• Senator Wyden's Wild & Scenic River Forum: Bend

    Posted on in categories Event , River , Travel & Adventure

    Calling all river lovers! Senator Wyden will be holding an open, public forum on his Wild and Scenic Rivers initiative. This is a great opportunity to speak to the Senator directly about protecting your most cherished waterways. Come learn and engage on what is important to you for Oregon waterways.

    When: Saturday Dec 14th 10am-11am

    Where: Bend Park and Rec District Office – 799 Columbia St. Bend.

  • Bend's Christmas Parade

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    Today, Saturday December 7 starting at 12pm the annual Bend Christmas Parade will turn downtown into a cheery holiday festival. Come watch Santa and his team greet our lovely community and then stay for some holiday shopping. It’s tradition!!!

  • High Desert Hootenanny With The Oregon Natural Desert Association

    Posted on in categories Event , Travel & Adventure

    Friday Dec 6th from 5pm-830pm at Hollingshead Barn in Bend.

    Join ONDA board, staff and supporters in celebrating the many high desert conservation successes of 2019! Come to Hollinshead Barn in Bend on Friday, December 6 to hear highlights from this year’s habitat restoration, advocacy and community-building initiatives and learn about what’s to come in the year ahead. Enjoy live music from Honey Don’t, refreshments from Spork, Sunriver Brewing, Crater Lake Spirits, Backporch Coffee Roasters and Caboost Kombucha, and great raffle prizes. More INFO HERE

    This event is free and open to all. Parking is limited, so please carpool or use an alternative form of transportation. And, please bring your own cup to fill with beverages! The party starts…

  • A Maximal Effort: The Story of Link Sar Hosted By Mountain Supply

    Posted on in categories Climbing , Event , Film

    Join local alpinists Graham Zimmerman and Chris Wright as they share their group’s successful first ascent of Link Sar in the Central Pakistani Karakoram via its 3,400-meter Southeast Face. Get ready for a captivating slideshow filled with fun stories, steep pitches, and loud music!

    Thursday December 5th at 6pm, at Mountain Supply. More INFO HERE.

    Also featuring an amazing raffle from the best outdoor brands benefiting Protect Our Winters(POW)!

    Event is free.
    Light refreshments provided.
    Limited seating provided.
    Fun always provided.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon

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    Today is Giving Tuesday and you might consider a charitable gift to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon. Your donation can make a big impact on the lives of young people in our community. You can also consider becoming a mentor to not only impact a child’s life today, but to transform their potential for tomorrow.

    Thank you to all of our community non-profits who support so many people and places we love in Central Oregon. HAPPY GIVING TUESDAY.

  • Giving Tuesday

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    Tuesday Dec 3 is Giving Tuesday. This is the nationally recognized day for charitable giving during the holiday season. Today we want to spotlight the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA). This Central Oregon non-profit has been guiding and protecting Oregon’s natural deserts for over 30 years.  Visit the ONDA website to learn more about this great community organization and consider a charitable gift this Tuesday.

    Visit the Get Involved page to see many other local non-profits making a difference in our community.

  • This Tuesday, Dec 3rd, Is Giving Tuesday

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    Did ya know?

    Giving Tuesday is the international movement to create a day of charitable giving at the beginning of the holiday season, this year falling on December 3.

    Check out the “Get Involved Page” where there are links to many of Central Oregon’s non-profits. The Deschutes Land Trust is just one of our community non-profits that is doing great work to conserve our wild and scenic lands. You can find more information about what they are doing HERE.

    Consider a charitable gift to one or more of our community non-profits this holiday season.  Follow us as we share stories leading up to, and on Giving Tuesday, to see how you can help conserve Central Oregon for today, and for…

  • Sunday Is The First Day of Grooming At Virginia Meissner

    Posted on in category Skiing & Snowboarding

    Sunday Dec 1st is the first day of grooming at Virginia Meissner, so bust out the X-Country gear and head out to the trails with friends and other snow enthusiast. The recent snow should make for good conditions.

    If you don’t know, the Virginia Meissner Community is a non-profit. Snow grooming and the shelters firewood and maintenance is provided by the community. You can donate or volunteer and be part of this wonderful amenity we have right in our #backyardbend.  More INFO HERE.

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    Today we give thanks for so many wonderful things; the Backyard Bend community, the opportunity to live in Central Oregon, Oregon’s wild and scenic beauty and the recent snow that ushers in the winter season.  With that snow, Mt. Bachelor has announced a limited opening tomorrow, Friday Nov 29th. Check the Mt. Bachelor website for all the weekend festivities and operating details.

    Thank you for being a positive member of the Bend and Central Oregon community. There are so many great people and organizations here doing good things to make our community a great place to live.

    We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Winter Blast Coming To Oregon

    Posted on in categories Skiing & Snowboarding , Travel & Adventure

    It looks like winter will arrive in Central Oregon starting today. A large low pressure is moving in from the Pacific and expected to dump two feet or more in the mountains by Wednesday evening. Today and tomorrow morning will be very difficult travel over the mountain passes. By Thursday conditions improve for your holiday travels.

    Our weather pages have webcams and all the links you need in one place to quickly check weather conditions in Bend/Mt. Bachelor and other locations around the state. In one place you can quickly see ODOT webcams of mountain passes, check the NOAA forecast, the Mt. Bachelor conditions page and find ski forecast at Mt. Bachelor and other resorts at SnowForecast.com.…