For the first time ever, the Bend Christmas Parade is canceled this year, due to the cold. I’m lifting this from KTVZ’s Facebook post of just a few minutes ago, so it’s breaking:
BREAKING NEWS: From Downtowners’ Chuck Arnold: Due to extreme cold conditions, #inBend Christmas Parade canceled for first time #KTVZ
The Parade was scheduled for tomorrow at noon, but with temperatures in or near the single digits and the snow still coming down. (And predicted to only be 10 degrees tomorrow.)
I haven’t heard a status on First Friday tonight…
Today I’m putting on my Hack Bend blogger hat to tell you about the “Gifts from Bend, Oregon” series I have going on at my regular blog Working Mom Goes Green.
Each day from Dec 2 to Dec 13, I’ll be featuring local products from around Central Oregon. When I started working on the list, I was shocked at how long it grew so quickly!
If you have a suggestion of a product from Bend that I missed, feel free to leave the suggestion in the comments of my blog OR contact me at shannon at workingmomgoesgreen dot com.
The annual Santa Express food, clothing and toy drive is underway this week to help support families in need in Central Oregon.
Bend Fire Department’s Santa Express food and clothing drive is heading into Bend Neighborhoods Monday, December 2rd through Thursday, December 5th. The Bend Firefighter’s Association and Bend Fire Department are working with The Salvation Army to collect non-perishable food items, clothing, and toys (new toys are preferred) for families in need in the Bend and Central Oregon area. Neighborhood residents are encouraged to listen for the fire engine and Santa, and bring donations to the street for collection. There will be many volunteers walking along with Santa and the fire engines to collect the donated items. Please advise children to use caution around the moving fire engines.
The Santa Express schedule is as follows:
Monday, December 2: Morning Star, Canal View, Wishing Well and Phoenix Park
Tuesday, December 3: Providence, areas North and South of Neff Road.
Wednesday, December 4: 13th, Harmon, Albany, Milwaukee
Thursday, December 5: Larkspur, Foxborough and Elkhorn
And if you’re unable to meet the Santa Express there are a number of drop points where you can donate new toys, clothing, and non-perishable foods:
- Bend Fire Department Fire Stations – Boxes will be placed as of Monday November 18, 2013 and will be there until Friday December 14, 2013
- Bend Memorial Clinics – Westside on Mt. Bachelor Drive and Eastside on Neff Road
- City of Bend City Hall – 710 NW Wall St.
- City of Bend Public Works – Boyd – 62975 Boyd Acres
- City of Bend Public Works – Pilot Butte- 575 NE 15th St.
- City of Bend Police – 555 NE 15th St.
- Ed Wyse Beauty Supply – 1180 S Hwy 97 #B (They are providing discounts off of purchases with a donation through the first of December)
- Pappy’s Pizza – 20265 Fred Meyer Rd.
- Red Robin- 625 SW Powerhouse Dr.
- The Salvation Army – 515 NE Dekalb Ave.
- Starbucks – Westside on Century Dr., Downtown, across from Fred Meyers, Cascade Village Shopping Center and East side on 27th St.
- Wholesale Sports – 63492 Hunnell Rd.
The annual lighting of Downtown Bend’s Christmas tree is tonight, with festivities kicking off at 6 o’clock. This year the tree is in a new location, at the top of Drake Park by Brooks Street and Franklin Avenue—its new permanent location as I’m reading it on the Facebook event page, the “beautiful new spruce Christmas Tree planted at the top of Drake Park.”
The festivities get under way @ 6pm.
Santa will light the tree @ 6:45pm so get there early to get a good spot!
A great tradition in Central Oregon! The Downtown Bend Christmas Tree Lighting. Spend the evening singing carols & listening to local choirs.
Our new Downtown Bend donut shop Luv’s Donuts will be there handing out FREE donut samples!!!
Visit with Santa at the Plaza at Franklin & Wall next to Starbuck’s afterwards!
Make note of that free doughnut samples being handed out by the new Luv’s Donuts: they are newly opened at 10 Minnesota Avenue, adjacent to The Oxford Hotel. Santa and doughnuts, you can’t go wrong!
I don’t usually pay attention to Black Friday but of course this one involves beer! Whole Foods for today only has all beer for sale for 20% off! This includes ciders and meads, too. This is a great deal and one you’ll want to take advantage of to stock up on some specialty beers for the holidays.