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Managing generational stress in the holiday season This is not going to be the typical health advice on how to stay healthy during the holiday season. Believe me. On my retweets, and face book positing’s on TAC YOUR HEALTH social media sites, I’ve tried to find the articles on what I think is a HUGE personal and family holiday stressor. All I find is mainly the typical message of please try and eat well, and get some physical activity. We are in a huge generational transition in our country, and the world. We have several generations that view the holidays and it’s rituals and traditions from totally different views. My narrative is not to question whether each generations’ views and meaning of the holidays is right or wrong. But when 3 or more generations come together for a holiday gathering, each individual in each generation comes with a different paradigm of what the holiday season is, and how we celebrate it. I won’t go into the characteristics of each generation here. I’ll just say that a generation of 65+ age group comes from a much simpler time of no media, lots of family actually being together. And rituals that involved church, neighborhoods, community. Being together meant that. No sports on TV. No I pods, I phones, and definitely no texting. For the 25 and under it’s all about virtual relationships, (skyping with the family from your own bedroom?), and just getting “things” re: gifts. The group that hosts most extended generational family gatherings are the boomers. The so called “sandwich” generation usually is entrusted with making sure the rituals and routines of holiday events are delivered. Boomers are the link to the past of TV family holiday shows, and White Christmas. They also know that it has become more difficult to keep this history of a simpler past as Gen Xer’s moved into millennials.

personalities), all together under one roof it can be a very stressful situation. Perhaps you’ve been in a situation like this, as a host or as a participant?

What’s the solution? The only thing I can do here is to advise the host. You can’t change the wide ranges of the expectations of each generation, but you can arrange some of the holiday environments. Talk ahead of time with all family members who will be coming to a holiday event you’re hosting. Let them know the various age groups that will be there. Let them know that you’ll have food-dishes favorites for a number of different family members (but of course don’t create a restaurant expectation, you’re not putting on a banquet). Let everyone know that there will be some rituals that are popular with an older generation that will be celebrated. (i.e. caroling, volunteering at a soup kitchen, certain religious-spiritual customs ). Recreate the expectation that parts of the holiday event will not take the whole day or evening. Communicate that there will be fun aspects to the day or evening for everyone. It’s not always enjoyable being the leader of the show. But if you sit down and plan ahead. Communicate with all by giving each generation a vision of what the gathering will be. You’ll be lowering the stress level of the entire group. You won’t make everyone happy. But you’ll start to eliminate some of your own stress that could wear you out. Holidays and family are supposed to be a joyous experience. Let’s think about all the different ages, generations of our families and how we can all enjoy this short time we have together. Have a happy and safe holiday

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In stress and anxiety we talk about having, believing, expectations that aren’t met. Psychologists call this “cognitive dissonance”. In our minds we perceive a picture of an event, and create this emotional expectation of how great the event or the experience will be. When this doesn’t happen we get... stressed. A flood of negative emotions come up for us, and we simply don’t feel good physically or about the present moment we’re in.

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Should you stay or should you go.....staying on the market for the winter?

Withdrawing until early spring, cons: • You might lose out on somebody serious who was looking in winter • Interest rates will most likely rise in spring, we do not know when exactly but it will be a factor in 2015.

Whether your property went up for sale in the late fall or simply has not sold so far, now you have to make a decision. Should you stay on the market over the holidays and the winter or should you withdraw and be back in spring? Of course this can go both ways but here are some pros and cons: Staying on the market, pros: • You have less competition, overall inventory is rather low • There are buyers who want to be in a house before Christmas, New Year’s or right after the holidays • Buyers looking now are very often very serious • Interest rates are still low Staying on the market, cons: • Less buyers out there • If you cannot sell during the winter your listing might grow stale Withdrawing until early spring, pros: • Properties are prettier in spring when everything is starting to bloom • Buyers will be more plentiful • New buyers will be out there who have not at all seen your property before

You see, there are strong arguments on both sides. It might also depend on what kind of property you have for sale. Are gardens and their presentation a big part of your sale? Spring might be the better timing. A townhouse, not so much. That interest rates might very well rise in 2015 is a big concern. We have been so spoiled by the current low rates that seeing higher rates will be a shock for many although even 5% interest are really still very low. In any case the affordability factor will change. If you still live in your house there is also the issue of disturbance during the holidays. Not everybody copes well with a showing request on Christmas Eve – although I have sold homes on the 24th of December. And then there is the weather. If we have poor weather it will further eliminate showings while the Days on the Market extend anyhow. But if we have some glorious and mild winter days withdrawing would cost you precious exposure. I hope this gives you some ideas and you make the right decision for yourself and your property. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2015

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The thing I remember most about holiday traditions is that our family really didn’t have many. Each year the tree was entirely different. One year, it actually was upside down, hanging from the ceiling. That was due to the arrival of my sister, or so my parents said. I think that my Mom saw the window displays at the Clothes Tree (or was it another retailer) and decided to try it at home. Another year, also due to the arrival of my sister, we had a very poky Chinese Fir Christmas tree. My dad is very artistic and my mother is very daring and audacious. This combination meant many of our holiday decorations were over-the-top. Not in a National Lampoon Christmas Vacation kind of way. It wasn’t so much about the lights, although the nursery did help light up the Cannery Mall in Corvallis. Rather, it was about the artistry and theme of the tree itself and the entire house. I didn’t even know what tinsel was until I got married. I made popcorn and cranberry garland in 2nd grade but I don’t think it ever hung on our family Christmas tree. The funny thing is, I know my mom made ornaments because I possess a few of them-homemade angels. They are a priceless portion of my annual Christmas tree. I was the one in the family that wanted consistency. So my Christmas tree has the same ornaments every year. The only thing that differs is the type of tree and whether it is green or snow-flocked. Plus, I add 1 or more new ornaments every year. Where do I find new things? Normally at Garland Nursery, although I must admit I added 2 Old World Christmas ornaments recently that I purchased from The Inkwell. My sister has taken over from our mom, Sandra. Erica moved into the “big house”, the original farmhouse on the property and the center

of all entertaining for the nursery. There are pros and cons to this arrangement. You get your house completely decorated for the holidays (although you are putting in a lot of the work) but you have to open your home for seasonal entertaining. It’s probably a good thing my sister has taken over! I am glad that she includes me in everything. We work well together. She has the idea, I provide the detail. I’m the Ethel to her Lucy, the George Burns to her Gracie Allen. And I’m especially glad that she thinks the world of our mom, Sandra, and brings her own twist to our decidedly non-traditional traditions. Mom started a Christmas coffee many years ago. Mom modeled it on a coffee that her mom held. Only, our mom, being more audacious and outgoing, really put it over-the-top. A huge array of homemade cookies, a completely different theme, the house entirely decorated, and a very large guest list. Erica and I have continued the tradition. This year, we are both excited to change things up a bit. Meaning that we have moved the decorations around to different rooms, while creating an entirely new main Christmas tree. This past weekend, Erica totally updated her planters and hung a giant Christmas wreath. Just a few more days and her house gets totally redecorated, holiday style. And I will be very happy, just to get my chance to decorate 2 rooms. Traditionally, of course! Brenda Powell is a fourth generation owner of Garland Nursery. Her passions include gardening, cooking, reading, writing and photography. Follow her writing at

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Each holiday season, the artists of the Teal Coop set up shop in a different location - they select an idle property, and transform it into a beautiful gallery filled with work from local artists. This year is no exception, the elves at Teal Gallery have been busy and their work looks fantastic! Look out Santa! From soaps to handbags, jewelry and ceramics, paintings and sculpture, all of the work is great and you’re sure to find a special gift for that “special someone.” The gallery is located at 328 SW 2nd St. this year, and gallery hours are: Mon - Sat 10-6 and Sun 12 - 5.

2014 marks the 30th anniversary of Nancy Kneisel’s “Second Glance” in Corvallis. Nancy had it going on before others even realized upscale resale was cool. Today, Nancy is responsible for not only Second Glance, but offshoot stores “The Alley” - mens clothing and “The Annex” - manned (wo-manned?) by her daughter Jessica, which offers upscale clothing and accessories for the younger fashionista. All three stores are filled with cool things. Visit, and congratulate Nancy for her contribution to the downtown Corvallis business community! Thinking about opening a store? Watch Nancy, and learn how it’s done. (Those are our words not hers -- modesty would never allow.) Second Glance is located at: 312 SW Third in Corvallis, The Annex is just down the street at 214 SW Jefferson, and The Alley is around the corner (the other direction) at 312 SW Jefferson. For more, visit:

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Holiday festivities will brighten Newport’s gray winter above and under the sea when the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s grounds and exhibits twinkle with holiday cheer during the annual Sea of Lights celebration this December. Over half a million colorful lights and holiday decorations will surround visitors with the spirit of the season as they explore the Aquarium after hours. Santa will be present every night of Sea of Lights to pose for photos and note visitors’ Christmas wishes. This family-friendly event will kick off with a special celebration on December 5, 6 and 7 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Admission to the first weekend Sea of Lights is $2 with 2 cans of nonperishable food for the local food bank, or pet food for the local animal shelter. Entry is $8 per person without donation. Admission is free for Aquarium members, but they are encouraged to bring an item to donate. Sea of Lights will continue to illuminate the Aquarium every following Saturday and Sunday of December from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Admission is $8, or free with same day paid admission ticket stub or hand stamp. Join in the merriment this December at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, 2820 SE Ferry Slip Road, Newport, Oregon 97365. The Aquarium is open every day, except December 25, this winter from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information visit or call (541) 8673474. Holiday Issue 2014

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Beyond the Slopes in North Lake Tahoe North Shore offers activities beyond the mountain Compliments of Liz Bowling

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he first snow has already dusted the high peaks that rim Lake Tahoe, stoking skiers and snowboarders on a fun winter to come. With 13 resorts ranging from cross-country to extreme downhill, there is no shortage of ways to get on the mountain, from beginner to advanced. Across Tahoe’s North Shore, terrain parks are expertly designed and snowmaking equipment is top of the line, ensuring prime conditions of great scale. Newer sports like snow kiting, skating and biking are gaining popularity among locals, each resort offering ample opportunities to give something new a try. Beyond the majestic beauty un-paralleled by other ski towns, North Lake Tahoe far exceeds winter destination expectations. Skiers and riders are not the only ones who will enjoy North Lake Tahoe’s world-class winter season. The area is a playground for all, with activities ranging from sledding to ice skating to fine dining and more. Check out this roundup of winter activities, and go to GoTahoeNorth. com for more.

Be entertained

The fun in North Lake Tahoe extends well beyond the slopes. Homewood Mountain Resort kicks things off with the movie premier of “Less” by Level One Productions on Nov. 23. The screening will take place outside the resort’s South Lodge by the fire pit, with heat lamps and warm cocktail specials available. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, with raffle prizes available from sponsors. Other events include Sugar Bowl’s Torchlight Parade with Santa and the Backcountry Ball on Dec. 13, which serves as a fundraiser for the Sierra Avalanche Center and features professional big-mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones. The event includes food and drinks, live music by the Sierra Drifters, a silent auction, and a 30-minute presentation by Jones.


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It takes place in the Judah Lodge from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Northstar California Resort will host a Northern Lights Festival and Mardi Gras Celebration, as well as its annual Carve Tahoe ice-sculpting contest from Jan. 28 to Feb. 2. The best snow sculptors in the world will be on hand, carving day and night, while guests can take in the talented creations while drinking and dining. The North Lake Tahoe SnowFest is also an annual hit, with a multitude of events scheduled from Feb. 27 through March 8. And the music never stops in North Lake Tahoe, with venues such as the Crystal Bay Club and Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats boasting hot lineups of live music scheduled throughout the season. New this season is WinterWonderGrass, establishing its first year at Squaw Valley I Alpine Meadows, March 20-22, 2015. The boutique winter music and craft beer festival features more than 15 acclaimed bluegrass bands, including Trampled by Turtles, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Elephant Revival as well as bluegrass legend Sam Bush.   California favorites  Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers,  Dead Winter Carpenters, The California Honey Drops and Brothers Comatose will also be performing, adding to the stellar line up. 

Sliding around

Whether 5 years old or 40, everyone loves sledding. Granlibakken resort above Tahoe City offers a sledding area with saucer rentals, while Soda Springs Winter Resort on Donner Summit has a more extreme option with its snow tubing area, Tube Town. Soda Springs also has Planet Kids, which includes a play area for children ages 8 and under with tubing lanes, tube carousels, and a climbing volcano. Other North Shore resorts that offer groomed sledding or tubing hills include Boreal Holiday Issue 2014

Mountain Resort, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl Resort, Northstar California and Tahoe Donner Downhill.

beers on tap, locally made sausages to snack on and an abundance of board games to play, they usually end up here longer than anticipated.

Got your own sled? Head up Mount Rose Highway and slide for free on the wide-open slopes of Tahoe Meadows, or find mellow sled hills in Tahoe City and Truckee. But beware: Sledding poses its dangers, and hills should be chosen wisely.

Looking for a beverage to kick-start your day? Try Tahoe Central Market in Kings Beach where made-to-order juices, smoothies and wheatgrass boost energy and immune health. Need to warm up? The Wild Thai Seafood soup is a local favorite at Wild Alaskan in Incline Village. This locally owned and operated restaurant specializes in seafood but truly has something for everyone. Dining options are endless, from fine to casual, eclectic to familiar. Often times most challenging, is narrowing where to go.

For those seeking more power than gravity can provide, Coldstream Adventures out of Truckee and Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Tours on Brockway Summit offer snowmobile rentals and tours. SnoVentures at the base of Squaw Valley has mini snowmobile rides for kids in addition to snow tubing, and the Resort at Squaw Creek has dog-sledding and horse-drawn sleigh rides. Winter visitors can also strut their skills on the ice. The Northstar Village Ice Skating Rink and the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District’s ice rink at Truckee River Regional Park offer skate rentals and are open seven days a week. Squaw Valley offers ice skating with a view, as patrons can ride up the aerial tram to High Camp, where they can also drink and dine.

Eat and Drink Well

The West Shore Cafe will offer a new “brunchish” lunch this winter starting at 10 a.m., with new options such as the basket of beignets, steak and eggs, breakfast burritos, brunchish potatoes, eggs Benedict, $20 endless mimosas and more. There is no shortage of wine along the North Shore and staples like Petra and Uncorked showcase a large selection of limited production wines from around the world. For those who would prefer a cold beer, visitors and tourists alike flock to Mellow Fellow in Crystal Bay. With 40 craft

Other activities

While Lake Tahoe may lose its swimming appeal in the cold winter months — with the exception of the Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim on March 1 — visitors can still enjoy the lake on a paddleboard or kayak, or with a cruise aboard the Tahoe Gal out of Tahoe City. Those looking for exercise can enjoy a peaceful snowshoe hike or crosscountry ski tour, or take the workout inside at any of North Lake Tahoe’s numerous yoga and Pilates studios. Guests also have a plethora of shopping options, with artisan shops located across the North Shore.

About North Lake Tahoe

For more information about North Lake Tahoe, visit www. And for the best bargains, including lodging, check out the “Cool Deals,” tab, which is updated daily. North Lake Tahoe is a 45-minute drive from the Reno Tahoe International Airport, two hours from Sacramento International Airport and just over three hours from San Francisco International Airport. Visitor information centers are located at 100 North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City and 969 Tahoe Boulevard in Incline Village. Willamette Living Magazine




Why do some companies feel so strongly about giving back to our community?

by Brian Egan


here are so many reasons to give back and so many who need the help. At our company we have always felt that Corvallis has given a lot to us, so giving back seems natural. But how does a company or individual go about selecting organizations to give time and/or funds to? Listen to your heart! In Corvallis there are non-profits who serve every part of human and animal needs. If you have funds to donate, local non-profits can always use the money. If you have goods such as clothes or food groups like Vina Moses, Linn Benton Food Share, and Stone Soup can always use your donations. The list of local charities is too long to list here but I’m sure you all know there are many events you may attend to support local groups; events like silent auctions, dinners, receptions, and work parties. If you’re not sure the charity you’re interested in is legitimate there are two watchdog groups online who can help: CharityWatch and Charity Navigator. There are also many local service organizations who raise funds and do work locally. Clubs like Kiwanis, Zonta, Lions, Rotary, and Assistance League to name just a few, give you a way to lend a hand, meet people, and have some fun.

A special program we are involved with is the Kiwanis Grab Bar Program. In 1998 I realized that people need grab bars in their homes for safety but not everyone can afford to pay for the bar & installation, and not everyone has the knowledge, skills, and tools to install them correctly. As Kiwanis members, Kris & I started this program to install safety grab bars in homes regardless of the recipient’s ability to pay. The Kiwanians who install the bars have been trained by me and our company supplies the tools and the contact number for people to call. We ask for a donation of $25 per bar, but if they cannot pay we will still install the bar(s) for them! Many people give us contributions exceeding the cost of the bars installed! To date the Kiwanis volunteers have installed over 3000 grab bars in homes for people of all ages & abilities. If you know of someone in need of grab bars please call us for program information. In the spirit of this holiday season please join us in making our community a better place to live!

Brian Egan is a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer through the National Kitchen & Bath Association. 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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Winter Farmers’ Markets By Kathleen Bauer


ost of the time, looking out my frosty bedroom window on a cold winter morning makes me want to snuggle deeper under the covers. But dreaming of steaming hot bowls of soup chock-full of winter greens or imagining the rich aroma of roasted chicken cooking on a bed of winter vegetables can get me out of bed and headed to one of the many winter farmers’ markets in the Willamette Valley. In spring and summer most folks don’t blink an eye at the thought of eating seasonally, with the profusion of berries and greens, vegetables and fish, meat and poultry flooding farmers’ markets. But talking about doing the same thing in winter might conjure visions of sad, soupy bowls of boiled root vegetables. Fortunately for us, though, the relatively mild maritime climate of the Willamette Valley is perfect for growing crops that do well in our winters. Some vegetables, like kale and most root vegetables, taste even better when temperatures take a dive. Give Tom DeNoble of DeNoble’s Farm Fresh Produce in Tillamook a choice between a height-of-summer carrot and one pulled out of the ground in January, and it’s no contest. He’ll choose the winter carrot every time. According to him, the quality of winter vegetables is just as good as or even better than in the summer, though they may not be quite as pretty. That’s because cold temperatures cause the plants to produce sugars that act as antifreeze, making


them taste sweeter. Plus they’re also growing more slowly, which causes them to develop more intense flavors. Farmers up and down the valley have been getting smarter about using season-extending methods like hoop houses, cold frames and row covers, plus selectively breeding vegetables for characteristics like cold tolerance while maintaining or even improving flavor. For shoppers that means that in addition to year round regulars like fresh salad and braising greens, carrots, apples, cauliflower and broccoli, there are the winter stars like the fractalized chartreuse cones of romanesco, and my choice for the ugliest, most delicious vegetable ever, celery root (aka celeriac). Then there are root vegetables like kohlrabi, beets in all colors of the rainbow, turnips, Jerusalem artichokes, parsnips and rutabagas. For omnivores of all stripes there is sweet, start-ofthe-season Dungeness crab, and lots of lamb, pork and beef. “The game has changed with winter markets,” said John Eveland of Gathering Together Farm in Philomath. In addition to being able to keep plants in the ground through the winter, what really pushed his farm into its current yearround status was that his crew needed fulltime employment to stay in the area. Winter markets mean he can now keep them working year-round rather than laying them off each fall, hoping they’d come back the next year. This means the farm, like any business, also benefits from retaining their institutional

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knowledge, spending less time on training and more time improving systems. Some farmers are specializing in winter crops like braising greens, dried beans and ground grains like polenta and flour. At Ayers Creek Farm in Gaston, Carol Boutard and her husband Anthony grow a mix of field greens they sell as “misticanza,” a mix of radish greens, borage shoots, arugula and buck’s-horn plantain. To that they add smaller amounts of aromatic, bitter and pungent greens, including sow’s and blessed thistles, dandelion, fenugreek, parsley, chervil, cresses, rapes and mustards. These can be blanched and left whole or chopped for soup or as a vegetable side dish. As for the produce found in mainstream stores this time of year, Carol said only halfjokingly, «(People) go to the supermarket and the prices are phenomenal because they’ve been dragged up from those fetid sands in the Central Valley of California.» In contrast, at the farmers’ market, she said, “You’ve got meat, you’ve got so much organic produce. There’s honey and cheese. This is so wonderful because it’s so seasonal.” The economic impact of markets on their local communities is nothing to sneeze at, either. In 2012, the Oregonian reported that gross sales at Oregon farmers’ markets topped $50 million, and quoted agricultural economist Larry Lev of Oregon State University as saying that “the professionalism of farmers who sell at farmers markets has gone up tremendously,

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and the attitude and expectation of the consumer has changed tremendously.” In the same article, per person sales of farmdirect products was $15, far exceeding the national figure of $4 per consumer, placing Oregon second only to Vermont. Extending market seasons into the winter months can only mean that those figures will increase, benefiting not only small family farmers, but also the communities where the markets are located. Community health can also be improved by providing residents with access to fresh, nutritious and affordable food, particularly when markets accept SNAP, or food stamp, cards. Many markets in the Willamette Valley have initiated matching programs that award dollar-for-dollar matches up to a specified limit to their customers on food assistance. Eamon Molloy, market manager at the Hillsdale Farmers Market in Portland, which has had

a winter market season since 2003, said he’s seen a marked change in his customers’ expectations of what they’ll find at the market in the winter. “I know, regardless of the weather, I can count on 1,000 people coming to Hillsdale on a winter market Sunday,” he said. “I don’t get questions like ‘Will you be open?’ when the weather is bad. The questions are more like, ‘Is it going to snow in the Coast Range, and will Meadow Harvest and DeNoble Farm be able to get to the market?’ or ‘It was really cold this week, are the farmers going to be able to harvest enough produce this week?’ “To steal a quote from (businessman and philanthropist) Sy Syms, ‘The educated consumer is our best customer.’”

Where to find ‘em

Beaverton Farmers Market February-April; Sat.,10am-1:30pm 12375 SW 5th St., Beaverton, OR

Forest Grove Farmers Market (Winter Stock-Up Markets) Nov. 2, Nov. 23, Dec. 21; Sun ., 12-4pm TimesLitho Warehouse, Pacific & A Street

Lloyd Farmers Market Year-round; Tues., 10am-2pm Oregon Square Courtyard, NE Holladay Street between NE 7th Ave and NE 9th Ave. Lookingglass Grange Farm Market Year-round; Fri., 3-6pm 7426 Lookingglass Rd., Roseburg, OR

Happy Valley’s Sunnyside Winter Market January-March; Sat., 10am-2pm 14100 SE Sunnyside Rd., Clackamas, OR

Marketplace at Sprout Year-round; Fri., 3-7pm 418 A St., Springfield, OR

Hillsdale Farmers’ Market December-April; 1st and 3rd Sun., 10am-2pm 1405 SW Vermont St., Portland, OR

Montavilla Farmers Market (Winter Stock-Up Markets) Dec. 21, 2014 and Jan. 11, Feb. 8, 2015; Sun., 11am-1pm 7600 Block of SE Stark St., Portland, OR

Hollywood Farmers Market December-April; 1st and 3rd Sat., 9am-1pm NE Hancock between 44th & 45th Ave., Portland, OR Independence Riverview Winter/Holiday Market November-December; Sat., 9am-2pm Riverview Park, Independence, OR Lane County Winter Farmers Market February-March; Sat., 10am - 2pm 8th & Oak St., Downtown Eugene, OR

About Kathleen In Kathleen’s family the story goes that her first sentence was “Grandpa milked the cow.” Perhaps spending countless summers going on cattle drives through the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon accounts for her interest in stories of the people who make a living off the land and put food on our tables. That fascination with the lives of Northwesterners drives her writing and her blog, GoodStuffNW. Asked to describe herself in one word, she said, “Curious.”

Salem Public Market Year-round; Sat., 8am-2pm 1240 Rural Ave. SE, Salem OR Salem Saturday Market (Holiday Market) Americraft Building, Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St. NE, Salem, OR Dec. 13 & 14; Sat & Sun St. Johns Winter Market Dec. 7th, Sat., 9am - 2pm St. Johns Plaza, N. Lombard St. & N. Philadelphia Ave., Portland, OR Sunnyside Grange #842 Farmers’ & Artists’ Market Year-round; Sun., 11am-3pm 13100 SE Sunnyside Rd., Clackamas, OR

Oregon City Winter Farmers Market November-April; Bi-weekly, Sat., 10am-2pm 8th St. at Main, Oregon City, OR

Troutdale Farmers’ & Artists’ Market Year-round; Sat., 10am-2pm 473 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy., Troutdale, OR

People’s Co-op Farmers’ Market Year-round; Wed., 2-7pm 3029 SE 21st Ave., Portland, OR

Umpqua Valley Winter Market November-April; Sat., 10am-2pm First United Methodist Church, 1771 Harvard Ave., Roseburg, OR Visit Kathleen’s blog at (you’ll love it!)

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Holiday Weight Gain Doesn’t Need to be Another Thing to Stress About Dr. Alicia Rogers N.D. Here’s some good news. According to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine, most non-obese Americans only gain about 1 pound during the holiday season. If you exercise, manage stress, and eat right most of the time, you can stave off the weight gain and maybe even drop a few extra pounds. Stress is always higher around the holidays. Whether you’re trying to find the perfect gift for everyone else, fighting off the winter illnesses that are going around, or dealing with winter blahs, there are hormones surging through your body that love to cause weight gain, cortisol and insulin.

Ongoing stress elevates the hormone cortisol, which is responsible for higher blood sugar and abdominal weight gain. High blood sugar can trigger insulin resistance. Normally, insulin helps turn sugar into energy. But, when you have insulin resistance, the cells don’t take in the sugar and it gets turned into fat instead. There are several things that help keep cortisol and insulin in balance. A study by The University of California at San Francisco found that in obese people who engaged in stress reducing mindfulness practices, such as meditation and body awareness, gained less weight than the control group and had lower cortisol levels.

Drinking green tea can help keep stress hormones down. It is a rich source of the neurotransmitter theanine, which has a calming effect on the nervous system. The best diet for balancing blood sugar includes a balance of lean protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats with each meal. Cortisol can be decreased with supplemental theanine, magnolia or phosphatidylserine. Insulin resistance can be countered by taking the mineral chromium, up to 1000 mcg daily. The herb gymnema, also called “the sugar destroyer”, can help keep your levels in check as well. Dr. Rogers of Grace Good Health Can be reached at: 442 NW 4th St Suite 101 In Corvallis 541-602-0260


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My 6 favorite benefits from Pilates Exercise Lynn M Kirschner Ok there are so many more than 6 benefits, like better sleep, better sex and decrease in inconstancy! Yes I said it and they should be proudly talked about, but that is another article. I put together these 6 thoughts for those who are Pilate’s enthusiasts and those who might be curious about what Pilates can do for you. 1.



Pilates is a whole body fitness program Yes we think of Pilates as “core strength”, but it is the attention to detail of the extremities and upper chest region that gives it a unique advantage to whole health. As you do the variety of exercises, you will focus on posture or bone alignment, proper breathing and perfecting each exercise to the best of your abilities. Pilate’s workout promotes strength and balanced muscle development, as well as flexibility and increased range of motion for the joints. Adaptable to many fitness levels and needs The foundation of Pilate’s movement can be, and is applied to many exercises. Whether you are a senior in or out of shape, young athlete, or have chronic issues, you will benefit from this method of training. You will find that the method is very adaptable to your favorite activities, like golf, walking or living a functional life. With a certified trainer she/he can create a program using Pilate’s exercises and other modifications to reach your goals. Create a Deep strength without the bulk of muscle When we were young and we could climb up the kitchen counter to steal a cookie, it took no thought. Sitting on the floor or standing up from the floor was easy. Now we have to think about it or not do it at all. WHY! Deep stabilizing muscles have been forgotten and the larger muscles are trying to work all alone. This muscle imbalance causes

loss of functional movement, pain and injuries. Pilates will engage all the muscles either as a main focus or to stabilize the body to do the exercise correctly. A long lean body type is created and ability to move freely becomes natural. 4.

Flexibility Pilate’s method flows in all planes of motion. As it strengthenss it lengthens the muscle, tendons and ligaments. This allows the range of motion to increase thoughout the body. The lack of flexibility is a major cause of back and joint pain.


Core Strength This is what we think Pilates is only about, but it is so much more. Why can’t doing sit-ups be enough? Pilates engages the pelvis floor, internal muscle around the organs, transverse abdominals, front/back oblique’s and many more supportive deep core muscles. We gain the power to move through life on a strong frame. This allows the neck and extremities to somewhat relax and perform their jobs with grace.


Core strength is balance and balance is core strength As you study Pilates you will notice your posture is greatly improved and you understand how to engage the core muscles. You move with confidence and grace. But if you stumble, you will notice you can recover and not fall. The strength and the knowledge to engage all your muscles is becoming second nature. Life becomes easier!

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Now that your curiosity is piqued, and you are thinking about trying Pilates, I have a few suggestions. Look for small classes or private lessons, so you can master and get the most out the Pilates method. Do give yourself at least 10 sessions before deciding if it might work for you. Always make sure your teacher is fully certified in all the forms of Pilates, not just mat class.

Have a healthy New Year!!

Reach Lynn at: Common Sense Pilates 541-230-1164

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New laser treatment by Corvallis Clinic dermatologist gets the red out

When you see a friend’s rosy cheeks, blush of embarrassment, or flush of irritation, what you’re seeing is the swelling of blood vessels just under the skin. For most people it’s a fleeting moment, but for some it’s a chronic condition. Blood takes up residence in the vessels just under the skin, causing a rough-looking red patch, or covering the cheeks and nose with a red web called telangiectasia (tel-ang-e-ek-taysha). For some people, the redness is a manifestation of a medical condition called rosacea. But for most, it is simply a sign of chronic sun damage. The sun degrades our collagen and elastin, much like it degrades plastic. Over time, the blood vessels in the skin lose their support and begin to dilate. The redness generally isn’t medically serious, but it can be distressing to the person who suffers from it. Fortunately, this redness can be treated easily and safely with laser technology, says Dr. Brad Yentzer, a dermatologist at The Corvallis Clinic. His state-of-the-art instrument, the Cutera Excel V, uses pulses of laser light energy to target specific components of the skin. Lasers have been used to treat skin conditions for years now, but the treatments have not always been the

most effective or safe. The Excel V, he says, is one of the safest and most versatile of laser instruments available. Besides its unique method of cooling the skin, the instrument permits a trained doctor to make very fine adjustments to the laser’s fluence (which affects the strength of the energy dose), the wavelength of the beam (which affects the depth of the target under the skin), the spot size (how big or small the treatment area is), and the duration of each pulse (how long the laser zaps the target). The Excel V can also fix problems that don’t involve blood vessels, such as smoothing the light-dark skin mottling that comes from heavy sun exposure, or banishing unwanted body hair by killing the follicle. “The other nice thing,” says Dr. Yentzer, “is that there’s very little downtime. The patient can put makeup on and go right back to work.” These laser treatments are considered cosmetic, so they are not covered by insurance. But many people are willing to pay for an easy, comfortable treatment that dramatically improves their appearance. “I’ve had patients actually cry tears of joy after having treatment with this laser,” he says. Dr. Yentzer donates all the net proceeds from laser treatments and other cosmetic procedures to charity.

Dr. Yentzer provides a full range of medical, surgical and cosmetic services for hair, skin and nails, and sees all age ranges. He completed his dermatology residency in 2013 at Wake Forest Baptist Health and was a senior research fellow at the Center For Dermatology Research, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, in WinstonSalem, N.C. Dr. Yentzer is certified by the American Board of Dermatology. He can be reached at 541-754-1252.


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Your Health Is medical equipment on your holiday wish list?

It should be. by John D. LeFevre, MA, RCP

Making a wheelchair or other assistive device a bit more stylish, accessible and comfortable can make a great gift idea for the holidays. Here are some options for you to consider when putting together your shopping list this holiday season: Looking to add a little style to a wheelchair? Seat covers are a great way to add some personality to a wheelchair, and they come in a variety of fabrics and patterns, including everything from solid colors to fun and vibrant prints.

cane. Canes cost between $20 and $25, and come in an assortment of colors and designs, including everything from leopard prints to butterflies to a more traditional solid color.

Adding a cup holder, lap tray, basket or flashlights are all good options if you want to enhance the convenience of a wheelchair.

Our new line of Dr. Comfort footwear features several styles of cozy indoor/ outdoor slippers. These water repellent, fleece-lined slippers retail starting at $59.99 and would make a great holiday gift for yourself or a loved one! And finally, if you have a bit more to spend this holiday season, you might consider purchasing a lift chair for that person in your life who may suffer from arthritis or who just has a difficult time getting up and down. A lift chair looks just like a recliner, and it allows you to lift and recline with the touch of a button. The price of a lift chair can run anywhere from $800 to $1,000.

There are also some great accessories to help make walkers more convenient too, including small bags that can hold keys or a cellphone, and larger bags that can hold groceries or a cup holder. All accessories for walkers and wheelchairs cost around $10 to $30 each. Another cool gift idea is a stylish new

For $50 to $60 each, you can purchase a shower bench, grab seats and toilet safety bars to help make a bathroom for you or someone you love a bit more safe. Safety might not be the most fun gift to give, but it certainly is an important one.

LeFevre is a Licensed Respiratory Therapist with Samaritan Medical Supplies, which carries a wide selection of medical equipment, including oxygen, ambulatory equipment and other home care supplies. They have offices in Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon and Newport, and can be reached by calling 1-800-753-6030 or visiting

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else fall into place. Even though you may have a smaller appetite, your body will reward your effort to meet your basic energy and protein needs. Use your creativity and planning skills to keep it simple.

extra pounds during the holidays By Lori Dodds, RD, LD Festive gatherings and holiday preparations often involve a bounty of tasty treats and cut into time usually spent on exercise, sleep and general relaxation. If you’d like to make this year different, and celebrate the New Year without weight gain, consider the following tips: Commit to moving: Keeping up with programmed activity helps other healthy habits flourish by creating a chain reaction. Including at least 30 minutes of daily movement can improve sleep, mood and metabolism … just what you need to survive the onslaught of holiday food, activities and emotions that many experience during the season. Commit to regular and balanced meals: Making time for meals, especially breakfast, is another keystone habit that helps everything

Get your rest: Recent studies have revealed what many have experienced first-hand: that sleep deprivation enhances appetite, and increases cravings for easy-to-overeat foods like sweets, chips, breads and pasta.  If that’s not enough, sleep deprivation zaps energy and enthusiasm for exercise. Scan your food environment: You can limit the potential for mindless eating by keeping holiday sweets out of sight. Rather than filling a jar with candy, use ornaments, candles or beads to spread holiday cheer. Make an arrangement with co-workers and family to keep temptations out-of-sight.

other foods. In fact, alcohol may relax your resolve, so know yourself on that front. Be assertive: If the people around you seem to be forcing food on you or commenting on your choices, be prepared to stick up for yourself with a simple and assertive comeback such as “No thank you; it looks wonderful, but I have definitely had enough.” When you say it because you mean it and without apology, it isn’t so hard to do. Focus on self-care and thankfulness: When you take good care of yourself, rather than over-extending and experiencing negative stress, you can be a better friend and family member to others and thankful for each new day.

Avoid mindless eating: Approach meals, snacks and holiday events mindfully. Notice how your thoughts and emotions may affect your choices. Take a few moments to organize your intentions; give yourself a time-out and a deep breath or two to stay on course. Think your drink: Holiday beverages probably contain more calories than you realize and they don’t typically reduce one’s appetite for

Lori Dodds is a Registered Dietitian in The Corvallis Clinic Nutrition Services Department and the Program Coordinator of the Weight Loss Program.

Have a party strategy! Before you go to a holiday party or gathering, visualize how you want to proceed.

Plan your eating through the day so that you don’t show up hungry. In other words, you may want to have a snack or light meal beforehand if it will have been a while since you had last eaten.

Think about who will be there, what variety of food and beverage will be offered, and lay out a realistic strategy to follow.

If the event is pot-luck, take a healthy dish to share. Chances are good you will be thanked by others trying to maintain holiday balance.

Consider how you want to feel when you get home and keep that in mind if you find yourself wavering from the plan.


Breakfast Quinoa Bites

Get off to a good start with a balanced breakfast that includes enough protein to keep you going strong until lunch. In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups cooked quinoa, 2 eggs, 1 cup of your favorite veggies (spinach or zucchini work well), 1 cup shredded cheese, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Portion into a lightly-greased mini muffin tin, and bake at 350 F for 15-20 minutes. These are easy to bring along and delicious to enjoy warm or cold.


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Holiday Chaos Calmer

Soothe away holiday stress with this relaxing brew. The active ingredient is chamomile tea, which acts as a mild sedative that may help ease anxiety. Blending the fragrant tea with sweet apple cider and cozy cinnamon creates a comforting drink that feels like a warm hug on chilly winter evenings. Combine 1/2 cup cider and 1/2 cup water in a mug and heat in the microwave for 2 minutes, or until boiling. Add one chamomile tea bag, one strip of lemon peel, one cinnamon stick, and steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bag and cinnamon stick, take your first sip…and breathe a sigh of relief. Makes 1 (1 cup) serving. 60 calories per serving. Recipe by Joy Bauer, RD. For more low-calorie holiday drinks, go to Holiday Issue 2014


Beauty Mistakes That Age You

With the Holiday photos season upon us… here are some beauty mistakes you may want to avoid -- and some tips to look your best and most youthful. Shimmery eye shadow. Yes, these shiny shadows may be trendy, but they can make your eye look crepe-y and dried out. Opt for matte powder shadows, which can provide the same depth of color without unflattering effects. Alcohol. This holiday season, consider alternating drinks -- with water. Drinking alcohol causes dehydration and dilated blood vessels both of which make skin look tired and unhealthy. Drink one glass of water per alcoholic drink consumed -- this will help skin stay hydrated. Stress. Stress causes your body to go into survival mode by pumping adrenaline to heighten the senses and this takes a toll on your skin. The skin becomes deprived of nutrients which eventually affects its appearance. Plan some stress reducing activities during the Holidays. Super dry hair. Overly colored/processed hair can look fried and unnatural is very aging because it looks old and unhealthy. Youthful hair is shiny and vibrant. To avoid fried-out hair, don’t color your hair more than once every four weeks, use a good conditioning shampoo and conditioner and get regular haircuts. Dark lip color. If you have any kind of vertical creases along your upper lip, a dark lip color will settle in those crevices. But if you’re wearing a light pink or beige, no one will see what’s going into the cracks. Apply a coat of clear gloss on top to draw light to your lips, which will give your pout a full, youthful, supple appearance.

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Over-tweezed eyebrows. Excessive tweezing eventually will cause the brows to not grow back. This will make the eyelid appear heavier. To look younger, eyebrows should mimic the shape of the eye and not be too thin. One way to restore youthfulness for the Holidays and beyond is with Permanent Makeup for eyebrows, eyeliner and lip color. Because it is long lasting, and difficult to remove, it is essential to have permanent cosmetics applied by a highly qualified artist. Many people feel they would benefit greatly from permanent makeup services, however are reluctant to proceed because they don’t know how to select a good artist. This is not a service you want to bargain shop for and you will want to see actual photos of their work. Today, most professional permanent cosmetic artists 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. After permanent makeup, next year’s Holiday season photos will be a snap. Smile! Cheryl Lohman, licensed Permanent Makeup Specialist at Image by Design in Downtown Corvallis, 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

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Good Reads

Beatleness: How the Beatles and their fans remade the world. by Candy Leonard, $24.95 Arcade Publishing, New York ISBN 978-1-62872-417-2 Candy Leonard is a first generation Beatle fan, intimately familiar with their entire body of work, their biography, the commentary on them, and Beatle fan culture. She is also a sociologist with a background in qualitative research, child development, popular culture, and media studies who has written and lectured on the Beatles. She lives in Cambridge, MA.

Kitchen Science Lab For Kids by Liz Lee Heinecke, $24.99 Published by Quarry Books ISBN 978-1-59253-925-3 There’s no place like home to start inspiring young scientists. The 52 labs in Kitchen Science Lab For Kids require no specialized equipment or dangerous chemicals. Instead they use materials most of us keep in our pantries -- milk, aluminum foil, laundry detergent -- to introduce fundamental principles of physics, chemistry and biology. Calling on her experience in research labs and as a mom, author Liz Lee Heinecke has developed experiments that are safe enough for the youngest children in the house and engaging enough for the oldest.

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Finding Joy & Meaning in Everyday Life & Work Alex Pattakos and Elaine Dundon Published by BenBella Books, Dallas TX ISBN 978-1-940363-25-7

Trumpets Around the Camp by Cynthia Hearne Darling

Inspired by the wisdom of ancient Greek philosophy and traditional village values, and backed by years of research, The OPA! Way provides a breakthrough approach and practical tools for finding joy and meaning in everyday life and work.


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...most people would associate Native Americans with archaic images: men of medicine and untold wisdom curing people with chants, or warriors painting their faces and riding horses into battle to scalp settlers with tomahawks. But the modern reality of this group is far from mystic. Holiday Issue 2014

Come Home for the Holidays to SpringRidge at Charbonneau It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays at SpringRidge, an awardwinning senior living community located in the beautiful Charbonneau District. With the halls decked and the holly hung, local seniors are warmly invited to join in the festivities. On Sunday, December 7th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. the community will host its annual “Home for the Holidays” tour of homes. This spectacular holiday event offers seniors a relaxed and enjoyable way to experience the incomparable lifestyle offered at SpringRidge at Charbonneau. In addition to seasonal refreshments, festive spirits and musical entertainment, guests will have an opportunity to preview residences decorated for the holidays. Nestled on an impeccable ten-acre parcel of natural beauty that only Charbonneau can offer, SpringRidge is the ultimate in luxury senior living. Boasting amenities such as restaurant-style dining staffed by an exceptional culinary team, the service-rich community also features a movie theater, Internet lounge, heated indoor pool and spa and fullyequipped fitness center. Further, residents find SpringRidge’s social, cultural and recreational offerings are an engaging part of their lifestyle. For those wanting to discover the exceptional lifestyle options available at SpringRidge at Charbonneau, the community will be hosting an Informational Lunch Seminar on Thursday, December 18th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Seniors and their families can learn more about the freedom that comes with SpringRidge’s maintenance-free lifestyle, the peace of mind afforded by the community’s continuum of care and unlimited ways seniors can pursue their own brand of happiness. Owned and operated by Senior Resource Group (SRG), the SpringRidge at Charbonneau campus includes a variety of spacious one- and twobedroom well-appointed Independent Living residences, as well as licensed Assisted Living and Memory Care services.

What inspires a life well lived? Isn’t it all the special moments? Like waking up in your charming residence. Being greeted by name, with a warm smile. A great meal in stylish surroundings with good friends. An invigorating swim or enjoyable round of golf. The newfound ease of living in the midst of everything you love. And the assurance that tomorrow’s care needs can be managed for you, right here at home.

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Preparing Your Home for Holiday Guests Guests will be soon be arriving for all your holiday celebrations. Are you ready? To make the most of your space, a few simple changes is all it takes to make your holiday entertaining a success. Prepare your home now for company, decorating and entertaining with these easy, practical tips from Kayla Van Lydegraf of Dale’s Remodeling. Decorating and Entertaining Tips to Make Your Holidays Merrier • De-clutter guest rooms and closets to make room for your company’s luggage and coats. Put away excess knick-knacks and donate extra toys, bedding and warm clothing. •

Create neutral-based arrangements of decorative greenery and branches made of silk or other life-like materials. Designer Kendra Porter of Chrysalis Interiors in Salem says that makes it easy to add and update colorful florals to coordinate with each holiday. In addition, Kendra recommends cut juniper for a touch of holiday fragrance. Plan a progressive dinner with neighbors, instead of preparing the whole meal yourself. One neighbor does appetizers, another does the first course, yet another the second course, and finally dessert. It’s fun and less work for everyone. The front door sets the stage as guests arrive. Garland or a wreath makes a great statement in the fall, which can be added to progressively throughout the seasons.

Safety Outdoors • De-ice walkways, high traffic areas, stairs and entry ways. Deicing pellets and flakes work efficiently. Stay away from using sand, which can be slippery, and salt – it will damage your concrete driveways and sidewalks. •

Improve lighting on walkways, especially around stairs. A simple solution is adding high-quality solar lights that stake in the ground. Hard-wired lighting will brighten dark doorways and porches, and it can be connected to a solar cell for automatic on and off at dusk and dawn.

Consider ease of access into your home if your guests use a cane, walker or wheelchair. Temporary ramps can be placed to make entry easier for them.

Safety Indoors • Use floor rugs or a roll-out carpet on hardwood floors, which can be a hazard for elders and young children. Make sure the rugs have rubber or non-slip backing. •

Prevent falls in the bathroom by installing grab bars near toilets, and inside and outside of the shower or tub— suction-cup grab bars work well for a temporary solution. Use a rubber non-slip bathtub floor mat to prevent falls.

Prevent accidents in the kitchen by using proper pot holders, not a dish towel, which can easily catch fire. Silicone holders work best. If a frying pan catches fire, smother with a lid. And keep an up-to-date fire extinguisher in a convenient place. And always, ALWAYS have a first aid kit on hand.

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Preparing for a Dream Remodel By Heidi Powell This dream laundry room is the second major project completed on the main level of this home.

If you’ve lived in your home for a few years, it’s fun to dream about what you would change. Some projects may seem more pressing than others and priorities may change throughout the years and even the seasons. How do you know where to start? First, walk through your house and make a list of the things you don’t like. Prioritize them into wants, needs, and “must haves.” Consider your year-round use of the home and whether these priorities shift throughout the year. Separate items that you can live with for the immediate future from those that absolutely must be changed soon. Although you and your Designer may focus initially on the needs and “must haves,” all items on the list should be considered during the design, to make sure that the immediate project doesn’t preclude any later wants. During the design process, only the details for phase one need to be ironed out initially, however, having an overall plan for the other rooms helps prevent getting boxed into a corner later on. When you take some time with prioritizing you can focus on the items that are truly most important to you and add items as budget allows. Once you have ranked your priorities, create a clipping file with pictures of houses and rooms that you like. Magazines, and Pinterest can be tremendous resources for ideas. After gathering lots of photos, then scale it down to your five or ten favorites. Think about why you like them. This will help focus your thoughts and help the designer to recreate the “feel” for you. Don’t forget about furnishings when planning. The most successful, livable remodels take into consideration

the placement of furnishings, appliances, even paintings. If there’s more than one person involved in the decision-making, it’s imperative that both people are present at the initial design meeting. Each of you will bring different wants to the table and these wants should all be considered from the very beginning, not introduced midstream through the project. The most effective brainstorming will happen if all relevant information is on the table at the very start. Meeting with a Design team is exciting, as the exchange of ideas with professionals begins at this stage. As you learn about the process of the company you are considering, you also get a feel for whether you connect with the Designer. Look for a company that feels like a good fit and one that can give you budget information at every step of the way. While no one can accurately estimate a project prior to the design, a company that can give you budgetary ranges throughout the process will be invaluable in helping you define the scope and create a design for a project that is affordable. So do a little dreaming. By creating a dream file and prioritizing your wish list prior to meeting with your design professional, you will help your designer to work with you and any other decision-makers in establishing both the scope and style of your project. This will ultimately maximize your design investment and give you plans that truly represent your vision.

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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Our latest installment in our on-going “Dinner in the City” series is a check-in at one of our very favorites, Bluehour. Located in the heart of Portland’s Pearl District, Bluehour is such a gem, great service, decor that makes you feel like you’re definitely among the in crowd, and now a new chef, Kyo Koo. A native Portlander, Chef Koo’s cooking is influenced by extensive travels. Starting with the home cooking of his Korean Mother, to culinary school in Seattle, followed by cooking gigs from California to Spain. Lucky for us, he decided to return to Portland with it’s availability of the fantastic ingredients we all know and love. From farm to table, Chef Koo masterfully takes raw ingredients and assembles stunning works of culinary artwork that are the centerpiece of the Bluehour experience. Chef Koo took over the kitchen this summer, and is hitting his stride as you read this. If you want to take your special someone out for a holiday meal that will definitely impress, Bluehour is the place.

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Do you really know where acne comes from? Maybe you haven’t ever really given it much thought. However, if you are one that has struggled with acne you may be exhausted with the quest to find an answer. Simply put acne is a disease, and for a large amount of people it is hereditary. In others it could simply be changing to the proper skin care or make-up line that does not contain any pore clogging ingredients.

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In healthy follicles our skin cells shed up to one layer per day, in acne prone skin the process of shedding may be up to 5 layers per day. The pores cannot possibly clear out all of the dead skin cells fast enough, so as you mix and compact layers of dead skin cells, pore clogging ingredients, and bacteria that is on all of our skin, you end up with a perfect storm. So many myths are floating around from generation to generation in regards to acne. Most of them are false and some may be sprinkled with a bit of fact. Here are a couple of myths compliments of Face Reality Acne Clinic: Myth #1: Acne can be cured. Fact: There is no “cure” for acne but you can learn to control it with the correct products for your type of acne. Myth #2: Acne is caused from candy and French fries. Fact: A diet high in iodides (the salt on those French fries) can make acne worse, but neither candy nor fried foods “cause” acne. There have been studies that show that sugar-laden foods and fast foods can make acne worse, but it certainly is not the “cause”. If it caused it then every teenager in America would have acne, but that is not the case. Acne is an inherited disorder of the pores – you either are prone to it or not. For more information and myth’s on acne and a program that will transform your skin visit our website at It will take a commitment to get and stay clear but isn’t it about time and wouldn’t it be worth it?

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There’s always Something Going on at Kookoolan Farms!

Ancient Traditional French Aperitif Vin de Noix, or Green Walnut Wine, is traditionally made at home and served at the holidays. Young green walnuts are traditionally hand-harvested on Bastille Day (July 14). The walnut fruits are smashed or quartered, macerated and steeped in varying combinations of Mead, red wine, white wine, brandy, vodka, or other wines or spirits; plus sugar, and perhaps the discretionary additional ingredients of orange peel, cloves, and vanilla (these additions vary from household to household). The ingredients steep together for several months, then the mixture is strained and bottled, traditionally in time for Christmas. It makes ideal holidays gifts, and hostess gifts for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, and, well, all winter! Food Pairings Vin de Noix is lovely after dinner on a cold fall or winter evening, enjoyed by the fire. It’s a great way to start a party because have you ever heard of a wine with a backstory like this one? It’s a winner of a hostess gift because for sure no one else will bring the same thing. It’s absolutely terrific with cheese plates, whether as an appetizer before dinner, or dessert after. It pairs well with any dessert likely to show up at a holiday party: pecan pie, pumpkin pie, cheesecake, walnut cookies, etc. It’s amazing poured over vanilla ice cream or walnut ice cream. Like us on Facebook and tell us about YOUR successful pairings! Did you miss the window for picking your green walnuts? Don’t despair, there’s always next year. Kookoolan World Meadery’s Vin de Noix is available direct from Kookoolan Farms, either at our farmstore in Yamhill, Oregon, at both locations of Barbur World Foods; Mainbrew in Hillsboro; Know Thy Food/The Warehouse; or from (we can ship anywhere in Oregon, California, Washington DC and Florida only, sorry).

Mead for the Season With the temperature dropping, it’s time to set your favorite wine coolers and beers aside, and reach for a new favorite: mead. Mead is the world’s first and oldest fermented alcohol. While most people still seem to associate it with some mythical thick sweet treacle, this reputation could not be further from reality. America’s mead renaissance is producing hundreds of modern, food-friendly, palate-pleasing meads for all seasons. Meads seem particularly friendly at the winter solstice and other holiday gatherings. “Wassail” From Moon Light Meadery in Bellingham, Washington, is an off-dry, light, modern mead, pleasing slightly chilled, room temperature, or heated in a mug. Lightly spiced with allspice and cloves, it truly tastes like a glass of Christmas. 750ml bottle is 13.8% alcohol and $15.90 at Kookoolan World Meadery. G.I. Dansk ginger mead from Denmark is a big, big, manly drink: if the Vikings had had access to ginger, this is what they


Next year, take a que from the squirrels, collect up some nuts, and give it a try! To make a gallon (which will give you about 5, 750-ml bottles, or 10, 375-ml bottles). Note that there is a wide range of latitude around quantities; don’t get hung up on precision. 4 bottles of decent red wine (cote du rhone or a drinkable burgundy are good choices) 1/2 bottle of decent brandy (Christian Brothers is plenty good enough); some people prefer vodka 20 green walnuts, washed and then smashed or quartered a few walnut leaves, washed and bruised 2 cups of sugar Optional: a few cloves, cinnamon, some vanilla, some orange or lemon peel. Some people even add caramel syrup or chocolate syrup. Mix all together and pour into a crock, carboy, glass jar, or food-grade plastic tub big enough to hold everything and deep enough that the solids are covered by the liquor. Steep for at least 40 days to three months. Strain through several layers of cheesecloth into final bottles and close with corks or other suitable stoppers. Instead of red wine, you can use mead, white burgundy, just brandy, just vodka, or really any mixture of these. Keeps for years and improves with age.

would have done with it. Packaged in a way cool ceramic jug, and coming in at a gratuitous 19% alcohol, bittered with hops, punch-in-the-face strong with fresh hot ginger flavors, this sweet mead is the ideal accompaniment to pumpkin pie, pecan pie, carrot cake, and gingerbread. Outstanding either at room temperature or heated. It has so much alcohol and sugar in it that, like a distilled spirit, the open bottle keeps perfectly well for a year or more with no oxidation or change of flavor. $28 for the 750-ml bottle at Kookoolan World Meadery. “Gingerly” from Celestial Meads in Anchorage, Alaska, is a milder version of ginger mead, sweet, soft and friendly, made with red currants as well as fresh ginger, and very warming at over 13% alcohol, $26.30 for the 750-ml bottle at Kookoolan World Meadery Vanilla Bean Cinnamon Honeywine from Redstone Meadery in Boulder, Colorado is nice at room temperature or lightly chilled, $22.40.

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Favorite cold weather cocktail of the moment: Wild Blossom Meadery’s “Pirate’s Blood” hot pepper chili mead in hot chocolate with a little vanilla syrup and cinnamon. “Pirate’s Blood” is packaged in a glass skull for $19.54, with three different chili peppers floating in the bottle. This is just a sampling of the more than 160 different meads available for sale at Kookoolan World Meadery, with more than 35 different meads open for tasting every day. The tasting room is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm and anytime by appointment. On the Sip 47 wine tasting route between Yamhill and Carlton.

Farmer Chrissie and her husband Koorosh own and operate Kookoolan Farms in Yamhill, Ore. Call Farmer Chrissie at (503) 730-7535 or visit Holiday Issue 2014

Holiday Drink Recipe Roundup

Hot Orange Apple Cider 1 oz Rum or Brandy/Cognac 1 oz Arancello Dollop of honey Add hot apple cider Stir with long spoon Top with whipped cream, cinnamon and nutmeg

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Hot Buttered Orange 1.5 oz Arancello Hot Buttered Rum Mix Water Use Mix as directed, add Arancello instead of Rum Use Hot Buttered Yumm! Mix (Ice Cream Based) for the best results.

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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

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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 Saturday 10am-1:30pm (brunch)

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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!

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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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The Chowder Bowl

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.

728 NW Beach Dr. Newport (Nye Beach)


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

Ivy Garden Tea Room We offer over 100 different teas from around the world. Quiche & entree salads made with fresh local greens. Tea accessories and gifts. Delicious desserts and fresh scones served warm. We look forward to seeing you at the tea room! Tues: By Reservation Only Wed. -- Sat. 10:30 --4:00

Ivy Garden Tea Room 333 1st. Ave. W Albany 541-928-7330

Le Patissier Vive la France !

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



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“Promise”, an annual Christmas show of craft art (Artesania) from Latin America and Europe opens December 6th & 7th for the 1st Weekend Toledo art show in the Yaquina River Museum of Art (YRMA) at 151 NE Alder St. from Noon-4:00pm each day. The public is cordially invited to view this extensive collection from Judy Gibbon’s living and traveling in Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Chile. Light refreshments are served by the Friends of the YRMA. This show runs through January 25, 2015 and the School House is regularly open Wed.-Sun. noon to 4:00pm.

Pictured is a Peruvian Nativity scene “Retablo” made of hand-carved and painted figurines fitted in a backed frame box. The bottom portion of the box depicts base and raucous living. The upper scene is one of life progression to a higher level of wellbeing culminating in the nativity of Christ /The Messiah. Three Peruvian oversize Wise-men of the East are in motion in their search to find the Christ child on the edges of the display. A Colombian wool hand-woven embroidered Christmas tree skirt depicting 3 scenes (Colombia, USA, and Religious) is another featured article along with Icons from Greece, Russia and a large oil painting of typical village life from a Leper’s viewpoint while living in a treatment facility in Colombia. Deacon Pauline Morrison, ST John’s Historic Episcopal Church, Toledo, has loaned for the 2nd year an Icon painted by Sherry Lynch, official Iconographer of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland. New to the exhibit this year is a Greek silver Icon donated to the Yaquina River Museum of Art by the Dino Decembrini family of Newport.

Weavings and handmade tablecloths from Guatemala will also be shown. Judy Gibbons spent her 18 years of living in five countries collecting these items from 1964 to 1982. Born in Portland, Oregon, she resettled in Toledo where her parents were retired after 13 years as owners and operators of the Lincoln Hotel in Toledo. She and her husband Michael Gibbons established the non-profit Museum in 2002 to leave a legacy of art to the community. The Yaquina River Museum of Art has established a creditable collection of fine art which includes many local artists and is shown in rotation throughout the year. The Museum offers a month long residency to an artist each year and John Hewitt ( who lived in Toledo in the past) watercolor artist from Fort Bragg, CA. has been invited for the month of February, 2015. Hewitt will live and work in the Justice of the Peace Studio in the Legacy Art Terrace; he will show his work in the School House Exhibit space and give an art talk (time to be announced) to the public. The Museum established the 1st Annual Plein Air Show and Juried competition at the 2014 21st Annual Art Walk which is sponsored by the YRMA to encourage artists from the immediate area and further afield to work in the estuaries of the Yaquina Bay.


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140 NE Alder Street Toledo, OR 97391 (541) 336-2797

Solo show through Dec 31 Artist’s Talk - 1:30 pm Dec. 13 Michael Parsons Fine Art 716 SW Madison, Portland 503-206-8601

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“A Taste of Ireland on the Oregon Coast” Traditional Irish Fare, Imported Irish Beers on Tap, Full Bar, Minors welcome until 10pm, Patio Seating, Live Music. Hours Sunday-Thursday 11am-11pm Friday and Saturday 11am-midnight Corner of NW 3rd St and Coast in Nye Beach, Newport The


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Best Clam Chowder on the Coast Since 1980!


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WooHoo! Dog Sled Rides! When the Snow Flies Mt. Bachelor Bend

Salem Holiday Market December 13th & 14th Americraft Building at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Salem

Eugene Ballet Nutcracker Fri Dec 19 - Sun Dec 21 Hult Center Eugene

Mt. Hood Railroad Polar Express Various Dates -- But Book Early! Hood River

Willamette Valley Vineyards Crab & Chowder Festival January 2015 Date: TBA Willamette Valley Vineyards Turner 50

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Holiday Issue 2014

Upcoming Events Tis the Season for Spectacular Performances!


December  12/07, 3:00pm, Holiday Concert, Corvallis-OSU Symphony  12/14, 3:00pm, Corvallis Youth Symphony Winter Concert  12/16, 7:30pm, A Jazz Kings Christmas, Let Your Heart Be Light

Holiday Concert: Corvallis-OSU Symphony December 7th

January  01/23, 7:30pm, Alliage Saxophone Quintet, Chamber Music Corvallis  01/30, 7:30pm, Music and Hope, Corvallis-OSU Symphony February (partial list)  02/06, 7:30pm, Jazz Kings, Avalon-Best of the 1920s


January and February (partial list only for February)  01/13, 8:00am, Nut Growers 100th Meeting  01/31, 6:00pm, Lunafest Film Festival  02/07, 9:00am, Insights into Gardening

Corvallis Youth Symphony Winter Concert December 14th


December/January  12/15—01/23, 5th Annual OSU Staff Art Show  View the artistic side of Oregon State University! This show is cosponsored by the Professional Faculty Leadership Association and the Association of Office Professionals with support from the Office of the President. A public art reception will be held on 01/07 from 5:00pm—7:00pm. January/February  01/27—02/25, Call and Response Conversation V: Opposites Attract Friends  Local artists from Linn and Benton counties will showcase a single art piece around a specific theme. Viewers are encouraged to explore each collection, while drawing on the similarities and differences of the artwork. A public art reception will be held on 01/27 from 6:30pm—8:30pm.

A Jazz Kings Christmas, Let Your Heart Be Light December 16th

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

The LaSells Stewart Center 875 SW 26th Street, Corvallis OR 97331 • (541) 737-2402 Stay informed about all upcoming events at The LaSells Stewart Center,

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Willamette Living - Holiday 2014  

Our annual Holiday Issue with plenty of health tips, shopping suggestions, and local ways to eat, drink and be merry! Enjoy.

Willamette Living - Holiday 2014  

Our annual Holiday Issue with plenty of health tips, shopping suggestions, and local ways to eat, drink and be merry! Enjoy.