Bend Photo Tours invites you along for this very special and rare photo event. Full moons are amazing…. but Supermoons are mind blowing! This particular moon is the last of three supermoons for 2019. The Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual. This photo workshop will head out to The Badlands for a clear view of the rising moon. There will be around 2 hours of night photos, with about 1 hour of driving round trip. Workshop is capped at 8 people to ensure personalized instruction and individualized attention.
Oregon Natural Desert Association invites you to their 3rd speaker event on March 26th. Topic for this program will be “Upper Snake River Tribes Take On a Changing Climate.” Guest speaker will be Jason Kesling, Environmental Program Director. With extensive experience in environmental assessment and wildlife conservation, Jason is a knowledgeable voice on climate change resiliency, adaptation and risk assessment. This event takes place at Worthy Brewing in the Hop Mahal room. Doors open at 6:30, presentation starts at 7:00.
The Bend Chamber invites you to The Women of the Year Awards. This event showcases inspirational stories and extraordinary achievement by formally recognizing and celebrating the outstanding contributions and achievements of women and young ladies in our region. These awards honor exceptional women of all ages, of diverse cultures and roles, celebrating the power of individuals to spark change and improve their community and beyond.
The 2019 Youth Lit Fest is a day of workshops and presentations by award winning authors and illustrators. There will also be a publishing representative of books for children and teens. All ages are welcome, whether you love books for children and teens or hope to illustrate or write them. A Caldecott Medal winner and a Newbery Honor winner are two of the nine presenters at this full day of celebrating the art of writing and illustrating books for children and teens. Those who want to get published and those who love books for youth age 5-17 are invited to listen and learn from some of the best in the youth literature field. It’s free! Lunch is on your own.
The Salmon Run is one of Bend’s oldest organized races. What makes it so popular? First, it is a true Bend tradition. Second, it is one of the first half marathons of the year in the Northwest, making it central to the local racing scene. Because of its early-season timing, it is also the quintessential race for runners looking to build a base for future races. “Each year, the mighty Salmon make an expedition of a lifetime back to their homes – traversing thousands of miles and overcoming countless obstacles on their river journeys. The Salmon juxtapose the infinite space of their ocean homes against the micro-streams of their birth in one monumental run. Their achievement is awesome in the true sense of the word. This beautiful course starts and finishes at the Bend Athletic Club, following the Deschutes River for much of the way.
The 2019 Bend High Desert Speaker Series wraps up on April 9 with a panel of experts discussing how high desert flora and fauna have adapted to survive in wetlands and other habitats in eastern Oregon. Hear from Ron Larson, Dennis Albert and Steve Sheehy as they discuss the unique life of the high desert, and the importance of conserving Oregon’s spectacular wild places so that these species can thrive, now and always.
The BMX Great NW Nationals will be held at the Deschutes County Expo Center the weekend of April 12-14. Come and experience the thrill of BMX racing. From the moment that the starting gate slams, up to seven racers blast at a full sprint toward the first obstacle. BMX racing will give you that rush of adrenaline you’ve been looking for. Big jumps can mean big air. Steep backsides, deep turns, and downhill sections can add up to massive speeds. Fun to watch – even more fun to DO!
The all vocal (a cappella) country music sensation Home Free is bringing Nashville country standards and country-dipped pop hits to the Tower Theater. The band comes to town on the heels of their most recent full-length album release, TIMELESS, bringing with them new music and new humor every night. Home Free has become a household name, amassing more than 250-million YouTube views, and entertaining more than 350,000 people live in concert since bursting on the national scene in 2013. The 5-man band has become known for their show-stopping performances that mix their signature no-instrument, all-vocal music with their quick-witted humor.
After the kids have found all their Easter eggs come over to the lodge for a fabulous Easter Brunch at Carson’s American Kitchen. This brunch buffet will showcase all of the traditional favorites from slow-roasted prime ribeye and eggs benedict to an indulgent dessert station! Be sure to call for reservations.
Join Deschutes Land Trust and retired National Geographic picture editor and the environment editor, Dennis Dimick, for a fast-moving, visual journey that explores and explains the modern human era, the Anthropocene. As a native Oregonian, Dimick will present a vivid journey through our modern world of 7.5 billion people that considers our expanding footprint, rising prosperity, and resulting environmental challenges that call for our attention and response. Explore ways to appreciate our place in nature and contemplate how we can contribute towards a positive future for ourselves and the planet.
The Mt. Bachelor Rotary St. Patrick’s Day Dash is a timed family 5K fun run in Bend, Oregon. Gather the family to run, jog, walk or crawl, and be sure to wear your green as there will be prizes for the best costume and best wearin’ o the green. This year’s beneficiary is Family Access Network who offers assistance, possibility and hope to Central Oregon families in need by connecting them with crucial resources that will help children flourish in school and in life.
Thrill to Monster Truck Thunder at the Deschutes County Expo Center. Redmond, will be motorsport entertainment’s epicenter with the nation’s most competitive MONSTER TRUCKS, as the TRAXXAS Monster Truck Tour invades the First Interstate Bank Center on March 15&16, 2019! See these incredible 10,000-pound, car crushing giants compete in racing, wheelie contests, and then rock the house with amazing freestyle action during the TRAXXAS Monster Truck Tour! Plus, you can meet the drivers and see the trucks up close at the pre-event Autograph Pit Party!
Experience the dynamic energy and rich cultural expression of Mariachi Sol de Mexico at The Tower Theater. This band embraces the romanticism of Mexico’s land, people and beauty of heart. They are a platinum selling mariachi band and the first ever to be nominated for a Grammy. Considering the fact that they have traveled the world over, Bend is very lucky to have them performing here.
Enjoy the splendor of the high Cascades while testing your limits at the 2019 Cascade Crest Nordic Ski Marathon. This year’s event promises something for everybody; a 50km Skate race, a 25km Skate race, a 10km Skate or Classic race for beginning racers, and a 4 x 12.5km Skate Relay. This year’s course will utilize the US Forest Service lands in the shadow of Broken Top Mountain on and around Dutchman Flat and Todd Lake before reentering the Mt Bachelor Nordic Center Trail Network at Rich’s Range. The course is 12.5km in distance (10km cut off for beginners) and will be skied 4 times for the 50km and twice for the 25km. Check out the website for registration info.
Mandy Harvey is an accomplished singer and songwriter. She is also deaf. A Vocal Music Education major at Colorado State University, Mandy lost her residual hearing in 2006-2007 at age eighteen due to a connective tissue disorder, and left the program. She pursued several career options, including education, but returned to music in 2008. She quickly became a regular performer at Jay’s Bistro in Fort Collins and then branched out to having regular concerts at Dazzle Jazz Lounge in Denver (Top 100 Jazz venues in the world). Mandy’s music attracts the attention of those around the world, adding to her message of hope, dream and believe. Mandy made a tremendous impact on America’s Got Talent, reaching the 2017 finals as Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer Winner. Her profile on CNN’s Great Big Story captured over 10 million hits on social media. Burt’s Bees signed her up for their “Remarkable Women” campaign. NBC Nightly News featured her, and she now performs at the world’s most prestigious clubs, concert stages and festivals.
Bachelor Butte Dog Derby returns the tradition of racing sled dogs in the Cascade mountains near Bend/Sunriver, Oregon. This is an opportunity to experience the splendor of the the Cascades and contest one’s dog team on world class terrain. “The courses will be challenging and the classes offered somewhat nostalgic.” There will be 5 different courses. Go online to check out courses and race info/rules.
The annual Muse Women’s Conference brings together local women & teens with internationally recognized artists, authors, athletes, entrepreneurs, activists, and social change leaders to celebrate International Women’s Day and kick-off Women’s History Month. Our 7th event is scheduled for February 28 – March 3, 2019 in Bend, Oregon. This one of a kind event offers 4 days of art installations, interactive panel discussions, keynote talks, live performances, and breakout workshops designed to explore individual and collective stories and deepen our sense of belonging to each other and our world… in this moment.The annual Muse Women’s Conference brings together local women & teens with internationally recognized artists, authors, athletes, entrepreneurs, activists, and social change leaders to celebrate International Women’s Day and kick-off Women’s History Month. Our 7th event is scheduled for February 28 – March 3, 2019 in Bend, Oregon. This one of a kind event offers 4 days of art installations, interactive panel discussions, keynote talks, live performances, and breakout workshops designed to explore individual and collective stories and deepen our sense of belonging to each other and our world… in this moment.
Here’s your chance to change a life! Meal of the Year black tie affair supports the dreams and aspirations of COCC students by raising funds for scholarships that will open doors once closed and change the students’ lives forever. Guests of this gala evening are treated to a four course meal, skillfully created and presented by Cascade Culinary Institute. (Corporate tables are available. Please contact the Foundation Office at 541.318.3783 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information).
OnPoint Community Credit Union Oregon WinterFest is Oregon’s biggest party of the season! This three day event has something for everyone! Enjoy tons of live music, family play zone, food, brews, ice sculptures, royal run, wine walk, rail jam and the ever exciting fire pit competition. This event is held in the Old Mill District and benefits the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon. Don’t miss this spectacular community event. Tickets can be purchased online.
The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support Special Olympics Oregon athletes by jumping, walking or slowly crawling into the frigid and icy Oregon waters. The event is open to the public, and all spectators are welcome free of charge. The best way to plunge is with a team! Get your friends, family members, co-workers and boss to take the plunge with you. Plus, there are some major incentives for those who raise the most money! Every participant must raise a minimum of $50 for the privilege of taking a wintry dip in an icy body of water and will receive a commemorative t-shirt and a bowl of soup, plus bragging rights! Get the thrill without the chill….register for Too Chicken to Plunge!
The 2019 Bend A Cappella Festival features several of the most talented names in a cappella music. They will be personally advising singers at every level of expertise. This year’s festival features Deke Sharon, Peter Hollens, Naturally 7 – and YOU! Friday 2/8 will be full of classes and performances. Saturday 2/9 will be the ever popular A Capella Sing Off. Check out the Tower website for more information and to buy tickets.
The Record Company was described by Rolling Stone as “Caught halfway between the stomp of mid-century rock & roll and the soulful kick of Delta blues, the Record Company kick up a raw, rootsy racket.” This trio has scored nationwide #1 hits and been nominated for a Grammy award. They will bring their “down and dirty sound and megawats of energy” to The Tower Theater on Feb. 4th at 8pm.
USA Climbing will hold their Bouldering Nationals at the Deschutes County Expo Center on two weekends in February. FEB 1-2 will host the Open National Championship Competition. FEB 8-10 will be the Youth National Championship. “These events will feature the most elite adult and youth athletes in the country competing for a place on the national US Team in the discipline of bouldering.”
The Great Nordeen is a Bend tradition and fitting tribute to Emil Nordeen. Emil Nordeen, who grew up in Sweden, became a Bend icon after settling here in 1920. He’s best known for twice winning the 42-mile Fort Klamath-Crater Lake ski race (1929, 1931). In 1927, he helped establish the Bend Skyliners Club as a mountain search and rescue and skiing promotion group. This 17th annual Nordeen includes X-Country freestyle race and fat bikes. Races are 30k and 18k. Check out the MBSEF website for more info.
West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Don’t miss this powerful, poignant production at the Tower Theater. The score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim are regarded as among the best ever written. Get your tickets early. This musical will be playing 6 nights only.
Back by popular demand, Oregon Wild presents Snowshoeing 101 at Broken Top Bottle Shop. Come learn how and where to snowshoe in Central Oregon! They’ll have tips and suggestions regarding everything from safety to gear to picking the most scenic trails. Also included will be some “Snowshoeing 101” for those new to the activity as well as some tips on locations that would be applicable to all ability levels. There will also be an encore presentation on Wednesday, January 23rd. Both events are the same so feel free to attend whichever best fits your schedule.
Mt Bachelor invites you to the third installment of the Apres Ski Bash Concert Series at Crow’s Feet Commons featuring the music of Dirty Revival. This is a FREE & ALL AGES event. About Dirty Revival: Dirty Revival, a seven piece soul/rock band hailing from Portland and is is quickly gaining notoriety for their inspired songwriting and impressive live performances and has been electrifying stages across the US since 2013.
OSU Cascades Science Pub sessions make learning fun! Held at McMenamins, you can relax in Father Luke’s room, have a brew and/or dinner and hear top scientists on diverse subjects. January’s title is “What Will Oregon’s Next Volcanic Eruption Look Like?.” Oregon is one of the most “volcanic” US states – there are thousands of volcanoes in our state. Most are inactive – but Oregon has four major volcanoes on the USGS’s high priority list for volcano monitoring: Mount Hood, Newberry Volcano, Crater Lake and South Sister. Geologist Adam Kent will share how the tools of geology and volcanology can help us understand what eruptions at these locations might look like and the hazards they might produce. Come take a tour of Oregon’s volcanoes — with short excursions to Alaska, Hawaii, Japan and the Caribbean. Registration starts in December. Networking begins at 5:30, talk at 6:30.
Join the Coalition for the Deschutes and Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe for Wild Rivers Night, a collection of presentations about wild rivers. It’s a fun gathering of people who love rivers. Zach Collier is a whitewater paddler, guide, and outfitter based in Hood River, Oregon. His business, Northwest Rafting Company, runs multi-day trips on Wild and Scenic Rivers in Oregon and Idaho, and a few international destinations. When he’s not running his business, he’s out exploring as many rivers as he can. With beer by Boneyard!
10 Barrel invites you to enjoy the mountain like a local. Bendites favorite things will be featured – free live music, 10 Barrel brews and laps on Skyliner lift. Come grab a few beers, play a few games and win some free swag. Beers and music will be flowing in the Skyliner Parking Lot from 11am to 3pm.
The Downtown Bend Business Association invites you to get out of the house this winter and have some fun! They are providing an awesome scavenger hunt in downtown Bend from Jan. 7th thru Feb 7th. This is a very fun event for people of all ages and a great way for local business owners to meet locals. Over 60 downtown stores are participating. This event will be a partnership with Mount Bachelor and their ski groups for the season. Each store will have a passport in their location with a list of all participating stores. You pick up the passport, find the ski figurine in each store with the hashtag, #DowntownBendSkiHunt. If you post the picture with the hashtag you could be highlighted on the Downtown Bend Facebook page and Website. Check out all the participating stores online.
The Tower Theater is excited to bring Storm Large back to Bend. Storm made her debut as guest vocalist with the band Pink Martini in April 2011, singing four sold-out concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She continues to perform with the band, touring nationally and internationally, and she was featured on their CD, Get Happy. Storm has also sung with Grammy winner k.d. lang, pianist Kirill Gerstein, punk rocker John Doe, singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer George Clinton. Don’t miss her “Holiday Ordeal” performance.
It wouldn’t be the holidays in Central Oregon without the annual “Swingin’ Tower Christmas Show”. Bring the entire family to this wonderful fun filled celebration of Santa with stories, songs and dances. Plus- there will be a 14 piece big band led by trumpeter, Jim Tenant. There will be 4 performances: 12/21 at 7:00pm, 12/22 at 3:00pm and 7:00pm and 12/23 at 3:00pm
The first ever Ugly Christmas Sweater will take place on Saturday December 15, 2018. What can you expect at the Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl? Ugly sweaters. Everywhere. Drinking delicious cocktails at the coolest bars in Bend in your ugly sweater. Competing against other Uglies in the Ugliest Sweater Contest. It all begins with a pre-registry party at Bend Brewing Company at 4:00pm. You can stand by the fire and enjoy music from a local DJ from 4pm-5pm, then from 6pm-8pm the pub crawl begins (use your free drink tickets!!) The pub crawl will end at Silver Moon Brewing with the Ugliest Sweater Contest beginning at 8:00pm and the After party where everyone will get to dance on in your ugly sweater at Silver Moon.