The Pets We Love

Like most of you I’m sure, I can’t imagine life without the animals we love being in it. They are our best friends. They make us laugh. They offer us unconditional love. They add so much joy to our lives. 


Central Oregon Metal Arts Guild Annual Show & Sale

Over 20 local metal artists displayed their work August 5 and 6 at the Oxford Hotel. The annual show highlighted the talented group of Central Oregon metal artists alongside their jewelry, sculptures and other wares. Photography Gregg Morris

October 2016 Around Town


The Junk Bonanza is the place for vintage lovers, antique collectors, flea market lovers and all those who love to hunt for classic treasures.

Four-Leg Friendly

Thanks to the cooler weather, fall is an ideal time to get out and explore Central Oregon with a four-legged friend. The crisp air is refreshing, the turning leaves are more vibrant, and best of all, the miles of trails are usually less crowded. Phil Collins, my 95 pound, black German Shorthaired Pointer and Labrador mix, is my hiking companion.…

Gary Calicott Photography Exhibit at Tower Theatre

Local photographer Gary Calicott auctioned off stunning photos of local bands August 13 at the Tower Theatre. Corner Gospel Explosion, Jones Road and Strange Rover provided the music. Proceeds benefitted the Tower Theatre Foundation. 
Photography Brent Barnett and Gary Calicott

Beat Beethoven’s 5K

Hundreds of runners supported the Central Oregon Symphony August 21 at the Central Oregon Community College Track. Participants ran 5k, one mile or the Kids Race while Beethoven’s 5th Symphony played. Photography Gary Calicott

Traveling With Pets

Many of us have furry friends who are considered members of the family. Canine companions and feline buddies alike fill our lives with joy and laughter in the home, the great outdoors and even on trips. While it may seem daunting at first, traveling with one’s dog or cat can be accomplished with a little foresight and preparation.

A Dog Day Afternoon

Any description of Bend is sure to include craft beer, the great outdoors, and of course, dogs! Bendites love their furry friends so much that the thought of leaving them home seems unimaginable. Luckily, Central Oregon boasts a plethora of bars, restaurants and breweries that have dog-friendly patio areas and throughout the year, you can find Central Oregonians hanging out…

Compassion and Companionship

Maty used to love to run and catch frisbees. But, that’s pretty common for an Australian Shepard mix. She became so good at the acrobatics that she was invited to compete as a high-flying disc dog at the 2006 Skyhoundz World Championships in Atlanta, Georgia. An impressive fete in itself, but still not uncommon for an Aussie. What made Maty’s…

Cascade Youth and Family Center

Seventeen-year-old Quinn tightly wraps her sweater around her shoulders as we talk. Clearly wary of a stranger’s round of questioning, she speaks softly as she tells her story. She’s been living at the LOFT (Living Options for Teens) in Bend for five months now. “I’ve been in and out of homeless shelters my whole life,” Quinn says, noting that she…

A Horse Walks Into A Bar

As a five-year-old, horse lover and dreamer Joyce had it all planned out. She envisioned a dream barn where she could be with her horse and play with her Barbie doll at the same time. She even told her mom all about it, describing in detail how the horse would be able to watch over her while she played.

Great Minds Think Differently

Growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Shelley Gray noticed her father had horrible spelling. Her family would make jokes about it, including self-deprecating ones from her dad. It wasn’t until she heard the story about her father dropping out of college because of his difficulty in keeping up with the coursework—thus ending his dream to be an architect— that she realized…