Sunriver is named Oregon’s first official “Dark Sky Place”

Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory and the Oregon Chapter of the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) announced Monday the designation of Sunriver as the newest addition to the International Dark-Sky Association Dark Sky Places Program – as a “Dark Sky Development of Distinction.”

Sunriver is the first “Dark Sky Place” recognized in Oregon and one of only 130+ recognized worldwide to date.

Established in 1988, IDA has led a movement to protect our night skies from light pollution. Their overarching goal, which revolves around the four strategic priorities described below, is to reduce light pollution and promote responsible outdoor lighting that is beautiful, healthy, and functional.

1. Celebrate the Night: Increase awareness of the benefits of the night for all living things, and how light pollution is an urgent environmental threat that individuals can help solve.

2. Dark Sky Protection: Protect exemplary dark skies through our certification program.

3. Lighting Where We Live: Engage cities and communities in reducing light pollution through responsible lighting policy and practice.

4. Skyshed Restoration: Implement coordinated, intentional, and scalable actions to slow, halt, and reverse the increasing rate of light pollution.

“We are honored that IDA has elected to welcome Sunriver into the IDA Dark Sky Places Program”, said Keith Mobley, President of the Sunriver Owners Association Board of Directors. “And we are pleased that our ongoing efforts of the past 60 years to be one with nature are recognized now for our protection of pristine skies from light pollution.”

Twilight Cinema & Turf Tunes (Free Movies & Concerts)

Twilight Cinema

TWILIGHT CINEMA:   Free movie nights at SHARC or The Village at Sunriver. Low profile chairs, blankets, coolers welcome (NO pets or glass). Food and beverage available. Movies start at dark, fun & games prior to showtime.  Click movie poster above to enlarge.



TURF TUNES:  Sundays, July 10 – August 21, 5:30-7:30pm: Enjoy seven weeks of free concerts and other entertainment in SHARC’s amphitheater. Bring your low profile chair, blanket and a picnic. Food and beverages available for purchase. Concerts held rain or shine. Please no pets, glass containers. Schedule subject to change

July 10, Junebugs: Combining high-energy pop with folksy goodness to create a genre-bending sound you can kick up your heels to.
July 17, West Troupe with Central Oregon Aerial Arts: Enjoy the high energy beats of West African drum and dance along with performances from the sky with aerial skills, acrobatics and lyra.
July 24, Jessie Leigh: Infuses a rock and roll attitude into a country style to take “old school music and make it relevant.”
July 31, Off the Record: Classic rock favorites from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.
Aug. 7, Tony Smiley: Captivating audiences with raw rhythms of live looping. His music combines rock, hip hop, reggae, tribal fusion, ’80s and everything in between.
Aug. 14, Henrik Bothe: Bringing the most hilarious comedy, magic and juggling that will have the whole family laughing harder than they ever have.
Aug. 21, Bill Keale: Transporting you to Hawaii with favorite and original island sounds that includes Hawaiian slack key guitar, pop, folk, and easy listening.

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