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 www.lorilynnart.com.

Thump Coffee is located in downtown Bend at 25 NW Minnesota Ave. For details about art exhibits, coffee cuppings and other events, visit www.ThumpCoffee.com 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 COPY@deschutes.org . Additional program information is
available online at www.deschutes.org/copy.

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
www.deschutes.org .

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 www.envirocenter.org 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 bendwebcam.com

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!

Three Sisters Backcountry and Oregon Avalanche Institute

Congrats to Jonas Tarlen on the launch of Three Sisters Backcountry and Oregon Avalanche Institute! -hoc


Hello Friends,

Three Sisters Backcountry and the Oregon Avalanche Institute will be in full operation this winter.  Check out our new websites: www.threesistersbackcountry.com and www.oravalanche.org.  We will be renting out Yurts in awesome ski terrain, teaching avy courses and guiding trips.  I hope all is well and look forward to skiing with some of you this winter.


Jonas Tarlen
Three Sisters Backcountry, Inc
(541) 549 – 8101 office

10/25 3rd Annual ART FOR INDIA

From Sheri Foster at Rise Up International. -hoc

Hi Folks
It's that time of year again! We are having our 3rd Annual ART FOR
INDIA Fundraiser Sun., Oct 25 from 5-9pm. It will be similar to
previous years with canvas art, artful auction, slide show, live music
food and beverages AND we are adding kids(all ages) participation to
painting a portion of the canvas. If you have a child that would like
to participate in the painting,or would like to donate an item for
the auction, paint an adirondek chair OR help with the event please
contact me. We need volunteers and sponsors. Details to follow about
the venue.

All monies goes to supporting RiseUps school and orphans in India. We
have been supporting them since 2000. It started with 25 kids and two
teachers and now has appr. 250 kids, 14 staff and nine orphans. We are
now in the process of completing the 2nd foor of our little school.

Hope you can make it to the event and bring your family and friends too!

Thanks for your support!

Sheri Foster


9/24: Green Drinks

Check it out - good people, good time. -hoc

COTA Trail Alert! South Fork Bridge Construction

COTA Trail Alert! -hoc

COTA Trail Alert
South Fork Bridge Construction

Please be advised the South Fork trail (South Fork of Tumalo Creek) will have Forest Service and COTA crews working on a bridge replacement project Monday through Friday the week of Sept 14th - 18th.

Please avoid the South Fork trail during this time. The work crews will be working with heavy log moving equipment and do not need to be interrupted by trail users. There will also be a short relocation of the trail to better match the flow of the new bridge and given the dry conditions the trail will not benefit from trail users at this time. Please respect this request and use alternate routes in the area.

This project will replace a bridge that is collapsing due to age. The replacement will be done with a single log stringer which will be flattened on top to provide an 18" trail surface. The log will not have a handrail to facilitate riding for those that seek the challenge. This rideability of this bridge was important aspect negotiated and agreed to between the FS and COTA.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Deschutes National Forest and Central Oregon Trail Alliance

Central Oregon Trail Alliance | P.O. Box 555 | Bend | OR | 97709

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

9/23 Deschutes County Commissioners on COTV "Talk of the Town"

Here's a great chance to hear from our commissioners and ask them
questions. Democracy requires participation! -hoc


Commissioners Dennis Luke, Tammy Baney, and Alan Unger Set to Dialogue
with Public on COTV

Poor Mans Whiskey Band at the Domino Room Oct. 24

Great band playing at the Domino Room October 24, see below for details. -hoc

September 9, 2009
Poor Mans Whiskey In Bend

Poor Mans Whiskey is performing “Dark Side of the Moonshine,” their very own interpretation of Pink Floyds infamous album, Dark Side of the Moon. A full laser light show, Wizard of Oz Theme and much more with 3 Sets of music from Poor Man’s Whiskey.

October 24, 2009 at the Domino Room/Midtown, 9pm. 21+
Tickets at ranch Records or HYPERLINK "http://www.brownpapertickets.com" www.brownpapertickets.com
Get tickets in advance, save some money - $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Poor Mans Whiskey is:
Jason Beard- Guitar,mandolin
Josh Brough -Banjo, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
Eli Jebidiah - Electric banjo, guitar, mandolin, Theremin, vocals
George Smeltz - Drums, suitcase, vocals
Aspen - Bass, vocals

The Bay Area's bluegrass badasses bring a reputation for high-energy live shows and an incomparable fusion of folk, punk, rock, and disco to stages and festivals nationwide. This "High-Octane Hootenanny" will certainly delight those interested in a foot-stompin good time. Poor Man's Whiskey has evolved into a ragged, spontaneous beast pulling from equally deep wells of story-telling originals, expertly crafted covers and zany on-stage shenanigans.

Notable festivals and venues played:
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, 4 Peaks Music Festival, The WOW Hall, Eugene, OR
West Beach Music Festival, The Fillmore, SF, Harmony Festival
Great American Music Hall, SF, Strawberry Music Festival, Las Tortugas Dance of the Dead III, The Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR, Telluride Bluegrass Festival
The Mystic Theater, Petaluma, CA

- “Hunnerd Proof” (2002)
- "Train to California" (2003)
- "Roadside Attraction"(2005),
- "Dark Side of the Moonshine"(2009) A double disk set featuring original music as well as the acoustic interpretation of the Pink Floyd classic album)

Recent Press:
"They groan with the rundown weight of good Drive-By Truckers…PMW’s sway of smarts and wit infuses their originals, where they delight in jumbling elements in a way that pops like super balls in a cement mixer. String band? Sort of. Rock band? Sure. Prog-metal enthusiasts and swing time fellas? Absolutely. In the end, they are an original distillation, a tasty burn that goes down with a kick and lingers beautifully when it hits your gut.", - Dennis Cook, Jambase.com

"The second set showed off PMW's spacey funk rock abilities, which they've been cultivating over the past year, with an instrumental jam that touched on Phish's 'First Tube.'" - Mike Bookey, The Source, Bend, OR

“We've done several shows with PMW and every time they've had the audience howling for more. They are great singers, instrumentalists, and songwriters, but above all they are entertainers. Their group chemistry invites the audience to be participants rather than onlookers. These are the kind of guys who, in the 1920s, would have been a traveling variety show, complete with freaks, stunts, and banjo comedy. Fortunately, they are here for us to enjoy now". - Nat Keefe, Hot Buttered Rum

Eric Walton, 707-536-6888


COTA 2009 Biketoberfest October 10

Just received this from Kent Thowes. Contact Kent at kenthowes9986@msn.com for additional information. -hoc

Bend Oregon - The Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA)

The date has been set for COTA’s Annual Biketoberfest Work Party:

Date: Saturday, October 10
Time: 9 a.m. (Colorado & Simpson)
Work Party: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Wanoga complex
After Party: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Wanoga parking lot

We will meet at the Park and ride(Colorado & Simpson) by 9 a.m., then divide into work parties. Food and beverage will be provided to all volunteers at the BBQ.

Remember to bring plenty of water, safety glasses, gloves, sturdy shoes, sunscreen and lots of friends.

To learn more about this or other work parties and to join COTA, please visit us at cotamtb.com.

Contact Information: kenthowes9986@msn.com

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

VLH Events-Honoring and Proceeds for Children in Zambia

Just received this update and announcement from Malerie Pratt, founder of Vima Lupwa Homes. -hoc

Hello all Lupwanians!

Summer came and went more rapidly than many would have hoped. News from our/your children in Zambia is that as we start the school year, they are beginning their "summer break" for the next couple of months. All the children have completed the grades they were attending and continue to grow. Each week Mrs. Winnie comes to teach them new skills: reading, writing, sewing, woodwork, jewelry-making, gardening and cooking. While at first the children were shy with her, they now cannot wait for her weekly visits as they look forward to all the new things she is teaching them. As soon as we process the photos of this summer, we will prepare and send out an updated newsletter.

In the meantime, several exciting and important events have been organized that we hope you will be able to attend and support. Two of the major events are listed below, with more information available on our website. Attached is a more comprehensive CALENDAR OF EVENTS - we hope to see you at one, some or best of all ALL of the events!

Haute Trash Fashion Show
September 19th - doors open 7:30
Show begins 8:00 PM
Old Stone Church - Bend
Featuring McJason Graham
$15.00 - all proceeds go to Vima Lupwa Homes
for more info: http://www.hautetrash.org/
A Night to Remember - A Celebration of the Human Spirit
October 3rd - doors open 6:30 - no charge, tickets required
Show begins at 7:00 PM
Tower Theater - Bend

Produced and directed by Alistair Paterson the evening will be a blend of inspirational stories of local individuals and organizations, augmented with uplifting musical and choral presentations.

Featured individual "honorees" include Cole Ortega, Mimi Ausland, Rachael Scdoris, Bob Maxwell, Beth Basham, Bob and Cheryl Shaw, and Jim and Debbie Fields. Also being honored will be Malerie Pratt and Marlena Bellavia, the founders of Vima Lupwa in Zambia, CORIL - the Central Oregon Resources for Independent Living, and the Cascade Youth & Family Center.
The show officially starts at 7pm but attendees are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy a special slide show prologue of "The People & Places of Bend" showcasing the unique photographic talents of Jill Rosell.
Starting on September 15th a limited number of tickets will be available from the Tower Theatre box office.

Please read entire evening's event information at www.lupwahomes.org

1550 NW Galveston
Bend OR 97701

Friday, September 4, 2009

Dirk Spece Woodcut Prints & Alex Reisfar Paintings On Glass @thumpcoffee throughout September

Local tattoo artist Dirk Spece tag teams with local radio show host and crypto-zoologist Alex Reisfar in an artistic journey to lesser explored corners of the human psyche this month at Thump Coffee in downtown Bend. Throughout September, Spece displays his woodcut prints, and he invited Reisfar to exhibit his paintings on glass, as well.

Life-long Central Oregon resident Spece describes himself as “a tattooer by trade” working at Black Rabbit Tattoo in Bend. He began making woodcuts in 2004, shortly after he began tattooing, and his work has been shown in New York and Los Angeles, as well as locally. “My printmaking experience is self-taught,” says Spece. “I am influenced by traditional American tattoo imagery, skateboard graphics, early 20th Century illustration, and early American folk art. All of my work is printed by hand without the use of a press.”

Reisfar was born in Romania, and orphaned when his mother, an oil painter, was killed in a logging accident. Adopted by a Bend couple at age 2, he grew up here with a working woodcarver, Tristan Reisfar, for an adoptive father. “I think a fear of death, brought on by the loss of my mother at such a young age, was for me the main drive in wanting to become a great painter,” says Alex Reisfar.

“My father used to say that the sculpture was always there in the wood, waiting for him to carve away the surrounding stump that had entombed it. That image stuck with me, and still today I think of my paintings in the same way. The painting is there behind the glass somewhere. When I prepare to start a new piece, I’m like a child looking into a mirror in the dark, letting his mind and eyes dictate reality.”

For more about Alex Reisfar, his art and his radio show on KPOV 106.7 FM, “The League of Anarchist Crypto-Zoologists,” visit Alex Reisfar’s website.

To see more of Dirk Spece’s tattoo art and woodcut prints, visit the Dirk Spece “Artists & Staff” page in the Portfolio section of blackrabbittattoo.com

Lisa Copenhagen Wachs Oil Paintings at Mother’s Juice Café in September

Mother’s Juice Café in Bend is making a commitment to support the local arts community by featuring rotating monthly visual art exhibits. In September, Tumalo artist Lisa Copenhagen Wachs shows a collection of new oil paintings.

“The painting images are part of what I refer to as the ‘Drive By’ series,” says Copenhagen Wachs. “I snap photos while I am driving — usually over to Portland and back, around Warm Springs — and compile segments to create an amalgamation of different glances of landscape while passing through.”

Copenhagen Wachs has been a fixture on the local art scene for more than a decade. She works as a self-employed graphic designer and fine artist and has worked and lived in Portland, Oregon, San Francisco and Taos, New Mexico before settling in the Bend area in 1992. She paints primarily in oils and also works in mixed media collage/assemblage. She works in her Tumalo studio, which overlooks the high desert landscape.

Owners Mike and Janet Sackin, who bought Mother's Juice Café one year ago, are committed to supporting the local arts community by providing this opportunity to local artists to showcase their works. “My background is landscaping, and incorporating art into our lives is a natural part of who we are and what we want Mother’s Juice Café to be,” explains Mike Sackin.

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

BICA: Craig Davidson Exhibit Throughout September

Here's an opportunity to see the works for Minneapolis-area artist Craig Davidson, this month at Bend Independent Contemporary Art (BICA). -hoc
Craig Davidson is a graphic designer and painter who holds a BFA in Graphic Design at Montana State University and a MFA in Graphic Design at the Rhode Island School of Design. Davidson's working process often begins with a word, phrase or fragment of a poem written in journals and on post-it notes. At other times, a piece begins in response to an initial series of marks, a field of color or the relationship of shapes. The surface of his works become heavily layered which simultaneously conceals and reveals previously completed compositions, akin to a pentimento effect.
Davidson will be exhibiting 60 x 60" and 16 x 20" oil and latex on canvas paintings as well as a series of 8.5 x 11" ball point pen drawings at BICA. Please join us for the opening reception this Friday, September 4th from 5-9 pm. Craig will be in attendance to answer questions and discuss his artwork. Show runs thru September.

WANTED: Loving Tenants for Our Bend Home

Not a property management company, just real Bend people seeking good renters for our home.

Dog-friendly, people-friendly, comfy, modern three-bedroom, two-bath home with large, fenced-in backyard yard and attached two-car garage and storage shed. Bend’s new Wildflower Park is a block away. The street is very quiet and the neighbors are mostly families. Clear Choice Health Plans, St. Charles Medical Center and the hub of Bend’s health care community are less than a mile away. Public bus, shopping, schools, sports fields are all nearby.

$900 per month (+ security/pet deposit), 12-month lease preferred. "Rent to Own" lease option agreements also considered. Well mannered dog welcome, and other reasonable requests open for discussion. Available October 1.

Call Harold at 541.815.9829. You're going to love coming home!