Art All Around

Over the years, the outdoor public art in Bend has become just as much of the view and landscape as the Cascade Mountain Range. There are now 24 permanent roundabout art installations and several sculptures of various mediums tucked around the city. Since 1973, Art in Public Places (AiPP) has been transforming Bend into a place where residents and visitors…

Cheers to Summer!

With our long-awaited summer in full swing, it seems there’s not enough time for all the high desert adventures we want to pack in. On a typical morning drive in Bend, you’ll notice the cars loaded with paddle boards, kayaks or bikes, or towing a boat as people set out for fun. Whether it’s floating … Continued

July 2019 Around Town

Cascade Youth & Family Center Celebrates 30 Years For 30 years, Cascade Youth & Family Center (CYFC) has responded to the needs of youth in jeopardy by building programs for runaway and homeless kids, ages 11 and up, by providing family mediation, emergency shelter, street outreach, transitional living (longer-term shelter), and beyond. Each program builds on … Continued

Deschutes River Conservancy’s RiverFeast

The Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC) held their RiverFeast Dinner and Auction on May 17 at  the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon. The event raised money to support the DRC’s mission to restore streamflow and improve water quality in the Deschutes Basin. PHOTOGRAPHY BY R. TODD CARY

Gift of Music Fundraiser

The Cascade School of Music (CSM) held their annual Gift of Music Fundraiser on May 11 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The evening included a silent auction of 11 painted and mosaic musical instruments by local artists. CSM strives  to provide music education and experiences through accessible, affordable, and lifelong engagements in music. PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE GIARDINI

Smith Rock Ascent Trail Race

The Smith Rock Ascent trail race was held May 18-19 at Smith Rock State Park. A portion of the 50-kilometer, 15-mile, 4-mile and kids run entry fees went to support the Central Oregon Running Klub’s Youth Program for kids ages 5-18, which focuses on fostering a lifelong passion for running.  PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL NELSON AND … Continued

Upper Deschutes Watershed Council’s Upstream Fundraiser

On May 17, the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council held Upstream at Brasada Ranch to share the work of students and celebrate watershed education. The community event was a fundraiser for The Upstream Project, a watershed education program which seeks to educate, engage and activate the next generation of environmental stewards. PHOTOGRAPHY BY UPPER DESCHUTES WATERSHED … Continued

Sounds of Summer

Although the weather may not always cooperate, you can usually tell when summer has its hold on Central Oregon. Car roof racks exchange skis for kayaks, the bike lanes are full, and live music seems to emanate from every brewery, park, and farmer’s market. Local bands look toward summer to share freshly-written original songs and sing beloved favorites, while touring…

Strawberry Freezer Jam

 Ingredients  2 cups crushed strawberries, leave berries chunky not fully mashed  4 cups sugar

Souvenirs from Home

While a souvenir is typically a small memento from an unforgettable visit, for folks living in Central Oregon, they are reminders of just how lucky we are to live here every day. A bumper sticker announcing, “My life is your vacation,” may not be subtle, but memorabilia like Bend-OR-abilia confirms there’s no place like home.