December 2017 Around Town 1

Buy a Tree. Change a Life. 

Southeast Bend’s Father’s House Church is partnering with local and international organizations selling Christmas trees to meet needs across the street and around the world. BUY A TREE. CHANGE A LIFE works in partnership with People for Care & Learning to help children globally and locally. This year’s program begins on Friday, November 24 at 61690 SE Pettigrew in Bend.

BUY A TREE. CHANGE A LIFE, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization called ForHope.Us, was founded in 2012. Over $900,000 has been raised since the first year. In 2016, they had locations at 38 churches in 11 states and sold over 10,000 Christmas trees! Locally, Father’s House Church raised $21,000 last year.

Great American 
Beer Festival

The 2017 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded 293 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, plus three GABF Pro-Am medals to teams of homebrewers paired with professionals. Three local breweries scored big at the event, held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. 

The team at Sunriver Brewing won the prestigious “Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year,” as well as a Gold Medal in the “American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast” category for their Fuzztail beer. GoodLife Brewing Co. took home the Gold Medal in the “American-Style Wheat Beer” category for their Sweet As Pacific Ale and Three Creek Brewing Company won Bronze in the “Session Beer” division for their Stone y Session Ale.

Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and the premier symbol of brewing excellence. Winners were chosen out of 7,923 competition entries from 2,217 breweries in 50 states plus Washington, DC. The competition took place in six sessions over a period of three days and was judged by 276 beer experts from 13 countries, including the U.S. In addition to commercial brewery entries, the judging panel also evaluated 118 Pro-Am entries.

BendFilm Awards 

BendFilm announced the 14 films and filmmakers who were awarded the jury-recognized and audience-voted prizes at the 2017 BendFilm Festival. Awards were selected by a jury of industry professionals as well as the more than 8,000 attendees of the BendFilm Festival. Held each October and celebrating its 14th year, BendFilm hosts an annual independent film festival as well as year-round film exhibitions and programs.

“I want to thank everyone who came to contribute to the creative culture of the 14th annual BendFilm Festival,” says Todd Looby, Director of BendFilm. “The filmmakers, jurors, panelists, bands, volunteers, technical producers and of course the audiences, everyone added a special mark to an incredible event.”

Liyana, directed by Amanda and Aaron Kopp, took home the Best of Show award for their story of five orphaned children in Swaziland collaborating to tell a breathtakingly beautiful story of perseverance drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Jamie Brooks won Best Director for Bomb City, based on the true story of Brian Deneke. And, Best Cinematography went to Relationtrip, directed by Renée Felice Smith and C.A. Gabriel. The Kopps were also awarded the 2017 BendFilm Katie Merritt Audience Award.

High Desert Chamber Music Announces Media Sponsor

High Desert Chamber Music (HDCM) is proud to announce Combined Communications as Media Sponsor of their landmark 10th Anniversary 2017-18 season. Combined Communications is a locally owned and operated broadcasting company, which maintains five local radio stations.

“We’re honored and excited to begin this new partnership with HDCM, which continues to bring the highest caliber music and culture to Central Oregon,” says Jeremy Groh, General Manager of Combined Communications.

“This partnership comes at an opportune time,” reiterates HDCM Executive Director Isabelle Senger. “Going into our tenth season, their support is invaluable for reaching as large an audience as possible.”

High Desert Chamber Music’s mission is to bring world class chamber music and musicians to Central Oregon. Now in its 10th season, HDCM presents an acclaimed series of classical chamber music concerts in Central Oregon, ranging from piano duos to string sextets.