February 2017 Around Town

25th Annual Inventerprise Contest

More than 1,400 students from 38 Central Oregon schools participated in the 25th Annual Inventerprise Contest, sponsored by Bend Research, a division of Capsugel, with support from Bend-La Pine Schools and Central Oregon Community College. Central Oregon children—grades Kindergarten through 12—competed against one another as they were tasked with inventing something that would improve schools.

Students from the Redmond Proficiency Academy swept the High School contest with inventions included a working model of an energy-producing pedal desk, a classroom modeled after fish hatcheries, and a vegetarian-based school. The Middle School division was dominated by a pair from Pilot Butte Middle School who designed earthquake-safe bleachers. Hundreds of students in lower grades submitted entries— either individually or as teams of up to three—to compete for prizes.

The Inventerprise Contest began in 1992 as an outgrowth of a business-education partnership between Bend Research and the Bend-La Pine School District to promote science education and enrich students’ educational experience. Inventerprise.BendResearch.com

Sisters Folk Festival 2017 
Winter Concert Series

The Sisters Folk Festival has announced the final two shows in their 2017 Winter Concert Series. The February 21 concert will feature a bluegrass showcase of dobro/guitar duo of Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, and the powerful yet intricate music of the Molly Tuttle Band, each doing their own sets. Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley are touring on the release of their sophomore album The Country Blues. The Molly Tuttle Band gained many Central Oregon fans after performing at the 2016 Sisters Folk Festival.

The final concert—taking place March 23—will feature the emotive and beautiful singing of two outstanding singer-songwriters, Canadian Rose Cousins and Nashville-based Caitlin Canty.

The Sisters Folk Festival Winter Concert Series shows are held at Sisters High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. Series passes are $55 for adults and $40 for youth 18 and under. Individual show tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for youth 18 and under. SistersFolkFestival.org/Tickets

Lay It Out Events Announces 2017 
Early Lineup

Local promoter Lay It Out Events has announced the first round of their 2017 events, beginning with the 2017 Oregon WinterFest, February 17-19, of which Bend Lifestyle is a Title Sponsor. The event—held in the Old Mill District—features skiers and snowboarders competing in the 10 Barrel Rail Jam, handcrafted metal work-based Fire Pit Competition, motocross stunt Metal Mulisha Big Air, ice sculptures, and the Fire King & Ice Queen competition. Live music—featuring local and national acts—will perform in the Chalet Tent. Sunday will host the Royal Run, an adventure obstacle run with castles, moats, kings, queens and jesters.

Lay It Out Events has set the dates for four additional races. The Salmon Run returns for its 29th year on April 9 in the Old Mill District. The Happy Girl Run Series will run a half marathon, 10k and 5k May 27 in Bend, and November 4 in Sisters. The 5k Bite of Bend Beer Run will race through Downtown Bend June 25, and the Haulin’ Aspen—Central Oregon’s only trail full marathon—takes place August 12 at Wanoga Sno-Park.

Lay It Out Events—Central Oregon’s premier event company—produces more than 20 festivals, races, and contract events each year. A portion of the proceeds to each event is donated to charity. LayItOutEvents.com