E-news for the Week of Feburary 1, 2021
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Sunriver Celebrates Feb. 14
There are two reasons to celebrate Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day and Oregon’s Birthday!
The Sunriver Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to enter its drawing to win a Sunriver Valentine’s Day or Sunriver Celebrates Oregon’s. Birthday basket All you need to do is send us a photo and write a brief sentence to answer one of the following questions:
1.      What do you love most about Sunriver? or
2.      How do you celebrate being in Sunriver? (Example, go biking, hiking, to the restaurants….)
Please send a photo and a sentence to sunriverareamarketing@gmail.com by Feb. 12 to be placed in the random drawing. Contestants must be 21 years or older. Look for your photos on the Sunriver Area Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook and Instagram.
Both baskets contain items either made in or reflecting Sunriver or Central Oregon.
The Sunriver Valentine’s Day basket has a “Bend Food, Stories of Local Farms and Kitchens,” a Sunriver coffee mug with pinecones, Sisters Coffee Black Butte Gold, Lava Terrace Cellars 2019 Marquette, Holm Made Toffee Co.’s Himalayan Pink Salt, two Sunriver wine glasses, Goody’s chocolates, a wine stopper handcrafted by Bonnie Junell, a Sunriver winter cap, a lavender bar of Bend Soap Co., a coconut hibiscus soy candle and bath bomb by Dani Naturals and a Sunriver magnet and sticker.
The Sunriver Celebrates Oregon’s Birthday basket has four cans of Sunriver Brewing’s Cocoa Cow Chocolate Milk Stout, “100 Hikes/Travel Guide for Central Oregon Cascades,” two Sunriver beer glasses, two Central Oregon Adventure Calls Hydro Flasks, Sisters Coffee High Desert Sunrise, a tea time bar of Bend Soap Co., Goody’s chocolates, Sunriver playing cards, Holm Made Toffee Oregon Hazelnut Toffee and a Sunriver gray winter cap.
Promote Your Business in the 2021-22 Sunriver Magazine
For the 12th year in a row, the Sunriver Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Cascade Publications will be publishing the Sunriver Magazine in April of this year. The magazine is broadly circulated throughout all of Oregon and sent to many prospective visitors to Sunriver. With vacation home rentals still popular during the COVID-19 pandemic, the magazine has been instrumental in helping these visitors find the businesses and services that they need during their stay. As our economy recovers in the coming year, the 2021-22 Sunriver Magazine can play an important role in promoting your business. In addition, we were pleased to see a large increase in viewers to the online version of the magazine on our website.
The success of the magazine is directly related to the amount of support and advertising that our local businesses provide. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be contacting Chamber members about the options available to them. In the meantime, if you would like to reserve your place in the magazine, please email to Jeff Martin at jeff@cascadebusnews.com or Kent Elliott at exec@sunriverchamber.com
Sunriver Village Ice Skating Rink
Sunriver Ice Skating at the Village at Sunriver Ice arena has long been a family favorite. Enjoy hit music while you skate, or watch skaters zoom by from the comfort of the viewing area. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, reservations are required for all skaters and can be booked a maximum of 14 days in advance. Click Here for more details and to reserve your spot!
Be Safe! Shop Local! Dine Local!
Enjoy Local!
 Sunriver Brewing Co. Photos of Fidos
Everyone and their dog is invited to Photos of Fido's, a family-friendly photo scavenger hunt presented by Sunriver Brewing Company in The Village at Sunriver! Take your swag bag and photo list to ten photo locations throughout The Village at Sunriver, snap some fun and unique photos with your K9 companion, and submit your photos for a chance to win! Due to current COVID-19 guidelines, registration is required, and participation is limited. Visit our website today to secure your spot before they're all gone!
All proceeds from registrants will go directly to support Ronald McDonald House of Central Oregon and The Humane Society of Central Oregon. Let us all see how photogenic you and your pup can be! We look forward to having the Sunriver Brewing Co. K9 Keg Pull event back in The Village for 2022, and expect it to be bigger than ever! Register Here
Sunriver Resort
Sleigh Rides
We have decided to extend our sleigh season one more weekend. We now have sleigh rides available on February 20th! Treat your family and friends to a sleigh ride through the Meadows Golf Course at Sunriver Resort in Central Oregon. Victorian sleighs hold four adults and two children under 55 lbs comfortably. Sleighs will run with or without snow. Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets for winter sleigh rides Click Here to book your adventure.
High Desert Museum
Spend a day at the Museum. When you arrive, grab a Bronze Sculpture Bingo Card from Admissions and keep your eyes peeled! Start your visit with a Bird of Prey Encounter. Get beak-to-beak with a magnificent raptor at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm daily. Then stroll down to the Autzen Otter Exhibit to watch Pitch, Rogue and Brook swim and play. Head up to the 1904 Miller Family Ranch and find out what Mrs. Miller and Amy are cooking up! Make a stop at the Rimrock Café, sample a taste of what the ranch was cooking and get a frothy coffee to enjoy on the cozy patio. Click here to purchase your timed entry tickets. Open daily from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Ways to Keep Exploring
Book a Private Experience
Explore nature or seek the stars with your family in a fun and safe way! Choose from a variety of private experiences guided by SNCO's naturalists and astronomers. We will work with you to schedule your program and customize it for your family's interests. Choose from the following programs: 
  • Owl Meet & Greet (In-person or Virtual)
  • Raptor Tour 
  • Sunriver Nature Hike
  • Birding Adventure
  • Observatory Daytime Experience
  • Star Party
Public Programs
-Thurs., Feb. 18 at 7 pm and 8:30 pm: Mission to Mars. Come join Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory for a special talk on Mars, including nighttime viewing, as we celebrate the landing of the Mars Perseverance Rover and Mars Ingenuity Helicopter on the Red Planet. If you think it’s hard to put a car sized robot on a planet millions of miles away, wait until you hear about the challenges of sending humans! 
Raptor Tour: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 11am. Capacity limited; reservations recommended.
Observatory Nighttime Visits: Wednesday and Saturday: 7pm or 8:30 pm. Reservations required.
Family Birding: Saturday: 10 am. Capacity limited to three families. Binoculars provided. Reservations recommended..
Observatory Daytime Visit: Friday and Saturday 11am - 2pm. Drop in visits welcome (weather permitting) or reserve a private program.
Vitual Lecture
-Thur., Feb. 25 at 7 pm: Einstein, Eddington, and the Challenges of Observational Astronomy. Paul Poncy, observatory staff astronomer, recaps his trip to Chile for the 2020 Eclispe
Sled Dog Rides with Oregon Trail of Dreams
Add a wild, magical experience to your Mt. Bachelor getaway with a ride behind a real dog sled team! Stay snug and warm in the sled while the team led by professional mushers take you on an exciting adventure along snowy tree-lined trails near the slopes of Mt. Bachelor. Sled dog rides are offered Thursday to Monday through May 30, 2021, conditions permitting. Advanced reservations are required and trips sell out during peak holiday periods, so book early to guarantee a spot! Click Here
Sunriver Library
The Library is open Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 6 pm. Face coverings are required for staff and customers over the age of five. Visits are limited to 30 minutes per customers per day.
What is available: Browsing & checking out books, movies & more, public computers.
Free: printing, copying, faxing & scanning.
-Thursday, February 4, 6:00 pm: Habitat Restoration & Upper Deschutes Watershed Council. Learn about the watershed council and their restoration work along Whychus Creek.
-Monday, February 8, 6:00 pm: Beginning Tai Chi Registration Required. Learn the very basics of footwork and upper body movements in this beginner’s class with Master Chen of Oregon Tai Chi Wushu. 
A List of Sunriver Area Restaurants and Delicatessens Open for Business

Love is in Bloom at Wild Poppy Florist!
Wild Poppy Florist is prepared to make this Valentine's Day special for you and the one you love. We have many professionally designed floral arrangements for you to choose from. Or we will be happy to custom design a bouquet just for you. You can view all your options and order online by Clicking Here (Enter code CUPID and save $5). We will be open from 10 am to 3 pm on Valentine's Day and you are more than welcome to shop our unique gift store. Delivery provided to Sunriver, Three Rivers, Bend and La Pine. 56825 Venture Lane #108 or call 541-593-2027
Grants Available
Travel Oregon is excited to announce the launch of the Destination Ready program to support destination development efforts in advance of summer 2021. This $250,000 direct investment program offers funding and technical assistance for the development, enhancement and stewardship of key visitor experiences that are COVID-19 appropriate. Eligible entities include local partners focused on recreation, downtown development and culinary or agritourism.Project awards can range from $10,000 - $50,000 and are expected to be completed within six months. View full list of eligible project categories and associated projects.Applications are open until 12 p.m. PST on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Find more information aindustry.traveloregon.com/destinationready.
Central Oregon Lodging Data
According to Smith Travel Research (STR) monthly survey of participating Central Oregon regional hotel properties* December 2020 vs. December 2019:
  • Hotel lodging occupancy was at 38.1%, down 14% YOY  
  • Average daily rate (ADR) was $112.51, down 19.1% YOY
For the eighth month since May 2020, vacation rental bookings continue to show increases YOY in occupancy and ADR. AirDNA report of regional vacation rental bookings (surveying AirBnB and VRBO) for December 2020 vs. December 2019:
  • Vacation rental occupancy was at 50%, jumping up 56.1% YOY
  • ADR was at $294, also up 24.4% YOY
with any questions.
*Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook and So. Wasco (zip 97037) Counties
Sunriver Area Community
First Interstate Bank’s Lunch and Learn
Stretching your body should be an integral part of every person’s daily routine or home workout program as flexibility is one of the five most important components of fitness. It helps to prevent injuries, promotes circulation and prepares our bodies for physical activity. This is even more important as we age. Join Judy Cameron tommorrow, Tues., Feb. 2 at noon as she will share the 5 best lower leg stretching exercises designed to prepare hiking and snowshoeing. Simply Click Here right before or during the presentation. To listen to any of Judy's past presentations Click Here  
SRWC February Luncheon
Join us for our monthly luncheon on Tuesday, February 16, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. The luncheon will be via ZOOM and will include an optional lunch that you pick up between 11:00 am to 11:30 am at Cafe Sintra. Beginning at 11:20 am, from the comfort of your home, we will have a ZOOM session where we are placed in small break out rooms allowing for time to socialize. This will be followed by the business portion of the meeting and we will finish with our virtual visit with Kent Elliott from the Sunriver Area Chamber of Commerce. Learn how the Sunriver businesses are working under the COVID-19 restrictions and following best practices for community health. He will also discuss the Chamber's Buy Local campaign to support local business. This will be followed by a special opportunity to meet Cecila Barrenechea, the new owner of Hot Lava Baking. Reservations must be made by February 12.
February Zoom Luncheon With Lunch From Cafe Sintra Click Here
February Zoom Luncheon WITHOUT Ordering Lunch: Click Here
Please add the logo Stepping Up for Local.
Volunteers Needed
If you are new to the area, looking to meet some of the friendly and fun locals AND have a wish to contribute your time to benefit the Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory, The Second Tern Thrift Store is looking for volunteers! We are open Fridays and Saturdays 10am-3pm. Please APPLY NOW or call Liz at 541.593.3367. We have taken measures to ensure our business is diligently adhering to physical distancing, wearing masks properly and sanitation regulations.
Sunriver Art Fair
Artist applications for the 12th Sunriver Art Fair are now open!
Apply now for both the live event August 13 to15, 2021 and our new online event August 13 to September 26, 2021. Application deadline is March 15, 2021.
Go to www.sunriverartfair.com for more information, and follow us on
Sunriver You Now on Your Tube
We now have a Sunriver You channel on YouTube and we will attempt to record as many classes as we can. Whether you want to revisit the class again or if you were unable to attend it in person, you will now be able to view it at any time on YouTube. Please visit our channel and subscribe. There is no cost and if you subscribe you will be notified of any new offerings as they become available.
-Beginning Feb. 1 is the Romantic Comedy Film FestThe first film is Crazy Rich Asians. The other films are What’s Up Doc, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and It Happened One Night. You can watch each film in the convenience of your home and then have a lively discussion on zoom after viewing. You will need to register for this class in order to get the zoom invitation for the discussion.
-On Feb. 16 view Navigating the SROA Design Committee. It will be a live zoom class which will be hosted by members of the committee and SROA staff. The information will give you some great insight on the process and give you an edge on moving through the process smoothly. You’ll have an option to turn in questions prior to the class as well as ask questions during the class. You will need to register to get the zoom invite to watch live. Sunriver You

Sunriver Bricks
Looking for a Great Valentine’s Day Gift?
Order your Legacy Brick now for Spring 2021 delivery! Legacy Bricks will be permanently displayed as part of the walkway surrounding the amphitheater bowl at the SHARC and are the perfect way to memorialize loved ones in your life. 
Proceeds support the Sunriver Women’s Club Philanthropy Program through grants to local nonprofits fulfilling essential needs to south Deschutes County. Place your orders here or email us at srwcbricks@gmail.com

Janurary 2021 Sunriver Scene
Official Monthly Publication of the Sunriver Owners Association
Janurary 27, 2020 Edition of the Cascade A&E
Weekly Art & Culture Events
South Deschutes Co. Update
 -Houses are selling on average 6 days in Sunriver and 4 days in La Pine
-In the most recent round of state COVID funding, 35 businesses from South Deschutes County were awarded over $135,000 in relief grants
-Bend Broadband is working to overbuild the entire La Pine market with GPON (gigabit passive optical network) (over 7K addresses). Prior to the fiber build customers were only able to get 100Mbps/10Mbps. Now with GPON customers will have up to 1Gig available with 400Mbps upload
-Deschutes County issued 34 building permits in La Pine for the 4th quarter of 2020. Of those, 23 were issued for single family dwellings, 8 for new commercial building construction and 3 for commercial building alterations. For the same period in the rest of South Deschutes County, 61 new single family dwelling and 3 for commercial building alteration permits were issued.
-Sunriver Trails – A new network of ten miles of recreational dirt and gravel trails (accessible from Sunriver over Cardinal Bridge and from Forest Road #41) will offer exciting opportunities for mountain biking, hiking, and trail running to local residents and tourists.
COVID 19 Resources & Updates
State of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown
Oregon Regional Solutions - Task Force
Health Updates Oregon Health Authority
Student and Family Resources Oregon Department of Education
Child Care Resources for Providers and FamiliesOregon Early Learning Division
Business Resources and InformationBusiness Oregon
Oregon’s Small Business Resource Navigator Business Oregon
Business Guidance & Loan Resources – US Small Business Administration-SBA
Tourism Industry Resources and UpdatesTravel Oregon
Restaurant and Lodging Industry ResourcesOregon Restaurant Association
Corporate Activity Tax - Changes and Updates
Oregon’s Risk and Protection Framework
Updated Risk Levels 
Effective January 29 through February 11, there will be 25 counties in the Extreme Risk level, two at High Risk, two at Moderate Risk, and seven at Lower Risk. A complete list of counties and their associated risk levels is available here.
The Oregon Health Authority will examine and publish county data weekly. County risk levels will be reassigned every two weeks. The first week's data will provide a "warning week" to prepare counties for potential risk level changes. The next assignment of risk levels will be announced January 26 and take effect January 29. 
Updates to Warning Week data and county risk levels will be posted to coronavirus.oregon.gov.
Updated Guidance For Counties in Extreme Risk
Eating and Drinking Establishments
1) Redefines outdoor space to allow for 50% of the space to be open (non-contiguous walls)...(previously 75% of the space had to be open)
2) Allows for individual dining pods (one household max four people)
3) Allows for video lottery terminals to be used while wearing a mask (and not eating or drinking)
To view the entire sector guidance: Click Here
Indoor Entertainment Establishments
1) For establishments 500 sq. ft. or larger:
a. Customer capacity: Maximum six (6) people total (not including employees) in shared indoor entertainment spaces.
b. Require minimum six (6) feet physical distancing between households.
c. Employee capacity: Limit to the minimum number of employees needed to operate the establishment.
2) For establishments smaller than 500 sq. ft:
a. Customer capacity: Maximum one (1) person total;
b. Employee capacity: Maximum one (1) employee total.
3) Indoor on-site consumption of food and drink is prohibited.
To view the entire sector guidance: Click Here
Complete Updated Sector Risk Level Guidance Chart: Click Here 
Vaccine Distribution Status Update
-The mass vaccination clinic at Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center is for the entire Tri-County region. Those in Phase 1A (all groups) and Phase 1B (Groups 1-3) are eligible to receive the vaccine by appointment only. This week in Central Oregon, eligibility expanded to include residents 75 and older.
-Eligible individuals can schedule appointments at https://www.stcharleshealthcare.org/. When registering, residents must attest to meeting the State's criteria for vaccination.
-Oregon Health Authority will not send any first dose COVID-19 vaccines to Deschutes County this week. First dose vaccine appointments are fully booked at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center and registration will be closed until the State allocates additional first doses to Deschutes County. Read more here.
-If individuals are not yet eligible, but want to be notified when they become eligible to receive a vaccine, they can Click Here and fill in the interest form. They will receive an email when their group comes up. All Central Oregon residents are welcome to fill out this form.
La Pine Community Health Center Receives the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
To Administer to Patients 75 and Older
La Pine Community Health Center (LCHC), a nonprofit Community Health Center, received approval from the Oregon Health Authority to be a COVID-19 vaccination site—the first, and
currently the only organization in the South County area to receive such approval. On January 13th, LCHC received their first allocation of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, enough to administer to their employees as part of Phase 1a. For more information Click Here
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