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Picks of the Week: Nov 29-Dec 1 

Festival of Trees, Night Before Xmas, Holiday Sip & Sop, you get the picture.. the festival season is here!

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Thursday-Saturday 11/30 – 12/2

"The Night Before The Night Before Christmas"

FESTIVE — Be whisked away to the golden age of live radio plays—complete with commercials, radio jingles, and Foley artist—in this reader's theater written by Cricket Daniel of Bend. The Sunriver Thespians As Readers present. Thurs. & Fri. 7pm, Sat. 2pm & 7pm. The Door, 56870 Venture Ln. Suite 4, Sunriver. $15/adults, students free. $40/dinner show.
Thursday 11/30

Jeff Austin Band

BLUEGRASS— How about some upbeat bluegrass featuring some quality mandolin pickin' to kick off your weekend? You may know Jeff Austin from Yonder Mountain Stringband, from which he parted ways in 2014. Don't miss what is sure to be a great show! 8pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $15/adv., $18/door.

Friday 12/1

The English Beat

SKA— If you can't quite put your finger on who they are, here ya go: The English Beat is best known for a role in the British 2 Tone Ska movement, with their first album "Just Can't Stop It" essentially defining the genre. Huge at the cusp of 1980, following the great UK ska revival of the late 1970s. 7pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood, Ave., Bend. $32/adv.

Holiday Lights Ride

BIKE— Deck your bike out in lights and get into the holiday spirit! Cruise along the Larkspur Trail with other festive folk, then head back to the Senior Center for a raffle, beer and snacks and the Roller Rumble: head-to-head stationary sprint racing. 6:45pm-9pm. Bend Senior Center, 1600 SE Reed Market Rd., Bend. Free.

Saturday 12/2

Festival of Trees

FESTIVE— It's that time of year again! Get into the holiday spirit and surround yourself with beautifully decorated Christmas trees. Enjoy free family activities including visits with Santa, Kid's Corner entertainment, live music and raffles. A great opportunity to do some gift shopping and a fun family outing. In the evening, attend the Gala and Tree Auction at 5pm, featuring tunes by Burnin' Moonlight, light snacks, silent auction, raffles and—of course—the live tree auction! Proceeds benefit Hospice of Redmond. Purchase tickets online or call 541-548-7483. 10am-2pm & 5pm. Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond. Daytime events free. $55/gala ticket.

Holiday Sip & Shop

CRAFT BREWS—Christmas is less than a month away. Panicking yet? Find unique gifts for everyone on your list. This year's event will include over 10 vendors selling clothing, jewelry, knits, soaps—and lots of craft beer accessories, of course. 11am-4pm. Wild Ride Brewing, 332 SW Fifth St., Redmond. Free.

Holiday Chefs on Tour

BITES & BREWS

Enjoy delicious food and expertly paired beer while touring new homes—all while supporting a great cause! Proceeds benefit the local chapter of Toys for Tots. Stop at Standard TV & Appliance for live cooking, raffle prizes and a no-host bar. 3-6pm. Standard TV & Appliance, 63736 Paramount Dr., Bend. $34/person, $29/COBA Members.

Saturday & Sunday 12/2 – 12/3

Christmas Parade + BORN Raider Nation Celebration

PARADE—Bend Oregon Raider Nation is hosting its annual celebration with multiple events over the weekend. Kick things off at the Christmas Parade in Downtown Bend at noon Saturday, where two-time Raider Super Bowl champion Jeff Barnes, #56, will join the BORN float this year. Raider Nation rap crew 4DUB will be spitting fire on the Raiders float and with DJ Raider Mystic at 10pm Saturday at The Astro Lounge. Missed the parade? You can catch Jeff Barnes along with the Grim Raider and many of the NW Wrecking Crew at the game viewing party on Sunday at The Summit Saloon & Stage. Halftime show will feature the one and only 4DUB. RAIDERS! Downtown Bend. Free.

Holiday Magic

CHORUS—You can't escape it; Christmas is all around us. Embrace the season and take the family to enjoy Christmas selections of the choral music you know and love. If you're lucky, you may even get to conduct the choir's final song of the evening—Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus"! Sat., 3pm & 7pm, Sun. 3pm. Tower Theatre 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $15 - $20.

Wednesday 12/6

Cloverdayle

COUNTRY—The Nashville-based husband and wife songwriting team, Chad and Rachel, (she's from Bend) is determined to bring their unique brand of country music to the mainstream. Known for its high energy stage presence, this duo is a sure thing. All ages. 7pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $15/adv.


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