July 2017 Lifestyle Letter

No matter what your favorite summer pastime is, there are endless possibilities to enjoy the outside and explore our high desert playground. The hammocks come out, coolers are filled with beer, and camping chairs circle backyard fire pits. Bend roads become lined with cars carrying bikes, kayaks, paddle boards, and camping equipment—all under the watchful eye of a dog with…

U.S. Bank Pole Peddle Paddle

Thousands of racers skied, biked, ran, and paddled their way through the U.S. Bank Pole Peddle Paddle May 20. Proceeds benefited MBSEF. Photography Brent Barnett

U.S. Bank Mini Pole Pedal Paddle

Hundreds of youngsters took to the Les Schwab Amphitheater to compete as teams in the U.S. Bank Mini Pole Peddle Paddle May 21. 
Photography Brent Barnett

July 2017 Around Town

The Sisters Folk Festival (SFF) has been awarded the Organizational Achievement Award from The Folk Alliance Region West (FAR-West). FAR-West is a chapter of Folk Alliance International, who fosters and promotes traditional, contemporary and multicultural folk music, dance, storytelling and related performing arts in the U.S. SFF has grown from an annual folk festival into an arts organization that provides…

Where the Rivers Flow

With many world-class features and landmarks less than an hour from Bend—including Mount Bachelor, Smith Rock, and the Badlands—at times we forget about the natural beauty in our backyard. The watchful mountains may stand guard over the High Desert, but a leisurely stroll by a river helps to wash away the daily stresses in our lives. One such hike, Alder…

IT’S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE . . .

I am a photographer. When I wander, I wander with a camera. One evening, while out exploring a new road in the desert east of Bend, I happened upon a group of paragliders. I watched in wonder as they peacefully flew in random patterns. As I took photos, I found myself wishing to be up there with them. I went…

Columbia Gorge Wine Country

The Columbia Gorge wine region seems to go out of its way to defy all Pacific Northwest wine culture stereotypes. Straddling both sides of the mighty Columbia River—with a foothold in both Oregon and Washington—this wine region represents different growing climates, and wine experiences, around every corner.

Racing for Adventure

Six teammates swim down an unknown Patagonian whitewater river toward a glacial lake. In the middle of the lake—halfway through the two kilometer swim—hypothermia creeps in, along with doubts of survival. Crawling out of the lake, then huddling together with a tent fly wrapped around their shivering bodies, the team vows to drop out of the adventure race that has…

Teaching Young Adventurers

For Brenna and Bill Warburton—two of the co-founders of Bend Endurance Academy (BEA)—adventuring started at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, as Bill ran the cycling club and Brenna was involved in ski racing and running. A semester in East Africa solidified their shared love of hiking, camping and sailing. As part of the nonprofit BEA, they promote healthy living…

June 2017 Lifestyle Letter

When my oldest son took up lacrosse in high school three years ago, our family knew nothing about the sport. I remember thinking, “of course boys like lacrosse—they get to wear cool helmets and beat each other with sticks.” Although I’m sure this is true, I was wrong to think that was all there was to it.

Earth Day 2017

Costumed adults, kids, and pets flocked to Downtown Bend to celebrate Earth Day on April 22. Photography Barbara Dudley

Walk MS Bend 2017

Hundreds of caring Central Oregonians marched to support those afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis in Downtown Bend on April 15. Photography Barbara Dudley

June 2017 Around Town

The Bend Life! Experiencing Bend’s restaurants, breweries, outdoor markets, and cultural events while surrounded by beautiful mountain peaks, rivers, and trails captivates a lifestyle for which many strive. Those of us fortunate enough to live “The Bend Life” enjoy a plethora of winter activities, as well as a summertime menu of concerts, hikes, river floats, and outdoor activities. The options…

Growing Pains of a New High School Sport

While summer’s approach may mean putting the books away, kids across the high desert are keeping the sports equipment out. The spring athletic season may be over, however summer training and tournaments are just beginning. While basketball, baseball or soccer may be the traditional choices, lacrosse is widely considered the fastest growing sport in the country.

Come One, Come All

Most of us aren’t born to be Olympic athletes. For mere mortals, cheering for elite athletes from the comfort of the couch is participation enough. In the spirit of competition for everyone—not just the professionals—the Oregon Senior Games (OSG) offers athletic opportunities for sporty-minded folks, ages 50 and over. OSG welcomes everyone to the joys of coming together for fun…

Outdoor Living

Faced with the impending reality of living with three teenage girls—one daughter already there, and two others not far behind—Neil and Angie Cole debated how to cope with the size of their house. They talked about adding another bedroom or creating additional living space, but their River Rim home’s footprint didn’t allow for much expansion.

EDITOR’S BACKPACK

As Bend Lifestyle Editor, I spend enough time putting pen to paper and stressing over deadlines. When I leave my desk, you can find me escaping to the woods to decompress and take advantage of Central Oregon living. As a former Deschutes County Search and Rescue member, I know how to pack a pack and get myself out of precarious…

Turning Good Thoughts into Good Actions

Patty Knowles and Wendi Holman—both of Central Oregon—used to watch as promising students of the Sortor Bushido Kai Karate studio switch to team sports because of the higher likelihood of getting college scholarships. Frustrated, the pair decided to do something to support future education and instruction for individual sport athletes. Enter the Good Thoughts Good Actions Foundation (GTGA), created to…

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.