Weekend Happenings, September 21-23

Busy weekend coming up here in Bend. A few events have already been covered in previous posts but thought I’d post a summary … TGIF!

Bend Parks & Rec’s 3rd annual Day of Play will be held at Riverbend Park on Saturday, 11am-3pm.

Join in a game, climb on a big truck, splash around and PLAY! Bend Park & Recreation is excited to continue this event packed full of fun, food, music, laughter and activities for all ages.

Project Connect is a one-day one-stop event serving guests who are low income, homeless, or at-risk of homelessness.

Guests receive medical care and mental health services, urgent dental care, legal aid, birth certificate services, housing and shelter information, financial counseling, children’s services, haircuts, first aid, immunizations, clothing; and two hot, healthy meals all, at no cost.

If you are the crafty type, check out the Maker’s Craft Supply Swap on Saturday, 3-7pm, at “The Workhouse” (near the Sparrow Bakery).

Saturday September 22nd from 3 to 7 pm, The Workhouse will host a swap meet for crafters, artists and makers with excess art and crafting supplies, tools, display stuff etc. (No finished art or crafts!) This is for stuff you want to rid yourself of and get into the hands of other artists who can use it.

Tomorrow (Saturday) is the last day of the seasonal Northwest Crossing Farmer’s Market.

This exciting outdoor market takes place in the NorthWest Crossing Neighborhood Center and boasts live music and a variety of vendors and artisans. Everything from fresh, artisan cheese and eggs, to orchard-fresh fruit and berries, herbs, meat, organic skincare products and so much more!

It’s also the final weekend of 2nd Street Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s Richard III.

Jealous of his younger brother Edward’s ascent to the throne, a power-hungry and malicious Richard secretly begins to plot a take over of the crown, and decides to kill anyone he has to in order to become King.  Adapted for a modern audience with a modern voice.  Produced by Thoroughly Modern Productions and directed by David DaCosta.

Starting and finishing at Mt Bachelor, you’ll find the Flagline 50k and High Alpine Half races. Registration is already closed but it’s not too late to cheer on your favorite runners at this National Championship race.

Set in the scenic High Cascades of Central Oregon, the 2012 Flagline Trail Fest features four trail races that start and finish at Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort. Finish to the tune of live music, vendors, libations, and a dirt celebration you won’t soon

Oktoberfest weekend is here, and as of Friday afternoon there are already street closures in downtown Bend. Personally I’m looking forward to hearing Mary, the Rockin’ Little Caesar’s Lady, at the celebrity yodeling contest.

The Leadman Tri is on Saturday, starting at Cultus Lake and finishing at the Old Mill District. They still need volunteers. They are also hosting a Kids Festival tonight.

Cat Call Productions’ run of The Producers is entering it’s final weekend of performances. More information (schedule and tickets) are available on the Tower Theatre website. You can also read Hack Bend’s review.


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  1. The city of Bend has confirmed at least six athletes who competed in previous Olympic and Special Olympics games will join 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton in a parade through downtown Bend at 1 p.m. Sunday.

    A celebration of Olympic athletes on this scale will be a unique event for the city, said Bend volunteer coordinator Cheryl Howard.

    “It will be the first time we’ve seen anything like it,” Howard said. “I think it’s going to come off looking really elegant.”

    Organizers invited all of the past Olympians they could identify who live in the area, City Recorder Robyn Christie wrote in an email Tuesday. The Police Department also contacted a local Special Olympics group to invite past competitors to participate in the parade, Christie wrote.

    The parade is a celebration of the accomplishments of Mountain View High School graduate Ashton Eaton, who won a gold medal in the decathlon at the summer Olympic games in London.

    The lineup of parade participants has grown since organizers began planning it in late August, with several marching bands, including the Mountain View High School Marching Band, the Summit Express Jazz Band, the Cascade Horizon Band and the Bend Fire Department Pipes and Drums Band, as well as dancers and cheerleaders now scheduled to perform.

    Nonetheless, Steve Esselstyn, community liaison for the Bend Police Department, said he expects the event to go smoothly.

    “There will be a police presence, but there always is with parades just to keep the public and the motorists safe,” Esselstyn said, adding that the parade plan is focused and well-choreographed.

    “It looks good,” Esselstyn said.

    If you go
    When: 1 p.m. Sunday
    Where: Downtown Bend
    Police will begin closing the streets as early as 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Signs along the route will inform drivers they must move their vehicles from sections of Bond, Wall and Oregon on the parade route by noon Sunday.
    Street closures:
    Bond from Kansas to Oregon.
    Wall Street from Greenwood to Franklin.
    Oregon between Wall and Bond
    Franklin from Lava to Wall Street.
    Note: You can get into the south Mirror Pond parking lot via Broadway.
    Source: Steve Esselstyn, community liaison, Bend Police Department

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