Johnson Brothers Appliances Opens New Showroom

Johnson Brothers Appliances, founded by Vern Johnson in 1950, has opened its new showroom adjacent to its previous store on Azure Drive just east of Pilot Butte. According to General Manager Dave Johnson, “We’re excited to offer an enjoyable, intuitive shopping experience for our customers. I think folks will appreciate the user-friendly store layout and the wide range of brands with something for every budget.” In the new location, Johnson Brothers Appliances adds the Tempur-pedic Mattress line, along with several exclusive appliance brands such as Gaggenau, Hestan and Smeg. “Our innovative Credit-Back Warranty is just one of the new features we offer to give our customers complete confidence in purchasing products in our store,” Johnson adds. In business nearly 70 years, Johnson Brothers Appliances is in its third generation of family management. In addition to the new retail space, the company looks forward to opening an Appliance Outlet to sell used and clearance inventory in the future.

Northwest Cosmetic Surgery Welcomes Dr. Amanda K. Nelson

Dr. Amanda K. Nelson joins the practice of Northwest Cosmetic Surgery. Born and raised in Central Oregon, Dr. Nelson has extensive training in plastic and reconstructive surgery and returns to the area to serve the community where she grew up. Dr. Nelson graduated cum laude from Willamette University, and with honors from University of Washington’s School of Medicine. After a residency in plastic surgery at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, she completed a prestigious fellowship in cosmetic surgery in Los Angeles and Newport Beach. She specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face and body, as well as reconstructive procedures. “We are very excited to have someone as highly qualified as Dr. Nelson joining us,” says Dr. Gary Gallagher, physician/owner of Northwest Cosmetic Surgery and also a Central Oregon native. Dr. Nelson has studied rural development in South Africa and has been involved with Habitat for Humanity. Northwest Cosmetic Surgery will host an open house to welcome Dr. Nelson on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 3-7 p.m. Please call 541.388.1022 to RSVP by Sept. 6.

Oregon Inspired Offers Free Photo Classes

Oregon Inspired, a new local business created by photographers Holly Fischer and Steve Giardini, offers a one-hour walking photo class on two dates, September 19th and 27th, at the Old Mill, Bend (advanced registration is required). In addition to free classes, Oregon Inspired also teaches classes on camera basics, mastering photo composition, metering and histogram as well as provides group workshops and private tours.  “Each photograph is a moment-in-time representation,” says Giardini. “No matter the number of times a place is photographed, no two images will be alike.”

Bend Cultural Tourism Commission Awards 2018 Grants

The Bend Cultural Tourism Commission announced ten grant awards for Bend activities awarding a total of $205,000. The funds will help organizations leverage marketing resources to attract more cultural tourists during the shoulder seasons and winter months. Funding will support a variety of cultural programing, from the 15th Annual BendFilm Festival to Crows Feet Commons’ Après Ski Bash concerts. The Commission included two Catalyst grant awards this year to support cultural initiatives in the development phase:  to support the development of Word In Action, a new literary festival sponsored by OSU-Cascades Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing, and to develop a Winter Pride Festival for the LGBTQ community, organized by OUT Central Oregon. “Bend’s vibrant arts and culture scene is part of what makes our community special, and it’s been wonderful to watch it become such an integral part of our city’s economic development,” says Visit Bend CEO Kevney Dugan.


Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Offers Free Fishing Weekend

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife offers a statewide free fishing event Saturday and Sunday, September 1 and 2, over Labor Day Weekend. Anglers of all ages will be allowed to fish, crab or clam without licenses or tags at any Oregon State Park.