Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Free Speech Card

My friend and client, Bend artist Mare Schelz (Bonfire Glass Tile), just posted this video. She and a friend produced the clip - and a series of original silk-screened T-shirts - as part of a free speech project inspired by the Dixie Chicks-like protest by a team of women representing the United States at the world bridge championships in Shanghai last month. Thank goodness for the librarians, musicians, and yes, even bridge players who value truly American values, such as freedom of speech, above their own personal comfort and convenience. Agree? Disagree? Either way, it's our right and privilege to express freely what we think and feel.

Read the 11/14 New York Times article, "Anti-Bush Sign Has Bridge World in an Uproar"

It looks like Mare's still working getting her website up, but in the meantime, you can contact her at

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

12/8 SPIRAL Foundation Holiday Bazaar

Worthy project. If you're buying holiday gifts, make your dollars make
a difference. -HOC

12/8 SPIRAL Foundation Holiday Bazaar

Saturday, December 8th from 10am to 4pm
Mountain Laurel Lodge – Ponderosa Room
990 Yates Drive, Bend
(541) 350-4159

If you've been to the Spiral Foundation in the past, then you're
already coming on Saturday, no doubt. You already know that everything
for sale is either beautiful or fun, and most of it is both – and also
that by shopping here, you are making the world better.

Consider this: Due to the beautiful baskets and door mats made of
recycled trash that you've bought at Spiral, there is now no more trash
in the Nepalese village of Tippin. No more trash – they have to get
it from neighboring villages to continue their craft, and now the
neighboring villages suddenly find themselves clean as well.

This year there are some silks from Cambodia. The dyes are all
natural, and mostly traditional-except for one unusual gray-brown, made
from boiling the landmines and guns that littered this lad after the
Vietnam War.

Most of the children who receive operations paid for by Spiral need
them because of birth defects tied to Agent Orange. It seems both
fitting and proper that we try to right a few of these wrongs.

The amazing thing is how both easy and wonderful it is to do so.
Everything you buy is made in workshops in Vietnam or Nepal, where the
money is then returned. There are the beautiful scarves, wool and
silk, yak-hair bags and sewing kits. Baskets made from colorful
telephone wire. Slippers, angora gloves and so much more. Join us on
Saturday and make a difference in the world.

Bests to all,
Marlene Hasler and Kathi Antolak
(541) 350-4159

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Jackalope Grill & WineStyles Present Autumn Winemakers Dinner

EVENT DATE: Sunday, November 18

(BEND, OR) As famed British wine critic Michael Broadbent once wrote, “Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life's most civilized pleasures.” In this spirit, the Jackalope Grill’s Chef Timothy Garling has partnered with Bend WineStyles to present an Autumn Winemakers Dinner on Sunday, November 18. Starting at 6:00 p.m., a special six-course menu will be served with domestic and imported wines selected to pair perfectly with each dish.

(photo courtesy of Paula Watts and Gusto)

The Autumn Winemakers Dinner Menu includes:
• Oyster Rockefeller
• Winter Squash Soup (with scotch cream)
• Pan-Seared Day Boat Scallop (with forbidden rice and citrus beurre blanc)
• Cascade Natural Petite Beef Tender (with roast garlic crushed potatoes, haricots verts, cabernet-thyme jus)
• Green Salad (gathered greens, champagne vinaigrette)
• Oregon Pear Croustade (with vanilla ice cream)

As each course and its accompanying wine selection are served, WineStyles owners Luiz and Jill Souto-Maior will discuss the wine, its characteristics and why it was paired with the dish.

Cost is $85 including gratuity. Reservations are required, please call 541-318-8435. For information visit or

The Jackalope Grill is located just off Reed Market road in the Scandia Plaza, 1245 SE Third St. (S. Hwy. 97) in Bend.

Monday, November 5, 2007

11/11 Make Postcards, Support Vima Lupwa Homes

This is from Container Antiques:

We are offering a special class where all proceeds will benefit Lupwa Homes. Malerie Pratt will join us to share her story and to answer any questions. Participants will create one or a series of postcards to send to the kids at the Vima Lupwa Home along with greetings.

Cost $35.00
Class will be held Sunday November 11th
1:00 -4:00 in the afternoon. Reservations must be made by Friday, November 9th.

This is a charity class and registration will be done with Amy or Ellen at Container Antiques. Please call them to reserve your spot. Check payable to Lupwa homes due before class begins. Upon registration participant will be given a supply list.

Container Antiques
50 Southeast Scott St.
Bend, Oregon 97701
(541) 382-1785

Kids Cooking Class Highlights Holiday Candy Making

EVENT DATE: Monday, Nov. 19

Entrees Made Easy Invites Kids Ages 8-14 to Make A Mess In Their Kitchen

(BEND, OR) Kids can live out their Willy Wonka candy-making fantasies in Entrees Made Easy’s upcoming Kids Cooking Class. On Monday, November 19, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., aspiring chefs ages 8-14 are invited to make a mess in the Entrees Made Easy kitchen (while secretly learning real cooking and nutrition skills).

Each young chef will assemble three ready-to-cook entrees to take home and share with their families. Kids can choose meals from Entrees Made Easy’s regular menu or from a selection of special Thanksgiving side dishes. Lunch will also be served, so parents can take a break to start holiday shopping or simply go out to lunch and relax.

Then comes the candy making. An assortment of holiday chocolates will be explored and enjoyed, including pecan turtles, decorated chocolate-covered Oreo "pops" and other surprises.

The only cost to participate is the purchase of the dinners: $58 for three half entrees (each serves 2-3 adults) or $88 for three full entrees (each serves 4-6 adults). To sign up, go to and select the Bend location.

Kids love to cook. Especially when it’s a fun, interactive experience — and parents aren’t standing over their shoulders complaining about the mess. Kids Cooking Classes provide the opportunity for kids to expand their food preparation skills well beyond cold cereal and microwave popcorn. They learn all the steps of preparing healthy, fresh meals, and then they can proudly share their work by feeding the entire family.

This fun and unique learning experience teaches kids:
• Healthy Eating Guidelines
• Kitchen Safety
• How to Follow Recipes
• Basic Food & Meal Preparation
• Table Manners

For more information, call 317-4159.

11/12 Jackalope Grill Cooking Class: "Hosting a Party and Enjoying It Too."

Monday, November 12, 6:00 pm

(NOTE: Only six spaces available, reservations required - these classes sell out quickly.)

Join The Jackalope Grill's Chef Timothy Garling for an evening of great food, wine and secrets for "Hosting a Party and Enjoying It Too." The class includes wine and hors d’oeuvres, demonstration and hands-on preparation in the kitchen, handouts with recipes and techniques and sampling of menu dishes paired with wine and/or beer.

Class starts at 6:00 pm at The Jackalope Grill and are limited to just six participants. Cost is $50 for an individual or $75 for two. To reserve a space, call The Jackalope Grill at 541-318-8435. For locations and info, go to:

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Make My Logo Bigger Cream

How does bad design/advertising/marketing happen? Here's a very funny explanation:
Make My Logo Bigger Cream

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Bend Artist Among 10 Finalists in Canon Photo Contest

My friend and colleague Chuck Moser just sent this. His photo is a stunner. -hoc

Hello. I entered a photo contest, and am in the top ten. If I win, I get a few grand in camera gear.

When you have time, go here.

And vote for your favorite. Mine isn’t wildlife, and is on page two. It’s called "God’s Lantern." When you vote, you’re entered to win some cameras and stuff from Canon.

Of course, if you think another one is better, you should vote for that, but keep in mind I have guns. Anyway, vote for your favorite.

Chuck Moser Design
541 318 0334

Central Oregon Metal Arts Guild 9th Annual Collaborative Show

Just got this from Steven Douglas. This First Friday is shaping up to be a great one. -hoc

Show Opening: This Friday, November 2

(Bend, OR) Central Oregon Metal Arts Guild, COMAG , will host an opening reception for its 9th annual collaborative show, this Friday, November 2, from 5:00-9:00 pm at Saxons in the Old Mill next to the smoke stacks. The yearly show has evolved into a collaborative effort, where COMAG’s members team up with one another to create diverse works of art and jewelry in metal. COMAG members work is as diverse as the mediums in which they meddle.

The group began as a handful of jewelers who found they spent a fair amount of time on the phone trading information about vendors, tools and techniques. This in turn led to a formal meeting time at local pubs, which in turn evolved into meetings that now regularly have attendances of over thirty interested metal artists. The members' mediums range from precious metal clay (PMC) to traditional jewelers, blacksmiths, bronze casters, metal fabricators and welders. Each sector represents a diverse group of gender, skill level and approach that when combined, provides for some creative solutions and possibilities.

The group’s mission statement: “COMAG is dedicated to the promotion of education, information and collaboration in the metal arts and crafts.” All participating members will be on hand to speak informally about their finished pieces or techniques. This will also be a great time to inquire about joining COMAG. So grab a friend and come on out and join us this Friday, November 2 at 5:00 for an evening of hors d'oeuvres, libations and art. The show will run throughout the month of November.

For information about COMAG, contact Steven Douglas.

Click here for a listing of First Friday Gallery Walk events. (See Chuck, I used the proper "Gallery Walk" name just for you. -hoc)

Entrees Made Easy on AM Northwest

Karen Schmidlin, owner of the Entrees Made Easy in Hillsboro, made a guest appearance on KATU's "AM Northwest" program this week. She did a great job explaining the many benefits of the meal prep concept in general, as well as Entrees Made Easy's fresh difference.

Click here to view the video clip.

Click here for the Bend Entrees Made Easy page.