Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), which includes the Oregon Main Street Network and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), has awarded $615,000 in federal grant funding for the preservation of historic theaters.   Eight theater projects were selected in a competitive grant process. Dallas Downtown Association, for roof, masonry, and other repairs on the Dallas…

(Images | Courtesy of Deschutes Public Library) Times have changed, but what hasn’t changed is Deschutes Public Library’s commitment to a fun summer reading program. During the months of July and August, Summer with the Library incorporates the popular Beanstack app, with physical activities and reading challenges to do outside and around the house. Library…

(Photo | Courtesy of Redmond Proficiency Academy) Redmond Proficiency Academy’s (RPA) Thespian Troupe 7715 recently received a Thespy Award in Stage Management and a Superior ranking (the highest score possible) in Group Musical and Stage Management at the virtual International Thespian Festival (ITF) Excellence Awards put on by the International Thespian Society. The virtual ceremonies…

O’Meara Photography, a local commercial and portrait photography company, is launching “Portraits for Humanity” in July, a month-long fundraising campaign to support Central Oregon’s local food bank, The Giving Plate, in their actions to meet the growing food insecurity caused by COVID-19 and the national organization NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in their continued…

The High Desert Museum’s signature fundraiser, High Desert Rendezvous, returns on Saturday, August 29, at 6:30pm. The lively evening this year will take place in the virtual world. This marks the 31st year of the High Desert Rendezvous, making it one of the longest-running fundraisers in Central Oregon.  The online event will include special programming,…

(Beth Alvarado of Bend | Photo courtesy of Literary Arts) Bend’s Beth Alvarado has won the Literary Arts’ Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction for her book, Anxious Attachments (Autumn House Press). Judges were Lacey M. Johnson, Nishta J. Mehra and Rob Spillman. “I want to applaud every 2020 Oregon Book Awards finalist and congratulate…