Local Artists

Glassblowing is not only an ancient art form; this unique medium has transformed from factory functionality objects to one of a kind sculptures, light fixtures and wall art. Jeff and Heather Thompson’s Bend workshop functions in the tradition of the “studio glass movement” that emerged in the 60s. Using three primary furnaces: the crucible, glory and kiln along with a…

Second Annual Flannel & Frost Fundraiser

Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend hosted their Second Annual Flannel and Frost Fundraiser December 6 in the Club's gymnasium which they transformed into a snow-themed wonderland. The evening included live and silent auctions, dinner, drinks and a celebration of all things winter. The event raised a record $100,000 to support local youth programs. PHOTOGRAPHY BY … Continued

The Art That Inspires Us

February is our month of art—making, collecting, admiring and learning. We love art because it gives us a glimpse of someone’s heart, the part of them we don’t see on the surface. We are all drawn to art in different ways. We like to look at and listen to art that makes us feel something, … Continued

February 2020 Around Town

Virtual Home Inventory Launches New Service for Homeowners Virtual Home Inventory (VHI) recently launched a new service to help homeowners recover from catastrophe by creating a visual record of their home and all possessions. Losing a home to a fire, storm, or any disaster is devastating financially and emotionally. When making an insurance claim, complete … Continued


If this year finds you coloring within the lines of your creative life, there are a multitude of ways to break out in a rainbow of expression. Studies of health have linked education to living longer, and by extension, the engagement and fulfillment we get when trying new things helps keep the brain limber. In his formative work, Flow: The…

The Art of Skiing

Small villages off the beaten track dot Northern Norway’s Lofoten Islands while locals and tourists alike fish the surrounding fjords. The unmatched beauty draws travelers from across the world, but Sage Cattabriga-Alosa is there to tame the countless snowcapped peaks that tower above restored fishing cabins along the Norwegian Sea.

Oregon’s Gift to Culture

Oregon offers one of the nation’s most unique tax credits, but while it’s one of the most effective forms of engagement in arts and culture in the state, still many people don’t know about it. Oregon’s Cultural Tax Credit both reduces what an income-tax paying Oregonian owes to the state, while also supporting both arts and culture activities stretching from…

LIFTING LIMITS: Develop Conscious Habits Using the Subconscious Mind

Cynthia Crossman has always thrived on helping others achieve a better quality of life, and spent many years teaching yoga meditation. When she moved to Bend in 2015, Cynthia found a new calling as a hypnotherapist. “I saw the need for this in our community,” she says, “and it’s an exciting, innovative field.”  She trained with a hypnotherapist in Portland…

Five, Four, Three, Two, One!

As we begin 2020, a new decade, we set goals for what we want our future selves to be like and look like. We take a glance back at where we have been and what we have done, and we try to remember to extend ourselves grace. January is a time to cleanse, to start … Continued

January 2020 Around Town

SeaPort Hardwoods & Flooring Opens Showroom in Bend SeaPort Hardwoods & Flooring recently opened a new showroom in Bend. With more than 15 years of experience working in the greater Portland area, the family-owned and -operated wholesaler is eager to work with the Central Oregon community. SeaPort helps a homeowner with all their hardwood flooring … Continued

Results Neck & Back Therapy Celebrates Anniversary with Artist’s Reception

In honor of their third anniversary, Results Neck & Back Therapy hosted a celebration and artist's reception November 8 at their Old Mill clinic. The featured artist, painter Shelly Wierzba, showcased her newest work and physical therapists Lesley Berger and Kevin Bourlai welcomed guests with appetizers and refreshments. They treat neck and back pain, spinal injuries and general orthopedic cases.

High Desert Chamber Music Gala

High Desert Chamber Music (HDCM) held its 12th Annual Gala on November 9 at Bend Golf Club. The evening included a silent auction, dinner and a performance by HDCM's student group, the Spotlight Chamber Players. Proceeds from the event allow HDCM to offer outreach programs in Central Oregon at no cost to students, teachers or … Continued

MountainStar Celebrates Annual Supporters at Thanks for Giving

Volunteers, donors, and fairy godparents from across three counties came together on November 14 at Worthy Brewing to celebrate the year of support for local families. MountainStar Family Relief Nursery works to prevent child abuse and neglect through community support and therapeutic services that help vulnerable children and families succeed. PHOTOS: TREVOR BARCLAY/MODEST PHOTOGRAPHY

Assistance League of Bend Hosts 2019 Gala ​​​​​​​

The Assistance League held their 2019 Gala on November 16 at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes. The theme Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree provided a festive setting for the fundraiser to support multiple Assistance League programs that make a difference in the lives of children and adults dealing with poverty, homelessness and cancer in Deschutes … Continued


Ten years ago, when Cynthia LaRoche was still new to teaching yoga, a group of women asked her to lead a retreat somewhere warm. Cynthia had no clue what this yoga retreat would look like or what participants, both seasoned yogis and those new to the practice, might expect from an intensive week of yoga, but she said, yes. In…

RUNNER’S GEAR Teague Hatfield/Owner/FootZone, Bend.

When it comes to running, Teague Hatfield has put in the miles (and years) to be an expert.  In 2020, he’ll celebrate 20 years as owner of FootZone, where runners gear up, gather and connect with the running community. Last year, Central Oregon sponsored more than 100 walking and running events. With so many options, Teague suggests, “You can tech-out,…


In 2020, the decorating trend of indoor plants continues and expands to include the bathroom. Given the dry climate of Central Oregon, a shower space shouldn’t be overlooked to create a healthy and serene oasis of green. Yet, the trend isn’t just aesthetic. Plants not only evoke a nature-inspired, mood-elevating feeling, but they also filter carbon dioxide and toxins during…

Capes & Crowns

Capes and Crowns Foundation (CCF) is an Oregon-based nonprofit dedicated to empowering children who are battling cancer and other serious illness, as well as those living with special needs. They provide one-of-a kind, inspired photography experiences for children to bring them joy, create memories and remind these real-life superheroes that their diagnosis does not define them. Founder and CEO Kylie…


 for Host & Hostess  The holiday season brings a circuit of connection to co-workers, friends and family. With festive anticipation, we feel the exhilaration of a door opening to an afternoon, evening, or overnight stay with the purpose of being together. As you cross the threshold of any event, show gracious generosity this year with a gift sure to please…

Happy Holidays

Having just wrapped up Bend Lifestyle’s final issue of 2019, I realized once more how our fast pace makes it hard to slow down and really be in the present. The deadline-driven nature of the publishing industry has us always looking toward the future. Because we’re in production and planning story ideas months in advance, … Continued

December 2019 Around Town

National and Universal Human Rights Month December is the National and Universal Month for Human Rights to encourage people across the United States, and around the globe, to stand up for equality, justice, and the dignity of all humans. The month honors the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as proclaimed by the United Nations on … Continued

Giving In Style Supports Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend

The 2nd Annual Giving In Style charitable event took place October 4 at The Pavilion at Tetherow and raised $55,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend. The evening included a community-focused fashion show with clothing from local and national retailers, live and silent auction, plus music and dancing to the band Precious Byrd.  PHOTOGRAPHY AMANDA LONG 

ReachAnother Foundation Celebrates Ten Years

ReachAnother Foundation (RAF) celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a Gala Fundraiser October 19 at the United Universalist Fellowship Church. Founded by Marinus Koning, MD FACS, nonprofit RAF increases access to healthcare for some of the world's poorest citizens. Since 2009, it has saved the lives of more than 4,000 babies with neural tube defects through neurosurgical … Continued

Prints for Good

If companies could be heroes, then local business Good Prints is wielding the superpower of giving.  Founder Christian Rea has always been a dreamer, but as an entrepreneur and father to two young children, there was a moment his thinking crystalized into action. “At a certain point in your career, you ask yourself the legacy question,” he says. What would…

A Punch for Every Party

 RECIPE ONE  Cranberry Ginger Punch  16 servings

Winter from Days Gone By

While the storms of recent winters seem out of the ordinary, it really did used to snow a lot more in Bend during the past. In January of 1950, there were 56.5 inches of snow in just one month, and for many years the annual snowfall was between 70 and 90 inches. Since 2000, the average snowfall for Bend has…

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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.…


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

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

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?”

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…

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…

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

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…

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…