Mother’s Downtown Kitchen Grand Opening

Mother's Downtown Kitchen celebrated their First Friday grand opening on March 3 with a party benefiting local nonprofit Family Kitchen. Photography Mike Albright

May 2017 Lifestyle Letter

The month of May means flowers are in bloom, spring sports are in full swing, and Mother’s Day celebrations are in the works. I miss many things about my mother, Margaret. Mostly, I miss the little things—her ageless energy, contagious laughter, and famous homemade cinnamon rolls. I smile when I think about seeing her and my father dancing to their…

7th Annual Mt. Bachelor Rotary St. Patrick’s Day Dash

Hundreds of spirited runners braved challenging conditions for a family-friendly 5K fun run in downtown Bend to benefit Kids Center. Photography Steve Giardini

May 2017 Around Town

As the real estate market continues to boom across Oregon, the top-producing real estate brokerage in Redmond, Windermere Real Estate, has moved to a new office space to house its growing staff and clientele. Windermere celebrated the grand opening of its new office space on March 10 with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Redmond Chamber of Commerce.

Spring into Summer with Skin Safety

Well, it's that time of year again! The grass is greener, the sky is bluer, the breeze is warmer, and the sun is stronger. However, with a little forethought and preparation you can help yourself and your family stay safe while you enjoy our beautiful Central Oregon outdoors. And remember, the ultraviolet rays that cause skin cancer also destroy elastic…

This Isn’t Your Monarchy’s Polo

Polo may seem a bit too formal for our mountain bike-loving, beer-swigging town. However, we’re athletic, we love our animals, and we’re drawn to wide open spaces. Therefore, polo may be the perfect fit for Central Oregon.

Garden to Glass

The record snowfall Old Man Winter dropped on Central Oregon is finally in the rearview mirror. In preparation for warmer temperatures, back patios are being cleaned, gardeners are getting their hands dirty, and many of us are thinking about how to quench our upcoming summer thirst. For the cocktail lover who also enjoys being outside and using garden tools, Central…

Lauren Korte’s Home Décor Picks

Pair the 2017 Pantone color of the year with your favorite gold pieces for a fresh look this spring.

The Les Schwab Amphitheater

Since 2002, Central Oregonians have looked to the Les Schwab Amphitheater (LSA) for their riverfront event fun. The 8000-patron amphitheater, built in the Old Mill District in 2001, has seen over one million guests flock to the venue for free Sunday concerts, ticketed shows, and brewfests since its gates opened. Each spring, locals and out-of-towners alike await the announcement of…

Seed To Table

Sprawling across two acres on the outskirts of Sisters, the nonprofit organic farm Seed to Table is about to be in full bloom. Once vegetables and fruits are ready to be picked, the farm will be responsible for distributing several tons of produce to families in Sisters and beyond. Audrey Tehan, Director of the Seed to Table program, returned to…

April 2017 Lifestyle Letter

The season for gorgeous weddings and alluring travel is right around the corner! This issue spotlights some unconventional—and beautiful—ideas for weddings. Be sure to turn to the pages of “Southern Oregon Love” for spectacular photos of a wedding set in a natural forest setting. And, if you’ve ever thought about planning a wedding that gives back, we’ve got some creative…

Winterfest

Oregon Winterfest showcased ice sculptures, fire pits, and high-flying motorcyclists and snowboarders February 17 - 19 in Bend’s Old Mill District. Proceeds benefitted Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon. Photography Barbara Dudley

Tour for the Heart

The Center and Therapeutic Associates presented the annual Tour for the Heart, a fun 5km XC ski or snowshoe tour to raise awareness and research funds for battling women's heart disease on February 12 at the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center. Photography Caitlin Bjornstad

April 2017 Around Town

Nearly 300 award-winning pieces of art created by local student artists are being showcased during a special exhibit as part of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, a national competition that highlights the best work from young artists and writers. The exhibit—which began with a special awards ceremony—runs through spring at the Pinckney Gallery and Auditorium at Pence Hall at…

Plan a Wedding that Gives Back

The love of our Central Oregon lifestyle and beauty of our natural surroundings is contagious. As is the love you feel for your fiancée and those who celebrate with you. If you’re interested in creating lasting memories and a positive impact on our community at your wedding, consider planning one that gives back.

Southern Oregon Love

Oregon has a myriad of diverse locales—including big cities, lush forests and coastal beaches—for the perfect destination wedding. Each with its own unique environment, weather and landscape, these regions play host to thousands of weddings each year. One such area, Southern Oregon, provides an ideal backdrop for couples in love to tie the knot.

Oregon’s Sea Sentinels

The simple joy of taking a morning walk on a sandy beach is reason enough for me to hop in the car and head to the Oregon Coast. For those who require a more structured reason to visit Oregon’s bountiful coastline, consider taking a trip to see Oregon’s original lighthouses. These coastal workhorses—still providing light and safety to sea travelers…

A Hidden Desert Gem

Never-ending skies wait to erupt into a powerful downfall as hikers march over rolling hills. Wild mustangs and antelope roam through fields of green and gold flowers. A glorious sunrise illuminates a slot canyon and greets the day. While this nature scene plays out everyday somewhere in the backcountry, it’s hardly the first thing people think of when picturing a…

Travel on the Cheap

Travel usually finds its way onto everyone’s bucket list. American author James Thurber incites the idea of wanderlust in his book The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by exclaiming, “to see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”

The Lightbulb Just Went Off—in Belize

My husband Michael has been rowing a drift boat down Oregon rivers as a fly-fishing guide for over two decades. He’s memorized every rock, eddy and bend in the waters that he considers his other “homes.” He has taught scores of people how to fly-fish and introduced veterans to the secret holding waters on the McKenzie, Deschutes and Rogue rivers.

March 2017 Lifestyle Letter

After this extraordinary winter, I find myself dreaming of spring, and even the arrival of warm summer days. While I do love the way our landscape remained a winter wonderland for so long, like most Bendites, I reached a point where I was so ready for it to be over.

Cascade School of Music Rock Showcase

Cascade School of Music's Rock Department put on a showcase January 20 at McMenamins Old Saint Francis. 
Over 20 students performed original songs and rock classics. Photography Gray Calicott

“Little Women” Opens

Local actors prepare for the opening of Cascade Theatrical Company’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel 
“Little Women.” The play enjoyed a successful two week run. Photography Barbara Dudley

March 2017 Around Town

Have you noticed the Bend JOY Project’s bright orange graphics popping up all over Bend? This community kindness initiative is a challenge, a conversation, an opportunity, an experiment and a mission to bring joy in small, meaningful ways to keep our community happy, strong and beautiful. The idea is simple; to share and inspire joy in the community. Can kindness,…

The Sound of Music

Since the birth of our nation, music has helped to define—and bring color to—the cities and towns that make up our country. Fife and drum corps in Boston provided the soundtrack to the American Revolution while San Francisco hippie bands illuminated the 1960’s cultural revolution. Take a walk through Nashville’s Music Row and hear up-and-coming country artists or head to…

Wood Renewal Business Focuses on Home and Environmental Health

The home is where the heart is. Anyone who has suffered through the multitude of decisions in a home remodel knows this to be true. The mere act of remodeling—or refurbishing—one’s kitchen cabinets and floors quickly becomes a labor of love. N-Hance, a residential and commercial wood floor and cabinet renewal franchise with a branch in Central Oregon, aims to…

Art & Music in Our Town

My wife and I moved to Bend in 2001. Our goal was to start a family in a small town, away from the problems—crime, home prices, traffic—of big-city living. We smiled at the amount of new families who flocked to Drake Park for events, enjoyed out first home on half an acre, and marveled at the fact we could get…

High Desert Artistry

As Central Oregon has grown, so has the number of talented artists, naturally drawn to the high desert for its enriching environment and intimacy—the perfect backdrop to create. Whether it’s public art, jewelry, furniture or architecture, our corner of the world has a plethora of passionate craftsmen whose creativity seems to never end. Three local artisans—Jim Rozewski, Erik Hoogen, and…

Freedom from 
Conformity

Retired fourth grade teacher Judi Van Houweling always incorporated the arts into her lesson plans. For 26 years, her classroom at Tumalo Community School was one where acting, painting, drawing and crafting were central to learning. One day, Debra Mae Fisher—an artist-in-residence at the school—encouraged Van Houweling to bring her love of the arts and teaching into her plans after…

February 2017 Lifestyle Letter

In a salute to the thriving craft brewing industry in this town, we’ve dedicated this issue to brews—complete with a comparison of different types of beer, a listing of local beer festivals, and a guide to choosing a local watering hole, depending on your mood. Celebrate February with your favorite beer in hand, a warm fire in the fireplace and…

February 2017 Around Town

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…

The Business of Beans

When strolling along the streets of downtown Bend, a coffee aroma seems to drift around every corner and down every alley, leading to a myriad of coffee shops. Tucked in the center of NW Minnesota Avenue is a local favorite, Dudley’s Bookshop and Cafe, a cozy spot for conversation and delicious caffeinated drinks featuring coffee from Bonsai Beans.

Hoppy + Fresh

Perfect for a fresh, deep clean scented with hops. For continuous upkeep and a quick and easy refresher.

2016 Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival

Hundreds of dark beer lovers sampled more than 20 winter ales inside the heated tent in GoodLife Brewing Company's 
Biergarten December 10. The festival benefited the Central Oregon Brewer’s Guild. 
Photography Steve Giardini

Swampy Hut Dedication

Dozens of skiers and snowshoers said goodbye as the old Swampy Hut was set ablaze, and then christened the new Swampy Hut December 10. The ceremony was hosted by the Central Oregon Nordic Club and U.S. Forest Service. 
Photography Steve Giardini

High Desert Hydrotherapy Ribbon Cutting

Attendees braved wintry roads to see the Bend Chamber's ribbon cutting ceremony for High Desert Hydrotherapy in December. Located downtown, High Desert Hydrotherapy specializes in colon hydrotherapy, body contouring, full body detox wraps and more. Guests enjoyed a tour by owner Camilla Drabeck, a full spread of appetizers and champagne, and door prizes. 
Photography Provided

Hops in the Kitchen

Stout Chocolate Brownies

Be a Valentine’s Day Superstar!

Ah, the romance of it all! You want to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day for you and your sweetie. You’re giddy with anticipation as your heart swells. Yet every single idea that bubbles up is something you’ve done before, and wasn’t particularly well-received. Your giddiness is immediately replaced by a wave of panic.

The Beers of Beer Town, USA

With Oregon having over 200 breweries—34 in Central Oregon alone—the days of walking into a bar and telling the bartender you’ll have a “beer” are long gone. Choices now range from locals’ favorite India Pale Ale (IPA) to specialty beers, crafted for the season.

Where to Grab a Beer


Are you in the enviable position of trying to decide between multiple craft breweries? Here's our guide to local watering holes that best suit your needs.

2017 Central Oregon Beer Festivals

As if Central Oregon needs more of a reason to get together and celebrate beer, each year a dozen beer festivals take place throughout the High Desert. Some specialize in certain beer distinctions, while others invite various breweries from across the country to participate. Add the sounds of local bands and culinary delights served by local vendors and you have…

January 2017 Lifestyle Letter

With the New Year upon us, chilly winter nights have arrived here in Bend. For me, that’s mostly about staying snug and warm in the evenings! But, the stories in this issue have challenged me to venture out into the cold and try new experiences after dark. Although I love the outdoors on a sunny winter day, I admit I’ve…

The Center Shevlin Clinic Grand Opening

The Center for Orthopedic & Neurological Care & Research invited the community to tour their new, state-of-the-art facility at Shevlin Health and Wellness Center October 27. Guests enjoyed a ribbon cutting, door prizes, an opportunity to meet the expert medical team and music by Kurt Silva and Lilli Worona. PHOTOGRAPHY GARY CALICOTT AND PROVIDED

High Heels for High Hopes

the presenting sponsor and host of the March of Dimes Central Oregon High Heels for High Hopes Runway Show on November 17, World Prematurity Awareness Day. Nine local women walked the runway and helped raise over $30,000 to support the March of Dimes. PHOTOGRAPHY KELLIANNE JORDAN

January 2017 Around Town

4 Peaks Music Festival is excited to announce a new venue for their 10th Anniversary festival weekend, taking place June 15-18, 2017. Months of searching for the right site led them to Southeast Bend’s Stevenson Ranch. The 100+ acre ranch—over 60 acres larger than last year’s location—maintains the same Cascade Mountain views and mellow vibe as the previous location, but…

A New Year’s Eve Snowshoe

Each Central Oregon winter, the Virginia Meissner SnoPark becomes a popular destination for nordic skiers and snowshoers. The Meissner Nordic Club cares for the pristine park by grooming the trails four times a week and maintaining shelters throughout where visitors can warm up. While Virginia Meissner is gorgeous during the day—with fresh blankets of snow covering the towering Ponderosa and…

Bend Winter Nights

Central Oregon is known for breathtaking Cascade Mountain views, Bend’s bustling downtown area, and over 300 days of sunshine. Even when long winter nights cut the days short, the high desert has a picturesque mountain sky and an entertaining mountain town experience. So, next time a cozy home fire tries to lure you into staying home, resist the urge and…

Removing Obstacles

I step around to the unsafe side of the safety fence. The ledge—300 feet above ground—isn’t quite wide enough to fit the full length of my feet. My mind goes eerily calm. I take a deep breath, focus on the horizon, and await the countdown. Then, I jump.

Get Organized!

Modern-day living has become increasingly more demanding as people get married later, work longer hours, and relocate more frequently. As a result, an organized, relaxing, and inspirational home has become even more important.

The Benefits of Honey

Honey is great for your skin! Did you know that raw organic honey is great for your skin too? Honey has natural antibacterial properties, so it is an effective acne treatment option, and it is loaded with antioxidants and enzymes, so it helps boost your skin’s immunity and fights free radicals to help slow down aging.