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Newcomers Club of Bend

Club Activities & Events

The Bend Newcomers Club offers many varied activities. We continually add new activities based on our members' interests. Anyone in the Club can propose a new activity or volunteer to chair an existing one. Our current activities are listed below, categorized by type of activity. 

Please contact our Activity Director if you have questions,
or wish to start a new activity.

Activity Director:
ncob.activity@gmail.com

Note: Some of our Activities are on hold during this time due to COVID-19 restrictions. 
Please check with our Activity Director, or watch for announcements in the monthly Newsletter 
to find the status of activities or events you wish to attend.


Book Clubs

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Reading is so much fun! Do you love sharing thoughts and ideas? Fiction, Non-Fiction,
Sci-Fi?  Whatever your fancy, there is a book
club for that.  Our current book clubs include:

· First Monday Book Club

· Page Turners—Fiction

· Tuesday Book club—Fiction

· Daytime Book club

· Mystery & Suspense

· Thursday Book Club

If you are interested in any of these, or would like to begin a new book club, please contact our Activity Director. 



Annual Charities—Each year Bend Newcomers
select two local charities to support financially.
We offer several ways to give to these charities
including Gift Basket Raffle sales and 50/50 Raffles at our Luncheons.
 

Bethlehem InnJoin NCOB’s INNcomparable Cooks! Come meet some new friends and provide healthy meals once every three months to the Bethlehem Inn Homeless Shelter for individuals and families. As a group, NCOB volunteers have fun by shopping, cooking or serving meals and at the same time giving hope by connecting directly with people most in need in our community.

Humane Society of Central Oregon– Each
Wednesday at 12:00 pm NCOB volunteers spend three hours sorting the incoming clothing donations for the resale store. To be a part of this team, contact our Activity Director.
 


The Great Outdoors

Bicycle RidingMost paths are easy, level riding on paved pathways or roads. In the warmer months we usually bike around Sunriver and most of the ride is easy and level. No matter your skill level, this is a wonderful way to get some exercise, breathe fresh air, and enjoy good company.

Pleasure WalksPlease join us for a leisurely walk around various areas in Bend—such as The Deschutes River Trail, The Old Mill District, Drake Park and Old Bend Historical neighborhoods. (Sometimes, we even see wildlife—American Bald Eagles, Osprey, Owls, Otter, Beaver, Deer and so on—along the Deschutes River Trail.) Then join us afterwards for coffee. We meet in front of Anthony's Restaurant in the Old Mill District on Thursday and Sunday Mornings.

Snowshoe—Central Oregon is so beautiful in the winter. Come experience the serenity and
gracefulness of the scenery by joining us for a snowshoeing trek at one of our several groomed trails. Times and places vary, but are updated throughout the season in the monthly newsletter.

Golf for All —Enjoy a round of golf with other members and their guests. Different golf courses are chosen to introduce golfers to the many possibilities for par around Bend. Fore!


PickleballA fun sport that combines tennis,
badminton and ping-pong. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a, competitive game for experienced players. Newcomers play seasonally on the outdoor courts at Pine Nursery.

Kayaking—During the summer months there is nothing like getting out on the water at one of our beautiful high lakes. The Kayaking group loves to explore the waters of Central Oregon when weather permits.

 Hiking—Bend is a place where boredom doesn't exist because there is so much to explore. Co-ed hiking is a seasonal activity where we hit the trails around the High Desert. We have witnessed Oregon's varied geology from lava fields to waterfalls, and seen all sorts of wildlife on our hikes. 


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Social Outings 

BridgeThe Bridge group plays twice a month, the first and third Wednesday. If you are a player of intermediate skill level, you will enjoy this group. We play Standard American conventions. You must sign up in advance. Location rotates among players’ homes and you should be willing to take a turn hosting in your home.

Game NightAll NCOB members are invited to play card or board games. We meet the fourth Wednesday at member’s homes to play whatever fun game the Hostess has picked for the evening.

Scrabble—Join in the fun on the third Thursday of each month at Barnes & Noble for a fun game of Scrabble. All are welcome.

Mexican Train—Meets on the first Thursday
of each month.
No experience required, but laughter is. Enjoy a fun-filled evening of dominos! 

Mah-Jongg—If you love Mah-Jongg, join us
for a fun, relaxed session of American
Mah-Jongg.  We will play a couple of hands, have lunch and play again.  Please bring your current Standard Card and a Mah-jongg set (if you have one).  Advanced Beginner through Experienced players welcome. 
Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month from 10 am to noon.


Happy HoursThe Happy Hour group offers an
opportunity to explore wonderful restaurants and bars in the Bend area while meeting new people and building friendships in a relaxed environment. Happy Hour discounts generally apply but may vary with each location. This is a no-host event. Spouses and significant others are welcome.  

Wine Down A play on words referring to the weekend when you want to "wind down." These gatherings are hosted in a member’s home, are fun social events where you can enjoy your favorite drink (either alcohol or non-alcohol), eat wonderful food, and meet and converse with other members. Spouses and significant others are welcome.

Ale Trailers—The Ale Trailers meet to explore the many outstanding microbreweries and brewpubs that the Bend area has to offer and to enjoy each others company. Attendance limits change
monthly.
Spouses and significant others are
welcome.

Adventures in Food Group— Do you love an
adventure when you cook? Would you like to learn a new recipe or technique in the kitchen? Then this is the club for you. We meet monthly to explore a new culinary adventure. Spouses and significant others are welcome.

Dutch Lunch—Join us as we meet in various
restaurants around the area for a casual no-host lunch, just for good food and conversation.


Special Events

And even More….

Girls Night Out This seasonal activity is for ladies  only. Events are scheduled four times a year and are held in a variety of venues, usually on a Thursday evening. They are a fun way for members to get to know other members, make new friends, and laugh with friends you already have. Guests are also welcome. Examples of events in the past are Audrey Hepburn Look Alikes; Furs, Feathers and Bling Bling; 50 Shades of Green; and Girls' Night Out at Red Martini. Please watch for events in the NCOB Newsletter.

Artisan Showcase A time-honored tradition in the Bend Newcomers club is the Artisan Showcase in November. This wonderful marketplace of beautiful and eclectic handmade gifts is always a seasonal favorite for many living in Central Oregon. Our membership boasts some of the most creative and talented artisans in Bend, so plan to come and shop, or participate as a featured craftsman.

Fashion Show— September is Fashion month with NCOB! Join us as our members model fun fashions from local shops. In addition to some the runway show, you’ll have the opportunity to shop at our fashion-themed silent auction, and enjoy a terrific lunch.


Animal Lovers During the Fall and Winter months, the Animal Lovers group meets at local cafes, restaurants, or pubs to share a no-host meal and beverage. At the same time, they bring items to benefit the Humane Society of Deschutes County, or other worthy animal-loving organization.

Paid Classes—NCOB occasionally has classes where members offer to instruct others in a fun and inviting atmosphere. These classes usually include a nominal fee. Please check the Directory to see if there are any classes you would enjoy.

Crafts—From time to time we find a great craft project to share with members. Always fun and creative. If you have a craft you love and want to share, be sure to let us know!

 

If you have an interest that is not represented here, or the group you like is at capacity,
you can begin a new group  Please contact our activities director, and they will help you get started.
At Newcomers of Bend, we are all about creating social ties with one another and exploring our
passions as we make friends.

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