• Backyardbend Internet Radio, It's New, and It's Different

    Posted on in category Music

    Have you found our new streaming internet radio channel? If not, check it out and get a stream of music you won’t hear from any other station. It’s an eclectic, live, local stream of music that is worth a listen.

    We’ve scoured the libraries of Rock n’ Roll, Blues, Folk, Soul and more for deep tracks, unique tracks, rare demos, and live recordings. Our on-air hosts are live, local, and free from the constraints of commercial radio. BackyardBend Internet Radio is a labor of love for us. We hope you enjoy it and invite you to share your music gems with us. Let’s create an incredible radio station together.

  • Redmond Farmers Market

    Posted on in category Event

    The REDMOND FARMERS MARKET is Open for the Season!

    Tuesdays in Downtown Redmond 3pm – 6pm.

    Find local Central Oregon farm-fresh produce, organic eggs and meat, bakers, makers and crafters, fresh flowers, starts, plants and much more.

    Come shop LOCAL and groove to LIVE music every Tuesday from 3-6pm in downtown Redmond at Centennial Park (corner of 7th and Evergreen).

    Photo Credit LuLish Design

  • Una Razón Para Pescar (A Reason to Fish)

    Posted on in category Film

    This video is about more than just fishing. Watch past the first couple of minutes and you will see a story that is fitting for this Father’s (and Grandfather’s) day weekend even if you don’t fish. A story of one man’s life inspired by his grandfather. Take a few minutes to watch and you won’t be disappointed. Winner of Best Documentary Short and a 2020 Mountain Film selection.

    This video is from Orvis and you can find it online HERE.

  • Virtual Event: Hydropower & Habitat: Restoring the Deschutes Basin at Pelton Round Butte

    Posted on in category Event

    For more than a decade, Portland General Electric (PGE) and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs have been generating emissions-free electricity at the Pelton Round Butte hydropower project in Central Oregon.  This is a High Desert Museum online event.  MORE INFO HERE.

    When: Thursday June 17, 6pm

    Where: Free Online Event. Link below.

    Did you know the project is also the site of an ambitious effort to reintroduce sustainable runs of salmon and steelhead to the Deschutes River? Learn more from Jim Manion, general manager of Warm Springs Power Enterprises, and Megan Hill, natural resources manager for PGE.

    RSVP:  More

  • Featured Artist Mike Gardelius

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    Say hello to our current featured artist, Mike Gardelius. His photos in the ‘Featured Artist Gallery‘, capture Central Oregon in stunning beauty.

    Mike is a regular backyardbend contributor, hashtagging his Instagram post with #backyardbend so they show up in the ‘Gallery’ on the homepage. Share your post and be part of the community. There’s no algorithm or ads, just post shared in real time.

    You can find Mike on Instagram at @agentredbeard. Below is his bio. Give him a look and a shout out.

    Hi, my name is Mike and I was born and raised in Estacada, OR. I was able to start photography as a hobby when my wife bought my first camera as a gift about…

  • One of a Kind Owyhee

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    Get to know the unique landscape of the Owyhee Canyonlands, from the rolling rapids to the sagebrush plateau. You’ll travel back in time to learn about the long history of how the Owyhee came to be and how you can be involved in the future of conservation across this vast region.

    Wednesday June 16th, 5pm. Get MORE INFO HERE of this event.

    Register on our website to get the link to join this virtual event: https://onda.org/event/one-of-a-kind-owyhee

    This event will be hosted on Zoom and is free and open to all who’d like to join. We will email you the event link one hour before the start time, and you will receive a registration confirmation after submitting your information via…

  • How to Turn Your Kayak Into a Fishing Machine - FREE Clinic

    Posted on in category Fishing

    Kayak fishing can open access to much more water for fishing here in Central Oregon. Learn from some folks who have this down; what to look for in a kayak- rigging a kayak for fishing- safety- bonuses of kayak fishing. Speakers Steve VanDyke & James Rheer. MORE INFO HERE.

    When: Friday June 25th, 4pm – 6pm. Where: Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe

    Having a hard time finalizing and outfitting your fishing kayaks? Have questions about targeting a specific type of fish? Steve and James will present a 45 min slideshow on how to select a fishing kayak and turn it into a fishing machine.

    After the presentation there will be time for Q&A, talking shop, and viewing Jame’s and Steve’s…

  • Pull Weeds Along the Deschutes with Coalition For The Deschutes and National Forest Service

    Posted on in categories Event , Travel & Adventure

    Coalition For The Deschutes is organizing an event to pull invasive weeds along the Deschutes River in collaboration with the Deschutes National Forest. We’ll mostly be pulling knapweed and possibly some other invasives such as cheatgrass. With a small group of people spending two or three hours on the job, significant areas can be cleared and kept free of knapweed. And it’s fun and greatly appreciated!

    When: Wednesday, June 16th
    Time: 9:00 am – noon
    Where: Along the Deschutes River Corridor, site TBD
    (Don’t forget to bring your Forest Pass or other valid parking permit.)

    It’s helpful to know how many people to expect, so please let us know if you plan…

  • Sasquatch Duro Saturday June 12th

    Posted on in category Biking

    Saturday June 12th is the Sasquatch Duro. Cycling and other events are returning this summer and this is a chance to join a live in person gravel grinder in Oakridge. MORE INFO HERE.

    The World of Gravel Cycling is exploding and with that brings Mudslinger Events to Oakridge and Westfir to a place that started many adventures back in the late 1980s when mountain biking was grabbing ahold of the imagination of cyclists.

    “Duro” is slang for severe, so whether you take on the little Squatch, Big Squatch, or the Monster Squatch local bike and community experts Willamette Mountain Mercantile and others will be on hand to support your journey through Sasquatch infested land.
    Remember your lower on…

  • High Desert Wonders with ONDA

    Posted on in category Event

    Whether you’re a new member of the desert conservation community, or want to be introduced to the vast beauty of Central and eastern Oregon, you’re invited to join the Oregon Natural Desert Association to get to know the High Desert Wonders.

    Tuesday June 8th, 6pm.

    Our team will share stunning imagery, tips to plan your next visit, and provide ways to advocate for this special landscape.

    Register on ONDA’s website to join this virtual event: https://onda.org/event/high-desert-wonders

    This event is free and open to all who’d like to join and hosted…