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How was the first weekend of the return of inside dining for everyone? Cheers to those who were able to secure a coveted spot at a cozy table without having to fight gauntlet-style battles to do so. Or, maybe you went back to the food cart pod that’s been your go-to throughout this Era of Takeout. My team and I have watched with cautious optimism as the daily COVID case counts have steadily gone down in Deschutes County in recent weeks—something we report out daily in our email newsletter, the Cascades Reader. In that newsletter we’ve also begun tallying vaccination counts; as we all know, the higher those numbers go, the closer we are to a return to a life that somewhat resembles the before-times. So stay safe out there, try to avoid teenage Super Bowl parties that shut down entire schools, and enjoy this fine issue!


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he Deschutes River has long been a focal point for the people of Bend. In years past, the sawmills positioned on and adjacent to the river were the centers of attention; today, those have been replaced by shopping and river recreation. What we didn’t know—or didn’t consider—back when those mills sent old-growth logs shooting down its channel was how all of our activities around this gem of a river were affecting the creatures big and small, that also inhabit its banks and stream flows. In the years since logging waned and environmental considerations waxed, we now know that allowing the drumbeat of human—and canine—feet to pound along the river’s banks unimpeded can result in the loss of even more species than we have already lost to the cadence of human “progress.” In addition to federal, state and local efforts to preserve wildlife like the endangered Oregon spotted frog, Bend’s own park district has been engaged in an effort to repair and restore the banks of this all-important recreational and ecological focal point for Bend. We are largely in favor of this process, as projects such as these ensure humans don’t wreck everything that’s good about a place before we have time to think about whether it’s really best for us all. Following a Bend Park and Recreation District staff inventory and assessment of river conditions in Bend, it found that on top of the designated 26 access points along the river, there are an additional 94 “rogue” access points created by river users. With one of the consequences of these access points being degradation of habitat, more education and outright closing-off of certain areas is needed. Still, there’s one part of BPRD’s current Deschutes River Access and Habitat Restoration Plan that we’d rather not see implemented—and right now is the ideal time for us, and locals in general, to weigh in, since there’s a survey open now through Feb. 28. Among the items on BPRD’s draft project list is one, listed as “high priority,” for Columbia Park near downtown Bend. The proposal is to “close and revegetate the existing designated access point. Close downstream user created access point by replacing single rail fence with more protective fence to eliminate user created access and improve vegetation in flattened grass area.” The thinking here is that by closing off access to the river at Columbia Park, fewer people will decide to bridge-jump into the river at that point. BPRD also alleges that because access will still be allowed across and up-river, at Miller’s Landing Park, people in the area won’t miss out much on accessing the river near there. Keeping in mind that we support habitat and bank restoration as a whole, we

do not support shutting down river access at this location, which amounts to limiting access in a core area of a city that is now experiencing even more of a population explosion than the steep upward trajectory it has seen since the mill days ended. Shutting down access to the river at Columbia Park—which appears to be used more often by locals than by tourists, and represents a more relaxed entry point to the river than the ones at the nearby McKay Park whitewater park or all the way across the river at Miller’s Landing— seems more like a NIMBY effort to keep people away from this area than it does a genuine concern for bridge jumpers. You don’t have to be a COVID-cautious introvert to find yourself wanting, some summer nights, to take a dip or go for an in-town paddle, and to avoid the crowds at McKay or Riverbend parks to do so. If you’re a local living on the west side, walking over the river to get in at Miller’s Landing is also not ideal. Add in the fact that the Bend City Council has begun making efforts to severely limit parking in the Old Town area (a pilot program it wants to expand is currently underway), and it seems clear that NIMBYism may be creeping in for this area. Is this the type of un-welcoming city we want to become? Sure, most Bendites will admit that wading through hordes of floaters meandering through Old Town is hardly the recipe for a peaceful afternoon—but as they are happening anyway, a downtown core area may be just the place for such things. As more floaters come, the better option for Columbia Park would be to plan a safe and reasonable access point that can account for the city’s growth, and at present, serve as a lower-key option for those wanting one. And as for the bridge jumpers? Certainly there are barriers erected on other bridges that we can model something after, without completely shutting down access to the river. Those wishing to weigh in on BPRD’s proposed Deschutes River Access and Habitat Restoration Plan projects can do so through Feb. 28 at bendparksandrec.org/ project/deschutes-river-access-and-habitat-restoration-plan/. 

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When someone is life flighted to the hospital, has concerns raised over traumatic injuries or cancer, or has complications from COVID-19, they come to me. While you may have heard a lot about doctors, nurses and other frontline healthcare providers during this pandemic, my position has not been mentioned much. I’m a CT Technologist, a skilled position that provides essential care and diagnostics for most major health concerns. I am a part of a unit of “techs” at the hospital that includes other critical care positions: Respiratory therapists who help people with lung issues, X-Ray technologists who help with imaging and about 18 other positions that are absolutely crucial to saving lives. While our hospital could not treat patients without us, we are often invisible. I have worked at St. Charles Medical Center for 29 years, and over the past several I feel let down. While the techs bring in income for the hospital for the important tests we run and provide the support necessary to keep us a Level 2 Trauma Center, our role is often treated as a luxury rather than an indispensable piece of the care system. We voted to unionize in 2019 with the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals because we knew we needed a voice in improving our hospital. Because we are often forced into long overtime shifts, we are concerned that this can negatively affect patient care. We are drastically underpaid for the work we do compared to other hospitals, which creates a crisis given Bend’s skyrocketing cost of living. I have lived in this community since 1972, this is where my family is, and I and my colleagues deserve to be able to afford to live in the community we serve. Most importantly, if our techs are not supported, and retention is not ensured, then it has the potential to affect patient care. These are my neighbors and family we care for, and we owe it to them to make


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Bend Park & Recreation District erected fencing at Columbia Park in July 2020 & posted “temporary closure” signs preventing public river access. Currently, BPRD is considering permanently closing Columbia Park to river access. If you’d like to encourage BPRD to keep this a public river access, now is the time to participate. Your comments may convince BPRD to refurbish Columbia Park’s eroded river access making it user-friendly for all. Go to this link to comment: bendparksandrec.org/riverplan BPRD will hold public ZOOM meetings on Feb. 18 at 6pm, Feb. 20 at 10am, Feb. 20 at 3pm (in Spanish) Suggestions to consider: * The Columbia Park river access is the only public access between McKay & Drake Parks. The site provides a necessary safety access along this stretch of river lined by private property. * Bend’s population is booming. Eliminating this site, due to overuse, is not the answer. Bend needs more public river access sites, not fewer. Doubling or tripling the size of this site would help absorb growing public pressure. * This site has seen little/no general

maintenance since its creation six years ago. Originally, it was not engineered for the public pressure it has sustained. Because this site is in a growing, thriving neighborhood of families, dogs, paddlers, waders, fishermen, floaters, swimmers, it deserves to be engineered for the heavy public demands. * By eliminating this well-used public site, there will be increased car traffic & parking issues seen at other public sites from Columbia Park neighbors, who can currently walk to this river access site. * The new Greenway path is routed through Columbia Park. What a perfect arrangement for cyclists, pedestrians, dog walkers, stroller-pushers, skateboarders...to be able to pause at the river, stop to wade, let the dog fetch, sit on the bank. Public river access in conjunction with the Greenway path makes sense. * The City of Bend owns the Gilchrist Foot Bridge at Columbia Park. The City is concerned about the liability of bridge jumpers. BPRD believes that by preventing river access, there will be fewer/no bridge jumpers. Closing this public river access site to mitigate bridge jumping is counter-intuitive. —M.A. Kruse


As I’ve watched the vaccine roll-out over the past few weeks I can’t help but wonder what this pandemic would’ve looked like if our global population was in better health. While it likely still would’ve been deadly, my hunch is that it would have been much less so, and we probably would not have been scrambling to manufacture a vaccine to save the population. It’s troubling that there has been no talk

in the media or guidance from our public health officials about ways to be proactive in protecting our health during COVID. For example, it has been well documented since early in the pandemic that Vitamin D deficiency is a major contributor to severe COVID symptoms and death. Could the CDC have at least recommended seeing your doctor to determine whether your Vitamin D levels are low? Heck, even Dr. Fauci said he is taking a Vitamin D supplement! The point here is that we have more power than we think to take health into our own hands. Considering that the experts have openly admitted the vaccines will not likely prevent transmission and that they may not protect against mutations, we have an opportunity to entertain a more inclusive dialogue about proactive measures to take. For starters, dump the soda and drink water! Sign up for an organic CSA! Take a Vitamin D supplement and some probiotics! Waiting for the pharmaceutical companies to save the day will only cause more unnecessary death and long-term symptoms. Let’s take responsibility for our health. — Christian Baresic

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Forging the West

Celebrating Oregon’s Black pioneers and modern trail blazers By K.M. Collins




hough often omitted from history books, African American people had feet on the ground side by side with early explorers of the Oregon Territory—from Markus Lopius, a “servant” on the Lady Washington in 1788 with Robert Gray, to York, a slave on the Lewis and Clark expedition, to Moses Harris, a free black mountain man and legend in the fur trade and later a sought-after wagon train guide. There’s also James Douglas, chief factor at Fort Vancouver in the 1840s and concurrent governor on Vancouver Island and British Columbia. Somewhat simultaneous with Douglas’ rise to political power, legislated race restrictions known as Exclusion Laws were set for Oregon Trail immigration. Racial limitations also applied with the Oregon Donation Land Law in 1850. These federally enforced restrictions, present at the inception of Oregon, created major undeniable barriers. Bearing these inequities in mind, we’ve set aside some ink this week to look at some of Oregon’s modern and early Black trail blazers—by no means a comprehensive list of contemporary Black leaders who have molded pop culture, athletics, social change and beyond.  Esperanza Spalding, bass, vocals and jazz musician This Portland native's music is referred to as inexhaustibly creative and truly intoxicating. Her album, “12 Little Spells” made it to #4 on the 2018 The New York Times list of Best Albums. In 2011, she won a Grammy for Best New Artist—unprecedented for a jazz

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musician up against high profile hiphop, pop and rock artists. In her own avant-garde description, she produces bass and accompanying vocals with the intention of connecting latent portals of unity consciousness and health. Furthermore, she is currently exploring music as a healing technology. Melissa Lowery, filmmaker  After graduating from Portland State University with a bachelor of arts in media, Lowery wrote and directed 2014’s “Black Girl in Suburbia,” highlighting her own experience growing up in West Linn, Oregon. Her film, funded by Kickstarter campaigns, experienced region and national success. Shown throughout the Portland Metropolitan area, Oregon, the International Black Women’s Film Festival and St. Louis International Film Festival, her film started landmark conversation about growing up as a person of color in Oregon. Donna Maxey, educator and activist Having spent her 35+ year career educating kindergarteners to adults, in 2005 Maxey helped pilot Courageous Conversations, a program discussing race dynamics in Portland Public Schools. It became a starting point  for her future equity work, and led to the launch of Race Talks, a nonprofit that aims to unite to break the chains of racism. Race Talks’ mission is to support interracial and cross-cultural communication and relationships through the development of sensitivity and understanding, and social justice activism supported Carmen Daneshmandi

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Ashton Eaton, with roots in La Pine and Bend, went on to become a record-holding Olympian.

by educational panels and films, good food and great discussions—all amongst total strangers. Over 20,000 participants have attended monthly meetings which are now virtual. Shaina Pomerantz, Maxey’s daughter, has been working with Race Talks for the past four years as Maxey tries to transition into a real retirement. Ashton Eaton, Olympian Before his outstanding and world-renowned athletic accomplishments, Eaton attended elementary school in La Pine, eventually finishing school in Bend. After setting the decathlon world record in the U.S. Olympic trials in June 2012 and then winning the gold medal at the London summer games, La Pine named a stretch of Highway 97 in Eaton’s honor. At present he is a retired, two-time Olympic champion, still holding the world record in the indoor heptathlon. He was also the second decathlete ever to break the 9,000-point barrier.  Additional black innovators from Oregon: Gwen Trice - Historian and museum curator  Margaret Carter – Oregon state senator  Avel Gordly – Oregon state senator Jackie Winters – Oregon state senator  Danny Glover - Actor Janice Scroggins - Pianist Mike “Philly” Phillips - Saxophonist Mel Brown - Jazz drummer Julianne Johnson Weis - Jazz singer Liv Warfield - R&B singer Andy Stokes - R&B singer James DePreist - Conductor 

DeNorval Unthank - Portland doctor and activist Other Historic Oregon Trail Blazers: John Brown - First black settler and orchard farmer in Central Oregon, 1881 Oscar & Walter Anderson - First black ranchers in Harney County, in the 1910s Beatrice Morrow Cannady - Editor, advocate, activist and co-founder and vice president of the Oregon chapter of the NAACP, 1913 Oregon Secretary of State /courtesy Barbara Redwine

Beatrice Morrow Cannady.

William Badger - Restaurant and tourism business owner and Oregon’s first black elected official, Gearhart City Council, 1934 Special thanks to Kerstin Arias for pre-editing this article at the request of the author. 

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Por Eric Flowers Traducido por Jéssica Sánchez-Millar Partidarios comentan que si el proyecto tiene éxito en ayudar a los veteranos a romper con el ciclo falta de vivienda, podría preparar el camino para otras propuestas nada tradicionales para el problema creciente de falta de vivienda en nuestra comunidad. “¿Cómo vamos a resolver el tema de la falta de vivienda en más de 1,000 habitantes en la zona centro de Oregon? Es un problema inmenso cuando ves la magnitud de tal,” dijo Colleen Thomas, enlace para las personas sin hogar en el condado Deschutes y vicepresidenta de Homeless Leadership Coalition (Coalición de liderazgo para las personas sin hogar). “Pero si podemos resolver el problema de los veteranos sin vivienda, tal vez podemos utilizar esto. Si podemos exponer este proyecto, es más fácil venderlo a la comunidad. Mientras que la ciudad de Bend ha hecho de la creación de vivienda económica una prioridad por muchos años, nunca ha sido involucrada directamente en ofrecer un refugio temporal o transitorio para las personas sin hogar. Ese

trabajo generalmente recaía en las organizaciones sin fines de lucro y en otras agencias con acceso directo a los fondos. Sin embargo, el enfoque y actitud están cambiando. Actualmente, la ciudad esta trabajando para adquirir Old Mill & Suites que se encuentra en la calle 3, estando pendiente la aprobación de una subvención de Project Turnkey, un programa creado por la asamblea legislativa de Oregon “con el propósito de adquirir motels u hotels para albergar a las personas sin hogar o que están en riesgo de quedarse sin hogar,” de acuerdo con un comunicado de prensa del programa. Si tiene éxito, la ciudad espera transformar motor lodge-style motel cerca de la Avenida Wilson, cerca de Rite-Aid y el

estadio Vince Genna, en un refugio temporal para personas sin hogar. El plan preliminar incluye un espacio para oficinas que podrían usarse para coordinar un acercamiento y servicio para personas sin hogar en múltiples refugios en la ciudad. Ver ese proyecto terminado reflejaría un gran cambio en la forma en que la ciudad de Bend afronta el tema de la falta de vivienda y pobreza. La ciudad de Bend se ha comprometido con el apoyo financiero para ayudar con los costos de operación anuales de Veteran’s Village en forma de una obra fiscal. El condado Deschutes ya se ha comprometió con $100,000 de los $300,000 anuales proyectados para los costos de operación de Veteran’s Village. 

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eteras’s Village de la zona centro de Oregon, que está ahora en construcción, es una oportunidad para los veteranos sin hogar para que comiencen de nuevo mientras viven en una comunidad de personas que están enfrentando problemas similares. Localizado cerca del plantel de seguridad pública del condado Deschutes, que incluye las oficinas del alguacil y la cárcel del condado, Veteran’s Village contará con 15 casas de una recamara, similares a las casitas que se han construido en la zona noroeste. El proyecto es obra de la Fundación Bend Heroes, junto con donaciones y apoyo de muchos otros grupos. Desde que se puso la primera piedra en enero, el grupo ha establecido las bases para los servicios públicos, nivelar una vía de servicio y desarrollar las plataformas de construcción para las casas. Los jóvenes voluntarios en J Bar J Ranch están armando las casas, incluyendo las paredes, las vigas del techo y más, para ser transportados al terreno para la construcción final.

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Cliff Goes to Washington

A conversation with Cliff Bentz, Oregon’s newest representative in the U.S. House By Aaron Switzer and Laurel Brauns

Source Weekly: How are you adapting to life as a politician in Washington, D.C.? Cliff Bentz: I went to Washington, D.C., to see what Congress was truly like, and I’ve learned over the past month and a few days—on the one hand it’s similar in many respects to Oregon’s legislature, but in so many other ways it’s extraordinarily different. The distance is interesting. As you know I live in Ontario, so it took about six-seven hours to get from Ontario over to Salem, and it takes about seven or eight hours to get back to Washington, D.C. So sure, the travel’s a little different, but the sheer scale of people… in other words, there’s 435 congressmen and women, and there were only 90 of us in Salem—60 representatives and 30 senators… of course we have the pesky governor… but that we’ve got so many more people that you have to get to know— it’s really a challenge, particularly when people wear masks. It’s a challenge. SW: How does your staff compare now to the staff you had before? CB: I had one staff member here in Oregon full time, and now I have between 16 and 17. It’s wonderful to have some help, and I’ve got some great help. SW: You were appointed to the House Natural Resources Committee, which matches well with all of your experience in land management and agriculture. What are some of your perspectives on how this land should be managed now that you have more leverage over it? CB: I’ll be the minority—and of course I’m accustomed to being in the minority since I was in the minority all 12 years I was in Salem. Not one day in

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the majority. So exactly how much I’ll have to say about how public land is or is not managed is a real question. I was on a Zoom call, and people from all over the United States know where Bend is. They love Bend, and for good reason. It’s beautiful. The challenge in dealing with public land that surrounds Bend is making sure you get it right— because you guys focus on recreation, far greater than is the case as you go almost any direction, and it’s not quite right. Down in the Ashland area, in Medford, there’s equal pressure I think for more attention paid to recreation—and I’ll just tell you, that area deserves an enormous amount of careful thought, because cattle and hunting do a certain amount of damage to land, but people can do a lot more. And so you have to be really cognizant of how we’re going to manage this ever-increasing number of people. So one of the biggest challenges for me is to make sure I understand what Bend wants. SW: What do you see as your biggest priorities for your district? CB: Well, of course the first one is trying to recover from COVID and to get people vaccinated—that’s the most important thing. It just dwarfs everything else. The second after that is fire. I was looking at some materials this morning that show how we can measure the amount of carbon in the forests that surround cities like let’s say Sisters or Black Butte and we can perhaps, I hope, start telling people about the degree of risk they’re running just by living where they’re living. This is something we should be doing right now so that people understand that. Water’s the third thing, and of course I’ve focused a lot of my law practice on water; a lot of time in the legislature. I look forward to trying to continue to help Central Oregon with its water challenges. SW: Right below COVID on the media’s radar is the discussion about the divisiveness that the country’s experiencing in their national politics. As a freshman representative, being thrust into that spotlight, what are your initial thoughts about how we overcome that divisiveness? CB: I do an enormous amount of reading. This room is filled with books. I subscribe to I don’t know how many different periodicals. What I have noticed is that the media trends toward what’s most exciting, and that’s generally not people getting along. It’s generally just the opposite, and so there’s kind of



.S. Representative Cliff Bentz is the newly elected representative for Oregon’s Second Congressional District, which covers two-thirds of the state, including Central Oregon. He was a member of the Oregon House of Representatives from 2008 to 2018 and a member of the Oregon Senate from 2018 to 2020. In 2019, while serving in the Oregon Senate, he helped lead the Republican walkout against the capand-trade bill that would seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon. The Source sat down with Bentz on a recent episode of Bend Don’t Break, our weekly interview podcast, to talk about his tumultuous first weeks in Washington, D.C. The interview has been lightly edited for clarity.

U.S. Representative Cliff Bentz is now representing Oregon's Second Congressional District.

some odd reinforcement going on with the things that drive people apart, and I wish that were not the case. I wish we would be focusing on kumbaya as opposed to all the negatives that people seem—that seem to draw the attention of social media and the press. SW: Discuss your perspectives on the Capitol riots and your vote to object to the election results in Pennsylvania. CB: Let me simply say first so the record is extraordinarily clear: I object to any kind of violence in the sphere of protest. I support political protest. I do not support violence, and that’s been the position I took back when you may recall, the occupation of the Malheur bird refuge, I took an absolute position opposing any violence whatsoever. And through the course of this summer, I took an absolutely clear position opposing the violence in Portland and other cities across the United States. I want to make it very clear I support the right to protest. I do not support stepping over the line into violence; that’s simply wrong and reprehensible, I condemn it totally. Watching the mob invade our Capitol was one of the saddest moments of my life. Watching that happen… I was not on the floor—I was in my office at the time. We’d been asked by Speaker Pelosi to stay off the floor unless we were going

to speak so we could reduce the chances of COVID transmission. So, we were in our office as we’re watching with horror and saw what was going on. On the… what I had done… I listened carefully. Before I vote, people come in and say, ‘how are you going to vote.’ I go, ‘I don’t know yet. I’m going to listen and see what we’re going to do.’ What my team and I had done was go through carefully the six states that were going to draw an objection. The first one was going to be Arizona, and the mob came through the windows and doors and everything in the middle of that Arizona argument, so we went back afterwards—five hours later—and I voted against that objection when it came to Arizona. Why? Because my team and I determined the only foundation for an objection to any of those six states was if they had violated the Constitution. And we determined that the only one that had done so—it had been violative of in its electoral process—was Pennsylvania, and that was the reason for my vote. You can look at my press release. I’ve called out exactly what I did as clearly as I could in it. Bentz went on to discuss plans for representing Central Oregon’s unique needs, thoughts on improving transportation and broadband access, social media accountability and more. Find the Bend Don’t Break podcast with Bentz on the podcasts tab of our website, bendsource.com. 


A Place to Call Home Communal living project for veterans could serve as a model for solving the homeless crisis



By Eric Flowers

Courtesy Central Oregon Veterans Village

Above is a bird's eye view of what the Central Oregon Veterans Village will look like when completed.


end’s newest neighborhood won’t have a homeowners’ association or a lengthy list of bylaws. There won’t be any open houses or bidding wars among prospective homebuyers. What it will have is a collection of individuals who have served their country but have since fallen on challenging times. Central Oregon Veterans Village is a chance for them to make a fresh start while living in a community of individuals who are facing similar challenges. With any luck, their stay will be uneventful and short-lived as they transition into stable long-term housing, something that some of the residents haven’t had since they left their service careers.  Located near the Deschutes County public safety campus, which includes the sheriff’s offices and county jail, the Veterans Village will feature 15 one-room homes, akin to the popular tiny homes that have cropped up around the Northwest. The project is the brainchild of the Bend Heroes Foundation, a nonprofit that previously focused on initiatives that paid tribute to local veterans, including the memorial near Newport Bridge.  Foundation President Erik Tobiason said the idea of a housing project for homeless vets came about after the Heroes Foundation was concluding its Honor Flight program. That initiative funded and organized trips to Washington, D.C., for World War II veterans to visit the then-recently completed World War II memorial. As the foundation reached the end of the list of eligible veterans in the region, it found itself at a crossroads, Tobiason said. What else could we do to honor and support veterans, they wondered.  A new path The Heroes Foundation considered providing mental health support for vets experiencing Post-Traumatic

Stress Disorder and depression, but initial forays revealed that other agencies were better equipped for such a mission. It went back to the drawing board and emerged with the outline of a plan for a transitional housing project that would become Veterans Village. Two years later—in January—Tobiason’s group, in partnership with the Central Oregon Veterans Outreach, broke ground. The Veterans Village is expected to welcome its first residents in early March with full occupancy by April, Tobiason said.  “We got up the learning curve fairly quickly,” Tobiason said. “Two years ago we didn’t know much about the issue of homelessness.”  Since then it’s been a rapid-fire education that included navigating the process of land acquisition, learning the nuances of local zoning, the creation of public-private partnerships and ultimately

a change to state land-use laws that allowed the city to fast-track the project. There have been in-kind contributions from civil engineers and consultants like Parametrix and builders—namely Hayden Homes, which designed the template for the tiny houses. Deschutes County lent staff time to help identify potential sites in public ownership—key for a project that was long on ideas but short on cash.  Ultimately, they zeroed in on the county’s own parcel near the sheriff’s office. The lot is slated for future expansion of the sheriff’s campus, but there was no plan for that to happen anytime soon. Tobiason sat down with Sheriff Shane Nelson, who he said was immediately supportive. In the end, the Heroes Foundation and the county inked a 10-year lease for the site—a major coup for the project and a no-turning-back point of sorts for the Heroes Foundation and its partners.  Courtesy Central Oregon Veterans Village

A composite of what the final houses will look like in the Veterans Village.

“The county was super awesome,” Tobiason said. “We looked at all the available publicly owned property— county property, city property, school district, parks district, even irrigation districts. We made a list of criteria and properties and kind of landed on the space we ultimately got because it met all of our criteria.” That included easy access to public transportation and proximity to the other support services. Since breaking ground in January, the partnership has laid the groundwork for utilities, graded a service road and developed the building pads for the homes. Youth volunteers at J Bar J Ranch are putting together the bones of the homes including walls, roof trusses and so on, to be trucked onto the site for final construction. Tobiason sees the collaboration as a win-win. J Bar J youth, all of whom have had legal or behavioral issues, can participate in a worthy cause while learning a skill that they can take with them.  The concept of independent transitional housing for homeless vets is fairly new. The inspiration for the Bend project came initially from a similar project in Kansas City run by a nonprofit. Closer to home, Clackamas County developed its own Veterans Village with small single-occupancy homes, which opened roughly two years ago to address the issue of homelessness among its veteran population. As is the case here, Clackamas County offered land for the project that provides housing for 15 veterans. To handle the day-to-day operations, Clackamas County partnered with the nonprofit Do Good Multnomah, whose mission is to provide housing support for veterans around the Portland area. Since opening, the Clackamas Veterans Village project has placed 29 veterans in permanent housing. At the same time, it has expanded its community from 15 veterans to 19 veterans, said Jonny

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decrease in veterans experiencing homelessness nationally. According to the Washington, D.C.-based National Alliance to End Homelessness, the number of homeless vets has dropped by roughly 45% since 2011, thanks in large part to major federal investments in housing for veterans. States including Connecticut have already reached “functional zero” for homelessness among vets, meaning there’s enough transitional and longterm housing available for every veteran experiencing homelessness. A model project “Vets are an easy population to sell the community to support. And it’s a smaller subset of the homeless population, said Colleen Thomas, Deschutes County’s homeless liaison and HLC co-chair. That makes it easier to target resources, she said. Because it’s just a slice of the overall homeless population, it’s also easier to see and measure results. Even so, supporters of the Central Oregon Veterans Village say that if the project is successful at helping vets break the cycle of homelessness, it could pave the way for other non-traditional approaches to the growing issue of homelessness within the community. “How are we going to solve homelessness for 1,000 people in Central Oregon? It’s an overwhelming issue when you look at the scope of it,” Thomas said. “But if we can solve veterans’ homelessness, maybe we can utilize this. If we can showcase this project, then it’s easier to sell it to the community, to say, ‘We are going to use this model for this other program.’”  Meanwhile, there’s a hidden cost to doing nothing about the larger homeless issues, said Bend City Councilor Barb Campbell, who’s worked to support the Veterans Village project and other initiatives aimed at reducing homelessness. She argues that leaving people unhoused creates a strain on public safety, health care and other services that the homeless population ultimately utilizes, usually in times of crisis.  Creating transitional and temporary housing helps caseworkers and other Darris Hurst

Students starting construction at J Bar J in northeast Bend.


Bend Heroes Foundation President Erik Tibiason stands in front of one of the tiny homes under construction.

service providers create relationships with clients experiencing homelessness. Oftentimes, they can identify a problem before it develops into an emergency. When that doesn’t happen and vulnerable populations are left to their own devices, it costs the community time and money and consumes limited resources, like mental health crisis intervention or emergency room medicine, Campbell said. While the City of Bend has made the creation of affordable housing a priority for many years. it’s never been directly involved in providing temporary or transitional shelter to individuals experiencing homelessness. That job typically fell to nonprofits and other agencies with direct access to funding. That approach and attitude are changing, however. The City is currently working to purchase the Old Mill and Suites on Third Street, pending the approval of a grant from Project Turnkey, a program created by the Oregon legislature “for the purpose of acquiring motels or hotels to shelter people experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness,” according to a press release for the program. If successful, the City hopes to transform the motor lodge-style motel near Wilson Avenue—near Rite-Aid and Vince Genna Stadium—into a temporary homeless shelter. The preliminary plan includes space for offices that could be used to coordinate homeless outreach and service to multiple shelters within the city.  Seeing that project to completion would reflect a major shift in how the City of Bend deals with the issue of homelessness and poverty—and it took a sea change in thinking at the City Council level to do it.  “Honestly, the problem just grew to the point where we just genuinely took the attitude that it has to be all hands on deck,” Campbell said.  The City of Bend has pledged financial support to assist with the annual operating costs of the Veterans Village in the form of a construction tax. Deschutes County has already pledged $100,000

toward the Veterans Village’s projected $300,000 annual operating cost. “Genuinely, I don’t know how we can be successful (without cooperation). The whole community has to work together. We are all going to have to carry a piece of this,” Campbell said.  Finding a common space One of the barriers to relocating unhoused individuals, veterans or otherwise, to transitional housing is the chorus of objections that usually arise from neighbors. Backers of the Veterans Village have tried to assuage some of the fears raised by its neighbors in the nearby Chestnut Park neighborhood by opening a dialogue with existing residents.  Tobiason said neighbors were generally supportive of the concept, but had worries about how the new residents would impact them. Many of them shared some of the negative experiences they had as a result of a temporary winter warming shelter that operated out of the sheriff’s campus last winter.  To address the concerns, Veterans Village supporters set up a working group that includes members of the local homeowners association, the Bend Heroes Foundation, Central Oregon Veterans Outreach and representatives from the county and city. The goal is to maintain a dialogue that creates space for understanding and cooperation.  “Ultimately it’s a different kind of constituent that will be living in our village,” said Tobiason, whose regular day job is working as a financial planner.  He inherited his passion for veterans issues from his father, who organized the effort to create the veterans memorial in Bend and helped to start the Honor Flight program for WWII vets. Tobiason said we owe veterans the benefit of the doubt and the opportunity for a second chance at normalcy.  “They served our country and they want to improve their lives and move into permanent housing. They’re your neighbors, and they’re going to be like any other neighbor.” 


Fisher, veterans and employee relations manager at Do Good Multnomah. “The relationship with Clackamas County is extremely strong and healthy. They understand the Do Good model and give us a lot of freedom to get the job done. We don’t ask for much, and we were given permission to better the program how we see fit,” said Fisher. Each veteran has his or her own small home where they can keep their personal belongings and enjoy some privacy. They share showers, a kitchen and a communal gathering center. Veterans aren’t required to pay rent, but they are required to be good neighbors and contribute to the dayto-day upkeep of the village.  “They sacrificed so much for us, and they have fought hard their entire lives - whether that be childhood, service, or being on the street. It is now our turn to give them a break and pick up the fight,” Fisher said.  Supporters of the Central Oregon project say they hope that the concept of modest independent housing can be a model for addressing the homeless issue at large. It’s an issue that’s become more visible over the past few years as the city has grown and the ranks of unhoused people have increased.  An annual census of individuals experiencing homelessness in Central Oregon tells the story in raw numbers. In 2015, volunteers reported counting 594 homeless individuals around the region. By 2020, that number had increased to 969 individuals, a more than 60% jump.  Interestingly, one of the bright spots has been the overall decrease in veterans experiencing homelessness. That number fell from a high of 83 veterans in 2017 to 59 last year, according to the figures maintained by the Central Oregon Homeless Leadership Coalition, an umbrella organization that helps to coordinate the efforts of multiple agencies working to end homelessness in the region. Additionally, the number of chronically homeless veterans, those who have been without stable or reliable housing for more than a year, fell significantly from a high of 49 in 2017 to 27 individuals last year.  The progress reflects the overall



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Opening day of the annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Film Festival, featuring short films that are handpicked to delight thrill seekers and adventurers. All proceeds will go to support the efforts of Discover Your Forest. Begins Sat., Feb. 20-March 13. discoveryourforest.org/backcountry-film-festival. $20-$60.




Celebrate the opening of Mt. Bachelor’s Woodward Peace Park for the season. Stop by the park and enjoy music, free swag and the chance to show off your stuff. Plus, this weekend, enter for a chance to win a set of green tires in a virtual scavenger hunt celebrating a snowy winter. Sat., Feb. 20, 11am-3pm. Mt. Bachelor, 13000 Century Dr., Bend. Free.





Celebrate the landing of the Mars Perseverance Rover on Mars and get a nighttime viewing of the stars at the same time! Dive into the challenges of sending rovers, robots and humans into space and how NASA has creatively overcome them. Thu., Feb. 18, 7 & 8:30 pm. Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory, 57245 River Rd., Sunriver. $20 or free for members.




Hosted by the Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation, Dr. Debra Merskin, PhD, these monthly lecture and chats are designed to help everyone get to know local wildlife a little better. This month is all about small mammals. Learn more about how to be better neighbors to these little critters. Thu., Feb. 18, 6pm. thinkwildco.org/events. Free.

Join John Shipe for a Sunday funday with live music and fresh songs from his newly released 12th album. Shipe has renowned Americana sound and has opened for dozens of well-known and celebrated artists around the world. Sun., Feb. 21, 4-6pm. Sisters Depot, 250 W Cascade Ave., Sisters. No cover. Pexels


Snag your pack of the best local and regional beers around and join in for a day of fun and beer! While the festival is virtual this year, participants are still getting the spirit of this annual festival with online events including cooking classes, live music, panel discussions with breweries, drag bingo and raffle prizes. Sat., Feb. 20, 5-8pm. thesuttlelodge.com/ happenings. $25-$40.



You can’t go wrong with a weekend evening full of bluegrass originals, heated igloos and cold beer. Local singer-songwriter Bill Powers is bringing the jams to Bunk + Brew! Sat., Feb. 20, 5-7pm. Bunk + Brew Historic Lucas House, 42 NW Hawthorne Ave., Bend. No cover.





Get to know your own prejudice in this online lecture with Dr. Larry Sherman. Explore how and why our brains engage in bias and the consequences for those holding onto and experiencing prejudice. End the night with tools for ways to overcome prejudice in our lives and society. Sun., Feb. 21, 4-5:30pm. cocc.edu. Free.



Dive into the experience of immigrants in our area with immigrant rights advocate/DACA recipient Lily Bernabe and Kelsey Freeman, author of “No Option but North: The Migrant World and the Perilous Path Across the Border.” Freeman and Bernabe will share their research and experiences around the issues faced in contemporary migration. Tue., Feb. 23, 6-7pm. deschuteslibrary.org/calendar/event/61370. Free.

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Get ready to dive into a whole new trail in Oregon. The Greater Hells Canyon Council recently revived the idea of the Blue Mountains Trail, spanning 566 miles and connecting many of the Northeast Oregon wilderness areas. Learn more about the adventures the initial through-hikers found on this trail still in development. Wed., Feb. 17, 6pm. oregonwild.org/events/webcastbreaking-ground-blue-mountains-trail. Free.



Lupine’s “Midnight” SOUND Review: The singer/songwriter’s first full-length album is a collection of personal anecdotes and thoughts



By Isaac Biehl Courtesy Lupine


t the end of last year the Source ran a Q&A with Bend local Ella Peterson, who makes music under the artist name Lupine. At the time she only had a few pieces of music released, but now Peterson has kicked off the year with the release of the debut full-length album, “Midnight.” What first drew me in to Peterson’s music was her open and vivid writing. She softly sings through an array of emotions, describing scenes and settings with great imagery and detail— ones that you can see unfolding in your own mind. The formula carries forward on the rest of “Midnight,” but there are also some new tricks Peterson shows off that make the album a fun dive into what else she can bring. On “Midnight,” Peterson dips into various tempos around her usual lo-fi rock sound, with “God’s Own Basement” being an awesome example of what happens when the artist speeds things up. Compared to this track, the rest of the album is much more of a mellow listen. But this one stands out for more than just its picked-up pace. “God’s Own Basement” confronts skeletons in the closet and the fear of having to deal with both the past and the future. The hook is an instantly memorable highlight, rushing along with Peterson echoing “hell is nothing more than God’s own basement.” Immediately you know this is a song you’ll be coming back to, if not for its catchy rhythm and chorus, then for the clever symbolism.

“Midnight” is a perfect listen for fans of lo-fi rock and indie pop.

Vulnerability is another of the key pieces to “Midnight.” Whether Peterson is declaring she feels like she’s out “walking on a wire,” going through old photos of life’s past on “Hope You’re Alright,” or even questioning if she’s enough for others, she’s brave enough to share the feelings with listeners. The way she opens up feels like a friend reaching out to get things off their chest—which makes Peterson’s music easy to listen to. Peterson shows great promise as a 17-year-old in music. She’s already

pulled back the curtain to give listeners a peek inside her mind, giving her music a lot of substance to grab onto and think about, even post-listen. And ultimately, that’s kind of the goal as an artist, isn’t it—to record something that sticks with those who listen? Peterson already has that bit down on “Midnight” as she aims to keep coming into her own musically. What’s really interesting about “Midnight” is that the music seems driven by the moment; the space we fall into as we become consumed by our own

thoughts—like at night when you can’t sleep, or when you’re out on a walk staring at what’s ahead, but not really seeing anything, like your own auto-pilot has switched on. Peterson’s album seems to have bottled up that feeling of an inner monologue... except for the fact that she’s sharing with everyone else. That’s what makes it special. Where to play: Spotify and Apple Music For fans of: The Beths, Phoebe Bridgers, Soccer Mommy Grade: B 

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17 Wed. Feb 17

Midtown Yacht Club BINGO! At Midtown

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

Worthy Brewing Star Bar Sessions With Eric Leadbetter and Friends Join us in our roasty, toasty, covered Star Bar or on our spacious, socially-cushioned patio around the fires for live music, great food, and a slice of “normalcy”. Eric Leadbetter will be hosting this cozy event and inviting some friends each week to join him. 5:30pm. No cover.

18 Thu. Feb 18 Bridge 99 Brewery Thursday Trivia Night at Bridge 99 Bundle up and join us for trivia outdoors at Bridge 99. Fire pits, heaters, food trucks and brews are on the ready. Win gift cards. Please continue to properly distance and mask up please! Subject to cancellation with poor weather. 6-8pm. Free. Silver Moon Brewing Trivia on the Moon

Trivia on the Moon is back once again at Silver Moon Brewing! We are excited to welcome back our hosts and guests for exciting categories, great prizes, and good times. Trivia will be held on our socially distanced patio. 7-9pm.

19 Fri. Feb 19 Bunk+Brew Historic Lucas House High Desert Nights @ Bunk+Brew - Live Music with Cheyenne West! HDMC and Bunk+Brew present a weekly Friday night concert series featuring Bend’s best local artists! Heated and covered igloos, bonfires, and heaters available for you

20 Sat. Feb 20 Bunk+Brew Historic Lucas House Bunk+Brew Presents: Saturdays in

the Yard with Bill Powers Live music - bluegrass originals by singer-songwriter Bill Powers! Heated and covered igloos, bonfires, and heaters available for you to enjoy the night in comfort! Family & pet friendly. Do keep 6ft social distancing from other groups and masks are mandatory. Food and beer trucks on site! See you there! 5-7pm.

Sisters Depot Eric Leadbetter at Sisters Depot Eric Leadbetter lives in Central Oregon and plays gigs constantly in the Pacific Northwest. Whether solo, duo, or full band he is always gigging. In 2018 he played 250 plus shows. His music is very unique and original, with ghostly echoes of the golden age of rock from the 60s-70s, and 90s(sorry he skipped the 80s:). And it should be, since he draws his musical inspiration from these eras by listening to a vast collection of classic vinyl. No cover but we do fill up early! Reservations accepted at SistersDepot.com 6-8:30pm. No cover.

21 Sun. Feb 21 River’s Place Trivia Brunch Edition! Yummy new brunch options from the food trucks and of course Mimosas from the tap house. Free to play and prizes to win! Due to state mandate, seating is strictly outside. Come early and grab a seat at one of our many heated and fire pit tables. 12-1:30pm. Sisters Depot John Shipe at Sisters Depot Sunday Funday with live music at Sisters Depot! Veteran Pacific Northwest songster just released his 12th album. Gushing reviews surround Shipe’s Americana work, charting in 6 countries on 3 continents. After 5,000 gigs and a million miles, he’s starting to get good at it, having opened for Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Jerry Joseph, Derek Trucks, Los Lobos, Hootie & Blowfish, and Blind Melon. Reservations accepted at SistersDepot.com 4-6pm. No cover. Courtesy Eric Leadbetter

Initiative Brewing Tuesday Night Trivia in Redmond Tuesday Night Trivia in Redmond! New start time at 6pm at Initiative Brewing. It’s UKB Trivia outdoors on the partially sheltered patio with gas fire pits. It’s free to play with prize cards to win! Event is on each week, weather permitting, so dress warm! Please mask-up and keep distance. Free.

24 Wed. Feb 24 Worthy Brewing Star Bar Sessions With Eric Leadbetter and Friends Join us in our roasty, toasty, covered Star Bar or on our spacious, socially-cushioned patio around the fires for live music, great food, and a slice of “normalcy”. Eric Leadbetter will be hosting this cozy event and inviting some friends each week to join him. 5:30pm. No cover.

MUSIC High Desert Nights @ Bunk+Brew Live Music! HDMC and Bunk+Brew present

a weekly Friday night concert series featuring Bend’s best local artists! Heated and covered igloos, bonfires, and heaters available for you to enjoy the night in comfort! Food & beer also available! Free + All ages Come lively up your Friday at The Yard @ Bunk+Brew! Fridays, 5-7pm. Through March 26. Bunk+Brew Historic Lucas House, 42 NW Hawthorne Ave, Bend. Contact: 458-202-1090. info@bunkandbrew.com.

The Junebugs Livestream Join the folkrock jam band for a boot-stompin’ house party featuring fiery bluegrass and rockin’ renditions of the American songbook! Plus, patrons are invited to an exclusive Tower “After-Party” must RSVP to receive the link. Thu, Feb. 18, 6-9pm, Thu, March 18, 6-9pm and Thu, April 22, 6-9pm. Contact: 541-317-0700. info@towertheatre.org. Free. Sunriver Music Festival’s Young Artists Scholarship Auditions Tune in,

advanced music students of Central Oregon, this is for you! Sunriver Music Festival’s Young Artists Scholarship applications are due April 15th and auditions will be June 4-6th. To qualify, students must be a permanent resident of Central Oregon and perform at an advanced level. Mondays-Sundays. Through April 15. Contact: 541-593-1084. information@sunrivermusic.org. 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. Stories, anecdotes, chart information, interview clips and trivia complement the recognized, the long forgotten and the seldom heard rock’n’soul records of that memorable period. Fridays, 6-8pm. KPOV, 501 NW Bond St., Bend. Contact: mikeficher@gmail.com. Free.

FILM EVENTS Thursday Night Vintage Ski Film Join us

Join Sisters Depot for an outdoor concert with local musician Eric Leadbetter this Sat., Feb. 20 at 6pm.

outside in the alley for a fun evening of vintage ski films! Button up your favorite ski suit and come on out! Serving up beer, wine, hot cider, cocoa, tea, fresh hot theater popcorn and, of course, the best old ski films you need to see! Thursdays, 6:30pm. Through April 1. Tin Pan Alley, Off Minnesota, between Thump and the Wine Shop, Bend. $15-$30.

Virtual: Backcountry Film Festival Calling all ski bums, backcountry adventur-

ers, thrill seekers and winter enthusiasts! Get ready for goosebumps as you “Ooh!” and “Ahh!” at the impact and importance of our winter wildlands through this collection of short films. The sixteenth annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival will be available to watch in Central Oregon beginning February 20th, and running through March 13th in our first-ever virtual screening experience. All proceeds will go to support the efforts of Discover Your Forest. Feb. 20-March 13. Contact: 503-840-8170. amy.jensen@discovernw.org. $20-$60.

PRESENTATIONS & EXHIBITS Bend Chamber: COVID Vaccine Information and Updates The number of COVID

vaccines continue to grow and become available in Central Oregon. Join us in a discussion centered around the scientific data supporting the vaccines, updated timelines for distribution and how we can continue to keep our community safe. We will be joined by Deschutes County Public Health and St. Charles Health System experts who will answer your important questions in our audience Q&A session following the presentation. Feb. 23. Free.

Celebrating Black History Month with Dr. Doug Luffborough Dr. Doug Luffborough

(Dr. Luff) overcame fatherlessness, homelessness, and unjust systems to be the first in his family to attend college. Chosen by his class at Northeastern University to be the commencement speaker, he thoroughly impressed one attendee in particular, President Bill Clinton. President Clinton invited Dr. Luff and his mother to the White House where he promised to write a letter of recommendation for Luff’s application to a Harvard Graduate program. Dr. Luff then went on to the University of San Diego where he received his Ph.D. in Leadership studies. Feb. 23, 12:30pm.

Exhibit Closing: “The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon”

Kindred spirits can find each other across the centuries in the Museum exhibit “The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon.” The exhibit has been extended to February 21, 2021! Feb. 21, 9am-5pm. High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Highway 97, Bend. Contact: 541-3824754. bburda@highdesertmuseum.org. Free with Museum admission.

Fangs, Feathers, & Fur Online Wildlife Lecture Series: Small Mammals Think Wild is excited to announce our

new monthly online lecture series, hosted by Dr. Debra Merskin, PhD, and Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation, Pauline Baker. Each month, Dr. Merskin will lead a discussion about different Central Oregon wildlife, how they are presented in the media, and how that affects public perception. The animals for February are small mammals! Guests are invited to join online, grab and drink of choice and learn and share opinions and thoughts about our wild neighbors and how we can better protect them! Feb. 18, 6pm.

High Desert Museum Virtual Common Ground: Animals and Us Animals

influence human lives in myriad ways. How are we like, or different from, other species? Can we learn from them? Why do we treat some so differently from others? Participate in a curator-facilitated conversation about our relationship with animals large and small, wild and domestic. Share your own thoughts Feb. 18, 6:30-7:30pm. Contact: 541-382-4754. bburda@highdesertmuseum.org. Free.

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Tower Theatre Tibet House US 34th Annual Benefit Concert One of the longest-running and most renowned live cultural events in New York City will return this year for a special virtual edition in addition to a personal video message from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. A portion of sales supports the Tower and performing arts in Central Oregon. 5-8pm. $25.

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CALENDAR Know Flow - Por Necesidad: Immigrant Experiences in Central Oregon Join immigrant rights advocate/DACA



recipient Lily Bernabe and Kelsey Freeman, author of “No Option but North: The Migrant World and the Perilous Path Across the Border”, for an insightful conversation on immigration issues in Central Oregon and beyond. Register here for the Zoom link: https://zoom.us/webinar/ register/WN_vPRo99phRluEcVFxHhytUg Feb. 23, 6-7pm. Contact: 541-312-1029. laurelw@ deschuteslibrary.org. Free.

Know Flow - What it Takes to Take Down a Dam Learn about the engineer-

ing and ecology of dam removal. Registration required. Feb. 17, 6-7pm. Contact: 541-312-1032. lizg@deschuteslibrary.org. Free.

Know Flow: Overcoming Pandemic Procrasination to Make 2021 Awesome

Join us for a one-hour presentation to get your mojo flowing, ideas bubbling, and motivation recharged propelling you forward. Learn the six steps to reaching your goals and dreams right now. Have a pen and paper handy. Are you ready for a pandemic procrastination challenge? This is a live webinar. Feb. 24, 6:30-7:30pm. Contact: 541312-1063. paigef@deschuteslibrary.org. Free.

Mission to Mars: Presentation and Evening Viewing Come join the Sun-

river Nature Center & Observatory for a special talk on Mars, including night time viewing, as we celebrate the landing of the Mars Perseverance Rover and Mars Ingenuity Helicopter on the Red Planet. If you think it’s hard to put a car sized robot on a planet millions of miles away, wait until you hear about the challenges of sending humans! Free for members. Feb. 18, 7 and 8:30pm. Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory, 57245 River Rd., Sunriver. $20.

Nature Nights: The Importance of Insects Join Deschutes Land Trust and Dr. Tara

Cornelisse for a talk on the importance of insects in the natural world. Dr. Cornelisse will also offer actions you can take to enjoy and protect insects in your own backyard. This presentation is free and ticket sales open one month prior to the event. Feb. 17, 7pm. Contact: 541-330-0017. Free.

Neuroscience of Prejudice: Racism and the Brain with Larry Sherman, Ph.D. In this lecture, Dr. Larry Sherman will explore how our brains engage in prejudice, the consequences of prejudice and racism for both racists and people who experience racism in their daily lives, and how understanding these processes suggest ways that we can overcome prejudice and racism in our society. Feb. 21, 4-5:30pm. Contact: 541-383-7257. cgilbride@cocc.edu. Free.

Observatory Nighttime Visit Seek the

stars at the nation’s largest publicly accessible observatory. One-hour sessions include night sky viewing through various telescopes with staff astronomers, a guided constellation tour, meteorite displays, and an educational presentation. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7-8pm and Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8:30-9:30pm. Through March 13. Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory, 57245 River Rd., Sunriver. $20.

Resilient You! An 8 Week Class; Ignite Your 12 Spiritual Powers and Create a Radiant Life! Learn how to harness the 12

Powers of wisdom, love, strength, faith, imagination, order, understanding, will, power, zeal, release, and life itself in order to free yourself from suffering and to thrive in this world! Mondays, 5:307pm. Through March 29. Contact: 541-390-8244. janeyhiatt@gmail.com. $75.

Webcast: Breaking Ground on the Blue Mountains TrailThe 566-mile trail

connects Joseph to John Day and traverses all seven wilderness areas in Northeast Oregon. Still in development, four experienced long-distance hikers spent last fall making two initial thru-hikes of the new route. We’ll learn more about this wonder-filled part of the state and hear about the adventures they had from walls of poison oak, traversing deep creeks, and more, all in the name of building a world-class trail system. Feb. 17, 6pm. Free.

Zach Filkins at Box Factory Local artist

Zach Filkins will display his artwork in our Box Factory Breezeway beginning February 1st March 26. Pieces will be available for purchase and a percentage of proceeds will go towards The Giving Plate. Feb. 1-March 26. Box Factory, 550 SW industrial way, Bend.

WORDS Mystery Book Club On February 17th we

will discuss The Long Call by Ann Cleeves. Please visit roundaboutbookshop.com for Zoom info. Feb. 17, 6-7pm. Contact: 541-306-6564. sara@roundaboutbookshop.com. Free.

Rediscovered Reads Book Club On February 24th we will discuss My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman. Please visit roundaboutbookshop.com for Zoom info. Feb. 24, 6-7pm. Contact: 541-306-6564. sara@roundaboutbookshop.com. Free.

ETC. Preventative Walk-In Pet Wellness Clinic The Bend Spay and Neuter Project offers vaccinations, deworming and microchips at

Courtesy Camp Fire

our walk-in wellness clinic. No appointments necessary, first come first served. Saturdays, 9am-2pm. Bend Spay & Neuter Project, 910 SE Wilson, Suite A1, Bend. $10-$30.

VOLUNTEER Call for Volunteers - Play with Parrots! Volunteers needed at Second Chance Bird

Rescue! Friendly people needed to help socialize birds to ready for adoption, make toys, clean cages and make some new feathered friends! Do you play a musical instrument? Come and practice for the birds! Located past Cascade Lakes Distillery, call for hours and location. Contact: 916-956-2153.

CASA Training to Be A Voice for Kids in Foster Care Court Appointed Special

Advocates (or CASA volunteers) are trained and committed volunteers who provide a voice for and ensure that each child’s individual needs remain a priority in foster care. Become a CASA at our free online training in 2021. Tuesdays, Noon-3pm. Through Feb. 23. Contact: 541-389-1618. mjohnson@casaofcentraloregon.org. $0.

Community Solar: A path to solar for all Community solar brings the opportunity for households that have traditionally been left out of the solar conversation to benefit from solar energy, typically at a cost less than their current utility bills. Tune in to find out how you can support solar projects in OR! Feb. 23, 5-6:30pm. Contact: 541-385-6908. info@ envirocenter.org. Free.

Volunteer Opportunity Are you a Jack/Jill of all trades? There’s everything from small engine, fencing, troubleshooting in a barn/rescue facility that require TLC repairs. Seize this opportunity; volunteer at Mustangs To The Rescue (MTTR). MTTR is a 501 C3 organization located in Bend. Please call and leave a message. Mondays-Sundays, 9am-6pm. Mustangs to the Rescue, 21670 McGilvray Road, Bend. Contact: 541-330-8943. volunteer@MustangstotheRescue.org.

Volunteer with Salvation Army The Salvation Army has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for almost every age. We have an emergency food pantry, we visit residents of assisted living centers and we make up gifts for veterans and the homeless. Ongoing. Contact: 541-389-8888.

GROUPS & MEETUPS All Jewelry Show Showing local central

Oregon jewelers. Oregon Sun stones made into one of a kind jewelry by Elyse and Steve Douglas. Alisa Looney makes amazing picture paintings to wear. Sharon Reed is our stone lady and has a great eye on making the jewelry stand out. Come by and see them Mondays-Sundays, 11am-4pm. Through Feb. 22. Hood Avenue Art, 357 W Hood Ave., Sisters, Sisters.

CASA Information: Be A Voice for Kids in Foster Care Have you thought

about becoming a CASA volunteer? Join us at one of our weekly one hour free Zoom informational sessions where you can learn more about advocating for children in foster care in Central Oregon. Thursdays, Noon-1pm. Through March 18. Contact: 541-389-1619. training@casaofcentraloregon.org. Free.

Happy Hour for the Protect Our Winters Central Oregon Local Alliance. We’ll provide updates on the Local Alliance, discuss ideas and relevant topics, and most importantly, bring together outdoor enthusiasts who want to protect our outdoor spaces from the impacts of climate change. Feb. 18, 7-8pm. Contact: powcentraloregon@protectourwinters.org.

FAMILY & KIDS Baby Ninja + Me Cuties (10 months-24 months) plus adult will bond and have a blast during this unique yoga and ninja warrior class! Each of these classes will include soft obstacle ninja warrior courses, yoga and fun. Adults will enjoy, meeting other parents, yoga stretching and learning ways to interact with their babies! Wednesdays, 11-11:45am. Through June 2. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. info@freespiritbend.com. $99 per Child. Foundations of Kids Yoga Training

Join Deven Sisler to receive practices you can share right away, as well as a supportive community for cultivating your own self-care. This training will give you techniques to share the holistic life skills of yoga and meditation. Sat, Feb. 20, 1-5:30pm. Contact: 541-550-8550. namaspayoga@gmail.com. $360-$450.

Kids Ninja Warrior Class Unique to Bend, your kids (age 6-10) will gain amazing abilities through obstacle course training, climbing and fitness conditioning, and team motivation in our Kids Ninja Warrior classes. Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30pm, Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15pm and Thursdays, 5-6pm. Through May 27. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. info@freespiritbend.com. $99 per child. Kids Ninja Warrior Half-Day Camp

Drop-off the kids (age 6 - 12) on Wednesday afternoon’s after school for Half-Day Ninja Warrior Camps, they’ll get their energy out and their exercise in! Wednesdays, 1:30-4:30pm. Through May 26. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. info@freespiritbend.com. $99 per child.

Mini-Yogi + Me 4-Week Series (Livestream) Parents and kids (ages 2 - 6) will have

a blast during these fun, upbeat livestream yoga classes! Each class will have a theme and will include fun yoga sequences/games, partner poses, songs with movements, and active story time to help with kids’ development and keep them moving this winter! Tuesdays, 10:3011am. Through Feb. 23. Contact: 541-241-3919. info@freespiritbend.com. $34.

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

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

We’ll take a look at Central Oregon’s history of racial exclusion that invites a discussion of our community’s diversity and acceptance. Feb. 18, Noon-1pm. Contact: info@cityclubco.org. Free.

Ninja Elite Class Kids (age 8 - 12) come increase your athletic performance through the exciting sport of Ninja Warrior! Tuesdays, 5-6pm. Through May 25. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. info@freespiritbend.com. $99 per child.

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POW’r Hour with the POW Central Oregon Local Alliance Monthly Virtual

Regardless of where you are in your life journey, there are key steps you can take to help maximize your wealth and well-being. Join us to discuss: What wealth means to you. Looking beyond the newspaper headlines. Feb. 17, 7-8pm. $10-$20.

vacation rentals provide plenty of room to be together. Make it a family retreat and stay 3 or more nights in one of our vacation rentals and receive your 4th Night FREE. Mondays-Thursdays-Sundays, Midnight-Noon Through Dec. 31. Black Butte Ranch, 13899 Bishops Cap, Sisters. Contact: 866-471-9611.



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Teen Volunteer Club Join Camp Fire Central

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

BEER & DRINK Apres Ski Special at Zpizza Tap Room Slice of premium pizza & beer- only

$5! Happy Hour with 18 taps and big -screen TVs. Show your Mt. B lift ticket, finish your epic day on your way down from the mountain with us from 4:00-6:00pm. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Zpizza Tap Room, 1082 SW Yates Drive, Bend. Contact: 541-382-2007. bendsales@peppertreeinns.com. $5.

Cross Cut Warming Hut: Locals’ Day! Tuesdays are Locals' Day. Every Tuesday enjoy $1 off regular size draft beverages. Come by the Warming Hut and hang out by the fire. See you soon, Bend! Tuesdays. Cross Cut Warming Hut No 5, 566 SW Mill View Way, Bend.

Growler Discount Night! Enjoy $2

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

Locals’ Night Come on down and join the lo-

cal family all day every Monday! We offer $3 Pints of our core line up beers and $4 pours of our barrel aged beers all day. 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. Outdoor dining is open now! The are also food specials from the food carts located out back at The Patio! Tuesdays. Bevel Craft Brewing, 911 SE Armour Rd. Suite B, Bend. Contact: holla@bevelbeer.com. Free.

The Suttle Lodge’s 2nd Annual Winter Beer Festival Tickets are now on

sale for The Suttle Lodge’s 2nd Annual Winter Beer Festival! Bringing together local Oregon breweries, and keeping the spirit of outdoor Bavarian winter markets alive in the Deschutes National Forest • this year’s festival is VIRTUAL and benefits the Independent Restaurant Alliance of Oregon, with sponsorship by our friends at MiiR. Feb. 20, 5-8pm. $25-$40.

ATHLETIC EVENTS Bend Area Running Fraternity The

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


Peace Park Season Opening Celebration This Saturday it’s time to Find

Your Peace — join us for some free-flowing fun as we celebrate the opening of Mt. Bachelor’s Woodward Peace Park for the winter 2020/21 season! Feb. 20, 11am-3pm. Mt. Bachelor, 13000 Century Drive, Bend.

Planet Fitness Home Work-Ins Planet Fitness is offering free daily workouts via livestream! Visit the Planet Fitness Facebook page for more details. Free. Redmond Running Group Run All levels

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

OUTDOOR EVENTS Family Birding Adventure Join a naturalist as we explore the botanic garden, nature trail, and shore of Lake Aspen in search of Sunriver’s winter birds. This family-friendly program is suited for all ages. We’ll be exploring along snow-packed trails, so snow boots with traction and warm gear are recommended. Please no strollers on this adventure. Binoculars are not required to enjoy this adventure and a few will be available to borrow. Saturdays, 10am. Through Feb. 27. Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory, 57245 River Rd., Sunriver. $25 per family. Freezing February: Virtual Polar Plunge Be Bold/Get Cold while keeping Oregon Plunging in 2021! Join us for the most inclusive Plunge in SOOR’s history – it’s virtual so geography is no barrier to having fun and raising funds for our athletes. Plungers will join the virtual festivities during the month of Freezin’ February while staying safe at home with family, friends or teammates! Feb. 1-27.

Mt Bachelor: February Green Tire Giveaway Groundhog Day declared six more

weeks of winter and based on our forecast, we’re claiming a lot longer...so best to make sure your car is winter road equipped with high-performance tires. The Green Tire Giveaway. Follow @mtbachelor on Instagram and tune into the Instagram stories for clues starting at 9:00 a.m. Ski or ride some of your favorite runs as you track down clues and keep your eyes peeled for the hidden green tire. The one lucky winner to follow the clues and find the green tire will win a full set of tires! Feb. 20.

HEALTH & WELLNESS 40 Days To Personal Revolution From

ancient wisdom & experience, Baron Baptiste created 40 Days to Personal Revolution, a relevant and practical program, that will lead you home to mental clarity, lightness of body and illumination of spirit that comes with whole-life health. Seven consecutive Tuesday’s, beginning February 2nd, 7-8:15pm online via Zoom! Tuesdays, 7-8:15pm. Through March 16. Contact: 541-550-8550. namaspayoga@gmail.com. $40.

Take the family on a winter walk while you hunt for the birds and wildlife that populate our region, Saturdays at 10am.

Bend Pilates Bend Pilates is now offering

a full schedule of classes through Zoom! For more information visit bendpilates.net/classes/. Ongoing, Noon-1pm. $20.

Capoeira: A Perfect Adventure Become

your own hero. The Brazilian art form of Capoeira presents opportunities to develop personal insights, strength, balance, flexibility, musicality, voice, rhythm, and language by tapping the energy of this rich cultural expression and global community. Text 541-678-3460 for location and times. Mondays-Wednesdays-Fridays, 6pm. Contact: ucabend@gmail.com. $30 intro month.

Getting Started With Essential Oils - Bend Heard about essential oils but do

not know where to start? Join us for this free workshop to learn how to get started safely. Fridays, 7pm and Sundays, 10am. Through May 30. Riverhouse on the Deschutes, 3075 N. Highway 97, Bend. Free.

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

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

Introduction To Ayurveda & Ayurvedic Self-Care Practices Struggling with your

physical or emotional well-being? Dealing with stubborn weight gain, chronic pain or auto-immune issues? Ayurveda can help unlock your return to full health, vitality and happiness. Live via Zoom. Feb. 20, 3-5pm. Contact: 541-550-8550. namaspayoga@gmail.com. $25-$30.

Livestream Pre + Postnatal Yoga Classes This class is designed to help

pregnant ladies and recently postpartum moms (6 weeks - 1 year) safely strengthen and stretch


their bodies, relax the mind, reduce discomfort, and improve postpartum recovery. Sundays, 10:30am. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-797-3404. info@freespiritbend.com. $9.

Livestream Yoga Flow Classes This all levels livestream yoga flow class is built around sun salutations and creative sequencing to build heat, endurance, flexibility and strength. Our highly knowledgable yoga teachers will guide you safely through smooth pose-to-pose transitions as you move with your breath. Tuesdays-Thursdays-Saturdays, 9:15-10:15am. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-797-3404. info@freespiritbend.com. $9. The Vance Stance/Structural Reprogramming Tired of being in pain? Get to the

root of why you are tight & suffering. In this series of two-hour classes in posture and flexibility. Wed, Feb. 17, 6pm, Thu, Feb. 18, Noon, Mon, Feb. 22, 12 and 6pm, Wed, Feb. 24, 6pm. EastSide Home Studio, 21173 Sunburst Ct., Bend. Contact: 541-330-9070. vancebonner@juno.com. 12 classes/$180.

Weekend Services at Powell Butte Christian Church Saturday Night Cowboy

Church: 7pm (Historic Chapel): Sunday Morning: 8:30am and 10:30am (Worship Center), and 11:30am (Historic Chapel) Feb. 20, 7pm and Feb. 21, 8:30-11:30am. Powell Butte Christian Church, 13720 SW Hwy 126, Bend. Free.

Yoga Strong For Women 4-Week Series (Livestream) It’s your time to thrive—

inside and out in our invigorating, replenishing and transformative yoga series designed just for women. Shed the habits that are holding you back through Vinyasa yoga practices that will progressively strengthen your body, develop your stamina and enhance your flexibility. Sundays, 9:15-10:45am. Through Feb. 28. Contact: 541-241-3919. info@freespiritbend.com. $70.

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Experience the thrill from your sofa with these lesser-known outdoor films and videos By K.M. Collins

Main stage: Listen to the Eyes - Artsy, with rough-cut flair, this Shred-Betty-centric piece is produced by Vans. A 15-minute downtempo film short with tons of abstract snow blower texture shots is reminiscent of 1970s surf—and possibly

Image courtesy @kalebariley

Local Kaleb Riley created fun, lo-fi videos of his recent trips—worth drooling over during these times.

early skate—zine-style vibes set against a big mountain backdrop. Full Moon Film - Interviews sprinkled with commentary on the drought of female role models in the industry, this film mixes modern cinematics with many film styles. This is the latest and greatest in pure snowboard vibes, untainted with surf or skate.  Out on a Limb - Lead profile Vasu Sojitra says this film is not just for people with disabilities, it’s for people who don’t fully know what they are capable of… and full disclosure from Sojitra, it was mostly filmed with a Walmart

camera. The base plot is profiling a super humble super graceful mono skier. Solving for Z - Understand the risks and rewards of backcountry through the narrative of veteran Teton (and beyond) backcountry guide Zahan Billimoria. This is a classic to keep on the shelf and harkens to ever-present concerns about the inherent risk in backcountry snow sports —even from the pros.  What to pack - Mountaineer Caroline Gleich and skier Brooklyn Bell break backcountry gear down. Great guidance for the novice and super solid suggestions for veterans. Plus, who doesn’t Image courtesy @kalebariley

With much ado over self-inflicted overuse snow injuries, concerns for safe driving and difficulty finding parking—not to mention the ever-present COVID scare— maybe you want a rest day on the couch.

love seeing Bell on screen… mountain biking, backcountry, this girl does it all! Locals only: Tumalo Day & We skied at Crater Lake National Park - Local director/ videographer Kaleb Riley put together a couple fun shorts with homecourt Oregon-based terrain. His fun attitude and home video vibes are extra special for those hailing from the Oregon Territory. Could there be a more beautiful time and place to film than a Crater Lake full moon drop?  Backyard Beta with Katherine Jondro Donnelly - This is a hilarious comedic backyard Facebook backcountry spoof training clip. Donnelly uses more juicy sport-specific slang than the author of this story you are reading. Calling Women In: Avalanche Education - Shejumps is a national and local women’s outdoor collective focused on empowering women in the outdoors. This panel discusses challenges for women in the backcountry and addresses the myth: “There’s not enough room at the top.” As women professionals, Shejumps believes in deconstructing this myth and proving there is plenty of room. Upcoming Mountain Film Fest - Sure to include some backcountry footage amongst other outdoor sports clips, this is a can’t-miss local fan favorite annual event. Shows start Feb. 26. Tickets available through The Environmental Center webpage. This year’s version will be a new virtual and streaming experience featuring two weekends of spectacular films. 



o you need a recovery day from your extreme winter sports habits [err addictions]? Are you exhausted from playing chicken with reckless drivers on the icy slip-n-slide that constitutes Cascade Lakes Highway this time of year? Have you decided enough is enough with the if-then-else flowchart required to secure a Mt. Bachelor parking pass? Can’t even score a vehicle space at Dutchman Flat Sno-park without leaving town at an ungodly midnight hour, accepting the reality of an overflow parking ticket or circling the lot 100 times? With much ado over self-inflicted overuse snow injuries, concerns for safe driving and difficulty finding parking—not to mention the ever-present COVID scare—maybe you want a rest day on the couch… and maybe you want to watch some backcountry porn while you’re vegging out. If so, read on for the author’s go-to off-piste big screen stimulation station favorite media pics.  Disclaimer: I enjoy diversity in narrative above all else. The same demographic hucking big air has been on rinse and repeat dominating so many channels for long, I thought I would give us all a hiatus and focus on narratives with less-represented angles. Thanks for being willing to try something new! 




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LITTLE BITES By Nicole Vulcan

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A noodle obsession goes from pop-up to print By Donna Britt @foodlifelove.com


Riff Taproom Becomes Stoller Wine Bar

“Punk Noodle – Stories and Recipes From a Pop-up Noodle Shop,” inspired by a couple's passion.

handmade noodles, working hard to replicate the texture and taste of the fresh ramen noodles they had in Tokyo during the 99 Days trip. He spent months and months meticulously working on the recipe. Once he had it down (ramen recipe #17c), he dreamt of hosting a spontaneous, chaotic, one-night-only pop-up to showcase the noodles. It was while watching noodle videos at 3am that he came up with the name Punk Noodle, deciding that even though they weren’t punks, per se, they aligned with much of the spirit of punk: challenging the mainstream along with its inequities and hypocrisies. That first Punk Noodle pop-up was a blazing success; they sold out all 130 orders of noodles and they knew they had to do it again. But why not open a noodle restaurant instead? Isn’t that how things typically progress? As the Schroeter Phillips’ put it, “No!” Courtesy Britta/Benjamin Schroeter Phillips

It was the random nature of Punk Noodle, following wherever the creative excitement leads, not getting sucked into forced growth and feeling pressure to keep growing and getting bigger, that was the attraction. The series of exhausting, yet totally fulfilling Punk Noodle pop-ups over the past several years have, however, led to this colorful new book, which sprung from the desire to get something tactile out there that people at home could do right now, according to Britta. While they had thought about the book before the pandemic hit, it was forced time at home with no traveling that actually allowed them the time to put it together. While Ben is the chef and the creator of the recipes—all original, in the new self-published, Kickstarter-funded book, Britta is the artist, responsible for everything that isn’t recipes. It’s a bright, beautiful, fun book, with recipes ranging from Caramel Pork Wontons to Hong Kong XO sauce to the homemade noodles, including step-by-step instructions and photos on how to roll and cut your own noods. The Schroeter Philips’ say they don’t know where Punk Noodle is going next, but “whenever the spirit strikes, we’ll do something again with it.” “Punk Noodle was just one idea that we didn’t know was going to turn into something that we’d still be doing and talking about three years later,” Ben said. He does admit that it might be nice to sell a bunch of books and go around the world again. There are some giant fish in Mongolia that he’d like to try and catch, for one thing.  “Punk Noodle – Stories and Recipes From a Pop-Up Noodle Shop” available at:

The chef at work­—Benjamin Schroeter Phillips turns out his homemade noodles.

Newport Avenue Market, The Bend Store, The Workhouse, and at punknoodlehq.com.

After several months of teaming up in the same space, Riff Cold Brewed announced this month that it would be officially handing over its taproom in Bend’s Box Factory to Stoller Wine. In November, Riff announced that it would be sharing its space on Arizona Avenue, offering a pop-up tasting room for the Willamette Valley winery. But on Feb. 3, Riff announced on its Facebook page that it would hand over the keys to the taproom and instead begin to “focus exclusively on our core business of making and packaging those creative new cold-brewed concoctions.” According to a press release from Stoller, the Stoller Wine Bar will feature over 40 wines from Stoller’s brands, which include Stoller Family Estate, Chehalem, Chemistry, Canned Oregon and History. Food options at the wine bar include cheese and charcuterie— and along with beer offerings, the Stoller Wine Bar will also continue to offer Riff Cold Brewed products.

Food Cart Pod Opening Soon in Prineville

A new food cart pod is nearing completion in Prineville, and its owner is seeking food carts to join the fun. The Corral Tap Room & Food Carts is located on NW Third Street in Prineville, where owner Jerry Kropacek hopes to add several more food carts to the space. The Corral includes an indoor beer garden and indoor/outdoor seating. Kropacek hopes to have the space open to the public by April. More information is available at corraltaproom.com.  Courtesy Jerry Kropacek


trip around the world, a noodle obsession, a series of pop-up dinners—and now a cookbook! “Punk Noodle – Stories and Recipes From a Pop-Up Noodle Shop” is the latest creative collaboration of husband/wife duo Britta and Benjamin Schroeter Phillips, but Punk Noodle is more than a book; it’s a way of being. “Food is what brings everyone together, no matter what country you live in, no matter what your social standing. The joy of gathering to eat, coupled with a sense of wonder, is something we try to imbue in everything that we do.” That’s a direct quote from the forward of “Punk Noodle” and the underlying impetus of all things punk and noodle for the Schroeter Phillips’. In the fall of 2016 the couple set off on a trip they called “99 Days Around the World,” traveling through 10 countries on four continents. They returned home to Bend inspired, wanting to act quickly to create an experience that centered around food and transported guests to a different place. They planned their very first popup within six weeks. That eight-course ticketed dinner called “Tuk Tuk Tuk” was an ode to some of their favorite meals from Thailand and the beginning of a successful series of pop-ups which ultimately became Punk Noodle. It should be noted here that Chef Ben was doing all the cooking for the pop-ups on a tiny, 20-inch electric stove in the couple’s small apartment as well as on a mini-Weber on the even smaller patio— but as they point out in the book, “One never needs fancy equipment to make delicious food.” Now, about that moniker, Punk Noodle. After the “Tuk Tuk Tuk” dinner, Ben became obsessed with

21 Courtesy Britta/Benjamin Schroeter Phillips



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SCREEN May the Source Be With You February Edition By Jared Rasic 23


In Pod We Trust: Over the last year, one podcast that has helped me immensely is

deeply human look at how we cope with pain. There’s so much warmth and compassion in this series that it immediately inspires feelings of kindness and empathy that really come in handy right now. I’ve also been a little obsessed with the eight-part BBC production of “The Battersea Poltergeist,” an extremely fascinating look at a haunting that might make you a believer. It’s deeply unsettling and well performed by the actors recreating the story of the Hitchings family, but then host Danny Robbins also tells the story of his own current investigations into the story. Fans of true crime and those creepyass Netflix murder documentaries will have a field day with this.

Netflix and Hulu have so much content that it’s basically just them throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks. HBOMax feels curated, like they care about the quality of content they stream. Don’t get me wrong, there’s some trash on there, but I’m starting to feel like HBOMax might be the only streaming service that’s indispensable. “Griefcast,” hosted by comedian Cariad Lloyd and focused on a different guest each week who talks about the death of a loved one. I know that sounds profoundly depressing, but the podcast is a life-affirming and

Now Streaming I feel like when people talk about the current streaming service wars, most of the conversations center around Netflix, Hulu and Disney +, which is sad because most of you are straight

This is your monthly reminder that “The Leftovers” is the best show you’ve never seen.

sleeping on HBOMax. It’s insane the amount of quality content that’s on the site that people are overlooking. You’ve got the entire back catalogue of HBO shows like “The Leftovers” and “Deadwood,” all of Studio Ghibli, all the DC comics cartoons like “Batman: The Animated Series” and a ton of movies from the Criterion Collection. Last week I did a double feature of Christopher Guest’s all-time classic “Waiting for Guffman” and the Coen brothers’ debut film “Blood Simple” without ever leaving HBOMax. On top of all the movies, the new season of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”

just started up again, the incredibly creepy Spanish series “30 Coins” is about to launch its season finale and “Search Party” was just renewed for another season. Netflix and Hulu have so much content that it’s basically just them throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks. HBOMax feels curated, like they care about the quality of content they stream. Don’t get me wrong, there’s some trash on there, but I’m starting to feel like HBOMax might be the only streaming service that’s indispensable. Who am I kidding? I can’t quit you, Netflix. 

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ow is February shaping up for everyone? Have things slowly started feeling like they’re getting back to normal? I still mostly work from home, mostly just talk to my cat on a lot of days and still watch a lot of movies and listen to way too many podcasts. Wow. That should be my dating profile. Anyway, I hope life is feeling brighter for most of you and the days are filled with sunshine, socially distanced hugs and laughter. With that said, here are a few things that have been making me feel a little more connected this month.









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Ski, snowshoe, and soak in the tranquil beauty of Eastern Oregon



he mountains are calling and I must go” is one of my favorite John Muir quotes. Written in a letter to his sister in 1873, his words echoed in my mind during a recent visit to the Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort outside of Baker City, named for William “Doc” Anthony, a farmer and doctor, who homesteaded in the area in 1864. Located 19 miles west of North Powder Exit 285 off I-84, ALMR feels like a “locals” ski area but attracts skiers from across the region. “Anthony Lakes is an easy going, downhome, family-friendly ski area,” said Chelsea Judy, marketing director. “Life is simple here. It’s a place with no cell service and great folks!” It’s a five-hour drive from Bend but well worth the effort. Access to the ski area’s base at 7,100 feet, the highest in Oregon, is via the Anthony Lakes Highway and FR 73. A triple-chair lift runs skiers up 900 feet to a point which offers tremendous views of nearby peaks including Gunsight Mountain, Van Patten Peak, Angell Peak and the distant Wallowa Mountains. With over 1,100 acres of open terrain and 21 ski runs, there’s something for everyone. The resort is open Thursday through Sunday and advance online purchase of a lift ticket is highly recommended due to current COVID-19 restrictions on operating capacity. Very reasonably priced tickets have an added discount for those who stay overnight with one of ALMR’s lodging partners. The area boasts over 30 kilometers of groomed Nordic trails which wind through forests, past frozen lakes and beneath towering granitic sentinels such as Gunsight Mountain and Lees Peak. The Nordic Center, housed in a converted cargo container, is now located at the Elkhorn Crest Trailhead, about one-quarter mile before the ski area. Mud Lake, located across from the Ski Patrol building, provides skiers or snowshoers an opportunity to run their dogs.

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Snowshoers may also head out to nearby Black Lake or Grande Ronde Lake. The Black Lake trail (about 1.2 miles long), starts at the Nordic Center and traverses through the woods before ascending a short slope to the lake with great views of Gunsight Mountain and Van Patten Butte. The trail to Grande Ronde Lake follows a closed road to the lake’s campground, then circles around the edge of the lake for a quiet 1.5-mile round trip. Overnight accommodations Between Baker City and La Grande are numerous hotels, B&Bs and rentals for an overnight stay. For a unique experience, then make a reservation at The Lodge at Hot Lake Springs near La Grande. Now open under new owners Mike and Tamarah Rasavy, who also own the adjacent Grande Hot Springs RV Resort, they are working hard on finishing renovations to the 64,000+ square foot resort. The first structure at Hot Lake Springs (the water comes out at 186 degrees Fahrenheit!) was built in 1864 providing accommodations to travelers along the Oregon Trail. The current structure was completed in 1908 and housed a barber shop, bank, post office, overnight accommodations, bath house and restaurants. A Dr. Phy purchased the area in 1917 and turned it into Hot Lake Sanitorium, using a thirdfloor room for surgeries. Damian Fagan

After a fire destroyed the western portion of the building in 1934, the lodge had various owners who operated the resort as an asylum, World War II nurses training facility, retirement home, night club and bath house. By the early 1990s, the property suffered from neglect and vandalism. Restoration commenced in the early 2000s, with new owners breathing life into the old facility by upgrading the electrical and fire suppression systems and putting on a new roof. When the Rasavys purchased the lodge in 2020, they were able to focus more on deferred maintenance, getting rooms and common areas ready for occupancy. “Eventually, full capacity will be about 30 rooms,” they said. “You’ll get that quaint feeling but with a 21st century twist.” The Thermal Pub is about 50% complete. “We’ve solved our current food issue at this point by partnering with Side A Brewing in La Grande for ordering food and having it delivered,” said Rasavy. Of course, the main attraction is to soak up those healing mineral waters and enjoy the tranquility and mountain views while dreaming up future reasons to return. Pro tips: A sno-park pass is required for parking at the resort or Nordic Center. Those not staying with a lodging partner should reserve a lift-ticket, rental equipment, or ski lesson through the website. The Lodge at Hot Lake Springs is currently open only to overnight guests; reservations are strongly encouraged.  Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort

Gunsight Mountain looms over the Anthony Lakes area.

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An opening celebration for freestyle lovers, plus the Green Tire Giveaway returns Winter finally made its way to Central Oregon and Mt. Bachelor is celebrating the snowfall with the opening of the Woodward Peace Park, perfect for those looking to freestyle on skis or learn some new tricks on a board. The Peace Park was founded in 2011 as a collaboration between Woodward and U.S. Olympic Snowboard athlete Danny Davis. The park was created to break the traditional rules of terrain and let riders focus on creativity and fun while they flow. Woodward Peace Park will open this weekend with plenty of fun and games. In addition to music and beats, photographers will be on site to catch that perfect shot, and plenty of chances to snag free food and swag. Expert riders looking to show off their skills should keep an eye out for the tentative annual Peace Park Championships. The 2021 event is set to be hosted at Mt. Bachelor, and though no official dates have been announced, let’s hope it is still on the schedule for April. If you aren’t up for trying your hand (or feet) at the freestyle Peace Park, you can still get in on some giveaways and fun at the Green Tire Giveaway. In anticipation of the extended winter predicted by amateur weather forecaster Punxsutawney Phil, it’s time to gear up your ride. The first to complete the virtual scavenger hunt this weekend wins a full set of Nokian tires. Head up to the mountain while following the clues for your chance to win.  Peace Park Season Opening Celebration

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ASTROLOGY  By Rob Brezsny AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943) ultimately became one of the 20th century’s most renowned composers. But his career had a rough start. Symphony No. 1, his first major work, was panned by critics, sending him into a four-year depression. Eventually he recovered. His next major composition, Piano Concerto No. 2, was well-received. I don’t anticipate that your rookie offerings or new work will get the kind of terrible reviews that Rachmaninoff’s did. But at least initially, there may be no great reviews, and possibly even indifference. Keep the faith, my dear. Don’t falter in carrying out your vision of the future. The rewards will come in due time. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Ancient Greek playwright Euripides was popular and influential— and remains so to this day, 2,400 years later. But there’s a curiously boring aspect in five of his plays, Andromache, Alcestis, Helen, Medea, and The Bacchae. They all have the same exact ending: six lines, spoken by a chorus, that basically say the gods are unpredictable. Was Euripides lazy? Trying too hard to drive home the point? Or were the endings added later by an editor? Scholars disagree. The main reason I’m bringing this to your attention is to encourage you to avoid similar behavior. I think it’s very important that the stories you’re living right now have different endings than all the stories of your past. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Atheists like to confront religious people with accusations like this: “If God is so good, why does he allow suffering in the world?” Their simplistic, childish idea of God as some sort of Moral Policeman is ignorant of the lush range of ruminations about the Divine as offered down through the ages by poets, novelists, philosophers, and theologians. For example, poet Stéphane Mallarmé wrote, “Spirit cares for nothing except universal musicality.” He suggested that the Supreme Intelligence is an artist making music and telling stories. And as you know, music and stories include all human adventures, not just the happy stuff. I bring these thoughts to your attention, Aries, because the coming weeks will be a favorable time to honor and celebrate the marvelously rich stories of your own life—and to feel gratitude for the full range of experience with which they have blessed you. PS: Now is also a favorable phase to rethink and reconfigure your answers to the Big Questions.

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Lewis confides, “I love being horribly straightforward. I love sending reckless text messages and telling people I love them and telling people they are absolutely magical humans and I cannot believe they really exist. I love saying, ‘Kiss me harder,’ and ‘You’re a good person,’ and, ‘You brighten my day.’” What would your unique version of Lewis’s forthrightness be like, Taurus? What brazen praise would you offer? What declarations of affection and care would you unleash? What naked confessions might you reveal? The coming days will be a favorable time to explore these possibilities.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): It’s a good time to become more of who you are by engaging with more of what you are not. Get in the mood for this heroic exercise by studying the following rant by Gemini poet Adam Zagajewski (who writes in Polish), translated by Gemini poet Clare Cavanaugh: “Read for yourselves, read for the sake of your inspiration, for the sweet turmoil in your lovely head. But also read against yourselves, read for questioning and impotence, for despair and erudition, read the dry, sardonic remarks of cynical philosophers. Read those whose darkness or malice or madness or greatness you can’t yet understand, because only in this way will you grow, outlive yourself, and become what you are.” CANCER (June 21-July 22): You’re on the verge of breakthroughs. You’re ready to explore frontiers, at least in your imagination. You’re brave enough to go further and try harder than you’ve

been able to before. With that in mind, here’s a highly apropos idea from Cancerian novelist Tom Robbins. He writes, “If you take any activity, any art, any discipline, any skill, take it and push it as far as it will go, push it beyond where it has ever been before, push it to the wildest edge of edges, then you force it into the realm of magic.” (I might use the word “coax” or “nudge” instead of “force” in Robbins’ statement.)

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In her story “Homelanding,” Margaret Atwood writes, “Take me to your trees. Take me to your breakfasts, your sunsets, your bad dreams, your shoes. Take me to your fingers.” I’d love you to express requests like that. It’s a favorable time for you to delve deeper into the mysteries of people you care about. You will generate healing and blessings by cultivating reverent curiosity and smart empathy and crafty intimacy. Find out more about your best allies! VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You’re about to reach the end of your phase of correction and adjustment. To mark this momentous transition, and to honor your ever-increasing ability to negotiate with your demons, I offer you the following inspirational proclamation by poet Jeannette Napolitano: “I don’t want to look back in five years’ time and think, ‘We could have been magnificent, but I was afraid.’ In five years, I want to tell of how fear tried to cheat me out of the best thing in life, and I didn’t let it.” LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): It’s not a good time for you to be obsessed with vague abstractions, fear-based fantasies, and imaginary possibilities. But it is a favorable phase to rise up in behalf of intimate, practical changes. At least for now, I also want to advise you not to be angry and militant about big, complicated issues that you have little power to affect. On the other hand, I encourage you to get inspired and aggressive about injustices you can truly help fix and erroneous approaches you can correct and close-at-hand dilemmas for which you can summon constructive solutions.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes,” declared author André Gide. As a writer myself, I will testify to the truth of that formulation. But what about those of you who aren’t poets and novelists and essayists? Here’s how I would alter Gide’s statement to fit you: “The most beautiful things are those that rapture prompts and reason refines.” Or maybe this: “The most beautiful things are those that experimentation finds and reason uses.” Or how about this one: “The most beautiful things are those that wildness generates and reason enhances.” Any and all of those dynamics will be treasures for you in the coming weeks. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The poet Nayyirah Waheed has some advice I want you to hear. She writes, “Be easy. Take your time. You are coming home to yourself.” I will add that from my astrological perspective, the coming weeks will indeed be a time for you to relax more deeply into yourself—to welcome yourself fully into your unique destiny; to forgive yourself for what you imagine are your flaws; to not wish you were someone else pursuing a different path; to be at peace and in harmony with the exact life you have.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “The chief object of education is not to learn things but to unlearn things,” wrote author G. K. Chesterton. He was exaggerating for dramatic effect when he said that, as he often did. The more nuanced truth is that one of the central aims of education is to learn things, and another very worthy aim is to unlearn things. I believe you are currently in a phase when you should put an emphasis on unlearning things that are irrelevant and meaningless and obstructive. This will be excellent preparation for your next phase, which will be learning a lot of useful and vitalizing new things.

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The highlighted letters read left to right and top to bottom will complete the quote:

“________ sleazy pal who you let crash on your couch for ‘just one night’. Now he won’t leave despite such broad hints as you slapping a For Sale sign on the couch and dragging it out to the curb.” —Jerry Nelson


ACROSS 1. Cousins of the 2-Down 7. Radar spot 11. Dust 14. Share one’s emotions 15. “Yeah, ___ that ...” 17. Religious pilgrim’s trip 18. Babes in a fraternal group? 20. They sometimes lead to sudden death: Abbr. 21. Make it happen 22. “___ nacht” 23. Miracle worker? 25. Verbal cut-in 27. They flow with Bordeaux reds? 31. Nobel prize 33. Upstate New York engineering coll. 34. Lost fumbles, e.g. 35. Intro level instructors, often: Abbr. 37. Kind of orange 39. Teammate of Simone, Gabby, Laurie, and Madison 40. Bad golf slice from the roof? 45. Made to order 46. Power Trip singer ___ Gale 47. Make a go of it 48. Eye part 50. Experimental room 51. See 38-Down 55. Places a lid on in an ethical way? 60. Kiddie wheels 61. Old Testament prophet 62. Polished part 64. Prefix in some cold-weather products 65. It might give your cheeks some color 66. Pirate rebel who does a quick step? 70. Sun Devils of the Pac-12 71. It moves on sliding scales 72. Set off 73. Coffee provides it 74. Dinosaur with two claws 75. Tempur-Pedic rivals

DOWN 1. Polite turndown 2. Cousins of the 1-Across 3. Legally protected 4. Abril and julio are part of it 5. “Memories, Dreams, Reflections” psychologist 6. Laudanum ingredient 7. Howled at the moon 8. Bus. acquisition 9. Note from one cleaned out 10. Makes amends 11. Game where nobody gets any calls? 12. Kim of “Sex and the City” 13. Dream outfit? 16. Panang curry cuisine 19. Disease that comes from repeated head injuries, for short 24. ER drips 26. The total package? 28. “... maybe?” 29. IRS forms mavens 30. Eye-opening trouble? 32. Animal’s haunt 36. Quiet pursuing of game for sport 37. Turning point in ancient history? 38. Word next to a harp on some 51-Across 40. Hurt 41. Words of guarantee 42. Bob Marley classic with the repeated words “little darlin’” 43. Skin care brand 44. Stooge snort 49. Biological pocket 52. Unprincipled person 53. Bad-tempered 54. Decorations at some gender reveal parties 56. Daring escapes 57. Office park wing 58. Apple ___ (financial app) 59. 7” halves 63. Hard to swallow 65. Nuke 67. Besmirch 68. ___ Skidmore (“Oklahoma!” character) 69. Travelers org.?

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Oregon ranks in the Top 10 in U.S. cannabis jobs, ading 687 jobs in 2020, according to Leafly.


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ith unemployment numbers still high and so many businesses continuing to struggle due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the bright spots in the economy over the past year has been in cannabis. This week, cannabis marketplace Leafly released its fifth-annual jobs report, which shows just how much the industry has grown over the past year. With more states approving recreational and/or medical marijuana during the last election, jobs in cannabis grew 32% in the last year—growing a whopping 161% since 2017, making the industry the fastest-growing job creator in the nation, according to Leafly. Oregon—among one of the first states to legalize recreational cannabis in 2015—saw job growth and increased sales over the past year, in keeping with national trends. Nearly 18,000 people in the state are employed in cannabis jobs, with Oregon adding 687 jobs in cannabis in 2020, Leafly reported. According to its statistics, Oregon had the seventh-most jobs in cannabis in the nation—behind number-one California, number-two Colorado, and number-three Florida—which has a medical marijuana program but no recreational program. Arizona, which had a medical program for years, but only opened its recreational stores as of January 2021, was number four, followed by Washington. The state with the sixth-most cannabis jobs was Michigan—which only legalized recreational pot in 2018.

For the first time, Oregon saw sales of cannabis topping $1 billion in the state in 2020. In recent years, Oregon became well-known for its oversupply of the green stuff—but with $1.1 billion in sales in 2020, demand has since caught up with supply. That rise in sales is in keeping with national trends; as the pandemic lockdowns ramped up in March 2020, so too did cannabis sales across the board in legal states. “Customers responded by stocking up for months of stay-at-home advisories and social distancing,” Leafly’s report reads. “After a brief dip in lateMarch revenue, most stores saw a significant bump in April—and then the bump became a plateau.” What’s more, cannabis buyers increased their spend by about 33%. “With the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines and the gradual vaccination of the general population, the end of quarantine pods, the re-opening of live social entertainment venues, and a lessening of anxiety levels, we may see a shift back to pre-pandemic buying patterns by the end of 2021—or the emergence of some new normal,” Leafly wrote. Due to continued ongoing federal prohibition of marijuana, the U.S. Department of Labor doesn’t count state-legal marijuana jobs, Leafly reported. As a result, the cannabis marketplace worked with labor economics experts to compile publicly available sales and cannabis license data from the various state agencies, along with other available data to compile the jobs report.


My girlfriend of a year is beautiful, intelligent, sweet, and loving and the first woman I could see having a future with. Last week, I was told I’m being laid off from my job at a large media conglomerate. I haven’t told anyone, but I’m feeling increasingly guilty for keeping it a secret from my girlfriend. The thing is I’m afraid she’ll think less of me, even if she pretends not to. To be honest, I’d rather break up with her than tell her. —Distraught Ideally, when you propose a date-night activity, it isn’t a choice between: “We could go to the grocery store and look at all the food we can’t afford to buy” or “to the bank with a sawed-off shotgun and a wheelbarrow.” However, your heartbreaking “I’d rather break up with her than tell her” probably stems from shortsightedness about female mating psychology. Because men and women co-evolved, men are acutely aware that women seek “providers” as partners. But, in ancestral times, when our current mating psychology was shaped, there was no such thing as wealth: assets that could be stashed (or places to stash them). No money, no banks, no corpse-sized freezer to cram 126 bison burgers into. Accordingly, evolutionary psychologist David Buss explains that women gauge a man’s mate value by “looking beyond his current position” and evaluating his potential: his ability to acquire status and resources in the future. (Today, Top Ramen. Tomorrow, top surgeon.) Assuming you didn’t get your job because your boss threw darts at LinkedIn and hit you in the neck, you’ve probably got the smarts, talent, and ambition to get a new gig -or start a business of your own. And chances are there’s more to your relationship than two nice people hooking up on the regular. Cobble together the courage to be vulnerable. Tell your girlfriend what you’re going through, including how you feel: perhaps scared, unsure of your value, and maybe like you’ve let her down. Sure, she might drop you like a hot rock -- but she might instead show you she loves you and believes in you, even when you’re having a tough time believing in yourself. There’s one way to find out which it is, and it isn’t by spending two months keeping mum about the layoff while having pretend work calls on Zoom with your friend’s dog.

I’m a woman in my 20s with a friend who often copies my style. It feels like she’s trying to one-up me, but I’ve tried to ignore it. Well, for years, I’ve rimmed my lower eye with thick black kohl. She commented on it several weeks ago and then started doing it herself. At lunch yesterday, she said (about my eyeliner): “You started doing that? I’ve done it forever.” This is the third time she’s pretended my style she copied was hers first, but I feel petty being upset about it. —Unflattered Apparently, there could be two snowAmy Alkon flakes that are alike -from very tiny snow crystals -- but they probably wouldn’t show up at the same bar wearing the same dress and eyeliner. “Monkey see, monkey do” isn’t limited to monkeys or stylejacking female friends. Even fruit flies are copycats, spotting an alpha ladyfly getting it on with a particular dudefly and, afterward, engaging in “mate-choice copying”: the insect sex version of “I’ll have what she’s having!” Like fruit flies, we evolved to copy high-status peeps (friends and celebrities) to advance our evolutionary interests: survival, social survival, and our ability to mate and pass on our genes. Accordingly, evolutionary psychologist Abraham Buunk finds that envy is wrongly maligned as a toxic emotion. Sure, some envious people act in destructive ways (“malicious envy”), but simply noticing others outpacing us and feeling bad about it serves as an internal alarm system: “Hey, Slackerella...better catch up!” We’re told “imitation” is some fabulous form of flattery, so it can feel petty to accuse somebody of stealing your look. However, evolutionary psychologist Vladas Griskevicius explains that we try to make ourselves attractive to potential partners by seeming unique and special, standing out from the crowd. So, this woman’s ultimately cheating in competing for mates, which is probably why she’s “gaslighting” you. Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation in which somebody tries to destabilize your grasp on the facts by denying what you know is true, to the point where you might start questioning it yourself. In other words, what’s creepy here isn’t so much the crime as the cover-up. Probably the only way to stop this is dialing back her presence in your life. You can call the cops if somebody stabs you or steals your TV, but there are no actual fashion police to be dispatched, a la, “911, what is your emergency?” You: “Help! She plagiarized my eyeliner!”


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Median and Average/Mean Home Price What’s the difference and why it matters

the median and the mean are valuable. That said, when looking to buy and determine what areas are within a specified price range and the different price points of certain neighborhoods, the median is likely the better option for reference. This is because when looking solely at the average, that data can be skewed because of outliers (a property that has sold at a significantly higher or lower rate than is typical for the area). The presence of an outlier, especially in real estate, is not uncommon. For example, several years ago I had a listing that sold for significantly less than was common for the neighborhood it was in—like, $150,000 less than was usual. The reason for that was the condition of the home in comparison to the neighboring properties, and the seller being in a situation where they needed to sell quickly. When a cash offer with a seven-day close came forth, they took it. This created a much lower average than was typical for the area because of the significant lower skew. When evaluating a listing a price as a seller, it’s good to consider both data points. It’s good to calculate the average and then determine if there is an outlier skewing the mean and inflating or deflating the average pricing for the neighborhood. When an outlier exists, one can then reference the median price as the benchmark for the initial listing price. As always, it’s important to speak with a real estate professional when looking for the most up-to-date market data and explanation of said data. 


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he real estate market has been a hot topic of conversation in Central Oregon for the last several years, and especially in the last year. There’s no shortage of news stories about the market activity and particularly the growth in the median home prices around Central Oregon. When shopping for a home or reading and watching the news, a person will often hear discussion about the median and mean prices when talking about home prices in various areas of the region. This can and usually does result in confusion. Let me break it down. Median versus average/mean: The median is a set of numbers where half of the numbers are higher, and half of the numbers are lower. For example, the median home price in January 2021 for Bend was $580,000. That means that in January, half of the homes that sold in Bend in January 2021 were sold below the $580,000 mark and half of the sales were above that median mark. The average, or mean, is when you take all of the home sale prices within a specified time period, add them up and divide by the number of sales. For example, if 10 homes sold in the last 30 days, the average home price would be calculated by the total volume of the sales divided by 10. The issue that arises when relying on the average/mean sales price, is that if one home is sold at a significantly higher price, it skews the entire data set higher than is truly reflective of the majority of those 10 sales. Which number is better to use when referencing real estate? Both



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