Four Peaks Music Festival returns to Tumalo Eight years ago, four friends decided Central Oregon needed its very own music festival. Ever since, they have brought a mix of national, regional and local bands and musicians together to create the festival experience for locals each June....

Shakespeare in the Park What light from yonder window breaks? ‘Tis Shakespeare in the Park performed by the Northwest Classical Theatre Company. The Portland-based thespian troupe will fill the Central Oregon air with three performances of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors this summer. The 5th annual cultural event...

Encouraging kids to take outdoor fun to the next level For children, summer is about riding bikes, exploring neighborhoods and climbing trees. With plenty of free time and good weather, summer is also the perfect time to encourage kids to take that neighborhood stroll or...

Deschutes Dash sports festival   Go down to the Deschutes River on any given summer afternoon, and you’ll be treated to a spectacle of paddleboarders, aspiring rafters and sun-loving Bendites. What you won’t see every day is a group of over 450 people competing in everything from...

 An indoor person living in an outdoor town I moved to Bend in 2011 for the same reason that a lot of people my age move anywhere…to be with my grandchild. However, I was an unlikely candidate to take up residence in Central Oregon because, you see,...

 Community gardens yield a bounty of benefits to local neighborhoods Organic produce is all the rage in Oregon, and there’s no better way to ensure your veggies are toxin-free than to grow them yourself. But building a home garden takes work and planning. You need to...

Innovative thermostat brings efficiency and savings to home heating When it comes to home energy efficiency, most homeowners might be surprised to learn that the thermostat controls half of their home’s energy. The founders of Nest, a smart thermostat that programs itself, developed their product to...