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With the warm temperatures and the warnings about the potential for fires happening this week, it’s kinda hard to believe that it’s only April and not June in Central Oregon. Fortunately, no unplanned fires have emerged yet, and locals still have a short amount of time to parade around the Deschutes River or to park downtown without too much trouble, before tourism season officially begins. I said a short amount… In national news, the conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin was announced just hours before we went to press—an announcement that many hope will lead to lasting reform around police brutality. Rest in peace, George Floyd. This week, the Source is happy to welcome Reporter Jack Harvel to the team. Please join me in welcoming him to Central Oregon—and for those looking to get in touch, he’s available at reporter@bendsource.com.





In a Housing Crisis, Put the Focus Back on Locals


y now most Bendites have either experienced the crunch of housing first-hand—or if not, they know someone who has struggled to find rental housing or to buy a home at a reasonable price, or who has otherwise noted how elevated prices and spiking demand are impacting the quality of life here. While a city such as Bend, with its relatively clean air, relatively low traffic, good schools, beautiful parks and amazing views is not likely to stop attracting droves of people to visit or to take up residence here, the housing crisis we have all experienced over the past decade or more has hit a new high—or low—during this pandemic, and we need new tools to address it. With prices rising astronomically and no end in sight, it’s time for local governments to increase their efforts to help provide housing for those who live right here—even if it means taking uncomfortable actions. Right now, many small businesses report struggling to find workers to staff their businesses. Some of those workers say the high cost of housing—or the lack thereof—is what is driving them out of Bend. In this way, our housing crisis is impacting not only individual quality of life, but also the economy. While city and county officials have taken numerous steps over the years to address housing and homelessness, there’s one opportunity that we see rarely discussed: Short-term rentals. Those who live in some of the inner neighborhoods of the west and east sides have already seen “neighbors” replaced by “guests” over the years, and with the advent of sites such as Airbnb, it’s easier than ever for a homeowner to swap what could be housing for locals with a glorified hotel accommodation for tourists. Right now, the City of Bend has over 1,000 active short-term rental licenses, required for those renting whole-house rentals for more than 30 days per year. In 2020, 115 new short-term rental land use permits were issued in Bend. If each of those homes had a conservative estimate of two long-term residents in it, it

means that last year, housing for around 200 Bendites went away. In total, thousands of Bendites would have housing if those houses were treated like homes and not hotels. We know it can be more lucrative for homeowners to rent their houses on a short-term rental site instead of renting them to actual long-term renters. We know that some of Oregon’s new rent-protection laws are scaring some homeowners away from renting longterm. With the hand of the free market at play, it’s not shocking to see your neighbor decide to turn your neighborhood into a hotel zone—which is why we propose that once again, the City of Bend take a hard look at whether it isn’t time to put a moratorium on issuing new short-term rental permits in the city. The pandemic has brought on multiple and ongoing states of emergency in our state—and this is just yet one more state of emergency that requires government leaders to respond. Bend has plenty of lovely hotels, campgrounds and existing short-term rentals where tourists are welcome to stay and play. More real hotels—sited in locations designed for commercial activity and planned to meet the needs of visitors—are coming online all the time. But as we continue to wade through the many challenges this pandemic and its housing crunch has brought, locals should be looking at the city’s short-term rental permit program with a keen eye toward whether that’s the best use of local resources. Short-term rental properties bring in additional room tax revenue for the City of Bend, to be sure—but is that revenue worth the opportunities that are lost when businesses can’t find workers, and when good people leave town due to rising costs? In a housing crisis like the one we are experiencing, it’s time to place our focus into managing growth and responsibly managing our tourists—and consequently placing the focus on the locals who keep Bend running.


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RE: SHOULD OLD BEND’S NEIGHBORHOOD PARKING SYSTEM BE EXPANDED? WEB SURVEY We live in a family town/city, not Portland. When you purchase your home, you should have ample parking and not have to compete with visitors etc. and crowds of people parking in front of your home. The city needs to build a parking garage for the

downtown area that is ample to hold enough cars. Also eliminating the need to have ample parking for homes, condos, townhouses is simply a traffic and safety hazard especially when you live in mixed use zones. —Nicole Perullo via bendsource.com

RE: REDMOND PREPARES FOR THE FUTURE OF WEED, NEWS 4/15 Mayor George Endicott told the Source Weekly that the council has chosen not to alter the ordinance because "it's been in place for so long." Changing the ordinance isn't currently on the table. Endicott said he will do what's best for the city and prepare for federal changes, though he personally doesn't agree with recreational marijuana because of the adverse effects it can have on developing brains. Sorry Mayor Endicott, but that is probably one of the worst excuses used to sit back and do nothing. Further it is absurd and has no scientific basis to claim that recreational cannabis will be used by every young person thus resulting in adverse brain development. Young or old there will always be those who will abuse all forms of drugs, good and bad. Prohibition type actions will only muddy the issue & create more unnecessary problems. In that regard what might be a wiser move is to create strong mental health programs that address and deal with said issues in the 1st place. Education is key also. And Mayor if you're serious about the adverse effects on developing brains, why not enact better laws against air & environmental pollution in our fair city? Then consider also creating laws against the constant use of pesticides & harsh chemicals that studies have shown to show up in developing infants and children. —Sonja Wernke, via bendsource.com

RE: AS BEND TRANSITIONS TO A CITY, BE READY TO TALK MORE ABOUT THE “BIG P” OPINION, 4/15 “We’ve seen a myriad of theories thrown out in hopes of fostering affordable housing, which never seem to result in lowered prices, or an easing of our housing crunch.” What this ignores is that it’s quite likely that our housing crisis would be *much worse* without those measures in place. If we free people from government car storage mandates, it’s not going to make Bend suddenly affordable, especially for the ‘average person’ who probably does own a car and wants a spot to put it. This reform will help with the low end. Also worth noting: Bend did not have these requirements imposed until after WWII, and the part of town built before then is just fine in terms of the amount of car storage space. Indeed, it’s a very expensive bit of town to live in. —David Welton via bendsource.com

down by Drake Park, charging every hour now and no more free parking— while that does not help those that work downtown, and yet another parking app to download, I agree with the comment above. Until we get a much better public transportation system, any parking woes will not disappear, period. —Jane Loveday via bendsource.com

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Throughout the United States homeless tent camps are developing in parks and side streets. Litter, human waste and drugs are an increasing problem. In Bend, these camps can be seen on Second Street and Hunnell Rd. Cities and care agencies struggle with the problem. At the same time President Biden has eliminated restrictions which slow illegal immigration into the country. In effect, he has opened the borders and thousands of illegal immigrants are taking advantage. So many, it may set a 20 year record. Joe Biden indicated in a press conference that this is a normal surge expected at this time of year. Border crossing records do not support his statement as the numbers are considerably higher than expected. My point is that U.S. taxpayers are paying to feed, house and offer medical care for thousands crossing our borders illegally. (So far, over 85 million just for new facilities). In addition we have to pay for their transportation and schooling for record numbers of children, all at a time when our education system is in disarray due to the virus. At this point, the Biden administration has no concrete plans to stem the flow. Why would an administration give illegal immigrants a higher priority than homeless citizens? —Charles Payne

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J Bar J, offering a path away from crime for youth in Central Oregon for over 50 years, is now nationally accredited By Jack Harvel


n 1968, Deschutes County was seeking a different solution for troubled youth who had committed a crime, besides jail. Rather than strictly punitive measures the county opted to fund J Bar J Ranch, which sought to not only house the teenagers but to teach them skills to succeed as an adult. The ranch takes its name from founders Lyle and Mary Jarvis and Bill Jones. Jarvis was working as an administrator at Bend High School and Jones for the Deschutes County Juvenile Division at the time, and together they would form the basis of what is now six programs serving youth in Oregon. “It used to be 20-30 years ago, much more of a command and control structure,” Stephanie Alvstad, CEO of J Bar J Youth Services, said. “And now what you’re going to hear more is coaching.

“We’re trying to get back to basics: Take responsibility for yourself, think about how you think.” —Stephanie Alvstad You know, how do you use positives? How do you teach resilience? How do you give more positives than negatives?” Much has changed since the late ‘60s in education, in youth detention and in Central Oregon, and J Bar J has changed with it. The ranch work that would help kids find employment in late-‘60s rural Oregon has shifted toward vocational

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training for in-demand jobs. Accreditation agencies younger than the ranch itself are becoming more and more important for schools to maintain a good standing, a feat J Bar J recently accomplished by becoming certified by the national Council on Accreditation. J Bar J’s program is heavily influenced by Criminologists Samuel Yochelson and Stanton Samenow’s book, “The Criminal Personality,” which attempted to trace the factors that led to detention. “Researchers had gone into prisons, and they said, why do people commit crime? Is it because they grew up in poverty? Is it because their parents had alcohol issues? Or they have drug and alcohol issues? Or is it because of their parents were criminals?” Alvstad said. “The first chapter in this three-volumes set, called ‘The Criminal Person-

ality,’ is that the top risk factors for antisocial behavior or criminality is attitudes, values and beliefs and negative peer associations.” The book informs the facility’s focus on what is called cognitive behavioral work, which attempts to change the attitudes, values and beliefs that lead to criminal behavior. Alvstad said there are two Jack Harvel

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J Bar J Ranch on Hamby Road, where over 20 teenage boys live in a group home instead of being sent to a detention center. The kids are taught standard high school classes, as well as behavioral counseling and vocational training for employment after graduation.

pieces to cognitive behavioral work and the first simply amounts to giving the kids structure to their day. They get up in the morning and clean their room, have breakfast, go to school, eat their lunch, do their homework and in the evening, have group counseling or meet one-on-one with their case manager. Good behavior is rewarded with weekend activities and even eventually moving from shared rooms to private accommodations. The other piece attempts to teach the kids about thinking errors and tactics people use to avoid taking responsibility. The facility teaches kids to recognize when they’re using blaming, diversions, excuses, minimization, lying and posturing as victims to avoid consequences. “It really is about to think about how you think, and people are rationalizing bad behavior and harming other people. These guys are in for assaults, burglaries, robberies, all kinds of different offenses, and so this is a shot to turn their lives around and get some skills, and be able to go back into the community and be good parents, good citizens, good students, good employees, good children of their parents,” Alvstad said. This approach is used throughout J Bar J’s catalog of programs, including a similar program for teen girls called The Academy. Along with that, J Bar J manages Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon, Cascades Youth and Family Center, Grandma’s House and Kindred Connections. In January, J Bar J Youth services was awarded further accreditation from the national Council on

Accreditation, after already receiving accreditation as an alternative school through the state of Oregon and through a national accrediting agency called AdvancEd. COA set standards for youth programs across the state and accreditation requires documented improvement to programming called Performance Quality Improvement, or PQI. “We’re going to look at everything from employee surveys, to board member surveys. We asked community folks what’s needed; we get reviews all over from Department of Human Services to the Oregon Youth Authority to the Federal Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Trafficking and Victims, so we get reviews from a lot of different agencies, but COA is kind of overarching all of it so it all falls under that, and so it was a big process,” Alvstad said. In total COA accreditation required over 800 documents be submitted and an on-site inspection in the nearly yearlong process. The program will constantly seek to self-correct under COA, but Alvstead said the thrust of their program is actually somewhat simple in changing attitudes, values and beliefs of their student residents. “I struggle with everything that we put into schools, we say education should be teaching health, education should be teaching values, morals, all of these different things. And education really started out to teach reading, writing and arithmetic,” Alvstad said. “We’re trying to get back to basics: Take responsibility for yourself, think about how you think.”

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a feria y desfile anual del Día de la Tierra, dirigidos por el Centro Ambiental, han sido cancelados una vez más debido a las restricciones de COVID-19, pero eso no ha frenado los planes. En vez de llevar a cabo su evento tradicional, la organización sin fines de lucro local ha planeado varios eventos pequeños durante toda la semana. El desfile anual que se caracteriza por tener habitantes disfrazados de plantas, animales y hasta de seres mitológicos se llevará a cabo virtualmente. Se invita a las personas a crear sus disfraces y enviar sus fotos para que se agreguen en un video publicado después del 25 de abril. Además del desfile virtual, el Centro Ambiental también traerá de regreso la búsqueda del tesoro GooseChase. El evento de este año comenzó el 16 de abril, pero los participantes tienen hasta el 25 de abril para completar los desafíos. Los seis mejores participantes disfrutaran de una experiencia local al aire libre, que incluye la renta de

bicicletas de montaña o un viaje guiado de escalada en roca. Vaya a la avenida Kansas., al Learning Garden, el sábado 24 de abril para platicar con Madeline Magaña, la artista del Día de la Tierra 2021 del Centro Ambiental. Madeline se inspiró en sus ancestros, creando una obra de arte que celebra la belleza de nuestro mundo y que nos recuerda que somos guardianes de la Tierra. Para aprender algo este Día de la Tierra, el centro ambiental está ofreciendo lectura de cuentos para los participantes más chicos y la proyección de películas de Microplástico Disparatado junto con un panel de conversación en vivo. Aprenda más sobre cómo nosotros repercutimos en la contaminación del océano y los pasos que podemos tomar para ayudar. Los cuentos los estarán leyendo los Guardianes de la Tierra, que generalmente son vistos cada año encabezando el desfile del Día de la Tierra. Estas


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gainst the backdrop of Census data delays and a packed legislative session, Oregon lawmakers are embarking on the once-a-decade process of “redistricting,” in which they redraw the lines for state House and Senate districts, along with the U.S. Congressional Districts based on shifts in population. In order to evenly distribute the population, each Oregon Senate district will need to be around 138,00 people and each House district will need around 69,000 people. Central Oregon’s districts are far over those marks and will need to shed numbers. But while experts predict that these districts will shrink, they will likely stay true to shape. Central Oregon’s House districts are known as the “donut” and “donut hole.” House District 53, or the donut, makes up much of Deschutes County, including the more conservative-learning regions of Redmond, Sunriver, Tumalo and Deschutes River Woods. District 54, otherwise known as the donut hole, was carved out of District 53 and includes most of the more

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liberal-leaning Bend, the county’s population center. These two districts make up Oregon’s Senate District 27. In the past 10 years, according to estimates from the American Community Survey, Bend’s District 54 has seen a population increase of nearly 15,000 people, growing from 63,563 to 78,480 residents. The surrounding District 53 has also seen significant growth with an increase of almost 10,000 people, rising from 64,805 to 74,480 residents. These districts have looked like a donut since the 1990s but have shrunk as the population has grown. Judy Stiegler, a political science professor at OSU-Cascades, represented Bend’s District 54 from 2009 to 2011. “(District 54 has) shrunk in size geographically, but the population base has stayed the same,” said Stiegler, who refers to herself as the “one-term wonder.” Until Rep. Jason Kropf (D-Bend) flipped the seat this year, Stiegler had been the only Democrat to represent District 54 since 2011, even though the number of registered Democrats in the

Estimated population shifts maps — State lawmakers estimated population shifts with data from the American Community Survey. Census 2020 numbers, which they will use to draw the official maps, may still be different.


Revisiting an Old Debate In the past, Oregonians—mostly Republicans—have advocated to get rid of the donut-like lines altogether. They hope to return the districts to how they were before the 1990s: dividing the region down Highway 97 into east and west districts. This proposal was at the forefront of debates in 2011, but according to Stiegler, “People argued very hard and loud that by dividing Bend by east and west, what you were doing was basically dividing a city that didn’t need to be divided.” Instead of splitting the region

Where politics come into play Oregon law attempts to prevent gerrymandering, saying, “No district shall be drawn for the purpose of favoring any political party, incumbent legislator or other person.” Still, Clarno said parties will always draw boundaries to their benefit and has long argued that an independent, nonpartisan commission—created by the legislature—should draw the lines. This is different from the commission the newly elected secretary of state, Democrat Shemia Fagan, has advocated for, which would be created by her office, rather than the legislature. Redistricting could be ultimately turned over to Fagan if lawmakers fail to successfully pass new legislative boundaries by Sept. 27, the extended deadline the Oregon Supreme Court agreed to in order to account for U.S. Census data delays. Prior to that, the redistricting deadline was July 1, even though the U.S. Census Bureau will not release data until mid-to-late August because of pandemic-related delays. Both lawmakers and Fagan were relieved that they were granted the extension and that redistricting will be complete in time for 2022 elections. “It was a victory for the legislature and for the (Oregon) Constitution,” said Knopp, who sits on the Senate Committee on Redistricting.

“Please don’t draw the districts in a way that shortchanges both the urban interests of Bend and the people that live here, and the rural interests of the communities that surround us.” —Melanie Kebler east and west, lawmakers ended up further tightening the donut hole around Bend population centers. Regardless, former Secretary of State Bev Clarno, a Redmond resident who held the office from 2019 until this year after many years as a state lawmaker, has long advocated for the east-west split so both Districts 53 and 54 have urban and rural areas. “I think it’s a big mistake to just make a donut hole,” she said. “I think (District 54) should include rural parts of our community so that our representative is representing all interests of Central Oregon.” Opponents of this proposition argue an east-west split would tilt the districts toward conservatives and would divide Bend, which they consider a “community of interest.” Even Clarno doubts there will be any substantial push for this proposition this year. “I don’t think anybody’s pushing that but me, and I don’t have any control over it,” she admitted. According to Oregon statute, districts cannot divide communities of interest, which is interpreted as cities or ethnic groups. Districts also must be contiguous, be of equal population, utilize existing

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geographic or political boundaries and be connected by transportation links.

Fagan also said in a statement, “Our agency’s core objectives were to prevent moving the 2022 election dates and to preserve robust public input by starting the process with available population data. We appreciate that the Oregon Supreme Court thoughtfully adopted both of our objectives.” State Democrats also recently reached a bargain with Republicans to essentially grant them veto power over legislative and congressional maps. In exchange, Republicans agreed to end delay tactics that were slowing the legislative session. Some people argue this power-sharing could result in gridlock. But, Knopp has faith the legislature can successfully draw the lines.  “I think that committee has been working well together, and that we all want to have a legislative plan that is adopted, and we’re looking toward that,” Knopp said. “So, I do feel hopeful that we can get that done.” Oregon’s legislature doesn’t exactly have a great track record of drawing the maps. The 2011 redistricting was the first time in decades that lawmakers successfully passed maps without a veto from the governor or court challenges that


Deschutes County map — Oregon Senate and House districts in Deschutes County.

landed the job with the secretary of state. Still, Knopp argues the legislators will be able to draw the maps without letting political partisanship get in the way. “As I say, the data is the data, and that’s going to direct what we’re able to do,” he said. “Some people will like certain parts of it, and some people won’t.” Gaining public input In a typical redistricting year, lawmakers travel to each of Oregon’s congressional districts and hold public hearings. But, because of the pandemic, those have all been held virtually. Knopp hopes to hold hearings in-person in the summer, if the pandemic allows. “It would be helpful for legislators to go see communities, especially those where there’s going to be significant changes in the lines,” he said. So far, Knopp has heard from Central Oregon residents that they want to keep Bend and urban areas together in a district, maintaining the donut and donut hole. Melanie Kebler, one of Bend’s newly elected progressive city councilors, virtually testified in her own capacity on March 20. She argued that lawmakers should continue to consider Bend as a “community of interest” and keep it united. “It’s time to fully take into account the changes that have happened in Bend over the years and respond to our need for strong representation on our city’s issues and interests in Salem,” Kebler said in her testimony. She continued, “Please don’t draw the districts in a way that shortchanges both the urban interests of Bend and the people that live here, and the rural interests of the communities that surround us.” Peter Kunen, another Bend resident, also testified in favor of the donut hole, arguing that Bend has “unique urban interests” that differ from the nearby rural areas. In addition to cities, ethnic groups are considered as communities of interest. Joanne Mina, volunteer coordinator at the Latino Community Association, pushed the committee to keep Central Oregon’s Latinx residents united as much as possible, so as to not divide the community’s voice.

“Historically the process of redistricting has been used to disempower communities of color,” Mina said. “Oregon’s legislature must make it clear that marginalized communities must help drive this process and demonstrate that, in Oregon, democracy and justice are for all.” Coalitions such as We Draw Oregon, led by BIPOC and LGBTQ+ organizations, have mobilized statewide to center equity in the redistricting process and encourage communities of color to get involved. A lot is on the line for Oregon this year. The state currently has five seats in the U.S. House and is expected to get another one due to the state’s population growth relative to other states. The U.S. Census Bureau has said it will release its first round of data later this month, which will start to determine which states will gain seats and which will lose them. Stiegler, the political science professor, predicts the greatest battle in Oregon to be over the congressional lines, if the state gets another seat. The new district could be carved out in a growth area, like the Willamette Valley or the Portland Metro area. If the legislature fails to pass maps for congressional districts, the job will be turned over to the courts. Stiegler encouraged Central Oregonians to “sit up and take notice because it can impact you directly,” she said. “It can determine who’s representing you.” More public hearings may be held once the state starts receiving census data and drafting maps. Dates of these hearings have yet to be determined. More information about redistricting in Oregon can be found at oregonlegislature.gov/redistricting/.  By the Numbers: House District 53 2010: 64,805 people 2019: 74,252 people* House District 54 2010: 63,563 people 2019: 78,480 people* *2019 estimates from the American Community Survey


district has been steadily rising. House District 53, currently represented by Rep. Jack Zika (R-Redmond), has consistently gone to Republicans for the last 20 years, along with Senate District 27, now represented by Sen. Tim Knopp (R-Bend). In 2020, Knopp barely gained 50% of the vote though, since Senate District 27 has become increasingly competitive for Democrats with the growing progressive faction in Bend—largely in District 54. If District 54 continues to shrink and shed the more rural areas on the outskirts of Bend, this could mean more wins for Democrats. But Stiegler said the high number of non-affiliated voters in District 54 will continue to make it a swing district. “I don’t think you’re ever going to see (District 54) as a solid one way or the other,” she said.



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Review: Warm Gadget Returns SOUND with ‘Rituals’ S

After three years, the alternative metal duo drops a new EP By Isaac Biehl

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After three years of no new music, Warm Gadget proves they still rock on "Rituals."


im Vester is probably most known in the Central Oregon scene for his work in the band Scary Busey. Colten Williams, on the other hand, is best known for crafting insane beats with MOsley WOtta. But for those unaware or for those who have forgotten, the two actually have a music project of their very own—the industrial metal and noise rock duo, Warm Gadget. The two first formed Warm Gadget in 2009, beginning by making music in a bedroom studio. Since then, Vester and Williams have released a demo, full-length album, some EPs and a few other singles under the Warm Gadget name. Now they’re back after a threeyear break with their most recent offering— a seven-track EP titled “Rituals.” The music on “Rituals” is hard-hitting and energizing, leaving behind a heavy sense of determination. Or, in fewer words—“Rituals” gets me amped, baby. The project features five brand-new songs along with two remixes of the fourth track “Symptoms,” from electronic artists Witch Eyes and Snowbeasts. The listening experience is pretty intense overall—not something I would play if I was looking to wind down. Sometimes it feels like the soundtrack of a warrior getting ready for battle, other times like a montage in a horror flick. But even still—this isn’t an EP that’s too heavy to enjoy. Songs

like “Symptoms” and “Dead To Me” are both tracks fully capable of singing along with. “Rituals” is carried by a big three of elements: Williams’ screaming guitar, his intricate and eerie synths that become the backbone for much of the EP, and the cherry on top is Vester’s growl. He packs so much feeling into his vocals that play off nicely with the backing production and instrumentation. While loud, Warm Gadget has crafted a nice blend on “Rituals” that really walks a nice line through the spaces of metal, electronic and rock. The replay-ability of “Rituals” is a testament to the duo’s understanding of these genres and knowledge of music. Throw this thing on to get ready to take on your day—for the gym, a big run or ride, before a big work presentation, or hell, even if you’re just angry. “Rituals” feels best when blasted loud. It’s clear that after three years, Warm Gadget still has it and they delivered big following the break between their last release. The duo is a pair of vets on the local scene who have reunited with an even more polished sound than before. You don’t want to miss it. You can find “Rituals” on Warm Gadget’s Bandcamp for purchase or streaming Album Grade: AFavorite Track: “Symptoms”




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Mt. Bachelor is celebrating the 10th year of this challenge, encouraging snow and surf lovers to take on some big waves. There is no formal event or judging this year; just the chance for everyone to catch some waves and good vibes at this unique course. Through Sun., April 25. Mt. Bachelor, 13000 Century Dr., Bend. Free.




Book lovers, writers and readers, this is an event for you! Celebrate indie bookstores, browse featured titles, cash in on exclusive offers and items and create art for their window display! Sat., April 24, 10am5pm. Roundabout Books, 900 NW Mount Washington Dr., Bend. Free.





High Desert Music Collective presents Alicia Viani and Mark Karwan, masters at telling lyrical and instrumental stories. Limited tickets mean this event will have a unique and intimate feel as you join along for their stories of joy and hardship shared through song. Sun., April 25, 4-7pm. Highland House Concerts, 65061 Highland Rd., Tumalo. $20.



Head out to beautiful Bessie Butte this week to celebrate Earth Day with Women Who Explore. Bring warm clothes and plenty of water and prepare to take in some stunning views of Central Oregon. Thu., April 22, 7:30pm. Register at eventbrite.com/e/earth-day-sunset-hike-up-bessie-butte-tickets-150239244625. Free.




The Bend Bike Swap began as a way to give back to the community and continues the tradition this year. Browse gear for mountain and road bikers and everything in between. Proceeds benefit the Bend Endurance Academy! Fri., April 23- Sun., April 25. Thump Coffee NW Crossing, 549 NW York Dr., Bend.

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Featuring One Mad Man & Pete K, this Earth Day celebration is sure to be a blast. Local artists bringing some old and new favorites. Sat., April 24, 4-8pm.Worthy Brewing, 495 NE Bellevue Dr., Bend. No cover.

Join New York Times bestselling author Kathryn Aalto for this dynamic presentation. Aalto will discuss her book, “Writing Wild,” that dives into women writers and artists who have shaped how we view the natural world. Thu., April 22, Noon-1pm. highdesertmuseum.org/writing-wild. Free.





Returning to the stage for their first show in nearly a year, Magical Mystery Four will bring classic hits to this amazing venue. Sat., April 24, 6-9pm. The Capitol, 190 NW Oregon Ave., Bend. $20-$100.

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FANGS, FEATHERS & FUR: ONLINE WILDLIFE LECTURE LEARNING FROM OUR NEIGHBOR BEARS A great way for new residents and old to learn about the wildlife in our backyard. Join Dr. Merskin in this happy hour-style lecture and chat about all things bears! Tue., April 27, 6pm. thinkwildco.org/events. Free.

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Country blends with soulful rock and roll for a perfect night of live music from this Portland-based artist. Plenty of room to social distance and dance the night away! Sat., April 24, 6-8pm. Sisters Depot, 250 W Cascades Ave., Sisters. No cover.





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21 Wednesday Midtown Yacht Club BINGO! At Midtown Yacht Club Join us for $1 and $2 games of Bingo! Winner splits the cash pot with SDH. Lot’s of fun prizes will be given out each round as well. 6-8pm. $1.

Worthy Brewing Spring Sessions: Strong Alibi Unplugged Join us on the patio for live music with Strong Alibi unplugged or watch the stream on the Worthy Facebook page! Strong Alibi is a powerful band bringing their own brand of guitar based rock to songs you know and some you don’t but will love. 6-8pm. Free.

22 Thursday Bridge 99 Brewery Thursday Trivia Night at Bridge 99 Free to play, win Bridge 99 gift cards! Please continue following local health and safety guidelines. 6pm. Free!

The Brown Owl An Evening with Coyote Willow This exciting artistic partnership joins Tim Coffey’s soulful guitar, Kat Hilst’s powerful cello and the duo’s rich vocal harmonies, creating a unique blend of folk, roots, blues and intricate instrumentals. 6pm. No cover.

Bunk+Brew Historic Lucas House Kara-

oke Night in the Yard @ Bunk+Brew Backyard fun inlcuding karaoke and yard games. Food trucks on site. 5-10pm. Free.

River’s Place Blackstrap Bluegrass Hard driv-

Release w/ Night Channels The band relies on it’s infectious hooks and raw energy to deliver captivating performances. Their hodge podge of influences create a wide breath of style that sounds continuously fresh; but remains cohesive and establishes a unique identity in the world of modern music. 8pm. $10.

24 Saturday Bunk+Brew Historic Lucas House Saturdays in the Yard with Blackstrap Bluegrass - Live Music! Blackstrap brings you some hard driving bluegrass with catchy originals that give a nod to the roots of Americana music, Cosmic twang, and Jamgrass. Family + Pet friendly. 6-8:30pm. No cover.

Craft Kitchen and Brewery Comedy at Craft Saturday Nights are made for laughter at Craft. Hosted by the co-owner, these shows are like being invited in Courtney’s living room as one of the family. 21+. Strong content expected. 8-9:30pm. $30-$50. Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards and Events Magical Mystery Four - Live and

Outside Magical Mystery Four is a Beatles tribute band. Dance the night away to the #1 hits and deep cuts. Always a blast! 6-9pm. $20.

General Duffy’s Waterhole The HWY

97 Band at General Duffy’s! Hot Classic Rock! 6:30pm.

ing bluegrass with catchy originals that give a nod to the roots 6-8pm. No cover.

On Tap Shireen Amini LIVE at On Tap Free and all

Silver Moon Brewing Trivia on the Moon!

Pump House Bar & Grill Juju Eyeball The

Come play Trivia with us at Silver Moon Brewing every Thursday night. Bring your friends, test your knowledge and compete for Silver Moon gift cards and prizes. 7-9pm. Free.

23 Friday

ages! 5pm. No cover.

boys with good juju take their Beatles show to Terrabonne. All the hits! Party on, Jojo. 6-9pm.

Sisters Depot Redwood Son Redwood Son’s Josh Malm is an anomaly. The Portland, Oregon-based musician who has spent four years seeing his latest, Saints & Renegades come to light. 6-8pm. No cover. Volcanic Theatre Pub Doc Ryan’s Dirt Album

Bunk+Brew Historic Lucas House High

Desert Nights Feat. Jake Soto + Katie Pinto High Desert Music Collective and Bunk+Brew Present High Desert Nights Every Friday featuring the best singer-songwriters of the High Desert. 6-9pm. Free.

Silver Moon Brewing Comedy at Silver

Moon Comedy is coming back to the Silver Moon! Hosted by Katy Ipock. Featuring: Dillon Kolar, Sharif Mohni, Stuart Wilson, and Mark Rook. 21+. Strong content expected. 8-9:30pm. $40.

Sisters Virtual Americana Song Academy for Youth Music, inspiration and creativity, for youth 14-18 years old! To be held virtually on Zoom. 6pm. $200.

Release On Sale Soon! Doc Ryan’s Trio “Dirt” at VTP celebrating their new album. Come join us for a great Saturday night of music as part of our Grand Reopening. 8pm. $10.

Worthy Brewing Earth Day Celebra-

tion with One Mad Man & Pete K Groove Grass Based out of Bend, Oregon, Spencer Snyder sets the bar for creating powerful, original music live. Pete is an award winning singer-songwriter, flat picker, and cutting-edge musician’s musician. 4-8pm. No cover.

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25 Sunday Bunk+Brew Historic Lucas House

Bunk+Brew Presents: Trivia Night Brainiacs, whizkids, and friends of both - Join us this Sunday in The Yard for a fun-filled night of trivia. Assorted categories will test your knowledge and one group will be crowned the Kings/Queens of knowledge in The Yard and be rewarded! 5-7pm. Free.

Highland House Concerts Alicia Viani Band + Special Guests Alicia Viani brings her special brand of authentic Americana/country music featuring an all-star lineup of High Desert Musicians to the Highland House. 4-7pm. $20. River’s Place Sunday Brunch & Trivia Featuring

brunch favorites, hot beverages, mimosas and brews too! Prizes to win, free to play. Noon. Free!

River’s Place Appaloosa High Desert Americana music, performing original music (and some country/folk covers) 6-8pm. No cover. Silver Moon Brewing Not Cho’ Grandma’s

Bingo We host our famous bingo event every Sunday morning for good times and a chance to win some cold hard cash! 10am-1pm. Free.

26 Monday Bridge 99 Brewery Monday Night Trivia Now playing Mondays (Thursdays too!) at 6, it’s LIVE UKB Trivia at Bridge 99! 6-8pm. Free!.

27 Tuesday Initiative Brewing Tuesday Night Trivia in

Redmond It’s UKB Trivia outdoors on the partially sheltered patio with gas fire pits. It’s free to play with prize cards to win! Event is on each week, weather permitting, so dress warm! Please maskup and keep distance. 6pm. Free.

28 Wednesday Worthy Brewing Spring Sessions: Jenner

Fox & Natalie Akers Join us on the patio for live music with Jenner Fox & Natalie Akers or watch the stream on the Worthy Facebook page! Jenner is folk singer-songwriter-storyteller-second-generation-river-guide. 6-8pm. Free.

open level ballet-based class for 35+, where the instructor adjusts for all ages, abilities, and agility. Fridays, 8:45-9:45am. Through June 18. Academie de Ballet Classique, 162 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-382-4055. dance@abcbend.com. $56.

Soul in Motion Sunday Gathering Drop down from the commotion of your mind and be lead by your heart, hips, and feet in mindful movement and dance. Everyone welcome! Sundays, 6:307:45pm. Contact: 541-948-7015. soulinmotionbend@gmail.com. $20.

FILM EVENTS Celebrate Earth Day with Film Screening of Microplastic Madness The Envi-

ronmental Center & Bendfilm are teaming up to bring you a screening and live panel discussion of Microplastic Madness. This film is an optimistic take on the local and global plastic pollution crisis as told through a refreshing urban youth point of view with an inspiring take action message. Fri, April 16 - Sun, April 25. Contact: 541-385-6908. info@envirocenter.org. Free.

ARTS & CRAFTS 4th Friday Artwalk Showing the multi media

paintings of Sandy Dudko with her great use of colors and imageries of trees. That bring you into there tranquility with a sense of peace. Annie Dyer has worked with clay to give you the feeling of holding nature in your hands. Mondays-Sundays, 11am5pm. Through April 25. Hood Avenue Art, 357 W Hood Ave., Sisters, Sisters. Contact: 541-719-1800. info@hoodavenueart.com.

Craven Road Art Show All Women Art Show!! Support Local Artists! April 24, Noon-5pm. Craven Road Art Show, 40 SE Craven Rd, Bend. Contact: 541-728-4104. driftboat22@msn.com.

PRESENTATIONS & EXHIBITS Fangs, Feathers, & Fur Online Wildlife Lecture Series: Bears Each month,

Dr. Merskin will lead a discussion about different Central Oregon wildlife, how they are presented in the media, and how that affects public perception. The animals for April are bears! April 27, 6pm. Free.

Online Only: The Opioid Epidemic in America Examine the history and influence

CO Gear and Guitar Swap Meet Buy or sell

of opioids and learn how their use for pain relief transformed into a national epidemic. David Tauben, M.D., FACP is Emeritus Clinical Professor. April 27, 5:30-6:30pm. Contact: 541-312-1063. paigef@deschuteslibrary.org. Free.

The Ultimate Oldies Show A locally-pro-

During the summit you will examine how our transportation investments, programs and plans can leave us all with clean, equitable solutions for the future of our planet and community. April 27-30. $149.

MUSIC household items, toys, music gear or instruments. Everyone is welcome. Reserve a booth on our website or come to buy and trade. April 24, 9am-4pm. Bend Factory Outlet Stores, 61334 S Hwy 97, Bend. Contact: 541-323-2332. support@sundayguitars.com. $2.50.

duced, syndicated, weekly, thematic two-hour radio show highlighting the music, artists, producers, musicians and cultural touchstones of the late 1940s through the late 1960s. Fridays, 6-8pm. KPOV, 501 NW Bond St., Bend. Contact: mikeficher@gmail.com. Free.

DANCE Community Dance Break! Time for a break, Worthy's Spring Sessions continue, highlighting the best music in the region. See Jenner Fox next Wed., April 28, at 6pm, on the Worthy stage.

Silver Swans: Adult Ballet ClassThis is an

some lightness, joy, play, and connection in your day. Come dance! Be sure to register beforehand. Wednesdays, 12:30-12:40pm. Contact: 541-948-7015. soulinmotionbend@gmail.com. Free.

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Oregon Active Transportation Summit

Reaching for the Sky: Lessons on Forest Canopies from Science During

this virtual lecture, Dr. David Anderson, founder of Canopy Watch International, will share recent efforts to grow the art and science of canopy access. April 27, 6-7pm. Contact: 541-593-4394. programs@snco.org. $5.

RiverFest 2021 The river is such an im-

portant part of our lives, please join us in this opportunity to give back. Our rivers and streams need our help to flow in healthier ways. Help us celebrate 25 years of river restoration this year

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EVENTS at RiverFest, a virtual experience of our annual RiverFeast Dinner & Auction. April 22, 7-8pm. Contact: marisa@deschutesriver.org. $35.

Virtual Event: Writing Wild with Kathryn Aalto In a visually rich and entertaining

Webcast: The Loneliest Polar Bear Join Kale for a presentation on his work writing The Loneliest Polar Bear, exploring how polar bears became the poster children for climate change, how climate change is impacting the people living in the Arctic, and how the fate of polar bears is not theirs alone. April 21, 6pm. Free.

VOLUNTEER Baby Season Baby Shower Stop by and help your local wildlife hospital raise funds & supplies to care for injured and orphaned native wildlife in need this baby season! Geoff Warburton, Think Wild Volunteer and Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams, will be serving up Texas BBQ throughout the afternoon. Outdoors, socially-distanced, masks required on tours. April 25, 1-4pm. Think Wild, P.O. Box 5093, Bend. Volunteers needed at Second Chance Bird Rescue! Located past Cascade Lakes Distillery, call for hours and location. Contact: 916-956-2153.

General Volunteer Opportunities For in-

THEATER Cascades Teen Showcase Don’t miss Cen-

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WORDS Call for Submissions: Central Oregon Book Project Submission guidelines: Pieces

may be prose, poetry, or other forms of writing. Maximum of 250 words for each submission. Submissions are to be true (i.e., recalled from memory, factual, or from your own truthful perspective.) Do not include fictionalized characters or events. Must be about Central Oregon. April 1-May 31.

Independent Bookstore Day Help us celebrate Indie Bookstores! Indie Press featured titles, exclusive offers and items, create art for our window display, and more! April 24, 10am-5pm. Roundabout Books, 900 NW Mount Washington Drive, #110, Bend. Contact: 541-306-6564. sara@ roundaboutbookshop.com. Free. Mystery Book Club We will discuss The Water

Rituals by Eva Garcia Saenz. Please visit roundaboutbookshop.com for Zoom info. April 21, 6-7pm. Contact: 541-306-6564. sara@roundaboutbookshop.com. Free.

Rediscovered Reads Book Club We will

discuss The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg. Please visit roundaboutbookshop.com for Zoom info. April 28, 6-7pm. Contact: 541-306-6564. sara@roundaboutbookshop.com. Free.

Zoom Author Event: Fresh Brewed Murder by Emmeline Duncan A trendy, updated

cozy mystery that offers strong appeal to Millennial and Gen Z readers. Please visit roundaboutbookshop. com for Zoom info. April 22, 6-7pm. Contact: 541306-6564. sara@roundaboutbookshop.com. Free.

ETC. Museum and Me A quieter time for children

and adults who experience physical, intellectual and/or social disabilities to enjoy the Museum after hours. April 22, 5-8pm. High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Highway 97, Bend. Contact: 541-382-4754. info@highdesertmuseum.org. Free.

Preventative Walk-In Pet Wellness Clinic The Bend Spay and Neuter Project offers

vaccinations, deworming and microchips at our walk-in wellness clinic. Saturdays, 9am-2pm. Bend Spay & Neuter Project, 910 SE Wilson, Suite A1, Bend. $10-$30.

Reflecting on Social and Environmental Justice through Art Using Art to express your

thoughts and reflections about Social and Environmental Justice with Kerstin Arias April 24, 10am. High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Highway 97, Bend. Free.

Teafly + Calypsa: Story of the Earth Guardians Teafly + Calypsa: Story of the Earth Guardians on Troy Field. April 24, 1, 2 and 3pm. The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Ave., Bend. Free.


Call for Volunteers - Play with Parrots!

formation on volunteer opportunities at Bethlehem Inn please contact Courtney, Community Engagement Coordinator, at volunteer@bethleheminn.org. Bethlehem Inn, 3705 N Hwy 97, Bend.

tral Oregon’s teens performance art talent in our first annual Teen Showcase. Two mystery one-acts performed by teens. Five original one-acts written by teens. One teen written film premiere. Limited seating available. April 23-25, 7-8:30pm. Cascade Theatrical Theatre, 148 NW Greenwood, Bend. $15.

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mara Learning Center is seeking Board Members who are insync with our mission. This is a working board, with a 4hr/month commitment, including the official board meetings the 2nd Saturday of the month from 9:30-11:00. Join in at us02web.zoom. us/j/82760740333? April 21, 6-6:45pm and April 22, 6-6:45pm. Contact: 541-419-3324. info@samaralearningcenter.org. Free.

Spring for Thrive Central Oregon Support local businesses and Thrive Central Oregon by joining our very first community-wide fundraising event April 18-24, 2021! Three ways to support: Donate directly, bid on our online silent auction items or visit our favorite local businesses! April 17-25. Contact: events@thrivecentraloregon.org. Volunteer Opportunity Volunteer at Mustangs

To The Rescue. Please call and leave a message. Mondays-Sundays, 9am-6pm. Mustangs to the Rescue, 21670 McGilvray Road, Bend. Contact: 541330-8943. volunteer@MustangstotheRescue.org.

Volunteer with Salvation Army The

Salvation Army has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for almost every age. Ongoing. Contact: 541-389-8888.

GROUPS & MEETUPS The (Mostly) Normal COWs Kickoff Invite

a bike-curious friend to this kickoff and recruitment event. The club will place more emphasis on gravel riding, mountain biking, bikepacking, and Zwift this year. We’ll talk about the club, rides, how-tos. April 22, 6-7pm. Contact: info@cowheelers.com. Free.

8th Annual Bend Bike Swap The Bend Endurance Academy will continue the tradition of offering an assortment of gear for mountain biking, road cycling, gravel, and cyclocross while making customer service a high priority. April 23-25. Thump Coffee - NW Crossing, 549 NW York Dr., Bend. April 2021 Central Oregon PubTalk Join

us in-person for this month’s PubTalk, as we hear from local companies and business leaders from around the area! April 22, 5pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St., Bend. $26-$36.

Bird Walk With Sunriver Nature Center

Walk with us on the wild side! Join Tom Lawler, expert local birder and nature photographer, to discover the rich bird habitats of Sunriver. Saturdays, 9am. Through May 1. Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory, 57245 River Rd., Sunriver. $10.

Dare to Lead™ Program COCC Continuing Education invites you to join Diane Murray-Fleck, Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, in this fiveweek online experiential course to help you develop courage-building skills and grow as a leader. Meets Wednesdays & Fridays, 4/21 to 5/21 from 9-11:30am. April 21, 9-11:30am. Contact: 541-3837270. ceinfo@cocc.edu. $1295. Earth Day Spring Cleaning We are looking for volunteers to pick up garbage, paint over graffiti, pressure wash and remove stains, and

Build on your redd counting skills or learn some new ones at the Central Oregon Womxn in Conservation workshop held on the beautiful Metolius River, this Fri., April 23 at 1pm.

more. Sat, April 17, Noon-4pm and Sat, April 24, Noon-4pm. Downtown Redmond.

Womxn in Conservation: Skill Building Workshop Join Central Oregon Womxn in Conser-

vation on the Metolius River on to learn (or practice) your redd counting skills. April 23, 1-3pm. Metolius Preserve, near Camp Sherman, Sisters. Free.

FAMILY & KIDS Amelia’s World Puppet Show Join Amelia

Airheart Monkey & Miss Hannah for a fun & uplifting interactive zoom puppet show! Message ACORN School of Art & Nature on Facebook to request the zoom link. Fridays, 4-4:15pm. Contact: facebook.com/acornartandnature/. Free.

April Birthdays Celebration - Axel the Fjord is turning 30! We will have activity

stations set up in the pasture, photo opt with the Birthday Boy Axel, local artists using Twinkle paint to glamour up our herd, a bounce house provided by Bouncing off the Walls Bend & yummy treats to share! April 22, 3:30-6pm. Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center, P.O. Box 5593, Bend. Contact: 541-382-9410. alib@healingreins.org. Free event for April birthdays! Or $10 donations.

Baby Ninja Classes Cuties (10 months - 24

months) plus an adult will bond and have a blast during this unique yoga and ninja warrior class! Tuesdays, 11-11:45am and Wednesdays, 11-11:45am. Through June 2. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541241-3919. info@freespiritbend.com. $99.

Born to Dance By combining playtime and

dance, this pre-ballet class enhances your child’s imagination through the world of dance. Saturdays, 9:15-9:45am. Through June 19. Academie de Ballet Classique, 162 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-382-4055. dance@abcbend.com. $47.

Fantasy Ballet - An Online Ballet Class for 4 to 6 Yr Olds Dance in your own home with a live, in-

teractive teacher. Mondays, 2:40-3:20pm. Through June 14. Contact: 541-382-4055. dance@abcbend.com. $89.

Happy Hip-Hop This vibrant class utilizes the

latest dance moves for dancers to express their individuality to craft their own hip hop-style. Fridays, 2:50-3:35pm. Through June 17. Academie de Ballet Classique, 162 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-382-4055. dance@abcbend.com. $54.

Help Our Garden Grow! The Environmental

Center’s garden staff will be spreading compost and giving away kids Grow Kits from Central Oregon Pediatric Associates. April 23, 2 and 3:30pm. The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Ave., Bend. Free.

Intro to LEGO Robotics You will learn how to create robots that can perform various tasks by using motors and sensors and will build programs that allow them to overcome challenges. Tuesdays, 4-6pm. Through May 4. BendTECH, 1001 SW Emkay Dr, Bend. Contact: 541-382-4682. info@campfireco.org. $100, financial assistance available. Junior Shredder Four Week Camp The

goal is to work on skills and get out for fun rides each week! All skill levels are welcome. Wednesdays, 3pm. Through Sept. 1. Seventh Mountain Resort, 18575 SW Century Dr., Bend. Contact: cierra@ ladiesallride.com. $175.

Kids Ninja Warrior Class Unique to Bend, your kids (age 6-10) will gain amazing abilities through obstacle course training, climbing and fitness conditioning, and team motivation in our Kids Ninja Warrior classes. Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30pm, Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15pm and Thursdays, 5-6pm. Through May 27. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541241-3919. info@freespiritbend.com. $99 per child. Kids Ninja Warrior Half-Day Camp Dropoff the kids (age 6 - 12) on Wednesday afternoon’s after school for Half-Day Ninja Warrior Camps, they’ll get their energy out and their exercise in! Wednesdays, 1:30-4:30pm. Through May 26. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. info@freespiritbend.com. $99 per child.

Learn to Code Learn to code your own program using Scratch, a block-based visual programming language ideal to grow basic skills and create fun programs and games. Wednesdays, 4-6pm. Through May 5. BendTECH, 1001 SW Emkay Dr, Bend. Contact: 541-382-4682. info@campfireco.org. $100, financial assistance available. Mini-Ninja Classes Kids (ages 2 - 3) plus adult will have a blast during this upbeat movement class! Tuesdays, 9:30-10:15am. Through June 1. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-2413919. info.freespiritbend@gmail.com. $99 per child. Nano-Ninja Class Kids (age 4-5) will love

making ninja warrior buddies as they develop fundamental coordination skills through obstacle-based gymnastics and climbing challenges in this 6-week series. Wednesdays, 5-5:50pm and Thursdays, 3:30-4:20pm. Through May 27. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. info@freespiritbend.com. $99 per child.

Ninja Elite Class Kids (age 8 - 12) come increase your athletic performance through the exciting sport of Ninja Warrior! Tuesdays, 5-6pm. Through May 25. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. info@freespiritbend.com. $99 per child. Ninja Night It’s Parents' Night Out- that’s right come drop off your kids (age 6 - 12) for 3 hours of fun in our super-rad indoor Ninja Warrior play space. Saturdays, 6-9pm. Through May 15. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. info@freespiritbend.com. $22 per kid. Teen Girls’ Empowerment Group Includes interactive games, movement, guided relaxation stories, creative expression, nature connection, and Yoga Calm activities. Register in advance! Wed, April 21, 3:30pm, Wed, April 28, 3:30pm. Blissful Heart ~ Yoga Barn, 29 NW Greeley Ave., Bend. Contact: 928-864-7166. onalee@unfurlbecome. com. Sliding scale $160-$320. Teen Volunteer Club Join Camp Fire Central

Oregon’s high school volunteer club, Teens On Fire, where teens give back to their community by identifying a cause they care about and planning a service project to help address it. Sundays, 4-6pm. Through May 30. BendTECH, 1001 SW Emkay Dr, Bend. Contact: 541-382-4682. info@campfireco.org. Sliding scale pricing $200-325.


presentation, New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed speaker Kathryn Aalto discusses her book, Writing Wild: Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Who Shape How We See the Natural World. April 26, Noon-1pm. Contact: 541-382-4754. info@highdesertmuseum.org.




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What is PLAYA

Since 2011, PLAYA has supported new works and collaborative efforts in the arts and sciences through its residency program. In the next 10 years, PLAYA will engage artists, scientists and the local area community through workshops, residencies,


themed weekends, presentations, performances, exhibits and events. Through these activities, PLAYA inspires creativity and exploration at the nexus of art and science.

Where is PLAYA

PLAYA is on the far western edge of Oregon’s Great Basin, an expansive and captivating landscape. PLAYA’s 76-acre

campus lies at the base of Winter Rim (6,200 ft elevation)


Why is PLAYA Unique

Situated in a living lab on a campus designed to

support creativity, PLAYA’s program participants

can readily explore, experience and find inspiration from the geology. ecology, biodiversity, archaeology and desert landscape.


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alongside the intermittent desert lake, Summer Lake.

2021 PLAYA WORKSHOP SERIES June through September of each year, PLAYA offers a select amount of workshops and themed weekends that capitalize on the natural assets of its environment. PLAYA is in the wide open landscape of the Oregon desert but has an intimate setting. With a maximum of 12 people in a workshop, your time at PLAYA is conducive to connecting with others and the instructor. To learn more or to register visit our website: playasummerlake.org/workshops/


September 23 - 26 WRITING IN THE OASIS Instructor: Jennifer Elise Foerster $800 Whether you come with a writing project in process or a blank page seeking inspiration, we will write to discover anew, creating and responding in our shared present, in dialogue with one another and with the land, elements, and spirit of the place we will together inhabit for this brief time near a high desert’s ephemeral lakebed.


September 3 - 5 DESERT SOUNDSCAPES & DEEP LISTENING ECOLOGY Instructor: Dana Reason $275 Learn to facilitate a deeper understanding of our relationship to sound, nature and ourselves. Through guided sound walks, listening activities, field recordings, collage and sound journaling, we will develop an ability to both listen to the natural environment, generate sustainable listening attitudes and creative practices, as well as connect with and to Playa’s unique soundscape.

July 8 - 12 PIGMENT AND WATER: EXPLORATION, OBSERVATION, IMAGINATION, AND CHANCE Instructor: Daniela Naomi Molnar $460 PLAYA’s juxtaposition of dry and wet landscapes provides the perfect backdrop to learn new techniques and processes to help you create innovative new paintings.

May 21 - 23 BIRDING IN SUMMER LAKE Instructors: Pepper Trail $275 – SOLD OUT This guided tour will highlight the spectacular abundance and diversity of birds in the summer Lake Wildlife Area. From Sandhill Cranes to Black-necked Stilts, Wilson’s Phalaropes to Sages Thrashers, this high desert oasis hosts some of Oregon’s most beautiful and fascinating birds.

August 27 - 29 BEGINNING ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY: MILKY WAY NIGHTSCAPES Instructor: Kevin Morefield $300

August 19 - 23 AN EDUCATION OF ARID PLACES Instructor: Diana Six $325 This workshop is a hybrid workshop/residency approach with guided field experiences in the morning led by Diana Six, Professor of Forest Entomology/Pathology, followed by afternoons of open studio time to creatively interpret and respond to what you experienced in the medium of your choice.

Learn to image the night sky, hands-on with an expert Astro-photographer in one of the darkest locations in the United States.


July 15 - 18 ART + ECOLOGY OF PLAYA Instructors: Daniela Naomi Molnar & Stacy Moore $460 September 10 - 12 WHERE THE LAND MEETS THE EYE Instructor: Craig Childs $560 This workshop is about expressing a landscape through narrative and voice. What do you see when you look at a horizon?

This workshop offers a unique opportunity to learn from both a scientist and an artist and to experience how these fields inform and complement each other. You will start with a full day of hands-on learning about the ways that water dwellers and plants flourish in PLAYA’s ecosystem. You’ll then be guided in applying this new knowledge of aquatic ecology and plant ecology to creative explorations that will deepen and augment your understanding of this unique ecosystem.

September 16 - 19 GREAT BASIN NATURAL HISTORY Instructors: Daniele Mckay & Pepper Trail $400 Discover and explore the extraordinary geology, flora, and fauna of the Summer Lake region with ornithologist Pepper Trail and geologist Daniele McKay. In this 3-night experience, enjoy evening presentations by both experts and field trips in the valley for hands-on exploration and immersion into the natural history of Oregon’s Great Basin. PLAYA 2021


Give yourself the gift of immersion into your research and creativity. Self Directed Residencies Self-Directed Residencies are for adults seeking time and space to immerse in their creative or scientific work in an inspiring landscape and campus. Self-Directed Residencies are fee-based. They have the form of a residency without the formal application process and are more flexible and open for individual needs. Self-Directed Residencies arrivals are always on a Thursday with flexible departures. They start at a minimum of 2 nights and, during certain times, can last up to 10 nights. Each Saturday a presentation, field trip or hike take place for all residents.

• April 29 (10 night max) • May 6 (10 night max) • May 13 (4 night max) • July 1 (4 night max) • Sept 30 (10 night max) • Oct 7th (4 night max) • Nov 11th (10 night max)

Events Late Spring

PLAYA Photography Exhibit “An Educational of Arid Places” at The High Desert Museum

Saturday, July 24th

In A Landscape at PLAYA, *purchase tickets at inalandscape.org

Saturday, August 7th

Music and Poetry at PLAYA with Laura Gibson and Anis Mojgani, Oregon’s Poet Laureate

To learn more visit playasummerlake.org/ self-directed-residencies/

Juried Residencies These are traditional residencies in which applications are accepted and are selected by a jury of professional peers. PLAYA’s residencies are open to the global community of scientists, naturalists, biologists, musicians, designers, sustainability leaders, social practice artists, musicians, visual artists, writers, performing artists, and collaborations and individuals engaged in the nexus of art and science. PLAYA welcomes a range of applicants – from emerging scientists and artists to those with an established history of accomplishment. PLAYA offers one-month, two-week and, new in 2022, five-day residencies at no cost from Jan – March and October – December. Applications open May 15th, 2021 for 2022 residencies. To apply go to playasumerlake.org/residency/

Learn more about PLAYA? Call us at 541-943-3983 or email info@playasummerlake. org to schedule a campus visit.


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The Youth Choir of Central Oregon Auditions Youth singers can audition for membership

FOOD EVENTS Join La Pine A La Cart Calling all foodies, master chefs and more. Join the La Pine A La Cart food cart lot! If you are interested joining the lot, call Denny at 541-706-1965. Fridays. Through May 28. La Pine A La Carte, 51555 Morrison St, La Pine.

BEER & DRINK Cross Cut Warming Hut: Locals’ Day!

CORK Thursday Run Join us for a run from

3-5 miles. Stay afterward for a drink and food. All ability levels welcome along with friendly on leash dogs. Thursdays, 6-7:30pm. Cross Cut Warming Hut No 5, 566 SW Mill View Way, Bend. Free.

come. Find the Redmond Oregon Running Klub on Facebook for weekly run details. Thursdays, 6:15pm. Redmond. Contact: rundanorun1985@gmail.com.

OUTDOOR EVENTS Earth Day Cleanup on Rim of Wild & Scenic Middle Deschutes River Celebrate Earth Day with Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area as we cleanup the rim of Wild & Scenic Middle Deschutes River. April 22, 8am. Free.

Earth Day Sunset Hike up Bessie Butte! Let’s celebrate Earth Day with a sunset

hike up Bessie Butte! April 22, 7:30pm. Bessie Butte Trailhead, National Forest Development Road 1810, Bend. Free.

Growler Discount Night! Enjoy $2 off growler fills every Wednesday at Bevel! Wednesdays. Bevel Craft Brewing, 911 SE Armour Rd. Suite B, Bend. Contact: 831-245-1922. holla@bevelbeer.com. Free.

Foley Waters Hike We will follow lesser known

up beers and $4 pours of our barrel aged beers all day. Mondays. Silver Moon Brewing, 24 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend.

Locals’ Day Come on down to Bevel Craft Brew-

ing for $4 beers and cider and $1 off wine all day. Tuesdays. Bevel Craft Brewing, 911 SE Armour Rd. Suite B, Bend. Contact: holla@bevelbeer.com. Free.

Wing Wednesday in the Yard @ Bunk+Brew 6 Wings for $5! Wash all wings

down with beer onsite 8 taps. April 21, 11am10pm. Bunk+Brew Historic Lucas House, 42 NW Hawthorne Ave, Bend. Contact: 458.202.1090. info@ bunkandbrew.com. Free.

ATHLETIC EVENTS Bend Area Running Fraternity The group

will run, maintaining social distance, along the Deschutes River and then receive discounted drinks from the cidery after the run! Mondays, 5pm. AVID Cider Co. Taproom, 550 SW Industrial Way, Bend. Contact: bendarearunningfraternity@gmail.com. Free.

The Big Butte Challenge Between March 20

and May 31, participants hike or run each butte, on their own schedule, using GPS tracking to submit times to the virtual results portal. March 20-May 31. $20 per race.

Big Wave Challenge! For the 2021 Big Wave Challenge there will be no formal event. Just simply good vibes surfing this unique course whenever and however much is good for you. April 17-25. Mt. Bachelor, 13000 Century Drive, Bend. CORK Saturday Long Run We will meet

outside Thump Coffee on York Dr. in Northwest Crosssing. Feel free to run or walk whatever “long”


Redmond Running Group Run All levels wel-

Every Tuesday enjoy $1 off regular size draft beverages. Tuesdays. Cross Cut Warming Hut No 5, 566 SW Mill View Way, Bend.

Locals’ Night We offer $3 Pints of our core line

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means to you! We will have a 5 - 8 mile option. Saturdays, 9am. Through Aug. 28. Thump Coffee Downtown, 25 NW Minnesota Ave., Bend.

paths with a bit of cross country travel, looking at spring plants, a fraudulent gold mine, and local geology. April 28, 9am. Steelhead Falls Trailhead, River Road, Terrebonne. Free.

Grit Clinics: Beginner/Intermediate Skills We’ll begin by dialing in our bike set up and

body position, then work on skills throughout the afternoon. Saturdays, 1:30-3:30pm. Seventh Mountain Resort, 18575 SW Century Dr., Bend. Contact: 541-728-7878. info@gritclinics.com. $75.

Grit Clinics: Cornering & Switchbacks OR Jumping Cornering/Switchbacks (odd

dates): We’ll practice bermed corners, flat loose corners and switchbacks until we’re all dizzy with progression! Jumping (even dates): We’ll start by practicing fundamental skills in grass that lead to jumping, (like body position, wheel lifts, level lifts and bunny hops) then take it to small jumps. Saturdays, 11am-1pm. Seventh Mountain Resort, 18575 SW Century Dr., Bend. Contact: 541-7287878. info@gritclinics.com. $75.

Grit Clinics: Happy Hour Trail Ride ‘N Skills We’ll tackle jumps and corners on Whoops,

technical climbing and descending on Funner, swooping descents on Tiddlywinks and more! Fridays, 4-6pm. Phil’s Trailhead, Skyliner Rd, Bend. Contact: 541-728-7878. info@gritclinics.com. $75.

Grit Clinics: Women’s Foundational Mountain Bike Skills Calling all ladies new

to mountain biking! In just two hours, you’ll feel more confident setting up your bike, shifting, braking, and navigating small trail obstacles after instruction from the skilled coaches at Grit Clinics. Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm. Seventh Mountain Resort, 18575 SW Century Dr., Bend. Contact: 541728-7878. info@gritclinics.com. $75.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Bend Pilates Bend Pilates is now offering a full

schedule of classes through Zoom! For more information visit bendpilates.net/classes/. Ongoing. $20.

Free Spirit Yoga has yoga classes just for moms, moms to be and those who just need a good stretch.

Capoeira: A Perfect Adventure The Brazilian art form of Capoeira presents opportunities to develop personal insights, strength, balance, flexibility, musicality, voice, rhythm, and language by tapping the energy of this rich cultural expression and global community. Text 541-678-3460 for location and times. Mondays-Wednesdays-Fridays, 6pm. $30 intro month. Coaching Group Build your dream life while connecting to a supportive, motivating community. Led by Diana Lee, Meadowlark Coaching. Mondays, 6-7:30pm. Contact: 914-980-2644. meadowlarkcoaching@yahoo.com. $15-25. Dream Interpretation Group Facilitator

Michael Hoffman has been interpreting dreams for the past 35 years. Every other Tuesday, 6-7:30pm. Contact: 541-639-6246. michael@ naturalwayofbeing.com. Free.

ly Jenkins. 5-6pm. Thursdays: Foundation Flow with instructor Kelly Jenkins. 5-6pm. Limited to five participants. Schedule online or give us a call to reserve your spot! Tuesdays-Thursdays, 5-6pm. Loft Wellness & Day Spa, 339 SW Century Drive Ste 203, Bend. Contact: 541-690-5100. info@loftbend.com. $20.

Outdoor Yoga + Tea Women’s Event This



COMEDY AT SILVER MOON at Silver Moon Brewing

for anyone who wants a slower Tai Chi class or those dealing with chronic health conditions. This class is offered through Oregon Tai Chi Wushu with Certified Instructor Maureen Benet. For information call: 541-639-9963 Mondays-Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30am. Contact: 541-389-5015.

Thriving with Diabetes Synergy is offering

In-Person Yoga at LOFT Wellness & Day Spa Tuesdays: Vinyasa with instructor Kel-

the strengthening benefits of a yoga flow class as well as the wonderful feeling of releasing tensions

Tai Chi for Health™ created by Dr. Paul Lam This two-day per week class is appropriate

of why you are tight & suffering. In this series of two-hour classes in posture and flexibility. Thursdays-Noon, Mondays, 12 and 6pm and Wednesdays, 6pm. Through May 5. EastSide Home Studio, 21173 Sunburst Ct., Bend. Contact: 541-330-9070. vancebonner@juno.com. 12 classes/$180.

Bodhi Lama Kunzang is an inspiring teacher and monk known for his clear and compassionate teachings. Register and see more information at forms.gle/SvVwDXbwYYfQNKCE6. Questions? Contact Mary at 541-647-2641 or dzogchenbend@ gmail.com. Wed, April 21, 1-6pm, Thu, April 22, 8am-6pm, Fri, April 23, 8am-6pm, Sat, April 24, 8am-6pm and Sun, April 25, 8am-6pm. $250.

Prenatal Yoga 4-Week Series You’ll gain

Sexual Abuse Support Group Confidential support group for women survivors of sexual abuse. Call or text Veronica at 503-856-4874. Tuesdays, 6-8pm. Through June 29. Free.

The Vance Stance/Structural Reprogramming Tired of being in pain? Get to the root

Happiness is In Your Grasp: How Timeless Buddhist Teachings Can Help You Be Happy in this Busy Modern World

event is designed to help you unwind from your week, feel nourished and get centered as you move mindfully with a fun and flowing Vinyasa style yoga practice. Fri, April 23, 5:30pm and Fri, May 21, 5:30pm. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. info@freespiritbend.com. Pre-Registration $22.

through poses! Saturdays, 10:45-11:45am. Through April 24. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541241-3919. info@freespiritbend.com. Registration $72, Drop-In (if space allows) $20.

a 4-week group class program, accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), to help adults with Type II Diabetes lower HbA1c, decrease complications, and have a better quality of life. Covered by most insurance companies including Medicare and Oregon Health Plans. Saturdays, 9am-Noon Through April 24. Contact: 541-323-3488. info@synergyhealthbend.com.

Yoga Mama 4-Week Series Develop mindful practice that will build strength and flexibility for your mind and body helping to balance out your emotions. Sundays, 9:15-10:30am. Through May 2. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-2413919. info@freespiritbend.com. Registration $70, Drop-In (if space allows) $19. Yoga Wall 4-Week Series The Yoga Wall

is an incredible yoga tool that improves alignment, takes you deeper into poses, elongates the spine, re-aligns the pelvis and releases the hips. Tuesdays, 9:15am-10:30pm. Through May 18. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. info@freespiritbend.com. Registration $72, DropIn (if space allows) $20.



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in next year’s Youth Choir of Central Oregon (YCCO) via the ZOOM app. YCCO is recruiting talented, enthusiastic singers, grades 5-8 for the Debut Choir and highly motivated singers grades 8-12 for the Premiere Choir. The Premiere Choir is for advanced singers who strive for excellence in performance and personal growth. To schedule a ZOOM audition, or for more information, call the YCCO office 541-385-0470 or visit ycco.org. Mondays-Tuesdays-Thursdays-Fridays. Through June 30. Contact: 541-385-0470.




Old Doesn’t Mean Addled

They never saw their age as a limitation. But what about the rest of us? By Ellen Waterston




aiting in the lobby, your name is called. A nurse shows you to the examination room. Annual checkup. “How’s it going, young man? How are you doing today, young lady?” What is it about those greetings that rub the wrong way? Patronizing? Saccharine? A thinly veiled sympathy card in acknowledgement of this disease called ageing? The reduction of the older individual to a generic? Imagine greeting President Joe Biden, Dolores Huerta, Harry Belafonte, Nancy Pelosi, Willie Nelson or Jane Fonda in this manner? (See SLATE magazine’s December 2020 issue for “The Most Influential 80-Plus-Year-Olds in America.”) Do they command more respect because they are a celebrity? Yes. But they also never saw their age as a limitation. What about the rest of us? Nowadays, when I meet total strangers hiking to Green Lakes or Broken Top, they’ll say “Good job!” “Way to go!” “You’re an inspiration!” It feels odd. I mean I, like them, am just a hiker out for a hike. I am a hiker who feels part of something bigger when I get into the mountains. I have long since eschewed my heart rate monitor. I have grown out of that phase of hyper-athleticism, ways of reducing experiences in nature to something to measure, a means to an end, instead of an opportunity to be in and of the natural world, to realize my relative status in the scheme of things. Are these passersby urging me to not give up the fight? And if I fight hard enough, do they think I have a chance of winning? If they cheer loud enough, do they think they’ll ward off the Grim Reaper?

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A friend recently reported that when she asked the dermatologist about the changes in pigmentation on the back of her hands she was told in a “There, there…” tone that those spots were evidence of “sage-ing.” Please, tell us like it is. Tell us in language that respects our intelligence. Ageing is not to be avoided. It just is. When presented with my U.S. Forest Serve Lifetime Access pass, the Forest Service employee, dressed in uniform and wearing a Smoky the Bear hat, handed me the pass and said wryly, “The pass will never expire.” Let’s hear it for straight talk spiced with humor! How refreshing! Make no mistake, Bend has an amazing medical community, can legitimately claim some of the greatest practitioners and specialists anywhere. Many of us bionic boomers are sporting artificial limbs of one sort or another, are stented, shunted, pacemaker-ed, A-, B-, C- and D-fibbed thanks to the regional health care providers. To a person, the staff in central Oregon’s medical community is dedicated, efficient and hardworking. I use these examples only to point out what is perhaps an inadvertent participation in ageism (and not limited to the world of health care). Maybe the sheer numbers of clients require generic salutations. Maybe it takes up too much time, is too much of an emotional drain on doctors and staff to engage more personally. Maybe the pressure to keep up on records, to meet the unofficial quota of patients needed, precludes more personal interactions. Maybe

Do they command more respect because they are a celebrity? Yes. But they also never saw their age as a limitation. What about the rest of us?

Courtesy Ellen Waterston

keeping the patient at arms-length, so to speak, is needed so doctors can focus on the process not the person, on the detective work that identifying an ailment requires as opposed to indulging the pop medicine that the patient has found online on WebMD. Back to the annual checkup. That you know your name and have a heartbeat has been confirmed. Now the real fun begins. The nurse announces he is going to state three words and will ask you to repeat them further into the exam. Pop quiz panic syndrome sets in. You beg to recite Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” instead. What about the last 20 presidents? All state capitols? The three words are unrelated in sound, meaning, association. Stadium, vinegar, highway. Comb, artichoke, hem. Calculator, twine, dye. You surreptitiously write them on your palm. You know if you don’t succeed your chart notes will indicate early signs of failing memory.

But take heart. There’s much about memory function we don’t know. With all respect to “Blursday,” brain farts and impossible three-word quizzes, consider “The Doorway Effect.” In studies conducted in 2011 at the University of Notre Dame it was observed that walking through doorways makes us forget things. You get up from your desk to go to the garage where your extra reams of paper are stored. Two doors later you can’t remember why you came to the garage. The study concluded some forms of memory are optimized to keep information at-the-ready until their shelf life expires. Turns out changing rooms and walking through doors signaled the brain it was OK to purge those memories. If the shoe fits, wear it! I plan on it. —Poet and author Ellen Waterston is a woman of a certain age who resides in Bend. “The Third Act” is a series of columns on ageing and ageism.



LITTLE BITES Cart Patrol: Alebrije’s showstoppers include a Mexican pizza, mole, menudo

By Nicole Vulcan Courtesy Pop's Southern BBQ

By Nicole Vulcan


xpect magical things when you visit Alebrije, the cart inspired by the Mexican state of Oaxaca, located in the lot behind the Bunk + Brew hostel in downtown Bend. For one, the cart’s name is derived from the fantastical folk-art creatures that are sculpted from wood and brightly painted—much like the logo and exterior of the Alebrije food cart itself. For another, the menu is varied and offers a number of surprises, along with some traditional fare. Those with big appetites will be drawn to the Tlayuda, a giant pizza-like creation with taco-style ingredients set atop a big, crispy tortilla. For $15, diners who take on the Tlayuda by themselves will very likely have lots to carry home. Also of note are the dishes that come with mole, including enchiladas. While Central Oregon has plenty of Mexican fare to choose from, not every location decides to delve into the complexity of mole—that delightful sauce that can be made in as many ways as there are Mexican kitchens. Another mainstay at Alebrije is the menudo, that home-style Mexican soup typically made with hominy. Alebrije’s version is served with all the fresh onions, cilantro and lime your heart desires, so even though it’s getting warmer outside, it’s still highly recommended as a yummy lunch or dinner. Another delicious

Asada fries offer a switch on the classic nachos.

Nicole Vulcan

Wing Wednesday at Pop’s For those visiting the Bunk + Brew food cart pod, Wednesdays may offer another special draw mid-week. Pop’s Southern BBQ cart, one of two food carts in the lot, is offering a special “Wing Wednesday” all day. For $5, diners get six wings that have been flashfried and tossed in a sweet and salty sauce. Choose from any of the spot’s three sauces to top the whole thing off. Plus, Bunk + Brew’s on-site beer truck offers eight different taps to choose from to wash it all down. Pop’s is the culinary project of Shannon Fuller and Chef John Guzman, who grew up in Texas. The Quesabirria Torta, in all its crispy glory.

item not found on every Central Oregon Mexican-restaurant menu is the memelita, a thick, hand-made corn tortilla with flipped-up edges that allows a layer of beans, queso fresco and your choice of meat (or not) to rest safely inside. Along with the carne asada, carnitas, chorizo and chicken, meats at Alebrije include adobada and birra, the stew-like meat that, with many dishes on the menu, comes with a side of consomé broth. With birria being such a delight, and given my own weakness Nicole Vulcan for a good torta, I was naturally unable to resist trying out a dish that combines some of all of my favorite things: tortas, birria and cheese. On a recent visit, Alebrije was serving up a Quesabirria Torta as a special, featuring birria, cheese, onions and cilantro pressed into a telera roll, sizzled on the flat-top and served with a side of consomé. It was like all the things people love about a French dip, but with far more flavors than that classic sandwich: crispy and cheesy on the outside, with just enough oily goodness in the consomé to keep things interesting. On another visit, feeling less hungry, I opted for a trio of taquitos, the tiny, rolled-up tacos with just the right amount of

Pop’s Southern BBQ

crunch. Other taco plates—those classic items that personally, I’d gladly eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner—are also affordable and delicious. In a city where it’s not uncommon to order a sandwich that can cost upward of $20, Alebrije stands out with a number of affordable menu items that won’t leave you forced to break the bank to eat a full meal. Given its location at the back of a hostel, the place undoubtedly draws in hungry budget-conscious travelers and an increasing number of downtown office workers looking for a chill lunch spot. Bunk + Brew has, over the past several years, steadily been expanding, adding a bath house and expanding its patio to include, along with the Alebrije cart, Pop’s Southern BBQ and a beer station. Cool greenhouse-like domes allow diners to socially distance while also staying warm—and on the weekends, a small stage is home to various musical acts. The vibe at this food pod, compared to the many others that populate Bend, is still low-key—somewhat surprising considering it’s probably the one closest to downtown. With so many food carts—and food cart pods—in Bend these days, it’s almost like a job trying to go to them all. For those looking for solid food and a wide selection of menu items—including plenty for vegans and vegetarians to choose from—add Alebrije to your list. Alebrije

In the lot behind Bunk + Brew Historic Lucas House 42 NW Hawthorne Ave., Bend facebook.com/alebrijeomt/ Mon-Tue 10am-3pm, Wed-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun Noon-9pm

Behind the Bunk + Brew Historic Lucas House 42 NW Hawthorne Ave., Bend Popsouthernbbq.com Courtesy Healing Reins

Mother’s Day Fundraiser for Healing Reins Healing Reins, the therapeutic equine riding center, is offering a fun activity (and fundraiser) for the upcoming Mother’s Day. The Gal’s Barn Night Out happens May 7 from 5-7pm, and includes a number of activities along with food and drink. Participants take part in a “Horsemanship 101” class that teaches how to communicate and connect with horses. A chalk art activity lets participants draw on the actual horses (apparently, they like the feeling of soft chalk), and Deschutes Brewery and Avid Cider provide snacks and beverages. The event raises funds for Healing Reins’ Equine Mental Health program. Gals’ Barn Night Out – Mother’s Day Fundraiser

Fri., May 7. 5-7pm Healing Reins Tickets at healingreins.org/events/gals-night-out/ $40/person


Mexican cart at Bunk + Brew, growing a food and music scene in downtown Bend


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in Yemen SCREEN Crisis A Conversation with Oscar-nominated “Hunger Ward” Producer Michael Scheuerman, a Bend local


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Source Weekly: I wanted to start by asking how you became involved with Skye Fitzgerald and making “Hunger Ward.” Was film production something you were already working in as a career? Michael Scheuerman: Film has always been my favorite art form since I was a child—deeply impacted in my youth by “Holocaust,” starring Meryl Streep, “Platoon,” “Wall Street,” “Ghandi,” and “Romero.” Coming from a small town in Minnesota, I didn’t think film was even possible as a career. Then when I was 23, I literally stumbled onto the set of Sydney Pollack’s “Havana” while living in the Dominican Republic and was hired as Robert Redford’s body stand-in for the setup of lights and camera. I was able to experience Hollywood film production first-hand, and they offered me the job for six months. I’ve always regretted turning them down, though, and have wanted to get back to film someday. In September 2018 I retired from 25 years in tech and decided to pursue film as an option. A month later, I attended the Bend Film Festival and met a few directors, including Skye Fitzgerald. Another director, Graham Zimmerman from Bend, told me that what I’ve been doing for 20+ years is exactly what a film producer does. I started helping Skye a little with social media for his last film “Lifeboat” for about four months, and then we started working as co-producers of “Hunger Ward” after that. 

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SW: What about the topic inspired you and made you dedicate so much of your life to the film? MS: Yemen is facing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to our partner, the U.N. In 2020, due to the war and blockade, out of a population of 30 million, 16 million are food insecure, 5 million are facing famine soon, including 2-million-plus children. The U.N.’s World Food Programme has warned this could be the worst famine in modern history. There’s no other crisis that needs attention more than Yemen right now, so I’ve given two years to help raise awareness through the film. SW: The access you were given seems unprecedented in regard to what the parents of the children and doctors allowed you to film. Was there something special you had to do to be allowed to film so unflinchingly? MS: Director Skye Fitzgerald spent months before the trip building relationships in Yemen, including with Dr. Alsadeeq and Nurse Mekkia. Once Skye & Jeff Ball (director of photography) arrived at each site, they spent hours building relationships and trust with hospital staff and the families as it’s extremely sensitive and intimate to film children, families and health care workers going through the trauma of childhood Severe Acute Malnutrition. Everyone you see in the film approved and actually asked to have their stories shared with the world so that people in the West can see what the U.S., U.K. and other governments are supporting.  SW: How surprised were you upon getting the Oscar nomination? Was it expected? MS: I was quite surprised. It was a surreal moment to have the Academy honor our film and the people of Yemen with the nomination after nearly two years of hard work.  SW: What do you hope the film inspires the average viewer to do about the crisis in Yemen? Do you hope it creates action as much as it does inspire conversation and thought?  MS: The intent of the film is to immerse viewers in what the Yemeni people are experiencing and connect to the crisis emotionally and then activate action. We don’t just want to inspire conversation and thought—our Yemeni-American advocacy partners want

The absolutely unforgettable “Hunger Ward.”

action. They, and their families back in Yemen, who experience airstrikes, hunger, disease and destroyed infrastructure from this war, are tired of words. So, we hope viewers will do what they can to help: donate to the two clinics in the film, contact their Senators & Reps and ask that U.S. and U.K. tax dollars stop supporting the Saudi-led coalition that is bombing and starving civilians— both war crimes. SW: I personally think you have the Oscar on lock. Is that how you feel or is it hard to really put yourself in that headspace? Would it be too disappointing if you lost or is it really just an honor to be nominated? MS: I’m not concerned about winning and didn’t make the film for that reason. It’s just an honor to just be nominated. The real win for me is that Yemeni peace advocates have embraced the film and are using it for the important work they have already been doing for six years. The film has been a tool for them to activate change, and we’ve done many global virtual events together. We hope the film has elevated the war and Yemen in popular culture to the point that average Americans and Brits are aware and want change. SW: Have you started working on something next? Do you want to continue focusing on humanitarian issues? MS: We have months of advocacy work left to do with our civil society partners, who have been working diligently on this issue for six years. I just want to finish out that work and then re-evaluate what’s next. I definitely want to continue working on social impact films, both in the U.S. and abroad. 

SW: Anything you would like to add? How can someone who wants to get involved get involved right this second? MS: Please go to our website (hungerward.org/getinvolved) to sign up and follow our efforts, donate to the clinics in the film, and/or get involved with our three advocacy partners: the Yemen Relief & Reconstruction Foundation, the Yemeni Alliance Committee, and the Friends Committee on National Legislation. FCNL is the top lobbyist for peace on Capitol Hill, and you can click a button on our site that takes you right to FCNL’s latest action for Yemen, and then it’s just a click to email your Senators and Reps on Yemen.  The other challenge we faced is getting the film out to the world during a pandemic. We couldn’t follow a normal distribution plan, but we successfully pivoted and held global virtual screening events. We had no idea that these would be successful, especially after technical challenges on our first few events. However, a number of our events have had 500-750 registrants from 30+ countries per event. Our event with the 2020 Nobel Peace Laureate U.N. World Food Programme a week ago from the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, had people registered from over 60 countries. We’ve had events hosted by the Nobel Peace Center, the U.S. Institute of Peace in D.C., the Museum of Tolerance in L.A., the Friends Committee on National Legislation, the World Affairs Councils of America & Charlotte, the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame in D.C., YRRF, YAC, and others. Hunger Ward is virtually streaming on Tinpantheater.com.



he Oscar nominees for Documentary Shorts are usually very difficult to watch. I mean, they’re uniformly excellent, but the films are always extremely topical and unflinchingly brutal in their dedication to truth. At Tin Pan Theater over the last six or seven years, I’ve been lucky enough to watch most of the Oscar Shorts (including the Animation and Live Action ones), but I’m not sure any single short film affected me the way Skye Fitzgerald and Michael Scheuerman’s “Hunger Ward” did. “Hunger Ward” focuses on the famine in Yemen, ongoing since 2016 and beginning during the Yemini Civil War. As of 2018, more than 85,000 children have died with UNICEF calling the famine “the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.” The film follows health care workers Dr. Aida Alsadeeq and Nurse Mekkia Mahdi across two hospitals as they struggle to combat child malnutrition. It’s filled with stories and imagery that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I had a chance to speak with the film’s producer (and Bend local) Michael Scheuerman about the film and some of the unique challenges he faced along the way:



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Earth Day Celebrations for All Earth Dwellers The Environmental Center offers a week packed with film screenings, gardening and more

A call to action this Earth Day: Do something, rather than nothing.


arth Day is upon us, and with it the time of year during which many think about their relationship with Earth. It’s tempting to write tips for the top five things you can do to save the earth, or easy ways to make a difference, but the reality of the natural world on this Earth Day is that we are WAY beyond that. Every day, climate change is causing so much irreparable harm to earth that we all must make commitments to real change now. Climate change is the number-one environmental issue facing our planet today. But, pull yourself out of the doom scrolling (yes, you can find LOTS of data on how bad it is!), and focus instead on how we’re going to save our rivers, our forests, our mountains, our deserts, our farms, our children and grandchildren. Then, take action! Our house is on fire and real action is what we need and we need it on a variety of levels. Personal solutions COVID has given us all a pause to look at our personal lives and decide what really matters. Can you look at your biggest carbon-emitting practices and make some real lasting changes? This is where it’s good to remember that our individual carbon emissions are not equal, and neither are climate change impacts. Higher-income people have a larger carbon footprint, but unfortunately

climate change impacts disproportionally affect already marginalized communities. What can you do that might make a real difference? Can you work from home instead of driving somewhere each day? Travel less—especially by airplane? Grow your own food instead of buying food that has been flown thousands of miles? Use less—remember when we couldn’t find toilet paper—use everything like it is in limited supply, because it is! The earth can only give us so much. Remember we are beyond “simple ways to help the Earth.” These changes will be hard and challenge you, but the Earth is asking us for help. It’s time to give something back. Natural solutions Science tells us that natural solutions to climate change can also help make a difference. Our farms can use agricultural practices that improve carbon storage. Our native forests, grasslands and wetlands can help remove carbon from the air. We desperately need to conserve what we have left of these natural systems and then help restore them so they are healthy and can do their job in nature. How can you help? Donate your time and money to local, national and global groups that conserve and care for land and water and promote sustainable agriculture. There are groups right here

in Central Oregon doing this work day in and day out and they need your help. Systemic solutions We can focus on the personal and natural solutions until we are blue in the face, but it won’t make a difference unless we focus on systemic solutions. We must vote for representatives and legislation that will reduce the amount of carbon we put into the atmosphere every day. We must change where and how we power our homes, our cars and our lives. We can and must make these changes at the local, state, and national level. How can you help? Vote, protest, run for office, lobby for legislation and donate your time and money to groups that advocate for these changes. This is by no means an exhaustive list; rather; a call for action on this Earth Day. No platitude will make you feel better about climate change. It’s an ALL hands on deck crisis, and we need ALL the solutions to fight this battle. Luckily real actions can make a real difference, and we all must make an effort to protect what we love the most. This Earth Day, make real change to fight the climate crisis. -Sarah Mowry is the Deschutes Land Trust's Outreach Director. She has worked for the Land Trust since 2005 and leads its communications and community engagement efforts.

The Environmental Center’s annual Earth Day Fair & Parade is once again canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, but that has not slowed all plans. Instead of its traditional event, the local nonprofit has planned several smaller events throughout the entire week. The annual parade that features costumed locals dressed as plants, animals and even mythical creatures will live on virtually. People are invited to create costumes and submit your photos to be included in a video released after April 25. In addition to the virtual parade, The Environmental Center is also bringing back the Earth Day GooseChase scavenger hunt. This year’s event started on April 16, but participants have until April 25 to complete all the challenges. The top six participants will earn a local outdoor experience, including mountain bike rentals or a guided rock-climbing trip. Head down to the Kansas Avenue Learning Garden on Saturday, April 24 to chat with Madeline Magana, The Environmental Center’s 2021 Earth Day Artist. Madeline drew inspiration from her ancestors, creating art that both celebrates the beauty in our world and reminds us that we are the stewards of Earth. For those looking to learn a little this Earth Day, the center is offering story time for younger participants and a film screening of Microplastic Madness with a live panel discussion. Learn more about how we as individuals impact ocean pollution and the steps we can take to help. Story time will be held by The Earth Guardians, usually spotted each year leading the Earth Day Parade. These impressive and uniquely decorated creatures will share an interactive story about their own origins, during scheduled time slots. Earth Day Fair & Parade

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Some traditional Buddhist monks sit on city streets in Asia with a “begging bowl” in front of them. It’s a clay or iron container they use to solicit money and food from passers-by who want to support them. Contemporary American poet Mariannne Boruch regards the begging bowl as a metaphor that helps her generate new poems. She adopts the attitude of the empty vessel, awaiting life’s instructions and inspiration to guide her creative inquiry. This enables her to “avoid too much self-obsession and navel-gazing” and be receptive—”with no agenda besides the usual wonder and puzzlement.” I recommend the begging bowl approach to you as you launch the next phase of your journey, Taurus.


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son observes that our heads are “big enough to contain every god and devil there ever was. Big enough to hold the weight of oceans and the turning stars. Whole universes fit in there!” That’s why it’s so unfortunate, he says, if we fill up our “magical cabinet” with “little broken things, sad trinkets that we play with over and over.” In accordance with astrological potentials, Virgo, I exhort you to dispose of as many of those sad trinkets and little broken things as you can. Make lots of room to hold expansive visions and marvelous dreams and wondrous possibilities. It’s time to think bigger and feel wilder.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Libran author bell hooks (who doesn’t capitalize her name) has a nuanced perspective on the nature of our pain. She writes, ❝Contrary to what we may have been taught, unnecessary and unchosen suffering wounds us, but need not scar us for life.” She acknowledges that unnecessary and unchosen suffering does indeed “mark us.” But we have the power to reshape and transform how it marks us. I think her wisdom will be useful for you to wield in the coming weeks. You now have extra power to reshape and transform the marks of your old pain. You probably won’t make it disappear entirely, but you can find new ways to make it serve you, teach you, and ennoble you.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I love people who inspire me to surprise myself. I’m appreciative when an ally provides me with a friendly shock that moves me to question my habitual ways of thinking or doing things. I feel lucky when a person I like offers a compassionate critique that nudges me out of a rut I’ve been in. Here’s a secret: I don’t always wait around passively hoping events like these will happen. Now and then I actively seek them out. I encourage them. I ask for them. In the coming weeks, Scorpio, I invite you to be like me in this regard. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “Where did last year’s lessons go?” asks Gillian Welch in her song “I Dream a Highway.” Now I’m posing the same question to you—just in time for the Remember Last Year’s Lessons Phase of your cycle. In my astrological opinion, it’s crucial for you to recollect and ruminate deeply on the breakdowns and breakthroughs you experienced in 2020; on every spiritual emergency and spiritual emergence you weathered; on all the scary trials you endured and all the sacred trails you trod.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn painter Henri Matisse had a revolutionary influence on 20th-century art, in part because of his raucous use of color. Early in his career he belonged to the movement known as Fauvism, derived from the French term for “wild beasts.” During his final years, he invented a new genre very different from his previous work: large collages of brightly colored cut-out paper. The subject matter, according to critic Jed Perl, included “jungles, goddesses, oceans, and the heavens,” and “ravishing signs and symbols” extracted from the depths of “Matisse’s luminosity.” I offer him as a role model for you, Capricorn, because I think it’s a perfect time to be, as Perl describes Matisse, both “a hardnosed problem-solver and a feverish dreamer.”

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “The guiding motto in the life of every natural philosopher should be, ‘Seek simplicity, but distrust it.’” Aquarian philosopher Alfred North Whitehead wrote that, and now I’m proposing that you use it as your motto in the coming weeks, even if you’re not a natural philosopher. Why? Because I suspect you’ll thrive by uncomplicating your life. You’ll enhance your well-being if you put greater trust in your instinctual nature and avoid getting lost in convoluted thoughts. On the other hand, it’s important not to plunge so deeply into minimalism that you become shallow, careless, or unimaginative. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In ancient Greek comic theater, there was a stock character known as the eiron. He was a crafty underdog who outwitted and triumphed over boastful egotists by pretending to be naive. Might I interest you in borrowing from that technique in the coming weeks? I think you’re most likely to be successful if you approach victory indirectly or sideways—and don’t get bogged down trying to forcefully coax skeptics and resisters. Be cagey, understated, and strategic, Pisces. Let everyone think they’re smart and strong if it helps ensure that your vision of how things should be will win out in the end. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Blogger Emma Elsworthy wrote her “Self-Care List.” I’ll tell you a few of her 57 action items, in hopes of inspiring you to create your own list. The coming weeks will be a perfect phase to upgrade your focus on doing what makes you feel healthy and holy. Here are Elsworthy’s ideas: Get in the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. Organize your room. Clean your mirror and laptop. Lie in the sunshine. Become the person you would ideally fall in love with. Walk with a straight posture. Stretch your body. Challenge yourself to not judge or ridicule anyone for a whole day. Have a luxurious shower with your favorite music playing. Remember your dreams. Fantasize about the life you would lead if failure didn’t exist.

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ACROSS 1. It contained some face-melting shit in an Indiana Jones movie 4. Relative key to D minor 10. Big game catcher? 14. Outrageous neckpiece 15. Senior ___ 16. Singer Paul with the autobiography “My Way” 17. French peer 18. Seafood you’ll almost epically get wrong? 20. Disgusted sounds 22. Insignificant problem 23. Word with a facepalm 24. With 26-Across, ordering beef and broccoli but getting egg foo yong instead? 26. See 24-Across 29. Bluefin et al. 30. Amphibians used in witches’ brews 32. Tease mercilessly 33. Navy lead by Lysander 35. Comic routine 36. Brings home 37. Drink in Aesop’s “The Crow and the Pitcher”? 40. Some pens 43. Blade in the river 44. Coffee server 48. Hosp. section for heart patients 49. One might have an RSVP button 51. “Top Gear” topics 52. With 54-Across, guitars played in a coop? 54. See 52-Across 56. Instrument that an orchestra tunes to 57. Sister from another mother, briefly 58. Sign of hard work? 59. Dessert served while flirting? 63. Letters after Senator Todd Young’s name 64. Sch. that holds an annual Commissioning Week 65. Fashionista Lauren 66. Hail Mary’s trajectory 67. Brightly colored 68. ___ Berry Farm (California theme park) 69. Clap back?

DOWN 1. Snatches 2. Throw a couple of punches, say 3. Spirit of the Hopi culture 4. “Can this day get any worse?,” initially 5. Offers some buns? 6. Insomnia medicine 7. Frivolity 8. Its license plate reads “Yours to Discover”: Abbr. 9. Way to go: Abbr. 10. “At Eternity’s Gate” actor Willem 11. Pig’s spot 12. Bunny’s coat? 13. Computer that can play chess and read lips 19. GIs : US :: ___ : South Korea 21. Gobbles (down) 25. “¿___ encendido este micrófono?” (Spanish mic check) 26. Text qualifier 27. Insulated room 28. Chief points?: Abbr. 31. “Your Movie Sucks” critic Roger 34. Ranking higher than 36. “Alturas de Macchu Picchu” poet Pablo 38. Past participle that pretty much everybody gets wrong 39. Bread baked in a tandoor 40. Include discreetly in Outlook 41. Decider’s phrase 42. “Who stands to gain?,” in legalese 45. Accepted poor treatment 46. Rentable 47. Petal extract 49. Scrimps, with “by” 50. Elbow grease 53. Trig function that is cos/sin 55. Black key on the right of a pair on a piano 57. City on the Svitava and Svratka rivers 59. “Well, that was ___!” 60. “Dees-gusting” 61. Eternity, seemingly 62. Book of Mormon rel.

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will start by saying, I’m not a “low calorie, low ABV” kind of girl. I like my beers to be like my husband: strong! The beers I tried today have changed my mind though… about beer, not my husband (haha). Worthy provided two beers for review, both are low-calorie, hazy IPAs called Easy Day. One is tangerine and the other is grapefruit. I started with the Easy Day Hazy Tangerine IPA. Visually, it is a beautiful beer. It looks so juicy, just as a hazy should be. It reminds me of a mimosa or fresh tangerine juice. The aroma is delicately laced with tangerine and other fruity notes. The taste is so dang refreshing, bright and light, but also full of fruit flavor. It finishes with the slightest bitterness from the hops and tangerine. How is this only 97 calories? The grapefruit is equally as tasty, both complex and delicate, but instead of tangerine notes on the nose and tongue, it is grapefruit. Guys, when you taste these beers, get a good mouthful and let it hit every part of your tongue (don’t swish it though, that’s gross). It’s amazing how the beer wakes up and you get this bright juicy goodness on the sides of the back of your tongue, followed by a tang at the front and a whole mouth finish of the most delicate of dankness that I’ve ever had in a beer, and I’ve drank SO MANY beers in my time. The grapefruit has a bit more of a bitter finish due to the grapefruit juice as expected. The flavors in these beers are fan-freakin’-tastic! Everything about these beers is subtle. It’s perfect for camping, floating (I really love floating), BBQs, brunch… so perfect for brunch… game nights, parties,

Easy Day Hazy Tangerine IPA from Worthy.

and basically anytime you want to drink a bunch of really good craft beer without hating life the next day. I rate these beers a solid 5 out of 5 on the drinkability scale because they have something for everyone. They’re great beers for beginners because they are light and delicate on the palate in such a lovely way. Their complexity will entice all the beer geeks, and our waistlines will not rebel if we drink a few of them (or more). Worthy provided an explanation card of sorts with the beers. The card reads in part “As fellow craft breweries lose their minds over whether to concoct artificially flavored hard, soft or truly lame seltzers, RTD ‘cocktails’ or other sugary-sweet malt beverages to meet a sudden demand, Worthy commits that we will stick to beer. Beer that’s truly Worthy of your time and tastebuds. All while keeping it low calorie with huge flavor.” Thanks, Worthy! I certainly plan on keeping these beers in my fridge! Photo by Heidi Howard

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Easy Day Hazy Grapefruit IPA from Worthy will tantalize your tastebuds.

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I am a 31-year-old woman, and I can’t figure out why I’m having such a hard time finding a man. I am attractive (in good shape and considered pretty); have a master’s degree; am successful in a competitive business; and I love to read and talk about news, history, and ideas. I have wonderful friends; I’ve worked hard to resolve my issues; and I do my best to be a kind person. I just want my match: someone who’s smart, highly educated, equally successful or more so, attractive (tall -- at least 6-foot-1 -- and masculine), passionate, well-read, and a good person. What’s wrong with me that, even with online dating, I rarely find men even in the ballpark of what I want? —Miserable Grocery shopping’s easy when your list has generic items -- “beer,” “chips,” and “cheese”—and not “cheese from free-range Albanian yaks raised by monks, whispering positive affirmations to them as they graze”: “You are loved, loving, and lovable, and you manifest perfect health by making smart choices.” You’re looking for “that special someone,” not “that random anydude.” You’ve developed yourself (advanced degree, cool job, and smartgirl interests), which sharply narrows the pool of equally achieving men you have to choose from. Being a woman likely adds another layer of difficulty, through “hypergamy.” This is the strong evolved female motivation to “marry up”—or at least date partners of a higher socioeconomic status (the guy in the corner office over the corner barber). Women, in general, are the vastly choosier sex in the mating market—in online dating and beyond. This aligns with evolutionary biologist Robert Trivers’ 1972 theory of “parental investment.” Trivers predicted that the members of a species—typically the lady ones—who have the greatest possible costs from having sex (pregnancy and offspring to provide for) would be the most selective in choosing partners. Countless scientific findings— across species—support Trivers’ theory, including recent research delving into the ratio of heterosexual male versus female “super-likes” on Tinder. (A super-like—by swiping up on a profile— unlike a simple swipe-right “like,” triggers an automatic notification to the up-swiped person.) Belgian economics doctoral candidate Brecht Neyt, with his adviser, Stijn Baert, found that women

on Tinder super-liked only 4.5% of the men’s profiles, while men super-liked 61.9% of the women’s. This is effectively digital beer goggles—worn by a big chunk of the straight male population. And recall hypergamy, women’s preference for partners of higher status: a sign a man’s likely to have continuing access to resources to provide for any children. Neyt found women liked profiles of men with a master’s degree 91% more often (over those with a bachelor’s), while men liked women with a master’s only 8% more often. Unfortunately, there’s been a higher-ed “gender gap” for decades, with fewer men applying to and graduAmy Alkon ating from college. In 2003, for example, four-year colleges in the U.S. graduated 1.35 women for every dude who found his way out. As of 2013, women outpaced men in college enrollment 1.4 to 1, and the gap has continued to widen—translating to an increasingly shrinking supply of those highly desired men with master’s degrees (or Ph.D.s). This is a problem because evolved female emotions are your mate-choice watchdog, motivating you to go for high-status men and making you feel bad about dating a man who’s a kind but ambitionless slacker, or even one who’s just moderately achieving. (Male evolved psychology, on the other hand, works to ensure that men don’t shove aside hot, fertile 20-year-olds to go hit on that very attractive grandma with a lovely personality.) In other words, you can’t just tell yourself you shouldn’t care about the job or education level a man has: make yourself be as hot for a successful plumber as you are for a successful lawyer. However, you could give your “list” of man minimums a hard look: see whether there are any you could live with cutting, thus increasing your pool of possibilities. For example, because height—tallness—is one of the strongest female preferences for male appearance, there’s probably an undertapped stock of sexy, successful, really good men who are on the shorter side: uh, “condensed, dark, and handsome.” If you can’t scale back your standards, you should make peace with the likely outcome: You’ll probably continue to have a tough time finding the sort of man you want. Like other women looking for love who are high climbers on the career ladder, you might eventually come to the conclusion that you have two choices: a nice, loving, hardworking guy a few rungs below you or one of those body pillows that you draw a face on and name Ted.







BEND | 20240 ROCK CANYON Rare opportunity in Deschutes River Ranch Single level living with master & 2 en-suites Barn, shop, and guest quarters Att. 3-car and det. 4-car with sprinter garage Neighborhood access to BLM and Deschutes Jordan Grandlund | Principal Broker | 541.948.5196 Stephanie Ruiz |Broker | ruizgrandlund@cascadesir.com

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Park-like setting Borders common area Quality finishes, new construction Attached 2-car garage with cart storage Jack Benny Loop, SE Bend




$2,395,000 | 4 BD | 4 BA | 4,978 SF


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Jordan Grandlund | Principal Broker | 541.948.5196 Stephanie Ruiz |Broker | ruizgrandlund@cascadesir.com

Located in the Estates at Pronghorn Resort Thoughtful design & attention to detail Two outdoor entertaining areas Covered, heated back patio & built-in BBQ Cascade Mountain views

$2,365,000 | 3 BD | 4 BA | 4,045 SF

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Betsey Little | Broker | 541.301.8140 betsey.little@cascadesir.com

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$1,295,000 | 4 BD | 6 BA | 4,610 SF

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Property on nearly 20 acres Traditional w/ thoughtful updates Cascade Mountains views Heated 6 car garage/storage RV Storage

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$1,775,000 | 5 BD | 3 BA | 4,000 SF

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West facing within the Pronghorn Resort Custom built home with open kitchen Master suite with spa-like accents French doors to patios from every room Built-in BBQ & in-ground spa

Furnished turnkey townhouse Westerly view of the 17th fairway 3-car garage with epoxy floors Complete with spacious outdoor living Beautifully landscaped backyard Tebbs & Little Group | Brokers 541.323.4823 | tebbsandlittle@cascadesir.com

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$779,000 | 4 BD | 3 BA | 2,085 SF

$695,000 | 2 BD | 3 BA | 2,044 SF

Desirable River Meadows Deschutes River access with 2 boat docks Walking trails, sport courts, and pool 3-car garage for all of your gear Turnkey and ready for summer

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Annie Wayland | Broker | 541.280.3770 annie.wayland@cascadesir.com

Unique multi-level in Black Butte Ranch Northwest contemporary style Fireplace in living room Classic wood finishings throughout Beautiful outdoor living spaces Arends Realty Group | Brokers | 541.420.9997 phil.arends@cascadesir.com

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