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Community Spotlight – Bend Film

Community Spotlight – Bend Film

BendFilm hosts an annual independent film festival which runs October 10-13, 2019 offering four days of inspiring independent cinema, panels and parties. BendFilm also offers year-round film exhibitions and programs and is the new owner of the Tin Pan Theater. The Festival venues for 2019 are The Oxford, McMenamins – Old St. Francis, Regal Cinemas, The Volcanic Theater, Cascades Theatrical Company, and the historic Tower Theatre. BendFilm heads into this year’s festival celebrating their 16th Anniversary and capturing accolades… more >

Community Spotlight: NWX Farmers Market

Community Spotlight: NWX Farmers Market

We have a special place in our heart for the NorthWest Crossing (NWX) Farmers Market. Founded 11 years ago by the NorthWest Crossing development team as a way to support local business, build community and bring people to the ‘hood, the market has blossomed from a tiny, one-block event to a vibrant destination for hundreds of families and over 120 vendors each week. The NWX Farmers Market happens each Saturday now through September 21 from 10am-2pm… more >

Community Spotlight: Family Resource Center

Community Spotlight: Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center provides parents with child–raising strategies that strengthen their children‘s physical, mental and social development. It is the only agency in Central Oregon that offers evidence-based parenting education classes to parents of children of all ages.    The Family Resource Center offers classes that help parents and caregivers learn skills that are proven to enhance cognitive, social and emotional development and improve school readiness… more >

Doing Our Part to Prepare for and Live with Wildland Fire

Doing Our Part to Prepare for and Live with Wildland Fire

I recently attended a workshop designed to discuss the preparedness of Central Oregon for a wildland fire disaster.  The big question for the workshop was, “Can Central Oregon become another Paradise?”, referring to the tragedy in Paradise, CA last year from the Camp Fire.  Before I attended the workshop, I thought that Bend would never see a tragedy like Paradise, due to our different topography and surrounding landscape.  I was wrong.  The fire professionals who volunteered their time… more >

Community Spotlight: HDFFA

Community Spotlight: HDFFA

High Desert Food & Farm Alliance (HDFFA) supports a thriving food and farm network in Central Oregon and has several programs and projects, two of which we wanted to highlight in our community spotlight this month. HDFFA is expanding farm fresh food through a mobile food pantry—a refrigerated truck called Fresh to You—starting this summer. HDFFA and NeighborImpact linked their financial resources to buy a refrigerated food truck that will offer food pantry items, ready-to-make meal kits and fresh… more >

Annual Brooks Resources Wall Calendar Kicks off 50th Anniversary Celebration

Annual Brooks Resources Wall Calendar Kicks off 50th Anniversary Celebration

Brooks Resources Corporation’s annual wall calendar has graced the walls of Central Oregon businesses and homes for nearly four decades. Featuring beautiful scenes from our region, this year is no different. For 2019, the horizontal format calendar features an expansive view of the three Sisters mountains. Local photographer Mike Houska of DogLeg Studios took the photo from beloved resort Black Butte Ranch, developed by the company nearly five decades ago. “This year’s calendar is… more >

The Metolius Preserve: Our favorite staff meeting of the year

The Metolius Preserve: Our favorite staff meeting of the year

The preserve is an easy, flat hike with an abundance of things to see and experience. Last week several of our staff had the opportunity to spend an afternoon in nature. As a supporter of the Deschutes Land Trust since its inception in 1995, we were thrilled to accept an invitation from the Land Trust to tour their 1,240-acre forested preserve near Camp Sherman. And the Metolius Preserve did not disappoint. With Deschutes Land… more >

An Advocate’s View: An Interview with Mike Hollern

An Advocate’s View: An Interview with Mike Hollern

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”             ~ Theodore Roosevelt The power of advocacy gives us hope for change, particularly in today’s divisive political climate. It’s easy to throw up your hands and give in to the notion that change will never happen; that politics, red tape and bureaucracy stalls everything. And as an “ordinary” citizen, it’s difficult to know how to get involved and affect change. However, we’ve recently… more >

Brooks Resources honored by the Oregon Recreation and Parks Association

Brooks Resources honored by the Oregon Recreation and Parks Association

Brooks Resources was recently honored by the Oregon Recreation and Parks Association. The 2017 Private Sector Partner Award recognizes an Oregon-based entity, corporation, or non-profit organization that has made a significant contribution to the park and recreation profession, either through an agency or the state association. “Brooks Resources has been a partner to park and recreation in Bend since the 1920s when Brooks Scanlon donated Shevlin Park to the City of Bend,” said Don Horton, Executive Director for Bend Park and… more >

Brooks Resources Awards Family Resource Center $10,000 Gift

Brooks Resources Awards Family Resource Center $10,000 Gift

This week, Brooks Resources gifted local non-profit, Family Resource Center of Central Oregon with $10,000 to go towards their mission of supporting Central Oregon families through parenting education. Brooks has been a long-time supporter of the Family Resource Center and is passionate about creating healthy communities for children and families. The organization, which was founded in 1988, focuses on providing parents in Deschutes County with child raising strategies that strengthen their children’s physical, mental and social development. This mission is… more >

View of Mt Jefferson and Black Butte on 2015 Brooks Resources Calendar

View of Mt Jefferson and Black Butte on 2015 Brooks Resources Calendar

Bend, Oregon real estate company’s free 2015 calendar features scenic mountain view by local photographer Mike Houska Brooks Resources Corporation’s annual wall calendar has graced the walls of Central Oregon businesses and homes for nearly three decades. Featuring beautiful scenes from our region, this year is no different. For 2015, the horizontal format calendar features an expansive, panoramic view of Mt Jefferson and Black Butte – two iconic landmarks in Central Oregon. Mike Houska of Dogleg… more >

Cascade Mountains Featured in the 2014 Brooks Resources Annual Wall Calendar

Cascade Mountains Featured in the 2014 Brooks Resources Annual Wall Calendar

Bend, Oregon real estate company’s free 2014 calendar features scenic mountain view from North Rim by Mike Houska Brooks Resources Corporation’s annual wall calendar has graced the walls of Central Oregon businesses and homes for nearly three decades. Featuring beautiful scenes from our region, this year is no different. For 2014, a mountain view beyond the rich colors and texture of the high desert landscape is featured. Taken from the Brooks Resources’ community of North… more >

Brooks Resources Employees Vie For Charity Donations; Family Access Network Receives $5,000

New twist on giving program has employees competing to get their charity the most votes to win a significant gift Brooks Resources Corporation put a new twist on its giving program this year: employees actually competed against each other to get their charity of choice the most votes. Wednesday evening, several employees of the company gathered to hear presentations from six of their colleagues on why his or her charity deserved a $5,000 donation. When the votes came in, the… more >

Brooks Resources is First Business Partner for the SMART Reading Program

Donation from Bend, Oregon real estate company kicks off new corporate sponsorship initiative for the regional program Brooks Resources Corporation is the first Business Partner for a new 2013 fundraising initiative at Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) of Central Oregon. The real estate company, which has long supported the SMART program through volunteerism and donations, is hoping to set a precedent for other companies in the community. “We believe that having Brooks Resources be the first to sign on… more >

Deschutes River Conservancy Receives Donation from North Rim Fund

Oregon Community Foundation’s North Rim Deschutes River Fund makes significant contribution to assist the DRC in its important mission for river health   Bend, Oregon—North Rim today announced that it has awarded a $20,000 grant to the Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC) from The North Rim Deschutes River Fund at The Oregon Community Foundation. The money will be used for vital operating funds for the non-profit group, as it continues to pursue its mission for restoring streamflows and improving… more >

Brooks Resources Annual Wall Calendar Takes an Artistic Turn

Bend, Oregon real estate company’s free 2012 calendar features region’s public artwork For more than 25 years, beautiful Central Oregon nature scenes have graced the walls of businesses and residences in the form of the Brooks Resources annual wall calendar. In 2012, the much-anticipated calendar takes a slightly different approach with a tableau of public art from around the region, installed over the last few decades by non-profit group, Art in Public Places. Art… more >

Bend Foundation Makes Significant Donation to Prineville’s Bowman Museum

$25,000 grant from Brooks Resources Corporation’s philanthropic arm will help to fund the museum’s expansion project Prineville, Oregon – The Bend Foundation, the philanthropic arm of real estate company Brooks Resources, donated $25,000 to the Bowman Museum expansion project last week at a special event in Prineville. The expansion project’s capital campaign, dubbed “Let’s Make History!”, is focused on raising enough funds to serve more visitors through new exhibits, meetings and research areas. “My Board… more >

Romy Mortensen Joins Board for Art in Public Places

Brooks Resources vice president to advise nonprofit arts organization in marketing and outreach Bend, Oregon – Art in Public Places, which has been placing art in the Bend, Oregon community since 1973, recently announced the addition of Romy Mortensen as a member of its board of directors. Mortensen will be working with the rest of the board to fulfill the organization’s mission of enhancing the cultural environment and quality of life for the citizens of Bend and… more >

The Bend Foundation Commits $100,000 to Local Social Service Agencies

Bend, Oregon charitable foundation, founded by Brooks Resources Corporation and its predecessors,  contributes money to benefit Central Oregon Bend, Oregon – The Bend Foundation Board of Trustees met recently in Bend, Oregon and unanimously approved  $100,000 of contributions to be divided among several core social service and Arts organizations that have a significant impact on the health and well-being of the Central Oregon community. “We recognize the huge impact that charitable organizations have on our local community, and the… more >

Brooks Resources’ President confirmed to State Board of Higher Education

Governor Kulongoski’s State Board of Higher Education appointment of Bend real estate developer Kirk Schueler was confirmed last week by the Oregon State Senate. Succeeding Board member Howard Sohn of Roseburg, who served from 2004 to 2008, Schueler’s 4-year (plus a partial year) term on the Board began on February 25, 2009 and runs through June 30, 2013. Paul Kelly, president of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education, said, “Kirk Schueler brings a broad set of experience and skills… more >