September 2017 Around Town 1

Big Sky Park 
Plans Improvements

The Bend Park and Recreation District (BPRD) has updated their master plan for Big Sky Park in Northeast Bend. The 96-acre community park—located east of Hamby Road and north of Neff Road—played host to residents and park users July 17 in an effort to share information about the changes. The park includes both undeveloped natural areas and developed areas with restroom facilities, paths, playgrounds, sport fields and an off-leash area.

The revised master plan focuses on activities providing a wider range of recreational opportunities for community members. It also aims to improve safety, increase accessibility and adapt to the changing recreational needs of the community since the first master plan was adopted 14 years ago. Highlights include improved traffic flow and parking; construction of an off-road cycling facility including bike skills courses, cyclocross and single-track trails, pump track and more; and a close relationship with Buckingham Elementary school for nature education and a new trail connection.

Foundation Awards Classroom Grants

The Education Foundation for Bend–La Pine Schools awarded over $54,000 in classroom grants to District schools and $40,000 in needs-based activity fee scholarships for the 2017/2018 academic year. The innovative classroom grants included 19 STEM programs, several art and music projects, as well as other Life Skills and miscellaneous requests.

“We are so excited to announce this year’s classroom grant awards as we continue to support the work of our amazing educators in the District,” says Odette Adair, Education Foundation president emeritus. “The Foundation strives to impact every school and our students through these innovative driven grant projects focusing on STEM programs as well as art and music.”

The Foundation—founded in 1988—has invested more than $1.5 million into our public schools through innovation driven Classroom Grants and needs based Activity Fee Scholarship programs, as well as special projects—positively impacting thousands of students.

Sisters Folk Festival 
Announces Final Lineup

The Sisters Folk Festival (SFF) has announced the final additions to their Festival bill, September 8-10, 2017. As one of the most well-respected acoustic music events in the Pacific Northwest, the Sisters Folk Festival is produced in beautiful Sisters, Oregon, where “All the Town’s a Stage.” The final artists booked represent great songwriters and bands, bringing outstanding musicianship to the 11 Festival stages.

“There is an abundance of musical diversity and styles represented, and we believe there will truly be something for everyone,” says SFF Creative Director Brad Tisdel. “This year’s Festival lineup includes Toronto-based Afro-Cuban band Battle of Santiago; the Hawaiian swing band Kahulanui; South American jazz improvisation band Banda Magda; and Irish super-group We Banjo 3. Between our core songwriting and roots music fans and those who are adventurous musically, it will be an outstanding experience.”

Also, SFF received donations of two superb instruments for raffle at this year’s Festival. The annual instrument raffle raises thousands of dollars to support the non-profit’s work in the schools and community. Ticket-buyers have a chance to own a world-class guitar and banjo while supporting Americana Project programming in the Sisters public schools. The money raised will provide children from pre-school through high school access to scholarships and classes in music and visual arts.