Source Weekly December 2, 2021

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This week we roll out Part One of our two-part Gift Guide, where we share some ideas for gifts you can buy right here on the local scene. Our feature pages (pages 10, 11 and 13) display some of the many gifts locals can find on the Bend Marketplace—a one-stop online shop for local goods. Later in the issue, our Sound section features books about music, available at local bookstores, followed by recommendations for holiday cookbooks in the Chow section, hot outdoor gear items from local gear shops on the Outside page, and finally, a roundup of drink recipes and the accompanying (and locally made) spirits that go with them on the Craft page. If that’s not enough, pick up a copy of the Source Weekly again next week, when we have even more gift ideas. We know it’s easy to tap-tap your way into a mountain of random Amazonian gifts this season, but we like to think we’re giving you a very viable local alternative. Have a great week!



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As December comes in hot, and Mt. Bachelor pushes its opening day back, snow enthusiasts are starting to get a bit antsy for the upcoming season. In excitement for snow, @austinbsmith shared this sick photo of a snowboarder catching some big air during a past season!

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With the Vets Village Open, an Opportunity to Learn On Veterans Day, the first of what could one day be a number of villages for houseless individuals in Central Oregon opened on the Deschutes County public safety campus. The 15 armed services veterans who will live there will not only have a place to live, but will have access to social services and other supports right on site. Inspired by similar projects in Kansas City and Clackamas County, Oregon, the village is the first of its kind in Central Oregon—but supporters and advocates for individuals experiencing homelessness in the community hope that it will be far from the last. The collaborative project is thus far a success story about how communities, local governments and willing individuals can come together to meet a need— but seeing this project come to fruition was far from easy, and demonstrates the heavy lifting that needs to happen to see more of these projects get going. Siting the project was among the first hurdles, as Erik Tobiason, president of the Bend Heroes Foundation that spearheaded the project, told the Source Weekly in February. Finding land on publicly owned property, such as county, city, irrigation district, school or park district land, sounds like an easy enough prospect, but that land should also have easy access to public transportation and other social services. In the case of the Veterans Village, even siting it on the same campus as the sheriff’s office, along with the Deschutes County Stabilization Center—the county’s go-to location for crisis services—didn’t exempt it from concerns from neighbors. While “veterans in need” is about as sympathetic a population as you can

get when it comes to houseless individuals, the Bend Heroes Foundation and its partners still had to work hard to convince neighbors that siting the Village there was a good idea. Like other neighbors in other neighborhoods where villages have recently been proposed, neighbors adjacent to the public safety campus expressed concerns. Neighbors had had some negative experiences when a temporary winter warming shelter was located at the sheriff’s office before, Tobiason said. Assuaging those concerns involved setting up a working group that included the nearby homeowners’ association, Central Oregon Veterans Outreach and city and county representatives. In other words, it took time and dialogue to overcome that hurdle. Funding was another collaborative effort. In-kind donations from local builders, labor from J Bar J Boys Ranch, and ongoing city and county funding—along with the lease of the land from Deschutes County–all combined to make the project happen and to keep it going. The opening of the Veterans Village is a triumph in itself—one that means 15 fewer people will be living on the streets or in precarious housing as winter begins. But on top of that obvious benefit is another one: The ability for the community to see what a managed village looks like: how it works, what it takes to fund it and the support services that wrap around it in order to make the residents there successful. In that way, it’s an educational tool that may pave the way for more cooperation and understanding as other camps and villages are proposed region-wide.



RE: VETS VILLAGE OPENS NEWS, 11/18 I was glad to read about the Central Oregon Veterans Village, because a lot of veterans don’t get the recognition they deserve. I am part of a Boy Scout Troop in Bend, and we show our respect to those who served in the military by putting flags out on Memorial Day, flag raising at a nursing home, and walking in the Veterans Day Parade. Each year we have a speaker who is a veteran at one of our weekly meetings. Three weeks ago, our speaker talked about how hard it was to train. I learned a lot about the commitment it takes to be in the military. I would like to thank the organizations that support our local veterans. —Arthur Yenowine


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himself and his staff of legal scholars to adjudicate the Constitutionality of Biden's win in Pennsylvania, when it had already been affirmed by multiple Federal court rulings--even by Trump-appointed judges. Though claiming to be oblivious to the terror occurring in the same building where he was holed up, he managed on his own to accomplish one of the goals of the mob: Delay certification of the election. Shall we also cite obliviousness as the reason Bentz failed to exercise personal courage to vote for a bill that would have helped his constituents? When--inevitably--he casts a No vote on Build Back Better, legislation which could immeasurably help the people in his district, will he claim that his old habit of personal obliviousness prevented him from knowing that overall and child poverty rates in his District exceed the national average?

RE: BABY, YOU CAN DRIVE MY CAR SCREEN, 11/25 Great review. I have seen the film and couldn’t agree more on all of it. You captured the tone and cinematic vibe perfectly. Like you said not everyone should see Titane and I wouldn’t normally have been one of them. I am happy I gave it a shot. —Abby Caram via

RE: BEND’S BIGGEST VENUE GETS A NEW NAME 11/18 What’s in a name? That which we call a venue by any other name would look as brutish. —Geoff Reynolds via

RE: NEW PARKING RULES IN OLD BEND 11/25 I recently listened to an interview with Mr Marx, our new Parking Czar, he’s only lived here two years and seems to have the opinion all his parking changes are wonderful far from it, especially for those that work Downtown ... Bend could have done better.

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Thanks for the kind words, Susan. When I conducted the interview for that story, mural artist Erik Hoogen—who, after many years doing art and snowboarding in Bend, now spends his time here only part-time— pointed out that he’d never been featured in the Source Weekly, and I was glad that we could remedy that situation with the story about his incredible mural at Silver Moon. I’m doubly happy that it’s giving him recognition from people such as yourself! Come on by for your gift card to Palate.

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RE: A “MIX TAPE” OF BELOVED MUSICIANS CULTURE, 11/18 Erik! So happy to see this amazing work. You are one of the most imaginative, passionate, talented and prolific artists we know, and we are truly proud and gifted to know you. Missing you at Mt. Bachelor! —Susan Foster via

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Correction: The 11/18 opinion piece, “This Time, California Really is to Blame,” stated that Oregon voters approved a 2019 measure to stay in daylight saving time. It was the Oregon legislature that approved the move to stay in daylight saving time, not Oregon voters. We regret the error.

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Back to Work?

A year and a half after a COVID-caused recession, employment numbers exceed pre-pandemic levels By Jack Harvel



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he number of working Central Oregonians exceeds pre-pandemic levels from October 2019 by about 630 jobs, signaling that the economy largely recovered from the shock of COVID. The Oregon Employment Department reported Nov. 23 that the unemployment rate is around 4.9% in Deschutes County, oneand-a-half points higher than pre-pandemic rates from February 2020, but lower than the 6.9% 10-year average in Deschutes County. When the pandemic started affecting employment in April of 2020, Deschutes County had experienced some of the lowest unemployment rates in its history. “Three-point-three percent was the bottom before the pandemic, and that was historically low, we had never seen rates that low in Central Oregon’s history, and definitely not in Deschutes County,” said Damon Runberg, a regional economist with the OED. Full employment for Deschutes County, Runberg said, is met at about a 4.5% unemployment rate. When the rate goes too low it can be difficult for businesses to hire, and when it’s too high that’s usually a sign there aren’t enough jobs for workers to fill. Full employment is defined regionally, and Central Oregon tends to have more unemployment. “Our rates of unemployment in Deschutes County, or even Crook County or Jefferson County, our neighboring rural communities,

A graph showing Central Oregon’s unemployment rate from 2016 to 2021 compared to the state average.

The biggest recovery is in the leisure and hospitality industries, which lost 54% of its workforce in the immediate shock after COVID. Now it’s down about 3.5% from pre-pandemic levels. “It’s pretty dang close to being recovered when you consider that over half the jobs were shed. That’s quite a feat,” Runberg said.

“I think a lot of people hear that and think that it’s a wishy-washy labor force or people not wanting to engage in the workforce or be non-committal, whatever it might be. It really has nothing to do with that. It has almost everything to do with people quitting jobs and moving into other jobs. They’re not leaving the labor force for the most part.” —Damon Runberg on average, tend to have higher rates of unemployment than the national or the state numbers, and that’s not because we have a weaker economy or anything like that—we have more seasonality in our economy,” Runberg said. “Impacts from the tourism sector, construction, agriculture, all those together mean that we have a more natural higher rate of unemployment.”

Manufacturing and construction also rebounded well, but retail trade lags behind pre-pandemic employment numbers by about 520 jobs. Still, these numbers don’t align with the prevailing notion locally that there are still too few workers to fill available jobs. “I think a lot of people hear that and think that it’s a wishy-washy labor force or people not wanting to engage in the workforce or be

non-committal, whatever it might be,” Runberg said. “It really has nothing to do with that. It has almost everything to do with people quitting jobs and moving into other jobs. They’re not leaving the labor force, for the most part.” The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a record-breaking 2.9% of the workforce quit their jobs in August, only to be surpassed in September when 3% quit. Oregon has one of the highest quit rates in the country. “Because of the high demand for labor, there’s lots of opportunities for people to change a career, move into a position that has better pay or has better working conditions,” Runberg said. “When there’s a really high demand for labor and the supply is low, it’s the type of leverage that workers only get in relatively small periods of time. And taking advantage of that is not a terrible idea.” Wages rose for most income levels, but especially for people making lower wages. But those wage gains are largely being diminished, even as wages continue to rise. “What’s interesting in today’s market is the nominal wages continue to go up pretty aggressively, nominal being non-inflation adjusted wages. However, because of the last six months of relatively high inflation numbers we’ve seen,

that has eroded those wage gains, and so the inflation adjusted wages actually stopped growing. So, we’ve sort of flattened out there,” Runberg said. Runberg said Deschutes County’s economic recovery was atypical when compared to other Oregon metros, most of which haven’t recovered as quickly. Portland, for example, has only recovered 72% of its jobs lost during the pandemic. States with fewer public health mandates reached pre-pandemic employment earlier than those that had strict masking and distancing mandates. This recession differed from others in that it was more tied to policy than is typical. “Normally a recession happens and it hits economies to different magnitudes or different levels, because the industry concentration that that economy has. This was this was a little bit of that in the sense that the leisure sector was hard hit across the country, regardless. But it was hit to a greater or lesser extent, depending on those policy responses,” Runberg said. “In Oregon, which was a state that had sort of more aggressive public health measures, we are unique to have been recovered, especially when you consider that Deschutes County was one of the hardest hit in the initial job losses.”


Noticias en Español Las cifras de empleo rebasan el volumen previo a la pandemia un año y medio después de una recesión causada por COVID Por Jack Harvel Translated by / Traducido por Jéssica Sánchez-Millar El pleno empleo para el Condado de Deschutes, dijo Runberg, se alcanza con una tasa de desempleo de alrededor del 4.5%. Cuando la tasa de desempleo es demasiado baja, puede ser difícil para los comercios contratar empleados y cuando es demasiado alta, suele ser una señal de que no hay suficientes empleos para los trabajadores. El pleno empleo se define regionalmente y el Centro de Oregon tiende a sufrir de más desempleo. “Nuestras tasas de desempleo en el Condado de Deschutes o incluso en los Condados de Crook o Jefferson, nuestras comunidades rurales vecinas, en promedio, tienden a tener tasas de desempleo más altas a nivel nacional o estatal y no se debe a que tengamos de una economía débil o algo por el estilo –tenemos más estacionalidad en nuestra economía,” dijo Runberg. Influye desde el sector turístico, constructor, agricultor, todos estos juntos implican que tenemos una tasa de desempleo más alta por naturaleza.”

La recuperación más grande viene de la industria hospitalaria y de la recreación, las cuales perdieron el 54% de su fuerza laboral en sacudida inmediata posterior al COVID. Ahora ha bajado a 3.5% en relación a los niveles previos a la pandemia. “Si se tiene en cuenta que más de la mitad de los empleos desaparecieron, está bien cerca de recuperarse. Es todo una hazaña,” dijo Runberg. La manufactura y la construcción también se recuperaron bien, pero los comercios de venta al por menor está por detrás las cifras de empleo previo a la pandemia con alrededor de 520 puestos. Aún así, estas cifras no coinciden con la noción que prevalece a nivel local de que todavía hay muy pocos trabajadores para cubrir los puestos disponibles. “Creo que muchas personas escuchan eso y piensan que es una fuerza laboral débil o que las personas no quieren involucrarse o comprometerse con la fuerza laboral,

como quiera que sea,” dijo Runberg. “La verdad no tiene nada que ver con eso, casi tiene todo que ver con las personas que dejan sus trabajos y comienzan a laborar en otros trabajos. En su mayor parte, no abandonan la fuerza laboral”. La oficina de estadísticas laborales reportó que un 2.9% de la fuerza laboral rompió el record debido al abandonar sus trabajos en agosto, solo para ser superado en septiembre cuando el 3% renunció a su trabajo. Oregon tiene uno de los más altos niveles de abandono laboral en el país. “Debido a la alta demanda laboral, hay muchas oportunidades para que las personas cambien de profesión, cambien a un puesto mejor pagado o que ofrezca mejores condiciones laborales,” dijo Runberg. “Cuando hay una demanda laboral muy alta y la oferta es baja, es el tipo de ventaja que los trabajadores solo obtienen en un periodo de tiempo relativamente corto y el aprovechar eso no es mala idea.”



l número de trabajadores en el Centro de Oregon rebasa el volumen previo a la pandemia de octubre 2019 con cerca de 630 empleos, lo que indica que la economía se recuperó bastante de la sacudida por COVID. La Secretaria del Trabajo de Oregon (OED por sus siglas en inglés) reportó el 23 de noviembre que la tasa de desempleo es de alrededor del 4.9% en el Condado de Deschutes, un punto y medio más alto que el nivel previo a la pandemia de febrero 2020, pero más bajo que el promedio de 10 años del 6.9% en el Condado de Deschutes. Cuando la pandemia comenzó a afectar el empleo en abril 2020, el Condado de Deschutes había pasado por una de las tasas de desempleo más bajas de su historia “Tres, punto tres por ciento era el nivel mínimo antes de la pandemia y eso fue históricamente bajo, nunca habíamos visto niveles tan bajos en la historia del Centro de Oregon y definitivamente no en el condado de Deschutes,” dijo Damon Runberg, economista de la región del OED.




Omicron Incoming

The newest COVID variant hasn’t reached the United States yet, but it’s concerning many public health officials By Jack Harvel Courtesy Pixabay

States, and so far, no cases of Omicron have been detected in Oregon.” The Delta variant is the predominate variant in the U.S. and is responsible for about 99% of current cases and 80% of overall infections throughout the pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Though it’s still too early to say for sure, Sidelinger said there are signs that Omicron could be more contagious than Delta. “Omicron is reported to be more transmissible than the Delta variant as it’s quickly outcompeted Delta in South Africa, but we do not yet know how much more transmissible it is. We also don’t know how Omicron affects vaccine effectiveness against severe infection (hospitalization and death),” Sidelinger said. Health officials say vaccination, masking and distancing are the best ways to prevent the virus from spreading. A CDC study found that unvaccinated people were 10 times more likely to be hospitalized and 11 times more likely to die from COVID. “Vaccination remains the best protection against COVID-19. Those who are not yet vaccinated should get their first COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. Those due for a booster – all adults either two months

Ski You Later

Mt. Bachelor is postponing its opening day for the second time, and this time there’s no set date By Jack Harvel


t. Bachelor is again postponing its opening day due to a lack of snowfall and consistently warm temperatures. The mountain was set to open on Friday, Nov. 26, before being postponed to Dec. 3. Now there’s no projected opening date. “Like previous winters when we didn’t announce an opening date, we’ll be ready and announce the opening as soon as we have adequate snowfall to offer a safe skiing experience for guests,” an email from Mt. Bachelor stated. Weather forecasts in Bend predict temperatures as high as 60 degrees over the next week. The resort typically opens in late November, but the December start date isn’t unprecedented. “Back in winter 2008/09 (also a La Niña winter), Mt. Bachelor opened up Dec. 14 due to lack of snowfall, and once it started, it didn’t stop – breaking records and dropping 538 inches of seasonal snowfall,” the resort said. Mt. Bachelor encouraged people to stay tuned to its email alerts, social media accounts and website for updates on opening day.

The Omicron variant has over 50 mutations to the original COVID virus, but it’s unknown yet how it will compare to the Delta Variant.

after a Johnson & Johnson vaccination or six months after a Moderna or Pfizer vaccination – should get it as soon as possible,” Sidelinger said. “Wearing a mask when inside public places as well as social distancing and handwashing remain incredibly important in the face of an emerging variant and high levels of community transmission.” Starting Nov. 30, Deschutes County Health Services, along with the Oregon Health Authority, are offering drive-thru vaccinations at the Deschutes County Fair

and Expo Center in Redmond for anyone 5 and older. The vaccination clinic will run from noon to 7 every day and can offer first, second or booster shots for all three COVID vaccines approved in the U.S. “We are excited to help improve access to pediatric COVID-19 vaccinations,” said Nahad Sadr-Azodi, director of Deschutes County Health Services, in a press release. “This is a great opportunity for families to come and get vaccinated together.”

It’s a (OE)RAP

Gov. Kate Brown looks to extend safe harbor for tenants as applications continue to be processed By Jack Harvel

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You won’t be able to ski on Mt. Bachelor this weekend. The mountain pushed back its anticipated Dec. 3 start date due to a lack of snow.


ov. Kate Brown announced on Tuesday that she will call for a special legislative session on Dec. 13 to address eviction protections. Earlier in the day Oregon Housing and Community Services said they are pausing any new applications for the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program, or OERAP for at least six weeks. OHCS received over 50,000 applications for the rental assistance program and so far 23,000 have been approved and almost $150 million dispersed. “As we enter our coldest months, it is absolutely essential that we take action to ensure no additional Oregon families are evicted when rental assistance is on the way,” Brown said in a statement. Federal rental assistance funding is nearly used up, and Brown is advocating for a statewide solution that extends safe harbor protections for people that applied for assistance, ensures landlords are paid in full for owed rent, provides up to $90 million in rental assistance to low-income tenants and transitions the program from a large-scale pandemic-related program to a long-term one. “Our federal funds for rental assistance will be nearly spent on December 1. I am continuing to work with federal officials at U.S. Treasury and the White House to secure additional federal emergency rental assistance funding

for Oregon, but it is clear that a state solution is needed to address the urgent and immediate needs of Oregon renters. And, we must begin laying the groundwork now for the transition to local eviction prevention services after federal pandemic emergency programs draw to an end,” Brown said. The Oregon Legislature’s Housing Committee Chairs Rep. Julie Fahey (D-Eugene) and Sen. Kayse Jama (D-Portland) praised the governor for calling the session. “No Oregonian should be evicted while rental assistance is on the way. A special session is the only way to prevent this. Thanks to Governor Brown, the legislature is officially on track to fulfill our promise to Oregon renters,” they said in a joint statement. “After months of work, we have developed a proposal to extend the state’s bipartisan safe harbor protections and provide additional funds for direct rent assistance that will benefit both tenants and housing providers.” Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) said for the special session to work it must be meticulously crafted. “Special sessions are the most difficult of all sessions. Everything must be carefully planned. We have a lot of work to do. I hope we will be ready,” Courtney said in a statement.



new COVID variant originating in South Africa is causing concern among Oregon Health officials. South African scientists announced a new variant, now called the Omicron variant, was spreading in their country last week and it’s already been detected in 20 other countries. Scientists are working to understand the novel variant, but it’s currently unknown whether it is more transmissible than other COVID variants or causes more severe health outcomes. The World Health Organization reported that hospitalizations increased in South Africa but said that could be due to more overall infections rather than increased severity of cases. The variant has already spread to Europe and Asia. There hasn’t been a case yet in the United States as of this writing, but health officials expect that it’s only a matter of time before it spreads in North America. “Omicron has not yet been detected in the United States, but we expect it will be in the coming days due to its reported high transmissibility,” said Dean E. Sidelinger, health officer and Oregon state epidemiologist, in a press release. “Oregon has one of the most robust variant surveillance systems in the United



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Four Good Reads for Music Heads A good book is always a great gift—and Dudley’s has you covered from genre to genre for your closest music fans By Isaac Biehl


s your uncle always talking about all of the concerts he went to growing up? Do your nieces and nephews make you feel old because you don’t know any of the music they like? And is your cousin kind of a music snob? Well, instead of destroying yourself trying to decide which record to buy (which they may or may not think is cool), there are plenty of good reads on the music industry and the players involved that can be just as exciting as a new album. If you need some help choosing a book for the music-head in your life, here are a few options of releases from 2021 that you can find downtown at Dudley’s Bookshop and Cafe. “Hip-Hop and Other Things” by Shea Serrano The Ringer’s Shea Serrano is no stranger to writing really good books. Following the release of this year’s “HipHop and Other Things,” Serrano is officially a four-time New York Times Best Selling Author—the first Mexican author to reach such a feat. His books come packed with a ton of knowledge and research, all told with a touch of humor and personal perspective you won’t get anywhere but from Serrano. His works also come designed with special illustrations by Arturo Torres, who manages to bring Serrano’s wild and vivid takes even more to life. “Hip-Hop and Other Things” is 32 chapters that answer only the most important questions in hip-hop history— such as, which was the most perfect duo in rap history? Is Action Bronson a good travel partner? Did anyone have a better 2018 than Cardi B? Basically, if you enjoy hip-hop, this is the book for you. And it looks great on your coffee table. “Nina Simone’s Gum” by Warren Ellis Yes. This book is about a piece of gum. A piece of chewed-up gum that belonged to the late Dr. Nina Simone. The story of the gum begins in 1999, when Simone performed at Nick Cave’s Meltdown Festival. Cave’s bandmate and collaborator, Warren Ellis, was so stunned by her performance he went on stage after the show and collected Simone’s gum in a towel and put it away in a Tower Records bag. Ellis then held onto the gum for 20 years before deciding to put it in Cave’s Stranger Than Kindness exhibition. Getting the gum ready for exhibition sent Ellis down a trip of reconnection and looking at attachments to other physical objects. The book places a focus on the meaning different things can have in our lives, no matter how simple. Like a piece of chewing gum. This one just happened to be in the mouth of one of the most prolific voices in the history of music and an avid civil rights activist.

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“John Prine’s John Prine” by Erin Osmon This installment of the 33 1/3 book series examines the self-titled debut album of John Prine, which is now 50 years old. If you aren’t familiar with the 33 1/3 series, each book takes a look at one individual artist and album, diving into its history and influences, and also what made each author drawn to that particular body of work. In “John Prine’s John Prine,” Erin Osmon recounts the tales of the people and places that helped and inspired Prine’s first album and how he evolved through these early moments of his music career. With new interviews and discoveries, this is a great way to unpack the early works of one of the best songwriters the world has ever seen. “Crying In H Mart” by Michelle Zauner Michelle Zauner is best known for her musical project Japanese Breakfast. Her first book, “Crying In H Mart” fits as a memoir detailing loss and grief, growing up as a Korean American, finding an identity and more. When Zauner’s mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she found herself trying to reconnect with her history more—as Zauner’s mother was once the biggest connector back to her Korean roots. One way Zauner and her mother would connect is through the art of cooking and eating food, a practice the book shares the beauty of. This is an interesting and personal look into one of the biggest names in alternative music over the past five years—and it’s a look that we rarely get the chance to see. From Zauner growing up in Eugene, Oregon, to her taking on adulthood on the East Coast, readers will find themselves not only learning more about the mind behind Japanese Breakfast, but maybe even thinking more about their own family connections.  Dudley’s Bookshop and Cafe is located at 135 NW Minnesota Ave in Bend. You can also order books online at


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Gilchrist and his unending and unwavering support of local musicians. Sat., Dec. 4, 8pm-1am. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $10.

UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER FUN RUN HOLIDAY SEASON RUN Dress up in your favorite ugly Christmas sweater and give back to the community at this untimed fun run through Sisters. Registration is required, and all donations go toward the Circle of Friends organization. Sat., Dec. 4, 10am. Circle of Friends Clubhouse, 164 N Elm St., Sisters. Suggested Donation $25.


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Fast-paced and high energy, these two bands rip up every stage they perform on! Inspired by Americana and folk music, both bands can be viewed as “dance floor instigators.” Fri., Dec. 3, 9-11:30pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $15.

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Grab dinner, a craft beer or cider and listen up and connect with local storytellers such as Katy Ipock and Peter Gunby. Doors open at 7pm and masks are required. Fri., Dec. 3, 7:30-9pm. Craft Kitchen and Brewery, 62988 NE Layton Ave., Bend. $25.


Starting with a hike, learn about the high desert’s winter animal residents and celebrate the holiday season by making birdseed ornaments and nature-themed cards for family and friends! Pre-registration is required, and capacity is limited for the event. Sat., Dec. 4, 10:30am-Noon. Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory, 57245 River Rd., Sunriver. $10-$12.



Dance away the night to tasty grooves and psychedelic jams courtesy of one Central Oregon’s most entertaining musical acts. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Fri., Dec. 3, 8-11pm. High Desert Music Hall, 818 SW Forest Ave., Redmond. $5.

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Learn how to correctly and simply roll out amazing sushi at this cooking workshop. The class will practice rolling a variety of sushi rolls. Wine and beer will also be served. Fri., Dec. 3, 5:30-9pm. Kindred Creative Kitchen, 2525 NE Twin Knolls Dr., Bend. $85.



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Smile and wave at Santa, his reindeer and even a legendary football star at the largest Christmas parade in Central Oregon! Sat., Dec. 4, Noon. Downtown Bend. Free.



Every year in North America avalanches kill an average of 42 people and leave many more injured. Before hitting the slopes this year, learn everything you need to know in order to save lives during this avalanche season. Mon., Dec. 6, 6pm. Embark, 2843 NW Lolo Dr., Bend. Free.



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Enjoy a safe night out at the High Desert Museum during an after-hours exhibit viewing. The Rimrock Café and store will also be open during the after-hours event. Thu., Dec. 2, 4-8pm. High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Highway 97., Bend. $10.






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Lounge Doors Open @ 6 pm Open mic sign-up starts at 6:30pm. First Thursday of every month. 7-10pm. Free.

1 Wednesday Mic Free to watch. Free to perform. Always a good time. Come down and watch comics work out new material or get up and try stand-up for yourself! 8-10pm. Free.

Hub City Bar & Grill Karaoke What’s your go-to karaoke tune? 8pm-Midnight.

Initiative Brewing Trivia Wednesdays Trivia

Wednesdays in Redmond, with UKB Trivia. 6:30pm at Initiative Brewing, 424 NW 5th St. Team up with friends to win top prizes! 6:30-8:30pm. Free.

M&J Tavern Open Mic Night Downtown living

room welcomes musicians to bring their acoustic set or turn it up to eleven with the whole band. Bring your own instruments. Goes to last call or last musician, which ever comes first. (21 and over) 6:30pm. Free.

McMenamins Old St. Francis School Three of

We The music is meticulously crafted from their heart, head and hands, for your ears, mind and body, and weaves a story that everyone in the audience can relate to. The more you listen, the more you hear. Doors open @ 6pm. All ages welcome. 7-9pm. Free.

Northside Bar & Grill Mellow Wednesday

Acoustic Open Mic & Jam Catering to musicians and listeners alike. The longest running acoustic open mic/jam in Bend resumes! Ages 21+ 7pm. Free.

Volcanic Theatre Pub Volcanic Presents

El Ten Eleven Experiencing an unexpected tragedy or loss often provokes a period of self-reflection, a time to contemplate one’s own place and purpose in the world. That was true for El Ten Eleven’s Kristian Dunn. 9-11:30pm. $12.

2 Thursday Bridge 99 Brewery Thursday Trivia Night at

Bridge 99 Join us each Thursday at six, for live UKB Trivia at Bridge 99 Brewery. Free to play, win Bridge 99 gift cards! Free.

Craft Kitchen and Brewery Trivia Night We

are bringing a nostaligic spin to trivia with large, hand-crafted replicas of Trivial Pursuit wheels. Sign up 6:30pm. Starts at 7pm. 6:30-8pm. Free.

High Desert Music Hall Open Mic Backline

karaoke tune? 8pm-Midnight.

River’s Place Pete Kartsounes Armed with an acoustic or electric guitar, blazing skill, powerful voice, and award winning songs 6-8pm. Free. Silver Moon Brewing Trivia on the Moon! Come play Trivia with us at Silver Moon Brewing every Thursday from 7-9pm. Bring your friends, test your knowledge and compete for Silver Moon gift cards and prizes. Free.

3 Friday Bunk+Brew Wyelow Come experience Wyelow, led by Holly Wilson (with Tyson Vandenbrouke on lead guitar/synth/backup vocals, Davey Hemm on bass guitar, and Todd Rosenberg on drums). 6pm. Free. High Desert Music Hall 1st Friday Art Walk

Join us and enjoy original music along with beautiful crafted pieces of art every first Friday of the month. Starts at 6pm. Free.

High Desert Music Hall Fair Trade Boogie Band Don’t miss this night of all around professional musicianship, tasty grooves & psychedelic jams by one of Central Oregons most entertaining musical acts, the Fair Trade Boogie Band will perform live on our Main Stage from 8-11pm. $5. Hub City Bar & Grill DJ/Karaoke Nights Karaoke come sing a song! 8pm. Free.

Niblick and Greenes at Eagle Crest Call

Down Thunder Eli Madden ( guitar, vocals), Dave Pettibone ( guitar, vocals), Chip Fieberg ( bass), and Jason Plankey ( drums), jam the music of the Grateful Dead. Bring your dancing shoes and head out to the Greene’s! 6-9pm. Free.

Hub City Bar & Grill DJ/Karaoke Nights Karaoke come sing a song! 8pm. Free.

Midtown Ballroom Cory Michaelis & Andrew

Rivers in Bend Best friends Andrew Rivers and Cory Michaelis team up for the Bald and Beautiful tour together so they’re not so lonely on the road. 8pm. $15-$30.

River’s Place Saturday Jazz Sessions Three of

We plays for you meticulously crafted music from our heart, head, and hands, for your ears, mind, and body 6-8pm. Free.

Schilling’s Garden Market Schilling’s Makers Market 2021 It is official- our 2nd Holiday Makers Market is happening! This year’s Makers Market will take place completely outdoors! We want to create a special shopping experience for all! This event will comply with statewide indoor/outdoor mask mandates. 10am-4pm. $5. The Capitol B.O.R.N. Celebration #49 RAIDER MIKE SIANI w 4DUB/DJ SAVTRAV/DJ RAIDER MYSTIC 12/4 #49 Mike Siani autograph signing at The Capitol on Saturday evening 8pm and then performing at the Capitol is an all Raider crew with the rap crew 4DUB, DJ RAIDER MYSTIC, and DJ SAVTRAV. 8pm-1:30am. $5. Volcanic Theatre Pub “F#@k

Yeah” Tribute Concert For James Applewhite Gilchrist Come join us in celebration of James Applewhite Gilchrist for his unending and unwavering support for local music in Central Oregon. 8pm-1am. $10.

5 Sunday Hub City Bar & Grill Big Band Open Jam All

welcome to sing or play an instrument, just come on in and get on Gordy’s sign-up sheet. 5-8pm. Free.

4 Saturday The Belfry Curtis Salgado back at The Belfry! Award-winner Curtis Salgado sings and plays with soulful authority. 8-11pm. $25. Bunk+Brew Out ‘N The Cold w/ One Mad Man Kicking off our December Concert Series is One Mad Man Spencer Snyder. A yard favorite, Spencer’s inCourtesy Pete Kartsounes

River’s Place Trivia Grab your team and join us for this fun competition of the mind. Noon-2pm. Free. River’s Place Skillethead Hot grass fresh off the

griddle 5-7pm. Free.

Silver Moon Brewing Not Cho’ Grandma’s Bingo Not Cho’ Grandma’s Bingo is back at Silver Moon Brewing! 10am-1pm. Free.

Tower Theatre Jake Shimabukuro Christmas in

Hawaii Jake Shimabukuro will bring joy to the world this upcoming 2021 Holiday Season by delivering a special gift for all with the debut of his highly anticipated holiday show. 7:30pm. $40-$60.

6 Monday Bridge 99 Brewery Monday Night Trivia Now

playing Mondays (Thursdays too!) at 6 it’s live UKB Trivia at Bridge 99 Brewery. Free to play, win Bridge 99 gift cards! 6-8pm. Free.

7 Tuesday Midtown Yacht Club Wicked Darlings at Mid-

town Yacht Club Indie pop, punk, with a splash of folk performed by a local band comprised of a few wicked souls. 6-8pm. Free.

The Cellar - A Porter Brewing Company

See Pete Kartsounes live at River's Place Dec. 2 at 6pm.

Open Mic Night Head down to The Cellar and join us for open mic night every 1st & 3rd Tuesday, hosted by James Matt. For musicians, poets, and more! *Mics

will be sanitized between use (or you can bring your own). First Tuesday of every month, 6pm.

8 Wednesday Craft Kitchen and Brewery Comedy Open Mic Free to watch. Free to perform. Always a good time. Come down and watch comics work out new material or get up and try stand-up for yourself! 8-10pm. Free. Hub City Bar & Grill Karaoke What’s your go-to karaoke tune? 8pm-Midnight.

Initiative Brewing Trivia Wednesdays Trivia

Wednesdays in Redmond, with Useless Knowledge Bowl. 6:30 pm at Initiative Brewing, 424 NW 5th St. Join in to win top team prizes! It’s free to play. Bring your team this week! Arrive early for best seating. Free.

M&J Tavern Open Mic Night Downtown living

room welcomes musicians to bring their acoustic set or turn it up to eleven with the whole band. Bring your own instruments. Goes to last call or last musician, which ever comes first. (21 and over) 6:30pm. Free.

McMenamins Old St. Francis School Amanda Richards and the Good Long Whiles From sensuous acoustic to gritty homicidal rockabilly, you’re moving through a rich emotional journey highlighted by several surprising twists and turns. 7-9pm. Free.


DRC First Friday Book Launch w/ Greg Botsford The Deschutes River Conservancy is re-

leasing “Home Waters,” a limited edition, high-quality coffee table-style book that tells the story of the Deschutes Basin’s past, present, and future through art, poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Dec. 3, 5-8pm. Bellatazza, 869 NW Wall St., Bend. Contact: 541-3824077. Free.

Know Celebrate - Sisters High School Jazz Choir Caroling Enjoy the harmonies of

the Holidays at an outdoor caroling event. Dec. 4, 11-11:30am. Sisters Library, 110 North Cedar Street, Sisters. Contact: 541-312-1032. Free.

Online Only: Know Celebrate - Klezmer Fiddle and Yiddish Songs In this solo performance, acclaimed Klezmer musician Jake Shulman-Ment speaks intimately through his singular voice on the violin, sings Yiddish folk songs of philosophy, love, and resistance, and shares stories and musings about life, music, the road, and being human. Viewable beginning Dec 2, at 4pm. Dec. 2, 4-5pm. Contact: 541-312-1029. Free.

The Ultimate Oldies Show A locally-produced,

syndicated, weekly, thematic two-hour radio show highlighting the music, artists, producers, musicians and cultural touchstones of the late 1940s through the late 1960s. Fridays, 6-8pm. KPOV, 501 NW Bond St., Bend. Contact: Free.

Ukulele Meetups Do you play ukulele ? Want

to learn? Bunk+Brew is hosting weekly Ukulele Meetups for all skill levels with songbooks and light instruction from skilled players. Tuesdays, 7-9pm. Bunk+Brew, 42 NW Hawthorne Ave, Bend. Contact: 458-202-1090. Free.


Fantastic Fridaze Dance Party Come dance to

the sounds of DJ N8ture with the best visuals and largest dance floor in Central Oregon. Dec. 3, 9pm. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. Free.

Fantasy Ballet: An Imaginative Ballet Class for 5-Year-Olds! This fantasy-themed

ballet class is designed to cultivate your child’s creativity, individuality and artistry while discovering ballet terminology and culture of discipline. Sat,

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Craft Kitchen and Brewery Comedy Open

Hub City Bar & Grill Karaoke What’s your go-to

strumental looping, moody vibes, and smooth vocals will keep you warm by the fire on this holiday night! Come check out our newest food truck - Sublime Foods 6-9pm.

CALENDAR 11-11:45am. Through June 18. Academie de Ballet Classique, 162 NW Greenwood Ave, Bend. Contact: 541-382-4055. $61.



National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

The Tower Theatre and Bend Radio Group bring you a Christmas Classic! Dec. 3, 7pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $7-$12.


Art Exhibit - St Charles Medical Center Redmond Scott Dyer Fine Art will exhibit

paintings for sale at St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond through January 2022. Oct. 8-Jan. 1, 8am-8pm. St. Charles Medical Center - Redmond, 1253 N Canal St., Redmond. Contact: 714-869-6780. $50 - $500.

Holiday Pottery, Art and Crafts Sale Join us on the patio, please wear a mask. Sat, Nov. 13, 1-4pm, Sat, Nov. 20, 1-4pm, Sat, Dec. 4, 1-4pm and Sat, Dec. 11, 1-4pm. Barbara Smiley, 443 NW Delaware Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-382-8406. Holiday Sale - Craven Art Show Holiday

Sale @ Craven Art Show! Sat & Sun Dec 4 & 5 from Noon - 5pm. 40 SE Craven Rd, Bend. Contact: 541728-4104. Free.

Scalehouse Gallery New Exhibition: Jon Gann, infinity splinters / resttagebücher

An exhibition of mixed-media works that invite viewers into the artist’s ongoing journey through trauma, shame and search for renewal. This exhibition is on view Nov. 5 – Dec. 31. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 1-6pm. Through Dec. 31. Scalehouse Gallery, 550 NW Franklin Ave, Bend. Contact: 541-640-2186.

SRWC Virtual Winter Craft Fair Shop safely any time of day from the comfort of home. Mondays-Sundays, 1am-11:59pm. Through Dec. 31. Contact: 541-301-1257. Free.


We’re proud to host 20+ local makers and artisan vendors! Questions? Please email us! Dec. 1, 4-8pm. Tetherow Pavilion, 61240 Skyline Ranch Rd, Bend. Contact: (844)-431-9701. Free.

PRESENTATIONS & EXHIBITS Bend Ghost Tours Join Us for our Ghosts and

Legends of Downtown Bend Tour and hear all about our permanent residents! Wednesdays-Sundays, 7:309pm. Downtown Bend, Downtown Bend, Bend. Contact: 541-350-0732. $25.

Born Watch Party With Mike Siani #49 Autograph Signing #49 Mike Siani autograph signing and watch party with Bend Oregon Raider Nation at the Pour House Grill @ 1pm. Dec. 5, 1-4:30pm. 61276 Hwy 97, Bend.

Envisioning Wild: 2022 Wild Desert Calendar Virtual Exhibit ONDA’s 2022 Wild

Desert Calendar virtual exhibit, “Envisioning Wild,” opens on Nov. 10! Nov. 10-Jan. 7, 5:30pm. Contact: 541-330-2638. Free.

Members’ Annual Meeting Executive Director Dana Whitelaw, Ph.D., will talk about what’s next for the Museum. Dec. 8, 6:30-7:30pm. Contact: 541382-4754. Natural History Pub: The Changing Glaciers of Oregon and the American West The glaciers in Oregon are rapidly changing,

like most in the rest of the world. Join Portland State glaciologist, Andrew Fountain, to learn about glacier changes in Oregon and the western U.S. Dec. 6, 6:30-7:30pm. High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Highway 97, Bend. Contact: 541-382-4754. bburda@ Free.

Online Only: A Novel Idea Unveiled 2022

Be among the first to know the book selected for Deschutes Public Library’s “A Novel Idea 2022”. Dec. 5, 4-5pm. Contact: 541-312-1036. Free.


Miracle on 34th Street Cascades Theatrical

Co. presents this holiday classic adapted by Mountain Community Theater from the novel by Valentine Davies. 148 NW Greenwood, Bend. Contact: 541389-0803. $25-$27.

Out Of Thin Air Improvisational Theater Company Out Of Thin Air presents authentic and

hilarious improv based on audience suggestions, with a sprinkling of comedy sketches. Open Space Event Studios, 220 NE Lafayette Ave, Bend. Contact: www. $10 Online / $15 at the door.


Author Event: Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown Random House invites you to join #1 New York Times bestselling author Dr. Brené Brown for a special, one-night-only event to launch Atlas of the Heart on Thu, Dec. 2, at 5 pm. Contact: 541-3066564.

Author Event: These Precious Days by Ann Patchett Join us as Ann Patchett will be in conversation with actress Laura Dern. Dec. 2, 6-7pm. Contact: 5413066564. $27.

Classics Book Club Please join us for Classics Book Club. We will discuss "The Brothers Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Dec. 8, 6-7pm. Roundabout Books, 900 NW Mount Washington Drive, #110, Bend. Current Fiction Book Club Please join us for

Current Fiction Book Club. We will discuss "Second Place" by Rachel Cusk. Dec. 1, 6-7pm. Roundabout Books, 900 NW Mount Washington Drive, #110, Bend. Free.

The Forge 10-month Creative Writing Program The Forge is a 10-month, online creative

writing program. In bi-weekly meetings & through individual mentorships, we’ll make a creative writer out of you. Sept. 27-Dec. 31. Contact: 541-408-4509. $25.

Online Only: Writers Working - How to Self-Edit In this workshop, award-winning author

Amanda Skenandore will offer a systematic, multilevel approach to editing. Dec. 7, 6:30-8pm. Contact: 541-312-1063. Free.


Bend Christmas Parade For over 30 years,

the annual Bend Community Christmas Parade has been a hallmark event of the holiday season. Dec. 4, Noon. Downtown Bend, 916 NW Wall St, Bend. Free.

Member Appreciation Week We say “thank you” with Member Appreciation Week! Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 10am-4pm. High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Highway 97, Bend. Contact: 541-382-4754. info@ Santaland Every Friday and Saturday, beginning

Friday, Nov. 26 until Dec. 18, children (both big and small) will be able to visit with Santa and take a photo with him outdoors in a winter wonderland. Catch Santa the week of Christmas Dec. 21 & 22 before he heads back to the North Pole. 11am-3pm. Old Mill District, 450 SW Powerhouse Dr. Suite 422, Bend. Free.

Silver Sage Trading Sale Ideal gifts await, and during this time members receive 15 percent off! Nov. 26-Dec. 9, 11am-4pm. High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Highway 97, Bend. Contact: 541-382-4754 ext. 272.

Winter Nights Series Kickoff It’s spacious, warm and wondrous inside the High Desert Museum! Join us after hours to see the latest exhibitions and enjoy a safe night out. Dec. 2, 4-8pm. High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Highway 97, Bend. Contact: 541-382-4754. info@highdesertmuseum. org. Adults $10, children ages 3-12 $6.


Call for Volunteers - Play with Parrots!

Volunteers needed at Second Chance Bird Rescue! Friendly people needed to help socialize birds to ready for adoption, make toys, clean cages and make some



new feathered friends! Located past Cascade Lakes Distillery, call for hours and location. Contact: 916-9562153.

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Volunteer Opportunity Are you a Jack/Jill of

all trades? There’s everything from small engine, fencing, troubleshooting in a barn/rescue facility that require TLC repairs. Ongoing, 9am-6pm. Mustangs To The Rescue, 21670 McGilvray Road SE, Bend. Contact: 541-330-8943.

Volunteer with Salvation Army The Salvation

Army has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for almost every age. We have an emergency food pantry, we visit residents of assisted living centers and we make up gifts for veterans and the homeless. Ongoing. Contact: 541-389-8888.

Volunteers needed! Volunteers needed! Please

call for upcoming dates / times. Come and meet the herd and learn ways you can help out! Ages 8 - 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Sundays, 10-11am. Through Dec. 26. Equine Outreach Horse Rescue, 60335 Arnold Market Rd, Bend. Contact: 541-729-8803.


A Course in Miracles This is a mind training course from fear to love. We meet on zoom Saturday at 10am. Contact: 760-208-9097. Free.

Become a Better Public Speaker! Do you struggle with public speaking? Learn how to overcome your public speaking fears. Wednesdays, Noon-1pm. Contact: 503-501-6031. Free. Bend Chess and Go Club A casual group meeting weekly on Wednesdays nights to play Chess and Go! Wednesdays, 6-8pm. The Grove, 921 NW Mt. Washington Drive, Bend. Free. Board Games Hosted by The Base The Base at

Franklin is a new space in the Old Bend neighborhood for neurodivergent humans and allies to access community through the shared goal for connection and wellness. Fridays, 4-5:30pm. 5 NW Franklin Avenue, Bend. Contact: 541-610-8826. Free.

Game Night Let’s Play LeftCenterRight

Let’s play Left Center Right! Bring friends and make new friends. Wednesdays, 5-7pm. Zero Latency Bend, 1900 NE 3rd St, Bend. Contact: 541-617-0688.

Non specific grief support group Small

Support Group (4-5 people) for those who need a safe

with other like minded folks! First Wednesday of every month, 5-7pm. Silver Moon Brewing, 24 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend.


Amnesty International #610 annual write-a-thon. Dec. 4, 12:30-5:30pm. Downtown Bend Public Library - Brooks Room, 601 NW Wall St., Bend. Contact: 541410-6623. Free.

GROUPS & MEETUPS Alternative Break Challenge Join Camp Fire

over Spring Break 2022 for a week-long service trip that will bring us all over Oregon to work with organizations around the state! BendTECH, 1001 SW Emkay Dr, Bend. Contact: 541-382-4682. info@campfireco. org. Sliding scale pricing $135-$540.

Amelia’s World Puppet Show Join Amelia Air-

heart Monkey & Miss Hannah for a fun & uplifting interactive zoom puppet show! Fridays, 4-4:15pm. Contact: Free.

Baby Ninja Classes Cuties (10 months - 24

months) plus adult will bond and have a blast during these unique yoga and ninja warrior classes! Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. info@ Registration $105 per child.

Birthday Parties $285 reservation fee for Kids

Birthday Parties this includes: 12 free Kids Open Play passes (you may invite up to 18 kids, if more than 12 kids come, then it’s $10 per child) and 2 hour access to the gym during Kids Open Play and private party room Saturdays-Sundays, 12:30-2:30pm. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. $285.

Christmas Makers Market Pop Up The Christmas Makers Market is open for 5 days of shopping! Dec. 1-5, 10am-5pm. Bend Factory Outlet Stores, 61334 S Hwy 97, Bend. Contact: 541-8480334. Family Yoga Holiday Event Moms, dads,

grandparents, and other caregivers, partner-up with your yogis (age 6 - 10) to practice yoga and mindfulness together! Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541241-3919. Pre-Registration Required: $25 per pair Additional Person: $10.

FIRST LEGO League Robotics Team Join

Camp Fire’s 5th-6th grade LEGO Robotics team, learn how to build and code with LEGO Robots and be part of this season’s FIRST Lego League Tournaments! Wednesdays, 4-6pm. Through Dec. 1. Samara Learning Center, 230 NE Ninth St., Bend. Contact: 541-382-4682. $125.

Homeschool Day: Animal Adapations Your students will explore multiple questions and more as they observe animals and biofacts and discuss the similarities and differences between major animal groups and the adaptations that aid each animal in survival. Pre-registration required. Dec. 8, 10am-Noon. Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory, 57245 River Rd., Sunriver, Sunriver. Contact: 541-593-4442. $10-$15. Kids Ninja Warrior Classes Your kids (age

6 - 10) will gain amazing Ninja Warrior abilities through our obstacle course training, rock climbing

Casually meet up with fellow chess lovers every Wednesday at the Bend Chess and Go club.

and fitness conditioning classes. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. info@freespiritbend. com. Registration $125.

Kids Open Play Our Kids Ninja Warrior gym is a

wonderful space for kids to stay active and have fun! Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. info@ Kids Open Play 1-Pass $15 Kids Open Play 10-Pass $130.

fee for Private Birthday Parties this includes: 12 free Kids Open Play passes and 2 hour private access to the gym and private party room. Saturdays-Sundays, 3-5pm. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. $335 2 Hour Private Access to Entire Facility Free Open Play Passes.

Teen Service Club Join Camp Fire’s teen com-

Mini-Ninja Classes Kids (ages 2 - 3) plus adult will have a blast during these upbeat movement classes! Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. Registration $105 per child.

Toddler Open Play Our Kids Ninja Warrior gym is a wonderful space for kids to stay active and have fun! Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. Toddler Open Play 1-Pass $12 Toddler Open Play 10-Pass $105.

where you will learn to name those big feelings you experience and learn skills to make your life calmer and more enjoyable. Thursdays, 4:30-6pm. Through Dec. 16. Catalyst Counseling, 2445 NE Division St, Suite 204, Bend. Contact: 541-848-2804. debbi@ $50/session.

Mini-Yoga Classes Moms / Dads / Grandparents and kids (ages 2 - 5) will have a blast during these fun, upbeat yoga classes. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. Registration $105 per child.

Nano-Ninja Classes Kids (age 4 - 5) will love

making new Ninja Warrior buddies as they develop fundamental coordination skills through obstacle-based gymnastics and climbing challenges in this action-packed class. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541241-3919. Registration $120.

Ninja Elite Classes Kids (age 8 - 14) increase your athletic performance through the exciting sport of Ninja Warrior! Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541241-3919. Registration $125. Powell Butte Art & Craft Show Annual

holiday show featuring local artisans and unique handmade gifts. Dec. 4, 10am-4pm. Powell Butte Community Center, 8404 SW Reif Rd., Powell Butte.

FAIR TRADE BOOGIE BAND Lurk & Loiter at High Desert Music Hall

Private Birthday Parties $335 reservation

Manage those E(motions), Group for Teens Engaging and insightful group for teens



Contact: 541-480-5724 Text Only. josnowflake1@ Free.



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munity service club for 9th-12th graders: TOF is all about working together to make our community a better place. Thursdays, 5:30-7:30pm. Through Dec. 16. BendTECH, 1001 SW Emkay Dr, Bend. Contact: 541-382-4682. Sliding scale pricing $80-$325.

Twinkle Toes Tap Learn the basics of Tap! This beginner class for ages 5-7 will be tapping their toes and learning the basic steps of tap. Tuesdays, 3:35-4:20pm. Through June 14. Academie de Ballet Classique, 162 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-382-4055. $61. Winter Wonderland Family Program

This family program will start with a short nature hike to learn about the high desert’s winter animal residents. Sat, Dec. 4, 10:30amNoon and Sat, Dec. 18, 10:30am-Noon. Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory, 57245 River Rd., Sunriver. Contact: 541-593-4442. programs@ $10-$12.

Youth Cooking Class-Tamales Have your

child (age 7-17) join me in this hands-on class where we will make a variety of tamales from scratch. Dec. 4, 5:30-9pm. Kindred Creative Kitchen, 2525 NE Twin Knolls Drive, Bend. Contact: 541-640-0350. $50.




Paws & Pints Come talk dogs and make friends

Seeking Energetic Board Members The Peaceful Presence Project in Bend is proud to be a 501c(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is reimagining the way communities talk about, plan for and experience serious illness and the end of life. If this inspires you, follow this link and consider applying for our board: Ongoing-Noon.

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space to share a grief difficult to share with one’s friend and family, long-term grief for a death, loss of relationship, loss from suicide, loss of health, loss of function, etc. Sundays, 5-6pm. Free.

thought about becoming a CASA Volunteer? Email to learn more. Tuesdays, noon-12:30 and 5:30-6pm. Through Dec. 21. Contact:

Needed: Do you love animals and discovering “new” treasures? For information contact: rebecca@hsco. org. Ongoing. Humane Society Thrift Shop, 61220 S. Highway 97, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3761.






Adult Cooking Class-Sushi Please join me in this hands-on class where we will make a variety of sushi rolls. Wine or beer will be served. Dec. 3, 5:30-9pm. Kindred Creative Kitchen, 2525 NE Twin Knolls Drive, Bend. Contact: 541-640-0350. $85.

Dodgeball (Adult Co-Ed League) Join the pre-

Bake Like a Pro 3 This action-packed class

Planet Fitness Home Work-Ins Planet

Elixir Wine Group Pop-Up Restaurant Join us for an elevated dining experience. Featuring Chef Josh Podwils creating French-inspired food using the best ingredients sourced from Central Oregon. Fridays-Saturdays, 6-9pm. Elixir Wine Group, 11 NW Lava Rd, Bend. Contact: 541-388-5330. $12-$40.

Redmond Running Group Run All levels welcome. Find the Redmond Oregon Running Klub on Facebook for weekly run details. Thursdays, 6:15pm. City of Redmond, Redmond, Or., Redmond. Contact:

builds on the skills learned in Bake Like a Pro 2, but can be taken separately. It is available to adults only. Dec. 6, 6-9pm. Kindred Creative Kitchen, 2525 NE Twin Knolls Drive, Bend. Contact: 541-640-0350. 150.

Empowering Families Luncheon The Latino Community Association invites the public back to the beautiful Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for its annual fundraiser. Dec. 2, 11:45am-1pm. 61980 Skyline Ranch Road, Bend. Contact: 541-382-4366. $25.

Holiday Bazaar Get cheery at Tetherow’s Holiday

Bazaar! Dec. 1, 4-8pm. Tetherow Pavilion, 61240 Skyline Ranch Rd, Bend. Free.

Kara’s Kitchenware - Cooking Classes See full event list: Wednesdays-Sundays. Through Dec. 31. Kara Hansen, 375 SW Powerhouse Dr #120, Bend. Contact: 541-617-0312. Schilling’s 2021 Makers Market Join us

for a festive 2-day Christmas shopping experience like no other! Shop local and support over 25 artists, makers and small businesses! Dec. 4, 10am-4pm and Dec. 5, 10am-4pm. Schilling’s Garden Market, 64640 Old Bend-Redmond HWY, Bend. Contact: 541-323-0160. $5.


Cross Cut Warming Hut: Locals’ Day!

Tuesdays are Locals’ Day. Every Tuesday enjoy $1 off regular size draft beverages. Tuesdays. Crosscut Warming Hut No 5, 566 SW Mill View Way, Bend.

Drink it Forward for VIM Meet us at 10 Barrel

West every Thursday through the end of the year. Thursdays, 11:30am-11pm. Through Dec. 31. 10 Barrel Brewing Co., 1135 NW Galveston Ave., Bend. Free.

Growler Discount Night! Enjoy $2 off growler

fills every Wednesday at Bevel! Wednesdays. Bevel Craft Brewing, 911 SE Armour Rd. Suite B, Bend. Contact: 831-245-1922. Free.

Locals’ Night Monday is the day to be at Silver

Moon Brewing! Come on down and join the local family all day every Monday! Silver Moon Brewing, 24 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend.

Locals’ Day Come on down to Bevel Craft Brewing for

$4 beers and cider and $1 off wine all day. There are also food specials from the food carts located out back at The Patio! Tuesdays. Bevel Craft Brewing, 911 SE Armour Rd. Suite B, Bend. Contact: Free.

Wine Wednesdays Happy Hour All Day on Wine Wednesday. Noon-9pm. Flights Wine Bar, 1444 NW College Way Suite 1, Bend. Contact: 541-728-0753.


Bend Area Running Fraternity The group will

run, maintaining social distance, along the Deschutes River and then receive discounted drinks from the cidery after the run! Mondays, 5pm. AVID Cider Co. Taproom, 550 SW Industrial Way, Bend. Contact: Free.

Cork Saturday Morning Coffee Run Meet at

Thump Coffee on York Drive at 9 am for our Saturday Coffee Run. We will head out for a long run then meet back at Thump for a coffee. All paces are welcome! Check our website for more information on all our events! Saturdays, 9-10am. Through Jan. 29.

CORK Thursday Night Run A fun run for a

Thursday evening. Meet at Spoken Moto at 6pm for a 3-5 mile run through the paved trails in the Old Mill. Stay after for food and drinks! Locations may vary,

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check our website for the most current information! Thursdays, 6pm. Through Jan. 27. mier co-ed social adult dodgeball league committed to making sure players have fun, get a workout, and make new friends. Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30pm. Through Dec. 15. Mazama Gym, COCC Bend Campus, 2600 NW College Way, Bend. Contact: $7. Fitness is offering free daily workouts via livestream! The best part? No equipment needed. Get your sweat on at least four times a day. Valid even for those without memberships! Visit the Planet Fitness Facebook page for more details. Ongoing, 4-5pm. Free.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Fun Run

Come dressed in your favorite Ugly Christmas Sweater and kick off the Holiday Season while giving back to the community. Dec. 4, 10am. Circle of Friends Clubhouse, 164 N Elm St, Sisters. Suggested Donation $25.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES Avalanche Awareness In North America,

avalanches kill an average of 42 people and injure many more each year. What you learn can save lives. Dec. 6, 6pm. Embark, 2843 NW Lolo Drive, Bend. Free.

Grit Clinics: Beginner/Intermediate Skills

We’ll begin by dialing in our bike setup and body position, then work on skills throughout the afternoon. Saturdays, 1:30-3:30pm. Seventh Mountain Resort, 18575 SW Century Dr., Bend. Contact: 541-728-7878. $75.

Grit Clinics: Cornering & Switchbacks OR Jumping* Cornering/Switchbacks (odd dates.) Jumping (even dates.) Saturdays, 11am-1pm. Seventh Mountain Resort, 18575 SW Century Dr., Bend. Contact: 541-728-7878. $75.

Grit Clinics: Happy Hour Trail Ride ‘N Skills

Join Grit Clinics at a new trail each week to work on specific skills needed for the features you will encounter. Fridays, 4-6pm. Phil’s Trailhead, Skyliner Rd, Bend. Contact: 541-728-7878. $75.

Grit Clinics: Skills & Ride We’ll start with dialing

in our bikes and body position and progress through several more skills before hopping on the nearby trails to test our new skills on a fun ride. Sundays, 10am1pm. Seventh Mountain Resort, 18575 SW Century Dr., Bend. Contact: 541-728-7878. $99.

Grit Clinics: Women’s Foundational Mountain Bike Skills Calling all ladies new to mountain

biking! Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm. Seventh Mountain Resort, 18575 SW Century Dr., Bend. Contact: 541728-7878. $75.

HEALTH & WELLNESS “Spill the Tea”, a mentored empowerment group for middle school and high school girls Please see attached flier for details. Tuesdays, 4-5pm and Wednesdays, 4-5pm. Through Dec. 15. Catalyst Counseling & Counsulting, 2445 NE Division St., Bend. Contact: (541) 229-2099. $120 for 6 weeks of group.

7 Gates to Healing 7 Gates is a deep dive into your internal landscape by exploring different gates of healing (grief, shadow aspects, and trauma. Through Jan. 17. Location TBA. Contact: Access Bars and Body Process Gifting and Receiving How much of your life do you spend

doing rather than receiving? First Tuesday of every month, 6-8pm. The Blissful Heart Yoga Barn, 45 NW Greeley Ave entrance in back alley, Bend. Contact: 541-848-7608. Free.

Bend Pilates Bend Pilates is now offering a full

schedule of classes through Zoom! For more information visit Ongoing, Noon-1pm. $20.

Capoeira: A Perfect Adventure Become your

own hero. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 7-10pm. High Desert Martial Arts, 2535 NE Studio Rd., Bend. Contact: 541678-3460. $30 intro month.

Learn how make tamales from scratch at Kindred Creative Kitchen on Dec. 4 at 6pm.

Coaching Group Build your dream life while

connecting to a supportive, motivating community. Led by Diana Lee, Meadowlark Coaching. Mondays, 6-7:30pm. Contact: 914-980-2644. $15-$25.

Diabetes Prevention Workshop Join us as we get active, lose weight and feel great together! Tuesdays, 9-11am. Through July 12. Contact: 541-876-1848. Free. Dream Interpretation Group Facilitator

Michael Hoffman has been interpreting dreams for the past 35 years. This approach draws on Jungian dream interpretation and spiritual traditions. Every other Tuesday, 6-7:30pm. Contact: 541-639-6246. Free.

Drop In Monday Meditation - open to all

Come join us in the beautiful gardens for meditation and healing! Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm. Blissful Heart Wellness Center, 45 NW Greeley Ave, Bend. Contact: 510-220-2441.

In-Person Yoga at LOFT Wellness & Day Spa In-person yoga classes at Bend’s newest yoga studio! Tuesdays-Thursdays, 5-6pm. Loft Wellness & Day Spa, 339 SW Century Drive Ste 203, Bend. Contact: 541-690-5100. $20.

Kids Yoga Training: Warriors of Loving Kindness Our kids need all the tools we can give

them. Fri, Dec. 3, 5:30am-8:30pm, Sat, Dec. 4, 1-5pm, Sat, Dec. 11, 1-5pm and Sat, Dec. 18, 1-5pm. Contact: 541-550-8550. $450 / $400 pre-reg by Nov. 19.

Kirtan, Dance, and Sacred Song Join us Thursdays at Tula Movement Arts and Yoga for an evening of Kirtan Dance and Sacred Song with the Bendavan Bhakti Band. Thursdays, 6-8pm. Tula Movement Arts, 2797 NW Clearwater Drive, Suite 100, Bend. Suggested donation $10-$20. Know Celebrate - Mindfulness & Meditation: De-stress for the Holidays Learn about

meditation and mindfulness and how these practices can support you during the holiday season with Liz Skarvalis of Love Bird Yoga. Registration required, space is limited. Dec. 8, 6-7pm. Redmond Library, 827 Southwest Deschutes Avenue, Redmond. Contact: 541-312-1029. Free.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions The Crook,

Deschutes and Jefferson County health departments are offering six-week, online classes to support people living with chronic health conditions. Tuesdays, 2:30-4:30pm. Through Dec. 21. Contact: (541)-322-7446. Free.

Living Well with Diabetes This class was

designed to help people living with type 2 diabetes and/or their loved ones, gain the confidence and motivation to better manage symptoms and the day-to-day challenges of living with Diabetes. Dec. 1, 3-5:30pm. Contact: (541) 322-7446. Free (suggested $10 donation for workbook).

Love Thy Camp Yoga Studio Classes in Tumalo Love Thy Camp has opened a small(4 yogis

max) yoga studio in Tumalo! Mondays-Fridays, 9:3010:30am and 11:30am-12:30pm. Love Thy Camp, 20039 Beaver Lane, Bend. Contact: 541-948-5035. $20 Drop-in.

Motivation and Goal Setting Workshop

Feeling Pandemic Blues? It’s a great time to redesign your life. First Monday of every month, 5:30-7pm. Contact: Free.

Overeaters Anonymous (OA) Meeting Zoom meeting Password: 301247 For more information: For assistance, call Terri at 541-390-1097 Sundays, 3-4pm. Contact: 541-3901097. Prenatal Yoga Event Rejuvenate, relax and recharge as you practice yoga and meet other expectant moms during this special event! Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. Pre-Registration Required: $20. Sound Yoga & Gong Bath Meditation Eastside This experiential yoga class explores vibration

through movement, music and meditation. Hanai Foundation, 62430 Eagle Road, Bend. Contact: 808-783-0374. $15-20 suggested donation.

Sound Yoga & Gong Bath Meditation Westside This experiential yoga class explores vibration

through movement, music and meditation. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon, 61980 Skyline Ranch Road, Bend. Contact: 808-783-0374. $15-$20 suggested donation.

Tai Chi class The focus of my teaching is on the

individual, not on the group. I teach the original form as it was taught in the monastery: unchanged—Taoist Tai Chi Chuan 108 movements. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 9:45-10:45am. Central Oregon Tai Chi, 1601 NW Newport Ave, Bend. Contact: 541-797-9620. Arawak327@ $70.

Tai Chi for Health™ created by Dr. Paul Lam This two-day per week class is appropriate for

anyone who wants a slower Tai Chi class or those dealing with chronic health conditions. Mondays-Wednesdays, 9-10am. Oregon Tai Chi, 1350 SE Reed Mkt Rd Ste 102, Bend. Contact: 541-389-5015. $55-$65.

The Happiness Course What do happy people re-

ally look like? Thursdays, 4-5:15pm. The Base at Franklin, 5 NW Franklin Avenue, Bend. Contact: 541-610-8826. Insurance or sliding scale.

The Vance Stance / Structural Reprogramming Can you no Longer “Power Through” pain from accidents - injuries - historic bad posture? Correct your posture and flexibility to become pain free. Mondays-Thursdays, Noon-2pm and Mondays-Wednesdays, 6-8pm. Through Feb. 10. EastSide Home Studio, 21173 Sunburst Ct.,, Bend. Contact: 541-330-9070. 12 Classes, $180.

Yoga 101 | A Five-Part Class Series Learn the basic poses and transitions that make having a regular yoga practice powerful, easeful, and fun! Contact: 541-550-8550. $50 for series or $15 drop-in.



Cookbooks Make Great Gifts A list with a little something for everyone By Donna Britt

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"Big Boards for Families" by local author Sandy Coughlin.

21 Our list continues with a book that is on almost every other “Best of” cookbook list this year. The “New Native Kitchen” by Freddie Bitsoie and James O. Fraioli explores American Indian recipes from coast to coast, like Chocolate Bison Chili and Prickly Pear Sweet Pork Chops, and offers modern interpretations of 100 recipes. Navajo Bitsoie is the former executive chef at the Mitsitam Café at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and one of the few Native American chefs at the forefront of educating about foods indigenous to the Americas. Fraioli is a 2014 James Beard Award winner and has nearly two dozen cookbooks to his credit.

cooking in this 2018 James Beard Cookbook of the Year. Nosrat is a columnist at The New York Times and host of the Netflix original documentary series based on her book. This read is a go-to for things like when to salt your chicken to how to make perfect focaccia bread. Last, but certainly not least, is Pati Jinich’s “Treasures of the Mexican Table: Classic Recipes, Local Secrets” offering over 150 iconic Mexican dishes. The host of the three-time James Beard award-winning PBS series, “Pati’s Mexican Table,” brings culinary treasures from her home country to this new book. Jinich set out to highlight the culinary diversity and Submitted Photo

Alicia Witt’s "Small Changes" has local connections.

Press, is all about creating big, beautiful food boards that bring everyone together around the table. The book has over 50 board ideas including recipes offering a variety of ingredients and customizable options—everything from a Weekend Breakfast Taco Board to the Pistachio Lemon Salmon Board to a Funfetti Cookie Dough board, along with tips and resource info. Coughlin’s daughter Abby took the impressive photos in the book, which will make you want to create your own big board of food. The second cookbook with a local connection is Alicia Witt’s new “Small Changes: A Rules-Free Guide to Add More Plant-Based Foods, Peace and Power to Your Life.” This HarperCollins release, written by Witt, an actor now based in Nashville, features food photography by local photographer Tambi Lane and recipe testing and food styling by yours truly, food writer Donna Britt. Witt shares her philosophy of how a few small changes to your daily habits can help you create a healthier, more mindful lifestyle. From Superfood Pancakes to Creamy Mushroom Pasta to Chocolate Mint Avocado Mousse to the best homemade granola this writer has ever eaten, Witt’s recipes are solid and delicious. Most of them are meant for serving one or two, but you can always double them.

As the pandemic forced more people into the kitchen, cookbook sales have increased.

“Celebrate with Kim-Joy: Cute Cakes and Bakes to Make Every Occasion Joyful” is the latest from The Great British Baking Show series nine runner-up KimJoy. Here you’ll find 60 sweet recipes full of color, fun and imagination to celebrate everything from birthdays to weddings to Christmas. Vegan and gluten-free alternatives are provided along with step-by-step photography and a dash of positivity. KimJoy is known for her adorable and creative bakes. The child in everyone will appreciate her whimsiness and signature cuteness. If you’re looking for a cookbook for a kitchen newbie, you might try the beautifully illustrated “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” by Samin Nosrat, who outlines the foundations of

ingredients from Mexico in this huge book (over 400 pages) and she does just that. The recipes, many handed down for generations, accompany stories from Jinich and each of them has been tested in her American kitchen. So while this list may be shorter than others, this handful of offerings will at least get you started on exploring all of the culinary offerings of the season. Bon appétit!  Print cookbook sales rose 8.2% last year thanks at least in part to the pandemic and people spending more time at home and in the kitchen. And as recently as this October, year-to-date sales of baking cookbooks were 42% higher than 2020.Alicia Witt’s Small Changes has local connections



aybe you cook, maybe you don’t. Maybe you get your recipes online and don’t see the point of owning a stack of cookbooks. Or maybe you have a bookshelf full of cookbooks and treasure every single one of them. Whichever side of the cookbook fence you’re on, there are most likely people in your gift-giving circle who would love to receive a new cookbook this year. According to NPD Books, the outfit that offers sales tracking information about physical and digital book sales in the U.S., print cookbook sales rose 8.2% last year, thanks at least in part to the pandemic and people spending more time at home and in the kitchen. And as recently as this October, year-to-date sales of baking cookbooks were 42% higher than 2020. Just about every entity that has anything to do with food (and some that don’t, i.e. is putting out its “Best Cookbooks of 2021” list right now. Here at the Source Weekly, we’ve compiled a list of our own, with a couple of cookbooks with local connections and a little bit of something for everyone. Let’s start with “Big Boards for Families” by local author Sandy Coughlin, founder of the Reluctant Entertainer recipe and hospitality blog. Her recently released book, published by Fair Winds

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FILM SHORTS By Jared Rasic  Your friendly local film reviewer’s takes on what’s out there in the world of movies. Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures




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THE ALPINIST: A fascinating and challenging documentary about a solo climber and his ascents in some incredibly remote alpine faces. Prepare to be pinned to your seat. Tin Pan Theater BELFAST: From writer/director Kenneth Branagh comes this black and white comingof-age story set amidst the violence and social change of 1960s Ireland. Featuring Judi Dench and Jamie Dornan, this could be after all the Oscars next year. Regal Old Mill, Odem Theater Pub BRIAN WILSON: LONG PROMISED ROAD: There have been many documentaries about Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys in general, but this is the first one I can think of that made me feel like I got to know him better by the end. Personal and powerful. Tin Pan Theater CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG: Obviously, the

“Paddington” movies were much better than anyone could have expected and maybe this will also exceed expectations, but the look in that animated dog’s eyes scare me. The uncanny valley is alive and well in “Clifford” even as he looks like he might want to swallow my soul. Regal Old Mill

C’MON, C’MON: “20th Century Women” is one of this millennium’s unsung classics and Mike Mills is one of its unsung brilliant filmmakers. Here he teams up with Joaquin Phoenix to tell a simple story of a man and his young nephew. Nothing flashy, just good, old-fashioned storytelling. Regal Old Mill. DUNE: I’m not sure I’ve ever been more excited

for a movie. It has finally arrived: Frank Herbert’s science fiction masterpiece is here and I am there for it. Fear is the mind killer. Regal Old Mill, Odem Theater Pub

ENCANTO: This new Disney flick looks absolutely magical, literally, in this story about the only normal woman in a family filled with magic. Animation so rich and vibrant that I can’t wait to see this one. Regal Old Mill, Sisters Movie House, McMenamins

THE ETERNALS: It’s time for a new Marvel mov-

ie, but one with like 10 new characters we’ve never met before and on a much more cosmic scale. Surprising and cool. Regal Old Mill, Odem Theater Pub

THE FRENCH DISPATCH: Wes Anderson’s back

with this love letter to The New Yorker starring Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton and literally dozens more. Critics are calling this his best movie in years and as someone who’s a die-hard fan of his work, that’s saying something. Regal Old Mill, Odem Theater Pub


like an actual third “Ghostbusters” film instead of just another reboot or re-imagining. There’s room for depth to these movies but I guess I’d also just be happy watching Slimer tear it up too. Regal Old Mill, Sisters Movie House, Odem Theater Pub

HOUSE OF GUCCI: Don’t get me wrong, I’m excit-

ed to see Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino and more as the legendary Gucci family, but can we admit that this movie could either be a serious family crime drama or a goofy, operatic camp machine? It could go either way and I, for one, am there for it. Jared Leto is a crime to acting though. Regal Old Mill, Sisters Movie House

JULIA: It’s about time we had a deep-dive

documentary into the colorful and groundbreaking life of Julia Child. She was so far ahead of her time that this documentary will genuinely surprise you when you see how her mind was always five steps ahead of the curve. A lovely film. Tin Pan Theater

KING RICHARD: We ready for Will Smith to get an Oscar? Good, cuz here it comes. This story about the father of Venus and Serena Williams is one hell of a tale and worth catching. Regal Old Mill, Odem Theater Pub NO TIME TO DIE: The long-awaited and long-delayed final film in Daniel Craig’s five-film Bond era. From the director behind the stellar first season of “True Detective” and with a 165-minute running time, expect this to tide you over until we get a new Bond, a new director and maybe a more progressive take on the character. Regal Old Mill RESIDENT EVIL-WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY:

A reboot of the Milla Jovovich franchise has been long overdue and it looks like director Johannes Roberts is taking his cues from the first two video games, making something much more frightening than what has come before. I’m ready for zombies to be scary again. Regal Old Mill

RON’S GONE WRONG: A slyly subversive ani-

mated feature about a new social media device that’s half-pet and half-Instagram. When a young kid gets a broken model, he’s given the unique opportunity to help pull everyone back into the world. Surprisingly fantastic. Regal Old Mill

VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE: This has such a delightfully strange trailer and I’m so excited to see Woody Harrelson play a serial killer again for the first time since “Natural Born Killers.” Dreams really do come true. Regal Old Mill


So Long and Hanks For all the Finch SCREEN "Finch" is a heartwarming sci-fi parable By Jared Rasic


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Finch and Jeff enjoying a spot of sun at the end of the world.

named Dewey. Sadly, Finch is slowly succumbing to radiation poisoning and knows it, so his main concern with the future is single-fold: to make sure Goodyear will be taken care of once he’s gone. So Finch builds a humanoid robot filled with encyclopedic knowledge that will learn and grow as it gets older. To take care of his doggo. My heart. When a massive storm starts heading for St. Louis, Finch makes the choice to go on a road trip in his Winnebago to San Francisco with Goodyear, Dewey and his newly built robot (who names himself Jeff ). That’s the movie: Tom Hanks, a dog and a couple of robots traveling the post-apocalyptic landscape to try to get to the Golden Gate Bridge. Even though there’s a ton of incident and drama,

it never becomes overwhelming and instead becomes something almost calm and meditative. “Finch” is big and cheesy and warm-hearted, and Tom Hanks carries the movie just as you imagine he would, but it’s his relationship with Jeff (played by the always brilliant Caleb Landry Jones) that makes the film so memorable. Jeff is hilarious and weird and partly broken because Finch wasn’t able to upload all knowledge to the robot before they had to leave, so Jeff is always inquisitive and mischievous and dorky. Jeff allows Finch to be a father at the end of the world. The movie isn’t perfect. It edges too far into corny a few times, but I found that almost refreshing in a post-apocalyptic


e now live in a world where there are so many streaming services that even giant-ass blockbusters that a few years ago would be taking up 10 screens at the local multiplex are now unceremoniously dumped online with no fanfare. Cinema is now mostly just a never-ending trickle of content across a dozen or so apps that we eventually might stumble across at midnight on a Tuesday when our cat jumps on our face while we’re deep in a dream about Tom Hanks being our dad. Sure, maybe that’s too specific and maybe I’m the only person who dreams about Tom Hanks teaching me to ride a bike and toss a ball around the backyard, but the point is I woke up from a deep sleep and decided to watch “Finch.” It’s the brand-new Tom Hanks flick that should have been in theaters across the world but instead ended up on AppleTV+, the streaming service people accidentally discover while exploring their iPhones or when they’re trying to figure out where to watch “Ted Lasso.” “Finch” is a post-apocalyptic heart warmer, which I wasn’t aware was a thing that existed, but in the time of COVID and, well, everything, it was extremely refreshing to see a movie set in the darkest timeline focused more on hope and humanity than weird CGI monsters and explosions. Tom Hanks plays Finch Weinberg, an engineer who lives in an underground lab in St. Louis a decade after a solar flare destroyed the ozone layer, turning the world into a dusty, 150-degree wasteland. The only things keeping Finch company are his beloved dog Goodyear and a helper robot with a grabber and wheels

movie. That genre never strays too far outside of bleak and depressingly topical, so it was nice to see a movie of its kind that felt more like a fable or a flick you show the kids at Christmas. “Finch” just wants to make you feel all the feelings, and sometimes that is an absolutely beautiful thing when it’s done without manipulation or cynicism. Edging into the holiday season, I shouldn’t want to keep Tom Hanks just as my own personal dad. I’m willing to share. He can belong to all of us…just as long as he still teaches me how to ride a bike. Finch

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Local gear shops share the “one great gift” they recommend this year

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By Nicole Vulcan

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Raider Mike will score at the Bend Christmas parade.

"Home Waters" book.

A Star-Studded Christmas Parade: Santa Claus and legendary Raider Mike Siani attend Bend’s Christmas celebrations

Stormy Kromer hat; beer hat.


he slopes aren’t open yet, but the biking is good… and for those who love running or climbing, those clear paths and rocks mean the outdoor season is still in full swing. For those looking for something for the outdoor lover on their gift list, consider shopping local and going for one of these hot items. We asked local gear shops to send us their gift recommendations. Stormy Kromer Waxed Cotton Insulated Rancher Cap at Crow’s Feet: A Mountain Collective Pray for snow, because this rancher cap, featuring duck-filled insulation and fleece lining, is gonna keep your head warm and make you look fancy. Topped with the vintage look of waterproofed waxed cotton. Another fun option: Crow’s Feet’s homage to a favorite cheap Pacific Northwest beer— also made with wool. Stormy Kromer $60; Beer hat $25. Crow’s Feet: A Mountain Collective 2843 NW Lolo Rd. Suite 110, Bend

Oregon Ski Atlas at Mountain Supply Have dreams of skiing Oregon’s peaks? Just want to live vicariously through someone who’s been there? Then this may be the coffee-table book you need in your life. The “Oregon Ski Atlas” is available at Mountain Supply for $30. Mountain Supply 834 NW Colorado Ave., Bend “Home Waters” Book from the Deschutes River Conservancy The Deschutes River Conservancy works to restore streamflow and improve water quality in the Deschutes River Basin. Now, a new collaborative coffee table book from DRC aims to get people inspired by telling the stories of the basin’s past, present and future through photography, poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Interested parties can reserve the $45 book now through the DRC website, and then pick it up at a book launch on Dec. 3 at Bellatazza in downtown Bend. Buyers can also pick up their reserved copy at Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe or get it mailed to their homes.

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“Home Waters” Launch Party Fri., Dec. 3, 5-8pm Bellatazza 869 NW Wall St., Bend Order copies of the book at Hot Wax Card from Pine Mountain Sports This card gets you 10 hand-applied hot waxes for any style of skis and/or snowboards at Pine Mountain Sports in Bend. A hot ski wax costs $15 and snowboards are $18 at Pine, so this card will get you any 10 of skis or boards waxed at a great discount. The card goes for $100 and is worth $150 to $180. It doesn’t expire, but you sure don’t wanna lose it. Pine Mountain Sports 255 SW Century Dr., Bend Cable Shifter Upgrade at Project Bike Turn your bike’s normal cable shifters into a wireless system with the SRAM GX AXS Upgrade Kit. In stock at Project Bike, it’s a great way to declutter your ride. $600. Project Bike 35 NW Bond St., Bend

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For over 30 years the Bend Christmas parade has gotten people hyped, ready and filled with holiday spirit. Known as one of the biggest Christmas parades in Oregon, this annual event attracts Oregonians from far and wide. This year, the Bend Oregon Raider Nation organization invited number-one draft pick from the 1972 Raiders team, Mike Siani, to join them on a float to bring some extra Raiders charm to the holiday shindig. Wide receiver Mike Siani took the ’72 Raiders by storm when they chose him as their number-one pick. Siani was an all-star player and broke several rookie records. BORN is pumped to confirm the last-minute old-school star for a weekend of Christmas celebration, Bend style. Apart from participating on a float during the parade, BORN and Siani’s agendas for the weekend are filled with autograph signings, musical performances and a watch party at the Pour House Grill. To start the weekend, Siani will be joined on the float with internationally famous Raider rap group 4DUB and the BORN team. Also, on Saturday, an autograph signing at The Capitol will be followed by performances from an all-Raider crew with 4DUB, DJ Raider Mystic and DJ SavTrav rocking the stage. To wrap up the weekend, on Sunday, another autograph signing and Raiders game watch party will be happening at the Pour House Grill at 1pm. Siani told the Source he’s excited to be riding on the float and is ready to see all the Raider fans that Bend has to offer. The parade starts in downtown Bend on Dec. 4 at Noon.

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Missing Ingredient: The Holiday Cocktail Give the gift of locally made products. Then make a great drink out of them. By Nicole Vulcan Courtesy Oregon Spirit

Local spirits are the way to go this holiday season.


uy local. Buy gifts of experience. These are just some of the mantras one might hear from a certain type of shopper this time of year. But by picking up a bottle or two of a locally made spirit, locals have a way to do both things at once. Grab a bottle from one of the Central Oregon distilleries mentioned below, and then enjoy the experience of mixing up one of these great cocktails, as recommended by their makers.

Gompers Hanky Panky After nearly two years of living through a pandemic, some hanky panky is definitely in order. This recipe is pretty simple: Mix up 1.5 ounces of Redmond-made Gompers Gin with 1.5 ounces Sweet Vermouth and two dashes of Fernet Branca. Mix with ice and stir until well chilled, then pour it in a coupe or Nick and Nora-style glass. Then garnish with an orange twist. Buy the gin in person during Gompers’ Christmas Market, happening Sat., Dec. 3 from noon to 4pm. A lineup of 15 to 20 local craft vendors will be on hand. Gompers Distillery 611 NE Jackpine Ct., Redmond

Cranberry Dreams With the addition of Ablis CBD to this drink, you get the best of two worlds. For this cranberry-forward

drink, mix up 1.5 ounces of Crater Lake Reserve Rye Whiskey, made in Tumalo, with a 50 ml bottle of Ablis CBD Cranberry Blood Orange, a half-ounce of simple syrup and a quarter-ounce of freshsqueezed lime juice. Stir with ice, and then strain into a Nick and Nora or Martini glass with a garnish of fresh cranberries. Crater Lake Spirits Downtown Tasting Room 1024 NW Bond St., Bend Distillery Tasting Room – 19330 Pinehurst Rd., Bend

Distillers Toddy Need a hot drink? Try this take on the classic, with the addition of apple syrup. Mix 1.5 ounces of Bendmade Oregon Spirit Distillers Bourbon with a half-ounce of Luster Limoncello Classic Limoncello and a half-ounce of Meadowland Syrup Wood-Fired Apple Syrup. Add hot water and serve with a lemon slice and a cinnamon stick. Check out more holiday drinks from Oregon Spirit in its December menu at the tasting room—or taste them during the Craft-O holiday bazaar Dec. 11 and 12 at the Old Ironworks on SE Scott Street in Bend.

Oregon Spirit Distillers 740 NE 1st St., Bend

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Fill in every row, column, and 3x3 box with each of the letters exactly once.



The highlighted letters read left to right and top to bottom will complete the quote: “The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but ______s. The original ______ has never been found.”

—Calvin Trillin


ACROSS 1. Bigger than big 5. Nob Hill squad 9. Biting snakes 13. Sports center 15. Cookie that comes in a gingerbread flavor for the holidays 16. Light carriage 17. Leftovers in a Jamba Juice compost bin 18. Ingredient in some muffins 20. Classic dog name 21. Here, in Amiens 23. 1954 Bogart role 24. Where you might roast peppers 28. Crowned? 30. Thing to be sold 31. Group going back to Temple 33. ___ doble 34. Intention 36. Paycheck deduction that goes towards Medicare 38. Mayhem exemplified 39. Grunge outfit 43. “ZOMG! BEQ just made a grunge reference!” 44. Russian city on the Oka 45. Caustic cleaner 46. Rock group with slash as a member? 48. Gothenburg guy, e.g. 50. “Great British Baking Show” contestant, at times 54. Succeed 56. Healthy morsel in breakfast cereal 58. Bêtes noires 60. Prefix used with many schools of thought 61. [We’re not sure, check back later] 62. It features busy people 65. See 42-Down 67. Voice in the choir 68. “The Grapes of Wrath” drifter 69. Burning 70. 99%, say 71. Still-life fruit 72. Swingers grp. for women

DOWN 1. Meat of the bone 2. City that’s a 90-minute drive from Buffalo, NY 3. One who grew up making mixtapes 4. “Before I forget ...” 5. Willing to mingle 6. To and ___ 7. Comparative word 8. Rum brand named after a Cervantes character 9. Completely out of it 10. My Bloody Valentine’s genre 11. First foreign-born player to the NBA Rookie of hte Year 12. Homs home: Abbr. 14. “Like that’s going to happen” 19. It puts PETA in a pet 22. Raises a fuss 25. Well organized 26. Winter warmer 27. Early immunologist ___ von Behring 29. Head in the Tube 32. Having three unequal sides 35. Midori in skates 37. Even a little bit 39. Tropical hardwood of Central America 40. Doddering fools 41. Beginner, in slang 42. With 65-Across, musical collaborator with Eric Idle on “The Rutles” and Monty Python 43. Internet problem 47. Is unable to 49. More like some memes and basements 51. Burmese intoxicant 52. Anita of “La Dolce Vita” 53. Body of water bordered by six countries 55. Clipping caller 57. Law that allows access to govt. documents 59. Liquid spill 62. Tillis in the Grand Ole Opry 63. Paul’s “The Shrink Next Door” character 64. Org. that helped popularize abstract art during the cold war 66. Sports league that’s in the center of this puzzle’s theme answers

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “All my days I have longed equally to travel the right road and to take my own errant path,” wrote Norwegian-Danish novelist Sigrid Undset. I think she succeeded in doing both. She won a Nobel Prize for Literature. Her trilogy about a 14th-century Norwegian woman was translated into 80 languages. I conclude that for her—as well as for you in the coming weeks and months—traveling the right road and taking your own errant path will be the same thing. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn author Susan Sontag unleashed a bizarre boast, writing, “One of the healthiest things about me—my capacity to survive, to bounce back, to prosper—is intimately connected with my biggest neurotic liability: my facility in disconnecting from my feelings.” Everything about her statement makes me scream NO! I mean, I believe this coping mechanism worked for her; I don’t begrudge her that. But as a student of psychology and spirituality, I know that disconnecting from feelings is, for most of us, the worst possible strategy if we want to be healthy and sane. And I will advise you to do the opposite of Sontag in the coming weeks. December is Stay Intimately Connected with Your Feelings Month.


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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In some small towns in the Philippines, people can be punished and fined for gossiping. Some locals have become reluctant to exchange tales about the sneaky, sexy, highly entertaining things their neighbors are doing. They complain that their freedom of speech has been curtailed. If you lived in one of those towns, I’d advise you to break the law in the coming weeks. In my astrological opinion, dynamic gossip should be one of your assets. Staying well-informed about the human comedy will be key for your ability to thrive. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “Originality consists in thinking for yourself, and not in thinking unlike other people,” wrote Piscean author James Fitzjames Stephen (1829–1894). Another way to say it: Being rebellious is not inherently creative. If you primarily define yourself by rejecting and reacting against someone’s ideas, you are being controlled by those ideas. Please keep this in mind, dear Pisces. I want you to take full advantage of your astrological potential during the next 12 months, which is to be absolutely original. Your perceptions and insights will be unusually lucid if you protect yourself from both groupthink and a compulsive repudiation of groupthink. ARIES (March 21-April 19): It’s a favorable time to get excited about your long-range future—and to entertain possibilities that have previously been on the edges of your awareness. I’d love to see you open your heart to the sweet dark feelings you’ve been sensing, and open your mind to the disruptive but nourishing ideas you need, and open your gut to the rumbling hunches that are available. Be brave, Aries! Strike up conversations with the unexpected, the unknown, and the undiscovered. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): A Tumblr blogger named Evan (lotad. addressed a potential love interest. “Do you like sleeping, because so do I,” he wrote. “We should do it together sometime.” You might want to extend a similar invitation, Taurus. Now is a ripe time for you to interweave your subconscious mind with the subconscious mind of an ally you trust. The two of you could generate extraordinary healing energy for each other as you lie together, dozing in the darkness. Other recommended activities: meditating together; fantasizing together; singing together; making spiritual love together. (PS: If you have no such human ally, sleep and meditate with a beloved animal or imaginary friend.) GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Gemini author Chuck Klosterman writes, “It’s far easier to write why something is terrible than why it’s good.” That seems to be true for many writers. However, my life’s work is in part a rebellion against doing what’s easy. I don’t want to chronically focus on what’s bad and sick and desolate. Instead, I aspire to devote more of my energy to doing what Klosterman implies is hard, which is to write sincerely (but not naively) about the many things that are good and redemptive and uplifting. In light of your current astrological omens, Gemini, I urge you to adopt my perspective for your own use in the next three weeks. Keep in mind what philosopher Robert Anton Wilson said: “An optimistic mindset finds dozens of possible solutions for every problem that the pessimist regards as incurable.” CANCER (June 21-July 22): An organization in Turkey decided to construct a new building to house its workers. The Saruhanbey Knowledge, Culture, and Education Foundation chose a plot in the city of Manisa. But there was a problem. A three-centuries-old pine tree stood on the land. Local authorities would not permit it to be cut down. So architects designed a building with spaces and holes that fully accommodated the tree. I recommend you regard this marvel as a source of personal inspiration in the coming weeks and months. How could you work gracefully with nature as you craft your future masterpiece or labor of love? How might you work around limitations to create useful, unusual beauty?

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Author Melissa Broder wrote a preposterous essay in which she ruminated, “Is fake love better than real love? Real love is responsibility, compromise, selflessness, being present, and all that shit. Fake love is magic, excitement, false hope, infatuation, and getting high off the potential that another person is going to save you from yourself.” I will propose, Leo, that you bypass such ridiculous thinking about love in the coming weeks and months. Here’s why: There’s a strong chance that the real love at play in your life will feature magic and excitement, even as it requires responsibility, compromise, selflessness, and being present. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Virgo author Andre Dubus III describes times when “I feel stupid, insensitive, mediocre, talentless and vulnerable—like I’m about to cry any second—and wrong.” That sounds dreadful, right? But it’s not dreadful for him. Just the opposite. “I’ve found that when that happens,” he concludes, “it usually means I’m writing pretty well, pretty deeply, pretty rawly.” I trust you will entertain a comparable state sometime soon, Virgo. Even if you’re not a writer, the bounty and fertility that emerge from this immersion in vulnerability will invigorate you beyond what you can imagine. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “The problem with putting two and two together is that sometimes you get four, and sometimes you get 22.” Author Dashiell Hammett said that, and now I’m passing it on to you—just in time for a phase of your cycle when putting two and two together will probably not bring four, but rather 22 or some other irregularity. I’m hoping that since I’ve given you a heads-up, it won’t be a problem. On the contrary. You will be prepared and will adjust faster than anyone else—thereby generating a dose of exotic good fortune. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In her poem “Is/Not,” Scorpio poet Margaret Atwood tells a lover, “You are not my doctor, you are not my cure, nobody has that power, you are merely a fellow traveler.” I applaud her for stating an axiom I’m fond of, which is that no one, not even the person who loves you best, can ever be totally responsible for fixing everything wrong in your life. However, I do think Atwood goes too far. On some occasions, certain people can indeed provide us with a measure of healing. And we must be receptive to that possibility. We shouldn’t be so pathologically self-sufficient that we close ourselves off from tender help. One more thing: Just because that help may be imperfect doesn’t mean it’s useless and should be rejected. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “All my days I have longed equally to travel the right road and to take my own errant path,” wrote Norwegian-Danish novelist Sigrid Undset. I think she succeeded in doing both. She won a Nobel Prize for Literature. Her trilogy about a 14th-century Norwegian woman was translated into 80 languages. I conclude that for her—as well as for you in the coming weeks and months—traveling the right road and taking your own errant path will be the same thing. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn author Susan Sontag unleashed a bizarre boast, writing, “One of the healthiest things about me—my capacity to survive, to bounce back, to prosper—is intimately connected with my biggest neurotic liability: my facility in disconnecting from my feelings.” Everything about her statement makes me scream NO! I mean, I believe this coping mechanism worked for her; I don’t begrudge her that. But as a student of psychology and spirituality, I know that disconnecting from feelings is, for most of us, the worst possible strategy if we want to be healthy and sane. And I will advise you to do the opposite of Sontag in the coming weeks. December is Stay Intimately Connected with Your Feelings Month. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In some small towns in the Philippines, people can be punished and fined for gossiping. Some locals have become reluctant to exchange tales about the sneaky, sexy, highly entertaining things their neighbors are doing. They complain that their freedom of speech has been curtailed. If you lived in one of those towns, I’d advise you to break the law in the coming weeks. In my astrological opinion, dynamic gossip should be one of your assets. Staying well-informed about the human comedy will be key for your ability to thrive. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “Originality consists in thinking for yourself, and not in thinking unlike other people,” wrote Piscean author James Fitzjames Stephen (1829–1894). Another way to say it: Being rebellious is not inherently creative. If you primarily define yourself by rejecting and reacting against someone’s ideas, you are being controlled by those ideas. Please keep this in mind, dear Pisces. 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Admittedly, when people advise women, “Find a man who’s like a dog!” they mean like a big loyal-to-the-death black Lab, not a purse-sized poodledoodle that spends a quarter of its life getting foofed up at Monsieur Marcel, the doggie hairdresser. Of course, because a woman has a tiny ridiculous dog doesn’t mean she’s rife with psychological shortcomings. Including that bit in your profile -- and especially as you worded it -- says a few things about you, none of them lady-magnetizing. And sure, you wrote, “IF you are...” (in some sort of unhealthy relationship with your micro dog). However, even women who are emotionally together (and maybe even dog-free) are likely to swipe left or knock your profile into the little trash can icon. Most problematically, this remark and other similarly cutting ones in your profile suggest you’re an angry guy: a big flashing skull-’n’-crossbones “STEER CLEAR!” for women. “Anger-prone individuals are volatile and frequently dangerous” -- to the point of violence, evolutionary social psychologist Andrew Galperin and his colleagues explain. Women, on average, are smaller, physically weaker, and thus more physically vulnerable than men, which is likely why they err on the side of overperceiving signs that a guy might be a Mr. Angry. In fact, per the Galperin team’s research: “A single instance of angry behavior” in “new acquaintances” is enough to provoke this keepaway motive -even when their anger seems justified by the situation at hand! Your sneering about behavior being “weird” and “co-dependent” is another red flag -- suggesting you view life through puke-colored glasses and are quick to think the worst of total strangers. That’s Bigotry 101: using one infobit about an individual to leap to all sorts of ugly assumptions about them. It’s toxic, irrational, and unfair -- and, if it’s your go-to thinking, perhaps something to work on changing, lest you pay an unintended price (both in an ugly-first view


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of others and in others seeing you as a person to block, delete, and/or avoid). By the way, “co-dependent” is an insulting term that’s in need of either retirement or scientific validation. It’s generally understood to describe two individuals in a persistent dysfunctional dance. The “enabling” individual temporarily eases the suffering of the other person (or pet!) -- in ways that, in the long term, are harmful to both. “Co-dependence” was flung on the public by self-help authors -without any scientific basis: no evidence for the long lists of its supposed symptoms. It’s now promiscuously applied to shame people -- to the point where showing none of the supposed symptoms gets used as proof of one’s co-dependence! That said, you’re wise to try to proactively shoo off women who are wrong for you, as it could keep you from wasting your time and theirs on the phone (or worse, on a happy hour date that flies by like a week of medieval torture). However, there’s a way to tell the wrong women, “Yoohoo, move on!” without coming off scolding or demeaning (and in turn throwing out the babes with the bathwater). Probably the best constructive yoohoo is subtle fact-stating, like mentioning you’re an atheist to discourage interest from those on Team God. Similarly, in the “who am I?” portion on a dating app, a 40-something, Johnny Depp-alicious hottie of a guy posted, “Living a plant-based life,” suggesting he doesn’t just eat vegan; it’s major in his identity. If, like me, you are committed to “steak-based living,” you know to give a big sad pass to Mr. Pirates of the Cauliflower-ribbean. It’s tempting to try to escape the emotional toddlers by announcing you’re seeking someone “psychologically healthy” or “emotionally solid.” Probably pretty useless. Those who have an unhealthy relationship with their dog -- or their mom, crystal meth, or tennis -- are often the last to know or admit it. Ultimately, you might simply accept that you’ll likely end up on a date or two with women you’d do anything to avoid. Keep first dates casual -- like meeting for coffee for an hour -- and your disasters will at least be Hobbesian: nasty, brutish, and short. Finally, I must say -while typing this with my tiny, “My Little Pony”-like Chinese crested curled up asleep in my lap: Five pounds of dog may elicit laughs -- till it’s cleanup time and you need a single sheet of Kleenex instead of a backhoe. Am

guy in my 40s using dating apps. I’m keenly aware of what I do and don’t want in a woman and make it clear in my profile. For example, I write, “If you’re in a weird co-dependent relationship with a five-pound dog,” we are not a match. A friend looked at my profile and was all, “Man, you have to delete that.” I see no problem with what I’ve written. Who’s right?

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Disclosure and Real Estate

The cost of hiding disclosure issues of a situation will eventually come out; be it while selling a property or online dating. Real estate professionals are employed not only to help one in the successful sale of their property, but also to help protect a seller from potential costly issues before, during and after a transaction. It cannot be stressed enough the importance of discussing all potential issues with one’s real estate professional. Realtors are hired to help guide a seller through the process and protect them from sale fails that are a result of failures to disclose and mitigate the potential disclosure issues. Some of the more common disclosure areas are the presence of lead-based paint, pests, fire and mold/water damage. It is crucial to disclose fire, water damage or mold. First because, it will likely come up on a home inspection, so it is best to disclose the information up front. And second, because a buyer can request a CLUE (comprehensive loss underwriting exchange) report. This report allows the buyer to see any insurance claims that have been made on the property in the last seven years. Other areas that are important to disclose upfront are things like permitting. Are there any structures or major remodels that have been done that require city or county permitting that were not permitted? This is a big one for buyers, as it determines potential liability to remedy the permitting issues down the road, whether or not the property is financeable and determines insurance coverage and liability. It is essential to disclose to your real estate professional any potential issues and trust their guidance and knowledge. They are the experts in real estate law and Realtors cannot protect you from what they don’t know. The rule of thumb is to disclose everything one knows about the property. Better to be open and over-disclose than to have the proverbial skeleton come dancing out of the closet later down the road, causing a costly mess in its wake.




very property has a story and its idiosyncrasies. It can be said with complete certainty that every home has flaws. In fact, it is highly likely that at some point during homeownership, something has occurred that will need to be disclosed when the property is sold. As a broker who has spent over a decade working with sellers, I have yet to meet one who hasn’t expressed trepidation about disclosing potential or past issues that could influence a buyer’s decision. It is this trepidation that leads a seller to ask: what and how much does a seller tell, not only their real estate broker, but also potential buyers? Purposely withholding pertinent information about a property’s condition will not only jeopardize the sale but will most certainly land a seller in a serious conundrum that will lead to a sale fail and legal ramifications. About a year ago, I worked on a transaction where the seller purposely and knowingly lied on the Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement. These issues were discovered during the home inspection. The seller chose to double down on their failure to disclose, without considering the paper trail that followed the property. In this instance, attorneys were involved, and my clients ultimately walked away from the transaction. There have been many instances of lawsuits across the country in which sellers have paid substantial amounts of money to buyers because the seller was not forthcoming or honest with important information about the property. Think of disclosure as a parallel to online dating. A person sees a dating profile that interests them. The photos look real, everything seems good and there is a certain level of trust that the other party is being transparent and forthcoming; and then, they meet, and it turns out that the information presented and given on the dating profile was anything but forthcoming. My point in using this analogy is that more often than not, the reality



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