Publisher’s Letter

Springtime in Central Oregon means the snow still covers the mountains while the sun shines in town. As the days get longer, the list of recreation opportunities grows and your list of excuses to stay inside shrinks. Try one of these outdoor activities to get your heart pumping and your body moving.

Snowballs + Gear + Cocktails

Gear Junkie Heaven, presented by Nevado Mountain Adventures and Hoodoo, saw Bend locals compete in a snowball cornhole tournament, try out outdoor gear and sip specialty cocktails from BackDrop Distilling. Fe Fanyi West African Drum and Dance performed. Photography The Suitcase Studio

Around Town


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…

High Desert Artistry

Central Oregon is home to many talented artists. The breadth of our high desert landscape and wealth of adventures—from day hikes to backcountry treks—make it almost impossible to avoid divine influence in our surroundings. Add the realization most people move, or stay, here for the beauty or outdoor experience, and you get a diverse selection of appreciative craftsmen with never-ending…

The Story Behind Bend’s Roundabout Art

If you’ve driven through one of the many roundabouts in Bend or turned a corner downtown, chances are you’ve seen some of our city’s impressive outdoor art sculptures. If you don’t fancy what you see, “Keep driving,” says Jody Ward, one of the founding members of Art in Public Places (AiPP), “you’re bound to see something you like.” The imaginative,…

Red Chair Gallery

The Red Chair Gallery on Northwest Oregon Avenue has one of the most frequented First Friday Art Walk gatherings in downtown Bend. At the beginning of each month, people flock to the gallery to take in the artwork and community-driven spirit. Red Chair Gallery was founded in 2010 by a group of women with a “common love for art and…

Telling the Life Story of an Equestrian Legend

Almost three years ago, rider, writer, and “by day” pharmaceutical professional Karen Robertson Terry sent a handwritten thank you note to equestrian publisher Trafalgar Square Books of North Pomfret, Vermont, following a discussion of a manuscript she had submitted. The manuscript did not end up being published, but what ensued was an almost unbelievable progression from aspiring but unknown to…

March 2016 Our Contributors

Barbara Dudley is a California native who loves experiencing life through special "moments in time.” She enjoys photographing playful dogs, regal horses, misbehaving children, mothers and fathers, friends and lovers. Barbara loves to capture just about anything that sparks that special moment to last a lifetime.​ She lives outside of Bend with her lovely family and animals.

Yarn Bombs Fall Softly on Public Spaces

Finding members of the local yarn bombing community is not easy. They like their anonymity—not because of fear of retribution, but for fear of attribution. While they don’t employ voice enhancers or masks during interviews, yarn bombers do enjoy a certain level of mystique. After all, if they were known, it would take away the magic. Yarn bombing has become…

Birds 
ON A WIRE

One of my dear friends is a painter who sees the world through her amazing artist eyes. When she was the newbie in our neighborhood, her heart was sensitive to how to integrate her family into the community. Driving one day she noticed how birds perched on a telephone wire seemed to choose when to gather, and who to pause…

Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.

As our loved ones get older, it's important to stay tuned to their health needs and be aware of any health concerns that may arise. Please enjoy this pertinent information submitted by our friends at the American Heart Association. And, remember to always consult your doctor with any questions you may have.