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Corvallis couple Ellie and George Love have built themselves quite a little spot.


32 Dream Remodel A home with prior “ill-conceived” additions is reborn, with a really cool kitchen!


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Love to Live Here Mike on Health Valley History


In the Garden 17

The Joy of Gardening

Faces & Places 12 13 14

SIP! Mixology & Spay-Ghetti Chocolate & Art

House Call 19

Be healthy, and fit for summer!


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Craft Beer - Portland Style The Beer Prof Herb & Leek Stuffed Salmon A Few of My Favorite Things Art - Tough by Nature Art - Arne Jakobsen Dining Guide The Hot Ticket


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ood housekeeping is important for the value of your probably biggest asset, your home. Take this advice literally: keep your house in order, in good shape, and in good repair. When I go to list a house one of the situations I often encounter is deferred maintenance. We all have those honey- do lists (or we make sure our husbands have one), fixing the sagging door of a cabinet in the kitchen, repair the hole in the sheet rock that playing indoor soccer left in a child’s room, rake the ancient leaves from two seasons ago, replace the cracked outlet plate, take care of the moss on the roof… the list is endless and interestingly never shrinks. Whenever some items are crossed off, your house will make sure you are not running out of projects and decide to point out to you that the gutters are full of leaves by dumping a small but cold amount of water down your neck when you struggle to open the front door with an armful of groceries. The really critical time to have the list crossed off completely is when you decide to sell. The better your house presents itself on this “first date” with potential buyers, the better the offers and the shorter your time on the market will be. Statistically you get the highest offers in the first 2 weeks on the market, so make those first showings count!

It is understandable that fixing a lot of deferred maintenance can seem daunting. So where to start? Invest in a pre-sale professional inspection. A licensed independent inspector will look over every nook and cranny, your roof, your crawlspace, your siding. He will find dry rot, leaks and malfunctions. Armed with the report I recommend fixing as much as possible. Any buyer will surely have an inspection performed as well and what is not fixed will come up again, most likely prompting a repair request. So why not work proactively to make your transaction so much smoother? Another area to tend to is cosmetics. Your house is on a date. But a bow on it and don’t forget the mascara and the lipstick (not the one on the pig, the one that enhances already lovely features)! You never get a second chance at first impressions so work on landscaping, a clean entrance (the cob webs around the front light – or a new front light), a clean or even freshly painted front door, all this tells a buyer “welcome, this house is well taken care of, inside and out”. A professional stager then can greatly help you sprucing up the interior if needed. The stager can provide valuable advice about current tastes, how to make small changes with big effect and how to arrange furniture in a way that compliments your floor plan in the

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best possible manner. De-clutter! Remember, you are moving, there is no reason to insist on keeping all your trinkets on display, your buyer has his own and wants to imagine his in your house, give him the space! And then don’t forget that our strongest sense is smell! Doggie or Kittie odor, cooking with curry, old carpeting, all these and more can put a buyer so off that they do not even look at the rest of the house. Be self-critical, just because you don’t mind or do not notice anymore, does not mean you are not losing a potential sale. There are great odor treatments out there, Edel Designs in Albany has a new one that works wonders. With all these measures you dramatically increase your chances to accomplish what you want, sell, fast and for a good price! Corvallis has a great and stable real estate market. Our current inventory is low, especially compared to the past few years, prices are increasing and there are lots of good buyers . So take the plunge, get ready and list that house of yours, the time is right! Corvallis has not only not lost a lot of value since 2008, it also is well under way to a great recovery, so money in our real estate market is well invested. Another reason why I love to live here!

Thank you to my great clients for making 2012 an amazing year for me.

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McMinnville’s 20 Wine and Food Classic March 8th, 9th, & 10th 2013 at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. SIP! is a benefit for the students of the St. James Catholic School in McMinnvile



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1. Sydney & Oscar Hult 2. Brandon Bay & Twyla Cobos 3. Meghan Lewis 4. Pre-event meeting 5. Rod Porsche 6. Gene and Iris Temple, and Lisa Row, and


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1. Dick Thompson, Rebecca Swanson, Joe and Rita Corazzini, Daryl and Marsha Abbot, Ron and Sandra Thiesen, and Joy Muller. 2. Ken and Sandie Redford. 3. Miss Oregon USA ,Gabrielle Neilan, Miss Teen Oregon USA, Summer Pilcher & Nancy Patton. 4. Bernice Franklin, Lynn Baker, Katie Latimer, Adria Cornell,

Ginny Wood, Dee Dee Evans, Kris Latimer. 5. Carrie Harrington, Jenny Davis & Mindy Palamaris 6. Morgan Peterson, Mariah Peterson, Rana Snow, Katie Storm, Jill Herron, Jasmine Bowman & Heather Schermerhorn. 7. Catcakes... (cupcats?)

“De-Sex in the City” The “Spay-ghetti” dinner and dessert auction is an annual fundraiser for the SafeHaven Humane Society. PHOTOS: DENNIS RIVERA

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CHOCOLATE FANTASY The Annual Fundraiser for the Arts Center in Corvallis. Now in their 50th year of advancing the arts in Benton and Linn Counties!

1. Rebecca Badger & Susan Klinkhammer 2. Elizabeth Westland & Rick Schroff 3. Lee Kitzman 4. Christine Hackenbruck 5. Shawn Collins & Sara Krainik 6. Paige Shumway & Scott Alexander 7. Olivia Coe & Claire Goldner 8. Jordan Selker 9. Dale Donovan 10. Chocolate! 11. Jeri Hauth & Christine Wagner

12. Beth Marshall, Casey & Megan Capell 13. Wade Nielsen 14. Bill Shumway 15. Ana lucia Fonseca & Akhila Nandgopal 16. Babette Grunwald, Marcella Henkels, Jennifer Smith & Ann Stanley 17. Daniel & Melissa Cunningham 18. Martin & Mary Thompson and Mike & Patty Lorenzen 19. Forks & Corks Caterer 20. More Chocolate!

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Valley History

Corvallis’ Historic Caton House

Pioneers, Bootleggers, and Ballet... oh my!


ew people in Corvallis know that the Caton House on the corner of 4th & Polk Streets is the oldest in Corvallis that’s still on its original land? It was built between 1857 - 1859: before Oregon was a state. Likely built by Levi Phillips, records from the time are vague, it was built in the Greek Revival style. Jesse Caton left his home state of Missouri in the company of the famous Applegates to brave the Oregon Trail. He was among those who drove the first wagons down the Blue Mountains. On New Year’s Eve of 1848 he met and married Precious Starr. She had arrived via the Oregon Trail earlier that year. They lived in several areas of Western Oregon before buying a house & tract of land (Lots 1 & 2, Block 16) from Levi Phillips in Corvallis in 1859. Originally, as was the norm, the property was a farm. Located on Blocks 16 & 17 of Dixon’s second addition to Corvallis, Jesse lived in the house until his death in 1863. In 1865, Precious married a teacher and part-time farmer, Silas Shedd, whose brother was president of Chicago-based retail giant Marshall Field & Co. The family

Found along the way... During restoration, the Egans found all sorts of “treasure” wooden gutters, critters, travel trunks and more.

occupied the property until 1913 when Jesse’s daughter & son, Ida Forston & J. L. Caton, sold the property to Anna M. Irwin. The house changed hands several times until Sarah J. Brown sold it to Stella Brown on January 17, 1925. Stella Brown, a 25 year old Corvallis bootlegger, quit claim to the property on February 16, 1937 and left Corvallis. Over the years porches were added on the east & west sides, then enclosed to become part of the interior. On October 30, 1940 Paul & Marion Gathercoal bought the house and property (for the sum of $800) from the City of Corvallis. According to Marion the vacant house was not fit for habitation. There was no indoor plumbing, so they lived in a travel trailer in the yard while renovating the house. Paul plumbed the house, putting a bathroom on the first floor. He also restored the fireplace and changed the stairway to make room for the bathroom. They sold it to Paul’s brother Jim & Cleona Gathercoal on November 13, 1944. Jim was a local architect and added onto the house, connecting the house and the carriage house. The clear fir flooring is still intact! The house changed hands again in 1953 when it was purchased

by Robert Irwin, founder of the Corvallis School of Ballet. He & his family lived in the house for about 50 years. Bob added a workshop on the northwest side, and had the house listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Nearly 30 years on, the house had fallen into terrible disrepair. Having sat vacant for about 6 years, Bob’s son & daughter-in-law, Tom & Jill sold the house to Brian & Kris Egan on April 20, 2007. The Egans own Corvallis Custom Kitchens & Baths, a design/remodel firm. They worked on the house for a year repairing and restoring it to it’s original beauty, and converting the inside into their showroom & offices. “The Corvallis Historic Resources Commission was a pleasure to work with. They were happy that we planned to rescue the Caton House and we worked well together to get the plans just right.” Said Kris. “We also got a lot of help from Mary Gallagher and the Benton County Historical Society, and Larry Landis of the OSU Library.” Interested in a tour of the historic Caton House? call Brian or Kris at 541-758-6141.

Happy Days are here again for the Caton House in Corvallis! Masterfully restored by Kris and Brian Egan, this beauty is ready for her close up!

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Mike on Health Mike Waters

Seeing Spring Through a Different Lens Normally the first article on health during the spring is bright. Somewhat youthful. The queues of green spaces, blooming flowers, and more sunlight ( Yes….. even here in western Oregon) prompts us to think more about being physically active. With more selections of fruits and vegetables merely weeks away. But my focus on this spring’s issue will be...“older”. With each passing year my career in health promotion moves towards working with older populations. This becomes personal because I’ve always felt that all of us in health and fitness get into this field through our own personal behaviors. When we work with older populations, even see our own older family members we’re facing our own future mortality. If we’re conditioned to be strong. Have endurance. Have a lot of energy to go on for hours on end, seeing older populations that are on the down side of their lifespan biology, can be sobering. Aging is inevitable. But the “Bio-social” stages we travel through are not necessarily black and white. Genetics play a big role, but so does ones motivation as we navigate through these lifespan “passages” Below. I’ve put together kind of a Life Span health transition outline. I’ve taken the aging theories of Gerontology experts Erik Erickson, and psychologist Carl Jung, and created a health education definition of how healthy aging may look. We have to also consider the emotional aspects through these life transitions. As I mentioned earlier, motivation and desire are key emotional characteristics. Living with daily purpose is a huge example of this holistic self model. As you read through this. See what stage you’re in. Notice if these stages are in context with your interest in participating in a healthy lifestyle. Performance “warrior” years: Tremendous physical prowess. Tireless energy. The feeling of a hopeful future. The feelings of immortality. The ego is based on sharp physical and mental acuity. Early midlife years: the transition from the “physical self” into developing one’s life occupation. Strong development into the role as a parent. Health and fitness matures into more for wellness. Keeping health risks “managed”. Fitness in not a game or competition against others

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now. It’s against your own transitional biology. Later midlife years: Peak of professional years. Main accomplishments in work, parenting has peaked. Legacy has been established. Wisdom is passed on to younger generations. Exercise, nutrition, using the brain creatively is now truly for functional aging. Older years: Retirement years. Staying functionally healthy is critical. Whether staying in your home, or moving to an independent living community, fitness for activities for daily living is critical. Being social, engaging with people for as long as you can keeps your relationships with family rich and rewarding. The pivotal stage for healthy functional aging is between the later midlife and older years. The data shows that people who engage in a holistic wellness lifestyle in the later midlife years make a smoother and more satisfying transition into the older years. The biology of the mind and the body will still age. But one can slow this physiological decline through daily wellness. Last thought for now. At all the stages through our lifespan, the trick is to do our health and fitness as best we can. It’s not about being perfect at it. The idea is to do a little, and do it often. The lifespan transition research has shown that we go through a grieving period through each stage. We can’t perform as well physically, or mentally as in the previous stage, but we can successfully age so we can enjoy as many springs for as long as we can.

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In The Garden: With Brenda

The Joy of Gardening


Brenda Powell

There is a spot in my garden that is my favorite space. It is in the side yard in a section that is home to my herbs, vegetables and fruits. My husband and I placed our adirondack chairs there facing our house. Behind the chairs and fence is our neighbor’s garage. With the use of small trees, trellises and a grape arbor, we’ve managed to create a secluded oasis where we have spent many evenings discussing life, goals and plants over a glass of wine. A few candles and solar lights allow us to extend that time after sunset. There’s even a spot under a blueberry bush where our dog curls up. I am so glad that this space is there and that it keeps developing over time. We have rearranged, added plants, moved pots around and finally installed a permanent path through the area. As we sit there, we are witness to nature in all its glory: hummingbirds swoop by, bees buzz around the flowers, birds chirp on tree branches and occasionally we spot a butterfly. Now my style of gardening may not be yours and I know not everyone has the same interest in plants and landscape that I do. However, I would encourage everyone to plant and grow something, whether it be an entire back yard oasis or a planter of lettuce. Plants add so much to our lives and our




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environment by connecting us to nature and the seasons; helping us learn to nurture; creating habitat for wildlife; reducing water run-off; increasing air quality by adding oxygen and trapping dust; reducing noise; and reducing heating bills by providing shade. Plus, landscaping actually adds value to your home. Gardening is healing to the mind and body, relieves stress, relaxes and provides a sense of well-being. Hopefully, I’ve convinced you to give it a try and that you are successful and rewarded. Not sure where to start? There are many great classes and experts available at your local garden center and through the Master Gardener program. As for me, that’s where you’ll find me on my next day off-in the garden. Brenda Powell is a fourth generation owner of Garland Nursery. Her passions include gardening, cooking, reading, writing and photography. Follow her writing at

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Ah, Spring at Last As we wrap up this issue, we are looking forward. Forward to the warm days of Summer ahead, our favorite season. Spring snuck up on us this year, one day rain and cold, the next, 78 degrees and Easter. Tricked by the Willamette Valley weather again. It always seems like there is no gradual warm up, and tapering off of the cold and rain. Always it’s the switch. Someone throws it, and boom, time to dig out the swim suits. You’ll get no arguement from me.

“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”... “It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...” Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

This issue’s focus is on home improvement. We are lucky to have some very talented builders, designers and decorators here in the mid-valley, and I encourage you to take the plunge this summer, not at the pool -- the home improvement plunge. Well, maybe a little time at the pool is good too. We’ve been very busy. Photographing a lot of great events, and meeting a lot of our great neighbors. It seems there is always more and more going on around here. That’s good, because we love putting the magazine together for you! Thank you for reading Willamette Living, and don’t forget to check out our web site for more valley “goings on.” Have a great spring, and until June, I wish you a great time in the Willamette Valley, “where the grass is always greener.”

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Healthy & Well • House Call Leave leg discomfort and pain behind this spring varicose veins are now treated with ease Dr. Toshio Nagamoto As you begin to wear your warm weather clothes this spring, if you find you are leaving your shorts in the closet because of painful, unsightly varicose veins, you might want to know about a relatively new treatment option, VNUS Closure procedure. Many people still think of the old vein stripping procedure as the only option for treating varicose veins. This procedure was painful, required general anesthesia and took a couple hours to perform. For those reasons, many surgeons have embraced new, less invasive techniques. I’ve been using the VNUS Closure procedure for years – more than 1,000 cases – and the results have been excellent. I see patients for VNUS in my office (no need for a hospital visit) and the procedure takes just 30 minutes to perform. It’s done by inserting a catheter into a vein and using radiofrequency to shrink and close it. After the vein is sealed shut, blood then naturally reroutes to healthy veins. We have a 95 percent success rate of closing off the affected vein. Patients are awake during the procedures and experience minimal pain. I often perform these procedures on Fridays and patients are back to their normal routines the following day. Varicose veins can be painful – and relieving pain is the main goal of VNUS. The cosmetic enhancements that people often realize are an added benefit. In fact, this procedure is commonly covered by insurance plans but patients must be symptomatic to qualify – meaning, they must have pain or a history of bleeding.

Most plans will also require that a patient undergo compression hose therapy (the wearing of specially designed stockings on the legs) for a period of time before coverage for VNUS will be extended. But overall, I find that many people are surprised to learn that they are covered for the VNUS procedure. Our program can treat all types of patients – from those with spider veins to the most serious of vein disorders. We are dedicated to thorough follow-up with all of our patients to ensure that people are happy with their outcomes. My associates Dana Penner, MD, and Mark Taylor, MD, also perform the VNUS Closure procedure here in Corvallis. To learn more, call me or Dr. Penner at our office at (541) 768-5930, or Dr. Taylor at (541) 768-5223. Many people live for years with painful varicose veins. But with new options for relief like VNUS, there’s no reason to wait until the pain is unbearable. There is no better time than now.

Dr. Toshio Nagamoto is a boardcertified surgeon with Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute. He specializes in vascular surgery, both arterial and venous, and treatment of varicose veins using the VNUS Closure procedure.

A personalized approach for achieving a healthier weight By Brian Curtis, M.D. If you have ever struggled with losing weight, there’s a new program that you should know about. It’s a personalized approach for achieving healthier weight with a new FDA-approved medication, Qsymia, and the support of a weight loss team led by a registered dietitian and a board-certified physician. Unlike failed diets which result in people regaining any weight they lost within the first year, research has shown that people taking Qsymia who eat a healthy diet and exercise lost an average of 23 pounds and kept it off for a full year. There are many reasons that diets fail, but one factor is that people do not automatically know how best to lose weight and keep it off. Weight loss requires a lifestyle change. It requires serious effort and commitment. And medical supervision and an organized team for support can really help.

better about yourself. Losing weight is about living a happier, healthier, longer life. Carrying extra weight increases the risks of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other conditions. Extra weight can also be hard on your joints and make it harder for you to participate in activities you enjoy. The new medication isn’t for everyone. Qsymia is for people with a body mass index (BMI) higher than 30, and especially those with additional risk factors, such as diabetes, hypertension or high cholesterol. Taking the medication alone isn’t enough. For best results, people need to commit to a one-year program. As with any medication, there are risks. Patients should not take Qsymia if they could become pregnant, if they have active heart disease, experience seizures, have severe kidney or liver disease or glaucoma. Common side effects include insomnia, tingling, headache and anxiety. If you’d like to achieve a healthier weight, and live a healthier life, we want to help you get there.

We’re confident you can do it and we are here to support your efforts to develop new habits and skills for long-term weight management. The new program is different than a diet because it’s personalized and comprehensive. A physician does a medical evaluation, helps to manage medications, checks labs and other results and follows up with the patient. A dietitian is available for nutrition counseling. If appropriate, a behavioral health specialist can assist with lifestyle changes, and a physical therapist can help tailor a safe and effective exercise program to help you lose weight, increase strength and improve your cardiovascular endurance.

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Washington’s Yakima Valley

It’s the way the orchards explode with blossoms in the springtime, sway with fruit at harvest, sparkle with ice on the branches. It’s the fresh smell of the occasional rain and the aroma of mint fields. It’s the glow of poolside sunsets and the absence of gridlock. It’s petrified forests, painted rocks, and the timeless presence of the Yakama Nation. It’s fishing, hiking, boating, skiing, and climbing. It’s a wine country lined with not just vines, but with hops strung from trellises. It’s young families buying their first home. It’s entrepreneurs, medical students, musicians, and artists. It’s the crews tirelessly beginning their days in the farms and orchards at sunrise. It’s our vibrant culture and community celebrations of everything from wine and beer to the farmer’s markets to mariachi and menudo. It’s the way that people look you in the eye, say your name, and smile. from:


When the Friday morning of President’s Day weekend greeted us with more of the same grey cloudiness we’d had all week, we shook our fists at the predictable Oregon sky and decided to hop in the car and take a little road trip. Somewhere with almost guaranteed sunshine -- and if not sunshine, then guaranteed wine-tasting and new food to try. What luck! It turned out that the annual Yakima Valley Red Wine and Chocolate event was taking place that weekend. Yakima, Washington is an easy four-and-a-half hour drive

from the mid valley. After a picturesque cruise along the Columbia Gorge, we crossed over the Sam Hill Memorial Bridge into Maryhill and continued on through the sagebrush-covered terrain of Goldendale. This looked like a promising place to return in the spring to look for wildflowers, so I added it to the growing list that lives in my phone. The rolling, horse-dotted hillsides gently gave way to the valley floor, with its cows and farmland; fruit packing facilities; and endless rows of grapevines. The Yakima Valley boasts more than 12,000 vineyard acres, which account for nearly half of all of Washington State’s wine production. (They also grow 70-75% of all hops for the United States here, something of interest for us beer-loving Oregonians.)

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The grapevines were in their winter dormancy during our visit, but their tidy, bare rows served as a strong reminder of the care and hard work they represent. Our first stop in town was the Yakima Valley Visitor Information Center to get our bearings and pick up passes and wine glasses for the weekend’s festivities. The visitor center was nicely appointed and chock-full of information about the wineries, lodging, events, sights, and activities throughout the valley. This is a haven for the brochure collectors among us. (Guilty!) We then headed downtown to visit some wine tasting rooms, before the anticipated crowds from Seattle arrived.

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Our stops downtown included the affable Kana Winery, and the more reserved shared space of AntoLin Cellars and Lookout Point Winery, which was showing paintings by Washington artist Larry Petry at the time of our visit. Next, it was off to to the hills to visit the biodynamic Naches Heights Vineyard, with grounds and a nearly fullkitchen perfect for weddings and other events. We also sampled the line up from Tieton Cider Works, and learned a bit about the history of their orchards. I could see Tieton ciders making a frequent appearance at our future backyard barbeques.




After all this wine and cider tasting, dinner sounded like a great idea, so we drove back into town to Gasperetti’s Restaurant, a Yakima institution that opened its doors in 1966. We could feel some of the vintage vibe of the place, with an eclectic mix of diners filling the cozy booths. There were casual families alongside older couples dressed to the nines, and the owner and his sister roamed the dining room, chatting with guests. We tried an appetizer of roasted garlic and chevre with crostini, potato leek soup, and one of the evening’s specials, cannelloni langoustine,


which was as rich and filling as you’d imagine. We wound down the evening at the amicable Gilbert Cellars for some live music and one last glass of wine. Although there are a few of the B&Bs and Inns one expects to find in an area devoted to wine tasting, on this trip we stayed at a Fairfield Inn, not too far from downtown. I was determined to find good coffee and a pastry for Saturday morning, so I spent some time online the night before doing my homework and decided we had to go to Essencia

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Bakery. Two words: Cinnamon. Stack. A twisted cinnamon bun pastry with local honey. After caffeination, we wandered through downtown, nosing through antique and thrift shops and deciding where to have dinner later. (Road trips are all about food, you know.) Across from the old train depot, I spotted Garden Girl, a cute little shop that seemed to embody the idea of “garden shabby chic” and spent a delightful half hour browsing through the flowers, pottery, arbors, and home decor. Soon enough, wine and chocolate

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were calling our names. We decided to explore more of the valley, so we wound our way through Zillah -- don’t spend half an hour looking for the teapot-shaped building like we did, I think it’s gone -- and into Prosser, stopping at Desert Wind Winery for wine tasting and lunch. There’s a sort of extraneous southwest theme going on at Desert Wind, but it works for them. We made a note to be sure to visit their sister winery, Duck Pond Cellars, in Dundee. There was a jazz concert taking place Saturday night at The Seasons

Performance Hall, a church-turnedmusic-venue with acoustics that make it a big draw for jazz musicians. That, plus a casual dinner of burgers at Second Street Grill and a late-night coffee at Northtown Coffeehouse rounded out a very full day. The late winter weather in Yakima provided the perfect temporary escape we were seeking. The valley sits in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountain Range, resulting in a semiarid climate. It was sunny and warm in the daytime during our two night stay, with a dry wind that kicked up


whirling dust devils and sent tumbleweeds across our path. Evening temps dropped seemingly in the blink of an eye, so layers and coats were a must -- especially when we found ourselves on the side of the road changing a punctured tire at dusk. (Ah, the small hazards of a farming community!) Yakima is a hospitable town, and everyone we met was extraordinarily nice. We look forward to returning for other events, like the Spring Barrel Tasting or Thanksgiving in Wine Country.

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Successful Aging Donna Peterson The Changing Role of Retirement:

A New Model for the Future constitute 50 percent of the workforce. This exorbitant amount of retiring and upcoming retirement age individuals will bring about one of the most significant demographic events in history, and with it new challenges and an anticipated refinement of the current concept of retirement. Retirement is a relatively new phenomenon. Most of our greatgrandparents did not retire. They worked until the day they died. In 1870 a child born in America could expect to live to an average age of approximately 35. During this period of time, the work life was centered on the farm, as ninety-seven percent of the industry in the United States

For at least the last 65 years, the majority of Americans have elected to retire at age 65. Retirement was presented a part of the “American Dream,” when one could set back, relax and enjoy the leisure life after leaving the labor market. Only a small group of people remained employed in their later years. However, this landscape is predicted to change in the near future, as members of the baby boom generation (individuals born between 1946 and 1964) begin retiring. This group consists of 78 million Americans, by their numbers, and they have profoundly affected American life at every level of the age continuum. Currently boomers

was farming. At the founding of the United States, the median age of the population was 16. A century later, life expectancy was only 40, and the median age 21, with a population of thirty-one million people. By 1890, thirtythree percent of the population had moved into the cities and a more industrialized way of life. Consequently, most of the parents of children did not retire, at least in the way people retire today. As a rule, the mothers were not employed outside the home, and the fathers rarely ever stopped working. During this period in United States history, the number of people who did not do manual work was less


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than one percent of the population. People were old by the time they were 40, due to illness and the extreme physical work. It is interesting to note that throughout most of recorded history, only one in ten individuals could expect to live to the age of 65. However, today nearly eighty percent of Americans will live to be past that age. When the retirement age in the United States was chosen it was done so by The New Deal Congress in the 1930’s with the drafting of the Social Security Act. The creators of the act decided on 65 as “retirement” age due to the political climate at the time. Various other countries had placed “old-age programs” at 60, 62 and 70. Congress believed the age of 60 would be too costly to warrant enough votes for passage, and placing it at 70 would have cut out the majority of people, since life expectancy was 61.7. Therefore, the Congress decided on the age of 62, believing it to be a viable compromise. Most individuals would die before they received benefits. With the first of the baby boomers now beginning the traditional retirement years, it is becoming

apparent that there will be a shortage of workers in the labor force if something is not done soon. For example, in 1995, there were 5 million fewer 18-24 year olds than there were in 1993. During that same period, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, the economy generated 16 million new jobs. This potential labor shortage is not the only concern driving the interest in encouraging older persons to remain in the labor force longer. Another important motivation is concern regarding the affordability of an aging population. Both employers and policymakers share these concerns regarding affordability. These added years created by increased longevity are causing individuals to rethink their life patterns. With an added 30 years to life expectancy over the last century there comes a decision of whether or not to grow old as people have in the past, with two or three decades of old age added to the end, or to create a new paradigm, by incorporating the later years of life into a lifelong continuum by incorporating a cyclic model that contains flexible arrangement to the life plan of a

person. In the proposed cyclic model, social and economic activities, such as, family, education, work, leisure and community service will blend into and influence one another. Therefore, in order to succeed at retirement a new model of change is on the horizon where retirement might have its basis in the way we intertwine work and leisure throughout our adult years.

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Know when to Toss Old Makeup Over-the-counter makeup is not required to carry expiration dates. Some cosmetic companies do perform stability tests and stamp a freshness date on their products, but most forego the time and considerable expense such testing involves. Cosmetics can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Natural products in cosmetics can also break down, separating or becoming rancid. You risk infecting your skin if you use bad makeup. To keep makeup healthy, makeup experts offer these tips:

Keep makeup in a cool, dry place (your bedroom, not the bathroom).

If you get an eye infection, immediately toss eye makeup and applicators. Keep track of your makeup by dating the container when you open it.

Because it is long lasting, and difficult to remove, it is essential to have permanent cosmetics applied by a highly qualified artist. Many people feel they would benefit greatly from

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Use a disposable applicator, sponge or cotton swab rather than your finger to apply cosmetics to minimize bacterial transfer.

Or if you want to forget about how long to keep your makeup, have expertly-applied permanent makeup for eyebrows, eyeliner and lip color. That way your can protect your skin from makeup hazards by throwing out the old makeup forever!


permanent makeup services, however are reluctant to proceed because they don’t know how to select a good artist. This is not a service you want to bargain shop for and you will want to see actual photos of their work. Today, most professional permanent cosmetic artists are members of the world’s leading, not-for-profit organization devoted to this field, the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP). This organization sets standards of practice for its members, which assures the public of the highest levels of professionalism.





Makeup experts offer the following guideline for how long to keep makeup: •

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Eye pencils: 1-2 years

Eye shadow: liquids 12 months, powders 2 years

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Blush and powder: creams 12 months, powder 2 years

Foundation: oilfree 12 months, moisturizing 18 months

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Home Improvement Special Section Everyone just loves that little barn!

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Retired and loving it, a Corvallis couple takes the important things in life into consideration when planning a remodel. After having spent a lifetime in the “urban jungle” -- in Woodland Hills, California, Ellie and George Love aren’t wasting time easing into retirement. In 2006 they bought a home on the western edge of Corvallis. Friends of theirs lived in it for a few years, and Ellie and George moved into it on a full-time basis in 2010. They love the area so much, and her enthusiasm is so contagious, she convinced their neighbors who used to share a backyard fence in Southern California to move to Corvallis too. She says they see much more of each other now! Where a ramshackle horse arena and barn / woodshop once stood, Ellie and George built a beautiful little barn, that is so much more than a “little barn.” A dynamo of energy, Ellie is into the rural lifestyle - really into it.

She’s got a garden growing, they have some Llama friends (among them, Molly and Dolly... llama), and they’ve built “Chez Poulet” for their chickens. Ellie is an avid gardener, and being teachers, according to her, they research everything. The decision to move to Corvallis was made 25 years ago based on the wonderful gardening climate. The garden is doing well, and so is Ellie, who having spent many late summers as a middle school principal, with middle school boys, in triple digit heat, is overjoyed with her new living situation. Ellie’s creativity is apparent everywhere you look around their home and garden, she’s enjoying a second career as an artist here in Oregon, and she has decorated the “barn” in a shabby chic style that is just delightful. She’s so creative in fact, that she has also decorated her chicken coop (Chez Poulet) for the residents -- shabby chick? Above, you

can see some of the delightful mood lighting and “family photos” she’s hung on the wall. She clearly has a sense of humor. Of course she spent years with middle schoolers, on purpose, she has to have a sense of humor. George and Ellie have become friends with the Henderer’s. Dave Henderer and Co. built the little barn, and they recently attened an equestrian event in which Dave’s daughter competed. Ellie says it’s so easy to make friends here because everyone is so nice. We’re convinced Ellie and George would make friends anywhere they went, and we’re glad they chose Corvallis. Ellie has decided to get a horse. She’s found a program in which wild mustangs are trained and then can be adopted by people who will give them a good home. We just wonder if a wild mustang will have the energy to keep up with Ellie Love? They’re in the design phase with Henderer to remodel the house now! Willamette Living Magazine


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can’t think of a better way to improve your home life than to improve communication.

I once had a customer come into my office and say, “if I go home without hearing aids my wife is going to kill me”. He did get hearing aids and every time he came in for batteries or check-ups he would say, “You’re the man that saved my life”. We would both laugh and then he would talk about how much better life at home was now that he was hearing what his wife said. Hearing loss puts a great stress on families when it interferes with communication. Communicating your ideas and feelings is a most important part of improving your home. Like adding a sunroom it can bring a lot of light into your life.

The best part of my job is when I get a call from a family member saying they are once again enjoying conversation with a loved that had not been hearing them. Hearing loss is kind of like a sticking door or a dripping faucet. You just keep putting up with it until you, or your spouse, just can’t stand it any longer. After you do something about it you ask yourself why you waited so long. It’s that home improvement time of year. Why not take a step to improve communication at home and get a hearing evaluation. It just might bring new light to every room in your house. Peter Lee owns and operates Peak Hearing Systems in Lebanon and Philomath. He can be reached at: 541-451-1733

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Before functional, the homeowners hoped for a new kitchen that would: • be open and connected to their family room

The desire to open up the kitchen into a great room and tap into the amazing views inspired the transformation of this space that overlooks breathtaking acres of mint fields and pastures. Several ill-conceived additions over the years created a disjointed layout that separated this 1911 farmhouse kitchen from other family areas. Boxed in by several small rooms, the kitchen was not only cut off from the other rooms in the house, but it also lacked storage, counter space, work areas, and presence. The new homeowners sought to brighten up their kitchen and dining area while at the same time making it more cohesive, spacious, and functional for their twenty-first century lifestyle.

We demolished several small rooms and built a small addition to create a new kitchen/dining great room. The newly formed dining area now connects to the adjacent family room to fulfill the clients request for a more functional entertainment space.

Cooking and entertaining in this kitchen was difficult. Ready to make it more cohesive and

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a gathering area for entertaining. A roomy walk-in pantry and white painted maple cabinets and buffet provide ample storage for anything imaginable. The new homeowners sought to brighten up their kitchen and dining area so windows were added along the entire length of the great room to improve natural lighting and take advantage of the views. This dream kitchen is everything that the homeowners hoped for. It is large enough for several cooks, has an abundance of natural light and also features granite countertops, two concealed dishwashers, stainless steel appliances, and abundant storage. With the kitchen now connected to the dining and family rooms, entertaining is a breeze.


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Sapele: The commercially important wood is reminiscent of mahogany, a member of the same family, typically applied where figure is important. Among its more exotic uses is that in musical instruments. It is used for the top, back and sides of acoustic guitar bodies as well as the tops of electric guitar bodies. The American car maker Cadillac also uses sapele wood for interior wood trim on its vehicles. April / May 2013

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Your Home, Your Style Mid-Valley homeowners - you are lucky. In this area alone there are an abundance of qualified designers and contractors willing to help you make your renovation dream a reality. Selecting the right one for your project can be challenging. I’d like to share some tried and true tips to help smooth the process and assure you are heard and understood so that at the end of your completed project you will say “this really feels like home, my home.” When embarking on a renovation, face to face conversations with all family members who have a say in the process are essential. I like to sit in on this meeting – it gives me a unique perspective about how each person communicates their wants for the project and how they work through disagreement and compromise. It is also a way to identify how you make decisions and communicate personal style and tastes. Prior to meeting, I suggest making two lists, one for your absolute must-haves

and one for your like-to-haves. This is useful for a couple of reasons. First, many homeowners have heard unpleasant stories about, and are leery of “project creep,” and second, lists help focus and communicate your vision to your designer and/or contractor. This simple action could result in a cost effective solution that may even make more of your like-to-haves a reality with little or no impact to budget. For example, a past client described her perfect shower to me but she was convinced her like-to-haves were way out of her budget. By looking at things a little differently, keeping the plumbing layout simple and doing a bit of extra legwork fixture shopping, she now has the back massagers she didn’t think were possible. Imagine how delighted she is each and every time she uses her new shower!

you want to see products in an actual vignette in order to visualize if they will work for your situation? How you respond helps tailor an experience and remodeling process that is less stressful while delivering your unique solution. You can also save time and money by narrowing down the universe of product choices by using the internet. At you can search for, and create ideabooks from thousands of photographs featuring room designs, colors, lighting, products – anything that you connect with.

I also believe in the value of exploration and discovery in the design process. Do you like narrowing your choices by looking through catalogs? Do you prefer seeing and interacting with actual products in a showroom setting? Or do

I believe there is one beautiful solution for each and every client and I want to infuse your personality into the process, product selection and into the rooms you envision living in.

You may not be able to articulate your exact style or why you like what you like, but sharing your ideabooks with your designer ensures that your unique preferences are considered before the process begins.

Heather Van Eyk, CKD and member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, is founder and designer of Northwest Design House, LLC, a design house located in the Eastgate Plaza off Hwy. 34 in Corvallis. She can be reached at 541-619-7892.


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nvesting in replacement windows for your home is one of the most cost-effective home improvements you can make. For people who are considering the pros and cons of window replacement, here are a few reasons why replacing your old windows can be an excellent investment:

conductance gas filling and glazing, making them more efficient. Home Values - your home is your prized possession, and it is important to keep your biggest investment looking its best. Replacement windows can add charm, beauty and sophistication to your home. Unlike many other home improvements, installing new windows can actually increase the value of your home

Comfort - New windows will help give you the comfort you need during winter, and the coolness you desire during summer. New windows are designed to insulate. They keep heat where it comes from, whether from inside in the winter, or outside during the summer, and keeping you comfortable inside your house.

Fewer maintenance hassles - constantly painting, repairing and maintaining old windows can be a real hassle. Window manufacturers are designing windows with parts that are easy to remove and reinstall so that they can be thoroughly cleaned. They also provide excellent UV protection to prevent fading of things inside your home such as walls, rugs, flooring, window treatments, and furnishings.

Lower energy costs - Replacing your old leaky windows with newer and more energy efficient ones can result in significant energy savings, both now and in the future. The latest technology in windows offer new frame materials & designs, along with Low-E (emittance) coatings, obscured or decorative glass, improved weather-stripping,

Utility Rebates– Incentives and Rebates for Energy-Efficient windows are offered through utility companies and state programs. See Energy Trust of Oregon or your power company for further details and to see if you qualify.

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It surrounds us in every aspect of our lives. If color is used right when decorating a room, it can enhance feelings of health and wellbeing, energize an area or create mystery. Color can inspire sleep or awaken our senses and it can modify the perceived temperature of a room to feel cooler or warmer. There are unending possibilities of colors, spanning the rainbow and beyond, with several hues of white and shades of grays to blacks. The selection of a color pallet used in interior decorating is the first step toward creating spectacular rooms. We begin to have color preferences early in life. If you ask a 4-year old what color they like, they can quickly tell you their favorite. Although we all favor different colors, there are strong associations to color that most of us share: Red: Exciting, dramatic, passion. Red stimulates appetite.

browns and creams are considered warm colors. These colors reflect light and add a warming effect to a room. They also have a tightening effect to make objects or surfaces feel closer together. Most wood surfaces will add natural warmth to a room. Cool colors include blues, plums and whites. These colors are calming and soothe our senses. Use of these hues can be a psychological advantage to enhance sleep in bedrooms, or to visually drop the rooms temperature in a steamy bathroom. Cool color tones can be used to visually expand a small space. Nature is our inspiration in the Northwest. We love wood grains and natural surfaces. Because of this, neutral color pallets are very popular in the Willamette Valley. The use of primarily neutral tones in a room gives the decorator an opportunity to incorporate colors with accessories or wall colors. Enhancements with color add personalization to any room.

Green: Nature, soothing, health. Green contributes to an easy living atmosphere.

Today’s lifestyle demands that the products we select for use in our homes are functional, healthy for our families, and are eco-friendly. Luckily many textiles have these qualities and are available in wide varieties of colors. Choosing practical and fashionable surfaces for your decorating will express your good taste and will enhance your living spaces.

Purple: Wisdom, wealth, royalty. Purple tones lend to feelings of success.

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Yellow: Cheer, excitement, enthusiasm. Yellow promotes happiness. Blue: Serenity, openness, clean. Blue contributes to calmness.

In decorating warm and cool colors are commonly discussed. Warm colors include orange, yellow and red tones. Neutral tones like


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“Portland alone has 51 breweries -- more than any other city in the world. The Portland metropolitan area is the largest craft brewing market in the US with the most number of breweries at 68.” Portland, OR: Oregon Brewers Festival toasts its 26th annual year of celebrating craft beer; expands to five days and switches to glass 80,000 beer lovers are expected from around the world to take part in the annual celebration of craft beer On a sun-soaked July afternoon, there’s no better place to sip suds with friends than the Oregon Brewers Festival, one of the nation’s longest-running and best-loved craft beer festivals. Nearly 80,000 fans annually travel from points around the world to take part in the event. This year, they’ll have an extra day to celebrate; the 26th Oregon Brewers Festival will take place July 24 through July 28 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, marking an expansion to five days. Event hours are Noon to 9pm Wed. through Sat., and Noon to 7pm Sunday. “The festival continues to grow in popularity every year, especially with tourists,” said festival owner and founder Art Larrance. “Due to space constraints, we can’t expand our footprint, so we decided to instead add a day to accommodate more beer lovers. Portland’s role as the ‘Cradle of Craft Beer’ had led our city to be one of the premier beer tourism destinations in the United States, and the Oregon Brewers Festival continues to support

that movement.” In 2005, the festival expanded from a threeday to a four-day event; that turned out to be a huge success, and ever since, festival purists have declared Thursday to be the best day to attend due to shorter lines and a full beer selection. Festival organizers are now hoping Wednesday will become the new Thursday. Another big change to this year’s event is the introduction of a tasting glass. In an effort to improve the tasting experience for the guest and to be more environmentally responsible, the Oregon Brewers Festival will now sell a tasting glass in lieu of the traditional plastic mug. Admission into the festival grounds is free. In order to consume beer, purchase of a 2013 souvenir 12-ounce tasting glass is required and costs $7. Beer is purchased with wooden tokens, which cost $1 a piece. Patrons pay four tokens for a full glass of beer, or one token for a taste. There are no advance tickets sold to the festival; all purchases are made on-site. From Ambers to Alts, Belgians to Blondes, Pales to Pilsners and Sessions to Stouts, the Oregon Brewers Festival serves up more than 25 beer styles from 82 craft breweries from around the country; there are 84 different beers served, one per brewery plus two gluten-free offerings. The festival is first and foremost a celebration of beer, but the event

also features five days of live music, food booths, craft vendors, homebrew demonstrations and industry displays. A root beer garden provides complimentary handcrafted root beer to minors and designated drivers; minors are allowed into the event when accompanied by a parent. Alternative modes of transportation are encouraged, with free monitored bicycle parking available each day. The main entrance is at SW Oak Street and Naito Parkway, one block from the MAX Light Rail line. ABOUT THE OREGON BREWERS FESTIVAL The Oregon Brewers Festival was founded in 1988 as an opportunity to expose the public to microbrews at a time when the craft brewing industry was just getting off the ground. Today, that industry has flourished, especially in Oregon, which has 134 brewing companies operating 166 brewing facilities in 60 cities. Portland alone has 51 breweries -- more than any other city in the world. The Portland metropolitan area is the largest craft brewing market in the US with the most number of breweries at 68. A study conducted at the 2011 Oregon Brewers Festival estimated the economic impact of the festival on the local economy to be $23.2 million; it also showed that out-of-state and international visitors accounted for 56% of attendees. For more information about the Oregon Brewers Festival, visit Willamette Living Magazine



The Beer Prof. Beers for the Stout Hearted Kendall Staggs, aka the Beer Prof Beer Historian and Tasting Guide

Spring is here. Blossoms have appeared, and they promise longer and warmer days ahead. St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone. On that day, beer lovers think of one particular brew: Guinness Stout. Garrett Oliver, the author of The Brewmaster’s Table notes, “No other style of beer is as married to one brewery as Stout is to Guinness.” Yet Oliver reminds us that there are now 19 different versions of Guinness Stout brewed in more than 40 countries, and there are many varieties of Stout that are not brewed by Guinness. The Beer Judge Certification Program, which oversees the judging of homebrewed beer and offers guidelines for over two dozen beer styles, identifies six different sub-styles of Stouts: Dry, Sweet, Oatmeal, Foreign Extra, American, and Russian Imperial. All of them have brands that we can get here.

Ireland’s National Drink The world’s best known Stout is Guinness Extra Stout (4.2 percent abv). It defines the style now called Dry Stout, which is arguably the national drink of Ireland. Dry Stout is actually a very light beer. It’s not light in color, obviously; the use of roasted grains makes it nearly black. But it’s light in body and in alcohol strength. Guinness Extra Stout, whether on draft in a tavern, in a bottle, or in a can, has the approximate alcohol strength of an American mass-produced lager. This allows Guinness lovers to consume several pints during an evening out. The characteristic creamy head is the result of an ingenious tap system that forces dissolved nitrogen from the beer under very high pressure. Guinness and its rivals combine a robust hop bite with flavors reminiscent of coffee and dark chocolate.

The Origins of Stout In the English brewing tradition, “Stout” was originally the name for any strong ale. There were Stout Porters and even Stout Pale Ales. It was not until the late 19th century that brewers and their customers started calling Stout Porter just “Stout.” Since then Stout, when used alone, has become synonymous with the beer style that we recognize today. In 1759 Arthur Guinness, aged 34, signed a 9000-year lease on a defunct brewery at St. James Gate, in Dublin. By the late 18th century, Guinness was brewing mostly Porter, the strong dark ale that was popular with the British and Irish working class. In 1820 the Guinness Brewery began making what it called Stout Porter. It differed from ordinary Porter in three ways. First, it was stronger, with more malt, hops, and alcohol strength. Second, it was darker. Because beer drinkers then and now associate darker beers with stronger beers, the brewers added black patent malt, a malt variety that is kilned at higher temperatures to achieve a very dark color. Finally, Stout Porter featured roasted, unmalted barley. This was made possible thanks to Daniel Wheeler’s patented roasting machine, which imparted a coffee-like aroma and flavor. Beer writers disagree about what exactly differentiates modern Stout from modern Porter. I join the group that insists that Stouts are defined by the presence of roasted, unmalted barley. According to this definition, then, Porters, are dark brown ales that lack the intense roasted qualities found in Stouts.


In Ireland, Guinness has had plenty of competition over the years. The Beamish and Crawford Brewery, established in Cork in 1792, brewed Stout that actually outsold Guinness until 1833. Another Cork brewery, Murphy’s, was established in 1856 on the site of a well consecrated to Our Lady. Many residents of Cork still prefer Beamish Stout or Murphy’s Stout to Guinness Extra Stout. Murphy’s Stout (4.0 percent abv) is my recommendation for the Dry Stout style, if only to get people to try something other than Guinness. I poured it from a 500 ml. can featuring the widget, the now ubiquitous device invented by Guinness that dispenses nitrogen in the beer, giving it the same creamy texture that kegged versions have. Murphy’s Stout has a delicious, lightly roasted, milk chocolate flavor. It is much thinner than the beers I normally drink and goes down very easily. This beer quickly disproves the notion that dark color indicates strong beer. My other Dry Stout recommendations include, from Ireland, Guinness Extra Stout, Beamish Irish Stout, and O’Hara’s Irish Stout; from California, North Coast Old 38 Stout and Mendicino Black Hawk Stout; and from Maine, Shipyard Blue Fin Stout. Dry Stouts go well with a variety of foods, but my favorite is oysters. Stouts have been associated with oysters since the early 19th century. Charles Dickens frequently described such a meal in his novels, at a time when oysters were so plentiful in England that taverns often served them free with an order of beer. Dry Stouts also go well with mussels, clams, scallops, and smoked salmon—just about any assertive seafood. They also pair well with corned

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beef, pastrami, and smoked hams. Garrett Oliver recommends them with steaks and burgers, and adds, “every Irish household has an old recipe for Guinness stew, a dish that I imagine is as old as the brewery.” Sweets for the Sweet Stouts have long enjoyed a reputation as a healthy tonic. “Guinness is Good for You” was one of the brewery’s most famous and longest-running advertising slogans. The Irish called Stout “mother’s milk” and prescribed it to nursing mothers. This practice is now controversial, but there are still many people around the world who believe it is medically sound. Perhaps this helped inspire English brewers to add milk sugar (lactose), which does not ferment, to their Stouts. The resulting Stouts were sweeter but still relatively low in alcohol. They were not only served to nursing mothers, but also to people recuperating from illness or injury. They were also regarded as what today might be called an energy drink, favored especially by British miners and shipyard workers. Most modern Sweet Stouts are sweet because they emphasize maltiness rather than hop bitterness. A few have lactose added. These beers retain the coffee and chocolate flavors of roasted barley, and have been compared to cream liqueurs. In recent years a few American and Japanese breweries have added Milk Stouts to their line-ups. A more recent innovation among Sweet Stouts is the use of chocolate. I’m very fond of Double Chocolate Stout (5.2 percent abv), which was introduced by the Young’s Brewery of London in 1997. It was the first Stout to be brewed with added chocolate—both bars and essence. It is silky smooth, especially when dispensed from the nitrogen-charged can. The flavors begin with a hint of ginger, followed by fudge and cream. It is balanced with a bitter-chocolate finish. My other Sweet Stout recommendations include, from England, Mackeson’s Stout (the original Milk Stout) and McMullen’s Chocolate Stout; from Colorado, Left Hand Milk Stout; from Pennsylvania, Lancaster Milk Stout, and from New York, Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence. Beer writers are unanimous in proclaiming that wines—even dessert wines—don’t really pair well with chocolate cakes, puddings, or mousses. Sweet stouts do. Michael Jackson offers this particularly tempting idea: Sweet Stout with Sachertorte, the famous Viennese chocolate cake with apricot preserves. Just writing about it makes my mouth water. If you can’t find anything that fancy, try a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a glass of Sweet Stout. It works. April / May 2013

Not Just for Breakfast Anymore Another Stout sub-style is Oatmeal Stout, which may have been invented when brewers ran short of malted barley. Modern versions only use a tiny proportion of oatmeal in the brewing process; otherwise they would turn the grain mash into glue. The use of a little oatmeal imparts a delicious creaminess of both texture and flavor to Oatmeal Stouts, which also feature the aromas and flavors of coffee and chocolate. Oatmeal Stouts began to fade from the British brewing scene in the 1960s, and in the 1970s they disappeared. Samuel Smith’s Brewery in the village of Tadcaster, England, revived the style in the 1980s and began exporting it to the United States. Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout (5.0 percent abv) has a fresh, flowery hop aroma and a sweet, creamy flavor. Its palate is silky and full-bodied and its finish is relatively sweet. It is remarkably easy to drink, and very delicious. I also strongly recommend Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout (5.8 percent abv), from the tiny town of Boonville, in Mendocino County, in northern California. It is a little more robust and has more pronounced hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness than its English cousin. Its flavors include freshly baked bread, toffee, and dried cherries. It is one of the highest rated Oatmeal Stouts on Beer Advocate website; in fact, the founders of the site award it the rare score of 100. The Anderson Valley Brewery was founded in 1987, and was one of the first twenty craft breweries in America. Some of the local residents around Boonville still speak a local slang called Boontling, leftover from early days when timber harvesting was a booming local business. On its bottles Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout is described as “shy sluggin’ gorms neemer!” which means, “not just for breakfast anymore!” My other Oatmeal Stout recommendations include, from England, Young’s Oatmeal Stout; from Oregon, Rogue Shakespeare Stout; from Massachusetts, Ipswich Oatmeal Stout, and from Montreal, Canada, McAuslan St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout. Oatmeal Stouts are the perfect accompaniment for creamy desserts. Garrett Oliver recommends them with cheesecake. Michael Jackson recommends them with zabaglione or tiramisu. I have to admit I had to look up what those are. Zabaglione (sabyayon in French) is Italian dessert, usually served in a champagne glass, that’s a whipped custard made from egg yolks, sugar, and sweet wine. Tiramisu, also Italian, is a layered dessert made from lady fingers dipped in coffee, layered with a mixture of whipped egg yolk and mascarpone cheese, and flavored with Marasala wine and cocoa. They sound delicious, and I look forward to trying them with Oatmeal Stouts. Beer Fit for a Queen, or Tsarina The strongest Stouts were originally made in Britain for export to the countries of Scandinavia and the Baltic coast. Because these beers were favored by the royal court in St. Petersburg, they were called Russian Imperial Stouts. These beers are very rich, and they often combine the coffee-like roastiness of other Stouts with blackberry fruitiness and the flavors of dark chocolate, licorice, and mild smokiness. According to Michael Jackson, the original Russian Imperial Stout was brewed by the Barclay’s Brewery of


London in the late 18th century. It was first exported to St. Petersburg at the request of the Russian tsarina, Catherine the Great, after she sampled Stout on a visit to England. Catherine was famous for her appetites; she supposedly breakfasted on vodka-laced tea and a caviar omelet. According to legend, the first shipment of Stout sent to Catherine spoiled on its way across the Baltic Sea, so the brewers made a stronger, hoppier version that not only survived, but became very popular in Russia. Other British brewers shipped Stouts to Nordic ports and to the Baltic states, and over time, local breweries began to brew their own interpretations of the style, which are usually called Baltic Porters. Courage Imperial Stout (10.0 percent abv), from the Wells & Young Brewery in Bedford, England, is available in some parts of the United States. It’s based on the original recipe for the beer Catherine the Great commissioned from Thale’s Anchor Brewery in Southward and later brewed by the John Courage Brewery for the Russian imperial court.

My favorite Russian Imperial Stout is Old Rasputin, from the North Coast Brewing Company of Fort Bragg, California. It’s plenty strong at 9 percent alcohol by volume, and has rich, toffee, rum notes, and, true to style, a generous dose of hop flavors and hop bitterness. I am impressed at how delicious and well balanced it is with all of the intense aromas and flavors swirling around in such a big beer. Worth seeking, too, is the bourbon barrel-aged version of Old Rasputin. The North Coast Brewery was founded in 1987 in an old Presbyterian church and mortuary in Fort Bragg, which was once a whaling town. My other Imperial Stout recommendations include, from England, Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout; from California, Stone Imperial Russian Stout; from New York, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout; from Florida, Cigar City Marshal Zhukov’s Stout; and from Oregon, Rogue Imperial Stout. I’ll just offer recommendations for the remaining Stout sub-styles. Among Foreign Extra Stouts, the one I would seek first is Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (7.5 percent abv). Until recently, it was available in the Caribbean, where it is wildly popular, but not in the United States. My other Foreign Extra Stout recommendations include, from England, Ridgeway Lump of Coal Stout; from Australia, Cooper’s Best Extra Stout; from Wyoming, Snake River Zonker Stout; and from Seattle, Pike Street XXXXX Stout, with an extremely intense coffee-like flavor, which I just sampled last weekend. My recommendation for American Stout is easy to find in these parts: Deschutes Obsidian Stout (6.4 percent abv), from Bend, Oregon. It is relatively hoppy and robust, and practically defines the style. My other American Stout recommendations include, from California, Sierra Nevada Stout and Steelhead Extra Stout, and from Michigan, Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout. Stouts, with their heartiness and roastiness, might seem best suited for the winter, and that’s when I usually have one. But they are surprisingly good yearround, and go well with a lot of different foods. There are a lot of different varieties, and the best among them are sure to please. Drink one, and you will prove your worth.

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In the coming weeks, I hope to be able to conduct some beer tastings featuring these and other favorites. In the past dozen years, I have served as the instructor and master of ceremonies for over fifty beer tasting events. A beer tasting can be a modest gathering of six people or a more formal affair for fifteen or more guests. It can last 90 minutes or up to three hours. It can involve five or six two-ounce samples for a mid-week event or seven to ten four-ounce samples at a weekend party. The beers can be accompanied by a few snacks or paired with a full complement of gourmet foods. I provide the beers and a packet of information concerning the history and the stories behind the breweries, the beer styles, and the beers themselves. The sessions are always informal; I usually introduce the beers and then answer any questions that come up. I play the part of Professor Beer, but the emphasis is on having fun, and everyone seems to have a great time at these beer tastings. Tastings afford me an opportunity to do the two things I enjoy doing most: teach people about great beer and enjoy my favorite beers in the world. I hope to have the pleasure of seeing you at one of my events soon. Get in touch, and let’s schedule a beer tasting for your group today. Kendall Or call: 920-609-9919

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EAT • DRINK • BE HAPPY Recipe from the pros at Market of Choice ily. Serve immediately with wild rice pilaf and Sicilian Orange and Red Onion Salad (recipe follows).

Sicilian Orange and Red Onion Salad Cut the peel and pith from four oranges and slice into rings. Toss with thin slices of red onion, some freshly ground black pepper, and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Serve immediately. Serves 4.

Wild Rice Pilaf

¼ c each yellow onion, carrot, red bell pepper, and celery, diced fine 1 T extra virgin olive oil 1 t garlic, minced ½ T fresh thyme, chopped Cooked wild rice (follow package directions for 4 servings) Pinch of salt and pepper to taste

Herb and Leek-Stuffed Salmon Salmon gets a savory kick from leeks and herbs, complemented by a citrus salad and wild rice pilaf for an out-of-this world meal. Recipe by Market of Choice. Serves 4. Ingredients 4 (6 oz) salmon salmon fillets 1 bunch leeks, chopped 2 T butter ½ T fresh spearmint, chopped fine (approx 2 sprigs) 1 T fresh basil, chopped ½ T fresh thyme, chopped 1 t dry dill ½ c spinach, chopped zest and juice of small lemon Salt to taste 1 T shallots, chopped fine 1/3 c dry white wine

Directions Sauté leeks in butter slowly until softened but still bright green. Toss with remaining ingredients except shallots and wine and remove from heat. Make deep slits in salmon fillets and fill with mixture. Place in ovenproof baking dish over chopped shallots and sprinkle with wine. Bake approx. 15 minutes until internal temperature reaches 135º and fish flakes eas42

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Cook wild rice (it takes usually takes about 45 minutes). Meanwhile, sauté vegetables in olive oil over medium heat for 3 min. Add garlic and thyme and cook 1 minute more. Toss with warm, cooked rice and serve. Serves 4. Pairings: Serve with a crisp, minerally white wine, such as pinot gris. Blueberries


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EAT • DRINK • BE HAPPY WINE Clare Cady is an East coast transplant with the heart of an Oregonian. She is passionate about local food and beverages, and seeks to share with others what makes wine interesting, delicious, and accessible.  Clare works at Oregon State University, where she serves students experiencing poverty and food insecurity.  When she is not writing articles for Willamette Living Magazine, she is gardening, cycling, backpacking, surfing, or serving as a staff writer for This column is a happy opportunity for a notso-snooty wino to share her thoughts on the wines of the Willamette Valley - tastes, smells, pairings, and events. I grew up in the snow belt of Central New York – a place where when the days lengthened we listened for the sound of warming winds. As a little girl I used to lie in bed and listen to the beams in my parents’ log home creak and pop as the weather turned. Icicles melted, and rivulets of water ran across the roads. Creeks swelled, and we woke each day to the sun glinting off of shrinking mounds of snow. I loved watching the world come alive again – sap flowed in the maple trees, and sugar houses billowed clouds of steam. Crocuses pressed up through the frost and opened brightly against the white. The air smelled fresh, green, and new. The sweetness of spring brought promise, beauty, and new life. Springtime in the Willamette Valley is a warmer and more colorful event. This is my third time watching the daffodils explode from what seems like every lawn and traffic median. Instead of the creaking of house beams, I am greeted in the morning to the growling of my neighbors mowing their lawns. The plum tree outside my window blushes pink, and I get to see the blue of the sky again. One thing is the same as my childhood home – that green, sweet smell that belies the change in season. In honor of spring, I am reviewing a few wines that bring out the sweeter side of the palette. Seriously Sticky Syrah, by Del Rio Vineyards: was actually my initial inspiration for the theme for this article. I picked it up at the South CoOp in Corvallis on a whim because I liked the sparse labeling, and was looking for something unique (sometimes even semi-pretentious winos like me choose wines because the bottle looks pretty!). This Syrah Port was classic in flavor – dark and rich, heavy with plum, blackberry, and raisin flavors. The color was a brilliant maroon, the texture silky and tenuous, and the nose carried hints of wet moss and turned soil underneath the power of the fruit. I highly recommend this wine if you are a fan of Port, and you like to drink local. I could not find

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out the vintage of my bottle, and the Del Rio website states that this wine is sold out, but I have seen it pop up in a couple of local places in Corvallis as well as other towns in the area. Be cautious as you sip! With 19% ABV, this wine is no slouch. Sip moderately alone, pour over ice cream, or pair it with dark chocolate after a meal of grilled meats and marinated veggies at your first seasonal barbecue. Moonstone Asian Pear Sake, by Sake One: I first came across this lovely and light rice wine when on wine tour for a friends’ birthday, and I recently picked up another bottle to remind myself of its tastiness. Sake One boasts a wide variety of craft sake, and the Moonstone line is a flavored series that includes Asian Pear, Lemongrass, Raspberry, and Plum. The Asian Pear is silky-smooth, crisp, and best sipped lightly chilled. The nose is unmistakably pear, with strong floral notes and a hint of the rice wine sourness. The flavor is clean, fruity, and mild – pear through and through with hints of melon, lime, and a fresh spring greenness. Pair it with citrusy fish, fruit, or light-flavored desserts such as custard, cheesecake, or vanilla ice cream. Mijiu Fire, by Vinn Distillery: one of the newest additions to Portland’s distillery row, Vinn provides the Chinese take on rice wine. Their Mijiu Fire is made by fermenting black rice. This wine is subtle and intense, sweet and sour, fresh and hinting of ancient times. The color is pale like a rose wine, with a nose that is tart like cherries with hints of cinnamon and vanilla. The flavor is at first sour, moving to a rounded sweetness mid-palette, and finishing with a warming hint of spice. I have not tasted anything quite like it, and appreciate this unique addition to the Oregon wine scene. If you like a hint of sour in your life, this wine will please your senses. I would sip it alone lightly chilled, or mix it with seltzer and lime for a lovely fizzy tonic…maybe toss in some peach puree, and garnish with mint for good effect.

Home, 2010 Pinot Noir Dessert Wine, by Harris Bridge: classic and timeless – it came in the elegant dessert wine bottle, and was topped with a paper boasting a poem about an oak tree. “We think of you limber, fluttering and new…You begin as we all do, a seed, then sprout…” The imagery is reminiscent of spring. Tawny in color, the nose is powerful – caramel and clove. The flavor is equally hefty, darkly sweet, with a bitter finish. I found ripe fruitiness mixed with tar, leather, vanilla and oak. It reminded me of the cold nights before the spring broke in full, seeking warmth from the inside. The longer it was open, the fuller the flavors became, and the sweetness emerged further as the tannic and acidic qualities softened. I would sip this alone, and might not even choose to pair it with food. If I were to have to choose, it would be with rich, nutty cheese. Session Meads, by Nectar Creek Honeywine: I was fortunate enough to get to tour the tight quarters at Nectar Creek recently, and was treated to tastes of all three of their session meads. The Wildflower Session Mead is clean and crisp, with floral notes and a rounded off-dry honey flavor. Its gentle effervescence makes it a lovely sit-down drink at the end of a long day getting your garden ready for planting. The Raspberry Session Mead boasts a lively fuchsia color, and brings more tart than sweet out in its signature fruit. The flavor still drips with honey notes, and begs you to look forward through spring into the summer. I plan on using my current bottle to make a really tasty ice cream float. Their third, the Ginger Session Mead, is a bit spunkier than her gentle sisters, bringing in the warming nip of fresh ginger that tickles the nose and almost masks the floral finish. This is a drink that stands for itself, but, as owners Nick and Phil Lorenz suggested, would be excellent mixed with whiskey. As you sip into spring, may you find the same sweetness in the air and in your glass that I have!

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In 2012, fine artist Lynda Lanker launched “Tough by Nature,” a series of portraits of women ranchers and cowgirls from the American West. A 19-year project, she traveled the western United States to interview 49 women and capture their spirit through portraiture. As the American West undergoes transition and transformation, Lynda’s work preserves the histories of these contemporary western heroines. The book “Tough by Nature” was published by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, Oregon, and an exhibition of the same name was on view at the museum from July 1 – Sept. 9, 2012. The exhibit is now touring at other museums through Landau Traveling Exhibitions. The project began as an idea of Lynda’s artist friend, Elizabeth Brinton, who suggested a collaboration to portray Eastern Oregon. Elizabeth would paint the landscape and Lynda, the people. Elizabeth was unable to commit to the extensive travel schedule, so Lynda pursued the project on her own and extended it to include most of the American West. Throughout the project, Lynda was encouraged and advised by her late-husband, photographer Brian Lanker. Lynda’s process included on-site photographs, sketches and interviews. For the portraits, she experimented with a variety of mediums, choosing the technique she felt best captured the subject’s character. The 49 portraits range in medium from charcoal, oil pastel, acrylic and egg tempera, to plate and stone lithography and drypoint engraving.

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Copenhagen to Corvallis Arne Jakobsen, Artist by Scott Alexander Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Arne Jakobsen, a very talented artist living in Corvallis. Arne arrived in Corvallis via... most of the world. Born in Copenhagen Denmark, as a young man Arne couldn’t wait to join the merchant marines to see the world. He has many tales of the “high seas” and along the way, he studied art. Apparently he studied hard because his original works are great, and his range is extrordinary -- from western

“cowboy” art, to still lifes that resemble the European Masters. Arne is a delightful gentleman and has retired to Corvallis after a long career with the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. Arne was called upon to restore paintings that had become damaged or otherwise were in need of restoration - at any of the hotel group’s exclusive properties. Arne said it was a great gig “they would send me all over the world, give me a great room and food, and my job was to paint.” Sounds like great work to me, and as talented as Arne is, the the St. Francis’ collection was in good hands. Arne now does shows around the valley, and paints original oils on a commission basis. To inquire about Arne’s work, give him a call at: 541-745-7828

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

2329 Kings Blvd

Corvallis 541-758-9166

The Blue Goat

April’s At Nye Beach

Savor the romance of wood-fired cooking straight from our giant hand-sculpted earthen oven. You can even watch our cob oven chef at work while you eat!

Produce, herbs and flowers grown on the owners’ Buzzard Hill Farm combine to create an intensely personal, flavorfully vibrant meal. The food is alive with this just-picked garden goodness. We like to think of it as “Farm to Fork” dining at its best. It doesn’t get any fresher than this!

Serving the best local wine and beer in a relaxed, family-friendly environment. And featuring locally grown fresh produce, eggs, meats, and cheeses - from small, sustainable farms in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Open for lunch & dinner 506 So. Trade St. in Amity


Dinner from 5 pm Wed -- Sun Reservations Recommended. 749 NW 3rd St. in Newport’s Historic Nye Beach district


Fine Italian Food & Wine Shop A large selection of Italian favorites prepared using the finest produce, meats, breads, cheeses and more. Fresh salads, soups, scallopini, cacciatore, chicken, shrimp, beef & veal along with other local favorites like beef stroganoff make for a fantastic dining experience. Pizzas made in-house to order. And don’t forget the Tiramisu and Cannoli for dessert! 11:00 -- 9:00 Tues, Wed & Thurs 11:00 -- 10:00 Fri. 4:00 -- 10:00 Sat.

50 West Oak St. Lebanon 541-451-5050


Crêperie & Gelateria Come and try our Italian gelato, made fresh daily. Some of our traditional flavors are stracciatella, gianduia, hazelnut, tiramisu, mocha chip, vanilla bean, & salted caramel. Have an affogato with our Italian Caffe D’Arte coffee.

Also offering French and Italian pastries. Located in the historic Reed Opera House

189 Liberty St. NE Downtown Salem


Ivy Garden Tea Room Welcome to El Sol de Mexico. Corvallis’ finest traditional Jalisco Style Mexican restaurants. We offer a great selection of entree’s the whole family will enjoy including select American dishes and a complete vegetarian menu. Open 7 days a week. For lunch and dinner. We also cater! 2 locations in Corvallis.

1848 NW Circle AND 1597 NW 9th St. 541-758-1735 (Circle) 541-752-9299 (9th St.) 541-730-1355 (Catering)

“World Beat Cuisine” Catering, Private Parties, Lunch & Dinner. Offering a fresh, local and creative menu you’ll love.

Promoting local musicians and artists, Cafe Mundo is a destination for coastal travelers and locals.

Come on by, you’ll love it! Tu - Th 11 am to 10 pm Fri - Sat 11 am to Midnight Sun 10 am to 4 pm Closed Mondays 541-574-8134

We offer over 80 different teas from around the world.

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Mama’s Italian

House made quiche, entree salads made with fresh local greens. Tea accessories and gifts. Delicious desserts and fresh scones served warm. We look forward to seeing you at the tea room! Tues. -- Sat. 10:30 --4:00

Ivy Garden Tea Room

333 1st. Ave. W Albany


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The HOT Ticket Great Dates in and Around the Valley

Always... Patsy Cline April 18, May 19 (multiple shows) Broadway Rose Theater Co.

GEORGE LOPEZ April 13 -- 7:00 pm Spirit Mountain Casino

The 31st Annual Detroit Lake Fishing Derby May 17, 18 & 19 Prizes will be awarded on Sunday May 19th at 3:00 P.M.

Live Well, Age Well Expo Linn County Fairgrounds Albany

Sat. May 18, 9:00 - 3:00 866-904-6165

SANTIAM PLACE April 6th from 9-4.

Crafters Market & Home-Based Business Expo 541-259-4255 48

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April / May 2013

The Arts Center Takes You Back to the 60’s with “Flower Power”

Mark Saturday May 4th on your calendar! Dust off your bell bottoms, dig up some love beads, and get ready for a groovy time. In celebration of The Arts Center’s 50th anniversary, they invite you to get in the spirit of ‘63 with “Flower Power” a familyfriendly event from 7 to 9:30PM. Adult admission is $10 and includes 1 bingo card. Children under 16 are FREE! Proceeds from the event go to support our Art Education program.

Crafty Wonderland

Super Colossal Spring Sale!!! Saturday, May 11th, 2013 at The Oregon Convention Center - Exhibit Hall D 777 NE MLK jr. Blvd. in Portland

The Oregon Bach Festival June 24 -- July 14 Eugene / UofO

Under the artistic leadership of Helmuth Rilling, the Oregon Bach Festival presents three weeks of choral-orchestral masterworks, guest artists, chamber music, social events, and education programs. Based in Eugene, the University of Oregon event also produces a summer series in Portland, with concerts in other cities and special events throughout the year. Kurt D Andrews Agency 964 NW Circle Blvd Corvallis, OR 97330 Bus: (541) 452-5121

Coming Soon Met a guy named Nanden (rhymes with London)... He’s building some really cool homes in Philomath. We were pointed his way by Bert at Mid-Valley Tile. The concept, we’ve covered it before, a little, is the Passive House. The idea is kind of like “build a thermos, and then build a house inside.” Very interesting and very cool (or warm, as your comfort dictates). Watch for expanded coverage in our next home improvement issue in August!

PERMANENCE HOMES Tilework by Mid-Valley Tile

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Visit Newport’s Historic Nye Beach Nye Beach Wine Cellar


for Artsake Gallery • A Co-op of Local Artists Vern Bartley Rhonda Chase Anja Chavez Cynthia Jacobi Kathy Thomas Alita Pearl Katy LaReau Shonnie Wheeler Frances Van Wert

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Next issue... The Lavender Festival

Visit Lavender Lake Farms, look for the signs on 99! Hwy 99 between Corvallis and McMinnville

Happy spring, the 2013 Willamette Valley Lavender Festival is right around the corner. See you soon at Lavender Lake farms!

Lavender Gifts • Specialty Foods Soaps • Lotions • Classes & Events

Visit us online at: Call 503-838-2620 For More Information or Visit the Farm at 3395 S. Pacific Hwy in Independence Oregon

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Willamette Living Magazine April / May 2013  

Our annual spring home improvement issue, with design and remodel tips as well as the usual great food, events and more. Enjoy!

Willamette Living Magazine April / May 2013  

Our annual spring home improvement issue, with design and remodel tips as well as the usual great food, events and more. Enjoy!