While Central Oregon won’t be a nerd hub on par with, say, Portland — dwelling to the epic Powell’s Books — there are many facilities for these with nerdy must get their nerd repair. And actually, you’ll be able to nerd out on absolutely anything. Living proof: nutritional vitamins. Oregon State College-Cascades will host Monday’s Science Pub as regards to vitamin C. You don’t even need to be a nerd about what you’re placing in your physique. Within the digital program “Vitamin C and Well being: Reality versus Fiction,” Alexander Michels, a analysis affiliate at OSU’s Linus Pauling Institute, will share the truths and myths of well being claims made in regards to the vitamin. The free occasion runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and might be webcast on YouTube Dwell. Register (required) at beav.es/Jyo.
You would do worse — that’s, much less nerdy — than the net program “What Occurred Earlier than the Large Bang?” at 6 p.m. on April 20. No, it’s not in regards to the years earlier than the CBS sitcom. It’s a digital lecture by astrophysicist Ethan Siegel, a senior science contributor to Forbes journal, who will talk about what the final 40 years of analysis have contributed to our understanding of what occurred earlier than the enlargement of the universe. Tickets are $5. Go to cocc.edu/foundation/vsp to register or be taught extra data.
However there’s nerd-fun aplenty year-round in Central Oregon. Listed below are however a number of locations and methods to get your geek on:
Pegasus Books — Lengthy earlier than anybody regarded nerds as cool, proprietor Duncan McGeary was working away to create a bastion of nerd tradition in downtown Bend. Pegasus is greater than only a comedian guide retailer (although it’s that, too): video games, toys, graphic novels, figures, literature, masks, used books, Pegasus has you lined. pegasusbooksofbend.blogspot.com, 105 NW Minnesota Ave., Bend.
Excessive Desert Museum — If non permanent displays equivalent to ”Cosmic Microscapes,” which appears into the similarities of terrestrial rocks and people from area, don’t do it on your internal nerd, maybe studying all in regards to the historical past, tradition and pure marvel of the Columbian Plateau will. The parking zone of the museum even has charging stations for electrical car-driving nerds. highdesertmuseum.org, 59800 Freeway 97, in Bend.
Sunriver Nature Heart and Observatory — Nerds and non-nerds alike will dig this Sunriver spot located on 8 acres subsequent to Lake Aspen in Sunriver. The Nature Heart is dwelling to wildlife equivalent to Luna, a Eurasian Eagle-owl, the biggest species of owl on the earth, and the darkish skies of the realm make stargazing on the Observatory — the biggest publicly accessible observatory within the nation — a particular expertise. Tickets are required for the observatory. Go to snco.org for extra. Positioned at 57245 River Highway, Sunriver.
Pine Mountain Observatory — Normally, the College of Oregon’s observatory atop Pine Mountain, positioned east of Bend, permits the general public to go to on Fridays and Saturdays from Memorial Day by way of Labor Day. On account of COVID-19, it received’t be opening on Memorial Day, however its web site, pmo.uoregon.edu, suggests it might open later in the summertime.
Vector Volcano — Revisit your previous by way of classic ’80s and ’90s video video games equivalent to Asteroids, Galaga and Defender, together with pinball video games. vectorvolcanoarcade.com, 111 NW Oregon Ave., downtown Bend
Rock hounding — Central Oregon is a well-liked vacation spot for rock and mineral hounds. Petrified wooden, agate, thundereggs and our private favourite, jasper, might be discovered right here. Go to oregondiscovery.com for extra particulars.