Monday, May 24, 2010

Mixed Media Beard & Mustache Competition at Thump Coffee

Already hanging entries at thump - come by and check them out! -Harold

Thump Coffee Mixed Media Beard & Mustache Competition

* Use the provided face template to bring your bearded/mustachioed person
to life.
* Embellish with color, texture, whatever materials you see fit.
* Make sue to give your character and his/her exceptional hair feature a
* All entries due on or before Sunday, May 30, 4pm. Bring it in and clip
it up!
* Entries will be judged by members of Bend's COMBS club.
* All entries will be on display at Thump through Sunday, June 6.

First place wins $25 in free drinks at Thump, plus a feature on Thump's
Facebook page (

Age Group Categories:

Winners will be contacted by phone or email, so make sure to fill out the
back. We won't use this info for any other purpose.

Please retrieve your art after the competition between Monday, June 7 and
Friday, June 11.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Most important thing an SMB can do to improve organic traffic?

It's all about the words + ideas! -hoc
(excerpt from interview with Bryan Eisenberg, co-founder of the Web Analytics Association)

Q: What is the most important thing an SMB can do to improve organic traffic?

A: Focus on regularly producing relevant, timely and engaging content that meets the buying needs of your target market. Spend time every day tweaking and continuously improving the visitor experience on your website. If you build a reputation for quality and  relevant content you will get the traffic and conversions you are after.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Central Oregon Trail Alliance’s 11th Annual Spring Fling: Community Trail Party

Trail users - here's your chance to pitch in and contribute back to our famed Central Oregon trail system. -hoc

Bend, Oregon, Saturday, May 22nd, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Bend, OR May 22nd, 2010

Central Oregon Trail Alliance is looking for volunteers for the 11th annual Spring Fling work party. This event will be held at Wanoga Sno-Park on May 22nd, 2010. Meet up at the old Mt. Bachelor park and ride at 9:00 a.m. to sign waivers and get into a trail crew, then enjoy a breakfast provided by REI. We will then carpool from the parking ride to the trail projects. This community effort will focus on expanding this new trail network, with an emphasis on maintaining existing trails and expanding new ones. Come join COTA to help in expanding this new riding area. Show up in pants and long sleeves, and bring gloves, eye protection and a helmet. Children under 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. COTA will supply tools, direction and refreshments. Bring your friends and family to help contribute.

Those of you who have ridden the Wanoga trail system realize the potential of this terrain and these trails, but upkeep, maintenance, and further improvements are needed to keep this area running all season long. Trail work will go on from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. then there will be an after party at Pine Mountain Sports, with a barbeque and a raffle. So come on out on May 22nd , with nothing more than a positive attitude and motivation to contribute to the improvement of this new and expanding trail system. We'll see you there! For more information, and/or directions visit us at

Thursday, May 6, 2010

6/1 Deadline: Photo Submissions for ONDA's 2011 Wild Desert Calendar

Some of Oregon's best photographers donate their shots to this effort every year. -hoc

There's still time to submit your photos for ONDA's 2011 Wild Desert Calendar. Each year ONDA produces a beautiful full-size calendar with photographs taken by people like you. The chosen photos will be put into our calendar, which we plan to release in August, 2010.

We are looking for photos of some of Oregon's most unique and solitary high-desert landscapes:

High priority areas are:

1. Badlands Wilderness Area
2. Alder Springs or Steelhead Falls WSA
3. South Fork Crooked River WSA
4. Owyhee Canyonlands
5. Bully Creek/ Malheur River
6. Gerry Mountain WSA
7. Spring Basin Wilderness Area
8. John Day River, especially Cathedral Rock & Horse Heaven Proposed Wilderness
9. Sutton Mountain & Pat's Cabin WSA
10. Native wildlife/wild flower photos
11. Hart Mountain Refuge
12. Area between Hart Mountain and Sheldon Refuge

Here are the submission guidelines:
Please submit no more than 10 of your highest quality photographs. The guidelines for submission are as follows:

Transparencies: 35mm, 2 1⁄4, 6x7 or 4x5.
Digital images: Minimum 300dpi 9"x12" images in .tiff format
Mandatory: include printed proof sheet(s) with 2"x3" (or larger) thumbnail images for digital submissions.

Please send large-scale, horizontal, landscape images (which may include people as small elements) for the large (9x12) full-page sheets, and smaller scale vertical or horizontal (details of flowers, wildlife, etc.) for the inset images on the calendar grid. Be sure that a description of each photograph is provided, either on the photograph itself, or on a separate sheet with corresponding numbers.

The calendar will be printed in CMYK, which has a smaller color gamut than the RGB palette. Therefore please be conservative with saturation increases and do not sharpen files.
Please include a self-addressed envelope with your submission to ensure proper protection and return of your images.

Please submit images by no later than June 1st, 2010. Images can be submitted to:
c/o Calendar Images
33 NW Irving Ave
Bend, OR 97701
OR Email

For questions contact ONDA at (541) 330 2638 or