Deschutes Pediatric Dentistry Welcomes Dr. Edward Christensen

Deschutes Pediatric Dentistry adds not only more depth of experience, but a branch from their family tree with the addition of Dr. Edward Christensen to their practice. As a board-certified pediatric dentist with more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Edward Christensen joins his brother Dr. Steven Christensen at Deschutes Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Edward Christensen comes to Central Oregon after growing his Colorado practice to three locations in the Denver area, and being recognized by 5280 Magazine as one of Colorado’s top pediatric dentists for more than 10 years. A graduate of the University of Colorado Dental School, he completed a two-year pediatric residency program at The Children’s Hospital in Denver. Dr. Edward Christensen enjoys camping, hiking and spending time with his wife and two children. He will be serving patients in the new Redmond office of Deschutes Pediatric Dentistry, located at 3818 SW 21st Street, Suite 102, opening this Fall.

Box Factory Breezeway Features Local Art

The newly renovated Box Factory complex hosts not only retail, athletic and restaurant space but will feature local art related to the community. The Brooks-Scanlon box factory originally produced wooden boxes for fruit, sundries, and ammunition during WWI and WWII.  “Buildings like this, we lose them every day,” says Jeremy McPherson, vice president of development for Killian Pacific. “We’re thrilled to be able to say that we saved Bend’s last box factory and it’s standing here, restored, at over 100 years old.” In a nod to community and history, the Box Factory’s breezeway, a connector between Arizona and Colorado Avenues, will feature historic photos from the Deschutes Historical Society along with Ripple Effect, a large-scale mosaic created by artist Rochelle Schueler and pieced by members of the community as part of Bend’s 2017 Little Stone Project. Schueler hopes her art inspires people to discover their power to create change in the world. “Their own unique skills and talents can make continuous ripples of change if they just start with a ‘little stone’,” she says.

Bridges Program Seeks to Increase Global Awareness

Camp Fire Central Oregon and Workshops with a Purpose have teamed together to create the Bridges Program, a pilot program for Central Oregon teens and adults focused on increasing global awareness, building tolerance, and creating a community of empathetic leaders. During the 8-month curriculum, students will get an in-depth look at relevant social justice concerns and will use photography, videography and creative writing to share their stories with the Central Oregon community upon their return. The program’s inaugural Bridges: Thailand trip takes place November, 2018. Participants will learn about Thai culture, and delve into issues such as human trafficking and environmental conservation. “I think the most important component of the program is that it encourages participants to think more globally and to draw connections between their community here in Bend and others around the world,” says Beth Babicz, teen program manager of Camp Fire Central Oregon.


Sunriver Brewing Company and Local Nonprofits Win at Bend BrewFest

The 16th Annual Bend BrewFest hosted more than 70 breweries and entries from cider houses and wineries, during its three-day celebration of craft beer held August 16-18 at Les Schwab Amphitheater. The event showcased both favorite and specialty beers and the 2018 People’s Choice Winners include: Sunriver Brewing Co.‘s Hawaiian Haze;  Fort George Brewery‘s 2018 3-Way IPA with Modern Times Beer and Holy Mountain Brewing;  Incline Cider Company‘s Compass Rosa Hibiscus Cider. Since its inception, the Bend Brewfest has benefitted local nonprofit organizations and this year raised money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central OregonNeighborImpactDeschutes River Conservancy and the Bend Firefighters Local 227 Community Assistance Program.