Homegrown in 
Central Oregon

In this issue, we invite you to get inspired by local entrepreneurs with do-it-yourself attitudes who are changing the way we look at art, food and skincare. We also take a look at Bend’s emerging art and DIY work spaces that are shaping the local art community.

77th Annual Sisters Rodeo

Thousands of fans came out June 7 - 10 to watch professional cowboys compete in the 77th Annual Sisters Rodeo. People were treated to four days of bronc riding, steer roping, and a visit from the rodeo queen. 

Around Town

Eastside Bend bagel shop, Rockin’ Dave’s Bistro has added the Backstage Lounge to their 661 NE Greenwood Avenue location. When the bagel side of the building closes at 2 p.m., the Backstage Lounge opens at 4 p.m. The menu features all-natural burgers, hot sandwiches, hearty rice bowls and a long list of appetizers and small plates. The lounge will pour…

Art in the High Desert

Bend locals know Art in the High Desert as the colorful swirl of mind-expanding fine art set under a sea of white tents along the Deschutes River in the Old Mill District each August. However, the participating artists might consider it to be more of an Artist Boot Camp & Mutual Admiration Party. From the start, Art in the High…

Local and Fresh with Angelina Organic Skincare

Artisanal, plant-derived oils, lotions and body scrubs line the walls of the sunlit shop at Angelina Organic Skincare on Bond Street in Downtown Bend. Local and national spas as well as individual customers rave about the products found here, which the owner, Angelina Swanson, proudly makes and formulates in Central Oregon.

Central Oregon Farming

On any given summer’s day, farmers around the world tend to their crops. Their sunburned bodies take a beating while they plant seeds, ensure proper watering, and harvest vegetables to be sold to restaurants, grocery stores, and patrons of local farmers markets. Closer to home, local organic farmers battle a short and unpredictable growing season to bring fresh foods to…

The Artist’s Way

Sometimes art classes in Bend are more than typical art classes. They consist of one-of-a-kind gatherings and salons with local and national painters, designers, printmakers, writers and more sharing their talent with eager learners. Bend’s premiere working art spaces, A6 and The Workhouse, not only offer the Central Oregon community a place to learn a new art form, these spaces…

Cool Tools!

Cool Tools! Who: DIYcave owners Dave Danek & Aaron Leis 
What: Helpful tools that aren't found in your garage. 
Where: All tools are available for use with a membership to the DIYcave.

Modern Day Homesteading

In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act. The law allowed for 160 acres of previously-identified public land in exchange for five years of residence and cultivation of the land. Four decades later, Central Oregon became a hotbed of homesteading activity as part of the “last rush for free land.” Those local homesteaders were somewhat duped, however, by the…

The Capitol

On Oregon Avenue, just east of Wall Street sits a vintage theatre-style sign that harkens back to the days of speakeasies, cigarette-selling girls and jazz music. The sign announces The Capitol restaurant and bar, sitting below Patagonia and Blue Mountain Coffee. A quick descent down the stairs presents the spacious 300-capacity restaurant, complete with high back booths surrounding tables and…