$5,000 painting charity giveaway

For the fifth year, Webfoot Painting Co., a Central Oregon residential and commercial painting company, will give away $5,000 in free paint, labor and materials.

Last year, Bethlehem Inn emergency shelter in Bend was the beneficiary. Webfoot Painting is making this year’s giveaway a “Home Edition,” selecting one recipient in the Bend-Redmond area to receive the paint job based on need and a compelling story.

Webfoot Painting will begin collecting stories of worthy recipients via its website, www.webfootpainting.com, on Monday.

Stories will be collected through the end of February, with the winner being determined by a company vote in March.

Individuals, families and households may be nominated. The only criteria is a compelling story of why you feel you, or someone you know and care about, deserves the free painting services.

Contact: www .webfootpainting.com or gavin@webfootpainting.com .

Mock Caldecott contest underway

The Deschutes Public Library system is again hosting a Mock Caldecott election in conjunction with the Caldecott Medal, awarded to the best picture books for children each year.

This year, library staff picked seven worthy picture books. Parents and children can take a look at the books on display at local libraries, then vote for their favorite. Individuals can also vote online at www.deschuteslibrary.org/mockcaldecott.

The winning title will be announced Wednesday. The results of the real Caldecott contest will be announced Jan. 27.

Books for consideration this year are:

• “Journey” by Aaron Becker

• “On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein” by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky

• “Inside Outside” by Lizi Boyd

• “Mr. Tiger Goes Wild” by Peter Brown

• “Locomotive” by Brian Floca

• “Flora and the Flamingo” by Molly Schaar Idle

• “Mr. Wuffles” By David Weisner

Charity wins PetSmart grant

The Bend Spay and Neuter Project was recently awarded a grant from the Best Friends Animal Society in partnership with PetSmart Charities.

According to a news release, the grant will provide 250 free spay and neuter surgeries for stray/feral cats living in La Pine through the La Pine Kitty Roundup Program.

Pet cats may also qualify for a spay or neuter surgery with a $10 copay. Appointments are required.

For more information, visit www.bendsnip.org or email info@bendsnip.org or call 541-617-1010.

— From staff reports