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Dan’s Plants! Flowers • Veggies • Produce

One of the best selections of trendy succulents in the area

Dan’s large and full hanging flower baskets are some of the most beautiful and affordable in our area

Huge selection of annuals, perennials and ornamental grasses

For those who shop Dan’s Plants each year look for the new flowering bushes and shrubs along with many new varieties of flowers and herbs.

Bring the whole family out for a fabulous day at Dan’s Plants. The view and gardens and koi ponds are lovely.

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he cover of this issue of Emerald Valley Magazine Southern Lane County features Mayor Dave Stram of Creswell and Mayor Jeff Gowing of Cottage Grove. These two leaders came together in our colorful lifestyle magazine to Cheryl Richard emphasize that our Southern Lane County Editor communities need to join together to strengthen our growing Oregon region. Southern Lane County is wonderful! The businesses and residents of our beloved area are some of the coolest and kindest in the country! Throughout the pages of our little storybook you will find many ways to support local while getting to know Cottage Grove, Creswell, Pleasant Hill, and all of our smaller towns that make up Southern Lane County. Emphasized within these pages is the understanding that Southern Lane County truly is one large entity, and we need to nurture and support our local life – our local producers, our local restaurants, our local stores, our local schools, nonprofits, local organizations, local products – and really open our eyes and pocketbooks to the vibrant life that is around us every day. Our country has already experienced many economic ups and downs in 2018. You have the power to make a difference within your own local area, simply by being mindful of all that is offered in Southern Lane County, and enjoying and supporting it. Spring is here, but the summer months can be extremely slow for local businesses. What a gift you can give when you step inside a local business and check out what they have, that you need and can use. Local supporting local is golden! I urge us all to love our local! Watch for our next issue of Emerald Valley Southern Lane County Magazine, coming out in early November. And if you haven’t seen The Creswell Chronicle lately, you are truly missing out! Our growing and expanding Southern Lane County newspaper is rocking. When you visit, you will see by our new and much-improved interactive website how much we are growing and changing for the better. Be sure to “like” us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram as well. Our growing social media platform brings you news and local information every day.

Thank you for reading and supporting Emerald Valley Magazine.

Scott Olson Publisher

Erin Tierney Creative Director

Julie Baiocchi Graphic Designer

Andrew Von Engel Graphic Designer

Mike Rothgeb Lead Writer

Cindy Weeldreyer Contributing Writer

NS! TIO EDI OMty ING T OFhernOURLaneUPC PAR4 Sout BEEVM 2018 r Coun ~ Novembe EVM Springfield ~ June and November 2018 Contact Cheryl Richard / 541-600-0030 Or stop by The Creswell Chronicle office at 34 W. Oregon Ave. in Creswell!



Gini Davis Copyeditor

Christopher Palanuk Photographer


Creswell Mayor Dave Stram

cottage Grove Mayor Jeff Gowing

Editor’s Note: A special thank you to DAN’S PLANTS for setting up our photo shoot backdrop and allowing us to take photos on their property. We had tons of rain, fog, and cold, but Dan and Peggy, right, owners of Dan’s Plants took lots of plants and pots out of the greenhouses and staged the area for us so we had beautiful coloring for our spring cover. Thank you so much! See Dan’s Plants’ ad on page 2 of the magazine.

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Heidi Tunnell Owner

182 S. 2nd St., Creswell, Oregon, 97426

Tuesday thru Saturday:

Bakery — 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Breakfast — 7 to 11 a.m. Lunch — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Bakery & Brunch — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


WHEN YOU WERE A KID, do you remember watching those comedic shorts of cartoon characters tantalized by a whiff of a freshlybaked pie cooling on a windowsill? The animated vapors, these dancing fingers of delectable aromas, would rise and lift the character to the source of the delicious smell... House-Made Cold Roast Beef Sandwich

THAT’S the effect that Creswell Bakery has on the people of Southern Lane County – except their windowsill is not only lined with mouthwatering pies, but also artisanal breads, pastries, and meats, all made in-house every morning.


Sweet Rolls

Smoked Bacon

W hen I

first came to town , I too

fell prey to the dancing aromas that surround Creswell Bakery. This was in particular thanks to their meat smoker, which sits hard at work smoking pork bellies for bacon just outside the restaurant entrance. That, and all of their breads are made from scratch every morning, making the place smell sweet and inviting – a delectably concocted mixture of aromas. The first thing I ever ordered at Creswell Bakery was the house-made cold roast beef sandwich. As a conscious consumer, I’m always interested to know where my food comes from. Based on the atmosphere of the Bakery – welllit, clean, inviting, and aesthetically pleasing – I had a hunch the Bakery backs their menu with pride in their products. Curious, I asked the front desk server where their meat comes from. “All of our beef comes from our farm that’s just three miles down the road. The only bad day these cows have ever had was their last day,” the server said with a warm smile. That farm three miles down the road is actually Creswell Bakery Owner Heidi Tunnell’s family farm, Furrer Farms, which was established way back in 1943. Translate that from farm to plate and we have the most mouthwatering, delightfully preservative-free smoked sandwich that just about melts in your mouth. And it’s not just one element of the sandwich that makes it so good, it’s each and every element – the

meat, the lettuce and onions, the Tillamook cheddar and those ciabatta rolls. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg for Creswell Bakery.

Thankfully, their Creswell location is just an easy exit off the freeway, making it a convenient destination stop when I’ve got a hankering for good food while traveling on Interstate 5. If I’m taking out, It’s also easy to pick up a nicelypaired bottle of local wine to accent my meal at home, given Creswell Bakery’s varied selection of local and regional wines and their proximity to Southern Willamette Wine Country.

Cinnamon Roll


sweet tooth senses were sparked while waiting in line, as I gazed upon the impressive spread of plate-sized sweet rolls, glazed and rich in flavors like orange-coconut, cinnamon, raisin-walnut, and hazelnut. But as a sucker for pie, I knew for sure I’d be wrapping around back to the counter once I finished my meal so that I could take home one of the Bakery’s impressively crafted seasonal pies – likely a mixed berry or apple pie to share with friends at home.

The decision on what to buy became more pressing as I noticed their cheesecakes, their cheese and fruit danishes, carrot cakes, and cookies; I ultimately surrendered myself to the fact that I simply couldn’t taste them all in one shot.

Or, if I’m trying to take advantage of the beautiful Oregon warm months, I might enjoy a seasonal peach mimosa out on the patio for breakfast or brunch on the weekends. Their patio is decorated with locally sourced organic flowers and herbs, with an added edible landscape for future sustainability. Creswell Bakery gives options for whichever mood. When you add all this up, their wide selection of made-from-scratch foods and the volume of pride and skill that goes into their art, it’s not surprising that Creswell Bakery is one of the Pacific Northwest’s fastest-growing food destinations.

good food, created by good people, made from It’s simply

scratch. for you.

And just like that, I was hooked.




Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. Waking to a warm home, a fresh pot of coffee, and a nice, hot shower are simple pleasures our customers can take for granted. Just like knowing the energy making these things possible is affordable, clean, and green. At EPUD, we provide our customers with a mix of hydropower, wind, biogas, and solar energy. Done in a cost-effective way, it allows us to offer the average customer the second lowest electric bill in the local area. Our commitment to being green goes all the way back to EPUD’s roots. Nearly 35 years ago, this community started a customer-owned utility dedicated to providing reliable, affordable power and energy-efficient customer solutions.

YESTERDAY We built a methane power plant at Short Mountain Landfill—

the first in the Northwest! For more than 25 years, it has produced low-cost power while preventing dangerous greenhouse gases from reaching the atmosphere.

TODAY Our voluntary GREEN Renewable Energy program provides up to

$40,000 to help local schools or nonprofits build renewable energy projects. They create clean, green energy and help community-minded organizations with their utility costs, today and for many years down the road.

TOMORROW Our commitment to energy efficiency grows—it is the

best way to meet our customers’ growing demand for power. This green approach protects customers from high rate hikes that often result from other approaches, such as purchasing additional power or building risky power plants. And with EPUD’s long list of energy efficiency programs and rebates, customers get the added benefit of a more efficient and comfortable home.

When your day is done, relax and recharge knowing EPUD is still at work for you.

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By Mike Rothgeb Everyone for miles around is familiar with the University of Oregon and their famous green and yellow duck. When seen around town, we associate those colors with UO athletes, students, and sports. But green and yellow have also symbolized something else in the area: community, caring and helping others. Sanipac’s Duck Truck, a full-size garbage truck decked out in the aforementioned colors, means so much more than just supporting the University, it means supporting the entire community. Whether you’re a fan of Ducks or Beavers, Sanipac considers you part of their family. Five years ago, the Duck Truck started as just an idea when the general manager of Sanipac, Scott Johnson, recycled an old garbage truck headed for the scrapyard. With the help of Aaron Donley, the local marketing manager, and Luke Pyke, the operations manager, the Duck Truck was born.

Today, the Duck Truck has become a symbol

of the community and takes part in fairs, parades, charity barbecues, golf tournaments, school recycling education programs, and University of Oregon sporting events. Scott and Luke have moved on to oversee other aspects of Sanipac and different hauling

companies throughout the Northwest, but the Duck Truck and Aaron are still here to serve the community and its members. Aaron and his family are proud members of the Creswell community. “Personally, I have been with Sanipac for over 10 years. I appreciate the hardworking, ‘get things done’ nature that is inherently part of a garbage company. We provide a valuable and humble service to the community and are proud to do it,” Donley states.

Sanipac has branched out into mobile adver-

tising by decorating the sides of garbage and recycling trucks to promote charitable programs like Kidsports, the Children’s Miracle Network, and Oregon Safe Routes to School. Sanipac also holds art contests for local schoolchildren to show their artistic abilities and promote recycling; the winner’s art ends up on the sides of various trucks for all to see. Sanipac takes pride in the communities they serve and with the Duck Truck as their unofficial mascot, the sky’s the limit. Sanipac supports many local charitable organizations and even participates in the annual Bike Build. Throughout the year, Sanipac raises money to donate bicycles to disadvantaged children and families for Christmas. Truck drivers and staff members

assemble and distribute the bikes to the children to cultivate special holiday memories for those in need. In addition to the Bike Build, Sanipac has taken part in countless other charitable events, including the Chamber of Commerce Garage Sale Barbecue, Hope Restored, the Holiday Light Parade, Creswell High School’s Earth Day Booth, and more. Sanipac has also sponsored many events, such as student scholarships for Aikido, Creswell High School’s Big Dawg Golf Tournament, the Creswell Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards Banquet, and the Creswell Chronicle Student of the Month. The Duck Truck is always on the road traveling from one event to another, promoting community togetherness and environmentally conscious programs. For more information about Sanipac and what they do for the community, visit or call 541-736-3600.

Reuse, Reduce, Recycle – and Remember, we are all part of the community. Give back and look out for your neighbors; whether you’re Green and Yellow or Black and Orange, we’re all in this together.



Earth day

South Lane County takes Earth Day quite seriously and this year is no exception! Earth Day

will be celebrated at Cottage Grove’s lush and beautiful Coiner Park on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meet Smokey Bear Food Bees/Honey Face Painting Cake Walk Live Music Trashion Show Rummage Sale Meet local farmers Meet a firefighter and their fire truck Replica Swinging Bridge for kids Free swag for kids Cotton Candy and Ice Cream Special Thanks to KSOW Real Rural Radio



South Lane County takes Earth Day quite seriously and this year is no exception! Earth Day will be celebrated at Cottage Grove’s lush and beautiful Coiner Park on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The idea to designate a national day for the Earth came from Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. senator from Wisconsin, in 1970. Earth Day focuses on and celebrates the planet we call home and is the largest secular observance in the world — celebrated by more than one billion people throughout the world. In Cottage Grove, great attention and planning goes into creating a celebration centered around the future leaders of our planet — the kids! Educating our children on the importance of caring for our Earth is vital for our future, and for theirs. The day will be full of earth-loving adventures for you and your family to partake in and learn from. A Native American blessing will start out the day, and following that will be yummy food, lots of vendors, an expanded kidzone and live

local music playing all day. Be ready to set your sights on a one-of-a-kind trash fashion show, thanks to Cottage Grove’s Opal Center for Arts & Education. You and the family can take part in tours that highlight some important yet lesser-known parts of Cottage Grove, including the drinking water treatment plant and wastewater treatment plant, as well as a local biodynamic farm. Free transportation will be provided from Coiner Park to each location by South Lane Wheels. If you needed another reason to roadtrip around gorgeous Oregon in the summer months, visit with Smokey Bear and your fourth grader can pick up a free Every Kid in a Park pass at the US Forest Service booth. This pass will grant the entire family free access to all federal lands and waters throughout the country for 2018. Mark your calendars and take advantage of this free, family-friendly event. This event is organized and sponsored by the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council, the City of Cottage Grove’s Urban Forestry Committee, the First Presbyterian Church Earth and Social Justice Committee, and Parent Partnership. For more information or to volunteer at the event, contact the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council at 541-767-9717 or email

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In the late 1800s, early fire-

fighting in South Lane County required teamwork among volunteers who formed bucket brigades to quench a blaze. In the early 1900s, hose carts were built in both Cottage Grove and Creswell, pulled first by men and later by horses. Today, as the result of a 2003 merger, both cities are part of the South Lane County Fire & Rescue (SLCF&R) District. Using a $7.8 million budget, the organization serves nearly 30,000 people within a 132-square-mile area that also includes an 850-square-mile ambulance service district. John Wooten became the SLCF&R chief in June 2014. When he arrived, the biggest challenges facing the fire board and district personnel were to increase staffing, replace an aging vehicle fleet, upgrade safety equipment, improve the insurance rating for homeowners, and achieve a much-needed, long-term goal of replacing the district’s oldest station, in Creswell.

The merger of the Cottage Grove municipal fire department and Creswell’s volunteer rural fire protection district requires Wooten to sometimes remind people that the SLCF&R organization is now a district – not a department – that serves the entire South Lane County region. “When I was hired I showed up here with no local history and ready to serve the entire district, not a part of it,” Wooten said. “We are making good progress toward changing the culture of two cities into more of a regional mindset.” He cites the money measures voters have approved to increase staffing and purchase new equipment as evidence of the districtwide effort to serve the South Lane County region. In 2012, voters approved the much-needed staffing and operational levy and then renewed it last year. He believes the passage of the 2015 bond to upgrade the fleet is another significant accomplishment and the result of a more unified district. Wooten says he’s a big proponent of community partnerships and he wants

the district to be actively involved in the region it serves. “We partner with other organizations to organize fun, family-friendly events in both Creswell and Cottage Grove which are focused on safety and emergency preparedness,” he says. “All of these efforts have enabled our district’s culture to turn a corner from competition to cooperation. The next step is to adopt a new strategic plan to create a more financially sustainable future.” Former Fire Board member Don Williams received an appointment to fill a vacancy in 1999 just as the merger talks began. He notes that, historically, the City of Creswell was served by volunteer firefighters, while Cottage Grove had both paid and volunteer staff. He believes the inadequate budget in the early days of the merger fueled an “us versus them” culture. Williams said, “We simply cannot afford an all-paid staff to deliver services in our fire district. In the United States, nearly 70 percent of firefighters are volunteers. We’ve come a long way and I believe the district has a bright future if it continues to recruit volunteers and stabilize its funding.”



Creswell’s Fourth of July

Celebration Over the years,

Creswell’s Fourth of July Celebration has attracted attention not only locally, but across the state of Oregon. The City of Creswell and Creswell Chamber of Commerce welcome everyone who wishes to celebrate and enjoy the birth of a nation, freedom, and community togetherness. Originally, Creswell’s celebration included only local participation and depended solely on donations and sponsorships. Now, however, it consists of both outstanding local support and vendors, floats, and organizations from Eugene, Springfield, and the surrounding areas. With an annual celebration budget of over $30,000, the Chamber relies on its tourism market, as well as fundraisers, registration fees, and donations. To kick off each Fourth, The Creswell Chamber of Commerce hosts a pancake breakfast at Harry Holt Memorial Park, inviting celebrants to enjoy pancakes, eggs, ham, fresh strawberries,




Mike Rothgeb coffee, and orange juice. Dr. Sheri Schlorman from Creswell Veterinary Hospital organizes the event and receives assistance from 30 to 40 volunteers. Breakfast tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 6 to 12. Kids under six eat for free. All proceeds help fund the Chamber’s events and operations and the cost of a meal ticket is small compared to the community impact.

Each Fourth, Holt Park is also home to over 30 vendors offering raffle tickets, clothing, mobile food carts, and more. Creswell encourages local organizations to host activities for children and families during the festivities. Last year’s booths featured fingerpainting, dunk tanks, musical instrument education, and a children’s reading room. Family-friendly music is available throughout the day, featuring a DJ, bands, the Oregon Tuba Ensemble, and local musicians.

Creswell’s famous Fourth of July Parade, featuring over 100 entries, is a special time where participants show their individuality and promote themselves through the magic of floats. Last year marked the parade’s 25th anniversary, a remarkable milestone. The New Hope Baptist Church organizes the parade and the lineup. Past participants have included local fire districts, the Cottage Grove Carousel, Bear Mountain Honey, Lane County Sheriff ’s Mounted Posse, youth organizations, and more.

Phone: 541-895-4398 Website: Creswell Visitor Center: 95 W. Oregon Ave. Creswell, OR 97426 HIGHLIGHTS AND SCHEDULE:

- Breakfast in the Park: 7 to 10 a.m., Harry Holt Memorial Park - Car Show: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Emerald Valley Golf & Resort. South Parking Lot.

Vintage aircraft from Creswell Airport/Hobby Field fly over the route and mark the start of the parade. Some years, Air Force fighter jets even join in on the fun. A small parade entry fee is required and donations are always accepted.

- Music in the Park: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Holt Park. Local entertainment, Oregon Tuba Ensemble, Marching Band, DJ music - Craft Fair: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Creswell Community Center - Parade: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Young Eagles Flight Rally: 11 a.m., EAA Club House at Creswell Airport Free for ages 8-17

Starting this year, Creswell’s Celebration will also include a craft fair at Creswell Community Center and a car show at Emerald Valley Golf Course & Resort. The craft fair will feature handmade crafts, art, and other unique items for display and purchase. Scott Olson and Al January are organizing the car show, which will feature antique and classic cars that have been painstakingly restored for all to see. Participants are encouraged to register at 8 a.m. before heading over to the parade. The car show will follow the parade and run until 4 p.m.

Starting at dusk, spectators can enjoy a spectacular fireworks show in the night sky between Creslane Elementary and Creswell High School, reminding us how fortunate we are to live in such an amazing place. Many local residents will even be able to enjoy the light show from their own property. For more information about the upcoming festivities, check out The Creswell Chronicle in the weeks leading up to the celebration for a detailed insert. The Creswell Chamber’s website will also contain information regarding registration, donations, sponsorships, new event information, and more. Mark your calendars, dust off your lawn chairs, reserve a hotel room, and prepare yourself for The Event of the Year. CONTACT INFO:

- National Anthem: 1 p.m. - Celebration Ends: 4:30 to 5 p.m. - Fireworks: Starts at dusk (9:45 to 10 p.m.)

Spectators may not place chairs on sidewalks until 24 hours before the parade. Chairs must not block the sidewalk or access to businesses/ driveways, and must allow adequate space for pedestrians and American Disability Act accessibility. Free parking is available at Creslane Elementary and Creswell Middle and High schools.

Patriotic buttons will be available for purchase at local businesses and the Creswell Visitor Center in the months leading up to the celebration. The Creswell Chamber of Commerce would like to thank its community members, local businesses, and the City of Creswell for their ongoing support and participation in past celebrations.

Put kids on the path to a sec Find teachable moments in everyday activities By Mike Murphy, Banner Bank

Banner Bank Facts • Financially strong, with nearly $10 billion in assets • 200 locations in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and California • Best Regional Bank in the U.S., and MONEY Magazine • One of America’s 100 Best Banks for 2017 and 2018, Forbes • 2017 Oregon Star Performer, Small Business Administration (SBA) • Focused on solutions suited to each client’s needs • Serving businesses and individuals throughout the West for more than 127 years

Today, children in Lane County and around the U.S. are unlikely to learn basic financial literacy skills in school because there just isn’t enough time to fit it into the school day. In fact, less than 20 percent of high school students have the basic skills to balance a checkbook or debit card register, according to the National Center of Education Statistics. As a banker, I see many adults still struggling to learn those skills and make smart decisions around saving, budgeting, goal setting and planning for expenses. In fact, more than 60 percent of Americans could not cover a $1,000 unexpected expense with savings, according to a study. A similar report by the Federal Reserve found 44 percent of Americans couldn’t cover a $400 emergency expense. In the past year, more than a third of U.S. households faced unexpected expenses averaging at least $2,500 to fix cars, mend


broken bones, rid homes of pests, replace appliances, and tackle a host of other calamities. Too many ended up borrowing from family or friends, or accumulating credit card debt. We all want the best for our children. The good news is we can change the tide, simply by integrating this topic into our everyday lives. Let’s find teachable moments with our children, nephews, nieces and grandchildren. Talking about money can be uncomfortable, but it’s worth it. Just like learning to ride a bike, basic financial skills are easier to master when you’re young. Starting our kids on the path to sound financial practices now greatly increases the odds they will maintain good habits in adulthood.

A road map to get you started: • If you’re a parent, visit with your spouse or partner so you’re both on the same page when it’s time to talk to the kids about financial priorities. If you’re not the parent, follow their lead. • Put yourself in the child’s shoes. Try to remember your top financial worries and priorities at



cure financial future that age. Buying that new app or toy might be the perfect opening to talk about money. • Ask kids how they think about money. Showing you’re interested in their opinion will make financial conversations more productive. Now that you’ve laid the groundwork, jump in. There’s no expectation that you explain global economics or how the Fed sets the Prime rate. Simply relay money management in the context of what you know. In fact, it’s more meaningful to kids—and easier for you—when you give examples from your own life. And don’t shy away from sharing your fiscal blunders too. You know your kids best, so adjust your approach to suit them.

Four easy ideas that can get big results: 1. Kids learn by doing so bring it up during everyday activities. While shopping, talk about how much you saved buying an item on sale. If you’re planning a major purchase (i.e. car, home or vacation), discuss how adults have to save up for the items they want, too.

Mike Murphy is a Senior Vice President and Retail Division Manager at Banner Bank. With nearly $10 billion in assets, Banner partners with individuals and businesses to support their financial goals. You can reach Mike at or 541-334-5820.

2. Introduce hands-on learning using the tried-and-true piggy bank. Take it to the next level with an older child by using four jars: saving, spending, donating and investing. The amount of money in the container isn’t important, it’s the process. 3. Take your children with you to the bank to open their first savings account. Then encourage them to keep making deposits to create a habit. Seeing the money add up is a great incentive. When a child wants something he or she can’t quite afford, discuss the value of saving versus borrowing. 4. Seek more ideas and information. You can find great financial resources online, including free advice on ageappropriate topics. Try: moneysmart/ and However you approach the topic, focus on the goal: to raise a financially savvy child who can go into the world with basic knowledge and a balanced approach to saving and spending.

Banner Branches Serving Southern Lane County Visit these full-service and drivethru locations Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Creswell 265 East Oregon Avenue 541-895-4511 Branch Manager: Cathy Morgan Pleasant Hill 35867 Highway 58 541-726-7211 Branch Manager: Debra Sutch Cottage Grove 25 Gateway Boulevard 541-942-3331 Branch Manager: James Gilroy For other branch locations and information on our products and services, visit

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The Flower Basket’s boutique clothing lines such as IMPULSE California, Lu Lu B, Focus, Charlie Paige and Simply Noelle, with sizes that range from the petite woman to the curvy lady, can’t be found at your local department store. You’ll find yourself hard-pressed to find outfits as beautiful as the ones hand-chosen here — especially when you add some of The Flower Basket’s accessories such as scarves, jewelry, hats and even leggings into the equation. They also offer candles, greeting cards, gift and gourmet fruit baskets and a wide selection of garden accessories such as outdoor flags, spinners and solar garden lights to accent your garden. The Flower Basket offers delivery anywhere — be it your place of business, home or hospital. Their delivery services have picked up extensively over the past few years, especially to the Creswell area. They’re happy to do it, because they know whoever is on the receiving end of the exchange will be so pleased. Their delivery services span the entire country, so if you’ve got a friend or a relative in, say, Pennslyvania, you can still give them the gift of The Flower Basket.

Life is

full of special occasions;

By Erin Tierney


ith 34 years under their belt, this family-owned and operated business in Cottage Grove has honed the art of gift-giving and floral arrangements.

CELEBRATE with the most beautiful collections at The Flower Basket Gift & Boutique, Southern Lane County’s premier location for bountiful gifts for anyone on your list. The Flower Basket is so much more than a flower shop; it’s a one-stop shop brimming with a full line of gifts and treats. Whether you or someone you know has a hankering for delectable chocolates and truffles, fancies handmade jewelry, or wants to stand out in a crowd by donning unique boutique clothing, owner Carol Reeves has it all at her shop.


The real experience begins when you step foot in the door. Your olfactory senses will be delighted with the shop’s large inventory of fresh floral aromas of lavender, freesias, lilies, violets, and the like. Your eyes will brighten as you scan the perfectly decorated store, and you’ll find yourself pausing just to take in their extensive gift line. EM E R AL D VA L L E Y M A GA Z I N E I SPRI NG 2018

Every year, The Flower Basket has an anniversary sale in midJune, where they reduce prices to match their years in business. This year, their biggest sale of the year will offer 34 percent off most of their gift items. Over the span of three decades, The Flower Basket has become a Southern Lane County staple for locals and a must-visit for those traveling and looking to find the perfect moment to remember their trip by. Your heart will swell when you find that perfect gift, that perfect floral arrangement for your loved one, or just treat yourself!

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By Mike RothgeB Few things in liFe

fall into place the way we’d like, but for Dr. Lee B. Daniel, a board certified plastic surgeon, and Sarah Crabtree of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, all the pieces of the puzzle fit perfectly to create Spa Side on the Hill.

Sarah, a certified aesthetician and resident of Pleasant Hill, used to commute to Eugene every day where she worked with Dr. Daniel. One day, while driving down Highway 58, a sign caught her eye advertising studios for rent. After speaking with the owners of Pisgah Public Market and putting together a presentation for Dr. Daniel, Sarah took her first steps on an exciting new journey. Dr. Daniel and Sarah opened their doors in Pleasant Hill in October 2017, and with the help of Lyndy Feeley, a medical assistant, residents of Southern Lane now have access to quality spa services typically only available in larger cities. Sarah is at Spa Side on the Hill four days a week but still works at Aesthetic Plastic Surgery on Wednesdays. Besides the laser treatments and fat freezing (CoolSculpting) procedures performed in Eugene, Sarah and Spa Side on the Hill provide all the same great spa services their patients know and love.




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Their convenient location in Pisgah Public Market has attracted people from Eugene’s South Hills, Thurston, Cottage Grove, Creswell, and Oakridge. From the moment you walk through their doors, you’re greeted by friendly and professional staff and a casual feel only available in the Pacific Northwest. From the wooden walls to the rustic furniture and the soft, complimentary lighting, everything comes together to envelop you in a relaxing ambiance. Spa Side on the Hill offers a variety of highquality, yet reasonably priced services, including European facials, acne-targeting

teen facials, ear piercings, chemical peels, eyelash extensions, lifts, tints, microdermabrasion, and spray tans. Sarah focuses on safe and noninvasive treatments, such as ultraviolet-free and non-toxic spray tans that eliminate the dangers associated with tanning beds. The sunless air-tan blends with any skin tone and provides a golden, natural glow which lasts seven to 10 days. Spray tans are perfect for proms, weddings, vacations, and other special events. Another popular service is Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions. Xtreme Lashes are ideal for individuals seeking a full and sexy look while remaining low maintenance. Xtreme Lashes can last up to three weeks before requiring touch-ups, perfect for busy schedules. In addition to Sarah’s services, Spa Side on the Hill offers injection clinics featuring Botox, fillers, and B6/B12 injections by Lyndy Feeley. Lyndy visits every other month and works with Sarah to provide their patients with treatments that help smooth and soften wrinkles, giving a younger and more refreshed look. Sarah and Lyndy also provide free skin-care and injection consultations, as well as referrals for free consultations with Dr. Daniel at Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. For more information about popular services and monthly promotions, visit their website and social media pages. Dr. Lee B. Daniel and Sarah’s goal has always been to make people feel better about themselves, whether that’s through eyelash extensions, facials, or spray tans. The services they provide go so much deeper than the skin’s surface. Everyone deserves to love themselves, and Spa Side on the Hill can help give you the confidence needed to tackle anything life has in store.



Cottage Grove’s For most

economic outlook:

sunny and warm

By Cindy Weeldreyer

“Our tourism sector is also growing,” Palmer says. “As

of the 20th century Cottage Grove was a bustling timber town.

High-paying jobs in the nearby It’s no accident our name reflects the cottage woods and mills supported hun- industries that grow here. Pacific Yurts and dreds of families and fostered a StoveTec are good examples of international healthy business climate. businesses that started and expanded here.”

Travis Palmer

But in the early- to mid-1980s, the is a young wood products industry boom be- professional who moved to town in 2011 to came a bust, leaving most families become the executive director of the Cottage financially in survival mode. Grove Area Chamber of Commerce. The , the branch Idaho transplant was attracted to the commanager of Banner Bank, has a long munity for the many amenities it offers his history with the Cottage Grove busi- young family.

Jim Gilroy

ness community. He spent most of his career working for Pacific Power. He served as mayor from 1985 to 1993, during a time of tremendous economic transition. He remem-

more people visit here they discover Cottage Grove is a dream package to escape overpopulated cities’ traffic and

crime and enjoy a higher quality of life in a vital community filled with friendly people.”

Len Blackstone, a resident of 33 years, spent most of his career as a successful marketing strategist. He recently became a commercial real estate broker because he

“I love how Cottage Grove has its own small-town personality and I’m optimistic about believes his hometown the future,” Palmer says. “Businesses has incredible potential

bers how heartbreaking it are showing interest in long-vacant lots and to attract visionwas to watch longtime busi- buildings. The King Estates Winery ary people to make innesses close, creating an alarming distribution center is now located vestments here to facilitate

vacancy rate in the downtown dis- here. PakTech, a growing Eugene- smart, healthy growth. based business that makes custom handles trict during his tenure as mayor. for consumer products, recently expanded its “Cottage Grove is on the Now, however, “my hope is re- operation in Cottage Grove.” cusp of huge success,” stored in Cottage Grove’s ecoBlackstone says. “It has nomic future,” Gilroy says. “We’re Both Palmer and Gilroy see a growing qualities and asseeing the right things happen to trend in the technology sets other comonce again become a hospitable sector. They are excited about a partner- munities envy. Inplace to live and grow a business, ship with the Regional Accelerator and Inno- ertia is the biggest hurdle especially for young professionals. vation Network (RAIN), which assists local to overcome here. The core business owners. RAIN facilitated ingredients for Cottage Our economy is slowly start-up several events here and continues to host a becoming more diverse. coffee for entrepreneurs on the second Thurs- Grove’s future success are to be patient and be willing day of the month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at to work hard with others to the Backstage Bakery. achieve a shared dream.” 20



eddings, parties, and nights on the town: what do these events have in common? Gettogethers with friends and family are more fun when everyone’s at ease, and what better way to do so than with a little of your favorite libation in hand? While celebrations certainly don’t require alcohol, it helps people relax and unwind. Emerald Valley Spirits, owned by Glenda and Bert Bohner since September 2010, is the go-to place for gin, brandy, vodka, whiskey, scotch, tequila, rum, and all your favorite liqueurs. They have fresh lemons and limes, shakers, glassware, stirs, and all the drink supplies you could ask for. Snacks, juices, shirts, and a variety of high-quality tobacco products and vapor supplies from Emerald Vapors are also available. EV Spirits even has handcrafted designer flasks. With over 12,000 different bottles to choose from, customers will surely find something that sparks their interest. “If they want it and we can get it, we’ll bring it in for them. If we can’t get it, we tell them where they can,” Glenda states. EV Spirits has been a proud member of the Creswell Chamber of Commerce since 2010, contributes to local charities and events, and is the main distributor for many local restaurants and bars. EV Spirits supplies all the businesses in Creswell and caters to local distilleries by hosting tasting parties. More information about upcoming products and promotions are available on their Facebook page.


Operating a successful business doesn’t happen overnight; Glenda and Bert have put a lot of time, money, and heart into their store and are blessed with hardworking employees. In July 2017, Emerald Valley Spirits moved locations and underwent significant renovations, including an exterior facelift, new flooring, shelves, countertops, and fresh paint. With the help of their dedicated staff, EV Spirits moved their entire stock by hand trucks, avoiding shutting down for even a single day. A difficulty Glenda faced during 2017 was the rejuvenating and repaving of the shopping center property where EV Spirits is located, which was a breath of fresh air but also caused a lot of inconvenience for the center’s businesses and patrons during the holiday season. Even with the busiest time of the year affected, Oregon Liquor Control Commission records show that EV Spirits ranked as the No. 4 Liquor Store in the State of Oregon in December 2017, a remarkable achievement thanks to their dedicated customers. Whether you have an upcoming celebration or enjoy a drink after a long day, be sure to stop by EV Spirits and check out their array of liquor products. Emerald Valley Spirits provides a valuable service to the community; without them, life would be a lot less interesting. Say hello to Glenda and her staff by checking out their new products, buying your favorite beverage, and enjoying life responsibly.

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Since 1971, Mike and Carleen McCornack have been providing the people of the Pacific Northwest with beautifully written music featuring soothing vocals and elegant acoustics. Their music has earned them numerous awards including two Florence Winter Folk Festival’s People’s Choice Awards, the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, and the Parents’ Guide Honors. Appealing to both adults and children, Mike and Carleen McCornack have released eight original albums throughout their musical career with themes such as love, humor, and the natural world around us. This summer, Mike and Carleen hope to release their ninth album featuring both new songs and some older favorites. Besides original music, Mike and Carleen McCornack also play special and meaningful cover songs. One of their favorite songs often played is “Darcy Farrow,” written by Steve Gillette and Tom Campbell. Another popular song with their fans is “A Proper Cup of Coffee,” and Mike and Carleen even received the title “The Coffee Pot People” for their version of the famous tongue-twister. On numerous occasions, Mike and Carleen McCornack have played with fellow musicians, Kevin McCornack and Dale Bradley. Kevin plays bassoon and English concertina with



Mike and Carleen for many of their children shows. Dale, a superb cellist and bass player, often joins Mike and Carleen for performances as a trio. Dale will perform with The McCornacks at one of their favorite venues, Creswell Coffee Co., in April. Other past local venues include Eugene Wine Cellars, The Emerald Valley Opry, the University of Oregon and Eugene Emeralds sporting events, as well as out of the area venues, festivals, and house concert performances. Mike and Carleen McCornack have multiple shows scheduled in 2018, here is the list to mark your calendar.


‘ROCK ON AND ROCK OFTEN’ Sometimes Blind is a local alternative rock band born in early 2017 during a living room jam session. Dan Van Ordstrand, Garrett Johnson, Casey Martin, and Gary Reed had a habit of hanging out and playing music to pass the time. One night when Dan was feeling under the weather, Casey stepped in to provide vocals. Between Dan’s songs, Casey’s voice, and the instrumentals, the magic of the music took hold of them. "The musical stars aligned. It was one of those moments where we all really clicked musically and [it was] a really cool and exciting experience," Dan states. Blending several genres of music, Sometimes Blind mixes classic rock, folk, blues, and jazz, into harmonious melodies that please the ear and sway the hips. Their music pulls inspiration from many popular musicians, such as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tom Petty, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin. Sometimes Blind has earned recognition with their original music by finishing in the top 10 in KNRQ’s Next2Rock 2017 contest. Today, Sometimes Blind consists of Dan Van Ordstrand on rhythm guitar, Garrett Johnson on drums, Casey Martin on lead vocals, Katie Johnson on backup vocals and piano, Josh Laughlin on bass, and Matthew Goad on lead guitar. In December 2017, Gary Reed stepped down from the band and Matthew took over his spot on guitar. Sometimes Blind released their first seven songs in August 2017. With many shows coming up, fans in the area will have plenty of opportunities to see their favorite musicians for a quick rock fix. Sometimes Blind also plan to release their second extended play record made up of six original songs sometime this year. Whether you’re a diehard Sometimes Blind fan or are just now discovering their musical talents, keep an eye and an ear out for them in the coming months.

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A Breath of Fresh Country Air!

Seth plans to offer pre-made sandwiches, wraps and soups, as well as draft beers and wines at catered events.


Taking Creswell’s Favorite Coffee on the Road Creswell Coffee Company has always been a popular stop for residents craving their morning caffeine fix and as an outlet for local musicians. Due to Creswell Coffee’s popularity, owners Seth and Melissa Clark have received numerous calls over the years inquiring about a mobile version of their business. This past June Creswell Coffee purchased an old trailer and put that dream into motion by strapping on some wheels and taking their coffee on the road. The cart itself is a 1980’s horse trailer that, when purchased, was in need of many alterations and repairs. With hard work and support from the community, Seth and Melissa turned that rundown trailer into an amazing accomplishment. Striving for self-sufficiency, Seth had a propanemodified espresso machine and two 300-watt solar panels added to the cart. Solar energy provides at least eight hours of use and allows Seth to operate well after the sun sets. Having these modifications was a conscious decision to reduce invasive noises that other food carts produce. “The loudest thing in my trailer is me knocking spent coffee grounds out of the portafilters,” Seth states. The endeavor took more time and money than Seth and Melissa had expected, but they powered through until the finished trailer became a “showstopper.” The mobile cart became operational on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. Seth is actively filling the summer festival season and plans on taking the cart to special events. Contact Seth if you’re interested in reserving the cart for an event. Creswell Coffee Company has been providing customers with high-quality services for years, and there’s no doubt their mobile cart will offer the same level of services they’re known for.

Nothing says a good time like hanging out, unwinding, and letting the music penetrate your heart and soul with people close to you. Established in Eugene, Corwin Bolt and the Wingnuts have pleased fans of old-timey music with country charm since late 2014. The Wingnuts are a true local gem that plays up and down The Willamette Valley. Initially, Corwin Bolt and the Wingnuts included only four members, but in January of this year, they released their second album, “High on the Hog”, and added several more Wingnuts to their musical line up. The original band consisted of the one and only Corwin Bolt on the resophonic guitar, upstanding citizen Josh Britton on stand-up bass, Jeremy Sher and his fantastic fiddle, and Tim “Slim” Long strumming his wild washboard. The band started when Corwin met Jeremy and Tim at Sam Bond’s Garage Bluegrass Jam in Eugene. Corwin and Josh were already friends from working together at The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, but when Josh met the other two musicians, the four of them instantly hit it off and recorded their first album together. They released “Screwloose” in February 2015. The most recent additions are Jeremy Wegner on mandolin, Ruxton Schuh on the electric guitar, Nancy MacDonald on the cello, and Jeff Donovan on backup vocals. Corwin Bolt and the Wingnuts has performed at popular local venues such as Creswell Coffee Co., the Vintage Fair in Pleasant Hill, and the Calapooia Brewing Company in Albany, and the group has other performances on the books. Oakshire Public House on April 19 and the Beergarden in Eugene on April 26 are just two of their upcoming shows. Let’s hope the old saying that “lightning never strikes the same place twice” is a myth because you’ll want to see this lightning Bolt and his Wingnuts time and time again. Corwin Bolt and the Wingnuts will leave you dancing and smiling until the cows come home.

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S t o ry b o o k t h e at r e o f C o t tag e g r o v e

Molding Minds Through The

Magic of Theater By Mike rothgeb


outhern Lane County has a rich culture that sets it apart from the surrounding areas and offers countless outlets for artists, musicians, and theatre enthusiasts. Between beautifully painted murals, art walks, Cottage Theatre, and the opal Center for arts & education, fans of arts and crafts, plays, musicals, and dance always have something to look forward to. Storybook Theatre of Cottage Grove has been offering Southern Lane’s youth creative ways to learn and develop their artistic skills since 2010. Founded and directed by Judy Smith, the idea for the Storybook Theatre stemmed from Shelley Duvall’s “Faerie tale Theatre” on PBS. Judy watched the program as a child and, entranced by the magic of making stories come to life on stage, wanted to create a similar experience for the community’s children. Judy Smith has been an educator of children with disabilities since 2003 and was the original administrator and co-founder of South Lane Ballet academy. today, Smith continues to teach theatrical skills and classical literature to youth through various programs. Smith writes and adapts scripts from classic tales that are not only youth-appropriate but also researched for accuracy. Dixie hansen, the director’s assistant, helps Judy with costumes, accounting, parent interactions, and managing children during the program.

Storybook Theatre’s first production was “The tinderbox” in 2010, which originated from “Fairy tale Plays and how to act Them.” Their second production, in Spring of 2011 was “The adventures of tom Sawyer,” which received such a positive reaction that there were numerous requests for repeat performances over the summer. Due to their lack of a venue, Storybook Theatre could not accommodate those requests. Smith met with the opal Center’s owner, Ivan DelSol and discussed her difficulties. The opal Center Board of Directors supported the program, and while Storybook Theatre remains independent of the opal Center, a friendly collaboration between the two organizations began. Judy Smith adapted her own scripts for the following productions, and in 2012 Storybook Theatre produced “Peter Pan and Wendy,” and all the



performances sold out. Since 2012, Storybook Theatre has performed “Little Women,” “Pinocchio,” “The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood,” “Schoolhouse rock Live, Jr.,” and “Mother Goose tales and nursery rhymes,” which includes “Little red riding hood,” “hansel and Gretel,” “The Three Little Pigs,” and “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” Besides scheduled productions, Storybook Theatre also offers an annual musical theater program.


hIS SuMMer, from aug. 5-11, Storybook Theatre is proud to celebrate its fifth year of the advanced Musical Theater Summer Intensive program. The program is available to youth, ages 13 to 20, who wish to push their skills to the next level. Scholarships may be available and all students are guaranteed a role in the productions. The program offers advanced one-on-one feedback and hands-on instruction with dance and theater masters who’ve attended the top performing arts colleges in the nation. Judy Smith and the hardworking individuals of Storybook Theatre, the opal Center for arts & education, and the advanced Musical Theater Summer Intensive program care about the community’s youth and their ability to express themselves through theatre, dance, music, and the arts. Their goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for youths to explore theatre and to help them develop an appreciation for literature. “I have been honored to work with every child that has passed through our doors, and find no greater joy than to see or hear from my students, past or present, and know that perhaps Storybook Theatre may have brought a little more joy to their lives – for these are the brilliant faces of our future,” Smith states. only through creativity, education, and expression can we hope to better ourselves, the community, and the world. Whether you’re the parent of a child interested in theater, or a community member, support Southern Lane County’s youth art programs by taking part in an educational and enlightening experience. Storybook Theatre of Cottage Grove

Phone: 541-543-3193 Judy Smith (Owner) 28 S. 6th Street #7 Cottage Grove, OR 97424

Opal Center for Arts and Education

Phone: 541-623-0513 Leah Murray (Executive Director) Downtown Cottage Grove 513 East Main Street Cottage Grove, OR, 97424

Cottage Theatre has built trucks, cars, and boats on stage before, but this will be the first time CT has created a treehouse on stage! Photos are from "A Christmas Story," "The Grapes of Wrath," and "Scapino!" at CT.

r P d l r o W This summer

, Lane County residents will be the first in the world to enjoy “Treehouse,” a captivating new play by Alabama playwright Joe Musso. Cottage Theatre in Cottage Grove is one of just six community theatres nationwide selected to produce a world premiere under the auspices of the American Association of Community Theatre’s 2018 NewPlayFest. Approximately 300 scripts were submitted for consideration in this biannual national festival. The plays were vetted through a four-tiered review process and each producing theatre was involved in the selection of the winning entries. “We are very honored to give the first production of this beautiful, well-crafted script,” comments Cottage Theatre Executive Director Susan Goes. “We believe ‘Treehouse’ has a promising future on stage, as the universal themes in this story will resonate strongly with diverse audiences. This play was a clear favorite among the finalists reviewed by our team of volunteer readers.” “Treehouse” will be on stage at Cottage Theatre Aug. 10-26, 2018; tickets go on sale July 10.

y a l tre a P e h e T r ge e a i t t o m C e t A

“Treehouse” is a riveting story of love, loss and healing that revolves around Shakespeare’s famous existential line, “To be or not to be, that is the question.” Johnny and his pals would be typical 17-year-old boys, hanging out in Johnny’s treehouse and dreaming of talking to the beautiful Alana, were it not for Johnny insisting he is a 53-year-old man trapped in a teenage body. Johnny’s mom is a little worried. Out of the blue her son is suddenly pulling straight A’s, keeping his room immaculate and reading Shakespeare. As Johnny persists in his claim, and conversations in the treehouse become increasingly peppered by the words of the Bard, Johnny grapples with adolescence, love and the mind’s ability to heal from great loss. Through his budding friendship with Alana, Johnny discovers the life-affirming power of the eternal summer that shall not fade. At times poignant, at times humorous, “Treehouse” is a compelling drama that bridges the gap between adolescence and adulthood in beautifully unexpected ways. Joe Musso’s plays have been presented in numerous theatres and have won several awards, including the Great Plains Theatre Conference Holland New Voices Award, the MTWorks Excellence in Playwriting Award, and the Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition. In addition to being a 2018 NewPlayFest winner, “Treehouse” was named the winner of the 2017 Todd McNerney National Playwriting Award sponsored by the College of Charleston. “Treehouse” also was the winner of Center Stage South Playwright, Joe Musso Carolina 15th Annual New Play Festival, where the play received a reading last fall. Center Stage has announced plans to mount a full production of “Treehouse” in 2019. Thanks to a grant from the Lane County Cultural Coalition, the playwright will travel twice to Oregon this summer: in June to work with Cottage Theatre’s “Treehouse” cast, and again in August to attend the world premiere. Cottage Theatre will hold a free “Meet the Playwright” event on June 25th that will showcase Musso’s 10-minute comedy, “The Rollercoaster of Love.” Later this spring, further details about this special event will be posted at

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Creswell Christian Academy Excitement is building as we continue to see God’s blessing on the start of Creswell Christian Academy (CCA). Each day I am amazed at how far we have come in such a short amount of time. When I hear of families inquiring about enrolling their children at CCA, I recognize the need in the community. We are committed to providing an education that expands the minds, nurtures the souls and shapes the character. Here at CCA our desire is to help students develop and embrace a biblical view of the world and become contributing members of society in a manner that brings glory to God. The purpose of Creswell Christian Academy is to provide a Christ-centered education to our students while challenging them to high academic standards. All the activities that our students will participate in will have this purpose in mind. For example, we will utilize a diversified curriculum that requires familiarity with technology, but also uses workbooks, as well as hands-on experimentation. With each lesson plan will come opportunities to relate this information back to a Christian worldview. Classes will not teach just rote academics, but character and leadership formation. This will be accomplished mainly by implementing what has been learned and understanding how to use this information to help others. Bible classes will challenge students to look at Scripture as not just an historical book, but a relevant guidebook for their lives. Chapels will provide students opportunities to learn from others in the community. Electives that are offered will encompass world languages, music, and the information found in any STEM-focused class — and all will point to a biblical worldview that keeps Christ at its center. Any style of learner will be able to participate confidently in activities knowing that they are not learning for learning’s sake, but learning in order to make a positive difference with this knowledge. If you would like your family to be part of the excitement at CCA, please contact us. You will be blessed! (541) 729-7345 /

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Child’s Way Charter School is a school where kids like to learn. A school that works with gifted and talented at-risk students who may not have prospered at other schools but can certainly prosper here! Serving grades 5-12, CW boasts 10 staff for 60 students. The average class size is eight. There is a computer for every student to help with math, language arts, science and social studies. Other classes include instruction on instruments, as well as band, art, crafts, textiles, cooking, inventions, tiny house building, robotics, bikes and an outdoor school for all students. The school, located in Dorena with free busing from Cottage Grove, is fully accredited, and students earn diplomas.


The class I most enjoy at Child’s Way Charter School is the textiles class. I enjoy it because I’m actively doing something hands-on that takes my full concentration. I like that we can make stuff for other people. For example, I made a quilt for an old veteran who’s nicknamed, “The Cottage Grove Waver.” I also enjoy that we have the opportunity to participate in an art show in Eugene. Last year I helped set up our displays. I got to show off many pillows, stuffed animals and one quilt I made. I’ve been able to make and finish many quilts this year, ranging from baby quilts to king-sized bed quilts ~ Wendy Joy



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I needed help in language arts and math.

One class I love in particular is my

for 14 years and started here because

My favorite class is music, where we are

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