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.


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



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.


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.



  • 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.

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.

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 >>

Munch and Movies: A Bend Oregon Tradition

Nothing screams summer time in Central Oregon like one of our many outdoor events during the sunny season. Perhaps one of our most beloved family events is Munch and Movies – and the 2016 series starts tomorrow in NorthWest Crossing’s Compass Park. Looks like another beautiful day in Bend, so bring your friends and family down to enjoy Zootopia and get some great grub from the food vendors. This will become your Friday night tradition for the next month! You can come on down to the park as early as 6pm, and then the movie will start at dusk.

Here’s our 2016 lineup!

August 19: Zootopia (PG)

Zootopia is a mammal metropolis, home to many animals. When Judy Hopps  becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. In order to get to the bottom of the case she has to work with a con artist fox who makes her job harder.


August 26: Guardians of the Galaxy  (PG-13)

A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe. Starring Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.

guardians of the galaxy

September 2: Inside Out (PG)

The film is set in the mind of a young girl named Riley Andersen who has five personified emotions: joy, sadness, fear, anger and disgust. These emotions lead her through her life while her parents move her from Minnesota to San Francisco and she has to go through many life changes.

inside out

September 9: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (PG-13)

Three decades after the Galactic Empire has been defeated there becomes a new threat. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.

star wars VII

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.

Crit lineup-3

Crit race-2


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: 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.


DD Ranch Piglets Black White Lambs New Foal

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).

Get growing!

Community Garden NWX Bend


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.


Five Ways to Enjoy Valentine’s Day in Bend, Oregon

The history of Valentine’s Day is shrouded in mystery. Thought to have its roots in a February-ish ancient Roman fertility ritual, the day as we know it is named after a Christian martyr named Valentine. Even experts don’t really know how the holiday became what it is today – a day of love, Hallmark cards, dinner dates and boxes of Sweetheart candies.

However it came into being, it is now a celebration of love from exchanges in Kindergarten classrooms to parents desperately searching for a babysitter so they can have a night out together. Since you’ve likely already missed the window for making a dinner reservation that starts before 10pm, we’ve rounded up five easy ways you can still make Valentine’s Day special in Central Oregon:

1. Stay home. Decorate your house with some sweet Valentine’s Day swag (check out the selection at our own Cutest Store Ever) and throw your own dinner party. You can pick up ready-made goodies at Tate and Tate and some fancy sweets at Little Bite Cafe, All Mixed-Up or The Sparrow Bakery. Wine from portello winecafe, and you’ve got a complete dinner and never even had to leave the neighborhood. If you have kids have them act as your maître d – they’ll have fun serving you.

2. Take a walk in the park. We have no shortage of parks and open spaces in NorthWest Crossing – and in Bend – and if this weather holds, it will be beautiful. And it is a good way to connect. A University of Minnesota article says: “According to a series of field studies conducted by Kuo and Coley at the Human-Environment Research Lab, time spent in nature connects us to each other and the larger world…. It appears as though nature inspires feelings that connect us to each other and our environment.” (You MAY want to take the walk on Saturday instead of Sunday as rain is in the forecast.)

3. Participate in a run. There are actually two runs taking place on Valentine’s Day – Central Oregon Running Klub’s Hot Chocolate Run with a start and end at *Larkspur Park* by the Bend Senior Center on Reed Market Rd. It’s free and you can even bring the canine love of your life. The Snow Wars Royal Runs will start at the Les Schwab Amphitheater Ticket Office and the trail will wind along the Old Mill District & Deschutes River, with a mixture of paved paths and groomed trails – and even few themed obstacle challenges.

4. Go to a live music performance. The Central Oregon Symphony Winter Concert Series happens to have a matinee performance on Valentine’s Day this year…so grab your love and go listen to commissioned pieces by Copland and Thomson and pieces by Liszt, Prokofiev and Wieniawski. High Desert Chamber Music’s Valentine’s Day concert is also a good option, performing pieces inspired by love and romance in downtown Bend.

5. Festival! The 2016 Oregon Winterfest will be in full swing on Valentine’s Day. The final day of the three-day festival, this is a massive celebration of winter with ice carving, the infamous Metal Mulisha, the K9 Flying dogs and much more. Pack up the family and spend the day with one another, loving on this beautiful season in Central Oregon.

So no matter how Valentine’s Day began, let’s celebrate it for what it is today – a time for love and enjoying each other!


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!

2015 Tree Light Logo lockup

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!


5 Phenomenal Labor Day Outings in Central Oregon

Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 10.16.44 AM

1. Blue Pool

The trails less traveled are the ones we cherish most and Central Oregon has a bounty of places to choose from. Head up the McKenzie River Valley into the mountains where a trail leads to one of Oregon’s most remarkable sites called Tamolitch or the “Blue Pool.”8b1933f5133dcf09c48d217b58521227

Start with an easy and beautiful hike through old growth Douglas fir forest, adjacent to the the McKenzie river falls. Eventually you come upon Blue Pool. Here you can climb down the steep embankment and go for a VERY cold swim or just stay above to take in its beauty and have a picnic lunch.






2. Smith Rock


If you enjoy scenic views of deep river canyons, hiking, biking, or rock climbing, Smith Rock State Park is the place for you. There are several thousand climbs in the park, more than a thousand of which are bolted routes. Smith Rock also offer miles of incredible hiking and mountain biking trails. Gather up the gear and head drive about 40 minutes to this majestic site.







3. Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls

Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls, located along the McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass, mark the ends of two sahalie-falls-david-salterthick flows of basaltic andesite lava that dammed Clear Lake and moved into the McKenzie River 3,000 years ago. The results are two spectacular waterfalls. The Waterfalls Loop Trail, part of the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail, connects the 2 waterfalls and offers up close views of the wild McKenzie River.





4. Sparks Lake

sparks_lake_sunrise_by_greglief-d2z4k0nThis Central Oregon destination is the perfect place for an adventure. With South Sister, Broken Top, and Mount Bachelor rising in dramatic magnificence above crystal water 25 miles east of Bend, you will not want to pass up the opportunity to visit this lake. Hop into a kayak or onto a paddleboard and explore the lake’s hidden coves. Settle down on one of Spark’s many beaches and soak up the sun before heading home.





5. Steelhead Falls

This secluded area along the Deschutes River perfect for swimming and cliff jumping with amazing viewse33SteelheadFallsJumper of the river valley. It is pretty much reserved for a local crowd and located just 30 minutes from Bend. If you like to mix in a little adrenaline with your swimming and don’t mind some cold water, Steelhead is the perfect place for you. The spot features a powerful 15-foot waterfall and is surrounded by 25- to 30-foot cliffs ideal for jumping. Farther downstream is an area for wading and swimming. A half-mile trail leads directly from the parking area to the waterfall.

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.”




7 Steps to Beat the Summer Heat!

Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 11.33.01 AM

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!











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?


We hope these tips will help you beat the heat this summer!

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.


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.

7 Steps to Make the Most of the Farmers Market

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 3.07.25 PM

From hot summer days through those cool early fall weeks, the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market is in full swing. Farmers markets are the perfect opportunity to go on a local adventure to find better tasting food, unique products, meet your farmers, and support local businesses, and build community with neighbors and friends. The hustle and bustle of a farmers market can be a bit overwhelming at times, so we thought we’d take the time to share with you our tips for getting the most from your market.

1. Do your research 

Before you head to the farmers market, do some research on what’s in season. Buying in season is not only tastier, it’s cheaper too. You aren’t going to have much luck finding ripe avocados in July or plump strawberries in September, so investigate a little! One of the best parts of shopping at your local market is learning to appreciate fresh, local foods at the height of their natural season.

Use this interactive map to see what’s fresh in your area: 


2. Time your visit well

Go early, but not too early. Or go late, but not too late. Everyone knows that the best stuff goes FAST. So if you’re looking to get the best pick of the market’s high-demand, seasonal fruits and vegetables, arrive at the beginning of the market. However, sometimes the vendors may discount their produce toward the end of the day, so if you’re on a tighter budget, this may be the best option for you!

3. BYOB (Bring Your Own Bags) 

Most vendors do not supply customers with bags, so come prepared! By bringing your own bags, you are helping to reduce waste. Bring a large basket or bag with handles to carry around your produce, and stick in a few small plastic bags for smaller, more delicate products. Not only is this convenient and environmentally friendly, it makes for a great photo-op! Who doesn’t love the look of a Sara Bella Upcycled tote or NWX Farmers market bag filled with green lettuce, bright berries, and purple zucchini?

4. Bring a cooler 

At the NWX Farmers Market we don’t only sell fruits and veggies, we also some days offer meats, fish, milk, cheese, yogurt, and other foods that require refrigeration. Bringing a cooler will enable you to enjoy the rest of the farmers market after you finish shopping. Just load up the cooler, stick it in your car, and return to the market festivities! After an afternoon full of music, activities, and snacking, you get to return to fresh and cool foods.

5. Talk to the farmers 

If anyone knows what they’re talking about, it’s the vendors. Ask questions and get your answers straight from the experts. Do you spray? What are your cows eating?  How much time do they spend on grass? Do you grow what you sell? Is your farm USDA certified organic? Why or why not?

Don’t get shy about asking for specifics. The farmers are proud of their crop and want you to know how they grew it. They might even have some tips on how to prepare it if you ask!

6. Bring small bills

Many vendors are cash only, so be sure to check your wallet for cash before heading to the market. This will make things faster, simpler, and easier on the vendors.

7. Be adventurous!

Never heard of a vegetable? Try it! It is good to have a plan when coming to the farmers market, but don’t be afraid to be spontaneous too. Buy some sunflowers, pick up some squash blossoms, grab an extra carton of raspberries, and sample the honey gelato. Trying new things is part of the fun of going to farmers markets.

We look forward to seeing you at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market each Saturday from 10am-2pm through September 19th! Be sure to snap some photos and tag us on Instagram with the hashtag #NWXfarmersmarket and follow us on our brand new Pinterest for more tips and recipes!


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

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.





sleeplessinseattle1September 5th
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
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


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!

Breaking Away 2

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
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
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!

NWX welcomes spring!

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

2012 Spring Festival ImageTamara_Adams.jpg

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.

Saturday, April 14 & Sunday, April 15


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


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.


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.

ADA-Access-Symbol-Sign-6x6-medium.gif For accommodations please contact C3 Events, 389-0995 or [email protected].


 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.


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


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:

CSM Logo version8.jpgSourceLogo.jpgdeschutes-brewery-sponsor-logo.gif

fusion fitness.jpgAllStarLabo.jpgMamaBearOdens_small.jpg

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!

The Polar Express is coming to NWX…

On Saturday, December 10th, a special holiday event is coming to NorthWest Crossing for children who still believe…

Saturday, December 10th
Summit High School Commons
4:30 – 8:00pm
Special Holiday screening of The Polar Express (rated PG, starring Tom Hanks)
$15/child (admission includes movie, pizza dinner, pre-movie games and crafts, a visit from Santa, childcare by Mama Bear Oden and Summit High music students and more!)
Presented by NorthWest Crossing and Umpqua Bank

Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas!

This is a Parent’s Night Out for potty-trained children aged 3 and older. Children under the age of 3 may be accompanied by a parent or guardian at no charge. Parents may register at the door! Click here to download a registration form.

4:30pm – doors open
4:30 – 5:30pm – pizza dinner
5:30pm –  pre-movie crafts & games
6:00pm – movie (popcorn and hot chocolate served during movie)
7:30pm – movie concludes; visit from “The Big Guy” himself
8:00 – parent pick-up

Proceeds benefit the Summit High School Friends of Music Fund. Special thanks to Umpqua Bank, Mama Bear Oden’s Preschool, Pisano’s Pizza, Summit High School and the Friends of Music Board for making this magical event happen!

While kids are enjoying the movie and activities, parents get to enjoy special holiday merriment in the NorthWest Crossing Neighborhood Center:

• Shopping at the Holiday Marketplace (former Healthy Paws store), featuring handmade products from NWX neighbors. Beautiful jewelry, scarves, blankets, artwork and more will be available for convenient holiday gifts!

Featured artists include:
– Kim Gilchrist, upcycled tote bags & pillows, eco-friendly snack/sandwich bags
– Suzanne Iselin, beach glass jewelry & charms
– Laurie Thorson, crocheted scarves
– Diana Lawlis, quilted blankets, placemats, table runners, wall hangings
– Vicki Roadman, mixed media fiber collage
– Kathy Houlihan, knit hats, ear warmers, scarves
– Charlene Shuey, old-fashioned crocheted gifts
– Karen Ermisch, beaded jewelry

• Free gift wrapping from 4:30 – 7:30pm at Umpqua Bank, in conjunction with Sparrow Club

• Live music by Aisea Taimani from 7pm-9pm at portello winecafé, in addition to some great holiday specials: $12 off any bottle of wine “to go” and a $10 “thank you” card for every $50 gift card purchased.

• Strolling carolers provided by the Summit High Choir (and maybe even Santa, if we’re lucky!)

• Stop by LOOK! Salon for free hot cider and hot cocoa and enter to win spa gifts all night long! Inside, shop for handmade jewelry and skin care products for the women in your life (or maybe even yourself!); Need a few stocking stuffers? Look! is donating 10% of all gift card sales this night to the Family Access Network (FAN)

• Live music by Chris Novack at Pisano’s Pizza.

• The new All Mixed-Up is celebrating with hors  d’oeuvres, champagne punch and a variety of complimentary liqueurs that can be added (or not!) to frozen yogurts.

• Live music by the Sophie Cashman Trio and shopping fun at Sara Bella Upcycled Boutique.

• Open House at BendFilm. Oregon Spirit Distillers will be serving hot toddies, hot chocolate, spiced cider and coffee/tea. BendFilm will also be providing gift baskets to those who purchase BendFilm  memberships. All merchandise will be 15-20% off and they will be screening some of the short films featured in the 2011 festival.

• While Sage Cafe will be closed at 5pm, they will generously donate a portion of their sales all day on December 10th to Sparrow Clubs.

• And more specials from your favorite NWX businesses…





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.

Dog in glasses
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