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Summer Is Here

Get Grilling for the Health of it. 
Who doesn't love a barbeque? Firing up the grill in the early evening, watching the kids play outside, anticipating a delicious meal that doesn't heat up the house can only be a win-win for everyone.

River Raiders

Local trio retrieves lost items while cleaning up the Deschutes
There's nothing quite like floating the Deschutes River in the summertime. Whether traveling by kayak, canoe, paddleboard or inner tube, Bendites love to wind their way down the glorious river come late May. Floating the Deschutes is arguably the city's primary pastime, and according to the Old Mill District website, there are "an estimated 250,000 boaters, paddlers, floaters and swimmers using the Deschutes River every year."

Finding The Root Cause

United Way of Central Oregon secures funding for families in need
We've all heard about how COVID has upended the lives of people all over the country, whether it be through job loss, financial difficulties or many other negative consequences. But what is easy to forget or overlook is that even before COVID, thousands of families in Central Oregon were already struggling.

Bookshelf

Recommended by Paige Bentley-Flannery Community Librarian at Deschutes Public Library
Twins by Varian Johnson illustrated by Shannon Wright

Things I've Learned

Meet Bend City Councilor, Megan Perkins
Megan ran for City Council during the pandemic with three kids and a husband who works in healthcare. That level of pure ridiculousness should tell you a lot about her.

Seeds of Comfort

A group that uses gardening for healing
The creation of Comfort Seeds, a group that uses gardening for healing, is a tale full of heartwarming hope and inspiration. When asked about her experience with Comfort Seeds, founder Katie Diez replied, "I never imagined such a positive reaction."

Make Your Kitchen a Creative Hub

Get everyone involved in fun activities
As spring slowly emerges over the high desert, getting outside is certainly something to look forward to. Yet, there are still days and times when we're stuck indoors.

It Truly Takes a Village

COPY steps in for families facing parental incarceration
Imagine growing up as a child with a parent behind bars. You receive no goodbye morning hugs, no nightly bedtime stories and no special birthdays with them by your side.

The High Desert Calls

Local students invited to submit entries to the Waterston Student Essay Competition
From memoirs to poetry, the rugged natural beauty and stark landscapes of the Oregon High Desert have been inspiring writers for centuries. Now, our unique environment is inspiring young writers to explore their creativity as part of the 2021 Waterston Student Essay Competition, hosted by the High Desert Museum.

Back to Basics

Social trends towards simplicity spark interest in all-natural, eco-friendly children's products
Organic, all-natural, eco-friendly children's products and toys are all the rage these days, with many parents seeking healthier options for their youngsters that are also better for the environment. In a place like Central Oregon, where the wild beauty of nature meets a spirit of local artisanship, this trend is particularly on point.

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