25 April 2019


BIKER WISDOM: Sometimes you need a really twisty road to get the winter cobwebs out…


THIS SATURDAY! APRIL 27 – 4TH WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERAN’S PARADE & EXPO in Warm Springs. Parade Lineup at 9am at 1102 Wasco Street in Warm Springs. 10 am – Parade commences and 11:00 Honor Ceremony at 2200 Hollywood Blvd. 12 pm Meal – Buffalo Burgers & Salmon (complimentary to Vietnam Veterans) 1-5 pm – Expo for Vets and Vet Owned Businesses.

MAY 4 – CMA’s ANNUAL RUN FOR THE SON – All riders welcome!  Stage at Shari’s parking lot in Redmond, 8:30 am, ksu at 8:45.  Stage in Bend 9:15; ksu 9:30 at  Riverwoods Country Store, Baker Rd. west of Hwy 97, exit 143.  Ride to meet with Klamath Falls riders, then to Diamond Lake Lodge for no-host lunch. RSVP pls to advise of attendees: Paul Winger, 541-598-4470 or pwinger@bendbroadband.com

MAY 8 – FALLEN SOLDIER CART ESCORT departing SeaTac airport on May 8th for California.  Group of riders leaving Central Oregon for SeaTac on the 7th if anyone wants to ride with them.  Official announcement and info coming soon. More info: Len Parsons at madras@vfw12141.org or Rusty Mann at Rmann@Eagleslair.net

UPDATE!! – MAY 11 – 16th Annual OVMA MOTHERS DAY RUN on Saturday, May 11, the day BEFORE Mother’s Day. This Run honors a local Army Veteran Mom who deserves recognition & encouragement. Signup at Northside Grill. Hi hand wins $500, Lo hand wins $250. Last bike out at 10 am, last bike in at 2 pm. After party at Northside: raffles, auction, 50/50, dancing to tunes by Dizzy’s DJ service. More info: 541-350-0849 or ovmatailgunner@yahoo.com

UPDATE – MAY 18 – 1st BLESSING of the BIKES POKER RUN to benefit Veterans @ 52565 Day Road in La Pine. Free breakfast at 8:30, bike blessing at 9:45, first hand out at 10. Hands = $10. Hi hand wins $100. Last hand in at American Legion Hall for lunch and dancing to a 60’s R&R band. Prizes, raffles, fun and more! Benefits Veterans Outreach. Info: 541-771-5995 or rmirrasoul@aol.com

MAY 24 – 26 – 18th ANNUAL RUN-A-MUCCA IN WINNEMUCCA, Nevada. Info: http://www.runamucca.com/

May 24 – 26 – NORTH MEETS SOUTH HD RALLY, Eureka, CA. More Info: 541-330-6228

MAY 26 – 32nd ANNIVERSARY of ROLLING THUNDER, Washington, D.C. – (FINAL RUN!) Info: http://www.rollingthunder1.com/

JUNE 1 – RODEHOUSE “DOWN BIKER” RUN in Bend, OR. More info: kinnecallaway@gmail.com

JUNE 7 – 8 – REDWOOD RUN in Garberville, CA. More Info: http://www.redwoodrun.org/


JUNE 14 – 15 – LIGHTHOUSE RUN Info: http://www.highway101hd.com/–lighthouse-information

JUNE 22 – A.B.A.T.E’s LAKES, ROCKS, AND BRIDGES ride. Info: Bob Wolin at rmwolin@hotmail.com

JULY (TBD) – INDEPENDENCE RALLY in Hollister, CA. More info: www.hollisterindependencerally.com

JULY (TBD) – WROC ‘n ROLL poker run. Brought to us by Women Riders Only Club (WROC). Event is open to all riders and bikes. More info: sin_d2003@yahoo.com

JULY 11 – 14 – HELLS CANYON RALLY. More info: http://www.hellscanyonrally.com/

JULY (TBD) – BIKES & BLUES Rally in Blachly, OR. Info: TBD

JULY 17 – 21 – PENDLETON BIKE WEEK in Pendleton, OR. More info: http://pendletonbikeweek.com/

JULY 18 -21 – ABATE’s 19th ANNUAL RUN 21 “Largest old school rally in The NW” Info: www.run-21.com

AUGUST 2 -11 – 79th ANNUAL STURGIS RALLY. More info: http://www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com/

AUGUST 4 (TBD) – ANIMAL’S GRANDMA HOUSE RUN. More info: Animal at nzwind_2000@msn.com

UPDATE – AUGUST 16 -18 – CHRISTIAN MOTORCYCLISTS ASSOCIATION’S OREGON STATE RALLY at Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Madras, Oregon. More info: Cliff Roper at 503-539-8885 ctbrd02@gmail.com

AUGUST 9 – 11 – OVMA/VFW TUFF BUTTS RALLY More Info: 75crazyhorse69@gmail.com

SEPT 5 – 8 – OVMA’s 9-11 RUN. More info: ttt@bendcable.com

UPDATE – September 8: “VETERANS 1ST” Oregon Motorcycle Rally in Salem. info: Veterans 1st Oregon State

UPDATE – SEPT 14 – ABATE’s TEDDY BEAR RUN Info: rmwolin@hotmail.com

SEPT 25 – 29 – STREET VIBRATIONS® FALL RALLY in Reno, Sparks, & Virginia City, NV. Info: http://www.road-shows.com/street_vibrations.php

OCT 3 – 6 – 19th ANNUAL LAS VEGAS BIKEFEST. More info: www.lasvegasbikefest.com

DEC 14 – TOY RUN at Wildhorse HD. More info: 541-330-6228.


EVERY SUNDAY! Rode house Ministry – A church custom-built for bikers! RodeHouse is now meeting at Wildhorse HD every Sunday at 9:30am. Weather permitting, the “RoadServices” rides to different destinations. To know what’s happening on Sundays, keep in contact with Chaplain Kinne at kinnecallaway@gmail.com or 541-508-6039 or the RodeHouse web site: www.therodehouse.com

Gary Franklin’s STEELHEAD CYCLES is expanding in Redmond near the County Fairgrounds. Gary sez: Steelhead has added a 3rd lift to his equipment inventory. He has suspended bike pickups while work is picking up. Call him at 541-316-1593. Ride on…

WANT TO SEE YOUR RUN or M/C EVENT here? Postings are free! Send me an email: sgwilkes73@gmail.com

Steve Wilkes
God, please train my heart to desire wisdom and train my feet to walk in Your ways. – Amy Peterson


8 April 2019




THIS WEDNESDAY! – April 10 – CENTRAL OREGON VETERANS COUNCIL meeting at 1400 at VFW Post 1643, @ 1503 NE 4th St, Bend OR 97701. Guest Speakers: Alison McKinney (COVO) – Housing Assists for Veterans; and Miranda Devert, Founder of “LOVES” – (Love Our Vets by Encouraging their Spouses). Other guest speakers expected as well…

April 11 — THURSDAY — film screening of RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope. How stress affects you and how to build resilience. $5 suggested donation. 3 – 5 pm @ Downtown Bend Library, 601 NW Wall Street.

April 22 – VETERANS LISTENING SESSION and VBA CLAIMS CLINIC from 4 pm to 6 pm at VFW Redmond, 491 SW Veterans Way in Redmond. One-on-One Meetings, Enrollment, Women’s Health, Suicide Prevention, Transition Planning, and much more. VSOs will be provided tables upon request. More info: 503-808-1920 or vhapor-publicaffairs@med.va.gov

April 27 – 4th ANNUAL WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS PARADE & EXPO 2019 in Warm Springs, OR. 10 am: Parade; 11 – 5 pm: Meal & Honor ceremony + Silent Auction + Mini Powwow. Pre-register at www.wsala48.org or 541-460-8212.

MID to LATE APRIL 2019 – Auction by Veterans FOR Veterans in Redmond. Mike Williams is the “Trail Boss” for this event and is seeking donations and volunteers. Contact Mike at 541-912-1962 or email to: spinflow12@gmail.com

May 18 – TRAUMA CONFERENCE in Bend at Mountain View High School, 9am to 6pm, 2755 NE 27th Street, Bend, 97701. Panel of experts, 20+ presenters, learn healthy tools for trauma recovery. BYOL or food trucks available for lunch. More info: Cheryl Mils 541-640-0597 or haelenhouse@gmail.com or Susanne Frilot at sfrilot11@gmail.com

May 26 – 2019 BBQ & CAR SHOW presented by Battle Buddies of Central Oregon, @ Bend Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Road, Bend. Best Stock, Best Custom, Best Vintage, Best Lowrider, etc, raffle prizes, silent auction, and PIN-UP contest! Info: Kristina at 541-390-7587 or cobattlebuddy@gmail.com

MAY 27 – MEMORIAL DAY, Bend: Monday, May 27, Bend’s annual Memorial Day Service will be held in Deschutes Memorial Gardens on Hiway 97. Ceremony and Wreath-Laying at the Veterans Monument in the gardens. Specifics to be published soon…

MAY 27 – BEND PARADE OF FLAGS at Bend Heroes Memorial, 35 NW Drake Rd, Bend. Details coming soon…

MAY 27 – MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY in La Pine. These details also coming soon…

MAY 27 – MEMORIAL DAY GALA in Prineville. Parade, then, Memorial Ceremony at cemetery. Details coming soon…

MAY 27 – REDMOND MEMORIAL DAY events: Volunteers needed: USA Flags raising and USA flags removal in Redmond. Details coming soon…

MAY 27 – TERREBONNE MEMORIAL CEREMONY at Pioneer Cemetery in Terrebonne. Details coming soon…

MAY 27 – REDMOND MEMORIAL CEREMONY in Redmond Memorial Gardens, Details to follow…

MAY 27 – MEMORIAL DAY MEAL at Redmond VFW about noon time. Details will be published asap…

MAY 27 – SISTERS MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY Details to be listed as soon as possible…

MAY 27 – “WE ARE REMEMBERING – NOT JUST A NUMBER” ceremony, all day, in downtown Bend…

May 29 – 31 – OREGON CONFERENCE OPIOIDS, PAIN, + ADDICTION TREATMENT at the Riverhouse, Bend, OR. For more info, or to be a conference sponsor, contact Elizabeth White, Lines for Life at 503-244-5211 or elizabethw@linesforlife.org

June 20 – VETERANS EXPO & BBQ on Thursday, June 20th from 10:00 am -2:00 pm in Madras at the Senior Center. This will be a free family-friendly event to educate the community on Veterans’ events, issues, and benefits. Lunch and entertainment will be provided. Vet organizations invited to set up a table and advertise what your agency has to offer. Set up will be both indoors (tables & chairs provided) and outdoors (you provide your own table, we supply chairs). Please indicate your preference. More info: Laura Moore or Kayla Goodman at 541-475-5228.

Mark your calendars! August 3 – 4: VIETNAM TRAVELING WALL visits Bend. More details to come…

NEW POST! September 8 – “VETERANS 1ST” Oregon State Rally in Salem. More info: Veterans 1st Oregon State


C.O. VETERAN COUNCIL NEEDS VOLUNTEERS! After months of advertising and soliciting, our Vet Council STILL needs volunteers for FaceBook & other social media, event planning, web site and more. To volunteer & get info: pam.mindt@gmail.com or sgwilkes73@gmail.com

C.O. VETERANS RANCH NEEDS VOLUNTEERS — more info: Central Oregon Veterans Ranch, 65920 61st Street, Bend, Oregon 97703 PH: 541-706-9062 or aperry@centraloregonveteransranch.org

ALZHEIMER’s ASSOCIATION is seeking volunteers to grow their team of passionate volunteers. There are opportunities available for everyone! More info: Kaitlyn Bertholet at Central Oregon Regional Coordinator, phone 541-317-3977 or https://alz.org/orswwa

CARING FOR TROOPS (CFT) has been gathering items and shipping care packages to deployed troops from Central Oregon for several years. CFT is Central Oregon’s support organization for locally connected men and women serving overseas in the United States military. CFT is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. If you would like to volunteer and/or help out, contact CFT at www.caringfortroops.com

DAV SHUTTLE VAN NEEDS VOLUNTEER DRIVERS! Volunteers needed to drive Veterans to Portland VA Medical Center and to clinics in Bend for medical appointments. No special license needed, DAV pays for gas & lunch for driver. Contact Paul DeWitt at 541-647-2363 or pauldewitt@bendbroadband.com

Ernie Tafalla, Veterans Outreach Coordinator for PARTNERS IN CARE is always looking for Veterans to be part of a Vet2vet Hospice Volunteer Program, providing veterans on hospice service with camaraderie, companionship and more. Info: Ernie Tafalla: email erniet@partnersbend.org or 541-749-0492.

Transition at HOSPICE OF REDMOND needs veteran volunteers to assist Veterans during their final days. Info: 541-548-7483 or transitions@hospiceofredmond.org


VETERAN MEMORIAL BEING BUILT IN WARM SPRINGS – Please help support the construction of the Warm Springs Veteran Memorial. The Memorial is underway and if you would like to support it, you can order a personalized 4×8 or 8×8 Brick Paver with your name, family name, or the name of your organization to be installed in the memorial. More info: Johnathan Courtney at Johnathanc@bestcaretreatment.org or 541-771-2564 or coujw196@gmail.com

THE VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT collects & preserves personal stories and other documents from America’s War Veterans. If you know of a Veteran or you are a Veteran that wants a story to be preserved at Library of Congress, visit: http://www.loc.gov/vets/kit.html

The OREGON PSYCHIATRIC ACCESS LINE ABOUT ADULTS (OPAL-A) is funded by the state of Oregon and is available at no cost to medical providers or patients. More info: OPAL@ohsu.edu or 855-966-7255

CENTRAL OREGON VETERANS OUTREACH (COVO) NEEDS DONATIONS FOR HOMELESS VETS & OTHERS: Donate food, clothing, and $$$ at 61510 S. HWY 97, Bend. More info: 541-383-2793.

VETERAN SERVICES OFFICER coming to Warm Springs! This summer, there may be a grand opening for Warm Springs Veterans Service Office. Stay tuned.

FUNERAL PLANNING GUIDE for VETERANS – https://www.lhlic.com/consumer-resources/funeral-planning-for-veterans/

Send your Veterans info to: Steve Wilkes, C.O. Veterans Council, at sgwilkes73@gmail.com

Steve Wilkes
God, please train my heart to desire wisdom and train my feet to walk in Your ways. – Amy Peterson