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Publisher’s Note Mike on Health Annette on Real Estate Bonnie Milletto Sten: On the Money In the Garden With Brenda

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Charity Spotlight The Bookshelf Striking Gold In Season Local Notes Boulder Falls Inn

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OK, a vast number of people have told me: “that publisher photo doesn’t look like you.” Well, I kinda liked it, but I suppose it’s not really in keeping with the Willamette Valley Lifestyle, which our magazine is supposed to be about -- blazer and all. Everyone said: “why don’t you get a shot of you doing valley stuff instead of trying to look like Mr. Publisher?” So, here you go, a new pic with my co-publisher (Mrs Publisher) wife Gayanne -- doing valley stuff -- see, trees.

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Now that we’ve got that cleared up, let‘s move on to the business of the late summer issue in your hand (or on your screen). As always, the August / September issue focuses on home improvement, and we’ve got some great tips from the local pros. I was struck this time at how good we’re all getting at putting the home features together. It really is a partnership with our contractors who contribute to the magazine, it’s looking pretty upscale, and they are coming up with some great tips. So thanks to all you local home pros -- we couldn’t do it without you! I hope you, our readers, enjoy some of their inspiring ideas and give them a call. For the getaway this time, we’d planned a different destination than we ended up featuring. Gayanne saw something about “Flyte Camp” in Bend. They restore vintage campers -- the really old, Lucy & Ricky long, long trailer kind. That led us to a very unique RV park in Dayton, just forty minutes or so north of Corvallis. The Vintages, has a row of restored campers

from “back in the day” and they are so cool we had to let you know about them. Now we want one! We went and checked out the Boulder Falls Inn, the new hotel and conference center in Lebanon. If you ever feel things aren’t moving forward in the Valley, just take a ride out to Lebanon and you can see major progress happening before your eyes. It’s really nice, and they have a great restaurant on-site too. Look for a review in an upcoming issue! While the vintage trailers are the way to camp, we’re not opposed to old-school tents and sleeping bags either. Oregon State Parks is offering a program called “Let’s Go Camping.” for thirty bucks a family, they supply pretty much everything the non camper, or out of practice camper needs to sleep under the stars. Visit for more info and to sign up. If you’re an art lover, there’s an opportunity coming up to do the “Philomath Open Studios” tour. Meet and talk to artists in their natural habitat. Preview shows are going on in a few areas around the valley. Read about it in the pages ahead. If you’re a seafood lover, check out the article about Salty’s on the Columbia. Until next time, stay cool - maybe hit the river or the pool, and thanks again for reading Willamette Living.

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Family Building Blocks is a local non-profit that has served children and families since 1997. Our mission is to “Keep Children Safe & Families Together.” Our core services include therapeutic classrooms, home visiting and parenting education. We partner with families with young children, ages prenatal to five, who are facing difficult life circumstances. Our programs focus on nurturing children, supporting children, and strengthening families. In 2014, more than 1,000 children were enrolled in our preventative programs. Ninety-nine percent of the children we served in 2014 were able to

continue living with their families, avoiding foster care and the devastation caused by abuse or neglect. Family Building Blocks provides services at several sites throughout Marion & Polk Counties – including locations in NE Salem (Chelsea’s Place), west Salem (Gracie’s Place), Stayton (Doris’s Place) and Dallas, OR. Family Building Blocks has a strong volunteer program – over 400 people contribute 10,000 hours annually helping in the classrooms, with special events and dozens of other important jobs. We are always seeking additional

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Mike, on Health

The New Era of Nutrition (part two)

A word about meat People who are moving to more of a plant based diet can still eat healthier cuts of lean red meat. Lean poultry from local reputable farms is still okay too. And of course all types of fish and seafood have lots of health value. Some people choose not to eat meat due to humane concerns, environmental beliefs, as well as the personal health risks. The benefit of a plant based diet with the added plant type grains, some listed above, is you still get enough essential protein and iron for your health and wellbeing.

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Plant based grains and seeds Part of a plant based diet includes food from the grain and seed groups. As more people learn about this diet composition, they realize it’s more than just traditional vegetables for salads, or a side dish. As I researched more of the diets that include grains with plants, I noticed there are several different personal and environmental health diet plans that include both these groups. A lot of these grains and seeds are a great source of protein. This helps Vegans ( true vegetarians who do not eat meat, fish or dairy products) get their essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals, and more importantly iron. Below is a list of grains and seeds - all part of a plant based diet. You’ll notice some extra “health protective” benefits to some of the foreign grains Amaranth: more like a seed, high in protein, and calcium used both as a cereal and in certain salad recipes Barley: high in soluble fiber, has 8 of the 9 essential amino acids, has been recommended for type 2 diabetics to balance blood sugar Kamut (berry): really gaining in popularity, more protein, and less carbohydrate as a percentage than traditional wheat Millet: used with other grains in cereals and creative meals with veggies. High in protein and iron Quinoa: ancient grain from south America. It has all 9 essential amino acids, big in fiber and iron, very popular today in restaurants that provide more plant based dishes. And by consumers looking to add healthy, tasty grains to their plant based meals. There are many more I haven’t listed here. Check with your local farmers market or your food co-op in your community. Also check online; search for “plant based nutrition.”

Example of a new well rounded diet composition Below is a diagram talking a little about the more popular “Flexitarian diet” This diet promotes a lot of plant based foods into its meal plans and recipes, and it allows you to bring in some healthy meats and fish. There are some great new cook books on this diet, and plenty of information on line. We’re still in a world of fast food. Too many sugars, and heavy, unhealthy meat consumption, but with more consumers in all age demographics demanding new healthier food sources, and restaurants and food companies becoming environmentally aware, we in health promotion are optimistic that we’ll see a high percentage of the population eating more farm based, fresh products.


In my last piece I talked about a bigger national movement towards a plant based diet with a stronger human-environmental connection. There’s a lot more consciousness about the earth and human biology being integrated in a holistic health model. Hearing from some Willamette Living readers bringing up the soil quality, a home gardeners perspective, even a recommendation on the best farms in the Willamette valley to buy produce, tells me I’m on the right path in my opening days of expressing this new healthy community centered diet.

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The Flexitarian Diet is one that can satisfy people who want to have some meat, as well as plant based eaters who need essential protiens

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The Interest Rate Hike IS Coming This will be short and sweet because it is an important message: For years now we have been incredibly spoiled by historically low interest rates. At times you could get a 30 year mortgage for under 3.5%. This made for a great affordability factor and a lot of buyers were able to buy homes who could not at five to six percent interest. But this will be over sooner than later. As the BBC reports today (7/10), Ms Yellen, chairwoman of the Fed, said that the signs point to a rate hike later this year. While this only indirectly influences the mortgage rates, they will eventually rise. Any change in interest rates will likely put a damper

on home sales, even if interest rates remain low for a while. But perception is reality and the affordability factor will certainly change. Therefore, if you are on the fence whether to buy or sell this year, I suggest making decisions as this endeavor might be more costly next year. Buyers: go to a local bank, get pre-approved and start looking at homes! Sellers: get ready and put your house on the market! While we have historically low inventory, days on the market might rise… Get Going!


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MILLETTO Celebrating Inspirational Women When I founded the first ‘Mazing You! Women’s Conference in 2014, bringing together women from all walks of life to teach and learn from each other, I did not realize how revolutionary the day would be. I did not realize the dynamic positive effects that would live on, long after the day had gone.

“Any time women come together with a collective intention, it’s a powerful thing.”

Women have a unique style of leadership. It’s more inclusive, more collaborative. Asking my long-time friend, Diane McLaran, to come along on the dream of igniting leadership inspiration we partnered to present to a SOLD-OUT audience in 2014. We are back! West Salem’s beautiful wine country will lend a fabulous backdrop for the 2015 leadership conference on Friday, October 2. The venue is the spectacular Chemeketa Eola Viticulture Event Center. We are delighted to share the day with an impressive array of six professional business and thought leaders (along with three surprise guests) that will share powerful insights and lessons learned on leadership and life.

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On the Money

Financial Advice For Those Turning Forty


o you survived your surprise party and you’re getting used to the fact that you’ve turned 40 years old quite well. You got all the typical gag gifts, but after you put the cane with the bike horn in the closet, allow yourself a moment to reflect. Although you may feel like you’re still 28, you’ve reached a great milestone – and now is a good time to take a serious look at your finances. Here are a handful of things to keep in mind now that you’ve hit the big 4-0.

Look at the big picture. You likely have a lot going on financially, so take time to step back and consider what you’re really trying to achieve overall. Make a list of all your financial obligations and goals – from daily expenses to long-term plans. Then start prioritizing them, being honest with yourself about the “need to haves” (retirement savings) and “nice to haves” (tuition paid in full for your college-bound child). Also re-evaluate the products and policies you already have in place and ensure you’re making the most of your options. For example, this is a critical time to maximize your qualified retirement savings. If your employer offers a 401(k) match, make sure you’re taking advantage of it, and save the allowed amount in an IRA as well.

Set limits. While it can be difficult to restrain your generosity, it’s crucial to set boundaries with your children and other family members if they request financial help. Lending and borrowing within your family can lead to both financial and emotional stress, so make sure you’re in a position to help – and set realistic expectations – before you provide assistance. If you anticipate needing to help finance your child’s college education or a parent’s stay in an assisted living facility, begin planning and saving well in advance to avoid compromising your own financial security. Educate your children. If you have

children, take steps to instill financial responsibility now. Guiding them on a path to financial independence is positive for them, but also good for your own financial future. Research some of the ways you can talk to your children about finances, teach them to spend and save responsibly, and lead by being a positive influence. This may also be a good time to establish or update your will and guardianship plan, and ensure your family is adequately covered under your insurance policies and in case you or your spouse are unable to provide for them because of a premature death or disability.

Prepare for change. Unexpected events are bound to happen, but you can minimize the risk that an event like disability, illness, or divorce will jeopardize your financial security by having a contingency plan in place. It’s difficult to consider these circumstances, but having an emergency fund or the proper insurance for unforeseen events may be a lifesaver someday. If your emergency fund goes unused, saving the extra cash will be not have been in vain – consider using it to further another financial goal. Seek advice. It can be extremely challenging to prioritize your financial goals during your 40s, but your future financial security depends on it. Why go it alone? Consider consulting with a financial advisor and other professionals, such as an accountant and attorney. They can help guide you through the multiple demands you face and help you make rational – rather than emotional – decisions about your finances. The most important thing to remember during this period is that though you may find it challenging to set aside the cash for your long-term goals, it’s crucial not to lose sight of them. Remember that you’re not as old as your age may sound! Ensure you’re saving a manageable amount now while time is still on your side.

Sten Carlson, MBA, CFP, CRPC, is a Financial Advisor with PacWest Wealth Partners, an Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Platinum Financial Services Agency in Corvallis, OR. He specializes in fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies and has been in practice for 22 years. 541-757-3000 2396 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis, OR 97330

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In The Garden With Brenda

Confessions of a Lazy Gardener Assessing the Season


his was a whirlwind spring with higher than normal temperatures. Summer hit suddenly accompanied by even hotter weather. For various reasons, I had more on my schedule this year and I was tired. I didn’t do a lot of the prepping and maintenance that I normally do in the garden. My husband and I put neglected tasks at the top of the list and actually got them done, but much of the basics got missed. Now we’re in August, and quite frankly all I want to do is sit with my feet in a pool and sip a glass of wine. So how did my garden grow? The warm, dry spring meant that my Hosta actually have very few holes in the leaves from slugs and snails, despite the fact that I didn’t do much baiting or protecting. I have two new dogs so I didn’t want to use anything that could harm them. I used cinnamon oil spray once or twice. In fact, I managed to kill a few plants by spraying them just prior to hot weather. It’s an oil and I should have known better than to use any oil-based product in hot weather. Bottom line, I lucked out in regards to my biggest pest problem. The next area of laziness ended in utter failure. Mitch and I didn’t prune things back as we should have done. The result? The Clematis grew into the Nicotiana. The Nicotiana multiplied

and grew into the Exbury Azalea. The espaliered Apple looks more like a tree and several branches are currently braced with boards. (We do, however, have twice as many apples.) The blueberries overgrew the path. In fact, we practically had to swing a machete to get from the back yard to the vegetable garden due to the blueberries and the Clematis. Too many Nasturtiums volunteered and were left to overgrow the plants that I actually planted. The Canna lilies overtook the Playboy Rose. And on and on. Our landscape looks like a jungle, which Mitch keeps telling me is what my preferred design style looks like. The plants that didn’t overgrow didn’t grow much at all. Why is it that I either have rampant growers or plants that steadily dwindle until they disappear? Survival of the fittest in Brenda’s garden. Most of the new plants I put in went into ceramic pots. I didn’t bother to change the soil out completely like I normally do each spring. Instead, I added some organic compost/manure to beef it up. In addition, I fertilized every new plant. Again, the dogs made me change my routine. Diva loved the organic starter fertilizer. I turned around to see her eating it out of the pots. I had not mixed it in! My mistake. I was afraid if left unattended she might dig it up even if I did mix it in.

So, I must confess I used a chemical fertilizer on the rest of the pots. I was going to liquid feed but as the title of this article states, I am a lazy gardener, and I really wasn’t motivated to do that. I didn’t bother to fertilize anything in the ground, except half of the strawberries as an experiment. The half I fertilized is much bigger. The lack of fertilizer for the rest of the landscape didn’t matter, most plants look fine. I removed 12 inches of soil from the pots where I plant sweet peas and put new soil in. I had a huge problem with them last year, I thought because of the soil. At first they didn’t do anything and the snails were eating them, but then they took off and bloomed. Then the heat hit, I didn’t pull off the seed pods, and they stopped blooming. I had even selected a heat-resistant variety. So I may have to give up on growing sweet peas. On the other hand, I was able to grow mint this year. It’s a running joke that I am the only person in the world that can’t grow mint. It usually gets a caterpillar that strips the leaves. That didn’t happen this year, but now it’s about to flower. Apparently, I’m going to have to prune it. What is the final result? Some things went well, some didn’t. Each year is different, which is why I like gardening.

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Vagabonding Through Retirement By Bill Mahoney and Ina Garrison Mahoney Published by CreateSpace Follow Bill and Ina, an engaging, globetrotting couple who enjoy getting off the beaten track, meeting people, and exploring how regular folks live around the world, just after the Soviet Union breaks apart.

A Life in Two Worlds by Thomas Hughes The story revolves around Thomas’s abduction as a child by Germans in a northeastern Brazilian city, trying to obtain information from the boy’s father on the North Atlantic Sea Operation prior to the sinking of the Graf-Spee.

The Bloody Shoe Affair By Joy York Published by BookBaby In this mystery set in 1968, Christi, a shy and awkward teenager, never expected to get sucked into helping her cousin, Lily, the “doubledare-you” daughter of the county jailer, try to solve the grizzliest murder the town of Roselyn, Mississippi, had ever seen.

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The Sarcastic Lens By Richard and Amy Lynn Published by Blurb This book is about the incredible diversity and wonder of wildlife and how two ordinary people were able to get some pretty darn good photos while simultaneously laughing their way through some pretty ridiculous situations.


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Makeup Tips for Easy Summer Travel Summer travel means makeup needs to be fast, easy and portable. You want to look great when you travel during the summer, but who wants to spend their vacation or weekends at the beach in front of a makeup mirror when you could be splashing in the sun and surf? Less makeup means fewer touch ups to control sweat and shine. Then there’s the whole space issue. When you’re trying to avoid those hefty baggage check-in fees, packing light becomes an art form. Every inch of space in your carry-on becomes precious. Who wants to choose between a bulging makeup bag and those to-die-for sandals? Pare down your makeup bag and pack both! Here are some suggestions to pack: mascara, eyeliner pencil, brow pencil, tinted moisturizer with sunscreen, lipstick or tinted lip gloss Or… for a truly minimal amount of makeup…have permanent makeup applied and pack: Tinted moisturizer with sunscreen, possibly mascara and lip gloss When you wear permanent makeup, life is just that simple. The ultimate in minimalist makeup, permanent makeup ensures that you look utterly fabulous whether you’re tanning on the beach, going for a dip in the ocean, sweating during spinning class or sipping margaritas by the pool. Because it is long lasting, and difficult to remove, it is essential to have permanent makeup applied by a highly qualified specialist. Many people feel they would benefit from permanent makeup services, however are reluctant to proceed because they don’t know how to select a good artist. Similar to finding a surgeon, this is not a service you want to bargain shop for. You will want to have a consultation to see actual client photos and learn everything you need to make an informed choice. Today, many professional permanent cosmetic specialists are members of the world’s leading, not-for-profit society devoted to this field, the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP). This organization sets standards of practice for its members, which assures the public of the highest levels of professionalism. With that assurance you can wear the ultimate in minimalist makeup with confidence keep your travel makeup bag from bulging. Happy traveling! Cheryl Lohman, licensed Esthetician and Permanent

Makeup Specialist in Corvallis and is a member in good standing of the SPCP. For more information you can reach her at 541-740-1639 or visit her website at


Local Entrepreneur

Striking Gold and

Swimming with Sharks By Kelli Warner


ark Peterson always knew he would be an inventor one day. After kicking around hundreds of ideas, you might say he’s finally found one that’s ‘panned’ out. The Gold Rush Nugget Bucket certainly gave a panel of no-nonsense, hard-nosed venture capitalists on the ABC reality show Shark Tank something to talk about earlier this year. “It was crazy, and I was nervous,” Mark says, recalling flying to Los Angeles and undergoing a string of interviews before his product made its TV debut in mid-February. Mark has owned and operated Western Mortgage Brokers in Eugene since 2000. He stumbled onto his idea for the Gold Rush Nugget Bucket in 2011. “I was looking for an activity to get my daughters outdoors and away from technology,” he says. “I wanted it to be an adventure.” When he rigged a couple wire screens onto a plastic bucket so his daughters could try their luck panning for gold, Mark wasn’t aiming to invent a product that would be field tested and recommended for all ages by the Gold Prospectors Association of America. But that’s exactly what he did. “Watching my girls spend hours shoveling in dirt and pouring in the water and having so much fun, I thought, ‘Maybe, I have something here.’” After some fine-tuning, Mark now has a patented, allin-one design that concentrates the tiniest gold particles into one small bowl, making the panning process in his words, “Super easy.” “Gold dust can be found, to some degree, at almost any lake, stream, river or beach,” Mark said. “We’ve even found small amounts of gold dust in bags of sand bought at the local hardware store.” Mark is quick to point out that the gold dust you might find in that sand likely won’t pay for the bag it comes in, but the panning process is the real draw. “Gold mining is part of Oregon’s rich history and the allure of treasure hunting can be found in all of us,” Mark said. The Gold Rush Nugget Bucket has been proven to recover 99 percent of the finest gold dust to be found, all without chemicals, pumps, motors or moving parts. The bucket is now an option for serious gold panners to use in areas where the law prohibits the use of motorized equipment for mining. But what Mark is most proud of is that he’s created something anyone can use and enjoy. Adults, kids, people with disabilities, even schools have purchased the Gold Rush Nugget Bucket to provide handson learning in outdoor education programs. “Over the last week, two women in their 80s came into


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the warehouse to buy a bucket. I asked one woman if she was buying it for a gift and she said, ‘Hell no, this for me. I enjoy this stuff,’” Mark said with a proud grin. “Another woman drove her grandson here from Salem because all he wanted for his 10th birthday was a Gold Rush Nugget Bucket. It’s really neat to see the diversity of users. This product is not gender or agespecific.” Since his appearance on Shark Tank, where he struck a deal with shark Robert Herjavec, Mark says orders for the Gold Rush Nugget Bucket have increased ten fold. Mark produces the gold panning kit at his warehouse in west Eugene, where his brother, Aaron, serves as his warehouse and shipping manager. With the uptick in business, they’ve hired another fulltime employee. Mark recently secured a wholesale deal with Kellyco Metal Detectors Equipment, the world’s largest supplier of metal detecting equipment, based near Orlando, Florida. “They contacted me and said the Gold Rush Nugget Bucket is a perfect fit with their product line.” Mark’s goal is to continue to leverage Herjavec’s and Shark Tank’s reputation and connections, seeking opportunities to expand his retail options for his product. And he’s learning the fine balance of running two businesses, which couldn’t be more different. But that’s by Mark’s own design. He didn’t want to put all his eggs in one basket—or one bucket, so to speak. Mark invented the Gold Rush Nugget Bucket in the middle of the recession, when his mortgage business, like many mortgage businesses across the country, was struggling to survive. “It was therapy for me to focus on the creative process of inventing the Gold Rush Nugget Bucket to offset the negative stress I was under,” Mark says. “It was important to create a product that was completely separate from the mortgage business, so if one tanked, the other could still thrive.” After a strategic restructuring, Western Mortgage Brokers survived the recession and rebounded along with the housing market. Mark and his staff are proud to be celebrating 15 years in business. And he’s looking forward to growing his newest venture. For Mark, his invention is all about encouraging people to try something new, to enjoy the great outdoors in a fun way, and to embark on a unique adventure while spending time with family and friends. After all, he says, that’s the real treasure in life. August / September 2015

In Season

Oregon Bartlett Pears Vive La Lavande! Immerse yourself in lavender! Visit our delightful lavender shop on Hwy 99, you’ll be glad you did.

What color is a Bartlett Pear supposed to be? Bartlett’s brighten as they ripen, which is a characteristic unique to the variety When picked, Bartletts are a vibrant green, and as they ripen they turn more yellow and red. When unripe, bartletts can have a gritty texture.

Caramel for dipping

Combine 3/4 cup cream, 1 cup sugar, 4 tablespoons dark corn syrup, and 2 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until it registers 280º on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and add an additional 1/4 cup of cream. Stir to mix. Work quickly so it doesn’t harden up!

Here’s a great idea inspired by Jenny McCoy, Pastry Chef at A Voce in New York City. As kids, we all did the caramel apples right? Put the popsicle stick in the apple, dip in melted caramel, and roll in peanuts. Let it cool and it was off to sugar nirvana. Well here’s an idea. Instead of an apple, try a fresh, ripe Oregon Bartlett Pear, dip it halfway (we are adults after all) into melted caramel, and instead of the peanuts, roll that beauty in some crushed Hazelnuts (Filberts for you true believers). Sugar Nirvana, Oregon Style!

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Oregon Wonders: Crater Lake & Oregon State Parks

Some of the many natural wonders of our beautiful state are Crater Lake and over 150 state and national parks! This year the Crater Lake art show has expanded to include Oregon State and National Parks in the Oregon Wonders: Crater Lake & Oregon State Parks art exhibit in Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center located at Oregon State University. The exhibit will take place August 24 through September 28, 2015 and a public art reception will be held in Giustina Gallery on Friday, August 28 at 6:30pm. The exhibit will be featuring artistic compositions of all mediums that are inspired by adventures in and around Crater Lake and Oregon State Parks. “This is a great opportunity to

view the raw beauty of Oregon through the creative eyes of our artists.” says the Gallery Curator Tina Green-Price. “We are also proud to announce that this exhibit is in collaboration with Kevin ClarkStudio & Gallery and Pegasus Frame Studio & Gallery.” To learn more about this art exhibit visit:

Red Bridge State Park To Host Overnight Guided Camping Trip Red Bridge State Park welcomes beginning or outof practice campers to join in an overnight guided camping excursion August 21-23, part of the statewide “Let’s Go Camping” program hosted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). For $30 per family, OPRD provides tents, sleeping bags and other gear. Volunteers will help campers set up tents, build campfires, prepare meals in the campsite and more. Activities will include: two nights of camping along the scenic Grande Ronde River, camp games galore, and plenty of s’mores. Let’s Go Camping programs will be held at 19 different campgrounds throughout the state through Labor Day weekend. Participating campgrounds are listed at (Click on “Things to Do”). Register online or by calling 888-953-7677.


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Come Play With Us Trillium Family Services is seeking volunteers to work in its Historic Old School Café at the Children’s Farm Home campus on Highway 20 in Corvallis. All Café proceeds are re-invested in maintaining this immaculately restored building which ultimately supports the critical, often life-saving mental health programs for children and families provided by Trillium at the Children’s Farm Home. Individuals are encouraged to apply and are matched with a position that will provide the most enjoyment. Come play with us. Volunteer shifts are available for hosts/hostesses, servers, dishwashers and kitchen helpers, weekdays from 10:30am to 2pm. No experience is necessary! For information, please call Glenda at 541-758-5953 or email Trillium Family Services is Oregon’s leading provider of mental and behavioral health services for children.

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Boulder Falls Inn

“Is there a Doctor in the House?”

Lebanon has hit the development jackpot!


here is a fantastic new hotel in Lebanon. The Boulder Falls Inn was completed and opened its doors for business in May of this year. Built as a part of the Samaritan Health Services Lebanon Campus, the hotel is an upscale property, but the rates are very accessible. It’s across the street from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Northwest and soon, the Linn Benton Community College School of Nursing, so it’s the perfect hotel for someone to say “is there a doctor in the house?” Best Western has a new line of hotels they refer to as their “Premier” line. Until May, there were only 25 Best Western Premier hotels in the entire United States - none of them in Oregon. The Boulder Falls Inn is the first and, so far, only Premier hotel in Oregon. In the premier line, one can expect the feel of a boutique hotel, fine dining, and upscale decor and amenities, the Boulder Falls Inn delivers. During a recent tour, we were treated to an inside look at the new 86 room hotel and conference center. The Suites feature

flat screen TV’s, awesome multiple head showers, very upscale decor and beautiful furnishings from Wood Castle - the place on Hwy 34 between Corvallis and I-5 apparently Wood Castle builds high-end hotel furniture for properties nationwide. if you’ve always wondered what they did in there, now you know. The minute you enter the hotel, it’s like you’ve walked through a magic portal and somehow ended up in San Francisco, or… Portland. It’s every bit as nice, yet still affordable in comparison to a similar property in the “big city.” Actually it’s nicer, because it has a relaxed, rural feel, and they’re currently working on an outdoor, covered (year-round) pool. That is going to put it over the top in terms of great amenities. Also on the property, is a Japanese garden which is over an acre of soothing, tranquil paths and views to enjoy. The Japanese garden was designed by Kurisu International of Portland -- of Portland Japanese Garden fame. There is a huge Koi pond, and the Koi seem to like it - hotel

staff is happy to announce the recent arrival of a number of baby Koi! The on-site event center is an 8,000 square foot facility that is filling up fast for conferences, trainings, and it’s also open for local events, weddings and the like. Also on site is the “1847 Bar & Grill” a great eatery that sources meat and produce locally. The Menus change with the seasons, and the availability of great ingredients. It’s a very nice restaurant, and the prices are reasonable for the fine foods they serve. You can find everything from a House Roasted Turkey Sandwich for lunch priced at $9 featuring sage aioli, pear-dried cranberry chutney, leaf lettuce on honey wheat bread, to an Angus New York Steak for dinner priced at $22 that is grilled and topped with locally distilled bourbon butter, served with roasted fingerling potatoes, and asparagus. Also on site are two very cool bars - one of which is a more intimate setting and reservable for special events. Definitely go have a meal, and see for yourself how nice the new place is!



The Vintages Trailer Resort The year was 1954. It would be another thirty nine years until Mark Andreessen and Eric Bina would write the code for Mosaic - the first widely used internet web browser, and fifty years until, for better or worse, mostly worse, Facebook would appear. It would be fifteen years until Neil Armstrong would step foot on the Moon, and three years until the Russians would launch Sputnik, the first man-made satellite and cultural icon that ignited a wave of Sputnik inspired design. In 1954, Dwight D. Eisenhower was the president of the United States, and the legions of men and women who made up

“The Greatest Generation” had returned home victorious in Europe, and the Pacific. I Love Lucy was everyone’s favorite TV show, gas was twenty two cents a gallon, Elvis was beginning his career, the first Tonight Show aired, The United States launched it’s first nuclear powered submarine - The Nautilus, Boeing’s 707, the first jet airliner, took it’s maiden flight, and Swanson introduced the TV dinner. We were on a roll. One of Eisenhower’s major accomplishments was the signing of the bill that authorized the Interstate Highway System. This bill paved the way, so to

speak, for millions of Americans to hit the open road. In East Tawas, Michigan, members of The Greatest Generation, were at work on another piece of American ingenuity - the 1954 Anderson mobile coach. A restored example of this beautiful piece of Americana sits just outside the tiny town of Dayton, Oregon. The Vintages Trailer Resort is like stepping back in time, except with air conditioning and great coffee. Sixteen beautifully restored trailers from Americas past sit in a row with names like “The Ideal,” “The Special Deluxe,” “The Spartan Manor,” and “The

“The Neighborhood” The Vintages Trailer Resort 16205 SE Kreder Road Dayton, OR 97114

(971) 267-2130 Westwood Coronado.” each one is a vacation in itself. Once you step past the sleek, atomic age aluminum skin, you’re taken immediately to a time when America could do anything, and the future was as bright as a supernova. We recently stayed a night in “The Anderson” — so, so, cool. The interior is a cross between your own luxury berth on a yacht, and your own Orient Express train car. New RV’s are an aluminum box filled with cheesy, lightweight furniture and fixtures that leave an overall impression that an accountant was in charge of design, not a designer. Not so

in the Anderson. The vintage appliances are so cool, atomic age design and so curvy. One is generally not inspired by an RV refrigerator, or oven - until one witnesses the Anderson’s. There is a quite comfy couch and large “living room” that has been fitted with a big, flatscreen tv and air conditioning. The “bathroom” is delightful with a little sink, toilet and quite serviceable shower. As a bonus, the owners stock each camper with toiletries from L’occitane en Provence, ohh la la. The big bed in the back is super-comfy and provides a wonderful nights sleep. The proprietors provide a set of cruiser bikes to ride around. We took a quick

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tour of Dayton, not a lot happening, but a couple of cool eateries (including the Joel Palmer House) if you want to go out for dinner. There is also a provided gas BBQ. We opted to barbecue, and enjoyed two great steaks, a little potato salad and some veggies (we brought with). There is also a little store on site with lots of staples - like ice cream. And of course, Dayton is at the heart of Oregon’s Wine Country, so if wine flights are on your agenda, you’d be hard pressed to find a better place to land for the night. The only drawback which we struggled with a lot in the morning, was having to leave. Once you get settled in, you’ll want to stay!




Which countertop is best for you? Color and price are just two considerations. How you use and care for countertops are equally important. One of the biggest decisions homeowners have to make during a kitchen remodel is which type of countertop to install. Color is the most fun thing to decide, and much time is spent selecting just the right shade or pattern. Cost, of course, is also a big consideration. Countertops can be a big part of your remodeling budget, depending on which material you use. Unlike painted walls, which can be easily and inexpensively changed, once you purchase countertops they can be costly to replace. But just as important are two other considerations: how “rough” you are on using countertops, and how much time you’re willing to spend caring for the surfaces and your investment. So it’s important to make an informed choice. ”One of the most important decisions is choosing the right countertop for your lifestyle.” Shares Kayla Van Lydegraf, VP of Dale’s Remodeling. “It’s important to consider what matters most and how you use your space. Do you do a lot of entertaining? Do you require easy-care and maintenance-free? Is stain resistance a concern? While you might think that the most expensive countertop material would require the least amount of upkeep, you’d be mostly wrong, with one exception. Quartz is an engineered stone which is a combination of mineral, color and resin is a good combination between the beauty of stone and easy care of solid surfacing. PROS: It can take a beating and still look good. That’s because it’s “engineered stone” stands up against stains, knives, pots dropping on it and other clumsy things that happen in a busy kitchen.


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CONS: is on the higher dollar end, however its durability can make it a worthwhile investment. Edges and sharp corners can chip, so designing with round edges is the safest bet. Granite is the traditional favorite natural-stone choice in many kitchens. PROS: It’s unique colors and patterns found in nature make each piece one of a kind. Its durability stands up well to heat, knife nicks, splashes, stains and is nearly impossible to damage when properly cared for. Granite is a good choice for other projects such as walls and floors. CONS: Although it’s beautiful, it only stays that way if you care for it. As many home cooks will tell you, granite requires periodic resealing to fend off stains. Chips must be professionally repaired. Soapstone and marble are similar to granite in that they look beautiful but care also must be taken. Soapstone scratches easily and can absorb stains. Heat can damage marble. Butcher block instantly warms up a kitchen. They always look fresh, and are often seen in cottage-style and country home kitchens. PROS: The warm natural appearance is classic, inviting and can make you feel like a professional chef. It is easy to install and repair—knife nicks and scratches can be sanded out, though many appreciate the shop-worn look it develops. CONS: As with all wood, it can harbor bacteria and requires frequent disinfecting. To ensure stain resistance, choose a varnish rather than an oil finish. Pricing varies, but is often comparable to granite. Concrete sounds like something that gets poured on a driveway, but new technologies have made concrete a solid choice for countertops. PROS: A very versatile product and ideal for a custom look given August / September 2015

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the variety of customization options – it can be cast into any shape, shade, texture and add unique inlays to make it your own. Concrete is durable, strong and hard, and it’s not easily chipped. If you like low-maintenance, concrete is a good choice. CONS: Just as it sounds, concrete is very heavy and requires support beneath. This in combination with the custom creation options drive up the price tag. Concrete stains easily without sealing and small cracks can develop over time. Tile is a versatile product which comes in ceramic, porcelain or glass and can last for decades. PROS: Tile is easily cleaned, and comes in an endless variety of colors, sizes, shapes and design. CONS: As a product that requires grout and needs to be sealed, it can be labor intensive to install and grout can be difficult to clean, especially in a kitchen workspace. If installed incorrectly, it can create ongoing problems. Make sure you have a professional do the work.

is maintenance free and wipes clean - the two main reasons so many busy families choose it for kitchens and bathrooms. When you consider its many benefits, solid surface is relatively inexpensive. CONS: The material isn’t as tough as engineered stone. It does not stand up well to hot pots and pans or sharp knives and can have a slight artificial feel. Laminate has come a long way from your grandmother’s countertops. PROS: It comes in a wide range of colors and patterns, and resists staining well. Laminate is one of the most affordable materials, low maintenance and easy to clean. CONS: While relatively low-maintenance, it doesn’t take too well to burns, scratching and especially knives. Cutting directly on it causes permanent damage. Use a cutting board. Always. Undermount sinks are a no-no because of the raw particle board core and it is difficult to repair damages.

Van Lydegraf says “Marketing efforts across the board can make your decision a difficult one. The convenience of shopping online can be tempting, but make sure you give yourself the opportunity to see and feel the products in person. Compare them side by side, next to your existing cabinets, samples or soon-to-be cabinetry. Every detail plays a role, it’s important to know your options and be confident in your decision. Solid surface countertop is manufactured from sturdy acrylics and most popularly recognized as Corian. PROS: It’s countless color options mimicking granite and quartz give it a lot of appeal, they are seamless and scratches can be buffed out. It’s hard, durable, and stain resistant. Solid surface

“Can’t decide on one material? Mix and match surfaces.” Says Van Lydegraf.. “Our designers often use more than one material in kitchens, sometimes to add a focal point and sometimes due to budgets. Using a different material on an island, for example, than the rest of the countertops to differentiate the space.” Whichever material you’re thinking of for your kitchen remodel, be sure to see the surface in person, sit down with your contractor and design professional to discuss options. Their personal and professional experience with the many types of materials will help guide the right choice for you.



Scheduling Your Home Improvement Projects By Brian Egan

How long does it take to remodel a kitchen or bathroom? This is a question we hear often, and the answer is not simple. Your material choices can make a serious difference between a three week and a five week kitchen project. Here are some examples.

days for preparation and installation. Corian counters require one week Stone counters require two weeks in most cases Tiled backsplashes will add two days to most counter installations.

Simple floorcoverings like vinyl or linoleum normally require one or two days for preparation and installation. Hardwood floors will require one day to install, one day for sanding and two to three days for staining and finishing. Tile floors need two to three days and sometimes more depending on the tile pattern.

A fiberglass shower will install completely in one day Tiled showers can take a week or more depending on the complexity of the tile pattern Solid surfaces like Corian or Lanmark normally take about one week.



Formica style laminates take one or two


So what can you expect?

Here are some guidelines, but confirm with your remodeling contractor about

timelines after your plans are completed. Guest bathroom: three to four weeks Master bathroom: four to eight weeks Economy kitchen remodel: two to three weeks Major kitchen remodel: four to six weeks   These are just a few examples, and there are exceptions to every one of them. When looking for a remodeling contractor be sure to call references, and ask about how well the contractor kept to their schedule. Experienced contractors choose subcontractors based not only on their technical abilities, but also on how well they can keep on schedule.   Remember that any change orders along the way can affect the schedule and extend the project. The goal is to get you moved back into your space so you can start enjoying your newly remodeled room.

Brian Egan is a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer through the National Kitchen & Bath Association as well as a Certified Aging in Place Specialist. He and his wife Kris are the owners of Corvallis Custom Kitchens & Baths, your local experts for quality design and remodeling.


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Your pet friendly home

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When you have a pet, it’s more than just an animal; it is part of the family. And you want every member of the family to be comfortable in your home! Whether you have two feet, or four paws, carpet should feel good under your feet. Shaw Floors has developed some carpet benefits that you and your furry family members will love. “No Worries” family and pet friendly carpet is made from nylon fibers that naturally reduce odors and the R2X Stain Protection protects against spills and pet urine. Shaw Floors new LifeGuard waterproof layer is the first 100% thermoplastic commercial grade backing that provides a moisture barrier against urine, liquid spills and odor caused by accidents. The entire “No Worries” carpet line is manufactured to protect in every way. Shaw Floors is so confident in these developments, they offer a lifetime stain warranty, as well as a delamination, no wrinkle, no edge ravel, no zippering (tuft bind) warranty for life, on all “No Worries” carpet styles. This impressive list of warranties covers usual excluded items, like stairways, installation cost and replacement costs that are not pro-rated, and the warranty is transferable. As an added benefit this carpet collection is recyclable. This remarkably durable carpet comes in a wide selection of colors and styles. Options include multi-tone and solid textures, loop designs, interesting patterns and luxurious plush styles. There is a style and color to fit every décor. You can see and feel the full “No Worries” carpet line on display at Benson’s Interiors.

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Staying True to Your Home’s Character Through Remodeling By Heidi Powell


Designer Spotlight

A home is much like a person, in that it has an identity and character all its own. As you approach the redesign of your home, it’s important to stay true to your home’s character. A good remodel looks like it has always been that way. Once your project is complete, if your friends and neighbors ask you to remind them of what it looked like before, then you know you’ve done a good job! This bath underwent a total face lift, yet it retained the character of a 1930’s era home. Black and white floor tile, white wainscoting, and a pedestal sink help to create the look. Especially in a small space, it is important that attention be paid to every detail. Plastic wall tiles were removed and replaced with hand crafted wainscoting. An awkward countertop and sink were replaced with a pedestal sink, making the room feel more open. Black and white tile was chosen to stay true to the home’s 1930’s heritage. A wall-hung cabinet for storage, Pottery Barn sconces, Devine paint colors from Miller Paint, and Restoration Hardware accessories help to give the bathroom its charm. This bathroom is full of small bathroom ideas! You can see this 1930’s bathroom in the Powell Construction design studio in Corvallis.

Heidi Powell

Powell Construction Corvallis 541-752-0805


Lighting Basics

Marge Tomlin

J & J Electric in Albany 541-928-8488

The Fundamentals

There are three basic types of lighting that work together in your home: ambient, task & accent. A good lighting plan combines all three types to light an area according to function and style. Ambient light provides an area with average illumination. Also known as general lighting, it radiates a comfortable level of brightness without glare and allows you to see and walk about safely. In some spaces such as laundry rooms, the ambient lighting also serves as the primary source of task lighting. It can be accomplished with chandeliers, ceiling or wall-mounted fixtures, recessed or track lights, and with lanterns mounted on the outside of the home. Having a central source of ambient light in all rooms is fundamental to a good lighting plan. Task lighting helps you perform specific tasks such as reading, grooming, preparing and cooking food, doing homework, working on hobbies, playing games or balancing your checkbook. It can be provided by recessed and track lighting, pendant lighting and under cabinet lighting, as well as by portable floor and desk lamps. Task lighting should be free of distracting glare and shadows, and it should be bright enough to prevent eyestrain. Accent lighting adds drama to a

room by creating visual interest. As part of an interior design scheme, it is used to focus interest on houseplants, paintings, sculpture and other prized possessions. It also can be used to highlight the texture of a brick or stone wall, window treatments or outdoor landscaping. To be effective, accent lighting requires at least three times as much light on the focal point as the general lighting surrounding it. Accent lighting is usually provided by track, recessed or wallmounted fixtures-also known as picture lights.

Lighting can make a difference

Lighting can make a big difference in the interior environment of your home. Good lighting helps us to see better and perform tasks more easily. It also provides safety, security and a sense of comfort. Lighting and lighting controls also provide us with the flexibility to adjust and adapt the mood and ambience of our homes. Lighting adds beauty and drama to a room. It can make a small room look open and airy, and a large room appear comfortable and inviting. It can create a stimulating atmosphere for a night of entertaining, or a comfortable feeling of relaxation after a long, tiring day. Lighting fixtures are an ideal accessory to supplement the interior

decor of your house. With an unlimited range of styles, shapes, colors, and sizes, lighting fixtures can provide the finishing touch to a comprehensive interior design scheme. They add the sparkle to our homes in the same way that jewelry adds sparkle to our bodies. In so many ways, lighting can make a difference. And, it is an inexpensive home remodeling or decorating option that can change a room dramatically at a small cost.

Determining your needs

Lighting should be planned to complement your lifestyle. To accomplish a comprehensive and successful lighting solution, it is best to develop a home lighting plan that meets your individual needs and those of your family. When planning your lighting, identify the activities that occur in each room, identify the mood or ambience that you want to create, and identify the decorative elements you wish to emphasize. Keep in mind that dark colors absorb much light, so it is necessary to provide supplementary light in spaces with dark wall colors and finishes. When remodeling, it is important to note the extent of the remodeling and identify the existing electrical locations. Also, identify those areas serving more than a single purpose and those that will require more than one type of lighting.


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If you’re a seafood lover, Salty’s should be at the top of your list! A lot of seafood-centric restaurants are pretty basic, old-school, deep fried or grilled are often the extent of your options. Seafood standards like the ever-present “Captain’s Platter” conjure up images of the ocean of deep fryer oil that awaits every piece of fish that enters the building. Salty’s is a different story where one is not reminded of an ocean of hot oil. Salty’s creates images of the Ocean - of salt water. All of the fish at Salty’s is as fresh as can be, and there’s nothing old-school about it; the expert preperation at Salty’s is a cut above.

Appetizers: White Anchovy Mediterranean Salad, Monterey Bay Calamari, Ceasar Salad

The Main Event: Oregon Steelhead and Oregon Albacore Tuna

The food at Salty’s is prepared artfully, with light, delicious touches. One of the highlights for us was the White Anchovy Mediterranean Salad, the Anchovies are not packed in oil, they are fresh, light, salty, and just the perfect prelude. The Monterey Bay Calamari was excellent, and there is a difference when you get authentic Monterey Calamari. Monterey is the biggest calamari port in the world, and for good reason. They are excellent. Our main courses were also excellent, Columbia River Steelhead


with whipped potatoes, and fresh Oregon Albacore with sticky rice and asparagus. Both cooked to perfection and both unique, inspired dishes. Last, but certainly not least... not exactly seafood, but a crucial part of the experience... dessert! Peanut butter pie, rich and “peanutbuttery” and the Crème Brûlée... prepared in a shallow, wide souflee - brilliant, because the width increases the amount of delicious toasted sugar on the top! Bravo! Our recommendation: great food, great service, two thumbs up, go try Salty’s, and take a friend!

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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.

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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

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April’s At Nye Beach Featuring quality local ingredients in our Northwest Rustic WoodFired menu. 100% local wine list. Craft beers. Spirits and specialty cocktails. House shrubs, syrups, and nonalcoholic beverages. Reducing our footprint with our sustainable waste composting program. Open Wed-Sun for Lunch, Dinner, and Sunday Brunch. 503 S Trade St/Highway 99, Amity 503-835-5170

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! Dinner from 5 pm Wed -- Sun Reservations Recommended.

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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

The Chowder Bowl


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

Since 1980 we’ve served our delicious milk based chowder. Our recipe is so good we’ve been featured on the Today Show, in Coastal Living Magazine, and we recently won the Newport News Times “Best Clam Chowder.” We also serve burgers, salads, and more. You owe yourself a visit to the Chowder Bowl.

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

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The Arts Philomath Artists to Open Their Doors to the Public

It’s a “pre show, show.” Opening this month at Pegasus Gallery & Frame Studio in Corvallis is a preview show of the work to appear in the Philomath Open Studios tour. Coming in October, this year marks the thirteenth year of the tour. The Open Studio tour is your opportunity to visit with the artists where they create. Ask questions about their process, and get an insider’s look at what goes on “behind (usually) closed doors.” The Philomath Open Studio Tour is a unique opportunity to talk with artists in their studios, see work in process and discuss where they find ideas and inspiration. A variety of work spaces are on the tour—daylight basements, special purpose additions and buildings, barns, attics and living rooms. What inspires the artists is on the bulletin boards and bookshelves of their respective studios. Tools specific to each medium can be seen.

It is rare to shake the hand of the artist that made the artwork in the place where it was conceived and created. Other preview shows will be at the Brownsville Art Museum in Brownsville, and Gathering Together Farm on Grange Road in Philomath during the month of September. Philomath Open Studios Tour: Saturdays and Sundays October 24th & 25th and October 31st & November 1st Noon to Five For maps and more info, visit


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Join us for Toledo Citywide 22nd Art Walk Labor Day Weekend Sept. 5-6-7 Uptown Arts District-140 NE Alder Street Toledo, OR 97391 (541) 336-2797 | August / September 2015

While you’re on the Coast, Visit Nye Beach! for Artsake Gallery • A Co-op of Local Artists

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Garrison Keillor’s A Prarie Home Companion America the Beautiful Tour August 28 • Doors 5:00 pm - Show 7:00 pm Oregon Zoo Portland

The Oregon State Fair August 28th -- September 7th Oregon State Fairgrounds Salem

Willamette Valley Vineyards 25th Annual Oregon Grape Stomp Championships & Harvest Celebration September 20 • 11am - 6pm Willamette Valley Vineyards Turner 46

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women’s conference ‘Mazing You Women’s Conference Chemeketa Eola Viticulture Event Center. October 2nd West Salem August / September 2015

PERFORMANCES August – September

• No Performances October • 10/10, 7:00pm, Japanese Night • 10/16, 9:00am, Beaver Music Preview Day • 10/25, 3:00pm Portland Youth Philharmonic • 10/30, 7:30pm, Fall Drag Show


• 08/19, All Day, Powerful Tools for Caregivers September • 09/09, All Day, Diet and Optimum Health 2015 • 09/13, 8:30am, Valley Springs Church – The Vine October • 10/03, 8:00am, Johns Hopkins Talented & Gifted Youth Program • 10/12 – 13, All Day, 71st OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting • 10/13, 1:00pm, Mary Ann Mason Workshop • 10/23, 7:00pm, Hiroshima Lecture

ART EXHIBITS AND RECEPTIONS August – September • 08/24 – 09/28, Oregon Wonders: Crater Lake & Oregon State Parks • 08/28, 6:30pm, Reception for Oregon Wonders: Crater Lake & Oregon State Parks October • 10/01 – 10/30, Vistas & Vineyards 26th Anniversary Show • 10/01, 6:00pm, Reception for Vista s & Vineyards 26th Anniversary Show

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Our final home improvement issue for the year with lots of tips from our local home pros. A visit to a heavenly vintage camper, and great se...

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