Lavender In Bloom
Central Oregon's high desert environment allows for the cultivation of some of the most beautiful and unique floral life in the world. Budding and seasoned florists can get a dose of that wildlife at Tumalo Lavender Farm. The farm grows the calming, purple flower, which reaches full bloom in mid-July. Visitors can immerse themselves in the calming flower by visiting the farm for a walk through the lavender fields, where they can pick their own bouquets.
Tumalo Lavender Farm will be in bloom from July 5-26. Summer hours vary and visitors are encouraged to schedule a visit ahead of time. The farm is 15 minutes outside of Bend on 19825 Connarn Road. For more information or to book a visit, go to tumalolavendar.com or call 541-383-2441.
Discover Nature Days
The Children's Forest of Central Oregon hopes to shed some light on the buzzing, burrowing and creeping bugs that populate the forests of Central Oregon with "What's All the BUZZ About?" Part of the group's Discover Nature Day events, this program will use science activities, stories and games to teach kids about these amazing arthropods.
"What's All the BUZZ About?" is slated for Tuesday, July 12, and Thursday, July 14 from 11am to noon at the American Legion Park in Redmond (850 SW Rimrock Way). The event is free and recommended for ages 4 to 10. For more information, visit childrensforestco.org or call 541-383-5592.
Crooked River Roundup
Prineville prides itself as the Cowboy Capitol of Oregon, and it's easy to see why at the Crooked River Roundup. Check out—and bet on—some of the swiftest horse and jockey teams from around Central Oregon as they compete for first place over four nights of racing action. Admission is $7 at the gate each night; ladies get in free on Wednesday; and discounted tickets for the Thursday and Friday races are available at Evergreen Home Loans and Wilco Farm Stores.
The Crooked River Roundup Horse Races run from July 13 to 16. Gates open at 6pm, and races start at 7:15pm. Admission includes free parking and a program. Crooked River Roundup is located at the Crook County Fairgrounds, 590 SE Lynn Blvd., Prineville, OR. For more information, visit crookedriverroundup.com or call 541-447-4479.