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Fun and exciting things to do in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook Counties. Featuring The Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center


Welcome ‌

On behalf of the entire staff at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center, I would like to welcome you to our wonderful facility and Central Oregon. It is a genuine pleasure to have you participate in the events here at the Fair and Expo as well as all that our region has to offer. Rest assured that my staff would do whatever is necessary to make your stay in Central Oregon a pleasant one. There is so much to see and do while you are in town, and the majority is within a short distance from the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center. While you are in Central Oregon, you will find that the people are genuine, the atmosphere is casual and the amenities are abundant.

If there is anything we can do to make your initial stay here more enjoyable, please feel free to contact any member of our staff. Thank you for putting your trust in the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center. Respectfully,

Dan Despotopulos, Director 541-548-2711 •

is a 132-acre site located in Redmond, Oregon. It is placed strategically at the hub of the tri-county area (Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook Counties) together known as Central Oregon. It is 15 minutes from Bend, the largest city, 20 minutes from Prineville, 20 minutes from Sisters, 25 minutes from Madras, and five minutes from the Redmond Airport.

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541-548-2711 FAX 541-923-1652

High Desert Activity Center

The High Desert Activity Center can function as a barn when needed; however, it is built as a multi-purpose facility complete with air-conditioning, a sound system and restrooms. The High Desert Activity Center is as versatile as your event is unique.


* Trade Shows * Boat Car & RV Shows * Antique Shows * Cabaret Concerts * Seminars * Meetings * Conferences


* Conventions * Weddings * Receptions * Reunions * Dances * Banquets * Auctions * Sporting Events

* Polished concrete floor

* Climate controlled * Built in sound system * Restrooms * Catered / concession food & beverage service * Roll-up doors for easy loading & unloading


* 12,684 total sq. ft.

Hooker Creek Event Center The Hooker Creek Event Center, a multi-purpose indoor arena, is the largest of the buildings. It constitutes some 279,000 square feet of space under one roof. It can handle 7,500 for a concert, 4,000 for a rodeo and 5,000 for basketball, and the building is capable of hosting virtually any kind of performance. The Hooker Creek Event Center is wired for television broadcast, complete with satellite hookup and intercom connection. It has a built-in sound system capable of handling multiple microphones, playing CDs, tapes, and supporting numerous other pieces of sound equipment on a 24-channel mixing console. The building boasts a score clock for sports,


* Trade Shows * Boat Car & RV Shows * Antique Shows * Concerts * Pro Sports * Monster Truck

a hidden conduit for broadcast cable, and more than 800 amps of power. In addition, overhead beams are capable of supporting approximately 75,000 pounds of sound and light equipment to “fly” the show when required. In addition to an events office, several other spaces can host support activity such as security, first aid and offices. The building features ample restrooms easily accessible from the two-level building. Attached to the structure is a covered warmup arena for equestrian and livestock events. It is also used to store dirt that is pushed in and out of equestrian and livestock events.

* Super Cross * Rodeo * Basketball * Volleyball * Wrestling Tournaments * Equestrian / Livestock Events * Auctions * Sporting Events


* Climate controlled * Wired for broadcast * Built-in sound system * 24-channel mixing console * Score clock * Broadcast cable

* 800 amps * Beams can fly over 75,000 pounds * Locker room with showers * Concessions * Elevator * Wheelchair accessible


* 279,000 total sq. ft. * 40,000 sq. ft. arena floor * 28,250 sq. ft. concourse area * Up to 274 Trade Show booths * Concert seating up to 7,500 * Arena seating up to 4,000

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THREE SISTERS CONFERENCE CENTER All three buildings have been designed specifically for the following usage:


* Trade Shows * Boat Car & RV Shows

* Antique Shows * Cabaret Concerts * Seminars

* Meetings * Conferences * Conventions

* Weddings * Receptions * Reunions

* Dances * Banquets * Auctions

North Sister CONFERENCE CENTER The North Sister is located within Three Sisters Conference and Convention Center and measures 9,416 square feet. Surrounding the North Sister are a total of three breakout rooms, Ochoco, Haystack and Odell, that can be configured in a variety of set-ups from a 19-by-29-foot area to a 19-by-69-foot setting. The North Sister features power, telephone, and data connections in the floor on 20-foot squares.


* Climate controlled * Built-in sound system * Broadcast cable

* Restrooms * Catered / concession food & beverage service * Roll-up doors for easy loading & unloading

* Ticket booths * Outdoor access to break out rooms and restrooms * Polished floor


* 42 trade show booths * 14 foot ceiling height * 600 banquet seating * 550 classroom seating


* 14-foot ceiling height * 720 banquet seating * 700 classroom seating


* 14 foot ceiling heights * 584 Banquet seating * 550 Classroom seating

* 9,416 total sq. ft. * 660 reception * 1,200 theater style

Middle Sister CONFERENCE CENTER The Middle Sister is located within the Three Sisters Conference and Convention Center. It is the largest conference hall and measures 14,904 square feet. Surrounding the Middle Sister are four breakout rooms, East Lake, Elk, Eileen and Doris, that can be configured in a variety of set-ups from a 19-by-25-foot area to a 19-by-17-foot setting. Within the Three Sisters structure is a 5,000-square-foot kitchen designed to handle multiple catering and concession events in or out of the main conference halls. Its ample storage space, quick-freeze ice making capability and state-of-the-art cooking appliances support a staff dedicated to the highest standards of service. The Middle Sister features power, telephone, and data connections in the floor on 20-foot squares.


* Climate controlled * Built-in sound system * Broadcast cable * Restrooms

* Catered / concession food & beverage service * Roll-up doors for easy loading & unloading * Ticket booths

* Outdoor access to breakout rooms and restrooms * Carpeted floor

* 14,904 total sq. ft. * 2,100 reception * 1,600 theater style * 66 trade show booths

South Sister CONFERENCE CENTER The South Sister is located with the Three Sisters Conference and Conventions Center. It is adjoined by a hallway to Middle Sister and measures 9,416 square feet. Surrounding the South Sister are three breakout rooms—Lava, Tumalo and Sparks—that can be configured in a variety of set-ups from a 19-by-27-foot area to a 19-by-54-foot area. The South Sister features power, telephone and data connections in the floor on 20-foot squares.


* Climate controlled * Built in sound system * Broadcast cable * Restrooms

* Catered / concession food & beverage service * Roll-up doors for easy loading & unloading * Ticket booths

* Outdoor access to breakout rooms and restrooms * Tiled floor

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* 9,416 total sq. ft. * 660 reception * 1,200 theater style * 42 trade show booths

Barn Complex Five functional barn areas for beef, swine, dairy, horse and sheep are at the heart of our traditional fairgrounds facility. All buildings are completely enclosed with the exception of the horse barn and all buildings are designed for multi-purpose use. Flooring is blacktop in all barns. *Beef Barn is 28,000 sq. ft. and can hold up to 149 stalls. *Horse Barn is 14,000 sq. ft. and has 75 permanent stalls. *Dairy Barn is 16,000 sq. ft. and can hold up to 76 stalls. *Sheep Barn is 24,000 sq. ft. and can hold up to 132 stalls. *Swine Barn is 13,000 sq. ft. and can hold up to 69 stalls. *All spaces are designed for 10’ x 10’ stalls. *Limited use October 1 through April 15.

Outdoor Arenas

JUNIPER ARENA AND SAGEBRUSH ARENA The Juniper Arena is an outdoor arena with seating for up to 2,500 in the fixed, covered grandstands and another 1,000 on portable bleachers. The entrance has ticket booths and is also the location for concessions and restrooms. The multipurpose arena is set up to handle rodeo, monster trucks, Motocross and more. Its companion arena, the Sagebrush Arena, is close by and is utilized as a warmup arena as well as an arena to host livestock shows and equestrian needs. JUNIPER ARENA


* Concerts * Monster Truck * Motocross * Rodeo * Equestrian / Livestock Events * Car Derby


* Sound system * Restrooms * Concessions * Covered grandstand * Ticket booths * Bucking chutes * Team roping chute * Holding pens

* Large natural area for grazing stock


* 51,625 sq. ft. * 175’ X 295’ arena * 2,500 covered seating * 1,000 outdoor bleacher seating


Center & Juniper Arena

* Roping chute




* Rodeo * Equestrian / Livestock Events * Warm Up for Event

* Portable sound system * Portable restrooms * Portable concessions * Bleachers

* 37,125 sq. ft. * 135’ X 275’ arena * 1,000 outdoor bleacher seating

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Autumn kayaking on the Deschutes River in Bend’s Old Mill District

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Mt. Bachelor view from Bend

You’re Invited to Discover Central Oregon! Pop quiz, hotshot. You have plans — big plans to hit Phil’s Trail with a few of your mountain biking buddies on a late-autumn Saturday. You’re donning your best cycling shorts, the bike’s strapped to the top of your car, and you’re heading up Skyliners Road toward the trailhead. But then the weather turns. It starts to snow. Hard. The wind picks up, the temperature drops 15 degrees and you can barely see past

the hood of your Outback. So what do you do? What do you do? Despite my attempt to ratchet up the intensity of such a situation, the answer’s simple. Well, sort of, if you’re willing to juggle a seemingly endless slew of options. You could turn your car around and head out east to the bike trails at Horse Butte, which exist at a lower, drier and likely warmer elevation. Or you could make a stop at the

local outdoors gear shop and rent a pair of cross-country skis, then head up to Virginia Meissner Sno-park for a group trek through the woods. You could also opt to take a drive to Smith Rock State Park for a hike up Misery Ridge or, if you’re into something more extreme, a little rock climbing. Or maybe you just cash in your chips for the day — perhaps swing by a local brew pub for a pizza and a pint

1. Walk the Deschutes River Trail The Deschutes River flows through the heart of Bend, and along its banks run more than nine miles of trails on which walkers, joggers and cyclists can enjoy scenery both urban and natural. In town, the trail passes through a number of parks, neighborhoods and commercial districts, all offering their own distinct flavors of Bend and its beauty. Take a stroll down the river during the fall to experience the town at its most colorful, when the reds, yellows and oranges of the leaves dominate both from the branch and from the reflective surface of the Deschutes. Access the trail at any point along the river.

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of the area’s best IPA. See, it’s not so easy. The good news about visiting and exploring Central Oregon is you always have options. The bad news? You always have options. What should we do today? Where should we go? What should we wear? Should we drive, hike, bike or run? Downhill or Nordic? Singletrack or road? Forest or desert? Burger or pizza? Ale or lager? If you’re going to visit Central Oregon, you have to feel comfortable making decisions. And to truly appreciate the general spirit that is unique to this area, it also helps if you’re willing to go out on a limb from time to time — to venture from your comfort zone and try something new. We’re here to help with that. “109 Ways to Discover Central Oregon” is The Bulletin’s own visitor’s

guide highlighting dozens of ways to experience this naturally and creatively diverse area. In creating this publication, our goal was to share with readers a few of our favorite things about Central Oregon. Some of them are things to do, some are must-see destinations, and some ... well, you may just have to visit in order to “get it.” (Roundabouts, “Art,” and buttermilk scones come to mind.) If you’re a current or soon-to-be visitor, we want this list to guide you through our region, allowing you to skip all the second-guessing as you plan your stay. We point you straight to the good stuff — to the things that aren’t just for tourists, but which we locals would opt to do on a beautiful fall or winter day. If you’re a local or have been here before (welcome back!), consider this your checklist. How many items on the

2. Bundle up for a Sled Dog Tour Happy trails and wagging tails! That’s what you’ll see from inside the cozy sled as a team of dogs and professional musher guide you through some of Central Oregon’s most scenic winter locations — just sit back and enjoy the ride. Oregon Trail of Dreams operates tours starting at Mt. Bachelor with a choice of either an hour-long trip or half-day excursion. This is one experience you will never forget! For more information, visit

list have you experienced during your stay here in Central Oregon? What do you have left to do? What did we miss? Presented in random order, our list will keep you coming back for ideas about what to do both on your family vacation and your weekend getaway with friends. (See the contact list on pages 42-43; these organizations will have additional details on all items listed.) If you still can’t decide? Try this: Grab your copy of “109 Ways to Discover Central Oregon,” walk to the nearest coffee shop and ask a local to choose his or her favorite activity from our list. Then step back, coffee in hand, and appreciate that your indecisiveness puts you in good company. — Ben Montgomery, Editor 109 Ways to Discover Central Oregon

4. Stroll through Sisters In most Central Oregon communities, “pedestrian-friendly” describes neighborhoods and shopping districts; in Sisters, the phrase describes the community as a whole. With its Western-themed

3. Day Trip to Elk Lake Cruise in style to the Elk Lake Lodge Resort in one the resort’s “Snowburbans.” Once you get there, take in the fantastic views, snowshoe, cross-country ski or just kick back in the lodge — snowmobiles are also welcome. Enjoy a delicious hot meal or belly up to the bar for a tasty hot or cold beverage. Snowmobiles and snowshoes are available at the rental shop, but if you are into cross-country skiing, bring your own. Go to for schedules, rates and more information.

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that’s good to know before you go.

We marked all 109 activities with helpful icons so you can quickly and easily plan your adventures.

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storefronts; dozens of specialty shops, retailers and restaurants; a calendar full of events; and a community vibe all its own, Sisters is a must-stop for all new and returning Central Oregon visitors.

sporting event. Unless you can’t live without popcorn at a movie, try a pizza, burger or tots, and of course sip one of McMenamin’s own craft beers. Wine and spirits are also available if beer just isn’t your thing. Theatre specials include $2 Tuesdays — just like it implies, watch a movie for just $2. Burger, Beer & A Movie night is on Wednesdays; get it all for just $11.50. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the movie.

6. Day Trip to Fort Rock/ Crack in the Ground Ft. Rock is among Central Oregon’s geological wonders. Located about 85 miles southeast of Bend, set in what was once a shallow sea during prehistoric times, Ft. Rock stands tall among wide open skies and sagebrush. The destination is perfect for a peaceful and meditative day trip of hiking and picnicking. Call 800-551-6949 for more information. If you’ve got some time to spare, be sure to head southeast to

5. Take in a Movie at McMenamins Settle into a comfy chair or snuggle on a couch in the Old St. Francis Theatre and enjoy a recent release, classic or

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Christmas Valley Hwy. From there, go to Crack in the Ground Road to visit a 70-foot deep fissure that spans 2 miles, known as Crack in the Ground.

Tastee Treet is a landmark, much like the Courthouse across the street — a real taste of small-town America. Step back in time for a truly great dining experience. Located at 493 NE 3rd in Prineville.

7. Enjoy Art and Pastries at Bend’s Old Ironworks District Handcrafted and highly creative is the name of the game in the Old Iron Works Arts District in Bend. In 1912, the center was built to service the lumber mills and railroad. Today, it is home to independent artists, businesses and the Sparrow Bakery. Peruse the shops throughout the week to buy handcrafted goods. Be sure to stop by on the last Saturday of each month from 5 to 11 p.m. for and evening of live music, food, spirits and art.

8. Discover a Small Town Burger Joint

If you find yourself exploring in and around Prineville and have a craving for an oldfashioned burger and fries, maybe even a milk shake, look no further.

9. Go Tubing at Hoodoo or Mt. Bachelor Snow tubing is a fun and exciting winter experience that the entire family can enjoy together. Both Mt. Bachelor Snoblast tubing park and the Hoodoo Autobahn offer ideal tubing conditions for all ages, and there is no walking uphill required. Just sit back and enjoy the ride up on the lift that takes you to the top. The only thing left to do is sit down and hold on — no special skills required. or

10. Shop the Old Mill For decades, Bend was known for one thing: its booming timber industry. As the industry died during the 1980s,


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it left behind a milling district of old buildings and equipment along the bending banks of the Deschutes River — certainly an eye sore at the time. In the spirit of turning lemons into lemonade, local investors purchased the land and, while striving to keep the milling spirit alive, created one of Central Oregon’s premier shopping and entertainment districts. Visit the Old Mill District for its shops, fine dining, concerts, community events and recreational opportunities.

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11. Speed Down a SnowCovered Hill

13. Mountain Bike on Horse Butte

Grab your favorite sled, tube or toboggan for a day of free (with parking pass) sledding at Wanoga Sno-Park, located 15 miles west of Bend along Centrury Drive. Don’t forget to pack a lunch and warm drinks as there is a toasty warming hut for snack breaks. Dogs on leashes are allowed, but also make sure they are in control at all times.

It may be too icy and slushy on the trails this time of year, but not out at Horse Butte. Pump up your tires, throw on your helmet, and pick your trail — Swamp Wells South, Coyote Loop or Arnold Ice Cave. The elevation ranges from 3,800 feet to 5,500 feet on these trails, and loop distances vary from 10 to 30 miles. From grasslands to forest, the trails offer various levels of difficulty. Visit for more information.

12. Visit the High Desert Museum During a visit to The High Desert Museum, you’ll experience living history exhibits as well as indoor and outdoor wildlife like otters, creepy crawlies, Snowshoe the lynx, Vivi the bobcat, and a sweet porcupine family of four. This summer, kids will enjoy the “Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home” exhibit opening.

from each other, it’s easy to browse the shops, each filled with hundreds of items. So whether you’re looking for antique furniture or your grandfather’s fedora hat, you’re likely to find what you’re looking for in Redmond.

15. Attend The First Friday Gallery Walk 14. Shop for Antiques in Redmond Looking for something unique or nostalgic? Just 17 miles north of Bend lies the town of Redmond, home to more than half-dozen of the areas finest and largest antique stores. With most of them located just a few blocks

It’s become “the place to be” for locals and visitors alike every first Friday of each month. View sensational local and national art at dozens of businesses in downtown Bend and the Old Mill District. Shops are matched with artists and stay open late, some serving food and wine as they welcome you to enjoy their space during this wonderful evening.

16. Cycle Sisters Scenic Bikeways Cycling enthusiasts across the country have three more reasons to visit Sisters Country during the fall (and on mild winter days) as the State of Oregon recently designated three area biking routes as official Scenic Bikeways. The routes include the Camp Sherman route Continued on Page 12

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17. Take a Day Trip to Painted Hills One of the most beautiful and unusual sites in Central Oregon is the Painted Hills located near Mitchell, 75 miles east of Bend. These hills are spectacular in the wide range of colors they project. In the early morning, they will take your breath away. Plan this as a day trip as a one-way drive from Bend takes about two hours. The site features outdoor exhibits, easy walking trails, hiking trails and a picnic area.

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(5 to 21 miles), the Sisters-Smith Rock route (44 miles) and the McKenzie Pass route (a difficult, 40-mile route that closes during the winter season). Easy-to-follow signs are posted along each route.

18. Visit Petersen’s Rock Garden Just 12 miles north of Bend off of Hwy. 97 is a unique place known as the Petersen Rock Garden. Built by Rasmus Petersen, a Danish immigrant, this four-acre folk art creation took more than 17 years to build. It is comprised of miniature castles,

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cottages, bridges, ponds, churches, and even a 7-foot replica of the Statue of Liberty, all made from local rocks, glass and petrified wood. Don’t forget to visit the museum and gift shop.

Village Mall offers a covered rink. Skate rentals are available at each location. For more information, visit,, and for more information.

19. Photograph the Crooked River Gorge Bridge At 295 feet above the canyon floor, this bridge was the nation’s highest single-arch span when constructed. The Crooked River gorge is a breathtaking 300-foot high basalt canyon. Take your pick of endless amazing views from the Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint located along Hwy. 97 just north of Terrebonne.

20. Go Cool-Weather Golfing Don’t let yourself get rusty just because it’s the offseason. Get out and play 18 holes of offseason golf when the greens are less busy. Being on the east side of the mountains, you will find there is less rain all year round, so while it may get cold, the conditions are most often good enough for golf. For more information, visit, click “Sports,” then click “Golf Guide.”

21. Go Ice Skating at a Local Rink Need a new winter sport? Try ice skating. Outdoor rinks are located at Seventh Mountain Resort in Bend and in downtown Redmond across from Centennial Park Plaza. The Sunriver

22. Ski or Snowshoe to the Jefferson View Shelter Start out at the Upper Three Creek Sno-Park and make your way up an ungroomed Nordic trail toward the Jefferson View Shelter. Get a good warm up as it starts out steep for the first mile, then flattens out. The shelter is located on an open hillside with incredible of views of Mt. Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, Mt. Washington, Broken Top and Mt. Hood in the distance. But the stars are the Middle and North Sisters looming nearby. Enjoy a snack or hot drink with like-minded adventures in the open-sided log shelter complete with warming wood

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stove. Keep in mind the trail is steep going back to the parking lot, which can be treacherous in icy conditions. A sno-park parking permit is required.

23. Sunriver Month of Chocolate Many would argue that chocolate deserves a celebration. February is the month of Chocolate Amour at Sunriver Resort. From February 11-21, both resort guests and the general public are invited to immerse themselves in the decadence of chocolate with special activities and events. From the Run for Chocolate 5k race to chocolate cookie decorating for the kids to wine and chocolate pairing for the adults — if you love chocolate, this is the place to be in February. Visit for more information.

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skin. From Sisters to Sunriver, you’ll find day spas with treatments that will fit your budget and your tastes. Refer to your favorite phone listing to find a day spa near you.

Springs. The museum was built to advance and preserve the knowledge of the Native American heritage here in Central Oregon. As you visit, you will go through the timeline of the tribes native to the area and see representations of their cultural activities and history, from fishing the Columbia at Celilo Falls to the their celebration dances.

27. Try a Flight at Maragas Winery

24. Drive McKenzie Highway for Fall Colors One of the most scenic drives in Central Oregon winds you through lush forest through stunning arrays of autumn hues. From a viewpoint erected at the summit, only the peaks of the highest mountains along the Cascade Mountain range interrupt miles of ancient lava flow. This is a drive not to be missed, but keep in mind, the road is closed throughout winter and spring. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) typically closes the road between November and July. Visit www. and search for McKenzie Pass to check on the status.

26. Visit the Museum at Warm Springs

Forget the Valley — Central Oregon knows a thing or two about making quality, award-winning wine, and Maragas Winery is here to prove it. Located just north of Terrebonne along U.S. Hwy. 97 — look for the sign and vineyard just east of the road — Maragas offers tastings of their “art in a bottle,” the happy results of processes the Maragas family has passed down through generations. Check the Maragas website for upcoming events, celebrations and hours of operation.

A trip to the Museum at Warm Springs is a great way to see the cultural and artistic heritage of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. The museum is located along Hwy. 26 in Warm

25. Visit a Day Spa Central Oregon is known for its outdoor activities, but it is also host to some luxurious day spas. While it’s chilly outside, both locals and visitors alike can warm their soles during a fragrant soak preceding a pedicure, or soak up healing essential oil blends into winter-parched

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28. Go Rockhounding in Crook County

30. Eagle Watch at Lake Billy Chinook

Crook County is one of the most productive places to rock hunt in Oregon. Find Jaspagates, agates, obsidian and more throughout the county. Check out the web for the best sites. Be prepared to drive into some remote but beautiful country while you’re rockhounding, from rolling hills to tree-covered mountains. Pick up a rockhounding map at the Prineville Chamber of Commerce.

Hang out with the birds of prey on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23 and 24, when the annual Eagle Watch comes to Lake Billy Chinook near Madras. Ten pairs of bald eagles and 10 pairs of golden eagles live in the area. Organized eagle-viewing sessions will be available both days for visitors at Overlook Park and at locations within The Cove Palisades State Park — 10

29. Go Ice Fishing at Prineville Reservoir Walk on water (literally) at Prineville Reservoir, one of the few and most easily accessible places to fish through the ice in Central Oregon. Actually, the fishing can be good any time at the reservoir, located 14 miles southeast of Prineville. It supports rainbow and cutthroat trout, small and largemouth bass, catfish, crappie and crayfish. The trout fishing experience is yearround, ice fishing in the dead of winter included. Two state parks allow camping.

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a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. A day-use parking fee is charged at The Cove Palisades, but admission to all Eagle Watch activities is free. Call the Oregon State Parks Information Center at 800551-6949 for more information.

32. Cycle along Crooked River to Prineville Reservoir Dam (Prineville Reservoir Loop) For a late-season road ride with wideopen high desert scenery, the 50-mile Prineville Reservoir loop ride takes you from Prineville on Hwy. 126 to a long, 20-mile decent along the Crooked River and through a canyon. The ride is considered challenging, and those who are up to the task will be treated to high desert and scenic river views. Visit for more information.

levels. With a vertical drop of 3,365 with 71 runs — the longest run is 1.5 miles — it’s sure to impress even the best of skiers. There are plenty of green runs for beginners and blues for the intermediates. Mt. Bachelor is family friendly with many lesson, rental and lift options. Snowboarders can share the mountain with skiers or take in the terrain park that includes a super pipe and slopestyle arena, jumps, rails, boxes and jibs for freestyle skiers. Crosscounty skiing, tubing and sled dog rides are also available.

34. Witness the Christmas Kayak Parade, Deschutes River, Bend 31. Travel the Bend Ale Trail Send your taste buds soaring along the Bend Ale Trail. Sample some of the best brews that Bend (and Sisters) has to offer. Grab a Trail Map and Passport, available at the Bend Visitor Center or at a local pub, to start your journey. Get your passport stamped at each of the nine breweries (and a 10th in Sisters, for extra credit) and turn it in to the Bend Visitor Center for a commemorative Bend Silipint.

33. Ski or Snowboard Mt. Bachelor

During a single evening each winter, paddling enthusiasts deck their crafts in battery-operated lights and holiday flare (and dress themselves in warm clothing) and cruise up and down the Deschutes River near the Old Mill District. The event typically happens during mid December in anticipation of Christmas. Visit and click on events for information and dates for this year’s canoe and kayak holiday parade.

There are few places that offer 360degree skiing around a steep volcanic peak. From beginners to experts, Mt. Bachelor offers terrain for all skill

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35. Cross-Country Ski or Snowshoe at Crater Lake Not exactly in Central Oregon, but well worth the drive — even during the winter. While thousands flock to Crater Lake National Park from mid-summer through early fall to experience Oregon’s largest, North America’s deepest and one of the world’s clearest and bluest lakes, you’ll find significantly fewer people who are willing to brave the drive and the frigid cold to enjoy the park’s awesome, snow-packed winter views. But if you enjoy cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, a winter day trip to Crater Lake is a must … that is, if you feel you can handle some of the deepest snowpack in the country. Be prepared for some extra driving as during the winter, you can only access Crater Lake Village from the park’s south entrance.

36. Visit Fall River Fish Hatchery Operated by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Fall River Hatchery is located just 25 miles south of Bend. The hatchery produces rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout. It produces about 140,000 legal-sized rainbow trout each year. The hatchery is open year round, with April through September being the best months to visit. Go to www.dfw. for more information.

37. Hike Up Misery Ridge, Smith Rock The most popular hike at Smith Rock State Park is also not for the faint of heart. From the bridge crossing the

— nearly 4 miles round-trip. Along the way, marvel at the skills of rock climbers who most certainly will pepper the rock faces that surround you. Permits or day passes required.

Crooked River (just below the parking lot), Misery Ridge is a three-quartermile hike with 1,000 feet in elevation gain to the top of the cliffs — perfect for fantastic views and a great workout. Not so good if you don’t like heights. Continue along a fairly flat grade, then drop down the other side near the base of Monkey Face Rock before following the river back to where you started

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38. Practice Fly Casting in Old Mill Test your casting skills at the Old Mill District’s Fly Casting Course, the only course of its kind in North America. The “18-hole” course gives fly fishers the opportunity to hone their casting skills throughout the year. The course is free and open for public use in the Old Mill District. Each station was developed with unique challenges. Take a friend and keep score for a

more competitive experience. The course is open year round; however, certain stations may be closed during special events. Visit www.theoldmill. com and click on Recreation for more information.

find a map of the route at www.bikely. com/maps/bike-path/Shevlin-TumaloEasy-Route.

42. Stop By the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center

locations in Bend, visit For Redmond, visit www.

39. Taste the Ranch Life at DD Ranch The welcome sign is out at the DD Ranch — 3836 NE Smith Rock Way — located in the Terrebonne area and featuring dramatic views of Smith Rock in the distance. A family-owned working cattle ranch, DD Ranch offers memorable ranch adventures, a petting zoo, u-pick produce, a children’s play area and, of course, a pumpkin patch! Ranch products are for sale including their own grass-fed beef and pork.

41. Cycle the Shevlin-Tumalo Loop For a road ride without the challenge of too many climbs, follow the loop that takes you from Shevlin Park through Tumalo. From Shevlin Park, the 24-mile route takes you to Tumalo Road and then through the east side of Bend, finishing with a ride on the north side of Bend back to the park. You will

You don’t have to downhill ski or snowboard to take advantage of the activities at Mt. Bachelor. In fact, The Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center is home of what some call “the best burritos in Central Oregon” at the XC Café. Whether you start your day on the steep slopes or the smooth Nordic tracks, rest assured you’ll have a cozy lodge to rest and refuel near the crackling fire in the woodstove. If you’ve got a hankerin’ for a great burrito, just drive on up. Visit for more information.

43. Visit the Central Oregon Sportsmen’s Show This exciting Central Oregon tradition is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to discover cutting-edge sporting and outdoor equipment, get the best information and to meet the industry’s most renowned experts — all in one place! Plus it’s an RV and boat sale. Continued on Page 21

40. Take Fido to the Park No one loves dogs more than Central Oregonians. So it’s only natural that you’ll find a variety of park areas dedicated to man’s best friend. But which park is the most popular? Head to the Riverbend Dog Park in Bend’s Old Mill District. It’s a great place to enjoy the river and let your dog stretch his legs. For more park

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The annual event will be held at Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond, from Thursday through Sunday, March 7-10. Admission is $10 for adults. For more information, visit

the Assistance League’s charitable programs including Operation School Bell — funding new clothing for children in need in the Bend-La Pine School District.

44. Buy a Decorated Christmas Tree and Benefit Charity Bend’s Annual Gala of Trees is set for Friday, Nov. 16 at the Riverhouse Convention Center. Complimentary champagne, hors d’oeuvres, raffles and a silent auction will be featured along with beautifully decorated designer trees and wreaths, plus more than 100 other items unique to Central Oregon. The event includes a sit-down dinner and lots of entertainment. Gala proceeds stay in Bend to support

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45. Roller Skate at Cascade Indoor Sports When’s the last time you strapped on a pair of roller skates, summoned your inner child (and the kids, too) and headed to the rink? Take the entire family to

Cascade Indoor Sports for safe, healthy, wholesome, affordable fun. No ice! Located at 20775 High Desert Lane in Bend. Check ahead for open skate times and admission costs.

events for all ages including a barbecue dinner, torchlight parade and fireworks. There’s even a snow sculpture contest and games for kids. Hoodoo is located 22 miles west of Sisters at the summit of Santiam Pass.

47. Open Your von Trapp and Sing Along to “Sound of Music”

46. Party in the Snow at the Hoodoo Winter Carnival If it’s February, you know it’s time for the Hoodoo Winter Carnival. Set for Saturday, Feb. 9, this great winter celebration has

Channel your inner von Trapp and hiss the countess, bark at Rolf and cheer for Maria as you sing along to on-screen lyrics of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless classic at the Tower Theatre on Friday, Nov. 23. The audienceparticipation phenomenon that started in England and filled the Hollywood Bowl comes to Bend

for one show only. Cost is $27, which includes a prop bag.

48. Go on a Moonlight Snowshoe Tour Hiking in the winter at night can sound a little odd, but if you love watching the stars, seeing sunrises and hiking in the mountains, then a moonlight snowshoe tour is an amazing amalgamation of all three. Hiking in the Cascades means getting above all the light pollution so that you can see the stars clearly, while you walk on top of the snow through the breathtaking mountain terrain. To schedule a trip visit,

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49. Tour Roundabout Art Route in Bend Take a drive and discover more than 20 pieces of large-scale art on display in the center of Bend’s traffic circles. The circles keep traffic flowing, but each roundabout holds an original masterpiece. From whimsical and abstract designs to realistic historical tributes, you’ll find something new around every bend. Feel free to explore or pick up a tour map from the Bend Visitor Center.

public skate park. Bend’s Ponderosa Park (225 SE 15th St.) and the Redmond Skate Park (15th St. and Antler) offer big open concrete bowls for your skating pleasure. If skating isn’t your thing, BMX bikes are allowed in Ponderosa Park – but not in Redmond. Make sure to obey the posted rules at both locations.

50. Drop into a Skate Park

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51. Take a Pedicab Ride There really is no better way to see Bend than from the back of a pedicab. Jump on board with family and friends and cruise around town or in the Old Mill District for an “on-the-fly” experience. Or contact GETIT Shuttle Services at for guided tours. The pedicab drivers will be happy to answer any questions you have and offer advice on good restaurants, beautiful parks and other destinations.

52. Get the Latest News Grab a copy of The Bulletin and head to your favorite coffee shop to get caught up on the news, events, activities and community happenings. No publication delivers more local news, information, sports and entertainment than The Bulletin. From the latest in-depth stories to great deals at the local store,

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quick elevation gain of 600 feet, the trail makes a 3.5-mile loop around a peninsula filled with wildlife, native vegetation and views of the Crooked and Deschutes river arms of the lake. For more information, visit

54. See an IMAX Movie

you’ll find it all quickly and easily. Its daily community calendar will fill you in on what’s happening throughout the high desert, and on Fridays, look for GO! Magazine, a Bulletin insert that highlights area music, art, theater, festivals, movies and entertainment. To subscribe, call 541-385-5800, or pick one up a copy at one of more than 300 sites around Central Oregon.

Get the fullest possible cinematic experience with an IMAX movie at Regal Cinemas in the Old Mill District. With a larger screen, larger sound and 3D experiences that put you right in the middle of the movie, seeing a film at the new IMAX theater is a great way to spend an evening checking out the newest flick you have been waiting to see. For show times and information, visit

55. Visit Redmond’s Dry Canyon

53. Hike Tam-a-láu Trail

Experience the high desert landscape as the early homesteaders did while enjoying spectacular mountain, canyon and lake views. Journey the Tam-a-láu Trail, a six- to-seven-mile hike along the rim of a plateau overlooking Lake Billy Chinook, part of Cove Palisades State Park. After a

Whatever your pleasure — hiking, cycling or horseback riding — do it along Redmond’s Dry Canyon trail, which follows the long-dried channel of the ancient Deschutes River. This beautiful park has many access points and plenty of parking, and it provides a three-mile paved trail from south to north. It also features a playground, a skate park and a dog park on the southern side.

56. Go Rock Climbing at Smith Rock State Park The towering cliffs of Smith Rock offer more than just your quintessential Central Oregon photo op. The area is a worldrenowned rock climbing destination, offering more than 1,500 routes for climbers of all levels, from beginner to professional. This sport climbing mecca takes advantage of cliffs made of volcanic welded tuff and basalt, boasting new routes as well as classic climbs developed from as far back as the 1960s. Rock climbing takes practice and can be dangerous, so if you’re a beginner, consider hiring a local outfitter and guide service before giving it a try. Permits or day passes required.

57. Tour a Brewery As of press time, the number of operating breweries in Central Oregon sits at an eye-popping 17. Word of this area’s brew culture explosion spread all the way to the New York Times, which quipped that a book titled “How Beer Saved Bend” might one day be written to explain how the high desert “got its buzz back.” As most locals know, the buzz all started way back in 1988 with the opening of the Deschutes Brewery and Public House, which turned into one of the largest craft breweries in the U.S. Take a tour at the place that started it all. Central Oregon’s largest craft brewery, Deschutes Brewery offers free guided tours, a tasting room and a Continued on Page 27

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58. Grab a Coffee/Pastry at Sisters Coffee Company When you’re in Sisters — yes, I said when, not if, because the community is a draw in and of itself — you would be remiss if you didn’t visit the Durham family at Sisters Coffee Company. Follow the smell of freshly roasted coffee to the large, Western-style cabin on the corner of Hood Avenue and Oak Street, and enjoy a winter latte by the woodburning stove. Owners Winfield and Joy Durham first opened Sisters Coffee Company in a “shack” back in 1989, and today, this family run business is a community landmark known as much for its coffee and homemade pastries as its atmosphere.

59. See a Show or Concert at the Tower Theatre One of Central Oregon’s finest performing arts venues, the Tower Theatre is a landmark structure that was renovated and reopened in 2004 to feature area concerts, plays, movies and special events. Its elegant decor and ambience make up only a part of what makes a visit to a Tower Theatre a memorable experience. Check out their events schedule at www.towertheatre. org, and you’re certain to find an event that you’ll enjoy. It’s best to get tickets early. Cap off the evening by visiting one of the fine restaurants in and around downtown Bend.

60. Watch the Sunset on the Summit of Pilot Butte Originally used to “pilot” the pioneers to the Deschutes River, this 500-foot butte is now an Oregon State Park offering grand panoramic views of the high desert, the Cascade Mountains and the

community of Bend. With good timing, Pilot Butte’s summit offers the area’s most spectacular sunset views. Call for winter road closures, though hiking trails to the top are open year-round. Carry water because on-site fountains only work during the warmer months.

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62. Hike the Dry River Canyon Dry River Canyon is exactly what it sounds like: a dry river canyon created by a lake that once existed near Millican. The 2.3-mile path, located just a few minutes east of Bend, will take you back in time. The hike offers plenty to see along the way, including giant boulders, twisted juniper trees, craggy canyon walls and ancient petroglyphs. From Bend, drive 17 miles east on Highway 20. Turn left near milepost 17, immediately turn right into a gravel pit, and travel through the gravel pit to a dirt road. Follow the dirt road about a mile to the trailhead.

63. Attend a Christmas Parade If he wasn’t busy enough already, we here in Central Oregon keep Santa Claus on a tight schedule throughout the holiday season with appearances at Christmas parades of all types — under the bright afternoon sun (Bend and

too technical, there’s always BMX. Central Oregon offers these two-wheeled thrill-seekers a pair of options for testing their skills and grabbing some air time. The High Desert Sports Complex in northeast Redmond features a BMX race track operated by the Smith Rock BMX club (, and High Desert BMX ( supports a track at Big Sky Park in Bend. Sisters), within the starlit glow of holiday lights (Redmond, Prineville and Madras), and on the back of a rig in the annual Truckers Light Parade (La Pine). Whatever your pleasure, celebrate the spirit of the season within the glow of community fellowship at a local Christmas parade. Check out the online calendars of local chambers of commerce for more information.

64. Turn Some Laps on a BMX Track

65. Go to the Festival of Trees The Festival of Trees offers a number of events that highlight the Christmas holiday ranging from tree decorating, a silent auction to benefit the Hospice of Redmond and free family activities like a visits with Santa. In the evening, you can attend the Gala Celebration with food, drinks and music as well as other activities. For more information, visit

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66. Fish for Steelhead on the Deschutes When fishing, pressure slows down after October as steelhead begin to stack up in the best water along the lower Deschutes River. The lower Deschutes has some of the most seductive steelhead water in the world, including famous runs such as Signal Light, Ferry Canyon, Hot Rocks and Wagonblast, to name just a few. Spey rods are recommended. Book a fall camping/float trip with a local guide, or try your luck with a day trip out of Maupin.

68. Visit a Local Playhouse

67. Go Horseback Riding in Sunriver Traveling by horseback is an efficient way to get deeper into the back country. Take a guided tour through Deschutes National Forest’s and Sunriver’s winding trails on an experienced trail horse. Both experienced and beginning riders are welcome.

If you’re drawn to live theater, then Bend will keep you on the edge of your seat. Boasting two community theaters (Cascades Theatrical Company and 2nd Street Theater) and a professional theater (Innovative Theater Works), Bend can offer you your fill of the performing arts throughout the calendar year. Stay abreast of each theater’s lineup online: www.cascadestheatrical. org,, and

69. Attend the Bend Winterfest It might get cold during Central Oregon winters, but hibernating is not our way, and the Bend Winterfest is a celebration

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of that notion. With all kinds of food and events, the Bend Winterfest is about getting outside and enjoying the lustrous winters that Bend is famous for like snowboarding, ice sculpture, wine tasting and much, much more. The 2013 Winterfest will be held Friday-Sunday, Feb. 15-17. For more information, visit

Santa’s Workshop, concerts and more. One of the signature events is the Gingerbread Junction, a showcase of amazing gingerbread houses submitted by area artists and enthusiasts. For more information about Traditions, visit www.

70. Go Skijoring with your Best Friends at Wanoga The September 2012 issues of Dog Fancy Magazine named Bend its 2012 DogTown USA, a designation honoring the community’s abundance of offleash areas, pet charities, businesses that welcome pets, and dog-friendly recreation opportunities. One of these opportunities is the little-known sport of skijoring, an activity during which harnessed dogs help pull their crosscountry skiing (and also harness-wearing) owners down snow-covered trails. Wanoga Sno-park, 15 miles west of Bend along Century Drive, is one of the area’s only groomed ski/snowshoe trails that allows dogs. Learn more about skijoring at Wanoga at

71. Experience Sunriver Traditions and Gingerbread Junction Sunriver does Christmas time right with a series of events branded as Sunriver Traditions. The events include a parade,

73. Taste Spirits at a Local Distillery Central Oregon is known for its plethora of juniper trees. The berries from these trees and Central Oregon’s pristine water are the essential ingredients in worldclass gin. But distillers throughout Central Oregon don’t stop with gin. Find and taste your favorite spirits in Central Oregon. Several high desert distilleries, such as Bendistillery, are open to the public and invite you to experience their craft.

72. Explore the Badlands Wilderness Area Find yourself surrounded by ancient juniper, volcanic vistas, sand and sagebrush when you step into the Badlands Wilderness Area, located 16 miles east of Bend. Whether you are hiking, biking or on horseback, there are more than 50 miles to explore, and that doesn’t even include off-trail exploring. The area offers very few trail signs or markers, but you will find plenty of solitude. Unless you stick to a trail and know where your are, make sure your bring a map, a compass and/or a GPS device.

74. Witness the Power of Benham Falls If you want to witness just how powerful the Deschutes River can be, visit the viewpoint at Benham Falls just a few miles southwest of Bend. Cutting through a small gorge within the Deschutes National Forest, Benham Falls is actually an impassable Class 6 rapid that cascades down 25 feet over just a few yards and a total of 95 Continued on Page 33

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77. Soak in the Open-Air Turkish Spa at McMenamins

vertical feet before calming about a mile downstream. It’s considered the largest waterfall on the Deschutes. The Benham Falls viewpoint is part the Deschutes River Trail, which extends for miles along the river south of Bend. benham-falls

75. ‘Get Extreme’ at Mt. Bachelor The beauty of Mt. Bachelor is it offers winter recreation opportunities for athletes and weekend warriors of all levels. For the more elite skiers and snowboarders, Bachelor’s 400-foot super pipe, rated one of the best in North America, provides a venue for big air and big tricks. Bachelor Parks, a combination of three terrain parks that run nearly a mile long and descend around 850 feet, features a variety of jumps, rails, boxes and jibs for freelance skiers and snowboarders seeking a place to play. Visit for maps, photos and videos of the super pipe and Bachelor Parks.

76. Take a Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride in Sunriver “Dashing through the snow in a onehorse open sleigh; o’er the fields we go laughing all the way.” What a quaint little ride to keep your spirits bright through the holidays! You can enjoy your own ride in a one-horse, open, Victorian-style sleigh this winter along the beautiful banks of the Deschutes River. Sunriver Stables will also take you and your group of four adults and two children through the woods with spectacular views of Mt. Bachelor and Sunriver Meadow. Cost for a group is $100, slightly more for holidays. Call to reserve your sleigh ride at 541-5936995, or visit for more information.

McMenamins is bar, restaurant, movie theater, hotel and all-around fun place to hang out in the heart of downtown Bend. If you are looking for something mellow and relaxing to do after a day on the slopes, spend some time in its Turkish spa. Stepping into the yearround heated pool at McMenamins is like going back a few centuries to Ottoman Turkey. The soaking pool features a decorative fountain, and the room itself is one piece of ceiling-tofloor art, making it relaxing for the body and pleasant for the eyes. For more information, visit www.mcmenamins. com/Soak.

78. Visit Central Oregon Pumpkin Company Late summer and fall aren’t complete without a trip to Terrebonne and the Central Oregon Pumpkin Company. Romp through an eight-acre corn maze (don’t worry about getting lost, they provide a map), shoot pumpkins from a cannon, or enjoy more traditional family Continued on Page 34

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activities such as pony rides, a hay fort, and a zoo train. Don’t forget to pick out a Halloween pumpkin. 1250 NE Wilcox St., Terrebonne.

79. Explore the Countryside on Snowshoes Snowshoeing is the easiest way to enjoy Central Oregon trails during the winter. If you can walk, you can snowshoe! Nearly all of the local sno-parks have snowshoe trails. Just remember to walk next to the cross country ski trails, not on them. Planning to take your dog? Wanoga, Skyliner and Edison Sno-parks are great options. Visit a local ski shop for fit advice and shoe recommendations.

81. Harvest a Christmas Tree in the Wilderness

Known more for its fishing, camping, hot springs and obsidian flow, Newberry Crater offers arguably the best fall mountain bike ride in Central Oregon along its Crater Rim Trail. Start your ride along Crater Rim Trail — about 20 miles of dirt, sand, lava rocks and scenic views — at Paulina Lake Campground, then ride counterclockwise. Bring plenty of water, a map and a good set of lungs as the trail is high in altitude (from 6,300 to 7,600 feet) and the first few miles include lots of climbing. Newberry Crater is a national monument, so a pass is required, and be prepared for breakdowns, changes in the weather and anything else the high wilderness could throw your way.

Whether you want the experience of finding your own, non-farmed Christmas tree or you want to save money, cutting your own Christmas tree is a great family tradition to start. Pick up your $5 permit after Nov. 14, grab a saw, and head out to the forest to find a tree to your liking. You may want to have a snowball fight with the kids while you’re out there, and be sure to enjoy some hot chocolate from your thermos before heading home to trim the tree. For information, visit

80. Go Hunting Central Oregon has a large variety of game animals ranging from bear, elk, deer, goat, sheep and birds. For a hunter, one of the best ways to enjoy them is on your grill. You can go with a hunting guide or strike out on your own with a couple of buddies, bag your animal, and enjoy fresh meat for months thereafter. For rules and regulations, visit hunting.

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83. Play the Odds at a Casino If you like to partake in games of chance, or simply love the sound of quarters falling from a slot machine, consider checking out the new Indian Head Casino, located along U.S. Hwy. 26 near the high desert bluffs of Warm Springs. Take a chance on one of its 500 slot machines, or cozy up to one of eight blackjack tables. On-site dining is available at Cottonwood Restaurant and Tule Grill.

87. Snowshoe to the Summit of Vista Butte

84. Catch a Band in a Local Venue After big-ticket and Free Summer Sunday concert season wind down in the Old Mill District, and Munch and Music events make way for cooler weather, it’s entirely too premature to mourn the loss of great live music … at least here in Central Oregon. From the Domino Room, Midtown Ballroom and the Century Center to Silver Moon Brewing, McMenamins, Players and dozens of other local sites, the high desert attracts established and up-and-coming acts — local, regional and from across the country. Stay abreast of all the area’s upcoming concerts and music festivals, including plenty of free events, at

85. Hike to the Summit of Grey Butte Most visitors will head over to Grey Butte’s more popular neighbor, Smith

Rock State Park just outside of Terrebonne. Skip the crowds for a lesserknown destination that’s well worth the time and effort. The summit of Grey Butte gives a bird’s eye view of Central Oregon and the surrounding Cascade mountains, from Mt. Shasta in California to Mt. Adams in Washington. The 5,108foot butte hike is a short but often steep 3 miles one way with an elevation gain of 1,300 feet. Hike 100 feet south of the trailhead, then head south again off-trail to the summit. If time allows, check out the old McCoin homestead and orchard near the trailhead.

Vista Butte is known for the features for which it is named: amazing vistas. Boasting some of the best views in Central Oregon, many opt to take in the vistas of snowy, winter landscapes rather than the greener ones of summer. The ascent includes 800 feet of elevation gain from the trailhead, which is located west of Bend along Century Drive at mile marker 18. Throw on some snowshoes, hike up the butte and take in the views with a cup of hot chocolate. For information and supplies, visit explore_central_oregon/cross-countryskiing/snow-parks/vista-butte.

86. Go Geocaching What a perfect way to explore Central Oregon! It’s a treasure hunt game that uses a global positioning system (GPS) to hide and hunt containers along with other geocachers. The “treasure” is typically hidden in a waterproof container with a logbook to sign as proof of discovery. or

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There are so many trails to choose from in Central Oregon, but how many reward you with a hot meal or tasty beverage at the end? Make your way along an ungroomed, but usually tracked trail to the Paulina Lake Lodge, set along the lake with Paulina Peak looming above. Don’t pass by Paulina Falls on your way there — it’s a 60-foot drop and most beautiful in the wintertime when it is surrounded by ice. Park your skis next to a snowmobile, shed some layers and share the rustic lodge with fellow outdoor enthusiasts. The trail starts at the 10-Mile Sno-park at the end of the road. Follow the blue cross-country ski trail markers. Sno-park permits are required.

89. Hike Peter Skeen Ogden Trail For all the hikers and mountain bikers out there, Peter Skeen Ogden Trail is 9½ miles of breathtaking views and picturesque waterfalls along Paulina Creek. This is a great trail for a day hike, with an impromptu picnic (hint, hint) at some point along the way. Along the trail you will find large, ancient trees, rocky canyon crags and clean, fresh mountain water. If you hike during the winter, bring some snowshoes and warm gear as you will gain 3,000 feet of elevation, which means colder temperatures and more snow. For more information, visit tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=HGW277-040.

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90. Ride the Christmas Valley Sand Dunes Not your typical sand dunes, the Christmas Valley dunes are comprised mostly of ash and pumice from Mt. Mazama, which erupted at the current site of Crater Lake 7,000 years ago. They pile up over 60 feet in some areas, making this 8,000-acre ATV playground a dream for adventure seekers. Two delicate

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91. See the Historic Crook County Courthouse and the A.R. Bowman Memorial Museum The history of Crook County is preserved at the A.R. Bowman Memorial Museum in Prineville. Visitors to the museum will get a glimpse of the region’s past through heirlooms and relics from ranching, logging, daily life and play from long ago. The museum

ing is yours for the taking. Visit their website to find current programs.

93. Do the Polar Plunge If you’re going to jump into freezing cold water during the middle of winter, you may as well do it for a good cause. The Polar Plunge is held each year to support area athletes who compete in and qualify for the Special Olympics. The 2013 Polar Plunge, along with its traditional costume contest, will be held on Friday, Feb. 16 in Bend’s Riverbend Park. For information visit www. also features new exhibits each year, speakers, area tours, historical and genealogical research assistance, annual celebrations, regular visitation hours, old newspaper articles and quarterly publications. While you’re at it, be sure to visit the historic Crook County Courthouse, too.

95. Get Creative at My Own Two Hands Enjoy some wholesome community fun, see some high-end art and support the arts in schools, all while participating in Sisters Folk Festival’s My Own Two Hands event. The educational outreach arm of Sisters Folk Festival, My Own Two Hands invites community members to expand the creative wings of their minds through art projects, a community parade and celebration, and an art auction and party where you can bid on more than 100 pieces donated by artists throughout Sisters, Central Oregon and the Northwest. Learn more about this community-wide arts celebration at

92. Take the Kids to the Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory What better way to learn about the world around you than through handson experience? From the stars and planets to the wildlife that makes our world more interesting, the Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory fascinates the senses. Classes for children, lectures, demonstrations and astronomical view-

94. Splash in the water park and hot springs pool at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort Dive into winter like summer never left at Kah-Nee-Ta. Splash into a double Olympic-sized hot springs mineral pool. Because the pool is heated to 92 degrees each fall, it is able to remain open year-round. A separate children’s wading pool is also available. All pools are open to the public, as is a bathhouse that offers men’s and women’s locker and shower facilities.

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96. Unwind at the Sun Mountain Fun Center There’s something for everyone! Roll a strike, sink the eight ball, bump your buddy, play a game for a prize. Year-round activities include bowling, billiards, bumper cars and arcade games. Twenty-four lanes of bowling are available every day of the year. Leagues are not allowed, but family fun is definitely encouraged, no matter the age. Bumpers and bowling ramps are available for the little bowlers. Take a break at Sunny’s Café and refuel with a tasty snack off its full menu.

97. Visit Art Galleries in Bend and Sisters The beauty of the land in Central Oregon inspires creativity in a vast population. Both Bend and Sisters embrace individual creativity and are home to dozens of art galleries. These communities also feature events surrounding artists and galleries. Or, visit galleries during off-peak times for a casual look through the eyes of others.

98. Take a Walk Through Drake Park Drake Park quite simply looks good during all seasons, but this is especially so in the fall and winter when the trees shed their leaves, covering the ground in a blanket of warm colors while Mirror Pond reflects the rich colors of the sky in the background. The pond is also near the heart of downtown Bend which, along with Drake Park, hosts events throughout the years. In the wintertime, the park is canvassed with a blanket of ice and snow, a palette on which Bend’s local wildlife leaves their tracks.

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100. Go Boating and Fishing on Prineville Reservoir Hooked on the idea of a fishing trip? The Prineville Reservoir is just 14 miles southeast of Prineville. Fishing is good for rainbow and cutthroat trout, small and largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, crayfish and trout. Fishing is open year-round. With no speed limit on the lake, it’s also a popular place for water skiing, wakeboarding and tubing ... during warmer weather of course. The area surrounding the lake features a marina, boat ramp, general store, cabins and more.

99. Fly Into Roberts Field, The Redmond Municipal Airport Roberts Field, Redmond Municipal Airport is the fourth largest commercial service airport in Oregon. Approximately 46 flights arrive and depart from the airport each day. The airport has expanded in recent years to allow for more direct flights to more cities in the western U.S. including Denver, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Francisco (Oakland),

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102. Earn Your Turns on Tumalo Mountain

101. Run the Trails through Bend Are you a runner who would rather pound dirt and asphalt than concrete streets and sidewalks? Then you’re in luck. Just within the city limits of Bend, you’ll find 65 miles of trail, managed by the Bend Park and Recreation District, that weaves through parks, neighborhoods, shopping districts and into the forest — enough variety that you’ll rarely if ever get bored of the views. To learn more about the various trails that exist throughout Bend, visit www.

Tumalo Mountain is an impressive 7,775 feet to the top; you just have to be willing to put the work in to get there. It’s considered a good introduction to backcountry snowriding. Skiers, either telemark or Alpine touring, and snowboarders using a splitboard, can start at either the Dutchman Flat Snopark or Vista Butte Sno-park. Breaking trail to the top usually takes between one to two hours. The east flank gives you the most bang for your buck — an expansive, steep bowl that offers a treeless powder run, depending on conditions. There are also other lines through the trees that point you back down to the sno-parks. Backcountry skiing isn’t for beginners; know where you are and how to get back, take safety precautions, and always be aware of avalanche potential. Sno-park permit required.

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105. Eat at Kokanee Café

103. Cross-Country Ski at Virginia Meissner Sno-Park This is the only sno-park in Central Oregon groomed for skate skiing. Thanks to Meissner Nordic (formerly the Tumalo Langlauf Club), almost 40 miles of trails are groomed for both skate skiing and classic. Most of the terrain is gentle, but there is a hilly loop that rewards skiers with terrific views of Tumalo Mountain, Mt. Bachelor and the Three Sisters. Warming shelters are located along the trails, making for a nice break for snacks or a warm beverage. The sno-park is just a short 14-mile drive from Bend along the road to Mt. Bachelor. Always be prepared for inclement weather, and carry a map you can grab from a box by the trailheads. Remember to bring a sno-park permit.

104. Enjoy the Moscow Boys Choir at Tower Theatre Celebrate the season with an exquisite blend of Christmas standards and Russian folk songs performed by 25 heavenly soprano and rich bass and tenor voices. Founded in 1957, this prestigious choir of 9- to 14-year-olds is handpicked from more than 400 outstanding students of the Moscow Boys Capella school. Only Oregon appearance: Monday, Dec. 17.

It’s a little out of the way, but that’s part of its charm. The Kokanee Café in Camp Sherman is, in its own words, “a rustic restaurant nestled amongst the Ponderosa pines in the enchanting forest surrounding the Metolius River.” And its food is as good as its atmosphere. The chefs at Kokanee Café have been serving up world-class Northwest cuisine for more than 20 years. Turn any meal into an occasion within this “humble, funky little cabin in the woods.”

in downtown Bend is one of the first public art pieces displayed in this now art-rich community. Created by Richard Beyer and donated by the Bend Foundation in 1982, this cast aluminum sculpture has inherited the name “Art” by locals. Stoic by nature, Art rarely if ever objects to daily passersby who cozy up next to him for photos.

108. Eat Scones at Pine Tavern 106. Find that Special Christmas Gift at the Holiday Village Market Looking for something made from the heart for a special someone this year? Stop by the Holiday Village Market in downtown Redmond. The market will be open Fri.-Sat., Nov. 23-24 and Sat.Sun., Dec. 1-2 in Centennial Park across from the skating rink. This Europeanstyle holiday market will feature seasonal specialties, holiday gifts and distinctive arts and crafts. For info, stop by the Redmond Chamber of Commerce or visit

Ask a local for directions to Pine Tavern, and the instructions will likely end this way: “When you’re there, you’ve gotta try the scones!” What’s so special about the scones? Find out for yourself. And as you do, soak in the traditional Central Oregon ambience of Bend’s oldest restaurant. Built around the base of two giant Ponderosa pines, the Pine Tavern Restaurant was established by a pair of enterprising women in 1936. Today, it continues to serve a fine selection of Northwest cuisines.

107. Take Your Photo with “Art” “Art” is a little down on his luck, though despite his empty wallet and forlorn demeanor, he remains a true pioneer in Bend. Located on the corner of Franklin Avenue and Wall Street

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VISITOR INFO AND HELPFUL WEBSITES: Visitor Information Central Oregon Visitors Association

661 SW Powerhouse Dr., Ste. 1301, Bend 541-389-8799, 800-800-8334

Visit Bend

750 NW Lava Road, Ste. 160, Bend 541-382-8048, 877-245-8484

Chambers of Commerce Bend Chamber of Commerce

777 NW Wall St., Ste. 200, Bend 541-382-3221, 800-905-2363

Crooked River Ranch • Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce 5200 Badger Rd., Terrebonne 541-923-2679

Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce

109. Stroll Through Shevlin Park

Located along the outskirts of Bend’s west side, Shevlin Park features 652 acres of mostly undeveloped forest land adjacent to picturesque Tumalo Creek. Featuring a paved road, miles of dirt trails and several footbridges, the park is popular with hikers, joggers and cyclists. But the best way to soak in its beauty is by packing a picnic basket and settling into one of several open spaces along the creek, or in one of the park’s three developed picnic sites.

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274 SW 4th St., Madras 541-475-2350, 800-967-3564

La Pine Chamber of Commerce 51425 Hwy 97, Ste. A, La Pine 541-536-9771

Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce

390 NE Fairview, Prineville 541-447-6304

Redmond Chamber of Commerce & CVB 446 SW 7th St., Redmond 541-923-5191

Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce 291 E Main Ave., Sisters 541-549-0251, 866-549-0252

Sunriver Area Chamber of Commerce Sunriver Village Mall, Sunriver 541-593-8149

Museums/Nature Centers Bowman Museum

246 N Main, Prineville 541-447-3715

Des Chutes Historical Museum 129 NW Idaho St., Bend 541-389-1813

The High Desert Museum

59800 S Hwy 97, Bend 541-382-4754

Jefferson County Historical Society Museum 34 SE D St., Madras 541-475-3808

The Museum at Warm Springs 2189 Hwy 26, Warm Springs 541-553-3331

Sunriver Nature Center

River Road, Sunriver 541-593-4394

Parks and Recreation

Pools Cascade Swim Center

465 SW Rimrock Way, Redmond 541-548-6066

Bend Park and Recreation District

Juniper Swim & Fitness Center

Crook County Parks & Recreation District

Prineville Pool

799 SW Columbia St., Bend 541-389-7275

398 NE Fairview St., Prineville 541-447-1209

Redmond Area Park & Recreation District

465 SW Rimrock Way, Redmond 541-548-7275

Sisters Park & Recreation District 1750 W McKinney Butte Rd., Sisters 541-549-2091

Fairgrounds Crook County Fairgrounds

1280 S Main, Prineville 541-447-6575

Deschutes County Fair & Expo 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond 541-548-2711

Jefferson County Fairgrounds 430 SW Fairgrounds Rd., Madras 541-475-4460

800 NE 6th St., Bend 541-389-7665 Swim__Fitness/

Ochoco Creek Park, Prineville 541-447-7546

Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic & Recreation Center (SHARC)

Overlook Road, off Circle 2, Sunriver 541-585-5000

Regional Airport Roberts Field, Redmond Municipal Airport

2522 SE Jesse Butler Circle, No. 17, Redmond 541-548-0646, ext. 3499, click ‘Departments”

State Park Info Learn about the hundreds of parks managed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, including overnight and day-use parks in Central Oregon, at:

U.S. Forest Service Info Find a complete list of U.S. Forest Service areas within Oregon and Washington, with links to national grasslands, recreation areas, scenic areas, volcanic monuments and national forests in Central Oregon (Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests) at:

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Powell Butte Christian Church WORSHIP SERVICES

Pastors Greg Strubhar & Darin Hollingsworth

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Reform Jewish Congregation Services, Social Action & Social Activities Religious Education for Preschoolers through Adults • 541-388-8826 Calvary Chapel Bend

SERVICE TIMES: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 AM Wednesday Night 7:00 PM NON DENOMINATIONAL CHURCH Studying God’s Word chapter by chapter, verse by verse for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry. Child Care at all services 20225 Cooley Rd. (off Hwy 20) For more information call


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Connecting with People...Connecting with God SUNDAY SERVICES 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship 6:00 p.m. – Evening Gathering WEDNESDAY 7:00 p.m. – Family Night Classes for all ages Celebrate Recovery, the Landing 1865 W. Antler Ave. 541.548.4555

Celebration Church

Weekend Services Saturday 6:00 PM Sunday 9:00 & 10:45 AM 20080 Pinebrook Blvd, Bend (541) 389-3436

Experience the freedom of worship and the power of relationship. Meeting times: Sun. 10:30 AM Thurs. 7:00 PM Special Classes Find out more at

The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration 68825 Brooks Camp Road Sisters • 541-549-7087

“One Church Two Worship Styles� 8:30 am Ecumenical/ Multi-denominational Worship 10:15 am Episcopal Worship

Community Presbyterian Church Redmond, Oregon

Rob Anderson, Senior Pastor Heidi Bolt, Associate Pastor

Come and Grow With Us Sunday Morning Worship 9:00 Contemporary - 11:00 Traditional Adult Sunday School - Vibrant Music Ministries Children, Middle & High School Youth Groups 529 NW 19th Street • 3/4 mile north of Redmond High School


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CALENDAR OF EVENTS THEATER NOVEMBER 1-18 “IT’S ONLY MONEY”: Cascades Theatrical Company’s presentation of the musical comedy about mixing love and money; $10; Greenwood Playhouse, 148 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; 541-389-0803 or


Playhouse, 148 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; 541-389-0803 or

NOVEMBER THURSDAY, NOV. 1 SCOTT PEMBERTON BAND: The Portland-based rockers perform; free; 7 p.m.; McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 N.W. Bond St., Bend; 541-382-5174 or

“AS YOU LIKE IT”: The La Pine High School drama department presents a play by William Shakespeare; $5, $4 students and seniors, $1 off with donations of nonperishable food; La Pine High School, 51633 Coach Road; 541-355-8400.

PROPHETS OF ADDICTION: The Seattle-based rock band performs; $6, plus fees in advance; 8 p.m., doors open at 7:30 p.m.; The Sound Garden, 1279 N.E. Second St., Bend; 541-6336804 or


SNOWFLAKE BOUTIQUE: Deschutes County Fair & Expo, North Sisters Building, Redmond; help local children in need and get a head start on your holiday shopping; 1-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; $3;

“FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON”: The Crook County High School drama department presents the David Rogers play about a man who participates in an experiment to enhance his intellect; $5; Crook County High School, Eugene Southwell Auditorium, 1100 S.E. Lynn Blvd., Prineville; 541-4166900.

JANUARY 24-FEBRUARY 10 “TWELFTH NIGHT”: Cascades Theatrical Company’s presentation of Shakespeare’s comedy about mistaken identities and merry rogues; with a champagne and dessert reception; $24, $18 seniors, $12 students; Greenwood Playhouse, 148 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; 541-389-0803 or www.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 21-23 “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: Cascades Theatrical Company presents an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale; $24, $14 students and children, plus fees; Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or

MARCH 7--24 “THE SHADOW BOX”: Cascades Theatrical Company’s presentation of the drama about the lives of three terminally ill people; $10; Greenwood


COLUMBIA RIVER PRO RODEO CIRCUIT FINALS: Hooker Creek Event Center, Deschutes County Fair and Expo, Redmond; a two-day rodeo competition featuring some of the world’s top rodeo cowboys competing for a $150,000 purse and a chance to compete in the PRCA world championships;

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY WALK: Downtown Bend/Old Mill District, first Friday of each month; event includes art exhibit openings, artist talks, live music, wine and food in downtown Bend and the Old Mill District; free; 5-9 p.m.; throughout Bend. DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION: Celebrate the Day of the Dead with live music, a DJ. traditional art installations, Mexican folkloric ballet and food; proceeds benefit Rise Up International and Recursos para Derechos Humanos; free admission; 3 p.m.; The Old Stone, 157 N.W. Franklin Ave., Bend; 541-390-6213.

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HIGH DESERT CHAMBER MUSIC — ENLIGHTENMENT TRIO: String musicians play selections of chamber music; $35, $10 children and students; 7:30 p.m.; The Oxford Hotel, 10 N.W. Minnesota Ave., Bend; 541-382-8436, or www.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3 LORD’S ACRE DAY: The 66th annual event features a sale of crafts, baked goods and art, live music, a barbecue dinner, an auction, 10K run, 5K walk and more; proceeds benefit Powell Butte Christian Church projects; free admission, $10 barbecue, $15 in advance or $25 day of event to race; 7:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. events; Powell Butte Christian Church, 13720 S.W. State Highway 126; 541-548-3066 or www. ART PARTY: View and purchase art from a variety of artists; food and drink available; a portion of proceeds benefits the St. Charles Foundation and Sara’s Project; free; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Harkness-Williams home, 1 Beech Lane, Sunriver; 541-593-2127 or sunriversister@chamberscable. com. LOCAL AND LOVIN’ IT: More than 70 vendors; blood drive for American Red Cross, canned food drive for Saving Grace, yoga, zumba and a fashion show; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Phoenix Inn Suites Bend, 300 N.W. Franklin Ave.; 541-317-9292 or WILDFIRE POTTERY SHOWCASE: The Clay Guild of the Cascades hosts an event of continuous ceramic demonstrations, potter booths with pieces for sale and more; free admission; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Highland Magnet School, 701 N.W. Newport Ave., Bend; 541-388-2636 or BIG NIGHT IN THE BIG HOUSE: A benefit for the Juniper Junction Relief Nursery; featuring Trivial “Prison” Pursuit, snacks and a souvenir mug shot; registration requested; $35; 7-10 p.m.; Deer Ridge Correctional Institution, 3929 E. Ashwood Road,

Madras; 541-475-2537.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 CRANKSGIVING RIDE: A scavenger hunt and race on bicycles to purchase food items for the Bethlehem Inn; followed by an awards ceremony; $20 for food donations; 11 a.m.; GoodLife Brewing Co., 70 S.W. Century Drive, 100-464, Bend; 541322-8768 or NOTABLES SWING BAND: The big band plays swing, blues, Latin, rock ‘n’ roll and waltzes; $5; 2-4 p.m.; Bend Senior Center, 1600 S.E. Reed Market Road; 541-639-7734 or www. SKELETONWITCH: The deathmetal band performs, with Havok; $15; 7 p.m.; The Horned Hand, 507 N.W. Colorado Ave., Bend; 541-7280879 or

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, NOV. 7-11 NATURE OF WORDS: Central Oregon’s premier literary event featuring creative writing competitions, presentations, lectures and author events; Bend; 541-647-2233, info@ or

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, NOV. 9-10 BEE CRAFTY HOLIDAY SHOW: Deschutes County Fair and Expo, Redmond; holiday shopping featuring more than 80 local artisans and crafty designers; benefiting CASA of central Oregon and the Kid’s Center; 1-8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 541539-5655

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 FREAK MOUNTAIN RAMBLERS: The Portland-based Americana group performs; free; 7 p.m.; McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 N.W. Bond St., Bend; 541-3825174 or MONSTER TRUCK NATIONALS: Monster trucks compete in a variety of trick styles; $12 in advance, $15 at the gate; 7:30 p.m., gates open at 5:30 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, Hooker Creek Event Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond;

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY RUN/WALK: Run 5K or walk one mile in honor of the Marine Corps; race begins outside city hall; registration required; proceeds benefit Disabled American Veterans’ Portland shuttle van; $21 with a shirt, $14 without; 9 a.m.; City Hall, 710 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-383-8061 or www. THE CALDECOTT AWARD: Learn about the process and criteria for selecting the annual award recipient; free; 1 p.m.; Downtown Bend Public Library, Brooks Room, 601 N.W. Wall St.; 541-617-7099 or AUDUBON FUNDRAISER: Featuring a membership drive, silent auction, presentations, live music and more; proceeds benefit the East Cascades Audubon Society birding projects; free; 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Bend Senior Center, 1600 S.E. Reed Market Road; 541-317-3086 or FREAK MOUNTAIN RAMBLERS: The Portland-based Americana group performs; free; 7 p.m.; McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 N.W. Bond St., Bend; 541-3825174 or MONSTER TRUCK NATIONALS: Monster trucks compete in a variety of trick styles; $12 in advance, $15 at the gate; 7:30 p.m., gates open at 5:30 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, Hooker Creek Event Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; STACEY EARLE AND MARK STUART: The folk artists perform; $15 suggested donation; 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m.; HarmonyHouse, 17505 Kent Road, Sisters; 541-548-2209. SHARP THREE: The contemporary world jazz act performs; $6; 9:30 p.m., doors open at 8:30 p.m.; Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom, 24 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; 541-388-8331 or

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 BEND VETERANS DAY PARADE: Parade includes marching bands, floats, military vehicles, a flyover and more; free for spectators; 11 a.m.; downtown Bend; 541-480-4516 EMPTY BOWLS: Eleventh annual event features gourmet soup and a selection of artisan bowls,

with live music; proceeds benefit NeighborImpact; $25 or $15 children; 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Central Oregon Community College, Campus Center, 2600 N.W. College Way, Bend; 541-280-0284 or www.

THANKSGIVING DINNER FOR SENIORS: Share a home-cooked meal with senior members of the community; free; noon-5 p.m.; Bend Senior Center, 1600 S.E. Reed Market Road; 541-419-6021.

ROBERT CRAY: The veteran blues star performs; $35-$50 plus fees; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or

SISTERS HOLIDAY CELEBRATION & PARADE: Tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m.; Friday; Christmas parade 2 p.m.; Saturday; 541549-0251 or 866-549-0252


HOLIDAY MARKET VILLAGE: European-style holiday market features seasonal specialties, holiday gifts, distinctive arts and crafts; Centennial Park and downtown Redmond; For info stop by the Redmond Chamber of Commerce or

JIM BRICKMAN: The solo pianist, vocalist and composer performs “On a Winter’s Night”; $44-$73 plus fees; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or www.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15 IN THE MOOD: A 1940s musical revue featuring The String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra, singers and swing dancers; $35-$59 plus fees; 3 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 GALA OF TREES: Champagne, appetizers, plated dinner, silent auction, live auction and dessert dash; a fundraiser for the Assistance League of Bend; Riverhouse Convention Center; 541-350-7321 “SUPERHEROES OF STOKE”: A screening of the Matchstick Productions ski film; $12 plus fees; 6 and 9 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22 BGCCO TURKEY TROT: 5K and 10K races through the Old Mill District and along the Deschutes River; registration required; proceeds benefit Girls on the Run and the Boys & Girls Club of Central Oregon; $9-$25, see website for price details; 9 a.m.; N.W. Skyline Ranch Road; I LIKE PIE FUN RUN: Run or walk 2K, 5K, 10K or 10 miles and eat pie; with a baking contest; registration required; donations benefit NeighborImpact; $5 and five cans of food; 9 a.m.; FootZone, 845 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-749-0540, angela@ or


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24 SISTERS TURKEY TROT: 5K and 10K road races; free, registration required; proceeds benefit Feed the Hungry programs in Deschutes County; non-perishable food donations accepted; 11 a.m.; downtown Sisters;

mond, visit with Santa and live entertainment.; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Deschutes county Fair and Expo Center; 541548-7483 or www.redmondhospice. org. JINGLE BELL RUN/WALK FOR ARTHRITIS : Runners and walkers don holiday costumes for these 5K and fun-run races; proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation; $25, $15 ages 12 and younger; 9:30 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. awards, 11:30 a.m. races start; downtown Bend; 888845-5695 or www.bendjinglebellrun. BEND CHRISTMAS PARADE: Parade theme is “A Picture Perfect Christmas”; free; noon; downtown Bend; 541-388-3879. A VERY LAMB CHOP HOLIDAY: A holiday celebration featuring Shari Lewis’ daughter, Mallory Lewis, with Charlie Horse, Hush Puppy and Lamb Chop; $12, $8 children 12 and younger, plus fees; 6 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or


CIVIL WAR FUNDRAISER: Watch Oregon State University and the University of Oregon football teams play; event also features food and a silent auction; proceeds benefit Chimps Inc.; registration requested; $55; 3 p.m.; Hooker Creek Ranch, 65525 Gerking Market Road, Bend; 541-389-5853 or www.chimps-inc. org.

REDMOND COMMUNITY CONCERT ASSOCIATION PERFORMANCE: Presidio Brass performs original arrangements for brass, piano and percussion; $50 season ticket, $20 students, $105 family ticket; 2 and 6:30 p.m.; Ridgeview High School, 4555 S.W. Elkhorn Ave.; 541350-7222, redmondcca@hotmail. com or

REDMOND STARLIGHT HOLIDAY PARADE: Themed “The Misfit Toys”; free; 5 p.m.; downtown Redmond; 541-923-5191.


NOVEMBER 25-DECEMBER 26 GINGERBREAD JUNCTION: A display of gingerbread houses opens; free; 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunriver Resort; 541-593-4609 or www.sunriverresort. com/gingerbread-junction-sunriver. php.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26 PUNCH BROTHERS: The bluegrass fusion group performs; $25-$50 plus fees; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or

DECEMBER SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 FESTIVAL OF TREES: Decorate a tree to benefit the Hospice of Red-

BRANDI CARLILE: The rootsy singer-songwriter performs a Christmas show; $43 in advance, $48 at the door, plus fees; 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY WALK: Downtown Bend/Old Mill District, first Friday of each month; event includes art exhibit openings, artist talks, live music, wine and food in downtown Bend and the Old Mill District; free; 5-9 p.m.; throughout Bend.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 LA PINE HOLIDAY LIGHTS PARADE & CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: Hundreds of hand-made crafts, lighted vehicles of all sizes sparkle their way through downtown

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La Pine in a holiday atmosphere, Christmas Caroling and Lighting of the Christmas Tree.; free; 5-9 p.m.; downtown La Pine; 541-536-9771 or CENTRAL OREGON MASTERSINGERS: The 40-voice choir presents “A Ceremony of Carols” under the direction of Clyde Thompson; SOLD OUT; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 CENTRAL OREGON MASTERSINGERS: The 40-voice choir presents “A Ceremony of Carols” under the direction of Clyde Thompson; SOLD OUT; 2 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13 CROOKED RIVER RANCH OLDE FASHIONED CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION: Includes visits with Santa, a parade, an illumination of the ranch Christmas tree and more; free; 11 a.m., 3:30 p.m. parade; Crooked River Ranch Administration Building, 5195 S.W. Clubhouse Drive; 541-548-8939.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 SUNRIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra performs classical and Christmas music; $30, $10 ages 18 and younger; 7 p.m.; Sunriver Resort, Homestead Room, 57081 Meadow Road; 541-593-9310, or www.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15 HIGH DESERT CHAMBER MUSIC BENEFIT GALA: Includes live music, dinner and a silent auction; registration recommended; proceeds benefit High Desert Chamber Music programs; $85; 6 p.m.; The Oxford Hotel, 10 N.W. Minnesota Ave., Bend; 541306-3988, or

MONDAY, DECEMBER 17 THE MOSCOW BOYS CHOIR: The 25-voice choir presents a blend of Christmas standards and Russian folk songs; SOLD OUT; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541317-0700 or

JANUARY FRIDAY, JANUARY 4 FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY WALK: Downtown Bend/Old Mill District, first Friday of each month; event includes art exhibit openings, artist talks, live music, wine and food in downtown Bend and the Old Mill District; free; 5-9 p.m.; throughout Bend.

SUNDAY-MONDAY, JANUARY 6-7 CIRQUE ZIVA: A performance of tumbling, balancing and dexterity by the Golden Dragon Acrobats; $27-$40 plus fees; 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541317-0700 or

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19 PAULA POUNDSTONE: The sharp-witted and spontaneous comedian performs; $39 or $49 in advance, $44 or $54 day of show, plus fees; 7:30 p.m., doors open 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541317-0700 or

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24 FROGTOWN: A live multimedia show teaching the values of cultural diversity, with singing and dancing; geared toward elementary-school children; $12, $8 children 12 and younger, plus fees; 6 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-3170700 or


Bend and the Old Mill District; free; 59 p.m.; throughout Bend.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 HOODOO WINTER CARNIVAL: ax throwing, frisbee golf, musical chairs, a three-legged obstacle race, team tube race, hula-hoop contest, fly-athon, pie eating contest, ski javelin throw, archery, snow sculpture, bingo and food; Hoodoo resort; 541822-3799 or

FEBRUARY 11-21 SUNRIVER MONTH OF CHOCOLATE: Cookie decorating, chocolate 5K race, tastings, events and more; Sunriver Resort;

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14 HIGH DESERT CHAMBER MUSIC — CROWN CITY STRING QUARTET: String musicians play selections of chamber music; $35, $10 children and students; 8 p.m.; The Oxford Hotel, 10 N.W. Minnesota Ave., Bend; 541-382-8436, or www.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15-17 BEND WINTERFEST: Winter carnival featuring ice carving, children’s activities, rail jams, live music, beer gardens and more; a portion of the proceeds benefits Saving Grace; event typically requires Winterfest button in advance or at the gate; 5-10 p.m.; Old Mill District;

“FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC”: 3 Leg Torso performs, with a silent auction; proceeds benefit the Summit High School music department; $15 plus fees in advance, $20 at the door; 7 p.m., doors open 6 p.m.; Summit High School, 2855 N.W. Clearwater Drive, Bend; 541-322-3300 or www.

POLAR PLUNGE: Jump into icy water to benefit the Special Olympics; includes costume contest; Riverbend Park;



MASTERS OF MOTOWN: A celebration of Motor City artists and rhythm & blues music, with a live band, singing and dancing; $35-$45 plus fees; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or

FEBRUARY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1 FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY WALK: Downtown Bend/Old Mill District, first Friday of each month; event includes art exhibit openings, artist talks, live music, wine and food in downtown


REDMOND COMMUNITY CONCERT ASSOCIATION PERFORMANCE: Eugene Ballet performs contemporary dance to the music of The Beatles; $50 season ticket, $20 students, $105 family ticket; 2 and 6:30 p.m.; Ridgeview High School, 4555 S.W. Elkhorn Ave.; 541-3507222, or

MARCH FRIDAY, MARCH 1 FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY WALK: Downtown Bend/Old Mill District, first

Friday of each month; event includes art exhibit openings, artist talks, live music, wine and food in downtown Bend and the Old Mill District; free; 5-9 p.m.; throughout Bend.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, MARCH 7-11 CENTRAL OREGON SPORTSMEN’S SHOW: Cutting-edge sports gear, expert demonstrations, kids trout pond, archery, RV/boat sales and more; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center; www.thesportshows. com/coss/.

SUNDAY, MARCH 17 REDMOND COMMUNITY CONCERT ASSOCIATION PERFORMANCE: Liana Forest and her band perform contemporary and classical music; $50 season ticket, $20 students, $105 family ticket; 2 and 6:30 p.m.; Ridgeview High School, 4555 S.W. Elkhorn Ave.; 541-350-7222, or www.

APRIL FRIDAY, APRIL 5 FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY WALK: Downtown Bend/Old Mill District, first Friday of each month; event includes art exhibit openings, artist talks, live music, wine and food in downtown Bend and the Old Mill District; free; 5-9 p.m.; throughout Bend.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 HIGH DESERT CHAMBER MUSIC — HIGHLAND QUARTET: String musicians play selections of chamber music; $35, $10 children and students; 7:30 p.m.; The Oxford Hotel, 10 N.W. Minnesota Ave., Bend; 541-382-8436, or

SUNDAY, APRIL 14 REDMOND COMMUNITY CONCERT ASSOCIATION PERFORMANCE: Jesse Cook performs rumba-flamenco music; $50 season ticket, $20 students, $105 family ticket; 2 and 6:30 p.m.; Ridgeview High School, 4555 S.W. Elkhorn Ave.; 541350-7222, redmondcca@hotmail. com or For additional calendar information, visit

Deschutes County

Fair & Expo Center 2012/2013 Event Calendar

TO U R N A M E N T S | M OTO R S P O RT S | T R A D E S H O W S | B A N Q U E T S | C O N C E RT S

OCTOBER 13...................The Heart Campaign 26-28 ............Cascade Spectacular 27-28 ............Alpaca Breeders Invitational


2-3 .................Snowflake Boutique 2-3 .................Columbia River Rodeo Circuit Finals 9-10...............Monster Truck Nationals 9-10...............BeeCrafty Holiday Show 10...................Oregon Trail Gun Show 16-18 ............Holiday Food & Gift Festival


1-10 ...............Central Oregon Sportsmen’s Show 15-16.............Monster X-Tour 29-30 ............CO High School Equestrian

DECEMBER 1 .....................Hospice Festival of Trees


JANUARY 18-20 ............Oregon Wrestling Classic


13-14 ............High Desert Green Industry Conference 15-16.............Northwest Arena Cross 23...................Oregon Hunters Assoc. Banquet 23-24 ............Oregon Trail Gun Show 23-24 ............CO High School Equestrian

6-7 .................Clinton Anderson Walkabout Tour 12-14.............USA BMX Great NW Nationals 13...................Rocky Mtn. Elk Foundation Banquet 19-20 ............CO High School Equestrian 20...................Master Gardener’s Spring Gardening Seminar 25...................Redmond Chamber of Commerce Business Expo 26-27 ............Professional Rough Stock Series 27-28 ............Oregon Gold Horse Show

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106 full service sites available and 10 tent sites available

State-of-the-art RV Park, accommodating visitors and participants to the many events held on the grounds each year. The RV Park is made up of 106 full-hookup campsites that include power, sewer, water and concrete RV pads. Ten tent sites that include power and water are also available. The sites are open to the public year-round, offering gorgeous mountain views. A park office attendant will be on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The park also offers a full laundry room, shower facilities, and a media room. The cost for each site is $32 (+ applicable tax) per night. For reservations, call 541-548-2711, ext. 7949.

we really can do it all. Less than a mile from the Redmond Airport and just 13 miles north of Bend, the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center, featuring the 7,800-seat “Hooker Creek Event Center”, is the perfect setting for everything from large meetings and conventions to concerts, rodeos, trade shows, and athletic events.

Neighboring the conference facilities, the spacious Hooker Creek Event Center is the finest performing arts center and conference facility east of the Cascades. 1-866-800-EXPO • • 541-548-2711 • FAX: 541-923-1652

109 Ways to Discover Central Oregon  

The 2012-13 version of our annual fall and winter visitors guide featuring 109 ways to enjoy and explore the Central Oregon region.