EVENT DATE : March 30, 11:00AM
Bend Senior High School

TED conferences worldwide are dedicated to Ideas Worth Spreading. TEDxBend is a locally-organized event featuring talks, demonstrations and performances under 18 minutes each. The theme of this year’s event is “The Vastness.” TEDxBend.com  

EVENT DATE : April 1, 5:30PM
Tetherow Resort

Opening reception for a family-focused event showcasing portraits by regional artists of children with serious medical conditions. PortraitConnection.org  

EVENT DATE : April 2, 11:30AM
Riverhouse Convention Center

The 11th Annual Healing Hearts Luncheon benefits the KIDS Center and their mission to prevent, educate the community, and treat victims of child abuse. The KIDS Center provides medical evaluations, child-friendly forensic interviews and support for children from Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson Counties, and Warm Springs. KIDSCenter.org

EVENT DATE : April 6, 7:00PM
The Pavilion

Bend Ice Figure Skating Club and Sunriver Skate school members perform ice dancing programs and routines. BendIceFigureSkatingClub.org

EVENT DATE : April 7, 2:30AM
Athletic Club of Bend

The 31st Annual half marathon (with 10k, 5k or children’s race options) traverses scenic trails along the Deschutes River to mimic the route of salmon that make their way along Pacific Northwest waterways each year. Salmon Run benefits The Environmental Center. BendRaces.com/Salmon-Run

EVENT DATE : April 9, 6:30PM
Worthy Brewing

The High Desert Speaker Series wraps up with a panel of experts discussing how high desert flora and fauna have adapted to survive in wetlands and other habitats in eastern Oregon. Hear from Ron Larson, Dennis Albert and Steve Sheehy as they discuss the unique life of the high desert and the importance of conservation. ONDA.org

EVENT DATE : 12-13
Mt. Bachelor

Legendary surfer Gerry Lopez hosts this snowboard-only event featuring a series of sweeping, wave-like features incorporated into a flowing course. The idea is to bring the surf experience to the mountain. MtBachelor.com

EVENT DATE : April 13, 10:00AM
Riverhouse Convention Center

Experience a day of fashion shows, massages, makeovers, shopping, free samples and multiple door prizes. CascadeWomensExpo.com

EVENT DATE : April 20, 2:30AM
Les Schwab Amphitheatre

Bend’s local marathon, with half-marathon, 10k and family-friendly 5k options winds through neighborhood parks, ponderosa forests and along the Deschutes River to conclude with a post-race celebration at the finish line. Bend-Marathon.com

EVENT DATE : 27-28
Tower Theatre

The fundraiser for Realms Middle and High School brings stories of exotic locations, paddling whitewater and climbing peaks to the big-screen on April 27, 7 p.m. and April 28, 6 p.m. Tickets $22 in advance or $25 at the door. TowerTheatre.org

EVENT DATE : April 27, 10:00AM
Riverbend Park

A one- or three-mile walk with teams of friends, loved ones or co-workers to raise money toward ending multiple sclerosis. NationalMSSociety.org