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I know a lot of you are claiming Irish heritage this week, in spite of what may or may not actually appear on your 23andme profile. It’s OK – whether you legitimately hail from the Emerald Isle or not, we have plenty of events rounded up for you to celebrate. Check out this week’s Culture page where we’ve assembled all the musical happenings in one place, or view this week’s Little Bites for a couple food-related Irish happenings.

Meanwhile, this week’s cover story highlights some of the challenges in youth sports, and offers lots of resources for those families who want help paying for those activities. (Also read that story to get a glimpse of what it’s like for the referees and coaches who have to manage the feelings of athletes – and also their parents.) We also give you a first look at the lineup for the newly announced threeday festival – featuring Willie Nelson, Zach Bryan, Band of Horses and more at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo… look out, world! As always, thanks for reading!


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If China Hat is the Forest, One Small Managed Camp is a Tree

This past week the public has had a window into the difficulties and details that go into approving a managed camp for unhoused individuals in Central Oregon. After initially indicating support for using county funds to launch a camp for “medically fragile” individuals in south Bend, Deschutes County Commissioners Patti Adair and Tony DeBone voted against taking part in that plan – a vote that obviously upset their counterparts at the City of Bend. Adair clarified with the Source Weekly that the commission had never formally agreed to fund that camp – that it instead simply agreed to send a letter seeking requests for proposals to manage it, and that ultimately, their concerns around the impacts of the unsanctioned camps at China Hat south of Bend made it impossible to support a managed camp a little farther north at this time.

Commissioner Adair told us she’s not opposed to supporting efforts around houselessness outright, but is presently more interested in replicating the model used by Helping Hands at the privately owned Bybee Lakes Hope Center – formerly known as the Wapato Correctional Facility in the Portland area – where people can pay a small fee to access long-term housing, so long as they maintain sobriety.

We see no reason commissioners shouldn’t support both models – one, a transitional, low-barrier camp where people can access basic sanitation and receive support and that can be put together rather quickly, and another, more expensive and restrictive option that could take years to implement. We should be able to hold multiple truths in our minds at the same time – that

yes, the impacts to the area around China Hat — which falls under the purview of the U.S. Forest Service, not the County or City — are terrible and need to be addressed by the Forest Service and its partners, and also, that a managed camp inside city limits serves a need in the community.

Since the City of Bend put off clearing another persistent area of concern – the unsanctioned camps at Hunnell Road – until it could open the camp, it seems all we have achieved as a community at this juncture is more wheel-spinning. What’s more, we take issue with the notion that managed camps or temporary facilities with temporary housing types are not a model to strive for. If that were the case, local officials would not continue to hold up the Central Oregon Veterans Village as a model of success.

There has been brewing friction between the various cities of the region and Deschutes County over how to address the issue of homelessness. With this recent debacle, that friction amounts to a forest fire.

Meanwhile, people in the region are living outdoors or in subpar forms of housing and do not have access to the basic sanitation that could improve their health, and lives in general. Just look outside; people without homes have immediate needs that certainly aren’t getting any better with this inter-governmental infighting. The City of Bend deserved a willing partner on this project.

If China Hat is the forest, one small managed camp is a tree. It’s a tragedy to sacrifice one for the other when they both need addressing.

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From what I can see driving around town outdoor natural gas fire pits seem to be more popular than ever. The abundance of those is likely in response to the recent pandemic. Now that the pandemic is largely under control and we have resumed indoor dining and gathering isn’t it time we stop using those or at least have them on some sort of on off switch so they are only on when needed? Unless there is a new pandemic on the horizon I think it is time to refocus on climate change. I don’t think we are really taking climate change seriously with all these unused or barely used outdoor fire pits all over town. Future historians if there will be any will be looking back with amazement. Everyone has an unalienable right to burn fossil fuels I know but if global warming keeps heating up the government might have to get involved and respond to increasing natural disasters. A popular sentiment is that government = bad so maybe we should do it voluntarily. Isn’t it about time also to take down all the temporary dining structures out on the streets? Is the City of Bend getting extra tax revenue from those or why are they still up? Are they part of some future pandemic preparedness plan I am not aware of?


Agreed that the city need to build the project, however, location appears to be problematic. However, there [is] essentially empty land close to service opportunities in downtown Bend that could support such an operation. Troy Field is extremely under-utilized and no reason the City of Bend could either rent from the School District or take by eminent

domain to be re-purposed for this project. It would be location near more service providers for mental health and various addiction treatment along with other public health issues. It is closer to more entry-level jobs with the growing hospitality operations in downtown which would allow residents of the project to easily walk to work and not have to rely on personal vehicles or a fragmented public transit system. It would be in a location where city leaders especially the city council could monitor its operation on a daily basis and provide first-hand knowledge on its successes or its inadequacies. This would be a win-win-win situation for all (residents, city leaders and the general public). It should be one of the first locations for helping the unhoused move to more full integration with the rest of the community.

The City of Bend needs to bypass the obstructionists on the County Commission and secure the funding on its own to build this project. Besides, Bend City Hall has a far better track record than Deschutes County, having already successfully co-partnered with agencies and nonprofits to build Veterans Village, the Lighthouse (and Navigation Center), the St. Vincent De Paul cottages, the renovated motels, and the Central Oregon Villages 27th St. project to shelter women and children.

Though we pay taxes to Deschutes County for public health, they shirk their duties to seriously deal with this most visible and tragic of issues time and time again.

I am deathly afraid that we are letting cultural war politics take over and cloud

our thinking. What other reason could there be for this County refusal to build a relatively inexpensive, supervised, fenced site to provide shelter, parking and care for people with serious medical conditions? Like many other projects designed to assist the unhoused, it would save us far more in the long run in costs associated with emergency care, policing, and traumatized lives.

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Editor’s note: Just to clarify, the Central Oregon Veteran’s Village is a collaboration between the Bend Heroes Foundation and Central Oregon Veterans Outreach, with support from the City of Bend, Deschutes County and the State of Oregon.


Child care is almost nonexistent here and if you do find an opening, you're basically working to pay just for child care for most folks. My daughter was lucky enough to find a job as a Case Manager from home and juggle that with the 2-year-old. But I truly feel for those struggling in this area. I’ve often thought our family rental property would make a great childcare facility but with all the work and money it would take to get it going would greatly outweigh the profit. *Sigh.

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They are back and even better. Such a great addition to the variety of cuisines we have here in Bend. The empanadas are delicious, along with the Cubans sandwich and the ropa viejo. Go there and have fun!

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County Reneges on Planned Managed Camp

Two county commissioners backed out of a collaboration with the City that would’ve established a managed camp for displaced Hunnell Road residents

The Deschutes County Commissioners backed out of a plan to hire a contractor to manage a safe parking campsite on a one-acre parcel of land on Murphy Road in south Bend after a two to one vote. At a meeting on March 8, Commissioners Tony DeBone and Patti Adair said complaints from neighbors, proximity to unmanaged camps in China Hat and uncertainty that the county could find a service provider with the funds available as reasons it withdrew from the project.

“Last Monday we kind of shrugged our shoulders and said, ‘Okay, let’s try and do this.’ And now we’ve got this response, so I’m fully comfortable in just letting the City put something there if they want, but we don’t need to get near that,” DeBone said at the regular meeting on March 8.

Commissioner Phil Chang, the lone vote to continue the plan, said the process of exploring a site for a managed camp, receiving negative feedback and retreating is a bad precedent. He said he’s had issues with the process thus far, but that successful projects like Rogue Retreat in Medford also faced intense

public scrutiny at its onset that subsided when the effort proved successful. Chang drew a distinction between the proposed managed camp to unmanaged campsites. On March 1, Chang said he wouldn’t support a managed camp that didn’t screen applicants prior to entry, have rules of conduct and fencing around the site.

“What we are talking about here is not Hunnell Road, it’s not China Hat, it is a authorized managed facility so it’s real ly important to keep in mind that if we want to fix the problem of maybe 1,000 people living unsheltered in unauthorized camping in the county, people do need places to go, they don’t just need to be sent to some new place, they actually need a place that provides stepping stones or a pathway out of homelessness,” Chang said at the March 8 meeting.

Wyden Holds Town Hall

Bend Mayor Melanie Kebler expressed her disappointment with the county at a press conference on March 8. The City asked the county to partner with it on Feb. 22, asking the county to hire contractors to oversee operations on a parcel of City-owned land. Both governments communicated over the past few weeks, but the Deschutes County Commissioners never officially voted to sign onto the project. The plan did impact City decisions on homelessness, though, and on March 1 City Manager Eric

King announced the City would postpone the sweep of an unmanaged campsite on Hunnell Road until a managed campsite was up and running.

“The county abandoned this pilot project before it even began and has provided no alternate site or concrete options for the short-term solutions we

know we need right now. This is incredibly disappointing, we’ve had multiple conversations with the county as well as the Coordinated [Houseless Response] Office as elected leaders and staff about solutions about where people can go,” Kebler said during a press conference. “The City relied on information from the county in its decision about Hunnell Road and trusted that they were our partners.”

The proposed Murphy Road site would’ve accommodated about 25-30 medically vulnerable people. About 80-100 people live on Hunnell Road currently, and the Murphy Road site is one of several that the county explored for a managed camp. Adair clarified when voting against the site that the vote doesn’t exclude them from exploring other proposals. Kebler said the City is at capacity to increase shelter space after investing in motels as transitional shelter and the Lighthouse Navigation Center, and that it couldn’t take on the Murphy site without a potential budget shortfall.

It’s town hall number 15 for Wyden, who pledged to visit every Oregon county every year

Sen. Ron Wyden responded to Central Oregonians’ questions at a 90-minute town hall in Central Oregon Community College’s Wille Hall on March 11 — where he spoke about drought, dams, immigration and more. Wyden pledged to do a town hall in all of Oregon’s 36 counties every year, and thus far he’s has held one in 15 counties, mostly in the northwest part of the state. He said it was his 1,042nd town hall in his career, and that he uses them to connect Oregonians to Washington, D.C., and to learn more about the issues facing his constituents.

“Where we're sitting is 3,000 miles away from Washington. And for a lot of Oregonians, D.C. might as well be Mars for all the connection there really is. So, these meetings are about you educating me, bringing me up to date,” Wyden told attendees.

Deschutes County Commissioner Phil Chang and State Representative Emerson Levy moderated questions. Attendees entered a raffle to ask questions, and most focused on issues with a local

impact. Two local elected officials had their number drawn to ask a question. The first was Jeff Walla, a board member of the Deschutes County Soil and Water Conservation District. He asked the senator to consider easing restrictions on establishing commercial solar power on private land after the agricultural use dwindled during the drought.

“I chair the Finance Committee, we work together on bringing funds to Central Oregon, particularly to mitigate drought impacts and divert water that allows us to wring every bit of value out for farmers and communities and fish and wildlife. We got additional money in this omnibus bill that passed in December. The fact of the matter is, though, even with the kind of winter we've had, we're going to have another drought,” Wyden told Rolla.

Wyden said he’d arrange a meeting between Rolla and the Bonneville Power Administration to talk about supplying kilowatts to the energy system. Bend-La Pine School Board member Marcus LeGrand also asked about increasing teacher

pay, improving access to mental health care and passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, a 2021 bill that the U.S. Senate rejected. Wyden pointed to provisions in a gun safety bill that increased funding for suicide prevention services, behavioral health training and going after insurance compa nies that don’t cover mental health. He also advocated for a middle-income housing tax credit for middle class workers who are priced out of home ownership. And on police reform he pointed to alternative policing structures he supported.

“I've been very proud that we got passed the first federal alliances between law enforcement and telehealth, called the Cahoots Act, modeled after Eugene,” Wyden said.

The youngest questioner, a seventh grader, asked what Wyden would do

to increase school safety, to a round of applause from attendees. Wyden said a gun control bill that didn’t make it through last session would have funded school safety, and that he’s hoping to pass and approve it in the upcoming session. Levy added that she’s working on Alyssa’s Law in Oregon, which is a pilot program that would install silent panic alarms in Oregon schools.

“What we're trying to do is change how to change the behavior of the first three minutes of an emergency,” Levy said. “I ran for office to make school safe, and you have a commitment from me and I'm pretty sure every elected here to make sure that you're going to be safe at school.”

Wyden ended the event by encouraging people to continue to engage in both grassroots activism and with their elected officials.

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Oregon Bill Could Increase Narcan Access

An Oregon bill expanding access to naloxone could further empower Deschutes County’s harm reduction efforts

An Oregon bill expanding access to the opioid overdose-reversing drug naloxone passed the Oregon House on March 6 and is awaiting approval by the Oregon Senate. HB 2385 allows public buildings to keep naloxone kits; currently, individuals can carry naloxone but organizations have to have a medical professional on staff to keep and administer a dose. The bill also removes criminal and civil liability for teachers administering naloxone, would allow public safety officers like cops and firefighters to distribute naloxone and decriminalizes fentanyl testing strips — currently considered drug paraphernalia under Oregon law.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 745 unintentional overdose deaths in 2021. Just two years prior, 280 people died from unintentional overdoses. The data for 2022 isn’t finalized, but OHA said the number of overdose-related visits to emergency departments and urgent care centers rose in 2022. Naloxone use, which reverses opioid overdoses, is also up, and OHA reported over 5,500 encounters where a dose was administered in 2021, up from about 3,800 in 2019.

Deschutes County Behavioral Health reported little change in the overdoses reported between 2021 and 2022. Both years the department found close to 700 overdoses reported to them both through emergency departments and self-reports at their syringe exchange programs. The number of boxes of naloxone distributed, however, rose sharply from 1,870 in 2021 to 3,006 in 2022.

Deschutes County Overdose Prevention and Response Coordinator Ana Woodburn said the data from 2022 is

still coming in, and that all the data is underreported.

“These numbers are still an ‘underreport,’ because many people who reverse overdoses via Narcan/Naloxone do not seek medical care (which saves resources for the county via decreased first responder utilization and hospital visits, in short) and they also may not report them to us as they fear repercussion or giving out identifying information regarding whomever they use Naloxone on,” Woodburn said in an email. “Data for 2022 is preliminary because we typically receive reports from overdoses in the previous year in the first few months of the new year. Additionally, in order to revive someone from an overdose it has taken between 1-8+ doses.”

Opioid overdoses occur when someone uses enough opioids to coat receptors in the brain that cause a person to stop breathing. Naloxone pushes opioids off those receptor sites and blocks them for enough time to reverse an overdose. Stronger opioids like fentanyl often need more naloxone to reverse an overdose.

“Folks that are in active overdose are needing more supply or doses to reverse their overdose. And I mean, the correlation between increases in

illicit substances, we haven't found that. I think it's just more the awareness of this as a resource for folks that are using drugs,” said Colleen Thomas, the homeless outreach services team supervisor at Deschutes County. “Historically, some folks that are actively using drugs were afraid to access a service like Naloxone because they are afraid if they were carrying that could be a criminal offense.”

DCBH’s harm reduction department already distributes naloxone at its needle exchange events in Bend, Redmond and La Pine. People can also get free naloxone through the county’s walk-in services. Naloxone is available at pharmacies, but it can cost as much as $130 for Narcan — a brand of naloxone that is administered via a nasal spray. An injectable version costs about $25. Though the county already offers naloxone for free, Thomas said the bill could help her department supplying the drug and increase awareness that it's available.

“It'll open up additional avenues for us in relation to funding to increase our supply. Historically, all of our access to Naloxone for our supply has been through grants that we've had to apply for. The passing of this bill, will, I think, open up avenues for increased access

to the supply. And it might be more streamline access for different community members, or agencies or businesses and the community that might not necessarily have been aware of this before. I think it's going to raise the awareness and the need for this life-saving service,” Thomas said.

Deschutes County’s harm reduction program already does some of the practices laid out in the bill. The county hands out fentanyl test strips, which the bill decriminalizes and many local public health agencies consider to be drug paraphernalia. The state encouraged more harm reduction programs in 2019, and programs like the one in Deschutes County were the recipients of funding from Measure 110, the bill that decriminalized small amounts of drugs and funded addiction recovery services. Measure 110 funding allowed the harm reduction department to increase staff and introduce new outreach programs.

When new harm reduction programs are introduced, Thomas said some people accuse those programs of enabling drug users. Harm reduction was born out of the HIV crisis, but has expanded to more uses as needs arose and encompasses programs like supervised injection sites, needle exchanges and safer sex programs. Critics of harm reduction prefer full-on abstinence from drug use, but advocates say they should meet people where they’re at.

“We know that people use drugs. So by providing life-saving services, just an aid, that isn’t necessarily going to increase the amount of people that are using drugs,” Thomas said. “If you show up to the doctor, and thinking of a harm reduction model is we are reducing harm for people that are actively using drugs, just like a seatbelt does for people that drive cars.”

Bend’s Rep. Jason Kropf (D-OR54) is among the sponsors of the bill.

Just a small amount of fentanyl, like that pictured here, can cause an overdose. Courtesy of the Drug Enforcement Administration
“We know that people use drugs. So by providing life-saving services, just an aid, that isn’t necessarily going to increase the amount of people that are using drugs.”
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Garantizar la equidad del juego y los deportes juveniles en el centro de Oregón Por Amanda Osteen/Traducido por Mattie Limon

El centro de Oregón es el mejor parque infantil para los niños, si sus padres pueden permitírselo, claro. Con los aumentos recientes en el costo de vida y los gastos, los padres pueden sentirse más presionados que nunca para decir "no" a sus hijos en actividades y deportes costosos. ¿Todos los niños de nuestra comunidad tienen una oportunidad justa de jugar y divertirse? Después de todo, pueden ser el próximo atleta olímpico, jugador de la NFL, atleta de resistencia o simplemente la próxima persona completa que no deja rastro en el camino.

El juego es increíblemente valioso. Jugar con otros en un equipo o al aire libre puede crear recuerdos e inspirar valores que durarán toda la vida. La clínica de terapia ocupacional infantil, Kid’s Play, describe que las habilidades desarrolladas durante el juego "libre" o no estructurado incluyen la planificación, el razonamiento de orden superior, la conciencia corporal, la resolución de problemas, la autorregulación emocional y las habilidades sociales. En el artículo, Exposición a los Espacios Verdes del Vecindario y la Salud Mental, las actividades en los espacios

verdes (como caminar, andar en bicicleta, esquiar, remar e incluso contemplar el paisaje) tienen efectos positivos en el cerebro en términos de reducir la fatiga mental y el estrés. Quedarse fuera del juego cuando era niño puede impedir que alguien construya los hábitos de juego y actividad física a lo largo de su vida. Existen numerosas barreras de entrada para practicar deportes en el centro de Oregón, aunque existen recursos para superar esas barreras.

Los humanos estamos hechos para jugar por la vida. Sin embargo, existen algunas barreras claras para la entrada de miembros de la comunidad de Oregón Central con restricciones de ingresos e idioma.

Reducir los costes del deporte para las familias

La forma más fácil para que los niños accedan a los deportes organizados es a través de los deportes escolares. Esto nos lleva a nuestra primera barrera: la tarifa de pago para jugar. El director atlético de la escuela secundaria Caldera de Bend, Dave Williams, explica que “la tarifa es de $100 por deporte para estudiantes de secundaria y $40 por

deporte para atletas de escuela intermedia. Si recibe almuerzo gratis o a precio reducido, hay becas disponibles a través de Education Foundation [para las escuelas de Bend-La Pine] que reducen la tarifa de pago para jugar a $25 por deporte. Esta beca es confidencial”.

Williams también señala que “después de que una familia con varios hijos alcanza los $300 en tarifas de pago para jugar, las tarifas se eximen de todos los deportes adicionales por hogar, independientemente del nivel de ingresos”. Para aquellos estudiantes que necesitan tacos nuevos, zapatillas para correr, un casco, asistencia con el transporte o cualquier otra cosa que impida que el niño participe en un deporte, el defensor local del estudiante en Family Access Network puede ayudar a llenar el vacío.

Si bien hay becas disponibles, no todos pueden o quieren postularse. Por estas razones, otra forma confidencial de pagar las tarifas de las actividades es a través de Every Kid Sports.

“Si su hijo está inscrito en los beneficios de SNAP, Medicaid o WIC, puede solicitar el Pase deportivo Every Kid. Esta es una tarjeta de débito que emitimos a las familias para pagar las tarifas

de juego”, explica Bryce Elliot, Gerente de Desarrollo Comunitario de EKS. La tarjeta también cubre algunos deportes recreativos fuera del sistema escolar, siempre que el programa dure al menos cuatro semanas, lo que brinda a los niños la oportunidad de practicar artes marciales y otras actividades. El deporte también debe ser recreativo y no un equipo de élite o de viaje.

“El Pase EKS cubre tres tarifas por año por niño”, dijo Elliot. EKS es una organización nacional sin fines de lucro con sede en Bend que está tratando de crear más conciencia y apoyo en el centro de Oregón. EKS ha existido durante 13 años como una organización sin fines de lucro [y ha ayudado] a 100,000 niños hasta la fecha, dijo Elliot, recordando que “el año pasado, EKS financió a 35,000 niños con sus tarifas de pago por jugar. El objetivo de EKS es apoyar a 100.000 niños al año. [Durante el último ciclo de solicitud de EKS Pass] más de 30,000 solicitudes no pudieron ser financiadas”, lo que hace muy clara la necesidad de asistencia en la tarifa de pago para jugar.

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Central Oregon is the ultimate playground for kids — if their parents can afford it, that is. With recent increases in the cost of living and expenses, parents may feel more pressured than ever to say “no” to their kids on expensive sports and activities. Is every kid in our community getting a fair shot at playing and having fun? After all, they may be the next Olympian, NFL player, endurance athlete or simply the next well-rounded person who leaves no trace on the trail.

Play is incredibly valuable. Playing with others on a team or outside can create memories and inspire values that last a lifetime. The children’s occupational therapy clinic, Kid’s Play, outlines that skills built upon during “free” or unstructured play include planning, higher order reasoning, body awareness, problem solving, emotional self-regulation and social skills. In the article, Exposure to Neighborhood Green Space and Mental Health, the author points out how activities in green space (such as hiking, biking, skiing, paddling and even just taking in the scenery) all have positive effects on the brain in terms of reducing mental fatigue and stress. Being left out of play as a child may prevent someone from building the habits of play and physicality over the course of a lifetime. Numerous barriers of entry exist in order to play sports in Central Oregon – though resources do exist to overcome those barriers.

Humans are made to play for life. However, there are some clear barriers to entry for income and language-restricted members of the Central Oregon community.

Reducing the costs of sport for families

The easiest way for kids to access organized sports is through schools. This brings us to our first barrier: the pay to play fee. Athletic Director of Bend’s Caldera High School, Dave Williams, explains that “the fee is $100 per sport for high schoolers and $40 per sport for middle school athletes. If you receive free or reduced lunch, scholarships are available through the Education Foundation [for Bend-La Pine Schools] that reduce the pay to play fee to $25 per sport. This scholarship is confidential.”

Williams also points out that “after a family with multiple children reaches $300 on pay to play fees, the fees are then waived on all additional sports per household despite income level.” For those students who need new cleats, running shoes, a helmet, transportation assistance or something else that is restricting the child from participating in a sport, a student’s local advocate in the Family Access Network may be able to help fill the gap.

While scholarships are available, not everyone can or wants to apply. For these reasons, another confidential way of paying for activities fees is through Every Kid Sports.

“If your child is enrolled in SNAP, Medicaid or WIC benefits, you can apply for the Every Kid Sports Pass. This is a debit card we issue to families for pay to play fees,” explains Bryce Elliot,

Community Development Manager for EKS. The card also covers some recreational sports outside the school system, as long as the program lasts at least four weeks, giving kids the chance to pursue martial arts and other activities. The sport also needs to be recreational and not an elite or travel team.

“The EKS Pass covers three fees per year per kid,” Elliot said. EKS is a national nonprofit based out of Bend that is trying to build more awareness and support in Central Oregon. EKS has existed 13 years as a nonprofit [and has assisted] 100,000 kids to date, Elliot said, recalling that “last year EKS funded 35,000 kids on their pay to play fees. EKS’s goal is to support 100,000 kids a year. [Over the last EKS Pass application cycle] over 30,000 applications were not able to be funded,” making the need for assistance on the pay to play fee very clear.

The barriers in club sports

Club sports and overspecialization were major issues discussed during the Jan. 19 City Club of Central Oregon luncheon titled, “Challenges in Youth Sports: Local Hurdles.”

Martha (whose name was changed for privacy) is a Hispanic single mother who has needed assistance with the pay to play fee. She supports two teens in addition to working full time. Martha is employed by Bend-La Pine Schools, where she learned about the reduced pay to play scholarship, bringing the cost to $25 per sport. Family Access Network supplied her son with shoes and gear. And while those opportunities have allowed her kids to play sports, Martha had to tell her daughter “no” to

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club volleyball. It was “too much money…$1,000 plus travel, hotels and food,” she said.

Club sports are another concern for families with limited incomes. When a family cannot afford a club sport, their child can fall behind their peers in skill sets and conditioning, making them more likely to be cut from a high school team during tryouts.

To help curb the major advantage of club sports, Athletic Director Williams of Caldera High pointed out that, “the OSAA has allowed coaches to run outof-season workouts,” to help support kids who cannot join club sports.

The Aspen Institute, a nonprofit aiming to realize a “free, just and equitable society” through relevant research on various topics, provides an annual State of Play report through its Project Play initiative. The 2022 State of Play report addresses overuse injuries, pointing out that, “torn knee ligaments, hand/wrist fractures and leg/foot fractures were almost twice as likely in the U.S. than Canada.” The report highlights that children limited to a single sport and specialized range of motion for too long increases the risk of overuse, as well as keeping critical muscles from developing.

The State of Play report also showed surveys depicting how overspecialization in a sport leads to mental burnout in kids. This is why Norway adopted a children’s sports bill of rights in 1987. In 2022, that sparsely populated country dominated the Winter Olympics. In Norway, kids focus more on playing in a wide array of activities, then start

playing competitive sports later in high school. The country’s philosophy is to place more value on having fun and developing physically well-rounded athletes, rather than winning competitions.

Playing in the outdoors

Speaking of fun, there is plenty of it to be had for kids outside of organized sports. Central Oregon offers endless opportunities to find fun and recreation in the outdoors – though skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing and even hiking can be extremely expensive for families and difficult to navigate for Spanish speakers.

This introduces a third barrier: a combination of high costs of entry and lack of information, trail signs and local area

Indigenous and/or People of Color outside, having fun and harnessing outdoor stewardship.

Last season, Wesley Heredia, Vámonos Outside programs coordinator, assisted in getting 12 kids proper ski and snowboard gear as well as season passes to Mt. Bachelor. This season, eight kids returned to the program. “The hard work felt worth it,” he said, when he watched everyone riding on their own. He said he could, “relax and watch how the program was a success.”

Martha praises Vámonos Outside for “helping [her kids] get out of the house, off of electronics and in nature…they come home a lot less stressed.” Going to the mountain helps her kids, “plan and communicate with friends; they learn responsibility and time management,” she said. Vámonos Outside also organizes group hiking and camping events

is. They yell and scream at our kids for running a scoreboard,” he described at the luncheon. “We just said we are not doing it anymore; we are not putting kids in that situation. [Parent] behavior is a big part of what we are looking at.”

LeGrand, who is also a 21-year veteran sports official, asks parents to “support your child, do not yell and scream at them, do not use profanity at them… they are at a developmental stage in life, they need support…I would love to continue to see [parents and athletes] thanking the officials and people there doing the work.”

As the people at the forum described, parents sometimes have a hard time remembering that kids are playing for fun and not for titles in the NBA Finals or FIFA World Cup.

Turnbull described how he and other staff, “cleared the gym at Summit High

maps in a language families can read.

“Going up to the mountain is not an equitable sport for a lot of people in Bend,” BLPS parent Martha, whose family speaks both Spanish and English at home, explains. “If it wasn’t for Vámonos Outside, my kids would not be going up there.” Vámonos Outside is a local nonprofit that aims to get kids and families who identify as Black,

for BIPOC members of the community, helping non-native English speakers get comfortable navigating trail signs and etiquette. The group also offers discounted entry for BIPOC climbing nights at The Circuit. The Every Kid Sports pass can apply to outdoor programs within Vámonos Outside for kids 4 to 18.

Bend Park and Recreation District is another fun and affordable way to get kids playing, offering scholarship applications for activities. At the recent City Club’s “Challenges in Youth Sports: Local Hurdles” luncheon, panelists, Summit track coach Dave Turnbull and Bend Parks and Rec Sports Coordinator Rich Ekman agreed that there’s a need for more collaboration on facility use access. Current heavy use of school gyms and fields are causing some in the community to call for more access to community facilities and green space.

Marcus LeGrand, who is Central Oregon Community College’s Afro-Centric Program Coordinator in addition to being on the BLPS Board of Directors (along with other speakers in the panel) highlighted the shortage of referees and sports volunteers. For those who have ever thought about becoming a referee, now appears to be an ideal time –not just to help ref games, but to help manage the conduct of some parents at sporting events. LeGrand called attention to the fact that parent “behavior is a key reason why people are not reffing anymore.”

Turnbull explained how Summit High just pulled out of the Central Oregon Basketball Organization state tournament, where it would raise $12,000 over two weekends.

“We stopped doing it because of how rude the parents are and how difficult it

School of all the parents [during] a middle school [basketball] championship. The parents were so rude we stopped the game. Parents had to go out in the courtyard. The kids continued playing. It became too much about them. Someone took offense when a player bumped into their kid. It’s basketball, it’s physical and in fifth grade, they don’t control their bodies very well, there are going to be a lot of fouls.”

Achieving equity in play in Central Oregon is a complex issue. People interested in supporting youth in sport in the community can volunteer or donate to the organizations that are central to the equity of play in Central Oregon.

Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine Schools

Family Access Network

Every Kid Sports

Vámonos Outside

Bend Park and Recreation District

Having fun in the snow with Vámonos Outside. Eduard Romero
...Skills built upon during “free ” or unstructured play include planning, higher order reasoning, body awareness, problem solving, emotional self-regulation and social skills.




Stand up comedian Jeff Leeson is hitting the Volcanic for a show that will knock you off your seat. Expect to buckle over laughing as Leeson interacts with the audience. Show up at the show and expect to be picked on. Don’t miss this guy! Thu., March 16, 7-10pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $25.




Hillstomp is an electrifying band that gets the crowd stomping and hollering. The Weather Machine is an Oregon-based band that takes on a softer approach with vibey light vocals and bouncy energy. These two acts will make for a well-balanced, can’t-miss show! Sat., March 18, 7pm. The Belfry, 302 E Main Ave., Sisters. $18.




Learn about beekeeping from the experts at Central Oregon Beekeepers Association. From setup to harvest, you will know lots about the process by the end of the day. Sat., March 18, 8:30am-3:30pm. The Embark Coworking Community, 2843 NW Lolo Dr., Bend. $20.




With several retailers offering free demos, attendees can try out a variety of skis and snowboards. All you need to do is pay for your lift ticket, and it’s demo day from there. Retailers can help you find what you’re looking for and answer any questions about gear! Great opportunity. Sat., March 18, 9am-9pm. Hoodoo Ski Area, 27400 Big Lake Rd., Sisters. Free.




Dance the night away. Drink some cervezas. Eat some tacos. Have a good time. Universo Musi-K-liente will perform and DJ Rudy Arroyo will get things going before the band goes on. Get out there with your friends and dance! Sat., March 18, 8pm-1am. Open Space Event Studios, 220 NE Lafayette Ave., Bend. $35.




Catch the classics at this winter concert. Special oboist Ryan Zwahlen will perform Belini's Oboe Concerto and the orchestra will play Blue Tango, Take Five, Millennium and Wonder Woman. Dress up and head to the orchestra! Sun., March 19, 2pm. Trinity Lutheran Church, 2550 NE Butler Market Rd., Bend. Free.




Shop local vendors and listen to live local music! Celebrating the season of new beginnings, this spring market will be a night of fun, food and newfound treasures. One Mad Man, Pitch Moth and Lande Band will perform. Sun., March 19, 3-9pm. Open Space Event Studios, 220 NE Lafayette Ave., Bend. Free.




The Stone Foxes is a rocker-brother duo that always brings the jams. These two started playing music in their parents’ basement and just never stopped. Rock out with The Stone Foxes and opener Emily Wolfe! Tue., March 21, 8-11:59pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $20




From America’s Got Talent to the Oscars, Catapult has been wowing its audiences with live shadow dancing. Experience the magic and cutting edge technology at the group’s show this Tuesday night at the Tower!

Tue., March 21, 7:30pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $27-$47 (plus $3 historic preservation fee).




Sicard Hollow meshes bluegrass and punk into its very own genre—punk-grass. Sweet Lillies’ sound is much softer and combines three-part harmony and strings to make flowing music. The Pixie Partygrass Boys will top off the night with some raucous tunes. Wed., March 22, 8-11:59pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $15.

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Female Musicians Unite!

What’s Bend’s music scene really like for women? We asked some of them to weigh in.

What I gathered from this “study,” as we’ll call it: We have some super passionate, talented and integrated women in the Central Oregon community who truly care about all musicians in this town. For this article we’re talkin’ about girl power and putting a microscope on what it’s really like to be a female musician in Bend.

What inspired me to do so was getting to work and connect with local music booker, Amy Bathen — who is a Mom, rock-star and huge advocate for what’s unique in the current local music scene. Aside from being such a hard-working woman in the music community, she still finds the time to jam and play drums and guitar with her husband in their band, The Bangers, who have been playing together for the last eight years. They are also members of “sludge folk” band, SAMARAS.

“Like many things in Bend, there are parts of the music scene that have catered to the tourism industry and not the locals,” stated Bathen. “Venues that are booking music need to be aware of their representation and strive to include a diverse range of performers across all genders and races. I have had the honor to meet some really wonderful artists, bookers, sound engineers and music enthusiasts that are working hard to make it something great here.”

As Bathen points out, Bend’s local music scene is rapidly changing and attracting more mainstream audiences. (Hello Hayden Homes Amphitheater!) But in order to thrive as a bonded and creative musical community year-round, there needs to be an emphasis — from venues, booking agents and promoters — on female artists.

“Showcasing us is a good place to start,” stated Amy Anderson, bassist for HELGA. “For those of us who choose to be mothers, it can be difficult to take on the role of performer. We wear so many ‘hats’ that our creative one tends to sit on the shelf while prioritize raising good kids, as that is a difficult and full-time job. I know for me, I had to wait until my kids were old enough to watch themselves before I could participate in a band. I would be curious to know if dads in bands feel like they have to delay pursuing their passion until the timing is right for the kids and family. Free babysitting service for performing moms?”

Meanwhile, 15-year-old singer-songwriter Jaymi Vision claimed, “Given that I’m 15 years old, I’ve felt overlooked or underestimated when it comes to playing a full gig. Although I think I’ve proved countless people wrong after I play, I can tell when locals and people passing by are skeptical of if I’m capable in that sense.” Vision began performing at age 11 at Cascade School of Music and has really grown up in Bend’s music community. “Everyone is very supporting of each other and helps advertise for shows as well as even sharing equipment,” she says.

Indie folk-rock guitarist Shaena Smith-Jackson told the Source Weekly, “There’s no doubt there's a thriving music scene here in Bend. It’s been one of my favorite things about Bend since I was a kid. Most of the people here are just stoked on good music, and that’s all that really matters.

“Neither myself or the members in my band are in music for the money necessarily, but it's important to

me to be able to pay my musicians for their time and hard work. I’d love to see some of the really popular venues here in town pay their musicians a little more per show, especially if the bands are drawing bigger crowds.”

Guitarist and solo artist Kelcey Lassen proposes, “It would be amazing to have a female-only open mic — I think more females would feel more comfortable starting in a women-specific/non-binary space. If we can make more space indoors at venues where music is hosted regularly, it would be much appreciated.”

“There’s no doubt there's a thriving music scene here in Bend,” said Shaene Marie Pascal, above. Amy Anderson from HELGA playing live at Spoken Moto. Whitney Houston Eilish Young


15 Wednesday

AVID Cider Co. Taproom Bingo with a Brit

Join with the favorite bloke Michael as MC, and win prizes, swag, gift cards, weekly cash prize and an end-of-the-month cumulative cash jackpot. $10 per booklet (5 games/booklet). 6:30-8:30pm.

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

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

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

Crosscut Warming Hut No 5 Kenny Hadden Relax with a pint and enjoy great local music! 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.

Elixir Wine Group Locals Music Night & Open Mic Join a cozy community of appreciative musicians and patrons. Great music, great wine and beer, great times. Small bites available. 6-9pm. Free.

JC’s Bar & Grill Trivia Nite with Trivia Girl Compete with your peers and test your knowledge of current events, music and other random categories while enjoying 75 cent wings! Also, JC’s trivia separates themselves from the rest with a physical challenge! 7-9:30pm. 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 Accoustic Open Mic with Derek Michael Marc Head down to the Northside Bar and Grill Wednesdays to catch local artists perform live. 7-9pm. Free.

Seven Nightclub & Restaurant The CO

Show The CO Show is a free comedy showcase!

Doors open at 7pm show starts at 8pm! Central Oregon Comedy Scene and Karaokaine productions have teamed up to bring this show to you! It’s co-hosted with multiple hosts, co-produced for Central Oregon! 8pm. Free.

Tower Theatre MANIA: The ABBA Tribute

From London’s West End to Las Vegas, MANIA the ABBA tribute (Formerly ABBA MANIA) remains the world’s No. 1 touring ABBA tribute show. Formed in 1999, this production has sold out theaters and concert halls around the globe, with over 3,000 live concerts in over 30 countries, bringing the music of the beloved Swedish supergroup to 3 million people. 8pm. $29.50-$64.50.

Volcanic Theatre Pub True Loves West Cost Tour 2023 Listening to the Seattle-based funk and soul group, True Loves, is like walking down a favorite neighborhood street, slapping five with friends, checking up with clerks in their stores, admiring your dark sun-glassed face in their windows, ducking under flowerpots and smelling the familiar smells of your most cherished locale. 8-11:59pm. $18.

16 Thursday

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.

Austin Mercantile Paul Eddy Bedell artist and local song-singer plays oldies, older-than-oldies and brand new originals. Don’t miss! 4:30-6:30pm. Free.

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

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

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

High Desert Music Hall 3rd Thursdays Spoken Word Join at the High Desert Music Hall for a spoken word open mic night. All writers, readers and word-lovers invited to attend and read. Readers have seven minutes at the mic. Food and drink will be available for purchase. 6-8pm. Free.

Northside Bar & Grill Dad Bods Cover

Band Dad Bods cover band plays twice a year so if you’re “Hard To Handle,” let’s “Come Together” and “Learn To Fly.” Even if you were “Hungry Like the Wolf” in the “Summer of 69,” look on “Mr. Brightside” because we “Ain’t Talkin Bout Love” however it is “Just Like Heaven.” 7-9pm. Free.

Open Space Event Studios Out Of Thin Air Improv Group Looking for some entertainment that’s guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat? Look no further, because Out Of Thin Air Improv performances are back at Open Space! Catch them while you can! 7:30pm.

River’s Place One Mad Man Loops together multiple instruments to create moody, driven backdrops accompanied by smooth vocals.

Hip-hop style drums drive funk-inspired bass followed by electrifying sounds from his keyboard and guitar. 6-8pm. Free.

The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse

Hayley Lynn Fireside Show This week, Hayley Lynn will share her music. 6-8pm.

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 Cellar—A Porter Brewing Company 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.

Volcanic Theatre Pub Jeff Leeson

For over 23 years Jeff Leeson has been astonishing crowds across North America with his off the cuff, improvisational style that leaves crowds not only wanting more, but amazed at what they just witnessed. Combing traditional stand-up comedy with long form improv Jeff creates a unique and personal experience. 7-10pm. $25.

17 Friday

The Belfry St. Paddy’s Day with Skillethead and The Muddy Souls Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a bluegrass double-bill! Setting roots in the high and dry Central Oregon desert, Skillethead calls forth the best of bluegrass old and new. The Muddy Souls are a leading progressive/jam-grass band based in Eugene, featuring original songs, virtuosic improvisation, tight vocal harmonies and a high-octane groove that always has the dance floor bouncing. 7-11pm.

Craft Kitchen and Brewery Comedy at Craft: Hungover Craft shows have been selling out consistently, so get your tickets ASAP. Come share your stories of post-party “Walks of Shame” and “Strides of Pride” with some of your favorite comedians. Text in your “morning after” confessions, anonymously, so everyone can all enjoy the story. 8-10pm.

Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards Best

Ever St. Pat's Concert

It’s going to be an unforgettable night! The best of three worlds collide. . . local band members from Motel Kalifornia, Precious Byrd and High Street Band playing all our favorite dance music. Award-winning wines, beer and special menu items including corned beef and cabbage dinner and mini reubens. 5-8pm. $25/adults, free/12 and under.

General Duffy’s Annex Duffy’s 4 Year St. Pattie's Birthday Bash featuring the Sleepless Truckers Celebrate General Duffy’s 4-Year Birthday Party! Drawn to songs about the poor, hard-living working class, the good times and the bad, the beauty of life and its sorrows, The Sleepless Truckers bring outlaw country, Americana, southern rock and red dirt to the West throwing in a Central Oregon smokey twist for a redneck tilt-a-whirl experience you won’t soon forget. 6-10pm.

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. High Desert Music Hall North by North, Poolside Leper Society and The Color Study This is gonna be a fun one! Join at High Desert Music Hall for a night of punk and good ole fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. Featuring: North by North, Poolside Leper Society and The Color Study. 8pm. $10. Hoodoo Ski Area Friday Night Lights Enjoy bonfires, live music and more every Friday night at Hoodoo, thanks to Ablis CBD. 5pm. Free.

Hub City Bar & Grill St. Patrick’s Day Party St. Patrick’s day party with DJ music, dancing and specials. 8pm-1:30am. Free.

Big E’s Sports Bar Karaoke Night Friday night karaoke with A Fine Note Music and DJ Jackie J. 8-11pm. Free.

M&J Tavern Shade 13 & TnT Spaghetti western face melting rock for your St. Patty’s Day party pleasure. Must have ID to enter. 9pm. Free.

McMenamins Old St. Francis School

The Hasbens: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration McMenamins is hosting a weekend of food, drinks and live music for St. Patty’s! 2-4pm. Free.

Open Space Event Studios St. Patty’s Day Party St. Patty’s Day brings an awesome lineup of rock and bluegrass music featuring local bands The Jabs, Blackstrap Bluegrass and The Rakes of Bend. Guinness available for purchase, no cover! All ages. 7-11pm. Free.

River’s Place Irish Music Till the Wheels Come Off is a local Celtic jam band, playing traditional Irish folk songs with an American accent. They will have a variety of Irish style beers, of course! 6-8pm. Free.

Silver Moon Brewing Twisted Insane, Mitchy Slick, J Meast, The Clummzys and More Two legendary West Coast rappers Twisted Insane and Mitchy Slick bring the party to Silver Moon Brewing! 8-11pm.

Volcanic Theatre Pub Legendary Shack Shakers, Hillybilly Casino and Beyond the Lamplight Led by their charismatic, rail-thin frontman and blues-harpist JD Wilkes, the Shack Shakers are a four-man wrecking crew from the South whose explosive interpretations of the blues, punk, rock and country have made fans, critics and legions of potential converts into true believers. 8-11:59pm. $20.

18 Saturday

The Belfry Hillstomp w/ The Weather Machine Hillstomp sounds like a boom box blasting from a shopping cart. Two madmen have strapped an engine to the cart, and it’s too big and running too hot. The band’s got a banjo and a megaphone, a washboard and a kick drum. 7pm.

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Sweet Lillies is a string band that performs acoustic soul music. Sweet Lillies will share the stage with Sicard Hollow and Pixie and the Partygrass Boys on Wed. March 22 at 8pm at the Volcanic Theatre Pub. Courtesy Sweet Lillies Facebook


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

Craft Kitchen and Brewery Comedy at Craft: Drew Wilson-McGrath These shows are consistently selling out, so get your ticket now! Drew is a Portland-based comedian with a good heart and good jokes. He rants about not having a Dad (in a fun way), trying to be a dad to multiple stray cats (less fun—not recommended) and asking to be called daddy whenever he visits Jack in the Box (spicy). 8-10pm.

Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards Reno & Cindy Another great season of concerts at the vineyard with Reno and Cindy’s live music! An amazing duo and great vocals! Reno comes from great music heritage and can play almost any song by ear. Raised in Louisiana and raised on songs like “Abraham,” “Martin and John” and “Snoopy vs. the Red Barron.” 5-8pm. $15/adults, free/12 and under.

Flights Wine Bar Live Music at Flights Come grab a great glass of wine, have an incredible dinner and enjoy live music every Saturday at Flights Wine Bar. 6-8pm. Free.

General Duffy’s Annex Matt Martin and The .45’s Matt Martin is a singer-songwriter from Central Oregon. He performs on a regular basis throughout the state and is expanding to new areas very soon. Matt loves to write about life experiences. A true country boy who sings from the heart. 6-9pm.

High Desert Music Hall YOUNI Drag: “We’re All Born Naked And The Rest Is Drag (Rupaul)” YOUNI Drag is a celebration of the human experience! All are welcome! Everyone is invited! Dress how ever you want! Show up as yourself... your authentic self! Don’t stress over traditional definitions of drag. Dance! Sing! Catwalk! Prizes and surprises! 7-10pm. $15.

Hub City “La Magia De Tierra Caliente” & DJ Tagrillo Live music with “La Magia De Tierra Caliente” and DJ Tagrillo. Dance the night away with these two acts. 9pm-1am. $25.

Northside Bar & Grill Strong Alibi Classic and hard rock covers and originals! 8-11pm. Free.

Open Space Event Studios Latin Music Night Manzanita Grill brings you Universo Musi-K-liente, a touring PNW Ranchero band. Come ready for dancing, tacos and cervezas! DJ Rudy Arroyo will get the night started. Don Goyo’s will be grilling up food on the patio. 8pm-1am. $35.

The Outfitter Bar at Seventh Mountain Resort Brandon Campbell Trio Shortly after dissolving The Graveyard Farmers and relocating to a remote mountain town north of Los Angeles, Campbell began delving into the music of Gypsy Swing and the guitarist Django Reinhardt. With his penchant for mystery and the macabre, Brandon began forming his own take on the style. 4-7pm. Free.

River’s Place Saturday Jazz Sessions The Bendtet is a 6-piece instrumental ensemble celebrating the sounds and arrangements of jazz; including hard bop, bebop, standards, blues, soul, fusion, Latin and R&B styles. 6-8pm. Free.

Silver Moon Brewing Jeffery Martin Jeffrey Martin is writing for his fourth full-length album at a deliberative pace and making plans to enter the studio to record this winter. All the struggle, hurt, strife and heartbreak that comes from living in this world are laid bare and unvarnished, yet somehow, Martin manages to mine and make space for what beauty remains. 7-10pm.

Volcanic Theatre Pub Watkins Glen Named after the largest rock concert of the 70s, Watkins Glen is an Oregon-based rock ‘n’ roll band that strives to create truly magical musical moments via the adventure of wanderlust-driven improvisation, while delivering a living, breathing tribute to the enduring legacies of four legendary American rock ‘n’ roll bands. 8-11pm. $11.43.

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Over the Edge Taphouse Heller Highwater

Trio at Over the Edge Heller Highwater Trio will be playing at this great Taphouse in Crooked River Ranch. 6-9pm. Free.

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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.

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

Flights Wine Bar Trivia at Flights Wine Bar

Join Sundays for trivia with King Trivia! Free to play! Get a group together, and come get nerdy!

Awesome prizes and as always, delicious food and drinks! 4-6pm. Free.

Hub City Bar & Grill Kristi Kinsey Blues

Jam Open jam with full band hosted by Kristi Kinsey. 5-8pm. 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 Marianne Wilson Singer-songwriter playing a mix of blues, alternative and folk. 5-7pm. Free.

Silver Moon Brewing Not’Cho Grandma’s Bingo Silver Moon is partnering 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! 10am. Free/GA, $10/early entry.

Silver Moon Brewing Open Mic at the Moon

Get a taste of the big time! Sign-up is at 4pm! Come checkout the biggest and baddest open mic night in Bend! 5-8pm. Free.

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

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

Silver Moon Brewing 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.

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.

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

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The Commons Cafe & Taproom Storytellers Open Mic StoryTellers open mic nights are full of music, laughs and community. Ky Burt is the host. Sign-ups start at 5pm sharp in the cafe, and spots go quick. 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. 6pm. Free.

River’s Place Bingo! Have a beer, win some money and help out a local nonprofit. In March, River’s Place will play for Harmony Farm Sanctuary that is dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating neglected, unwanted and abused farmed animals. 6-8pm. Cards $1-$5.

Volcanic Theatre Pub The Stone

Foxes and Emily Wolfe Shannon and Spence Koehler are men of The West. Californians through and through, the brothers know that the Golden State encompasses two halves; abundance and pain. Fruit and fire. Their latest sound flaunts that dichotomy. It’s what they describe as “if Ennio Morricone and T. Rex had a baby.”

8-11:59pm. $20.

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.

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AVID Cider Co. Taproom Bingo with a Brit

Join with the favorite bloke Michael as MC, and win prizes, swag, gift cards, weekly cash prize and an end-of-the-month cumulative cash jackpot. $10 per booklet (5 games/booklet). 6:30-8:30pm.

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

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

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

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.

Elixir Wine Group Locals Music Open Mic Night Come down to Elixir Winery and Tasting Room at 11 NW Lava Rd in Bend for open mic live music, award winning wines, handmade empanadas and other small bites. 6-9pm. This is the only working winery, grape to glass, in Deschutes County, so come on down for a tasting! 6-9pm. Free with glass of wine.

Elixir Wine Group Locals Music Night & Open Mic Join a cozy community of appreciative musicians and patrons. Great music, great wine and beer, great times. Small bites available. 6-9pm. Free.

JC’s Bar & Grill Trivia Nite with Trivia Girl Compete with your peers and test your knowledge of current events, music and other random categories while enjoying 75 cent wings! Also, JC’s trivia separates themselves from the rest with a physical challenge! 7-9:30pm. 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.

Crosscut Warming Hut No 5 Grits n’ Gravy Relax with a pint and enjoy great local music! 6-8pm. Free.

Northside Bar & Grill Accoustic Open Mic with Derek Michael Marc Head down to the Northside Bar and Grill Wednesdays to catch local artists perform live. 7-9pm. Free.

Seven Nightclub & Restaurant The CO

Show The CO Show is a free comedy showcase! Doors open at 7pm show starts at 8pm! Central Oregon Comedy Scene and Karaokaine productions have teamed up to bring this show to you! It’s co-hosted with multiple hosts, co-produced for Central Oregon! 8pm. Free.

Volcanic Theatre Pub Sicard Hollow / Sweet Lillies / Pixie Partygrass Boys Nashville’s psychedelic punk-grass rockers, Sicard Hollow, grew up sick of any existing institution telling them who and what to be. Now, as they navigate adulthood, the band’s equally tired of the music institutions telling them what their music should sound like—so they dunked it in patchouli and a skate-and-destroy ethos. 8-11:59pm. $15.


Bend Pops Orchestra Winter

Concert The program includes classic selectionsBlue Tango, Take Five and Millennium and Wonder Woman. Special oboist, Ryan Zwahlen, will perform Belini’s Oboe Concerto. March 19, 2pm. Trinity Lutheran Church, 2550 N.E. Butler Market Rd., Bend. Free.

Irish Rambling House In Ireland, the neighbors would pick a house to ramble in the evenings to share music, dance and story. It was these settings that bore their humor, charm and a sense of community and togetherness which is what Rambling House exemplifies. March 17, 7:30pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. Contact: 541-317-0700. $32-$47 (plus $3 historic preservation fee).

Open Hub Singing Club Sing in community... for the simple joy of creating meaning and beauty together! All voices and experience levels welcome. The group believes singing is a birthright and are reclaiming this ancient technology for belonging and well-being. The group sings easy-to-learn delicious songs in the paperless aural tradition. First timers are free! Lalalalala!

Sundays, 1-2:30pm. First Presbyterian Heritage Hall, 230 NE Ninth St., Bend. Contact: 541-2416182. $10-$20.

Sunday Crystal Bowl Sound Bath with Reiki Sound bath is a passive healing journey with crystal bowls. Bring comfy clothing, pillow and blanket or mat. Sundays, 5:30-6:30pm. Through Aug. 27. Unity Community of Central Oregon, 63645 Scenic Drive, Bend. Contact: 541-350-8448. $10-$20 sliding scale.


Catapult Since 2008, Catapult Entertainment has performed their unique live shadow dances in over 100 cities. Whether guesting on Oprah, Conan O’Brien, the Oscars or reaching the finals of America’s Got Talent, Catapult prides itself on melding cutting edge technology with classic dance and acrobatic techniques. March 21, 7:30pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. Contact: 541-317-0700. info@towertheatre. org. $27-$47 (plus $3 historic preservation fee).

Emily Wolfe is a rock ‘n’ roller who has been playing guitar since she was five years old. Wolfe is known for shredding double necked guitars on stage. Catch her performance with the Stone Foxes at the Volcanic Theatre Pub on Tue., March 21 at 8pm.
BENDTICKET .COM TWISTED INSANE w/ Mitchy Slick, J Meast and More at Silver Moon Brewing MATT MARTIN and The .45’s at General Duffy’s Annex SATURDAY, MAR 18 AT 8PM SATURDAY, MAR 18 AT 6PM FRIDAY, MAR 17 AT 8PM COMEDY @ CRAFT: Drew WIlson-McGrath at Craft Kitchen & Brewery
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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.

3rd Thursday Latin Night Hottest Latin dance night in Bend! Two dance floors, fantastic cocktails and sexy dancing! All are welcome. The salsa and bachata floor opens at 8pm with free salsa lessons with Victoria of Bend Dance. Followed by music hits! On the main floor at 9pm, DJ Cruz will spin the top Latino hits of reggaetón, cumbia, urbano, merengue and banda! Third Thursday of every month, 8pm. The Capitol, 190 NW Oregon Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-410-0048. $5.

Argentine Tango Classes and Dance

Join every Wednesday for Tango classes and dancing! Your first class is free. 6:30-7pm Tango 101 Class, no partner needed! 7-8pm All levels class. 8-9:30pm Open dancing. Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm. Sons of Norway Hall, 549 NW Harmon Blvd., Bend. Contact: 541-728-3234. $5-$10.

Line and Swing Dancing Lessons Line and swing dance lessons every Thursday night at The Cross-Eyed Cricket! Thursdays, 7-9pm. CrossEyed Cricket, 20565 NE Brinson Blvd., Bend. Free.


Fly Fishing Film Tour 2023 The 17th annual Fly Fishing Film Tour is back in action and hitting the road with a top notch selection of short films that are sure to get you fired up for the season ahead. The 2023 show will feature locations from Cuba to Patagonia, Mexico to Australia and beyond! March 21, 6:15-8:25pm. Sisters Movie House, 720 Desperado Court, Sisters. Contact: 541-549-8833. $15.


Art Viewing Visit Sagebrushers Art Society in beautiful Bend to see lovely work, paintings and greeting cards by local artists. New exhibit every 8 weeks. Visit for information on current shows. Wednesdays, 1-4pm, Fridays, 1-4pm and Saturdays, 1-4pm. Sagebrushers Art Society, 117 SW Roosevelt Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-617-0900. Free.

Artists Exhibit Dry Canyon Arts Association facilitates art exhibits throughout the city of Redmond to inspire a culture of art lovers. Come experience some of Redmond’s amazing artists exhibit their work on the walls of a new farm to table restaurant “Feast Foods Co.” Wednesdays-Sundays, 3pm. Through May 21. Feast Food Co, 546 NW 7th St, Redmond. Free.

COBKA Beekeeping Course Learn about beekeeping in Central Oregon from the Central Oregon Beekeepers Association. A 1-day course to get you started in beekeeping. Price includes a 1-year membership with the organization. For more information, please visit March 18, 8:30am-3:30pm. The Embark Coworking Community, 2843 NW Lolo Dr., bend. Contact: 541-4200423. $20.

Cute Gnome Bunny Paint Party This is a super fun paint party that costs $35 per person, pre-pay. That price includes a 16x20 in canvas, paint, brushes and everything you will need to create this cute painting. So, buy your tickets now and get ready to have a blast! March 20, 4-6pm. Initiative Brewing, 424 NW Fifth St., Redmond. Contact: 949-677-3510. $35.

Kreitzer Open Gallery and Studio Give the gift of a contemporary realist David Kreitzer original. Stunning Central Oregon splendor, water, koi, fantasy, figure and floral. SF Chronicle: “Kreitzer demonstrates the poetic intensity of the old tradition.” Mondays-Sundays, 11am-5pm. Kreitzer Art Gallery and Studio, 20214 Archie Briggs Rd., Bend. Contact: 805-234-2048. Free.

Oils Open Studio with Mike Wise

Michael Wise will lead this open drop in studio for experienced oils artists wishing to explore and develop their skills in a friendly supportive atmosphere. Participants should bring their own materials. Tue, March 21, 2:30-5:30pm, Tue, April 11, 2:30-5:30pm, Tue, April 25, 2:30-5:30pm, Tue, May 9, 2:30-5:30pm and Tue, May 23, 2:305:30pm. Sagebrushers Art Society, 117 SW Roosevelt Ave., Bend. Contact: mikewiseart@gmail. com. $20/members, $30/non-members.

Saturday Wheel Throwing: Beginnings

This class is for beginning potters. It helps people work on the process of throwing through targeted projects. Students will go through throwing, trimming and glazing. This session will focus on lidded jars and mugs. Saturdays, 10am. Through April 1. Tumalo School of Pottery & Craft, 65093 Smokey Butte Dr., Bend. Contact: 458-202-9430. $225.

Visual Joy and Perfection: The Artistry of Master Fine Artist David Kreitzer Join David in the Kreitzer Gallery and Studio, and experience sublime and healing Central Oregon splendor landscapes, the human figure, koi, California vineyards, floral and fantasy oil and watercolor images. Thursdays-Sundays, Noon-5pm. Kreitzer Art Gallery and Studio, 20214 Archie Briggs Rd., Bend. Contact: 805-234-2048. Free.


Beginner Beekeeping Course

Learn about beekeeping in Central Oregon from the Central Oregon Beekeepers Association. A 1-day course to get you started in beekeeping. Price includes a 1-year membership in the organization. For more information, please visit March 18, 8:30am-3:30pm. Sunriver Public Library, 56855 Venture Lane, Sunriver. Contact: 541-420-0423. $20.

Bend Ghost Tours Join for Ghosts and Legends of Downtown Bend Tour and hear all about Bend’s permanent residents! Your spirit guide will lead you through the haunted streets and alleyways of Historic Downtown Bend where you’ll learn about the city’s many macabre tales, long-buried secrets and famous ghosts. Wednesdays-Sundays, 7:30-9pm. Downtown Bend, Bend. Contact: 541350-0732. $25.

Deaf Panel: Witnessing Diverse Experiences What do deaf people want the community to know? Hands and voices is a national parent-lead peer support nonprofit organization helping to empower, educate and build community for parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. March 21, 6-7pm. Downtown Bend Library, 601 Northwest Wall St., Bend. Contact: 541-312-1032. Free.

Comet Impact on Ice Sheet at 12,800 b.p. leading to Global Floods and Extinction of the Megafauna Native oral history and latest scientific research on multiple comet strikes of the North American Ice Sheet about 13,000 years ago. The catastrophe led to rapid glacier melting, flooding and sudden ocean level rise. Extinction of 100 kinds of Megafauna ensued. Photos of Pacific Northwest flood scapes will be shown. March 18, 4-6pm. The Juniper Room at Crooked River Ranch, 5195 Southwest Club House Rd., Terrebonne. Contact: 541-923-8021. $2 suggested donation.

Know Underwater: Simplify Your Spending and Saving Strategies Don’t go underwater on your finances; explore helpful tips in this seminar. This is an in-person program. Do you know the four uses of cash? In this seminar, the group will leverage this framework to manage your monthly spending, streamline your bank accounts, control debt and take advantage of investments. March 20, 6:30-7:30pm. Downtown Bend Public Library - Brooks Room, 601 NW Wall St., Bend. Contact: 541-312-1063. Free.

Know Underwater: What Can Algae

Tell Us? Learn what algae research can tell about the future of aquatic ecosystem health and macroalgae’s potential to play an important role in future sustainable diets. Presented by James Fox, Research Associate in the Department of Microbiology at Oregon State University. In collaboration with The Roundhouse Foundation. March 22, 6-7pm. Downtown Bend Library, 601 Northwest Wall St., Bend. Contact: 541-3121029. Free.

March Nature Night: Wild Horses, Wolves and Other Wildlife of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation Join Deschutes Land Trust and Austin L. Smith, Jr., the general manager of the Branch of Natural Resources for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, to take a closer look at wildlife and wildlife management on the Warm Springs Reservation. Registration required to attend this event. March 22, 7-8:30pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. Contact: 541-330-0017. Free.

New Discoveries at the Cooper’s Ferry Site in Western Idaho Archaeological excavations conducted at the Cooper’s Ferry site in Western Idaho provide perspectives on early technological designs dating to 16,000 years ago used by the first Americans. The group will discuss these findings and talk about what they tell about the earliest human inhabitants of the Americas. March 16, 7-8:30pm. Obsidian Hall, OSU-Cascades, 1500 SW Chandler Ave., Bend. Contact: 903-477-2168. Free.

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The Stone Foxes is a brother duo from California, Shannon and Spence Koehler. The duo plays punk rock music and gets people up out of their seats for a night of excitement. Head to the Volcanic Theatre Pub on Tue., March 21 at 8pm to listen. Courtesy The Stone Foxes Facebook

Know Underwater: Water Is Life

The cultural, political and spiritual importance of the Klamath River as viewed through an Indigenous lens. View the importance of water through an Indigenous lens. This will be a discussion about the role of water in tribal life with a specific emphasis on the Klamath River. March 16, 6-7pm. Downtown Bend Public Library - Brooks Room, 601 NW Wall St., Bend. Contact: 541-312-1063. Free.

Object and Spirit: The Life and Story of Plateau Objects in Museum Collections Join Phillip Cash Cash, Ph.D., (Weyíiletpuu/Cayuse, Niimíipuu/Nez Perce) and Professor Michael Holloman (Colville Confederated Tribes) in a discussion about living Plateau objects and museums. March 16, 6-7:30pm. High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Highway 97, Bend. Contact: 541-382-4754. $10/GA, $9/members, free/tribal members. Pearl Harbor, Pants and a Piece of Paper Explore the impact of Pearl Harbor on gender roles and fashion. Dec. 7, 1941 changed the course of history. The attack on Pearl Harbor also caused immediate changes to gender roles within the United States, altering women’s lives and even their clothing. Presented by Valarie Anderson and Eileen Tannich Gose. March 18, 2-3pm. East Bend Public Library, 62080 Dean Swift Rd., Bend. Contact: 541-312-1063. paigef@ Free.

Raise the Deschutes Seminar Series

Deschutes River Conservancy’s Seminar Series was created to increase regional water knowledge, understanding of local issues and awareness of available solutions. This month’s topic is, Bringing The Fish Home: Fish Reintroduction and River Restoration in the Upper Deschutes Basin. Drinks available for purchase. Don Goyo’s Tacos open till 8pm. March 21, 6-8pm. Open Space Event Studios, 220 NE Lafayette Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-410-5866. Free.


Acting Class with Writer-Director-Instructor John Breen Bend Institute of Comedy Presents Acting & Scene Study with writer-director John Breen where he’ll apply his imaginative, liberating approach to getting in the moment on stage or on camera for both dramatic and comedic scenes. Some Meisner work, physical work, character work, internal energy and scene breakdown process! Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm. Through March 28. Redmond Grange Hall, 707 SW Kalama, Redmond. Contact: 541-604-2072. $145

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The Evolve Experience The Evolve Experience is a unique arts-based performance from award-winning, Portland-based nonprofit Red Door Project that explores the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color through monologues and past interviews with police officers. Recommended for ages high school and above. March 19, 2-4:30pm and March 20, 6:30-8:30pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. Contact: 541-330-4376. Free.

Sunriver Stars Open 2023 Season with “A Nice Family Gathering” Sunriver Stars presents Phil Olson’s “A Nice Family Gathering.” The story takes place with the first family gathering at the Lundeen household since Dad died. Dad comes back as a ghost to tell his wife of 35 years he loved her, something he neglected to do while living. Fri, March 17, 7-9pm and Sat, March 18, 2-4pm. The Door (a church in Sunriver Business Park across from Three Rivers School), 56885 Enterprise Rd., Sunriver. Contact: 541593-7445. ronpugh@live,com. $15-$20.


RAB Middles Book Club Please join to discuss “Swim Team” by Johnnie Christmas. March 20, 6-7pm. Roundabout Books, 900 NW Mount Washington Dr., #110, Bend. Contact: 541-3066564. Free.

Author Event: “Paddle to the Pacific” by Laurie Wilhite Join Laurie Wilhite to discuss her book, “Paddle to the Pacific,” a journey down the Columbia River by kayak. Fees and books can be purchased through Eventbrite. March 16, 6:30-7:30pm. Roundabout Books, 900 NW Mount Washington Dr., #110, Bend. Contact: 541-306-6564. $5 or purchase of book.

Dual Book Launch and Reading Join local poet Pamela A. Mitchell for a book launch and reading with Broderick Eaton. Mitchell’s book, awarded 2nd place for American Journal of Nursing’s Book of the Year for Creative Work, explores her career as a nurse and how nature sustained her. March 18, 2-4pm. Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe, 135 NW Minnesota Ave., Bend. Free.

Oregon Author Speed Date Join for this free event as eight Oregon-based authors will be seated around the store. Books will be available for purchase and signing. March 18, 11am-2pm. Roundabout Books, 900 NW Mount Washington Dr., #110, Bend. Contact: 541-306-6564. julie@ Free.

Rediscovered Reads Book Club Please join for Rediscovered Reads Book Club. The group will discuss “Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri. March 22, 6-7pm. Roundabout Books, 900 NW Mount Washington Dr., #110, Bend. Contact: 541-306-6564. Free.

Writers Writing: Quiet Writing Time

Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others’ company. This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events. Bring personal work, read a book or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want. Free, open network WiFi available. Tuesdays, 1:30-4:30pm. Deschutes Public Library-Downtown, 601 NW Wall Street, Bend. Contact: 541-3121063. Free.


Adult Dodgeball (Open Gym) Check out Bend’s favorite social adult co-ed sports league! Drop in for a single game every Wednesday through March 15 and see what the buzz is all about. Sign up solo, with a friend or with a group of friends! Registration available at the door. Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm. Through March 15. Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend, 500 NE Wall Street, Bend. Contact: $10.

How to Start Running this Spring Ready to run this spring? Learn the three things you need to start and keep running with Running Coach Michelle Poirot in this free, online clinic. These beginner-friendly techniques will get you moving and and keep you motivated! Register to get the Zoom link! Go to March 21, Noon. Contact: 503-481-0595. Free.

John Craig Memorial Ski Race and Time John Craig Memorial Ski Race and Tour, a citizen cross-country ski event from the McKenzie Highway to Dee Wright Memorial at McKenzie Pass (from 6-12 miles round trip). Groomed for classic and skate skiing. March 18, 9am-3pm. Sisters, Sisters, Sisters. Contact: 503-914-9584. $20 in advance. Scones on the Cone! Stop by for hot coffee and homemade scones at the top of the cinder cone. Sunrise ski/snowboard! Woooooo!

Saturdays, 7:15-8am. Through March 31. Mount Bachelor Ski Resort - West Village, 13000 SW Century Dr., Bend. Suggested $2 donation.

St. Patrick’s Day Dash The beloved St. Patrick’s Day Dash is back! This family-friendly fun run is in the Old Mill District offering 5K, 10K and 1.3-mile course options. Celebrate your victory at the Post-Dash-Bash with food carts, green beer, a live string band and Irish dancers! After party is open to the public. March 18, Noon-5pm. Old Mill District, 450 SW Powerhouse Dr. Suite 422, Bend. Contact: 541-350-4635. $10-$55.

Taiko of Bend Club Taiko is a form of group drumming with elements of dance and martial art. The Taiko of Bend Club is a beginner’s level club practicing outdoors in Drake Park. Come fragrance-free. Check website for start dates, times and more details: Saturdays. Through Nov. 4. Drake Park, 777 NW Riverside Blvd., Bend. Contact: joanna@ Free.

Thursday Night Run Run through the Old Mill for around 3-5 miles, stay for food and drinks! Thursdays, 6-7pm. Spoken Moto, 310 SW Industrial Way, Bend. Free.

WaterWise Landscape Webinar: Drip Irrigation Fundamentals This is part of a series on learning how to design a yard using the principles of watershed-wise landscaping. Poor irrigation practices are the number one reason plants fail. Want to save your landscape? Join! March 15, 7-8pm. Contact: 541-317-3000. Free, registration required.


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. Ember’s Wildflower Animal Sanctuary and Bunny Rescue, 2584 SW 58th St., Redmond.

The Muddy Souls are teaming up with Skillethead for a St. Patty’s show to remember at The Belfry on Fri., March 17 at 7pm. The Muddy Souls put an alternative twist on classic bluegrass. Courtesy Muddy Souls Facebook


FairWell Festival Releases Lineup

Zach Bryan, Willie Nelson & Family and Turnpike

Troubadours headline the inaugural festival at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center

Big name music artists are taking over the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center on the fourth weekend in July for a three-day festival. Covering genres of folk, country, blues, rock and soul, the FairWell Festival will host 36 artists across three stages.

On Friday, July 21, Turnpike Troubadours, the gritty roots rock band, will headline the night. Additional performances include Gary Clark Jr., Morgan Wade, The Infamous Stringdusters, Charles Wesley Godwin, The Brook & The Bluff and Wyatt Flores.

On Saturday, July 22, country-folk singer-songwriter Zach Bryan is the big name of the night. Bryan has over 14 million monthly listeners on Spotify and over 300 million streams on his heartfelt hit, “Something in the Orange.” Additional performances include Sheryl Crow, Trampled By Turtles, Charley Crockett, Band of Horses, Lucius, Rayland Baxter, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Amigo The Devil, Stephen Wilson Jr. and Trousdale.

On Sunday, July 23, the old-time legend Willie Nelson & Family will take the main stage. Additional music artists include Mt. Joy, Yola, Luke Grimes, Shane Smith & The Saints, Abraham Alexander, 49 Winchester, Bella White, Calder Allen, Y La Bamba, Crayton Farley, Abby Anderson, Haley Heynderickx, AJ Lee & Blue Summit and Caitlyn Rose.

With plans to make this an annual festival, Central Oregon is expected to see many more big-name music artists

come through the high desert, looking forward.

“FairWell Festival celebrates its native Oregon spirit by bringing fans a range of locally sourced culinary options such as a craft beer hall, an exceptional wine experience with a curated selection, and an array of cuisine from local favorites, as well as unique fan experiences including a local craft market, fairground attractions, and more,” said the FairWell Festival lineup press release.

Concert goers have ample ticket options. Three-day general admission tickets range from $199-$600, from GA to VIP. One-day tickets range from $100-$325. For those looking to experience the artists in luxury, platinum tickets are available, ranging from $650-$1,500. For campers, there is an $800 three-day RV pass option. The festival is being produced by C3 Presents, the festival promoter in which Live Nation bought a controlling stake in 2014.

Tickets go on presale on March 16 at 10am PT and public sales will follow with remaining tickets. To purchase tickets online, festival fans can head to

FairWell Festival

July 21-23

Deschutes County Fairgrounds

3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond


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Top, “Diamonds & Gasoline,” “Long Hot Summer Day” and “7 &7” are three of Turnpike Troubadours’ top songs. This country rock band will headline on the first day of the FairWell Festival, Friday, July 21. Left, Willie Nelson has been releasing music since 1962 and hasn’t stopped. Willie Nelson & Family will headline Sunday, July 23 at the FairWell Festival. Right, Zach Bryan is a country-folk artist who started on YouTube in 2017 and quickly gained a huge following with his acoustic releases. Courtesy Willie Nelson Facebook Courtesy Zach Bryan Instagram Courtesy Turnpike Troubadours


Volunteer with Mustangs To The Rescue Volunteers wanted to help with daily horse care at Mustangs To The Rescue. No experience necessary. Call and leave a message or email. Ongoing. Mustangs To The Rescue, 21670 SE McGilvray Rd., Bend. Contact: 541-330-8943.

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

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

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


Competitive Cribbage Play nine games of cribbage versus nine different opponents. Cash prizes awarded based on number of wins. Mondays, 5-8pm. Deschutes Junction, 2940 N Hwy 97, Bend. Contact: 541-530-1112. $2-$18.

Bend Parkinson’s Support Group

Monthly Meeting Parkinson’s Support Group Meetings third Wednesday of every month at the Best Western Premier Bend. Patients and caregivers are welcome to join. These meetings serve as a resource for educational and emotional support. Focusing on providing local services, bridging the gap between medical care and wellness. Fun and engaging! Third Wednesday of every month, 2-3:30pm. Best Western Premier, 1082 SW Yates Dr., Bend. Contact: 541-668-6599. free.

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

Bend Toastmasters Weekly Meeting At Bend Toastmasters Club, the group is practicing the vital skills of public speaking and interpersonal communication that Toastmasters has always offered, combined with the need for technology-enabled remote meetings. The group also has a lot of fun doing it! All are welcome to join at noon for the weekly meeting. Wednesdays, Noon-1pm. Through July 26. Deschutes Downtown Bend Public Library - Meyer Room, 601 N.W. Wall St., Bend. Contact: 206-390-8507. Free.

Board Game Social Club Join every Thursday for Board Game Social Club! Come in and join other gamers in the game library. Whether you’re new to town, board gaming or both, this is the perfect opportunity to connect with other board game players! See you there! Thursdays, 6-10pm. Through Dec. 1. Modern Games, 550 SW Industrial way #150, bend. Contact: 541-6398121. $5.

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

Central Oregon Home Buyer Webinar

Learn all about the home buying process, financing options, contingencies and most importantly, how to position yourself for success in what is still a competitive market! All are welcome: first time buyers, trading up, investors, relocating, etc. . . Visit to register today! Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm. Through March 23. Contact: 503-810-2723. stanton.cass@ Free.

Wild Women Book Club Come join other women in community as participants dive deep into the untamed feminine psyche. This is set up in a way that you can jump in at any time with or without reading the “required” pages. Join in the discussion or just come for a cup of tea and listen! Fourth Wednesday of every month, 6-8pm. The Peoples Apothecary, 19570 Amber Meadow Dr, Bend. Contact: 541-728-2368. $9/online, $10/door.


Absolutely Incredible Kid Day-Free Ice Skating & Celebration Camp Fire Central Oregon invites youth ages 18 and under (200 kids max) to celebrate Absolutely Incredible Kid Day with free ice skating, activities, a raffle, tasty treats and more! Kids skate for free while adults in their lives will write cards, celebrating the kids in their lives! March 16, 2:30-4:15pm. The Pavilion, 1001 SW Bradbury Way, Bend. Contact: 541-382-4682. 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. Contact: 503-4810595. Varies.

Nurturing Positive Parenting Work-

Cultivate Bend Kickoff Event: Cultivating Possibilities Cultivating possibilities: They’re excited to envision the infinite possibilities for Central Oregon as Bill Capsalis, executive director of Naturally Boulder, shares the story of how Naturally Boulder became the preeminent model in the U.S. for natural products CPG communities. Small group breakout networking! March 22, 5:30-7:30pm. Open Space Event Studios, 220 NE Lafayette Ave., Bend. Contact: 650-279-0441. $20-$30.

Bend Italian Culture and Language Meetup Group This group of people are interested in learning the culture and language of Italy. It welcomes all who have an interest in this area. Join this Saturday for a time of learning, culture, conversation and making new friends. Joshua and Patricia are looking forward to meeting everyone. Saturdays, 10:30am-Noon. Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe, 135 NW Minnesota Ave., Bend. Contact: 541981-0230. Free.

Volunteers in Medicine at Their Open House New to Bend or looking for a way to be more involved in the community? Drop by VIM for an open house at St. Charles’ clinic! Get a tour, meet the board and learn more about what they do, who they serve and how you can help. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be available. March 16, 5:30-7:30pm. St. Charles Center for Health and Learning, 2500 NE Neff Rd., Bend. Contact: 541-585-9004. cynthia.hunt@ Free.

Hysteria Comedy Collective: Comedy Writing Workshop Welcome to Hysteria, a comedy collective open to all female-identifying, trans and non-binary folks. Whether you are a seasoned performer or completely new to the scene, Hysteria invites you to join the community of professional, novice and aspiring stand-up comedians. Its mission is to create a space where there is support for each other’s growth as writers/performers, give and receive feedback on materials and foster a more inclusive, progressive and artistic comedy community. Third Wednesday of every month, 5:30-7pm. Open Space Event Studios, 220 NE Lafayette Ave., Bend. $10.

Release, Renew and Become You: Weekly Two Hour Retreats Is it time for you to let go and move on? Your inspired self is yearning to be seen, known and heard. This retreat series offers reflective exercises, inspiration and ceremony to identify your fears, honor your past, clarify your vision, chart your path and intentionally begin your journey forward. Held in the RiverWest Neighborhood. Tuesdays, 9-11am and 7-9pm. Through March 28. Contact: molly@ Sliding scale (see website).


Assistance League of Bend’s Dream Trip Raffle Enter to win an extraordinary escape with Assistance League of Bend’s Dream Trip Raffle. The winner can choose one trip from four selections: private countryside villa in Umbria/ Tuscany, private ocean view villa on the island of St. Martin, family fun at Disney World and custom winemaking experience in Sonoma. All proceeds will benefit children and adults facing hardship in Deschutes County. March 9-April 19. $25.

Snowlab Ballers Bingo Join at The Brown Owl and Lucky’s Woodsman and help raise scholarship funds for SNOWDAYS! Plus sign up for your chance to win your very own pass to the Snowlab where you can design, build and shred your own skis/board. Cash, prizes and fun for all ages! Tuesdays, 6-8pm. Through March 28. The Brown Owl, 550 SW Industrial Way, Bend. Contact: 541822-3799. Free.


Spring Equinox Art Market Spring is just around the corner! Open Space is bringing the beauty of spring to life, inviting you to the Spring Equinox Market! Come by for a bloomin’ good time as we celebrate the season of new beginnings. Presented by Mobile Dance Party & Underground Arts. Support local artists! March 19, 3-9pm. Open Space Event Studios, 220 NE Lafayette Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-410-5866. Free.


Join other caregivers of kids ages 1-10 as the group tackles common challenges in kid-raising using the Positive Discipline Approach. Big feelings, resilience, power struggles and mealtime. Wed, March 15, 9:15am-NoonWed, April 19, 9:15am-Noon-Wed, May 17, 9:15am-Noon and Wed, June 7, 9:15am-Noon. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central OR, 61980 Skyline Ranch Rd., Bend. Contact: 503332-8640. $59.

Street Dog Hero Adoption Event

The Street Dog Hero crew will visit the Muddy Hut Pet Store in Sunriver. Come stop by to meet the pups of different sizes/ages looking for their furever homes. March 19, 10am-1pm. Muddy Hut Pet Store, 56825 Venture Ln Suite 110, Sunriver. Free.

Preview the New Preview

The New is your exclusive chance to try out new gear on the mountain (demos are free, lift ticket required to ride). They’ll have several retailers on site to answer questions and help guests make decisions on the type of gear they want to try on the slopes. March 18, 9am-9pm. Hoodoo Ski Area, 27400 Big Lake Road, Sisters. Contact: 541-815-0574. Free.

Process Art Explorers

This class nurtures children’s need to engage in self-driven creativity. The studio features zones for drawing, cutting, gluing, building, painting and story making for artists to bring their ideas to life and expand their creative thinking and problem-solving. Each class includes themed process art invitations with different materials to explore. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 2:30-4:30pm. Through March 23. Wondery Art + Adventure School, 19550 Amber Meadow Dr. Suite 190, Bend. Contact: 541-236-5990. sarah@ $130/month.

Rad Camps Presents Friday Night Skiing and Riding at Hoodoo Rad Camps’ guided night skiing trips leave from Bend in the Rad Vans at 4:30pm after school and head up to Hoodoo Ski Area. Participants can ski with our guides or explore on their own. Ages 7-17. Visit Fridays, 4:30-10:30pm. Through March 17. Highland Elementary School, 701 NW Newport Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-204-0440. $99.

Success Skills Acting and Improve


This multi nonprofit endeavor will teach youth acting techniques, engage their imagination, increase youths attention span and self awareness while exploring their inner world. Thursdays, 1:25-2:25pm and Thursdays, 1:25-2:25pm. Through June 8. Samara Learning Center, 230 NE Ninth St., Bend. Contact: 541419-3324. $287.

Wild Wednesday Art Adventure

The group will begin class at the studio with themed process art invitations with different materials for children to explore, experiment and create with. The group will then go on an art adventure exploring a nearby natural area. Each week will include a new topic/concept to explore outdoors, journaling and projects inspired by nature. Wednesdays, 1-4:30pm. Through March 22. Wondery Art + Adventure School, 19550 Amber Meadow Dr Suite 190, Bend. Contact: 541-2365990. $180/month.

Pixie and the Partygrass Boys are all about meshing punk, party, bluegrass and fun in its songs. Don’t miss this high energy performance at the Volcanic Theatre Pub on Wed. March 22 at 8pm. Courtesy Pixie and the Partygrass Boys Press
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Youth Class: Custards From pastry cream to Bavarian cream there is so much that you can do with custards. Have your child (age 7-17) join in this hands-on class where they will learn to make a variety of custards. March 18, 5:30-9pm. Kindred Creative Kitchen, 2525 NE Twin Knolls Drive, Bend. Contact: 541-640-0350. $50.

Couple’s Night: St. Patrick’s Day Feast

It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Join in this hands-on class where the group will explore Irish cuisine and make a 3-course meal. Of course Irish food is better with beer, so each course will be paired with beer. Cheers! See website for registering instructions. March 17, 5:30-9pm. Kindred Creative Kitchen, 2525 NE Twin Knolls Drive, Bend. Contact: 541-640-0350. kindredcreativekitchen@ $160.

Long Shadows Wine Dinner You may have heard of or tried the wines “Pedestal,” “Feather” or “Poet’s Leap,” all made by Long Shadows Vintners in Walla Walla. Join to celebrate their 20th anniversary for a special 5-course wine pairing dinner, discussed by Matthew Wollen, Northwest sales and marketing manager. March 15, 6:30pm. Flights Wine Bar, 1444 NW College Way Suite 1, Bend. Contact: 541-728-0753. $150.

Meet the Chefs at The Ale Apothecary

A corned beef slider with sauerkraut made with the wild ale is your invitation to meet Rob & Austin of Back to the Table! This kicks the partnership, so come taste what they are planning for the tasting room. Free with beverage purchase and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! March 17. The Ale Apothecary Tasting Room, 30 SW Century Dr. Ste 140, Bend. Contact: 541-350-3226. Free.


Cross Cut Warming Hut: Locals’ Day!

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

Dinner & A Show at Worthy

Locals’ Night with The Bluegrass Collective Monday is the day to be at Silver Moon Brewing! Come on down and join the local family all day every Monday! Silver Moon offers $3 pints of the core lineup beers and $4 pours of the barrel-aged beers all day. Come down and sample what’s new while also enjoying the brand new food menu! It’s a steal of a deal that they won’t be chasing you out the door for! Mondays. Silver Moon Brewing, 24 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend.

OBG Beer Pairing Dinner Fundraiser

Join hosts Cascade Lakes Brewing and Crux Fermentation Project for a 4-course beer-paired dinner to raise funds for the Oregon Brewers Guild. Every ticket purchased also includes one raffle ticket. Learn more about the guild and its important work for Oregon craft beer via their website: March 20, 5:308pm. Cascade Lakes Brewpub, 1441 SW Chandler Ave., Bend. Contact: $95.

Bottle & Board Mondays Join on Mondays at Bend Wine Bar for local, small batch Oregon and Washington wines at the Box Factory. Take $5 off any white wine and cheese, salami or charcuterie board or $10 off a red wine and board. Tasting room for The Winery at Manzanita. Mondays, 2-9pm. The Bend Wine Bar & Winery Tasting Room, 550 SW Industrial Way, Suite 194, Bend. Contact: Free.

Sunday Brunch at Faith Hope & Charity Vineyards Please join on Sunday mornings for the new brunch in the cozy tasting room. Egg scramble, egg frittata, roasted potatoes, pork loin, biscuits and gravy, three cheese grits, yogurt and cranberry compote with candied nuts, candied walnut french toast casserole, sausage and bacon and a variety of pastries. Sundays, 11am-1pm. Through March 26. Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards, 70450 NW Lower Valley Dr., Terrebonne. Contact: 541-526-5075. $32/adults, $15/children 12 and under.

Wine Tasting Every Third Thursday Our resident wine expert, David, will pour hand-selected wines from across Oregon and around the globe. He’ll introduce you to new grapes, producers and styles. He will help you select unique and exceptional wines from a continually rotating selection. Stop by anytime between 5-7p. Third Thursday of every month, 5-7pm. West Coast Provisions, 2735 NW Crossing Dr., Bend. Free.

Adult Ballet Learn or rediscover the art of ballet on Thursday nights. Adult ballet is an open-level class for adult learners and dancers. All levels of previous experience are welcome, and no previous experience is required. Enjoy some time for yourself in a healthy and fun way! Thursdays, 7:30-8:30pm. Through June 15. Academie de Ballet Classique, 162 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-382 4055. $30 registration fee, $76/month tuition.

Bend Zen Meditation Group Bend Zen sits every Mon, evening at 7. Arrive at 6:45pm to orient yourself and meet others. The group has two 25-minute sits followed by a member-led Dharma discussion from 8:05-8:30pm. All are welcome! Learn more and sign up for emails at Mondays, 6:45-8:30pm.

Brooks Hall at Trinity Episcopal Church, 469 Wall St., Bend. Contact: Donations accepted.

Drop In Monday Meditation Open to all!

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

Grief Reframed for Teens Teens need each other now more than ever. This safe space allows teens to hold and be held as they navigate the struggles of growing up and dealing with loneliness, loss, divorce, death and anxiety, in these challenging times. Both a grief counselor and licensed mental health therapist are present. Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm. Good Grief Guidance, 33 NW Louisiana Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-223-9955. $50.

Guided Forest Bath Forest Bathing is the practice of immersing yourself in the forest through sensory connection. This practice will slow you down and deepen your relationship with nature and others. It is a great practice for friend groups and families. This guided experience is hosted by Missie Wikler, a certified forest therapy expert. Saturdays, 10am-Noon Through March 25. Shevlin Park, 18920 Shevlin Rd., Bend. Contact: 541-316-9213. $35.

Happy Hip-Hop Nothing but fun in this high energy class for boys and girls! 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 and is a blast! Fridays, 3:50-4:35pm. Through June 16. Academie de Ballet Classique, 162 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-382-4055. $30 registration fee, $66/month tuition.

Introductory Aikido Course Join an 8-week aikido course starting Feb. 15, covering the basic principles, movements and arts of aikido. Learn to calm your mind, handle conflict peacefully, defend yourself proactively and grow in confidence. Includes instruction in dojo etiquette, history, ukemi (rolling) and basic aikido techniques. Gi and belt included. Wednesdays, 5:30-6:45pm. Through April 5. Oregon Ki Society, 20685 Carmen Loop, Suite 110, Bend. Contact: 541-350-7887. $100.

Kirtan: Celebrate With the Bend Bhakti Collective Kirtan, sacred song, dance and community. Celebrate with the Bend Bhakti Collective. Thursdays, 6-7pm. First Presbyterian Heritage Hall, 230 NE Ninth St., Bend. Contact: 541-382-4401. Free-$20.

Parent Grief Group The parent group is open to any caregiver who would benefit from the support of others along the journey of loving our kids into being, no matter life’s challenges. whether it be through divorce, death, illness, conflict, addiction, anxiety or depression. Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm. Good Grief Guidance, 33 NW Louisiana Ave, Bend. Contact: 541-223-9955. $50.

Reiki Treatment Reiki treatments every Wednesday. Benefits include: deep relaxation, centering and calming; enhanced sense of well-being; soothes anxiety and depression; balances the nervous system; improves sleep; eases pain; improves concentration and mental clarity; boost the immune system and clears the body of toxins; promotes healing. Wednesdays, 9am1pm. Through April 26. Hawthorn Healing Arts Center, 39 NW Louisiana Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-330-0334. $90.

Spring Equinox Crystal Sound Bath

Celebration Celebrate the coming of spring with an ethereal sound bath produced from Sirah playing seven quartz crystal singing bowls and a crystal lyre. March 18, 5-6pm. Hanai Foundation, 62430 Eagle Rd., Bend. Contact: 541-668-1716. $35.

Spring Equinox Forest Bathing Celebrate spring with a gentle guided forest bathing walk. The spring equinox holds a powerful energy for growth and clarity. Take this time for yourself to rest, connect deeply to nature and create space to illuminate what seeds you want to plant for the months ahead. Includes wildcrafted tea. March 19, 1-2:45pm. Tumalo State Park, 64120 O. B. Riley Rd, Bend. Contact: $30.

Shadow Yoga Basics, Donation-Based Introduces principles and practices of Shadow Yoga, with an emphasis on the lower structure and building the pathway of power. Pay what you can. Mondays, 6-7 p.m. Continuum, A School of Shadow Yoga, 155 SW Century Dr., Suite 112, Bend. Contact: 541-588-2480. $1-$9.

Thriving with Diabetes Classes Synergy Health & Wellness hosts spring Thriving with Diabetes 4-week classes. The classes are designed to help adults with Type 2 Diabetes lower HbA1c, decrease complications and have a better quality of life. Each class is taught by registered dietitian nutritionists and certified diabetes educators. More Saturdays, 9-11am. Through March 25. Synergy Health & Wellness, 361 NE Franklin Ave. Building C, Bend. Contact: 541323-3488. Covered by most insurance plans.

Yoga For Hips Join Heather Furtney for 75 minutes dedicated to the hips! You will explore all the ranges of motion in the hip with an emphasis on balancing stability and flexibility in the joint. Find release in the joint that holds emotions! Hatha style class. All levels welcome. March 18, 4-5:15pm. Bend Hot Yoga, 1230 NE 3rd St. UnitA320, Bend. Contact: yoga@bendhotyoga. com. $10/BHY members, $20/non-members.



Join for a special night of live music and a delicious dinner at Worthy Brewing! They’ll be hosting musical act, Rich Hurdle and Friends, who will perform instrumental jazz and Latin standards as well as originals in the hop mahal. March 16, 7:30-9pm. Worthy Brewing, 495 NE Bellevue Dr., Bend. Contact: 541-323-0964.

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


Flow Into Spring Join for an expansive afternoon full of community, yoga, nourishment and DIY smudging, as everyone welcomes the vernal equinox! If cost is an obstacle, please reach out to at March 19, 2-5pm. Hanai Foundation, 62430 Eagle Road, Bend. Contact: 541-668-6494. $45.

Masculine Embodiment Journey 7-week journey for fathers, sons and husbands. Radical accountability and authenticity in a small group around a sacred fire in the pines. Online checkins plus one-on-one coaching included to help you find more vitality, presence and love. No man turned away for lack of funds. Brotherhood is the medicine. Wednesdays, 7-9pm. Through April 12. Private Home, Deschutes River Woods, Bend. Contact: 541-668-7594. $1,350.

Rick Miller Celebration Of Life Rick Miller has been a founding member of KPOV and has had a show on Saturdays called "Center Stage" for over a decade. He is well known in the music and entertainment community and has helped facilitate fundraisers for KPOV, such as the popular Beatle sing-a-longs. In addition, he was a local singer-songwriter, performing in several bands and a member of the Central Oregon Song Writers Association. He is loved and respected in this community and will be missed by so many. The community is invited to his celebration of life! Sat., March 18, 1-4 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Church, 469 NW Wall St., Bend. Free.

Skillethead knows how to do bluegrass. This band’s string and vocal harmony stays true to the genre, but the group also has its own sound. Stomp along to Skillethead’s music at the Belfry on Fri., March 17 at 7pm. Courtesy Skillethead Press

What to Eat in Bend, Second Course

A Bend local shares some of her favorite dishes from restaurants around the region… part two

If you've read my articles over the past 20 years, you know I love to tell anyone who will listen my great-grandparents moved to Powell Butte in 1917, my Irish cousins started the D and D bar in the 1930s, and I survived the halls of Crook County High School in the 1980s.

People always ask me what I like to eat around here.

In November I shared a list of some of my favorites, including scallops at Marcello’s, eggs benedict at Corey’s and a steak burger at Tumalo Feed Co. This time around, I’m sharing five more.

Here’s what I eat:

Creamed Cabbage at Rancher Butcher


Who knew there was something better than steakhouse creamed spinach? RBC did! The cabbage is creamed with breadcrumbs and whole-grain mustard. It’s a sleeper side that can be overlooked. Don’t do it! Oh – and the steaks, salads, octopus – also excellent. It’s been hard to get a reservation here for a reason. Most of the meat comes from the Oregon range, and sharing of plates is encouraged.

The Combo #2 at Old Town Pizza

This is West Coast pizza. Italian sausage, salami, pepperoni, mushrooms and black olives piled high. The garlic crust is thick enough to hold the toppings, but thin enough to crunch. On this pizza, it’s all about the thinly sliced onions.

Munchies at The Flamingo Room

The servers appear out of the darkness with special drinks and pieces of bread, tins of sardines, pickled vegetables and potato chips. Super hip, but in a kind and welcoming way, like their sister bar San Simón.

Tiger Prawn Cocktail and Steak Frites in a Pine Tavern snug room

Private dining at the Pine Tavern is perfect for couples, the elderly and people who like to pretend they are on a train. The prawn cocktail features big meaty shrimp with a really good homemade cocktail sauce. Don’t forget to ask for their signature extra scones with honey butter.

Pork Lo Mein at Chan’s Chinese

Thick, chewy noodles stir-fried with sliced vegetables and pork. The dish tastes as good cold as it does hot, which is key because every entree from Chan’s is enough to last for a few days. A great Sunday take-out.

In November I shared a list of some of my favorites, including scallops at Marcello’s, eggs benedict at Corey’s and a steak burger at Tumalo Feed Co. This time around, I’m sharing five more.
Top left, Old Town Pizza offers garlic crust that's thick enough to hold up, but thin enough to crunch. Top right, various munchies at the Flamingo Room, perfect for any craving. Bottom left, Tiger Prawn Cocktail with big juicy shrimp and home made cocktail sauce. Bottom right, Pork Lo Mein at Chan's Chinese, everyday comfort food. Sara Freedman Courtesy Cobblestonerider via Trip Advisor Courtesy Flamingo Room Instagram Courtesy Chowa-Rides-Again via Trip Advisor

St. Patty’s Treats in NWX The “Climatarian” shake at Mountain Burger

Mountain Burger has been serving up some creative eats since opening in Northwest Crossing in September – and while much of that creativity has come in the way of inventive “burgers of the week” dreamed up by members of the staff, this week, it’s also found in a sweet treat made in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

Mountain Burger is offering a vegan mint milkshake titled the Leprechaun Green Climatarian Shake, now through the end of March. It features that signature green color that diners look for in their St. Patty’s Day foods. The vegan milkshakes are one part of Mountain Burger’s goal of sustainability.

"We're excited to offer our guests a delicious and sustainable way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day," Chef Justin

Goin stated in a press release. "Our goal is to make sustainable dining easy and enjoyable for everyone, and this milkshake is just one example of how we're working towards that goal."

Mountain Burger also has a burger option designed with St. Patty’s Day in mind. Its Burger of the Week this week is aptly titled the St. Patty Burger and was designed by Chef Goin. It features melted Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, house-made corned beef, stone ground mustard aioli and of course, a beef patty. It’s available through March 19.

Mountain Burger

2747 NW Crossing Dr., Bend

St. Patty’s Day Food at Ale Apothecary

The start of new food pairing options at the beloved wild-fermented beer spot

Central Oregonians can find a roundup of live music happening on St. Patrick’s Day by heading to this week’s Culture section – but for those who are in it just for the beer and food, then The Ale Apothecary might be your jam.

On St. Patrick’s Day, from 4 to 7pm, Robert Hipp and Austin Grant of the chef and catering service Back to the Tables will be making up corned beef sliders and offering them free to patrons buying beer. The two chefs are cooking up their own sauerkraut and beef, so for those of Ale Apothecary’s vintage batch, wild-fermented, barrel-aged brews, it’s pretty much a win all around.

The partnership between Back to the Tables and Ale Apothecary won’t stop there; according to The Ale Apothecary’s Facebook page, “this is just the start of having food pairing options at our tasting room.”

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Get your green on this Friday and find a Central Oregon St. Patrick’s Day celebration that stands out to you. With so many options, we 've rounded up all of the ones we’ve heard about in one easy spot. From local live music jam nights to classic performances to DJ dance parties, Central Oregon has ample options for St. Patty’s Day partiers. Choose one, two or a few to hit on your Friday night out. Bend loves another day and reason to celebrate beer.

All events are happening on March 17.



Going Out in Green On St. Patty’s Day

From classic, traditional sounds of bluegrass from Skillethead, to experimental tunes from The Muddy Souls, these two bands will perform with high energy and get the audience dancing. In the historic Belfry, vibes will be on at this St. Patty’s celebration. 7-11pm. The Belfry, 302 E Main Ave., Sisters. $17.



Catch the Rumpeppers, Mari and Manuel, Chiggi Momo and Palo Sopraño at Bunk+Brew. Get your lucky green on and party with live music, Irish drinks, food trucks, firepits and friends. 6pm. The Yard at Bunk + Brew, 42 NW Hawthorne Ave., Bend. Free.



M&J is bringing live music to the tavern for a St. Patty’s night to remember (or not remember). This 21+ party will rock your green socks off. 9pm-late. M&J Tavern, 102 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. Free.

A roundup of

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Party the night away with the local favorite DJs— Chef’N, Hypernght and Mitch Please. This St. Patty’s celebration will be high energy and full of dancing. 8pm-late. The Capitol, 190 NW Oregon Ave., Bend. $5.



The Sleepless Truckers will perform outlaw country, Americana and southern rock at this party. It’s more than a St. Patty's Day celebration — it’s also the birthday of General Duffy’s! 6-10pm. General Duffy’s Annex, 404 SW Forest Ave., Redmond. $10.



Jam out to local bands The Jabs, Blackstrap Bluegrass and The Rakes of Bend. Everyone’s glasses will be full of Guinness and good times. 7-11pm. Open Space Event Studios, 220 NE Lafayette Ave., Bend. Free.



Playing traditional Irish folk, Till the Wheels Come Off is a local Celtic jam band that will perform classic tunes. Celebrating St. Patty’s Day, the right way, a variety of Irish beers will be available, too! 6-8pm. River's Place, 787 NE Purcell Blvd., Bend. Free.



On stage at the Tower, the Irish Rambling House will perform in an intimate setting with a variety of acts. From harmonic tunes to dancing to singing, each act will wow the audience and take people back to the old Irish days. 7:30pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $32-$47 (plus $3 historic preservation fee).



Get your green on and get out to Redmond to party at Hub City. With DJ music, dancing and special selections, this is a celebration that will keep you up all night long. 8pm-1:30am. Hub City Bar & Grill, 2498 S. HWY 97, Suite E, Redmond. Free.



West Coast rappers—Twisted Insane, Mitchy Slick, J Meast, The Clummzys and more—will keep the dance party going over at Silver Moon this St. Patty’s Day. This performance pairs nicely with a green beer pouring from the taps at Silver Moon. 8-11pm. Silver Moon Brewing, 24 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. $20.

Kicking off the night will be One Mad Man music, and starting at 5:30pm, Irish dancers from Brimhall Academy will perform. After the dance, Dive Bar Theology will cap the lucky night off. 4-8pm. Bend Brewing Co., 1019 NW Brooks St., Bend. Free.



Three local live music worlds will collide at this concert celebration. Local band members from Motel Kalifornia, Precious Byrd and High Street Band will play dance tunes, and attendees can eat corned beef and cabbage and Irish specialties. 5-8pm. Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards, 70450 NW Lower Valley Dr., Terrebonne. $25/adults, free/12 and under.



Throw on some green and get to the Volcanic for this show! These three bands will light up the night with upbeat bluegrass and punk rock energy. 8-11:59pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $20.


TWO DAYS OF LIVE MUSIC AND IRISH STOUT Central Oregon’s local favorites are playing all through the afternoon and into the night on Friday and Saturday to celebrate this lucky day. The Hasbens, The Ballybogs, Coyote Willow and more will take over the three stages. Fri.-Sat., March 17-18, 1-11pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St., Bend. Free.

Party like the Irish and find a safe ride home! If you know of a party that isn’t on this list, email the information to, and we will put it on our online calendar.

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The Best and Worst of the Academy Awards

The 2023 Oscar wrap-up

Look, I agree that the Oscars is an archaic institution that exist mostly just for Hollywood to pat itself on the back for a year’s worth of moneymaking, shrouded in attempts to remind the viewers about the magic of cinema. As someone who isn’t cynical about movies, I appreciate the attempt, even when it’s not easy to see through all the noise into the heart of what is important about movies in the first place: creating empathy and making the world feel less like a scattering of strangers and something more like a global community of people waiting to understand one another.

The best thing about the Oscars to me is that it gives lesser-known artists a massive push that they wouldn’t have otherwise. As filmmakers, The Daniels now have what is basically a blank check to create whatever they’re passionate about just based on how well “Everything Everywhere All At Once” did during the Academy Awards. It’s hard to completely discount the Oscars when they still have the power to change actors’ and filmmakers’ lives overnight.

The 2023 Academy Awards didn’t have anything quite as headline-grabbing as The Slap from last year, but it was a much stronger ceremony simply for the fact that everything felt a little less desperate and, almost across the board, the speeches from the winners were packed with powerful, honest and heartfelt moments. But, since this is Hollywood we’re talking about, there were also a few awkward and horrible moments sprinkled throughout. Let’s take a look, yeah?

The Worst: Jimmy Kimmel

I don’t think this is a hot take, but I’ll go ahead and say it: Jimmy Kimmel is a hack. Ever since he hosted The Man Show in the late ‘90s into the aughts, Kimmel’s brand of smug masculinity has always leaned into undercutting any genuine emotion with a half-assed joke, and his Oscar hosting was no different. Also, making fun of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzi’s name in 2023 doesn’t sit very well with me.

The Best: The Speeches

From Best Supporting Actor winner Ke Huy Quan speaking directly to his 84-year-old mother watching from home, to multiple-award-winner Daniel Scheinert saying drag is a threat to no one, back around to songwriters M.M. Keeravani and Chandrabose winning Best Original Song for “Naatu Naatu” from “RRR” and Keeravani singing his acceptance speech, the speeches were mostly all deeply warm-hearted and humanist. Michelle Yeoh thanking all the mothers of the world might have made me cry a bit.

The Best: Jenny the Donkey

Donkeys had a rough go at the movies across the last year with “EO,” “The Banshees of Inisherin” and “Triangle of Sadness,” so it was nice to see Jenny the Donkey (from “Banshees”) get led onstage by Kimmel. As sweet as that was, it was the look of pure love and joy on Colin Farrell’s face that really melted my heart. Him blowing a kiss to Jenny might have been my favorite moment of the night.

The Best and Worst: The Winners and Losers

Mostly everything that won was fairly predictable. There weren’t too many big surprises other than the fact that “Everything Everywhere All at Once” won seven of the 11 awards it was nominated for, making it the weirdest and most eclectic Best Picture winner ever. It was also amazing to see BendFilm Festival juror and friend Tallie Medel onstage as the film won Best Picture.

Jamie Lee Curtis winning Supporting Actress was lovely even though Kerry Condon’s work in “Banshees” was astonishing. “Banshees” getting shut out completely was a bit of a bummer, but losing to "EEAAO” across the board isn’t something I can take much umbrage about.

Same with “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On” not winning the Animated Feature Oscar was rough because I think it’s one of the finest movies (animated or otherwise) of the last few years. But Guillermo del Toro winning for “Pinocchio” softens the blow because it’s a beautiful film and I’m always rooting for del Toro.

I cheered when Sarah Polley won Adapted Screenplay for “Women Talking,” one of the most tense and beautifully written films of the last few years, but I would be lying if I didn’t say I wasn’t a little disappointed “Banshees” lost for Original Screenplay. “EEAAO’s” script is brilliant and more than deserving, so I’m only a little disappointed, but the “Banshees” script is a master-class in character and relishes in the beauty of words.

As much as I’m a fan of Brendan Fraser and am excited that he’s having a resurgence, Colin Farrell gave the male performance of the year in “Banshees.” Just sayin’. Same with “Babylon,” a movie that was savaged by critics but to me had easily the best score and production design of the year, neither of which it won.

Otherwise, it was a pretty solid awards show for those of us that care about that sort of thing. Were you happy with the winners? Let us know!

The Daniels accept one of many awards for their mind-blowing creation, "Everything Everywhere All At Once.". No Oscar telecast would be complete without at least one big dance number, this one Bollywood style. Photos courtesy of Getty Images

Understanding Habitat Needs for Greater Sage-Grouse

Local Audubon chapter volunteers engaged in sagebrush-steppe habitat study

Greater sage-grouse are iconic birds of the sagebrush landscape. Their entire life history centers around this habitat type, from nesting sites to food sources, making them a key species across 11 western states and two Canadian provinces. But as icons, this doesn’t make them immune from impacts.

Threats to the sage-grouse such as habitat loss, invasive plants, mining, nest predation, wildfires and other aspects have significantly reduced the bird’s population across the Intermountain West since the 1960s.

“In the last 50 years, sage-grouse have declined by 80%,” said Dr. Stu Garrett, East Cascades Audubon Society member.

Sage-grouse may be best known for the male’s elaborate springtime breeding displays at leks (derived from the Swedish word, lekställe, meaning “mating ground”). A lek is generally an open spot in the sagebrush where the males perform a highly choreographed mating display to attract a female. But post-breeding, the survival of the species is quite literally in the clutches of the females, making protection and restoration of breeding and brood-rearing habitats very important to the species’ conservation.

“Jim Anderson came to me eight years ago and said, ‘Hey, Stu, Audubon needs to get more involved in the sagegrouse issue and would you do that?’” said Garrett. “That’s how it all started.”

Garrett and other ECAS members

formed a group to look at the declining numbers of sage-grouse across their range. “It turns out that there is a period of time in the life cycle of the chicks, the first three to four weeks of their life, where they need very high levels of insects and wildflowers in order to be healthy,” added Garrett. Garrett reflected on leks east of Bend out in the sagesteppe habitat that he first visited in the 1970s, which have now gone extinct.

The group and other researchers came up with a reason associated with this decline — the dearth of native bunchgrasses and wildflowers (forbs) growing in the area. After consultations with agency personnel and ecologists at Oregon State University, the group decided to study how to restore the understory of native grasses and forbs.

A rancher near Brothers permitted the group to conduct the study on their ranch property. One thing the group discovered from their untreated study plots was a lack of seeds in the soil — essentially the seed bank is empty because of the lack of grasses and wildflowers, which become established in the early successional stages of the sagebrush-steppe habitat.

The habitat improvement study includes planting seedlings, spreading seeds and testing sowing seeds with a hand-pushed drill. The volunteers also mowed some mature sagebrush patches that lacked any understory plants to test whether the reduced shading impacted seedling survival or seed sprouting.

Garrett listed several takeaways from the project so far:

• Native forb cover in irrigated areas was 150% higher than in unirrigated areas.

• Forb cover in mowed areas was 150% higher than in unmowed areas.

• Forb cover in seeded and mowed areas was 200% higher than in a control area.

Whereas adult sage-grouse survive in the winter feeding solely on sagebrush leaves, the young chicks can’t survive on sagebrush until they are several months old. “During those first couple of weeks, the chicks eat insects and dandelion-like flowers such as Oregon sunshine and hawkweed and phlox flowers,” said Garrett.

Josh Collins, a retired ecologist with over 50 years in long-range ecological planning, is one of the science team members helping Garrett.

“If you look at the population trends from ODFW’s [Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife] database, which has been carefully curated since the

1960s, and extrapolate out, the suggestion is that the grouse only have several decades left.”

Though large-scale restoration projects for sagebrush are underway, say, after a grassland wildfire, to rebuild breeding habitat, it can take 25-75 years for the sagebrush to mature.

“One of the other things to do in the meantime is to improve existing breeding habitat that is missing some of the key elements such as wildflowers that the chicks eat,” said Collins. Natural regeneration works where the seeds are present, but in many areas, Nature needs a helping hand to bring back grasses and wildflowers. Restoring tens of thousands of acres of habitat may seem like a daunting task, but this group of ECAS volunteers is confident that it’s a positive step in the protection of this iconic species.

East Cascades Audubon Society A male sage-grouse puts on his display at a lek out in the Oregon badlands. To plant seeds, ECAS volunteers spread seed by hand, middle, and with a seed drill, right, in a test plot. Damian Fagan Stu Garrett Stu Garrett


XC Skiing Like A Pioneer Mailman

John Craig Memorial Ski Race and Tour celebrates winter beauty and the story of a journey across the McKenzie Pass

The Oregon Nordic Club will host the John Craig Memorial Ski Race and Tour this Saturday, March 18. This citizen cross-country ski event takes participants over the McKenzie Highway to the Dee Wright Memorial at McKenzie Pass, on groomed trails.

“John Templeton Craig was a pioneer mailman who died during a sudden winter snowstorm on McKenzie Pass in December 1877, in an attempt to deliver mail to the Willamette Valley,” stated on the ONC website. Since 1930, cross-country skiers have been making this trek over the McKenzie Pass in memory of John Craig’s life and efforts.

Ski racers and tour participants have two options: the 12-mile course to the Dee Wright Memorial at the top of McKenzie Pass, or a 6 to 8-mile shorter course to Windy Point. The race is self-timed, open to all levels and starts any time between 9 and 11am. Along the course, there will be rest stops, medical support, monitors and rescue volunteers. At the end of the race, participants will report their time at the registration tables.

Ted Scheinman, John Craig event coordinator, has been participating in the race for about 50 years and has fond memories of racing with his buddies. Scheinman started skiing at two years old and hasn’t stopped.

“I like to hike, and I like to get out to enjoy the outdoors,” Scheinman said. “In the winter, you can get out much further by skiing than snowshoeing. [Cross country skiing] also reminds me of family times, and that’s one thing I’ve noticed, is that there are a lot of families at this ski event.”

With 76 years of skiing under his belt, Scheinman took over the event, revamping the organization, energy and spirit of the ski day. During the pandemic years, only a dozen people showed up, but last year around 200 participants came ready to ski the pass and remember the pioneer mailman.

Due to heavy snow this season, this year’s course may not be able to make it over the entire McKenzie Pass due to avalanche safety concerns, according to Scheinman. The course will maintain the same distance but may not be the same as years prior.

“Safety is number one,” Scheinman said.

Registration is $20 for adults and $5 for children. With registration, participants get a ski bib and an invitation to the post-race pizza party at Takoda’s Restaurant and Lounge in Sisters, sponsored by Next Adventure.

John Craig Memorial Ski Race and Tour Sat., March 18, 9am-3pm East Snow Gate to McKenzie Pass Hwy 242, Sisters $20/adults, $5/children Left, thanks to the Mt. Jefferson Snowmobile Club, courses are groomed before the event. Right, one of the course options takes skiers up to the McKenzie Pass Summit.
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Beer tasters are good for business

CRAFT Tasting Beer in Bend

Most folks know that breweries/ pubs around Bend provide tasters, but recently, I went to Sunriver Brewing pub on Galveston and requested a taster of its Choco Ice Cream Imperial Stout. My server informed me she was unable to provide a taster of this beer because it was specialized. I started to have questions about tasters. I reached out to Sunriver Brewing and a few other breweries to ask a few poignant questions.

I shared my experience and asked Sunriver Brewing: What is the decision process for determining if a taster will be provided for a specific beer? How is it determined if the taster will be free, have a fee or omit from providing a taster at all?

Brett Thomas, founding brewer and director of brewing operations responded with clarifying questions, and an apology for not being provided a taster. He then reached out to Sunriver’s four pubs and provided the taster policies: “Any beer we have on draft may be offered as a taster – typically about an ounce, so that a customer may establish if they have a preference for any particular product. This includes barrel aged beers. I’d add that offering tasters for barrel aged beers is critically important to selling that product as it can be a serious investment for a customer. Draft barrel aged beers are also available as part of a taster tray, with a $3 upcharge. The upcharge coming from higher pour cost associated with barrel aged products.”

Thomas proceeded to provide additional insight: “The way I view tasters of any kind in our pubs is that they are one of the best tools we have for determining a customer’s preference, as well as exposing them to multiple flavors of our beer.” The Choco Ice Cream Imperial stout was great and highly recommended.

I asked Silver Moon Brewing: What beer do you have available right now that you'd really love for people to come in and taste? Angela Moore, “Marketing Magician,” responded with a large list of beers to try: Cosmic Chill IPA, Billy Ray Citrus IPA, Fuzz Phonic, Dark Side Stout and 97 IPA. Moore added

that Silver Moon offers flights of beer at the pub, 5 x 5 ounce pours for only $14. Great deal, and it provides enough beer to share! I recommend Dim Hazy, an easy drinking hazy IPA.

I asked Jason Randles, marketing director for Crux Fermentation Project: Are the tasters provided by Crux free of charge, do they vary in size based on what beer is being tasted, and is there a limit to the number of free tasters a person can receive? Randles responded: “We encourage our guests to try any beer they want. No limit. Free of charge. They're not full 4oz pours but enough to know if you want to commit to a pint.” I recently stopped in and tried Freakcake 2019 alongside Freakcake 2023 (aged for 5 years in barrels). Awesome side by side flight.

Finally, I asked Monkless Belgian Ales to tell me about their tasting flights for a fee. Robin Clements, co-owner, responded: “We sell both four-flight tasters and eight-flight tasters at the Brasserie...customer's choice of what is available on tap or our staff can make curated recommendations based on the types of beers a customer likes. Those are priced respectively at $10/$20 and are served in beautiful hand-crafted barrel stave flight holders. Additionally, we have curated tasting flights that include specialty bottles from the Godfathers of Belgian beers like Westmalle and St. Bernardus, alongside a bottle of Monkless in the same style. These curated tasting flights are a great way to get familiar with traditional Belgian styles. We offer flights of Belgian Tripels, Dubbels and Dark Strong styles. All of the curated Belgian flights are naturally carbonated and bottle conditioned which is a TOTALLY different experience than draft beers and is by far the best way to experience these amazing beers.” Monkless provides my favorite flights. My takeaway; it isn’t common to be denied or charged for a taster. It’s important to provide your feedback to breweries and pubs if you have an odd or unusual experience to give them the opportunity to address it. Tasters are an awesome tool for breweries/pubs and customers alike.

Robin Clements Location: Oregon backcountry

Crossword “Aw Yeah”



1. Taking for-ev-er

5. Feeling uninspired

9. "Ice Ice Baby" vis-à-vis "Play That Funky Music," originally

14. ___ Winston ("Sons of Anarchy" character)

15. Palm Beach County city, for short

16. Part man or part woman?

17. Very faint raven's cries?

19. Pasta strainer, e.g.

20. Garnish on a toothpick

21. "Hard agree"

23. Egg, in some prefixes

25. It's bad in Bordeaux

26. Error in a salon?

35. It has a famous solo in "Swan Lake"

36. Place for a misstep

37. Petco Park player

38. Three-day weekend day: Abbr.

39. "Positive ___ only"

41. Rock to be processed

42. Smokes some weed, e.g.

45. Word alongside a harp on some Euros

46. Babymetal's genre

47. Things you hear and see when Garfield plays a song everybody knows on a piano?

50. Thing torn in some season-ending injuries: Abbr.

51. Play in the sand

52. Justice Dubya nominated

57. Adult

61. Mathematician who popularized pi to denote the ratio of a circle

62. Things a blackbird might win?

64. Nasty nag

65. One eliciting a message to the shareholders, say

66. Unattractive pile

67. Game that tactical geniuses play 4D versions of

68. Confession recitation

69. Jyn ___ ("Rogue One" heroine)


1. Somewhat, in music

2. Translucent stone

3. Chinese gooseberry, by another name

4. Forward motion in the Senate

5. Cyber crime-fighting force

6. Lethargic

7. What an ice pack soothes

8. Splitting words

9. What Paul McCartney plugs into

10. Guitarist Patti in the E Street Band

11. Here's the thing

12. Peacenik's symbol

13. Preposition used by bards

18. "Shazam! Fury of the Gods" star

22. It'll provide you with a provider: Abbr.

24. Broadcasting

26. Barber's props

27. WWII menace

28. Big name in small trucks

29. Rosey of the Rams' "Fearsome Foursome"

30. Very keen

31. Safari rival

32. Parkinson's treatment

33. Weather vane part

34. Cries

40. Gmail button

43. Canine coverings

44. Memory expanders in some smartphones

46. Common computer graphic attachment

48. "___ things being equal ..."

49. "New Look" innovator

52. Related stuff

53. Toilet paper additive

54. Middle of the month

55. Vehicle with a meter

56. He plays Carl in the upcoming "Paint"

58. Bleu hue

59. Coups de grace

60. Phil whose #7 was retired by the Bruins, for short

61. ~ neighbor

63. Trojans attack them

Puzzle for the week of March 13, 2023

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The highlighted letters read left to right and top to bottom will complete the quote: “Spring is the promise of a solution to a problem (the problem being winter...) I believe we all kind of secretly expect that on March 21 of each year the cold clouds will part like silver drapes, unveiling a Renaissance painting interpretation of our cities. It's not what we were promised, nor what we've even probably experienced, and yet we feel entitled to it. It is embarrassingly infuriating when we are forced to continue slogging through with no ________ date.”

The highlighted letters read left to right and top to bottom will complete the quote: “Spring is the promise of a solution to a problem (the problem being winter...) I believe we all kind of secretly expect that on March 21 of each year the cold clouds will part like silver drapes, unveiling a Renaissance painting interpretation of our cities. It's not what we were promised, nor what we've even probably experienced, and yet we feel entitled to it. It is embarrassingly infuriating when we are forced to continue slogging through with no ________ date.” - Mari Andrew

Answer for the week of March 6, 2023


The highlighted letters read left to right and top to bottom will complete the “Spring is the promise of a solution to a problem (the problem being winter...) we all kind of secretly expect that on March 21 of each year the cold clouds silver drapes, unveiling a Renaissance painting interpretation of our cities. It's we were promised, nor what we've even probably experienced, and yet we feel it. It is embarrassingly infuriating when we are forced to continue slogging through no ________ date.” - Mari Andrew


Answer for the week of March 6, 2023









“Long distance running is 90% mental and the other half is physical.”

- Rich Davis

“Long distance running is 90% mental and the other half is physical.” — Rich Davis


© Pearl Stark



“Long distance running is 90% mental and the other half is physical.” - Rich Davis

© Pearl Stark

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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In describing her process, Piscean sculptor Anne Truitt wrote, "The most demanding part of living a lifetime as an artist is the strict discipline of forcing oneself to work steadfastly along the nerve of one’s own most intimate sensitivity." I propose that many Pisceans, both artists and non-artists, can thrive from living like that. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to give yourself to such an approach with eagerness and devotion. I urge you to think hard and feel deeply as you ruminate on the question of how to work steadfastly along the nerve of your own most intimate sensitivity.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): I highly recommend the following experiences: 1. ruminating about what you learned in a relationship that ended—and how those lessons might be useful now. 2. ruminating about a beloved place you once regarded as home—and how the lessons you learned while there might be inspiring now. 3. ruminating about a riddle that has long mystified you—and how clarifying insights you receive in the coming weeks could help you finally understand it.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): For "those who escape hell," wrote Charles Bukowksi, "nothing much bothers them after that." Believe it or not, Taurus, I think that in the coming weeks, you can permanently escape your own personal version of hell—and never, ever have to return. I offer you my congratulations in advance. One strategy that will be useful in your escape is this idea from Bukowski: “Stop insisting on clearing your head—clear your f*cking heart instead.”

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Gemini paleontologist Louis Agassiz (1807–1883) was a foundational contributor to the scientific tradition. Among his specialties was his hands-on research into the mysteries of fossilized fish. Though he was meticulously logical, he once called on his nightly dreams to solve a problem he faced. Here’s the story: A potentially crucial specimen was largely concealed inside a stone. He wanted to chisel away the stone to get at the fossil, but was hesitant to proceed for fear of damaging the treasure inside. On three successive nights, his dreams revealed to him how he should approach the work. This information proved perfectly useful. Agassiz hammered away at the slab exactly as his dreams suggested and freed the fossilized fish. I bring this marvel to your attention, Gemini, because I suspect that you, too, need to carve or cut away an obstruction that is hiding something valuable. Can you get help from your dreams? Yes, or else in deep reverie or meditation.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Will you flicker and sputter in the coming weeks, Cancerian? Or will you spout and surge? That is, will you be enfeebled by barren doubts, or will you embolden yourself with hearty oaths? Will you take nervous sips or audacious guzzles? Will you hide and equivocate, or else reveal and pounce? Dabble gingerly or pursue the joy of mastery? I’m here to tell you that which fork you take will depend on your intention and your willpower, not on the caprices of fate. So which will it be: Will you mope and fritter or untangle and illuminate?

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I applaud psychologists who tell us how important it is to feel safe. One of the most crucial human rights is the confidence that we won't be physically or emotionally abused. But there's another meaning of safety that applies to those of us who yearn to express ourselves creatively. Singer-songwriter David Bowie articulated the truth: "If you feel safe in the area you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a bit out of your depth, and when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re in the right place to do something exciting." I think this is a wise strategy for most of us, even those who don't identify as artists. Almost everyone benefits from being imaginative and inventive and even a

bit daring in their own particular sphere. And this will be especially applicable to you in the coming weeks, Leo.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You are in the sweet, deep phase of the Receiving Season. And so you have a right and a duty to show the world you are ready and available to be blessed with what you need and want. I urge you to do everything necessary to become a welcoming beacon that attracts a wealth of invigorating and healing influences. For inspiration, read this quote by author John Steinbeck: "It is so easy to give, so exquisitely rewarding. Receiving, on the other hand, if it be well done, requires a fine balance of self-knowledge and kindness. It requires humility and tact and great understanding of relationships . . . It requires a self-esteem to receive—a pleasant acquaintance and liking for oneself."

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Libran poet E. E. Cummings wrote that daffodils "know the goal of living is to grow." Is his sweet sentiment true? I would argue it's only partially accurate. I believe that if we want to shape our destinies with courage and creativity, we need to periodically go through phases of decay and decline. They make periods of growth possible. So I would say, "The goal of life is to grow and wither and grow and wither and grow." Is it more fun to grow than to wither? Maybe. But sometimes, withering is educational and necessary. Anyway, Libra, I suspect you are finishing a time of withering and will soon embark on a series of germinations and blossoms.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): All of us have elements of genius. Every person on the planet possesses at least one special talent or knack that is a gift to others. It could be subtle or unostentatious, like a skill for communicating with animals or for seeing what's best in people. Or maybe it's more spectacular, like composing beautiful music or raising children to be strong and compassionate. I mention this, Scorpio, because the coming weeks will be an excellent time to identify your unique genius in great detail—and then nurture it and celebrate it in every way you can imagine.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The emblem associated with Sagittarius is an archer holding a bow with the arrow pointed upwards. This figure represents your tribe’s natural ambition to always aim higher. I bring this to your attention because your symbolic quiver is now full of arrows. But what about your bow? Is it in tip-top condition? I suggest you do some maintenance. Is the bow string in perfect shape? Are there any tiny frays? Has it been waxed recently? And what about the grip? Are there any small cracks or wobbles? Is it as steady and stable as it needs to be? I have one further suggestion as you prepare for the target-shooting season. Choose one or at most two targets to aim at rather than four or five.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): It’s prime time to feel liberated from the urge to prove yourself to anyone. It’s a phase when your self-approval should be the only kind of approval you need, a period when you have the right to remove yourself from any situation that is weighed down with gloomy confusion or apathetic passivity. This is exciting news! You have an unprecedented opportunity to recharge your psychic batteries and replenish your physical vitality.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I suspect you can now accomplish healthy corrections without getting tangled up in messy karma. Here are my recommendations: 1. As you strive to improve situations that are awry or askew, act primarily out of love rather than guilt or pity.

2. Fight tenderly in behalf of beautiful justice, but don't fight harshly for ugly justice.

3. Ask yourself how you might serve as a kind of divine intervention in the lives of those you care about—and then carry out those divine interventions.

Homework: What element is most lacking in your life right now? Your assignment: Get more of it.

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A column exploring the therapeutic applications of the BodyMind

BodyWise: Plumbing and Wiring Matters

Realizing how complex, sophisticated, and magical our bodies are is an endless challenge. For starters, only a few yards of arteries and veins are visible and our nerves are completely hidden. Yet, each of us harbors a mind-boggling 60,000 miles of arteries and similar lengths of veins and nerves. Talk about efficient packaging. How is that even possible? Throw in thousands more miles of lymphatic vessels and, end-to-end, all this would stretch around the earth close to seven times.

There’s no free lunch. Every inch of blood vessel and nerve must be able to accommodate our movement without imparting any drag on the muscles, joints, bones or internal organs to which they connect. Otherwise, that structure’s range of motion, function and vitality will be diminished, and we may experience pain or pathology.

Of all the organs to which the blood vessels and nerves directly connect, the heart and the brain are the most important. Being hierarchically organized, the body bends over back-

nearly-sleepless 1,000-miles of trail. Who’d a thunk?!

Once, in a moment of panic while hunting alone in the Alaska Range, I tried to jerk a recently downed caribou onto its back. The physical tweak combined with the panic traveled up my outstretched median nerve into my left shoulder. There it remained until a colleague helped me release it, after which the pain quit and my arm worked as before.

A patient had been mauled by a grizzly bear who mistakenly thought her cubs were in danger, leaving a restriction in an intercostal nerve in the patient’s chest. The patient assumed this was either his own terror, the sow’s rage or some combination. Afterward, his breathing improved and his recovery accelerated.

On the last day of a workshop, a classmate mentioned that she’d had a headache of steadily increasing severity all week. Finding a restriction in her right vertebral artery, severely restricting blood flow to her brain, I asked if the restriction was more physical, emotional or spiritual. She said it was her sense of inadequacy compared to our

ward to protect any internal organ but especially the heart and brain from mechanical interference. But as important as heart, brain and their plumbing and wiring may be, they nonetheless remain dumping grounds for emotional overloads and afflictive issues, beliefs and attitudes. In other words, even absent restrictions from mechanical trauma, which most adults have in spades, emotional and spiritual content alone can impair our movement, impede the function of our internal organs, damage joints and hasten the day when we need artificial replacements.

For example, a musher began one Iditarod with a frozen shoulder, her right arm nearly useless, possibly from some combination of survivor’s remorse and physical trauma. Somehow, that shoulder and arm healed over the next brutal, bitterly cold,

classmates. The moment she let that go, the associated restriction released, we both felt arterial blood surging into her cerebellum, and her headache began to dissipate.

The bottom line? Every inch of that 180,000+ miles of blood vessels and nerves is vulnerable to mechanical injury and deposition of emotional content. Indeed, as the bodymind connection promises, the two often intertwinkle. Is someone you know experiencing symptoms which baffle the doctors? All may not be lost: A manual therapist may be able to find and address the underlying cause. One place to look:

—For 30+ years, Mike Macy, LMT, has specialized in CranioSacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation. An avid skate skier, hiker, and birder, he can be reached at

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"...Emotional and spiritual content alone can impair our movement, impede the function of our internal organs, damage joints and hasten the day when we need artificial replacements."



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Nestled in the Bungalows at Northwest Crossing, this unit offers 1401 sq ft with 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a 2 car garage. Close to shopping, parks, schools, hiking, and biking trails.

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Perfect 3 unit investment property in the heart of everything Bend. Seller is offering a $25,000 credit with a full price offer. Close to downtown, the Deschutes river, grocery shopping, shopping shopping and all of the best pubs and restaurants that Bend has to offer. Unit 1 is 2 bed 1 bath on the ground level and has been updated throughout the years. Unit 2 upstairs is 2 bed 1 bath and has been beautifully updated. Also has a great porch with amazing city views. Unit 3 is a detached ADU and is a studio with 1 bath. Great rental history on all of the units and you can’t beat the location. Also potential space for adding additional units. Great opportunity to invest in Bend.




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Know Your (Water) Rights Before Purchasing

If you're considering purchasing a property with acreage in Central Oregon, whether it be a hobby farm or a full-scale hay operation, you need to understand the legal and practical implications of owning land on acreage with agricultural intent. Water is the key to life in the desert and understanding water rights is a crucial component.

What are water rights?

Water rights pertain to the legal rights of property owners to access and use bodies of water adjacent to the lands they hold. Different types of water rights exist based on various forms of water that border or exist on a property. Here in Central Oregon most buyers are concerned with irrigation water rights to grow whatever crop serves their needs. In Central Oregon there are seven different irrigation districts that provide water from the Deschutes River to property owners. Make sure to contact the irrigation district serving water to the property you are interested in buying during your due diligence period BEFORE you buy!

What are my responsibilities as a water right user?

First and foremost, your responsibility is to use the water you’ve been given according to beneficial use practices. Beneficial use requires that property owners use the water being delivered to their property at a minimum once every five years, or it is subject to forfeiture. You could also be responsible for maintaining ditches that deliver water to your property or a holding pond to ensure proper flow and dispersal of water. Property owners are also at the mercy of the irrigation district administering water to your property on their schedule.

Irrigation District Priority

Each irrigation district obtained their water rights at different times. The oldest district formed is in the first-priority position. Why is this important? Each irrigation district offers a flow rate schedule, with peak season coming during the summer. During drought periods — depending on your irrigation district’s priority — water flow rates may be reduced or shut off entirely. This could dramatically impact your operation. Make sure to ask the irrigation district about past water delivery flow rates and schedules.

Easements and encumbrances

Each irrigation district most likely has a federal easement for access to each property it’s serving. It could be a road or a ditch. Either way the irrigation district and their ditch riders need to have access on your property to ensure water is flowing or for maintenance and repairs. If you plan to expand or build, understanding these easements is very important. As well, irrigation districts are piping open water canals to conserve water. That nice lazy river flowing through or along the property may someday be piped and become a road!

Not ready to farm?

Consider leasing your water rights to another individual until you’re ready. Check with your irrigation district about the process. The Deschutes River Conservancy compensates water users to leave water instream and it still counts as Beneficial Use. Visit deschutesriver. org for more information.

Connect with a professional Bottom line? Make sure you’re working with an experienced realtor who is familiar with water rights.

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