As winter settles into communities throughout Central Oregon, ending a year that has brought challenges like no other, it’s the arts and humanities programs that continue to provide needed connection and healing. Local organizations that deliver performing arts, education and connection to local history and place have had to pivot during 2020 in ways never…

(Natalie Goldberg | Photos courtesy of Sarah Cyr) Natalie Goldberg will read from her latest book Three Simple Lines: A Writer’s Pilgrimage into the Heart and Homeland of Haiku in a virtual event on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. The reading will be hosted by Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe and local writer Sarah Cyr.   “This is a…

(The Mid-Columbia Ballet in Richland, Washington transformed the classic Nutcracker ballet | Photo courtesy of Mid-Columbia Ballet) The Mid-Columbia Ballet in Richland, Washington, did something truly remarkable this year. Unable to perform their traditional, annual Nutcracker ballet at Richland High School due to the pandemic, they decided to capture the popular holiday story at locations…

(Photo | Courtesy of Brooks Resources Corporation) Brooks Resources Corporation’s annual wall calendar features a view of South Sister over the spectacular Sparks Lake. Captured by local photographer Christian Heeb, the beautiful scene illustrates the beauty of the Central Oregon region. The much-anticipated free calendar, which features a new iconic scene each year, has graced…