March 2017 Lifestyle Letter

After this extraordinary winter, I find myself dreaming of spring, and even the arrival of warm summer days. While I do love the way our landscape remained a winter wonderland for so long, like most Bendites, I reached a point where I was so ready for it to be over.

Cascade School of Music Rock Showcase

Cascade School of Music's Rock Department put on a showcase January 20 at McMenamins Old Saint Francis. 
Over 20 students performed original songs and rock classics. Photography Gray Calicott

“Little Women” Opens

Local actors prepare for the opening of Cascade Theatrical Company’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel 
“Little Women.” The play enjoyed a successful two week run. Photography Barbara Dudley

March 2017 Around Town

Have you noticed the Bend JOY Project’s bright orange graphics popping up all over Bend? This community kindness initiative is a challenge, a conversation, an opportunity, an experiment and a mission to bring joy in small, meaningful ways to keep our community happy, strong and beautiful. The idea is simple; to share and inspire joy in the community. Can kindness,…

The Sound of Music

Since the birth of our nation, music has helped to define—and bring color to—the cities and towns that make up our country. Fife and drum corps in Boston provided the soundtrack to the American Revolution while San Francisco hippie bands illuminated the 1960’s cultural revolution. Take a walk through Nashville’s Music Row and hear up-and-coming country artists or head to…

Wood Renewal Business Focuses on Home and Environmental Health

The home is where the heart is. Anyone who has suffered through the multitude of decisions in a home remodel knows this to be true. The mere act of remodeling—or refurbishing—one’s kitchen cabinets and floors quickly becomes a labor of love. N-Hance, a residential and commercial wood floor and cabinet renewal franchise with a branch in Central Oregon, aims to…

Art & Music in Our Town

My wife and I moved to Bend in 2001. Our goal was to start a family in a small town, away from the problems—crime, home prices, traffic—of big-city living. We smiled at the amount of new families who flocked to Drake Park for events, enjoyed out first home on half an acre, and marveled at the fact we could get…

High Desert Artistry

As Central Oregon has grown, so has the number of talented artists, naturally drawn to the high desert for its enriching environment and intimacy—the perfect backdrop to create. Whether it’s public art, jewelry, furniture or architecture, our corner of the world has a plethora of passionate craftsmen whose creativity seems to never end. Three local artisans—Jim Rozewski, Erik Hoogen, and…

Freedom from 
Conformity

Retired fourth grade teacher Judi Van Houweling always incorporated the arts into her lesson plans. For 26 years, her classroom at Tumalo Community School was one where acting, painting, drawing and crafting were central to learning. One day, Debra Mae Fisher—an artist-in-residence at the school—encouraged Van Houweling to bring her love of the arts and teaching into her plans after…