The Redmond Chamber of Commerce Music on the Green concert series kicks off June 25, 6-7:30 p.m., with country classics and fiddle music by Brian Hanson in Sam Johnson Park. Joab Storm will play classic rock from the 60s, 70s and 80s on July 9. Concerts are free. Food vendors on site. Information: 541-923-5191.
The Redmond School District, in conjunction with the Summer Food Service Program, will free lunch this summer to all children 18 and younger. Summer lunches will be served Monday through Friday, June 16 through July 31 (except July 4) at the following locations:
Evergreen Elementary, 11:45 a.m. to noon
Sam Johnson Park, 11:45 a.m. to noon
Terrebonne Community School, 11:30-11:45 a.m.
No registration is required and children are encouraged to come any or all days. Information: 541-923-5437.
Walk the Art Beat in downtown Redmond is scheduled for Friday, June 27, 5-8 p.m. More than 25 merchant locations with original art with artists present multiple venues offering food, wine and live music. Future Walk the Art Beat events will be held Sept. 12 and Nov. 28. Artist receptions during the event include: Artist Kimry Jelen, 5-8 p.m., at the High Desert Gallery, 453 S.W. Sixth St. Live music and refreshments. Artist Tim Walthinsen, 5:30-8 p.m., at Alexander’s Urban Clothing Exchange, 730 S.W. 11th St. Features Walthinsen’s Phooie Fashion Show at 7 p.m.
Redmond will celebrate Independence Day with its annual 4th of July Parade starting at 10 a.m. on the corner of Sixth and Dogwood Avenue. Later in the evening, a fireworks display will begin around 9 p.m. at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds and Expo Center. Information: (541) 923-5191.
The Second Annual Redmond Project Blue Book UFO Parade is set for June 28, 10 a.m., in downtown Redmond. The parade kicks off Redmond’s History Day Celebration. Information: Tracy, 541-408-6554.
Redmond Public Library is offering a free Big Bug Movie Matinee just for teens Thursday, June 26, 3-4:30 p.m. Pizza and snacks. Information: 541-312-1063.
Kids summer camp
Connecting Hearts Animal Adoption & Rescue (Humane Society of Redmond) will sponsor a summer Kids Critter Camp in August at the shelter, 1355 N.E. Hemlock Ave. Kids will learn about animals through daily activities, games and crafts. Cost is $42 per child. Proceeds benefit the shelter. Camp dates are: Aug. 4-8, ages 6 to 9; and Aug. 11-15 ages 10-12. Information: Elise Rothamel, 541-923-0882.
Teen night at the library
Teens ages 12-17 are invited to strut their stuff during Open Mic Night at the Redmond Public Library Aug. 29. They can sing, dance, recite poetry, do a magic act, or show off their other talents. Online registration deadline is July 31. To register, visit www.dpls.us, click on “Redmond Public Library” then “More Calendar Events.” Information: 541-312-1063.
The new Desert Explorers Pass, good for free admission to the High Desert Museum, is now available at all Deschutes Public Library branches. The pass is valid for two adults (13 and older) and two children (12 and under). Children 4 and under are always free. The pass is available to library cardholders age 17 and older. The pass is valid for one week and is good for one visit. Information: 541-617-7097.
Independence Celebration at the Ranch
The Crooked River Ranch Independence Celebration kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 5, with a parade followed by buffalo burgers, craft and plant sale, clog dancing, face painting, kids’ jump tent, in MacPherson Park. Sponsored by the Crooked River Ranch-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce. Information: 541-923-2679.
Show off your talent
Singers, musicians, dancers, bands, magicians, jugglers and acts of all kinds are invited to enter the 2008 Deschutes County Fair Talent Show July 30. To be considered, performers should send a CD, DVD, videotape and/or photos along with name address and phone number to: Deschutes County Fair, Talent Show Audition, 3800 Airport Way, Redmond, OR 97756. Audition materials must be received by noon, July 11. Performances must be suitable for all ages. Information: 541-548-2711.
Hike the Oregon Trail
The Deschutes County Historical Museum is offering a free guided hike of the Historic Huntington Wagon Road, Central Oregon’s piece of the Oregon Trail, Saturday, June 28. The hike starts at 9:30 a.m. at the trailhead east of Highway 97 between Bend and Redmond. Information and directions: John Frye, 541-389-1813.
The summer library reading program for kids birth through fifth grade starts June 14 and runs through Aug. 16 at all Deschutes Public Libraries. Free activities, prize drawings, entertainers, story times and more. Children earn a free book for every three hours of reading. Reading time earns “BugBucks” for toys and games at the Redmond Library’s Flea Market. Busy Bees weekly story times for ages five and under and Buzz Patrol, a weekly program of creative activities for ages six to 11 Tuesdays at 2 p.m. Information: 541-312-1054.
Writers group hosts speaker
Dwight Newton is the guest speaker for Central Oregon Writers Guild meeting Thursday, June 26, at the Redmond Public Library. Newton will present, “The Fifty Years of a Full Time Free Lance,” which include tales of his writing experience from 1937 to 1987. Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Information: 541-388-0836 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.