Art All Around

Over the years, the outdoor public art in Bend has become just as much of the view and landscape as the Cascade Mountain Range. There are now 24 permanent roundabout art installations and several sculptures of various mediums tucked around the city. Since 1973, Art in Public Places (AiPP) has been transforming Bend into a place where residents and visitors…

Cheers to Summer!

With our long-awaited summer in full swing, it seems there’s not enough time for all the high desert adventures we want to pack in. On a typical morning drive in Bend, you’ll notice the cars loaded with paddle boards, kayaks or bikes, or towing a boat as people set out for fun. Whether it’s floating … Continued

Deschutes River Conservancy’s RiverFeast

The Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC) held their RiverFeast Dinner and Auction on May 17 at  the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon. The event raised money to support the DRC’s mission to restore streamflow and improve water quality in the Deschutes Basin. PHOTOGRAPHY BY R. TODD CARY

Gift of Music Fundraiser

The Cascade School of Music (CSM) held their annual Gift of Music Fundraiser on May 11 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The evening included a silent auction of 11 painted and mosaic musical instruments by local artists. CSM strives  to provide music education and experiences through accessible, affordable, and lifelong engagements in music. PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE GIARDINI

July 2019 Around Town

Cascade Youth & Family Center Celebrates 30 Years For 30 years, Cascade Youth & Family Center (CYFC) has responded to the needs of youth in jeopardy by building programs for runaway and homeless kids, ages 11 and up, by providing family mediation, emergency shelter, street outreach, transitional living (longer-term shelter), and beyond. Each program builds on … Continued

Smith Rock Ascent Trail Race

The Smith Rock Ascent trail race was held May 18-19 at Smith Rock State Park. A portion of the 50-kilometer, 15-mile, 4-mile and kids run entry fees went to support the Central Oregon Running Klub’s Youth Program for kids ages 5-18, which focuses on fostering a lifelong passion for running.  PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL NELSON AND … Continued

Upper Deschutes Watershed Council’s Upstream Fundraiser

On May 17, the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council held Upstream at Brasada Ranch to share the work of students and celebrate watershed education. The community event was a fundraiser for The Upstream Project, a watershed education program which seeks to educate, engage and activate the next generation of environmental stewards. PHOTOGRAPHY BY UPPER DESCHUTES WATERSHED … Continued

City Guide for Every Guy

 The Dad  Just outside of Bend city limits in Oregon’s high desert is Brasada Ranch. Families and their pets can rent cabins just a short walk from the resort’s heated outdoor pools complete with a waterslide and lazy river, an indoor lap pool, hot tubs, wet saunas and a wading pool for the little ones. Dads can also play ping…

Essential Oils for Men

While aromatherapy has been traditionally thought of as a practice for women only, the essential oil industry has seen an increase in the use of more natural products and pure essential oils by men over the past ten years. In general, essential oils are gender-neutral with most of the fragrances appealing equally to both sexes. However certain woodsy, spicy and…

June 2019 Around Town

Celebrate Camping During the Month of June June is Great Outdoors Month® as part of the National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) Great American Campout, a summer-long celebration of camping as a way to connect to nature and wildlife. Mind, body and spirit benefits from outdoor play are well-documented, according to NWF. Great Outdoors Month® during the … Continued

Portrait Connection Unveiling Reception

Portrait Connection held their art unveiling event April 1 at Tetherow Resort. The local nonprofit was created to pair artists and families of children with serious medical conditions to create lasting legacies of fine art. The event allowed the artists to present their artwork to the portrait subjects and their families. PHOTOS BY GARY CALICOTT PHOTOGRAPHY

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Family Access Network Luncheon

Family Access Network (FAN) held their 13th Annual Luncheon Fundraiser April 12 at Ensworth Elementary School and raised more than $100,00. FAN serves nearly 9,000 disadvantaged children and their family members each year in Deschutes and Crook Counties. They provide essential services with a goal to keep children healthy and in school. PHOTOS PROVIDED BY FAMILY … Continued

David Kinker: An Artist’s Flow

As an artist, David Kinker doesn’t separate a life of reflection from the reflections of the water in his paintings. At first glance, the landscapes are representational of the rivers David visits as a naturalist and interpretive river guide. Yet, while painting is a record of his experiences it’s also a record of what he refers to as a special…

ROSS FARMHOUSE STYLE

If the ancestral line from 100 years ago could see Ezra and Kristen Ross’ restored 1920s farmhouse, they’d be delighted to see a home with a new set of lungs inside its original bones. Bend craftsman, Ezra Ross, owner of Ross Built Homes, completed his personal home project three years in the making early 2019. On the list of major…

Refreshing Mojito

A Cuban classic, the Mojito is a refreshing mix of rum, mint and lime juice with a bubbly finish. Its sweet herbaceousness equals summer in a sip. Mixologist Sanda Costello, co-owner of both Bowtie Catering and The Citizen Bar & Kitchen, enjoys creating new cocktails based on classic recipes by using fresh ingredients. Similar to the way she approaches building a rotating menu at The…

Sounds of Summer

Although the weather may not always cooperate, you can usually tell when summer has its hold on Central Oregon. Car roof racks exchange skis for kayaks, the bike lanes are full, and live music seems to emanate from every brewery, park, and farmer’s market. Local bands look toward summer to share freshly-written original songs and sing beloved favorites, while touring…

Strawberry Freezer Jam

 Ingredients  2 cups crushed strawberries, leave berries chunky not fully mashed  4 cups sugar

Souvenirs from Home

While a souvenir is typically a small memento from an unforgettable visit, for folks living in Central Oregon, they are reminders of just how lucky we are to live here every day. A bumper sticker announcing, “My life is your vacation,” may not be subtle, but memorabilia like Bend-OR-abilia confirms there’s no place like home.

Here Comes Summer

In this issue, we celebrate the special men in our lives. Here’s to our husbands, fathers, brothers, sons and friends! Of course, there’s Father’s Day on June 16, but there are so many more reasons why it’s great to be a guy this month. With the summer season underway, our long, sunny days can be filled … Continued

LIFE LESSONS

 CAROL URISH-McLATCHIE  2019 National High School Girls Track and Field Coach of the Year, with Jim McLatchie (USTFCCCA)  U.S. Women's Distance Coach, Track and Field, Pan Am Games 2019, Lima, Peru

Lady Power

Every Thursday. “Well, we’ve missed a few,” comes the correction from a voice somewhere near the coffee pot. So, almost every Thursday for more than 25 years, a force of women self-described as Lady Power comes together to get stuff done. Unstoppable, yet welcoming of interruption, these ladies exude boundless energy and emit loads of laughter as they tell their…

A Day in the Life

The scope of a real estate professional’s job encompasses far more than hosting open houses and touring fancy homes. For Carrie DiTullio, voted Best Realtor in Bend Lifestyle’s 2018 Readers’ Choice awards, the skill set includes everything from market analysis, marketing, negotiating, and investigative research to the psychology of reading people and listening carefully. “My goal is to be sure…

Mother and Daughter: Livin’ Bend

Bend, Oregon is the kind of place people love so much they get creative to stay here.  Similarly, others create businesses out of their passion for the adventurous lifestyle that Bend affords them. Two years ago, Julie Burket and her oldest daughter Skye, 22, were returning from a trip. As they approached their hometown of nearly three decades, Julie exclaimed,…

Botanist’s Variety

 Purple lilacs symbolize the first emotions of love.   | Syringa is a flowery, wooded plant that's related to the olive family (Oleaceae) and is native from southeastern Europe to eastern Asia. Although they are commonly cultivated in temperate areas such as Colorado, which is why you see them blooming in early-, mid- and late-season. |   From Middle English ellebore, from Old French ellebre, elebore, from Medieval Latin eleborus,…

Celebrate May Days

May brings the celebration of Mother’s Day and as I write this I’m grateful for being a mom! This month reminds us of the women in our lives—our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends. Where would we be without them? With this issue, we’ve taken it a step further to celebrate local women who inspire us. … Continued

May 2019 Around Town

Riverside Animal Hospital Welcomes Dr. Victoria Karshner Riverside Animal Hospital welcomed Dr. Victoria Karshner to their practice. Dr. Karshner was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis. In her free time, Dr. Karshner enjoys hiking with her dog, Rouge, mountain biking, and spending … Continued

Saving Grace Heroes Luncheon

Saving Grace hosted their annual Heroes Luncheon on March 7 at Tetherow's Event Pavilion. The event is designed to increase awareness for the comprehensive services Saving Grace provides in Central Oregon to promote the value of living life free from intimate partner violence and sexual assault. PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAVING GRACE

2019 MUSE CONFERENCE

The 7th annual Muse Women’s Conference was held February 28 – March 3 at the Tower Theatre and local venues. The event, titled "We the Movement" brought together local women and teens with internationally recognized artists, authors, athletes, entrepreneurs, activists, and social change leaders to celebrate International Women’s Day and kick-off Women’s History Month. THOMAS AND VELO … Continued

Timeless Beauty

With just a few products and a few minutes, these quick makeup routines add a little something extra when you don’t have time to spare Makeup brush 101 Your guide to must-have makeup brushes   01 | ANGLED CONTOUR Use this to apply blush, bronzer or highlighter. The angled cut flawlessly defines and highlights your features. … Continued

The Art of Richard Cork

Richard Cork, 85, can muse for hours over coffee and converse on all matters, from politics to marriage, war, music, language, and art. Richard is a fine artist with a successful career as a graphic designer and training from San Diego State University. He has spent his life working across the creative spectrum—photography, oil painting, illuminated sculpture, and printmaking join…

Four Eco-Friendly Floors

When considering eco-friendly flooring for home or office spaces, there are several smart and sustainable choices which never sacrifice durability, quality or style. Eco-friendly or “green” flooring encompasses a wide variety of materials and pertains to anything from natural fiber carpets, to tiles made from true recycled materials or reclaimed wood from sustainably harvested resources, such as orchards of low-producing fruit trees…

To Earth, with Love

This month at Bend Lifestyle, we bring you our Eco issue in honor of Earth Day on April 22. Inspired by the infinite beauty of the earth—and our desire to preserve and protect it—we compiled an array of features about eco-conscious people and ideas to inspire you. Throughout this issue, you’ll find simple ways to … Continued

Biking Bend

Made up of part adventure mecca, part craft beer explosion, and part arts community, Bend is a community with an envious lifestyle that is no longer a secret. Take the lead from local nonprofits Commute Options and the Central Oregon Trails Alliance: Grab your helmet, hop on your bike and experience Bend’s offerings on a sunny day.

April 2019 Around Town

Elev8 Mortgage Opened by Local Professional Team Local mortgage professionals Dan Williams and Hedley Zeller have opened Elev8 Mortgage in Central Oregon. With Williams as president, and Zeller, CFO, the company was created to offer a simple and streamlined mortgage experience for home purchase or refinance needs. By expanding on the mortgage broker definition to be … Continued

Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show

The 9th annual Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show, held January 25 at Midtown Ballroom, featured creative designs by transforming trash into runway fashion. The event raised more than $30,000 as a fundraiser for Realms Middle School and Realms High School. PHOTOGRAPHY SHE PHOTOGRAPHY, A SUZETTE HIBBLE EXPERIENCE

Going Green

Living Sustainably in Style Article Nicolette Martin Did you know that in 2016, world plastic production totaled around 335 million metric tons, according to the Earth Day Network? Although you probably can’t singlehandedly change the environmental toll of the amount of plastic pollution that comes from that kind of number, we’ve rounded up a few … Continued

Diving/ with Purpose

When it comes to seeing the world as a playground, videographer, storyteller, and media personality Jared Leisek’s field of vision is larger than most. As a self-professed, “Scuba-diving treasure hunter with a purpose,” his exploration starts below the water’s surface and with 70 percent of the earth covered by water, it’s no wonder he sees vast potential. For Leisek, diving…

HOME: An (Un)Obtainable Goal

“Mom, we’re not going to be homeless, are we?” These words were unheard of in my youth. Not just because my parents managed to keep us securely housed, but also because it just didn’t come up as a possibility in normal conversation.Today it is a real fear for many families. The need for affordable housing is outpacing our community’s ability to…

Early Bend Takes Flight

 (Introduction to be part of opening spread)   A lesson on Bend’s early history is represented by some of the 59 surviving historic structures or monuments in the Deschutes Historical Museum’s “Heritage Walk” program. Local historian James Crowell writes about the history of the Putnam House for Bend Lifestyle in the pages that follow. Crowell, a resident of Bend for 79 years,…

Color of the Year

As sure as color evokes memories and emotions, experts study the colors that align with our place and times to predict trends for the future. For 20 years, folks at the Pantone Color Institute have combed the world looking at color influences to name their Color of the Year. In 2019, they selected Living Coral described as, “Sociable and spirited,…

March 2019 Around Town

High Desert Mural Festival Creates Public Art The High Desert Mural Festival (HDMF), a 501(c)-3 nonprofit dedicated to support projects that enhance the public arts culture of Central Oregon, has focused on facilitating public murals in our community and helping to foster local visual arts education. HDMF completed three major murals in Central Oregon during … Continued

Welcome Home

“Home is where the heart is.”  This common phrase is a reminder that our homes are a central place in our lives—where we rest our heads, nourish our bodies and create fond memories with loved ones. It’s the epicenter of our world, where we start and end each day, and where we keep our most … Continued

Hearth Warmers

 Books to Warm Your Hearth, Home, and Spirit  Much like home, Dudley’s Bookshop Café welcomes guests into a comforting place to settle in with favorite books, coffee and people. The shop offers a curated selection of new and used literary fiction, guidebooks and ever-changing staff picks,  hot coffee and tea, plus cozy chairs and an upstairs meeting nook for gathering.…

Bend Lifestyle Readers’ Choice Awards Celebration

Bend Lifestyle celebrated its second annual Readers' Choice Award winners on January 10 at Central Oregon Collective. Congratulations to this year's winners! (See the February issue for a complete list.) PHOTOS STEVE GIARDINI

Building a Sustainable Future

When a person spends as much time on a river as Rick Wright does, a passion for the natural world is bound to seep into every part of life. For Wright, his love of nature can be seen in how he lives, works and plays along the Deschutes River. Wright’s first experiences in the Cascade Mountains came as a 6th…

Green Home

Adding houseplants to living and working spaces not only provides a visual aesthetic, it creates a peaceful atmosphere and has been proven to be good for mental and physical health. With a wide variety of houseplants to choose from, introducing the right ones into the home and office can have the same positive effects as aromatherapy and music. In fact,…

BEST OF Bend

When it comes to selecting the best of our community, there are no better judges than those of us who live here. We asked you, our readers, to give us your list of the best in Bend: opinions from locals FOR locals. With so many top-notch businesses in Central Oregon, the nomination and voting process took two months and the…

Drumroll, Please . . .

During these past few months, the Bend Lifestyle team has been busy working on our second annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Once again, we had an amazing response from our readers! Every contender on the ballot was nominated by the community and during the voting round, with many tight races, you, our readers, determined the winners. … Continued

February 2019 Around Town

Deschutes Public Library Completes Facilities Capital Plan As the Deschutes Public Library approaches its 100th birthday, it’s board and staff completed a Facilities Capital Plan after two years of intensive study and outreach to more than 1,600 stakeholders and community members throughout Deschutes County. The plan outlines a vision for future library spaces and services needed … Continued