April 2017 Lifestyle Letter

The season for gorgeous weddings and alluring travel is right around the corner! This issue spotlights some unconventional—and beautiful—ideas for weddings. Be sure to turn to the pages of “Southern Oregon Love” for spectacular photos of a wedding set in a natural forest setting. And, if you’ve ever thought about planning a wedding that gives back, we’ve got some creative…

Winterfest

Oregon Winterfest showcased ice sculptures, fire pits, and high-flying motorcyclists and snowboarders February 17 - 19 in Bend’s Old Mill District. Proceeds benefitted Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon. Photography Barbara Dudley

Tour for the Heart

The Center and Therapeutic Associates presented the annual Tour for the Heart, a fun 5km XC ski or snowshoe tour to raise awareness and research funds for battling women's heart disease on February 12 at the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center. Photography Caitlin Bjornstad

April 2017 Around Town

Nearly 300 award-winning pieces of art created by local student artists are being showcased during a special exhibit as part of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, a national competition that highlights the best work from young artists and writers. The exhibit—which began with a special awards ceremony—runs through spring at the Pinckney Gallery and Auditorium at Pence Hall at…

Plan a Wedding that Gives Back

The love of our Central Oregon lifestyle and beauty of our natural surroundings is contagious. As is the love you feel for your fiancée and those who celebrate with you. If you’re interested in creating lasting memories and a positive impact on our community at your wedding, consider planning one that gives back.

Southern Oregon Love

Oregon has a myriad of diverse locales—including big cities, lush forests and coastal beaches—for the perfect destination wedding. Each with its own unique environment, weather and landscape, these regions play host to thousands of weddings each year. One such area, Southern Oregon, provides an ideal backdrop for couples in love to tie the knot.

Oregon’s Sea Sentinels

The simple joy of taking a morning walk on a sandy beach is reason enough for me to hop in the car and head to the Oregon Coast. For those who require a more structured reason to visit Oregon’s bountiful coastline, consider taking a trip to see Oregon’s original lighthouses. These coastal workhorses—still providing light and safety to sea travelers…

A Hidden Desert Gem

Never-ending skies wait to erupt into a powerful downfall as hikers march over rolling hills. Wild mustangs and antelope roam through fields of green and gold flowers. A glorious sunrise illuminates a slot canyon and greets the day. While this nature scene plays out everyday somewhere in the backcountry, it’s hardly the first thing people think of when picturing a…

Travel on the Cheap

Travel usually finds its way onto everyone’s bucket list. American author James Thurber incites the idea of wanderlust in his book The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by exclaiming, “to see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”

The Lightbulb Just Went Off—in Belize

My husband Michael has been rowing a drift boat down Oregon rivers as a fly-fishing guide for over two decades. He’s memorized every rock, eddy and bend in the waters that he considers his other “homes.” He has taught scores of people how to fly-fish and introduced veterans to the secret holding waters on the McKenzie, Deschutes and Rogue rivers.