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Mercedes Benz of Salem Presents The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Drive the Legend That Was Born in New York City The debut of the sixth-generation SL coupe/roadster marked the 60th anniversary of the iconic Mercedes-Benz SL. Initially intended as nothing more than an abbreviation for “super” and “light,” the name “SL” has been the best-known model in the Mercedes-Benz line for 60 years. The first-ever SL was a race car, totally unlike its contemporary sports/racing cars of 1952. With its innovative tubular space frame, teardrop-shaped aluminum body, gullwing doors and

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26 Going Green Are We There Yet?

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32 Spring Projects

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Willamette Valley Children’s Charity Inc Willamette Valley Children’s Charity Inc., is a small non-profit with big ideas. Although still in their first year of operation they’re actively fulfilling their mission statement, which is to serve families who unexpectedly and suddenly lose a minor child or a parent in the minor’s family. Of course, nothing can erase the terrible loss of a family death, but the smallest kindness brings light into the depths of darkness. Willamette Valley Children’s Charity (WVCC) was founded on this premise.

WVCC helps suffering families in various ways. The most immediate burden a family must deal with is the unexpected stress of funeral services. WVCC collects donated and hand-made children’s burial clothing, including tiny preemie gowns that are beautifully crafted from donated wedding gowns. Additional family services include weekly deliveries of “Wee Care” packages of essential food and hygiene items, as well as a Meal Coordination Service so friends and relatives can deliver meals or-

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derly and effectively. Finally, WVCC eventually hopes to minimize the financial repercussions for children who have lost a parent by ensuring sports or music fees continue to be paid in the school year, in cases where this would otherwise not be possible for the child. WVCC’s services to families aims to lighten their darkness, to relieve a little their stress, and simply put, to let them know someone cares.

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From the Publisher

Spring! Sleater-Kinney (guitar and vocals by by Carrie Browstein of Portlandia fame) playing at the Crystal Ballroom, Bamboo Sushi opens a third location in Portland, the Eagles playing in Eugene, Georgia O’Keeffe in Tacoma, and it’s already almost time to hit the beaches of the Tillamook Coast. Are you kidding me? There’s some cool stuff going on around here. Turn the pages to find out about all of it! This spring issue is, as always, our first Home & Garden issue of the year and we’ve got a ton of great tips from our local pros. We asked a few of our local builders about “going green”


-- and they gave us an update. Read what Mike Goodrich of Legend Homes has to say on the topic in the pages ahead, and listen to Dave Henderer and Lainey Dyer of Henderer Design & Build discuss the subject in our latest Podcast (via our web site, or Apple’s iTunes Store -- just search for Willamette Living). This issue also features an expanded column by Brenda Powell of Garland Nursery. If you want to talk gardening, there’s no one better than Brenda. Her family founded Garland Nursery almost eighty years ago! Brenda has been immersed in growing things her whole life. Wanna grow some veggies this spring / summer?

Read Brenda’s column! And of course, we bring you our usual health and wellness topics from our local health professionals, great food and drink, things to see and do, and more. OH! Lest I forget, please give us your two cents via the web site ( for the upcoming “Best of the Valley” issue!

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Mike, on Health

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Health in the 3rd Age

I use the “3rd age” term coined by this era’s top Gerontologist Ken Dychtwald PhD. If any of you have read other articles I’ve done. Or attended any of my health talks in Linn/Benton county. You know I talk about health from a life span-generational context. I also talk about the mind and the body working together. My favorite line I use these day is “your emotion reflects your biology” I’m a big believer in how we’re “emotionally wired”. Our various personalities have more to do with our good or bad physical health than our choices to eat well or not, or exercise or sit on the couch. All start in our heads. SOCIOEMOTIONAL PASSAGES Laura Carstensen PhD is a research psychologist at Stanford who puts the whole being model of who we are, and our motivation through the lifespan. When we’re in our younger years we’re at a high physical and emotional- motivational level. We’re strong with our best physical condition, life goals & prowess. The future is bright. The sky’s the limit. We’re immortal! But she tells us that our “emotion related” goals change at various ages for different people. Individuals that live and pursue a holistic life, (social engagement with selective people, engagement in the core concepts of health, physical activity, balanced diet, manage stress, etc) tend to make a smoother transition into middle adulthood. People who have what she calls a psychological time disorder called “foreshortened future” tend to struggle at the middle stage because they feel their “best years” are drawing to a close. This has been a huge issue for males in the psycho-social areas of lifespan health. Men who have this “emotion” tend to develop risk factors for heart disease, and some cancers. This has shown to be prevalent in “olders” ( the greatest generation), and Boomer males as the graphic below shows, some individuals reach a perceived stage of their lives where after “reflection and review” they lament on their

perceived failures in a number of areas in their lives. Notice as the individual reaches this state, the curve starts to decline more sharply. Changes in biology to even a chronic disease status accelerates the biological aging process. As the later years move on, independence, and quality of life are compromised. THE BLENDED LIFE PLAN. A HOLISTIC MODEL FOR HEALTHY AGING The Blended life plan is the new health gerontology. Major research from the Landmark MacArthur foundation study on successful aging, and from the Stanford center on Longevity show us that a balanced, wellness lifestyle can signicantly increase quality of life as individuals move into this 3rd age. Dr Carstensen (who is from the Stanford center on Longevity) says people who live a healthy lifestyle stay highly motivated, and very engaged with society. Some start second careers. Develop their creative skills doing art, or playing music. The more balanced curve shown below shows how staying motivated, and rejuvenated, can slow down the progression of chronic disease and advanced aging. Paradigms concerning what it means to age have really changed. In his book “Why Survive? Being old in America” Author and aging expert, Dr Robert Butler describes “normal aging” as a quick decline (think about the slope of the bell curve). Once an individual reaches 60, being in a hospital, or nursing home, loss of independence, and physical and mental functionality was in decline. This was all part of aging from “natural causes.” Today with a new generation of aging experts we can begin to shift our views, and emotions concerning what it means to get older.

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Inventory in Corvallis is low. I mean really low. While I am writing this, there are 109 properties for sale in Corvallis, including homes with acreage. That is an enormously tight inventory. If I want to show a client homes between $300,000 and $350,000 today I can offer eleven properties. Narrow that down with any special criterion and we are down to maybe three to five . So if you are sitting on the fence, thinking about selling, go for it now! We are experiencing multiple offer situations all the time and often homes that are correctly priced for what they are and where they are being bid up and sell above asking price. Why not take advantage of this? Because this inventory drought

has been going on for a while there are a lot of buyers waiting in the wings who are ready, willing and able to strike as soon as the right one shows up. For instance homes in the area between 29th and 36th, Grant and Harrison, are often sold on the day they are coming to the market. I strongly encourage you to talk to you broker of choice and start the process. I wish you a great selling experience!

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MILLETTO Contrary to some opinions, girlfriend time is more than a gab fest I have a wonderful, supportive group of girlfriends in my life that will gather together to celebrate at the drop of a dime, or a good lemon drop.   They range in age and talents, and bring color, learning, and laughter into my life. We are a powerful force of strong women, woven together into a fabric that embraces individuality, creativity, acceptance, and forgiveness. We stand fast, supporting each other to be the best we can be. When one succeeds, we celebrate. When one falls down, we lift them up.   I just finished reading an article about a lecture given during a class at Stanford University on the mind-body connection—the relationship between stress and disease. The head of psychiatry at Stanford said, among other things, that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman, whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends.   Apparently everyone laughed, but he was serious.   Women connect with each other differently than they do with men and provide support systems that help each other to deal with stress and difficult life experiences. Physically this quality “girlfriend time” helps us to create more serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and can create a general feeling of well-being. Women share feelings whereas men often form relationships around activities. They rarely sit down with a buddy and talk about how they feel about certain things or how their personal lives are going. Jobs? Yes. Sports? Yes. Cars. Yes. Fishing, hunting, golf? Yes. But their feelings? Rarely.   Women do it all of the time. We share from our souls with our sisters/ mothers/daughters/girlfriends, and evidently that is very good for our health. He said that spending time with a friend is just as important to our general health as jogging or working out at a gym.   There’s a tendency to think that when we are exercising we are doing something good for our bodies, (which we are) but when we are hanging out with friends, we are wasting our time and should be more productively engaged. This, he explained, is simply not true. In fact, he said, failure to create and maintain quality personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our physical health as smoking!   So every time you ladies hang out and schmooze with a gal pal, just pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing something good for your health! We are indeed very, very lucky. Let’s toast to spring and the friendships with our girlfriends.  Cheers!   Evidently it’s very good for our health. Bonnie Bonnie Milletto is a captivating keynote speaker and author and expert on the topic of empowerment, overcoming fear and providing exemplary customer service. She is Founder/Partner of the ‘Mazing You! Women’s Conference and Founder/Partner of a new line of positive affirmations, Essential Inspiration. She is available to speak to your group. Contact Bonnie at


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On the Money

Sten Carlson

Retirement Research Reveals Higher Confidence But Lack of Financial Readiness Just five years after the onset of the financial crisis, Americans’ confidence about retirement appears to be rising with the strengthening economy. Yet the steps people are taking to prepare financially for this milestone has remained relatively unchanged over the past four years. According to the New Retirement Mindscape® 2013 City Pulse index, two in five (42%) Americans report feeling on track for retirement which is significantly more than those who felt this way last year (only 37%), and in any other year since the index began in 2010. But while confidence soars, the lack of action being taken by consumers to prepare for retirement just isn’t adding up. While nearly three in four (72%) admit having taken some action to prepare for retirement, this number is smaller than in 2011 and 2010 when the economic recovery was still unstable. The annual New Retirement Mindscape City Pulse index examines the 30 largest U.S. metropolitan areas to determine where consumers are the most prepared for and confident about retirement. The index has also served as a barometer for national and local retirement trends. Preparing for retirement is even more important in the face of potential challenges like affording healthcare. Funding healthcare costs now and in the future is proving to be a financial concern for many consumers; nearly half (45%) of Americans think that providing

for their healthcare expenses in retirement will be one of the most challenging financial issues during retirement. Likewise, two-thirds (68%) of Americans express concern about the pending changes due to the Affordable Care Act, and half (51%) of those concerned say their top worry is that they will end up paying more for healthcare. Of the 30 largest US metros, at the top this year are San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose (#1), Detroit (#2) and Hartford-New Haven (#3), as the most confident and prepared. There are a few things that set these cities apart from less retirement-ready areas; if you’re preparing for retirement, take note of the following factors that can help you feel more prepared for and confident about retirement: Contribute to retirement accounts beyond a workplace-sponsored plan. More residents than average in the top three cities have contributed to IRAs or other personal investment accounts (other than or in addition to workplace-sponsored plans). There is great value in making regular financial contributions to these types of accounts and saving as much as possible. Having more money in savings and maintaining a diversified portfolio that includes different kinds of investments will likely make you feel more confident about your ability to afford the things you need and want after you leave the workforce. You may also have more control over your personal accounts as you do in an employer-sponsored plan, and withdrawals typically carry fewer

penalties – though it’s important to avoid withdrawing from you retirement savings accounts if possible. Maintain positive feelings about retirement. Unfortunately there are many things you don’t have control over, including the markets and other factors that make the national economy fluctuate. However, you can influence how you respond to financial ups and downs – economic, personal or otherwise. Respondents in two of the top three cities were far more likely than the national average to say that thinking about retirement makes them feel empowered. Thinking positively about the future – and acting on those feelings by taking proactive steps to prepare – is key to helping build retirement confidence. Consider working with a financial professional. Residents in two of the three most retirement-ready cities were more likely to work with a financial advisor compared to the national average, which may contribute to their feelings of confidence and preparedness for retirement. The national survey results uncovered that only one in four (23%) Americans say they have determined the amount of money they need to save for retirement and even fewer (11%) report having a written financial plan. A financial advisor can help you determine how to define and work toward your retirement goals, and encourage you to take the right steps to proactively prepare for this milestone.

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Growing Growing up, our family always had a vegetable garden. It was fairly large and we grew an amazing assortment of yummy treasures. The whole family planted the garden together. I remember Dad staking out the rows with string as a guide. Then Mom would hoe the row straight and true. One of the kids got to place the seeds in the hoed trench. I distinctly remember following behind the seeder and covering the seed with soil, my left foot close to the seed while my right foot brushed the soil toward my left foot. There was a certain rhythm and elegance to the motion. We planted corn and squash in hills, 3 seeds per hill. Lettuce and carrot seeds were the hardest to plant because they were so tiny. Dad laid out black plastic and cut holes to plant the tomatoes and peppers in. This was supposed to warm up the soil and help them produce better. There were always flowers in the garden, too. I loved to help pick out the ones we planted. Cosmos, Zinnias and Mexican Sunflowers added bright color and made wonderful dinner table centerpieces. I do not remember planting our garden until June. I think it was because Dad and Mom were so busy with the retail nursery that they didn’t have time to plant. After we planted, Dad kept the garden watered. He used an oscillating sprinkler, the same kind we loved to run through when it was used to water the lawn. After a few days to a week, the seeds germinated and the little sprouts started to grow. That was when you could tell if you did a good job laying out the seed and covering at the proper depth. The weeds germinated at the same time! If you planted a straight row, it was easier to determine what was a weed and what was the desired vegetable. It is funny that weeds mimic the crop. Or perhaps it is easy for us to distinguish between wildly different plants but we have a hard time

when they look alike. Either way, it was much easier to hoe or pluck out the weed when you could identify the vegetable because it was in a straight row. I loved weeding, still do. I am a very messy person, so it is hilarious that weeding and ironing comfort me. I think it is because there is an immediate sense of accomplishment. I can see the progress I have made. But regularly weeding a garden can tax even those who enjoy that task. The weeds grow just as plentifully as the vegetables. It is funny that I do not remember the fertilizer. I know Dad used it. I’m pretty sure it was synthetic and not organic. But darned if I remember when we applied it. Harvest time was my favorite time in the garden. Digging potatoes was a treasure hunt. Carrots tasted best with just a little soil still clinging to them. And tomatoes truly tasted like the sun. Mom canned and froze what we couldn’t eat fresh. She taught me to can: tomatoes, pickles, peaches, cherries and jam. Okay those weren’t really from “the garden” but it all goes together. It seemed we were quite rich when we opened a jar of fruit for our breakfast. Mom’s pickles were the best, crisp and flavorful. Today, I look at the ingredients on every package. It is a shock to see just what goes into today’s pickles. Mom’s pickles were simple: cucumbers, brine, garlic, turmeric and a grape leaf. Mom made pepper jelly before it was trendy. No extra flavors, just green or red jalapeño jelly. As an adult, I have planted a garden everywhere I have lived. It was just a few vegetables in a rundown backyard in college. I tried to maintain a larger garden when I moved onto the nursery property after graduation. What I remember most from that year was making currant jelly. I remember a small corner bed in someone else’s yard when I married for the first time. That year I

perfected apple pie and made plum barbecue sauce, none of the ingredients grown where I was living. The plum barbecue sauce was a mess. I doubled the recipe and ended up with it splattered on the ceiling. It was delicious! When I married for the second time and lived in an apartment, I crammed as many vegetables and herbs as I could in containers on a very small balcony. By then pesto was on my radar, so I had to have basil plants. The next year we rented a farmhouse in Tangent and I convinced my spouse to plant the largest garden I have ever grown. I even planted collard greens and sunflowers. We had everything. Thankfully, now we live in suburbia. I did not dedicate enough room in my postage stamp lot for vegetables. So I also try to grow some things out at the nursery. It is much harder to maintain a garden when it is not where you live. But the joy of gardening (and harvesting) still abounds. So what have I learned after all these years growing edibles? 1. It’s all about the soil. Don’t try to plant into our typical clay, wet soil. You have to amend and work it up. Or build a raised bed. Edibles like to grow in “garden soil”. It needs to be fluffy, well-drained and fertile. You can plant cover crops in a clay soil area to begin to improve it. You can rototill organic matter (compost or aged manure) into the soil. Or you can build a raised bed. If you have an established garden, you still need to recharge it with a fresh batch of organic matter or grow cover crops for green manure. 2. If you have the soil right, then it’s all about the pH and the fertility. Vegetables are heavy feeders and adding fertilizer in addition to compost is important. pH that is too low or too high can make nutrients unavailable. Know what pH your edibles do best at.

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time, I do not want to discourage or make fun of starting from seeds.)

3. Don’t grow something you don’t like to eat or don’t use in cooking. I had a romantic idea of growing lots of sauce tomatoes and “sun drying” them in a food dryer. I stored them in oil in jars. They were beautiful but I never used one. I love kale but I despise parsnips. I don’t care if parsnips are the healthiest vegetable on earth, I’m not going to plant parsnips.

10. Finally, don’t forget to plant flowers. Some of them are even edible: violas and nasturtiums come to mind first. But even if they weren’t edible, the quote that comes to mind is “Man cannot live by bread alone.” We must nourish the soul as well as the body. Happy Gardening! Brenda Powell is a fourth generation owner of Garland Nursery. Her passions include gardening, cooking, reading, writing and photography. Follow her writing at

4. Always grow early season tomatoes in Oregon. Brandywine is a delicious heirloom tomato. You should definitely try it. Most years we can get a decent crop. But if you want to actually eat tomatoes as long as possible, you’ve got to plant at least 1 early producer such as Early Girl or Willamette. Or a cherry tomato is always a good bet. 5. Know your enemy and adjust accordingly. If you don’t want to spray and you’re squeamish, don’t grow broccoli and cauliflower, especially in the fall. Little green worms in the steaming basket. Enough said. (That doesn’t mean you can’t avoid them with proper precautions. I’m just saying I’ll let someone else deal with that.) I have snails and slugs galore in my yard. Leafy greens don’t work so well. I do great with tomatoes, zucchinis and pole beans/peas. If you have deer, you have to fence. My grandfather lived in deer country and he had a huge garden. He fenced the entire thing to an 8 foot height and even then, they occasionally snuck in. 6. Never plant more than 1 zucchini unless you want to share with the neighborhood but if you only plant one you won’t have enough. Why is that?! And why do they all come on at once? You either have too many or not enough. Good time to find new recipes! 7. If you can’t grow it well, let someone else do it. You don’t have to be an expert at every vegetable out there. Some of us just can’t grow radishes.

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What Landscape Lighting Can Do For You If you take pride in your grounds -- the tasteful trees, the statuesque shrubbery, the beautiful garden -- why not enjoy them by night as well as by day? The right outdoor lighting allows you to derive the full benefits of your costly landscaping after the sun goes down. It also provides better safety and security.

Aesthetic Benefits • Show off the beauty of your home after dark • Highlight favorite flowers and shrubs • Dramatize trees, pool fountain and masonry texture • Accent statuary and other focal points • Relax in your backyard or entertain on your patio or deck

Practical Benefits • Safety: good lighting on steps, walks and driveways helps avoid accidents • Security: floodlighting and other landscape lighting will deter prowlers and vandals • Investment: grounds which are dramatically lighted at night look like a luxurious estate, increasing the resale valeu of your property

Planning Your Landscape Lighting First, some important guidelines: • conceal the light source behind shrubs, etc., where possible -excepth where the fixture itself is a decorative element • Don’t overlight -- a little light goes a long way • Be creative in using a mixture of lighting techniques for drama and excitement • Arrange for an automatic device to turn lights on and off, such as a timer of photocell • Be considerate of your neighbors -- aim lights so they do not shine into their windows.

The basic steps are simple: • Decide what you want to light • Select the appropriate lighting techniques • Select the appropriate lighting fixtures and accessories • Select the appropriate bulbs • Choose the power supply

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The 5 Secret Beaches on the Tillamook Coast Because sometimes you want to enjoy the beach without the hassle of finding a place to park, or worrying your roasted hot dog will run off with someone else’s dog. These gloriously hidden beach spots along the Tillamook Coast will ensure that peaceful beach experience you’re looking for. Bask in the warm sun, walk miles of sandy-white beaches, explore new trails, experience wildlife in its natural habitat and see why the Tillamook Coast is the most beautiful place on earth. If you live in Oregon, when the clouds part and the sun shines its illustrious rays in your direction there’s probably only one thing on your mind: get to the beach! Especially if this cloudless day happens to be a weekend. It’s true, this trifecta allures hundreds of people to the beach every year for picnics, surfing, bonfires, beach combing – you name it. Suddenly the beaches are packed with swim-suit clad children, furry, four-legged creatures and dozens of drift-wood fires roasting delicious hot dogs. The beach is truly Oregon’s playground and we all know it. So when the parking lots fill up and there isn’t room for one more blanket and “sunbrella” on the beach, check out these 5 secret beaches on the Tillamook Coast. Neahkanhnie Beach The Neahkahnie Mountain, just north of Manzanita, is known for its breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, invigorating hikes, and even legends of buried treasure. But at the bottom of this mountain is a charming little beach you don’t want to miss. There is no parking lot for this beach - a tell-tale sign for the truly great beach hang outs. It’s a little known fact that the number of bodies on a beach is directly proportional to the size and proximity of the nearest parking lot, so if you’re truly lucky you might find yourself alone. The beach literally couldn’t be any closer to the road, making it perfect for those who want to get to the waves without having to hike any hard-to-navigate trails. Nehakahnie Beach is nice and flat - great for tossing that Frisbee around or keeping an eye on your children as they wander back and forth from the ocean. They’ll love playing in the fresh-water stream that runs off Neahkahnie Mountain into the ocean. It’s a short beach, as it runs into the cliff on the Northern side, but you won’t find the crowds of people that you will directly to the south in Manzanita. From Hwy 101 North head west on Nehalem Road just past the Manzanita turn off. You’ll wind through an up-and-coming residential area with plenty of construction happening. At the stop sign, hang a right on Pacific Boulevard and find a spot to pull over.


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Nehalem State Park Sandwiched in between Manzanita and Nehalem is Nehalem State Park – possibly one of the greatest gems along the Oregon Coast. Where the forest meets the beach, Nehalem State Park is like stepping into a wildlife sanctuary that has been preserved and untouched by the modern world. Miles of paved trails weave through the coastal foliage for walkers, hikers and bikers. Horse trails wander along the shores of the Nehalem River, where there is also a boat launch access. Trails to the beach are narrowly cut into the sandy bluffs that rise above the water, but don’t let the call of the Pacific keep you from turning around and enjoying the view from the east as well – where from the top of the sand dunes you can see the serene waters of the Nehalem River. You’ll soon see why this is a favorite spot for kayakers and nature enthusiasts, because wildlife is literally all around you. Everything from soaring pelicans and blue herons to prancing deer, majestic elk and the illusive bald eagle all congregate to this sacred peninsula where the river meets the ocean. Nehalem Bay is one of North America’s four main migratory routes, so it’s not only an excellent spot to enjoy the beach, it’s also perfect for bird watching. From Hwy 101 North of Nehalem turn south on Necarney Road, which winds through large vacation homes, tall beach trees and around the Manzanita Golf Course. Traffic on this road can be a bit heavy, thanks to the Manzanita Transfer Station, but once you enter the park you can practically hear the stop-and-go pulse of the 21st century quieting down to the lull of a faint whisper. Secluded camp grounds and miles of sand dunes clad in beach grass ensure you can enjoy this spot for hours or even days. There is a day-use fee and dogs must be kept on a leash, but it’s well worth the extra effort to keep this slice of heaven preserved for future enjoyment.

Manhattan Beach Located just north of Rockaway Beach, Manhattan Beach is a favorite for locals who want to enjoy a more secluded spot than the everpopular Wayside just down the road. This is a day-use only park, with plenty of picnic tables nestled underneath the towering shore pine, offering a nice leisurely break from the sun on those hot summer days. The trail to the beach is a little hard to find, so keep your eyes peeled. When you do find it, it’s rather narrow and sandy so watch your step as you wander underneath the trees to the beach clearing. Manhattan Beach is one of the best on the Tillamook Coast for beach combers. Unique drift wood, sea shells and agates love to wash ashore here, so you never know what you might find. The piles of drift wood also make great spots to sit and watch the ocean, or get a rest from the April / May 2015

Words & Photos by Sayde Moser wind. If you’re looking for a less-crowded beach where you can spend some quality time looking for nature’s true jewels then this is the spot for you. From Hwy 101 head west on Beach Street, located just 500 yards north of NeahKahNie High School on the north end of Rockaway Beach. Go across the railroad tracks and take an immediate left into the Manhattan Beach Wayside. It’s just a short drive to the parking lot, where there is ample room for cars, RVs, and those towing a boat with them – although there’s not a boat access point here.

Barview County Jetty Park Perhaps one of the most unique beach spots on the Tillamook Coast, the Baryview County Jetty Park is excellent for fishing, bird watching, exploring, picnicking, surfing, scuba diving and more. The North Jetty was built in the 1970s by the Army Corps of Engineers to make access into Tillamook Bay a little safer. However the water is still choppy and unpredictable through here, so the Coast Guard has a watch tower to keep an eye on things and you’ll often see their helicopters traveling up and down the coast.

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The level of activity and excitement is lacking none at the Barview Jetty, where people are fishing off the rocks, hiking the jetty, or just enjoying the beach. The view point on top of the north bluff offers exhilarating views of the Jetty, Tillamook Bay, Bayocean Spit and Pacific Ocean all interacting with one another. There are picnic tables and barbecues for the day tripper and plenty of parking for everyone. It would be easy to spend an entire day out here, and as far as beaches go it is relatively quiet – a true hidden treasure missed by thousands of Hwy 101 travelers every day. Located in Barview (sandwiched between Rockaway Beach and Garibaldi) off of Hwy 101 head West on Cedar Street and hang a right on Barview Jetty Park Road. A maze of campsites and RV hookups seem to go on for miles but follow the signs for Jetty Road to get to the Jetty, or stay on Barview Jetty Park Road for additional beach access a little further from the actual Jetty.

Tierra Del Mar This beach doesn’t get near the visitors that Pacific City does, even though it’s directly on your way to everyone’s favorite little beach town. On the west side of Sandlake Road, a road sign and pullout are the only things marking this tiny beach, although when you drive by you might notice the cars out on the sand. Yes, this is one of the few beaches that you can drive your vehicle directly out onto. Maybe you’re having trouble picturing a reason why you would need to drive out on the beach – but surely you can come up with something because who doesn’t want to drive on the beach just once! And, don’t forget about the picturesque views of Haystack Rock to the south in the distance.

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The sand is flat and packed tight, and the driftwood is minimal so if you’re looking for a place to run your dog (or just run yourself) you’ll want to make a point of stopping here. From Hwy 101 just north of Beaver, head west on Sandlake Road. In a mile or so turn left again to continue on Sandlake Road. Tierra Del mar will be on the west side of the highway. If you don’t feel like driving onto the beach, there is a small pull out where you can park your car and walk to the sand.

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“Keep Oregon Well at the Children’s Farm Home with Trillium Family Services” By Heather Nichelle-Peres Trillium Family Services Children’s Farm Home has changed immensely in its 96 year history. What began as an orphanage has become a treatment center for young people ages 5-18 with behavior and mental health challenges. The Children’s Farm Home has a long and rich history of serving children and families with critical needs. What hasn’t changed is Trillium Family Services’ work to Keep Oregon Well and their desire to support the community and the need for community to support them. There are four very simple ways in which you can support the work they do: 1. Eat! Trillium’s beautiful, newly renovated Old School Café at the Children’s Farm Home is open Monday - Friday 11 A.M. 1:30 P.M. with an upscale rotating menu where you will find culinary pleasures for every pallet. Reservations are preferred and large groups of 10 or more are welcome. 2.

Laugh! What Trillium has heard most from their volunteers is how much fun they have volunteering at the Farm Home. Whether you are visiting the café, gift shop or museum, Trillium’s volunteers joyfully welcome old friends or family coming home. With only an eight hour a month minimum commitment, volunteering with Trillium is an easy way to make a big difference.


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Help Keep Oregon Well by supporting the great work being done at Children’s Farm Home and all of the other locations of Trillium Family Services throughout the state. All profits from the café go to support Trillium’s Special Clients Needs Fund; or to support the children’s programs; like the Youth Healing Garden or Therapeutic Horse Program. For café reservations, rentals or volunteer information contact Cheri Galvin, Community & Conference Services Director at 541.758.5953 or via email at


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Nope, but what the term “green building” means has evolved a lot over the last decade and overwhelmingly for the better. Unfortunately some builders thought that “green” was nothing more than a branding gimmick, a couple of CFL lightbulbs in the home or a bamboo floor and, poof, suddenly they are building green homes. Such obvious marketing tactics lacking substantive changes to building practices have justifiably earned the title “green washing”. Through a combination of educated buyers and industry and regulatory pressure this phenomenon has largely disappeared from the marketplace. Legend Homes uses a science and best practices based approach toward building more sustainable (green) homes. All materials and procedures are reviewed by our internal best practices team for impacts on energy efficiency, longevity of the structure and health and safety before being 26

implemented into our homes. We not only use high-performance energy saving techniques, like increased insulation throughout the home, properly sealed ductwork, design that keeps that ductwork inside the conditioned space of the home, and advanced air sealing techniques, but we also employ third-party verifiers. These third parties inspect multiple times during the construction of each home to insure that those features are properly installed and functioning as intended. In addition, we don’t think it’s enough to just implement these practices; we also plan them, inspect them, test them and then document them. And, since we want our buyers to be sure they are working as well, we provide that documentation and test results to each of our new owners. Planning for a home to function properly is a great benefit, and knowing

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BY Mike Goodrich Vice President Legend Homes that it will function properly grants us the ability to guarantee it as well. The Energy Trust of Oregon uses our design values and testing results to assign each of our homes an Energy Performance Score (EPS). The EPS allows buyers to compare expected energy use and carbon footprint against other homes built in Oregon and to the same home if it was just built to code. Legend takes the estimated energy cost from the EPS and guarantees that our new buyer’s gas and electric bills won’t exceed that rate for 3 years. “Green building” is still around but it’s all grown up. For more information and details on these and other features of Legend Homes please visit the Earth Smart section of the website at

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Which interior design style appeals to you? By Brian Egan

One of the first things to consider in design is what style you want your project to be. There are basic styles to consider with many more subcategories. To keep things simple, let’s explore some commonly used styles.


Traditional designs incorporate classic features from the past. Just think of designs from the old world. Characteristics can include architectural details like arches, columns, and decorative corbels. Cabinets can have legs, glazes on painted cabinets, ornate hardware, and ornate moldings. Farmhouse sinks and ornate lighting are also found in traditional interiors. To summarize, embellishments and decorative details are present throughout the room for this style.


Sometimes this is confused with modern because they can look similar, but it just means whatever is currently trending in design. The newest materials and technology are incorporated and featured. Old materials can be used in a new way, for instance quartz countertops that closely mimic concrete countertops. A laminated glass cabinet which has a modern feel, but is new on the market is another contemporary design feature. Clean lines still dominate this design for today. This could change with new design trends.


This style features designs starting from the 1920’s through the 1960’s. European designers starting the German Bauhaus


school of design is thought to be the beginnings of these designs. It was a reaction to the very ornate Victorian designs and focuses on very minimal ornamentation, if any. Form follows function is the motto with clean lines and minimal use of textures. An asymmetrical balance of design elements is another common feature for this style. Bold geometric forms, neutral colors with vibrant color accents can be seen in these spaces. Frameless cabinets with flat panels and glossy finishes and emphasizing horizontal lines would be an example of a modern kitchen or bath.


This design is a merging of traditional and contemporary. This style still has the warmth of traditional, but overall cleaner lines with less ornamentation. Cabinets have fewer decorations, but still have details like a shaker style door for example. Sleek cabinet hardware with a traditional shaker door would be a good example of this style. Tile and lighting can be more streamlined but traditional materials like marble countertops can be incorporated. Another good pairing of this style is natural materials with manmade materials. Colors are usually kept more neutral.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs. This style is very popular in the Pacific Northwest, partly because it features lots of beautiful crafted woods, stone and natural elements that we are surrounded by. Wood is almost never painted but stained or kept natural. Rich warm and neutral tones with greens that are found in nature are common. Lines are horizontal and square which can be achieved in using a natural darker wood Shaker style cabinet door for a kitchen or bath. Rich colored metals like oil rubbed bronze is used to accent the warm wood tones in cabinets. Stained glass with linear, geometric or mimicking the natural world motifs is another distinctive feature for the Arts and Crafts style.


If you like several styles and have a hard time choosing, the eclectic style incorporates elements of several styles you like into one. Styles can be mixed by combining Traditional and Modern, Eastern and Western styles, Old and New , just to name a few. Scale and proportions should be considered carefully. Harmonizing the space in some way like color, texture, repetitions of themes or other common features will be helpful to create a successful overall design.

Arts and Crafts

This style developed in the early 20th century wanting to get away from the factory produced products that emerged from the ornate Victorian era. Quality and craftsmanship is highly valued and has influences from Asia which can be seen in

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HOME TOUR TIME! Homes designed by Van Evera Bailey, one of the renowned originators of the Northwest Regional Style, will be featured in the Mid-Century Modern Home Tour on May 9th in Portland, OR.

Residential Masterpieces by Van Evera Bailey Spotlighted by Mid-Century Modern Home Tour Rediscover one of the founders of Northwest Regional Modernism and help promote preservation of Modern architecture At least six Portland and Lake Oswego area homes designed by the influential, but underrecognized, architect Van Evera Bailey will be featured on Restore Oregon’s annual MidCentury Modern Home Tour on Saturday, May 9th, 2015. Bailey, along with Pietro Belluschi, John Yeon, and Saul Zaik, developed the Northwest Regional Style of Modern architecture. His early career included working with Richard Neutra as supervising architect for the Jan de Graaff house in Portland.

The tour, a fund raiser for the non-profit Restore Oregon, presents the first time such a collection of Bailey’s work has been open to the public. Spanning several decades, from 1929 to the 1960s, the spectrum of houses reflects the evolution of his style which is characterized by large windows, deep overhangs, and the use of an elegant stilt system for siting homes on steep hillsides. Preceding the tour on Friday evening, May 8th, Restore Oregon will present a complementary program entitled Van Evera Bailey and Regional Modernism. An expert panel will provide insights on Bailey and the scope of his career, which included numerous commissions

in Pasadena and Palm Springs. The program will also discuss 21st century interpretations of mid-century interior design and the growing movement to preserve Modern architecture. “Modern architecture has now passed the age where it can be considered ‘Historic’,” notes Restore Oregon Executive Director, Peggy Moretti. “In addition to celebrating its grace and innovation, our tour calls attention to the need for the thoughtful preservation of Modern architecture. There are many buildings whose historic significance remains unrecognized and much in need of stewardship.”

Tickets on Sale Now! Mid-Century Modern Home Tour Celebrating Van Evera Bailey Saturday, May 9, 2015 10am – 4pm, Portland Tickets: $45/general; $35/members Van Evera Bailey and Regional Modernism A panel discussion on Bailey’s career, MCM design, and preservation Friday, May 8, 2015 7:00pm, Central Lutheran Church, Portland Tickets: $15/general; $10 members Purchase online: or call Restore Oregon at 503 243-1923 Proceeds benefit the programs of Restore Oregon, a non-profit devoted to saving Oregon’s historic places, from the Pioneer through Modern eras.


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Top 7 spring projects to update

Spring often inspires fresh, new ideas, especially when it comes to our homes. That’s why this is the season when so many remodeling plans get underway. But you don’t have to do an extensive overhaul to get great results. Dale’s Remodeling of Salem, Oregon recommends simple updates that will transform a home, add value, and give even the most outdated spaces a new lease on life.

(CotY) award. The winning project was a kitchen, which featured all five updates listed below, from flooring to lighting. And on the popular house blog, Houzz, you can see before and after examples from Dale’s Remodeling projects of new entryways and outdoor living rooms. Both of these projects show dramatic differences, yet are inexpensive makeovers that will update any house.

“Updates don’t have to be extensive or expensive to revitalize your home,” said Kayla Van Lydegraf, vice president of marketing for Dale’s Remodeling. “The trends we’re seeing most focus on kitchens and outdoor areas, which not only increase your own enjoyment, but catch the eye of prospective buyers.”

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Top kitchen updates 1. Flooring Wood floors in kitchens add a natural element underfoot. Natural wood is a big trend (such as barnwood accents on walls). It also never goes out of style. Finishes on the wood make all the difference in high-traffic areas. A

clear water-base finish retains the wood’s color; however, an acrylic finish penetrates the wood, so is stronger and requires less upkeep.

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bright color on cabinet doors. It can make a tired old kitchen look fresh, with very little investment.

3. Countertops Granite countertops are still popular, but are so many new surfaces to choose from. Composites can be less expensive and easier to care for. And while dark countertops were once the number one choice in kitchens, lighter tones are trending now. Look for greys and tans to brighten the room.

4. Backsplash A colorful or artistic backsplash can transform a dull kitchen and allow the homeowner’s personality to shine through. While plain white subway tiles are a safe choice, color tiles can be used to create a focal point. Visit Dale’s Remodeling showroom or a home remodeling store and play with tiles. There are so many options

available now; you’re limited only by your imagination.

5. Lighting Harsh overhead light is a sure sign your kitchen needs a makeover. Lighting is not only about seeing what you’re doing, it’s about how it makes you feel while in the kitchen. Accent lighting and under cabinet lighting is softer and focused on tasks. And fixtures let you get creative. Don’t be afraid to mix styles, such as stainless kitchen fixtures in a Craftsman-style home.

Top exterior updates 1. Entryways Houses built from the 1950s through the 1960s were utilitarian, and

front doors followed suit. But a new entryway can completely revitalize a mid-century house, even if you don’t update any other exterior feature. It’s curb appeal to the max!

2. Outdoor living rooms People are entertaining at home more often as well as enjoying relaxing beyond four walls. Outdoor living rooms are the new family and friends gathering spot. Is your current outdoor room merely a cement slab? No problem. Arbors, railings and decorative decking help create an intimate space that can be filled with comfortable furniture. You’ll want to enjoy it year-round. “The best remodeling updates often come from simple solutions,” said Van Lydegraf. “There’s no need to spend a lot of money to get milliondollar results.”



What Women Want

In a Remodel

by Heidi Powell

A woman’s home is not just a place to eat and sleep. It’s her retreat from the world, a reflection of herself, a gathering place for her family. When it comes to remodeling, women have a significant influence on decisions.  What are women looking for in their homes? Women today are busy, busy.  A woman multitasks her way through the day.  She needs spaces designed to allow her to function for her family and entertain, while keeping children close yet not underfoot.  She wants the everyday stressors and irritants such as mail piled on the kitchen table or limited and disorganized storage space to be remedied.  In addition she wants private space for her to retreat to in those times of high stress, a tranquil area to unwind. Relaxing bathrooms and custom kitchens are at the top of many women’s wish lists, as are private studies.  These rooms provide practical functions as well as give a woman the opportunity to show her personal flare.  A woman wants to be true to herself in what she helps to create.  She wants her home to be as unique and special as she is.  Ultimately the goal of a remodel is to improve quality of life.  This is achieved by working side by side with a qualified design/build company to accurately assess any failings in the home’s current layout and turn them into opportunities; opportunities to both express personal style and to fit form to true function.  Remodeling isn’t an off-the-shelf stock item, it’s a process whereby your home is recreated to be  in-tune with your personality and lifestyle.  

Heidi Powell is Co-owner of Powell Construction, an award winning design-build company established in 1990, and a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Heidi can be reached at the design studio located on South 3rd Street in Corvallis or at 541-752-0805.


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Cozy and Practical Wood Floors The popularity of a wood floor is because of one thing – its design warmth! Wood is timeless. It never goes out of style. Wood floors last a long time which makes them an excellent investment. Because wood floors are relatively permanent, your selection should be tailored to how you will use the room. These tips will guide you in the right direction as you begin the search for your perfect floor. Construction: Solid or Engineered? Solid  hardwood is 100% solid wood. Most solid hardwood flooring needs to be nailed to a subfloor and is susceptible to shrinking and expanding from excessive moisture and extreme temperature changes. This makes it unsuitable for installation directly over concrete and is not usually recommended for below grade use. It is normally nailed or stapled to a wooden subfloor.  Engineered  hardwood is also 100% wood. Its cross-ply construction allows installation below or above grade even over concrete. It resists expansion and contraction caused by temperature and humidity changes. Engineered flooring is typically glued-down, stapled-down or floated over an existing floor. It is manufactured by permanently bonding together multiple layers of solid wood in a cross ply construction. Engineered hardwood is usually the only type of hardwood that is recommended for use below grade. An Abbey Flooring Expert can advise you whether solid or engineered is right for you. Now, the fun really begins! You get to design your new wood floor. Today there are more wood flooring fashions to choose from than ever before. At last count there were over


1,000 species of wood, cork and bamboo floors available to you. Species: The first step is to look at the different species of hardwood. This is important because the species will influence the appearance and durability. Not all species of hardwood are equally hard. If your floor is in a high traffic area or in a heavily used room then you should consider oak, maple or ash for extra durability. Traditional oak has pronounced variations in grain and shade while the grain in maple is cleaner and more understated. There are also exotic species available such as lapacho, tigerwood and Brazilian cherry. These have a distinctive combination of origin, color and surface characteristics. Ask our  experts to show you examples of the species that are appropriate for your lifestyle. Color will have a huge influence on your buying decision. There are many colors available because of the natural color and graining of the species and the stain that’s applied to the wood. The lighting in your room also plays a role in how the wood will appear. Ask Abbey Flooring Experts for samples that you can take home before you make your final selection. Width:  Hardwood flooring is generally described by board width. A strip is less than 3” wide. Planks are 3” or wider. The width of individual boards has a dramatic influence on the look of your floor. Wide widths

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will complement a large room but could overwhelm a small area. Select the look that you like the best and one that works with your style and the architecture of your home. Edge Detail: The way that the edges and ends of boards are cut is called edge detail. Edge detail options include square, micro-beveled, eased and beveled. If you’re going for a dramatic effect you should select a beveled edge. This emphasizes the definition of individual boards. Square edges bring a smooth and seamless appearance. Finish: Today many manufacturers offer extra tough urethane finishes, which means that the hardwood flooring will hold up to heavy use and traffic. These urethane finishes allow the wood to maintain its luster for years without having to wax or refinish them. Installation:  Once you have decided on your new hardwood floor, the next important step is to have it installed. You’ll have to decide in what direction the floor will be laid. There are also design accents like borders and medallions that will add another design dimension to your room. You can trust Abbey Flooring  Experts to provide the appropriate installation techniques that will give you a new hardwood floor that will look stunning and last for years.

Installing a floor with the boards running across the width or on the diagonal of a narrow room will create a more spacious environment. April / May 2015

Three new studies seek participants

Calling all Superheroes!

Join us on May 9, 2015 for a 5k run in your best superhero costume! There will be a 5K run, a 600 meter superhero dash for kids, and a 5k family fun run.

By Julie Carrico The Clinical Research Center at The Corvallis Clinic has several new clinical studies that are ready for volunteer participants. The Type 1 diabetes study is evaluating an investigational insulin. The new insulin is designed to be as similar as possible to Lantus® (insulin glargine) to see how well it works to control blood sugar levels. Patient volunteers must be between 18 and 65 years old, have Type 1 diabetes, and currently taking Lantus®. Drs. Lindsay Bromley and Michael Chen are the research doctors for this study. The hypertriglyceridemia study is looking at an investigational medication to help reduce the risk of serious heart problems in people who have high triglyceride levels. Participants must have high triglyceride levels even though they are taking a statin drug and have a risk factor for heart disease. The investigational medication is a concentrate of omega-3 free fatty acids, developed from fish oils. The physicians responsible for this study are Drs. Brian Curtis and Dan Barrett. Our research site has participated in several chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) studies, but this new study is particularly exciting. It will evaluate an investigational inhaled medication that will be the first inhaler to combine three medications in one inhaler. Study participants must be current or former smokers, at least 40 years old, and have experienced one or more respiratory illnesses in the last year that required treatment with antibiotics or steroids or both. Pulmonologists Dr. Vince Gimino and Dr. Susan Cho are the physicians working on this study.

Every child needs a hero but abused children need superheroes.

Register before April 17th:

Adult $25 to run in the 5k and t-shirt Children $10 with a cape Adult ticket to Family Fun Expo: $5 Children ticket to Family Fun Expo: $3

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Contact Clinical Research to see if you might qualify for any of our clinical studies. The complete list is as follows:

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Planning your wedding?

Wedding Tips

What to ask when booking your venue

By Alysia Rodgers

Weddings are joyful events, and in my work as an event planner, I want my couples and their guests to be thrilled with their special day. The planning stages of a wedding may seem daunting, but with the right resources and a few good tips, it can be a joyous experience. Below are a few commonly asked questions that may help prepare you when working with your wedding venue:

1. Will you have someone from the facility on-site to assist me on the day of my wedding? Many facilities will provide you with a go-to person to assist you with any problems or needs that may come up at your event. In our event space, the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Boulder Falls Inn and Conference Center, we offer a full-service staff that includes a dedicated event planner to work with you from start to finish, as well as large support staff with specialties including audio visual set up, event decor, layout and catering. Typically, your event coordinator will assist you in person during all planning visits, as well as ensure that all details are covered on the big day.

2. Do you have a preferred vendor list we must use for catering, DJ, florist, etc.? Some venues will expect you to use their caterers and florists, while others are more flexible and may provide some, but not all services. If you choose to use your own vendors, some facilities may charge an additional fee. For example, you may have to pay an “opt out” fee to the venue’s caterer for not using the service, in addition to paying your own caterer. Most facilities will provide you a list of preferred music, floral and special occasion vendors for your review after reserving the space. You may find an advantage to working with preferred vendors, as many of them have long-term partnerships with the venue and are comfortable and familiar with the space.

3. What does the facility fee include? You’ll want to find out exactly what your fee will cover. In some cases, there is a flat rental fee but assistance with cleaning, parking, set up, and so forth are extra. Be sure to get information about all fees in writing. You’ll also want to ask about any additional service charges and gratuity. In the planning stages, I advise couples to review their venue contract carefully, and take into account any details that may need attention ahead of time. Depending on the venue, you may need to openly discuss aspects of your event and vendors who need access to the facility on the day of your event. Find out if there are any added costs, and when and where you and your family can have access to the venue.


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4. Are tables, chairs, linens, china, silverware & glassware provided, or do those need to be rented? If you need to rent these items, find out from the facility what time a rental company can deliver and when you can set up. You may need to have someone from your wedding party on site to meet them for delivery and pick-up. Check with the facility about whether or not this is something they can assist you with. In our case, we offer a flexible, all-inclusive package that encompasses everything from tables and chairs, to linens, china, silverware, glassware and basic décor. Many of our clients arrange a time to set up special decorations that are specific to their theme or add a personal element to the overall experience.

5. If we plan to bring in our own food or alcohol, is there an additional fee? Many venues may charge you a cutting and plating charge for the cake or a corkage fee to open alcohol. Find out what additional fees you may incur by bringing in outside food.

6. Are there any restrictions on decorations? You may be planning for a beautiful candlelit room, only to learn that open flames are not allowed at your facility. Be sure to find out what limitations there might be for decorating before you sign a contract.

7. What time will my guests need to leave the venue? Most facilities will charge you if your event runs past your projected end time, and often it’s a hefty charge. Be sure to ask when your guests will need to leave and find out if there is an overtime charge. Many venues offer both half-day and full-day packages to guests, so you can determine what works best for your group and plan accordingly.

8. Do you offer wedding packages? If so, can I personalize a package for our needs? If a venue offers wedding packages, inquire about what is included in each package and pricing. In some cases, a venue may be willing to tailor a package specific to your needs. Many of these packages can be a lot of fun, and include amenities that are not standard to other offerings. Champagne, a dance floor and wedding guest favors are a few examples of what some venues may offer. Located on the Samaritan Health Sciences Campus in Lebanon, Oregon, the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Boulder Falls Inn and Conference Center is an ideal venue for your next conference, business meeting, wedding or other special event. Our state-of-the-art facility overlooks a serene Japanese-inspired garden and pond, with a large outdoor event patio and gazebo space. Opening this May, our new full-service hotel, restaurant and bar will complete our elegant destination. For more information, visit or call us at 541-451-7580. April / May 2015

Anti-aging treatments:

Science Fiction? We’ve come a long way in the treatments for aging skin. In fact, there are treatments now that actually reverse aging symptoms. Ten to twenty five years ago the treatments today might have been impossible to imagine. Here are just a few treatments that would have been considered science fiction in years past. Fillers - designed to replace volume that’s lost due to the aging process. These injectable fillers reduce lines and can make people look more than ten years younger. While these can have immediate results, they can be expensive, short lived, cause bruising and there is potential for misplacement. Photo Rejuvenation - uses intense pulsed light to relieve redness, correct pigmentation problems, reduce pore size, treat acne and reverse sun damage, resulting in younger looking skin. While results can be good, recovery can take 2 weeks and if not done by someone professionally trained burns and scarring are possible. Permanent Makeup - provides people with a younger appearance through carefully applied styles to reduce signs of aging and enhance natural beauty, especially around the eyes and lips. While it is long lasting it does fade with time, and as such colors can be adjusted as styles change. When done right, it’s hard to tell it’s permanent makeup. It’s the bad permanent makeup we usually see.

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Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing - uses a laser to “drill” the skin resulting in damage, which stimulates new skin formation to reduce lines and wrinkles. Results are impressive. These treatments can be expensive and can require months of healing depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment.

Botox, Dysport, Xeomin – These are injected into the skin to target muscles to relax giving a smoother appearance in the treated area. It’s really important to see a medical professional for these. Micro Current – uses low-level currents to tone and massage the skin helping to boost circulation and promote healthy skin processes. Think of this like “exercise for the face”. Results are cumulative and the risks are little to none. Micro-Needling – using fine needles to “micro-injure” the skin to promote a healing response that builds new collagen. Down time is usually just a day or two with a slight sunburn appearance. This is a more recent development and becoming very popular. Perfect for cost conscious consumers and minimal risks. There are a lot of options these days to look 10-20 years younger. If you are considering freshening up your look, be sure to have consultations so that you know all your options. There are many choices from quick immediate results to slower less invasive natural methods. Cheryl Lohman of Image by Design in Downtown Corvallis is a Licensed Esthetician and Permanent Makeup Artist and is a member in good standing of the Associated Skin Care Professionals and the Society of Permanent Makeup Professionals. For more information you can reach her at 541-740-1639 or visit her website at

“All diseases start in the gut.” Hippocrates Nadine Grzeskowiak, RN, CEN Consultations, Seminars, Presentations 215 SW 4th St. Corvallis (541) 602-1065




Owner Kristofor Lofgren and Co. have done it again. They have blessed the people of Northeast Portland with another (the third) Bamboo Sushi location. Know immediately, that at Bamboo Sushi, they’re not serving you “California Rolls and Wasabi” -- this is sushi taken to a whole different level. A level that rivals any gourmet dining you’ll find, anywhere. This is a restaurant, well three actually, that is clearly not simply doing it to make money. The passion is palpable the moment you walk in the door. The decor immediately gets things going - it’s awesome. Very authentic, from the cool Japanese beer and sake posters (hung with tacks) to the beautiful woodwork, lanterns, sake barrels, and lighting. The staff is the best, not “best” like people sign email, but really, THE BEST. They are all very attentive, not overly so, but it’s

like they all have a “sixth sushi sense” as to when to do what. You feel they are all very into their jobs, and it shows in the impeccable service you receive. It’s almost like they are your cool friends who are hosting you in their super cool apartment and serving you the best food you’ve ever had -- that’s kind of what it’s like. The staff in the front of the house is only the beginning though, the kitchen staff is out of this world. I don’t even know what goes on back there, but they are rocking the food harder than Eddie Van Halen rocked his hand-built Stratocaster in 1978! It’s that good. Another really cool thing about Bamboo Sushi is the fact that Lofgren and the whole team work dillegently to serve an honest product while not just maintaining the status quo. They’re making quite an effort to improve the whole commercial fishing scene, and the planet as a whole. As of this spring, Bamboo Sushi is a carbon

neutral operation. They source as much as they can locally, and from the USA, but to provide the very best for their diners, they still fly fish in from the cleanest waters and the best fishermen in the world -wherever they might be. So to offset that, Lofgren explains, they are working with others to plant seagrass along the coastal waters all over the world! According to Lofgren, seagrass has the ability to sequester significant amounts of carbon, more than forests, and trees reach a saturation point and stop, seagrass keeps sucking up the carbon! Very cool. If you’re in Northeast Portland, or on Earth, you need to get yourself to one of the Bamboo Sushi locations, get yourself a table, and prepare to be amazed. As you sit there, I guarantee you the thought “I wonder if this is the best sushi in the world?” WILL enter your mind. I know it did mine, and I’m thinking the answer is probably yes, yes it is.

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Gifts & Gourmet Foods Look For Blue Raeven Pies at Market of Choice, or order specialties & pies online! 20650 S. Hwy 99W in Amity Try our Fresh Pies!

pie hotline: 503-835-0740 Farmers Markets 2015 Corvallis • Lake Oswego • Salem • McMinnville


In-Season Now at Harry & Annettes: Crab • Fresh Salmon • Oregon Shrimp Meat Our Signature Sauces and Specialty Items Lobster • In-House Fresh Smoked Fish Harry and Annette’s fresh fish, 541-286-4198

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Mama’s Italian

Fine Italian Food & Wine Shop A large selection of Italian favorites prepared using the finest produce, meats, breads, cheeses and more. Fresh salads, soups, scallopini, cacciatore, chicken, shrimp, beef & veal along with other local favorites like beef stroganoff make for a fantastic dining experience. Pizzas made in-house to order. And don’t forget the Tiramisu and Cannoli for dessert! 11:00 -- 8:00 Tues, Wed & Thurs 11:00 -- 9:00 Fri. 4:00 -- 9:00 Sat. 11:00 -- 4:00 Sunday Brunch

50 West Oak St. Lebanon 541-451-5050

del Alma An exciting menu of new Latin fusion cuisine. Fabulous riverfront bar, special events, extensive wine list. A truly memorable dining experience.

Café, Gift Shop, & Event Space

Experience the history of this restored schoolhouse that now serves as a gathering space for small and large groups alike. Fresh ingredients and a peaceful setting make for the perfect dining atmosphere. Enjoy traditional lunch fare and signature dishes! Our staff will help create a memorable event that will surely meet your needs. Mon-Fri 10am-3pm

4455 NE Highway 20 Corvallis 541-758-5953

Queen’s Chopstick Not just Chinese food!

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Our Asian fusion menu will delight you. You’ll love our chic new restaruant, and our delicious menu items presented with style. Many reviewers have called ours “the best asian food in Corvallis,” come find out why.

Open for dinner Mon. - Thurs. 5:00 -- 10:00 Fri. & Sat. 5:00 - 11:00 11:00 am 10:00 pm Sun-Wed 11:00 am 11:00 pm Thurs-Sat

136 SW Washington Ave Suite 102 Corvallis

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The Blue Goat

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Savor the romance of wood-fired cooking straight from our giant handsculpted earthen oven. You can even watch our cob oven chef at work while you eat!

Produce, herbs and flowers grown on the owners’ Buzzard Hill Farm combine to create an intensely personal, flavorfully vibrant meal. The food is alive with this just-picked garden goodness. We like to think of it as “Farm to Fork” dining at its best. It doesn’t get any fresher than this!

Serving the best local wine and beer in a relaxed, family-friendly environment. And featuring locally grown fresh produce, eggs, meats, and cheeses - from small, sustainable farms in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Open for lunch & dinner

506 So. Trade St. in Amity 503-835-5170

Dinner from 5 pm Wed -- Sun Reservations Recommended.

749 NW 3rd St. in Newport’s Historic Nye Beach district 541-265-6855

Catering, Private Parties, Lunch & Dinner. Offering a fresh, local and creative menu you’ll love. Promoting local musicians and artists, Cafe Mundo is a destination for coastal travelers and locals. Come on by, you’ll love it! Tu - Th 11 am to 10 pm Fri - Sat 11 am to Midnight Sun 10 am to 4 pm Closed Mondays

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A local landmark for over 30 years. Our bakers and chefs are at work around-the-clock preparing all your favorite dishes and baked goods using only the finest ingredients. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, or anything in between. Now offering catering too. 7am to 9pm Mon-Sat 8am to 8pm Sunday 219 SW 2nd St. Downtown Corvallis 541-754-0181

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Our menu is based on the foods that our farmer/neighbors grow: seasonal, and regional. Many of the wines that we feature come from just down the road. We are committed to using the best ingredients, and our menu changes as we move through the seasons of the year. We believe in using the highest quality and most healthful ingredients available and use organic, free range and chemical free products. Dinner Nightly 5:00 pm - Close Lunch Tues - Fri 11:30 - 2:00

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Let us treat you to a special evening with a menu inspired by our farmers and service that will pamper you and your guest. The Painted Lady is more than a restaurant, it’s an experience to remember. Wed. -- Sun. 5 - 10 pm Reservations Required

201 So. College St. Newberg 503-538-3850

Le Patissier

Vive la France ! 541-752-1785


French Pastry Savory Dishes Dinner Events All prepared in-house from the freshest ingredients available.

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“World Beat Cuisine”

The Arts 1701 Pacific Avenue Tacoma, WA 98402 253-272-4258

Eloquent Objects Georgia O’Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico March 1 – June 7, 2015

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887−1986), Yellow Cactus, 1929. Oil on canvas, 30 × 42 inches. Dallas Museum of Art, Texas. Patsy Lacy Griffith Collection, Bequest of Patsy Lacy Griffith. 1998.217. (O’Keeffe 675) © 2015 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy International Arts ®.



Metolius River (detail) Bill Shumway

The walk occurs the 3rd Thursday of every month and is organized by a loose group of gallery/studio members & artists who are working to cultivate the art scene in Corvallis. Participating stops host some type of event each CAW night (maybe an art demo, artist’s talk, music, wine, etc.), in addition to new monthly exhibits. This schedule keeps the event fresh and ensures no one CAW night is like any other. In addition to art enthusiasts who are eager to see what’s new by a favorite artist (or gallery), the walk is proving to be a popular night out for groups of friends who wish to explore the stops together and see it as a regular monthly get together. Plus it’s free!


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Willamette Valley Vineyards Memorial Day Weekend Open House May 23 - 25 • 11am - 6pm Willamette Valley Vineyards Turner

Sleater-Kinney Crystal Ballroom May 5th Portland

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Upcoming Events PERFORMANCES*

April  04/01, 7:30pm, Oregon Jamboree Mystery Concert  04/07, 7:30pm, The French Connection – Corvallis Community Band  04/10, 7:30pm, Escher Quarter – Chamber Music Corvallis  04/11, 5:00pm, India Night – Dinner and Performance  04/13-22 Holocaust Memorial Week Lectures: - 13th, 7:30pm, Sexual Violence against Indigenous Women in Guatemala - 15th, 7:30pm, Film Screening/Discussion: Watchers of the Sky - 16th, 7:30pm, Human Rights Law & the Issue of Violence against Women - 22nd, 7:30pm, From a World of Fear to a World of Hope: My Journey  04/14, 7:00pm, The Other Side  04/18, 5:30pm dinner/ 8:30pm show, Hui O Hawai’i Lu’au  04/26, 3:00pm, Corvallis Youth Symphony – Spring Concert May  05/02, 7:00pm & 9:30pm, MUPC Mom’s Weekend Comedy Show  05/03, 4:00pm, Jon Kimura Parker – Corvallis-OSU Piano International  05/05, 7:30pm, OSU Bands Concert – Spring  05/07, 7:00pm, Wrenched Movie Screening  05/08, 7:30pm, Jazz Kings – Why Don’t You Do Right?  05/09, 7:30pm, Spring Drag Show  05/19, 7:30pm, Music and Courage – Corvallis - OSU Symphony Orchestra  05/25, 7:00pm, Memorial Day Concert

6th Annual Cultural Connection: American Expansion Exhibit Run Dates: March 12th - April 24th

Glass Act: OSU MUCC Glass Guild & His and Hers

Exhibit Run Dates: April 1st – May 29th Reception: May 4th at 6:30pm


April  04/02, 8:00pm, OSU Gerontology Conference  04/02, 7:00pm, John Marzluff – Welcome to Subirdia  04/13, 7:30pm, Richard Besser – Discovery Lecture  04/29, 7:00pm, Hasan Elahi – Visting Artist Lecture  04/30, 7:00pm, Nature’s Trust with Mary Wood May  05/05, 5:00pm, Linus Pauling Lecture on World Peace  05/09, 7:00pm, Kim Komenich Lecture  05/11, 9:00am, Parenting Educators Conference  05/12, 3:30pm, Lonseth Lecture Series – Harold R. Parks


March/April  03/12—04/24, 6th Annual Cultural Connection: American Expansion April/May  04/29—05/29, Glass Act: OSU MUCC Glass Guild & His and Hers - Recent works by Michael and Billie Moore. A public art reception will be held on 05/04 from 6:30pm—8:30pm. June/July  06/01—07/17, Every Day Taste of Plein Air A public art reception will be held on 06/10 from 6:00pm—9:00pm.

Every Day Taste of Plein Air Exhibit Run Dates: June 1st – July 17th Reception: June 10th at 6:00pm

Standard Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm *Visit for ticket purchase options and registration requirements.

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memorable one at the Samaritan Center. The Samaritan Center is an ideal venue for:



•Business meetings


The 12,000-square-foot facility can accommodate groups of up to 600. It also features full-service catering, state-of-the-art equipment and much more. Call 541-451-6305 to schedule a tour!

For booking information and tours: 541-451-6305 • • 605 Mullins Drive, Lebanon, OR 97355 •

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