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ONDA's 30th Anniversary, High Desert Classic & Bicycle Films 


Friday, June 30

Stand for the Land: A Community Celebration of Conservation

"FUN"-DRAISER — Just who are our stewards of public lands? Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA), that's who! Nearly 30 years ago, one lone Bend resident decided to ask friends to chip in $5 to help protect the high desert and with that, ONDA was born. It gave birth to Oregon's first three desert wilderness area designations — the Steens Mountain Range, Oregon Badlands and the Spring Basin. It's brought awareness to the crucial need to protect public lands. Their 30-year anniversary party features live music by Coyote Willow, local brews on tap and prizes from Patagonia, Keen, Nau and more. Revelers can hop from station to station at an interactive info session where they can pen letters, hear and tell stories and help raise their voices for these lands. Stand up for what you believe in and have a drink and dance at the same time. // 4-7pm. Crow's Feet Commons, 875 NW Brooks St., Bend. Free. https://onda.org/

Tuesday, July 18 – Sunday, July 30

Oregon High Desert Classics

HORSES — Do you like horses and are fascinated by the way they can jump with such grace? The Oregon High Desert Classics features riders competing for a $25,000 purse on a beautiful 40-acre ranch. The property includes six grass competition rings. The 28th annual event is the primary fundraiser for J Bar J Youth Services. J Bar J supports at-risk youth with school and residential programs. Come out on Saturday night for the grand prix dinner, a delicious meal and front row seats to watch the best riders compete. // 8am-5pm, Grand Prix at 5pm on Saturdays, July 22 and 29. J Bar J Youth Services, 62895 Hamby Rd., Bend. Free to watch. www.oregonhighdesertclassics.or

Wednesday, July 26

Bend Bicycle Film Festival

FILM — Have a sick vid of some gnar shredders totally pinning it down some brutal trails? Send 'em into the Bend Bicycle Film Festival where every local cyclist can be a star... at least for 15 minutes. Showcasing the unique cycling culture in Central Oregon, the fest has grown since its 2009 inauguration and showcases local short films that exemplify what it means to be a cyclist here in the high desert. It's also a chance to get social — sans lycra pants — with your fellow gearheads. Deadlines for films is July 15. // 7-10pm. Tower Theatre 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $20. bendbicyclefilmfestival.com


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