Last Stand in the Sand

Last Stand in the Sand

Volleyball courts' last hurrah includes a party and informal tournament
For some, they've been the site of many a family pick-up game. For others, they're a spring and summertime training ground.

A Nation of Neighbors

Welcoming Week includes events aimed at fostering inclusion among immigrants, refugees and other community members
Over two years ago, the Bend City Council signed a unanimous resolution declaring Bend a Welcoming City—becoming one of about 150 communities in the U.S. to join the network aimed at fostering inclusion and understanding among immigrants and refugees and the wider community. Welcoming Week, which takes place this week, include events such as a kick-off party, trainings, a celebration of the passage of HB2015—which made driver's licenses available to all Oregonians, regardless of immigration status—and Latino Fest, a day-long celebration featuring food, music and dance, held in Madras Saturday.

Downtown Drop

Locals go off the edge of hotel to raise funds for United Way
It's not uncommon to witness the sight of someone top roping a rock face on Smith Rock—but even in a region known for its outdoors scene, seeing someone rappel down Bend's highest building is a rarity. It might very well be the first time anyone's seen it, in fact.

Van Life: The Event

Annual Descend on Bend event draws hundreds of van-dwellers to Oregon Outback this weekend
"I died and went to van heaven." That's the sentiment repeated by countless van lifers attending the annual Descend on Bend event, taking place this Labor Day weekend in the Oregon Outback.

'La Cage' Promises Glitz, Glamour... and Humanity

Theater in the Park returns with full-scale "La Cage aux Folles," centered around a drag queen club
Bend's Summit Express Jazz Band had to call in reinforcements to provide a complete complement for "La Cage aux Folles," an extravagant musical appearing in Bend's Drake Park Friday and Saturday. The Theater in the Park production pulls out all the stops: extravagant costumes, makeup, lights, sound and innovation to present the glamour-and-glitz-coated treatise on love, acceptance and personal authenticity.

'Newsies' kicks up some musical fun

Disney's energized take on the 1899 carrier strike opens Friday
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Battle Buddies

Local nonprofit sponsors emotional support dog training for veterans
Not all heroes wear capes—in fact, in the real world, they often don't. Often incognito without their uniform, veterans can struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, isolation and other challenges after returning home from service in the military.

Love Stories

The Sunriver Music Festival enters its 42nd year, with a focus on the power of love
Since 1978, the Sunriver Music Festival has been bringing an eclectic mix of music to Central Oregon, supplying many talented musicians with a platform to perform. It might seem silly, but the festival was all sparked by Ray Fabrizio—former principal flute player at the festival—telling his wife and friends that there were "pretty good acoustics in here" as they walked through Sunriver's Great Hall.

Source Suggests These Books

Before you stroll the streets of First Friday, check out these book suggestions, courtesy of Dudley's Bookshop Cafe
Before you stroll the streets of First Friday, check out these book suggestions, courtesy of Dudley's Bookshop Cafe.

Catch a Sneak Peek

Cascades Theater offers a preview of its entire coming season
This weekend's 'Sneak Peek' season preview at the Cascades Theater is geared up to be at least as much fun as any of the full season's coming attractions. The "Bright Star" piece, for example, will feature choreographed scenes from the musical, conceived by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell.

Well-Crafted Philanthropy

A toast to beers that give back in Central Oregon
Put into your mind the shaky, Irish-Catholic voice of John F. Kennedy saying something like, "And so my fellow Bendites: Ask not what beer can do for you, but what the money you spend on beer can do for the community?"  Not every drinker in Central Oregon has knowledge about hops or IBUs or the finer points of preserving beer for colonial exploits across the Atlantic—but in honor of this year's Beer Issue, you can be a beer drinker with a conscience.


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