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The warm weather is finally here, and I don’t know about you, but I have lakes, rivers, bikes, boats and maybe a few beers on the mind. If that’s your vibe, too, then this week’s issue might be of service. Inside this Summer Adventure issue, we share some outings for the intrepid local and newcomer alike. We talk with the new, non-corporate operators of a rafting company, and we share some ins and outs about getting way out, to the Alvord Desert. Screenwriter Jared Rasic gets in on the fun, too, with a number of classic summer movies. And in Natural World, two contributors share the “sum mer adventures” of some of our most important residents: the pollinators! Don’t sleep on this week’s News section, either, as Jennifer Baires rolls out a story on the dangers of U.S. 97, and Julianna LaFollette shares the concerns of a group of local mobile home park residents who say conditions have deteriorated where they live.

But hey, it’s nearly summer — so how about you get to reading this issue right quick, so you can get back to all the fun?!


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Over the past several years, Oregon has gotten a great deal of attention for its attempt at drug decriminalization, which was plagued by a shortage of treatment beds, no real “teeth” to push people into treatment and the surge of fentanyl that saw our state having the highest rate of increase in fentanyl overdose deaths from 2019 to 2023.

In the most recent legislative session, lawmakers worked to plug the holes in the system by creating a new deflection model that forces people arrested for illegal drugs into treatment, in order to avoid charges and possible jail time. Each county has the ability to opt in to a deflection program. Deschutes County is setting up its program now, modeling it after a longstanding deflection program in Marion County.

A lot was riding on Measure 110, that initial drug-decriminalization citizen initiative. With its failure, even more is riding on this next effort. As we reported last week, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office will be the lead on this program, rather than the County’s Behavioral Health Department, as was originally planned.

Like many Oregonians, we’d very much like to see this program succeed – to see more people reclaim their lives, free of addiction, to reduce the harms perpetrated on the communities and the loved ones of those afflicted, and of course, to reduce the disparities in the criminal justice system that see Black and Brown people incarcerated at disproportionate rates.

And even while we hope for a better outcome than the one Measure 110 offered, a few things could go haywire with deflection. Here are the questions

-What role will the new sheriff in Deschutes County take on this issue?

With Sheriff Shane Nelson not seeking re-election this November, someone new is going to be sitting in his seat in the months following the rollout of this program, which begins to be fully funded in September. Throughout the

campaign season, readers would do well to pay close attention to how each of the two candidates aim to approach this issue. County officials, including Commissioner Phil Chang, told us they’re still unsure of how the sheriff’s office plans to work with the many others who are tasked with this important work.

“I want to hear from the sheriff’s office that they are committed to the integration and coordination in pursuing this,” Chang told the Source Weekly last week.

-Will a “take it slow” approach at the County result in more people falling through the cracks?

Just as it was when Measure 110 went into effect, Oregonians are going to want to see results on this issue – more people treated, fewer people dying of overdoses, like yesterday, thank you very much. But government doesn’t always work at a pace satisfactory to the public. With the County having just a few months before September to work out the details, and with county officials, including District Attorney Steve Gunnels, saying they’re going to take a “slow approach” to the rollout, it will be interesting to see the public’s reaction and the effects of that type of rollout. We’re skeptical that the community will be patient.

-Will there be enough treatment beds and other supports for those who enter deflection?

This, again, was the issue with Measure 110. While more money is flowing from the legislature this time around to support both private and public treatment offerings, we won’t know definitively, with hard numbers, if all this effort is bearing fruit for quite some time. This will undoubtedly make voters uneasy, so communication from the treatment community will need to be frequent and loud.

Given that the world’s eyes have been on Oregon since this whole thing began in 2020, we’ll all hear about it, one way or another. Let’s hope this time we are sharing a success story.

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Bend's identity crisis is self evident when it cannot complete a tree preservation code. Trees are vital to carbon sequestration and cool cities of concrete. Bend spouts it needs housing but then stalls the housing to build a second windowless big box Costco on a site with extraordinary mountain views now scraped of indigenous junipers that needed no irrigation water. Bend would do well to get all water meters updated this year instead of taking 7 more years to get caught up.


Bend's proposed Tree Code is going to pass despite containing numerous issues. It's disheartening to see environmentally conscious individuals inadvertently undermine their goals by prioritizing political victories over the community's and world's wellbeing. For starters the average tree sequesters approximately 70 pounds of CO2 annually, equivalent to someone commuting by car from Redmond twice. Every unit of housing prevented by tree preservation within the Urban Growth Boundary exponentially increases the carbon footprint of Central Oregonians.

While I consider myself an ardent environmentalist, I also ascribe to the belief that "a society grows great when the elderly plant trees whose shade they shall never sit in." If we truly care about the planet, we should encourage housing development near employment hubs, reducing costs and our reliance on long-distance commuting. This approach lowers the carbon footprint and alleviates the financial and psychological burdens on those forced to commute from Redmond, Prineville, La Pine and Madras.

Since this is inevitable I only ask that

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they include a Sunset Provision of one year that has to be voted on for renewal every year. Then maybe after everyone has calmed down and realized what a huge mistake this has been it can be thrown in the closet with all the other politically motivated bad ideas.



Thank you to M. Rindfleisch (RE: Voters Say "No" To School Measures News. 5/30, 6/6) for pointing out the possibility that the voters of Bend saying "no" to the Bend-La Pine school bond is also letting the City of Bend know how appalled some of us are at the tax exemption made for Jackstraw's development next to the Box Factory. That development is an eyesore. It's yet another taller building that is taking away the feel of our city and taking away our views as we drive around town. Schools and our children's education should be a top priority. Let's keep that in mind as added fees and tax exemptions are allowed.


Your cartoon this week, which is embarrassingly propagandistic (not to mention unfunny) for a self-styled independent newspaper, prompted the following letter:

Have you ever wondered why the establishment media tries so hard to vilify RFK Jr? Here are several hints: he is the only candidate talking about the corporate capture of government. As an environmental lawyer, he is the only candidate who has taken on self-serving corporations for their treatment of people and the natural world. He is the only candidate who has opposed the U.S. military industrial complex,

including 30 days in prison in 2001 for protesting Naval bombing exercises on the island of Vieques. He is the only candidate advocating for regenerative agriculture, a practice protective of topsoil and the climate but inimical to big agriculture. In other words, he is anti-establishment, and the establishment owns, operates and advertises in the so-called mainstream media. If you search out some of his recent interviews, relegated mainly to alternative media and his own podcast, you will have a hard time matching the man to the version served by “trusted” sources. If you have been sufficiently savvy or curious to understand how the mainstream media operates, then the dissonance should come as no surprise. If you have not, then may it serve as a kernel of awakening. Noam Chomsky has said that the mainstream media presents such a distorted view of reality that speaking simple truths is enough to make someone seem crazy. RFK Jr may not be perfect, but Chomsky’s words come to mind with each imbalanced assault on his integrity as a candidate — especially in light of the alternatives on offer.

—Matthew Orr


I just finished with great enthusiasm your second article in the series on Klamath River renewal post drawdowns. Thanks for telling the story from the personal perspectives of the Tribes and adjacent landowners. I’m a retired tribal

staff person who worked on similar projects intended to protect and restore tribal treaty rights and the necessary natural resources condition required for meaningful exercise of those rights. And as part of this special honor I had to do this work, I had the pleasure to get to know Klamath, Yurok and other tribal leaders and members. Thanks for your excellent work.

—Rick George, board member, Pacific Rivers

Letter of the Week:

In the churn of the news cycle and the doom and gloom that tends to follow us around, newspaper editors have to absorb their little dots of light where they can. Thus, offer a genuine compliment to the editor, get Letter of the Week! Thanks for your note, Rick. Come on by for your gift card to Palate.

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OHA Supports LGBTQIA2S+ People with Summer Resources

The Oregon Health Authority is reaffirming its commitment to its LGBTQIA2S+ youth by sharing resources to promote their well-being, safety, security and inclusion. Since 2022, OHA has highlighted resources available to LGBTQIA2S+ youth every summer.

OHA lists national resources like The Trevor Project, which promotes suicide prevention and crisis intervention for LGBTQIA2S+ young people. It also shared local resources like Portland’s Outside In, which provides free resources, support and services for LGBTQIA2S+ youth. “It’s so important that youth have access to the supports from families and community organizations that celebrate the rich diversity of their identities,” said Dean Sidelinger, M.D., M.S.Ed., health officer and state epidemiologist at OHA.

Rep. Chavez-DeRemer Presented with Award

Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer (OR05) was presented with the Salvation Army’s 2023 Fight for Good Award on June 11, a recognition given to members

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of the Congress who champion legislation to alleviate poverty.

According to a press release, Chavez-DeRemer's HOME Act passed the house with bipartisan support. “I’m humbled and honored to receive the Salvation Army’s Fight for Good Award. I’m grateful for their tireless efforts to serve those in need, and I promise to continue being a strong partner in advancing their mission of investing in the long-term growth and success of our communities,” said Chavez-DeRemer.

Local Music Students Awarded Scholarships

Fifteen accomplished young musicians age 13-24 have been awarded $35,800 in scholarships from Sunriver Music Festival. Throughout the program’s 29-year history, it has awarded over $700,000 in scholarships to 172 students throughout Central Oregon. The scholarship awards are for private music lessons, summer music camps and conservatories or college tuition. An upcoming fundraiser on July 14 will feature several performances and help raise the funds.


“We really wanted to be more family-owned — not so corporate, where we could actually get to know the people that work for us.”

Soriano of Seventh Mtn Rafting, from this week’s Feature story, “Seventh Mtn Rafting Under New Owners”

- The number of fatalities and crashes on U.S. Highway 97 from 2018 to 2022. From the News story, “A Dangerous Road.”

Residents of Romaine Village Seek Accountability

A resident in a local manufactured home park starts a petition to improve living conditions

People living in a Bend neighborhood have raised concerns regarding living conditions and management practices within Romaine Village Manufactured Home Park. One individual, eager to see things change, started a petition attempting to advocate for a better living environment within the park.

The park is located in southwest Bend and has a total of 176 spaces, according to the Oregon manufactured dwelling park directory. The park also offers amenities, which residents said they pay for, such as a community pool and a recreation hall.

Jennifer Johnston has lived in RVMP since 2021. She created a petition on June 4 detailing a number of issues that she and other residents have experienced within the park. Johnston told the Source Weekly that she created the petition after repeatedly hearing similar concerns from neighbors.

“I finally was like, ‘something has to be done if no one’s helping these people,’” she said. “I felt like it’s time to finally speak up for the people that don’t feel like they can.”

After speaking with several neighbors and seeing other complaints on social media sites like NextDoor and Facebook, she compiled a list of the main issues people are experiencing.

Residents’ concerns

According to people who live at the park, rising rent prices coupled with a lack of neighborhood upkeep and maintenance has left many frustrated. According to Johnston, there have been major rent increases in the last three years, causing financial burden for residents. “The lack of justification for this increase is particularly concerning,” said Johnston.

Johnston said she has also seen a lack of neighborhood maintenance and care, noting overgrown trees and limbs, a lack of adequate streetlights, deteriorating sidewalks and delayed fulfillments of maintenance requests.

Longtime Bend resident Kacy McCarney doesn’t live in the park but told the Source Weekly that she has frequented the neighborhood for several years. “I know what it used to be in comparison to what it is now,” she said. She noted a lack of care from management.

Residents of RVMP are subject to HOA fees, which are intended to go toward park and amenity maintenance, upkeep and improvement.

"I felt like it's time to finally speak up for the people that don't feel like they can."

A call to action

concerns, residents pointed to a lack of communication and professionalism from park management. When attempting to address issues with the park manager, Johnston said she and other neighbors are often ignored and met with a lack of action. Johnston noted that specific requests to speak with the park owners have been refused.

Johnston said the detailed petition, which as of June 11 had 62 signatures, is a call for accountability and change. She has contacted several government agencies, urging them to investigate these matters, including the Better Business Bureau, the Fair Housing Council of Oregon and local officials.

According to James Goff, the City of Bend’s Code Enforcement Manager, the City can only step in if there are violations of its development, building or municipal codes. Otherwise, it would likely qualify as a landlord and tenant dispute.

Residents also reported an inability to access park amenities. Johnston and another neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous due to fear of retaliation, told the Source Weekly that the community pool is often under maintenance, not allowing residents to use it.

Among a number of other detailed

According to Johnston, a single staff member handles all maintenance tasks for the park, from garbage collections to repairs. “It has become evident that the owner is not fulfilling these obligations,” said Johnston in the petition. “Essential maintenance and upkeep tasks remain neglected, leading to further deterioration of living conditions. This exploitation not only breaches the trust of the residents but also raises serious ethical and legal concerns.”

Other issues addressed in the petition include unsanitary waste management practices, water system issues and staff conduct.

The Source Weekly reached out to RVMP manager Alejandra Zuniga, who declined to comment.

Johnston hopes to work with the authorities and park management to address the alleged issues and come up with some solutions. “I would like to create some change in these communities,” said Johnston.

Photos by Julianna LaFollette

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A Dangerous Road


fatality rates and top crash sites plague U.S. Highway 97 from Madras through Bend

The main artery through Central Oregon, U.S. Highway 97, serves many purposes. It’s a popular route for longhaul truckers and a tourist thoroughfare. And for those who live in rural communities along the 670-mile highway, it serves as a main street, the way to quickly get from one end of town to the other.

As the region’s population grows so too does the danger on the road. According to a Source Weekly analysis, U.S. 97 saw the highest rate of fatalities to crashes when compared with the other two major highways in Oregon – Interstate 5 and Highway 101. Using the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Crash Data Viewer, we analyzed crash statistics for all three major highways from 2018 to 2022 (the most recent year for which data was available). During those five years, there were 97 fatalities on US 97 out of 3,461 crashes, 121 fatalities on Highway 101 out of 6,034 crashes and 114 fatalities out of 13,592 crashes on I-5.

Despite having fewer crashes overall than the other highways, the likelihood of a crash being fatal on U.S. 97 is much higher, and the most dangerous spots fall between Madras and Bend, according to the most recent ODOT data.

To determine safety along its web of roads that crisscross the state, ODOT conducts an annual review of crashes, using the previous three years of available data. This Safety Priority Index System is how the department identifies the top crash locations on the state highway system and weighs them by severity, providing a number value (1-100 with 100 being worst) and categorizing each site by percentile – again, higher is worse. Each region then reviews the top 90% and 95% sites to dig further into the data and identify crash trends and potential safety improvements.

The most recent SPIS report is last year’s 2022 findings and includes data from 2019 through 2021. Within that report, four areas fell in the top 5% of concerning sites. All of them were on U.S. 97 between Madras and Bend.

In some ways, the fact that U.S. 97 has a higher rate of fatalities when compared to other major highways isn’t a surprise.

“There is a difference in types of crashes on Highway 101 and 97,” said Kacey Davidson, public information officer for ODOT. “The types of crashes on rural two-lane highways, without a center median, can often be more severe than other highways. Interstate, or divided highways, have a center barrier and every intersection has an offramp or an on-ramp so there are fewer points of contact,” she added.

According to data analysis from ODOT traffic manager, Mark Barrett, the crash rate on U.S. 97 and the severe and fatal crashes in the corridor are on par with the

statewide average for similar highways.

However, as more people settle in Central Oregon and the areas U.S. 97 traverses become less rural, the calls from residents to address these problems and create a more robust highway system grow more urgent.

Making it safer

Going back to the late aughts, the Source Weekly’s editorial team was one voice among many calling for a concrete barrier, known as a Jersey wall, between Bend and Redmond to mitigate the risk of head-on collisions in the corridor. The editorials came after a series of fatal headon crashes along the Bend to Redmond stretch. In 2022 the first phase of the project was complete, with the final phase expected to start next year. The total cost for the project is expected to be around $11 million. With the barrier in place and the $175 million Bend North Corridor project underway, ODOT projects a significant reduction in crashes and fatalities.

“What needed to be done is a more comprehensive look at the corridor."

Traveling north along the highway, in Jefferson County, officials and residents have been raising the alarm for years about severe and fatal crashes from the county’s southern border to Madras. In 2020, a particularly high crash year, there were nine fatal crashes between Madras and Bend, with five occurring from June through August.

On Aug. 18, Nadia Rankov Adams was traveling home on U.S. 97 when she was struck and killed by a semi-truck near the Bear Drive intersection. The truck was heading northbound when it hit the car in front of it and veered into oncoming traffic, hitting Rankov Adams’ car.

In Nov. of 2021, Jon Adams filed a lawsuit against ODOT and Jefferson County alleging wrongful death and negligence on behalf of Rankov Adams, his wife. Earlier that year in April, ODOT and Jefferson County officials had hosted a public forum to discuss closing Bear Drive permanently.

“…ODOT and Jefferson County knew or should have known Bear Drive near its intersection with Highway 97 was an unreasonably dangerous intersection for the traveling public and had numerous prior complaints, near misses, accidents and fatalities,” the complaint read.

Adam’s lawsuit was dismissed earlier this year. Bear Drive was permanently closed to U.S. 97 in May of 2022, but nearby problematic intersections persist.

Last November, ODOT initiated a $200,000 safety study of the corridor between Madras and the Crooked River High Bridge to determine problem areas and suggest solutions. Most of the redflag intersections on ODOT’s recent site investigation report are in, or just south of, Madras. Before its closure, Bear Drive had one of the highest crash rates in the corridor.

“There was a piecemeal approach initially,” said Ken Shonkwiler, project manager for the study. “What needed to be done is a more comprehensive look at the corridor.” The resulting draft study is 74 pages long and highlights key problems along the roadway.

Looking at the last five years of data, there were 187 crashes within the project limits; 13 were severe injury crashes and seven were fatal. This is slightly higher than the expected average for similar corridors. When the department held open houses in Madras earlier this year, Shonkwiler said he heard from many impacted by these crashes in deeply personal ways – they knew the people behind the crash statistics.

“They’re connected to somebody that they knew in a tragic crash,” he said, adding that his team wants to do everything they can from an engineering perspective, and in a joint effort with law enforcement to reduce the number of severe and fatal crashes.

In drilling down into the data, Shonkwiler said that the most frequent type of crash is rear-end crashes, followed by roadway departures, and a lot of fatal and severe crashes from turning off of side streets. Another major issue identified is the number of entrances and exits from the highway, which ODOT refers to as “accesses.” Along the 18-mile stretch of road in the study there are 150 accesses – far exceeding the recommended safety average of one access per mile. Shonkwiler and his team are spending the summer developing countermeasures and solutions to present to the community in the fall.

Funding Challenges

Last week, the Oregon State Legislative Assembly kicked off talks with ODOT about the next transportation funding package. Kris Strickler, director of ODOT, painted a bleak picture.

“To maintain our existing transportation system, structural revenue reform is needed,” Stickler wrote in presentation materials. ODOT’s funding comes from three revenue streams: gas tax, Oregon DMV fees and weight-mile taxes charged to commercial truckers – all of which Strickler said are insufficient for the department’s needs.

With more fuel-efficient and electric vehicles on the roads, the state’s gas tax income is considerably lower, at

over $40 less per year, per vehicle than a decade ago. DMV funding, according to Strickler, is a minor revenue source with only 2% of funds going toward state highway and maintenance operations. And, in January of this year, the Oregon Trucking Association, along with three trucking companies, filed a lawsuit against lawmakers and ODOT alleging that trucks have paid more than their share of road taxes for the last six years. If not addressed before the 2025 legislative session, Jana Jarvis, president and CEO of the association, says overpayment will amount to over $600 million.

Adding to these funding woes is the ever-increasing cost of construction, according to Strickland, putting ODOT in a position where without “significant and reliable funding, Oregonians will feel the impact of service cuts” through deterioration of pavement, increased safety risks, slower responses to major incidents on the roads and more DMV closures and limited hours, among other changes.

“We are having to reduce some of our services that we provide because we just don’t have money to support everything we’ve been doing in the past,” said Davidson, public information officer for ODOT.

“We’re looking at really diversifying how money can come into the agency,” she said. “We can index these things to inflation, we can do a road-user charge, look at electric vehicle fees, general fund sources. There’s a lot of other things that we’re looking at as different options on how to bring money into the agency so that we can balance the shortfall.”

Potentially delayed solutions

ODOT’s funding troubles could mean delaying safety work on all highways, and the impact in Central Oregon, where the worst sections of U.S. 97 run through, would continue.

The work identified in the Madras to High Bridge Safety Study, Shonkwiler said, would most likely be funded through ODOT’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, but he acknowledges it is a competitive program that requires public support and money in the coffers. With ODOT’s current budgetary shortfalls, projects like these may go unfunded, Davidson says.

“It really depends,” she said. “Some projects are federally funded, and the federal government pays for the projects to be done. But, things like regular maintenance and smaller safety projects do come under our budget. Those are the ones that would be more impacted.”

The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation will host more meetings throughout the state from now through September to hear from local officials and the public on the state’s transportation system. They will be in Bend on Thursday., Sept. 12.


Celebra el 16 de junio durante el 4to Jubileo Anual

Juneteenth del Centro de


Vive la herencia Negra a través de la música, comida y exposiciones educativas en Drake Park

El 4to Jubileo Anual Juneteenth del Centro de Oregón será una celebración de dos días en Drake Park el sábado 15 y domingo 16 de junio. Este evento familiar comunitario, presentado por la organización encabezada por comunidad Negra, The Father’s Group, tiene como propósito honrar y celebrar la historia y cultura Negra con música, baile, comida y actividades educativas.

Juneteenth, una combinación de “Junio” y “el 19,” conmemora el 19 de junio de 1865, cuando el ejército de la unión, General Gordon Granger, anunció en Galveston, Texas, que todas las personas esclavizadas eran liberadas. Esto ocurrió dos años después de la Proclamación de la Emancipación. Hoy, Juneteenth es una celebración nacional de libertad y un día de remembranza.

“Es una celebración de la Liberación Negra y uno de los enfoques más grandes de la celebración es la educación,” declaró Kenny Adams, director ejecutivo y presidente de la mesa directiva de The Father’s Group. Adams resaltó la importancia de entender la historia de la comunidad Negra por medio de exposiciones educativas, vendedores y actividades realizadas en el evento. “Queremos que los asistentes la pasen bien y que se retiren del evento con la información adecuada.”

El evento contará con una exposición provisional en colaboración con High Desert Museum que presenterá información educativa como exposiciones interactivas, videos y varias pancartas que educan a los asistentes sobre los inventores Negros y sus contribuciones. La Plaza

Educativa Dehaun Adderley ofrecerá información detallada de la historia Negra, cubriendo temas como la danza, música, comida, moda y el cabello. Otros aspectos educativos incluyen una presentación de la comida para el alma, una exhibición sobre los orígenes de las fraternidades y hermandades negras llamadas Divine 9 y una desgarradora exhibición “N-word” abordando términos y estereotipos despectivos.

El festival también contará con Barry Washington Jr. Entertainment Stage, que presentará artistas de todo el condado y una zona de comida, Big Mama’s Kitchen, que ofrecerá una fusión de cocina Africana, Caribeña y Afroamericana. Los asistentes podrán disfrutar de platillos de arroz jollof, bok choy, plátanos dulces fritos y costillas asadas.

Con música en vivo, bailables, juegos para niños y cuentos, el jubileo de Juneteenth del Centro de Oregon promete ser una experiencia completa y enriquecedora. The Father’s Group, comprometido a apoyar el bienestar y la seguridad de la comunidad Negra en el Centro de Oregon, tiene el fin de crear un evento tanto divertido y educativo para los participantes.

Participe en la celebración de la liberación e independencia de la comunidad Negra, aprenda sobre la rica herencia y la cultura, disfrute la extraordinaria comida, la música y la comunidad en el Jubileo Juneteenth del Centro de Oregón

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Desert to Desert

A visit to Oregon’s largest playa, the Alvord


If you are searching for a different Oregon experience, put on your adventure shoes, take a couple days off and drive toward the rising sun.

Plunging eastward down from the 9,738-foot summit of the Steens Mountains sits a world unique to the typical Oregon landscape. Located in the southwest corner of the Beaver State and within an eagle’s view of both the Idaho and Nevada state lines lies the dry, salt-encrusted lakebed of the Alvord Desert. Named after General Benjamin Alvord, a commander of the Department of Oregon during the Civil War, Oregon’s largest playa was at one time covered by the 100-milelong Alvord Lake.

The shattered mud lakebed looks foreign and out of place; almost otherworldly. Upon closer views, many animals visit the playa on a daily basis, including migratory birds, mule deer and elk. As the Alvord sits on an active fault line, the geothermal nature of the area is a major draw for some, with natural hot springs scattered about. Alvord Hot Springs, located on the western edge, is a privately owned, must-soak natural spa, with camping available on site. The less visited Mickey Hot Springs on the north end of the Alvord is

worth a visit — primarily because it’s the site of (wait for it) Oregon’s only geyser. The water here is too hot to soak in, however, and the warning signs posted remind visitors that the boiling temperatures here are not appropriate for human submersion.

Exploring the vast playa (7 x 12 miles) by automobile, moto or bicycle is popular and highly recommended, but visitors should take note that summer temperatures can exceed 100 degrees. There’s no potable water or cover, high winds and thunderstorms are common and quick to approach, and phone coverage is spotty at best. The area is big, wild and remote. Even though sitting in the rain shadow of the Steens range, receiving little annual rainfall, mountain runoff and springtime storms produce standing water in the Alvord, which turns the hardpan playa into a slippery mud mixture that will clog up a bike drivetrain or strand even the most capable 4x4 vehicle. As the nearest tow truck comes from Burns, the $1,500 bill for extraction should be considered fair warning.

The desert floor is pancake-flat and makes for an acceptable landing platform for small aircraft, so don’t be surprised when a Piper Cub does a low flyover. Be on the lookout for “land sailors,” who can often be seen harnessing the wind for land yacht regattas. Like the famed Bonneville in Utah, the Alvord hosts land speed record attempts as well. Reaching speeds in excess of 520 mph, Jessi Combs broke the previous Women’s Land Speed record in 2019, beating the former record set in 1976. An unfortunate mechanical issue ended both her run and her life.

A recommended lollipop roadtrip from Bend takes you through Burns, where you top off your tank and provisions, then turn south toward Frenchglen. Include the short side trip to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, a highly regarded migratory bird area, and one of the most productive waterfowl breeding areas in the United States. Continuing south to Frenchglen, visitors can camp, fish, hike or bike on the western slopes of the Steens. The journey continues south through the Catlow Valley, home of the famous Steens Mountain Mustangs, a wild horse population whose genetics have been traced back to the 17th century.

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later. Heading northbound on the primarily gravel road, reach the Alvord desert, accessing the playa via the Frog Springs campground. Take your time. Spend the night or two. As a recently minted Dark Sky Sanctuary, the night sky viewing in the Oregon Outback is incredible. On your way back, type in Crane Hot Springs on your navigation system, and treat yourself to another amazing geothermal experience. This could likely be one of the best 500-mile road trips you will ever take.

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A Beautiful Five

If you’re new here, five great outdoor places to add to your bucket list within two hours of Bend — plus a bonus location!

The adventure-filled, sunny days of Central Oregon are calling. Whether you’re a solo adventurer looking to get outdoors or a family visiting Bend for the first time, this region offers an abundance of natural beauty. From scenic hikes, to breathtaking viewpoints, I’ve curated a short list of outdoor places to explore that showcase Central Oregon’s landscape.

Sahalie and Koosah Falls

Nestled in the scenic McKenzie River area near the McKenzie Pass, Sahalie and Koosah Falls are two natural wonders that are a must-see if you’re traveling through Central Oregon. Connected by the picturesque McKenzie River Trail, the waterfall loop trail offers an accessible and family-friendly hike, leading to breathtaking views.

Little Lava Lake

Situated next to Lava Lake along the scenic Cascade Lakes Highway, Little Lava Lake is a small forest lake that offers a tranquil escape and stunning views. The emerald-colored lake has a pristine backdrop of Mt. Bachelor and South Sister, drawing outdoor enthusiasts for camping, fishing and boating adventures. While popular lakes like Sparks Lake, Elk Lake and Hosmer attract summer crowds closer to Bend, Little Lava Lake remains a serene haven, often overlooked by many Central Oregon visitors.

Tumalo Falls

In the heart of the Deschutes National Forest lies Tumalo Falls, a cascading 97-foot waterfall that stands as an iconic landmark. Just a brief drive west of Bend, the majestic waterfall enchants visitors with its natural beauty. From the parking area, visitors can bask in the glory of the falls or take the exploration further by venturing onto the various trails that lead through the surrounding forest.

Broken Top

Among Central Oregon’s iconic Cascade Range, Broken Top resides within the Three Sisters Wilderness just 20 miles west of Bend. Starting from the Broken Top trailhead, adventurers can embark on a journey, ascending steep trails to reach No Name Lake. The turquoise gem nestled within the crater offers a breathtaking vista of Three Sisters peaks. A wilderness permit is required for this unforgettable hike.

Blue Pool at Tamolitch Falls

A little over an hour drive from Bend lies a hidden gem of striking beauty: Tamolitch Falls, home to the legendary Blue Pool. Nestled amid the forest along the McKenzie River Trail, the striking azure pool awaits to be discovered by adventurers. The trail to Blue Pool is an approximately 4-mile-out-andback-hike that is considered suitable for all hikers to embark on an unforgettable journey, and enjoy the picturesque views of the natural wonder at Tamolitch Falls.

Bonus: Painted Hills

Visiting the Painted Hills is like stepping back in time or traveling to another world altogether. Named for the vibrant sunset tones painted across the landscape, The Painted Hills are a striking feature of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, located in Mitchell, just a two-hour drive from Bend.

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New Owners of Seventh Mtn Rafting Hope to Make Business More ‘Local’

Local owners bring back familyfriendly, non-corporate vibe

Previous General Manager of Seventh Mtn rafting, Andrew Soriano and his wife, Carlene, purchased the Seventh Mountain Rafting Company in 2023, partnering with Soriano’s stepfather Troy Gallagher. Seven days a week, the company offers whitewater rafting adventures with class 3 rapids on the Big Eddy section of the Deschutes River. Guests can also take flatwater tours on a kayak or paddle board. The Source Weekly chatted with Soriano about the purchase.

Source Weekly: What prompted you to purchase the rafting company?

Andrew Soriano: I used to work for Wyndham, which is the company that purchased Seventh Mountain back in 2013. I ran Seventh Mountain as the GM [general manager] there for about seven years and then left to start my own businesses.

Wyndham was looking to sell… they wanted to find a good operator, so they called me and we said, “Yes, we'd love to buy it.” We wanted to make it kind of great again and go through everything and just do it with a more local feel rather than the corporate feel, and it was a good fit.

SW: Have there been any changes within the company since you bought it?

AS: The biggest change, I would think, is just not being a large corporation. It was one of those things where, as we got into it, we really wanted to be more family-owned, you know, not so corporate, where we could actually get to know the people that work for us. We just want it to be family friendly, and we wanted to be able to make it more local and just keep whatever money is made by it, that it just goes back into this community. We did a new river fee. Essentially, it lets us pay our guides to be able to do cleanups and stuff on the river.

SW: How does the river fee work?

Carlene Soriano: It's our conser vation and cleanliness fee. We have guides that make sure there's no debris or fallen trees, branches, any thing like that in the water that could obstruct our guest experience, and we all will personally get out there and try and help clean up. It's also just cleaning up trash. So, we're just putting a lot of effort into just any piece of environment that we touch around there. We want to leave it better than, you know, when we came so that's been a big focus for us as well.

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SW: How many trips would you say occur during the season?

AS: We'll take roughly about 1,000 people on our flatwater tour, is the goal for this season. That's like standup paddleboards, kayaking, that kind of thing… the other permit that we have is, of course, Big Eddy, and so that trip will take probably around anywhere from 7,500 people up to as many as 9,000.

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Multi-instrumentalist, producer and DJ from London, England, Catching Flies, released his debut album, “Silver Linings” in July 2019. His sound has been described as smooth, electronic music with shades of everything from hip-hop to house, and soul to jazz. Hailed as a “a soundtrack to summertime” by The 405 magazine, the album was awarded Album of the Month by Future Music. Wed., June 12, 8-11:59pm, at Volcanic Theatre Pub. 70 SW Century., Bend. $20.




Experience vitality and strength with Emily’s 60-minute Power Flow yoga class in the great outdoors! Dive into dynamic poses that invigorate your body and focus your mind amid nature’s tranquility. The class will build heat in your body, push you to your edge and conclude practice with a polar plunge in the river. Thu., June 13, 5:30-6:30pm at Tumalo State Park. 64120 O.B. Riley Rd., Bend. $22.



Oregon-based musician Mat Kearney plays soulful, heart-touching music for all to enjoy. Some of Kearney’s top hits include “Ships in the Night” and “Coming Home (Oregon.)” With a career filled with chart-topping songs, Kearney promises an evening of captivating melodies that showcase his multi-platinum songwriting. Thu., June 13, 8pm. Tower Theatre. 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $56-$87.



Formed in San Francisco in 1993, Third Eye Blind is a household name in the grunge-rock world, continuing to deliver electrifying live performances. Known for its top hits, “How’s it Going to Be” and “Semi-Charmed Life,” the band is making a comeback and performing at Hayden Homes Amphitheater on Fri., June 14 at 6pm. 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr., Bend. Tickets start at $62.95.



Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Michele Sims for a native bee walk at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Explore the buzzing world of native bees as you wander through the summer wildflowers of the preserve, just outside of downtown Sisters. Discover what bees do all day (and night) on Fri., June 14, 10am at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Cemetery Rd - Outside of Sisters. Free.



Redmond’s 2nd Annual Pride Event supporting the LGBTQ2+ community in Redmond! Enjoy a live DJ, entertainment and a variety of vendors, including Sweet Oasis Chocolate Shop and Deschutes County Public Health. Indulge in mimosas, other beverages and food from on-site food carts at The Doghouse Brewyard. Sat., June 15 at 2-5pm. 827 SW Glacier Ave., Redmond. $10.



Head to Brasada Ranch in Powell Butte this Father’s Day for a golfing and tasting experience on the greens with a 9-hole scramble. The event will take place on the resort’s renowned Brasada Ranch Canyons course, featuring meticulously maintained greens and sweeping vistas of the Cascade Mountains. Sun., June 16, 1pm. Brasada Ranch. 16986 SW Brasada Ranch Rd., Powell Butte. $95.



Good Bad Rad Vintage is hosting a community block party! Enjoy vinyl tunes by Adam Howell, delicious food and great deals. Shop from over 20 local makers, creators and vintage enthusiasts. The event continues on the third Sunday of every month through Aug., 18. Sun., June 16, Noon-4pm at Good Bad Rad Vintage. 61419 S. HWY 97 Suite B, Bend. Free.




IN A LANDSCAPE invites you to an immersive experience blending classical music with nature. Explore the stunning Great Meadow at Black Butte Ranch while listening through wireless headphones, set against the breathtaking vista of the majestic Three Sisters Mountains. Tues., June 18, 6-7:30pm at Black Butte Ranch. 13899 Bishops Cap, Sisters. $40.

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Take a Plunge at Suttle Lake to Kick Off the Summer Concert Season

Join singersongwriter Bart Budwig in welcoming summer to the Cascades as he opens The Suttle Lodge’s annual concert series on June 17

Ayear ago, Bart Budwig was exactly where he wanted to be: ripping off his clothes, running down the big lawn and jumping into the refreshing waters of Suttle Lake in the middle of a set with his band.

In fact, that glorious scene of rose-tinted, summertime euphoria represents his two favorite things in life. “Playing music with a band and jumping naked in cold bodies of water… if I could do that most days, I think that would be quite the life,” Budwig summarizes.

“I almost always play The Suttle Lodge right around the first day of summer,” Budwig tells. Last June, it was “halfway through [our set, and] I was like, ‘OK, we’re gonna go jump in the lake during our set break.’ And then we just ran off the stage, throwing our clothes off and then jumped in, and then there was like 30 people running down the lawn, throwing their clothes off and jumping into the lake. It was really, really fun and memorable.”

If you sleuth around Instagram, you may be able to find evidence of Budwig’s plunging pastime in the form of an epic compilation of him (sometimes accompanied by his bandmates) running buck naked into frigid bodies of water whilst touring this fine land. Oceans, lakes, rivers, creeks — he’s aqua agnostic.

“There is nothing like jumping in water after driving six hours, you know?” Budwig states matter of factly. “To be able to swim and leap without having to drive is a big quality of tour booster. I’m definitely always on the lookout for spots like that.” And it’s not just while he’s touring; he leaps at home, too. Based out of Eastern Oregon’s Enterprise, “The Wallowa Lake is the best skinny-dipping lake I’ve ever been to, so I live in a good spot for that,” Budwig says.

A trumpeting troubadour and purveyor of cosmic country, Budwig has been making endearing, nostalgic and heartfelt music for more than a decade. He lives behind his town’s historic OK Theatre, where he also often holds court recording his talented friends (including Northwest artists like John Craigie, TK & The Holy Know-Nothings, MAITA, Shook Twins and many, many more).

These days, when he leaves the Eagle Cap Wilderness behind, he’s joined by

guitarist Graham Farrow, bassist Adria Ivan (also of Portland’s Sunbathe) and drummer Zach Peach. Farrow makes folk, country music and Ivan is currently recording her debut solo project, so each share some of the two-hour set time performing their own tunes. “We’ll

series at The Suttle Lodge on June 17. “We have free shows every Monday and Thursday from 6 to 8pm,” says Maddie Hill, the lodge’s event coordinator, starting with Budwig and wrapping up with Minnesota’s Ian George Sept. 4. The Monday Big Lawn shows “host

“Playing music with a band and jumping naked in cold bodies of water… if I could do that most days, I think that would be quite the life.”

27, banjo slinger Quattlebaum on July 11, jamgrass band The Muddy Souls on July 18, rock ’n’ roller Leadbetter Band on Aug. 8 and the honky tonk- and rockabilly-leaning The Silvertone Devils on Aug. 15. You can expect Skillethead on all other Thursdays.

Meanwhile, Mondays on the Big Lawn feature the chameleonic rocker and Bend mainstay Jeshua Marshall on June 24, Portland’s Megan Diana making jazzy, ethereal piano pop on July 1, Rose City bluegrass group Fog Holler on July 8, folk rocker Joel Chadd on July 15, harmonica-fueled blues from the brothers in The Deltaz on July 22 and the storytelling Americana of Matt Mitchell on July 29. During the second half of summer, catch the swinging, six-piece, vintage roots band Hello Trouble on Aug. 5, folk and Americana singer-songwriter Alex Dunn on Aug. 12, silky soul music from Love, DEAN on Aug. 19, husband-and-wife Americana duo Skybound Blue on Aug. 26 and indie folk singer-songwriter Blair Borax on Sept. 2.

All shows are outdoors and all ages, and guests are welcome to bring chairs and blankets to spread out on the lawn. Until then, begin prepping with daily cold plunges at home while spinning Bart Budwig’s latest album, “Another Burn On The AstroTurf,” on your favorite streaming platform—or better yet, go a step further to support local music and buy it on Bandcamp.

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all be playing as a band together,” Budwig explains — just sometimes they swap songwriter and singer. “It’s kind of like a full bill in the band,” brought to you by one four-piece.

This is the experience you can expect when they kick off this summer’s Big Lawn

a wide variety of artists over several genres,” while “Thursdays feature primarily our house band Skillethead, but include other local bands as well,” Hill says. Some of those subs for the bluegrassy Skillethead include husband-andwife acoustic duo Honey Don’t on June

All shows from 6-8pm; all ages Free

The Suttle Lodge’s summer concert season starts on June 17 with Bart Budwig and continues every Monday and Thursday with free, all-ages, outdoor shows. Courtesy of The Suttle Lodge


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12 Wednesday

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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.

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. Free. Deschutes Brewery & Public House Head Games Trivia Night Eat. Drink. Think. Win! Head Games multi-media trivia is at Deschutes Bend Public House every Wednesday. Win prizes. Teams up to six. 6:30-8:30pm. Free.

General Duffy’s Waterhole Wednesday Night Open Mic Join Central Oregon School of Modern Music and General Duffy’s for the Wednesday night Open Mic! Play 3 songs. Groups of up to 3. Sign-up begins at 5:30. Food trucks, 25+ taps, drink specials! 6-9pm. Free.

JC’s Bar & Grill Hot Ones hot wing challenge, partnering with Stella Artois JC’s along with Stella Artois and Hot Ones is bringing the ultimate category to our Wednesday Trivia and wing night! Answer questions, eat wings. The wings get hotter, the questions get harder. Trivia and wings (for the challenge round) are free to those that participate. Can you handle the heat?! 7:30-9:30pm. Free.

Juniper Preserve Music on the Patio at Juniper Preserve Join Juniper Reserve for “Music on the Patio,” a summer series of live music performances happening every Wednesday evening from 6 to 8pm on the patio by Grill on the Green at Juniper Preserve. Free.

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

Northside Bar & Grill Mellow Wednesday Acoustic Open Mic and Jam hosted by Derek Michael Marc Sign-up sheet is available at 6:30pm. 7-9pm. Free.

Oblivion Pour House Last Call Trivia Wednesday Last Call Trivia Wednesdays, bring your smartest friends and win free food and drink. 6:30-8:30pm.

Prost! Bend Trivia Prost! UKB Trivia is now at Prost! Bend on Wednesdays at 7pm! Genuine UKB Trivia is no average trivia night! Meet up with friends, win gift card prizes for top teams! Enjoy Prost’s authentic beer and food menu. Trivia is free to play, with no buy-ins! 7-9pm. Free.

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

Volcanic Theatre Pub Catching Flies

Multi-instrumentalist, producer and DJ, Catching Flies, released his debut album “Silver Linings” in July 2019. Containing shades of everything from hip-hop to house, from soul to jazz, it was hailed as ‘a soundtrack to Summertime’ by the 405, and he was awarded album of the month by Future Music. 8-11:59pm. $20.

Charley Crockett is an American blues, country singer, guitarist and songwriter. Born and raised in Texas, Crockett has crafted a unique “Gulf and Western” sound that captivates audiences worldwide. Sat., June 29, at 7pm, at Hayden Homes Amphitheater.

13 Thursday

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 Thursday at Bridge 99 Brewery Trivia Thursdays at 6:30pm at Bridge 99 Brewery with Useless Knowledge Bowl. It’s no ordinary trivia night, Team up to win house gift cards! Great brews, cocktails, and more. In-house menu and food truck options available! It’s free to play. Indoor and outdoor seating available. 63063 Layton Ave, Bend. 6:308:30pm. Free.

The Commons Cafe & Taproom Gabrial Sweyn Guitar Performance at The Commons Gabrial Sweyn is a multi-instrumentalist originally hailing from the Rocky Mountains of Western Montana. His previous music projects have included Glass Beads, Copilot Eyedrops, The Chalfonts, and Holy Smokes and The Godforsaken Rollers. Holy Smokes successfully toured the United States from Portland to Nashville, and South Africa. 5:30-7:30pm. Free.

Dump City Dumplings Locals Thursday & Live Music Join Dump City Dumplings every Thursday for a locals discount and live music at the shop! $1 off classic dumplings and $1 off drafts & cocktails. Live music at 5:30 pm till 8 pm. Follow @dumpcitydumplings on Instagram to stay in the loop. 5:30-8pm. 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 Trivia is every Thursday night! Located at the north end of Redmond. Full bar and great food! 6-8pm. Free. Midtown Ballroom Whitey Morgan & the 78s Come out to see Whitey Morgan and the 78s at Midtown Ballroom! 8pm. $20-$25.

Northside Bar & Grill Gene Rogers Solo show of frontman for local rock group, The HWY 97 Band. 8-10pm. Free.

River’s Place Larkspur Stand An energized, grassy feel of new Americana, folk and country blues from Larkspur Stand. 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 Bend Wine Bar & Winery Tasting Room Trivia Night Trivia Night! Join for some fun times and amazing wines. Grab your friends and test your knowledge and win cool prizes! Cheers! Second Thursday of every month, 6-8pm. Free.

The Capitol Catacombs- Bend’s Premier Goth Night Enter the Catacombs brought to you by DJ Tarantism for a night of dancing and entertainment that includes live music, DJs, drag performers and vendors. Catacombs is Bend’s premier goth night is an all inclusive safe space for the alternative. Booking local and out of town performers allowing a variety of talent to be showcased for your viewing pleasure. Every second Thursday of the month at The Capital 8pm - 1:30am. 21+ $10 Cover. Second Thursday of every month, 8pm. $10.

The Lot Live Music with Rob Gregerson A oneman band of the modern age, using acoustic instruments and electronic looping. His captivating style has a masterful building of soundscapes, creating both original and familiar sounds. Enjoy the extensive experience of a wide variety of bands from rock, folk and funk to bluegrass, jazz and electronica. 6-8pm. Free.

Tower Theatre Mat Kearney Oregon-born musician Mat Kearney plays soulful heart-touching music for all to enjoy. 8pm. $56-$87.

Volcanic Theatre Pub Michael Palascak Michael Palascak is a comedian who grew up in Indiana and now lives in LA. He performed on both The Late Late Show with James Corden and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in the same year. He has over 1 million views on YouTube . 8-11:59pm. $20.

14 Friday

Bend Cider Co. The Ballybogs Come on out and get your jig on with the incredible Irish trad band, the Ballybogs! Enjoy delicious ciders, cold beers and light appetizers on a gorgeous summer evening. Outside food welcome. Family and dog friendly. 6-8pm. Free.

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.

Cascade Theatrical Company Marc Price Stand-up Comedy Show Do you love stand-up comedy? Come see Marc Price at Cascades Theatre June 14 at 7pm! There will be $3 beer, lots of laughs and a good time! You won’t want to miss this hilarious night! 7pm. $20.

Cheba Hut Sun Sets Comedy Open Mic Sun Sets is a free comedy open mic every Friday. Sign up 7:30. Starts 8pm. The fun begins June 7. Enjoy the nice summer weather and the fresh heat from these local legends. It’s a toasty good time. Hosted by Katy Ipock. 7:30-10pm. Free.

Desert Inn Sports Bar & Grill Chasin’ Bandits at the Desert Inn Bar & Grill Catch Chasin’ Bandits at the Desert Inn’s family friendly outdoor Boxcar Bar Stage! Grab some tasty food and enjoy your favorite beverage at the stage bar. Chasin’ Bandits will be playing good time honky tonk, country and rock hits for a night of fun! 7-10pm. Free.

General Duffy’s Annex Friday Night Jazz With The Positive Side Trio Looking For a classy night out accompanied by some of the best jazz music in town? The Positive Side Trio presents a residency with General Duffy’s brand new Annex Kitchen and Cocktails. Serving top of the line dishes & cocktails accompanied by soothing sounds of jazz standards. Every Friday night! 6-8pm. Free.

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. Hayden Homes Amphitheater Third Eye Blind with Special Guest Yellowcard - Summer Gods Tour 2024 Formed in San Francisco in 1993, Third Eye Blind, is a household name in the grunge rock world and continues to deliver electrifying live performances. 6pm. Starting at $62.95.

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.

M&J Tavern Gemini Party 2024 Featuring HELGA, Dr Green Dreams & Livid Kings This year our Supa Fly (Dr. Green Dreams) turns 55 for the annual Gemini Party celebration that the tavern is lucky to host again for 2024! Be there, or you are a square! 9pm. Free.

The Ale Apothecary Tasting Room Live Music! The Color Study & GoldRey Two local bands play live! Superstars The Color Study release their new EP, "Canyons," and are joined by pop punk rockers, GoldRey. Cotto Italian food truck on the patio and a good variety of fun beverages for everyone. Kids ok, bring earplugs/ muffs. 6-8:30pm. Free.

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Tumalo Feed Co. Steak House Got Whiskey Got Whiskey live on stage! Come enjoy the great weather, exceptional music and a delicious dinner on the patio at Tumalo Feed Company Steakhouse! 6-8pm. Free.

Unity Community of Central Oregon Concert and Album Release with Dave Finch Moment, a new live recorded album by David Finch with songs organically taking shape during recording process. Beverages/snacks available at 6:30pm, doors open at 7pm. More info contact Clare Kubota at 541-280-5040. 7-8pm. Free.

Volcanic Theatre Pub Manic Focus and The Sponges Denver-based producer Manic Focus is an artist of many talents. As a magician, he uses sleight of hand to pull objects out of thin air. As an electronic artist, he executes similarly impossible sonic acts with his vibrant, genre-defying music. 8-11:59pm. $22.

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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.

The Barn in Sisters 3ofWe Live at the Barn 3ofWe is bringing their original music and infectious grooves to the Barn in Sisters! Come join 3 of We and be part of the fun! 6-8pm. Free.

Craft Kitchen and Brewery The Rev and Random Variety Show Rev and Random: a new variety show for laughs: Join us on June 15 at the lovely hideaway Craft Kitchen and Brewery. Live music from local legends Randall and Stan starts at 7:30. The full show begins at 8. Bring an imagination and we will provide the rest. This show is open to all ages but please treat it like a rated R show. Your host “The Rev” is local and state comedy champion Jake Woodmansee who will conduct games for the audience and pranks for the comedians. $15- Online. $20- Door 21+ Strong Content Expected 7:30-9:30pm. $15.

The Doghouse Brewyard Gaymosa - Redmond Pride Festival Redmond’s 2nd Annual Pride Event! Featuring a live DJ, entertainment, and several vendors, including our major sponsors: OUTCentralOregon , Infinite Healing Solutions , The Doghouse Brewyard. You must be 21 and over to enter the fenced perimeter of the event. 2-5pm. $10.

Madras Saturday Market Music at the Market Bend native turned Nashville songstress Cassia Dawn Releases new EP and tours the PNW June 8 to June 20. Cassia Dawn performs at the Madras Saturday Market June 15 from 10:30am-12:30pm. 10:30am-12:30pm. Free. Northside Bar & Grill Long Gone Wilder Blues and classic rock favorites! 8pm. Free. Revival Vintage First Porch Party at Revival Vintage~ Live tunes, vintage vendors, and free bevs! Join Revival Vintage at their new location, with live music on the porch by Robot Mushroom, Simone Sandahl, Levi Wolfe, and Bella Cooper! Vendors in the front lot include Dime Pieces, Merry Moths, Mad Rat, and Springtail Reworked. And free bevs courtesy of Boneyard, Immersion, Strongwater Beverages, and Humm Kombucha. 2-7pm. Free. River’s Place Tony Smiley The Loop Ninja loops his way through a unique genre of music that you won’t find anywhere else all with a witty, engaging, and energetic stage presence. His cosmic dance of electric melodies range from rock, hip-hop, reggae, tribal fusion, ‘80s and everything in between. 6-8pm. Free.

Silver Moon Brewing Hard Maybe & Foamboy Hard Maybe is a 7-piece soul infusion hailing from Seattle, whose sound has been described as “a fusion style completely their own.” With three-part harmony punctuated by horns, they seamlessly blend ingredients from back-beat driven funk, soul, and more to create an effortlessly cohesive and rich sound. 7pm. $12 Adv/ $15 Dos.

Volcanic Theatre Pub 10 Years of Beat Lab Radio Celebration: Great Dane, Gladkill, Chase Manhattan Join Volcanic Theater Pub on Saturday June 15 for an unforgettable celebration of bass as we commemorate 10 years of beats and broadcasts! Featuring Great Dane (Team Supreme, Brooklyn NY) Gladkill (Vibe.Digital. PDX) Chase Manhattan (Sleeveless Records, PDX) WelterWeight (Beat Lab Radio, BND) 8pm-2am. $35.

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The Astro Lounge Local Artist Spotlight Sundays This is a chance to listen to Central Oregon’s newest and upcoming local artists. They have earned their spot to perform a two-hour show, changing weekly, every Sunday. Support local top notch talent! 7-9pm. Free.

Bend Brewing Company Use’ta Do Roots-country, bluegrass, sometimes pop and rock tunes performed Use’ta Do. 3-5pm. Free.

Boss Rambler Beer Club Boozy Brunch Trivia Boozy Brunch Trivia every Sunday with Head Games Trivia! This interactive trivia features: The Beer Round, The Movie Round, The First Line Movie Challenge, The Lightning Round, The Bonus Sing-Along, The Bonus Dance-Off, The Hella Wicked-Smaht Round, and more! Grab your friends for boozy brunch, coffee and Bend Breakfast Burrito! 10am. Free.

Cascade Lakes Pub on Reed Market

Think Wild Bingo! Join Think Wild and Cascade Lakes Brewing Company for Sunday bingo! Win cash prizes and support our mission to inspire the high desert community to care for and protect native wildlife through education, conservation, rescue, and rehabilitation. For every beer sold all day, $1 will be donated to Think Wild! Third Sunday of every month, Noon-2pm. 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. 6-8pm. Free.

Hayden Homes Amphitheater Old Crow Medicine Show Old Crow medicine Show hails from Nashville, Tennessee, and brings a distinct approach to the classic string bad. Catch the band on Jun., 16. 6:30pm. $45.

Juniper Preserve Free Your Voice. Cave Choir & Sound Bath In a special cave choir, lead by Deena Kamm, we will practice movement and vocalizations to find our voice and release any insecurities to the void of the cave. Open your hearts bringing awareness to the energy in your voice and body and then relax deeply for a sound bath. 10am. $55.

On Tap Live Music with Bill Powers at On Tap Amazing food trucks, 36 taps, and free live music from Bill Powers. Happy hour all day long on Mondays! 6-8pm.

Silver Moon Brewing Beertown Comedy Open Mic Enjoy Beertown Comedy Open Mic every Monday Night at Silver Moon Brewing! Sign-up starts at 6:30pm and closes at 7pm, when the show starts. They have 15, five minute spots available. 6:30-8:30pm. Free.

Silver Moon Brewing Beertown Comedy Open Mic Join the #1 Open Mic at Silver Moon Brewing every Monday! Sign-ups at 6:30pm sharp. Perform or watch—maybe even witness a Roast Battle! Plus, opportunities for paid gigs. 6:30-9pm. Free.

Silver Moon Brewing Comedy Open Mic Comedy open mic every Monday at Silver Moon Brewing in the Green Room. Sign-ups at 6:30pm. Presented by Tease Bang Boom Productions. 7-8:30pm. Free.

SKIP Bar at The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse Monday Big Lawn Series The Suttle Lodge is a perfect stop for touring bands and musicians. Allowing The Suttle Lodge to showcase some incredible artists from near and dar. Catch a variety of tunes on the big lawn every Monday from 6-8pm. Free.

Looney Bean HDCM Pop-UP Concerts!-SPOTLIGHT CHAMBER PLAYERS High Desert Chamber Music presents our fourth season of Pop-Up Concerts this summer! The first event will feature this season’s Spotlight Chamber Players - a string quartet and a violin/ guitar duo. Join us in the backyard of Looney Bean Coffee and make sure to arrive early to enjoy your beverage and snack! 2-2:30pm. 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 Root N’ All Americana, new acoustic, alt. country/folk and a bit of grass performed by Root n’ All. 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.

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Bridge 99 Brewery Trivia Mondays at Bridge 99 Trivia Mondays at 6:30pm at Bridge 99 Brewery with Useless Knowledge Bowl. It’s no ordinary trivia night, Team up to win house gift cards! Great brews, cocktails, and more. In-house menu and food truck options available! It’s free to play. Indoor and outdoor seating available. 63063 Layton Ave, Bend. 6:30-8:30pm.

The Yard at Bunk + Brew Open Mic Monday Sign-up at 5:30pm. Time: 6-8pm. 3 song maximum/or 15-minute spots. Singles/duos/ trios (no bands) (Cajun OK). Food and Beverage Carts on-site. Originals or covers. Minors welcome. 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! 6:30-8:30pm. 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.

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

Tower Theatre Tommy Emmanuel, CGP Guitarist Tommy Emmanuel returns to Bend 7:30pm. $45-$65.

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.

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Bangers & Brews Redmond UKB Trivia Tuesdays UKB Trivia Tuesdays 6:30pm start time at Bangers and Brews in Redmond! Join this week for this unique “Live Trivia Game Show.” Meet up to compete for prizes! UKB Trivia is free to play, with no buy-ins. Great menu and beers! 6:30-8:30pm. Free.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend Bend Ecstatic Dance An all-out, full-on, spectacular music and free-form movement journey happens every Tuesday on one of the biggest dance floors in Bend. A no-booze and no-shoes venue. No experience required, no dance instructions given. Just really excellent music curation and a big, clean floor to explore your unique movement across. 7:45-10pm. $15-$25 sliding scale.

The Cellar-A Porter Brewing Company

Open MICC Presented by Bend Underground Comedy Club Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month you can enjoy or participate in THE MICC, a Comedy Open Mic presented by Bend Underground Comedy Club at The Cellar in Downtown Bend. Come and see local comics trying out their sharpest 3-5 minute sets. It’s free to attend and perform! Every other Tuesday, 6:30-8:30pm. Free (donations welcome).

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.

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

Atlanta, Georgia-based songwriter Christopher Paul Stelling has released seven albums and performed thousands of concerts across the US, UK and EU over the past decade. His songs are rooted in the storytelling traditions of southern folk music. Stelling is renowned for his finger-picking guitar style and commanding vocals. Tue., June 18, 7-11pm at Silver Moon Brewing. Courtesy Christopher Paul Stelling Facebook


IN A LANDSCAPE: Classical Music in the Wild - Black Butte Ranch IN A LANDSCAPE invites you to an immersive experience blending classical music with nature. Explore while listening through wireless headphones amid the stunning backdrop of the Great Meadow, a breathtaking vista which expands and rises to the majestic Three Sisters Mountains. Explore the full 2024 series at June 18, 6-7:30pm and June 19, 6-7:30pm. Black Butte Ranch, 13899 Bishops Cap, Sisters. $40. IN A LANDSCAPE: Classical Music in the Wild - Wine Down Ranch Experience classical music in nature at IN A LANDSCAPE’s event at Wine Down Ranch in Prineville. Wander amid scenic meadows, managed forestlands, and rock vistas while enjoying the music through wireless headphones. Explore the full 2024 series at June 12, 6-7:30pm. Wine Down Ranch, 6500 NE McKay Creek Rd., Prineville. Contact: $40.

So Good: The Neil Diamond Experience Robert Neary gained immediate success, as an actor, after moving to Los Angeles, at 20 years old, with a guest star role in the Television series “Fame.” It has always been a dream to one day perform and put together a tribute show to Neil Diamond, like no other. June 16, 7:309:30pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. Contact: 541-317-0700. $44 - $66 (plus $4 Historic Preservation fee).


Iconic Dance’s 3rd Annual Showcase This year’s showcase surely won’t disappoint. A wide range of dancers from littles to older will show off their hard work and talent at this year’s 3rd annual showcase event. This is an event you will not want to miss! You will be happy you came to support the local arts with this show. June 16, 3-5pm. Mt. View High School, 2755 NE 27th St., Bend. Contact: 458-836-7970. iconicdancebend@ $20 advance and $25 at the door. 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.

Soulful Sunday Community Dance Sunday is a perfect time to step on to the dance floor. This will be 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: 541948-7015.


Blacksmith Open Forge Come and practice your skills with our guidance. Blacksmith Open Forge at DIYcave provide the perfect opportunity to spend a fun afternoon honing your skills at the time-honored DIY craft of shaping, tapering, splitting, twisting, and punching steel to create art, jewelry, and functional items. Prerequisite: Blacksmithing 101 at DIYcave. June 18, 5:30-7:30pm. DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 5413882283. $99.

Bladesmith Forging a Knife with a Wood Handle *3 Session Workshop Forge your own knife using high-carbon steel and finish with a custom wood handle. You’ll forge both blade and tang to shape, finish-grind, harden and draw the temper, and rivet hardwood panels for the handle. You’ll go home with a knife of your own design suitable for camp or kitchen! Tue, June 11, 5:30-8pm, Wed, June 12, 5:30-8pm and Sat, June 15, 10am-Noon. DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-3882283. $489.

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.

Date Night - Intro to Stained Glass In this class you and your partner will make stained glass honeycomb sun-catchers using copper foil technique (options: 1 big project together, or 2 small projects separately). This is a great way to try out making stained glass and you can take the class with a date, spouse, parent, friend! June 14, 6-8pm. DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 5413882283. $99.

Intermediate Wood Lathe Turning - Bowls This 3-part course is offered for the purpose of expanding your lathe skill set with the specific focus on the tools and techniques required to create creating hollow forms such as bowls and platters. Two hours of lathe time between each class session (6 hours total) is included. Wed, May 29, 6-8pm, Wed, June 5, 6-8pm and Wed, June 12, 6-8pm. DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 5413882283. $379.

Intro to Leather Tooling: Earrings Learn the basics behind tooled leather earrings! In this class, students will learn how to create stencils, cut shapes, prep, design, stamp, paint and seal their works. Students will leave with basic knowledge of the fundamentals of leather working, earring making, and a beautiful pair of earrings. June 12, 6-8pm. DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 5413882283. $99.

Metalsmithing - Explore Rivets and Texture Learn a variety of metalsmithing techniques including how to cut sheet metal with a jeweler’s saw, file, drill holes with a drill press, rivet together layers of metal, apply textures, finish your pieces and, if desired, apply a patina to highlight the textures. Make copper/brass earrings or a pendant. June 15, 10am-12:30pm. DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 5413882283. $149.

RHUBARB FESTIVAL 2024 125 Vendors! Shuttle for parking, Food booths, drinks, live music, entertainment for children and many arts and crafts. Family fun! June 15, 9am-6pm and June 16, 9am-4pm. La Pine Senior Activity Center, 16450 Victory Way, La Pine. Contact: 541-5366237. Free.

The Succulent Class: A Needle Felting Workshop This beginner-friendly workshop invites you to explore the art of needle felting and create three charming succulents using basic techniques. Whether you’re a novice or have some experience, this workshop is designed for everyone interested in discovering the joys of needle felting. All skill levels welcome! June 15, 9am-Noon. Pine Meadow Center for Arts and Agriculture, 68467 Three Creeks Rd, Sisters. Contact: 541-904-0700. $85.

Tracing Language with Painting Workshop “Tracing Language with Paint” is a workshop designed to explore the intersection of language and emotion. Led by artist Alfonso Fernandez, participants will delve into the expressive potential of watercolor and mixed-media techniques. All skill levels welcome! June 13, 4-6pm. Pine Meadow Center for Arts and Agriculture, 68467 Three Creeks Rd, Sisters. Contact: 541-9040700. $35.

Welding 101 - Structural FoundationsMake a Table Base *Three Session Series This course is all about the skills you need to design and make items with steel. Each student will fabricate a table base from 1.5” square steel tubing. We will concentrate on honing fabrication skills including table design, layout, jigs, weld prep, welding technique, minimizing distortion, and weld finishing. Wed, June 5, 6-8pm, Sat, June 8, 10am-Noon and Wed, June 12, 6-8pm. DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 5413882283. $289.

Woodworking - Laminated Cutting Boards In the 2-day series, students will be taught the safe operation and proper applications of a few major woodworking tools including: table saw, chop saw, overhead belt sander, and glue-up techniques. In this class, you will be building beautifully crafted cutting boards to directly apply learned techniques. Table saw certification included. Ages 16+ June 17, 6-8:30pm and June 18, 6-8:30pm. DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-388-2283. $309.

Yoga, Hike + Craft Join Emily for this intentionally created workshop where the morning will start with a 60-minute yoga session with views of the towering cliffs at Smith Rock. The group will then hike and craft! June 15, 8-11am. Smith Rock State Park - Welcome Center, 10087 NE Crooked River Drive, Terrebonne. Contact: 5416686132. $50.


Father’s Day Happy Father’s Day! All dads and those who serve as dads receive free admission at High Desert Museum. June 16, 9am-5pm. High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Highway 97, Bend. Contact: 541-382-4754. Free!.

Master Artist David Kreitzer Open Gallery and Studio Join Contemporary Realist Painter David Kreitzer, celebrating his 58th Year as a professional artist, in an open studio & gallery exhibit of new oils and watercolors of Central Oregon Landscape splendor, California “Nishigoi” koi images, Ring Fantasy, Florals, & Figures. Kreitzer began his career at Maxwell Galleries in San Francisco. Fridays-Sundays, 1-6pm. David Kreitzer Fine Art Gallery and Studio, 20214 Archie Briggs Rd, Bend. Contact: 805-234-2048. Free.

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 us at 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.


OPA Presents “Tarzan” June 15 & 2022 Ovation Performing Arts swings into spring with the adventure-filled production of “Tarzan,” the stage musical based on the 1999 Disney animated tale with Phil Collins’ thrilling music. June 15, 20-22, Ridgeview High in Remond. Tickets $14 or $48 for a family four-pack. Sat, June 15, 3-5:15 and 6:30-8:45pm, Thu, June 20, 6:30-8:45pm, Fri, June 21, 3-5:15 and 6:30-8:45pm and Sat, June 22, 5-7:30pm. Ridgeview High School, 4555 SW Elkhorn Ave., Redmond. Contact: $14.


Author Event: "Little Avalanches" by Becky Ellis Join Portland author Becky Ellis to discuss her debut memoir, "Little Avalanches", an “unflinching memoir of survival. Ellis shares the disorienting experience of loving a parent she both idolized and feared, attempting to reconcile three sides of her father: a brave World War II hero and doctor, a terrifying bully. June 13, 6:30-7:30pm. Roundabout Books, 900 NW Mount Washington Dr., #110, Bend. Contact: 541-3066564. $5.

Nonfiction Book Club Join Nonfiction book club for the discussion of The Shortest History of Israel and Palestine: From Zionism to Intifadas and the Struggle for Peace by Michael Scott-Baumann. June 14, 9-10am. Roundabout Books, 900 NW Mount Washington Dr., #110, Bend. Contact: 5413066564. Free.

Poetry Night at Lone Pine Join for a poetry night at Lone Pine during Apèro Hours. Spoken word with an open mic option. All ages. Wine, beer, bites and of course coffee. Third Saturday of every month, 5:30-8pm. Lone Pine Coffee Roasters, 910 NW Harriman, Bend. Contact: Free.

RAB Middles Book Club Join RAB Middles Book Club. Today will be Reader’s Gambit! Choose your book to share. June 17, 6-7pm. Roundabout Books, 900 NW Mount Washington Dr., #110, Bend. Contact: 541-306-6564. julie@ Free.

The Droptines are an alternative country band from Concan, Texas. Established in 2019 by frontman, songwriter, musician, Conner Arthur, the band blends a multitude of genres to create a broad range of authentic, versatile melodies. Catch The Droptines on Thu., June 27, at 7-11pm at Silver Moon Brewing. Courtesy The Droptines Instagram
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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.

Bend Elks vs. Portland Pickles Come watch The Bend Elks - a collegiate summer baseball team located in Bend. The Elks are founding members of the West Coast League and play their home games at Vince Genna Stadium. Fri, June 14, 6:35pm, Sat, June 15, 6:35pm and Sun, June 16, 6:35pm. Vince Genna Stadium, Fourth & Wilson Street, Bend. $12-$22.

Bend Elks vs. Springfield Drifters Come watch The Bend Elks - a collegiate summer baseball team located in Bend. The Elks are founding members of the West Coast League and play their home games at Vince Genna Stadium.Thu, June 13, 6:35pm. Vince Genna Stadium, Fourth & Wilson Street, Bend. $12-$22.

CORK Mom Squad This group is open to moms of all running levels! The focus of the group will be to connect with other moms, share advice/ information on running while pregnant or with a family and to have fun! Meet back at the LOGE by 9:50am for coffee and chatting! Third Sunday of every month, 9-10am. Sisters Coffee The Old Mill, 450 SW Powderhouse Dr., Bend. Contact: Free. Cornering with Grit Clinics MTB Skills Instruction This 2.5-hour lesson, will give you crucial fundamentals to help you progress your cornering. Lesson starts body position and range of motion, next we layer the skills to negotiate a variety of corners (flat, bermed) with drills in a controlled environment and then practice on trail. For Beginner-Intermediate+, Men/Women 18+ June 18, 5-7:30pm. Seventh Mountain Resort, 18575 SW Century Dr., Bend. Contact: 541-728-7878. $95. Ghost Tree Invitational Mark your calendars for June 14 and 15, as the Ghost Tree Invitational returns to Juniper Preserve in Bend. This twoday extravaganza promises an unforgettable fusion of premier golfing, incredible cuisine and electrifying entertainment. June 14, 7:45am10:30pm and June 15, 7:45am-10:30pm. Juniper Preserve, 65600 Pronghorn Club Dr., Bend. $125. Grit Clinics: Intro to Jumping3-wee-series- Session 2 Learn how to jump on a mountain bike! Start by practicing fundamental skills that lead to jumping, (body position, wheel lifts...) then take it to small jumps to dial your air-time. Slow, basic progression. Participants will move through progression depending on their readiness. For strong intermediate riders, Men/Women, 18+ Mondays, 5-7pm. Through June 17. Phil’s Trailhead, Skyliner Rd, Bend. Contact: 541-728-7878. $235 for 3-week series.

Guided Woodpecker Walk Explore the aspen and ponderosa forest for woodpecker activity with field biologist Damian Fagan. Registration required. We’ll walk the dirt trails and cover up to about 1.5 miles in search of these birds. Tue, June 18, 7am and Thu, June 20, 7am. Shevlin Park, 18920 Shevlin Rd., Bend. Contact: 541-312-1029. Free. Gym to Crag Clinic Gym to Crag Climbing Course - Ready to take your gym climbing outdoors? Chockstone Climbing Guides is here to advance your climbing skills for the outdoors. Join us for our Gym to Crag course or visit our website for other clinics; Intro to Trad, Multipitch and Self Rescue. Fri, June 14, 8am-3pm, Wed, July 17, 8am-3pm, Sat, July 27, 8am-3pm, Sat, Aug. 10, 8am-3pm and Fri, Sept. 13, 8am-3pm. Smith Rock State Park, Terrebonne OR, Smith Rock SP, Terrebonne. Contact: 541-318-7170. info@ $180.

Native Bee Walk Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Michele Sims for a native bee walk at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Explore the buzzing world of native bees as you wander through the summer wildflowers of Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Discover what bees do all day (and night!). Fri, June 14, 10am and Sat, June 29, 10am. Camp Polk Meadow Preserve, outside Sisters, Sisters. Contact: 5413300017. event@ Free.

Pack Basket Making Workshop Make your own backpack style basket with guided instruction from an experienced mentor. June 15, 9am-4pm. Bend, RSVP for address, Bend. Contact: $200.

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, Redmond, Or., Redmond. Contact: rundanorun1985@gmail. com. Free.

Restoration Tour Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Upper Deschutes Watershed Council for a restoration tour of Willow Springs Preserve. Explore the variety of natural structures that have been added to Whychus Creek to improve creek conditions, including some inspired by nature’s ultimate engineer, the beaver. June 13, 5:307:30pm. Willow Springs Preserve, Camp Polk Rd at Old Military Dr, Sisters. Contact: 541-3300017. Free.

Weekly Yoga at Drake Park Catch Emily teaching an hour of restorative flow at Drake Park every Tuesday from 5-6 PM. Bring a mat that can get dirty, a water bottle and come move your body! This is a slow moving, free yoga class! You’ll see Emily towards the boat ramp! Donations are appreciated! Tuesdays, 5-6pm. Through July 30. Drake Park, 777 NW Riverside Blvd., Bend. Contact: 541-668-6132. doyogaoutside@ Free.

Yoga on the Lawn @ Deschutes Brewery Warehouse Yoga Flow for all levels and all ages. Bring a mat, towel, or blanket and water! This is a donation-based class with 50% of donations going to Shepard’s House Women’s and Children’s center and Discover Your Forest., Sat, June 15, 9-10am, Sat, June 29, 9-10am, Sat, July 20, 9-10am, Sat, July 27, 9-10am, Sat, Aug. 17, 9-10am and Sat, Aug. 24, 9-10am. Deschutes Brewery Warehouse, 399 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr, Bend. Contact: 541-316-9213. Free.


Bunny Rescue Needs Volunteers

Looking for more volunteers to help with tidying bunny enclosures, feeding, watering, giving treats, head scratches, play time and fostering. All ages welcome and time commitments are flexible — weekly, monthly or fill-in. Located at the south end of Redmond. Email Lindsey with your interests and availability: Ongoing.

Cork & Barrel Fundraising EventKIDS Center Set tables, welcome guests, pour wine, run games there are dozens of ways you can volunteer at Cork & Barrel! This blockbuster food and wine event benefits KIDS Center and funds services for children and families impacted by abuse. Background checks required. The event takes place from July 18-July 20. For more info, email volunteer@cork& 541383-5958 June 10-July 20, Noon. KIDS Center - Cork & Barrel Fundraising Event, 1375 NW Kingston Ave, Bend. Contact: 541-383-5958. volunteer@cork&barrel. org. Free.

Happy Hour in the Garden Join at the Kansas Avenue Learning Garden for an ongoing volunteer work party series. In 2022, volunteers contributed over 200 hours to help keep the learning garden maintained over the growing season. Beverages provided. Tue, June 18, 4-6pm, Tue, July 2, 4-6pm, Tue, July 16, 4-6pm, Tue, Aug. 6, 4-6pm, Tue, Aug. 20, 4-6pm, Tue, Sept. 3, 4-6pm, Tue, Sept. 17, 4-6pm, Tue, Oct. 1, 4-6pm and Tue, Oct. 15, 4-6pm. The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Ave., Bend. Contact: Free.

Remond Family Kitchen Dinner Family Kitchen is continuing to provide nutritious meals to anyone in need now in Redmond! They need volunteers to prepare dinners and clean up afterward on Mondays - Fridays, from 2-4:30pm. Email Tori (see below) with any questions, or sign up here: https://www.signupgenius. com/go/RedmondDinner Mondays-Fridays, 2-4:30pm. Mountain View Fellowship, 1475 SW 35th St, Redmond. Contact: 631-942-3528. tori@ Free.

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 their new home. If interested, fill out the volunteer form or reach out! Ongoing. Contact: 541-728-1022.

Trail Love - Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA) Join Central Oregon Trail Alliance as we gather from all over the community to collectively work on our mountain bike trails. Our goal is to have 100+ volunteers get a ton of trail work done in one day to keep our trails riding great! Coffee, lunch, and beer provided. June 15, 9am-2pm. Wanoga Snow Play Area, Cascade Lakes Highway, Bend. Contact: 708-673-6310. Free.

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.

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Judy Collins is an American singer-songwriter and musician with a career spanning seven decades. The Seattle-folk legend will showcase her distinct repertoire of heartfelt songs at Tower Theatre on Thu., June 27 at 7:30pm. Courtesy Judy Collins Facebook


Unforgettable fun awaits at the Bi-Mart Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo presented by Indian Head Casino. Live music, thrilling entertainment, stunning views. All included with paid admission.


Prepare to be amazed! 300 drones paint the night sky. 400-foot-tall 3D moving images. A nationwide-acclaimed experience. Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo 2024!



World’s only traveling Sea Lion Attraction! Get up close to magnificent creatures. Educational and comedy shows. A unique, extraordinary experience.


See the best NPRA Rodeo athletes from across the northwest compete in all your favorite rodeo events at the Coastal Farm & Ranch NPRA Rodeo presented by Cascade Lakes Design Group.


Calories don’t count when you’re at the Bi-Mart Deschutes County Fair and Rodeo! Come taste your way through over 25 of the very best food and snack vendors, all serving up your Fair time favorites.

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Volunteer, Feed the Masses! At Family Kitchen, the mission is to serve anyone who needs nutritious meals in a safe and caring environment. They have tons of volunteer needs - servers, cooks, shoppers, and more. Groups and teams wanted! Monthly or quarterly opportunities! Visit to fill out a volunteer interest form. Mondays-Sundays. Family Kitchen, 231 NW Idaho, Bend. Contact: Free.

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 Ongoing. Humane Society Thrift Shop, 61220 S. Highway 97, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3840. abigail@hsco. org.


Bend 101 Whether you moved here recently or several years ago, Bend 101 is dedicated to connecting you with the information and resources you need to engage and thrive in the place where you live. June 12, 6-8pm. Open Space Event Studios, 220 NE Lafayette Ave, Bend. Contact: 541.410.5866. $15.

Bend 101 - June 12 Spend the evening getting to know the history of Bend, how it developed into what we experience today, and how we can contribute a thriving community into the future. There will be time to socialize, indulge in bites and beverages, and enjoy the program at Open Space Event Studios. June 12, 5:30-8pm. Open Space Event Studios, 220 NE Lafayette Ave, Bend. $15.

Bend Boarding Babes Yoga on the Water by No Mud No Lotus Combining fitness, breath and water to build strength, healing and balance. Yoga on the water will take place June 15, Noon-2pm at Sparks Lake. BYOPB (bring your own paddleboard). No experience required. Limited spots. Bring water/snacks/lunch etc. See you on the water. June 15, Noon. Sparks Lake, Sparks Lake, Bend. Contact: 541-668-2391. $35.

Community Conversations - Choose Your Own Conversation Adventure! Share your ideas, opinions, and questions. Light supper served at 5pm. Conversation begins at 5:30 p.m. If you love sharing ideas, meeting new people, and being part of an amazing community here in Bend, Community Conversations has just the event for you. Share your ideas, opinions, and questions and to converse with a broad range of individuals on a topic of your and your fellow participants’ choosing. June 18, 5-7:30pm. Downtown Bend Library, 601 Northwest Wall Street, Bend. Contact: 541-312-1032. lizg@dpls. Free.

Competitive Cribbage Play nine games of cribbage versus nine different opponents. Cash prizes awarded based on number of wins. Mondays, 5-8pm. Abby’s Legendary Pizza, 1115 Northeast Third St., Bend. Contact: 541-5301112. $2-$18

Growing Medicinal Herbs in Central Oregon Are you interested in starting a medicinal herb garden or adding herbs to your current garden? This class will explore medicinal garden designs, propagation techniques, and herbs that thrive here. It will also include a field trip to see the plants up close and explore their growing requirements. Wed, June 12, 5-7pm and Sat, June 15, 10:30am-1:30pm. Boyle Education Center, COCC, 2600 NW College Way, Bend. Contact: 541-383-7270. $79.

Juneteenth Central Oregon Jubilee Get ready for the 4th Annual Juneteenth Central Oregon celebration on June 15 and 16 from 11am to 5:30pm! Rooted in education, entertainment, and fostering a vibrant and safe environment for the community, this year’s theme, “Jubilee,” marks a joyous celebration of the emancipation of African Americans. Joined by the African and Caribbean Community, our two-day event promises an immersive experience filled with authentic African, Caribbean, and African American cuisine, art, music, and education. Embrace the cultural tapestry through enlightening educational activities, captivating entertainment, and a shared culinary journey that celebrates the diverse heritage of our communities. June 15, 11am-5:30pm and June 16, 11am-5:30pm. Drake Park, 777 NW Riverside Blvd., Bend. Free.

Midtown Crossing Project Open House

What’s next on Greenwood Ave and Second Street? Come to an open house on June 18 to learn more. The City of Bend has heard your comments in April about what you’d like to see improved on Greenwood Avenue. Join to learn about the final plan for Greenwood Avenue. June 18, 4:30-6:30pm. Open Space Event Studios, 220 NE Lafayette Ave, Bend. Free.

Mom and Baby Yoga Flow from pose-topose toning, stretching, and strengthening your body while releasing tension. Plus, work to properly strengthen abdominal and back muscles to reduce postpartum back pain, while including movements and songs with babies. 6-week series, moms and babies age 6 weeks - pre crawlers. Thursdays, 10:30-11:45am. Through June 20. Free Spirit Yoga + Ninja + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. $125.

Open Hub Singing Join the anciently familiar practice of singing together! All voices welcome and wanted exactly as they are at this 100% free non-performance, non-audition group singing event. Singing is just slow talking! No previous singing experience required. All songs taught through call-and-echo. Expect beautiful, joyous harmonies, rounds, layer songs and more. Wed, June 12, 6:15-7:45pm and Wed, July 10, 6:15-7:45pm. High Desert Music Hall, 818 SW Forest Ave, Redmond. Contact: 541-312-1029. Free.

Prenatal Yoga Rejuvenate, relax and recharge as you move, breathe and build community with other expectant moms! You’ll reduce common pregnancy discomforts and tensions, prepare your body for birth, improve your postpartum recovery and bring mindfulness to your daily life. All levels and stages of pregnancy are welcome. 6-week series. Saturdays, 10:30-11:45am. Through June 22. Free Spirit Yoga + Ninja + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-2413919. $125.

Recruitment Fair Week Join the team at Brasada Ranch! Recruitment Fair week is on June 10-15 from 10am to 4pm. Open interviews for all positions will be held at Ranch House. Work alongside talented people to deliver extraordinary guest experiences in an awe-inspiring setting. Visit link for more details. Wed, June 12, 10am-4pm, Thu, June 13, 10am-4pm, Fri, June 14, 10am-4pm and Sat, June 15, 10am-4pm. Brasada Ranch, 16986 SW Brasada Ranch Rd, Powell Butte. Contact: 866 -373-4882. Free.

Hard Maybe is a seven-piece soul infusion band from Seattle, known for its unique fusion style. The band's sound features three-part harmonies accentuated by horns, seamlessly blending backbeat-driven funk, soul and more into a cohesive rich sound. Sat., June 15, 7pm at Silver Moon Brewing.


Ribbon Cutting & Celebration for Willamette Valley Vineyards Join Bend Chamber in a ribbon cutting ceremony of Willamette Valley Vineyards’ new location! Ribbon Cutting will take place at 3:30pm. Willamette Valley Vineyards has brought the Oregon winery experience to Central Oregon. Their new downtown Bend location offers world class, sustainably made wines paired with Pacific NW inspired food. June 14, 3-4pm. Willamette Valley Vineyards, 916 NW Wall St., Bend. Free.

Roller Pride All Ages Let’s celebrate Pride and community - you bring the smiles and The Pavilion will have the party rollin’! Dance and roller skate the night away at the third annual Roller Pride Dance & Skate Party. With the disco ball spinning, enjoy a live DJ for the best of beats, the option to skate or dance! June 14, 7:3010:30pm. The Pavilion, 1001 SW Bradbury Way, Bend. 7:30-8:30pm. $10.

Sisters in Sisters Monthly Sisters in Sisters Meetup at The Barn. Join this monthly event Sisters in Sisters will continue every 2nd Thursday of the month from 4 to 7pm. Please contact the organizer with any questions. All Are Welcome. Second Thursday of every month, 4-7pm. The Barn in Sisters, 171 E. Main St., Sisters. Free.

Total Core Yoga This invigorating series focuses on developing your total core. Come and improve your posture and balance as well as enhance your yoga standing and inverted poses. Each week will strengthen, stretch and stabilize a different area of your core. Moms three months and up postpartum are welcome to attend. Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm. Through June 17. Free Spirit Yoga + Ninja + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. info@ $125.

Volunteers needed for VegNet Bend

Volunteer opportunities for VegNet Bend include - event coordinators, executive board service, potluck themes, potluck and event set up 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.


BINGO Benefiting Shelter Pets in Need! Last One Of The Season (For Real this time! BINGO at Spider City Brewing! Do you love to win money? Do you love to help pets in need? Join us for a fun night of both! Half the pot goes to the winner and half to Furry Freight and RylieMay Rescue Ranch. Bring cash and friends! June 13, 6-8pm. Spider City Brewing, 1177 SE Ninth St., Bend. Contact: info@ $1-$3 per card.

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.



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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.

Grand Getaway Vacation Raffle Enter to win a fantastic Grand Getaway Vacation sponsored by Quota in Central Oregon. Proceeds will support local residents with Hearing and Communication Impairments. Fantastic odds with only 400 raffle tickets being sold! Drawing is July 15 - enter now! June 7-July 14. Contact: $25.

HSCO Tuxes & Tails Don’t miss out on HSCO’s Tuxes & Tails gala. The evening celebrates and transforms the lives of abandoned, lost, neglected, and abused animals. Voted the Best Fundraiser! Enjoy a 1970s-themed evening that includes dinner, wine, live and silent auctions, dessert dash, and dancing to Super Ball amongst animal lovers. June 15, 5:30-9:30pm. Riverhouse on the Deschutes Convention Center, 3075 N. Highway 97, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3780. $135.

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. Women Veterans Day celebration Celebrate Military Women Veterans With live music and karaoke and live auction and door prizes! Every other day, 2:30-6:30pm. General Duffy’s Waterhole, 404 SW Forest Avenue, Redmond. Contact: Free.


Good Bad Rad Block Party Good

Bad Rad Vintage is having a Community Block Party! Vinyl tunes, good food and great deals. Shop with our 20+ local makers, creators and vintage lovers. Score new digs at our $10 booth. There is something for everyone. See you there. Sun, June 16, Noon-4pm and Third Sunday of every month, Noon-4pm. Through Aug. 18. Good Bad Rad Vintage, 61419 S. Hwy 97 Suite B, Bend. Contact: 6199575340. vintagesonsbend@gmail. com. Free.

Northwest Crossing Farmers Market

Opening Day Discover a bounty of seasonal produce, locally-raised meats, fresh eggs and cheese, handmade items, beautiful flowers, tasty morsels, and so much more! Support our local farmers and artisans. Open every Saturday during summer season from 10am to 2pm. Northwest Crossing Drive. Saturdays, 10am2pm. Through Sept. 28. NorthWest Crossing, NorthWest Crossing, Bend. Free.

Saturday Market at Duffy’s General Duffy’s very first Saturday market! There are almost 40 vendors signed up for our spring and summer vendor markets. The market will run May 4 through July 20 this year and have candle vendors, a florist, leather goods and so much more. Saturdays, 10am-2pm. Through July 20. General Duffy’s Waterhole, 404 SW Forest Avenue, Redmond. Free.

Sisters Farmers Market Visit Sisters Farmers Market to experience the bounty of Central Oregon! Browse fresh produce, locally raised meats, seafood, artisanal food products, and find the perfect handcrafted gift from local makers. Enjoy live music and be sure to visit our website to see each Sunday’s community activity schedule! Sundays, 10am-2pm. Through Oct. 27. Fir Street Park, Sisters. Contact: 541-904-0134. Free.



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.


Art through Observation - Early Release Wednesday Our last early release Wednesday of the 2023-24 school year. Join Sarah’s Backyard Studio and delve into the scientific world of art through observation. Examine the world up close and share artistic interpretations. *Lava Ridge Students can be picked up at 12:40 June 12, 1:15-4:15pm. Sarah’s Backyard Studio, 63320 Stonewood Drive, Bend. Contact: 1-541480-7491. $45.

Children’s Book Drive Donate new or gently used kids’ books for Central Oregon children in need. The Children’s Book Drive welcomes books for infants through teens. Drop them off in front of Newport Market and they will be distributed to Head Start programs, kids in foster care, local shelters and food pantries. June 15, 10am-2pm. Newport Avenue Market, 1121 NW Newport Ave., Bend. Contact: Free.

Family Yoga at Sisters Farmers Market Family Yoga at the Market every Sunday 10:15-11am on the shaded stage. Move and breathe in community Bring your yoga mat, your littles and grandma! Pre-registration encouraged but not necessary. Sundays, 10:15-11am. Through Oct. 28. Fir Street Park, Sisters, Sisters. Contact: 541-588-3633. Donation-based.

Fantasy Ballet Children are delighted to dance through all of the magical places while using their newly learned ballet steps. This fantasy-themed ballet class is designed to cultivate your child’s creativity, individuality and artistry while discovering ballet terminology and culture of discipline. We have 2 classes listed, sign up on our page! Thursdays, 5:30-6:15pm and Saturdays, 11:05-11:50am. Through June 15. Academia De Ballet Classique, 1900 NE 3rd St #104, Bend. Contact: 541-382-4055. Price Varies.

Father’s Day Golf Scramble

Gift Dad a luxury golfing getaway and tasting experience at the Father’s Day Golf Scramble at Brasada Ranch. Head to Brasada Ranch in Powell Butte this Father’s Day for a golfing and tasting experience on the greens with a 9-hole golf scramble. The event will take place on the resort’s renowned Brasada Canyons course, featuring meticulously maintained greens and sweeping vistas and of the Cascade Mountains. Brasada’s team will serve libations and commentary on what makes the PNW such a special place for vintners, distillers, and brewers. June 16, 1pm. Brasada Ranch, 16986 SW Brasada Ranch Rd, Powell Butte. $95.


Fly Through Time with Leapin’ Louie the Biodiversity Cowboy! Leapin’ Louie uses circus, cowboy tricks, a six-foot unicycle, and lots of comedy to explore all of the wild critters, including us, who fly! This program is intended for and enjoyable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. June 12, 6-7pm. Downtown Bend Library, 601 Northwest Wall Street, Bend. Contact: 5413121062. Elsah@ Free.

Happy Hip-Hop Nothing but fun in this high energy class! Come learn the latest dance style of today’s top choreographers. Utilizing moves from street dance, breaking, popping, locking and freestyle you will incorporate them into a vibrant dance combination that expresses your individuality. Call 541-382-4055 for class rates. Learn more at! Fridays, 3:504:35pm. Through June 15. Academia De Ballet Classique, 1900 NE 3rd St #104, Bend. Contact: 541-382-4055. Call for rates.

Kids Intro to 3D Printing - Ages 9-17 This class will cover everything from how a 3D printer works to creating and printing out custom designs. Be directed to the proper software to add to your own computer for future self-learning too. Beginners and intermediate beginners including repeat participants are welcome and will progress in skills. June 12, 3:30-6:30pm. DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-388-2283. $109.

Kids Ninja Warrior Classes Challenging Ninja Warrior circuits will keep your kids developing new skills. They will feel empowered as they greatly improve speed, increase strength, become more coordinated and enhance athletic abilities. 6-week series, multiple days / times of the week to choose from, age 6 - 9. Mondays-Thursdays. Through June 20. Free Spirit Yoga + Ninja + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. info@ $135.

La Pine Rhubarb Festival 2024 Come join the La Pine Rhubarb Festival 2024: 125 vendors, live music from Cheyenne West, Armadillos and more. Dessert contest.1,200 Pies for sale. June 15, 9am-6pm and June 16, 9am-4pm. La Pine Senior Activity Center, 16450 Victory Way, La Pine. Contact: 541-536-6237. jamie@ Free..

Nature Kids: Teddy Bear Picnic! Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Karen Walsh for Nature Kids! Get outside and explore the nature of Central Oregon on guided family nature walks just for kids ages 5-10. Kids and their families can explore, imagine, and grow through handson activities and experiences outside. June 12, 2:30-4pm. Al Moody Park, 2225 NE Daggett Ln., Bend. Contact: 541-330-0017. Free.

Oregon Wildlife Watch with the High Desert Museum This event is intended for families, but open to all. The Library of Things at the La Pine Library now contains several trail cameras, donated by the High Desert Museum, which help the community discover and track wildlife. Learn how to use them! June 15, 10:30-11:30am. La Pine Library, 16425 1st St, La Pine. Contact: 5413121062. Free. Qualifier - Kids Ninja Warrior Competition Ninjas, get ready for the ultimate thrill; Ninja Warrior Competition and Season 9 Last Chance Area Qualifier Event, officially sanctioned by the prestigious Ultimate Ninja Athlete Association (UNAA)! Adult and kid athletes will face the exhilarating and fun ninja challenges that tests abilities. June 15, 9am-9pm. Free Spirit Yoga + Ninja + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. info@ $55.

R.A.D. Camps Presents: Summer Day Camps! R.A.D. Camps presents Summer Day Camps for children ages 7-17. Programs for ages 7-12 and R.A.D. Sprouts run 8-4, Monday - Friday. Teen programs operate every Wednesday from 8am-5pm. Visit or call 541-204-0440 for more information. Registration now open! Mondays-Fridays, 8am-4pm. Through Sept. 1. Miller Elementary School, 19100 Skyliners Rd., Bend. Contact: 541-204-0440. info@ $99.

Summer Kickoff Party with Jake Peavy Join an unforgettable summer kickoff party at Broken Top Brands! Check out our retail space with exclusive discounts. Enjoy free food, drinks and games. Alcohol available for purchase. Enter raffles and win door prizes. Meet former MLB pitcher Jake Peavy for autographs. June 12, 3pm. Broken Top Brands, 2491 NE Twin Knolls Dr., Bend. Contact: 542-306-3079. info@ Free.

Timber Kiddies Summer Camp Summer Camp starting June 17-July 25 9-1pm, sign up by the week for ages 2-2nd grade limited space email now to reserve, also check out website for pricing and more Happy summer! Mon, June 17, 9am-1pm, Mon, June 24, 9am-1pm, Mon, July 8, 9am-1pm, Mon, July 15, 9am-1pm and Mon, July 22, 9am-1pm. Timber Kiddies Preschool, 129 SE 3rd Street, Bend. Contact: 541-699-1597. info@ $180 wk.

Wheels & Wings 2024 Join the Wheels and Wings plane and car show on Saturday, June 15 at the Prineville Airport for a day of showing off your aircraft, checking out other primo planes and cool cars, good eats, live music from Countryfied, an educational talk for pilots by EAA member Steve June 15, 10am-3pm. Prineville Municipal Airport, Airport Road,, Prineville. Contact: 707-263--0412. Free.


Mocktails at Arome Level up your mocktail skills! Registration is required. Go beyond the standard ginger beer and offer your summer guests a fun and refreshing non-alcoholic drink! June 17, 5:30-7pm. Arome, 432 SW 6th St., Redmond. Contact: 541-312-1032. Free.

New Vintage Release & Spring Farm Dinner Join Elixir Wine for an enchanting evening as we celebrate the change of seasons and the dawn of a new vintage! Chef Ryen Schneringer has teamed up with Rooper Ranch to create this delightful springtime feast, to be paired with the newly released vintages of the Ermisch Family Cellars NW wines. June 15, 6-8pm. Elixir Wine, 11 NW Lava Rd., Bend. Contact: 541 388- 5330. $99.


$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.

Hunt, American country singer, songwriter and college football player from Cedartown, Georgia, will perform at Hayden Homes Amphitheater as part of his Locked Up Tour 2024. Opening acts include Russell Dickerson and George Birge. Fri., June 28 at 7pm. Courtesy Sam Hunt Facebook

Elk Lake Resort’s Music on the Water Summer nights at Elk Lake’s outdoor concert series

As the days get longer, the sun shines brighter and summer in Central Oregon kicks into full swing, there’s nothing better than spending a day outdoors followed by a warm evening of live music.

Elk Lake Resort brings its 11th Annual Music on the Water Series this summer, offering tunes from a variety of talented local and regional bands. Experience the best of both worlds by enjoying a day in the sun at the lake and then relaxing to live music in the late afternoon.

Elk Lake Resort, one of the many stunning lakes nestled along the Cascade Lakes Highway, is home to a variety of summer activities including sailing, paddle boarding, camping, outdoor music and more. Summertime is the perfect season for locals and visitors to enjoy Elk Lake with its breathtaking mountain views, vast landscapes and scenic beauty. Visitors can spend their days kayaking across the crystal-clear water, hiking the surrounding trails or simply lounging on the sandy shores.

The Elk Lake Music Series kicks off on July 6 and runs through Aug. 31, featuring nine artists. The music show is free and starts at 5pm between the lodge and the lake. Attendees can bring their own blankets and chairs to set up a comfortable spot to enjoy the performances. Food and drinks are offered at Elk Lake Resort Lodge Bar and Restaurant, serving quality, sustainable, locally grown foods and a rotation of regional ales.

The upcoming music lineup for the Elk Lake Music on the Water 2024:

July 6 - Pacific Roots

July 13 - Alicia Viani

July 20 -Alcyon Massive

July 27 - Sleepless Truckers

August 3 - The Erins

August 10 - Derek Michael Marc

August 17 - JT & The Mudbugs

August 24 - Skillethead

August 31 - Joanna Lee

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, the Elk Lake Resort Summer Music Series offers an ideal way to experience the natural beauty and vibrant community of Central Oregon. Enjoy the perfect combination of sun-soaked days and music-filled evenings at one of Bend’s iconic lakes.

Elk Lake Resort Music on the Water Summer Series July 16-Aug. 31, 5pm Elk Lake Resort and Marina 60000 Century Dr., Bend $25-$175 Free

The 11th Annual Music on the Water Summer Series at Elk Lake offers free live music by talented local and regional bands. Courtesy Elk Lake Resort

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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.

Family Bingo Night: CASA Join Craft Kitchen and Brewery for a family fun night of Bingo benefiting CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children). The fun starts at 6pm, but feel free to show up early to enjoy the amazing food and drinks Craft has to offer. June 13, 6-8pm. Craft Kitchen and Brewery, 62988 NE Layton Ave., Bend. Free.

Locals Night Join every Monday for Locals Night at Portello WineCafe! From 4 to 8, enjoy the cozy ambiance and indulge in your favorite wines at discounted prices. All glasses are specially priced at either $6 or $9! Mondays-8:30pm. Portello Wine Café, 2754 NW Crossing Drive, Bend. Contact: 541-385-1777. portellobend@gmail. com. 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.

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:

Quintessential Imports Wine Tasting

Come downtown to kick off the summer with a tasting of four selected wines from Quintessential Imports, presenting Washington wines from Goose Ridge Estate Vineyards! $15 Tasting fee refunded with purchase of 2+ showcased bottles. Free for Wine Club Members. June 13, 4-6pm. The Good Drop Wine Shoppe, 141 NW Minnesota Ave, Bend. Contact: 541-410-1470. support@ $15.

Tuesday Wine on the Deck Come sit, relax and learn from the different local wineries featured on our year-round wine list. Each glass will be paired with a unique array of small-plates from our chef, using season ingredients to complement each wine. Restorations required. Purchase tickets via the Bend Ticket link. Tuesdays, 3-6pm. Through Aug. 27. SKIP Bar at The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse, 13300 Hwy 20, Sisters. $60. 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.

Wine Workshop Series: The Four Winds Vineyard Come taste and learn why the Four Winds is one of Oregon’s most unique vineyards with an in depth discussion on location, farming, and winemaking that makes this 34year-old own rooted vineyard produce some of Oregon’s best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Come before for dinner at Flights! June 13, 6-7pm. Flights Wine Bar, 1444 NW College Way Suite 1, Bend. Contact: 541-728-0753. flightswinebend@ $25 refunded with 2 bottle purchase. Women Tasting Flights: Division Winemaking Co. Kate Norris and her partner Thomas started Division Winemaking Co in 2010 as one of the first Urban Wineries in Portland. Both studied winemaking in France and bring a French fusion style to Oregon winemaking. We’ll taste through 2 of each of their labels, Ouest, Division-Village and Division Winemaking Co. June 18, 5:30-7:30pm. Flights Wine Bar, 1444 NW College Way Suite 1, Bend. Contact: 541728-0753. $66 including gratuity.


Beginning Psychic & Mediumship

Developement Explore your psychic and mediumship abilities during this in-person course with Michelle of Redbird Readings. Through guided meditation and connection, you will create an understanding of each Clair and how to incorporate them into your life to create inner peace and wonder. For information and registration please contact: RedbirdReadings@ Mon, June 17, 7-8:30pm, Mon, July 8, 7-8:30pm and Mon, July 22, 7-8:30pm. 216 NW Jefferson Place, 216 NW Jefferson Place, Bend. Contact: Free.. Couples Massage Classes Learn to connect and relax with your partner through nurturing touch. Taproot Bodywork offers 2- or 4- hour couples massage classes in Tumalo. One couple per session. Additional days/times are available, prices vary. Visit for more info. Ongoing. Taproot Bodywork studio, Tumalo, Tumalo. Contact: 503-481-0595. Cost varies.

EcoNIDRA: Where Yoga Nidra Meets Nature Connection

EcoNIDRA is a deeply relaxing and restorative practice that enables you to reconnect with yourself and with the earth. It is a blend of yoga nidra and forest therapy that helps you sleep better, restores profound peace and rejuvenation to the body and cultivates a deeper level of nature connectedness. Thursdays, 7-8pm. Through July 11. Namaspa Yoga Studio, 1135 NW Galveston Ave., Bend. $22.

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.

Friday Creekside Yoga Wind down your summer weekends with playful grounding outdoor yoga classes steps away from the Lodge. Yoga classes are taught by Ulla Lundgren who has more than 26 years experience as a yoga teacher, yoga teacher training facilitator and studio owner. Yoga classes are accessible and fun for all ages and abilities. RSVP to guarantee a spot in class. Fridays, 5-6pm. SKIP Bar at The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse, 13300 Hwy 20, Sisters. $20.

Introductory Aikido class Free introductory Aikido classes on Mondays and Wednesdays in June. The introductory classes focus on etiquette, history, and rudimentary technique. Ongoing classes develop the basic principles, movements, and arts of Aikido. Join us to practice calming the mind, defending yourself proactively, and handling conflict peacefully. Grow in confidence. Mondays-Wednesdays, 5:306:45pm. Through June 30. Oregon Ki Society, 20685 Carmen Loop, Suite 110, Bend. Contact: 541-350-7887. Free.

Ladies AllRide Mountain Bike Skills

Camp Ladies AllRide mountain bike skills camps are all about bringing women together to learn skills on their bikes and share the joys of mountain biking in a fun and welcoming environment. From fresh-out-of-the-box newbie to seasoned rider, group ride lover or solo shredder, you belong here. Sat, June 15, 9am-5pm. Seventh Mountain Resort, 18575 SW Century Dr., Bend. Contact: 541-647-0935. lindsey@ $525.

Mom and Baby Yoga Classes Flow from pose-to-pose toning, stretching, and strengthening your body while releasing tension. Plus, we will work to properly strengthen abdominal and back muscles to reduce postpartum back pain, while including movements and songs with babies. 6-week series, moms and babies age 6 weeks - pre crawlers. Thursdays, 10:45am-Noon Through June 20. Free Spirit Yoga + Ninja + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. info@freespiritbend. com. $125.

Nervous System Reset Stressed? Anxious? Distracted? Can’t Sleep? Revved Up? Come heal, relax and reset your nervous system with yoga and embodiment practices. Learn practical tools for less stress and more rest in daily life. Join this seamless guided practice into a more blissful relaxed state, naturally. And get personalized support and guidance. June 15, 11am-1:30pm. Bend Hot Yoga, 1230 NE 3rd St. UnitA230, Bend. Contact: $35.

Outdoor Yoga Classes Step into the fresh air for an all-levels Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class! Classes offering sun salutations and creative yoga sequences to spark heat, amp up your endurance and build strength and flexibility. Leave class feeling utterly rejuvenated! Let’s flow, breathe and have some yoga fun under the sun! Mondays-Wednesdays-Fridays-Saturdays, 9:15-10:15am. Through Sept. 7. Free Spirit Yoga + Ninja + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. info@ $20.

Power Flow and Polar Plunge

Experience vitality and strength with Emily’s 60-minute Power Flow yoga class in the great outdoors! Dive into dynamic poses that invigorate your body and focus your mind amid nature’s tranquility. The class will build heat in our bodies, find the edge and conclude practice with a polar plunge in the river! June 13, 5:30-6:30pm. Tumalo State Park, 64120 O. B. Riley Rd, Bend. Contact: 541-668-6132. doyogaoutside@gmail. com. $22.

Prenatal Yoga Prepares the body and mind for labor, birth and new motherhood. Emphasis is placed on building strength, channeling the power of the breath, and connecting to intuition. Suitable for women in any stage of pregnancy, as long as you feel good practicing and your care provider approves. Please pre-register. Tuesdays, 9-10am. Bend Hot Yoga, 1230 NE 3rd St. UnitA230, Bend. Contact: $20.

Pub Run with Palmy’s Meet at Footzone at 5pm and join the June Pub Run! Demo New Balance shoes too! Sponsored by Palmy’s, we’re ditching the brews and saying hello to summer with their spiked tea and lemonade canned beverages. June 12, 5:30-7pm. On Tap, 1424 NE Cushing Drive, Bend. Contact: 541-350-4635. Free.

Queer In Nature: Sit Spot Community Meditation Series Find solace in nature and recharge, rest, and reconnect with fellow queer folx. This mini forest bathing experience includes a guided sensory meditation, a nature connection invitation to reduce stress and anxiety, and a community circle for sharing and listening in a non-judgmental space. Ages 16+. Limited space, registration required. Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm. Through June 25. Shevlin Park, 18920 Shevlin Rd., Bend. Contact: Free.

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. Soul in Motion Conscious Dance Movement and dance as a practice for life. No experience necessary, drop in or step in to this heartful community, exploring embodiment, expression, and connection. There will be some guidance and facilitation and lots of freedom to play. Wed, April 10, 6-7:15pm, Wed, April 17, 6-7:15pm and Wednesdays, 6-7:15pm. Continuum, A School of Shadow Yoga, 155 SW Century Drive, Suite 112, Bend. Contact: 541-948-7015. $20.

Start Again Stronger Are you an insecure overachiever? Energetic patterns are at play. Join Nicole Nelson, certified executive coach and energy practitioner, as she guides you to heal from the hustle! Discover how to reset, recenter and re-enter life confidently using energy medicine and Human Design. 1-hr private sessions Tuesday or Friday between 2-7pm 1011 SW Emkay Dr, Unit 101, Bend, OR 97702 Contact: 518-3016-1190. $175 Tuesdays-Fridays, 2-7pm. Start Again Stronger, 1011 SW Emkay Dr UNIT 101, Bend. Contact: 518-3061190. $175.

Tarot and Tea with Kati Cozy up with a cup of tea and let Tarot support you in whatever may be on your mind. Kati is an Intuitive Tarot and Oracle card reader offering 30 minute readings. Longer readings available. Secure your spot ahead of time at Saturdays, 11am-2pm. Through Aug. 24. The Peoples Apothecary, 1841 NE Division Street, Bend. Contact: $50.

Vedic Meditation Society of Bend: Yoga of the Supreme Divine Mother Sunset silent meditation of relaxed self-surrender to the Supreme Reality as the Divine Mother. Vedic meditation opens the ecstatic vibrations of the Goddess (“divine intoxication”) in the body spontaneously and without self effort. Email first to join! Fridays-Sundays, 7-8pm. Riley Ranch Nature Preserve, 19975 Glen Vista Road, Bend. Contact: Donation/No one turned away.

Your Blueprint for Pleasure: Introduction to the Erotic Blueprints What if there was a simple way of understanding your “native erotic language”? This introductory workshop will cover the foundation of the Erotic Blueprints (the 5 love languages for the bedroom), helping you connect to wilder intimacy! Open to singles and couples 18+. June 17, 6-8pm. Hanai Center, 62430 Eagle Road, Bend. Contact: 541-749-0251. $25.

Alternative indie band Cage The Elephant performs at Hayden Homes Amphitheater as part of it's Neon Pill Tour. Formed in 2006, the band consists of six band members: Matt Shultz (vocals), Brad Shultz (rhythm guitar), Nick Bockrath (lead guitar), Matthan Minster (guitar, keyboards), Daniel Tichenor (bass) and Jared Champion (drums). Mon., June 24 at 5:30pm. Courtesy Cage the Elephant Facebook
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Ithink I took for granted how good the Luckey’s Woodsman food truck was when it was over at the PowderHouse. Since closing the doors of the truck May 19, if you want the Woodsman’s special blend of hearty, healthful and foraged food, you have to go to the Trailside Kitchen in Sisters to luxuriate in the grub. Seriously, if you haven’t had the perfectly spicy Munch Wrap Supreme (ghost pepper cheddar, camper queso, tortilla chips, pico, shredded butter leaf and mango habanero aioli with added roasted jalapeno) then you’re seriously missing out. Make the little drive.

Luckey’s Woodsman specifically caters to those adventure-minded Central Oregonians with freshly made hot and cold kits to take on any kind of summer excursion you can think of going after. Not only is their food delicious, but they’re doing something so specific and original that it’s amazing no one has done it before. Having the food cart and restaurant, but also supplying Camper Kits (at a discount for outdoor professionals like guides and rangers) shows the love for the outdoor Oregonian lifestyle.

The Source got to chat with the chef-owner of Luckey’s Woodsman Jackson Higdon about his inspiration, foraging and the future.

Source Weekly: What was the initial inspiration for Luckey’s Woodsman?

Jackson Higdon: To bring back my grandparents’ legacy through my mission of bridging the divide between outdoor recreation and professional food service. We believe at Luckey’s Woodsman that by implementing the outdoors into our operation we can use it to provide a healthier and more enjoyable work experience and possibly inspire people to cook again. It’s a tough industry with razor-thin margins and high burnout rates. I have always used the outdoors in my career to balance myself during stressful times and to get me through the peak season chaos. I thought if I mixed my passion for the great outdoors and love for our local wilderness areas with making people happy through food, I might be able to create a life worth living.

Prepped for Adventure

A chat with Luckey’s Woodsman Owner/Chef Jackson Higdon, who helps fuel locals for the outdoor Central Oregon lifestyle

go out in a blaze of glory, and this is when I opened our restaurant in Sisters on July 5, 2023. Our goal is not just to be a restaurant or a food truck. We believe in elevating your next outdoor experience by adding convenience in the form of delicious, adventure friendly food and in doing so we hope this will help inspire you to Adventure More, Dream Bigger, and Eat Better.

and taught me how to backpack years ago, and with that I fell in love with this area all over again. (I still can't get over the fact that we live in an area where you can drive 30 minutes, get out and hike a few miles and find yourself in some of the most beautiful oldgrowth forest around. There’s nothing like the feeling of getting out into nature and experiencing a backcountry lake all to yourself with your family.)

SW: Did you always want to eventually become a brick-and-mortar?

JH: Initially, when we first started out, I was just excited to be chasing my dreams and wasn't sure where it was going to go or if I was going to make it. Eventually, I found myself in a position where it was sink or swim and I decided I'd rather swing for the fences or

SW: So much of your business is designed to take care of adventurers, guides, rangers and the like. What inspired you to want to reach out to this group directly and design not just a business model but menus for outdoor professionals?

JH: As a local who was born and raised in Central Oregon, I will admit that I took this outdoor mecca for granted growing up. My wife is way tougher than me

Connecting with adventurers, guides and rangers directly allowed me to hear what they specifically need out in the wilderness when it comes to food. Creating menus and cultivating food options that are going to truly fill the needs of people in the outdoors is very important to me. I believe that the world would be a better place if we all enjoyed the outdoors just a little bit more and I think creating ways to incentivize people to recreate more can do just that.

SW: When you think of outdoor-inspired food, what does that mean to you?

JH: Outdoor-inspired to me means envisioning a way to elevate that camp mac you make over the fire, or maybe it's the berry you find on the side of the path that you find out is actually edible and ponder what it might taste like. I think about the bounty of foraged mushrooms you find, because you’re all in on this outdoor thing and just want to eat all the $50-per-pound mushrooms you can for free after getting a permit from the forest service. It’s the feeling you get when you have hot chocolate after an epic day on the mountain. It is ideas that are inspired by adventure and recreated on the plate.

SW: How do you want your customers to feel when they eat one of your meals?

JH: I want them to feel cared for, I want them to feel educated on the world of foraged foods and I want to create memorable moments in the outdoors for our guests, whether it's in the restaurant or in the backcountry. For me that is a great accomplishment as a chef — to not only create an amazing meal but to cultivate a memory of epic proportions for our guests.

- Interview edited for space.

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Jackson Higdon Jackson Higdon strives to combine his culinary offerings with experiencing the great outdoors.

Westside Taco Co. Relocates to Tumalo LITTLE BITES

When the Source Weekly’s Best of Central Oregon ballot rolls out in the July 4 issue, take note of a change: Westside Taco Co., the repeat winner of Best Food Cart in Redmond many years running, has moved its operations to Bend — er, Tumalo, that is.

Chef/Owner Amber Amos moved her giant black food cart with the signature skeleton logos to The Bite in Tumalo as of early June. Right now, the menu offers the same complement of elevated tacos and unique ingredients as Westside offered in the Hub City, though Amos says she’s rolling out a new summer menu soon. The summer menu will include shrimp and mango ceviche, watermelon salad, street corn and other seasonal treats.

For now, go for the inventive (and delicious) offerings. On our recent visit for this story, we sampled the Blueberry Brisket featuring house-made blueberry chipotle BBQ sauce and shredded beef, as well as the Austin BBQ Chicken featuring the blueberry BBQ sauce, cheddar jack and southern

slaw. Oh, and Amos threw in a pork belly taco just for fun.

Most recently, Westside Taco had a stint at General Duffy’s before an abrupt, albeit temporary, move to the American Legion post in Redmond. Now, Amos hopes the move to The Bite food cart lot in Tumalo will be the cart’s “forever home.” All that said, Amos stated on social media that she still hopes to open a brick-and-mortar in Redmond.

Westside Taco Co. is open seven days a week from 11am to 9pm. Other carts currently open at The Bite: Haole, NorthFresh Sushi, Pine Marten Pizza, The Rogue Chef and a shave ice cart.

Westside Taco Co.

19860 7th St., Tumalo Daily 11am-9pm

Bend Brewfest Canceled for 2024

Another year, another cancellation for Bend Brewfest. Organizers announced June 10 that the long-standing fest — which has effectively not come back in its original form since the pandemic — is canceled in 2024. The festival was scheduled to take place in the Old Mill on Oct. 4 and 5.

“It’s a heartbreaking deci sion,” wrote Beau Eastes, marketing director for the Old Mill District and Hayden Homes Amphitheater, the organizations that put on Brewfest. “Supporting the craft beer industry

over the years has been a major point of pride for us. We really wanted to bring Brewfest back in all its glory. Unfortunately, to be able to put on the festival to our standards, there were just too many hurdles.”

A Bend tradition since 2003, Brewfest was canceled in both 2020 and 2021, and came back in a smaller form in 2022. Last year, organizers announced the fest was off for 2023, but would come back in 2024. Going forward, another organizer told the Source Weekly that they hope to take over the festival.

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SC Point Breakin’ Staying hot with summer adventure movies

OK, it’s officially hot outside, which means most of you are going to start summer adventuring. I’ve heard of such things, but being that I am what the experts call an “indoor kid,” I will continue living vicariously through all of you while you do all those outdoor things that would definitely break me in half the first time I tried them. Instead, I’m going to post up near some air conditioning and watch as many summer adventure movies as I possibly can over the next few months. Since there are so many to choose from, here are a few great ones to start with that will make you feel like your own personal action hero.

“The African Queen” (1952): I mean, if you haven’t seen this movie then you’re missing out on one of the all-time greats. We’ve got Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn as a rough-and-tumble riverboat captain and a prim and proper missionary who adventure down a dangerous river in East Africa while fighting evil Germans. This has it all: romance, adventure, heroism and comedy in equal measures. Truly one of the best movies ever made.

“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” (2016): This might be more of a fall adventure, but it’s still one hell of an adventure and looks pretty warm sometimes. A rebellious orphan kid runs away from his new foster family into the New Zealand outback on his own journey of self-discovery. The film effortlessly bounces between a gorgeous travelogue of the New Zealand bush, a touching and poignant look at found family and a hilarious and profane adventure. Buy this movie and watch it over and over.

“The Kings of Summer” (2013): Three teenagers try to build their own house in the middle of the woods. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts turns what could have been a stereotypical coming-of-age dramedy into an exciting and touching adventure about that feeling of invincibility we have when we’re at our youthful bravest. Surprisingly great with a wonderful performance from Nick Offerman.

“Midsommar” (2019): Look, this might not be an adventure, but it’s certainly intense and the sun is shining in almost every frame of the movie, so I’m calling it one! Plus, there are a ton of ominous Swedes who are obviously up to no good, so that’s exciting, too. The definition of a slow burn, “Midsommar” takes characters we both love and hate and sends them down a twisted and insane folk horror rabbit hole that is literally unforgettable to audiences.

“Point Break” (1991): Skydiving, bank robberies, surfing, Keanu, Swayze, Gary F**king Busey, randomly screaming, rolling around on the ground and firing a gun in the air after Johnny Utah’s old football injury acts up again… this movie has it all. You’ve seen it, you probably love it; it’s the quintessential summer adventure that was extreme before Mountain Dew or Doritos.

“Sorcerer” (1977): The sweatiest movie ever made follows Roy Schieder and a small group of men with nothing to lose as they drive a truck filled with also sweaty dynamite through the South American jungle. Based on the 1953 masterpiece, “The Wages of Fear,” there’s a sequence in this film set on a swaying bridge that is, quite literally, one of the most adventure-y sequences of all time. When we talk about movies having the power to transport you, watch this and tell me you don’t feel like you went on this jungle adventure along with these four crazy men.

There are so many summer adventures to choose from that trying to make a comprehensive list is a losing battle. I would be remiss to make a list like this and not mention “The Goonies,” “Dope,” “Adventureland,” “Luca,” “Jaws,” “Stand By Me,” “Thelma & Louise,” “True Romance,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Y Tu Mamá También,” “The Endless Summer,” “Do the Right Thing” and dozens more.

Life itself can be an adventure, so it doesn’t always take Indiana Jones to navigate the booby traps. Sometimes all it takes is you.

Top, Swayze and Reeves…iconic to the end. Bottom, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople” just gets better with time. Courtesy of Fox Courtesy of Sony Pictures

C CULTURE Honeybee Hive Tour With Bend’s Broadus Bees

Plus native pollinators and Sunriver Nature Center’s Wildflower Show and Pollinator Festival

Stacks of boxes two and three high neatly placed atop well-weathered pallets occupy a section of land between the fence line and a hoop house at Fibonacci Farms. These Russian honeybees arrived back in Bend, their home base from June through January, after an annual trek to California for almond pollination in February and a short spring stay in Eugene at Groundworks Organics. They’re ready for another season pollinating agriculture across Central Oregon and gifting us with their oh so sweet honey.

“Being able to pull certain kinds of flavors of honey is super fascinating to me, and what attracted me to the honey side of the beekeeping business,” said local honeybee expert, James “Jimmy” Broadus Wilkie V, master beekeeper and owner of Broadus Bees.

Hive inspections, first calming the bees with smoke, are most successful with a specific intention, which according to Broadus is usually only to find evidence of a queen. Akin to rearranging furniture in someone’s home, pulling out each frame within the bee box is a disturbance best kept to a minimum.

So, what are beekeepers looking for? Eggs laid by the queen and larvae who’ve hatched from their eggs; the first two stages of metamorphosis before they emerge from their cells as adult bees. A process lasting 21 and 24 days for workers (females) and drones (males) respectively, only 16 for queens who then battle to the death for the role: survival of the fittest queen.

When not selling raw honeys and more at local farmer’s markets, Broadus, among his other bee duties, can be found educating young students about hive hierarchy with a portable observation hive and hosting beekeeping seminars, teaching tidbits like honeybee social structures. He also tends six groups of bees at local farms including Bend’s Boundless Farmstead and Sungrounded Farm in Terrebonne.

“When it’s prime growing season, that’s sometimes when the bees need the most attention,” Broadus explains, his hive health services making a world of difference for both bee and farmer. “Sungrounded Farm just pulled their first honey crop after having bees for three years.”

Vital food sources for their own sustenance, older worker bees consume honey, while larvae and young worker bees consume fermented pollen (aka bee bread), which is why Broadus only takes about 50% of their byproducts to sell.

Having studied wildlife biology in college, Broadus emphasizes the importance of local farming and knowing who grows our food. On top of fake and mislabeled commercially produced honey, Broadus said, “A lot of the honey at the grocery stores are not from the area whatsoever. Local honey is good for local allergies, a product of the environment that you’re ingesting,” adding, “Stuff at the grocery store, you’re supporting the monocultures. I just feel like you should support the local food economy.”

Responsible for one in every three bites we eat, pollinators are crucial. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “about 80% of all flowering plants and over three-quarters of the staple crop plants that feed

"Being able to pull certain kinds of flavors of honey is super fascinating to me and what attracted me to the honey side of the beekeeping business."

humankind rely on animal pollinators.”

The biggest threats to these humming honey makers? Pesticides (and some fungicides and herbicides), varoa mites and monoculture — growing the same crop in the same place every season. These harm not only bees, but pollinators alike.

Bees get lots of air time when it comes to pollination, but over 100,000 invertebrate species pollinate plants, from beetles to flies and moths, and more than 1,000 animals pollinate plants worldwide, too.

An essential step in plant reproduction necessary to grow food, pollination also plays a huge part in maintaining healthy ecosystems. Planting pollinator gardens with native plants and natural landscaping will attract

— and protect — native pollinators, enhancing sustainable biodiversity. Local nurseries offer specific pollinator sections, taking the guesswork out of gardening.

“Bend has so much habitat loss due to urban growth and conversion of native areas to farmland and new subdivisions. I feel it is important to regain some of that lost habitat by growing native plants and trees in my yard for the local native pollinators,” Barb Rumer, president of Bend Pollinator Pathway, told the Source Weekly.

Diving into night pollinators, Rumer will be the headline speaker at Central Oregon’s upcoming Wildflower Show and Pollinator Festival on Saturday, June 22, held during annual Pollinator Week running June 17-23.

Top, Broadus Bees Owner and Head Beekeeper, James “Jimmy” Broadus Wilkie V, inspects a bee hive frame from one of the bee boxes currently living at Fibonacci Farms, for evidence of a queen. Right, during a hive inspection, beekeepers look for eggs laid by the queen and larvae hatched from their eggs; the first two stages of metamorphosis before they emerge from their cells as adult bees. Courtesy Broadus Bees Tiffany Neptune

OCelebrate Pollinators During National Pollinator Week

34th Annual Wildflower Show & Pollinator Festival are highlights of the week

The importance of pollinators is often overlooked. Bees, butterflies, moths, and beetles play a huge role in pollinating agricultural and horticultural plants, while bats and hummingbirds also get in on the pollination action, too.

This year’s theme for National Pollinator Week 2024 is: “Vision 2040: Thriving ecosystems, economies, and agriculture,” which shines a spotlight on the vital role pollinators play in these three sectors.

This year’s celebration runs from June 17-23. Several Central Oregon events are helping create a “buzz” about pollinators.

Wildflower Show & Pollinator Festival

The 34th annual Wildflower Show & Pollinator Festival takes place Saturday, June 22 from 9am – 3pm at the Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory. SNCO and the High Desert Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon host this event that offers walks, talks and activities for everyone in the family.

“I’d love to see folks come away with an appreciation for the amazing floral diversity and beauty we have in Central Oregon, and to feel that preserving that diversity is worth doing, because we all benefit from the natural world around us,” said Jill Kellogg, High Desert Chapter NPSO wildflower-pollinator show coordinator. “The contributions made by the High Desert Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon to the show are to collect plants for the show, to provide the expertise in identifying them and to answer questions at the show about the flowers.”

The wildflower display showcases hundreds of native wildflowers collected by volunteers and labeled with identifications for event-goers to see the incredible diversity of native plants in the region.

“We will have native bee walks and short trips around the botanic garden and Sunriver to catch, view and observe some of the native pollinator species,” said Kelli Neumann, SNCO program director. In addition to guided walks, there will be native plants for sale, provided by Great Basin Nursery, as well as educational stations, children’s activities, volunteers from the Oregon Bee Atlas project and a special presentation at noon by Barb Rumer, president of

Pollinator Pathway Bend, about nocturnal pollinators and their importance in the ecosystem.

Pollinator Pathway Bend will also provide information about selecting native plants to add to your backyard garden to attract pollinators, as well as incorporating other yard strategies such as rethinking lawn maintenance or eliminating harmful pesticides or herbicides to benefit these important creatures.

Worthy Environmental

The Worthy Garden Club hosts two walks during Pollinator Week. The June 20 Pollinator Walk will be held at Worthy Brewing from 10:30am – noon, and the second walk is at the Franklin’s Corner Community Garden (520 NE 8th Street in Bend) on June 21, also from 10:30am – noon.

“I will lead the walks and point out native plants and pollinators, and talk about their special relationship with each other as well as why we need to work to keep healthy populations of both,” said Lisa Sanco, executive director of Worthy Environmental. “We'll have local experts on site, Jerry Freilich on the 20th and Pete and Gretchen Wilson on the 21st, with their insect collections and microscopes for those who want to take a closer look.” The walks are kid friendly, but please leave dogs at home or in the car.

Deschutes Land Trust

The Land Trust offers two guided walks on different preserves during Pollinator Week — a great way to learn about native plants and habitats. Both walks will take place on June 22, one at the Metolius Preserve and the other at the Paulina Creek Preserve. Visit to sign up for one of the hikes.

SNCO Wildflower Show & Pollinator Festival Sat., June 22. 9am-3pm Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory 57245 River Rd., Sunriver

General admission $12 adults/$10 children: SROA, NPSO, SRLP and veterans free

An anise swallowtail pollinates a native wildflower. Photos by Damian Fagan A honeybee, in search of nectar, hones in on a native plant. A painted lady pauses for a garden visit.
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Celebrate Juneteenth at the 4th Annual Central Oregon Jubilee

Experience Black heritage through music, food and educational exhibits at Drake Park

T“It’s a celebration of Black Liberation and one of the biggest focuses of the celebration is education.”

he 4th Annual Juneteenth Central Oregon Jubilee will be a two-day celebration at Drake Park on Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16. This family-friendly community event, hosted by the Black-led organization, The Father’s Group, aims to honor and celebrate Black history and culture with music, dancing, food and educational activities.

Juneteenth, a combination of “June” and “19”, commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union Army General Gordon Granger announced in Galveston, Texas, that all enslaved people were free. This occurred two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Today, Juneteenth is a nationwide celebration of freedom and a day of remembrance.

“It’s a celebration of Black Liberation and one of the biggest focuses of the celebration is education,” states Kenny Adams, the executive director and president of the board of The Father’s Group. Adams emphasized the importance of understanding Black history through educational exhibits, vendors and activities held at the event. “We want attendees to have a good time and walk away with pertinent knowledge.”

The event will feature a pop-up museum exhibit in collaboration with the High Desert Museum presenting educational information such as interactive displays, video loops and various placards that educate attendees about Black inventors and their contributions. The Deshaun Adderley Education Plaza will offer a deep dive into Black history, covering topics such as dance, music, food, fashion and hair. Other educational aspects include an exhibit on soul food, a display on the origins of Black fraternities and sororities called Divine 9, and a poignant “N-word” exhibit addressing derogatory terms and stereotypes.

The festival will also include the Barry Washington Jr. Entertainment Stage, showcasing artists from across the county, and a food area, Big Mama’s Kitchen, offering a fusion of African, Caribbean and African American cuisine. Attendees can enjoy dishes including jollof rice, bok choy, deep-fried sweet plantains and barbecue ribs.

With live music, group dancing, kid-friendly games and story time, the Juneteenth Central Oregon Jubilee promises to be a robust and enriching experience. The Father’s Group, committed to supporting the well-being and safety of the Black community in Central Oregon, aims to create an event that is both fun and educational for participants.

Join the celebration of Black liberation and independence, learn about the rich heritage and culture, enjoy great food, music and community at the Juneteenth Central Oregon Jubilee.

Juneteenth Central Oregon

15 and 16, 11am-5:30pm

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Cannabis Industry Looks to Expand into Eastern Oregon’s Biggest City Through Public Vote

Initiative petitioner sees Hermiston as a gateway to customers in southeast Washington

APortland cannabis entrepreneur wants to expand his business into Hermiston. But he’ll need to win an election first.

Jeremy Archie is behind an initiative petition to end the ban on cannabis sales in Hermiston. While the debate over legalizing cannabis is long over, Archie is attempting to undo one of the many local prohibitions that popped up following the passage of Measure 91 in 2014.

an hour’s drive away from Hermiston are the Tri-Cities, a Washington metro area with more than 220,000 people.

“It’s hard for us because so many other jurisdictions are so saturated and just struggling to keep their doors open,” Archie said. “A market like Ontario makes a ton of sense. Hermiston is skipped, it’s absolutely bypassed, people (are) forced to go to Pendleton.”

While the initiative won’t be set for the November ballot until the signatures are verified, Archie is confident. His team expected to sub mit more than 2,000 sig natures on Friday, far more than the 1,614 needed to trigger an election.


Archie splits his time between his home in Portland and his cannabis farm in southern Oregon while also managing his dispensary in east ern Oregon, Ontario’s Treasure Valley Cannabis Co. Ontario has become one of the busiest cannabis markets in the state because of its proximity to the rapidly growing Boise metro area, where Idaho state law continues to ban cannabis. Archie thinks Hermiston has similar potential to attract out-of-state customers, but this time, from Washington.

Cannabis industry finds opportunity at Oregon’s borders Washington legalized recreational cannabis before Oregon did, but Archie said Oregon’s dispensaries have a few built-in advantages. Oregon offers a better consumer experience, he said, because Washington state law requires all retail cannabis to be prepackaged while Oregon customers can look at and smell the product directly. Additionally, Washington taxes cannabis at a higher rate, meaning Oregon dispensaries can offer their products at a lower price.

While Hermiston is the largest city in eastern Oregon, Archie’s interest also revolves around the city’s proximity to southeast Washington. Less than

Oregon owes its patchwork of legal cannabis markets to the way the Legislature implemented legalization following the passage of Measure 91. Possessing, consuming and growing cannabis would remain legal throughout the state. But local governments could prohibit cannabis retailers from opening in their cities and counties.

Dozens of cities and counties across the state moved quickly to opt out of cannabis sales, while several others threw it to voters to decide, including Hermiston and neighboring Pendleton. On the same night Hermiston voters banned cannabis sales, Pendleton voters approved it.

Hermiston ‘values’ face a vote

But before any of this can happen, Hermiston voters need to approve the ballot measure first. Archie said he intends to invest in a campaign to promote the ballot measure and find allies in the community to support it. But he shouldn’t expect much help from the Hermiston City Council.

The Hermiston City Council considered putting cannabis sales back on the ballot in March after a recent round of survey results showed a majority of residents favored taxing cannabis sales should it be legalized. But the council ultimately balked at the idea as the boards for the local school district and hospital lined up against it.

—Printed through a content sharing agreement with Oregon Public Broadcasting. Edited for length.



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The highlighted letters read left to right and top to bottom will “We’re all , and the rest is .” – RuPaul

Answer for the week of June 3, 2024

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___ Steaks (beef retailer)


Tick off

"To wit"

Sexy hunk 7.  Tex-Mex meat 8.  Some boxes in newsrooms 9.  Converted railway, perhaps

Scandinavian war god 11.  Uncool sort

12.  Pac-Man's food

14.  Like some dog-training classes

21.  Bump in the paycheck

22.  Morse bit

27.  Break in the action

29.  Grass clumps

31.  Clownfish's home

32.  Delhi wrap

33.  In addition

34.  Ship that carried the Golden Fleece

35.  Molokai meal

36.  "That's nuthin'!"

38.  True to life

41.  Trick football play

42.  "Convenience" charges on ticket sales

43.  Dwelling

48.  "Frankly," in texts

50.  They may be balanced, hit, or cooked

52.  Glasses holders

54.  Perrier rival

55.  So out it's in

56.  Beasts of burden

57.  Attractions in San Diego and the Bronx

58.  Fails to be

59.  Artemis org.

61.  ___ fruit

62.  Banquo's son in "Macbeth"

64.  Had some dinner

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GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Though 2024 isn’t even half over, you have already earned the title "Least Boring Zodiac Sign of the Year." Or maybe a more positive way to frame it would be to award you the title “Most Scintillating, Interesting, and Stimulating Zodiac Sign of the Year.” Please keep doing what you have been doing, Gemini. Entertain us with your unruly escapades and gossip-worthy breakthroughs. Encourage us to question our dull certainties and dare us to be more fun. If we seem nervous to be in your stirring presence, disarm our worries with your humor.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Your subconscious mind is full of marvelous capacities and magic potencies. But it also contains old habits of feeling and thinking that influence you to respond to life in ways that are out of sync with what’s actually happening. These habits may sabotage or undermine your conscious intentions. Now here’s the good news: In the next nine months, there’s a lot you can do to dissolve the outmoded imprints. You will have more power than ever before to perform this wizardry. So get started! How? Ask your subconscious mind to send you intuitions about how to proceed.

your willpower—which, by the way, could be freer and more muscular than it has been in a long time. Now here are the potential developments. 1. An offer to create one of the most symbiotic unions or robust collaborations ever. 2. Great chances for you to capitalize on the success of others. 3. Alterations in the family configuration. 4. Major shifts in loyalty and affinity. 5. A raise in rank. 6. Revelations of secrets you can use to your advantage.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The fairy tale “Jack and the Beanstalk” will serve as a prime metaphor for you in the coming weeks. Ruminate on its themes as being applicable to your life. I’ll refresh you with the main points of the story. Young Jack and his mother need money, so she decides to take drastic measures. She bids him to sell the family cow at the marketplace a few miles away. But on the way into town, Jack meets a man who coaxes him to sell the cow in exchange for magic beans— not money. When Jack returns home, his mother is angry at his foolishness. In disgust, she flings the beans out the window into the dirt. Later, though, the beans live up to their promise. They grow into a giant beanstalk that Jack climbs to reach the lair of a giant who lives in the clouds. There Jack retrieves three of his family’s lost treasures, which had been stolen by the giant long ago.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Have you been metaphysically itchy and psychologically ticklish? Are you unsure whether those tingling sensations you’re feeling are worrisome symptoms or signs of healing and awakening? I believe they are signs of healing and awakening. They suggest you are doing the metaphorical equivalent of what a snake does when it sheds its skin. Expect imminent redemption, Sagittarius! Reframe the discomfort as a herald of relief and release.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): It’s time for Super Mom to make an appearance. Some circumstances in your life could benefit from healing tweaks best initiated by her. And when I say “Super Mom,” I’m not necessarily referring to your actual mother. I’m envisioning a wise older woman who sees you as you really are and who can assist you in living your destiny according to your own inner necessity, no one else’s. If you have no Super Mom in your world, see if you can locate one, even hire one. I also recommend creating an inner Super Mom in your imagination. You need and deserve sympathetic input from the archetype of the sage crone.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Before the reign of Emperor Qin Shi Huang in the third century BCE, Chinese people had built many local walls designed to keep out invaders. Qin Shi Huang initiated a great public works project to connect all of these fragments into what's now known as the Great Wall of China. He also erected a vast system of roads and a city-sized mausoleum filled with the Terracotta Army: sculptures of 8,000 soldiers with their chariots and horses. Qin Shi Huang was a big thinker who was also highly organized! In accordance with astrological omens, I invite you to glide into your very own Qin Shi Huang phase. What long-lasting structures do you want to build in the next 11 months?

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Psychologist Carl Jung believed we could accomplish profound self-transformation by working hard on our psyches’ unripe and wounded aspects. That might entail honest self-examination, objective observation of how we affect others, and a willingness to recognize and forgive our mistakes. Jung also recommended another way to heal our neuroses: through the power of numinous experiences. By "numinous," he meant mystical, sublime, or awe-inspiring. Jung said that such visitations could radically diminish our painful habits of mind and feeling. They might arrive through grace, thanks to life's surprising interventions. They may also be coaxed to appear through meditation, dreamwork, communing with myth and fairy tales, and spiritual practices. I foresee a wealth of numinous events in your life during the coming months, Libra. May they bring you a steady stream of healing.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In a moment, I will list events I foresee as being possible for you during the next 11 months. They are cosmic tendencies but not cosmic mandates. Whether or not they actually occur will depend on how you wield

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20Feb. 18): I suspect that later in 2024, I will authorize you to commune with boisterous adventures and tricky risks. But right now, I advise you to flirt with modest adventures and sensible risks. Can you contain your burning, churning yearnings for a while? Are you willing to coax your crazy wild heart into enjoying some mild pleasures? By early autumn, I’m guessing you will have done the necessary preparations to successfully roam through the experimental frontiers. Until then, you are most likely to corral X-factors on your behalf if you pace yourself and bide your time.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): "Oh God, if there is a God, save my soul, if I have a soul." That prayer was the handiwork of Piscean philosopher Joseph Ernest Renan. If his ironic minimalism is the only spiritual aspiration you can manage right now, so be it. But I hope you will strive for a more intimate, expansive, and personal connection with the Divine Intelligence. The coming weeks will be an extra favorable time for you to speak and listen to mysterious powers beyond your rational comprehension. Please take advantage! Go in quest of the sweet, deep lowdown directly from the Sublime Source!

ARIES (March 21-April 19): The term "maze" has various meanings. Most commonly, it signifies a puzzling cluster of choices that lead nowhere and bode frustration. But there are more positive meanings of the word. In ancient myths, a maze was where heroes underwent ritual tests. There they might summon ingenuity to win access to a hidden treasure. In modern psychology labs, the maze is a structure used to stimulate learning in rats. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, the maze you are now in is metaphorically akin to the second two meanings, not the first.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): There is an abundance of good news, Taurus. In the coming weeks, your conversations could awaken realizations that will augment your wealth—both the financial and emotional kind. So be eager to commune with vigorous souls who inspire your power to attract resources and goodies. Furthermore, you could generate enriching benefits for yourself by engaging with unfamiliar influences that are outside your web of expectations. Don’t be too sure you already know everything you need. Helpful surprises could arrive if you’re extra open-minded.

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Faking It

I have an embarrassing question for you. I’ve heard that a lot of women fake orgasm. I don’t think anyone has ever done that with me, but I guess you never really know. My wife and I have been together for about five years now. We have an 18-month-old son and I think our relationship is going pretty well. The reason I’m writing is that I’m having a problem I’ve never heard about from other guys. When we have sex, I often pretend I’ve finished, even when I haven’t. Sometimes we use condoms, so I just throw them out quickly and she doesn't notice. When we don’t use one, she doesn’t seem to notice either.

I do this because sometimes I’m losing my erection. Other times, I'm just too tired to continue. I don’t want her to feel like she’s not satisfying to me as a lover. Have you heard of this before? I want our sex to be hot for both of us, but I sense she knows something’s off. If I asked her “Who’s Your Daddy?” I think she might just laugh.

From, Faking it

Dear Faking,

Even though men talk with me about faking orgasms all the time, most people don’t know this is a thing. More often, we talk about men finishing too soon or women faking orgasm.

“Why Your Man Can’t Finish” is literally never the headline of Cosmopolitan magazine. But studies show that a third of men (and 40+% of Gen Zers) have faked orgasm. So here’s the truthyou’re not alone.

Men do this for all the same reasons that women do, some of which are:

• They're not getting enough stimulation to get to the point of no return

• They’re tired and can’t cross the finish line but don't want their partner to feel inadequate

• They’ve been drinking and don’t have enough stamina to round the bend

• They’re too much in their heads and not enough in their bodies to hit it out of the park

• They’re losing an erection and would rather feign climax than let their partner know

Does this sound like what’s been going on in your bedroom? If it is, count yourself as perfectly normal. These are natural parts of a typical sex life. Problem here is feeling like you need to fake an orgasm in order to feel OK about this stuff. It sounds like your partner may not be noticing that you’re doing this, but I think you’ll both feel a whole lot better if you’re being natural and authentic going forward.

Here’s what I recommend:

• Tip #1: Stop thinking that you’ll hurt your partner’s feelings if you don’t have an orgasm. Talk with them about the way you’ve been feeling about sex.

You don’t have to tell ALL in order for things to feel more open. Just say that sometimes you get tired and wonder if you’re going to climax and that you don’t want her to feel like it’s their job to make that happen.

• Tip #2: If your partner gets upset and says they think you’re not attracted to them if you don’t have an orgasm, say that you’re responsible for your own response — that it’s not her job to make you climax. If there’s something that you’d like her to do to get more aroused, share that if you think she might be open.

• Tip #3: Remind yourself that your sex life isn't a contest. We call it “sexu al performance” but that’s unfortunate. You’re making love with your wife. Rec ognize your own physical and sexual limitations. You’re expecting too much out of yourself if you think you’ll be at your peak level of stamina and passion after drinks and a big dinner. It's not practical to assume that you’re going to be up for a night of acrobatic sex when you’re too tired. Try having sex in the morning instead. Maybe take time when the little one is napping.

Realize that you don’t have to be superhuman to be a good lover. Cut yourself some slack. You can have more fun and take the stress off of performing. This will make your partner feel better too. None of us is perfect.

You got this.

Xoxo, Jane

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Avoiding First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes

How to avoid common scenarios

Buying a first home is an exhilarating endeavor, but it is not without its potential pitfalls. I have been helping people with their real estate needs for over six years now, and I have assisted in counseling clients on things to consider prior to going under contract on their first home. I am a big believer in Ben Franklin’s quote — or perhaps it was Michael Scott; “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Here are some of the most common regrets and how you can avoid them to ensure your firsttime home purchase is a joyous milestone rather than a source of frustration.

Understanding the full financial picture

Most first-time homebuyers focus only on the down payment and estimated monthly mortgage payments, forgetting about the other costs that come with homeownership. Property taxes are a big one, home insurance is dependent on the specific property and maintenance and unexpected repairs can quickly add up, leading to financial strain.

Tip: Plan for the full spectrum of homeownership costs. Prior to submitting an offer, speak to your lender about the property taxes and speak to an insurance agent to get the most detailed information on your future mortgage payment. And, make sure you’re able to continue to save money for repairs and life.

Neglecting the home inspection

Don’t do this. Ever. Seriously, skipping the home inspection is a great way to save a few hundred dollars, but this “savings” could end up costing you tens of thousands of dollars. Hidden issues, including structural problems or plumbing leaks, along with major components of the home, can be expensive to repair or replace, turning a dream home into a money pit.

Tip: Always spend the money on a thorough home inspection. A qualified inspector can uncover potential problems, giving you the information you

need to negotiate repairs or reconsider your purchase. A cheap home inspection can be very expensive!

Ignoring future needs

Many first-time buyers focus solely on their immediate needs, forgetting that their circumstances might change. Whether it’s starting a family, needing a home office or simply wanting more space, your requirements can evolve over time.

Tip: Choose a home that can adapt to your future needs. Consider factors like extra bedrooms, expandable living space and versatile layouts that can accommodate your lifestyle changes.

Not researching the neighborhood

A beautiful home in a problematic neighborhood can quickly lead to buyer’s remorse. Factors such as safety, school quality and proximity to amenities significantly impact your daily life and overall satisfaction.

Tip: Take a walk through the neighborhood on various days at various times to get a much better feel of the neighborhood. You notice a lot more when walking versus driving. Is there a lot of traffic? Cars parked on the street? Is it noisy or quiet?

Making hasty decisions

The pressure of a competitive market can push buyers to make quick decisions they later regret. Acting too fast can result in settling for a home that doesn’t fully align with your wants/ needs, or perhaps overpaying.

Tip: While speed is important in a hot market, balance it with careful consideration. Don’t rush into a decision out of fear of missing out. Make sure the home you choose is one you’ll be happy with for the long run. Put simply, “hurry up and slow down.”

Buying your first home is a significant and emotional investment. By learning from common mistakes, you can make informed decisions and enjoy the process more.

Photos and listing info from Central Oregon Multiple Listing Service HOME PRICE ROUNDUP << LOW 1206 NE Elm St., Prineville $399,000 3 beds, 2 baths, 2,016 sq. ft., 0.16 acres (6,970 sq ft) lot Built in 1953 Listed by Sheena York of Signet Realty MID >> 20895 King Hezekiah Way, Bend $799,900
beds, 2 baths, 1,340 sq. ft., 0.71 acres (30,928 sq ft) lot Built in 1977
RE/MAX Key Properties << HIGH 2960 NW Starview Dr., Bend $1,850,000 3 beds, 3.5 baths, 2,830 sq. ft., 0.58 acres (25,265 sq ft) lot Built in 1996 Listed by Connie Settle of RE/MAX Key Properties
Listed by Melissa Carson and Brent Landels
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