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all december

Small Wonders

ART GIFTS—Giving the gift of art can be pricey, but the local artists at Hood Avenue Art decided to do something about that and created smaller versions of paintings and hand crafted items like jewelry and note cards. The special exhibit also includes tiny sculptures, bookcases, and fiber arts. All artists are local so small wonders also support people working in the community. 10 am-5 pm daily. Hood Avenue Art, 357 West Hood Ave. $30-$250, prices vary.

thursday 24

Alternative Activities

HOLIDAY—While there aren't an abundance of concerts and events scheduled throughout the holidays, take advantage of the little things Central Oregon has to offer. Take a walk, enjoy the decorations and holiday lights around town. If the weather gets too unfriendly, invite your friends and family over and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa by the fire. If you're up for the outdoors, grab your sled, make a snowman, or go skiing for the day.

friday 25

Highway 97

MUSIC—Not up for cooking and staying in on Christmas day? The whole family is welcome at Checker's Pub on Friday for food, drinks, and live music by Highway 97. If getting out sounds enticing, leave the wrapping paper on the floor and check out classic favorites that will be performed. 8 pm. Checker's Pub. 329 SW Sixth St., Redmond. No cover.

friday 25

Take the Family to a Movie

MOVIES—While the obvious choice is taking the family to see Star Wars on Christmas night, may we suggest Krampus instead? There is no blood or gore and it will toughen your kids up for the inevitable attack of demonic elves and weird shrieking angels trying to eat their souls. It's also super fun. Regal Old Mill Stadium 16, 680 SW Powerhouse Dr. Check Fandango.com for times and pricing.

saturday 26

Cheyenne West

COUNTRY MUSIC—Nothing says "Thank the heavens Christmas is over" like some sweet country crooning. Cheyenne West's Nashville roots show through and combined with the downright underrated deliciousness of the beers from Bend Brewing, this might be the perfect post-Christmas idea. 6:30 pm. Bend Brewing Company, 1019 NW Brooks St. No cover.

saturday 26

Blacklight Blast

TUBING—If tubing wasn't a blast already, SHARC is adding blacklights, glow sticks, and lasers! Tubers of all ages will be sent down glowing runs, to the sounds of music, with hot drinks waiting at the bottom. Wearing white or neon clothing is recommended, so this is a perfect chance to wear that '80s snowsuit hiding in your closet! 6:30-8:30 pm. SHARC, 5720 Overlook Rd., Sunriver. $15, $12 SROA members.

sunday 27 – tuesday 29

Carriage Rides

HOLIDAY—There's no better way to get into the holiday season than by riding in a one horse open sleigh, by the river, and through the Old Mill District. These complimentary carriages will pick up riders between Ben & Jerry's and Francesca's. Bonus: All donations or tips will benefit Kids Center, a local nonprofit that helps to prevent child abuse. 2-5 pm. Old Mill District, 680 SW Powerhouse Dr. Free.

tuesday 29

Brent Alan & His Funky Friends

FUNK—We don't have funky friends like Brent Allan does. Ours just smell like cough syrup and giggle a lot, while his play some serious electric funk and sweet, groovy dance music. As you're getting ready to get crazy for New Year's, maybe it's time to make some new funky friends at the Old St. Francis. 7 pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St. No cover.

tuesday 29

Trivia Tuesday

TRIVIA—How smart are you and one to four of your friends? Test your surplus of useful knowledge at The Lot. Grab a beer and some grub while you and your team compete against others for some cool swag. Warm up: What's Tiger Wood's real name? (Answer at the bottom of the page) 6-8 pm. The Lot, 745 NW Columbia. No cover.

wednesday 30

Benefit Concert

BENEFIT—This time of year, it is always nice to remember to take care of others, and this benefit concert for Soldiers Songs and Voices is the perfect opportunity. With multiple acts and some of the finest talents Central Oregon has to offer, this is the perfect chance to give something back to the heroes of our community. 7 pm. Kelly D's Banquet Room, 1012 SE Cleveland Ave. No cover, donations accepted.

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