Source on the Scene: Bend Marathon and Half

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for Source on the Scene. Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker joins us with a preview of the Bend Marathon taking place on Sunday.

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2nd Amendment Rally Planned in Redmond

Women Gather in Support for the Second Amendment

This weekend, women across the state are expected to gather at four different locations including Redmond City Hall in a show of support for the Second Amendment. It’s a follow-up to a series of pro-gun rallies that were held last weekend in all 50 states.

Preston says she is asking attendees to refrain from bringing open carry rifles even though it’s legal to do so. She says she wants to work in partnership with local law enforcement and welcomes everybody to what she says is meant to be a family friendly event.

Source on the Scene: Disaster! A 70’s Movie Musical

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker joined us with a behind the scenes look at the new play that made its debut at the 2nd Street Theater Friday. 

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Portrait Connection Paintings Unveiled

The Unveiling of The Portrait Connection Paintings in Bend

The creation of art, and especially painting, is often a solitary pursuit, but a new project called Portrait Connection is giving local artists a chance to work with children who are facing difficult challenges and leaving their families with a piece of art that marks a specific moment in time.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan followed two artists and the families of two children as they prepared for an emotional unveiling on Friday night in downtown Bend.

Learning Through Music

“The sound of human potential.” That’s the tagline for Cascade School of Music, the nonprofit music school that has been working to transform lives and enrich our community by providing exceptional music education and experiences for all Central Oregonians since 2002.

Get your tickets now, before April 6th, for a reduced price to attend the school’s upcoming benefit “The Gift of Music,” an evening of engaging music, dinner and unique auction packages. The event is on May 6th at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Skyline Ranch Road. 75% of tickets sales go directly to the nonprofit school. Find out about all of the classes and offerings at the school by visiting http://www.ccschoolofmusic.org/. The school has many summer programs and offers tuition assistance and scholarships. Along with financial donations, the school also is in need of instruments.

Source on the Scene: High Desert Stampede

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker joins us from the High Desert Stampede, which kicked off Friday night at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond

For all of the latest arts and culture listings, pick up the latest issue of The Source Weekly or go to their website at bendsource.com. Thanks to our Source on the Scene sponsor, Indian Head Casino, for giving us the time and resources to show you some of the best events and entertainment that our region has to offer, every Friday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Thousands March Against Gun Violence in Bend

Nearly 4,000 community members, led by local high school students, gathered in Drake Park on Saturday to participate in the March for Our Lives – a national movement against gun violence sparked by the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people in February.

Demonstrators began gathering in Drake Park around 11 a.m. on Saturday morning. As the crowd grew local high school students gave speeches asking for politicians to do more to keep them safe in schools. One student sang “Imagine” by John Lennon as Bend Mayor Casey Roats and city council member Nathan Boddie stood on stage behind him.

At noon students, carrying a blue ‘March for Our Lives,’ banner led a march through downtown Bend. The march was so large that the students leading the march came back around to Drake Park before many protestors had even left.

Demonstrators said they were marching specifically for common sense gun control measures including banning bump stocks, semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles; and implementing comprehensive background checks and funding mental health care.

This echoed the messages of the roughly 800 marches that took place across the country on Saturday.

Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Washington D.C., which was led by survivors of the Parkland shooting, but was meant to raise awareness for all victims of gun violence.

The Parkland students shared the stage with other young people from across the country including Edna Chavez from Los Angles who lost her brother to gun violence; 11-year-old Naomi Wadler who spoke to raise awareness about African-American women and girls who were victims of gun violence; and Yolanda King, granddaughter of Martin Luther King Jr.

While millions marched across the U.S., the movement did see plenty of criticism.

The NRA out out a video responding to the march, saying that the students leading the march were part of, and funded by, a “liberal agenda.” The video also said that the answer to school safety would be providing funding for armed guards in schools and arming teachers.

Here in Bend, Central Oregon Daily saw plenty of comments against the march on our Facebook page. Many community members expressed that they felt it was ridiculous for people to march against their Second Amendment Rights. Others said they should march against cars, since annually more young people die in car accidents then due to gun violence, and some echoed the NRA’s message that the march was part of a political agenda.

Central Oregon’s Very Own Rosie’s

Today was National Rosie the Riveter Day, and ceremonies were held across the country to recognize the women who worked on the home front during World War II, including four events here in Central Oregon. 
Anyssa Bohanan got to meet a few of the real-life Rosie’s who were being honored in Bend.

School Walk Outs

Wednesday was declared “National Walkout Day” by students across the country who want to pay tribute to the 17 victims of the Parkland, Florida High School shootings by walking out of their classrooms for 17 minutes on the one-month anniversary of the tragedy.

Students across the county walked out of classrooms and schools on Wednesday morning, all finding their own ways of honoring those students and teachers killed just a month ago.

In Bend walk outs were seen across town and students from all age groups participated. While Bend students say they felt supported by their school’s faculty that wasn’t the case for other students across the country.

Bend students did see their fair share of backlash on social media where they say people misunderstood their message.