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  • Dec 2-8, 2010
  • Vol. 14, No. 48

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  • Letters to the Editor
  • Hypocrites Behind the Wheel

    I had Thanksgiving dinner with a group of close friends. Two of the evening's conversations, when balanced against each other, made me sit up and think, "I need to call out my friends on this." Let me explain. The first conversation took place early in the evening. All those around the table are athletic and older than 45. Nearly everyone at the table was railing against the driving habits of Bend drivers. "They make cycling (bike riding) on Central Oregon streets dangerous. The drivers are playing with their radios or cell phones, drinking a cup of coffee, or something or other, but just not watching the road." That was the tone of the conversation. Bad drivers. Drivers breaking the law and endangering us cyclists.

Culture

  • Our Picks for 12/01-12/09: The Nutcracker, The Autonomics, and more!
  • Picks
  • Our Picks for 12/01-12/09: The Nutcracker, The Autonomics, and more!

    A Bend Christmas Celebration with Michael John thursday 2 - sunday 5 Spread the holiday spirit and engage the whole family with sing-a-long carols, music and storytelling with local music man Michael John. One hour before the performances, children are given the opportunity to make holiday artwork and decorations for the theatre with provided art supplies. Get tickets in advance, as Friday, Dec 3 and 10 are already sold out. The show continues next week as well with Thursday-Sunday performances. $10/adults, $5/children under 12. 7pm Thursday and Friday. 2pm Saturday and Sunday. Bend Performing Arts Center, 1155 SW Division St.
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Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • When in Rome: Slow Food conference delegates share their experiences

    In October, three Central Oregonians hopped a flight to Torino, Italy. But this wasn't a vacation or a trip to the 2006 Olympics site. Instead, they met up with like-minded people from over 150 countries for Slow Food International's bi-annual conference called Terra Madre. Started in 1989 as a response to the trend of fast food and unsustainable large-scale farming, Slow Food has become an international movement to inform local farmers, chefs and educators on how to nurture local, sustainable agriculture and retain local food traditions. Six years ago, Terra Madre began bringing delegates from around the world together to share farming practices and attend lectures on incorporating Slow Food practices into their everyday lives.

Screen

  • Hasseling the Hoff
  • Film Events
  • Hasseling the Hoff

    What is UP with those Kardashian people? You know who I'm talking about, right? The stars of that inexplicably popular show called Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!, running almost constantly)?
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Outside

Blogs

  • The Beacon
  • Central Oregon's Email Subject Line of the Day

    One of the great privileges of sitting in my chair is the opportunity to wade through hundreds of emails and press releases each week for the chance of finding just one small nugget that could possibly be of interest or relevance. It’s captivating stuff.
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  • The Blender
  • Lucero Tonight at the Domino Room in Bend

    Alt-country-rock band Lucero is in town tonight and playing the Domino Room. For those not familiar with this Memphis-based band, they dish out a gritty, punk-influenced brand of soulful country rock and have been surging in popularity over the course of the past year, thanks in part to the success of their first major label release, 1372 Overton Park.
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  • The Blender
  • All-Star Jam Tonight in Bend

    A collection of veteran Central Oregon musicians, including some heavy hitters, are taking to the stage tonight at the Pine Forest Grange. The band, dubbed French Z and the Lost Call, features Tim Goodman, a former member of The Call, as well as players who've performed with the like of the Greg Allman Band and Tower of Power.
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  • Help Senior Citizens Enjoy the Holidays
  • The Blender
  • Help Senior Citizens Enjoy the Holidays

    We just received word that a Senior Citizen Holiday Gift Drive is in effect from now until December 23. Donations are being collected at the Century 21 Gold Country Offices in Bend and will be distributed to local senior care facilities.
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  • The Wandering Eye
  • That Weird Duck-vs.-Beaver Thing

    As tension builds to almost unbearable heights before tomorrow’s Civil War, which by all accounts is even more momentous than the original 1861-1865 version, let us consider a provocative – but, I think, absolutely right-on-the-money – observation made by Jake on UtterlyBoring.com.
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  • The Wandering Eye
  • Wandering Observations, Post-Civil War

    I’m still recuperating from celebrating the Ducks’ glorious victory in the Civil War yesterday and can’t focus long enough to write more than a couple of paragraphs on any one topic, so here are a few random short takes: *** Bulletin Business Editor John Stearns has a column this morning about momentum in Bend’s tech sector, which he defines as “software development, information technology, biosciences, green energy and other so-called knowledge industries.” “In a report Friday,” Stearns writes, “Economic Development for Central Oregon’s executive director, Roger Lee, noted 12 Central Oregon companies that have at least doubled (or are planning to do so) their employment, the lion’s share of them in tech.
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