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thursday 26 & friday 27

Thanksgiving Day Runs

TROT—Take your pick of the Thanksgiving Day runs happening around Bend before gorging later in the day. Remember to bring a donation of canned goods as these runs/walks benefit various nonprofits in the community. I Like Pie Run, 9 am. Riverfront Plaza, 875 NW Brooks St. $5 and 5lbs of food. Sunriver Resort Turkey Trot, 10 am. 17600 Center Dr., Sunriver. $30. Bend Thanksgiving Classic, 9 am. Powerhouse Drive. $40-$55.

friday 27

Santa Arrives by Helicopter

CHRISTMAS—Rudolph, Prancer, and Dancer are resting up for the big night, only a month away from now, therefore jolly old Saint Nicholas will arrive via helicopter to thrill children and adults at SantaLand in the Old Mill District. Sit on Santa's lap and ask for that Xbox One you've been eyeing. 10 am. Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr. Free.

friday 27

Civil War Fundraiser

FOOTBALL—Duck and Beaver fans can cheer on their favorite team, all while supporting Chimps Inc., a non-profit that provides a sanctuary to seven captive chimpanzees and also two lynx. Watch the Civil War game in the heated indoor arena near the sanctuary, participate in a silent auction, tour the facility before the game, and enjoy food plus drinks. 11:45 am. Hooker Creek Ranch, 65525 Gerking Market Rd. $55 single, $650 table of 10.

friday 27

Dyslexic Prophets

ROCK SHOW—With their mash-up of acoustic and good old-fashioned rock, Dyslexic Prophets will predict the future and that future is high energy shows, great music, and a sweaty, dancing jamboree of fun. A perfect fit for the venue and the delicious beers that are flowing. 5 pm. Crux Fermentation Project, 50 SW Division St. No cover.

friday 27

Grand Illumination

WINTER WONDERLAND—Sunriver basically builds the North Pole right next to the resort lodge, so bring the kids and look at the amazing light show, complete with live entertainment, and PONY RIDES!!!!!! The tree lighting is always something to behold. 1:30-7:30 pm. Sunriver Resort, 17600 Center Dr. Free.

saturday 28

Jacob Miller & The Bridge City Crooners

JAZZ—These folks don't just play jazz, they play HOT JAZZ, a combination of '20s and '30s jazz, country blues, western swing, and ragtime to make a dance party unlike any other. Bring your best gal or fella and get a Lindy hop going (or at least some West Coast swing). 9 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $8-$10.

saturday 28

Sisters Christmas Parade

PARADE—The theme this year is "Red, White, and Blue" as a tribute to the military who are away from home for Christmas. There will be floats, marchers and Santa, so be sure to arrive with all of your holiday spirit intact and be ready to share it with your fellow Central Oregonians. 2 pm. Sisters, Main Ave. Free.

saturday 28

Downtown Bend Christmas Tree Lighting

HOLIDAY—Local choirs will help kick off the tree lighting event in Drake Park. Bring the whole family to catch Santa light the tree and then hang out with him after the event. Experience this Bend annual holiday tradition. 6 pm. Top of Drake Park, 834 NW Brooks St. Free.

saturday 28

The Weather Machine

AMERICANA—With a crafty fuse of acoustic and electric rock and power Americana, the Weather Machine has a refreshing sound that falls into a category of its own. The Portland band has played on OPB's "Think Out Loud" and they were featured on Buzzfeed. The singer and guitarist met at an open-mic night and the rest is history. 8 pm. The Belfry, 302 Main St., Sisters. $8 adv., $10 door.

tuesday 1

Traces of the Trade

DOCUMENTARY—Director Katrina Browne worked with nine of her cousins to retrace the Triangle Trade after discovering that her ancestors were the biggest slave-trading family in U.S. history. Brown's ancestors were from New England and trafficked humans from 1769 until 1820. The film has received critical acclaim from the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and PBS. 6:30 pm. First Presbyterian Church, 230 NE 9th St. Free.

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