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thursday 21

Q&A with Ian Boswell

MEET & GREET—Hometown hero Ian Boswell, a professional road cyclist in his third year with Team Sky, is preparing to lead his first major stage race, the Amgen Tour of California. Cheer him on while learning about life on the road for this young, rising star. Or, ask him how he makes a mean duck sausage. Fandom comes in many forms, folks. 6 pm. Crow's Feet Commons, 875 NW Brooks St. No cover.

thursday 21

2Blessed Tour

POSITIVE VIBES—Do you like to end all your social media postings with #blessed? Are you getting antsy awaiting Michael Franti's to return to Bend? This may be just the show to tide you over. Featuring reggae and hip-hop artists from across the western states including J Ras, IrieFuse, Burnell Washburn, Marko with The Escort Service Band, and Hi Pressure Sodium. 8 pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $8 with college ID, $10 advance, $12 door.

thursday 21

Oregon 2020

BIRDS—It's a big week for birds in Central Oregon, with multiple bird watching walks and species counting events. Oregon 2020 is a benchmark survey of the distribution and abundance of Oregon's birds. The goal of the program is to leave detailed records about today's birds for future generations, to see how species respond to habitat change. Professor Douglas Robinson from OSU will explain the project further this evening. 6:30-8:30 pm. The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Ave. Free.

friday 22

Central Oregon Beer Week

BEER—Beer Week (well, actually 10 days) jumps into action this evening, with 17 breweries presenting their single malt single hop concoctions. Check out the complete listings on page 23, and beer reviewer Kevin Gifford's suggestions (page 33), because really, you can't do every event. No, seriously, that's not a dare. Doctor's orders. Various times and locations. centraloregonbeerweek.com.

saturday 23

Dennis McGregor & The Spoilers

BENEFIT—Sometimes, a concert is about more than just music. That was the case for the gatherings held at the home of Dennis and Ellen Jakab—the Harmony House—in Powell Butte. In honor of the late Mr. Jakab and in support of his wife, friends and community members are coming together to spin songs into something greater than themselves. 7-9:30 pm. Harmony House, 17505 Kent Rd., Sisters. $15-$20 suggested donation.

saturday 23 & sunday 24

Central Oregon Saturday Market

MARKET—A two-day event will mark the opening weekend for the Central Oregon Saturday Market season. With over 100 vendors, the market is known for having a large selection of local artists, crafters, non-profit groups, food, and music. On Saturday, market goers can hear original ukulele and guitar music by Carl Johnson Ventis. 10 am-4 pm. Downtown Bend, across from the public library. Free.

sunday 24

Sisters XC Stampede

MOUNTAIN BIKING—With 12- and 27-mile loops following the Peterson Ridge Trail, this is not a race for city slickers. And with $1,000 cash prizes for top three (as well as a commemorative belt buckle), the pot is sweet. A Memorial Day weekend tradition. 9 am-3 pm. Starting line off road 4606, Sisters (check site for trailhead and parking directions). $20 juniors, $50 general.

sunday 24

Dog Day in May

CANINE—Apparently, I was the only person in the room who didn't know what a "5k Poker Dog Run" is. Oh, really? You know what it is as well? Where you race with your dog, and you gather playing cards at various stops to assemble the best five-stud poker hand you can. Really? I'm the only person who's never heard of this? 11 am-3 pm. Village at Sunriver, 57100 Beaver Dr., Sunriver.

monday 25

Not Just a Number

MEMORIAL—For the past 7 years, Tracy Miller has honored the memory of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan by hosting a day-long reading of their names at Troy Field. This year, her memorial will get an extra boost, thanks to the group Awesome Bend, which awarded her $1,000 to help her live stream the event online. All day. Troy Field, NW Bond Street and Louisiana Avenue. Free.

wednesday 27

River Stoke

PARTY—Men (and women) over the age 24 really shouldn't use the word "stoke" in any sort of conversation, but the in-town whitewater park (scheduled to open in September) absolutely has us stoked! Ramping up, er, the stoke for the play park's launch, this event has film clips from other parks, two bands, food carts, and a raffle for a World on Water surf board. Totally rad. 6-11 pm. Volcanic Theater Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $10.

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