year-old Avryn Hayes, a local Bend boy who was involved in a head-on collision on the parkway on April 19th, is on his way to recovery at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. The family is facing medical bills, including $69,000 in air flight charges that is not covered by insurance.

As soon as the accident happened the community rallied around Avryn and his family, holding fundraisers at several local businesses around town in order to help with the families medical bills, including Dutch Bros, Longboard Louies East and Black Rock Coffee. One of the first businesses to jump on helping out Avryn and his family was Buckwild Sports


Bend Community Steps Up to Help Injured Bend Boy on His Long Road to Recovery

Two weeks after a horrific car accident nearly killed 10-year-old Avryn Hayes, the Bend community is stepping up to help his family as Avryn begins his long road to recovery. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at fundraisers scheduled for this weekend.

The “Swing for Avryn” softball tournament, hosted by Buckwild Sports and BendBroadband, will take place on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., while “Fish for Avryn,” hosted by the Central Oregon Fishing Report, will begin at noon on Saturday. Both events will be held at Pine Nursery Park.

10 Barrel Brewing Company will also be holding a fundraiser for Avryn from open to close on Saturday.

Avryn’s mother, Asheley, also wanted to thank everyone for their prayers and encourage the ongoing support as Avryn continues on his long road to recovery.

NeighborImpact Food Drive Challenge Winner

A local nonprofit challenged students at four local high schools to gather as much food as possible for the Second Annual NeighborImpact Food Drive Challenge. On Wednesday night, they announced the winners on Central Oregon Daily.

Anyssa Bohanan joined us from the Pine Tavern with the announcement and La Pine High School won $2,000.