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December / January 2017


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December / January 2017 FEATURES VOLUME 7 No 6

Regulars 17 In the Garden 14 Annette on Real Estate 16 Mike on Health 11 Bonnie Milletto 39 Holiday Makeup The 411 12 Non-Profit Spotlight 30 Local Fun 20 Book Report Eating Well in the Valley 31 Holiday Teas 41 Apple Pie Moonshine 43 The Dining Guide

Home & Garden 24 Ready for Winter? 36 Remodeling Timelines 37 Kitchen Design Out and About 38 Japanese Gardens 44 The Hot Ticket 47 What's happening at the LaSells Stewart Center?

40 Ashland

An Oregon Gem 28 Holiday Gifts

29 Times Are Changing

22 Tillamook Artists

26 Local Holiday Fashion

Keeping it Local!

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Oregon Wines

Holiday Pairings

Translating Beauty

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WINTER TERM PERFORMING & VISUAL ARTS EVENTS Music à la Carte Fridays at noon, Free 5 January 13 Terra Nova Trio January 20 Music à la Carte: Cellophoria (Cello Quartet) January 27 Music à la Carte: Sunghee Kim, piano February 3 Wyatt True – Music from Brazil February 10 Sarah Kwak, violin and Cary Lewis, piano February 17 OSU Faculty Recital February 24 OSU Chamber Winds March 3 OSU Chamber Orchestra March 10 OSU Campus Band January 25- March 8 5

Fairbanks Gallery: Damien Gilley, multidisciplinary artist; Jeff Sheridan, illustrator. Free Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. 5

SAC Visiting Artists & Scholars Lecture Series: Kathy Aoki Norma Seibert Visiting Artist. Artist reception at 6:00 p.m. Free

Saturday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. 5 $ SAC Presents David Sedaris, talk and book signing. For more information, visit liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/SACpresents Sunday, February 12 at 4:00 p.m. 5 $

Corvallis-OSU Piano Int’l Steinway Series: Nareh Arghamanyan Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m. 5

SAC Visiting Artists & Scholars Lecture Series: Matthew Moore, multimedia artist. Artist reception at 6:00 p.m. Free Wednesday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. 5 $

Corvallis-OSU Symphony presents “Alpine Journey” Featuring Bruckner’s Symphony No.8. cosusymphony.org Saturday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. $

Orange & Black Vocal Scholarship Concert

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OSU Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony Tuesday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. 5

Instrumental Studio Ensembles: Oboe Choir, Bassoon Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, Trombone Choir, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble. Free Wednesday, March 1 at 8:00 p.m.

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Motivation From Bonnie The 411

5 Ways to Make Life Much Easier This Holiday Season MILLETTO You better watch out, you better not cry You better not pout, I’m telling you why, cause (All the family is coming, is coming to town). Oh it’s gonna get crazy. You can’t do anything about that. But you can develop some simple strategies to keep you from going crazy. And if all else fails, you can always lock yourself in the guest room and pound down some rocky road marshmallow fudge. I’m sharing an article I read several years ago in Physiology Today, 5 Ways to Make Life Much Easier This Holiday Season, by Gina Barreca, ph.D. It is a fun reminder that things don’t always go as planned during the holidays; sometimes you just have to roll with it, laugh and smile. ••• Here are the five essential tips guaranteed to make this coming season the most satisfying, sustaining and delicious experience for everyone on your holiday list. Whether they’re sitting at your hearthside table, crossing the threshold of your festively decorated doorway or banging their fists on the reinforced glass of your stenciled windowpanes screaming “LET ME IN! I’M YOUR BLOOD RELATIVE!” these tips should help smooth the lumps in everybody’s seasonal sauce. You might have heard these before, but perhaps you’ve taken them literally and applied them only to food in your kitchen. I think they have applications far beyond granite countertops and stainless steel sinks, however, and should be invoked as the rules of engagement during all get-togethers, whether formal, casual or savage. 1. Do Prep Work in Advance: The last thing you want is to wallow in chaos, so if you’re going to take on a large project, such as making tarts a la poire anglais or dealing with your manipulative sister, start sooner rather than later. Remember: It’s almost as tough to get a convenient appointment

with your therapist in December as it is to get a supply of ripe yet unbruised Bartlett pears after Dec. 20. Remember, too, that prep work means sharpening your tools and getting your chopping block all ready, just like for a beheading. While celery, onions, carrots and guest lists can be cut at the last minute, it’s often best to accomplish these tasks swiftly and in a timely manner in order to minimize the mess. (Trust me: There’s always a mess.) 2. Check Expiration Dates: Some things get old, worn out and taste funny. Some things turn sour, go bad and become toxic. “Things” in these instances can range from the lightly rusted containers of ginger, cloves and turmeric that haven’t been touched since the Reagan administration all the way to personal relationships that have also remained untouched since the Reagan administration. If the single reason you haven’t already tossed what you don’t use is because you think one day it might come in handy, try to remember the last time it was an essential ingredient. If it was so long ago you can no longer recall when it added flavor, texture or something special, let it go and make room for something new. 3. While Being Conscious of Everyone’s Needs, Remember It’s Your Kitchen: You’re the one who decides what you’re offering; you can let others decide for themselves what they take. You can no more force somebody to be happy than you can force him or her to love lima beans; you can no more demand that someone relax than you can demand they have dessert. And remember that just because somebody isn’t choosing the item doesn’t mean you’re required to remove it from the menu. 4. Accept Help, Assign Tasks and Offer Gratitude: Learn to say versions of the following three statements: “Oh, yes! It’d be great if you cut those Bartlett pears into extremely thin slices because I had an appointment to see my shrink and didn’t get a chance do it earlier,” “Please, would you carry these 87 virtually antique and no doubt noxious spice tins to the trash Happy Holidays

for me?” and “Thanks a million for bringing the lima beans! Don’t worry if Uncle Nosebag starts whimpering when he sees them. He’s a little phobic. It doesn’t at all mean they shouldn’t be at the table. Really!” 5. Clean Up As You Go: Get into the habit of the Three Cs: Clearing, cleansing and containment. It’s easy if you do it a little at a time. Keep fresh water and clean towels handy. Spills and breakage are part of life, but do try to avoid boiling over, tearing up and destroying, irrevocably and entirely, everything precious and lovely that crosses your path simply because of the tension created when loved ones gather in a small space, whether that small space is a studio apartment or Rhode Island. But hey, if a conflagration happens, it happens. You can always wipe the slate, as well as the counter, clean. Finally: Make sure all flames are extinguished; in other words, do not to leave unattended what needs attention. ••• Let’s face it: The holidays can be a time of elevated expectations and stress but that doesn’t mean it can’t still be fun (and funny). The holidays are meant to be a time of joy. Expect the unexpected and roll with it: just laugh. Laughter gets the good hormones going and is good for your health. Open your home and open your heart. Be in the moment. And if all else fails, remember the rocky road marshmallow fudge. Mine always has extra nuts! Bonnie Milletto

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ew home buyers are often also sellers -- of their existing home. In order to buy they need to sell, and the logistics behind these combined transactions can be tricky. It is a catch 22. Without selling there is no buying and without buying there is no moving. How do we tackle this part of our job as brokers? The advice we give is crucial and we need to have knowledge, and give guidance to make these transactions successful and as low on stress as possible. To start, the existing property needs to go on the market. We cannot write an offer without the old house being (at least) for sale, but even that, in the majority of cases, is not enough. Ultimately the house needs to be in contract, and preferably the transaction is past the inspections. Of course that brings, especially in the ever tight Corvallis market, a lot of anxiety with it. Will we find a home when the house is in contract? In the absolute majority of the cases it happens -- the right home is there, and we can make an offer contingent on the successful closing of the existing property. Now, that is not the strongest offer, especially in a competitive situation, that’s where preparation comes into play.



Your broker needs to find out if there is anything besides price that would be an incentive for the seller to take your offer with the sales contingency. That could be a specific closing date, taking the house as is, or only asking for repairs if there is a





major issue, buying furniture, giving the seller a few days after closing to move, etc. These options can make or break your transaction. Write a letter. Your broker might recommend writing a letter to the seller. Write what advantages the seller might have by selling to you like willing to deal with contents of the garage etc. A good letter has made a difference in a lot of transactions. You have to have your finances in order and a good pre-approval letter from a respected lender. “Unicorns and Rainbows Mortgage” in Southern California will not cut it regardless of whether that mortgage broker is your cousin’s best friend. Ask your broker which lender they love to work with, and then go there. Do not try to get “the best deal”, get the best people. That will ultimately be the best deal. Be flexible. If the seller asks for something in a counter offer that means they are basically willing to talk to you and are accepting your sales contingency. Do not mess that up by rejecting their ideas. If those are not quite acceptable, try to find middle ground. Be reasonable. Think about alternative scenarios. Can you buy without selling immediately, can you sell and rent for a while, can you get a home equity loan and use that as a down payment and sell the old house later?

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Annette Sievert is a top performing real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers in Corvallis, OR. Do you have a real estate question? Ask Annette: 541-207-5551

Prepare very well for your sale of your old house so that you are reasonably sure there is no issue coming up. Have a pre-sale inspection (all my listings get that -- I pay for it) and repair whatever is on the list or prepare to give an appropriate amount of credit. That ensures a smooth transaction once your old house is in contract.

Lining up two closings at the same time is not difficult when all the hurdles are out of the way. Of course there can be a delay on either side, but in the absolute majority of the cases it works out well and on time, especially when everybody on both ends knows the circumstances, and is willing to work hard to make it happen. This requires a maximum amount of communication, and a broker who will not stand back and let things happen (or not), but who will be engaged and on top of things. I wish you smooth transactions, Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2017

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Holiday Wellness

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Kris Denning teaches yoga and pilates at Timberhill Athletic Club. Her interests include personal wellness, writing, family, gardening, and animals. You can contact her at yogimamagarden@gmail.com

By Kris Denning

The tension in the air is palpable. Debates about the future are going on everywhere you turn. Stress levels are at an all-time high. And now the holidays are upon us – often one of the most stressful times in people’s lives. Even if you love the holidays, they can still create stress. Shopping, cooking, entertaining, the overplayed holiday music, and perhaps having to listen to your father cite grim statistics he’s memorized. Isn’t this the time where Peace on Earth should be in abundance? Maybe it can be. If we all put our personal peace and well-being first. The best ways you can do this involve breath and movement. I’m not talking about the uncomfortable sigh after

you’ve filled your belly to the rim, and the reach for the remote. I’m referring to mind distracting breath incorporated with actual exercise. There’s no better remedy for stress, than exercise. Make time for yourself to nurture your body and mind. Engage daily in a physical activity that you enjoy. Ride your bike, go hiking, swimming, or take a group exercise class. Make it a priority. Pencil it in like an appointment. If all you have time for is a 10-minute walk, take it! Challenge your body by speeding up your walk or taking some hills. Whatever physical activity you choose to engage in, try not to let your mind stew over all the things you should be doing next,

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Gardening With Brenda The 411 Brenda Powell is a fourth generation owner of Garland Nursery. Her passions include gardening, cooking, reading, writing and photography. Follow her writing at: garlandnursery.wordpress.com

BIRDS OF THE FIELD Brenda Powell Birds…I’ve been thinking a lot about them recently. It started when I gave a presentation on bird-attracting plants for fall color. My mind tends to wander like a lazy river, so it’s no surprise that every day since the talk, my thoughts have been far flung but always returning to the subject of birds. I noticed them around the nursery having fun on a sunny day then flying into the conifers for cover. I remembered my grandmother, Garland, from whom I first learned to observe and identify birds. I walked with my dad, seeing them feeding on the ground under the giant sequoia near my parent’s house, flying to the top of the nearby oak tree as we got near. I remembered the many other times my dad and I have watched our feathered friends together and realized that each day is precious and numbered. Also, my thoughts turned to a deceased co-worker who was a huge birder and participated in the yearly bird count. Finally, I recalled all the evenings that my husband and I spent watching the hummingbirds flit about and listening to the songbirds in our back yard. I haven’t been that relaxed in a while. What attracts these amazing creatures and what keeps them hanging around? They like a bit of wilderness and a place to escape to when predators come near. I find that many of the birds in my yard love the tangled vines along my back fence.

Some even build their nests there. Conifers provide excellent cover, too. The nursery birds fly up into the Cryptomeria japonica ‘Sekkan-Sugi’ and the Colorado blue spruce. Ground feeders will disappear into the nest spruce, ‘Little Diamonds’ Cryptomeria, and blackberries. Many conifers provide food, as well, in their seed-bearing cones. This time of year, the birds are feasting on the wide array of seeds and berries, possibly fattening up in preparation for the lean winter months. Ornamental grasses, sunflowers, and seedy perennials like coneflowers are good bird food. Leave the old blooms out all winter and cut them back in the very early spring. There is an abundance of fruiting plants that birds love: Wax Myrtle, shrub dogwoods, Elderberry, Juniper, Viburnum, Crabapples, Chokecherry and many more. Some are Oregon natives. I haven’t forgotten my favorite, the hummingbird. Hummingbirds live here year-round and there are plants blooming in winter that they will feed upon: Yuletide Camellia, Rosemary, Strawberry bush, Hellebores, and Mahonia x media ‘Arthur Menzies’ and ‘Charity’. Plant a few bird favorites, let a little spot be wild and overgrown, provide places to nest and escape from those that stalk them, and some water, too. Then watch and wonder.

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CANDY CANE LANE & LET IT SNOW By Ann Simas Ebook available through all major online retailers, annsimas. com, Shamrock Flowers and Gifts, 1520 Coburg Road in Eugene, through the month of December. It’ll be a cold day on Candy Cane Lane before Murph falls for the daughter of the surgeon he holds responsible for never being able to get back in the game. Single mom Esme is torn by loyalty for her father and her feelings for Murph. Arran takes Murph to task about his granddad. Can a persistent seven-year-old who loves Christmas be the glue that binds them all together?

Awake on Earth By Carla Ann Wise, PhD Available through all major online retailers, grassroots and www.wiseonearth.com

Micah’s never believed in love at first sight, but too bad for him — in his family, that’s the way the genetic dice rolls. Sylvie, on the other hand, has relationship issues. She’s been hired to decorate the returning soldier’s home for Christmas, but Micah doesn’t like surprises. All he wants is to be left alone, and really, did she have to fall off the ladder just because he yelled at her? The weather outside is frightful, but inside Micah’s house, it’s just delightful…even as the battle of wills rages on like a blustery snowfall.

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When your marriage fails, you have a choice. She was the quintessential American wife and working mother of four small children. She had it all and did it all; her hobbies were interior decorating, Pilates, school fundraisers, and book clubs. Her road to recovering her self-esteem was paved with late nights, wild flings and rare company. Through it all, Kelly questioned everything she thought she knew about marriage, love and settling for the quiet routines of suburban motherhood. Told with unflinching honesty, her debut memoir is the bare-all story of a headstrong woman in search of a better inner life

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Translating Beauty Three Notable Women Artists Find Inspiration on Tillamook Coast

Deborah Dewit

by Lorraine Ortiz

One sculpts. One paints. One weaves. One came to the Tillamook Coast with her husband in the 1980s to give it a try. One came in the 70s because a friend said it was a wild and beautiful place. One came in early 2000 because she fell in love with an old farm house.

“Working in outside studios for 30 years on the Oregon coast and in Carrara, Italy, I am affected by the weather, time of day and seasonal changes. The drama and nuance of light are my constant companions and collaborators,” said Anderson, whose long-time friends call her Mary Jo.

They all stayed and they all create here. They sell their work to regional, national and international collectors. And, they all share a common theme: in a place like this you can stake your own path.

In this town, population 256, M.J. has found a life that is good for an artist. “There are not a lot of urban distractions. When everything around you is new and ever changing in a city, it is harder to get much work done.”

These three notable artists on the Tillamook Coast have created lives here and their work reflects the influences of the wild beauty of this place. M.J. Anderson—Working Outside on the Tillamook Coast for 30 Years Her Nehalem studio is evident by the large, elegant sculptures lining the driveway. These sculptures, predominately female torsos, have been roughed out in Carrara, Italy where she travels each year to select marble and begin work on pieces destined for gallery exhibitions, private collections and liturgical and public art installations throughout the U.S. 22

All of the stone she selects and carves in Italy must be crated and shipped to the U.S., proceed through customs and then trucked to her studio. “And working with large, heavy slabs of marble, it is helpful to have the forklift just down the street at the local lumber yard. I couldn’t do my work without their help.” M.J. appreciates being invigorated by attending “fabulous museum shows in Europe” and then coming home to her studio in Nehalem to settle into her work. She regains the rhythm of the slower pace traveling by foot between her studio and her

home to cook a meal, tend her garden or take a walk on the beach to process her thoughts.

“This is my place. I raised my son here, my sculptures are influenced by the people I am surrounded by—like the women in my aqua aerobics class. When I bought my house and remodeled it to make it my own, I felt that I would die here. This is my whole life. “ As a place changes a person, M.J. says she is certain it has had influences on her that she is not even aware of because she is so busy living her life. Deborah DeWit—Making Work Inspired by a Place The 90-year-old farmhouse Deborah DeWit and her filmmaker husband discovered on a trip to the beach has become the place they have decided to plant deep roots. As much as she cherishes the quiet of her painting studio here, she also loves sharing it with visitors. For 10 days each year, the “Open Studio” sign hangs at the entrance of their 4.5 acres overlooking Nehalem Bay and ocean, just south of Wheeler. Tillamook Coast’s Highway 101 is very well-traveled, year-

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round, by visitors from all over the world. Opportunities like Open Studio can add to the experience of travelers to see how those who make their home here, in this case artists, live and work in a destination region. Descended from a longline of Dutch painters and musicians, DeWit has lived around the world following her wanderlust and quest for new experiences. But when she and her husband happened upon the “for sale” sign at the historic Huckleberry Farm, her searching ended here. “Our open studio is an opportunity to see a working studio and look at original artwork in the place where it is produced,” said DeWit. I really enjoy meeting the people who buy my work and love telling them the story of our discovery of the farmhouse and the slow restoration of the house and the property.” “Before moving here, there was a time in my life when I thought I had run out of juice and wasn’t quite sure where I was going to get my ideas. Living here I can’t even imagine not having enough source to work from. There is an endless supply— the natural beauty, the people,

MJ Anderson

the community activities, this farmhouse, the atmosphere. It all speaks to me. I find it all here.” Deborah has been showing her photography and pastels continuously since 1976. Since adding oils in 1999, she has developed an expressive style with a focus on natural subjects, much of which describes our human relationship with nature and the many moods of the seasons. Many are familiar with her work on book covers, magazines, catalogues and calendars and her original can be found in personal, corporate and University collections across the country. “My current work is a result of living here. My work has always been autobiographical/ metaphorical and my life experiences drive my paintings.” In the winter and summer Deb teaches painting workshops in her home studio sharing her methods and inspiring others to create. Karen Gelbard—Living With Her Senses Wide Open “I wake up in the morning wanting to weave,” Karen shared. “I think about color

all the time. It turns into yarn that turns into cloth that turns into patterns that turn into garments I design and create for bodies of all shapes.” Whether it is the natural beauty she awakes to everyday at her self-described “old house perched on a hill overlooking the Nestucca estuary” or the rich color palette seen during a trip to Italy, Karen translates her life experience into her weaving. “My work often tells a story. One of my favorite coat designs tells the story of the estuary I see every day out my window.” Since childhold, this largely self-taught weaver has been creating and exploring the next artistic challenge. “Growing up reading music, I was taught to see patterns in the notes. I learned that is not just about reading the notes. It is about interpreting the notes and pouring your heart and soul into the execution of the pattern,” said Gelbard. “I take that same idea into my weaving. A weaving graph is not unlike a music staff. There are strong similarities in seeing patterns and harmony. I seek color harmonies to build my fabrics.” Karen’s long love affair with

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the Tillamook Coast began when she and her husband packed up their cars after graduating from college with art degrees and headed west at the urging of friends—”we found their urgings to be right for us” recalls Karen. “This was a place where we could be who we wanted to be.” That was in the early 70s. The production loom that now fills her studio can produce up to 100 yards at a time where Karen creates lush, gorgeous fabrics from which she then cuts, sews and finishes her sought-after garments. She travels throughout the U.S. selling to a clientele who is attracted to the color, style and beautiful designs—all inspired by this artist’s keen senses. Her fine work is prized in her garments, and also in architectural textiles. She is part of the team that keeps Timberline Lodge’s historic textiles restored, and Karen is now creating a line of interior textiles décor which she sells at a local gallery. Karen often wins awards for her work and most recently she enjoyed the honor of winning “best of show” at the 2016 Omaha Summer Art

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Festival. The judges obviously agreed with how Karen often characterizes her work: “I deal with color as a painter would and I deal with the human form as a sculptor would.” These three notable artists— the sculptor, the painter and the weaver all embody the influences of the Tillamook Coast. Through their work, they offer us the opportunity to experience the nuances of beauty translated by human creativity allowed to dwell in a wild and scenic place.

Where to find their work: M.J. Anderson shows at Coast Gallery in Manzanita, Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland and Brintz Galleries in Palm Beach, Florida. mjandersonsculpture.com. Deborah DeWit shows at White Bird Gallery in Cannon Beach and at her Open Studio at Huckleberry Farm. deborahdewit.com Karen Gelbard, shows throughout the U.S. at art fairs and festivals and at Rowboat Gallery in Pacific City. theoregonweaver.com


Nine Simple Steps to Prepare Your Home for Winter From: Dale’s Remodeling, Salem, Oregon

Does your home have proper lighting outdoors?

It’s the end of December and the new year is right around the corner. We find ourselves in the depths of winter, which means your home could use some extra TLC to keep you and your family safe. Here are some tips from the local remodeling pros at Dale’s Remodeling to help keep your home safe for the colder months, so you can focus on enjoying the season.

Indoors: Be careful in the kitchen while preparing those hot holiday meals. Keep a potholder on hand (silicone works best) when using the stove or oven, and never use a dish towel as a substitution! When it comes to cutting food, make sure to use a proper cutting board to avoid the food slipping and never rush while using a knife. Prevent falls in the bathroom by installing a shower seat or grab bars next to the shower/tub and toilet. Suction cups are a great option for temporary installation. Use rubber non-slip mats in the shower and a mat with a rubber underside outside of the tub. Keep your bedrooms warm. Reverse your ceiling fans to force warm air downward, keeping your home more cozy and comfortable. Blades should be turning clockwise during winter months.

Are your bathrooms equipped with grab bars and no-slip mats?

Do you have a wood or pellet stove? According to the American Red Cross, home heating fires are the second leading cause of home fires. Have a certified chimney specialist clean your chimney or wood stove annually. Keep the air inlets open, mesh gates closed and hearth clear of debris and décor. Seal in the heat in these colder months. Around doors and windows especially, warm air has a tendency to leak out. Find some old rugs or towels and roll them up before placing them in front of the cracks in your doors and windows. You can also purchase a caulk gun to fill in the cracks around windows and siding. 24

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Be careful climbing ladders

De-ice your walkways and any high traffic areas. Opt for deicing pellets and flakes, which contain less harmful chemicals. Salt and sand will corrode the concrete. Lighting is important as the sun sets earlier this time of year. Make sure to improve lighting, especially around stairs and walkways. You can use a solar light that sticks in the ground to light high-traffic pathways. Check the brightness of your existing porch light bulbs Climb ladders responsibly, always keeping three-point contact with the ladder. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, each year more than 164,000 people visit the emergency room due to a ladder accident. Whether you are cleaning gutters or removing Christmas lights, make sure to climb safely.

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Your Health

Modern Spa Dentistry By Dr. Kurt Black, DDS


hen you think about visiting the dentist, how do you feel? Does your heart start racing a bit? Do you begin to feel anxious or nervous? Do you have happy memories of your last visit? As a dentist for over 23 years, I know that for many people a trip to the dentist’s office can be fraught with anxiety and worry. And that’s not a good thing! Fortunately, in recent years, many dentists (including myself) have been taking a new approach towards dental care. We’ve begun devoting attention and care to a patient’s overall experience-- not just the outcome of any dental work they have done. Why? Because there’s a very strong link between dental health and overall health. Poor dental health is associated with increased risks of heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems. People who have a negative or stressful experience at the dentist tend to delay their next appointment-- or even worse, they stop going to the dentist entirely.

relaxed throughout their appointments, helping to avoid creating those negative feelings that so many adults associate with visiting the dentist. Crafting a Comfortable Spa-like Atmosphere At my practice, Timberhill Dental in Corvallis, I’ve worked hard to create a spa-like atmosphere including amazing amenities meant to reduce stress and create a feeling of complete relaxation for my patients. For example, a paraffin hand wax (used by many high-end spas to soothe and moisturize skin) actually helps lower stress and blood pressure for patients during their appointments. Because they’re more comfortable, more work can be done in a single visit, meaning fewer follow up appointments and less overall stress.

Let’s look closely at a few of the ways dentists can improve their patient’s comfort and overall experience, as well as the benefits of doing so.

Did you know that smells trigger stronger memories and associations than any of our 5 senses? By using aromatherapy techniques, serving delicious smelling coffee and tea, and baking fresh cookies, Timberhill Dental has a wonderful, soothing smell that helps our patients truly relax.

Building a Lifetime of Dental Health When a child has a positive experience at the dentist, they are less likely to experience dental anxiety as an adult. Because of this, dentists should focus on helping children be comfortable and

Stress and anxiety actually inhibit healing. By creating a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere, our patients are actually able to heal faster with fewer complications! And they’re more likely to receive the dental care they need, leading to better Happy Holidays

overall health throughout their lives. Options for Adults with Dental Anxiety While a relaxing, welcoming atmosphere can help, many adults still struggle with dental anxiety. If this sounds like you, consider asking your dentist about needle-free conscious sedation dentistry. Using oral medications and nitrous oxide (laughing gas), you’ll be in a very relaxed and dreamy state throughout your treatment. It’s not like being “asleep” during surgery and it’s completely safe! In addition to sedation dentistry, modern technology can also improve your experience at the dentist. A great example is laser dentistry treatments for gum disease. Lasers are high-tech and result in less swelling and a faster recovery than traditional treatments. Additionally, same day crowns and 3D diagnostic imaging allow for greater precision in treatment and comfort for the patient. A Trip to The Dentist Can Be Enjoyable! It really is true! The bottom line is that when dentists focus on their patients’ overall comfort and experience, everyone wins. An upcoming visit to the dentist shouldn’t be something to dread. It should be something you smile about! Dr. Kurt Black, DDS, is the founder of Timberhill Dental, a Corvallis dental practice that focuses on high-tech, high-touch dental care with an emphasis on patient experience and comfort. Call (541) 754-0144 or visit timberhilldental. com to learn more.


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Around the World from 80 Countries is a new exhibition at the Benton County Historical Museum scheduled for Nov. 18, 2016 through Oct. 14, 2017. Around the World from 80 Countries features artifacts from the Benton County Historical Society collections. Most of the objects in this exhibition were formerly part of the Horner Museum artifact collection at Oregon State University. Benton County Historical Society acquired the Horner Museum collection in order to preserve this invaluable Benton County asset. Although the Horner Museum was originally a compilation of department collections and first emphasized the acquisition of items related to Oregon history and the natural environment, it later expanded its educational mission by adding exhibits about other cultures. Many faculty and alumni worked in or travelled to other countries and brought back items which they later donated to the Horner museum. In this exhibition, colorful textiles, interesting tools, and unusual household items represent cultures and nations from around the globe. Enjoy a visit to Oregon’s past AND present! The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 – 4:30. Admission is always free!  

Located six miles west of Corvallis on Hwy 20/34, at 1101 Main Street, Philomath, Oregon, the Benton County Historical Society operates the Museum facilities for the preservation of history and culture. Its goal is to preserve the material culture of Benton County, Oregon.  It strives to enrich people’s lives through interesting exhibitions and educational programs. Please call (541) 929-6230 or visit

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December 11th 700pm • Majestic Lab • Theatre Tickets: $5 Ho ho, there! On December 11, the Improv at the Majestic elves are here to bring you a holiday treat guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart. “No Offense: The Improv Jam Christmas Spectacular” is a special two-part, fun-filled evening of spontaneous comedy that YOU can be part of! Part 1: The Community Jam! Ever wanted to try your hand at this goofy make-believe business? Now’s your chance. Join us on stage and play games with the goofballs you know and love from the Smackdowns, no experience necessary. (Or if you’d prefer to watch and shout suggestions from the audience, that’s great too!) Part 2: Longform Spectacular! Because you’ve been so good this year, we’re adding something new to the “No Offense” show, with a set of longform improv presented by The Long Con troupe. What’s “longform,” you say? Unlike the 3-minute comedy blasts we usually do in the Smackdowns and Jams (called “short form” improv, appropriately enough), longform is more like a one-act play, with interrelated scenes telling a bigger story. The Long Con crew will take an initial suggestion and run with it - who knows what stories we’ll tell, or where we’ll end up! North Pole, perhaps, or maybe that warm place in your heart... No script, no props, no fear - No Offense!

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The chilly winter weather is here! The Republic of Tea’s beloved holiday teas should be on-hand for these cool Oregon nights. Deck the halls this season with the new

Sip and Be Merry tea and festive favorites such as the Organic Peppermint Bark, Gingerbread, Cranberry Spice Hibiscus and Comfort and Joy. Warm up with these sweet and spicy

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blends that deliver a delicious mix of cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom and holiday spices. Gone are the days of winter weight gain because these decadent treats can also be enjoyed guilt free sip after sip as each tea has zero calories, zero added sugars and is gluten free. These teas make a great stocking stuffer too!

Comfort and Joy

Featuring flavors of the holidays: cinnamon, cloves, apples, and licorice root blended with fine black tea. $11.50

Organic Peppermint Bark Green rooibos, sourced from a Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farm, mingles perfectly with the flavors of organic cocoa and peppermint. This caffeine-free cup is best savored by a roaring fire after a holiday meal to settle the tummy and satisfy your sweet tooth. $11.50


Have your cake and sip it too! This herbal rooibos cup of cheer has the cozy aroma of grandma’s kitchen over the holidays. Enjoy the deep, rich flavors of traditional, spicy gingerbread with cinnamon and vanilla. Steep a pot of this fragrant, caffeine-free, zero-calorie tea and fill your home with the warmth of the season. $10.25

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Perhaps you prefer your tea with a little more “local flavor?” Pay a visit to Oregon Coffe & Tea in Corvallis (corner of 2nd and Monroe). The Collett family has been dealing in supreme quality bulk teas for over 16 years. The tea impressive tea collection is varied and is sourced from all over the world. They also offer in-house roasted coffees, and raw beans if you want to give it a try yourself. Their store also offers a wide range of coffee and tea accessories. Their personal service is second to none - the chart below is compliments of Oregon Coffee and Tea and if you have any question at all about brewing the perfect cup, they have the answer.

• 250 Loose Leaf Teas • Coffee & Tea Accessories • 20 Freshly Roasted Coffees • Chocolates & Licorice

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Par Avion Teas Par Avion is a purveyor of a stunning array of sumptuous teas. Our holiday pick? Toasted Almond Cookie (above), like an Italian Almond Cookie -- guilt free. Visit the Par Avion website to learn more: www.paraviontea.com

Come Home for the Holidays to SpringRidge at Charbonneau It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays at SpringRidge, an award-winning senior living community located in the beautiful Charbonneau District. With the halls decked and the holly hung, residents are looking forward to celebrating the holidays with time-honored traditions, spectacular holiday spreads and activities to support our troops overseas. One of SpringRidge’s longstanding traditions is the annual “Home for the Holidays” tour of homes. This spectacular holiday event offers residents a fun and festive way to share their holiday décor with friends, family and guests. In addition to the tour of homes, residents and guests enjoy seasonal refreshments, festive spirits and musical entertainment. Throughout the holidays, the community’s restaurant The Charbonneau Room, is renowned for its extensive menu and bringing family favorites to the table. “Our executive chef enjoys meeting with residents through our ‘Let’s Dish’ program to discuss recipes that are meaningful to our residents,” said Garth Hallman, executive director of SpringRidge at Charbonneau. “From their favorite holiday cookie to comforting side dishes – like mom’s famous stuffing, Chef enjoys creating culinary delights that evoke special memories for our residents and especially during the holidays.” The Charbonneau Room is open 12 hours daily, seven days a week. As part of the community’s Dine Your Way program™ residents enjoy an extensive menu of top quality, fresh, seasonal dining choices. The menus are ever evolving offering signature dishes as well as daily specials. Plus, the community’s private dining room enables residents to host intimate gatherings to invite family and friends to come home to SpringRidge. “While many of our residents relish that they’ve passed the torch on hosting larger family gatherings, many still enjoy having friends and family come together at SpringRidge to celebrate the season,” said Hallman. Recognizing that not everyone can be “home for the holidays,” SpringRidge residents are also celebrating the season by creating holiday cards for our troops overseas. An on-going tradition, cards are sent abroad to thank our troops for their sacrifice and service. “A number of our residents have served in the military themselves, so they fully understand the sacrifices our servicemen and women make to give us the gift of freedom,” said Hallman. Nestled on an impeccable ten-acre parcel of natural beauty that only Charbonneau can offer, SpringRidge is the ultimate in senior living. Besides 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 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 one can pursue their own brand of happiness, you are invited to schedule a personal tour and complimentary lunch. Owned and operated by Senior Resource Group (SRG), the SpringRidge at Charbonneau campus includes a variety of spacious one- and two-bedroom well-appointed Independent Living residences, as well as licensed Assisted Living and Memory Care services. To learn more about SRG or the extraordinary SpringRidge at Charbonneau lifestyle, visit www.SRGseniorliving.com or call 503.862.9498.

A little help. A big difference. The assisted living services at SpringRidge Senior Living Community are about the whole family and the whole YOU. Of course, we can help you with your daily needs. But did you know you will also have options for fitness, socializing, healthy fine dining, and more? And services are tailored to you, so you’ll get just the right amount of help you need, when you request it. But the best part? No matter if you need a little help or a lot, the difference you’ll feel will be amazing. Please call SpringRidge to schedule your complimentary lunch and tour.

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Yuletide Oregon Wine Pairings The Willamette Valley has contributed much to Oregon’s growing wine notoriety and now has over 500 wineries and 20,000 acres of vineyards. This year, Wine Enthusiast Magazine named the Willamette Valley “Wine Region of the Year” — beating out famed regions such as Champagne, France; Crete, Greece; and Sonoma, California. The Willamette Valley now joins the ranks of past winners including the provinces of Ribera del Duero and Rioja in Spain and France’s Rhone Valley. Oregon’s wine-making history began a mere 50 years ago when the first pinot noir, chardonnay, and pinot gris vines were planted. Vintners had to learn how to grow in this region as they pioneered an industry that now generates over $3 billion a year, making it the third largest wine producer in the United States behind California and Washington. In 1984 the Willamette Valley was designated as an American Viticultural Area and is now known worldwide for its Burgundy, a grape originally from the eastern region of France. In spirit of the holidays we wanted to suggest some wines from vintage vines that are grown in our backyard to be paired with a meal or gifted at a party. Cheers.

ELK COVE VINEYARDS Founded in 1974 by Pat and Joe Campbell, Elk Cove remains family owned. Their son, Adam, is now their second-generation winemaker managing 350 planted acres. They are known for their pinot gris.

2015 Pinot Gris

With balanced acids and great concentration, this wine offers big, juicy flavors of luscious apple and pear, backed with punchy citrus tastes of lemon and grapefruit. Its full, smooth flavor washes down well with turkey feasts.

Pinot Gris 2014

Lemon tempts with aromatics of pineapple and grilled plantain meander into notes of yellow peach, fresh ginger and honeydew with undertones of hibiscus and rhubarb, bringing a burst of summer to a winter dinner.


In 1969 Erath was among one of Oregon’s first to plant pinot noir grapes. Founder Dick Erath chose the Dundee Hills of the Willamette Valley to grow Burgundian grapes because of its striking similarities to France’s Burgundy. Today, Erath makes pinot noir of world-class acclaim.

2014 Oregon Pinot Noir

Giving bursts of berries with aromas of plum and violet, each sip offers silky mouthfuls of bing cherry and pomegranate woven together with a persistence of smooth caramel. Great to pair with roasts and ribs.

2011 Estate Selection Pinot Noir

With wafts of cherry strudel with vanilla icing, this wine has hints of boysenberry, baking spice, and a beach-fire smokiness that glides evenly across the palate with a prolonged finish.

AMITY VINEYARDS Founded in 1974 by winemaker Myron Redford, Amity Vineyards was one of the first to produce organically grown sulfite-free wine. In the forefront of organic winemaking, they are known for their pinot noir and pinot blanc.

Pinot Blanc 2015

Aromas of nectarine, jicama and potato flour lead to flavors of pear, starfruit and more jicama. The finish of clementine, wet stone, brine and peach skin makes for an ideal pairing with quiche, grilled basa or pasta in creamy sauces.

2015 Vintage White Pinot Noir

This unique white pinot noir shows generous fruit flavors, intense concentration, and tones of lemon custard, pineapple, and melon. Great for poultry or fish dinners. 34

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SOKOL BLOSSER Bill Blosser and Susan Sokol Blosser planted their vines in 1971 on the cusp of Oregon’s budding wine industry. Now run by their children, Alison and Alex, Sokol Blosser continues its commitment to pioneering. Their 2016 holiday catalog features unique sparkling wines for a welcomed addition of class to a holiday gathering.

Evolution Lucky No. 9 White

Intense tropical fruit hits your palate, followed by a crisp, clean finish. With notes of lychee, melon, lemongrass, lime zest and citrus, this bubbling wine pairs well with anything spiced: thai curry, tandoori chicken, spicy tuna rolls.

Evolution Big Time Red

This sparkling wine is structured and rich with flavors of cherry jam, black cherry, and black currants with hints of savory notes throughout the palate. It pairs well with burgers, ribs, italian red sauces and pizza.

WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS Founder Jim Bernau purchased an old plum orchard in 1983 and transformed it into Willamette Valley Vineyards. His viticultural skills were learned both here and in France, and Bernau has become a world-class competitor of coolclimate varietals, especially pinot noir. In 1995, he gifted the initial funds to build the fermentation sciences program at Oregon State University, the first of its kind in the nation. 2015 Estate Chardonnay This wine is pale gold in color with aromas of pear, lemon meringue, and creme brulee. The palate expresses notes of citrus, honey and baking spice over a creamy texture and lingering finish. 2014 Riesling This medium-sweet riesling mixes soft fruit flavors of apple, peach, and pear with hints of honey and tea. Chill slightly before enjoying. 35

Remodeling Timelines & WhaT They involve Brian Egan Homeowners are often shocked to learn that what they see as a simple kitchen remodel project can last from 4 to 6 weeks from start to completion. Here is a breakdown of the schedule for a typical kitchen

drywall/plaster work is done those surfaces can be painted before cabinet installation. Again the size of the kitchen will determine length of time but 3 to 5 days for cabinet installation is normal. During that time the countertop contractor may visit the siteand toplaster, create a template of drywall and this can take anywhere 5 to 10surfaces. days depending for the from counter Now on the size of the project. comes some waiting time if your new counters arethemade of stone WEEK THREE: Once drywall/plaster slabs as the fabrication process work is done those surfaces can be painted before cabinet installation. Again normally needs 2 weeks.

installed along with the counters.

Remodeling Project Timelines Homeowners are often shocked to learn that what they see as a simple kitchen remodel project can last around 4 to 6 weeks from start to completion. While that may seem like a long period of time there is an order things have to happen in. Here is a breakdown of the schedule for a typical kitchen remodel.

WEEK ONE: Demolition usually takes a day or two and includes the contractor’s “move-in time”. Any framing changes occur during days 3-4, sometimes concurrent with the plumber and electrician making changes to their systems.

WEEK ONE: Demolition usually takes a day or two and includes the contractor’s “move-in a period where WEEK time”, TWO: Now it the is time contractor is setting up their tools and to for the building inspectors establishing where things will be stored visitlaying thedown siteany to kind check for code and of protection violations.framing Once they needed. Any changes occurgive during days 3-4, sometimes concurrent approval then it is time to start with the plumber and electrician making covering the walls and ceiling. changes to their systems.

Even a minor remodel requires WEEK TWO:of Now it is timeand for the patching drywall plaster, building inspectors to visit the from site to5 to this can take anywhere check for code violations. This step is 10 days depending onvery the size non-negotiable and we work hard of the project. to make sure everything is ready for this. Once they give approval then it is time to start covering the walls and ceiling. WEEK THREE: Once the Even a minor remodel requires patching 36

the size of the kitchen will determine length of time but 3 to 5 days for cabinet installation is normal. During that time the countertop contractor may visit the site to create a template for the counter surfaces. This step involves some waiting time if your new counters are made of stone slabs as the fabrication process normally needs 2 weeks.

WEEK FIVE: Finally it is time to install the appliances and fixtures. This is a busy couple of days where the carpenters, plumbers and electricians work together to put the finishing touches on get the backsplash is your stone,room like theand counters, it is installed with the counters. job readyalong for final inspections. WEEK FIVE: Finally it is time to install the

Contractors may juggle these appliances and fixtures. This is a busy schedule items tothe fit carpenters, the specific couple of days where plumbers and work together project butelectricians in our sample we to put the finishing touches on your have about 25 working days room and get the job ready for final plus weekends to complete the inspections. project. So there we are with a five Contractors may juggle schedule week schedule for athese project with items to fit the specific project, but in little or no structural our sample we have about 25changes. working Your project may take more days plus weekends to complete the or project. So there we are with a five week less time depending on material schedule for a project with little or no choices and your contractors structural changes. Your project may take scheduling expertise. more or less time depending on material choices and your contractors scheduling

WEEK FOUR: Sometimes flooring can be installed while waiting on countertops but this can be dangerous as the new floor could be damaged by workers carrying materials. Depending on your floor material WEEK FOUR: Sometimes flooring can be it may be better toonwait until later installed while waiting countertops, but this can be dangerous as the new in the schedule. floor be damaged Aftercould counters areby workers installed ( carrying materials. Depending on your a one dayit may process) floor material be better the to waitnext until material to be set would be tile later in the schedule. After counters areIfinstalled (a onebacksplash. the backsplash day process) the next material to be is stone like the counters it is set would be tile backsplash. If the Willamette Living ~ December / January 2017

expertise. Call us for a consultation to discuss 2017tokitchen or Call us for ayour consultation discuss your 2017 kitchenproject. or bathroom project. bathroom Brian Egan

Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer Brian Egan CorvallisMaster Custom Kitchens & Baths Certified Kitchen & Bath Designer Corvallis Custom Kitchens & Baths

Kitchen Design by Heidi Powell As we approach the holidays, our thoughts turn to home and time with family and friends. This season brings with it images of children, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, and cousins all pitching in to make the holidays memorable and festive. And where do families gather for hugs, conversation, and of course cooking, but in the kitchen.

The goal of a well designed kitchen is to create natural zones for cooking, gathering and, if desired, eating. Ingredients and cooking utensils should all be within easy reach. If you enjoy entertaining, then the layout can be arranged in a way that guests are invited to feel comfortable to snack and visit during meal preparation.

Everyone wants a great kitchen. It’s the hub of the home, the place where guests congregate, the nucleus of the family. But how do you achieve that wonderful kitchen? And what if you are starting with a dated, dark, or dysfunctional space? Can it really be transformed?

A good designer puts your individual needs at the forefront of the design process, creating your own unique signature kitchen. He/she will look at such things as placement of the work triangle for accommodating single or multiple cooks, traffic flow, creative storage solutions, eliminating traffic bottle necks, allowing for eating space if desired, and the effective placement of lighting over workspaces. The designer can also help you to evaluate the possibility of any structural changes such as moving doors, walls, or windows or even adding on space. As the designer walks you through the different options you will be able to determine whether the existing space can be modified adequately or if structural modifications are necessary.

For starters, I recommend having your kitchen designed professionally. A new kitchen is one of the best investments you can make in your home, and a professional design can make all the difference. When it comes to kitchen design, it’s all about the layout and function of the space. All the beautiful finishes and high end appliances in the world can’t make up for a poor design, no matter how beautiful the granite or how amazing the convection oven. The layout of the space especially comes into focus at times when larger groups are gathering in your kitchen. Which of us who live in older homes hasn’t had to ask a guest to move so we can reach a spice or pan?

Some remodelers have a designer on staff while others can usually recommend a reputable one that they have worked with in the past. Taking time for this important step will put you well on your way toward the kitchen of your dreams. The holidays are just around the corner, maybe it’s time to start planning for that kitchen that you’ve always wanted.


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Heidi Powell Powell Construction, Corvallis 541-752-0805 37

Japanese Garden Society garden designer pays a visit to Lebanon


n a recent sunny Saturday afternoon in Lebanon, a large group of British tourists made their way into The Annex bar at Boulder Falls Inn to enjoy high tea.

to tour gardens. In recent years they have also designed and consulted on gardens, and have seen how these natural spaces can touch people’s lives.

These, though, were tourists on a mission. The 20 members of the United Kingdom’s Japanese Garden Society had come to the West Coast to see Japanese gardens from Vancouver, British Columbia in the north, to Seattle and Portland, to the three Japanese gardens at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital and the Samaritan Health Sciences Campus. These last gardens, here in Lebanon, were the primary reason for their trip. They were welcomed by not only Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation staff and board members, but by the garden designer himself, Hoichi Kurisu, who had traveled from Japan.

“When we had the official opening for a garden at a hospice in the north of England, a gentleman came up to me and he said ‘Thank you for the garden,’” Hardman recalled. “He said ‘It means a lot to me because my wife has died recently. She always said she did not want to die at a hospice. She came here for day treatment and she saw the garden. Then she said ‘I want to die here.’”

“Two years ago we spoke at a Japanese garden conference in Chicago – Hoichi, Betty Koehn, director of the Foundation, and myself,” explained Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation board president Bill Rauch. “They heard our presentation and were so impressed, they brought the group here.” Graham Hardman, vice president of the Japanese Garden Society, was glad they made the trip. “This is our first garden tour in the US,” Hardman said. “It’s been great to come to this area because there is so much in the Pacific Northwest.” When asked about his first impressions of the Lebanon hospital and Health Sciences Campus gardens, he said: “Wow, this is beautiful.” “Then when you start to see the garden for what it is, particularly the hospital courtyard, the way Hoichi has designed it, you really feel you are in nature,” he elaborated. “Particularly in the Infusion Center. You feel surrounded by nature. This is just a really beautiful space. I really appreciate what Hoichi has done.” The Japanese Garden Society holds meetings and demonstrations, puts out a journal and leads trips to Japan 38

Samaritan has been fortunate to have Kurisu – a world-renowned designer of Japanese gardens – design, build and help maintain the three gardens in Lebanon for the benefit of patients, staff and the community. Among his many projects, Kurisu also designed the top-rated Japanese Garden in North America – The Morikami Garden in Del Ray Beach, Florida. All three of the gardens in Lebanon are completely funded through donor contributions to Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation. The award-winning gardens in Lebanon are meant to appeal to all five senses, through the visual aspects and fragrances of blooming foliage, the crunch of gravel under foot, the sound of birds singing and the feel of the plants and gazebos. They feature tons of boulders as well as trees and plants of Japanese and Pacific Northwest origin. Kurisu described to the Japanese Garden Society group the effect he intends the garden to have on people. “When you are going through the gate, you leave behind distraction and come into a new moment,” Kurisu said. “You don’t carry your preconceived ideas. The bamboo forest, squeaking by the wind, that is nature’s voice. Stop and enjoy it. … I hope you receive something pure.” For more information about Samaritan’s gardens in Lebanon, or to schedule a tour, call the Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation at 541-451-7063.

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here are many wonders of the fall; the cool weather, the colors, the harvest. During the winter months, opening canned items from the year’s bounty can be nostalgic. They can also be great gifts during the holiday season.

A few year’s ago I began attending an annual apple cider press hosted by a local farm with an established orchard. The event has grown into a community affair, where neighbors come to help pick the harvest and bring their own apples, pears, or quince to throw into the press, adding a unique blend of local flavors. Last year, a friend had the idea to use the fresh-pressed juice in an apple pie moonshine recipe she was perfecting. The idea turned out to be a good one. You don’t have to use fresh squeezed juice, but if you have the opportunity, I would highly recommend it. If you don’t have enough fresh juice for the entire recipe, you can use part fresh and part store bought. The drink is an alcoholic beverage, and is easily stored in mason jars for the year to come. You can serve it hot or cold, but either way, it is bound to warm you up.

No still, (or government revenuers) required



1 gallon Indian Summer Apple Juice (If you choose another brand, make it a high quality juice with high concentration.)

1 gallon Indian Apple Cider

8 cinnamon 6” sticks

1 tablespoon vanilla extract (You can also add fresh scraped vanilla from the bean to enhance the freshness and appeal. About two whole beans is recommended.)

1 tablespoon cinnamon

2 cups brown sugar

1 cup sugar

1 liter Everclear (If Everclear is unavailable you can use Bacardi 151, just add half a liter more to the recipe.)

4 fresh apples (Recommended: Honey Crisp, Granny Smith or Sweetango.)

24 16oz Mason Jars

Step 1: In a pot large enough to hold at least 2.5 gallons pour in the gallon of apple juice, the gallon of apple cider, and mix in brown sugar, white sugar, and cinnamon sticks. Step 2: Bring the pot to a rolling boil on high heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved into the liquid. Step 3: Remove the pot from the burner and let cool. While cooling, add the ground cinnamon and vanilla extract (and fresh vanilla if desired) and stir until mixed. Put the lid on the pot and let cool for about two hours. Step 4: IMPORTANT: Liquid needs to be lukewarm, not hot, before you can continue this step. Pour in Everclear or 151. If the liquid mixture inside the pot is still hot the alcohol will evaporate and you will have non-alcoholic moonshine. Step 5: Using a ladle take the liquid from the cooled moonshine and pour it into the mason jars. Fill them 3/4 full. Once all of the jars are filled, cut the apples into slices and put a slice of apple into each jar before sealing. Step 6: Refrigerate if wanting to drink cold or heat for 2 minutes in the microwave for hot. Moonshine stays good for over a year if canned, sealed, and stored in a cool place. All it takes is a bow and they’re ready to be gifted!

Happy Holidays


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Tues - Sat: 11:00 - 8:00 Sunday Brunch: 9:00 - 2:00 Closed Mondays

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The Blue Goat Featuring quality local ingredients in our Northwest Rustic WoodFired menu.100% local wine list. Craft beers. Spirits and specialty cocktails. House shrubs, syrups, and non-alcoholic beverages. Reducing our footprint with our sustainable waste composting program.

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. www.queenschopstick.com 11:00 am 10:00 pm Sun-Wed 11:00 am 11:00 pm Thurs-Sat

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Cafe Mundo

New Morning Bakery

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. Mon-Sat 7:00 - 9:00 Sunday 8:00 - 8:00 219 SW 2nd St. Downtown Corvallis NewMorningBakery.com 541-754-0181

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“World Beat Cuisine” 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! Tues - Wed 11:00 - 8:00 Thurs - Sat 11:00 - 10:00 Sun Brunch 10 am - 3 pm In Newport’s Historic Nye Beach 541-574-8134


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SAC Presents | 2017


Saturday, Feb. 11 | 7 pm


Variations on a Theme of Extinction

Pianist Rachelle McCabe, Essayist Kathleen Dean Moore, guest panel of scientists.

Friday, April 7 | 7 pm


Friday, April 14 | 7:30 pm


Featuring the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble

Wednesday, May. 24 | 7:30 pm

VENUE: The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. Corvallis.

All seats reserved (except for the April 7 which is free, no tickets, open seating.)

TICKETS: ONLINE at liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/SACpresents For disability accommodations call 541-737-5592.



LaSells Stewart

THE premier performing arts, meeting, and conference center serving the Corvallis-area, located on the Oregon State University campus

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Holiday Concert


SUNDAY, DEC. 4, 3:00 PM

December 2016

The LaSells Stewart Center, OSU Choruses for the Season OSU Choruses Selected Student Soloists Steven M. Zielke, conductor Holiday Favorites

Dec 4 Sun 3:00 PM Corvallis-OSU Symphony Holiday Concert Dec 11 Sun 3:00 PM Corvallis Youth Symphony Winter Concert Dec 13 Tue 7:30 PM “Happy Holidays” The Emerald City Jazz Kings

January 2017 Jan 28 Sat 7:30 PM Dance of Spring Jan 29 Sun 5:00 PM China Night Cultural Event

ART EXHIBITS & RECEPTIONS December 2016 Dec 13-Jan 29 All Day Dec 20 Tue 5:00 PM Feb 1-28 All Day Feb 9 Mon 6:30 PM

Corvallis-OSU Symphony RESERVED TICKETS: $22, $27, $32 www.cosusymphony.org

Students free with valid student ID CAFA discounts apply

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS: $20 Grass Roots Books & Music Gracewinds Music

For accommodations for disabilities, please call 541-286-5580, preferably at least one week in advance.


for all

Beaver Tales Art Show

OSU Faculty & Staff Art Exhibit OSU Faculty & Staff Art Exhibit Reception Beaver Tales Art Show Beaver Tales Art Show Reception

PUBLIC EVENTS & LECTURES January 2017 Jan 7 Sat 6:00 AM FIRST Robotics Kickoff Jan 18 Wed 3:00 PM Starker Lecture Series 2017 Recreation in the Forest, Finding a Healthy Balance Jan 18 Wed 8:30 AM 2017 Nut Growers Society Winter Meeting Jan 21 Sat 8:00 AM Board Training for Non-Profits Jan 24-25 All Day Non Crop Vegetation Management Tickets are sold by the sponsoring organization for events at the LaSells Stewart Center. If you are unsure where to find the information on the sponsoring organization for the event, check our events page on our website at oregonstate.edu/lasells

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Willamette Living Dec/Jan 2017  

Our last issue for 2016, and hello 2017! Art, food, home improvement and moonshine, what more could you ask for? Happy Holidays, and enjoy!

Willamette Living Dec/Jan 2017  

Our last issue for 2016, and hello 2017! Art, food, home improvement and moonshine, what more could you ask for? Happy Holidays, and enjoy!