August 27, 2008

Events calendar

Annual D.D. Ranch 5K Fun Run Sept.
The 8th annual DD Ranch 5K Fun Run/Walk is set for Sept. 27. Registration deadline is Sept. 19. The annual event benefits the Opportunity Foundation of Central Oregon. DD Ranch is located three miles east of Terrebonne at 3836 N.E. Smith Rock Way. The fun run also marks the opening of the pumpkin patch and Country Store. After the run there will be hayrides, petting zoo, music, face painting, arts and crafts and a barbecue. Information: 541-548-2611, or visit

Rosie the Riveter
An organizational meeting forming a Redmond chapter of the Rosier the Riveter Association will be held Aug. 30 at 1 p.m., at Mrs. Beasley’s Restaurant, 1555 S. Hwy 97.
The national organization began in 1998 and now has 14 chapters; its purpose is to honor women who worked in any capacity that released a man for military service in WWII. It aims to get their stories documented and shared and provide a place where members can meet their peers and share an important part of their lives.
For more information call Opal Nelson, 541-942-5877 or 541-782-2586.

Happy birthday Red
Native Central Oregonian Red Nance will be celebrating his 86th birthday Aug. 30 at the Redmond Grange, corner of Kalama and S.W. 7th Street. Family and friends are invited to come celebrate, 1-4 p.m. No gifts please. Information: 388-8845

Toddler Enrichment Time at activity center
Redmond Area Park and Recreation District hosts Toddler Enrichment Times, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Activity Center, 335 S.E. Jackson St. Ages 5 and under. Playtime activities including mini-soccer, mini-hoops, whiffle ball, dress up, arts and crafts and more. Cost is $2.50 drop-ins or 10 visits for $20. Information: 541-548-7275.

Saturday Morning in the Garden
Learn how to grow spectacular shrubs with explosive fall color at 10:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 30 at Redmond Greenhouse, 4101 S. Hwy 97. Listen to experts with timely tips, plant introductions and product showcases during this free class. Sept. 6 a class about trees with wonderful fall color will take place at the same time. Information: 548-5418.

Driver safety class
An AARP driver’s safety class, targeted toward seniors, will be held at Redmond’s Senior Center Sept. 8-9, from 8 a.m.-noon. Learn how to keep safe in an ever-changing driving environment. Information: 317-0610.

Central Oregon Writers Guild learn to share
Cameron Prow, local poet and founder of TYPE-Write II of Bend will present “Sharing the Children of Your Heart,” during the Central Oregon Writers Guild meeting Thursday, Aug. 28, 6:30 p.m., at the Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave. Prow will share tips on how writers can confidently share and read their work in public. The group meets on the fourth Thursday of each month. Information: 541-388-0836.

Author Julie Cicero
Julie Cicero, author and Hospice grief counselor, will present her book, “Waking Up Alone: Grief and Healing,” Friday, Aug. 29, 6:30 p.m., at Paulina Springs books, 422 S.W. Sixth St., Redmond. Her book focuses on healing following the loss of a spouse or life partner. Refreshments will be served. Free. Information: 541-526-1491.

Scottish country dance classes every Monday
Scottish Country Dance classes are held each Monday, 7-9 p.m., at the Sons of Norway Hall, 549 N.W. Harmon Blvd., Bend.. No experience or dance partner required. Cost is $3 per class. Information: 541-549-7311 or 541-410-5784.

General James Mattis
James N. Mattis, a U.S. Marine Corps four-star general, will present “Current and Future Security Challenges: Iraq, Afghanistan and Beyond,” Wednesday, Sept. 3, 7 p.m., at the Redmond High School Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is free but donations are accepted. Gen. Mattis will answer questions after the presentation. Presented by the COCC Foundation Visiting Scholar Program and the Redmond School District. Information: 541-923-4800.

Contractor education class for license
Central Oregon Community College’s Business Development Center in Redmond is offering a Contractor Education Course that satisfies the education requirements to take the test to become a licensed contractor in Oregon. Sept. 4, 6 pm to 9 pm, registration required.Cost is $275 and includes manual. 541-383-7290.

Allan Byer sings
Local singer/songwriter Allan Byer will perform his original Americana music and Bruce Cockburn covers Friday, Sept. 5, 6 p.m., at WineStyles, 614 N.W. Cedar Ave., Redmond. Information:

Auction to benefit teen attending Inaugural
A live and silent auction Thursday, Aug. 28, will benefit Redmond High School student Christian Bales, who has been selected to participate in the Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference in Washington, D.C. this January. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., at Redmond Community Church, NW 9th and Cedar. Items up up for auction include a fly fishing excursion and helicopter ride, overnight stays on the Oregon coast, art and furniture, certificates to restaurants and dance lessons. For more information call 541-504-5247.

High Desert Swap Meet and Car Show
The 25th Annual Oregon High Desert Swap Meet and Car Show is set for Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center. Gates open at 7 a.m. Admission is free. Information: 541-548-4467.

Grape growing in Central Oregon class
The OSU Extension Service is hosting a class on “Vine Ventures Grape Growing in Central Oregon,” Saturday, Sept. 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds Middle Sisters building. Topics include plant selection, availability and laws regarding the grape growing industry. Field trip to a local vineyard follows classroom session. Cost is $30 and includes lunch. Information: 541-548-6088, ext. 7957.

High Desert drag boats
Drag boat racers from all over Oregon, Washington, and California will convene for the High Desert Showdown Sept. 6-7 at Haystack Reservoir in Culver. Racing action starts at 9 a.m. Information: 541-290-1079 or

Horseback riding lessons from RAPRD
Redmond Area Park and Recreation District is offering horseback riding lessons for ages 7 and up, Sept. 6-7, 10 a.m. to noon, at the West Powell Butte Equestrian Center, 5384 Mt. St. Helens. Horse and tack provided. All skill levels welcome. Cost is $50. Information: 541-548-7275.

Desert Explorers pass
The new Desert Explorers Pass, good for free admission (two adults, two kids) to the High Desert Museum, is now available at all Deschutes Public Library branches. A limited number of passes available each week to library cardholders 17 and older. Information: 541-617-7097 or visit Click on “My Library Account” and “High Desert Museum Passes.”

Photography exhibit at Wal-Mart
The Heart Gallery of Oregon, a gallery of 30 professional photographs of children waiting for adoption, is on display at the Redmond Wal-Mart Supercenter, 300 N.W. Oak Tree Lane, through Aug. 29. The exhibit features compelling photographs and biographies of 30 children who are “free for adoption.” Information about adoption and foster care will also be available. Information:
Mt. Hood Adventure Park open for summer
The Mt. Hood Adventure Park at Skibowl is now open for the summer. The park offers an Alpine slide, downhill mountain biking, bungee jump, IndyKart racing, hiking trails, 500-foot zipline, scenic skychair rides, mini-golf, kids’ play zone and more. Skibowl is open weekdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and weekends 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Information: Visit or call (800) SKI BOWL.

Language conversation groups from RICE
The Redmond French Conversation Group meets Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. and the Spanish/English Language Exchange Group, “Compaeros Friends,” meets at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Both groups meet in Santiago’s Maté Company, 528 S.W. Sixth St. Free and open to everyone. Information: Barb Eager, 541-447-0732.

Casino Night - Vegas on the Ranch
Crooked River Ranch Lions Club presents Casino Night - Vegas on the Ranch, a night of roulette, poker and more,Aug. 30 - 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.; proceeds benefit Lion’s Club Sight and Hearing Foundation. The event will be at Sandbagger Dinner House, 5165 Clubhouse Drive, free admission, $10 buy-in, Information: 541-504-8848.

Doggie Dive
The Humane Society of Redmond is hosting its annual Doggie Dive Sunday, Aug. 31, 3-5:30 p.m., at the Cascade Swim Center, 465 S.W. Rimrock Dr. Dogs are invited to come for a “swim.” Cost is a requested donation of $10 per dog. Proceeds go to the Redmond Humane Society. Information: 541-923-0882.

Oregon Equestrian Trails meetings
Oregon Equestrian Trails meets on the first Tuesday of the month at Ray’s Food Place, 900 S.W. 23rd St. at 6:30 p.m., with a speaker presentation beginning at 7 p.m. Nonmembers are welcome to attend. Contact: Marilyn Ball at 382-4492 or Jan Fuller at 548-6124.

Acting auditions
The Tower Theatre Foundation and Bend Experimental Art Theatre (BEAT) will hold auditions for its production of “A Christmas Carol,” Sept. 2-3, 7-9 p.m., at the Tower Theatre in downtown Bend. Information: e-mail

Dance classes for all ages
Redmond Area Park and Recreation District hosts dance classes for all ages at Miss Kimbers Dance Magic Studio, 623 S.W. Glacier Ave., Suite C. Ballet, jazz, hip-hop and adult fitness. Classes offered daily Sept. 3-30. Cost is $45 kids, $48 adults.
Information: 541-548-7275 or visit

Special story time
A special story time for kids entering kindergarten this fall will be held Wednesday, Sept. 3, 10:15 a.m., at the Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave. There will be stories, songs, action rhymes and a craft. Information: 541-312-1054.

Music on the Green
The Hokulea Dancers will perform traditional Hawaiian dance Wednesday, Sept. 3, 6-7:30 p.m., during the Redmond Chamber of Commerce Music on the Green concert in Sam Johnson Park. Free. Food vendors on site. This is the last scheduled performance of the season. Information: 541-923-5191.

Mountain Bike Kids
Starting Sept. 8, Cog Wild will be offering two sessions of Mountain Bike Kids Camp in Bend. Each camp is three weeks long, offered either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday from 4-6 p.m. Information: 541-385-7002 or e-mail

Kindermusik for Tots
The Redmond Park and Recreation District is offering the following programs for kids:
Kindermusik, “Our Time,” for ages 18 months to 3, Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., Sept. 10 through Dec. 10. Build self-confidence, self control and communication skills through music. Cost is $125 plus $55 supplies.
Kindermusik, “Family Time,” for ages infant to 7, Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Sept. 10 through Nov. 12. Kids will play instruments, dance and interact. Cost is $130 per child, plus $70 supplies for up to two children ($35 each additional child).
335 S.E. Jackson St., Redmond.
Information: 541-548-7275 or visit

“How to Understand your Benefits and the Social Security Program”
Bill Moore and Associates of Bend will host a seminar on Social Security Tuesday, Sept. 11, 6-7 p.m., at the Bend Golf and Country Club, 61045 Country Club Dr., Bend. Pre-registration is required by Sept. 8. Information: 541-388-9888.

Artist reception
Nationally known Oregon artist, Grace Bishko will be in attendance at an artist reception Sept. 12 from 5-8 p.m. at High Desert Gallery in Redmond,453 SW 6th Street. Refreshments, live music, and new original paintings and fine art Ppints. This event is in cooperation with “Walk The Art Beat.” Information: 541-548-1811.

Walk the Artbeat
Over 25 merchants will host local artists and their 3-dimensional art creations in sculpture, glass, jewelry, textiles and fine furniture during Walk the Artbeat in downtown Redmond Friday, Sept. 12, 5-8 p.m. Food, wine and live music. Free. Information: 541-504-8870.

Cascade Conference on Successful Aging
The Sixth Annual Cascade Conference on Successful Aging is set for Sept. 19, 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., at The Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center, 3075 N. Highway 97, Bend.
Highlights of the conference include business and senior consumers, senior-friendly communities, policy and leadership, and health and well-being for seniors and their families. Keynote speaker is human rights activist, Nontombi Naomi Tutu, M.A., daughter of South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Cost is $149 ($99 if registered before Aug. 31). Information: or e-mail

Driving Miss Daisy
Innovation Theatre Works, Central Oregon’s new, professional theatre company, will present, “Driving Miss Daisy,” Sept. 20 through Oct. 5 at the Tower Theatre in Bend. Tickets are $25-45 and can be purchased online at, or by phone, 541-317-0700.

Acting classes
Heritage Theatre Company is offering acting classes for teens and adults, Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., Oct. 1-22, $48; and for children first through fourth grade, Mondays, 4-5;15 p.m., Oct. 27 through Nov. 17, $42. Both classes will be held at the Bend Community Center, 1036 N.E. Fifth St., Bend. Information: 541-306-6751.

Pythian Theatre
2008-2009 season
The Pythian Theater of Redmond has announced its performance lineup 2008-2009 season:
“I Do! I Do!” a romantic musical comedy, Oct. 3-12.
“The Sound of Music,” Dec. 12-21.
“Forever Plaid,” March 13-21, 2009.
“The Producers,” June 19-28, 2009.
Tickets are $25 adults, $22 students and seniors. Season tickets are $80 adults and $72 students and seniors. Shows will be held in the Redmond High School Auditorium. Information: 541-526-1688.

Football season kicks off

Gary G. Newman/Spokesman staff
Redmond High School football players scrimmaged for an audience Aug. 23 during the annual Outback Bowl, a fundraiser for the team's concussion-resistant helmets. Outback Steakhouse of Bend catered the dinner. The team's opening game is Aug. 29 in Canby.

City seeks new reputation for 'Stoner Park'

Community leaders and philanthropists Sam and Becky Johnson might be shaking their heads up in heaven, hearing the news that their gift to the city, Sam Johnson Park, is known by many as “Stoner Park.”

Problems in city parks, and most particularly the Johnsons’ namesake park, brought city police and community members together last week to discuss possible solutions to the juvenile crime and misbehavior occurring there.

“Personally I think parks define a community and add to its livability,” said Lt. Mike Kidwell of the Redmond Police Department. “There are lots of good things going on in Redmond parks; I hate to see any trouble overshadow that.”

Kidwell facilitated a meeting attended by more than half a dozen Redmond police officers and nine community members, most neighbors living near Sam Johnson Park. Also in attendance was recent Redmond High School graduate and skateboarder Deanne Painter, and Juvenile Services Coordinator Eric Beckwith.

Kidwell and School Resource Officers Craig Unger (Redmond High School) and CJ Johnson (Brown High School) recapped for the group the problem as they saw it: continuing vandalism, substance abuse and intimidating behavior by teens hanging out in Sam Johnson and other parks, mostly during school hours.

According to the officers, Sam Johnson is the biggest problem for several reasons: proximity to the two high schools, relative isolation, a picnic pavilion for a hangout spot, and ease of spotting approaching officers due to a single access road.

“All the kids call it Stoner Park,” said Sgt. Unger. “Even out-of-towners know where to go to buy pot in Redmond.” Given how much advance notice the teens have of approaching officers, making citations for tobacco or drugs is difficult, Unger told the group.

Largely because summer and weekends bring many other park users to Sam Johnson, the teens gravitate towards the park during school days, when they can have it mostly to themselves. But officers take reports regularly from other park users who have been offended by seeing teens vandalizing park property, smoking or cursing to such an extent that they did not feel comfortable staying in the park.

Many audience members wanted to know why kids are in the park during school days in the first place and the officers and Painter offered some ideas: Redmond High School is an open campus so students often leave during lunch or free periods, Brown High School releases shortly after noon and those students often have free time before busses pick them up at RHS; and lastly dropouts, kids skipping class or on suspension gravitate to the park where their friends are.

Kurt Petersen from the Redmond Parks Department told the group that parks employees had even gone as far as removing all picnic tables and trash cans from the pavilion area once summer is over, in order to deprive the teens of “furniture” in their hangout.

Several solutions were discussed, including motion sensor lights for nighttime vandalism, a school-hour curfew for teens under age 18, restrictions on spray paint sales, and surveillance cameras.

Often the large groups of teens can’t be caught breaking the law – no one sees them vandalizing, they dispose of illegal substances before officers approach, and intimidating behavior such as yelling and cursing is not a citable offense – and because of that the police officers in attendance agreed that the daytime curfew might be the most effective solution.

Most of the community members concurred but one, Cathy Miller, said she thought it was not a good solution.

“If the kids get pushed out of the parks they’ll just go somewhere else with more seclusion,” she said.

All agreed that input from a broader cross section of the community, including teenagers, was needed before formulating any real plan to combat the problem. A follow-up meeting, perhaps after school is in session, and a survey sent to residents in Redmond was suggested and Kidwell told the group he would work on it.

-- Leslie Pugmire Hole

August 19, 2008

Ramble the wacky way

photo by Leslie Pugmire Hole
copyright Redmond Spokesman

The fifth Rockchuck Ramble was a scorcher – literally.
The 327-yard run, walk, roll got under way just after 2 p.m. in 100-plus temperatures. The afternoon temperature topped out at 106 degrees, breaking a 41-year-old record of 103 set in the 1967.
Originally part of Sunfest celebration in July, the Ramble was included in this year’s Redmond Revival celebration and for the first time a block of Sixth Street was part of the route.The first year 191 people participated and the numbers have increased each year. The race’s creator, Redmond insurance agent Joe Lochner, was hoping for 300 participants this year, but didn’t quite make it; 280 people registered.
“It was just too darned hot,” Lochner said. “People were coming up and saying it was too hot to bring their kids down.”
Still, the event was awesome, he said.While he didn’t know exactly how many, Lochner said he has people who sign up every year as well as many newcomers.
“There are the regulars who do it every year, collect the T-shirts or whatever,” Lochner said, “but every year there are new people.”Why does he organize the event every year?“It’s so much fun trying to make it bigger and better every year,” he said.
And it’s an event anyone can participate in.“It’s for all comers. Everybody can play,” Lochner said, from those in wheelchairs or who can barely walk to those who can sprint the distance.
Kevin Roberts was back for this fifth try. Roberts, who is physically disabled and caught Lochner’s eye the first year with his last-place finish, has completed the run every year.Lochner calls him “one of my heroes” and a reason he keeps organizing the event.That inclusiveness was not lost on entrants.
“It’s a community effort,” said Peggy Roberts, who has entered the race twice before officially and participated unofficially a third time, in explaining why she was doing it again. “It’s hot and miserable (today), but it’s something anybody can do.”And, Roberts added, it’s also a way for her to participate in an event with her 9-year-old granddaughter, Taylor.
Debra Tomich was participating in her first Ramble, after moving from Colorado three weeks ago.
“I was just curious,” said Tomich, after enlisting a reporter to take a picture of her with an entrant dressed like an ostrich. Her roommate, who uses a wheelchair, did the race with her, she added.Not only did participants run the gamut of physical abilities, there was a wide age range, from a 10-month-old boy to an 85-year-old woman, and contestants from as far away as Florida and Australia.Local merchants also add to the event by contributing prizes for the drawing that’s open to all finishers, Lochner said.With the fifth race under his belt, Lochner is working on the 2009 race.
“The sixth,” he said, with a touch of amazement.
-- story by Trish Pinkerton
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Redmond-area obituaries

Sara Michelle Owens
April 20, 1980 - Aug. 13, 2008
Prineville Funeral Home, 447-6459
At her request no public services will be held.

Sherman M. Johns
July 1, 1918 - August 11, 2008
Deschutes Memorial Chapel & Gardens, 382-5592
No services planned at this time.

Al E. Moore
Mar. 13, 1934 - Aug. 16, 2008
Autumn Funerals - Redmond, 504-9485
Memorial service to be held at a later date.

Bernice Maurine (Derickson) Bodtker
Aug. 29, 1915 - Aug. 12, 2008

Bernice Maurine (Derickson) Bodtker left this world on August 12, 2008, to live in Heaven with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was born August 29, 1915, in Woodworth, North Dakota, to parents Bertha Olive (McCurdy) and Murray Allison Derickson. Bernice graduated as Salutatorian of her high school class in 1933 and then attended nursing school in Jamestown, North Dakota. Her first job as a registered nurse was in Minnesota. The whole family moved to Springfield, Ore. where she worked at Sacred Heart Hospital. In 1945, Bernice married Bill Smith, and they moved to New York where she worked as an RN. When that marriage ended in divorce, she moved to Forest Grove, Ore., and operated a maternity home, and then a nursing home in Portland, Oregon.

Bernice married a Tumalo dairy farmer, Folmer Bodtker in June, 1956, where together with Bernice's two daughters, they operated a Jersey dairy. She thought that work was "way too hard," so she attended business school in Portland, and became the first medical record librarian/ administrator at Central Oregon District Hospital in Redmond, Oregon. After 26 years, Bernice retired to play golf, work out at jazzercize classes, swim at Bend Golf and Country Club and travel with her husband.

Following her husband's death in 2005, she moved from Bend to Klamath Falls, Ore. in 2006 where she lived first at Crystal Terrace and then at her daughter, Nathele's, home. Bernice attended Faith Tabernacle Assembly of God Church and loved the Lord with all her heart.

Bernice is survived by two daughters, Nancy McCulley and husband (Mike) of Federal Way, Wash., and Nathele (Nat) Gitnes and husband (Myron) of Klamath Falls, Ore.; grandsons Christian Ryser of Vashon Island, Wash.; Jon Ryser (Gretchen Yanover) of Seattle, Wash.; Morgan Ryser of Seattle, Wash.; and Jason Holland (DeLisa) of Mechanicsville, Va.; granddaughters Shawna LeRoy (Chad) of Klamath Falls, Ore.; and Misty Swetland (John) of Klamath Falls, Ore.

Also surviving Bernice are her great-grandchildren: Xela Willow, Erin, Barry, Joelle, Hunter and McKenzee and her step-grandchildren: Seth (Wendy, Rylie and Rachel) Gitnes of Everett, Wash., Selina (Oscar, Basha and Taelor) Mullins of Portland, Ore., Gabrielle (Melinda) Gitnes of Blachly, Ore., Kyrsten (Kent) Gitnes of Austin, Texas, and Amber Gitnes (Luke) of La Pine, Ore. One brother also survives her in Eugene, Donald Derickson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Folmer; one brother (Dwight Derickson), and one sister (Edna Crocker).

Bernice leaves behind many wonderful caregivers from Sky Lakes Home Health and High Desert Hospice of Klamath Falls.

Viewing and visitation will be at Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home on Friday, Aug. 22 from 2 until 4 p.m. A graveside service will be held on August 23 at 11 a.m. at Deschutes Memorial Gardens in Bend, Ore. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held in Klamath Falls on Friday, Aug. 29, Bernice's Birthday, from 3 - 5 p.m. at 328 Grant Street.

Contributions may be sent to Central Oregon Humane Society.

Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sherman W. Johns
July 1, 1918 - August 11, 2008

Sherman W. Johns died of natural causes on August 11, 2008. He was a resident of Redmond, Oregon for more than 30 years.

He was born to Homer & Bertha Johns on July 1, 1918 in Little Washington, PA. He married Betty June on December 31, 1957.

He served in the U.S. Army Oct. 24, 1942 to November 1, 1945. Sherman worked as a powerman and driller. He was retired.

Sherman loved to garden and work in the yard. He loved to pay bingo every Saturday night.

He is survived by Betty, his wife of 50 years, sons, Sherman Lee Johns, Darrell Landon, Leonard Leo Johns, daughter, Tamesa Rohach, 12 grandchildren and at least 16 great-grand children.

No services will be held.

August 12, 2008

Calendar of events

Artist reception at High Desert Gallery
Nationally known Oregon artist, Grace Bishko will be in attendance at an artist reception Sept. 12 from 5-8 p.m. at High Desert Gallery in Redmond,453 S.W. Sixth St. Refreshments, live music, and new original paintings and fine art prints. This event is in cooperation with “Walk The Art Beat.” Information: 541-548-1811.

Teen Game Day

The Redmond Public Library is hosting game day for teens, Thursday, Aug. 14, 3-4:30 p.m. Teens can play Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution, and Nintento Wii. All events are free. Information: 541-312-1063.

“Lights, Camera ... Murder!”

“Lights, Camera … Murder!” a mystery dinner theater, will be held Thursday, Aug. 14, 6 p.m., at The Mustard Seed Restaurant, 614 N.W. Cedar Ave., Redmond. Tickets are $55 (seniors are $50). Information: 541-548-0412.

Harvest Run

The 15th Annual Drifters Car Club Harvest Run is set for Aug. 15-16 in downtown Redmond. Nearly 200 classic and custom cars, hot rods, motorcycles and trucks will be on display. The event kicks off Aug. 15, 6 p.m., with a barbecue and music. Cruising downtown starts at 8 p.m. Activities continue Aug. 16, 10 a.m., with a Show and Shine, Poker Walk, raffle drawing, music, dancing and kids’ games. Admission is free. Information: Jim Larson, 541-548-6329.

Redmond Community Presbyterian Church rummage sale

Benefit yard sale, bake sale and youth group weenie roast to fund church community projects will be held Aug. 16 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 529 N.W. 19th St. Donations are being accepted — no clothes please.

Redmond Revival Street Festival

Downtown Redmond will come alive Aug. 16, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., during the Redmond Revival Street Festival. Activities include a Pets, Pals & Pedestrian Parade, sidewalk sales, pony and train rides for kids, face painting, food, wine tasting, live music, crafts and the Fifth Annual Rockchuck Ramble at 2:07 p.m. Participation in the parade is free. Check-in starts at 9 a.m. Information: 541-923-5191 or

Dawson Days

Dawson Station, corner of Northwest Sixth Street and Cedar Avenue, downtown Redmond, is hosting its Second Annual Summer Dawson Days event Tuesday, Aug. 19, 4-8 p.m. There will be live music, local artists, food, spirits and prize drawings. Information: 541-526-1110.

Oldwave concert

Local musical group Oldwave will hit the Redmond Public Library stage on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Oldwave plays folk and bluegrass in the tradition of the Carter Family. Free to the public. People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Liz at 312-1032.Information: 312-1032.

Cruise-In Carwash

Cougar Springs Senior Living Community, 1942 S.W. Canyon Dr., will hold a Cruise-In Carwash to benefit Alzheimer’s Association Friday, Aug. 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: 541-316-4400.

Cruise In

City Center Church Cruise In, Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come see classic cars and trucks, and find food, prizes and live music.Burgers and hotdogs available from noon to 1 p.m. No entry fees.Informaton: 541-419-4608 or

Photography exhibit
The Heart Gallery of Oregon, a gallery of 30 professional photographs of children waiting for adoption, is on display at the Redmond Wal-Mart Supercenter, 300 N.W. Oak Tree Lane, through Aug. 29. The exhibit features compelling photographs and biographies of 30 children who are “free for adoption.” Information about adoption and foster care will also be available. Information:

Dog Days of Summer

Columbia River Bank presents Dog Days of Summer, a festival of live bluegrass, country, rock ‘n’ roll and blues music Aug. 16, from 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. The event in Sam Johnson Park will feature a kids’ area with inflatable rides, food and retail vendors and more. Information: 541-389-1995.

Allan Byer performs

Allan Byer will play original Americana tunes and special Bruce Cockburn covers Sundays, Aug. 17, 24 and 31, 5:30-9 p.m., at the Terrebonne Depot, 400 N.E. Smith Rock Way. Information: or 541-548-5030.

Make dill pickles and dilly beans

The Deschutes County OSU Extension Service is hosting a class on how to make dill pickles and dilly beans Aug. 19, 9 a.m. to noon, at the OSU Extension office, 3893 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond. Cost is $14. Class size is limited and registration deadline is Aug. 14. Information: 541-548-6088 or e-mail

Walk the Artbeat through downtown

More than 25 merchants will host local artists and their 3-dimensional art creations in sculpture, glass, jewelry, textiles and fine furniture during Walk the Artbeat in downtown Redmond Friday, Sept. 12, 5-8 p.m. Food, wine and live music. Free. Information: 541-504-8870.

Driving Miss Daisy set for 2-week run

Innovation Theatre Works, Central Oregon’s new, professional theatre company, will present, “Driving Miss Daisy,” Sept. 20 through Oct. 5 at the Tower Theatre in Bend. Tickets are $25-45 and can be purchased online at, or by phone, 541-317-0700.

Pythian Theatre 2008-2009 Season

The Pythian Theater of Redmond has announced its performance lineup for the 2008-2009 season:
“I Do! I Do!” a romantic musical comedy, Oct. 3-12; “The Sound of Music,” Dec. 12-21; “Forever Plaid,” March 13-21, 2009; and “The Producers,” June 19-28, 2009.
Tickets are $25 adults, $22 students and seniors. Season tickets are $80 adults and $72 students and seniors. Shows will be held in the Redmond High School Auditorium. Information: 541-526-1688.

Elbow to elbow, a new way to ride

Cole Harmeson, 12, of Bend, and Tanner Redmond, 11, of Redmond,
make the corner at the BMX Supercamp at Smith Rock BMX, Aug. 6, 2008.

Few people will log as many miles behind the wheel this summer as Burlin Harris and his BMX Supercamp crew. Two days before turning up in Redmond last week, he was in Wyoming, and by now, he’s in Missouri. He’ll continue on through the upper Midwest for a few weeks, then head west for another camp near Seattle in mid-September.

“A lot of guys come out and do a little clinic, but nobody tours like us. It’s been 200 days a year for 15 years,” Harris said.

Coached by professional BMX racers, the Supercamps are one of the biggest name brands in BMX, according to Tracy Stephens, one of the many volunteers who operate the Smith Rock BMX track on Redmond’s east side. All four members of this year’s U.S. Olympic BMX team are Supercamp alumni.

“Berwin, his son’s a previous number one ABA pro national winner – he originally started training him himself years ago because there wasn’t anything out there,” Stephens said.

Around 50 riders from ages 3 to 40 years old turned out for last week’s camp, held August 6 and 7 at the Smith Rock track. Harris calls it a “gate to the finish line” training session, and he delivers, with coaches drilling students on everything from how to pick a line through a banked turn to the different methods of riding a “rhythm section” of multiple two to three foot jumps.

Blaine Manning, a rider from the Seattle area, said this was his fifth Supercamp. He said he’s already “learned everything,” but remembering to follow through while racing sometimes eludes him.

“You learn a lot if you’re a young kid like these guys; if you’re new, you learn a lot,” Manning said.

Eleven-year-old Mario Pacheco of Redmond said he only started racing BMX this year. At the camp, he learned new jumping techniques and “manualing,” a method of riding through the rhythm section with only the back tire on the ground.

His friend, Mike Davis of Redmond, disputed this.

“I taught him everything he knows,” said Davis, 11. “He can’t do it all yet, but he will.”

Coach Deak Brown, a pro rider from Colorado, was on the track Wednesday sending his charges through an exercise. Two Frisbees were placed about four feet apart on a banked turn, and the riders were sent off two at a time to ride side-by-side through the narrow gap. The idea, Brown explained, was to make them more comfortable with riding in close quarters.

“It takes time to get used to riding with your elbows touching, your handlebars touching,” Brown said. “It is a contact sport.”

Austin Burleson, a rider from Woodburn, said this was the first BMX camp he’s been to where the contact sport aspects of racing were even addressed. The Frisbee drill was nerve-wracking at first, he said, but after running it several times without falling, he was getting more comfortable.

“I learned it’s not so bad to bump bars. It’s not as bad as it seems,” he said.

The Smith Rock BMX track hosts races every Tuesday and Friday night in the spring, summer, and fall, and is open to the public at other times for informal training. See for more information.

-- story and photo by Scott Hammers, copyright Redmond Spokesman


Gerald ‘Jerry Willliam Watson
May 14, 1937
- August 9, 2008

Services: A Celebration of Life will be held 11 a.m., Friday, August 15, at New Hope Church, 20080 Pinebrook Blvd., Bend, Oregon.

Steven C. Grudt
July 14, 1956 - August 2, 2008

Steven C. Grudt of Bend died on Saturday, August 2, 2008 at the age of 52 years. He was born July 14, 1956 in Santa Monica, CA., to parents, Gerald and Marilyn (Brown) Grudt.

Steve came to Bend in 1981 from California, and on May 25, 1985 he was united in marriage to Donna Line at the Powell Butte Church.

He has worked at Thompson Pump and Irrigation in Bend for the past 17 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Donna, of Bend, daughter, Karla Grudt, of Bend, parents, Gerald and Marilyn Grudt, of Bend, brother, Mike Grudt, of West Hills, Ca., sister, Wendy Borst, of Bend, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Redmond Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at Redmond Memorial Cemetery at 2:00pm.