EASY STEPS FOR A PERFECTLY FITTED HELMET

Let your helmet protect your brain! The brain is the command center of your body, so it is critical to protect it and keep it healthy. While there is no concussion-proof helmet, helmets do protect the skull and absorb impact, which can protect you from serious brain or head injuries.

In addition to a safe fit, be sure that helmets are well-maintained, age appropriate, worn consistently and correctly, and appropriately certified for use.

The Center for Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Care has provided these tips using the two-finger rule for a safe fit.

STEP 1

Position the helmet on your head so it sits level. The forehead should be covered within two finger widths of the eyebrows.

STEP 2

 

Position your two fingers in a V near your ear. The straps should follow the same path as your fingers. On most helmets, the straps can be pulled from the back of the helmet to lengthen or shorten the chin straps.

STEP 3

Buckle up! No more than two fingers should fit under the chin strap. Roll the rubber band down toward the buckle. All straps should go through the band to avoid slipping.

 

FINAL CHECK

  • Open your mouth as wide as you can. The helmet should pull down on the head. If not, tighten the chin strap.
  • Does your helmet rock back more than two fingers above the eyebrows? If so, unbuckle and shorten the front strap by moving the slider forward.
  • Does your helmet rock forward into your eyes? If so, unbuckle and tighten the back strap by moving the slider toward the ear.

Now you are ready to go with a properly fitted helmet! Check out some of the amazing places to ride a bike here in Bend.

A Look Back at a Farmers Market Success Story

In the summer of 2008, NorthWest Crossing debuted its first Farmers Market with a dozen vendors along the small block of Fort Clatsop Street. The Market was founded on the desire to create an experience beyond shopping, where neighbors and community members alike can support one another. “That first year was a huge leap of faith, for us and the vendors who started with us,” said Valerie Yost, NorthWest Crossing Marketing Director, reflecting back on the time. “We wanted to create a sense of community and bring neighbors out to support their local farmers and artists.” Back then there was a much smaller pool of vendors to choose from and  it was about having enough product variety to be able effectively hold the event.  “We’ve come a long way,” says Yost. “From our humble beginnings, we’ve established ourselves as a Saturday ritual for many families in Bend.” 

 

Over the years, Market organizers have offered a number of different programming elements at the Market. Music has alwa

ys been an important draw for the Market, but aside from farm vendors and artists, that has been about the only consistent piece! From petting zoos, aerial artists and chef demonstrations, to bagpipers and beekeeping experts, organizers have worked to seek out ways that would allow the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market to be original and engaging.  

 

NWX resident and good friend to the developers, Dean Wise, brought his hoppy hobby of brewing beer to the market in those early years, to share his passion and offer tastings. Romy Mortensen, a board member of the NorthWest Crossing development team, remembers this time fondly as she explains how it just felt like everyone at the market was family and knew one another. As the Market has grown, that feeling has not only grown, but evolved. Although attendance has increased considerably, one can still appreciate the mix of new and familiar faces present at the Market each week. 

 

Many vendors have made their entrepreneurial debut with us, from community members sharing their hobbies, as well as established, growing businesses. Sparrow Bakery found a niche at the Market as a vendor that guided them to the decision to open a location in the NorthWest Crossing neighborhood center in 2014 to serve customers year-round. But even with a 2,000 square-foot restaurant space, Sparrow still sees the value of serving customers each Saturday on the street at the Market.  

 

An important aspect of the Market has always been to support local nonprofits and give back to the community. The

High Desert Food and Farm Alliance (HDFFA) has been a central component of the market for the past 4 years, creating a place where market-goers can contribute to a growing food-pantry, working to provide foods beyond non-perishables.  HDFFA is part of a team trying to grow our fresh-food pantry in Central Oregon and are at the Market

each week to accept monetary donations that are spent on fresh produce, as well as produce donations from market patrons and farmers with leftover product at the end of each day. With this effort, the NWX Farmers Market is helping the vulnerable populations in our community gain access to fresh, healthy foods.

 

Providing educational opportunities to the community are just as important to Market organizers. Over the years, we have hosted many organizations and demonstrations that have enlightened and inspired guests, from composting to

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cooking techniques. This year, the Community Spotlight Vendor booth is sponsored by FarmMade and has featured Kim Rivera of Backyard Bees of Bend, and our local CampFire chapter. The goal of this booth is to add a community education element to the market, where visitors can learn more about different activities and organizations in the area. 

 

To our vendors that have been with us throughout the years: thank you! We truly appreciate those that have traveled on this journey with us. KarenLynn of BlissPillow is one of those long-time vendors and remembers her debut summer in 2009. She attributes her expanding business in part to her consistent commitment to our Market in a growing neighborhood. In reflecting back to her early Market days, she even believes that she was our first vendor selling non-edible items. To gain that spot, she remembers having to sell her company to the market manager, explaining that her millet-filled pillows are farm-sourced and therefore an appropriate product to be featured in a farmers market! 

 

Today, we are proud at not just the growth of the Market, but of the quality of vendors that we host, each with their own unique product or service that contributes to the character of our Market and community. It has grown to be a place where you can not only do your fresh food shopping or buy your loved ones a unique gift, but also enjoy meeting new business owners, experiencing local music, or simply meet a friend for lunch on a beautiful summer Saturday. We are grateful for ten years of amazing sponsors, vendors, and patrons, for this Market would be nothing without all of the generous support. 

 

Bend Kids Personal Pediatrics Opens in NWX

As a kid, Dr. JB Warton used to ride her bike to her father’s small family practice clinic after school. It’s a memory that not only impacted her future career path, but also her ambition to start her own pediatrics practice within a short bike ride from her own family’s home in NorthWest Crossing.

Bend Kids Personal Pediatrics opened in the neighborhood last month and is based on the concierge or subscription-based healthcare model. This growing trend is really based on the “old school” days of house calls and a dedicated physician that took time to provide a high level of patient care. Dr. JB was introduced to the concierge practice model in residency and was intrigued with the concept. However, like most physicians, Dr. JB has spent most of her career at large clinics and institutions, most recently as a pediatrician at Bend Memorial Clinic (BMC).

Voted as Bend’s Best Pediatrician by Bend Nest in 2017, Dr. JB is excited to offer a better healthcare experience for Bend families. Her small, charming office is designed with kids’ comfort in mind; not your typical sterile clinic setting. In addition to seeing patients in her office, JB also makes house calls, has Face Time appointments, and answers emails, calls and texts, day or night. Leveraging technology allows her to be closer to patients and break down barriers parents typically face when trying to get in contact with their child’s physician. And with a much smaller patient load, Dr. JB can spend much more time with families, providing a higher level of care.

While Bend Kids Pediatrics doesn’t take insurance, Dr. JB designed the pricing structure to be affordable and accessible for many families. She’s passionate about her patient relationships and determined to provide quality care with an emphasis on prevention.

Dr. JB was raised in both Northern California and Bend and is a graduate of Bend High School. After pursuing school and training in the medical field, she and her husband Tom returned to Central Oregon in 2010 to raise their family. They have three active boys, aged 8, 6 and 3 and an adorable Bernese Mountain Dog puppy. And yes, she rides her orange cruiser bike to work every day, enjoying the fun commute in her neighborhood.

Visit Bend Kids Personal Pediatrics to learn more >>

 

Root Adorned Opens in NWX

“Home is where we put our roots,” says Erin Hasler, the second-generation Bend native and owner of the new shop, Root Adorned. This philosophy was the basis for naming her boutique which offers artisan goods for the inspired home. “A home should feel like a sanctuary if you surround yourself with beauty.”

Erin has a broad background in retail, design and marketing, although Root Adorned is her first venture as a store owner—and she couldn’t be more excited. Her love for retail began years ago when she was a buyer for the beloved Bend shop, Boomtown, which offered a variety of eclectic items. More recently, she owned Ija Designs, a jewelry design company that sold to stores across the country prior to the company being acquired by Nashelle.

While preparing to open her shop, Erin and her husband took a 3-week trip to far off places gathering new and vintage tapestries and rugs, as well as inspiration for creating stunning sanctuaries. Root Adorned will support up-and coming artists, as well as offer indoor tropical house plants and pots and beautiful one-of-a-kind home accents.

The energy and scale of the growing NorthWest Crossing neighborhood center was attractive to Erin as she decided on a locale for her new business. She loves the people and the small business support the community offers to businesses like hers. We’re excited to welcome Root Adorned to the ‘hood!

Eclipse Vision Safety Tips

We’re only a few days away from the amazing celestial event that has thousands flocking to Central Oregon. The August 21st solar eclipse is a can’t-miss event that is sure to have all eyes up at the sky.

But unfortunately, while the eclipse will only last a few short minutes, damage to viewers’ eyes can last a lifetime. Dr. Gabby Marshall, the clinical director of Elemental Eyecare in NorthWest Crossing, specializes in pediatric vision therapy and is very concerned about potential damage caused by the sun.

“You should never look at the sun, no matter how much of it is blocked,” Marshall warns. “Viewing the sun for any length of time, even if partially blocked, can cause permanent scarring of the eyes. This will cause blindness in your central vision, similar to the effects of macular degeneration. It is permanent and disabling.”

For this reason, Marshall, and many other medical professionals in the area strongly suggest viewers wear protective eye glasses throughout the entire eclipse, even when the sun is blocked. There has been a lot of information in recent weeks about the eclipse glasses. There are only 4 companies in the US that have produced ISO-approved glasses (ISO 12312-2): American Paper Optics, Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17. If your glasses aren’t ISO approved and made from one of these companies, Marshall urges folks to find replacement glasses. While Elemental Eyecare is sold out of glasses, another neighbor, Umpqua Bank is giving them out for free.

Even if your family has glasses, be aware that kids may be tempted to sneak a peek without their protective eyewear. Given the harm this can cause, parents are urged to keep close supervision on their children and stress the importance of keeping eyes behind their “magic” glasses. Don’t take a risk. Set a good example. And keep a close eye on your kids. If everyone is safe, this will be a great event to remember for your entire family.

Keep a Cool Head about Concussions This Summer

Summer is in full swing – and so are the abundance of summer activities in our area. Getting outside and being active is a great way to stay healthy while having fun with friends and family. We want everyone to enjoy all of the activities we have access to as Central Oregonians, but it is vitally important to remember that injuries and falls are common and can often lead to concussions – a potentially serious risk. Concussions after a fall can occur in nearly every outdoor activity, from trail running to playground accidents. We caught up with local expert, Viviane Ugalde, MD at The Center for Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Care and Medical Director of Concussion Management for The Center Foundation, to get the facts and a heads up on what to do after sustaining a head injury.

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. They may also be caused by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move back and forth rapidly. A concussion is a serious condition that requires specialized medical expertise.

What are the symptoms?

After an injury to the head, a person with a concussion may not be able to recall events around the injury time, may appear dazed or stunned, may be confused, move clumsily, speak slowly, or have other behavioral changes. Other concussion symptoms can include headache, nausea, sensitivity to light or noise, dizziness, confusion, and changes in attention, concentration, and/or memory.

But I never lost consciousness!

The majority of concussions do not involve a loss of consciousness. Concussions are most often associated with a period of altered consciousness; the individual may appear to be confused, “out of it”, unable to answer simple questions, or unable to remember the incident.

What do I do if I suspect I have a concussion?

It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your head. If you have suffered a concussion and return to your sport of choice without being evaluated by a medical professional, you increase your risk for more complications. Do not try to judge the seriousness of your head injury yourself – seek medical attention from a health care professional experienced in concussion management as soon as you can. Make an appointment with your primary care provider, or visit NOWcare for same-day appointments. Be sure to keep a close eye on the individual for the first 24-48 hours and watch for any changes.

If any of the following symptoms are present, go to the emergency room or call 911:

  • Lost consciousness
  • Convulsions or seizures (arms and legs jerk uncontrollably)
  • Severe confusion; cannot recognize familiar people or places
  • Repeated vomiting
  • One pupil larger than the other
  • Drowsiness or inability to wake up
  • Slurred speech, weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination

How will my doctor evaluate my head injury?

Your medical provider will assess things like your cognitive function, balance, vision, neck pain/injuries, and any potential need for referrals for speech therapy, physical therapy, or neuropsychology. Your doctor may do a scan of your brain, such as a CT scan or other tests.

What will recovery be like?

Every person and every brain injury is different. Most people will recover quickly and fully within a few weeks, but for some, symptoms can last months or longer. Making short term changes to your daily activities can help get you back to a regular routine more quickly. Rest is extremely important to allow the brain to recover. As you start to feel better, introducing light activity can be a great way to help the brain heal. It is important to avoid any activity that put you at risk for another injury to the head. Electronics and “screen time” should be avoided for the initial recovery period. Your medical provider can create a custom plan to ensure the quickest recovery possible. Be sure to contact your doctor right away if any symptoms concern you or are getting worse.

How can I reduce my risk of concussion?

The goal is for every Central Oregonian to enjoy the outdoors and be active while staying safe. Be sure to use approved and properly fitted safety equipment for your sport of choice, and make sure it is in good condition. While there is no concussion-proof helmet, they do protect the skull and absorb impact. Make sure your helmet fits properly and is worn consistently. Always wear a seatbelt, or use age-appropriate car seats, to reduce the risk of head injury in case of motor vehicle accidents.

For more information on concussions, visit the Concussion Center at TheCenterOregon.com.

NWX Makes “Top 50” List

Where to Retire Magazine has named their “Top 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the U.S.” and NorthWest Crossing was the only Oregon community on the list. The July/August issue features the Top 50 list.

According to the publisher, Where to Retire editors reviewed several hundred candidates across the country during a nine-month selection process. This elite group of developments offers today’s retirees a well-rounded, active lifestyle and provides a positive impact on the economic health of the towns and cities in which they are located.

The publication cited the multi-generational aspect of the community that provides social connections and neighborly interactions. Its enviable location near recreation and built-in amenities likes parks, community garden, restaurants and offices also garnered editors’ attention. This is the second time the Bend, Oregon neighborhood made the list. Where to Retire included NorthWest Crossing on their 2015 list.

Click to read the article >>

Spring Festival Moving to new location in 2018

NorthWest Crossing has enjoyed hosting the Spring Festival the past 7 years. The popularity and success of this celebration has outgrown our neighborhood. C3 Events, the producer of Spring Festival, will be announcing the Spring Festival’s new, larger, location, for the 2018 festival season, in the coming months.  We look forward to continue hosting the NorthWest Crossing Saturday Farmers Market which starts June 17th.

Green Home Builder Magazine Features NWX

Green Home Builder Magazinegreenbuilder-jan17 has featured NorthWest Crossing in their January/February issue. This national industry publication likes what we’re doing here in Bend, Oregon and displayed that enthusiasm with 5 pages of photos and details about our new urbanist approach, green building techniques and unique business model.

Each home in NorthWest Crossing is certified by Earth Advantage, Energy Star and/or LEED, third party certifications that ensure green building and high performance products and standards are used. Several homes employ passive solar technology including some that have even become some of the region’s first Zero Net Energy homes, meaning the energy used in the home is equal to or less than the amount of renewable energy it creates.

NorthWest Crossing was an early leader in the ‘green movement’ in Bend, which likely aided in the success of the community. You can learn more about our sustainability vision and techniques here and you can read the Green Home Builder article in its entirety here (look for us starting on page 24!).

Neighborhood Elf Enjoys NWX

corny_graphicHave you seen Cornelius lately? This sneaky little elf has been roaming the neighborhood visiting various hot spots in the ‘hood. And he seems to be enjoying himself.

Between devouring ocean rolls, playing in the park and enjoying some libations, Cornelius has been a very busy elf this month. If you spot him on our Facebook or Instagram accounts, be sure to follow the post link and submit your guess for your chance to win a $150 gift card to the NorthWest Crossing business of your choice. But come December 24, Cornelius will be headed back to the North Pole until next year.

Read more about our beloved elf >>

NWX Residents Go Solar

where-to-retire-sept-oct-2016_coverThe recent September/October issue of Where to Retire magazine features retirees across the country taking advantage of the benefits of solar energy.

NorthWest Crossing resident, Rex Holloway, was included in the article discussing his experience adding photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof of his home. He monitors his solar production via an app on his smart phone and likes that he’s able to . After taking advantage of rebates and tax credits, Rex’s  $17,000 system only cost him $4,000 out of pocket.

To see the complete article and learn more about the advantages to going solar, click here.

Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Manipura Kitchen

With only two more NorthWest Crossing Farmers Markets for the season, you need to head on down to check out the goodness before it’s too late. One such “goodness” is Manipura Kitchen, a local Bend company founded in January of this year. Founder Anne Farnault grew up in France and going to the local market each week with her Mom is one of her favorite memories. After working at a Los Angeles Farmers Market for several seasons, Anne decided to fuse three of her passions – Ayurveda, Farmer’s Markets and cooking – to create a line of Infused Ghee.

In Ayurvedic Medicine “Ghee” (clarified butter) plays an important role in overall health and well-being because of its healing properties. Ghee is made by cooking butter to remove all milk solids and water. What is left after this process is: pure golden oil with a Royal flavored aroma. By infusing spices and herbs in the ghee, Anne takes it to the next level and creates a large palette of flavored healing ghee infusions.

There are several ways to use Manipura Kitchen’s products for healthy living. The company’s Ghee is a great cooking oil, and can also be added to soups, steamed vegetables, desserts, smoothies, even coffee or tea is adding a punch of flavors to your dishes. Ghee is paleo friendly, and does not require refrigeration.

In addition to her products, Anne offers Private Ayurvedic Cooking classes with a French flair for healthy living at your home. Her cooking addresses the needs of individuals who are vegetarian, non vegetarian, gluten free, soy free or dairy free.

 

Come to our final two Farmers Markets – September 10 and 17 from 10am-2pm. See you here!

 

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News Release: New Restaurant “Washington” to Open in NorthWest Crossing

New Restaurant “Washington” to Open in NorthWest Crossing
New dining option in the Bend, Oregon neighborhood features fresh, seasonal food and drinks

August 15, 2016– Bend, Oregon – NorthWest Crossing, a mixed-use community on Bend Oregon’s west side, will welcome “Washington” to its dining ranks next month. Located along Mt. Washington Drive, the new restaurant combines traditional with swanky and rustic with industrial for a welcoming feel. They will feature neighborhood cuisine in a traditional American style, as well as beer, wine and cocktails served in the bar. Washington is owned and operated by Ted Swigert, who founded the popular Drake restaurant in 2013 in downtown Bend.

 

Swigert said, “We’re excited to bring all the things people love about Drake to our new restaurant in NorthWest Crossing, with some key differences that will appeal to the neighborhood audience. Our culinary director, John Gurnee, has created a consistent and approachable menu with some fun twists, like daily specials, a raw seafood bar and salads you can build yourself with a variety of toppings. The kids menu will also give families better options for healthy foods and choices for their children.”

 

The focal point of the new space is its indoor-outdoor feel, with large rollup windows in the bar area that open to a spacious patio. The patio will feature a large fire pit, community tables and flat screen TVs, along with bike parking and a convenient “to go” window for those who’d like to eat great food at home. Inside, the open kitchen with a seating bar allows guests to see what’s going on behind the scenes.

 

The design of Washington is a collaborative effort between Swigert and contractor Bob O’Connor, who have built 14 restaurants together in the past 25 years. Sara Hobin and Jennifer Thornton of Style 8 Design were key members of the team tackling interior design, finish selections and styling. Local agency, GB2 developed branding and marketing for both Drake and Washington.

 

“The final product is a comfortable unique space that leans traditional but also features contemporary accents to compliment the beautiful building.  Washington debuts with its own individualized look and feel but also purposely has some elements that give a nod to Drake.  This was a very fun project and we’re excited to watch it come to life even more as the doors open,” says Hobin who also was involved in Drake’s design in 2013.

 

The bar in the Washington will showcase creations from Melanie Ehrlich, who serves as the official “Liquid Therapist” for both Drake and the new restaurant. Not only will the bar be serving local craft beers, a selection of wines and traditional cocktails, but Ehrlich will add in infused drinks with fresh, seasonal ingredients throughout the year.

 

“The stars aligned for us to open in this great location along Mt. Washington Drive, and we are looking forward to becoming a regular stop for both the residents of NorthWest Crossing and all of Bend,” Swigert continued.
Washington is set to open in late summer and is located at 900 Mt. Washington Drive. They will be open from 11am to close on weekdays for lunch and dinner and 10am to close on Saturday and Sunday to include brunch.

 

NorthWest Crossing Kids Crit is Back!

Even if you’re not a cyclist, watching bike races is a fun spectator sport, and one many Central Oregonians turn out for in spades. We think watching is even better when it involves streamers, tricycles and a mad rush of little helmets and pedals. We’re excited to welcome back the NWX Kids Crit race this Saturday, August 13th from 10-11am. The race is designed in heats for kids from under three all the way to 11 years old, with four age groups and prizes for winners!

The race, which is part of the Central Oregon Pediatrics  Kids Day at the Farmers Market, is hosted by our own local Umpqua Bank. While the event itself is free, participants need to pre-register. It’s easy: fill out this form, and then drop it off at Umpqua Bank at 2755 NW Crossing Dr #113.

The best part? Umpqua will be giving out ice cream to all participants at the finish.

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: ONDA

We love having nonprofit organizations that mean so much to our community participate in our Farmers Market – educating visitors and helping gain support for their important missions. The Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) is one such organization that is joining us for the second year at the market.

They are having a great time this season introducing Oregon’s wild desert to market goers. What is Oregon’s desert you may ask? Our high desert is known for its “stunning beauty, biological significance, recreational opportunities and cultural value.” Much of the desert landscape is on publically owned land, and ONDA works with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM and others every day to ensure that these lands remain places that will be there for future generations to enjoy.

ONDA has many goals but some of them include:

  • Lobbying for permanent protection of desert lands as Wilderness to protect habitats for fish and wildlife
  • Working to ensure that the recent interest in energy development in Oregon’s high desert is thoughtful and follows conservation laws
  • Providing Stewardship and Restoration activities to ensure that critical areas regain ecological health

If you love our beautiful state and its lands, stop by their booth to chat about their mission and how you can help!

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

Photo is the Owyhee Canyonlands in Eastern Oregon.

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Rofe Designs

Roanna Fe Gingrich founded Rofe Designs in 2010, and this will be the company’s second year participating in the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market. All of the designs for Rofe Designs clothing are hand-drawn (nothing digital!) and hand-screened. The clothing itself is ethically made that is soft and comfortable, and looks good too!

Roanna said, “I love the location of this market and the low-key feel. The quality of products sold at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market is unmatched for other markets this size.”

Salem based Rofe Designs is hoping to expand soon with a mobile storefront that can come to customers, with an option of holding a private Rofe party – for rewards, wardrobe expansion and even for a fundraiser. Part of the aim of this new model will be to support local and small businesses with outside products for Roanna’s craft. She is continuously working at new ways to be more sustainable and create options for giving back to the beautiful community in which we live.

She continued, “The NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market gives me a real excuse to spend more time in the Bend area, little getaway from the valley!”

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Holm Made Toffee

One of our longest running vendors at the Farmers Market, Holm Made Toffee is back for their sixth year in a row. This small, family-run business was started as a hobby by Donna Holm in 2007, and is now run by Donna, who makes all the toffee by hand and her daughter-in-law Randi Holm, who manages sales, marketing and events. Donna is often joined by her other children and grandchildren who like to help, so it is a true family affair.

Over the years, the company has grow slowly but surely through word of mouth. They participate in numerous markets and events across the state and can also be found in 50+ stores in the Pacific NW.

Randi said, “We LOVE the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market because we get to meet lots of new faces each week – as well as see familiar ones. Not only do a lot of Bend locals attend, but also a lot of tourists. We love hearing stories from our customers on why they are purchasing our candy and where it gets to travel. Last year we heard from folks taking it all the way to Europe or even just home down the street!”

In addition, the company has teamed up with many other market vendors on some collaboration projects. Jeff and Juli Labhart from Bonta Gelato use some of Holm Made Toffee’s flavors in their gelato, and so does Addy Mac’s Ice Cream in their toffee flavor ice cream.  Holm Made Toffee also uses dried lavender buds from market vendor Tumalo Lavender in their lavender toffee. Partnerships made in heaven – or at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market as the case may be.

Randi continued, “The market has grown A TON since I first started participating and it has been great to see what new vendors, musical acts and FUN are here in 2016!”

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Pink Rakes Studio

If you are looking for something one-of-a-kind that will start a conversation, then first-time market vendor Pink Rakes Studio has it! Founded earlier this year by Stephanie Petershagen, Pink Rakes creates hand-built ceramics and sculpture that are sure to catch the eye.

From useful pieces like small plates, spoon rests and vases, to abstract masks and yard art, Pink Rakes pulls out all the stops. Creativity abounds in every piece! The best way to explain the items that you might see at the market from this vendor is to show you some photos. See below!

Stephanie said, “I like the location of the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market on Bend’s westside and all the good vibes from the visitors and other vendors.”

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

 

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: DK Designs Jewelry

While you may have definitely seen the beautiful creations of local company, DK Designs Jewelry, this is the first year you’ll find them at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market. Founded three years ago by owner Donna K, DK Designs makes unique pieces of hand crafted jewelry.

Made using recycled materials, Swarovski crystals and materials chosen by the customer, each piece is made with attention to detail. Both the materials used and the quality craftsmanship are made to last. The company focuses on precious metals that are said to have holistic properties, so not only are the creations beautiful but they can help you feel better as well. For example, copper was used by ancient Egyptians and Aztecs for its healing properties and elements like hematite have been said to alleviate fevers.

Donna has been a resident of Oregon for three generations, and DK Designs creates jewelry with a true Oregon feel – combining local organic elements with a new modern industrial twist.

She said, “I love the NorthWest Crossing area and am excited to bring something new to the visitors of the Farmers Market.”

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

 

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: MaileKai Creates, LLC

Founded in 2010, MaileKai Creates makes useful and fun works of art by up-cycling all those beautiful bottles in the world. The company takes discarded bottles and uses several processes to create items that can be used again and again.

Some of their pieces are slumped (melted in a kiln) to create one-of-a-kind gifts, spoon rests, soap or jewelry dishes, serving or hors d’oeuvres dishes and much more. Other bottles are carefully cut and sanded into drinking glasses, vases, or goblets, enabling customers to re-claim their favorite bottles and turn them into useful items.

This family business is run by Robert Clark (chief bottle cutter) and Elise Clark (chief bottle slumper), plus a bottle cleaning and sanding crew made up of four teenagers: Jodi, Kai, Sami, Alex. Most of the bottles MaileKai collects are from in and around Bend, from local bars and eateries, as well as from all those recycle bins that are curbside twice a month. The team scavenges for their favorites, and also have many customers collecting bottles for them to use, saving them from the landfill.

Elise says, “We love the NWX market because the combination of Farmers and Artists makes for an interesting mix of vendors. Great food, awesome music, and happy customers always makes for a fun day.”

Come down and visit us any Saturday between June 18 – September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Zantana Designs

Back again to the market with their unique jewelry line made of fine finished dichroic glass and sterling silver, Zantana Designs pieces help wearers make a statement! In most of the company’s handcrafted pieces, the dichroic glass is multilayered giving it a sense of depth and revealing a variety of colors. Founded in 2002 by Berta Heisler and her husband Rex, Zantana Designs has been attending the market for the last three years.

Although they were busy developing some national gallery work in the past, this year, the couple plans to stay closer to home (their studio is near Smith Rock, providing plenty of beautiful inspiration).

Berta says, “We will do mostly local shows this year to stay in touch with our roots and the fine people of Central Oregon. We love the environment at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market.”

Come down and visit us any Saturday between June 18 – September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Precious Cargo Seafood

Seafood is the perfect fresh and tasty food for summer days in Oregon. Bend company, Precious Cargo Seafood is under new ownership this year – Dawn Mitchell is the new proprietor – and it will be her first year participating in the market.

Her seafood stock changes with the catch, and is updated regularly on her website (she also takes special orders). The company carries 100 percent wild caught seafood, so you can be sure you are purchasing your fish from a sustainable source. Many of her products are flash frozen at sea, which preserves the freshness of the fish. At this year’s market, she will not only be selling a selection of seafood, but also will have live crawdads, along with all the extras – Rik’s Rubs (local company), pasta, bread, batter mixes, marinades, BBQ supplies, planks and everything needed to create a seafood meal. A one-stop shop for a great dining experience!

Mitchell, who is a Central Oregon native, said, “I am really excited to be in the NW Crossing Farmers Market. I can’t wait to meet new people and just enjoy being outside having fun at work!”

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

 

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: The Scott Allen Company

The Scott Allen Company is back for the third year running at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market – but you might not recognize the name – the company was formerly known as RELIC Workshop. The same beautiful products will be available though – Allen designs and handcrafts modern industrial furniture, using reclaimed local materials whenever possible.

He says, “I think the thing that makes my work unique is the marrying of natural warm materials with linear modern industrial design. I employ sustainable business practices.”

The Scott Allen Company makes everything from tiny concrete planters to building custom tables and fixtures for restaurants (you can see his work at NorthWest Crossing’s Bend Pizza Kitchen). The company was founded 12 years ago in a Napa Valley garage, and moved to Bend three years ago. Business is good with double digit growth from 2014-2015.

Allen continued, “This will be my third year at NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market. I love the market. It gets me out of the shop and into the community of like-minded artists, farmers, proprietors and the people that seek genuine hand grown and handmade things. There’s this wonderful camaraderie that naturally incubates. It allows me interface with my clients and talk about the process, the materials and the product in a way that is genuine. It puts a face on what it is I do and I think the passion comes through.”

His favorite thing about the market – its authenticity. Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Cascade Lavender

Celebrating 10 years in business this year, Cascade Lavender offers organic, local lavender made into an extensive range of products. The company sells everything lavender from 100 percent essential oil to bath and body products all the way to aromatherapy products and dried lavender. In addition, Cascade Lavender offers culinary lavender products, fresh lavender plants and bouquets.

This is the company’s third year participating in the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market, and their farm is also open to the public during the summer.

They say, “We love everything about the market – the organizers, the other vendors, the great live music and, of course, the clientele.”

Come down and visit us any Saturday  through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: ACME Hot Hog Company

A brand-new food vendor at the market this year, ACME Hot Dog Co brings hot dogs that are anything but run-of-the-mill. ACME offers grilled all beef hot dogs and veggie dogs served on toasted buns with specialty toppings such as creamy homemade mac and cheese topped with bacon, BBQ sauce, and chives.

Brendan Maier, founder of the company, said, “We love all the action at a farmer’s market and we look forward to sharing our hot dogs with Bendites and visitors alike!”

The company was founded earlier this year, and you may have seen their bright red food cart around at various events this spring. Come down and try a dog!

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

 

 

NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Bonta`  – Natural Artisan Gelato

This NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market vendor got its start at our market back in 2011! So it’s no surprise that Bonta Natural Artisan Gelato is joining us again this season to serve up their handcrafted gelato. Owners Jeff and Juli Labhart pasteurize their own milk and cream, which very few ice cream makers do.

In addition, Bonta grinds their own nuts, makes their own extracts, and processes their own sauces. Where do many of these gelato flavor ingredients come from? Local vendors like Holm Made Toffee, Humm Kombucha, Oregon Spirit Distillers, Tumalo Lavender and Honey, Sturm Berry Farms, Miracle Acre Farm and Rainshadow Organic Farm. Many of these companies are also vendors at the market!

The Labhart’s say, “We love the face to face interaction with our fantastic customers that we get at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market.  It is a well-run event that the whole community supports!”

Come down and visit us any Saturday between June 18 – September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

 

NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: DD Ranch

DD Ranch is back for our 2016 Farmers Market – they’ve been a part of the market since the very beginning! Always a favorite for visitors to the market, not only does the Terrebonne-based ranch bring out a fun Petting Zoo and Pony Rides but they also sell their grass-finished meats at the market.

Original owner Mike Duggan and his partners, Jeff and Linda Anspach, have this to say about their experience at the Farmer’s Market: “We have made many friends over the years and look forward to making many more.  Teaching people about the benefits of grass fed and finished meats coupled with consuming local raw honey is very rewarding.  Regarding our Petting Zoo and Pony Rides, it is always a joy to see the look on the children’s faces when they pet a pig or baby calf for the first time or take their first pony ride.”

Grass finished meats from DD Ranch have no hormones, chemicals or grain. The beef they are selling is free-range and grass-finished, and they also have heritage pork and lamb fed wheat and alfalfa that is grown right on the Ranch. Visiting their booth at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market is a great way to source local meats to feed your family!  In addition to meat, DD Ranch will be selling Central Oregon Raw Honey. Many locals use this honey for years in an effort to combat allergies to the local pollens.

Come down and visit us any Saturday between June 18 – September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

 

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Maragas Winery

Ground-breaking Central Oregon winery Maragas joins us at our Farmers Market for the first time this season, selling wines made and processed at their winery in Central Oregon. The winery also has two estate wines that are made with grapes grown at their Terrebonne area vineyard.

Owners Doug and Gina Maragas are looking forward to participating in the market. They said, “This market is well known for its great selection of vendors and the local-minded customers it attracts.  We are looking forward to bringing our wines to the local crowd in such a great location.  The atmosphere is fun and festive, seeming to be a perfect pair with our products.”

Doug Maragas learned wine making from his grandparents, who brought their winemaking over from Europe in 1941.  The company’s wines are made using all natural, old world proven techniques. That means no additives or chemistry, Doug just guides the grapes to express their magic in the finished wine.

Maragas Winery also capitalizes on the dry Central Oregon climate, which causes micro oxygenation (evaporation) to occur when in the barrel providing richer flavors.  Over the last 10 years, the company has experimented with many different grape varietals to determine what the Central Oregon region will grow.  They have found that their vineyard is great for Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Gris & Meunier, Chardonnay and a few others.  Maragas Winery is just getting started with the terroir in Central Oregon and can’t wait to reveal the wines. Come check out what they can do at the market this summer!

Come down and visit us any Saturday between June 18 – September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

**This is the first in a series of blog posts giving some insight into our vendors for the Farmers Market this summer. Less than two weeks until the season starts! 

 

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Northwest Crossing Community Garden: More than Just Plants

Last year, across 28 Oregon counties there were 3,323 active OSU Extension Service Master Gardener Volunteers. Here in Bend, we are lucky to have some of the best, including our own NorthWest Crossing Community Garden Master Gardeners. Not only have our Master Gardeners brought knowledge, patience and green thumbs to our garden plots, but they’ve helped ensure the continued success of this important community amenity. And growing food and plants is only part of the success.

 

In 2013, the OSU Master Gardeners were approached by teachers at the High Desert ESD Headstart Language Development Group which serves 3, 4 and 5 year old students who are learning English as a second language. The teachers wanted to give their students a garden tour and help educate them about gardening and plant growth.  The following year, the team planned ahead so that the students were able to plant their own beans and potaties, watch them grow harvest them in the fall.

 

Louise Gaston, OSU Master Gardener Volunteer, said, “This was a great language experience for these children. One boy had spoken almost no spontaneous English since beginning the class. While harvesting the potatoes, he used only English to talk about the potatoes he found. All the students went home with potatoes and beans for dinner.”

 

She continued, “We have already planned to continue this program. It is as much fun for the Master Gardeners as it is for the students!” The students planted their vegetables earlier this month and will come back in fall when school starts again to harvest.

 

This program with Headstart was highlighted in the OSU Master Gardeners Annual Report, and may even eventually be implemented in other areas.

 

Our community garden has every plot spoken for in 2016, but if you are interested in learning more please visit our garden page at: http://www.northwestcrossing.com/activities/community-garden/

 

 

 

 

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NorthWest Crossing Community Garden Opening Day

Have you heard? Our beloved garden is making the move to the new Discovery Park and will be holding an “opening day” on May 7 at 9:30am.  The garden plots will be available to Bend community members on a first come, first served basis.  The garden, which is managed by the OSU Extension Service’s Master Gardener program, features 51 raised beds with micro spray irrigation enclosed by an eight-foot tall wire fence.  It’s specific location is at the corner of NorthWest Crossing Drive and Discovery Park Drive, just west of the dog park.

Participation in the opening day is required for all gardeners, who are asked to bring gloves and tools to the meeting for weeding, plot preparation and clean-up.  Plots are available to all community members for an annual fee of $30 ($25 for senior citizens).  Interested parties will need to pay in cash or check and fill out a basic registration form. Row cover and soil thermometers will also be available for purchase at the launch event.

Garden assistants, who are all OSU Master Gardener volunteers from the Deschutes County OSU Extension Service, will provide information and mentoring to gardeners throughout the 2016 season.  This year, they have scheduled a number of monthly educational classes that are open to the general community as well as garden participants.  All classes will be held inside the NorthWest Crossing Community Garden from 9:30-11am with the exception of Open Garden on July 9.  More details on these events will be coming soon!

  • May 14: “Getting Started” with presentations on protection, amending soil and what to plant.
  • May 28: Growing vegetables in containers and gardening with children.
  • June 25: Composting, vermiculture and mason bee pollinators.
  • July 9: OPEN GARDEN 9am to Noon – Public invited to a tour of the gardens and short classes on succession planting and keeping your vegetable garden producing and special guests.
  • August 27: The gardening learning curve – common problems and lessons learned.
  • September 24: Selecting trees for the landscape and formative pruning.

For more information, go to northwestcrossing.com/amenities/Community_Garden/ or contact Tina Burnside ([email protected] 541.318.0426) or Kathy Geary ([email protected] 541.588.2424).

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Named a “Best Neighborhood” by Where to Retire Magazine

It’s not just a subdivision; it’s a real community.
~ Susanne Eckhardt, NWX Resident

 

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, a national publication and authority on retirement relocation, just named NorthWest Crossing as one of the Best Neighborhoods to retire. The Bend, Oregon community is highlighted in the May/June issue and features several NWX residents and why they love living here.

According to the publication, NorthWest Crossing’s appeal is due to its proximity to outdoor pursuits, the mixed-use design and the variety of architecture. Also, older residents like the fact that NorthWest Crossing isn’t a retirement community; having young families as neighbors is part of the appeal.

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Bend, Oregon Spring Festival April 8-10 in NorthWest Crossing

“sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is lovetime
and viva sweet love”
― E.E. Cummings

Viva, indeed! We’re doing spring right in NorthWest Crossing: April 8-10 for the NorthWest Crossing Bend Spring Festival presented by The Source Weekly. We’re loving everything about this season of renewal in Central Oregon, and many of us are ready for the warmer weather to arrive. Others are glad for the late snow that promises some great spring riding on Mt. Bachelor. Whatever your feelings are about the weather, there is no doubt that spring is a time for new beginnings, love and…festivals.

The annual NorthWest Crossing Bend Spring Festival is filled with activities for everyone to celebrate the season. The weekend kicks off with the popular Art and Wine Bop from 5-9pm on Friday, April 8 and the rest of the weekend is packed with free live music, great food and drink, and a showcase of the amazing art created right here in the region and beyond.  Everyone is invited to connect with their own artistic side for the much-anticipated sidewalk chalk art competition (sign up required). For kids, the COPA Kids Zone has arts and crafts, music, magic, dance, ponies and, of course, giant puppets. There are too many fun things to list! Click to see the full line-up!

We hope you’ll join us! Springtime is lovetime, and we’d love to celebrate with you.

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Nobody Walks in L.A. – But We Do in NorthWest Crossing!

“Walkability” generally isn’t a word you’d throw out in casual conversation, but it is a term that’s been gaining in popularity over the last decade as it pertains to community design. If you’ve looked at any real estate websites or apps lately, you can see that homes are given what’s called a “walk score.” Developers are seeking designs that focus on the creation of walkable, transit-oriented neighborhoods. People are considering transportation options (such as walking) when making a home purchase decision.

While it has risen to the forefront recently, walkability is not a new concept. It actually dates back to before the rise of the automobile (1920s) and was a key part of communities before urban sprawl took over. Today, experts study the benefits of walkable communities – examining everything from health benefits (there are many – both physical and mental) to economic impact (improved outcomes for local retailers). In addition, leaving the car behind means heightened environmental sustainability.

When NorthWest Crossing was envisioned more than a decade ago, its master plan included walkability as a core driver to the design. The plan was created to retain natural landscape elements, such as mature Ponderosa pines and natural rock outcroppings, while also providing intrinsic connectivity to encourage use of alternative transportation options (e.g. walking). Some people may not know that West Bend Property Company, NorthWest Crossing’s developer, worked directly with the city’s planning department to develop brand-new code that allowed a neighborhood overlay zone that included multiple uses – part of the sustainable, walkable plan from the beginning.

In addition, extra wide sidewalks lead to resources within walking distance:  retail, dining and schools; community garden, parks and open areas; and health care resources. Spring is coming; time to leave the car at home and walk!

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Local Entrepreneur Goes 3D…at 12 Years Old

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NorthWest Crossing has always been a bit of a hotbed for entrepreneurship and small business, but this new business might very well have the youngest founder at its head. This new “start up” was the brainchild of 12-year-old resident, Thomas, who has always been passionate about making things. When his passion directed itself at gaining a 3D printer his parents knew that he could really do amazing things with it – and after months of saying no, they finally agreed with the caveat that he would need to find a way to pay for it.

Thomas1Thomas immediately downloaded designs and images on the iPad and went door to door in the neighborhood selling his potential creations. He went around NorthWest Crossing every afternoon with his notebook and the iPad, and after a couple weeks had pre-sold nearly $400 worth of products. When he finally received his “tool of the trade” he was off and running.

He’s created/printed more than a hundred “things”, learned about the technology and printer itself, as well as facing the challenges of marketing and selling his products. Now Thomas’ 3D printing “business” is officially up and running, and he is eager to fabricate (as his dad says) “stuff -from prototypes to GoPro mounts, to key chains, toys, phone covers and a zillion other things- at a fair price and with quick turnaround time, as a way to save money for a new bike.” The printer can make an object up to 7.8” x 7.8” x 7.8” with a resolution down to 0.1cm (100 microns). If you have an idea, a design or prototype that you want to fabricate (or find almost anything on thingiverse.com or www.shapeways.com/marketplace?li=home-shop and lots of other sites), please contact Thomas. Support one of NorthWest Crossing’s youngest entrepreneurs!

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The 55+ Life in NWX

NorthWest Crossing has a diverse array of residents. From young families to retirees, mabu-club-2any generations love calling NorthWest Crossing home. And one such set of residents is taking advantage of all that life (and the neighborhood) has to offer. They longed for a way to meet and socialize with their neighbors… and the NWX 55+ community was born.

womens-walking-group-snowLaunched by a small group of residents, NWX 55+ started out with small informal meet-ups at portello winecafe or at their homes. It’s since blossomed into a regular group of residents (aged 55 and older) who share passions and activities that range from exercise and sports, to book clubs, coffee dates and even a “girls night out”.

The NWX 55+ community can view upcoming events and contacts for joining a variety of groups by visiting their website.

NorthWest Crossing has been nationally recognized on several occasions as a top place to retire by Where to Retire magazine.

Make Christmas Beautiful with Ease at NorthWest Crossing

The Christmas holiday is nearly upon us! If you are starting to feel stressed, then there are some solutions to make things easier for you – just down the street in our neighborhood center!

  • Hostess gifts: Going to a party and need a thoughtful hostess gift? There’s a wide selection of gifts for the home and more at The Cutest Store Ever. If you’re hosting a party, you can decorate your home to the nines with all of Laurie’s great ideas – just stop by and check out the shop!
  • Children’s gifts: If you’re like us, many of the kids in your life have so many “things” its hard to know what to get them. Experiences! Little Bite Cafe has kids’ cooking classes every season and even hosts parties – call or come in the cafe to find out more. (We’re pretty sure they have some holiday goodies going as well!)
  • Holiday dinner: Tate and Tate Catering has full holiday meals available. Here’s the catch – you need to order by today 12/21. Otherwise, stop by their shop at the NorthWest Crossing neighborhood center for some ready-to-bake casseroles and other savory dishes to help you feed your holiday company with ease. They’re open until 3pm on Christmas Eve, closed on Christmas Day.
  • Holiday desserts: The Sparrow Bakery is once again pulling out all the stops and creating some holiday masterpieces just for you. Special order Buche de Noel, apple, pumpkin, and pecan pies, and u-bake croissants now for pick up on Christmas Eve.

Merry Christmas everyone! Looks like we will be having a white one this year!

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NWX Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Bend Oregon

We are looking forward to our annual tree lighting ceremony in the NorthWest Crossing neighborhood center. Will this be the year the weather cooperates? From sub-zero temps to freezing rain, we’ve lighted our big tree each year and stayed warm at heart with our friends and neighbors (and Santa, of course). This Thursday will be no different as the big guy is joined by the Bend Fire Department to switch on the sparkling lights – all to the sound of holiday music sung by the Summit High Jazz Choir. Kids can explore the ladder truck while sipping on free hot cocoa.

Once again, we are sharing the spirit of the season by supporting Bend Fire Department’s Santa Express, which distributes food to needy families throughout the city. Please bring a non-perishable food item donation and you will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of several NorthWest Crossing Gift Baskets stuffed with merchandise and gift certificates from NorthWest Crossing businesses.

Join us THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3 at 5:45 pm. You won’t miss the big truck right by All Mixed-Up and Little Bite Cafe.

Thank you to High Lakes Health Care for their sponsorship of this fun family event! Happy holidays everyone!

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Holiday Pampering: Look Your Best This Season

Not only do the holidays bring us joy and time with friends and family, they also include quite a bit of work – whether it be housekeeping, cooking, decorating, volunteering, company parties or other – we tend to stay busy this time of year. And we also want to look our best! NorthWest Crossing makes it easy with places for pampering and grooming right in our neighborhood center!

For guys, the West Side Barber Shop is the perfect place to get a fresh shave or haircut, all while relaxing with a complimentary drink, including craft beer from local brewery, Goodlife. This traditional barber shop specializes in haircuts for men and boys, and you can find their competitive price list on their website.

For ladies, more than a haircut is sometimes in order to feel our best. We have two salons in our neighborhood center that offer a variety of beauty-related services:

Look! Salon offers facials, lash extensions, brow shaping, manicures, pedicures – all this in addition to hair care services.  Their salon is beautifully decorated, relaxing, and an enjoyable place to go to be pampered. Appointments can be made via phone or in person – they are located at 2736 NW Crossing Drive, Suite 140 and their phone number is (541) 317-2887.

Salon Twist is a full service salon, offering head-to-toe makeovers. They are one of the only places in town that offers sugaring, which is said to be a more gentle form of hair removal. They also carry the best products for your hair, skin, and nail needs. They are located at 2736 NW Crossing Drive, Suite 110 and their phone number is (541) 385-6149.

So look your best for the holidays this year – all while staying right here in the ‘hood!

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Halloween in Bend, Oregon: Spooky Fun for Kids, Adults, Athletes

There’s something about Halloween…kids love the opportunity to “be someone (something?) else” for a day and, let’s face it, we adults do too. Picking out the costume, creating it, being a little bit spooked and getting lots of fun-size candy equals many things to love about this holiday. In Bend, Oregon, the natives get creative: there are so many ways to celebrate tomorrow!

  • NorthWest Crossing is a favorite haunt for classic trick-or-treating fun. Our welcoming front porches, wide sidewalks and friendly neighbors make for the perfect place to gather up some loot. We’re pretty sure our residents are busy stocking up on goods to meet the needs of all their ghoulish visitors Saturday night! (Please be careful when driving through the community tomorrow as there will likely be many little ghosts running about.)
  • To get in on some action a little earlier in the day, head on down to the Old Mill District. They are hosting their annual Halloween Party, and all the shops will have treats for the kiddies. They will also host hay rides and Halloween arts and crafts.
  • If you’re interested in getting a little exercise in before the candy coma, check out the Monster Dash at Highland Elementary. There will be a 5K, 10K and Little Monster’s Mile and proceeds benefit Younity – an organization that works to prevent bullying. Cyclists be sure to check out the Deschutes Brewery Halloween Thudercross cyclocross race on the main brewery grounds. The costumes alone are worth the trip.
  • Because Halloween lands on a Saturday this year, there’s a huge selection of scary nighttime activities for brave adults. From the spectacular Deschutes Brewery Warehouse Party (Mad Max theme this year) to live music at McMenamins Halloween Night celebration and from the classic fun of a live performance of the Rocky Horror  Show to a dance party downtown at the Astro Lounge.

So whether you’re hanging out with your little goblins and monsters, or you are able to take an evening on the town, there’s plenty to keep you breathless this Halloween in Bend, Oregon. Happy Halloween everyone!

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Walk this way

In the latest issue of Alaska Airline’s inflight magazine Beyond, an article entitled “Walk This Way” spoke to a new urban lifestyle that seeks walkability – among other things. The article cites a 2015 Urban Land Institute study that measured attitudes toward housing transportation and community, noting that 52 percent of American adults would like to live in a place where they rarely need a car. In addition, the study also showed that 78 percent of Americans prefer communities where residents are a mix of ages (with three embedded schools, Discovery Park Lodge and a variety of housing types – NWX has this covered).

While NorthWest Crossing may not lie in the center of San Francisco per se, some of the principles for new urban living are definitely part of the fabric of our community. The neighborhood’s fairly centralized location makes self-powered commute options, such as walking and biking even more convenient. If you haven’t noticed, our sidewalks are a full 12 inches wider than standard and our beloved full-grown ponderosa pines help create a pleasant environment for walking. Beyond simple enjoyment, the practical design of NorthWest Crossing – based on a fundamental recognition that streets should be part of the public realm and designed as ‘complete streets’ that enhance mobility and quality of life for all users: pedestrians, cyclists or motorists – increase walkability overall.

One interesting point that was brought up near the end of the article was that the higher prices that residents pay to live in a mixed-use community are mitigated by the easy access to amenities – and lack of expenses related to using a car every day. “People want to walk” the article says “you just have to give them somewhere to go.”

 

Farmers Market Profile: DD Ranch

If you’re a local, you may best know DD Ranch  in Terrebonne, as a great place for a day of family fun.  The Ranch has a Kids Corral, Petting Zoo, Hay Rides, Pony Rides, Sand Box, DD Dirt Express, Nature Walks, U-pick Flowers, U-Dig Potatoes and seasonally, a  Pumpkin Patch and Christmas Tree Lane with Santa.  Schools & Moms groups participate in Spring and Fall Field Trips and Birthday Parties.  The Country Market features home décor by local vendors along with meat, eggs, raw local honey and seasonal produce.

DD Ranch brings part of the fun to the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market each Saturday, where they bring out the Pony Rides and Petting Zoo.  In addition, they offer their 100% grass-fed and finished beef —no hormones, no chemicals, steroids and no grain—and pastured, Heritage Breed pork,  raw local honey and delicious eggs. DD Ranch’s free-range, grass fed beef is some of the best meat in the world! During the growing season, they also bring vegetables, i.e. rhubarb, corn, potatoes out.

“We’ve been participating in the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market for many years,” they said. “We enjoy the priceless expressions on the children’s faces when they interact with animals that they may not otherwise have an opportunity to get ‘up close and personal’ with.  It also gives us the chance to educate the adults regarding the advantages of eating healthy rather than processed foods.  Overall, it is a great place to have fun and teach families about healthy eating and animals at the same time.”

When Mike and Diann Duggan purchased the ranch back in the late 80s, they wanted to create a place for families to bring their children and learn about ranch life and animals. They extend this mission at the Farmers Market!

They continued, “We encourage you to support your local farmers and ranchers offering healthy and safe produce and meat alternatives for your family.”

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Farmers Market Profile: Humm Kombucha

Bend, Oregon based Humm Kombucha takes pride in making the best tasting kombucha on the planet – without sacrificing any of the nutritional benefits. From the early days brewing in the kitchen; to the company’s newest automated brewery, the focus remains on Humm Kombucha values of Optimism, Healthy Business, Partnership and Quality.

Humm Kombucha is created from lots of love and the highest-grade organic ingredients, making it nature’s perfect energy source.  Each bottle is loaded with antioxidants, probiotics and B vitamins.

 

They say, “We have participated in the the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market since our beginning as Kombucha Mama and have some very fond memories associated with it! We absolutely love this market and all the new and familiar faces we get to see each weekend! The music, the people, and the uniquely wonderful products really make this farmer’s market amazing!”

 

Humm Kombucha was founded by Danek and Michelle Mitchell in Bend, Ore., six years ago as Kombucha Mama, Humm Kombucha rebranded in 2014 in anticipation of rapid expansion. In addition to the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market, Humm can be found in grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores in bottles and on tap throughout the Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Arizona, California and Nevada, with further expansion ongoing.

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Farmers Market Profile: Thai on the Fly

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Pimonpan Bentz (Maam), owner of Thai on the Fly, grew up in Bangkok, Thailand. The creations of Maam have originated from her experiences in her family’s restaurants with four generations of chefs. This brings a lot of tradition to her recipes, which have been passed down through the family for a thousand years. She said, “Thai people are proud to have eating and cooking as a very important part of our life. That is what has made Thai food world famous for its extraordinary blend of spices and unique balance of flavors.”

Most days you will find the Thai on the Fly cart in downtown Bend tucked behind Sportsvision on the corner of Bond and Oregon streets. On Saturday, you’ll find this mobile authentic Thai cuisine at our very own Farmers Market!

Maam says, “The NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market has been a wonderful experience for us. We started last year and are so happy to join again. Great music and a wonderful community feeling makes for the perfect venue for some flavorful Thai food. And we can do some shopping at some of the other great vendors at the same time.”

Farmers Market Profile: Waldorf School of Bend

Each year, the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market hosts some community organizations and The Waldorf School of Bend is one of them.

The Waldorf School of Bend (WSB) serves families with children from early childhood through ninth grade. An education at WSB follows established Waldorf curriculum, centered on the arts and humanities. The school’s community culture is rich in character, diverse religions and social beliefs, and economic backgrounds. WSB’s shared values include social responsibility and self-awareness, kindness and compassion for humankind, and a strong reverence for the health of our environment. They believe these values lay the foundation for our children to grow and learn.

Erin Hansen, board member for the school, said, “We’ve participated at the NWX Farmer’s Market for the past two years and has loved being part of these events!  It is a great environment to meet new people and see old friends.  The diverse offerings at this market bring those who are looking for home grown, grass- roots, all that is fabulous about Bend products and services.”

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7 Steps to Beat the Summer Heat!

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Along with perfect summer days and nights also come those filled with unbearable heat. As we near 90-plus degree temperatures that may cause you to melt, we offer 7 different ways to cool down this summer in Bend, Oregon.

1. Stay Hydrated

orange_flaskYour body will feel cooler if you are hydrated, so drink frequently! Try drinking eight ounces of water at least every hour. Adding mint leaves, or orange, lemon or cucumber slices to your water makes it more refreshing.

Even better, if you’re tired of having to drink warm water, check out Hydro Flask’s double-wall vacuum insulated products. Each flask is made from high-quality 18/8 stainless steel and is stylish, lightweight, reusable and BPA-free. Hydro Flasks provide users the freedom to go anywhere with the assurance that their cold liquids will stay cold for 24 hours.

So fill up a Hydro Flask with iced water or tea and enjoy your icy cold beverage throughout the day!

 

 

2. Frozen Farmers Market Fruits

Not sure what to do with your extra farmers market produce? How about enjoying some homemade popsicles and frozen fruit kebabs. Check out a delicious berry popsicle recipe on our blog or just gather up some fruit, such as strawberries, watermelon, and grapes, and stick them in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Then enjoy them either on a kabob or straight out of a cup!

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3. Discovery park

DiscoPk_kids_webBend’s newest park located in NorthWest Crossing is the perfect place to splash around and cool off by the water this summer. Discovery Park is a 31-acre park and features a three-acre lake, approximately 12 acres of developed park and about 16 acres of natural open space. People can enjoy walking trails, a nature play area, a picnic shelter, a lakeside water play area and an off-leash dog park. So slather on the sunscreen, grab some beach towels, plenty of water filled Hydro Flasks, and head to Discovery Park to cool off.

 

 

 

 

 

4. DIY Water and Ice Activities

Get set to beat the heat this summer with some of these water activities for kids! Water activities for water-balloon-u-launchers_secondary-ef192f7ckids are always a hit for summer and you’re bound to stay cool with these exciting ways to keep cool in this scorching hot heat. Make a slip and slide, a water balloon sprinkler, or have fun with ice cube water colors! Check out these 38 ways to beat the heat with quick and easy ice and water activities for kids.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Natural Sunscreeen

Everyone knows the importance of wearing sunscreen, but you may not know tScreen-shot-2011-03-17-at-10.39.25-AMhat you don’t have to destroy your skin with chemicals to avoid getting sunburnt. Make it a priority to protect yourself and your children from future skin damage and slather on the sunscreen whenever you’re outside. If possible, opt for natural sunscreens to prevent having chemicals and parabens absorbed into your skin and bloodstream. Natural suncreens are a little more pricy than the traditional brands, but they are much safer for the family and the environment.

 

 

 

6. Frozen Yogurt

4846715_origAfter a day at Discovery Park, why not treat yourself to a delicious frozen yogurt treat at All Mixed Up. It is the perfect place to grab dessert after dinner, a mid-day smoothie, or just anytime you’re craving a special treat. They’re the only place in Bend where you can get delicious frozen custard! They also have delicious organic fro-yo and amazing sorbets.  Have fun creating a dessert your way with their huge variety of tasty toppings.

 

 

 

 

7. Your pets get hot too!

Make sure your furry friends stay cool too in the harsh heat. Take a Bandanna, get it wet, freeze it, and then tie it around your dog’s neck for an instant way to cool off or just take a bowl, pour water, treats, etc., into the water and freeze. When hard, take it out and turn upside down until it melt enough that it slides out! Or why not get a mini plastic swimming pool for your pup to lounge around in?
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We hope these tips will help you beat the heat this summer!

Farmers Market Profile: Holm Made Toffee

Holm Made Toffee is a small, family-run business in Bend, Oregon, which was started by Donna Holm as a hobby once she retired from teaching in 2007. She had been making toffee for decades and it always got rave reviews. Fairly soon, it became a family affair and the company has grown slowly but surely through word-of-mouth and participation in numerous markets and events across the state. You can also find their toffees in 40+ stores in the Pacific NW. While Donna still produces all the batches by hand, her daughter-in-law Randi runs the sales, marketing and events. (They are often joined by her other children and grandchildren who like to help!)

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Every bag of Holm Made Toffee is a work of art. Donna’s been making toffee from her recipe for more than 25 years and it is so good, there’s no need to change it for generations to come! She puts in a combination of Oregon grown hazelnuts, semi-sweet chocolate, butter and sugar for a magical, delightful and sweet result.

Randi said, “This is our fifth summer in a row participating in the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market. We LOVE this market because we get to meet lots of new faces each week – as well as see familiar ones. It is a great connection for us with our ‘fans’ and we love hearing stories from our customers on why they are purchasing our candy and where it gets to travel!”

You can find out more at www.holmmadetoffee.com.

 


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Farmers Market Profile: Waldorf School of Bend

The Waldorf School of Bend serves families with children from early childhood through ninth grade. An education at WSB follows established Waldorf curriculum, rich in the arts and humanities. Our community culture is rich in character, diverse religions and social beliefs, and economic backgrounds. Our shared values include social responsibility and self-awareness, kindness and compassion for humankind, and a strong reverence for the health of our environment. These values lay the foundation for our children to grow and learn.

They cultivate reverence for nature and an appreciation of beauty in our world. By creating a “spirit of place,” they provide an environment of peace and well-being in which learning can blossom and thrive.

Mission Statement:

The Waldorf School of Bend community forges an inspired path for modern learning and social renewal. From the insights of Rudolf Steiner, they cultivate academic excellence through our experiential curriculum rich in the arts, sciences and practical works. They honor each child’s unique spirit by building capacities of will, free thought, compassion and social responsibility. In this way, children develop with purpose to act as powerful world citizens.

The Waldorf School of Bend is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America.

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Community Values

  • They support the well-being and wholeness of children through a curriculum that appropriately meets the intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual needs within each developmental stage of their growth.
  • They uphold excellence in education by creating meaningful teacher-student relationships, and joyful, artistic teaching that supports learning through inspiration, imagination, and intuition.
  • They strive to bring the healing force of social renewal to life through our daily actions of service to others, kindness and compassion for humankind and stewardship for the earth.

At the Waldorf School of Bend, education is a powerful vehicle for social change. Thus, core academic subjects are taught to ignite the imagination of students and teachers in order to help foster pragmatic and inspired solutions to the ever-growing challenges of our time. The rigorous academic curriculum allows graduates to move forward with a sense of strong social consciousness, strong academic skills and a vibrant individuality to create their own futures. A strong reverence for nature and the desire to nurture the earth are primary foundations on which school practices are based. This school’s education is based on experimental learning through art, music and movement.They believe in local, sustainable and organic products. Their school store, The 4 Gnomes, sells socially conscious, locally made and environmentally friendly toys, crafts and art materials for children of all ages.

Farmers Market Profile: Fearless Baking

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The NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market is happy to welcome back the wholesome goodness from Fearless Baking!  Since opening their doors in 2013, Fearless Baking has been making simple, scratch made pastries. From the moment they begin baking in the early hours of the morning for the company’s wholesale accounts to preparing breakfast, lunch & coffee for individual customers, they are proud to do so fearlessly! The company specializes in both gluten free and traditional pastries, and even makes beautiful custom wedding cakes.

This year is Fearless Baking’s third time participating in the NWX Farmers Market and their whole staff is excited to particpate again. Owners Elise Kukulka and Abby Jensen say, “The farmers markets are a great way for us Fearless Bakers to talk with our customers, share samples and gather farm fresh produce for the week. The NWX Market is a wonderful community of vendors, artisans and farmers whom we look to for sourcing local, fresh ingredients for our bakery; From the flowers in our shop, to trading gluten free flour tips, fresh raspberries or marionberries for scones and vegetables for our lunch options.”

You can look for Fearless Baking’s crowd favorites including Herbed Focaccia Bread, Gluten Free English Muffins, Cookies, New York Style Bagels, Tarts and fresh morning pastries at this year’s market – and more!

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Farmers Market Profile: Justy’s Jellies

More than 15 years ago, Justy Haney of Justy’s Jellies bought the rights to some extraordinary jelly that was being sold in a restaurant where she worked. When the restaurant closed, she wanted the jellies to live on and her company was born. Starting with the original two recipes – Pineapple Jalapeno Jelly, and Pineapple Roasted Garlic Jelly – , Justy has expanded the line with new flavors that she has created herself. Best seller Very Berry Jalapeno is joined in the lineup by hotter jellies like Pineapple Habanero, Very Berry Habanero and Tropical Heat. Sweeter versions feature flavors like Vanilla Peach, Strawberry Daiquiri, Margarita and her favorite the Tropical Fruit.

The unique flavors make these locally made jellies standout from other – they are all fruit based with several surprising ingredients in them. She focuses on the use of Oregon fruits, and buys her peppers during the growing season from a local farm. Justy handmakes and handpours each batch of jelly.

Justy has been participating on and off in the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market for the past four years. She says, “I like the vibe of the market.”

 

 

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Farmers Market Profile: Tumalo Lavender

More than just aromatic cut fresh lavender, Tumalo Lavender offers fine handcrafted lavender soaps, luscious lavender lotions, lavender-infused jams, jelly and honey and much more! At their farm, they even offer a refreshing, unique Lavender Lemonade.

Owners Gordon and Judy Knight have been participating in the NorthWest Crossing Farmer’s Market since the beginning. They said, “We have experienced the growth of the market and the enthusiasm of the people who attend. We love seeing the old and new interest in our products. The NorthWest Crossing market offers a festive atmosphere with their unique music and vendors each season.”

Tumalo Lavender was founded in 2006 with the planting of the company’s first 1000 lavender plants. Today, they have more than 9000 lavender plants in the field along with three cold frames and a green house where they provide specialty propagation and grow over 20,000 plants for growers each year. They offer wholesale and retail lavender plants, organic certified lavender oil and hydrosol. In addition, they offer year-round field consultation for upstart businesses and distill their own essential oils and hydrosol as well as custom distillation for local growers.

 

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Farmers Market Profile: MaileKai Creations

MaileKai Creations is back at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market for the third year in a row, selling their beautiful and creative upcycled glass bottles of all shapes and sizes. The company melts or slumps the bottles into useful shapes, such as spoon rests; dishes to hold chips or dip, crackers, olives, nuts, candy, or even toothpicks; catch-alls to hold business cards, loose change, jewelry, makeup, keys, or other small household items.

This local company is an extended family enterprise, with owners and their children involved in creating these works of art:

  • Elise Clark—bottle Slumper and Sales
  • Robert Clark—bottle Cutter, Photographer & Website Design
  • Dart Eastwood—Director of Operations (aka: dumpster diver for bottles, and Sales)
  • 4 kids—2 Clarks, 2 Eastwoods—bottle washers and cut bottle sanders

 

By heating and molding glass bottles into fun and useful shapes, MaileKai creates artistic and useful upcycled items. Accent colors are added to create products that will match your favorite colors. Most of the bottles are recycled items, scavenged from recycle bins and various drink and eatery establishments in and around our beautiful Bend, Oregon. In addition, the company has many contributions from faithful customers who save their unique bottles just for them.

 

In addition to the main slumped bottle line, MaileKai Creations does some ceramics with melted glass inside. This year, they are debuting cut bottles which are made into drinking glasses or vases. This is another terrific way to upcycle all those cool bottles in the world, and the company is having great fun with it. Come check them out!

 

 

Owner Elise Clark said, ” NorthWest Crossing’s market is fun because first and foremost, it is a Farmers market, and the community comes out to get their produce. I love this—and I get my produce there as well! After customers have their produce, they like to shop for unique items, artwork, and creative upcycled products, like our slumped & cut bottles. The people are fun, the music is great, and the whole atmosphere is really terrific.”

 

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Farmers Market Profile: Little Pinkiss

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Little Pinkiss is a brand-new vendor at our Saturday Bend, Oregon Farmers Market. We’re so excited to welcome owners Ivy Schnepp and Christina Capri, who founded this unique company just a few months ago. Little Pinkiss  creates one-of-a-kind children’s accessories for kids who like to have fun with their style! Think fashionably sweet hair accessories to fun, printed scarves, tote bags and jewelry.

The company was born out of “love and necessity” when Ivy’s daughter was born with no hair and didn’t grow her wild and curly mane until she was about 2 years old. To tame her wild curls, her mom started out making hair accessories that would do the job.   Collaborating with long time friend, Christina Capri, the Little Pinkiss scarf line was born in 2015.  The owners are also debuting a jewelry line for both boys and girls at the Farmers Market.

Not only will your little ones look fantastic sporting these stylish accessories, but you can feel good that every item from Little Pinkiss is handmade in Bend, Oregon. Even though the items are intended for children, they are perfect for anyone who is young at heart!

Ivy and Christina said, “We are excited to be at the NWX Market this year! We are looking forward to building a community presence, as well as meeting people attending the market and other vendors.”

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Top 50 Master-Planned Communities in the U.S.

WTRCover_leftThis month’s issue of Where to Retire Magazine hit newstands yesterday with a cover article that included our very own NorthWest Crossing! That’s right, our neighborhood is among the 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States – we were the only community in the entire Pacific Northwest to be included on the list.  This biannual ranking was a result of a nine-month selection process during which a team of editors reviewed hundreds of neighborhoods across the country. NorthWest Crossing, along with the other communities on this year’s list, were selected due to its offering of a well-rounded, active lifestyle, along with their positive impact on the health of the towns and cities in which they are located.

The article lauds NorthWest Crossing’s tree-lined streets and large amount of parks and open spaces, along with the convenience of its mixed-use retail center. Residents interviewed for the article cited the neighborhood’s popular Farmers Market and easy access to outdoor recreation as some of their favorite aspects. What do you love most about NorthWest Crossing?

 

Farmers Market Profile: RainboWire Jewelry

It’s that time of year again! We will be featuring our Saturday Farmers Market Vendors on our blog regularly throughout the season. The market starts this Saturday 6/20 at 10am. First up for our vendor profiles is RainboWire Jewelry!

This is local long-time artist Diane Schoenstein’s first time participating in the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market with her colorful, creative, one-of-a-kind copper wire jewelry accessories. Her pieces include distinctive necklace sets, many varieties of earrings, and whimsical figure pins.

Since childhood, Diane  has wanted to be an artist, which led her to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts while she developed her love for the elements of design. She began creating colored copper wire jewelry in the early 2000s and formed RainboWire Jewelry in 2004. Her work has been exhibited at craft shows, retail shops and galleries over the last several years.

She said, “RainboWire Jewelry is my inventive outlet which I deeply enjoy sharing with others who appreciate my endeavors! I’m very excited about meeting new people at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market and sharing what I have to offer with others in Bend.”

RainboWire’s necklace line features unique, stunning Wire Crochet sets, plus Designer and Western styles – including Oregon necklaces highlighted with a hand-knapped Mahogany Obsidian “arrowhead” from Glass Butte near Bend. Diane also creates eight types of earrings and whimsical wire figure pins (expressed in single figures to quad), which make excellent gifts and generate smiles wherever they go.

Diane designs everything in a smoke-free, pet-free environment utilizing nickel-free, tarnish-resistant copper wire in an array of colors and bead assortments with all ear wires either Sterling Silver or Gold-filled.  She says, “Gifting or adorning yourself is easy and exciting…..whether casual or formal because I blend love and ingenuity into my pieces so you can feel distinctive wearing them or giving them as gifts to the special people in your life!”

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NWX Event Guide is Now Available

NWX Crossing Summer Events Guide 2015-1The summer event season in NWX is just around the corner! We have many special things planned for you in the ‘hood in the coming months, and our jam-packed summer event guide proves it! Check it out in the June 11th issue of The Source or just click on the handy dandy link to view the online version. And mark your calendars for the Farmers Market kickoff weekend, Kids Crit, Munch & Movies, Twilight Tunes and more!

Discovery Park is now Open!

Bend’s newest park located in NorthWest Crossing, opened this week. Discovery Park is a 31-acre park and features a three-acre lake, approximately 12 acres of developed park and about 16 acres of natural open space. People can enjoy walking trails, a nature play area, a picnic shelter, a lakeside water play area and an off-leash dog park. The park was developed by West Bend Property Company and is now owned and operated by Bend Parks and Rec.

We appreciate everyone’s patience while we let the newly planted fragile plants and turf could establish.

The public is invited to a park opening celebration on Thursday, July 16th in the late afternoon. Look for additional details to come.

 

Photo credit: Matt Garner

1st Annual NWX Charity Art Bop a Success

Art BopWe had a break in the rainy spring weather (we’re not complaining! we need the rain!) on the late afternoon and evening of May 15th, just in time for the Charity Art Bop hosted by our neighborhood businesses. The crux of the activity for the three-hour event was at our own Little Bite Café, which was packed with beautiful local art, handbags, jewelry and more. Other business also participated by extending their hours, hosting artists and donating a portion of proceeds to the charity. Donations for the first annual event went to The Bend Spay and Neuter Project, which provides low and no cost services – such as dog food, free vet care and spay/neuter programs – to help people and pets stay together.

Bend, Oregon: You’re Still the One

mountain magazine imageBend is such a special place, and we love when this fact is recognized regionally and nationally. Our fair town has had several writeups lately that are worth checking out:

  • National Geographic covered Bend as part of a “long-weekend like a local” feature story
  • Outside Magazine named Bend as a national hub location for Stand Up Paddleboard
  • Mountain magazine recently featured Bend as a running/trail running destination
  • Men’s Journal rated Bend as one of the Top 10 Places to Live Now
  • New York Times listed Bend as one of 52 Places to Go in 2015
  • Livability.com rated Bend #1 in a list of the Top 10 Beer Cities
  • Gear Patrol says Bend is on of the top 25 Places for Adventure Travel in 2015

NorthWest Crossing Mention in National Magazine

Unique Homes Magazine UH Spring 2015 Page 32Unique Homes magazine recently covered our Bend, Oregon neighborhood in its News & Notes section, citing our strong home values and sales trends as noteworthy. The article, entitled “New Urbanist Development Sells at a Premium”, talked about the high average sales price within the neighborhood when compared to the rest of Bend (we top the rest of the city by about $200K on average). Some reasons for this continued market strength were also mentioned in the coverage, such as our unique builders’ guild approach, the mixed-use concept and sustainable building practices.

Classic Car Cruise In comes to NWX

CarShow14Final-Poster-JPEGGet ready for some classic car fun in the ‘hood this weekend! This first neighborhood car show will feature great music, tasty eats and some seriously amazing cars! Best of all, proceeds benefit the Skin Cancer Awareness.

Every year skin cancer touches the lives of millions of people. Did you know that Oregon has the 5th highest rate of melanoma in the United States? Or that Oregon has the 8th highest death rate from Melanoma?

Through the personal impact that skin cancer has had, the NWX Cruise In idea was born, and is sure to be a huge hit for years to come.

We are taking over NorthWest Crossing and bringing in some of the most amazing classic cars in Central Oregon for you to see. There will be lots of information regarding melanoma, the effects, and more importantly the prevention of this disease at the event.

So bring the whole family! Located right on NW Crossing Drive in the heart of the neighborhood center. 10am – 3:30pm. FREE.

Munch & Movies is back at Compass Park!

Pass the popcorn and snuggle under the stars at the annual Munch & Movies series taking place in NorthWest Crossing’s Compass Park this summer. We’ve got a stellar line-up of great family-friendly movies that are sure to entertain and delight! Pre-movie entertainment starts at 6pm, movie begins at dusk. Be sure to bring a jacket and blanket (or low-profile chair). Food vendors will be available to provide refreshments.

2014 Munch & Movies Season

Gravity August 22nd
Gravity (PG-13)

A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after a catastrophe destroys their shuttle and leaves them adrift in orbit.

 

 

 

 

 

FrozenAugust 29th
Frozen (PG)

Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

 

 

 

 

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Sleepless in Seattle (PG)

A recently-widowed man’s son calls a radio talk show in an attempt to find his father a partner.

 

 

 

 

 

Lego MovieSeptember 12th
The Lego Movie (PG)

An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied ‘Special’, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.

 

First Farmers Market of the Season June 28th, 10am – 2pm

FM_berry_fingers_smIt’s finally here! The best dang Farmers Market in Central Oregon kicks off today from 10am – 2pm in the NorthWest Crossing Neighborhood Center. Join your neighbors, family and friends for some fresh, organic produce, locally-sourced meats and cheeses, bountiful bouquets, tasty treats and unique, hand-crafted items. The market stage opens with the sounds of Meguel DeAlonso Group and a Market Spotlight demonstration by Jem Raw Chocolate. Learn more by visiting our new Farmers Market website!

Indigo Girls coming to Hullabaloo!

Indigo_Girls_cu_webNorthWest Crossing is thrilled to welcome Grammy-winning folk-rock duo, The Indigo Girls to the Hullabaloo Mainstage on June 27th! The Indigo Girls’ career has spanned nearly three decades and includes tours across the country. This headlining performance is one of many live musical acts on the Hullabaloo mainstage starting at 4pm. Hullabaloo is FREE and open to all ages. For more information, please visit our Hullabaloo Street Festival page.

Celebrating Spring!

Spring Festival Fine Art Vertical_webWhile spring in Central Oregon can be fickle, we cheer on determined green buds on the trees and and relish in every sunny day this time of year. We celebrate the arrival of spring (often wearing down jackets and beanies) with the annual NorthWest Crossing Spring Festival, coming April 11 – 13th.

This streets of NorthWest Crossing will come alive as we utilize art, food, spirits, music and family-oriented activities to usher in spring.

See the complete event schedule and details here.

2nd Annual NWX Tree Lighting Ceremony

In the spirit of the holiday season, NorthWest Crossing invites you to our 2nd Annual Tree Lighting celebration. This festive evening features the Summit High Choir singing carols of the season, a Bend Fire Department ladder truck, and of course, the “Big Guy” Santa himself! We will light the tall Ponderosa pine located between Little Bite Café and All Mixed-Up on NW Crossing Drive. Free hot cider and hot chocolate, provided by NorthWest Crossing and Little Bite Café!

We will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Bend Fire Department’s Santa Express, which distributes food to needy families throughout the city. If you bring a food item donation, you’ll receive a raffle ticket and be entered to win one of several NWX Gift Baskets, featuring items and gift certificate from neighborhood businesses!

Thank you to the following businesses who have contributed to this event:
All Mixed-Up
American Licorice
BendFilm
Bend Your Body
BMC Back & Neck Clinic
Kimberly C. Klein, DC
Portello Winecafé
Little Bite Café
Sara Bella
Ty from LOOK! Salon

NWX Halloween Candy Crawl

Participating businesses throughout NorthWest Crossing will be ready for little ghosts and goblins on Halloween afternoon, between 3-5pm. Trick-or-treaters, just look for the big orange pumpkins in the windows of participating businesses to show off your costume and score a little candy!

 

Candy Crawl’s Participating Businesses:

All Mixed-Up: 2754 NW Crossing Dr #101

Bend Dermatology/Derma Spa: 2855 NW Crossing Dr #104
(Bonus: “mystery gift card” giveaways for moms & dads!)

Bend Your Body: 2689 NW Crossing Dr.

Hydro Flask: 561 NW York Dr

Jem Raw Chocolate: 2697 NW Crossing Dr
(Bonus: First 20 tick-or-treaters receive a special Jem chocolate treat!)

Little Bite Café: 2762 NW Crossing Dr # 102

Masters of Dentistry: 628 NW York Dr #101
(Bonus: free toothbrushes and other “candy remedies”)

O’Neill Orthodontics: 745 NW Mt. Washington Dr., Suite 204

Portello Winecafé: 2754 NW Crossing Drive

Sara Bella: 2748 NW Crossing Dr., Suite 100

Tate & Tate Catering: 2755 NW Crossing Dr #109

The Garner Group: 2762 NW Crossing Drive, Ste 100

Umpqua Bank: 2755 NW Crossing Dr, Suite 113

Westside Barber Shop: 2754 NW Crossing Dr #102

 

NorthWest Crossing Community Development Update

Please join the developers of NorthWest Crossing for a community development update meeting.  At the request of several residents, we have agreed to host a one hour update for those residents interested in learning about the development work taking place in NorthWest Crossing.  Our intention is for this to be an informal presentation and dialogue,  with the opportunity for residents to ask questions.

When? Wednesday, October 16  5:15 – 6:15 pm
Where?  Discovery Park Lodge upstairs meeting room.
No RSVP necessary.

This is the first of neighborhood update meetings that we will be holding to keep our residents informed about the development activity taking place in our community.

We hope to see you there!

Final Munch & Movies of the Season… Oz, The Great and Powerful

Oz The Great and Powerful

September 6th
Oz the Great and Powerful (PG)

A small-time magician is swept away to an enchanted land and is forced into a power struggle between three witches.

Pre-movie entertainment provided by Lexsey Lanzotti and Past County Lines.

Join us for outdoor movies in NorthWest Crossing’s Compass Park for Munch & Movies. This popular 4-week series includes music, food, kid fun and a family-friendly flick on the (really) big screen. Bring a jacket and a blanket (or low-profile chairs) and get ready for some fun! Pre-movie entertainment starts at 6pm. Movies begin at dusk. FREE! Food vendors will be on-site to provide a variety of dining options.

This week’s movie: Life of Pi

life of PiAugust 30th
Life of Pi (PG)

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Pre-movie entertainment provided by Redwood Son.

Come enjoy and learn about the animals brought to us by Sunriver Nature CenterWildside Rehabilitation, and more!

Join us for outdoor movies in NorthWest Crossing’s Compass Park for Munch & Movies. This popular 4-week series includes music, food, kid fun and a family-friendly flick on the (really) big screen. Bring a jacket and a blanket (or low-profile chairs) and get ready for some fun! Pre-movie entertainment starts at 6pm. Movies begin at dusk. FREE! Food vendors will be on-site to provide a variety of dining options.

Throwback Week at Munch & Movies!

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August 23rd
Breaking Away (PG)

This week’s NorthWest Crossing Munch & Movies is “Breaking Away”, a 1979 classic about a small-town teen obsessed with the Italian cycling team and vies for the affections of a college girl.

Pre-movie entertainment provided by The Seasons. Bring the kids out for a chance to screen print their very own T-shirt with Crows Feet Commons! Want to take a group ride to the park? Meet at Crows Feet Commons downtown before the show and take a group ride to the park! And… bring your bike and bike helmet to our bike decorating station!

Join us for outdoor movies in NorthWest Crossing’s Compass Park for Munch & Movies. This popular 4-week series includes music, food, kid fun and a family-friendly flick on the (really) big screen. Bring a jacket and a blanket (or low-profile chairs) and get ready for some fun! Pre-movie entertainment starts at 6pm. Movies begin at dusk. FREE! Food vendors will be on-site to provide a variety of dining options.

Brave on the Big Screen

BraveAugust 16th Movie: BRAVE (PG)

Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

Why spend a beautiful Central Oregon summer evening indoors watching a movie? Join us for outdoor movies in NorthWest Crossing’s Compass Park for Munch & Movies. This popular 4-week series includes music, food, kid fun and a family-friendly flick on the (really) big screen. Bring a jacket and a blanket (or low-profile chairs) and get ready for some fun! Pre-movie entertainment starts at 6pm. Movies begin at dusk. FREE! Food vendors will be on-site to provide a variety of dining options.

Discovery Park Dig Day

dig_dayThis month West Bend Property Company and Taylor NW will start earth work in preparation for the construction of the Discovery Park area and remaining phases in NorthWest Crossing, west of Mt. Washington Drive. To celebrate this exciting event, we’re inviting the public down to the site on Saturday, August 17th from 9-11am for Discovery Park Dig Day. Taylor NW will have some big earth moving equipment on site that kids can see and even sit in. The first 100 kids will receive a souvenir hardhat and the public can view some conceptual plans for the area, slated to be under construction through 2014. Meet at Ordway & Clearwater, just north of Discovery Park Lodge. FREE!

Twilight Tunes in Compass Park… don’t miss it!

f TwlilightTunes2013It’s that time again… the 7th Annual Twilight Tunes starts July 23rd and for three weeks, brings music, food and laughter to Compass Park.

The season kicks off with Necktie Killer on July 23rd, followed the next week by Rob Fincham on July 30th. The season concludes with Betty Berger and her Big Band on August 6th. Each concert takes place in NorthWest Crossing’s Compass Park from 6-8pm. And for just $6, you can get a plate for the Taste of NWX buffet featuring foods from La Rosa, Thai Thai, portello winecafe, Tate & Tate, Carrot Top Catering and Sweet Pie. What a deal!

This year’s event, brought to you by the NWX Biz Association, benefits Healthy Beginnings. It’s sponsored by Greg Welch Construction, Umpqua Bank, K2 Environmental, Bend Furniture & Design, BMC Pediatrics, NorthWest Crossing, G5, ProCFO and Stand on Liquid. See you at the Park!

2013 Munch & Movies Slate Announced!

A summer tradition is back this August! Join us for Munch & Movies in Compass Park for free family-friendly flicks on the big screen. We just announced the movie line-up which includes some new favorites and even a classic throwback that all ages will enjoy. For more information on the series, visit our Munch & Movies page…

BraveAugust 16th
Brave (PG)

Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

 

Breaking Away 2August 23rd
Breaking Away (PG)

A 1979 classic about a small-town teen obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl.

 

 

life of PiAugust 30th
Life of Pi (PG)

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

 

Oz The Great and PowerfulSeptember 6th
Oz the Great and Powerful (PG)

A small-time magician is swept away to an enchanted land and is forced into a power struggle between three witches.

2013 Farmers Market kicks off June 29th!

PrintYour summer Saturday ritual is back! The NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market, presented by The Garner Group has a little something for everyone. Of course, there’s fresh produce, locally-raised organic meats, cheeses and eggs, and handmade items to shop for. There’s even some tasty eats and cool brews (so why not stay a while?). Tunes by an eclectic mix of artists on the Market stage. Oh, and a line-up of great guest chefs, informational demos and more during our Market Center Spotlight. Kids will love the pony rides and petting zoo featuring bona fide farm animals!

It’s a great time you won’t want to miss! Every Saturday, June 29 – September 21 from 10am – 2pm on NW Crossing Drive. Learn more here

Blind Pilot Band to Headline 2013 Hullabaloo!

NorthWest Crossing Hullabaloo, presented by Bend Memorial ClinicThe 2013 NorthWest Crossing Hullabaloo, presented by Bend Memorial Clinic is coming up on Friday, June 28th. This year’s Hullabaloo Street Festival Mainstage headliner is BLIND PILOT.

We Are The Tide, the sophomore album from Portland-based band Blind Pilot, follows the band’s grassroots break-out debut, 3 Rounds and a Sound, which has sold over 65,000 units to date and was featured in NPR’s “Best Music of 2008” roundup. Recorded at Type Foundry in Portland, OR during the spring of 2011, the new album was produced by the band and Skyler Norwood and mixed by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket).  Blind Pilot began in 2007 when Israel (vocals, guitar) and Ryan (drums) embarked on a West Coast bicycle tour playing mostly to unfamiliar listeners at small-town venues. The band now exists as a 6-piece ensemble featuring fellow Oregonians Luke Ydstie (upright bass, backing vocals), Kati Claborn (banjo, dulcimer, backing vocals), Ian Krist (vibraphones) and Dave Jorgensen (keyboards, trumpet). In the years since its inception, the band has toured with various world-renowned musicians including The Decemberists, Josh Ritter, The Low Anthem, Laura Viers and Andrew Bird and appeared at the Sasquatch! Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. Additionally, multiple music placements have recently aired in episodes of “Chuck,” “Covert Affairs” and “One Tree Hill.” They recently performed on The Ellen Show earlier this year as one of her favorite bands.

Their act will begin at around 8:30 on Friday, June 28th at the NorthWest Crossing Hullabaloo, preceded by several other musical acts:

Boxcar Stringband – 4pm

Sara Jackson-Holman – 5:30pm

Jeff Crosby and the Refugees – 7pm

The Hullabaloo mainstage line-up is presented by The Garner Group.

See all of the Hullabaloo happenings here

Fundraiser for the Sullivan Children February 26th

chris_sullivanChris Sullivan was a NorthWest Crossing resident who was tragically taken from us recently when a fast growing brain tumor was discovered and diagnosed inoperable which resulted in his passing. Chris left behind a beautiful 2 year old girl (Llewellyn) and newborn baby boy (Phillip) and a loving wife Kristin.

There will be a fundraiser and we are calling on the community of BEND to help contribute to the Sullivan Children Scholarship Fund. This is a huge loss to our community but more importantly to this young family. Your involvement and generosity can make a BIG DIFFERENCE for the future of the Sullivan children.

The FUNDRAISER will be Tuesday February 26th, 2013 at Good Life Brewery outside in the Beer Garden (w/ fire pits) from 5pm to 7pm. Families are welcome and outside food is permitted.

Good Life is generously donating $2.50 for every adult beverage sold, (beverages cost $5.00) .

There will be a raffle and silent auction for some amazing items:
– Foursome at Tetherow Golf Club
– Stay at Mt. Bachelor Village
– $100 Gift card to 900 Wall
– Many other generous donations from local Bend businesses

Several NorthWest Crossing businesses have stepped up and donated to support this great event. This is a community event so please tell your friends, family and community members to support this important fundraiser.

2013 NWX Event Calendar Announced!

Street festival, triathlons and movies, oh my! Look ahead to all the fun we have planned in 2013 (with more to be announced)…

2013 Event Calendar
visit www.nwxevents.com for detailed information.


NorthWest Crossing Bend Spring Festival
April 13 – 14, 2013

NorthWest Crossing Hullabaloo
Friday, June 28, 2013

NorthWest Crossing Saturday Farmers Market
Saturdays, June 29 – September 21, 2013

Tour des Chutes Cycling Event
July 13, 2013

COBA Tour of Homes
July 19-21 & 26-28, 2013

Cascade Lakes Relay
August 2-3, 2013

NorthWest Crossing Munch & Movies
Fridays, August 16 – Sept 6, 2013

Leadman Triathlon
Saturday, September 21, 2013

* For event information, including sponsorships and vendor information, please contact Valerie Yost, 541-382-1662 x 103.

For the Love of Music Concert

Friends of Music are proud to present the 4th Annual For the Love of Music benefit concert, Saturday, January 26 at Summit High School.

Back to Central Oregon by popular demand, Friends of Music are excited to present to you the 3 Leg Torso — one of Portland, Oregon’s favorite world chamber music ensembles! Don’t miss out on what has become one of the most fun and exciting concert affairs of the winter season! Arrive at 6pm and expect to be greeted by a lovely reception featuring some of our best student performers as you treat yourself to a delectable selection of desserts and a variety of fun raffle prizes to bid on. Then, at 7pm we will meet in  the auditorium to hear our featured guest artists, the 3 Leg Torso.

The 3 Leg Torso are a quintet of performers whose combined musical talents of violin, cello, accordion, percussion/mallet and acoustic bass, deliver a unique and interesting sound of music influenced by tango, Eastern European folk and other world music traditions.  A uniquely playful, fun & spontaneous group of artists!

Friends of Music are pleased to be able to offer the Bend community a chance to enjoy such an eclectic musical experience and at the same time support the music programs at Summit High. To learn more about Friends of Music, please visit their website. 

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Monday, December 3rd | 5:30pm
Breezeway between Sage Café & All Mixed-Up

Please join us as we celebrate the season with friends and neighbors. For the first time, we’re lighting the 65’ Ponderosa next to Sage Café. Bring the family and enjoy free hot cider, festive entertainment provided by the Summit High Choir and a visit from Santa himself! Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the NeighborImpact Food Bank and receive a raffle ticket for an amazing NWX Gift Basket stuffed with merchandise and gift certificates from NorthWest Crossing businesses.

Holiday Food Drive:
NeighborImpact serves Central Oregon families in need. Let’s show them how generous the NorthWest Crossing neighborhood can be! Bring a non-perishable food item to donate at the Tree Lighting Ceremony (please click to download a list of needs from NeighborImpact).

When you bring a donation, we’ll enter you in the drawing for an amazing NorthWest Crossing gift basket filled with all kinds of goodies from NorthWest Crossing businesses.We’ll hold the drawing at the Tree Lighting Ceremony, so you must be present to win!
Here’s a sneak peek at some of the fun stuffed into this awesome gift basket:
$10 gift card from Sage Cafe
$50 BendFilm membership with access to the lending library
Jem Raw Chocolates
Wine from Tate and Tate
Laptop case and insulated wine carrier from Umpqua Bank
Gift from La Rosa
Gift card from Pisano’s
Wine and gifts from portello
Large Zipper Pouch from Sara Bella*
Gift card from All Mixed-Up
NorthWest Crossing gear

Food donations for NeighborImpact will be accepted at The Garner Group office through Friday.

Several businesses in the Neighborhood Center will be open late and serving up specials, so please support your local businesses.

Special thanks to:
Summit High Choir
NeighborImpact
Sage Cafe
Santa (you know who you are!)
The Garner Group
Umpqua Bank
La Rosa
Tate & Tate
Jem Raw Chocolates
Sara Bella*
Pisano’s Pizza
portello winecafe
BendFilm
All Mixed-Up
West Bend Property Company
Lights R Us
Running Tree

Farmers Market Fans say Farewell, Till Next Year…

This Saturday is the close of the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market. This beloved 13-week event is going out with a bang, with lots of fun for everyone!

On the Market Stage, we welcome special guests, Chayag. Since the 1990’s, Chayag has been dedicated to sharing and preserving the ancestral music and culture of the indigenous peoples of the Andes. Founded in Quito, Ecuador, the group has traveled throughout the world participating in festivals celebrating multiculturalism. Using a diverse mix of Andean instruments and rhythms, Chayag will be a fun musical celebration of the season.

We’re also excited to celebrate the tastes of fall. Whole Foods will be at the Market this weekend roasting fresh Hatch Chilies right at the market. And in case you need a little culinary inspiration for using those beautiful chilies, the final Taste of the Season Market Recipe, presented by The Garner Group is Pork Hatch Chili Verde with Posole. The perfect fall comfort food!

We have plenty for the little ones too. Visit the Information Booth and pick up a Market Scavenger Hunt Questionnaire—a fun way to learn about the market and where food comes from. Then, return your completed form to earn a prize for yourself, as well as a seedling for the Westside Village Magnet School’s community garden, donated by Red Tail Farms.

And, it’s BYOB (that would be Bring Your Own Bucket) to the market day. If you want some free compost for your garden beds, visit the garbage/recycling station at the market. Don’t worry, we’ll have some bags on hand, if you forget that bucket at home. There will also be a fun kids activity where kids can decorate their own container to plant fall flowers in.

We hope to see you at the last and best market of the entire season. Our 2013 season will start in late June next year. A big thank you to all the wonderful farmers and vendors who made this year’s event such a huge success! And to our guests and customers who support fresh, local, hand-made products. It’s what community is all about!

Final Twilight Tunes Concert in the Park…

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 21st at 6pm and join your friends and neighbors at Compass Park for Twilight Tunes! This final community concert features the musical chops of Bo Reynolds and Deb Yeager, as well as music by Rob Fincham.

Buy a $6 plate and load up from the flavors of NorthWest Crossing restaurants including All Mixed-Up, Barcelona Sauces, La Rosa, Pisano’s, Portello, Sage Cafe, Tate and Tate and Thai Thai. Dinner proceeds benefit the Family Access Network.

Bring blankets or low chairs and get ready to enjoy good food, good music and good company. Family-friendly event, but please leave your four-legged friends at home.

Hosted by the NWX Biz Association.

Family-friendly flicks coming soon to Compass Park!

Why spend a beautiful Central Oregon summer evening indoors watching a movie? Join us in NorthWest Crossing’s Compass Park for Munch & Movies. This popular 4-week series includes music, food, kid fun and a family-friendly flick on the (really) big screen. Bring a jacket and a blanket (or low-profile chairs) and get ready for some fun! Movies begin at dusk.

August 17, 6pm
Pre-movie entertainment provided by Apple Siders

The Lorax, Rated PG
Starring Danny Devito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift

A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

August 24, 6pm
Pre-movie entertainment provided by Cascade School of Music’s “School of Rock”

School of Rock, Rated PG-13
Starring Jack Black

A wannabe rock star in need of cash poses as a substitute teacher at a prep school, and tries to turn his class into a rock band.

August 31, 6pm
Pre-movie entertainment provided by JLavik Band

Kung Fu Panda 2, Rated PG
Starring Jack Black and Angelina Jolie

Po and his friends fight to stop an peacock villain from conquering China with a deadly new weapon, but the Dragon Warrior must come to terms with his past.

September 7, 6pm
Pre-movie entertainment provided by Chris Beland

Hugo, Rated PG
Starring Ben Kingsley & Asa Butterfield

Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Yoohoo! It’s almost time for Hullabaloo!

The NorthWest Crossing Hullabaloo, presented by COUNTRY Financial is right around the corner on June 29th! This unofficial kick-off to summer has it all—music, food, bike races, and a whole lotta fun!

This year’s Hullabaloo mainstage line-up, presented by The Garner Group and Carrera Audi features the talented and outrageous Storm Large, along with a slate of talented musicians from the Pacific Northwest.

To get in the know about this year’s Hullabaloo, jump over to the Hullabaloo page. And make plans to be in NWX on June 29th!

Calling all gardeners!

Opening Day and Registration will be on Saturday, 4/28/2012 starting at 9:30am at the NorthWest Crossing Community Garden. The beds not already reserved by the returning gardeners will be rented on a first come/first served basis. Residency in NorthWest Crossing is NOT required.

Opening day is a REQUIRED DAY for all gardeners, as you will need to:

  1. Complete a short registration form
  2. Make your $50.00 payment, cash or check. (checks to be made out to “Deschutes County Extension Service”)   NO credit cards accepted
  3. Pick up your NWXCG Handbook
  4. Help out with a general clean-up/preparation of the garden area.  SO BRING YOUR GLOVES, SHOVELS/RAKES & TROWELS!

You will meet our Garden Assistants (GA), as they will be there to participate as well.  The time required should be less than an hour.

Also on opening day we plan to have two or three different cloche structures in place to demonstrate the necessity of covering your plots.  We will go over some of the basics for gardening here, such as amending the soil and irrigation tips.  We will also quickly discuss the “RULES & REGULATIONS OF NWXCG” found in the Handbook you will receive upon registering, and answer any questions that you might have.

The NWX Community Garden is located on the corner of NW Crossing Drive and Clearwater Drive. For more information, please contact Anne Percy at [email protected] or 541-617-1860.

NWX welcomes spring!

NorthWest Crossing Bend Spring Festival
April 13-15, 2012
Presented by The Source Weekly

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It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome the most elusive of our Central Oregon seasons into the fold! NorthWest Crossing Drive, off Mt. Washington Drive, between Skyliners and Shevlin Park Roads, will come alive, as we utilize art, food, spirits, music, and family-oriented activities to usher in Spring!

2012 Bend Spring Festival Program:

Art & Wine Bop!
Friday, April 13, 6-9pm

Kick off the weekend with the Cascade School of Music Art and Wine Bop! From 6-9pm, CSM faculty will perform, free wine samples will be served, and hand-selected, festival artists will be featured, all within the cozy, warm, and covered confines of various NorthWest Crossing Neighborhood Center merchants and restaurants. Mama Bear Oden’s Preschool will offer free childcare during the bop. The Drop and Bop Club will be open to 3-10 year-olds from 6-9pm on a first-come first-serve basis. They will have games, stories and activities that explore spring, the environment and the earth. Drop and Bop Club will be located inside Mama Bear Oden’s Preschool at 2689 NW Crossing Drive. 541-390-0396 for more information about childcare.

Cycle/Recycle
Saturday, April 14 & Sunday, April 15

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Inspired by Bend’s fantastic cycling culture and forward-thinking trendsetters who make art, clothing and function from repurposed materials, we bring you Cycle/Recycle! New to NorthWest Crossing Bend Spring Festival, this theme of art, gear and activities will be seen throughout the festival weekend.

Look for this symbol throughout the festival for Cycle/Recycle related vendors, booths and activities.

Fine Artists Promenade

At the heart of NorthWest Crossing Bend Spring Festival are the artisans and craftspeople that will present a lively mix of original work, including a highlight on imagery and materials derived from cycling and recycling. It is also a great place to start planning ahead for outdoor entertaining with garden art.

Congratulations to Best of Jury 2012 Ryan Beard of Redmond, Oregon!

Featured Artists include:

Jackie Avery, fine painter
Vulture Bicycles
Bend Velo
Union Studio Metalworks, jewelery
Bella Sisters, fiber artist

Other artists include:

Tamara Adams Steve • Bangsund/NorgeBoards • M. Wade Beauchamps/Vulture Cycles • Tracy Curtis/Ballokai • Sierra Gwin • Berta & Rex Heisler • Audrey Kirchner • Celeste & Chuck Largen/Blue Dragonfly • Beth Larsen/Waggletops • Anna Lawrence/Anna’s Haute Aprons • Tiina McDermott/Indiekulture • Dawn Mead/La Petite Savonnerie • Blossom Merz • Lizzy Myers/Shabby Knapsack • Barb Peters • Eric Power/Bend Velo Bike Shop • Jason Quade/Abbey Bike Works • Peter Roussel • KarenLynn Robinson/Bliss Pillows • Francois & Kyla Schneyder • Michael Seeley • Linda Spring • Iain Stone • Tara & Shannon Townsend/Bantam Lane • Tai Vautier • Bradley Wilson/Capricorn Bicycles • Tim Wistrom • Caroline Deitrich • Heather Rose/Rose Garden Whimsies • Joelle Legay/High Desert Lotus

Street Chalk Art Competition
Saturday, April 14

“Pull your best Picasso” by entering the Street Chalk Art Competition (for both adults and kids) and qualify to win one of 6 cash prizes (including $400 prize for the chalk mural voted “best” in the adult category). The space is free, chalk will be provided (although you can bring your own), your images must be appropriate and feature  “spring theme”– you can pre-register with [email protected] – or you can “walk up” to compete, assuming spaces will still be available for walk ups.

We will once again welcome four professional artists to create street mural exhibition pieces. Kevin Schwarting and Andy Thornton, both of Bend, and Marissa Lopez and Laila Dzene who are both featured artists from the “Art Along the Rogue” festival.

View the Winners of the 2011 Chalk Art Competition

Peak 104.1 Mainstage Performers

Located at the intersection of Mt. Washington Drive and NorthWest Crossing Drive, the Peak 104.1 Mainstage features an outstanding lineup of local, regional and national performers. From tribal sounds and soul acoustic to Middle Eastern fusion and hip hop, this free stage of romp-stomping entertainment will implore you to dance all weekend long.

Chris Barron, Lead singer, Spin Doctors
Solo Acoustic
Saturday, April 14 at 11am

Todd Haaby and Sola Via
Nuevo Flamenco
Saturday, April 14 at 8:30pm

PEAK 104.1 MAINSTAGE FULL SCHEDULE

Saturday, April 14:
11am   Chris Barron     
1pm  2nd Hand Soldiers             
2:30pm  Katt and Roots Revolution        
4:30pm   Diego’s Umbrella       
6:30pm  Necktie KillersSurprise Fireshow before Headliner!   
8:30pm   Todd Haaby and Sola Via
Sunday, April 15:
11am Five Pint Mary    
1pm Abigail Nyman
3pm  The Oxfords

Spring into Fun Family Area
Saturday, April 14 & Sunday, April 15
Located on the south end of Fort Clatsop

Watch as your children’s jaws drop in amazement when they round the corner to the south end of Fort Clotsap and see our Spring into Fun Family Area. Music, pony rides, ballet dancers, giant puppets, stilt walkers, arts & crafts, face painting, not to mention a kids stage, petting zoo, exotic reptiles, rock wall, super bungee, bike rodeo and inflatable rides!

On the musical side of things, The Cascade School of Music will be back with their musical petting zoo and on-site free guitar lessons. The Wacky Percussion Ensemble offers a chance for your kids to play some traditional, and perhaps not so traditional, drums and percussion instruments. Be sure to check out the school’s booth space to make and decorate your own take-home instrument.

Resident Artists from around Bend will be hosting spring-related arts and crafts workshops throughout the weekend. Look for “The Creation Station” schedule and booth space in the kids area to create your own piece of Spring art! Trash sculptures, knee clay bowls and goofy bird masks and more!

For active and adventurous kids, The Bend Endurance Academy returns with their incredibly popular Bike Rodeo, a challenging (but fun!) obstacle course of unusual ramps, rails and maybe even a seesaw. Don’t forget to stop by the Bend Endurance Academy booth to learn more about their youth development programs for cycling and more. For kids on foot, check out the  30-ft. rock wall.

The juggling, stilt-walking, hula-hooping Spinsterz will be back with their wide array of children’s toys. Back again this year, and just in time for spring, is the DD Ranch petting zoo with bunnies, chicks, pony rides and more. Yeehaw!

Afternoon High Tea with the Spring Fairy
Saturday, April 14 at 12pm and 3pm
12pm Seating is now SOLD OUT!

After a wildly popular premiere  last year, Spring Festival will once again host this deliciously endearing tea party for 25. The 8-foot-tall Spring Fairy will read (on stilts!) the newest story from Fancy Nancy, Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet, while guests dine on high tea finger foods and mango lemonade from Tate and Tate Catering. Kids should come dressed as mermaids, pirates, princes, princesses and fairies. The top 3 best costumes will win a Fancy Nancy book, signed by the Spring Fairy. Autographed books will also be for sale during the event for $20, cash-only. Tea party tables will be set for a maximum of 25 kids at 12pm and again at 3pm. First-come first-serve basis with pre-registration. Email [email protected] to reserve your seat.

Spring Sunrise Yoga Session
Sunday, April 15 at 10:30am

Help your children welcome spring with a 30-minute yoga and mindfulness session hosted by certified children’s yoga instructor, Brittany Ladd of Mindful Life Yoga for Kids of Bend. The circle of young yogis will be limited to 15 children (the first 15 to sign up) ages 5 and older. The workshop will be held on the kids stage and yoga mats will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Email [email protected] to reserve a mat for your child.

Spring Festival Food Offerings

Philly Style, Parrilla Satellite, Common Table, Taylor’s Sausage, Spork, Dump City Dumplings, Cascadia Kitchen, Veronica Castro’s, T&G BBQ, Famous Kettle Corn, All Mixed Up, Deez Nuts, and Pop Goes the Cake Ball.

Venue

NW Crossing Drive from the intersection of Mt. Washington Drive to John Fremont St in the NorthWest Crossing neighborhood, and from Ordway Avenue through Fort Clatop Street.

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Directions/Map

 Mt. Washington Drive to High Lakes Loop or Ordway Avenue in the NorthWest Crossing Neighborhood to access parking.  Parking is available in the merchant lots accessed by both of these streets as well as the High Lakes Elementary School parking lot.

Time

Friday, April 13: 6 – 9 pm
Saturday, April 14:  11 am – 10 pm
Sunday, April 15: 11 am – 4 pm

Beer/Vending

We will be offering local microbrews and regional wines, available for purchase Saturday  11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-5 pm.

Street Closures

Northwest Crossing Drive from Mt. Washington to John Fremont St.  Ft. Clatsop St. north and south blocks.  These streets will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday, the 13th to Monday, April 16th at 2 a.m

Admission & Parking

It’s FREE.

High Lakes Elementary School, Merchant parking lots (Enter off Mt. Washington at High Lakes Loop or Ordway Avenue)

Festival Sponsors Include:

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Mid-Week music and fun at All Mixed-Up

All Mixed-Up in NorthWest Crossing is hosting acoustic guitar Wednesday Happy Hours 5-7pm, starting Wednesday the 22nd of February – Blaine Cameron (wonderful and versatile singer, musician who played Billie in Chicago at the Tower last fall) will be a regular, with select Americana open mic nights featuring talented Summit High students (and others!).  Enjoy a cup of soup, smoothie or fro-yo and be sure to check out the Happy Hour specials every week!

NWX Deck the House

Holiday Decorating Contest

Start untangling those strands of lights and inflating the blow-up snowmen! NorthWest Crossing invites residents to participate in a friendly competition to flaunt your holiday spirit and win cool prizes!

Everyone who participates and uploads a photo of their festive abode gets a cool treat from the new All Mixed Up frozen yogurt shop opening in NWX this winter! And the jolly home that gets the most votes from Facebook friends wins a $50 gift certificate from the NWX business of their choice! Now that’s sure to bring some joy and merriment this holiday season!

(Bonus Karma points are awarded to neighbors that use eco-friendly lights and decor!)

How to enter: In the “Leave a Reply” section below, enter your name and email address (your email will not be published). In the comments section, you’re welcome to include your home address and a little about why your home is the most festive in the neighborhood. Below the comments section, upload 1 great photo of the exterior of your home. It may take a few hours for your comment and photo to appear, but once it does, a Facebook “LIKE” button will appear below your post. Invite your Facebook friends and family to visit www.northwestcrossing.com/holidays to vote (“Like”) for your entry!

Submissions will be accepted through December 10 December 16, 2011 (deadline extended!). Voting will take place until December 16th. The entry with the most “LIKES” will win a $50 gift certificate to the NWX business of their choice. In the event of a tie, the esteemed NWX Deck the House Jury will select a winner.

Good luck and have fun decking the halls, and walls, and eaves and windows, and trees…

Rules: All entries must be physically located in NorthWest Crossing. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate entries or comments. All entries must be received by December 10th at midnight. Voters must be logged onto Facebook to “Like” an entry. As a reminder of the NWX Rules and Design Guidelines, all holiday decor must be removed by January 31st. Cheers!

Pin-up Pooches Celebrate Launch of Calendar

Dogs of NWX CalendarThe dogs had their day last night at the “Dogs of NorthWest Crossing 2012 Calendar” Launch Party at Ruff Wear. 14 photo-friendly pooches and their owners came out to preview the calendar which is a fundraiser for The Bend Spay and Neuter Project.

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Playa (Miss June) is ready for her close-up...

The calendar will go on sale for $16 starting November 3rd at various retail locations throughout Bend including:

Sara Bella Upcycled Boutique
Sage Café
La Rosa
Look! Salon
Cascade Cottons
Paper Jazz
Dudley’s Bookshop Café
Best Friends Pet Supply
Healthy Paws
Bend Pet Express
Birkenstock of Bend
Newport Market

Charlie Dog listens to music
Charlie enjoys the music...
Pug model for the Dogs of NWX Calendar
Lily Pug (aka: Miss December) prepares for her debut

The festive affair included a performance by local dog owner, Mike Viles in tribute of his dog, Lilly (Miss July), nibbles provided by Tate and Tate Catering and Bend Pet Express, and lots of calendar sales. Bend Spay and Neuter Project sold a whopping 89 calendars before the night’s end. The remaining limited quantities will be sold at the various retail locations around town.

Dog owners view calendar
Proud dog owners view the calendar for the first time.

This project was born out of a dog-inspired photo contest last spring when NorthWest Crossing residents submitted photos of their beloved pets. 14 were selected by Facebook friends and throughout the year, each doggy was professionally photographed by local artist Karen Cammack. Ruff Wear, a dog gear manufacturer with headquarters in the neighborhood provided gear for props and prizes. A large portion of the printing costs were donated by local printer Ryder Graphics. And several retailer partners throughout Bend are selling the calendars to benefit Bend Spay and Neuter Project.

Please visit a retail location listed above to purchase your calendar, or contact Bend Spay and Neuter Project at 541-617-1010 for more information.

Dogs of NWX Calendar launch party
Lilly (Miss July) and her parents preview the calendar

 

 

Neighborhood Night

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NorthWest Crossing Neighborhood Night is coming up on Wednesday, October 26th. This month, enjoy a special free poetry reading, learn more about joining a great cause, and munch on some delicious pizza! Here’s what’s on tap…

Neighborhood Night
Wednesday, October 26th
5-8pm

Free Poetry Reading Event Performed by High Desert Poetry Cell, a group of five guys from Bend who write and read their own poetry.

7-8pm at the Discovery Park Lodge (located on the corner of NW Crossing Drive & Charbonneau) in the Brooks Fireplace Room

Book sales to benefit Saving Grace.

Poets include:
Larry Jacobs
Don Kunz
John Kvapil
Peter Lovering
John Martin

Join The Garner Group as they host Relay for Life at the sales office during Neighborhood Night from 6-7pm. Come learn more about this exciting event and how you can help make a difference in your community at the 2012 Relay for Life. Pisano’s Pizza is generously giving 50% off a pizza* to anyone who comes to learn about Relay for Life. And the first 5 people that commit to being a chair for a committee will get a coupon for a free lunch special which includes a slice of pizza, salad a drink.
* Dine-in only, must purchase drinks to receive discount on pizza.

Bruschetta and a Bottle @ portello!  Stop by portello during NWX Neighborhood Night and get a bottle of our Happy Hour Red or White wine and an order of Bruschetta for $28 all night long!  And don’t forget Happy Hour is also from 4pm – 6pm with great wine, beer and portello menu favorites!

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Head to NorthWest Crossing the last Wednesday of each month and visit with local business owners. Participating businesses and restaurants will be offering a variety of specials, entertainment, giveaways and more! Check back each month for an update of participants.