Category Archives: Prineville

July 4th Weekend Central Oregon Events for 2011

Patriotic barn by Lauren Burbank

Patriotic barn by Lauren Burbank

Look sharp, several of these events are over several days.

July 1, 2011- July 3, 2011  Rhythm on the Range A weekend of concerts presented by Sunriver Resort at the beautiful Meadows Golf Course.

July 1, 2011- July 4, 2011 Sisters Round up of Gems

July 1st, 2011- July 31, 2011- Bend  Sisters Quilt Walk in the Old Mill District

July 1st, 2011 -  Bend First Friday Art Walk   and  Old Mill First Friday Art Walk

July 1st – July 4th, 2011  La Pine Frontier Days- Honoring the Bold & The Brave. This one’s for you vets!

Saturday, July 2, 2011 -3:00 pm – 11:30 pm Mexican Rodeo- Crook County Fair Grounds  Outdoor Arena Contact Bicente Vargas 541-280-8830

Saturday, July 2 and 3rd, 2011 La Pine Rodeo

Saturday, July 2 – July 3, 2011  10:00 am-4:00 pm Sisters Summer Faire

Sunday, July 3, 2011 9 am – 10 pm Prineville Bicycle Parade Decorating & meet JR Beaver 9 – 10 am Bicycle Parade 10 am Family Games in day-use 10:45 – 12:30 pm Jr. Ranger Program 6 pm Honoring Prineville Heroes Prineville Police, Chief Eric Bush and Prineville Hot Shots (w/refreshments to follow) Campfire Program 8:30 – 10:00 pm  Location: Prineville Reservoir State Park Contact: Erin Bennett
Phone: 541-447-4363

Sunday, July 3, 2011  2:00 pm – 6:00 pm In Sisters Around the Block Fiber Arts Stroll

Sunday, July 3, 2011 2:30-4:30 Bend, Les Schwab Amphitheater free Sunday concert MOsley WOtta performs!

Sunday, July 3, 2011  6:00 pm Redmond everyone in the community is invited to enjoy a free patriotic program at American Legion Park in Redmond. The Salute to America program includes a welcome from the mayor of Redmond; a performance of patriotic music; a dramatic presentation of the Gettysburg Address; participation by various pastors from Redmond churches; a performance by the Redmond H.S. ROTC color guard and rifle team; and much more. There will be hotdogs, chips and soda for $1, but food is free to anyone in uniform. Come enjoy a patriotic evening in the park.

Monday July 4, 2011- Friday July 8, 2011 Sisters Quilters Affair- Sisters Middle and High School

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Parade of Flags at Veterans Memorial Bridge Bend, Oregon

Parade of Flags at Veterans Memorial Bridge

6:45 am –  Boy Scout Troop 25 will install 200 flags downtown for the Bend Parade of Flags all are invited to help. They meet at Bend Heroes Memorial on the west side of Veterans Memorial Bridge on Newport Ave. Contact:  Dick Tobiason, 541-390-9932

7:00 am Sisters Recycle Run starts at the Sisters Athletic Club

7:00 am- 4:00pm Madras Party in the Park-Theme “We the People” at Shahalee Park B & 7th Streets

Prineville, Fish Float Fund Raiser Little rubber fish will be tossed into Chocó Creek Monday July 4th, to raise money for the Crook County Kids Club, CASA and Lutheran Community Services. Tickets for the “Great Fish Race” are $5 each. Only 1,999 tickets will be sold. If your fish wins, you get $1,000 cash. 2nd place: guided fishing trip valued at $500; 3rd place; rafting trip valued at $196. Purchase ticket at Crook County Kids Club, Lutheran Family Servicers and the Crook County Chamber of Commerce Location: Ochoco Creek  Contact: Angelia Wagner 541-447-7661

Redmond Fourth of July Parade
Yankee Doodle Dandy
Location:  Parade Route – South down 6th & Dogwood to 6th & Forest Ave.
Phone:  541-923-5191
Parade registration and check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of 6th & Dogwood. Judging will take place at 9:00 a.m. and Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. Entries being judged need to be in their designated assembly area, fully decorated with all participants present by 9:00 a.m. All mounted entries MUST have a Pooper Scooper!

9:30 Bend Pet Parade Decorating and line up start at 9:30. The Parade takes off at 10:00.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm in Bend Deschutes Library 4th of July Book Sale

11:00 am to 4:00 pm Bend Old Fashioned 4th of Celebration in Drake Park. with traditional games, contests, live entertainment, food, arts & crafts booths.

Deschutes Historical Museum -Bend  Free admission  and free ice cream while it lasts. The ice cream that is, the admission is free all day!

3:00 pm Bend High School Auditorium - Sound Fourth – Cascade Horizon Band and Festival Chorus Patriotic Songs, Broadway Tunes Sing a longs. Quick, who wrote She’s a Grand Old Flag? Hint he was born on the 4th of July.

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Bend- Whole Foods Markets Independence day Brew Fest! $5 entrance fee gets you two taster tokens, more can be purchased upon entrance!

5:45 pm Bend Boy Scout Troop 25 will take down the flags in downtown. They will meet at the Bend Heroes Memorial on the west side of Veterans Memorial Bridge on Newport Ave Contact:  Dick Tobiason, 541-390-9932

5:30 pm Jake’s Diner  in Bend holds a BBQ and blues band concert starring father and son team Richard and Ted Taelour. All profits for this event go to Vietnam Veterans of America, an organization dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their July 4th fireworks over Jakes  in Bend Oregonfamilies. After the band plays, customers can stick around in Jake’s parking lot, which is an awesome position from which to watch the Bend fireworks display off of Pilot Butte.

Watch the Redmond fireworks from Juniper Golf Course. Music & contests start at 8:30p.m. Fireworks start at 10:00p.m. Concessions available $2 hot dog. Snacks, soda & beer. 9 Hole Golf Event 6:30p.m. shotgun start. $5 payball game, $9 non -member green fee. For more information call Golf Shop to enter 541-548-3121.

7:15 Bend Elks Game Cost to get in 5 to 9 dollars.


7:15 pm The Portland VA Medical Center will show its appreciation to Operations Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND) Veterans with their Fifth Annual Welcome Home celebration event.

The free Welcome Home event is at Vince Genna Ballpark for all OEF/OIF Veterans and their families. The Bend Elks will play the Corvallis Knights at 7:15 p.m. Veterans should RSVP to Welcomehome@va.gov or call (800) 949-1004, ext. 51920. Tickets are limited to 4 per Veteran. The email I received said any Veteran is welcome to attend.

Veterans attending will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to learn about services, benefits, compensation and pension, eligibility, OIF/OEF specific information and Women Veterans Programs. After the game, everyone is invited to watch fireworks show from the ball field.

Flag and Moon

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Two Central Oregon Events Honoring Veterans at the End of March

What is a hero? The Oregon Mountain  River Chapter of the American Red Cross says heroes are made in a blink of an eye. I will have to agree, you never know when you’re going to be in a situation where you’re going to be called upon to act with courage. At 7:30 am, March 29th, the Oregon Mountain River Chapter will have their annual Heroes Breakfast, recognizing some of our local heroes. Among the honorees are Army Sgt Ryan Craig and Marine Corporal Kyle Thompson both of whom I have written about before. And, Diane Brock and Dan Hulbert, the founders of Caring For Troops. If you are interested in attending, it will be held at the Riverhouse Convention Center. Tickets are 25 dollars each and can be purchased at the Red Cross or by phoning the Red Cross at 541-382-2142 ext 7. The doors open at 7:15 and the breakfast starts at 7:30.

This event is the annual fundraiser for the Chapter. All proceeds support the work of our local Red Cross Chapter. Besides offering all kinds of first aid classes, the Red Cross also is involved in all aspects of disaster preparedness and is the contact point for military families when they need to reach a loved one in the military in an emergency. They also do a great job of getting blood donations. If you want to see what some local heroes look like and support a great organization, here’s your chance!

The second event is:

March 30th: Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day

According to an article at the Veterans Today website March 30th was the that the last American Soldier left Vietnam, which makes it fitting that four years ago Congress declared March 30th Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. The soldiers coming back from that war never did get any kind of welcome when they came back. They were either ignored or worse.

The Madras Chapter of the American Legion unit 125 and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 125 will be holding a dinner on the 30th which is free for Vietnam veterans and a 5 dollar donation is asked from other attendees.  It will be held at the Madras Senior Center at 6:00 pm. The Madras Pioneer ran a nice article on the event which included interviews from two local veterans. You can find it here.

Also, in Bend at the Vet Center on the 30th of March there will be cake for the occasion. I don’t have the information about a time for that. Their number is 541-749-2112

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