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Va Piano Vineyards Comes to Bend

Va Piano Vineyards, a premier winery located in Walla Walla, Washington, announced they are opening a tasting room in Bend’s Old Mill District. The tasting room, an extension of their Washington-based winery, will open April 22. Va Piano focuses on small lot Cabernet Sauvignons and Syrahs from Washington State growers, including their own Walla Walla Valley Estate Vineyards. The weekend opening, at 425 SW Powerhouse Drive Suite 301, will feature wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres. Owners and winemakers Justin and Liz Wylie will be pouring and discussing their outlook on life which led them to create one of the most sought after wineries in the Walla Walla Valley. The name Va Piano means ‘go slow’ and embodies a simple philosophy: great wine is an invitation to slow down and relax.

4 Peaks Music Festival Announces 2016 Lineup

The 4 Peaks Music Festival has announced the lineup for their June 16-19 festival in Tumalo. The festival, now in its ninth year, will include Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Jackie Greene, Jeff Austin Band, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Della Mae, The Stone Foxes, Jelly Bread, Crow and the Canyon, Rabbit Wilde, The Sam Chase, Elektrapod and more. The 4 Peaks Music Festival is a family-friendly, multi-day music event in beautiful Central Oregon, featuring a wide array of national, regional and local bands for music enthusiasts, community members and families. This year’s festival will include a children’s area, free camping, and vendors. Volunteer positions are still available. Tickets are on sale now for the event that sold out last year.

Les Schwab Amphitheater Announces Events

The Les Schwab Amphitheater, in Bend’s Old Mill District, has begun to roll our their 2016 season events list. Coming off a hugely successful 2015 season, the amphitheater is welcoming Grammy Award-winning Alabama Shakes, Jackson Browne, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, and local favorite Michael Franti & Spearhead. The Bend Brewfest will be back again this year as well for three days of craft beers and specialty ales. The free Summer Sundays series will return with talented local and regional bands.  More artists will be announced in the near future. Last year’s artists included Phish, Wilco, Ryan Adams, and the Doobie Brothers.

Family Kitchen Receives Grant Money

Bend-based Newport Avenue Market has raised $56,000 for local non-profit Family Kitchen through their Food for February event. Donations by the market’s customers totaled $26,000 as part of one of the largest fresh food donations in Central Oregon. Newport Avenue Market matched $25,000, including several thousand dollars from local charity 100 Women Who Care. Oregon Country Beef chipped in an additional $5,000 in beef. The gift, the largest in-kind donation in Family Kitchen history, will fund 67 percent of Family Kitchen’s annual food and food-related costs to fight hunger in Bend. Family Kitchen serves anyone who needs a nutritious meal in a safe and caring environment. Operating out of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Downtown Bend, the non-profit has almost 300 volunteers cooking and serving meals.