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Vol.10, No.1 January 2011

Resolve that Works; Lessons from the Bride



Healthy & Local


Estate Planning


Latest Brain Research

More than 50 options that can help with your New Year’s resolution.

Who will take care of them if something happens?

Baby and television; and teen brains mimic a baby’s.

New Years


Local Fun

Happenings & Reviews

Kids’ View “What do you hope to do in the New Year?” . . . . . . . . . . 5

When Children Lie, Teach! Generally, it is innocent and a teaching opportunity . . . . . . . . 9

Hop In And Play Indoor play that you can drop in on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

HomeTown Highlights The new and ongoing happenings in our community . . 11

Tips For Truth Telling The four C’s to teach . . . . . . . . . . . 9


Calendar A list of fun and informative activities for kids and adults . . . . 13

Your resident contrarian and skeptic here, reporting for all resolutions are balderdash duty – and just in time too. Wait, what is that you say? You would rather I not rain on your rainbow. Not to worry, there is this whole other way of making change for ourselves, dreams. And, this is an approach that even a psychologist can love. Actually, I do know of a psychologist that talks about this very thing. What she says is that when most people make a resolution they commit to act against their own desires – well, duh. But, she also points out that people are not naturally built in such a way that one could expect much success with that sort of proposition, in other words, expect failure – to which I would say, well, no kidding. So, what is a serial resolution breaker to do? It turns out, according to my friend, the shrink, that what works best is to dream big. And here is why that is perfectly logical; our dreams are our desires, and we human beings are apparently better at following our desires than denying them. So, if it that simple you would think everyone would be doing this whole following their dream thing, but according to my friend there are a lot of things that can get in the way, too many to go into here. But regardless, of why we may not be following a dream, the solutions turn out to be the same. First, make sure the dream really matters to you, do not be afraid of how weird or over-the-top it may be. Then, make a plan, finally reducing it down to steps that can be set to a calendar. Writing things down makes them a commitment. With each small step that is a success we gain confidence. Also, it is important to rest sometimes, we often see new possibilities and alternatives when we are refreshed – and we will need that as we encounter obstacles and setbacks. But, nothing can keep us from our dream; we will always find a way because it is what we desire. It is a bit like a bride-to-be in wedding plan mode, but you can apply it to anything. In short, dream big, take steps, rest as needed and repeat. On a personal note, there had been no amount of anything that could get me to manage my time or diet as I’d thought that I should, but then I envisioned some new things that I wanted in my life – and the steps to go after them do not feel like denial, they feel like winning – and winning feels good. What had been struggles, have become reflexes, and this all started with a dream, one not shared too openly this last year, but it is written where I see it several times a day.

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Health & Fitness

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ing in 2011 with a resolution on getting or keeping your family fit. A healthy mind goes a long way to achieve a healthy body and helping others may be a way to enhance your mindset. From getting a physical workout to achieving inner peace, here are a few suggestions for local establishments that can help you along the way. Health Clubs • The Little Gym of Corvallis 958 NW Circle Blvd, Suite A (541) 753-0950; CorvallisOR/Pages/default.aspx Programs include movement, music, gymnastics, sports, exercise, games, listening and cooperation taught in a non-competitive curriculum to build confidence for children ages 4 months to 12 years old. • PEAK Elite 6880 SW West Hills Rd., Corvallis (541) 929-2772; Classes for recreational and competitive gymnastics, performance and competitive cheerleading, and parent and little-ones. • Wow Fitness 327 SW Third St., Corvallis; (541) 757-1983 2225 S. Main Rd., Lebanon; (541) 258-1983 Fitness: cardiovascular, weight equipment and

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massage therapy. Child care available. • Anytime Fitness 2736 Pacific Blvd., SE, Albany (541) 981-8552; clubs/albanyor/default.asp 955 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis (541) 758-9100; clubs/corvallisOR/ 671 Main St., Lebanon; (541) 451-2111 1313 Main St., Philomath; (541) 929-9400 Open for member workouts 24-hours with state-of-the art security systems to help you feel safe at any hour of the day or night. Weight machines, free weights, cardio equipment. • Snap Fitness 617 Hickory St., NW, Albany (541) 928-6723; Enrollment fee waived for January 2011 and no contracts. Cardio and exercise equipment. • Go Figure (in Two Rivers Market) 250 Broadalbin SW, Ste. 108, Albany (541) 926-3210; Women’s gym and fitness center offers PACE Circuit 30-minute workout, toning tables and cardio equipment. • Albany Tennis Club 1423 27th Ave., SW, Albany (541) 926-2513; Three lighted indoor and four lighted outdoor courts, heated outdoor pool (summer months).

• Golf 365 6880 SW West Hills Road, Corvallis (541) 929-2447; Offering a year round opportunity to play golf for children to adults. • Timberhill Athletic Club 2855 NW 29th St., Corvallis (541) 757-8559; TAC offers more than 100 classes each week, including water (warm and cool pool-based), dance, yoga, pilates, weights, and group biking. • Osborn Aquatic Center 1940 NW Highland Drive, Corvallis (541) 766-7946; Open swim, lap swim, family swim and variety of swim classes, including aerobic. • Clemens Community Pool Philomath High School 2054 Applegate St., Philomath (541) 929-3584; Community pool, lap swim, adult aerobics, swim lessons and open recreation swimming. • Mid-Willamette Family YMCA 3311 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany (541) 926-4488; Offers activities from swimming to racquetball to open gym time. • Aikido of Albany 1024 First Ave., SE, Albany (541) 928-8588; Aikido promotes mind and body coordination, awareness, physical conditioning, calm mind, sincerity and self-defense all in one package. • Aurora Martial Arts 2525 SE Third St., Corvallis (541) 753-6614; American Kenpo teaches practical self-defense skills that make one more capable of protecting self and your family. Web specials available. • The Yoga Center 111 NW Second St., Corvallis (541) 757-3704; Offers Iyengar Yoga Classes including beginning, intermediate, prenatal and gentle yoga classes. Private lessons by arrangement. Sessions are 10-12 weeks long, however, students are welcome to start at any time. • Live Well Studio 971 NW Spruce St., Suite 101, Corvallis (541) 231-2687; Classes in yoga, pilates and dance to facilitate the path to optimal health and well-being. • Corvallis Zen Circle; Dharma Garden Zendo 835 SW 11 St., Corvallis. Sunday service: The Yoga Center at 2nd and Monroe, Corvallis. A diverse group of zen. The opportunity to learn about and practice zen Buddhism, from one of the guiding teachers of the zen community of Oregon. • Chagdud Gompa Corvallis Practice Group (541) 829-1071; Tibetan Buddhist meditation is a uniquely effective resource for attaining enlightenment in this life or future lifetimes. • Corvallis Shambhala Meditation Group 1007 NW 31st St., Corvallis; (541) 758-4649 Shambhala is the view that every human being has a fundamental nature of goodness, warmth and intelligence. This nature can be cultivated through meditation, following ancient principles, and it can be further developed in daily life, so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society. Indoor Play for Children • Wacky Indoor Bounce 202 NW 3rd St., Corvallis. (541) 757-6612; An indoor, inflatable play center with slides, bounce houses, jumpers, obstacle course and interactive games. Parents can enjoy free Wifi while children play. Private birthday party times and room available. • Corvallis Indoor Parks 114 SW 8th St., Corvallis (inside First Presbyterian Church) (541) 740-1600 Indoor unstructured play areas for infants through kindergarten age children under the supervision of their parents. • Albany Indoor Park 1215 Hill Street SE, Albany (inside the Boys and Girls club) (541) 704-5130; Indoor play space for children up to 4 years. • The Toy Factory 442 SW Second St., Corvallis (541) 758-5415; Crafts and high-energy activities for children up to school age. Wellness Classes and Support Groups • Childbirth Prep/Lamaze Classes Samaritan Health Services Albany: (541) 812-4301; Corvallis: (541) 768-4752;

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Lebanon: (541) 451-7177; Learn about relaxation and breathing techniques, the role of a labor companion, benefits and risks of medication, feeding, infant care and bonding. Childbirth/Lamaze refresher Samaritan Albany General Hospital (541) 812-4301; Classes for expectant women who have previously attended a childbirth class. Review the labor process and relaxation, breathing techniques and coping skills. All about breastfeeding Samaritan Health Services Albany: (541) 812-4301; Corvallis: (541) 768-5244; Lebanon: (541) 451-7177; Learn how breastfeeding can reduce a baby’s chances of getting sick. It gives baby increased immunity against other disease as well. Becoming a new sister or brother Samaritan Health Services Albany: (541) 812-4301; Corvallis: (541) 768-4752; Lebanon: (541) 451-7872; Children will learn about baby care and see a film on pregnancy, delivery and adjusting to the new baby. Boot Camp for New Dads Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Corvallis: (541) 768-4752; Fathers learn from “veterans” who bring their young babies to class. This men-only class fosters camaraderie and solidarity as rookie dads learn how to care for their babies. Caring for your new baby Samaritan Albany General Hospital 1046 Sixth Ave. SW, Albany. (541) 812-4301; Learn about newborn care, including how to hold, burp and diaper your baby. Expectant parent class Samaritan Pediatrics 3517 NW Samaritan Dr., Suite C, Corvallis (541) 768-4900; Learn about newborn care and talk with a pediatrician. Living and Learning with Baby Albany, Thursdays, 1:30-3:20 p.m. (541) 917-4897 Corvallis, Tuesdays, 10-11:50 a.m. (541) 917-4897 Lebanon, Fridays, 1:30-3:30 p.m. (541) 917-4897 Parents of infants beginning walkers will learn songs, games and share with other parents while learning how your baby will grow. Maternity Connections Samaritan Health Services Albany, (541) 812-4301; Corvallis, (541) 768-6908; Lebanon, (541) 451-7872; Coordinators can help you design a plan for the best possible care before, during and after the birthing process. All services are free. Preparing for twins (or triplets) Samaritan Health Services Corvallis, (541) 768-6908; Prepare and educate parents expecting a multiple delivery. A nurse will answer questions and discuss delivering twins or triplets. Attend when you are between 20 and 26 weeks along. Your incredible newborn Samaritan Albany General Hospital 1046 Sixth Ave. SW, Albany; (541) 812-4301

Learn about your baby’s characteristics and behaviors and how to childproof your home. Newborn physical examination, blood tests and medications will be explained. La Leche League Corvallis, First Wednesdays, 10 a.m. (541) 766-0055; Lebanon, Second Thursdays, 6 p.m. (541) 766-0055; Help mothers and mothers-to-be with all aspects of breastfeeding. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) First Church of God 1225 15th Ave. SW, Albany (541) 926-2095 Corvallis First Baptist Church 125 NW 10th St., Corvallis; (541) 754-7211 A group for moms with preschoolers aged birth-5 years or who are pregnant. Insightful speakers on topics relevant to moms in this season of life; small group discussions and creative activities. Childcare provided. Old Mill Center 1650 SW 45th Place, Corvallis; (541) 757-8068 Provides services to address the educational, social, emotional and family needs of a diverse population of children. Unique range of services allows us to provide multi-leveled, individualized and group support to at-risk children (ages birth to 18) and their families.

Healthy Food • Vinnie’s Natural Living 914 South 2nd Street, Lebanon; (541) 451-5665 • Periwinkle Provisions 1101 Main St., Sweet Home; (541) 367-6614 • First Alternative Co-op South Store: 1007 SE Third St., Corvallis (541) 753-3115; North Store: 2855 NW Grant Ave., Corvallis (541) 452-3115; • Gathering Together Farm 25159 Grange Hall Rd., Philomath (541) 929-4270 A certified organic farm that offers fresh produce, lunches, brunches, and festivals. • Interzone 1563 Monroe St., Corvallis; (541) 754-5965 A coffee house with vegan pastries, weekend breakfasts, and daily food items


• Nearly Normal’s Gonzo Cuisine 109 NW 15th St., Corvallis (541) 753-0791; Offers a large and varied menu including children’s meals and breakfast items. • Sunnyside Up 116 NW Third St., Corvallis (541) 758-3353; Breakfast cafe with vegetarian offerings all day; homemade soup, salads, wraps, sandwiches, organic fair-trade coffee. • Trader Joe’s 1550 NW 9th St., Corvallis (541) 753-0048; Fine quality, natural ingredients. No-gluten, vegan, vegetarian, fat-free, kosher options. Sporting Goods • Play It Again Sports 1422 NW Ninth St., Corvallis (541) 754-7529; • Peak Sports Outdoor Shop; 207 NW Second St., Corvallis (541) 754-6444 ext. 301 Bike Shop; 129 NW Second St., Corvallis (541) 754-6444 ext. 310 Peak offers everything for sports enthusiasts through its two locations. Cycle Stores • Cyclotopia 435 SW Second St., Corvallis (541) 757-9694; Mountain and road bikes • Bike N’ Hike 401 SW 3rd St., Corvallis (541) 753-2912; 424 First Ave., SW, Albany (541) 928-2143; Helping Others • ABC House, Albany Karen Scheler, (541) 926-2203 x202 Child advocacy center that provides forensic medical exams to suspected victims of abuse. • Casa Voices For Children 442 NW Fourth St., Corvallis (541) 753-5838; Court appointed special advocates serve abused and neglected children. • Center Against Rape & Domestic Violence 4786 SW Philomath Blvd., Corvallis (541) 758-0219; Linn County DHS Office 118 SE Second Ave., Albany (541) 926-0678; Dedicated to helping survivors of sexual and domestic violence and their children stay safe. • Old Mill Center for Children and Families 4515 SW Country Club Drive, Corvallis (541) 757·8068; Family-oriented center helping children of diverse backgrounds maximize their potential through specially designed education and therapy programs. • Fish of Albany 1880 Hill St., SE, Albany; (541) 928-4460 Provides basic needs for individuals or families in crisis, such as food, clothing, medicine, bus tickets and emergency shelter. For additional causes that could use your volunteer services, visit

Kids’ View “What do you hope to do in the New Year?”

Jesus 6 years old “I would like to go to Mexico for vacation to see my cousin!”

Leeann 7 years old “I want to fly my fish kite again at the beach because it was fun!”

Dylan 9 years old “I want to improve my swimming and move up from Junior 1B group to Junior II group this year.”

Sabrina 10 years old “I hope to get a new puppy and make new friends this year.”

Brenda 7 years old “I would like to go to the beach, because I went one time long ago and I would like to go back. It was fun!”

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Estate Planning Y

ou may have been avoiding this article. After all, with life so full these days, who has the time or inclination to think about death? However, for the sake of your children, you need to make the time. The end of life is inevitable, whether it happens next week in a car accident or with the peace of sleep 75 years from now. As parents, you need to think about this inevitability. Think You Don’t Need An Estate Plan? Many families think they don’t need an estate plan. They don’t think they have enough assets to make it worthwhile. Or with an only child, they think everything will automatically pass to that child. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Guardian and Trustee Attorney Chris Hansen suggests that deciding who will act as guardian and trustee of the children is the top priority. The guardian has physical custody of the children. The trustee manages the finances. “Focus on the children first,” Hansen says. “You have to search your soul and figure out who the best person is. The guardian and trustee could be the same or different people.”

Who will take care of them if something happens?

Who is best-suited to care for your children? It may be a family member, but not necessarily. The question of whether it’s best to uproot the children from school and friends must be weighed, especially as the children get older. A longtime neighborhood friend of the family might be a more comfortable choice for the children—and their needs must supersede those of your closely related but geographically far away relatives. While designating a separate guardian and trustee ensures accountability, some wonder if it implies mistrust. The more positive view is that it is compassionate act, lessening the burden for both parties. Taking responsibility for caring for someone else’s children is immense in itself. The weighty task of also managing the children’s financial affairs can be an overwhelming combination.

“Most people who come to me are changing their trustee or guardian,” Hansen says. “You may come across other people who are better suited for the job. Your sister may get a divorce and no longer be as free to take on the commitment. Or your first choice as guardian may die.” Hansen advises clients to choose at least three successors in case someone is gone or simply doesn’t want to do it.

Professional Advice When considering who should act as trustee, Richard Glasner, also an attorney, recommends designating an individual who is responsible and not afraid to seek professional advice. It also makes sense for parents to review their choices of guardian and trustee as circumstances change.

Costly Errors With so much estate-planning software on the market, it can be a big temptation to do it yourself. If you do, allow an attorney to review it. Without the safeguard of a knowledgeable review and possible revisions, your assets could be subject to the costly legal process of probate. This will delay funds from reaching your heirs

Previous Marriages Couples with children from previous marriages have more decisions to make. “Those situations are somewhat difficult and strenuous on the family,” Hansen says. “Now you have four sets of families to consider, including grandparents and siblings, adding to the dilemma of who’ll take responsibility for the children.”

and put your family through lengthy court proceedings while they are grieving. A Little Old House What about all the parents who are feeling relieved, because their main asset is “just a little old house”? In today’s world, even a small house is a significant asset. “Anyone who owns property needs to have a trust in place,” Hansen says. Avoid a Feud “It gets more complicated the more assets you have,” Hansen says. “Especially in blended families with a large amount of assets; if the parents combine finances and assets it may not feel fair.” The issues might feel too uncomfortable, “Estate Planning” Continued on Page 9

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The LAtest Brain Research

No Television for Baby


alling asleep on the couch in front of the television is something most adults have done at least once. You wake up an hour or two later with the television still on and a crick in your neck. While an adult can just turn off the television and drag herself to bed – no harm, no foul – for a new baby, this scenario isn’t so benign. New studies show that babies who watch more than 60 minutes of television each day score lower on developmental tests than babies who watch less television or no television at all. These findings suggest that babies who watch television are more likely to have stunted neurological growth, according to a study published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. Researchers speculate that it

may not be the television, itself, that is the source of the problem, but rather the lack of interaction it causes between adults and baby. Adults who allow their babies to watch television are less likely to talk to or read to their babies, as well as take the time to engage them and teach them skills, researchers conclude. Finding such as these are the reason the Academy of Pediatrics still recommends that babies under the age of two watch no television at all, not even educational shows and videos designed for children.

Teen Brains Mimic Infancy


teenage girl won’t wear her glasses at school because she thinks they “aren’t cool.� As a result, she can’t see the board and her grades reflect this. But grades don’t matter to her; she would rather look good. A teenage boy thinks it is “wicked� to jump his skateboard down the steps of City Hall without wearing a helmet. He crashes and burns multiple times, without serious injury, at least on this trip. These scenarios are all too familiar to parents of teens. Adolescents, afraid of peer rejection and reckless with their bodies, make decisions that baffle the adult mind. While one could chalk up these attitudes and actions to youth and ignorance, scientists offer a explanation for the sometimes inexplicable actions of teens – especially those which seem to be based on emotion or impulse, rather than logic.

Researchers with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) say new brain imaging data reveals that significant brain development, originally believed to take place during early childhood, extends through the adolescent years. In other words, a teen’s brain is still a work in progress, continuing to form connections and make the pathways that it will utilize for years to come. New studies, utilizing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), are exploring which parts of the brain “light up� or are utilized when infants, children, teens, and adults are faced with different tasks. These images reveal that adults rely primarily on the prefrontal cortex of the brain to make “executive� decisions — those based on logical and sound reasoning. In adolescents, this part of the brain is still developing, so they rely on the amygdala part of the brain to make crucial decisions. Scientists say this part of the brain is most closely associated with emotions like fear, anxiety, and rage.

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When Children Lie, Teach! A

s parents, we aim to raise our children as best we can, thus the first time our children lie to us — usually innocently at first — it can a bit of a shocker. Where did they learn to lie? Is this a sign of a chronic or deeper problem? Probably not. First, a reality check: lying in children is normal. Young children, between the ages of 3 and 5, use lying as a means of “embellishment” — to add interest to the stories they tell: “I saw Santa come through the window last night” or “You made a pinky promise that I could stay up late!” Be it reality or fiction, our reaction to these stories helps our children learn the difference between lying and telling the truth. Older children often lie to avoid doing chores or as a means to cover their tracks or

remove themselves from a situation they would prefer not to be involved in. Again, the lies provide teaching opportunities. Gently remind your children that their behavior is not acceptable; discuss the discomfort they had with the chore or situation that prompted the lie. Listen before you lecture. However, lying sometimes can be an indication of a deeper issue or behavioral problem. A child who habitually lies may be crying out for help. Ask yourself when the fibbing moves beyond normal white lies to a regular occurrence: what is motivating thie behavior? Is my child lying for attention? Feeling trapped in situations that are uncomfortable — such as difficulty with school work? Or is my child just lying with no regard to the outcome it will have on others? — Dr. Charles Sophy

“Estate Planning” Continued from Page 6

especially in a second marriage, causing parents to avoid dealing with the tough questions of exactly what will be inherited by whom. “If things aren’t clear, you get thrown into probate court,” Hansen says. Taking the time to make tough decisions now will help your heirs avoid having the estate eaten up by attorneys and court costs. Be Clear Trustee compensation is a common issue faced by families. If you have three siblings and one of them is the trustee, what is reasonable compensation? It’s vague. The trustee and other family members are grateful when the amount of compensation is made clear in the trust. While nobody wants to be seen as taking advantage, the compensation needs to reflect the heavy responsibility taken on by the trustee.

Tips For Truth Telling 1) Communicate: Have your child clearly understand the difference between fantasy and reality. Also reinforce the difference between a telling lie and speaking the truth. 2) Connect: Have your child connect the behavior of lying to the impact it can have on others and themselves. 3) Collaborate: Discuss with your child other options for handling uncomfortable situations — ones that don’t require him to lie. 4) Be Consistent: Remember, children model behavior they see, so consistency in adult behavior — including truthfulness — will shape your child.

The Decision is Yours Due to the immense and sometimes exhausting questions involved, some parents take a piecemeal approach to estate planning. They might take care of their will and trust, but avoid addressing their advanced healthcare directive or durable powers of attorney. Hansen advises that it’s best to get everything done at once. Most estate planning attorneys will provide all of these services in a package deal and at a reasonable cost. Writer Ondine Brooks Kuraoka says that completing their estate plan brought more restful nights.

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s the cold wind and persistent rain of the mid-valley winter drive everyone indoors, children are prone to go stir-crazy if they don’t have enough physical activity vent their excess energy.  While arts and crafts projects can be fun on a rainy day, they don’t really help the kids “get their wiggles out.�   Luckily, the mid-valley has several great rainy day options for young children to run, bounce, climb, and swim. Even parents on a tight budget can find something fun to do.   Here are some quick and easy ideas for midvalley parents looking for high-energy drop-in activities for their kids: The howling winter wind will be no match for the howls of delight coming from your kids as they bounce and play at Wacky Bounce in Corvallis. For $5.50 during the week or $6.50 on weekends, your children can bounce to their heart’s content while you sit in the lounge area and sip a latte or surf the web on your laptop (free WiFi). They provide a wide variety of inflatable play structures in a warm, dry environment — the price of admission provides access to everything.  For more information, call (541) 757-6512 or check their website at When dining out, why should the kids sit still at the table while waiting for the food to arrive? At Papa’s Pizza in Corvallis, the kids can jump and frolic in the large play area while the food is cooking. After they eat, they can burn off even more energy. The slides, ball pits, a carousel, and a large play structure add up to great indoor play that young kids love. The play area is free for the children of customers. Call (541) 757-2727 or look up for more information. Make a splash! The onset of winter doesn’t mean you have to stop swimming. The whole family can get some muchneeded winter exercise at the pool. In Corvallis, the Osborn Aquatic Center’s indoor pools are open year-round with family recreation times every day plus “toddler time� in the warm, shallow pool on most days. Located on the corner of Highland and Circle, admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 (7-17 years old) and $2.50 for kids 6 and under. For pool hours, you can call (541) 766-7946 or find them at   The Albany Community Pool, on 36th Ave, has similar hours and rates. Call them at (541) 917-7500 or type http://www. for more information.  The Lebanon Community Pool, on South 5th Street (near J Street), can be reached at (541) 259-SWIM or www. The Philomath Community Pool is located at 2054 Applegate Street, and can be reached at (541) 929-3584. It’s fun to play at the Y-M-C-A! The Mid-Willamette YMCA, in Albany, provides fun and fitness for the whole family. In addition to a full array of aquatic activities, “the Y� has several Drop-in programs, including “Imagination Station.� — a drop-in program for children 8 weeks to 6 years old. They emphasize learning through play. It has weekly themes, arts, crafts, and games, plus a caring staff to create a memorable experience for your child. Parents must be on the YMCA site but do not need to be in Imagination Station. Rates start at $2 for members and $4 for non-members. For the older kids there is Kids Club, a drop-off area where children 6 and older socialize and play without parent supervision. Kids Club is open during YMCA hours. Kids Club is supervised several evenings a month with organized activities for kids including arts and crafts, games, tournaments, and food. The fees are as follows: Members pay a yearly rate for participation of $10, non-members daily rate of $4. Toys stores that transcend — Both the Toy Factory, in Corvallis, and Frogs and Pollywogs, in Albany, offer wintertime, indoor fun for young children. 

The Toy Factory offers the “Play Factory� which has tricycles, plasma cars and wheely bugs available for a test-drive, as well as a cool, wooden fire-truck play structure. Cost is $3.50 per day for kids one year and older. Hours available are Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday from Noon to 5pm. You can reach them at (541) 758-5415. Frogs and Pollywogs offers an upstairs play area called the Lilly Pad Lounge. In the lounge, you’ll find a trampoline, a play kitchen (complete with wooden food) and many other fun toys, plus WiFi for the parents. The target age group is 5 and under.  The lounge is open from 10-2pm Monday through Friday. Admission is $3 (or $2 if you buy a 10-visit punch card). Call Frogs and Pollywogs at (541) 967-3055. Bowling: could it be right up your alley?  Most towns in the mid-valley have a bowling alley — a place for onion rings, fashion-challenged shoes and lots of family bonding time. Corvallis has Highland Bowl. Located on 9th street, Highland Bowl has lots of lanes and surprisingly good food.  Albany has two locations: Lakeshore Lanes on Pacific Blvd. and the Albany Lanes on Clay Street. All three offer bumpers to help young bowlers keep the ball in the lane. Who knows, your child might even beat you? For more information, call Highland Bowl at (541) 753-6161, Albany Lanes at (541) 926-2185 or Lakeshore Lanes at (541) 926-4631. Willing to make a commitment?  If you are, the Corvallis or Albany Indoor Parks are a great option for rainy-weather family excitement. Once registered, you can drop in at the play park with your toddler and enjoy a large array of indoor play structures and toys. The Corvallis Indoor play park now is located on 8th street near Central Park (upstairs at the First Presbyterian Church). Type in for more information. The Albany Indoor Park is located at the Boys and Girls Club. The Albany park offers similar amenities to the Corvallis Park. Type for more information. Matt Neely is a parent, music teacher and freelance writer.

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Celtic Trio Rings in the New Year On January 15th


ome kick off the New Year with an evening of traditional and contemporary Celtic music. Rebecca Lomnicky, now living in New York and studying at Cornell University, has returned to give a concert with David Brewer and Peter Willis. Rebecca has been playing violin since she was 5 years old and recently won the Glenfiddich

International Scottish Fiddle Championship, held in Scotland. David Brewer, of the Celtic music band Molly’s Revenge, has wowed the crowds for years playing bagpipes, whistles and bodhran. Acclaimed guitarist Peter Willis, from Salem, OR, will accompany them. The Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St., Corvallis on January 15 from 8-10 p.m. Tickets available at Grassroots, WineStyles, Troubadour, and Majestic Theatre. $16 Presale, $18 at the Door. Children 10 yrs and under presale $10, or $12 at the door.

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Children’s Performing Arts Series Returns in 2011


lbany Parks and Recreation Department again has partnered with local businesses to bring free, fun and educational performances in the Children’s Performing Arts Series. The series was created in 1987 to enrich the lives of school-aged children by bringing performers and artisans to the Albany area. As school funding becomes tighter, it is more important than ever that children have an opportunity to experience arts and music. All performances begin at 10 a.m. in the Linn-Benton Community College Forum Building on campus at 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany. • Jan.22. CelloBop with Gideon Freudman whose performance is a fusion of blues, jazz and folk music on an electric cello. • Feb. 5. Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre presents “Stellaluna.” Founded in 1971, Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre has been recognized as one of the nation’s outstanding puppet theatres. Their mission is to produce, develop,

and present puppet theatre that celebrates diversity and enrich the lives of children. • Feb. 26. Music with Eric Ode, an award winning songwriter and children’s author provides high participation music and poetry designed to teach, engage, and entertain children and families. • Mar. 12. Stiltwalking and juggling with Tom Yahner. • Apr. 2. The Fabulous Chinese Acrobats in the LBCC gym. This group of acrobats performs an amazing, colorful, and fantastic program. Their interpreter enriches the assembly with facts about Chinese culture, customs and school life. January 2011, Valley Parent



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The Albany Civic Theater Presents Youth Bring The Strings to Life “Terry Prachett’s Wyrd Sisters”


lbany Civic Theater’s newest show, “Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisiters”, opens Jan. 14, and continues on Jan. 15, 21-22, 27-29 at 8 p.m., and Jan. 23 at 2:30 p.m. This loving parody of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” transports the Scottish play (with a few dashes of his Danish, Italian, and British plays for seasoning) to the small kingdom of Lancre, where three witches have their coven interrupted by the arrival of a royal baby in need of saving from a wicked duke and duchess. These “secret, black and midnight hags” must now use

all of their powers to save the kingdom, restore order, and summon forth a happy ending. The play is based on the 1988 novel by (Sir) Terry Pratchett®, creator of the wildly popular Discworld® books, set in a world not unlike our own — but funnier! Tickets available at Rice’s Pharmacy, 910 NW Kings Blvd. Corvallis, or call to reserve (541) 752-7760, and at Sid Stevens Jewelers, 140 1st Ave SW, Albany or call (541) 967-8140. Tickets also available at the ACT box office 45 minutes before a performance — first come, first served! Adult $11/Children and Seniors $8. Albany Civic Theater is at 111 1st Avenue SW in Albany, between Lyon St. and Ellsworth St. Warning to parents: There are a few fight scenes, and some stage magic effects. There are also a few words in the show that are not suitable for young children, but they’re British so they sound very polite. The play is suitable for older children, and for any child who enjoys the works of William Shakespeare or Terry Pratchett!

Excalibur! Auditions for Youth “Excalibur” will be a youth-only production, featuring youth in grades 4-12, ages 10-18. Anyone in that age bracket may audition for the show! Auditions will be held at the Albany Civic Theater, 111 First Ave., Albany. Youth wishing to audition will need to attend BOTH Monday and Tuesday, January 17 and 18. There will be a callback on Wednesday, January 19, for selected actors only. Auditions will be 7-8:30 p.m., but may go a bit longer depending on the number of youth that audition. To prepare for auditions, please access www. and click on the YouThespian link. The audition sheet and rehearsal schedule will be posted there. They should compare the rehearsal schedule with their personal calendar at

• The Elementary Strings Winter Concert is Saturday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m., in the Corvallis High School Theatre. This concert features over 200 Level I and II students, third through fifth grade, from the Elementary Strings program, active in all eight Corvallis School District 509J elementary schools. Tickets are $3 at the door. No advance sales. Students (through college) are admitted free to CYSA concerts when accompanied by a paying adult. • Corvallis Youth Symphony Association’s Classical Cabaret, “Dancing With Our Stars,” featuring Helen Higgins, Kristine Janes, Julie Manning, Travis Oefelein, Jon Nelson, and Dr. Michael Wong is on Saturday, March 12, 2011. 5 p.m. dinner. 8 p.m. Dessert/Dance.  Philomath Scout Lodge. Dinner tickets $95, Adult Dessert/Dance tickets $35, Student Dessert/ Dance tickets $20.  For tickets call Nancy Hyde at (541) 745-7470. • Corvallis Youth Symphony Spring Concert with the Willamette Valley Junior Honors Symphony — featuring guest artist Jason Duckles, cello — is Sunday May 1, 2011,

at 7:30 pm LaSells Stewart PAC. Adult advance-sale tickets $10. Adult tickets at the door $12.  Student tickets $2. The concert will feature nearly 200 middle school and high school students from throughout the mid-Willamette Valley in selections from Russian Easter Overture Op. 36 by Rimsky-Korsakov, The Comedians Op. 26 by Kabalevsky, and Celle Concerto no. 1 in E-flat Op. 107 by Dmitri Shostakovich. • Elementary Strings Spring Concert with 509J Middle School Orchestras is Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 7 p.m., Crescent Valley High School Auditorium.

home, and come to auditions with a complete list of possible conflicts on their audition form. On the YouThespian page, there is also a link for more “Excalibur” info - including a list and description of each character in the show and a summary of the story. Most importantly, the performance dates are listed there. We will not be able to cast anyone who has a conflict with a performance. Important note: Spring Break is the week before our show opens. Anyone cast in the show will not be able to be out of town that week of spring break. This could be an important factor in deciding whether or not to participate in our show. Interested actors may e-mail dallenor@ or call Diane Allen at home (541) 791-2148 with questions.

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January 2011 Saturday 1

Storytime@Borders. Borders Books, 777 NW 9th, Corvallis. 11 a.m. Free. All ages. (541) 738-0580.

Sunday 2 Pokemon League. The Elks Club at Grant Avenue and 9th St. in Corvallis. Meets each Sunday 2-4 p.m. Free. Play the card game, trade, earn promo cards, fun tournaments. Ages 5 to Adult. Beginners welcome. Bring your own deck. (541) 753-1978.

Monday 3

Chess Club. Albany Public Library, main branch, 1390 Waverly Dr. SE, Albany. Pizza provided. 6-8 p.m. First Mondays. Free. All ages. (541) 917-7580.

Tuesday 4

Nature Play Preschool. Avery House Nature Center, Tuesdays and Thursdays ongoing, 9 -11:30 a.m. $12 per class or $120 per session. Ages 3-5 years. Learn basic preschool skills: colors, numbers, letters, and friendship, with sensory and hands-on experiences, stories and puppet shows. Fun, seasonal themes. Call to register (541) 753-9211. Postpartum Support Class. Samaritan Medical & Diagnostic Center, 400 NW Hickory St., Albany. 1st Floor Conference Room. First and Third Tuesdays. No need to register. 6 p.m.. Free. New mothers, supportive partners (spouse, mother, sister, friend) and your new baby are welcome and encouraged to attend. Call (541) 812-4301 for information.

Wednesday 5

Expectant Parent Class. Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Suite 100, Samaritan Pediatrics, 3600 NW Samaritan Dr., Corvallis. First Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Are you expecting a new baby and have questions about proper care? Learn about newborn care and talk with a pediatrician. (541) 768-4900. La Leche League of Corvallis. First Congregational Church, 4515 SW West Hills Rd., Corvallis. 10 a.m. Breastfeeding information and support for expectant and breastfeeding mothers. Babies’ welcome. Lending library, pamphlets, books and baby slings for sale. Open to the public, no admission. For more information or for breastfeeding help anytime call (541) 766-0055 or visit OSUsed Day Store. Oregon State University, 644 SW 13th St., Corvallis. 5:30-7 p.m. Buy quality used surplus equipment. Check out (541) 737-3102.

Thursday 6

Heart of the Valley Astronomers. Chintimini Senior Center, 2601 NW Tyler Ave., Corvallis. 7 p.m. First Thursdays. For those interested in learning, exploring and enjoying the night

sky. (541) 766-6048 or Yarn Yoga. Creative Crafts, 934 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis. 5-7 p.m. Have fun getting together with people who have similar interests. Just relax and create! Bring a current project or start a new one. Kids 8 and up welcome. For information call (541) 753-7316. Nature Play Preschool. See 1/4.

Friday 7

Parent Survival Night. The Little Gym of Corvallis, 958 NW Circle Blvd., Suite A. 6-9 p.m. $25 for members, $30 non-members with additional children being $10 and $12. Designed to give parents the opportunity to enjoy three hours of quality time while the children burn energy. Children must be 3 years old and toilet independent. Call to register, (541) 753-0950.

Saturday 8

Audubon 2nd Saturday Field Trip. Benton Center, 757 NW Polk, Corvallis. 7:30 a.m. Free. The Saturday field trips are especially interesting for beginning birders and birders new to Oregon’s mid-valley area. We spend a lot of time identifying local birds by sight and song. We visit the valley National Wildlife Refuges ~ Finley, Baskett Slough, and Ankeny, as well as other birding areas locally. For information call (541) 753-1978 or email Becoming a new sister or brother. Samaritan Albany General Hospital, 1046 Sixth Ave. SW, Albany. 10-11 a.m. Free. For children 3 years old and older. Having a new baby in the house can be tough on siblings. Children will learn about baby care and see a film on pregnancy, delivery and adjusting to the new baby. Call to register. (541) 812-4301. Storytime@Borders. See 1/1.

Sunday 9

“Wine Regions of Australia & New Zealand ~ Mary Lee and Sid Nolan.” Travel Film. Russell Tripp Performance Center, Linn Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany, OR. 2-4 p.m., $8 Adult/$6 Student/Senior. Our guided tour to “Vines Down Under” begins with Sydney, cosmopolitan center of Australian life, and ends in Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand. We’ll meet winemakers and authorities on wines, plus a few kangaroos and koalas, while we marvel at beautiful mountain and seashore vistas. Our journey takes us from ocean shores to old-growth forests, stands of giant tree ferns, the habitat of kiwi birds, historic sites, a center of Maori culture, a geyser basin, a sheep farm, Mt. Cook, and the fjords of Milford Sound. Call (541) 9174531 for information. Pokemon League. See 1/2.

Monday 10

Breastfeeding and returning to work. Good Samaritan Regional Center, 3600 NW Samaritan Dr., Corvallis. 11 a.m.Noon. Free. Learn about breast pumps and how to make an easy transition back to work. Topics include pumping and

storing milk, schedules, developing a personal plan and issues to discuss with your employer. For information call Albany: (541) 812-4301 or Corvallis: (541) 768-4752.

projects. Call Michelle, (541) 231-8418, for location. Nature Play Preschool. See 1/4. Yarn Yoga. See 1/6.

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All About breastfeeding. Samaritan Lebanon, 525 N Santiam Hwy., Lebanon. 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Learn how breastfeeding can reduce a baby’s chances of getting diarrhea and respiratory and ear infections. It gives baby an increased immunity against other diseases as well. Call (541) 451-7177 for information. Wellness workshop “How to Create a Metabolism That Will Burn Clean and Efficiently for Life.” Synergea Chiropractic, 111 N 20th St, Philomath. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free, refreshments served and children are welcome. Discover what the body’s metabolism is and how it works. Learn how to increase your metabolism to achieve weight loss and maintain your ideal weight once you achieve it. We will discuss the four essentials of metabolism; the thermic effect of food and the impact of water, oxygen, and the nervous system have on our metabolism. You-are-in-control lifestyle choices are the key. For information and to register call (541) 207-1087. Nature Play Preschool. See 1/4.

Wednesday 12

Albany Fitwalkers. Villas of Courtyard Villa, 1929 Grand Prairie Rd. SE., Albany. 7 p.m. Second Tuesdays. This group sponsors walking events and presents walks around the community. Their motto is “walk for the health of it.” For information contact Rozy Weatherby at (541) 926-7890 or e-mail her at Hey! Look Us Over maternity program. Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, 3600 NW Samaritan Dr., Corvallis. Second Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. Free. Expectant parents will tour the Center for Women and Families and meet the delivery staff. Call (541) 768-4752 for information. OSUsed Day Store. Oregon State University, 644 SW 13th St., Corvallis. Noon-3 p.m. Buy quality used surplus equipment. Check out (541) 737-3102.

Thursday 13

Becoming a new sister or brother. Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, 525 N Santiam Hwy., Lebanon. Free. For children 3 years old and older. Having a new baby in the house can be tough on siblings. Children will learn about baby care and see a film on pregnancy, delivery and adjusting to the new baby. Call to register. (541) 451-7872. La Leche League of Lebanon Meetings. Lebanon Community Hospital, 525 N. Santiam Hwy., Lebanon on the Second Thursday of the month at 6 pm. Breastfeeding information and support for expectant and breastfeeding mothers and fathers. Babies welcome. Open to the public, no admission. For information or for breastfeeding help anytime call (541) 766-0055 or visit Rubber Stamp Club for Children. Corvallis. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Learn the art of rubber-stamping while making cool

Book Club Jamboree. Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Ave SE, Albany. 12-1 p.m.. Book clubs from the Albany area meet to share and discuss their favorite reads. Call (541) 926-8324 for information. “Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters” Albany Civic Theater, 111 First Ave. SW. Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday matinee 2:30 p.m. Cost, $8-$11. Directed by John Carone. This loving parody of Shakespeare’s Macbeth transports the Scottish play (with a few helpings of his Danish, Italian, and British plays for seasoning) to the small kingdom of Lancre, where three witches have their coven interrupted by the arrival of a royal baby in need of saving from a wicked duke and duchess. Tickets available at Sid Stevens Jewelers (541) 967-8140 or Rice’s Pharmacy (541) 752-7760 or visit for ticket information.

Saturday 15

Between the Cracks Forum 2011. The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis. Robert Briggs (Portland, OR) will be performing beat poetry for this session of the series. The series will investigate many different aspects of music and technology and offer opportunities for dialogue with musicians, artists and writers. Free to college and high school students, $5-$10 sliding scale admission for all others. For information visit Celtic Trio Rings in the New Year. The Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St., Corvallis. 8-10 p.m. Come kick off the New Year with an evening of traditional and contemporary Celtic music with Rebecca Lomnicky, David Brewer and Peter Willis. Tickets available at Grassroots, WineStyles, Troubadour, and Majestic Theatre. $16 Presale, $18 at the Door. Children 10 yrs and under presale $10 or $12 at the door. For information visit Corvallis Indoor Winter Market. Gueber Hall, Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd St., Corvallis. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.. The Market offers locally produced items. On the food side: organically grown produce, meats, eggs, cheeses, artisan breads and baked goods, fresh flowers and nursery products. Local artisans also provide crafted soaps, candles and more. For more information visit Market or email Motor Sports Winter Rod & Speed Show. Linn County Fair & Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Rd., Albany. 4th Annual Winter Classic Model Car Contest will take place during the Winter Rod and Speed Show. Bring a model for judging and get in the entire show for just $4. This year’s contest will be the biggest ever in the history of Mid-Valley, according to nationally known model car expert Ed January and model car organizer Stan Reeser. Judging will begin at 3 p.m. with


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Library Story Times Albany Public Library, Main Monday: Wednesday: Thursday: Saturday:

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the ceremony scheduled at the show around 4 p.m. Model car kits will be awarded to the winners, courtesy of Mr. Models. Call (503) 930-8424 for information. SuperBulls Roughstock Rodeo. Benton Arena, 110 SW 53rd St., Corvallis. Doors open at 6 p.m.. New prices for 2011, in advance Adult $10/Youth $7; at the gate Adult $13/Youth $10. Visit for information or call (541) 766-6521. Storytime@Borders. See 1/1. “Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters” See 1/14.

Sunday 16

International Brotherhood of Magicians. Albany. 2 p.m.

Third Sundays. All ages. A social club dedicated to advancing the art of magic performance, interest, and fellowship. Call (541) 752-3900 for location;, www. Pokemon League. See 1/2.

Tuesday 18

Willamette Valley Junior Honors Symphony (JHS) Auditions. North Albany Middle School, 1205 Northwest Albany Road, Albany. Jan. 18 3:30-7 p.m. and Jan. 19 5-8:30 p.m.. Please phone the WVJHS Coordinator, Dave Traut, (541) 745-5394 between 6 and 9 p.m. for information and to set an audition time. You may also email Dave at wvjhs2010@ Your parent or guardian should accompany you to your audition. You will be asked to play two 2/3-octave scales (one major and one minor) and a short (two to three minute) excerpt from your solo literature. Nature Play Preschool. See 1/4. Postpartum Support Class. See 1/4.

Wednesday 19

OSUsed Day Store. See 1/12. Willamette Valley Junior Honors Symphony (JHS) Auditions. See 1/18.

Thursday 20

Willamette Valley Junior Honors Symphony (JHS) Auditions. Crescent Valley High School, 4444 NW Highland Drive, Corvallis. 6:30-8:15 p.m.. See 1/18. Nature Play Preschool. See 1/4. Yarn Yoga. See 1/6.

Friday 21

Resilience Network “Funshop”: Is your Medicine Cabinet Disaster-Ready? CoHo Ecovillage, 1975 SE Crystal Lake Dr,, Corvallis. 6-9 p.m.. Is Your Medicine Cabinet DisasterReady? Resilience Network with Stacey Olstad, PharmD. Vegetarian potluck 6 p.m. (no peanuts), talk and discussion 7 p.m. For more information call Christine (541) 738-2610. “Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters” See 1/14.

Saturday 22

Becoming a new sister or brother. Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, 3600 NW Samaritan Dr, Corvallis. 1-3 p.m. Free. For children 3 years old and older. Having a new baby in the house can be tough on siblings. Children will learn about baby care and see a film on pregnancy, delivery and adjusting to the new baby. Call to register. (541) 768-4752. Corvallis Indoor Winter Market. See 1/15. Parent Survival Night. See 1/7. Storytime@Borders. See 1/1. “Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters” See 1/14.

Sunday 23

Karl Jenkins Stabat Mater. First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe St., Corvallis. 3 p.m. General Admission $17. Pacific Northwest premiere of an enormously popular work. The 13th century text on the grieving of the Mother of Jesus is interwoven with laments in Aramaic and Persian from the ancient Middle East. Accompanied by full orchestra and indigenous instruments. For information visit Pokemon League. See 1/2. “Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters” See 1/14.

Monday 24

Mothers of Preschoolers. 1910 Grand Prairie Road, SE, Albany. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free childcare provided. Come, visit, support and encourage each other as we talk about menu planning, budgeting and coupon clipping. Refreshments, door prizes and crafts. Call Lori at (541) 730-0486.

Tuesday 25

All About breast-feeding. Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, 3600 NW Samaritan Drive, Corvallis. Fourth Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. Free. Learn how breast-feeding can reduce a baby’s chances of getting diarrhea and respiratory and ear infections. It gives baby an increased immunity against other diseases as well. Call (541) 768-5244 for information. Wellness workshop. “Is Marriage Good For Your Health.” Synergea Chiropractic, 111 N 20th St, Philomath. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free, refreshments served and children welcome. Bring Questions and a Friend. Research shows a link between marriage and a number of things we don’t often consider like weight loss, immune system function, and major health issues like heart attacks. Learn ways to improve your odds against these relationship hazards whether you are married or not! For information or register call (541) 207-1087. Nature Play Preschool. See 1/4.

Wednesday 26

OSUsed Day Store. See 1/12.

Thursday 27 Nature Play Preschool. See 1/4. “Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters” See 1/14. Yarn Yoga. See 1/6.

Friday 28

“Art” Black Box Theatre, Corvallis High School, 1400 NW Buchanan Ave., Corvallis. By Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. A comedy about art and friendship. Jan. 28 and 29th evening performance 8:00 p.m.; Jan. 30 matinee 2:30 p.m.. Adult $19/Seniors and Students $16. Marc’s best friend, the burgeoning art aficionado Serge, has just bought a

very expensive painting. It’s about five feet by four, all white with white diagonal lines. To Marc, the painting is a joke, but Serge insists Marc doesn’t have the proper standard to judge the work. Another friend, Ivan, though burdened by his own problems, allows himself to be pulled into this disagreement. Lines are drawn and old friends square off, even putting at risk their friendships. A battle apparently over artistic merit and modernism shields a hilarious exploration of the value of friendship and the paths of reconciliation. For information please visit Mid Winter Square Dance Festival. Linn County Fair & Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Rd., Albany. Enjoy a festival of square, round and clog dancing. Event doors will be open 7-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. For information, call (541) 750-1553 or visit www. Square Dance Demonstration. Heritage Mall, 1895 14th Ave. SE, Albany. 11 a.m.-Noon. Leonard Snodgrass calling. Enjoy the square dancing demonstration and then hop on the free trolley to the Mid Winter Square Dance Festival at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center. Trolley runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every half hour. For information call (541) 750-1553. “Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters” See 1/14.

Saturday 29

Elementary Strings Winter Concert. Corvallis High School, 1400 NW Buchanan Ave., Corvallis. Performance starts at 1 p.m. Tickets $3 at the door. This concert features 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade elementary students playing string instruments. For information call (541) 766- 4903. “Art” See 1/28. Corvallis Indoor Winter Market. See 1/15. Mid Winter Square Dance Festival. See 1/28. Storytime@Borders. See 1/1. “Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters” See 1/14.

Sunday 30

“Art” See 1/28. Mid Winter Square Dance Festival. See 1/28. Pokemon League. See 1/2.

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