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Last year’s tsunami debris; from nuclear and chemical to flat morbid by Jen Matteis A year has passed since the Fukushima disaster, but one aftereffect — a floating debris field the size of California — is just beginning to arrive on the West Coast. The magnitude 9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami led to the biggest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, killed almost 20,000 individuals, and washed entire towns into the Pacific Ocean. As for the millions of tons of debris heading for our beaches, the obvious concern is whether or not it’s radioactive. During the meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear plant, radioactive material was vented into

the atmosphere and discharged into the ocean, settling on the ocean-borne wreckage. According to Kathryn Higley, chair of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics at Oregon State University, “the radiation is not the concern.” She explained that rain and waves hitting the debris during its nearly 5,000-mile trip to the West Coast will have diluted the radiation, washing it off into the ocean. “This material has been out in the weather for a year and the contaminants that could have been deposited on it are largely watersoluble,” she said. “You might be able to detect it because we have

some really sophisticated detection equipment, but it’s not expected to be anything of consequence.” The nuclear power plant’s meltdowns also happened several days after the tsunami, so most of the wreckage was swept out to sea before the radiation hit. Instead, longranging fish may be a bigger source of radiation. “There are a few fish that travel very long distances, and you might see something in them,” Higley said. The debris may be dangerous for other reasons. Hazardous materials and industrial-strength chemicals might start showing up on beaches. Everything from a town, from the paint cans and solvents in the hardware

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City Plan Sits Over a Decade; Neighborhood Wants Progress by Ron Georg In the late ‘90s, the Corvallis City Council adopted the South Corvallis Refinement Plan (SCARP), endorsing a concept for Southtown which included “a comprehensive package of ways to reduce reliance on the automobile and assure the transportation system works over the next 30 to 40 years.” So far, that hasn’t happened, but efforts by the Tunison Neighborhood Association and the Corvallis Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Commission (BPAC) could lead to some major improvements in the coming years. “Just walking yesterday, I had my baby in the stroller, I couldn’t hear him, it was so loud,” Rebecka Weinsteiger said of a stroll along Oregon Route 99W. “It’s just so unpleasant.” It’s a state highway to the Oregon Department of Transportation, but it’s South Third to Corvallis residents. With I-5 so far to the east, the road is a major transportation corridor through the Willamette Valley, but it also runs right through South Corvallis neighborhoods—and it’s the only way to leave Southtown. “If we could not have

to ride on the highway, with children, ever, I would go out of my way to make that happen,” Weinsteiger said—and she’s been backing that up. As secretary of the Neighborhood Association, she’s been an integral part of a successful effort to get the Tunison-Avery Shared-Use Path into the city’s Capital Improvement Program, a list of preferred projects for future expenditures. It’s not the first time the city has seen the path—it was originally presented in the SCARP, as part of a non-motorized path that would have circumnavigated South Corvallis, with an eastern portion running along the river and a western section following the railroad from Tunison Street to Avery Park. The neighborhood association wants to see the western portion installed. That’s not just because it’s on their side of the street, it’s also much easier to design, permit and build than anything near the well-regulated and flood-prone river. “There is a proposed bike path within the refinement plan, and we’re advocating for a portion of that bike path,” Weinsteiger said. “So it’s not a new idea. It relieves the Flip to page 14 for more

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Scares but Disappoints by Magdalen O’Reilly In a movie scene awash with gory slashers and found footage flops, The Woman in Black is intriguing in it’s simplicity. The plot harkens back to classic haunted house movies like House on Haunted Hill (1959) and The Haunting (1963), a beleaguered protagonist is forced to stay in a reportedly haunted mansion and gradually discover the truth behind the grisly murders that occurred there years prior. The Woman in Black attempts to revitalize this spooky genre, and it almost succeeds. The story follows Arthur Kipps, played by Daniel Radcliffe, a grieving widower with a young son. He’s on thin ice at work and in order to keep his job, he must sell Eel Marsh house in the middle of the gloomy English countryside. The first thing I noticed about this film is the cinematography and use of light is very well done. The effectiveness of a period piece is often ruined by actors and sets that look too clean with perfectly styles hair and modern make up. This film thankfully avoids this issue. It definitely succeeds in creating an unsettling atmosphere and sets up an spooky premise. But the pay off was unfortunately disappointing. The first half of the movie creates an interesting character, a lot of intrigue and

mystery. The second half is riddled with ear splitting orchestra strings and jump scares that left me more annoyed than terrified. It’s really a shame because the visual scares, and the quiet moments of darkness and solitude were creepy and had the potential to leave a lasting effectit’s the stuff nightmares are made of. But director James Watkins couldn’t resist the quick and easy route to scaring his audience. Because of this the scares are completely predictable and boring, just wait for the music to die to down completely, what’s that in the corner​ ? Oh it’s nothing... BOO! It was something all along! I would be lying if I said the movie didn’t scare me, I spent the last half watching approximately 30 percent of the screen through my fingers (less screen = less scary, it’s very scientific). But it’s a cheap fear that comes easily and isn’t really satisfying. The audience is ultimately jumping at loud noises and that’s just not real horror. The film, although beautifully moody, has a few other failings. There are subplots with characters that are set up, but never go anywhere. This left me thinking that this movie was poorly edited. Overall the ending left me confused and disappointed. But I would like to see James Watkins try again, this film definitely had potential. Hopefully next time he’ll trust his writing and let the story do the scaring.


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Fraser agrees by stating that these are big changes that will be overall positive and last a long time. The biggest change they are trying to make is gaining more recognition as a radio station. One of the biggest reasons KBVR doesn’t get the listening time it deserves is that quite simply most people don’t even know it exists. “KBVR hasn’t done the best job at promoting itself in recent years.... Being student run it can be exhausting trying to promote the station while balancing a full course load. That is definitely something we struggle with, but have been improving upon.” Elder says. They have been solving this problem through reaching out to the community more through both Facebook and word of mouth. Both Elder and Fraser are ready to take this, among other challenges, head on. One of the station’s main goals in 2012 is to localize the station. KBVR has created a news team whose goal it is to bring attention to local events, people, and trends from Eugene to Portland, but with a obvious focus on Corvallis. Along with this comes their goal to continue and strengthen their collaborations with other Corvallis associations. This includes the Daily Barometer, which is the Oregon State newspaper. In a symbiotic relationship

KBVR reads certain Barometer articles on the radio, while the newspaper advertises KBVR. By doing this they hope to increase their popularity on campus, and recruit both more DJs and listeners. Obviously a major reason to why people listen to the radio is for the music. KBVR, unlike most other radio stations, is not set to a certain genre. KBVR is also ahead of the pack playing music that a lot of the time you wouldn’t be able to hear anywhere else. “We encourage a variety of genres, but our general rule of thumb is to avoid playing music that can be heard on other commercial radio stations. We play a lot of alternative and upand-coming bands that most people probably haven’t heard of. That’s the cool thing about college radio. In many ways we’re a way for the underdog to break through.” Elder states. DJs select what type of music they wish to play thorough a program proposal sheet issued at the beginning of each term. Although the school does not censor KBVR in any way, adult content music is only allowed to be played from 10pm-6am, also known as safe harbor hours. Another KBVR goal is to bring listeners the best new music first. “We follow College Music Journal (CMJ) charts to see what is trending in college radio

and record labels send us early releases to promote albums.” Elder says Currently there are about 90 DJs working for KBVR and 40 different programs running weekly. Most KBVR shows are music based, but there are a few talk shows whose topics include dating advice to graduate research. The shows are self-named by the DJ, and a few DJs chose to co-host with a friend or other people around campus. What comes with the show aspect of radio is just another way to improve the station “We improved the DJ training process using the best aspects from old documents and from other radio station’s processes. We’ve also created DJ volunteer hour requirements which has greatly improved the communication and interaction between DJs and KBVR FM staff.” says Fraser. To first become a DJ on KBVR, they set you up through an apprentice program giving you the best first hand experience. They pair you up with a current DJ with similar music taste and then after a few weeks you are prepared to have a show of your own. So next time you’re in your car. Turn to 88.7 FM and listen to KBVR who know maybe you will hear something you couldn’t hear anywhere else.

When most people turn on the radio they flip on KLCC or KDUK — radio stations run out of Eugene. Why with such a big rivalry between Corvallis and Eugene are these the primary radio stations people are listening to. “I listen to KDUK everywhere I go. It’s on constantly. In my car, at Fred Meyer, everywhere. After a while listening to the same top 40 gets really boring.” Oregon State student Katie Robbins said. Well what about KBVR? Corvallis’ own student run radio station. KBVR is a small radio station that is going through a great transformation. “We’ve gone through a lot of changes in the past year. Change isn’t always easy and I’d say we’ve been experiencing some growing pains. Jack Fraser (Program Director) and I spent a lot of time researching and visiting other college radio stations for fresh ideas. We saw a lot of room for improvement at KBVR and completely restructured it. It was really difficult at first but we’re seeing really positive results now and our programming has definitely improved.” says Elizabeth Elder the KBVR Station Manager.

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War Is Boring: Bored Stiff, Scared to Death in the World’s Worst War Zones Reviewed by Chris Singer It’s only been over the last few years that I’ve developed a new appreciation for the graphic novel. Reading Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 got me hooked into reading more graphic novels, and I have learned they are a fantastic medium for non-fiction as well, with Greg Neri’s Yummy being one of the best I’ve ever read. For David Axe, the author of War Is Boring, war was his life. For four years he covered military conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, East Timor, Somalia, Chad and Lebanon. During that time as a correspondent for The Washington Times, C-SPAN and BBC Radio, David flew from war zone to war zone, getting to the story about the true victims of the world’s conflicts. If you’re looking solely for the gritty details from someone up close and in the midst of real life combat situations, you’re going to be a bit disappointed. While there is some of that, this graphic novel is mostly about Axe’s inner conflict between what he describes as being “alternatively bored out of [his] mind, and completely

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Makers’ Space Reviving The Majestic Theatre by Magdalen O’Reilly The Majestic has been a Corvallis staple for almost 100 years. The recent launch party marked the beginning of a renaissance for the theatre, the new endeavor, Makers’ Space, is an alternative arts program that will run through the Majestic Community Theatre. The Makers’ Space launch party was well attended. The Red Raven Follies performed, as well as a fascinating performance piece by Jessica Graff inspired by Alice in Wonderland. The project is curated by Josephine Zarchovich, an arts writer who moved here in the last

year from California. She’s very excited about the project saying, “Makers’ Space is about culture as adventure and we all get to be Indiana Jones!” the spirit of the project is in engaging the community and interacting in art, not just experiencing it from the sidelines. Executive Director, Corey Pearlstein and Zarchovich are hesitant to label the Markers’ Space as anything specific, allowing it the flexibility to grow and evolve as it’s audience grows. But the space has been classified as a salon, and not the kind of a salon where you get your hair done. Originally, a salon was a term used to describe a place for gathering. Before television hijacked our brains and attention

spans, communities were forced to interact and entertain each other. Makers’ Space aims to be just that. They’ll be hosting events, workshops, lectures, art exhibitions and more. But ultimately what Makers’ Space becomes is up to the people of Corvallis. The community takes the space and makes it was it is. This allows the project to evolve into something that is unique to Corvallis and it’s people. One of the first events to be scheduled is “Drink and Draw”, a monthly party whose title says it all- come to drink, socialize, and draw. The atmosphere is fun and casual, the March 6th event was packed with both new and return artists. BFF Cupcakes

provided free gourmet cupcakes (Mexican Chocolate and Pistachio Rosewater flavor) and the Majestic sold beer and wine. Locals of all skill levels come together, drawing and making connections. Art supplies are provided, however some people opted to bring their own projects. Drink and Draw is the first Tuesday of every month. They are also having an open house to introduce the “Majestic Lab”, a low cost rental space run through the theatre to allow artists and performers a chance to exhibit their workwhatever it may be. Open house is March. 19th at 7:30pm. Keep an eye out for more upcoming events through Makers’ Space and the Majestic.

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Oregon doesn’t have the best track record for nuclear reactors. The only nuclear power plant in the state, the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant in Rainier, was shut down after it started leaking radioactive gas in 1992, only 16 years after it was built. The plant earned the dubious distinction of being the first commercial reactor to be moved and buried whole. It cost about the same to bury it as it did to build it: $450 million. The 1,130-megawatt reactor now rests in a 45-foot-deep grave in Washington. Today, there are only two nuclear reactors in the state. Both are small reactors used for research: one at Reed College in Portland, and another at Oregon State University. OSU’s 1.1 megawatt reactor has been splitting atoms on campus for seven hours a day since 1967. According to Dr. Steve Reese, the director of OSU’s Radiation Center, the reactor has very few moving parts. Its core--the radioactive element--sits near the bottom of a 22foot-deep tank of water, surrounded by a ten-foot-thick concrete shield. When asked how big the core is, Dr. Reese spreads his hands out: about two feet by two feet. The reactor operates at a steady power level of 1.1 megawatts, and can be pulsed up to a peak power of about 2,000 megawatts. For comparison, Japan’s Fukushima Power Plant that suffered a disaster last year had four reactors, each supplying

1,100 megawatts. Although OSU’s 2,000 megawatt pulse sounds impressive, the pulse only lasts for about four milliseconds. “It’s a very small machine,” said Dr. Reese. Purpose The specific model at OSU--the TRIGAII made by the San Diego-based company General Atomics--is the most widely used research reactor in the world. At OSU, students, faculty, and outside researchers use the reactor for many different purposes, often simultaneously. Dr. Leah Minc of the Department of Anthropology uses it for archaeometry, in which the trace elements in artifacts are analyzed to determine their origin. She bombards tiny pieces of pottery shards and arrowheads with neutrons. This process, called neutron activation analysis, reveals a unique fingerprint that matches each artifact to a known quarry site. Dr. Minc has used this technique to determine the trade patterns of tribes from ancient Mesoamerica. Currently, she’s examining museum artifacts from ancient Persia. Electrical engineers use the reactor to determine how computer parts such as transistors and capacitors behave in high-radiation environments. OSU’s reactor tested the effects of radiation on the on-board computers that would have controlled a satellite sent to Jupiter if the project hadn’t been canceled. “You don’t want your ten-cent transis-

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Safety OSU’s reactor cannot suffer a meltdown, in which the fuel physically melts, because its fuel rods consist of a sturdy combination of zirconium hydride and uranium. “The worse-case scenario is that you allow power to increase beyond your control,” said Dr. Reese. “This fuel is specially designed to deal with that. It has what we call a very strong negative temperature coefficient; as the temperature increases, its ability to cause a fission goes down. The hotter it gets, the more it fights itself.” All reactors in the United States are now engineered to have a negative temperature coefficient. One famous nuclear power plant had a positive temperature coefficient, meaning it became more reactive as its heat increased; that was Chernobyl. However, the reactor at OSU

has such a severe negative temperature coefficient that it cannot produce enough heat to generate power, much less cause a meltdown such as occurred at Fukushima. This self-regulating property of the fuel is also what limits the pulse to only four milliseconds. “It is the most inherently safe nuclear fuel ever made,” said Dr. Reese. “Even if there’s an earthquake and all the water goes away, it can’t melt. It’s really rocksolid stuff.” In case of an emergency, the reactor is shut down and locked up. The Radiation Center has its own emergency plan that complies with regulations set by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Students and faculty practice evacuations once a year. Nuclear Waste The TRIGA reactor’s fuel lasts three to four times longer than most types, which means less waste in the long term. The reactor has only been refueled once since its construction. “We were just refueled in 2008; the next time it will need to be refueled is in about 60 years,” said Dr. Reese. The reactor wasn’t low on fuel in 2008. Instead, the refueling was part of an effort by the federal government to swap out high-enriched uranium fuel with low-enriched uranium fuel in all civilian research reactors. The former is considered a high-risk material, as terrorists could use it to build a nuclear weapon.

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tor failing on a half-billion-dollar satellite because of a solar storm,” commented Dr. Reese. Geochronology is another common use. Similar to carbon-14 dating, which is used to date organic materials such as fossils, geochronology is used to date rocks on the geologic time scale. Instead of measuring the rate of decay of carbon-14, it measures the rate of decay of potassium into argon by examining isotopes created by the neutron beam. “Back in the 70s they age-dated the moon rocks here,” noted Dr. Reese.

A phenomenon known as Cherenkov radiation produces the eerie blue glow of OSU’s nuclear reactor.

Dr. Reese noted that the swap hasn’t interfered with the reactor’s operation much. “The whole point is to make neutrons; the flux [flow] of neutrons was reduced just a little bit.” A truck transported the old reactor core to the Idaho National Laboratory in June 2009. Getting the fuel to OSU is not a problem. The fuel rods are only slightly radioactive before they are used; after that, they become hazardous nuclear waste. “It’s irradiated fuel that you need to take care in transporting,” said Dr. Reese.

The public can take tours of the Radiation Center ­— although scheduling a tour may require some coordinating. Relations between the Radiation Center and the town have so far been friendly. “I had one protester once that I know of,” Dr. Reese said. “Generally if people have concerns I just sit and talk with them and explain it and it becomes less of a mystery.” For more info, visit http://radiationcenter.oregonstate.edu. To schedule a tour, call the Radiation Center at 541-7372341.

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Geektown The Culture of Geekdom in Corvallis

Hundreds of these games exist, so there’s something for everybody They have card games, like “Magic: The Gathering” and “Pokemon” where you pit the strategy of your deck against your opponent’s. There’s “Warhammer” in which you lay out a map of detailed terrain and gather your army of miniatures for the purpose of waging war. Other games are more cooperative. In “Arkham Horror” you’re a crew of survivors who have to work together each turn to survive the terrors of the board itself. “Dungeons and Dragons” and other role-playing games are probably the least understood of these table-top games. Each player creates a hero, taking on the persona for the purposes of telling a story. It ranges from simply rolling the dice to see if you hit or miss to full on acting out your character with accent and all. If you’ve never gamed before, the best games to sink your teeth into might be one of the many varieties of the card game “Munchkin.” If a board game is more your thing, try “Dominion.”

by Justin Bolger Whether you attend classes and rock the party life, work your yawn-worthy nine-to-five, or simply hide out in dark seclusion, someone you know – possibly a close friend – meets once a week to stand toe-totoe against fearsome dragons, orcs, and all the like. Armed with little more than imagination and dice, these heroes are the nerdy among us. They play table-top games of the most intricate design. This isn’t “Monopoly” or “Life.” We’re talking about getting together for 2-8 hours with a group of friends for a night of epic heroics. It’s like a poker night, but more incredible. “Gamers come in all shapes and flavors, not just the stereotypical pimply, bespectacled 30-something that still lives in his mom’s basement,” says Gary Brittsan, student at Linn-Benton Community College. Unlike the 80s, people can proudly claim they are gamers. You can even hear too-pretty-for-life sorority girls saying, “I am such a nerd!” from within the walls of Starbucks – if you listen close enough. “I’m good friends with a married couple that bought their first home about two years ago and just had their first kid. One is a child therapist and the other is a chemical engineer. They’re both avid gam-

ers. Another friend whom I’ve been gaming with for more than 10 years works in a law office. Another is a photographer for the Gazette-Times,” says Brittsan. Between a dying stigma and our world of increasing financial woes, geekdom is on the rise. It’s a pastime that is both affordable and lasting. With a popular video game like “Call of Duty” or “Gears of War,” your $60 is likely to only keep you going until the next gaming craze sweeps the land. “You can buy a good game for 50 bucks, and play it forever,” says Matt Ashland, owner of Matt’s Cavalcade of Comics. “Gaming in general is going great. The recession actually helps it.” Ashland says that he even gets the cool college types who don’t want people to see them coming or going from the shop. They ask for ‘new’ games, like “Settlers of Catan,” “Munchkin,” or “Dominion.” Some of these games have been around for about 15 years, and are just now spreading into norm-culture. What’s the point? Why do they do it?

“Because it’s a great experience. The games are highly social. It’s faceto-face time with friends, and not to mention the games themselves are worth it,” says Matt Nendel, vocalist and guitarist for Dead Kingmaker. “Plus it’s an avenue to use my imagination, which I think too many adults neglect as being kid stuff,” says Brittsan. Corvallis has a rich culture for the world of geekdom. You’ll always be able to find someone to game with if you look in the right places. Perhaps that place is Matt’s Cavalcade of Comics. Maybe it’s Pegasus Games. In any case, it’s out there, and we’ve saved a seat for you.

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OSU Women’s Center Annual Art Exhibit: “Healthy Mind, Body and Soul,” Memorial Union Concourse Gallery, 2501 SW Jefferson, Corvallis. Brown Bag Lunch – Extreme Clay, The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison, Corvallis. 12-1 p.m. National Women Build Week Info Sessions at Market of Choice, 922 NW Circle Blvd., Corvallis. 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Benton Habitat for Humanity will host its first Women Build program during National Women Build Week May 5-12. To find out how you can get involved, you are invited to attend one of three info sessions in the upstairs community meeting room at Market of Choice in Corvallis. See this event on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/woStNn. Dr. Wittstein Is In at Country Vitamins, 919 NW Circle Blvd, Corvallis. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Free open session for you to bring your questions or concerns about your animal companions. Preregistration is appreciated. (541)7573170 or www.countryvitamins.com The Oregon Jamboree Mystery Concert, Austin Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 7-10 p.m. $12. www. oregonjamboree.com, or (888) 613-6812.

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The Downtown Corvallis Association is excited to present “Rhapsody in the Vineyard” a Downtown wine walk, on Saturday, March 17. From 3:30 to 7 p.m., retail businesses throughout Downtown Corvallis will host Oregon wineries with representatives from each winery on hand to discuss their wines and answer your wine questions. Downtown businesses will provide delicious appetizers along with music and/or artwork by local artisans. Wine is also available for purchase by the bottle or case. Beginning at 2 pm, you may purchase the following items from any of the wine glass vendors: a ‘Rhapsody in the Vineyard’ logo wine glass & ID wristband (required for tasting). Glasses are $5 each and an ID bracelet is included with your glass. A packet of 10 scrip is available for $10, hands-free wine glass holders are $5, and free wine totes from Safeway are provided to assist with your bottle purchases. For additional details, call The Downtown Corvallis Association, 541.754.6624. Here is the list of participating DCA-Member Businesses & Wineries (an * indicates where you can purchase your wine glass, required for tasting). Friday Wine Tastings at Wine Styles Corvallis, 2333 NW Kings Blvd Corvallis. 5 – 8 p.m. Tasting fee is $10, included in the tasting fee is a glass pour of one of the featured wines -- your choice! The Emerald City Jazz Kings: “Here Come the Blondes,” Austin Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26thSt., Corvallis. 7:30 p.m. $20. Visiting Writer’s Series: Eric Goodman Visits Grass Roots at Grass Roots Books and Music, 227 SW 2nd St. 7:30 p.m. Award winning author,

• *Footwise — Noble Estate Vineyard & Winery; 301 SW Madison Ave. • *Inkwell Home Store, The — Spindrift Cellars; 234 SW 3rd Street • *Natalia & Cristoforo’s — Casa Bruno ; 351 NW Jackson • *Sibling Revelry — Hip Chicks Do Wine; 145 NW 2nd St. • *Whiteside Theatre Nuthatch Cellars; 361 SW Madison Ave • Barnum Lodge IOOF — Miracle Winery ; 223 SW 2nd St. • Botticelli’s — Tebri Vineyards; 312 SW Madison Ave. • Clothes Tree, The — Springhill Cellars Winery ; 204 SW Madison Ave. • Corvallis Brewing Supply — Panache Cellars; 119 SW 4th St. • Coleman Jewelers — Pioneer Hopyard Vineyard ; 255 SW Madison Ave. • Donna Bella Lingerie — Depoe Bay Winery; 117 NW 2nd St. • Downtown Dance — Mark’s Ridge Winery; 223 NW 2nd St. • Epic Day Spa — Eugene Wine Cellars ; 517 SW 2nd St. • Fingerboard Extention, The — Walnut City Wineworks; 120 NW 2nd St. • Francesco’s Gelato-Caffe — Seufert Winery; 208 SW 2nd St. • Gracewinds Music — Vitis Ridge; 137 SW 3rd St. • Grass Roots Books & Music — Capitello Wines ; 227 SW 2nd St. • Richard M. Gretz Goldsmiths Anam — Cara Cellars; 308 SW Madison Ave. • Harry & Annette’s Fresh Fish Methven — Family Vineyards; 151 NW Monroe, Ste. 105 • Irene’s ­­— Kandarian Wine Cellars ; 221 NW 2nd St. • Karl Maasdam Photography — Hanson Vineyards 505 SW 2nd St. • Laughing Planet — Tyee Wine Cellars; 127 NW 2nd St. • Many Hands Trading — Pudding River Wine Cellars ; 259 SW Madison Ave. • Miss Meers — J. Scott Cellars ; 451 SW Madison Ave. • Mod Pod — Two Town Cider House; 115 NW 2nd St. • Modern Avenue Boutique ­— Emerson Vineyards; 462 SW Madison Ave. • Mona Lisa’s Custom Framing — Abbey Creek Vineyard ;133 SW 2nd St. • Olufson Designs — Pheasant Court Winery 215 SW 2nd St. • Oregon Camera — Mary’s Peak Winery; 264 SW Madison Ave. • Radiance By Design — Lumos Wine Co.; 136 SW Washington #103 • Second Glance — Sweet Earth Vineyards ; 312 SW 3rd St. • Second Glance, The ­— Alley Cardwell Hill Cellars ; 312 SW Jefferson • Second Glance Annex — Mia Sonatina ; 214 SW Jefferson • Spice & Ice — Ankeny Vineyard Winery 215 SW 3rd St. • Spiral Design — Airlie Winery ; 517 SW 2nd St • Stash — Seven Bridges Winery ; 110 SW 3rd St Suite 101 • Salon — Namaste Vineyards; 113 SW 3rd St., Alley Ste. 101 • Toy Factory, The — Lone Oak Vineyards ; 442 SW 2nd St. • Vertebrata Chiropractic — Tiernan Connor Cellars; 107 SW 2nd St.

Eric Goodman’s fifth novel, Twelfth and Race, will be published in March, 2012. For the past decade, Goodman has directed the creative writing program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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Winter Market at Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd St., Corvallis. 9 a.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Benefit Breakfast at First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Ave. 9 – 11 a.m. $6 – 10. Miniature Garden Workshop at Garland Nursery, 5470 NE Hwy 20, Corvallis. 11 a.m. Registration required, call (541)753-6601, $25. Run to Get Lucky, Corvallis Riverfront Path, 1st St. Corvallis. 1 – 5 p.m. Come on out and join us for the inaugural Run to Get Lucky. Block 15 will be hosting a food and beverage

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Naturalist Adventure, Avery Park Rose Garden, 1210 SW Avery Park Dr., Corvallis. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. We will meet at the Avery Park Rose Garden to carpool

Registration begins at 9:30. Prizes at 1 Registration and other info at: christinasrealtalk.blogspot.com Proceeds to beneďŹ t the Corvallis High School Basketball Program and The Christina Garrett Breast Cancer Fund – Christina’s Real Talk to a local natural area. This event is free and no registration is required. For more information, contact Don at (541)7537689 or bouchdon@peak.org. http:// www.neighborhood-naturalist.com/ Corvallis Audubon Birding Adventure Classes for Kids at Hesthavn Nature Center, 8590 NW Oak Dr. Ages 6 – 10, 2 – 4 p.m. $10. Happy Neck & Shoulder Laboratory, Live Well Studio, 971 N.W. Spruce Ave., Corvallis. Learn a yoga sequence that will free the shoulders and neck. The workshop is open to students of all levels, flexibilities and experience. 2 – 4:30 p.m. $39. Registration/information: 541-2246566 or www.livewellstudio.com

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South Town Open Mic Talent Search at Fireworks, 1115 SE 3rd St., Corvallis. Free admission with minimum $2 purchase. $5 entry fee required for contest round. Writers on the River at First Presbyterian Church, 114 Southwest 8th Street Corvallis. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Meet in the annex. Scheduled readers followed by an open mic. Bring your work in progress or your favorite published piece, or just come hear what local folk have been working on! (Please keep

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selections to three to five minutes in length). http://www.facebook.com/ events/161334317310997/. Majestic Lab Open House at The Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St., Corvallis. 7:30 p.m. A creative workspace for community artists of all disciplines to risk, explore and expand their craft.

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Spring Kick Off! SAGE Garden Volunteer Party at Starker Arts City Park, Country Club Dr. and SW 45thSt. Come join us in the garden! The SAGE garden, a one-acre educational production garden, is a project of the Corvallis Environmental Center. 4 – 7 p.m. $5 movies at Ninth St. Cinema, 1750 NW 9th St. Corvallis. All day, all shows! See your latest film favorites at the 9th Street Regal Cinema. All movies are $5, every Tuesday, ALL DAY!

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garden at the finish (open to everyone). This year’s event is capped at 500 participants, so sign up and get your spot now! www.bestinthewestevents.co $30 - $40 Rhapsody in the Vineyard Downtown Wine Walk, Downtown Corvallis. 3:30 – 7 p.m. Retailers throughout Downtown Corvallis will host Oregon wineries. Rhapsody in the Vineyard-logo wine glasses required for tasting. Glasses are $5 each and an ID bracelet is included with your glass. A packet of 10 scrip is available for $10, hands-free wine glass holders are $5, and free wine totes from Safeway are provided to assist with your bottle purchases. Swing Dance Society at Odd Fellows Hall, 223 Southwest 2nd Street, Corvallis. 7 p.m.– 12 a.m. The Corvallis Swing Dance Society with the Blues Club at OSU hosts a Swing & Blues dance once a month at Odd Fellows Hall. 7 – 8 p.m.: Swing Lesson; 8 – 12a.m.: Dance. $5 All ages welcome. OSU Glee Presents “Sing Offâ€? at First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe St., Corvallis. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. $3. St. Paddy’s Celtic Jam Band at Imagine Coffee Live Arts, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd., Corvallis, 7:30 pm. Free admission, 541-286-4340 Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen at Troubadour, 125 Southwest Washington Ave., Corvallis. 8 – 9 p.m.

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Stitch Night at Stash, 110 SW 3rd St., 5 – 8 p.m. www.stashlocal.com. Boyd Wilcox at Grass Roots Books, 227 SW 2nd. St., Corvallis. Book reading and discussion of the Corvallis author’s “Two to Four at the Beanery.â€? 7 p.m. Corvallis Belly Dance Performance Guild at Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis. 8 p.m.

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formance. National teller, Liz Greene provides teacher training for the workshops. This latest project with at-risk youth joins two others currently in progress. Since January, the Arts Center’s Education Program has partnered with the Corvallis School District Theater, Corvallis High School (CHS), and the Crescent Valley High School (CV) counseling offices to present theatre workshops for at-risk students at CHS and CV. As part of the program, visiting teaching artists present one hour workshops for students during the school day. These workshops give students exposure to the performing arts while helping them to develop self esteem and confidence. A third program, “Shadows and Story,” concludes at the end of March. In partnership with the 509j School District and Chedelin Middle School, this theatrical performance workshop gives 150 at-risk students

from Chedelin’s ‘Cougar Academy’ the opportunity to develop original performance pieces based on their own life stories. A resident teaching artist leads the workshop, which has a major focus of helping each student to find their own ‘voice.’ Students will use shadow theater techniques in the workshop finale and perform their stories for their school. The Arts Center works with over 1,400 children per year who would otherwise not have access to art education opportunities. Over the course of 12 months, up to 30 different teaching artists provide workshops for at-risk youth in ceramics, sculpture, drawing, dance, music, poetry, theater, painting, and fiber arts. These workshops have had a substantial impact on underserved youth in our community. For more information contact Chris Neely, Education Coordinator at 541754-1551.

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Curtis Monette, and acoustiphilia at Bomb’s Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe, Corvallis. 8:30 pm. Ladies Night w/ DJ H-Ram & Josh Soto at Impulse Bar & Grill, 1425 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9 p.m. Dan Scollard, Creighton Lindsay at Cloud 9, 126 SW 1st. St., Corvallis. 10 p.m. Buckin’ Thursday Western Night at Jack Okole’s Bar & Grill, 140 NW 3rd St, Corvallis. 10 p.m. Progressive Night at SubZero, 126 SW 4th St., Corvallis. 10 p.m.

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The Arts Center’s Education Program, in partnership with Oak Creek / Oregon Youth Authority, is presenting 6-week workshops for 100 at-risk teens to explore their own life journeys. The workshops use as a guide the world of myth & story as described in Joseph Campbell’s monomyth or ‘Hero’s Journey,’ narrative pattern. Participants will weave their own personal stories into creative activities to gain insight and perspective. The Hero’s Journey workshops take place March through May of 2012, and culminate in a community per-

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Mike McLaren at Iovino’s Ristorante, 1835 SW Third Street Corvallis. 6 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day Party with Coin of the Realm at Fireworks, 1115 SE 3rd St., Corvallis. Celebrate Patty’s Day in style with drink specials all day, and traditional Irish fare. Dinner reservations recommended, call (541)754-6958. 7 – 10 p.m. St. Paddy’s Celtic Jam Band at Imagine Coffee Live Arts, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd., Corvallis, 7:30 pm. Free admission, 541-286-4340 St. Patties Extravaganza at Cloud 9, 126 SW 1st St., Corvallis. Performances by Ordinance, The Nettles, and Junior Raimey. Music and specials all day and night. St. Patrick’s Day at Impulse Bar and Grill, 1425 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. Free cover when you join the event at https:// www.facebook.com/impulsebargrill. St. Patty’s Day 2012: James Hunnicutt and Sumbitch,

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Van Meyers Jazz at Fireworks, 1115 SE 3rd St., Corvallis. 8 p.m. Open Jam at Harrison Bar and Grill, 550 NW Harrison Blvd., Corvallis. 9 p.m.

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South Town Open Mic Talent Search at Fireworks, 1115 SE 3rd St., Corvallis. Free admission with minimum $2 purchase. $5 entry fee required for contest round.

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Celtic Jam at Imagine Coffee, 5460 Southwest Philomath Boulevard, Corvallis. 7 – 9 p.m. Timba Tuesday at Impulse Bar and Grill, 1425 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. Come out dancing every Tuesday night! Join us for Cuban Salsa Night each week after Rumbanana’s classes - great music, awesome drinks, fun peeps and $1

tacos! #Hashtag Multimedia Trivia Night at Cloud 9, 126 SW 1st. St., Corvallis. 10 p.m.

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Harrison Bar and Grill, 550 Northwest Harrison Blvd., Corvallis. 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. Tons of green beer, Guinness, and Jameson. It’s time to drink ‘til you’re Irish! $4. St. Patrick’s Day Party at Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis. Performances by DJ Zach, Travesty, and Susie C. 10 p.m. $3 if wearing green, $5 if not.

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2527 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis. 10 p.m. $5. Page and Nick at Del Alma, 136 SW Washington Ave, Corvallis. 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. Hip Hop Night Jack Okole’s Bar & Grill, 140 NW 3rd St., Corvallis. 10 p.m. Electro Night at SubZero, 126 SW 4th St., Corvallis. 10 p.m. Old Skool Hip Hop Night ft. DJ James Edward at Cloud 9, 126 SW 1st St., Corvallis. 10 p.m.

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west side Corvallis residents from having to travel on 99.” For South Corvallis residents who want to stick with their cars—or who just prefer biking or walking along the highway—BPAC hopes to help calm the zone with a 25 mph speed limit from Avery Avenue to Tunison Street. The current speed is 35 mph, with a school zone for Lincoln Elementary which lowers most of the section to 20 mph much of the time. BPAC has requested that the public works department submit a speed limit change request to ODOT, which would initiate an investigation into the appropriate speed limit for the stretch. ODOT will track current speed patterns, and they apply a formula to determine if a lower speed is appropriate. With the existing lighted pedestrian crossings—some of the first in the state—the speed limit could help make South Third feel like more of a neighborhood, which, of course, is also the goal of the Tunison Neighborhood Association. “I would love to see any kind of neighborhood development, a plan for that neighborhood center,” Weinsteiger said. “Just recently we decided to go car-free, so the more services closer to home, the better. It seems you have to get out of south Corvallis to get almost any service, unless you need a building to rent—a storage facility—or tires.” You can follow the Tunison Neighborhood Association’s bike path initiative at their Facebook page, Safe Routes to Southtown. The Corvallis Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission meets the first Friday of each month at 7 a.m . in the city offices across Monroe Avenue from City Hall.

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On a hilltop at sunset, they danced one last time. High clouds burned crimson and chromium, and she sang to him: o this is the guillotine, and this is the knife this is for murder, this is for life He whirled her like a dervish, spinning her about and about, watching her dark hair mask her face like a funeral veil. so come, hangman, tie up your noose my lover is here, waiting for you He dipped her low, kissed her carmine lips, then lifted her into the sky. She laughed with delight, and he couldn’t remember the last time she’d sounded so happy. we dance on the hill, we prance through the heath we eat, drink and are merry, till we’re all out of breath And the music ended, and the first stars appeared in the eastern firmament. He bowed to her, both of them dripping sweat from their hair. Her smile was inscrutable. “It’s time, isn’t it,” he said. “It is,” she said. “Time to wake up.” He woke, and the bed was empty, and once more he was a widower. He put on his ring and faced the day. — Anonymous

Omniscient Oh Lord, you love me limitless, Come now and note, My self is where I spend my time, And you drop me here where I cannot prevail, Tell me my answer is you and I know it is, I feel only me, There is no peace. Fill my crevices, Whittle me as you will and I need, Love me now or kill me quick. — Justin Esling

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