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In the world of human trafficking, freedom may only be a fantasy. You want to escape, yet a part of you believes what you’ve been told: that nobody else will accept you. That this life is better than what waits on the outside. Relief mixes with uncertainty and fear as you watch the person who trafficked you taken into custody.…

Contributor GRATITUDE

 NAME: Cheryl Parton, editor  GRATEFUL FOR: “I am so thankful for my loving family and friends. Having lived in Bend for 20 years, I’m grateful for the way we all connect to each other and make our community better via shared experiences—whether through our kids, work, volunteerism or play. Every day is a gift.”  NAME: Gregg Morris, writer


As I began to reflect on all the things in my life that I’m grateful for, I realized there was not enough space here to include them all! So, my short list starts with my beautiful family, without whom I could not manage without their love and support and extends to our so-loved horses and … Continued

November 2019 Around Town

Diamonds & Dust Healing Reins celebrated 20 years of service in Central Oregon at its Diamonds & Dust fundraiser held September 14th. More than 400 guests raised a record $315,000 in support of the organization.  Healing Reins’ equine-assisted programs and therapies help children, teens, adults and whole families who are challenged by a wide range of … Continued

OVER THE EDGE for United Way of Deschutes County

United Way of Deschutes County hosted OVER THE EDGE on September 7. Participants rappelled 70 feet down The Oxford Hotel, the tallest building in Central Oregon, to raise money for vulnerable populations in the community. The event included a Ground Party and raised more than $40,000 for United Way of Deschutes County. PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID A. … Continued

Farm to Fork Dinner Supports Heart of Oregon Corps.

Aperion Management Group hosted the fourth annual Farm to Fork Dinner September 8 at Mt. Bachelor’s Pine Marten Lodge. After a lift ride to the lodge, guests experienced a gourmet dinner, live music and auction. The fundraiser supports Heart of Oregon Corps., a nonprofit creating positive change in the lives of young people. PHOTOGRAPHY BY NATALIE STEPHENSON … Continued

Bend-La Pine Looks to the Future with New Schools

Community members joined Bend-La Pine Schools staff and students to celebrate the opening of Bend's newest elementary school and the groundbreaking for a new high school in southeast Bend. North Star Elementary School's ribbon cutting took place August 29. A ground-breaking ceremony was held on September 19 for a new high school slated to open in 2021. … Continued

Pecan vs. Pumpkin

 PUMPKIN  Pumpkin pie was not served at the first Thanksgiving because early settlers had no ovens for baking.  The first “modern” pumpkin pie recipe was published in 1796 by Amelia Simmons in American Cookery, the first known cookbook of the Americas.

Morning Glory

We all know the feeling. It’s a crisp morning after a snow storm. The alarm goes off and we enter into our morning routine. As the sleep gets wiped from our eyes, an immediate thought crosses our minds, “What’s it like up there?”

Worth the Trip: Maragas Winery

Wine country tourism is at our fingertips in Central Oregon. In less than an hour from Bend, one can bask in the offerings of the viniferous kind – with a view of the Three Sisters –  at Maragas Winery located 28 miles north of Bend between Terrebonne and Madras. Guests who like sweet wines can kick back with the 2016…

Dinner & a Movie, part 2

 2. The Godfather I (1972)  Considered one of the greatest gangster films in world cinema, The Godfather was the highest grossing film in 1972. It launched the careers of director Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino and revitalized the career of Marlon Brando who played the iconic, Vito Corleone. New York City is the  backdrop for this 1940s and 50s mafia…

Mad About Plaid

In keeping with the trend of everything old being new again, plaids from the grunge-era 90s have returned with simultaneous interpretations of everything from preppy, to lumberjack or punk. While traditionally the term plaid, derived from the Gaelic word for blanket (“plaide”), was reserved for a specific type of garment worn in the hard winters of Scotland, today plaid refers…

Cheers to Fall!

We hope you have an appetite when you begin to read this, our Food & Wine issue! After all, food is not only nourishing and delicious, but it also brings people together—whether for a special anniversary dinner, a much-needed lunch break with coworkers, a friend’s birthday party or even a casual weeknight meal with family. … Continued

October 2019 Around Town

Dermatology Health Specialists Opens in Bend and Sunriver Dermatology Health Specialists opened new clinics to provide comprehensive dermatology and skin cancer care. Focused on prevention, the practice is led by the specialized expertise of Oliver Wisco, DO, FAAD, FACMS, who is joined by Jill Conway, PA-C. Dr. Wisco received the most advanced level of fellowship training … Continued

Cork & Barrel Benefits KIDS Center

Cork & Barrel, a benefit for KIDS Center, took place July 18-20 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 STEVE ADDINGTON, ANNE FISCHER, YVETTE SEILE  

Central Oregon Humane Society Hosts 2019 FurBall

The Human Society of Central Oregon hosted their annual FurBall on August 23 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Benefiting the Bend Spay+Neuter Clinic, the event featured a silent auction and a presentation of pets on the runway with awards in the categories of Best Pet Costume, Best Owner and Pet Costume Combo, and Best Tricks. PHOTOGRAPHY … Continued

Cooking with Herbs for Health

Devon Young, a practitioner of medicinal herbs and founder of the holistic lifestyle blog Nitty Gritty Life, shows you how to use specific ingredients for promoting whole-body wellness in her new cookbook, The Herbalist's Healing Kitchen: Use the Power of Food to Cook Your Way to Better Health, out October 29, 2019. Whether you are trying to avoid the flu or…

Dinner and a Movie

Need a creative idea for your next date or family night? How about staying in with a themed dinner and a movie? Cooking and eating a meal together while watching your favorite classic film, documentary or new release is a unique way to enhance your viewing experience by trying out new recipes inspired by the films. Blockbuster in Bend, the…


When they moved here in 1997, the Heinz-Garcia’s had a young family and their dreams. Brian Garcia, with a creative and entrepreneurial streak opened Marz A Planetary Bistro, an early forerunner of the downtown Bend food scene. He followed his dream then asked his wife Kirsten Heinz, “What’s yours?” Fortunately for Bend, her eye was on fashion. While foregoing fashion…

A Local Lens for Fashion

In our magazine world, the September issue is the most anticipated arrival of the year. It’s a first look at this season’s fashion trends and predictions for the upcoming year. It’s an issue fashionistas can’t wait to get their hands on. So it is with much excitement that we present you with our own localized … Continued

September 2019 Around Town

Saving Grace Welcomes New Executive Director Saving Grace welcomed Cassi MacQueen as their new executive director July 1. Saving Grace was established in 1977 and provides comprehensive services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. MacQueen is a native Texan who grew up working with at-risk youth in some of the most impoverished areas of North Texas. Her … Continued

Lunch on the Lawn

The Lunch on the Lawn fundraising event was July 18 as part of the Oregon High Desert Classics. The luncheon supports J Bar J Youth Services, a nonprofit whose mission helps kids to find safe shelter, finish high schools, prepare for the future and reach their potential. PHOTOGRAPHY BY 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 17-28, 2019. Proceeds from the event benefit five youth-serving agencies overseen by J Bar J Youth Services. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BARBARA DUDLEY

A Splash of Color

The street view throughout Bend has gotten a whole lot more colorful over the past two years, and now the spectrum has expanded. Thanks to the work of the High Desert Mural Festival, City of Bend staff and Council plus previous groundwork from community partners, a “mural zone” pilot program was approved for the Makers District in 2016. In May, the…

Giving in Style

With hundreds of fundraising events happening in Central Oregon during a year's time, creative fundraising can be fashionable, making giving back the new black. This month, local nonprofit Bend Gives Back hosts Giving In Style, its second annual “fashionthropic” event that encourages guests to dress to the nines for a fundraiser that includes a silent auction and a runway show, featuring…

Outsmart Menopause

What words come to mind at the mention of menopause? Many women say, “Hot flashes, night sweats, and no sex drive,” or perhaps they don’t know who to talk to at all.  At The Menopause Center in Bend, a recently opened clinic for women in Central Oregon, Dr. Peter Palacio hopes to change both the perception of symptoms and create…

Dog Days of Summer

The dog days of summer bring to mind lazy, relaxing times with friends and family but also are a bittersweet turning point for many of us. Summer freedom is drawing to a close, and the start of school is just around the corner. While the days of floating the Deschutes may be numbered, this month … Continued

 Protection for Pets

Summertime is a very active time of the year for Central Oregonians and their pets. It’s also a time of heightened risks to dogs and cats who spend a lot of time outdoors. Since temperatures can rise to 90-plus degrees, protection for our animals should be well planned and organized. Veterinary offices and emergency clinics see many animals who suffer…

August 2019 Around Town

United Way Hosts Rappel Off the Roof Fundraiser Sept. 7 On September 7, 2019, United Way of Deschutes County hosts Over the Edge—a chance to rappel from the roof of the Oxford Hotel in downtown Bend and to raise donations for the community. The mission of United Way is to fight for the health, education, financial stability, … Continued

Humane Society’s Tuxes & Tails

The Humane Society of Central Oregon held their 14th Annual Tuxes & Tails fundraiser on June 8 at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes Convention Center. The 80s-themed event featured live and silent auctions, dinner and a dessert dash that raised money for programs to benefit the 3,000 animals cared for by the Humane Society each … Continued

For the Majesty of Horses

For Jean Lubin, her paintings provide a window into a world of majestic horses and their surroundings. Having lived in a wide range of environments—from Samoa and Juneau, Alaska to Richmond, Virginia, the Bay Area and San Diego—Jean found that horses created a bridge between each place and time. She began riding in her teens as a way to stay…

Backpacks that Give Back

As summer comes to an end, we find ourselves bumping into mountains of “Back-to-School Sale” supplies at every store. With such displays of excess, it’s often hard to remember that there are those who have nothing.

Finding Balance. Avoiding Burnout.

Work-life balance isn’t a new concept, but it’s an evolving goal more people are striving toward, and it’s a value of the Bend community. Yet there’s still palpable pressure to be an unfailing individual, parent and/or partner, who’s also physically and mentally healthy, while also excelling in a career or keeping up the home front. “The truth is you can’t be…

Pet Portraits

When it comes to capturing an image of our beloved kids and pets, it helps to have the energy to keep up with them. For photographer Barbara Dudley, the job is a natural fit for her dynamic personality. “A subject that moves fast is easy because I can run after it,” she says. The youngest of six girls, her father…

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…

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

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…

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…


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…