Discover Your Sense of Adventure!

When planning this issue’s adventure theme, I couldn’t help but face the rude awakening that I hadn’t nurtured my sense of adventure for far too long. It made me reminisce about my years living in Colorado when I was in my 20’s, and the thrill of Class V whitewater raft trips every year with one of my best friends.

Around Town

Moonfire and Sun Garden Center has opened their new greenhouse to the delight of their customers. The new 36 x 60 ft. indoor building houses annuals, house plants, hanging baskets, fruits and vegetables for sale. Construction began March 1 of this year on the greenhouse, which will be used for out-of-season growing as well.

Athletic Club of Bend Member Appreciation Golf Tournament

The Athletic Club of Bend hosted a 4-ball scramble golf tournament at Tetherow on May 1. The 10 Barrel Brewing 
Company-sponsored event raised money for the Humane Society of Central Oregon. PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

U.S. Bank Pole Pedal Paddle

The 40th running of Central Oregon’s premier multi-sport event was held May 21. Racers and teams alpine skied, cross-
country skied, biked, ran, paddled, and sprinted to help support the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation. 
PHOTOGRAPHY BARBARA DUDLEY

U.S. Bank Kid’s Mini PPP

Teams of six children rafted, biked, ran an obstacle course, and sprinted at the Les Schwab Amphitheater May 22. This kid’s version of the popular Pole Pedal Paddle raises money for the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation. 
PHOTOGRAPHY GREG NORMANDIN

Careaoke For The Cure

Closet performers and shower-singers competed in this fun karaoke event at Silver Moon Brewing May 20. All proceeds from the competition benefitted Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. PHOTOGRAPHY GARY CALICOTT

My Top Whitewater Essentials

WHO: Jayson Bowerman WHAT: Local Luthier, World-class paddle and Bend Paddle Trail Alliance Board Member WHERE: Bend Whitewater Park

Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway

Central Oregon has many attributes that make it a wonderful place to live as well as a world-class vacation destination. We enjoy mountain views, a river running through a beautiful Downtown Bend, and surrounding farms and ranches illustrating our heritage. For local and visiting cyclists, each of these features can be experienced in one day, on the Twin Bridges Scenic…

July 2016 Our Contributors

Donna Burklo enjoys the strange and wonderful mix of writing for Bend Lifestyle, being a realtor, and working as the Marketing and Development Director for local non-profit, Family Kitchen. Raised in Sequel, California, she has called Bend home since 2004. She is a mom, corporate life ex-pat, small business ownership survivor, chronic over-scheduler, and reluctant empath. Donna earned her BS…

July Brings Bikes, Horses, Balloons and More to Bend

Central Oregon Builders 
Association Tour of Homes July 15 - 17 and July 22 - 24 The Central Oregon Builders Association Tour of Homes showcases the best in building. Homes completed in the last 24 months are judged based on categories such as Best Interior Finish, Best Features, Best Landscaping, Best Master Bath, Best Kitchen, Best Value, and Best In…

Home Smart Home

The dream of laundry being started, air conditioning turned on and dinner ready—all by the time you arrive home from work—is coming to fruition as smart home technology is currently one of the fastest-advancing industries. From home security to appliances to entertainment devices, smart products are rolling out and keeping up with consumer demand in a big way. It was…

A Bold Community

Bend attracts the adventurous. There are mountains to climb, trails to run, roads to ride, skies to fly, and rivers to navigate. And if any of that gets old, we simply create new possibilities. Meet some local adventurers and find out what makes them tick. Maybe you’ll be inspired to strike out on some new adventure of your own!

Oregon’s Unconventional Lodging

Part of Oregon’s draw during the summer months lies in its unique travel destinations—from coastal towns to high desert cities. One-of-a-kind places to stay only add to its massive appeal. Next time you’re exploring Oregon, consider an unconventional lodging option to make your experience more memorable.

Twin Bridges Bike Aid Station

Communities are oftentimes ranked by their population, their cultural diversity, or their safety. But, I prefer to measure the strength of a community by the willingness of its members to help others. The evening news highlights neighbors rallying around a sick child, non-profits helping to build homes for those in need, and groups offering assistance in job-hunting. But the social…