Thursday, December 31, 2009

January Art @ Thump Coffee: “Push” Division Street Skatepark Project Skateboard Deck Art, Plus Lloyd McMullen’s 2D/3D Mixed Media

Throughout January, Thump Coffee in downtown Bend hosts an exclusive sneak preview of “Push” skateboard decks customized by dozens of local, regional and national artists, including Adam Haynes, Mark Rada, Aaron Draplin, and T-Fly. The skateboard artworks will be auctioned in mid-February to benefit the Division Street Skatepark Project. Complimenting the Push showing are mixed media works in two- and three-dimensions by Bend artist and educator, Lloyd McMullen.

McMullen works extensively with found and recycled materials. “Everyday settings and homely objects inspire my art,” she explains. “Snatches of conversation overheard and cast-off items discovered underfoot serve as raw material and metaphor.”

McMullen’s two- and three-dimensional acrylic paintings are layered with deep transparent glazes to embed objects and color within the work. “My work is about time, seeking glimpses of history revealed in simple objects,” she says. “Discarded and broken detritus; random words from fortunes cookies, the daily news, found scraps of paper, classic works of literature ‘paint’ and reveal from the inside out. Currently my work explores figurative/abstract themes as story and symbol.”

McMullen is a Print Associate at Atelier 6000, a fine art prints studio and artists’ workshop in Bend; one of the founding members of Artists Local 101, a Central Oregon-based contemporary art group; Visual Arts Program Director at Young Musicians & Artists, a Willamette University-based program.

McMullen’s work is currently on display in the “On the Cutting Edge” exhibit at the Coos Art Museum. In Bend, work is on display in the “Paper Rock Scissors” show at Atelier 6000, and includes an outdoor installation, “Enlightenment”, at Gossamer, the Knitting Place. Recent invitational/juried exhibits include Atelier 6000, the 135 UP! gallery, and Central Oregon Community College in Bend, OR; the Art House Gallery, Atlanta, GA.; Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, OR; the Firehouse Gallery, Del Rio Council for the Arts, TX; and includes outdoor installations in Central Oregon.

For more about McMullen and her work, visit her website.

According to organizers, Push is modeled after a similar community skatepark project in Montana and inspired by Portland’s famed Burnside skatepark and similar DIY parks. “Though we have lots of sun here in Central Oregon, a covered skatepark designed, built, and maintained by skaters without the help of the parks dept, or the city is the goal,” say organizers.

Situated on Division Street under the Bend Parkway, the land is currently vacant and strewn with large boulders. The project crew, comprised of volunteers who have dreamt of such an opportunity for years, has already formed a 501(c)3 nonprofit in order to secure grants and funds for building the park, which has already won the support of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

For more information on the skatepark project, go to

Thump Coffee is located in downtown Bend at 25 NW Minnesota Ave. For details, visit or call 541-388-0226.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Rise Up 2009: Free Education for over 500 Vulnerable Children in India & Nicaragua

Rise Up

Thank you for helping Rise Up provide empowerment through education in 2009! Whether it's been volunteering your time, purchasing clothing, painting, singing, financially giving, or providing your insightful ideas....We Appreciate It Very Much!

Because of you Rise Up has been able to combat child labor & discrimination by providing free education for over five hundred vulnerable children in India & Nicaragua. It's been an exciting year being actively involved in our local community promoting emerging young musicians & artists, and hosting positive youth events.

Rise Up is completely volunteer run and we need your ideas & creativity in 2010! This season please consider giving the gift of education. 100% of your donation will go directly to help an underprivileged child receive free education.

There is still a day or two to order Rise Up clothing for the holidays.

Much Joy to you and those closest to your heart during this holiday season!

To learn more about Rise Up International's humanitarian efforts click here


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

COTA Receives Recreational Trails Program Grant for Wanoga Mountain Bike Event Area

Congrats to COTA! -hoc

(Bend Oregon- December 14, 2009) The Central Oregon Trail Alliance
(COTA) is pleased to announce that it has received a Recreational
Trails Program grant for the completion of the Wanoga Mountain Bike
Event Area. The grant, in the amount of $56 ,000, is Federal Highway
Administration monies administered by Oregon State Parks RTP
(Recreational Trail Program) committee to help communities construct
trails and trail head facilities that benefit users throughout the

The 56K grant monies will be combined with 28K of matching funds
raised by COTA through memberships, corporate sponsorships and events
for a total Wanoga project cost of $84,000.00. Grant monies will be
used for the purchase of equipment to aid in the construction of the
project as well as the purchase of tools, kiosk's and signs for the
new trails and trailheads.

To learn more about the RTP grant and COTA please visit our website at

"The Central Oregon Trail Alliance is dedicated to the stewardship of
sustainable, multiple use trails and to preserving access for mountain
bikers through advocacy, education and promoting responsible trail use."

Woody Starr- Board Chairman 541-390-8103
Kent Howes-Development Director 541-550-9433

12/17 Wildwood Ave. @ Silver Moon Brewery

4 Peaks love. -hoc

Hi there Friends and Family of 4 Peaks,

Just touching base about a great show we have coming up at the Silver
Moon Brewery this Thursday, December 17th.

4 Peaks is happy to present Wildwood Ave. as part of their "One and
Done" tour! This band is truly a hidden gem in the music scene of Bend.

It's a special night, as this will be their first show in Bend, and
unfortunately for CO music lovers, their last, so DON'T MISS IT!

Please come on out for an evening of great tunes and incredible
jamming. Don't let their lack of playing bar gigs fool you, these
guys have been playing together for a year and a half and really know
how to open things up. They are a very tight quartet that throw in a
nice mix of originals and choice jam rock covers. This show will not

Oh yeah, IT'S FREE!!

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

~Eric Walton
4 Peaks Presents

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Bend-based Brings Snow Riders One Steezy Deal at a Time

Hardcore Snowboard Brands at Softcore Prices Provides Purchasing Power for the People

Just in time for riding season, Bend's own hucks the summit of steez for people who want killer gear at down-to-earth prices - one steezy deal at a time.

According the Gear Junkie, ", adds an interesting tweak to the mix: It’s an ODAT [one deal at a time] site with a peek at what else is coming up. Plus, viewers have a chance to
determine what goes on sale next."

By working closely with hand-selected core brands – many based in the Pacific Northwest – makes snowboarding affordable to everyone who loves riding with family and friends. is the social way to shop for top-quality snowboard gear – and save big on snowboards, bindings, watches, outerwear, apparel, gloves, goggles and sunglasses.

Here’s how works: Only one product is for sale at any time. A clock indicates the amount of time left, and a counter shows the number of products available in stock for the featured item. When the featured product sells out or runs out of time, it’s replaced by the item at the top of the waiting list. Shoppers can vote for upcoming products, moving them to the top of the list – and into the featured spot. They can also get help from friends to vote an item up. By purchasing consecutive items, shoppers can save even more money by shipping multiple products in their single order. Plus, just like riders share secret powder stashes with their bros and sisters, at they can easily share secret gear slashes.

According to, steez is defined as “a snowboarder term that combines the word ‘Style’ with ‘Ease’ to create the act of doing a trick with style and ease to make it done with super steez. A rider with steez, such as myself, would be referred to as “steezy” whether it be because of his/her sick tricks, gangster aparrel [sic], or watevs.” brands include Airblaster, Anon Sunglasses, Academy Snowboards, Artec Snowboards, Ashbury Eyewear, Atmosphere Outerwear, Automaton Snowboards, Bent Metal, Celtek Gloves, Elm Company, Flux Bindings, GNU, Grenade Gloves, Holden Outerwear, IS Goggles Lib Tech, Lifetime Collective, Nikita Clothing, Nixon Watches, Roxy Snowboards and Union Binding.

“Ride hard. But be kind to your wallet,” says the team.

Downtown Bend: First Friday Art Walk, December 4 + Bicycle Art Walk, Friday, December 11

Two arts walks in downtown Bend in December! -hoc

Photos by Amy Castaño on display at
John Paul Designs fort Bicycle Art Walk.

The Downtown Bend Business Association invites bicycle fans to enjoy a special Bicycle Art Walk on Friday, December 11. Downtown business will display bicycle-themed art and other fun bike-related events will take place in conjunction with the 2009 National Cyclocross Championships in Bend, December 10-13. The Bicycle Art Walk event is in addition to the regular First Friday Art Walk downtown on December 4. For Bicycle Art Walk, everyone is encouraged to leave their cars at home and ride a bicycle.

For details about bicycle art exhibits and other activities, check the new Downtown Bend Business Association website.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thump and Other Bend Coffeehouses Raise HIV/AIDS Awareness on World AIDS Day

From Anna Johnson at Deschutes County. -hoc
The 21st anniversary of World AIDS Day is Tuesday, December 1. This
year, Deschutes County Public Health has partnered with local coffee
shops including Strictly Organic, Thump, and Mocha Janes in an effort
to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS in the community.

Patrons of the coffee shops will receive labels on their coffee cups
and sleeves with educational local, national and international facts
regarding the HIV epidemic on December 1.

Public Health will display an educational table board explaining the
link between drug addiction and HIV acquisition and transmission at
the Life Interrupted event (
) at Summit High School Tuesday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Deschutes County Public Health reminds citizens each year that HIV
does exist in Central Oregon and there are things the public can do to
help prevent the spread of the virus. People are encouraged to receive
testing for HIV/AIDS, to know their disease status, and take active
steps to control their health if living with the virus.

In Deschutes County, seven new HIV infections were reported within the
last nine months, which is unexpectedly high. Of these, three had
already progressed to full blown AIDS. This means that for almost half
of the newly diagnosed HIV cases, the infected persons were likely
already living with HIV - without knowing it - for as long as five
years or longer.

Deschutes County Public Health offers services for persons living with
HIV or AIDS including case management, sexually transmitted
infections, testing, treatment and follow up, and support classes for
managing this long-term chronic condition.

What You Should Know:

Ø The Center for Disease Control recommends that everyone seriously
consider taking the HIV test at least once. Over 200,000 U.S. citizens
with HIV aren't aware they have the virus.
Ø A new, rapid HIV test gives accurate results in just 20 minutes. The
test is available at several locations in Deschutes County.
Ø The severity of HIV has changed through antiviral medications in the
last 10 years. HIV used to be a terminal illness and now is a
treatable, long-term, chronic condition.
Ø Learning of your HIV status and getting treatment early in the
infection, is critical to living a relatively long and normal life
with the disease. Early detection also helps avoid spreading the virus
to sex or needle-using partners or from an HIV-positive mother to her

Deschutes County Health Services offers a Positive Self Management
class for persons with living HIV and their partners and/ or family
members. Call 541-322-7425 for more information.

For more HIV/AIDS information, please visit,
, or the Deschutes County Health Services and
search "HIV Testing."

Friday, November 20, 2009

Deschutes River Manufacturing featured in Cascade Business News "Made In Central Oregon"

Simon Mather at CBN did a great job with this up-to-date profile of
Bend-based Deschutes River Manufacturing, maker of the Rookie Sidekick
line of power fire hose rollers. -hoc

Bright Future for Fire Crew Labor Saving Devices
Deschutes River Manufacturing's 'Rookie' Hose Reel System Looks to
Extend International Reach

Nov 18, 2009

Fire departments from as far afield as Asia and South America are
poised to benefit from trailblazing labor and time-saving devices
pioneered by Central Oregon technical innovators Deschutes River

For years, the 'grunt' work involved in hand rolling hoses and lugging
them back to the fire truck following an incident has fallen to newer
fire fighters, tasked with laboriously rolling, squeezing and re-
decking, or reloading, 100-foot-plus lengths.

But in recent times, hoses have grown ever wider and heavier,
especially when residual air and water needing to be expelled is
factored in, and the ante has been upped regarding back injury risk
for effective weights that can hover over150 pounds.

Pondering the situation led Deschutes River Manufacturing's founder
David Johnston to tap 27 years of mechanical experience as a
millwright to develop an ingenious portable, motorized fire hose
roller first launched onto the market in 2002.

Since then, the Bend-based company has been revolutionizing the way
industrial, municipal and wildland firefighters in the U.S. and Canada
work, while recently great strides have been made towards spreading
the word on a global scale.

Named after the crew members who traditionally handled hose heavy
lifting, the 'Rookie' line features portable fire hose rollers that
quickly roll fire hoses up to 7-1/4 inches in diameter at the scene,
enabling fire fighters to manage hoses rapidly, easily and safely,
while saving their energy and physical condition for the demanding
front line fire suppression work. Models are equipped with a gas
engine or electric motor, with larger variants featuring variable-
speed controls.

The Rookie, which rolls hoses up to 1 1/2 inches in diameter, is one
of the company's several products, which also include: The Rookie
Sidekick, which is smaller but more powerful and fits on the back of a
four-wheeler and rolls 3/4- to 3-inch hoses; The Rookie Sidekick LDH,
which rolls a 5-inch hose; The Rookie Reloader, which allows
firefighters to transfer the hose back to the vehicles; and The Rookie
All-In-One, which utilizes adjustable pins to roll from 1 1/2- to 7 ¼-
inch hoses and comes with a reloader and portable stand.

Firefighters have welcomed the breakthrough of a modern hose
management system, lauding it as saving a significant amount of time
compared to doing the job by hand and without risk of back injuries
from stooping over to roll and lift.

The Rookie Sidekick is currently being used by fire suppression
agencies and firefighters from Texas to Canada, including the U.S.
Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management,
power utilities and municipal fire departments. Industrial customers
include Hagemeyer, Union Carbide-Dow Chemical, Marathon Oil, Conoco-
Phillips, Exxon-Mobil and Suncor.

"After our department tried The Rookie Sidekick, we felt it was a
piece of equipment we had to have," commented Gary Spoor, assistant
chief, South Bend VFD, South Bend Washington. "We recently upgraded to
5-inch hose on our engines. The Rookie Sidekick has helped us out with
that for two main reasons: one is safety — the larger diameter hose is
heavier, harder to handle and more likely to cause back injuries. And
the other is time — The Rookie does a better job getting air out of
the hose for redecking it."

Johnston, formerly with Kor-Pine/Willamette Industries in Bend before
Weyerhaeuser acquired then shuttered the company and he parlayed a
knack for numbers and mechanical technology into his own business,
commented: "We are committed to continually researching, developing
and field testing the highest quality, best designed fire hose
handling equipment technology available today to make fire fighting
easier and safer for the men and women who put their lives on the line
every day."

Johnston continues to refine design elements including a recent change
to the Sidekick Stand for increased maneuverability, and improved foot
pedal cable connections.

For James Norman, chief of the East Bend Volunteer Fire Department in
North Carolina, The Rookie has saved him and his crew the two-hour job
of rolling mile-long hoses back on the truck. The hoses need to be
long enough to reach from a pond - or other water source - to the fire
scene. Done in 100-foot increments, rolling the hose back up takes
less than an hour with The Rookie, Norman said.

"I tell you what, that's a great machine that saves lots of time,"
Norman said. "It pushes all the water and air out of the hose, which
then lays flatter on the truck than when you do it by hand."

DRM has ratcheted up efforts to expose its product on a wider basis,
with the help of new sales manager Steve Grediagin, who said he is
enjoying hitting the road and showing customers first-hand "what a
quality, industrial grade machine it is."

He added that he was already talking to fire departments as diverse as
Hong Kong and Brazil about adopting the systems, adding: "With a
proven track record of customers that includes every major U.S. public
land management agency, some of the world's largest energy companies,
water utilities and fire departments on three continents, the
potential is enormous to help save these departments money, personnel
and time."

DRM is increasingly tapping into other vertical markets that use large-
diameter hoses, including municipal water systems. The City of Bend's
Water Reclamation Department purchased a Rookie Sidekick this year to
roll up the fire hose it uses to pump out sewer lines during
maintenance and repairs.

The industrial sector - oil refineries and chemical companies - is
also quickly becoming a hot market.

"(The Rookie products) really cut down on the manpower and cut down on
time," said Becky Gibson, vice president of sales and marketing for
TSI Inc., the company that distributes Johnston's products to the oil
and chemical companies up and down the Gulf Coast. "It also is a
safety issue for saving people's back, that sort of thing."

"They have an incredible product that the market needs," she said from
Baton Rouge, La. "It's just a matter of getting it out in the

And that effort is being boosted by contact with a business
development analyst at the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council to
begin to explore market opportunities in the oil fields of the Middle

This is just one of the several new export markets the company has
been able to make in-roads into – with the support of Alexa Hamilton,
Global Trade Specialist at Business Oregon, the export assistance arm
of the State of Oregon Business Development Department, and Gail
Snyder with the U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Service in

Grediagin added that on the domestic front sales were also growing,
and involvement with the General Services Administration (GSA)
government procurement system had seen three Sidekick rollers recently
sold to Alaska Fire Service.

Just in the last few weeks sales have also been executed with Columbia
River Gorge Scenic Area, U.S. Forest Service Three Rivers Ranger
District in Washington – a repeat customer with five units - Fluor
Hanford (environmental clean-up contractor at Hanford Nuclear
Reservation in Washington) and repeat customer Conoco Phillips in Texas.

Deschutes River Manufacturing, .877-868-1951;

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Jackalope Grill: Open Sunday 11/22, Thanksgiving

Latest news from Chef Tim at Jackalope Grill. -hoc

We Are Open Sunday 11/22
This Sunday November 22, we will be open and serving dinner beginning
at 5:00. Hope to see you then!

Open for Thanksgiving!
Please join us for Thanksgiving Dinner, Thursday, November 26. Seating
is 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Traditional fare, as well as selected menu items,
will be offered. Relax and leave the cooking and cleaning to the
Jackalope Grill this year!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Unique Food Experience: 1st/3rd Tuesdays - Taste of Norway at Sons of Norway Lodge

First and third Tuesday, 11am to 1pm, Sons of Norway Lodge, 549 NW Harmon Blvd Bend, OR. Call 541-382-4333 to confirm schedule.

My grandfather, Olaf Skjersaa, immigrated directly from Norway, arriving in Bend, Oregon as a teenager unable to speak a word of English. Like many of our country's earlier immigrant generations, he was determined to learning English as quickly as possible to "fit in" here. As a consequence, my family lost the ability to speak Norwegian in a single generation. My mother, Greta, and her siblings know only a few words of their father's native tongue.

But also like many immigrant communities, food became a connection to the Old World, and I grew up surrounded by the tastes and smells of the Norwegian cooking my Grandmother Grace Skjersaa, Great Aunt Edna Skjersaa and my mother would serve at family gatherings.

Now, the holidays are the time of year that me and my children join my mother in re-creating baked treats like the delicious potato flat-bead lefsa and delicately crisp, ornate cone cookies, kramakake.

When my mother invited me to join her this week at the Sons of Norway Lodge for the Taste of Norway lunches member Barbara has been preparing on Tuesdays, I jumped at the chance.

If you've never experienced Norwegian cuisine, you'll be pleasantly surprised to discover that it's far more diverse and tasty than the notorious lutefisk. I recommend getting the "Some of Everything" sampler. My "smorbrod" open-faced bay shrimp sandwich on rye bread, Swedish yellow-pea soup, lefsa and cucumber-dill salad were fresh and light, and the baked treats are some of the best from any any cooking tradition.

Get your Norsk on! -Harold Olaf (Skjersaa) Cecil

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Finally got around to making some updates on the Ad HOC words + ideas website, thanks to Sheena from Thump Coffee, who wanted to dust off her HTML skills. It's probably about time to wad it up and start fresh with a cool WordPress site, but at least the content is sorta current now. -hoc

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Vima Lupwa Homes: Latest News from Zambia

Update from Bend's Malerie Pratt about the home for children she
founded in Zambia, supported by the Bend community. -hoc

"Chilya ubwika buletwala kubuyantanshi...umwela nao ulayamba uku
kabililako." A Bemba proverb meaning: "As life goes on weather gets

It is the hot season in the Sub-Sahara Africa and for our children at
the Vima Lupwa Home. Please read our November update and hear the
latest from the Vima home at .

Thanks for your continual support and Happy Thanks Givings,
Our best,

Malerie and Marlena

Vima Lupwa Home
Breaking and Reversing the cycle of poverty

1550 NW Galveston
Bend OR 97701

Video Trailer: NWVS #8 Premiere at Alder Creek Bend

NWVS #8 - At Home In The Gorge from CRG Video on Vimeo.

Free premiere showing at Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend.

11/19 Kayak Video Premiere: "At Home In The Gorge" @aldercreekkayak in Bend

Movie night at Alder Creek!

Hey guys,

Here's the poster and info about the Nov 19th movie at the shop. Check
out for more info about the film. Thursday Nov 19th
7:00-8:30 @ Bend Alder Creek movie is FREE.



Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Jackalope Grill: November Events

Monday, November 16 Women Tasting Wine: Cotes du Rhone Wines
Cotes du Rhone is probably the most diverse wine appellation in France. The appellation encompasses much of the land of the area, not to mention much of the wine - over two-thirds of the wine produced in the Rhone Valley is of the Cotes-du-Rhone appellation. Dennis Sienko of Bend Wine Cellar will guide us through a selection of these wines, and Chef Tim will create some delectable dishes to pair with them.

WTW meets on Monday, November 16, from 4:00-6:00 pm, at the Jackalope Grill. Please arrive 15 minutes early for Women Tasting Wine. Cost is $45. For reservations, please contact Diane Sienko at Bend Wine Cellars (388-7564), or go to the Women Tasting Wine website.

Open Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26
The Jackalope Grill will be open on Thanksgiving, serving a traditional turkey dinner, as well as items from our regular menu. Seating will be from 1:00 to 5:00.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

COTA Trail Alert: Lower Ben's

Perfect riding weather - but be advised . . .-hoc

Please be advised that lower Ben's Trail will be closed for repairs from the trailhead up to Rd4610 which is the intersection with Express this weekend. Please plan your rides to avoid that section. Both Saturday and Sunday crews will be working to add drainage and repair beat sections of the trail. We would love your help on Sunday to help hand finish the work.

Thank you!
Central Oregon Trail Alliance

11/7 Tumalo Langlauf Club Party

Thanks TLC for grooming our nordic ski trails! -hoc

Tumalo Langlauf Club membership drive/fundraiser, this Saturday, Nov.
7th, 5:30-8:30 at the Boy's & Girl's Club- 500 NW Wall St.
Taco Stand food
Beer from Cascade Lakes
Music by Mark Barringer of Bare Roots
Come see the new groomer!
Slide presentation by our Olympic hopefuls
Game room for the kids

Hope to see you all there! Please pass this along to all your friends!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Nov. 6-14: "Godfather" Inspired Interpretation of Shakespeare's "Macbeth"

"There 's daggers in men's smiles." This sounds like a hoot. -hoc

Hello All
It is time again for some drama at Summit High School. They are doing Macbeth with a twist--Shakespeare in the style of Coppola's The Godfather! Should be fun and of course Lila is in it--she plays Macbeth's best pal--who is a dude--so she is excited! See you there. Thanks for your continued support and friendship. Mona Mensing(Lila's Mom)


Come Join Summit High School Performing Arts Department for our production of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth". This version of this chilling tragedy uses the original language but the setting has been inspired by Francis Ford Coppola's "Godfather" movies.

Summit High School Auditorium, Bend, OR
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Friday, October 30, 2009

Sculpture Garden, Xeriscaping, Signage Blended at Mother’s Juice Café

See the rest of the sculpture garden images on Mother's Juice Cafe Facebook. -hoc

Sculpture garden? Low-water xeriscape landscaping? Business signage? How about all three? Mother’s Juice Café’s latest contribution to Galveston Avenue neighborhood beautification blends art, sustainability and commerce. Under the shade of a “Mother’s Juice Café” sculptural metal tree flourishes beds of sculptural metal flowers with small placards for Open, Espresso and other simple messages.

Mother’s Juice Café owner Mike Sackin tapped into his landscaping background to collaborate with Bend metal sculptor Andy Wachs at Weld Studio on the modern designs.

“We worked with the Mother’s tree-inspired logo to create a modern sculpture that also serves as signage in an organic way,” says Wachs. “It simulates a tree and plant forms and incorporates local landscapes for a playful, eye-catching blend of signage, garden and art,” Wachs explains.

The signs are constructed of steel and aluminum with traces of patina and rust to blend in with the surrounding Central Oregon desert environment.

Mother’s owners Mike and Janet Sackin, are also committed to supporting the local arts community by providing their venue as a platform for local artist to feature their work monthy.

“With our new sculpture garden emerging out front - we hope the community can be inspired to bring art into any environment,” states Mike Sackin.

Mother’s Juice Café is located on Bend’s west side at 1255 NW Galveston Ave. For details, visit or call 541-318-0989.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

11/6 Downtown Bend Business Association’s November First Friday Art Walk

Dozens of downtown Bend businesses will glow with the welcoming warmth of Autumn during the Downtown Bend Business Association’s monthly First Friday Walk on November 6. Art exhibits, artist receptions, live music, food and beverage samples and other events are open to the public free of charge throughout the evening.

Below are highlights and locations for several November First Friday Art Walk happenings:

Astro Lounge
147 NW Minnesota Avenue
Derek Anderson light paintings photography.
At the Beach
850 NW Wall
Handmade chocolate truffles, wine and 2010 swim and resort wear lines.
Bella Moda
1001 NW Wall Street #102
Lisa Mason color pencil drawings and acrylic paintings.
Bend Mapping & Blueprint 922 NW Bond Street
“Have you ever been this tired?” photo prints.
Douglas Fine Jewelry
920 NW Bond Street, Suite 106
Steven and Elyse Douglas gem show featuring Oregon Sunstone from Douglas mining claims.
Dudley’s Bookshop Café
135 Minnesota Avenue
Holly Grigg-Spall acrylic paintings. Music by French troubadour Eric John Kaiser. Artistic knitted items.

High Desert Gallery
10 Minnesota Avenue
Sue Favinger Smith “Perception and Imagination” oil paintings. Music by Erin Cole-Baker, acoustic mix of bluegrass, jazz, blues and rock.
Glass Symphony
916 Wall Street
Kate MacLeod new glass works.
Great Outdoor Clothing Company
933 NW Wall Street
Susan Mobley original watercolors and handpainted silk scarves and neckties.
Hot Box Betty
903 NW Wall Street
Karen Wright jewelry, Karen Brock designs, Stephanie Photography travel and nature photos.
Karen Bandy Design
25 Minnesota Avenue
Custom-designed jewelry and original abstract acrylic paintings.
Lowes Group
920 NW Bond Street, Ste 107
Artist TBA from BICA Gallery.

New York City Sub Shop
1043 NW Bond Street
Greta Gretzinger
 humorous paintings.

North Soles Footwear
800 Wall Street
Nikki Hoke Horner abstract interpretations of topographical mapping.

Sage Custom Framing
834 NW Brooks Street
Linda Gillard plein air pastel landscape paintings and figurative wire sculptures.

Thump Coffee
25 NW Minnesota Avenue
Kristin Klus hand-tinted darkroom prints and digital photography.

Will you one day be able to float this?

Article in Bend Bulletin proposing new options to benefit casual floaters, white water adventurists and the Deschutes fish habitat. -hoc

Read the full article, "Will you one day be able to float this? " here.

To Learn More: The Bend Park & Recreation District will hold an open house on the Colorado Avenue Dam report from 5:30- 7 p.m. Thursday in the district's Community Room at 799 S.W. Columbia St. in Bend.
To see the consultant's report on the Colorado Avenue Dam improvement project, visit People with questions or comments who can't attend the open house can contact Bruce Ronning at 541-706-6113 or

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Kristin Klus Photography at Thump Coffee | November 2009

Looking forward to more hand-tinted darkroom prints @thumpcoffee from Klus. -hoc

Kristin Klus Photography at Thump Coffee, throughout the month of November 2009.

(BEND, OR) Scenes from Central Oregon by local photographer Kristin Klus are showcased at Thump Coffee in downtown Bend throughout November. Klus’s works bridge the gap between classic darkroom photography and newer digital techniques in the artist’s self-described quest to create photographs as “powerful as nature itself.”

“Photography is my way to share my adventures with the world,” says Klus. “My goal has always been to create photographs as powerful as nature itself by capturing the perfect lighting, angle, and exposure while in the field. The focus of my current collection is on capturing the beautiful landscapes and wildlife that I am so lucky to be exposed to here in Central Oregon.”

A native Oregonian who grew up with a strong love for the outdoors, Klus discovered a passion for photography in a high school photography class, and she pursued both academic training — earning a degree in photography — and hands-on experience working at a camera shop while attending Central Oregon Community College.

Klus’s work has been published in Photographers Forum magazine, and her photography can be found in businesses and private collections throughout Central Oregon. Visit her website at

Thump Coffee is located in downtown Bend at 25 NW Minnesota Ave. For details about art exhibits, coffee cuppings and other events, visit or call 541-388-0226.

Photo Caption: “Historic Old Mill” by Kristin Klus (hand-tinted black-and-white darkroom print, 12”x18”). “This photo was taken nine years ago. The pond has been bulldozed, and new buildings have blocked this angle entirely,” says Klus.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Help Shape Land Use in Deschutes County-Input Needed at October Meetings

Here's your chance to participate in shaping the future face of
Deschutes County. -hoc

Deschutes County has prepared a new draft of the Comprehensive Plan
for the first time since 1979. Over the next three months, the Deschutes
County Community Development Department will host 10 public meetings
to discuss the new draft Plan to obtain feedback from County residents.

The Community Plans within the Comprehensive Plan are specific
blueprints of how and where growth and development occur and how natural
resources will be protected in the unincorporated areas of the County
for the next 20 years. The draft Plan is based on public input received
over the past year, changes to state law, coordination with other
agencies and organizations and in-depth analysis of current conditions
and trends.

The County is asking for comments on all aspects of the Plan, from its
general themes to specific actions. The following meeting address
specific Community Plans that include growth and development affecting
each community. Give your input and learn more about the Community
Plan at these October meetings:

Date Tentative Topic Location Time
Oct. 19 Community Plan Terrebonne Grange Hall, 6:15 p.m.
Oct. 20 Community Plan Tumalo Community School, 6:00 p.m.
Oct. 29 Community Plan (Deschutes Junction) Three Sisters 7th Day
Adventist School, 6:00 p.m.
Note: This schedule is subject to change

Based on public comments received this fall, the draft Plan will be
revised in early 2010. Public hearings are expected to begin in spring

A copy of the draft Comprehensive Plan as well as detailed information
about the Planning Commission and community meetings are available at , under "Comprehensive Plan Update."

10/17 JZ Band at Three Creeks Brewing Co.

Joe Leonardi (Leonardi Media Arts) is one of those creative Central Oregonians whose work is always worth following. Check out his cool JZ Band at this happening Sisters watering hole. -hoc

With Special Guests
Live at:
Three Creeks Brewing Co.
Saturday October 17th

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

10/25 Rise Up's 3rd annual "Art for India"

Rise up and check it out! -hoc


riddim driven

You are invited to Rise Up's 3rd annual "Art for India," on Sunday October 25th. Join us for one of Bend's largest art events. The evening will feature artwork by thirty of Bend's most talented artists and features an additional youth mural by children & teens from our local schools. This fun benefit helps fight discrimination and poverty by providing free education for over 250 underprivileged children in Bodhgaya, India.

This all age show starts at 5pm at the old Boomtown location, on the corner of Greenwood and Harriman (across from the Blacksmith restaurant). Come pick your piece of the canvas! Hosted by MC MOsleyWOtta and live music from Chris Chabot, Leif James and the Autonomics! Eats, Libations, Silent Auction, and a Media Presentation about the school in India. 

Tickets are: $15-Adults, under 21-$10, and under 10-Free. Tickets are available online   - at the door - or at Visit Bend.
We also have discounted group 5 & 10 packs. (5-$50, 10-$80)

If you would like to help volunteer for this event, Please contact us: 800-344-1540


Friday, October 9, 2009

Brian Daly Miniatures Photography at Mother’s Juice Café in October

Talent! Link takes you to event on Mother's Juice Cafe Facebook. -hoc

Brian Daly Miniatures Photography at Mother’s Juice Café in October

(Bend, OR) For the first time in Bend, local photographer Brian Daly exhibits his lilliputian photographic scenes in a solo show at Mother’s Juice Café throughout October. This series of photos depicts scenes created with miniature models ½-inch to 1-inch tall – people, cars, buildings, trees and other tiny figures, mostly “from my children's toys, or an old train set,” says Daly.

A photographer for 20 years, Daly recently started doing more studio work, including these miniature scenes. “The challenge is to try and throw some dramatic lighting into the scene and make the picture something it is not,” he explains. “I want to make the viewer, if even for a second, think, ‘Is that real? How did he do that?’”

Some shots, he says, “mimic a beautiful every day scene, with others the challenge is to create some tension or drama. And some are just to have fun.”

For more Brian Daly photos, visit Mother’s Juice Café is located on Bend’s west side at 1255 NW Galveston Ave. For details, visit or call 541-318-0989.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

10/25: An All Oyster Dinner at the Jackalope Grill

This sounds fantastic! -hoc

Some say oysters are an aphrodisiac, and while we invite you to decide for yourselves the myth's veracity, we know for a fact that they are delicious and lend themselves to a variety of presentations and preparations. After much thought and reflection on this princely mollusk, Chef Tim has developed another inspired menu for your enjoyment!

An All Oyster Dinner
October 25, 2009
~ Menu ~

Kumamoto Oyster
cava gelée, cava mignonette sauce

Oysters on the Half-Shell
an assortment including Chincoteague Bay, Calm Cove, Pickering Point and Barron Point

Oyster Chowder

Harry Hamblet's Oyster Sauté
house-made tarter sauce, cole slaw

Sake Poached Oyster
cucumber salad, sake-ginger dressing

Oysters Rockefeller
traditional preparation

Oyster Dessert

Please call soon to reserve one of the remaining places available for this special night of delicacies from the sea, paired with outstanding wines. Cost is $80 (including wines and gratuity), and we request payment in advance so the evening is more relaxed and enjoyable for all. Dinner starts at 6pm.

Reminder: Open Sunday, October 11 for Columbus Day Weekend
Since Monday is a holiday, we'll be open for regular dinner hours on Sunday, October 11. Come enjoy Sunday dinner at the Jackalope!

Kathy & Tim Garling
Reservations: 541-318-8435. Recipes, info and more.

Monday, October 5, 2009

10/25 Art For India Fundraiser

#inbend -hoc
We had a great turnout for the painting party with kids from three
schools and others participating this year too! We are having the Art
For India Fundraiser on Sun.,Oct. 25th, 5-9pm at the old Boomtown
location on the corner of Greenwood and Harriman (across from the
Blacksmith restaurant). Come pick your piece of the canvas! There will
also be live music from Chris Chabot, Leif James and the Autonomics!
Food, Beverages,Silent Artful Auction and a Slide Presentation of our
project in India. Tickets are the same as last year...$15-Adults,
under 21-$10, and under 10-Free.
If you would like to help volunteer for this event, Please contact me.
Hope to see you soon! Thanks sheri

Sheri Foster



10/10 Groovin' for Gavin

No health insurance, and a baby with a severe medical condition. Little Gavin is a poster child for why we need health care/health insurance reforms! -hoc


Come Support the Straw family through this tough time. Five month old baby Gavin will be having massive brain surgery on October 13th. Our lovely friends are hosting a fundraiser for Gavin and his family to help with medical expenses.


Groovin' for Gavin

Hosted at Parilla

635 NW 14th Street. 541-617-9600

Sat, October 10th

3-9 pm

Live music performed by

Larry and His Flask 8-9pm

Dela Project 7-8pm

Ben and Steve of Necktie killer 6-7pm

Silent Auction 3-8pm

Lovely donations from: The Tower Theatre, Bambini, Spork, Plum, Pave Jewelers, Vanilla, Soba, Bouncing off the Walls, Alpenglow, Scrappin' Along, Utilitu, Tan Republic and manymore!

Sliding scale donation requested $5-$20

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Poor Man's Whiskey, Saturday October 24 at the Domino Room

This will be a show to remember! -hoc

What a great way to get ready for Halloween - as you're encouraged to wear your favorite Wizard of OZ costume and enjoy a bluegrass interpretation of the Pink Floyd classic "Darkside of the Moon"!

Come on out, whether you're in Portland or Eugene! Both shows are expected to sell out, so get your tickets early!

Amy Clark's twins born today!

Congratulations to my friend and colleague Amy Clark and her husband Chad on the birth of twins this morning! Love, HOC

Monday, September 28, 2009

10/10: COTA Biketoberfest Work Party

Thanks to Dave Caplan for all of his volunteer work on behalf of Central Oregon Trail Alliance! Lend a hand if you can. -hoc

Hey trail users!

COTA and I sure could use your help on 10/10 for a morning of trail work. For this year's Biketoberfest, I'll be leading a crew up Farewell. If you've been up there recently you know Farewell has had a hard summer and could really use some love to get it ready for next year.

I know many of you have been out riding and running the trails for the last 6 months or more... how about giving back a few hours of your time to help maintain this amazing resource?

If you, or any of your friends can join me, please let me know beforehand, so that I can be sure to have a tool for you. Following the trail work, at 2PM, there will be a BBQ and party at the Wanoga parking lot


Dave Caplan
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Lori LaBissoniere’s “Transitions” Paintings at Thump Coffee

Thump Coffee will be open until 8pm on Friday, October 2 for the Fall Art Hop. Featuring: Lori LaBissoniere’s “Transitions” Paintings. -hoc

Local painter Lori LaBissonier’s “Transitions” show of recent works is on exhibit at Thump Coffee in downtown Bend throughout October. LaBissonier explains that this collection of paintings “deals with the inevitable and ever-changing transition of seasons that have a significant effect on our psyche here in the Northwest.”

“As the bright notes of yellow summer fade into the fall and on to the icy blues of winter,” she says, “our mood tends to shift along with the progression of the seasons. We begin to reminisce upon life as it was and anticipate the seasons to come.”

LaBissonier says these paintings were created in hopes of “transporting the viewer to various times of the year, reminding them of the importance of the transformations of nature and the often significant effects of the changing seasons.”

LaBissonier received her B.A. in Fine Art from Gonzaga University in 2002. Her inspirations include travels in France, Italy and Australia, studying the works of artists and masters of the past, and a love of the. “My creativity is most alive when I’ve just visited a snow-capped mountain, a sun-kissed oceanside, or felt God’s inspiration shining down from the crack in a stormy sky.”

Since relocating to the Bend area from her hometown of Yakima, Washington, LaBissonier has been involved with Poethouse Art, where she has been a resident artist and art class coordinator. Visit her studio at Poethouse Art, or go to

Thump Coffee is located in downtown Bend at 25 NW Minnesota Ave. For details about art exhibits, coffee cuppings and other events, visit or call 541-388-0226.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Powderwhore Productions at McMenamin's 10/07/09 @ 8:30pm

Notified of this event via ODNA, should be a good one. -hoc

Powderwhore Productions
once again brings their brand of skiing to Bend. This year's offering, Flakes celebrates the deep and light powder from around the world that the audience has grown to love, blended together with the often flaky characters that thrive on this wintry existence.

October 7th, 8:30pm

McMenamin's Old St. Francis School
700 NW Bond St, Bend

Tickets $10

Raffle tickets $2 each

The grand finale is a raffle with all proceeds to benefit ONDA. Come show your support and celebrate the beginning of the winter!

Thanks to these sponsors for donating to our raffle:

DANI Bath Pandora's Backpack

Footzone Wanderlust Tours

Pine Mountain Sports Strictly Organic Coffee

Portland Patagonia Powderwhore Productions

Click for more information.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

9/22 Webcyclery Movie Night (COTA benefit)

Webcyclery's own Kevin and Mean Todd praised and heralded it as "The sweetest Race Across America movie ever!" Good 'nuff for me. -hoc

9/26 Become a youth mentor-attend the free training

Our youth = our future. Check out this program! -hoc

It is estimated that, on any given day, 350 kids in Deschutes County are
dealing with the disruptive effects of parental incarceration. Central
Oregon Partnerships for Youth (COPY), a program of the Deschutes County
Sheriff's Office, is offering a class to prepare volunteers to become
mentors for children with an incarcerated parent.

"We know from research, children with an incarcerated parent are at
significantly higher risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice
system," explains Deschutes County Sheriff Larry Blanton. "Our agency is
committed to providing alternatives to incarceration. Mentoring these
kids today will result in fewer people incarcerated in the future."

On Saturday, September 26, COPY will offer a training class in Bend.
Upon completing the class and background checks, volunteers can be
matched with a child living in their local Deschutes County community.

The six-hour class covers program policies, how to establish a mentor
relationship, the impact incarceration has on families, and
communication skills. There is no cost to attend, but an application is

After initial training and background checks, volunteers are matched
with a child who shares similar interests and activities and commits to
spending a few hours a week together for a minimum of one year. This
time is often spent going to community events, working on homework,
attending art programs, participating in sports, or simply hanging out
and talking.

For additional details or to request an application, please call
388-6651 or email . Additional program information is
available online at

Anna M. Johnson
Public Communications Coordinator
(541) 330-4640 office
(541) 280-5263 cell
(541) 385-3202 fax
1300 NW Wall Street, Ste. 200
Bend, OR 97701

Deschutes County Government provides for the safety, security and health
of Deschutes County's 167,000 citizens through public safety, human
services, adult parole & probation, juvenile justice and many other
valuable public services. For more information, please go to .

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Women Tasting Wine at Jackalope Grill September 21

Oregon Wine paring dinner at Jackalope Grill 9/21. -hoc

This month's Women Tasting Wine seminar features 2007 Oregon White Wines. Here's what WTW organizer Diane Sienko says about the event:

"Since 2007 was such an incredible year for white varietals, the September 21 WTW Seminar will feature 2007 Oregon White Wines from Penner-Ash, Lumos, St. Innocent, Elk Cove and Bergstrom Wineries. The weather is still warm enough to enjoy a selection of white wines, so we're taking advantage of these lovely 2007 releases."

As always, Chef Tim will create some delicious complementary dishes to pair with these outstanding Oregon wines. WTW meets on Monday, September 21, from 4:00-6:00 pm, at the Jackalope Grill. Please arrive 15 minutes early for Women Tasting Wine. Cost is $45. For reservations, please contact Diane Sienko at Bend Wine Cellars (388-7564), or go to the Women Tasting Wine website.

Women Tasting Wine:
2007 Oregon White Wines
Monday, September 21, 4-6pm

Monday, September 14, 2009

Oregon Natural Desert Association

Sept. 19 is ONDA's Wilderness Day. Support ONDA, use the link above to register! -hoc

September 19th, 2009
Oregon Natural Desert Association’s

If you haven't registered for Wilderness Day yet, what are you waiting for? There is something for everyone; join ONDA, Friends of the Badlands, East Cascade Bird Conservancy, Photographer Bruce Jackson, and fellow desert lovers in a day of education and appreciation of our desert wildlands! Trips will take place in both the Badlands Wilderness and nearby proposed wilderness areas. ONDA believes in equal opportunity conservation and welcomes everyone to fall in love with their desert lands.

Group Activities:

* ONDA geocache hunt/geology hike: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM : Badlands Wilderness

* Friends of the Badlands (Fobbits) restoration work: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

* Dry River Canyon birding walk 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

* Photography workshop w/ Bruce Jackson at Scout Camp TH 09:00 AM – 1:00 PM

* Alder Springs Hike: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

* Steelhead Falls Hike : 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

* Badlands Equestrian Ride (Bring Your Own Horse): ready to ride at 10:00 AM

All activities are FREE to the public. After your trip join us at The Environmental Center at 16 NW Kansas Ave from 3pm-6pm for an after-party with food, beverages and music by Third Eye Whiskey.

Friday, September 11, 2009

9/26 Evening for the Environment

E-Center's big annual fundraiser. -hoc
The Environmental Center's largest fundraising event of the year is around the corner! Join us for an evening of festivities that includes food catered by CHOW, Lemon Drops by Bendistillery, Games by Savvy Casino, fabulous auction items from local businesses and much more!

This event will sell out! Limited tickets are now available for purchase.
Please visit for more event details and to reserve your space today!

9/17 Bend WebCAM

This is one of the best events our local Advertising Federation chapter produces. Well worth time and money. -hoc

The 2009 Bend WebCAM, Presented by StreamiT! - Early bird registration has been extended toThursday, September 17. AdFed members save $30 off regular pricing!

Register today and join some of the most innovative minds in the country on October 15 & 16 at the Riverhouse Convention Center.

Bend WebCAM will enrich anyone involved in the Web and Creative & Marketing industries; especially those who realize the inseparability of the two in a successful 21st Century business plan.

For all the details, steer your mouse or touchpad to

9/24-9/27 Bend Roots Revival

Back and better than ever! -hoc


Bend Roots Revival
 September 24--27bend roots revival logo
It's Bend Roots time again! The dates have been set, the acts have been booked, and The Vic and Parrilla are ready to rock! As a project of KPOV, Bend Community Radio, all Revival performances and workshops are free and open to the public. This event is underwritten by pure community giving and effort, and hosted byThe Victorian Café and Parrilla Grill.

Nestled into one of Bend's oldest west side neighborhoods, eight performance areaswill host more than 70 (yes 70!) local acts and workshops.

Click here for the schedule of performers, workshops, stages and show times.

Many workshops are offered throughout the weekend and Sunday is focused on kids and families. This year we are pleased to announce that Victor Johnson will be performing and helping out with the Kids Music Workshop. Victor is a renowned kids music performer and Putamayo recording artist who has made a career of kid's songs. Based in the Dalles, he is a bright light for sure, and a neighbor our performing arts community can learn from.

Support local music, and have a rockin' good time all weekend long at Bend Roots Revival!