What we're about

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!

NEW TO TOWN HAPPY HOURS! plus:

BEER/WINE TASTING

DINING OUT (locals' favorites)

MUSIC VENUES

HIKING/NATURE WALKS

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

MOVIE NIGHTS

GAMES NIGHTS

ART WALKS

AND anything else a member might suggest.

We love to hear from YOU!

Upcoming events (5+)

Full Moon Snowshoe trek to Meissner Shelter

Meissner Snow Park

START TIME 5:30 at Park and Ride on Columbia Street (about 4 blocks from ice rink) What to bring: SNOWSHOES - You must bring your own! Rent at Mountain Supply, REI; Purchase at Costco, Gear Fix, Outdoor stores. I recommend bringing Yak Trax or similar boot traction devices if you have them, in case snow conditions are poor. Small day pack with water bottle, extra jacket (it will be cold at the shelter - even with the fire!), snack, adult beverage. I like to bring a thermos of hot chocolate and flask of Peppermint Schnapps - I will share as far as it goes, but will not have enough for everyone. TWO light sources - headlamp, and backup flashlight Sturdy boots and traction devices (yak trax, micro spikes, etc.) Hiking poles Warm clothes - hats, gloves, layers, etc. DOGS: This walk is on the NORTH side of Century Drive so NO DOGS ALLOWED. Leave Fido at home. The game plan: 5:30pm Meet at Bachelor Park and Ride Lot on the west side of Bend (it is a few blocks from the ice rink Pavilion. I will put Floyd the Flamingo on the top of my blue/green Mazda CX9 SUV for identification. We will group up into carpools. All cars driving need a SNO-PARK permit (purchase at Forest Service and other outdoor stores around town). If you are a passenger, show your drive a little love/gas money/buy ém a drink later. 6pm Group gathers at V. Meissner 6:15pm - 7pm Snowshoe to the shelter. 7pm - 745pm - Socialize around the fire pits and (hopefully) enjoy the full moon and views of the city lights back in Bend. 7:45 - 8:30pm - Snowshoe back to the parking lot. 8:30pm Drive (carefully!) back to Bend. 9-10pm After event for those interested, at GoodLife Brewery. This is OPTIONAL! CHEERS! Brian MAP LINK: https://meissnernordic.org/wp-content/uploads/meissner-sno-park-trails.pdf *** Meet at the Bachelor Park and RIde at 5:30pm, Address: SW Columbia St, Bend, OR 97702 https://www.google.com/maps/place/Mt.+Bachelor+Park-N-Ride/@44.0511945,-121.3103605,14z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x54b8c7d39cc04d09:0x3b6636e530093296!8m2!3d44.0504181!4d-121.3269124 or 6pm at the SnoPark. Drivers will need a valid SnoPark Pass. IF you are a passenger, please toss a few bucks to your driver for gas. NO DOGS - We are on the North Side of the highway so NO DOGS on this trip. I will post up a snowshoe trek at the Edison Sno Park in the near future, which will be dog friendly. *** • What we'll do The forecast is clear and the snow is (finally!) flying. Let's trek out to the Meissner Shelter with Snowshoes. This ~3 mile round trip is good for beginners BUT please be aware snowshoeing is harder then walking. You should be able to walk 4-5 miles on level ground, and able to walk up and down Pilot Butte. Snowshoes are available to rent at several places around town including Mountain Supply, REI, and others. Dress for a cold night - layers are always good. Bring an adult beverage if desired, my goto is hot chocolate and a side bottle of Peppermint Schnapps. We will rally at 5:30 at the Mt. Bachelor ski and ride lot to carpool up to the SnoPark. IF going directly there, meet at 6pm. Drivers will need a snow park pass. If you are a passenger, please toss a few bucks to your driver! Bring TWO headlamps! • What to bring Water bottle, snowshoes, warm hat, TWO headlamps • Important to know Bring TWO Headlamps

Weekend's Last call at Immersion Brewery

Immersion Brewing

Immersion Brewery this week for Last Call! They have an outdoor Fire pit that will be perfect for catching up with old friends, and making new friends. Join us!! It's in the back, facing Arizona street, not the front entrance by Gear Fix.

Book Club - March Madness! and Fall of Marigolds

Private Residence in Bend

Placeholder! HEADS UP - We will spend a short time discussing A Fall of Marigolds, the canceled bookclub from February. THEN - we will have a friendly March Madness competition! Each person brings a selection they have read recently (or wants to read) and makes a pitch to the group - key point, it should be a good "book club" book that will spark a lively discussion. We will choose a couple of winners and schedule the next few months of book club. Good luck!

Rack'em Up at DuDa's

Duda's Billiard Bar

Rack'em Up at DuDa's - Let's gather @6:30 and shoot a little stick! Tables rent for $10 hour, your cost is $5. We will have rotating teams playing 1 or more tables depending on groups size. Duda's offers beer, wine, mixed drinks, N/A beverages and tasty Australian Pies! What to bring: A smile and a friendly attitude! If you want to show up and socialize please do, don't sign up. I need a firm head count to reserve tables. As usual, if you sign up - show up! Any questions call J R[masked]

Past events (1,216)

Dance Band at Northside!

Northside Bar & Grill

Photos (2,015)

Find us also at