• Online Holiday Auction Benefiting the Kid’s Center

    Posted on in category Event

    Support local, support the community, and shop from home. More INFO AND HOW TO BID HERE.

    Get discounts on gift cards for breweries & restaurants, window tinting & auto accessories, golf & laser tag, guitars & toys…and so much more.  Support local business, support the kids center.

    Shop local while still shopping online.  Plus, YOU get a discount!  Many auction items sell for below their retail value, helping your holiday budget go farther.  Place your bids before 10pm December 1st.

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    On this Thanksgiving we are grateful for so much; this place we call home, clean air, clean water, mountains, rivers, friends, family, community. We are truly blessed to live here.  This month’s featured artist is a collection of photos of the Oregon Cascades from staff photographers, Kris Jamieson and Jim Kinney.

    Thank you for being a part of the Backyard Bend community. We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Share a Taste of Central Oregon with HDFFA’s Local Food Gift Boxes

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    Looking for a great way to share a taste of home this holiday season with loved ones while supporting local food businesses and benefiting programs that improve food access for all? Have we got the gift for you! The High Desert Food & Farm Alliance (HDFFA) is offering Local Food Gift Boxes as a way to support their food business partners crafting local goods.  These gift boxes are a perfect option to Give Local and share Central Oregon with your friends and family near and far until we can gather together again. Every purchase benefits the local food economy and assists HDFFA in continuing their programs of improving food access for all and supporting the farmers and food businesses…

  • Shop Small Saturday Win BIG $200 Prize Pack

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    We want to hook you up with a $200 Shop Small Saturday Prize Pack just in time for the Holidays! Click HERE to learn more and register.

    Small business Saturday is November 28th.  But you don’t have to limit your local shopping to just this Saturday.  Columbia Bank, Backyard Bend and the Bend Radio Group would like to encourage you to shop small this holiday season.  Local businesses are the lifeblood of our community and our nation.  Small business Saturday was created to encourage shoppers to bring their holiday shopping closer to home.  Support the core of our local neighborhoods.  Support local jobs.  Support local businesses.  Shop small this holiday season and whenever you can.  Some of our shop…

  • Weather Alert - Snow On The Way For Thanksgiving Week

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    Oregon weather will be active this Thanksgiving week with a couple of storm fronts moving through Monday through Wednesday night. Mountain passes will be covered with snow Tuesday night through Wednesday so plan your trip across the mountains carefully. By Turkey day things clear out and travel should improve through the weekend. Storm totals could reach up to 12 inches in the higher elevations.

    New snow will add to the significant early season base for skiing and snowboarding. Check out our weather locations for resource links, webcams, satellite images and current weather all in one place. Be careful and travel safe this holiday week.

  • Free Fishing Days in Oregon Nov 27 & 28

    Posted on in category Fishing

    Looking for something to do outside on Thanksgiving weekend. Fishing is always an option in Central Oregon anytime of year.  MORE INFO HERE. 

    The Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving are Free Fishing Days in Oregon. That means you can fish, crab or clam for free – no license, tag or endorsement required. Some restrictions apply, as in all current closures, bag limits and other regulations still apply. If you’re looking for a place to take the family, we’ve got 101 suggestions. And if you live near PortlandBendMedfordRoseburg or in Lane County,…

  • Nightmare Before Christmas - Drive In Style Movie Night

    Posted on in categories Event , Film

    Friday, November 27, 2020 at 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Hosted by 3 Rivers Limo Co.

    The Drive In-Style Movie nights continue relocating to the Deschutes County Fairgrounds for the winter season. This is a great way to get out and enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Pile your covid pod into the car and head out for some holiday movie fun.

    Join us on Friday night Nov. 27th at Deschutes County Fairgrounds for a family fun event! Parking starts at 5:30pm! Get ALL THE DETAILS HERE.

  • Injured Backcountry Skier Assisted By DCSO SAR Near Todd Lake

    Posted on in category Event

    Did you know Deschutes County Search and Rescue Unit is a collaboration with the Deschute county Sheriff’s office and community volunteers. This is the organization that responds to those in need. Yesterday is a reminder of how lucky we are to have such an incredible group at the ready and the need to support their efforts. It’s important. To help support DCSO SAR Go HERE.

    Date:  11/19/20

    By:  Lt. Bryan Husband, Search and Rescue Coordinator

    Assisted Skier:  Tindel Wells, 20 yom, Bend, OR

    On 11/19/20, at about 9:00am, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit was advised by 9-1-1 dispatch of an injured backcountry skier, a little over 1/3 mile northwest of the Todd Lake TH.  The injured skier, later…

  • Powderhound Preview & Fundraiser Nov 18 -22

    Posted on in categories Biking , Event , Film , Skiing & Snowboarding , Travel & Adventure

    THE SHOW MUST GO ON! And so the Powder Hound Preview to winter will continue this year as an online event. This is the gathering that has  brought together the winter sports community to watch local films, share stoke, and donate to great non-profits all at a fun filled night at our local Tower Theater each November. That can’t happen this year so get your covid pod together this evening and sit back and watch this year’s Powder Hound Preview & Fundraiser from the comfort of your home.

    Starts Wednesday Nov 18th and new episodes each night through the 22nd, Hosted by Pine Mountain Sports.  This is an online event. Pine Mountain Sport’s Dan McGarigle…

  • The Hearty Child: A Peaceful and Powerful Approach to Parenting in a Time of Uncertainty and Challenge with Dave Mochel - FREE

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    A BIG thanks to Cascades Academy for producing this FREE Series specifically for parents and children during the current challenging times for families.

    Tuesday Nov 17th, 5pm – 615pm FREE Online Event Hosted by Cascades Academy

    How do we negotiate the stress and anxiety that we and our kids are facing? Drawing upon modern scientific research and enduring wisdom, we will look at how to support growth and connection in the presence of emotional discomfort. The strategies presented will apply to the wellbeing of parents and children alike. Participants will come away with specific practices and language to use on a daily basis when confronted by challenge and uncertainty.

    Welcome to the 2020-21 Cascades Academy Virtual…