College snow closures, November 24

FYI, due to the snow the colleges are closing for the day:

SNOW CLOSURE – All COCC and OSU-Cascades campuses will close at 3 p.m. today – Tuesday, November 24. All COCC and OSU-Cascades classes scheduled at or after 3 p.m. are cancelled. This includes campuses in Bend, Redmond, Madras and Prineville. For more information, go to

Stay safe out there!

High Desert Droids Junior Science Camp

FIRST Team 753The local high school robotics club, the High Desert Droids Team 753, is holding a series of Junior Science Camps for kids aged from 5 to 8 which will take place at Mountain View High School.

Dates and time for the camps are as follows:

  • Monday & Tuesday, November 24 & 25, 12 to 4pm
  • Monday & Tuesday, December 21 & 22, 12 to 4pm
  • Monday & Tuesday, December 28 & 29, 12 to 4pm

Come have fun and learn about science and engineering as we design and build bridges, launch water rockets, drive full size robots, build Lego robots, play games and much more!

The camp is $25 per day and donations are much appreciated, all proceeds benefit the High Desert Droids robotics teams and help pay for construction and competition expenses. You only need sign up for the days you want to attend.

Visit to register.


Silver Moon Brewing, Redmond grand opening and One Beard to Rule Them All

This Friday, November 20th, Silver Moon Brewing is holding the official grand opening of their new production brewery located over in Redmond, which is also going to be the site of their annual One Beard to Rule Them All fundraiser event, all taking place from 6 to 10pm at 2095 SW Badger Road in Redmond (behind Juniper Brewing and over by the Fairgrounds).

Silver Moon Redmond grand opening

In addition to beer and beards (real and fake) there will be live music with Mosley Wotta, Mexican food by Hola! and Esta Bien, and even free shuttle rides from the Bend brewpub over to the Redmond one provided by The Bend Trolley (you can reserve a shuttle ride here). Plus:

  • Best real and fake beard competition
  • Best real and fake mustache competition
  • $4,000 in prizes & cash for winners!
  • raffle prizes
  • games
  • announcement of our Home Brew Contest Winner!
  • Maui Wowie, a local fan-favorite imperial IPA

And the folks at Silver Moon is kind enough to let me sign and sell my book, Bend Beer, as well, so make sure to come by and say hi!

A portion of the proceeds from the night will go to the St. Charles Foundation to aid in prostate cancer prevention and research, a great cause that is definitely worth coming out for. See you there!

Winter Beer Week at Cascade West Alehouse

All next week, from Monday the 16th through Friday the 20th, Cascade West Grub & Alehouse will be holding their “Winter Beer Week” featuring a killer lineup of winter seasonal beers for a price you just cannot beat—$3 per pint all day and night long for the featured beers!

Cascade West Winter Beer Week

Just check out this lineup:

  • Sunriver Shred Head
  • Full Sail Wassail
  • Sierra Nevada Celebration
  • 10 Barrel Pray for Snow
  • Cascade Lakes Slippery Slope
  • Worthy Powder Keg
  • HUB Abominable
  • Deschutes Jubelale NITRO
  • Pyramid Snow Cap
  • Hop Valley Festeroo

If you’re a fan of the winter beers then you need to make it over to the westside and have one or more at Cascade West, that’s as cheap as you’ll find anywhere these days!

Garage Sale Fundraiser for Robotics FIRST Team 753 this weekend

FIRST Team 753This Saturday, November 14, the High Desert Droids robotics team is holding their annual garage sale fundraiser, which helps to offset funds needed for students to participate in this challenging program. The Droids are four time champions at statewide robotics competitions and need to raise money to help sent the team to those tournaments for another season.

The sale is taking place at Mountain View High School, in the cafeteria from 9am to 2pm. There should be all sorts of, well, garage sale-type stuff available for sale, so make sure to come on by—you’ll help support the robotics team!

Also if you have stuff you would like to donate for the sale, they would greatly appreciate the donation of any good sellable items. You can bring it to the Mountain View High cafeteria on Friday the 13th anytime after 3pm (care of Todd Andresen).

About the High Desert Droids

FIRST Team 753 (High Desert Droids) is a student–driven team of bright individuals drawn together by a passion for working as a team, building robots, and fostering excitement in science and technology through FIRST. Formed in 2002, the team is based out of Mountain View High School and is comprised of students from all three Bend high schools and several home schooled students.

Deschutes Brewery’s Chocolate Beer Dinner – this Friday

Deschutes Brewery Chocolate Beer Dinner

Deschutes Brewery’s epic Chocolate Beer Dinner event is back and taking place this Friday, November 13 at their Mountain Room on Colorado Avenue. They pair some amazing food courses, all infused or prepared with chocolate in some way, with some of their great barrel-aged beers and the results are pretty amazing.

Join us Friday, November 13th, in the Mountain Room for a five course, Chocolate Beer Dinner. Enjoy a decadent night and delicious chocolate dishes while sipping on some of our finest barrel-aged beers including Not the Stoic, Trees of Doom Dunkel (rye whiskey barrel-aged), Mirror Mirror, Black Butte XXVII & Black Butte XXIV.

Julian Rose master Chocolatier from Moonstruck Chocolate Co. will be working with our Head Chef Brian Kerr to create an amazing menu that will tantalize your taste buds, and leave you wanting more!

The dinner runs from 6 to 9pm and costs $65 per person, and you can register directly on the events page. I attended one of these dinners a few years ago and it was fantastic, and well worth the price—you won’t regret it!

Check out the menu:

Moonstruck Chocolate Tasting
variety of chocolates provided by Moonstruck

chocolate demi paint / pickled apples / herb salad / crostini

Duck Cocoa Nib “Salad”
duck confit / orange marmalade / cocoa nibs / micro greens

Beef Two Ways
cocoa braised short rib / coffee brined tenderloin
whipped parsnip / crispy kale

A special dessert, yet to be created

Don’t miss out!