Spring Cleanup: Whychus Canyon Preserve
VOLUNTEER—Roll up your sleeves and help the Deschutes Land Trust with a spring clean up at Whychus Canyon Preserve. We'll do our best to clean winter's clutter by clearing and repairing trails, pulling a few weeds, and generally making the Preserve look tip top! May 13, 10am-1pm. Whychus Canyon Preserve, outside Sisters. 541-330-0017. Free.
MUSIC—A group of female musicians who write and perform original material with roots in folk, Americana, gypsy, funk, soul, and rock 'n roll. May 14, 8 pm. The Belfry, 302 E Main St., Sisters. $5.
The Patchwork Players
THEATER—Local theater troupe the Patchwork Players performs a repertoire of one-act plays to help raise funds for Circle of Friends, a Sisters-based program that connects healthy adult mentors with vulnerable children. Drinks will be available to sample and purchase from Bend Distillery's line of Crater Lake Spirits. So raise a glass to community theater and the next generation. May 14, 6:30-8:30pm. Downtown Sisters, Hood Ave. 541-719-1800. $10 suggested donation.
History Walk, Camp Polk Meadow Preserve
WALK—Before Sisters was a quaint country destination for artists and quilters, it served as a crossroads for Native Americans, explorers, and settlers. Explore the scenic Camp Polk Meadow on a guided hike while learning about the history of the land as well as modern-day conservation efforts by Deschutes Land Trust. May 14, 10am-noon. Camp Polk Meadow Preserve, outside Sisters. 541-330-0017. Free.
Falling from Horses
BOOK—Bestselling Oregon author Molly Gloss returns to Paulina Springs to present her newest novel, Falling from Horses, an absorbing, plainspoken, elegantly rendered story about a young cowboy who escapes a family tragedy and travels to Hollywood to become a stunt rider in the movies. Many who have read this book have exclaimed it is her best work yet. May 15, 6:30-8pm. Paulina Springs Books-Sisters, 252 W Hood Ave. 541-549-0866. $5 (refunded upon purchase of the featured book).
BIRD WALK—Explore this Sisters-area preserve that is considered a birding hot spot with more than 160 species observed! Registration is required. Moderate, two-mile walk. May 15 & 21, 8-11am. Camp Polk Meadow Preserve, outside Sisters. 541-330-0013. Free.
Steve Poltz & Grant Lee Phillips
MUSIC—Presented by Sisters Folk Festival. Alternative, acoustic, and rock. May 16, 7 pm. The Belfry, 302 E Main St., Sisters. $20 adv., adult. $15 adv., youth.
The Belfry Benefit for Uganda
FUNDRAISER—This is an informational and charity event that will benefit the Village of Kiwangala, Uganda and the Good Samaritan School (Sisters' "sister" school). Heather Johnson and her team will share information about their visit, sell many African crafts/items (all proceeds going to the students of Kiwangala), show pictures, encourage community involvement in the health and educational needs, as well as rally future team trips for those interested. May 18, 8pm. The Belfry, 302 E Main St., Sisters. $5 donation.
Beginning Bird Walk Indian Ford Meadow Preserve
BIRD WALK—Explore pine forest, sage-flats, and creek-side willows in search of songbirds, hummingbirds, and soaring raptors. Learn the basics of birding, including identifying birds by size, shape, color, behavior, and habitat. Registration is required at deschuteslandtrust.org/events. Rating: Easy, one-to-two mile walk. May 18, 8-10am. Indian Ford Meadow, outside Sisters. 541-330-0017. Free.
Brews With Views
BEER & WALK—Work up a thirst as you hike down the wildflower-studded slopes of Whychus Canyon Preserve with Deschutes Land Trust naturalist Carol Moorehead. Then, finish with a taste of Deschutes Brewery's finest! Brewer Veronica Vega will be on hand with tastings of various Deschutes brews including Sage Fight IPA. Registration is required. May 20, 5-8pm. Whychus Canyon Preserve, outside Sisters. 541-330-0017. Free.
First Year Anniversary—Hood Avenue Art
ART—Memorial Day weekend is the 1st anniversary of Hood Avenue Art. Join us in celebrating an exciting year of art in Sisters. Featured artists, Winnie Givot and Pottery by Mitch and Michelle, exhibit the best of their new collections. Artists' reception in the gallery, live music from Dave Skelton and Friends, and refreshments. Exhibit runs May 22-June 22. May 22, 4-7pm. Downtown Sisters, Hood Ave. 541-719-1800. Free.
Fourth Friday Art Stroll
ART—Downtown Sisters art stroll at participating businesses. Every fourth Friday, May 22, 4-7 pm. Downtown Sisters.
Author Reading & Slideshow with Bob Welch
BOOKS—Join Bob Welch, author of Cascade Summer, for a talk and slideshow about his adventure on California's John Muir Trail. That, combined with his 452-mile journey of Oregon's Pacific Crest Trail, has inspired the author and adventurer to walk the entire PCT over the next five years. May 22, 6:30 pm. Paulina Springs Books, 252 W Hood Ave., Sisters. $5 (refunded upon purchase of the featured book).
Reception at Ken Scott's Imagination Gallery
CELEBRATE—The event celebrates the formation of the Sisters Arts Association, designation of the Hood Avenue Arts District, the 20th anniversary of Cascade A&E, and the 20th anniversary of the Sisters Folk Festival. Reception includes, food, drink, and live music. May 22, 5 pm. Ken Scott's Imagination Gallery, 222 W Hood Ave., Sisters.
Kiwanis Antiques & Bling
JEWELRY—Sisters Kiwanis presents the 4th annual event, with a special focus this year on vintage, costume, and antique jewelry. Bring on the bling! All proceeds go to scholarships for Sisters High School graduates. May 23, 8am-3pm. Sister Fire Hall, 301 S Elm St., Sisters.
HIKE—Soak up spring as you wind down wildflower-studded slopes to the bright green aspen. Scan the canyon for colorful native blooms, like balsamroot or pale blue flax, and watch for songbirds and signs of wildlife. Registration is required. Challenging, around four mile hike. May 23, 9am-2pm. Whychus Canyon Preserve, outside Sisters. 541-330-0017. Free.
BIKE—Fifth year of the largest cross country mountain bike race in Oregon. Race your bike on the beautiful Peterson Ridge Trail. There is something for everyone with 25 different race categories, and a party at the finish line! May 24. Start/finish near Three Creeks Brewing, 721 S Desperado Ct., Sisters. $45-$50.
Ride for Two Rivers– Metolius & Whychus
BIKE—A bicycle tour of the stunning McKenzie Pass to benefit the Metolius River and Whychus Creek. Come cycle with your friends and family through incredible forested landscapes and striking fields with lava while helping to support restoration of two beautiful rivers. May 30, 9 am. Begins at Sisters Creekside Campground, 657 E Hwy 20, Sisters. $35-$45.
Sisters Farmers Market
FOOD—Farmers, food, plants, seeds, local restaurateurs, arts, and crafts. Every Friday, June 5 through September 25, 2-5 pm. Barclay Park, Sisters.
Pigs on the Wing
MUSIC— Imagine the energy and electric intensity of Dark Side of the Moon era Pink Floyd - in an intimate theater or rock club environment. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Pigs on the Wing has been delivering just that spellbinding experience to wide-ranging audiences since 2006. June 6, 8 pm. The Belfry, 302 E Main St., Sisters. $13 adv., $15 door.
Hobbs The Band
MUSIC—Three nights of this post-industrial blues rock band from Sisters. June 11, 12, & 13, 8 pm. The Belfry, 302 E Main St., Sisters.
RODEO—The biggest little show in the world. The 75th annual Sisters rodeo with bull riding, performances, bulldogging shootout, and more! June 12, 13, & 14. Sisters Rodeo Grounds, 67637 Hwy 20, Sisters. $12-$60.
Sisters Art in the Park
ART–In its 13th year, enjoy arts, crafts, food, winetasting, and entertainment. Plus a silent auction benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon. June 13 & 14, 10am-4 pm. Sisters City Creekside Park, Hwy 20 7 Jefferson Ave.
Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas
MUSIC— A high-energy rock & roll band from Detroit. June 28, 7 pm. The Belfry, 302 E Main St., Sisters. $12 adv.