BINGO: 12:30 p.m.; American Legion Post #44, 704 S.W. Eighth St., Redmond; 541-548-5688.
THE GOLDEN AGE CLUB: Pinochle; 12:45-5 p.m.; Golden Age Club, 40 S.E. Fifth St., Bend; 541-389-1752.
NOTABLES SWING BAND: $5; 2-4 p.m.; Bend Senior Center, 1600 S.E. Reed Market Road; 541-728-8743 or www.notablesswingband.com .
BEND STORYTELLING CIRCLE: Features a group of people telling and listening to stories; visit Facebook site for location; free; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Bend location; 541-389-1713 or www.facebook.com/bendstorytellingcircle.
THE GOLDEN AGE CLUB: Double deck pinochle; noon-3 p.m.; Golden Age Club, 40 S.E. Fifth St., Bend; 541-389-1752.
PFLAG CENTRAL OREGON: Bring a dish to share with serving utensils; 6:30 p.m.; Nativity Lutheran Church, 60850 S.E. Brosterhous Road, Bend; 541-317-2334 or www.pflagcentraloregon.org.
EAST CASCADES AUDUBON SOCIETY: Join local birders for half-day field trips around Central Oregon; share gas expenses; 7 a.m.; Nancy P’s Baking Company, 1054 N.W. Milwaukee Ave., Bend; 541-322-8778 or www.ecaudubon.org.
NEWCOMERS CLUB OF BEND: Hospitality coffee, call for directions; free, registration requested; 10 a.m.-noon; Bend location; 215-917-0032.
BEND CHAMBER TOASTMASTERS: noon-1 p.m.; The Environmental Center, 16 N.W. Kansas Ave.; 541-383-2581.
KIWANIS CLUB OF REDMOND: noon-1 p.m.; Juniper Golf Course, 1938 S.W. Elkhorn Ave.; 541-548-5935 or www.redmondkiwanis.org.
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