Monthly Archives: August 2017

BEAT Children’s Theatre provides many benefits for young people

BEAT Children’s Theatre provides many benefits for young people

 All the world’s a stage — William Shakespeare’s As You Like It

When a child acts, they walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. They start wondering why their character made certain choices. Understanding others lays the foundation for compassion and empathy, which are personality skills necessary for corporate leaders, medical professionals and more.

Because of the skillsets that theatre teaches, BendBroadband is proud to be an in-kind sponsor of BEAT Children’s Theatre in Bend.

BEAT produces four or more performances per year and also offers acting classes.  During stage work and classes, children learn skills in stage movement, voice and diction, improvisation, song and dance.

Fan 12Bree Beal, executive director of BEAT, said theatre teaches young people so much. “At BEAT, we focus on learning about collaboration, fostering creativity and being a positive part of a community.  As individuals, our actors learn public speaking skills, presentation skills, and creating costumes and building sets.  Most importantly, we make sure they have fun!”

Whether young people are on stage, backstage or in the audience, theatre arts encourages young people to stretch their imagination skills and their courage. “These skills can be a very empowering experience for children,” Beal said.

“What young people learn through theatre and a class, helps them perform better in all areas of their life,” said Beal. “Theatre also promotes self-confidence in young people at a critical time in their lives.”

Beal added that she very much appreciates all the support BendBroadband has offered over the years. “BendBroadband is a huge part of our ability to grow our organization,” she said. “We are so grateful for our community partners!!”

Next production up for BEAT is Tom Sawyer, Oct. 5-7. Current classes are listed on the BEAT web site.

BEAT is celebrating 11 years in the Bend community and was recently nominated by Musical Theater International in New York City as an outstanding example of children’s theatre.

Centric is renaming itself to BET Her

Centric is renaming itself to BET Her

The first network designed for Black Women, is being renamed to BET Her. Starting Sept. 25, BET Networks and Viacom will rename Centric cable network to BET Her. For some history, Centric was previously called BET on Jazz, then renamed to BET Jazz, then BET J, before turning into Centric in 2009. Now starting this fall,… Continue Reading

Horror is done, Olympic Channel is here soon

Horror is done, Olympic Channel is here soon

We’re switching gears—well, channels—to something we think you’re really going to like. You’ve had Chiller, a channel devoted to horror/thriller TV shows and movies for a while. Based on the viewership, however, it seems most of you aren’t big fans. We decided it was time to find something better for everyone. And you know what everyone… Continue Reading

The Cable Guys bring home a championship

The Cable Guys bring home a championship

BendBroadband’s softball team “The Cable Guys” didn’t exactly have a stellar start to their season, but it did set them up for an underdog success story. The Cable Guys participate in a softball league organized by the City of Bend’s Parks and Recreation District. All teams are sponsored by a local business or organization. Coming… Continue Reading

Guardians 2 coming to Movies on Demand

Guardians 2 coming to Movies on Demand

This week, the excitement is all about one of the year’s biggest blockbusters, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” BendBroadband’s Movies on Demand is bringing to your living room Peter Quill (Star-Lord), Gamora, Drax, Groot, Rocket, Yondu and many others. After watching “Guardians,” you can check out the raunchy “Baywatch” or the quirky “Unleashed.” Finally, if… Continue Reading

Stream the Great American Eclipse!

Stream the Great American Eclipse!

We’re sure you’ve heard: Monday, Aug.21 is the day of the Great American Eclipse! It’s been 99 years since the last coast-to-coast eclipse in the United States. In fact, there won’t be another (this big) until the year 2045 so now’s your chance to see it—no matter where you live. On Monday at 8 a.m.,… Continue Reading

Thank you!

Thank you!

Thank you for your patience during BendBroadband’s recent billing-system conversion.  The new system offers more security for our customers and an opportunity to provide better service. And although changes like this are never easy, they are ultimately for the better. So thank you for your acceptance of these changes over the past few weeks. New… Continue Reading

Preparing for eclipse that crosses country

Preparing for eclipse that crosses country

People across the country have been counting down the days until Aug. 21, 2017 for months. Millions are planning trips, camp sites are at capacity, and emergency plans are prepared. A solar eclipse will cross the contiguous United States for the first time since February 1979, and it will be the first to cross coast… Continue Reading