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…

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…

DESTINATION: WELLNESS

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,…

CLEAN SERENE GREEN

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…

GIFT GIVING IDEAS

 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…

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…

at: project

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.…

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…

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…

FALL FASHION

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

ROSS FARMHOUSE STYLE

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…

Sounds of Summer

Although the weather may not always cooperate, you can usually tell when summer has its hold on Central Oregon. Car roof racks exchange skis for kayaks, the bike lanes are full, and live music seems to emanate from every brewery, park, and farmer’s market. Local bands look toward summer to share freshly-written original songs and sing beloved favorites, while touring…

Strawberry Freezer Jam

 Ingredients  2 cups crushed strawberries, leave berries chunky not fully mashed  4 cups sugar

Souvenirs from Home

While a souvenir is typically a small memento from an unforgettable visit, for folks living in Central Oregon, they are reminders of just how lucky we are to live here every day. A bumper sticker announcing, “My life is your vacation,” may not be subtle, but memorabilia like Bend-OR-abilia confirms there’s no place like home.

Here Comes Summer

In this issue, we celebrate the special men in our lives. Here’s to our husbands, fathers, brothers, sons and friends! Of course, there’s Father’s Day on June 16, but there are so many more reasons why it’s great to be a guy this month. With the summer season underway, our long, sunny days can be filled … Continued

LIFE LESSONS

 CAROL URISH-McLATCHIE  2019 National High School Girls Track and Field Coach of the Year, with Jim McLatchie (USTFCCCA)  U.S. Women's Distance Coach, Track and Field, Pan Am Games 2019, Lima, Peru

Botanist’s Variety

 Purple lilacs symbolize the first emotions of love.   | Syringa is a flowery, wooded plant that's related to the olive family (Oleaceae) and is native from southeastern Europe to eastern Asia. Although they are commonly cultivated in temperate areas such as Colorado, which is why you see them blooming in early-, mid- and late-season. |   From Middle English ellebore, from Old French ellebre, elebore, from Medieval Latin eleborus,…

The Art of Richard Cork

Richard Cork, 85, can muse for hours over coffee and converse on all matters, from politics to marriage, war, music, language, and art. Richard is a fine artist with a successful career as a graphic designer and training from San Diego State University. He has spent his life working across the creative spectrum—photography, oil painting, illuminated sculpture, and printmaking join…

HOME: An (Un)Obtainable Goal

“Mom, we’re not going to be homeless, are we?” These words were unheard of in my youth. Not just because my parents managed to keep us securely housed, but also because it just didn’t come up as a possibility in normal conversation.Today it is a real fear for many families. The need for affordable housing is outpacing our community’s ability to…

Diving/ with Purpose

When it comes to seeing the world as a playground, videographer, storyteller, and media personality Jared Leisek’s field of vision is larger than most. As a self-professed, “Scuba-diving treasure hunter with a purpose,” his exploration starts below the water’s surface and with 70 percent of the earth covered by water, it’s no wonder he sees vast potential. For Leisek, diving…

Early Bend Takes Flight

 (Introduction to be part of opening spread)   A lesson on Bend’s early history is represented by some of the 59 surviving historic structures or monuments in the Deschutes Historical Museum’s “Heritage Walk” program. Local historian James Crowell writes about the history of the Putnam House for Bend Lifestyle in the pages that follow. Crowell, a resident of Bend for 79 years,…

Hearth Warmers

 Books to Warm Your Hearth, Home, and Spirit  Much like home, Dudley’s Bookshop Café welcomes guests into a comforting place to settle in with favorite books, coffee and people. The shop offers a curated selection of new and used literary fiction, guidebooks and ever-changing staff picks,  hot coffee and tea, plus cozy chairs and an upstairs meeting nook for gathering.…

Building a Sustainable Future

When a person spends as much time on a river as Rick Wright does, a passion for the natural world is bound to seep into every part of life. For Wright, his love of nature can be seen in how he lives, works and plays along the Deschutes River. Wright’s first experiences in the Cascade Mountains came as a 6th…

Green Home

Adding houseplants to living and working spaces not only provides a visual aesthetic, it creates a peaceful atmosphere and has been proven to be good for mental and physical health. With a wide variety of houseplants to choose from, introducing the right ones into the home and office can have the same positive effects as aromatherapy and music. In fact,…

BEST OF Bend

When it comes to selecting the best of our community, there are no better judges than those of us who live here. We asked you, our readers, to give us your list of the best in Bend: opinions from locals FOR locals. With so many top-notch businesses in Central Oregon, the nomination and voting process took two months and the…

Night Out with the Arts

Smack dab in the middle of dreary, dark February sits a day made just for inspiration: Valentine’s Day. This year, why not nix the traditional chocolates and flowers and get creative? Bend may be known for its outdoor recreation, but our local cultural scene is thriving and has plenty to offer for a night out with the arts. Art wakes…

Aprés Snow

When the temperatures outside are chilly, mulled drinks warm us from the inside out and the scent of melding spices add an extra bit of comfort and aromatherapy. Spices can be purchased pre-mixed—local purveyor Savory Spice offers a combination of Saigon cinnamon, allspice, Ceylon and Madagascar cloves, blade mace and cardamom seeds. It’s also easy to create your own mix,…

Raising the Barre on Fitness

Ready to shake off the post-holiday doldrums with a fresh workout routine? Fitness aficionados across the country rave about barre studios: the positive atmosphere and community, the personal attention, and most of all, the results.

Set (and Achieve) Your Goals

Oh, the age-old tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions. Whether you’re a goal-setting champion or the ultimate procrastinator in need of a good push, reflecting on your past year and the fresh months ahead can go a long way in setting up 2019 for success, whatever that might mean to you. One year, I resolved to accept that I simply…

Concierge Medicine Makes Medicine Personal

While the majority of Americans utilize mainstream healthcare, a different approach to health and wellness exists across the country and right here in Bend: concierge medicine. Concierge medicine is a personalized approach to medical care. But just how individualized is it?

Up Beet Smoothie

Aaron Talbot has a self-described “blueberry problem.” His quest for finding the tastiest, organically grown blueberries in Oregon for his daily smoothies led him to freeze up to 100 pounds of blueberries every year. Now the owner of Humble Beet, a new market/deli/café on Bend’s west side, Talbot offers a selection of 100-percent organic, non-GMO smoothie concoctions.

GIVING BY LIFESTYLE

 Natural Beauty with Angelina Swanson  Yarrow and sage, prickly pear and wild rose are more than pretty wildflowers to Angelina Swanson, namesake and founder of Angelina Organic Skincare, a local artisan line of skin and beauty products. These are powerful botanicals that inspire natural creations. Transforming plants into skin-nurturing products has been a life-long passion for Swanson who describes her philosophy…