What November Brings . . . 

Undoubtedly, those of you who live for winter sports here in Central Oregon are impatiently waiting for the snow to fall. This transition from warmer temperatures to our winter season leaves me with mixed feelings—I’m sad to see our long summer days fade, but am excited for the holiday season to be upon us.

Bend Open Streets

Bend Open Streets, a Commute Options event, shut down more than two miles of midtown streets from noon to 4 p.m. on September 18. Almost 3,000 people took advantage of the closed route, complete with food, games, and live music. 

November 2016 Around Town

Oregon State University - Cascades has received a $500,000 gift from Robin and Curt Baney, owners of Oxford Suites properties in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, as well as the Oxford Hotel in Bend. The donation will directly support the creation of an endowed faculty scholar position within the university’s recently launched hospitality management program. This is the second endowed…

Warm Fires & Dry Tents

Four friends—exhausted from the day’s conquests—sit around a roaring fire as they swap stories, exaggerated to be sure. Any pause in conversation is the result of polishing off a pre-packaged meal or becoming lost in the never-ending sea of stars overhead. The conversation turns to the following day’s plan of attack and the hint of an early bedtime.

Sisters Folk Festival

The Sisters Folk Festival proved once again that “all the town’s a stage” September 9-11. More than 40 bands played on 11 stages for thousands of fans. PHOTOGRAPHY GREGG MORRIS


The Portland Winterhawks hosted a meet and greet September 16 at the Deschutes Brewery. Hockey fans, young and old, came out for autographs and photos with the players. PHOTOGRAPHY STEVE GIARDINI

Red Rock and Snow

From Mt. Bachelor’s pristine runs to the Cascades’ many snow parks, colder months turn Central Oregon into a winter wonderland. But, when storm cycles make the mountains unpleasant, places like Smith Rock State Park offer dry ground and panoramic volcanic rock views as a fun hiking option.

‘Tis the Charitable Season

It’s no secret that the bulk of donor activity happens during the holidays. Some nonprofits receive almost 33% of each year’s donations in November and December. So, if you’re just now starting to consider where to focus your charitable efforts, you’re not alone!

Cold Weather Fun–Add Ice Fishing to Your List

Central Oregon is surrounded by many forms of water throughout the year. Lakes and rivers, big and small, dot the landscape in every direction. Because we live at a higher elevation, summer’s water playground turns into a winter landscape full of ice and snow.

New Chairlift Headlines Mt. Bachelor Improvements for 2016-2017

Each fall, skiers and snowboarders start dreaming of—and preparing for—another epic season on the slopes of Mt. Bachelor. Each coming ski season brings with it an excitement for the slopes and a curiosity for what changes are in store.

Holiday Wish Lists for Local Nonprofits

The holidays are just around the corner. While many of us have been counting down the days with glee, others wish they could just ignore the whole thing. We have neighbors and friends here in Bend who are living with chronic disease, food insecurity, homelessness, loneliness, and sometimes just really difficult holiday memories. Reaching out to others with any kind…