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Picks of the Week: August 9-16

Bend Brewfest, Stars Over Newberry, Flashback Cruz, Haulin' Aspen and more

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Thursday 10 - Saturday 12

Bend Brewfest

BEER! — This family-friendly annual event celebrates all that is brewed and fermented. Head down to the Amphitheater for 200+ craft beers, wines and ciders—and if you hang out late, get ready to dance off all of those calories you just took in with a DJ playing your favorite jams. // Noon-11pm each day. Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr., Bend. Free admission. No one under 21 allowed after 5pm. $20/tasting mug + five tokens.

Friday 11

Stars Over Newberry

STARGAZING — There's just something about summertime and gazing up into the ether to check out all that sparkles. The third annual fundraiser for Discover Your Forest includes stargazing, live music, a silent auction, local beer, wine and cuisine. Bonus: take a glimpse into the early hours of the Perseid Meteor Shower. // 7:30-11pm. Newberry National Volcanic Monument, 10 miles south of Bend on Hwy 97. $50.

Friday 11-13

Flashback Cruz 2017

CLASSIC CARS — Join the Central Oregon Classic Chevy Club as they kick off their annual Flashback Cruz starting sharply at 11am on Friday with a Drake Park Pre-Show and Shine, followed by live music at 6pm. Saturday sees a Parade Lap at 6pm, ending with a street dance partay on Minnesota Ave. at 8pm. Cruise up the windy roads to Mt. Bachelor on Sunday. // Various times. Drake Park, 777 NW Riverside Blvd., Bend.

Friday 11

Bend Comedy Presents: Jake Silberman & Hunter Donaldson

LAUGHS — Who doesn't need a good belly laugh? If you can't remember the last time you had one, we prescribe an evening of comedy. Jake Silberman is a Portland-based comedian whose style spans the gamut with a biting style. Hunter Donaldson can't stop making people laugh, be it with his boyish charm or silly jokes. 21+. // 8-10pm. Seven Nightclub, 1033 NW Bond St., Bend. $8/adv, $10/door.


Saturday 12

Haulin Aspen Half As, Half and Full Marathon

RUN RUN RUN — Dubbed the only marathon that's "run on trails," experience the idyllic course for yourself in either its 6.5-mile, half-marathon or full-marathon varieties. Starting at an elevation of 5,500ft at Wanoga Sno Park, run under the beautiful canopy of towering Ponderosa pines and blissful mountain views in the awe-inspiring Deschutes National Forest. // 7am. Wanoga Sno Park, Cascade Lakes Hwy., Bend. $35-75.

Saturday 12

Relay for Life of Bend

RELAY — A 24-hour relay celebrating cancer survivors and those who have been lost to cancer, this is a spectacular event which showcases the grit and support of the Central Oregon community. Participants take turns walking laps around the school for a full day as they raise money for the American Cancer Society. // 10am. Pilot Butte Middle School, 1501 NE Neff Rd., Bend. Free.

Saturday 12

Christmas Valley Music Festival

COMMUNITY — Featuring music from Alexa Wiley & The Wilderness, DC Malone and the Jones Loose Change, The Ventilators, Michael Manning, Crazed Weasels & Funk Rougeou. Enjoy a great day of music, dance, food, fun, community, food and a 10 Barrel beer garden. All benefiting the children of North Lake County. // 2-10pm. Flowerree Memorial Park, Christmas Valley Hwy., Christmas Valley. $5-$20 suggested donation.

Saturday 12

Zeke Beats

ELECTRONIC — This week in Sound we interviewed the Aussie-born electronic music producer and DJ, Zeke Beats. In addition to an entrancing accent, you'll be mesmerized by his turntableisms which include scratching, tricks and original music. Pre-game for the Oregon Eclipse Festival by catching the analog synth wizard in action at The Capitol. // 10pm. The Capitol, 190 NW Oregon Ave., Bend. No cover.

Sunday 13

Bike the Bridges

CYCLE — Choose from family-friendly or a slightly longer adventure course showcasing the beautiful bridge network that zig-zags and crosses the mighty Deschutes River throughout Bend. Discover new bike routes, make new friends and get just a lil' bit of exercise in this fun, community minded, cycle event. // 6pm. The Gear Fix, 550 Industrial Way Suite 183, Bend. Free.

Wednesday 16

Why We Need Darkness

SPACE — In cities all over the world, we are using light inefficiently. This wastes money and energy, harms our health and environment and steals our view of the stars. Paul Bogard discusses the wonder of a dark night sky and issues with light pollution. // 6:30-9pm. Bend High School, 230 NE Sixth St., Bend. $10/non-members, $7/High Desert Museum members, OSU alumni, OSU Cascades students.


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