July/August 2024

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Salt Lake City

Wheels Up to e Crossroads of the West

Salt Lake City offers a variety of activities and attractions for tourists. Here are ten fun things to do:

Visit Temple Square: Explore the 10-acre complex that is the heart of the Mormon Church, featuring the Salt Lake Temple, Tabernacle, and various beautiful gardens.

Hike or Ski in the Wasatch Mountains: Depending on the season, you can enjoy skiing in winter at resorts like Snowbird and Alta, or hiking and mountain biking in summer.

Great Salt Lake: Visit the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere. You can go for a swim, kayak, or just enjoy the unique landscape and sunset views.

Explore the Utah State Capitol: Take a guided tour of this beautiful building with stunning architecture and learn about Utah’s history and government.

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum: Enjoy walking through this extensive botanical garden with numerous plant collections, themed gardens, and scenic trails.

Natural History Museum of Utah: Discover fascinating exhibits on the natural world, including dinosaur fossils, minerals, and displays on the region’s history.

Liberty Park: Spend a relaxing day at this large public park with walking paths, paddle boats, a playground, and the Tracy Aviary.

Antelope Island State Park: Located in the Great Salt Lake, this park offers wildlife viewing (including bison), hiking, and beautiful scenery.

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The Leonardo Museum: Engage with interactive exhibits that combine science, technology, art, and creativity, offering something for all ages.

Sugar House: Explore one of Salt Lake City’s oldest neighborhoods, known for its eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, and art galleries.

These activities provide a mix of cultural, historical, and outdoor experiences that showcase the unique charm and diversity of Salt Lake City.

The 2024 GLE 350

Trendsetting luxury SUV now even better

Inside, the GLE features a new steering wheel with sensor surfaces on the horizontal spokes. With these touch elements on the right and left, the driver can operate the both the driver and central displays from the steering wheel.

The interior is also elevated by the chrome finish of the center and side air vents – previously exclusive to the Mercedes-Maybach GLS. Catalana Beige/Black and Bahia Brown/Black interior colorways have been added as well.

Familiar from the Mercedes-Maybach GLS and now also available for the GLE is the MANUFAKTUR Black Piano Lacquer Flowing Lines

trim. With ambient lighting, the same colors and color palettes can be selected as in the S-Class. Two USB ports delivering 100W of power are available in the rear armrest as practical charging options.

The Tuscaloosa plant uses modern digital, sustainable, efficient and flexible production methods. The site follows the blueprint of Factory 56 in Sindelfingen, Germany, which symbolizes the future of automotive production at Mercedes-Benz. Investments were made in flexible production at an early stage and the modern digital production ecosystem MO360 is also used. This enables MercedesBenz in Tuscaloosa to produce models with combustion engines, plug-in hybrids and fully electric vehicles in large quantities.

Inkwell Home Store Voted Best of the Valley again for 2024

A Lifetime of Eye Health Begins with a Simple Eye Exam

Don’t wait until something is obviously wrong with your eyes to get them checked. Most eye issues can be prevented, detected, and treated before they get to the point of long-term damage.

Benefits of an annual eye exam include:

1. Catching eyesight changes early-on and correcting them.

2. Testing your visual acuity, discovering issues such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness, astigmatism, color blindness, poor hand-eye coordination or visual perception and difficulties with the eyes’ ability to work together for tracking, teaming, and focusing.

3. Detecting glaucoma in its early stages, when there is still time to act before it worsens.

4. Identification of headaches, eye strain, fatigue, dryness, discomfort, or any visual issues.

5. Flagging potential problems with certain medications that cause vision problems and helping prevent further damage.

Schedule an appointment with board-certified optometrist Gregory Valle, OD at our Aumann Building in Corvallis by calling (541) 754-1271 today!

Gregory Valle, OD

THE LIVIN' IS EASY Publisher's Update

As we bask in the warmth of summer, I am thrilled to present the winners of this year’s “Best of the Valley” contest. A heartfelt congratulations to all the businesses and individuals recognized for their exceptional contributions to our community. Your hard work and dedication have truly set you apart, and we celebrate your achievements.

This month, don’t miss a fantastic article by Elaine Rea on the hidden gems of Vancouver, WA. Her insights bring the city’s vibrant culture and attractions to life, offering a fresh perspective on this beautiful area.

Summer also brings an array of art events and festivals for everyone to enjoy. From local exhibits to street fairs, there’s something for everyone to explore and appreciate. Additionally, we’ve included some refreshing recipes perfect for hot summer weather. Try these light and delicious dishes to keep you cool and satisfied.

Looking ahead, don’t forget that our next issue will feature our annual “Valley Pets” section, celebrating the beloved animals in our community.

To all our readers, thank you for participating and supporting local enterprises. Your votes have highlighted the diverse and vibrant offerings that make our valley unique.

As we enjoy the long days and sunshine, I wish everyone a fantastic summer filled with joy, relaxation, and adventure. Let's continue to support each other and make this season memorable.


Fun summer trivia facts from Oscar at The Natty Dresser:

"The Beach boys were originally called The Pendleton’s. Pendleton Woolen Mill made them stop using the name. Now ironically, Pendleton promotes the fact that The Beach Boys wore their shirt on the Surfer Girl, and Surfin' Safari album covers." (Oscar has that exact shirt on the rack right now, and The Beach Boys will play in Eugene at the Cuthbert Amphitheater on August 24th and 25th.) Endless summer indeed!

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Team Goddess at Michael's Landing 2022
Photo Tina Kerrigan Photography/Michele Estabrook

The da Vinci Days Graand Kinetic Challenge (GKC), featuring wild and whimsically engineered human-powered, pedal-pushed, art sculptures racing each other over various obstacle courses for two days, is happening on July 20th and 21st. Spectators and participants enjoy the crazy-fun spectacles, colorfully costumed teams, and creative activities throughout the weekend and throughout town. This year, the race’s theme is “Full Steam Ahead, ” where entrants may decorate their kinetic vehicles to showcase their interpretation. Part of the joyous celebration of the event is that it engages people with science, technology, engineering, art, and math combined with pageantry! Why do teams from all over work so hard on engineering and creating artistic sculptures that go over land, sand, through mud and float on the water? “For the Fun of it! For the Glory!” is the common refrain. And Hobart Brown, founder of Kinetic Sculpture Racing, would enthusiastically affirm, “It's important for kids to see adults having fun so that they want to grow up."

Best spots for seeing the Graand Kinetic Challenge Teams (see schedule for times):

Crystal Lake Park, 100 SE Fischer Lane, Corvallis ($5 daily parking pass is a fundraiser. Bike racks are available.)

Includes Starting/Finish Line, Mud Bog, start of River Challenge (Willamette Boat Launch)

PRAx Photo Op Activity (Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts), 470 SW 15th and SW Washington Ave, OSU Campus.

Benton County Fairgrounds parking lot/Sand Dune, entry on SW Reservoir Road ($5 daily parking pass is a fundraiser. Bike racks are available)

Bald Hill Loop of the Bald Hill Natural Area, Corvallis

Avery Park & Natural Area, 1200 SW Avery Drive

Michael’s Landing, 603 NW 2nd. The sculptures exit at the landing about 15-45 minutes after entering at Willamette Boat Launch. They have an added challenge of getting through one channel under the construction of the Van Buren Bridge. PS! Old Spaghetti Factory is offering a LEO Fundraiser on 7/21, where purchases go towards a donation to the Graand Kinetic Challenge!

Riverfront Commemorative Park, along SW 1st between Jackson & Adam Streets.Racers will be taking a lunch break so you can admire the vehicles up close! Event Schedule & Locations Saturday, July 20th @ Graand Central, Crystal Lake Park, Fischer Lane 9:00 am – 11:00 am: Tech Check & Art/Engineering Judging 11:00 am – 12:15 pm:Pageantry Performance and Judging 12:15 pm – 1:10 pm: Lunch Break (Food trucks available or BYO picnic) 1:15 pm – Race Starts!

Bananagram Making a Splash Upon River Entry at Willamette Boat Landing



Best viewing spots along route: Wild Yeast, PRAx (Photo Op Stop!!), SW 30th, & Campus Way at 1:00 - Sand Dune Challenge (racers arrive ~1:30) After competing on the Sand Dune, racers proceed to the Finish Line back at Crystal Lake Park. Best viewing along this leg is Scenic Bald Hill Loop, Campus Way, Avery Park and Crystal Lake Park. Racers should be finished by 5 pm. Sunday, July 21st @ Graand Central, Crystal Lake Park, Fischer Lane 10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Mud Bog 12:30 pm: Water Entry @ Willamette Boat Ramp 1:00 pm: Water Exit @ Michael’s Landing, 603 NW 2nd 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Racer Lunch Break/Meet & Greet @ Riverfront Commemorative Park (near Jackson St) 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Final Leg of the Race! Starts at Riverfront Park to the FINISH LINE at Graand Central, Crystal Lake Park. Best viewing along the route is the starting point, Avery Park and the Finish Line. Daily Parking Pass: $5 donation For race rules, opportunities to volunteer, schedule updates, and other information, please go to www.davincidays.org

Writing, Composition, & Lyrics:

Catherine Kinsman – Spiral 2024 Composer, Lyricist and Book Writer

Brenda Lee Eager – Composer and Lyricist

Ben Dowling – Composer and Lyricist

Kenneth Petersen – Contributing Writer & Video Producer

Directed by

Catherine Kinsman and Robert Salberg

Joined by Vocal Director Jeff Witt and Musical Director Jon Stuber Production & Projection Design by Liz Rogers

Spiral the musical illuminates a new kind of hope and quantum spiritual worldview that is undeniably emerging on the planet through the current haze of environmental destruction and human suffering. Everything can change if enough people embrace a unified worldview, and we believe that the music and story of Spiral has a role to play. It’s a story full of heart and passion – a journey into the magnificence of the natural world, ancient wisdom, quantum science and human potential.

2018, "Lion Kings - Pride of Kinetics" Conquers the Sand Dune
Photo, Tina Kerrigan Photography
Local Team
Philomath's Maxtivity on "The Glory" Photo Tina Kerrigan Photography/Michele

Art in the Mid-Valley


Playdemonium, a fusion of play and pandemonium, underscores the profound energy and enduring impact of playful experimentation in art. The exhibition explores the multicultural experiences of New Zealand born artist, Robin Kerr and Chinese born artist, Coco Ma. Both artists utilize playful and multifaceted abstraction to explore complex themes of identity and personal relationships. The open-ended nature of their work provides viewers with an opportunity to engage with dynamic, sometimes contradictory expressions, transcending culture and eluding alienation. Exhibition is in the Main Gallery at The Arts Center (TAC) from July 12th to August 24th with a reception on Friday, July 12th from 5:30 to 7PM.

Playing in a different way, Nathan Danilowicz responds directly to the Corrine Woodman Gallery at TAC in his exhibition, The 4th Wall. With roughly 80 small pen drawings –each completed daily beginning in April – and four larger paintings (in the Corrine Woodman II), he considers the convention of the 4th wall in relation to the architecture and one’s experience of TAC.

Use of the metaphoric 4th wall in art is nothing new. Widely attributed to 18th century philosopher Denis Diderot, the term refers to the theatrical convention whereby actors engage directly with the audience, thereby breaking the 4th wall, an invisible barrier that separates the viewer from performer/artist and aids the viewer in losing themselves in the artistic experience.

Come and see how Danilowicz’s pieces converse with and strengthen one another as they refer to, but try not to break, that 4th wall. Show runs from July 2nd to 27th with a reception on Friday, July 12th from 5:30 to 7 PM.

Jennifer Lommers plays with time in her exhibition, Of the Mind. Considering blurred realities, Lommers explores the tenuous moments that connect our past, present, and future. Embracing fiber arts and vintage materials as a measured conduit for healing and reconciliation, this multi-disciplinary, interactive show provides a unique view of the mind, simultaneously trapped and free. Show runs from July 30th to August

28th in the Corrine Woodman Gallery with a reception on Thursday, August 15th from 4 to 7 PM.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Lommers will host two free community Stitch Circles at TAC. For a drop-in stitch circle, bring your favorite fiber arts-related project to stitch in community and share your maker stories! Need inspiration? Supplies will be provided for making hexagons to add to an interactive quilt. July 23rd from 4 to 7 PM, TAC Basement. For a Community Stitch and Share, join Lommers during the reception to see samples of her fiber art practices, work on your own project, and/or make a hexagon to add to her interactive quilt. August 15th from 4 to 7 PM, TAC Main Gallery. All levels are welcome!

To play with some practical arts, join Tarweed Folk School during their second weekend of workshops in and around Corvallis on July 20th –21st. To register for classes in cedar basket weaving, mud oven building, needle felting, and more visit their website at tarweedfolkschool. com. Tarweed’s mission is to tend to the land, ourselves, and each other through the sharing of practical arts and place-based skills in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Join Tarweed for community-based, hands-on learning open to all ages!

Be sure to play with the timeless allure of flowers at Crowned Splendor at the Guistina Gallery at The LaSells Center, Oregon State University. This exhibition is a celebration of floral majesty and the compelling intricacy of botanical beauty; it is an ocular love letter to these queens of nature. Will the images conjure a scent for

Coco Ma
Jennifer Lommers
Nathan Danilowicz

you? Show runs from July 1st to August 23rd with a reception on July 12th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

The Corvallis Art Guild's (CAG) annual Clothesline Sale of Art returns this year in Corvallis’ Central Park! Artists from Linn & Benton Counties, as well as local student artists, will show and sell work that includes photography, fiber arts, painting, multimedia, ceramics, glass, and woodwork. At the time of print, organizations joining CAG include the Willamette Ceramics Guild, the Mid-Willamette Woodworkers Guild, and members of the Fire and Light Glass Guild.

The Clothesline Sale began on the Benton County Courthouse lawn in 1961 and was named for its clothesline-like display that began with an actual clothesline and clothespins holding unmatted art pieces. It has evolved over the years, and the Guild is excited to include more types of art, food vendors, and family-oriented activities in this new location. Play in Central Park at the Clothesline Sale on Saturday, August 3rd from 10 AM to 5 PM. For more details, see corvallisartguild.net.

The Corvallis Arts Walk is a great way to play through a summer evening! This grass-roots art walk takes place on the 3rd Thursday of the month in downtown Corvallis from 4 to 8 PM. Galleries, studios, arts and crafts stores, and the occasional pop-up keep their doors open late to host art-related events and demonstrations. Walking maps are available at the Visit Corvallis office, 113 SW 3rd Street, Alley Suite 101, Corvallis.

61st Clothesline Sale of Art Local Art in Central Park

Saturday, August 3, 2024 10am - 5pm Central Park in Corvallis Free to attend

Artist Quote of the month:

“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live only as you can.” - Neil Gaiman

Tree painting by Kary Keppol
Robin Kerr

Art Market in Corvallis

Featuring an international artist lineup

The Artisan Market at Common Fields is held on the first Saturday of the warmer months (April – October) and features artists and artisans from as near as the Willamette Valley to as far as Zimbabwe.

The market is organized by Corvallis ceramic artist Ute Vergin with the goal of giving artists who are new to the art world or new to showing their work an opportunity to present their pieces to the public in a relaxed setting--at no cost to the artists. Common Fields provides the stage free of charge, and there is no commission. The only requirements are that the works are one-of-a-kind creations by the artists and pieces of 2D or 3D creative art.

Currently, the roster includes potters, jewelers, painters, woodworkers and fiber artists.

Reeta Hill, a painter, has been with the market since its inception last spring. She’s an Oregon Native who’s lived in the Mid-Willamette valley for almost 20 years. Her watercolor paintings reflect nature and botanical themes.

Hazel Reninger’s Afrocentric clothing, jewelry and accessories made from fabrics of her native Zimbabwe are brilliant, colorful counterpoints to the soft palette of Rachel (Vida) Brinker’s bespoke dried botanical wreaths and flower crowns and watercolor paintings of PNW wildlife and landscapes.

Potter Mary Nolan’s animal-footed “offering bowls” started her animal-themed pottery journey. The bowls are inspired by a pre-dynastic period Egyptian piece in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection.

Lettie Buys is the newest addition to the market. Lettie makes wearable art--polymer clay jewelry that shows her love for plants and the natural world.

So, if you’re looking to fill an afternoon in Corvallis with unique art and a meal or drink, all in one place, check out the Artisan Market at Common Fields between 12 and 7 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month.

For more information, contact Ute Vergin at grafikuv@gmail. com or find and follow the market on Facebook.

River Gallery

What's New?

River Gallery has two exhibits during the months of July + August.

Wild Women will be on exhibit during July and our Focus Artist is Becki Hesedahl in the month of August..

It’s almost time to celebrate “Celebrating Women” at River Gallery’s Wild Women Show. The exhibit begins July 5th and continues through July 30th, 2024. Our reception is on July 13th, 2024 from 2:00pm - 5:00pm. Join us in our celebration of wild women!

Focus Artists in August - Becki Hesedahl

Becki is a partner at River Gallery and has taught painting in the Willamette Valley area. Her art pieces often play with nature through flora, wildlife and birds. Stop by River Gallery to view her recent artwork.

a Spring Morning”


Gallery Michael Gibbons 140 NE Alder St. Toledo, OR 97391 541-336-2797 | MichaelGibbonsArt@charter.net

Viewing Spots: Saturday, 7/20

9 am-1:15 pm: Crystal Lake Park 1:15 pm on-PRAx (Photo Op Stop), Campus Way, Benton County Fairgrounds for Sand Dune Challenge, Avery Park & finish at Crystal Lake Park Sunday, 7/21

River Gallery

184 S. Main Street Independence, OR. 97351


rivergalleryart97351@gmail.com www.rivergalleryart.com

Thursdays - Sundays from 11:00am to 4:00pm

10 am - 12:30 pm: Crystal Lake Park- Mud Bog & Willamette River entry 1 pm exit: Michael’s Landing 1 pm on - Riverfront Park, Avery Park to Finish Line at Crystal Lake Park

Oil 24”x 30” by Michael Gibbons with custom gold carved frame, painted en plein air on the Toledo side of the Bay Road
Apple a Day by Becki Hesedahl


JULY 25-28.

Last year’s inaugural festival was a grand success, bringing together community partners and musicians from all over Oregon and beyond. This year’s festival offers even more great music and fun activities and features 25 bands and 17 workshops.

Festivities begin with a kickoff concert on Thursday evening July 25 featuring three Corvallis based bands. Common Fields in downtown Corvallis is hosting this free event and donating a percentage of food and beverage sales to the festival.

On Friday evening July 26, the festival headliner Rakish, a fiddle and guitar duo from Boston will perform at the newly opened state of the art PRAx concert hall on the Oregon State University campus. This is the only ticketed festival event and tickets are available on the PRAx website. The acoustics and architecture of this new concert hall are spectacular.

Events on Saturday July 27 and Sunday July 28 will take place in and around Central Park. Admission is free although festival buttons for a $10 or more donation will be available. Each day starts with a bagpipers parade. Main Stage in Central Park will host 8 bands on Saturday and 4 bands on Sunday. The Corvallis library will host smaller performances including storytellers and singers, as well as workshops on beginning guitar, beginning and advanced Irish drum, penny whistle, fiddle, and singing. Additional workshops on Saturday including dance steps, a band workshop, advanced guitar, advanced fiddle, Irish flute, and Cape Breton fiddle will be offered at the nearby First Presbyterian Church. On Saturday, the Corvallis Art Center will be a dedicated harp space that includes a hands on harp workshop (limit 12 and pre-registration required on the website), and performances from a variety of Celtic harpists.

And if that’s not enough, a table with children’s activities including Celtic arts and crafts, Irish drum decorating and playing, games, and a musical instrument “petting zoo” is planned. Open jam sessions will be held throughout the weekend and a variety of food and beverages will be available in Central Park. Celtic themed vendor booths will complete the picture in Central Park.

Truly something for everyone. Come and find your inner Celt at the Corvallis Celtic Festival. Full schedule as well as descriptions of all performances and workshops can be found on the website: corvalliscelticfestival.org. The website also has discount codes for local lodging so out of town guests can plan for a great weekend in Corvallis.

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In Your Own Backyard

Talking Water Gardens in Millersburg, Oregon

Words and photos by Elaine Rea

JUST A STONE’S THROW FROM INTERSTATE 5 NEAR ALBANY, TALKING WATER GARDENS IS A COOPERATIVE, WATER QUALITY PROGRAM THAT HAS RESULTED IN A BEAUTIFUL AND TRANQUIL PLACE FOR ALL TO ENJOY. The cities of Albany and Millersburg in conjunction with ATI Materials, a metals manufacturer, collaborated to create an engineered, water treatment wetlands that cleans and cools industrial and residential wastewater before it is reintroduced to the Willamette River. Warmer water is a threat to salmon and steelhead migration and Talking Water Gardens lowers the temperature by an average of 2 degrees C/3.5 degrees F, making it more compatible with the river’s ecosystem.

Talking Water employs a series of ponds filled with wetland plants like cattails, Wapato, and Duckweed. The project

opened in 2011 and hosts 65,000 visitors to the 60-acre site per year; many are school groups learning about environmental sustainability. There are over two miles of gravel and wood chip trails winding around the ponds, and trees have been planted in areas to provide shade and habitat. The gardens are teeming with wildlife: mink, river otters, herons, ducks, and turtles, to name a few. The Portland & Western Railroad tracks border the property to the east.

The road from Waverly Drive includes a one-lane bridge across Cox Creek and the gardens share parking and portable toilets with City of Albany’s Simpson Park. A map is posted at the trailhead and admission is free.

577 Waverly Drive NE albanyoregon.gov/pw/wastewater/twg

The Salem Hardy Plant Society is hosting its annual plant sale on:

• Saturday, September 7

• 9 am to 3 pm

• At Sebright Gardens

• 7185 Lakeside Drive

• Brooks, Oregon

• Free Parking

• Free Admission

The sale features plants from well-known nurseries in the Willamette Valley offering a diverse selection of plants ready for fall planting. Our vendors are happy to answer all your questions about plant needs for optimum growth. The sale also features local vendors of original garden art. The beautiful setting on the big lawn at Sebright is enjoyed by customers and vendors alike. For a list of vendors, visit Salemhardyplantsociety.org. The list will be posted on August 1.

The Salem Hardy Plant Society is a non-profit organization with the mission to promote the culture of hardy plants by providing public information and education. Our annual fall plant sale supports our activities through the year.

Clothesline Sale Returns to Central Park for 2024


Some of Linn & Benton County’s finest art and artisan creators, as well as student artists from the area, are set to show and sell a variety of two- and three-dimensional works including painting, photography, multimedia, ceramics, glass, fiber arts, and woodwork. Organizations joining CAG in this year's lineup include the Willamette Ceramics Guild, the Mid-Willamette Woodworkers Guild, and members of the Fire and Light Glass Guild, and more are

expected to join the fun after press time. The Clothesline Sale began on the Benton County Courthouse lawn in 1961 and included only members of the Corvallis Art Guild. It was named for a clothesline-like display system that began as an actual clothesline with clothespins holding unmatted art pieces, then evolved to become a steel rope and chicken wire. In reshaping the event last year, the Guild adapted the system to the new location, included more types of art, and added food vendors so guests could enjoy the beautiful park setting without going hungry. This year, the Guild hopes to add an appropriately art-friendly soundtrack, which is still in development.

The Clothesline Sale of Art is co-sponsored by the City of Corvallis Parks & Recreation, The Arts Center, and Advantage Property Management, and benefitted in 2023 from a City of Corvallis Community Empowerment Grant which helped the event bounce back from the pandemic and relocate to Central Park.

For more information, contact CAG Treasurer John Friedlander at ClotheslineSale@CorvallisArtGuild.net or 541-745-8907 corvallisartguild.net/clothesline-sale Facebook and Instagram (@corvallisartguild).

A young, black woman working in publishing makes a surprise connection with an author who has failed to deliver his highly anticipated manuscript, in the second novel of the series following If the Shoe Fits. (Fiction)

The Covenant of Water : A Novel by

Spanning the years 1900 to 1977, and set in Kerala, on South India's Malabar Coast, an epic of love, faith and medicine follows three generations of a family that suffers a peculiar affliction: in every generation, at least one person dies by drowning; and in Kerala, water is everywhere. This masterful literary novel chronicles joy, triumph, hardship, and loss, imbued with humor, deep emotion, and the essence of life. (Fiction)


Ember in the Ashes by

Going undercover as a slave in her brutal empire's military academy when her brother is arrested for treason, scholar Laia bonds with a talented but reluctant soldier who is being forced to participate in a ferocious contest to determine the next Martial emperor. (Young Adult Fiction)

Expiration Dates: A Novel


Every time she meets a new man, Daphne Bell finds a slip of paper with his name and the exact amount of time they will be together. After a string of men and countless dates, one night on the way to a blind date with Jake, she finds a blank slip of paper. Jake turns out to be everything Daphne hoped for, but as they get to know each other she worries about the secrets she’s been hiding. The story is about being single and searching, but also about destiny and what people mean to us. (Fiction)

Fox and I : An Uncommon Friendship by Catherine

When Raven finished her PhD in biology, she built a tiny cottage on an isolated plot of land in Montana. Emotionally isolated as much as physically, she viewed the house as a way station, a temporary rest stop. When she realized that a mangy-looking fox was showing up on her property every afternoon at 4:15 p.m, Raven brought out her camping chair, sat as close to him as she dared, and began reading to him from The Little Prince. From the fox she learned the single most important thing about loneliness: we are never alone when we are connected to the natural world. (Nonfiction)

Funny Things : A Comic Strip B iography of Charles M. Schultz by

Discover the man behind Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts gang in this imaginative and tender-hearted tribute told in comic-strip format! Debus and Matteuzzi tell the story of Schulz’s life in the medium that made him immortal. Every strip provides a laugh and a piece of insight into his remarkable life story. (Graphic novel)

The Hexologists by Josiah Bancroft

Iz and Warren Wilby, hexologists, are quite accustomed to helping desperate clients against chimney-wraiths, barb-nosed incubi, and troubled ghosts. But when they are approached by the royal secretary and told the king pleads to be baked into a cake - going so far as to wedge himself inside a lit oven - they find themselves embroiled in a mystery that could turn the nation on its head. Their effort to expose a royal secret buried under forty years of lies brings them nose to nose with a violent anti royalist gang, avaricious ghouls, alchemists, and a bookish dragon who only occasionally eats people. (Fiction)

How Far the Light Reaches : A Life in Ten Sea Creatures by

A writer and science and conservation journalist provides an essay on each of 10 sea creatures, including the octopus and the Chinese sturgeon, revealing radical models of family, community and care and exploring themes of adaptation, survival, sexuality and care. (Nonfiction)

I am Dog!

"A day in the life of a dog--told from the dog's point of view! A funny rhyming picture book from Peter Bently and Chris Chatterton. Have you ever wondered just what goes on in a dog's head? Now you can find out in this funny rhyming story!" (Picture Book)

How to Spot a Dinosaur by Suzy

This up-ROAR-ious story follows two curious kids and their cute canine companion as they search for prehistoric creatures hiding in the park. (Picture Book)

I'm a Unicorn by Helen

Researching their claim that they are a unicorn, a one-horned calf has an identity crisis when they realize they don't quite check all the boxes until a pack of “real” unicorns shows them how to embrace who they are—unicorn or otherwise. (Picture Book)


Western Oregon is sprinkled with small towns, each with charm, personality, and unique attractions. Aurora, in Marion County, has all of those things.

Just two and a half miles east of Interstate 5 between Woodburn and Wilsonville, it is home to over a dozen antique shops, making it a must-stop for pickers from all over. The close proximity of the shops makes browsing easy and free parking is plentiful.

The Pudding River winds to the east of Aurora, through the heart of Oregon’s hazelnut-growing region. South on US Highway 99-E is the Pacific Hazelnut Factory, open since 1985 and operating a giftshop where there are always samples on the counter. They process and sell hazelnuts in every way imaginable; chocolate-covered, roasted, seasoned and packaged in assortments, tins, and gift packs. Their newest line of products are their hazelnut spreads (espresso, latte, and mocha) — Oregon’s own Nutella.

Aurora was established in 1865 as a cooperative, religious commune. The Old Aurora Colony Museum is operated

by the Aurora Colony Historical Society. They sponsor a self-guided tour, “Take a Walk with Emma,” describing points of interest around town (auroracolony.org/walkwithemma) including many late-19th and early-20th century residences.

Oregon’s first National Historic District, Aurora has over 20 sites on the National Historic Register. Near the town’s center, White Rabbit Bakery serves espresso, tea, and coffee to accompany their homemade pastries, donuts, and cupcakes. They also sell sandwiches and quiche for breakfast and lunch. Another standout serving American comfort food on the site of a beautiful, 150 year-old farmhouse, Filberts Farmhouse Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner. Upscale and at the same time cozy, the restaurant has porch seating that overlooks original orchards and manicured grounds. Indoors, the dining room with a full-service bar, is welcoming and lively.

The town celebrates each summer with Aurora Colony Days (auroracolonydays.com) that includes a parade, car show, 5K fun run, and live music.

Words and photos by Elaine Rea
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Integrity Floors

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Bashful Bob’s

Smith Glass

Heating and Air

1. Hendrix Heating & Air Conditioning

2. Middleton Heating & Sheet Metal 3. Rice Heating & Air Conditioning

Real Estate Company

1. Windermere Willamette Valley

2. Town & Country

3. ReMax

Real Estate Agent

1. Vanessa Sarabia, Windermere Willamette Valley

2. Diana Liktor, Windermere Willamette Valley

3. Karen Rosenberg, Town & Country Realty

Insurance Agency

1. Adrienne Irwin – Country Financial 2. Rhodes Warden Insurance Agency 3. Monica Baez – State Farm

Window Coverings/Blinds

1. Budget Blinds, Albany

2. Benson’s Interiors

3. Corvallis Floor Covering


1. Axis Electric

2. Barlow Electric

3. M&W Electric


1. Mid-Valley Tile

2. Mountain Top Tile & Stone

3. Senyk Custom Tile


1. North Ridge Automotive

2. Dave’s Performance Hybrids

3. D&B Bear Service


1. Positive Change Bookkeeping

2. Corvallis Bookkeeping

3. The Books!


1. Todd Yee/Stover Neyhart Yee & Co.

2. Heather Search, LTC

3. Jamie Hughes, CPA

Law Firm

1. Smith, Davison & Braisier, P.C.

2. Reynold’s Law Firm, P.C.

3. Stan Butterfield, P.C.

Financial Planner

1. Kim Hall, Clarity Wealth Development

2. Mica Habarad, Edward Jones

3. Financial Freedom Wealth Management Group, LLC

Portrait Photographer

1. Holly Peterson, Ball Studio

2. Izabela Mattson Photography

3. MJ’s Photography

Credit Union

1. Oregon State Credit Union

2. Benton County Schools Credit Union

3. Central Willamette Credit Union

Dog Groomer

1. PNW Grooming

2. Celia’s Mobile Grooming

3. It’s a Ruff Life, LLC


1. Reid Veterinary Hospital, LLC

2. Alpine Animal Hospital

3. All Creatures Great and Small

Retirement Community

1. Mennonnite Village

2. Stoneybrook Assisted Living

3. Prestige Senior Living-West Hills

Dog Trainer

1. Wonder Dogs

2. Zoomies

3. Red Dirt Dog Training

Pet Boarding

1. Klassic Tails Inn

2. Muddy Dog Ranch & Critters

3. Joyful Noise Dog Boarding

Go-To Pet Places

1. Deluxe Brewing

2. Minto-Brown Park

3. Bryant Park

Funeral Services

1. Fisher Funeral Home

2. AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home

3. DeMoss-Durdan Funeral Home

Tree Service

1. Santiam Tree Service

2. Seaders Tree Care

3. Peak Tree Care


1. Time 2 Shine Cleaning Services

2. The Maids – Albany

3. How Neat Cleaning

Carpet Cleaning

1. Premier Systems Carpet & Upholstery

2. Blue Star Carpet Cleaning

3. Rainbow Carpet Cleaning


1. Sugar J’s Ice Cream Workshop

2. Michelle Ashley Custom Cakes

3. Beloved Cheesecakes


1. Grazing Oregon Charcuterie

2. Sweet Red Bistro

3. Taco Vino


1. Bodhi Bakery

2. Le Patissier

3. New Morning Bakery

Outdoor Dining

1. Sky High Brewing & Pub

2. The Barn

3. Tacovore, Corvallis

Gluten-Free Dining

1. Eats & Treats

2. Tacovore

3. Homegrown Oregon Foods

Food Truck

1. The Barn

2. Big Sisters Thai Kitchen, The Barn

3. Common Fields


1. Oregon Barbecue

2. Eats & Treats

3. Miller’s BBQ

Farmers Market

1. Corvallis Farmers Market

2. Salem Saturday Market

3. Scio Farmers Market

Middle Eastern Food

1. Khalo Naser Syrian Cuisine

2. Habebah Mediterranean Cuisine

3. Alley Gyros


1. Bo & Vine

2. Squirrel’s

3. Block 15

Asian Food

1. Tarn Tip Thai Cuisine

2. Big Sisters Thai Kitchen

3. Queen’s Chopstick


1. Momiji Sushi Restaurant

2. Sada Sushi & Izakaya

3. Kaiyo Sushi


1. Grazing Oregon Charcuterie

2. Tillamook Cheese Factory

3. Market of Choice


1. Local Ocean, Newport

2. The Depot, Albany

3. Fisherman’s Market, Eugene

Mexican Food

1. La Rockita

2. Delicias Valley Café

3. Taco Vino

Indian Food

1. Evergreen

2. Nirvana

3. Royal India

Family Dining

1. Block 15

2. Common Fields

3. Ritter’s Housemade Foods

Romantic Dining

1. del Alma

2. Castor

3. Sybaris

Lunch Spot

1. Grazing Oregon Charcuterie

2. Baguette

3. The Barn

Best Tea House

1. Bloom, Lebanon

2. Independence Ice Cream Shop

3. Clockwork Rose Tea, Beaverton

Best Ice Cream Shop

1. Sugar J’s, Corvallis

2. BJ’s Ice Cream Parlor, Albany

3. Salt & Straw, Eugene

Frozen Yogurt

1. Yogurt Extreme, Corvallis

Italian Food (not pizza)

1. Gambaretti’s Italian Restaurant, Albany

2. Pastini, Corvallis

3. Rosmarino Osteria Italiana, Newberg


1. American Dream

2. Cirello’s Pizza

3. Woodstock’s Pizza

Best Chef

1. Janicé Myers, Grazing Oregon Charcuterie

2. Matt Bennet, Sybarus

3. Danielle Lewis, Castor

Best Caterer

1. Grazing Oregon Charcuterie

2. Forks & Corks

3. Honeybrine


Drinks, Etc.

Best Wine Tasting Room

1. Saffron Fields Vineyard

2. Lumos Wine Co.

3. Delfino Fine Wines

Best Winery Event

1. Saffron Fields July 3rd

2. Sounds of Summer at Airlie Winery

3. Father’s Day at Willamette Valley Vineyards

Best Spirits

1. 4 Spirits Distillery

2. Vivacity Spirits

3. Sinister Distilling


Two Towns Cider

Salt Creek Cider

Kristof Farms Cider


Del Alma


Grazing Oregon Charcuterie

Best Coffee House 1. Coffee Culture 2. Margin Coffee Roasters 3. Tried & True Coffee Co.

Shopping & Gifts


1. Inkwell Home Store 2. Scio Hardware 3. The Natty Dresser

Vintage/Antique Store

1. Albany Antique Mall

2. Stay Awhile Vintage Mercantile

3. OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop

Outdoor/Sporting Goods

1. Peak Sports

2. Dick’s Sporting Goods 3. Sportsman’s Warehouse

Bike Shop 1. Corvallis Cyclery 2. Peak Sports

Bike ‘n Hike

Independent Bookstore 1. Grass Roots Books

The Book Bin 3. Browser’s Bookstore

Women’s Clothing

1. Sibling Revelry

2. Red’s Boutique

3. The Clothes Tree

Men’s Clothing

1. The Natty Dresser

2. Lint

1. Stayton Pharmacy 2. Rice’s Pharmacy, Corvallis

3. The Pill Box, Lebanon


1. Restyle – Albany

2. Second Glance

3. 1st Hand Seconds Unique Boutique Boutique

1. Reds Boutique

2. 1st Hand Seconds Unique Boutique

3. Sibling Revelry

Designer Eyewear/ Eye Glasses

1. Valley Eye Care

2. Albany Eye Care

3. All Family Vision Care Pet Supplies

1. Animal Crackers

2. Sniffany’s Boutique

3. South Salem Pet Supply

3. Peak Sports

Home Décor

1. Inkwell Home Store

2. Restyle – Corvallis

3. Scio Hardware & Mercantile

Kitchen Store

1. Inkwell Home Store

2. Kelly’s 3. Scio Hardware & Mercantile

Game Shop

1. Guardian Games

2. Conundrum House

3. Matt’s Cavalcade of Comics, Cards & Collectibles

Art Gallery

1. Gallery Calapooia

2. River Gallery

3. Pegasus Gallery


1. Olufson’s Designs

2. Jordan Jewlers

3. Richard Gretz

Shoe Store

1. Footwise – Corvallis

2. The Natty Dresser

3. Five Star Sports

Local Hardware Store

1. Scio Hardware

2. Spaeth Lumber Co.

3. Hurd’s Hardware


Independent Cinema

1. The Darkside Theater

2. Pix Theater

3. Star Cinema


1. Spirit Mountain

2. Chinook Winds


1. Detroit Lake

2. Fort Stevens

3. Riverbend County Park

Coastal Getaway

1. Newport/Nye Beach

2. Yachats

3. Lincoln City

Weekend Getaway

1. Inn at the 5th, Eugene

2. Newport 3. Sisters


1. Corvallis Fall Festival

2. Newport Seafood & Wine Festival

Sports Event

1. OSU, Women’s Basketball

2. Knights Baseball

3. Beaver Football

Music Venue

1. Hult Center, Eugene

2. The Cuthbert Amphitheater

3. WOW Hall, Eugene

Live Theater

1. The Majestic Theater

2. Albany Civic Theater

3. The Pentacle Theatre

3. Scandinavian Festival, Junction City Fair

1. Linn County Fair

2. The Country Fair

3. Scio Lamb & Wool Fair


1. Trysting Tree

2. Corvallis Club

3. Salem Golf Club

Kids Fun Spot

1. Albany Carousel

2. Wacky Bounce

3. Papa’s Pizza, Corvallis

Farm Event/U-Pick

1. Anderson Blues (Blueberries)

2. Greens Bridge Gardens

3. Peoria Gardens

Farm/Animal Experience

1. No Regrets Farm-Goat Yoga

2. Chintimini Wildlife Center

3. Willamette Coast Ride

Sports Team

1. Beaver Baseball

2. OSU Women’s Basketball

3. The Corvallis Knights


Bridal Boutique/Wedding Dresses

1. Merrime Bridal

2. Blush Bridal, Eugene

3. Chic-ee Chic-ee

Bridal Boutique, Albany


1. Stargazer Florist

2. Expressions in Bloom

3. Penquin Flowers

Custom Alterations/Tailoring

1. The Natty Dresser

2. Specialty Sewing By Leslie

3. Carol’s Sewing and Alterations

Tuxedo Rental/Formal Wear

1. The Natty Dresser

Wedding Cakes

1. Michelle Ashley Custom Cakes

2. Lovin’ Oven

3. Market of Choice – Corvallis

Hair & Makeup

1. Epic Day Spa

2. North Mane Salon

3. Fourteenth Ave. Day Spa

Wedding Photographer

1. Ronnie & Rene

2. Kristi Crawford

3. Ball Studio


1. Jeremy Ito, Story Design

2. Corvallis Video

3. John Harris, Horsepower Productions

Wedding Planner

1. Kalli Carley of KC Events

2. Darlin’ B Events

3. Wink and a Smile

Wedding Venue

1. Yellow Gold Farm

2. Vanderbeck Valley Farm

3. The Gathering Barn

Bachelorette Party Hot Spot

1. Grazing Oregon Charcuterie

2. Santiam Place

Wedding and Event Hall

3. Conundrum House

Health & Beauty


1. Dr. Rampton, Corvallis Family Medicine

2. Dr Eric Sharp, Samaritan

3. Brianne E. Smith, Corvallis Family Medicine


1. The Corvallis Dental Group

2. Northpoint Dental

3. Gentle Dental, Albany


1. Dr. Shepro, Heresco Chiropractic & Assoc.

2. Dr. Rolland House, Northwest Health & Healing Center

3. Dr. Cody Leder, Stayton Chiropractic


1. Valley Eye Care

2. Carli Lynean Lancaster, OD

3. Julie Weber, OD - Corvallis Clinic


1. Bre’s Massage Therapy

2. Dr. Jessica Hebert, ND Spacious Being

3. Lila McFarlane, North Mane Salon in Scio


1. Ondria Holub, Balance Point Acupuncture

2. Katy Willis, Corvallis Acupuncture

3. Brodie Welch, Life in Balance Acupuncture

Skin Care/Aesthetics

1. Precision Medical Aesthetics

2. Milan Aesthetics

3. Epic Day Spa


1. Precision Medical Aesthetics

2. Bella Rose

3. Pure Beauty by Michelle

Day Spa

1. Epic Day Spa

2. Fourteenth Avenue Day Spa

3. Honeycomb

Permanent Makeup

1. Cheryl Lohman, Oregon Permanent Makeup

2. Diehard Piercing and Tattoo


1. Dr. Wade Haslam, Valley View Orthodontics

2. Brett Brown, Paventy & Brown Orthodontics

3. Acorn Dentistry for Kids, Salem

Scio Hardware & Mercantile

Physicians Assistant

1. Angie Bean, Corvallis Family Medicine

2. Katie Metzger, Santiam Hospitals & Clinics

3. Ann Gould, Vida Integrative Medicine and Behavioral Health

Tattoo Artist

1. Bronson Kern, Blank Canvas Tattoo Studio

2. David Garcia, Dav’INK G

3. Flicka Accardo, Salem


1. Danika Ofelt, MS, RDN, LD Creating Nutrition

2. Lauren Burns, RD – Samaritan

3. Stasi Kasianchuck, MS, CSSD, CSCS, EP-C – Gennev

Physical Therapy

1. Healing Motion Physical Therapy

2. PT Northwest

3. Encore Physical Therapy

Pilates Studio

1. Common Sense Pilates


1. Timberhill Tennis Club

Alternative Medicine Provider

1. Core Vitality – Alicia Rogers

2. Heart Wellness Coaching

3. Spacious Being

Tattoo Studio

1. Studio Lumos Tattoo

2. Rising Tides

3. DieHard Piercing and Tattoo

Hair Salon

1. North Mane Salon

2. Tani & Co.

3. Raw Hair Society

Nail Salon

1. North Mane Salon

2. Pear Tree Salon

3. Modern Nails

Men’s Haircut

1. North Mane Salon

2. Person’al Barber Shop

3. Mindy’s Hair Affair

Tanning Salon

1. North Mane Salon

2. Pacific Bronze & Bliss

Personal Training

1. The SHOP

2. Lynn Kirschner, Common Sense Pilates

3. Burn Bootcamp

Health Club/Fitness Center

1. The SHOP

2. Fitness Over 50

3. Timberhill Athletic Club

Yoga Studio

1. Willamette Valley Power Yoga

2. Love Yoga

3. Marigold (at OSU)

Martial Arts Studio

1. West Salem Shao-Lin Kempo

2. Corvallis Martial Arts

3. Albany ATA Martial Arts

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Essential Summer Health Considerations

AS THE SUN SHINES BRIGHTER AND THE DAYS GROW LONGER, SUMMER BRINGS A WAVE OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AND RELAXATION. However, the season also presents unique health challenges that require attention. Recent summers have been particularly extreme, with record-breaking temperatures making it even more crucial to stay vigilant. Here are some key health considerations to keep in mind to ensure a safe and enjoyable summer.

Stay Hydrated

With higher temperatures comes increased sweating, leading to a greater risk of dehydration. It's crucial to drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially when engaging in outdoor activities. Carry a water bottle, eat water-rich foods like fruits and vegetables, and avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol, which can contribute to dehydration. Electrolyte drinks can also be beneficial, especially during prolonged physical activity or exposure to heat.

Be Aware of Heat-Related


Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions that can result from prolonged exposure to high temperatures. Symptoms include heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, nausea, and headache. If you suspect someone is suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke, move them to a cooler place, provide hydration, and seek medical attention if necessary. Wearing loose, light-colored clothing and using fans or cooling towels can help prevent overheating.

In light of the recent extreme heat waves, it's especially important to recognize and respond to these symptoms quickly.

Stay Active Safely

Summer is an excellent time for outdoor exercise, but it's important to adjust your routine to avoid overheating. Exercise during cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or late evening. Wear lightweight, breathable clothing, and take breaks in shaded or air-conditioned areas. Incorporating water-based activities, like swimming, can also help you stay active while keeping cool. Be mindful of the increased risks during extreme heat and plan activities accordingly.

Practice Food Safety

Picnics and barbecues are summer staples, but warm weather can cause food to spoil more quickly. Keep perishable foods refrigerated until ready to cook or serve. Use a food thermometer to ensure meats are cooked to safe temperatures and avoid leaving food out for extended periods. Be mindful of cross-contamination by using separate utensils and plates for raw and cooked foods.

Protect Against Insects

Mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects are more prevalent in the summer, posing risks for diseases like Lyme disease and West Nile virus. Use insect repellent containing DEET, wear long sleeves and pants in wooded or grassy areas, and check for ticks after spending time outdoors. Keep screens on windows and doors in good repair to prevent insects from entering your home.

Consider using mosquito nets when camping or in areas with high insect activity.

Maintain Mental Health

Summer can sometimes lead to disrupted routines and increased social activities, which may impact mental health. Prioritize self-care, maintain a healthy sleep schedule, and balance social commitments with downtime. Spending time in nature can boost mood and reduce stress, so take advantage of outdoor spaces. Mindfulness practices, such as meditation or yoga, can also help maintain mental well-being.

Travel Smart

Summer is a popular time for travel, which comes with its own set of health considerations. Stay informed about any travel advisories or health recommendations for your destination. Pack a travel health kit that includes essentials like medications, first aid supplies, and sunscreen. Stay hydrated and move around periodically during long trips to prevent blood clots and maintain circulation.

By staying mindful of these health considerations, you can enjoy all the joys of summer while minimizing risks. Keep hydrated, stay active safely, practice good food and insect safety, and maintain your mental health. Embrace the season with a focus on well-being, and you'll be set for a safe and enjoyable summer. Whether you're traveling, relaxing, or staying active, these tips will help you make the most of the sunny days ahead, especially during these times of extreme heat.



In the ever-evolving world of wellness, vitamin injections have emerged as a popular trend for those seeking an extra boost in their health regimen. While traditional oral supplements have long been the go-to method for nutrient intake, vitamin injections are gaining traction for their purported efficiency and effectiveness. But what exactly are the benefits of these injections, and why are they becoming a staple in the health-conscious community?

Enhanced Absorption and Bioavailability

One of the primary advantages of vitamin injections is their superior absorption. When vitamins are taken orally, they must pass through the digestive system, where a significant portion can be lost due to breakdown and poor absorption. In contrast, injections deliver vitamins directly into the bloodstream, ensuring almost 100% bioavailability. This direct delivery method means the body can immediately utilize the nutrients, offering faster and more noticeable results.

Tailored Nutrient Solutions

Vitamin injections can be customized to meet individual health needs. Whether you're looking to boost your energy levels, improve your immune function, or enhance your skin's radiance, there is likely an injection that fits the bill. Commonly administered vitamins include B12, for energy and neurological function; vitamin C, for immune support; and biotin, for hair, skin, and nail health. This tailored approach allows for a more precise and effective nutrient delivery compared to the one-size-fits-all nature of many oral supplements.

Quick and Convenient

In our fast-paced world, convenience is key. Vitamin injections are typically quick procedures that can be done in a matter of minutes, often during a lunch break. This makes them an attractive option for busy individuals who may not have the time to consistently manage a daily supplement routine. Moreover, the effects of an injection can often be felt within hours to days, offering a rapid solution for those in need of an immediate boost.

Support for Chronic Conditions

Vitamin injections can also play a role in managing chronic health conditions. Individuals with malabsorption issues, such as those with Crohn’s disease or celiac disease, often struggle to get adequate nutrients from food and oral supplements alone. In these cases, injections can ensure that essential vitamins are adequately absorbed, helping to mitigate the health complications associated with chronic deficiencies.


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Keeping Your Dog Cool in the Summer

When dogs get too hot, they can suffer from heat stress, heat exhaustion, or even heatstroke, which can be life-threatening. Symptoms include excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, confusion, vomiting, and in severe cases, collapse or seizures. To prevent these dangerous conditions, it's essential to keep your dog cool during the summer. Here are seven tips to help:

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Provide Plenty of Water: Ensure your dog has access to fresh, cool water at all times. Adding ice cubes can help keep the water cooler for longer.

Create Shady Areas: Make sure your dog has access to shaded areas when outside. Use a canopy, umbrella, or shade cloth if natural shade is not available.

Avoid Midday Heat: Walk your dog early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler. Avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day.

Use Cooling Products: Consider using cooling mats, vests, or bandanas designed for pets. These products can help regulate your dog's body temperature.

Never Leave Your Dog in a Hot Car: Even with the windows cracked, the temperature inside a car can quickly become dangerously high. Always take your dog with you when you leave the car.

Offer Frozen Treats: Give your dog ice cubes or frozen dog treats to help them cool down from the inside. You can make your own frozen treats by blending dog-safe fruits like blueberries or watermelon and freezing the mixture in ice cube trays.

Keep Indoors Cool: Ensure your home is well-ventilated and use fans or air conditioning to keep indoor temperatures comfortable for your dog. Create a cool spot for them to relax, such as a tile or linoleum floor, which stays cooler than carpet.

These tips can help ensure your dog stays comfortable and safe during hot summer days.

Reducing Adrenaline and Increasing Focus

The process of helping a dog regulate their emotions so they can be more responsive to their cues is different than just teaching obedience skills. Ever notice that your dog can wait at a door, but when you give them the ok, they come flying out just as excited as they started? Working through over-excitement, fear, anxiety, or frustration the proper way teaches your dog to default to your judgement when their adrenaline spikes. By always following the same sequence of simple behaviors, we teach dogs that humans are the gateway to all good things, and that it pays off to wait patiently or look to the humans when emotions run high.

The rules of the game

Predictable humans create predictable dogs, so for this to be effective, you must always:

• Repeat each step in the exercise 3-5 times before moving to the next step.

• Ask your dog to do this at all thresholds

Be prepared to restart any step of the exercise if your dog is not responding well or listening.

Adrenaline Soothing Game & How to Train It: Help your dog respond to cues when you’re going someplace exciting or anxiety causing.

• Step 1: open the door and sprinkle 5 free treats on the ground. If your dog does not eat them, close the door for 10 seconds, then try again.

Step 2: open the door and ask for eye contact. Reward generously. Close the door.

Step 3: open the door, ask for eye contact, then release your dog across the threshold. Sprinkle 5 treats on the ground.

Step 4: Repeat step 3, then ask your dog to respond to simple skills or move deeper into the environment.

Start these games in a low-distracting area like your front yard or an empty parking lot. Then work your way up to more challenging places. Use super special treats for high-stakes situations.

If your dog is so overwhelmed that they can’t respond, retrace your steps to where he was last successful or try again later. This helps fearful dogs feel safe, and overexcited dogs learn to focus.

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Portland’s neighbor to the north, Vancouver, Washington is a terrific city with wonderful views of the Columbia river to the south and Mount Hood to the east. Near downtown is the lively new Waterfront District with parks, walking trails, upscale lodging, bars, and restaurants. ‘The Couve’ offers one- of-a-kind shops and restaurants with plentiful street parking and is a favorite with outdoor enthusiasts.

Things to See and Do

Mount St Helens Visitor Center

3029 Spirit Lake Hwy, Castle Rock

Just 65 miles north of downtown

Vancouver is Mount St Helens where, on May 18, 1980, the first and largest of a series of volcanic eruptions forever changed the landscape of the region. From Interstate 5, take Exit 49 and head five miles east to the visitor center, run by Washington State Parks. Admission is $5. The center runs a twice-hourly film about the mountain and has a wetland trail along Silver Lake. The well-maintained Spirit Lake Highway continues for 43 miles east to the Science Learning Center at the edge of the blast zone, seven miles from the eruption site. The Johnston Ridge Observatory at 4,200 feet in elevation is closed due to a road washout in 2023, but there are still plenty of trails to walk, displays to view, and photos to take from the Science Learning Center.


Vancouver National Historic Reserve

Located near downtown is an area steeped in regional history: a Native American cultivation site, a Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading center, the northwest’s first military installation, a collection of 19th C homes, one of the oldest operating airfields in the United States, and an aviation museum. The City of Vancouver has a Visitor Center and bookstore on site.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

1001 E 5th Street

The National Park Service (NPS) runs the fort and admission is $10 or free with an America the Beautiful Pass. Originally opened in 1825 as a fur trading site, the US Army arrived there in 1846 to support local settlers and maintain order in the region. The museum displays artifacts left on the site through time. nps.gov/fova/index.htm

Pearson Air Museum


E 5th Street

Also run by the NPS, the air museum houses a collection of vintage aircraft and exhibits, and includes a children’s area with special activities for kids. The Chkalov Polar Flight Monument is nearby and commemorates the world's first transpolar flight in 1937 from Moscow, Russia, to Vancouver, Washington. nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/pearsonairmuseum.htm

Vancouver Farmers Market

8th & Ester Street adjoining Ester Short Park

A popular local destination for 35 years, the Vancouver Farmers Market is open year-round on Saturdays, and Sundays from April to October. On the west side of Ester Short Park, the market has over 170 vendors selling fresh produce and flowers, baked goods, nursery stock, handmade products, and street food. Live music is provided by buskers and booked performers alike. vancouverfarmersmarket.com


Vancouver Lake Regional Park

6801 NW Lower River Road

Clark County manages this 190-acre, lakeside park northwest of downtown Vancouver. The lake is calm and shallow, perfect for kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding. The park’s picnicking area is shaded with trees, so it is a busy place on sunny days. There are sand volleyball courts along the shore. The park often plays host to events sponsored by the Vancouver Lake Rowing Club, and the Lewis River-Vancouver Lake Water Trail is a 32-mile route between Vancouver Lake and Woodland, WA, making the park a Mecca for paddlers. Parking fees are $3 per car. clark.wa.gov/public-works/vancouver-lake-regional-park

Place to stay

Hotel Indigo 550 Waterfront Way

Hotel Indigo is a luxury, boutique hotel with 138 rooms, featuring a

bright lobby and waterfront views. It adjoins Vancouver’s Waterfront Park, an eatery-dense neighborhood that is active day and night.

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Places to Eat

Syrup Trap

1104 Main Street, Suite 111

The Syrup Trap is a waffle lover’s dream with the Liege waffle starring on the menu. Select from sweet and savory options, or pick all of your favorites and build your own waffle. The local owners opened the downtown shop in 2018 and the menu includes espresso drinks, teas, and adult breakfast beverages to compliment the waffles. We chose the “Couve Club” (havarti, honey-maple turkey, bacon, and raspberry preserves) with our latte…what is not to love about that?! syruptrap.square.site/

The Yard Milkshake Bar

656 Waterfront Way

The founders of The Yard appeared on Shark Tank in 2019 and received funding from Mark Cuban to franchise beyond their four, original stores. Vancouver is the first location in this area. They serve specialty shakes and sundaes in their sig-

nature, take-home Mason jar. The menu has monthly specials as well as the standards, but be sure to avert your eyes from the calorie counts. We found a kind customer who let us photograph their milkshake rather than tackling one of our own! theyardmilkshakebar.com/vancouver-menu

13 Coins Restaurant

511 W Columbia Way

Seattle based 13 Coins serves their “All Day” menu from the ground floor of Hotel Indigo. They are proud to be “guest focused” and the dark paneling and high-backed booths elevate the dining experience. The restaurant sources from regional suppliers, like Royal Ranch Columbia Basin beef that is raised on locally grown feed and is antibiotic and hormone-free. There is a full-service bar, and 13 Coins also runs a coffee stand around the corner. We had to try the Steak Salad and it was awesome! 13coins.com

Besselo Pizzeria

1000 Main Street

Besselo sits on a bright corner in downtown Vancouver and has the best lunch deals around. Our friendly waitperson suggested the Breadsticks & Salad lunch for $12 and it was terrific. This family- friendly restaurant has a partnership with Kiggins Theater across the street; buy pizza to-go and take it to the theater for dinner and a movie. Their drinks menu includes spirits, beer, wine, and soft drinks. They also serve dessert…take the cannoli! bessolopizzeria.com

Who Song & Larry’s Cantina

111 SE Columbia Way

Anchoring the NE corner of the I-5 Bridge and Columbia River intersection for decades, Who Song & Larry’s is a popular as ever. This Mexican restaurant is a favorite with families and offers patio seating with river views. Their Margarita menu is a volume unto itself and the weekend brunch attracts a crowd. We loved the Tacos Vampiros...delicioso! whosongandlarrys.com


Places to Shop


111 Grant Street

Pop-Local has been in their Waterfront location since 2021 and the shop’s offerings are beautifully presented. They feature 140 local maker brands selling specialty food, apparel, jewelry, beauty products, plants, and gifts. They have a large selection of beer and wine, and are the only shop around carrying unique, Vancouver souvenirs. poplocalvancouver.com

Love Potion Magikal Marketplace

1104 Main Street, Suite 100

Love Potion has “distinctive and unparalleled” handcrafted, original fragrances and pheromones from an expert perfumer. The shop caters to New Age and spiritual seekers with a newly expanded book room and divination section. The marketplace is a collection of small shops selling costumes, crystals, candles, and more. Don’t miss having your fortune told for $1.00 by Irish-accented Brigid, the one-of-a-kind, coin-operated seer. lovepotionstore.indiemade.com

Eryngium Papeterie

1006 Main Street

Eryngium is a modern take on a classic stationary shop carrying high-quality paper products, inks, stamps, greeting cards and writing implements displayed on cool, vintage writing desks and bookcases. Opened in the fall of 2023, its friendly vibes have quickly made it a neighborhood go-to. They also carry jewelry designed and made by the local owner.


Center Stage Clothiers

1400 Main Street

Arranged by era, Center Stage Clothiers has costumes from Caveman to the 1990’s and everything in between. Their primary business is designing and supplying costumes for school and community theater productions, but the shop is open to the public and is popular with attendees of murder mystery parties and Renaissance festivals, and fans of other genre get-togethers. Find your inner princess, pirate, movie character, or cowboy on their racks! They also rent formal wear.



Refreshing Watermelon Cooler


4 cups of seedless watermelon, cubed

1 cup of cold water

1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)

1 tablespoon of honey or agave syrup (optional, depending on sweetness of watermelon)

A few fresh mint leaves

Ice cubes

Lime slices and mint sprigs for garnish


Blend the Watermelon: Place the watermelon cubes in a blender. Blend until smooth. Strain the Juice: Pour the blended watermelon through a fine mesh sieve into a large bowl or pitcher to remove the pulp. Use a spoon to press the juice through the sieve. Mix in the Lime and Sweetener: Add the cold water, fresh lime juice, and honey or agave syrup (if using) to the watermelon juice. Stir well to combine. Add Mint: Tear a few fresh mint leaves and add them to the mixture. Let it sit for a few minutes to infuse the flavors. Serve Over Ice: Fill glasses with ice cubes and pour the watermelon cooler over the ice. Garnish and Enjoy: Garnish with lime slices and mint sprigs. Serve immediately.


For an extra refreshing touch, chill the watermelon cubes in the freezer for about 30 minutes before blending. You can adjust the sweetness by adding more or less honey/agave syrup depending on your taste. For a fizzy version, substitute the cold water with sparkling water or club soda.

Enjoy your refreshing watermelon cooler!

10 Dinners to Make for Summer


Luckily, there are plenty of delicious, satisfying dinners you can prepare without heating up your kitchen. From refreshing salads to hearty sandwiches, these meals are perfect for keeping cool while enjoying the best flavors of the season. Here are ten dinners that will keep your oven off and your taste buds delighted.

1. Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Skewers

Fire up the grill and enjoy these easy and customizable skewers. Marinate chunks of chicken and your favorite vegetables (like bell peppers, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes) in a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and herbs. Thread them onto skewers and grill until cooked through. Serve with a side of couscous or a fresh green salad.

2. Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa

These shrimp tacos are light, refreshing, and packed with flavor. Sauté shrimp with a bit of olive oil, lime juice, and chili powder. Serve them in corn tortillas with a homemade man-

go salsa (diced mango, red onion, cilantro, and lime juice) and a drizzle of *avocado crema. Add shredded cabbage for extra crunch.

* 2 avocados, 1/2 cup sour cream, juice of 1 lime, salt & pepper to taste

3. Gazpacho with Crusty Bread

Gazpacho is a chilled Spanish soup made from blended tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, onions, and garlic. It’s perfect for hot summer nights. Serve it with crusty bread for dipping and a simple side salad. This meal is not only refreshing but also incredibly easy to prepare in advance.

4. Caprese Salad with Prosciutto

This classic Italian salad is a summertime favorite. Layer slices of ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil leaves on a plate. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic glaze, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add a few slices of prosciutto for a bit of savory contrast. Serve with a side of crusty bread or grilled vegetables.

5. Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Vietnamese spring rolls are light, healthy, and perfect for a no-cook dinner. Fill rice paper wrappers with

shrimp, fresh herbs, rice noodles, and crisp vegetables like lettuce, cucumber, and carrots. Serve with a peanut dipping sauce or a tangy hoisin sauce. These rolls are fun to make and can be customized with your favorite fillings.

6. Panzanella Salad

Panzanella is a Tuscan bread salad that’s perfect for using up stale bread. Toss chunks of day-old bread with ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, and fresh basil. Dress with olive oil, red wine vinegar, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Let it sit for a bit to allow the bread to soak up the flavors. This salad is hearty enough to be a main course on its own.

7. Ahi Tuna Poke Bowls

Poke bowls are a delicious and refreshing way to enjoy raw fish. Marinate cubes of ahi tuna in a mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil, and green onions. Serve over a bed of sushi rice and top with avocado, seaweed salad, edamame, and pickled ginger. Drizzle with spicy mayo or ponzu sauce for extra flavor.

8. Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

This hearty salad is packed with protein and flavor. Combine chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, Kalamata olives, and feta cheese in a large bowl. Dress with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and oregano. This salad can be made ahead of time and gets even better as it sits, making it perfect for busy summer nights.

9. Cold Soba Noodle Salad

Soba noodles are a great base for a refreshing summer salad. Cook the noodles and rinse them under cold water. Toss with julienned carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, and green onions. Dress with a mixture of soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and a touch of honey. Top with sesame seeds and fresh herbs like cilantro or mint.

10. Greek Chicken Gyros

These gyros are easy to assemble and bursting with Mediterranean flavors. Marinate chicken breast strips in olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and oregano, then grill until cooked through. Serve the chicken in warm pita bread with tzatziki sauce, diced tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, and feta cheese. This meal is perfect for a quick and satisfying summer dinner.

With these ten dinner ideas, you can keep your kitchen cool and your taste buds satisfied all summer long. From fresh salads and hearty sandwiches to flavorful grilled dishes, there’s something for everyone to enjoy without ever needing to turn on the oven. So, embrace the heat with these easy, no-oven dinners and make the most of your summer evenings!


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Egg Roll in a Bowl

You'll love this. Very easy, and so good!


2 cups sliced chicken or pork

5 cups thinly sliced cabbage

2 cups mung bean sprouts

1 can bamboo shoots

1 can water chestnuts

2 Tbsp minced ginger

1/4 cup toasted sesame oil

2 minced garlic cloves

1/4 cup olive oil


Prep all ingredients.

Heat olive oil in a saucepan. Add ginger and garlic cook quickly then add meats (optional) cook until done. Add cabbage and bean sprouts, cook until limp. Add water chestnuts and bamboo shoots then cook an additional few minutes to heat them. Add sesame oil and serve.


Russian Red Cabbage

Russian Red Cabbage

• 1 medium head red cabbage

• 2 onions

• 2 carrots

• 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

1 large pinch cinnamon

• 1 sour apple, peeled

• 1 stick celery

• ½ – 1 cup beef (or vegetable) stock

• Olive oil for frying

Finely chop onions, carrots and apples. Fry in oil then add shredded cabbage and remaining ingredients. Cook very slowly until tender. For best flavor, prepare a day ahead and reheat.

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Real Estate Update

How to Rent Out Your Vacation Home this Summer

A SECOND HOME CAN BE MORE THAN AN ESCAPE FROM DAILY LIVING, IT CAN BE A SOURCE OF INCOME. For those who own a vacation home, summer is full of opportunities to open your doors to renters while still enjoying the benefits of having your own personal getaway. This approach to home ownership can be a balancing act, but with the right preparation and know-how, you can turn your vacation property into an incomeproducing investment.

Splitting the use of your vacation home with renters can oftentimes result in quick turnaround times between visits, so it’s important to avoid falling behind on your task list to keep each transition and visit as smooth as possible. To help with this process, consider hiring professional cleaners to ensure the home is presentable, clean, and fresh for each guest’s stay. Listing your property on short-term rental sites like AirBnB and VRBO help increase your property’s visibility and can be a useful tool for managing the rental process, especially if you’re having a difficult time attracting renters.

If you’ll be staying at your vacation home between renters, be sure to schedule those dates ahead of time so you can block them off from visitors. A mix-up in scheduling only creates added stress

and will negatively impact your guests’ experience, and potentially the online reviews.

Pricing Your Vacation Rental

Get the best return on your investment by offering a competitive rate, including on popular weekends. It’s common for homeowners to increase prices for popular summer dates like the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend. These are the times when people are flocking to vacation getaways and your prices should reflect the increase in demand. Because competition among renters is high during summer, making your home stand out amongst other properties in your area is a worthy investment. Boosting the curb appeal, replacing appliances, upgrading linens, installing high-speed Wi-Fi, and providing a workspace are all ways you can give your vacation home a competitive advantage.

Personalize Your Vacation Rental

As a host, it’s a good idea to add personal touches to improve your guests’ experience and make them feel at home. Add décor and treats tailored to your guests’ stay, especially if they’re celebrating a special occasion or life event. Little details like adding a personalized note, flowers, and treats from local hot spots will help make their experience one they won’t soon forget.

Before Renting Out Your Vacation Home

The regulations of the short-term rental market vary by location. Before you rent out your vacation home this summer, understand the rules in your area. For instance, if you belong to a homeowners association, they may have by-laws in place that restrict your ability to rent your property.

Review your homeowners insurance policy to understand whether you are covered while guests are staying in your home. It is likely that you will need to obtain a landlord insurance policy to cover your property while it’s being rented. While some companies offer it as a rider policy that can be added onto your existing homeowners insurance, obtaining a separate policy may be required for adequate coverage. A typical landlord insurance policy will cover property damage, liability, and rental income loss. When shopping around for landlord insurance, find the policy that best fits the needs of your property.

On the Money

Which IRA is Right for Me?

INDIVIDUAL RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS (IRAS) ARE RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE MOST ATTRACTIVE RETIREMENT SAVINGS VEHICLES AVAILABLE TO INVESTORS. IRAs allow investors to save and grow money in a tax-advantaged account. Utilizing a retirement savings vehicle like this can greatly enhance your long-term financial prosperity, but deciding which type of IRA is right for your investment goals can be a challenge. Here are answers to common questions around this important topic.

What types of IRAs should I consider?

At its most basic level, there are two types of IRAs – traditional and Roth IRAs. The biggest difference between the two is the tax treatment of contributions and distributions. Contributions are the process by which an investor puts money into an account and a distribution is the process of taking that money out.

How does a traditional IRA work?


With a traditional IRA, you either make after-tax contributions or (if you qualify and choose to do so), tax-deductible contributions. If you are not covered by a retirement plan at work, your contributions can be fully deducted from income tax. If you or your spouse are covered by a plan, income limits apply. To claim a full deduction on 2024 taxes, a single person can’t earn more than $77,000 and a married person

filing a joint return can’t earn more than $123,000.


Money held in a traditional IRA grows on a tax-deferred basis, a characteristic that allows your money to grow faster. However, when withdrawals are taken, all earnings are subject to tax at your applicable ordinary income tax rate in the year of the withdrawal. If you claimed a tax deduction at the time you made contributions to your IRA, those too are subject to tax. With some exceptions, withdrawals before age 59-1/2 also may incur an early distribution penalty. One important note is that traditional IRAs are subject to required minimum distribution (RMD) rules which define the age at which an investor must begin to take money out of the account. Under current law, distributions must begin by April 1 in the year after reaching age 73 and continue every year thereafter.

How does a Roth IRA work?


All Roth IRA contributions are made with after-tax dollars that grow tax-free until you start making withdrawals. However, income limits apply that determine whether you qualify to make full Roth IRA contributions. In 2024, the ability for single individuals to make full Roth IRA contributions is phased out if income is higher than $146,000. For married couples filing a joint return, you cannot make a

full Roth IRA contribution if gross income is more than $230,000.


If a five-year holding period requirement is met, all distributions (contributions and earnings) after age 59-1/2 are eligible for tax-free treatment. In addition, RMD rules do not apply to Roth IRAs.

How much can I contribute to IRAs?

In 2024, you can contribute up to $7,000 ($8,000 for those age 50 and older) or up to 100% of earned income, whichever is less. This is the maximum contribution amount for both traditional and Roth IRAs for the year.

Note that contributions can’t exceed 100% of your earned income if you earn less than the limits stated above. Also, these limits apply to total IRA contributions for the year. This is applicable even if you hold multiple IRAs or make contributions to both Roth IRAs and traditional IRAs.

Which IRA is right for me?

The answer is different for everybody. Determining how much to set aside for retirement and in what types of savings vehicles is best determined through careful planning. A financial professional can help you understand which account is best suited to meet your long-term financial goals.

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A Day at the Beach


Remember guys, while a casual day of relaxation sounds easy, it is sometimes hard to decide what to wear.

Are you walking along the beach, spending time shopping, or dining out at a nice restaurant?

Favorite days at the beach, for my wife and I tend to include all of the above, and perhaps wine tasting somewhere along the way.

Breezy fabrics like linen, and cotton are definitely the way to go. For warm days I personally like to start with a pair of linen pants (I'm not much of a shorts guy). Add a close-fitting tee shirt. Throw on a lightweight linen shirt, then finish it off with sandals, sunglasses and a straw hat. I would probably keep a linen sport coat in the trunk of the car just in case we end up at a nice restaurant.

For not so warm days a pair of jeans, a long sleeve cotton henley, with a pendleton board shirt. leather sneakers and a hat.

Depending upon the weather a leather jacket or a nice sport coat might be a good idea too. As with any other outfit, your beach attire is going to have to fit well for you to look your best.

a casual look that is thought out can, and will get you compliments. Dress well, be Confident, find Success!

In The Garden

The Best of the Garden

TOMATOES, THOSE JUICY GLOBES OF DELICIOUSNESS ARE VISUALLY APPEALING AND PLENTIFUL. They are an essential part of the summer harvest. Did you know that tomatoes originated in South America and were originally the size of peas? They are in the nightshade family making them related to potatoes, peppers, eggplant, and the poisonous belladonna. After many years of breeding they come in many sizes, shapes, and colors. There are over 10,000 varieties. Some of the most popular types are beefsteak, cherry, plum, grape, oxheart, currant, and pear. Then there are the myriad of heirlooms. They now have grafted tomatoes, which are on a “rootstock”. The grafting improves their cold-tolerance, productivity, and disease resistance. (Do not plant these deeper in the soil, as that will negate the graft.)

Tomatoes prefer full sun, heat, and a good garden soil with a pH of 6.0 to 6.8. The biggest problem I face is blossom end rot. Calcium helps prevent that. You can apply lime containing calcium to the area in the winter. You can apply calcium as lime in the winter, or as a calcium nitrate sidedness or foliar application early in

the growing season. Consistent watering also helps. Plant them deeper in soil than they are in the pot (unless they are grafted). I usually plant them so the soil is at or above the first set of leaves. They are heavy feeders. I use Espoma Tomato Tone or G&B Paradise which both contain added calcium.

Tomatoes need support. Tomato cages are great if you have just a few plants. Actually staking them within the cage is a good idea, especially for larger-fruited, indeterminate varieties that get really tall. Another method is to string them, using an overhead support structure. There are 2 basic types of tomato plants: determinate and indeterminate. Determinate grow to a “determined” height, around 3 feet and are often called bush tomatoes. The fruit ripens all and once. They work well in containers and if you want a one-time harvest for processing and canning. Indeterminate varieties just keep growing and producing fruit until the frost kills them. Pruning is recommended. (Please read online for specifics.)

Everyone has a favorite tomato and these are mine:

Matt’s Wild Cherry: a small, soft heirloom tomato with a sweet tart flavor.

Momotaru: This pink slicing tomato has won many tasting contests and is very popular in Japan. Sweet and tangy, it is great in BLTs.

Mortgage Lifter: an ugly, but tasty tomato with heirloom flavor. Meaty. Principe Borghese: this determinate tomato is great for sundrying or dehydrating. I don’t like it fresh, but some people do.

San Marzano: This plum/sauce tomato is meaty and thick-walled with excellent flavor. It is the primary variety I use to make tomato sauce, although I throw in a few Amish Paste, too.

Sungold: My husband’s favorite tomato. Perfect for snacking and salads.

Brenda Powell is a fourth generation owner of Garland Nursery in Corvallis.
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Watch That Sun!


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Thank you for believing in me and for your continued patronage. This achievement would not have been possible without you. I am committed to upholding the high standards in my industry that have earned your trust. With gratitude.

Now with summer upon us, we will be spending more time in the sun. Here are a few interesting facts about skin cancer…

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More

than one million skin cancers are diagnosed annually.

• One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.

• Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have either skin cancer at least once.

About 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

• Up to 90 percent of the visible changes commonly attributed to aging are caused by the sun.

If you don’t want to be one of the statistics for skin cancer, here are some tips from the Skin Cancer Foundation.

• The best way to protect the skin is by covering up, especially areas that are most exposed such as the face, head and neck, as this is where most skin cancers occur.

• Wide-brimmed hats,

• UV-blocking sunglasses, Scarves and hoodies

• Mineral based sunscreen that contains Zinc and Titanium oxides.

Things you can do:

Visit a physician for a baseline skin scan and yearly check

• Always use sunscreen with SPF 30 and above.

• Use a tinted moisturizer

Cover often-missed spots like the tops of the ears, around eyes and hairline

Ask that your hair stylist keep a watch for suspicious moles on your scalp and ears

Have a great summer!

IF I COULD CHOOSE ANY SUMMER RECREATION FOR EXERCISING AND EXPLORING, IT WOULD HANDS-DOWN, BE HIKING AND PADDLE BOARDING. I like to incorporate my entertainment with exercise because why not? Guilt free fun!

Hiking of course can be done anywhere, and there are so many local hikes that take very little time to find that make you feel like you are out in the middle of nowhere. If you haven’t checked out the app, “All Trails”, I highly recommend it. It’s free, and lists hikes that are near you or wherever your destination. It also offers trail maps that include elevation, distance, how much time it takes to make the trip, and the level of difficulty.

I love that you can read people’s reviews, and whether the hike is accessible to dogs and what landmarks you can see along the way. It’s fun to be able to track the hikes you take, so you can explore places you’ve never been and check them off as you go.

It is such a wonderful thing to do with family and little kids, and costs next to nothing. Kids need more opportunities to get outside and enjoy nature. They act like they just want to hunker down

on their phones, but if you just get them outside moving, they will love it! I cannot emphasize this enough – pack enough water and food!

My favorite summer hikes always include a body of water. Whether I am hiking along a river or creek, or up to a waterfall or a secluded lake, there is nothing like taking a dip in cool water after working up a sweat! Make sure to carry a backpack with all the essentials for your hike like water, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, and more snacks.

If you haven’t tried stand up paddleboarding yet, what are you waiting for? You really don’t have to stand. In fact, some of my very favorite moments on my paddleboard are spent lying on my back just floating on a serene lake surrounded by mountains.

You can float on a SUP board anywhere people tube float along the river too! I like floating on a paddle board, because you can stand if you want, kneel, or sit, and you can paddle along at your own pace. Make sure you are in a safe place, preferably not alone, and of course have life jacket, snacks, water, and sunscreen. My paddle board is inflatable, and I can

pack it on my back to get to where I am going if necessary. I’ve used both kinds of SUP boards, epoxy and inflatable, and I like the convenience of the inflatable best. When it is all blown up, you really can’t feel a huge difference between the two. And it is nice to be able to conveniently carry it in my car and then pack it away when I’m done. Inflatables are also less expensive.

My favorite places to paddle board are lakes that are closed off to motorized boats. Absolute peace and serenity. Some of those clear lakes in the Oregon mountains are the best for this. I once had a school of huge salmon, there must have been a hundred, swimming beneath my board along the Deschutes near Sunriver. I’ll never forget it.

I hope you decide to get out and enjoy some of the beautiful surroundings in Oregon and beyond this summer. Keep moving your body, be safe, and have fun!

Achieving Your BEST Results


TO GO ALONG WITH THIS MONTH’S THEME OF “BEST OF THE VALLEY,” IN THIS ARTICLE WE ARE GOING TO DISSECT THE BEST TRAINING ROUTINE THAT IS GUARANTEED TO DELIVER RESULTS. But we’re not going to talk about flashy exercises that you see on Instagram or overly restrictive diets that you read about on the internet. Instead, let’s highlight the importance of a few key principles that have stood the test of time. Whether you're a seasoned athlete or just starting your fitness journey, understanding and applying these principles can help you unlock your full potential and achieve lasting results.


One of the most crucial aspects of a successful fitness journey is finding a form of exercise that you genuinely enjoy. I’m not going to tell you that you have to do kettlebell swings or burpees (or any other specific exercise for that matter) because you may not enjoy it. And if you don’t enjoy it, you’re simply not going to do it. So whether it's lifting weights, running, yoga, or group classes, engaging in activities that bring you joy will keep you motivated and committed.


Once you’ve found a form of exercise you enjoy, the next step is to ensure you’re performing it correctly. Proper form and

technique are essential for maximizing the effectiveness of your training while minimizing the risk of injury. Now, it should come as no surprise that this coach is going to recommend hiring a coach to get your technique dialed in. A skilled set of eyes can fast-track this process because you’ll be working with an expert while getting real-time feedback. It is possible to find good YouTube tutorial videos, but they are few and far between. Additionally, you don’t get the benefit of real-time feedback since you are watching the video but they are not watching you.


Once you’ve mastered the first two principles, the next step is to “show up” regularly. Consistency is the cornerstone of any successful fitness program, which is why this isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned it in my articles and I’m certain it won’t be the last. It’s not about being perfect every day, but rather making fitness a part of your every day life. Establishing a realistic schedule that fits your life is crucial. Remember, it's the cumulative effect of your efforts that leads to lasting fitness success.


Intensity is the topic that everyone wants to place first, but there’s a reason that I’m putting it last on the list. If you

haven’t locked in the first three principles I discussed, then it’s not time to increase your intensity yet. Doing too much too soon is a guaranteed way to burn out or get injured… neither of which will yield you the results you’re after. Once you’re ready for increased intensity, it’s wise to apply it gradually over time by increasing your reps, weight, speed, etc. This is referred to as progressive overload, and when done correctly you will optimize your results while avoiding injury and overtraining.

While finding an enjoyable form of exercise, maintaining proper form, staying consistent, and applying progressive overload are essential principles for achieving your best results, don't forget about the importance of nutrition and recovery. We've covered these topics in depth in previous articles, but they remain critical components of any successful fitness journey. By embracing these principles, you can unlock your full potential and achieve lasting fitness results.

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New Morning Bakery

A local landmark for over 30 years. Our bakers and chefs are at work around-the-clock preparing all your favorite dishes and baked goods using only the finest ingredients. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, or anything in between. Now offering catering too.

Mon-Sat 7:00 - 9:00 Sunday 8:00 - 8:00

219 SW 2nd St. Downtown Corvallis NewMorningBakery.com 541-754-0181

La Rockita

Corvallis' favorite Mexican food. Come eat! Or order online for pickup.

11AM to 7PM, closed on Sundays.

922 NW Circle Blvd #130 541-753-7143


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