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Homeowners know summer is the season for outside projects. Next time you’re working your way through a “honey do” list, don’t forget to carve out a backyard space for the children. Here are some home improvement options to give the kids a safe place to play.

Trailer 31 at Old Stone Church

Local bluegrass band Trailer 31 celebrated their debut album Back to Oregon with a cd release party at the Old Stone Church. Sisters band Tumbleweed Peepshow opened the party that also signified the Old Stone Church’s increased band performances lineup. PHOTOGRAPHY JOHN DOTSON

NorthWest Crossing Bend Spring Festival

Bend’s westside development NorthWest Crossing celebrated the changing of the seasons with their Bend Spring Festival. Festival-goers were treated to an Art and Wine Bop, street chalk art competition, gourmet artisans from the Pacific Northwest, a conscious living showcase, and music throughout the weekend. PHOTOGRAPHY GARY CALICOTT

Humm Kombucha 2 Year Anniversary

Humm Kombucha celebrated turning two years old with a party at their NE 2nd Street location. Attendees enjoyed family-friendly music and games, while local artist Megan Stumpfig provided live art. PHOTOGRAPHY GARY CALICOTT

Michael Martin Murphey and the Rio Grande Band Benefit Concert at Tower Theatre

Michael Martin Murphey and the Rio Grande Band brought their brand of cowboy music to the historic Tower Theatre on April 10. The concert was a benefit event to help fund Andy Rieber’s ongoing treatment for Lyme Disease. PHOTOGRAPHY RICK STEBER

Around Town

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…

The ‘Can Do’ Attitude of Oregon Adaptive Sports

Once warm weather forces the chill from the air, Central Oregon athletes trade in their skis and snowboards for bicycles and kayaks. For most, the change requires a simple garage rearrangement, a fresh coat of sunscreen and a trail map. But locals with disabilities look to non-profit Oregon Adaptive Sports (OAS) to help provide "life-changing outdoor recreation experiences at a…

The Rise of Whiskey in a Beer Town

In 1919, as Prohibition kept the United States in shackles, Central Oregon was gaining a reputation as “Oregon's liquor cabinet.” Our wide open spaces and close-knit communities made the job of busting bootleggers a difficult one. Because Oregon had passed a law outlawing alcohol three years prior to the national one, our underground liquor industry was already well established—complete with…

Fruits (& Vegetables) of Our Labor

Ah! Planting time in Central Oregon; the beginning of a short yet sweet season of outdoor activities, events and of course, home gardening and landscaping. Every year is the same. The temperatures rise and the soil dries. Backyard gardeners furiously rush to local gardening suppliers to find everything from fresh herbs to flowers to growing aids in hopes that a…

A Force of Nature

Central Oregon has a natural color palette of its own. Think of our signature views of the blue/gray/white cascade mountains, the dusty green of the juniper and sagebrush on the flat lands, the deep green and brown of the pines, the reds and golds of the volcanic rock, and our blue rivers and lakes offering depth, movement and reflection. The…

Downsize Me

Maybe it’s the call of the outdoors, and too much housework to actually get out there. Maybe it’s the ticking of the clock, and home projects getting in the way of a travel bucket list. Whatever it is, it’s causing us to turn our thoughts to downsizing out of our larger homes and into smaller ones. But how? 

Lodge Style Living at Widgi Creek

When Hawaii residents Marilyn and Francis Hind were looking to build a second home in Bend, they knew what they wanted. Marilyn was looking for a lodge-style home that would illicit memories from her childhood spent skiing at Mount Bachelor and simply enjoying the Oregon landscape. She spent a year drawing up plans to submit to local designer Erik Koslow…

Little Free 

Any given day, people walk to catch a bit of exercise before work, stroll down to the nearest watering hole for a glass of wine, or simply to enjoy the views. Luckily, in a handful of Central Oregon neighborhoods, there’s a new reason to take to the streets. Little Free Libraries have begun popping up, each offering locals a chance…