month of december
The Old Mill Holiday Happenings
HOLIDAY EVENTS—Holiday happenings for all ages—whether you're in the mood for a sleigh ride or want to enjoy a few Christmas classics by carolers. If giving is on your list, stop at the Tree of Joy in Santaland—obviously, the big guy will be there for a photo op—and draw the name of someone in need. SantaLand, along with the Hilton Garden Inn, will accept unwrapped gifts through Dec. 13. 450 SW Powerhouse Dr. Free.
Dirksen Derby Kickoff
PARTY—A night to kick off a full weekend of events, including the ninth annual snowboard rally race, the Dirksen Derby, that supports Tyler Eklund. The night will feature the famous Broken board silent art auction, music from StealHead, and a raffle with items from Patagonia, Salomon, Mt. Bahcelor, and more. 6-10:30 pm. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $5 donation.
Christmas Lights Kayak
CHRISTMAS KAYAKS—Instead of boat parade, a different Bend-y tradition continues this year along the Deschutes. Paddlers will deck their kayaks with lights and float through Old Mill District. After the light display, spectators are invited to stop in for warm drinks at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe. 4:15-6 pm. Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe, 805 SW Industrial Way, Suite 6. Free.
HOLIDAY GIFTS—The Warm Springs Community Center is hosting its annual Christmas Bazaar, now in its 40th year, and will be selling unique Native American gifts. Their arts and craft sale includes quilts, necklaces, beaded earrings, and baked goods. 10 am-4 pm. Warm Springs Community Center, 2200 Holywood Blvd., Warm Springs. Free admission.
LIVE ALBUM RECORDING—Elektrapod returns for its first local show in months for Gabe Johnson's birthday show/live album recording with a bit of a reconfigured line-up. One thing that is guaranteed is always a good time an at Elektrapod show. 10 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $7-$10.
Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival
BEER—GoodLife is hosting the third annual Beer festival which Bendites will drink right up. You will receive a COWBF glass and four drink tickets, which combined with food carts and a heated tent makes for a fun and comfortable way to get your adult beverage on. 1-9 pm. GoodLife Brewing, 70 SW Century Dr. $10.
REGGAE—Josh Heinrichs is the former lead singer of indie reggae band Jah Roots and the owner of the label GanJah Records. Bend loves live music, weed and reggae, so this show should be a no-brainer for the average Central Oregonian crowd. 8 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $10.
Silent Auction for Charlotte York
FUNDRAISER—A fundraiser to raise funds for medical treatment for Charlotte York, a three-year-old girl who is fighting stage four neuroblastoma. The event will include music by Precious Byrd, custom Charlotte necklaces with Nashelle, hundreds of silent auction items, and fun activities for the whole family. 1-4 pm. Summit High School, 2855 NW Clearwater Dr. Free admission.
Devin The Dude
HIP-HOP—Underground hip-hop from Texas is always a fun way to spend the evening. Devin's work with Scarface, Dr. Dre, Tech N9ne and De La Soul have made him a mainstay in the underground scene, always a popular figure critically, even as commercial success seems elusive. 8 pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $20-$25.
Moody Little Sister
FOLK/PIANO—Naomi Hooley's soulful style is powerful and melodic, and that perfect mix of Stevie Nicks meets Adele. Originally from a small Alaskan town, the now Portland-based musician will bring her poetic lyrics to Central Oregon. 7 pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St. No cover.