Thursday, February 25, 2010

2/27 CASA "Basket of Hope" - Stand Up For An Abused & Neglected Child

Please help spread the word! Court Appointed Special Advocates are unpaid volunteers who stand up for our local kids who most need someone to care and lobby for their best interests in the legal system. Support this important organization's work in our community while enjoying an afternoon of fun, food and music. -hoc

CASA Basket of Hope February 27, 2010
11 am to 4 pm
The Riverhouse Convention Center

Free Admission

Live Music Featuring:
Shireen Amini • Tyler Fortier • Leif James • Joe Shulte

Free Tastings & Discount Coupons
from local restaurants, breweries, wineries and merchants

Kids Play Station Featuring:
Kiddoz Indoor Play Center

Humane Society of Central Oregon
pets available for adoption

Raffle Gift Baskets
and a surprise Silent Auction item

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Central Oregon Photographer Charlie Borland Launches Pro Nature Photographer

Longtime friend and colleague Charlie Borland just launched a new online venture,! Great photos and info about the art and craft of being a professional nature photographer. Break a leg, Charlie! -hoc

Dear Friends and Colleagues-
I am pleased to announce the launch of Pro Nature Photographer ( the online community site dedicated to the business of outdoor and nature photography.
Our missions is to discuss all aspects of the business such as pricing and negotiation, marketing and self promotion, profiles of established pros and their work. Any and all aspects of the business including photographers, stock agents, photo editors, and more. We will also cover the lifestyle, techniques, some posts on gear, favorite places, and other photographers projects.
If you are in this part of the business we probably have you on our list of potential interviews. We will also welcome guest posts and happily pitch your products, workshops, books, and anything else in trade.
If you have a moment please check us out.
All the best!
Charlie Borland

Thursday, February 18, 2010

3/1 Jackalope Grill Cooking Class "Do it yourself guide to the $6.00 Filet"

Chef Tim's cooking classes are back! These always sell out and there's
limited availability - sign up now to learn from classically trained
Chef Timothy Garling. -hoc

Monday March 1: "Do it yourself guide to the $6.00 Filet"

Chef Tim's first cooking class of the new year will focus on how to
trim your budget when purchasing and prepping filet mignon.

You will be shown the proper way to successfully trim and portion
out a filet mignon which in turn will help save you lots when serving
this wonderful meat. Tim will also teach you how to prepare three
delicious sauces to accompany your filet. Following the cooking class
will be dinner.
Cost is $50.00 per person.

To sign up for this class, please contact Kathy at 541-318-8435.

Happy Cooking!
Kathy,Tim and the Jackalope Staff
Reservations: 541-318-8435

2/21: Vima Lupwa Homes celebration, music project

We hope to see you this Sunday [Feb 21st] at our Donor and Friends Thank You Celebration from 2-4 pm at the Sons of Norway Hall (549 N.W. Harmon Blvd. in Bend). Please come, see pictures and talk with us about the project and all you have helped to accomplish. This is not a fundraising event, just a chance for the board of directors to personally thank you and answer any question.  There will be free deserts, coffee from Strictly Organic , music by Traditional Flamenco Guitarist Milo Estradagreat, and complimentary massages by Benjamin Curtis.

We are excited to tell you about our music project in the community of Luanshya in Zambia. Where our objective is to foster in the children a way to express themselves through music. We are collaborating with local musicians to teach classes and offer workshops. Pleae check out our attached flier :)

Look forward to seeing you!
Malerie, Marlena and the VLH board.
1550 NW Galveston
Bend OR 97701

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

ONDA: Steens Mtn. Wind Power Development

Just in from ONDA. -hoc


You may have already read The Oregonian's article from February 7th, "Oregon's Steens Mountains Could Soon have Wind Farms". If you haven't read it yet, take a look HERE.

ONDA whole-heartedly supports responsible renewable energy development in Oregon. However, we believe renewable energy facilities, such as industrial-scale wind energy generation projects and associated transmission towers and lines, need to be sited with the utmost care to ensure that accumulating impacts are limited. In this way, Oregon can create an energy economy that is truly sustainable. Please read ONDA's report "Oregon's High Desert and Wind Energy."

Please take the time to submit comments to the Energy Facility Siting Council and the Governor's Office asking them to create rules defining a "single energy facility" so that large projects cannot be broken down on paper into smaller parts.

Contact details:

Governor Ted Kulongoski
160 State Capitol
900 Court Street
Salem, OR 97301-4047
Via email c/o Mike Carrier:

Tom Stoops, Council Secretary
Energy Facility Siting Council
Oregon Department of Energy
625 Marion St. NE
Salem, OR 97301-3737
Via email:

The proposed Echanis, East Ridge and West Ridge generation sites in Harney County are three adjacent sites, proposed by a single developer, with shared infrastructure, and which would use a single transmission line to export the generated power from the mountain, compel the conclusion that these sites must be treated as a single 312-megawatt facility rather than three separate projects just under 105-megawatts each. 

Under current State rules smaller, less complex developments (below 105 megawatts) are permitted at the county level while larger, more complex developments (105 megawatts and above) are permitted by the State Energy Siting Council. The developers of the proposed Steens wind farms have abused the rule by breaking their proposals into artificially small segments on paper, proposing side-by-side 104 megawatt facilities that are part of the same larger project but would avoid the need to go through the Council's permitting process.

Projects that fall under the Council's jurisdiction undergo a comprehensive permitting process. The Council studies proposals' viability, economic impacts, impacts to public services, recreation and the environment, and whether the energy generated will be available to Oregonians or sold out of state. The state process also allows Oregon's Department of Fish and Wildlife to require mitigation for potential habitat damage.

A hearing on this rulemaking will be held in March, the date to be announced. Look for another email from us when the date is set or check the Energy Facility Siting Council website for dates and locations. 
Thank you for your support,
Brent Fenty 

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

2/5 First Friday BICA Gallery

BICA Gallery features metal sculptor Andrew Wachs, abstract mixed
media artists JoEllyn Loehr, ALXSw, Craig Davidson and Colleen
Dougherty. 2748 NW Crossing Drive Ste. 130. 541.788.4623
. First Friday opening reception, February 5, 2010 5-9 pm. Meet the
artists and enjoy drinks and eats.

Wachs is a local designer and fabricator of architectural metal work,
furniture and fine art. For his current body of work, Wachs revisits
his Columnar Basalt inspired relief panel series fabricated from sheet
steel. This new work is derived from the many bands of hanging basalt
he has studied throughout Central and Eastern Oregon.

Loehr will exhibit various bold abstract paintings ranging from
smaller 24x24 works to large scale 48x60 works. Loehr's process is to
allow marks, colors, and shapes to accumulate, be modified, and often
erased by abrasion or layering, and over time, a working surface is
built, destroyed, and rebuilt. There is a balance between finished and
raw, dull and bright, areas of gestural activity and areas
of calm, between grace and awkwardness. ALXSw (Alexis West) will be
exhibiting new abstract mixed media works that are bold in color and
striking in depth. She will also display 3 large paintings that were
shown at the 2009 Biennale de'l Arte Contemponarea, in Florence,
Italy, this past December. She was one of twenty international
artists awarded the President's Award from over 800 participating
artists. Congratulations Alexis! Davidson is a graphic designer and
painter living in the flatlands of Minnesota with his wife and
daughter. His most recent paintings measure from 60 x 60" to 16 x 20"
and are painted in oil and latex on canvas. His working process often
begins in response to an initial series of marks, a field of color, or
the relationship of shapes — all are entry points that generate
content, and expand into more complex imagery that unfolds and
changes. Because of this continual exploration of insertion and
omission, the surfaces of his work become heavily layered which
simultaneously conceals and reveals previously completed compositions,
akin to a pentimento effect. Dougherty will be displaying a
continuation of her metallic and patina series. Her works reflect her
attraction to aged metals that are weathered due to natural elements.
She recreates the aging process on canvas, allowing for patina greens
and blues to react to the metal within the paints, creating depth and

Gallery hours:
Thursday - Saturday 12 - 6 pm and by appointment. Show runs thru the
end of March.

Ride the GREEN ENERGRY BUS between NWX, Downtown and The Old Mill.