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This month I had the pleasure of attending the library’s Author! Author! event featuring “Braiding Sweetgrass” author, Robin Wall Kimmerer. Among the inspiring messages she shared was the notion of kinship with the living world, beyond just the human one, and how part of that quest for kinship could be learning the indigenous names of places we now inhabit. Not only does it offer a modicum of respect, but in many cases, the indigenous names teach us something about the place itself, she said. This concept was not totally foreign to me, but it was a good reminder. With that, this week’s feature story, Part Two of our series on the dam removals on the Klamath River, shares several names for the same river, in three indigenous languages. It’s a small thing, but it’s big, too — going beyond land acknowledgement and into a deeper quest for understanding of people, places and the history we all share (and that is still unfolding every day, in places like this newspaper).

Elsewhere in the paper, get updates on what the failure of bonds and levies mean for local school districts in News, how locals can pursue more gardening knowledge through the local Master Gardener program in Natural World and how those in the music industry can get together to talk shop in Sound. All that and more inside this edition!


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It’s Smoke Now or Smoke Later… and Hopefully Not Both

You’re not imagining it: there’s been more smoke in the air this year.

Where once locals would joke about swapping the name for “summer” with “smoke season,” that unwelcome season appears now to include spring.

As Jennifer Baires’ May 23 feature story, “Treating the Forest,” outlined, a pilot project happening around Bend is allowing for more aggressive prescribed burning closer to our neighborhoods than ever before — and it’s backed by a boatload of federal funding. More money to avoid seeing Bend burn seems to come in all the time. With our growing population and a continuing press of homes into the forests of the west side, the threats to life and property are very real. Prescribed burns and clearing our homes of debris and burnable materials are the only real pieces of insurance we have against becoming another Paradise, California.

If that sounds akin to someone telling a kid to eat their vegetables because they’re good for them, it’s because it is.

No one likes to plan an active commute to work, only to finish that active commute with a coughing fit. It’s a pain to shut your windows, turn on the air filters, button up the building envelope against the onslaught.

Smoke exposure is a very real threat to people’s health here in Deschutes County. As Baires’ story shared, eastern Oregon has seen a 24.2-fold increase in days impacted by Air Quality Index values at or above “unhealthy” for sensitive groups. Checking the air quality each evening — when the effects tend

to get worse in the depression that is Bend — to find yet another “unhealthy” rating is a great way to question why all of this is happening.

Yet there’s one thing worse than all of that: A raging wildfire, spun out of control, dumping toxic smoke on us and the rest of the state, too. Or, of course, burning the whole town.

A quote in Baires’ story from Amber Ortega, a regional smoke coordinator and air resource advisor for the U.S. Forest Service, sums it up quite well:

"Do we consent to the risk of a little bit of smoke for a night or so in order to create kind of a fuel break so that if wildfire is running into town, there's a place where firefighters can anchor and slow it down and scare that fire away from town?... Or do we as a community prefer, like, no smoke, and, you know, we'll take our chances."

This spring, crews have been at work on prescribed burns of several hundred acres at a time — an approach that targets areas where threats to life and property are most acute, like just outside Bend, or the Metolius Basin near Sisters. But with 400,000 acres of forest needing treatment in the Deschutes National Forest alone, the plain fact is that we as Oregonians are far behind where we should be in terms of fire management. Too many years of avoiding all fire has led us to this point — and it’s only through fire will we turn that around.

So it’s smoke now or smoke later. . . and hopefully not both.

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I think the Source has done an amazing job, not only with the candidate analysis and primary endorsements this year, but with the breadth and depth of journalism covering local issues throughout the year. Bend is very fortunate to have such a weekly publication.

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Another primary election is behind us. Although the voter participation was low, it was reassuring to see that Deschutes County came in at 37% voter participation, higher than our neighboring townships.

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Many people worked long and hard on these campaigns with phone calls, postcards and knocking on doors; dedication at its best. Hats off to those ballot counters and our county clerk, Steve Dennison. They all deserve credit for their late-night hours and perseverance.

The victory of Phil Chang's success was cause for celebration. However, the defeat of Jaime McCleod-Skinner was devastating. With so much local support and endless hours of grassroots campaigning, the loss was a tough pill to swallow. This woman is the real deal and I have no doubt in my mind, she would have served this district well. We would have been proud of the job she could





have done if given the chance. But she was beaten out by an opponent backed up by large corporate donors whose identity was hard to pinpoint.

What kind of world would this be with campaign finance reform fully engaged? What better uses could those donations be spent on were it not for the cutthroat politics of big money and big lies? How have we let it come this far?

The worst is yet to come. November elections are around the corner and dirty politics will take on a whole new meaning.

All I can say is, buckle up. It's going to be a long, hard ride.


Just wanted to send feedback that I enjoyed the article by your new writer about fire and prescribed burns. Good info and good perspective. Investigative journalism on a local level is cool. Curious what future topics you'll come up with. As a local I don't remember "fire season"

being as bad as it has been recently (maybe because I was a kid?) This shed some light on how we're trying to prevent it. Here's to a less smoky summer.


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Bend City Councilors Vote on Pay Raise

Bend City Council voted on May 1 to increase compensation for city councilors. The pay raise, which was recommended by the Council Compensation Review Committee, will not go into effect until the next election cycle. The increase will adjust the mayor’s compensation from $19,540 a year to $50,000 and councilors from $9,770 to $30,000.

Wilson Avenue Open to Traffic

The City of Bend celebrated the completion of the Wilson Avenue Corridor Project on May 21 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Wilson Avenue Corridor modernization project intends to improve safety and east-west connectivity. Construction began in March 2022.

“The Wilson Avenue Corridor is the first GO Bond project completion to celebrate,” said Mayor Melanie Kebler. “It also supports our Council goals to improve the transportation system with a focus on safety.”

Compass Corner Development is Denied

A decision regarding a controversial development in the Aubrey Butte neighborhood of Bend was released on May 23. A hearings officer issued a denial for the proposed four-story mixed-use development, citing issues with street connectivity and vertical clearances, among others. The proposed apartment would have 40 residential units and over 5,000 square feet of commercial space. The applicant has not appealed the decision as of May 28.

Voters Say ‘No’ to School Measures

School support proposals in Deschutes and Crook County fail in the May primary

After all the ballots were in and counted last Tuesday, schools lost big in Central Oregon with significant fundraising attempts failing in Deschutes and Crook County.

In Crook County, a district bond to repair and update schools failed with 52.9% voting against. Snowstorms earlier in the year prompted the $11.5 million bond for repairs at Crook County Middle School, where a leaky gym roof was made worse and concerns over other aging infrastructure were exacerbated.

“The roofs will continue to experience leaks, malfunctioning boilers may cause delays in opening schools, but school will go on,” Scott Cooper, Crook County school board director wrote in an email to the Source Weekly. Bonds, which are used for major facility improvements and replacements, have struggled in Crook County in recent years. The last time voters supported a school district bond was in 2012 for the construction of a new elementary school.

“The last two bonds have failed,” Cooper said. “With each failure, the needed work doesn't disappear; the price tag just gets higher.”

Likewise in Deschutes County, voters rejected Bend La-Pine Schools’ levy that would have raised $22 million annually over the next five years through a property tax of $1 per $1,000 assessed value.

over 180 positions would be eliminated over the next two years — a significant hit to the state’s fifth largest district, which is already dealing with declining enrollment numbers and soaring rates of chronic absenteeism.

According to a data analysis by Oregon Public Broadcasting, Bend La-Pine Schools nearly doubled its chronic absenteeism rate – going from 21.1% of students being chronically absent (defined as missing 10% of the school year, or about 18 days) in 2019 to 39.7% in 2023. This is slightly above the state average of 38%.

Enrollment numbers at the district have also suffered post pandemic. In 2019, just over 18,500 students were enrolled at BLPS. Next school year, the district projects a further decrease in enrollment, anticipating just under 17,000 students – a loss of around 170 from this school year and over 1,500 since the 2019/2020 school year.

Funding Challenge

“Everyone has a biological need to be here – it’s a hard job – pretty brutal work, but everyone does it with a smile on their face when we’re there.”
— Richard Green, Yurok tribal member, from this week’s feature story, “Restoring a River.”

Michael Mackie, a Bend resident with a child at High Desert Middle School, is a bus driver for the district and said that despite supporting the schools and understanding the struggle in the classroom, he voted against the measure.

“I believe it’s not the right time to ask for it,” Mackie said. “Housing costs are out of control and rents are astronomical right now. It was an interesting time to ask.”

Steve Cook, Bend-La Pine Schools’ superintendent, said that while he is disappointed the measure failed, he did feel it was a clear message from voters like Mackie.

“To me, the community is saying that this ask at this time is not appropriate,” Cook said, adding that the first thing to figure out for the district is if it was the ask, the amount or the timing that was specifically missed.

The levy was touted as a way to stave off cuts, maintain average class sizes and provide enhancements to programming for students because of a “funding shortfall from the state.” Without the additional support, the district said, average class sizes could increase by four students per class and

BLPS hoped to raise enough funds over five years to make up for a smaller-than-expected increase in funding from the state, and an end in September to federal funds that were part of a stimulus package known as ESSER to help schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposed budget for 2024/2025 school year, the second funding year of the biennium, is about $237 million – a bump of 9.7% rather than the expected 12%. The district says this money is needed, despite serving fewer students, because of rising costs in personnel salaries, state retirement system contributions and the district’s share of employee health insurance premiums.

“Therefore, the gap between our operating costs and our state support is widening,” Scott Maben, director of communications wrote in an email to the Source Weekly. “This has forced us to use budget reserves and our ESSER funding to help cover our increasing costs. That means the district has been using one-time funding just to maintain operations.”

As it stands, with the levy failing, the district plans to cut 60 positions for next school year through retirement and attrition, reduce individual school’s discretionary spending by 10% and increase class size by an average of two students per class. If the state doesn’t significantly increase its funding in the next biennium, the cuts will get deeper, with potentially 120 more positions cut and classrooms averaging four more students than today’s numbers. These

changes would be widely felt.

“I am concerned about the impacts that will fall on our members, on our educators’ shoulders,” said Sarah Barclay, president of the Bend Education Association, which represents teachers and other licensed professionals in the district. “They are asked to do so much already.”

What’s Next

Looking ahead to the next biennium and the 2025-26 school year, Maben says the funding dilemma could be even more pronounced. “This is why Dr. Cook and other superintendents around Oregon are pushing hard for the legislature to change the funding level for public education,” he said.

Barclay said the union is also planning to advocate at the state level. “We need to make sure that our current service level calculation is accurate and that we’re not starting out at a deficit,” she said.

In November, Gov. Tina Kotek announced next steps for reviewing and updating the state’s K-12 education funding. The state’s school funding system underwent a fundamental change in 1990 with passage of Measure 5, which capped local property taxes and changed how public schools were funded. It flipped the primary funding source for schools from local communities to the state through the State School Fund set by the Legislature. But, as noted in the Governor’s announcement, “Local communities maintain local governance of school districts and debates about whether funding is adequate and sufficient persist.”

At the state level, Rep. Emerson Levy’s office is also working to advocate for Central Oregon schools.

“As a mom of a student in the BendLa Pine Schools district, I see firsthand the urgency in which we must respond to the underfunding of our education system,” Levy wrote in a statement to the Source Weekly, adding that a collaborative effort is needed.

These changes are at least a year away. But in a few weeks, on June 18, the Bend La-Pine School Board will meet to vote on next year’s proposed budget or recommend changes. And, per law, the district will have to have a balanced budget in place by June 30.

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Oregon Set to Update How Groundwater is Allocated

The Oregon Department of Water Resources is looking to update its groundwater permitting rules

The Oregon Water Resources Depart-

ment is proposing new rules on how groundwater is allocated to better conserve water. The update would allow OWRD to assess if groundwater is available to support future groundwater rights.

The proposed rules would guide OWRD in granting new groundwater rights, likely resulting in the department issuing fewer groundwater rights in the future. This, according to OWRD, would lead to a reduction in the number of wells that go dry every year and better protect existing water users.

In Oregon, water users are required to obtain a permit or license from OWRD to use groundwater, water from underground, or surface water, water from lakes or streams.

in southeastern Oregon, aquifers have seen major declines due to the over-issuance of groundwater permits, according to WaterWatch. The crisis caused the basin to stop issuing new permits several years ago.

“[These rules] are not going to go back and fix those permits that have already been issued, but it will stop them in places around the state where it’s not appropriate to be issuing permits,” said Brandt.

In the last several years, OWRD has been seeing a drop in groundwater levels in some parts of Oregon due to over pumping, where natural recharge or replenishment of groundwater cannot keep up with the rate of the water being taken from the ground.

This has led to more wells going dry, worsening water quality in certain areas, high costs for pumping water and additional impacts to surface water.

A white paper prepared for the Central Oregon Cities Organization showed that 20-25% of the groundwater declines in the Deschutes Basin were caused by groundwater pumping. “It’s a combination of factors, including groundwater over-pumping and climate change,” said Neil Brandt, the executive director of Water Watch of Oregon. Excessive pumping can often be tied to the over-allocation of groundwater rights.

“Oregon has largely over-allocated, and we can’t continue on sustainably pumping groundwater aquifers that, in some places, take eons to recharge,” said Brandt.

The proposed rules look at whether groundwater levels are reasonably stable, addressing basin-specific groundwater availability by establishing a consistent method.

The rules would do this by applying a data-driven definition of what a reasonably stable groundwater level is – something that was previously not defined. The rules will also protect senior water right holders that, under the current rules, have systematically had their water rights injured through the issuance of permits.

In some areas, like the Harney Basin

According to Brandt, the state’s approach has been that if there’s not enough data to support a finding that groundwater is available, the default was to approve a new permit. These rules, he said, would do the opposite of that –if there’s not data to support issuing a groundwater permit, the department would not issue the permit.

“These rules make critically needed changes to the Water Resources Department groundwater allocation approach,” said Brandt.

The rules would not impact existing water rights holders exempt from permitting, like self-serve domestic supply, fire control, the irrigation of noncommercial lawns or gardens up to a half-acre, stock watering or a single industrial or commercial use. Additionally, a water well does not need a permit to be drilled, according to OWRD.

While many agencies and organizations support these rules for attempting to conserve water, others believe the rules are unnecessarily broad.

Others at a May 21 public hearing stated that the rules were confusing, unnecessary or they were worried that most individuals seeking groundwater rights would be denied.

While Oregon agricultural organization Friends of Family Farmers does not have a stance on the proposed rules, the organization believes that regulation should be in line with the level of real risk associated with an activity.

“FoFF is not currently taking a position on this rulemaking process, but there is no denying that we are entering a new era of water law and enforcement to handle the ongoing drought crisis,” the organization said in a blog post.

The proposed rules will go into effect on the date the Water Resources Commission adopts the rules. Public comment through the OWRD website is open through June 14 at 5pm.

Redmond Approves Anti-Nepotism Measure, Among Others

Redmond voters passed three ballot measures, amending elections and term limits

Redmond voters approved all three measures the City had on its ballot for the May election, amending rules around nepotism and term limits.

Residents overwhelmingly voted in favor of a ballot measure that would add a qualification to the Redmond City Charter, prohibiting an individual from holding elected office on the same City Council with their spouse, domestic partner, parent or child who is a current mayor or city councilor.

As of May 24, 84% of residents voted to approve the measure prohibiting nepotism on the Redmond City Council. According to Redmond Mayor Ed Fitch, the measure was introduced to address issues the council had experienced in the past.

Redmond Mayor Ed Fitch pointed to former Mayor George Endicott, who served as Mayor while his wife, Krisanna Clark-Endicott, served on the City Council from 2019 to 2023.

“There are a lot of people who just didn’t think it felt right or appeared right, so we decided to put it on the ballot to see what people thought,” Fitch said.

The results overwhelmingly showed that voters agreed. “It does create a dynamic that is just different. It didn’t feel comfortable for some, it didn’t feel comfortable for me,” said Fitch. “From my perspective, it was just difficult, and I think a lot of people perceived it that way.”

Oregon law states that while a public official is limited in employing or promoting a relative or member of the household to a position with the public body that they serve, members of the Oregon State Legislative Assembly have an exception.

In 2023, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported that at least 15 of the state’s 90 lawmakers hired family members to work in their offices. Last year, House Majority Leader Julie Fahey, D-Eugene, introduced HB 3106, which would’ve

eliminated this exemption. The bill did not move forward.

According to Clifford Evelyn, Redmond city councilor, nepotism doesn’t belong anywhere, especially when it comes to politics.

“In my opinion, nepotism has always been considered unethical because it gives an unfair advantage to someone,” said Evelyn.

Evelyn said he's been advocating for putting this change into place. “Redmond is growing. Central Oregon is growing. People are more sophisticated when it comes to voting and looking at things that impact their votes. They’ve decided that they don’t want that type of activity going on. They want something that, instead, is equal for everyone,” he said.

The two other measures voters passed during the primary include extending and shortening term limits. Measure 9-169 changes the term for mayor from two years to four years, starting in 2026, and creates term limits of a maximum of two consecutive four-year terms. Measure 9-170 limits city councilors to a maximum of two consecutive four-year terms.

According to Fitch, altering the term limits allows for a more level playing field. “Having some fresh blood on the council is always beneficial. I see it as an important step of opening up the council races,” said Fitch.

These limits, however, still allow an individual to run for mayor or city councilor two years after their terms. Fitch sees merit in people stepping off their elected position, at the local level, and then having the opportunity to come back later.

“We have to lay the groundwork for the future, and the only way to do that is to make logical decisions like that – term limits and nepotism – to get those things straightened out and then start focusing on the more serious things,” said Evelyn.

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Redmond aprueba medida de anti-nepotismo, entre otras

Votantes de Redmond aprobaron tres medidas electorales enmendando las elecciones y

periodos de mandato

Votantes de Redmond aprobaron tres medidas electorales que la ciudad tenía en su boleta electoral del mes de mayo, enmendando las reglas relacionadas con nepotismo y los periodos de mandato.

Los habitantes votaron contundentemente a favor de una medida electoral que agregaría un requisito al fuero de la ciudad de Redmond, prohibiendo a una persona ocupar el puesto electo en el mismo Consejo Municipal que su esposo(a), pareja doméstica, padre o hijo que sea concejal o alcalde actual. El 24 de mayo, 84% de los habitantes votaron a favor de aprobar la medida que prohibe el nepotismo en el Ayuntamiento de Redmond. Según el alcalde de Redmond, Ed Fitch, la medida fue presentada para abordar asuntos por los que el consejo había experimentado antes.

El alcalde de Redmond, Ed Fitch, señaló al alcalde anterior George Endicott, quien sirvió como alcalde mientras que su esposa, Krisanna Clark-Endicott,

sirvió en el Ayuntamiento de Redmond de 2019 a 2023.

“Hay muchas personas que no se sintieron agusto con esto o que no les parecía correcto, así que decidimos incluirlo en la boleta electoral para ver lo que pensaba la gente,” dijo Fitch.

Los resultados mostraron contundentemente que los votantes estaban de acuerdo. “Crea una dinámica diferente. Algunas personas no se sintieron agusto, no fue cómodo para mí” dijo Fitch. “Desde mi perspectiva propia, fue difícil y creo que mucha gente lo percibio de esa forma.”

La ley de Oregon declara que, si bien a un funcionario público se le limita a contratar o promover a un pariente o miembro de su hogar a un puesto dentro de un ente público al que sirve, los miembros de la Asamblea Legislativa del Estado de Oregon tienen una objeción.

En 2023, OPB reportó que al menos 15 de los 90 legisladores del estado contrataron a familiares para trabajar en sus despachos. El año pasado, la líder

mayoritaria de la Cámara de Representantes, Julie Fahey, demócrata de Eugene, presentó la HB3016, que habría eliminado esta exención. Este proyecto de ley no siguo adelante.

Según Clifford Evelyn, concejal del ayuntamiento de Redmond, el nepotismo no tiene lugar en ninguna parte, especialmente cuando se trata de política.

“Desde mi punto de vista, el nepotismo siempre se ha considerado carente de ética porque le da una ventaja injusta para alguien,” dijo Evelyn.

Evelyn dijo que ha estado abogando por crear este cambio, “Redmond está creciendo. El Centro de Oregon está creciendo. La gente es más sofisticada cuando se trata de votar y ve cosas que afectan sus votos. Ellos han decidido que no quieren ver ese tipo de actividad. Al contrario, quieren algo equitativo para todos,” afirmó.

Las otras dos medidas que aprobaron los votantes durante las elecciones primarias incluyen extender y acortar los

periodos de mandato. La medida 9-169 cambia el periodo de alcalde de dos años a cuatro años, comenzando en el 2026, y crea un periodo de mandato de un máximo de dos mandatos consecutivos de cuatro años. La medida 9-170 limita a los concejales del ayuntamiento a un máximo de dos mandatos consecutivos de cuatro años.

Según Fitch, alterar el límite en la modificación de los mandatos permite una mayor igualdad de condiciones. “Tener gente nueva en el consejo siempre es beneficioso. Lo veo como un paso importante para abrir las carreras por el consejo,” comentó Fitch. Estos límites, sin embargo, todavía permiten que una persona postule para alcalde o concejal del ayuntamiento dos años después de su término. Fitch ve el mérito de que la gente deje su puesto electo, a nivel local, y que luego tenga la oportunidad de regresar después.


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Restoring a River

Spring at the largest dam removal project in history — part two of a three-part series on the Klamath River Story and photos by Nicole Vulcan

We’re pulling up to the offices that sit above Iron Gate Dam, now more of a shrinking pile of rubble than a tool of impoundment for millions of gallons of water, when I notice that the map in the truck, showing us how to get there, is no longer accurate. On the screen is a wide, blue reservoir rather than a squiggly strip of river, as the Klamath River now appears in real life.

Consider it just one of many adjustments the world needs to make around the largest dam removal in history.

This winter, I traveled to Iron Gate Dam to walk on its expanse one last time as the reservoirs drained; as Iron Gate and Copco lakes said their farewells to the world. I wanted to see for myself how a river was snaking itself through the landscape while those former reservoirs flowed out to the Pacific Ocean.

Now I’m back to witness the rebirth of a watershed — to see how that river has emerged, and how thousands of acres of banks surrounding Koke — the Klamath word for the river — are emerging from their decades underwater.

Drawdown — the act of draining those reservoirs — was the sexy stuff that garnered headlines around the world at the start of this year. When non-native fish began to die from that process, and when a grouping of wells dried up around Copco Lake, opponents of this project, the largest dam removal project in U.S. history, crowed their told-you-sos.

This spring is a bit less flashy. Every day, some 400 truckloads of materials are hauled out of Iron Gate Dam alone. It’s a slow, plodding process, removing the dams bit by bit so as to preserve water quality as much as possible in this long-turbid river.

The miracles of the restoration process are more of a slow burn — clusters of California poppies bursting through the dried mud; tiny acorns planted by Native crews beginning their slow reach toward the sun.

As crews chip away at removing the Iron Gate, JC Boyle and Copco I dams, on the banks, crews from the Yurok Tribe, working with the country’s largest ecological restoration company, Resource Environmental Solutions, are hard at work replanting the banks. Spring is an ideal time to begin to see nature taking its course — with a lot of help from a replanting project, years in the making.

‘A biological need to be here’

Richard Green is a member of the Yurok Tribe and a revegetation field lead with the tribe’s planting crew, contracted by RES to plant thousands of pounds of seeds and starts along the newly exposed banks of the Klamath River.

The Yurok traditionally lived west of the dam sites, but as a tribe that made its home along Hehlkeek 'We-Roy — the Yurok term for this expansive river — its members were keenly interested in being part of its restoration and recovery. Yurok revegetation crews, consisting of both Yurok and Karuk tribal members, got started years before drawdown became a distinct reality, recovering native species in the watershed, collecting their seeds and delivering them to nurseries in southern Oregon. There, seeds became starts that were delivered back to planting crews to get into the ground. All told, some 90 native species are being replanted here.

“I’ve seen people in my tribe work for the restoration of this river for over three decades — and it’s

“If you consider dam removal the surgery on the Klamath River, consider restoration the physical therapy.”
— Dave Meurer

been going on long before that, too,” Green told the Source Weekly. Green’s grandmother was also an advocate for the river, serving on both the tribal council and as a tribal representative, advocating for the river in Sacramento as well as Washington, D.C. She passed before knowing the dams were officially set to come down, Green said.

“I think she’d be pretty happy to see this level of action taking place,” he said. “It’s not just the dams, but the restoration as well.”

Green said he and his colleagues often get asked why they don’t just let nature take over more organically — why the massive effort at replanting?

“If they would have just let the area go, it would be inundated with invasive species — a monocrop in the area,” he said. “We put a good deal of effort into adding lot of diversity in the replanted areas.”

With some 17 billion native seeds going into the project, it's hard work for the replanting crews, Green said, but the meaning overshadows the long days.

“Everybody on the crew is either Yurok or Karuk

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The reborn Klamath River is flanked by striated patterns of new green growth from seeds dropped by helicopter.
“We would go out on the water, on a sunset cruise — we miss that. We’d watch the sun go down from the boat… we’d fish off the dock, catch a load of fish and have a fish taco night down there in the backyard of the store.”
— Danny Fontaine

– coming from this river,” Green said. “Every one of them grew up on this river and have seen this roller coaster of events just within our lifetime. Everyone has a biological need to be here. It’s a hard job – pretty brutal work, but everyone does it with a smile on their face when we’re there.”


it right

The first dams on the Klamath River were built to provide hydropower for the area just over 100 years ago. They began to come down in 2024 after decades of advocacy by local tribes, scientists, community members and political leaders, culminating in a unique agreement between PacificCorp, the states of Oregon and California and a long list of signatories. The Klamath River Renewal Corporation was formed in 2020, tasked with overseeing dam removal.

A portion of the $500 million cost of removing the dams, around $215 million, was passed on to PacificCorp’s ratepayers. But in the end, that was the less-expensive option, compared to the cost of adding fish ladders to each of the four dams now in the process of removal, according to PacificCorp. With the dams providing less than 2% of the utility’s power supply, the electricity was easily replaced.

During the past century, water quality has suffered. Toxic blue-green algae — mostly the liver toxin, microsystis — and invasive species have proliferated in the area. Salmon have literally been filmed beating their heads against the concrete of Iron Gate Dam, hoping to travel to upstream spawning areas, according to Dave Meurer, director of community affairs for RES.

With all of that, fixing what’s broken won’t happen overnight.

“If you consider dam removal the surgery on the Klamath River, consider restoration the physical therapy,” Meurer told the Source Weekly. “And it is going to be a long time — the patient has really been through something. . . an ordeal.”

Like the Yurok replanting crew, Meurer said he, too, often gets asked why there’s been so much effort put into the replanting.

“If we let nature take its course, it would be a field of star thistle, sheep grass and medusahead. This area is full of invasive exotic vegetation. So our job is to give the native plants a head start, before those invasives try to move in,” he said.

RES is in it for the long haul, setting a several-year timeline for restoration efforts.

“We guarantee the performance of the site,” Meurer said. “And that means we have agreed in advance with the client and with regulatory agencies about what success looks like. And we don't quit until those metrics are [met].”

Along the bank of the Klamath River, seedlings await replanting. After the draw down of water, work continues on the removal of the Iron Gate Dam.
Dave Meurer, with Resource Environmental Solutions, surveys the new growth that borders the Klamath River.

Guaranteeing success on a project on land you can’t yet see is a big challenge.

“Number one, the area we needed to restore was underwater. So it was invisible to us. We're having to plan on something we can't see. So we did have historic photos, we had lidar available… we had a good idea of where the river used to be, had some good historic photos. But we literally had to be planning for something that would only be revealed this past January,” Meurer said.

“We did as much planning as we could — about a 60% design and had a conversation with the regulatory agencies — look, we can't tell you exactly what this is gonna look like. Because we don't know. And we're not going to say hard and fast, here's where a tributary is going to be. Because we need to see what happens. Where's the water want to go? So it was a different process than we were used to.”

RES, whose experience includes massive projects in places like the Chesapeake Bay, made the call that for the Klamath, they’d focus mostly on the “high priority tributaries,” letting the main stem of the Klamath recover on its own.

In the end, nature sets the timeline.

“We don't decide when the project is done,” Meurer said. “We replant everything, we re-vegetate everything, but we have agreed in advance with the regulators and with the client — what does success look like? What does the ground cover look like? How are things growing? Is volitional fish passage available — can fish pass freely back and forth? Are there any barriers that need to be removed? So once the standards are met, figure maybe in a five-plus year timeframe… only when the site is on positive trajectory and growing well, will we be released from our obligation. We won't have to babysit the site anymore. But until then, we own it. Good, bad, beautiful or ugly.”

In a dry, fire-prone area, that guarantee means that should a fire and a flood hit the area, RES will come in and start over.

Year one of replanting, which started mere hours after drawdown of the reservoirs began in January, has thus far been more successful than RES hoped.

“We're very, very happy with how things are growing,” Meurer said. “You will see that some areas took better than others. And that's not unexpected. Conditions vary. Some areas were planted by hand; some were planted by helicopter. The crews planted as much as they could by hand, but the sediment was very, very moist. And it was like quicksand on part of it.”

In the areas around the former Copco Lake reservoir, the replanted areas appeared in mid-May as striped portions of green — evidence of where helicopters were employed to drop seed in a muddy area not accessible by ground crews at the time.

“In the last 100 years, salmon runs have declined by about 98%, which is moving dangerously close to extinction. So, we are actually in a race against extinction. We know what the stakes are.”
— Dave Meurer

“Our goal is to come back this fall and finish the rest of the landscape entirely with the rest of the seed we’ve collected before this,” said Green, of the Yurok planting crew. “And then there will be ongoing maintenance beyond that.”

“In addition to being our revegetation seed harvesting crews, the Yurok are also our invasive exotic vegetation, i.e., control crews,” Meurer said. “So, for years and years before drawdown, they were out here with weed eaters and by hand treating the area for those, to create a buffer between the reservoir and the invasive species. They've done a really good job of creating a buffer zone between the aggressive weeds and the new plantings.”

A community in transition

The helicopter-generated, striped pattern of green and brown, surrounded by a snaking river, is the present view for those who live in the town of Copco Lake. Many here bought their homes specifically to live on a lake that no longer exists — so the changing reality has been tough.

Danny Fontaine, a local real estate agent and the owner of the local store (currently not open), and his husband bought their home in Copco Lake in 2014, enjoying many years of lakeside living before the reality of dam removal set in.

“Devastation, depression, anger,” is how Fontaine described his initial feelings about dam removal.

“Every night we used to go out there,” Fontaine recalled of lake days before drawdown. “We would go out on the water, on a sunset cruise — we miss that. We’d watch the sun go down from the boat… we’d fish off the dock, catch a load of fish and have a fish taco night down there in the backyard of the store. Having the docks right there where you just walk down to your boat from your house is nice.”

If that sounds idyllic, it was, of course, tempered by water quality issues and toxic algae in the lake.

“In August, the water smelled terrible,” Fontaine said. “There was a lot of algae, and it would get stuck on your boat propellers and things like that.” With that, recreation activities like boating and fishing suffered, Fontaine said.

“During the summertime on a holiday weekend, if we had the lake there right now, it's Memorial Day weekend, we would probably have maybe… the most was three to four boats out there on the water at any given time.”

The devastation Fontaine felt at the announcement of dam removal eventually morphed into resignation, he said, and later, interest.

“It was a really nice place,” Fontaine told the Source Weekly. “That being said, once the decision was made, we — my husband and I — both just said, you know what, they're going to do this; it's a good decision, too. The government’s behind them, they're supporting it, there's no way that this is going to be reversed. So we need to learn to live with it instead of having it destroy our life.”

The decision to accept the reality of dam removal has put the couple at odds with some of their neighbors, Fontaine said. “Other people that live out here — it's destroying their happiness; it's destroying their daily life… because there's a few people that it just consumes their everyday world.”

Hardships have popped up for community members. Eleven wells dried up post-drawdown — an effect currently mitigated by the Klamath River Renewal Corporation, which is footing the bill for water for the 11 houses while they work on a larger plan, KRRC Public Information Officer Ren Brownell told me during my January visit.

“They're not just leaving people without it,” Fontaine said. “Other people are complaining — they're complaining and bitching about it. But they're [KRRC]

still taking care of it for them. So that to me is a positive thing.”

As a real estate agent, Fontaine said he has not seen a massive outflux of people selling their homes now that the lake is gone. Property values have also held, Fontaine said.

Early in the process, some property owners’ values did drop, according to 2012 reporting from the Herald and News in Klamath Falls.

In 2024, Fontaine isn’t seeing massive value drops — perhaps due to the potential for new types of recreation along the Klamath.

“The way that the river is running through here… you can hear the rapids from your house, from our deck. And the potential for rafting trips down through here. And recreation — fishing comes back.” With the lands exposed by drawdown slated to be returned to public use once restoration is over, Fontaine said he’s also not concerned about seeing access to the river limited.

Everyone has a biological need to be here – it’s a hard job – pretty brutal work, but everyone does it with a smile on their face when we’re there.”
— Richard Green

High stakes

As summer approaches, the light-green plants that populate this new version of the Klamath River will undoubtedly dry out in the heat. Acorns will turn to oaks ever so slowly. Poppies that presently bloom bright orange will shrivel back — as flowers often do in summer. These rhythms of nature will surely bring out the naysayers; the ones convinced this massive project will fail.

“This is the largest combination dam removal and river restoration project ever undertaken,” Meurer of RES said. “It’s exciting to be the restoration contractor. And we know that the eyes of the world — literally the eyes of the world [are on us.] ABC was out here last week. We've had The Guardian report on this. We've had Canadian Broadcasting Corporation out; The New York Times was out recently. The interest is understandable, because the Klamath was once the third- largest salmon-bearing river in the West. And in the last 100 years, salmon runs have declined by about 98%, which is moving dangerously close to extinction. So, we are actually in a race against extinction. We know what the stakes are.”

Indigenous names for the Klamath River: Ishkêesh – Karuk Koke – Klamath

Hehlkeek ‘We-Roy –Yurok

Read part one of the series: Winter at the Largest Dam Removal Project in History 


Classic Patio: Pine Tavern

Pine Tavern has been around since 1936 for a reason. Not only does it have one of the best happy hours in town, but its patio has one of the most stunning views of the Deschutes River you can find downtown. Even when completely full, there’s an intimacy and magic to that patio that many have imitated, but rarely do they even come close to the OG.

Hot patio season is back. Here's where to catch some vibes!

If Bend loves anything, it loves a patio — but not just any patio. It has to have this mercurial composition made up of the right vibe, solid alcoholic/beverage choices, a perfect view of the splendor of the high desert and the right spot to bask in the long-awaited Central Oregon sunshine. Sure, there are lots of variables (doggos, kiddos, romance, food choices, etc.), but Bend has some definite classic patios for any Summer Sipping enthusiast. Here are just a few of our favorites.

Vista Patio: Monkless Belgian Ales Brasserie

People-Watching Patio: San Simon

Tin Pan Alley is the melting pot of Bend. At any given time in front of the fire tables of San Simon you can catch tourists discussing where they have reservations, locals that just got off work and are catching up with other industry friends,

dogs, babies, old, young and everyone in between. There’s an unpretentiousness to San Simon’s shared patio that makes everyone feel welcome, and has helped solidify Tin Pan Alley as the beating heart of Downtown Bend.

The first time you walk out of the elevated patio of Monkless Belgian Ales’ Brasserie and you see the sweeping view of the Old Mill complete with the big sky, the turns of the river and the smoke stacks that remind you of the logging

history of Bend, it’s hard not to fall in love with the city just a little bit more. That view, combined with the expertly crafted Belgian ales from Monkless’ mad scientists, make this a patio to dream about in the depths of winter.

New Patio: Dear Irene

The patio at Dear Irene offers a romantic ambi ence that’s hard to quantify until you experience it for yourself. The combination of mood lighting, deeply kind staff, expertly curated drinks,

world-class dining and the cobblestone pathway of the heavily trafficked Brooks Street make this spot an unassuming and deeply magical patio that helps remind one of the singularity of Bend.

900 Wall

900 NW Wall Street, Bend, Oregon



Enjoy your day off with Our Day Off! This cocktail is made with Aviation gin, lemon and muddled cucumber. Vermouth and a few dashes of rhubarb bitters round out this house specialty. With just a splash of cava on top this cocktail is perfect for a warm day on our patio. Looking for something a little sweeter? Strawberry Dawn starts with a crisp sauvignon blanc, fresh lemon and a touch of Velvet Falernum. Housemade strawberry balsamic reduction and Brut Rose finish off this refreshing summer sipper. Summer Hours start June 7th: Tuesday - Thursday 3pm - 9:30pm, Friday and Saturday 3pm - 10pm

Canteen at Campfire Hotel

721 NE 3rd Street, Bend, Oregon



Canteen is a retro camp-themed cocktail lounge owned by the team behind The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin. Situated within the Campfire Hotel in Bend, Oregon’s Central Business District, Canteen not only serves award-winning cocktails but also offers a vibrant array of amenities. Guests can enjoy a year-round heated saltwater pool, hot tub, fire pit, live DJ performances, board games, nightly food and drink specials, karaoke, and more, all within the lively Campfire compound.

Summer Sips recipe: LUCHA LIBRE: Muddle 1/4 cup fresh watermelon. 2-oz reposado tequila, 1/2 oz mezcal, 1 oz Aperol, 1/2 oz fresh lemon/lime juice, 1/2 oz simple syrup. Shake and strain into a rocks glass with 1/4 black lava salt rim, add ice, and garnish with a watermelon wedge.

Summer Sips Summer Sips
Photo courtesy of Pine Tavern Jared Rasic Jared Rasic CourtesyDearIrene

Neighbor Rotisserie

Century Park Shopping Center

1004 NW Newport Avenue, Bend, Oregon



At Neighbor, we’re more than a rotisserie chicken joint. We’re purveyors of delicious proteins & veggies, carefully curated to satisfy every palate. But it’s not just about the food—it’s about fostering a sense of community. Our name reflects our commitment to serving our patrons with the same care one would expect from a trusted friend. Whether stopping by for a quick bite or lingering over drinks with friends, Neighbor welcomes you to experience the warmth of our hospitality and the flavors of our kitchen. Every meal is an opportunity to nourish, and every guest is embraced as part of our extended family.

Jackson’s Corner, Old Bend

845 NW Delaware Ave.



A beloved local staple since 2008, Jackson’s Corner Old Bend offers scratch-made, locally sourced brunch and supper. Start your day with a visit to their morning coffee bar and fresh-baked goods. Enjoy a diverse menu featuring breakfast plates, salads, sandwiches, pizza, pasta, and small plates. Complement your meal with an impressive selection of craft beer, natural wine, house cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages. Open daily from 7am to 9pm, it’s your go-to spot for delicious, thoughtful, farm-to-table dining any day of the week.

Dear Mom Cafe

Century Park Shopping Center

320 SW Century Drive #410, Bend, Oregon 458-281-0511


Mango Tango Lushy

A spicy-sweet spin on the classic margarita. Blanco tequila, fresh lime juice, and mango shrub blend harmoniously, served with a Chamoy & Tajin rim for a tropical kick.


Maddie’s Coco Lushy for a taste of island bliss with Plantation Rum, coconut cream, pineapple juice, and a sprinkle of Maddie’s magic!

Cascade Lakes Brewing Co

Cascade Lakes Pub on Reed Market 21175 SE Reed Market Road, Bend, Oregon


Enjoy one of our new seasonal summer cocktails with mountain views from the Brew Deck at Cascade Lakes Pub on Reed Market.

Voodoo Sunrise ($13) - Malibu coconut rum, Lewis and Clark silver rum, Gosling’s dark rum, pineapple, grenadine, & soda

Lonewolf Lavender Sour ($13) - Crater Lake vodka or gin, lemon, lavender simple syrup, & Ms. Better’s Bitters vegan foam


twist. Or sip on the Jungle Juice Mezcal, an exotic mix of smoky mezcal and tart hibiscus flower tea. This bold drink combines floral and smoky flavors for a unique, refreshing taste. Crafted to ignite your taste buds and elevate your summer vibes, these cocktails are the ultimate way to enjoy the season. Salud!

vibrant setting. Whether you are celebrating a milestone or just looking for a fun night out, we encourage our guests to experiment and indulge in our curated bar and modern dining setting. Enjoy our specialty cocktails, including Al Pastor Mezcalita featuring union mezcal, blanco tequila, ancho verde, pineapple, lime, al pastor spice, fire bitters &

tajin. Photo Credit: Tambi Lane Photo Credit: Tambi Lane

El Rancho Grande

Cascade Shopping Center

63455 N Hwy 97 #23, Bend, Oregon


Our hand crafted Margaritas bring all the flavors perfectly together. From a Patron Margarita to a Prickley Pear, we custom make them to your liking.

Ranch water, or Rancho water, as we like to call it, has the perfect amount of great tequila, lime and Topo Chico for a refreshing summer drink. Low calorie too! We have added a twist with a cucumber version and a jalapeño as well.

Come enjoy the garage doors in the lounge, patio or dining room. El Rancho Grande is not just a restaurant with delicious food and great drinks. We bring family and friends together for lasting memories. Yeah Buddy!

Nome Italiano

Century Park Shopping Center 1465 SW Knoll Ave, Bend, Oregon



Nome Italiano, voted Best Italian in Central Oregon 2023.

From scratch pastas, pizzas and entrees. Classic dishes with a modern twist coupled with our extensive list of Italian wines and beautiful selections of Grappa and Amaro.

Now serving lunch & Happy Hour all day Saturday and Sunday.

Come enjoy Central Oregon’s sunshine on our patio seven days a week!

The River Pig Saloon

The Box Factory 555 NW Arizona Ave Suite 40, Bend, Oregon



Caribbean Slam mocktail: That combines the exotic flavors of coconut, pineapple, lemon, passionfruit and strawberry for a refreshing tropical drink without alcohol.

California Widow: A refreshing blend of strawberries and cucumbers, vodka, and crisp soda water creates a light and invigorating cocktail bursting with summer flavors.

The River Pig Saloon in Bend embodies rustic charm with its cozy ambiance and nostalgic feels. It offers a diverse menu and brunch starting at 9am Saturday and Sunday alongside craft beers and cocktails. Friendly service makes it a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike to unwind and enjoy Bend’s laid-back vibe.

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Zepparella is an all-female American Led Zepplin tribute band featuring Anna Kristina (vocalist), Gretchen Menn (guitarist), Holly West (bassist) and Clementine (drums). Zepparella explores its own improvised magic within the framework of Led Zeppelin’s mighty songs! Thu., May 30, 7:30-9:30pm, at Tower Theatre. 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $29-$49 (plus $4 Historic Preservation Fee).




Free Creatures and High Step Society perform high-energy sets at Volcanic Theatre Pub. High Step Society captures the spirit of the jazz age, creating a dance party and celebratory space with its dynamic music. Free Creatures’ music ranges from alternative to hip-hop and rock. Thu., May 30, 8pm-Midnight at Volcanic Theatre Pub. 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $25.

FRIDAY 05/31



The Work Collective invited Benjamin Moser for a solo exhibition and three-month artist-in-residency from May 29 to Sept. 1. His work features large-format abstract paintings. The exhibit is open to the public May 31 at 5pm. Fri., May 31, 5pm-8pm at Work-Collective. 2900 NW Clearwater Dr., #200, Bend. Free.

FRIDAY 05/31



A farm-to-fork dinner and fundraiser sponsored by Mike’s Fence Center, benefiting Heart of Oregon Corps. Enjoy a special evening featuring locally sourced food and wine, live music provided by Honey Don’t, beautiful views out at Tetherow Resort — and hear from current Heart Oregon of youth and alumni. Fri., May 31, 5pm-9pm at Tetherow Resort Event Pavilion. 61240 Skyline Ranch Rd., Bend. $150.

FRIDAY 05/31



Join Ian Nicholson, author of “Climbing Self-Rescue,” to learn essential self-rescue techniques. His book features crucial skills, technical tips and improvised solutions for situations such as stuck ropes, dropped rappel devices, ropes that won’t reach the next rappel, injured leaders and more. Fri., May 31, 6-7pm at Roundabout Books. 900 NW Mount Washington Dr., #110, Bend. $5.

FRIDAY 05/31



American singer/songwriter Maren Morris blends pop influence with timeless hip-hop rhythm and flow. Known for her breakout hit “My Church,” and the dance-pop collaboration with Zedd, “The Middle,” Morris is performing at Hayden Homes Amphitheater during her RSVP Redux Tour. Fri., May 31, 7pm, Hayden Homes Amphitheater. 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr., Bend. $60.50.



The second annual Butterfly Release ceremony by Bristol Hospice will include music, an inspirational message, cookies and refreshments, and the honoring of patients who passed in 2023. Bristol Hospice will release 600 butterflies, with the majority being released during a ceremony beginning at noon. Sat., June 1, 12-1pm at Riverbend Park. 799 SW Columbia St., Bend. Free.



The queer-oriented DJ duo Cliché kicks off Pride Month with an outdoor pool party, featuring cocktails from the Canteen at Campfire Hotel. Cliché is known for creating safe, inclusive and memorable nights. Come soak in the sun poolside at Campfire Hotel, listening to upbeat music by Cliché. Pool pass is included. Sat., June 1, 2-6pm at Campfire Hotel. 721 NE 3rd St., Bend. $20.




Held on the first Sunday of every month through September, the 9th Street Village Makers Market is filled with food, drinks and a variety of local vendors. Each month, Bevel Craft Brewing hosts 10+ vendors ranging in farm-fresh goods, jewelry, hand printed clothing, embroidery, sweet treats, ceramics and more! Sun., June 2, 12-4pm at Bevel Craft Brewing. 911 SE Armour St., Bend. Free.

5/30 – 6/02
Courtesy Zepparella Sean Lawrence Maren Morris
So Good: The Neil Diamond Experience
Todd Rundgren

S SOUND Uniting Central Oregon’s Music Industry

Have questions about the amorphous nature of the music biz? Join Central Oregon


Network’s free, all-ages mixer

If you’re reading this, you likely live in Central Oregon. So it’s not news to you that Bend is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. Based on U.S. Census Bureau population data from 2017 to 2022, Bend ranks at number 59—that’s out of “344 of the largest cities [that were analyzed in a 2023 study by SmartAsset] to determine the biggest growth.”

This makes Bend among the fastest-growing places in Oregon, with more than 9% growth in the past five years. While other Pacific Northwest cities are revered for their music scenes and storied histories, Central Oregon’s music industry is on the rise, and this population boom has its ripple effects. It’s no secret that growing and gentrifying cities with rising rents and property values have historically pushed the artists of the creative class to the margins. The flip side is that larger populations with more disposable income can better support the arts, filling more venues on more nights of the week. Those paying customers sustain local jobs, from the performers and event staff to the bar and kitchen. It’s all about finding balance between growth and maintaining space for endeavors that are not purely profit-driven.

Established headliners sure to draw crowds grace the stages at Hayden Homes Amphitheater, downtown’s Tower Theatre and the 1,000-cap Midtown Ballroom, Bend’s largest indoor music venue. But the spaces that cultivate and support a local music community are much more intimate. Midtown’s sister spaces, The Domino Room and The Annex (with capacities of 400 and 100, respectively), create homes for plenty of local and regional artists as do myriad bar, restaurant, food cart and cafe spaces in Sisters, Redmond, Tumalo, Prineville and La Pine.

Growing cities prioritize progress through the lens of commerce—meaning they often don’t have the greatest track record of looking out for the performing arts. But that’s where grassroots, community organizing comes into play, like the burgeoning Central Oregon Music Network.

Spearheaded by John Davis, owner and talent buyer at Volcanic Theatre Pub, the second COMN mixer on Sunday, June 2 is a free, all-ages, casual gathering.

“We want to get a bunch of musicians and music industry people of Central Oregon together in the same room so people can go meet other people, they can ask questions, they can make

connections,” Davis explains.

For two decades, Davis has booked and promoted concerts and events in Central Oregon as well as other Northwest cities with his promotion company, 1988 Entertainment. In 2023, he purchased the 450-cap Volcanic from founder and owner Derek Sitter, who had created a beloved community space well-known as an incubator for local theater, music and art since 2013. At the time, Sitter told the Source Weekly, “It was important that it was sold to someone who understood the Bend community, music industry and was independent. Running an independent venue is vital to the music industry.”

After years of swimming upstream in a small market and figuring out things for himself (Davis started booking shows in high school), he would like to knock down some of the industry’s roadblocks. “Even on a local level, it seems like there’s too many gatekeepers,” he says. “And I really just don't like that aspect of the music business.”

In an industry that lacks defined structure, Davis understands it might, “be a little far-fetched for me to ask for there to be more rules and regulations or some kind of checks and balances systems,” but more transparency would be welcome. Fake it ’till you make it—for both musicians and promoters—means you’re also destined to learn some hard (financial) lessons along the way. “It's just a really interesting business that’s not really like any other business in the world,” he adds.


want to get a bunch of musicians and music industry people of Central Oregon together in the same room so people can go meet other people, they can ask questions, they can make connections.

—John Davis

There are opportunities to shift the paradigm through community and collaboration. Imagine “venues having the same best practices and everybody kind of doing stuff on the same page,” Davis says. “It is not only more empowering, but in the end, if everybody is holding everybody to the same professional standards rather than” a patchwork of guidelines. “I think it would be much more beneficial across the board.”

With COMN, Davis hopes to create an organic environment for people to meet, chat and network while shedding light on “the reality of the music business: A lot of times it can be a labor of love for a long time.”

“I hope that it also gives people a little bit more confidence in everything that they’re pursuing or that they’re doing because the music business can be very intimidating,” he says. “The goal is to help people get the answers [to the] questions [they have about] all the things that they're trying to figure out within the music business.” He hopes “everybody who comes out is taking away something from the event that

they wanted or that they didn’t have before, or making a connection that they wanted to make.”

So yeah, you can probably meet your new bandmate, your next record producer, videographer or sound or lighting engineer while rubbing elbows with some local bookers and promoters at the Volcanic on June 2 (and even sing some karaoke if you stick around!), but you can also dream bigger.

“The best way for my community to continue to stay strong and to grow and to, hopefully, prosper—all ships rise, you know—[is if] we are working with each other.”

Central Oregon Music Network

– A Music Industry Mixer Sun., June 2

Volcanic Theatre Pub

70 SW Century Dr., Bend Doors 5pm; karaoke 8pm; all ages Free

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29 Wednesday

Bevel Craft Brewing Live Music: Watkins Glen Free Live Music every Wednesday on the patio from 6-8pm at Bevel Craft Brewing! Watkins Glen is an improvisational rock band blending the essence of legendary American rock acts like The Allman Brothers Band, The Grateful Dead, The Band, and Little Feat with their own original tunes. 6-8pm. Free.

Blacksmith Public House Head Games

Trivia At The Blacksmith! Join Blacksmith Public Houses for a fun night of trivia hosted by Head Games Trivia! Put your thinking caps on every Wednesday night and bring a team of your smartest friends. 6-8pm. Free.

The Yard at Bunk + Brew Jongleur Gems

Swapping songs and stories are Richard Taelour and the duo of Mike Viles and Susan Harman. Each artist plays a song and then passes to the other artist. Artists can jam/collaborate together performing both originals and covers. Minors Welcome. 7pm. Free.

Cascade Lakes Pub on Reed Market Trivia Night at Cascade Lakes Pub on Reed Market Join Cascade Lakes for monthly trivia night at the Pub on Reed Market — Shrek themed! Prizes and drink specials. 6:30-8:30pm. Free.

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

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 Parker

Steers Relax with a pint and enjoy great local music every Wednesday from 6-8pm.Free.

Deschutes Brewery & Public House

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

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

JC’s Bar & Grill TRIVIA + Wing Wednesday! $.75 cent wing special all day and trivia kicking off at 7:30pm. Don’t forget the infamous “physical” challenge as one of the categories (think musical chairs, limbo, paper airplane throwing etc)! Get a free appetizer by winning that round and happy hour pricing all week for the winning team. 7:30-9:30pm. 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.

McMenamins Old St. Francis School Use’ta Do Old-school country and stellar bluegrass with lots of fun antics. 6-9pm. Free.

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

Legendary hip-hop duo from Oakland, California, The Luniz was formed by West

Yukmouth and Numskull. Known for their top hit, “I Got 5 On It,” The

Oblivion Pour House Last Call Trivia

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

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

Silver Moon Brewing The Roundabouts Improv - A Comedy Show! Experience the art of improv and an evening of laughs! Recommended for ages 16 and up. Some sketches may contain adult subject matter or language. Join The Roundabouts, Bend’s funniest improv troupe, for a night of unscripted hilarity. Proceeds from each show are donated to a Central Oregon nonprofit. 7:30-9:30pm. Free.

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

Volcanic Theatre Pub Greyhounds Greyhounds are the Austin trio of Anthony Farrell on vocals and keyboards, Andrew Trube with vocals and guitar, and Ed Miles on the drums. Many music fans remember Farrell and Trube as key members of JJ Grey’s band MOFRO for many years. 8-11:59pm. $20.

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

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

Bend Cider Co. Hella Shy-Music Flow Student Rock Band Come out and support these amazing student rockers in our community! Performances by Hella Shy, students at Music Flow of Bend. With special guests Gwinup Studios Rock Band and Parker Yannariello. Appetizers available, outside food welcome. Kid and dog friendly. 5:30-8pm. Free.

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

Blacksmith Public House Karaoke at the Blacksmith! Come join after work for a fun night of Karaoke with DJ Chris at Blacksmith Public House! Grab a drink, sing a song, have some tasty food, and unwind with us after a long day. 6-8pm. Free.

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

Cascade Lakes Pub on Reed Market

Live Music with Jess Ryan Grab a beer and join for live music with Jess Ryan on the patio at the Pub on Reed Market. Music starts at 5:30pm, free and family-friendly. 5:30-7:30pm. Free.

Dump City Dumplings Locals Thursday & Live Music Join Dump City Dumplings every Thursday for a locals discount and live music at the shop! $1 off classic dumplings and $1 off drafts & cocktails. Live music at 5:30 pm till 8 pm. Follow @dumpcitydumplings on Instagram to stay in the loop. 5:30-8pm. Free.

Elements Public House Trivia Night at Elements Public House with QuizHead Games Come be all you can be with Trivia Night every Thursday from 6-8pm! Featuring Trivia is every Thursday night! Located at the north end of Redmond. Full bar and great food! 6-8pm. Free.

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

Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards and Events Live at the Vineyard: DiRT Band Michael “Doc” Ryan has been a fixture on the local music scene since the early 2000s. Originally from Dallas, Texas, the roots-rocking guitarist, singer-songwriter and orthopedic surgeon relocated to Bend in 1995 with his family and soon became involved in the local scene.” 5-8pm. $15.

River’s Place Them-N-J Rock cover band Them-N-J will perform at River’s Place. Come enjoy a night of free live music. 6-8pm. Free.

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

Stihl Whiskey Bar Live Music Series Live Music every Thursday at a favorite little corner of downtown Bend. Come through for good music, delicious food tasty drinks! 7-9pm.

The Bend Wine Bar & Winery Tasting Room Trivia Night Tease your brain and win cool prizes. Happy Hour menu will be offered during game time. Grab your friends and enjoy an evening of fabulous wines, snacks and fun! Every last Thursday of the month. Arrive early, game starts at 6pm. Last Thursday of every month, 6-9pm. Free.

The Lot Live Music with Tony Buckman at The Lot Tony is a prolific songwriter/guitarist, and a former professional rodeo cowboy. He performs throughout Oregon and is also a subject of an independent documentary film, “An American Cowboy.” He will perform some great covers and original music. 6-8pm. Free.

Volcanic Theatre Pub Free Creatures and High Step Society Free Creatures and High Step Society are performing high energy sets of fantastic music at Volcanic Theater Pub on Thu., May 30! AAA / EDM / Indie Psych / Vintage / Alt 8pm-Midnight. $25.

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Bend Cider Co. Blake and the Music at Bend Cider Inventive solo guitar music inspired by an eclectic mix of musical genres. Blake weaves together intricate layers of sound to create instrumental songs well suited for the amazing space and feel at Bend Cider! 6-8pm. Free.

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

General Duffy’s Annex Jazz Friday Come enjoy jazz music by the Positive Side Jazz Band, Steak, pasta and locally sourced ingredients and craft cocktails. Come enjoy an amazing night out with a perfect background ambiance of jazz standards. 6-8pm. Free.

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

Hayden Homes Amphitheater

Maren Morris - RSVP Redux Tour American singer/ songwriter Maren Morris blends pop influence with timeless hip-hop rhythm and flow. 7pm. $60.50.

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

Seksé Fit Seksé Anniversaré Partaaay! If you’ve never been to Seksé this is your chance to see and experience the studio! Featuring class showcases, free class demos, membership discounts, Seksé giveaways, refreshments and party! Fri., May 31 from 5:30 - 8:30pm at Seksé Fit at the Box Factory. RSVP to be entered into a giveaway! 5-8pm. Free.

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Oregon-born musician Mat Kearney plays soulful heart-touching music for all to enjoy. Some of his top hits include, “Ships in the Night” and “Coming Home (Oregon).” Thu., June 13, 8pm at Tower Theatre.

The Capitol So You Think You Got JokesComedy Competition Join The Capitol for “So You Think You Got Jokes?”— an interactive comedy competition with two rounds of humor. You’re the judge! Don’t miss this standout event. 7-8:30pm. $15.

Worthy Brewing JuJu Eyeball @ Worthy Brewing JuJu Eyeball, Central Oregon’s premier Beatles cover band, is back at Worthy to get the summer going. Drink up and dream on! 7-9pm. Free.



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

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

Campfire Hotel Cliché Throws A Pride Pool Party Dj duo Cliché is kicking off Pride with an outdoor pool party featuring cocktails from the Canteen at Campfire Hotel! Come soak up the sun before their Party at Silver Moon that evening. 2-6pm. $20 (Pool Pass Included).

Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards and Events Live at the Vineyard: Klassixs Ayreband Rock 'n’ Roll with the ‘50s and ‘60s Rock n’ Roll! Repertoire includes many of your favorites Great Balls of Fire, "Little Darlin", "YMCA", "Dream Lover", "Ol’ Fashion Rock n’ Roll" and many more. A night of great music and sing along! 3-6pm. $15.

Midtown Ballroom/Domino Room/ Annex Club Reggaeton Club Reggaeton is back again! The Party everyone is talking about. DJ Mistico with special guest DJ Panda and more. Live performance from Wason WB. 10pm. $10. Northside Bar & Grill Juju Eyeball A premier Beatles cover band. 8-11pm. Free.

On Tap Long Gone Wilder - Birthday Bash Long Gone Wilder is a local 5-piece band (guitars, bass, drums , keyboard, mandolin and flute) playing rock, country and blues favorites. Come listen, sing, and/or dance along with us. 6-8pm. Free.

River’s Place Saturday Jazz Sessions The Cutmen, funk and soul jazz group performing at River’s Place Saturday Jazz Sessions. 6-8pm. Free.

River’s Place SHINE @ Rivers Place SHINE is back at River’s Place with a whole slew of new songs. So come on out and enjoy a beauty Sunday afternoon, have some beverages, food, dance and sing! 5-7pm. Free.

River’s Place Shine Acoustic rock from the ‘70s and ‘80s performed by Shine at River’s Place. 5-7pm. Free.

Summit High School Auditorium Cascade Winds Symphonic Band’s Spring Concert Mark your calendars for the Cascade Winds’ final 2023-2024 season concert! The Cascade Winds Symphonic Band’s Spring Concert have a fantastic selection of music for you. Join at 2pm in the auditorium at Summit High School in Bend. As always, performances are free and open to the public. 2-4pm. Free.

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

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

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

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

The Capitol Bits N Skits Presents June Jokesters Bits N Skits presents June Jokesters A Unique Style of Stand Up & Sketch Comedy, plus music! Stand-up comedy and music: Saturday June 1, Sketch comedy and music: Friday, June 7, Sketch comedy and music: Saturday June 8, (repeat of Friday sketches) 6:30pm. $15 online/$20 at the door.

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

Volcanic Theatre Pub Cosmic Psycho’s 40th Anniversary Tour with special guests ZEKE “Here’s three ugly looking blokes, touring the world, playing at all these wonderful cities, dining at all these wonderful restaurants, meeting all these famous people. In the back of ya head I’m thinking to myself "I'm a f*ckin’ farmer!’” – Ross Knight 8-11:59pm. $20.

Whiskey River Bar The JUGULARS A local classic rock band playing everyone’s favorites from the ‘70s to contemporary. Bring your dancing shoes. 7-10pm. 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.

The Commons Cafe & Taproom Trivia Night Sunday Funday Trivia with Sean. Gather your team, or roll solo and find a spot early in the cafe, knowledge tests begin at 6pm. Prizes for 1st and 2nd place. Free. 6-8pm. Free.

The Domino Room Cash’d Out: The Premier Johnny Cash Show Midtown Events brings you Cash’d Out: The Premier Johnny Cash Show Sunday, June 2 at The Domino Room in Bend! Doors 7, show 7:30. This is an all ages show. “Some people are impressionists. These guys leave an impression,” says Bill Miller, owner of 7pm-Midnight. $20.

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.

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

Elements Public House Open Mic with DMM Music Come jam with some great local musicians and enjoy an evening of music, great food and full bar. Musician sign up at 6pm. Sound and PA provided by DMM Music LLC Located at the North end of Redmond. An award-winning full bar and great food! 6:30-8:30pm. Free.

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

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

Silver Moon Brewing 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.

The Bend Wine Bar & Winery Tasting Room Bottles and Boards - Game Night Grab your favorite board game or borrow one! Every Monday is Game Night! Pair a Bottle of wine with a selection of Charcuterie Boards and get $5 off Whites or $10 off Reds. Fun times and great wines! Cheers! 2-9pm. Free.

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

4 Tuesday

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

Northside Bar & Grill Karaoke with DJ Chris Ossig Karaoke with DJ Chris. 7-9pm. Free. Volcanic Theatre Pub Dead Bob Dead Bob is the solo incarnation of John Wright, drummer of long-time and apparently legendary, but now retired, Punk rock band, No Means No. “Life Like," a NMN cover, actually, is the title track of the first album John has released on his own. 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.


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

Zepparella Now more than ever, Zepparella explores their own improvised magic within the framework of Zeppelin’s mighty songs! May 30, 7:30-9:30pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. Contact: 541-317-0700. info@ $29 - $49 (plus $4 Historic Preservation fee).


Argentine Tango Classes and Dance Join every Wednesday for Tango classes and dancing! Your first class is free. Tango 101 Class from 6:30-7pm, no partner needed! All levels class from 7-8pm. Open dancing from 8-9:30pm. Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm. Sons of Norway Hall, 549 NW Harmon Blvd., Bend. Contact: 541-7283234. $5-$10. Bend Dance Project Adult Community Drop-in Class Join nonprofit Bend Dance Project for an adult intermediate level drop-in dance class. Styles include classic jazz, street jazz, modern and lyrical. Teachers and styles rotate monthly. Supportive and welcoming atmosphere! Suggested donation $10. Fridays, 12:15-1:45pm. Acadamie De Ballet Classique, 1900 NE 3rd St #104, Bend. Contact: 541-7281063. $10.

Indian Temple and Classical Dance Embody Your Yoga Super Powers: Excellent and supportive for any style of dance or athlete. Based on Indian Temple and Classical Dances with a yogic approach. Includes “mudra” hand gestures, sensual bends, head and eye postures, feet positions and more! Awaken and optimize your entire being, from the inside to out. Thursdays, 9:15-10:30am. Bend, RSVP for address, Bend.

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719 SE 3rd St, Bend

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

Oregon Ballet Theatre 2 Join Oregon Ballet Theatre’s second company, OBT2 for their 2024 Spring Tour! The dynamic and vibrant young dancers of OBT2 share its artistry, ability, professionalism, and innovation of Oregon Ballet Theatre with the statewide audience, serving as a cultural ambassador for the performing arts from the state of Oregon. June 1, 3-5pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. Contact: 541317-0700. $12-$22 (plus $4 Historic Preservation fee).

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

Soul in Motion Movement & Dance

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

Swing into Connection: Couples Night at Worthy Brewing While practicing dance moves taught by Swing ‘N’ Line, couples will answer prompts from licensed relationship specialist, Michele. Whether you’re looking to reignite the spark in your partnership, strengthen your communication skills, or simply have a fun and memorable date night, Swing into Connection offers something for every couple. May 29, 6:158pm. Worthy Brewing, 495 NE Bellevue Dr., Bend. Contact: $20 per couple.


Free screening of documentary film “Israelism” and panel discussion Join Jewish Voice For Peace Bend for a free screening of “Israelism” and a panel discussion. The documentary follows two young American Jews, who confront Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. They join a movement challenging traditional views in American Judaism. (The Environmental Center is not affiliated with this event) May 29, 6:30-9pm. The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Ave., Bend. Contact: jvpbend@jewishvoiceforpeace. org. Free.

Shitthropocene Film Screening The Shitthropocene is a mock anthropological view of humanity’s consumption habits, turning a satirical (yet brutally honest) eye on how everything is turning to shit and why the impulse toward more might destroy us all. Come join at Patagonia Bend for a film screening and refreshments from Deschutes Brewing. May 30, 6-8pm. Patagonia Bend, 1000 Wall St. Suite 140, Bend. Contact: 541-382-6694. Free.


Accordion Bookmaking Workshop This workshop uses book making and Turkish map paper folding techniques to aid participants in making a book while reflecting on the role of the river in the community and pondering the experience of fish during migration. Participants will use writing, drawing and other techniques in creating their books. June 1, 1-5pm. Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts & Agriculture, 68467 Three Creek Rd., Sisters. Contact: 541-904-0700. inquiries@ $100.

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.

Blacksmithing 101 - Forge a Metal Wall Hook *2 Session Series Come have fun and try your hand at the time-honored DIY craft of shaping, tapering, splitting, twisting, and punching steel to create art, jewelry, and functional items. You will create a useful custom wall hook during the 2-hour class series focusing on proper hammer strokes, stance, and anvil techniques. June 4, 5:307:30pm and June 5, 5:30-7:30pm. DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 5413882283. $279.

Fused Glass 101 - Slumping Make a 6” Dish Learn the basics of slumping glass using colorful glass and a variety of tools. We will focus on the techniques of fusing and slumping, which offer myriad possibilities for creating with color and form. You will learn the basics of glass and heat interaction, glass cutting, fusing, and slumping. June 2, 1-4pm. DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 5413882283. $149.

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

Intro to Blacksmithing - Create a Bottle Opener Come have fun and try your hand at the time-honored DIY craft of shaping, tapering, and punching steel to create a functional bottle opener. This is a good 2-hour introductory workshop before committing to the two-sessions Blacksmithing 101 class. Tools & materials are provided. Ages 16+ welcome June 1, 10am-Noon. DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 5413882283. $169.

Intro to Soldering Silver Stacked Rings

This fun and creative class introduces you to the basics of soldering and the art of creating beautiful sterling silver rings. You’ll use a torch for soldering and learn how to size, shape, and texture your rings using a ring mandrel, sizer, and various texture hammers. Take home three rings! June 4, 6-8pm. DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-388-2283. classes@ $129.


Intro to Welding: MIG This hands-on class is perfect for beginners or anyone needing a refresher class in cutting and welding. You’ll cut steel with a plasma cutter and weld those pieces back together. You’ll get to try your hand at MIG welding. No welding experience needed! All materials and tools included. May 29, 6-8pm. DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 5413882283. $139.

Paint and Sip at Va Piano Vineyards

Looking for a laid-back night out? Come join Chalked Creative, your friendly local artist, for some painting and sipping fun! No pressure, just good vibes and a relaxed atmosphere. This event is two hours, and 11”x14” canvas, supplies and a guided tutorial will be provided. Tue, June 4, 6pm. Va Piano Vineyards Tasting Room, 425 SW Powerhouse Dr., Bend. $70.

Plasma CNC Workshop - Metal Art This class is for those that have experience on CNC machines including our Glowforge laser and would like to have access to our CNC plasma cutter! We will be reviewing tool path creation, feeds and speeds for materials, and best practices. Cut out metal signs and designs from sheet metal! June 3, 6-9pm. DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 5413882283. $229.

Spinner Ring Workshop - Learn to Solder Silver You’ll learn how to size and fabricate a Copper ring band with three smaller Sterling Silver bands that spin freely around the main ring. You can also upgrade your class materials to all Sterling Silver! Learn how to solder, file, stamp, texture, and apply a patina and more. June 1, 10am-1:30pm. DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-388-2283. $189.

Wood Shop Basics - Learn to use the Table Saw, Chop Saw and Band Saw In this class you will receive an overview of the most commonly used tools in the woodshop. Our professional instructors will demonstrate proper setup and technique on these machines to get you started right. You will learn how to use the table saw, chop saw, and bandsaw. June 3, 6-9pm. DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-388-2283. classes@diycave. com. $159.


Woodshop Basics Two - Router, Planer and Jointer In this class you will learn how to use the Router, Planer and Jointer. Our professional instructor will demonstrate proper setup and technique on these machines. Once complete you will be able to create more precise techniques for edges and dimensions to improve your woodworking projects. Includes additional shop hour! June 4, 6-8pm. DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 5413882283. $159.


“Shark Heart” in Real Life: The Science of Studying Sharks Animal behavioris Dr. McInturf researches some of the most understudied components of sharks. She will introduce some of the key characteristics of sharks, talk about shark diversity, and finally discuss some of the projects she and other researchers are undertaking on different shark species at OSU’s Big Fish Lab. May 29, Noon-1pm. Sisters Library, 110 North Cedar Street, Sisters. Contact: 541-3121029. Free.

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

Benjamin Moser, Abstract Painter - Solo Exhibition The Work Collective has invited Benjamin Moser for a solo exhibition and three month artist-in-residency from May 29 to Sept.1. His work features large format abstract paintings. Exhibit will be open to the public May 31 starting at 5pm. Please join Work-Collective for the launch of his new series! May 31, 5-8pm. Work-Collective, 2900 Northwest Clearwater Dr., Bend. Contact: Free.


Old Crow Medicine show hails from Nashville, Tennessee, and brings a distinct approach to the classic string band. Catch the band perform at Hayden Homes Amphitheater, Sun., June, 16, 6:30pm.
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Thelma and the Sleaze is an independent all female, queer, southern rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. The group is composed of lead vocalist and guitar player Lauren “LG” Gilbert and features an evolving cast of A-team players to back her unforgettable live performances. Wed., June 12, 7-11pm at Silver Moon Brewing.

Experience Opening: Forest at Night

The Forest at Night is a new, animated interactive experience where visitors can explore the nocturnal forest and starry night sky. Inside, meet the plants and animals whose movements fill the forest’s darkest hours with exciting activity. June 1, 9am-5pm. High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Highway 97, Bend. Contact: 541-382-4754. Free with paid museum admission.

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

Open Studio Learn about the three residents’ practices and what they have accomplished while they were at PMRCAA. Presenters for this Open Studio include printmaker Rosa Valladeres, multimedia artist Jennifer Rabin and multidisciplinary artist Atif Akin. May 30, 4-6pm. Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts & Agriculture, 68467 Three Creek Rd., Sisters. Contact: 541904-0700.


A Night with the Girls: A Golden Girls Parody Sunriver Stars presents “A Night with the Girls: A Golden Girls Parody” as a live studio recording of the iconic TV sitcom May 31-June 2 with pre-show comedian, applause signs and Saturday costume contest. Plus enjoy photo booth, cheesecake raffle and themed refreshments (Long island iced tea, cheesecake, Italian dishes). Fri, May 31, 7-9pm, Sat, June 1, 2-4 and 7-9pm and Sun, June 2, 2-4pm. The Door (a church in Sunriver Business Park across from Three Rivers School), 56885 Enterprise Rd., Sunriver. Contact: 541-593-7445. $15-20.

Oregon Ballet The dynamic and vibrant young dancers of OBT2 share artistry, ability, professionalism, and innovation of Oregon Ballet Theatre with the statewide audience, serving as a cultural ambassador for the performing arts from the state of Oregon. June 1, 3pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $12-$22.


“City of Books” by Nicole Meier Nicole Meier, Bend resident and author of “The Girl Made of Clay,” “The House of Bradbury,” and “The Second Chance Supper Club,” returns with a new novel. Join and celebrate the launch of her new book! May 30, 6:30-7:30pm. Roundabout Books, 900 NW Mount Washington Dr., #110, Bend. Contact: 541-306-6564. $5.

"Climbing Self-Rescue” by Ian Nicholson Join Ian Nicholson, author of “Climbing Self-Rescue” to learn essential self-rescue techniques! No matter how experienced a climber you are, one day you will find yourself in a precarious situation, whether that be a stuck rope, a dropped rappel device, ropes that won’t reach the next rappel, an injured leader, May 31, 6-7pm. Roundabout Books, 900 NW Mount Washington Dr., #110, Bend. Contact: 541306-6564. $5.

Author Event: Honey by Victor Lodato Victor Lodato, author of Edgar and Lucy and Mathilda Savitch, brings a “whip smart, surly, and still sexy” story in "Honey" June 4, 6:30-7:30pm. Roundabout Books, 900 NW Mount Washington Dr., #110, Bend. Contact: 541-306-6564. julie@ $5.

Mystery Book Club Please join in-store or on zoom for Mystery Book Club. The group will discuss "The Ladies of the Secret Circus" by Constance Sayers. Join zoom link here: https:// Wednesdays, 10:30am. Roundabout Books, 900 NW Mount Washington Dr., #110, Bend. Contact: 541-3066564. Free.

A Novel Idea Author Emily Habeck at Caldera High School Join Emily Habeck for the final Novel Idea 2024 event. Free tickets are available on-line at starting May 13. Two tickets per person limit. June 1, 6-8pm. Caldera High School, 60925 15th Street, Bend. Contact: 541-312-1032. lizg@dpls. Free.

Writing Workshop with Emily Habeck Novel Idea author Emily Habeck leads this workshop designed to spark imagination. Tickets go on sale May 6 at June 1, 10am-Noon. Downtown Bend Library, 601 Northwest Wall Street, Bend. Contact: 541-3121032. $35.


Deschutes Historical Museum Heritage Walking Tours Travel back in time with the Deschutes Historical Museum’s summer Heritage Walking Tours. Discover what early Bend was like through its architecture and the people who lived here. Tours alternate each week. For tour information or to reserve your tour space contact the museum today. Saturdays, 10:30amNoon Through Aug. 31. Deschutes Historical Museum, 129 NW Idaho Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-389-1813. $15.

Soul Lounge Join an evening of surprise and delight at Cottage 33 in downtown Bend. There are a variety of offerings to enchant: tea room, healers, live music, story telling, living alter, womb room, local yums, found Bath. Come early or late, stay short or long, and live life’s welcome. May 31, 5-11pm. Good Grief Guidance, 33 NW Louisiana Ave, Bend. Contact: 541-223-9955. $25.

Wine ‘n’ Shine Car Show Join the annual Wine ’N’ Shine Car Show at Faith Hope and Charity Vineyards in Terrebonne.. The show runs from 10am to 2pm. This show features classics and newer modified cars, and trucks. Sit back and enjoy wonderful wine and great food while you’re here. June 1, 10am-2pm. Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards and Events, 70450 NW Lower Valley Dr., Terrebonne. Contact: 541-526-5075. Free.


“Play On!” Amateur Pickleball Tournament Registration is now open for the inaugural “Play On!” Amateur Pickleball Tournament hosted by the Sunriver Music Festival. The tournament will be held in Sunriver, Oregon on May 31 and June 1. Players interested in registering for the “funds and friends” event can go to www. for more information. All participants must create an account with Pickleball Brackets to sign up for the tournament. Fort Rock Park, 57515 East Cascade Road, Sunriver. $77.50

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

Bend Elks vs. Ridgefield Raptors Come watch The Bend Elks - a collegiate summer baseball team located in Bend. The Elks are founding members of the West Coast League and play their home games at Vince Genna Stadium. Tue, June 4, 6:35pm, Fri, June 21, 6:35pm, Sat, June 22, 6:35pm and Sun, June 23, 6:35pm. Vince Genna Stadium, Fourth & Wilson Street, Bend. $12-$22.

Bend Elks vs. Walla Walla Sweets

Come watch The Bend Elks - a collegiate summer baseball team located in Bend. The Elks are founding members of the West Coast League and play their home games at Vince Genna Stadium. Fri, May 31, 6:35pm, Sat, June 1, 6:35pm and Sun, June 2, 6:35pm. Vince Genna Stadium, Fourth & Wilson Street, Bend. $12-22.

The Circuit BIPOC Climbing Night Join the Circuit Rock gym the last Thursday every month for an event that welcomes all in the BIPOC community. Last Thursday of every month. The Circuit Bouldering Gym Bend, 63051 NE Corporate Pl, Bend. 50% off day pass $15

Grit Clinics: Intro to Drops This clinic is for riders who already have a strong roll down technique and want an introduction to the mechanics of dropping. Grit Clinics coaches will take you through the technique and body position needed to navigate small drops safely. No air time is required. For: Intermediate riders. Men/Women, 18+ June 1, 9am-Noon. Seventh Mountain Resort, 18575 SW Century Dr., Bend. Contact: 541-728-7878. $118.

Grit Clinics: INTRO TO JUMPING3-WEEK SERIES - Session 2 Learn how to jump on a mountain bike! Start by practicing fundamental skills that lead to jumping, (body position, wheel lifts...) then take it to small jumps to dial your air-time. Slow, basic progression. Participants will move through progression depending on their readiness. For strong intermediate riders, Men/Women, 18+ Mondays, 5-7pm. Through June 17. Phil’s Trailhead, Skyliner Rd, Bend. Contact: 541-728-7878. info@gritclinics. com. $235 for 3-week series.

Jumping for Oldies JFO is geared toward experienced riders who can trail ride well, looking to understand the fundamentals to develop air time and control. Sessions are Tuesday & Thursday Day 1: Phil’s Trailhead Day 2: Cog Wild, ride to the Lair To register and more info: https:// Tue, June 4, 5-7pm and Tue, Sept. 17, 4:30-6:30pm. COG WILD, 19221 SW Century Dr, Bend. Contact: 541-385-7002. info@cogwild. com. $175.

Mountain Biking 201 with Grit Clinics

Do you have some mountain biking experience and are ready to refine your skills? This 3-week series will empower your riding! Some of the skills include advanced braking, cornering and switchbacks, wheel lifts, getting over logs and rocks. Suitable for riders with some experience, men and women, 18 and up. Wed, May 22, 5-7pm, Wed, May 29, 5-7pm and Wed, June 5, 5-7pm. Seventh Mountain Resort, 18575 SW Century Dr., Bend. Contact: 541-728-7878. info@gritclinics. com. $235.

Plant Hike Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Tom Wainwright for a spring hike to learn about the plants of the Metolius Preserve. Explore the transition zone where wet westside and dry eastside plants converge in the mixed conifer forest of the Metolius Preserve. May 29, 9am-1pm. Metolius Preserve, near Camp Sherman, Sisters. Contact: 541-330-0017. event@ Free.

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

Sunriver Swings fore Strings Golf Tournament Golfing buddies come together on Sunriver Resort’s Woodlands Course on June 2 for the sixteenth annual Swings fore Strings tournament. With a shotgun start and scramble format, this is a lighthearted way to kick off your summer of Sunriver golfing while supporting Sunriver Music Festival. June 2, 1pm. Woodlands Golf Course, 17890 W Core Rd, Sunriver. Contact: 541-593-1084. $675-$875.

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


Beaver Habitat Planting at La Pine State Park Join Think Wild’s Beaver Works program in La Pine State Park for a planting project installing native plants to restore beaver habitat! Spend one or two days along the Deschutes River planting willow and cottonwood sticks, installing fencing, and supporting native wildlife in Central Oregon! May 28, 8am-5pm and May 29, 8am-5pm. La Pine State Park, 15800 State Recreation Rd, La Pine. Contact: 541-6991606. Free.

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Bristol Hospice Butterfly Release

Event Bristol Hospice Butterfly Release - This event is free to the public, all are welcome to attend. The ceremony will include music, an inspirational message, a reading of honored names, butterfly release, cookies & refreshments. To reserve a butterfly please call 541-550-1155 or email: by May 29. June 1, Noon-1pm. Riverbend Park, 799 SW Columbia St., Bend. Contact: 541-550-1155. Free.

Bunny Rescue Needs Volunteers

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

Deschutes Trails Coalition Trail Work Day! Join Deschutes Trails Coalition member groups for National Trails Day on June 1, as we gather to celebrate and do trail work together! This event is an opportunity to give back to the trails we all know and love! Work parties will be at various locations. June 1, 9am-2pm. Various Locations - Bend.. Contact: 269-823-4556. Free.

Host a Student from France or Spain this summer! Are you looking for an amazing cultural experience? Interested in creating a connection with a student from France or Spain? Want the experience of hosting a foreign exchange student without the longer-term commitment? If so, this may be the program for you! We are looking for families for both our Spanish and French groups for this upcoming season. Contact for more information. April 27-July 27. Contact: katie@ Price varies.

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

Thrive Moving Volunteers Support your neighbors by helping them move to their new home. If interested, fill out the volunteer form or reach out! Ongoing. Contact: 541-728-1022.

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.

Volunteer: Help Businesses Prosper!

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

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

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


ACCO 2024 Autocross Events Join for one, or both days. Dry camping available. Autocrossing is very simple - use traffic cones to make a mini-road course in a large parking lot or unused airport tarmac and see who can drive it the quickest without hitting any cones or going off course. June 1, 7am-5pm and June 2, 7am-5pm. Hoodoo Ski Area, 27400 Big Lake Road, Sisters. Contact: 541 593-7383. publicity@ $35.

All Out for Palestine! Join Central Oregon for a Free Palestine (COFP) protest to call for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza. The power of the masses rising up with Palestine around the world is making an undeniable impact. Our collective voices become an unstoppable force for justice. June 1, Noon-2pm. Peace Corner, Corner of NW Greenwood Avenue and NW Wall Street, Bend. Contact: centraloregon4afreepalestine@gmail. com. Free.

Bend Butte Babes Where you Butte babes at? All ages, all activity levels. Meet at Pilot Butte Trailhead 10 AM Sundays for a group morning hike! Sundays, 10am. Through July 28. Pilot Butte State Park, Bend. Contact: bendboardingbabes@ Free.

Bend Pinochle Club Come join this group for Single Deck Pinochle in the afternoon. $5 for non-members. If you have any questions or wish for more information please call 541-389-1752. Thursdays, 11:30am and Fridays, 11:30am. Golden Age Card Club, 40 SE 5th St, Bend. Contact: 541-389-1752. 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.

Bluegrass Jam Circle All are welcome to join this open acoustic jam circle on the first Sunday of every month! Hosted by Jake Soto of Larkspur Stand, you’re invited to share your favorite tunes on guitar, banjo, bass, mando, fiddle, harmonica, spoons, dobro, slide, pianica, banjolele, etc. $1 off beers for all jammers! First Sunday of every month, 3-5pm. Bevel Craft Brewing, 911 SE Armour St., Bend. Contact: 541972-3835. Free.

Central Oregon Federated Republican Women COFRW (Central Oregon Federated Republican Women) meets the first Thursday of every month from 10:45am (registration) to 1pm at Brand 33 at Aspen Lakes Golf Club in Sisters. Come learn from guest speakers and hear and question local and state candidates. These meetings include lunch for $27. An RSVP is required. First Tuesday of every month, 10:45am1pm. Through Nov. 1. Brand 33 at Aspen Lakes, 16900 Aspen Lakes Dr., Sisters, Sisters. Contact: $27.

Central Oregon PCT Trail Angels Potluck If you are a Pacific Crest Trail Angel, or are curious about being one, this potluck is for you! Bring a chair and food to share. Look for the PCT banner and “Trail Magic” sign. June 2, 11:30am1pm. Village Green Park, 335 S. Elm St., Sisters. Contact: 541-390-7859. lottaviano@hotmail. com. Free.

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

Drake-to-Juniper Park - Vision Event

Join outside the Commons Cafe on Saturday, June 1 to learn more about the community vision of safetly connected Drake park to Juniper Park for bike, ped, roll. 9am bike ride and 10am partner updates. Kid friendly, e-bikes welcome! June 1, 9-11am. The Commons Cafe & Taproom, 875 NW Brooks St., Bend. Contact: Free.

Free Women’s Clothing Swap! Mark your calendar for June 4 at the Bend downtown library. If you have items to contribute, arrive at 5:45 pm to sort. Swap is at 6 pm. Bring all clean unwanted clothes, shoes, jewelry, accessories, etc in exchange for a new to you wardrobe! June 4, 5:45-7pm. Downtown Bend Public LibraryBrooks Room, 601 NW Wall St., Bend. Contact: 541-961-1389. Free.

Mountain Muskrats Monthly Meeting

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

Notice Your Nudge: Invite Growth

Mini-Retreat Series Life is too short for stagnation and the universe keeps asking you to become your inspired self. Weekly two-hour sessions will awaken your intuition, clarify your vision and chart steps in the direction that has nudged you all along. Groups limited to eight. Visit site for price. 9-11am or 7-9pm. Wednesdays beginning on May 1. Wednesdays, 9-11am and 7-9pm. Through June 12. RiverWest Neighborhood, Bend, United States, 97703, Bend. Contact:

Tony Buckman is a prolific songwriter/guitarist and a former professional rodeo cowboy. He performs great covers and original music throughout Oregon. Thu., May 30, 6-8pm at The Lot.
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Pokémon Go Spotlight Hour and Golden Lure meetup Come play Pokémon Go with the crew! Meet in front of Bellatazza every Tuesday at 6 pm then walk, raid, and catch (‘em all) together until 7 pm. New and old players alike are welcomed. More info available in the Niantic Campfire channel. Every 7 days, 6-7pm. Downtown Bend, Downtown Bend, Bend. Contact: 541-279-5726. Free.

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

What’s Brewing: Finding Common Ground in an Election Season —May 29 Are Oregonians as divided as the media portrays? What are the common values and beliefs that we all share, and how will they influence the upcoming election? Join a thought-provoking discussion with the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center highlighting their 2023 study of the issue. May 29, 5-7:30pm. Tetherow Resort Event Pavilion, 61240 Skyline Ranch Rd., Bend. $25 Members, $40 Non-members.

Yoga Wall A unique opportunity to experience the Yoga Wall, it will improve alignment, take you deeper into poses, elongate the spine, re-aligns the pelvis and release the hips. Increase your strength and flexibility while connecting your mind, body and spirit. All levels are welcome. 6-week series. Tuesdays, 5:30-6:45pm. Through June 18. Free Spirit Yoga + Ninja + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. $125.

Youth Sibling Group Youth Sibling Group is for children of people experiencing diversabilities/disabilities. Siblings sometimes become lost among the therapeutic needs of their sibling with diversabilities. Groups are special times for siblings to participate in fun activities, learn advocacy strategies and self-care techniques, and engage with other siblings sharing similar experiences. Free, donations accepted. First Saturday of every month, 11:30am-1pm. Through June 1. Bend CoWorking, 150 NE Hawthorne Avenue, Bend. Contact: 541678-2704.


Farm to Fork Dinner and Fundraiser Join this farm to fork dinner and fundraiser, proudly sponsored by Mike’s Fence Center and benefiting Heart of Oregon Corps! Enjoy a special night featuring locally sourced food and wine, live music, beautiful views and of course, getting to hear from and support Heart of Oregon youth. May 31, 5-9pm. Tetherow Resort Event Pavilion, 61240 Skyline Ranch Rd., Bend. Contact: 541-633-7834. $150.

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

Yappy Hour & Pet Adoptions with HSCO The Bend Wine Bar and Winery Tasting room is hosting a Yappy Hour & Pet Adoption event with HSCO. Happy Hour menu available during event and wine bottle sale with proceeds benefiting Humane Society of Central Oregon. Join at the Bend Wine Bar every last Wednesday all summer long. It’s going to be a howling good time! See you there! Last Wednesday of every month, 4-7pm. The Bend Wine Bar & Winery Tasting Room, 550 SW Industrial Way, Suite 194, Bend. Contact: Free.


Houseplant Sale and Exchange! Join the 6th collective event for houseplant lovers. All are welcome, from complete beginners to expert growers. There will be sales, clipping exchanges, raffle prizes and more! For more info visit the Central Oregon Houseplant Exchange and Consult facebook page. June 1, 1-3pm. Stack Park, 820 NW Kingwood Place, Redmond. Free.

Northwest Crossing Farmers Market

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

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

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


Bend Pride 5K Trot, Walk, Rock & Roll! Come to Drake Park for a magical celebration of community. Wear your proudest Pride gear or favorite fun costume. Treats & Prizes along the course! Swag pick up and bib decorating at Cascade Lakes Brewery 5/31/2024 4-7 PM June 1, 10:1511:15am. Drake Park, 777 NW Riverside Blvd., Bend. Contact: N/A. $10.

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

Family Yoga Classes Partner-up with your kid-yogis to practice yoga and mindfulness together! We teach kid-friendly yoga sequences, partner poses, acro-yoga while introducing breathing techniques and mindfulness practices. 6-week series, age 5 - 8 plus parent / caregiver. Thursdays, 4:15-5:15pm. Through June 20. Free Spirit Yoga + Ninja + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. $135.

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

Free Bit(e) of Robotics Workshop for Kids—All Ages Welcome Learn more about what robotics is all about. Drop into this free “Bit(e) of Robotics” program to play around with different types of robots including the LEGO robotics as well as other types of robots! Staff instructor will coach the kids! May 31, 3:15-5:15pm. Deschutes Public Library-Downtown, 601 NW Wall Street, Bend. Contact: 541-382-4682.

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

Kids Night Out Drop off the kids ages 4-12 for a fun time at Kids Night Out! Pizza, games and jumping from 6-9pm. Purchase tickets online ahead of time as space is limited. Adult staff does roll-call 4 times per night, Kids remain on-site until pickup. Fridays, 7-9pm. Mountain Air Trampoline Park, 20495 Murray Road, Bend. Contact: 541-647-1409. $30.

Kids Intro to 3D Printing - Ages 9-17

This class will cover everything from how a 3D printer works to creating and printing out custom designs. Be directed to the proper software to add to your own computer for future self-learning. Beginners and intermediate beginners including repeat participants are welcome and will progress in skill level. May 29, 3:30-6:30pm.DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-388-2283. $109.

Kids Intro to Mosaic - Ages 9 - 17 After learning how to use nippers to shape pieces of glass to fit a design you choose, students will adhere the pieces to a pre-cut base then grout and fix with a hook. Art will dry overnight and can be picked up the next day, ready to show off. May 29, 4-6pm. DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-388-2283. classes@diycave. com. $87.

Lego Batman Family Movie Night

Caldera DECCA is hosting a family movie night playing the Lego Batman movie. Bring PJs and blankets. Admission is free, donations appreciated. They are fundraising to go to Florida. They will have concessions so bring money! June 1, 6-8pm. Caldera High School, 60925 15th Street, Bend. Contact: Free.

Line and Swing Lessons Free lessons each Thursday and Family nights every other Wednesday. See calendar for event dates, times and lesson taught! Thursdays, 7-10pm. CrossEyed Cricket, 20565 NE Brinson Blvd., Bend. Contact: 541-382-4270. luke@spinthekitchen. com. Free.

Mercado Y Carnaval Join Bend International School for the annual Mercado Y Carnaval Fundraising Event: carnival games, biergarten (21+), live music, silent auction. June 2, Noon-4pm. Alpenglow Park, 61049 Southeast 15th Street, Bend. Contact: 541-797-7038. Free.

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

Primary in Dance Dancers go on a journey of imaginative and fanciful stories, ballet manners, inclusiveness and skill building. Children work toward learning the fundamentals of ballet for a safe transition to successive levels of dance. Our programs follow the safe teaching practices of the RAD & ISTD. Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30pm. Through June 15. Academia De Ballet Classique, 1900 NE 3rd St #104, Bend. Contact: 541-3824055. Price varies.

Sisters: Wildlife Stories with Think Wild Learn about helping injured wildlife through stories, and make a craft with local wildlife hospital Think Wild! This program is recommended for children ages 2-8, and all children must be accompanied by a caregiver. June 4, 10:30-11:30am. Sisters Library, 110 North Cedar Street, Sisters. Contact: 5413121062. Elsah@ Free.

Summer Open House Come join at Harmony Farm Sanctuary for an afternoon of visiting with our rescued farm animals and learn their special stories.Farm animals to love on, volunteers to chat with and goodie bags to take home! Fun for the whole family! RSVP required. $19.50 per person; $10 for kids 3-10 years old. June 1. Harmony Farm Sanctuary, PO Box 2347, Sisters. Contact: 248-860-3646.


9th Street Village Makers Market

Join for food, drink and local vendors at 9th Street Village monthly makers market being held on the First Sunday every month through September! Each month, Bevel will be hosting 10+ vendors ranging in farm fresh goods, jewelry, hand printed clothing, embroidery, dog treats, sweet treats, snarky gifts, ceramics and more! First Sunday of every month, Noon-4pm. Through Sept. 1. Bevel Craft Brewing, 911 SE Armour St., Bend. Contact: 541-972-3835. holla@ Free.

Fried Chicken Thursdays Fried Chicken Thursdays at Flights Wine Bar! Dine in with a 2-piece plate with sides and a biscuit for $21 or take an 8-piece bucket and a bottle to-go! Upgrade to the “Balla Bucket” to get a selected bottle of champagne. Thursdays, 3-9pm. Flights Wine Bar, 1444 NW College Way Suite 1, Bend. Contact: 541-728-0753. flightswinebend@gmail. com. $21.

Whitey Morgan and the 78’s are an American country band based in Flint, Michigan. Alongside Morgan, the 78’s consist of Brett Robinson (pedal steel guitar), Joey Spina (guitar), Alex Lyon (bass) and Eric Savage (drums). Thu., June 13, 8pm at Midtown Ballroom. Courtesy Whitney Morgan and the 78's Facebook


Denver Rapper Performs Live For The First Time in Bend

Malcolm Whyz3 rises in the hip-hop community in Colorado on national tour with Mark Battle

Denver-based conscious rapper Malcolm Whye, known by his stage name Malcolm Whyz3 (pronounced “wise”), is set to perform in Bend for the first time at Midtown Ballroom/Domino Room as part of his national tour with rapper Mark Battles.

Whye discovered his true passion for music three years ago, inspired by his friends breaking into the underground hip-hop scene in Colorado. The loss of his grandmother propelled him to dive into music, inspiring the release of his first single, “What you Make It,” which led to the creation of his debut EP, “Before the Streetlights Come On.” This EP features eight songs which he wrote and performed within a month, marking the beginning of his journey as an artist and entry into Colorado’s hip-hop community.

“I was surrounded by a lot of friends who were performers and doing shows locally. I would go to all of their shows and thought it was the coolest thing ever,” Whye explains.

Whye draws significant influence from artists like J. Cole, Rexx Life Raj, Lauryn Hill and The Fugees. He favors slower, melodic beats that complement his introspective lyrical style. During his song-writing process, he often transforms his journal entries into powerful rhymes. “Everyone has their own music writing style or melody style; I just try to be a student of the game and learn as much as possible from these music artists,” Whye recalls, attributing his passion for rap to his upbringing in Colorado and frequent visits to New York.

Reflecting on his journey, Whye emphasizes the importance of connections in the music industry. “The number one thing for me is connections,” he says. “Music has taken me to places I’ve never been to before and introduced me to some really cool people.” He highlights the collaborative spirit of the tour with Mark Battles, noting how bringing together diverse backgrounds fosters creativity and personal growth. “Trying new things out, being creative and connecting with people from different backgrounds brings out the best in you, not just as an artist, but as a human being.”

Malcolm Whyz3

Midtown Ballroom 51 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend $25
May 30, 7-10pm
Malcolm Whyz3 is set to perform on his national tour with rapper Mark Battles. Connor McNeil

Sunriver Saturday Market A boutique market where shoppers can find ingredients for a meal, a sweet treat, a local beverage, a gift or something for themselves. The markets from 11 am to 2 pm. SHARC, 57250 Overlook Rd., Sunriver. Contact: 541-593-8149. Free.

TeaCupFuls Redmond Oregon Grand Opening This is the grand opening of another TeaCupFuls location in the Redmond Walmart. 300 NW Oak Tree Ln. There will be door prizes and discounts to the first 100 people! June 1, 11am-7pm. Redmond Walmart, 300 NW Oak Tree Ln.. Contact: 541-408-0090. Free.


$12 Burger and Beer Thursday’s with Blue Eyes Burgers and Fries Come on out to Boss Rambler Beer Club for $12 Burger and Beer Night with Blue Eyes Burgers and Fries every Thursday! Thursdays. Boss Rambler Beer Club, 1009 NW Galveston Ave., Bend. $16 Fish Taco and House Margarita Fridays Join for 3 fish tacos and a house margarita for only $16 every Friday at Cascade Lakes Pub on Reed Market. Fridays, 11am-9pm. Cascade Lakes Pub on Reed Market, 21175 SE Reed Market Road Lot #2, Bend.

Boozy Brunch Trivia Boozy Brunch Trivia every Sunday with Head Games Trivia! This interactive trivia features: The Beer Round, The Movie Round, The First Line Movie Challenge, The Lightning Round, The Bonus Sing-Along, The Bonus Dance-Off, The Hella Wicked-Smaht Round, and more! Grab your friends for boozy brunch, coffee, Bend Breakfast Burrito and trivia! Sundays, 10am-Noon. Boss Rambler Beer Club, 1009 NW Galveston Ave., Bend. 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.

Diva Drag Brunch: Bend Pride Edition Get out with friends for the Diva Drag brunch in Bend at the Campfire Hotel. Presented by Justin Buckles presents Diva Brunch on Sun., June 2. Doors open at 11am, show starts at Noon. Tickets $25. Tickets at June 2, 11am. Campfire Hotel, 721 Northeast 3rd Street, Bend. $25. 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.

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

Locals’ Day Come on down to Bevel Craft Brewing for $4 beers and cider and $1 off wine all day. There are also food specials from the food carts located out back at The Patio! Tuesdays. Bevel Craft Brewing, 911 SE Armour St., Bend. Contact: Free.

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

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

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

Wine and Paint Night Come paint in the Flight Lounge! Hosted by Kristen of Chalked Creative, price includes 1 glass of wine and all of your painting supplies. Buy tickets through the attached link. $48 and 20% gratuity added at event. Make a reservation if you’d like dinner beforehand! May 29, 7-9pm. Flights Wine Bar, 1444 NW College Way Suite 1, Bend. Contact: 541-728-0753.

Wine Workshop Series: Regenerative Agriculture Jessica Cortell, vineyard manager and owner/winemaker of Cortell Collection presents: A seven-year exploration of Regenerative Agriculture. We will explore the concepts of regenerative agriculture, the process of implementation and lessons learned along the way. We will discuss the benefits and challenges and compare it to organic and biodynamic farming May 30, 6-7pm. Flights Wine Bar, 1444 NW College Way Suite 1, Bend. Contact: 541-728-0753. $25 refunded with 2 bottle purchase.


7 Crystal Singing Bowls Sound Bath

For Wellness And Balance Join Nature’s Bling for a rejuvenating experience. Immerse yourself in the soothing vibrations of crystal singing bowls as they wash away stress and tension, leaving you feeling refreshed and balanced. May 29, 6:30-8pm. Nature’s Bling, 133 SW Century Drive, Bend. Contact: 541-668-1716. $22- $30.

Bend Boarding Babes Buti Glow Yoga

Join the Bend Boarding Babes Seksé Fit as we take Buti Yoga and amp it up into a black light fueled, glow party led by Katie Ball. Buti Yoga is a primal fusion of yoga, plyometrics, and tribal dance designed to transform your body and mind from the Inside out. All levels are welcome to this class! June 1, 5:30-7pm. Seksé Fit, 550 SW Industrial Way. Suit 154, Bend. Contact: 541-668-2391. $25.

Buddhism: Start Here This informal talk is designed to introduce the basics of the Buddhist point of view as expressed in the Vajrayana (Tibetan) tradition, led by Natural Mind Dharma Center director Michael Stevens. First Monday of every month, 7pm. Natural Mind Dharma Center, 345 SW Century Drive, Suite 2, Bend. Contact: Free.

Couples Massage Classes Learn to connect and relax with your partner through nurturing touch. Taproot Bodywork offers 2- or 4- hour couples massage classes in Tumalo. One couple per session. Additional days/times are available, prices vary. Visit www.taprootbodywork. com for more info. Ongoing. Taproot Bodywork studio, Tumalo, Tumalo. Contact: 503-481-0595. Varies.

Crystal Bowl Didgeridoo Reiki Sound Bath Drop in deep into the healing harmonics of live didgeridoo, crystal bowls, binaural beats, reiki, flutes, chimes and more! This Sound Bath is a profound journey, an opportunity to deeply relax, let go and bathe in live crystal bowl binaural music that blissfully soothes your mind, body, emotions and spirit! Sundays, 6:30-7:45pm. Unity Spiritual Community, 63645 Scenic Dr, Bend. Contact: 808-887-0830. lisacswisher@gmail. com. $20.

Dirty Half Marathon Why race “The Dirty Half?” There’s so many fun things to enjoy from the camaraderie, mountain views, smiles for miles, food, beer and prizes. June 1, 7am. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon, 61980 Skyline Ranch Road, Bend. Contact: 541317-3568. $80.

Free Beginner’s Yoga Free beginner’s yoga in the Bend Community Center with instructors from Namaspa of Bend. Sponsored by the Salvation Army of Bend and Namaspa. Great for stretching and relaxation. Wednesdays, Noon1pm. Bend Community Center, 541 NE Dekalb Ave., Bend. Contact: 844-647-2730. Free. Herbal Medicine Making Spring Series with Dr. Ashley This series offers an introduction to the multiple ways to utilize plant medicines in your home, among family and within your communities. Discuss the various applications of plants used topically and internally as oils, salves, tinctures and teas. See the Eventbright page to choose a single workshop. Sat, June 1, 1:30-3pm and Sat, June 8, 1:303pm. The Peoples Apothecary, 1841 NE Division Street, Bend. Contact: 541-728-2368. classes@ $65-$240.

Motivation and Goal Setting Workshop

It’s a great time to redesign your life. Make use of your time at home by setting and reaching goals in a free Zoom workshop. Certified Life Coach Jacquie Elliott is hosting a motivation and accountability workshop on the first Monday of the each month. Email her at for the link. First Monday of every month, 5:30-6:30pm. Contact: Free.

NAMI Family Support Group NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for any adult with a loved one who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar experiences. Last Thursday of every month, 5:15-6:45pm. Contact: 541-3160167. Free.

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

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

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

Spring Forest Bath with Tea Ceremony

Allow yourself to be guided in finding presence in nature as you slow down and open your senses to the world around. A truly amazing experience in connecting with the more than human world based on the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku. Sat, April 6, 1-3pm, Sat, May 4, 1-3pm and Sat, June 1, 1-3pm. Shevlin Park, 18920 Shevlin Rd., Bend. Contact: 541-316-9213. $35.

Tai Chi Unlock the Secrets of Serenity with Grandmaster Franklin’s Tai Chi Class! Embark on a transformative journey toward inner balance, harmony and a healthier you! Grandmaster Franklin invites you to join his exclusive Tai Chi Class, where ancient wisdom meets modern well-being. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 9:45-10:45am. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon, 61980 Skyline Ranch Rd, Bend. Contact: 541-797-9620. $100.

The Healing Circle The Healing Circle is a space where the heart, body, mind, and soul are seen as self-healing. Honor each individual’s capacity to heal, to break free from self-defeating patterns, and to recover from past traumas. Vulnerability is courage here, hold your truths in confidence and reverence. Thursdays, 5:156:30pm. Online Event, Webinar Link Inside Confirmation Email, Bend. Contact: 541-4080968. First month is free, $11/month.

Women of Alchemy - Tools for Walking the Sacred Path Reclaim and activate women’s wisdom, from soul to science. This alchemizing course is a deep dive into the sacred journey: understanding and moving through consciousness, from triggers to triumphs for a happier, more thriving and flourishing you. Topics change weekly. Monthly subscription includes tools, sacred women’s practices and juicy discourse. Mondays, 6:30-8pm. Through June 3. Online Course, 50 SE Scott Street, Bend. Contact: 541-603-8485. wayseersevolution@ $155.

Yoga for Pelvic Health with Laura Flood PT, DPT, RYT - local pelvic health physical therapist Learn how to connect to, engage and relax your pelvic floor muscles, so you can care for your pelvic area during your yoga practice, exercise and throughout your life. Small group class focused on: pelvic anatomy education, alignment-based yoga postures, slow flow, pelvic focused meditation and nervous system healing. Fridays, 12:30-1:30pm. Namaspa Yoga Studio, 1135 NW Galveston Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-2416008. $25.

Gabrial Sweyn is a multi-instrumentalist originally hailing from the Rocky Mountains of western Montana. Sweyn successfully toured the United States from Portland to Nashville and South Africa and will play Thu., June 13, 5:30-7:30pm at The Commons Café and Taproom. Courtesy Gabrial Sweyn Facebook


Sizzle on the Grill

Shish kabob delights to light up your evening meal

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Look no further than these sizzling shish kabobs! They’re like flavor-packed mini vacations for your taste buds.

Here’s the abridged version:

Marinate & skewer: First, whip up a marinade with olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Add your favorite herbs (oregano, thyme, rosemary). Let your protein (cubed, of course) soak up this flavor potion for at least 30 minutes. Then thread the marinated protein and veggies onto skewers—bonus points for colorful combos! *Tip: soak wood/ bamboo skewers in water for at least an hour before putting your fixings on.

Grill & char: Fire up that grill, lay the loaded skewers down and let the magic happen. Turn 'em occasionally, watch the veggies get their sun-kissed tan, and let the protein sizzle.

Serve & savor: Plate your hot off-the-grill kabobs with a side of rice or couscous. The burst of flavors — tender meat, charred veggies, zesty herbs — will make your taste buds do a happy dance.

Why Shish Kabobs are perfect: Cooking outdoors equals instant happiness. With birds chirping as an optional soundtrack, it’s a symphony of flavors under the open sky. Embrace minimal effort for maximum yum! Spend less time in the kitchen and soak up that vitamin D. Sneak in those colorful veggies—like edible confetti, adding nutrition and vibrancy to every dish. Your taste buds will thank you!

If I can BBQ, so can you! So grab your skewers, invite your crew, and let’s kabob our way to summer bliss!

Tips to elevate your outdoor cooking game this grilling season:

Ready to unleash your inner grill master?

It’s time to sizzle up some deliciousness. Whether you’re a seasoned grill master or a newbie.

Preheat like a pro: Get that grill nice and hot before adding your food. A well-preheated grill ensures those beautiful grill marks and seals in the flavors.

Marinate and season: Flavor is key! Marinate your meats, veggies, or tofu for extra juiciness. Don’t forget to season generously with your favorite herbs and spices.

Know your zones: Create different heat zones on your grill. Direct heat for searing, indirect heat for slow cooking. Move things around as needed.

Grill veggies like a boss: Slice up colorful bell peppers, zucchini and eggplant. Brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and grill until tender. Veggie confetti, anyone?

Burger bliss: Form your burger patties, season well, and grill to perfection. Top with cheese, caramelized onions, and a dollop of sunshine vibes.

Fish and foil: Wrap delicate fish fillets in foil with lemon slices, herbs and a drizzle of olive oil. Grill until flaky and divine.

Dessert dreams: Grilled peaches, anyone? Halve them, brush with honey, and grill until caramelized. Serve with a scoop of ice cream.

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Neighbor Rotisserie Opens in Former Kebaba

Foodies in Bend have had their eyes on the former Kebaba location on Newport Avenue for quite some time, wondering what would fill the big shoes left by the beloved Mediterranean spot that closed in 2021. Last week, the new concept was fully revealed with the opening of Neighbor Rotisserie. Opened by the former owners of Jackson’s Corner and current owners of Blue Eyes Burgers and Fries, Neighbor Rotisseries serves up — you guessed it — rotisserie chicken and other meats, along with wings, salads, sandwiches and small plates. The menu has hints of Mediterranean flavors; the half or whole chicken, prepared with smoked paprika and lemon, comes with sauces that can include Za’taar Zhoug, Tahini Ranch or Chili Vinegar. Each serving of chicken comes with the Schmaltz Potatoes

— soft yet crispy, smashed potatoes made in a France-meets-Yiddish culture style.

The Smoked & Fried Wings come with a hot dry rub, along with Za’taar Zhoug sauce and Tahini Ranch, while the Cauliflower “Tabbouleh” is served with dates, almonds, parsley, lemon and olive oil. Drinks include traditional cocktails such as Negroni Bianco and a Mojito Spritz, along with several zero-proof options made with non-alcoholic spirits.

Neighbor Rotisserie’s first day open to the public is May 29.

Neighbor Rotisserie 1004 NW Newport Ave., Bend Wed-Sun 11am-9pm

Brunch is on the Menu at Sunriver Brewing Eastside

Sunriver Brewing Company’s Eastside location now has more to offer on the early side, including a new coffee bar, and weekend brunch. The brewery’s location on NE Cushing Drive, near St. Charles Medical Center, began offering coffee bar service as of May 20. The “Pub and Coffee Bar” is open daily from 8 to 11am and features coffee from Still Vibrato Coffee Roasters of Bend.

In addition, a new brunch service began at the brewery as of May 25, offering “fun twists on brunch items” and a “playful marriage of beer, coffee, spirits and more,” according to a press release. Brunch goes from 8am to 2pm Saturdays and Sundays.

“This is an exciting time to develop our craft. Our team lives and breathes beer and now we are finding passion in

coffee as well,” Travis Downing, VP of Operations, stated in the release. “We are equally excited to answer our community’s call for a fun brunch spot on the east side.”

Sunriver Brewing Co. – Eastside pub 1500 NE Cushing Dr., Bend Coffee bar Daily 8-11am Brunch Sat-Sun 8am-2pm

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C CULTURE A Conversation with Best-Selling Author Lisa See

Talking inspiration, history and more ahead of the author’s visit to Bend June 26

One day in October, seven months into COVID lockdown, Lisa See was wandering her Brentwood home, feeling the isolation and gloom of not being able to do the thing that drives her historical fiction writing: the research. The libraries, the archives, the countries were all closed. But on this day, she glanced at her wall of collected research books, and one inconspicuous spine seemed to jump out at her. The book had been sitting unread on her shelf for 10 years. The spine cracked as she lifted it, inhaled that old book smell, thumbed through and landed on page 19, where one modest paragraph mentioned a name and a book: “Miscellaneous Records of a Female Doctor” written by Tan Yunxian and translated by Lorraine Wilcox with Yue Lu. It was a book published by a 50-year-old woman, a doctor, over 500 years ago, and it was translated and in print. Within 48 hours she had acquired the book and was working on her next novel, “Lady Tan’s Circle of Women.”

During one very pleasant hour of conversation with See, I discovered that her passion for writing was nurtured by a life-long apprenticeship with her family in Los Angeles. Her mother, Carolyn See, wrote 10 books, was an English professor at UCLA, and wrote book reviews for the L.A. Times and The Washington Post for 35 years. One day when Lisa was digging in the UCLA Special Collection archives, she found a letter from her grandfather, who’d written, “If you want to be a writer, you need to write 1,000 words a day.” This day-to-day approach to writing and the inspiration from her mother’s advice and career motivated her to become the prolific author we know today.

See has written a dozen books including her memoir, “On Gold Mountain,” three mysteries and eight historical fiction novels. When we chatted about the unique aspects of “Lady Tan,” she described her childhood memories of playing inside a massive 16th century marriage bed, housed in her father’s antique store in Los Angeles’ Chinatown.

“You walk inside and it’s like you’re in another world, another time. I think of children longing for an enclosed and private space, like blanket forts and hideouts. This is a place to imagine and dream, surrounded by beautiful, lacquered wood and intricate carvings. It became a centerpiece in the book, adorned with secret compartments and silk paintings.”

We also discussed the unique role medicine and gender played in this book, and particularly women’s medicine during the Ming dynasty. Lisa’s description of foot binding and its care is enough to make you squirm, but the focus on reproductive care, and the willful lack of knowledge by the male doctors, emphasizes how essential the knowledge of midwives and female doctors became during this time. See shares so much of her herbal research through these scenes, emphasizing the very great wealth of medical knowledge collected and passed down by women over five centuries ago.

“It was extraordinary what these women accomplished, to become respected, professional doctors during this time period, and perhaps even more progressive, was Tan’s grandfather allowing it to happen.”

This is the essence of what See writes about in all her historical fiction

Wallace Stegner’s, “The Angle of Repose.”

“I’d like to live in their clothes a while, if only so I don’t have to live in my own.”

She researches enough to know what it’s like to “live in their clothes,” saying, “I want to share what real life was like with my readers. Not just what they wore, but also what they ate, how their hair was styled, what their home looked like on the inside, and how it was heated. I wanted to know how long it took them to travel from one place to another, and how they got there. What was it like inside a palanquin? Was there a postal system and could they mail a letter? I want to know the details, even if it becomes just one sentence in an entire book, because I want readers to know what it’s like to be in the room with my characters.”

See is working on her next novel now, a chilling tale of the 1871 Los Angeles massacre of 10% of the Chinese population. It’s a Chinese immigrant story that focuses on three historical women and their fight to survive during an incredibly turbulent time.

“. . . We’re only able to know and do what we can today because of the generations of women who came before us.”
—Lisa See

novels. “I feel very strongly that we’re only able to know and do what we can today because of the generations of women who came before us. And it motivates me to write about women’s history that has been lost or forgotten, or more likely, covered up.”

Lisa completes extensive research for each of her historical fiction novels, and when I asked her about researching “Lady Tan,” she mentioned a quote from

As we wound down the conversation, we chatted about timing and the process of deciding what to write (or read) in the moment.

“Books are like wine,” she said, “they need to sit a while. I pulled that research book off my shelf after it sat unread for a decade, and then one day it inspired a book. I believe books come to you at the right moment.”

Roundabout Books is hosting Lisa See in Bend at Westside Community Center on June 26 at 6:30pm.

Scan the QR code or visit the bookstore for event tickets and to purchase Lisa’s books.

Left, Author Lisa See in front of a 16th century marriage bed from China. Right, "Lady Tan's Circle of Women." Photo courtesy of Patricia Williams Photo courtesy of Simon & Schuster

SC SCREEN Chasing Anya

“Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” crashes into theaters

Idon’t think this is a controversial opinion, but “Mad Max: Fury Road” is one the best action movies of all time and George Miller is still one of the most innovative and fearless filmmakers at 79 years of age. Just look at the breadth of his filmography going back to 1979.

1979: “Mad Max”

1981: “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior”

1983: “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” segment of “The Twilight Zone Movie”

1985: “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome”

1987: “The Witches of Eastwick”

1992: “Lorenzo’s Oil”

1996: Wrote and produced “Babe”

1998: “Babe: A Pig in the City”

2006: “Happy Feet”

2011: “Happy Feet Two”

2015: “Mad Max: Fury Road”

2022: “Three Thousand Years of Longing”

2024: “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga”

Yeah, the same filmmaker who made the “Mad Max” Quadrilogy also did “Babe” and “Happy Feet.” He’s not incredibly prolific, but the films he makes are such joyous things to behold that it’s hard not to be amazed by his gifts as a storyteller.

“Mad Max: Fury Road:” did something that I’m not sure anyone saw coming: he made an almost wordless action movie — basically an almost two-hour long chase scene that didn’t skimp on character, performance and heart. I defy anyone to say they didn’t care about Furiosa, Max, Nux the War Boy and The Wives by the time the final credits rolled. It’s one of the few movies that delivers genuine emotion along with nonstop spectacle.

“Furiosa” is in an unenviable position. So many things are going against it that, in many ways, it hardly stands a chance. For one, it’s a prequel to “Fury Road,” with Anya Taylor-Joy and Alyla Browne both portraying younger versions of Furiosa (played so iconically by Charlize Theron originally). Also, since it’s a prequel, we know she’s going to survive the film, which robs the story of quite a bit of tension. Plus, we don’t have Mad Max in this one, so your enjoyment will be related to how much you care about the world of the Wasteland and the character of Furiosa.

Luckily, George Miller is an actual genius, so “Furiosa” is still a pretty fantastic movie. Honestly, my only real complaint is that the special effects are, somehow, worse than in “Fury Road.” So much of “Fury Road” was practical, with fearless stuntmen driving, vaulting, exploding and flying through the air in ways we haven’t seen since the heyday of Chaplin and Keaton. Here, a lot of it feels like the kind of mayhem we could see in a “Fast and the Furious” movie.

The CGI in “Fury Road” is used lightly to bolster the astonishing stunt work and help with adding depth to the post-apocalyptic landscape. In “Furiosa,” a lot

of the stunts appear to be on a green screen, and a lot of the explosions (and people) look to be computer generated. It’s a mild complaint, but I was so blown away by the look and authenticity of “Fury Road” that I was surprised so much of a movie made almost nine years later doesn’t look as, well, realistic. It’s like how “The Hobbit” movies don’t look quite as impressive as “The Lord of the Rings” ones do.

Still, Taylor-Joy and Browne are powerhouses as Furiosa, and Chris Hemsworth is a mustache-twirlingly evil villain who dances between goofball charisma and genuine menace with an expert touch. The story is a truly epic one and more of a revenge thriller than the chase film of “Fury Road,” but if we’re lucky enough to get another Miller-directed “Mad Max” movie, I hope it’s set after “Fury Road,” and we’re allowed to see Theron and Tom Hardy return as Furiosa and Max. I love the world and characters Miller has created here, even if “Furiosa” didn’t quite live up to “Fury Road” or “Road Warrior.” I think it’s a movie that is a victim of my own expectations and will only improve on future viewings once I get used to the different visual style and less stunt-driven narrative. Regardless, “Furiosa” is still a work of unbridled genius and limitless imagination, drunk on the possibilities of cinema and the art of the motion picture. It might not be perfect, but it’s still a visionary look at what movies can achieve.

“Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga”

Dir. George Miller

Grade: B+

Now Playing at Regal Old Mill, Sisters Movie House, Odem Theater Pub, Madras Cinema 5

Chris Hemsworth should play more villains. Courtesy of Warner Bros Mad Max: Fury Road - 2015 Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga - 2024 Mad Max - 1979 Mad Max: The Road Warrior - 1981 Photos courtesy IMDB

OBecoming a Master Gardener in Central Oregon

Basics of the program, ahead of the organization’s annual plant sale June 1

Just what does it mean to be a Master Gardener?

No, the “Master” doesn’t imply these individuals know everything there is to know about plants and gardens, but people who become one certainly have a strong desire to learn. They love to spend time outside, discover new plant types and get their hands dirty in the soil.

Many people join a Master Gardener program because they come from places where all they need to do is throw seeds on the ground and watch them sprout. After arriving to the High Desert, these poor souls soon realize this harsh environment thwarts their best efforts. Yet they refuse to go gently into that good night. Determined, they want to do something about it.

To become a Master Gardener requires hours of classroom instruction offered through Oregon State University Extension Service. Once a week for several weeks, the classroom is the place where everyone wants to be, full of questions and curiosity. Mentors and students bring in delicious baked goods and other treats. Coordinator and community horticulturalist Amy Jo Detweiler leads the class and enlists the help of a well-rounded group of speakers. Together they educate the class about native species, pollinators, pesticides, permaculture, creating Firewise landscapes, healthy lawns and multiple other garden related topics.

Armed with new ideas, new information and excitement, everyone is ready to get out and play in the soil by the time the class ends. But wait, the new students are not certified yet!

The class is followed by 48 hours of volunteer work which can include a variety of activities.

For example, at the Plant Clinic, anyone from the community can get help with gardening and landscaping issues. The information given to the public is reliable and science-based. Volunteers and full-time staff prep for phone, email and walk-in inquiries such as:

“What’s this pest devouring my lilac? Why is my lawn dead and brown? Will this plant grow in my backyard?”

The more specific the question the better, and it’s best to bring samples, even if it’s a live insect. The Plant Clinic is located at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds, at the OSU Extension office, where the Master Gardener classes also take place.

A large plant sale takes place at the fairgrounds every year. Again, volunteers are present to answer questions, take orders and do whatever else is needed

during the event. In fact, if readers are looking to purchase perennials, annuals, herbs, or vegetables to add to their garden, this year’s Annual Garden Fair & Plant Sale event takes place Saturday, June 1.

Volunteers can also earn hours from speaking opportunities and other related community engagement. However, their favorite activity is most likely when they get together and help out at the local demo gardens in Central Oregon. More fun than real work, they trim, weed, dig, plant and secretly hope their own garden flourishes as much in the future.

The largest demo garden can be found in Redmond at the OSU Extension Office. It would be easy to write an entire article about the diverse species located there, but I strongly suggest a visit to see it with your own eyes, especially in the late spring and summer.

In Bend, Hollinshead Park is a diamond in the middle of the urban landscape. Readers might be familiar with the park as a favorite for off-leash dogs. It also has the old Hollinshead Barn, Sharecroppers House, and other outbuildings, all preserved pieces of the area’s history. In addition to the demo garden, a community garden has plots for rent that are available to the public. Potential users do not have to be a Master Gardener to use a coveted plot, but you do have to register through a lottery system and get lucky.

In addition to a demo garden, the Discovery Garden in Northwest Crossing also has plots available for those who might not have enough space to grow flowers, vegetables and such. Alpenglow, the newest of the demo gardens, is still a work in progress, but visitors can already see native species emerging and adding beauty to the landscape.

Bend Park and Recreation District provides land and irrigation for these gardens to thrive. However, the majority of work done to maintain them is done by the volunteers of the Master Gardener program. It sounds like a lot of labor, but for them it’s pure enjoyment. For locals and others visiting the parks, the gardens are not only beautifully eye popping during some months, but they also offer a valuable resource and are a great way to learn about native plants and what works in the gardens of our region.

For more information on the Master Gardener Program, the OSU Plant Clinic, and other community resources, check out

OSU Master Gardener Annual Garden Fair & Plant Sale Sat., Jun. 1, 9am-3pm OSU Extension Service 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond More info at:
The beautiful bounty of a community garden, top, is the result of shovel-happy volunteers like those shown here. Photos courtesy of OSU Extension Office


Ultimate Scavenger Hunt Returns to Bend

Explore Central Oregon’s culture and history in an interactive quest

Bend’s beloved scavenger hunt returns for its fourth year, ready to kick off summer of 2024! This city-wide adventure invites participants to explore the best of Bend through Scout Ultimate Scavenger Hunt, a lively and interac tive expedition featuring both familiar landmarks and exciting new discoveries. Whether you form a team of four or embark on the adventure solo, prepare to test your knowledge and skills on the ultimate Bendite quest.

Joshua Savage, the mastermind behind the Ultimate Scavenger Hunt (and a contributor to the Source), aims to not only entertain, but also educate partici pants about lesser-known facets of Bend’s history. Through clever clues that lead to murals, statues and other landmarks, Savage weaves together hints that cele brate Bend’s rich culture and heritage.

“I like to call it education through entertainment,” Savage explains.

Participants receive an email on the morning of June 1 containing a link to a set of clues that include a mix of written riddles and photo hints. Armed with these hints, participants will have up to a week to seek out as many clues as pos sible, taking on the challenge at their own pace. Savage admits to crafting some tricky clues, but assures that they are all family-friendly and should be manage able to find.

The first individual or team to conquer the Scavenger Hunt receives the grand prize. Some of the local businesses including Flights Wine Bar, Bar Rio, Ben & Jerry’s, Mountain Air Bend and Meltz Extreme, have generously sponsored this year’s event, ensuring a rewarding experience for those who complete the chal lenge.

The cost of the event is $20 per individual or $70 for a group of four. The annual event promises not only to showcase the city, but also offer a memorable and enjoyable experience.

Scout Ultimate Scavenger Hunt 2024 June 1 at 10am – June 8 at 10am $20-$70
Participants from last year’s ultimate scavenger hunt.
Courtesy of Joshua Savage



Navigating readiness for psychedelic experiences

Mary Casanave Sheridan is a psychedelic coach and guide. She helps individuals explore psychedelic realms for self-discovery, healing and growth. Through this column she aims to answer reader questions, dispel myths and disinformation around psychedelic substances and their potential, creating a more empowered and well-informed public.

Q: As a practitioner of psychedelic experiences, how do you determine or decide when a person is ready or equipped for these experiences?

A: This is an important question with multiple important factors to touch on.

The journey toward psychedelic experiences is intensely personal. Ideally, it’s a path charted by the inner knowing of those who feel called to walk their realms. Recognizing personal readiness is an important step on that path, and is a task ultimately only the individual can

make for themselves. Those feeling the pull toward this work will ultimately feel within themselves an intrinsic knowledge of their readiness to face the realms when the time is right. The amount of preparation, time to research, adjust and consider and satisfy all the personally required pieces needed to take the step varies greatly between individuals, and isn’t something that anyone else has the right or responsibility to determine.

As a guide, my role is not to act as gatekeeper, granting or denying access, but to walk alongside those who are drawn to this path, aiding their understanding and readiness. Sometimes people come to me fully informed and prepared, even experienced. Other times individuals are seeking education, counsel or other assistance in their process before being fully prepared to take a psychedelic journey. But regardless, they will solely be

the ones to tell me when it’s time. The individuals themselves, armed with their inner wisdom and thirst for growth, are best positioned to recognize when they are prepared to embark on this journey. My service, thus, is to offer an environment of acceptance and non-judgement, and direct them to trusted resources or be one myself, where each seeker is supported in their unique pursuit.

That said, it’s important to recognize that my guidance may not resonate with every seeker, and know that not every ready, interested and willing client is appropriate for me to take on. Not every soul’s journey will align with the support I offer, and this is a natural part of the process. We must honor individual needs, perspectives, worldviews and the guiding principles of each seeker, and they may not align with mine.

Yet, it is not within my purview to assess readiness as if it were a matter to be quantified. My dedication lies in carving out a journey that is both safe and nurturing. Part of this determination of match is employing a diligent screening process, including contraindicated medications, health conditions or life situations, having reliable support systems in place, and securing resources for integration post-experience. It is my responsibility to identify potential risks and openly discuss them. This conversation fosters informed choices and transparency — cornerstone principles of our ethical framework. Our dialogue, therefore, revolves around

fortifying this preparation, highlighting the principle of autonomy that underpins these exploratory endeavors.

At the heart of it all, the choice to step into the world of psychedelics, whether guided or solo, remains with the individual. I feel strongly about acknowledging that not every journey requires a guide. Emphasizing the significance of informed and autonomous decision-making, not every journey necessitates a guide and we recognize most do not have one, in our Western culture. Our role as practitioners is to extend support, knowledge and empowerment, aiding each journeyer in navigating their path with compassion and respect without judgement of what it looks like.

Selecting a guide or practitioner to accompany or guide you on these journeys is as much about trust and alignment with their methodology as it is about resonance with their values and spirit of understanding. It involves finding someone whose presence and guidance feel supportive, safe, and insightful, honoring the potential of the psychedelic experience. And, choosing a guide or practitioner for these experiences should never replace autonomous decision making or informed consent and decision-making every step of the way.

—Questions are encouraged at and free 30-minute consultations for further discussions can be made through her website,


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GEMINI (May 21-June 20): All of us periodically enjoy phases I call "Freedom from Cosmic Compulsion.” During these times, the Fates have a reduced power to shape our destinies. Our willpower has more spaciousness to work with. Our intentions get less resistance from karmic pressures that at other times might narrow our options. As I meditated on you, dear Gemini, I realized you are now in a phase of Freedom from Cosmic Compulsion. I also saw that you will have more of these phases than anyone else during the next 11 months. It might be time for you to get a “LIBERATION” tattoo or an equivalent new accessory.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Bold predictions: 1. Whatever treasure you have lost or are losing will ultimately be reborn in a beautiful form. 2. Any purposeful surrender you make will hone your understanding of exactly what your soul needs next to thrive. 3. A helpful influence may fade away, but its disappearance will clear the path for new helpful influences that serve your future in ways you can’t imagine yet. 4. Wandering around without a precise sense of where you’re going will arouse a robust new understanding of what home means to you.

you should be epic and majestic. Treat your life as a mythic quest.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I invite you to invite new muses into your life in the coming months. Give them auditions. Interview them. Figure out which are most likely to boost your creativity, stimulate your imagination, and rouse your inspiration in every area of your life, not just your art form. Tell them you’re ready to deal with unpredictable departures from the routine as long as these alternate paths lead to rich teachings. And what form might these muses take? Could be actual humans. Could be animals or spirits. Might be ancestral voices, exciting teachings, or pilgrimages to sacred sanctuaries. Expand your concept of what a muse might be so you can get as much muse-like input as possible.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Denmark’s King Canute IV (1042–1086) wasn’t bashful about asserting his power. He claimed ownership of all the land. He insisted on the right to inherit the possessions of all foreigners and people without families. Goods from shipwrecks were automatically his property. But once, his efforts to extend his authority failed. He had his servants move his throne to a beach as the tide came in. Seated and facing the North Sea, he commanded, “Halt your advance!” The surf did not obey. “You must surrender to my superior will!” he exclaimed, but the waters did not recede. Soon, his throne was engulfed by water. Humbled, Canute departed. I bring this up not to discourage you, Leo. I believe you can and should expand your influence and clout in the coming weeks. Just be sure you know when to stop.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The Japanese have a word for a problem that plagues other countries as well as theirs: karoshi, or death from working too hard and too much. No matter how high-minded our motivations might be, no matter how interesting our jobs are, most of us cannot safely devote long hours to intense labor week after week, month after month. It’s too stressful on the mind and body. I will ask you to monitor yourself for such proclivities in the coming months. You can accomplish wonders as long as you work diligently but don’t overwork. (PS: You won’t literally expire if you relentlessly push yourself with nonstop hard exertion, but you will risk compromising your mental health. So don’t do it!)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Virgo-born Irène Joliot-Curie craved more attention than she got from her mother, Marie Curie. Mom was zealously devoted to her career as a chemist and physicist, which is one reason why she won Nobel Prizes in both fields. But she didn't spend sufficient time with her daughter. Fortunately, Irène's grandfather Eugène became his granddaughter’s best friend and teacher. With his encouragement, she grew into a formidable scientist and eventually won a Nobel Prize in chemistry herself. Even if you're not a kid, Virgo, I suspect there may be a mentor and guide akin to Eugène in your future. Go looking! To expedite the process, define what activity or skill you want help in developing.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I have a fantasy that sometime in the coming months, you will slip away to a sanctuary in a pastoral paradise. There you will enjoy long hikes and immerse yourself in healing music and savor books you’ve been wanting to read. Maybe you will write your memoirs or compose deep messages to dear old friends. Here’s the title of what I hope will be a future chapter of your life story: “A Thrillingly Relaxing Getaway.” Have you been envisioning an adventure like this, Libra? Or is your imagination more inclined to yearn for a trip to an exciting city where you will exult in high culture? I like that alternative, too. Maybe you will consider doing both.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): An Instagrammer named sketchesbyboze advises us, “Re-enchant your life by making the mundane exciting. You are not ‘going to the drugstore.’ You are visiting the apothecary to buy potions. You are not ‘running an errand.’ You are undertaking an unpredictable adventure. You are not ‘feeding the birds.’ You are making an alliance with the crow queen.” I endorse this counsel for your use, Scorpio. You now have the right and duty to infuse your daily rhythm with magic and fantasy. To attract life’s best blessings,

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20Feb. 18): Typically, human fertility is strongest when the temperature is 64 degrees Fahrenheit. But I suspect you will be an exception to the rule in the coming months. Whether it's 10 below or 90 in the shade, your fertility will be extra robust—literally as well as psychologically and spiritually. If you are a heterosexual who would rather make great art or business than new babies, be very attentive to your birth control measures. No matter what your gender or sexual preference is, I advise you to formulate very clear intentions about how you want to direct all that lush fecundity. Identify which creative outlets are most likely to serve your long-term health and happiness.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Here’s a key assignment in the coming months: Enjoy fantasizing about your dream home. Imagine the comfortable sanctuary that would inspire you to feel utterly at home in your body, your life, and the world. Even if you can’t afford to buy this ultimate haven, you will benefit from visualizing it. As you do, your subconscious mind will suggest ways you can enhance your security and stability. You may also attract influences and resources that will eventually help you live in your dream home.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Welcome to the future of your education, Aries! Here are actions you can take to ensure you are exposed to all the lush lessons you need and deserve in the coming months. 1. Identify three subjects you would be excited to learn more about. 2. Shed dogmas and fixed theories that interfere with your receptivity to new information. 3. Vow to be alert for new guides or mentors. 4. Formulate a three-year plan to get the training and teachings you need most. 5. Be avidly curious.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Poet Emily Dickinson was skillful at invoking and managing deep feelings. One scholar described her emotions as being profoundly erotic, outlandish, sensuous, flagrant, and nuanced. Another scholar said she needed and sought regular doses of ecstasy. Yet even she, maestro of passions, got overwhelmed. In one poem, she wondered "Why Floods be served to us in Bowls?" I suspect you may be having a similar experience, Taurus. It’s fun, though sometimes a bit too much. The good news is that metaphorically speaking, you will soon be in possession of a voluminous new bowl that can accommodate the floods.

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What’s the deal with China Hat?

Hello! Thanks again for joining me on this exciting journey through Central Oregon. This month’s question was sent anonymously, and what an interesting inquiry it is.

Q: “What’s the deal with China Hat?”

A: Very broad indeed, but significant and a question I was eager to explore. Because the reader did not go into specifics, let’s begin with fun facts about the area.

For those unaware, China Hat is a volcanic butte located on the southeastern flank of the Newberry Volcano. At one point, the butte was thought to be a side vent of Newberry. However, China Hat is believed to be more than 200,000 years older than Newberry at around 780,000 years old, give or take a few years.

Apparently, the people who named the butte claimed it had a similar appearance to the conical hat worn by Chinese laborers at the time. From the mid to late 1800s, Chinese immigrants worked in mines across Oregon. Cities such as Portland, Pendleton and Baker City had a significant immigrant population. Chinese people also contributed to building the railroads and began other enterprising endeavors. Readers may be aware of the Kam Wah Chung Museum in the town of John Day. It’s a significant piece of Oregon’s history and well worth a visit.

The infamous China Hat Road is named after the butte, and vehicles can drive it from Knott Road all the way to Fort Rock! The pavement becomes gravel not far south and makes for quite a bumpy ride, eventually becoming National Forest Road 18 and then Cabin Lake Road. Exploring the terrain leads to multiple hiking and biking adventures, exploring Boyd and Arnold Ice Caves, OHV riding and more. Cabin Lake Bird Blinds is a great birdwatching spot.

Now we know a bit about the history; yet the inquirer might be questioning the present status of the area, which makes the news frequently.

The past few years, especially since Covid, the campgrounds have increasingly become long-term living spaces for those without homes, or those

wanting to live off the grid. Nearby residents often voice concerns about fire hazards, crime, trash and other issues related to this influx. Most camping is located on federal land and jurisdiction falls to the U.S. Forest Service, though Deschutes County and the City of Bend usually get blamed for not taking action.

An interesting dynamic exists between the federal and local agencies, and it would seem they could pool their resources to create a better solution. In truth, it’s easier said than done, especially when opinions and policies differ among them.

For example, the Forest Service doesn’t have the authority to remove people. Instead, its law enforcement officers can write citations for sanitation and exceeding the camping limit, but that’s as far as their authority extends unless a federal magistrate gets involved through a long and tedious process. The sheriff’s department cannot remove campers unless they are committing a crime. Is camping a crime after a certain number of days? I guess it’s all about the semantics!

Varying policies, regulations, laws and opinions on enforcement create a convoluted conundrum. Groups including the Public Land Stewards have huge cleanups once or twice a year and target areas like China Hat. My daughters and I participated in one of these and all I can honestly say is, “Wow, we humans sure can create a lot of trash!” It gave me a deep appreciation for services like Cascade Disposal.

A column like mine can barely scratch the surface of the multifaceted issues of homelessness. In fact, researching this article and being referred from person to person gave me quite the perspective on how sensitive the issue of China Hat really is.

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National versus regional builders

hen looking to either purchase new or build your dream home, one of the most significant decisions you’ll face is choosing between a national (large) or regional home builder (smaller).

National home builders are large companies with operations across multiple states. They're known for standardized processes, extensive resources and brand recognition. Reasons to select a national include:

Economies of scale: Due to their large volume of projects, national builders can negotiate better deals with suppliers, often leading to lower costs for materials and labor. These savings can be passed on to the homebuyers.

Financing options: Many national builders have in-house financing or partnerships with lenders, providing buyers with streamlined mortgage options. These relationships can make the financing process smoother, as well as providing potential savings with special rates.

Consistency and reliability: National builders have well-established procedures and quality controls, ensuring consistency in construction materials. This reliability is often reflected in their warranties and customer service.

Regional home builders operate on a smaller scale, often focusing on specific geographic areas. Here are some of the reasons why you might prefer a regional builder:

Local expertise: Regional builders possess an in-depth understanding of local market conditions, building codes and environmental factors. Homes in Bend face snow, freezing temperatures in the winter and hot summers.

This knowledge ensures that homes are well-suited to the area’s climate and community characteristics.

Personalized service: Smaller, regional builders tend to prioritize local communities, contributing to the area’s development and sustainability (Hi, Hayden Homes Amphitheater!) They often have a vested interest in maintaining a positive reputation within the region, which can translate into a higher-quality workmanship and customer satisfaction.

Customization flexibility: Regional builders may offer greater flexibility in design and customization. This allows buyers to create unique homes that reflect their personal tastes.

If you want the value assurance of a well-known brand, consistent quality and potential lower costs, a national builder might be the right fit. On the other hand, if you prioritize local expertise, personalized service and the ability to customize your home extensively, a regional builder could be the better choice.

Building a home is a significant investment, and choosing the right builder is crucial to ensuring a smooth and satisfying process. Take the time to research and visit model homes from both the national and regional builders. Speak with past clients, read reviews and consider what aspects of the building experience are most important to you. Your buyer’s agent should be able to help you significantly here, providing feedback from past clients who purchased homes from specific builders. By doing your homework, you can make a decision that aligns with your vision and expectations, leading to the successful realization of your dream home.

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