5th Annual Locavore Holiday Gift Faire

Central Oregon Locavore Holiday Gift FaireGoing on today—right now in fact—is Central Oregon Locavore‘s annual Holiday Gift Faire, taking place at the Old Stone Church from 10 to 4pm. Here’s the Facebook event for it, and here’s their description (from the newsletter):

Central Oregon Locavore Non Profit is proud to present one of Central Oregon’s highest quality craft faires to date with more than 35 local vendors offering hand-made, artisan gifts and more.

Here is your opportunity to find perfectly unique gifts for your special people made right here in Central Oregon.

Will you buy them art, local honey or vinegar, hats, a new painting or a beautiful piece of jewelry? You don’t have to decide now-browsing the merry tables of these artists, farmers and crafters and is half the joy of this top-notch gift fair.

Bethlyn’s Global Fusion Food Truck will be on site to fuel your day, and local holiday drinks will be available.

It’s a great way to shop and spend local for the holidays!

Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival – Saturday

This Saturday, December 13, GoodLife Brewing is hosting the second annual Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival from 1 to 9pm in their Biergarten. Everything will be taking place in a heated tent, with the firepit roaring, but still dress for the weather! There will be nearly every Central Oregon brewery present pouring their winter beers:

  1. 10 Barrel Brewing
  2. Atlas Cider
  3. Bend Brewing
  4. Boneyard Beer
  5. Bridge 99 Brewery
  6. Cascade Lakes Brewing
  7. Crux Fermentation Project
  8. Deschutes Brewery
  9. GoodLife Brewing Co.
  10. McMenamins Old St. Francis School
  11. North Rim Brewing
  12. Oblivion Brewing
  13. Old Mill Brew Werks
  14. Rat Hole Brewing
  15. River Bend Brewing
  16. Silver Moon Brewing
  17. Smith Rock Brewing
  18. Solstice Brewing
  19. Sunriver Brewing
  20. Three Creeks Brewing
  21. Wild Ride Brewing
  22. Worthy Brewing

The Festival will cost $10, which gets you the glass and 4 tasting tokens, with additional tokens being $1 each. 100% of the proceeds are going to benefit the Central Oregon Brewers Guild.

The Bend Bulletin has some additional details as well:

There will be live music all day: Greg Botsford from 2-3:30 p.m., Tone Red from 4-6 p.m. and DJ Byrne (aka fellow festival organizer Kevin Byrne from Three Creeks Brewing) from 6-8:30 p.m. A $10 entry gets you a glass and four tasting tokens. Dump City Dumplings, Mauna Kea Grill and Burrito Deportivo food carts will be hanging out too.

And, I’ll be on hand from about 4pm until closing selling books, as well. It’s a great match—Central Oregon winter beers with the history of the breweries behind them all!

Central Oregon Winter Beer Fest 2014

Volunteers needed for LEGO robotics tournament

LEGO RoboticsDo you like robots, and/or LEGO? My friend Jen (occasional contributor to Hack Bend) forwarded this email to me today:

This coming Sunday there is a LEGO robotics tournament planned at Mountain View High School in Bend, OR. Seventeen teams comprised of Central Oregon students in grades 4-8 will be competing. The organizers are still looking for volunteers to serve as judges.

No experience with LEGO, robots, or technology is needed. Volunteer judges must be age 18 or older. Volunteers must attend training on Tuesday (12/9) evening, and be available for the event on Sunday (12/14) until 2:30pm. Lunch is provided on Sunday.

If you are interested in helping out contact Lance Kasari, lkasari -at- bendcable.com.

Please feel free to forward / share this information with others who might want to participate.

I’d encourage you to participate, if you can, this is a great activity for kids and adults alike.

Bend’s newest brewery: Monkless Belgian Ales

Monkless Belgian AlesIf you read my beer blog you may have seen my post about Bend’s newest brewery, Monkless Belgian Ales; it’s a small home-based basement brewery (similar to Below Grade Brewing, in fact) founded by Kirk Meckem and Todd Clement. Their plan is to brew only Belgian-styled ales, a fairly unique niche for Bend. Currently the beers are brewed on a one-barrel (31 gallon) system:

Monkless Belgian Ales brewery

Because it’s a small space and system, they won’t have a large number of beers on tap at any given time. Right now their first beer, Dubbel or Nothing, a Belgian-styled double at 7.5% alcohol, is on tap at Humm Kombucha. They are planning to release a Belgian IPA soon and towards the end of the year, have a Belgian-styled Tripel on tap (which will be in the 8.5% alcohol range).

I’ve had the Dubbel or Nothing and it’s a nice beer. You can try it at Humm Kombucha now, and even better, today in the Bend Makers District (where Humm is located) Monkless is holding their official launch during Humm’s December artist reception event. So if you wanted to try the newest brewery in town and meet the brewers, head on down to Humm today from 4 to 6pm.

The Santa Express rolls into town next week

Santa ExpressThe Santa Express is the food and clothing drive held by the Bend Fire Department each year to help those in need during the holiday season. This year, in addition to BFD volunteers, they have help from a local 4H group, Girl Scout Troup 50811, and students from Bend High. The Santa Express kicks off next Monday, December 8, and if it comes to your neighborhood (or even if it doesn’t), consider donating food, clothing, and/or new toys.

Here’s the full release:

With the down turn in the economy comes more need for support of local food banks and charities, and The Salvation Army is no different. In 2013, The Salvation Army and Santa Express collected nearly 3,500 lbs. of food plus much needed clothing and toys to help those in need here in Bend. Anything and everything helps, even if it’s one can of food or a small toy that donation will go a long ways to providing a good dinner and a nice gift on Christmas and a smile on a child’s face Christmas morning. The Salvation Army would like to express the need for gifts to be given to teenage age kids as well. Please partner with Bend Fire Department in showing the community they are not forgotten this holiday season.

Bend Fire Department’s Santa Express food and clothing drive is heading into Bend Neighborhoods Monday, December 8th through Thursday, December 11 th. 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:
(maps are available on the City of Bend website here)

  • Monday, December 8: Larkspur, Foxborough and Sun Meadow
  • Tuesday, December 9: Skyliner Summit and NW Crossing
  • Wednesday, December 10: Providence, areas North and South of Neff Road.
  • Thursday, December 11 : Yardley Estates, McCall Landing, Wishing Well and Majestic

If we don’t come through your neighborhood you can always drop off non-perishable foods, new toys or clothing to: (Boxes will be in place until Friday December 12, 2014)

  • Bend Fire Department Fire Stations
  • Bend Memorial Clinics – Old Mill on SW Bond St and Eastside on Neff Road
  • Ed Wyse Beauty Supply – 1180 S Hwy 97 #B
  • Pappy’s Pizza – 20265 Fred Meyer Rd.
  • Goulart Chiropractic – 424 NE Franklin Ave
  • 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.

Today: Beer release benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association

Machine Gun Maggie Imperial IPAHere’s another reason why Bend is such a great beer community: Worthy Brewing today is releasing a special beer, named “Machine Gun Maggie Imperial IPA”, that they brewed in collaboration with the homebrewers from Aspen Ridge Retirement. You may have heard about those homebrewers, as they have been getting some press lately—and winning awards for their homebrewed beer.

In teaming up with Worthy (and the Central Oregon Homebrewers Organization) to brew Machine Gun Maggie, they are able to sell the beer to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association (additional details here), and today’s release event at Worthy from 5 to 9pm will feature 100% of sales proceeds on the beer going to the Association.

Worthy’s not the only one selling Maggie to benefit Alzheimer’s. You will also be able to find the beer at the Platypus Pub, Rat Hole Brewing, and both Brother Jon’s locations, and at each one 50% of the sales of the beer will also go to benefit the Association.

So if you don’t get a chance to visit Worthy (today or otherwise), be sure to find this beer at one of those other locations and drink for a good cause.

Dudley’s Bookshop downtown, remodeled

Dudley's Bookshop CafeHave you been into Dudley’s Bookshop Café downtown lately? They’ve recently completed a remodel of their upstairs space to revitalize the shop for the holiday season and are carrying both new and used books now.

The upstairs loft space received a new coat of paint and new flooring as well as reworking the shelves and seating to make it much more comfortable and relaxing as a reading room and event space. The last time I’d been in there, it still had that older, hadn’t-been-touched-in-years look and feel you find in some of the second floor levels in the older buildings downtown, so the work they put into it really shows.

They’ve got a nice selection of books in stock too (including mine as well, of course!). And in addition to coffee and tea you can also get beer and wine (although to be fair, I don’t know how long they’ve had alcohol, so I very well could be behind on that one). So check them out if you haven’t been in for awhile, particularly if you’re doing any downtown shopping.