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EDUCATION - During the winter break,



keep the kids engaged with some thoughtful, award-winning reads.









FAMILY TIME - there anything more

magical than holiday gingerbread baking?


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EDITOR’S NOTE Time to kick off the holiday season!


t’s important to remember that only one year ago, faces were covered, and families were discouraged from gathering. Who knew that sharing time together was such a privilege? Thankfully, that time is behind us, and this year, we are reuniting and hugging. I’m excited to be headed to the coast with extended family soon for Thanksgiving and hosting everyone for Christmas, which for our gang, has been postponed for years. Central Oregon is amped with community holiday offerings galore. From the Bend Christmas Parade to seasonal bazaars and iceskating rinks, there is truly something for everyone. We’ve got all the information and listings in Trending and Calendar. Traditionally, Sunriver comes alive for the holidays, and not just for tourists, but offers everyone sleigh rides, gingerbread house displays and more. It is well worth a trip with the kids. If you love getting outside, check out Joshua Savage’s guide to Oregon’s hot springs in Outdoors. As the winter chill sets in, a thermal adventure sounds just right. During the winter school break, stock the bookshelves with some new reads for the kids. Nicole Blume’s reading suggestions for all

ages in Education will help everyone beat the winter blues. With the kids home for a bit, why not schedule a little kitchen time and create some tasty gingerbread boys and girls? There’s an easy recipe in Family Time. ‘Tis also the season of giving. Let’s not forget to take a moment and find ways to help our neighbors in need. In Community, Annette Benedetti highlights an effective nonprofit, Thrive Central Oregon, which prides itself in connecting local families to crucial resources. Have fun as you plan lots of holiday time with loved ones and don’t forget to appreciate those hugs and snuggles!

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kiddin’ ‘round For a great time for you and your kiddos, Bend Park & Recreation District’s fitness and swim centers are the places to be. • REC SWIM: All ages welcome. • FAMILY SWIM: All ages with adult. • PARENT-CHILD SWIM: Ages 6 & under with adult. • SWIM SPECIAL: $6.00/adult with paid child. • SWIM LESSONS: Ages 6 months & up. • BABY & ME FITNESS CLASSES • KIDS’ CORNER CHILDCARE: For ages 6 months to 6 years - offering childcare in sync with your workout. Schedules, fees and details at

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One of my teenage daughters has developed a few nervous habits. She is always biting her nails and seems very rushed when speaking. I have tried to talk to her about this, but she denies everything and tells me I’m hovering. Should I be concerned?


When parents see a change in their child’s behavior, I encourage them to share with their child what it is they are observing and offer their child a means of connection, so they don’t feel alone with their problem. For instance, “Lately I see you biting your nails and talking fast, which is a change for you. When I’m really stressed with a project at work, I do the same thing.” Maybe your daughter won’t respond, or she might even roll her eyes at you, but you have opened the door to let her know you can be understanding and supportive. Other things you can do to help are to make sure she is getting enough sleep, limiting screen time (especially before bed), avoiding caffeine or energy drinks and getting some kind of regular movement—these are all things that can help decrease stress or anxiety.


For the past two years we have had a nanny living with us, since my wife and I both work full time and sometimes don’t make it home until late. My children have gotten very attached to the nanny and say I should go back to work whenever I try to spend time with them. I don’t want to overreact, but this is very hurtful. Any advice?


First, good work acknowledging your own emotion of being hurt; we can’t work through emotions we don’t acknowledge. That said, you have hired a nanny that your kids feel close to, which is in the best interest of your family. Research consistently shows that the more supportive adults a child has, the more resilient they are going to be throughout their life. To rebuild your connection with your kids, I encourage you to establish “special time” with each of them to have at least 10 minutes per week where you let them choose what you do together. For young children it might mean getting down on the floor and playing imaginative games or riding bikes around the neighborhood; for older children, it might be looking through their favorite graphic novel together or kicking the soccer ball. Make a point of connecting consistently in this way, scheduling time, if needed. Throughout the week, let your child know you are looking forward to your special time together. They might be a little unsure of what to do with your undivided attention at first, but over time, they will learn that your desire to connect with them is genuine.


• Listen • Validate their emotion • Let them know you are there for them This might sound like, “I am so glad you told me you’re having a hard time with your friends. It sounds like you’re feeling left out. Do you want me to just listen today, or do you want me to help you solve this?” I encourage families to keep in mind that they are raising children who will eventually be independent, and they must help them build those skills over time. This means letting them struggle through learning to tie their shoes when they are five, encouraging them to talk with their teacher when they’re in middle school and helping them through relationship challenges in high school.


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Something A Little


Experience the holidays Central Oregon style


By Annette Benedetti


his year, holiday magic abounds with a plethora of fantastical events. Grab your calendar and get ready to fill it with shows and activities, as the Central Oregon community has simply outdone itself with next-level opportunities for celebration—your crew won’t want to be left out! The following are the top picks for must-see activities and events this holiday season:

Old Fashion Christmas

The Old Fashion Christmas event at the fairgrounds has been around for eight years, giving families the opportunity to get some shopping done while having a whole lot of seasonal fun. This indoor experience is packed with gifts, art, antiques and food vendors and is home to a stunning holiday display with a Candy Land maze that leads right to Santa. There’s so much to do, but don’t worry, there are resting areas with holiday movies playing, hourly drawings for prizes, demonstrations and a Christmas tree coloring contest for kids. The entrance fee is $5 with a voluntary canned food donation benefiting a local charity food bank. When: Nov. 12 & 13 Where: Deschutes County Expo Center Online: centraloregon

Ice Skating

Any holiday experience in Central Oregon wouldn’t be complete without a family ice skating session. Check out these local rinks:

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Tradtions at Sunriver

The Pavilion in Bend: Offering recreational skating for all ages and abilities, The Pavilion hosts Sunday Family Skate for only $6/ person, which includes a skate rental. Check online for hours: Seventh Mountain Resort: The skating season at this outdoor rink opens on Nov. 18 with a holiday bazaar and annual food drive. You can find the details at: Village Ice Pavilion in Sunriver: This location includes an indoor viewing area, an indoor/outdoor fireplace and a solar screening system that offers shelter from inclement weather. The skate season starts in late November. More info: Redmond Ice Rink: Located in downtown Redmond, this rink welcomes skaters of all ages and abilities. For opening dates and details check it out online:

Traditions at Sunriver

Sunriver Resort goes the extra distance with its Traditions Holiday Experience. This remarkable annual holiday event is 50 years old for a good reason. It kicks off with the Grand Illumination and gives families the opportunity to take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through a snowy meadow, sip hot cocoa by the fire, decorate a gingerbread house, build their own Takoda the Bear, witness light shows and of course, play in the snow. Loads of beautiful holiday decorations and lights make for a festive experience as well. When: Beginning Nov. 19 Where: Sunriver Resort Online: sunriverresort. com/activities/winterBend Christmas traditions-holiday Parade

The Nutcracker: A Child's Tale

Your family will love this heartwarming take on a classic. Valerie Holgers' Académie de Ballet Classique’s “The Nutcracker: A Child’s Taleˮ features local dancers as they tell the story of a young girl, Clara, who befriends a nutcracker on Christmas Eve. Through movement and music, the dancers bring the nutcracker and the night’s adventure to life in an unforgettable way that will leave the audience with sugar plums dancing in their heads for the rest of the season. Note: There are two performances this year: 1:30pm and 6pm. When: Nov. 26 Where: Tower Theatre Online:

Bend Christmas Parade

After its cancellation in 2020 due to the pandemic, the Bend Christmas Parade returned with a boom in 2021, clocking the largest attendance on record. Word on the street is that this year’s event is going to be even better. Run entirely by volunteers, the parade has been an icon of Bend for the past 29 years. This year’s theme is, “A High Desert Christmas.” Your family can expect an impressive lineup of floats, marchers, performances and even the possibility that Santa might attend. Arrive early to stake out your prime viewing territory. When: Dec. 3 at noon Where: Downtown Bend (you can find the map online) Online:

Central Oregon Youth Orchestra Winter Concert

This is no average winter concert; this is an opportunity to revel in local holiday music performed by talented kids! Experience an assembly of 35 music students of all ages from across the region led by COCC music professor Travis Allen, and conducted by Redmond Proficiency Academy’s Jonathon Moore. You never know, the show may inspire the young music lover in your family to pick up a new instrument! When: Dec. 13 Where: Tower Theatre Online:

Central Oregon Locavore Holiday Gift Faire

Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts made by local artisans, crafters and more at the annual Locavore Holiday Gift Faire. From stunning pieces of art to handmade apparel, local honey and jewelry that makes a statement, there is something for everyone on your list. Bonus: The gifts you buy give back to the Bend community, as every item bought is created locally. Check the website in advance for up-to-date COVID precautions. 10am – 4pm. When: Dec. 19 Where: Unitarian Universalist Church Online:

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uring the holidays, it’s always fun to wander downtown or meander through the Old Mill District with the family while browsing the local shops and ducking in for a warm drink. Bend has some wonderful, locally owned places that are perfect for finding those unique gifts. Shopping locally really is the way to go. Not only do independent businesses offer quality items, but by spending your holiday dollars with them you are supporting and nurturing your own community. Unlike buying online, they hire locals and thereby boost the Central Oregon economy. If you value great customer service and a personal experience (holiday gift wrapping, a festive atmosphere and such), then head to one of these Bend Nest approved businesses, as they really go above and beyond in building relationships with local families.

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Leapin' Lizards is an independently-owned, specialty toy store in Downtown Bend, Oregon. We carry a wide range of hand chosen, educational and fun toys and gifts. Since our start in 1995, we have been providing fun for the young and the young at heart.

Located next to Regal Old Mill cinemas, Wild Child curates the world’s best, most sustainable children’s clothing and toys.

Here at Leapin' Lizards we believe that community is everything. We strive everyday to create an environment of play and growth through our excellent customer service, high quality products and joyful space. We want our community to feel as proud of our store as we are.

We are mothers supporting mothers, and we have local seamstresses, authors, artists and designers! We have things for expectant mothers, babies and kids. For the holidays you can find games, wooden toys, dolls, crafts, dress-up, art supplies and stocking stuffers! The owner, Keri, is a kindergarten teacher and has always loved working with children and families. This holiday, find something unique for the special little one in your life! Wild Child—making childhood magical! Winter 2022 | 13

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Christmas in Bend By Kristen Riggle


ou may remember the Busy Birds from local author, Kristin Riggle’s first children’s book, “Little Bird Explores Bend!” This holiday season, look for an all-new adventure with Busy Birds and their forest friends, who celebrate a very special Christmas in Bend! From a moonlight adventure to trimming the Christmas tree, these busy pals find joy in the magic of the season and love to spread their Christmas cheer throughout the year. Those who call Bend home, as well as those who come to visit, will recognize the iconic places the friends explore. Who’s coming to find that perfect Christmas tree near Tumalo Mountain? How about a ski to the warming hut at Swampy Lakes? Children will delight in following the Busy Birds and their Photo by Julia Duke adorable critter friends throughout their day while enjoying all the outdoor activities Bend has to offer. When it’s time to come inside, the friends listen to Yuletide tunes while decorating and baking, then head to Drake Park for the tree lighting. What a busy day! Snuggled in bed, the day is over and the friends dream of Christmas in Bend! Riggle’s playful tone and charming illustrations beckon children of all ages into the world of the Busy Birds.


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Thoughtful reads for kids to bust the winter break blues By Nicole Blume


s the snow drifts outside the frosty window, what could be more appealing than curling up by the fire (or space heater) in cozy holiday pajamas to lose yourself in a good book? Reading is the perfect, low-cost activity that both young and old can enjoy together. Broadening a child’s worldview and exposing them to new ideas are a few of the benefits of a good book. If indeed “reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while,” as Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman says, then these books offer young readers a chance to go for a walk!


“The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read,” by Rita Lorraine Hubbard and Oge Mora

In 1848, Mary Walker was born into slavery. Freed by age 15, married with her first child by age 20 and still actively working and raising money for her church by age 68, Mary Walker was illiterate. Over her long life she had worked numerous jobs, from cooking to cleaning, babysitting to selling sandwiches, but she did not know how to read or write. At the incredible age of 116 years old, she decided to change that. At 116 years old, Mary Walker learned how to read. This stunning biographical picture book takes readers on a journey from the Civil War to the civil rights movement, told through the eyes of a woman whose perseverance and dedication prove that you’re never too old to learn something new.

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“Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera,” by Candace Fleming

In this award-winning illustrated nature book, a tiny honeybee’s hard work and dedication to her hive introduce young readers to the life cycle of apis mellifera (aka: honeybees). After waking up in the morning in her little wax cell, Apis begins her day by helping to clean the hive nursery, feed the larvae and queen bee and build wax combs to store honey. She longs to fly alongside the other bees, but isn’t quite ready, so instead she stays behind to transfer the pollen they collect into storage and to defend the hive from invaders. Finally, one day when she is strong enough to fly, Apis emerges joyfully from the confines of the hive and takes to the sky in search of nectar. Written in poetic, accessible language, this beautiful story brings natural science indoors for young readers to explore. REALISTIC FICTION

“I Talk Like a River,” by Jordan Scott, illustrated by Sydney Smith In this beautiful and poignant elementary-age picture book, a young boy narrates in first person a glimpse into his world of dysfluency, otherwise known as stuttering. He imagines the fearful terrors bound to occur at school and the intense solitude engendered by his classmates. Fortunately, he has a loving and understanding father who knows all about what it’s like to experience a “bad speech day.” Together, father and son take a special trip to the river, where he discovers that his speech ebbs and flows like the rushing sounds of the water—he talks like a river. With this sparkling new understanding in place, the boy returns to school with a newfound sense of peace and selfacceptance.


“The Song of the Lioness,” by Tamora Pierce

Published in the 1980s, at a time when most fantasy series like “The Lord of the Rings” featured predominantly male heroes, Pierce brought to life a strong, intelligent female protagonist who isn’t afraid to defy the gender norms of her society. Born to a noble family in the kingdom of Tortall, Alanna despises traditional feminine pursuits and has no desire to get married to a stuffy lord. Likewise, her studious twin brother, Thom, is equally unhappy at the prospect of training to become a knight and would much rather study magic instead. Together, they hatch a plan to switch places, as Alanna heads to the palace disguised as a boy named “Alan” to pursue her dream of knighthood. In interviews, Pierce explained how Alanna was written to be gender-fluid, before this term was well-known in our society. This empowering series has won numerous literary awards and is a must read for every fantasy lover. COMING OF AGE

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Set in the early 1990s, this beloved coming-of-age novel follows an introverted, observant teenage boy named Charlie as he navigates his first year of high school in a Pittsburgh suburb. Based on his own vivid memories of what it felt like to straddle the world of adolescence and adulthood, the author crafts a poignant and heart-rending story that will stay with the reader long after the last page. Fair warning though, this novel does not shy away from difficult themes related to adolescence, from sexuality and drug use to mental health and sexual assault. Like other canonical classics in this genre, such as “Catcher in the Rye” and “Speak,” “Wallflower” has earned “banned” status in some American schools and libraries for its controversial content. Overall, however, the teenage protagonist’s unique narrative style and unconventional thinking bring a compelling, mature and refreshingly honest look at these themes. It’s a wonderful read, but we recommend waiting until your middle school aged teen is in high school before introducing this one.

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COMMUNITY Who Thrive Serves

During the 2020/2021 service year, Thrive staff met with 300 households each month and connected them with 450 resources. Of the individuals that sought Thrive’s services, 26% were houseless, while 45% were at risk of becoming houseless. According to Mahnke, 94% of those seen by Thrive Central Oregon have low or extremely low income, 55% are female-identifying, 30% are families and 54% report a physical or mental health disability. “Individuals who seek support from Thrive are greeted with respect and assistance in connecting them to the services they seek,” says Mahnke. The primary request Thrive receives throughout the year is housing. “For those with limited, shared or no housing, the winter months can highlight what people do not have and may be struggling to obtain,” Mahnke explains. “In the winter months, we can find ourselves trying to get creative with our funding to assist families with supporting their desired traditions or having a special meal.”

A Gift for Families in Need By Annette Benedetti


inter. For many Bend families, it’s the most magical time of the year, filled with the exhilaration of hitting the slopes and holiday shopping, family gatherings and warm, extravagant meals together. However, for some families, it means something very different. It means searching for a place to escape the extreme cold, scavenging for food and trying to make sure that Santa comes for every child, even if he only brings the basics. While Santa may not be real, Thrive Central Oregon is. Thrive is a local nonprofit working to ensure that every family and person in need has a warm place to stay and something to eat throughout every season.

Thrive Central Oregon is Unique

Thrive Central Oregon is the only organization in Central Oregon that provides the following combination of client-focused services to vulnerable individuals and families: • The staff meets clients where they are, at designated sites across Central Oregon. • Thrive provides connections to a full spectrum of social services, including permanent housing and healthcare. Thrive provides comprehensive and professional case • management to anyone seeking it. • There are no eligibility requirements.

What is Thrive Central Oregon?

Thrive Central Oregon is a nonprofit that connects people who are struggling with the resources they need, including housing, healthcare, employment and benefits, as well as food and basic needs. “Thrive specializes in linking individuals and families to permanent housing and community resources,” explains Thrive Central Oregon’s Executive Director, Sarah Mahnke. “Our internal network of services, applications, guidelines and connection strategies are constantly under development. As such, we provide a solid level of case management that – Sarah Mahnke, helps families get their individual Executive Director needs met.”

“By linking individuals and families to affordable and permanent housing and other resources, Thrive prevents people from becoming houseless.”

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Thrive Central Oregon’s Long-term Impact

“By linking individuals and families to affordable and permanent housing and other resources, Thrive prevents people from becoming houseless,” Mahnke explains, “which is more effective and efficient than trying to re-house individuals after they have become houseless.” Similarly, by providing hands-on coordination to social and medical services, Thrive helps at-risk individuals and families reap the rewards of improved long-term health and well-being. It may be surprising that the simple gifts of health and housing are on the lists of many Central Oregonians this holiday season.

How Families Can Support Thrive

The holiday season can be a time of abundance for many. Gift giving and receiving are a way of sharing love and goodwill. This season, families can direct that abundance to support those in need. “We are grateful to have support from our community any and all times of the year,” says Mahnke. “It is incredibly empowering to our hard-working team to be supported by the community in ways that help them provide tangible items, on top of support services, to the people we meet with each day.” The following are ways that local families can give back to Thrive Central Oregon so that they can continue to support those most in need.

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Donations give Thrive the ability to support families with rent payments, utilities, gas cards and basic needs support. Thrive Central Oregon keeps an Amazon shopping list with which to stock their welcome home baskets. These are given to families when they move into housing. On average, they house 13 families per month, so their need for move-in supplies is high. Photo courtesy of Thrive Thrive Central Oregon is currently Central Oregon working to purchase outreach vehicles that will allow for more direct community service provision across Central Oregon, in addition to their usual outreach sites. Sarah This winter, make the season a little warmer Mahnke, Thrive's for those in need by supporting Thrive Central Executive Oregon as they play Santa for those in need. Director, Donation information can be found on their website: with holiday donations for families,

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Local gyms offer parents and kids time to move together By Nicole Blume


s the new year approaches, many local parents are making resolutions to get more physically active and improve their health. As difficult as it can be to schedule self-care time and childcare, indoor gyms can be a real lifesaver when it comes to meeting those new goals. Not all gyms are created equal, though. At a minimum, some offer small childcare rooms where parents can drop the kids enroute to the workout equipment. The truly family-friendly options are geared to help both parents and children meet their fitness goals in a safe, supportive environment. The following options provide opportunities for families to either work out together or offer kids’ classes that coincide with adult programs. Modeling an active lifestyle by exercising alongside the kids can set up a dynamic for a lifetime of good fitness habits!

“We are not your standard adult-focused gym with a small area where children are put for childcare. Our goal is to keep kids active and healthy and allow time for adults to do the same,” says Rachel Augustine. “Another huge need for families in the Bend community is to have more childcare / drop-off options. That’s why we have welltrained, adult kids’ coaches, who all have extensive prior experience working with kids.”

Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play Located in the heart of the Old Mill District, Free Spirit is a familyfocused yoga and fitness center owned by local parents, Rachel and Seth Augustine. Free Spirit's 3000-square-foot ninja warrior gym includes a rockclimbing wall, giant hammock, ninja warrior obstacles, climbing nets, a separate baby and toddler play space and a two-story slide. Their yoga studio also has the only yoga wall in Bend built directly into the walls with specific anchors and straps, allowing for unique, bodypositive fitness classes for the whole family. Several of their adult classes are intentionally timed to correspond to kids’ classes, while other programs are designed for parents or caregivers to do together with their children, such as prenatal yoga classes, Mom + Baby Yoga, Mom + Baby Fitness, Baby Ninja, Mini-Ninja and Mini-Yogi. 20 |

Family Acro Yoga is fun with Deven Sisler and Hazel Lovejoy

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Namaspa Yoga Community Namaspa Yoga Community in Bend offers a warm, welcoming place where kids ages three and up can learn the basics of yoga, while their caregivers enjoy their own vinyasa practice in the room next door. Child-friendly classes include movement, mindful games, breathing exercises, stories and sometimes a special craft. According to their kids’ program manager, Deven Sisler, they offer the only specialized training program in Central Oregon to certify yoga teachers to work specifically with children, youth and families. “Many people ask me, ‘How do I get my kid to do yoga?’,” says Sisler. “I respond, ‘You should do yoga!’ When families can practice yoga together it is so much more than working out, as they can learn different ways to regulate, breathe and communicate with kindness.” Namaspa also offers digital access through Zoom and Facebook, so families can practice together from home any time of the day. For another fun twist on a traditional yoga class, Sisler offers Family AcroYoga online through “AcroYoga is a fusion of the wisdom of yoga and the power of acrobatics that creates a space where families can play and get fit at the same time,” says Sisler. “Not only do families get to stretch, strengthen, breathe and relax together, but parents can use this series to learn how to become a human jungle gym for their kids.”


Tula Movement Arts With over 5,000 square feet of studio space, Tula Movement Arts offers fun, unconventional movement arts for all ages and abilities through a combination of classes aimed to embody the balance between play and mindfulness. “Tula” itself means balance in Sanskrit. Their serene, adult yoga studio offers a full schedule of classes with drop-in childcare available in a dedicated, separate space, while their high-energy circus studio offers family-friendly classes in aerial, acro, bungee, tumbling and dance. “We've always really wanted to be a sort of ʻone stop shopʼ for the whole family—a place where you can start prenatal yoga and have something for yourself and your kids from birth on,” says owner Lotsie Cash. “A lot of the kinds of classes we offer are unique to our space and you can't find them anywhere else in town. We want people to not only feel good and strong in their body, but to try all these seemingly ‘impossible’ things like aerial and acro and show themselves they're more capable than they ever imagined.”

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November 19

“Under the Snow” Exhibit Opening

LEARN – Dive into the hidden world beneath the snow where animals create a secret matrix of tunnels to survive the winter and hide from predators above. Using interactive graphics, visitors will meet the species that depend on the snow, including a resilient mammal named Pika, an observant owl called Great Gray and a fruiting fungus known as Fuzzy Foot.

High Desert Museum | Free with admission

November 19 - January 1 Photo by Chloe Leis, Mythical Reality Co.

What a delight! “The Nutcracker: A Child's Tale,” November 26 at the Tower

November 12 & 13

Old-Fashion Christmas

SHOP – In its eighth year, this event offers a variety of gifts, arts, crafts and antiques all in an oldfashioned atmosphere. Check out the holiday display with a Candy Land maze leading right to Santa, resting areas with televisions playing classic holiday movies and hourly drawings. Canned foods will be collected for the local food bank.

Deschutes County Expo Center | $5

November 15 (Tuesdays)

Backpack Explorers

LEARN – Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers don backpacks filled with exciting objects to enjoy while exploring the museum's nature trails and exhibits. 10 – 11am.

High Desert Museum | $15

November 18

Seventh Mountain Skating Rink Kickoff

SKATE – Be part of the festivities on opening weekend! The Seventh Mountain ice rink will kick off the 2022 season at 6pm and includes an annual holiday bazaar and food drive benefiting The Giving Plate and the Bend Food Project. Bring five non-perishable items (accepted November 18 through 20) and receive a $5 voucher toward ice skating any visit during the 2022/2023 season.

Seventh Mountain Resort | $12 - $18 ice-skating/

November 18 – 20

Holiday Food & Gift Festival SHOP – This annual event, in its 23rd year, returns to Redmond. Shop hundreds of exhibitors and local artisans for arts, crafts, jewelry, clothing, woodcraft, toys, Christmas décor and much more. Discover one-of-a-kind gifts, support small businesses and complete your holiday shopping early.

Deschutes County Expo Center | Adults $6, 12 & under free

Traditions at Sunriver

HOLIDAY – Kicking off with the Grand Illumination, this holiday tradition gives families the opportunity to take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through a snowy meadow, sip hot cocoa by the fire, decorate a gingerbread house and more. Enjoy the spirit of the holidays in Sunriver.

Sunriver Resort | Free

November 24

I Like Pie Run

RUN – On Thanksgiving morning, bring the entire family to the Old Mill District for this iconic Bend run anytime between 7:30 and 9:30am to run or walk a 1.5 or 2.5-mile loop. Each registered participant will receive a unique beanie. All proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bend.

Old Mill | $20 - $30

November 24

Redmond Turkey Trot

RUN – Come for a Thanksgiving fun run (5K or 10K) with your family and friends. Registration includes race entry (no official timing will be done), a Hoodoo ski lift ticket and a t-shirt (while supplies last). Don’t miss The Brace Place 1K kids race which is free for all kids ages 10 and under!

Sam Johnson Park | $30 - $35

November 25

Tree Lighting in Sisters

HOLIDAY – All are welcome as Sisters kicks off the holiday season with the annual Sisters Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy festive music and free hot chocolate to get you in the holiday spirit! 5:30-6pm.

Fir Street Park | Free

November 25

Redmond Starlight Parade

PARADE – This year the Redmond Chamber of Commerce is bringing you the Redmond Starlight Parade with the theme being “Ode to Christmas Sweaters.” Keep in mind that this parade is at night and lights are HIGHLY suggested for decor. After the parade, listen for the high school choir singing carols in Centennial Park and make your way over to watch Santa light the town’s Christmas tree!

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November 26

The Nutcracker: A Child’s Tale

SHOW – Bring the whole family to this heartwarming take on a classic, featuring local dancers as they tell the story of a young girl, Clara, who befriends a nutcracker on Christmas Eve. Through movement and music, the dancers bring the night’s adventure to life. There will be two performances this year: 1:30 and 6pm.

Tower Theatre | $19 - $45

November 26

Holiday Village Market

SHOP – Come down to the park and cruise through the vendors to find those one-of-a-kind holiday gifts for your friends and family. Munch on some delicious caramel popcorn or Norwegian chocolates while you shop wine and kitchen items.

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December 15

THEATER – This local production is based on the book, “Can This Be Christmas?” by Debbie Macomber. On Christmas Eve, during a snowstorm, a group of strangers on a train to Boston all wish to reach their destinations in time for Christmas. However, the train develops engine trouble and the passengers are suddenly forced to disembark and take shelter. Understandably disappointed, they try to find ways to celebrate the true spirit of Christmas.

MUSIC – Playing with only four strings, ukulele master, Jake Shimabukuro, is a humble musician whose mission is to connect with and inspire people. Whether one on one or in front of an audience of thousands, Jake shares a deep emotional connection with the listener that is simply magical. Don’t miss this evening of merriment and wonder.

A Gift to Remember

Jake Shimabukuro: Christmas in Hawaii

Tower Theatre | $37 - $57

Cascades Theatrical Company | $22 - $26

November 30

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

MOVIE – It’s family movie night at the Tower. More than anything, the well-meaning Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) yearns for a special "Griswold Family Christmas.” As Clark’s ideal Christmas unravels, can he keep it together and recognize the true meaning of Christmas? Sure—if you don’t mind SWAT teams and a radioactive Santa joining the celebration!

Tower Theatre | $17 - $27 christmas-vacation

December 2

First Friday Art Walk

ART – Every first Friday of the month, downtown comes alive after hours from 5 to 9pm. Experience the local art scene with friends, while shopping and enjoying time together. Businesses stay open late and host local artists showcasing their works.

Downtown Bend | Free

December 3

Bend Christmas Parade

PARADE – Don’t miss this annual holiday tradition downtown. This year’s theme is “A High Desert Christmas.” Check out the floats, marching bands, decorations and so much more. Santa is sure to make an appearance!

Downtown Bend | Free

December 21 - 23 Photo by High Desert Museum

Backpack Explorers at the High Desert Museum.

December 5

Anuhea: All is Bright Holiday Tour MUSIC – This multi-talented artist blends vibes of reggae, pop, R&B and even country. Anuhea's eclectic and multi-faceted musical style is paralleled by her work ethic and fun-loving personality. After 10 successful years in the music scene, dozens of hit songs and multiple awards, Anuhea is rightfully referred to as one of the top musical artists from Hawai'i.

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December 8 – 19

Legally Blonde: The Musical

THEATER – Prepare for the hilarious and oh-so-memorable story of Elle Woods (and of course, Bruiser) as they head to Harvard Law School to prove they CAN be serious. This highly entertaining Broadway musical will leave you laughing and singing and dancing.

Summit High | TBD

December 7

A Christmas Story

MOVIE – It’s family movie night at the Tower! In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun is the perfect Christmas gift.

Tower Theatre | $17 - $27 a-christmas-story_1

December 10 & 11


SHOP – Local, talented artisans come together for this impressive shopping experience open to the public. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to The Chuúsh Fund to help support clean water access for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. 9am – 5pm.

Old Ironworks District | $5 (reservations required)

December 13

Central Oregon Youth Orchestra Winter Concert

MUSIC – This is no average winter concert, but an opportunity to revel in local holiday music performed by kids! Experience an assembly of 35 music students of all ages from across the region led by COCC music professor, Travis Allen, and conducted by Redmond Proficiency Academy’s Jonathon Moore. 7pm.

Swingin’ Tower Christmas

MUSIC – Enjoy a family-friendly holiday celebration of lively songs, dances and stories. Host, Mollie Tennant (“Cats,” “Les Miz”), heads a cast of local performers accompanied onstage by a live 15-piece big band.

Tower Theatre | $22 - $32 swingin-tower-christmas

January 23

Recycled Percussion

MUSIC – Since Justin Spencer formed Recycled Percussion in 1995, the band has been unstoppable. Their junk rock music became a national phenomenon during their smash hit performances on America’s Got Talent in 2009.

Tower Theatre | $30-$50 recycled-percussion_1

Tower Theatre | $12 - $17

December 14


MOVIE – Raised as an over-sized elf, Buddy (played by Will Ferrell) travels from the North Pole to NYC to meet his biological father who doesn't know he exists and is in desperate need of some Christmas spirit.

Tower Theatre | $17 - $27 elf_4

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Gingerbread Kids By Angela Switzer


mmm… the melding of ginger, molasses and brown sugar instantly evokes warm holiday sensations and childhood memories. This season, schedule some kitchen time with the little ones to share this tradition of baking and decorating gingerbread boys and girls! Kids will love the rich flavor and simple shape: let the imagination run wild with decorating possibilities. While the yummy treats are baking, why not gather and read the classic story of The Gingerbread Boy? This repetitive tale is sure to bring joy to everyone!

Gingerbread People Recipe Ingredients:

• 3 cups all-purpose flour

• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

• 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

• ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar • 2 teaspoons ground ginger

• 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt • 1 large egg

• 3/4 cup unsulfured molasses

• Cookie cutter (gingerbread man)

• Buttercream icing (recipe to follow) • Candies (optional)

Instructions: Sift flour, baking soda and baking powder into a medium bowl; set aside. Mix butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes; mix in spices and salt. Mix in egg and molasses, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl. Add flour mixture; mix on low speed until combined. Divide dough in half; pat into two disks. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out gingerbread people with cookie cutter. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet; refrigerate until firm, 20 to 30 minutes. Bake until cookies are set and edges are just starting to brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Carefully lift and transfer to a wire rack. Let cool completely. Make icing.

Buttercream Icing Ingredients:

• 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature • 8 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted • Large pinch of salt

• 1-3 tablespoons whole milk as needed • ½ teaspoon vanilla

Instructions: Combine the butter, sugar and vanilla in the bowl. Start mixing on low speed until the sugar is incorporated with the butter. Increase the mixing speed to high and beat until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Adjust the consistency with milk as needed.


Fit a pastry bag with a 5/16-inch round tip and fill with 1/2 cup icing. Tie end with a rubber band. Pipe eyes and a mouth and add decorative clothing. Use your imagination to create your gingerbread boys and girls! Feel free to add some color with candies such as red hots or gum drops too!

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Discover Oregon's Bounty of Hot Springs By Joshua Savage


uring the summer, the invigorating cold waters of the Deschutes River and the Cascade Lakes are a welcome respite from the heat. When the winter weather hits, though, it’s the exact opposite. We search for ways to warm our bodies— wood stoves, layers of clothing and hot chocolate. Not all of us own or have easy access to a hot tub and even if we do, the gratification of soaking in the waters of natural hot springs is priceless during the frigid winter.

Belknap Hot Springs

A short road trip to Belknap Hot Springs Gardens & Lodge is completely worth a weekend trip. This destination near McKenzie Bridge boasts a variety of accommodations like cabins, RV and tent sites and a lodge with quite the collection of classic DVD movies for the kids’ viewing entertainment. The lower pool in front of the lodge has a perfect view of the McKenzie River and is available for day use. Another pool, more private, is readily accessible for lodgers. In addition, the many acres that make up Belknap allow for hiking along the river or a stroll through the Secret Garden.


In Bend, McMenamins is the closest option to warm your bones. This popular location downtown boasts a large Turkish-style hot pool. Beautifully crafted stained-glass windows and shimmering turquoise tiles give the pool an opulent air. Add the fountain, water-spouting lions and an open ceiling, and you feel like royalty. This inviting, decadent pool remains open year-round but with one caveat: you must be a hotel guest. Did someone say family staycation?

Stay Local

Before moving on to the more developed spots, I should mention briefly the hot springs closest to Bend, those at East and Paulina Lakes, located in the Newberry Caldera. On the south lake shore of East Lake, soakers can find a pool of magma-heated water ranging from 104 to 120 degrees! The north shore of Paulina Lake also has a few small pools dug by volunteers. However, using these pools depends completely on the water level. By late fall or winter, the lakes are usually high, and the springs can become submerged.

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Belknap Hot Springs

Cougar Hot Springs

Terwilliger Hot Springs, aka Cougar Hot Springs, provides a more natural dipping experience. Located in the Willamette National Forest, these springs are public and require only a small fee but offer a large reward. A short trail begins with a picturesque view of the Cougar Reservoir and Rider Creek Waterfall. It then leads to the relaxing thermal waters of five tiered pools surrounded by lush forest. Of all the hot springs in this article, this one is both of my daughters’ favorite.

Crystal Crane Hot Springs

East of Central Oregon, near Burns, families have another opportunity to rejuvenate at Crystal Crane Hot Springs, an unexpected oasis in the desert. The surrounding dry landscape makes the trip no less magical, and perhaps, even adds to the experience. At night, the dark sky is unobstructed, and the stars shine brighter than you can imagine. With other landmarks like Alvord Desert and Steens Mountain close by, a unique road trip awaits.

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After the 2020 fires devastated Detroit and much of the Santiam Canyon, Breitenbush Hot Springs recently reopened and is ready for guests. A sauna, delicious meals, yoga classes, a labyrinth and more make this spot one of the most luxurious experiences, for sure. Better yet, the property is off grid, so it’s the perfect opportunity to detox from the electronics. (Be forwarned, nudity is allowed in the pools.)


By this time next year, we might have an addition to the list. The famed Kah-Nee-Ta in Warm Springs plans to reopen after being closed since 2018. With both hot springs and a water park, Kah-Nee-Ta is a true kid favorite.

Summer Lake

Finally, Summer Lake, about two hours southeast of Bend, might have the richest history of the aforementioned hot springs. Here, archaeologists found human DNA dating over 14,000 years in the nearby Paisley Caves! Native Americans referred to the area as Medicine Springs. Whether you’re a history buff or not, the springs are a rejuvenating retreat with much to explore in the surrounding area.

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HOLIDAY CANDLES Simple beeswax rolling kits offer fun for all ages By Nicole Blume


id you know that once, during the Victorian era, people would place candles directly on their Christmas trees? Affixed with a bit of melted wax and some metal pins, the candles were glued to the branches and then set alight to create a spectacular glow. Unsurprisingly, the risk of a house fire was quite high, so eventually, folks began using candle holders, glass balls and small lanterns instead. While the Christmas tree tradition may have evolved from candles to twinkling lights, we can still enjoy the magic of the season by making our own festive holiday candles to give as gifts or simply to enjoy at home during those cold, dark winter nights. Unlike paraffin wax, all-natural beeswax candles provide a clean, healthy burn free of any chemical irritants or pollutants, perfect for little ones at home. “Beeswax is a natural lipid, created by honeybees to build the comb in their hive,” says Allen Eagle, president of the Central Oregon Beekeepers Association. “For wax candles, both beeswax as well as paraffin wax (what we used to put over the jelly in the jelly jar) are the most common. My favorite is beeswax (I’m a bit biased, as I’m a beekeeper), because it has the wonderful golden color and a great honey aroma.” Best of all, kids of all ages—even preschoolers and kindergarteners – can join the fun, as the activity doesn't involve any heating or melting. The only adult assistance needed may be to get the kids set up at the table and to cut the beeswax. First, you will need to secure some flat sheets of beeswax, a cotton wick and any extra decorations you might like to include, like dried fruit or colorful ribbons. You can easily buy an all-inclusive candle rolling kit online with everything you need for about $30 or stop by Wild Child toy shop at the Old Mill District to buy one in person.

Photo by Natalie Stephenson

Here is a step-by-step guide. Have fun and enjoy! 1. Trim the wick to an inch longer than the beeswax sheet. 2. Decide what style of candle you want to make—fat and round or tapered and slim.

3. For a fat and round candle, simply press the wick lengthwise onto the edge of the beeswax sheet, roll the beeswax over the wick and press tightly to secure it. Then start rolling your wrapped wick like a burrito until you reach the end. Hot Tip: Briefly heat the candle with a blow dryer first to make it a bit more malleable and easier to roll. Apply an extra blast of heat at the end of the sheet to fuse the two pieces together.

4. For a tapered candle that’s wider on the bottom than on the top, use a utility knife to cut the sheet into a trapezoid shape with the larger edge on the bottom and the smaller side on top. Then roll the wick up in the sheet until you reach the end and press your fingers to seal it tight, just like in step 3.

5. Cut or tear bits of colorful beeswax to add as decoration. Have fun designing your candle. Perhaps you might like to make a bow out of white lace or burlap thread or tie on dried orange slices, scented cinnamon sticks or red holly berries. Use your imagination!

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