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Sunriver Art Fair, Aug. 10-12

Sunriver Art Fair, Aug. 10-12

Located in central Oregon, Sunriver attracts those near and far with the natural resources in its backyard. Of the 1,393 people that call Sunriver home, they are lucky enough to be surrounded with resources suitable for biking, water recreation, and skiing.

And, there’s also room for art.  Sunriver will host its annual art fair on Aug. 10-12. The Sunriver Art Fair was named America’s Best Small Town Art Fair for the second consecutive year. The fair provides an opportunity for artists to interact with the community, and hosts live entertainment each day. Ti runs 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9:30 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

This year, BendBroadband is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the fair. Net proceeds from the fair support non-profit agencies in Deschutes County.

Here are some additional fun facts to know about Sunriver:

Sixty years ago, the area was a World War II training facility called Camp Abbot. It was active for less than 16 months, the U.S. Army camp was used to train combat engineers during World War II and was named for Henry Larcom Abbot.

A large part of site is now Sunriver Resort, and the rest has been incorporated into the Deschutes National Forest. The only remaining structure from Camp Abbot is the officers’ mess hall; now part of the resort and known as the Great Hall, it is used for large conferences and special events.

In the early 1990s, Sunriver was in the process of becoming the recreational and beautiful village we know it as today.

Known as “Oregon’s original bike friendly vacation spot,” Sunriver contains over 50 miles of dedicated, paved biking and walking trails. The village is also the beginning of the pristine Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, one of the prettiest drives throughout the region. Looping through Cascade Mountains, around Mt. Bachelor, and near mountain lakes; it doesn’t get much better than this.

Off of the bike path, there is still fun to be had on the Deschutes River, just west of Sunriver. Many jump in the river to cool off – but not for long as the high temperature is around 60 degrees. Hoping in a kayak, raft, canoe, or on a paddleboard is the best way to experience the Deschutes River and the surrounding beauty.

In the winter, the fun doesn’t stop with snow – it keeps going. Mt. Bachelor, one of the ten largest ski resorts in the nation, is the “crown jewel” for winter sports in central Oregon. Residents and visitors are lucky to have this beautiful and fun resource nearby.

But if downhill and speed is not your cup of tea, Sno-Parks, suitable for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling, are perfect for those looking to enjoy central Oregon’s winter beauty at a slower pace.

The natural beauty of Sunriver also provides a great place for an observatory. The Oregon Observatory has a regular schedule of daytime and nighttime viewing, school programs, and availability for private parties.

By Morgan Grunow, Communications Intern

TDS bandwidth donation tops $5 million for OSU Open Source Lab

TDS Telecommunications LLC has made a donation valued at more than $1 million to help operate the Oregon State University Open Source Lab. TDS’s most recent gift represents 20 billion bits per second of bandwidth provided over three years. It enables Open Source Lab hosted sites to deliver nearly 430 terabytes of information to people… Continue Reading

Job options are available in cable industry

Job options are available in cable industry

Josh LaForest is offering options for at-risk youth, and more importantly providing hope. Josh has been working for BendBroadband for the past 11 years and now serves as a Lead Technician. Josh works with the Oregon Youth Challenge Program, an alternative high school located in Bend, for “at-risk” youth. He teaches young adults about the opportunities available in the cable industry, with… Continue Reading

Balloons Over Bend: a weekend with nylon, color and fun-filled activities

Balloons Over Bend: a weekend with nylon, color and fun-filled activities

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Lettuce headlines Newberry Event Music & Arts Festival, July 27-29

Lettuce headlines Newberry Event Music & Arts Festival, July 27-29

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Thirty years of beer, community, and a whole lot of fun

Thirty years of beer, community, and a whole lot of fun

Three decades ago, a brewery in Deschutes opened its doors. Since then, the local business has brought together community and specialty craft beer.  This year, Deschutes Brewery is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. The weeklong celebration (June 25-30) includes a week full of fun events and, of course, brews. Deschutes Brewery, the original craft brewery in… Continue Reading

He travels to Bend for work, volunteers here too

He travels to Bend for work, volunteers here too

TDS, the parent company of BendBroadband, encourages its employees to volunteer locally.  Alan Leopold is a TDS employee that goes beyond that standard – volunteering close to home and on the road. Alan has worked at TDS for 21 years and is a team lead for Talent Development. He often travels from Madison, Wisconsin to train employees. When he’s at home, he’s… Continue Reading

First Story: 20 years of building affordable housing

First Story: 20 years of building affordable housing

Study after study shows that homeownership has a significant impact on educational achievement for students. When families move frequently, their children are more likely to have high rates of absenteeism and low test scores at school. This is one of several reasons, BendBroadband sponsors local nonprofit First Story’s annual golf tournament and charity event.  Last year, the… Continue Reading

Jackson Browne at Bend Summer Concerts

Jackson Browne at Bend Summer Concerts

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