Susan Strauss tells earthy tales

Bend storyteller Susan Strauss will present “Seeds From the Sun: Stories of Farmers, Gardens, and Earth Wisdom” at 7 tonight at 2nd Street Theater, 220 N.E. Lafayette Ave., Bend.

In celebration of Earth Day, Strauss will tell traditional tales from around the globe, exploring the whimsy and wisdom that surrounds gardens and farms. Local farmers will be on hand to supply information about consumer-supported agriculture.

As an environmental educator and natural history interpreter, Strauss has performed stories and held workshops at the High Desert Museum and many other venues around Central Oregon. She has also performed nationally and internationally.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door. Reservations are recommended.

Contact: or 541-389-1713.

COYO holds Spring Concert Sunday

Central Oregon Youth Orchestra will present its Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at Bend High School, 230 N.E. Sixth St.

COYO, according to its mission statement, is a regional youth orchestra program educating and inspiring young musicians through exceptional ensemble training and performance opportunities.

The spring concert will feature “many” of the group’s soloists, said Amy Goeser Kolb, executive director of COYO.

Admission is a free-will donation at the door — always better than a coercion donation.

Contact:, info@centraloregonyouthorchestra .org or 541-556-6335.

Local author Steber lands book award

Central Oregon author Rick Steber’s “Red White Black” has been chosen as a double award winner in two Beverly Hills Book Award categories: Best Western and Best Non-Fiction Western Region.

The Beverly Hills Book Awards is an international competition open to all English-language books. In selecting winners, a panel of judges from all aspects of the book industry — publishers, writers, editors and copywriters — considered criteria including writing quality, content, cover design and aesthetic components.

The only book to win two categories in this year’s competition, “Red White Black” tells the true story of race and rodeo at the 1911 Pendleton Round-Up, when three men of different skin colors — Jackson Sundown, John Spain and George Fletcher — were brought together during the finals of the Northwest Saddle Bronc Championship.

— David Jasper