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Picks of the Week: August 30-September 6

The Little Woody, First Friday, Polecat and more

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Thursday 31

Polecat

ROOTS — This week we chat with Bellingham-based band, and Bend favorites, Polecat. The band has made a number of appearances in our fair city and love coming back here, saying we have the best crowds. If you haven't caught them live, maybe you saw them on a recent Alaska Airlines flight in their episode of "Bands in Seattle." // 6-10pm. Crow's Feet Commons, 875 NW Brooks St., Bend. No cover.


Friday 1

First Friday Happy Hour with The Dog Pack Collars and Friends

DOGS — Looking to spend First Friday with your pup? Willow Lane Artist's Creative Space hosts a happy hour open to you and your canine companion. Joined by the Humane Society and Bend Spay + Neuter Project, several cats and dogs will be available for adoption. Check out the custom tags available for purchase! // 4-6pm. Willow Lane Artist's Creative Space, 400 SE Second St. Ste 2, Bend. Free.


Friday 1 and Saturday 2

The Little Woody

GNOME-TASTIC — Do you love craft, barrel-aged beers from across the Pacific Northwest? Have you tried any? Bend's more unique craft beer, cider and whiskey festival features small-batch American rye whiskeys, bourbons, wood-aged beers and ciders alongside plenty of garden gnomes and live music. Try a variety of craft beverages in a intimate outdoor setting. // Friday 5-10pm, Saturday 12-10pm. Deschutes Historical Museum, 129 NW Idaho Ave., Bend. $5-$35.


Friday 1 and Saturday 2

Art at the Ranch

FINE ART — What better way to end the summer than with fine arts and crafts created in the Northwest? Enjoy an artist's reception, silent auction and live music on Friday. Saturday features plein air painting during "Paint Out at the Ranch." Observe these talented artists in their element. Benefiting local art students. // Friday 5:30-7:30pm, Saturday 9am-4pm. Black Butte Ranch, 13899 Bishops Cap, Sisters.


Saturday 2

Central Oregon Shakedown

CARS AND PINUPS — Each year, Bend-based charity organization Patriot Pinups comes together to benefit veterans. At the Central Oregon Shakedown, view all makes and models of cars and trucks pre-1980, as well as all years of motorcycles in the Show & Shine. The event also features "Lowrider Limbo," live music, Pinup contest, food and drinks. Registration at 9am. // 10am-4pm. Redmond VFW Hall, 1836 SW Veterans Way, Redmond.


Saturday 2 and Sunday 3

Half Marathon for a Cause

CANCELLED DUE TO AIR QUALITY — Love running? Want to help local cancer patients, while running in the heart of Central Oregon's inspirational running country? This annual event held at Sunriver Resort boasts beautiful views of Mt. Bachelor and proceeds benefit St. Charles Cancer Services. For runners of all ages and abilities. // Sunriver Resort, 17600 Center Dr., Sunriver. $70-$90/half marathon, $40-$50/5K, $15-$20/kids dash.


Saturday 2 and Sunday 3

Sisters Fall Street Festival

FESTIVAL — Now in its 10th year, the Sisters Fall Street Festival kicks off the season with arts, crafts, food, beer and live entertainment. Head to Sisters to enjoy a festival weekend with all of the makings for an excellent street festival experience. Also a special fundraiser benefiting the Sisters High School Visual Arts Department. // Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. Downtown Sisters. Free.


Sunday 3

Aloha Screwdriver

SURF ROCK — As the summer season comes to a close in Central Oregon, your last night of freedom before school starts should include some Bay Area surf rock via Aloha Screwdriver. High-octane, high-energy rock and roll with just the right amount of surf vibes closes out the summer season in the perfect punk rock fashion. // 9pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $5.


Sunday 3

Family Tunes with Pieta Brown

FOLK — Looking for a family-friendly folk concert for a relaxing end to Bend's busy summer season? Pieta Brown's sultry voice and inspiring words bring sonic beauty to your ears. Hang out on the patio downtown at Crow's Feet while enjoying a cold craft beverage and a stunning sunset reflected in the Deschutes River. // 7-10pm. Crow's Feet Commons, 875 NW Brooks St., Bend. No cover.


Monday 4

Goodbye to Summer with Precious Byrd

DANCE ROCK — With the number of shows that Bend-based dance rockers Precious Byrd plays each summer, it's good odds you've seen them before. Maybe at Ghost Tree or the GoodLife 6th Birthday Party? Either way, the funky originals and dance-worthy covers always have concert goers on their feet. Read our interview with the band in this week's SOUND feature. // 6-9pm. Worthy Brewing, 495 NE Bellevue Dr., Bend. No cover.


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