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OPINION The “Shoes” Protest Was About Something Not Happening in Bend. Is It a Frontload to a Bigger Fight? WWW.BENDSOURCE.COM / DECEMBER 9, 2021 / BEND’S INDEPENDENT VOICE


We get it. It’s been a long couple of years. We’re all getting pretty tired of wearing masks while lifting weights at the gym or wondering when our favorite event gets to take place inside again. We understand that, in a society designed to let the people operate their own functional government, protest and petitioning the government for redress of grievance is an important tool—and one we wholly support. Where we draw the line in that support, however, is when protests are used for things that don’t actually require redress—for things that haven’t happened, aren’t happening now and aren’t expected to happen at some point in the near future. It denigrates the process. Case in point: the “shoes on the steps” demonstration that happened Dec. 1 on the steps of the Bend-La Pine Schools administration building. “Each pair of shoes representing a child being pulled from the school system if vaccine mandates are enforced,” states a description of the protest on the Facebook page of the Moms for Liberty – Deschutes County Chapter. And yet, Bend-La Pine Schools has not rolled out a vaccine mandate for students in the district and does not have plans to do so. We asked, just to be sure. Decisions like that are typically the purview of the state, the board’s chair told us. Portland Public Schools, located in a city that has seen far more COVID caution and overall compliance than Central Oregon has, did briefly consider a student vaccine mandate, but already declared it will not enforce one. The recent protest at the BLPS building could be labeled as simply annoying or embarrassing if it didn’t have other issues attached to it. Staging a demonstration in protest of something that has not happened and doesn’t appear to be happening anytime soon preys on people’s ignorance and riles them up for no good reason. It’s one thing to stand in objection—as is Americans’ constitutional right—to things that pose a very real threat of being enforced. It’s another to make stuff up. Doing so diminishes the impact of protests that aim to tackle real problems. So what would be the purpose of such a thing? Seeing this type of protest crop up in Bend demonstrates something important: That nationally led movements and national talking points continue to insert themselves into local issues— even when the local community doesn’t have an issue at all. Moms for Liberty is a national group with various chapters around the U.S., incorporated just this last year by two moms in Florida. It’s a

group that can be counted among the loud minority that showed up at school board meetings across the country in protest of Critical Race Theory and comprehensive sex education, along with mask and other COVID mandates. “These well-connected partisans are opportunistically manufacturing outrage and selling it to parents under the guise of empowerment,” describes Media Matters, the nonprofit that monitors and corrects conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. So where is all of this going? Beyond upsetting those who saw last week’s shoes protest as an affront to Jewish people, (the original “shoes protest” along the Danube River in Budapest sought to memorialize the people killed by the fascist Hungarian militia during WWII), the end game of all of this needless protest appears to be a front-load to a larger effort. “Globalists, utopians, socialists, totalitarians and the UN are using public schools to undermine freedom and Christianity,” a slideshow at a Moms for Liberty event in October decried, according to Media Matters. That statement slots nicely with the efforts to undermine and water down public education and to build up the school-choice and charter-school movement, which has been identified as a modern-day move to segregate schools and subsequently, we feel, negatively affect lower-income students. “It would be unrealistic not to acknowledge that far too many of our public schools are troubled with low performance (due to a variety of factors) that understandably prompt many parents and guardians to seek alternatives,” wrote Raymond Pierce, president and CEO of the Southern Education Foundation, in a May article in Forbes. “…The truth is that voucher and tax credit programs structure choices to promote de facto segregation, contravene constitutional considerations, and threaten to dismantle hard-fought and socially beneficial historical progress. They represent a serious setback for universal free public education and the equality and equity goals it promotes.” While it would be easy to disregard these meaningless protests in our community as simply annoying or beneath discussion, it’s important to remember that, if not for a broader knowledge of what is happening inside and outside our schools, this misinformation can gain traction and seriously upset people. This unrest can lead to a very real decline in our ability to provide vital services to those in our community who don’t possess a national platform.




Letters must be received by noon Friday for inclusion in the following week’s paper. Please limit letters to 250 words. Submission does not guarantee publication. Opinions printed here do not constitute an editorial endorsement of said opinions. Letter of the week receives $5 to Palate! care and sex education to those who rely on us. We work every day to remove barriers to access for all of our patients—and we will be here for the next generation and the generation after that. In addition, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon recently launched a local chapter of Raíz, which mobilizes Latinx people to advocate for their rights, gain agency for immigrant communities, participate in year-round civic engagement and drive local initiatives that center the needs of Latinx communities. Immigrants from the Latinx community don’t live single-issue lives, so our work includes voting rights, racial justice, housing justice, environmental justice and so much more. Our work won’t stop until abortion and reproductive health are accessible for all — no matter who you are or where you live. No one is free unless they control their own body. —liliana cabrera is an Education and Outreach Coordinator at Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette. To make an appointment visit —Mariana Paredones is a Raíz Fellow Organizer at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. For more information visit

AMERICAN IMMIGRANTS Refugees are fleeing from crimes against humanity in authoritarian countries to more democratic ones—not the other way around. Why are many Americans eager to entertain the idea of living under a dictatorship—voting in one person ruling with absolute power, who is unrestricted by laws and unconstrained by an established constitution? What democratically leaning countries will be willing to accept the flood of American immigrants when we realize authoritarian dictatorship isn’t what we imagined? —M.A. Kruse

Jamie McLeod-Skinner is well known to us; she won Deschutes County when she ran against Greg Walden in 2018. We know her to be the candidate who has never taken corporate PAC money, including fossil fuel and Big Pharma contributions. This means that the voices she listens to will be ours, not corporate donors. In contrast, her opponent in the primary, Kurt Schrader, whose family made a fortune with Pfizer, has taken over $600,000 from Big Pharma. Is it any surprise that he voted against allowing Medicare to freely negotiate drug prices, which would dramatically lower how much we pay for drugs? While Jamie was leading the wildfire disaster recovery effort in Talent, Oregon, securing housing and obtaining millions of dollars in aid, Schrader was voting against stimulus checks, voting against raising the minimum wage, and voting against extending housing assistance during the pandemic. The choice is clear—Jamie will ably represent us while Schrader will stick up for the interests of his wealthy donors. Let’s elect Jamie McLeod-Skinner to represent us in Congress in District 5! —Mary Chaffin

RE: A CLUB DIVIDED NEWS, 11/18 Something certainly doesn’t smell right... so you have a self-elected board that has essentially taken over, fired or forced out the female employees who built the club, and then when said employees said “OK we’ll do our own thing” decided to sue for something that can easily be disproven. As I understand it the team was ahead on payments to investors who financed the new fields, the number of kids playing was growing even with the pandemic and unlike when they started, had a healthy reserve in the bank.

Now a group of board members, none of which were elected (they appointed each other), majority or even all of which have been in Bend less than three years, has essentially taken over and made bogus accusations. These are not professionals...they had a social media poll that anyone could fill out (but not everyone received) determined a person’s job status? Someone that had apparently been given positive feedback on reviews and put the club in a successful financial position? That’s incredible. Sad to see a great club that has had so much success be taken over by “we can do this better than you, this is what we did where I’m from” parents. Hopefully Tara and the team can find success. And Tara, start looking for investments as this defamation lawsuit is going to be $$$. At this point I suggest the Portland Timbers take a hard look at keeping their name on this club. —Jennifer Gartz

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LET’S CHOOSE JAMIE Like many others, I was interested to see where Deschutes County would land in the re-districting process. Now that that’s over, I am very excited that voters here will have the opportunity to choose a great candidate to represent us in new Congressional District 5.


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We’re at a crisis point. A case that went before the U.S. Supreme Court this month could unravel the constitutional right to abortion. There is no “middle ground,” either: If the court allows Mississippi’s 15-week ban to stand, it will erase nearly 50 years of precedent and overturn Roe vs. Wade—leaving nearly half the people of reproductive age in the United States without access to abortion. While abortion rights are safeguarded in Oregon statute, our state would be directly impacted. As an “abortion access point,” Oregon would see a dramatic 234% increase in patients from Idaho and Nevada, according to a recent study. Another analysis shows that Eastern Oregonians would experience a 35% decrease in abortion access because of longer travel to the nearest provider in Bend. Let’s be clear: Abortion is essential health care. Nobody should be forced to drive hundreds of miles to get the care they need. The vast majority of Oregonians support abortion justice—and we will not stand for this political interference. Even with Roe in place, abortion is out of reach for millions. The ability to access safe, legal abortion is still determined by where you live and how much money you have—and that effectively also means the color of your skin. Deeply rooted racism, coercive reproductive policies and abortion stigma create barriers for far too many people when they try to make their own decisions about continuing or ending a pregnancy. For too long, this country has divested Black, Indigenous and Immigrant communities — leading to dramatic health care disparities. As a result, abortion restrictions disproportionately harm BIPOC people, people in rural areas, low-income people, LGBTQ2SIA+ people, young people and people with disabilities. The U.S. public health infrastructure has failed our communities. Despite the continuing political attacks, the compassionate doctors, advanced practice clinicians and staff at Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette’s Bend Health Center continue to provide lifesaving cancer screenings, STI testing and treatment, birth control, gender-affirming

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Sewer Smarts

OSU and OHA are monitoring sewer water to monitor competing COVID variants By Jack Harvel




ver 700 million COVID tests have been performed in the United States as of late November—more than 8 million in Oregon, and while testing is invaluable to monitor the spread of COVID, it requires individuals to get tested. On the other hand, everyone poops, and that poop can help understand broad COVID trends. Oregon State University in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority has been testing wastewater throughout the pandemic to better understand the viral spread in communities, especially as variants outcompete the original COVID virus to the point that it’s nearly extinct in the United States. Regional water treatment plants collect and send wastewater samples to OSU twice a week for testing. “Right now we have over 40 wastewater treatment plants across the state participating in our surveillance network,” said Tyler Radneicki, an associate professor at OSU and the TRACE COVID-19 Sewer Surveillance Lead. “Our goal is to have at least one

wastewater treatment plant in every county in the state and we’re pretty close to that.” The data collected can’t present a precise number of infections in a community, though there is ongoing research regarding the quantification of wastewater data, but it can give a general understanding of COVID trends in a community. Radneicki said that there’s enough research to suggest that concentration of the virus in wastewater is correlated with the number of cases in a community. “The advantage of wastewater surveillance is that each time we take a single sample from a wastewater treatment plant, what we are doing is we are getting health data on every individual in the community in one sample,” Radneicki said. “So it’s a very noninvasive sampling routine, and that’s probably its biggest strength.” Thanks to OSU’s Center for Quantitative Life Sciences, OSU can detect variants in wastewater testing.

“We’ve used it successfully in the past to track the arrival of the alpha variant, also known as the UK variant. And we used it as well for delta variant and now omicron is the next one on our radar,” Radneicki said. The delta variant of COVID has made up over 95% of Oregon cases since August, and before that it gradually grew as cases of the less effective alpha, gamma and other variants shrunk. So far, Omicron hasn’t been detected in Oregon. The prevalence of a variant is measured in what is called “reads.” “We saw this with alpha and delta. It was all alpha for a long time and then delta came along. What happened is the number of reads for alpha in a given sample went down while the number of reads and delta went up. And then they eventually just replaced each other,” Radneicki said. “That may happen with omicron; we’re going to keep an eye on that.” Wastewater testing can cover large populations, collecting

data on all patrons of a wastewater treatment plant, but it also can be tailored narrowly. Specific neighborhoods can be singled out for testing, and at OSU campuses even individual buildings are being monitored. Radneicki said the expanded use of wastewater testing goes beyond how it has been used before, especially with polymerase chain reaction tests that are less labor intensive than traditional methods. “It was first used to track polio and was used very successfully to find and eradicate polio in countries across the globe, including the United States,” he said. “Countries such as Israel were using this technology in the ‘80s, to still track down polio. And there were Scandinavian countries in the early 2000s, that were using it to track things such as influenza outbreaks. So it’s been used. It does have a history and has been used a bit here and there, across the world. But now with COVID-19, it’s really seen a reemergence.”

Deshaun Adderley Scholarship Recipients Announced A scholarship named in honor of bullied teen awarded to 16 Central Oregon students By Jack Harvel Courtesy Jack Harvel

Father’s Group members announce recipients of the Deshaun Adderley Scholarship at The Haven Coworking Space on Thursday, Dec. 2.


embers of the Father’s Group announced the recipients of the first Deshaun Adderley Scholarship on Thursday, awarding 16 students money in increments ranging from $100 to $1,000. The scholarship was created in honor of Adderley, who died by suicide in 2017 after being repeatedly bullied at Summit High School. Adderley’s death sparked a conversation about bullying, teen suicide and

racism in Bend. His father, Donavan, congratulated the scholarship’s recipients at the award ceremony. “I know [Deshaun]’s smiling down. And he’s very appreciative of everything that’s going on,” Adderley said. “I just want to say to all the kids that’s getting their scholarships, congratulations.” The Father’s Group, a nonprofit focused on eliminating barriers to success

for children from marginalized communities, created the scholarship to celebrate Adderley’s legacy. “We’re celebrating his life, and what he could have been, what he wanted to do. So, if we can give students an opportunity to have people who are here, who are listening and want to help ensure to provide a pathway for them to be able to get to where he wanted to get to,” said Marcus LeGrand, a board member of the Father’s Group. The scholarship was open to students of color who apply with an essay, a few questions and an explanation of the student’s needs. “I don’t know a kid of color in Bend that isn’t having issues in school to some extent,” said David Merritt, president of the Father’s Group. “What we want to be is that catalyst, so that when people are being bullied and people are being marginalized, we can step in and kind of guide the situation, and let them know that they’re not alone, because that’s what’s most important. Being a kid of color, you’ve got to know you’re not alone.” The scholarship’s recipients are in a range of different academic programs and come from across Central Oregon.

“We represent all of Central Oregon, we don’t want anybody to feel left out,” Merritt said. “You have people from Madras, Sisters, Warm Springs.” The Father’s Group may add volunteer requirements or a minimum GPA to the scholarship criteria in the future, but is still looking to expand the program for maximum impact. “I want to be able to help more students, I’d love to help every student in need, it’s just not always possible, but depending on how much funding we can get, we can get closer to that mark,” Merritt said. The Father’s Group is taking donations for the scholarship at  For assistance, contact the following: Call the local crisis line: 541-322-7500 ext. 9 or 800-875-7354 Visit the crisis walk-in center, 2577 NE Courtney, Bend, Mon-Fri 8 am-4 pm Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Text 273TALK to 839-863 Oregon YouthLine (teen-to-teen crisis and help line) Call: 877-968-8491 Text: 839863 Online support: Trans LifeLine: 1-877-565-8860 The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386


Street Outreach Teams to Grow

County approves funds to bring more supports for unhoused population By Nicole Vulcan

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and managed camps,” Commissioner Phil Chang stated in a Dec. 7 press release. While not yet built, the City of Bend is currently reviewing requests for proposals to build and operate a managed camp for unhoused people on city-owned property. The location has not yet been announced. The City of Bend and Deschutes County are also considering forming a joint office on homelessness, allowing local governments, nonprofits and other entities to come together to work on solutions. Currently, much of that collaboration happens by way of the Homeless Leadership Coalition, a group that includes nonprofits, service providers and local governments. Formalizing into a joint office would allow groups to pool not just resources, but fundIn this Source Weekly file photo, Hawk, a Central Oregonian who was living in an encampment on Central ing sources, too, City Councilor Megan Per- Oregon Irrigation District property as of 2017, chatted with an outreach worker who had to use a four-wheel drive to access the camp. kins told the Source in September. Advocates for the joint office are pushing the county to take action to support that coorMeanwhile, this week, members “The local Built for Zero team will repdinated effort, encouraging community mem- of the Homeless Leadership Coali- resent a community-wide effort to collabbers to write to the Deschutes County Board of tion announced that they had signed orate and develop systems to measurably Commissioners, asking them to submit a for- on to be part of Built for Zero, a end homelessness,” a press release from mal letter of interest to the Association of Ore- national effort involving more than Built for Zero stated. According to the gon Counties and the League of Oregon Cities, 90 cities and counties, with an aim organization, 14 communities within its asking to be part of any upcoming City/County to reduce homelessness to “func- network have achieved the goal of funcYear’s Eve Celebration joint office homelessness office pilot programs. tional zero” in communities. tional-zero homelessness.

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eschutes County is adding three positions aimed at providing support for the unhoused population in Bend, La Pine, Redmond and Sisters. The Deschutes County Board of Commissioners approved the use of more than $1 million in funds received through the American Rescue Plan Act to fund three new behavioral health positions in the county. The new staff members will offer outreach to the growing population of people in the county without homes, helping them access resources and services offered by public and private entities in the region. The funds will also be used for supplies and a new outreach truck that staffers can use for on-street support. Sometimes, it’s not possible for unhoused people to leave the location they’re at for various reasons, and some fear leaving their belongings behind in order to go access services. With the use of the truck, outreach workers can provide support services on site that may have otherwise required them to transport people elsewhere, the county stated. “These new staff will provide behavioral health outreach, engagement and case managementRoaring support to individuals in a variety of 20’s” New settings such as shelters, supported housing




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Housing for Hire

Data collected on short term rentals will look into its effect on housing costs By Jack Harvel “It does seem true that folks in our community think we have way too many of these things, and we should be doing more to limit the number of them,” Bend City Councilor Barb Campbell told the Source. The range of policy options available to the City includes a moratorium on permits, creating a cap on the number of STRs and changing zoning laws so STRs aren’t a use-by-right in mixeduse and/or commercial areas. In 2015 the City required new STRs to be at least 250 feet from already-existing STRs and made permits expire with the sale of the property. In September the City Council approved changes to its development code to adhere to the newly passed HB 2001, and in the process fixed a loophole in those rules that allowed duplexes, triplexes and apartment complexes to circumvent the density requirement to be at least 250 feet from other STRs. Now only one unit in any multifamily housing may be an STR. “I’m open to whatever is an efficient regulatory mechanism to make sure that this is the community we all want to live in,” Broadman said.

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A sign advertises that a property is a vacation rental in the Old Bend neighborhood.

Both councilors said there’s no desire to revoke any existing STR permits, and that STRs are just one piece of the housing crisis, but that they need to maintain a standard of living for the residents of Bend. “We are kind of a tourist town, but unlike Vail, unlike even maybe Tahoe, we

were a working town before we became more of a tourist town. And we are still very much a community of folks who are working and living their lives,” Campbell said. The City Council will get STR data and hold a policy discussion on potential STR regulation at a work session in March.

Cranston Pleads Not Guilty

A hearing to establish the trial schedule is set for Friday By Jack Harvel Jack Harvel

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Protesters gather at the corner of Wall Street and Oregon Avenue where Ian Cranston shot Barry Washington Jr. in September.


an Cranston pleaded not guilty in Deschutes County court Dec. 7 to charges of second-degree murder, first and second-degree manslaughter, first degree assault and two counts of unlawful use of a deadly weapon in the Sept. 19 shooting of Barry Washington Jr. outside of The Capitol, a nightclub in downtown Bend. Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said Cranston shot Washington after he approached Cranston’s

girlfriend and a brief scuffle ensued. Cranston’s attorney disputed this, saying that the fight was ongoing during the shooting. A grand jury charged Cranston, a former machinist for the ammunition manufacturer Nosler, on Sept. 30 and he was arrested on a no-bail warrant. Another hearing is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 10, at 3 pm to set up a trial schedule. Washington’s mother, Lawanda Roberson, released a statement after Cranston entered a not guilty plea, saying her family was devastated, and that they wouldn’t release further public statements until they review all the evidence, and won’t affect the criminal justice process. “We are grateful for the outpouring of support from people in Central Oregon and appreciate the memorial maintained for Barry Jr. He was truly loved and will not be forgotten,” Robinson said in the statement. A group of protesters gathered outside the courthouse and listened to the hearing, before moving towards the corner of Wall Street and Oregon Avenue, where a makeshift monument was made in Washington’s honor.



end City Councilor Anthony Broadman requested that short term rental data that the City started collecting over the summer be paired with a conversation on policies that could be used if STRs are shown to exacerbate Central Oregon’s housing crisis. Broadman said he isn’t advocating for a specific policy yet, and any decision would have to be data-driven, but that there’s a lot of community feedback on STRs’ impact on housing affordability and on the character of neighborhoods. “What I want to see is analysis about the numbers of units that we currently have, growth, contraction, and really some analysis of the effect that STRs have on home affordability,” Broadman told the Source. “This data is coming, but I thought it’s also important to have narrowly tailored regulatory options that staff believes are appropriate or something that we should at least consider.” Bend had the fourth-most Airbnbs per capita in the United States in 2019, according to IPX1031, a financial service company. AirDNA, a website that tracks Airbnb and VRBO listings in real time, reports 1,163 active rentals in Bend’s city limits.

Protesters march from the Deschutes County Courthouse to the makeshift Barry Washington memorial in Downtown Bend.



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The indie-rock scene may have a new voice that comes with transcendental guitar riffs and critical storytelling skills via a Portland local that parallels the heavy hitters. Thu., Dec. 9, 5:30-8pm. The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse, 13300 Hwy 20., Sisters. $15.


This hot up-and-coming band masterfully mixes jazz with sick beat drops from the new millennium that will have the house rocking all night long! Fri., Dec. 10, 8-11pm. The Belfry, 302 E. Main St., Sisters. $18.

BRUNCH WITH SANTA AT TETHEROW BRUNCH, PHOTOS AND MORE! Eat a scrumptious brunch with family, friends and the big jolly man himself! Crafts and other activity stations will be available for kids’ entertainment. Sun., Dec. 12, 9am-noon. Tetherow Resort Event Pavilion, 61240 Skyline Ranch Rd. Bend. $25/youth $39/adults.

FRIDAY 12/10

HOLIDAY LIGHTS PADDLE PARADE CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS Enjoy Bend’s most dedicated paddle enthusiasts as they dress up their canoes and kayaks in bright lights and other holiday garb for the annual float around the Old Mill District. Fri., Dec. 10, 4-5pm. Old Mill District, 450 SW Powerhouse Dr., Bend. Free.


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Third-place finalist of America’s Got Talent season 14 is bringing the laughs, disabilities and handsomeness to Bend! Hear the perspective of the self-proclaimed “Cripple Threat of Comedy” live. Thu., Dec. 9, 7:30-10pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $25.

After a long quarantine, sit back and “relax” at this THC-induced magical extravaganza that’s filled with some off the wall trippy tricks that will leave the audience stone-faced. Fri., Dec. 10, 7pm. Open Space Event Studios, 220 NE Lafayette Ave., Bend. $25.



Take in great singing and songwriting from two great Idaho-born artists who spend their days traveling and performing for their nationwide fan bases. Sat., Dec. 11, 8-11pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $12.



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Hike along the eastern Cascades wearing snowshoes and enjoy the spectacular views that Central Oregon has to offer! This is a registration-only event hosted by Downtown Bend Public Library. Sun., Dec. 12, 1:15-5:30pm. Downtown Bend Public Library, 601 NW Wall St., Bend. Free.

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A rockin’ show that’s ready to heat up the night! This ‘50s-inspired rock 'n' roll show is a real-life time machine that transports listeners back to times of poodle skirts and slicked-back hair. Mon., Dec. 13, 8-11:30pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $25.


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Box Set Gifts for the Music Lover

From career-spanning box sets to reissues of beloved albums, these are gifts for the die-hard music lover By Alan Sculley


he deluxe album packages of 2021 were heavily weighted toward expanded reissues of notable individual albums. They make for fine Christmas gifts, so here are the sets that would top my shopping list. Deluxe Album Reissues George Harrison: “All Things Must Pass” Super Deluxe Edition/ John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band: “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band” – These debut solo albums by the former Beatles received lavish reissues this year that bring new appreciation and insight into both projects. “All Things Must Pass” is a five-disc set highlighted by 42 unreleased tracks that include two discs of Harrison’s solo and strippedback band demos. Several of the song\s didn’t make the album, but are worth hearing (“Nowhere To Go,” written by Harrison and Bob Dylan, is particularly interesting). It makes for a comprehensive look at “All Things Must Pass”— the best solo album by any Beatle. If “All Things Must Pass” found Harrison sharing a measure of inner and spiritual peace, Lennon’s solo debut, “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band,” was a catharsis with its share of anger and disillusionment set to stark musical backing. This six-CD set boasts nearly 160 tracks, including a trio of remixes of the album, early demos, outtakes, rehearsals and even covers played for fun during the sessions. It all may be too much for the casual fan, but this set is an enlightening deep dive into

one of the bravest, most unfiltered albums in rock history. The Beatles: “Let It Be” – Speaking of The Beatles, fans know a ton of outtakes exist from the “Let It Be” sessions. By and large, the compilers of this five-CD set chose the cream of the crop from that unreleased music. The alternate takes often differ notably from the versions of the songs on “Let It Be.” There are also early runthroughs of songs that would appear on “Abbey Road” and early solo albums by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison. The Rolling Stones: “Tattoo You” – The solid 1981 album gets expand-

“Ivory Tower” and “I’ll Be There,” and an extended version of “Almost Cut My Hair” with an epic dual guitar jam. Career-spanning Anthologies Aretha Franklin: “Aretha” – The “Queen of Soul” has already been the subject of multiple box sets and anthologies, so the people who assembled this new four-CD set to accompany “Respect,” the movie biopic about Franklin, did the smart thing, liberally choosing demos, alternative versions and live performances of many of the songs on “Aretha.” The result is a box set that nicely complements the anthologies that have come before this one. John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band

Aretha scores yet another box set of her dynamic songs.


John Lennon's debut solo album reissue features three remixes of the original album.

This CSN+Y reissue features 38 additional tracks.

Aretha Franklin

ed with a full concert from 1982 and nine previously unreleased studio tracks. I’d argue the unreleased swaggering rockers “Trouble’s A Comin’” and “It’s A Lie” and the soulful ballad “Fast Walking, Slow Talking” should have supplanted three or four tunes that were on “Tattoo You.” Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: “Déjà Vu” 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition – This debut from David Crosby, Stephen Stills & Graham Nash (and occasional fourth member Neil Young) remains the high point of this supergroup’s career. The additional 38 demos, outtakes and alternate versions on this 50th anniversary edition include gems such as “Everyday We Live,” three rockers sung by Stills: “Same Old Song,”

Joni Mitchell: “Archives – Volume 2 The Reprise Years (1968-1971)” – The second of what promises to be a career-spanning series of box sets, “Volume 2” offers up five discs of unreleased concerts (including a London show during which Mitchell is joined by James Taylor for half of the show) and many interesting outtakes, home demos and radio sessions drawn from this early creative peak of her career. Needless to say, this is a treasure trove from the singular talent that is Joni Mitchell. Other Worthy Reissues Here are some other notable deluxe reissues I can recommend that feature the original albums plus bonus material.

Cat Stevens: “Teaser and the Firecat” (four discs with demos, live cuts and a 1971 concert); The Replacements: “Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out the Trash” (four discs include a bevy of outtakes and a surprisingly tight 1981 concert); Pretenders: “Pretenders” and “Pretenders II” (three-disc editions of the first two Pretenders albums; each includes demos and full concerts, including a white-hot 1980 show on the debut album); The Tragically Hip: “Road Apples” (three discs include some strong unreleased songs); The Who: “The Who Sell Out” (five discs with numerous studio outtakes, demos); The Band: “Stage Fright” (two discs add a complete 1971 concert from the Royal Albert Hall); The Black Keys: “El Camino” (four discs loaded with unreleased live performances); R.E.M.: “New Adventures In Hi-Fi” (two discs add 13 bonus tracks to what is arguably R.E.M’s most underrated album); The Black Crowes: “Shake Your Money Maker” (three discs with studio outtakes and a 1990 concert); Violent Femmes: “Why Do Birds Sing” – (two discs with a half dozen bonus tracks and a 12-song 1991 concert); Jethro Tull: “Benefit” (four discs with a few outtakes, b-sides, two 1970 concerts); Death Cab For Cutie: “The Photo Album” (two discs with b-sides and demos); The Alarm: “History Repeating 1981-2021” (twodisc anthology with 44 career-spanning songs.); The Pretty Things: “Live At The BBC” (six CDs of live performances capture the raw energy and stylistic shifts of this long-running band.)




8 Wednesday

Hub City Bar & Grill Karaoke What’s your go-to karaoke tune? 8pm-Midnight.

Initiative Brewing Trivia Wednesdays Trivia

Wednesdays in Redmond, with Useless Knowledge Bowl. 6:30 pm at Initiative Brewing, 424 NW 5th St. Free.

M&J Tavern Open Mic Night Downtown living

room welcomes musicians to bring their acoustic set or turn it up to eleven with the whole band. Bring your own instruments. Goes to last call or last musician, which ever comes first. (21 and over) 6:30pm. Free.

McMenamins Old St. Francis School

Amanda Richards and the Good Long Whiles From sensuous acoustic to gritty homicidal rockabilly, you’re moving through a rich emotional journey highlighted by several surprising twists and turns. 7-9pm. Free.

Midtown Ballroom Lettuce - Bring Back

The Love Tour 2021 Lettuce - Bring Back The Love Tour 2021 takes a pit stop in Bend! 8-Midnight. $30.

9 Thursday Bridge 99 Brewery Thursday Trivia Night at Bridge

99 Join us each Thu, at 6pm, for live UKB Trivia at Bridge 99 Brewery. Free to play, win Bridge 99 gift cards! Free.

Craft Kitchen and Brewery Trivia Night

We are bringing a nostaligic spin to trivia with large, handcrafted, replicas of Trivial Pursuit wheels. Sign up 6:30pm. Starts at 7pm. Free.

support your local comedians working on new material! Overall it's a very fun community to be apart of! 21+ Material may not be suitable for all. Sponsored By Storm Cannabis Co. Bend. 7:3010pm. Free.

party with JuJu Eyeball, Bend’s Beatle Band, for some Fab Beatle music and celebrate Ron Alvarez, who is retiring from FM Rock 98.3, The Twins, after a long and storied career in radio. This will be a party that can’t be missed! 6-9pm. Free.

Silver Moon Brewing Trivia on the Moon!

Tower Theatre John Craigie ~ Keep It Warm

Voted Best Trivia in Bend by Bend Magazine 2018 and 2019! Bring your friends, test your knowledge and compete for Silver Moon gift cards and prizes. 7-9pm. Free.

The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse Olivia Awbrey Fireside Show At The

Suttle Lodge Fireside shows are back! This winter, we’re happy to host Oregon songwriter and storyteller, Olivia Awbrey. 5:30-8pm. $15.

Volcanic Theatre Pub Comedy & A

Cause Presents: Ryan Niemille Ryan, the self-proclaimed “Cripple Threat of Comedy," shares his views of the world from the perspective of the handicapped (and very handsome). 7:30-10pm. $25.

10 Friday The Belfry High Step Society @ The Belfry When the honeyed tones of The Jazz Age meld with the hottest beat drops of the new millennium, you get High Step Society’s elixir of American Electro Swing. 8-11pm. $18. Bunk+Brew Holiday Nights w/ The Bangers

& Lurk & Loiter Back by popular demand is the battle of the bands. The Bangers and Lurk & Loiter set the yard on fire last time they were here, so we had to bring them back! 6-9pm. Free.

Hub City Bar & Grill DJ/Karaoke Nights Karaoke come sing a song! 8pm. Free.

Midtown Ballroom Fishbone Legendary in the history of American ska and rock fusion is Fishbone. 8-11:30pm. $25.

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Hub City Bar & Grill Karaoke What’s your go-to karaoke tune? 8pm-Midnight.

River’s Place Now & Then Imagine sweet

2021 at Tower Theatre Join the team to help John Craigie raise money for Northwest Harvest to support those in need on his Keep It Warm 2021 tour. 7pm. $29.50-$43.

Volcanic Theatre Pub The Color Study, Gabby Holt & DVS and The Beautiful Bastards at VTP First big rock show in a long while. 9-11:30pm. $10. Walt Reilly’s Dive Bar Theology Come wine, dine, and dance with us at Walt Reilly’s! 7:30pm. Free.

11 Saturday Bunk+Brew Santa Con: A Santa Suited Daytime Dance Grab your Santa suit, Reindeer suit, elf suit, whatever, and come dance with Santa in the daytime. 2-5pm. Free. Bunk+Brew Holiday Nights w/ Seed Ling Tis the

season for some heartbreaking vocals and killer sounds from Seed Ling. 7-9pm. Free.

Craft Kitchen and Brewery Comedy at Craft: Cody Michael Saturday nights are made for laughter at Craft. 8-11pm. $15. Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards Live at

the Vineyard: John Denver Christmas Concert w/ Hoover & the Mighty Quinn’s Our annual John Denver Christmas Concert is a wonderful family event. 5-8pm. Adults $15 / Children 12 and under $5.

Hub City Bar & Grill DJ/Karaoke Nights Karaoke come sing a song! 8pm. Free.

Northside Bar & Grill Tyler Bolts Covers and originals by talented local performer. 8-10pm.

Pocus: A 420 Magic Show This THC-induced magical extravaganza is packed with tricks so trippy you’ll be asking “what!?” 7pm. $25.

River’s Place Saturday Jazz Sessions Randy Stark Quartes plays standard and original jazz. Trombone, guitar, bass, and drums. 6-8pm. Free.

Silver Moon Brewing Return to the ‘80s!

Silver Moon Brewing Mike Biggers & Lilli

dynamic sounds of electric & acoustic goodness! 6-8pm. Free.

We are returning to the ‘80s for round two at the Silver Moon! The turn up will be real with classic after classic after classic. 9-Midnight. $5.

Seven Nightclub & Restaurant Comedy

Worna Mike Biggers & Lilli Worna bring their Americana sounds to a covered and heated patio! 4pm. Free.

Silver Moon Brewing JuJu Eyeball at Silver

Silver Moon Brewing The Nicholes & Jack-

Open Mic At Seven Night Club Comedy is back in Downtown Bend! Try telling some jokes or

Moon/Ron Alvarez 98.3 Retirement Bash Come

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son Mcaffe The Nicholes and Jackson McAffe bring their punky aggressive sounds to the Silver Moon Tap Room. 8pm. $5.

The Old Iron Works Craft-0! 11th Annual Holiday Bazaar! Saturday, Dec. 11 & Sunday, Dec. 12. 9am-5pm 11th Annual Craft-0! Holiday Bazaar. Dec. 11-12, 9am-5pm. $5. Volcanic Theatre Pub Jeff Crosby Band w/ Brad Parsons At Volcanic Singer-songwriter Jeff Crosby has managed to delineate the sometimes amorphous genre of “Americana," package it perfectly, and deliver it to his listeners time and again. 8-11pm. $12.

12 Sunday Hub City Bar & Grill Big Band Open Jam All

welcome to sing or play an instrument, just come on in and get on the signup sheet. 5-8pm. Free.

River’s Place Trivia Grab your team and join us for this fun competition of the mind. Noon2pm. Free. Get funky with Fishbone live at the Midtown Ballroom Fri, Dec. 10, at 8pm.

River’s Place Livewire Three-piece acoustic group playing all genres of music. 5-7pm. Free.

Silver Moon Brewing Not Cho’ Grandma’s

Bingo Not Cho’ Grandma’s Bingo is back at Silver Moon Brewing! 10am-1pm. Free.

13 Monday The Astro Lounge Open Mic Mondays All

musicians and comedians are welcome from first timers to pros! Free.

Bridge 99 Brewery Monday Night Trivia Now playing Mondays (Thursdays too!) at 6pm it’s live UKB Trivia at Bridge 99 Brewery. Free to play, win Bridge 99 gift cards! 6-8pm. Free. Volcanic Theatre Pub Rev Horton Heat, Big Sandy, & Wayne Hancock at Volcanic Seeing Reverend Horton Heat live is a transformative experience. 8-11:30pm. $25.

15 Wednesday Craft Kitchen and Brewery Comedy Open Mic Free to watch. Free to perform. Always a good time. Come down and watch comics work out new material or get up and try stand up for yourself! 8-10pm. Free. Hub City Bar & Grill Karaoke What’s your goto karaoke tune? 8pm-Midnight.

Initiative Brewing Trivia Wednesdays Trivia Wednesdays in Redmond, with Useless Knowledge Bowl. 6:30 pm at Initiative Brewing, 424 NW 5th St. Free. M&J Tavern Open Mic Night Downtown living

room welcomes musicians to bring their acoustic set or turn it up to eleven with the whole band. Bring your own instruments. Goes to last call or last musician, which ever comes first. (21 and over) 6:30pm. Free.

McMenamins Old St. Francis School

Jess Ryan Band Every so often you will encounter a great performer. 7-9pm. Free.


HDCM Fourteenth Annual Gala High Desert Chamber Music’s Fourteenth Annual Gala will be going virtual! Dec. 11, 7-7:30pm. Contact: 541-3063988. Free. HDCM Fourteenth Annual Gala Silent Auction High Desert Chamber Music’s Four-

teenth Annual Gala Silent Auction features items from dozens of local favorite artists and businesses. Dec. 9-14, Noon. Contact: 541-306-3988. Info@ Free.

Know Celebrate - Harpist Rebecca Smith Performs Enjoy beautiful harp music performed

by Rebecca Smith. Dec. 9, 6-6:30pm. Contact: 541312-1032. Free.

Know Celebrate - Sisters High School Jazz Choir Caroling The Sisters Jazz Choir is

an elite choir of 16 high school students auditioned out of the Sisters School District Choral Program. Dec. 9, 2:30-3pm. Downtown Bend Public Library, 601 NW Wall St., Bend. Contact: 541-312-1032. Free.

The Ultimate Oldies Show A locally-pro-

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: Free.

Ukulele Meetups Do you play ukulele ? Want

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Fantasy Ballet: An Imaginative Ballet Class for 5-Year-Olds! This fantasy-themed


Art Exhibit - Michelle Adams Photography Michelle Adams Photography is exhibiting Oregon landscape and nature photography at the Downtown Crater Lake Tasting room through Dec. 31. Crater Lake Spirits Downtown Tasting Room, 1024 NW Bond St suite 102, Bend. Contact: 541-728-0501. michelle@ $40 - $995.

Art Exhibit - St Charles Medical Center Redmond Scott Dyer Fine Art will exhibit

paintings for sale at St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond through January 2022. Oct. 8-Jan. 1, 8am-8pm. St. Charles Medical Center - Redmond, 1253 N Canal St., Redmond. Contact: 714-8696780. $50 - $500.

Arts & Crafts Fair! Lots of vendors; food,

beverages, textiles, Metal arts and more! Support small businesses by shopping local. Dec. 10, 10am4pm and Dec. 11, 10am-4pm. La Pine Senior Activity Center, 16450 Victory Way, La Pine. Contact: 541536-6237. Free.

Backyard Christmas Market Welcome to our winter wonderland right in the backyard of Bunk+Brew. Sat, Dec. 4, Noon-6pm, Sat, Dec. 11, Noon-6pm and Sat, Dec. 18, Noon-6pm. Bunk+Brew, 42 NW Hawthorne Ave, Bend. Contact: 458-202-1090. Contemporary Realist Fine Artist David Kreitzer In the tradition of Turner and Cezanne,

master oil & watercolorist, David Kreitzer, exhibits exquisite & stunning landscapes, figure, fantasy, California Oak Hills and Nishigoi koi oils at the Sunriver Lodge. Mon-Sun, 11am-5pm. Betty Gray Gallery, Sunriver Resort, 17600 Center Drive, Sunriver. Contact: 805-234-2048. jkreitze@icloud. com. Free.

Holiday Pottery, Art and Crafts Sale Holiday pottery, art and crafts sale. 1-4pm. Barbara Smiley, 443 NW Delaware Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-382-8406. Kenneth Marunowski: Large Paintings, Landscapes & Abstractions Join

Ken Marunowski at Sunriver Resort’s Betty Gray Gallery on Dec. 10 from 4-6pm for the opening reception of Large Paintings: Landscapes & Abstractions. The exhibition, the artist’s first extensive Central Oregon showing, is currently on display and will remain so until just after the New Year. Dec. 10, 4-6pm. Betty Gray Gallery, Sunriver Resort, 17600 Center Drive., Sunriver. Contact: 855-420-8206. Free.

Locavore Holiday Gift Faire The Annual

Locavore Holiday Gift Faire is one of the best ways to find perfectly unique gifts for your special people made right here in Central Oregon. Dec.

Magical Market of Merriment We are offering three Maker’s Markets for the holidays within our plant shop! Come join the festivities and shop to your heart’s content. Dec. 12, 11am-5pm. Somewhere That’s Green, 1017 NE 2nd St., Bend. Free.


Pottery and Crafts Show and Sale Pottery

and crafts show and sale. Unique Handmade decorative and functional ceramics and handiwork by local artists. Sponsored by the Raku Artists of Central Oregon. Dec. 11, 10am-4pm and Dec. 12, 10am-4pm. The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Ave., Bend. Contact: Free.

Scalehouse Gallery New Exhibition: Jon Gann, infinity splinters / resttagebücher

An exhibition of mixed-media works that invites viewers into the artist’s ongoing journey through trauma, shame and search for renewal. This exhibition is on view Nov. 5 – Dec. 31. Wed-Sat, 1-6pm. Scalehouse Gallery, 550 NW Franklin Ave, Bend. Contact: 541-640-2186.

SRWC Virtual Winter Craft Fair Shop safely any time of day from the comfort of home. MonSun, 1am-11:59pm. Through Dec. 31. Contact: 541-301-1257. Free. Visual Joy and Perfection: The Artistry of Master Fine Artist David Kreitzer Visu-

al Joy and Perfection: The Artistry of Master Fine Artist David Kreitzer. Join David in the Kreitzer Gallery and Studio, and experience sublime and healing Central Oregon splendor Landscapes, the Human Figure, Koi, California Vineyards, Floral and Fantasy oil and watercolor images. Thu-Sun, Noon-5pm. Kreitzer Art Gallery and Studio, 20214 Archie Briggs Road, Bend. Contact: 805-234-2048. Free.


Bend Ghost Tours Join us for our Ghosts and Legends of Downtown Bend Tour and hear all about our permanent residents! Wed-Sun, 7:309pm. Downtown Bend, Contact: 541-350-0732. $25.

Envisioning Wild: 2022 Wild Desert Calendar Virtual Exhibit ONDA’s 2022 Wild

Desert Calendar virtual exhibit, “Envisioning Wild,” opens on Nov 10! Tour our virtual gallery of wild, wonderous and inspiring images of Oregon’s high desert landscapes and wildlife featured in the 2022 calendar. Nov. 10-Jan. 7, 5:30pm. Contact: 541-3302638. Free.

Members’ Annual Meeting Members,

please join us online! Executive Director Dana Whitelaw, Ph.D., will talk about what’s next for the museum. Dec. 8, 6:30-7:30pm. Contact: 541-3824754. Free for museum members.

Out in the Open: A Panel Discussion on Gender, Sexuality + Mental Health In conversation

with the current exhibition, Jon Gann: infinity splinters / resttagebücher, Scalehouse Gallery is facilitating a panel discussion with mental health professionals in the community on the intersection of mental health, sexuality, and gender identity. Dec. 11, 11am-Noon. Scalehouse Gallery, 550 NW Franklin Ave, Bend. Contact: 541-6402186. Free.



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11, 10am-4pm. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 61980 Skyline Ranch Rd, Bend. Free.


Join an array of book clubs at Roundabout Books!

Scalehouse Gallery Artist Talk: Jon Gann, Kites for War In his talk, Kites for War,

artist Jon Gann will share his personal history as it relates to the bare truths of the works in his show, infinity splinters / resttagebücher, currently up at Scalehouse Gallery. Dec. 10, 6-7pm. Scalehouse Gallery, 550 NW Franklin Ave, Bend. Contact: 541640-2186. Free.

Virtual Lecture: Assessing Arctic Health with Gyrfalcons During this virtual

lecture, Michaela Gustafson, graduate student with the Peregrine Fund, will share her work to identify what landscape features are important to Gyrfalcons as they choose nesting sites. Dec. 14, 6:30-8pm. Contact: 541-593-4394. programs@ $5.


Improv Workshop With Tallie Medel

Improv and clown are all about engagement, embodiment, presence, and vulnerability. Dec. 11, Noon-4pm. Open Space Event Studios, 220 NE Lafayette Ave, Bend. Contact: 541-668-1046. info@ Sliding Scale.

Miracle on 34th Street Cascades Theatri-

cal Co. presents this holiday classic adapted by Mountain Community Theater from the novel by Valentine Davies. Thu, Dec. 9, 7:30pm, Fri, Dec. 10, 7:30pm, Sat, Dec. 11, 7:30pm, Sun, Dec. 12, 2pm, Thu, Dec. 16, 7:30pm, Fri, Dec. 17, 7:30pm, Sat, Dec. 18, 7:30pm and Sun, Dec. 19, 2pm. Cascade Theatrical Theatre, 148 NW Greenwood, Bend. Contact: (541)-389-0803. $25-$27.


Classics Book Club We will be discussing

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Dec. 8, 6-7pm. Roundabout Books, 900 NW Mount Washington Drive, #110, Bend.

The Forge 10-month Creative Writing Program The Forge is a 10-month, online cre-

ative writing program. Sept. 27-Dec. 31. Contact: 541-408-4509. $25.

Mystery Book Club We will discuss "Devil in

a Blue Dress" by Walter Mosley. Dec. 15, 6-7pm. Roundabout Books, 900 NW Mount Washington Drive, #110, Bend. Contact: 541-306-6564. julie@

Nonfiction Book Club We will discuss "Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest" by Suzanne Simard. Dec. 10, 1-2pm. Contact: 541-306-6564. Not Your Average Book Club We will discuss "Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance" by Nora Zeale Hurston. Dec. 13, 6-7pm. Roundabout Books, 900 NW Mount Washington Drive, #110, Bend. Contact: 541-306-6564.


Holiday Lights Paddle Parade

Celebrate the holidays with Tumalo Creek’s annual Holiday Lights Paddle Parade. Dec. 10, 4-5pm. Old Mill District, 450 SW Powerhouse Dr. Suite 422, Bend. Free.

Puzzled Pint Puzzled Pint is a casual puz-

zle-solving event happening at rotating bars/pubs on the second Tue of every month. Dec. 14, 6:30-9pm. River’s Place, 787 NE Purcell Blvd., Bend. Contact: 847-777-9546. Free.

Santaland Every Fri, and Sat, beginning Fri, Nov.

26, until Dec. 18, children (both big and small) will be able to visit with Santa and take a photo with him outdoors in a winter wonderland. 11am-3pm. Old Mill District, 450 SW Powerhouse Dr. Suite 422, Bend. Free.

Silver Sage Trading Sale Attention museum members! Ideal gifts await, and during this time members receive 15% off! Nov. 26-Dec. 9, 11am4pm. High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Highway 97, Bend. Contact: 541-382-4754 ext. 272. info@

Winter Festivities with the Millers Join the Millers as they get ready for and celebrate the season. The Millers will share how they keep the cabin cozy during the winter months. Dec. 11, 11am-3pm. High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Highway 97, Bend. Free.





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Winter Nights Join us after hours to see the

latest exhibitions and enjoy a safe night out. Thu, 4-8pm. High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Highway 97, Bend. Contact: 541-382-4754. Adults $10, children ages 3-12 $6, Members always free.

Call for Volunteers - Play with Parrots! Friendly people needed to help socialize birds to ready for adoption, make toys, clean cages and make some new feathered friends! Located past Cascade Lakes Distillery, call for hours and location. Contact: 916-956-2153.

Gun & Knife Show Show Hours: Sat: 9am - 5pm Sun: 9am - 3pm Admission: General: $8. Military/Veterans: $6. Children 12 & under: Free with Adult. Dec. 11, 9am-5pm and Dec. 12, 9am3pm. Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond, Redmond. Contact: 503-363-9564. $8.

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High Desert Corvette Club Our purpose is to plan and conduct safe social activities and events that promote enjoyment of Corvettes. Second Tue, of every month, 6-7:30pm. Contact: 909-994-7500.

Humane Society Thrift Store - Volunteers Needed Humane Society Thrift Store

Non-specific grief support group Small Support Group (4-5 people) for those who need a safe space to share a grief difficult to share with one’s friend and family, long-term grief for a death, loss of relationship, loss from suicide, loss of health, loss of function, etc. Sun, 5-6pm. Free.

teer is an ordinary person who does extraordinary things for a child in foster care. RSVP is required. Tue, Noon-12:30pm and 5:30-6pm. Through Dec. 21. Contact:

– Volunteers Needed: Do you love animals and discovering “new” treasures? Humane Society Thrift Shop, 61220 S. Highway 97, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3761.

Seeking Energetic Board Members The

Peaceful Presence Project in Bend is proud to be a 501c(3) nonprofit organization. If this inspires you, follow this link and consider applying for our board:

Volunteer Opportunity Are you a Jack/Jill of all trades? Ongoing, 9am-6pm. Mustangs To The Rescue, 21670 McGilvray Road SE, Bend. Contact: 541-330-8943. Volunteer with Salvation Army The Salvation Army has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for almost every age. Ongoing. Contact: 541-389-8888. Volunteers needed! Volunteers needed!

Please call for upcoming dates / times. Sun, 1011am. Through Dec. 26. Equine Outreach Horse Rescue, 60335 Arnold Market Rd, Bend. Contact: 541-729-8803.

GROUPS & MEETUPS 11th Annual Craft-0 Holiday Bazaar! 11th Annual Craft-0 Holiday Bazaar!

Dec. 11, 9am-5pm and Dec. 12, 9am-5pm. Old Ironworks, 50 SE Scott St., Bend. Contact: (541) 241-2754. $5.

A Course in Miracles This is a course in mind training. Saturday 9:30am. Contact: 760-208-9097. Free.

Become a Better Public Speaker! Do you

struggle with public speaking? You’re not alone! Come visit Bend Toastmasters Club and learn how to overcome your public speaking fears. Wed, Noon-1pm. Contact: 503-501-6031. Free.

Bend Chess and Go Club A casual group meeting weekly on Wed nights to play Chess and Go! 6-8pm. The Grove, 921 NW Mt. Washington Drive, Bend. Free. Bend Parkinson’s Support Group Monthly Meeting Parkinson’s Support Group

Meetings third Wed, of every month at the Best Western Premier Bend. 2-3:30pm. Best Western Premier, 1082 SW Yates Drive, Bend. Contact: 541668-6599. Free.

Board Games hosted by The Base A new

space in the Old Bend neighborhood for neurodivergent humans and allies to access community through the shared goal for connection and wellness. RSVP Required. Fri, 4pm. The Base at Franklin, 5 NW Franklin Avenue, Bend. Contact: 541-610-8826.

Game Night Let’s Play Left Center Right Let’s play Left Center Right! Bring friends and make new friends. Wed, 5-7pm. Zero Latency Bend, 1900 NE 3rd St. 104, Bend. Contact: 541617-0688.

Getting Intimate - An Interactive Workshop Series This month’s theme is “Gender

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Performance in Relationships”: How do we learn and perform gender? Dec. 14, 6:30-8:30pm. Open Space Event Studios, 220 NE Lafayette Ave, Bend. Contact: $10.


Alternative Break Challenge Join Camp

Fire over Spring Break 2022 for a week-long service trip that will bring us all over Oregon to work with organizations around the state! Open to 9th-12th graders with planning meetings starting in Sept. and travel happening March 21-25, 2022. Mondays, 5-6:30pm. Through March 14. BendTECH, 1001 SW Emkay Dr, Bend. Contact: 541-382-4682. Sliding scale pricing $135-$540.

Amelia’s World Puppet Show Join Amelia

Airheart Monkey & Miss Hannah for a fun & uplifting interactive zoom puppet show! Fri, 4-4:15pm. Contact: Free.

Baby Ninja Classes Cuties (10 months - 24 months) plus adult will bond and have a blast during these unique yoga and ninja warrior classes! Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. info@ Registration $105 per child. Birthday Parties $285 reservation fee for Kids Birthday Parties this includes: 12 free Kids Open Play passes (you may invite up to 18 kids, if more than 12 kids come, then it’s $10 per child) and 2 hour access to the gym during Kids Open Play and private party room Saturdays-Sundays, 12:302:30pm. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541241-3919. $285.

Brunch With Santa at Tetherow

Santa will make his jolly appearance from 10amnoon. Be sure to grab your family photo with him! Menu coming soon! Reservations are required via email. Dec. 12, 9am-Noon. Tetherow Resort Event Pavilion, 61240 Skyline Ranch Rd., Bend. Contact: 844-431-9701. $39/Adults; $25/Youth 5-11; Free under 4.

FootZone & Chunk Holiday Lights Fun Run & Walk Run/Walk through the local neigh-

borhood to check out the holiday lights, return to FootZone for Chunk cookies, hot cocoa, private shopping experience, and of course prizes! Dec. 15, 5-7pm. FootZone, 842 NW Wall St., Bend. Contact: 541-317-3568. Free.

Homeschool Day: Animal Adapations What

makes a successful predator? Pre-registration required. Dec. 8, 10am-Noon. Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory, 57245 River Rd., Sunriver. Contact: 541-593-4442. $10-$15.

Kids Ninja Warrior Classes Unique to

Bend, your kids (age 6 - 10) will gain amazing Ninja Warrior abilities through our obstacle course training, rock climbing and fitness conditioning classes. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. Registration $125.

Kids Open Play Our Kids Ninja Warrior gym

is a wonderful space for kids to stay active and have fun! Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541241-3919. Kids Open Play


The NWX Holiday Tour of Lights happens thru Dec. 24.

1-Pass $15 Kids Open Play 10-Pass $130.

Manage those E(motions), Group for Teens Engaging and insightful group for teens

where you will learn to name those big feelings you experience and learn skills to make your life calmer and more enjoyable. Catalyst Counseling, 2445 NE Division St, Suite 204, Bend. Contact: 541-8482804. $50/session.

Mini-Ninja Classes Kids (ages 2 - 3) plus adult will have a blast during these upbeat movement classes! Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. Registration $105 per child. Mini-Yoga Classes Moms / Dads / Grandpar-

ents and kids (ages 2 - 5) will have a blast during these fun, upbeat yoga classes! Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. Registration $105 per child.

Nano-Ninja Classes Kids (age 4 - 5) will love

making new Ninja Warrior buddies as they develop fundamental coordination skills through obstacle-based gymnastics and climbing challenges in this action-packed class. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. Registration $120.

Ninja Elite Classes Kids (age 8 - 14) increase your athletic performance through the exciting sport of Ninja Warrior! Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541241-3919. Registration $125. Ninja Night Drop off your kids (age 6 - 12) for 3

hours of fun in our super-rad indoor Ninja Warrior play space. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. Registration $25 per child.

NWX Holiday Tour of Lights NWX business-

es and residents have teamed up for the second Annual Tour of Lights to decorate the neighborhood with dazzling holiday decorations for the whole family to enjoy! Mon-Sun, 5:30-11:59pm. Through Dec. 24. NorthWest Crossing, North West Crossing, Bend. Contact: Free.

Private Birthday Parties $335 reservation fee

for Private Birthday Parties this includes: 12 free Kids Open Play passes (you may invite up to 25 kids, if more than 12 kids come, then it’s $10 per child) and two-hour private access to the gym and private party room (it’s all yours!) Saturdays-Sundays, 3-5pm. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. info@ $335 Two Hour Private Access to Entire Facility. Free Open Play Passes.

Teen Service Club Join Camp Fire’s teen community service club for 9th-12th graders. Thu, 5:30-7:30pm. Through Dec. 16. BendTECH, 1001 SW Emkay Dr, Bend. Contact: 541-382-4682. info@ Sliding scale pricing $80-$325.

Toddler Open Play Our Kids Ninja Warrior gym is a wonderful space for kids to stay active and have fun! Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541241-3919. Toddler Open Play 1-Pass $12 Toddler Open Play 10-Pass $105. Twinkle Toes Tap Learn the basics of Tap! This beginner class for ages 5-7 will be tapping their toes and learning the basic steps of tap. Academie de Ballet Classique, 162 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-382-4055. $61. Winter Wonders Join the Children’s Forest of

Central Oregon and discover your forest for a free family program full of winter crafts and outdoor activities! Dec. 11, 10am-1pm. Skyliners Lodge, 16125 Skyliners Rd., Bend. Contact: 541-383-5592. Free.

Youth Cooking Class-Cookie Decorating It’s time to start getting ready to

make those cookies for Santa! Dec. 11, 5:30-9pm. Kindred Creative Kitchen, 2525 NE Twin Knolls Drive, Bend. Contact: 541-640-0350. $50.


Adult Class: Sugar and Caramel Adults,

please join me in this hands-on class where we will make a variety of sugar and caramel-based items. Dec. 10, 5:30-9pm. Kindred Creative Kitchen, 2525 NE Twin Knolls Drive, Bend. Contact: 541640-0350. $85.

Elixir Wine Group Pop-Up Restaurant

Join us for an elevated dining experience. Featuring Chef Josh Podwils creating French inspired food using the best ingredients sourced from Central Oregon. Fri-Sat, 6-9pm. Elixir Wine Group, 11 NW Lava Rd, Bend. Contact: 541-388-5330. $12-$40.

Kara’s Kitchenware - Cooking Classes

See full event list: Wed-Sun. Through Dec. 31. Kara Hansen, 375 SW Powerhouse Dr #120, Bend. Contact: 541-617-0312.

Know Celebrate - Merry Berry Celebration: Cooking with Berries throughout the Holiday Season Join a festive celebration of all things merry and learn the most flavorful ways to incorporate fresh, frozen, freeze-dried and dried berries throughout your holiday menu. Dec. 15, 6-7pm. Contact: 541-312-1029. laurelw@ Free.

Lake Creek Lodge Holiday Open House Join us for a festive day of food, fire and friends. Dec. 10, 4-8pm and Dec. 11, 10am-4pm. Lake Creek Lodge, 13375 SW Forest Service Rd 1419, Camp Sherman. Contact: 541-588-2150. Free.


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snow falling! Dec. 11, 3-9pm. Boss Rambler Beer Club, 1009 NW Galveston Ave., Bend. Free.

Cross Cut Warming Hut: Locals’ Day!

Tuesday is Locals’ Day. Every Tuesday enjoy $1 off regular size draft beverages. Come by the Warming Hut and hang out by the fire. Crosscut Warming Hut No 5, 566 SW Mill View Way, Bend. West every Thursday through the end of the year. Thur, 11:30am-11pm. Through Dec. 31. 10 Barrel Brewing Co., 1135 NW Galveston Ave., Bend. Free.

Growler Discount Night! Enjoy $2 off growler fills every Wednesday at Bevel! Bevel Craft Brewing, 911 SE Armour Rd. Suite B, Bend. Contact: 831-245-1922. Free. Locals’ Night Come on down and join the local family all day every Monday! Silver Moon Brewing, 24 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. Locals’ Day Come on down to Bevel Craft Brewing for $4 beers and cider and $1 off wine all day. Every Tuesday. Bevel Craft Brewing, 911 SE Armour Rd. Suite B, Bend. Contact: holla@ Free. Ugly Sweater Competition Get $1 off a

pint of cider when you wear your ugly Christmas sweater to the Bend Cider Co. taproom. Fridays, 3-8pm. Through Dec. 31. Bend Cider Co., 64649 Wharton Ave., Bend.

Wine Wednesdays Happy Hour all day on Wine

Wednesday. Come in for discounts on glasses, beers and apps! Wednesdays, Noon-9pm. Flights Wine Bar, 1444 NW College Way Suite 1, Bend. Contact: 541-728-0753.


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! Mon, 5pm. Avid Cider Co. Taproom, 550 SW Industrial Way, Bend. Contact: Free.

Cork Saturday Morning Coffee Run Meet

at Thump Coffee on York Drive at 9am for our Saturday Coffee Run. 9-10am. Through Jan. 29.

Cork Thursday Night Run A fun run for a

Thursday evening. Meet at Spoken Moto at 6pm for a 3-5 mile run through the paved trails in the Old Mill. S Thursdays, 6pm. Through Jan. 27.

Dodgeball (Adult Co-Ed League) Join the premier co-ed social adult dodgeball league committed to making sure players have fun, get a workout, and make new friends. Tue, 7:30-9:30pm. Through Dec. 15. Mazama Gym, COCC Bend Campus, 2600 NW College Way, Bend. Contact: hi@ $7. Planet Fitness Home Work-Ins Planet Fitness is offering free daily workouts via livestream! Visit the Planet Fitness Facebook page for more details. Ongoing, 4-5pm. Free.

Redmond Running Group Run All levels

welcome. Find the Redmond Oregon Running Klub on Facebook for weekly run details. Thur, 6:15pm. City of Redmond, Redmond, Or., Redmond. Contact:


Family Bicycle Christmas Parade Grab your family, your bikes and come ride around town with us while celebrating Christmas. Dec. 11, 5:30-9pm. Trinity Bikes, 865 SW 17th St., Redmond. Free.

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

body position, then work on skills throughout the afternoon. Sat, 1:30-3:30pm. Seventh Mountain Resort, 18575 SW Century Dr., Bend. Contact: 541728-7878. $75.

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

dates). Jumping (even dates). Sat, 11am-1pm. Seventh Mountain Resort, 18575 SW Century Dr., Bend. Contact: 541-728-7878. $75.

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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! Fri, 4-6pm. Phil’s Trailhead, Skyliner Rd, Bend. Contact: 541-728-7878. $75.


Grit Clinics: Skills & Ride Join us for three

hours of skill-building fun while you take your riding to the next level! Sundays, 10am-1pm. Seventh Mountain Resort, 18575 SW Century Dr., Bend. Contact: 541-728-7878. $99.

Grit Clinics: Women’s Foundational Mountain Bike Skills 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. Wed, 5:30-7:30pm. Seventh Mountain Resort, 18575 SW Century Dr., Bend. Contact: 541-7287878. $75.

HEALTH & WELLNESS “Spill the Tea”, a mentored empowerment group for middle school and high school girls Tue, 4-5pm and Wed,

4-5pm. Through Dec. 15. Catalyst Counseling & Counsulting, 2445 NE Division St., Bend. Contact: 541-229-2099. $120 for 6 weeks of group.

Seven Gates to Healing Seven Gates is a

deep dive into your internal landscape by exploring different gates of healing (grief, shadow aspects, and trauma). Nov. 1 to Jan. 17, 7-9pm email: to register. Mondays, 7-9pm. Through Jan. 17. Location TBA, Location TBA, Location TBA.

Back Massage for Couples Class Looking for a unique, experiential gift? Learn to connect with, relax and heal your favorite person through the art of massage this holiday season. Sun, Dec. 12, Mon, Dec. 27, Tue, Dec. 28, Wed, Dec. 29, Thu, Dec. 30 and Sun, Jan. 2. Taproot Body work, Cline Falls Rd., Bend. Contact: 503-481-0595. Bend Pilates Bend Pilates is now offering a full schedule of classes through Zoom! For more information visit Ongoing, Noon-1pm. $20.

Candlelight Yoga + Candle Making Event

Join us for a special evening of yoga movements, breath work, mindful intention setting and candle making with scented oils! Dec. 10, 7:30-9:30pm. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-2413919. Pre-Registration Required: $35 (includes materials for candle making).

Capoeira: A Perfect Adventure The Bra-

zilian 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. Tue-Thu, 7:10pm. High Desert Martial Arts, 2535 NE Studio Rd., Bend. Contact: 541-678-3460. $30 intro month.

Coaching Group Build your dream life while

connecting to a supportive, motivating community. Mon, 6-7:30pm. Contact: 914-980-2644. $15-$25.

Diabetes Prevention Workshop Join us as we

get active, lose weight and feel great together! Tue, 9-11am. Through July 12. Contact: 541-876-1848. Free.

Drop In Monday Meditation - open to all

Come join us in the beautiful gardens for meditation and healing! Mon, 6:30-7:30pm. Blissful Heart Wellness Center, 45 NW Greeley Ave, Bend. Contact: 510-220-2441.

In-Person Yoga at Loft Wellness & Day Spa In-person yoga classes at Bend’s newest

yoga studio! Schedule online or give us a call to reserve your spot! Tue-Thu, 5-6pm. Loft Wellness & Day Spa, 339 SW Century Drive Ste 203, Bend. Contact: 541-690-5100. $20.

Introduction to In-Class Hands-On Assisting Series Are you a yoga teacher

Learn how to give your favorite person an excellent back massage at a Taproot Body Works class.

who’s a little rusty around hands-on assists cause we haven’t been touching other people for the last year and a half? Namaspa Yoga Studio, 1135 NW Galveston Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-550-8550. Fourpart series: $140/$120 if paid by Nov 1. $45 for one session.

Kids Yoga Training: Warriors of Loving Kindness This training will not only give

you tangible techniques to empower self-acceptance, emotional regulation, and mindfulness — but will support your own self-care, so you can cultivate these aspects in your life and work. Fri, Dec. 3, 5:30am-8:30pm, Sat, Dec. 4, 1-5pm, Sat, Dec. 11, 1-5pm and Sat, Dec. 18, 1-5pm. Contact: 541-550-8550. namaspayoga@ $450 / $400.

Kirtan, Dance, and Sacred Song Join

us Thursday at Tula Movement Arts and Yoga for an evening of Kirtan Dance and Sacred Song with the Bendavan Bhakti Band, around the back outside on the grass. 6-8pm. Tula Movement Arts, 2797 NW Clearwater Drive, Suite 100, Bend. Suggested donation $10-$20.

Know Celebrate - Mindfulness & Meditation: De-stress for the Holidays

Learn about meditation and mindfulness and how these practices can support you during the holiday season with Liz Skarvalis of Love Bird Yoga. Registration required, space is limited. Dec. 8, 6-7pm. Redmond Library, 827 Southwest Deschutes Avenue, Redmond. Contact: 541-312-1029. laurelw@ Free.

Know Celebrate: Snowshoeing with Wanderlust Tours Enjoy a guided snowshoe

hike along the eastern Cascades led by Wanderlust Tours. Dec. 12, 1:15-5:30pm. Downtown Bend Public Library, 601 NW Wall St., Bend. Contact: 541-3121063. Free.

Learn To Love Your Back Bends Join

Brandy Berlin and explore the whole world of back bends in both a Power Flow and Yin context. Dec. 11, 3:45-5:30pm. Namaspa Yoga Studio, 1135 NW Galveston Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-550-8550. $25 | $20.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions The

Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson County health departments are offering six week, online classes to support people living with chronic health conditions. Tue, 2:30-4:30pm. Through Dec. 21. Contact: 541-322-7446. Free.

Love Thy Camp Yoga Studio Classes in Tumalo Love Thy Camp has opened a

small(4 yogis max) yoga studio in Tumalo! MonFri, 9:30-10:30 and 11:30am-12:30pm. Love Thy Camp, 20039 Beaver Lane, Bend. Contact: 541948-5035. $20 Drop-in.

Overeaters Anonymous (OA) Meeting

Zoom meeting Password: 301247 For more information: For assistance, call Terri at 541-390-1097. Sun, 3-4pm.

Sound Yoga & Gong Bath Meditation Eastside This experiential yoga class explores

vibration through movement, music and meditation. Every Wednesday through Dec. 22. Hanai Foundation, 62430 Eagle Road, Bend. Contact: 808-783-0374. $15-$20.

Sound Yoga & Gong Bath Meditation Westside This experiential yoga class ex-

plores vibration through movement, music and meditation. Tue, Nov. 16, 6-7:30pm, Tue, Nov. 30, 6-7:30pm, Tue, Dec. 7, 6-7:30pm, Tue, Dec. 14, 6-7:30pm and Tue, Dec. 21, 6-7:30pm. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon, 61980 Skyline Ranch Road, Bend. Contact: 808-7830374. $15-$20.

Tai Chi class I teach the original form as it

was taught in the monastery: unchanged—Taoist Tai Chi Chuan 108 movements. Tue-Thur, 9:45-10:45am. Central Oregon Tai Chi, 1601 NW Newport Ave, Bend. Contact: 541-797-9620. $70.

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

appropriate for anyone who wants a slower Tai Chi class or those dealing with chronic health conditions. Mon-Wed, 9-10am. Oregon Tai Chi, 1350 SE Reed Mkt Rd Ste 102, Bend. Contact: 541-389-5015. $55-$65.

The Happiness Course What do happy people

really look like? This interactive skills and processing group focuses on using our individual strengths, rewiring our brains for positivity and practices for elevating our mood while also connecting with others. Thu, @ 4pm. The Base at Franklin. RSVP req. Bend. Contact: 541-610-8826. hello@baseatfranklin. com. Insurance or sliding scale.

The Vance Stance / Structural Reprogramming Can you no Longer “Power

Through” Pain from Accidents - Injuries Historic bad posture? Mon-Thu, Noon-2pm and Mon-Wed, 6-8pm. Through Feb. 10. EastSide Home Studio, 21173 Sunburst Ct., Bend. Contact: 541-330-9070. 12 Classes-$180.

Yin Yoga Fundamentals: Introduction to Practicing and Leading Want to spend a whole

day in your pajamas soaking up a bunch of yin? For those of you who haven’t heard, yin is a slow stretchy practice that gets into our connective tissues, helps heal injuries, improves mobility and more. Dec. 12, 9am-5pm. Namaspa Yoga Studio, 1135 NW Galveston Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-550-8550. namaspayoga@ $175 | $150

Yoga 101 | A Five-Part Class Series

Learn the basic poses and transitions that make having a regular yoga practice powerful, easeful and fun! Wed, Dec. 8, 5:30-6:30pm and Wed, Dec. 15, 5:30-6:30pm. Contact: 541-5508550. $50 for series or $15 drop-in.


Drink it Forward for VIM Meet us at 10 Barrel



Things Learned Along the Way



Local artist launches a book of illustrations and words of wisdom By Nicole Vulcan



Georgia O’Keeffe used to paint, and, you know, inspiration goes in waves. I don’t always have it. And then I went to the Santa Fe Indian market, this was the 99th year, but should have been the hundredth year. They had to cancel in 2020, but it’s the oldest fine arts market of just indigenous artists from North America, and it was incredible—300 indigenous artists from all over. It was really a lot of culture and three days and the thing I kind of took from it, which is this, the thing I think is always hard to remember, is that I don’t have to make big things. Sometimes you can stop making art because you’re like, the idea is too big or like, you feel like you can’t get there. You just can’t see through it. And so, I thought, well, what if I just made a little thing; it doesn’t have to be a big thing. SW: The book includes things you learned along the way. How did the current pandemic and its isolation contribute to what you’ve learned? T: I think the interesting thing about the pandemic for me was, it’s really similar to my everyday life because I tend to not be isolated, but I tend, you know, all artists, we kind of work in solitude a little bit. So I’m so used to being in solitude. The weird thing about the pandemic was it was really uninspiring for me. I found it really difficult to do work during the pandemic. I see people churning out content and I just, like, I didn’t get it. It was just too, there was just too much muck for me to sift through that. It takes a while to process and process and process, and then put things down emotionally.







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Teafly's coloring book and the "Brain Clouds" book.

SW: How would you describe your artistic style? T: I always say I’m very influenced by the natural world and by pop culture. So those two things, you know, and especially pop art—I hope you can see the pop art. But when I say the natural world, you can also see the natural world in my work. I grew up going to New York and Boston. So I just was like so in love with street art and, you know, I’m not a great visual artist, but I’m a visual artist who has a specific style in a voice. It’s very recognizable and I just kind of embrace that. It’s weird, because people think of me as a writer, someone described me in something the other day as a writer, you know, and then I’ve had people introduce me as a photographer.



ocal artist Teafly—who’s contributed both cover art and “Artwatch” columns to this newspaper countless times over the years—recently launched a Kickstarter for her first book of illustrations and personal wisdom, titled “Brain Clouds: Things I Learned Along the Way.” Teafly’s artistic style is youthful and fun, but the book, she says, was not exactly designed for kids. Rather, it’s an exploration of her own journey and what she’s gained from life experience. I chatted with Teafly about the book, which debuts during a book launch party Dec. 17. In addition to the book, a companion coloring book is also available for purchase. Source Weekly: What is your book about? Teafly: It’s a compilation of things I’ve learned, so it doesn’t have a story. Every page is its own idea; all this work from what I had written over the last few years. Literally, when I was coming home in the airport, I was going through my old writing on my phone and just started pulling things out and then I Illustrated them. They were all things that were like, we’re gonna call “life advice,” because it’s not life advice—it’s more of like, this is kind of something that’s true about life, that I think is true about life. Every page is its own thing. Some pages are just one sentence. Some pages are a little longer. SW: What inspired you to write it? T: I was traveling and I had gone to Meow Wolf [immersive art installation] in Santa Fe. And then the next day I went out to the Ghost Ranch where

I’m also a performer, right? I also sculpt. So, it’s hard to say what my art is. I think it’s not easy. I said the other day to Bill [a friend] I said, well, I guess I’m not a traditional artist, like as a joke, and he said, ‘You’re actually a very traditional artist, because you don’t allow medium to hold you back. You don’t do just one thing,’ and he was right. Like a lot of artists used to do—like Michelangelo, you know, he painted ceilings and also sculpted, built things. I definitely… I don’t fit intoo Bend, as an artist, and I never really have.  “Brain Clouds” book launch party Fri., Dec 17. 5-8pm The Workhouse 50 SE Scott St., Bend See Teafly’s work at


New Name, New Summer Lineup

Hayden Homes announces start of summer concert season By Trevor Bradford


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Tenacious D drives its muscle rock to the HHA stage on June 22.


reviously known as the Les Schwab Amphitheater, the biggest music venue in Bend has changed its name and is beefing up its summer playlist for 2022. The newly titled Hayden Homes Amphitheater still plans on exposing Oregonians to great bands and music, and the schedule for the upcoming summer shows speaks for itself. Here’s a look at what’s on the docket so far at the amphitheater. HHA plans on starting spring 2022 off right at Bend BrewFest from May 13-14, featuring dozens of breweries from all around the state and region. As of right now, HHA’s concert schedule begins in June with HAIM and special guest SASAMI rocking the stage on June 14. Topnotch artist Tenacious D (aka Jack Black) along with Puddles Pity Party play June 22, and on June 25 “Weird Al” Yankovic and Emo Phillips take the stage for more humor mixed with music. July’s schedule is as equally stacked with the Goo Goo Dolls and Blue October performing on July 16, and Dispatch and O.A.R. with special guest the Robert Randolph Band hitting the stage July 22.

The tail end months of summer will be just as stellar as June and July in terms of a wild concert schedule for HHA. A night filled with reggae via Rebelution with Steel Pulse, DENM and DJ Markle is set to blaze the stage Aug. 11, followed by Jack Johnson and some very special guests, including Ron Artis II, his brother Thunderstorm and The Truth on Sept. 25. So far the 2022 season is packed full of great headliners, with more sure to be announced later down the road. Matthew Lasala

Rebelution will rock the house on Aug. 11.


By Ellen Waterston

The Race to Finish Last


of activities at Bend Park and Recreation District. As a devotee of Alli Jorgensen’s “Total Strength and Core” class, I am proud to be a twice-weekly “Alli Cat.” “Move it or lose it!” she declares. And that includes artificial body parts for me and for many, the result of accidents or unregulated athletic zeal in the past. We’re now less nimble, less quick, pack more ounce, less bounce. Falling is enemy number one. Balance is paramount and not just for geezer jocks. In the broadest sense, that balance is achieved by not only stretching the muscles but also the mind. Sanjay Gupta, in his book “Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age” belabors the oft-repeated litany of the top 10 new everythings to try, to learn. In case you hadn’t noticed, recipes for health and happiness, especially for oldsters, are ubiquitous. Puzzles! Study a new language! And don’t forget, a proper diet! “Eat Sanjay-style,” Gupta says, “breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a peasant,” adding that what and how much we put into our bodies affects brain function as much as physical exercise. Go long on blueberries, salmon, leafy greens and almonds. Ditch the sugar. Why all the fuss? The purpose at this point isn’t to hold it together just to avoid getting dumb and friendly, rather to take seriously the race training required as members of Team Human, each of us an essential player in a healthy, age-diverse community. If possible, this is one race you don’t want to finish first. The unavoidable declension from athlete to athletic to active. Next up? I can see “fit” on the horizon and “still kicking” looming not too far beyond. What then? Journalist Anthony Lane, reflecting on the Tokyo Olympics, opined that, “The future was restored by the sight of Athing Mu, aged nineteen, who was born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, whose parents emigrated from Sudan, and whose long, commanding stride brought her a gold medal and a new U.S. record in the eight hundred meters. Afterward, she tweeted her reaction: ‘Lol, I think it’s funny that we literally run so fast and just stop once we get to the line.’ Why stop then?”’ Indeed, maybe the end is just the beginning.  —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.

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y husband and I originally moved to Oregon to ranch, first north of Brothers and later along the Crooked River. One of the many things I treasured all those years was that staying fit wasn’t a separate activity scheduled into the workday or weekends, rather was part and parcel of every day—irrigating and calving in the spring; moving cattle on horseback and putting up hay each summer; gathering off the high country in the fall; winters, feeding livestock. I’d put the pickup in low gear, jump out of the cab and climb on to the bed while the truck lurched driverless across the frozen meadow. Shaggy with winter coats, nose hairs lined with frost, horses and pregnant mother cows trotted along behind, vying for the hay I’d pitch to them. And too, maintaining a household, feeding ranch hands and caring for my three toddlers who came along for every ride. When I moved to “town,” staying fit and making a living became separate activities. While my children shredded the slopes of Mt. Bachelor, I took up Nordic skiing, learned the language of fartleks, mousaieffs, heartrate monitors, interval and strength workouts. Training for ski races helped me maintain the level of fitness I’d achieved ranching. Instead of chasing cattle down the alley, I’d line up on starting lines, go hellbent and then wait for results calculated to the second. Sometime in my mid-60s it occurred to me I was still athletic but no longer an athlete. I did all the same activities but less often competitively and discovered I didn’t miss the pressure. My focus shifted from competing to, well, exercising. And now? I don’t know where I read that every adult should aim for 300 minutes of exertion each week, but I bought into it. There are many days I have to force myself out the door to reach that weekly five-hour mark. But repeating Matthew McConaughey’s challenge to “Break a sweat every single day!” gets me going. Actually, anything McConaughey gets me going but that’s a separate conversation! It turns out physical fitness is a daily chore, whether working cattle or working out in a gym. A power-walk, bike ride, run, round of pickle ball, yoga, dance class…you name it! 18,000 seconds and counting! (Friends visiting joked that they couldn’t live in Bend. They couldn’t pass the physical.) If compromised, your physical therapist, trainer or home-health assistant can be a resource to keep you moving. Check out the options where you live or, in Bend, the amazing array






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A basket of local food items makes a great gift.

made from cascara and their cold brewed coffees as well as The Ale Apothecary with their gorgeous bottles of barrel-aged beers made with wild airborne yeasts. Humm Kombucha has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 2008 delivering its glass jars of kombucha door-to-door. Today Humm's original probiotic kombuchas come in many flavors and there are even zero sugar and Whole30 approved versions. Beyond the bevy of beverage makers in the area are the many makers of foods. Broadus Bees not only educates the public about the role bees play in producing the food we eat; they also provide mentoring and maintenance for local beekeepers and make several varieties of honey. Justy Haney’s jellies are handmade in small batches and have been around since 1996 when she launched Justy’s Jelly in Redmond. Her famous Pineapple Jalapeno jelly is just one of a dozen or so flavors available. And what could go better with jelly and honey than a delicious, decadent nut butter from Jem Organics! Jem’s sprouted, stoneground butters are USDA certified organic, paleo, vegan, and dairy free. Flavors include Cashew Cardamon Almond Butter, Cinnamon Maca Almond Butter, and Chocolate Hazelnut Butter, among others. If you have a hot sauce lover in your circle, locally made fRED Sauce is 100% organic and comes in red and green. The Dry Canyon Salt Company in Redmond creates small-batch, handcrafted, gourmet wine salts in three flavors – Red, White and Rosé. Wine salt is simply salt infused with wine; it’s used for seasoning, as a dry rub on meats and fish, as a finishing salt, and on pastas and salads. Another excellent local source for salts, spices and other seasonings, extracts and sauces is Savory Spice Shop in the Old Mill District. Their spices are ground fresh in small, weekly batches and they offer more than 140 original recipe seasonings. Celia’s Gourmet Foods in Sisters features grandmother “Mama Celia’s” original centuries old recipes for gourmet balsamic vinegars and olive oil products. For that active on-the-go person in your life, Izzy’s Amazing Granola could be a perfect stocking stuffer. Busy Izzy Foods is based in Prineville and their flagship nutritionally dense Amazing


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granola with organic oats, pecans and pumpkin seeds will last up to six months in their resealable bags. They also offer a keto-friendly/lectin-free granola with pecans and hemp. Healthy nuts and nut blends are another great gift or stocking idea. Gather Nuts soaks each batch of their nuts before slow roasting them at a low temperature. Options include roasted cashews, almonds, and Brazil nuts in a variety of flavors including Turmeric Curry Cashews and Maple Cardamom Almonds, and there are also sampler and boxes perfect for gift giving. If hazelnuts are your jam, then try “Mom’s Nuts!” featuring organic roasted hazelnuts and hazelnut butter. For the meat lover on your list, how about a package of beef pepperoni sticks, jerky or pork strips from Pioneer Ranch in Tumalo. And finally, how about a little something sweet. We mentioned Seahorse Chocolate already, but they’re worth mentioning again in further detail as a single-origin chocolate roastery in Bend. They say their secret is drum roasting small batches of cocoa beans to bring out each varietal's unique flavor. If truffles are what you have in mind, Lidia’s Chocolates are produced from the finest cacao grown in remote areas of Venezuela and handmade locally by Lidia Vazquez.

The good news: Spork, the beloved Newport Avenue eatery in Bend, is remodeling in order to expand its kitchen, dining room, patio and takeout spaces. The better news: After closing for a month to get the remodel underway, Spork has temporarily moved across the street. Throughout its remodel, Spork will be located in the space formerly occupied by Kebaba, which closed its doors earlier this year in response to staffing shortages. Spork is now open in the location at 1004 NW Newport Ave. Wednesday through Saturday. Its hours vary, so check Spork’s social media pages or its website at for current hours.

Double Up Food Bucks at Locavore

An incentive program shoppers have seen at outdoor farmers markets is now available at Central Oregon Locavore. The nonprofit indoor farmers market announced this week that it now accepts Double Up Food Bucks, a program available for those in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, usually known as SNAP. Shoppers with SNAP earn a $1 to $1 match on fruits and vegetables they buy—so if they spend $1, they’ll earn a $1 credit toward more fruits and vegetables on their next visit. Find out more from the team at Locavore or by visiting



rom hot sauce to gourmet chocolates, Central Oregon has an abundance of food artisans and makers. Gift the foodie on your list with a lovely assortment of locally handcrafted food and drink in a gift basket, or give a single luxury food item, such as a box of buttery toffee from Holm Made Toffee Co., or a delightful bottle of one of the handcrafted Meadowland simple syrups, with beautifully illustrated labels by artist Katie Daisy. With local breweries numbering nearly three dozen these days, suffice it to say you could put together a full basket of brews for the beer lover on your list featuring a variety of local beer. Get a list of Central Oregon microbreweries online at Boneyard Beer even brews up what they call a wellness beverage which is sparkling water with CBD. Beer isn’t the only beverage brewing in Central Oregon these days, and any coffee aficionado would most likely enjoy a bag of beans from a local roaster or even a sampler of beans from several. Strictly Organic is known for its certified organic and fair trade coffees and Sisters Coffee Co. is featuring a Central Oregon Makers Holiday gift box with their Holiday Cheer Blend, Metolius Artisan Tea and Seahorse Chocolate. Other beverage makers to note are Riff, with their plant-powered energy drink

FILM SHORTS By Jared Rasic  Your friendly local film reviewer’s takes on what’s out there in the world of movies. West Side Story Courtesy 20th Century Studios



THE ALPINIST: A fascinating and challenging documentary about a solo climber and his ascents in some incredibly remote alpine faces. Prepare to be pinned to your seat. Tin Pan Theater BELFAST: From writer/director Kenneth Branagh comes this black and white coming-of-age story set amid the violence and social change of 1960s Ireland. Featuring Judi Dench and Jamie Dornan, this could be after all the Oscars next year. Odem Theater Pub


have been many documentaries about Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys in general, but this is the first one I can think of that made me feel like I got to know him better by the end. Personal and powerful. Tin Pan Theater


“Paddington” movies were much better than anyone could have expected and maybe this will also exceed expectations, but the look in that animated dog’s eyes scares me. The uncanny valley is alive and well in “Clifford” even as he looks like he might want to swallow my soul. Regal Old Mill

C’MON, C’MON: “20th Century Women” is one of this millennium’s unsung classics and Mike Mills is one of its unsung brilliant filmmakers. Here he teams up with Joaquin Phoenix to tell a simple story of a man and his young nephew. Nothing flashy, just good, old-fashioned storytelling. Regal Old Mill, Sisters Movie House DUNE: I’m not sure I’ve ever been more excited

for a movie. It has finally arrived: Frank Herbert’s science fiction masterpiece is here and I am there for it. Fear is the mind killer. Regal Old Mill, Odem Theater Pub

ENCANTO: This new Disney flick looks absolutely

magical, literally, in this story about the only normal woman in a family filled with magic. Animation so rich and vibrant that I can’t wait to see this one. Regal Old Mill, Sisters Movie House, McMenamins

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an actual third “Ghostbusters” film instead of just another reboot or re-imagining. There’s room for depth to these movies but I guess I’d also just be happy watching Slimer tear it up too. Mini-review on pg 31Regal Old Mill, Odem Theater Pub

HOUSE OF GUCCI: Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited

to see Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino and more as the legendary Gucci family, but can we admit that this movie could either be a serious family crime drama or a goofy, operatic camp machine? It could go either way and I, for one, am there for it. Jared Leto is a crime to acting, though. Regal Old Mill, Sisters Movie House

JULIA: It’s about time we had a deep-dive docu-

mentary into the colorful and groundbreaking life of Julia Child. She was so far ahead of her time that this documentary will genuinely surprise you when you see how her mind was always five steps ahead of the curve. A lovely film. Mini-review on pg 31. Tin Pan Theater

KING RICHARD: We ready for Will Smith to get an Oscar? Good, cuz here it comes. This story about the father of Venus and Serena Williams is one hell of a tale and worth catching. Regal Old Mill, Odem Theater Pub NO TIME TO DIE: The long-awaited and long-delayed final film in Daniel Craig’s five-film Bond era. From the director behind the stellar first season of “True Detective” and with a 165-minute running time, expect this to tide you over until we get a new Bond, a new director and maybe a more progressive take on the character. Regal Old Mill RESIDENT EVIL-WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY:

A reboot of the Milla Jovovich franchise has been long overdue and it looks like director Johannes Roberts is taking his cues from the first two video games, making something much more frightening than what has come before. I’m ready for zombies to be scary again. Mini-review on pg 31.Regal Old Mill

VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE: This has such a delightfully strange trailer and I’m so excited to see Woody Harrelson play a serial killer again for the first time since “Natural Born Killers.” Dreams really do come true. Regal Old Mill WEST SIDE STORY: Steven Spielberg doing a big,

epic broadway musical sounds like heaven to this theater kid and the film itself looks like an absolutely gorgeous and faithful reproduction. Also, Rita Moreno is a national treasure and we must protect her at all costs. Regal Old Mill.

WOLF: A romance between kids in a mental hospital that both think they are animals. It looks surprisingly sweet and beautiful and hopefully lives up to its captivating trailer. Let’s keep the weird movies coming, please. Regal Old Mill


Six Reviews for the Price of One SCREEN A theatrical roundup By Jared Rasic

“The French Dispatch” I know that this is incredibly unprofessional for me to say, but… I don’t think it’s really possible to get into the nuts and bolts and thematic importance of a Wes Anderson movie unless I’ve seen it a few times and had awhile to sit with it. Anderson is accused of making films that are beautiful little dioramas to look at, but filled with more whimsy than actual emotion. In reality, his movies are packed with genuine feeling, but he uses the grand production design as a dichotomy between the order the characters want in their heads and the chaos they feel in their hearts. “The French Dispatch” is a miraculous work of art where every frame shows the character’s inner life through subtle and massive visual flourishes. Or maybe it’s self-indulgent and pretentious. Either way, Wes Anderson has me for life. “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City” Starts off genuinely fun and stylish, but quickly becomes tedious and

dreary. The original “Resident Evil” with Milla Jovovich wasn’t very faithful to the games, but at least it was bonkers enough to be entertaining. This takes itself so seriously (for a damn zombie movie) that it feels like when you play a horror game alone at night by yourself but instead of scaring you it just makes you feel like a lonely nerd with no friends. Maybe that’s just me. “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” I love Paul Rudd and Carrie Coon so much and really had high hopes for this, but the film feels like it was completely reshuffled by the studio during editing. There’s half of a really good movie here, but things pop up and happen that just don’t make a lot of sense, including a cameo from J.K. Simmons that feels like it mostly got left on the editing room floor. Nostalgia can’t be the only reason for a movie to exist and “Afterlife” doesn’t have a strong enough story to be anything other than a bunch of flashing lights and musical cues that remind us of a better movie. “Julia” Would you like to watch a movie filled with so much delicious-looking food that you slowly become hungry for delicate French cuisine? This documentary about the groundbreaking Julia Child will not only make you hungry, but also change how you view the TV chef and her constant and tireless fight to have people take food seriously. She was so much cooler than just her wacky voice.

Wes Anderson is accused of making films that are beautiful little dioramas to look at, but filled with more whimsy than actual emotion. In reality, his movies are packed with genuine feeling.

“The French Dispatch”

“I’m Your Man” A German romantic comedy/drama that’s also a deceptively philosophical science fiction film about a scientist given three weeks to spend with a humanoid robot designed to be her perfect partner. The film is a deeply felt look at what humanity wants from a relationship and what it even means to be a human being at the end of the day. “The Rescue” A gripping documentary about the Tham Luang cave rescue directed by the filmmaking team behind “Free Solo” that really gives a remarkable breakdown of the situation. If you’re claustrophobic I would definitely not watch this movie because there are moments that genuinely will take your breath away. Underwater caves are spoooooky.

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“Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City” Dir. Johannes Roberts Grade: D Regal Old Mill


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Dir. Julie Cohen and Betsy West Grade: B+ Tin Pan Theater


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want to talk about every single movie that comes out with you all, but there’s just not enough time or space to get into each one. Unless…I just go see everything I possibly can in a week and then jam them all together in one giant review like a weird cinematic chimera and just give little brief impressions about them. So, would you judge me if I said I saw six (six!) movies in the theater over the last week and I’mma drop some thoughts on you? You judge me anyway?? Perfect! Let’s do it!

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ou have all the gear. Your bike, ski and kayak racks are all full, all year round. Heck, maybe you finally sprang for the Sprinter that seems increasingly to be part of the Bend starter kit. Whether that description fits you, or you’re just looking for something outside-thebox to bring to your loved ones this holiday season, consider these gifts of experience for the outdoor lover on your list.

Snow Tours in the Cascades Never been on snowshoes? Want to spend a night outdoors—in the wintertime? For those adventurers ready to take on a new snow-filled experience, Wanderlust Tours has some awesome opportunities. Wanderlust offers Moonlight & Starlight snowshoe tours, along with snowshoe tours that end with a bonfire, and even a New Year’s Eve bonfire on the snow. For that next-level gift experience, consider getting your loved one a Snow Camping overnight, learning how to build a snow cave… that you then sleep in. Check out the tours at Winter Sleigh Ride For those who like to experience winter without having to exert themselves, the Winter Sleigh Rides at Sunriver Resort could be just the ticket. A team of Haflinger horses takes participants through the snowy meadows around Sunriver, with tours starting Dec. 11 and going through Jan. 2. Sleigh rides are available for Sunriver Resort guests or the general public—so make it a staycation or just come for the day. Book at sunriverresort. com/activities/winter-sleigh-ridesthings-to-do Also happening at the resort now through Jan. 2 is the Holiday Light Show at the Backyard Café & Bar. Winter Fat Biking Missing your time on two wheels when the flakes start to fly? Cog Wild has a cure for that. Among its many bike tours and shuttle experiences around Bend and Oakridge is its Winter Fat Bike Guided Ride. The three-hour tour includes the rental of a fat bike, snacks, drinks and an expert guide who knows where to ride in the snow. Try that experience, or book a family group ride for a fun gift of experience for the whole fam. Check out the tours at

Celebrate the upcoming winter solstice with a candlelit ski session

Getting a gift of experience—like a snowshoeing excursion—can be a way to foster family fun.

Trip with the Central Oregon Nordic Club Want to take your Nordic skiing away from the hometown trails? The Central Oregon Nordic Club is planning several trips to various Nordic-ski areas around the region. From Jan. 31 to Feb 4, club members are headed to the Inn at Mazama in Washington’s Methow Valley, followed by other trips to Montana and Crater Lake. See the club’s website at for more info on the trips. Snowcats, snowmobiles and more at Elk Lake Elk Lake is inaccessible by car in the wintertime, but it’s still chockfull of fun things to do. Consider renting a snowmobile from the resort to enjoy the wintry wonderland of the area—which comes with transport to Elk Lake on a snowcat. Or, just book the snowcat to get to the lake, then rent or bring your own snowshoes to experience the back country in winter. Check out the options at Winter pass/Northwest Forest pass For the gift that keeps on giving— that won’t break your pocketbook— get the one thing that every local recreationalist needs, nearly every time they go out: the right pass. Those looking to ski, snowshoe,

snowmobile or Nordic ski at Oregon sno-parks need the $4 day pass, the $9 four-day pass, or the $25 annual sno-park permit, available at and at resorts and gear stores. To bike or hike or do other activities that require parking at a national forest parking area (which includes most places along the Cascade Lakes Highway), visitors need a Northwest Forest Pass, which costs $30 per year and is available at gear shops or forest service offices. Or, buy the interagency pass for $80, which gets you access to all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and other public lands to parking and fee areas. Find information at Every Kid Outdoors for 4th graders Have a kid who wants to learn about the outdoors? How does free sound? The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Every Kid Outdoors program gives fourth-grade students free access to the nation’s national parks, lands and waters free of charge. Kids with an Every Kid Outdoors pass can even get a free tree-cutting permit. Print out the Every Kid Outdoors pass at

According to, human beings may have been observing the winter solstice as early as the Neolithic period, around 10,200 BC. Stone Age people would hold several types of rituals at sacred sites in celebration of the changing seasonal cycle. Even today, modern humans still practice spiritual or celebratory rituals for the shortest day of the year. Pianist and composer Paula Dreyer’s new Bend Creative Music Project highlights the solstice in a creative way that outdoor enthusiasts of Central Oregon can appreciate. The BCMP is the brainchild of Paula Dreyer and is “a new concert series that inspires and connects people through unique, live music experiences,” its press release states. The first event featured in the project is a candlelit ski or snowshoe trek that’s accompanied by live piano music courtesy of Dreyer via wireless headphones. “Many people in Bend love outdoor adventure and live music, so why not combine the two?” said Dreyer. “I think this entrancing set of piano music from my album, "Central Star," combined with the rhythmic flow of cross-country skiing will complement the peaceful and mysterious mood of the solstice,” Dreyer added. The event is set for Dec. 18, 5pm at the Virginia Meissner Sno-Park. The battery-powered candles follow a 1/3-mile trail that loops around the Sno-Park and keeps participants wireless headphones in range of the wonderful sounds of Dreyer’s Piano Flow Live set. Future Music Project ideas Dreyer has in the works include canoeing, hiking and meditation sessions that follow the same concept as the ski endeavor. For thousands of years people have been celebrating the arrival of the winter solstice. This year though, instead of gathering at a sacred site, Paula Dreyer set her mind to the mountains and her playlist to live piano music for this memorable occasion. Space for the event is limited to 75 wireless headphones, and donations will be accepted as an entrance fee. Also, guests must provide their own ski and snowshoe equipment for the trek... all depending on whether there’s snow, of course. Solstice Ski – Live Piano Music and Skiing Dec. 18, 5-6pm Virginia Meissner Sno-Park NF-4615, Bend Donations


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By Josh Jardine


Two farms and a vaporizer to gift to others (or yourself)


re cannabis legalization, the concept of “too many choices” was a foreign one to most cannabis consumers. You bought from a dealer, or “Herbal Products Broker” and their selections were often limited to single digits, with delineations such as “the lime green one,” “the one with red hairs” or “that purple stuff.” A lack of choice is no longer an issue, but paralysis at the dispensary counter is, with buyers turned deer-in-headlights by the vast array of options. Not just strains, but growers, and that number continues to grow. As of Nov. 29, the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission has received 2,128 applications for Producer (grower) licenses. Oregon currently has 1,621 “active” producer licenses, and assuming each license holder is producing at least a few strains, you have over 8,000 flower choices. (Yes, 2,500 may be a variation of “Ice Cream Cake.”) As someone who has tried valiantly to make a dent in those 8,000+ options, here are two outstanding Oregon farms that are producing extraordinary flowers. And to best experience those flowers, a top-shelf portable vaporizer for the “cannaisseur” in your life. Green Source Gardens GSG is the anti-corporate cannabis model, with arguably the deepest dive into sustainable and ecologically responsible growing practices in Oregon. Its website explains their embrace of polyculture gardens, bio-dynamics, permaculture, hugelkulture, indigenous agriculture and others that have earned them farming practice awards and certifications from five third-party organizations. Cannabis doesn’t get any cleaner. The grower’s strictly sun-grown strains include the best-known Pinkleberry, which a GSG co-owner told “Cannabis Now” as having a high that’s “zingy, heady, active. It gets your brain flying.” I can second that, having found Pinkleberry and its variations to foster activity, motivation and creativity. It also exhibits the same characteristics of all their strains: sparkly buds with complex and strong terpene combinations. Impressive on all counts. Green Source strains are available locally at Substance Cannabis Market locations in Bend and at Central Organics in Madras. Rolen Stone Farms Based in the Applegate Valley since 2016, I discovered Rolen Stone recently after Somewhere Dispensary hipped me to its Animal Tree strain, with 6+% terpenes. Upon smelling the strain through my K95 mask, I was sold. The following week, I lucked out and grabbed some of the “Sherb Breath,” which measured an astounding 5.8% in terpenes with 30% THC. The Sunset Sherbert x Mendo Breath lineage left me stress free.

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Rolen Stone Farms and Green Source Gardens offer top choices.

Rolen Stone has a selection of greenhouse and sun-grown strains such as Tropstanto and Papayahuasa I haven’t seen elsewhere, with terpenes overwhelmingly in the 4% to 5% range. It selects strains for both flavor and potency, and I’ve been taken by both. A standout for what “Craft Cannabis” can be, seek them out. High Desert Botanicals in La Pine has the brand, as well as Tokyo Starfish, Substance, Local Market, Miracle Greens and Top Shelf Medicine. A Vape to Unite Them All While I’m always down to burn one down, combustion consumption severely limits the range of tastes and effects obtainable from flowers that vaping can provide. Advances in battery technology and 10+ years of portable vaporizer R&D have narrowed the Venn diagram overlay where technology meets affordability in the Utillian 620 Convection Vaporizer. This Toronto-based company is like most things Canadian: practical, solid and under-appreciated/known by its neighbors to the south. Our loss, because after just one session with this stealthy, beautifully designed and functioning vaporizer, it is my new go-to portable vaporizer. It’s a perfect fit in the hand, a wellbuilt aluminum body which isn’t fatiguing to hold and use. Three simple buttons allow easy programming of a temperature between 160 – 220°C (320 – 428°F) in 1 degree Celcius increments, although if your stable American genius brain requires Fahrenheit, that option is offered. The heating is handled by what they call “Helix Convection Heating,” meaning the vapor passes over a small removable metal corkscrew-shaped piece, and the swirling path it creates cools and cleans remarkably well. A black borosilicate glass mouthpiece completes the cooling and cleaning task. The unit is designed for “single user sessions and micro-dosing,” with a magnetic chamber that quickly loads with .1-.2 of a gram of ground flower. That doesn’t sound like much, but it’s more than enough to do the job. Heat up time is a scant 45 seconds or less, and I got about 70+ minutes per charge. At $129.99, it’s a steal .


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The highlighted letters read left to right and top to bottom will complete the quote: “This holiday season, no matter what your religion is, please take a moment to reflect on why it’s ______ all the _______.”

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1. Chic NYC neighborhood 5. Spoken in a monotonous way 11. Old Indian rule 14. Remove, as part of an image 15. “Let’s beat those guys!” 16. “Woman Power” singer 17. “Step aside, critics, or you’ll get sick!”? 20. Wine classification 21. Perk up 22. Gunts when you’re sick? 27. Wetland bird 28. Characters in a toddler’s book? 29. Hunter’s gear 30. Hard to clean up 31. Press kit sheet 32. Job for a plunger 33. Brain scan, briefly 34. “I’m sick, think about it!”? 38. Some chess-playing programs, e.g. 39. Letters on dreidels 40. City with “dirty feet bars,” for short 43. Bright flash 46. Actress Taylor-Joy 47. Dude in the sticks 48. Cooler brand with a cryptozological name 49. Dignified sounds of sickness? 51. Yogurt, fruit, and granola treat 53. Who said “the time is always right to do what is right,” initially 54. Wellness achieved after a head cold? 60. Sport ___ 61. Company with a “Become a host” section on its website 62. River through Northern Ireland 63. ‘60s hipster 64. Red marks 65. Cannon of Hollywood

1. Building that regularly breaks for recesses: Abbr. 2. “___ pro nobis” 3. Winter warmer 4. Met expectations 5. 3-pointers in the NFL 6. High hit 7. Come ___ price 8. Genre trailblazed by Kraftwerk 9. Canoeing spots 10. Community org. with a pool 11. GPS showings 12. Tees off 13. TV actor Galecki 18. Seek office 19. Tex-Mex brand 22. Chew the fat 23. DH’s stat 24. ___ Verdes (LA suburb) 25. “Here ___ ...” (“Old McDonald” line) 26. “Ya can’t talk me outta this!” 30. Unimpressed sounds 32. Drink voucher 33. Some lab burners 35. “Terry and the Pirates” cartoonist Milton 36. Van ___ (LA suburb) 37. Sleight of hand 41. “Ew, gross” 42. Green lights 43. Mineral in chalk 44. Hovel 45. “Gave it my shot” 46. Makes a few changes 47. Split in two 49. Paramecia propellers 50. Health plan selection: Abbr. 52. Way off in the distance 55. Last president of the Reconstruction, initially 56. Compass pt. 57. “United States of Al” network 58. Strand in a test tube 59. Strong urge

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): A fashion company called Tibi sells a silver mini dress that features thousands of sequins. It’s also available in gold. I wonder if the designers were inspired by poet Mark Doty’s line: “No such thing, the queen said, as too many sequins.” In my astrological estimation, the coming weeks will be a fun time to make this one of your mottoes. You will have a poetic license to be flashy, shiny, bold, swanky, glittery, splashy, sparkling, and extravagant. If expressing such themes in the way you dress isn’t appealing, embody more metaphorical versions.

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inside me I did not bury properly,” writes Nigerian poet Ijeoma Umebinyuo. Isn’t that true for each of us? Don’t we all carry around painful memories as if they were still fresh and current? With a little work, we could depotentize at least some of them and consign them to a final resting place where they wouldn’t nag and sting us anymore. The good news, Capricorn, is that the coming weeks will be an excellent time to do just that: bury any pasts that you have not properly buried before now.


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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In February 1967, the Beatles recorded their album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in London. A man claiming to be Jesus Christ convinced Paul McCartney to let him weasel his way into the studio. McCartney later said that he was pretty sure it wasn’t the real Jesus. But if by some remote chance it was, he said, he didn’t want to make a big mistake. I bring this to your attention, Aquarius, because I suspect that comparable events may be brewing in your vicinity. My advice: Don’t assume you already know who your teachers and helpers are. Here’s the relevant verse from the Bible: “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): According to Professor of Classics Anne Carson, ancient Greek author Homer “suggested we stand in time with our backs to the future, face to the past.” And why would we do that? To “search for the meaning of the present—scanning history and myth for a precedent.” I bring this to your attention, Pisces, because I think you should avoid such an approach in the coming months. In my view, the next chapter of your life story will be so new, so unpredicted, that it will have no antecedents, no precursory roots that might illuminate its plot and meaning. Your future is unprecedented.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Aries filmmaker

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Andrei Tarkovsky (1932–1986) was experimental and innovative and influential. His imagery was often dreamlike, and his themes were metaphysical. He felt that the most crucial aspect of his creative process was his faith. If he could genuinely believe in the work he was doing, he was sure he’d succeed at even the most improbable projects. But that was a challenge for him. “There is nothing more difficult to achieve than a passionate, sincere, quiet faith,” he said. In accordance with your astrological omens during the next 12 months, Aries, I suggest you draw inspiration from his approach. Cultivating a passionate, sincere, quiet faith will be more attainable than it has ever been.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware,” said philosopher Martin Buber. How true! I would add that the traveler is wise to prepare for the challenges and opportunities of those secret destinations . . . and be alert for them if they appear . . . and treat them with welcome and respect, not resistance and avoidance. When travelers follow those protocols, they are far more likely to be delightfully surprised than disappointingly surprised. Everything I just said will apply to you in the coming weeks, Taurus.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Gemini sleight-of-hand artist Apollo Robinson may be the best and most famous pickpocket in the world. Fortunately, he uses his skill for entertainment purposes only. He doesn’t steal strangers’ money and valuables from their pockets and purses and jackets. On one occasion, while in the company of former US President Jimmy Carter, he pilfered multiple items from a secret service agent assigned to protect Carter. He gave the items back, of course. It was an amusing and humbling lesson that inspired many law-enforcement officials to seek him out as a consultant. I suspect that in the coming weeks, you may have comparable abilities to trick, fool, beguile, and enchant. I hope you will use your superpowers exclusively to carry out good deeds and attract inviting possibilities. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Many sportswriters regard Michael Jordan as the greatest basketball player ever. He was the Most Valuable Player five times and had a higher scoring average than anyone else who has ever played. And yet he confesses, “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life.” He says the keys to his success are his familiarity with bungles and his determination to keep going despite his bungles. I invite you to meditate on Jordan’s example in the coming days. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In his poem “Song of Poplars,” Leo author Aldous Huxley speaks to a stand of poplar trees. He asks them if they are an “agony of undefined desires.” Now I will pose the same question to you, Leo. Are you an agony of undefined desires? Or are you a treasury of well-defined desires? I hope it’s the latter. But if it’s not, the coming weeks will be an excellent time to fix the problem. Learning to be precise about the nature of your longings is your growing edge, your frontier. Find out more about what you want, please.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Black is your lucky color for the foreseeable future. I invite you to delve further than ever before into its mysteries and meanings and powers. I encourage you to celebrate blackness and honor blackness and nurture blackness in every way you can imagine. For inspiration, meditate on how, in art, black is the presence of all colors. In printing, black is a color needed to produce other colors. In mythology, blackness is the primal source of all life and possibility. In psychology, blackness symbolizes the rich unconscious core from which all vitality emerges.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the first season of the animated TV series South Park, its two creators produced an episode called “Make Love, Not Warcraft.” The story lovingly mocked nerds and the culture of online gaming. Soon after sending his handiwork to executive producers, Libran co-creator Trey Parker decided it was a terrible show that would wreck his career. He begged for it to be withheld from broadcast. But the producers ignored his pleas. That turned out to be a lucky break. The episode ultimately won an Emmy Award and became popular with fans. I foresee the possibility of comparable events in your life, Libra. Don’t be too sure you know which of your efforts will work best.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Nobel Prize-winning Scorpio author André Gide (1869–1951) had an unusual relationship with his wife Madeline Rondeaux. Although married for 43 years, they never had sex. As long as she was alive, he never mentioned her in his extensive writings. But after she died, he wrote a book about their complex relationship. Here’s the best thing he ever said about her: “I believe it was through her that I drew the need for truthfulness and sincerity.” I’d love for you to be lit up by an influence like Madeline Rondeaux, Scorpio. I’d be excited for you to cultivate a bond with a person who will inspire your longing to be disarmingly candid and refreshingly genuine. If there are no such characters in your life, go looking for them. If there are, deepen your connection.

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Dating sites work very hard to be inclusive in the type-of-partner options they list -- “man seeking woman,” “man seeking man,” and even “man seeking genderbeige” -- yet they omit a checkbox for “man seeking hostage.” That appears to be the model for your man’s ideal relationship (as an adult who gets “upset and anxious” on nights his boo’s away). Though he paints his longing for nonstop togetherness as the height of romance, his “You complete me!” is not so much a romantic declaration as an accidental disclosure of extreme neediness. It also makes him a poor match for any woman whose relationship goals are best summed up as: togetherness, yes; conjoined, no. As a woman, you’re likely on the high end of the spectrum of a personality trait called “agreeableness.” On a positive note, this plays out in being “kind, considerate, likable, cooperative, (and) helpful,” reports psychologist William Graziano. On a less positive note, it often leads to prioritizing these lovely behaviors over one’s own needs. A personality trait is not a behavioral mandate. You can shift out of auto-“pleaser” mode by pre-planning to assert yourself -- “Here’s what I need!” -and then doing it, no matter how uncomfortable it feels at first. The more you do it, the more natural (and even rewarding!) it’ll feel -- till your default position becomes standing up for yourself instead of rolling over for everybody else. Guesstimate how much weekly togetherness and apartness works for you, and make it clear to men you date -- starting by informing your current guy that your social world will continue to extend beyond being his human binky. In short, the sort of relationship that works for you is one in which you’re bonded but not zip-tied.

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There is such a thing as “total recall,” and it’s what automakers rush to do after they sell a car that is not only self-driving but self-destructing: dropping parts like breadcrumbs as it tools down the highway. What total recall is not is a feature of the human mind -- despite the widely believed myth that memory is a form of mental videotape: faithfully preserving our experiences for playback. Ideal as this would be for spouses with prosecutorial tendencies, our minds are, in fact, hotbeds of fragmented, distorted, partial recall. We create this mess ourselves, simply by remembering -- and remembering again. “Using one’s memory shapes one’s memory,” explains psychologist Robert Bjork. Basically, the more we tell a story, the more we believe it -- along with all the embellishments (aka big fat lies) we added to funny it up and otherwise impress (so social situations feel less like reenactments of being picked last for dodgeball). And when I say “we,” I mean me. When I lived in Manhattan, I’d brag about my response to a street-corner flasher: “Looks like a penis -- only smaller.” I’m now pretty sure this never happened. I did see an escaped trouser snake or, uh, five on the subway. (New Yorkers think of this as “Tuesday.”) That was probably my sourdough starter for the cleverbrag I trotted out endlessly at parties -- till I was snidely informed that my “original” circa mid-’90s line appeared in the 1978 movie “Bloodbrothers.” Consider that your husband’s memory might not be the only one that’s been, um, redecorated. Also consider (see my cleverbrag above) that we tend to “remember” events in self-serving ways. Any guy can ask a girl out after class, but in your husband’s version, he goes on a mini-quest to get a date with you. Not exactly the stuff Sir Lancelot was made of, but modern men must make do with the heroics available to them: “I won her love -- after a bloody battle with a cafeteria tray and a glass of 2% milk.”

weekly and also like my alone time. The guy I’m seeing not only wants to be together constantly but seems to need that. He’s upset and anxious on nights I’m not with him. The first time I said I couldn’t get together, he was annoyed. He now complains I’m “dependent on” my friends, meaning unhealthily. He claims a great relationship is two people who are always together (a la “you complete me”). I don’t want to hurt him, but I won’t give up my friends or myself for a relationship, and I don’t know how to tell him. —Conflicted Am

my husband and I met. He says he spotted me in the campus dining hall, deliberately bumped me and spilled my drink on my tray, and used getting me a refill to ask me out. This never happened. (We met in class, and he asked me out.) What does it mean that he has such faulty recall about the entire origin of our marriage? —Disturbed


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Re-Paint the “Accent” Walls During the early 2000s everyone was painting one wall of each room an “accent” color, usually very dark and bold. This can have a great effect when done properly. However, most times it’s a personal color preference that is simply distracting to buyers. The same goes to homes with different paint colors in every room; buyers want consistency and want to be able to add their personal touches to the home. Painting a home’s interior or exterior has the greatest visual impact for a fairly small price, especially if sweat equity is involved.

Whites, beiges and warm grays are the best colors to showcase a home’s qualities. While it may seem boring to some, remember that appealing to the broadest spectrum of buyers will bring the highest sale price. If accent walls are necessary, tone them down and keep it neutral. Freshen up the Kitchen White kitchens continue to be the most popular. Buyers today want white, bright and clean kitchens. It doesn’t have to be a stark white; just a clean neutral, light color palette. Outdated cabinets can be a let-down for homebuyers, a pro can easily paint them for a quick fix, giving them a new life. Almost every buyer likes solid-surface countertops. Installing new counters and a complementary backsplash on top of the freshly painted cabinets will stand out and shine in buyers’ eyes. Stick with quartz countertops for cost effective, easy to maintain counters. The icing on the cake will be new appliances. Most large DIY home stores will offer appliance packages at various price points. Prices vary greatly and it’s important to spend the appropriate amount on good quality, reliable appliances that the home commands. They will sparkle in the kitchen and provide a piece of mind, and in turn more perceived value. If a full remodel isn’t possible, pick one project and complete it. Having a completely remodeled kitchen with the remaining home needing to be updated is much more valuable than partially completed tasks throughout.


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he value or sale price of a home is ultimately dictated by what a buyer is willing to pay and what a seller is willing to accept. Although sale prices will follow market trends, not all homes are created equal and prices will vary greatly between similar homes. This is largely dependent on the perceived value buyers place on a specific property. To bring the highest sale price, a home must catch a buyer’s eye from the first photo they see online and continue to not disappoint once the home is viewed in person. For a spring or summer home sale, this winter is the perfect time to tackle interior remodeling projects that will make the home outshine the competition. Of course, buyers will be looking at the home’s HVAC system and roof’s condition and if they need to be replaced, that should take precedence. But if the shell of the home is in good condition, these projects will have a high return on investment:

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