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Mercedes Benz of Salem Presents The Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA45
“Avant-garde meets Driving Performance” is the motto for the Mercedes-AMG CLA45. Oﬀering a unique combination of a sporty driving experience, extravagant design and maximum individuality, the CLA45 also beneﬁts from updated exterior asthetics. LED headlamps now come as standard, as does the twin louver radiator grille ﬁnished in silver chrome. Aerodynamics have been further improved and the coeﬃcient of drag has been reduced, all to the beneﬁt of driving dynamics and stability. Further exterior features of the facelift include the AMG® front bumper in a new A-wing design with front splitter inserts in matte titanium grey and high-gloss black ﬂics, and a new design
for the AMG lip spoiler on the trunk lid. New at the rear is the design of the diﬀuser insert, with four vertical ﬁns. An AMG Aerodynamics package is now available as standard. This comprises a larger front splitter, additional ﬂics, a black AMG lip spoiler plus black accents over the simulated air outlets on the rear bumper. An AMG Night Package is also standard on the Mercedes-AMG CLA45. With a peak performance of 375 hp and maximum torque of 350 lb-ft, the Mercedes- AMG CLA45 Coupe is among the most powerful vehicles in its segment, accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds.
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Willamette Valley Visitorâ€™s Association and Visit Corvallis present the
FARM to TABLE DINNER SERIES
Visit Corvallis and the Albany Visitors Association are pleased to produce a series of farm-to-table dinner parties this summer, on behalf of the Willamette Valley Visitors Association. Guests will be able to meet local chefs and learn about the food they prepare and how they source it. Theyâ€™ll also sample fine vintages from local wineries and learn about their wines and vineyards. These experiences will pair to create an intimate gathering and a memorable culinary experience at a beautiful location. To learn more and buy tickets visit
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Spring Market Update Spring is here in Oregon finally! From the coast to mountains, this spring comes later than past years, with record amount of rainfall and snowfall during the winter months. Now it is a perfect time to plant your garden! Here are some seed resources for your garden: Adaptive Seeds, Sweet Home -Heirlooms and “rare, diverse, and resilient” seeds gathered from around the world adapted for the Pacific Northwest. www. adaptiveseeds.com 541-367-1105 Boondockers Farm, Beavercreek-Over 50 varieties of heirloom tomato seeds. boondockers.sharepoint.com 503-632-7934 Decker Rd Seeds, Philomath -Diverse selection of vegetable, herb, wildflower, and cover crop seed. Pasture and turf blends. www.deckerrdseeds.com 503-250-2506 Fertile Valley Seeds, Corvallis -Unique varieties developed by Carol Deppe as described in her book The Resilient
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Top 7 reasons you need a dietitian By Marisa Michael Are you confused about nutrition information you’ve heard? Blogs, magazines, books, friends, family, and even doctors and naturopaths sometimes give confusing or conflicting nutrition advice. One article might say to avoid carbs or gluten, while another article might tout the benefits of grains. How do you know what’s right? Whom can you turn to for solid advice? Look no further than a registered dietitian! A dietitian is more than a nutritionist. Dietitians are specially trained in evidenced-based medical nutrition therapy, and can translate complex nutrition information into real advice applicable to your own lifestyle and health needs. A dietitian takes into account a person’s entire health status when working with a client, including health history, medications, supplement use, lab work, physical activity, and food allergies or sensitivities. Dietitians meet stringent educational standards and undergo rigorous training, as well as continuing professional education to maintain licensure. A dietitian has more than five years of formal education in nutrition, often more. In contrast, a doctor usually only has 25 hours of nutrition courses within their training. And anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, even without any training or experience. Here are a few reasons you might want to seek a dietitian’s advice: You diet a lot or are trying to lose weight. If you are caugt in a diet cycle, are trying to lose weight but don’t know how, have a negative body image, or disordered eating, you need a dietitian to help you navigate this path.
You have diabetes. A dietitian is key to helping you learn how to eat right to manage your blood sugars and prevent complications. You have heart disease or high cholesterol. Diet changes can help improve your overall health. A dietitian can teach you how to implement changes while taking into account your food preferences and lifestyle. You are active or an athlete. If you are looking for help with your next marathon, triathlon, or team sport, ask a sports dietitian for guidance. Proper nutrition helps enhance performance during training and competition. You are a child or adolescent. Kids have unique nutritional needs. Children/teens with food allergies, intense sports schedules, special needs, or under- and overweight kids, would benefit from a pediatric dietitian. You have digestive issues. Dietitians are experts at helping clients identify and treat food allergies and sensitivitie. If you have a diagnosis such as celiac disease or irritable bowel syndrome, see a dietitian ASAP. You want to eat smarter. A dietitian can help you decide what that means, explore why you’re wanting to change, and tailor strategies to help you be healthier. When you have a legal question, you go to a lawyer. When you have a tax question, you go to an accountant. And when you have a nutrition question, go to a dietitian!
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The Dixie Flyer
Slow and Steady Completes the Race If you are like most people, your natural inclination to get in shape is to go from zero to one hundred. I am going to help you create a plan to avoid becoming best friends with a physical therapist. Goals: Goals are important. Start with knowing exactly what you want to accomplish. Maybe you’re looking for a long-term exercise plan, want to lose 10 pounds, or maybe you want to participate in a 10k because you’re turning 50 this year. Whatever your goal is, start out slow. For example, walking to wogging to jogging to running are all different levels of attaining the goal to run effortlessly, without injury. Know Thyself: Listen to your body. Become one with your abilities. Athletes make it look easy and glamorous, but realistic goals are what will keep you in the game. Remember what I said about start slow? It still pertains. Knowing yourself is listening to when you should push yourself and when you should back off and rest. Think of your exercise goals as a house. The foundation is the bedrock to your success. The bigger the base, the higher the peak. Prepare Yourself: There is a lot of gadgets and fitness advice on the internet. How do you wade through what is the best for you? Meeting with your doctor to discuss an exercise program is always advised as they can give you the go ahead based on your health history. Once you get the doctors approval, you can hire an educated fitness professional to help you start a program, keep you on track or even be there with you at the finish line. Depending on your level of discipline, it can help to have support.
Find What You Love: I cordially invite you to mix it up. The commitment to exercise is making the commitment to your whole self. Exercise should be fun, invigorating, and all about YOU. Not a runner? I mentioned wogging earlier. Wogging is a walk and jog routine. Low impact sports such as swimming or water aerobics might inspire you to keep coming back for more. Creating a daily circuit routine in the gym, with ten minutes on the treadmill to warm up, more intense fifteen minutes on the recumbent bike, back to a medium wog on the treadmill. Break up the routine, or choose the same routine with slow increases over time, and you will see a vast improvement in your dreary winter self. Guilt Doesn’t Live Here: Life happens. Take that day off. Eat some cake. Live. It’s okay. All or nothing doesn’t live here either. Remember the line about Know Thyself? It makes an appearance here too. You might have to decide that working late is your only option or you have a social engagement you can’t miss. It’s okay. You can get back on the saddle the next day. If you miss a few days and feel guilty and unmotivated, you call up the fitness professional to get you back in the saddle. Let go of the guilt and put that energy into feeling good about going forward.
Bobby Walthour has worked in the fitness industry for over twenty five years. Owner of Dixie Flyer Bicycles and Rocket Fitness, he resides in Portland with his wife and two daughters. Bobby holds a B.A. in Physical Education and an M.A. in Education. Bobby is a former member of the U.S. National Cycling Team and has been an elite level professional racer for the past thirty two years. For personal training inquiries, he can be reached at 503.319.0520 or email@example.com
River Gallery By Allison Lamplugh
Incorporated in 1874, historic downtown Independence offers a quaint riverfront experience. Old brick buildings with exterior trim and vintage vibes host an array of charming shops down Main Street. Channelling a mix of the Wild West, modernism and class, the street offers bakeries, brew houses, coffee shops, and cafes with an upscale appeal. Nestled close to nearby neighborhoods with Victorian-style homes complete with carriage houses and century-old trees, a walk around riverfront and into River Gallery can make for an inspiring afternoon.
In fact, River Gallery was founded by artists who once casually walked down Main Street and became inspired. While
discussing their art and envisioning the future, they stumbled onto the idea of opening a gallery. Conversations continued after that initial walk and River Gallery was born. Founded in 1998, it continues to showcase exquisite works from local artists today. As many art lovers may know, a gallery that has survived in a small town for nearly two decades is clearly doing something right. “That’s phenomenal for an art gallery of any kind,” said Carol Chapel, partner and painter. A member for three years, Chapel is a fulltime painter and printmaker based out of Corvallis. With several pieces of her own on display, all other featured artists also
reside in or around the Willamette Valley. The gallery juries three times a year, and according to Chapel, demand is high with about a half dozen artists showing for each jury. With the gallery’s claim to fame of “fine art to folk art,” upon entering, it lives up to its name. On the building’s exterior, large display windows are framed by tile mosaics. Art featured in the windows is not from members, but from invited artists of the month, giving opportunity for non-members to gain exposure. Inside the gallery you’ll find a mishmash of works from partners, associates, and consignment artists. Works range from postcards to face masks to baskets and decorative rugs. Handcrafted items incorporating beads, clay, and woodwork are found in figurines, mirrors, tables, jewelry, and dishware.
The high walls are filled tastefully with paintings and drawings of varying techniques; watercolor, acrylic, oil, charcoal, pastel, and ink. Some incorporate photography and others intricate wood engravings, but all are stunning in their own right. Innovative and unusual works may also catch the eye, such as art from Jeff Hess and Ann Durley. Hess, a Corvallis-based artist, shows an imaginative display of 3D dandelion seed art, and Durley, an Independence-based artist, has a playful collection of mixed media clocks adorned with everything from croquet balls to gameboard pieces. “It’s really good quality stuff,” said Chapel. “I came here for years before I was a member.”
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a few works do have the pricetag of what you might expect at a high-end establishment, many are very reasonable. With small items for under $20 and others for less than a couple hundred, there is something for all buyers and budgets.
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Upcoming juried shows include “Local Waters,” in which the River Gallery will team up with Luckiamute Watershed Council in October.
“It’s a collaborative show for fish and wildlife with a water theme and reception,” said Chapel.
The gallery will also have their annual show, “Wild Women,” which celebrates the female spirit. Scheduled in January, it’s one the gallery looks forward to each year. “There’s a big reception for that show, and it’s usually pretty wild,” said Chapel.
And, of course, they will have an “Eclipsing Color: Adventures in Black and White” show themed for the total eclipse in August. The idea is to embrace shadows and “forego the allure of color” while concentrating on the effects of black and white. Complete with custom t-shirts, the show will be a great addition to the town’s participation in “Indy Goes Dark,” a four day festival hosted by the City of Independence.
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Surrounded by antiques, boutiques and dining, a trip to River Gallery will quench your thirst for art and your appetite for appreciation. Stop in Tuesday to Saturday between eleven and five and see what’s on display while enjoying friendly conversation or quiet contemplation.
Dr Fallon on Hair
Hair Loss, and Restoration Dr. Troy Fallon
Role of Hair A full and well styled head of hair is a wonderful asset to our personal and professional image. We feel good about ourselves on a “good hair day” and the opposite on a “bad hair day”. In the modern day world the function of scalp hair is mostly social relationships. Its color, style, and length is a reflection of our health, age, sex, social and professional groups. Lack of hair gives us less options to express ourselves through a hairstyle. Balding men can look older or more experienced and mature based on perception. Balding women tend to camouflage their hair loss to promote a more youthful and feminine appearance. Hair loss is mostly hormonal and genetic While some balding may be caused by medical diseases, nutritional disorders and mechanical forces the vast majority of hair loss is caused by Androgenetic Alopecia. Androgens (Testosterone and Dihydrotestosterone) and
the genes you inherited for hair loss determines if you will have balding. It starts as miniaturization. Hair becomes smaller and smaller over time until the follicle is gone. Can you treat hair loss? While you can’t change your genetics (yet) there are treatment options. Propecia is an effective treatment for men (sometimes women) that prevents the formation of DHT at the hair follicle. Rogaine used by both men and women may slow hair loss and may regrow hair in a good percentage of patients. Platelet rich plasma has become a promising treatment to regrow hair. Low level light laser is a simple at home treatment that may help thicken your hair. Hair transplantation is a surgical method to move permanent hair to a new location (bald area) with natural and esthetic results. Gone are the days of plugs and unnatural looks. This is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the world.
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Dr. Fallon is an experienced hair transplant specialist and a diplomate of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery. As one of the few fellowship trained hair transplant surgeons in the country Dr. Fallon has spent years reﬁning his craft so he can offer his patients the most natural results possible. Dr. Troy Fallon Fallon Hair Restoration 9735 SW Shady Lane, Ste. 200 Tigard, OR 97223 Call today: 503-941-5029
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Can Font by Allison Lamplugh
Portland Metro had the chance to celebrate the highly anticipated arrival of one of Portland’s newest restaurants, Can Font. On May 31, with an exclusive tasting of Chef Joseph Vidal’s specialty menu, we were among invited guests experiencing the restaurant before its June 3 opening.
The self-described “traditional Spanish cuisine with avantgarde Mediterranean flair” is the sister location of Spain’s famed restaurant of the same name. Located just outside of Barcelona, Can Font is included on the 2016 and 2017 Michelin restaurant guide’s Bib Gourmand, a list focused on high-value restaurants. Portland’s sister location will offer many of the same dishes. Located in the Pearl District’s Cosmopolitan Building, its floor to ceiling windows, accent mirrors, and white table cloths create an open, upscale space. Thoughtful design of woven woodwork on the ceilings lined with oversized light bulbs similar to strung lights on a trellis, holds the appeal of an intimate indoor patio. Owned by acclaimed Executive Chef Joseph Vidal, he has partnered with Portland-based restaurateur Vladimir Zaharchook to bring the Catalonian dining experience to the Pacific Northwest. Before the night’s five course meal was served, Zaharchook stood before guests as they sipped on Cava, Spain’s sparkling wine. “I always was a dreamer and I always try to convert my dreams into reality,” he said. “When I see people eating and drinking I
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always enjoy myself. I’m proud to say one of the best cities in the United States, one of the coolest in the United States, has our presence now.” The evening’s meal included sliced potatoes with sheep’s milk cheese and langostino; canelones stuffed with black truffles, chicken, beef, pork, and foie gras; squid ink paella; duck confit and seared duck magret; and Catalan custard with an almond biscotti. Textures were smooth and rich and exquisite. Everything was cooked to perfection, and sudden bursts of flavor came from creamy, savory sauces that delicately adorned the dishes such as aioli, piquillo pepper sauce, orange infused demi-glace, and pear puree. The space includes a tapas bar, open view of the kitchen, and a dining floor for about 60 guests. Turquoise accent walls channel a classic Mediterranean feel, and a mural wall captures the essence of Spain. With their shared passion for innovation and a rich culinary experience, the duo have created a unique, musthave dining experience. Can Font will be open for lunch and dinner and will be available for catering. With plans to change the menu several times a month, the selections of fresh seafood, locally-sourced produce, and a rotation of rice, pasta, and paella dishes will certainly wow guests for many years to come.
The Taste of Italy in Oregon by Allison Lamplugh
Tucked behind Arby’s off West 11th Ave. in Eugene, you will find a small, modest complex of industrial buildings. Within the unassuming lot is Crescendo Spirits. I found Kyle Akin, owner and cello maker, standing outside the warehouse-style door with a big smile and warm welcome.
“Cello,” he told me, “is defined as a homemade liqueur and is the name for an Italian liqueur.” He continued, “There’s always this mystery surrounding how it’s made and everyone is locked into their grandma’s recipe. But I don’t have that, my ancestry is German.”
Akin was intrigued by its robust, unique flavor and asked to take a small sample home. The winemaker obliged, and as an engineer by training, Akin began rigorous research to discover what exactly makes “grandma’s” traditional Limoncello, limoncello.
Inside I was surprised to find a cozy and classy space, in which Akin has designed a lounge complete with couches and lamps, giving the feel of a living room. It also had a tasting table and small bar surrounded by bold, red walls. Akin wasted no time beginning to educate me on what exactly cello is.
So how, I wondered, does an American of German descent rise to the top of the Oregon cello market for making the highly coveted and secretive liqueur? The short answer is trial and error.
“The process is quite difficult to do,” he said. “It has to do with how you cut the rinds, the jar you use, and the duration of steeping.”
The long answer is on a visit to a Northern California winery a winemaker offered Akin a sip of his homemade Limoncello.
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The details of how exactly that is done was off limits. It involved countless hours of learning curves, tracking down the equipment, and negotiating with Italians
to get the equipment to the Willamette Valley. His secrets are his key to success. This past winter, their top-seller, Limoncello, was entered into two competitions: the 6th Annual Denver International Spirits Competition and the 4th Annual Berlin International Spirits Competition. In Denver, it was given the top honor of a double gold medal by a doubleblind panel of highly regarded beverage professionals. Competition was stiffer in Berlin with over 400 entries from 20 countries. Despite their underdog status, Crescendo earned a bronze medal. “When we sent it across the pond to Europe no other fruit liqueur won but us,” he said. “The judges were definitely wanting a particular type of liqueur that took a significant more finesse. But, we still got the nod, we still got the bronze, no matter how they were feeling.” He asked if I wanted to taste the awardwinning cello, and I welcomed the opportunity. “These are the primary colors of bartending—lemon, lime, and orange,” he said as he placed the bottles on the bar.
Traditionally cellos are sipped straight, but the engineer in Akin has had fun playing with flavors and textures mixing them with other spirits and juices. He lists some of his favorite recipes on their website. First up to taste was the Limoncello. It was fresh on the palate, left no chemical taste and the flavor subtly disappeared, making it very easy to drink. Next up was the Limecello. Again, it was smooth and pleasing on my palate and I couldn’t help but ooh and ahh as I sipped it. Last, but certainly not least, was the Arancello, which tasted like drinking a creamsicle. It was flavor-packed and my personal favorite. With these staple flavors used so often, my mind started to wander thinking of the possibilities of how the cellos could be used. They could be added to lager, to cider, to ice tea; poured over ice cream; drizzled on key lime pie or chocolate cake; used as a marinade. My mouth began to water. Each of the cellos had clean, fresh flavors with no syrupy aftertaste. Akin explained that all their spirits are dye-free, GMO free, gluten free, and are organic with no artificial flavors.
On the heels of their award-winning season, Crescendo is now adding vodka to their handcrafted delectables. Expected to be ready for distribution by late summer, I was able to taste from a bottle Akin had on hand. Vodka is not generally my first choice for hard alcohol, but the taste I had was delicious. It was pleasant, didn’t have a bite, was sweet, and easy to swallow. I didn’t even scrunch my nose and close my eyes as straight vodka often provokes. Akin explained that their vodka is distilled five times. Gray Goose, for example, is distilled three times. With each round of distilling it further purifies, filters, and refines the essential characteristics of the vodka, making it more concentrated. “The defining characteristic of a good vodka is that it does not taste like, or smell like, anything,” he told me. With hopes to infuse botanicals in the future, Akin is already experimenting with fruits and flavors that may be contenders. During my time at Crescendo Spirits, I was impressed by Akin’s enthusiasm, knowledge, and passion for making liqueur. If the chance presents itself to stop by, I recommend it. You may not leave with his secrets, but you will leave with a friend. And possibly a new favorite liqueur.
The Willamette Valley is home to many lavender farms because our warm dry summers support the growing needs of this versatile perennial plant--native to the Mediterranean. The Latin or botanical name of lavender is Lavandula derived from lave or to bathe. Its many early uses relied on its fresh aroma in perfumes and unguents. The genus Lavandula has over ten varieties but only a few are readily available in nurseries and garden centers. 18
The two most popular varieties are English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and a hybrid variety (Lavandula X intermedia) (a natural cross between L. angustifolia and L. latifolia) often referred to as intermedia or lavandin. Both of these varieties have at least a hundred named cultivars which sport many spike colors ranging from deep intense purple, bright blue to pale pink or white. Foliage color can vary from green to gray-green or even silver. Both of these varieties are generally hardy to Zone 5. Portland Metro Living Magazine June / July 2017
English lavenders are typically characterized by a tight compact structure about 20’’ high when in bloom with a bloom stem of 6-8 inches and flower spikes of 1 ½ - 2 inches long. The flower aromas suggest a sweet, floral nature. On the other hand the intermedia lavenders are much taller and larger overall with bloom stems averaging over 18 inches and sometimes as long as 24’’. Flower spikes can be as long as 3 ½ - 4 inches that impart a more herbal aroma.
A third common lavender variety L. stoechas referred to as Spanish lavender has a strong pungent aroma but is attractive for its leaf-like petals (bracts) at the top of the spike that suggest rabbit ears or a roosting butterfly. One can’t help but smile when seeing these spikes move in a breeze. The Spanish lavender spike is cylindrical, wrapped with very tiny flowers. Foliage, flower and bract color show great variety among cultivars. Spikes can even be bi-color with a white bract atop a pale green cylinder with dark purple flowers. Spanish lavenders are hardy to Zone 7. Lavender is a popular garden plant in the Willamette Valley because the bloom season can last from April through August depending on which varieties and their cultivars are planted. The Spanish lavenders typically start blooming in April. After deadheading, a second bloom appears in mid to late August. English lavenders bloom starting in early to mid-June through July. Some cultivars will re-bloom in late August. The intermedia lavender variety (again depending on the cultivar) blooms from early July through August. All lavender cultivars are propagated by stem cuttings since English and Spanish lavenders are not true to seed and the intermedia lavenders are sterile. One must realize that growing English and Spanish lavender from seed will create a lot of variation in the final plants. Baby English or Spanish lavenders appearing beside the parent plant could look very different. But this is sometimes how new cultivars are selected and named! New intermedias are developed by choosing a specific English cultivar and crossing it with the L. latifolia.
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Lavenders have few growing requirements. Recall lavender’s native habitat. Plants do best grown with full sun in well-drained soil (loam or sandy loam) with a low humidity in the summer. Adding lime to an acidic soil at planting is helpful with only a little fertilizer. When planting small 4” starts, don’t let the root mass completely dry out the first summer. Sacrifice any blooms the first summer and let your plant establish strong roots instead. After the roots are established by the second summer only the hottest, arid areas will need supplemental water. By the third summer the plant should be fully drought tolerant.
Pruning the plant in early fall by a third to a half being careful to leave some green leaves on each stem will keep your plants compact and provide vigorous bloom the following season. This practice has two major benefits: (1) Less wood in the plant means more plant energy for blooms and (2) the higher the woody material develops in the plant the more likely the plant will be damaged by winter rains and snow and thus break apart and lose vigor (i.e. short life). When properly cared for lavender in the home garden (with no additional fertilizer after planting) can easily last 10 to 12 years and longer. During lavender season McKenzie River Lavender hosts a Lavender Festival in early July. This year the event is July 7-9 10am to 5pm each day. Our specialty lavender products include fresh bouquets of ‘Grosso’ lavender, pure ‘Grosso’ essential oil and linen spray, unique lavender crafts, soaps, lotions and more. During the Oregon Lavender Farm Tour, our country bazaar showcases all things lavender, as well as the creations of local artisans. Plant starts are also available. Enjoy an experience for the family including music, food and drink and activities for children. Directions: Exit I-5 at Springfield on Hwy 126 East to milepost 15.5. www.portlandmetroliving.com
Family Friendly Fun for Everyone! The Willamette Valley Lavender Festival & Plein Air Art Show The Finest Celebration of Lavender and Art! The Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg, Oregon will host the 2017 Willamette Valley Lavender Festival and Plein Air Art Show on July 8-9. Spend a leisurely day enjoying a variety of juried art and craft booths, distinctive lavender products, the plein air art show, and lavender in myriad forms. Talented musicians set the mood while you relax, enjoy a glass of lavender beer or wine, or peruse the art. Over 100 artists will display original paintings done en plein air during the Oregon Lavender Paint Out. The Paint Out takes place in the beautiful lavender fields of Oregon in the weeks prior to the Show. The Paint Out and Art Show attract both amateur and professional artists from around the Northwest and beyond. Garden art, jewelry, pottery, woodcraft, and original art are also in the line-up. And of course, many lavender products will be featured from crafters and lavender farmers. New this year are an expanded youth art contest and the Essential Oil Showcase. An area will be available for kids to create artwork on site. Materials are provided and ribbons will be awarded in multiple categories. The Essential Oil Showcase will feature lavender essential oil that has been judged and awarded. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to experience the various oils for themselves and vote for their own favorite. There are several nearby lavender farms we encourage you to visit. Each one has something different to offer. Red Ridge Farms has a shop, and on site wine tasting. Chehalem Flats has an adorable farm store featuring many local specialty food items. Wayward Winds Lavender will be hosting several vintage themed vendors and u-pick. Mountainside Lavender has an extensive selection of lavender available for u-pick and expansive views. The Festival offers stellar music and other activities for your enjoyment. Some of the featured bands include Pretty Gritty Band, Jake Blair Band, Mary Kadderly & Dan Gildea, and Lloyd Jones. You can find the full music schedule and other Festival information on the official website: www.wvlavenderfestival.org
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Wayward Winds Lavender to Open for a Full Month One of the largest u-pick fields in Oregon will be open for an entire month. Experience an abundance of the most fragrant and beautiful lavender in existence. Wayward Winds is the premier hand crafter of all things lavender. At Wayward Winds you can experience everything lavender you can imagine, and some things you probably havenâ€™t. Lavender edibles, pampering products, and award winning essential oil. If it can be made with this magical herb, they do it! Most years Wayward Winds only opens their farm to the public for a single weekend. This year they will open for an entire month. You can visit the farm from July 1-31. Open each day from 10-5.
In addition to u-pick lavender there will be essential oil distilling demonstrations and a full selection of their extensive lavender products and lavender plants available. The Lavender + Vintage event will take place July 7,8, & 9. For one weekend youâ€™ll find a selection of fun and funky vintage items from Wayward Winds and a few of their friends. If you like antiques, up-cycled, vintage, or dyi projects, the Lavender + Vintage weekend would be a good time to visit. Please visit the farms website for details. www.waywardwindslavender.com
Fun Summer Recipes Blackberry Infused Vodka In the Willamette Valley wild blackberries are plentiful; on the side of the road, by the fence in the backyard, in the field across the street. Although many Oregonians spend hours trying to keep them under control, why not embrace their gifts and use their fruits for infused vodka! This recipe is not only delicious, but easy to make. Although the wait time for it to be ready may make your mouth water, once itâ€™s time to serve the wait will be well worth it. Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1 quart blackberries 1 quart vodka of your choice (generic, bottom shelf is fine) Preparation: Pour sugar into 1-quart jar. Fill remaining space in jar with blackberries. Do not pack down. Fill jar with vodka until berries are completely covered. Seal jar and leave to stand for two months, shaking jar once a week. Note: Sugar will dissolve and vodka will gradually take the color of blackberries. To serve: Strain the liquid through a sieve. Strain again through a coffee filter. Drink as is, add to cocktails, or gift it during the holidays.
Cilantro & Lime Jicama Fries Craving french fries but worried about your bikini body? Jicama fries are sure to satisfy! Tossed in cilantro, lime, and chipotle pepper, these sweet and zesty snacks are a healthy alternative to greasy, salty fries. Jicama has high vitamin C and potassium, and is a great source of iron and soluble fiber. Surprise your palate with this summertime snack and serve it with homemade chipotle mayonnaise. Ingredients for fries: 2 medium jicama 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon agave nectar 1 lime, juiced 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder Dash of salt 1 handful of cilantro, well chopped For chipotle mayonnaise (makes extra) 3 dried chipotle peppers, soaked in warm water for 1/2 hr. 1 tablespoon lime juice 2 cloves garlic - *roasted. 1/4 cup good olive oil Dash of salt * Roast entire bulb of garlic in 400% oven for 30 - 35 mins. Directions: Preheat oven to 400Â°F. Wash and peel jicama. Slice into fries. Mix seasoning until well combined. Toss jicama fries and seasoning together in medium bowl. Place in single layer on baking sheet lined with foil. Bake for 15 minutes, turn, bake for another 15 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with cilantro. Dip: Drain water from peppers and discard (the water). Whirl all ingredients above in blender until smooth. Add Chipotle mix to taste -- fold by the teaspoon into 1/2 cup mayonaisse.
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Invest in Your Best Self Take Care of Yourself Be sure to take care of yourself physically and emotionally. Take control of your health by eating well, getting enough rest, and exercising.
Make Time For You Making time for yourself is not selfish. Do something that you enjoy and do it for yourself. Doing things for yourself can help to re-energize you to accomplish more throughout your day.
Build Strong and Healthy Relationships Good friends help you achieve your goals and support you through tough times. Spend less time with friends that bring you down. Healthy friendships consist of friends who accept you for who you are.
Be Grateful Never forget how lucky you are to be you!
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Honey & Papaya Face Mask
Papaya is a rejuvenating wonderfruit when used in beauty products. It’s loaded with the enzyme papain which breaks down inactive proteins and eliminates dead skin cells, acting as an excellent natural exfoliant. Packed with vitamin A, papaya also works as an antioxidant, helping to prevent premature aging with its anti-inflammatory properties. This easy DIY face mask will leave your skin firm and fresh with an even tone and healthy glow. Ingredients: 1/2 a ripe papaya peeled, seeded, and sliced 1/2 teaspoon honey 1/4 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice
Instructions: Puree papaya in food processor or blender until mashed evenly. Blend in other ingredients by hand. Mix well. Spread over your face, avoiding eyes, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Wipe or rinse your face clean. Enjoy your soft, rejuvenated skin!
Luscious Lips, Homemade Lip Balm 1 tsp. beeswax beads 1 tsp. coconut oil 1 capsule Vitamin E 2-5 drops flavoring of your choice (optional) 1 tsp. (total) comfrey and/or rosemary extract (optional) Note: If you want your lip balm a little more waxy, add an additional teaspoon of beeswax. Directions: Heat oils and beeswax just until melted. Add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well. Use a dropper to place in tubes or small jars.
Why is that in there? Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant, fighting against skin cell damage and promoting younger looking skin. Healing properties in comfrey root extract also helps skin look young and smooth. Rosemary extract promotes tissue repair and reduces inflammation.
On The Money
Essential Conversations about Family Wealth By Sten Carlson How confident are you about your family’s finances? How often do you discuss money with your loved ones? According to the Family Wealth Checkup study by Ameriprise Financial, there’s a correlation between financial confidence and communication. While many families are discussing financial issues, they tend to shy away from diving deep into topics like inheritance and estate planning, leaving some family members with unrealistic expectations. Here are some tips to help you discuss money matters with your family.
Don’t wait for tragedy to bring up finances. Family conversations about finances lay the foundation for a more secure financial future for the people closest to you. Nine in 10 adult children say a life altering event triggered a financial talk with their parents. It’s a good idea to have these conversations when all the important players in your estate plan can participate and communicate their wishes or questions. With time on your side, you can cover topics thoroughly and have time to get the proper documents in place, if you haven’t already.
Although estate planning can be a tough and emotional topic to initiate, families who have talked about it say the discussion went much smoother than anticipated. Families said their conversations were straightforward and relaxed as opposed to awkward or difficult – even more motivation to have the talk with your loved ones.
Make the conversation a priority and schedule a time to chat. Rather than hoping a conversation will happen after dinner, let each family member know ahead of time that you want to talk. Complex estates may require multiple discussions, so schedule a date to
continue the conversation if needed. After your initial conversations, keep your family members up-to-date about changes that could affect your estate, such as establishing a living will or cashing in an annuity.
Share your agenda ahead of time so that your family can prepare for the conversation. Consider starting the conversation by sharing your financial goals and values, and telling your family why these discussions are important to you. Other topics on the agenda may include managing current finances including any debt, healthcare costs and legacy planning. Manage expectations. You don’t have to divulge the exact value of your estate or the amount of money in your accounts, but it’s important to disclose enough details so that your family can set appropriate expectations. If part of your legacy plan includes leaving an inheritance, consider letting your family know whether it’s an amount large enough to help fund your grandchildren’s education or maybe it’s closer to a down payment on a car. Most people plan to leave an inheritance, but only 21 percent of parents have told their kids how much they can expect to receive. Create or update your estate plan. Pair your conversations with a comprehensive estate plan to prevent rifts that can happen when financial wishes are not clearly documented. Your estate encompasses anything you own, such as real estate, cars, life insurance, financial accounts including your retirement plans, and personal possessions. Creating a plan for what happens to these assets and accounts is important no matter the size of your estate. If you already have an estate plan in place, revisit your will or trust, and update
beneficiaries to various accounts and assets to mirror the blueprint you’ve shared with family members. Consider also providing instructions in a healthcare directive on what you want your family to do in the event that you cannot act on your own behalf. Clearly documenting your wishes can make difficult circumstances easier for everyone involved.
Tell loved ones where to find important documents. Families who are kept in the dark could face challenges if something unplanned happens and they are left to pick up the financial pieces. Prevent headaches that can slow down the settlement of your estate by providing instructions about where you’ve stored the safety deposit key, bank accounts, stock certificates and other pertinent items, including digital assets. Also, ensure that your family has the contact information for the professionals (e.g. lawyer, estate planner, tax or financial advisor) who are helping you prepare or manage your estate. Work with a financial professional. If you experience conflict in your family discussions or want some help navigating difficult topics, consider working with a neutral third party, such as a financial advisor. A financial professional can help your family understand your collective financial picture and transition wealth from one generation to the next.
Ongoing dialogue about estate topics with family members could bring you closer together and pave the way for a smooth transfer of wealth, when the day comes. The Family Wealth Checkup study was created by Ameriprise Financial, Inc. and conducted online by Artemis Strategy Group November 23 – December 15, 2016 among 2,700 U.S. adults between the ages of 25-70 with at least $25,000 in investable assets.
Sten Carlson, MBA, CFP, CRPC, is a Financial Advisor with PacWest Wealth Partners, an Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Platinum Financial Services Agency in Corvallis, OR. He specializes in fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies and has been in practice for 22 years. 2396 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis, OR 97330 Sten.E.Carlson@ampf.com 541-757-3000 Ameriprise Financial and its affiliates do not offer tax or legal advice. Consumers should consult with their tax advisor or attorney regarding their specific situation.Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. © 2015 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved. File # 1331561
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Tyee Wine Cellars is located on the scenic Buchanan Family Century Farm founded over 130 years ago in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley near Corvallis. Five family generations have revered the farm’s open spaces, woodlands, wetlands and streams while growing crops in a sustainable manner. Good wines remember the grapes of their origin. We believe sharing Tyee Estate Wines with you is perhaps the most sublime expression of the land. The Oldest Vines at Tyee Wine Cellars were planted in our Estate Vineyard in 1974, with subsequent plantings throughout the 1980s. These vines, some Pinot Noir, Pinot gris, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer are Tyee’s self-rooted Old Vines and make up more than half of our Estate Vineyard. In 2000, the family planted Dijon clone 115, Dijon clone 777, and Pommard Pinot Noir on phylloxera-resistant rootstock as well as Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer. Tyee’s Winemaker and Vineyard Manager, Merrilee Buchanan Benson, grew up at Tyee Wine Cellars on the Buchanan Family Century Farm and has worked closely with her family in the winery and vineyard her whole life, taking on increased responsibility as Tyee’s winemaker starting with the lovely 2006 Vintage to coincide with Tyee’s production of Estate wines made from grapes grown exclusively in the family vineyard right next to the winery. The family at Tyee Wine Cellars has committed over 200 acres of their family farm into a Wetland Reserve Program. This protective easement for wetland habitat in cooperation with the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service is restoring native wetland habitat in the Willamette Valley to provide a haven for native plants and wildlife to thrive.
Visitors to Tyee Wine Cellars are welcome to enjoy wine tasting, picnicking on the farm and vineyard in a variety of scenic locations or hikes along our Beaver Pond Loop Nature Trail. Open in the summer months, this 1 & 1/2 mile trail winds through the native valley wetland/woodland protected habitat, hazelnut orchards and farmland.
The Book Report
Hygge: A fundamental quality of Danish culture. Hygge cannot be translated using a single word. Rather, it includes many of the pleasures we associate with everyday living - relaxing with friends, enjoying good food, and creating a cozy evening by lighting a candle or two.
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One windy night on the Willamette River, a young man with romantic notions of a sailing life crashes his boat into a railroad bridge, nearly killing his wife. Divorced, ashamed, and haunted by the tragedy, Chad tries to leave the river and its memories behind, only to be drawn back years later. As the seasons bring changes to the river, Chad and this makeshift community change each other in unexpected ways, learning to love, to trust, and to heal.
Big decisions await you in life, however, youâ€™ll make a million other smaller, subtler choices that will underpin everything from your friendships to your bank account. Get help with these choices from a more thoughtful, curious, and ultimately selfaware perspective. Learn why responding is so much better than reacting, how loyalty is really overrated, which risks are worth taking and which are best avoided, and so much more.
Starting with Skin Secrets, make-up artist Lisa Potter-Dixon teaches you everything you need to know about skincare and perfecting your base, before moving into sections that target specific areas of the face. Chapters and looks are organized by feature, each starting with an introduction to the area and followed by looks that show it off best.
This beautifully illustrated, authentic guide includes over 60 recipes for cakes, bakes and treats from all over Scandinavia.From Indulgent cream confections to homely and comforting fruit cakes and traditional breads, sweet buns and pastries. It is evocative of cozy days shared with friends, slowing down and taking the time to enjoy simple, homemade, wholesome pleasures, encouraging a lifestyle to aspire to.
Explained in 12 entertaining chapters interspersed with recipes, you will learn first about the origins of the word hygge (old Norse) and then how to embrace it. Hygge is a completely psychological and emotional state of being. Whether itâ€™s going for a long walk or baking and sharing a cake with friends, when you carve a pocket of time in your day, hygge can often be found.
From Shetland to the Faroe Islands, Norway and beyond, there is a shared tradition of knitting intricate patterns in colors that combine and contrast. Whether you have been inspired by watching Danish dramas or you are fascinated by the intricate geometric patterns of Fair Isle, there are designs here that will make you want to pick up your needles and get knitting.
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By Brenda Powell
Crazy Spring! What a crazy spring this has been! I remember a few like this back in my younger days. I’ve enjoyed the steady progression of flowers that lasted far longer than in previous years. However, I’m ready for a week of sunny days in a row. The worst thing is, I’m behind and I’m not alone. As I’ve talked to neighbors and customers, many compared their garden notes between 2016 & 2017 and last year everything was planted by mid-April. Even though the nursery is selling lots of vegetable starts, I haven’t planted my own garden. That’s okay, though. There’s still time. The cool air temperature and rain mean that the garden soil has been cool and wet. Area farmers have the same problem. For the most part it hasn’t been warm or dry enough to plant most summer veggies in ground. And even if people planted, the starts don’t take off until the soil really warms up. So, if you think it’s too late to start your garden, it’s not. You may have to choose shorter season varieties this year, but unless someone has a green house, they really aren’t that far ahead of you. Plant shorter season tomatoes, peppers, squash and beans, fertilize and watch them grow. You’ll be harvesting in no time. Even though I haven’t planted my vegetable garden, I have filled most of my containers with flowers. I got rid of some nice-looking pansies to put in the summer color. As you’re gravitating 30
outdoors, you may want to perk up your planters, too. Again, it’s not too late. I like to see what my sister plants because she’s more experimental than I am. I tend to repeat the same thing from year to year. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but if Erica comes up with a dynamite combination, I like to steal her idea. I’m going to pass on a few of her planter combinations to inspire your choices. For the sun: Carex oshimensis ‘Everillo’, blackleaved Heuchera or suntolerant Coleus, hot pink Geranium, trailing sky blue Petunia, and Rubus calycinoides. For sun to part shade: yellow-variegated Euphorbia like ‘Ascot Rainbow’, Heliotrope, Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon’, and trailing purple Torenia. For Part shade to shade (the Go Silver planter): Japanese Painted Fern, silverveined fancy-leave Begonia or Heuchera, white Impatiens, and Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’. One things are planted, get out into your garden, breathe deep and relax. It’s summer after all and we deserve to enjoy it.
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
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The Modern Architecture & Design Society (MA+DS) Modern Home Tour June 3, 2017. Remarkable homes open to the public in the Portland Metro Area. For More: mads.media www.portlandmetroliving.com
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Our early summer issue. The lavender festival, fabulous liqueurs, local authors and more. Enjoy!