Beer Books signing at Crux Fermentation Project, Saturday 5/30

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 Breweries, from 2 to 4pm.

Bend Beer/Oregon Breweries dual book signing

If I do say so myself, these two books might be the most regionally-relevant beer books based on Oregon right now, and of course everyone loves Bend Beer, right?

Come down to Crux on Saturday (one of the region’s best breweries, as well!) for a chance to meet and chat with Brian and me, we’ll have books for sale that we would love to sign for you and there will be plenty of Crux beer to drink (of course!). See you there!

(Facebook page event here)

LSA Free Summer Sundays concert schedule

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 atmosphere.

BMC Free Summer Sundays Concerts

Come on down to the Les Schwab Amphitheater and enjoy a beautiful afternoon of great music and healthy family fun. Delish food vendors, bouncy-houses and other activities will be onsite. Well behaved pets (and their owners) are welcomed. All Bend Memorial Clinic Free Summer Sunday Concerts run from 2:30-4:30pm, and feature local and nationally touring artists who typically require a ticket to see. Bring your dancing feet!

Here’s this year’s lineup:

Calendar updates

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 Monday—meaning, previous event listings are gone.

Unfortunate, but it’s a trade-off sometimes. This new calendar system makes it easier to manage event listings on the back end, and hopefully the new front end calendar view will work better for everyone—though I’m going to be tweaking the theme and colors to try to make it more at-a-glance user friendly.

In the meantime, let me know what you think, and any suggestions you might have.

Central Oregon Beer Week starts Friday (5/22)

Central Oregon Beer Week 2015The fourth annual Central Oregon Beer Week is kicking off this Friday, May 22, with 10 days of events highlighting once again just how great our local beer scene is. From Friday through Sunday the 31st, there will be something going on every day (usually multiple somethings) for a jam-packed schedule of beer across the region.

Here’s a highlight of some of the featured events, but there are many, many more here that you’re going to want to check out:

  • On Friday the 22nd, the kick-off SMaSH Fest takes places at McMenamins Old St. Francis School (at O’Kane’s Square), featuring beers brewed with only one malt and one hop each (Single Malt and Single Hop). Tickets are $25 which includes admission, commemorative pint glass, and 12 4-ounce tasters (additional can be purchased), available at the door or in advance here. It runs from 1 to 9pm, and I’ll be selling and signing books too for at least the first half.
  • Broken Top Bottle Shop has their “Beer Geek Week” running every night, featuring: “Ten days of live music and beer tastings at Broken Top Bottle Shop. Each night, breweries will offer tastings from 6pm – 8pm and bands will play from 7pm – 9 pm. All tastings and the live music will be free!” Keep track of all the breweries and bands they’ll have on their Facebook events feed.
  • Bend Brewing Company has a “Brewer’s Choice Tap Takeover” running throughout the week, featuring a rotating tap list of some of the favorite beers selected by brewers Ian Larkin and Josh Harned. It’s a great lineup they’ll have on, including some super-limited specialties you are not going to want to miss.
  • On Saturday the 23rd, the Primal Cuts/Growler Phil’s Mini Brewfest returns and is taking place from 3 to 8pm, featuring tastings from a number of breweries as well as some cider and wine. Cost: “$10 to get in, which includes food and tastings.”
  • On Wednesday the 27th, Redmond’s Wild Ride Brewing is having their first Beer Pairing Dinner, a six-course meal featuring three appetizer stations, and salad, entree, and dessert courses—all paired with Wild Ride brews. It costs $55 per person and starts at 6:30pm—you’ll need reservations, of course.
  • Three Creeks Brewing in Sisters is celebrating the grand opening of their new 30-barrel production facility on Friday the 29th: “Stop by for some tastings, brewery tours, lite appetizers, music and more. 265 E Barclay Dr., Sister, Or 97759.” Time is from 5 to 8pm.

This is only scratching the surface, there is a lot more you’ll want to keep track of, plus I’ll try to make sure the calendar page is updated with everything.

Bend’s new westside zip code

KTVZ has a surprising news story today:

Another sign of Bend’s growth came “in the mail” Monday, courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service – a new, third ZIP Code, starting this summer.

“In order to provide efficient and cost-effective mail delivery now and for the future, the U.S. Postal Service is creating a new ZIP Code in the Bend area, effective July 1, 2015,” the agency said in its announcement.

The new ZIP Code 97703 impacts some addresses in the current 97701 area, the Postal Service said.

Beginning Monday, all postal customers affected by these changes are being notified by mail. If a customer does not receive written notification within the next week, they are NOT affected by these changes.

97703 zip code map

It’s true we already have 97707, 97708, and 97709 in use for various post office boxes, but 97703 is a new segment we haven’t seen since… well, when did 97702 go in effect anyway? Here are the defined boundaries—which basically amount to, northwest Bend west of Highway 97 and north of Skyliners Road:

Northern Boundary: All deliveries north of and including NW Skyliners Road.

Western Boundary: All deliveries west of US Highway 97.

Southern Boundary: East on NW Commerce Ave to NW Skyliner Summit Loop, then to NW Washington Drive, South of NW Lakemont Drive onto NW Skyliners Road to its end.

Eastern Boundary: From the furthest north point traveling south on US Highway 97, merging with US Highway 20, continuing south eventually merging with the Bend Parkway until it intersects with the 97702 ZIP boundary just South of NW Colorado Avenue.

Goes into effect July 1, make a note!

50th anniversary of COCC Bend Campus

Central Oregon Community College was established in 1949 and spent its first years located in the basement of Bend High School, before establishing their Bend Campus on “the hill” (Awbrey Butte) in 1965. Accordingly, this year marks the Bend Campus’ 50th anniversary, and COCC today is celebrating that golden anniversary with a free event from 4 to 7pm.

COCC Bend Campus 50th anniversary

Please join us as we celebrate COCC’s “Past, Present and Future” at the 50thanniversary of the Bend Campus.

Enjoy tours (including our new residence hall), prizes, refreshments, kids activities and a celebration honoring the Coats Family for their generous donation of the land where COCC is now located.

And The Source has a good article this week on COCC’s history, well worth a read too.

Among the activities going on during the tours and event this evening include putting together a time capsule (to be opened in another 50 years), jazz trio music from the Fine Arts program, free chair massages from the Massage Therapy students, children’s activities, desserts, and more. All in all it should be a great evening to explore the College, or revisit if you’ve ever been a student (I attended for two years, and enjoyed it).