Northwest Crossing Farmer’s Market

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Northwest Crossing Farmer’s Market~A ripe selection of the region’s best organic artisans in produce, meats, baked goods, skincare and other lifestyle products available for you to explore. The participating vendors, musicians and restaurants this season personify our superior quality of life in Bend. They are masters of their craft, and we are looking forward to kicking it up a notch …

Steelhead Falls

Steelhead Falls ~ Family-Friendly Hike Close to Bend

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As you may be able to tell by my other “The Great Outdoors” write-ups, I have a passion for the many waterfalls within our beautiful state. Discovering new waterfalls for our family to explore is one of my favorite things to do. So it came as no surprise when my one request for Mother’s Day was to visit a new …

Kid’s Mini Pole Pedal Paddle

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Kid’s Mini Pole Pedal Paddle ~ Get your friends together for this fun, competitive event for the little ones! REGISTRATION DETAILS Once we have 220 teams, we will close registration. $150 per team (includes 6 race t-shirts and prizes) Each team must have one parent to act as coordinator. One representative from each team MUST pick up the team bib …

Jingle Bell Run~Downtown Bend

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Be part of the largest holiday-themed 5K race series anywhere, the Jingle Bell Run – and join the movement to conquer arthritis! The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get out, get moving and raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability. In communities nationwide, this annual event brings together people from all …

Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk

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Don’t worry about that second helping of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving! You can work it off at our annual Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run and Walk supporting NeighborImpact. The Turkey Trot is an un-timed Fun Run/Walk to get you outdoors for some exercise and family fun! We will be hosting a costume contest this year with prizes for the most decked-out …

Bend Thanksgiving Classic

Bend Thanksgiving Classic Run/Walk

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Bend Thanksgiving Classic is a 5/10K race produced by Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend benefitting, Girls on the Run of Central Oregon. Now in its 9th official year, the race has grown to host nearly  1,000 runners and walkers every Thanksgiving morning in the heart of Bend’s Old Mill District. Registration Information Registration fee does not include a race shirt. Click here to …

Pumpkin Patch Fun at Smith Rock Ranch

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Fall is in the air & pumpkins are everywhere! I experienced the coolest pumpkin patch I’ve ever been to last fall, just outside of Bend. In Texas & Florida the “pumpkin patches” were either in a school or church parking lot, in the sweltering heat. At Smith Rock Ranch, we had the pleasure of walking through hundreds of pumpkins to …

Add Proxy Falls to your Bend Bucket List!

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Proxy Falls is a stunning set of waterfalls located an hour and a half from Bend, over the Mackenzie Pass. The drive is equally amazing, passing through massive lava fields (50 square miles!) with captivating views of the Three Sisters on one side of the road… and Mt. Washington and Mt. Jefferson on the other… Once you reach the summit, …

Explore Paulina Peak and Paulina Falls

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If you have not yet made the trek out to the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, it is well worth the trip and something you should definitely add to your “Bend Bucket List”! This amazing area is located about an hour south of Bend, past Sunriver & La Pine.  Features include includes two lakes, East Lake and Paulina Lake, Paulina Peak, …

Munch and Movies

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* Munch and Movies debuts this Friday at Compass Park in Northwest Crossing. This is a fun event for the family and runs every Friday August 19 through September 9. As the name implies, it is an outdoor movie shown in the park. This year the line-up includes Zootopia, Guardians of the Galaxy, Inside Out…  *        * …