(Photo by Suzy Hazelwood of Pexels) As Oregonians practice social distancing in hope of slowing the COVID-19 pandemic, many are searching for ways to find and maintain social connections across physical distance. Dear Stranger, a letter-exchange project from Oregon Humanities, offers a chance for connection by inviting Oregonians to write letters with someone they’ve never…

(Photo | Courtesy of Sisters Folk Festival) Sisters Folk Festival (SFF) has a new session of winter classes and workshops starting this week and next, all designed to take place virtually for both adults and youth during COVID-19. Registration is now open for Dynamics in Performance, Fundamentals of Bluegrass Guitar, Americana Song Share and Sisters…

(Pandemic Portraits is a 96-page book including 88 monotype portraits of people wearing their COVID-19 masks | Photo courtesy of Paul Alan Bennet) Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the sight of masked people in shops, a doctor’s office or on the street is not so unusual. But nearly a year ago, the novelty and variety…

The Robleda Company announces the publication of an exciting new murder mystery, The Mt. Bachelor Murders – A Northwest Murder Mystery, by Ted Haynes. For anyone who loves mysteries and the Pacific Northwest, this is a great story — reaching back to Bend’s Norwegian heritage and the early days of the Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort. …

(L-R Angela Davis and Erin Rook | Photos courtesy of OSU-Cascades) Angela Davis, an American political activist, philosopher, educator and author will be the keynote speaker at Oregon State University’s 39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on January 18. Following Davis’ address, OSU-Cascades will host a community discussion about everyday activism, and students…

(Photo | Courtesy of Deschutes Land Trust) The Land Trust announces 2021 Nature Night speaker series! Join us for these free, virtual, monthly presentations on nature-related topics.  Presentations include: January 27, 7-8:30pm: A Closer Look at Microplastics with Dr. Susanne Brander. The large majority of plastic pollution, which is found in oceans, rivers and streams,…