Connect in Bend, Oregon, Carrie Hebert RealtorMany people you meet in Bend, Oregon are from somewhere else. They visited Central Oregon, fell in love with the place and moved here. Sound familiar?

Most of those who move here develop a deep affinity for all that Bend has to offer. People have a sense of pride in being part of such a diverse and vibrant community. This sense of ownership manifests in a desire to connect in Bend with others who feel the same.

Where to Connect in Bend, Oregon

Bend Chamber of CommerceBend’s Chamber of Commerce is an active organization supporting business owners and employees. The Chamber’s weekly events provide many networking, educational and marketing opportunities.

Meetups in Bend, Oregon: No matter where your interests lie, there is a Bend, Oregon Meetup Group where you can connect with others. Do you love to read? Are you single? Are you a techie? Like to ride motorcycles? Are you a photographer? Find the group that meets your interests. Don’t see a group you like? Start your own Meetup.

Rotary – Make personal and business connections through a Bend area Rotary chapter, while supporting local causes. Each club has a great mix of people. This is not your grandpa’s Rotary.

City Club of Central OregonCity Club is a vibrant organization which sponsors monthly forums featuring preeminent speakers on topics ranging from new technologies to livable cities, from art to politics. Great way to connect to Bend’s decision makers.

Continuing Education at COCC – A wonderful way to meet people is through a continuing education class at COCC. Most classes are held in the evening a couple of times a week. Take classes for fun, business, health or personal growth.

Support a Nonprofit Organization – Whether your passion is the environment, children, women, animals, Bend has a wide array of non profit organizations. Organizations such as the Assistance League of Bend serves adults and children in need through philanthropic programs. Here is a list of all Bend nonprofit organizations.

Join Search & Rescue – For those who are physically fit and love the outdoors, Deschutes County Search and Rescue is an elite team of volunteers who specialize in providing professional, high-quality search and rescue assistance to residents and visitors, and mutual aid to other counties as requested. The ability to save a life or effect a successful rescue is often dependent upon how quickly the person can be found or reached.

Wine Tasting – Yeah, Bend is known as “beervana.” But we also love our wine. There are several wonderful ways to taste the wines of Oregon, Washington and beyond right here in the High Desert:

Women Tasting WineWomen Tasting Wine is a fabulous club where women connect, learn about wine and enjoy superb dishes prepared by Chef Tim of Jackalope Grill in downtown Bend. The group was started by Diane and Dennis Sienko, owners of Bend Wine Cellar. Be sure to stop by their wine cellar Saturdays for their Saturday Wine Tastings.

portello wine cafe – One of my favorite wine bars is located in the heart of NorthWest Crossing. Portello wine cafe is a lovely spot to have a light bite all year around. And their Italian wines are superb. Patio seating is wonderful and the airy, attractive interior of brick and cherry give portello a euro-industrial feel. Great place for ladies night.

Naked Winery – After a rough day of shopping in the Old Mill, stop by the Naked Winery tasting room. The patio is always bustling with happy shoppers sipping wines produced in Oregon and Washington. “We are on a mission to cut America’s divorce rate in half by encouraging people to reconnect with each other by sharing a glass of wine nightly.”

Do What You Love – For those who are a bit commitment shy, do what you love in Bend, Oregon and you’ll meet others with the same passion.

Are you an artist? Check out Arts Central. Arts Central receives support from the Oregon Arts Commission. Arts Central provides arts education to the community through their programs Art Station, VanGo, and Artists in Schools residencies.

Love Yoga? There are plenty of Yoga studios (my passion is Bikram.)

Golf Addict? Grab a buddy and go to any of the 30 golf courses.

Fish? Rated by Fly-Fisherman Magazine as one of the Top 10 Fly-Fishing towns in the United States, Bend is truly a fly fishing paradise.