Bend Follies set for April 24-25

Bend Follies hosts Scott Ramsay, left, and Kerri Stewart.

Bend Follies hosts Scott Ramsay, left, and Kerri Stewart.

MyWindow host Kerri Stewart and Sun Mountain Fun Center owner Scott Ramsay will team up to host the third annual Bend Follies at the Tower Theatre April 24-25.

The Follies is a lighthearted, fast-paced comedy show featuring local business, civic and entertainment leaders showing off the singing, dancing and acting skills they didn’t know they had. It’s also a fundraiser to benefit the work, programs and mission of the nonprofit Tower Theatre Foundation, which runs the historic theater on Wall Street.

Each night will feature silent and live auctions, plus opportunities for the audience to use cash, checks and credit cards to “vote” for their favorite act.

The ultimate goal of the event — raising funds for the Tower — is serious, but the spirit of the night is pure fun.

“It’s time again for Bend to laugh at itself and to leave feeling good about the Tower, but with very little money left in their wallets,” said Ray Solley, executive director of the Tower Theatre Foundation, executive producer of the Follies and owner of a sharp sense of humor.

Ramsay is a former city council member, and Stewart is a familiar face around the BendBroadband office; MyWindow’s production is based here.

The Follies cast includes Bob Shaw, Tammy Baney, Tony DeBone, Alan Unger, Victor Chudowsky, Sally Russell, Casey Roats, Barbara Campbell, Tim Casey, Talena Baker, Mollie Tennant, Skye Stafford, Brad Knowles, Kimmie Fountain, Gary Fulkerson, Fr. James Radloff, the Avenue Q Puppets, Lee Anderson, Renee Nelson, Dave Clemens and Jodie Barram.

Tickets cost $33 (general seating), $18 (balcony) and $48 (VIP reserved seating, includes free drink and post-show party), available at www.towertheatre.org, 541-317-0700 or at the box office at 835 NW Wall St., Bend. The festivities kick off at 6:30 p.m. with drinks and the silent auction, and showtime is 7:30 p.m.

A new way to know when you’re near your usage limit

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Over the past seven months, only about 4 percent of BendBroadband’s residential Internet customers have exceeded their monthly data allowance in a given month.

Now, we’re implementing a new system to try to drive that number down even further.

As of April 1, customers who subscribe to one of BendBroadband’s residential Internet services automatically receive an email when they hit 70 percent, 90 percent and 100 percent of their monthly usage allowance. Those notifications will go to the email address we have on record, whether it ends with bendbroadband.com, bendcable.com or some other service. To make sure we have your best address, visit our website. And if you don’t want to receive the email notifications, you can opt out of receiving them.

(Note: Usage data is compiled and reported once a day between 4-6 a.m. Notifications are based on this data and are sent once per day at 7 a.m.)

And remember: You can monitor your data usage on our website. Just click My Account, select Internet Usage and enter your BendBroadband email address and password to access your statistics.

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Free Universal Sports preview April 18-27

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Just in time for the 119th Boston Marathon, the Universal Sports Network will offer a free 10-day preview to all BendBroadband customers from April 18-27. The channel — 45 and 645 (HD) — is normally available to TV customers with the Bronze Variety and Sports packages only.

Here’s a roundup of some of the programming you can catch during the preview:

• April 19, 1 p.m. — Boston Marathon Preview Show
• April 20, 5:30 a.m. — Boston Marathon
• April 20, 1 p.m. — Boston Marathon Wrap Up Show
• April 26, 6 a.m. — London Marathon
• April 24, 4:30 p.m. — Drake Relays, a track and field event held in Des Moines, Iowa

Universal Sports will also broadcast Ironman New Zealand (April 22), a beach volleyball event in Fuzhou, China (April 25-26) and the ITU World Triathlon Series from Cape Town, South Africa (April 25-26).

Last year, Meb Keflezighi became the first American man to win the Boston Marathon in three decades. Relive his final steps below!

Watch anywhere: Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel and more

Foodies, globetrotters and home-improvement buffs, the moment you’ve been waiting for has arrived! We’re delighted to announce that your favorite lifestyle channels are now available online wherever you are, whenever you want. Watch Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Cooking Channel and DIY Network via bendbroadband2go.

The way we watch TV and consume media is changing. BendBroadband’s 2go service gives customers more flexibility while adding value to video subscriptions, and this group of new channels is like an all-access-pass to recipe inspiration, home and garden ideas and world travel.

You can access bendbroadband2go or TVE (TV Everywhere) content online with your BendBroadband username and password. In addition to your normal TV viewing, you can now enjoy more than 80 non-music channels and 50 music channels 2go.

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Food Network | http://watch.foodnetwork.com

Food Network connects viewers to the power and joy of food, and is committed to teaching, inspiring and empowering home cooks. Through bendbroadband2go, you can watch popular cooking competitions like “Chopped,” “Cutthroat Kitchen” and “Beat Bobby Flay,” as well as celebrity chef Guy Fieri’s greasy spoon travelogue, “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.”

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HGTV | http://watch.hgtv.com

HGTV, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is America’s leader in home and lifestyle programming. Shows available 2go include property-search programs like “House Hunters” and “Beachfront Bargain Hunt” and renovation-minded “Rehab Addict,” plus “Fixer Upper” and “Property Brothers,” where the worlds of real estate and remodeling mingle.

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Travel Channel | http://watch.travelchannel.com

​​Travel Channel offers an array of programs for veteran travelers ready to plot their next trip, novice travelers unsure of where to go and armchair travelers just along for the ride.​​​​ Visiting Travel Channel through bendbroadband2go puts you on a path to programs like “Booze Traveler” and “101 Sand n’ Surf Hotspots,” as well as Andrew Zimmern’s “Bizarre Foods” series.

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Cooking Channel | http://watch.cookingchanneltv.com

Cooking Channel’s focus is exactly where you might think based on its name: cooking and food. Accessing the channel 2go lets you consume full episodes and clips from shows such as “Brunch @ Bobby’s” with Bobby Flay and “Dinner at Tiffani’s” with actress Tiffiani Thiessen, as well as the tasty competition program “Donut Showdown.”

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DIY Network | http://watch.diynetwork.com

DIY Network is the go-to destination for rip-up, knock-out home improvement television, with shows like “American Rehab,” “Building Alaska,” “Rev Run’s Renovation” and “Renovation Realities” that offer creative ideas for do-it-yourself enthusiasts or a whiff of others’ elbow grease to those folks who don’t want to get off their couch.

Again, you can access all of bendbroadband2go’s content here.

Keep your children safe online

Today’s children are growing up in a very different world. Do you worry about keeping your kids safe online? Here’s your chance to learn how to prevent digital issues like sexting, cyber bullying, irresponsible use of apps, poor social media behavior and sexual exploitation from affecting your family.

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BendBroadband has partnered with KIDS Center to put on two events in Bend and Redmond designed to raise awareness in adolescents about the potential dangers of life in the digital age.

The award-winning “Public and Permanent: Preventing Sexting, Cyber Bullying and Beyond” will take place on April 20 and 21. The program is appropriate for children in middle school and older, and an adult must accompany all children. Attendees will gain a greater awareness of negative, irresponsible and malicious online behavior and learn how to reduce the risk of being a victim of cyber-crime, cyber bullying and digital exploitation.

“The Internet and digital technologies provide many opportunities and valuable information to our children,” says Sonja Donohue, manager of community relations at BendBroadband. “However, it’s more critical than ever that both parents and students understand how to be safe online.”

According to a study from the i-SAFE Foundation, more than half of teens have been bullied online or have engaged in cyber bullying.

“It is important that parents understand Internet safety risks and talk to their children about dangers that exist online,” says Kim Bohme, prevention coordinator at KIDS Center. “Adults need to help establish appropriate online behaviors for their children.”

Richard Guerry, author and executive director of the Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication (IROC2), will lead the program, showing attendees how to prevent sexting, cyber bullying, poor social media behavior, sexual exploitation and irresponsible use of apps.

The events will take place at Redmond High School on Monday, April 20 and Bend Senior High School on Tuesday, April 21, both from 6-8 p.m. The cost for each is $5 for adults and free for children.

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Register in advance at www.kidscenter.org. Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the event. All proceeds benefit the KIDS Center, a non-profit dedicated to the prevention, evaluation and treatment of child abuse in Central Oregon.

For more advice, check out this article published by our parent company, TDS, with nine tips for keeping your kids safe online.

A look ahead at the Mariners season

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Jen Mueller, one of ROOT SPORTS on-air personalities, gave us the low-down on the season.

The Mariners and their fans are counting down the days until Opening Day April 6.

‘It means a lot. Every Opening Day means a lot,’ said staff ace, Felix Hernandez, who’ll be making his seventh Opening Day start, but first at Safeco Field since 2007. “There are a lot of expectations and a lot of people watching you so you’re trying to go out there and have a great game.”

The expectations are something Manager Lloyd McClendon doesn’t want his team to worry about. “Lloyd definitely addressed it already,” said reliever Danny Faquhar. “He didn’t want us to get caught up in anything. He tried to let us know that last year is last year, and we have to move forward and try to reproduce what we did last year.”

Focusing on the future will be easier with newcomer Nelson Cruz, who led the American League last year with 40 home runs. His power is impressive, but he says the media attention last year forced him to talk more about home runs than he prefers. He’d rather you pay attention to a different stat.

“I think homers are going to come and they look good but RBIs are the most important thing because it shows I’m helping the team and scoring runs,” Cruz said.

Robinson Cano is excited to have Cruz on the team. “What I appreciate is what he can bring to the team as a hitter,” Cano said. “I’m a lefty. I can help other lefties. [With] Cruz coming in, he can make right handers better because of the way they’re going to pitch to him.”

ROOT SPORTS will be tracking Cruz’s home runs throughout the season on Mariners All Access, as well as showing you specific grips used by Mariners pitchers on the mound. Did you know, for instance, that Charlie Furbush grips his two-seam fastball differently to most pitchers? And coming up in two weeks on Mariners All Access, Felix Hernandez will pull back the curtain on how he throws his devastating changeup and reveal how he developed that pitch.

Join ROOT SPORTS every week from the field and inside the clubhouse for the best highlights, and interviews from your favorite players.

Tune in throughout the season. ROOT SPORTS is available as part of BendBroadband’s Essentials and Preferred TV packages on channel 20 and 620 HD. Check out their daily programming schedule for what’s on.

Go Mariners!

 

Congratulations to the Women of the Year

The women making a huge difference in our community were recognized at the Bend Chamber’s inaugural Women of The Year Awards at The Tower Theatre last night. It was a humbling experience to hear their incredible stories and achievements.

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Bend Chamber and title sponsor US Bank fulfilled their vision to salute Central Oregon’s finest females, and the show of appreciation felt good. There was wall-to-wall talent at The Tower, with the judges admitting to having a tough time picking only one winner in each category.

WOMAN OF THE YEAR

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Nominees: Jodie Barram, Amy Tykeson, Romy Mortenson, Michelle Mills, Renee Alexander, Tami Holt, Karen Sue Stiner, Deana Jones, Paula A. Van Vleck, Andie Edmonds, Christine Browning, Dr. Shirley Metcalf, Tia M. Lewis, Lauren G. R. Johnson, Christine Schroeder-Fain, Diane Kulpinski, Lisa Flynn, Kecia Kubota, Roxana Ermisch, Megan Haase, Heather Straw

Becky Johnson took away the prestigious Woman of the Year Award, dubbed the equivalent of the Best Picture at the Oscars. Appointed Vice President for Oregon State University Cascades in May 2009, Johnson is responsible for making Central Oregon’s decades-long dream to have a 4-year campus a reality.

Prior to coming to OSU-Cascades, Dr. Johnson had built a nearly 25-year career at OSU – Corvallis, most recently as vice provost for academic affairs and international programs.
With a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, an M.S. in Agricultural Economics and a B.A. in Economics, she is a full professor in the Department of Forest Resources, College of Forestry. She has collaborated with federal, state and local agencies on issues of concern to rural, natural-resource based communities.

Locally, Johnson is a member of Central Oregon Regional Solutions Advisory Committee, an EDCO board member and serves on the Higher Education Assessment Team of Central Oregon, to name but a few of her community roles.

Becky Johnson, our Woman of the Year, and a true role model, received a well-deserved standing ovation for her contribution to Central Oregon.

YOUNG WOMAN OF THE YEAR

KristinaWinner: Kristina Guerrero

Nominees: Heather Zumwalt, Sarah Wyant, Rebecca Ince, Shelby Little, Kaitlin Dahlquist, Amanda Gow

There were very few dry eyes in the house, when Kristina Guerrero, Founder and CEO of TurboPUP, stepped up to accept the Award for Young Woman of the Year. Her acceptance speech touched on some of the factors that have shaped her life, from escaping a difficult early life, excelling in the military, taking inspiration from the mountains, securing business funding, and winning Shark Tank.

Kristina graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 2002, and went onto fly C-130 TurboPROPS, where she earned the nickname Turbo. She is a decorated U.S. Air Force veteran, and proud recipient of two Combat Air Medals for missions flown in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Horn of Africa.

With over 1000 hours of community service, she returned to school in 2009 to obtain a Master’s in Occupational Therapy, in pursuit of a life of service. Her life goal is to “be the change.” When she’s not nurturing her business TurboPUP, Kristina serves diverse populations as an occupational therapist or as a volunteer for Deschutes County Search and Rescue.

There were smiles in the house when she admitted to being a bit of a recluse, who feels much more at home in her pajamas at home in LaPine than on the stage accepting an award, or presenting to Shark Tank. Kristina Guerrero is an inspirational woman, who remains true to herself.

COMMUNITY HERO AWARD

Betsy2Winner: Betsy Warriner

Nominees: Alison Hamm, Stephanie Alvstad, Kathy Drew, Adrienne Reinhart, Alice Miles, Lauren G. R. Johnson, Mimi Graves, Cheryl Howard, Lisa Connors & Lisa Shropshire, Cheri Helt, Rane Stempson, Carol Stiles

There was huge applause for Betsy Warriner, founder of Volunteer Connect, when she took the Community Hero Award. Volunteer Connect acts as a regional volunteer center, linking community members with rewarding volunteer opportunities. Through their website search system, volunteers and community organizations can match their interests and needs to enhance our communities in Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson Counties.

After a career teaching in secondary schools, Betsy was the Service-Learning Coordinator at Seattle University and then at Portland Community College. She also worked for the Volunteer Center in Portland. She founded and served as the Executive Director for Volunteer Insights, which transitioned into Volunteer Connect. Betsy is also active on the board of Bend2030 (an organization BendBroadband proudly sponsors). Betsy holds an MA in Teaching from Harvard University and a Ph.D in Guidance and Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

YOUNG HERO AWARD

Winner: Bella Wiener

Nominees: Hanna Buehler, Ella Feldman, Sarah Perkins, Allie Rockett

Probably the most humbling moment of all was hearing about the amazing contribution Bella Wiener, a senior at Bend High, has already achieved; she has done more good in her 17 years than most of us dream of doing in a lifetime.

Aside from her amazing academic and personal achievements, Bella has arranged a climbing expedition up Kilimanjaro this summer to raise money for SHE: Sustanable Health Enterprises. SHE recognizes the need for equal education opportunities for girls and women in Rwanda, and found that one obstacle that has been overlooked far too long is access to feminine hygiene products. The money raised by the Kilimanjaro SHE Climb will go towards building a business in Rwanda to manufacture and distribute affordable menstrual pads so that girls and women can more confidently participate in school and work.

Inspired by spending two weeks at the Summer Leadership Institute at Brown University where she took a course in Leadership in Global Health, Bella created a plan to raise in excess of $50,000 to donate to a charitable cause through inviting around 10-12 people to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. After doing extensive research on a variety of organizations, she chose SHE as the beneficiary.

Find out more about about Bella’s project here, watch her recent interview on MyWindow, or listen to her speak at the Deschutes Public Library in Downtown Bend at 3 p.m. Saturday March 14.

Congratulations to all the winners, nominees, judges and organizers of the inaugural Bend Chamber Women of the Year Awards. We feel inspired and grateful to live such an awesome community.

Keep up to date with other local business events by subscribing to our BendBroadband Business Newsletter in the bottom right hand corner of our website.

For more information about how BendBroadband helps our local community, visit our Community page.

ROOT Sports returning to BendBroadband Channel Lineup

BendBroadband and ROOT SPORTS announced today that the regional sports network will re-launch to BendBroadband customers on March 1, 2015. The network will be part of the Essentials and Preferred packages.

The popular sports network brings an extensive line-up of regional sports programming including more than 350 LIVE event telecasts of the Seattle Mariners, Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders, Gonzaga Bulldogs, Big Sky Conference, Mountain West and high school coverage, as well as magazine shows and much more.

“Our team partners have some of the most passionate fans in all of sports,” said Mark Jorgensen, ROOT SPORTS senior vice president and general manager. “We are pleased to be partnering with BendBroadband in bringing their favorite teams back to Central Oregon.”

Mariners Executive Vice President of Business Operations Bob Aylward said, “The Mariners are excited that fans in Central Oregon will be able to follow our team on ROOT SPORTS, beginning with 16 spring training games. The American League West race promises to be a great one from Opening Day through the final game of the season.”

BendBroadband previously carried ROOT SPORTS until the two were unable to agree to terms in late 2012.

“Every year we make tough choices about which networks to carry, and how we can make it affordable for our customers,” said Britt Wehrman, vice president of Marketing & Product Development for BendBroadband. “Our customers made it clear they wanted ROOT SPORTS back, and we wanted to deliver.”

BendBroadband subscribers can find ROOT SPORTS on channel 620 (HD) and 20 (SD).

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For more information contact: Krista Ledbetter, Associate Manager-Public Relations / TDS Telecom / 608-664-2518 / krista.ledbetter@tdstelecom.com

About BendBroadband, a TDS Company
BendBroadband, a wholly owned subsidiary of TDS, employs nearly 300 people. Serving Central Oregon for more than 50 years, the company began offering local cable TV service in 1955. Today, BendBroadband offers broadband, fiber connectivity, cable television, and telephone services for commercial and residential customers. Through its Zolo Media division, the company operates KBNZ-TV CBS affiliate, KOHD-TV ABC affiliate, COTV11 and offers multiple video advertising, local advertising and viewing options for Central Oregonians. Visit BendBroadband.com.

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., operates BendBroadband, OneNeck® IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Baja Broadband LLC. Combined, the company employs 3,300 people. Visit tdstelecom.com.

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (TDS) [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000™ company, provides wireless; cable and wireline broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 5.9 million customers nationwide through its subsidiaries TDS Telecom and U.S. Cellular®. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, TDS employs 10,400 people. Visit tdsinc.com.

About ROOT SPORTS
ROOT SPORTS is the home of the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Sounders FC, Portland Timbers, Gonzaga Bulldogs, Big Sky Conference and Mountain West. The network reaches 3.4 million households across five states, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska, and delivers more than 350 live events each year – all of which are available in high definition.

ROOT SPORTS regional sports networks are operated by DIRECTV Sports Networks LLC in the Northwest, Pittsburgh, Rocky Mountain, and Southwest regions. The four networks combined reach 13 million households across 22 states and own exclusive programming and distribution partnerships with more than 25 teams and conferences. DIRECTV Sports Networks is a subsidiary of DIRECTV, the world’s most popular television service.

Throwback Thursday: 2.19.15

Steve DiasWe’re throwing back to the early nineties again this week.

What a time for BendBroadband. And what a time for this guy, Steve Dias, looking sharp at the company picnic.

 

The year was 1992.

 

“Wayne’s World,” “Lethal Weapon 3,” and “Sister Act” were making it big in the movie theater, and all your friends were throwing out their favorite movie quote of the time, “You can’t handle the truth!”

The Chicago Bulls were the NBA champions, while the Washington Redskins earned Super Bowl rings.

Meanwhile, Steve, here, was enjoying more than a decade at BendBroadband, as the world around him swirled in wild fashion and watched “Rescue 911″ on Tuesday nights on CBS.

This year the Drop Specialist celebrates 35 years!

It’s been a great ride. Thanks for all you do for us, Steve!

What were you up to in 1992?

Safeguard your personal information and your digital footprint

Eighty-four percent of Americans feel a lot or a tremendous amount of responsibility to protect their personal information, according to the National Cyber Security Alliance. Chances are you’re one of them.

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It’s understandable. Information stored online paints a portrait of us. No one wants that portrait to be stolen, damaged or altered to misrepresent them. We’d all like to choose what information we share, and with whom we share it. Unfortunately, that’s not always easy in today’s digital world.

Websites and apps collect and combine tiny bits of seemingly harmless information to ascertain things like our health, aspirations, interests, values and behaviors.

So how can you keep some control over your personal information in this day and age?

Privacy policies, privacy tips

A privacy policy is a statement that informs customers how a company gathers, uses, discloses and manages the data of its customers and clients. If you or your children are accepting these policies without too much thought, you should take a closer look.

The National Cyber Security Alliance has an entire library of useful privacy resources. One of the most helpful resources is a slide show called “The Fine Print of Privacy,” created by the Zero Knowledge Privacy Foundation, which promotes online privacy. A fast read, it explains what privacy policies are and whether they really protect you (the answer, unfortunately, is not always).

Check your privacy settings

If you’d like to view or change the privacy settings for your online device or service but don’t know where to find them, here are easy instructions.

Manage your digital footprint

This is becoming more and more important. There are steps you can take to protect your reputation, prevent financial loss and maintain your online freedom. A recent article published by the Internet Society looks at how and where we leave digital footprints. It includes nine video tutorials on taking control of your online identity.

Protect your online reputation

A strong, positive online presence will help with job searches and college applications. A negative presence has the opposite effect; 70 percent of U.S. hiring managers reject candidates based on what they find on social media, Microsoft research shows. What you post will be around for a long time. Think ahead and evaluate if what you’re thinking of posting today is what you will want people to know about you in the future.

Don’t leave your cellphone unlocked

More than 4 million cellphones were lost or stolen last year. If yours is among those that vanish this year, leaving it unlocked will enable the finder or thief to access your personal information. Privacy advocates urge you to set a lock code.

Use strong passwords
Weak passwords make privacy breaches more likely. Security experts bemoan the fact that the most common password used in 2014 was “123456.” Use a combination of letters, numbers and special characters. Avoid the names of pets, spouses and kids you may have mentioned online. F-Secure, a company that produces security products for digital devices, offers these tips for creating strong but memorable passwords.

Give the kids something to think about

If you think you know what you need to know about protecting your online footprint, take this quiz. Better still, have your kids take it! It could get them thinking about protecting their online brand now, before they have regrets.