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Local Music Through the Lens of Gary Calicott

Local professional photographer Gary Calicott will have a showing of his music-based photographs at the Tower Theatre Saturday, August 13. “Local Music through the Lens of Gary Calicott” is presented by Bend Factory Stores and sponsored by Bend Honda and The Pine Tavern. The collection of photographs are taken each year by Calicott as he attends hundreds of local music shows. As a way to give back to the community, Calicott donates proceeds of the evening’s auction to The Tower Theatre Foundation.

JAH Promotions is producing the event, which will begin at 
7 p.m. with a cocktail hour and silent auction. Music will play from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., with Strange Rover, Jones Road and Corner Gospel Explosion. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door.

Deschutes County Announces 2016 Big Chainring Award Recipients

Deschutes County has honored Bob Bryant and Therese Madrigal as their 2016 Big Chainring Award recipients. Bryant, who serves as ODOT’s Region 4 Manager, was recognized for implementing the area active transportation plan. Through enhanced planning, development and delivery of active transportation facilities, the program positively impacted ODOT’s Region 4 communities. For his efforts, Bryant received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Commute Options Board Chair Madrigal worked tirelessly to support the Commute Options’ mission. She is directly responsible for providing a wide array of benefits to individuals, businesses, and the greater Central Oregon community.

The individuals were presented with their plaques on June 20 by the Deschutes County Commissioners and Deschutes County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. The Big Chainring Awards are meant to “honor individuals, businesses, and public agencies that have made significant contributions in support of better bicycling and walking in Central Oregon.”

Rockin’ Dave’s Bistro Opens Backstage Lounge

Eastside Bend bagel shop, Rockin’ Dave’s Bistro has added the Backstage Lounge to their 661 NE Greenwood Avenue location. When the bagel side of the building closes at 2 p.m., the Backstage Lounge opens at 4 p.m. The menu features all-natural burgers, hot sandwiches, hearty rice bowls and a long list of appetizers and small plates. The lounge will pour local craft beers, a dozen wines and premium cocktails. Happy Hour runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The popular Rockin’ Dave’s also recently implemented an online order system.

Partners In Care Opens New Pet Park at Hospice House

Bend hospice Partners In Care (PIC) has added an off-leash pet park at their Hospice House. PIC recognized the unconditional love and faithful companionship of pets at their dedication event on June 24. The event, hosted by PIC and their supporting organization, Friends of Hospice, included  speakers CEO Eric Alexander, Volunteer Coordinator Jason Medina, and Senior Chaplain Randall Ross. A Broken Angel catering service provided tacos for the people, while Westside Pet Hospital donated organic, hypoallergenic dog treats.

PIC understands the emotional bond between patients and the pets in their life. With the new off-leash Pet Park, hospice patients and their pets have a place where they can be close to one another.

Employees of PacificSource raised funds for the new pet park in honor of three of their coworkers who used hospice services provided by PIC. The park is bordered by a wood fence and includes large trees, grass, and bark. The enclosure is both wheelchair and hospital bed accessible and features a garden bench, water bowls and a waste bag dispenser.

For more information about hospice services, the Pet Park, or the therapeutic use of pets, call Partners In Care at 541.382.5882 or visit

Onboard Dynamics Presents at Global Clean Energy Showcase

Local startup Onboard Dynamics (ObDI) joined ARPA-E Exhibit at Clean Energy Ministerial Startups & Solutions Showcase in San Francisco’s Union Square June 1 and 2. They joined almost 100 companies selected from around the world for their innovative technologies in the clean energy sector. The Clean Energy Ministerial, launched in 2010, is an annual forum of the world’s major economies and leading clean energy investors. Its mission is to “drive faster deployment of clean energy policies and technologies worldwide.”

Founded in 2013, ObDI works to remove barriers to driving natural gas-powered vehicles, thus lowering fuel costs and carbon emissions. Its technology integrates natural gas compression into automotive engines.

Old Mill District Named Finalist for Global Award

Bend’s Old Mill District has been selected as a finalist for the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2016 Global Awards for Excellence. Twenty-six developments around the world are competing for top design, which will be announced in October of this year in Dallas.  Projects include retail markets, performing arts centers and residential projects. The Old Mill District is 270 acres of riverside land developed into 1.1 million sq. ft. of office space, 275,000 sq. ft. of retail space, 100 acres of open space, 21 acres of industrial space, 2,400 sq. ft. of educational space, 20,000 sq. ft. of civic space, as well as lodging and residential areas.

The ULI began recognizing superior development efforts in 1979. Criteria for the awards includes leadership, contribution to the community, innovations, public/private partnerships and environmental protection and enhancement.