Community Calendar

The KPOV Community Calendar is a way to keep up with events in our community.  The Calendar airs on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10AM, 3PM, and 8PM.

You can also read the week’s events at any time, here on our website!

To submit events for the KPOV community calendar, please email the date, time, and details to events@kpov.org at least two weeks in advance.  (You can also submit it here for inclusion in our community announcement file for DJs to read.)

The calendar crew:

Writer: Randy Harano
Monday voice: Brian Johnson
Wednesday voice: Randy Harano
Friday voice: Toni Colotte

 

 

October 16 – 22, 2017

Monday October 16

Gift of Life
You can give the gift of life to someone in need. Donate blood or platelets 11:00am to 5:30pm at Bend Blood Donation Center or 10:00am to 3:00pm at Gilchrist High School. Info: http://www.redcrossblood.org

Sing with the Sweet Adelines!
The Central Oregon Showcase Singers (Sweet Adelines) are looking for singers! Learn barbershop-style holiday tunes, old and new. Rehearsals weekly, 6:30pm at the Redmond Senior Center in preparation for our Holiday Show. Info: (541) 639-8944

Community Orchestra of Central Oregon Rehearsals
Mondays, 6:30pm at Mt. View High COCO welcomes all musicians to come have fun with us. A variety of players. A variety of music. No auditions. Info: 541-306-6768, methowtraveller@yahoo.com

Refuge Recovery Meeting
Refuge Recovery is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy and meditation as the foundation of the recovery process. 4:30pm at Wren and Wild it draws inspiration from the core teachings of the Four Noble Truths as a means for overcoming addiction. Info: 541-233-6252

Molly Carroll Book Launch & Signing
Local author Molly Carroll shares her new book, Trust Within, Letting Intuition Lead. Molly will be signing and reading from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Unitarian Fellowship. Free. Info: 541-333-3993

Morning Yoga
Join Outside In every Monday morning at 8:45am for free all levels Hatha or Vinyasa yoga. No experience necessary, mats are available for use. Info: katie@outsideinbend.com, 541-317-3569

Art in the Sisters Library
In the Community Room of the Sisters Library, The Central Oregon Spinners and Weavers Guild will be displaying their members’ fiber art. In the Computer Room, Quilts for Kids, a group of quilters that make and donate children’s quilts for kids in need, will be exhibiting some of the quilts they have put together for this year’s donations.

Tuesday October 17

What Is the Meaning of Life?
6:00pm at the Downtown Bend Library explore the psychology behind why humans may believe in ghosts, the afterlife, or other mysterious aspects of life. This presentation, led by COCC’s Dr. Andria Woodell, will explore some of the psychology behind why humans may believe in ghosts, the afterlife, or simply have an overall curiosity to generate explanations for the chaotic and sometimes mysterious aspects of life. Info: https://www.deschuteslibrary.org/calendar/event/43596

Gift of Life
You can give the gift of life to someone in need. Donate blood 1:30pm to 6:30pm at Bend Blood Donation Center or 11:00am to 4:30pm at LDS Redmond. Info: http://www.redcrossblood.org

Open Computer Lab
Practice computer skills! Problem-solve with staff! Find answers to your e-reader questions! Free and open to the public 10:00am to 12:00pm at the Sisters Library and 1:30pm to 3:00pm at the Redmond Library. Use a library laptop or bring your own. No registration required. Info: https://www.deschuteslibrary.org/

SCORE Small Business Counseling
Avoid time-consuming and costly mistakes by learning from someone who has “been there, done that.” SCORE business counselors will be available from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Downtown Bend Library for free one-on-one small business counseling. Individuals who operate or wish to start small businesses can discuss business planning, organization and start-up, finance, marketing and other critical business issues with SCORE volunteers in private, confidential sessions. No appointment necessary. Info: https://www.deschuteslibrary.org/

Voting Records
10:00am at Williamson Hall, Bend Genealogical Society presents, Pam Vestal, professional genealogist. She will discuss voting records, often-overlooked gems that can be packed with genealogical information. Are you wondering when and where your ancestor became a citizen, or his/her date of birth? Voting records may have the answer. Info: http://www.orgenweb.org/deschutes/bend-gs/

Awesome Bend Pitch Night
Do you have a $1,000 idea? Live crowdfunding for community good! Finalists give 3-minute pitches and vie for $1,000 to do something that makes Bend more awesome. 6:00pm at The Summit Saloon and Stage for a free, feel-good evening of ideas and inspiration. Info: 541-389-5599

Redmond Mothers of Preschoolers
The third Tuesday of every month Redmond Mothers of Preschoolers is a great place to make new friends, get encouragement, and know that you’re not alone in this wonderful journey of motherhood! 9:00am to 11:00am at Community Presbyterian Church there are short inspirational videos, fun crafts/activities, exciting speakers and time for connection. Free. Info: 541-548-3367

Understanding Transgender Children and Teens
6:00pm at High Lakes Elementary School join gender education specialist Aidan Key in examining the topic of gender diversity in children and teens, the challenges faced by these children, youth and their families, exploring current research and identifying the best approaches for creating an inclusive, supportive environment. Info: engelfrancie@gmail.com, 541-610-9540

Wednesday October 18

Senior Day
Visitors 65 years and older are invited to enjoy the High Desert Museum for free on this day of special programs. Open 9:00am to 5:00pm. Info: https://www.highdesertmuseum.org/events/senior-day-2/

Gift of Life
You can give the gift of life to someone in need. Donate blood or platelets 11:00am to 4:00pm at Bend Blood Donation Center or 12:00pm to 5:00pm at United Methodist Church Madras. Info: http://www.redcrossblood.org

How to Get Started with Social Media
Join local SCORE mentors for How to Get Started with Social Media for Your Small Business from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Downtown Bend Library. Learn the basic steps of when and how to use social media to promote your business. Review the key concepts of social media marketing and select the top 2 or 3 tools to focus on. Registration required 541-617-7080

Speak Up for Animals
There’s a lot happening in Washington these days that affects animals. 5:30pm at The Environmental Center join the Oregon State Director for The Humane Society of the United States to learn how you can turn your compassion for animals into effective action! Info:https://www.facebook.com/events/170641646816601

Light to the World
7:00pm at Trinity Episcopal Church the Interfaith Network of Central Oregon (INCO) will join with the Central Oregon Bahá’í community in hosting the initial showing of the film “Light to the World” which was specifically produced for this occasion. Through narration and a series of brief contributions by people in diverse settings across the world, the film describes aspects of the life and teachings of Bahá’u’lláh and illustrates how his message is effecting a transformation in the lives of individuals and communities. Info: www.interfaithnetworkco.org

Lawyer in the Library
From 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Downtown Bend Library you can have a free 30 minute consultation with a local lawyer. Info: https://www.deschuteslibrary.org/

Central Oregon Fire Season in Review
6:00pm at Broken Top Bottle Shop join Oregon Wild for a wildfire season review. Alison Dean, the Fire Effects Monitoring Coordinator for the Forest Service and BLM will present on local fires, fire ecology and behavior, the contributing factors affecting fire season and what’s next. Free. Info: www.oregonwild.org/events/wildfire-central-oregon-season-review

Fall Colors Walk
Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Carol Moorehead at 10:00am to explore the Land Trust’s newest Preserve, Willow Springs! Enjoy the display of fall color put on by the aspen groves and cottonwood trees on the property. Learn more about the Land Trust’s vision for the Preserve including how we will work to improve habitat for fish and wildlife. Registration is required https://www.deschuteslandtrust.org

Lunch & Learn
Join them at noon in the Bend Senior Center for the Lunch and Learn program, “How Do You Run a National Park Without Computers?” by Michael Thornton. Feed your body and your mind as he shares his knowledge. Bring your lunch; dessert and coffee are provided. Info: brenda@bendparksandrec.org, 541-388-1133

Redmond Municipal Airport Open House
The Redmond Municipal Airport Open House is from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Under discussion is the airport’s proposed master plan for future growth and development. Info: 541-504-3499

Fall Ponderosa Seedling Sale
The Fall Ponderosa Seedling Sale is from 10:00am to 4:00pm through Sunday at Sunriver Nature Center. Seedlings will be available in various sizes and prices with detailed planting instructions and special tips. Proceeds support local schools participating in Project Ponderosa and the Sunriver Nature Center. Info: www.bit.ly/PonderosaPines

Thursday October 19

Not In Our Town: Class Actions
Not In Our Town: Class Actions, 4:00pm at COCC Boyle Education Center, profiles students and community members who are creating change in the wake of racism, anti-Semitism, and the traumatic consequences of bullying. Sponsored by COCC’s Jewish Club. Info: https://www.cocc.edu/home/whats-new/%E2%80%9Cnot-in-our-town–class-actions%E2%80%9D-film/

Gift of Life
You can give the gift of life to someone in need. Donate platelets 10:30am to 5:00pm at Bend Blood Donation Center. Info: http://www.redcrossblood.org

Fall Night Sky Viewing
Enjoy Star Gazing at The Old Mill in Bend where you’ll learn about the night sky through telescope viewing and a constellation tour presented by The Oregon Observatory. Meet the staff from the Observatory on the footbridge in Center Plaza near Anthony’s at 8:00pm. For more information visit: www.bit.ly/BendStarGazing

Wild and Scenic Rivers
Award-winning author and photographer Tim Palmer showcases some of the 160 spectacular photos from his latest book, Wild and Scenic Rivers: America’s Legacy. 6:30pm at Trinity Episcopal Church Tim will highlight the world’s premier system for the protection of natural rivers and delve into the history and essential policies of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Info: http://oregon.sierraclub.org/groups/juniper/

Temple Beth Tikvah Presents Author Daniel Cohen
Daniel Cohen will share the story of his book Single Handed to the community, 7:00pm at St. Charles Event Hall. It is the amazing story of Tibor Rubin, the only Holocaust survivor to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. Temple Beth Tikvah is proud to donate all the proceeds to the Jewish communities of Central Oregon. RSVP/Tickets: http://bethtikvahbend.org/index.php/give/fundraising/single-handed-tickets

Birding Brazil
Marilynne and John Keyser’s numerous bird trips to Brazil have taken them to diverse ecosystems. Their program, 6:30pm at The Environmental Center, will explore not only Brazil’s spectacular birds, but will also feature the habitats and the large mammals of the country’s temperate zone. Free. Info: 503-432-5688

Fall Colors Hike
Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Mary Crow at 10:00am to explore the fall colors at Rimrock Ranch, a spectacular private ranch near Sisters. See unique rock formations, walk along the banks of the willow and cottonwood lined creek turned gold for the season, and learn about the ranch’s ecology and conservation. Find out how the Land Trust is working to restore Whychus Creek, and the future plans for Rimrock Ranch. Registration is required https://www.deschuteslandtrust.org

Fall Ponderosa Seedling Sale
The Fall Ponderosa Seedling Sale is from 10:00am to 4:00pm through Sunday at Sunriver Nature Center. Seedlings will be available in various sizes and prices with detailed planting instructions and special tips. Proceeds support local schools participating in Project Ponderosa and the Sunriver Nature Center. Info: www.bit.ly/PonderosaPines

Friday October 20

Gift of Life
You can give the gift of life to someone in need. Donate blood or platelets 7:00am to 1:30pm at Bend Blood Donation Center or blood 12:00pm to 5:00pm at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, or 12:00pm to 5:00pm at First Baptist Church Prineville. Info: http://www.redcrossblood.org

Science Fridays
The Children’s Museum of Central Oregon hosts an after-school, drop-in science hour for grades K-5. Explore a new topic each week by conducting investigations, designing and recording experiments and witnessing awesome demos. Join us and expand your science horizons! Info: 541-639-9112

Community Healing Flow
Community Healing Flow is a gentle flow class by donation with all proceeds benefiting the Humane Society of Central Oregon. Info: 541-322-9642

Author Presentations
6:30pm at Roundabout Books Linda Atwell will share her memoir, Loving Lindsey: Raising a Daughter with Special Needs and Bendite, Laurie Buchanan, will present, A Note to Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth. Info: cassie@roundaboutbookshop.com, 541-306-6564

Archaeology Series: Erin Woodard
7:00pm at Smith Rock State Park Erin Woodard, Bureau of Land Management staff archaeologist of the Prineville District, presents “Challenges and Solutions to Preserving Rock Art in Central Oregon.” Info: 541-923-7551 ext. 21

Fall Ponderosa Seedling Sale
The Fall Ponderosa Seedling Sale is from 10:00am to 4:00pm through Sunday at Sunriver Nature Center. Seedlings will be available in various sizes and prices with detailed planting instructions and special tips. Proceeds support local schools participating in Project Ponderosa and the Sunriver Nature Center. Info: www.bit.ly/PonderosaPines

Saturday October 21

Gift of Life
You can give the gift of life to someone in need. Donate platelets 7:00am to 1:30pm at Bend Blood Donation. Info: http://www.redcrossblood.org

Celebration of Oregon Equal Pay Act
The Bend Branch of the American Association of University Women will meet at the Sisters Library from 10:30am to 2:00pm in celebration of the passing of the Oregon Equal Pay Act. In the past, women have made a lesser wage for equal work as compared to men, which is now to be remedied by the passage of this great legislation in Oregon. The interested public is invited to join in this celebration. Reservations should be called or emailed in by Oct. 12, to theresa121@comcast.net, or 541-967-9516

Know Death- Death in the Short Story
Writers in all genres have explored the anticipation and experience of death—their own and the deaths of others. 1:00pm at the Sunriver Library Annemarie Hamlin explores how authors have used death to shape the American short story. Info: https://www.deschuteslibrary.org/

Community Listening Project
The three part Community Listening Project is designed to encourage empathy and understanding. 2:30pm at the East Bend Library we will use open ended questions, quotes, and poetry to write, speak, and deeply listen to each other to encourage empathy and understanding across our cultural divides. Info: https://www.deschuteslibrary.org/

OSU-Cascades’ Graduate Open House
Individuals interested in seeking a master’s degree in teaching, counseling or creative writing are invited to attend OSU-Cascades’ Graduate Open House. 11:00am to 2:00pm at the OSU-Cascades Graduate and Research Center. Admissions representatives, program faculty, academic advisors and current students will be available to discuss the graduate programs’ curriculum, application requirements and deadlines, and financial aid. Info: 541-322-3118

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience and mutual support, are recovering from the disease of food addiction. 9:00am at Bend Church of the Nazarene. Based on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Free. Info: 831-435-0680

Fungi Fest and Mushroom Show
10:00am to 2:00pm at Sunriver Nature Center the Central Oregon Mushroom Club is teaming-up with the Sunriver Nature Center to present the first Central Oregon Fungi Festival and Mushroom Show. This family-friendly event will feature a mushroom showcase, guided walks, children’s activities, educational stations and more. Info: 541-593-4394

Fall Colors Walk
Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Jane Meissner at 2:00pm for a tour of one of our newer Preserves: Aspen Hollow. Enjoy the display of fall color put on by the aspen groves on the property. Learn more about the Land Trust’s vision for the Preserve including how we will work to improve habitat for fish and wildlife. Registration is required https://www.deschuteslandtrust.org

Oktoberfest in La Pine
La Pine’s 1st Annual Oktoberfest will be from 12:00pm to 6:00pm at Rosland Park Pavillion (unless there is adverse weather, then it will happen inside at the La Pine Community Center) MUSIC, LAUGHS, FUN for ALL will be the goal of the evening! The community of La Pine knows how to have fun!! Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/154627965119687/

Fall Ponderosa Seedling Sale
The Fall Ponderosa Seedling Sale is from 10:00am to 4:00pm through Sunday at Sunriver Nature Center. Seedlings will be available in various sizes and prices with detailed planting instructions and special tips. Proceeds support local schools participating in Project Ponderosa and the Sunriver Nature Center. Info: www.bit.ly/PonderosaPines

Sunday October 22

Gift of Life
You can give the gift of life to someone in need. Donate platelets 7:00am to 1:30pm at Bend Blood Donation Center. Info: http://www.redcrossblood.org

Walk to End Alzheimer’s Central Oregon
Rescheduled due to poor air quality. Registration begins at 10:00am and the Walk will start at 11:00am in Riverbend Park. Together, we can advance research to treat and prevent Alzheimer’s, and provide programs and support to improve the lives of millions of affected Americans. By donation. Info: http://act.alz.org

Fall Colors Walk
Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Martha Lussenhop at 10:00am for a fall hike at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Explore this historic meadow while taking in the beautiful fall colors of aspen and cottonwood. Learn about the ecology of the meadow, and how the Land Trust has worked to restore it for fish and wildlife. Registration is required https://www.deschuteslandtrust.org/

Fall Ponderosa Seedling Sale
The Fall Ponderosa Seedling Sale is from 10:00am to 4:00pm at Sunriver Nature Center. Seedlings will be available in various sizes and prices with detailed planting instructions and special tips. Proceeds support local schools participating in Project Ponderosa and the Sunriver Nature Center. Info: www.bit.ly/PonderosaPines

 

October 23 – 29, 2017

Monday October 23

Gift of Life
You can give the gift of life to someone in need. Donate blood or platelets 11:00am to 5:30pm at Bend Blood Donation Center or blood 12:00pm to 6:00pm at Grange 812 or 12:00pm to 5:00pm at Grocery Outlet. Info: http://www.redcrossblood.org

Sing with the Sweet Adelines!
The Central Oregon Showcase Singers (Sweet Adelines) are looking for singers! Learn barbershop-style holiday tunes, old and new. Rehearses weekly, 6:30pm at the Redmond Senior Center in preparation for our Holiday Show. Info: (541) 639-8944

Community Orchestra of Central Oregon Rehearsals
Mondays, 6:30pm at Mt. View High COCO welcomes all musicians to come have fun with us. A variety of players. A variety of music. No auditions. Info: 541-306-6768, methowtraveller@yahoo.com

Board Fair
Are you looking for a way to get involved in your community and really make a difference? There is no better way than to be on the board of a local non-profit. 4:00pm to 5:30pm at Deschutes Brewery Pub you can get an insider’s look. Volunteer Central Oregon is hosting our region’s sixth annual Board Fair. You’ll have a chance to meet with 22 of the area’s top nonprofits, in a lively “speed-dating” environment, at this free event. Info: betsy@betsywarriner.com, 541-280-5757

Refuge Recovery Meeting
Refuge Recovery is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy and meditation as the foundation of the recovery process. 4:30pm at Wren and Wild it draws inspiration from the core teachings of the Four Noble Truths as a means for overcoming addiction. Info: 541-233-6252

Advancing Equity & Inclusion In Our Daily Work
Equity and inclusion are both a moral imperative and good for nonprofit business and our society. Nonprofits are stronger when every board and staff member takes action in this direction. In this workshop, 8:30am at Redmond Center For Technology Education, participants will: Get an overview of the effective NAO DE&I Framework. Registration required https://nonprofitoregon.org/civicrm/event/register?id=2947&reset=1

Red and Green Salsa Class
Join OSU Extension at the Red and Green Salsa public workshop to learn how to make safe, canned salsas! Participants will have fun learning about and making Tomatillo and Spicy Cranberry Salsas from up-to-date, tested recipes. The Red and Green Salsa public workshop is at the OSU Extension office on Wednesday but you must register by Monday. Call 541-548-6088

Back to the Future: Historic Fishery of the Upper Deschutes
The Upper Deschutes River was once known throughout the world as a blue-ribbon fishery. Today, it is a mere shadow of its former self. 6:30pm at the Downtown Bend Library learn about the fishery that was, and that could be again. Free. Info: 503-961-4528

Tuesday October 24

Gift of Life
You can give the gift of life to someone in need. Donate blood 1:00pm to 6:00pm at Bend Blood Donation Center, 12:00pm to 6:00pm at Shiloh Ranch Cowboy Church, or 10:00am to 3:00pm at Microsemi. Info: http://www.redcrossblood.org

Open Computer Lab
Practice computer skills! Problem-solve with staff! Find answers to your e-reader questions! Free and open to the public 10:00am to 12:00pm at the Sisters Library and 1:30pm to 3:00pm at the Redmond Library. Use a library laptop or bring your own. No registration required. Info: https://www.deschuteslibrary.org/

SCORE Small Business Counseling
Avoid time-consuming and costly mistakes by learning from someone who has “been there, done that.” SCORE business counselors will be available from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Downtown Bend Library for free one-on-one small business counseling. Individuals who operate or wish to start small businesses can discuss business planning, organization and start-up, finance, marketing and other critical business issues with SCORE volunteers in private, confidential sessions. No appointment necessary. Info: https://www.deschuteslibrary.org/

Stop Pacific Connector Pipeline
Learn about the Pacific Connector gas pipeline by watching a film by the Klamath Nation and Rogue Climate 6:00pm at the Downtown Bend Library. With no confirmed markets, the proposed project would threaten sacred tribal and burial lands, more than 400 rivers and streams and declare eminent domain affecting more than 300 landowners for the benefit of a foreign corporation. Engaging discussion and simple actions following the film. Info: https://actionnetwork.org

BMC Walk With a Doc
Take a STEP to Better Health. Walking for as little as 30 minutes a day can reduce your risk of certain diseases. 7:00am at Riverbend Park join a BMC provider and other people in the community looking to improve their health. Free. Info: https://www.bendmemorialclinic.com

Tai Chi
A free Tai Chi for health class, 9:30am at Trinity Episcopal Church, is open to the Bend community. Focusing on gentle movement, balance and coordination. This ongoing class teaches alignment, standing relaxation and mental awareness progressing into the greater depth of internal energy and movement. Info: 541-548-1086

Tour City Water Facilities
From 2:00pm to 3:00pm you can take a tour of the Utility Department Water Filtration Facility. Visitors will learn where water comes from and the journey it takes to get to homes. Info: https://www.bendoregon.gov

Smith Rock State Park
5:30pm at the Bend Parks and Rec. Riverbend Community room the state will hold a second round of public meetings for the Smith Rock State Park planning process. Info: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/PLANS/Pages/Smith-Rock-SP.aspx

Nonfiction Book Club
6:00pm at Roundabout Book it’s the Evening Nonfiction Book Club. They will discuss Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen. Info: http://www.roundaboutbookshop.com

Wednesday October 25

Energy Challenge Week Kickoff
6:30pm at the Old Stone learn about the Energy Challenge Week at the kickoff event. Hear why the Skidmore family is committed to helping our community leave a healthy climate for future generations, what is already happening in the building industry in Central Oregon, and how you can make a difference, starting in your very own home. Info: https://tinyurl.com/y8hqrwdk

Not In Our Town: Class Actions
Not In Our Town: Class Actions, 12:00pm at COCC Redmond, profiles students and community members who are creating change in the wake of racism, anti-Semitism, and the traumatic consequences of bullying. Sponsored by COCC’s Jewish Club. Info: https://www.cocc.edu/home/whats-new/%E2%80%9Cnot-in-our-town–class-actions%E2%80%9D-film(1)/

Author! Author!
7:00pm at Bend High hear Michael Chabon the author of eight novels as well as two short story collections, two essay collections and a young adult novel. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001 for his book The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. His novel Wonder Boys was made into a film. Info: https://www.deschuteslibrary.org/

Gift of Life
You can give the gift of life to someone in need. Donate platelets 11:00am to 5:30pm at Bend Platelet Donation Center or blood 9:00am to 3:00pm at Bend Memorial Clinic or 11:00am to 4:00pm at Bend Blood Donation Center. Info: http://www.redcrossblood.org

Lawyer in the Library
In collaboration with the Deschutes County Access to Justice Committee, the Downtown Bend Library now offers Lawyer in the Library from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. This program provides a 30-minute consultation with an attorney offering general legal information or referrals to public agencies, legal service providers, or the lawyer referral service. Info: https://www.deschuteslibrary.org/

High School Open House
From 4:30pm to 6:00pm you can learn about Cascades Academy and the new, high-school wing and IDEA (Innovation, Design, Engineering and Art) Lab. Make a project in the IDEA Lab and enjoy a taco from the Parrilla Food Truck. Free. Info: 541.382.0699

Lunch & Learn
Noon at the Bend Senior Center it’s Lunch and Learn, “Images of America: Deschutes National Forest” by Les Joslin. Feed your body and your mind as this local expert shares his knowledge about issues important to you. Bring your lunch; dessert and coffee are on us. Info: brenda@bendparksandrec.org, 541-388-1133

Smith Rock State Park
5:30pm at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center the state will hold a second round of public meetings for the Smith Rock State Park planning process. Info: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/PLANS/Pages/Smith-Rock-SP.aspx

Thursday October 26

Gift of Life
You can give the gift of life to someone in need. Donate platelets 10:30am to 5:00pm or blood 12:00pm to 6:00pm at Bend Blood Donation Center, 1:00pm to 6:00pm at LDS Mountain View, or 10:00am to 3:00pm at First Presbyterian Church Bend. Info: http://www.redcrossblood.org

Discover Soroptimist
If you would like to be part of a women’s service organization that works with its hands and heart to improve the lives of women and children, come join Soroptimist from noon to 1:30pm at the Deschutes Historical Museum. Join women helping other women and girls be stronger, more educated and economically empowered. Info: www.sibend.org

Tai Chi
A free Tai Chi for health class, 9:30am at Trinity Episcopal Church, is open to the Bend community. Focusing on gentle movement, balance and coordination. This ongoing class teaches alignment, standing relaxation and mental awareness progressing into the greater depth of internal energy and movement. Info: 541-548-1086

Socrates Cafe Group
The Second and Fourth Thursday of every month from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe you can meet people from different backgrounds. Get together and exchange thoughtful ideas and experiences while embracing the Socratic Method. Open to all comers. Free. Info: 541-749-2010

Friday October 27

Gift of Life
You can give the gift of life to someone in need. Donate blood or platelets 7:00am to 1:30pm at Bend Blood Donation Center, blood 8:30am to 11:30am at St Charles Medical Center Redmond. Info: http://www.redcrossblood.org

Fall Night Sky Viewing
Enjoy Star Gazing at The Old Mill in Bend where you’ll learn about the night sky through telescope viewing and a constellation tour presented by The Oregon Observatory. Meet the staff from the Observatory on the footbridge in Center Plaza near Anthony’s at 8:00pm. For more information visit: www.bit.ly/BendStarGazing

Science Fridays
The Children’s Museum of Central Oregon hosts an after-school, drop-in science hour for grades K-5. Explore a new topic each week by conducting investigations, designing and recording experiments and witnessing awesome demos. Join us and expand your science horizons! Info: 541-639-9112

Downtown Walking Tour
10:00am on Fridays and Saturdays you can learn a bit of the past as well as the ins-and-outs and hotspots of present-day Bend and Central Oregon on this walking tour of historic downtown. Advance reservations required. Free. Info: 541-382-8048

Grief Counseling
Whether from death, divorce, illness, abandonment, conflict or feelings of loneliness, we all live with grief. Come as you are, in joy or sorrow. We are here to hold you in love. No appointment necessary, walk-ins welcome 11:00am to 1:00pm at Good Grief Guidance. Free. Info: 541-647-7915

Pints for Pits
5:00pm to 10:00pm at Broken Top Bottle Shop celebrate pit bull awareness month at Pints for Pits with live music by Tone Red, a silent auction and raffle! All proceeds from the silent auction, raffle, and Elysian keg benefit the Bend Spay and Neuter Project’s pit bull program. Free. Info: 541-728-0703

Spirits of Camp Polk Meadow
Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Kelly Madden at 4:00pm for a twilight visit with the spirits of Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Learn about this culturally rich meadow, home to one of the earliest settlements in Central Oregon, while listening to the stories of the ghosts who once lived in the area. Info: https://www.deschuteslandtrust.org

Archaeology Series: Wilson Wewa
7:00pm at Smith Rock State Park Wilson Wewa, Northern Paiute historian and Warm Springs Tribal member, presents “Archaeological Preservation Issues Along the Owyhee River.” Info: http://oregonstateparks.org/

Saturday October 28

Death, Dying and Great Compassion in Buddhism
In Buddhism, death and dying are part of the larger cycle of life. At the same time, in the depths of the life of the self, in the oneness of reality, there is also understood to be a great compassion that goes beyond life and death. 2:00pm at the Sisters Library we will explore these two levels of reality; death, dying, and grief within the cycle of life; and the oneness of great compassion beyond life and death. This program is presented by Mark Unno, Associate Professor of Japanese Buddhism at the University of Oregon. Info: https://www.deschuteslibrary.org/calendar/event/43596

Tales of Hallows’ Eve
6:00pm to 8:00pm at the High Desert Museum it’s a Halloween party like you’ve never seen! Live animals appear during dramatic readings of cautionary tales. Dare to enter into the haunted Spirit of the West exhibit. Family fun for all ages. Costumes encouraged! Info: https://www.highdesertmuseum.org/events/tales-hallows-eve/

Gift of Life
You can give the gift of life to someone in need. Donate platelets 7:00am to 1:30pm at Bend Platelet Donation Center. Info: http://www.redcrossblood.org

Internet Genealogy
10:30am at the Redmond Library Ann Amdori, a Family History Consultant with the Redmond Family History Center, takes you on a journey through a few of the many wonderful, free, online Genealogy resources. From vital records, to newspapers, to books, to land records, there is a wealth of information online just waiting for you to find. Registration requested: https://www.deschuteslibrary.org

Fake News and Information Literacy
The Internet has become the wild west of information. Anyone can say anything online and they do! How can you ensure you’re finding and sharing real and reliable information? 3:00pm at the Redmond Library we will discuss why fake news has become so prevalent online and share tips from research experts on how to separate the good, the bad and the ugly of online information using real examples. Registration requested. Info: https://www.deschuteslibrary.org

Downtown Bend Trick-or-Treating
Bring the family Downtown from 1:00pm to 3:00pm for Trick-or-Treating, pumpkin painting, a costume contest and more! 100% Free and open to the public. We can’t wait to see you there! Info: www.downtownbend.org

Batacular
The Deschutes National Forest is partnering with Discover Your Forest to host “Batacular,” a day of fun bat activities for kids and adults from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Participants will learn about bats while enjoying themselves at various fun activity stations. This family friendly event will be held at the Deschutes National Forest headquarters at 63095 Deschutes Market Road. The event is free, open to the public and Halloween costumes are welcomed, take a wike down the fashion “Batwalk” and win a prize for your costume! Info: http://discoveryourforest.org/event/batacular-2/

Sunday October 29

Death, Dying and Great Compassion in Buddhism
In Buddhism, death and dying are part of the larger cycle of life. At the same time, in the depths of the life of the self, in the oneness of reality, there is also understood to be a great compassion that goes beyond life and death. 1:00pm at the Downtown Bend Library we will explore these two levels of reality; death, dying, and grief within the cycle of life; and the oneness of great compassion beyond life and death. This program is presented by Mark Unno, Associate Professor of Japanese Buddhism at the University of Oregon. Info: https://www.deschuteslibrary.org/calendar/event/43656

Gift of Life
You can give the gift of life to someone in need. Donate platelets 7:00am to 1:30pm at Bend Platelet Donation Center. Info: http://www.redcrossblood.org

NaNoWriMo
National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo is a creative writing project aimed at getting people of all ages to try to write 50,000 words by the end of November. A prep session will take place at the Downtown Bend Library at 3:30 p.m. Info: https://www.deschuteslibrary.org

Geology Hike
Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Derek Loeb at 9:00am for a geology hike at Whychus Canyon Preserve. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Cascade crest while learning about the forces of nature that formed the cliffs surrounding Whychus Creek. Explore ancient juniper groves and native grasslands. Registration is required https://www.deschuteslandtrust.org

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