Robotics Team Garage Sale Fundraiser

FIRST Team 753Local robotics team High Desert Droids will be holding a garage sale fundraiser on Saturday, November 8th, 9am-2:30pm, in the Cafeteria at Mountain View High School. The team’s annual garage sale is a major fundraiser that helps offset funds needed to participate in this challenging program. Currently the team plans to participate in tournaments in Oregon City & Wilsonville, OR and Cheney, WA. Please, come shop with us and help support us!

Donated Items Needed

In preparation for the sale, the team will accept community donations for the sale on Friday, November 7th, 6-9pm. Or, contact Erin Biskup ( to arrange for a student to pick up items on Thursday, 11/6 or Friday, 11/7 – in the afternoon or evening.

Bottles for Bots!

Bring your returnable bottles and cans on either day to donate to the team. Every nickel

Who Are We? Seven-Fifty-Three!

FIRST Team 753 (High Desert Droids) is a student–driven team of bright individuals drawn together by a passion for working as a team, building robots, and fostering excitement in science and technology through FIRST. Formed in 2002, the team is based out of Mountain View High School and is comprised of students from all three Bend high schools and several home schooled students.

The students are grateful for the support of teachers, mentors, parents, and sponsors: Bend Research, Les Schwab Tire Centers, G5 Search Marketing, Microsemi, Manzama, Bend Plating, SimB & Company, PCC Schlosser, and Advanced Energy.

Team 753 - Team photo


Halloween Weekend Happenings

By 663highland (663highland) [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC-BY-2.5 (], via Wikimedia CommonsHalloween lands on Friday this year, so with the weekend to recover that means there’s no excuse not to hit up one or more of these events, right? Here’s a rundown of the many activities going on (and if you’re looking for trick or treat activities for the kids, click here to jump to that section):

Power 94 Monster Ball:

This year is going to be the BIGGEST Monster Ball yet! The 2014 Power 94 Monster Ball will again be inside the “Midtown Ballroom” Downtown Bend. Get your tickets in advance Powder House Ski & Snowboard or at the Spirit Halloween SuperStore on 3rd between Franklin & Greenwood for $15 or at the door for $20. This event is 21 and over ONLY, must have ID! Cash only bars, but there will be an ATM if you run out of cash!

McMenamins Old St. Francis School — Get Your Costume & Funk On for Halloween:

[21 and over, Free] Come in costume to celebrate the spookiest of holidays. Our live music will pair well with the seasonal beers on tap! Boogie down to the sounds of Elektrapod, playing their signature brand that fuses soul, funk, disco, electronica and jamming, in the Theater from 9 p.m. ’til midnight. If it’s a DJ dance party you wanna rock out to while wearing your witch hat, join us in Father Luke’s as DJ 26E4U spins from 8 p.m. ’til 12 midnight.

Broken Top Bottle Shop, Crook & Sum’s Stupendous TAROT READINGS for HALLOWEEN!

Dr. Evelyn Crook and Mistress Quantum Sum present a night of insight and imagination for your Halloween pleasure.

Join them in their mysterious tent inside Broken Top Bottle Shop for mysterious insights into the mysteries of life!


Donations accepted to benefit the Humane Society of Central Oregon.

Movie and music at  Volcanic Theatre Pub:

This Friday, October 31st Volcanic Theatre Presents HALLOWEEN at VTP with screening of Bubba Ho-Tep starring Bruce Campbell at 7:30pm followed by [live music with] Mosley Wotta, Warm Gadget, Third Seven, and Marshall Law at 9:30pm. There is a $10 cover at the doors for both events ot $7 for each event. Volcanic Theatre Pub is located at 70 SW Century Drive (Next to GoodLife Brewing) and is open to all ages.

RiverBend Brewing, Mafioso Murder Mystery:

  • Interactive murdery mystery with 4-course dinner.
  • Prizes for best costume
  • Prizes for who solves the murder
  • Limited seating
  • Groups are encouraged
  • $45 per ticket, call RiverBend at 541-550-7550 for more info

2nd Street Theater, The Rocky Horror Picture Show:

$10 admission, starts at 11:45pm

Movie, with live actors. No Rice!
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical comedy horror film directed by Jim Sharman. The screenplay was written by Sharman and Richard O’Brien based on the 1973 musical stage production, The Rocky Horror Show, also written by O’Brien. The production is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1930s through early 1970s.

Crow’s Feet Commons, Halloween Bike Bash:

Pumpkin Carving, Craft Crafting, Push Bike Racing, Caramel Apple-ing, Race-registering and drink drinking

In an effort to further enhance the Mirror Pond Plaza and build community (as if we aren’t doing enough), we want every little kid and adult in the greater Central Oregon area to bring your best Halloween game downtown!
JJ-Fad, our fine barista will be leading a craft-making, pumpkin carving and bike decorating event for the little ones. Bring them down in the best halloween dress and have some fun.
At 5:00pm, join us in the 2nd Annual Toy De Toystore.
A Strider/Push-bike race this “race” will weave around the shop, out in the courtyard and will rally down Wall Street ending at @Leaping Lizards.

Deschutes Brewery Jungle Cross Warehouse Party: In conjunction with the Halloween Cyclocross Crusade, this takes place Saturday the 1st starting at 8pm. Cost is $15.

Mark your calendars, get your costumes ready and join us during the Halloween Cross Crusades for the warehouse party of the year! Not only will you be able to watch the exciting Cyclocross Crusade races on our lawn in the Old Mill District Saturday and Sunday from 8:40am to 4pm, but from 8:00pm-3:00am on Saturday, enjoy the Jungle themed party we’re calling, “Jungle Cross”!

In addition to live music and stage performances by Chicago Afrobeat Project, DJ Professor Stone, DJ GlobalRuckus, BasssGhost, and Prom Jim there will also be other amazing live acts too! Come hang in the jungle, be entertained by jungle-like performers and drink some beer-inspired jungle juice while you get your jungle boogie on!

Trick or Treating / Kids

Halloween Party and Trick or Treating in the Old Mill District

4 to 7pm

Watch as Chelsea rallies the trick or treating troop of kids for a Halloween they won’t forget in Bend. The Old Mill District hosts a safe and FREE Halloween party with much more to do than just trick or treating from store to store.
Trick-or-Treating at our many shops and restaurants
Whole Foods Market providing healthy snacks
Art Station Creative Crafts a program of Arts Central (in former Orvis building)
Rippin Reptile 4-H Club & Central Oregon Herpetology (located in the former Orvis building)
Hay Rides by Cowboy Carriage Pickup location between Francesca’s and Ben & Jerry’s.
Pet Costume Contest with Humane Society
Sunriver Nature Center and a great horned owl
Performance by Peace Chords of Westside Village Magnet School
Ginger’s Kitchenware will be handing out Oregon Community Foundation Dental Kits for the kids
Bend Memorial Clinic will have information on their new Urgent Care location in the Old Mill District.

Trick or Treating at Cascade Village Shopping Center:

Halloween is creeping up on you… how will you celebrate? Cascade Village Shopping Center invites you to Trick or Treat HERE, where it’s safe, fun & warm! From 4-7 pm on Halloween… Just look for the BLACK & ORANGE balloons at participating Merchants!

Trick or Treating at Brookswood Meadow Plaza:

Join the participating businesses of Brookswood Meadow Plaza for Trick-Or-Treating from 4:00-6:00pm on Halloween! The community gathering center and popular destination in Southwest Bend invites all young ghouls and goblins in costume to join in the fun!


Historical Haunts is back, in its fifth year

McCann House, Downtown Bend, By Ian Poellet, via Wikimedia Commons
By Ian Poellet, via Wikimedia Commons

You have to love the Halloween season, not just for the pumpkins and candy and trick-or-treating, but for the ghost stories and hauntings and creepy/scary fun—and starting today, the Deschutes Historical Society’s “Historical Haunts of Downtown Bend” walking tour is again taking place!

Stories of mystery, love, loss and the afterlife return! Now in our fifth year, Historical Haunts of Downtown Bend takes visitors to visit locations spanning 30 years of history of pioneers who helped shape Bend so much, they had a hard time leaving… perhaps even in death!

Cost is $10.00 per person, children under 12 years and Deschutes County Historical Society members are free. Museum admission included with tour fee. Sign up is first come, first served each day.

All tours begin at the Museum and will end at Crow’s Feet Commons. Please note—because many featured locations are operating businesses inside, tours do not enter into any buildings.

Remember to wear comfortable shoes and if walking after dark, bring your own flashlight.
Historical Haunts is open to the public and members Thursday to Saturday, October 23-25, 4:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Hot chocolate and apple cider will be available.

My book “Bend Beer” is out today!

Bend Beer: A History of Brewing in Central OregonIt’s finally come to fruition and is officially released today: my first book, Bend Beer: A History of Brewing in Central Oregon! Published by the History Press, it covers the history of Bend and Central Oregon from a beery perspective from the frontier era of the 1880 and ’90s through today. Here’s the blurb from the back of the book:

With more breweries per capita than any other Oregon city, Bend is a beer mecca. Prior to Prohibition, the state had a burgeoning brewing industry and plenty of saloons to cater to the needs of the hardy frontiersmen who settled Central Oregon. The teetotaling ’20s brought all that to a screeching halt. Fifty years later, the arrival of pioneers like Deschutes Brewery and Bend Brewing Company breathed new life into Bend’s beer and brought about the booming industry for which the area is known today. Author and “The Brew Site” creator Jon Abernathy traces Bend and Central Oregon’s hoppy history from early settlement to the present day, sharing the stories behind its most famous breweries and the communities that have fostered the industry.

It was definitely a busy year working on this book, and a lot of fun and enlightening as well. I hope it shows! The book is definitely about beer but I’ve tried to incorporate a good amount of Bend history as well, and hopefully appeals to that broader audience.

If you’re interested in buying the book (and I hope you are!), you should be able to find it at the following locations:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Costco
  • Deschutes Brewery – tasting room and downtown pub
  • McMenamins Old St. Francis School
  • Visit Bend (downtown)
  • Des Chutes Historical Museum
  • The Brew Shop
  • Powell’s Books (Portland)
  • Central Oregon Locavore
  • Paulina Springs Books (Sisters and Redmond)

And there will be more locations coming soon. If you’re interested in purchasing online, there are a number of options as well:

There are also signing and meet the author events lining up, all of which you can find on the book site as well as the Facebook page.

And, I want to give a big “thank you!” to all the breweries and folks I’ve talked to or who have helped out to bring this book to fruition. It simply would not have come together otherwise. Cheers!

Elysian Brewing’s Great Pumpkin Roadshow: This Thursday, Oct. 23

If you’re familiar at all with Seattle’s Elysian Brewing Company, then you probably know one of the types of beer they are well-known for are pumpkin ales. So much so, in fact, that every year they host their Great Pumpkin Beer Festival in Seattle—a terrific brewfest that I’ve been to twice now, and it’s one of my favorite beer festivals (of course I love pumpkin beer).

Elysian Brewing Great Pumpkin Beer Fest

If this sounds intriguing to you at all, then listen up: Elysian Brewing has their “Great Pumpkin Roadshow” (a much smaller, traveling version of this pumpkin beerfest) coming to Bend this Thursday, October 23, taking over the Platypus Pub from 6 to 8pm (or 9pm, I’m not entirely certain of the duration). Here’s the word from the Brewery:

Couldn’t make it up to Seattle for Elysian’s Great Pumpkin Beer Fest this year? Good news!! For the 1st time ever, Elysian is bringing their Great Pumpkin Roadshow to Bend!!

Known for being the nation’s most pumpkin obsessed Brewery, Elysian just held their 10th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival in Seattle, where they featured over 80 pumpkin beers on tap for a crowd of 1800 people! For the Great Pumpkin Roadshow, Elysian chooses one location per city to bring the GPBF to you!

The Platypus Pub will feature 11 or more of Elysian’s limited release pumpkin beers on tap!! The majority of these beers are extremely limited and this will be the only place you’ll find them in Bend.

Orange attire and costumes encouraged!!

And here is the taplist they are featuring (plus there will be four others), of Elysian’s own 11 beers:

  • Night Owl Pumpkin Ale
  • Dark O’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout
  • Great Pumpkin Imperial
  • Punkuccino Coffee Pumpkin Ale
  • Lost Abbey Collaboration Sardonic Dark Pumpkin Wit
  • Gourdfather Pumpkin Barleywine
  • Hansel & Gretel Ginger Pumpkin Pilsner
  • Orange Is The New Black Chocolate & Orange Pumpkin Stout
  • Mr. Yuck Pumpkin Sour
  • P. Smoov Nitro Pumpkin Cream Ale
  • Gourdgia on mind Pecan Peach Pumpkin Amber

This will be a great event and these are all great pumpkin beers, so don’t miss out! I would love to see a big turnout for Bend so Elysian will bring it back here again next year, so come on out Thursday night if you can. You won’t regret it! (Unless you hate pumpkin beers or something crazy like that.)

Breast Fest with Cascade Lakes Brewing

As you probably know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Cascade Lakes Brewing is helping to raise awareness and money by holding “Breast Fest” at their Lodge on the westside this Friday, October 24, in support of Sara’s Project here in Bend.

Breast Fest

This is a great project to support and you get to drink beer while doing so! $3 from every beer sold will benefit Sara’s Project, as will the proceeds from every T-shirt sold, all day long. There will be live music as well by Buck ‘n the Diggs from 4:30 to 7:30 that evening.

Friday would be a great day to have lunch and a beer at the Cascade Lakes Lodge, or happy hour, or dinner—you’re supporting charity! Plus with great seasonals on tap now like their Crystal Method Wet Hop Ale and Slippery Slope (their winter ale), you really should get in on the Breast Fest action.

Friday, all day! Be there!

Beers Made By Walking

There is a great and really unique beer event coming up this Wednesday, October 15 at Broken Top Bottle Shop—Beers Made By Walking. What makes this program unique is that the beers are inspired by plants found on the nature trail. (Deschutes Brewery’s award-winning Sagefight IPA, I believe, started with this program.)

Beers Made By Walking

Beers Made By Walking invites brewers to go on nature hikes and make new beer inspired by plants that are identified on the trail. Each hike is unique and each beer that is produced is a drinkable landscape portrait of the trail we hiked. On October 15th, from 6-9pm at Broken Top Bottle Shop, beer lovers will have the opportunity to try new beers inspired by hikes around the Bend Region.

These hike-inspired beers were produced through a collaboration between BMBW and the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) through a series of public hikes with brewers throughout the summer. Participating local brewers that joined in on the hikes include Crux Fermentation Project, Deschutes Brewery, and Worthy Brewing. Check out a recap of those hikes here.

Each brewer will serve their new beer on October 15th. Additionally, Laurelwood Brewing (Portland), and Seven Brides Brewing (Silverton) will also tap special beers based off hikes in their region.

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the brewers, learn about the various hikes that inspired the beers, and learn about some of ONDA and BMBW’s recent work. Beers will be sold by the pint and in sample sizes until they run out. 100% of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Oregon Natural Desert Association.

The beer list for the event looks pretty fantastic too:

  • Crux Fermentation Project: River Trail Sour – A blend of our Saison and a barrel aged golden sour. Inspired by plants we saw on a hike at Alder Spring, we added chokecherry and mint and fermented with a culture from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project in Colorado. 9% ABV, 15 IBU
  • Worthy Brewing: Walk on the Wild Side (Badlands Indigenous Ale) – Beer brewed with Juniper tips, juniper berries, Indian Rice grass, Desert Sage, wheatgrass, and fescue. The beer is inspired by a hike in the Oregon Badlands. 6.5%, 14 IBU
  • Deschutes Brewery: Botanic Ale – A light and crisp beer with rye, wild sage, and meadowsweet, rose and Stella hops, inspired by a hike in May, at the height of wildflower season, along the Middle Deschutes River where it connects with Whychus Creek.
  • Laurelwood Pub and Brewery: Saison de Walkie – A slightly tart Saison with rose hips and elderberries, inspired by a late-summer hike on the Wildwood Trail in Forest Park, Portland, OR. 5.5% ABV, 12 IBU
  • Seven Brides Brewing: Pseudo Tsuga IPA – Light bodied IPA with a piney aroma and resiny flavor from the addition of Douglas Fir needle tea. The beer is inspired by the giants of the Silver Falls Canyon, where Douglas Fir forests veil pristine waterfalls, adding depth to the majesty of an area the brewery is glad to call home. 5.4%, 60 IBU

Don’t miss out the chance to try some truly unique (and botanical) beers!