Check out the Summer Shootout Marble Tournament this Saturday

Summer Shootout Marble TournamentThis Saturday the 14th is the annual Summer Shootout Marble Tournament for kids taking place at the Des Chutes Historical Museum from 10 to 2. The tourney is split into two categories: kids ages 7 to 12, and “Young at Heart” ages 13 and older. Here’s the press release:

Kick off summer vacation at the Summer Shootout Marble Tournament, Saturday, June 14, 2014, at the Des Chutes Historical Museum, 129 NW Idaho Avenue in Bend.. The event begins at 10 a.m. In addition to tournament play, there will be marble-free play throughout the day, lawn games and other fun activities for families. Marble enthusiasts and beginners are all welcome to play and compete for a chance at the title of Marble Champion 2014.

Marble competition will be in two categories: children ages 7 to 12 and 13 and older. Previous marble playing experience not needed! A warm-up and marble ‘shooting’ lessons will be provided prior to beginning of tournament play.

Prizes for each category are as follows:

Children 7 to 12

  • Grand Prize: Schwinn Bicycle from Gear Peddler
  • 2nd Place: Art Station and Sun Mountain Fun Center Gift Certificates
  • 3rd Place: Wabi Sabi gift basket

Young at Heart 13 and older

  • Grand Prize: Schwinn Cruiser Bicycle from Gear Peddler
  • 2nd Place: Family passes to SHARC Water Park
  • 3rd Place: Old Mill District Gift Certificate

Tournament registration is open and cost $10.00 per person. Registration information and forms are available by going to the Museum’s website, Admission to the museum included in registration fee. In addition to the marble shootout and Museum activities, families will have the opportunity to visit booths from fellow non-profits to learn about fun summer programs happening around Central Oregon.

Sponsored by The Bulletin and Gear Peddler, all proceeds from the event benefit the Des Chutes Historical Museum’s educational programs. The Des Chutes Historical Museum is located at 129 NW Idaho Ave, between Wall and Bond. Please visit the Des Chutes Historical Museum website at or call 541-389-1813 for more information.

The Museum is also looking for volunteers willing to help with the event. If interested in volunteering, please email the Museum at

This should be a great time and worth checking out. I’ve seen one of the grand prize bikes and it’s pretty sweet, and those other prizes aren’t too shabby either. If your kids are interested in participating, the Museum will accept registrations up until 10am Saturday, so there’s plenty of time to sign up!

Silver Moon releases Bull Fighter IPA to support firefighters

Silver Moon Bull Fighter IPASilver Moon Brewing today announced the release of a new beer whose sale proceeds will help support the firefighters that have been battling the Two Bulls fire: Bull Fighter IPA.

To the brave men and women who have risked their safety to ensure ours from the #TwoBullsFire, this one’s for you! 3 ways to support our firefighters: 1. Buy a Bull Fighter IPA for $10 and we’ll give one to a firefighter to enjoy when the blaze is out, free of charge. 2. Buy a Bull Fighter IPA and we’ll donate 100% of proceeds to our local Red Cross. 3. Make a monetary donation to or
To those 1,000+ firefighters, we and the Bend community thank you!

I expect this beer is only available at Silver Moon directly, but it’s a good cause so make sure to head down there an pick some up!

Authorities offering $2000 reward for information about cause of Two Bulls Fire (Updated)

Update 2: The reward jumped to $26,500 not long after I posted the last update!

Update: The reward is now $14,500.

Some of the latest information coming out about the Two Bulls fire west of Bend is that the initial two fires were human caused. Here’s the update that has been posted:

A joint investigation to locate the origin and cause of the fires is being conducted by a team of investigators from the Oregon State Police, U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Walker Range Fire Protection Association, and Oregon Department of Forestry.

Investigators located the origin of both fires, collected evidence, and have determined that the fires were human caused.

The investigation team is interested in any information members of the public can provide. Please call with any information about activity, individuals, or vehicles seen on Cascade Timberlands in the days leading up to the fire.

Cascade Timberlands has added $2,000 for information that leads to a successful conviction.

Anyone with information that could help identify the suspects is asked to contact the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-877-876-TIPS.

You can remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.

The most recent status update has the area burned at 6800 acres, with the fire 25% contained. So far it’s cost an estimated $2.2 million so far.

If you have any information, let them know (anonymously if needs be).

Atlas Cider’s 1-year anniversary, Thursday, June 5

Atlas CiderOne of the first cideries of the recent hard cider explosion to hit Bend, Atlas Cider, is celebrating their one-year anniversary on Thursday the 5th, from 5 to 9pm (“First Thursday”).

It’s free to attend, and the Moon Mountain Ramblers will be putting on a (free) live show. In addition, there will be $3 pints of cider, and I have a flyer in my hand that says $2 tacos from El Sancho—though I need to point out that on at least one Facebook post, they said $3 tacos and on a picture of a similar flyer they posted on the 1st there’s no price for tacos. So, it could be $2, or $3, or who knows. Bonta Gelato will be there too, and they have some amazing flavors.

It will be family friendly and pet friendly, and it’s all taking place at Atlas’s location at 900 SE Wilson Avenue. It’s sure to be a fun time—hard cider and tacos, why not?—so make sure you head down to help them celebrate their first year.

McMenamins Friends & Family Night, supporting River Song School, tonight

Tonight is McMenamins Old St. Francis School’s monthly Friends & Family Night, where from 5pm to closing 50% of all the night’s sales are donated to a selected beneficiary.

The selected beneficiary for this month is River Song School, which is a “non-profit providing a nurturing, individually tailored educational experience for children ages 3–9 years old.”

It’s for a good cause, so head down and get dinner, beers, appetizers, whatever. (I’m partial to beer and tots myself!)