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Something old, something new, all in one big pile. Enjoy!

Free Concert: Cascade Winds Symphonic Band: Western Music

fallposter-thumb.jpgIt’s cheap plug time again! I’ll be playing in the Cascade Winds Symphonic Band concert this weekend. The theme is Western Music. The concert is Sunday, March 4, 2:00 p.m., at Summit High School. The best part? It’s free.

This concert will feature music from John Philip Sousa, Ferde Grofe, John Williams, Gustav Holst and more! Concerts are free, open to the public and suitable for all ages. For more information visit Or you can find the event on Facebook here.

If you’d like to print up a poster/flyer to distribute, we would greatly appreciate it. Below are some PDF files that should work dandy:

Look forward to seeing you there!

Apple Confirms Data Center Plans for Prineville

I’ve been playing catch-up after a weekend of concerts combined with a couple days of flu-like crapiness, but this couldn’t wait: Apple’s moving in next to Facebook, plans on building a data center in Prineville.

Congrats MVHS Football!

Congrats to the Mountain View High School Cougars on bringing home the first football state title to Bend in 71 years (more in-depth story on OregonLive). We were getting scoring updates during our dress rehearsal for our concert tomorrow. As someone who was captain of a state championship team at Mountain View (1995 Cross Country), let me be the first to say you will never forget this day. I will never forget holding that Oregon championship blue trophy in my hands, presenting it to the school and the student body at an assembly, and I know you will not, either. No matter where all your lives go after this, there will always be this day, and you will always share this moment. Congratulations to all of you!

Upcoming Free Entertainment: Cascade Winds In Concert

I plug this event all the time (since I’m in it), and I haven’t the foggiest idea if it helps or not, but here you go anyway.

The Cascade Winds Symphonic Band presents their first concert of the 2011-2012 season Sunday, December 4, 2:00 p.m., at the Summit High School auditorium, 2855 NW Clearwater Drive, Northwest Crossing, Bend. This concert is free and appropriate for all ages.

The concert will feature sacred selections. Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desire, Brahms’ Blessed Are They and Jean Sibelius’ Finlandia will be included as well as works by American composers Alfred Reed, Elliot del Borgo, Frank Ticheli and David R. Holsinger. Full program notes can be found here.

Come support our local arts community while treating yourself to an afternoon of superior music. For more information on the Cascade Winds Symphonic Band visit or call 541-593-1635.

You can also see the event on Facebook and harass invite your friends.

Hope to see you there!

Only In Portland…

…would you find a bagpipe-playing unicycler — aka, the Unipiper:

His neighbors must love him.

Telling It Like It Is: WTF Central Oregon

WTF Central Oregon is, as the creator puts it, “an uncensored view on Central Oregon life, news, and events.” Which means rants and rave with some naughty language thrown in, but his videos are still quite an entertaining look at Central Oregon. Here is his latest video (naughty language warning):

He’s right: Why should we waste tax payer money on the drunkards that float the river?

Be Safe Tonight, and Please Don’t Set Fire To My House

I won’t go into my feelings and thoughts on the holiday today, as I’m pretty sure I’ve covered that pretty well over the years.

While today’s not my watering day, I’ll be turning on my sprinklers later for a bit, as I always wake up on the 5th of July to find a bunch of bottle rockets and other flaming projectile scraps in my yard. Oh the joys of living near Pilot Butte.

Be safe, don’t do anything stupid (meaning don’t get stupidly-drunk), and please don’t set my house on fire (I’m looking at you, neighborhood morons who were blasting off the gigantic mortars until 1AM this morning). Go read an old document or something.

My Daughter’s Famous

Thanks to all the folks who called me to say there was a nice picture of my daughter and I in the paper. We were out trying to get her to ride without training wheels, and that picture was taken right before I let go and she rode fine on her own and we celebrated. Thankfully the Bulletin photographer didn’t take a picture of her riding into the dirt, nearly hitting a concrete post (stopping is always the tricky part — we’ll work on that next time).

Anybody know anybody at the Bulletin that can get me a good digital version of that photo or one of the other photos the photog took for our scrapbook? I know I can buy reprints, but I’d rather have a digital version.

I also apologize for exposing everybody to my ghostly-white legs.

Was This A Cow Suicide Mission?

Was the cow out there fighting back, or was this just an accident? You be the judge:

MADRAS, Ore. — A truck hauling frozen beef struck and killed a cow on Highway 97 north of Madras Tuesday night, triggering a fiery crash that caused no injuries but destroyed the rig, damaged the trailer, sideswiped another truck and shut the road for four hours, Oregon State Police reported.

The cow’s mission wasn’t accomplished, as the frozen beef was moved to another trailer.