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No Mangoes" Salem starts a food Co-op mintobrown


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magine a second grade student that's having a hard time seeing the classroom projections and videos. It's bad enough that the teacher notices the squinting. A note is sent home with the child, alerting her parents to the eye sight problem. It’s a devastating blow to go from a slim invisible kid to “four eyes” notoriety. Chiding from the other students leaves a lasting impression on one's self confidence. Lisa Martinsson, owner of Glance Optics and Eyewear, has a similar story. She was a 12 year-old who was fitted with very thick glasses. They were always too big and her lenses were always too thick. She went years with her self-confidence lost, because of the glasses on her face. She went on to earn a degree in graphic design, which gave her the skill to merge the gift of aesthetics with optics. Martinsson says that she found her medium by creating balance and harmony between the frame, the lenses, and each individual's facial structures.

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Since then she has been presented with many success stories to share, but one that touches close to her home is the story of a lanky 12 year old, who came in shopping for frames. The girl and her parents had chosen yet another ill fitting frame for her new prescription, but this time Martinsson was able to step in and help. She took the girl's hand and they set out to find the perfect frame. A week later, when the awkward, shy little girl put on her new frames, looked in the mirror, she whispered “I’m pretty.” Martinsson had a reason to celebrate. Her skills, her new medium, had helped another person find their self-confidence. “That is why I do what I do," says Martinsson.


She's also proud of the neighborhood where Glance Optics and Eyewear is located. With neighbors like the hip Venti's Cafe across the street and Shryock's Menswear next door, Glance is anchored in a creative, art community that is much like the business itself. Considerable time has been spent on every detail of the store itself, including the cherry cabinets and anigre paneling to create a stunning studio feel. In 2003, Richard Brown was awarded the IIDA/AIA/ASID Architectural Merit Award for its Outstanding Interior Design. Yet another reason why Glance isn't the optics business as usual. Today, eyewear is fashionable. You'll find a chic audience wearing glasses that aren't prescription at all. It's smart, it's classy. At Glance, your eyewear will fit those guidelines. To find fashion conscious eyewear, visit Glance Optics today.

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February 27 event highlights long-ranging harms of a monolithic food supply “If the government doesn’t mandate that genetically modified organisms be labeled how will we ever know what we are eating?”


Modern mom flummoxed by newfangled technology “It turned out that Hand Jobs Across America was not at all what I thought it was going to be about...”


Rogue Ale tasting room south of Salem continues to offer exceptional brew and beautiful surroundings “Fifteen acres of rye adjacent to the hop yard were entirely eaten by slugs...”


Salem’s new food co-op about to blossom


Film examines the effect of American media on youth and society

“For every $100 spent locally, 45% remains in the community...”

“Adults under the age of twenty lack the cerebral maturity to evaluate sexist material”

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She received the call right in the middle of the class itself. “You do know it’s being cancelled, don’t you?” This class, “the joy of my life,” according to Jo Dodge, its instructor, would no longer be offered. After 30 years, Chemeketa Community College was forced to discontinue the class, not to mention its entire four-year-old theater department. As one might expect, it was due to budget cuts, according to Greg Harris, dean of public information, marketing and student recruitment at Chemeketa. Not a surprise, surely, in a sea of slashed funding, and especially considering it was an arts program. But this class – which was held in Pentacle theatre’s lobby – has had more effect on the community than many are aware. Let it suffice to say Dodge’s influence within the community is substantial. For spending just three hours, every Saturday morning, working on scenes and improv, tailoring each attendee’s training according to his or her aptitude. Fostering a sense of safety and individual learning, and never allowing competition

to enter the picture (there’s plenty of that in auditions). On the subject of auditions, a good many of her students have gone on to perform in plays at Pentacle and beyond. Ashland, Seattle, New York… the list goes on. But that’s not the point, Dodge says. “It’s always about getting people more prepared for the stage and continuing to learn their craft.” In an attempt to salvage the class, Chemeketa offered to restructure it as noncredited, though the tuition would have remained virtually the same. Said Randy Boyd Pentacle Theatre’s Executive Director, “The inevitable drop in enrollment followed and the writing was on the wall. It was clear to me, we (Pentacle) needed to act. The program was presented to the Governing board and approved.” The good news? The cost of the new yet unchanged 11week workshop is one-third of the tuition of the original Chemeketa class. The bad news? If you’re interested, you’d better hustle, because space is limited to about thirty students. Considered an adult class, allowances are made for those under 18 with parental consent. The age of attendees has ranged from 15 to 80. No prerequisites are necessary.

The long term collaboration with Chemeketa, “has been a magnificent and symbiotic relationship,” Dodge said. “Pentacle needs to continue the legacy.” When does she plan to retire? Replied Dodge, “When they kick me out!” Pentacle Actors’ Workshop with Jo Dodge, Saturdays beginning April 7, 9 a.m. – noon Pentacle Theatre Lobby, 324 52nd Ave. NW Salem (off Hwy. 22W) $105. To register, contact Shawna with the Pentacle Business Office at 503-485-4300x21 or” -Kristen Behlings



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KMUZ finds new Home

Mid-valley community radio station KMUZ (88.5 FM) moved to the former home of Allied Video Productions (245 Division Street NE, Suite 300) on March 6, which the station announced on its Web site, The station’s studio was previously located at Mission Mill, which was temporarily donated by the law firm Crowell Ing, LLP. The volunteerrun KMUZ serves Salem, Monmouth, Independence, Albany, Jefferson, Turner and Stayton. Contact if you are interested in volunteering.

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Spotted Owl Recovery Involves Killing Another Owl and Logging

The Department of the Interior announced February 28 a complex and unexpected plan to restore the numbers of the imperiled little raptor, the northern Spotted Owl. The proposal by the US Fish and Wildlife Service includes increased logging in some areas and the lethal removal of the barred owl, a significant competitor to the tiny spotted owl. The spotted owl has been in the news since it was mentioned in the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and again in the same act in 1990. Millions of acres of forest were famously prevented from being logged due to the owl’s need for old growth forest habitat. Now, with the continued decrease of 40% of the bird’s population in the last 25 years, actions of a different sort are being considered. The new proposal may affect up to 13 million acres in Oregon, Washington and Northern California. It involves every Oregon county west of the Cascades including areas of eastern Marion County (few spotted owls make their home on the floor of the Willamette Valley.) For the logging aspect of the proposal, the Fish and Wildlife Service says that increased logging and other vegetation

management is needed to emulate “natural disturbance regimes” in the forests where the spotted owl lives. This follows from the understanding that healthy forests are the result of periodic fires and other natural disturbances that“better maintain the resilience of landscapes

and wildlife populations.” Supporting the plan on February 28, President Obama stated in a memo, “The proposal rejects the traditional view that land managers should take a ‘hands off’ approach to forest habitat in order to promote species health.” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar proposes 150 timber sales on BLM land before the end of 2013.

In terms of the barred owl, the Fish and Wildlife Service states, “competition with barred owls… has emerged as a significant threat to spotted owl conservation.” So the plan sets the goal of “a combination of lethal and non-lethal methods of removing barred owls.” The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Service’s Environmental Impact Statement of March 2012 titled “The Experimental Removal of Barred Owls to Benefit Threatened Spotted Owls” describes the barred owl as native to the eastern United Sates, as having arrived in the west only in 1973 and as having overtaken the spotted owl’s habitat on a large scale. Beyond trapping and removal of the barred owl (the “non-lethal” method, which requires a preset destination for captured birds before seizure and which few experts feel will occur) the “lethal” method proposes “recording (owl) calls and shooting birds that respond and approach closely.” Both logging and barred owl removal are expected to enhance the ”resting, roosting and foraging” habitat the spotted owl requires to survive and rebuild its

numbers. The entire Department of the Interior plan is available for review at feature/2012/pdfs/NSO-small.pdf and the Oregon Fish and Wildlife’s Barred Owl EIS is also online. Public comments are invited for ninety days and will include one public meeting in Oregon. Thoughts may also be conveyed by email or US mail. Details on commenting are available at the Department of The Interior’s site.

Food Safety and Modernization

A year ago, when President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) into law, it remained unknown what mechanisms the FDA would use to police this sweeping reform of U.S. policy on the safety and health conditions that our food experiences during growth, harvest, storage, and transportation. The reforms were largely prompted by recent preventable outbreaks of food poisoning caused by bacteria such as E. coli and others. The bill mandated changes, including giving the FDA the ability to directly issue a food recall, increasing inspections of food production facilities and ingredient tracking. Most pertinently for farmers in the Willamette Valley, it set new national standards for growing

and harvesting fresh produce. “The concern was microbial contamination of our food supply,” Elanor O’Brien, of Persephone Farm in Lebanon, Oregon, says of the FSMA. “A lot of contamination comes from fecal matter, so there’s a huge emphasis on personal hygiene—people who are sick shouldn’t come to work. And then of course there’s feces from birds and wildlife,” O’Brien explained. One amendment to the bill will allow for a possible exemption of producers that sell less than $500,000 a year, which covers most small organic farms. Still, the bill leaves questions unanswered. Farmers like O’Brien are worried that the new standards will be required by wholesalers even of farms below the $500,000 mark, as well as those above. “It’s like entering a casino—there’s all these tables. If you certify you can play at any table; if you don’t, you can play at maybe three. Our wholesale buyers are requiring the certification on larger farms, so in turn, the wholesalers are requiring it from us.” O’Brien also recognized the continually-shifting landscape of our knowledge about food safety and best practices. “We’re not working with a static medium here, and it deserves something more than a static approach, every day … We always want to look at life as if it’s something linear, and its not.”

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Agricultural Industrial Complex The “Occupy”, “buy local”, “slow food”, environmental and other movements were united on Monday, February 27 for “Occupy Our Food Supply Day”. Advocates wrote editorials in publications and blogs and activists protested outside headquarters and factories to bring awareness about the corporate stranglehold on our food supply that puts corporate profits before public physical, environmental and economic health and wellbeing while being virtually unopposed by government regulators. According to the movement’s site,, no related organized protests were conducted in the mid-Willamette Valley, but several actions were conducted in the Seattle metro area, around the Bay Area, in southern California and several other locations throughout North America and Europe. Focus was on the harmful effects caused by agribusiness corporations like Cargill, Monsanto, ADM and Dupont. On or around the day of awareness, many social leaders and celebrities chimed in, including country music legend Willie Nelson and eco-author Anna Lappe, who teamed up to write an editorial for the Huffington Post about “why we must occupy our food supply” during the week leading up to the “official” day. “Over the last thirty years, we have witnessed a massive consolidation of our food system,” wrote Nelson and Lappe. “Today, three companies process more than 70 percent of all U.S. beef: Tyson, Cargill and JBS.

More than 90 percent of soybean seeds and 80 percent of corn seeds used in the United States are sold by just one company: Monsanto. Four companies are responsible for up to 90 percent of the global trade in grain. And one in four food dollars is spent at Walmart.” This consolidation of our food system, as Nelson puts it, effects what we eat to a troubling extent, and along with other issues related to the “Agricultural Industrial Complex,” raises serious questions: - If Walmart is the only grocery store in your town, what kind of options does your community have to feed their families and support their local economy (if they wish to)? - If the government doesn’t mandate that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) be labeled, how will we even know what we

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are eating [see President Barack Obama failures on the issue and decisions about GMOs in Europe and specifically Germany]? - If Monsanto is able to patent genetically engineered seeds and successfully sue farmers that unknowingly harbor patented Monsanto DNA after unavoidable cross-pollination [see related suits], what choice do farmers and consumers have when deciding what to grow and eat? Has there ever been a more blatant and scary monopoly? Even if you aren’t concerned about the environmental or health risks associated with the current agribusiness system, the longterm economic ramifications of having government-backed monopolies like Monsanto should alarm all of us who aren’t working for or invested in the company. - If our elected politicians and appointed officials - both Republican and Democrat - not only ignore the dangers of the Agricultural Industrial Complex but enable or promote it, what hope do we have to reverse these dangerous trends? Just as is the case with “Occupy our Food Supply Day”, the purpose of this article is to spark interest in the Agricultural Industrial Complex so that readers have a launch pad to do their own research and make better-informed decisions with their wallets and voting cards. There is plenty of content on the web, in publications, in classrooms on television and in film that address all, or various aspects of the Agricultural Industrial Complex - just Google “Monsanto” - but you’ve got to listen.

Grandparent Controls

Kristen Grainger is a Salem writer, musician, and university administrator. She can be reached at

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A still flooded walking path at Minto-Island Park

Questions about the status of the proposed multi-million-dollar trail and bridge to Riverfront Park and other ideas associated with MintoBrown Island Park were answered and discussed by a multi-agency team at a lecture February 28 at Loucks Auditorium on the Salem Public Library. City of Salem Urban Development Project Coordinator Todd Klocke presented the current plans for the Minto-Brown Island Pedestrian Bridge. The bridge is proposed to span the Willamette Slough from an area in the BoiseCascade site northeast of present-day MintoBrown Island Park to the southern tip of Riverfront Park (near the eco-globe). A new trail would span the Boise-Cascade site to link the two parks. “This is a high-priority improvement for city council and the Urban Renewal Agency,” said Klocke. “It will connect over 20 miles of trails and a thousand acres of park land. The new network will connect residents in South Salem and downtown with the park and each other... the resulting trails will enhance commuting, will welcome recreational tourism and will attract new investment downtown.” Klocke said the cost of the design and construction of the bridge and trail totals to $9,500,000 and will take up to a half-decade, but stressed that there are no plans to take funds from the city’s general budget to fund the project. Currently, the 2011-12 Riverfront Downtown Urban Renewal Area budget has set aside $749,500 to initiate design of the bridge, and $60,000 to initiate design of the trail. Klocke added that ad-

ditional funds will hopefully come from Oregon Department of Transportation grants and other sources, similar to how the Union Street Railroad Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge (which links Riverfront Park to Wallace Marine Park) was funded. Other highlights of the meeting included a plan to install roughly 30 new “You Are Here” signs throughout the park at path intersections, the continued replacement of damaged paths and related flood restoration (parts of the park were under 13 feet of water during this year’s flood), and an update to the MintoBrown Island Park Master Plan by the parks department. Also included was an overview of the recommendations made by the University of Oregon Sustainable Cities Project, which included using Minto-Brown’s designated farmland to develop alternative energy crops, a community garden, bridge design, and several ideas related to the design of the park. Many attendees were concerned about the looming aesthetic changes to the park, worrying that the “natural” feel was threatened by the proposed signs and related overdevelopment that might coincide with linking MintoBrown to Riverfront and Wallace Marine. Others brought up nagging issues such as a muddy, rut-spotted parking lot adjacent to the heavily used dog park and the lack of drinking fountains throughout the park. They asked that these concerns be addressed by the parks department. For more information, visit and

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I read a lot and that is mostly because I can’t operate the television. At one point, the use of five different remote control devices was required to achieve both picture and sound at our house. And this, they say, is progress. I went to the video store (yes, I know) awhile back to rent DVDs for my teenager’s sleepover -- they wanted “vintage movies” from the 1980s – whatever. When I got up to the counter, the clerk eyeballed my selections dubiously. He said, “Do you know whether or not by Kristen Grainger you have a Blu Ray player at home?” I found this infuriating and patronizing and made my displeasure very clear to this upstart whose lip and brow piercings looked a little like he’d had a head-on collision with my dad’s tackle box. What was it about me that suggested I didn’t know whether or not I owned a Blu Ray player? Was it the DVDs I had chosen? Was it my Ren & Stimpy slippers? What an outrageous assumption, how insulting to be subjected to such a hideous and demeaning stereotype. I stalked out the door clutching The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Say Anything and a shred, no more, of dignity. When I got home, I asked my husband casually, “We have a Blu Ray player, right?” So watching TV is not a priority, so sue me. Media technology crashes forward at breakneck speed; plus I have a teenager, the enabler, who saves me from having to keep up. I do remember hearing something recently at the dinner table about switching over to the cable for our TV and internet, so now we get something like two hundred and fifty thousand channels. I checked it out one day when I stumbled into the TV room and it was already on. A quick surf of the expanded array of channels revealed that several hundred are dedicated to televised sports, some are for programming in Russian or Spanish, and there are several “adult” channels. Luckily, I had already confirmed that our service comes with Parental Controls, something I was told by other mothers that we should have, and I am told my husband had taken steps to ‘lock’ the inappropriate channels, like ESPN and The Golf Channel. Now, I am woman enough to admit that, yes, I like documentaries and public broadcasting programs (and Pop Tarts, and Bon Jovi) sometimes. So when I came across what sounded like an interesting program called Hand Jobs Across America, I imagined it was a program that featured artisan products and American folk art made by hand, in the way of the Amish, who make those really nice fireplaces you see advertised all over. I tried to select Hand Jobs Across America, but discovered I was locked out. My husband was not home at the time, but fortunately, my teenager was. For the purposes of this disclosure, I will call the teenager “Pookums” in order to save said teen the embarrassment of having its existence acknowledged by an adult. I asked P to help me, handing over one of the six remotes, as I usually do. The Pookster then hit a few buttons and handed it back to me. “You have to put in the secret four-digit security code, Mom,” it said, and returned upstairs. Pookums has no interest in quality television. It turned out that Hand Jobs Across America was not at all what I thought it was going to be about. I’m not suggesting it was uninteresting, but seeing as how it was Sunday afternoon, I had to go finish the ironing. So I turned off the TV, the one thing I can do without help. Mostly. Apparently, the parental controls are designed to protect parents (aha!), which makes perfect sense, since I really prefer movies made for kids anyway. It’s a genre that almost always guarantees a reasonably happy ending, low body count and less full frontal nudity than other genres of modern film. I particularly like the Pixar movies like Finding Nemo. When Pixar’s movies are released on DVD, I usually pick up a copy to watch when my family is home and can help me operate the equipment. Around Christmas, I noticed that DVDs of Pixar’s Toy Story movies suddenly appeared on a lot of store displays near the cash registers. I was in line with my groceries behind an older man and an adorable little boy, about five. He turned to look at me, and I said hello. “Guess what,” he said. “This is my grandpa!” Picking up a Toy Story DVD, I pondered aloud who might be my favorite character, Buzz Lightyear or Woody the cowboy. Okay, yes, I was trolling for preschoolers. I like little kids. They tend not to make fun of my clothes, or try to teach me how to program my cellular phone to solve cold fusion. And whammo, fish on. “Guess what,” he said, “I like Woody best.” I responded that he just might be right, but I also liked Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head. He thought about that for a minute. Then he said, “Guess what? Grandpa and me both want the same thing for Christmas – a little Buzz and a big Woody!” Looks like someone forgot to set the Grandparent Controls.

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Rogue Rage

by Benito Batisa

A short drive from Salem, amid picturesque farmland along the Willamette River, lies “Chatoe Rogue.” The sizable Rogue Ale property south of Independence includes a hop yard, brewery and tasting room and features 42 acres of hops and 15 acres of rye as well as a great deal of outdoor lawn, tables and free-range farm fowl. Rogue Ales is one of Oregon’s most successful breweries. In a little over two decades it has created a collection of highly regarded staples and has been unusually inventive with offerings such as Voodoo Donut, Mocha Porter, Chipotle Ale, Hazelnut Brown Nectar and Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout. The Chatoe Rogue tasting room offers twelve taps. One of these is always a root beer (the location bills itself as “100% Kid Friendly”) and another a Farmstead beer, Chatoe Rogue’s term for a beer brewed at the location itself. The company prides itself on supporting Oregon farming and growing its own quality ingredients. Food selections in the tasting room include a platter of cheeses and meats, red peppers and local roasted filberts; a thick, delectable beer cheese soup made with onions, garlic and sausage; the more expected Kobe Beef Sliders and gourmet root beer floats. At least fifteen outdoor tables mean room to eat. There’s a lawn with a ball toss game, horseshoes and a corn dispenser so visitors can feed resident freerange chickens and turkeys for a quarter. A handsome white turkey seems to be a favorite, as the Chatoe’s Facebook page currently has more photos of him than any other single attraction. After eating, beer sampling and strolling, enthusiasts can return to the small shop for bottles and casks of the company’s wide variety of beers and ales, as well as its distinctive merchandise (t-shirts, hats, etc.) The property suffered serious damage during the January floods. Fifteen acres of rye adjacent to the hop yard were entirely eaten by slugs. The cost of the damage is still unknown, but the brewery says it considers events like

flooding as part of the The Chatoe Rogue risk it accepts when Tasting Room it makes a commit3590 Wigrich Rd., ment to “grow its own.” The destroyed Independence, OR acreage will be replanted in March. The property will switch to Summer Hours on Memorial Day Weekend. It holds events throughout the year, including a number of Salmon Bakes, a “Watch Hops Grow” day in April, a live concert in May and Hazelnut and “Punkin” Festivals. Up-to-date information is always available at

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Gluten intolerance and celiac disease awareness have skyrocketed in recent years, and in response, so has the availability of gluten-free products. Gluten is a protein in wheat, rye and barley products that provides elasticity and that wonderful chewy texture to foods like bread and pasta. Unfortunately, it can also cause a variety of health problems to a growing number of people. Thankfully, there are as many alternatives to gluten as there are reasons not to eat it, and area eateries like Gamberetti’s Italian Restaurant have begun to accommodate the public’s demand by offering gluten-free options (yes, even at Italian restaurants).

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I started with an amazing small caprese salad ($4.95). It was the highlight of the night and worth another visit to the restaurant in itself. The basil sauce, sun-dried tomatoes and kalamata olives added a unique and flavorful pop to pair with the traditional mild flavors of the giant cuts of mozzarella and tomatoes in the salad. My Guest started with the mista verde salad ($3.95) with mixed greens, tomatoes, shaved carrots, and gorgonzola cheese tossed in a sherry vinaigrette. The salad was fresh and colorful. Starting a meal with dark, leafy greens and the added bonus of cheese is always a good opening. We stuck with the cheese theme and elected for the pollo gorgonzola ($10.95), made with chicken, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and arugula in a gorgonzola cream on gluten-free quinoa pasta. My guest said that the dish was flavorful, adding that she was happy the entree featured nutrient-rich arugula. She liked the chewy, al dente texture of the quinoa and didn’t miss wheat pasta. I chose pesto pollo ($11.95), with chicken, garlic, artichokes, and tomato in a pine nut and fresh basil pesto over quinoa pasta. The dish’s sauce was great, and the tomatoes and artichoke hearts were a great complement, though some of the pasta was a bit stiff for my taste. We were informed that almost all of the pasta dishes could be made gluten-free with the exception of the stuffed ones (such as ravioli and tortellini). For dessert we had the choice of a few gluten-free options, and ended up selecting the white chocolate creme brulee ($4.50), which was excellent (and didn’t last long on the table). Despite the fact that we were stuffed, our spoons sparred until the last delicious bite.

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Owner Treva Gambs opened Gamberetti’s Italian Restaurant in June of 2010 on Fairgrounds Rd with the goal of making exquisite Italian food accessible to all. “[Salem had] lovely high-end [Italian restaurants], but only several casual [Italian restaurants],” said Gambs. “I also wanted to bring the farm-to-fork program to casual dining - not just fine dining.” The new restaurant soon outgrew its first space, and moved to its present location in Pringle Plaza in September of 2011. The restaurant now occupies a swanky, two-story space which was formally occupied by J. James and Prudence Uncorked. Gambs knew the importance of having gluten-free options available and has made them an option since the day they opened. Gamberetti’s uses quinoa pasta, and has trained its cooks on how not to cross-contaminate dishes.

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With all of the gluten-free advertising and buzz that is suddenly popping up everywhere, it would lead one to believe that being “gluten free” must be healthier. For some, that may be the case; however, for the average person, a gluten-free dish or snack may not necessarily do them any favors. After all, a cookie is still a cookie, and there are still calories and carbs in bread, no matter its ingredients. For people with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder, ingesting gluten can have serious health consequences. Adopting a gluten-free diet for life, not just for lunch or a few months, is essential, and is the only treatment for the disease. For celiacs, gluten damages the villi (small, hair-like projections that absorb nutrients and move food through the gut) in their intestine, leading to malabsorption, nutrient deficiencies and a host of other health problems, including increased risk of cancer and osteoporosis. A true, strict gluten-free diet is much more involved and difficult to follow than simply choosing brown rice over couscous, as gluten can be hidden in all kinds of foods defying common sense (for example, caramel color additive may be made from barley) and requires a learning curve. Gluten intolerance, while not as severe, as it does not cause actual intestinal damage (and the increased health risks associated with celiac disease), can cause sensitive persons to feel crummy after gifteating card gluten-conwith $8 or taining products. There is also the depurchase. bate over whether amore gluten/casein free diet can help disorders such as autism and ADHD, which we won’t delve into. If you suspect that you may have celiac disease, it is important a expiresthat 11/30/11 gluten-free diet not be initiated before getting tested, as it can interfere with the results. Blood tests are available; however, the gold standard for diagnosis is a biopsy of the small intestine. If you think you may be gluten intolerant, make sure to rule out celiac disease first by speaking with your doctor. With that said, if you feel better going gluten-free, there is no harm in it if done wisely and it may introduce you to some nutritious grains such as amaranth, millet, buckwheat and quinoa, which may otherwise gifta card with $8 or be neglected in wheat-dominant diet. Whether youmore are gluten-free purchase.or wheat-loving, a healthy diet should still consist of a colorful variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins and minimally processed foods.


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Local farmer tends crops at Minto Island Growers

If you grow it, they will come

by Jennifer Hagar

2012 has been declared the International Year of the Co-op by the United Nations General Assembly and now is Salem’s chance to act.

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everal dozen interested community members met on Feb 21 to discuss a potential food co-op in Salem. Participants were community activists, farmers, and long-time residents as well as new arrivals and ranged in age from their twenties to seventies. Kerry Topel, environmental educator and new executive director of Oregon Peaceworks, moderated the discussion. The presentation included slides of possible sites under consideration and a list of nearly 50 local wholesale organic and natural producers in the area. Topel, along with Debra Edwards and Cindy Kimball, have been meeting since October to plan the co-op. The first meeting was held to gauge community interest and to involve Salem resi dents in the next stage including fundraising, outreach and planning. “Currently we in Salem are overly dependent upon food shipped and trucked in when we are literally surrounded by amazing locally produced food,” Topel said, referring to the fertility and abundance of the Willamette Valley. “We’ll increase the quality and diversity of locally produced food through recognizing the amazing resources we have right here.” “People are more aware and concerned about

mortar location for the community it what they are eating,” Kimball, who “Portland has a co-op, would provide. “There’s no problem has studied nutrition, says. “People Corvallis has a co-op, being able to get organic food, but a don’t want huge corporations to meeting place is what’s lacking in Sacontrol what they eat and their acSalem is ripe for lem…” A community space could process to food.” She mentions concerns the picking,” vide education on nutrition and garwith genetically modified foods and -Debra Edwards dening; for example, a demonstration the huge recalls of tainted foods on what to do with kohlrabi (a winter in recent years from large farms. vegetable). The activity would in turn “Portland has a co-op, Corvallis generate interest and demand for co-op products. has a co-op; Salem is ripe for the picking,” said DebCSA, or community-supported agriculture, is ra Edwards. The area has a population of 300,000 one way a farm can survive. It allows members to that could potentially support a co-op, she says. participate by purchasing a share in a farm in exIn contrast to a corporation or for-profit busichange for the delivery of a weekly box of produce. ness, a co-op is owned and democratically conThird-generation farmer Elizabeth Miller of trolled by its members. It is motivated not by profit Minto Island Growers said that a co-op could but to serve members’ needs with affordable and benefit her by providing a consistent marhigh quality goods and services. There are 300 ket. Currently she relies partly on the Saturday retail food co-ops in the US currently and 200 Market which is “speculative,” she says. “You groups are now organizing to form co-ops across pick what you think is going to sell… and if it’s the country, according to the Food Co-op Initiative. greens... all the lettuce that doesn’t sell wilts.” The enthusiastic reception was summed up by Miller says she ends up composting as much as a member in the audience. He said that though he 20% of what she brings to market in addition to belongs to a CSA with Afton Field Farms (pasturethe overhead of picking and staffing the booth. fed beef in Corvallis), he wants an actual brick-and-

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In keeping with the co-op’s mission to Sloan Aagaard of Teal Creek Farms said provide local, sustainable, organic and natuthat a co-op would allow local farmers to ral food and goods, it would focus on what cooperate and coordinate with each other is in season rather than the range of items according to their specialties and micro-cliavailable in a store such as LifeSource and mates and also allow flexibility with differ“seasonless”commodities like oranges, baent production yields affected by weather or nanas or mangoes, for instance. Access is pests. As her farm is in the coast range, she the key and people are hungry for real food. is able to provide certain varieties at differElizabeth Miller of Minto Island Growers deent times than a farm that is in the valley. scribed the response to “over-wintered” vegDebra Edwards, said that a co-op could poetables which she brought to market last tentially contract with individual wholesalspring. Even though the root vegetables were ers so that a farmer could develop a specific not “beautiful or picked yesterday” or like niche based on what they grew successfully. something you would see in a supermarket, They could suggest different varieties of a customers could not get enough, Miller said. pepper, for instance, so that different farms Cindee Lolick, general could contribute different varimanager of First Alternaeties of the same crop or vegeAdditionally, there is tive Co-op in Corvallis, says table. A farmer could count on a the recruitment and that a co-op is a great way consistent market and not have for people locally and worldto compete. Edwards serves on retention of young wide to reduce their relithe board of Salem Public MarSalemites because of ance on multinationals and ket, the oldest continuously the ‘draw’ of a co-op in big corporations. She cited running farmers’ market in Orour community. a study from Austin, Texas egon, since 1943. In this capacwhich says that for every ity, while applying for federal $100 spent locally in a business like a co-op, grants, she identified food deserts in Salem. 45% remains in the community, in contrast to Food deserts are typically low-income ar$100 spent in a big box store where only 13% eas in inner cities with no accessible or afwould stay in the community. First Alternafordable places to buy nutritious food. As a tive, serving as mentor to the fledgling Salem result, low-income families and minorities co-op, started in 1970 in a small house and are often more prone to health risks related now has two locations and 7800 members. to diet such as diabetes and heart attacks. According to a 2005 study, nearly 30,000 One of the prospective locations cooperatives of all kinds account for nearly for the co-op is near a food desert. $654 billion in revenue and over 2 million If a co-op is to survive it’s important to jobs in the United States. Over 800 million consider the context of the larger community, people are members of co-operatives and according to longtime Salem resident Pamela co-operatives provide 100 million jobs worldLyons-Nelson. Lyons-Nelson remembers the wide, 20% more than multinational enterprisoriginal Salem food co-op, called the Salem es (from International Co-operative Alliance). Community Food Store, which was founded “Besides bringing jobs to Salem through the around 1969 and lasted about ten years. Then hiring of employees at the store, we will be able Heliotrope drew on the same customer base of to retain and grow the amount of local jobs of those interested in natural and organic food various producers who could supply the cobut did not survive because of the failure of an op. Additionally, there is the recruitment and expansion as well as competition from retail retention of young Salemites because of the outlets like Fred Meyer. Lyons-Nelson believes ‘draw’ of a co-op in our community. And lastly, that a new food co-op would need to reach the co-op pays taxes, banks and circulates cash beyond potential members and the progreswithin the community, adding to the economic sive community to include such segments as enrichment of Salem as a whole,” says Edwards. community gardens, the faith community and The Salem food co-op is being born in the Marion-Polk Food Share. “The co-op needs to context of what some think is a new econopresent itself as the best source for local food my. “The old one is not coming back,” oband appeal not to just those who are members served John Gear, local attorney who was at and volunteers but to the wider community.” the community meeting. He thinks that if For instance, First Alternative co-op in Corvalwe can create “a more resilient food system lis gets 50% of its business from nonmembers, in the heart of the Willamette Valley” as we according to general manager Cindee Lolik. look toward ”an increasingly difficult future…” Ben Martin-Horst, the grocery manager and “improve and strengthen our food sysat LifeSource, the well-respected natural tem here where we live… that’s a blessing.” food store on Commercial St., said that he But as Cindy Kimball remarked: “It’s not enthusiastically welcomes the food co-op. going to happen if people don’t make it hap“LifeSource is limited in our ability to fospen; people have to step up and get involved.” ter local and organic foods,” said MartinFor more information or to volunHorst, and he is “looking forward to being teer, contact able to collaborate with the food co-op.”


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SALEM-KEIZER SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT 3rd Annual Salem-Keizer Sustainability Summit includes keynote speakers Secretary of State Kate Brown and Dave Dahl of Dave’s Killer Bread. $45 in advance for registration. $35 for EarthWISE certified businesses. Exhibit tables, sponsorship opportunities. For more information: 7 am-1 pm Salem Conference Center.

thr.mar15 GAMBLING BOYS-DOCUMENTARY FOLLOWED BY PANEL SPEAKERS This event is free of charge, open to the public and suitable for anyone over the age of 12. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year olds. In Oregon, it ranks 2nd for youth ages 10-24. There will be refreshments and a panel of experts available for questions and discussion after the film. Contact Lisa Miller @ 503-981-2461 or Susan McLauchlin @ 503-981-2464 7 pm-8 pm Free. Grand Theatre.

sat.mar17 ARTISTS’ SHOWCASE AWARD CEREMONY This exhibition is open to all K-12 students. There is no entry fee. SAA will accept up to 200 works of art (one per artist) on a first-come-first-served basis. Artwork must be delivered by the artist and must meet the presentation guidelines to be eligible. Visit for entry instructions and presentation guidelines. Contact Catherine Alexander, Galleries Director, at 503-581-2228 x302 or at 2 pm-5 pm Free. Bush Barn Art Center.


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A UNIQUE VIEW OF OREGON HISTORY: 100 YEARS OF THE OREGON BLUE BOOK Local historian and videographer Darrell Jabin, a longtime collector of Oregon Blue Books, will present a video offering an entertaining and informative look at Oregon history. 503-588-6301 7 pm-8 pm West Salem Branch Salem Public Library

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MASTERY OF AGING WELL A program for healthy living. Learn practical, researchbased solutions to problems you or aging family members may be encountering. Instructor: Jan Irving 503-814-2432 10 am-11 am Salem Hospital Community Health Education Center.

open to the public. Registration is required so RSVP today! 503-391-4145 or HYPERLINK “” to register. 7 pm-8 pm Straub Environmental Learning Center. BILLY & THE ROCKETS Odies/Doo-Wop 503-8742500 7 pm-11 pm Free. Fireside Lounge.

COMMUNITY GAME NIGHT Come play a game with friends new & old! Chess, checkers, cards and more, Clockworks offers a variety of games, but attendees can bring their own. 503.339.7573 6 pm-9 pm Free. Clockworks Cafe and Cultural Center.

MID-VALLEY TRAVEL CLUB Presenters Alan and Belinda Scott’s two weeks of travel from Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana and scenic Lake Bled to the Dalmatian coast via Zadar and Dubrovnik. Held in Loucks Auditorium. www. 503-588-6052 7 pm-8 pm Free. Salem Public Library.

MASSAGE TRAINING PREVIEW The Oregon School of Massage will host a preview of its training program at 6:30 p.m. at its Salem campus. Spring term starts April 2. For people considering a career in massage, this free training preview will cover all aspects. For more information call (503) 585-8912 www.oregonschoolofmassage. com. 6 pm-9 pm

REVOLVING LOCAL MUSIC AT THE ROADHOUSE Come and listen to music at the Roadhouse 101. All listings are posted on our events page of the website. 8 pm-10 pm Free. Roadhouse 101.

WILLAMETTE WRITERS SALEM CHAPTER MEETING Q/A With Retired Oregon State Police Detective Randy Sitton. Open Q and A so bring those questions. Salem Chapter of Willamette Writers meets the second Thursday’s of the month! For more info visit or 503-580-5115 6 pm-8 pm

. FICTION-TO-FILM FEST Free family movies based on books on the second Friday of each month. Featured film, “Holes” rated PG. Held in Loucks Auditorium. Doors open at 3:45 p.m. 503-588-6088 4 pm-5 pm Salem Public Library.

SALEM PROGRESSIVE FILM SERIES-FIVE FRIENDS Documentary, Five Friends. This film discusses the delicate subject of male friends and how they can engage in personal discussions about feelings, life, marriages lost, and relationships won. Guest speakers & audience discussion. 7 pm-9 pm Grand Theatre. More info: 503-881-5305 www. AMATEUR NATURALIST SERIES: THE CROW FAMILY AND THEIR BEHAVIORS Willamette biology Professor David Craig shares his research on crow facial recognition. The Amateur Naturalist Series is

BILL HUGHES JAZZ JAM 8 pm-10 pm Free. Boones Treasury.

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SPEAK OUT! Salem Youth for Change Open Mic An open mic & spoken word night dedicated to the youth of salem. Hear music, poetry, comedy, rants, and more! More info: 7 pm-10 pm Free. Clockworks Cafe and Cultural Center. SECOND FRIDAY IRISH CEILI DANCE WITH LIVE MUSIC & REFRESHMENTS Enjoy Irish set & ceili dancing to the lively tunes of traditional Irish musicians. Lesson from 7-8 PM, then called dancing from 8-11 PM. No partner or experience needed. (503) 3839297 VFW Hall.

ROCKY HORROR SHOW-PERFORMED AT GALLERY THEATRE 503/472-2227 March 9, 10, 11, 16 & 17 ~ Curtain: Friday- 7:30 p.m., Saturday-7:30 p.m. and midnight (12:01 a.m). No Sunday Matinees, Saturday March 17 (closing night) Call 472-2227 for tickets. For info: Gallery Theater. CLASSICIST AND FOOD HISTORIAN, ANDREW DALBY TO SPEAK AT WILLAMETTE 7 pm-9 pm Free. Willamette University, Paulus Great Hall, Collins Legal Center. YOU MAKE IMPROV GO! Come to Capitol City Theater and be the fuel to our funny. Improv needs your suggestions to create the family fun show that it is. 503 689 2366 7 pm-9 pm 41ST ANNUAL CLASSICAL ASSOCIATION OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST CONFERENCE Registration required. See website for more info. Free admission. College of Law, Willamette University 503370-6250 7 pm-9 pm Free. BILLY & THE ROCKETS Oldies/Doo-Wop 503-8742500 8 pm-11 pm Free. Fireside Lounge. BOOGIE BONES TO PLAY AT THE ROADHOUSE Come and listen to music at the Roadhouse 101. All listings are posted on our events page of the website. 9 pm-9 pm Free. Roadhouse 101. LEFT COAST COUNTRY Bluegrass, country & blues 9 pm-11 pm Free. Boones Treasury.


INSECT-O-RAMA AT JUNIOR GARDENER’S CLUB Kids will see a variety of beneficial insects, and learn the functions of each group. 503-874-8100 www.oregongarden. org 10 am-12 pm Oregon Garden. WINE, PEAR & CHEESE JUBILEE Featuring award winning wines paired with local artisan cheeses and Oregon pears. $10

by Sarah Epstein

For all our country’s advances, America’s females are still one-down. Consider the statistics:


How Far They Haven’t Come • For the first time since the 1970s, the number of women in Congress has decreased • No CEO in a top media corporation is female • Only 3 percent of CEOs in Fortune 500 companies are women • Women still make 77 percent of what men in similar jobs with similar experience earn • The wage gap is widening, not narrowing, over time Want more? China, Iraq and Afghanistan have more women in their governments than we do. Rates of depression among American females have doubled between 2000 and 2010. Statistics like these come hard and fast in MissRepresentation, the 85 minute, 2011 film by Jennifer Siebel Newsom to be presented March 20 in a program hosted jointly by local organizations Oregon Women Lead and Women Ending Hunger. The film shows how mainstream media under-represents and undermines women in positions of influence, and at the same time, identifies women’s value narrowly, in terms of beauty, youth and sexuality. Four Oregon leaders will also speak; Kate Brown, Oregon’s Secretary of State; Salem’s mayor, Anna Peterson; Cheryl Roberts, President of Chemeketa Community College and Kristen Grainger, Vice-President of Willamette University. Media is dominated by men and advertising at every level. MissRepresentation points out how young people are exposed to its content for a staggering numbers of hours every day, and suggests that adults under the age of twenty lack the cerebral maturity to evaluate sexist material. It illustrates the ways feminism has been demonized in movies, video games, on television and in print. A host of important women share their views with the filmmaker, including Katie Curric, Condoleezza Rice, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Jane Fonda and numerous articulate scholars. The point is made that females in America spend more on “beauty” than on their own education. “Selfobjectification” is on the rise, which means that wom-

en, focused on looks and men, are less likely to run for office - or even to vote. Female newsreaders and politicians, jobs with unusually high visibility, endure relentless evaluation by pundits and “entertainment” shows for their legs, their faces and their age. Anna Peterson, Salem’s mayor tells Salem Weekly, “Women who achieve any degree of success in business or politics have had to play by the rules written by generations of powerful men. Although generous men have joined the women who’ve mentored and supported Peterson, she stresses that “when girls are encouraged to spend time thinking about the importance of their appearance instead of thinking about the importance of their brains, everyone in society looses.” Kat Daniel, of Women Ending Hunger, couldn’t agree more. “Given the fact that 2012 is an election year, MissRepresentation’s message seemed like a critical one to get out there. We were founded on the premise that women, united and determined, have been responsible for most of the successful social movements of American history. We need to take our rightful place in Congress, in our State Legislature, in local govern-

ment, on school boards and on corporate boards.” Kate Brown, Oregon’s Secretary of State, is equally aware. “Oregon has elected only one female Governor in its history and I am only the third woman elected as Oregon Secretary of State. I hope this film helps to inspire young women to reach beyond the stereotypes media present and continue our path of achievement and equality. We still have a long way to go. The White House is still waiting for Ms. President.” Although the film never explicitly shows a causal relationship between American media and its pervasive sexism, the evening, from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the Grand Theater on High Street, promises exciting ideas and unusually stimulating conversation. Tickets are online at and at the door. Oregon Food Share receives all the proceeds. More information available at 503-581-3855 x322.

mar8-mar22 admission includes wine and food tasting, and a free Riedel wine glass. Admission is $5 for Wine Club members. 503-588-9463 11 am-6 pm Willamette Valley Vineyards. READ TO A PET Read to a Pet offers a chance for children to try the most relaxing, nonthreatening way to practice reading out loud - reading to a dog or cat. Held in Children’s Room. 503-588-6088 1 pm-2 pm Salem Public Library.

LIVE MUSIC IN THE TEEN SCENE Teen Scene welcomes musicians through each month, featuring local middle and high school-aged students playing acoustic music. Held in Teen Scene. 503-588-6364 3 pm-5 pm Salem Public Library. ERIC VANDERWALL Music at the Beanery 7 pm-10 pm Free. The Beanery. IMPROV COMEDY Like laughter? Well Capitol City Theater is the place for you. Join us for a night of comedy and fun for all

BLUESINATORS Blues 503874-8100 8 pm-11 pm Free. Fireside Lounge. Benefit Show with Damn Glad to Meet You Portland’s Damn Glad to Meet You is performing to raise funds for Cora’s fight against bone cancer! Show is free, donations accepted. Suggested donation is $5. 8 pm-10 pm Free. Clockworks Cafe and Cultural Center. LINDA HORNBUCKLE TO PLAY AT THE ROADHOUSE Come and listen to music at the Roadhouse 101. All listings are posted on our events page of the website. 9 pm-9 pm Free. Roadhouse 101. THE RESOLECTRICS 9 pm-11 pm Free. Boones Treasury.


SALEM WILLAMETTE WANDERERS/ALBANY FITWALKERS GROUP WALK INVITATION 5K or 10K throughout the Monteith and Hackleman Districts along the Willamette Riverfront in historic downtown Albany. Walk begins at 2:00, rain or shine. For more information: www. or contact Karen at 541979-8277 or Two Rivers Market. FCO PRESENTS DVORAK’S “STABAT MATER” Festival Chorale Oregon, under the baton of founding director Dr. Solveig

Holmquist, will present Antonin Dvorak’s Stabat Mater. Soprano soloist Amy Hansen, mezzo-soprano Angela Niederloh, tenor Les Green and bass Robb Harrison will join the 100 voice chorus and full orchestra. www. 503-363-6467 iltis@ 4 pm-5 pm St. Mary Church. BUA IN CONCERT - JUMP START YOUR ST. PATTY’S DAY CELEBRATIONS WITH THIS TRADITIONAL IRISH BAND Irish Music Award’s 2009 Top Traditional Group “Bua” in concert. Chicago-based quartet For more information. www. (503) 383-9297 7 pm-9 pm VFW Hall. BILL HUGHES Jazz www.oregongardenresort. com 503-874-2500 7 pm-11 pm Free. Fireside Lounge.


SALEM-KEIZER SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT 3rd Annual Salem-Keizer Sustainability Summit includes keynote speakers Secretary of State Kate Brown and Dave Dahl of Dave’s Killer Bread. $45 in advance for registration. $35 for EarthWISE certified businesses. Exhibit tables, sponsorship opportunities. For more information: www.sustainabilitysummit. info 7 am-1 pm Salem Conference Center. CLASS: TAI CHI: MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE This 16-session class is perfect. Classes held in 2nd Floor Conference Center 503-8142432 3 pm-4 pm Regional Rehabilitation Center.

JOHN POUNDS R&B/Funk www. 503-874-2500 7 pm-11 pm Free. Fireside Lounge.

WOMEN’S SELF DEFENSE CLASS. Join this class, taught by Salem Health’s Security Director, Walt Myers, to learn important information to help you avoid potential problems. Ages 15 years and older. Class taking place at: Salem Hospital Building D - in CHEC Classroom #1 http://www.salemhealth. org/chec 503-814-2432 6 pm-8 pm Salem Hospital Community Health Education Center.

“HIT THE FLOOR” SOCIAL DANCE Weekly Social Dance for 2 hours. Mixed music of swing, ballroom, salsa, tango, waltz and more! 503-363-3341 7 pm-9 pm Pearce Ballrrom.

CHICK FLICKS-ALTERNATIVE TO MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL-ON GOLDEN POND, with Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda. We show a Chick Flick and sponsor a Women’s Charity here in Salem. This month the charity is the Girl Scouts. Wine, chocolate and kleenex. 7 pm-9 pm Grand Theatre. GARY LAPADO Classic Rock www. 503-874-2500 7 pm-11 pm Free. Fireside Lounge.


TUESDAY IRISH / CELTIC DANCE CLASS Learn Irish & Celtic set and ceili dancing at our weekly dance class. No partner or experience is necessary. Ages 8 and above are welcome. Please bring comfortable shoes & a bottle of water. Drop ins are welcome. www. (503) 383-9297 6 pm-8 pm VFW Hall.


CLASS: TAI CHI: MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE This 16-session class held in 2nd Floor Conference Center http://www. 503-814-2432 3 pm-4 pm Regional Rehabilitation Center. CASCADE RYE Americana/Roots www. 503-874-2500 7 pm-11 pm Free. Fireside Lounge. WILL WEST Modern folk & blues 8 pm-10 pm Free. Boones Treasury.


MASTERY OF AGING WELL Join this facilitated program for healthy living. Instructor – Jan Irving 2nd Floor Classroom 503-8142432 10 am-11 am Salem Hospital Community Health Education Center. MARIE HAWS: KODALY MUSIC FOR YOUNG CHILDREN Kodaly Music for Young Children helps to lay a foundation of music literacy for preschool and kindergarten-aged children. Pre-registration is required using the “My

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TRIAGE ENERGY HEALING Come try energy healing 1:00 - 4:00 PM, at Clockworks Cafe. Various Healing practioners volunteer time to allow you to experience what may work in your wellness plan. It’s free, Sessions last 20 or more minutes depending on time. Clockworks Cafe and Cultural Center.

as we create scenes right before your eyes. 503 689 2366 7 pm-9 pm Capitol City Theater.

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mar8-mar22 Calendar” link. Held in Anderson Rooms A & B. 503-588-6052 10 am-11 am Salem Public Library. TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB) MEETING In March the Teen Advisory Board will help choose new games for the Teen Scene game systems, discuss summer programs. Held in Anderson Room A. 503-588-6364 6 pm-7 pm Salem Public Library. GAMBLING BOYS-DOCUMENTARY FOLLOWED BY PANEL SPEAKERS This event is free of charge, open to the public and suitable for anyone over the age of 12. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death

among 15- to 24-year olds. In Oregon, it ranks 2nd for youth ages 10-24. There will be refreshments and a panel of experts available for questions and discussion after the film. Contact Lisa Miller @ 503-9812461 or Susan McLauchlin @ 503-981-2464 or 7 pm-8 pm Free. Grand Theatre. STEVE & MELODY Classic Rock www. 503-874-2500 7 pm-11 pm Free. Fireside Lounge. STRAUB ENVIRONMENTAL LECTURE SERIES “Earthquakes in Oregon: What can Native American Myths and New Scientific Discoveries Tell. James Roddey of the Oregon Department of Geology and

Mineral industries will present a lecture that explores what ‘The Big One’ has in store for us all. Held in Loucks Auditorium. 503-391-4145 library@ 7 pm-8 pm Salem Public Library. GOLD MAN REVIEW READING Willamette University English Department is sponsoring a Reading by Gold Man Issue 1 Contributors. Willamette University Hatfield Library, 2nd floor, Hatfield Room. This event is open to the public. Parking at the Sparks Lot (next to Sparks Field on the corner of Bellevue St. and 12th St.) 503580-5115 marilyn.ebbs@goldmanpublishing. com 7 pm

Hip Hop artist Matty releases free album online Salem hip-hopper Matty released his seventh album January 31 via the online Northwest lifestyle magazine Not coincidentally, the magazine is co-owned/operated by former Salem-based M.C. “The KidEspi,” with whom Matty has had a long artistic relationship. Matty has grown into one of the more consistent hip hop artists since he jumped head-first into the local scene in 2007, and his product has followed suit, becoming more polished over time. His most recent release, the concept album “Mr. Nice Guy,” is a perfect example of his evolution. The 15-track recording kicks off with “Take it Personal,” which is largely a public statement to address the lack of respect and support he received when first performing. The experience is something most artists can relate to, and a common theme in hip hop. The track also serves as a standout, and addresses a lot of the themes the artist covers in the rest of the album. However, the release’s second track, “We Got That (featuring Dizz)” has an infectious beat (I’m a sucker for lo-fi bleeps and bloops), which deviates from the rest of the recording and serves as the best track, in this reviewer’s opinion. Matty’s press release stated that “We Got That” is intended to be his next single. The rest of the album has its peaks (a catchy chorus by Phida, interesting intermissions and conversational content and memorable lyric phrases), but fails to reach the same sustained level as the showcased songs. Matty’s lyrics seem sincere, his flow is articulate and natural, there is great pride in subtle details, his production is crisp and relevant, his supporting cast is definitely pro, and he may

by Jason Stringer

serve as Salem’s easiest gateway into local hip hop for Salem’s Top 40-lovin’ masses. However, he also slips into “safe mode” with his beats and vocal production all too often (especially pitch correction), and his lyrics contain too little consistent insight to go toe-to-toe with the upper echelon of underground hip hop. The best of Matty is yet to come, but “Mr. Nice Guy” really is an impressive release by a local artist that has faced an uphill battle in an unforgiving town.


HEALTHY BACK CLASS Good posture, body mechanics and exercise are essential to maintaining a healthy back. In this class you’ll learn how to keep your back strong and decrease the risk of injury. Salem Hospital, Building D - in CHEC Classroom #1 503814-2432 1 pm-2 pm ARTIST’S RECEPTION: RHETT STOYER Artist’s Reception: Rhett Stoyer Come meet local artisan Rhett Stoyer, whose paintings are on display at Clockworks Café for the month of March. 503.339.7573 7 pm-8 pm Free. CARMEN Willamette University’s Dramatic Vocal Arts ensemble with present Georges Bizet’s opera, “Carmen,” March 16, 17 & 18. Fri. & Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. 503-370-6255 7 pm-9 pm Willamette University. DARYL SHAWN Music at the Beanery 7 pm-9 pm Free. The Beanery. ROCKY HORROR SHOW-PERFORMED AT GALLERY THEATRE March16 & 17 ~ 2012Curtain: Friday- 7:30 p.m., Saturday7:30 p.m. and midnight (12:01 a.m). Saturday March 17 (closing night), one showing at 7:30 p.m. only. Call 472-2227 for tickets. 7 pm-10 pm STEPPING OUT WITH MY BABY The Songs of Irving Berlin Join Lee Lessack and Linda Purl as they return to the Elsinore stage. 7 pm-10 pm Historic Elsinore Theatre. CHRIS ARELLANO Country/Americana 5038748100 info@ 8 pm-11 pm Free. Fireside Lounge.


BRAIN BOOSTERS Sharing books and doing hands-on activities is one of the best ways to be sure that preschoolers will be ready to read when they enter school. Held in Anderson Rooms A & B. www.salemlibrary. org 503-588-6088 11 am-12 pm Salem Public Library. BUSH HOUSE MUSEUM SPRING OPEN HOUSE Enjoy the Spring Open House at Bush House Museum in conjunction with the Bush Barn Art Galleries’ reception for the 2012 Young Artists Show. More information contact Ross Sutherland, Bush House Museum Director, at 503-363-4714 or at HYPERLINK “mailto:BushHouse@” 12 pm-5 pm Free.

The local hip hop star is planning a 31-date tour in May and June to promote the album and another release soon after. To find out more about Matty, visit his Web site at

VAN DUZER VINEYARDS SPRING PICK UP PARTY Wine Club Pick Up Party of 2012! Van Duzer Vineyards hosts the highly anticipated releases will be the ‘11 Pinot Noir Rose, ‘11 Pinot Gris and the ‘09 Dijon Blocks. Everyone is welcome! Van Duzer Vineyards HYPERLINK “http://www.” \t “_blank” www.vanduzer. com 12 pm-2 pm

Marbles, Bookbinder, as he shares some of the history of his ancient profession and tips and tricks for the care and restoration of books. Limit to 20 people. Preregistration required by Tuesday, March 13. 12 pm-2 pm Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill. ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE Come join the craic (fun) as we get our Irish on. Meet up at 1pm at the Carousel. Bring your shillelagh and pipes, kilt and cap as we parade through Riverfront Park, up to Clockworks, South on Commercial to State and back to the Carousel. 1 pm-3 pm Free. Salem’s Riverfront Carousel. YOUNG ARTISTS’ SHOWCASE AWARD CEREMONY This exhibition is open to all K-12 students. There is no entry fee. SAA will accept up to 200 works of art (one per artist) on a first-come-first-served basis. Artwork must be delivered by the artist and must meet the presentation guidelines to be eligible. 2 pm. Contact Catherine Alexander, Galleries Director, at 503-5812228 x302 2 pm-5 pm Free. Bush Barn Art Center. A ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION WITH KEVIN BURKE, CAL SCOTT & FRIENDS Burke one of the world’s leading Irish Fiddlers and Scott known for his work with Trail Band together play an unforgettable evening of Irish and Celtic music. 7 pm-9 pm Historic Elsinore Theatre. ROBERT RICHTER Folk Rock www. 503-874-2500 8 pm-11 pm Free. Fireside Lounge. BELLY DANCERS At the Beanery 8 pm-9 pm Free. The Beanery.


SEPARATE BUSES FOR WOMEN? SPEAKER ON THE CONFLICT BETWEEN RELIGIOUS AND SECULAR JEWS IN ISRAEL Israeli Amos Meron currently at the Jewish Federation of Portland, will speak about recent tensions between religious and secular Jews in Israel, centering on buses in Jerusalem. 971-209-5710 1 pm-3 pm Free. Congregation Beth Sholom. SALEM CONCERT BAND - IN THE STEPS OF SOUSA Keith Weathers and the Salem Concert Band to present annual “In The Steps of Sousa” Tickets are $15 or $20 for the show with $5 admission available for students. Tickets: at the Historic Elsinore Theater box office, 170 High St. SE, 503-375-3574 , and from Tickets West at their outlets and online 1-800-992-8499. Call John Skelton a 503-362-0485 . www. www. 503-362-0485 3 pm-5 pm Historic Elsinore Theatre. “CARMEN” Willamette University’s Dramatic Vocal Arts ensemble with present Georges Bizet’s opera, “Carmen,” March 16, 17 & 18. Fri. & Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. 503370-6255 3 pm-5 pm Willamette University.


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paid advertising Many people who are “into” body piercing have heard rumors that Oregon piercing laws have changed. I wanted to give you the inside info so you know you’re getting the ‘real deal’ from piercing studios. Without exception the new laws and rules are designed for your safety, but it’s still a buyer beware market, let’s face it no one’s going to be more interested in your safety than you. It’s important for you to know your piercer is in compliance, I always have to ask myself: “if they’re not following some rules to protect you... what else are they doing that might be unsafe?”

Surgical steel is used most often in body piercing, behind that is titanium and other approved materials. There are some 30+ types of surgical steel used to make body jewelry with, but only a few specific grades are proven biocompatible: steel that is ASTM F138 compliant or ISO 5832-1 compliant. If you ask your piercer what they use and they don’t know, I can promise that you’re not getting the stuff you’re going to heal well in. The threading on jewelry needs to be “internal” so that there are no threads that pass through your initial piercing.

Oregon is finally looking out for you, but there will always be those unscrupulous practitioners who are more concerned with their profit than your safety, so get out there and ask lots of questions and get the good stuff, you deserve it!

Emily Cahal Addictions Body Piercing & Tattoo 431 Ferry St. SE Downtown Salem 503-588-6688

KENNY LAVITZ Folk/Blues www. 503-874-2500 7 pm-11 pm Free. Fireside Lounge. Mar 19 CLASS: TAI CHI: MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE This 16-session class is held in 2nd Floor Conference Center http://www. 503-814-2432 3 pm-4 pm Regional Rehabilitation Center. JT MEIER Classic Rock www. 503-874-2500 7 pm-11 pm Free. Fireside Lounge. A UNIQUE VIEW OF OREGON HISTORY: 100 YEARS OF THE OREGON BLUE BOOK Local historian and videographer Darrell Jabin, a longtime collector of Oregon Blue Books, will present a video offering an entertaining and informative look at Oregon history. 503-5886301 7 pm-8 pm West Salem Branch Salem Public Library. Mar 20 SPEAK UP! TEEN BOOK CLUB Middle and high school-aged youth are invited to weigh in and share their thoughts in a casual, highinteraction setting at monthly meetings of the Speak Up! Book Club. New members are always welcome. March book discussion is, “Little Brother” by Cory Doctorow. Held in Teen Scene. 503588-6364 4 pm-5 pm Salem Public Library. TUESDAY IRISH / CELTIC DANCE CLASS Learn Irish & Celtic set and ceili dancing at our weekly dance class. No partner or experience is necessary. Ages 8 and above are welcome. Please bring comfortable shoes & a bottle of water. This class is ongoing every Tuesday. No registration is required. Drop ins are welcome. www. (503) 383-9297 6 pm-8 pm VFW Hall. BRET NEUMAN Acoustic Guitar 5038748100 info@ 7 pm-11 pm Free. Fireside Lounge. SALEM AUDUBON SOCIETY Willamette University professor and ecological biologist David Craig will discuss one of his current research projects which maps and estimates the populations of various tree squirrel species in the Salem are. Held in Anderson Rooms A & B. 503588-7340 7 pm-8 pm Free. Salem Public Library.

BOOK FOR LUNCH Book group discussion of, “The Man Who Loved Books Too Much” by Allison Hoover Bartlett. Held in Anderson Room A. 503-5886052 12 pm-1 pm Free. Salem Public Library. CLASS: TAI CHI: MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE This 16-session class is held in 2nd Floor Conference Center http://www. 503-814-2432 3 pm-4 pm Regional Rehabilitation Center. CULINARY PASSPORT: EASTER FEAST A Spanish theme weaves through this Easter menu with delicious natural lamb. Instructor – Gayle Jolley Gayle has been sharing her

JAKE & KAYLIN Americana/Roots 503-8748100 7 pm-11 pm Free. Fireside Lounge.

venuelist Boones Treasury

888 Liberty St. NE, Salem

Bush Barn Art Center 600 Mission St, Salem

Capitol City Theater

189 Liberty St. NE, Suite C, Salem

Clockworks Cafe and Cultural Center 241 Commercial , Salem

Community Health Education Center 939 Oak St. SE, Building D, Salem 503.814.2432

Congregation Beth Sholom

1274 Cunningham Lane South, Salem 503-362-5004

Fireside Lounge

895 W. Main St., Silverton 503-874-2514

Gallery Theater

210 NE Ford St., McMinnville

Grand Theatre

191 High St., Salem 503-362-4013

Historic Elsinore Theatre 170 High St. , Salem 503-375-3574

La Rouge

1095 Liberty St NE, Salem 503-399.-0234

Oregon Garden

879 W. Main St., Silverton 503.874.8100

Oregon School of Massage 2111 Front St. NE., Salem

Pearce Ballrrom

317 Court St. Upstairs, Salem

Regional Rehabilitation Center

2561 Center Street NE, Salem, OR 97301, Salem (503) 561-5986

Roadhouse 101

4649 SW HWY 101, Lincoln City 541-994-7729

Roth's Hospitality Center 1130 Wallace Rd NW, Salem 503-588-3663

Salem Conference Center 200 Commercial , Salem

Salem Hospital Community Health Education Center 939 Oak St SE Building D, Salem

Salem Public Library

585 Liberty St. SE, Salem 503.588.6052

Salem's Riverfront Carousel 101 Front St. NE, Salem 503.540.0374

St. Mary Church

575 E. College Street, Mt. Angel

Straub Environmental Learning Center 1320 A Street NE , Salem

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Friday, March 9 Scott Law Venti’s Taphouse, 2840 Commercial St. SE 9 p.m., free, 21+ Singer-songwriter Scott Law ventures into many different genres (such as jazz, rock and traditional folk styles), but seems to settle into drawn-out, slide-heavy blues when left alone with just his voice and guitar. After listening to the many of the tracks on his Web site ( his preferred niche appears to also be his strong suit, and a perfect backdrop to a night out at Venti’s new taphouse in South Salem with friends or family. You’ve probably heard the rumors about how many beers Venti’s has on tap, so do yourself a favor and use Law’s performance as an excuse to check out the new location and not be left out at the water cooler the next time the topic comes up (cool points for seeing a show during your visit ... also for reading Live Beat to find out about the show.)

Friday, March 9 Almost Friday, FloodPlain The Triangle, 3215 Liberty Rd. S 8 p.m., free, 21+ Mostly comprised of Oregon National Guard officers, local alternative band “Almost Friday” pays respect to the manly-but-emotional post-grunge bands of the late 1990s - with epic rock ballads and crunchy mid-tempo head-bangers dominating their set. The Salem-based rockers will release their new album at The Triangle with opener FloodPlain, which recently changed its name from Fixed & Dilated. To check out Almost Friday’s music, visit The band will be giving away free CDs to the first 10 attendees.

220 Liberty St NE, Salem

Two Rivers Market 3rd & Ferry, Albany

VFW Hall

630 Hood St. NE, Salem

Van Duzer Vineyards

11975 Smithfield Rd. , Dallas 503-623-6078

West Salem Branch Salem Public Library 395 Glen Creek Road NW, Salem 503-588-6301

Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem 503-585-7012

Willamette University 900 State St., Salem

Willamette Valley Vineyards 8800 Enchanted Way SE, Turner

Saturday, March 10 Toni Braxton Spirit Mountain Casino, 27100 SW Salmon River Hwy 8 p.m., $15 and up, 16-and-older with adult (21+) Did anybody else’s parents rock Toni Braxton back in the mid-90s? Is playing a game of “Twister” on a date (see Un-break My Heart video) really a fantasy women have? How does 45-yearold Braxton still look like she’s 25? All I have are questions regarding the six-time Grammy win-

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ner, who has had a fairly surprising resurgence in her career within the past couple of years. Serious, serious questions. However, $15 seems like a steal for someone of Braxton’s talent and star power. I should let my Mom know about it.

Saturday, March 10 The Ty Curtis Band Mac’s Place, 201 N. Water St., Silverton 9 p.m., $5, 21+ Silverton is great to walk around in. Though there’s only an off chance that it won’t be raining on March 10, it may be the perfect day to visit since the mid-valley’s favorite young blues guitarist and his band will be gracing the historic Mac’s Place with fierce licks, smooth crooning and wailin’ harmonica. If you’re a fan of Stevie Ray Vaughn and the like, there’s no better around these parts, so if you can’t catch Curtis in Silverton, don’t miss out - he’s playing on St. Patrick’s Day (Saturday, March 17) at Magoo’s Sports Bar in downtown Salem (275 Commercial St. SE).


Friday, March 16 Symmetry/Symmetry Boon’s Treasury, 888 Liberty St. NE 9 p.m., free, 21+ For a lot of original local bands, playing at Boon’s Treasury is a test. The physical space is tight, the P.A. is limited, the acoustics aren’t the greatest for an amplified band, the ambiance works for some but not others, and playing three hours is (at best) a stretch for most young bands that generally base their whole set on original material. For the Oh My My’s, Michael Dean Damron or the Peculiar Pretzelmen, it’s great, but for some, this is a potential disaster. On the surface, it may not seem like the best pairing, but I think Symmetry/Symmetry can put together something great anywhere and it would be interest-

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“HIT THE FLOOR” SOCIAL DANCE Weekly Social Dance for 2 hours. Mixed music of swing, ballroom, salsa, tango, waltz and more! Pearce Ballroom 503-363-3341 503-363-3341 HYPERLINK “http://www.” \t “_blank” 7 pm-9 pm Pearce Ballrrom. Mar 21 HEARTSAVER FIRST AID AND CPR/ AED CLASS Basic First Aid is intended for those who have a duty to respond as a first responder to an emergency. Class taking place at: Salem Hospital, Building B - in the Wedel Conference Center http://www. 503-814-2432 8 am-4 pm Salem Hospital Community Health Education Center.

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passion for cooking for over 20 years. Salem Hospital Building D - 503-814-2432 6 pm-8 pm Community Health Education Center.


LUCK O’ THE IRISH BASH AT THE CAROUSEL Children 1yr and under are free! Activities Include: *Live Bagpipe Music by Dan Henry *Unlimited Carousel Rides *Games & Prizes *Visits with Benny the Leprechaun *Carousel Scavenger Hunt *Crafts *Facepainting *Popcorn (while supplies last. limit one bag per person) 503-540-0374 5 pm-7 pm


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ing to see what they come up with for Boon’s. The experimental, dream-poppy trio features three songwriters that all have a good ear and strong talent to overcome the unavoidable limitations the venue generally has for bands that use a lot of plug-ins and rely on audio precision.

Friday, March 16 IDOLS, Burning Twilight, Neversleep and more The A Frame, 5775 Gaffin Rd. 6 p.m., $6, all-ages Contact: Sarah Van Winkle (800) 735-0543, ext. 112

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Seattle seven-piece hardcore metal outfit IDOLS features three guitarists, machine-gunlike kick drumming, dual “cookie monster” vocals, and harmonious (in an end-of-days sort of way) melodies - a recipe for a certifiable hit at a Wasteland Productions concert. Promoter Jared Sheridan has had a knack for getting big underground metal bands to stop in Salem, but it’s nice to see one on a weekend. The night also features Sheridan’s band Neversleep, which has been one of the only constants in Salem’s metal scene in the past half-decade.

Friday, March 16 The Suggies, Monoplane Gilgamesh Lounge, 210 Liberty St. SE 9 p.m., $3, 21+

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Local band The Vultures are sloppy, gritty, abrasive, loud and definitely, definitely bluecollar, old-fashioned punk rock. The band brings its 5th Annual St. Patty’s Day Bash to The Triangle along with “Drunkcore” and local hard-rock veterans Jack Inferno and Choke The Silence. Every town needs a St. Patrick’s Day beer-swillin’ punk rock celebration, and this shindig definitely meets the criteria. Oi!

Saturday, March 17 Professor Gall Christo’s Lounge, 1108 Broadway St. NE 8:30 p.m., $5, 21+ Christo’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant’s lounge will be steampunkin’ on March 17 when Portland’s junkyard folk combo Professor Gall pays a visit for a three-hour set to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Gall has played a few shows at McMenamin’s Boone’s Treasury and most-notably an electrified set at Great Idea at Enchanted Forest last year. If you’re a fan of the afformentioned genres, check out Gall and co. at

Rising out of Bay Area DIY favorite Slow Trucks, The Suggies bring a 90s-party-rock atmosphere and quirky personas to their debut recording, “Who are the Suggies?”. This show will serve as a bit of a record release for the new band, since the act’s former incarnation toured the west coast - and Salem - relentlessly. Salem favorites Monoplane are scheduled to share the bill at Gilgamesh’s new location. Suggies, Monoplane and a Mamba sounds pretty great right about now.

Saturday, March 17 Kevin Burke, Cal Scott and Tim O’Brien Historic Elsinore Theatre, 170 High St. SE 7:30 p.m., varying prices, all-ages The now-Portland-based duo, acclaimed British fiddler Kevin Burke and guitarist Cal Scott, are headlining a night of traditional Irish and Celtic music at the Historic Elsinore Theatre. Tim O’Brien, a multi-instrumentalist who won a 2005 Grammy award for his traditional folk album “Fiddler’s Green" and had a popcountry hit in the early 90s with Kathy Mattea called “The Battle Hymn of Love,” is among a plethora of talented performers supporting Burke and Scott in their ode to St. Patrick’s Day and all things Celtic. Visit for tickets and information about the concert.

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by Colleen Jergenson

Alsea Falls and Green Peak Falls How to get there:

Leaving Salem, drive south on Interstate 5 for approximately 26 miles and take exit #228 (S.R.-34). Head west towards Corvallis for 9.5 miles and turn left at the signal for the Newport-Corvallis Bypass (S.R.-34). Take the ramp for HWY 99W and head south for 15 miles. Take a right onto Alpine Road; there will be signs for Alsea Falls. From here, travel 12.5 more miles to the Alsea Falls Recreation Area and turn right at the camping area entrance. It’s about an hour and a half drive and is approximately 70 miles from Salem.

Distance and elevation gain:

It’s a very easy hike, with only 400 feet in elevation gain if you go all the way to Green Peak Falls, which is what I would recommend. Total length is 3.6 miles round trip.

Fees and permits:

This trail is open year round and has a camping area with 16 sites, restrooms and a day use area with picnic tables. Dogs are allowed on a leash and there is a $3 day use/parking fee. But at this time of year, no one is there to take your money.

What to see and do:

Park in the campground area and take the footbridge over the South Fork Alsea River. Immediately after crossing the bridge turn left and proceed on the north side of the river along a trail through a lush hemlock, red cedar and Douglas fir forest. The understory is thick with native sword ferns, salal, oxalis and Oregon grape and there are a few boggy spots with patches of skunk cabbage beginning to flower. The trail parallels the river, which is extremely loud and thunderous due to high water levels. You’ll pass by numerous old growth stumps with the familiar notches from lumberjack springboards. It’s hard to imagine how large those trees would be today, if they were left uncut. Soon, you’ll come to another large footbridge that crosses back over to the south side of the river and a picnic area. Here, there are picnic tables and areas with easy access to the river for fishing and swimming when the weather is warmer. There is also a parking area for the picnic sites that is accessible from Alpine Road. This is where you will have your first view of Alsea Falls. The river disappears over the edge of a basalt cliff and gradually cascades down a rocky canyon. There is an overlook to view the top of the falls and a narrow trail with a staircase that leads you down to its base and the pool below. It was hard to capture the beauty of this waterfall with our camera due to the overcast sky (and soon to follow heavy hail), so you will just have to go and see it for yourself. Cross back over the footbridge to the north side of the river and once again turn left and continue on the trail heading towards Green Peak Falls. Here you’ll gain some attitude climbing high above the river through an old growth forest of douglas fir and western red cedar. It’s a well-maintained trail with lots of wooden staircases to help ease the climb and has some great views of Alsea Falls. Soon

the trail becomes an old logging road. Continue straight passing by the entrance road on your left to the McBee Park and watch for signs to Green Peak Falls. Just before Peak Creek turn right onto a road that leads to a picnic site and some steep mountain bike trails. You’ll see the trail to Green Peak Falls pick up at the very back of this picnic site. Once again the trail leads through old growth forests with steep staircases and the reward of the beautiful Green Peak Falls at the end. Return the way you came, passing the entrance to McBee Park, up and over the wooden staircases, passing the footbridge that takes you to the picnic area and then crossing over the river on the second footbridge that takes you to the camping area. Once again, we saw no one on the trail. Some of the best days to hike are during the winter/early spring; the waterfalls are overflowing, it is quiet and the ground is moist and lush green. I do hope some of you are able to get out and experience these beautiful trails so close to Salem.

Reflections in the Mirror O

and praying for someone. Even when being asked to pray with someone you must always ask yourself if the person has taken the first necessary steps in their life to create the changes they feel they need. Are they taking responsibility? Are they ready? As well, there are always more results from prayer when you pray for yourself than when someone else prays for you. No one feels the depths of your suffering more than you do. Everyone has the right to experience their lessons to growth in their own way and in their own time. Learned lessons are the true foundation for ongoing rooted well-being. It may seem odd to some of you that I talk about prayer, but the truth is, asking spirit for guidance has been around for thousands of years. Don't confuse sending out love and light through prayer with praying for situations or the choices of others to be different. Sending love and light is totally different. One of the questions that might arise from this Reflections is what about praying for people that are involved in a natural disaster or praying for world peace? Sending light and love often inspires courage and motivation, leaving the intentions and direction totally at the discretion of those who may need help. If a person or people are to rise up out of the ashes, they will pick up on the love and move forward with the lessons or of their own experiences. And how many times has a challenge turned out to be a blessing in disguise? Even in the most desperate of times we must always remember to be careful what we wish for. One thing above all else rings true: whatever you put out comes back. If you would have your will on others, then you are also opening yourself to have others place their will on you. Energy is a two-way street. Ignorance and especially arrogance will always attract the hardest of personal lessons. - Peace, Carma

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ne sunny afternoon as I sat visiting a friend, I felt a strange energy moving toward my open door, and in my curiosity I lifted my hand in the air so I could feel what it might be. In a matter of seconds, to my surprise and confusion, I felt the unfamiliar energy start to wrap around my neck, and as I began to experience a shortness of breath, the energy pulled me from my chair down onto the floor. Hearing the commotion, two First Nations Elders came swiftly from the back room to see what was going on, then quickly helped me to a quiet space in the back. Shortly after, I could smell the sage as the elders began to chant and work their medicine. When they were finished doing their work, the elders helped me to my feet and I thanked them for their kindness. A couple of days later, a young man with whom I had spoken on occasion asked, "How are you today, Miss Carma?” "I'm okay," I replied. “Would you like some tea?" "Actually, I can't stay," he said. "I just wanted to give you a heads-up." "What's that?" I asked. "Well, a couple of days ago, a group down the street was praying for you, something about saving you from your sins," he said. "Oh, really… what time was that?" I asked. "Oh, around 3 or 4," said the young man. Hmm, I thought to myself, an hour or so before I felt attacked. My experience that day, almost 20 years ago, helped me learn to a lot about prayer, what it is and how it should and shouldn't be used. You see, prayer is the giving and receiving of energy. I have come to understand that when one prays for someone without their consent or an understanding between the two that you could possibly be doing more damage than good. I have learned that there is a huge difference between praying with someone

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