Sisters Library Reopening

Chapter 2 of the Deschutes Public Library reopening plan is now in effect, with customers having limited access to library buildings and able to pick up and check out their own materials at self-serve kiosks. Meeting and tutor rooms, public computers and children’s early learning spaces will remain closed. Programs, classes and events (story times, computer labs, lectures, etc.), as well as the processing of library cards, will continue online only during this time. Modified hours remain in place at the Sisters library: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Sundays, Mondays All library staff members are required to wear facemasks. Customers are encouraged but not required to wear facemasks as a courtesy to staff and other members of the public. While public restrooms are closed during the initial phases of reopening, outdoor hand-washing stations and hand sanitizer are available for library customers. Customers will be guided to maintain a six-foot distance between staff and other customers. Library customers with questions about the phases or their accounts can call or text their question to 541-617-0776.

Sponsor an Impoverished Child from Uganda

Hope Africa International, based in Sisters, has many children awaiting sponsorship! For more information please go to hopeafricakids.org or call Katie at 541-719-8727.

Organ Donor Awareness

A new nonprofit is in the planning stages to educate the community on the importance of organ donation. Fundraisers and events will be discussed. If interested in taking part, please call Fifi Bailey at 541-419-2204.

Notice of Election for Sisters City Council 

Notice is hereby given that a general election will be held on November 3, 2020, for three positions on the Sisters City Council. The first day to file for a City Council position is Wednesday, June 3, 2020. To be eligible one must be registered to vote in Oregon and must have been a resident of the City of Sisters for 12 months preceding the election. Election materials can be found on the City website at: www.ci.sisters.or.us or picked up from the City Recorder at City Hall, 520 E. Cascade Avenue. The terms of City Councilors Andrea Blum, Chuck Ryan, and Richard Esterman will expire on December 31, 2020. All three are eligible to apply for re-election. Candidates are encouraged to obtain election materials by August 10, 2020 and must submit perfected petitions by August 25, 2020 at 5 p.m. to qualify for the ballot. For questions about the application process, please contact City Recorder Kerry Prosser at 541-323-5213, by e-mail at kprosser@ci.sisters.or.us, or stop by City Hall at 520 E. Cascade Avenue.

Sisters Habitat Volunteers!

The Habitat Thrift Store, ReStore, and Construction sites have recently opened up and could use your help! New volunteer orientations will take place every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at noon at the Sisters Habitat office upstairs at 141 W. Main Avenue. An RSVP is required as space is very limited in the socially-distanced meeting room. Each person must wear a mask and sanitize their hands when entering the building. A mask will be provided if needed. Please contact Marie at marie@sistershabitat.org or 541-549-1193.

Let’s Talk! to Explore Race and Community  

Citizens4Community invites residents to Let’s Talk! — a monthly discussion series where attendees learn about and exchange diverse views on topics of interest. Monday, July 20, Let’s Talk! (held via Zoom videoconference) will look at issues related to race and recent civil unrest — how they impact Sisters and how we can address race in a way that brings people together, instead of dividing us, to have a welcoming community for all. The talk will run from 6-8 p.m. To RSVP and receive the Zoom link prior to the meeting, email: citizens4community@gmail.com. Read more at Citizens4Community.com/events.

DLT Walk & Hike Series

Deschutes Land Trust volunteer naturalists will be leading virtual events where you can learn from the comfort of your own home. Upcoming events include: All About Bats! on Wednesday, July 15 at 5 p.m.; Virtual Tree Yoga on Thursday, July 16 at 5 p.m.; and Magnificent Monarchs on Wednesday, August 12 at noon. Registration is required to receive the virtual event link. Register for these events at deschuteslandtrust.org/hikes. Info: 541-330-0017.

Weekly Food Pantry

Wellhouse Church has a weekly food pantry on Thursdays. For the next several weeks, food will be distributed drive-through style from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Wellhouse Market building, 222 N. Trinity Way. People in need of food may drive through the parking lot and pick up a bag of food for their household. Other Sisters-area churches are joining with Wellhouse Church to contribute both financially and with volunteers to help sustain the program. Call 541-549-4184 for more information.

Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends, a mentoring program in Sisters, is continuing to find innovative ways to reach out and assist their mentors, children and families. Current needs include childcare to allow parents to continue to work, internet/computer access for online learning, supplies for at-home learning and activity kits, and even basic needs, such as food and medical access. Circle of Friends has also established an emergency fund to provide immediate response for the most pressing needs. Contact Kellie at 503-396-2572 to help.

City of Sisters Community Grants Program Applications

The City of Sisters is seeking to award grants to non-profit community groups and other entities that meet the grant criteria for the 2020-21 fiscal year. The City will award up to a total of $40,000 in grants for Sisters community projects. Interested organizations should submit a Community Grant application and letter of interest by Friday, July 31, 2020, attention Kerry Prosser, City Recorder. Applications are available on our website: www.ci.sisters.or.us. For information contact Kerry Prosser at 541-323-5213 or kprosser@ci.sisters.or.us. 

Habitat Stores Are Accepting Donations!

Sisters Habitat for Humanity ReStore is now accepting donations by appointment only. Go to the ReStore webpage at sistershabitat.org/restore/ and click the SignUpGenius button to make an appointment. When delivering your donation, go to the big gray tents in the “back lot.” There is one tent per donation day and when that tent is full, no more donations will be accepted that day. If you are donating heavy items, make sure you bring extra help with you. Staff and volunteers are not allowed to assist with off-loading. All donations are quarantined for at least 4 days before being available for sale. Sisters Habitat is not offering pick-up service at this time as a safety precaution for our staff and volunteers. Donations for the Thrift Store are only being accepted off-site at the old Thrift Store at 141 W. Main Ave. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. Parking spaces are reserved on Main Ave. in front of the building for those donating items. The Thrift Store and ReStore are both open for business Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shoppers are required to sanitize their hands and wear a face mask before entering. A maximum of 15 shoppers are allowed in the store at any one time. For more information please contact the Habitat office at 541-549-1193 or email info@sistershabitat.org. 

Sisters Community Church

Do you need help with running errands or deliveries or more? Sisters Community Church has volunteers available and is cultivating a caring community. Call Wendy at 541-389-6859. Visit the church website at www.sisterschurch.com. 

Community Assistance During COVID-19 Pandemic

VAST church is eager to help, picking up prescriptions, delivering groceries or food, helping however they can. People in need can call 541-719-0587 and press 1 to be connected to Mikee Stutzman, Ministry Coordinator or email her at admin@vastchurch.com. VAST Church is willing to help as long as resources and volunteers allow.

Furry Friends Pet Food

The Furry Friends (FF) office is closed but is still offering free dog or cat food to those in need. Pet food can be left outside the Sisters Art Works building where the FF office is located. It will be marked with your first name only. Pick-ups are available at an agreed upon time. (It can’t be left outside for very long as other critters may get into it.) Please call or text Furry Friends at 541-797-4023.