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Relief Funding for Oregon Artists

Relief Funding for Oregon Artists

Oregon Arts Commission announces a second round of funding for artists impacted by the pandemic
When the first cases of COVID-19 began to arrive in Oregon and people headed home, artists, like everyone else, were caught in a last-minute scramble to adapt. "The majority of my work—concerts, readings, lessons, workshops—had moved online, and my creakly old laptop was barely able to function," recalls Central Oregon singer-songwriter and poet Beth Wood, for whom touring was a full-time gig before March of 2020.

Giving Big with Central Oregon Gives

Giving Plate earns top fundraising honor in annual & nonprofit giving campaign
The food pantry The Giving Plate has a dream of creating a free community food store in Bend's Makers District—and after a successful run as the top-earning nonprofit in the Central Oregon Gives campaign, the nonprofit is one step closer to achieving that goal. The Giving Plate emerged as the top earner among 80 nonprofits in the seven-week-long Central Oregon Gives campaign, organized right here at the Source Weekly.

Increase Our Daily Smiles: One smile is worth more than we can imagine. More are even better.

More are even better.
I just finished my morning prayers and dance-exercise routine. A soft smile has found its way onto my face, which, for whatever reasons, wasn't there when I first opened my eyes.

State of the Arts

Looking forward to culture in 2022
Culture is returning to Central Oregon, slowly but surely. Things aren't quite back to the quaint old 2019 era, but even while we ride the wave of another variant, it feels like there's a slight sense of normalcy in the air; like maybe symphonies, operas, stand-up comedy performances, art galleries or live theatrical performances can stand alongside communal touchstones like bars, restaurants, breweries, concerts, bars, movie theaters or bars as things Central Oregonians feel comfortable doing.

Survival is Insufficient

PCA and Scalehouse continue to grow
There really is no underestimating the importance of art in a time when certain creature comforts get left behind. I'll never forget when I was going to Central Oregon Community College in the early 2000s and Oregon State was putting in its Cascades Campus; there were some issues with money and COCC experienced a financial shortfall.

The Third Act

Just One Mistletoe Minute!
I'm a soft touch when it comes to the finals of any team competition. Good luck picking what to watch over the holidays!

Awakening Your Inner Hero

Kiss your refrigerator
Really? Really!

Growing with Intention

Turning a tragic community loss into a benefit for the Kefa Project
On October 1, 2021, Bend local, extreme outdoor athlete and kayaker, Alex Vincent Kollar, passed away. Alex is survived by his mother, Ruthanne Adams, his father, James Kollar, his Soul's Connection Life Partner, Kim Benrath, and was preceded in death by his brother Philip Hunter Kollar. 

Things Learned Along the Way

Local artist launches a book of illustrations and words of wisdom
Local artist Teafly—who's contributed both cover art and "Artwatch" columns to this newspaper countless times over the years—recently launched a Kickstarter for her first book of illustrations and personal wisdom, titled "Brain Clouds: Things I Learned Along the Way." Teafly's artistic style is youthful and fun, but the book, she says, was not exactly designed for kids.

New Name, New Summer Lineup

Hayden Homes announces start of summer concert season
Previously known as the Les Schwab Amphitheater, the biggest music  venue in Bend has changed its name and is beefing up its summer playlist for 2022.

The Third Act: The Race to Finish Last

Author Ellen Waterston's latest column tackles aging and exercise... and when to say when
My husband and I originally moved to Oregon to ranch, first north of Brothers and later along the Crooked River. One of the many things I treasured all those years was that staying fit wasn't a separate activity scheduled into the workday or weekends, rather was part and parcel of every day—irrigating and calving in the spring; moving cattle on horseback and putting up hay each summer; gathering off the high country in the fall; winters, feeding livestock.


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