• Know Us: Blacks in Oregon

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    Tuesday September 22nd, 6PM – 7PM. Hosted by Deschutes Public Library

    During his presentation, Professor James Stanley Harrison will examine major events in the history of Blacks in Oregon from the 17th century to the 1960s and highlight the unvarnished truth of a successful fight against oppression within national and international contexts.

    A link to view this program will be available beginning September 22 at 6:00 p.m. here: https://www.deschuteslibrary.org/calendar/event/60523

  • Letter From Mayor Sally Russell With List of Resource Links

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    From Mayor Sally Russell

    Today as fires are still raging across Oregon, causing large scale evacuations in Klamath, Jackson, Josephine, Douglas, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, and Clackamas Counties, we grieve for the families, businesses and beautiful natural areas severely affected by this unprecedented disaster in Oregon.
    My heart goes out to all of the families and communities. Please reach out to loved ones and neighbors who are suffering and in need.  We are all in this together.
    In Bend and Deschutes County the winds are forecasted to shift in the next 24-48 hours, bringing more smoke and increasing the chance of fire getting out of control in the forests on the edge of, and within,…

  • Red Flag Warning - Oregon Wildfire Update

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    Wildfire season has reached Central Oregon as we saw with the surreal wind and smoke filled skies on Monday that fueled the massive growth of the Lionshead fire. The lightning caused fire started on the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation approximately 14 miles west of the Warm Springs community and has spread to the Willamette National Forest and beyond. The Lionshead Fire is being managed with a full suppression strategy. This fire has consumed over 90,000 acres of forest and much of that has been in just the last couple of days. For perspective the Green Ridge fire that has been burning for almost a month has burned just over 4,000 acres.

    The image above of the US Fire…

  • Community Profile - Assistance League of Bend

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    Our community is very fortunate to have many great non profit organizations making a difference to enhance people’s lives. You can find many of these organizations on our ‘Get Involved’ page. In this profile we highlight the Assistance League of Bend. Consider ways you can ‘Get Involved’ and make a difference. More INFO HERE.

    Assistance League of Bend is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization making a difference in the lives of children and adults dealing with poverty, homelessness, and cancer in Deschutes County.  We serve the community through a number of philanthropic programs which include new school clothes for students living in poverty, memory books for foster children, personal care items for low-income seniors, and handmade hats for cancer…

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon

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    This week’s nonprofit profile is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon. There is maybe no better way to have a positive impact on a child in need than providing adult support and mentoring. BBBSCO has impacted so many children’s lives and our community. Consider ways you can support the amazing work they are doing in our community.


    BBBSCO is thrilled to announce our Bigs with Badges Program.  Our goal is to match 10 children this summer with a mentor who is a badge wearing employee to help bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community.  If you are, or know a person who is in any type of law enforcement,…

  • Supporting Local is a Lifetime Commitment

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    The following is a collaborative message from the Central Oregon Food Collective to our communities:

    To the Central Oregon community members who have shown up over the past few months and supported local growers at a rate we haven’t seen before, we thank you. You have driven increased sales, you have helped farmers and ranchers make up for contracts canceled due to COVID, you have helped to keep many of our farms and ranchers afloat.

    We are so grateful for your support and buy-in and we need you to continue to show up every day, in good years and in bad. Farmers and ranchers plan their seasons months, if not years, in advance. Farmers invest months of finances, time and labor before their crops ever make…

  • 'Get Involved' With Your Community

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    Our backyard has some great non-profit organizations working to support those in need and steward our natural and wild places. Our ‘Get Involved’ page is a great resource list for these.

    Current conditions have made it more challenging for these organizations and anything you can do is significant to help. Donation help, but volunteering can be just as helpful. Consider clicking over to the ‘Get Involved’ page and finding one of these great local organizations to support.

  • City Establishes Environment and Climate Committee, Seeks Applications

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    Looking for a way to be involved in shaping Backyard Bend’s future? You can find most of Central Oregon’s nonprofits on our ‘Get Involved’ page. Connect with them and find out how you can get involved. One way to give back is to consider being on this new City of Bend Committee.

    From the Cascade Business News

    At the June 17  City Council meeting, Council voted to establish the Environment and Climate Committee. The committee’s primary focus is to provide input and recommendations to the City Council on topics related to environmental stewardship and to oversee implementation of the Community Climate Action Plan, adopted in December 2019. Read the ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE. 

    This permanent committee will have expertise and…

  • Upper Deschutes Watershed Council 'Upstream Explorers Summer Camp'

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    Looking for a camp that’s got adventure, learning, hands on experiences, and is really fun for the kiddos. Did ya know the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council has amazing education programs including 4 day summer camps. More INFO HERE. 

    These four-day adventure camps will have participants exploring different sites throughout our watershed. Participants will hike and explore some of the most beautiful locations along streams while engaging in hands-on scientific field studies. Camps focus on art, nature and science with a good mix of fun and games!

    All camps are 4 days from 8:30-3:30pm, Mon-Thu

  • High Desert Food & Farm Alliance's Veggie Rx Returns to Bend, Redmond, and Prineville.

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    The High Desert Food & Farm Alliance (HDFFA) is doing some amazing work to bring local fresh food to those in need.

    VeggieRx, a program that forged partnerships with Central Oregon health care providers to offer fresh locally grown vegetables and fruits to their patients experiencing hunger or food insecurity, starts again on June 10th in Bend, June 25th in Prineville, and July 7th in Redmond.

    Since its pilot in 2018, participants of VeggieRx ate more vegetables and fruits during and after the program. Experienced food insecurity was reduced following the program. Participants felt more confident in their personal ability to stretch meals using fresh food and shop for produce on a budget. Over $27,000 has been spent on produce from local farms…