November 2016 Around Town

Oregon State University – Cascades Receives Gift

Oregon State University – Cascades has received a $500,000 gift from Robin and Curt Baney, owners of Oxford Suites properties in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, as well as the Oxford Hotel in Bend. The donation will directly support the creation of an endowed faculty scholar position within the university’s recently launched hospitality management program. This is the second endowed faculty position at the OSU campus in Bend. The money will establish the Robin and Curt Baney Faculty Scholar Fund for Teaching Excellence in Hospitality Management.

The hospitality program was created in response to local and state support for bringing back the bachelor’s level hospitality management program, missing for the last two decades. Statewide, the hospitality industry contributes $9.2 billion to the economy while creating 91,000 jobs. Todd Montgomery, who joined OSU-Cascades as an executive-in-residence and instructor in 2013 and helped launch the program in 2015, will serve as the first faculty scholar.

Waldorf School of Bend 
Offers Scholarships

The Waldorf School of Bend is offering a new merit-based scholarship for newly-enrolled Upper Grades students (grades 5-8). The 
scholarships will be offered to students who embrace the Waldorf education and demonstrate the desire to work within the school community.

The Waldorf School of Bend continues to grow and strengthen its rigorous academic curriculum which includes: The Sciences- Botany, Physics, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology; Mathematics-Business Math, Pre-Algebra, Geometry and Algebra; History from the Ancient World through the Industrial Revolution, and Language Arts. These core subjects are augmented by classes in music, choir, hand work, woodwork, foreign language, culinary, gardening, visual and performing arts and movement/PE.

Sunriver Resort – Traditions Sets 2016 Holiday Event Schedule

At the Sunriver Resort, they “Believe in the Magic of Traditions.” To that end, they have announced their 2016 holiday schedule. All month long, there will be sleigh rides, snowshoe tours, elf tuck-ins, breakfasts with Santa, and over 150 family activities.

November’s events begin on the 19th with the Grand Illumination Parade, including music, fireworks, Santa, crafts, petting zoo, sleigh rides and the Grand Illumination Resort Lighting. The next day, the Great Hall will serve the traditional holiday brunch. November 24 will see the Thanksgiving Dinner at Carson’s American Kitchen, The Great Hall, and the Grille at Crosswater. Guests can work off their meals the following day at the Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run or shopping at the Holiday marketplace. Lastly, Santa’s Workshop and the Winterlust Bonfire will happen November 26.

Sleep Train Foster Kids Program

Sleep Train Mattress Centers has announced their 2016 Secret Santa Toy Drive, running from November 1 to December 18. The toy drive will provide much-needed toys for foster children who have been separated from their family and friends. The donation drive comes on the heels of their popular Shoe Drive, which finishes October 31. Their 2016 Clothing Drive in California and the Northwest collected 23,813 in-kind items for foster children.

ONDA’s Wild Desert Calendar

The Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) will release their 2017 Wild Desert Calendar at a party November 4 at Deschutes Brewery. The free event, running from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., will feature music by Coyote Willow. The Wild Desert Calendar features images of treasured Oregon public lands, including the Owyhee Canyonlands, John Day River Basin, Steens Mountain, the Greater Hart-Sheldon Region and the Deschutes Canyon Area. The calendar benefits ONDA membership. ONDA is already accepting submissions for their 2018 calendar.

ONDA has worked in support of Oregon’s natural landscape for the last 30 years through fundraising and restoration projects. Their next stewardship project takes place in the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, November 17 through 20. Volunteers will assist the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in collecting data on mule deer in the area.

Bend Chamber Celebrates Star Awards

The Bend Chamber of Commerce recognized 10 businesses, organizations and individuals September 13 at its 27th annual Star Awards for Greatness and Excellence (SAGE) at the Tetherow Events Pavilion. Winners in ten categories were chosen from more than 30 nominations. Local entrepreneur Jim Schell was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with many organizations including Opportunity Knocks, the Partnership to End Poverty and Volunteer Connects. Gwenn Wysling, executive director of the Bethlehem Inn took home the Citizen of the Year Award.

Humm Kombucha won the Large Business of the Year Award, while ASI Wealth Management & Consulting Services was named the Small Business of the Year. Atlas Cider was the Entrepreneur of the Year and the subscription box company Cairn won New and Emerging Business of the Year. U.S Bank picked up the Corporate Excellence in Business Award and local digital marketing company G5 was named Healthy Workplace of the Year. Rounding out the awards were MountainStar Family Relief Nursery for Nonprofit Organization of the Year and the People’s Choice Award went to SMART (Start Making A Reader Today).