REDMOND FOURTH OF JULY PARADE: Themed “A Firecracker 4th of July”; free; 10 a.m., check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.; downtown Redmond; 541-923-5191.
FREEDOMFEST 2012: With food, power breaking, live music and children’s activities; free; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sam Johnson Park, Southwest 15th Street, Redmond; 541-923-8614 or www.calvarychapelredmond.com.
REDMOND’S OLD FASHIONED FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION: A community celebration with games, music, a pie-eating contest and more; free; 1-9 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way; 541-548-7275.
MUSIC IN THE CANYON: A Red, White and Redmond Blues Festival; free; 2-7 p.m.; American Legion Community Park, 850 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; www.musicinthecanyon.com.
SOUND FOURTH: The Cascade Horizon Band and the Festival Chorus perform patriotic music; followed by a barbecue; donations accepted; 3 p.m.; Bend High School, 230 N.E. Sixth St.; 541-639-7734, email@example.com or www.cascadehorizonband.org.
DJ AND KARAOKE: 7 p.m.; Sandbagger Dinner House, 5165 Clubhouse Drive, Crooked River Ranch; 541-923-8655.
REDMOND FIREWORKS: Fourth of July fireworks display; free; dusk; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way; 541-548-7275.
TODDLIN’ TALES STORY TIME: For children 18-36 months and caregiver, every Thursday; 10:15 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
BABY STEPS STORY TIME: A gentle story time for infants to 18 months, every Thursday; 11 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE: Visit www.redcrossblood.org to make an appoiontment; free; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; VFW Hall, 1836 S.W. Veterans Way, Redmond; 541-548-4108.
MUSIC IN THE CANYON: Larry and His Flask performs music; free; 5:30-8 p.m.; American Legion Community Park, 850 S.W. Rimrock Way, Redmond; www.musicinthecanyon.com.
PAJAMA PARTY: Bring your children, ages 5-12, to the RAPRD Activity Center for hours of fun, games and art activities, the first Friday of every month. Wear pajamas or comfy clothes. Pizza and drinks provided. Pre-registration is encouraged; $8 per child; 5:30-9 p.m.; Redmond Area Park and Recreation District, Activity Center, 335 S.E. Jackson St.; 541-548-7275.
AUTHOR PRESENTATION: Jim Lynch talks about his novel “Truth Like the Sun”; free; 6:30 p.m.; Paulina Springs Books, 422 S.W. Sixth St., Redmond; 541-526-1491.
DJ CHRIS: Live DJ; 8 p.m.; Checkers Pub, 329 S.W. 6th St., Redmond; 541-548-3731.
KARAOKE: 8 p.m.; Sandbagger Dinner House, 5165 Clubhouse Drive, Crooked River Ranch; 541-923-8655.
SUNRISE SUMMER CLASSIC: 5K, 10K and half marathon races, with a kids rock race; proceeds benefit Relay for Life teams and other nonprofits; see website for price details; 7 a.m.; Smith Rock State Park, 9241 N.E. Crooked River Drive, Terrebonne; 541-548-7501 or www.smithrockrace.com.
CHURCH FUNDRAISER: Vision Church will host a one-day sale and carnival to meet community members and raise funds for the new church. New and gently used clothing, furniture, household items, books, electronics, kitchenware and more. More than 20 families contributing. Bring the kids for free carnival games and activities, or just stop by to see what this new church is all about. All of the money raised will go to Vision Church and its community oriented ministries; 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Vision Church, 3732 S.W. 21st Place, Redmond; 541-706-0347 or www.visioncentral.tv or www.facebook.com/events/147659802033961/.
TERREBONNE GRANGE BREAKFAST: Pancake breakfast with scrambled eggs, sausage and beverages; $5, $3 children under 12, $12 family of four or more; 8-11 a.m.; Terrebonne Grange Hall, 8286 11th St.; 541-788-0865.
jam session: Bring your voice, guitar, banjo, spoons or just a listening ear; bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the tunes; noon; Big Al’s Firehouse Grill; corner of Highway 126 and S.W. Williams Road in Powell Butte; 541-548-1233.
HIGH DESERT GARDEN TOUR: View six gardens in Prineville and Powell Butte in a self-guided tour; $10, free ages 16 and younger; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 541-548-6088 or http://extension.oregonstate.edu/deschutes.
CRR INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION: Featuring a parade, a buffalo feed, crafts, and a barn dance; free admission, $7 for dance; 10 a.m., dance begins at 6 p.m.; MacPherson Park, Clubhouse Road, Crooked River Ranch; 541-548-8939.
TECH PETTING ZOO: Take a hands-on look at some of the popular eReader and tablet devices on the market today; 1-3 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1050.
AUTHOR PRESENTATION: Anna Keesey reads from her book “Little Century,” set in southeastern Oregon; free; 6:30 p.m.; Paulina Springs Books, 422 S.W. Sixth St., Redmond; 541-526-1491.
THE NEW OLD TIME CHAUTAUQUA: The traveling Vaudevillian circus performs, with a stage band; $13 or $8 children in advance, $15 or $10 children at the door, free ages 5 and younger; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-317-0700 or www.towertheatre.org.
KARAOKE: 8 p.m.; Sandbagger Dinner House, 5165 Clubhouse Drive, Crooked River Ranch; 541-923-8655.
SEPTEMBER STAYED: The Hollywood, Calif.-based folk band performs; $10 in advance, $13 at the door; 8 p.m.; 2nd Street Theater, 220 N.E. Lafayette Ave., Bend; 541-312-9626.
SMITH ROCK MUDDY PIG RUN: Adults’ race is preceded by kid’s race; proceeds benefit Relay for Life teams and other nonprofits; see website for price details; 10:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. kids race; DD Ranch, 3836 N.E. Smith Rock Way, Terrebonne; 541-548-1432 or www.muddypigrun.com.
FIDDLERS JAM: Listen or dance at the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Jam; donations accepted; 1-3:30 p.m.; VFW Hall, 1836 S.W. Veterans Way, Redmond; 541-447-7395.
OPEN HOUSE: See the new St. Thomas Academy school building and parish center; refreshments will be served and tours offered; formal dedication at 2 p.m; free; 1-4 p.m.; St. Thomas Church, 1720 N.W. 19th St., Redmond; 541-548-3785.
SUMMER SUNDAY CONCERT: The indie orchestra act Portland Cello Project performs; free; 2:30-4:30 p.m.; Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 S.W. Shevlin Hixon Drive, Bend; 541-322-9383 or www.bendconcerts.com.
MAKE MAGIC: Bill Mitchell performs a comedic slight-of-hand routine, and talks about the importance of reading; free; 10:30 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-617-7050 or www.deschuteslibrary.org/calendar.
urban renewal: Downtown Urban Renewal Advisory Committee meeting; 5 p.m.; public welcome; 716 S.W. Evergreen Ave.; agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE: Visit www.redcrossblood.org for an appointment; free; 1-6 p.m.; Redmond Grange, 707 S.W. Kalama Ave.; 541-480-4495.
REDMOND FARMERS MARKET: Free admission; 2-6:30 p.m.; Centennial Park, Seventh Street and Evergreen Avenue; 541-550-0066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUESDAY MARKET AT EAGLE CREST: Free admission; 2-6 p.m.; Eagle Crest Resort, 1522 Cline Falls Road, Redmond; 541-633-9637 or email@example.com.
city council: Redmond City Council meetings; 6:45 a.m. and 7 p.m.; public welcome; city hall, 716 S.W. Evergreen Ave.; agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
COMPUTER LAB: Free time for adults to practice computer skills or work on any problems, with staff available to help. Use a library laptop or bring your own. Find answers to your e-reader questions. Every Tuesday. No registration required; 3 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1050.
Literary celebrities visit Central Oregon
The Deschutes Public Library Foundation has launched Author! Author!, a literary series that will bring world-class authors to Central Oregon. Revenue from ticket sales will provide funds to enhance the library’s services and programs. Author! Author! is a quarterly event that kicks off in September and will run through June 2013.
The quarterly presentations will take place at the Bend High School Auditorium, and the schedule is as follows:
• Best-selling author Mitch Albom, author of “Tuesdays with Morrie,” will present Saturday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m.
• Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan, author of “Visit from the Goon Squad,” will present Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at 7 p.m.
• Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Greenblatt, author of “Will in the World: How Shakespeare became Shakespeare,” will present Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 7 p.m.
• Edgar Award winner Erik Larson, author of “Devil in the White City” and “In the Garden of Beasts,” will present Thursday, June 20, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.
The Library Foundation will gift 100 seats to area high schools for students to attend the four author presentations.
“The Library Foundation will work closely with regional high schools and provide books for students to read prior to each author’s visit, as well as provide 100 tickets for students to attend the presentations,” said Chantal Strobel Deschutes Public Library community relations manager . “This is part of an effort to reach out to young adults in the region and expose them to quality literature while engaging them in discussions regarding the book’s themes and content.”
Subscriptions to the series are now available at www.bendticket.com. Tickets to the individual author presentations go on sale Aug. 1. For more information visit the Deschutes Public Library Foundation website at www.dplfoundation.org. If you would like to volunteer to assist with the Author! Author! series, please contact the Library Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Improv group seeks members
A new sketch comedy troupe, The Bend OverView, is accepting new members. The group, modeled on the Groundlings in L.A., will mix traditional and long-form improvisational technciques with scripted comedy. It will be led by Samantha Albert, formerly with Second City in Chicago. Interested performers and writers are invited to a meeting July 30 at Innovation Theatre Works; preregistration is required; email@example.com or 541-504-6721.
Art on display at Home Federal
High Desert Society of the Arts in Redmond will show the dramatic landscapes of photographer Larry Goodman at the Home Federal Bank in July and August.
An artist reception will be held July 20, from 2 to 4 p.m.
The bank is located at 821 S.W. Sixth St. in Redmond.
Enter new triathlon held near Maupin
A weekend of festivities will feature the Ride-Row-Run, which consists of a 26-mile bike ride, followed by a 3.5-mile row/paddle on the Deschutes River, and a 5-mile run on Sept. 23. The event will start and finish at the Imperial River Company in Maupin .
There will be a host of activities throughout the weekend. The Ride-Row-Run will start Sunday at 9 a.m.
Event co-director Bryan Westby said in a news release, “We are focusing on building the Ride-Row-Run as an event and not just a race. By adding other activities and enhancing the race finish, we hope to bring more people to the area and keep them around longer.”
The event is presented by the Greater Maupin Area Chamber of Commerce and managed by X-Dog Events.
For more information visit the event website at www.riderowrun.com. You may also email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-741-XDOG for additional details.