Mt Bachelor invites you to celebrate a fantastic 2018-19 winter season with their Sunchaser Spring Finale Weekend. This event takes place the last weekend in May. A MOST favorite event will take place on Sunday – The Pond Skim Championships…you can’t miss this !!! All kinds of things happen when you mix skis, snowboards, costumes, crazies and water…Check out Mt. Bachelor’s website for more details….
Treat yourself to a “feel good” night of uplifting humor with JP Sears. JP has accumulated over 300 million video views and brilliantly adapts that material to the stage for his LIVE stand up comedy show! Heavy on the satire, JP slices through the nuances of the new age community, self-help movement, health practices, and his own life that’ll have you laughing at yourself while feeling inspired to live your best life. PG-13
“Do What Makes You Happy!” is the slogan for the Happy Girls Run, so you know you’re in for a treat. Happy Girls Run brings together women of all levels of fitness and achievement for races that are nothing short of life-changing for many runners. Featuring various distances (Half Marathon, 10k & 5k), there’s a perfect length for everyone. Bring the little ones to our Happy Girls Bend event to run in the Happy Little Kids Run, a part of the Kids Rock the Races Series! One of the most beautiful courses you’ll ever experience! Grab your bestie and take in the beauty of the Deschutes River as you embark on a tour of Bend that winds through the heart of the Old Mill District, through downtown, along the northern river canyon and finishes in River Bend Park. A mix of trails with some road sections, the course is well-marked with inspiring signs for optimal woman power.
Imagine floating on a kayak or canoe through a completely undeveloped, pristine and aqua-blue section of river in the heart of Deschutes National Forest. Paddling among lava flows stretching to Paulina Peak in Newberry Crater National Monument, Aspen groves, tranquil lagoons and side channels. Tumalo Creek’s Half-Day Deschutes River Tour is the perfect mini-adventure for visitors who want to fit in another activity in the afternoon. The Half-Day Deschutes River Kayak Tour is suggested as a relaxing outing for visitors and locals of all ages and skill levels. Note: Please call the shop directly for reservations occurring 24 hours or less from class start date, 541.317.9407. Minimum enrollment needs can periodically result in course rescheduling.
ONDA invites you to celebrate the 10th year of the Oregon Badlands Wilderness by exploring the surrounding area on a family adventure with author Wendy Gorton of 50 Hikes with Kids: Oregon and Washington (a National Outdoor Book Award prizewinner)! We’ll explore one of the hiking routes and scavenger hunts from her book — kids will receive their own nature journal, learn how to stop and try to identify species, do nature photography with camera phones, and “power up” by stopping at switchbacks and playing nature games. Difficulty: Moderate. At 2.8 miles round trip with 566 feet elevation gain, this is considered a challenging hike for little ones but very do-able with plenty of stops and water! Bring layers, water, a hat, sunscreen, first aid kit and any other items your child needs to have a good time outdoors. Plenty of mid-day snacks will be provided by Newport Avenue Market. Attendees are welcome to pack additional lunches. Please note that space is limited and pre-registration via Eventbrite is required. If the trip is filled when you go to register, we encourage you to sign up for the waitlist as spaces do open up on these hikes.
The SELCO Pole Pedal Paddle is a signature Bend event and a long standing tradition! This multi-sport event includes Alpine and Cross Country skiing, cycling, running and kayaking. From the slopes of Mt Bachelor to Riverbend Park in Downtown Bend, athletes from all over compete individually or as teams. Check out race info on the SELCO PPP website. The race is produced and a benefit for the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation. Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation creates opportunities through competitive snow sports programs to support athletes in achieving their individual athletic, academic, and personal goals.
Deschutes River Conservancy invites you for a delightful evening of irresistible food, spirits and music. Bid on exclusive adventures and experiences, custom art and other wonderful packages. Give back to our beautiful rivers while exploring the stunning event space at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon off Skyliner Road in Bend. This event takes place the second Saturday in May. Coyote Willow’s exciting combination of cello, guitar and rich vocals beg in the evening at 5:30. All proceeds from the event support the DRC’s mission to restore streamflow and improve water quality in the Deschutes Basin. Proxy bids are allowed.
ONDA presents this hiking opportunity – Smith Rock Revealed. On Friday, May 10th, join former Oregon State Park interpretive ranger, OSU Master Naturalist and ONDA member David Vick for an in-depth look at Smith Rock State Park’s rich cultural and natural history. In addition to viewing nesting raptors, the hike will emphasize native plants and their traditional uses as well as the dramatic geological events that shaped the park as we know it today. Difficulty: Moderate – about 2.5 miles up the Wolf Tree Trail (5 miles round trip). The hike is steep and rocky in places, with moderate elevation gain coming back out of the canyon. Some hikers find the use of poles or walking sticks useful for balancing on steeper sections of the trail. Space is limited so register online. Lunch is included, thanks to Jackson’s Corner!
10 Barrel’s Snow Beach is BACK at Mt Bachelor! Celebrate Spring Break with a little live music and games on the snow! There will be giant jenga, giant cornhole, polish horseshoes, snow croquet, and more. We’ll also have some delicious food and beers being served on the snow outside of West Village Lodge from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Broomsmen will be around to help make this event ‘Zero-Waste’. We will only have items that are recyclable, compostable, or reusable available at this event. Bring your own cup!
May the 4th Be With You! Join us while we run along the beautiful Dry Canyon in the heart of Central Oregon for Run 4 Recovery’s 7th annual fundraiser for the Redmond Alano Club. 5K/10K/Kid’s Fun Run. Race starts at 9am. FREE Kid’s Fun Run at 10am. Star Wars toys and costumes welcome! Silent Auction Fundraiser.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.