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Time for Holiday Bazaars
Photo by Rebecca bond
A horse drawn wagon takes part in Albany’s Twice-Around Christmas Parade.
Albany’s 34 Annual Christmas Parlour Tour th
The Town and Country Bazaar is a major holiday event.
by Karen Rogers
December is the fun time of year to experience bazaars. The word “bazaar” is actually from the old Persian word originally spelled “bazar,” meaning a market, an exchange, or a street of shops. What a perfect description! There are two major bazaars coming up and they combine the best aspects of the above definition. The Town and Country Christmas Bazaar starts Friday, December 6 from 12 to 8 PM at the Linn County Expo Center and runs through Sunday, December 8. Saturday hours are 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday from 10 to 4. There are over two hundred booths of hand crafted items and you can visit Christmas Storybook Land. The Expo Center is located 3700 Knox Butte Road in Albany, and you can call 541-926-4314 for information. The Spirit of Christmas Bazaar is December 8 at the Life Community Church, 4900 N.W. Hwy. 99 in Corvallis. It runs from 11:30 AM to 3 PM and features dozens of vendors, raffles, interactive craft booths, door prizes, and horse-drawn carriage rides, from 12 to 2 PM. For the kids there is face painting and a Christmas movie in the auditorium. Proceeds benefit the Corvallis Boxing Club and Trillium Family Services. For info, call 541908-5405. Both Bazaars offer lots of fun and provide a family environment of Holiday cheer!
by Rebecca Bond Albany Visitors Association
You’re invited to the Christmas Parlour Tour on Sunday, December 8, from 2pm to 7pm. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend. There is no need to rsvp but we do encourage you to come early and make a day of it. You could tour through the parlours of the private homes in just a couple hours and be on your merry-making way but then you will have missed a very significant part of the tour that represents such a big part of this tradition. This is not only a parlour tour of private homes, it is a traditional Christmas welcome from our most cherished treasures which include the United Presbyterian Church, Whitespires Church, Carnegie Library, Albany Regional Museum, Historic Carousel & Museum and Monteith House Museum. These “other buildings” often hold a lessprominent place than the private homes. They are the buildings you pass by without notice or perhaps you think, “I should really go inside one day.” The Parlour Tour is that day if ever there was such a day,
Photo by Oliver J. Anderson
Christmas fun at the Spirit of Christmas Bazaar.
Albany’s historic Monteith House decked out for the holidays.
because this day they are dressed in their best. This day is their finest hour. Please take time to visit these community gifts and recognize their significance, stature and splendor. Sit for a moment to listen to a story, or a song. Hear the crackle and feel the warmth from the glow of the fireplace and watch the light reflect off the intricate woodwork. Take in the awe-inspiring stained glass windows or 150-year old floors, admire the craftsmanship and imagine how many have stepped here before you. We are fortunate to have these buildings, and their volunteer caretakers. Albany’s tour would not be complete without them. The doors are open, waiting to welcome you inside to share an Albany Christmas tradition. Christmas Parlour Tour of historic homes & buildings, horse-drawn wagon and vintage trolley rides, entertainment and light refreshments are all included in the $15 ticket price, senior, child and group rates available. Contact the Albany Visitors Association for more information (541) 928-0911 or go online to www.albanyvisitors.com.
Photo by Oliver J. Anderson
Christmas comes to Albany’s Historic Carousel and Museum.
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With Santa watching to see who’s naughty or nice the mid-valley offers a wide variety of fun, interesting and educational events for the whole family this holiday season. Each month you will find a list of specially selected educational and entertaining events for you to enjoy. Keep this list handy so you can check it throughout the month.
• Holiday Events: - Albany: Please see the inside back page of this issue of High Points for a complete listing of all Albany Christmas celebrations. Get more info at: www.albanyvisitors.com, and www. albanydowntown.com. - Corvallis: Winter Eve in downtown Corvallis, December 5, between 5 and 10PM. For details go to: www.alcorvallis.org. - Lebanon: Holidays in the Park will take place in downtown Lebanon’s Ralston Park on Dec. 7 with a Christmas parade at 4PM and the community tree lighting at 6PM. Get details at: 541258-4339. - Sweet Home: Lighting of the community tree Dec. 6. Christmas parade 11AM, Dec. 7 and performances of the annual Singing Christmas Tree Dec. 6, 7 and 8. Get schedule by calling: 541367-6186. - Brownsville: Holiday Festival of Trees in downtown Brownsville Dec. 5 through 8. Best Bites of Brownsville on Dec. 6. American Legion Post 184 Bake Sale on Dec. 7 and Holiday Bazaar on Dec. 14. Details on these events available at: www. historicbrownsville.com. • PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA is scheduled for 7-8PM on Sunday, Dec. 1 and 15 at Heritage Mall, 14th and Clay Sts. In Albany. Go online to: www.heritagemall.com. • STORYTIME WITH SANTA will take place in Santa Land at Heritage Mall in Albany starting at 10:30AM on Dec. 3, 10 and 17. Get details at: www.heritagemall.com • POINTS FOR PROFIT “ON LOCATION” from 6-8PM on Dec. 3 at Rice’s Gifts located in the Kings Plaza Shopping Center on Kings Blvd. In Corvallis. Please see the story on the front of the Points for Profit section in this issue of High Points for complete details. • SING FOR JOY! With a performance at the Russell Tripp performance center on the LBCC Albany Campus at 7PM on Thursday Dec. 5. For information call: 541-917-4531. • ALBANY CIVIC THEATER PRESENTS “It’s A Wonderful Life” with performances December 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20 and 21. The theater is located at 111 W. First Avenue in downtown Albany. Ticket and other information is available at: www.albanycivic.org. • SEASON OF CRECHES will take place Dec. 6, 7 and 8 at 3405 Kizer Ave. N.E. In Albany. For times and other info call: 541-9281865 • TOWN AND COUNTRY CHRISTMAS BAZAAR at the Linn
County fair and Expo Center in Albany Dec. 6, 7, 8. For times and other information go to: www.lcfairexpo.com. CHRISTMAS STORYBOOK LAND will operate at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany December 6 through 20. For hours and other details go online to www.lcfairexpo.com. CHRISTMAS COOKIE DECORATING at Albany’s Heritage Mall will take place starting at 2PM on Dec. 7. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Go online to: www. heritagemall.com. SANTA CARES FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN at Heritage Mall in Albany from 8AM until 10AM on Sunday Dec. 8. More information at: www.heritagemall.com. SWEET HOME RANGER DISTRICT SWAG AND WREATH MAKING will take place on December 7 1 at the district office, 4431 Santiam Highway, Sweet Home. Get more info by calling: 541-367-5168. SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS BAZAAR is scheduled for 11:30AM until 3PM on Dec. 8 at the Life Community Church, 1900 N.W. Highway 99W just north of Corvallis. Call: 541-908-5405 for details. ALBANY’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARLOUR TOUR. Please see the front page article in this issue of High points for complete details. Get ticket and other information online at: www. albanyvisitors.com. ALBANY WOMEN’S CONNECTION MONTHLY BRUNCH will take place at 10AM on Wednesday, December 11, at the Comfort Suites Hotel, 100 Opal Court N.E. This month will feature a Christmas sing-a-long. In addition, author Linda Reinhardt will give an inspirational message. All women are welcome. For details and reservations by Dec. 6 call: 541-258-7782. CHRISTIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE meets at 7:30AM the second Thursday of each month at Novak’s in Albany for a nohost breakfast. There is no additional charge for attending. The next Christian Chamber meeting will be on the morning of Dec. 12 and features a special guest speaker. Great networking opportunity for Christian business owners. Go online: www.cccnw.org or call: 541791-2901 for more info. THE NUTCRACKER BALLET will be performed at 7PM on Dec. 12, 13 and 14 at the Russell Tripp Performance Center on the LBCC campus in Albany. Get ticket and other information by calling: 541-917-4531. KID’S ADVENTURE CLUB BREAKFAST WITH SANTA is scheduled at Heritage Mall, 14th and Clay sts. in Albany, for 9:30AM on Dec. 14. Go online to: www.heritagemall.com for more info. DOWNTOWN Albany BREAKFAST WITH SANTA will
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be held at 10AM on Dec. 14 at Sybaris Restaurant. For cost and reservations call: 541-928-2469. FREE HOLIDAY MOVIE “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” will be shown at the PIX Theater, on second Ave. in historic downtown Albany. Get details by calling 541-928-2469. TRILLIUM CHILDREN’S FARM HOME “TEDDY BEART TEA” is scheduled for Dec. 14 at 1:30PM at the Farm Home located halfway between Albany and Corvallis on Highway 20. Details are available by calling: 541-758-5953. CHRISTMAS CAROLING WAGON through Albany’s historic districts will run from 5 until 8PM, December 19 through 22. The wagon will leave from 325 W. First Ave. and reservations are required. Call: 541-908-5778. LIVE REINDEER VISIT HERITAGE MALL IN ALBANY, Friday, Dec. 20, from 11AM until 3PM. The reindeer will be at the mall entry near Sears. Get more information at: www.heritagemall. com. KID’S ADVENTURE CLUB will meet at 10AM on December 21 at Heritage Mall in Albany to make holiday crafts, have an elf relay race and meet Frosty the Snowman. Check out the details at: www. heritagemall.com VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA BREAKFAST will be held from 8-11AM on the morning of December 22 at the American Legion Hall, 480 Main St. in Lebanon. To get more info call: 541451-1351. COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS SING-A-LONG on the evening of Dec. 24 at the historic Whitespires Church, 5th and Washington Sts. in downtown Albany. An Albany Christmas Eve tradition. Go to: www.albanyvisitors.com for details POINTS FOR PROFIT MONTHLY DINNER is scheduled for 6PM through 8PM on December 17 (please note date change due to the holidays) at the Albany Eagles Lodge, 127 Broadalbin St. N.W. For more information about the Points for Profit program linking local businesses with local non-profit organizations call InSpirit Marketing at: 541-791-2901. NEW YEARS EVE “HOOF “N HOLLER” BULL RIDING AND DANCE starts at 7:30PM at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center arena on Dec. 31. Call: 541-895-5335 for ticket and other information.
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I can’t think of a better time of year to give our “Good Job” salute to Rebecca Bond than now. Rebecca has been with the Albany Visitor’s Association since 1996, working hard to keep our local history alive. She now serves as the historic resources coordinator. You will find her story about the Albany Christmas Parlour Tour on the front page of this issue of High Points. Over the past several years, she has been a prime mover in the summer historic tour in July and the holiday tour each December. She has also served and worked with the Monteith Society, the Albany Regional Museum, the Historic Carousel and Museum, the Albany Downtown Association, The Boston Mill Society, The City of Albany’s Landmarks Advisory Commission, the Oregon Main Street Program, and the Linn County Cultural Trust. Rebecca often works “out of the spotlight” and behind the scenes to make sure events are ready to go and everything is perfect. According to Albany Visitor’s Association Director Jimmie Lucht, Rebecca is very knowledgeable of Albany’s history and heritage, of historic architecture, and the homes and buildings in the region. She is often the “go to” person for homeowners looking
for the history of their home, or construction or refurbishing advice. At the AVA she helps with newsletters, membership drives, event coordination, marketing, tours, and so much more. She provides support for many organizations outside the AVA. All of us on the High Points staff take this opportunity to salute Rebecca Bond for a job well done.
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In the past we have saluted someone from the community, or a group, who has gone far beyond the call of duty to help out their neighbors or the community in general. We are now asking for your help. If you know of some person or group you feel deserves special recognition for outstanding service to the area please let us know. To nominate someone, or some group, for this recognition, please write a short essay about them and why the deserve to be saluted in 300 to 350 words and email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a photo of this person you could email, that would be great. Let us know who you think deserves a special pat-on-the-back. Thank you — Rick and Karen Rogers, High Points Co-editors
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What is Chiropractic Good For?
The world is changing. When I started studying chiropractic, people would make jokes about quacks and pseudoscience. Before my time, the American Medical Association had an active campaign to eliminate the chiropractic profession and was only stopped after a small group of chiropractors defeated them in a landmark court decision. So where do we stand today? There are still a number of misconceptions and some misinformation about what chiropractors do. The fact is that all of these struggles have made the profession stronger. We have had to abandon claims and anecdotes for research and results. A 2010 study (“Effectiveness of manual therapies: the UK evidence report” Bronfort, et al) reviewed 322 guidelines and studies on the use of chiropractic care for conditions ranging from low back pain to asthma. It is the most comprehensive review of literature relating to the use of chiropractic for specific conditions. A review like this is important because it identifies conditions that are the most likely to respond to chiropractic care and conditions when chiropractic care could be ineffective
or even harmful. In addition, it helps to identify areas where more research is needed to determine the role of chiropractic. As you may guess, the most supported use of chiropractic care is low back pain. Dr. Jason At this point spinal Young manipulation, such as the chiropractic adjustment, is the most researched low back pain treatment. The results are that there is a high level of quality evidence that chiropractic care is beneficial for chronic low back pain. In the world of scientific research, a high level of quality evidence is like receiving an A+ on your report card. That means that the method in question has withstood the rigors of science and has still been found effective. A moderate level of quality evidence (this is like a B+ or A-) supports the use of chiropractic care for: Acute low back, acute neck pain, whiplash, chronic neck pain, shoulder pain/dysfunction, tennis elbow, osteoarthritis of the hip and knee, patellofemoral syndrome (knee pain), plantar fasciitis, migraine headache, dizziness, and tension headaches. Considering the relative safety of Chiropractic continued on page 11
Flu shot season is winding down; it’s a hectic time of year, but I’m always a little sad to see it go. I enjoy the bit of one-on-one time I get with each patient and recently used the opportunity to solicit ideas for future columns. Thanks to David C. for inspiring this month’s column. David shared that he would be rewarding himself for getting a flu shot with one of the decadent chocolate truffles we sell at Rice’s. He asked if I could provide justification, health-wise, for the purchase. Great question David; I think you’re going to like the answer! When the body converts food to energy; chemical entities known as free radicals are formed as a natural by product. This is particularly true if one is consuming a diet high in fried or fatty foods. If the term “free radicals” conjures a vision of felons-gone-wild, you’re on the right track. Free radicals wreck havoc on the body. They have been implicated in the cellular damage associated with a variety of chronic conditions, i.e. cardio-vascular disease, cancer, macular degeneration of the eyes, memory loss, and type II diabetes. Dark chocolate (70% cocoa) is rich in flavanoids, which have antioxidant
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Cover Oregon just announced a December 4th deadline to submit applications for enrollment for a January 1st, 2014 effective date. Also, Cover Oregon announced that they are planning Application Fairs near you. You can enroll through a certified insurance agent or community partner at no cost to you. Lisa Burrows and I are certified insurance agents and we will be happy to assist you. You can call us at 541-757-7701. In the announcement, Cover Oregon announced that the applications for health insurance and financial savings (federal tax credits and/or subsidies to help pay for health insurance costs) must be postmarked, faxed, or submitted online by December 4th, 2013. Are you wondering what are subsidies? I was helping an individual who qualified for subsidies. When reviewing plans – we were reviewing ousehold Size H 1 2 3 4 5
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9 Holiday Savings Tips
During the holiday gift buying frenzy, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed about not having enough money to spend on your loved ones. You do not have to go into debt to show how much you care. With some careful planning and creative gift giving, you can enjoy some holiday cheer without the financial fear. Check out these holiday savings tips from Practical Money Skills: • Develop a budget and stick to it: Do not spend more than 1.5 percent of your household annual income on holiday gifts and entertainment. • Create a “micro budget”: Write a list of everyone on your gift list and decide how much you would like to spend on each person. This budget should also include costs for additional items such as cards, postage, gift-wrapping, meals, parties, travel, etc. • Shop early: Do not wait until the very last minute to buy presents or you may end up overspending or buying items you did not plan to. Having extra time to compare prices is especially helpful when buying big-ticket items such as electronics or even a new bicycle. • Get creative: Handmade gifts or even personalized coupons can be a special treat in this age of store-bought presents. Think about what the person may want or need then incorporate your own talents. For example: bake some cookies; create a photo album or decorate a picture frame; knit a blanket or scarf; compile your favorite tunes into a music CD; or give a coupon for a home-cooked meal,
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By Jonathan Booth I met Jesus this morning. It was a humbling experience. Let me tell you what happened. It was Sam’s birthday - his 80th birthday! Since moving to Oregon four years ago, every Sunday I have been welcomed by Sam as I entered church. He is always there. Whenever a child comes in, he makes sure that they get a piece of candy and after each Sunday is done, Sam collects the donations to our local food bank and delivers them. His list of contributions doesn’t end there, as he leads a group of men who split firewood so that the poor in our community will be kept warm in winter. Our leader put it well when he said, “When I grow up I want to be like Sam.” It’s an old saying, but one that it is worth being reminded of. “Preach the gospel, and if you have to, use words” This month, let’s ask God to make us someone who others will want to copy. It is the essence of Christianity - Jesus said “Follow me” and sought to mold his followers into those who emulated himself. Sam has a smiling kind face and as I look into his eyes I see the life of Jesus in him. I want to be like that, don’t you? Get that right and everything else can flow from it! I want you to “have a nice day” – no, I don’t mean it in the perfunctory way it is often mindlessly spoken. No, I mean I truly want your day to be improved by not only reading these words, but by the satisfaction you feel when you lay your head on your pillow tonight and think of the ways in which you have brought Christ into someone’s life today. Jonathan Booth is the retired CEO of the British version of Focus on the Family. He is now the Regional Manager for LegalShield in the Willamette Valley.
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start to heat. Add 2 ½ C sugar and stir to dissolve. Cut 1 C butter into pieces and add to The Victorians knew good stuff the juice. Stir until melted. Beat 5 eggs when they tasted it! At their tea tables, lemon curd was spread on toast or bread, well and stir into the mixture. Now, stir fairly constantly for about 20 minutes sandwiched between cake layers or loaded into tarts and trifles. In spite of until the curd coats the spoon well or this, lemon curd is until a temperature not to be trifled with. of 165 degrees is (Sorry!) reached. You can buy it in Pour into clean the grocery store, jars and cover. but it’s expensive Refrigerate. This will and generally second keep for a month in rate to home made. I cold storage. It does like to give this as a not seal and does not Christmas treat as it’s get hot enough to great with breakfast. be sterile, so keep it Karen’s Lemon Curd is a real holiday treat. Go to the local cold! Big Box store and This is a great buy a big bag of lemons. One bag will favorite of my Dad and Daughter. They make several batches. Generally, it will take six to eight lemons to make a batch. do not believe in wasting time or diluting it with cake or pastry- they eat it directly Fill the bottom of a double boiler from the jar with the biggest spoons they with water so the water just touches can find. In my family, such behavior the bottom of the insert and bring to a is called “hog-plating” and is generally simmer. Zest your lemons and place the deplored, but they do it anyway. peel in the insert. Roll the lemons, one Enjoy this with toast for a Christmas at a time, on the counter very firmly. treat, and if you do “hog-plate”, don’t Then pop them in the microwave for admit it. 30 seconds each. This really maximizes the amount of juice. Cut and juice them, Rick and I wish you the Merriest discarding seeds. You will need 1 ¼ C juice. Pour the juice onto the zest and Christmas and the Happiest New Year!!!
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Manager’s Corner By Kathy Dennis, Director of Points for Profit Q: We have a business and would like to support a non-profit in the Points for Profit program. However, we need to keep our receipts for business purposes. Is there another way to get you proof of receipts? A: Great question! First of all let me say THANK YOU for taking the time to look into making a difference! We understand how overwhelming being in business can be so we have developed a couple options for businesses to support the program by shopping local and helping their favorite non-profit: • You can take a photo copy of your receipts • You can provide a QuickBooks (or whatever accounting system your business uses) report that shows the P4P business and the total spent throughout the year – so long as your business name is on the document. • If you have another idea, we’d love to hear it! Also, our deadline to receive receipts for 2013 purchases is January 10, 2014. This will allow time needed to calculate totals for the January 28th Award Banquet and Auction.
Points for Profit meeting is December 17, 2013 from 6-8pm at the Eagles, Albany. The Eagle’s will be serving a Christmas dinner of Ham, Potatoes Au Gratin, Vegetable and Roll with dessert and beverage for only $8. The theme is Christmas. If you would like to reserve a dinner please RSVP by 5pm December 16, 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (541) 791-2901. For more information visit pointsforprofit.org
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Rice’s Gears Up for a Big “On Location” By Rick Rogers Get ready for a big holiday “On Location” event at Rice’s Pharmacy & Gifts in the King’s Plaza Shopping Center, across from Fred Meyer, in Corvallis. The store will be open to Points for Profit supporters on Tuesday, December 3, from 6 until 8PM. Those coming to the event will receive 5-million points for simply attending. In addition, all purchases made during those two hours will receive double points. There will be plenty of goodies to munch on and warm mulled cider to sip on as you browse the store filled with holiday gifts, ornaments and other Christmas decor items. You’ll find the perfect gifts for Mom, Dad and all the kids in your family in one convenient location with a warm, friendly staff
waiting to serve you. There is even a wide selection of things to choose from for that Beaver or Duck fan on your list. Something new for Points for Profit supporters this year will be Santa’s Secret Stash. If you make a purchase of $25.00 or more during the “On Location” you will be able to reach into Santa’s Secret Stash and pull out an additional discount on their purchase which could be as much as $20.00 in extra savings. The store is packed with Christmas splendor and everything to make your holiday season one to remember. We’ll look forward to seeing you at Rice’s on the evening of December 3rd. You will find great items for you, your friends and family, and at the same time gather up millions of points for your favorite participating non-profit organization.
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• Albany Historic Carousel and Museum (Brass Ring) • American Legion Auxiliary Unit 10 • American Legion Auxiliary Unit 184 • C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocate) • Cascade School, Lebanon • Child Evangelism Fellowship • Christian Chamber of Commerce of the NW • Girls on the Run • Good Shepherd Lutheran • Greater Albany Council PTA • Hamilton Creek PTA • KidSpirit • Lacomb PTC • Lebanon Booster Club • Lebanon Pregnancy Alternative Center • LHS Dance • LHS Drama Club • Lifeline Baby Boutique • Mid-Valley Gleaners • Osborn Aquatic Center • Oregon Women for Agriculture • Ready Roamers RV Chapter of the Oregon Good Sams RV Club • SafeHaven Humane Society • Silver Wings • St. Edward’s Youth • Sunshine Kids, The • Teen Challenge • Trillium Children’s Farm Home • Veterans Commemoration Association
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Cadwell Realty Group Joins Points for Profit By Rick Rogers Albany based Cadwell Realty Group is now the official Real Estate company in the Points for Profit program for the mid-valley. The company is headed by Principle Broker and owner Jason Cadwell. Additional brokers are Jason Nunn, Susan Reed and Heidi Willis. The team is rounded out by Jason Filcman and office manager Wendy Joy. Jason Cadwell was born in Corvallis and raised in Sweet Home. After high school he went to work for Hewlett-Packard before leaving to pursue a career in real estate. After working for two local real estate companies, gaining 13 years experience in the field, Jason formed his own agency earlier this year. The brokers at the Cadwell Realty Group specialize in both residential and commercial listings and sales. When conducting business with the firm you can earn 20 million points for referring a client who buys or
sells a home or 25 million points for listing or buying a home through any of the brokers working for the Cadwell group. Cadwell Realty Group is now affiliated with the Homes for Heroes program. If you are a teacher, firefighter, public safety officer, health care worker or military personnel you may qualify to receive a rebate when buying or selling property, or both. You can get more information on this program by going online to: www.homesforheros.com or calling the Cadwell office directly. Jason Cadwell is proud to support the mid-valley non-profits by being a part of the Points for Profit Program. Their office is located at 226 Northwest Hickory St. in North Albany, in the strip of offices between Tom’s Garden Center and the River’s Edge Veterinary Clinic. They are open Monday through Friday 9AM until 5PM. You can call them at 541-7917946, or go online to: www.valleyoregonhomes.com.
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Hardwoods The subject of hardwood and how it is made is asked by our customers quite often. Over the years, we have put together information we thought would be useful for customers to know so they know how hardwood is actually put together before it arrives at the retail stores. Hardwood is a product of nature and therefore imperfect. It is not for everyone, but most people would agree that it is beautiful and there is quite the variety in species. When a hardwood tree such as oak, maple, hickory, cherry, or birch is harvested, the moisture content is about 90% when the logs are cut at the sawmill. The boards are considered green lumber due to their very high moisture content. These green boards are sold to manufactures, including hardwood flooring mills. The mill immediately sorts the lumber into a variety of grades, then stacks them with oak sticks. This evenly separates each layer of boards to allow the air flow through the stacks of lumber so they can “air-dry” while in the lumber yard. Depending on geographical location, the typical drying season is from late spring to late autumn.
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process, it has to be air-dried to 20% moisture content. Under ideal weather conditions this should take about 6 weeks. The next step is to kiln dry the lumber to about 6% to 8% moisture content. Today’s computer-controlled dry kilns do a very effective job of allowing the manufacturer to regulate this process in a more exact manner. There are other methods of drying lumber, but the end result needs to be the same. Once the lumber is properly dried it is ready to immediately go into the production of hardwood flooring. Solid hardwood is milled to its profile on a flooring molder. For engineered hardwood flooring the board is sawn or sliced into top or face veneers in a variety of thicknesses. The veneers are laminated to a plywood to create a very dimensionally stable flooring product due to the finished cross ply construction. Whether is solid or engineered, the moisture content of the lumber at the onset of the production is critical to the successful manufacture of a true and flat product. If the moisture content is not within the acceptable range during production, warping or bowing of the board result. We check the moisture content before it goes out the door to the customer for installation. More to come on this in the next chapter.
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With the holidays upon us, the cabinets in your home could be in need of a face lift. “Re-facing” is one option that is often used typically involving the gluing of wood veneer on the surface of cabinet frames, and replacing cabinet doors and drawer fronts. If you are considering refacing old cabinets, choose wisely, because costs can add up quickly. However, once you start down this path, other options start cropping up like mushrooms on a rainy day. Options include changing out those old style door hinges to European hidden hinges and installing new drawer guides to make the drawers operate smoother. That means you would have to rebuild the drawer boxes to accommodate the new drawer guides ending up in a narrower drawer and possibly unhappy silverware.
You also need to consider changes to the fixed shelves. Murphy’s Law says that any pan or bowl you are looking for is always all the way Rick in the back. That Pyburn can be remedied by Pyburn adding new pull out and Sons shelves. As you can Construction see, the costs can And start adding up like Remodeling counting sheep on a restless night. New cabinets can be just a stone’s throw away if you stop and think about what you want the outcome to be. All kinds of options are available without having to settle with an existing layout. You should consider all of those options before getting started. To sum up, refacing is a way to get a cleaner look for your cabinets. But use caution. It can be like putting a new throw on an old couch. It still creaks when you sit down and still shows where you sit every night. All of us at Pyburn and Sons want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy holiday season.
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OH, GNATS!!! During the winter months a little flying pest that can become a real nuisance in your home or business is the Fungus Gnat. They show up in the hundreds and become a real annoyance for businesses and homeowners across the nation. Fungus gnats are small, darkcolored flies that are most often noticed collecting around the inside of your window sills. Fungus gnats can be found indoors infesting the soil of your house plants or hopping across the surface of a plant itself. High organic soil mixtures and organic fertilizers, such as fish emulsion, encourage these fungus gnats to development. The good news is that in order to get rid of these flies you don’t need to use any special chemicals or treatments. They are a result of over watering your plants combined with the possibility of poor lighting and lack of adequate ventilation. If you’re looking for a natural remedy, the most natural (and highly successful) one is dehydration. You don’t have to stop watering plants but you have to only water when they really need it. Knowing how often you should water is key. The top layer of soil (about 2 - 3 inches, sometimes more depending on pot and plant) should feel dry. Fungus gnats favor the top of
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Whether you head out into the mountains or snow-covered hills, a local farm, or neighborhood tree lot, you’ll want to choose a tree that will not only look good the day you put it up but also stay that way for a few weeks. Here are some helpful tips: • Know what you want. Each Christmas tree species is a little different, so choose the one with the best characteristics for your household. For example, if you have children, you might lean toward pines or firs with soft needles instead of spruce trees, which have sharp needles that can hurt when you step on them. • Check how fresh your tree is by bending a needle in half with your fingers. The freshest firs snap between your fingers; fresh pines bend and should not break. • Ensure the needles aren’t already falling off by gently grabbing the inside of a branch and pulling your hand toward you. The needles should stay on the tree. Alternatively, gently tap the cut end of a tree on the ground; if a few needles fall off, it should be fine. If lots of needles fall off, look for a different tree.
• Look for a tree with even coloration. Some types of Christmas trees will go from deep, rich green to a dull gray-green if they get too dried Word out. From • If you purchase a pre-cut tree, cut WILCO off about a half inch from the bottom Brian of the tree’s trunk. Coons, The fresh cut will Wilco absorb more water, so your tree holds its needles and keeps its color longest. Put the tree in water as quickly as you can after making the cut. • If you cut your own tree, make sure you know how tall your ceiling is — and how high your Christmas tree stand is — so you don’t have to measure and re-cut the tree when you get home. • Keep your tree cool. Heat sources — such as a fireplace or heating vent — will cause your tree to dry out faster. • Don’t let your tree dry out. Keep the water in your tree stand filled all the time. You may need to add water two or even three times the first few days. • Fill your tree stand with tap water. Additives such as bleach don’t usually help and can cause your tree
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Creating a Strategy for Game Business Success
Year end is an excellent time to look back at what worked and what didnâ€™t work in your business over the past year and strategize for the coming year, and no business is too small to create a strategy for growth. How do you begin? Begin by writing down key points you want to focus on in the coming year. You will want to reference this list so you stay on track and donâ€™t lose focus.
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Create an action plan An action plan provides concrete and measurable specifics that make a strategy actually happen, so focus on getting those specifics written down: â€˘ Set a time for a regular review. Choose one day each month to have a short meeting to review the plan, results, and the fine tuning required to keep your plan relevant and on track. â€˘ Identify significant changes. In your monthly review meeting identify significant changes in your business related to the strategy you have applied. Look for results that will be factors in deciding whether to stick with a plan or revise it. If you arenâ€™t getting the results you wanted or expected, the plan needs to change. â€˘ Set milestones to measure your progress. Milestones include specific
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Sleep Apnea and Screening at your Eye Doctor! Part 2 Anne Turner Sleep Specialist While the public is still largely unaware of the dangers that sleep apnea (a disorder characterized by persistent pauses in breathing during sleep) poses, awareness about the disorder has been slowly building within the community of healthcare professionals. But while sleep apnea is normally associated with disorders such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, stroke, impedance and hypertension, there is also a growing awareness of the association between sleep apnea and glaucoma. “Glaucoma is not just one eye disease, but a group of eye conditions resulting in optic nerve damage, which causes loss of vision. Abnormally high pressure inside your eye (intraocular pressure) usually, but not always, causes this damage” (MayoClinic.com, 1998-2012, pp.01). Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness and can be very difficult to detect before the damage is irreversible. New studies have found that there may be a correlation between Glaucoma and sleep apnea. One such study found that out of 83 randomly selected OSA patients, 33% suffered from some kind of glaucoma (Harby, 2003).
Thirty-three percent is an extremely significant number, especially when compared to glaucoma’s prevalence in the general population of just 1.5% to 2.5%. “Our study rationale looked at OSA because it causes profound changes in oxygenation, circulatory hemodynamics, and inflammatory factors,” says Dr. Rick Bendel of the Mayo Clinic of Jacksonville, Florida. “All of these may influence optic nerve integrity and possibly intraocular pressure, as well.” Dr. Bendel recommends that all sleep apnea patients be screened for glaucoma. “OSA may be a modifiable risk factor that is easily treatable,” he told an audience at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Since some forms of glaucoma can be so insidious, screening sleep apnea patients for glaucoma could serve to increase early diagnosis in patients before major damage has been caused. It is clear that Opthamologists and Sleep Centers need to start working together, in an effort to help identify possible patients who could be suffering from either of these devastating disorders. Anne Turner, BA, RRT, RPSGT, RST Clinical Sleep Educator
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The holidays are here. This is that time of year when we begin pulling out Great Grandma’s handmade linens to use during our holiday celebrations. One of the most frequently asked questions at the antique mall is, “How do you care for vintage linens?” After doing some research online, I came across this eBay seller who specializes in vintage linen. She has a lot of great solutions for washing, removing stains, and storing your special linens. Find her full article by searching for “Basic Care of Vintage Linens and Fabrics.” Here are some of her tips. Most importantly, store your linens somewhere close at hand so that they are easy to access for all of your special occasions. Wash your linens after each use before you store them away. It is best to iron and starch your linens right before use rather than before you store them. Starch breaks down and gradually will turn your linens yellow over a number of years. Store your linens in acid free tissue paper. Place a sheet of acid free tissue paper over each piece of linen and gently fold it, then place it in your linen closet or other storage spot. Never store your linens somewhere you would not like to spend a few days
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yourself. Damp basements and hot, humid attics are out of the question. Never store linens in plastic, as it will trap moisture and promote fungal growth. Do not iron creases into your linens that are about to be stored because it weakens the fibers along the folds. I hope these tips will help you keep your special linens around for many more years. Thank you for supporting us over the past five years and thank you for supporting local businesses and nonprofits by participating in the Points for Profit program. We here at Albany Antique Mall consider you our friends and we would like to wish you all a relaxed and happy Christmas. Albany Antique Mall is located on the corner of 2nd and Ellsworth St. in Downtown Albany. Open daily.
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A Closer Look at Leptospirosis Humane Society Breaks Ground on New Pet Adoption & Education Center Deal Cheer By Eric Glaze Albany Animal Hospital
In early November, SafeHaven Humane Society broke ground on a four-phase construction project to develop a new 33,000-square-foot pet adoption and education center at 32220 Old Highway 34 in Tangent, OR. SafeHaven’s capital campaign to build the new center kicked off in 2010. This year, SafeHaven Humane Society was the recipient of a $500,000 matching grant challenge from an anonymous donor, and this summer the shelter met the challenge; providing the funds necessary to begin work on phase 1 of the new facility. “We are thrilled we’ve been able to meet the fundraising challenge by raising the $500,000 necessary to obtain the grant, and so grateful to all of the donors who helped us along the way. And we are especially thankful to our anonymous donor who
made all of it possible,” said Chris Storm, SafeHaven’s executive director. “It’s exciting to begin work on this important facility that will serve animals and families in the area for decades to come.” The first phase of the project will include the development of the main pet adoption areas, fenced exercise yards, bathing and grooming facilities, laundry facilities, storage, pet food bank storage and distribution, isolation and quarantine areas, administrative space, the community education room, infrastructure (mechanical, plumbing and electrical), and structural and energy efficiency improvements. Much of the administrative staff not involved in day-to-day animal care has already relocated to the new space.
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This lovely gal’s name fits her perfectly – Lady. Lady is an 8-year-old Beagle mix who recently joined us through the Rescue Me Program. We don’t know her life story but do know she’s ready to find a loving home to call her own.
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One disease that is not often discussed and is re-emerging in the Pacific Northwest is called Leptospirosis. This is a disease that infects both dogs and humans. In fact this is a zoonotic disease that can be passed from dogs to humans. A recent study by the CDC found that one third of all human cases were due to exposure to infected dogs and another third were due to exposure to infected rodents. There are some reported cases of veterinarians and other animal handlers that have contracted the disease when small abrasions on the hands made contact with urine while handling rats. All infected animals shed the contagious organism through the urine. The kidneys are where the majority of damage from infection occurs. Approximately ten to twenty percent of infected animals will also develop liver disease during the course of infection. Dogs can be exposed through a variety of circumstances. Playing, swimming and drinking from water in the form of puddles, creeks, and ponds that have been contaminated by infected wild animals such as rodents and raccoons are some means of transmission. The disease may also be transmitted to dogs through bite wounds and consumption of small
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vermin that carry the organism. The organism that causes this disease is a bacteria of the genus Leptospira. In North America the two most common species of Leptospira are known as kirshneri and interrogans. Within in each species there are many different subgroups known as serovars. Over 250 different serovars have been identified. The three serovars that have been most common today in North America are known as grippotyphosa, pomona, and bratislava. This may seem like more information than you wanted to know but here is why it is important. Vaccination against one of these serovars does not prevent infection from another and a good leptospirosis vaccine should at the vary least include the the serovars grippotyphosa and pomona as well as icterohaemorrhagiae and canicola. This is known as a quadrivalent vaccine. Not all vaccines contain the same serovars and therefore do not offer the same protection. The most common time of year we see this disease is in the spring and fall when we see heavier periods of rain that wash the organism into standing bodies of water. Dogs with exposure to wild animals, especially rodents, are at risk year round, this can include dogs that live in suburban and even urban environments. Hunting dogs and dogs Leptospirosis continued on page 14
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Boxed Sets Make Great Gifts Hornblower and the Hotspur If you have a person on your holiday gift list who has everything, chances are they have a standard DVD player. If that person is a classic movie fan, I have a gift buying tip for you. There are a number of “boxed movie sets” available this year, including a new 4-movie Christmas themed set from Turner Classic Movies. TCM has been a leader is distributing high quality 4-movie DVD sets featuring some of the very best from the MGM, Warner Brothers, and United Artists film libraries. These sets include all genres from musicals, comedies, horror, and sciencefiction to film noir. These sets have been so popular they have spurred other major DVD producers to start packaging 4-movie sets by raiding the libraries of other major studios such as Universal, Fox and Columbia. The new TCM Christmas themed set includes the movies “Christmas in Connecticut (1938),” “A Christmas Carol” (the 1940 MGM version), “The Shop Around the Corner” (1945) and “It Happened on 5th Avenue” (1940). All four movies feature big stars from their era and are feel-good and family-friendly. All major boxed sets can be ordered on line from the usual sources, such as TCM. com or amazon.com. At this time of year, you can also find many of them in local
stores. Just a note to warn you - beware of those larger boxed sets from companies youhave never heard of that offer 50 or 100 old movies for $10.00 or less. Many of these Rick sets are made from Rogers poor quality public Movies domain prints that and DVDs have muddy sound, splices and scratches and are hard to watch. I am switching from movies to TV to plug the boxed sets on the first two seasons of the NBC-Universal TV series “Grimm.” This show is now in its third season and is definitely NOT for children. In fact, despite the fairy tale title, this is the stuff from which children’s nightmares are made! The series is filmed in Portland and would leave you to believe that almost everyone in Portland is descended from Black Forest creatures that can shapeshift to everything from werewolves to pigs, rats, coyotes and about anything else you can think of. This is a fascinating dark series based on elements in the fairy tales of brothers Grimm. It’s an amazing concept with startling special effects and the added element of seeing all of this happening in areas of Portland that a lot of us are familiar with. Check out amazon.com for the boxed-sets of the first two seasons of Grimm, and to pre-order season three. Ho-Ho-Ho, Merry Christmas everyone.
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The Horatio Hornblower series by C.S. Forester is one of the most beloved historical adventure series of all time. I have always shied away from it because I was concerned that there might be too much sailingship technical jargon. Remember The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy? That was a good mix of technical detail and plot, but I’m afraid that other Clancy novels are just too heavy on the details for me. Hornblower and the Hotspur, the third book (though tenth written) in the Hornblower series, has that good Red October mix: yes, jargon; yes, the technology is important to the plot; no, you won’t get bored or confused by it. Forester knew that he was writing for an audience that had little or no experience sailing ships. (I’ve been on a sailboat a few times but I couldn’t tell the difference between a mainstay and a mizzen if my life depended on it!) He’ll throw the words around to give a salty flavor to the tale, but when it is actually important, he takes the time to explain what is going on, and why the state of the sail, wind, tide, etc. is important. The other big surprise is Horatio himself. These are historical
adventures that Browsers’ shelves in the “Shot and Sail” section, but Horatio Hornblower is not just some tough-guy on a Scott boat. Hornblower Givens, is seasick, selfBrowsers doubting, innately Bookstores, humble, and and fellow extremely attentive reviewer, to manners and daughter, procedures. In fact, Amanda more interesting Givens than the various sails and what-not, are Hornblower’s internal musings on the ramifications of a well-turned phrase. Set in the early nineteenth century, this is the tale of Hornblower’s first command, the Hotspur. He is assigned to help barricade the coast of France to make sure Napoleon--who is amassing armies and building ships-does not cross the Channel to invade England. Hornblower starts off with some simple spying, proceeds to a couple of nerve-wracking ‘special forces’ manoeuvres and, of course, wins a few sea battles along the way. At the same time, his personal life progresses from being forced by propriety into a marriage to maybe liking her alright after all. You know a series is good when you can read a random book in the middle of it and feel comfortable with the characters, setting, and plot lines. The Hornblower series, popular for seventy years, deserves its longevity.
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that spend a lot of time doing outdoor activities with their owners should routinely be vaccinated against this disease by their veterinarians. Some owners are familiar with the leptospirosis vaccine because their dogs have previously had allergic reactions to them. Recently new vaccines have become available that are much safer and cause far fewer reactions. Each patient is evaluated on a case by case basis regarding risk
of exposure versus risk of an adverse vaccine reaction when deciding whether or not to vaccinate. The reason we may now be seeing more of this disease may be due to the fact that for a period of time fewer veterinarians were giving it due to the higher incidence of reactions. Now there are safer vaccines that offer broader protection and it is worth discussing with your veterinarian whether or not your dog should be vaccinated.
Breaking Ground continued from page 13 According to Storm, “Our hope is to have the animals at the current shelter moved to the new site at the completion of phase 1, which is slated for late spring or early summer. We still are in the process of raising the additional $2.4 million needed so that we can implement phases 2 to 4.” Phase 2 includes completing the administrative offices, volunteer spaces, and public areas, such as the library, lobby and a retail sales area. Phase 3 will target the completion of the Behavioral and Training Center, and phase 4 will develop the veterinary care center, including exam rooms, a surgical room, quarantine areas for both dogs and cats, and a reception/intake area for owner-released animals. When complete, the new SafeHaven facility will more than double the current capacity in numbers of dogs and cats the humane society is able to serve. The outreach and educational program areas will also increase providing SafeHaven the opportunity to better serve the community with expanded family activities, adult and
youth humane education programs, canine behavioral training and more. “We still have much work to do, but we are very excited to be taking our first step toward a safe, secure and communityoriented facility for our staff, volunteers and especially the animals entrusted to our care,” said Storm. SafeHaven is working with architect, Architectural Werks, and contractor, R.L. Reimers Company, on the project. SafeHaven Humane Society is a private, not-for-profit organization that has been providing services to Linn County and surrounding communities for nearly 40 years. It grew out of the Linn Humane Society, established by a group of concerned Linn County residents in 1974. SafeHaven Humane Society is located at 33071 Hwy 34 in Albany (just 1/4 mile west of I-5). The shelter is open Tuesday to Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday to Monday from noon to 5 p.m. View adoptable animals online at safehavenhumane.org
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Historic Albany 2013 Holiday Happenings
Welcoming the Holidays Christmas Storybook Land opens for the 37th holiday season on Friday, Dec. 6 and runs until Friday, Dec. 20. Bring the kids to the Linn County Fair and Expo for this great event that is sure to bring out the kid in all of us! Night Time Magic Holiday Light Contest will make your holiday season feel complete. Get a list of homes and addresses from the Albany Visitors Association then pack the family into your car for an evening drive around town. Make this a Christmas tradition! Pioneer Christmas Party at the Monteith House. Children are invited Sunday, Dec. 1 at 3pm to make pioneer Christmas crafts to decorate the house tree, sing carols, eat Christmas cookies, and have the option to ride on the horse drawn wagon in the Downtown Twice Around Parade at 5pm. Reservations required by calling the AVA. Downtown Twice Around Parade — Sunday, Dec. 1. Join us at 5 pm for the merriest Christmas parade you’ve ever seen, followed by the annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting and the singing of Christmas carols. Afterwards, you can ride the horse drawn wagons, or slip into one of our great Downtown Restaurants for a bite to eat and a night cap.
Christmas Storybook Land
Albany Civic Theater presents — It’s A Wonderful Life, Dec. 6-21. This faithful, fast-moving stage adaptation of the classic film is not only a joyful Christmas tale — It’s the beautiful love story of George and Mary Bailey, a vivid portrait of the Greatest Generation, a descent into the darkest hour of a man trapped by circumstance, and a powerful meditation on what makes a meaningful life. Christmas Parlour Tour — Sunday, Dec. 8, 2-7pm Tour the parlours of several historic homes beautifully decorated and experience the sights, sounds and holiday traditions. Ticket price includes hot drinks, entertainment, and trolley & horse drawn wagon rides. The Nutcracker Ballet — Presented by Linn-Benton Performance Arts Dept. and Legacy Ballet. Dec. 12-14. Seating is reserved so purchase your tickets early. For more information or to purchase a ticket go to www.linnbenton.edu/russelltripptheater. Breakfast with Santa — Saturday, Dec. 14 at Sybaris Restaurant. The fun starts at 10am, the cost is $20. Kids will get breakfast with Santa, followed by a time for them to tell him what they want for Christmas. Santa will give each child a toy and each will get a free photo taken with him. This is a fun and joyous holiday memory maker. Reservations required by Dec. 10and seating is limited. 541-9282469. Free Holiday Movie — Saturday, Dec. 14 “It’s a Wonderful Life” 2:30pm at the Pix Theater 321 2nd Ave. SW. Open on Sunday mornings through December, the Pix will have an “encore show time” at 10:00 am on Sunday the 15. Both Free.
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Holiday Nosh Tour — Saturday, Dec. 14, 4-7pm. Join us for a special Holiday Nosh Tour! Via Albany’s Historic Trolley, departing from the AVA, you will tour a surprise itinerary featuring Albany’s historic homes and fabulous restaurants. Sample holiday food and drink at each of the stops, see historic homes glowing with holiday lights, and visit with the chefs who work their culinary magic. It’s an unforgettable culinary adventure. Reservations required. Community Sing-a-long — Tuesday, Dec. 24. A Christmas Eve tradition! Join friends and neighbors at the Whitespires Church to sing carols in the decorated sanctuary followed by refreshments. 510 5th Ave SW, Albany. The Albany Civic Theater presents: The Holiday Extravaganza — Saturday, Dec. 28. Musical Event with “Second Childhood.” Special Event Second Childhood and LoveLightning present an evening of original and obscure music to delight and entertain you, and support ACT. Hoof ‘N Holler New Years Eve Bullriding & Dance — Tuesday, Dec. 31, Enjoy New Years Eve with professional bull riding, bull poker, balloon drop at midnight. Dance will follow bull riding.
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