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Central Oregon New Friends Connection welcomes newcomers, as well as "vintage" Bendites, who are interested in developing new friendships and in exploring the area's vast opportunities for recreation, education, and merrymaking. Our gatherings are as diverse as the group itself. Please join us on our journey!



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Upcoming events (4+)

Hump Day Evening Float down the Deschutes River at Old Mill

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Come join us for a float down the Deschutes from Riverbend Park at Old Mill to Drake Park. The float will pass thru Old Mill, down the falls at the Bend Whitewater Park, pass thru a nice residential area, and out at Drake Park. Those who are timid to go down the small series of whitewater falls there is an easy bypass. We will get out at south Drake Park and walk 1.4 miles back to Riverbend Park after the float. An easy walk on a beautiful evening. There may be a bus running to bring folks back but they charge a few bucks and the last bus is at 7pm. For those without tubes Tumalo Creek rentals are available at Riverbend Park. https://tumalocreek.com/rentals/deschutes-float-rentals/
What you decide to float with is your choice but we recommend a decently rugged tube especially for the whitewater park.
Its advised to wear water shoes and NO glass containers on the river.
Since we are walking back make sure you have the shoes required for the walk back. The weather looks to be perfect!

Parking will be tight on such a nice night so parking options is at the park, the dirt lot just east of Riverbend (dog park), the street, and Old Mill lot across the street shared with the Hampton.

After the float we may decide to hit Crosscuts for beer and some food for those who wish to join the afterglow.

We look forward to seeing everyone on the float and don't hesitate to ask questions in the comment section.

First Friday Art walk

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Meet on the corner in front of Mirror Pond Cleaners.

NOTE: THIS IS AN EXCEPTION EVENT TO OUR ATTENDANCE POLICY Join us for a fun stroll downtown. Come out and enjoy! Due to the nature of the many different downtown venues, first Friday crowds, and variety of tastes/art/wine/food, etc. - It can be a challenge to stay together as a group.
I will also 'live post' comments and location here on Meetup as the evening progresses. "Sensational local & national art at dozens of businesses on the first Friday of every month. Shops are matched with artists, musicians, and performers. Many businesses stay open late and will serve food and wine as they welcome you in to enjoy their space and this wonderful evening."

Let stroll and socialize together as we seek out new and interesting local artists. I have heard rumors there may be food and wine at some venues. I will 'live post' a few times during the event if you want to join late. Afterwards, we may seek out a nightcap and live music. Let's start at the corner of NW Franklin and Bond - in front of Mirror Pond cleaners (great place, btw) and go up Bond street, back down Wall. As usually happens, smaller groups tend to break off, perhaps to linger at an especially enjoyable gallery or to hear the latest tunes of live music. It's all good!

Early Summer Deschutes Float/Picnic: Tetherow Boat Launch to La Pine State Park

This is my favorite Central Oregon Float because it's close and provides a relaxing 90 minutes in a natural setting. We've done it as a meetup several times.

We will...
-- meet and organize at the LA PINE STATE PARK BRIDGE BOAT RAMP
----- > it's easy to find, see the instructions below, or call me for help
-- launch from the Tetherow Boat Launch, SW of La Pine State Park
-- exit at the La Pine State Park Bridge Boat Ramp
-- celebrate the float with a potluck picnic after exit

----> See detailed Agenda below
----> See written directions and map photos below (posted soon)

Our Agenda

-- 10:00 Meet and organize people/kayaks/cars @ the La Pine State Park Bridge Boat Ramp
-- 10:30 Leave for Float Entry at Tetherow Boat Launch
-- 11:15 Launch Kayaks and SUPS @ Tetherow BL
-- 13:00 Takout/exit at the La Pine State Park Bridge Boat Ramp
-- 13:15 Potluck Picnic Begins
---- People depart who aren't staying for the potluck


-- KAYAKS and SUPS ONLY. No tubes. You'll need the control a kayak/SUP provides.


-- Life Preserver Required
-- Whatever you need of The 10 Essentials
-- Water
-- Food and drink for yourself and others for the potluck
-- A chair to sit on for the potluck
-- A happy and flexible mindset. We'll adjust the plan as required and you'll need to be ok with that

Post questions in the meetup comments or call me if you have questions.

Be Safe! Have Fun!

Steve Buss[masked]

House concert with Ben Miller - $10+

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$10 or more suggested donation to hear a solo show with Bend's Ben Miller on guitar and mandolin!

Bring snacks to share (not full potluck, eat dinner at home), and/or beverages for the community cooler. bring a camp chair or similar.


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Bob Dylan - Lets Kayak/SUP

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