Your Bend, Oregon Arts & Entertainment Week Starts Here – June 15, 2016

June 15
6:30 pm
Art & Wine, Oh My!

This painting was created by local artist John Kish for Art & Wine, Oh My! His inspiration was drawn from the beautiful Central Oregon Painted Hills. Join us for an evening of sipping, painting & memory-making! Our studio is BYOB, so feel free to bring your favorite snacks and beverages. We take care of the rest.

June 16
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards

As Central Oregon’s self-appointed “Rock And Roll Border Patrol,” The Substitutes have been defending our (and your) right to rock since 1996. For nearly two decades we have dedicated ourselves to honoring the tradition and integrity of what it means to be a rock band by excluding other music genres from our set. Rock and roll is what we do. It is all we do.

June 17
7:30 pm   Repeats
The Old Stone Performing Arts Center

Adding to Bend’s beautiful art venues, The Old Stone Performing Arts/Event Center, in association with Howard Schor Productions, proudly invites you to our first “theater in the round” play, David and Lisa, by James Reach, adapted from the screenplay by Eleanor Perry and named “Best American Film of 1962” by Time Magazine.

A vast majority of the plays or films set in hospitals or “homes” for the mentally ill in the late 1950s tend to have a “Nurse Ratched” or other more sinister theme expected by the audience. While that is the way things were 60 years ago in many institutions, the question always arises: “Do I want to see another one of those? And I certainly won’t take my nine year old…”

We’d like to offer a breath of fresh air from that outlook.

David and Lisa has no such villains. In fact, it takes us in the totally opposite direction, illuminating how caring can lead to understanding and even to love; these are the true elixirs of mental health. The central focus is on David Clemens (Destry Cloud), a young man with an obsessive fear of being touched, who meets Lisa (Dual Cast: Skylar Adams & Chloe Leis), a girl with two very different personalities. The play is ultimately an unusual love story filled with zany and bright yet internally sad characters.  These souls are afflicted in more severe yet recognizable ways that add to our knowledge and acceptance of the mysterious inner worlds that are so much a part of each of us.

The setting is the Berkeley Academy, where mental illnesses are sought to be understood and treated under the tutelage of Dr. Alan Swinford (Trey Hinkle) and his devoted staff. Their mission: To support this challenged band of the misunderstood. These patients and their doctors open our hearts to love, pathos, laughter, goofiness, and thought that changes lives forever.

Director Mary Kilpatrick and Producer Howard Schor and the 20 member cast have found a perfect venue for their play: The Old Stone. With open arms, Owner Peter Geiser has remodeled the historic church into a modern performing arts center while maintaining all the beauty and spiritual charm of the 104-year-old structure. Schor says “Thanks to a new 1600-square-foot oak floor, we can attempt a theater in the round on this beautiful stage, where the line between actor and audience is nearly non-existent.”

The unique nature of The Old Stone as an event center is seen through the numerous configurations that can be created for a wide diversity of events, ranging from all genres of music and dance, including jazz and ballet, to other performance events like theater, comedy, burlesque, and Bend Film.  The Old Stone is also perfectly suited to cater to community groups like ONDA, Ecstatic Dance, and The Spiritual Awareness Community, as well as the business community and, of course, weddings and other gatherings of joy and festivity.


June 18
6:30 pm
The Miracle Barn

2016 Midsummer Night in White – A fundraiser party to benefit the Family Resource Center

A Summer Solstice Fundraiser Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Family Resource Center for Parenting Education

June 18th under the stars at the Miracle Barn, Tumalo

Summer White Attire

Sip specialty drinks and enjoy a summer grill.

Bid on the silent and live auction

The Family Resource Center of Central Oregon, a local parenting education nonprofit, is pleased to announce their 2016 Corporate Advocacy Honoree, Brooks Resources Corporation, and their 2016 Advocacy Honorees, the co-founders of the organization: Loren Irving, Carol Stiles, Tim Higdon, Sue Hollern, Sue Shepardson, Father Donal Burke, Vicki Ertle, Carol Palmer, Anne Van Dusen, the late Dennis Maloney, Ralph Delamarter, and Meredith Mason.  The honorees will be recognized Saturday, June 18 at Midsummer Night in White, the Family Resource Center’s annual white party that raises awareness and funds to strengthen and support family relationships through parenting education, information and resources. Midsummer Night in White will take place at the Miracle Barn in Tumalo. Local lifestyle TV producer, host and founder of Blue Pool Media, Kerri Willerton, will Emcee the event.

“We admire how much the Family Resource Center’s 2016 honorees have been an integral part in the formation and commitment to our organization,” said Wendy Harmon Hanson, Board President of Family Resource Center.  “Because of them, we are proud to be celebrating 25 years of providing services to strengthen parents and families in Central Oregon.”

Midsummer Night in White is a white themed event to celebrate the summer solstice and launch the start of summer in central Oregon.  It will also be a celebration of the Family Resource Center’s 25th Anniversary.  The event will be held in a beautiful rustic barn setting and will feature a summer grill with signature cocktails, wine, beer and kombucha from local distributors. The event will also feature a Rockin’ After Party with dancing.

Event premier co-sponsors are Sean Brennan of Summit Funding and Kristi Kaufman and Catherine Scanland of KC Bend Living powered by Bend Premier Real Estate.  Other program sponsors include:Swanton Family Foundation, Bigfoot Beverages, The Bulletin, Brooks Resources Corporation, Les Schwab, Bend Urology, Bend Garbage and Recycling, Infocus Eye Care, Central Oregon Radiology Assoc., SunWest Builders, and Bend Research.

To purchase tickets or learn more about Midsummer Night in White, visit


The Family Resource Center of Central Oregon is a parenting education non-profit dedicated to providing access to parenting education classes for parents of children of all ages. These programs are fueled by a dedicated staff, caring volunteers and generous donors. Parenting Education Classes are available throughout the year in Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson counties.  For more information or to be put on a class waitlist, please call (541)389-5468or visit


The Family Resource Center has been fortunate to be the recipient of many years of support by the 2016 Corporate Advocacy Honoree, Brooks Resources Corporation.  Unwavering commitment to philanthropy is an important component of the Brooks Resources corporate philosophy.  Brooks Resources Corporation donates at least 3% of its pre-tax profits to Central Oregon charitable endeavors each year.  The Bend Foundation was established by Brooks Resources to help support local programs that are vital to the community, including the Family Resource Center.


Over 25 years ago, a group of concerned citizens worked together to come up with a strategy to address the prevention of youth problems such as dropping out of school, substance abuse, youth delinquency, teenage pregnancy and child abuse.  Their mission and purpose evolved to focus on providing parents in central Oregon with child raising strategies that strengthen their children’s physical, mental and social development. The following 2016 Advocacy Honorees were instrumental to the formation of the Family Resource Center: Loren Irving, Carol Stiles, Tim Higdon, Sue Hollern, Sue Shepardson, Father Donal Burke, Vicki Ertle, Carol Palmer, Ann Van Dusen, the late Dennis Maloney, and Meredith Mason.  Without their vision and tireless work, the Family Resource Center would not have been able to serve families in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties for 25 years.

June 19
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Les Schwab Amphitheater

BMC in the Old Mill District offers multiple health and wellness services and is located at 815 S.W. Bond Street. The free Summer Sundays Concert Series fit well with BMC’s goals for overall community health, as concert attendees get out to enjoy family, friends, music, the outdoors and dancing. Be sure to stop by the BMC tent at the Summer Sunday Concerts to enjoy family friendly activities, cool off in the Chill Zone, grab some sunscreen, lip balm, water for your dog and enter to win a summer fun package each week.

This year’s Free Summer Sundays Concert Schedule:

  • 6.5 – Tiempo Libre Afro-Caribbean Music
  • 6.19 – Bel Mizik French Creole Hip Hop
  • 6.26 – Five Pint Mary Irish Folk Punk
  • 7.10 – Kinzel & Hyde Roots & Blues
  • 7.17 – Summit Express Jazz Band Dixie Land Jazz
  • 7.24 – Kitchen Dwellers Montana Galaxy Grass


Gates open each Sunday at 1p.m. and the shows run from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Come on down to the Les Schwab Amphitheater and enjoy a beautiful afternoon of great music and healthy family fun. Live music will be rounded out by many other family-oriented activities, such as bouncy houses and delicious food vendors. Visit or for more information.

June 20
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
2nd Street Theater

Bend’s newly forming Public Rock Choir will hold it’s second meeting at 2nd Street Theater on June 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. The group, a creation of Sing Bend instructor Deena Kamm, is designed to provide a fun, non-threatening environment for people of all ages and skill levels to sing.

“Our first event was a success, for sure. It was great to see this new group of people come together and experience unabashed singing. We had all ages, men and women. We’re looking forward to growing and expanding together. There is a real need for a place where people can come and sing as big and as loud as they want without feeling on the spot,” said Kamm who explained that the group is less about being a great singer, and more about joining collective voices and being part of a group music experience without feeling self-conscious.  “Some of the attendees had never even sang before, so I was impressed with how much courage they brought to the night once we got singing. And they all sounded great together so they were able to let go of their insecurities about skill level and just sing!”

Kamm has more than 25 years of experience as a professional singer in Los Angeles, California, where she sang for NBC, CBS, MTV, Clear Channel, Premier Radio Networks, radio stations and studios across the country. She now lives with her husband and son in Bend where she enjoys the outdoors, teaches voice lessons and performs as part of a musical duo called Lark. As a vocal coach, Kamm knows too well what holds people back from singing.

“I wanted to create a choir that sings contemporary rock and pop music, something different than you might expect,” said Kamm. “We’re called a choir, but there aren’t any hymns involved. The Public Rock Choir is singing songs from popular artists like Sara Bareilles, Fleetwood Mac, and Train. I am using songs that many people already know and love so that they can just enjoy themselves and not have to work too hard.”

Kamm’s vision is to grow the group to 100 people over time, expand to a larger space and meet weekly. As the project grows, she also hopes to create additional groups focused on different genres (for kids, seniors and others). The Public Rock Choir session is $16 at the door, or $14 in advance at and your first time at the choir is always free. Monthly memberships will also be offered at a discounted rate when the group expands.

For more information about the Public Rock Choir, contact Sing Bend at or (541) 728-3798.

About Sing Bend

Deena Kamm established Sing Bend in 2014 in response to requests from friends seeking vocal lessons and confidence-building techniques for themselves and their kids. Today, the studio is thriving with a wide range of children and adults finding their voices through song.

June 21
Chimps Inc.

At Topo’s Kids Camp, kids age 7-14 will spend the day learning about chimpanzees, creating enrichment, getting to know the chimpanzee residents of Chimps Inc., and participating in our ape themed obstacle course: The Great Ape Challenge!

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