Great American Campout
National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) Great American Campout is a summer-long celebration of camping as a way to connect with nature and wildlife. Great American Campout is also part of Great Outdoors Month® in June, a month designated to highlight the many kinds of outdoor activities that strengthen our bonds with nature. To participate, head to the NWF website to take the pledge to camp—in your backyard, neighborhood, a local park, a state park, a national park, or treehouse. Well-documented studies show the mind, body and spirit all benefit from outdoor play and help create a happier and healthier family. NWF will celebrate everyone who’s getting outdoors and campaign on June 25th’s Great American Campout Day. NWF.org
OSU-Cascades Announces Commencement Speaker
Oregon State University – Cascades has announced Steve Amen will deliver the commencement address at the 2016 ceremonies. Amen is the executive producer and popular host of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s (OPB) Oregon Field Guide. He has been with OPB for more than 30 years and produced over 300 hours of prime time programming. Oregon Field Guide remains one of the highest rated local programs in the Public Broadcasting Service’s nationwide system.
“Steve is a champion for Oregon’s natural wonders,” says OSU-Cascades Vice President Becky Johnson. “For more than three decades he has made it a priority to educate Oregonians about the natural resources around them, including many of the incredible resources here in Central Oregon.”
OSU-Cascades expanded to a four-year university in fall 2015; its new campus will open in fall 2016. The commencement ceremony will take place at the Les Schwab Amphitheatre in the Old Mill District at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 12. OSUCascades.edu
Bend Science Station Offers Unique Summer Camps
Local educational non-profit Bend Science Station (BSS) is offering numerous themed classes and camps this summer. BSS provides science education to students grades Kindergarten through 12 and inquiry-based training for teachers. Camps vary from one day to weeklong.
Day camps for elementary school kids include Angry Birdies, where they “investigate the physics of flight and recreate the slingshot scenarios from this popular game.” Junior Scientist Camps include the Jedi Academy, which offers to “train aspiring padawans in the ways of forces, physics and astronomy.” The highlight of the Youth Scientist Camps is Amazing Aviation, where students “use flight simulators and actually fly in small aircraft.” This year’s Adventure Camp is a Southern Oregon Safari, with campers cleaning elephant cages and feeding lions. BendScienceStation.org
Back In Action Fitness Equipment Moves to a New Location
Local fitness equipment sales and service company Back In Action Fitness Equipment has moved to 1310 SE Reed Market Road, Suite 100 in Bend. The new location grows their showroom to 3000 square feet of equipment and accessories. Back In Action Fitness Equipment, formed in 2008 as a service-only business, sells both new and thoroughly-serviced used fitness equipment. In addition, they continue to offer maintenance and repair of residential and commercial machines. Back In Action Fitness Equipment is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. BackInActionFitnessEquipment.com
Sisters Folk Festival Reveals Initial Lineup and Poster
The Sisters Folk Festival (SFF) has released its initial lineup and the poster image for the 2016 festival. The annual event takes place throughout the town of Sisters where “All the Town’s a Stage.” Legendary British guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson headlines the festival, alongside Texas gospel-folksinger Ruthie Foster, Canadian powerhouse Whitehorse, and San Francisco-based band Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express.
“We are excited with the diversity, talent and energy these acts will bring to the Festival,” says Creative Director Brad Tisdel.
SFF has also released the newest original painting created by renowned artist Dennis McGregor entitled, Hot Dogs. The 2016 image portrays a collection of dogs sitting around a campfire while playing music together. The Sisters-area artist created the poster as a parody of Dogs Playing Poker.
The widely-popular acoustic music festival is celebrating its 21st year September 9-11. Festival passes are $140 for adults and $75 for those 18 and under. SistersFolkFestival.org
Free Summer Sundays Concert Series
The Bend Memorial Clinic 2016 Free Summer Sundays Concert Series has announced the lineup for this year. The series will take place in the Old Mill District’s Les Schwab Amphitheater. In addition to the free live music, family-oriented activities and delicious food vendors will round out the fun. Afro-Caribbean band Tiempo Libre kicks off the summer on June 5, followed by French Creole hip hop act Bel Mizik June 19, Irish folk punk rockers Five Pint Mary June 26, roots and blues artists Kinzel & Hyde July 10, and Summit Express Jazz Band July 17. Montana bluegrass band Kitchen Dwellers finish the 2016 series on July 24.
The gates open each Sunday at 1 p.m., with the shows running from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. BendConcerts.com