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.
The holiest plant of the Christmas season may be a raggedy shrub with peeling bark that seems to grow best in a dusty backyard in Tempe, Ariz. This is Boswellia sacra, better known as the frankincense tree. The shrub’s gum resin is one of the three biblical gifts that the wise men bestowed on the infant Jesus. Until recently, Americans who wished to cultivate their…