Munch and Movies 2016 schedule

Munch and MoviesMunch and Movies returns this Friday, August 19, for four weeks of free family-friendly movies showing at dusk in Northwest Crossing’s Compass Park. (Think Munch and Music, but for films.)

These take place every Friday for four weeks, starting at 6pm. There will be food vendors and live music, and the movies themselves begin at dusk. Here’s the schedule:

  • August 19: Zootopia
  • August 26: Guardians of the Galaxy
  • September 2: Inside Out
  • September 9: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Pretty good selection this year! Don’t forget to take a blanket as it cools off at night.

The Bend Brewfest kicks off this week

Bend BrewfestThis year’s Bend Brewfest kicks off this Thursday, August 18, and runs three days this year, ending on Saturday the 20th. The festival takes place in the Les Schwab Amphitheater, as it has since day one, and will run from noon to 10pm all three days.

They are featuring 75 breweries and cideries this year, more than ever before, which means plenty of options to sample. In order to drink, you’ll need to purchase the mug and token package (souvenir mug plus five tasting tokens) for $20, although admission into the Brewfest itself is free.

You can view the beer list here, and the XTap (specialty!) here. Overall a pretty great lineup, so go through and plan out your must-tries (if you’re into that). Also it’s going to be plenty hot, so be sure stay hydrated with plenty of water throughout your day(s)!

And as a bonus—check out my article in the Bulletin’s GO! Magazine this week, on the Brewfest and some of the different styles to watch for!

27th Street sewer line construction project begins

27th Street sewer line project mapThe City of Bend’s ongoing work on sewer line improvement throughout the city has moved out east of town, as work begins today (Monday, August 8) on 27th Street.

This is not a small project: it is expected to last at least two years and ultimately encompass 27th Street from Reed Market Road to Medical Center Drive (just south of Neff Road).

Yes, two years, with a projected finish date of July 2018.

The initial work starts out at the intersection with Highway 20, between Grand Drive and Twin Knolls Drive. Highway 20 itself should remain open.

From the City’s project page:

What to Expect During Construction

Construction includes open-cut excavation work along the project streets listed on the map shown above.

  • Construction will create noise, vibration, dust, and will disrupt normal street activity.
  • Heavy construction equipment, crews and machinery will be on-site.
  • Construction activities include but are not limited to excavation, hammering, drilling, and blasting.
  • Prior to any blasting, the contractor is required to offer a pre-construction survey of your home/business at no cost to you. This pre-construction survey is only performed with your permission.

Business Access During Construction

  • Left turn movements will be restricted onto and off of 27th Street while work progresses through each intersection. A minimum of one point of access to the Forum, Twin Knolls, and Bellevue shopping areas will be maintained throughout the project.
  • Delivery traffic may be rerouted as the project proceeds south from Forum Drive to Bear Creek Road. Ample notification will be provided.
  • Traffic plans, including detours, will be posted well in advance of the affected intersections.
  • The SEI public involvement team will be providing informational meetings.

Hours of Construction

  • Typically 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, but the contractor may schedule work during the same hours on Saturdays, if necessary.
  • Night work may be included in some areas to better deflect conflicts with business hours.
  • Construction schedule is subject to change due to a variety of factors, including conditions underground, weather, traffic impacts, subcontractor schedules, and availability of materials.

On the one hand, upgrades to the sewer system (which is already at capacity) is much-needed and will definitely improve the city infrastructure. On the other hand, two years!

Plan accordingly.

Munch & Music starts back up, runs through August 11

Munch & Music 2016The 26th annual Munch & Music summertime free concert series starts back up this Thursday, July 7, and runs through August 11 this year, for six total nights of free music every week. As always it takes place at Drake Park and features food vendors and trucks of all kinds, as well as Deschutes Brewery beer.

They start at 5:30pm and will run into the evening. Here are the details:

The evening will include an opening band and a headlining band, time in between acts to get some delicious grub from one of the many vendors, a Deschutes Brewery Libation station to quench your summer time thirst, and great kids activities like bouncy houses!

Visiting local artists and craftspeople featured weekly, too!

The Munch & Music food court is sure to have something for everyone! As one of the largest gatherings of all you favorite local food vendors, come hungry!

The Deschutes Brewery Libation Station will be available with beer, wine and an occasional cocktail from week to week. This year we will have a walk-around beer policy. You cannot bring your own alcoholic beverages into the events, but you can roam the area freely with your brew!

Here’s the music lineup:

  • July 7: Super Diamond with Calico the Band
  • July 14: California Honeydrops and Coffis Brothers
  • July 21: The English Beat with Lower 48
  • July 28: World’s Finest with Tony Smiley
  • August 4: The Quick and Easy Boys and Jive Coulis
  • August 11: Devon Allman Band and Redwood Son