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Angelina Organic Skincare Creates Beer-Based Lip Balm

Local skin care formulator Angelina Swanson of Angelina Organic Skincare has partnered with Three Creeks Brewing to create the fantastic new Hoodoo Voodoo IPA Lip Balm. The moisturizing product is infused with the same Cascadian hops the Sisters-based brewery uses in their IPA, a delicious citrus flavor, and mineral sunscreen to protect your lips while playing outdoors. In addition, the balm contains lip-softening Oregon meadowfoam seed oil, local beeswax, and local honey. The lip balm is even packaged in biodegradable tubes. You can pick one up at Angelina Organic Skincare in downtown Bend or Three Creeks Brewing Company in Sisters before heading out on your next adventure.

Every Kid in a Park

The Every Kid in a Park program grants every fourth grader in the United States free access to all federally-managed lands and waters, including national forests, parks, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries. Children can visit the Every Kid in a Park website to obtain the free pass, which also includes three accompanying family members. Launched by the Obama Administration at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, the pass is good at more than 2,000 sites nationwide.

“Every Kid in a Park is a chance for fourth graders from every background to explore the outdoors, especially national forests in Oregon and Washington,” said Jim Peña, regional forester for the Pacific Northwest Region based in Portland, in a statement released by his staff.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service has identified signature Every Kid in a Park sites in Oregon as Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, Siuslaw National Forest, Multnomah Falls Recreation Area, Columbia River Gorge NSA, Discovery Center, Columbia Gorge, Gold Beach Ranger Station and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Fourth graders can log onto the website to complete a fun educational activity in order to obtain and print their paper pass. Students may also trade in their paper pass for a more durable pass at participating federal sites nationwide. Educators and community leaders can access educational activities, field trip options and the ability to print passes for their classrooms. Parents visiting the new website can find additional links for more information on planning trips to nearby public lands.

Bend Endurance Academy Holds Girls Cycling Clinics

Local non-profit sports outfit Bend Endurance Academy (BEA) is offering new programs to get girls ages 11 – 18 on mountain bikes with three free clinics and weekly girls mountain bike rides. The free clinics are designed for riders, new to single track, to work on skills, gain confidence on their bikes, and have fun riding together. Clinics are ongoing. The final clinic is set for Sunday, June 12, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Wanoga Sno-Park and will work on pump track skills on mostly descending trail. The summer session of the weekly Girls Mountain Bike Rides, led by female coaches, runs Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., from June 20 to August 19. All participants meet at BEA offices. BEA currently offers programs for Nordic Skiing, Cycling, and Rock Climbing. Their mission is to “promote healthy living through active, outdoor experiences.”

Humm Expands Facilities 
and Distribution

Local beverage company Humm Kombucha has leased a 31,000 square foot facility in Northeast Bend, increasing its current production capacity to three times its current NE Second Street facility. The new building will allow the company to produce about 36,000 5-gallon kegs of kombucha, or $18 million worth annually, up from their current 12,500 barrels annually. The expansion will bring with it 20 additional jobs for the company that began in a Bend kitchen in 2009.

Humm’s current tap room on NE Second Street will continue to pour samples and growler fills. Already available in 18 states, CEO Jamie Danek expects the fermented sweet tea to be available across the country by 2017. Immediate distribution expansion plans focus on Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas. There is talk of building another brewery in the Midwest or East Coast within the next two years as well. The company produces nine flavors of kombucha from original to lemon ginger; coconut lime is the favorite overall. A 14-ounce bottle retails for about $3.

Deschutes Brewery to Open in Virginia

Local craft beer icon Deschutes Brewery has chosen Roanoke, Virginia to open its fourth facility. The $85 million facility—referred to as “Brew 4”—is expected to employ 108 people, according to a statement from Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s office. Virginia lobbied extensively to host another location for the brewery—which began in 1988—beating out North Carolina and South Carolina. The state is providing a $3 million grant and more than $250,000 worth of funds available for Deschutes Brewery to use.

With the Deschutes Brewery addition, Virginia is trying to pitch itself as a leader in craft beer. They are currently 15th in the country in craft breweries, while Oregon ranks fourth. The new brewery will sit on the eastern outskirts of the city, with views and access to Tinder Creek. Construction on the new facility is expected to begin in 2019. The brewery plans to start production at 150,000 barrels a year upon opening.