SeaPort Hardwoods & Flooring Opens Showroom in Bend

SeaPort Hardwoods & Flooring recently opened a new showroom in Bend. With more than 15 years of experience working in the greater Portland area, the family-owned and -operated wholesaler is eager to work with the Central Oregon community. SeaPort helps a homeowner with all their hardwood flooring needs by working with reputable installers, displaying dealers and designers throughout the area. With more than 100 hardwood floors to choose from, they will help homeowners create a dream floor.

National Solar USA Headquarters Moves to Bend

National Solar USA headquarters recently moved to Bend. Since 2009, the woman-owned company has helped Oregonians build a healthier future with clean energy. President Janelle Lancaster and her family founded National Solar with the mission of, “Commitment to a positive change.” The company strives to leave a legacy of responsible stewardship toward natural resources by helping customers assess their project to find the best solar solution for their lifestyle, budget and long-term goals. Their support includes provisions for low-interest financing.

Book Selected for A Novel Idea 2020

The Deschutes Public Library Foundation announced the novel When All is Said as its selection for 2020’s A Novel Idea community reading program at an unveiling event held December 6 at the Downtown Bend Library. When All is Said is the debut novel by Irish author Anne Griffin. A best-seller in Ireland, the book’s main character reflects on his life through five people that have been most important to him. In its 17th year, A Novel Idea is the largest community reading program in the state of Oregon and each year more than 5,000 residents read, discuss and attend free cultural and author events at the Library’s six branches and at partnering businesses. Past selections have taken readers across the world and to different places in time to explore issues, ideas and other perspectives through the lens of the written word. The programs of A Novel Idea are free and open to the public.


New Exhibit Reveals Nature’s Resilience

The High Desert Museum presents the exhibit Nature’s Resilience through March 29. Highlighting the valuable role of ecological disturbances, such as wildfire, flood and pine beetle outbreaks, Nature’s Resilience features the work of photographers Bruce Block, David Bahr, Ashley Duffus, Paul Glasser and others to illustrate the dichotomy of devastation and new life. “In the High Desert landscape, change is constant and dynamic disturbance is both a necessity and a reality,” says Executive Director Dana Whitelaw, Ph.D. “To view the vibrant new growth alongside the destruction reminds us of the power of nature and time,” she says. The High Desert Museum opened in 1982. It brings together wildlife, cultures, art, history and the natural world to convey the wonder of North America’s High Desert. The nonprofit Museum uses indoor and outdoor exhibits, wildlife in natural habitats and living history demonstrations to help people discover and appreciate this diverse region.