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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 The Nugget Newspaper, Sisters, Oregon
By Sue Stafford
• The long, cold winter
has caused closure of the
Village Green Park rest-
rooms. Moisture collection,
which has created freez-
ing and expansion problems
in the concrete around the
building, has prevented the
outside doors from opening.
Several remedies will elimi-
nate this problem and will be
undertaken when the weather
improves. Installing gutters
on the building could redirect
water away from the building,
reducing the amount of mois-
ture in the ground. Replacing
the current concrete with
heated sidewalks will elimi-
nate the ice buildup and the
need for shoveling.
• Recruitment materials
are out for the city manager
position in Sisters. Jensen
Strategies of Portland, who
are conducting the recruit-
ment process, will review
applications beginning March
24, and conduct preliminary
phone interviews with quali-
fied candidates the week of
A committee of the mayor,
one other city councilor, one
designated department head,
See CITY on page 24
Science Fair will explore
the world of physics
By Bunny Thompson
The word physics origi-
nates from the Ancient Greek
word phusicke meaning “the
science of nature.”
Physics is the science that
deals with matter, energy,
motion and force. It’s a fun-
damental scientific disci-
pline that is also the basis for
space and time and helps us to
understand how the universe
works. If you’ve ever mar-
veled at stars in the night sky,
admired the functional beauty
of a great bridge, or watched
a helium-filled balloon rise,
then you’ve experienced the
This year the Sisters
Science Fair, set for noon to 4
p.m. on Saturday, March 18 at
Sisters High School, is featur-
ing “The World of Physics.”
The very loud and always
exciting Ping-Pong Cannon
is returning this year, shoot-
ing ping-pong balls through a
tube at amazing speeds. This
demo will be in the long hall-
way just outside of the phys-
ics room. Inside the physics
room you’ll find The World of
See SCIENCE on page 28
PHOTO BY CEILI CORNELIUS
Laura Curtis and Slater Smith are giving back to the program that helped launch their music careers.
Americana alumni return to teach
By Ceili Cornelius
The Americana Song
Academy for Youth is a week-
end where students learn from
professional musicians and
instructors about anything and
everything to do with song-
writing. The annual event,
produced by Sisters Folk
Festival with sponsorship sup-
port from Cris Converse and
The Roundhouse Foundation,
was held at The Belfry in
Sisters last weekend.
Laura Curtis and Slater
Smith both were a part of the
early days of the Americana
Project at Sisters High
School. Curtis has recorded
her own record and lived in
Nashville, and is now liv-
ing in Portland and working
in the field of politics. Smith
is a part of the well-known
band The Weather Machine.
They both studied politics at
Willamette University, under
the same advisor. They’ve
been able to use their studies
in their music.
They are both returning
instructors this year, and they
love coming back every year
to give back to the students.
“It’s cool to see how the
camp changes every year, and
to see students progress over
the years,” said Smith.
Smith and Curtis taught
similar classes, both focusing
on writing songs for causes.
Smith’s class focused on cre-
ating characters and then find-
ing what within that character
you relate to; he had students
write out any character or
thought and then tease out
what resonated most with
them. Curtis’ class was more
about the introspective aspect
of songwriting and how to
take things around you and
put them into songs.
This is Curtis’ seventh year
coming back to song camp.
“I love giving the support
to the students that I got so
much of us as a student in this
community,” Curtis said.
For her as an artist, she
appreciates coming back and
relating to other artists and
exploring creativity in all
its forms. As a young per-
son, Curtis felt everything
very deeply, and was always
around adults and learning
from them. She believes that
See AMERICANA on page 28
SISTERS AREA MEETING CALENDAR
BOARDS, GROUPS, CLUBS
Central Oregon Fly Tyers Guild
4th Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For
location information: 541-549-2072.
Al-Anon Mon., noon, Shepherd of the
Hills Lutheran Church / Wed., 6 p.m.,
Central OR Spinners and Weavers
Episcopal Church of the Transfi guration. Guild 4th Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m. Sisters
541-549-8737 or 541-549-1527.
Library (Jan.-Oct.). 541-639-3217.
Alateen Thursday, 7 p.m., Episcopal
Church of the Transfi guration.
Central Oregon Woodworkers
Guild 2nd Tuesday. 541-639-6216.
Sisters Area SketchUp Users Group
2nd Wednesday, 7 p.m., Earthwood
Timber Frame Homes. 541-549-0924.
Sisters Veterans Thursdays, noon,
Takoda’s Restaurant. 541-903-1123.
Sisters Astronomy Club 3rd
Tuesday, 7 p.m., SPRD. 541-549-8846.
Three Sisters Irrigation District
Board of Directors 1st Tuesday,
4 p.m., TSID Offi ce. 541-549-8815.
Sisters Bridge Club Thursdays,
12:30 p.m., The Pines Clubhouse.
Novices welcomed. 541-549-9419.
Three Sisters Lions Club 1st
Thursday, noon, Ray’s Food Place
community room. 541-419-1279.
VFW 8138 & American Legion
Sisters Caregiver Support Group
1st Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.,
3rd Tuesday, 10 a.m., Ray’s Food Place Sisters City Hall. 541-903-1123 or
Alcoholics Anonymous Thurs. &
community room. 541-771-3258.
Sun., 7 p.m., Episcopal Church of the
Transfi guration / Sat., 8 a.m., Episcopal Friends of the Sisters Library Board
Church of the Transfi guration / Mon.,
of Directors 2nd Tuesday, 9 to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Ray’s Food Place
5 p.m., Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran
CITY & PARKS
Sisters Library. 541-977-8285.
community room. 541-923-1632.
Church / Big Book study, Tues., noon,
Sisters City Council 2nd &
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church / Heartwarmers (fl eece blanketmakers)
Sisters Habitat for Humanity Board
1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 1 p.m., Sisters City
4th Thursday, 7 p.m., Sisters City Hall.
Gentlemen’s meeting, Wed., 7 a.m.,
of Directors 4th Tuesday, 6 p.m.
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church / Hall. Materials provided. 541-408-8505. Location information: 541-549-1193.
Sober Sisters Women’s meeting, Thurs., Hero Quilters of Sisters Thursday, 1 to
Sisters Park & Recreation District
noon, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran
Board of Directors 1st Tuesday,
4 p.m. 541-549-1028 or 541-548-3304. Sisters Kiwanis Thursdays, 7 to
8:30 a.m., Brand 33 Restaurant at
Church / Step & Tradition meeting, Fri.,
6 p.m., SPRD building. 541-549-2091.
Military Parents of Sisters 2nd
Aspen Lakes. 541-410-2870.
noon, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran
Sisters Planning Commission
Thursday, 5:30 p.m., 17549 Knight Rd.,
Sisters Parent Teacher Community
3rd Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Sisters
Bend (Plainview area). 541-388-9013.
3rd Wednesday, 3 p.m., Sisters
City Hall. 541-549-6022.
Black Butte Macintosh Users Group
Elementary C-wing. 971-570-2405.
3rd Thursday, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Sisters Oregon Band of Brothers – Sisters
Library community room. 541-549-1471. Chapter Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.,
Sisters Red Hats 1st Friday.
Takoda’s Restaurant. 541-408-5594.
FIRE & POLICE
Location information: 541-279-1977.
Black Butte Ranch Bridge Club
SAGE (Senior Activities, Gatherings
Black Butte Ranch Police Dept.
Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., BBR community & Enrichment) Wednesdays, 1 to
Sisters Rotary Tuesdays, noon,
Board of Directors Meets monthly.
room. Partner required. 541-595-6236.
Aspen Lakes Lodge. 541-977-6545.
4 p.m. at SPRD. 541-549-2091.
541-595-2191 for time & date.
Central Oregon Council on Aging
Senior Lunch Tuesdays, noon, Sisters
Community Church. 541-678-5483.
East of the Cascades Quilt Guild 4th
Wednesday (September-June), Stitchin’
Post. All are welcome. 541-549-6061.
Sisters Area Photography Club
2nd Wednesday, 4 p.m., Sisters Library
community room. 541-549-6157.
Sisters Trails Alliance Board
1st Wednesday, 5 p.m. Sisters Art
Works. Public welcome. 541-719-8822.
Black Butte Ranch RFPD Board of
Directors 4th Thursday, 9 a.m., Black
Butte Ranch Fire Station. 541-595-2288.
Cloverdale RFPD Board of Directors
3rd Wednesday, 7 p.m., Station 602,
67433 Cloverdale Rd. 541-548-4815.
See the agenda at cloverdalefi re.com.
Sisters-Camp Sherman RFPD
Board of Directors 3rd Tuesday,
5 p.m., Sisters Fire Hall, 541-549-0771.
Sisters-Camp Sherman RFPD Drills
Mondays, 7 p.m., Sisters Fire Hall,
301 S. Elm St. 541-549-0771.
Black Butte School Board of
Directors 2nd Tuesday, 0 p.m.,
Black Butte School. 541-595-6203.
Sisters Christian Academy Board
of Directors 2nd Thursday, 8 a.m.,
RE/MAX Out West Realty offi ce at
Outlaw Station. 541-549-4133.
Sisters School District Board of
Directors One Wednesday per month,
SSD Admin Bldg. See schedule at www.
sisters.k12.or.us. 541-549-8521 x4011 .
This listing is for
scheduled meetin regularly
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