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December / January 2019


The lifestyle magazine for Oregon’s Willamette Valley

Traditions old & New • Philomath • Cranberries!


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

The All-new 2019 GLE With a wealth of innovations, the allnew Mercedes-Benz GLE is poised to set new benchmarks in its segment at an extremely competitive price. For example, the revolutionary new E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL system is the world’s most intelligent SUV suspension developed by MercedesBenz and powered in part by the

48-volt battery. The driver assistance systems also take another step forward with Active Stop-and-Go Assist that enables the GLE to recognize traffic jams at an early stage and support the driver in stop-and-go traffic. The interior is even more spacious and comfortable, with a newly available third row seat. The new

GLE is equipped with the intuitivelyoperated infotainment system Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) with Voice Control and natural language understanding, and introduces the new MBUX Interior Assistant, which supports operating intentions by recognizing hand and arm movements.

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3007 Acorn Pl, Philomath Wide open views of Mary’s Peak and the Coastal Range from nearly every window! This home is light filled and bright and with its updated kitchen and versatile loor plan it is a great buy. Come see! 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 1930 sqft, 2 car garage, 0.5 Acres with some lat areas.

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If your property is listed with a real estate broker, please disregard. It is not our intention to solicit offerings of other real estate brokers. We are happy to work with them and cooperate fully. ©2018 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker® is a registered trademark to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Each office is independently owned and operated. ©2018 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker® is a registered trademark to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity . Each office is independently owned and operated. Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.

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December / January 2019




Regulars 8 Real Estate Update 9 Sten: On the Money 10 Style 11 Kris on Health 12 Gardening With Brenda 14 The Bookshelf 16 Art Seen 44 The Hot Ticket

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Real Estate Update

To Buy or not to buy


Ask Annette

(that is the question)

By Annette Seivert The real estate market has changed, and will change even more-so in the foreseeable future. Gone are the days of 12 offers and bids 1015% above asking price. Buyers have for a while now, balked at bidding wars and taking houses “as is.” Now the question has become, should you wait for prices to come down or should you still try to buy now? At first glance it seems that waiting is prudent, but there is another factor, interest rates. Those started to go up a while ago, between January and November 2018, a whole percentage point on average. With higher interest rates comes a lower affordability factor. You can simply buy less house for the same payment per month. So how to make the decision to buy?

Some math will help. Prices in Corvallis will most likely either rise slowly or simply stagnate but not go down significantly, especially not under $350,000 as there is a finite inventory in this price category. Take an online mortgage calculator and make a calculation at, for instance, 5% interest for a house priced at $300,000 with a loan to value ratio of 80/20. Multiply the payment result by 12 to arrive at the yearly amount. Now do the same at 6% interest. Subtract the total amount of interest paid at the lower interest rate from the total interest paid at the higher interest rate. This is what your loan will cost more per year. The difference between a 5% and 6% interest rate is $2,268 per year and a whopping $67,748 over the life of the loan.

If your property is listed with a real estate broker, please disregard. It is not our intention to solicit offerings of other real estate brokers. We are happy to work with them and cooperate fully. ©2018 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker® is a registered trademark to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Each office is independently owned and operated. ©2018 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker® is a registered trademark to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity . Each office is independently owned and operated. Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.


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Thus with higher interest rates, and even at stagnated prices, buying a house later will be significantly more expensive. So take advantage of longer days on the market and a less competitive environment and find your way home. Happy buying


Do you have a real estate question? Ask Annette, at Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers in Corvallis 541-207-5551

By Sten Carlson The most important goal for many of my clients is to retire on their terms – which often means planning a long, secure retirement that enables them to check off items on their ultimate bucket list. Retirement requires careful planning in addition to avoiding financial missteps along the way. Here are five common mistakes and strategies to avoid them. Pushing retirement planning into the future. Preparing for retirement can be overwhelming, so it’s easy to think, “I’ll tackle it next year.” Simply put, the earlier you start focusing on retirement, the earlier you can prepare a plan that accounts for your goals and concerns. And, focusing on saving today gives your investments the opportunity to snowball in value through the power of compound interest. Underestimating the cost of health care. Medical costs are rising, with no clear end in sight. Your best defense is to figure out what protection and sources of income you could apply toward potential medical expenses. Common vehicles include Medicare and


Your Finances

On the Money mistakes to avoid when planning for reitrement

supplemental insurance premiums, longterm care policies, continuing health insurance through an employer and health savings accounts. Know which policies cover various expenses, and stay familiar with the amount of your deductibles, co-pays and out-of-pocket maximums. Ignoring the impact of taxes. Predicting your tax bill in retirement can be complicated, but it’s worth the effort. Retirement income for many retirees comes from a variety of taxable and non-taxable sources. Your tax rate will be based only on your taxable income, so it’s important to know and manage the tax treatment of your retirement paycheck. When you turn age 70 ½, you are required to take a minimum distribution from your traditional IRA. This money is generally taxable. If you don’t need the money and want to avoid the resulting tax bill, consider transferring your distribution (up to $100,000) directly from your IRA to a qualified charitable organization. A tax professional can help you determine the strategy that’s right for your situation. Using your 401(k) savings for other expenses. Before you tap your retirement

Sten Carlson, CFP®, CRPC®, CLTC, BFA, MBA, is a Financial Advisor with PacWest Wealth Partners, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. in Corvallis, Oregon. He offers fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies and has been in practice for 22 years. To contact him, visit the team website at www. PacWestWealthPartners.com or call at 541-757-3000. Office address is 2396 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis, OR.

savings early, think through the consequences. IRS rules allow investors to withdraw 401(k) savings for qualified expenses (non-qualified items trigger a 10 percent penalty). But just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Removing money from an income-bearing account reduces the long-term growth potential you can earn through continued saving and compound interest. Downplaying the importance of estate planning. A well-rounded retirement plan includes documenting your wishes for how you want your affairs handled if you become incapacitated or when you pass away. Creating (or updating) your estate plan enables you to help minimize any estate or inheritance tax for your beneficiaries and add in other specifications that help your assets transfer smoothly to the next generation. Time is on your side when you start preparing early. Tackling one step at a time is a great way to make progress on your retirement plan and avoid potentially costly missteps. If you want a second opinion, engage a financial advisor who can review your situation in detail.

Sten Carlson PacWest Wealth Partners in Corvallis, OR. Contact him at Sten.E.Carlson@ampf.com 541-757-3000

Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Asset allocation and diversification do not assure a profit or protect against loss. Ameriprise Financial Inc. and its affiliates do not offer tax or legal advice. Consumers should consult with their tax advisor or attorney regarding their specific situation. Investment advisory products and services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., a registered investment adviser. Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. © 2018 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.

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making a list By Oscar B. Hult

Picking out a gift for the guy who has everything can be pretty hard. A gift for a guy who also has a great sense of style can seem impossible. Don’t worry, we have compiled a list of 10 great gift ideas (in no particular order) that will work for any guy on your list.

Weatherproof Briefcase Made with a proprietary boot-grade leather that is weather and salt resistant, with solid brass hardware and a wool felt-lined shoulder strap pad for a comfortable carry. Modeled after Filson’s most popular briefcase, this bag features two internal dividers to keep tools and electronics separate. Can you say Unfailing Guaranty? Not a briefcase kind of guy? They also have backpacks and duffle bags that will fit his style. Beard & Pre-shave Oil Cutting your face while shaving is one of the worst ways to kick off a day, and using a pre-shave oil dramatically reduces your chances of a nick. Bearded gentlemen can benefit from it, too, since it conditions and moisturizes facial hair and the skin below (no more beard dandruff) There are lots of scents available, be sure to get one he will like. Randolph Engineering Sunglasses Every guy looks good in a pair of Aviators from Randolph Engineering. Guaranteed to last a lifetime or two. Ever heard of a

sunglass company guaranteeing its frames for life? Well, RE does. The Randolph frames are built to US military specifications, and they stand by each pair for as long as you own them. Skull & Crossbones Cufflinks Cufflinks are back, and they don’t need to be boring. Help your guy dominate the board room with these piratical cufflinks that are sure to get him compliments. He doesn’t have shirts that will accept cufflinks? Take them to the tailor and get them retro-fitted for just a few dollars each. Samuel Hubbard Founder Designed for the active lifestyle. Superb comfort is achieved by the soft upper leathers, glove-leather linings and springy Vibram soles. The memory-foam cushioned insoles are considered the best in the industry. The performance elements of the Hubbard Founder are inspired by athletic shoes, but the look is a classic leather shoe that will be right at home in the office or at the pub. Bloody Knuckles Hand Rescue Dry, cracked hands are like living testaments to a man’s hard work and ingenuity. And while hard working hands are to be celebrated, let’s be honest; dry, cracked hands feel awful. That’s why Duke Cannon introduced Bloody Knuckles Hand Repair Balm. Made with lanolin, it provides much-needed moisture without leaving the hands feeling sticky or greasy. Formulated

to repair the hands of workers, fighters, and world champions, it is unscented so your hands don’t smell like flowers. Classic Pendleton Scarf A classic muffler… light, soft & warm. Woven in great colors and patterns. It’s warranted to be a Pendleton. So, what guy wouldn’t like one or more of these in their wardrobe? If you know his size, a board shirt made of the same fabrics Bourbon Cedar Cologne A perfect warm woodsy note for the Pacific Northwest. This cologne and the accompanying soaps, lotions and conditioners will make him feel and smell great. Made with all natural ingredients. Robert Graham Robe A plush robe should be a necessary indulgence in a gentleman’s grooming routine, and this luxurious paisley option fits the bill nicely. UGG Conductive Gloves These fuzzy lined leather gloves come equipped with touchscreen compatible fingertips so he can stay warm and stylish without surrendering his phone. No matter what present you end up with; your guy is bound to love it if it helps him achieve our motto: “Dress well, Be Confident, Find Success!”

Oscar Oscar B. Hult is a co-owner of The Natty Dresser in Downtown Albany. 541-248-3561 Contact him at



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Your Health

Breaking traditions By Kris Denning This is the time of year we immerse ourselves in traditions like decorating the tree, lighting candles, family gatherings, and watching the ball drop on New Year’s Eve. But sometimes, breaking tradition can be good, and even necessary. Take fruit cake. Please. I’ve seen fruit cake every year for as long as I can remember but not once, have I ever seen anyone actually eat it. I think we could let that one go…

This year, I seek to break the tradition of dropping the ball. Not the one in New York, but the proverbial ball that governs all the things I promised myself I would do yet negated to accomplish. Like the tradition of failing to take my kids to see a certain Christmas lights display that I have been building up for the last 10 years, but every year we get busy, the lights come and go, and we miss them. It’s now a running joke in my house that our tradition is to talk about going to the “Keizer Lights”, but never actually going, if they really exist. Another tradition recently brought to my

attention, is forgetting to RSVP by the date given, for the free pumpkin pie that my financial advisor offers up for us every year. I always miss it. And it is kind of funny, but a bit diminishing, because I know these two little things represent several other things, I’ve probably dropped the ball on this year. My only comfort here, is to know that I’m not alone. Many people, if not everyone, has something they proclaim they will do each year without fail, but end up dropping the ball in such a consistent way, that it has become tradition. Things like quitting a bad habit, decluttering a space or home, taking an art class, trying yoga, or going to the dentist, and so on. But this tradition of “dropping the ball” is not good for our sense of self-worth, and it has got to go! The confidence we will gain from accomplishing what we set out to do, is the best gift we can offer ourselves this year, and every year. As you read this, I have officially gotten my free pumpkin pie for the first time and will most definitely have driven through the “urban legend” of a Christmas light display I’ve been telling my kids about for the last 10 years. So, make your list, check it twice, and

‘sleigh’ those goals. We can do this. In the spirit of good food and breaking tradition, here’s a crowd-pleasing fruit salad recipe that blows the traditional canned fruit cocktail and jell-o whip out of the water!

Winter Fruit Salad 1 large crisp apple, diced 1 large pear, diced 2 firm bananas, sliced 3 kiwi fruit, peeled and diced or sliced Seeds of one whole pomegranate 3 mandarins, peeled and separated A couple handfuls of tiny marshmallows… optional 1 Tblsp honey, 1 tablespoon of poppy seeds, combined with 3 Tablespoons lemon or lime juice Directions: Throw all the chopped fruit together in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together honey, lemon or lime juice, and poppy seeds. Drizzle the mixture over the fruit and mix well. Enjoy!

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Holiday Traditions By Brenda Powell Holiday traditions. Every family has them and every family’s traditions are different. You find that out the first year you visit the inlaws. Stuffing with giblets? Huh?

decided to borrow the idea using a fresh tree, hanging from the low ceiling in our dining room. It was creative, reasonably unique, and completely toddler proof. My grandparents drove all the way down from Tacoma to see it.

Although we have delicious, Swedish holiday food traditions, our decorating was anything but traditional. As a young child I remember handmade ornaments. I still have a few. When I was eight, and my sister arrived, things changed. From then on we had the most unique Christmas trees around. Some families had a nice, plain tree with tinsel and glass balls. Not at our house. We had an upside down tree, followed the next year by a prickly, living Chinese Fir. Yes, I blame my sister, although I suspect they may have learned from me that toddlers (as well as puppies and kitties) have a way of destroying decorations. My mom saw a display of artificial trees hanging upside down in a downtown Corvallis store window and

My dad was an equal partner with my Mom in decorating. He often selected the tree. His most unique pick was a bonsaishaped pine, branches painted black with a light dusting of artificial snow. A minimal amount of matte and shiny red glass balls were the only ornaments. Just a few years ago, in their new home, he selected a pyramidal arborvitae (typically used as a hedge) for their tree. Again, it was dusted with artificial snow. My dad passed away in August and I will truly miss his creative talent and brave, artistic eye. Mom continues to decorate for each holiday and I love that, too. Her house is so festive and welcoming. She now uses the same

ornaments from year to year, but not exactly in the same way. They are bright and colorful, just like she is. She has already discussed where to place the tree this year. No, it’s not in the same spot every year. Yes, my sister and I will visit just to see where she decides to place it. I feel guilty that I rarely pull out my decorations any more. My go-to Christmas tree for the last two years has been a pre-lit white birch with maybe 6 ornaments, mostly from my dogs’ groomer. I don’t have kids visiting for the holidays and I usually don’t entertain in my own home. I work too much and besides that, my husband is a decorating grinch. Since he makes coffee, cooks breakfast, and loves me just the way I am, I’ll give him a pass on that. Reminiscing about all that creative decorating makes me want to pull out those ornaments and put up a tree this year. Maybe I’ll spray paint it purple or suspend it from the ceiling right side up. You know, just to be different.

Brenda Powell is a fourth generation owner of Garland Nursery in Corvallis. Follow her writing at



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Cozy up by the fire & read a book *

I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas by Anna Getty

An oldie but goodie, Anna Getty’s book provides a wealth of ideas, recipes, and tips for celebrating the winter months in a more sustainable way. Her recipes combine seasonal, organic ingredients into masterpieces, like pumpkin gnocchi with browned sage butter. She weighs in on the greenest tree options, ways to save energy over the holidays, and has a myriad of ideas for upcycled gifts, decorations, and wrapping materials. If you are looking to have a beautiful season with less of a footprint, this is a great place to start. Better yet, many recipes and activities are family-friendly! - Kristy

Homemade Holiday

by Sophie Pester and Catharina Bruns

Homemade Holiday is a perfect guide to creating an on-trend, yet simple winter holiday. With creative ideas for gifts, décor, and gift-wrapping, this book is fun and approachable, even for folks new to the DIY scene. There are directions for creating nail-polish marbled ornament bulbs, a pompom wreath, and simple bath salts for the beginner. Crafters ready to take their DIY game up a notch could tackle the adorable crochet star pillows, knitted slippers, or embroidered snowflake tablecloth. This book has something for everyone who wants to add a little homemade to their holiday season this year! - Kristy

The New Christmas Tree by Carrie Brown

If you are looking to create a Christmas tree that doubles as an art piece, then look no further! Brown’s book has 24 uniquely stunning Christmas tree designs and accompany DIY projects that will inspire your next holiday centerpiece. She outlines the steps for planning a tree design, selecting the right type of tree for the design, and then provides pages of instructions for pulling them off! Some designs are more traditional – there are red, blue, and silver trees. Then, some are wildly unique! Consider a folk-art tree, a typography tree, or even an upside-down tree (this reviewer’s favorite). There are even a few ideas that require no tree at all, instead relying on chicken wire, wood, and foam for bases. A beautiful, inspiring holiday book. - Kristy

Gluten-free and Vegan Holidays by Jennifer Katzinger

I love many of the recipes in this book by the former owner of the popular Flying Apron Bakery in Seattle, a gluten-free and vegan bakery. It will prove to anyone that being gluten-free and/or vegan does not mean you have to live without deliciousness during the holidays. While this book is largely free of pictures, fairly short, and no-frills in appearance, the recipes are solid, include mostly easy to obtain ingredients, and include every course from appetizers to desserts. Her stuffing recipe is one of my favorites. The book is divided up by holiday and she presents full menus for each. Most recipes are good enough to make an appearance at your table yearlong. - Bonnie

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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Creative genius Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love fame shares her insights into letting go of fear and anxiety to embrace creativity. With examples of how fear, courage, and faith in the unknown have affected her own creative life, Gilbert’s book is a true inspiration for anyone wanting to overcome hurdles to living their life most fully. It is mystical, magical, and incredible the way she describes how ideas come into being…and almost hard to believe if there wasn’t hard evidence that Gilbert’s intuition is true. Equally good as an audiobook read by the author and as a print book, this might be one to buy to read over and over again, or to gift to a creative friend. Big Magic would make a wonderful companion to The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. - Kristy

Food Gift Love by Maggie Battista

Do you love to cook AND give gifts? Combine those two and take your gift treats up a level with the recipes, tips, and how-to in Maggie Battista’s Food Gift Love! Maggie takes traditional specialty food items and gives them a little something extra to make them gift-quality. For instance, how about baking up some madeleines…with brown butter? Or, making some homemade butter…and then using it as a base for whipping up superb compound butters, like salty maple butter, or basil-feta butter? Her recipes range from simple items, such as dried organic mint tea, to decadent, such as roasted banana bread. Sprinkled inbetween the recipes are great tidbits and tips, such as how to make your own gift box, how to temper chocolate, and inspiration for crafting combination gift packs! - Kristy




Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao

Poornima and Savitha became best friends growing up in India as they bonded together to survive the brutal conditions they face. Eventually, they are forced apart. Savitha is victimized and forced to flee her village, and Poornima is married off. Each situation is full of perils for the young women. Desperate to recover her friendship with Savitha, the only thing she really has left, Poornima leaves her life and seeks to reunite with her best friend. While I found the ending a bit forced, the book in its entirety was a powerful statement about what women endure in many parts of the world. This novel is well written and deeply affecting. - Mike Happy Holidays! | www.willametteliving.com

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Art in the Mid-Valley By Brian Egan

Are you still looking for a special holiday gift? The Arts Center has a couple of great opportunities to purchase locally made handcrafted items. First, the main gallery exhibit has a theme of TOYS, art made about or as toys, all for sale with proceeds supporting local artists and The Arts Center. Second, the ARTSHOP in The Arts Center has a great selection of jewelry and art that you will find nowhere else in Corvallis. Another great place to shop is the Teal Artist Cooperative at 137 SW 3rd Street in Downtown Corvallis. This seasonal shop offers remarkable artwork by 22 local artists with items ranging from ceramics and baskets to glass and fiber. Please support your local artist community this season. Oregonians have a unique opportunity to fund cultural activities in the state through the Oregon Cultural Trust. For example, if you gave a donation of $500.00 to a cultural non-profit such as The Arts Center and then an equal amount to the Cultural Trust you would receive not only the normal tax deduction for your contribution to The Arts Center but a full tax credit of $500.00 on your state taxes for the Cultural Trust contribution. The Trust then redistributes the money through grants to cultural non-profits throughout the state. Since 2003 the Trust donations have generated more than $23 million in grants to thousands of projects serving every county in the state. This is a winning situation for donors and our cultural community. Go to www.culturaltrust.org for


more information or ask your tax advisor. The Artist Accelerator Program at The Arts Center now has it’s first group of Artists in Residence, including Justin Lodge – Painter, Tara Robinson - Painter & Illustrator, Kimberly Long – Ceramicist and Claire Elam – Ceramicist. The residents will spend their time at The Arts Center honing their artistic skills and attending lectures on how to become successful professional artists. Starting on January 2 these artists will show their accomplished work in the Corrine Woodman gallery of The Arts Center. Two mid-career artists, Pete Goldlust and Kristin Kún, will be featured in the main gallery at The Arts Center in January. Pete’s playful work includes both hard and soft sculpture and has earned him many public art commissions. Kristy Kún’s experimental textiles advance the sculptural capabilities of hand-made felt. Her richly textured surfaces, formed through a water and energy-intense process of rubbing and kneading wool fibers until they bond, are a contemporary adaptation of ancient methods in felt making. CAW The last Corvallis Art Walk of 2018 takes place on December 20th so stop in at one of the many participating galleries for some holiday cheer and a chance to see some new art. Go to


for a list of venues.

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The OSU School of Arts and Communications is presenting a very special concert on January 19th at 7:30 pm at The LaSells Stewart Center: An Evening with Angélique Kidjo - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Special Event. Three-time GRAMMY Award winner Angélique Kidjo is one of the greatest artists in international music today, a creative force with thirteen albums to her name. As a performer, Kidjo’s striking voice, stage presence and fluency in multiple cultures and languages have won respect from her peers and expanded her following across national borders. Her music cross-pollinates the West African traditions of her childhood with elements of American R&B, funk and jazz, as well as influences from Europe and Latin America.  For ticket information go to:


Peace and goodwill to you during this holiday season and into the new year.

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Kitchen Heidi is co-owner of Powell Construction in Corvallis, OR Connect with Heidi @ 541-752-0805 Or heidipowell@powellconstruction.com

By Heidi Powell In days past, kitchens were seen as something to keep hidden. Once a purely utilitarian space, kitchens have transitioned from being something kept completely separate from the rest of the living space to being the focal point and main gathering space of a home. This project highlighted just that: the homeowners wanted a social kitchen where several cooks of different generations – including an avid baker – could work together comfortably. They also wanted a gathering place for their growing family and frequent out-of town guests. Working closely with the homeowners, we designed and built an efficient but social kitchen that meets their needs beautifully. The key to this kitchen design was creating multiple work stations for different tasks around a large central island, with plenty of room for non-cooks to be included in the gathering space. However, the existing space was a simple galley kitchen – too small to accommodate separate task areas. In 20

addition, the homeowners felt that adjacent rooms were poorly laid out and didn’t meet their needs. Our home designers developed a comprehensive plan to remove walls and reconfigure the existing entry, den, dining room, and family room. This provided room for a spacious kitchen and dining area for multi-generational gathering. One of the modifications we made to make the workspace easier for multiple users was to place two sinks in separate workstations on either side of the kitchen. This important feature allows multiple cooks to work efficiently without wasted steps or awkward traffic jams waiting for the sink to become available. The larger cleanup sink with a pulldown faucet was placed in the “traditional” sink location, while the smaller prep sink is located between the cooktop and the double wall ovens. It’s a perfect spot for filling a vegetable steamer or grabbing a cup of water while making bread dough.

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These homeowners were also partial to the look of an allover white kitchen. While this can be beautiful, it presents a challenge when it comes to creating focal points and interest. White custom cabinets and white Silestone countertops in the new kitchen created the bright, clean feeling the clients craved. This look was given depth by a Brazilian cherry hardwood floor and a dramatic backsplash running around the perimeter of the kitchen. This kitchen is unique in its beauty and clean lines, but any kitchen can be transformed into a more open space that is well suited for family gatherings. Sometimes this involves removing walls, as we did with this kitchen, and sometimes it might just be a reorganization of the floorplan for better flow. Both beautiful and functional, the ideal kitchen is the focal point for the family’s home and the perfect place for family members to gather and work in tandem.



Chocolate Wonderland A Benefit for the Corvallis Arts Center October 13th, 2018

Artif icial Life

“The Promise and the Peril of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics” Part of “OSU 150” a celebration of 150 years of Oregon State University. October 23rd, 2018 Happy Holidays! | www.willametteliving.com


In Business

40 Years!

Congratulations to our friend and neighbor Sheri Buchanan of Finders Keepers Antiques in Corvallis!

In 1978, Jimmy Carter was the president, the first cellular phone was sold in Illinois, a gallon of gas was 63 cents, Saturday Night Fever was the hit movie, and in August, Sheri and her partner Linda opened Finders Keepers on Hwy 99 in Lewisburg, Oregon. After starting in banking, Sheri ran her business part time at first. “Back then our rent was maybe $100 a month, we’d buy things for 10 cents and sell them for a dollar, and it was good.” Sheri’s family had businesses in Eugene, and she grew up around retail. As she says now “I’ve been in retail all my life.” In the early days Finders Keepers would buy and sell antique furniture, “lots of Oak,” according to Sheri. In time the partners lost their lease in Lewisburg. Sheri now conducts business from her home north of Corvallis and she’s in the Albany Antique Mall. Sheri’s original partner Linda is in the mall in Albany too, Sheri says she likes “the fancier stuff.” Sheri carries a lot of art, and loves primitive pieces. Right now, she has a lot of holiday great holiday decor.

Go take a look at sheri’s holiday selection. She’s open on select days, and by appointment. Her shop is at: 7510 NW Valley View Dr in Corvallis Phone: (541) 760-9127 Sheri has open shop days planned for Dec 7th and 8th and on dec 14th and 15th. Check the Willametteliving.com event calendar for more.


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Your Dreams

kitchens | bathrooms | additions | remodels | new construction www.powellconstruction.com

call us 541-752-0805


Holiday Lights On the Tillamook Coast

Here’s a fun thing to do for the holidays: take a trip over to the Tillamook Coast and enjoy the holiday lights. Each year all of the coastal communities adopt a holiday theme, and then express their theme via holiday light displays.

Research-based Gardening Classes 20+ Exhibitors BookstoreRaffleSilent Auction For new and experienced gardeners!

Saturday February 9th, 2019 LaSells Stewart Center 875 SW 26th St. OSU Campus, Corvallis extension.oregonstate.edu/mg/benton

The second year of this new program designed to attract visitors to the coast is sure to be even more fun. Some examples are the “Crab Pot Christmas Tree” in Garibaldi (pictured below), farming is the theme in Cloverdale and Tillamook, and golf is the theme in Neskowin, home of the Neskowin Beach Golf Course. Insider tip: for a real treat, book a night at the coast’s newest luxury hotel in Pacific City, The Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa. Or just stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner in the on-site Meridian restaurant. It’s a little extravagant, but if you’re looking for a holiday gift he or she will love, this will definitely do the trick!

The Benton County Master Gardeners (BCMGA) present “Insights into Gardenting 2019.”

Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa 33000 Cape Kiwanda Dr. Pacific City, OR 97135 Info@HeadlandsLodge.com Phone: 503.483.3000

Registration will open December 31st.


A few facts: Insights Into Gardening is a one day seminar on gardening topics. This year there are 4 sessions with 4 classes each session to choose from -- a total of 16 classes. Roughly 350 people attend, most come from all around the Willamette Valley, from Portland to Medford, and the Oregon Coast. A few come from California and Washington too! In addition to the classes there’s an on-site bookstore (Grassroots) with books selected for this event, including some written by the day’s speakers. There are 28 exhibitors, with raffle items. There is also a silent auction. These are all very popular activities It’s always held on the second Saturday in February in the LaSells Stewart center at OSU. The speakers are experts from around the valley including OSU horticulture professors, nursery professionals, and nationally known experts on various topics. All the speakers and topics are vetted to make sure they present current information confirmed by scientific research. We’re a nonprofit formed to support Extension Service Home Horticulture, and this is a fundraiser supporting Extension Service programs in Home Horticulture as well as Scholarships for students to attend Horticulture programs at the University. The Master Gardener Mission: Our mission is to provide research based info to the public on sustainable gardening practices to the home gardener. 26

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math With a name derived from the two greek words for “beer” and “logging,” Philomath has long been Corvallis’ rowdy, redneck sister to the west, and there ain’t nothin’ wrong with that. The little town that made a huge name for itself in the timber industry is also home to “The Frolic” -Philomath’s home-town rodeo. Having celebrated its 65th year last summer, the Frolic is held every July, and includes pancake breakfasts, chicken dinners, mutton bust’n, and of course, a lumberjack contest. Philomath High School’s choir program has won not one, but multiple Grammy awards, and the junior-varsity football team once fielded a girl quarterback, who was also the Homecoming Princess.

What can’t they do out there? You’d be hard-pressed to find a more “Oregonian” town in Oregon, than Philomath.

Lately, it seems there’s been a real focus on revitalizing Philomath. Not to the point of gentrification, but just cleaning her up a bit. There IS a Starbucks, but it seems, there’s no avoiding that. Philomath is far from just a suburb of Corvallis though. Philomath is a gem, and come to find out, she polishes up real nice. We mosied into town a few days ago and took a look around. Here’s a few highlights...

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Philomath Library

La Rockita

Need a book to read? Or to hop on the internet for a minute? Stop in at the library. Great service, easy parking, and great selection!

There are a few of these restaurants around Corvallis, and Philomath, they’re all family owned and they’re all good!

Sunrise Bakery


Hours: Noon - 7 PM on Sunday. A landmark.

Right next door to Sunrise Bakery - donuts, and as you can see, Apple Fritters! Mmmm...

Eats N Treats (ALL Gluten-Free) Eats N Treats is a totally gluten-free eatery in Philomath, but that’s secondary to the amazing deliciousness of all of their food! You don’t sacrifice a thing by going gluten free here. Great BBQ, and desserts to die for. Sunday Brunch served 9-2 Waffles, Omelets, Potato Plates, Cinnamon Rolls, Biscuits & Gravy, Light lunch options and more! 30

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Spaeth Heritage House Spaeth Lumber is a fixture in the area with a few locations, but the one in Philomath is a little different. Lots of quirkey, old signs and unusual things you don’t find at just any home-improvement store -- signs are not for sale, but are worth a look. And they’ve just remodeled the upper story. Go see the new (old) flooring they used in the remodel, it’s fantastic. Do-it-yourselfers, get in there!

JaniLou Creations

The quilt shop that used to be the Waucoma Theater. From what we can tell, they have every single thing a person could need to make a quilt. They also offer classes -- some beautiful examples are hanging on the walls!

Myrtlewood Mystique Gallery

Philomath in ‘42. See the Waucoma Theater? And on the corner, The Chintimini Cafe - now The Dizzy Hen.

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Been in Philomath for years, but closing in a few weeks! Some great deals to be had! Including dried, rounds that are lathe-ready for you woodworkers - go get ‘em! The plan is to reopen in the back of the lot they are currently on. In the interim, check with Issac Gillman in Blodgett: 541-908-4930. 31

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Prairie Farmhouse

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Local & Family Owned Celebrating over 50 years of business in Albany!

www.J-Jelectric.com 885 22nd Ave. SW in Albany • 541-928-8488

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Gathering Together Farm A landmark that is just a short hop out highway 34 from Philomath, Gathering Together has been in operation for over 30 years producing organic fruits and vegetables. Their booth at the Corvallis Farmers Market is always spectacular, they sell all over Oregon to stores, restaurants, and more. The photos above are the farm restaurant (closed for the season right now, but well worth the wait). With multiple odd-shaped plots hugging the Marys River, Gathering Together farms over 50 acres in the summer! What IS Mead anyway? Honey - Water - Yeast ...basically

Nectar Creek Meadery One of the major additions to the Philomath landscape is Nectar Creek Meadery. The new building is full production facility for their line of beverages, and an on-site tap room serving delicious, fresh food like the salad above and “guest beverages” from other breweries and wineries. A definite must on any Philomath visitor’s list.

Spindrift Cellars Award-winning wines served up in their delightful tasting room. Like many Willamette Valley wineries you can meet and talk wine with the owners Matt & Tabitha on many occasions. Wine Enthusiast Magazine named the Willamette Valley “Wine Region of the Year” in 2016. Stop in to the Spindrift tasting room and see why. Happy Holidays! | www.willametteliving.com


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Finders’ Keepers

Antiques & Uniques Since 1978 Corvallis Open Shop Days: Dec 7, 8, 14 &15 10am-4pm or make an appt 541-760-9127 or sherbuchanan@gmail.com.

Tasting Room Open Friday through Sunday 12-5 810 Applegate Street in Philomath 541-929-6555

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And at the Albany Antique Mall: 7 days week, 10am-6pm


These people make us proud with all their american ingenuity. We’re not a business magazine, but...

As far as american manufacturing goes, There must not be any tarrifs on cool, because Softstar is killin’ it with their shoes!

Softstar Shoes

The Dizzy Hen

Absolutely, the grand prize for building transformtion in Philomath goes to Softstar. They took what used to be an old roller rink and made it into an award-winning facility to produce their cool shoes. And they produce a LOT of them. Check out: softstar.com

Remember the Chintimini Cafe photo? Well, here it is now. For years it was a sketchy cafe with a “Worlds Best Bacon” sign in the window. Now, it’s the world’s best remodel. They’ve kept the cool old diner feel, but everything is nice and new, and there’s lots of warm wood. Boasting a changing menu, and chefs who really know what they’re doing - while maintaining a very reasonable price point, it’s a definite yes. Look for a full review of the Dizzy Hen in our dining section soon!

Happy Holidays! | www.willametteliving.com


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Cranberries In 2016, 9.6 million barrels (each barrel is about 100 pounds) were harvested in five states in the U.S., with Wisconsin being number one in production. Massachusetts is second, followed by New Jersey, Oregon and Washington. Six Oregon counties grow cranberries, but Coos and Curry counties are the two cranberry leaders. The two counties produce 99 percent of the state’s crop. The climate of the southern Oregon coast allows for a longer growing season, which gives the berries a deeper red color than cranberries grown in other states. Local, deeper red, more delicious -- let’s get cookin’.


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Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread

¹⁄8 tsp. cayenne pepper

½ tsp. chili powder Crackers

Serves 14

16 oz. cream cheese, softened 1 14 oz. can whole berry cranberry sauce 4 oz. chopped green chilies, drained 1 Tbsp. lime juice ½ tsp. garlic powder

Cranberry Scones 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup sugar 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/8 teaspoon salt

Place cream cheese on a serving plate. In a small bowl, combine the cranberry sauce, green chilies, lime juice and spices. Spoon over cream cheese. Serve with crackers. (Recipe compliments of First Alternative Co-Op)

In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, combine milk and 2 tablespoons beaten egg; add to crumb mixture just until moistened. Stir in cranberries. The whole trick to scones is to NOT overwork the dough, so don’t get carried away mixing!

1/4 cup cold butter 3 tablespoons 2% milk 1 egg, beaten

Turn onto a floured surface; knead gently 6-8 times. Pat into a 6-in. circle. Cut into four wedges. Separate wedges and place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Brush with remaining egg; sprinkle with coarse sugar.

1/4 cup dried cranberries 1/4 teaspoon coarse sugar

Bake at 425° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Easy Cranberry Chutney 1 cup orange juice

12 ounces fresh cranberries 1 juice orange, pitted and finely chopped (skin and all) 1 tart apple, cored and chopped

Place orange juice, cranberries and chopped orange in a saucepan, bring to a boil and cook over medium heat until berries begin to pop. Add the remaining ingredients and cook about 10 minutes, until thick. Adjust sweetness if desired.

12 dried apricots, chopped 1 ¼ cups honey, approximately ½ teaspoon ground cardamom Happy Holidays! | www.willametteliving.com


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Brie and Cranberry Appetizers

Le Patissier

(Guaranteed to impress your holiday guests!) 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup water 1 1/4 cups Ocean SprayÂŽ Fresh or Frozen Cranberries 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel 25 3 1/4-inch square wonton wrappers 1 8-ounce Brie round, cut into 24 3/4-inch cubes Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 24 miniature-muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray. Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Add cranberries; return

to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer about 3 to 4 minutes or until cranberries pop and mixture thickens slightly, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice and peel. Press 1 wonton wrapper gently into each muffin cup, allowing ends to extend above. Spray edges of wonton wrappers with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until bottoms of cups are beginning to brown. Place 1 cube of Brie in each cup; place sheet of aluminum foil over each pan to prevent excessive browning. Bake 3 to 5 minutes or until Brie is soft. Remove from oven; top each with about 1 teaspoon cranberry mixture. Makes 24 appetizers.

French Pastry Savory Dishes Wedding Cakes Special Events

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Vive la France ! Happy Holidays! | www.willametteliving.com


Delicias Valley Cafe

del Alma

Owners Lupé & Carlos invite you to come have breakfast, lunch or dinner. Delicious, authentic Mexican foods prepared in-house.

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

Fresh ingredients & skilled chefs combine to bring you savory dishes your whole family will love.

Menus and more at: delalmarestaurant.com

Mon - Sat: 8:00 - 9:00 Sunday: 8:00 - 8:30 Breakfast Buffet Sat & Sun Only: 9:00 - 12:00 933 NW Circle Blvd in Corvallis

(Across the street from Market of Choice)

541-753-0599 www.deliciasvalleycafe.com

Open for dinner Mon - Thurs 5:00 -- 9:30 Fri & Sat 5:00 - 10:00 136 SW Washington Ave Suite 102, Corvallis 541-753-2222

Novak’s Hungarian Opened in 1984 by Joseph and Matilda Novak, Novak’s is Oregon’s only Hungarian restaurant! Today, locally sourced ingredients, sustainable practices, and the same love from the “old country” goes into every dish. Mon, Wed & Thurs: 8:00 - 8:00 Friday: 8:00 - 9:30 Saturday: 7:30 - 9:30 Sunday: 7:30 - 4:00 Closed on Tuesdays 208 2nd St. SW in Albany 541-967-9488 www.novakshungarian.com

Kaiyo Sushi Albany’s new sushi sensation. Kaiyo Sushi is the place for a quick lunch meeting, date night, or family night out. Watch as expertly prepared sushi floats past your seat on our conveyor, and pick your favorites. Sashimi, sushi, vegetarian and vegan options -- even dessert. A taste of Japan, in Albany. Come by today and have some sushi! Open 11 am to 10 pm 2826 Santiam Hwy SE, Albany, OR 97322 (Next to Elmer’s)

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

Queen’s Chopstick Not just Chinese food!

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 2329 Kings Blvd Corvallis 541-758-9166

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Cheryl Lohman Lights are twinkling. Homes are decorated with trees and greenery. Everywhere you look you see signs of the holidays -- but you may also be feeling burdened. Instead of appreciating the sparkle of the season, you’re busy agonizing over how to shop for the perfect gifts, taking the kids or grandkids to every fun Christmas event and perfectly prepare your home for hosting guests. There’s a lot to do every holiday season. But we’re letting the stress and the “must dos� interfere with what’s supposed to be a pleasant time for ourselves and our families. In a survey conducted by Healthline, 62 percent of people said their stress levels were “very or somewhat� higher during the holidays. Only 10 percent of people said they had no holiday-related stress! Reduce the stress and experience the joy and magic of the season by finding ways to minimize your workload and save time. * Set priorities for your time. Decide as a family on one (okay, maybe two) events you’d like to make time for. Maybe that’s Storybook Land or a holiday craft fair. Sprinkle in a holiday party or two and you’ll be set. Minimize the “have tos� on your calendar.


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* Not everything has to be homemade. If holiday baking is giving you more anxiety than delight, don’t think twice about getting your goods from a local bakery. Not everyone must produce Pinterest-worthy Christmas cookies. * Consider ways to reduce the time you spend doing housework or getting ready for guests. For example, you could hire a cleaning service for the holidays.






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Cheryl Lohman of Oregon Permanent Makeup is an Oregon Licensed Permanent Makeup Artist and Esthetician, and is a Lifetime Member in the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals. For more information you can reach her at 541-740-1639 or visit her website at www.OregonPermanentMakeup.com. Happy Holidays! | www.willametteliving.com

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from the

Heart of the

Willamette Valley

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The Hot Ticket

Ugly Sweater Party

Elton John

December 21st, 5:00 --7:00 PM Brooks Winery | Amity

January 12, 8:00 PM Moda Center | Portland



Mo’s Chowder Event January 28 & 29 Willamette Valley Vineyards | Turner


Credit: KnoHer Photos

Horse-Drawn Caroling Mid-Valley Home Show

December 15th, 5:00 PM Monteith House Museum | Albany


January 11-13 Oregon State Fairgrounds | Salem

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Oregon Wedding Showcase January 26 & 27 Oregon State Fairgrounds | Salem



Feb 1st. Moda Center | Portland


Pop • Fizz • Clink Holiday Champagne Sale

It’s a Wonderful Life - Live Radio Play

Dec 26th at 10:00 AM until Dec 30th at 5:00 PM Chateau Bianca Winery | Dallas

Dec 6 -- Dec 30 Northwest Children’s Theater | Portland



Salem Public Market

Every Saturday from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM Salem


Happy Holidays! | www.willametteliving.com


Historic Nye Beach Nye Beach Wine Cellar

Buy Local • Buy Handmade

Colleen Caubin Anja Chavez Victor Guchov Cynthia Jacobi Katy Lareau Jenny Manilla Alice Martin Alita Pearl Frances Van Wert

258 NW Coast St.


for Artsake Gallery A Co-op of Local Artists

255 NW Coast St.



Queen of Hearts

Gifts & Lingerie 232 NW Coast St. Suite B


708 NW Beach Dr.

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. Winter Hours Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm Friday and Saturday 11am-10pm

www.nanasirishpub.com 613 NW 3rd St.


May your love for me be like the scent of the evening sea drifting in through a quiet window

so i do not have to run or chase or fall ... to feel you all i have to do is breathe. Sanober Khan, A Thousand Flamingos

Newport, Oregon


The LaSells Stewart Center THE premier

December 2018 and January 2019 Events

For a full listing of events, visit: lasells.oregonstate.edu CONCERTS AND PERFORMANCES


Dec 9

3:00 p.m.

Corvallis Youth Symphony Winter Concert 

arts, meeting,

Dec 11

7:30 p.m.

The Emerald City Jazz Kings - Ring Those Bells 

Dec 13

7:00 p.m.

Corvallis Celtic Christmas Concert, sponsored by the Friends of the Family Ministries

Dec 16

3:00 p.m.

Eugene Ballet - The Nutcracker 

Jan 13

4:00 p.m.

Corvallis-OSU Piano International Steinway Series - Jeremy Denk 

the Corvallis

Jan 19

7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Angelique Kidjo Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Special Event 

area, located

Jan 25

8:00 p.m.

SAC Presents the Oregon Symphony 

on the Oregon

Jan 29

7:30 p.m.

OSU Wind Ensemble 

 = Ticketed Event

and conference center serving

State University campus.


11:00 a.m. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote Session - We Are All Trayvon with Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, author and advocate Free, but tickets required

Jan 24

7:00 p.m.

SAC Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series April Vollmer: Norma Seibert 2019 Print Artist

ART EXHIBITS AND RECEPTIONS Dec 11, 2018 - Jan 27, 2019 Exhibition 9th Annual OSU Staff Art Exhibit Jan 14

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.


The LaSells Stewart Center

875 SW 26 Street Corvallis OR 97331 541-737-2402 lasells.oregonstate.edu

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9th Annual OSU Staff Art Exhibit Reception

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