Family briefing

Published Jan 17, 2014 at 12:01AM

‘Frozen’ to screen for sensory kids

Children with sensory needs and their caregivers are invited to attend a special showing of “Frozen” at 10 a.m. Monday at the Regal Old Mill Stadium 16 & IMAX in Bend. The event is sponsored by Central Oregon Disabilities Support Network.

The sound for the movie will be turned down and the lights will be turned up. The movie will start on time, with no previews or commercials beforehand. Families will also be permitted to bring their own snacks to meet special dietary needs. Children will be permitted to walk around, dance or sing during the movie.

Caregivers are admitted free. Children’s admission is $8.

Contact: 541-408-1092 or email Stephanie at stephanie@codsn.org.

Keeping calm focus of talk

Bend parenting counselor Beth Bellamy will host a presentation called “Keeping Your Cool: How to Be the Calm Person-in-charge Your Child Needs.”

The free class is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The event is part of an educational series sponsored by Cascades Academy and will take place at the school, 19860 Tumalo Reservoir Road, Bend. To learn more about the series, visit www.cascades academy.org/edseries.

Reserve a spot at edseries@cascades academy.org or 541-382-0699.

Volunteer contest seeks nominees

Home Instead Senor Care wants to recognize the country’s top senior volunteer with a $5,500 donation to his or her favorite charity through its 2014 Salute to Senior Contest.

Senior volunteers must be 65 or older and volunteer at least 15 hours per week to be eligible. Nominations are at www.salutetosenior service.com.

The top senior volunteer from each state — who will be recognized with a $500 donation to their favorite charity — will be picked through a round of online voting until March 1. A panel of judges will then pick the national winner from this list of state winners.

Death Cafe plans first meeting

According to the 2011 Oregon Health Insurance Survey, only 23.7 percent of the state’s adult population has completed an advance directive, a living will or another document that spells out their end-of-life wishes and can save their families a great hassle in a time of crisis.

The Central Oregon Death Cafe hopes to remedy this problem by creating a place where older adults can discuss their end-of-life wishes in a positive atmosphere. The public is welcome to its first meeting at 11:15 a.m. Jan. 26 at Dudley’s Cafe, 135 N.W. Minnesota Ave., Bend.

Contact: 541-593-7746.

— From staff reports