Gratitude abounds for the beauty of the Deschutes National Forest (DNF). After another dramatic fire season in the Pacific Northwest, and with the DNF encompassing nearly 1.6 million acres, we are thankful for the Forest Service that keeps our environment safe year round. The role of the Deschutes National Forest’s USDA Fire Service is multi-faceted in the fire-adapted ecosystem of…

Be a Saving Grace

“I feel like I’m living someone else’s story, or dream…or nightmare.” This was Edlyn’s* reality when she finally called 911 a few years ago. Her husband at that time was physically abusive. “If you leave me,” he would say, “I’m going to find you and I’m going to kill you,” recalls Edlyn. She lived in a constant state of fear—fear…


Recently I decided to try to take time out every day to reflect on the things that I’m grateful for, particularly the things that happened on that given day. When I remember to take a moment for reflection, I’m overwhelmed with all the blessings in my life and it makes it easier for me to … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

The Center Expands Medical Team The Center welcomes four fellowship-trained physicians who bring valuable skills and expertise to Central Oregon: Anthony DiGirolamo, DO is a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor with fellowship training in pain medicine; David Holt, MD is an orthopedic surgeon with specialized training in hand and upper extremity injuries and conditions; Justin Roth, … Continued


Butternut Squash Soup 1 butternut squash, peeled and diced, seeds removed 1/2 of a sweet onion, diced 2 carrots, peeled and diced 2 stalks of celery, diced 3 thyme sprigs 1 sprig rosemary

Farmhouse Revival

They had two hard choices: Either demolish the 1920s farmhouse with its laundry list of needs or keep it and build out the 1200-square-foot, golden-age charmer. For Ezra Ross and wife Kristen, the decision tugged between heart and head, and eventually the outcome became a calculated combination of both.

Healing Reins Diamonds and Dust Fundraiser

Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center held their 2018 Diamonds and Dust fundraiser on Sept. 15 to support equine-assisted therapeutic experiences each year to change the lives of children, teens, adults and whole families facing physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral challenges. PHOTOGRAPHY JESS LYDON

Farm to Fork Dinner Supports Heart of Oregon Corps.

Aperion Management Group hosted the third annual Farm to Fork Dinner and Fundraiser on September 9th at Mt. Bachelor’s Pine Marten Lodge. The event featured a lift ride to and from the lodge, farm to fork food prepared by a local chef, music and auction. The event raised $50,000 for Heart of Oregon Corps. PHOTOGRAPHY JOSH … Continued

Northwest Cosmetic Surgery Welcomes Dr. Amanda Nelson

Dr. Gary Gallagher welcomed Dr. Amanda Nelson to his practice with an Open House September 11 at Northwest Cosmetic Surgery. A Central Oregon native, Dr. Nelson returns to the area after completing her medical degree with honors at University of Washington, and brings with her a wealth of clinical, research and plastic surgery fellowship training. PHOTOGRAPHY CHERYL PARTON

The Dailey Method Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

The Dailey Method, a barre fitness studio owned by Kris Pursel, celebrated its one-year anniversary on September 8 and 9 with free classes, raffles and refreshments at its Brookwood Plaza location. The Dailey Method combines Pilates, yoga and ballet barre training to benefit mind and body. PHOTOGRAPHY STEVE GIARDINI        

Food Creates Memories

It’s interesting how favorite foods can bring back happy memories and become family traditions. On a recent vacation to Michigan, we had a long-awaited family get together with more than 50 of us. The spread of home-cooked food did not disappoint—with many well-loved Polish recipes handed down from my mom and as always, including at … Continued

What Chefs Love

Out of the many different things that make up a community, food is often times the most universally understood and celebrated. From chef to customer, food is a language of love that everyone can appreciate. In Bend, a town chock full of incredible restaurant options from a variety of cuisines and cultures, that food experience is no exception. The backbone…

October 2018 Around Town

Deschutes Pediatric Dentistry Welcomes Dr. Edward Christensen Deschutes Pediatric Dentistry adds not only more depth of experience, but a branch from their family tree with the addition of Dr. Edward Christensen to their practice. As a board-certified pediatric dentist with more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Edward Christensen joins his brother Dr. Steven Christensen … Continued

Mill Point Dental Center Hosts Young Professionals Network

Mill Point Dental Center hosted the Bend Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals Network gathering on August 22 at their practice above the Old Mill. The event was designed to engage, educate and empower young professionals to become future leaders in the region. PHOTOGRAPHY CHERYL PARTON

Fall Road Trip

Oregon’s Hood River Valley is hauntingly beautiful when fall takes hold. The region shows its autumnal burnt orange and yellow-colored foliage, and fresh fruit unfurls from the land’s historic and fertile farms.  

Donna Britt’s Favorite Things for the Kitchen

For media personality Donna Britt, food has always been the tie that binds. Growing up in the South meant cooking with her Granny, and when family gathered, it was to share a meal. These days, “Feeding the people I love is important,” she says. With a long career in broadcasting, in Memphis/Nashville/Seattle/New York and Central Oregon (first in 1988), Britt…


The Oregon wine landscape is spectacular: vineyards on the west side of the state are located close to many recreational opportunities like hiking, fishing, and cycling.The New Zealand wine landscape is similar. Mountains, rivers, lakes, and the ocean surround the country’s grape growing regions on both islands. Both Oregon and New Zealand have signature grape varieties–Pinot Gris in Oregon and…

Johnson Brothers Appliances Ribbon Cutting Event

On July 26, Johnson Brothers Appliances celebrated a ribbon cutting and gave tours of their new 30,000 square-foot showroom on Azure Drive in Bend. PHOTOGRAPHY STEVE GIARDINI

Cork & Barrel Benefits KIDS Center

Cork & Barrel, a benefit for KIDS Center, took place July 19-21 at Broken Top Club. The three-day food and wine event included Winemaker Dinners, A Sip of Cork & Barrel, and the Grand Cru—a five-course dinner and live auction.  PHOTOGRAPHY MIKE ALBRIGHT, BARB GONZALEZ, BRITT RENE, ABBOTT SCHINDLER PHOTOGRAPHY


 Article Cheryl Parton | Photography Charlotte Dupont  As the season expresses itself in changing tones and colors, creativity expresses itself in how we dress, decorate our homes and in the case of the Gilreath family—in every facet of daily life.  Abe and Kirsten Gilreath, the founders/proprietors of local lifestyle shops Ju-bee-lee and Abode, realized their combined creativity through a spirit…


 Article Cheryl Parton  Instagram gives locals a platform, and viewers a glimpse, into the world of Bend trends and fashion. While top influencers can garner followers into the hundreds of thousands, Insta-Bend carves out its own niche by sharing the look and feel of our active community with inspirations from the environment. "I have always loved fashion, clothes and finding…

Closet Audit

 Article Julie E. Furnas  A yearly closet audit is smart and important for three reasons: It’s an effective way to eliminate unwanted clothing and accessories; it helps to reorganize the items you wear and makes you feel good, and it allows you to put together a list of items you need that can be paired with those timeless pieces that…

The Style Issue

While growing up, I remember the way that we dressed in school was all about conformity. All the pre-teen and teen insecurities made us feel more comfortable to make sure we wore the “cool” jeans, the “in” shoes and the latest styles to fit in. I was so relieved to enter adulthood and begin to … Continued

September 2018 Around Town

Johnson Brothers Appliances Opens New Showroom Johnson Brothers Appliances, founded by Vern Johnson in 1950, has opened its new showroom adjacent to its previous store on Azure Drive just east of Pilot Butte. According to General Manager Dave Johnson, “We’re excited to offer an enjoyable, intuitive shopping experience for our customers. I think folks will … Continued

4 Peaks Music Festival

Thousands of music lovers gathered at Stevenson Ranch from July 21-24 for the 11th-Annual 4 Peaks Music Festival. PHOTOGRAPHY GARY CALICOTT

Leela Into the Fold

 Article Julie E. Furnas | Photography Cheryl Parton  Most artists discover and hone individual talents at a young age. Leela Morimoto, owner and chief artist for LeeMo Designs, is no exception. Her talent of folding paper started at three years old when her mother needed something to keep her daughter'sfidgety fingers occupied. Once she started, she couldn’t stop—folding anything and…

Local Look

 Article Kelsey Claspell | Photography Cheryl Parton  At first glance, the trend of men’s facial hair may appear to be simply a matter of style. Yet beards provide a segue to substance and community support. Beard clubs exist not only as a place for bearded individuals to come together and share a common interest, but also to make the world…

Lunch on the Lawn

J Bar J Youth Services celebrated 50 years of helping kids get back on track, find safe shelter, finish high school, prepare for their future, and reach their full potential at their Lunch on the Lawn event held July 20 at J Bar J Ranch. PHOTOGRAPHY BARBARA DUDLEY

Oregon High Desert Classics

Top riders from the Western United States and Canada competed in this premier AA/Hunter Jumper competition from July 18-29. Proceeds from the event benefit five youth-serving agencies parented by J Bar J Youth Services. PHOTOGRAPHY BARBARA DUDLEY

People & Pets

 Article Kelsey Claspell | Photography Barbara Dudley  MEET RED + SUE  Sue Jackson is an equine massage therapist specializing in equine sport therapy. With a background in physical therapy and massage therapy in humans, Sue didn’t originally plan on mixing her two passions of healing and horses until 1990. A champion for keeping horses as healthy and happy as they…

Crafting A Home

 Article and Photography Cheryl Parton  Approaching the home of Scott and Karen Letourneau on their property east of Bend, the elegant sloped angles of arts and crafts architecture and glimpses of a sleeping porch ready to impart a summer’s night dream are a welcome sight. Even more welcoming is the head of their eight-year-old Vizsla, Gus, who pops his head…

Kids Create Change

 Article Donna Burklo | Photography Cheryl Parton  Empowering kids to be agents of positive change for neighbors in need helps them to know their value in the world at an early age. Children and youth can not only make a significant difference in the health and well-being of others, they can also inspire people of all ages to do the…

Summer Reading

 Article and Photography Cheryl Parton  Dog days refer to the sultry days of summer, and one gift of a hot day is the respite shade offers to escape with a book. In the spirit of summertime, Cassie Clemans, owner of Roundabout Books, suggests a few titles with backdrops of the transformative transitions taking place during childhood and young adulthood. In…

Lifestyle Letter

These are the Dog Days of Summer Early this morning I walked outside to care for our horses and once again felt a wave of gratitude to be able to start my day this way. And when I can close the day by spending relaxing time with them in the evenings, it’s been a good … Continued

August 2018 Around Town

ART IN THE HIGH DESERT SET FOR AUGUST 24-26 Art in the High Desert, the nationally recognized show and sale of fine arts and crafts, takes place on the grassy banks of the Deschutes River in the Old Mill District for three days, August 24-26. Thanks to its growing public support, Art in the High … Continued

A New Vision for Life

 Article Donna Burklo  1. Tents in a circle form a supportive community for students.  2. Shared experiences of outdoor therapy help build strong relationships.

Bend Lifestyle Celebration

Bend Lifestyle Magazine kicked off summer with an event May 30 at Hollinshead Barn. Thank you to the Bend Lifestyle advertising and community partners and friends who came to celebrate and to Bowtie Catering for providing delicious appetizers and seasonal cocktails. PHOTOGRAPHY STEVE GIARDINI

Humane Society’s Tuxes & Tails

The Humane Society of Central Oregon held their 13th Annual Tuxes & Tails fundraiser on June 9 at the Riverhouse Convention Center. The live and silent auction, dinner and dessert dash raised money for programs that benefit 3,000 animals the Humane Society cares for each year. PHOTOGRAPHY B BRINSTON PHOTOGRAPHY & STEVE GIARDINI

Colors of Bend

 Article Sarah Richards  Come summertime, life is nonstop for those living and traveling in Bend. Central Oregon’s mountains, cold rivers, and inviting people represent a rainbow of colors in the community—activities and symbols beloved in the region rise like the sun. We’ve prepared a color-coded guide chock-full of outdoor experiences, new ways to imbibe, and how to best relax at…

Gift of Music Fundraiser

The Cascade School of Music held their annual Gift of Music Fundraiser April 28 at Awbrey Glen Restaurant. The event included a silent auction of 22 painted violins by local artists. The dinner and auction raised $92,000 plus the School received a $30,000 grant from Oregon Community Foundation. PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE GIARDINI

Deschutes River Conservancy’s RiverFeast

The Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC) held their RiverFeast Dinner and Auction on May 12 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon. The event raised $100,000 to support the DRC's mission to restore streamflow and improve water quality in the Deschutes Basin. PHOTOGRAPHY BY R. TODD CARY

Bees, Please

 Article Donna Burklo  Hug a Bee  You may not love bees. You aren’t alone. The potential for a sting and the incessant buzzing-all-about are sure detriments to any relationship that otherwise might bloom.

Guide to Summer

It’s Summer! There’s no mistaking it—summer life in Bend is in full swing. Just look around: Our roads are filled with vehicles pulling boats, water toys and campers and they’re loaded with bikes, tents and camping gear. Our rivers and lakes have warmed up enough for lazy afternoon floats and fun on SUPs and kayaks. … Continued

July 2018 Around Town

American Red Cross Launches Missing Types Campaign As part of an international movement, American Red Cross launched the Missing Types Campaign in June to raise awareness of the need for blood donors to ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients.  They campaign asks, “What if the letters A, B and O went missing from the … Continued

Lifestyle Hack

 Article and Photography Cheryl Parton  For a dose of nostalgia, the smells and sounds from a crackling campfire evoke summertime in an instant. A fire is often the communal focal point of a campsite, or backyard gathering, where each person has a role—from wood gatherer, fire starter, fire poker, to musician or s’mores chef. As a lifetime camper and a…

Central Oregon Veterans Ranch

 Article Claudia Hinz | Photography Cheryl Parton  The Central Oregon Veterans Ranch (COVR) broke ground on 19 acres north of Bend in 2015, but the seeds of this one-of-a-kind model of care and fellowship were planted long before. For many years, Alison Perry, a licensed professional counselor and founder of COVR, worked with veterans though the United States Department of…

Craft & Cocktail

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Citizen Bar & Kitchen

 Article Julie E. Furnas | Photography Itzel Weiwel  Tucked in the Bond and Greenwood area of downtown Bend, Citizen Bar and Kitchen is the new kid on the block. With a sleek bar, low lighting and soft vintage interior décor, Citizen adds a speakeasy element to the ever-evolving Bend food scene by offering a full bar with prohibition-style cocktails and…

Guys’ Night Out

 Article Gregg Morris  Surrounded by nature’s playground and over 20 local craft breweries, Bend is either a mountain town with a nightlife problem or a beer town with a recreation problem. After a long day riding Phil’s Trail, skiing Mount Bachelor’s backside, or paddling the Deschutes River, there’s no shortage of nighttime opportunities. Either way, guys will jump at the…

Reach Your Potential

 Article Kelsey Claspell | Photography Barbara Dudley  It’s no secret that Bend is a mecca for people who enjoy an active lifestyle. From mountain biking to rock climbing, downhill skiing to backcountry hiking, and everything in between, Central Oregon offers endless possibilities. An essential part of prepping your body to enjoy the Bend life starts in the gym. Year-round training…