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This week’s Editor’s Note section was simply not large enough for me to share all of my thoughts about what it means to me to be doing a Women’s Issue in 2024. Our Feature section kicks off with commentary from me about the state of things, and why we’re electing to bring back the notion of widespread pink-hat-knitting once again. Meanwhile, Julianna LaFollette shares the state of abortion access in Oregon in 2024, and introduces readers to an upcoming line of swimwear for breast cancer survivors. Armando Borrego highlights the rough (and deliriously fun) sport of roller derby in Central Oregon, and I share a Q&A with two local doctors on a mission to share important health information with women through a new podcast. And that’s just the start of what’s inside this Women’s Issue! It’s always a pleasure for us to highlight some of the important work and issues facing women, girls, nonbinary and all female-identifying people in our community.

Enjoy the read, and be sure to mark International Women’s Day on March 8 with one crucial task: Checking your voter registration to be sure you’re ready to vote in both May and November!


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If you’re feeling the pain from the hike in rates for Pacific Power customers that went into effect in January, you’re not alone. The 12.9% rate increase that went into effect Jan. 10 is already causing some pain in the pocketbook for those who heat their home with electricity. But that could be just the start of the rate increases, cited as necessary in order to pay for “continued investments in wildfire risk management strategies, transmission infrastructure and renewable generation projects,” according to a press release from the company.

Last week, Pacific Power filed a new proposal with the Oregon Public Utility Commission, requesting yet another rate increase — this time of 16.9% in 2025. Combined with the increase that’s already in place, that could total a nearly 30% rate hike for Pacific Power customers in just two years. The bill increase would be roughly $44 for the average household. That’s a lot — and the thing is, you may not know for sure it’s coming until just before it happens.

In 2023, the Oregon PUC took its time deciding on whether to grant Pacific Power its request to increase rates, approving the rate hike just weeks before it was set to go into effect, according to reporting from OPB. With a rate hike this big, so soon after another big rate hike that began in the middle of the cold winter season, it’s no surprise that the people behind the Oregon Citizens’ Utility Board are concerned about how this will impact customers.

While it should carefully consider whether this is an increase that Oregonians can bear at this time, at the very least, the Oregon CUB should act faster this time around. When deciding on a cost increase this huge, people need time to adjust. Lower-income families may need time to apply for cost-saving programs that can lower or subsidize bills. Those able to do so may use this “opportunity” to install solar panels or

a heat pump to offset or lower electric bills. Giving the 619,000+ Pacific Power customers in Oregon a longer window of time to adjust to such a massive increase is the fair thing to do. Then again, denying the proposal, or approving a smaller increase could also offer some relief.

With the inflated costs of everything from groceries to rent in 2024, customers are already struggling to match their incomes to their expenses. The fact that much of these increases will go in part toward covering Pacific Power’s liabilities in lawsuits that emerged after the 2020 wildfires is of course infuriating. One way or another, these are costs that all of us have to pay.

If there’s a silver lining in all of this, it’s that perhaps now is the time when everyone actually wakes up to the fact that climate change is real, and that it’s affecting all of our lives.

Another silver lining could be that now is actually a good time to consider investing in solar arrays, heat pumps, added insulation and other energy and cost-saving measures. Tax credits and deductions from the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, as well as the earlier infrastructure bill, and incentives from the state are beginning to show up in our community. In Central Oregon, for example, NeighborImpact’s Heat Pump Rebate and Grant Program offers homeowners financial help in installing those low-cost heating and cooling systems. Unfortunately, that program filled up quickly, though other grants and rebates are still available through the federal government.

In a time when household costs are crushing the middle class, there’s perhaps nothing more satisfying than seeing your solar panels make your electric meter work backward, adding power to the grid and paying you instead of the other way around.

In the meantime, the Oregon PUC should not tarry in deciding how Oregonians will be spending their hardearned money next winter.



The Bend Mayor Melanie Kebler and City Council’s letter regarding the humanitarian tragedy in Gaza was a courageous move. The letter urged Oregon’s lawmakers and President Biden, to intervene to ease the dire situation in Gaza.

We, Central Oregon for a Free Palestine, are dedicated to a ceasefire resolution, and getting humanitarian aid into Gaza. We appreciate and support the mayor and Council’s letter and effort.

Ahmad Naeem and his wife waited 12 years to have a baby. Ahmad’s wife had an IVF treatment before the war. Now, they are trying to survive the Israeli bombing in a displacement camp in the Southern city of Rafah.

“After 12 years, God honored me with my first child amidst suffering and displacement, making the joy incomplete and mixed with pain and sorrow.” Ahmad told the “Middle East Monitor.” With tears filling his eyes, “I am unable to do anything for my child, and I only have five shekels ($1.4) in my pocket,” he added.

Many of the 1.9 million displaced Palestinians in Gaza have much more harrowing stories than Ahmad’s. Gazans are struggling to survive in makeshift tents near the Egyptian border South of Gaza. More than 29,313 Palestinian civilians have been killed in just 139 days of bombing, and 69,333 wounded, the overwhelming majority of whom are women and children. For humanity’s sake this senseless killing must stop immediately.

The colossal death toll and wounded are but a small part of the tragedy. Consider the devastating famine and catastrophic hunger the people in Gaza are facing because Israel prevents food and drinkable water, in addition to medicine, fuel, the internet and electricity from entering Gaza.

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This Israeli airtight blockade is against international humanitarian laws and norms. Israel is being tried in the International Court of Justice, the highest court in the world, for breaking these laws.

The scale of Israel’s destruction of life-saving infrastructure, churches, mosques, schools and hospitals is of enormous proportions. Israel’s indiscriminate carpet bombing is turning Gaza into dust and threatens to make the continuation of life in Gaza impossible.

Gaza’s pain is incomprehensible. The despairing tears of the reported 20,000 Palestinian children who lost or got separated from their parents are heart wrenching. The fear of death raining from the sky by Israel’s fighter jets is traumatic. The stabbing pain of starving children, or the obliterating agony of mothers burying their infants, is unimaginable.

We can’t sit silent in the face of innocent civilians killed anywhere. Particularly now when it’s our tax dollars that enables Israel to continue the carnage. It’s our obligation to do something about it. How hard is it to ask for a permanent ceasefire to stop the violence? How hard is it to demand humanitarian aid to save the lives of children who are dying in droves?

This is the right, human, and compassionate thing to do. Let’s join with the Mayor and the City Councill and do something about it.

— Michel Shehadeh, Central Oregon for a Free Palestine


Kudos and thanks to David White for his calling out the City Council on their playing fast with the truth about the gas tax and reasons for the transportation


tax. I would also add that it takes a lot of nerve to ask for the taxpayers to pony up now, right after Council approved a $10.6m tax abatement for the Jackstraw project with little or no public input or transparency. I have no objections to tax measures when they are for a good cause: libraries, schools and things we have to pay for for the benefit of having a city that works. But I object to having to subsidize wealthy developers building luxury condos that will probably be filled with part-time out-of-town residents. Taxpayers pay for growth, while the quality of life declines here. Bend City Council has lost my trust.


I won’t repeat all of the good points made about SB 103 on last week’s opinion page. I would like to add several additional ways that SB 103 could help with Bend’s housing affordability crisis. Those living in RVs in Bend would have many more places where they could rent. This would reduce demand in trailer parks and entry-level housing, which might reduce price pressure on trailer parks and entry-level dwellings, possibly benefiting low-income residents. Some of the least desirable housing in Bend is overpriced due to the high competition for entry-level homes.

Rural residents struggling to afford their homes could gain rental income to offset their costs, while retaining full use of their homes. Finally, homeowners most often rent to friends or family, so SB 103 would strengthen family and community bonds and mutual social support systems at no cost to taxpayers.

There are too many people here living in cardboard boxes. We need to start looking for solutions “outside the box.”

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Oregon and Washington Join Gas Pipeline Opposition

On Feb. 26, Oregon and Washington filed a petition for review challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of TC Energy’s GTN Xpress Project. The GTN Xpress expansion would increase capacity and deliver more natural gas through the pipeline, raising safety and climate concerns for many. Some Bend residents are concerned about the location and the risks associated with the proposal, according to a press release.

“Expanding gas shipments in this aging pipeline system right next to a desperately needed affordable housing project in Bend is like pouring gasoline on a fire. FERC's decision to rubber-stamp this expansion while ignoring the climate crisis and community safety is simply unacceptable,” read a statement from Riccardo Waites, a local activist and the owner of WBR We Black Radio in Bend.

Bend Approves Funding for Three Affordable Housing Projects

On Feb. 21, the Bend City Council approved Affordable Housing Fund recommendations from the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, which will put $1.3 million toward three projects, creating 98 affordable housing units.

Projects receiving funding include a Housing Works project developing 59 units of affordable multifamily housing in northwest Bend, a Thistle and Nest downpayment assistance to support 30 families in purchasing townhomes in southeast Bend, and a Bend Redmond Habitat for Humanity downpayment assistance program to support nine families in purchasing townhomes in southeast Bend.

Deschutes County Considers More Oversight of Short Term Rentals

Proposed program that would increase regulation and oversight with short-term rentals outside of the Urban Growth Boundary

Deschutes County is considering more regulations on short term rentals in the unincorporated County. The process would allow the County to better enforce and monitor short-term rentals outside of the Urban Growth Boundary. While the program would be aimed at increasing safety of STRs and decreasing risks, County staff believe this program could cause a strain on departments.

surrounding properties, according to the memo.

The business license program would have a more in-depth verification process for property owners, requiring the verification of items such as Fire Life Safety standards, an established maximum occupancy, fire pit/ring restrictions and the verification of compliance with zoning standards, among others.




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— Cheyenne Nieblas, league captain of Lava City Roller Derby, in this week’s feature story, “The Target Zone.”

County staff first brought the proposal to the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners on Jan. 10, who instruct ed them to continue exploring the possibility of a short-term rental program. Since then, staff members have spoken with other representatives of other Oregon counties that have implemented the programs for guidance on how the programs are operated, how they are funded and what is and isn’t working.

In the current short-term rental system, the County collects transient room taxes, 8% of the total gross rent, on short-term rentals once a property is registered and approved.

The staff then issues a certificate of authority, allowing the owner to collect the transient room taxes for one year and pay the taxes to Deschutes County. However, the certificate of authority does not serve as an approval certifying that the dwelling is lawfully established and can be used as a short-term rental, according to a County memo.

Enforcement, according to staff, is the biggest issue with the current system. As of right now, if a property has a code violation, there is no formal County code provision or legal authority allowing the county to prohibit or require the discontinuation of using the dwelling as a short-term rental.

If County staff determine that a short-term rental has a code violation or a complaint, they notify the property owner that the County cannot issue a certificate of authority. Operating a short-term rental without registration could subject the owner of the property to penalties.

Implementing a business license program, thus far the top recommendation, would give the County better regulatory oversight and increase the safety and welfare for visitors and

The business license program might also cover the process of canceling a short-term rental license, enforcement procedures and how compliance should be overseen. According to the memo, the startup cost of implementing this program is estimated to range from $500,000 to $1 million. One reason for the high cost, and apprehension from staff, was the issue of enforcement – who would enforce these regulations and how.

Peter Gutowsky, the Community Development Department program director, brought up concerns regarding enforcement, funding and workload at a Feb. 21 Board of Commissioners meeting. According to Gutowsky, there are resource limitations. He doesn’t think the County has enough staff, or that County staff has enough time for new regulations.

Code enforcement and complaints would likely fall under CDD’s jurisdiction, which Gutowsky said would create significant demands and extra work. “We don't have the ability to take on these responsibilities without further resources,” said Gutowsky.

Commissioner Phil Chang believes it’s a funding issue.

“Code enforcement has massive backlogs and is under capacity, and that is, in part, because of the current funding structure of CDD, which is very problematic,” said Chang at the meeting.

While this proposed program would give the County more oversight and allow for more safety, regulation and enforcement, the extra work required from these new program recommendations could cause extra responsibilities. Given the implications, Commissioners decided to revisit the matter at a future meeting.

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Over Bend’s Dead Bodies

Out-of-state developer aims to build on Bend’s only cemetery complex

Adeveloper is looking to Greenwood Cemetery, a 125-year-old graveyard, as prime grounds for new construction. Oregon Care Group LLC, a Washington-based company, purchased the Greenwood Cemetery along with seven other central Oregon properties in 2020 for $5.5 million. In October, the outfit filed a preliminary application to change the zoning of the Greenwood Cemetery from public facilities to RM (medium density residential). While the owners told the surrounding neighborhood that the proposed zone-change was purely clerical in nature, it also staked out the property for a partition last December. In early January, the City of Bend issued a stop work order to the company for clear-cutting more than 70 trees without the City’s authorization. Now that the City has indicated it will unilaterally update its code, the owner has flip-flopped its position, stating it will continue to seek the zone change to allow for development of 50% of the property.

Greenwood Cemetery

Greenwood Cemetery has operated since the early 1900s, originally by Charles P. Niswonger, and was dedicated in perpetuity for the exclusive use as a cemetery in 1925. The burial ground includes many historically significant Bend family names, war veteran graves and even a CIA agent. It is the only place that allows gunshots within city limits, to honor and salute a war veteran being laid to rest. Not only is it Bend’s only graveyard within city limits, it is a sprawling greenspace. This cemetery complex is comparable to an arboretum, laced with walking paths that attract dog walkers, birders, deer and their fawns, children learning to ride bikes safely away from cars, and the occasional sulking black lipsticked goth girl shielding her eyes from the brightness of the sun. Classes of students from Bend High regularly walk to and around the cemetery during school, and others use the cemetery to connect to the footpath and tunnel under Greenwood to get to Pilot Butte. It’s one of the largest privately held greenspaces in central Bend.

The zone change

Oregon Care Group filed its pre-application for a zone change in October of last year. The proposed zone change would allow the building of 21.7 housing units per acre — a stark change from the neighborhood that it abuts, which consists primarily of single level, singlefamily homes. On Dec. 14 during a public comment period for the zone change, the owner’s attorney, Adam Smith of Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, argued that the RM zoning sought was a natural

transition to the complexes on the opposite side of Pilot Butte State Park.

Smith also said that the real purpose of the zone change was to ensure that his client could continue operation of the property as a cemetery, which was not expressly listed as a permitted use under the City’s Development Code. His client would gladly support any amendment of the code that would allow for cemetery uses in the Public Facilities Zone, he said, adding that an amendment of the code would be far more difficult than his client’s application for the zone change.

Now, the City has indicated that it will update its code to include cemeteries as uses permitted in the Public Facilities Zone. Smith also updated his client’s position, stating, “…we are working on modifying our application so that it only seeks to amend the zoning on the vacant portion of the property.”

At the same meeting in December, Oregon Care Group’s attorney stated, “There may be future development of the vacant part of the parcel, but there are no plans for development at this time.”

Two weeks later, the City issued a stop work order and violation notices to Oregon Care Group, Sun Country Engineering and individuals at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt for violating the City’s tree preservation performance standards. Oregon Care Group had contracted for a portion of the cemetery to be clear cut, with the specific instruction that all stumps be left three feet high so they could be extracted by excavator. In numerous communications with the City, Smith insisted that his client was merely attempting to remove diseased and unhealthy trees from the property. Emails obtained via public records request indicate that when City staff questioned the contractor, he stated, “he was directed to clear cut the property,” and only left certain trees standing on his own accord because he thought that Oregon Care Group’s request was “a little excessive.”

Oregon Care Group contracted for its lot clearing nine months prior to holding its meeting with the surrounding neighborhood, informing them that it had no intention of developing the property.

The property owner also staked out a partition of the property, a portion separating about 8 acres of the property closest to the neighborhood. In 2021, Oregon Care Group received permission from the Deschutes County Commission to move the unmarked graves of the former impoverished of Bend, who were buried in this area. At the time, Oregon Care Group stated that the justification for the removal of such interred bodies was because, “inconsiderate people drive over the graves, leave trash, including hypodermic needles,

and otherwise desecrate the graves.”

This is now the portion of the property that it seeks to convert to medium density residential zoning.

A group of individuals from the surrounding Larkspur and Orchard District Neighborhoods have banded together to scrutinize Oregon Care Group’s proposed development of Greenwood Cemetery.

“This is a space that should not be developed into apartments,” neighborhood resident Tom Scott explained. “First and foremost, it’s a graveyard. I can’t look out my window for 5 minutes without seeing people accessing the graveyard. Oregon Care Group is making the claim that rezoning this property will

provide a smoother transition between single family housing and public facilities. To me that doesn’t ring true. We already have a graveyard providing that transition. Oregon Care Group’s lawyers are essentially saying that potential apartments abutting a graveyard is a better transition," Scott added.

“Oregon Care Group’s lawyers stated that there is no way to add additional automobile access into the Greenwood Cemetery, which would pass all that traffic to Hawthorne and Franklin Avenues.”

The City of Bend has yet to issue a decision on the rezoning of the cemetery.

—Amanda Osteen is a resident in the area surrounding the Greenwood Cemetery.

Top left, the boundary lines of Greenwood Cemetery subject to the proposed zone change to medium density residential. Top right, a tombstone from the cemetery. Bottom, surveyed partition markers are staked, with a gravestone seen far right on the potential development side. Courtesy Deschutes County Amanda Osteen Amanda Osteen

History Scholarship Returns, with a

New Steward Deschutes County Historical Society’s Leon Devereaux Scholarship is aimed at increasing interest in past events

The Deschutes County Historical Society recently announced it’s accepting applications for the Leon Devereaux Scholarship until March 31. The scholarship is open to graduating seniors living in the tri-county area of Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties who are attending college in the fall. Two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to qualifying applicants. Formerly referred to as the “Deschutes Pioneers Association Scholarship,” the Leon Devereaux Scholarship originated with the now-disbanded Deschutes Pioneers Association prior to being passed along to the DCHS.

“We’re honored to take over the scholarship,” said DCHS Executive Director Kelly Cannon-Miller. “In this moment in time, history is more important than ever.”

The scholarship seeks to help select students pay for college and stimulate an interest in local community history. In addition, DCHS hopes to revive the practice of research writing, a beneficial skill for college students.

The Deschutes Pioneers Association established the scholarship program in the late 1970s in an effort to pass along its tradition since 1947 of, “keeping the history of Deschutes County, Oregon alive.” Last year, the association voted to dissolve the nonprofit organization and combine its membership and all assets with the historical society, whose ideology closely matched their own. As part of the agreement, DCHS took over managing the scholarship and created a committee to review and update the scholarship guidelines. Shortly after, they renamed it after the late Leon Devereaux, who championed the scholarship and raised most of the money. No scholarship was awarded during last year’s transition.

Leon Devereaux, Jr. was born in Bend in 1923 and graduated from Bend High School in 1941. Devereaux was drafted into World War II shortly after graduation and flew a Corsair F-4U in 40 combat missions. His noted heroism on the decks of the U.S.S Shangri-La Essex-class aircraft carrier included a near-death crash landing. He returned back home to Bend where he started a family and worked for Brooks-Scanlon for 38 years. He had the unique viewpoint of watching Bend’s transition

from a quiet timber town to a busy tourist mecca. Devereaux was elected to the Bend City Council and served as mayor beginning in 1968.

Devereaux served as a board member and president of the Deschutes Pioneer Association and sat on the board of the historical society from December 2004 to December 2009. He volunteered extensively with both organizations, including taking shifts at the front desk of the Deschutes Historical Museum. He passed away in January 2021, at the age of 97.

“Leon was a true original,” explained Cannon-Miller. “He knew the value of education and historic preservation and about making education a part of a town’s growth.”

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be a registered student at an accredited high school or accredited home school program in Central Oregon (defined as Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties). They must be a senior-level student through the credit hours at their institution or program. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, and must have acceptance at an institution of higher learning.

Each applicant must submit a completed application form (if handwritten, please print legibly), a copy of the applicant’s most recent transcript with cumulative GPA and a personal essay. In the essay, applicants must tell the story of a historical event (pre-1970) in Central Oregon, or the story of a person or group instrumental in some aspect of pre-1970 Central Oregon history. (Maximum 1,000 words, exclusive of citations, references, etc.).

The deadline for the scholarship’s application is March 31, at 5 pm. The announcement of the scholarship recipient will be in late April. To learn more about the scholarship or to apply, visit

The DCHS is currently preparing several upcoming programs for Deschutes County. Its popular “Oregon’s Nordic Ski History” exhibit will be transferred from the museum to Bend City Hall next month. It’s still determining programming for May’s National Historic Preservation Month, but June 1 marks the

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¡Saca a las chicas!

SheJumps recalca la importancia de la equidad y el acceso al mundo de los deportes al aire libre.

Por Armando Borrego, Traducido por Jéssica Sánchez-Millar

SheJumps es una organización sin fines de lucro dedicada a crear oportunidades para que mujeres y chicas jóvenes participen en aventuras al aire libre como el esquí, las caminatas, acampar y más.

Este domingo, la adrenalina tiene una cita con el empoderamiento mientras que esta innovadora organización sin fines de lucro se prepara para poner en marcha un emocionante evento de esquí, “SheJumps, Get the Girls Out.”

La campaña nacional promete un día de aventuras en la nieve y una celebración de compañerismo femenino en las laderas.

“Este propósito es unir a las mujeres, a las jóvenes, personas transgénero, cisgénero y no binarias,” explicó la directora ejecutiva de SheJumps, Claire Smallwood. “Queremos animar a la gente a salir al aire libre, fomentar un sentido aventurero y celebrar el estar al aire libre.”

Desde sus inicios en 2007, SheJumps se ha transformado en una fuerza dinámica a nivel nacional, al quebrantar las barreras para la recreación al aire libre. Enfocada originalmente en aumentar la participación femenina, ha evolucionado hasta convertirse en una comunidad activa que apoya el empoderamiento de las mujeres. “Cuando empezamos, sabíamos que queríamos hacer del aire libre un deporte en equipo. Han habido muchas experiencias de mujeres que son la mujer simbólica en un grupo de hombres y no

ven a muchas mujeres representadas en la aventura”, comentó Smallwood.

SheJumps cree en el poder de las experiencias compartidas y en qué adquirir habilidades de liderazgo, empatía y autodescubrimiento se pueden lograr por medio de la aventura. “Es importante encontrar la confianza fuera de los deportes comunes,” enfatizó Smallwood. “En cualquier punto de su paseo al aire libre, queremos poder ofrecerle algo. Creemos que explorar cosas nuevas es verdaderamente importante para desarrollar esa confianza, crear comunidad y aprender

nuevas habilidades.”

Por medio de iniciativas educativas, programas de tutoría y eventos inclusivos, SheJumps también ha inspirado a una nueva generación de mujeres para abrazar las emociones estando al aire libre. “SheJumps se esfuerza para ser parte de la conversación y estamos asegurándonos de crear el espacio para todas las identidades de género, etnias y orientaciones,” dijo Smallwood. “Reinvertir y redistribuir los recursos a los grupos históricamente excluidos ha sido un gran paso para nosotros,”

“SheJumps, Get the Girls Out,” tienen un equipo de mujeres voluntarias dedicadas y la gerente de operaciones Liz Sequeira, ofrece la oportunidad de que se conecten con mujeres que tienen ideas afines, incluida la snowboarder Sarka Pancochova. Los participantes, ya sea esquiadores con experiencia o principiantes, pueden forjar amistades, interconectar con entusiastas de actividades al aire libre y ganar regalos en sorteos de artíulos de Mad Hippie, Stio, Pit Viper y más.

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And… We’re Back Here. Why?

In honor of the Women’s Issue, commentary on the state of the country from the


Weekly’s editor

Iwas just getting my feet under me after starting this job as editor when Donald Trump got elected. No one I knew in my progressive circles thought it was possible, but there it was. The day of his inauguration now stands in stark historical contrast to the scene close to four years later. In 2017, we saw millions of women don the so-called “pussy hats” and take to the streets in peaceful protest against what we feared would be a monstrous administration. We weren’t wrong.

Four years later, rather than a peaceful demonstration of femme power and protest, the world witnessed an angry mob storm the U.S. Capitol when their chosen guy didn’t win. People died. Stuff got wrecked. Democracy shook in its boots.

I don’t think I’m the only feminist out there who’s asking themselves now, in 2024, why in the actual hell we are doing this whole thing again — why, after witnessing insurrection in 2021, anyone in their “right” minds would even consider this guy for the White House once again. And that’s not even considering the subsequent outrages that have come as steadily as Pacific waves: Hush money payments. A repeal of nationwide abortion access. Stolen national secrets. Collusion with Russian operatives. Trans and queer people under attack. Children in CAGES. I’m purposely keeping this list shorter than it could be, but why, again, is anyone willingly walking into this maelstrom once more?!

most. There’s a lot on the line for women, LGBTQ+ people, Gazans, immigrants and refugees, and so many more.

For this year’s Women’s Issue, it seemed appropriate to return to the pussy hat. It’s been nearly eight years since we wore them in the streets, expressing our right to peacefully “petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Those words from the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution have felt like bedrock for all of my years — but then again, so did Roe v Wade. Bringing the pink hat back to the cover of this publication is intended to be a reminder to women, femmes, trans folks and everyone who loves them that we have assembled in grievance before, and we should again. Now is not the time to throw up one’s hands, thinking the aggregate troubles of climate change, reproductive rights and a stymied U.S. government are not ours to concern ourselves with.

The pink hats we wore eight years ago may be thrown away or otherwise lost, but we can get back there. A big thanks to former Source staffer and current owner of Fancywork Yarn Shop, Elise Jones, for bringing this old-yet-new vision to life – for literally knitting together the yarn of our collective actions for 2024 and helping us create this week’s cover image.

Discussing what 2024 would bring among friends, family — conservative and progressive alike, the people I’ve talked to have approached this year with trepidation. A presidential election year can always be arduous, but this one seems like it will be more arduous than

With that, I have a missive for you, readers: If you still have your pink hat from all those years ago, bring it out again. Maybe start wearing it in public once more. And if you’re so inclined, take a photo of yourself wearing it, and tag us on social media @sourceweekly with you wearing it in 2024. Maybe this little wave of protest can once again turn into an ocean.



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The Target Zone

interview with Feral Kat and Dreamcrusher, two roller derby athletes with big goals for Bend’s Lava City Roller Derby Club

Roller derby, a sport born from a fusion of speed, strategy and grit, has become a powerful force in fostering camaraderie and confidence among some athletes in Central Oregon. In this gritty realm, a unique sisterhood of skaters is defying stereotypes, embracing strength and rewriting the rules. After almost two decades of being a “best-kept secret,” Lava City Roller Derby is pushing itself to the forefront of alternative sports in the area. I sat down with League President Kat Carlson and League Captain Cheyenne Nieblas, ahead of a bout against Rose City Wreckers in Portland, for an education on the sport, the club and the goals the team hopes to accomplish this year.

Immediately, Carlson and Nieblas introduce themselves under roller derby alter egos the two have developed during their careers. “My name is Kat

or Feral Kat. That's my derby name,” explained Carlson. Derby names are a special moniker each athlete adopts as a bold and fearless persona while in the rink. “I’m Cheyenne. Dreamcrusher,” Nieblas offered.

Both Carlson and Nieblas have been skating for years, Carlson living and playing for Gorge Roller Derby before moving to Bend and seeking out the club. “I moved here and sought out the league. I slowly met people and then ended up in leadership and the rest is history,” Carlson recalled. “The biggest thing for me is community. Most sports are male dominated. Roller derby is pretty unique in that it's the complete opposite. It’s very rare that you can find any sport that is a large group of nonmale identifying people. We get aggressive and beat each other up but at the end of the day we go and hang out and we’re really good friends. It’s unique.”

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“It's that place of belonging; I’ve played sports my whole life and I’ve never been in a sport that has been this impactful in my life. I feel safe playing this sport, even though we beat each other up.”

Nieblas, a proud member of Team Indigenous Rising Roller Derby and Lava City, hails from San Antonio and credits the derby club here as the first group of people she felt truly welcomed her to the area.

“That sense of empowerment and community. There’s a lot of spaces that don’t have that feeling,” said Nieblas. “I know I can call Kat or anybody in the league and they’ll go, ‘Oh yeah, I’ll be there to help.’ It's that place of belonging; I’ve played sports my whole life and I’ve never been in a sport that has been this impactful in my life. I feel safe playing this sport, even though we beat each other up.” Neither of the athletes can stifle a laugh at the contrast of the values and friendships the club has given them while noting the aggressive nature of the sport.

“Roller Derby is either unknown to people or gets a bad reputation in people's minds,” explained Carlson. “We don't get recognized as a sport, so we don't get the space or consideration that sports get.” She continued, “We’ve got a handful of goals, the first being that we’re trying to find more of a permanent home. Our practice spaces have been seasonal or just won’t fit for the level of growth we are experiencing right now. That’s goal one.”

Roller derby, often misunderstood as a mere spectacle, is a fast-paced, full-contact sport loaded with technique. “It’s not as scary as people think,” Nieblas quipped, “and it’s more organized than it seems to the outsider.” During a bout, teams of agile skaters jockey for position, aiming to lap the other team while simultaneously blocking and hitting opposing players in the legal target zone.

“If we get a space, there’s more people coming in, and with more people coming in, we can put on more bouts and more people can actually see what we do rather than it being, ‘Oh, you play roller derby, you throw people and punch each other,’ we don't do any of that. We’re not allowed to do any of that,” added Nieblas.

The transformative nature of the club and the sport itself has become a haven for women seeking an outlet for strength and self-expression. In a society that often imposes limiting expectations on women, roller derby proves that strength and tenacity are not exclusive to any gender. “You know, I had this typical idea of what an athletic body

looks like and what it ‘should’ be,” Nieblas said. “With Roller derby, it helped me realize that my body is perfect. I became super strong in my abilities, the way I'm shaped and the way I play. I learned how to be strong and powerful in my own body and accept my body. I am an athlete and roller derby taught me that.”

“I would second that,” chimed Carlson. “Anybody can play roller derby, there is a place and position for everybody. Personally, confidence-wise I have really grown as a person. I realized I was queer because of Roller derby. Until I was playing derby and had that support, I had never realized it and that was a huge transformation for me.” The sport's emphasis on inclusivity is evident in the diverse backgrounds and body types of its participants.

To wrap the conversation, the two derby athletes took stock of the sport and its reception in the area. “I can only speak to being a person of color and it's kind of hard here,” Nieblas admitted.

“I came from a league that was mostly BIPOC, to a league where there are probably three of us in the entire league. It's been different, being a person of color, you’ll get called more by the referees because you’re perceived as being more aggressive. It is predominantly white here, and, in any community, when something different pops up there can be this, ‘Hmmm, what do we do with this?’ type attitude.”

“Bend is a less diverse place with non-marginalized groups, and this sport, you know, it’s not a hockey league, it’s not a baseball league,” Carlson said. “I think, for me, I see the league moving further into marginalized spaces getting more people of color, more trans people, more non-binary people. Trying to get that community closer and reaching into those spaces that need it more than others.”

The sport's impact extends to the broader conversation around women's empowerment and about challenging prevailing norms.

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Lava City Roller Derby vs. Rose City Wreckers Skaters maneuver for position during a match. And yes, it can get physical. Lava City Roller Derby hopes to expand and revitalize the Juniors Roller Derby program in hopes to spread the sport through families.
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Promoting Confidence for Breast Cancer Survivors

Local entrepreneur and breast cancer survivor, Uriel Fox, started a business to help women stay confident and comfortable after a mastectomy

After 10 years of designing, testing and constructing her products, a local entrepreneur is ready to show her specific women’s swimwear and athletic wear to the world. Uriel Fox is the owner and CEO of NEO’PROS. Her business offers high performance swim and athletic wear for mastectomy survivors, helping solve issues with the way traditional suits fit women after surgery.

Fox’s mission to promote confidence and comfortability came from her own struggles. After getting diagnosed with breast cancer, Fox underwent a bilateral mastectomy, the surgical removal of both breasts to treat or prevent breast cancer.

Fox, who worked as a dental hygienist for 40 years before getting diagnosed, has always been a water sport enthusiast. She swam, surfed and sailed regularly. While Fox admits she grew up, “totally tomboyish,” she comes from a family of seamstresses and tailors. From an early age, she would get her swimsuits tailored

to better fit her, so she could stay comfortable and not have to keep adjusting her suit during her activities.

After her surgery, she became frustrated with the way swim tops were fitting her. After a mastectomy, some women choose to wear a breast prosthesis, which is an artificial breast shape that sits inside of a bra, while others may not. For women like Fox, who like to wear prosthetics, trying to wear them comfortably in a traditional swim top, or even a sports bra, is a challenge, she said.

Many standard swim tops come attached with small compartments on the inside. These compartments typically have an opening on the side of the top, near the armpit, and are meant to fit some form of lining or padding for extra coverage and support. In Fox’s case, the small compartment was the only option for wearing prosthetics in the water.

The problem, according to Fox, is that prosthetics don’t fit right with traditional swim top pockets. The prosthetic can easily pop out, move around, and is often visible. She was always having to adjust her top, or her prosthetic, to make sure everything was in place.

The main problem she and other women experienced from using prosthetics in traditional swim and athletic

wear, she said, was a lack of confidence. She wanted to find a solution.

In thinking about how she was going to create a prosthetically formed garment, she decided that Neoprene, a type of synthetic rubber commonly used in wetsuits, known for its flexibility and durability, would work best.

She came up with the idea in 2014, shortly after her mastectomy, and has been fine-tuning the design ever since. She told her daughter, who was with her when she thought of the idea for the garments, that she would dedicate her self to creating this business, and gave herself 10 years to do it.

Her daughter, Jes sica, passed away just a few years later. Since then, Fox has stuck to her word, working on her business and attempting to make the perfect solution for women like herself.

prosthetics stay in place.

In talking to other women about her products, Fox has learned that her tops are also appealing to women who haven’t had a mastectomy.

While a normal sports bra can sometimes do the trick, women who do activities such as horseback riding and rock climbing have shown interest in her athleticwear, noting that the snug construction would help prevent too much movement.

Fox’s garments are nearly complete; she is in the process of tweaking her current prototype. Excited for

Her final design moved the opening of the traditional lining compartments to the bottom of the swim top, instead of the side, has tighter compartments to stop the prosthetic from moving around and has a band to help the

the future, Fox has applied for ABC’s popular business reality TV show, Shark Tank, and plans to continue getting the word out by attending women’s events and showcasing her designs.

“NEO’PROS may help survivors manage the physical, mental and spiritual challenges of breast cancer,” said Fox.

Uriel Fox, left, came up with a design worn by a model, top right. This is a prototype of Uriel Fox's design. Photos courtesy of Uriel Fox

“Wine with Your Gyn” Educates

Two Bend doctors are on a mission to share vital information about women’s health through an honest podcast, with a side of fermented grapes

Two OB-GYN physicians in Bend have begun a new podcast aimed at educating women about their health — with a little wine to sweeten the deal.

Dr. Sarah Hellmann and Dr. Erin LeGrand work together at St. Charles Health System doing a full spectrum of women’s health, from surgery to obstetrics to a general clinical practice. Hellman and LeGrand bonded when they both moved to Bend in 2015, after each spent time in Michigan; LeGrand earning undergraduate and medical degrees at Michigan State University; Hellmann working as a social worker in Flint and Grand Rapids before attending medical school at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

While their work is rewarding, they said, the two found themselves dreaming of a less-formal venue for sharing some of the finer points of women’s health. That became the “Wine with Your Gyn” podcast, which debuted this year.

Below is an excerpt of a conversation with Hellmann and LeGrand, lightly edited for clarity.

Source Weekly: Share the origins of “Wine With Your Gyn.”

Sarah Hellman: I really wanted to do something that was outside the box in regards to my work, my knowledge and my skill. I was just, you know — I've been in practice for a while and though I really enjoy it, sometimes you feel like a hamster on a wheel. And so, I just wanted something different, and I love educating people about their health. I love normalizing things for women and teaching them about their bodies. So, I was just kind of sitting there and I was like, you know… it would be kind of fun to do a podcast; it would reach a lot of people. Of course, I wanted to do it with Erin. We’d call it “Wine with your Gyn.” And it was just kind of like this thought. And then, I said something to Erin

– ‘hey, Erin, I had this funny thought. I mean it's so ridiculous. But how about this,’ and then she was just, like, yeah, we should do it. And that, when she said that, that was the first moment that I really was like, ‘oh, maybe we really should actually do it.’ And then you tell the rest.

Erin LeGrand: I went to a fundraising gala and met mutual friends that we both know because they own the Strength Warehouse, the gym, and I delivered her baby. So we both know them from different ways and so I ran into them and I was, like, ‘really funny — Sarah and I were talking about doing a podcast,’ and Nate was like, ‘Well, I already have a podcast. You could use my equipment. If you want, Megan could sponsor you.’ and it was just, like, you know, dominoes started falling, it was crazy. It was how it lined up. It was insane.

SH: It's like everything just kind of took off. Yeah, like just barreling down the tracks.

EL: And then everybody we've talked to — ‘Can we be on your podcast? Can we be on your podcast?’ Um, yeah, sure, but tell me what you want to talk about.

SH: It’s obviously medically focused, but we're also focusing on other, really, all aspects of being a woman. And so, our podcasts… one was about sexual desire versus pleasure. One was about fitness; one was about empathy. Like, how do you have empathy for yourself and for others? You know, the main goal of this podcast is to educate, for free, good information. Let's go off the blogs, OK? Let's get some actual good medical information in the hopes that were normalizing things and building community. And, fighting the patriarchy, essentially, because the patriarchy wants to keep us separate. And if we would just organize and connect with each other, that would be a way that we could…

EL: And, to drink wine.

SH: Oh, yeah. I mean, there's some wine.

SW: I'm very curious about your thoughts about wine and estrogen and all that stuff, because I don't really understand any of that.

EL: Unfortunately, wine exacerbates hot flashes and night sweats and all those menopausal symptoms. But you only have one life.

SH: That’s the thing. We are just being who we are. We want women to feel like they can be who they are and operate in this world in a non-perfect way. And I mean, wine is delicious, and we enjoy it and we know that there are health risks associated with it if imbibed too often. So our podcast —we’re not encouraging excessive alcohol use. It's just kind of a fun little “Wine with Your Gyn.”

EL: And it does, I think, take inhibitions down!

SH: Oh, totally! It makes the guests less nervous, and it’s just fun. But certainly, we have no qualms about the reality of you know, yes, you drink too much, it increases your risk of breast cancer.

SW: You said something, Sarah, about the misinformation — some of the bad information. Do you have, like, some examples of stuff that's, like, really stuck in your craw… things you want to dispel?

SH: I think there are a lot of things.

EL: One of our first episodes is the “Top 10 Gyn Myths.”

SH: All of our podcasts thus far have certainly addressed misinformation. The one we just released this weekend is about perimenopause and hormones. Like, how is it, that every single woman that lives to 50 goes through this process, yet no one can define it? It just goes to show how neglected women's health has been in health care, in the mainstream, and it’s just a travesty.

—Find Wine With Your Gyn on Apple, Amazon and anywhere you get your podcasts.

Sarah Hellmann and Erin LeGrand are two local OB-GYNs having a little fun while they chat with guests about women’s health. Lindsey Russel

The State of Abortion Access in 2024

In the wake of Roe’s repeal, a rise in attempts to ban and restrict medication abortions puts access to safe and effective care in jeopardy

On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court gave individuals the federal constitutional right to abortion in the groundbreaking court case, Roe v Wade. The decision was then reversed when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade with the June 2022 Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, paving the way for states to restrict or ban abortions.

As of January, 21 states either completely ban abortions or restrict the procedure earlier in pregnancy than the previous standard set by Roe V. Wade, which held that a person may choose to have an abortion until a fetus becomes viable, between 24 and 28 weeks after conception.

Oregon is one of the few states with state law protecting abortion through pregnancy, with no gestational limit. However, the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has compelled several states and lawmakers to further attempt to restrict the access to care.

With the inability to access care in several states, women seeking an abortion in areas with bans or high restrictions are now forced to take alternative methods. Women seeking procedural or “surgical” abortion care must travel to a state where the procedure is legal.

According to Jessica Keersemaker, Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette’s vice president of Patient Services, this can be complicated for many individuals.

“Now, many people must travel out of state to receive an abortion, which means they have to take time off work, arrange for travel, lodging, and often time need additional funding to help offset these costs,” said Keersemaker.

PPCW has three Abortion Patient Navigators to help traverse all these additional steps and funding opportunities for people traveling from out of state to get an abortion.

For individuals seeking a medication abortion, the process is much smoother. Women in many states can access abortion pills online, by attending telehealth appointments and getting the pills shipped through the mail.

But new bans and attempted restrictions on Mifepristone, a drug that blocks the hormone progesterone, needed for a pregnancy to continue, may threaten access to medication abortion. According to the Guttmacher Institute, medication abortions accounted for more than half of all U.S. abortions in 2022.

Medication Abortion in Oregon

According to Keersemaker, medication abortion accounts for over 70% of the total abortions provided in Oregon.

Mifepristone, combined with Misoprostol, is the most effective way to end an early pregnancy, said Keersemaker. “That is why it has been the most commonly used regimen in the U.S. and regimen recommended by the American College of OB/GYN and the

World Health Organization.”

Medication abortions allow better access for women in rural areas, or women in states that have bans or stricter restrictions. “Restricting medication abortion would be yet another attack on personal freedom and bodily autonomy,” said Keersemaker.

The Pew Research Center reported in April 2023 that a majority of adults, 53%, say that medication abortion should be legal in their state, 22% of adults say it should be illegal and 24% said they weren’t sure.

A new study published in “Nature Medicine” found that abortion pills prescribed through telemedicine and received by mail are as safe and effective as obtaining pills by visiting a doctor. The study looked at the experience of over 6,000 patients in the months after the federal government began allowing abortion pills to be mailed, from April 2021 to January 2022.

The method was about 98% effective and was safe for over 99% of patients, the study reported. Additionally the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Mifepristone, citing evidence that the pills are safe.

Attempts to Restrict Access

Several lawsuits and discussions are happening around outlawing access to abortion pills and services that allow women to have safe abortion care. In 2022, a coalition of anti-abortion groups, the Alliance of Hippocratic Medicine, filed a lawsuit against the FDA, seeking to overturn the approval of Mifepristone.

While a decision has yet to be made, the U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk in Amarillo, Texas, ruled in January that three Republican-led states can join the lawsuit, complicating the case.

A Feb. 17 article from The New York Times reported that allies and officials who served in former President Donald Trump’s administration are discussing plans to further restrict abortion rights if he returns to power. Some of the proposals, according to the article, include enforcing the Comstock Act, criminalizing the shipping of any material used in an abortion.

Another current attempt at restricting access is the consideration of reinstating requirements initially made by the FDA when it approved Mifepristone in 2000, requiring providers to see patients three times and prescribe the abortion drug in person. The FDA rescinded this requirement in 2021. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for the case on March 26.

According to Keersemaker at Planned Parenthood, if the Supreme Court upholds these restrictions for medication abortions, it will harm the communities that face the greatest barriers to care.

“Requiring patients nationwide to see a provider three times is an unnecessary, cruel barrier to receiving essential health care, especially for patients who travel long distances, or from out of state to get an abortion and, it could potentially affect the 11-week gestational age removing medication abortion as an option,” Keersemaker said.

A Continued Effort to Keep and Restore Rights

A statement from President Joe Biden on Jan. 22, the 51st anniversary of Roe v Wade, showed the administration’s view on the current state of abortion access.

“On this day and every day, Vice President Harris and I are fighting to protect women’s reproductive freedom against Republicans officials’ dangerous, extreme and out-of-touch agenda,” read the statement. “We stand with the vast majority of Americans who support a woman’s right to choose, and continue to call on Congress to restore the protections of Roe in federal law once and for all.”

In the case that federal restrictions on Mifepristone are put in place, PPCW said it has extensive experience with safe alternatives, like misoprostol-only medication regimens for abortion and miscarriage.

“We have been proactively preparing in case the outcome in this case is unfavorable,” said Keersemaker. “We have protocols ready to use to move to a Misoprostol-only regimen for our patients and we have procedural or surgical abortion care available.”

According to Keersemaker, Oregon leads the nation with the strongest protection for abortion care. It has no legislative restrictions on abortion and has both private and public insurance coverage for abortion care.

Since the 2022 Dobbs decision, Keersemaker said, PPCW has provided care to patients from about 40 states who travel to its health centers in Oregon and southwest Washington. All eight PPCW health centers offer medication abortion up to 11 weeks gestation. However, other local health care providers that could offer these services in Central Oregon do not. St. Charles Health System, for example, does not offer abortion services, according to its website.

“It is crucial that Central Oregonians know that they can safely and legally access medication abortion — the most effective way to end an early pregnancy — in person or via telehealth at Planned Parenthood,” said Keersemaker.

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"Rosetta - Story of a Soldier," is a folk-rock musical that chronicles the remarkable tale of Civil War soldier Lyons Wakeman. Discover the courage of Sarah Rosetta Wakeman, a young farm girl who fought for two years disguised as a man. Portland actress and singer/songwriter Jenn Grinels brings this powerful narrative to life with mesmerizing melodies and harmonies on Thu., Feb. 29, 7-9pm at the Tower Theatre. 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $21 (plus $4 historic preservation fee.)




Celebrate the extra day with a delightful deal on ice cream. Handel’s Homemade ice cream will offer a special deal on small cones and dishes from open to close on Thu., Feb. 29, Noon-9:30pm at Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream. 61165 S. Hwy. 97, Bend. $2.29.

FRIDAY 03/01



Since 2012, the Author! Author! Series has proudly hosted best-selling authors as a way to highlight literature throughout Central Oregon. The latest installment will feature the author of “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive,” and “Class: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hunger, and Higher Education.” Stephanie Land was named on Barack Obama’s “Summer Reading List” in 2019 and has had her work adapted for a limited Netflix series. Fri., Mar. 1, 7pm at Bend High School Auditorium. 230 NE 6th St., Bend. $35-$90.




Get ready to savor wines that blend approachability with refinement and raise your glass to the future of winemaking! This event marks the return of the dynamic winemaking duo, Jess and Paden West, creators of Approachment Wines, Karta Wines and Benza Winery. With a rich history and mentorship from Willamette Valley's finest, the two winemakers will kick off the Young Winemaker Series on Sat., Mar. 2, 3-6pm at Viaggio Wine Merchant. 210 SW Century Dr., Ste. 160. Bend. $15 Testing fee.




The Pacific Northwest’s rising music DJs will join forces for an epic night of drum and bass music and iconic two-step rhythm. Artists like Skora, Tocka Girl and Teddles bring the bass while LiamLantern, Gian Carlo and more provide the two-step. Dance the night away and enjoy offerings from various vendors and artists on Sat., Mar. 2, 8pm-1am at The Barrel Room at Immersion Brewing. 550 SW Industrial Way Ste. 185. Bend. $5.




Step out of your comfort zone and plunge into an unforgettable experience that benefits the lives of Special Olympics Oregon athletes. Your bold leap directly impacts the lives of more than 5,000 Special Olympics athletes, providing year-round sports, activities and helps to foster a supportive and inclusive community. Free to attend. $50 donation to plunge or run/walk on Sat., Mar. 2, 10am-Noon at Riverbend Park. 799 SW Columbia St., Bend.

SUNDAY 03/03



A night of country music centered around three iconic female performers, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton. Country Music Television’s 2022 “Next Woman of Country,” Miko Marks and Nashville singer Kristin Train pay homage to the great singer/songwriters before them in this one-night concert, delivering electrifying performances of hallowed country originals. Sun., Mar. 3, 7:30pm. Tower Theatre. 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $52-$76 (plus $4 Historic Preservation Fee.)

SUNDAY 03/03



Fall deep into the healing harmonics of live didgeridoo, crystal bowls, binaural beats, reiki, chimes and more with Lisa Swisher. This Sound Bath provides an opportunity to let go and bathe in live crystal bowl binaural music that blissfully soothes your mind, body, emotions and spirit. Class on Sun., Mar. 3, 5:30pm at Unity Spiritual Community. 63645 Scenic Dr., Bend. $20.

SUNDAY 03/03



Break a personal best, find a new passion or just enjoy the morning run on the Maston Trail between Tumalo and Redmond. This race provides a chance for runners to get back out there after the snowy season. Registration is required at mastondon Race set for Sun., Mar. 3, 9am at Maston Trailhead. 20135 Newcomb Rd., Redmond. $55.




Thumbprint Collective is a living experiment in electronic music formed in 2008 by musicians Brigham Rockwell and Christopher Haindel. Thumbprint Collective uses hardware synthesizers, samplers, loopers, guitars and drum machines to push the boundaries of downtempo music and create vast soundscapes. Tue., Mar. 5, 8pm at Volcanic Theatre Pub. 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. Free.

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Grace Potter, Lady Vagabond

Grammy-nominated recording artist Grace Potter talks about her experience, her new album and the country star ghosts that helped her write it

Grace Potter is an American singer, songwriter and musician known for her powerful vocals and versatile musical style. Potter rose to prominence as the frontwoman of the rock band Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, which disbanded in 2015.

Since then, Potter has pursued a successful solo career, releasing albums such as "Midnight" in 2015 and "Daylight" in 2019, showcasing a more diverse range of influences and a willingness to explore. Potter released her latest album, “Mother Road,” in the fall of 2023. The 10-track record delivers with new motifs, messages and music. Potter’s fifth studio album is stacked with country-rock sound from the opening title-track to songs like “Good Time,” and “Ready Set Go.”

Potter noted that her latest venture in the studio was informed by a set of road trips she took in her downtime.

“I didn't even have the songs fully written yet,” Potter told the Source Weekly. “I had some intros and chords, and a feeling of what a chorus could be like… It was super easy and really was my favorite adventure in a studio that I’ve had.”

The musician also credits the spirit of Waylon Jennings and the living spirit of Dolly Parton for helping

“Being a mom, there's this thing called momshame. And people I met out on the road would question me, and why I was on the road and how I could leave my children. I remember that really pissed me off.”

to guide her during her songwriting sessions. “Mostly, we would just set a mood with the music and I taped up all my lyrics and notes from my four cross-country trips. That’s really where I pulled from and I let the ghosts do the rest,” she admitted.

The album's sixth song, “Lady Vagabond,” is an explosion of women empowerment, seeing Potter narrate from the perspective of the femme-deviant. With a raucous backing band complete with brass and rhythm sections, Potter unapologetically leans on the western motif and the power of outlawed femininity to produce a song that easily ranks among the best in modern road-trip rock.

While her ongoing tour, of which every show has sold out so far, is, as she put it, “cooler than the Breakfast Club,” Potter had no difficulty musing on the intricacy of being a woman in a predominantly male industry. “I didn't mean to lean in any one direction, but it just came out of me. Thinking about the themes I was going to touch on, one of them was shame.” Potter explained, “Being a mom, there's this thing called mom-shame. And people I met out on the road would question me, and why I was on the road and how I could leave my children. I remember that really pissed

me off. There’s nothing defensive about it for me; I just find it intriguing that it is still so confounding that a woman would get in a car and drive cross-country, because all I can think is, ‘why wouldn't I?’”

Just like her rough-and-tumble character in “Lady Vagabond,” Potter makes it clear that she answers to no one and by extension, hasn’t made this music for anyone other than herself. “When I bring these songs to life, it's more than just a band that’s playing through the songs. It's really an experience and it envelops all of the visuals I saw out on the road,” she said. “I’m just trying to enfold the feelings I was having, and the regrets, too, that I was exploring when I was driving alone on the road. There’s a lonely feeling to it but there’s a rich landscape in there if you're willing to listen. I think those voices came out loud and proud.”

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28 Wednesday

Cabin 22 Trivia Wednesdays Useless Knowledge Bowl Live Trivia Game Show! It’s not your average quiz night. Team up to win gift cards. It’s fun and free to play, with locals’ day featuring Crater Lake and local craft beer specials. Get here this week! 6:30-8:30pm. Free.

Cascade Lakes Pub on Reed Market

Marvel Trivia Night Assemble your team for Marvel Trivia Night at Cascade Lakes Pub on Reed Market. Test your Marvel knowledge and enjoy a beer or marvel-themed cocktails. Free, arrive early to secure your spot! 6:30-8:30pm. Free.

The Cellar-A Porter Brewing Company

Wednesday Jam Sessions Drink some fine cask or imported beers and try some amazing British pies while listening to some local musicians jam out. 6:30-8:30pm. Free.

Corey’s Bar & Grill Karaoke Sing your heart out at Corey’s! Grab friends and drinks for some Coreyoke. 9pm-Midnight. Free.

Craft Kitchen and Brewery Comedy Open

Mic Sign-up 7:30pm. If you’ve ever wanted to try stand-up comedy, this is where you start! 8-10pm. Free.

Crosscut Warming Hut No 5 Long Gone Wilder Trio Relax with a pint and enjoy great local music every Wednesday from 6-8pm.

Deschutes Brewery Public House Head Games Trivia Night Head Games multi-media trivia is at Deschutes Bend Public House every Wednesday. Win prizes. Teams up to six. 6:308:30pm. Free.

Kobold Brewing / The Vault Taphouse Trivia Night Trivia Night at The Vault! Come test your knowledge and drink top notch local beer! 6:30-8pm. Free.

M&J Tavern Open Mic Night Downtown living room welcomes musicians to bring an acoustic set or turn it up to eleven with the whole band. Bring your own instruments. Goes to last call or last musician, which ever comes first. 21+. 6:30pm. Free.

McMenamins Old St. Francis School

3ofWe Live in Father Luke’s Room 3ofWe plays with purpose. Sharing an enthusiasm that connects the audience with engaging music. The band brings an original sound and infectious energy with its kaleidoscopic songs. 6-9pm.

Northside Bar & Grill Acoustic Open Mic and Jam Performers and listeners are encouraged to join! Musician sign-up begins at 6:30pm, music starts at 7pm and sound is provided. “Mellow Wednesday” acoustic open mic and jam for 10 years and counting. Hosted by DMM Music LLC. 6:30-9pm. Free.

Open Space Event Studios The Roundabouts Improv - A Comedy Show! The Roundabouts is a talented group of improvisers based in beautiful Central Oregon. Inspired by audience suggestions, every show is a mix of improv games and scenework and is different each time and completely made up. 7:30-9pm. $15.

Pour House Grill Last Call Trivia Wednesday Bring your smartest friends and win free food and drink. 6:30-8:30pm.

Silver Moon Brewing The Coffis Brothers and Guests With the newest record, “Turn My Radio Up,” the Coffis Brothers salute the glory days of the FM dial while planting their flag firmly in the present. 7-10pm. $13.

Volcanic Theatre Pub Mia X Ally Playing both original songs and covers of pop rock and metal music with a celtic twist, “Mia x Ally” debuted in Boston in August of 2022, playing two sold out shows and later went on to tour the East and Midwest on the “Shipping up to Boston tour.” 7-11pm. $25.

29 Thursday

The Cellar The Ballybogs and Friends Grab a pint, relax and enjoy live music by an amazing group of artists that brings the best Irish trad music in Central Oregon. Every Thursday at The Cellar. 6-8pm. Free.

Austin Mercantile Live Music Every Thursday Join at Austin Mercantile for live music every Thursday. Offering a light happy hour menu — daily flatbread, chili, charcuterie, soft pretzels and more! 4:30-6:30pm. Free.

Bend Elks Lodge #1371 Bingo Bingo at the Elk’s Lodge. Win cash prizes. 6-9pm. $23.

Bridge 99 Brewery Trivia Thursdays UKB’s live trivia game show is like no other. Team up to compete for gift card prizes! Brews, ciders, mixed drinks, pizzas and food truck options. Indoor and outdoor seating. 6-8pm. Free.

Cascade Lakes at 7th Street Live Music

with Local Artist Mari Join local artist, Mari, for a night of live music at Cascade Lakes Pub at 7th St. Free and family-friendly, the show starts at 5:30pm. Free.

Cascade Lakes Pub on Reed Market

Live Music with Eric Leadbetter Head to the Pub on Reed Market for live music from local artist, Eric Leadbetter. The show is free and family friendly. 5:30-7:30pm. Free.

Corey’s Bar & Grill Karaoke Sing your heart out at Corey’s! Grab friends and drinks for some Coreyoke. 9pm-Midnight. Free.

Elements Public House Trivia Night at Elements Public House with QuizHead Games Come be all you can be with Trivia Night every Thursday from 6-8pm! Featuring Located at the north end of Redmond. Full bar and great food! 6-8pm. No cover charge.

Eqwine Wine Bar Open Mic Got a musical bone you’d like to share? Your first beer/cider is on the house if you take the stage. 7-9pm. Free.

Volcanic Theatre Pub Sunsquabi with K+Lab Funky live-tronica acts Sunsqaubi with K+lab on Feb., 29 at Volcanic Theatre Pub on Leap Day! 7:30-11:30pm. $18 advance, $25 door.

1 Friday

The Belfry Tommy Castro and the Painkillers Throughout his long, constantly evolving career, guitarist, singer and songwriter Tommy Castro has always remained true to himself while exploring, growing and creating new music and he has taken his thousands of devoted fans right along with him. 7-11pm. $30.

Bend Poker Room Friday Night Poker Tournament Come on in for the Friday night poker tournament! $80 entry with unlimited rebuys for the first hour and an optional add-on for $40 at the first break. Patrons pay a $10 entrance fee. No money bet in any game is collected by the Bend Poker Room. 6-11pm. $80.

Immersion Brewing Extended:

Leap Year Party Join Immersion Brewing for a Leap Year party to celebrate an extra day! DJ’s TEEZE(US) and Riles will be playing back to back all evening! 9pm. $5.

M&J Tavern Spencer Marlyn On a day that may not be real, Spencer Marlyn leaps onto the stage bringing special guest “Box Kid” for an evening of grand mystery wrapped up in tunes. 9pm. Free.

Northside Bar & Grill Inversion Local duo performing alternative rock. 7-9pm. Free.

River’s Place So Much Closer Retro pop with folk, blues and soul influence. 6-8pm. Free.

Silver Moon Brewing Trivia on the Moon Come down to Silver Moon Brewing for a night of trivia! Teams are welcome to show up in groups up to 8 people. Silver Moon also offers seating reservations for $20 donations that all go to F*Cancer! If you would like to reserve a table please contact the Trivia on the Moon Facebook page. 7pm. Free.

The Ale Apothecary Tasting Room Rock and Roll Thursday RICKY on tour from San Diego drops in for an early evening of fun rock 'n' roll. Local power trio Via For Real opens. Cotto, the Italian street food truck and world class beer is available . 5:30-8pm. Free.

The Bend Wine Bar & Winery Tasting

Room Trivia Night Tease your brain and win cool prizes. Happy Hour menu during game time. Grab your friends and enjoy an evening of fabulous wines, snacks and fun! Every last Thursday of the month. Arrive early, game starts at 6pm. Last Thursday of every month. Free.

The Lot Live Music with Parker Steers Local solo musician walking listeners from sorrowful country to grunge greatness. 6-8pm. Free.

The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse Suttle Lodge’s Fireside Concert Series: Love, Dean Fireside Show This week, Luke and Rachael Price, who compose the independent soul band Love, Dean! RSVP required for overnight lodging guests to claim complimentary seats. Drink available during the show. 6-8pm.$10.

Volcanic Theatre Pub Sunsquabi with K+Lab Parallel 44 Presents SunSquabi with K+Lab live on leap day at Volcanic Theatre in Bend. Bringing the funk is what SunSquabi does best! 7-11:30pm. $18.

Hardtails Bar & Grill Stage 28 Karaoke Come out for a night of Stage 28 Karaoke with your host Miss Min! What’s your go-to karaoke tune? Come to Hardtails for a fun Friday night and sing your heart out! 8pm-Midnight. Free.

Big E’s Sports Bar Karaoke Night Central Oregon’s most fun karaoke venue! Karaoke is hosted by A Fine Note Karaoke Too and DJ Jackie J. Delicious food and drink and a friendly staff. Come join the show where you are the star! 8pm. Free admission.

Silver Moon Brewing So Much House: Fluffy Stuff & Luxo SoMuchHouse: Bend debut DJ set by Fluffy Stuff with support by Luxo. B2B set by Its Fine and MStarkDJ. Dance, community, house music. Join for this special night! First Friday of every month, 8pm-2am. $15.

The Ale Apothecary Tasting Room First

Friday at The Ale Apothecary featuring Deliciousness A live performance by Deliciousness playing soul covers and juicy originals. If you like Salt and Khruangbin, this show is for you. Plus Italian Street Food by Cotto on the patio and the most unique beers in town. Come get your groove on! 5-8pm. Free.

Volcanic Theatre Pub Dead Nettle and Slow Goat with Vacancy Floor and Spina Dead Nettle and Slow Goat with Vacancy Floor and Spina Slow Goat plays amy riffs cut from the flank of the Pacific Northwest for fans of Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Trouble. Spina cultivates heavy tones from the high desert, Spina has a sound mainly influenced by doom and sludge. 7-11:30pm. $15.

2 Saturday

Austin Mercantile Saturday Afternoon Live Music Austin Mercantile is now adding live music on Saturdays! Serving wine, beer, lite happy hour menu, gifts and home decor. Hope to see you soon! 4:30-6:30pm. Free.

Barrel Room @ Immersion Brewing D and B Expo - Duality Events Some of the best up-and-coming artists out of the Pacific Northwest all coming together for one massive event. The lineup brings you the iconic sounds of drum and bass and its sister genre, Two Step. 8pm-1am. $5.

Bridge 99 Brewery Stage 28 Karaoke Come out for a night of all ages Stage 28 Karaoke with your host Miss Min! What’s your go-to karaoke tune? 6pm. Free.

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Toubab Krewe plays inspiring tunes focused on the message that music has no borders. The band pays homage to African traditions, jam-rock and international folk to create a truly original sound. Sat., Mar. 9, 7pm at Volcanic Theatre Pub. Photo by GrayPeak Images


Craft Kitchen and Brewery Comedy

at Craft: Jasmine Rogers Jasmine Rogers is a comedian, artist, and dancer, originally from Phoenix. Featuring Dylan Gaffney and Courtney Stevens. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. $15 on Bendticket. $20 at door. 21+ Strong content expected. 8-9:30pm.

On Tap Sweet Motor A unique blend of southern rock and blues. Vivid blues-driven guitars, honest and soulful vocals and a dynamic rhythm section will surely please all audiences! Matthew Finfer and Steve McKinnon on guitars, Eddie Hastings on bass guitar, Dave Huber on drums and vocals and Jennifer Brazil on vocals/percussion. 6pm. Free.

River’s Place Saturday Jazz Sessions The Somethin’ Good Trio. 6-8pm. Free.

Tower Theatre Tommy Emmanuel, CGP Tommy Emmanuel brings his style of blended bluegrass, country, and rock 'n’roll to the beautiful Tower Theatre! 7:30pm. $45-$65.

Velvet One Mad Man Music Spencer Snyder, One Mad Man, loops together multiple instruments to create moody, driven backdrops accompanied by smooth vocals. Hip-hop-style drums drive funk-inspired bass followed by electrifying sounds from his keyboard and guitar. First Saturday of every month, 8-11pm. Free.

Volcanic Theatre Pub Snotty Nose Rez Kids

- Hot Planet Tour Snotty Nose Rez Kids tore into the music scene with unmistakeable talent and an unforgettable name. Showing off lyrical prowess and natural storytelling ability, Yung Trybez and Young D jumpstarted the band with two back-to-back albums in 2017. 7-11:59pm. $20.

3 Sunday

The Astro Lounge Local Artist Spotlight

Sundays This is a chance to listen to Central Oregon’s newest and upcoming local artists. Support local top notch talent! 7-9pm. Free.

The Commons Cafe & Taproom Trivia

Night Sunday Funday Trivia with Sean. Gather your team, or roll solo and find a spot early in the cafe, knowledge tests begin at 6pm. Prizes for 1st and 2nd place. Free.

Corey’s Bar & Grill Karaoke Sing your heart out at Corey’s! Grab friends and drinks for some Coreyoke. 9pm-Midnight. Free.

River’s Place Trivia Sundays at Noon Trivia Sundays at Noon, with UKB Trivia, at River’s Place. This is no ordinary contest, this is a live trivia game show. Bring your bunch and win gift card prizes for top teams! Indoor and outdoor seating available. Great food and drink options available. Noon-2pm. Free.

River’s Place Bill Powers Bill Powers presents his songs and select covers in his trademark laid back style telling stories and taking listeners on a musical journey. 5-7pm. Free.

Silver Moon Brewing Open Mic at the Moon Get a taste of the big time! Sign-up is at 4pm! Come check out the biggest and baddest open mic night in Bend! 5-8pm. Free.

4 Monday

Bevel Craft Brewing Bingo with Bren Supporting a new local charity each month! $2 per bingo card, 50% goes to the charity and 50% goes to cash prizes every round! Visit to view all the beneficiaries supported this year! 6-8pm.

Bridge 99 Brewery Trivia Mondays UKB’s live trivia game show is like no other. Team up to compete for gift card prizes! Brews, ciders, mixed drinks, pizzas and food truck options. Indoor and outdoor seating. 6-8pm. Free.

Elements Public House Open Mic with DMM Music Come jam with some great local musicians and enjoy an evening of music, great food and full bar. Musician sign-up at 6pm. Sound and PA provided by DMM Music LLC Located at the North end of Redmond. An award-winning full bar and great food! 6:30-9:30pm. No cover charge.

Elixir Wine Locals Music Night and Open Mic Bend’s friendliest open-mic! All genres welcome. Oregon and international wine, beer and tapas menu available all evening. 6-9pm. Free.

High Desert Music Hall Trivia Night:

Rotating Mondays Gather your team and join for a fun night of Trivia, every other Monday. Prizes awarded to the top teams. All ages. Every other Monday, 7pm. Free.

Midtown Ballroom Grace Potter Midtown

Events is thrilled to bring Grace Potter “Mother Road Tour” Monday, March 4 at Midtown Ballroom in Bend! Special guest Brittney Spencer. Doors at 6:30pm, show at 7:30pm. This is an all ages show. 7:30pm. $35-$160 (VIP).

On Tap Locals’ Day Plus Live Music Cheaper drinks all day and live music at night, get down to On Tap. 11am-9pm. Free.

Silver Moon Brewing Beertown Comedy

Open Mic Enjoy Beertown Comedy Open Mic every Monday Night at Silver Moon Brewing! Signup starts at 6:30pm and closes at 7pm, when the show starts. 6:30-8:30pm. Free.

The Bend Wine Bar & Winery Tasting

Room Bottles and Boards - Game Night Grab your favorite board game or borrow one! Every Monday is Game Night! Pair a bottle of wine with a selection of charcuterie boards and get $5 off whites or $10 off reds. Fun times and great wines! Cheers! 2-9pm. Free.

Worthy Brewing Head Games Trivia Night

Eat. Drink. Think. Win! Head Games multi-media trivia is at Worthy Brewing Co. in Bend every Monday. Win prizes. Teams up to six. 7-9pm. Free.

5 Tuesday

The Commons Cafe & Taproom Storytellers Open Mic StoryTellers open mic nights are full of music, laughs and community. Mason James is the host. Poetry, comedy and spoken word are welcome, but this is mainly a musical open mic. Performance slots are a quick 10 minutes each, so being warmed up and ready is ideal. If you wish to perform sign-ups start at 5pm in the cafe. 6pm. Free.

Crosscut Warming Hut No 5 Head Games

Trivia Night Live multi-media trivia every other Tuesday at Crosscut Warming Hut No. 5, Bend. Free to play, win prizes, teams up to 6. Please arrive early for best seats. Every other Tuesday, 6:30-8:30pm. Free.

General Duffy’s Annex Tuesday Night Trivia in Redmond Genuine UKB Trivia is no average quiz night, it’s a live trivia game show! Meet up with your pals and team up this week! Win stuff! 6-8pm. Free.

Northside Bar & Grill Karaoke with DJ Chris Ossig Karaoke with DJ Chris. 7-9pm. Free.

Open Space Event Studios Improv Class

at Bend Institute of Comedy Become a healthier and happier human being through this 8-week course in long-form comedy improvisation at the Bend Institute of Comedy! 6:30-9pm. $250.

Ski Inn Taphouse and Hotel Barringer and Baker Mark Barringer on guitar and vocals with Bob Baker on the electric violin perform music from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, with creative, classic and soulful styles for an exciting rich sound. 6-8pm. Free.

The Lot Trivia Tuesday Heated Benches, frothy pints, food cart goodness and the brain flexing sport of trivia! Bring a team or join one and have fun with the trivia loving, smartypants people of Bend. 6-8pm. Free.

Volcanic Theatre Pub Thumbprint

Collective with Special Guest Thumbprint Collective is a living experiment in electronic music: natural selection creates order, derived from chaos. Originally formed in Bend in 2008, Thumbprint Collective uses hardware synthesizers, samplers, loopers, guitars and drum machines to take listeners on a beat-driven, ear-snapping odyssey through time and space. No cover! 8-10pm. Free.

Worthy Beers & Burgers Head Games

Trivia Night Join for live multi-media trivia every Tuesday night. Win prizes. Teams up to 6 players. 7-9pm. Free.


Animaniacs Live! The voice actors of Yakko, Wakko, Pinky and The Brain perform songs from the Emmy-winning animated show, created and produced by Steven Spielberg, live and accompanied by clips of favorite scenes from the beloved cartoon series. March 5, 7:30-10pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. Contact: 541-317-0700. $31 - $56 (plus $4 Historic Preservation fee).

Sunday Brunch and Karaoke Wake up right with brunch and karaoke! Sundays, 10am3pm. General Duffy’s Waterhole, 404 SW Forest Avenue, Redmond. Free.

Trailblazing Women of Country An evening of insight and entertainment revealing how three iconic female performers inspired women worldwide. Patsy Cline advocated self-assurance. Loretta Lynn embodied women’s independence. Dolly Parton emphasized the importance of family roots. $52 - $76 (plus $4 Historic Preservation fee) March 3, 7:30pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. Contact: 541317-0700. $52 - $76.


Argentine Tango Classes and Dance

Join every Wednesday for Tango classes and dancing! Your first class is free. Tango 101 class from 6:30-7pm, no partner needed! All levels class from 7-8pm. Open dancing from 8-9:30pm. Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm. Sons of Norway Hall, 549 NW Harmon Blvd., Bend. Contact: 541-7283234. $5-$10.

Nia Fusion of dance, martial arts and healing arts focusing on reconnecting to body sensations and the body’s natural way of movement through form, freedom and play. You will dance though deep intention and joyful expressions to connect to your true nature. Tuesdays, 5:15pm. Bend Hot Yoga, 1230 NE 3rd St. UnitA230, Bend. Contact: $20/drop-In.

Scottish Country Dance A chance to socialize and get a bit of exercise, too. Beginners are welcome. All footwork, figures and social graces will be taught and reviewed. Mondays, 7-9pm. Sons of Norway Hall, 549 NW Harmon Blvd., Bend. Contact: 541-508-9110. allely@ $5.

Soul in Motion Movement & Dance

Come move with what is moving in you, in community, putting a little more life in your life!! No experience necessary... guided and facilitated to support you to sink down from the chatter of your mind and into your body... inviting it take the lead. Mindful movement and dance... drop in. Wednesdays, 6-7:15pm. Continuum, A School of Shadow Yoga, 155 SW Century Drive, Suite 112, Bend. Contact: 541-948-7015. $20.

Soulful Sunday Community Dance Sunday is a perfect time to step on to the dance floor. This is a facilitated and supported Soul Motion® practice. $20 if registered online, $25 drop in. Pay what you can. Sundays, 10-11:30am. Through June 17. Continuum, A School of Shadow Yoga, 155 SW Century Drive, Suite 112, Bend. Contact: 541-948-7015.

Swing Dance Lessons Swing dance lessons will alternate with line dance lessons every other Tuesday. Now you can dance every week! All ages and skill levels welcome, no charge! March 5, 7-8pm. Blacksmith Public House, 308 SW Evergreen Ave., Redmond. Contact: 541-6048878.

Temple Tribal Fusion Dance Join for fun, a great workout, or perform in the dance company. Mixed level classes give something for everyone, from newbies to advanced dancers. All levels warmly welcomed! Learn more at http://www. Mondays, 5-6:15pm. Bend, RSVP for address, Bend. $20.


Backcountry Film Festival Presented by Discover Your Forest Join Discover Your Forest for the 2024 Backcountry Film Festival. A variety of awesome outdoor films, drinks from Cascade Lakes Brewing Company, prizes and raffle items from tons of local sponsors and lots of fun! Feb. 29, 6-9pm. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon, 61980 Skyline Ranch Road, Bend. Contact: 541-390-3379. $25.

Dynamic acoustic group Gone Gone Beyond blends neo-folk electronic and acoustic soul, performing worldly songs that connect with all audiences. Enjoy the show on Thu., Mar. 14, 7pm at Midtown Ballroom. Gone Gone Beyond (ticketmaster)


Reconnect Snowboard Movie Premier

All women’s snowboard film featuring 4-time Olympian Sarka Pancochova from Czech republic and Cheryl Maas from Netherlands winner of “Rider of the year” by Snowboarder Mag. Girls explore hidden jams of PNW and Idaho. Prizes to win from sponsors! March 2, 7-9pm. LOGE Bend, 19221 SW Century Dr, Bend. Contact: Free.


“Awakening” March Group Exhibit A Group Exhibit heralding the beginning of spring, during the Old Mill District’s First Friday Gallery Walk. All Tumalo Art Co. artists were invited to submit an interpretation of the hopeful theme, “Awakening”, giving a wide interpretation of the first hint of spring. March 1, 3-7pm. Tumalo Art Co., 450 SW Powerhouse Dr., Ste. 407, Bend. Contact: 541-385-9144.

Art Viewing Visit Sagebrushers Art Society in beautiful Bend to see lovely work, paintings and greeting cards by local artists. New exhibit every 8 weeks. Visit for information on current shows. Wednesdays, 1-4pm, Fridays, 1-4pm and Saturdays, 1-4pm.

Sagebrushers Art Society, 117 SW Roosevelt Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-617-0900. Free.

Crafting Class and Coffee, Wine

Bottle Decoupage Illuminaries Wine

Bottle Decoupage Illuminaries at Kevista Coffee. $35 per person, all supplies included. Space is Limited, tickets available @ https://bendticket. com/events/crafting-coffee-2-29-2024 Contact with questions: or 541-668-7477 Feb. 29, 12:45-3:45pm. Kavista Coffee, 130 SW Century Drive, Bend. Contact $35.

Crochet Corner: Fancywork Yarn Shop Gather with fellow crocheters for an afternoon of crafting, learning and inspiration! Founder and lead educator of the American Crochet Association, Salena Baca, hosts this 2-hour hook session held at Fancywork Yarn Shop. All skill levels are welcome in this weekly drop-in event. Thursdays, 1-3pm. Fancywork Yarn Shop, 200 NE Greenwood Avenue, Bend. Contact: 541-3238686. Free.

Felted Telescope Hat Workshop Get ready to explore the fascinating world of felt telescoping hats. This in-person event is a unique opportunity to learn about the art of hat making and discover the versatility of felt telescoping hats. Pine Meadow Center for Arts and Agriculture is honored to host felt artist Flóra Carlile-Kovács. March 1, 9am-4pm. Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts and Agriculture, 68467 Three Creek Rd., Sisters. Contact: 541-904-0700. $85.

First Friday Art Walk Local artist display and sell their artwork. Local musicians play from 6-8 pm. Wine, beer, cider, seltzer along with cocktails available for purchase. Flatbreads, nachos, charcuterie boards also available for purchase. Indoor and outdoor seating. 21 and over, pet friendly patio. First Friday of every month, 4-8pm. Eqwine Wine Bar, 218 SW 4th St, Redmond. Contact: 541-527-4419. eqwine. Free.

Intermediate Weld Your Own Project

Creating solid weld joints in multiple positions is the foundation for all metal projects. This course is designed for students to increase the knowledge of MIG welding and joint construction. Materials not provided. Wed, Feb. 21, 6-8pm, Wed, Feb. 28, 6-8pm, Wed, March 6, 6-8pm. DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-388-2283. $449.

Intro to Fused Glass Learn the basics of creating fused glass art using colorful glass and a variety of glass tools. Suitable for hanging indoors or outdoors, your will have the choice to make a mobile, wind chime or set of coasters that will bring fun and color to any space. All material included. March 2, 1-3pm. DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-388-2283. $99.

Intro to Blacksmithing - Make a Bottle

Opener Come have fun and try your hand at the time-honored DIY craft of shaping, tapering and punching steel to create a functional bottle opener. Tools and materials are provided. No experience needed! March 2, 10am-Noon. DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-388-2283. $169.

Kids Knit! Perhaps the original fidget tool, knitting is a wonderful analog way to help keep small hands and young minds busy, entertained and productive. Ditch the screens and introduce your 8-12 year old crafter to a healthy lifelong skill in this four-session, 2 weeks “Learn to Knit” series. Tue, March 5, 4-5pm, Thu, March 7, 4-5pm, Mon, March 11, 4-5pm and Thu, March 14, 4-5pm. Fancywork Yarn Shop, 200 NE Greenwood Avenue, Bend. Contact: 541-323-8686. $150.

Kids Lego Robotics In this intro workshop, build and program robots using LEGO’s® educational SPIKE app kits. By workshop’s end, students have a solid foundation in LEGO robotics and be able to create, modify and control robotic creations. Computers and robots are provided for workshop’s duration. Feb. 28, 4-5:30pm. DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-388-2283. $76.

Kids Woodworking - Ages 11 - 17 In this woodworking class kids, focus on design, measurement and layout techniques while gaining experience with power tools such as the miter saw, drill press, palm and drum sanders, router and various hand tools. Beginners and intermediate beginners are welcome, all materials included. Feb. 27, 4-6pm and Feb. 28, 4-6pm. DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-388-2283. $208.

Know Puzzles: Glass Fusing Workshop Puzzle together your own glass pattern to be fused into a 4-inch tile. Ages 18 and up, space is limited. Registration required at https://host5. asp?ID=73382 Feb. 28, 12-1:30pm. Contact: 541312-1029. Free.

Learn to Knit: The Saturday Sessions

Get started on the path to creating your own treasured handknits! Whether you’ve never picked up needles before or you’ve dabbled in the past and are in need of a refresher, this class gives you a solid foundation of the fundamentals of knitting. Register once, four sessions over four weeks. March 2, 10:30am-Noon. Fancywork Yarn Shop, 200 NE Greenwood Avenue, Bend. Contact: 541-323-8686. $130.


Lightweight Nunofelt Scarf Workshop

Get ready to explore the fascinating world of nunofelting and create your own lightweight scarf at Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts and Agriculture. Pine Meadow Center for Arts and Agriculture is honored to host former resident and professional felt artist Flóra Carlile-Kovács March 2, 9am-4pm. Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts & Agriculture, 68467 Three Creek Rd., Sisters. Contact: 541-9040700. $85.

Mixed Media and Collage Workshop: Postcards from the Edge Explore new territory using watercolor, ink, unusual mark making tools and collage to create a small collection of magical art; perfect for all occasion-gifts or surprises that travel by snail mail. No experience necessary and all supplies provided. Led by local artist Sondra Holtzman. March 3, 12:30-3pm. Pomegranate Home and Garden, 120 NE River Mall Ave., Bend. Contact: 541383-3713. $95.

Nan Curtis, Artist Talk Join the artists for a talk featuring Nan Curtis in conjunction with the opening of Mt. Pile at Scalehouse Gallery. More at scalehouse. org/artist/nan-curtis, rsvp https://scalehouse2024. March 2, Noon-1pm. Scalehouse Collaborative for the Arts, 550 NW Franklin Ave, Bend. Contact: 541640-2186.

Redmond First Friday Art Walk Meet with local artist while walking downtown Redmond. First Friday of every month. Downtown Redmond, Sixth Street, Redmond. Free.


Addressing Sex Trafficking in the Community Join this the training on sex trafficking, including what risk factors and vulnerabilities are seen most often in victims. The primary goals of this training are to build empathy for survivors of sex trafficking, to instill ownership of this issue’s presence in the community and to provide some action steps. Feb. 28, 6-7pm. Downtown Bend Public LibraryBrooks Room, 601 NW Wall St., Bend. Contact: 541312-1029. Free.

Bend Ghost Tours Join for Ghosts and Legends of Downtown Bend Tour and hear all about Bend’s permanent residents! Your spirit guide will lead you through the haunted streets and alleyways of Historic Downtown Bend where you’ll learn about the city’s many macabre tales, long-buried secrets and famous ghosts. Wednesdays-Sundays, 7:30-9pm. Downtown Bend, Downtown Bend, Bend. Contact: 541-3500732. $25.

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As breast cancer survivors, we often find ourselves reflecting upon our own courageous journies. For me, the end draws near, for a promise held dear. It has been nearly 10 years since I made a commitment to my daughter, Jessica, before she died 8 years ago.

“My idea, an original solution for the health of it, began out of the frustrations that I experienced as an athletic, bilateral mastectomy survivor.”

“This need for prosthetic garments, that promote confidence in motion, was what I promised to design, patent, manufacture, and wear myself one day.”

In 2014, I asked the late Jack O’Neill for help to develop high performance swim and athletic wear for women like me - and we are many. By happenstance, NEO’PROS, LLC was founded in Bend, Oregon. The start up company is working with The Evans Group, a design team located in Los Angeles, California. The finished prosthetic garments will be made in the USA. The human foundation of this startup, with all the bits and pieces, are now resulting in entrepreneurship at its finest. That being NEO’PROS may help survivors manage the physical, mental, and spiritual challenges of Breast Cancer.

NEO’PROS would like to express GRATITUDE to the following individuals/organizations for making this project possible: Greg Clarke, VP at O’Neill Wetsuits, LLC - Santa Cruz, CA • Bend Outdoor Worx • Opportunity Knocks TDS (bendbroadband) • Public Interest Law Firm for the Lisa Foundation, ASU • Prof. Michelle Gross - Phoenix, AZ Judy Wilde, JMW Patent Illustrating • Drew Smith, RESONATE IP • Joey Boisneau, Masonry Deena Kamm, VOICE UP • Michelle Mattingly, ND LA • Sing Bend Public Rock Choir • Patricia L. King, CPA Sarah Cummings, DVM • Central Oregon Daily News • Belinda Farmer, Pretty Moments Lingerie Regroup Thrift Store • Christine Frazer • Alicia Jumar-Lo er • Geo Babb • David Newbold • Eri Parsons James Canterbury & Mystique • Lizzy Burum • Carol Sinclair • BGC Bottom Dweller’s Board • Shere Coleman Marla Hill • Wendy Hatcher • Linda Robson • Kristine Akenson • Nathan Higgins & Colin Barrett-Fox Genene Cheatham • Jessica and Etta James


Contemporary Realist David Kreitzer

Open Home Gallery and Studio Join contemporary realist painter David Kreitzer, celebrating his 58 years as a professional artist, in an open studio and gallery exhibit of Central Oregon landscape splendor, California “Nishigoi” koi images and more. Fridays-Sundays, 1-6pm. Through April 28. Kreitzer Art Gallery and Studio, 20214 Archie Briggs Road, Bend. Contact: 805234-2048. Free.

Exhibition Opening: “Sensing Sasquatch” Opening Saturday, March 2, “Sensing Sasquatch,” explores the reclusive and elusive being’s past, present and future in the High Desert through an Indigenous lens. Works by five Indigenous artists on view. Free with paid admission. March 2, 9am-5pm. High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Highway 97, Bend. Contact: 541-382-4754.

Know Coast - Oysters 101 Registration required. In this workshop, explore the impact of oysters in the world environmentally, economically, and at a culinary level, including a beginner’s shucking lesson. Karen McRae, owner of Mother Shuckers food cart at The Podski food cart lot, shares her 20-plus years of knowledge. March 5, 2-3pm. East Bend Public Library, 62080 Dean Swift Road, Bend. Contact: 541-312-1063. Free.

Natural History Pub: With Fire, Comes Smoke: Living in a Fire-Dependent Ecosystem Fire plays an integral role in Central Oregon’s ecosystem. Towering Ponderosas require frequent low-intensity fire to sustain. Fire practitioners implement prescribed burns in the spring and fall to mimic historic fire return intervals while summer wildfires often dot the landscape. Free with RSVP. March 4, 7-8pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St., Bend. Contact: 541-382-4754. info@

Third Thursday Open Mic at the High Desert Music Hall Spoken word open mic night for all poets, storytellers and writers. This is an in-person program. Join the High Desert Music Hall for a spoken word open mic night the third Thursday of the month. All writers and readers and word-lovers invited to attend and read. Every third Thursday, 6-8pm. Contact: 541312-1063. Free.

Whychus Creek Watershed Speaker Series: Learn About Your Home

Waters Join UDWC and COCC with natural resource partners to learn about the history, hydrology, water quality, habitat conditions, native fish, water conservation and stream restoration of the Whychus Creek watershed in this five-part speaker series! Visit the ticket link to learn more about this event. https:// Every other Tuesday, 5:30-7:30pm. Sisters Library, 110 North Cedar Street, Sisters. Contact: kmiller@ $49.


Rosetta - Story of a Soldier “Rosetta—Story of a Soldier” is a folk rock/Americana musical Inspired by the incredible true story of Civil War soldier Lyons Wakeman. Private Wakeman, however, was not what “he” seemed to be. The five-foot tall soldier’s true identity was a young farm girl from New York state named Sarah Rosetta Wakeman. $21 (plus $4 Historic Preservation fee) Feb. 29, 7-9pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. Contact: 541-317-0700. $21 (plus $4 Historic Preservation fee).


Author! Author! Stephanie Land Bestselling author Stephanie Land presents as part of the “Author! Author!” series. March 1, 7-8:30pm. Bend High School Auditorium, 230 NE 6th Street, Bend. Contact: 541-312-1027.

Mystery Book Club Please join in-store or on zoom for Mystery Book Club. The group will discuss "The Ladies of the Secret Circus" by Constance Sayers. Join zoom link here: https:// Wednesdays, 10:30am. Roundabout Books, 900 NW Mount Washington Dr., #110, Bend. Contact: 541-306-6564. julie@roundaboutbookshop. com. Free.

Rediscovered Reads Book Club Join the Rediscovered Reads Book Club and discuss “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros. Feb. 28, 6-7pm. Roundabout Books, 900 NW Mount Washington Dr., #110, Bend. Contact: 541306-6564.

Writers Writing: Quiet Writing Time Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others’ company. This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events. Tuesdays, 1:30-4:30pm. Deschutes Public Library-Downtown, 601 NW Wall Street, Bend. Contact: 541-3121063. Free.


Post Mountain Sauna Sesh Free sauna sessions, Fridays and Saturdays at Bunk and Brew. Discounted draft beer, deals on authentic Oaxacan food from Alebrije, delicious Wonderland chicken, fires and live music on select dates. Check in with your Bachelor pass at the Beer Truck in the Yard. Fridays-Saturdays, 3-9pm. Through April 6, 2024. Bunk+Brew, 42 NW Hawthorne Avenue, Bend. Contact: 458-202-1090. Free.


Bend Adult Volleyball Bend Hoops adult open gym volleyball sessions offer players a chance to get together and enjoy some competition. To sign up, go to and RSVP. Bring exact change. Sundays, 7-9pm and Saturdays, 7:30pm. Bend Hoops, 1307 NE 1st St, Bend. $10.

The Circuit BIPOC Climbing Night Join the Circuit Rock gym the last Thursday every month for an event that welcomes all in the BIPOC community. Last Thursday of every month. The Circuit Bouldering Gym Bend, 63051 NE Corporate Pl, Bend. 50% off day pass.

Friday Night Lights Friday Night Lights Presented by Ablis CBD. Enjoy night lights, live music and more every Friday night at Hoodoo, Central Oregon’s only night time skiing destination.

Fridays, 9am-9pm. Through March 29. Hoodoo Ski Area, 27400 Big Lake Road, Sisters. Contact: 541-815-0574.

Redmond Running Group Run All levels welcome. Find the Redmond Oregon Running Klub on Facebook for weekly run details. Thursdays, 6:15pm. City of Redmond. Contact:

SheJumps, Get the Girls Out! Join SheJumps andcelebrate Get the Girls Out! A nationwide campaign uniting women and girls- transgender and cisgender- as well as non-binary individuals to embrace the great outdoors while fostering a sense of adventure and camaraderie. Check the event registration page to learn more! March 3, 9:30am-2pm. Mount Bachelor Ski Resort - West Village, 13000 SW Century Dr., Bend. Contact:

Thrifty Thursdays Thrifty Thursdays Presented by First Interstate Bank Ski, Board or Tube for only $33 Doll Hairs at Hoodoo. It’s most definitely one of the best winter deals to be found anywhere. Thursdays, 9am-9pm. Through March 21. Hoodoo Ski Area, 27400 Big Lake Road, Sisters. Contact: 541-815-0574.

Viking Fest Viking Fest presented by Sons of Norway and Ski Bum Garage. Grab your free-heel skis and get ready for a fun-filled day of lessons, stories and Nordic culture. All events are free and family friendly. Enjoy a race course with arrow shooting and ax throwing, Viking sword decorating and more! Mar. 2, 9am-9pm. Hoodoo Ski Area, 27400 Big Lake Road, Sisters. Contact: 541-8150574.


Volunteer: Help Businesses Prosper!

Share your professional and business expertise. Become a volunteer mentor with SCORE in Central Oregon. The chapter is growing. Your experience and knowledge will be valued by both new and existing businesses in the community. To apply, call 541-3160662 or visit Fri, Aug. 26 and Ongoing. Contact: 541-316-0662.

Seeking Volunteers Volunteers needed to assist with cage cleaning and socializing birds to prepare for adoption, bring a friend! Please call first, mornings preferred. Mondays-Sundays, 10am-12:30pm. Second Chance Bird Rescue, 19084 Dayton Rd, Bend. Contact: 916-956-2153. Thrive Moving Volunteers Support your neighbors by helping them move to a new home. If interested, fill out the volunteer form or reach out! Ongoing. Contact: 541-728-1022. TCOmoving22@

Volunteer Orientation and Appreciation Party Come join a team of big hearted, creative volunteers supporting at risk youth to express themselves through art, drumming, theater, singing, photography. Are you looking for a place to volunteer that makes a difference for children and families? Join the team. March 4, 6-7:30pm. HUE, Hearts Unknown Education, 184 NE Franklin Avenue, Bend. Contact: 541-2130679. Free.

Volunteer with Mustangs To The

Rescue Get a great workout, feel useful doing something meaningful and experience the healing energy of horses all at the same time! Mustangs to the Rescue (MTTR) is a local horse rescue seeking responsible, hard-working souls to assist with all aspects of horse care. No experience necessary. Call and leave a message or email: 541-3308943 volunteer@mustangstotherescue Ongoing. Mustangs To The Rescue, 21670 SE McGilvray Rd., Bend. Contact: 541-330-8943. volunteer@

Volunteer with Salvation Army

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

Volunteering in Oregon’s High Desert with ONDA Oregon Natural Desert Association is a nonprofit dedicated to protecting, defending and restoring Oregon’s high desert for current and future generations. ONDA opened registration for its spring 2023 stewardship trips. For more info, visit its website. Ongoing.

Volunteers Needed for Humane Society Thrift Store Do you love animals and discovering “new” treasures? Then volunteering at the HSCO Thrift Store is a great way to combine your passions while helping raise funds to provide animal welfare services for the local community. For more information visit the website at www. Ongoing. Humane Society Thrift Shop, 61220 S. Highway 97, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3840.


A River Runs Through It - Collaborative Strategies for the Future of the Crooked River A discussion focused on balancing water conservation, agricultural needs and sustainable management of the Crooked River. This seminar unites experts and community members to explore joint efforts in securing a resilient water future for Crook County for fish, farms and families alike. Feb. 28, 6-8pm. Meadow Lakes Golf Course, 300 SW Meadow Lakes Dr., Prineville. Contact: 541382-4077. Free.

Bend Ukelele Group (BUGs) Do you play Uke? Like to learn to play? Beginners and experienced players all welcome to join the fun every Tuesday at 6:30-8pm at Big E’s just off 3rd street near Reed Market. Go play with the group! Big E’s Sports Bar, 1012 SE Cleveland Ave., Bend. Contact: 206-707-6337. Free.

Bluegrass Jam Circle All are welcome to join this open acoustic jam circle on the first Sunday of every month! Hosted by Jake Soto of Larkspur Stand. $1 off beers for all jammers! First Sunday of every month, 3-5pm. Bevel Craft Brewing, 911 SE Armour St., Bend. Contact: 541972-3835. Free.

Pete Kartsounes is set to perform as part of an evening of music called “Nashville Comes to Sisters.” Charismatic singer/songwriters Kartsounes and Dean Mueller will preview both of their upcoming albums on Thu., Mar. 7, 7pm at Sisters Depot. Petekmusic Facebook



Central Oregon Climate Tech MeetUp

Discussion topics include carbon removal, renewable energy, electrification, regenerative agriculture, water efficiency and more! Last Wednesday of every month, 6-8pm. The Brown Owl, 550 SW Industrial Way, Bend. Contact: Free.

Death Cafe Eat tasty treats, drink tea and discuss death. Free of agenda or ideology, the aim is to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of life. Facilitated by End of Life Doula, Cheryl Adcox. Ages 16+ No late admittance: entry is closed at 6:10pm Feb. 29, 6-7:30pm. East Bend Public Library, 62080 Dean Swift Road, Bend. Contact: 541-312-1029. Free.

Liberate your Life: Unlocking Inner Joy and Freedom for Women Unlock your full potential and make the most of every moment by joining Liberate Your Life. Half-off coupon code: ilovesourceweekly Thursdays, 5-6pm. Through April 11. Online event, webinar link inside confirmation email, Bend. Contact: 541-706-1593. libbey@ $1,000.

Life is Short: Live Your Legacy NowRetreat Series Throughout this mini-retreat series participants will explore a variety of spiritual and philosophical traditions, engage in reflective exercises and share ways to gracefully navigate challenges that emerge as we age. For more info, please visit, Thursdays, 9-11am and 7-9pm. Through Feb. 29. Bend, River West Neighborhood, NW Columbia, Bend. Contact:

Masculine Embodiment Nights Brotherhood, movement, breath and integrity. Men gathering in circle to share from the heart and remember how to feel. Come as you are, leave more connected. A space to be seen. Please RSVP for head count and be punctual. $15-25 - No man turned away Tuesdays, 5:30-7pm. Sons of Norway Hall, 549 NW Harmon Blvd., Bend. Contact: 541-668-7518.

Mountain Muskrats Monthly Meeting Your unexpected Central Oregon dive experience begins here. The Mountain Muskrats is an independent dive club set on exploring Central Oregon’s waterways. Join the club! First Saturday of every month, 5:30pm. The Den Dive Shop, 56881 Enterprise Drive, Sunriver. Contact: 541-600-9355. $100 annual club fee.


Open Hub Singing Club. No previous singing experience required. All songs are taught in a call-and-echo, aural tradition process. Group singing is one of the most ancient technologies of belonging! Led by community songleader Ian Carrick. Mon, March 4, 6-7:30pm. Downtown Bend Public Library - Brooks Room, 601 NW Wall St., Bend. Contact: 541-312-1029. laurelw@ Free.

Redmond Chess Club Redmond Chess Club meets Tuesday evenings at the High Desert Music Hall in Redmond. Come join for an evening of chess! Everyone is welcome. Sets provided or bring your own. Contact Gilbert at 503-490-9596. Tuesdays, 6-9pm. High Desert Music Hall, 818 SW Forest Ave, Redmond. Contact: 503-4909596. Free.

Singles Mingle and Speed Dating Looking to meet new people? Make a special connection? Want to try something different? This is a singles community event every first Friday! Give speed dating a try! Enjoy some fun times and great wines and who knows maybe you will meet that special someone! First Friday of every month, 6-8pm. The Bend Wine Bar & Winery Tasting Room, 550 SW Industrial Way, Suite 194, Bend. Contact: info@ $5 at door.

Toastmasters of Redmond Become a confident public speaker. Do you want to become a member of an organization that provides a safe and supportive environment to improve your public speaking skills? A place that fosters community, socialization and builds your self confidence. A place to have fun. Newcomers are supportively welcomed. Tuesdays, Noon-1pm. Church of Christ, 925 NW 7th St., Redmond. Contact: 541292-6177. $60 for 6 months.

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Unbreakable: Yoga for Veterans, First Responders and all who support them

Special Presentation/Q and A. Dan Nevins, a highly decorated soldier, who was severely injured while deployed in Iraq, shares his story of perseverance, resiliency and hope. Dan is a certified yoga teacher helping to introduce yoga to veterans and first responders. Free for veterans and first responders. Price by donation. March 2, 1:30-3pm. Namaspa Foundation, 1135 NW Galveston Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-550-8550.

Volunteers needed for VegNet Bend Volunteer opportunities for VegNet Bend include - event coordinators, executive board service, Potluck themes, potluck and event setup and tear down, marketing, website maintenance, help with fundraising, cooking demos, film screenings, speaker presentations and more. Nonprofit 501 c3. Free, donations welcome. Ongoing. Bend, RSVP for address, Bend. Contact: 541-480-3017.

Wild Women Book Club Come join other women in community as participants dive deep into the untamed feminine psyche. This is set up in a way that you can jump in at any time with or without reading the “required” pages. Join in the discussion or just come for a cup of tea and listen!

Fourth Wednesday of every month, 6-8pm. The Peoples Apothecary, 1841 NE Division Street, Bend. Contact: 541-728-2368. $9/online, $10/door.

Wildlife Conservation Photography Experienced photographers are available to assist participants with camera techniques for portrait-style and action photography opportunities with raptors and mammals. $150, Members receive 20% discount March 2, 10am-2pm. High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Highway 97, Bend. Contact: 541-3824754. $150.


Bend FFA Alumni and Booster Club

Benefit Dinner and Auction Happy hour, games and silent auction begin at 4pm with dinner starting at 6pm and live auction to follow. March 2, 4-10pm. Beaver Coach Sales & Service, 62955 Boyd Acres Rd., Bend. Contact: 541-6437079.

$65 Individual, $750 Corporate Table.

Bingo for Veterans A fun family-friendly Bingo Night with proceeds benefiting Central Oregon Veterans Ranch! Win prizes, cash and support our these local Heroes. Bingo cards are $2 each or 6 for $10, with daubers supplied. Second Wednesday of every month, 6:30-8:30pm and Fourth Wednesday of every month. Otto’s Landing, 652 NW 7th St., Redmond. Contact: 541-699-1307.

Bingo Fundraiser for Silver Linings Rescue Ranch Free admission, cash prizes, $1 bingo cards. Proceeds benefit Silver Linings Rescue Ranch. Second and Fourth Wednesday of every month, 5-7:30pm. Rae’s Coffee & Food, 6033 SW Williams Rd, Powell Butte. Contact: 425-238-2370. Free.

Not’cho Grandma’s Bingo Silver Moon partners with The YOUNI Movement to guarantee the best bingo experience in all of Central Oregon! Not’Cho Grandma’s Bingo is the OG of bingo, high energy bingo that promises to entertain from start to finish! Bingo cards are $25 per person. Family friendly fundraising! Free general admission, $10 early entry. Sundays, 10amNoon. Silver Moon Brewing, 24 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-639-1730. hello@ $10-$200.

Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

Oregon Polar Plunge or the Polar 5k or Puppy Plunge is your chance to step out of your comfort zone by jumping into an unforgettable experience directly impacting the lives of Special Olympics Oregon athletes. Your participation gives 5,000+ Special Olympics Oregon athletes access to yearround sports, activities, and community. Free to attend. $50 donation to plunge or run/walk. March 2, 10am-Noon. Riverbend Park, 799 SW Columbia St., Bend. Contact:

Senior Saturday Cornhole Tournament and Vendor Market Signup for a fun cornhole competition and help raise money for the Ridgeview High School senior grad party! 100% goes directly to RVHS seniors! Cornhole winners receive prizes provided by Blacksmith Public House. Air mail games throughout the tournament! $10 entry fee per person. March 2, 11am-3pm. Blacksmith Public House, 308 SW Evergreen Ave., Redmond. Contact: 541-604-8878. $10.


Apero Hours at Lone Pine Coffee

Roasters Apero Hours at Lone Pine with natural wine and small plates. Fridays, 5-8pm and Saturdays, 5-8pm. Lone Pine Coffee Roasters, 910 NW Harriman, Bend. Contact: Free.

Bend Moonlight Market Bend Moonlight Market is back and ready to party down with y’all! Grab your friends and come make some unforgettable memories. Mar. 2, 3-11pm, Free to attend, all ages welcome. Open Space Event Studios, 220 NE Lafayette Ave, Bend. Contact: 541-699-2794.

First Friday - Spring Market Welcome spring during a pop-up at a thoughtful goods boutique, Local Assembly! Open late alongside local watercolor artist Rachel Elise, leather goods maker, Bella Leather Co., and framed dried floral artist, LMB Designs. Limited parking is available! March 1, 5-8pm. Local Assembly, 121 NW Kearney st, Bend. Contact:

Sunriver Music Festival Tickets on Sale Now Tickets for the Sunriver Music Festival are now available! Find tickets at or call 541-593-1084. Ongoing. Online Event, Webinar Link Inside Confirmation Email, Bend. Contact: 541-593-1084.


Bend Kids Clothing Exchange Join every first Saturday of the month! Bring your outgrown clothes and shop for “new” (secondhand) clothes up to size 5T. Return monthly to exchange for new sizes/styles! Clothing donations not necessary to attend; everyone is welcome to come and shop. One bag per family limit. First Saturday of every month, 10am-Noon. Downtown Bend Public Library - Brooks Room, 601 NW Wall St., Bend. Free.

Camp Fire Central Oregon Recruiting

Volunteer Camp Counselors for Tumalo Day Camp Camp Fire Central Oregon is recruiting amazing adults to serve as volunteer camp counselors at the beloved Tumalo Day Camp at beautiful Tumalo State Park! Choose one week in June, July or August. Kids of volunteers get to go to camp for free! Learn more about camp and volunteering: tdc/ Mondays-Wednesdays. Through April 25. Tumalo, downtown, Tumalo. Contact: 541-3824682.

Chocolate Making Tour of Bend Special discount through the holiday season! Normally $89, now $79. Learn about the origins of the cacao seeds from different regions of the world and how the entire roasting process works. Make your own chocolate bar from liquid chocolate that will be packaged for you to take home. Please call 541-901-3188 with any questions. Mondays-Saturdays, 3pm. Seahorse Chocolate, 1849 NE 2nd Street, Bend. Contact: 541-901-3188.

Cosmic Jump Night A Cosmic Party turns the bright lights off and the party lights on! It’s time to glow! Wear white or bright clothing for the full effect, ages 12 and up recommended. Saturdays, 7-9pm. Mountain Air Trampoline Park, 20495 Murray Road, Bend. Contact: 541647-1409. $23.

Hello Storytime: Books! Welcome to “Storytime at Roundabout Books” on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 10:30am. Movement, song and always something special Feb. 28, 10:30-11am. Roundabout Books, 900 NW Mount Washington Dr., #110, Bend. Contact: 541-306-6564.

Moms + Groms Meetup Moms + Groms

is officially back @ Boss Rambler 3-6pm every Wednesday! Moms, it’s simple: show up with your grom(s) to socialize and drink beer (or whatever you want) with other moms while the kiddos make new friends! All moms get $1 off drinks! Wednesdays, 3-6pm. Boss Rambler Beer Club, 1009 NW Galveston Ave., Bend. Free.

RAD Camps Presents Friday Night

Skiing and Riding at Hoodoo! RAD Camps’ guided night skiing trips leave from Bend in the RAD Vans at 4:30pm after school and head up to Hoodoo Ski Area. Participants can ski with our guides or explore on their own. Ages 7-17. Visit Fridays, 4:30-10:30pm. Through March 29. Highland Elementary School, 701 NW Newport Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-204-0440. $109.

RAD Camps Presents Wild Art Club!

Unleash artistic exploration without constraints of deadlines or expectations, it’s all about free-flowing creativity! A partnership between RAD Camps and Wondery Art and Adventure School brings Central Oregon Students the perfect After-School Program for ages 5 to 11! See for more information. Mondays-Thursdays. Through March 21. Wild Art Kids, 19570 Amber Meadow Drive, Suite 120, Bend. Contact: 541-204-0440.


$2.29 Leap Day Cones To celebrate Leap Day 2024, Handel’s offers $2.29 small cones/dishes all day long on Thu., Feb. 29 instore. Everyone is welcome, please help spread the word! Feb. 29, Noon-9:30pm. Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream, 61165 South Highway 97, Bend. Contact: $2.29.

Fried Chicken Thursdays Fried Chicken Thursdays at Flights Wine Bar! Dine in with a 2-piece plate with sides and a biscuit for $18 or take an 8-piece bucket and a bottle to-go! Upgrade to the “Balla Bucket” to get a selected bottle of champagne. Thursdays, 3-9pm. Flights Wine Bar, 1444 NW College Way Suite 1, Bend. Contact: 541728-0753. $38. Winter Wine Dinner Don’t miss the Elixir Winter Wine Dinner, when Chef Ryen Schneringer unveils a meticulously crafted 5-course French-inspired menu, blending timeless tradition with his own innovative twists. Amazing value at $99/person fully inclusive except optional gratuity. March 2, 6-9pm. Elixir Wine, 11 NW Lava Rd., Bend. Contact: 541-388-5330. events@ $99.


“Leap Day Beer Tasting with Immersion Brewing” Embark on a hoppy adventure this Leap Day as Playful Paws teams up with Immersion Brewing for an unforgettable Craft Beer Tasting event. Indulge in a “purr-fect” blend of local craft beers paired with the cozy charm of feline companions. Sip, savor and celebrate the extra day! Feb. 29, 5-7pm. Playful Paws Cat Cafe, 1465 SW Knoll Ave, Bend. $20.

$10 Wing Wednesdays A new weekly special: $10 Wing Wednesdays at Cascade Lakes Pub on Reed Market. Choose from one of the house-made sauces like Char Sui, This IPA BBQ and Spicy Staycay Pineapple or go naked! Wednesdays, 11am-9pm. Cascade Lakes Pub on Reed Market, 21175 SE Reed Market Road Lot #2, Bend.

$12 Burger and Beer Thursday’s with Blue Eyes Burgers and Fries Come on out to Boss Rambler Beer Club for $12 Burger and Beer Night with Blue Eyes Burgers and Fries every Thursday! Thursdays. Boss Rambler Beer Club, 1009 NW Galveston Ave., Bend.

$16 Fish Taco and House Margarita

Fridays Join for 3 fish tacos and a house margarita for only $16 every Friday at Cascade Lakes Pub on Reed Market. Fridays, 11am-9pm. Cascade Lakes Pub on Reed Market, 21175 SE Reed Market Road Lot #2, Bend.

Après-ski at Viaggio! Whether your winter adventures include skis, boards, snowshoes or fat bikes and join after for Après Ski and get 10% off the bar menu, food and drink, special wine pours and signature Mulled Wine! Saturdays-Sundays, 2-5pm. Through April 30. Viaggio Wine Merchant, 210 SW Century Drive, Suite 160, Bend. Contact: 541-299-5060. Price Varies.

Apres Ski and Chill Happy Hour Flash your pass pares ski and chill happy hour with resident food cart @blueeyesburgersandfries! Daily from Noon - 5pm . Blue Eyes Thurs-Sun: $5 Ski Babe IPA, $3 Stokes Light, $5 JaPOW! Japanese Lager Sake Bombs, $8 Cocktails, Slushees, $3 Shot Ski’s and free small fry with burger purchase. Mondays-Sundays, Noon-5pm. Through May 27, 2024. Boss Rambler Beer Club, 1009 NW Galveston Ave., Bend. Contact: info@

North Carolina-based rock band Big Something leans into its southeastern heritage, infusing hard-edge rock with exciting varied influences. Catch the show at Volcanic Theatre Pub on Thu., Mar. 14, 7pm. Big Something Facebook


The Season of Nonviolence honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Cesar Chavez, and Wilma Mankiller and their nonviolent work to advocate for human rights.

Encounters with Modernity

Can we represent narratives of the past through movement?

Raise a glass & help animals in need 430 - 7p each night

Wednesday, March 13, 5:30–7 p.m. COCC Bend Campus, Pence Hall, Pinckney Auditorium

In this unique collaboration between history and dance, choreographer Sinnamon Hauser and Bend Contemporary Dance perform an original dance piece that explores the impact

de-tails at Humane Society of Central Oregon Logo glass & 1 Beverage $15 Logo glass & 1 Beverage at 3 different Nights $30 Logo Beanie & 1 Beverage $30 Logo Beanie $20
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Chardonnay Wine Class A deep dive into Chardonnay. From France to the Willamette Valley! Be led through five outstanding wines from across the globe to help you better understand what makes each wine and region distinct. $75, $65 for wine club members. Feb. 28, 5:30-7pm. Viaggio Wine Merchant, 210 SW Century Drive, Suite 160, Bend. Contact: 541-299-5060. info@

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. Crosscut Warming Hut No 5, 566 SW Mill View Way, Bend.

First Friday at the Distillery - M

Theme First Friday in the Bend Central District with a March Madness “M” celebration featuring Happy Hour pricing around the M theme, as well as merch markdowns and an M&M scavenger hunt. March 1, 5-8pm. Oregon Spirit Distillers, 740 NE First St., Bend. Contact: 541-382-0002.

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

Happy Hour At the Bend Wine Bar, come in to take advantage of special pricing during weekly happy hour. Featuring $5 off artisanal cheese and charcuterie boards, $2 off of wines by the glass and $1 off pint draft beers. Mondays-Thursdays, 2-4pm. The Bend Wine Bar & Winery Tasting Room, 550 SW Industrial Way, Suite 194, Bend. Contact: Free.

Industry Day Mondays!!! $5 well drinks, $5 beers, food specials and raffles. Show OLCC permit or Food Handler card to be entered in our weekly raffles for gift cards, knife sets and other great prizes! Mondays, 11am-9pm. Sunriver Brewing Co. Galveston Pub, 1005 NW Galveston Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-408-9377. Free.

Learn From the Best: Mixology Lessons Don’t know your Old Fashioned from your Moscow Mule? Would you like to learn how to craft a great cocktail like a pro? Taught by renowned mixologist Cody Kennedy, these classes will help you master the art of cocktail-making!

Wednesdays, 1-2pm. Juniper Preserve, 65600 Pronghorn Club Dr., Bend. $25.

Locals’ Night with The Bluegrass Collective Monday is the day to be at Silver Moon Brewing! Come on down and join the local family all day every Monday! Silver Moon offers $3 pints of the core lineup beers and $4 pours of the barrel-aged beers all day. Mondays. 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. There are also food specials from the food carts located out back at The Patio! Tuesdays. Bevel Craft Brewing, 911 SE Armour St., Bend. Contact: Free.

Locals’ Night at WaypointBBC Locals’ Night at WaypointBBC! $5 draft beer, $8 house red and white wine and $8 specialty cocktail. Tuesdays, Noon-10pm. Waypoint, 921 NW Mt Washington Drive, Bend. Contact: 458-206-0826. Free.

Mixed Case Tuesdays Shop Viaggio Wine Merchant on Tuesdays and receive 15% off your purchase of any mixed case of wine (12 bottles), and 20% off special order cases ordered for you. Tuesdays, 3-9pm. Viaggio Wine Merchant, 210 SW Century Drive, Suite 160, Bend. Contact: 541299-5060. Free.

Monkless to the Mountain The mountains are open and “Monkless to the Mountains” is back! Flash your mountain pass and get $1 off your first draft beer, or flight. You just found your après-ski hang out! Mondays-Thursdays, 11:30am-8pm. Through May 30. Monkless Belgian Ales Brasserie, 803 SW Industrial Way, Bend. Contact: 541-797-6760.

Munich Mondays: $1 Off Liters Prost! Join for Munich Mondays! Get your favorite German Bier in a 1L mug for $1 off normal pricing. Full menu and amazing beer all day. Mondays, 3-10pm. Prost! Bend, 40 SW Century Dr. #140, Bend. Contact:

Pint Night for Saving Grace presented by Bend Boarding Babes The Bend Boarding Babes present a Pint Night for Saving Grace Saturday, March 2, from 6-9pm at Spider City Brewing! Every pint you enjoy, $1 is donated directly to Saving Grace of Central Oregon! Raise glasses for a great cause and make a difference together! March 2, 6-9pm. Spider City Brewing, 1177 SE Ninth St., Bend. Contact: Free.

Trivia and Wing Wednesday! 75-cent wing special and trivia every Wednesday night at JC’s! Bring your friends or join a team and make new ones! Winning team wins Happy Hour pricing for the week! Wednesdays, 7-9pm. Through April 24. JC’s Bar & Grill, 642 NW Franklin Ave., Bend. Free.

Tuesdays - Industry Night! Social Hour prices on all tap beverages all night. $6 wines, $5 beer, cider or seltzer and $5 basic well drinks. Tuesdays, 3-10pm. Eqwine Wine Bar, 218 SW 4th St, Redmond. Contact: 541-527-4419. eqwine.

Wax and Brew with Between Evergreens and Flash Your Pass Thursdays at the Pub on Reed Market all season long with Between Evergreens Mobile Ski/Board tuning. Flash your pass or ticket beer deals and BOGO 6-packs with every Between Evergreens service. Plus, live music while you enjoy a beer and wait for your skis. $20 wax, $40 wax and sharpen. Thu, Feb. 29, 5-8pm. Cascade Lakes Pub on Reed Market, 21175 SE Reed Market Road Lot #2, Bend.

Wednesdays - Friends and Family Day

Every Wednesday is Friends and Family Day. Social Hour prices on all tap beverages all night. $6 wines, $5 beer, cider or seltzer and $5 basic well drinks. Wednesdays, 3-10pm. Eqwine Wine Bar, 218 SW 4th St, Redmond. Contact: 541-5274419.

Whiskey Tuesdays The Cross-eyed Cricket Watering Hole is offering exclusive access to a library of top shelf whiskeys every Tue. Oneounce pours for reasonable prices. Come by and try something new, or sip on your favorites! Tuesdays, 11am-11pm. Cross-Eyed Cricket, 20565 NE Brinson Blvd., Bend. Free.

Young Winemakers Series Meet accomplished and up-and-coming wine duo Jess and Paden West, winemakers of Approachment Wines, Karta Wines of Ribbon Ridge, and Benza Winery, and taste the latest releases. $15, free for wine club members. March 2, 3-6pm. Viaggio Wine Merchant, 210 SW Century Drive, Suite 160, Bend. Contact: 541-299-5060.


Amba: Embodied Movement for Women Amba classes include movement, breath and restorative body meditation. Heal your nervous system, be less caught in thought loops, more grounded in your body and learn to deeply enjoy movement. Thursdays, 6pm. Through May 3, 2024. Hanai Center, 62430 Eagle Road, Bend. Contact: 541-668-6494. $25.

Awakening Wisdom: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Body A blissful Sunday afternoon gathering to create sacred space for connection and rejuvenation. Treat yourself to a Circle Experience, POUND, Breathwork, Biofield Tuning, Channeling, Reiki, Yoga and Soundbath. March 3, 1-5pm. Hanai Foundation, 62430 Eagle Road, Bend. Contact: 650-862-9336. willow@ $65.

Breathscape and Music An exploration in embodied breathing and the 5 elements, presented by Meghan Mahealani with improvisational music by Fitzy. An evening of breath work, connection, magic and sweet sounds! Mar. 1, 6-9pm. Hawthorn Healing Arts Center, 39 NW Louisiana Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-330-0334. Free.

Crystal Bowl Didgeridoo Reiki

Sound Bath Drop in deep into the healing harmonics of live didgeridoo, crystal bowls, binaural beats, reiki, flutes, chimes and more! This Sound Bath is a profound journey, an opportunity to deeply relax, let go and bathe in live crystal bowl binaural music that blissfully soothes your mind, body, emotions and spirit! Sundays, 5:30-6:45pm. Unity Spiritual Community, 63645 Scenic Dr, Bend. Contact: 808-887-0830. $20.

Devotion: 21 Days to Become an Energetic Match to Your Deepest Yes A devoted practice for 21 days. Each session is designed for you to attune to, open and explore what it means to be an energetic match to your deepest yes, your dharma. Feb. 28-Mar. 19. Online event, webinar link inside confirmation Email, Bend. Contact: 505-385-6943. hello@kellyniewellness. com. $53.00-$449.

Free Beginner’s Yoga Free beginner’s yoga in the Bend Community Center with instructors from Namaspa of Bend. Sponsored by the Salvation Army of Bend and Namaspa. Great for stretching and relaxation. Wednesdays, Noon1pm. Bend Community Center, 541 NE Dekalb Ave., Bend. Contact: 844-647-2730. Free.

Hormonal, Nutritional and Pelvic Health Essentials for Postpartum recovery Come and learn from three local women’s health experts about all the changes your body goes through, common postpartum challenges and how you can support your body for a healthier postpartum! Mar.2, 4-5:30pm. Namaspa Yoga Studio, 1135 NW Galveston Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-241-6008. $20.

Tommy Emmanuel performs multi-dimensional guitar arrangements on his trusty acoustic six-string. As a solo artist, Emmanuel has garnered a dedicated fanbase for his inspiring level of play and charismatic stage presence. Sat., Mar. 2, 7:30pm at the Tower Theatre.
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We are a yoga school for both beginners and seasoned students focused on community. Rooted in the Sanskrit word Shala, meaning school, home, or abode, our diverse class schedule includes a practice for everyBODY. We invite you hOME to a journey of self-discovery.


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She’s Speaking Live!

An empowering performance of women singer/ songwriters grew from three artists' desire to work amid the pandemic and a dream to unite women’s voices

Frustrated by the persistent underrepresentation of women in key music industry roles and the recent revelations about gender bias in streaming algorithms, three Oregon singer/songwriters, Beth Wood, Bre Gregg and Kristen Grainger, decided to take matters into their own hands.

“She’s Speaking is our project that we started in 2020,” said Wood. “It grew out of a desire to collaborate in a time when collaboration was really difficult because of the pandemic and also out of a desire to find a way to amplify women’s stories and women’s voices.”

Despite the challenges posed by a global pandemic and the distance between themselves — Gregg lives in Portland, Grainger in Salem and Wood in Sisters — the trio embarked on a mission to create platforms where women's artistry could resonate with audiences far and wide. The result? She's Speaking, a YouTube channel dedicated to amplifying women's songwriting and promoting compositions that transcend gender boundaries and useless algorithms.

In a nod to Vice President Kamala Harris' powerful declaration, "I'm speaking," during the 2020 vice-presidential debate, She's Speaking emerged as a virtual space celebrating song written by women and about women. The project curated original songs from women artists across the U.S., all centered around the idea of writing about women who inspire.

“We ended up with almost 70 original songs from songwriters all over the country,” explained Wood. “We were missing being together and being able to harmonize and collaborate. It was just

our way of finding a way to connect.”

The She's Speaking YouTube channel serves as an electronic hub of diverse musical genres, from blues and folk to jazz and indie rock. Showcasing the resilience of the creative spirit, artists were encouraged to craft music videos using smartphones, infusing these already powerful narratives celebrating grandmothers, mothers, sisters, daughters and influential public figures with an indelible personal touch.

“It became a YouTube channel,” recalled Wood, “and ‘She's Speaking Live’ is an in-person concert that we developed out of that. In 2021, we decided to do a live show in Portland. This year, we’ve got seven shows across Oregon and Washington.”

The concert this year in Bend, set for Sunday, March 10, promises to be a testament to the strength and creativity of women in the face of industry norms and invites everyone to be part of this transformative musical journey.

“Probably the biggest thing, for us, is the energy we get from being with each other. It's so amazing to stand next to all of these women artists that are amazing in their own right and we all end up backing each other up,” Wood gushed. “That kind of energy fills everybody up on stage and in the room, it's magic.”

She’s Speaking Live – A Concert Celebrating Women Songwriters Sun., Mar. 10, 7:30pm Tower Theatre 835 NW Wall St., Bend $21-$41 (plus $4 Historic Preservation Fee)
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She’s Speaking aims to amplify women’s voices, but promises every song and show is welcome to all.
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Introdutory Aikido Class Learn to calm your mind, defend yourself proactively, handle conflict peacefully and grow in confidence. Includes instruction in dojo etiquette, history, ukemi (rolling), and basic techniques. Mondays-Wednesdays, 5:30-6:45pm. Oregon Ki Society, 20685 Carmen Loop, Suite 110, Bend. Contact: 541-350-7887. Free.

Live Music Kriya Yoga and Soundbath

- A Weave of Trevor Hall Music Join Kevin Kraft, Danielle Summerville and Sean Pepers for a special Sunday of Trevor Hall sounds, movement and a meditative journey through gongs, crystal and Tibetan bowls, drums and flutes to explore what’s alive within. Please bring a yoga mat and a light blanket. No experience necessary. All are welcome. March 3, 11am12:30pm. High Desert Music Hall, 818 SW Forest Ave, Redmond. Contact: 808-783-0374. Kevin@ $30.

Mastodon 10ish Miler This race takes place on the BLM trail network called Maston in between Tumalo and Redmond in the shadow of Cline Butte. There are views of the Deschutes river, mountains of Central Oregon and is just a cool trail through the juniper trees and high desert landscape. Mar. 3, 9am. Maston Trailhead, 20135 Newcomb Rd., Redmond. Contact: 541317-3568. $55.


Sound Bath

Meditation with Cathleen Hylton and Kevin Kraft Come join local Psychic and Intuit, Cathleen Hylton as she offers live music and a reading of the event while Kevin leads in tapping and shaking to prepare for a 30-instrument soundbath, leading you deep into relaxation, letting go of an overactive mind. The theme is divine love. Feb. 28, 6-8pm. Hanai Foundation, 62430 Eagle Road, Bend. Contact: 808-783-0374. $30.

Semi-Private Caterpillar to Butterfly Transformative Sound Bath Intensive

Sirah Kreitzer of Ezra Alya invites participants to join this truly healing and immersive experience as she offers this very special, 2-part series sound bath intensive. Experience and heal from the vibrations of her crystal instruments and medicine drum, in her spacious, plant filled home. Sun, Feb. 18, 3-5pm and Sun, Mar. 3, 3-5pm. EzraAlya, 1733 NE Woodridge Lane, Bend. Contact: 541-668-1716. sirahkreitzer@ $111-$222.

Shadow Yoga Basics, Donation Based

Introduces principles and practices of Shadow Yoga, with an emphasis on the lower structure and building the pathway of power. Pay what you can. Mondays, 6-7pm. Continuum, A School of Shadow Yoga, 155 SW Century Drive, Ste. 112, Bend. Contact: 541-588-2480. $1 - $19.

Shala Breathwork Shake off the weekend and let go of the expectations for the upcoming week with breathwork at Yoga Shala Bend! Join Whitney as she guides participants through a beautiful breathing meditation with music! Sundays, 6:15-7:15pm. Yoga Shala Bend, 806 NW Brooks St. Suite 200, Bend. Contact: 208-4096028. $20.

Start Again Stronger Are you an insecure overachiever? Energetic patterns are at play. Start again stronger by scheduling your 1-hour “Release The Pressure Session” Tuesday or Friday between 2-7pm. Start Again Stronger, 1011 SW Emkay Dr Unit101, Bend. Contact: 518-3061190. $175.

Tai Chi Grandmaster Franklin invites you to join his exclusive Tai Chi Class, where ancient wisdom meets modern well-being. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 9:45-10:45am. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon, 61980 Skyline Ranch Rd, Bend. Contact: 541-797-9620. arawak327@ $100.

The Healing Circle The Healing Circle is a space where the heart, body, mind, and soul are seen as self-healing. Honor each individual’s capacity to heal, to break free from self-defeating patterns, and to recover from past traumas. Vulnerability is courage here, hold your truths in confidence and reverence. Thursdays, 5:15-6:30pm.

Online event, webinar link inside confirmation email, Bend. Contact: 541-408-0968. jennifer@ First month is free, $11/Month.

Thich Nhat Hanh Meditation Group

Meditation group meeting every Thursday at 6:30pm — the 90 minutes will include two 20-minute meditations, walking meditation and a discussion. Chairs provided but if you sit on a cushion, bring your own. Beginners are welcome. No experience necessary. Arrive early to settle into your place. Thursdays, 6:30-8pm. Grace First Lutheran Church, 2265 NW Shevlin Park Rd., Bend. Contact: 802-299-0722. bendtnhsitters@ Free but donations are accepted.


Thursday Evening Mindfulness-based Meditation Session Time will include a reflection, varied meditation activities and a confidential discussion period. Padded chairs are provided. Off street parking is available. Please don’t come if you are ill. Free but donations are gladly accepted Thursdays, 6:30-8am. Grace First Lutheran Church, 2265 NW Shevlin Park Rd., Bend. Contact: 802 -299-0722.

Unearthing: An Evening of Cultivating Awareness, Love and Connection An immersive workshop blending blue lotus ritual, eye gazing, partner yoga and Thai massage designed to enrich and deepen your connection. So bring a lover, partner, date, or friend and unearth the gems within. Feb. 29, 6-8pm. The Heartgrounds, Shared upon RSVP, Bend. Contact: 760-846-4891. $90 per duo.

Weekly Mindfulness Meditation Group

These 90-minute sessions will include two 20-minute meditations, walking meditation and a discussion. If you sit on a cushion, bring your own. Beginners are welcome. Arrive early to meet people and settle into your place. No RSVP required. Thursdays, 6:30pm. Grace First Lutheran Church, 2265 NW Shevlin Park Rd., Bend. Contact: 802-299-0722. bendtnhsitters@gmail. com. Free, donations accepted.

Yoga for Pelvic Health and Healing, with Laura Flood, PT, DPT, RYTLocal Pelvic Health Physical Therapist Learn how to connect to your pelvic floor muscles, so you can care for your pelvic area in your daily life, yoga practice and recreational activities. Small group class focused on: pelvic anatomy and physiology, alignment-based yoga postures, breathing and nervous system awareness. Sign up online: www.lotusflowerphysio. com/yoga Fridays, 12:30-1:30pm. Namaspa Yoga Studio, 1135 NW Galveston Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-241-6008. $25.

Deschutes County Fairgrounds

Tickets Presale Thurs. Feb 29 Find tickets @


Billy Strings

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Colter Wall

J.R. Carroll

The War and Treaty

Sierra Hull

Giovannie & The Hired Guns

Katie Pruitt

Two Runner

Adeem The Artist

The Takes



Ryan Bingham with the Texas Gentlemen

Leann Rimes

Shakey Graves

Sam Barber

Richy Mitch & The Coal Miners

Tanner Usrey

Dylan Gossett

S.G. Goodman

Madeline Edwards


Daniel Nunnelee

Levi Turner

Angel White


Brandi Carlile

Whiskey Myers

Black Pumas

The Revivalists

Ian Munsick

The Red Clay Strays

Larry Fleet

Sarah Jarosz

Madison Cunningham

Medium Build Sumbuck

Black Belt Eagle Scout

The Ian Moore Band

Nolan Taylor

Jobi Riccio

Award-winning guitarist Coco Montoya is known for being a left-handed virtuoso with a deep soulful voice. Montoya is a master of blue-eyed soul and has 11 solo albums available on all streaming platforms. Wed., Mar. 6, 7pm at Volcanic Theatre Pub.
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CHOW C Care for Your Elders

Jattalee Chalernhinthong of Dear Mom Cafe named her restaurant in honor of her mother. But her respect for her elders goes far beyond that.

“When I was sitting down and thinking about how I see myself, I see my mom, because this is my turn.”
— JJ Chalernhinthong

On any given weekday, the lunch hour at Dear Mom Cafe can get fairly raucous, a line of tables pressed together, serving a group of elders who frequent the Thai restaurant. Co-owner Jattalee Chalernhinthong, known as JJ, takes pleasure in letting the group languish as long as they like, sometimes sticking around long after the rest of the lunch crowd has cleared out. For Chalernhinthong, it’s an expression of the welcoming spirit she strives to bring to Dear Mom Cafe. And, of course, that crew reminds her of her own mom.

Motherhood, and the honoring of the institution, are some of the reasons that Bendites get to enjoy the Midnight Chicken, Pad Thai Glass Noodle and other delights at the cafe in the first place. Chalernhinthong and her husband Ashvin Horachaikul opened Dear Mom in March 2023 along Century Drive on the west side of Bend. The name Dear Mom is a nod to Chalernhinthong’s mother Nuallaor, who taught herself to cook for her family and many siblings while growing up in north central Thailand.

“Being mom, daughter, sister, friend, boss lady… when I was sitting down and thinking about how I see myself, I see my mom, because this is my turn,” she said. “It doesn’t matter how old you are… every time when I feel sick, I want to call my mom. The reason we named this restaurant – it’s just a flashback. All the flashback memories about mom’s stories.”

Chalernhinthong’s mother was also the person who originally encouraged her to open a Thai restaurant.

“My mom wanted me to own something,” Chalernhinthong told the Source Weekly. “She said, why don’t you open a Thai restaurant?”

After attending college in the Bay Area for graphic design, Chalernhinthong began that dream in Portland, owning and operating a popular Thai restaurant brand from 2017 to January 2023. Bend had long been the family’s go-to spot for relaxation and vacations. Knowing their daughter would gain a good education and grow up in a supportive community in Bend, the Horachaikul-Chalernhinthong family made the move to the mountains.

“I love Bend. I feel like whenever I feel so stressed and we’d need a relaxing time, we’d come to Bend. I have my dog and my daughter, and here, it’s heaven,” she said. Chalernhinthong’s mom now makes regular visits to Bend, and to the restaurant, offering tips for the cooks in the kitchen and visiting the guests. Another “mom” trip is planned for the summer.

With the one-year anniversary of Dear Mom Cafe coming up, the restauranteurs are planning a big party on Sunday, March 24, featuring live music and other fun. But that’s not the only big thing in the works for the people behind Dear Mom: At the end of March, Chalernhinthong and company will open the Good Egg, an Asian-style street sandwich business, to be located in The Grove Market Hall in Northwest Crossing. It’s an endeavor that’s two years in the making, hopefully, for Chalernhinthong, culminating in a March 29 opening date. We’re guessing mom would be egg-stra proud.

Dear Mom Cafe

320 SW Century Dr. #410, Bend Open Daily 11am-2:30pm; 4:30-8pm

Stay tuned for the Good Egg 921 NW Mt. Washington Dr., Suite 2, Bend


Meetup for Females in the Food Industry Networking with Cultivate Bend

An ongoing meetup in Bend is bringing together Central Oregon women who work in the consumer products industry. Hosted by Cultivate Bend, a trade organization for the natural products sector of the consumer products industry, the meetup is aimed at women who want to “exchange ideas, discuss challenges, gain insights, and build meaningful relationships,” according to the event description.

The Central Oregon Women in CPG Morning Meetup takes place the last Tuesday of each month at The Haven coworking space at 1001 SW Disk Drive, Suite 250, in Bend. The next meetup is Tuesday., March 26, followed by another on of April 30. The event is open to “all marginalized genders who are comfortable in a space that centers the experiences of women leading CPG and Natural Products companies in Central Oregon.” Sign-ups are available through Eventbrite.

Top, Nuallaor Chalernhinthong, the namesake of Dear Mom Cafe, in a Thai market. Left, JJ Chalernhinthong opened Dear Mom Cafe with her husband Ashvin Horachaikul in March 2023. The restauranteurs are planning a oneyear anniversary party March 24. Photos courtesy of Dear Mom Café
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SC SCREEN The Future of Cinema is Female Celebrating women filmmakers

Here’s a painfully obvious statement: It’s so much easier for men to make it as filmmaker in Hollywood than women. Then once a woman director gets huge and critically acclaimed, it’s almost like Hollywood only has the bandwidth for one or two at a time. The studios are at a point right now where they’re so desperate to show inclusivity and equality that they latch on to whatever women directors they think will get the most publicity and buzz at any given moment while immediately shuffling off the filmmakers that are on quieter projects.

That’s why you still hear about Ava DuVernay, Kathryn Bigelow, Justine Triet and Greta Gerwig (who was snubbed this year anyway), but separate from each other, as opposed to highlighting that Hollywood has a thriving community of brilliant women filmmakers. Some of the greatest filmmakers of all time are women who don’t remotely get the recognition they deserve. Well, there’s no better time than now to look at just a few of the women auteurs that should be as big as Kubrick and Nolan.

Elaine May: I have to start with Elaine May who (finally) received an honorary Academy Award in 2022. In the ‘50s and ‘60s she was in a Chicago stage act with the great Mike Nichols until she transitioned into writing, directing and acting in motion pictures. In 1972 she directed “The Heartbreak Kid” and then in 1976 she wrote and directed the great and underseen “Mikey and Nicky.”

It was after that where her timelessly witty writing style exploded with the classic “Heaven Can Wait,” uncredited rewrites on “Reds,” “Tootsie” and “Labyrinth” until the infamous (and deeply unfair) implosion of her career after she wrote and directed the widely panned bomb “Ishtar” in 1987. I say unfair not because the film is good (it’s not), but because it basically got Elaine May thrown in director’s jail to this day. Male directors are allowed flop after flop and keep getting hundreds of millions of dollars to play with, but women are rarely given the chance to fail and keep their careers.

May eventually had a bit of a career resurgence in the mid-‘90s when she co-wrote “Dangerous Minds,” “The Birdcage” and “Primary Colors,” (and played Ruth Bader Ginsburg in “The Good Fight), but still hasn’t been in the director’s chair since 1987. Apparently, she has a film in development with Dakota Johnson that she is set to direct and, at 91 years old, I can’t think of anyone who deserves it more.

Claire Denis: She’s not only my favorite French filmmaker of all time, but at 77 years old, is still directing fearless and transgressive cinema that should last forever. Her work is mostly shot on location with naturalistic performances, classical framing and sometimes almost upsettingly long takes. Her films pull every single emotion out of me…sometimes at the same time, forcing me to think about the human condition in ways that light my comfort zone on fire.

From the subtle beauty of her 1988 debut “Chocolat,” to the timeless longing of 1999’s “Beau Travail,” to the bloody, sexy obscurity of 2001’s “Trouble Every Day,” to the brilliant and uncomfortable sci-fi mindf*ck of 2018’s “High Life,” Denis never repeats herself and is consistently a challenging and visionary auteur.

Lynne Ramsay: Every frame of Lynn Ramsay’s films carries atmosphere, emotion, theme and formal brilliance. Most filmmakers give you one or two of those at a time, but to serve up the whole meal so flawlessly all at once is a rarity that I’m not sure many filmmakers have ever come close to reaching. The Scottish genius released her debut, “Ratcatcher,” in 1999 and has only made three feature films since. But it’s not premature to put Ramsay on a list of the all-time greats, just simply based on the strength of those movies.

“Ratcatcher” is an unforgettable gut punch that looks at poverty in Glasgow in the 1970s. “Morvern Callar” (one of my favorite films of all time) is an enigmatic character study starring a never-better Samatha Morton. “We Need to Talk About Kevin” is a chilling psychological thriller starring Tilda Swinton as a

mother who’s quickly coming to the realization that her teenage son is a psychopath. “You Were Never Really Here” has an astonishing Joaquin Phoenix as a violent and traumatized fixer who rescues trafficked girls from powerful men. These four movies are prime examples of the power that film can inherently carry when produced by a master.

Right now she’s apparently working on a film called “Polaris” with Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara, and an adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon,” so here’s hoping we get a new Ramsay film sooner than later.

There are so many amazing women filmmakers that don’t receive the same accolades as their male contemporaries do that it’s honestly pretty depressing. Sofia Coppola has a visual style that’s distinct from anyone else right now and “The Virgin Suicides” is an all-timer. Jane Campion is celebrated every few years, but never mentioned in discussions about the greatest living and currently working directors, even after the powerhouse that was “The Power of the Dog.” Agnès Varda was the mother of the French New Wave. Nora Ephron knew exactly how to make us laugh and cry. Mary Harron basically invented memes with “American Psycho.” Kelly Reichardt makes Oregon movies better than anyone in history. Sarah Polley pushes the boundaries of contemporary cinema with films like “Stories We Tell” and “Women Talking.” Tamara Jenkins revolutionized indie cinema with “The Slums of Beverly Hills.”

So many brilliant women filmmakers. Lisa Cholodenko, Susanne Bier, Mira Nair, Miranda July, Nicole Holofcener, Chantal Akerman, Sally Potter… don’t even get me started on Karyn Kusama. There are dozens more I want to talk about. Do yourself a favor and try to watch one film a week directed by a woman for 52 weeks and be amazed by the talent that Hollywood so egregiously ignores.

Left, The great "Ratcatcher" from Scottish genius Lynne Ramsay. Right, Mia Goth heads to space in Clare Denis’ trippy as hell “High Life.” Courtesy of Criterion Courtesy of A24

OUTSIDE Local Teen Neve Gerard Slays Nordic Skiing on the World Stage

Bend XC skier competes internationally, forging her path in women’s professional athletics

Returning from Gangwon, South Korea, with several top 20 rankings in the 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games and winning Gold in Utah last month, competitive Nordic ski athlete and Bend teen, Neve Gerard, crushes cross-country racing.

In Gangwon, Gerard took home sixth place in the Women’s 7.5-kilometer Classic, 17th in the Freestyle Sprint, and clocked the third-fastest leg of the day in the Mixed 4x5K Relay competing with Team USA, finishing in fifth.

Being an athlete was always Gerard’s goal; she just didn’t know which sport. Nordic skiing started as something she did with her friends casually, until COVID when she jumped into fulltime training. By Gerard’s sophomore year, she’d won second place at Junior Nationals.

Balancing life as a Bend Senior High School senior with ski training six days a week, year-round, is no simple feat. Gerard navigates her rigorous training schedule by staying goal-oriented, with support from her coaches, Nordic Director Reitler Hodgert and Head Coach Lydia Youkey at Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation.

“I train a lot and also very thoughtfully. I always have a goal for a training session, but it also comes down to hours. I do a lot of hours, more than my peers,” Gerard states.

Nordic skiing is more intense than most people expect. Rollerski training falls. Hitting trees. Broken bindings and poles. It’s more than a seemingly slow

snow sport. In fact, Nordic skiers can reach downhill speeds up to 40 mph.

Racing anywhere from three minutes to two hours, with ascents and downhills, Nordic athletes need a strong endurance and strength training regimen.

During the competitive ski season, November through March, Gerard’s training blocks between weekend and international races range anywhere from 12 to 20 hours per week, spending two mornings at MBSEF’s well-equipped indoor gym lifting weights, completing intensity sets and growing spatial awareness on the trampoline, followed by race-pace snow intervals or distance skiing. On alternate days, it’s 30-minute runs, easy distance skiing and Friday’s pre-race intensity sets. Her favorite recovery tool for combating lactic-acid buildup: jogging.

Gerard touts MBSEF’s lifelong training approach for keeping her balanced, avoiding burnout and overtraining.

“I have the best coaches ever. I have no idea where I would be without them. They definitely keep me in line in a very sustainable way,” she said. “I think I would be very overtrained right now if it wasn’t for my coaches. Nordic skiers don’t peak until their 30s...I have 20 years left.”

With her only two weeks off every year and otherwise lighter training days, Gerard enjoys April’s family ski days before summer training heats up.

Skiers are born in the summer, and that season bears the brunt of training hours: up to 25 every week of outdoor rollerskiing, running, mountain biking and gym workouts, building an endurance base in

“When I’m racing, I’m not thinking about many things. I’m just thinking about how to get to the finish line the fastest.”
—Neve Gerard

preparation for fall training, the most intense annual training time leading into race season. Due to the intensity, fall training hours drop to 15 to 20 per week of interval sets, rollerskiing, and twice-weekly gym workouts. By the end of October, Gerard and her 20 fellow MBSEF competition teammates are eager for winter.

“When I’m racing, I’m not thinking about many things. I’m just thinking about how to get to the finish line the fastest.” But even seasoned athletes get pre-race jitters. “I used to have a lot of race anxiety and I think the more you do it, the easier it gets.” Gerard’s secret? “The biggest thing that’s helped me is realizing that it’s literally just a ski race.”

Weekend races at Mt. Bachelor through Bend High and MBSEF, annual National Qualifiers and Championships, and international competitions keep Gerard busy through winter. Alongside races in Oregon, Utah, Michigan and Alaska, she’s raced in Canada, Finland and South Korea. Both held in early March, Gerard is deciding between

joining MBSEF athletes at what would be her last Junior Nationals in New York, or racing the OPA Cup in France with Team USA.

Support from MBSEF, her parents and gear sponsors, Fischer (skis) and Swix (poles), help Gerard stay ski ready.

She’s inspired by fellow female athletes like Annie McColgan (UVM), her amazing coach, Lydia Youkey, and Jessie Diggins and Rosie Brennan, leading women’s cross-country skiing on the world stage.

As a young competitive athlete, Gerard reflects that, “It teaches you a lot about yourself and how to create balance, and it teaches you a lot about how to manage things that come up. I feel like a lot of kids on our team are good at managing race nerves, but that can be translated into other parts of life.”

Joining University of Utah’s Nordic Ski Team this fall, Gerard looks forward to being pushed by some of the best ski athletes in the country and earning a degree to balance her sports career.

Neve Gerard skiing in the 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games held at Alpensia Biathlon Centre in Gangwon, South Korea. Courtesy International Olympic Committee (IOC) Tiffany Neptune


Get the Girls Out!

Nonprofit organization SheJumps emphasizes the importance of equity and accessibility in the world of outdoor sports

SheJumps is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for women and girls to engage in outdoor adventures, ranging from skiing to hiking, camping and more.

This Sunday, adrenaline meets empowerment as this trailblazing nonprofit organization gears up for an exhilarating skiing event, “SheJumps, Get the Girls Out.”

The nationwide campaign promises a day of powder-packed adventures and a celebration of female camaraderie on the slopes.

“This whole vision is to unite women, girls, transgender, cisgender, as well as non-binary individuals,” explained Executive Director of SheJumps, Claire Smallwood. “We want to encourage people to get outside, foster a sense of adventure and truly celebrate being outdoors.”

Since its inception in 2007, SheJumps has transformed into a dynamic nationwide force, breaking down the barriers to outdoor recreation. Originally focused on increasing female participation, it has evolved into a vibrant community that champions women’s empowerment. “When we first started, we knew we wanted to make the outdoors a team sport. There have been many experiences of women being the token female in a group of guys and not seeing a lot of women portrayed in adventure media,” said Smallwood.

SheJumps believes in the power of shared experiences and that gaining leadership skills, empathy and self-discovery are all achievable through

adventure. “Finding confidence outside of traditional sports is so important,” Smallwood emphasized. “At any point in your outdoor journey, we want to be able to offer something for that. We believe that trying new things is really important for developing that confidence, creating community and learning new skills.”

Through educational initiatives, mentorship programs and inclusive events, SheJumps has also inspired a new generation of women to embrace outdoor thrills. “SheJumps is striving to be a part of the conversation and we’re making sure that we create space at the table for all expansive gender identities, ethnicities and orientations,” Smallwood said. “Reinvesting and re-distributing resources to the most historically excluded groups has been a huge step forward for us.”

“SheJumps, Get the Girls Out,” put on by a team of dedicated volunteers and operations manager Liz Sequeira, provides an opportunity to connect with like-minded women, including professional snowboarder Sarka Pancochova. Attendees, whether seasoned skiers or first timers, can forge friendships, network with outdoor enthusiasts and win gifts from prize drawings with swag from Mad Hippie, Stio, Pit Viper and more.

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The Running of the Dogs

With plenty of snow about, sled dog and skijor races are on in Central Oregon and beyond

Humans have been harnessing dog power to pull sleds for hundreds and perhaps thousands of years. One of the oldest sleigh runner artifacts in existence, discovered in Finland, dates back to around 9,000 years ago — although whether dogs or humans pulled or pushed the sleigh is still a bone of debate. These ancient sled dogs came from a lineage of Siberian wolves as domestication spread through Arctic cultures. It doesn’t take much to imagine these early Arctic people saying, “Hey, race you to the next ice floe.”

Modern-day sled dog racing and skijoring (derived from the Norwegian word skijøring, or skikjoring, meaning “ski driving”) are winter sports enjoying plenty of events in Central Oregon, sponsored by the Pacific Sled Dog and Skijor Association.

“The club was started back in the 1950s in southern Oregon and was called the Southern Oregon Sled Dog Club,” said Cari Hinesly, PSDSA treasurer. In 2007, the club and a skijoring group from Central Oregon merged to create the PSDSA.

“It’s not just about racing, as a lot of people go into the sport for fun, but will go to races for the camaraderie,” added Hinesly.

The first upcoming PSDSA race, with co-sponsor Cascade Sled Dog Club, was the Diamond Lake Race Feb. 24 and 25. Held at the Diamond Lake Resort, this race featured even-numbered teams racing various distances, from 4 to 29 miles in length, over the two-day event, as well as recreational and advanced skijoring races. Race organizers had to petition the USFS to move the start location to the southern end of the lake, near the junction of Highways 138 and 230, due to limited snowpack earlier in the season. The race has been going on since the 1970s.

Unfortunately, the Frog Lake Race near Mt. Hood, which the Cascade Sled Dog Club was hosting on Jan. 27 and 28, was canceled due to low snow.

Local Central Oregon race organizers hope that the present run of snow will hold for the Bachelor Butte Dog Derby at Wanoga Sno-Park March 1-3.

“We call this the Odd Dog Race because we use odd number of miles and odd numbers of dogs,” said Cyndi Smidt, who coordinates the BBDD with Kevin Byrne. The first BBDD was held in 2010, and like Frog Lake, Diamond Lake and other races, is snow dependent.

Like the Diamond Lake Race, the Bachelor Butte Dog Derby offers various distances for sled dogs and skijorers. “Over the years, the distances have been modified,” said Smidt. “A lot of times you’ll

“We call this the Odd Dog Race because we use odd number of miles and odd numbers of dogs.”
—Cyndi Smidt

have one race go out and they’ll come back before another race goes out. We nest everything within each other so you might have everyone out on the course at the same time.” Trail distances range from 1.5 to 25 miles. A separate set of awards will be presented to purebred Siberian Husky teams, as members of the Siberian Husky Clif of America, Inc., in the 15-mile Mid distance and 15-mile Sprint class.

There are a lot of logistics in planning a sled dog race, let alone having enough snow for the dogs to run on. “If you’re going to have a race, you need a wellpacked course,” added Hinesly. Several snowmobile clubs help with grooming the course, and volunteer as course marshals.

“Spectators are always welcome and we might even enlist you to help out with the race,” said Byrne. Volunteers are always needed to help with loading dogs into the starting chute, as spotters, take down and set up, and helping spectators navigate in and around the start/ finish area. To minimize any interactions with the sled dogs, which are working dogs and focused on their tasks, leave your pets in the car or at home and watch small children in and around the dogs.

Meanwhile, at least one more race is in the works after this weekend, without the snow. The PSDSA Mush without Slush event is April 6-7 just outside of Sisters at Zimmerman Butte. It’s an

event to introduce participants to the world of skijoring. Though the snow is generally gone by that time of year, dogs are hooked up to bikes, scooters, carts or anything nonmotorized, and get to run the course with their handler. On-site camping makes this a fun time for all.

Bachelor Butte Dog Derby March 1-3 Wanoga Butte Sno-Park Free
Sled dogs leave the starting chute. A skijorer hits the trail. Photos by Damian Fagan


A Cannabis News Roundup

Is MedMen DeadMen?

A national cannabis brand is a rarity, and one of the most well-known seems to be in a potential fatal freefall. MedMen hit some new lows recently, resulting in talk of karmic comeuppance for years of dumpster fire decisions and actions, and lots of straight up schadenfreude (“pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune”).

In 2018, MedMen went public on the Canadian Stock Exchange with a value of $3 billion. The company recently reported it has $15.6 million in cash left, with debts totaling $137.4 million. January saw the sudden departure of both the CEO (its fourth in as many years) and Board Chair, while February saw the sudden closures of three California stores, layoffs at the corporate level and the loss of at least 70 retail positions in California, Chicago and Nevada.

“far above what is allowed by law,” and more troubling, “contaminated with heavy metals and other potentially dangerous substances.”

The defendants include STIIIZY, Cookies, a number of Georgia-based vape stores, as well as Oregon-based Columbia Laboratories. Cookies is arguably the most successful brand in cannabis, and its founder, rap star Berner, is credited with being the creator of classic strains including Cherry Pie, Sunset Sherbert, and Girls Scout Cookies, with over 45 stores (including Portland) in five countries. It’s also the target of numerous lawsuits, including one for $100 million filed this month.

Homegrown Ban Continues

It got worse when MJBizDaily published a must-read investigative piece looking at MedMen’s “...widespread pattern of not paying invoices, abruptly closing stores and terminating employees without warning.” A former Chicago store manager said, “For the last two months we have had less than 20 products on our menu…no edibles, no flower, no vapes, no lighters. They owe every brand in Illinois money.”

The bad behavior it details is not really a shock from the poster children for ‘’Cannabis Chads.” MedMen has a less than stellar track record of opposing home grows, having executives asked to leave trade groups over racist comments and numerous lawsuits.

The Devil Went Down to Georgia

Georgia filed a class action $150 million lawsuit last month, stating that defendants ``...conspired to import, manufacture, distribute, and possess illegal (delta-8) THC vape pens that are marijuana…accomplished through a pattern of racketeering activity.”

The suit alleges that through “lab shopping,” defendants procured Certificates of Analysis stating that the flower used to produce vape cartridges had no more than the federal cutoff of .3% THC, making the flower and carts “hemp products” available for legal sale in other states.

The amount of Delta 9 THC found in the cart, listed as Delta 8 THC, was reported by third-party testing to be

The Evergreen State didn't live up to its name last month as efforts to establish a legal home grow program for cannabis failed yet again. The state legalized Adult Use cannabis in 2012, but growing your own remains a Class C felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Really? W(tf)ashington?

The most recent bill to allow Washingtonians to grow at home stalled in the legislature, which would have allowed those 21 and older to grow four plants, with a cap of 10 plants per household. (Those with a medical marijuana card are allowed to grow.) The measure joins the trash heap of similar efforts going back to 2015.

Lead sponsor Rep. Shelley Kloba (D) has said that she plans to reintroduce legislation next year to bring Washington in line with virtually every other state with a legalized cannabis program.

With support from the cannabis industry, she said the failure may have been due to "projections for tax revenue loss for this bill were large, and based on assumptions that we don’t have specific data to go on.” Washington taxes cannabis sales a whopping 37%, among the highest in the country, on sales of over $1.13 billion.

Home growing fosters an increased interest in cannabis, leading to sourcing and buying professionally produced flowers. Home brewers are among the most enthusiastic consumers of licensed breweries, underscoring the ongoing disparity of how legalized intoxicants are treated differently. Let my people grow.




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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In old Hawaii, the people loved their deities but also demanded productive results. If a god stopped providing worshipers with what they wanted, they might dismiss him and adopt a replacement. I love that! And I invite you to experiment with a similar approach in the coming weeks. Are your divine helpers doing a good job? Are they supplying you with steady streams of inspiration, love, and fulfillment? If not, fire them and scout around for substitutes. If they are performing well, pour out your soul in gratitude.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): In my astrological estimation, the coming weeks will be an ideal time for you to declare amnesty, negotiate truces, and shed long-simmering resentments. Other recommended activities: Find ways to joke about embarrassing memories, break a bad habit just because it's fun to do so, and throw away outdated stuff you no longer need. Just do the best you can as you carry out these challenging assignments; you don't have to be perfect. For inspiration, read these wise words from poet David Whyte: "When you forgive others, they may not notice, but you will heal. Forgiveness is not something we do for others; it is a gift to ourselves."

special people you care for. To aid you in your efforts, here are three questions to ponder. 1. What aspects of togetherness might flourish if you approach them with less solemnity and more fun? 2. Could you give more of yourself to your relationships in ways that are purely enjoyable, not done mostly out of duty? 3. Would you be willing to explore the possibility that the two of you could educate and ripen each other’s dark sides?

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Creativity teacher Roger von Oech tells how bandleader Count Basie asked a club owner to fix his piano. It was always out of tune. A few weeks later, the owner called Basie to say everything was good. But when Basie arrived to play, the piano still had sour notes. "I thought you said you fixed it!" Basie complained. The owner said, "I did. I painted it." The moral of the story for the rest of us, concludes von Oech, is that we've got to solve the right problems. I want you Libras to do that in the coming weeks. Make sure you identify what really needs changing, not some distracting minor glitch.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Many of you Tauruses have a robust capacity for doing diligent, effective work. Many of you also have a robust capacity for pursuing sensual delights and cultivating healing beauty. When your mental health is functioning at peak levels, these two drives to enjoy life are complementary; they don’t get in each other’s way. If you ever fall out of your healthy rhythm, these two drives may conflict. My wish for you in the coming months is that they will be in synergistic harmony, humming along with grace. That’s also my prediction: I foresee you will do just that.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Most of us have received an inadequate or downright poor education about love and intimate togetherness. Given how much misinformation and trivializing propaganda we have absorbed, it’s amazing any of us have figured out how to create healthy, vigorous relationships. That’s the bad news, Scorpio. The good news is that you are cruising through a sustained phase of your astrological cycle when you’re far more likely than usual to acquire vibrant teachings about this essential part of your life. I urge you to draw up a plan for how to take maximum advantage of the cosmic opportunity.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Many people choose wealthy entertainers and celebrity athletes for their heroes. It doesn’t bother me if they do. Why should it? But the superstars who provoke my adoration are more likely to be artists and activists. Author Rebecca Solnit is one. Potawatomi biologist and author Robin Wall Kimmerer. The four musicians in the Ukrainian band DahkaBrakha. Poet Rita Dove and novelist Haruki Murakami. My capacity to be inspired by these maestros seems inexhaustible. What about you, Gemini? Who are the heroes who move you and shake you in all the best ways? Now is a time to be extra proactive in learning from your heroes—and rounding up new heroes to be influenced by.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Your homework assignment is to work on coordinating two issues that are key to your life’s purpose. The first of these issues is your fervent longing to make your distinctive mark on this crazy, chaotic world. The second issue is your need to cultivate sweet privacy and protective self-care. These themes may sometimes seem to be opposed. But with even just a little ingenious effort, you can get them to weave together beautifully. Now is a good time to cultivate this healing magic.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): If you don’t recognize the face in the mirror right now, that’s a good thing. If you feel unfamiliar feelings rising up in you or find yourself entertaining unusual longings, those are also good things. The voice of reason may say you should be worried about such phenomena. But as the voice of mischievous sagacity, I urge you to be curious and receptive. You are being invited to explore fertile possibilities that have previously been unavailable or off-limits. Fate is offering you the chance to discover more about your future potentials. At least for now, power can come from being unpredictable and investigating taboos.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I invite you to study the fine art of sacred intimacy in the coming weeks. Life’s rhythms will redound in your favor as you enjoy playing tenderly and freely with the

For inspiration, here’s poet Rainer Maria Rilke: "For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task entrusted to us, the ultimate task, the final test and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation."

(Translation by Stephen Mitchell.)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The myths and legends of many cultures postulate the existence of spirits who are mischievous but not malevolent. They play harmless pranks. Their main purpose may be to remind us that another world, a less material realm, overlaps with ours. And sometimes, the intention of these ethereal tricksters seems to be downright benevolent. They nudge us out of our staid rhythms, mystifying us with freaky phenomena that suggest reality is not as solid and predictable as we might imagine. I suspect you may soon have encounters with some of these characters: friendly poltergeists, fairies, ghosts, sprites, or elves. My sense is that they will bring you odd but genuine blessings.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Some studies suggest that less than half of us have best friends. Men are even less likely to have beloved buddies than the other genders do. If you are one of these people, the coming weeks and months will be an excellent time to remedy the deficiency. Your ability to attract and bond with interesting allies will be higher than usual. If you do have best friends, I suggest you intensify your appreciation for and devotion to them. You need and deserve companions who respect you deeply, know you intimately, and listen well. But you’ve got to remember that relationships like these require deep thought, hard work, and honest expressions of feelings!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Among all the zodiac signs, you Aquarians are among the best at enjoying a bird’s-eye perspective on the world. Soaring high above the mad chatter and clatter is your birthright and specialty. I love that about you, which is why I hardly ever shout up in your direction, “Get your ass back down to earth!” However, I now suspect you are overdue to spend some quality time here on the ground level. At least temporarily, I advise you to trade the bird’s-eye view for a worm’s-eye view. Don’t fret. It’s only for a short time. You’ll be aloft again soon.

Homework: What do you want to do but have not been doing it—for no good reason?

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Remnants of settler history in Central Oregon?

Hello readers!

Hopefully, you all set some lofty goals at the beginning of 2024 when it comes to exploring Oregon. Because we live in such a large state, full of diverse history and geography, I set goals the beginning of each year to visit specific places. I might not get to all of them, but writing down and referring to my goals throughout the year pushes me. Honestly, these trips create a conundrum, albeit a beneficial one, because for every goal I complete, five more pop up!

Our first question of 2024 relates to the famous Oregon Trail, well known in our country’s history. First carved by fur traders and later used by over 400,000 settlers migrating West during the mid-1800s, the official Oregon Trail has the designation of a National Historic Trail, one of 19 across the United States. You probably had a history lesson or two in grade school, and countless books have been written about its history, so I’ll get to the question: Is there any part of the Oregon Trail that was originally located near Bend?

I am showing my age here, but before Call of Duty and even before the first Super Mario Brothers on Nintendo, I was dying of dysentery on the Oregon Trail. Remember the classic video game? Players could choose to be a farmer, a banker or a carpenter. Then we would get some startup money to buy oxen, food and other supplies. To the tune of Yankee Doodle the journey would begin! I can still hear the sound of the wagon wheels in my head. Along the way, players would actually learn quite a bit about the trials and tribulations of those who made the grueling trip from Independence, Missouri, to the Pacific Northwest.

I never thought I would end up liv ing in Oregon, much less get to see parts of the authentic Oregon Trail.

Still, no part of the trail passed through Central Oregon. The original route runs a good way north of Bend, and the Huntington Wagon Road is the closest we have to trailblazing history here. Located between Bend and Red mond off of HWY 97, a GPS will get you to the BLM-managed, pioneer wagon road. Faded signs along the trail offer a bit of history and insight, Horseshoes, bullets, buttons and other discovered artifacts from those rough and tough days are on display at the Deschutes Historical Museum.

In 1864 the U.S. government signed a treaty with the Yahooskin Paiute, Modoc and Klamath tribes. A few years later, the Klamath Indian Reservation was created. Part of the agreement required the government to provide the tribes with supplies from The Dalles. North from The Dalles to Fort Klamath in the south, soldiers, immigrants and others utilized the route which became the Huntington Wagon Road. In our area travelers navigated through junipers, sagebrush and other local vegetation to reach their destination.

If readers really want to visit parts of the original Oregon Trail, it’s not too much of a drive. Farewell Bend Recreation Area (not to be confused with our city park), Baker City and Tamastslikt Cultural Institute are popular destinations. My personal favorite is the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Oregon City, marking the end of the official trail. Kids can have a ton of fun with interactive activities and in-depth exhibits like making homemade candles and loading up replica wagons.

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It wasn’t until 1974 that women were allowed to apply for and own a credit card or a mortgage in their name. That was just 50 years ago, ladies! Since that year of “women’s mortgage liberation,” so much has changed. Today, the share of single women homeowners surpasses that of single men.

Here are some interesting statistics about single women:

• Single women mort gage applicants made up 18% of the market in 2023, according to Maxwell.

• One in three women with partners bought alone because they were in a stronger financial position to do so, according to Maxwell.

• Single women own an average of roughly 13% of the owner-occupied homes across the 50 states, versus 10.2% among single men, according to LendingTree.

• Gen Zers and millennials made up the largest share of single women mortgage applicants in 2023, according to Maxwell.

In today's world, single women are rewriting the rules of homeownership, one property at a time. It's a trend fueled by financial savvy, cultural shifts and confidence.

Are you a single lady wanting to purchase a home? Let’s do it!

The most important thing you can do with your finances as a single female buyer is to speak to a lender early to make sure everything is in order prior

to finding your dream home. It’s also important to remember that as a single woman you only have one income to make home ownership work. That single income will need to cover qualifying for your home loan, making a down payment and making your monthly loan payment. There may be expenses down the road that you may want to plan for, such as a new roof or new appliances.

Be mindful that this doesn’t have to be your forever home.

Your first purchase as a single woman could be a steppingstone to your next property, or even work as a rental and income-generating asset in a few years after you’ve built some equity and move into another home.

Choosing a home with high resale value will help you move forward financially. Perhaps it’s a home that isn’t very custom but close to good schools, moderately priced and a great layout. Don’t get caught up in the walk-in closet or granite kitchen island. Pick a home that’s built to last and built to sell.

Financial independence is the cornerstone of this movement. With more women taking control of their finances, the idea of waiting for a partner to buy a home seems antiquated. But it's not just about dollars and cents — it's about embracing a new mindset. In a world where marriage isn't the end-all, be-all, single women are redefining what it means to live happily ever after.

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