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Dean Kirkland

Hack Bend

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Getting the most out of Bend, Oregon

This Saturday, June 27, two of Bend’s breweries (the oldest, and one of the newest) are celebrating anniversaries! Deschutes Brewery is celebrating their 27th anniversary (their “golden birthday”) at their Bend Pub downtown starting at 4:30pm and running through the evening. Among the festivities they&#

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Actually I had this mostly updated earlier in the month but since yesterday was the first official day of summer, time to get the annual Free Summer Activity Guide back into the spotlight! I’m a big fan of free and/or cheap activities and there’s so much going on around here during the summers that you can &

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We’ve all heard it, the oft-repeated “statistic” that Bend and Central Oregon have 300 days of sunshine a year, so much so that it shows up in travel guides and promotional materials and just about anything else you read about the region. This came to mind to me again recently when a friend visiting f

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The annual Bite of Bend, “Central Oregon’s Largest Food Festival,” kicks off this Friday, June 19 to run through Sunday the 21st. It’s once again taking over Downtown Bend, and as always is completely free to attend (though the individual food and drink aren’t entirely free of course). Their

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So apparently 80’s-90’s rap artist Sir Mix-A-Lot is going to be headlining Bend SummerFest this year… Sir Mix-A-Lot, the Seattle rapper and producer best known for early ’90s hit “Baby Got Back,” will perform July 11 at the annual festival, organizer C3 Events announced today. The performance is i

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Coming up Thursday, June 18, the 4th annual Fermentation Celebration returns to the Old Mill District, taking place from 4 to 10pm. This is a great event, a “beer walk” throughout the Old Mill, with nearly every Central Oregon brewery (and more!) represented and pouring beer at stations throughout. This year

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In my travels yesterday, I saw this exciting change to the outside of the old Papa John’s location in the Erickson’s Thriftway parking lot: Yep… that’s The Dough Nut. According to the readerboard outside their Galveston location, the new shop will open on Friday, June 12. This block seems to be ge

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This year is a big one for the Sisters Rodeo, as it’s the 75th annual rodeo—having started in 1940, it is I believe Central Oregon’s oldest. The official dates are this weekend, June 12, 13, and 14, though there are events earlier in the week, starting Tuesday. Here’s the schedule: Tuesday, June

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As you make your way around Central Oregon this weekend, you might see a few wildly decorated vans filled with sweaty, smelly runners ringing cowbells. That’s right… it’s relay season. And this Saturday is the second running of the Bend Beer Chase which is growing quickly to be one of the most popular

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I haven’t seen much (or any) fanfare about this other than on Silver Moon Brewing‘s own Facebook page, but this first Friday, June 5 (which is tomorrow) they are kicking off “a summer of celebrating 15 years”—here’s the post: The First Friday of summer is right around the corner and w

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This Friday, June 5, is National Doughnut Day, and accordingly Sweetheart Donuts (located on SE Third Street, just south of the underpass) will be offering a free cake doughnut for everyone who stops by (one per person, while supplies last). They sent out a press release: National Donut Day, the first Friday in June, yo

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Today is the first day of the 2015 season for the Bend Farmers Market! It takes places in downtown Bend every Wednesday from 3 to 7pm through October 14, and this year they’ve added a new second location that will take place on Fridays from 2 to 6pm from June 19 through August 21—at the …

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It’s that time of year again, when the summer activities start back up (and I’ve been updating the Free Summer Activity Guide for 2015) and the schedule for the $1 movies with Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express program has been posted. This is a great deal that takes place each Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am

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It was a bit last minute but we got into the Scott Weiland concert at the Century Center Sunday night, the first show of 92.9 FM’s Toyota of Bend Summer Concert Series, and snapped a bunch of pictures (some of which went on the new Instagram feed). Overall it was a great night for a concert, …

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Super surprising news of the day: Connecting Point Computer Center, in downtown Bend, is closed! The computer store and Apple dealer has been a mainstay on Franklin Avenue for years, and I hadn’t heard anything about going out of business—there’s nothing as I write this on Twitter, Facebook, or elsewher

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So I’ve taken the plunge and set up an Instagram account for Hack Bend. Thus far I’ve only followed a few accounts and just posted a single picture, so please—feel free to follow the account and give me any pointers for who in Bend/Central Oregon I should be following on it! The post

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Do you like beer? What about books about beer and breweries? Even better—regionally relevant books! This Saturday, May 30, Crux Fermentation Project is hosting myself and Portland-based beer writer Brian Yaeger for a dual signing event for our two books, Bend Beer: A History of Brewing in Central Oregon and Oregon

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The schedule is set for the Les Schwab Amphitheater‘s BMC Free Summer Sundays Concerts, which kicks off Sunday, June 21 and almost every Sunday through August 2. These concerts are always a great fun, free activity to add to your summer, and they do a good job to put on good shows and provide a family …

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You may have noticed that I switched out the calendar and events plugin I used here on the site with a newer one today, that will ideally be better (and easier to use) in the long run. Of course, what that means is the calendar page only shows events that I’d exported since this past …

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Surprising news released this morning: 10 Barrel Brewing has been acquired by Anheuser-Busch! The news was first released on a video from the founders on Vimeo: And then I saw the full story/press release on Brewbound, which I’m reprinting here: Anheuser-Busch today announced it has agreed to purchase 10 Barrel Bre

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Local robotics team High Desert Droids will be holding a garage sale fundraiser on Saturday, November 8th, 9am-2:30pm, in the Cafeteria at Mountain View High School. The team’s annual garage sale is a major fundraiser that helps offset funds needed to participate in this challenging program. Currently the team plan

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Halloween lands on Friday this year, so with the weekend to recover that means there’s no excuse not to hit up one or more of these events, right? Here’s a rundown of the many activities going on (and if you’re looking for trick or treat activities for the kids, click here to jump to that section): [&#

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You have to love the Halloween season, not just for the pumpkins and candy and trick-or-treating, but for the ghost stories and hauntings and creepy/scary fun—and starting today, the Deschutes Historical Society’s “Historical Haunts of Downtown Bend” walking tour is again taking place! Stories of

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It’s finally come to fruition and is officially released today: my first book, Bend Beer: A History of Brewing in Central Oregon! Published by the History Press, it covers the history of Bend and Central Oregon from a beery perspective from the frontier era of the 1880 and ’90s through today. Here’s the

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If you’re familiar at all with Seattle’s Elysian Brewing Company, then you probably know one of the types of beer they are well-known for are pumpkin ales. So much so, in fact, that every year they host their Great Pumpkin Beer Festival in Seattle—a terrific brewfest that I’ve been to twice now, a

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As you probably know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Cascade Lakes Brewing is helping to raise awareness and money by holding “Breast Fest” at their Lodge on the westside this Friday, October 24, in support of Sara’s Project here in Bend. This is a great project to support and you get to

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There is a great and really unique beer event coming up this Wednesday, October 15 at Broken Top Bottle Shop—Beers Made By Walking. What makes this program unique is that the beers are inspired by plants found on the nature trail. (Deschutes Brewery’s award-winning Sagefight IPA, I believe, started with this

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This coming Saturday, October 18, Columbia Distributing is holding the first of an annual series of charity rummage sales at their location in northeast Bend, with proceeds benefiting Brightside Animal Center and Mark Shatka, Jr. Columbia Distributing is perhaps best known as a beer distributor but they also manage wine,

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If you’re doing the BendFilm thing and/or are generally interested in indie films, tonight at the Volcanic Theater Pub, the film “Love in the Time of Monsters” is screening at 10:30pm—and if you’d be interested in a chance at a free pass to see it—AND meet the producer, director, and w

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If you’re a fan of Dutch Brothers Coffee, you should know that all day today (October 1) the east side Dutch Brothers is offering a super-special deal where ALL 16-ounce drinks cost only $1, with all proceeds benefiting Mountain View High School and Bend Senior High. The occasion is the celebration of their relocat

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