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Getting the most out of Bend, Oregon

No surprise that with a title like Bend Hacks 101, that I’d be highlighting it here. Great piece, appeared in The Source last week, a collection of nine tips (actually ten, if you read the image caption) preambled with: It might surprise some readers to know that every Bendite didn’t move to the high desert&#

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Here are the meeting notes that went out for the Bend City Council for the month of May, for the two meetings that fall on the first and third Wednesdays (which repeats every month). Bend City Council meeting notes, 5/2/2018 (MS Word doc) Bend City Council meeting notes, 5/16/2018 (MS Word doc) The post

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This Saturday, June 9, Humm Kombucha is celebrating its 4th annual Hummfest at the 2nd Street taproom, the company’s yearly “thank you” to Bend. It takes place from 10am to 8pm, is all ages, and the media release says: This year, 5 years after creating the world’s first kombucha Tap Room, the party wi

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On Wednesday, June 6, at 9:30am, a public meeting is scheduled to discuss the fate of the property currently occupied by the Platypus Pub and Brew Shop. Over a year ago, the owner of the building (which formerly housed restaurants such as Ernesto’s and Le Bistro, and was originally a church) was moving forward with

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The first Friday of June is celebrated as National Donut Day (or National Doughnut Day) and each year for the past several years, Sweetheart Donuts gives away free doughnuts that day! The bakery gives away free cake doughnuts on a first-come, first-served basis, one per person with no purchase necessary. When they are go

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The Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo takes place August 1 through 5 this year, with the theme of “Cheers to 99 Years!” The premium book is now available, online here and at the following locations for print versions: Deschutes Fair & Expo office Bend and Redmond Chambers of Commerce The 4-H Extension off

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Bend Brewing Company is hosting its first-ever Bend Sour Fest today, Saturday, May 12, featuring over a dozen breweries near and far pouring sours. I imagine they’ll be set up in the parking lot and patio area like at last fall’s Fresh Hops fest that BBC hosted. Here’s the event description and brewerie

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Other things had me somewhat offline for the past number of weeks, so I hadn’t yet had a chance to post the Bend City Council meeting minutes for either March or April. Here they are now: Bend City Council meeting minutes, 3-7-18 (MS Word doc) Bend City Council meeting minutes, 3-21-18 (MS Word doc) Bend City Cou

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This press release came through my email from the Bend Fire Department just minutes ago: The intersection of 14th and NW Galveston is closed due to a gas leak. The incident occurred a few minutes ago as a construction crew hit a main gas line, and we expect that the intersection will be closed for…

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Returning for your pub crawling pleasure, here’s the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day pub guide! With St. Paddy’s falling on Saturday this year, you have a full weekend of frolicking (particularly at McMenamins). As always, this isn’t meant to be a definitive guide to all the bars, pubs, taverns, and wateri

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Down in the Old Mill District, this handwritten sign is on the door of Motherhood Maternity: “Due to the closing of this store’s location on March 28th, all employees, aside from the manager, quit with no notice. Therefore we will not be able to maintain regular business hours, as the manager will be working

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Two articles in recent weeks on affordability in Bend, both in wages and housing, present a pretty stark difference in viewpoints on where Bend is at, economically, these days. Compare and contrast… First, from CNBC: Bend, Oregon, is becoming a commuter town for Silicon Valley despite the 10-hour drive While most

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Anyone who’s been paying attention in recent years knows I’m a fan of high school robotics—the sports teams of engineers and programmers. The first of the year is the “build season” for the teams, when the annual competition reveals the game and rules, and the schools have six weeks to build

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Here’s this month’s set of meeting minutes from the Bend City Council; there were a lot of things going on this month. Bend City Council meeting minutes, 2-7-18 (MS Word doc) Bend City Council meeting minutes, 2-21-18 (MS Word doc) In particular on the 21st, they held a public hearing on the “resoluti

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In light of the recent school shootings in this country, and the recent news of a local teen arrested as a credible threat against Bend High School, Bend-La Pine School Superintendent Shay Mikalson issued a letter to the community today, which I’m reprinting here below. Greetings Bend-La Pine Schools Community, La

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Today, Saturday the 24th, marks the 10th annual Zwickelmania for Central Oregon, the statewide brewery open house/backstage tour that sees breweries open their doors to special brewery tours, tastings, and more. (The Portland metro area did this last weekened, now it’s the rest of the state’s turn.) Are you p

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Recently we ventured over to Northwest Crossing to check out the new (sort of) Thai restaurant, Nam Tok Kitchen. The style is unique to Bend, a blend of northeastern Thai and Lao cuisine, and notably the menu is entirely gluten free and made from scratch. Owner Pahlee Bretoi is from Laos originally and this is…

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Here are the meeting minutes from the two City Council meetings from this month. Bend City Council meeting minutes, 01-03-18 (MS Word doc) Bend City Council meeting minutes, 01-17-18 (MS Word docx) A fair amount of discussion on the 17th about the proposed new elected mayor role (as opposed to the mayor selected from t

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If you missed out on helping raise money for the High Desert Droids high school robotics club with the Chipotle fundraiser, you’re in luck because there is a new fundraiser today with MOD Pizza! All day long today, if you eat at MOD Pizza and show them the flyer (attached, see below), then MOD will…

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On Wednesday, January 31, Tetherow Resort‘s Brewery Smackdown series of beer and food pairing events returns for its third year. Not only food and beer pairing, but a people’s choise-style competition where two breweries from Portland, Ecliptic Brewing and Ancestry Brewing, square off against the reigning cha

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Shameless self-promotion time! This Saturday, January 27 (today!), I will be at the Deschutes Brewery Bend Tasting Room to present “Uncovering Bend Beer: A History of Beer in Central Oregon” — a book and history talk based on my book Bend Beer (of course). My plan is to talk both about the history of beer i

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First three weeks of 2018 and already there’s big news with the Les Schwab Amphitheater concerts for the year. First, the two concerts: Dave Matthews Band returns to Bend on August 28. Tickets are $95 and go on sale on Groundhog Day, February 2, at 10am. I’m sure this one will sell out fast and…

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This Wednesday, January 10, Chipotle is hosting a fundraiser for the High Desert Droids high school robotics team. From 4 to 8pm, go in to the restaurant and show them the flyer (print it out, or show it on your phone) and let the cashier know you’re supporting the team, and Chipotle will donate 50%…

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On Saturday, January 13, McMenamins Old St. Francis School hosts their 5th annual High Gravity Brewfest, their winter celebration of big, bold, and strong beers and ciders. They’ll feature over two dozen beers and ciders pouring from a host of guest breweries, a mix of our local Central Oregon ones and other McMena

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Not a fun way to start the new year: The Summit Saloon and Stage in downtown Bend announced today their sudden closure. They posted the news on Facebook: Dear People of Bend, It is with heavy hearts that we announce our closing effective immediately. Unsuccessful lease negotiations and economic factors combined to force

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For this final roundup of Bend City Council meeting minutes for the year, here are the minutes from December: Bend City Council meeting minutes, 12-06-17 (MS Word doc) Bend City Council meeting minutes, 12-20-17 (MS Word doc) Lots of talk about city wards and elected mayor. We’ll see what 2018 brings! The

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The City of Bend issued a press release today about speed limit changes for the city. There are only four stretches of road being reduced by 5 MPH, on the south side of town. Here’s the release: Following community input and engineering analysis, speed limits will be lowered this month on the following road section

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The Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival is coming up in a couple of days and the organizers are still looking for additional volunteers to help pour beer. The event is taking place at GoodLife Brewing from 2 to 9pm, and there are two shifts available for pouring. Anyone interesting in volunteering can sign up here;…

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Here are the November minutes from last month’s two City Council meetings: Bend City Council meeting minutes, 11-01-17 (MS Word Doc) Bend City Council meeting minutes, 11-15-17 (MS Word Doc) As a reminder, Council meetings take place the first and third Wednesdays of every month. The post

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GoodLife Brewing hosts the 5th annual Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival coming up on Saturday, December 9, featuring nearly all of the region’s breweries and cider makers pouring holiday- and winter-themed beers and ciders. These are some of my favorite types of beers coming out around a favorite time of year, an

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