November 30, 2016

Redmond firefighter seriously injured in Alabama fire

Redmond Smokejumper Ray Rubio was seriously injured just before Thanksgiving while fighting a fire in Alabama, according to a GoFundMe page set up for him. A Smokejumper since 1995, Rubio suffered life threatening head injuries and a broken kneecap. Rubio is an Army veteran who served in the 82nd Airborne.


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A new K-9 officer has joined the Redmond Police Department - OR, the Redmond Panthers Girls Basketball team takes the court and Smith Rock Coffee Roasters LLC opens in east Redmond. Read about it all in this week's Spokesman, available today at locations including Shari's, 76 and St. Charles Hospital.


November 24, 2016

Redmond in photos, November 2016


'Tis the season

   The holidays have officially hit Redmond. Below are a couple photos from a festive art boutique, light decorations downtown installed by the Redmond Chamber of Commerce and the Ice Skating Rink at the downtown plaza, which is waiting on colder weather to officially open. The Starlight Parade is this weekend, Nov. 26 at 5 p.m., followed by the Christmas tree lighting at Centennial Park directly after the parade. Check this week's printed Spokesman calendar for additional events and boutiques to be held this holiday season. 

 Happy Holidays!

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November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving food safety

From USDA Food Safety Education Staff

USDA’s Five Tips for a Food Safe Thanksgiving

   This week millions of Americans will gather family and friends around the dinner table to give thanks. But for those preparing the meal, it can be a stressful time. Not to mention, for many it is the largest meal they have cooked all year, leaving plenty of room for mistakes that could cause foodborne illness.

   “Unsafe handling and undercooking of food can lead to serious foodborne illness,” said Al Almanza, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “Turkeys may contain Salmonella and Campylobacter, harmful pathogens that are only destroyed by properly preparing and cooking the turkey. Similarly, leaving leftovers out for too long, or not taking care to properly clean cooking and serving surfaces, can lead to other types of illness. We want to be sure that all consumers know the steps they can take and resources that are available to them to help prepare a safe and enjoyable holiday meal.”

   To avoid making everyone at the table sick, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) offers five tips for a food safe Thanksgiving:

Tip 1: Don’t Wash That Turkey.

   According to the most recent Food Safety Survey, conducted by the Food and Drug Administration, 68 percent of the public washes whole turkey before cooking it. USDA does not recommend washing raw meat and poultry before cooking. Washing raw meat and poultry can cause bacteria to spread up to three feet away. Cooking (baking, broiling, boiling, frying or grilling) meat and poultry to the right temperature kills any bacteria that may be present, so washing meat and poultry is not necessary.

Tip 2: Use the refrigerator, the cold-water method or the microwave to defrost a frozen turkey.

   There are three safe ways to defrost a turkey: in the refrigerator, in cold water and in the microwave oven. Thawing food in the refrigerator is the safest method because the turkey will defrost at a consistent, safe temperature. It will take 24 hours for every 5 pounds of weight for a turkey to thaw in the refrigerator. To thaw in cold water, submerge the bird in its original wrapper in cold tap water, changing the water every 30 minutes. For instructions on microwave defrosting, refer to your microwave’s owner’s manual. Cold water and microwave thawing can also be used if your bird did not entirely defrost in the refrigerator.

Tip 3: Use a meat thermometer.

   The only way to determine if a turkey (or any meat, poultry or seafood) is cooked is to check its internal temperature with a food thermometer. A whole turkey should be checked in three locations: the innermost part of the thigh, the innermost part of the wing and the thickest part of the breast. Your thermometer should register 165°F in all three of these places. The juices rarely run clear at this temperature, and when they do the bird is often overcooked. Using the food thermometer is the best way to ensure your turkey is cooked, but not overdone.

Tip 4: Don’t store food outside, even if it’s cold.

   Storing food outside is not food safe for two reasons. The first is that animals, both wild and domesticated, can get into food stored outside, consuming it or contaminating it. The second is temperature variation. Just like your car gets warm in the summer, a plastic food storage container in the sun can heat up and climb into the danger zone (above 40°F). The best way to keep that extra Thanksgiving food at a safe temperature (below 40°F) is in a cooler with ice.

Tip 5: Leftovers are good in the refrigerator for up to four days.

   Cut the turkey off the bone and refrigerate it as soon as you can, within 2 hours of the turkey coming out of the oven. Leftovers will last for four days in the refrigerator, so if you know you won’t use them right away, pack them into freezer bags or airtight containers and freeze. For best quality, use your leftover turkey within four months. After that, the leftovers will still be safe, but can dry out or lose flavor.

Want additional food safety tips?
   If you have questions about your Thanksgiving dinner, you can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) to talk to a food safety expert. Last November they answered more than 3,000 calls about Thanksgiving dinner. You can also chat live with a food safety expert at AskKaren.gov, available from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, in English and Spanish. If you need help on Thanksgiving Day, the Meat and Poultry Hotline is available from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ETConsumers with food safety questions can visit FoodSafety.gov to learn more about how to safely select, thaw and prepare a turkey. For more Thanksgiving food safety tips, follow FSIS on Twitter, @USDAFoodSafety, or on Facebook, at Facebook.com/FoodSafety.gov.

November 16/23, 2016 Obituaries

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Carole Renee Pimental, of RedmondJune 27, 1941 - Nov. 7, 2016Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend is honored to serve the Family. Please visit our website, www.bairdfh.com, to share condolences and sign our online guest book. 541.382.0903Services: A private family gathering will be held at a later date.Contributions may be made to: Humane Society of Central Oregon http://www.hsco.org/ (541) 382-3537 or Humane Society of the United States http://www.humanesociety.org/ 866-720-2676.

Shelley Jo Zimmerman (Gerber), of Prineville (formerly of Bend)Jan. 18, 1965 - Nov. 8, 2016Arrangements: Prineville Funeral Home, 541-447-6459Services: There will be a service for her at Meadow Lakes Golf Course in Prineville Saturday November 19, 2016 at 1:30 pm. Please look for a full obituary coming soon.

Alice Emily McCormick, of RedmondOct. 15, 1920 - Nov. 8, 2016Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel, 541-548-3219, redmondmemorial.com.Services: Private family gathering to be held at a later time.Contributions may be made to: Regency Village at Redmond.

Annabelle Torres Witherow, of RedmondAug. 12, 1961 - Nov. 8, 2016Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel, 541-548-3219, redmondmemorial.comServices: Public viewing to be held at Redmond Memorial Chapel, Monday November 14 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

Judy Ann Martin, of Prineville (formerly of Bend)June 17, 1942 - Nov. 8, 2016Arrangements: Prineville Funeral Home, 541-447-6459Services: No services are planned at this time.Contributions may be made to: Humane Society of the Ochocos.

Doris Mae Bendt, of RedmondMar. 25, 1924 - Nov. 3, 2016Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485Services: A private family service will be held at a later date.

Brian C. Campbell, of RedmondFeb. 21, 1947 - Nov. 6, 2016Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485Services: A private family celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Lori D. O'Dell, of PrinevilleJuly 31, 1963 - Oct. 31, 2016Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485Services: Services have taken place.

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​Wilma Earlene Sweatt, of SistersMar. 17, 1932 - Nov. 12, 2016Arrangements: Baird Memorial Chapel of La Pine is honored to serve the family. Please visit our website, www.bairdfh.com, to share condolences and sign the online guestbook.Services: No formal services will be held.Contributions may be made to: Partners in Care Hospice, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR 97701, 541-382-5882, www.partnersbend.orgFurry Friends Foundation, PO Box 698, Sisters, OR 97759, 541-549-9941, www.furryfriendsfoundation.org - OR - Charity of One's Choice.

Gerard Mireles, of RedmondApril 21, 1939 - Nov. 13, 2016Arrangements: Deschutes Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the family - (541) 382-5592. Visit our online register book to send condolences and share treasured memories at deschutesmemorialchapel.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/deschutesmemorial.Services: A Memorial Mass with military honors will take place.


Willis George Griffin, of Powell ButteDec. 14, 1942 - Nov. 13, 2016Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel, 541-548-3219, redmondmemorial.comServices: No Services scheduled at this time.

Chamber director named Redmond "Citizen of the Year"

From the city of Redmond:
During the Redmond City Council meeting on Tuesday, November 22, Mayor George Endicott presented Redmond’s inaugural ‘Citizen of the Year’ award to Eric Sande.  In honor of the award, Mr. Sande was presented a key to the city.

Eric Sande serves as the Director of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce & CVB.  He was honored for his significant and long-lasting contributions over the past twenty-five years, which have made the Redmond community a better place to live and work.  

The Mayor’s ‘Citizen of the Year’ award has been established to honor leaders and role models whose contributions to the community have made Redmond a better place.

When thinking who deserves this award, many names came to mind.  But one kept rising to the top,” remarked Mayor Endicott.  “Since 1992, Eric Sande has dedicated much of his adult life to Redmond. He has given the Chamber a strong reputation across Oregon and used his inspiration to bring Redmond some of its most well recognized events such as the Music on the Green summer concerts and our winter holiday festivities.”

Haystack Reservoir sites to close for season

From the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation:

The Bureau of Reclamation is closing West Shore and South Shore recreation sites at Haystack Reservoir for the winter season beginning Dec. 1. Haystack Reservoir is located about 10 miles south of Madras.

Both West Shore and South Shore will be closed through March 1, 2017. The North Shore fishing pier day-use area will remain open for day-use recreation activities. North Shore is open year-round from dawn to dusk, with an accessible fishing pier to enjoy fishing, sightseeing and access to the reservoir. Parking at North Shore is free of charge.

To make group reservations at South Shore for the 2017 season, visit www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777. For additional information, contact the Bend Field Office at 541-389-6541.

Haystack Reservoir borders on Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties, is impounded by Haystack Dam which was constructed in 1957. It is owned by Reclamation, and operated by the North Unit Irrigation District that supplies irrigation water to the area.

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Check out this week's Spokesman for stories on possible Oregon Department of Transportation improvements to Highway 97, the new Lil Southern Flare store and growth of local lacrosse. Plus all you favorite Black Friday ads! It's available today at locations including Christie's Kitchen, Westside One Stop and Circle K.

November 22, 2016

Airport Holiday Tips

From the City of Redmond,

Redmond Municipal Airport Holiday Travel Tips

   Redmond Airport (RDM) has seen a record number of passengers in 2016 and we expect that to continue as travelers pass through the Airport over the upcoming holidays.  Being prepared for travel on commercial airlines will make for a more efficient and pleasant journey. 

   In addition to RDM’s preparations to help passengers enjoy their Airport experience, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have provided a few tips and notices for travelers as they prepare to take flight to visit family and friends.

   FAA restrictions are in effect for the Samsung Galaxy 7 Notebook and replacements.  These restrictions prohibit them from being transported on commercial passenger aircraft.  The FAA website contains valuable air travel information.
   Passengers should arrive no later than 1.5 hours (90 minutes) prior to the boarding time of your flight.  When you have a boarding document proceed through TSA security screening as soon as possible.  Boarding lounge amenities include a children’s play area, a coffee shop, a family friendly restaurant and a full service bar.  The restaurant and bar are located upstairs on the second floor and open daily at 10:00 A.M. 

Airport parking information:
  •      Rates: $1.00 for the first 30 minutes, at 31 minutes the $2.00 hourly rate is effective.  Maximum daily parking cost is $10.00 and the seventh day free.  Cash, credit and debit cards are accepted forms of payment.
  •      Motorcycles and trailers are prohibited from parking in the pay parking lot. Motorcycle parking is available in a designated area in the Vendor/Cargo parking lot. Trailer parking is not accommodated.
  •      The “cell phone waiting” area is located across the street from the Airport on Salmon Avenue. 
  •      The curb at the Terminal is for active loading and unloading only, no parking, no waiting due to Federal regulations.  Parking citations are $50.00 and avoidable by using the pay parking lot or the cell phone waiting area.  

   Be prepared for potentially cold, wet, snowy, icy conditions.  Consider appropriate outerwear including footwear and have an ice scraper in your vehicle.  These conditions may add additional time arriving to the Airport.

   Transportation Security Admiration (TSA) carry-on restrictions are in effect for liquids, gels and pastes.  They must be in containers that are 3.4 ounces or less, those items must fit in one quart size clear bag, one per passenger.  Jams, jellies, peanut butter and toothpaste are examples of gels/pastes. 

   Visit www.flyrdm.com for links to airlines, flight information, TSA, FAA, and other helpful information.

The Redmond Municipal Airport (Roberts Field - RDM) is the aviation gateway to Central Oregon. Owned and operated by the City of Redmond, the airport offers a full range of general and commercial aviation services.  RDM is served by four airlines; Alaska Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United with direct flights to Denver, Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and Seattle.  For more information please visit us online at www.flyrdm.com.

November 17, 2016

Fall photos, November 2016

Winter is right around the corner

   Late season pumpkin pickers search for non-smushy pumpkins at DD ranch, Nov. 6. Pumpkin numbers have dwindled in Central Oregon, but there are still some out at DD Ranch. Winter months are fast approaching, and with them so are the holidays. If the month of October was a precursor, with nearly two inches of rainfall, this winter may be a white one.

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Redmond High students named to All-State band

From Redmond School District:


Redmond High School students Trey ConleyRyan Schmid and Arron Park have been selected to participate in the Oregon All-State High School Jazz Band.

The Oregon Music Education Association All-State Jazz Band is comprised of the best 18 high school jazz musicians in the state. This year nearly 150 students submitted applications. This event is the backbone of OMEA’s efforts to provide quality experiences for music students and professional development for music educators. 
OMEA shares, "Music education is an integral part of a complete education. It is one of the ways in which you prepare students to be high achievers and life-long learners." 
These RHS students will participate in the OMEA Conference and All-State performance held in Eugene January 12 through 14 at the Eugene Hilton and Conference Center.

For questions or more information, please contact Paul Nolan, RHS Principal, at 541-923-4800 or at paul.nolan@redmondschools.org.

About OMEAOregon Music Educators Association is a non-profit 501c3 organization comprised of approximately 900 members who are dedicated to the music education of Oregonians of all ages. The majority of its members teach in K-12 school, colleges, and universities.

In Photo (from left to right): Ryan Schmid, Arron Park, Trey Conley

November 16, 2016

Check out the Nov. 16 Spokesman!

A Redmond World War II veteran becomes friends with the daughter of a man he helped rescue in the Los Banos Prison Camp raid, a Terrebonne Chicago Cubs fan heads to Chicago for his team's World Series victory and photos from the City of Redmond, Oregon Veterans Day Parade. It's all in this week's Spokesman, available today at locations including Bi-Mart, Grocery Outlet and Rite-Aid.

November 14, 2016

Deschutes Sheriffs crackdown on vehicle thiefs

News Release from Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office



MULTIPLE STOLEN VEHICLES RECOVERED AND SUSPECTS ARRESTED

Narrative:   
   On Oct. 31, Deschutes County Sheriff's Deputies and Oregon State Police Troopers were advised of a reckless driver eastbound towards Deschutes County on Hwy 20. It was learned the vehicle was reported stolen out of Marion County.

   At approximately 11:45 AM and Black Butte Ranch Police Officer and Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputy attempted to stop the vehicle on Hwy 20 west of Sisters. The vehicle was witnessed to be traveling at a high rate of speed and driving recklessly. The vehicle did not yield to officers and the pursuit was discontinued for safety reasons. The vehicle was spotted by multiple agencies at least three more times between Sisters and Bend and each time eluded.

   The vehicle is described as a Black 2012 Cadillac CTS two door sedan with Oregon plates CU34110.

   Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputies and Detectives are continuing to investigate. Anyone with information are asked to contact non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911.

   The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Oregon State Police, Black Butte Ranch Police Department, Redmond Police Department, and Bend Police Department.

UPDATED PRESS RELEASE******11/10/16

Multiple stolen vehicles recovered and suspects arrested

   Arrested:

Knisley, Kori age: 34 Bend
Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle X7
Conspiracy to Commit Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle X3
Aggregated Theft

Tischler, Cassandra age: 49 Redmond
Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Conspiracy to Commit Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle X4
Unlawful Manufacture, Delivery and Possession of Methamphetamine
Unlawful Manufacture, Delivery and Possession of Heroin

Copeland, Dwaine age: 54 Redmond
Outstanding Warrant Arrest
Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Conspiracy to Commit Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle X6
Unlawful Manufacture, Delivery and Possession of Methamphetamine
Unlawful Manufacture, Delivery and Possession of Heroin

Fraser, Clay age: 41 Redmond
Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle

Redding, Daniel age: 25 Bend
Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle X4 (citation in lieu of custody)

Kalista, John age: 39 Redmond
Possession of Methamphetamine
Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon
Forgery in the First Degree
Criminal Possession of a Forgery Device

Piper, Leza age: 43, Redmond
Frequenting a Place where Drugs are Used (citation in lieu of custody)
Possession of Heroin
Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance

Westbrooks, Kelly age: 34, Redmond
Frequenting a Place where Drugs are Used (citation in lieu of custody)

   On Oct. 31, during the pursuit of the stolen Black 2012 Cadillac CTS a Deschutes County Deputy made a separate traffic stop on a black Dodge Ram 2500 pickup. It had been reported that the Cadillac and the Dodge might have been traveling together. It was found that both vehicles had been travelling together and they were both reported stolen.

   The Cadillac was reported stolen out of Woodburn and the Dodge truck was reported stolen out of Salem. Daniel Redding was arrested and later issued a citation in lieu of custody for Unauthorized Use of a motor Vehicle.

   Detectives with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Street Crime Unit (SCU) along with Patrol Deputies were able to locate two more stolen vehicles at Redding's home on Alpine Ln in Alfalfa; a Red Dodge Ram 3500 4x4 Truck Stolen from Bend and a black Dodge Challenger Stolen from Salem.

   Over the past week SCU detectives conducted an in-depth investigation into the multiple vehicle thefts from in Central Oregon area and from several cities in the Willamette Valley. As a result of this investigation SCU, along with, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Deputies from the Crook County Sheriff's Office and Officers from the Redmond Police Department were able to locate the following stolen vehicles (including the ones mentioned above):

- Black Cadillac CTS Stolen from Woodburn Oregon.
- Red Dodge Ram 3500 4x4 Truck Stolen from Bend.
- Black Dodge Challenger Stolen from Salem.
- Red Chevrolet Camaro Stolen from Salem.
- Black Chevrolet Duramax Diesel Stolen from Bend.
- White 2008 Sportsmaster Camp Trailer Stolen out of Bend.
- White Dodge Ram Truck Stolen from Cottage Grove.
- Beige Colored Buick Envision SUV Stolen from Madras.
- Black Nissan Titan Truck Stolen from Bend.
- Black Dodge Ram Truck stolen from Salem.

   Through this investigation detectives were able to learn evidence of these vehicle thefts were related to a search warrant they executed on October 25th, 2016 on Indian Place in Redmond. Six people had been arrested in that investigation on drug charges including Clay Fraser. Fraser was additionally charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle regarding the vehicle thefts.

   The current investigation led to the execution of an additional search warrant at 1833 SW Canal Blvd in Redmond on November 7th, 2016. This search warrant was executed by members of SCU, Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team (CODE,) and Deschutes County Sheriff Deputies. Detectives located commercial quantities of heroin and methamphetamine along with scales and evidence of drug sales. Piper, Kalista and Westbrook were contacted at the residence along with Copeland and Tischler where they were arrested on their listed charges. Kalista was found to be in possession of approximately $1,000 of forged US currency and brass knuckles.

   Kori Knisley was later located and arrested for his listed charges of Unauthorized Use of a motor vehicle. Detectives learned Knisley had stolen multiple vehicles over the past several weeks.

   This investigation revealed that Tischler, Copeland, Knisley, Redding and Fraser were targeting vehicles on car lots from multiple jurisdictions. The vehicles were then being traded or sold for controlled substances and money. At this time there are no known outstanding stolen vehicles related to this case.

Dutch Bros raises funds for cancer research


From Dutch Bros., 

Dutch Bros Helps Advance Breast Cancer Research and Treatment with a Donation of Over $220,000

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Grants Pass, Ore. – For the entire month of October, all 272 Dutch Bros locations partnered with their communities to raise $220,451 to support the advancement of breast cancer research and patient support at both the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and Albie Aware.

   To raise funds, all Dutch Bros locations donated $5 from every specialty “Be Aware” travel mug sold throughout the entire month of October. The sales of the mugs was in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness month, so every mug purchase presented the opportunity to further raise awareness of this disease that affects so many lives.

   “We are so happy to partner with such outstanding organizations working hard each day to show love to those facing breast cancer,” said Travis Boersma, Co-founder Dutch Bros Coffee. “So many of our friends and family have been impacted by this disease and we are enthusiastic about the work these organizations are doing.”

   Dutch Bros locations throughout the seven states in which the company operates raised $205,211 for the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. The funds donated from the Dutch Bros’ “Be Aware” mugs will support the institute as they continue to the advance breast cancer research and to develop new techniques for detection, treatment and prevention.

   Dutch Bros locations in Sacramento raised $15,240 for Albie Aware—a local nonprofit that strives to provide not only awareness, but also prevention, treatment and financial support to those facing the trails and tribulations of breast cancer. Funds raised will directly benefit Albie Aware as they continue to help members of the community receive proper breast cancer diagnoses, as well as further support community members who are currently fighting the breast cancer battle.


About Dutch Bros Coffee:
   Dutch Bros Coffee is the country’s largest privately held, drive-thru coffee company, with over 260 locations and over 5,000 employees in seven states.
   Dutch Bros serves specialty coffee, smoothies, freezes, teas and a private-label, Dutch Bros Blue Rebel energy drink.
   The rich, proprietary coffee blend is handcrafted from start to finish. Every ingredient is measured, every process timed, and every cup perfected.
   With a mission of, “Making a Difference, One Cup at a Time,” Dutch Brosdonates over $2 million annually to nonprofit organizations and local causes selected by local owner-operators.
   Dutch Bros Coffee is headquartered in Grants Pass, Ore., where it was founded in 1992 by Dane and Travis Boersma, brothers of Dutch descent.
   To learn more about Dutch Bros, visit www.dutchbros.com, like Dutch BrosCoffee on Facebook or follow @DutchBros on Twitter.

November 13, 2016

Some holiday events, hosted by the Redmond Chamber

from Redmond Chamber of Commerce,
Christmas Season in Redmond to Include Several Festive Events



   The Redmond Chamber of Commerce & CVB invites you to celebrate the holiday season with a host of delightful family friendly events, all set in Redmond’s colorfully decorated downtown.



   Join in the fun with the Starlight Parade, meet Santa at the Community Tree Lighting, shop the Holiday Village Market, experience the joy of giving with the Giving Tree, stroll the Downtown Holiday Open House and admire the delectable creativity at the Gingerbread House Contest. Every weekend from Thanksgiving through Christmas, downtown Redmond will entice you with fun holiday festivities, all situated in Redmond’s charming downtown corridor.

Below is a summary of Redmond holiday events taking place this year:

Holiday Village Market
Friday-Saturday, Nov. 25-26; Saturdays, Dec. 3 & 10 • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
at Centennial Park, Redmond
   Come stroll the vendors at the festive Holiday Village Market in Centennial Park and enjoy the ambiance of this charming from old-world-styled kiosks all centered around the Redmond Christmas tree. Discover the ideal gifts and something for that hard-to-buy person on your list as you visit with local vendors selling their wonderful arts, crafts and artisan goods. The Redmond Chamber of Commerce & CVB, will host the Holiday Village Market four days throughout the holiday season, Nov. 25-26; Saturdays, Dec. 3 & 10 • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. For more information, visit www.visitredmondoregon.com/Holiday-Village-Market or call the chamber at 541-923-5191.

The Giving Tree
Beginning Friday, Nov. 25, 
Green Plow Coffee Roasters, Redmond
   Beginning on Friday, Nov. 25th, the community has an opportunity to help make Christmas a little brighter for Redmond-area children and teens by picking a tag (or multiple tags) from the Giving Tree, located at Green Plow Coffee Roasters (436 SW 6th St.) in downtown Redmond. The Redmond Chamber of Commerce is pleased to offer this long standing tradition, and with your help, approximately 150 children and 75 families will have a brighter holiday season. Gifts for the Giving Tree are due by Monday, Dec. 12th. For more information, contact the Redmond Chamber of Commerce at 541-923-5191.

Santa’s Mailbox
Friday, Nov. 25 – Saturday, Dec. 24 
Outside Green Plow Coffee Roasters, Redmond
   Santa’s Mailbox, a connection to the North Pole for children wishing to pass along their wish lists to jolly old St. Nick, will again be placed outside of Green Plow Coffee Roasters (436 SW 6th St.) in downtown Redmond – near the base of Redmond’s archway. Letters will be accepted from Friday, Nov. 25th through Christmas Eve. The Redmond Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the Santa’s Mailbox program, will collect the letters, some of which may be published in the Redmond Spokesman. All letters will be posted on the Redmond Chamber’s Facebook site. For more information, contact the Redmond Chamber of Commerce at 541-923-5191.

Redmond Starlight Christmas Parade/Community Tree Lighting
Saturday, Nov. 26, 5 p.m. D
owntown Redmond
   The Redmond Chamber of Commerce and CVB is pleased to announce the theme of this year’s St. Charles Redmond – Starlight Parade is “We are Santa’s Elves”! This theme comes from the popular 1964 Christmas classic, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, and was actually a catchy tune created by the elves to sing to Santa. At first Santa was a little grumpy, but he quickly warmed up to the tune. We hope you have fun with the theme, and we do want to warn you that the tune does get stuck in your head after listening to it.

   The Starlight Parade is FREE to enter and will take place, Saturday, November 26th (the Saturday AFTER Thanksgiving) at 5:00 p.m., in downtown Redmond on 6th St., from Dogwood to Forest. Following the parade, Redmond’s community Christmas tree lighting will take place at Centennial Park. The evening will include food, drink, and music. For more information, including an application for free parade entry, visitwww.visitredmondoregon.com/Starlight-Parade, or call the Redmond Chamber at 541-923-5191.

Downtown Redmond Charm Stroll, Girl Scout Blessing Bags and Visit Santa Claus
Saturday, Dec. 10, 12 noon – 4 p.m. 
Downtown Redmond
   Downtown Redmond businesses will be abuzz with the holiday spirit, offering refreshments, music, special events and a downtown Charm Stroll on Saturday, Dec. 10th, 12 noon to 4 p.m. Among the many holiday adventures, kids young and old can visit and get their pictures taken with Santa at Green Plow Coffee Roaster located at 436 SW 6th St. The Charm Stroll organized by the Redmond Chamber of Commerce with the downtown merchants once again are working with the Girl Scouts to help make over 100 “Blessing Bags” for homeless people in the Redmond area. To participate in the Charm Stroll, we are asking individuals to bring donations such as socks, shampoos, gloves, toiletries, or cash donations, to Herringbone Books (422 SW 6th St). These donations will help complete the Blessing Bags that Girl Scout Troops 50049, 50064 and 10772 will make and deliver the bags to the Redmond Police Station, St. Vincent DePaul, NeighborImpact, and Redmond VFW. Each participant will then receive a Charm Stroll passport that lists all participating merchants. After collecting charms, folks can bring them to David Haffey Fine Jewelry or Every Bloom'n Thing on Sixth Street to have the charms placed on bracelets for $10.00. For more information, contact the Redmond Chamber at 541-923-5191.

Gingerbread House Contest
Saturday, Dec. 10 
Downtown Redmond Businesses
   The Redmond Downtown Association, with the help of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce & CVB, invite you to participate in the fourth annual Gingerbread House Contest. Back by popular demand, this fun and festive contest is meant for families, businesses and kids of all ages. It is a wonderful tradition for families everywhere, and a great way for you to showcase your creativity, humor and love for the Christmas season.
   The contest is open to the public, with entries displayed in various businesses in and around downtown Redmond. This year the categories are being expanded to include Elementary, Middle and High School classroom group and individual age entries. Other judging categories will be adult, children, family and professional/business. For more information, or to obtain an entry form, contact organizer Cheriee Perrine at 541-504-4544 or Karen Sande at the Redmond Chamber of Commerce at 541-923-5191.

Downtown Redmond Open House
Saturday, Dec. 17
Downtown Redmond Businesses
   Holiday shoppers can take advantage of great sales, light refreshments, and special activities for the young and old; such as story time at Herringbone Books. If you need to finish some shopping without your kids, bring them to Desert Song Community Church for free daycare in a safe environment. Kids will be entertained with crafts and games.

Redmond Ice Skating Rink
Starting Friday, Nov. 18 through February 26, 2017 
Downtown Redmond Plaza, Across from Centennial Park
   Strap on a pair of ice skates and start a new winter tradition this season at the Redmond Ice Skating Rink, once again set in the Downtown Redmond Plaza on 7th Street across from Centennial Park. Thanks to the City of Redmond and the Redmond Area Parks and Recreation District (RAPRD), people of all ages and levels can enjoy this traditional winter activity throughout the winter season, weather permitting. For additional information, contact the rink at 541-977-7841, or the RAPRD office at 541-548-7275.