Staffed entirely by DMV–certified instructors, Oregon Driver Education Center has been filling potholes in the knowledge of novice and experienced drivers since 1987. The center's masters of the open road send teens and adults on the path to earning their driver's licenses and maintaining clean driving records with comprehensive DMV drive test prep courses and defense driving classes. With an intimate understanding of the unique challenges facing Oregonian motorists, ODEC also offers an Xtreme Driver Control course that focuses on navigating vehicles through rain, ice, and throngs of rabid snowmen. Additionally, the center's specialty courses teach precautionary practices to medically at-risk drivers.
Elsinore Gallery owners Steve and Barbara Narkaus preserve all varieties of memento within more than 200 types of frames. Alongside stock and custom frames of wood, metal, and lacquer, hundreds of matting options give dimension to encased diplomas, family portraits, or parking tickets. Frames in sizes 24"x30" or 24"x36" preserve larger items, such as a movie poster or a member of the rebel forces frozen in carbonite. The husband-and-wife pair also stocks the shop's gallery with the works of local artists, including Barbara's own golf-theme artwork, which grants everlasting views of the scenic golf courses in the Pacific Northwest.
Six preserved tarantulas, a 6-foot puzzle of The Last Supper, and a full-length pro baseball uniform: Affordable Framing can—and has—framed them all. Since 1987, the McVey family has sought out dedicated staffers to help build custom frames from their inventory of more than 60,000 feet of moulding, thousands of sheets of matting, and tons of UV protective glass. They also inspire home decorators with preframed pieces and prints from local artists. Affordable Framing also has experience with corporate framing projects, including work for the Salem Hospital and the Oregon Military Department, in addition to a few retirement facilities.
As visitors enter Blackberries' charming boutique, the pleasant aroma of scented candles wafts past, swirling around a bazaar of decorative greenery, warm, glowing lamps, glittering jewelry, and elegant furnishings. A stunning arsenal of rings, necklaces, and chunky bracelets adorns adults, ande adorable toys, stuffed animals, and baby gifts elicit streams of awestruck toddler babble. Inventive home decor items brighten up interior landscapes with attractive frames and centerpieces, and couches, coffee tables, and easy chairs evoke a chic homeyness with surfaces of varnished wood and colored leather.
The photographer behind the lens at Encore! Portrait Design does more than capture his subjects’ best angles. He also captures the bonds that his subjects share with one another, such as parents and their children, grandparents and their grandchildren, or siblings. He also snaps away as dogs and their owners pal around, and freezes four moments in the early life of a baby so parents can look back on the growth of their wee one from sleeping soundlessly at infancy to whittling their first bottle at one years old.
Presented by Courthouse Fitness, Salem Health and Salem Electric, Tri4Kids’s youth triathlon accommodates different ages and fitness levels with twin courses—one long and one shorter. To cater to youngster’s smaller proportions, neither course reaches full-blown triathlon scale. However, both still challenge kids to swim, run and bike vigorously, unlike lax triathlons that only require participants to shower, walk, and hold a bike upright.