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

Lady Power

Every Thursday. “Well, we’ve missed a few,” comes the correction from a voice somewhere near the coffee pot. So, almost every Thursday for more than 25 years, a force of women self-described as Lady Power comes together to get stuff done. Unstoppable, yet welcoming of interruption, these ladies exude boundless energy and emit loads of laughter as they tell their…

Mother and Daughter: Livin’ Bend

Bend, Oregon is the kind of place people love so much they get creative to stay here.  Similarly, others create businesses out of their passion for the adventurous lifestyle that Bend affords them. Two years ago, Julie Burket and her oldest daughter Skye, 22, were returning from a trip. As they approached their hometown of nearly three decades, Julie exclaimed,…

A Day in the Life

The scope of a real estate professional’s job encompasses far more than hosting open houses and touring fancy homes. For Carrie DiTullio, voted Best Realtor in Bend Lifestyle’s 2018 Readers’ Choice awards, the skill set includes everything from market analysis, marketing, negotiating, and investigative research to the psychology of reading people and listening carefully. “My goal is to be sure…

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,…

Celebrate May Days

May brings the celebration of Mother’s Day and as I write this I’m grateful for being a mom! This month reminds us of the women in our lives—our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends. Where would we be without them? With this issue, we’ve taken it a step further to celebrate local women who inspire us. … 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

Saving Grace Heroes Luncheon

Saving Grace hosted their annual Heroes Luncheon on March 7 at Tetherow's Event Pavilion. The event is designed to increase awareness for the comprehensive services Saving Grace provides in Central Oregon to promote the value of living life free from intimate partner violence and sexual assault. PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAVING GRACE


The 7th annual Muse Women’s Conference was held February 28 – March 3 at the Tower Theatre and local venues. The event, titled "We the Movement" brought together local women and teens with internationally recognized artists, authors, athletes, entrepreneurs, activists, and social change leaders to celebrate International Women’s Day and kick-off Women’s History Month. THOMAS AND VELO … Continued

Timeless Beauty

With just a few products and a few minutes, these quick makeup routines add a little something extra when you don’t have time to spare Makeup brush 101 Your guide to must-have makeup brushes   01 | ANGLED CONTOUR Use this to apply blush, bronzer or highlighter. The angled cut flawlessly defines and highlights your features. … Continued

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…

Biking Bend

Made up of part adventure mecca, part craft beer explosion, and part arts community, Bend is a community with an envious lifestyle that is no longer a secret. Take the lead from local nonprofits Commute Options and the Central Oregon Trails Alliance: Grab your helmet, hop on your bike and experience Bend’s offerings on a sunny day.

Four Eco-Friendly Floors

When considering eco-friendly flooring for home or office spaces, there are several smart and sustainable choices which never sacrifice durability, quality or style. Eco-friendly or “green” flooring encompasses a wide variety of materials and pertains to anything from natural fiber carpets, to tiles made from true recycled materials or reclaimed wood from sustainably harvested resources, such as orchards of low-producing fruit trees…

To Earth, with Love

This month at Bend Lifestyle, we bring you our Eco issue in honor of Earth Day on April 22. Inspired by the infinite beauty of the earth—and our desire to preserve and protect it—we compiled an array of features about eco-conscious people and ideas to inspire you. Throughout this issue, you’ll find simple ways to … 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, CFO, 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 … Continued

Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show

The 9th annual Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show, held January 25 at Midtown Ballroom, featured creative designs by transforming trash into runway fashion. The event raised more than $30,000 as a fundraiser for Realms Middle School and Realms High School. PHOTOGRAPHY SHE PHOTOGRAPHY, A SUZETTE HIBBLE EXPERIENCE

Going Green

Living Sustainably in Style Article Nicolette Martin Did you know that in 2016, world plastic production totaled around 335 million metric tons, according to the Earth Day Network? Although you probably can’t singlehandedly change the environmental toll of the amount of plastic pollution that comes from that kind of number, we’ve rounded up a few … Continued

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…

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…

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,…

Color of the Year

As sure as color evokes memories and emotions, experts study the colors that align with our place and times to predict trends for the future. For 20 years, folks at the Pantone Color Institute have combed the world looking at color influences to name their Color of the Year. In 2019, they selected Living Coral described as, “Sociable and spirited,…

Welcome Home

“Home is where the heart is.”  This common phrase is a reminder that our homes are a central place in our lives—where we rest our heads, nourish our bodies and create fond memories with loved ones. It’s the epicenter of our world, where we start and end each day, and where we keep our most … 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

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.…

Bend Lifestyle Readers’ Choice Awards Celebration

Bend Lifestyle celebrated its second annual Readers' Choice Award winners on January 10 at Central Oregon Collective. Congratulations to this year's winners! (See the February issue for a complete list.) PHOTOS STEVE GIARDINI

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,…


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…

Drumroll, Please . . .

During these past few months, the Bend Lifestyle team has been busy working on our second annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Once again, we had an amazing response from our readers! Every contender on the ballot was nominated by the community and during the voting round, with many tight races, you, our readers, determined the winners. … Continued

20th Anniversary Celebration for Spa W

Spa W day spa celebrated its 20th anniversary with a customer appreciation event December 4th at Spa W. Cellist Billy Mickelson set a festive tone for food, drinks, new product demos and giveaways. The event raffle proceeds benefitted Good Grief Guidance, a local nonprofit that offers grief guidance, healing, and support in a safe environment. PHOTOGRAPHY CHERYL … Continued

Inaugural Flannel and Frost Fundraiser

Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend hosted their Inaugural Flannel & Frost Fundraiser November 30 in the Club's gymnasium which they transformed into a snow-inspired wonderland. The evening included live and silent auction, family-style dinner, drinks and a celebration of all things winter.  The evening raised more than $73,000 to support local youth. PHOTOGRAPHY GLORIA WILLIAMS. 

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

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.

Wellness in Words

Yoga teacher and certified holistic nutritionist Mandy Butera left an executive career of 20+ years in the traditional cosmetic world to bring a better vision of healthy beauty to the community. Wren and Wild is a collection of natural skincare, cosmetics and "magical elixirs."

Diet by Color

In the plant world, color and hue rule in terms of disease-fighting capability. Each color represents different benefits and the deeper the color, the more benefit there is. 

Bring on the New Year

January marks the beginning of not only a new calendar year but also the opportunity for setting personal goals. Perhaps you’ve resolved to get up to the mountain more this winter (definitely on my list!), exercise more regularly, or volunteer in the community. Whatever your goals may be, we hope the people, places, recipes and … 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

NeighborImpact Empty Bowls Fundraiser

NeighborImpact held their 17th Empty Bowls Fundraiser on October 28 at the COCC Campus Center. Empty Bowls is an internationally-recognized event that raises awareness of hunger-related issues. Locally, funds raised from the event support NeighborImpact’s Emergency Food Assistance program that feeds approximately 25,000 people monthly and distributes more than three million pounds of food each year. PHOTOGRAPHY AUSTIN BRADY … Continued

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…

Big Brothers Big Sisters Hosts Comedy for Kids’ Sake

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon (BBBSCO) held their 21st annual Comedy For Kids’ Sake on October 26 at the Tower Theatre. The event featured Portland comedians Todd Armstrong and Tyler Boeh along with live and silent auctions,  and raised more than $80,000 that allows BBBSCO to match 80 kids with mentors in 2019. PHOTOGRAPHY CALEB THOMAS

High Desert Chamber Music Gala

High Desert Chamber Music held its 11th Annual Gala on November 10 at Bend Golf Club with festivities including a silent auction, dinner, and a performance by HDCM’s student training group, the Spotlight Chamber Players.  Proceeds from this event allow HDCM to offer all outreach programs in Central Oregon at no cost to students, teachers, or schools. PHOTOGRAPHY … Continued

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.


 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…

Musical Reflection

Travis Ehrenstrom’s life has been tied to music since he stumbled upon his older brother’s guitar and realized he could express his thoughts through songwriting. Serendipitously, Ehrenstrom was born and raised in Sisters, home of the Americana Project, an innovative music education program established by the Sisters Folk Festival. He worked hard to develop his songcraft and musicianship, spending hours…

Creating Holiday Memories When Memories Fade

This holiday season will be different for Don and Phyllis Rigney. In January 2018 they made the difficult decision to find a residential memory care facility for Phyllis Rigney’s 85-year-old mother Ida. Regular phone sessions between mother and daughter had hidden the progression of Ida’s dementia, so it was only after Ida suffered a stroke that the evidence was impossible…

5 Gifts that Tech the Halls

The season of holiday gatherings and gift giving is here and for those who desire the latest and greatest devices for the home, car and office, owner and operator of Technology Design Associates Ron Wanless offers the perfect gifts for those gadget obsessed friends and family. The marketplace for new technology is vast and while inexpensive devices and programs are…

Take Time for the Holidays

As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. And time sure has flown by this year as we can’t believe we’ve put together the final issue of Bend Lifestyle in 2018! It seems like just yesterday we were sitting down to write our January letter to all of you—talking about resolutions and renewal—and … Continued