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,…

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…

January 2017 Around Town

4 Peaks Music Festival is excited to announce a new venue for their 10th Anniversary festival weekend, taking place June 15-18, 2017. Months of searching for the right site led them to Southeast Bend’s Stevenson Ranch. The 100+ acre ranch—over 60 acres larger than last year’s location—maintains the same Cascade Mountain views and mellow vibe as the previous location, but…

December 2016 Around Town

The High Desert Food and Farm Alliance’s (HDFFA) Grow and Give program recently finished up their summer growing season by donating over 9,000 pounds of local produce to NeighborImpact and the 43 food pantries that they service. The bounty—which exceeded their 8,000 pound goal—was the culmination of a year’s worth of Grow and Give events. The Madras, Redmond, NW Crossing…

November 2016 Around Town


Oregon State University - Cascades has received a $500,000 gift from Robin and Curt Baney, owners of Oxford Suites properties in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, as well as the Oxford Hotel in Bend. The donation will directly support the creation of an endowed faculty scholar position within the university’s recently launched hospitality management program. This is the second endowed…

October 2016 Around Town


The Junk Bonanza is the place for vintage lovers, antique collectors, flea market lovers and all those who love to hunt for classic treasures.

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Rescue Collective, which began in 2006 as a small consignment store offering premium women’s and men’s clothing, has grown over the last 10 years to become one of Bend’s premier purveyors of locally made goods. In July, Rescue opened a new chapter in their story. Renamed Cosa Cura, which loosely translates to “Things Curated,” the store now offers furniture and…

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Eastside Bend bagel shop, Rockin’ Dave’s Bistro has added the Backstage Lounge to their 661 NE Greenwood Avenue location. When the bagel side of the building closes at 2 p.m., the Backstage Lounge opens at 4 p.m. The menu features all-natural burgers, hot sandwiches, hearty rice bowls and a long list of appetizers and small plates. The lounge will pour…

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Moonfire and Sun Garden Center has opened their new greenhouse to the delight of their customers. The new 36 x 60 ft. indoor building houses annuals, house plants, hanging baskets, fruits and vegetables for sale. Construction began March 1 of this year on the greenhouse, which will be used for out-of-season growing as well.

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The Sisters Folk Festival (SFF) has released its initial lineup and the poster image for the 2016 festival. The annual event takes place throughout the town of Sisters where “All the Town’s a Stage.” Legendary British guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson headlines the festival, alongside Texas gospel-folksinger Ruthie Foster, Canadian powerhouse Whitehorse, and San Francisco-based band Chuck Prophet and the…

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Local skin care formulator Angelina Swanson of Angelina Organic Skincare has partnered with Three Creeks Brewing to create the fantastic new Hoodoo Voodoo IPA Lip Balm. The moisturizing product is infused with the same Cascadian hops the Sisters-based brewery uses in their IPA, a delicious citrus flavor, and mineral sunscreen to protect your lips while playing outdoors. In addition, the…

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Va Piano Vineyards, a premier winery located in Walla Walla, Washington, announced they are opening a tasting room in Bend’s Old Mill District. The tasting room, an extension of their Washington-based winery, will open April 22. Va Piano focuses on small lot Cabernet Sauvignons and Syrahs from Washington State growers, including their own Walla Walla Valley Estate Vineyards. The weekend…

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Thirteen-year-old REALMS student Alice McKnight won a record $1397 at the January Awesome Bend Pitch Night with a proposal called “Canine Care Kits.” McKnight beat out five finalists in front of 100 people at Deschutes Brewery. She won both the $1000 Trustee Grant and the $397 Audience Favorite Award. With her winnings, McKnight will build and distribute canine care kits…

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Enjoy vineyard living at its finest at Faith, Hope and Charity 
Vineyards, now offering 5-acre parcels for sale boasting views of the vineyards, the Three Sisters and Smith Rock. Located just outside Terrebonne, each parcel includes a complimentary Gold Wine Club membership and access to the amenities of the entire 312-acre 
development. Enjoy quarterly wine pick-up parties with the vineyard's…