June 2017 Lifestyle Letter

When my oldest son took up lacrosse in high school three years ago, our family knew nothing about the sport. I remember thinking, “of course boys like lacrosse—they get to wear cool helmets and beat each other with sticks.” Although I’m sure this is true, I was wrong to think that was all there was to it.

Earth Day 2017

Costumed adults, kids, and pets flocked to Downtown Bend to celebrate Earth Day on April 22. Photography Barbara Dudley

Walk MS Bend 2017

Hundreds of caring Central Oregonians marched to support those afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis in Downtown Bend on April 15. Photography Barbara Dudley

June 2017 Around Town

The Bend Life! Experiencing Bend’s restaurants, breweries, outdoor markets, and cultural events while surrounded by beautiful mountain peaks, rivers, and trails captivates a lifestyle for which many strive. Those of us fortunate enough to live “The Bend Life” enjoy a plethora of winter activities, as well as a summertime menu of concerts, hikes, river floats, and outdoor activities. The options…

Growing Pains of a New High School Sport

While summer’s approach may mean putting the books away, kids across the high desert are keeping the sports equipment out. The spring athletic season may be over, however summer training and tournaments are just beginning. While basketball, baseball or soccer may be the traditional choices, lacrosse is widely considered the fastest growing sport in the country.

Come One, Come All

Most of us aren’t born to be Olympic athletes. For mere mortals, cheering for elite athletes from the comfort of the couch is participation enough. In the spirit of competition for everyone—not just the professionals—the Oregon Senior Games (OSG) offers athletic opportunities for sporty-minded folks, ages 50 and over. OSG welcomes everyone to the joys of coming together for fun…

Outdoor Living

Faced with the impending reality of living with three teenage girls—one daughter already there, and two others not far behind—Neil and Angie Cole debated how to cope with the size of their house. They talked about adding another bedroom or creating additional living space, but their River Rim home’s footprint didn’t allow for much expansion.

EDITOR’S BACKPACK

As Bend Lifestyle Editor, I spend enough time putting pen to paper and stressing over deadlines. When I leave my desk, you can find me escaping to the woods to decompress and take advantage of Central Oregon living. As a former Deschutes County Search and Rescue member, I know how to pack a pack and get myself out of precarious…

Turning Good Thoughts into Good Actions

Patty Knowles and Wendi Holman—both of Central Oregon—used to watch as promising students of the Sortor Bushido Kai Karate studio switch to team sports because of the higher likelihood of getting college scholarships. Frustrated, the pair decided to do something to support future education and instruction for individual sport athletes. Enter the Good Thoughts Good Actions Foundation (GTGA), created to…