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."  WrenandWild.com

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

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

Winter Home

Before the boom years, Bend was a transitioning mill town with a ski mountain. And when there were few buildings west of Century Drive, there was First on the Hill, an eclectic neighborhood with a mix of log-, luxury- and family-styled places (plus an occasional geodesic dome) all with a close commute to Mt. Bachelor—the ultimate winter homes.

Giving in Style Showcases Fashion for Philanthropy

Local charitable organization BendGivesBack hosted the debut of their Giving in Style event October 12 at The Pavilion at Tetherow. The community-focused fashion show and fundraiser benefited Boys and Girls Clubs of Bend. The annual event was designed for an active, socially-conscious and philanthropic audience to support organizations in the community. PHOTOGRAPHY GWEN SHOEMAKER

The Center’s Senior Day at The High Desert Museum

The Center's Senior Day at the High Desert Museum   The Center Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Care & Research hosted Senior Day at the High Desert Museum October 18 by offering free admission to those 65 and older. The day included programs, animal encounters, tours, and information on programs offered by The Center all year. PHOTOGRAPHY KARI MAUSER AND CHERYL … Continued


Gratitude abounds for the beauty of the Deschutes National Forest (DNF). After another dramatic fire season in the Pacific Northwest, and with the DNF encompassing nearly 1.6 million acres, we are thankful for the Forest Service that keeps our environment safe year round. The role of the Deschutes National Forest’s USDA Fire Service is multi-faceted in the fire-adapted ecosystem of…

Be a Saving Grace

“I feel like I’m living someone else’s story, or dream…or nightmare.” This was Edlyn’s* reality when she finally called 911 a few years ago. Her husband at that time was physically abusive. “If you leave me,” he would say, “I’m going to find you and I’m going to kill you,” recalls Edlyn. She lived in a constant state of fear—fear…


Recently I decided to try to take time out every day to reflect on the things that I’m grateful for, particularly the things that happened on that given day. When I remember to take a moment for reflection, I’m overwhelmed with all the blessings in my life and it makes it easier for me to … 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

Farmhouse Revival

They had two hard choices: Either demolish the 1920s farmhouse with its laundry list of needs or keep it and build out the 1200-square-foot, golden-age charmer. For Ezra Ross and wife Kristen, the decision tugged between heart and head, and eventually the outcome became a calculated combination of both.

Healing Reins Diamonds and Dust Fundraiser

Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center held their 2018 Diamonds and Dust fundraiser on Sept. 15 to support equine-assisted therapeutic experiences each year to change the lives of children, teens, adults and whole families facing physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral challenges. PHOTOGRAPHY JESS LYDON


Butternut Squash Soup 1 butternut squash, peeled and diced, seeds removed 1/2 of a sweet onion, diced 2 carrots, peeled and diced 2 stalks of celery, diced 3 thyme sprigs 1 sprig rosemary

Farm to Fork Dinner Supports Heart of Oregon Corps.

Aperion Management Group hosted the third annual Farm to Fork Dinner and Fundraiser on September 9th at Mt. Bachelor’s Pine Marten Lodge. The event featured a lift ride to and from the lodge, farm to fork food prepared by a local chef, music and auction. The event raised $50,000 for Heart of Oregon Corps. PHOTOGRAPHY JOSH … Continued

Northwest Cosmetic Surgery Welcomes Dr. Amanda Nelson

Dr. Gary Gallagher welcomed Dr. Amanda Nelson to his practice with an Open House September 11 at Northwest Cosmetic Surgery. A Central Oregon native, Dr. Nelson returns to the area after completing her medical degree with honors at University of Washington, and brings with her a wealth of clinical, research and plastic surgery fellowship training. PHOTOGRAPHY CHERYL PARTON

The Dailey Method Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

The Dailey Method, a barre fitness studio owned by Kris Pursel, celebrated its one-year anniversary on September 8 and 9 with free classes, raffles and refreshments at its Brookwood Plaza location. The Dailey Method combines Pilates, yoga and ballet barre training to benefit mind and body. PHOTOGRAPHY STEVE GIARDINI        

What Chefs Love

Out of the many different things that make up a community, food is often times the most universally understood and celebrated. From chef to customer, food is a language of love that everyone can appreciate. In Bend, a town chock full of incredible restaurant options from a variety of cuisines and cultures, that food experience is no exception. The backbone…

Food Creates Memories

It’s interesting how favorite foods can bring back happy memories and become family traditions. On a recent vacation to Michigan, we had a long-awaited family get together with more than 50 of us. The spread of home-cooked food did not disappoint—with many well-loved Polish recipes handed down from my mom and as always, including at … 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

Fall Road Trip

Oregon’s Hood River Valley is hauntingly beautiful when fall takes hold. The region shows its autumnal burnt orange and yellow-colored foliage, and fresh fruit unfurls from the land’s historic and fertile farms.  

Donna Britt’s Favorite Things for the Kitchen

For media personality Donna Britt, food has always been the tie that binds. Growing up in the South meant cooking with her Granny, and when family gathered, it was to share a meal. These days, “Feeding the people I love is important,” she says. With a long career in broadcasting, in Memphis/Nashville/Seattle/New York and Central Oregon (first in 1988), Britt…

Mill Point Dental Center Hosts Young Professionals Network

Mill Point Dental Center hosted the Bend Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals Network gathering on August 22 at their practice above the Old Mill. The event was designed to engage, educate and empower young professionals to become future leaders in the region. PHOTOGRAPHY CHERYL PARTON


The Oregon wine landscape is spectacular: vineyards on the west side of the state are located close to many recreational opportunities like hiking, fishing, and cycling.The New Zealand wine landscape is similar. Mountains, rivers, lakes, and the ocean surround the country’s grape growing regions on both islands. Both Oregon and New Zealand have signature grape varieties–Pinot Gris in Oregon and…

Johnson Brothers Appliances Ribbon Cutting Event

On July 26, Johnson Brothers Appliances celebrated a ribbon cutting and gave tours of their new 30,000 square-foot showroom on Azure Drive in Bend. PHOTOGRAPHY STEVE GIARDINI

Cork & Barrel Benefits KIDS Center

Cork & Barrel, a benefit for KIDS Center, took place July 19-21 at Broken Top Club. The three-day food and wine event included Winemaker Dinners, A Sip of Cork & Barrel, and the Grand Cru—a five-course dinner and live auction.  PHOTOGRAPHY MIKE ALBRIGHT, BARB GONZALEZ, BRITT RENE, ABBOTT SCHINDLER PHOTOGRAPHY


 Article Cheryl Parton | Photography Charlotte Dupont  As the season expresses itself in changing tones and colors, creativity expresses itself in how we dress, decorate our homes and in the case of the Gilreath family—in every facet of daily life.  Abe and Kirsten Gilreath, the founders/proprietors of local lifestyle shops Ju-bee-lee and Abode, realized their combined creativity through a spirit…


 Article Cheryl Parton  Instagram gives locals a platform, and viewers a glimpse, into the world of Bend trends and fashion. While top influencers can garner followers into the hundreds of thousands, Insta-Bend carves out its own niche by sharing the look and feel of our active community with inspirations from the environment. "I have always loved fashion, clothes and finding…

Closet Audit

 Article Julie E. Furnas  A yearly closet audit is smart and important for three reasons: It’s an effective way to eliminate unwanted clothing and accessories; it helps to reorganize the items you wear and makes you feel good, and it allows you to put together a list of items you need that can be paired with those timeless pieces that…

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

The Style Issue

While growing up, I remember the way that we dressed in school was all about conformity. All the pre-teen and teen insecurities made us feel more comfortable to make sure we wore the “cool” jeans, the “in” shoes and the latest styles to fit in. I was so relieved to enter adulthood and begin to … Continued

4 Peaks Music Festival

Thousands of music lovers gathered at Stevenson Ranch from July 21-24 for the 11th-Annual 4 Peaks Music Festival. PHOTOGRAPHY GARY CALICOTT

Leela Into the Fold

 Article Julie E. Furnas | Photography Cheryl Parton  Most artists discover and hone individual talents at a young age. Leela Morimoto, owner and chief artist for LeeMo Designs, is no exception. Her talent of folding paper started at three years old when her mother needed something to keep her daughter'sfidgety fingers occupied. Once she started, she couldn’t stop—folding anything and…

Local Look

 Article Kelsey Claspell | Photography Cheryl Parton  At first glance, the trend of men’s facial hair may appear to be simply a matter of style. Yet beards provide a segue to substance and community support. Beard clubs exist not only as a place for bearded individuals to come together and share a common interest, but also to make the world…

Lunch on the Lawn

J Bar J Youth Services celebrated 50 years of helping kids get back on track, find safe shelter, finish high school, prepare for their future, and reach their full potential at their Lunch on the Lawn event held July 20 at J Bar J Ranch. PHOTOGRAPHY BARBARA DUDLEY

Oregon High Desert Classics

Top riders from the Western United States and Canada competed in this premier AA/Hunter Jumper competition from July 18-29. Proceeds from the event benefit five youth-serving agencies parented by J Bar J Youth Services. PHOTOGRAPHY BARBARA DUDLEY

People & Pets

 Article Kelsey Claspell | Photography Barbara Dudley  MEET RED + SUE  Sue Jackson is an equine massage therapist specializing in equine sport therapy. With a background in physical therapy and massage therapy in humans, Sue didn’t originally plan on mixing her two passions of healing and horses until 1990. A champion for keeping horses as healthy and happy as they…