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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, 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 a … Continued

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

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

January 2019 Around Town

OSU-Cascades Researcher Receives White House Appointment Elizabeth Marino, an assistant professor of anthropology in the social science program at Oregon State University–Cascades was appointed by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as a delegate to the Second Arctic Science Ministerial, an international meeting in Berlin held this fall.  As one of ten … Continued

December 2018 Around Town

Mt. Bachelor Celebrates 60 Years Sixty years ago, the grand opening of Mt. Bachelor took place on December 19, 1958. That day will be commemorated at Mt. Bachelor this season with a 60th Birthday Celebration December 19. “This season will be a great party at the mountain with historical photos, videos and stories to share about … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

The Center Expands Medical Team The Center welcomes four fellowship-trained physicians who bring valuable skills and expertise to Central Oregon: Anthony DiGirolamo, DO is a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor with fellowship training in pain medicine; David Holt, MD is an orthopedic surgeon with specialized training in hand and upper extremity injuries and conditions; Justin Roth, … Continued

October 2018 Around Town

Deschutes Pediatric Dentistry Welcomes Dr. Edward Christensen Deschutes Pediatric Dentistry adds not only more depth of experience, but a branch from their family tree with the addition of Dr. Edward Christensen to their practice. As a board-certified pediatric dentist with more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Edward Christensen joins his brother Dr. Steven Christensen … Continued

September 2018 Around Town

Johnson Brothers Appliances Opens New Showroom Johnson Brothers Appliances, founded by Vern Johnson in 1950, has opened its new showroom adjacent to its previous store on Azure Drive just east of Pilot Butte. According to General Manager Dave Johnson, “We’re excited to offer an enjoyable, intuitive shopping experience for our customers. I think folks will … Continued

August 2018 Around Town

ART IN THE HIGH DESERT SET FOR AUGUST 24-26 Art in the High Desert, the nationally recognized show and sale of fine arts and crafts, takes place on the grassy banks of the Deschutes River in the Old Mill District for three days, August 24-26. Thanks to its growing public support, Art in the High … Continued

July 2018 Around Town

American Red Cross Launches Missing Types Campaign As part of an international movement, American Red Cross launched the Missing Types Campaign in June to raise awareness of the need for blood donors to ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients.  They campaign asks, “What if the letters A, B and O went missing from the … Continued

June 2018 Around Town

Floor Coverings International of Bend Provides Mobile Showroom Floor Coverings International of Bend has opened with a unique model of delivering custom floor options for Central Oregon homes. Their mobile showroom, filled with more than 3,400 samples, comes directly to customers for a simple, easy and stress-free experience. They provide high quality design and installation … Continued

May 2018 Around Town

Refine Medical Opens to Provide Aesthetic Medicine and Wellness Refine Medical has opened in Bend as a new destination for aesthetic medicine and wellness by providing patients in Central Oregon with bio-identical hormone treatments, medical weight loss, laser body sculpting, and more. It is their belief that true beauty already lives within their patients, and … Continued

April 2018 Around Town

Ron and Laura Fritz of Bend have launched their new company, Marca Via, with the mission to inspire and support families to create meaningful and impactful rite of passage events for people on the cusp of major life transitions. Meaning “mark the path” in Latin, Marca Via provides free guidebooks and online tools that help families and communities create their own…

March 2018 Around Town

Carrie DiTullio, billed as “Your Local Real Estate Concierge,” has joined Coldwell Banker Morris Real Estate in the Old Mill District. Formerly with Bend Premier,  Carrie has been helping buyers and sellers in Central Oregon for more than nine years and has been a Central Oregon Resident for two decades.  Carrie may be a familiar face to many long-time Central…

January 2018 Around Town

January 1 marks the start of National Mentoring Month; as organizations around the country honor mentors and bring awareness to mentoring. Thank Your Mentor Day is January 19, and mentees and former mentees are encouraged to reach out personally or to use social media to thank their mentors for the influence they have had on their lives.

December 2017 Around Town

Southeast Bend’s Father's House Church is partnering with local and international organizations selling Christmas trees to meet needs across the street and around the world. BUY A TREE. CHANGE A LIFE works in partnership with People for Care & Learning to help children globally and locally. This year’s program begins on Friday, November 24 at 61690 SE Pettigrew in Bend.

November 2017 Around Town

The Center Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Care & Research is pleased to announce the addition of Matthew R. Lilley, MD to their orthopedic sports medicine team. He specializes in the study, evaluation, and treatment of shoulder, hip, and knee injuries and conditions. Dr. Lilley completed his orthopedic sports medicine fellowship at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He…

October 2017 Around Town

Bend’s Atlas Cider Company dominated the 2017 Oregon Wine Awards, walking away with the three highest awards. The Atlas Apricot cider impressed the judges and earned the highest score of all ciders, a "Best of Class" Double Gold, while the Atlas Blackberry won a Double Gold, and the Atlas Apple won Gold.

September 2017 Around Town

The Education Foundation for Bend–La Pine Schools awarded over $54,000 in classroom grants to District schools and $40,000 in needs-based activity fee scholarships for the 2017/2018 academic year. The innovative classroom grants included 19 STEM programs, several art and music projects, as well as other Life Skills and miscellaneous requests.

August 2017 Around Town

The Bend-based Zagster bike share program has expanded to four locations thanks to local digital marketing company G5, sponsor of the most recent station. The new location stands at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Bond Street in Downtown Bend. The other locations are at Oregon State University - Cascades campus, the Old Mill District, and Crux Fermentation Project.

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…