Source on the Scene: High Desert Stampede

It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for “Source on the Scene,” sponsored by Indian Head Casino. This week Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker takes us to the Redmond Fair Grounds where the High Desert Stampede is underway. 
For all the latest arts and cultural listings, pick up the most recent issue of The Source Weekly or go to their website at www.bendsource.com
And thanks to our “Source on the Scene” sponsor, Indian Head Casino, for giving us the time and resources to show you some of the best events and entertainment that our region has to offer every Friday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Free Lunches

The annual summer food service program is now available in hundreds of communities statewide, including here in Central Oregon. The program offers free meals and snacks to all kids ages one through 18.

For over a decade, the Bend-La Pine School District has ensured that no child goes hungry, even when school is not in session. Monday marked the beginning of the district’s free summer meals program, which provides healthy meals to children in Bend and La Pine.

At least one location in both Bend and La Pine provides breakfast and lunch to children. Parents are encouraged to attend and can also purchase a meal for $4.

The program is funded through the United State Department of Agriculture and is run by district staff members. The program provides and estimated 5,000 meals in the Bend-La Pine area over the summer months.

The program runs Monday through Friday ever week until August 24th in most locations. The free lunch program in La Pine will open at the La Pine Event Center starting July 9 and running through August 17. A full list of all the locations in Bend and La Pine, as well as times and dates, is available on the Bend-La Pine School District website.

 

New Mountain Bike Film Features Bend Native

This week at the Tower TheatreRed Bull Media House Films premiered its new film, ‘North of Nightfall.’ The film features four world-class mountain bikers taking on the untouched terrain just south of the north pole. One of those featured bikers is Bend native Carson Storch.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom has a sneak preview of the film, which will be available for purchase on June 5.

Downtown Bend Farmer’s Market Opens Early This Year

We usually have to wait until June for farmer’s markets to get underway in Central Oregon. Yet this year, some of the farmers asked to get an early start, so the Downtown Bend Farmer’s Market is already up and running on Wednesdays.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan headed down to Brooks Alley to see what local farmers have to offer this season.

The Downtown Bend Farmer’s Market is every Wednesday in Brooks Alley behind the Tower Theatre from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. through October 10th. The Northwest Crossing Farmer’s Market will run on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning June 16th through September 15th. The Eastside Bend Farmer’s Market starts on July 5th and runs every Thursday in the Whole Foods east lot from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. through September 27th.

Four Local High Schools Participate in a Food Drive Competition

 

It’s a friendly competition among local high schools, all for an important cause.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has a look at four local high schools that are helping a local non-profit make a difference.
The winners of the food drive challenge will be announced and presented with their prizes at Pine Tavern Restaurant on May 1st.

Though you can no longer drop off cans to the high school of your choice, you can still support them and NeighborImpact with a monetary donation.
When you donate make sure to write the school name you’d like to support in the donation memo line.
Every one dollar donation allows the organization to distribute 7 pounds of food or five meals.

Mountain Film Festival Highlights Bend

New Short Film To Highlight Bend’s Environmental Center

The Environmental Center is on a mission, and they’re trying to spread the word in a new short film that will debut as part of the Mountain Film Festival at Tower Theatre this weekend. 
Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom has a preview of the festival and the film.
The festival is already sold out for Saturday night’s showings but there are still a few tickets left at the box office for Friday night’s show.

Vow Renewals for Valentine’s Day

As a special Valentine’s Day event, eleven couples from a Bend retirement community renewed their vows. Residents of the Touchmark at Mount Bachelor Village gathered to celebrate the love of the couples who were married between 11  to over 60 years and were celebrating over 500 years of marital bliss total.

Central Oregon Daily spoke with one couple just before the ceremony.

Web Exclusive: Women’s March 2018

An estimated 3,000 people gathered in Drake Park on January 20, 2018 for the second annual Central Oregon Women’s March. In this web exclusive Central Oregon Daily’s Austin Reed spoke with a few of those people who came out to protest and march.

The Women’s March started in January of last year, right after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. This year’s march came on the one year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration and like last year brought together millions of protestors across the country marching for a variety of issues.

In Bend protestors carried signs in support of women’s rights, including reproductive rights and equal pay. Many signs also nodded to the recent #MeToo movement, which has brought sexual assault and harassment into the public eye.

Protestors also held signs and chanted in support of immigrants, refugees and DACA recipients, known as Dreamers. The DACA program is still up for debate after a government shut down last week.

 

Students Give Back on MLK Day

On Monday Oregon State University – Cascades students used their day off to give back to the community during their third annual Martine Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Dozens of OSU-Cascades students spent their holiday volunteering for various non-profit organizations in Bend. Throughout the day student volunteers showed up to help at places like Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center and the The Environmental Center.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan caught up with the volunteers at two other locations Monday morning.